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Calls to Reinstate Karamoja Development Agency Grow Stronger

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Leaders from the Karamoja sub-region are urging the government to reinstate the Karamoja Development Agency (KDA) to lead development programs in the area. Originally established in 1987 by an act of parliament to implement affirmative action for the Karamoja region, the agency was later replaced by the Ministry for Karamoja Affairs. However, leaders believe that reviving KDA is essential to addressing persistent issues in the region.

During a meeting focused on improving food security to reduce child labor in Karamoja, leaders expressed their support for the revival of KDA, stating that it is the only legal entity capable of spearheading development initiatives in the region. Esther Anyakun, the State Minister for Refugees and Disaster Preparedness, emphasized the agency’s past success and called for adequate funding to ensure its effectiveness.

John Baptist Lokii, the Member of Parliament for Matheniko County, highlighted the region’s challenges, including hunger, and emphasized the need for a deliberate plan to implement the Karamoja food security plan. He urged the government to allocate funds and revitalize KDA to address the region’s specific needs.

Markson Ojao Akol, the District Education Officer for Moroto district, expressed confidence that the revitalization of KDA would better meet the educational expectations of the local population compared to the Karamoja Ministry. Leaders argue that the absence of KDA has resulted in interventions from Kampala that often do not effectively reach the ground, contributing to ongoing challenges in the region.