- Among the things the president pledged, were the construction of King’s palace which will cost over Shs 1.2 billion
- Also pledged one official car, one double cabin, 20-seater minibus for the chiefs and two tractors and 46 modern houses for the clan chiefs in the kingdom
- The Kingdom has been re-organising to create more income generating activities and relies heavily on government support
- Of recent, President Museveni has been donating money to Sacco groups across the country, something that has critics says is crippling the economy
By Okaba Patrick
Zombo- President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday has donated Shs 50 million to Alur kingdom as a startup capital for their SACCO.
This was during the 8th coronation anniversary celebration of Alur King Phillip Olarker Rauni III at Atyak Wi-Nam, the Kingdom’s Palace.
The donation came after the kingdom’s officials, said the Sacco project would be one of the income generating activities and also boost the financial capacity of the kingdom since the kingdom lacked credible sources of income.
“The youth should focus on agriculture as one of the main income generating activities by growing of fruits like Ovacados, Oranges, mangoes and coffee which has sustainable benefits.”
Museveni said there is need to construct modern palace in Alur kingdom since the old one is out of use which was constructed in 1940. The president also commissioned the upgrading of Warr health center II to health center IV since the district lacked general hospital to boost health service delivery in the district.
Museveni says, to improve the road network for easy transportation of goods and services in the districts, 120 kilometer roads from Nebbi, Zombo up to Vurra in Arua district has been earmarked for tarmacking and also pledged to tarmac road from Zombo district headquarters to Zeu at border Congo.
King Phillip Olarker Rauni III urged his subjects to create awareness about the Sacco project in order to get more of youths as their start up point of generating income through business.
He urged the youths should participate in productive work to eradicate poverty and embrace government program for economictransformation. “We are not poor but our attitude towards work must change for socio-economic transformation,” Olarker said.
The state minister for northern Uganda Grace Kwiyocwiny who is the woman MP Zombo district urged government to work with cultural institution to address the challenges that are faced by youths in the country.
“Much is needed to empower our youths financially by giving soft loans to our youths amidst the job creation because even the Saccos empower the youths directly,” Kwiocwiny said.