The National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretary General, Rt Hon Richard Todwong, has urged the people of the Karamoja sub-region to take charge of their households, transforming them into centers of excellence.
He made this call while officiating at the belated Liberation Day celebrations in Napak district on Monday, February 5, 2024.
In his speech, Todwong stressed the Governments’ role in providing peace, security and infrastructure and advised them not to marry off their child before the right age.
“The work of the government is to bring peace, security, and infrastructure, the rest is for your household. You are the President of your home, and it must be a center of excellence. Your children must not be married before the right age,” he said
He also encouraged a reduction in alcohol consumption and a shift toward economic activities that have a positive impact on their lives, as well as the community’s use of existing roads for product transportation, thereby increasing economic opportunities.
Todwong also urged people to accept a shared responsibility among leaders and citizens in the development of a peaceful and prosperous society, emphasizing the roles and responsibilities of elders and emphasizing that grooming children at home leads to a problem-free society.
In response to the issue of raiding, he advocated for the cessation of such practices in favor of peace for the benefit of families and collective economic growth.
He echoed that the NRM government is committed to implementing special programs for Liberation Dayuntil significant progress is achieved.
Todwong urged Karamoja residents to resolve minor internal conflicts and work together for the greater good. He expressed enthusiasm for existing support and encouraged tangible transformations in the lives of the community through effective policy implementation.
He also emphasized the importance of positively marketing Karamoja, highlighting its stunning natural assets, which include one of the country’s most beautiful parks.
Faith Nakut, the Napak District Woman MP, stressed the need for the UPDF to play a role in Karamoja’s economic liberation.
“In addition to securing Karamoja, the UPDF should also take on the economic liberation of Karamoja. We need a hand so that we can walk with you,” she passionately stated. Acknowledging NRM’s efforts, she called for intensified endeavors to bring about lasting change.
On improving education standards in the region, the Woman MP proposed a bold initiative for forceful and compulsory education in Karamoja, proposing that street children attend schools in the region for a minimum of a set amount of time.
Before attending the celebrations, Todwong paid a visit Nakut’s demonstration farm in Namendera Parish, Iriri Sub-county, Napak district. He congratulated her on implementing the wealth creation message in her community, emphasizing that this approach would not only improve food security but also contribute to higher household incomes.