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|+||\\ **By Omony John Bosco\\ Chairman and Public relation Officer Pabo Save the Orphans Association\\ PEACE RECOVERY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR NORTHERN UGANDA - PRDP.**\\ As the community of the Acholi are going back to their real home land there has been the programm to facilitate this resettlement program for the northern Uganda. This PRDP many of the government official gives various communication to this subject in many time as they address the citizen of this country.\\ Lira|- The State Minister in charge of Northern Uganda David Wakikona has clarified reports that the Peace Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) is being suspended this financial year.\\ Wakikona, while responding to remarks made by the Prime Minister, Apollo Nsibambi that the Ministry of Finance would allocate 120 billion this financial year 2008/2009 for the project.\\ The PRDP project is a comprehensive plan by government to eradicate poverty and improve the welfare of the people in Northern Uganda, following the 20 year old war between the Lord’s Resistance Army and Ugandan government.\\ Wakikona says although the Ministry of Finance had made some increments in the PRDP funding, there was no indication that supplementary funds had been made hence not being reflected in the budget.\\ He however noted that the project will take off fully in 40 districts starting next year and 14 programs have been earmarked. The minister added that the funds are going to be fully accounted for and the Auditor General’s office, district auditors and the existing systems will be used to ensure that all the monies are well spent. Out of the 1.1 trillion earmarked for the PRDP project, government is to contribute 30% whereas the rest will be funded by the donors\\ Leaders from northern Uganda have protested the government’s decision to suspend the Shs1.1 trillion program to rebuild the war-ravaged region. Some of the legislators and other leaders from the war-affected sub-regions across the political divide accused government of insincerity and lack of commitment to the rehabilitation of the region.\\ The leaders’ outburst coincided with the government’s confirmation that any full scale implementation of the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) will have to start next financial year to enable the government and other key parties draw up work plans to guide the budgeting and monitoring of the scheme.\\ Mr. Felix Okot-Ogong (Dokolo NRM MP), the chairperson of the Greater North Parliamentary Forum, said, “It is clear that the government was not serious as there has been a lot of confusion and the program was not properly designed.”\\ “For instance, they are just baptizing programs and call them PRDP to deceive our people. This is not the kind of resettlement we want to see.\\ “We want a separate program of affirmative action for northern Uganda from other normal interventions.”\\ The State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness Mr. Musa Ecweru, saiys, “with the suspension of PRDP, key projects under resettlement such as the reconstruction of schools and health centers destroyed by the insurgency will be affected.”\\ Agriculture Minister Hillary Onek defended the suspension, insisting that it was for strategic interventions. “I suspect the government wanted to reorganize the projects involved in this PRDP. If there has been any postponement of this plan, then it’s only that the government would like to re-package it because some issues like the Naads I and II need to be re-arranged to fit into the PRDP plan”.\\ Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Reagan Okumu, (Aswa, FDC MP) said, “Whether President Museveni has directed or otherwise, this is unacceptable. The government excited our people for nothing and for us we are going to fight them on the floor. If they knew they were not ready why did the President launch the program?” Mr. Ishaa Otto (Oyam South, UPCb MP) said, “The suspension of PRDP is a clear manifestation that the government has no commitment to reconstruct northern Uganda”.\\ The Acholi Parliamentary Group Chairperson, Mr. Livingstone Okello-Okello (Chwa, UPC MP), accused the government of failing to honor its promises to the region. “This is unfortunate because it seems the government promised our people hot air,” Mr. Okello-Okello said. “There was no need to suspend this important program for northern Uganda; we have suffered a lot and we need this program, he remarked.\\ Ben Wacha chairperson Lango parliamentary group accused the government of politicizing PRDP and the main reason why the government can not kick start PRDP is because the Northerners did not vote for the NRM government. He wandered why districts that were not affected by the war can also be included in to PRDP.\\ The local people I was able to talk to feared that PRDP will not be able to help them since it will pass through the hands of the leaders that they don’t trust.\\ According to Resident district commissioner Lira Juan Pacoto, the plan that the PRDP will pass through their hands has failed most of the government programs like NAADS, NUSAF, and YAAP among others.\\ According to the out going United States Ambassador to Uganda Steven Browning, the government of Uganda is loosing the fight on Corruption and for that Uganda failed to qualify for US millennium funds.\\ The MCA is a no strings attached poverty reduction fund where up to 700 million dollars is awarded to the developing countries that score well in the fight against corruption.\\ Most people talked to prefer non governmental organizations to implement PRDP rather than the local government.\\ \\ Much as ther are various issues being psoted in relationship to PRDP the population of the northen uganda are going back to their homes but the challenges are many that they are unable to address such as\\ 1. Poor water source\\ 2. Indaquate health facility ( distance in searching the health care services.\\ 3. Poor roads\\ 4. Poor schools satructure for the education of the children\\ 5. Livelihood project to rebuild the economic status of the community .\\ 6. Inadquate food stuff and farm implements\\ 7\\ \\ **__Peace Process IN NORTHERN UGANDA UPDATE jAN - MARCH 31 2009 information__**\\ \\ \\ The Government of Uganda (GOU) announced delay in the implementation of the Peace, Recovery, and Development Plan (PRDP), its framework for the rehabilitation and recovery in war ravaged northern Uganda. In a letter dated December 22, 2008, Prime Minister Nsibambi informed donors that the implementation of the PRDP would begin in July 2009. The Prime Minister reluctantly took this step after northern parliamentarians raised concerns about the capacity of the government to deliver planned projects and ensure accountability within the current PRDP structure. Northern politicians requested the delay and commended the Prime Minister for his honest appraisal of the PRDP's shortcomings. Government officials are fully aware of the political ramifications of their decision, but stated that "getting it right" was more important than rushing forward and not being able to deliver critically needed services. The delay does not affect ongoing U.S. Government programs supporting PRDP priority sectors in health, education, agricultural, and infrastructure.\\ In response to negative media reports, the Government issued a press statement on January 9 saying it had not suspended the PRDP. The GOU explained that the Ministry of Finance, line ministries, the districts, and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) struggled with the challenge of disaggregating additional resources from normal budgetary allocations. Nsibambi stated that between January and July, PRDP activities within the districts would be prioritized for full-scale implementation beginning in July 2009. During this period, each ministry will submit its procurement plan to the PMO and strategies for measurable indicators would be developed and made available to all stakeholders. The statement also outlined activities under the PRDP framework including road construction, resettlement programs, provision of tractors to open up land, and electrification projects and ongoing donor programs. These included $163 million in development assistance from the U.S. Government, $100 million from the World Bank, and substantial contributions from Denmark, The Netherlands, and the European Union.\\ The PMO gave each district work plans to disaggregate PRDP funding requests by priority sector and to determine if the requests are in addition to the current budget allocation. The PMO established an office in Gulu, which will oversee PRDP implementation and provide assistance to district governments. The districts and ministries will provide the PMO with quarterly performance reports to determine whether the GOU is getting value for its money. The GOU promised to release funds in a timely matter to the ministries and district accounting officers.\\ USG Activities: In January, USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) approved three new grants to rehabilitate a borehole, a health center, and staff housing for health workers in Gulu District. To date, OTI has approved 37 grants for $1.5 million. On January 22, the USAID Northern Uganda Advisor attended the inauguration of U.S.-funded grain storage facilities in Lalogi sub-county, Gulu District. On January 30, Mission personnel attended the final day of an OTI dance competition that had been organized in all 11 sub-counties in Gulu District. The purpose of this grant is to promote peace and reconciliation through the use of dance to help reinforce Acholi traditions and culture. Each sub-county held dance competitions between three to five dance groups, with the winners participating in final competitions at Pece Peace Memorial Stadium in Gulu. First prize included two oxen and plows for the dancers' communities. Bicycles and radios were given to other participants.\\ \\ The USAID Mission Director hosted all USAID partner organizations working in the region to the first of its quarterly meetings for 2009. Over 40 representatives working in all sectors attended. The Mission Director laid out USAID's plans to revise the country strategy and strategic approach for the north as well as his vision for achieving greater synergy between USAID programs in the north. He also visited the Amuru/Alero Primary School, where OTI is rehabilitating classrooms, a kitchen, latrines and eight teachers' living quarters. Completion is slated for mid to late February.\\ Mrs. Browning and P/E Chief visited several USG-funded projects in Lira. At Otino-Waa Children's Village in Lira on January 29, Mrs. Browning toured the newly finished beekeeping facility and inspected the orphanage's connection to the electrical grid. Both projects received USG funding. The President's Emergency Program for HIV/AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funded the beekeeping facility and the Ambassador's Self-Help Fund supported the electricity project. These projects provide income-generating opportunities for 200 children at the orphanage and some 20,000 families in the surrounding community. The community has been deeply affected by both HIV/AIDS and the LRA conflict.\\ The team met with Angelina Atim of Concerned Parents Association, an effective non-governmental organization that formed in response to LRA abductions in the north. Atim, whose human rights work has received significant international recognition, said that 24 of the 30 "Aboke Girls" who were abducted from their boarding school in 1996 are back. Atim reported that three of the former abductees were now pursuing university-level studies, two of whom were studying medicine. Atim said that the resumption of normal life in Lira has helped victims continue with their recovery from the psychological trauma of their experiences. However, she stated that more counseling and assistance should be provided to both victims and other members of society to overcome the affects of the conflict. The conflict's social impact can be seen in the high rate of alcoholism, teenage street children, and increased child prostitution. She and other concerned parents are planning a program to address these and other social consequences of the war. The project would also use truth-telling and other forms of reconciliation to help heal the trauma of the war. \\ On January 30, Lira District Chairman Franco Ojur told P/E Chief and Mrs. Browning that restoration of an effective educational system is his highest priority. He said that reconstruction of schools, latrine facilities, and teacher housing are critical. He expressed appreciation for USG-funded projects in the north. Ojur said that the local population in Lira is supportive of the joint military operation, but remain focused on day-to-day life. The harvest was disappointing due to poor rainfall.\\ \\ P/E Chief and Mrs. Browning also visited U.S. Department of Labor-funded program to combat child labor on January 20. Over the past three years, Kenya-Uganda-Rwanda-Ethiopia-Together (KURET) Program to End Child Labor (KURET) provided assistance to over 5,000 children at risk for the worst forms of child labor in Lira and Dokolo Districts. The KURET program also created child labor committees to identify working children and put them in school. The program led to the creation of local by-laws to penalize employers and parents who exploit children for their labor. A new three-year program, Livelihood Education and Protection to End Child Labor (LEAP) implemented by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is removing 11,000 children from hazardous work and will improve schools in locations near sites known for employing children, providing an indirect benefit to the entire community.\\ **MORE UPDATE WILL BE COMING.**|