Kiryandongo leaders urged to tap into natural resources to fight poverty

Kiryandongo, (UG): Kiryandongo District authorities have been urged to work on their attitudes towards wealth creation and service delivery while executing their mandate.

The call was made by Major Gen Sam Kavuma, the Deputy coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) while addressing the leaders during a retreat at Rose Berry Hotel in Gulu City on Thursday.

Maj Gen Kavuma urged the authorities to desist from selfishness and individualism while serving the communities and rather help them prosper so that peace and harmony prevail. 

Kavuma noted that Uganda is faced with two major challenges of poverty and unemployment which need a concerted effort by all Ugandans and further urged them to desist from blame gaming, sectarianism and tribalism and focus on utilizing the available natural endowments to tackle poverty and unemployment.

He also emphasized the need for unity and cooperation among the leaders and the communities they serve to create a harmonious environment for all.

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Kavuma added that the government has created an enabling environment for Ugandans to tap into the natural endowments through enablers like peace, stability and security; and infrastructural developments such as roads and electricity.

Government has promoted industrialization which has employed several Ugandans and provided a market for agricultural and other raw materials eventually widening the government tax base which helps in establishing other enablers.

According to Martin Jacan Gwokto the CAO of Kiryandongo, the working relationship between the political and technical leaders has not been good and this prompted the District to seek a platform where they would sit and share their minds on how to rekindle and deliver services smoothly to the people.

“The retreat is meant to improve the working relationship between the political leaders and the civil servants as a way of facilitating the smooth implementation of government programs,” he said.

Mr Gwokto added that a number of gaps have been identified during the retreat and they will be addressed so that teamwork prevails in Kiryandongo District.

Ms Edith Aliguma Adyeri the Kiryandongo District Chairperson stressed that the retreat has been a platform for both the political and technical leaders to speak their minds; something which will renew the good working relationship for improved service delivery.

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During the retreat, the District councillors highlighted some of the key issues which had caused a rift between the political and technical leaders. Among the issues noted were the need for information sharing on government programs across all sectors and the need to accept and appreciate constructive criticism which help to improve service delivery.

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