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Karamoja MPs reject appointment of Kitutu, Nandutu as ministers

Agnes Nanduttu (L) in Karamoja as a journalist

Agnes Nanduttu (L) in Karamoja as a journalist

Members of parliament from the Karamoja sub-region have protested the appointments of Maria Goretti Kitutu and Agnes Nandutu as ministers in charge of the region.

President Museveni on Tuesday this week announced former Energy minister Maria Goretti Kitutu as minister for Karamoja Affairs, and former NTV journalist Agnes Nandutu as her junior minister. Kitutu is the Woman MP Manafwa while Agnes Nandutu Bududa Woman MP.

In a press conference held on Friday at parliament, the 15 MPs from Karamoja said that the appointments should be revised because appointing people from outside Karamoja will not help the people of Karamoja.

Remigio Achia, the Pian County MP and chair of the Karamoja Group says that Karamoja has a unique problem that doesn’t only require an understanding of the region, but also someone who understands the language and can mobilize the people.

He says that there is insecurity in Karamoja due to increasing cattle rustling. He says that such challenges need to be addressed by a native minister. According to Achia, the past ministers of Karamoja who do not hail from the region have simply been tourists in the area because they don’t understand the needs of the natives.

"We know even with the last parliament, we got ministers who were just tourists. They fly in, fly out. Those are tourists, now we have another two tourists brought again. They have again brought another two tourists to come and tour Karamoja. By the time their five years are done, they will probably not even have finished touring the whole region. What is the purpose of having a ministry called Karamoja Affairs, it is because the president has acknowledged that there is a problem facing the region. He knows, he has been part of the solutions to the region including disarmament and we're happy with that," Achia said. 

Faith Nakut, the Woman MP Napak says that the problem with ministers who are not natives is that they come with a mentality that people in Karamoja are backward, and this hinders them from working.

"We lose a lot of time in the learning curve. By the time the person has appreciated the region, a new reshuffle will appear or a new election will happen. There is also a belief by people who just come that the Karimojongs have a bad mindset. When you come with that mindset, you will not appreciate the people. For us as a region, we're willing to work with them but those things should be taken into account. We're going to lose more time. The socio-economic transformation will take a little more to be achieved because of the learning curve," said Nakut. 

The MPs say that the president should revise the cabinet. Paul Lokol the LC V chairperson Nabilatuk says that the appointment of the two ministers who hail from the Bugisu region to manage Karamoja affairs is an insult to the people of Karamoja. He says that despite the Karimojong being loyal to NRM, they are still not pleased with the appointments.

"Why send the same people from Bugisu to Karamoja. Are our MPs not legible for those positions? he asked.

Simon Nangiro one of the opinion leaders says that the appointment of Kitutu and Nadutu is meant to impress Bugisu region and not the Karamojong. Joyce Nangiro, a resident of Moroto Municipality says appointing people who do not know pastoralism will not address the concerns of the Karamojong.


+3 #1 kabayekka 2021-06-13 02:07
It seems that these NRM members of Parliament from this region are asking for trouble.

They elected a political party to represent them well with a long time serving Chairman of their party, and now they are seriously contradicting him with his choices of leaders in Karamoja! One reckons that is not good enough.
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+4 #2 Lysol 2021-06-13 03:15
Museveni claims that he made his selections without consultation (in his basement at the State house).

His poor choices and recycling of the same old corrupt faces will come back to bite him in the ass. Only one Kuteesa was eliminated. That is too little and not enough.

He should bring the youngsters from all political parties into the cabinet as he makes his ways out, for a stable future and better Uganda.
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+5 #3 Akao 2021-06-13 06:43
All along, the people thought museveni was appointing ministers to serve people? Its for whatever he and his family can get from there period! In this case, they said there is diamond or is it gold that is being mined in Karamoja.

Good for the MPs for Karamoja for trying though! Why should there be minister for Karamoja, can the minster of mineral and mining handle the karamoja mineral as well
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+3 #4 Mubiru 2021-06-13 18:36
I recognize the Karamojong MPs sentiment about the appointment of "foreigners " to be responsible for theirs affairs.

Its their reasoning for their rejection which I find diabolically astounding unless they tell us that Janet Miseveni, they never objected is a Karamojong.
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-1 #5 rubangakene 2021-06-13 18:42
Appoint Remigio Achia to Minister of Karamoja; he knows best the psyche of his people and the lie of the land.

Remember how Omwony-Ojok, himself a son of Karamoja spearheaded projects like building of permanent houses for teachers?
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-1 #6 Wante Martino 2021-06-14 08:34
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0 #7 kasede 2021-06-14 10:54
Quoting kabayekka:
It seems that these NRM members of Parliament from this region are asking for trouble.

They elected a political party to represent them well with a long time serving Chairman of their party, and now they are seriously contradicting him with his choices of leaders in Karamoja! One reckons that is not good enough.

No Sir. I beg to differ with you. The Akaramojong are finding their voices at last and they are talking loud and clear about what they need in order to TRY TO CATCH-UP up with the rest of Uganda. If that means trouble with the NRM/M7 regime, let it be.

Which region does not have trouble with the regime anyway, M7's own excepted?
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-1 #8 Mweru Samuel Byachi 2021-06-15 16:03
The argument by the Karimojong MPs and those like them is sickening.

They mean to say that even the elected district and lower local government officials are alien!!!!!! They mean to say they want all politicians and technocrats to hail from the region!!!!

What a a fallacy. So they seem to mean that we should have a presidency with all tribes represented!!!!!

Karamoja needs the right cadres and the right mindset of the locals backed up with commensurate resources to cause sustainable change.

If one cannot understand this, then soon we shall demand that all buses, taxis, hotels etc operating in Karamoja should be Karamojong owned. This cannot be in a Republic. The same formula should cut across Luwero, Bunyoro, Teso and Northern Uganda.
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