Over 70,000 goats to be distributed under President Museveni’s ‘improved goat project’
By Racheal Nuwahereza
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has launched the “improved goat project” in Karamoja under the Ministry of Karamoja Affairs; aimed at supporting rehabilitated karachuna (youth who have abandoned rustling).
President Museveni who arrived in Karamoja Sub Region on Sunday June 12th 2022, handed over 71,550 goats under the improved goat project to the Karamojong communities to help in the fight against poverty and promote nutrition in Karamoja.
“As part of the ongoing exercise appraising the security situation in areas affected by the criminality of cattle rustling, we are also telling the leaders to interest wanainchi in alternative activities that will guarantee prosperity,” said President Museveni via his Twitter handle.
While handing over the goats, President Museveni said that the project is aimed at supporting youth who have abandoned rustling to re-integrate into the society adding that the Law to end cattle rustling is in the pipeline.
“In Karamoja region, government has come up with a resettlement package for youth who volunteer out of this mess. We have started with a number of goats (16 per person), and 26 iron sheets to facilitate permanent structures,” said Museveni.
The president’s visit to Karamoja is part of his country wide tour to assess and address the re-emerging cases of cattle rustling that have become a major threat to the security especially in Eastern Uganda.
President Museveni urged the people of Karamoja sub-region to drop their guns and further assured them that cattle rustling must be put to an end in order for the area to develop and prosper.
He warned them that soldiers would hunt for anybody with a gun, arrows, and bows, and arrest all the suspects and collaborators.