Interview on February 22nd 2008
By Simon Peter Labeja – Radio King
GULU – The Gulu district LCV Chairman Norbert Mao has called on the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its donors to review the plan for implementation of the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) for North and North Eastern Uganda.
Speaking on Thursday 21st February during a live radio talk show at Radio King in Gulu, Mao said that districts that suffered fewer atrocities during LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) incursion in North and North Eastern Uganda should receive less money from PRDP, compared to districts that experienced the brunt of atrocities.
“The extent to which Amuru, Pader and Gulu Districts suffered in the LRA war is not comparable to Manafwa, Masindi and Pallisa Districts respectively”, said Mao. Listen to Norbert Mao clip 1
The PRDP initially targeted18 districts but the number of beneficiary districts have now increased to 40, with some districts located quite far from the LRA previous areas of operation. Mao expressed dismay at the number of districts being covered by the Plan, adding that some districts do not deserve to be included in the program. Mao cited Manafa District neighboring Mbale which never experienced any LRA incursion.
listen to Norbert Mao clip 2
Much of PRDP funding comes from the international community. Mao is planning to convene a donors’ conference in Gulu to devise a just formula for distribution of PRDP funds, where districts that suffered most from LRA atrocities are given more attention in the program.
It is believed that some previous programs meant for the reconstruction of Northern Uganda have been failed due to massive corruption. According to Mao the local government is the heart of implementation of the PRDP. Mao urges the local population to be vigilant about corrupt leaders and purge them out of the implementation system to avoid the PRDP funding from being stolen.