KARAMOJA WATER DAMS: HON ESTHER ANYAKUN DAVINIA THANKS THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE FOR BIG VALLEY DAMS
By Goodluck Musinguzi
Hon Esther Anyakun Davinia, Minister of State for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees and Woman MP Nakapiripirit has thanked the Ministry of Agriculture for an sh25bn dam that is planned to have a 14-metre high embankment and carry a volume of up to 2.8bn litres of water.
“To be honest this is the best news ever, thank you MAAIF for bringing smiles to the people of Karamoja as some of our lasting and sustainable solutions for food insecurity and Livestock”, Hon Anyakun said.
Leaders from the Karamoja region have been dissatisfied with mini-water dams that carry less water which dries up in one month of the dry season. They have been arguing Ministry of Water to construct big water dams so that pastoralists don’t move long distances.
By 2014, Four districts of the Karamoja region had 26 water dams of different sizes which never solved the problem of water in the region. Nakapiripirit had 4, Napak 3 , Moroto 11 and Kotido 8.
However, there are others which are under construction and will be updated on this website.
SITE CLEARANCE FOR 2KM LONG WATER DAM IN KOTIDO DISTRICT BEGINS
BY TIMOTHY EODU
KOTIDO: SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2022
The site clearance for construction of a 2km long water dam to support pastoralism has commenced in Maaru sub-county in Kotido district.
The dam named “Sinat” is being constructed with funding from the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.
The sh25bn dam is planned to have a 14-metre high embankment and carry a volume of up to 2.8bn litres of water.
Construction works are projected to end in December 2022.
According to Lotee Paul Komol, the Kotido district LC5 chairman, this is the first step in achieving a long-term dream of settling the region’s herdsmen.
“When the construction is finally done, I will rest from moving to our neighbours of Teso, Acholic and Lango solving issues of our people who go looking for pasture and water for their animals,” Komol intimated.
The Chairman said this will also boost crop production since the area and its surroundings look very fertile.
He said Kotido district is the biggest supplier of agricultural produce in the region when the season is favourable.
“You cannot believe that our people are migrating to settle in the bushes to do more farming. If it were not for the unpredictable rains, our crops would do better than they look now,” Komol added”.
He however indicated that settlement around the dam will be restricted due to the high water volume that’s expected to be in it.
Recently, two people drowned in Kaoyangor dam while grazing and it is against this background that the authorities want to engage communities on the possible dangers of staying close to a water dam.