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Gov’t to build Shs354.1bn lake in Karamoja – edge.ug

Gov’t to build Shs354.1bn lake in Karamoja

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Eng John Byabagambi has said government will construct a 10,000 square hectares lake for Karamoja Sub-region.

According to Byabagambi, this will curb insecurity and promote agricultural production.

The outgoing Minister for Karamoja Affairs was Tuesday handing over the office to his successor, Dr Mary Goretti Kitutu.

He called this one of the two outstanding immediate assignments awaiting her.

He said the man-made lake will be constructed at Lopei between the districts of Moroto and Kotido.

The lake, whose feasibility studies and designs have already been carried out, is expected to cost less than Shs354.1bn.

It will serve the districts of Napak, Moroto, Kotido, and Abim and reduce the distances that the pastoralists have been travelling to access water in the five valley dams and 116 valley tanks that were constructed in the area.

The second issue is fast tracking the gazetting of Mt Moroto as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) heritage site.

President Museveni and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta have already signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of a lake which will contain 40 million cubic metres of water to reduce insecurity in Karamoja and Pokot pastoralists and generate 6MW of electricity.

Dr Kitutu, on her part, plans to stop water runoff from Karamoja to Teso which always ends up flooding Teso. “Once there is water, peace will prevail,” she said.

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