The ministry of Disaster Preparedness has secured over € 20 million (Shs 88.4 billion) to construct three valley dams in Karamoja sub region as a solution to water scarcity in the cattle corridor of Moroto, Kaabong and Kotido.
The money has been provided by the financing arm of Germany through the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
One of the biggest problems affecting the pastoralists in the North Eastern part of Uganda is access to water to feed their cattle.
Rose Nakabugo, an assistant commissioner at the ministry told The Nile Post that the valley dams shall address the problem of water shortage in the country.
“The period to kick start construction is still under debate, but the money is already in our hands,” Nakabugo said.
The dams shall also solve the problem of cattle rustling between the Karamajong and Trukana pastoralists.
“The Turkana and Karamoja all face the same problem and people have been dying as the Turkana raid cattle from Uganda when they come to search for water,” Nakabugo said.
“So far those are the selected locations although we need to be advised by the Karamoja parliamentary Affairs committee”.