By Gad Masereka
Tororo, 31,January 2024: Hadijah Namyalo, the National Coordinator in the Office of the NRM National Chairman, has called on the residents of Tororo district to leverage their geographical location and prioritize agriculture. Namyalo made the appeal during a visit to Tororo where she engaged with over 900 women conducting businesses at Tororo central market.
Expressing concern, Namyalo discovered that none of the women had benefited from the Parish Development Model. Apologizing on behalf of the government, she stated, “Please forgive us for the mess. This is not because our government has failed to deliver but it’s simply because our workers think of themselves instead of the general public.”
Accompanied by the Member of Parliament for the area, Apollo Yeri Ofwono, Namyalo was later taken to Rock View Primary School. Here, Ofwono had purchased over 200 mattresses and blankets to reward the best Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) performers.
During the event, Namyalo donated hundreds of knapsack sprayers and hoes to the women, emphasizing the importance of embracing farming to secure a better future for their children. “I know that most of us here are single mothers. Please, let’s take farming as a serious endeavor if our children are to attain education,” Namyalo urged.
Tororo district recently saw 7908 out of the registered 8538 candidates pass the PLE, with the best candidate emerging from a government-aided primary school. However, the commendable performance has increased pressure on parents, especially with the imminent school reopening, making it difficult for many to provide basic necessities for their children.
Richard Machika, the director of the Machika Foundation, highlighted the challenges faced by the district’s population. While donating mattresses and other scholastic materials to the best candidates of West Budama Central, Machika expressed concerns that many children might not return to school due to poverty. He cited the impact of disasters that struck Tororo district throughout 2023, destroying crops worth billions of shillings and leaving the population with limited resources for both sustenance and education.