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Equal opportunities commission launches plan

24 November 2014, 19:01 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - The equal opportunities commission of Uganda has today launched a five years strategic plan that seeks to address issues of the marginalized groups who have not benefited from most government programmes.

Speaking at the launch of the plan, the chairman of the commission, Rita Matovu stressed that the plans focus on advancing equal opportunities in the fields of health, education, environment, good governance, employment, agriculture among other areas with the intention of causing change in the lives of the marginalized groups in the country.

Matovu said,''The strategic plan adopts and reflects national development planand equal opportunities act,among others.It was made from proposals got from the whole country.''

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She also noted that the plan will from 2013 to 2018 on a budget of 48.3 billion shillings.She added on that it will be implemented as per the national development plan.

''We shall be working with the central government,local governments and other national organizations like national agriculture and advisory services (NAADS) national environment management agency (NEMA) and others.'' Matovu said.

A women leader in Uganda,Aidah Namala said that as women who have for long been marginalized,they welcome the launch of the strategic plan.

She said,'' We believe that it will benefit Ugandan women and other marginalized groups like the disabled.''
With over 40 tribes in Uganda,some small tribes feel they are marginalized by those with big population.For example,Baganda are over 5 million in number yet there tribes like the Bakenye who are about 100,000.

The Bakenye are happy about the launch.''We will be considered for jobs and other opportunities if the commission does it's work properly.'' said John Musene a member of the Bakenye tribe.


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