According to the Chief Justice, the poverty in the area is due to colonialism and the Joseph Kony war that lasted two decades.
“This country, when you talk about the divide between the north and the south, is basically economic. The value of cash crops that were introduced here (south), and the same were denied to the people of northern Uganda. Coffee grows very well in Gulu and other parts of northern Uganda but it was deliberate not to have been taken there. Gulu and Entebbe have the highest rainfall in this country but coffee is not produced,” he said last Friday.
He also said that the area will never develop until economic inequality, which he said the colonialists brought about, is addressed. He revealed how Buganda produced cotton first but later abandoned it and switched to coffee and tea instead.
“They are highly valued cash crops, so that is what I call the colonial economy. The inequity that was introduced into this country by the colonialists,” he said.
CJ Owiny-Dollo made these remarks at his residence in Nakasero Kampala as he launched his foundation. The foundation is called “Justice Owiny-Dollo Foundation”.
He will use the foundation as a propeller to bridge the economic gap. He additionally commenced the campaign to plant Macadamia nut trees in his community.
A macadamia farmer can earn between Shs60m and Shs70m from an acre annually if handled well.
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