Monday, September 11, 2006

Get On Board bus back on the road

EDGAR R. BATTE
It was a delightful moment at the reception of the Get On Board bus at Mutukula, the Tanzania-Uganda border. The campaign which was taken to local communities last year is back with the theme Get On Board. This time round, the Action Aid crew will be reporting back to the communities they visited last year.
IT’S HERE: A cultural dancer in front of the ‘bus’ as it crossed the Uganda-Tanzania border at Mutukula. Photo by W. W’Ojumbo
"We went out, collecting views from the locals, which we presented at the G8 summit last year. This year, we are taking stock and reporting back to the communities informing them of the outcome of the summit," the Communication Officer, Action Aid International Uganda, Rebecca Musoke told Daily Monitor. The bus will be collecting views of locals on the issues of poverty eradication, HIV/Aids and debt cancellation.
Action Aid Uganda Director of Programmes, Specioza Kiwanuka received the bus from the Tanzanian crew. In a procession of cultural dances and a 10-vehicle convoy, Mutukula was filled with excitement.
The locals took the afternoon off to dance as Mesach Semakula, Joanita Kawalya, Percussion Discussion, Sophie Gombya and a number of local cultural performing groups were on board energising the crowd at the Mutukula Custom grounds where the bus made its first stop.
The bus will be travelling to the local communities of Kalangala, Lira, Gulu, Kampala, Bwaise, Entebbe, Soroti, Kapchorwa, Masindi, Kabelabiong and Katakwi.

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