Museveni Threatens To Sack Agricultural Officials

buy geneva;”>He was paying tribute Friday at the National Medical Stores in Entebbe during the launching of the “Scale up Diarrhea Treatment – Cut Down Mortality” event.

about it geneva;”>The activity is being promoted by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) which is involved in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and diarrheal diseases. He said that under his leadership, Clinton enabled the African continent to enjoy tariff and quota free facilities for its products.

He, also hailed ex US President, George Bush Junior, for further promoting Africa in the sale of over 6,500 products under the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) arrangement.

“If Ugandans spent less time in bars and utilized these facilities, they would enhance their welfare,” noted Museveni.

He said the country could not fully utilize the opportunity due to the shortage of electricity and poor roads.

On a happy note, he assured the country that there would be no more power outages and therefore, wananchi should utilize the opportunity profitably.

He said that Africa is now a huge potential market of 1 billion people adding that these can be big consumers of what the US produces. He also noted that in return, the US can be a big consumer of African products.


Museveni thanked President Bill Clinton for visiting Uganda and also for enabling the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in the control of pneumonia, malaria and diarrhea.

He said that CHAI has moved along with the World Health Organization (WHO) requirements in the control of malaria and pneumonia among children below 5 years of age.

He noted that the 14,000 children, who die per year in Uganda, form about 10% of infant mortality rate in the country. President Museveni said that oral rehydration salts (ORS) and zinc are to be given to health workers, noting that so far, 15,000 of them have been trained in the administration of ORS and zinc.

He tasked the Uganda National Medical Stores to ensure the availability of ORS and Zinc. He was happy to reveal that the government has made preparations in administering human papilloma virus to protect girls against cancer of cervix.

He added that the pneumonia vaccine is being administered effective this year and that of diarrheal diseases would be administered with effect from next year.

On his part, Clinton said his visit was a symbol of the power of partnership adding that CHAI works in 70 countries to help people in the fight against HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, TB, malaria and diarrhea.

He noted that HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria are the largest killers in the developing world.

He revealed that their target is to score a rate of 54 deaths per 1000 live births which is the current global rate.

He was confident that this can be achieved in Uganda. He said that his initiative would provide the ORS and zinc.

He thanked President Museveni for welcoming his foundation to work in Uganda and the facilitation the government has rendered to it.

He said “there will be no need to worry about children dying from diarrhea”.

The Minister of Health, Hon. Christine Ondoa, said that the Uganda government and CHAI have collaborated in the control of various diseases.

She noted that 250 health centres in the country have benefited from this collaboration.

approved geneva; font-size: small;”>The project will comprise a laboratory, help library and lecture theaters to be to be established at Kabwoohe, rx in newly created Sheema district.

The Church of Uganda founded university emphasizes the teaching of natural sciences and is slated to offer courses that will target particularly the enhancement of agricultural production as the area of the university’s location relies on agriculture.

President Yoweri Museveni, who was the chief guest at the fundraising drive that took place today in Kabwoohe, contributed Shs200m towards the project.

He lauded the founders of the institution for focusing on the teaching of sciences, especially agro-science which, he said, was very relevant to Uganda which is largely an agricultural country.

He, however, expressed disappointment with government agricultural officials and extension workers for their failure to advise the population on the current modern agricultural practices which has largely led to the poor performance of the agricultural sector resulting in household poverty and food insecurity in the countryside.

He, therefore, instructed all agricultural officials to seriously embark on the project of educating wananchi on the new and modern ways of agriculture or risk being relieved of their duties.

The President who accepted to be the patron of the West Ankole University Founders’ Forum said that emphasis should be put on efforts to raise household income so that wananchi are empowered to address other necessary household chores.

He also assured the founders and management of the institution of his continued support and that of the government towards the university.

During the fundraising drive, the President auctioned 2 heifers at a total of Shs.18 million.

The Minister of Tourism and Wildlife, Professor Ephraim Kamuntu, commended the President for his visionary leadership towards the development of Uganda and also for his particular interest in the education sector.

He lauded commended West Ankole Bishop Emeritus, Rt. Rev. Yoramu Bamunoba, whose vision to start a university in the area, greatly inspired those who came after him to bring the project to fruition.

State Minister for Education, Mr. Kamanda Bataringaya, congratulated the Church of Uganda upon the establishment of the University and said his ministry would support the institution as its curriculum is in line with the Ministry’s programme of imparting practical skills to the people of Uganda.

West Ankole Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Yona Katonene, reported that the university is premised on making it the hub for agricultural research and education in the area.

He said the university will lay much emphasis on training and equipping professionals with scientific skills so that its products are, in the main, self-reliant and practical-oriented.

Information and National Guidance Minister, Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut and a number of representatives of other religious bodies from all the country, among others, attended the ceremony.

12:00pm: President Yoweri Museveni is expected to be the guest of honor at an institution found in Kabwohe town council in Sheema district.

The University was started by the West Ankole diocese in 2004.

This is the third time Museveni is visiting the area in less than one month.

Early this month Museveni attended the opening of Kihunda health center VI and then paid a visit to the former security minister Chris Rwakasisi at his father’s 110 birthday party.

People in the region tell that due to the loss of NRM’s popularity leading to the defeat in several by-elections, Museveni has decided to camp in Ankole – his stronghold – to galvanise NRM support in the region.

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