Busoga’s Poverty Worries Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni contemplates camping in Busoga to set up a model farm that would help the residents learn how to improve and modernize their farming practices for better harvests.

Mr Museveni, pill while speaking at this year’s Independence Day celebrations at Kiyunga saza ground, the headquarters of Luuka District wondered why poverty has remained absolute in Busoga yet government has for long been dispatching farm inputs like coffee seedlings, cocoa, piglets and chicken among others.

“I need to come back and camp in Kityerere forests where we camped during our liberation struggle to set up a farm that will help instill new techniques and skills for liberating people in this region from poverty” Museveni said.

The president blamed the locals of poor attitude towards work and failure to adjust to the modern farming methods as the root cause for poverty in the region.

“Why would you fail to pick a jerrycan and pour water on your crops during dry seasons, then you keep lamenting of drought destroying all farm crops yet the NRM government extended water nearer to you” he wondered.

Mr Museveni also disclosed that he is hatching a plan of winning back the support that he used to have in the capital Kampala, and is already working on it.

Referring to Kampala as his ‘old time garden’, the President scoffed at his political nemesis that have been claiming dominion over the country’s capital, saying “Let them simply wait and see, all is now set for best returns.”

He said that part of this plan has been his recent impromptu visits to and support of the various business associations and Saccos in and around Kampala.


Minister in charge Kampala Capital City Authority Beti Olive Kamya and Kampala executive director Jenifer Musisi have in the past weeks been visiting work stations of different groups including market vendors, small scale producers, car washers and even boda bodas in Kampala, handing out mostly Shs. 100million to support their already existing associations.

“People especially opposition politicians have been mocking me; saying that Museveni is now roaming around Kampala with sacks of money, dishing them out to youths. That is not the case,” he noted.

He added, “What I am doing is to support groups of people who have started up some work, and I know such people can never forget me, therefore time for opportunists who have been stirring Kampala ‘my garden’ is over.”

President Museveni noted that in a bid to stop cash outflow and to end travel inconveniences to Ugandans, government is finalizing modalities to start up a National Airline to replace the defunct Uganda Airline.

“The final effort is on the issue of the airline. We allowed Uganda Airlines to collapse because it was making losses and, at that time, Ugandans were not travelling as much as today,” Museveni said.

He says Ugandans are now spending $420 million per year on travel, a thing that has prompted the NRM Government to start up a National Airline to stop the outflow of this money and to end travel inconveniences to Ugandans.

During the celebrations, 560 Ugandans were awarded medals for their distinguished services to this country.

General Elly Tumwiine, the chairman of the National Honors and Awards Committee said the awards are meant to recognize and reward outstanding acts and achievements of individuals who distinguished themselves in service to the nation.

Among them were the 1978 Uganda Cranes football team players who were awarded the Golden Jubilee medals for their outstanding service to the country.

The team, some of whose members are dead, took Uganda to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations before losing 2-0 to hosts, Ghana in the penultimate game of the tournament.

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