Karamoja Leaders Tour Nyabushozi, Masaka Model Farms

Nakawa chief magistrate Flavia Nassuuna this afternoon released 5 Forum for Democratic Change Unemployed Youths group members who have been on remand in Luzira Prison on incitement charges.

This followed a plea by the youths that they were poor and unable to raise the Shs 300, price 000 each, doctor for bail.

The Magistrate decided today to revise the bail fees that were set for the youth activists last week to only 100,000.

Their lawyer Rowland Mugisha pleaded to court that his clients could not afford the bail fees since they were unemployed and poor.

Nasuuna unconditionally reduced the fees and ordered prosecution lawyer Ann Kairu to prepare witnesses for commencement of the hearing on 9/02/2015.

The 5 youths Busingye Fiona, Awing Bethel Serunjoji Rashid, Buwembo Habib and Babie Kahimba were granted a 300,000 cash bail last week but failed to pay, claiming that the money was too high and were remanded back to Luzira.

The youths presented to court two sureties Ingrid Turinawe and Kalule Sam who were ordered to pay a non cash bond of one Million shillings

They are accused of inciting violence and unlawful assembly in Kampala in January 2015 when they marched to Naguru police to meet Kale Kayihura the inspector general of police over unemployment



President Museveni has urged the people of Karamoja Sub-Region to intensify commercial agriculture that will not only ensure their lead in food production in the country but also for a bounty of both food and financial security.

“Haven’t you heard what is written in the Bible that the last will be the first and the first will be last?” he asked his guests.

The President was Tuesday evening addressing a delegation of over 130 progressive farmers from Karamoja Sub-Region at his home in Rwakitura- Kiruhuura district.

The delegation was on a 2-day study a visit to model farmers in Masaka district and Nyabushozi County in Kiruhuura district who have, symptoms through modern farming, viagra order succeeded in turning round poverty to prosperity.

In Masaka district, the delegation visited the farm of Mrs. Kizza, who has, on her 3.7 acre land, opened up various commercial activities that earn her Shs. 50 million per month.

The delegation also visited the farm of Mr. Kashaija and other farmers in Kiruhuura district who were once nomadic but were convinced by the President during his youth period, to abandon traditional agriculture in favor of modern commercial farming.

President Museveni told his guests, who had earlier expressed their  appreciation for the tour describing it as an eye opener, that the long journey of his struggle to transform the people of Nyabushonzi who, like the Karimojong, were cattle keepers and nomadic.

He clarified reasons for their nomadic life pointing out that they were scientifically correct as they had to move away from tick infested areas to those of lesser load of ticks. He added that the water factor and ignorance whereby grass was burnt during the dry seasons instead of cutting it for hay, contributed to their nomadic life.

Mr. Museveni said that at the time, only 3 examples of modern farming were existent and these included the government stock farm in Mbarara, a prominent Muganda farmer from Rakai and later ranches that were opened up by government.

He said at the age of 21 years, elders opposed his advice but when he made reference to the Mzungu’s farm, they realized their mistake and finally accepted to stay in one place and treat the animals.

The President said the results were amazing as cattle multiplied in great numbers adding that the trend was interrupted by the take-over of the government by Amin in 1971.

He said that in 1986, he resumed his campaign with calculation leading the people of the area to the prosperity they are enjoying today. He congratulated the people of Karamoja for seeing their past mistakes and cautioned them against making new ones.

“So you have been Ajo (sleeping) in Karamoja. However, since you have woken up, I don’t want you people to make mistakes again,” he counseled.

President Museveni also asked the people of Karamoja Sub-Region to take keen interest in keeping Friesian cows as opposed to the indigenous ones that require huge chunks of land for rearing.

“If you have 1,000 cows, you need 3 square miles of land which most people don’t have. That is why it is advisable to keep Friesian cattle,” he noted.

The President, however, emphasized to the Karamajong the importance of water points for Friesian cows that must be near homesteads as the Friesian cows cannot move long distances in search of water. Similarly, President Museveni repeated his warning to all Ugandans to stop fragmenting land.

“Don’t make a mistake of making a will obliging your children to divide up the land. Let children divide what comes from the land and the land remains a family company,” he stressed.

President Museveni during the next financial year, government will look into the concerns of commercial farmers in Karamoja as well as the issue of Karamajong warriors who have decided to return home to lead productive lives.

He assured the delegation that other issues will be handled under NAADS arrangements that are already on ground and that Army Officers will at the onset of the rain season, commence the distribution of planting materials to wananchi.

The Minister of Karamoja Affairs, Mrs. Janet Museveni pointed out that the whole purpose of their study tour was to make them realize that they, the people of Karamoja can also do what people in other areas can do.

“We are happy to receive you here. We wanted you to get inspired so that you can do the same thing to change Karamoja Sub-Region,” she said.

She added that the aim of inviting them was to make progressive farmers in Karamoja learn from other farmers and take that knowledge back home so that their region also gets the Kizzas and Kashaijas.

She called on the people of Karamoja to make their cattle more meaningful to their life in ensuring that their family members, especially children, benefit from the milk produced.

“I see many children looking after cows, but they are malnourished and hungry yet they are the ones taking care of the animals,” she observed.

She added that there are plans to make Nabwin a breeding centre for dairy cattle that will be distributed to families in Karamoja. She said this will in turn lead to the introduction of the milk factor to the sub-region where consumption of milk will be made compulsory especially by children.

“For people of Karamoja to have no milk, to me that is unacceptable. The milk factor will be a must,” she stressed.

Present was the Minister of State for Karamoja, Hon. Barbra Oundo Nekesa.

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