President Yoweri Museveni has emphasized the necessity for computer literacy and adult education for women groups with modest educational level.
He, therefore encouraged women groups to undergo both computer and adult literacy training programmes and said such arrangements will go a long way in enabling them manage their businesses properly.
The President was yesterday addressing spouses of soldiers of the Special Forces Command (SFC) in State House, Entebbe.
He commended the spouses for being self-supportive through the setting up of individual income generating activities as helping hand to their husbands who are ever engaged in state duties.
“I hatched the idea of encouraging the spouses of soldiers to be economically self supportive by practicing agriculture through growing seasonal crops on government land in barracks way back as the bush war ended. However, the idea was not quickly picked up for lack of follow up and sensitization, till recently when the spouses of SFC soldiers formed a SACCO that has seen this idea implemented,” he said.
The SACCO, formed in 2004 currently has 231 active members who have been trained in different skills of income generation activities with a view to empowering them to be self-sustaining at household level.
Museveni encouraged the members to establish a departmental resource centre under one umbrella within Entebbe Municipality to enable house projects like bakery, tailoring, knitting and weaving, poultry, and saloons, among others.
He pledged to furnish the centre with the necessary equipment that suit their various projects.
“The arrangement will enable you as a group to set standards and uniformity of your products for easy marketing strategy,” he advised.
Museveni noted that when spouses of military personnel are being busy, there will be no more cases of domestic brawls among families of security personnel.
“To assault a spouse is equivalent to hurting the life of Ugandan and by law the penalty is five to seven year imprisonment,” he said.
Museveni also commended the Commanders of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) who in the Special Forces Command Brigade for instilling discipline in the forces.
The SFC spouses’ Chairperson, Faith Kente, assured Museveni that they are dedicated to promoting discipline and be exemplary disciples socially and economically.
She said that whatever success they have registered is largely due to the President’s full support to them as a caring parent to the nation.
Introducing the Executive to the President, the Director of Civic Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Captain Frank Murema, said that the group has focused leadership that envisages bigger achievements.