Museveni: Bad Roads not Excuse for Poverty

President Museveni has said that it is a policy of the NRM Government to ensure that soldiers who are injured during the struggle in defence of the country do not feel abandoned.

They must be aided to leave productive lives.

The President made the remarks this week at the Mubende Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Rehabilitation Centre where he commissioned the Prosthetic Workshop.

The facility that was constructed by the UPDF’s Engineering Brigade, ampoule makes artificial limbs for both injured UPDF personnel and civilians, sales wheel chairs, purchase walking chairs and white canes for the blind.

The Centre also imparts skills to UPDF soldiers to enable them engage in productive activities.

“If someone is injured while defending our country, the Army must enable him to continue with life until he finds something better to do. My commitment and that of the Government is to ensure that they are enabled to be productive,” he said.

He reiterated that the bravery of a soldier was crucial towards accomplishing his assignments while serving the national army adding that the UPDF does not abandon its dead and injured members.

He revealed that it was Government policy to ensure that the casualties are looked after.


President Museveni noted that an injured soldier who is not confident fears to perform his duties.

He told the soldiers that so long as they are at the rehabilitation Centre, their children should be provided with education. He revealed that a system was being worked out to finance the education of the casualties’ children in universities adding that the High Command and the Army Council were working on the issue.

He was pleased to note that the unit today has capacity to produce limbs for both soldiers and the public in general. He disclosed that the supply of limbs would be extended to other countries in the region. He assured the UPDF personnel that they were free to utilize the land around the Centre to generate income but warned them against temptations to hijack it.

He was pleased to note that his vision towards the welfare of injured soldiers was successful adding that the Uganda Government’s policy on injured soldiers was better than that of big armies. He stressed that abandoning an injured soldier was a very big mistake.

President Museveni thanked the Army leadership for following up steadily on issues of casualty soldiers. He also commended the UPDF Engineering Brigade for building the Centre. He pledged Shs.30million to KAWADISA SACCO, with an on-spot cash delivery of Shs.10million.

He further pledged to donate a double cabin pick up to promote the marketing of seeds adding that a donation of 2 tractors to boost the agricultural activities of the Centre would be made.

The Chief of the Defense Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala saluted the President for blessing the Army functions during the Tarehe Sita celebrations week. He revealed that the new rehabilitation facility has brought a smile on the faces of the amputees. He said that it would serve the needs of all the people in Uganda and the region.

He disclosed that plans were underway to construct a hostel. He at this juncture introduced a number of amputees who were getting used to the new facilities and among them was one who lost both legs but has managed to produce 6 bags of maize per season.

The Commandant of the Mubende Rehabilitation Centre, Col. Michael Kibirige, said that many of the soldiers are re-deployed to their units after rehabilitation. He said the new facility also repairs and maintains worn out limbs.
President Museveni has called on leaders in particular and wananchi in general to differentiate between development and wealth.

Addressing a public rally this week in Mubende Municipality, prostate Mr. Museveni observed that there may be good infrastructure in the country when people are poor.

He told the rally that the NRM Government has built good roads, more about hospitals, mind schools, among others, as part of its commitment towards the development of the people. He said that it was useless to have all the facilities when the people were poor.

Museveni said that the Government was fully committed to promoting household income and urged wananchi not to use the excuse of bad roads for not generating household income.

He called on them to stop practicing traditional agricultural methods and embark on commercial agriculture. He strongly criticized people who fragment land thereby rendering it uneconomic.

The President said that the best method towards maximizing returns from their pieces of land was to divide the income generated from therein and stop the archaic practice of land fragmentation.

President Museveni also stressed the need to do accurate calculations before embarking on agricultural ventures. He encouraged small-scale land owners to engage in production food crops adding that they have good opportunities to generate more income through the production of coffee and fruits.

He advised the people to appreciate the fact that cultivation of cotton and maize should be left for the large scale land owners. He informed the people that the NRM Government was committed to promoting household income through the services of UPDF Officers.

He introduced the UPDF Officers in charge of promoting household income programme and assured them that the soldiers had demonstrated good performance of the Veterans’ agricultural programme.

He revealed that more people would be enabled to benefit from the programme especially through the provision of more free seedlings during the next rainy season. He expressed confidence that the move would boost agricultural production and eradicate household poverty.

He called on the people of Mubende Town to grow mushrooms, practice weaving and baking and assured them of Government commitment to assist them in those ventures. President Museveni informed the gathering that the Mubende – Kiyuni- Kakumiro- Kibaale –Kagadi road would be constructed.

Mr. Museveni toured the premises of Bagezza SACCO in Mubende Municipality to monitor the progress of the facility which houses a fully-fledged banking facility. He was impressed by the progress in the management of the SACCO.

The President also commissioned a block of 12 classrooms and a library at the Church of Uganda founded Kasensi Secondary School. He called on the students to concentrate on their studies and strive to take care of their health. He pledged a contribution of Shs. 165million towards the purchase of a school bus.

The President also toured the construction of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church where pledged a donation of Shs.200million towards the completion of the Church Construction project.

The Parish Priest of Mubende Parish, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Mwerikande, conducted the President on the tour of the Church.

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