President Museveni has moved to provide support to orphans of former National Resistance Army (NRA) combatants amid complaints neglect by government.
Several children of fallen fighters in the war that brought the NRM to power on 1986 said they lacked resources to start businesses and even live decent lives.
Speaking on Wednesday at the peak of Butologo hills in Mubende district, Museveni said he was keen on assisting offsprings if departed NRA warriors.
“I want to propose to you one business idea,” Museveni observed.
“Saving people from obesity. Come here and do business whereby you help people in Kampala with large stomachs and suffering from obesity to exercise,” said Museveni.
“People in Kampala are dying of eating. But if you start something here they will climb the mountain and enjoy this area,” he added.
Museveni was referring to setting up tourist resorts in the beautiful hills blessed with cool weather.
After climbing one hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. It’s easier to go down the hill than up because of the murram roads but the view is much better at the top.
Museveni said the children of veterans should show interest in tourism so he can help them obtain funds to develop the area.
“I do exercises at home. But these indoor exercises are just jokes,” said Museveni, adding, “Climbing hills is serious exercise.”
“This is business you can tap into to transform your lives.”
The president four out of ten deaths in Uganda are attributed to Non-communicable diseases.
With a projected population of over 40 million people in Uganda, the four major NCDs kill up to 100,000 people annually; which is 35% of the total annual deaths in the country, according to findings that UNCDA sourced from the World Health Organisation.
President Museveni is leading about 1,000 people in a trek through the seven districts of Wakiso, Nakaseke, Mityana, Kiboga, Kasandha, Mubende and Kakumiro.
Trekkers are residing at campsites as they traverse routes that the NRA fighters used during the liberation struggle.
Museveni is also addressing small groups of people along the trek routes and investigating the effectiveness of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC).
Museveni visited the home of Christopher Ssetuba who was killed when UNLA forces attacked NRA in Kagogo, Bukomero in 1981.
The president pitched his tent at Ssetuba’s residence, where he spent the night to pay tribute to “this gallant son.”
The trek which started from Galamba in Wakiso district will end in Birembo in Kibaale district to celebrate freedom fighters‘ sacrifices for patriotism.
The 195km historic journey codenamed “Africa Kwetu” started on January 4 ends on January 10.