President Yoweri Museveni has called upon all leaders at all levels – political, religious and civic – to always take it upon themselves and work as agents of change and sensitize the masses on how to create wealth in order to get rid of household poverty.
He added that leaders are not worth any tittle of leadership if they can’t guide the people that they lead on how to get rid of poverty and live a decent, modern and meaningful life.
The President made the remarks while meeting leaders of Sebei Sub-Region yesterday in Kapchorwa Municipality in his on-going countrywide tour to sensitize the population on how to get rid of poverty through modern commercial and profit-oriented agricultural practices.
He observed that it was unbelievable that the African continent, which is endowed with abundant resources especially the big agricultural potential, has majority of its population living in abject poverty and famine due to lack of guidance from leaders.
He attributed much of the poverty on the continent to failure by the leadership to properly diagnose the causes of poverty in their societies and rightly guide and sensitize the people on the right economic ventures that they should engage in to get out of poverty.
“To solve a leadership problem, such as poverty, you must first understand its cause and to be able to get the right solution. Developing a society calls for its proper understanding, which will help you clearly diagnose it and provide the right solutions. That is what we have always done in the Movement that clearly distinguishes us from other political groups,” he said.
Mr. Museveni told Sebei leaders that since the majority of the people the Sub-Region, like the majority of Ugandans, earn their livelihood from agriculture, it was important that leaders sensitize them on how to do commercial profit oriented agriculture as opposed to subsistence production to earn more and better income.
He stressed the need for leaders to guide the population on enterprise selection to enable wananchi engage in those enterprises that have high yielding and big financial returns on their small land holdings.
He noted that the cultivation of coffee and fruits, tending to poultry, piggery, zero grazing and fish farming, should be emphasised.
The President also said that to facilitate the country’s commercial agricultural drive, leaders should fight the negative vice of land fragmentation that has reduced Sebei Sub-Region’s average land holding to one acre per household, saying such a trend is dangerous to the future of agriculture.
He said that although NRM had initiated new poverty eradication funds to supplement the already existing women, youth, micro-finance, innovation and Operation Wealth Creation program, the Government is set to carry out an audit on the performance of those funds and those who will be found to have misused the funds will be brought to book.
He explained that the new funds would provide common user facilities for youth groups at regional level throughout the country, facilitate SACCOs of organised working groups at district level and SAACOs of elected leaders starting from the grass root to the district level.
In their memorandum that was presented by Kapchorwa LC5 Chairman, Mr. Chepkurui Christopher Songhor, Sebei Sub-Region leaders called for the harmonization of the border between Sebei and Bugisu Sub-Regions.
They also advocated for proper demarcation of Elgon National Park to ensure harmonious living between the residents of Sebei and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
The leaders decried rampant cattle theft in their region and called for the recruitment of Local Defence Unit (LDUs) personnel to boost help the safeguarding of their villages.
During the meeting led by the District National Resistance Movement Chairpersons of Kapchorwa, Kween and Bukwo, supported by the youth, women and disabled league leaders, they unanimously passed a resolution to endorse President Museveni as their Candidate for the NRM Chairmanship in the 2020 Party delegates’ conference as well as their Presidential flag bearer in the 2021 general elections.