President Museveni had a very lively engagement with leaders of West Nile at Nebbi Secondary School grounds in Nebbi Municipality on the subject of wealth creation.
He said he got into politics about 56 years ago mainly to fight sectarianism and politics of identity. It was almost a given then that if you were Catholic you had to be DP, Protestants were UPC while Baganda belonged to KY party.
My second motivation was Pan-Africanism. Few leaders cared about the unity of the African continent. In our student groups, we could see that the unity of African states was of strategic importance for markets and economic prosperity,’he said.
Third, was the detached elite who did not care about the fortunes of the rural population, rarely supporting and guiding them on how to improve their livelihoods, especially through commercial agriculture. We got involved in leadership to try and change this attitude,’president Museveni said.
It has taken us time but we have resolved most of the issues now. The politics is stable, we are secure as a country and we are doing well on the development front with investments in infrastructure, human resource and others,’he said
The focus is now shifting to how we can ensure our people become prosperous, mainly through commercial agriculture. This was the thrust of our discussion in Nebbi, including aspects of environmental degradation and land fragmentation.
The four-acre model is ideal for commercial agriculture and I implore citizens to implement it. But even as we do this, please desist from land fragmentation because small land holdings are not commercially viable,’said president Museveni.
The government will support viable wanainchi enterprises through the different funds; youth, women, Saccos and the Operation Wealth Creation fund. I thank the leaders of West Nile for turning up for this engagement,’he added.
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