Museveni reassures leaders of his wealth creation strategy


President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Friday reaffirmed his wealth creation strategy before leaders of the three branches of government.

He did this by presenting accountability in the form of testimonials of achievements recorded by farmers (who followed his lead) in Gomba and Sembabule districts.

“We, the people of Kisozi, have decided to invite you to share with you our line of thought, which is the line of the NRM,” Museveni said.

“Some people were fighting with Sarah Nalwanga (project coordinator). I told them that this is not Nalwanga’s project but my project. Nalwanga now runs a nursery of coffee and fruit seedlings so that we distribute them to more people and then we can add other things later.”

The President was accompanied by the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni.

The meeting was a special public rally held at Kisozi Primary School in Gomba District.

Museveni said poverty eradication is only possible if leaders lead by example.

He said the entire livestock corridor has similar success stories, from Isingiro, Mbarara, Kiruhura, Lyantonde, Sembabule, Gomba, Kyakwanzi, Kiboga, Ngoma and Masindi.

The challenge now, he said, is to encourage dairy farmers to adopt the zero-grazing method instead of free-range grazing.

“In Uganda, it takes three and a half square kilometers to raise 1,000 cows. You may not have that kind of land, so we said ‘No, you’re into dairy farming.’

“In 1989 we began to dedicate ourselves to dairy production and in 1995 it was already operating in Nyabushozi and in the livestock corridor. It spread like a forest fire.

“You remember I did the tour all over the country, I saw that it was working. I got everywhere and thought I could be successful. In 2018 I distributed this booklet, the four sectors and the seven activities for wealth creation, but at the same time I used the method of working with people close to me.”

The President further noted that when he acquired land in Kisozi in the 1990s, he tasked House of Representatives officials with investigating and making recommendations on how to lift people out of poverty in the area.

This gave rise to the four-acre model.

Museveni reiterated the NRM’s determination to encourage people to engage in modern and calculated commercial agriculture as a poverty eradication strategy.

Progressive farmers from the nine villages of Sembabule and Gomba districts gave their testimonies during the meeting.

The nine villages are Kirasi, Kajumiro, Kisozi A, Kisozi B, Kikuma, Obutugu, Lutunku A, Lutunku B and Kasozi.

One of the farmers is Isirairi Kwefuga from Sembabule, who has 10 acres of coffee and earns more than Sh220 million a year.

He is also dedicated to dairy production and obtains 800 liters of milk per day.

David Nasasira, a farmer from Kyahi sub-county in Gomba, is one of the main milk producers in the area.

One Kabera, also a farmer from Gomba (in Maddu sub-county), has several businesses and a dairy training school. It employs more than 60 young people.

Vice President Jessica Alupo, Speaker of Parliament Anita Among and Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja were among several high-profile officials who attended the special rally.

Lawmakers, including Gomba West MP Robina Gureme Rwakoojo, and NRM party leaders, as well as religious leaders, were also present.

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