President Museveni Thursday visited Kasese District, one of the major Opposition strongholds in western Uganda to commission an irrigation project as part of his nation-wide wealth creation campaign.
After commissioning the irrigation scheme in Bukonzo West Constituency, represented by Mr Godfrey Katusabe of the FDC, the President addressed a bi-partisan rally at Karambi Primary School in Bwera Town Council where he asked Kasese residents to be active participants in the war against poverty.
In order to support agriculture, the President said: “We shall intensify irrigation…the government has rehabilitated the Mubuku Irrigation Scheme and we shall support smaller community-driven schemes.”
The president was in Kasese to remind the residents about NRM's formula of improving household income.
“You must differentiate between development (roads, electricity etc) and wealth (individual income). The government will bring you development but you must work for your wealth,” Mr Museveni told Kasese residents at one of the anti-poverty rallies.
About animals from the parks invading your gardens, the President once again promised to erect an electric fence to stop wild animals from invading people’s gardens, especially in areas where the park borders human settlements.
And on the question of fishing, the President told residents that it was wrong for the people in Kasese to engage in catching immature fish. However, I he said he does not condone use of violence by those checking this vice and promised to investigate the allegations of harassment by law enforcers.
On dealing with unemployment crisis in the country, the President cited industries like Hima Cement in Kasese and undertook to revamp Kilembe Mines while encouraging more investors to set up shops in Kasese district that will employ especially the youth. “These will provide employment and skills to our people here,” the president said.
The president also warned residents against land fragmentation and asked them to try modern ways of farming to boost household incomes. “I urge you to implement the four-acre plan that I keep talking about. Have several enterprises like coffee growing, dairy rearing, poultry keeping and fruit farming. For those with less land in this area, consider growing high-value crops like apples or pineapples.”
The president thanked the people of Kasese for the warm reception, the area NRM leaders for organizing the activities and the area MP Katusabe of the FDC, for supporting them. “I am glad we had a successful bi-partisan gathering,” the president said.
Operation Wealthy Creation (OWC) project was launched in by the government as an intervention intended to create a system that facilitates effective National Socio-economic transformation with a focus of raising household incomes for poverty eradication and sustainable wealth creation.