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Busoga’s poverty worries Museveni, contemplates camping in region

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Busoga’s poverty worries Museveni, contemplates camping in region

President Museveni inspects a guard of honour at the 54th independence celebrations in Luuka district on Sunday

President Museveni inspects a guard of honour at the 54th independence celebrations in Luuka district on Sunday . PPU Photo

President Yoweri Museveni has said he is contemplating camping in Busoga to set up a model farm that would help the residents here learn how to improve and modernize their farming practices for better harvests.

Museveni, the headquarters of Luuka District, wondered why poverty has remain absolute in Busoga yet government has for long been dispatching farm inputs like coffee seedlings, cocoa, piglets and chicken among others.

“I need to come back and camp in Kityerere forests where we camped during our liberation struggle to set up a farm that will help instil new techniques and skills for liberating people in this region from poverty,” Museveni said.

Museveni blamed the locals of poor attitude towards work and failure to adjust to the modern farming methods as the root cause for poverty in Busoga.

“Why would you fail to pick a jerrycan and pour water on your crops during dry seasons, then you keep lamenting of drought destroying all farm crops yet the NRM government extended water nearer to you” he wondered.

Museveni also disclosed that he is hatching a plan of winning back the support that he used to have in the capital Kampala, and is already working on it.

Referring to Kampala as his ‘old time garden,’ the President scoffed at his political rivals that have been claiming dominion over the country’s capital, saying “Let them simply wait and see, all is now
set for best returns.”

He said that part of this plan has been his recent impromptu visits to and support of the various business associations and Saccos in and around Kampala.

President, Minister in charge Kampala Capital City Authority Beti Olive Kamya and Kampala executive Director Jenifer Musisi have in recent weeks been visiting work stations of different groups including market vendors, small scale producers, car washers and even boda bodas in Kampala, handing out mostly Ushs 100million to support their already existing associations.

“People especially opposition politicians have been mocking me; saying that Museveni is now roaming around Kampala with sacks of money, dishing them out to youths. That is not the case,” said he noted.

He added: “What I am doing is to support groups of people who have started up some work, and I know such people can never forget me, therefore time for opportunists who have been stirring Kampala ‘my garden’ is over.

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