Museveni To Handle Drug Dealers With Iron Fist


visit this geneva;”>The President was on Friday speaking at the Inter-faith National Thanksgiving Service held at State House Entebbe under the theme “A nation Under God – Psalm 33:12” where he called upon religious leaders not to be so descriptive on issues of development, adding that countries such as China and South Korea, despite not being very religious, are more developed.

“In South Korea and China, the majority are not Christians. The few who are, are active in building the economy of their country. So, you must believe that you can’t modernise a country by depending only on agriculture. But when I try to implement this, it is opposed. In many situations, we succeed but after a big struggle,” he said, citing the proposed sugar factory in Amuru and the expansion of the Lugazi sugar factory.

“Why would anybody oppose modernisation? How can the economy depend only on agriculture? We can make more money if we supported industrialisation. Help me promote the vision of modernisation of our country.”

According to the President’s Special Assistant for Communications, Ms Sarah Kagingo, Museveni noted that while government was focusing more on hardware issues such as roads, railway and other infrastructure development, it is the duty of religious leaders to tackle moral issues such as homosexuality, drugs among the youth, etc.

“It is your work to tackle the increasing homosexuality, drug use etc, nobody will use guns there. Drugs are a problem even in schools. One of our young people in parliament died because of drugs. China deals with these issues more seriously. That is why I am against bail for some crimes. I am going to take this issue back to parliament and if they refuse, I will take it to a referendum,” he said.

The President, who became nostalgic during the service, urged Christians, Muslims and other people to remain united saying if the mission of God is God, why would there be discrimination in religions.

“If God is God and if all those who say love God come together, what is the problem with that? I’m glad that you are all together because this is what God wants us to do. You may have different spectacles to a lot of things but you are united,” he said.

The President, who drew various quotes from the Bible, warned against borrowing and over relying on donor aid and urged Christians to break away from the curse of borrowing and begging.

He, however, added that people have to work to achieve this. He urged Ugandans to rally support for the NRM’s vision to build an economy that is integrated and self-reliant, saying without a vision, a country can perish.

The First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Hon. Janet Museveni, said Uganda has more to be thankful for.

“We have more to be thankful for because it has been a year of challenges. There have been disasters, one after another but our homes have been protected because we are a nation under God. It is because of that favour that we in Uganda have high expectations and that we shall continue to prosper,” she said.


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