President Yoweri Museveni said on Tuesday that Members of Parliament who are against the idea of government giving out land to investors to start up factories are sabotaging economic development.
Museveni’s press team in a statement wrote that the President says, “…. leaders in parliament who block the starting up of factories lead to delay of creating jobs for the young people.”
According to the President, such people (Parliamentarians) are enemies of job creation for the children of Uganda.
Museveni is currently in Eastern Uganda, and yesterday he featured on Open Gate FM radio station in Mbale Municipality to continue with his campaigns on the proposed Land Amendment Bill.
Appearing at Open Gate FM, the president continued to hit back at opposition politicians who keep peddling lies about him to voters.
“The opposition has been saying a lot of lies. In the elections of 2001 and 2006, they said that Museveni had sold Lakes Victoria and Kyoga. Here in Mbale some people were smuggling goods into Kenya and URA was trying to stop this smuggling. When we would try to make the economy work properly, these people would make them turn against us,” he noted.
Farming in Bigusi
President Museveni advised the people of Bugisu Sub-Region in Eastern Uganda to stop cultivating on mountainous and swampy areas, saying that if this practice does not stop, it will contribute the more to environmental damage such as pro-longed drought in the area.
“Nobody should cultivate on mountain cliffs because the stones hold the mountains for us. Plant perennial crops below the mountain,” he said.
He also stressed that mountains and swamps can be used in a proper manner such as fish farming done on the periphery of the swamps.
He said that God created everything for a purpose; a swamp for water and a mountain for mothering rivers.
Museveni informed the people of Bugisu Sub-Region in particular and Ugandans in general that the proposed Land Amendment Bill would help cure the unnecessary delays in the building of vital infrastructure like roads, railways and electricity lines.
“Those who don’t want to be compensated are very selfish. How can you say you won’t surrender a piece of land where a road will pass yet you will use the same road?” he asked.
The President assured the people of Uganda that the Land Amendment Bill is not intended to chase people out of their villages or sell land to investors but develop the country.
Regarding land fragmentation issues, he advised the people that those who make wills should not physically divide the land amongst their children but instead encourage the children to create shares and divide financial profits accruing from the production activities on the consolidated land.