Museveni Assures on More Funds for Agriculture

Museveni being received in Kabale on Sunday

President Yoweri Museveni yesterday told the people of Ndorwa East in the south western Kabale district that their area had lagged behind in development because they chose the wrong person to represent them in Parliament.

He told a crowd that gathered to welcome him that the area MP Hon Wilfred Niwagaba, visit this site who should lobby for the services in the area had gone off truck.

“I have come to tell you that my son Niwagaba who should have asked me for the electricity that you need, purchase is no longer coming to see me nowadays,” Museveni said.

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Presdient Museveni waves to the locals at the rally on sunday

Presdient Museveni waves to the locals at the rally on sunday

“Actually when I was coming, the people Kyobugombe trading center stopped me and told me that they are now orphaned. They have no MP. They told me their town is very big now but it has no electricity.”

Hon Niwagaba in 2013 fell out with his ruling NRM party together with three others, who were declared “Rebel MPs”

The MPs Theodore Sekikubo, Muhammad Nsereko, Wilfred Niwagaba and Barnabas Tinkasimire are currently battling their party in court, which wants they thrown out of Parliament.

Earlier in January while visiting the district, President Museveni urged the people of Ndorwa not to vote Hon Niwagaba back in Parliament in the coming 2016 elections.

He told residents at Kabale Municipal Stadium, that Hon. Niwagaba has on several times opposed Government programs which are aimed at developing the country.

Museveni speaks to Hon Niwagaba [black neck tie] and and other area leaders

Museveni speaks to Hon Niwagaba [black neck tie] and and other area leaders

The president referred to Hon Niwagaba as a stumbling block to almost every progressive government program aimed at socioeconomic transformation of the people.

Museveni was yesterday speaking at the commissioning of the Shs 1 billion Maziba fruit wine factory in Maziba Sub County, which was established by the Uganda Industrial Research Institute

The President inspects the new wine factory products

The President inspects the new wine factory products

He invited the legislator on the podium, held his hands and told him, “Honorable, these are your people; they are saying they don’t have power in their trading centers.”

Niwagaba dismissed the claims that he is not doing his work as untrue.

“No, no, no Your Excellency, that is totally untrue, I have written severally to the Ministry of Energy and there are copies to prove that “.

But the President waved him down, “But why do you have to pass through the technocrats? Why haven’t you come to me?”

Meanwhile the Minister in charge of EAC affairs Hon Shem Bagaine, teamed up with the president to pin Niwagaba.

“Yes, it is true Mr President, we have many large trading centers here without power,” he retorted.

The MP in response asked the President to first fulfill his 2010 campaign promises to the Ndorwa people including construction of the old Kabale road and the Maziba dam which he said remain untouched to this day.

At Buhara secondary school, locals petitioned the President on the mismanaged Operation Wealth Creation program.

This came after Museveni called up the program coordinators led Lieutenant Col Ismail Masudi to account for the progress only to give contradicting statements.

The locals accused the program managers of favoring only a few rich locals in the whole District. President Museveni promised to look for a solution for their concerns.
President Yoweri Museveni has said that government will in the next financial year  allocate more funds towards the promotion of agriculture through the wealth creation campaign.

He said this would ensure that enough seedlings, decease breeding stocks as well as farm tools and input have reached the majority of the households in the country.

He explained that this has been necessitated by the fact that many of Ugandan homesteads have embraced the message to shift from subsistence to commercial agriculture leading to the increasing demand for agricultural inputs.

The President made the revelation at public rallies he addressed at Maziba Sub-County and at Buhara in Ndorwa East County in Kabale district on Sunday.

He said that from his recent national tours under the wealth creation campaign, he has noticed the growing demand for agricultural inputs from the wealth creation officers that is not matched by what is provided for in the budget.

He, therefore, said that enough funds will be allocated to the sector to cover more families countrywide.

He explained that enough funds could not be allocated in the previous budget because, on top of the overlapping national priorities and this being an election year, a sizable amount of funds has been allocated to conducting of elections right from the national to the grass roots levels.

“After the elections, enough money will be available and will be injected into NAADS to provide seedlings and breeding stock to cover more families,” he said, adding, “at least I am happy about the thirst the people are showing in the demand for inputs which shows that our message to adopt commercial agriculture, has sunk into the population and I can assure you the government will respond positively.”

The President, who was accompanied on his tour of Ndorwa East by the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, several ministers and the Ndorwa East MP, Wilfred Niwagaba, urged the population to differentiate between development and wealth.

He said that government may provide the entire necessary development infrastructure but if the population does not utilize them to generate wealth citizens will remain poor.

“I came on a tarmac road from Rwakitura up to Kabale and electricity was available all through. Are you saying that there are no poor people next to that tarmac road? You will find poor people living alongside a tarmac road and electricity meaning there is much more that citizens need to do,” he said.

The President, who had earlier commissioned a newly constructed pineapple wine processing plant that makes wine from locally grown pineapples, appealed to the population to engage in profit-oriented commercial agriculture.

He informed them that modern life demands that on top of having food, one needs money for other domestic needs; the reason subsistence agriculture should be abandoned for modern commercial agriculture.

The President strongly cautioned the people of Kabale against land fragmentation which he said has already taken a toll on agricultural productivity of the district.

He asked family heads to stop fragmenting land on account of poor inheritance rights and noted that continued fragmentation of land, posed a great danger to the future of agriculture and may result in irreversible human disaster such as hunger and famine.

“Land has been fragmented on account of bad human settlement; land is not for sleeping on and having individual homesteads. It’s for production and wealth generation,” he told the rallies.

On education, he warned against levying fees in UPE and USE schools but urged parents to pack lunch for their children.

“National Resistance Movement cannot exercise hypocrisy on its people by lying that it will provide lunch for the children in UPE and USE schools. Government will do the rest; let parents provide lunch to their children after all even if they were not at school, they would feed them,” he said.

He assured the citizens that the country is safe and secure and that their security and that of their property is guaranteed as the UPDF is very strong and ready to secure the entire country. He advised the population to go on with their business.


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