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Museveni Backs Detention of SACCO Fund Defaulters

PRESIDENT M7 AND HIS WIFE JANET POSE FOR A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH WITH KISOZI FAMERS WHO HAVE DONE VERY WELL IN WEALTH CREATION PROGRAME IN KISOZI

President Yoweri Museveni has said people who fail to payback Savings and Credit Cooperative Organizations (SACCOs) loans or cows and goats from the Wealth Creation projects should be held accountable in accordance with the law.

“Laws should be enforced on those people who fail to pay back SACCO loans or those who take cows and goats from the Wealth Creation Projects and fail to bring back a calf or ‘Empaano’ to be passed on to the next beneficiary,” he said.

The President, who has made another indelible mark, following that of Kiruhura district, in his vision to turn round poverty stricken wananchi into prosperous Ugandans through modern commercial and calculated agriculture, made the remarks yesterday while addressing the people of Greater Kisozi at Kisozi Primary School ground in Gomba district.

He was accompanied by the Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni.

Museveni said that the projects were started to assist communities on income generation, food security and home improvement in order to speed up the rural transformation as a way of fighting poverty in the country.

He reminded the people of Kisozi of their needy status in the 1990s when they had poor roads, no schools, food and poor hygiene, among other challenges, that are today available.

He, therefore, advised them to put more efforts on households’ income generation using a Biblical quotation ‘Seek yee first the Kingdom of God and the rest shall be added unto you.’

The President commended the Poverty Alleviation Department in State House for using the Model Parish strategy where famers are given better yielding seeds and its five pillars namely income generation, food security, home improvement on sanitation and hygiene, value addition and marketing, savings and credit, to fight poverty in the district.

“I thank my Office, Department of Poverty Alleviation for the work they have done in this district because all the nine villages in this district have got food and sanitation is good. I am happy to hear that only 439 households out of 1696 have not got ‘empaano’. We shall provide them with one,” he said.

Museveni said that the government will work on water issues in the district and extend electricity to village level to enable farmers add value to maize and coffee. He also revealed that he will provide them with milling machines.

He commended the best farmers in each village and promised an irrigation project scheme to be extended to their farms.

Janet Museveni was grateful to God for giving Ugandans a leader who fights for his people to change their lives for the better.

She, therefore, advised the people of Uganda to learn how to save so that they are able to support themselves. She added that more schools, teachers’ quarters and toilets will be built in Gomba district.

State Minister for Water Kibuule Ronald, said government will use solar power pumps to provide water in villages as well as dams adding that clean water will be pumped from River Katonga.

LC1 Chairman, Mr. John Lule, thanked the government for all the initiatives on fighting poverty in his village and the district of Gomba at large.

He testified that banana farming has drastically improved food security, transformed the lives of the people living in his area, and that his annual income from the crop is Shs.18 million per year.

He, therefore, advised people to embrace the government projects of Wealth Creation and model strategy.

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