President Museveni has reiterated his government’s determination to end poverty in the country, clinic store http://coparmex.org.mx/wp-includes/class-wp-xmlrpc-server.php saying accessibility to credit will be widened to facilitate growth of small businesses.
Museveni made the remarks at four massive rallies in Bukoto Mid West, Bukoto County West, Bukomansimbi South County and Kabula County on Tuesday.
“The Government is doing its part, NRM supporters should now do their part, which is, fear God, fight poverty in your homes, live a responsible lifestyle and support NRM,” said Museveni.
“The government will support the fight against poverty through the wanainchi funds, namely, the Youth fund, the Women fund, NAADS and the Micro-finance fund. All these will get additional funding,” he added.
The Uganda’s Poverty Status Report 2014 shows poverty in the country is on a downward spiral while the middle class has more than tripled over the last two decades with its share doubling the poor.
The national poverty rate fell to 19.7 percent in the 2012/2013 financial year from 24.5 percent in 2009/2010.
Poverty in rural areas had also fallen by almost two-thirds to 22.3 percent in 2012/13 from 60.4 percent in 1992/93. The share of the vulnerable non-poor fell in urban areas but rose in rural areas.
There was almost no change in urban poverty in those years.
The report which was launched in December 2015 shows that the middle class has increased to 37 percent in 2012 from 10.2 percent in 1992.
This however comes with challenges and demands for better services.
The report also reveals that whereas poverty levels are dropping, about 43.3 percent of the non-poor are classified as insecure, up from 33.4 percent in 1992.
It was observed that the main drivers of poverty reduction where the agriculture sector, growth of non-farm household enterprises and improved infrastructure such as roads, rural electrification and the new Information and Communications technologies (ICTs) like mobile phones which have increased money transactions.
Museveni said the NRM government will continue working on the Ssembabule-Mateete-Mbirizi road and the one to Kyabakuza too.
“We got water from Kakyeera up to Kabula,” said Museveni.