Museveni: I am not Against Increasing Teachers’ Salaries

President Yosweri Museveni and his wife Janet address the people of Abim on Tuesday

Civil Society Organisations led by the Uganda Land Alliance (ULA) have committed to champion the implementation of the National Land Policy which has remained unknown to the land owners in the country.

The National Land Policy was approved by cabinet in February 2013 to provide a frame work for articulating the role of land in national development, advice land ownership, there distribution, order utilization, alienability, management and control of land in the country.

ULA Executive Director, Edmond Malilo Owor noted that it took government 10 years to come up with the land policy but since 2013, there has been no clear process of circulating the policy to Ugandans so as to protect human rights on Land use.

“As Civil Society Organisations we are now dialoging with government so as to receive guidance to help us move on the same pace while implementing the policy and circulating it to all Ugandans,” Owor noted while speaking to journalists at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

Owor said that Uganda has a number of land tenure issues of which tenure insecurity is identified as a major impediment to development. Land has been recognized as a driver of economic progress and a factor for achieving food security.

Owor highlighted that over 90 percent of Uganda’s population does not have any form of land documents to protect their land rights and small-holder farmers’ land rights are being squeezed by multiple external factors.

“Though legislation is generally regarded as strong, current implementation of the land governance systems is not sufficiently robust or widespread enough to protect the security of tenure of the urban, rural poor and small-holder farmers.”

Owor further stated that in relation to oil and gas exploration, since the announcement of commercially viable petroleum basis in the Graben in 2006, the region has undergone significant and continuous changes where by many people have ended up losing their land while some have not yet been compensated.

“The challenges are enormous and the capacity of land stakeholders remains limited; it is expected that appropriate interventions will take time and will require political commitment, more resources and capacity development. CSOs must be keen to support government on these issues.”

President Yoweri Museveni has said he has no problem with increasing teachers’ salaries as his fellow presidential aspirants are accusing him wherever they are campaigning.

Addressing residents of Abim central village, tadalafil Abim Town Council in Abim district, more about Karamoja sub region on Tuesday afternoon, Museveni said he is willing to increase the salaries but noted he has to first concentrate on issues that affect the citizens collectively.

“I have a problem where people in parliament don’t listen to my advice but focus on increasing salaries. Besigye also talks about giving a lot of money to teachers in one year but I am not against giving teachers money,” Museveni said.

“We must start with people’s welfare like through operation wealth creation and infrastructure like roads, schools, health centers and electricity. Teachers like other people have relatives who are not well off and putting more money into operation wealth creation would be helping them (relatives).By supporting their relatives, we are also supporting teachers. If anyone tells me the teachers’ relatives are not happy with me improving their wealth, then I will side with Besigye on giving a lot of money to teachers.”

The president said he would increase funding to the operation wealth program in a bid to see that many families’ incomes also rise.

He asked the area Members of Parliament to support his efforts to see that funding to the operation wealth creation and NAADS is increased.

On the issue of water shortage, Museveni revealed that a design had been completed waiting for the project to kick off where 10 more valley dams and tanks would be constructed adding on the existing ones.

In an interview with Chimpreports, the state minister for water Ronald Kibuule said cabinet has put much emphasis on seeing that Karamoja sub region is uplifted to match with other areas.

“We have finalized a program of digging valley dams that would ensure the Karamajong families have enough water for their animals so that they can no longer move from place to place. This way they will be able to start practicing farming and sustain their lives,” Kibuule said.

Earlier, there was a lot of excitement when President Museveni arrived dressed in a yellow linen shirt, grey trouser and signature hat while being escorted by the First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Janet Museveni.

The supporters went crazy when the president who was dressed in the local ‘Nanga’ attire disembarked from his vehicle and saluted them in the local dialect.


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