President Yoweri Museveni has assured the nation that no one has the capacity to destabilize the country.
The President made the remarks yesterday in Entebbe Municipality during the passing out parade of 1,203 cadres who have completed a one-month political and military training course.
During the ceremony, the President also warmly received over 500 members of the Democratic Party (DP), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) who crossed to the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
“There is peace in Uganda. No one has the capacity to destabilize Uganda,” he said in response to concerns expressed by the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Rukungiri, Ms. Harriet Nakamya who criticized some members of the opposition that are promoting negative propaganda against the President and the NRM Government.
It is thought the Ugandan President was referring to his former ally Amama Mbabazi who has indicated he will be challenging him in 2016
President Museveni commended the Deputy RDC in charge of Entebbe Sub-District, Ms. Rose Kirabira for organizing the one month cadre course. He also thanked the cadres for attending and completing their training.
Turning to wealth creation for the people of Uganda, the President said that education, commercial agriculture and wealth creation based on skills, provided 3 major channels that can be used to eradicate household poverty.
He called on the children and the youth at large to concentrate on their studies so that they are assured of a bright future.
He informed the cadres that commercial agriculture was a good channel to enable poverty eradication efforts and cited the example of a youth who lives along the Mbarara- Kabale road, generates over Shs 500 million per annum from the production of chicken eggs. He also informed them of a big poultry farm in Semuto, Luwero District which produces broilers for export to Kenya and the Middle East region as another way of fighting poverty. He appealed to the people who live around Kampala City to cherish the opportunities at their disposal by engaging and excelling in good profit minting activities such as poultry farming. He also reminded them of the potential to rear pigs and cultivation of vegetables that can do well on small pieces of land.
President Museveni revealed that through skills’ based wealth creation, such as fish farming, the people have the chance and ability to generate wealth. He at this juncture, said that he has asked General Operation Wealth Creation Program Chairma Salim Saleh to ensure women are trained in weaving clothes adding that people have the opportunity to make varieties of products such as bed covers. He urged the people to consider skills based wealth creation because, he noted, it would enable them to eradicate poverty.
President Museveni assured the gathering that he would address the issue of improving services at Entebbe Hospital and that plans were underway to provide boats equipped with radar on Lake Victoria as part of the measures to address the issue of illegal immigrants. He noted that the new facilities would enhance security within the Lake Victoria area.
Regarding infrastructure development, the President directed the new Executive Director of the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Ms. Allen Kagina to handle compensation of people that have been affected by the construction of the new Kampala – Entebbe Highway. He further said that people who lost their bibanja to Kasenyi Military Barracks must be compensated.
Turning to education, President Museveni said that it is the NRM Government’s policy to provide a Primary School in every ward/Muluka and a Government Secondary School in every Division. He directed officials of Wakiso district to implement the policy.
On the welfare of wananchi, the President cautioned people against alcoholism. He also sounded a warning to citizens, particularly the youth, to guard against the risks of the HIV/AIDS scourge. He reminded them to appreciate the fact that one’s health is wealth.
President Museveni pledged Shs. 20 million to boost the ventures of the Entebbe based Atanayita Savings and Credit Co-operative Organization (SACCO).