President Museveni, currently in South Western Uganda on job and Wealth sensitisation campaign, has commissioned the newly built roads within Kabale Municipality of Kabale in Kigezi sub-region.
The roads were constructed under the Government of Uganda and the World Bank efforts through the Urban Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development Project (USMID).
The project aims at improving the road network in the new municipalities across the country.
Addressing Kabale residents at the launch ceremony, President Museveni asked all leaders from Kigezi to spread the gospel of commercial agriculture saying that once villages are empowered to produce food, automatically cities will also grow in response.
“These people in towns are people with saloons, markets and market stalls, and those come from villages. It is people in villages that sustain those in towns,” he said.
Kabale Municipality received Shs.13.5 billion support from the government of Uganda together with the World Bank to develop roads infrastructure along with other related infrastructural amenities.
The roads that total 3kms include Kigongi, Nyerere, Nyerere Avenue, Bank Lane, Keira and Nkunda.
President Museveni advised the people of the area to select enterprises that will give them quick financial returns if they are to fight poverty out of their homes.
He emphasized the need for wananchi to work for both food and income security to meet their modern-day family demands.
Following the commissioning of land offices in various regions across the country, the president also launched Kabale Zonal Land Office to serve the people of Kigezi Sub Region in all land related matters. He handed over land tittles to some beneficiaries.
In Kisoro, Museveni told the people that the only medicine for poverty is wealth creation.
“For you people of Kisoro and Kabale on small acreage of land, I encourage you to grow Irish potatoes as compared to sorghum. From sorghum one can only fetch Shs.3 million while Irish potatoes can earn a farmer Shs. 43 million shillings per year per of land,” he said.
He encouraged the residents in the sub-region to embrace poultry, fish farming as well as zero grazing of dairy cows.
Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, a number of cabinet ministers, northern region NRM vice-chairman, Sam Engola, Western Region NRM Vice-Chairman, ambassador Matayo Kyaligonza, MPs and central executive committee members, among others, attended the rally that was also marked by a downpour.
The president assured the people of Kisoro that he will find time off his busy schedule to visit the area to celebrate with the people of Burora Sub-County who overwhelmingly voted for NRM in the 2016 elections defeating all the Sub-Counties in the entire Kigezi sub-region.
He pledged to make Burora Parish ‘a village model’ by introducing modern farming methods there to make it a demonstration for the surrounding communities in the area to learn modern farming methods.
Museveni expressed happiness that the mortality rate among children has drastically reduced noting poverty was partly to blame for high child mortality.
He added that NRM was able to stem the high rate of child mortality rate because the government had launched a mass national immunisation against the common killer diseases, like polio.
He informed the people that comparatively Sweden’s child mortality rate is so low per year because the Swedes had critically addressed wealth and health matters at national level.
He warned wananchi against the culture of property inheritance that is characterised by land fragmentation saying that family members should be encouraged to establish family companies through formation of shares to and dividends in order to accumulate better financial profits from consolidated property.
“Human settlement should be addressed as a crucial factor to stop land fragmentation,” he advised.
Esther Mbayo, the minister for the Presidency thanked the people of Kisoro for supporting the NRM government overwhelmingly and for turning up in big numbers to receive the President. She attributed their support to the government’s building so far of the infrastructure in the area.