Minister Bahati urges unity to spur Kigezi's development

Minister Bahati urges unity to spur Kigezi's development
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The  State Minister for Trade, Industry, and Cooperatives, David Bahati, who is also the Ndorwa West Member of Parliament, has urged leaders and residents in Kigezi to reject sectarianism, particularly based on religion and tribe.

According to Bahati, sectarianism stands as the primary obstacle to development in the region and a significant contributor to poverty.

Minister Bahati made this call during the International Community of Banyakigezi (ICOB) end-of-year convention.

The convention which was held at Nyeikunama Playground in Muhanga Town Council of Rukiga District provided a platform for the minister to address leaders and locals, urging them to prioritize unity and reject sectarianism for the betterment of the Kigezi region.

In his address at the occasion, Minister Bahati emphasized the imperative for Banyakigezi to foster cooperation and eradicate the vices of sectarianism that are adversely affecting the region.

He highlighted the hindrance posed by sectarianism, particularly based on religion and tribe, to the overall development of the area.

Bahati emphasized that the challenges they are combating, such as poverty, do not discriminate based on region or tribe.

"The poverty we are fighting knows nothing about religion or tribe; there is no poverty that is Catholic, Anglican, nor Muslim. Poverty is poverty, and it hurts."

He also stressed the need for   unity and the rejection of sectarianism for the advancement of Kigezi.

He asserted that sectarianism would not contribute to the development of the county.

Using a market analogy, Bahati emphasized, "When you go to the market, you cannot find any product called tribe; the only tribe in the market is the buyer and the seller. This metaphor underscores the idea that, in the pursuit of progress, the cooperation and collaboration of all individuals, irrespective of tribal affiliations, are crucial."

Bahati urged cooperation among Banyakigezi, emphasizing that they should live up to the expectations of their community.

"It's a shame for a MunyaKigezi learner/Student to fail in class; it's also a shame for a MunyaKigezi to be caught because of corruption in their offices."

The minister's words underscore the collective responsibility of individuals from the Kigezi region to uphold high standards, both in education and ethical conduct.

While officiating at the event, Deputy Speaker of the Uganda Parliament,  Thomas Tayebwa, emphasized the significant impact of a united and cooperative BanyaKigezi community on government recognition.

"No government will ignore the voice of BanyaKigezi as long as they are united and cooperate in many different aspects."

He further highlighted the global reality that governments collaborate with organized communities to achieve common goals.

Tayebwa called upon the Bakiga, the people of Kigezi, to reclaim and reinforce their spirit of cooperation, reminiscent of their historical practices.

Grace Mugabirwe Mutebile, the Chairperson of the International Community of BanyaKigezi (ICOB) Uganda Chapter, emphasized the historical values that BanyaKigezi were renowned for.

"BanyaKigezi were known for three things previously wisdom, honesty, and cooperation, among many others."

She called upon the public to embrace these virtues for the continued development of the area.

She also  highlighted one of the main objectives of ICOB, which is to unite BanyaKigezi and reignite a spirit of cooperation among the community.

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