KABALE, UGANDA: President Yoweri Museveni has warned Ugandans living in Kabale district to avoid smuggling goods into Rwanda but instead engage in formal business with the neighboring country.
The President made the remarks while addressing the people of Kabale on Saturday at the border town of Katuna and Kabale Municipality on arrival from the Rwandan capital, Kigali, where he had gone to join other heads of state that had convened to attend the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). He traveled to and from Rwanda by road.
“Greetings to you, people of Kabale. Do you still smuggle goods into Rwanda and sell on the black market? If not, I thank you Bakiga for stopping the vice of smuggling. The border is now officially open. Engage yourselves in formal business for those who are in the commercial sector. The construction of the border post premises is ongoing to meet the required standards together with the road itself,” the President said, adding that what is most important is to focus on poverty eradication in homes.
Museveni also urged the people to put into practice the objectives of Parish Development Model as the government has outlined to eradicate poverty in their individual homes.
“The scheme will benefit people who are on small landholding,” Museveni said.
The President also told them that respective area MPs in the country will sensitise their people on how the fund will be accessed in their constituencies. “The other source of funds for your local communities is the Emyooga funds. This also supports people on small landholdings,” he said.
He also thanked the people of Kabale for exhibiting overwhelming political support to the NRM party.
At Katuna border post, President Musveni was received by the Minister of State for Transport, Fred Byamukama, the Minister of State for Industry and area MP, David Bahati, the UPDF 2nd Division Commander, Maj. Gen. Francis Takirwa.
Other officials included; the Kabale district RDC Godfrey Nyakahuma, the Kabale LC5 chairman, Nelson Nshangabasheija, UNRA contractors, among others.