All of you must join the money economy – Museveni tells Tororo residents

President Museveni addressing residents at Siwa Primary School in Siwa Sub County, Tororo District (Photo/PPU)

Tororo, (UG): President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has urged the people of Tororo District to join the money economy in order to fight poverty.

“We have told you, please, working only for the stomach is not good. You must all join the money economy because you have stomach and non-stomach needs. So how will you solve the non-stomach needs like education if you are looking at only the stomach?” President Museveni noted.

The President, who was accompanied by the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Maama Janet Museveni, made the appeal yesterday as he commissioned a church and a two-classroom block at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and Siwa Primary School, respectively, at Siwa Sub County, West Budama, Tororo District. The facilities were donated by Tororo Cement Ltd.

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The President informed the residents that they can join the money economy by engaging in the four sectors of the economy, which include agriculture, industry, services, and ICT.

He, however, advised that as people in rural areas, the best sector that could quickly get them out of poverty is agriculture with “ekibaro” (calculation), saying that those with small pieces of land like four acres can use the first acre for coffee because coffee is in high demand, the second acre for fruits like oranges and mangoes, the third acre for pasture for zero grazing of cows, and the fourth one for food crops for the family.

“In the backyard, you have poultry for eggs, and if you are not a Muslim, you have pigs, and then if you are near the wetland, you do fish farming,” President Museveni said.

President Museveni further cautioned Tororo residents to stop growing crops that will not bring money quickly, like maize and cotton, which require one to have huge chunks of land to benefit from them.

He also thanked the investors, Tororo Cement Ltd., for not only bringing investment to Uganda but also doing corporate social responsibility by building schools and churches.

The President attributed the growing numbers of investors in Uganda to the wise policy decisions made by the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government. President Museveni pointed out returning Indians’ property that was seized by former President Idi Amin to the owners as one of the wise policy decisions the government made.

“Wisdom is stronger than strength. This progress you see is mainly policy-stimulated. Even before you do anything, just by following the correct policy, you will get a lot of solutions,” he noted.

President Museveni, on the other hand, promised that he would return to the Bukedi sub-region so that they could have a deep discussion with the residents on the issue of wealth creation.

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The Minister of State for Defense, Hon. Jacob Oboth Oboth, thanked the President and Maama for attending the event.

The function was attended by ministers and Members of Parliament, among others.

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