Luuka, (UG): The first deputy premier for Busoga Kingdom who doubles as the chairperson of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) Al-hajj Prof Dr Muhamadi Lubega Kisambira has called on people in Luuka district to embrace unity and security in order to push for development in the new year 2024.
Dr Lubega, who is also the Patron of Luuka Patriots Association (LUPA), an association which was established to bring the patriotic people of Luuka together, was on Sunday speaking at the end-of-year party organized by the association at Hawaii International Hotel in Luuka town council, Luuka district.
He commended the ruling government for prioritizing security for Ugandans which he says has enabled the association to conduct various development activities, urging people to be vigilant, peaceful, patient and disciplined to develop.
“We want to appreciate the government led by H.E Y.K. Museveni for the security which has enabled us to operate freely in the district without any hindrances. I therefore call upon you to rally people to be united and nothing should put us apart, let us be vigilant because security is paramount and above all, let us maintain peace and we shall develop. If you don’t love the current government then be patient and disciplined to face the future government of your desire,” Dr Lubega said.
Under his stewardship as the patron, LUPA has made several achievements in the district, some of which include giving out welding machines to youths in the town councils, supplying banana suckers, supporting education through donations, supporting health by constructing staff quarters at Kiyunga Health Centre IV which are nearing completion, among others.
Lubega promised that the association will complete the staff quarters by April this year and also pledged to supply welding machines to youths in the town councils that missed out in the first phase.
He also tasked the LUPA chairperson Mr. Mwase Gideon Ronald to always involve the political and security leadership while executing LUPA activities, and also team up with the executive to monitor the progress of the projects which they initiated.
The chairperson of LUPA Mr. Mwase Gideon Ronald says at least 80% of the people who received welding machines and banana suckers have benefitted and he commended the patron for guiding to have other town councils covered especially those who never received welding machines.
“We’re sure that youths using the machine have improved financially and we believe that the beneficiaries in the next phase will also improve,” Mr Mwase said before calling upon security in the district to make a clear report to the government about the positive contributions of the association.
The leaders in the district led by the chairperson Luuka town council Mr. Kauta Akabwayi appreciated the good works of LUPA with the stewardship of Dr Lubega. Mr Akabwayi said they are to open up a road in the Patron’s name, something which the district NRM chairperson Al-hajj Hon Meddie Mulumba supported, saying it’s more possible even in other sub-counties.
“We should learn to appreciate people when they are still living and the suggestion which was made by Mr Akabwayi to open up a road in the name of Dr Lubega is very fine and it can stretch to other sub-counties, to have roads in his name given the achievements he has made towards a number of developments in Luuka district,” Hon Mulumba said.
Mulumba urged people to educate their children to attain higher heights in studies even if the parents didn’t study much, and he also reminded them to plant crops to maintain food security.
The function was attended by among others the DISO Luuka district, chairperson LCV Mr. Wakaze Simon, district speaker Bikumbi Ronald, and political, cultural and religious leaders, among others.
Ms Namutamba Resty Kawowo, a youth councillor for Luuka district, urged people in the district to forget about 2023 and focus on the new year 2024 for development ideas. She appreciated LUPA for its efforts in giving out support to those in need.
“I want to thank the association of LUPA for the great work well done and my sector of youths has benefitted from welding machines. I call upon people of Luuka district from elsewhere to get united and develop,” Ms Namutamba said.
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