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Museveni challenges women leaders to prioritize wealth creation over politics

President Museveni in a group photo with the NRM Women's League and National Women's COuncil leaders after the meeting at State House Entebbe, on Thursday March 07, 2024 (Photo/PPU)

Kampala, (UG):- President Museveni has challenged the leaders of the NRM National Women League and Women’s Council to prioritize preaching wealth creation strategies over politics if homesteads are to join the money economy he advocates for.

“Today, at a meeting with the National Women League and Women’s Council Leaders, I challenged them to prioritize the economy over politics. They should focus on getting everyone into the money economy,” H.E Museveni said in a post via the Presidency’s official X account.

“Every homestead must join the money economy with ekibaaro, and those with small pieces of land should use the four-acre model of farming. By investing in commercial agriculture, we can defeat poverty,” he added.

The President revealed this on Thursday while addressing the NRM women leaders at State House-Entebbe ahead of the International Women’s Day Celebrations scheduled for March 08, 2024.

The President further advised them (the women leaders) to encourage people with small pieces of land to adopt the four-acre model where on the first acre they can plant coffee, the second acre they can grow fruits, the third acre grow food for the family and fourth acre, grow pasture for animals and in the backyard, carryout poultry, piggery and fishing farming in ponds.

“If you do this type of farming, that means we will have defeated poverty through commercial agriculture,” Mr Museveni stressed.

Mr Museveni also promised to organize a tour for the NRM Women leaders to visit his Kisozi farm for a demonstration tour and training like some of the people who have listened to the NRM message including recently Mr Nyakana of Fortportal and his (Museveni’s) neighbors in Kisozi.

“I will organize a tour for the NRM Women leaders to visit some of the people who have listened to the NRM message like Mr Nyakana of Fortportal and my neighbors in Kisozi,” he stated.

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President Museveni informed the women leaders that apart from commercial agriculture, they can also encourage people to use the Emyooga program and small-scale manufacturing like shoemaking, and tailoring, among others to get out of poverty.

He also urged the leaders to encourage Ugandans to embrace the services sector like transport, medical and teaching to improve their livelihoods, and further mentioned the fourth sector;- ICT as another avenue to help Ugandans transform their lives economically.

On the other hand, President Museveni told the women leaders that the reason why NRM ranks above other political parties in Uganda is because they prioritized people’s needs over their identity based on religion and tribes.

“The first need we dealt with was security. The main problem was insecurity and the moment that problem was solved, the NRM became popular,” he explained. “You, as NRM preachers, should preach to people to get out of poverty using the NRM concept.”

The Women leaders through Hajjat Faridah Kibowa thanked President Museveni for supporting and elevating women in leadership. “We are grateful for what you do for women. All the women you see here are NRM Flag bearers in their Districts,” she said.

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Hajjat Faridah also informed President Museveni that as NRM Women’s League and National Women’s Council, they want him to again stand for Presidency in 2026 and beyond.

“Accept that we launch you as our chair,” Hajjat Faridah requested before Museveni as her fellow leaders held banners showing their support for the President’s candidature.

Mr Museveni assured the women leaders that their proposal for his candidature in 2026 will be discussed in the NRM structures and the decision will be announced soon.

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