President Museveni has called upon the youth to join the local manufacturing industry in the country so as to create job opportunities and improve government revenue collections.
Mr Museveni was speaking at the National Museum in Kampala where he handed over equipment valued at Ugx. 800 million to 76 Jua Kali groups benefiting from the Youth Capital Venture Fund under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.
Mr Museveni told the youth that: “You are not using the power and freedom NRM gave to you to elect MPs who would lobby for you. So, use your big numbers to discipline your MPs so that they can work with me to see how to allocate funds for roads, electricity and youth projects.”
He said that when Ugandans import goods from abroad, they give wealth to the people abroad, give their governments more taxes and create more employment opportunities for people in those countries.
He said that although the NRM government has already empowered the youth, they have refused to ‘wear glasses that work properly’ and continued to align with people who are ever peddling lies about the government.
He said that since the NRM government restored peace, the purchasing power of Ugandans has increased but sadly they only buy goods from abroad.
President Museveni, therefore, cautioned the youth not to waste their time on idle talk such as the ‘tojikwatako’ (proposed amendment of article 102 (b) of the constitution) but to instead focus on job and wealth creation.
“Togikwatako” is a popular slogan used by politicians and activists opposed to the proposed amendment of Article 102 (b) of the Constitution that caps the age limit for presidential candidates at 75 years.
The 76 groups that received equipment for agro-processing, automobile repairing, metal fabrication brick laying and carpentry, were drawn from Kampala, Mukono, Wakiso and Mpigi districts.
Mr Museveni said that through putting to good use the donated equipment, the youth in Uganda will begin displaying enough products like clothes, shoes, artificial hair for women, wines and perfumes on the local market to save Uganda from spending $7 billion to import them annually.
“Let us start with this equipment and put them to good use to get out products that we have been buying expensively from China, India and South Africa. With time, we shall also innovate to manufacture these machines from home so that we don’t enrich the jobs markets and tax base of rich countries,” Mr Museveni said.