President Museveni yesterday toured Kampala and Wakiso districts where he facilitated income generation through the promotion of Savings and Credit Cooperative Organizations (SACCOs).
He donated working tools worth Ugx. 275 million to Katwe Welders’ SACCO in Kampala and also commissioned welding, drilling and grinding machines which are to serve 105 groups of metal fabricators.
In his remarks, the President said that “In life, we should not have spectators. Every Ugandan who has got energy must work and generate income. We should not have spectators in the income generation exercise,”
Addressing a gathering in Katwe, the President criticized past leaders for promoting religious sectarianism and noted that such outlook was responsible for the conflicts that the country had experienced. He said that he was among the youth leaders that promoted the spirit of fighting sectarianism in Uganda
President Museveni commended the people of Katwe for being well organized adding that their association can be utilized as a channel to propel their progress.
He criticized former Presidential Candidate, Col. Kiiza Besigye, for promoting commotion and confusion in Kampala City. He reminded him that wananchi need to be enabled to work and generate income for their families.
He commended the leaders of Katwe for mobilizing the people to care more about their welfare. He assured them that he would continue to direct funding to benefit the people. He warned those who are bent on stealing funds from SACCOs that they would be arrested and prosecuted.
The president informed them that he bought machinery for metal fabricators in Najjera, Wakiso district and noted with happiness that the donation has boosted their income generation efforts.
President Museveni made a donation of Ugx.100million to Katwe Welders’ SACCO in order to facilitate their operation capital requirements. He also pledged a donation of Ugx..20 million for the building of a mosque in the area.
While at Zana market in Wakiso district, he said the NRM government policy is to empower all wananchi without discrimination and assured the people that he is fully committed to continue serving them. He expressed happiness that the country today, under the NRM Government, enjoys peace.
President Museveni later proceeded to Bwebajja Fruits Market and donated Ugx.100 million to the Bwebajja Fruits Sellers’ SACCO. He informed the gathering that he had paid them a visit with the aim of helping them eliminate poverty from the households. He informed them that agriculture, small and large scale industries, services, ICT and Public Service are the five main channels of generating income.
The President said the funds he had donated must be used as a revolving facility for the benefit of all. He, therefore, urged them to strive and boost their SACCO for even bigger achievements. He also pledged to make a special arrangement for the craftsmen and carpenters soon.