President Yoweri Museveni has called on the people of Nakasongola who include the Baruli and migrants from other parts of the country, to live in harmony and peacefully and stop fighting and killing each other over land.
“The reason I came here is because of the forest which I allowed to be degazetted, which I normally don’t do especially the natural forests. But because of the history of the Baruli persecution by the colonialists in collusion with some wrong elements from Mengo, we had to resolve that problem,” he said.
The President was the Chief Guest at the thanksgiving ceremony organized by the Minister of Public Service Muruuli Mukasa together with the people of Nakasongola to thank the President for the developmental programs the NRM government has provided to the Baruli and especially for the 8 square miles of land degazetted by government from Kyarubanga forest in Lwabiyata sub-country in Nakasongola district. Over 1,800 families are to benefit from the degazetted land for mainly agriculture.
The function that was held at Nakayonza Church of Uganda Primary School in Lwabiyata sub-county in Nakasongola district.
“Let everybody enjoy his/her culture, the stand of the NRM is to cause you the Baruli to recover. When you were given a district, you were only 50,000 but today you are over 300,000 people in Nakasongola district. I am glad that NRM took a firm stand and the results are evident,” he noted
President Museveni appealed to all cultural leaders in the country to work together to stop artificial tensions among the people who already have enough challenges to sort out.
President Museveni was later presented with ‘The Father of the Nation’ Award in recognition of his struggle to liberate the country as well as his able leadership.