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Museveni begins anti-poverty drive

By Vision Reporter

Added 30th August 2007 03:00 AM

THIRTY homes in each sub-county in the country will be used as pilot projects on how to start income-generating activities. Sub-county chiefs have been trained to sensitise the masses on the programme.

THIRTY homes in each sub-county in the country will be used as pilot projects on how to start income-generating activities. Sub-county chiefs have been trained to sensitise the masses on the programme.

By Hellen Mukiibi

THIRTY homes in each sub-county in the country will be used as pilot projects on how to start income-generating activities. Sub-county chiefs have been trained to sensitise the masses on the programme.

On Wednesday, President Yoweri Museveni said low interest funds for the projects would be availed through Savings and Credit Co-operative Organisations (SACCOs).

The President was addressing residents of Kira town, Jjanda village and Nansana-Bujuuko in Kira Town Council in Wakiso district, where he started a district tour to sensitise the masses on the Bonna Bagaggawale (Prosperity for All) programme.

Museveni, on a four-day tour of the districts in the “Luweero Triangle”, donated sh20m to the villages of Jjanda and Nansana–Bujuuko to boost income-generating activities.

The areas in the Namugongo neighbourhood hosted NRA guerrilla fighters who camped at Kadebedde, during the liberation war (1980-86).
The President revealed that veterans would get special consideration during loan distribution.

According to Museveni, the country’s growth was a result of the support the NRM enjoyed from the masses since the liberation war days.

He said the Movement government had been consolidating security and peace but the emphasis was now on helping the wananchi to eradicate poverty. He regretted the fact that 68% of households in the country are below the poverty line.

On the land debate, he reiterated that eviction of bonafide tenants was illegal and directed local leaders to block any evictions.

The President also warned that any magistrate proved to have connived with landlords to evict rightful occupants of land would be dismissed.

He told the people that land in Buganda was being fragmented into non-viable production units because of large families and some aspects of indigenous cultural practices.

He noted that this hampered profitable large scale farming, and advised people growing traditional cash crops that were not profitable to embrace those that could yield better income such as fruits, vegetables, dairy and poultry farming.

Later, President Museveni urged a gathering at Migadde Primary School in Gombe sub-county to phase out subsistence cultivation and embrace modern farming methods.

He strongly encouraged them to practice large scale farming and avoid land fragmentation. He advised them to join SACCOs to access micro-finances.

The President donated sh10m to Migadde, Senga and Kakerenge villages as a seed fund for income generating projects.

Museveni was accompanied by minister without portfolio and NRM deputy secretary general, Dorothy Hyuha, Wakiso district LC5 chairman Ian Kyeyune and Wakiso district Woman MP Rose Kizza Seninde.

Museveni begins anti-poverty drive

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