President Yoweri Museveni has given Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga, a pair of locally made sandals at Serena conference centre in Kampala.
Abiriga who recently said thugs relieved him of all his clothes a plate and cap, was seen at parliament donning yellow-the colour for the ruling NRM party.
Thursday’s reception of sandals from the president must have compensated for the “yellow man’s” losses.
Museveni who spoke after Finance minister, Matia Kasaija, had delivered the 2017 national budget speech, said there was need to empower youth to produce local items instead of importing everything.
“Instead of our youth going abroad to become house maids. We can re-skill them to do better,” Museveni said.
The president said Ugandans can build themselves instead of enriching others.
Museveni even displayed Ugandan made clothes, shoes and sandals and said he designed the hat himself, a creation inspired by his ‘bush war’ days.
“If we work together, we can make the children property owners and job creators. The problem is that these children don’t have property, they only own property when their parents die.”
“The uniform I am putting on is Ugandan made. The answer is that we have donated both the wealth and the jobs to the outsiders. When I talk of imports, do not think that I am confining myself to import-substitution.”
On Tuesday, Museveni said Ugandans have capacity to make shoes, furniture, automobiles, motor-cycles, computers etc, locally.
“I have given support to 105 groups in the Katwe area with a membership of 1,570 and to 17 groups in the Najeera area with a membership of 510. The Katwe ─ Najeera area groups are, mainly, in metal cutting, bending, etc. In Katwe, I used Shs. 375 million and in Najeera, I used Shs. 337 million.”