President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has Monday bought a sofa set from Ms Nankumba Joweliya of NJowe Furniture Centre, at Kubiri, Wandegeya at Shs 2million.
According to the presidential press secretary, Lindah Nabusayi, Museveni was launching the Kkubiri Furniture Makers Development initiative, workshop.
The furniture makers group has been supported by the President through his office, equipping their workshop with modern furniture making equipment.
The KKubiri Furniture Makers Development Initiative has a membership of over 1000 people organised in 50 groups.
Speaking at Makarere University Primary School, Kubbiri in Kawempe Division, Kampala City shortly after commissioning and handing over a furniture workshop that he donated to Kubbiri Furniture Makers Development Initiative.
The common user facility machines and a building cost Shs. 294 million. This also includes the donation of a truck to facilitate the transportation of timber.
During the ceremony, he donated a cheque worth Shs.100 million towards the operations of their SACCO.
“Kawempe Division became rebellious and voted for Museveni’s enemies. These people do not care for you but want to enrich themselves,” he added.
Citing the example of Najera youth in Wakiso district who he recently facilitated with common user facilities in metal fabrication as part of Government efforts to help the people, Mr. Museveni expressed happiness that the Najera donation has assisted associations involved in metal works. He noted that 17 associations based in Katwe, Kampala have also benefitted from similar assistance.
He, therefore, looked forward to the 52 associations of 1,500 members at Kubbiri benefitting from the new workshop that he has donated to them.
The President informed them that he has personally come forward to help the people involved in various artisan trades that need help.
He observed that Uganda today uses a lot of foreign exchange to import furniture the country has got people who can produce it locally.
He said that the artisans at Kubiri have got furniture but lack showrooms in towns.
He assured them that the NRM Government is committed to facilitating them in the struggle to build workshops and showrooms as this will go a long way in enabling the country get liberated from the slavery of importing goods that can be made domestically.
He praised them for getting involved in income generating ventures and also pledged help to the people who are engaged in furniture making in Kireka, East of Kampala City.
Mr. Museveni disclosed that he will facilitate the various groups around Kampala with scholarships to China to empower them the more so that they attain skills in furniture making.