President Yoweri Museveni has called upon the youth to join the local manufacturing industry in the country so as to create job opportunities and improve government revenue collections.
The President was speaking at the Jua Kali (Green Jobs) business start-up tool kits and equipment handover ceremony today held at the Uganda National Museum in Kampala.
He said that when Ugandans import goods from abroad, they give wealth to the people abroad, give their governments more taxes and create more employment opportunities for people in those countries.
He said that although the NRM government has already empowered the youth, they have refused to ‘wear glasses that work properly’ and continued to align with people who are ever peddling lies about the government.
He said that since the NRM government restored peace, the purchasing power of Ugandans has increased but sadly they only buy goods from abroad.
President Museveni, therefore, cautioned the youth not to waste their time on idle talk such as the ‘tojikwatako’ (proposed amendment of article 102 (b) of the constitution) but to instead focus on job and wealth creation.
He asked the youth in the city to tell Kampala Woman MP Nabilah Sempala to leave him alone.
“Tell this lady……Nabilah to stop disturbing Jajja (a Luganda word for grandfather or grandmother),” Museveni said.
Nabilah is one of the MPs, who are opposed to the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017, seeking to remove the presidential age limit from the Constitution.
She was also roughed up on September 27 by Museveni’s guards when they stormed Parliament to eject legislators.
Currently, under the Constitution, a person above 75-years of age is ineligible to run for president.
Museveni, who has been president for the last 31 years, will be constitutionally eligible to run for sixth term in 2021.