President Museveni last evening continued with his gospel of wealth creation in the beautiful land of Sebei, where he held an interactive meeting with the leaders at Chelel Village, Tuban Parish in Kapchorwa District.
Leadership and development is about knowing where to go and why, he said.
He quoted the Frenchman Louis Pasteur as the first person to establish that there are organisms called bacteria which “we could not see with our naked eye”.
His discovery was helpful in processes like pasteurization, fermentation and in medicine practice.
All these happened because someone was able to understand a phenomenon. Bacteria had always been there but no one had scientifically known about its existence.
Similarly with development, for it to occur, it must be understood,” Museveni said.
“You are only able to address an issue depending on how you have appreciated it. That is where the NRM party differs with the other parties, because we have taken our time to study Uganda’s problems and offered correct solutions.”
Take the case of insistence on stabilising the country and other interventions like free immunization for children.
“This has ensured our population grows rapidly. In 1979, when I was minister of defence, I visited Sebei, which had just about 20,000 people. Today, its population is about 500,000.”
Notably, development is not an ends in itself. It should lead to wealth creation.
“That is why I embarked on this campaign. We are doing well in terms of development as a country but must improve on the wealth creation front. You, the leaders, must be wealth creation agents.”
Museveni said he has compiled literature around this campaign and the four-acre model.
“I urge you to read it and share with your communities. The primary message is that we must abandon subsistence farming and upgrade to commercial agriculture.”
“And when we do that, it must be guided by numbers. For example in Sebei, I have discouraged the growing of maize. This is a cold area, it takes maize up to nine months to mature. You can grow other crops like wheat that fetch you better money in a shorter time.”
Finally, do not fragment your land. The idea of sharing land as an inheritance should stop, the president urged.
He said families should jointly own land and only share proceeds from the land based on an agreed shareholding formula.