President Museveni on Tuesday evening held an interactive session with over 1,000 leaders from Bugisu sub-region, as he resumed his wealth creation sensitisation campaign in Mbale Town.
His message centres around three words; peace, development and wealth.
He said the NRM is the only party that has guaranteed sustained peace and stability for Uganda, given its well-documented tumultuous past.
This peace has enabled the country undertake lots of development projects. From roads to schools, to dams, hospitals, to name but a few.
“In Bugisu now, we are building the road from Mbale to Lwakhakha border, which should open immense cross-border opportunities.”
Also, the road from Nabumali to Kachonga-Butaleja-Namutumba will be tarmacked, so will the Namagumba-Budadiri one.
The Tororo-Mbale-Soroti-Dokolo-Lira-Kona Kamdini highway is to be re-done. All this is development.
However, development must be accompanied with wealth for the family, Museveni said.
He cited four key ways of creating wealth; commercial agriculture, industries, services and through ICT. Leaders at every level must help their people discover which area to engage in.
“Most of our people are involved in farming, explaining why I speak more about commercial agriculture. Farming must be done with the right calculation. For example, why should someone with a few acres of land grow cotton, whose returns are only guaranteed if grown in large quantities?”
In Bugisu, for example, he encouraged farmers to grow coffee, where an acre could fetch up to Shs18 million annually.
“You could also grow fruits like oranges, apples and strawberries.”
“Besides the food crops, also do some zero-grazing of Fresian cattle, keep poultry, piggery and if possible fish farming. As you do this, avoid fragmenting your land. Jointly own land as family, only share proceeds.”
He fully backed the request by the people of Mbale that the town is included in the first batch of proposed new cities.
“You cannot talk of new cities in Uganda and omit Mbale and Masaka.”