President Museveni reiterated the same message on jobs creation, which he had emphasized in the previous meetings, saying that the NRM government is now focused on creating jobs for young Ugandans having embarked on a strategic policy of inviting rich business people into the country including the Asians who had been expelled by Amin and giving them back their properties.
He was Saturday addressing a rally in Moyo town.
“We invited back the Asians to reposes their property and re-start businesses and today you can see what these investors have done. Uganda today has over 5,000 factories creating over 700,000 jobs to the locals and solving the problem of shortage of essential commodities including sugar, soap, cement,” he said, adding that Uganda is now suffering a good problem of excess supply.
“We have excess supply of sugar, milk, cement, among others because we have factories which are producing most of the essential commodities which were initially in scare supply.”
Besides the factories which are employing more Ugandans than the public sector (480,000), Museveni said that investments in the service sector has created 1,300,000 jobs, ICT 300,000 jobs.
“We need more factories to employ more of young people, and most importantly, the nature of industrial development shall influence our education and skills development.
“Employers will need people who are more skilled to work in factories, hotels, among others.”
Citing the case of the telephone industry, Museveni said that in 1986, Uganda had 21,000 telephone lines under the government parastatal of Uganda Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (UPTC), but today there are 28million telephones accruing from attracting foreign telephone companies.
The telephones, he explained, are employing Ugandans, and paying huge taxes which we are using to build roads, schools, hospitals, pay salaries among others.
According to Museveni, private sector development has enhanced Uganda’s tax revenue from Shs 5billion in 1986 to Shs 21trillion today.
At the end of his address, the NRM candidate received a symbolic gift of traditional Regalia which included a bow and arrow and a spear from the elders of Greater Madi.
Today (Sunday), the NRM Candidate shall meet the youth leaders in Arua before proceeding to Acholi sub-region on Monday.