By Godfrey Olukya 21-10-2013
President Yoweri Museveni has called on Ugandans and Africans at large to fight politicians who are against industrialization, describing them as enemies of our children and our country.
He referred to those doing so as enemies of Africa.
“In Kampala, there are people who disturb me. They fight factories and almost paralyzed the sugar factory. For us to get jobs for our youth, we need factories and hotels etc. If these are not there, we can’t get jobs. I urge your members of parliament to fight those members of parliament fighting me because they are making it difficult for me to create jobs. Industrialization is development and anybody who delays this is your enemy,” he said.
The President said this while speaking at a thanks giving ceremony for the Woman Member of Parliament for Ntoroko district Jennifer Kafeza Mujungu at Rwebinyonyi village, Rwebisengo sub county grounds in Ntoroko district. The ceremony was attended by the area member of Parliament Bahinda Mugara Martin, the Minister for Works and Transport Eng. Abraham Byandaala, the State Minister for Karamoja Barbra Nekesa Oundo and various members of Parliament.
Responding to various requests for jobs for graduate youth, the President cautioned parents to counsel their children on the kind of courses they undertake and that he had also initiated the graduate youth fund that has been distorted and is still stuck with parliament.
“All Ugandans must support industrialization because it’s the best way to get jobs for our children. Those who fight this are enemies of our children,” he said.
He called on the people to engage in modern agro production and directed the national agriculture advisory services (NAADS) officers in the country to facilitate and support farmers not just with providing planting stock and improved animals but also sensitize them on controlling pests and diseases to ensure that their projects are not stunted.
He said that modern agriculture and livestock management are crucial towards enhancing house hold incomes but warned them against being trapped in land fragmentation. He called on farmers to engage in fruit production like oranges, mangoes, pineapples and bananas and pledged to return on a poverty eradication campaign targeting individual households.
“Government is handling its responsibilities including improved infrastructure such as roads and electricity. For you, you can use your littler acreage to engage in cost effective enterprises. When I return, don’t take me to public meetings, take me to individual homes so that we see how we can empower families to fight poverty,” he said.
He pledged to talk to the Uganda Wildlife Authority about opening up of the roads in the national parks without affecting wildlife. He also called on the politicians of different beliefs to work together for their country’s’ development. He pledged to work with the district leaders to use earth moving equipment and create community dams to control flooding.