DON’T BLAME ME & DON’T LAMENT! PRESIDENT MUSEVENI SHOCKED BY POVERTY IN KIRUHURA & KAZO

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Some of the impassable roads in Kazo and Kiruhura district.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has told the people and leaders of Kiruhura (first district) and Kazo to stop lamenting about bad roads in the districts as the cause of their poverty, but instead focus on doing things that will improve their household incomes.

Accompanied by the First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni who doubles as Education & Sports Minister on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 the president met farmers and leaders of Kiruhura and Kazo districts at Nshwerenkye Primary School in Kiruhura, where he called on leaders at all levels to dedicate their energies to income-generating activities that will improve the livelihoods and families of the people they lead. He also advised them not to blame him for the poverty in Kiruhura and Kazo districts.

Poor infrastructure such as the bad road network in the region was among the issues raised by the Kiruhura District Woman Member of Parliament, Jovanice Rwenduru which the President believes is necessary but not an impediment to improving household incomes.

“We shall work on all the roads but they should find stable families with improved household incomes. Tarmac roads will not take away poverty. Seek first homestead incomes, the rest will be added unto you,” Museveni said, adding that he bought land in Kisozi, Gomba with a vision to create wealth despite the fact that the area had a poor road network.

He noted that good roads have been constructed in many parts of the country to ease the transport of goods and services but they’re instead being misused to dry cassava and maize. The President was happy to learn from Rev. Samuel Mugisha, the Kazo LCV Chairperson that out of the 35,000 households in the district, 67% are involved in commercial farming while 33% are in subsistence farming; most of them with small pieces of land.

He advised those with small pieces of land to venture into activities like poultry and zero grazing that do not require much land. “When I go to heaven, I don’t want God to blame me for not getting you out of poverty. He will at least know that I did my part but you did not listen,” Museveni said.

He re-echoed the danger associated with land fragmentation saying it’s part of the hindrances to the prosperity of Ugandans. According to him, the culture of subdividing land among children especially when the owner dies cannot support commercial agriculture which is the backbone of Uganda’s economy as children will resort to selling off the land instead of undertaking collective investment.

“The idea is to mobilize the children of the deceased against dividing the land and property of their parents but rather create a legal entity in the form of a family company in which they are all directors, take executive decisions on enterprise selection, and then partake of profits depending on shareholding,” Museveni said, adding that family wealth is not only good for the individual families and communities, but for the country as well.

Kiruhura District LCV Chairperson, Dan Mukago Ruteteebya thanked the President for setting up a Regional Hub for skilling youth in different fields to fight unemployment. He however expressed the need for a district general hospital in order to improve health services. Earlier, Rev. Samuel Mugisha, the Kazo LCV Chairperson asked the President to elevate Kazo Health center IV to district hospital status.

Whereas the President agreed to their request, he encouraged leaders to focus on disease prevention through behavior change, improved hygiene, immunization and nutrition so that the country can save money and use it for other priority areas. “Hospitals will be built but even the available Health Center III’s and IV’s have not been used effectively,” the Museveni noted.

Ruhumba-Kashongi-Kashwa road in Kashongi Kiruhura.

The roads in impassable state include Ruhumba-Kashongi-Kashwa in Kashongi, Nyakasharara-Katete Kanyabihara, Nyakasharara-Kikaatsi-Biharwe, Ngira-Kikaatsi and others in Nyabushozi Kiruhura, Kazo-Kyampangara-Buremba road in Kazo district and others.

Roads in poor state,Kazo district.

Currently, residents and other stakeholders continue to express concern over bad roads, corruption, escalating cases teenage pregnancy and child marriage, school-dropout, bad health and education services and other hindrances of socio-economic transformation in Kiruhura district and Kazo districts.

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