President Yoweri Museveni has begun his tour of the Bunyoro sub-region as part of his national drive to foster wealth creation at the household level for economic development.
Museveni’s visit to Bunyoro begins on Tuesday with a meeting with leaders in Hoima town. On Wednesday, the President will commission new roads in Hoima town at 11am.
Later at 2pm on Wednesday, he will hold a rally in Masindi town and will at 7pm make a radio address. Bunyoro consists of districts: Kibaale, Hoima, Buliisa, Masindi and Kiryandongo.
“I will be in Bunyoro sub-region today and tomorrow as the second stop of my regional wealth creation drive, which started last week in Tooro. With most infrastructure in place now, our focus must shift to eradicating household poverty,” the President tweeted on Tuesday.
Don Wanyama, the Senior Presidential Press Secretary told SoftPower News that the President’s tour is hinged on wealth creation.
“It is a national tour and it is about wealth creation. He will be engaging the leadership on what to do to create wealth for the wanainchi (masses),” Wanyama said Tuesday.
He said the President will be touring all the 22 sub-regions across the country.
The message on eradication of poverty at household level has been very central to President Museveni’s addresses wherever he goes in the country. He has repeatedly placed emphasis on the need for households to move from subsistence agriculture to commercial agriculture.
During his New Year’s message, President Museveni said agriculture being the source of income for most Ugandans, households must properly utilize their small portions of land to create wealth.
He highlighted mushrooms, onions, piggery and chicken as some of the projects that low income households can undertake to eradicate poverty.
“The ultimate goal should be to turn evey Ugandan into a commercial farmer, owner of a small industry, service unit or ICT business, or else a worker in any of these. We have to get rid of idleness,” Museveni said in his New Year’s message.
He has previously said that with limitations of land, farmers must look at the most profitable undertakings to maximize land use. He has also encouraged farmers to opt for crops that will give them higher returns, and to avoid the fragmentation of land which he said breeds poverty.