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Museveni tells Gomba, Sembabule leaders to prioritise household income.

In 2011, President Museveni donated cows, goats, coffee seedlings, pigs, and cash, among others, to households in nine villages in Gomba and Sembabule with the aim of generating incomes to improve their livelihood.
President Museveni has urged leaders of Gomba and Sembabule districts to prioritise household income of the communities they lead, explaining that once the issue is dealt with, the rest of the development can follow with ease.
“The roads, electricity and other infrastructures are not the medicine for poverty,” the President said. “The medicine for poverty is household income or a good salary.”
Museveni made the remarks as he held discussions with leaders from the two central Uganda districts at his Kisozi farm in Gomba. The meeting sought to outline how the nine villages from Gomba and Sembabule have benefitted from the project given to them by the President in 2011 and to see how the remaining districts can be brought on board to benefit from the programme with the help of the leaders.

In 2011, President Museveni donated cows, goats, coffee seedlings, pigs, and cash, among others, to households in nine villages in Gomba and Sembabule with the aim of generating incomes to improve their livelihood.

The villages which benefitted include Kirasi, Kisozi A, Kisozi B, Obutugu, Lutunku A, Lutunku B, Kajumilo, Kasozi and Kikuumadungu.

During the meeting, Museveni said that from the 1960s, he has been fighting poverty, starting with Ankole region where he advised cattle keepers to stop nomadism, settle down, fence their lands and graze friesian cows for dairy farming.He added that the Ankole people embraced his message of wealth creation and therefore he wants the people of Gomba and Sembabule people to embrace it as well.

“When I came here in the 1990s, I found all people here democratically poor; their only job during that time was to wait for me along the way and beg for money from me. They had no source of income,” the President said.

“I called the parents here and told them that I don’t want to be neighbours with poor people. We gave them entandikwa in the form of cows, coffee, pigs etc. We moved slowly until when these Nalwangas finished school. I told those of Nalwangas that all households should benefit,” he added.

Museveni further informed the leaders that the project in the nine villages was a pilot study and since it has been successful, it should now be taken to the rest of the villages in Gomba and Sembabule.

He also assured the leaders of the necessary support to improve the livelihood of the people they lead but asked them to mobilise their people to embrace government programs such as Parish Development Model (PDM) and Emyooga to fight poverty.

The President also promised to further support the project beneficiaries who have been able to ensure that the program is successful.

“We are going to continue adding more resources in the project,” he said, before pledging to boost their SACCO.

In attendance were; Gomba West MP Robina Rwakoojo, Mawogola North MP Shartsi Musherure, Gomba District Woman MP Sylvia Nayebale, Sembabule District Woman MP Mary Begumisa, and project coordinator Sarah Nalwanga.

The leaders commended the President for bringing forth the projects which they said are causing development in Gomba, Sembabule and the whole country.