President rallies Kanungu in poverty fight, commends NAADS in district

Thursday 3rd July 2014

President Yoweri Museveni has urged Ugandans to engage in modern agro production to create wealth, noting that Ugandans are always harassing government for not doing enough for them and yet they are on their part, not doing enough for their families.

He said intensive modern commercial farming will liberate the country from poverty.

The President was addressing a mammoth public rally at Kihihi High School grounds in Kanungu district on a one day mobilization tour that saw him commission ground breaking works for the construction of the Mitaano Bridge linking Rukungiri to Kanungu and to DR Congo.

The President, who was accompanied by the Prime Minister and area Member of Parliament the Right Hon. Amama Mbabazi, arrived at Kihihi Town Council where he laid a foundation stone for the construction of Kihihi Town Council Administration Block and later arrived to cheering crowds at the rally where the Secretary of Kihihi Traders Association Karab Benson presented the President Yoweri with a map of Uganda, and an art piece declaring him as a sole candidate for 2016 Presidential elections.

The President told the excited gathering that government had already fulfilled some of its pledges like extending electricity to areas of Ishasha, Kanungu and Kisoro using our own money, adding that it is in the process of having border access roads worked on including the one from Rukungiri-Kihihi and Ishasha-Kanungu road to the DR Congo.

He thanked tea growing families for their efforts and observed that there was now development in Kanungu district.

“Indicators are showing that there is commercial `gold’ agriculture in Kanungu, because a few farmers had clear evidence about the fact,” he noted.

The President appreciated the work ‘well done’ by NAADS in Kanungu district through the promotion of tea.

The President directed the provision of the Shs 30m worth of tea seedlings that were supplied and planted.

The tea production boom and electricity has attracted various tea processing factories in Kanungu.

The President said that government will consider their request of granting Kihihi Town Council a municipality status after consultations.

Earlier on arrival in Kihihi, President Museveni and the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi, landed in the Presidential chopper at St. Teresa Girls College play grounds.

The President was received by the area Woman MP, Hon. Jacqueline Kyatuhaire, and the school administrators as well as some Kanungu district leaders.

He presided over the ground breaking ceremony for the school’s class room block, planted a tree at the garden and had a brief address to the students.

He urged the over 300 students of the 7 year-old school, especially the girls to concentrate on their studies and resist the temptation of being lured into early marriages and referred them to the book of ecclesiasts in the bible that says ‘there is time for everything’.

“So concentrate on your studies, lead spiritual lives, help your parents during holidays and be patriotic,” he advised the cheerful girls who were visibly excited to see their President for the first time.

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