President Yoweri Museveni has reiterated the NRM government commitment to economically transform society and make Uganda become a middle-income country. He, therefore, urged the youth to be at the forefront in realizing this noble cause.
“We are going to modernize Uganda to become a middle-income country and a 1st world. Our people must transform economically. I, therefore, want you to be cadres of action,” he said.
The President was yesterday addressing over 290 youth who have been drawn from the whole country who are attending a 2-months’ leadership course at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) Kyankwanzi, in Kyankwanzi district.
The youth, who are degree and diploma holders, are being exposed to various disciplines that include, among others, patriotism, Pan- Africanism, skills, entrepreneurship and a healthy life style.
President Museveni, who was explaining the principles of NRM to the youth, added that Uganda has for the first time in the last 500 years achieved total peace in the whole country because of the correction of anomalies made by the colonial and subsequent dictatorial regimes.
“In the last 500 years, this is the first time for Uganda to have peace from one corner to another corner. Areas like Karamoja had no peace. That is why somebody came with the medicine for the problems disturbing Uganda,” he said.
Mr. Museveni pointed out some of those challenges that NRM identified and wiped out, such as sectarianism, which was a pseudo-ideology along tribal or religious leanings and, therefore, decided to promote unity. He said that people need each other nationally and regionally in terms of trade to boost prosperity.
“Sectarianism is a false ideology – we the Banyankole, we the Baganda, we the Acholi – if you come and say we the Banyankole, I will tell you ‘Satan’ vaawo [you go away, you are stepping on my plate]. My real friends who support my prosperity are those in Kampala. Yes, we the Banyankole say ‘Agandi’ but I don’t eat ‘Agandi’,” he said.
The President cited the production of maize in the country that stands at 4 million tons annually and yet the consumption internally is only one million tons leaving a surplus of 3 million that is exported to neighboring countries like South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He added that milk whose production stands at 2.2 billion liters has a surplus of 1.4 billion liters as Ugandans consume only 200 million liters. He said the glut is sold to East African countries.
“Therefore, NRM, long time ago, found out that the 2nd principle to follow is Pan-Africanism, and if Somalia stabilizes, it will add to our strength in terms of trade,” he observed.
President Museveni told the youth that the 3rd principle of NRM is socio-economic transformation. He urged them to be strong cadres in that noble cause and stressed that peasantry must disappear in the country.
“We can no longer accept a peasant to produce a peasant. The peasant must disappear peacefully. A peasant must now produce either a middle class person or working class,” he emphasized.
President Museveni also reminded the youth of the sectors of the economy, especially for wealth creation, that they should interest themselves in. They include commercial agriculture, industry, services and Information, Communication and Technology (ICT).
“If you want to create wealth or get a job, commercial agriculture is one of the addresses,” he assured the youth.