PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has urged the youth in Uganda to seriously undertake enterprising businesses to generate more additional income with a view to transforming their lives for the better without ever waiting for government to do it for them.
He asked the youth not to wait for government to facilitate and provide them with their needs because the government itself is still recovering the national economy.
“You talked of facilitation by the government but the government has been recovering from coma. We are just reviving. Akwaata empola atuuka wala,” he said.
The President was addressing over 100 representatives of Speakers belonging to the Urban Speakers’ Association of Uganda, led by the Secretary General of the Association Mr. Komakech Keli from Lira Municipality, at State House, Entebbe.
The Urban Speakers’ Association comprises of all the speakers from the different political parties in Uganda. The group was presented to the President by the Minister for Presidency and also Minister for Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Hon. Frank Tumwebaze and that of Information, Hon. Rose Namayanja.
President Museveni observed that there are many enterprising businesses in which the youth can get involved in. He cited an example of someone in Kanungu district who earns shs430 million per year through selling 150 trays of eggs daily.
He called on the youth to play their role and desist from always asking government to provide all the avenues for wealth creation adding that government will always play its role of providing the necessary infrastructure so that wananchi use those avenues to the best of their ability to create wealth.
The President cited mushrooms growing and noted that the activity doesn’t need a big chunk of land to carry out. He advised the youth to get involved in similar production activities.
The President was reacting to the demand by the speakers asking the government to facilitate their activities and increase their sh.30,000 allowances in a memorandum that was presented to him by Mr. Kumakech Keli.
Museveni stressed that the people of Uganda need to know and appreciate the difference between development and wealth. He revealed to them that he knew about issues attendant to family wealth way back in 1966 when he had completed Advanced Level Certificate of Education.
He added that Ugandans should learn from their Indian counterparts who are very knowledgeable about wealth. He, therefore, stressed the need for Ugandans to be economical, stop wasting money and learn to save.
Expressing happiness that most of the Urban Speakers were youthful, Mr. Museveni called on them to be frugal and plan. “I am so happy to find young councilors like you. There`s great hope in the youth,” he said.
He informed them that development of wealth is still lacking among Ugandans.