President Yoweri Museveni has warned the people living in the cattle corridor to avoid the culture of overstocking saying it has led to overgrazing which has greatly degraded the land affecting its agricultural productivity.
He appealed to the farmers to always have the right animal stock and engage in modern farming methods so as to get more from their land and protect it from degradation.
The President was yesterday speaking during the ceremony for the consecration of Rt. Rev. Stephen Namanya as the second bishop of the diocese of North Ankole.
The ceremony was held at St. Emmanuel Cathedral, Rushere in Kiruhuura district.
Bishop Namanya replaces the Bishop John Muhanguzi who retired and was the first and founding Bishop of North Ankole diocese.
President Museveni who was accompanied by his wife Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni said that although people in Kiruhuura and the neighboring districts in the cattle corridor abandoned their traditional nomadic life style, worked on their farms and improved on the breeds of the cattle, they had not changed their old habit of overstocking that has greatly degraded land.
He was however happy at the development that the region has registered under the National Resistance Movement.
“This area was very undeveloped and remotely inhabited by pastoralists, but it makes me happy when I see the development taking place. I praise the lord because he has done wonders in this region,” he said.
The President urged the population to safeguard themselves from HIV/Aids reminding them that the disease exists and has no known cure.
He however said it can be avoided by exercising sexual discipline and avoiding promiscuity.
He urged the Church to pattern with government in the fight against HIV/Aids.
“Am told the HIV prevalence rate in this area is 7.1 percent much higher than the national prevalence rate of 6.4 percent. That means you need to do more than what you doing. We have been telling you about this disease for the last 30 years but you wonder why there is an increase in new infections when people know how the disease is contracted,” he said.
He also cautioned the people about Hepatitis B and appealed to them to test themselves and get vaccinated.
The President donated a vehicle to the newly enthroned bishop and wished him well as he performs his duties.
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Most Rev. Stanley Ntangali thanked the President for fundraising for the church house and other church of Uganda projects and particularly for his 400 million shilling contribution during the recent fundraising at State House Entebbe.
He welcomed Bishop Stephen Namanya to the House of Bishops and congratulated his predecessor Bishop John Muhanguzi for his extemporary service to the church and for retiring honorably.
Bishop Stephen Namanya thanked the Church of Uganda House of Bishops for trusting him and electing him to be the 2nd bishop of North Ankole Diocese.
He commended his predecessor Bishop John Muhanguzi for being a good leader and for laying a firm foundation on which those who come after him will build from.
He praised President Museveni and his wife Janet for their great efforts in promoting development in Uganda and prayed that country goes through the upcoming elections peacefully.