Yoweri Museveni, the NRM presidential candidate has promised to build an industrial park and upgrade Mbarara municipality to a city.
Addressing a rally at Booma Grounds in Mbarara town on Tuesday evening, Museveni thanked Mbarara people for the passion and enthusiasm they displayed for the ruling party.
“There is no doubt our people love the NRM,” he said.
Museveni stressed that the young people must discover their “mwoga” (skill/talent) and develop it while government helps them by availing necessary facilities.
“Mbarara’s request for a city will be granted. When you look at the growth in Mbarara, you really appreciate that Uganda has developed,” he promised.
“We shall also build an industrial park which will provide more jobs to the youth compared to those small shops in town.”
The modern market will host over 3000 vendors currently operating in the condemned Mbarara central market.
Museveni ordered Mbarara municipality to start relocating vendors from Mbarara central market immediately to another area to pave way for the redevelopment works.
He however, cautioned the local authorities against displacing vendors operating in the old market, when the new one is completed as the case has been in other areas such as Jinja, Wandegeya, Gulu and Lira.
“Like we did in Jinja, Gulu, Mbale, Wandegeya and several other towns, Mbarara will also get a modern market that should be occupied by the vendors in the current market.”
He said the northern by-pass under construction will divert traffic headed to Rwanda and Kabale from passing through town.
At his first rally held at Rubindi boys Primary Sch. in Kashari North, Mbarara District, Museveni said Rubindi has schools but some need to be renovated.
Kyenshama also needs electricity, this will all be done, he pledged.
He said Rubindi hospital will be upgraded.
“The road from Ntuura-Nyabunyobwa is going to be tarmacked. But all this should be used to fight poverty. When we realized that people were not fighting poverty, government intervened with wealth creation projects like NAADS, Youth funds, Women funds, micro-finance.”
Museveni said his government has educated children but they don’t have skills.
“This is worrying. Now we want to build technical schools in every constituency. All the 290 constituencies will have technical schools.”