President Museveni has emphasized the contribution of income diversification in a workshop covering the collection and distribution of Zakat at hotel Africana on Monday.
This was while at an event launching the house of Zakat and Wafq, Uganda which happens to be a non-profit Muslim charity organization registered in the country in 2010 to streamline the collection and distribution of the obligatory fees (Zakat) and preservation of Wafq (endowments) among the Ugandan Muslim Community.
“It is good to diversify as it gives the community a sure economic base,” said the President.
He expressed pleasure that the Muslim community has diversified its income generating programmes.
He informed the workshop that the NRM Government has organized the Operation Wealth Creation Programme through NAADS noting that the Muslim Community has set up a similar arrangement.
The launching of the event was also marked by the President’s receipt of a cheque worth Shs.500 million being a contribution from the Muslim community in Uganda in 2016 towards the House of Zakat and Wafq.
Museveni made a pledge of 400 million shillings to the House of Zakat and Wafq.
The President reiterated that it was good for Muslims to allocate 2.5% of their annual income towards Zakat.
He expressed optimism that Ugandans have the capacity to collect much more than the 1 million Muslims in South Africa who were able to generate US10 million per annum.
He revealed that under the livestock programme, they have allocated Shs.148 million for purchasing 40 cows that are to be distributed to various beneficiaries.
He also said that under that programme, there are plans to distribute goats and sheep.
He revealed that 185 people are to be provided with Shs.100 million and that the main beneficiaries would be widows, orphans and the youth.
All this is intended to improve the lives of the Muslim community in the country.