President Yoweri Museveni has advised the Muslim community in Uganda and all Ugandans in general to adopt the modern way of dividing profits that accrue from economic activities done on their land holdings and leave the land intact.
“One thing I need you to help me with is the issue of land fragmentation. I know that the Quran allows you to share property at the time of inheritance. To share is correct, but it should be done in a modern way of dividing what comes from the land not the land itself to ensure the unity and continuity of the family,” he said.
The President made the call yesterday evening at a meeting with a delegation of Muslim clerics from Busoga Sub-Region, led by the Busoga Regional Kadhi, Sheikh Sinani Mwanika that called on him at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhuura district.
Mr. Museveni cited families like that of Madhvani, Rockefeller and Henry Ford, whose economic empires have expanded tremendously due to sharing what accrues from their businesses only.
Regarding household income, President Museveni advised Muslim leaders to help families particularly those with small land holdings in the selection of profitable enterprises.
He reminded them that at the time of regional meetings held in Entebbe with leaders from all over the country 2 years ago, Busoga leaders recommended to their people to grow coffee, fruits, rear dairy cattle, keep poultry for eggs and do fish farming for those families living near swamps.
He, therefore, asked the Muslim clerics to use as a yard stick, the four questions of what is the family’s annual expenditure, what assets does a family have, how can a family use these assets to get income that is equal or more than the expenditure and above all what enterprises can a family undertake, when guiding wananchi in enterprise selection.
“If we solve the problem of poverty in each home, even the problem of mosques and churches will also be solved because families will be empowered and enabled to support their religious institutions,” he noted.
President Museveni also urged his guests to sensitize the people in their areas to leave the growing of crops such as maize, cotton and sugar-cane to famers who possess huge chunks of land and encourage wananchi who have small land holdings to practice intensive agriculture.
The meeting was attended by the Secretary General of the National Resistance Movement, Hon. Justine Kasule Lumumba and the Minister of State for Gender and Culture, Hon. Isanga Rukia Nakadama, among others.