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Museveni tours Luweero- Rome of NRM, says angry at OWC officials

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President Museveni touring the Banana plantation in Luwero

President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday visited several households in Kawumu village, Luweero District to inspect their gardens and assess progress of Operation Wealth Creation programme.

“It was also a nostalgic exercise as I met families that supported our Bush struggle,” the president said.

For example, he met the family of Late Lule, whose house we used to store drugs and visited the home of Late Zakayo Kalibala, another veteran.

His son Esau Wasswa is running a big coffee plantation.

“Generally, there have been reports of seedlings distributed under OWC drying up but I am happy the Luweero ones are doing well.”

He urged the leaders not to just stop at distributing seeds but follow up with supervision.

He also urged agriculture officials to offer technical assistance to these farmers.

Muluka chiefs will gather information about the number of people involved in OWC and those yet to benefit in each muluka.

“Because Luweero is the Rome of NRM, it should be an example to the rest of the country as a model of improved household income due to operation wealth creation,” said Museveni.

Museveni is on a four day mission in Luweero district to monitor, mobilise and supervise the distribution of seeds to farmers under Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) programme.

“I have come here to talk about the key to develop this area. When you look at a bus, it is a big thing, however it’s a small thing called a key that ignites it to move.

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“So my mission these four days that I will be in this area is to identify and together agree towards the key factors that will spur development in this area,” said the President.

Museveni is of the opinion, Luwero should adopt the four acre policy; one acre of coffee, fruits, food and pigs each.

Owing to success of the animal husbandry scheme in Ankole sub-region “this practice has uplifted household income in this region.”

He further expressed displeasure, that despite government allocating a lot of funds to OWC, supervision and implementation is still falling short.

Museveni concluded: “I will be visiting homesteads on foot to see the progress made so far and supervise.”

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Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo

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