President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday hosted the Muslim community to Iftar dinner at State House, Entebbe.
He congratulated the Muslims for fasting and encouraged them to get involved in the struggle to take Uganda to middle class income status.
The Muslim community involved in business should export more than they import, the president said.
“Ugandans buy and buy a lot of things but do not sell. When will Ugandans sell? Buying and selling go hand in hand. If you only buy and do not sell you cannot survive financially.”
Museveni said his government has now laid a firm foundation in sectors like education, energy, roads and security. The foundation to propel Uganda to a middle-income nation is in place.
The president pledged to help the Muslim community build a theological college for Sheikhs in Uganda at Naggalama.
“I did not know that Muslims do not have a theological college here in Uganda. Before, some would travel to different Arab countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt and others to become Sheikhs.”
The president said security of persons, especially the Muslim clerics who were in the past targeted by criminals, is now guaranteed.
“We have arrested one of the masterminds of these attacks and they will stop.”
Meanwhile, on Saturday, the president presided over celebrations to mark the 94th International Day of Co-operatives at Butalango, Nakaseke District.
He laid a foundation stone for the construction of an abattoir to be built to international standards.
“With this abattoir, Uganda will be able to export beef especially to the Middle East,” he noted.
He said the initiative offers farmers and cattle keepers especially in the Luweero area, an opportunity to create wealth and jobs.
“Political leaders should organise farmers so that they supply this abattoir with cattle for slaughter, and create linkages for by-products like hides and horns.”
“I thank the government of Norway for supporting the Meat Producers Association in constructing this abattoir and offering training.”