Museveni advises leaders about wealth creation

(Last Updated On: 2 May 2024)

On Labour Day in Fort Portal City, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni urged leaders to mobilise the population to enter the money economy through commercial farming.

He stated that Uganda’s socio economic transformation would result from its participation in the money economy.

President Museveni continued, saying that the demand for jobs would cease if people embraced the four-acre farming model, which he has been pushing for since 1996.

“You can not have jobs without wealth. We need a collective struggle to see how we create wealth,” said Museveni.

He cited Nyakaana of Tooro as one of the model intensive farming success stories, employing ten permanent and five non-permanent workers on his 1.2 acres, earning shs16 million per month and shs180 million per year.

Museveni argued that utilising 20 million acres of Uganda’s 40 million acres of arable land would result in job creation.

He urged leaders to promote wealth creation by implementing the 4-acre model and investing in seven enterprises: coffee, fruits, dairy farming, food crops, poultry, piggery, and fish farming.

Gen (Rtd) Museveni warned employers against exploiting casual workers. This was in response to the speech by the chairman General of the National Organisation for Trade Unions of Uganda (NOTU), Musa Okello.

Okello had informed Museveni that employers were “casualising labour,” which posed a significant challenge to workers.

The celebration’s theme was “Improving access to labour justice: A prerequisite for increased productivity.”

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