President Yoweri Museveni has hailed the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheema North Constituency, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, for fighting household poverty in his constituency. The President made the remarks yesterday at the thanksgiving service organized by the family of Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, who is also State Minister of Health General Duties, at Kabwohe in Sheema district to celebrate his 50th birthday anniversary and also to appreciate President Museveni’s exemplary and visionary leadership. The service was also organized to launch the selected livelihood programs for the people in Sheema North Constituency.
The function was attended by among others, the Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Reverend Stanley Ntagali, Archbishop Paul Bakyenga of Mbarara Archdiocese and other religious leaders from various corners of the country. President Museveni, who was accompanied by three Members of the East African Legislative Assembly, Hon. Kyangoyo Mbasa from Kenya, Hon. Shairose Bangi from Tanzania and one from Burundi, hailed Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye for being developmental and instrumental in the fight against household poverty.
He told the congregation that he got to know about Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye as a good person years ago and was impressed most by his campaign in the fight against the HIVAIDS pandemic. He commended him for promoting government’s programme of transforming all homesteads into money making units by changing the mindset of his constituents and supporting families with planting materials and technologies to convert them from subsistence to modern commercial agriculture.
The President was also impressed by the door-to-door campaign to kick out poverty, hunger and diseases in Sheema that was launched by Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye under the Sheema North Development Association (SHNODA). Mr. Museveni challenged all leaders in the country to convert people in their areas from practicing subsistence to modern commercial agriculture.
He aised leaders to count homes that are engaged in activities that generate income and those that have no income and teach them to also increase their incomes. He aised people of Sheema district to learn how to utilize their small pieces of land by engaging in different profitable enterprises.
President Museveni assured farmers of Sheema district of his pledge of a tractor. He also donated Shs.20 million to Sheema Twetambire Development Group and promised to give them 20 cows. He further pledged a donation of 500,000 disease free and resistant coffee seedlings to people of Sheema district. He also promised to support other projects like the silk project.
The East African Legislative Assembly MPs commended President Museveni for his contribution towards development and security amongst East African countries. They expressed happiness with the commitment of Uganda to the East African integration adding that they were very excited to see and hear Ugandans sing the East African Anthem. The EALA MPs stressed that East African integration must be people centered.
The host, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, reported to President Museveni that the people of Sheema were thankful to the government for appointment him as Minister. He added that the people of the area also appreciate the President’s support to the Kabwohe-based Ankole Western University Project, for being a Godly person with a large heart and also for his spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation. Church of Uganda Prelate, Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali urged Christians to develop the spirit of thanking, if they were to succeed in whatever they do. He recognized the fact that many Ugandans are successful but are to a large extent afflicted by self-centredness outlook.
Source : Uganda Media Centre