Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Friday challenged Ugandans to tap into the abundant wealth in the country saying citizens only need “the spectacles to see it.”
The president said this during the commissioning of the magnificent Acacia Mall at Kisementi, Kamwokya, a suburb in the Ugandan capital Kampala.
The mall is owned by the Mukwano Family headed by the CEO, Mr. Amirali Karmali.
“There is a lot of wealth in Uganda. You must have the spectacles to see it,” President said as he commended Mzee Amirali Karmali for hard work.
According to Sarah Kagingo, the Special Presidential Assistant on Communications, President Museveni congratulated the Mukwano family for the Mall project. He described The Acacia Mall CEO, Mr. Alykhan Karmali (son to Mzee Amirali Karmali) as a good example of what a bright child can do towards promoting the family projects.
The president called on the Mukwano Family to help him in attracting more investors with particular emphasis in fruit processing.
He revealed that the Government was committed to ensure that manufacturers are provided electricity at friendly rates which are designed to enable them to compete globally.
On his part, the Managing Director of The Acacia Mall Alykhan Karmali saluted President Museveni for enabling them to invest in the country. He revealed that the venture was a single investment by a Ugandan.
He said that he was proud to be a Ugandan. He revealed that the project has succeeded through the support of Government. He informed the guests that the Mukwano Group exports tea to the North African countries and the Gulf region. He added that they export sunflower oil to Europe.
Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister in charge of the Presidency and Kampala City, congratulated the Mukwano Group for the investment on behalf of the Kampala City management.