Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has congratulated the Muslim community in the country upon reaching the month of Ramadhan and urged Muslim leaders to assist the Government in its efforts to promote house hold income.
According to a statement issued by Ms Sarah Kagingo the Special Presidential Assistant for Communications on Saturday, the president made this appeal on Friday at State House, Entebbe when he hosted the Muslims to the annual Futari, breaking of the fast.
The ceremony drew a cross section of personalities including the Arch Bishop of the Church of Uganda Ntagali and a leader of the Pentecostal Churches, Pastor Lwere.
“The Africans must wake up and establish dominion over nature according to the holy books, the Bible and the Koran,” the President said.
He said that man must strive to control floods, pests and diseases as part of the means to improve his life. He stressed that people should benefit and lead good lives by working hard.
President Museveni revealed that the NRM Government was preparing to launch a massive campaign to ensure that all the homes in the rural areas engage in commercial agriculture.
He assured the gathering that the Government would provide people facilities to enable them promote their agricultural ventures.
President also said that Government has resolved to deploy UPDF Officers in all constituencies as part of its strategy to boost agro production in the country.
He disclosed that during the past 6 months 11 million coffee seedlings and 200 million tea seedlings were distributed under the supervision of UPDF Officers.
He said that the Officers have demonstrated that a lot can be achieved in promoting agriculture contrary to the services delivered by NAADS which spent over Sh 200 billion without tangible results.
He explained that in at least 65 Districts in the country, people can cultivate one acre of coffee, fruits, bananas and another one of elephant grass for rearing cows. He suggested that the people be guided into rearing of layer hens.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament urged President Museveni to continue leading the country as long as he is available. He thanked God for giving Uganda a leader who has ensured peace.
The Mufti, Sheikh Shaban Mubaje saluted President Museveni and the First Lady Mama Janet Museveni for bringing them together every year. He thanked him for continuing to support the Islamic University in Uganda and for efforts to ensure the unity of Muslims in Uganda. He prayed to God to guide the President and thanked him for enabling the anti- Homosexuality bill.