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Museveni Blames Leaders For Uganda’s High Poverty Levels

President Yoweri Museveni has reiterated his call to all leaders in the country to guide their people on ways to eradicate poverty in their homes.

“If only leaders could guide their people, poverty would be eradicated in society,” he observed.

The President made the remarks on Sunday while grazing his cattle at his country home of Rwakitura in Kiruhura district.

                                                          Museveni touring his farm

According to the Uganda National Household Survey (UNHS) 2016/17 report released by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) recently, more Ugandans are slipping into poverty with the number of poor people increasing from 6.6 million in 2012/13 to 10 million in 2016/17.

The above development translates into income poverty levels rising from 19.7 per cent to 27 per cent.

The President, who took time off his heavy schedule to also tour the farm with some members of his staff, showed them some of the grass recommended for feeding livestock. They include Ejubwe, elephant grass (Ekibingoo), Emburara among others.

Museveni explained that he grazes his cattle in paddocks on a rotational basis to allow the grass to grow.

“This paddock was closed for 4 months to allow the grass to grow and I grazed the cows in the next paddock for 8 months. But I am going to close it to allow the grass here also to grow,” he said.

The President also showed members of his staff boundary trees he planted in 1967 during his youth.

“You see these trees? While boys were dancing in Mbarara, I was here planting these boundary trees called Omutumba in the local language. I planted them in 1967,” he said.

The two and a half hours tour of the farm, demonstrated President Museveni’s determination not only to walk the talk he has been educating people on, but also to focus on ensuring that wanainchi in Uganda get out of poverty in leading by example.


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