President calls on the Sabiny to shun archaic traditions

Sunday 11th March 2012

President Yoweri Museveni has called on the people of Sebei Sub-Region in Eastern Uganda to discard old traditions that are not compatible with modern life.

The President was particularly referring to the very old custom of Female Genital Mutilation and also the mode of subsistence farming practiced in the area.

Mr. Museveni was yesterday sensitizing leaders from the districts of Bukwo, Kween and Kapchorwa that form the Sebei Region, on the urgent need to immediately transform societies in Uganda. The zonal conference that is conducted at State House, Entebbe aims at identifying profitable enterprises to be embraced regionally throughout the country and has drawn participants who include Ministers, Members of Parliament and district leaders as well as technocrats from the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.

President Museveni, who commended the people of Sebei Sub-Region for being very hard working and enterprising, urged leaders at all levels and categories to change the mind-set of their communities and strive to encourage them to concentrate on commercial farming in order to ascend to the level of a money economy.

The President encouraged them to also work for the empowerment their people economically noting that many legislators have today become Internally Displaced Persons because of much pressure emanating from the demands of their constituents.

"There is a big problem for MPs. They have now become IDPs. They hide in Kampala claiming to be attending Committee Meetings or oil debates yet they are hiding from their constituents who put a lot of demands on them. School fees, medical bills and marriage. How can you be a leader in such a situation?” he wondered.

Mr. Museveni urged all religious leaders whose major docket is spiritual nurturing, to also sensitize their followers on poverty eradication so that wananchi get empowered to solve their domestic chores.

"In the Church, at the time of offertory, you see a person almost tiptoeing to the alter with only one egg that he/she timidly puts in the collection basket; makes a sign of the cross and moves back to the pew. Now, if church leaders effectively empower their followers economically, the faithful would not offer only one egg but would donate heavy cheques", he noted.

President Museveni, however, called on leaders and technocrats to guide wanainchi in selecting profitable enterprises that have great market demand nationally, regionally and internationally.

He also advised the people of Sebei Sub-Region to shun land fragmentation and environmental degradation practices. He urged them, collectively, to chart out ways of ending the practices as the population in their area continues to grow.

"At independence, you people in Sebei were only 20,000 but today there are over 400,000 people in Sebei region. You need to sit together and find ways of stopping land fragmentation and land degradation," he counseled.

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