President Museveni has said people can only get prosperity through selling of goods and services but no through begging.
Museveni made the remarks at State House, Entebbe while delivering a lecture of opportunity to middle level Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) officers who have been attending a one-month ideological course at Kasenyi, Entebbe.
These officers included those from the rank of Senior Superintendents of Police down to Assistant Superintendents of Police. Others were the deputy heads of departments and regional police commanders.
He noted that there are five main sectors that enable prosperity including commercial agriculture, industries, services, ICT and Public Service.
“I am planning to expand the Kawumu Presidential Demonstration Farm. Under the 4 acre-model, Wananchi can grow coffee, fruits, food, pasture, rear poultry and pigs. The people near wetlands can do fish farming on the edges,” Museveni said.
Museveni informed the Police officers that they can be actively involved in income generation through intensive farming on small pieces of land and leave extensive farming for the large-scale land owners.
He observed that in order for one to have prosperity, he must engage in one or more of the said sectors, adding that the industrial sector in Uganda today employs 1.2 million people.
He also reminded the officers that in whatever sector they choose to engage in, they must be assured of a market.
The President also criticized politicians who promote the practice of tribal sectarianism and stressed that identity does not solve the challenges of prosperity.
He said the role of the CID officers was to ensure that there is no crime committed and that if there is crime, the officer must have the capacity to arrest the culprits.
The director of political education of Special Forces Command (SFC), Col. Gilbert Owamagyezi said Uganda was an island of peace. He attributed the achievement of peace to President Museveni’s correct diagnosis.
Owamagyezi revealed that one of the goals of the course was to enable the CID mid-level managers to transform themselves, society and the country. He said that the other objectives were to improve their patriotism and to also cultivate the culture of discipline.