President Yoweri Museveni has hailed the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheema North Constituency, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, for fighting household poverty in his constituency.
The President made the remarks yesterday at the thanksgiving service organized by the family of Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, who is also State Minister of Health General Duties, at Kabwohe in Sheema district to celebrate his 50th birthday anniversary and also to appreciate President Museveni’s exemplary and visionary leadership.
According to Sarah Kagingo, the Special Presidential Assistant on Communications, The service was also organized to launch the selected livelihood programs for the people in Sheema North Constituency.
The function was attended by among others, the Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Reverend Stanley Ntagali, Archbishop Paul Bakyenga of Mbarara Archdiocese and other religious leaders from various corners of the country.
President Museveni, who was accompanied by three Members of the East African Legislative Assembly, Hon. Kyangoyo Mbasa from Kenya, Hon. Shairose Bangi from Tanzania and one from Burundi, hailed Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye for being developmental and instrumental in the fight against household poverty.
He told the congregation that he got to know about Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye as a good person years ago and was impressed most by his campaign in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
He commended him for promoting government’s programme of transforming all homesteads into money making units by changing the mindset of his constituents and supporting families with planting materials and technologies to convert them from subsistence to modern commercial agriculture.
The President was also impressed by the door-to-door campaign to kick out poverty, hunger and diseases in Sheema that was launched by Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye under the Sheema North Development Association (SHNODA).
Mr. Museveni challenged all leaders in the country to convert people in their areas from practicing subsistence to modern commercial agriculture. He advised leaders to count homes that are engaged in activities that generate income and those that have no income and teach them to increase their incomes.
He advised people of Sheema district to learn how to utilize their small pieces of land by engaging in different profitable enterprises.
President Museveni pledged a tractor to the farmers of Sheema, donated Shs.20 million to Sheema Twetambire Development Group and promised to give them 20 cows. He further pledged a donation of 500,000 disease free and resistant coffee seedlings. He also promised to support other projects like the silk project.