Uganda is still backward — Museveni
By Serestino Tusingwire
The president of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is among those who believe the country is still backward.
He argues that having more people in agriculture is a sign of backwardness for the whole country.
“One of the characteristics of backwardness is having more people in agriculture than in other services,” Museveni said.
While addressing members of Urban Authorities Association of Uganda (UAAU) at Ntare School in Mbarara on Monday, Museveni said many people live in rural areas without engaging in any gainful work.
According to President Museveni, for any country to develop, it must have the majority of its population in other sectors than in agriculture.
“For the country to shed off backwardness, a big section of Ugandans need to move to urban areas,” Museveni said.
It is from this point that Museveni challenged urban leaders to carryout urban planning so that towns are organized to accommodate the growing urban population that stands at about 20 per cent.
“These towns are not planned, they are just there, you need to plan them so that people live in organized places,” he said.
Despite President’s comments, agriculture remains the main source of livelihood to most Ugandans and the country’s second foreign exchange earner after tourism.