By Ronald Kabanza
President Yoweri Museveni has rallied the Rukungiri district Muslim community to support government programs aiming at fighting poverty in their families.
The President made the appeal at the inauguration ceremony of Rukungiri Muslim district Kadhi, a function that took place at Rukungiri main Mosque in the southern division of Rukungiri municipality where Security Minister Rtd. Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi represented him.
“Our aim as NRM government is to enhance socio-economic development through implementing far-reaching changes in the livelihoods of the people by transforming the economy that’s why we have come up with different programs that are aiming at chasing poverty,” Mr. Museveni said in a speech read by Muhwezi.
‘’Am sure this program is going to work. What is left is seeing you progressing because we have supported every parish with Shs100m and we shall add you more. This money is yours so it to chase poverty from your families and communities from poverty,’’ Museveni’s speech reads further.
He also hailed Muslim religious leaders for their continued efforts in supporting the government to fight corruption.
‘’Thank you for fighting corruption with us, I can’t take your efforts for granted, remember corruption is the best enemy of development and a friend to poverty. And it is because of this that we need to work hand in hand and have it chased out of our country if we are to prosper,’’ Museveni said.
The president also credited the Muslims for their contribution in transforming the lives of Ugandans by supporting the government in the provision of socio-economic services like health, education, works of charity, poverty alleviation and income generating projects, relief services, and peace-building initiatives.
‘’ I want to assure you that the NRM government will continue supporting you so let’s remain united focused and committed to developing Uganda into a better country of living,’’ he added.
The Mufti of Uganda, His Eminence Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje commended President Museveni for being a father to the Muslim community.
‘’ Your Excellency, thank you for supporting Muslims, you have worked harder towards the betterment of Muslims. Thank you May good Allah reward you abundantly, ’’ Sheikh Mubaje said.
Mubajje also called for unity and cooperation among the Muslim community, saying that through cooperation, they will be able to develop themselves.