President Yoweri Museveni has called on the Muslim community in the country and all Ugandans at large to work for unity.
“Work for peace. Uganda is making some progress. The only challenge is corruption and we shall fight it. Uganda had become a failed state because our leaders had become sectarian along religious and tribal lines. NRM rejected it because it was going to destroy us,” he said.
The President made the call last night at State House Entebbe where he and the First Lady, Hon. Janet Museveni, hosted the Muslim community to the annual Iftar dinner. The theme of the occasion was “Peace and Reconciliation among the Muslim Community in Uganda.” Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe, Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Ministers and Members of Parliament, among others, attended the dinner.
The President said that the policy of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) rhymes with the interest of wananchi. He, therefore, thanked members of all the Muslim denominations in the country for attending the Iftar dinner. He also commended Ugandans for appreciating the message of peace and putting it in practice. He prayed for Libya, Syria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Philippines to regain peace and stability.
Addressing himself to domestic issues, President Museveni informed his guests that Uganda today has achieved the foundation for trunk roads, has enough electricity whose cost will soon be reduced as the NRM Government is fully committed to solving the challenge of expensive power. He revealed that Islamic banking operations launched in Uganda has made an impact on the national economy. He further disclosed that the Government has made efforts for reduction of commercial banks’ interest rates to make it easy to run business in the country.
Turning to youth empowerment, Mr. Museveni noted that most of them are educated but lack capital. He said that the NRM Government will help the youth to acquire skills so that they are equipped with the capacity to utilize the country’s raw materials in order to generate income. He encouraged all Ugandans to embrace the call to buy locally produced products.
The President informed his guests that the country moves on 4 main foundations, namely modern agriculture, small and large-scale industries, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and services. He was pleased that Uganda has a growing purchasing power adding that people should buy Ugandan and East African made products as one way of struggling to eradicate household poverty.
Mr. Museveni pledged to have a meeting with the Muslim General Assembly in the country to find solutions to the conflicts among them. He expressed happiness that the country has an Inter-Religious Council. He, therefore, used the occasion to commend the youth who gave a summon on reconciliation. He stressed the need to work hard to realize prosperity and be well-off.
The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, saluted President Museveni and the First Lady for continuing to host the Muslim community in the country to the annual Iftar dinner. He requested the President to take measures against land grabbers who, he said, harass wananchi. He prayed for continued peace in Uganda and other countries. He also stressed the need for sensitizing people on how best utilize money. The Mufti said the Muslim community condemns all acts of terrorism.
Dr. Assad Lutalo who gave a talk about peace and reconciliation among the Muslim Community in Uganda saluted President Museveni for being a liberator. He also thanked him for his efforts to reconcile the Muslim community in Uganda.
Sheikh Ibrahim Ssebunya noted that a Muslim is supposed to extend peace to a fellow Muslim and to the rest of the community members. He observed that President Museveni has demonstrated that people can and should cooperate regardless of diversity in their faiths. EN