President Yoweri Museveni has said that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Government plans to have machine, carpentry, ceramics and textiles tools made in Uganda to further facilitate the availability of such tools at a low cost.
The President was Sunday speaking at the commissioning and handing over ceremony of a common user timber workshop in Rukungiri District.
The Presidential donation that is valued at Shs.193 million, is intended to benefit 5,000 members of the Rukungiri Municipality Carpenters’ and Traders’ Association.
“I have helped you but wake up. If you work well, you will achieve a lot. NRM enabled you to choose people so that you may be served well. I want the district leaders to prioritize so that the various sectors such as carpentry, textiles and others, are facilitated with the goal of ensuring that people have the capacity to generate income,” he said.
Museveni called for collaboration between Government and Italian-based Wood Machinery Ltd, who are manufacturers of machines, to establish a machinery workshop in Uganda.
He noted that under this arrangement, machine tools would be manufactured in Uganda.
He observed that the workshop would serve the East African Region and go a long way in cutting costs of importing machines thereby facilitating the reduction in production costs.
He also disclosed that Uganda shall soon start the refining of iron ore in Tororo beginning with the local casting of materials from the country’s minerals.
The move is seen as a way of conversing support for NRM candidate in the forthcoming by-election for Rukungiri woman MP which was nullified by the court of appeal.
The seat fell vacant after Court of Appeal nullified the election of Winfred Komuhangi Matsiko on March 22, 2018 on grounds that there were gross irregularities in the February 2016 general elections in which she was declared winner.
Ms Betty Muzanira of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party, who contested for Rukungiri district Woman MP seat petitioned Court to nullify the election of her rival Winfred Masiko .
She alleged that cancelled results were included on the final tally sheets; failure to include declared results on the final tally sheets; transportation of polling materials by non-polling officials affiliated to Ms Masiko and that Ms Masiko bribed voters; results announced by Rukungiri district returning officer differed from what was declared in the national gazette.
The electoral commission set May 31 as polling date in accordance with a statutory deadline for holding a parliamentary by-election within 60 days.