President Hails VP Ssekandi for his National Stature

Saturday, 17th December 201
President Yoweri Museveni has hailed the Vice President, Mr. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi and described him as an excellent leader and Member of Parliament, who has no intrigue, is not a hypocrite and has a national stature.
President Museveni was speaking as a chief guest during the thanksgiving service organised by Vice President Kiwanuka Ssekandi to thank his constituents for voting him to the 10th Parliament and for being re-appointed Vice President of Uganda. The function took place this afternoon at Kkindu Secondary School grounds in Kyanamukaaka Sub-County, Bukoto Central County in Masaka district.
Mr. Museveni thanked the people of Bukoto Central County for having voted back Vice President Ssekandi back to Parliament telling them that they had made the right choice of a leader who bears time tested qualities of leadership. He also thanked them for having voted for him to be the President and other National Resistance Movement candidates and cautioned them to always use their electoral power wisely and vote for leaders that can find solutions to the problems facing their areas.
“You should not play with your electoral mandate. You need to elect your leaders carefully if you are looking for solutions for your area bearing in mind who has the ability to deliver on those solutions,” he said.
“Ssekandi is a very good leader. I have known him since our university time in Dar-es-salaam. He is not a hypocrite. He may be soft spoken but he is a good Member of Parliament with a national stature,” the President added.
President Museveni attributed most of the developments in Bukoto County and the greater Masaka area in general in the recent past to Mr. Ssekandi during his tenure as Speaker of Parliament and as a Vice President.
“He has for example been to China to look for investors to start a glass factory in Masaka that he has got and I want to congratulate him upon his re-election and his re-appointment,” Mr. Museveni said.
On agriculture, the President expressed happiness at the reported good work by Operation Wealth Creation officials and the success of the program in the greater Masaka Region. He stressed that his government is working round the clock to find solutions to the drought and soil acidity that are affecting agricultural productivity in the country. He advised farmers to adopt drip irrigation method especially for perennial crops to grapple with drought adding that government will develop gravity irrigation systems in hilly areas and promote the use of solar irrigation pumps in low lands.
On soil acidity, the President said that government will promote the use of fertilisers and that government, in partnership with private investors, has embarked on the construction of a fertiliser factory in Tororo. He warned the people living around the lakes in the country to do away with the negative culture of over fishing that has depleted fish from Ugandan lakes and affected the fishing industry.
“Our lakes are our gardens and they should not be destroyed. The communities living near these lakes should play a leading role in safeguarding these lakes,” he said.
On his part, Vice President Edward Sekandi thanked the people of Bukoto Central for voting him and the President and the Movement for putting him back to leadership. He commended religious leaders in Masala for working for unity and giving a positive message to the electorate during the elections time.
He decried the famine that has hit his County and the greater Masaka as a whole on account of low rains that characterised this year. He, however, thanked the government for the food relief that has been given to the region to mitigate the dangers posed by the food shortage.
Mr. Ssekandi hailed the President for the many efforts and programmes he has put in place to promote agriculture in Masaka in particular and in the entire country. He further commended him for trusting and re-appointing him to be Vice President. He pledged to work with him and achieve the much-awaited goal of transforming Uganda to a middle-income country.