President Museveni Sets new target to End Poverty in Uganda
President Museveni has set a new target that will finally end poverty in Uganda during his sixth term.
While addressing the nation on Saturday, President Museveni explained that under the new term, his government will emphasize social-economic transformation.
He disclosed that he intends to support three million houses every year to change their livelihoods and thus chase away poverty before turning to another group the following year.
The president revealed that he has already ordered the government to budget accordingly.
With his plan, the government will be able to reach 15 million families in the country by the end of his new kisanja (term) which ends in 2026.
“In this kisanja, I have already instructed the government to prepare a budget to make sure that in each year we tackle 3 million families to get them from working for only the stomach to working for the stomach and the pocket. If you tackle 3 million by the end of 5 years you would have covered all the families and come back second round to give them additional support,” said Museveni.
Museveni says the current poverty alleviation programme dubbed Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) has not been reaching out to many Ugandans.
According to figures from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the president notes that the programme was only able to reach out to 900,000 people which he said is very low.
Since the creation of Uganda’s Poverty Eradication Action Plan in 1996, government has come up with series of programmes geared towards uplifting social-economic standards of all Ugandans with an aspiration of acquiring middle-income status.
Although poverty rates overall fell between 1993 and 2016, they rose slightly between 2013 and 2016.
Statistics from Development Initiatives also indicate that while the proportion of people defined as poor has fallen, the proportion of people who live above the poverty line but remain vulnerable to falling back below it has increased.