The National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED) leader Joseph Kizza Kabuleta has cautioned the people of West Nile against feeling self pity due to the levels of poverty in the sub region.
He said the residents are not poor, but rather they just need to be economically empowered.
Kabuleta made the revelation while meeting the local leaders and residents of West Nile on Wednesday, during his current nationwide sensitization campaign premised on protecting Uganda’s national deposits that could be used by citizens to alleviate themselves from poverty.
“The main challenge here is that you are so divided because of the different political parties you belong to thus you end forgetting to focus on issues that would benefit you. It doesn’t matter whether you belong to NRM or any other party, the issues affecting you as residents of this area are the same. The poverty you face is the same,” he asserted.
The former presidential candidate further advised the locals to forego their political differences if they are to develop their area.
” When it comes to development, you should find ways on how you can unite and develop your area. This area is rich, you have coffee, oil in Pakwach, and other natural resources, so you should sit down and agree on how you can benefit from the natural resources in your area. Do away with your political differences,”he added.
Apart from the abject poverty in the area, the residents also complained that they lacked proper/standard schools and health facilities in the sub region.
In his response, Kabuleta said the facilities are in place but the residents did not have the financial muscle to access them.
“Those facilities are in place for those who have money but the key for your families to benefit from good education or health services is about being financially stable. So how are you striving to ensure that you benefit from the economic prosperity in your area? When you’re economically empowered, all the good life you desire, will come your way.
NEED, a political movement under the stewardship of Kabuleta has so far managed to spread the economic empowerment message to Buganda, Bugisu, Bukedi, Teso, Sebei, Lango, Acholi and West Nile sub-regions.