Govt looking for water transport investors – Museveni

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MUKONO.

The government is looking for investors to support improvement of transport on Lake Victoria, President Museveni has said.

Mr Museveni said improving transport on the lake would ease movement of people as well as goods and services between the isles in the lake and the mainland.

The President was speaking during a thanksgiving and baptism ceremony for Water state minister Ronald Kibuule’s six children in Kapeke village in Nnama Sub-county, Mukono District, last Friday.

He said since the government had already improved the road infrastructure, the next step is to revamp water transport.

“We are going to develop water transport in order to ease the movement of both people and goods from the mainland area to the islands such as Ssese and towns in neighbouring countries that are along the Lake Victoria shores. This would accelerate the development of the country,” Mr Museveni said.

Mr Kibuule, who is also the Mukono North MP, thanked God for blessing his family with the birth of twins, something he said he had longed for.

Mr Kibuule’s six children were baptised by the Mukono retired Bishop Eria Paul Luzinda.

Mr Museveni reiterated the government’s commitment to assist farmers, but warned them against relying on rain for production.

He said they should utilise the many water sources available to irrigate their crops.

“Some of you are complaining of the long dry spells even when you have no crops. People in Egypt, a country located in the desert are able to grow crops using irrigation but here where River Nile originates we are still lamenting over dry spell. This excuse should stop,” Mr Museveni said.

The President donated Shs5m cash to the Kapeke LCI chairperson, Mr Dodoviko Basoma, to buy a motor-cycle for transport.

This was after Mr Basoma complained to the President that he has no means of transport to enable him move around his area.

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