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Museveni promises free land to NRM Diaspora league

President Yoweri Museveni poses with members of the Diaspora League at State House, Entebbe on Tuesday. Photo by PPU.

President Museveni has promised to find free land in Uganda for the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Diaspora league for setting up an industrial park.

Justifying his directive, President Museveni said granting free land to the NRM in Diaspora investors will boost industrialisation, which will in turn solve the unemployment problem.

Speaking at a meeting with the NRM Diaspora league on Tuesday at State house Entebbe, President Museveni reportedly said investors who want to establish industrial parks in Uganda should be given free land, arguing that Ugandans will be the ultimate beneficiaries.

According to a source that attended the meeting, the President said the future prosperity of the country can be generated from industries, both big and small scale, and commercial agriculture and in services such as hotels and Information Technology which the members of Diaspora are willing to invest in.

A source that attended the meeting said the President also promised to support all NRM Diaspora initiatives geared towards development in the country.

The source said the President also promised to support all the projects and programmes of the Diaspora as well as give a fund to them on a yearly basis.

“Encourage Diaspora members to come home, invest and develop our country but also encourage other foreign investors to come to Uganda and invest here because we have a favorable political climate and security,” President Museveni reportedly said.

Mr Don Wanyama, the senior Presidential Press Secretary confirmed there was a meeting with the NRM in Diaspora yesterday at State House Entebbe but declined to disclose the details.

“Yes, there was a meeting at State House with the members of Diaspora league, it was a brief meeting and I don’t know the details,” said Mr Wanyama Feb 14 by phone.

Hajji Abbey Walusimbi, the Diaspora league National chairman, confirmed a delegation of 18 members from UK, China, South Africa and Canada met the president at state house Entebbe and that he promised to allocate them land to put up an industrial park.

He revealed that the President also promised to fund the league like he has been funding UNNA convention, UK convention and Busoga twegaite.

“At the meeting, we requested the President to support us in helping market Uganda within and outside the country which he agreed,” said Hajji Walusimbi

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