ENTEBBE – President Yoweri Museveni has received and held a meeting with former Kenya Prime Minister, Mr. Raila Odinga, who paid a courtesy call on him this Monday afternoon at State House, Entebbe.
Mr. Museveni and his visitor discussed matters related to socio-economic as well as political developments in their respective countries.
The President informed his guest that under the National Resistance Movement Government, Uganda has registered systematic political growth characterised by affirmative action for marginalized groups like the women, youth and the disabled.
“By independence, Uganda had only three women Members of Parliament out of about 90 legislators in the House. When NRM came to power, we had to embrace the politics of equality in favour of gender balance and sowed the seed of affirmative action in all systems. The country has 117 Districts and all have women representation in Parliament at District level. Today, Parliament has a big representation because of affirmative action. Women have competed with their male counterparts in constituency elections and win massively,” he said.
The President and Mr. Odinga also discussed issues pertaining to boosting agricultural crop production through the application of phosphates that are produced in Tororo to supplement compost and organic manure that is in use in Uganda as the country enjoys favourable climatic conditions of two rain seasons.