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President Museveni Cautions People Against Frustrating Atiak Sugar Project

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni planting a memorial tree during the occasion of the president’s visit to assess the status of implementation of Atiak Sugar Project in Amuru district on the 13th April 2024. Photo by PPU/Tony Rujuta.

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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said any person who is against urbanisation especially through industrialization is an enemy of Uganda.

“Urbanisation especially through industrialization is very important for the area and anybody who really opposes that is either blind or an enemy of the people,” he said.

The President made the remarks on Saturday while touring Horyal Investment Holding Company in Gem Pacilo village, Atiak Sub-County, Amuru District.

The company is owned by businesswoman, Dr. Amina Hersi Moghe.

The President made the visit to assess the progress of the enterprise which runs Atiak Sugar Factory.

According to President Museveni, the people disagreeing over the land being used by Atiak Sugar Factory are opportunists whose aim is to divide the people of Acholi.

“We shall not allow any distortions created by any group like those Balaalo who were coming from the South. Why are you going to the North? To do what? Many of them don’t have good reasons because they misused their own land or underutilised it and then come to create confusion here. But there could be some who come for good reasons. Therefore, on one hand we don’t encourage those people who squander their land in other parts of the country and then come to do the same here but again in some cases there are those who want to do some good work,” he said.

“If there’s anybody causing distortion, we shall oppose you, we are all here. I wrote my document, I want everybody to come back and we will discuss it and the other committee which we set up will move around, we shall get a solution,” he added.

President Museveni explained that Atiak Sugar Factory was a useful growth stimulus, saying that the project will benefit all the people in Acholi and neighbouring areas.

During the same event, President Museveni promised to reward the family of the late John Omaya for their strategic move of giving land to Dr. Amina to set up the facility.

On the other hand, President Museveni advised smallholders farmers to adopt the four-acre model type of farming instead of growing crops like sugarcane and cotton, if they want to make more money.

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