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Poverty is a choice! Minister Kasolo advises against poor saving culture, lavish spending

NTUNGAMO-The minister of state for microfinance Mr Haruna Kyeyune Kasolo says Ugandans can only claim to be poor if it’s their choice and lavish spending other than government policy and initiatives on policies for poverty alleviation.  

He was on Tuesday presiding over the launch of the Presidential initiative on wealth and job creation based on specialized enterprise development and organization in Ntungamo district.

The initiative aims at grouping people doing various enterprises together and forming a SACCOs at county level that can easily attract government funding. An example is salon operators in a county forming an association together to cater for their needs, saving together, pooling resources to expand their trade.

Mr Kasolo said poor saving culture, lavish spending, dependency on handouts, poor choice of enterprises, poor cooperation and benchmarking and dependency on one enterprise make it hard for most Ugandans to develop.

The launch in Ntungamo also had leaders from the Rwampara district. Each constituency will be given UShs 560M for enhancing 18 chosen enterprises to be funded through the Microfinance support centre. The Rwampara RDC Mr Emmy Turyabagyenyi Katera asked the government to consider the timing of such projects if they want them to be successful other than people tagging them against politics.


Juma Mubiru
Mubiru passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless. Mubiru tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority. “Journalism that changes lives is my goal,”


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