By Okaba Patrick
Nebbi- President Yoweri Museveni has said that the people of West Nile have remained poor because they have continued to use traditional methods of farming.
Speaking during the fundraising for St Stephen Cathedral in Goli for the Anglican Church, Museveni said: ‘You people of Nebbi, Zombo and Pakwach are poor because use are based on traditional methods of farming rather than adopting modern methods of farming which has good yields.”
He said poverty is not accepted even in the church, because it retards development if the majority of people can’t afford to raise enough money to construct the church. For decades, the government has been embarking on moving away from traditional methods to modern farming, but this has not yet been achieved.
Top: A farmer in Terego using a hoe and President Yoweri Museveni.
But his statement contradicts the efforts of the government where over 10,000 hoes were distributed to farmers across the region. The farmers across the region have always asked government to provide tractors so that they could carry on mechanized farming but few have been provided. They remain inaccessible and tractors purchased by private investors are expensive to hire.
Museveni urged farmers in Nebbi, Zombo and Pakwach Districts to use the good climate that God has given them to practice modern agriculture because the area has both low land and high lands for agriculture.
The Bishop for Nebbi diocese, Alphonse Wathokudi, said the current church is dilapidated and cannot accommodate many Christians due to the increasing number.
Bishop said the struggle to build St Stephen cathedral Goli started some five years back due to the prevailing poverty among the Christians communities and friends to the church could not feature.
He adds early contribution from locally raised funds was Shs 171 million which couldn’t allow the construction committee to kick start the construction of the cathedral.
“Stop living in luxurious houses when the temple of God is in bad shape, and learn how to give to God,” Wathokudi said.
Bishop says the hardworking Christians will be freed from poverty if they contribute generously to construct the temple of God. St Stephen’s Cathedral if completed will accommodate over 2000 Christians.