Handing over the animals to the beneficiaries in Luuka on Friday, Mbayo said she requested for the donation because their members were poor.

Museveni fulfils pledge to Luuka women

Some of the cattle for the women leaders in Luuka district

Handing over the animals to the beneficiaries in Luuka on Friday, Mbayo said she requested for the donation because their members were poor.

President has fulfilled his 2019 pledge of providing in-calf heifers to women leaders in Luuka district.

The pledge, according to the Minister for the Presidency, who also doubles as the Luuka district Woman MP, Esther Mbayo, was made in July 2019 during the swearing-in of the national executive of the Women Council, led by Faridah Kimbowa, at Hotel Africana in Kampala, where Museveni was the chief guest.

Handing over the animals to the beneficiaries in Luuka on Friday, Mbayo said she requested for the donation because their members were poor.

She said the President directed the executive director of the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) Dr Samuel Mugasi to provide the cattle to all the women leaders across the country.

The minister said women from the rest of the districts had received theirs, apart from those in eastern Uganda.

“I know that the remaining districts in eastern Uganda will also be catered for,” she added.

Mbayo said she lobbied for 10 animals per district across the country as a way of empowering women leaders economically.

“Leaders are supposed to live by example, but our women have not been role models in their respective areas for lack of such projects. With this empowerment, they will be our change agents to the communities,” she said.

Fhida Namuwaya, the chairperson of the Luuka women league, thanked Mbayo for following up on the pledge, until they were delivered.

Sauba Mirembe, another beneficiary, said she had already prepared a garden for her animal feeds.

Mbayo cautioned them against selling the animals or using them to pay dowry for their sons, saying the aim of the donation was to fight poverty by empowering them to sustain their households.

“If women are economically empowered, it means their households will improve as they can be able to provide basics and scholastic materials to their children,” she said.

At the same event, Mbayo refuted claims that she was responsible for the Wednesday arrest of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, the presidential flagbearer of the National Unity Platform (NUP) in Luuka district.

She said her ministerial docket is not responsible for security operations and Police spokesperson Fred Enanga clarified that the Electoral Commission stipulated campaign guidelines which the Police said had been violated by some candidates.

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