“Lakang sugar factory will Transform Amuru Economically” – President Museveni

Sunday 13th May 2018
President Yoweri Museveni has assured the people of Amuru District in Northern Uganda that Lakang sugar factory will stimulate a myriad of economic activities in their area and help in the transformation of their society.
“A big sugar factory is to be constructed in Lakang by Madhvani. Some people were opposed to the project because they don’t know the economics,” he said.
The President made the remarks yesterday at a Thanksgiving ceremony for Hon. William Wilson Nokrach, the Amuru District Member of Parliament for People with Disabilities.
The colourful ceremony that attracted thousands of people from all walks of life was held at Olwal Mucaja Primary School playgrounds in Ayela village Lamogi Sub-County Amuru district. The President also commissioned All Saints’ Church Olwal Parish that has been constructed by MP Nokrach in memory of his deceased parents.
President Museveni who extended an apology to the congregation for coming late due to several engagements he had in Entebbe and in the Acholi Sub-Region, informed the people that the sugar factory will benefit the people of the area as employment will be created, sugarcane outgrowers will have market and farmers, shopkeepers as well as wanainchi of Amuru will sell their products and services to the many employees working in the factory.
“Shop owners, bars and even you farmers, will be able to sell your Malakwang to workers of that factory,” he said.
The President told the gathering that the development that will emerge in Amuru District will be similar to that of Gulu Municipality where buildings are mushrooming and businesses flourishing because of Gulu University.
“Students stay in the hostels and workers rent rooms in town. Gulu University has stimulated economic activities in the town and the same will happen to Amuru District,’ he observed.
He told them that sugar is an important item that will be produced for both home consumption and for export as it is required for taking tea, making of soft drinks as well as for manufacturing syrup drugs.
President Museveni reminded wananchi that Uganda has been able to build a strong Army that has brought peace to the country by denouncing in the strongest terms issues like sectarianism along tribal and religious leanings.
Mr. Museveni, who thanked Hon. Nokrach for his unwavering support for NRM, also commended the people of Amuru District in particular and Uganda in general for listening to the NRM message of non- sectarianism.
“Don’t look at a tribe or religion. Look at the interests of the country. That is why we were able to build a strong Army capable of defending the country and defeating terrorists in Northern Region thereby guaranteeing safety. That is why refugees are flocking to Uganda,” he added.
He reminded his listeners that Olwal, an area that used to be the crossing point of Joseph Kony, is now a centre of electricity. He noted that because of the prevailing peace, infrastructure development, such as roads, is on-going in many parts of the country. He said a tarmac road now joins Uganda to South Sudan through Kitgum and also through Atiak to Nimule. He said that the remaining part of the road from Atiak to Adjumni up to Moyo, will be worked on as well as the road that branches off from Aweyi to Olwal up to Rhino Camp.
President Museveni commended the people of Amuru District for responding to government call to discard traditional agriculture in favour of modern and calculated farming production for both financial and food security. He pledged support to the youth and women groups in the district and to the Church in Gulu.
“As you are organised in groups, I am going to give Shs.20 million to the youth group and a similar amount to the women group. For the church, I will give Shs.300 million next financial year,” he said amid thunderous applause and ululation.
Host MP, William Nokrach, thanked reported that he is spearheading the mobilisation of the people in Amuru District both politically and economically.
Former FDC Woman MP for Amuru District, Achiro Cissy, led a group of converts from FDC Party who crossed to NRM.