President Yoweri Museveni has attributed the mushrooming growth of private sector investments in the country to the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Government’s principles of peace, democracy and freedom of individuals to work and own property.
The President was speaking at the ceremony of the commissioning of St. Gracious Secondary School in Adagayela village of Adekokwok Sub-County in Lira District in Northern Uganda. The school’s proprietor is Mr. Olet Patrick.
“Because of the peace and freedom, that is how you get people like my son here, who have schools, petrol stations and hotels,” he said.
“The man has got money during the time of NRM. Nobody is stopping him from building schools because in the past you were not allowed to build schools. Hotels were owned by government, but NRM said let the people be the ones to own the hotels,” he added.
Using the analogy of the Bible of reaping what one sows, the President reminded the people of Lira that the development in their area is a clear manifestation of the NRM’s principles of peace, patriotism, Pan Africanism, democracy, reconciliation and freedom for people to undertake what they like.
“Patrick told me that his father was an Army Sergeant but was killed by Amin. When NRM came, we emphasized reconciliation and that is how we got people like Amin’s grandson in Parliament in my Party, Obote’s daughter-in-law as my Minister; and the son of Tito Okello is also my Minister,” he said.
President Museveni, therefore, commended the proprietor of St. Gracious Secondary School (Patrick Olet) for the investment that is worth over Shs.4 billion. He thanked him for his love and support to the NRM Government and the honour he bestowed on the President’s parents in christening the girls’ and boys’ halls and science laboratories after their names.
Mr. Olet, on his part thanked President Museveni and the NRM Government for the conducive atmosphere that has enabled work and accumulate money that he has invested in his home area adding that this has enabled him to contribute to the development of his community.