By Ronald Kabuye
Government through the state minister for local government who also doubles as woman MP Kibuku district Jennifer Kacha Namuyangu, private sector foundation executive director Gideon Badagawa and Kibuku district officials from the LC5, LC3, CAO, RDC among others, have applauded the Bishop for central and eastern provinces of Uganda in the Evangelical Orthodox Church in Uganda(Antioch catholic rite) Jacinto Kibuuka and the ministry of Mamre prayer centre for empowering over 300 kibuku district locals with practical skills (training) about Oyester mushroom growing and how to process them into other products like wine, cosmetics, juice, flour, tea spices, fertilizers, cakes, breads in addition to packaging and marketing strategies of the same in just a period of six months.
Minister Namuyangu revealed that it was the first time to have such a program that focuses at uplifting the well being of the people in Kibuku district.
“Am happy at last God has used Bishop Kibuuka to bring such a developmental program in Kibuku district. No one has ever empowered our people with practical skills and I urge you(local) to put to good use the skills you have acquired.” Said Namuyangu
On their part, Private sector foundation’s ED Badagawa promised to increase funding towards the same through the skill enhancement program before appealing to all religious and political leaders to use their platforms for empowering the public business wise since hand outs and preaching to poor and hungry people is no longer sustainable.
“I appreciate and am amused by the tremendous job done, the speed, commitment and expertise put in to empower the communities here in Kibuku, their innovation is extra ordinary and we shall use this as an example else where.” said Badagawa
He added ” The problem in Uganda we have turned politics and religion into nonsense instead of using the two to empower people with business or expertise skills just like Bishop Kibuuka is doing because that is sustainable and beneficial.
It dismays me when many of the political and religious leaders use it for nonsense so I appeal to them to dwell much in making sure that their people have an enterprise”
Meanwhile Bishop Jacinto Kibuuka pledged to venture more in such programs that up lifts the well being of the people since its among the key roles of any religious leader besides spreading the gospel of God.
It should be noted that the project has costed so far over 128million shillings