Museveni praises Bigirimana on youth project
President Museveni has launched the national youth livelihood programme with a heap of praises for Mr Pius Bigirimana, the former permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister(OPM), for disproving his critics.
While launching the programme on Friday, Mr Museveni said he stood by Mr Birigimana during the OPM saga because he looked at his (Bigirimana’s) heart and found no reason why civil society organisations and Members of Parliament wanted him “killed”.
“What is in someone’s heart is more important than what is on the surface. When they were tearing him apart, I tried to look at Mr Bigirimana’s heart and I did not see why they wanted to skin him alive,” Mr Museveni said.
“Mr Bigirimana conceptualised the national youth livelihood programme after I had moved him away from the Office of the Prime Minister. We have had a problem of delivering services to the youth for a very long time but look at what he has done within this very short time here,” the President said.
According to Mr Ronald Kibule, the youth minister, government has procured motor cycles for the 112 districts for supervision of youth programmes at district level and 1,360 bicycles for supervision of youth programmes at sub-county level.
Mr Museveni challenged the youth to emulate him by helping their parents like he did, to transform their families from peasant societies into modern commercial families because many of them may not necessarily be poor because of the livestock they have, but are poor because they cannot convert such wealth into money. “A Karimojong with 1,000 heads of cattle is not a poor man but how does he convert those cows into money,” he said.
He also said the youth should stop behaving like literate peasants.