Reviving Hope: President Museveni’s vision for empowering troubled youth

President Museveni's vision for empowering troubled youth

In a momentous gathering at State House-Entebbe, President Museveni and the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) leadership embarked on a transformative dialogue, delving deep into the challenges faced by certain marginalized youths, including those associated with the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

The president’s resounding message resonated with hope and a call for action, emphasizing the crucial role of providing a solid foundation and guidance to these young individuals.

Unveiling a New Path to Prosperity

President Museveni, renowned for his unwavering commitment to the welfare of Uganda’s youth, passionately highlighted the imperativeness of equipping them with essential life skills and fostering a strong work ethic.

Addressing the pressing concern of misguided young boys, particularly those entangled with the ADF and predominantly Muslim, he shed light on their lack of knowledge and understanding, making them vulnerable to a life of banditry in Congo.

Championing Positive Change

With unwavering determination, President Museveni emphasized that banditry is not the sole path to survival, urging the youth to be guided towards more constructive avenues.

His conviction in the power of religious institutions, such as churches and mosques, to promote a culture of wealth creation, shone through as he called for an emphasis on economic empowerment and self-sufficiency within these sacred spaces.

A Pledge of Collaboration and Unity

United in their shared vision for a prosperous nation, the UMSC leadership expressed their gratitude to President Museveni for his generous financial support towards various Islamic activities, including the constitutional review and UMSC elections.

Recognizing the President’s instrumental role in facilitating these processes, they pledged their unwavering support for all government wealth creation programs, embracing the Parish Development Model (PDM) and integrating it into their structures across the country.

Planting Seeds of Change

In a demonstration of their commitment to eradicating poverty and fostering sustainable development, the UMSC unveiled a comprehensive coffee/cocoa planting initiative.

This ambitious endeavor, set to commence in August, aims to plant at least 200 acres in each of the ten Muslim regions in Uganda. The UMSC seeks government support to ensure the smooth operation of this initiative, aligning their efforts with the nation’s poverty eradication agenda.

Celebrating Milestones, Empowering Women

Looking ahead, the UMSC extended invitations to President Museveni for two momentous events. In December 2024, the “UMSC @ 50” celebration promises to be an extraordinary gathering, bringing together over 2,000 attendees, including esteemed Muftis from around the world.

The UMSC seeks the President’s endorsement and support to make this milestone event a resounding success. Additionally, in October 2024, the Uganda Women Muslim Council function aims to empower and uplift Muslim women in Uganda, and the UMSC warmly requested President Museveni’s support for this empowering occasion.

A Shared Vision for Prosperity

President Museveni warmly welcomed the UMSC’s support for the government’s “prosperity for all” programs, recognizing the power of collaboration in creating lasting change.

With their shared vision and determination, President Museveni and the UMSC leadership are poised to ignite a transformative journey, empowering troubled youth, fostering unity, and unlocking the boundless potential of Uganda’s vibrant Muslim community. Together, they will reshape destinies and breathe new life into the nation, leaving no one behind on the path to prosperity.