Selected individuals in Greater Kabale have disagreed with a report attributing the high poverty levels among Ugandans to laziness.
In September 2018, Twaweza released findings from a study titled; "The haves and the have-nots: Ugandan's opinions on poverty, fairness, and inequality” where 54% of the respondents blamed poverty levels in the country on Laziness.
The brief is based on data from Sauti za Wananchi (Voices of Citizens), Africa's first nationally representative high-frequency mobile phone based survey. The findings were based on data collected from 1,925 respondents across Uganda carried out between May 4th and 12th. 2018.
Robert Kakuru Byamugisha, a resident of Nyakiju in Kyanamira Sub County in Kabale district, says most Ugandans are not poor because of being lazy.
Byamugisha, who is also the Executive Director Kick Corruption out of Uganda-Kick U, says although most Ugandans are willing to work to escape poverty, their biggest challenge is startup capital.
He faults government for failing to help Ugandans to easily access soft loans to start up income generating projects to help them fight poverty. Byamugisha also says government has failed to effectively educate citizens on how to utilize their small pieces of land to generate some income.
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He also says poverty has persisted in the country because most political leaders focus on policies that advance their personal interests as opposed to helping ordinary citizens.
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The former Rukiga County Member of Parliament, Jack Sabitti, says bad governance is the biggest cause of poverty in Uganda as opposed to laziness.
Sabitti says Uganda is well endowed with favorable weather conditions, climate and soils but government has failed to set up policies to guide citizens to benefit from them.
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Michael Kwarikunda Mbareeba, the Rukiga District Male Youth Councilor, says people are willing to work but are being impeded by lack of jobs, under employment and poor pay.