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Muntu Promises Agricultural Bank to Tooro Farmers

Muntu argued that farmers are exploited by commercial banks that give loans with high interest rates, which in turn hinders them from gaining from agriculture since the money they earn ends up in repaying loans and interest.
Mugisha Muntu

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The Alliance for National Transformation – ANT presidential candidate, Mugisha Muntu, has said once elected he will establish an agricultural bank to help farmers in Tooro access cheap financial services.  

Muntu argued that farmers are exploited by commercial banks that give loans with high-interest rates, which in turn hinders them from gaining from agriculture since the money they earn ends up in repaying loans and interest.   

While addressing supporters at different rallies in districts of Kabarole and Bunyangabu and Fort Portal Tourism on Thursday, Muntu explained that the bank would be giving loans to farmers at cheaper rates so that they can get money and improve on their farming.   

//Cue in: “Ntwenda kutaho agricultural…

Cue out… niyo yashashura sente.”//     

While at Karago playground in North Division, Fort Portal, Muntu also said he is not just about seeking change in government but wants qualitative change where all departments of government will be accountable and disciplined.   

He said to achieve this, he will have zero tolerance to corruption in government and all taxpayers’ money will be put to proper use.   

To ensure that farmers earn handsomely from agriculture, Muntu also said, in his government, he will put in place systems to ensure the stability of prices of agricultural products.   

//Cue in: “Nkebicooli, omuntu…

Cue out… crops omulingo ogu.”//   

Annet Kandole, the ANT Spokesperson in Tooro Sub-region, told the supporters that the party is financially constrained and asked each of them to contribute at least 10,000 Shillings to enable them to move on with their campaigns.   

She, however, added that once they are in power, they would put in place several poverty alleviation interventions to ensure an increment in each household’s income.   

Unlike other presidential candidates who have so far campaigned in Tooro like independent Henry Tumukunde and Robert Kyagulanyi of National Unity Platform – NUP, Muntu’s campaign meetings have been peaceful with little security presence. The only time he has been disrupted was in Kamwenge on Wednesday where he cancelled his rallies after disagreeing with police on venues. 

Also, while in Fort Portal, Muntu was allowed to hold his rallies in trading centres and move through busy places like the city centre without disruption from security agencies.   

According to his campaign program, Muntu will be in Kasese tomorrow before heading to Bundibugyo and Ntoroko on Saturday.