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I’m here for an agenda! Gen. Kasura sends clear message to Ministry of Agriculture officials as he assumes office

Maj Gen Kasura-Kyomukama warned that he is not in the Ministry of Agriculture for showbiz (PHOTO /Courtesy)

ENTEBBE — The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) has welcomed Maj. Gen. David Kasura-Kyomukama as the new Permanent Secretary.

Maj. Gen. Kasura-Kyomukama who was appointed into the position in July took over office on Friday last week from Mr. Pius Wakabi went into retirement.

Speaking at the take over ceremony, he warned anyone that would work to sabotage his agenda to transform the Ministry with their mission “to transform subsistence farming to commercial agriculture” at heart.

“The first thing that anyone who knows me should understand is that I have an agenda. I am an agenda-driven person. I have a direction and to implement this agenda, I use three methods; the first one is to persuade, the second one is to try to influence. When these two fail, I don’t want to say the third one because you know it” Maj. Kasura-Kyomukama said, adding that: “Our first mission is ensure we transform agricultural production and productivity”.

He also urged the ministry officials to promote high-value agriculture and dissemination of technology, knowledge and skills for the people employed in agriculture.

“The mission of this ministry therefore, is to modernise the agricultural sector. We are servants of the people and therefore, we are here to transform their lives,” Maj. Gen. Kyomukama said.

Gen. Kasura said that despite the critical importance of the agricultural sector, it still faces various challenges including low productivity while employing large numbers; low market competitiveness of products; and the dependence on the vagaries of nature for production.

He emphasized that he will try to solve these and other challenges by utilizing a collaborative whole of government approach in order to leverage the power that working as a team stimulates.

Maj. Gen. Kasura joins the ministry with over 30 years of leadership experience.

Before joining the Ministry of Agriculture, Maj. Gen. Kasura-Kyomukama was the Director of the National Leadership Institute at Kyankwanzi, and before this he was the Defense Liaison Officer for Uganda at the East African Community Secretariat in Arusha.

Prior to working in Arusha, Maj. Gen Kasura had worked in the National Resistance Army and its successor the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces in various capacities, including Commander and Staff Officer in diverse capacities.

He has also worked in the Office of the President.

He has taken part in the setting up and reorganization of a number of structures.

He was a pioneer leader of, and helped in setting up the Internal Security Organization (ISO) in the Office of the President; as well as the Chieftaincy of Pensions, Gratuity, Survivor Benefits and Compensation in the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF).

He took part, as Director, in the reorganization of the structure and operations of the National Leadership Institute (NALI) at Kyankwanzi; and was also part of the team, under the Late Lt Gen Pecos Kutesa, that wrote the Uganda Defense Doctrine as well as the Structure and Establishment of the UPDF.

Maj. Gen. Kasura has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Makerere University Kampala, and a Masters’ Degree from Salford University in Manchester.

He has also attended a number of leadership courses (military and civilian) in Cuba, Russia, China and the United Kingdom.

Maj. Gen. Kasura-Kyomukama’s focus will be geared towards the transformation of the Agriculture sector in order to stimulate and drive the agenda of socioeconomic transformation in Uganda.

One of the tools will be the Parish Model so that this transformation is carried out by the people, and occurs among them based on their needs and aspirations.

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