“I support President Museveni because his government has constructed roads and extended electricity to rural areas,” says Zainabu Kongaa of Amani social club who was one of thousands of people who turned up in Arua Municipality to listen to President Yoweri Museveni.
Another supporter Rosemary Pakeche says she supports Museveni because he has brought peace and security in the West Nile region.
“We can now travel from Arua to Kampala and back safely on the roads without worrying about the rebels on the way,” she said.
And for Abdul Rahman, his love for the NRM party and President Museveni is because they have empowered the women and people with disabilities which had never been there before.
“The party should continue to consolidate on what they have done. Rome was not built in a day. NRM is a steady party,” he said.
President Museveni who is also the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party Presidential flag bearer for the 2016 general elections held a rally at Arua Municipality Boma grounds urging residents to engage in cost effective modern agro production to increase their household incomes.
He said that household incomes can be got from a number of sectors such as farming, factories, services and business process outsourcing.
The president advised the people to embrace commercial agriculture so that they can earn big from their produce.
“Traditional agriculture has no capacity to chase away poverty. Through large scale farming you will earn double from what you get from the small scale farming,” he said.
He also noted that now that the West Nile Region has achieved peace and roads have been constructed, factories are also coming up and these will create employment for the youth.
“Karamoja was never pacified even by the British. It remained in war. Uganda has never had peace like this in the last 500 years. The whole country is now peaceful. There is peace and development, what is remaining is fighting poverty,” he said.
The President also advised the youth to form groups that can help them solve the problem of unemployment.
“The youth should form agricultural associations so that we can support you,” he said.
He also promised that electricity will be extended to Maracha, Koboko and Yumbe.
At the rally, members from Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party of the Rokoba United Association led by their leader Baba Oluke crossed over to the NRM party and promised to mobilize support for Mr. Museveni.
The President also thanked the people for showing up in huge numbers and asked them to vote for ‘the old man with a hat’ and NRM party in the coming general elections.
NRM deputy secretary general Richard Todwong also cautioned the supporters against violence.
ZAINABU KONGAA (AMANI SOCIAL CLUB ARUA): I support President Museveni because his government has constructed roads and extended electricity to rural areas.
Rosemary Pakeche: I support Museveni because he has brought peace and security in the West Nile region.
We can now travel from Arua to Kampala and back safely on the roads without worrying about the rebels on the way.
Abdul Rahman: I support the NRM party because it has empowered the women and people with disabilities which had never been there before.
The party should continue to consolidate on what they have done. Rome was not built in a day. NRM is a steady party.