I greet you in Yumbe and Kaabong, in Hoima and Busia, in Bushenyi and Kamuli and in every household that sits on this favoured land. I greet you in neighbouring Kenya and Rwanda, and in far away Beijing, London and Boston.
But this is not something only our leaders must consider, it is also our task as Ugandans. It is the duty that each of us as citizens owe to our children and grandchildren, to the children of our neighbours, to our respective communities and to the generations to come.
Uganda at 53 years of age has come a long way from the time when Africa was a continent of kingdoms and self-governing nations, clans and kinsfolk. In these 53 years we have known violence, terror and death. But we have also learned that it is possible to have peace, calm and longer life. And although we, as a country,
are not where we want to be, it is important to recognise that our former presidents have, in their own ways, contributed to our advancement as a nation. Still, the time has come to take this country in a new direction.
Trust between citizens and the State; between ethnic groupings and social classes; trust among political parties and various government and non-government institutions and organisations.
Building this trust is no easy task. It will take time and will be a result of accomplishments made, goals achieved and promises kept. The best way for us to start this process is to understand what is expected of each other. The citizens must know what the government can and cannot do for them.
The government, in turn, must understand what its role is in the life of every Ugandan and then endeavour, to the best of its ability, to fulfil that role. Communication is key, as it is in any relationship. As such, before we present our manifesto, we will present to you our pledges.
After our pledges and promises, our manifesto. This is our plan for the developments we would like to achieve in the future; the plans we have set in place to create new, and strengthen existing institutions that will help organise our society for the comfort and safety of our nationals; the steps we will take to transform the economy so that all our citizens can participate and contribute through their own work effort; the initiatives we propose to ensure that the Rule of Law becomes a cornerstone of the functionality of this country.
Furthermore, our manifesto includes plans to ensure sure that security services are well equipped, adequately remunerated and that their main goal is the protection of Ugandan citizens. You will read about our plans in the healthcare sector; you will see that we believe an individual’s good health is not only a human right but a requirement for the prosperity of our country Uganda.