President Yoweri Museveni spent Monday in Ibanda district western Uganda canvassing for votes.
While the politics of crowds is phasing out of the presidential campaigns, the thousands of people that turned up to receive the president are worth mentioning.
Museveni who was accompanied by the First Lady, Janet Museveni, held his first two rallies in Ibanda North and South in Ibanda District.
Thousands of people gathered to cheer and express their love and support for the president.
“We have done the roads to Mbarara, Fort Portal, Kamwenge, all which connect with Ibanda,” he told the cheering crowd.
He said electricity had been extended to Rwomuhoro, Kanoni, Nyanza, Nyarubanga, Kantaganya, Rwemirondo, Kitongole, Rwabizanzwa, Rukiri Rwenkuba, Rwenengwe, Kyabaganda, St Anne SS.
There are 220 primary schools, 124 of them government-owned.
“The five parishes without schools will get just like the one subcounty that does not have a secondary school,” he pledged.
Nyakatooke SS, St. Richards, Saasi SS, Namalele High School will become government-aided, the president further promised.
To illustrate the importance of entrepreneurship, he called Mr Patrick Bitature who told the gathering that he employs 500 people at his two hotels, yet the whole of Ibanda District administration employs only 75 staff.
“The Bitatures are able to do this because of peace, others should emulate.”
The president also tasked the Ibanda NRM district Chairman to ensure he reconciles all those that fell out due to the NRM primaries.
Museveni’s last rally of the day was in Kashongi sub-county, Kashongi constituency in Kiruhura District.
“I’m happy to visit this place. I came to introduce to you the NRM manifesto. Our manifesto reminds you of what NRM has taught you,” he told another huge gathering that had waited for him all day long.
He said NRM has taught everyone unity emphasising that it’s what has contributed to the peace in the country.
“I didn’t know that Kashongi didn’t have electricity, but since I have noted this, it will be done. Rural electrification has been one of our priorities.”
Kashongi, Ruhumba, Kashwa, Rwakahaya, Rwemamba, Kitula, Byanamira, Kitabo, Kabushwere, Kyenshama, Kenshunga are all one line to get electricity.
“Kashongi has got mainly three issues; roads, electricity and water.
Once we do the Mbarara-Ibanda road, the one to Kashongi will also be worked on.”
On the side of water, the president said Kinoni, Kazo, Rushere, Kiruhura, Nyakasharara, Rubindi have all got piped water.
He directed Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu to work on the water for Kashongi.
“I gave these people their own constituency to have service delivery improved.”
Today, Tuesday, Museveni’s campaign moves to Mbarara District.
He will meet supporters in Kashaari North and South, Rwampara and conclude the day in Mbarara Municipality.