Presidential hopeful, Amama Mbabazi, has promised to lobby for Mbale town to get a city status.
“Because you deserve it,” Amama pointed out while addressing a rally at cricket oval grounds in Mbale town.
Amama was excited by the overwhelming welcome he received saying in all his years in government, he had never such.
Mbabazi who had only invited opinion leaders and religious leaders for a consultative meeting at Pretoria Hotel was shocked when a mammoth crowd showed up demanding to be part of the meeting.
He to cancel the meeting for lack of enough space.
Mbabazi said he chose Mbale as his first stop, because of its historical contribution to the NRA liberation struggle.
He referred to former Kenyan president, Daniel Arap Moi, who told him it was in Mbale that they held their Liberation and Freedom meetings in the 1950s.
Mbale constituted part of the FRONASA that was trained in Tanganyika to remove past dictatorships.
“If you give me authority, we will and must restore Mbale’s lost glory,” he pledged calling for equality in regional development.
“I am coming to you because I want to ask you to join me to bring about change in Uganda.”
He said there was need to ensure that there is a peaceful transition of power and from one generation to another.
“The Constitution is supreme and nobody is above i.e. We need better Governance and that is why I’m offering myself for Presidency.”
He said all the things Ugandans need and deserve can only be achieved with better Governance than they are experiencing today.
“That means Accountability. When Accountability goes up, Corruption goes down. It also means rule of Law is observed.”
Turning to security personnel, Amama said for any police to be credible, they must enjoy the confidence of the people and Vice versa which hasn’t been the case in Uganda.
Earlier, his supporters clashed with police which denied them a chance to form a procession and nearly prevented him from accessing cricket oval grounds where he addressed a rally.
Police led by James Ruhweza at first pretended not to care until streets swarm with supporters prompting the cops to block Mbabazi only to be overpowered by determined fans.