President Yoweri Museveni has expressed dissatisfaction with rich Ugandans who don’t bother to fund the ruling party, NRM for which he is the national chairman.
“The only inconvenience has been the funding,” Museveni writes in his long article about NRM achievements.
“Ugandans that are wealthy or not so badly off do not bother with funding the NRM.”
He adds: “I have told you before that I hear that there are six million account holders in Banks.”
According to the president, if each one contributed, one time, shs.50,000, NRM would collect shs.300bn, enough to fund comfortably this campaign and start on building the NRM House as well as paying for Kyadondo Plot 10.
“Even if you assumed that only 5 million were NRM sympathizers, that would give us shs.250bn. Obukorwa tibwiita bukombeera (The mongoose though tiny will kill a big animal by combining effort).”
He said small contributions from a large number of people will bring in more money than a few big contributors.
“I am grateful to the big contributors; they have solely carried the burden. Again, the Account no. is 1100039293 (Shs Account) and 1100069362 (Dollar Account) in the Housing Finance Bank.”
The president said he was, however, happy that some NRM members have started making financial and material contribution.
“People in Rubabo gave me a Friesian cow. People in Ibanda gave me 30 Friesian cows; Kazo 127cattle (long horn); Nyabushozi – 120 cattle (long horn); Kashongyi – 50 Friesians; a cow from Mrs. Muhindo in Kisinga; about 5 cows (friesians) in Kitagwenda; a cow from the woman flag bearer of Kabarole – the young Ms. Sylvia Rwabwogo; Shs.12 million from the NRM Chairman of Nakapiripirit; 25 million from the traders of Ntungamo; shs.1.5 million from a young supporter from Bugabula South whose name should be traced and his contribution acknowledged.”
He said there were also goats, sheep, chicken and pigs contributed in some of these places.
He directed th Secretariat to gather all these livestock and, initially, put them in Ngoma Farm as they arrange for their long–term management and multiplication.
“On account of trying to manage with limited funds, we have not yet funded the NRM flag bearers beyond paying their nomination fees.”
“We had to deal with the urgent events such as the two National Conferences, the NEC meetings, the registration of NRM members, the nomination of NRM flag-bearers, the Presidential rallies etc., etc.”
He adds: “We will soon, however, manage to fund the village meetings, the flag bearers and keep some money for votes protection, using adjusted budgets. With more funding, things would have been smoother.”
Museveni said the party would have organizationally consolidated the mass enthusiasm for the NRM to create more cohesion.
It will still be done although it has taken longer, he wrote.
He also noted that people are complaining about the shortage of tee-shirts and posters.
“It is all to do with funding. Should we fund village meetings or should we fund the purchase of the tee-shirts and posters? We have bought some but not enough.”