President Yoweri Museveni has said he is not intimidated by the opposition coalition come 2016 general elections.
The president made the remarks Monday at a rally in Kumi.
“NRM has shown it’s a steady driver, I ask the people of Teso to retain the steady and experienced driver,” he said.
He said the ruling party for which he is a chairman was now deeply entrenched with enough supporters to accord it another victory in the next election.
“I hear that they [opposition] have united in The Democratic Alliance [TDA]. They don’t have enough members to challenge the NRM.”
TDA, an opposition coalition started this year to challenge Museveni in 2016, still exists in name but never achieved its goal of fronting a single candidate.
The talks between Go Forward’s Amama Mbabazi and FDC’s Kizza Besigye collapsed despite intervention by Kenya’s opposition leader, Raila Odinga, and former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.
The two candidates in the end decided to stand separately.
Museveni said even if they [TDA] had galvanises all its forces, it can’t easily defeat the ruling party.
The president insists the NRM is still popular across the country.
“It [NRM] is not in power by accident,” he said, adding that for example, Teso region has experienced steady progress under the NRM government.
“We have pacified the sub-region by ending cattle rustling which was a menace in the past.”
“We have also invested in infrastructure with some of the key projects being the Soroti-Dokolo-Lira road and the Soroti-Mbale-Tororo road. We shall now build the Soroti-Katakwi-Moroto road, just as we will build the Kumi-Ngora-Serere-Soroti road. As for electricity, all key centres in Teso are now lit.”
Museveni says while there was an argument that there will never be peace in the region, because of NRM’s efforts, the area has realised peace.
“The people in camps have settled back in their homes, cattle rustlers are no more.”
He said NRM is clear headed, always believes and preaches unity and doesn’t believe in sectarianism of religion or tribe.
“We believe in equality between and men and women, because everyone is capable.”
The president said in 2006, he called the NRM caucus, and told them that it’s dangerous to depend on donors’ money.
“Fortunately they agreed with me. We agreed to put more money in roads, and now you can all witness the changes. We are going to tarmack the Soroti-Katakwi-Moroto road in February 2016 and Soroti-Serere-Kumi-Ngora. All this is your money, it is not borrowed.”
He said Uganda now is linked by tarmacked roads from border to border.
“Regarding electricity, we had UGX179b on electricity in 2006 but we now we put UGX2,900b. Wherever you go now, there is electricity, Dokolo, Moyo, Yumbe, Adjuman, Atiak. Because of all these changes, that’s why I say I’m celebrating.”