President Yoweri Museveni has asked the opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] leader, Kizza Besigye, to appreciate the achievements made by his government.
Museveni made the remarks at the start of the week while campaigning in Kabale District.
Speaking at rallies in Ndorwa East and West, Museveni noted that besides other policy/infrastructure promises in the ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] Manifesto, his government would do more.
He promised to build a tea factory in Kisoro and Kabale on the basis that more people in the area were still growing tea.
He thanked the people of Kabale for hosting Rwandan refugees promising to compensate people around the border whose gardens and other property were trampled/occupied or destroyed by the refugees.
While addressing a rally in Ndorwa West, Museveni noted that people like Kizza Besigye left the government at the height of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel insurgency, cattle rustling in Karamoja, war in Rwanda etc, saying these were defeated without his [Besigye’s] input.
“By this time he [Besigye] was saying ‘Museveni should go’,” the president mused.
Besigye parted ways with Museveni who he accused of deviating from the principles they fought for during the bush war.
He stood for president in 2001, 2006 and 2011 losing all to the incumbent.
He has now returned for the fourth time to remove Museveni from power through his defiance campaign.
“Now we have electricity, good roads, schools, etc he is enjoying good rides across the country and again he wants me to go. Go where?” Museveni queried.
He added: “I know where I am going…prosperity and development are my goals.”
The president also noted that shops were now full, factories had been revived, sugar and tea plantations were booming, all curtsey of his government.
He advised residents to create their own wealth “with our help of course through our programmes like Naads, youth fund, women fund and microfinance”.
At his first rally at Kabirizi grounds Kamwezi Sub-county in Kabale District, Museveni said NRM bases its work on the truth and puts everything in perspective.
The president said the last time he visited Kamwezi, they did not have electricity but now have powerlines in the area.
“This is despite opposition by the likes of MP Jack Sabiiti who delayed the Bujagali dam project. We had to struggle to have it done. Kamwezi is now connected.”
He observed, however, that there are still two sub-counties without government-aided secondary schools; Ruhiju sub-county in Rubanda West and Bukinda sub-county in Rukiga County.
“We shall work on this.”
He cited Rutobo-Kamwezi-Muhanga road, Kabale – Bunyonyi road (22km),
Muhanga – Kisiizi – Rwashamaire road (50km), Hamurwa-Kerere-Kanungu/Bulema-Buhoma-Butogota-Hamayanja-Ifasha-Ikumba road (149km), promising to upgrade them.
“We have the money to do everything but we can’t have it all done at once. I came to tell you about NRM work plan and ask people of Kamwezi to vote for the party.”
During his tour, the president also received blessings from Rev. Fr. Gaetano Batanyenda, a parish priest of Kitanga and Chairperson Inter-Religious Council Kigezi Sub-region, known for criticising government.