“Finally, those who beat my supporters and are still hiding will be arrested,” President Yoweri Museveni told a rally in Ntungamo town last evening.
At the close of last year, Amama Mbabazi supporters beat up NRM supporters who stormed their rally venue and threw stones at the Go Forward candidate.
About 11 of Mbabazi supporters were arrested in relation to the violence.
Mbabazi’s chief bodyguard, Christopher Aine, who is missing and presumed dead, has already been summoned by police in regard to Ntungamo violence.
“You beat my supporters and go where?” Museveni mused at his rally in Ntungamo municipality.
He added: “We arrested some of them but I hear some are still hiding but we shall arrest them.”
Museveni who was accompanied by the First Lady, Janet Museveni, said before, Ugandans were divided on religious and tribal lines, women and the disabled were despised, the youth ignored.
In the Parliament of 1982, there were only 2 women out of 80 members, he noted.
“But when we noticed all that we realized we are going to all die. We started mobilizing regardless of your tribe, religion, we even recruited women into the army.”
He said in Buganda, they first protested that short people could not join the army but he insisted that even short people can fight in a battle.
“Some people used to look at height but I thought height was not an issue. Now that we have peace and development, we are looking at wealth creation for every home.”
Museveni observed that when NRM realised people were not fighting poverty, he came up with different projects to support the people; NAADS, Youth fund, Women Fund, Micro-finance.
“We are going to boost the budgets for these projects to support everyone. I was able to acquire wealth without development but you people have development, which makes it easy.”
He then appealed to the people of Ntungamo to vote for leaders who can plan for this nation and not leaders who keep frustrating new projects, proposing to divert money to less important matters.
Earlier, Museveni held a rally Rwashamaire, Kajara County Ntungamo District where he observed a moment of silence for two fallen elders; Yona Serunkuma – his former teacher and Yosia Katuha, a relative.
“I informed the massive gathering that there is no way the NRM can be pushed out since our roots have grown stronger and deeper.”
In terms of social services, Ntungamo has one hospital – Itojo, 3 health centre IVs, 11 health centre IIIs.
There are 242 primary schools – 46 are government-owned. Six parishes don’t have government primary schools.
“They will be constructed,” he promised, adding, “the Mbarara-Rukungiri road has been done so is the Ntungamo Mirama hills road.”
A host of independent candidates at lower political positions also endorsed his candidature alongside the official flag-bearers.