President Yoweri Museveni’s address to the media at his Rwakitura country home on issues affecting the Greater Masaka sub-region over the weekend.
The NRM supporters in Gomba, Masaka, Rakai, Sembabule, Lwengo, Bukomansimbi and Lyantonde have done a great job mobilising for our rallies. I am very grateful.
I also received reports that our supporters in Buganda have already formed NRM village mobilization committees. This is commendable. Our approach is house-to-house mobilization, which is village-based.
The other place to scout for votes is education institutions once open and other work places like farms and factories. Committees should do two meetings daily and keep attendance lists and contacts of those attending.
About those claiming there will be unrest in the country because of elections, they are lying. It’s a foolish dog that takes on an elephant.
I heard there were cases of goons beating up people because they were wearing NRM T-shirts. I am told Bukedde TV had the footage. They should pass it to the police whom I have tasked to investigate.
This violence should stop. No one has the right to beat up the other, not even shout at another person. Even my own security detail I have cautioned them against harassing my supporters. Why push my supporters?
We had a stampede at my rally in Kiziba, Rakai where two children were injured. Another one was knocked dead by a car. I am asking the organisers of our rallies to allow mothers with young children to sit at the open space near my podium. We need to protect them.
I have already explained our wealth creation plan. We are going to use the five key funds; youth, women, microfinance, innovation and NAADS to support wealth-creation drive.
Development is on course. Electricity has gone to many places. Some few places that don’t have will get. Places like Kiziba, Kakyeera and Kitanda where I campaigned recently.
Roads are also being worked on. The Vila Maria-Sembabule to Ntuusi road is under construction, the Kasambya to Mubende road, the Myanzi-Kiboga and the Mbirizi-Mateete-Sembabule to Kyabakuza roads will all be tarmacked. The Bukakaata road will be done, just as the Rakai-Kibaale and Kasagama-Ntuusi roads.
But like I keep saying, these tarmack roads mean nothing if you are poor. The road to my home here is not tarmacked. Even when some technocrats listed it for tarmacking, I refused. But I have my cows here and I am wealthy. Development can come later but still find you we
On peace during elections:
Our opponents know we’re defeating them. They are sounding war drums to scare our people from voting. But where, here in Uganda, can they start violence? They’re just scare-mongering. Sejusa was making noise. Now he’s quite.
People are arrested because they are breaking the law. I don’t know what he’s been charged with but I know there are serious offences.
About his retirement, that is the work of the board. But if you are a trouble-maker, why should the army offload you to society? We can’t offload impunity on the population.
President Yoweri Museveni’s address to media at Rwakitura last week