NRM Presidential Candidate President Yoweri Museveni and Kenya Deputy President William Ruto campaigning at Barawa Parish , Kapchorwa town council in Kapchorwa district today Photos
President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the Presidential flag bearer of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), has urged Movement supporters and leaders to understand and preach the importance of prioritization in the implementation of government programmes.
He stressed that since resources are naturally scarce, government programmes have to be implemented in phases in the order of their national importance.
Mr. Museveni made the remarks yesterday afternoon at a campaign rally that he addressed at Bulambuli Town Council in Bulambuli district at the start of his campaign trail in Bugisu Sub-Region, Eastern Uganda.
The sub-region comprises 5 districts namely Bududa, Manafwa, Sironko, Mbale and Bulambuli with a combined population of about 1 million.
President Museveni, who was accompanied to the rally by Kenya’s Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto, enumerated several achievements of the National Resistance Movement in Bulambuli district that included the extension of power and water in several parts of the district, tarmac road from Mbale through Bulambuli to Kapchorwa and construction of several primary and secondary schools.
He said that NRM is aware of the pending programmes but added that all programmes cannot be implemented at the same time.
“Prioritization in implementing government programmes is important and who ever says all programmes should be implemented at the same time, is a poor planner and don’t listen to him. We prioritized power and that’s how we managed to extend it from Mbale up to Moroto in Karamoja. We also prioritized roads and you can count how many roads that are tarmac; even your road from Muyembe to Nakapiriprit is being worked on. So, there is no need to panic. What is undone will be done as long as the Movement is in charge,” he said.
Mr. Museveni affirmed that going by the line of the NRM plan of having a hospital in each district, Muyembe Health Centre 4 will be upgraded to a hospital to serve Bulambuli district in the coming term.
He also announced that the government will construct 11 primary schools in the 11 parishes in the district which do not have a government aided primary school, 7 secondary schools in the sub-counties without a government-aided secondary school.
The President, however, noted that much as the country continues to develop, household poverty within the population is still a challenge.
He said that the Movement will, in the next 5 years, increase investment in the youth and women funds, microcredit support and the NAADS programme specifically to ensure increased population’s accessibility to seedlings and breeding stock.
Mr. Museveni strongly cautioned the people of Sebei and Bugisu Su-Regions against unnecessary involvement in border squabbles. He reminded the 2 communities that Uganda’s internal and international borders were well marked right from colonial time and no one can change them.
He emphasized that there is no need of conflict over them. He informed them that he is going to instruct the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, to dispatch a team of surveyors to re-open the boundaries.
Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto, told the big gathering of Movement supporters that he had come to Uganda to share and celebrate with them the success and development Uganda has attained under the NRM government.
“I stand here to congratulate President Museveni, the National Resistance Movement and the people of Uganda for the peace and development you have attained and implore the youth to know that they have a big stake in this great nation and so they should play their role to protect this peace. I came here to show that Kenyans stand with Ugandans and I hope you will vote for stability,” he said.