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NRM Is The Strongest Political Party To Ever Exist In Uganda – Museveni

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President Yoweri Museveni has said that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) is the strongest political party to ever exist in Uganda, arguing that no other political party has ever been able to raise more than 50% in general elections.

In the February 2016 general elections, President Museveni who contested on NRM party ticket garnered 67% votes, up from the 65% he got in the 2011 general elections.

Museveni made the remarks on in Amuru district where he had been invited to launch Christ Church in Lamwogi Sub County. The president attributed NRM’s political might on their message of peace and unity where the party has been in position to bring together Ugandans regardless of their tribal and religious affiliations.

“NRM has been able to build peace in Uganda. It wasn’t easy to build peace, first you had to solve the politics which was full of sectarianism of religion and tribalism,” said Museveni.

Not even the 32 years in power has been enough for President Museveni to blame the former regimes saying the reigns of the past Governments were marred with divisionism based on religion and tribe.

The fountain of honour remarked: “Uganda had become unmanageable. In the 1962 elections. Before independence, none of the Political parties could get more than 50% in general elections. Democratic Party (DP) couldn’t, Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) Couldn’t, Kabaka Yeeka (KY) couldn’t get because they had divided the people.”

The man from Rwakitura likened NRM’s unity message to the gospel of Jesus Christ who preached against divisionism through the parable of the Good Samaritan, arguing that the same message has been critical at helping the ruling build a strong army where one’s tribe and religion aren’t required for them to be admitted to the Force.

The Commander in Chief noted: “That’s what has been the message of NRM. That’s why we were able to build a strong army that could defeat terrorists and guard peace in the country. That’s why refugees are coming from all parts of Africa because there is peace here.”

As usual, the President never forgot to brag about the peace his Government brought, reminding the locals that Amuru was a crossing point for LRA rebels, but the area is now the reference point for the too much electricity in Uganda.

“This used to be a crossing point of Joseph Kony . I tried to ambush him a few times, but he was dodging. But what was a center of war is a place of electricity. When my helicopter was landing, the pilot had to be careful not to hit electricity lines,” Museveni said laughing sarcastically.

With residents waiting for him since 10am, the President arrived in the night where he took to the podium to address the locals in the dark at 7:18pm, amidst the buzzing sound of generators and a drive back showed Amuru covered in darkness with no electricity.

With Amuru district making headlines following the land wrangles after businessman Madhivani expressed interest in acquiring land to start a sugar factory, Museveni told the locals that Jesus wasn’t a Lamwogi, but He is still worshiped in the area for doing a good thing.

As such, the President called on the residents to support Madhvani arguing, “That factory will be done by Madhvani, he isn’t a Lamwogi but an Indian. Jesus wasn’t a Lamwogi but He did something good which you like. A foreigner can do a good thing.”

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Why Should The President Move With A Toilet Worth Billions And 30 Cars While People Are Dying In Hospitals – MP Tinkasimire Asks

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President Museveni infront of his moving toilet. Inset is MP Tinkasimire

Buyaga county member of parliament Barnabas Tinkasimire has warned the president and the government of Uganda to stop wasting money on unbudgeted business.

Tinkasimire said this while officiating at the 1st health financing conference in Kampala aimed at tackling sexual reproductive health problems and financing gaps for adolescents in Uganda.

Tinkasimire gave an example of the twenty nine million shillings which was given to each member of parliament to carry out consultations on whether Article 102(b) should be amended yet it is their work. Tinkasimire advised that this money would have been put in the health sector to save mothers and young girls who are dying in villages without drugs and basic health resources.

Tinkasimire also cited Ministers who drive luxury vehicles with lead cars, escorts and body guards who are paid by government, as another way in which public funds are wasted.

“We are looking for money to put in the health sector, there are things we can cut off to save a life, the convoy of the president is too much, how can one Person move with more than 30 cars with each car is using a lot of fuel while other people are starving and dying in hospitals without drugs? Putting that aside, the president moves with a toilet worth more than a billion shillings, these are the critical wastages we should cut off to save lives by put this money in the health sector,” Tinkasimire said.

Tinkasimire assured Ugandans that he will not support the increase of salary for the members of parliament if brought at the floor of parliament because MPs are the most well paid people in this country and they do a lot  of side businesses, “so the money they are proposing as increment should be put in the health sector.”

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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Put Sanitary Pads In Toilets And Public Places Like You Do Condoms – Minister, MP Advise

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As Uganda joins the rest of the world to commemorate the menstrual hygiene day on 28th May 2018, the woman MP for Otuke district, Akello Sylvia, has advised government and Civil Society Organisations to consider putting Sanitary towels in public places like hospitals and bars as it’s done with condoms which are almost found everywhere and are always for free.

Akello signaled that this will help girls and women access sanitary pads because sometimes, some of them don’t get any signs when they are going into their Ps which leaves them embarrassed once the signs finally show.

“You can’t be a happy man in a happy marriage if you have a girl or women who doesn’t menstruate, men, you shouldn’t shy away from talking about menstruation and you should take this too as your responsibility,” Akello said.

Akello said this while officiating at the opening of the National Symposium on menstrual hygiene management in Uganda at hotel Africana in Kampala where the state minister of education Hon. John Chryzestom Muyingo was the guest of honour.

In his speech, Muyingo emphasized that men should break the silence and talk to their female children about this issue.

Muyingo said that Menstruation is one of the issues that affects the performance of girl children in schools and this determines their stay in schools.

“Many times, when we release national examinations, we are asked why the performance for girls is poor, we don’t get a good answer to this question but this problem (Mestruation) is top. We need to break the silence, these girls need assistance and guidance,” Muyingo explained.

Muyingo, who owns a number of schools cautioned that girls miss two to four days of school because of menstruation which affects their performance.

He called upon parents and guardians to continue helping these young ladies access and have pads so that they don’t miss school as the government of Uganda works out a strategy on how to further help them have sanitary towels in schools for free as promised by the president.

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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Museveni Meets UK Defence Forces Students: Talks To Them About Patriotism And Pan-Africanism

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President Museveni yesterday met students from the UK Dfence Academy at State House in Entebbe. Museveni who preached Patriotism and Pan-Africanism to these students wrote on his social media page, “Addressed students from the UK Defence Academy–Joint Services Command and Staff College, who are undertaking the Advanced Command and Staff Course.

I welcome these students, led by Colonel Martin Mackey, to Uganda. Our discussion centred on why Africa has lagged behind in development despite having a huge deposit of natural resources.

From my understanding and having been involved in issues concerning Africa, I have identified 10 strategic bottlenecks that have caused this lag. For our engagement, I focused on two main ones.

First is the issue of emphasising identity at the expense of interests. Europe at some stage had this problem, for instance the conflicts between catholics and protestants. But they were overcome.

Africa has had a number of bankrupt leaders who promote this kind of ideology and thus sustain this conflict. Identity is good, we should know who we are. But we must ask what our interests are.

Our interest should be prosperity through production of goods and services, which is more important and should override identity. To counter sectarianism, the NRM government promotes patriotism and Pan-Africanism.

The other bottleneck is the small fragmented markets which cannot sustain and stimulate mass production, creating a problem for the producers and service providers. Africa cannot, therefore, favourably compete with other continents.

However, we are gradually addressing these bottlenecks and in Uganda’s case, we shall in the next couple of years move into the middle income bracket.”

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