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“They first of all are very prosperous and live in expensive houses, but they are not concerned about poor widows, stalls of fruits that perish in the violent riots,” he said.
The president was on Thursday evening speaking to a huge gathering at a function held at Lugogo to mark three years since Kampala Capital City Authority was established.
He noted, “This is more like going to one’s garden to demonstrate. You cannot come to my kraal in Rwakitura and start rioting; I will pick a spear and kill you. In Kampala, your business stall is your garden, and sometimes it’s all you have: your life.”
He took time to commend opposition city councillors at KCCA who joined their NRM counterparts to throw Lord Mayor Lukwago out of city hall late last year, describing them as ‘development aimed.’
“Being in opposition essentially implies that one holds a divergent opinion from that of government. But when it comes to matters that benefit the people in totality, you are expected to join in constructively, not to destroy.”
Lukwago has on several occasions accused Museveni of sabotaging his reign as Mayor by supporting efforts to impeach him.
Amid cheers from the majorly KCCA employees, Museveni went ahead to describe most elected opposition leaders in Kampala as hang-ropes.
“Traditionally when someone hangs themselves people are not supposed to mourn. But every time we have gone to polls, the people of Kampala have picked ropes to hang themselves,” he said.
“But as much as I could every time I found you hanging on the ropes I have tried to cut the ropes. At times you fall and it hurt, but you don’t die.”
At the event Museveni praised KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi for the tremendous achievements she and her team have managed in the three years, very much in contrast to her predecessors