Museveni: I Warned Kayiira against Attacking Kampala


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The President was Monday speaking at a rally shortly after commission a multibillion shilling ferry linking Kayunga to Kamuli districts at Mbulamuti in Kamuli district.

“Enkoko eshonda ekyeramiire (a hen can only poke what it can swallow),” the President said referring to governments policy of prioritizing projects saying development issues don’t need excitement, propaganda and lies but need planning and prioritizing.

The President who was accompanied by the Speaker of Parliament who is also area Member of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, her deputy Jacob Oulanya, various ministers and members of Parliament, described the new ferry as part of the fruits of the NRM government which they have consistently been voting into power.

“The bible says you reap what you sow. The people of Uganda have been voting NRM during elections. These are the fruits of NRM alongside the peace which is most vital and development,” he said.

The President, who took a ride on the ferry and addressed people in Kayunga before returning to Kamuli, urged them to unite for development instead of fighting over petty issues.

Referring to the rift created by the location of the ferry that was eventually settled by engineers in UNRA, the President said they decided to shift the initial location from Nabuganyi three kilometres upstream because of the rocks underneath the river and emphasized that all Ugandans can now use it without any problems.

The President said development issues can sometimes be confusing for some people, adding that he had a war with some government officials insisting on increasing salaries instead of developing infrastructure.

“I had a war but kept quiet. Last year I told government people that we could not increase salaries until we complete about twenty main roads. There was uproar and they insisted that teachers must get salary increment. I said I can’t use money for infrastructure to increase salaries. They threatened a demonstration and I also threatened to sack them. Fortunately they calmed down. That year we invested Shs 2,500bn in roads alone and after the big roads were done, I said fine, they can go on with their increments,” he said.

The President said government work is not just to talk but it must plan and prioritize.


He also cited an incident in 1982 when he disagreed with Kayiira on the strategy of capturing Kampala.

While Museveni preferred guerrilla warfare, Kayiira moved fast to strike Lubiri barracks, an operation that flopped.

With about 300 insurgents armed with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, Kayiira was repulsed by Ugandan Army troops.

Museveni today said, “Whoever says these things can be done once is a liar. During our bush war, Kayiira said he wanted to attack Kampala in two days and I said you go..he was hit. You need to plan.”

He emphasized that development and wealth creation are vital but added that while the ferry is development for all Ugandans, wealth goes directly into your home. He commended the people of Busoga for growing a lot of maize but urged them to engage in cost effective enterprises that improve incomes.


He said he would ‘lend’ the country about 400 soldiers to work alongside civilian staff in over 238 constituencies to improve income generations among households.

He warned against land fragmentation and assured the Basoga that the Busoga railway loop will be considered as the country upgrades its railways system.

The President later commissioned 10 classroom blocks at St. Paul Senior Secondary School in Mbulamuti that was built by government and funded by the World Bank at a cost of over 340million. He also commissioned Century Hotel owned by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga in Kamuli.

Rt. Hon. Speaker Kadaga commended government from improving water transport between the districts and called upon the President to support the introduction of another ferry to ease transport on Lake Kyoga to Like Budhiope with Teso. He also thanked government for the piped water project in Mbulamuti and appealed to the President to support the construction of a girls dormitory at Nawanyago Technical institute which.


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