Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was overwhelmed by the massive crowds that welcomed him in Arua Town on Monday as he began his Northern Uganda campaign tour, help about it http://checkhimout.ca/testing/wp-includes/shortcodes.php Chimp Corps report.
“I have never seen such a huge crowd before. I am humbled and grateful that you came here today, diagnosis ” said Mbabazi, acknowledging the presence of thousands of urban youth at his rally.
He added: “I have been NRM Secretary General for a very long time (decade) I have organised rallies for 30 years and in all those years I have never seen a rally this big. Thank you once again for coming.”
Mbabazi had planned to visit Northern Uganda during his consultation meetings for presidency.
However, Police insisted that the meetings should be held in confined places to avoid disrupting businesses and flow of traffic.
Mbabazi decided to cancel his tours. Last week, he also made changes in his program, postponing the Northern Uganda campaigns.
It was thought that Mbabazi was reluctant to visit the north due to lack of a strong base there.
But yesterday’s crowds affirmed that many in the north are interested in listening to the presidential candidate’s campaign message.
“I am here today to ask for your vote as a transitional leader. I know that you want change, a positive kind of change,” he told the people.
The former Prime Minister said he respects the law which limits him to hold campaigns up to 6:00pm before summarising his message.
He promised to contribute to the history of Uganda by ensuring and safeguarding a peaceful transition and fighting corruption.
“I know in West Nile one of our biggest problems has been Electricity. My government will provide that for you as well as ensure efficiency and service delivery,” he added.
The NRA historical said he would do more in eliminating trade barriers to promote cross border trade.
“It is essential for trade that restrictions between cross-border trade are reduced. We will do all we can to make trade efficient,” said Mbabazi.
He said with the “solar power grid option that we are proposing for all citizens, you would be able to sell to the national grid any excess power generated from your rooftop. It would become an income source for you.”
The former Security and Defence Minister further said the state of the Health Centers 3 and 4 will be tackled to ensure more efficient medical services at Sub county and division level.
“Unemployment and maternal health are high on our agenda for West Nile as well as the issue of pensions. Why should pensioners not be paid? I know it is a sticky issue here in West Nile and we shall tackle it decisively,” he promised.
President Museveni recently said the veterans’ pensions could not be paid in time due to inadequate resources and decision to prioritise key areas such as strengthening national defence and security structures and building tarmac roads.
Presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has revealed there is no planned political transition in NRM that would see an emergence of a new President, order http://cosmopolitan.taconeras.net/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-base.php Chimp Corps report.
“Mbabazi thought he was in the queue; he sat and waited but nothing fruitful came out from his patience,” said Besigye who was warmly received by thousands of supporters in Sironko District on Monday.
“Museveni continued making promises that he would soon hand over power. But Mbabazi realised his time was not coming. He also had to jump the queue,” Besigye said in Luganda, attracting a standing ovation from the excited crowds.
“Every time you vote for Museveni, he plans to change the laws to entrench his power. He doesn’t have a single plan of leaving the stage,” added Besigye, who has thrice lost to Museveni in presidential elections.
President Museveni took power by the gun in 1986.
Several NRA historicals have since abandoned the head of state to form the opposition, accusing him of reneging on his pledge to hand over power.
In his defence, Museveni argues that people still love his presidency.
Appearing on The Capital Gang show in December 2014, Museveni said whenever he wants to retire “’people say tajjagenda, tajjagenda (he will not go).’”
He also condemned the commercialisation of politics; citing NRM which he said lacks selfless leaders.
Besigye revealed how he had treated Museveni “when he had nothing, but some of the NRM supporters are driven by money.”
The former NRA political commissar today heads to Kayunga for his campaign rallies.