Presidential hopeful John Patrick Amama Mbabazi has appealed to the people of Acholi I northern Uganda to treat with regard the assertions that he was never concerned about their challenges whilst he was still Prime Minister in the NRM government.
Mbabazi also dismissed as false, medical http://cirgroup.com/typo3conf/ext/direct_mail_subscription/ext_emconf.php the ‘talk by sections in Kampala’ that he had never stepped a foot in the north through his tenure as a top government official.
He however was apologetic that he did not visit the area during his tenure as Prime Minister, nurse http://cyberstudio.biz/main/components/com_k2/templates/register.php noting that his loaded schedule did not permit him.
Mbabazi also asked to be pardoned for the billions of shillings that went missing under his watch as the in-charge of the foreign aided PRDP, http://crossesbymyhand.com/components/com_k2/views/item/tmpl/item_comments_form.php a reconstruction program for the war ravaged area.
While addressing a well attended rally in Gulu town on Tuesday, Mbabazi noted, “Contrary to information peddled by sections in Kampala, I have been here many times. I never came here as Prime Minister as my workload would not permit at that time, but I have visited Gulu many times over the last 30 years.”
Shortly after his declaration to run for president in June this year, some of his strong critics led by FDC’s Hon Odonga Otto staged a demonstration and vowed never to allow him step a foot in their region.
At the height of angry protests, another group carried a symbolic coffin draped in Mbabazi’s pictures and lashed it with sticks to signal his political demise.
During yesterday’s rally in the northern town, a smaller section of majorly NRM youths held a non-violent march in Gulu town, protesting against the former Premier.
In his speech, Mbabazi appealed to the hundreds of locals at Kaunda grounds to vote him to State House next year, for then he would have full powers to address all the challenges they have suffered over the decades especially land grabbing. He also promised to restock their cattle that they lost during the decades of armed conflict in the area.
Flanked by the opposition Democratic Party President Norbert Mao who hails from the same area, Mbabazi further preached his fashionable message of a peaceful transition of power from NRM’s Yoweri Museveni.
“My desire is to ensure a peaceful transition and for one generation to prepare the way to hand over power to the next,” he said.
“Today we stand as a nation at 53 years without once having witnessed a peaceful transition. As a matter of fact, each transfer of power has been accompanied by bloodshed. This is not the bloodshed of leaders but the people. We need to change this.”