President Yoweri Museveni has strongly urged National Resistance Movement cadres who are in leadership to use their elective positions that were deliberately created by the Movement and fight for the development of their country and betterment of their people.
He warned that failure to do that would tantamount to deviation by the Movement leaders from the promised fundamental change promised to the country in 1986 by the NRM in 1986.
The President made the remarks in a live phone-in radio talk show when he featured on Tororo Municipality-based Rock Mambo FM last evening.
The President, who is in Eastern Uganda to address the country on a number of pertinent issues of national importance, among them the proposed Land Amendment Bill, said that the Movement had deliberately, through the Constitution, created several elective positions to enable the voice of the people be heard so that wananchi’s will could prevail over anything.
He, however, wondered why the elected Movement leaders were not doing their part.
Museveni, who said that the major problems facing the country were corruption, detractors and liars who sabotage government programmes, wondered why Movement cadres were quiet while corruption eats up the country and lies ruin the nation’s treasured harmony yet they are people’s representatives.
“NRM in 1986 brought fundamental changes because on top of Gombolola Chiefs, we added a person elected by the people the LC3 Chairperson. On top of the District Commissioner we added an elected person the LC5 Chairperson; and most of whom today in the country are Movement people,” he said.
“We also legally added Members of Parliament of all categories for the constituency, women, youth, workers, disabled and even the Army and you wonder why these categories of people don’t safeguard the interests of Uganda,” he observed.
Museveni said that it was not enough to continue accusing Civil Servant of corruption when we have elected Movement people in leadership positions.
“We are spending resources in UPE, USE, the road sector, Operation Wealth Creation and the citizens are complaining about corruption in these sectors when you are in leadership. Then we are not doing our part,” he added.
“If an NRM leaders can’t monitor NRM’s deliberately established pro-people programmes such as the Youth Fund, Women Fund, Micro-Credit Fund, Entrepreneurship Fund and free drugs in government hospitals, then that one betrays the fundamental change we promised,” he said.
Citing the recently elected Woman MP for Iganga district as an example, Museveni said there was no harm in a leader standing and working for people’s needs.
“Our candidate in Iganga got a landslide because she was just repairing boreholes in communities and she was supported. So there is no harm for you to stand with the people and defend them because you even win politically,” he said.
On the proposed Land Amendment Bill, the President assured Ugandans that their land is secure and in their hands and that the proposed amendment aims at doing away with greedy detractors of development who delay the implementation of fundamental government programmes with the ulterior motives of scooping exorbitant and unfair compensation using the law.
“Nobody will take away the land of Ugandans. I have been here for 31 years. Show me a single acre I have taken. I am one of the big landowners in Uganda. How can I support legislation against land owners,” Museveni said.
“My worry as a person in leadership is that I will not source for money to develop Uganda and add money for massive stealing although I can get for timely and fair compensation to land owners to do government projects,” he added.
“What is fair is known because in all parts of Uganda land has the known value and what is timely is that government will not take your land without compensating you,” he reiterated.
On unemployment and poverty, Museveni said that the country has got known sources of employment that include agriculture, industries, the services sector and ICT, among others.
He noted that anyone who interrupts the enumerated sectors is an enemy of Uganda.
He wondered why some political leaders were interfering with the NRM’s industrialization programme, which would generate employment opportunities for Ugandans and help in poverty reduction.
He encouraged Ugandans in rural areas to adhere to the NRM’s 4-acre agricultural plan and avoid fragmenting land on account of backward inheritance rights.