President Museveni with NRM candidates L-R Mary Mugyenyi, Kasamba, Paul Musamali, Rose Akol Okullu, George Odongo and Dennis Namara
President Museveni has Wednesday expressed dismay over the increased monetization of elections in the country which was evident during the party primaries for the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) representatives.
The highly contested NRM elections which took place at State House Entebbe saw six candidates elected to represent the party, namely; Paul Musamali with 157 votes, Rose Akol Okullu 139, Mathias Kasamba 119, George Stephen Odongo 119, Mary .R. Mugyenyi 115 and Namara Dennis 114.
A lot of money is believed to have been used by the nominees to buy favor from the electorate (NRM MPs) as well as holding campaigns.
It is said that the best six were indeed the biggest funders of the elections who showered members with a lot of cash.
On learning this, the President didn’t hesitate to boldly condemn the act, noting that it was shaming to be heard among legislators who are part of the elite in the country.
“I told you yesterday that you should not bring an employment mentality in politics by bribing people, taking them as if they are doing you a favor electing you into power,” Museveni told NRM caucus members on Wednesday evening at State House Entebbe.
The President noted, “In 1960 NRM wasn’t a majority party; I was in DP as a youth, nobody was paying attention to us but we became a strong force because we were solving peoples’ problems.”
“We convinced people by our actions. Likewise you should take your minds and actions to people, they will see you and vote for you if not today, they will another day; but if you make it a matter of money, taking loans and giving bribes, elections may end up becoming a curse to you.”
The president added, “You the elites must rise to protect the power to elect which we fought for, if you allow to be corrupted, people will get fed up, the population will lose interest in the elections and you will lose out,” Museveni warned.
“I shall not tolerate those who intend to deplete what we shed blood for; elections don’t mean money but talking and convincing people.”
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