KAYUNGA, UGANDA: President Yoweri Museveni today Tuesday defended his government over the unfulfilled development projects in Kayunga district.
Mr. Museveni was in Kayunga to canvass support for the ruling NRM party candidate Andrew Muwonge ahead of the Thursday Kayunga LC V by-election.
He addressed a crowd of people transported to the venue using yellow buses from various parts of the district to Kayonza sub-county. He noted that the delayed presidential pledges were affecting the party’s popularity among the population.
During previous visits to the district, Museveni promised to tarmac Kayunga-Bbaale-Galiraya road, construction of seed schools at various sub-counties as well as giving out tenancy titles to residents facing evictions at Bbaale county as well as putting an end to land wrangles.
Museveni told the residents that the pledges would have been worked upon, but the government always has priorities, and in Kayunga, they considered refurbishing the general hospital and Kayunga-Kamuli bridge. Nonetheless, he has made an assurance that the road will eventually be constructed.
Museveni also rode on the popularity area MP Idah Nantaba who recently defied the NRM and stood and won as an independent MP, pointing out her good deeds in securing and defending citizens’ land rights. Museveni praised Nantaba’s efforts in following up the process of securing over 1,000 land titles for Kayunga residents who were facing eviction.
Recently, Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja secured boats to provide free transportation of people across flooded areas in Bbaale sub county as well as securing land to set up an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp with temporary health and education facilities.
Museveni appealed to the residents to consider voting for the NRM candidate than the opposition candidate so he could get a proper flow of information which will increase various opportunities such as jobs, follow up on pledges and big funding for development projects.
On the prevailing land wrangles in the district, Museveni said he has learnt that it is actually the NRM leaders such as Nantaba nemesis, Moses Kaliisa Karangwa and the NRM candidate Muwonge who are fueling some of the wrangles. He invited Karangwa to defend himself but unfortunately, he had already left the rally.
Muwonge defended himself before the president, putting the entire blame of land wrangles on the incompetent district land committee selected by the previous leaders after receiving bribes.
Museveni’s presence in the two sub counties of Kayonza and Busaana ultimately failed the final campaigns of the opposition National Unity Platform candidate, Harriet Nakweede after she was blocked by the Electoral Commission and police, who said she can’t be in the same area at the same time with the president.
The NUP supporters protested the move compelling the joint security forces including the army and police to fire teargas gas and live bullets to disperse the crowds. In the process, the NUP candidate, Nakweede and Francis Zzaake, the Mityana MP and others sustained injuries while others whose number we are yet to establish got arrested.