Museveni rallies Ugandans to shun tribal politics, says ‘this will cure people’s problems’

President Museveni arrives in Amatiburu Primary School in Okwangodul sub-county on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, to campaign for Ms. Janet Adongo Rose Elau, the NRM Flag bearer in the Woman MP By-Election (Photos/PPU)

Dokolo, (UG):- President Yoweri Museveni has urged Ugandans to reject the ideology of tribalism if politics is to solve the problems of Ugandans.

According to Mr Museveni, in the past, there was politics of identity, religion, tribe and so forth but politics for today should ask for what the people need, not who they need.

“In 1965 I and the student movements started questioning these ideologies. The big question was, why should this happen yet human needs are the same?” Museveni wondered, adding; “I see people in the UPC deceiving people here. What medicine do you have for Ugandans? You already failed twice. Why don’t you just join NRM who have the medicine that is working for Ugandans?”

“When you see people emphasizing “who” instead of “what”, it is an indication of a problem. “Who are you?” is not important in the politics of medicine/ curing people’s problems. What truly matters is understanding the needs of the people and how we can work together to solve them,” Mr Museveni preached.

The President made the remarks on Tuesday, March 19, while canvassing support for the NRM flag bearer in the Dokolo Woman MP by-election, Mrs Janet Adongo Alau during a rally held at Atabu Primary School in Bata Sub County in Dokolo North constituency where he also emphasized the need for Ugandans to exit the old ways of farming which won’t solve the issue of poverty.

Addressing a second campaign rally held at Amatiburu Primary School in Kangai Sub County in Dokolo South, President Museveni reiterated that the NRM government has a package of solutions for Uganda’s problems such as Parish Development Model fund of 100million per parish among others.

“If you don’t want to involve in Agriculture, then take up Emyooga. You leaders should mobilize people to embrace the different government projects,” Mr Museveni advised.

The President, who is also the NRM National Chairman concluded by urging the people of Dokolo to massively vote for the party flag bearer Ms Adong Rose Elau because the NRM party has the capacity to perform and solve their problems.

“I want to thank the different candidates who accepted to stand down for the NRM flagbearer, Ms Adongo. It is good to humble yourself, and I am here as proof that when you humble yourself, God eventually lifts you up to even greater things. I thank the people of Dokolo and call upon them to vote NRM and send us Adongo so that we can follow up on the needs of the people. Afwoyo!”

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President Museveni with NRM Flagbearer Ms Rose Adongo Elau

In her brief remarks, the NRM candidate, Ms Adongo pledged to the electorate to continue following up on what the president has been pledging to the people of Dokolo district.

“Home people, I have been moving in the community urging you to vote for me to follow up the pledges that the president made for you people of Dokolo. When voting keep in mind that you vote for a leader who can work with the ruling party for effective service deliveries and that person is me,” Adongo told voters in Bata sub-county.

Ms Rose Adongo Alau, the NRM Flagbearer in Dokolo Woman MP By-Election addressing supporters on Tuesday

By close of business on Tuesday, the Electoral Commission had confirmed that six people concluded the campaigns and are set to face off in the race for the Dokolo Woman MP seat.

This is after Dr Anna Grace Lalam, an independent NRM-leaning candidate Monday withdrew from the race after reportedly receiving a call from the president asking her to step down in favour of the party flag bearer.

The six candidates set to vie out on Thursday, 21 March, include FDC’s Rosemary Alwoc Ogwal, who is also daughter of the late MP Cecilia Ogwal, NRM’s Rose Adongo Elau, Sarah Aguti of UPC, and NUP’s Harriet Ageno.

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The two independent candidates in the race are; Esther Akullo Obot and Rebecca Arao.

The Dokolo Woman MP seat fell vacant following the death of the area MP Dr Cecilia Atim Ogwal who died of cancer-related illness on January 18th at a hospital in India.

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