The NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni has asked NRM leaders in Bukedi sub-region to rally people towards unity so as to foster development.
On Saturday, Museveni took his campaigns to Tororo where he addressed NRM leaders from the districts of Tororo, Butaleja and Budaka at a meeting held at Elgon view grounds, Tororo.
The NRM presidential candidate said that sectarianism of tribes and religion saw Uganda stagnate for over 500 years before the NRM came to power in 1986.
“The problems affecting the country are what the NRM studied and we found that the biggest mistake had been sectarianism. In the past, leaders put emphasis on gender, tribe and religion but this was a failure by leaders to define what the problems were,” Museveni said.
“If you divide people, how will you win elections? First of all you are misdefining the problem but secondly making it impossible to govern the country,” he added.
Museveni told his audience that upon realisation of what the problem was, they started looking around for solutions leading to the formation of a students’ movement while at university which morphed into the current NRM.
“We realised these people were misleading us yet society has common needs and for us we decided to emphasize people’s problems rather than sectarianism,” Museveni said.
Museveni explained that it was because of unity that they were able to create a strong National Resistance Army (NRA) with which he captured power in 1986.
“After taking power, we therefore managed to solve problem of political instability and whenever we go to polls, we get the majority because we don’t emphasize tribe or religion. We get this percentage because of the emphasis of unity,” Museveni said.
He added that because of unity, a strong army has been formed for the country but also ushered in peace which ensured investment by foreigners which has solved the problem of scarcity of essential goods, creation of jobs, and widened the tax revenue for the country.
Museveni however said that, despite all the achievements in the last 34 years, there is still one problem of working for stomachs that he said needs to be addressed so that people join the money economy.
“Once we do that, we shall have rich foreigners running factories but also our own money doing agriculture, small factories, services and the youths through ICT. We can be able to transform the country. The country has developed and GDP grown but we must wake up our people so that the entire society joins the money economy,” Museveni said.
Earlier in the day, the President commissioned the ultra-modern Tororo Main market in Tororo Municipality.
The market will accommodate over 1700 vendors, especially women and youths.