By Kampala Post Reporter
President Yoweri Museveni has called on the people of Ruhaama County and Ugandans in general to shun sectarianism.
He has also advised them to guard against land fragmentation and embrace the 4-acres strategy of production in order to earn good income and chase away household poverty.
The President made the appeal while addressing political rallies in the sub-counties of Nyakyera, Rukoni East, Ruhaama and Ntungamo in Ruhaama county Ntungamo district while campaigning for the National Resistance Movement flag bearer Mr. Moses Kahima.
President Museveni, who is also the National Chairman of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) urged all Movement supporters to understand the importance of political cohesion in a multiparty dispensation and to always put the NRM party beyond individual members and their political aspirations.
Ruhaama county parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of the late Hon. Zinkuratire William who passed on November last year. Mr. Kahima is contesting with Independent candidates that include Eng. Jackson Mubangizi, Dr. Penninah Jambo and Vastina Orishaba.
President Museveni reminded Movement supporters in Ruhaama that by supporting non Movement candidates to represent them in parliament in a Movement led government and a Movement dominated parliament, the people of Ruhaama will be doing themselves a disservice.
The President therefore asked the Movement people not to waste their vote by electing independents or non NRM members to parliament noting that because they will not be part of the NRM caucus where most decisions are made and they will not be effective representatives of constituencies like Ruhaama that is dominantly Movement.
“Don’t play with your vote because it means a lot to the development of your area. It’s not about your relative, your religious people or one who comes from your area but one who can effectively lobby for the needs of your constituents,” he said.
“Ruhaama county gained much more in terms of development during the tenure of Mrs. Janet Museveni because she was an NRM member of parliament and very close to the system who could easily lobby for her constituency and I want you to vote for Mr. Kahima the NRM candidate to cement the gains of the constituency and even lobby for more,” he added.
“The strength of your Member of Parliament is delivered from the party and so by electing independents you will be spoiling our party politics. I want to urge the independents to stand down because Uganda is not ending tomorrow and the Movement is still in leadership and their turn will come,” he added.
On his part, the Movement flag bearer Mr. Kahima Moses Mugabe promised the President and the people of Ruhaama that he will at all times stand and defend the National Resistance Movement principles and ideals.
He said that he has a great historical connection with the National Resistance Movement and assured them that he was to deliver to promise.
He thanked the President, Mrs. Janet Museveni who is the NRM Chairperson for Ntungamo district for the support rendered to him during the campaign period.