President Yoweri Museveni warned to opposition against using force to assume leadership in Uganda, saying the NRM government is well-positioned to deal with any form of insurgence.
Citing experience dealing with uprisings before, the president told the opposition that whoever is advising them on using force is misleading them.
“While officiating at the National Heroes Day celebrations today, I reiterated that the security of this country is solid. Some elements are misguiding opposition to take the line of force, we shall mobilize, react and defeat such efforts as we have done in the past,” Museveni said.
“I can tell whoever has ears that nobody can defeat NRM by force. If you bring force then you are in the wrong arena, we have a lot of capacity to deal with force.”
Uganda celebrates National Heroes' Day every June 9 to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Ugandan Bush War (1981 - 1986).
Turning to the economy, President Museveni urged Ugandans to get involved in modern commercial agriculture.
Agriculture remains the major source of livelihood in Uganda. According to the Uganda National Household Survey (UNHS) 2016/17, the bigger proportion of the working population is engaged in agriculture, forestry and fishing (65%).
Among the females in the working population, 70% are engaged in agriculture compared to 58% of the males.
Furthermore, 38% of persons in employment were in paid employment with a higher proportion of males (46%) compared to females (28%).
The Agricultural sector accounted for the largest share of employment (36%).
He rallied political, religious, and cultural leaders to preach the gospel of wealth creation at the family level.