President Yoweri Museveni, the NRM presidential flag bearer, while campaigning in Bunyoro sub-region on Saturday said Uganda is at a level where it can tackle most of its problems, especially when it comes to security.
“Uganda is one of the few countries in Africa that can ably defend itself. Others have to turn to the United Nations for protection. How can you bring United Nations here as if we can’t defend ourselves,” Museveni told NRM party leaders from Kibaale, Kagadi and Kakumiro districts.
According to Museveni, the wise decisions of the NRM government have enabled Uganda to not only attract foreign investors but also raise taxes to finance its own projects.
Speaking to youth leaders, the President urged them to always aim at being change agents in their communities so they can make a difference.
“I want to emphasize attitude change. You, the literate people should help the illiterates in the villages to change their attitude towards wealth creation. Educate them on the four-acre model farming,” he said, according to Nrm.ug.
Museveni, however, warned leaders against giving money to the population as an enticement to have them voted into power.
He explained that this is a bad practice that could backfire in the future.
“I don’t want you to see you promote mercenary-sm in politics. The citizens should know that politics is for the benefit of everyone. They should know that they are co-fighters with us the leaders. It should be as if you are employing them to support you go into leadership. Don’t encourage giving money to voters,” he said.
The NRM presidential flag bearer however asked the party leaders to be preachers, explaining the party’s ideology to the voters to assist them in making wise decisions in the forthcoming election.
The President was later given a drum, spear and shield by the leaders from Bunyoro to ask him to take charge in leading and defending the country against enemies.
Museveni is today engaging leaders in Hoima.