Traders in Arua Park have promised to rally support for President Museveni, the NRM flag bearer in the 2021 race, citing his multifaceted approach in propping up the business community.
According to the chairman Arua Park and Nebbi Park Traders Community Ahammad Wadri, it’s only the NRM government that can guarantee the security they need to operate.
“We have decided to support Museveni because we need to secure our place. We do not need the riots, instability and insecurity,” the chairman said.
“The president has done much for us. Most of our people who were in exile in Congo and Sudan have since come back and they are doing their business peacefully because of the peace NRM brought.”
Wadri noted that before NRM came to power, many of their relatives were killed in cold blood and others lost their property. That being said, he went on, they don’t want such scenarios to happen again.
The NRM party Director for Mobilisation, Cadre Development and Recruitment, Mathias Kasamba, was Thursday meeting the traders in Arua Park and Nebbi Park in Kampala to embark as part of mobilization activities.
Kasamba asked the traders to support the NRM candidate and engage in mobilisation to enable him win the forthcoming elections.
"We have now embarked on Kampala-based groupings who are going to assist us to network in different parts of the country, and today we have had West Nile city traders in Arua and Nebbi parks. We agreed with them to get engaged in mobilisation activities not only in Kampala but also back home,’’ Kasamba said.
These traders, he said, have come out very vividly to assure the party that the entire groupings of over 5,000 traders and residents of Kampala hailing from West Nile are going to be mobilised.
"These traders have come out in big numbers in their groups; the youth, elderly, women and business community to ensure that we are in touch with them. We are going to compile a list of those and we shall meet all of them and interact to make sure that they are our ambassadors in the mobilisation process,’’ he said.