The National Resistance Movement (NRM) presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni has urged the people of Dokolo to support the party and maintain the rapid development.
Museveni, who was addressing a series of rallies in Dokolo North, Dokolo South, Erute North and Erute South Constituencies, said it is only the NRM Government that has the capacity to maintain peace, unity and development in Uganda.
Museveni also said the NRM has promoted East African Unity and the rest of Africa because it needs the market for Uganda’s goods and services, and added that the party has identified more markets in countries such as China and India.
Speaking at Iguli Primary School, Dokolo North, Museveni said Ugandans are aggressively demanding for seedlings and good animal breeds to improve their incomes.
“Having woken up and engaging in production we need to identify the market. The NRM Government has worked for East African unity and the African Union because it needs the market.” He observed that Uganda today produces 4 million tons of maize per annum as compared to only 200,000 tons produced in 1986. He observed that out of this the country consumes only one million tons. He was happy to note that the maize produced is consumed by the neighbouring countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
And at Agwen Primary School, Ogur sub county in Erute North, Museveni revealed that the government has been allocating five billion shillings per annum as compensation for cattle lost during the insurgency. He added that having made good progress with road construction, sufficient funds would soon be available with to enhance the cattle program.
The NRM flag Bearer further told the gathering that the NRM Government ushered in peace, which was the main foundation for the development and added that the peace we were enjoying today was a result of building a strong national army.
President Museveni revealed that the Government has allocated Sh 70bn this financial year towards the veterans’ fund and revealed that the women’s fund has been allocated Shs 7bn this year with an assurance that more funds would be availed soon.
The President said during the past 5 years the NRM has used 15,000 billion for the construction of roads and this has enabled the country to build all the major roads.
According to Museveni, the building of good roads and provision of electricity and water would attract more industries and create employment for the people of Lira.
He called on the electorate to vote for him and all the NRM flag bearers during the general elections.
“I am very happy to be here and to campaign for our party the NRM.
The NRM is like a rich man. It is easy to speak about a rich man because everybody will know who he is and what he has done. Everybody knows who is a rich man is in the village,” he said.
Museveni said when the NRM got a chance to come to government; they fought sectarianism and championed unity.
“When you have common problems you must have common efforts to solve them. If am suffering from malaria, I get coartem. Same coartem that you give a man or woman, Christians or Muslims. You can’t have coartem for Muslims alone or Christians. Fortunately, you listened to us. Ugandans listened to message of no change,” he said.
The President hailed the people of Lango for consistently voting NRM and urged them to vote ‘the Old man with a hat’.