President Yoweri Museveni who is also the National Chairman of the National Resistance Movement has urged Movement leaders at all levels and supporters to always work for the unity of the people of Uganda noting that one of the major problems in Africa has been the failure by African leaders to unite the African people so as to work for the common good of the continent.
“The Movement must focus on the future of our prosperity as a nation and make it a sin to even whisper any form of sectarianism because what is important is not identity but our common interests” he said.
The NRM chairman made the appeal last evening while meeting the National Resistance Movement Women’s League at his country home in Rwakitura, Nyabushozi county in Kiruhuura district.
Museveni who was flanked by the First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs Janet Museveni said that the African leaders, even before colonialism, failed to unite the Africans and were constantly at war instead of uniting the people to work for the common cause of the continent. He said that became worse with coming of colonialist who divided Africans even more and colonized them.
He expressed disappointment however, that even the post independence leaders did not do much to unite Africans and instead in most cases divided them on tribal and religious basis making the continent more polarized.
The NRM Chairman urged the NRM Women’s League leaders led by their National Chairperson Mrs. Lydia Wanyoto Mutende to work for national unity and shun anybody who promotes sectarianism of any kind.
“ You as Movement Women leaders should not tolerate any one who promotes sectarianism and attempt to disunite Ugandans, not even whispering a sectarian word should be tolerated. Just tell them off that you are evil, shortsighted, satanic and against the interests of Uganda” he said.
Museveni urged the Movement Women’s League to take the message of poverty eradication to the masses noting that poverty in the country is the major challenge the country is faced with.
The President noted that if all Ugandans were involved in production especially in commercial agriculture, the population would raise their earnings and get rid of poverty. He said that as the population gets out of poverty the other problems such as unemployment would also be overcome.
He further said that the Movement will devote a lot of energies on skilling Ugandans noting that the major cause of unemployment in the country is having an elite population that lacks practical skills to produce goods and services.
In her remarks, Mrs. Museveni commended the NRM Women’s League for being true mothers of Uganda and leading the campaign of the NRM, which is centered, on national unity, peace and prosperity.
“NRM is the only party that stands for unity and peace and it has worked hard for peace which has made Uganda the island of peace in the region. And am happy that the mothers of Uganda have stood up and are firm to safe guard this peace,” she said.
Mrs. Lydia Wanyoto Mutende on behalf of the women’s league commended the President and the NRM government for emancipating women of Uganda and said that it was the reason the women of Uganda greatly support the Movement.