President Yoweri Museveni has urged the newly elected NRM MPs against spending much of their time chasing external issues and instead concentrate on helping their electorate to create house hold incomes.
“You spend your time in the European Union (EU), after 5 years you will be casualties like your seniors,” he cautioned.
“What we need to focus on now: Let’s put the 68% of the families who are not in the money economy into it,” he added.
The president made the statement yesterday while launching the NRM MP Elect retreat at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi district. The newly elected members of Parliament on the NRM ticket and the incumbents who returned including ministers are the participants in the 10 day event.
He further urged politicians to desist from the habit of rigging elections calling on them to respect the voices of the electorate.
“I’m comfortable with whoever the people elect. Stop rigging and imposing leaders on the people. As long as someone is yellow I’m ready to work with them. The voters are asking: If these people want certain leaders, why do they make us elect? This must stop. Don’t interfere with the people,” he said.
Museveni called on traders to deal in locally made clothes so as to contribute to the development country’s economy.
“Dealing in ‘Mivumba’ is killing the market of cotton. They employ less people, but once our textile industries start, we shall employ many people. We shall talk to the ‘mivumba’ dealers to convince them to start selling locally manufactured clothes,” he urged.