The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, has joined President Museveni on his campaign trail in Karamoja, Northeastern Uganda.
Janet, who is also the former Minister of Karamoja Affairs, called on the people of Karamoja to “ignore retrogressive forces” which approach them and “try to divert them from the real issues” of development.
The Minister, who didn’t mention names, urged the people of Karamoja which she served for five years, to overwhelmingly support NRM in order to transform the nation.
“Thank you for refusing to be diverted with messages of destruction,” she told NRM leaders at a ‘scientific campaign meeting’ for the districts of Amudat, Moroto, Nakapiripit and Napak in Karamoja sub-region at Boma Grounds in Moroto Municipality on Wednesday.
Museveni won with a landslide in Karamoja where new roads have been built and industries set up to tap into the area’s vast mineral deposits.
In districts like Amudat and Napak in Karamoja sub-region, Museveni garnered 97% and 93% of the vote respectively.
Meanwhile, President Museveni called on the people of Karamoja to elect leaders who have the people’s interests at heart and are able to equally distribute resources for priority government programs and are incorruptible.
“If we do that the sky is the limit,” said Museveni.
Museveni who is also the NRM Presidential Flag bearer in the forthcoming Presidential elections said his party has always emphasized the interests of the people as opposed to their identity.
He said NRM’s Pan African attitude was able to build a strong army as well as create unity in the politics of the country leading to the restoration of peace in Uganda.
“We believed in the interest of the people. That is why we were able to build a strong army and also create unity in politics that brought peace that has attracted very many investors,” he said.
The meeting was attended by NRM Flag bearers at Parliament, LCV, the incumbents, NRM executives at the District and Municipal level, NRM league chairpersons at District and Municipal level, Youth, Women, the Elderly and PWD council chairpersons at district level and NRM sub-county Chairpersons.
Museveni said the “prevailing peace attracted many investors who are now helping in paying taxes that are used for developing the country.”
He cited the construction of the road from Soroti to Karamoja that was constructed using Ugandan funds derived from taxes.
He told the delegates at the meeting that the remaining challenge is that of converting a good number of wanainchi who are still stuck in subsistence farming to modern commercial and ‘calculated’ agriculture.
He said other challenges such as access to clean water, stealing of human drugs and improving the murrum road system in the region will be addressed.
The President will this Thursday head to Kotido district on his three day campaign programme in the region.