19 February 2013

Uganda: Salaamu Marks NRM Day in Style

After her stunning victory, Salaamu Musumba remains with one challenge: dealing with the reality of governing a largely NRM-leaning Kamuli district.

Even with President Museveni's full support for her leadership, the seams of political discomfort are quite evident. During the belated celebrations to mark NRM's 27th anniversary at Kasambira primary school at the weekend, the chief guest, Speaker of Parliament and Kamuli Woman MP Rebecca Kadaga, cautioned the people of Kamuli not to elope with Salaamu.

"When you won the elections, the NRM chairman called you, asked if you would work with NRM to which you accepted, therefore, he has sent me to hand over this manifesto to you so that you can fulfill NRM's promises," Kadaga said.

On receiving the manifesto, Salaamu demanded to know from Kadaga how much of the manifesto had been implemented, drawing wild cheers.

"Let us support NRM with a reason, I can't be in a government where I go hungry."

Before Kadaga spoke, the area MP Asuman Kiyingi didn't mince words. "I don't want to pretend that I wanted you to be the district chairperson, of course not.... To the people of Kamuli, I think this is a big challenge! For us to reach an extent of asking a Sheikh to lead a service in the church, this means there is a problem," Kiyingi said.

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