11 January 2016

Uganda: Museveni Blames Voters for Electing Bad Leaders

Kampala — President Museveni has blamed voters for electing leaders who don't want to support development initiatives in his NRM government.

Mr Museveni said NRM would have delivered more than what has been achieved, but because of "development saboteurs" like Opposition politicians, many projects have not fully kicked off.

He made the remarks while addressing different groups of people, including businessmen, transporters and religious denominations at Kololo Airstrip, Kampala yesterday.

The President particularly singled out voters in Kampala. He said the Opposition leaders in Kampala have been a "big problem" in sabotaging the NRM government development projects.

Saboteurs

He said since 20 years ago, Kampala voters have elected people like Mr Ssebaana Kizito, Nasser Ssebagala, Mr Erias Lukwago and Mr Ken Lukyamuzi, "who don't want to work with Museveni."

"None of these people have ever brought any productive proposal to me as a show of interest in developing their people," he said.

"They don't want even to meet me because they don't belong to NRM. But I am president of Uganda," Mr Museveni observed.

He said it is why his government decided to remove power from people like Mr Lukwago and brought "good leaders" like Ms Jennifer Musisi.

He, however, cautioned her against not consulting with stakeholders in Kampala.

Self interest

In the 30 years in power, the President said, because of lack of local leaders that support NRM programmes, "the central government has decided to deal directly with people's problem without any middle local leaders because most of them seek self-interests."

For instance, he said, when he passed by Najera, an outskirt town in Kampala, a group of youth told him they didn't have jobs and yet their leaders were quiet about their plight.

"But when they proposed that we buy for them a machine for remodeling metals, they are now making money and have jobs," said the NRM presidential candidate.

Mr Museveni observed that a number of funds have been put in place to promote innovations and micro businesses around the country and Ugandans should embrace them to improve household income.

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