Be Politicians who Succeed without Debt – President Museveni

Saturday, April 17, 2021

KYANKWANZI, KIBOGA DISTRICT: President Yoweri Museveni who is also the NRM National Chairman has called on leaders to be knowledgeable about the needs of their people right from the parish level if they are to manage and serve them deligently.

“I want us to become politicians who succeed without debts but by leading and guiding people. To manage people, start from knowing their needs at Parish level. The muluka chief should know what each home is doing,” he said. 

The President was today delivering a lecture to the NRM MPs Elect who are attending a political orientation retreat at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi. The retreat was also attended by the First Lady and the Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, the PM Ruhakana Rugunda, the NRM SG Justine Kasule Lumumba and members of CEC among others.

The retreat organized under the theme: “Ideological Orientation for Socio-Economic Transformation” reflected on the review of the successes of the protracted people’s struggle for the liberation of the country through the implementation of principles of the party NRM.

The President said that for Africa to address the issue of prosperity it must address market intergration. 

“In spite of Africa's economic bottlenecks for development, the stimulus for expanding and integrated markets and prosperity without a big population is not possible,” he said; citing China and India which are still striving to capture external markets though the two countries have bigger population than Africa.

During the illustrative lecture, President Museveni explained to the MP- Elects, that the mission of a freedom fighter iss to regain political independence, democracy, ensuring prosperity, achieving national strategic security in order to defend the country against any impending threats and to understand what would be the future of black Africans, preserving African heritage in all socio forms; culture, language, diet for them to live longer. 

“Heritage of Africans is a crucial element for the African people,” he said.

Museveni said Africa has achieved its independence on paper. On democracy, he said, ‘We are doing well’, and on prosperity, he said ‘some progress is being done’.

Museveni who shared his well researched literature presentation as opposed to a paper lecture said the presentation which is well illustrated out of experience and struggle would make the 11th parliamentary members successful. 

“Become politicians who succeed without debts. Let's guide the people together, work together, budget together,” he said

He advised newly elected legislators to guide their people using the key principles of socio-econonic transformation of society starting at parish level, which he said was the best method. 

“Be agents of economic transformation and prosperity to the people you lead right from parish level”, said.

The Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda encouraged the MPs elect to exploit the reading materials offered to them by the President to be able to digest, expound and put into practice factors that are crucial for both Uganda and Africa continent development.

The Deputy Secretary General Richard Todwong challenged them to keep close to their people. 

“Keep close to your people during the term of your political undertakings, you will see good results by the next period of elections after five years”, he said.