I want East Africa too, Museveni marks 33 years in power

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President Museveni started Saturday by apologising to Uganda citing “a small coordination problem” for coming a bit late to attend the liberation day celebrations in Tororo district.

This year’s theme is, ‘A moment of Glory that set a new Chapter for Unity, Peace and Prosperity in Uganda’.

Presiding at the celebrations, Museveni said it is now celebrating 33 years of the NRM in power and a few days from now, they will celebrate 38 years of the NRA war.

Museveni said the political parties at independence had been sectarian.

He cited Democratic Party [DP] which had been a party for Catholics, UPC for Protestants, and Kabaka Yeka for Baganda Protestants, saying that is how they had fragmented the population of Uganda.

That is why in 1962, none of them had enough numbers to form a government by themselves, that’s why Kabaka Yeka and UPC had to form a coalition, Museveni explained.

“Some of us had to join those parties, I had been in DP myself. 1986 was the time when political thinkers who didn’t believe in sectarianism gained the upper hand and were able to take over the country.”

He said the principles of the NRM are four which are Patriotism, Democracy, Pan-Africanism and Socioeconomic Transformation.

Respect everybody’s culture but believe in the unity of Uganda, the president noted.

“We believe that the unity of Uganda isn’t enough, in order to guarantee the prosperity of our people, we need East Africa.”

He told NRM leaders in Tororo to think of Uganda first before their individual tribes because that will help the country more.

“We must go from the peasant ways to a modern way, and we have two ways of doing that. First is education which we are doing, that is why we are going to celebrate UPE today. Second, we must solve the issue of household incomes. I want the issue of household incomes solved, they say Tororo is overcrowded but when I was coming, I saw land.”

Museveni said his government reconstructed afresh the road from Kampala to Malaba, and then the road from Tororo to Mbale.

They are now tarmacking the road from Musita all through to Namayingo to Busia and are going to tarmac the road from Tirinyi through Pallisa to Kumi.

“Apart from the infrastructure, another ‘katala’ for the government is to create jobs, especially for the youth.”

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