Museveni closes NRM CEC retreat, plants tree

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Museveni at Chobe Lodge

President Museveni has Tuesday afternoon closed the National Resistance Movement Central Executive Committee retreat at Chobe Safari Lodge in Nwoya District.

As party chairman, Museveni congratulated the committee and secretariat on the fruitful discussions.

He said the resolutions of the retreat will be communicated to members by the relevant party organs.

“I am also excited to have taken part in a tree planting exercise as a mark on our commitment to environmental conservation,” he said while planting a tree at the lodge.

Museveni who arrived at Chobe lodge on Friday, opened the five-day retreat on Saturday under the theme, ”Building on Solid Achievements, Consolidating the Unity of NRM and the Transformation of Wananchi, towards achieving Vision 2040.”

 

He highlighted governments’ major achievements in infrastructure development and service delivery and emphasizing that the weakest point now is economic empowerment of the 68% of the population who rely on subsistence agriculture mainly in the rural areas.

He said NRM is on track in provision of the development infrastructure including roads, electricity and service delivery, the presence of a big fraction of the population living a subsistence life and is a big challenge to the party and the country.

At Chobe, President Museveni interacted with tourists from Israel and encouraged them to visit the various attractive sceneries in the country.

CEC also discussed and resolved to use Parishes as the Focal Points in the new strategy sought to transform Uganda’s enclave economy.

This particular session on Economy was chaired by the Vice Chairperson in charge of the Eastern Region Hon. (Flight Captain) Mike Mukula.

Both the Senior Presidential Advisor on the Economy Dr. Ezra Suruma and the Finance Minister Hon Matia Kasaijja presented guiding papers to the CEC members on how to tackle the estimated 68% households still surviving on Subsistence Farming.

Members visited Gulu Dairy Farm in Gulu Municipality owned by the youthful Tonny Kidega aged 39, and Bukona Agro Prcessors in Lapem, Nwoya District operated by the Indian Investors.

From their deliberations, CEC members agreed to recommend to members and other organs the amendment of the Party Constitution to provide for lining-up as a mode for all internal elections.

They cited last year’s LCI and Women Council Elections where the mode of lining-up was applied, leading to cost reduction, less disputes and transparency.

On Friday 15th February 2019, CEC members visited and inspected the soon to be completed Karuma Hydro Power Dam.

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