KAMPALA: President Yoweri Museveni earlier this week resumed work after recovering from COVID-19. Shortly after he announced that he had tested positive for the virus, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) secretariat leaders and other Ugandans engaged in prayers.
Deputy Secretary General Rose Namayanja, National Treasurer Barbara Nekesa and Central Vice Chairperson Godfrey Kiwanda also prayed for the President’s recovery as they embarked on a mobilization mission in Wakiso.
Namayanja and Nekesa opined that prayer was the most powerful medicine for every sickness.
“Our Motto is For God and My Country. Therefore, we have to pray for the healing of the Fountain of Honour,” Namayanja said.
Museveni resumed duties on Monday with the Cabinet meeting following a brief isolation after he tested positive for COVID-19. Museveni was later to test negative, hence resumption of duty.
Buganda still strong
In Wakiso Kiwanda dismissed claims that the ruling party does not have support among the people of the central area.
He urged that the poor performance by some of its candidates in the last elections was a result of irreconcilable differences among party members.
“What made us perform poorly in the last elections was divisions within our party where those who lost in the primaries didn’t support the party flag bearers. What wins an election is a strong candidate fully backed by all party members,” he added.
The Vice chairman asked the leaders to prioritize the interests of the NRM and as well reconcile with fellow members for the future well-being of the ruling party.
“Going forward, we must have consensus for flag bearers to avoid divisions within the party. Let us love ourselves first then other people will love us as NRM. Let the love for our party come first when serving it regardless of the positions we hold,” Hon.Kiwanda stated.
Namayanja said: “We came to hear what is on the ground and know the challenges facing our people down here. This is the first time since we started party politics that we are having this kind of meeting with our grass root leaders at constituency levels.”
“Throughout our meetings, we focus on the progress of the NRM manifesto implementation and service delivery. That is the reason we are organizing these mobilisation meetings,” Namayanja added.
Namayanja also revealed that the Secretariat aims at working with the government to ensure that locals advance from subsistence production to a money economy by encouraging them to embrace flagship initiatives like the Parish Development Model and Emyooga.
Nekesa said that the tours were commissioned by the National Chairman Museveni to come on the ground and establish issues affecting the ordinary people.
“Our Chairman cares about your well-being as leaders in the party. It is the reason he directed us to come and meet with you,” Nekesa said.
She asked the leaders to at all times observe the NRM principles of democracy, pan-Africanism, patriotism and socio-economic transformation.
On job creation, Nekesa said that the country is 85% populated by youth who require jobs to survive, hence asking the leaders to join the struggle in ensuring that sectors like ICT, manufacturing and industrialization are fully supported.
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