President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has lashed at the opposition for promoting hate speech against the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM government, saying Ugandans continue voting for his government because it has done a lot to transform the country.
Museveni made the remarks while campaigning for Harriet Mugenyi Businge, the NRM candidate in the Hoima woman MP by-election scheduled for Thursday this week.
Businge is facing stiff competition from Asinansi Nyakato, the opposition Forum for Democratic Change- FDC party candidate.
Speaking at Businge’s last campaign rally at Hoima Boma grounds on Tuesday evening, Museveni said the NRM government has done a lot of developments in Bunyoro region.
He cited the discovery of oil, construction of the oil roads and international airport among some of the achievements of his government, adding that he gets surprised to see people contesting on opposition tickets.
“They are shameless when they start belittling the NRM Party. Why should you criticize the NRM government when you have nothing to show to this country? They (opposition) compete with envy just,” Museveni said.
Museveni accused the opposition of promoting false propaganda against the NRM government in Bunyoro sub-region and urged voters to abandon them by voting for Businge.
According to Museveni, NRM believes in unity that has seen Ugandans vote people basing on their capabilities as opposed to tribe and religious affiliations. He urged the voters to use the peace in the country ushered in by his government to engage in useful socio-economic ventures that will lead to prosperity in their families.
He said although the country is peaceful, some families are still in deep slumber and haven’t woken up to utilize the many government programs to transform themselves economically.
He said apart from the many factories, hospitality industry and real estate that have created enormous employment opportunities, the majority of the people are still yet to embrace the money economy.
Museveni revealed government’s plans to operationalize Bunyoro Public University in the near future. He said the university will have a nucleus campus and faculties in other districts of Bunyoro including Hoima, Masindi, Buliisa, Kiryandongo, Kikuube, Kagadi, Kibaale and Kakumiro.