The Kampala Central Member of Parliament Muhammad Nsereko has cautioned the so-called united forces of change that they should underestimate president Yoweri Museveni at their own peril following a mammoth crowd that gathered at Kololo airstrip to listen to the president.
At Kololo, President Yoweri Museveni officiated as Chief Guest at the Patriotism Catch-up ceremony organized by the National Secretariat for the Patriotism Corps of Uganda.
has commended the leaders of the National Patriotism Club of Uganda for teaching the youth about the history of Uganda and how far the country has so far reached.
Mr. Museveni who addressed thousands at the event said that the NRM Government introduced Patriotism Clubs in secondary schools 10 years ago to teach students in their local languages in order to ensure that they will not grow without knowing where their country had come from.
The numbers at the event including the two recent byelections win have sent panic attacks among members of the opposition with a section of them coming out to rally the opposition to ‘pull up their socks”.
“The Hoima, Kaabong elections and Kololo patriotism mobilization stunt should be a lesson to many in the struggle that with all the weak points of your competitors. Never underestimate their tactics meant to change public opinion and accomplish their vision,” said Nsereko in a statement to members of the opposition.
He added, “Concentration on the destruction of allies only hands your enemies an early victory. It’s a wrong tactic and will only pay off with disappointment, demoralization and complete destruction”.
Hoima was a big lesson that if people work together with respect then certainly victory is possible and assured.
Kabong was a reminder that the power of money and organization is also key to success. Karamoja and Sebei subregions with over 1.5 million voters now are normally ignored and surrendered to the NRM. If the incumbent strategically wins with 90 percent due to lack of competition, then that alone will account for over 15 percent of the vote if the total turn up remains as was before.
Kololo should remind many that , politics is based on perception and organization. That NRM doesn’t only rely on orthodox structural politics but also auxiliary structures to surprise its competitors. This is typical of guerrilla movements. They are on constant move and mutation.
I will soon try to make contact with respect to all senior leaders in this struggle to lay a respectful and strategically up right ground to enable us in the coming 14 months to build an idea based coalition meant to dislodge the establishment.
Use of respectful engagement and constructive persuasion shall be key. This coalition shall be broad based including members of all parties whose aim is to see change as a reality.
I have been very busy but this afternoon at exactly 1:30pm Ugandan time I will try to come and give my views regarding this matter.
#COALITION OF THE WILLING
Meanwhile, Mr. Muveseni said that the government had introduced free education in government schools to ensure that parents who could not afford to pay school fees for their children in private schools get the chance to bequeath education to their children.
Regarding Patriotism Clubs, he revealed that the government is going to allocate funds to them in every district throughout the country, as entandikwa, to enable them become job creators.
”I have traveled all over the country teaching people how they can become job creators. We are going to allocate funds to Patriotism Clubs as entandikwa to also enable them to become job creators,” he said. He asked the youth who have not had a chance to attain a higher level of education, to join patriotism clubs in their respective areas so that they can be taught about issues regarding their health and hygiene, among others.
Commissioner for National Patriotism Clubs of Uganda, Brigadier, Mwesigye Patrick, reported that the Patriotism Catch-up Programme was tailored to reflect on the performance of the Clubs since they came into being a couple of years back.
He requested the government to make October 2nd every year a national environment day that the Patriotism Clubs which can use to plant trees throughout the country in order to conserve the environment.