In explaining his decision to appoint Norbert Mao as a minister, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said that he has always admired his leadership skills.
Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has explained his decision to appoint Norbert Mao as Justice minister saying that he has always watched his leadership skills.
“Norbert Mao has got his individual qualities as a leader which I have been watching for a long time,” Museveni said while officiating at a ceremony in which Norbert Mao was sworn in as the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
He said Mao’s appointment is part of the NRM government’s efforts to keep Uganda stable and strong. He explained the situation with Mao is not different from what has been happening in the past.
Museveni recalled in 1979 when Uganda National Liberation Front (UNLF) a political group which exiled Ugandans formed as opposed to the rule of Idi Amin, had the same ideas but it broke up creating another season of fighting but when the NRA came in 1986, it formed resistance councils and people joined on a none tribal base.
“The broad-based government in 1986 helped achieve peace. All these were mistakes of not achieving broad unity. They fragmented the people. That was the first attempt by UNC but it didn’t succeed,” he said.
Museveni also said with the agitation of multi-party politics, there were people who departed the party but NRM had already built a strong base to keep them moving.
“We didn’t want to be harassed by those who wanted to leave. We said Mubaleke bagende, but the majority stayed. NRM attempt had succeeded two-thirds to keep Uganda together,” Museveni added.
He however, raised that a number of them including Beti Kamya, Jimmy Akena and now Mao have returned home.
“My job is to bring them back. It is a deliberate effort to unite and solve the problems of Uganda because we all have the same problems like improving roads, water, education security etc. The only difference is the opportunist politicians who don’t want to see a stable country,” Museveni added.
He however, congratulated Mao and said he comes with vast experience after years of serving the country in different angles.
“I congratulate Mr Norbert Mao upon taking the oath of office as the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs. Your vast leadership experience will be instrumental in the unity we seek as a country and the solutions we desire for our people. Apwoyo bino,” he commended.