In his speech, President Museveni lashed out at the National Unity Platform (NUP) party supporters, calling them illiterates.
President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni has lashed out at supporters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) party saying they are a group of illiterates.
Museveni made the remarks on Wednesday during a closing ceremony of the NRM leadership retreat at Ngoma State Lodge in Nakaseke District.
He said schools these days are charging exorbitant fees for one to attain education and because many cannot afford it, they are forced to drop out and do other things which leave them uneducated and in the process, they join rioting groups including NUP.
“I am happy that you have now joined me in fighting for free education. Thank you so much. These headmasters and the local elite want to get money from the parents,” Museveni said.
“They don’t care about whether the students go to school or not. When the children drop out, that is how you get the NUP.” In addition, he empowered leaders to be of good value to the people they serve.
Museveni who was the first to pinpoint names gave an example of the Information Minister, Judith Nabakooba who lost her Mityana legislative seat to journalist Joyce Bagala.
He said Nabakooba spearheaded fighting issues of land grabbing and evictions in the area but the voting did not go her way.
“On the issue of evictions, you fight them. I am here and I will help you. Nabakooba fought land evictions in Mityana and she was appreciated. They just cheated her votes. Nantaba was fighting for the landless but she added cheap popularity and started supporting people who were telling lies,” Museveni revealed.
“Be very careful when you are promoting anything to your people. You need to be sure about the market. Don’t make your people venture into things without a viable global market,” he added.
Meanwhile, the NRM get together meeting for newly elected party members came to a close on Wednesday. Among other things, the Party chairperson, Museveni urged new leaders to act differently from their counterparts in the 10th parliament.
Museveni also urged the new members to desist from being dormant but propose strategies that beneficial to all people in the constituencies they serve.
“Each one of you must help change their areas. Peasants must end in your areas. People should abandon subsistence production because there is still confusion over this,” Museveni told the new members.