To ensure that further developments are achieved in Gogonyo County, President Yoweri Museveni has called on residents to vote for NRM candidate Derrick Orone for the legislative position.
President Yoweri Museveni has called on residents and the people of Gogonyo County to rally votes for Derrick Orone the NRM candidate vying for the area legislative position in a bid to see further developments in their area.
The president of Uganda made the remarks on Tuesday when he visited the area to campaign for the NRM party flag bearer.
“I urge you to support the NRM and Derrick Orone, he is the one that can present your problems to us. The elections are about you. Politics employs one person then what about the rest? We want everybody to be involved in getting out of poverty,” Museveni said.
His comments, however, came after Issa Taligola an independent candidate who was the only remaining competitor for the same seat with Orone, withdrew his candidature from the race.
“In the interest of the party and in respect of your duty as Chairman, I hereby step down,” Taligola told the congregation that had gathered at Kaukura Primary School playground in Gogonyo County.
Taligola became the third candidate after two people from the opposition including Opolot of FDC and Okoboi of NUP, pulled out of the race.
Speaking about the decision of the candidates, Museveni boosted his earlier intervention that has enabled the NRM candidate to remain unopposed.
“This counts as a day of celebration. I brought together these children and talked to them. Taligola and Opolot have stepped down and Okoboi has stepped down. I commend the decision by his competitors to step down and welcome them to the NRM, an all-inclusive party,” Museveni said.
In addition, he implored the people of Pallisa district and Gogonyo County, in particular, to work towards ensuring they use government projects including the Parish Development Model to transform their lives.
He advised people more so farmers to go commercial saying it is the only way they can be saved from lavishing in extreme poverty.
“For those with small land holdings of 4 acres or less can go in for intensive commercial modern agriculture that includes one acre for coffee, one for fruits, one for food crops and in the fourth acre, one can grow pasture for zero grazing,” Museveni said.
“As well, they can practice poultry in their backyards for eggs, piggery for non-Muslims and if a family is near the swamp, fish farming which is more suitable than rice growing which degrades wetlands and this is possible for those with big land chuncks.”
He further assured the people that government has plans to boost the irrigation system in their area to ensure all local farmers benefit in a bid to do away with seasonal farming.
“We are now going to introduce irrigation. I drove all the way from Tirinyi to Pallisa town; there is water and irrigation can be practised on those gentle hills,” Museveni added.