Ugandan President Museveni puzzled by people who join politics to get better pay

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President Museveni addressing NRM leaders and spirants from Mbarara, Sembabule, Kazo, Isingiro and Kirihura districts.

By Job Bwire

President Musevemi Friday criticised people who are abandoning their jobs for politics on grounds of accessing higher pay and privileges.

According to Mr Museveni, many people have opted to join politics, especially Parliament to earn high salaries yet politics is about working for the citizens to help them get out of poverty and solve their problems.

“It should not be about you the contestant escaping from poverty yourself,” Mr Museveni said.

The 75-year-old president said it was important for those seeking leadership positions in the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) to appreciate the party ideology.

“People are fighting hard to go to Parliament because MPs unilaterally increased their salaries. They earn more than our scientists and other critical professionals. I tried to discourage them but they insisted. Now, people want to leave their jobs and go to Parliament to earn high salaries. And yet this should not be the motivation to seek parliamentary seats, it should be about serving their people,” Mr Museveni who doubles as the NRM national chairman said in a statement posted on his social media platforms.

His statements come barely a day after he travelled to Mbarara and Sembabule districts where he met NRM parliamentary aspirants and other officials from the two districts as well as Isingiro, Kirihura and Kazo following last week’s NRM party primaries that were marred by violence and vote rigging.

Mr Museveni who was declared unopposed by his party said that he had talked to families whose relatives were killed during last week’s elections and promised to support them.

“For those who were violent in the party primaries, including those who masterminded it, we shall arrest and prosecute them. I have spoken to families of those whose loved ones were killed in these incidents, we shall see how to support them,” he said.

Mr Museveni who intends to extend his rule to the fourth decade in the coming general elections also said his name should not be used when his relatives are contesting for political leadership.

Quoting Matthew 12: 46-50; Mr Museveni said: “Jesus says His brothers and mother were those who do the will of His Father in Heaven. My name should not come up when my biological relatives are contesting. For me, like Jesus, my relatives are all and any NRM member who does the right thing according to the party constitution.”

The president said he will table in the party Central Executive Committees (CEC) the issue of high-ranking party officials backing their relatives to fight other NRM contenders.

“That’s not leadership. You should not get involved in supporting your relative and disadvantaging other contenders,” he said before giving those who rigged elections a three-day ultimatum starting September 11, 2020 to come clean.

“If they do not heed this call, we shall announce the true results and instead prosecute those fraudsters. In Kiruhura, for example, we have verified results from 151 villages and we are left with 60 other villages. We shall make our independent conclusions. This is what we shall do in all districts with problems. And for those villages which did not get to vote, they will vote,” he said.

The president also warned NRM party members who have reportedly been supporting members of other political parties.

“There were some party members who have been supporting other parties, yet they came to stand on the NRM ticket to be MPs. These must tell us where they belong. Also, NRM district chairpersons should be neutral in these party primaries. All in all, we must have order in the party,” he said.

Mr Museveni’s trip to the two districts was bound by the need to meet the NRM leaders and the aspiring members of parliament to amicably solve the discrepancies which led to suspension of NRM primaries.

In Sembabule there is a tight race between Ms Shartis Kuteesa Musherure, the daughter of Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Sam Kuteesa, and Mr Godfrey Aine Kaguta, Mr Museveni’s younger brother. The two are contending to represent Mawogola North in Parliament.

In Mawogola West, the contest is between Ms Hanifa Kawooya and Mr Joseph Ssekabito. The election was suspended on allegations that the Mr Sekabito’s supporters assaulted Ms Hanifa Kawooya who reportedly sustained serious injuries.

In Lwemiyaga County, Fisheries State Minister, Ms Joy Kabatsi rejected results after she was declared a loser in favour of the incumbent MP, Mr Theodore Ssekikubo.

Source Daily Monitor.

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