RUKUNGIRI: President Yoweri Museveni has said people of Rukungiri are orphaned without NRM leaders and services.
While campaigning for the party candidate Winnie Masiko in the upcoming district woman MP by-election on Monday, the President said he was forced to make donations in April because the Opposition leaders there have frustrated service delivery.
“After realising that our people in Rukunguri were orphaned because some legislators are in the opposition and wanted me out, I organized a donation to facilitate some groups of people to demonstrate that together with can fight poverty, and that is not the end,” Mr Museveni said.
The President was harangued by the sections of the public for making donations of over Shs5 billion in cash and items on April 15 to over 100 groups in Rukungiri, that is home to opposition lynch pin Kizza Besigye.
But on Monday, the President said the opposition in the district has starved the people of support.
“All the developments in Uganda you see such as the success of rural electrification is because of the NRM legislators that support NRM development programs every time such programs are tabled before Parliament,” he said.
He also thanked Masiko for voting for the lifting of the removal of the age limit.
“Vote for our NRM party candidate in this by-election and leave alone those politicians that target to tear apart NRM party. Failure to vote our NRM party in this by election you will be failing yourself. Please lend me a hand and back Ms Winfred Masiko,” President Museveni said at Nyakisoroza Church of Uganda play ground in Nyakishenyi Sub County.
He asked all NRM party leaders to always go on the ground and mobilize grassroot support.
The former security Minister Gen Henry Tumukunde, the former minister Maj .Gen Jim Muhwezi and deputy secretary general of the NRM party Ms Richard Todwong were at the rally.
Five candidates in the race but the tight contest is between FDC’s Betty Muzanira and NRM’s Masiko. The two faced off in 2016 but Masiko’s victory was annulled by the Court of Appeal in March on grounds of bribery. Voting is on May 31.