The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party deputy secretary general, Richard Todwong has rapped for government saying that their “disgusting” rate of greed and impunity will cause an upset within the population anytime soon.
Todwong was speaking at an event organised by the Inter Religious Council to underscore the need for citizens’ participation in the proposed national dialogue scheduled later this year.
The event that attracted different religious leaders, Civil Society Organisations, and political leaders among others was in its second day running.
However, Todwong shocked the house when he turned guns on his own party, lamenting that they are responsible for a litany of issues that have gone wrong.
“We also need to manage greed, during the debate of a transition, those in leadership position may want to collect as much as possible because they don’t see themselves coming back to power. That kind of greed, insensitivity to national issues makes people disgusted to those in government,” Todwong commenced his speech.
“Corruption, greed nepotism are things that are making Ugandans more disgusted in the leadership of our party in government. I have to be honest because my church told me to, I have told this to the president,” he added.
Todwong explained he was equally worried that the government is failing in its primary role of delivering services to its people and instead a certain section of people in government concentrating on self aggrandisement.
The former member of parliament lashed out at government officials for what he termed as “theft with impunity” and misuse of public resources, saying they are the reason the NRM will soon be pushed out to the streets.
“If we can’t restrain or control our greed in how we use public resource, how we steal with impunity, then Ugandans will push us out of power. The hills of Kampala are expanding with buildings but schools and hospitals are shrinking, so where do people get this money from?” Todwong posed.
“And the owners of these structures are commissioners, permanent secretaries, ministers and directors, people are disgusted,” he added.
On his part, former president of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu called for hope.
“What holds a country together are common aspirations and hopes within a population but their must be leaders who must start building credibility in terms of trust in our population,” Muntu said.