Tooro Sub-region leaders on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution to endorse President Yoweri Museveni as their sole candidate for the NRM chairperson seat and as their 2021 presidential candidate.
The resolution was passed at the end of a four-hour interactive session between the President and the over 1,000 leaders at Kalya Courts Hotel in Fort Portal town.
The President used the interaction to rally leaders from Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa, Bunyangabu and Kamwenge districts in the fight against household poverty.
Reading the endorsement, Kamwenge District Chairman Aggrey Natuhamya said they supported the resolutions of the NRM Central Executive Committee and the NRM Parliamentary Caucus to front President Museveni in 2021 and beyond.
Seconded by all the other four district chairpersons present, the resolution said the decision was premised on the fact that President Museveni was time tested, experienced and had the right vision to take the country forward.
Also present were elected leaders from LC1 to district councils.
In response, President Museveni said he was happy that the NRM supporters were speaking with one voice, adding that it would build cohesion and strengthen the party.
He thanked the leaders of Tooro sub-region for putting trust in him and endorsing him to take the NRM and the country forward, adding that he was committed to overseeing Uganda’s transformation.
The Tooro meeting marks the start of a nationwide drive by the President to enlighten leaders and citizens on the fight against household poverty while explaining what measures the government is undertaking to achieve the same.
Museveni told Tooro leaders it was dangerous that 68 percent of the population was still engaged in subsistence agriculture and were not part of the money economy.
As Movement cadres, be disciples of poverty alleviation and ensure that majority, if not all Ugandans enter the money economy. Having a big poor population is dangerous for you as a leader, for the family and for Uganda and could result into a national crisis,” said the President.
“Families continue to degenerate into poverty and we, as leaders especially of the Movement, we can’t afford to keep quiet about. We have to provide a vision as leaders to the population because as the bible says a nation without a vision perishes,” he said.
The President explained to his audience the four major sectors that create wealth and employment; commercial agriculture, industries, services and ICT; before urging them to help their people discover their niche among these.
“I think the challenge has been on the failure to guide the population on who does what depending on the resources at their disposal especially land because majority of Ugandans are employed and are economically dependent on agriculture,” the President said.