President Museveni has warned Ssembabule politicians against dragging his name into politics wherever any of his relatives are standing.
Museveni was on Thursday meeting all the political leaders in Sembabule district over the postponed elections in the party primaries for both Mawogola North and Mawogola West constituencies in Sembabule District to a later date.
Speaking to leaders on Thursday, Museveni said it is wrong to drag his name into affairs concerning his relatives when he is not necessarily involved.
“Do not put my name Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in issues of politics where my relatives are. My relatives are all and any NRM member who do the right thing according to the party Constitution,”Museveni said.
The President, who is also the NRM party chairman said it is wrong to have his name mentioned in affairs where his relatives are involved on their own.
In one of the constituencies (Mawogola North),the bloody contest is between Godfrey Aine Kaguta and Shartis Kutesa Musherure both close to the First family but polls were postponed after incidents of violence in the area.
Whereas Musherure is the daughter to foreign affairs minister Sam Kutesa and Sodo Aine Kaguta is President Museveni’s brother, both camps clashed in the build-up to last week’s election leaving many injured, prompting the ruling party electoral commission to suspend the elections.
Speaking to the area political leaders, Museveni said there is a big problem where people in higher positions in the party support their relatives to fight other contenders.
He said he would refer the matter to the party top organ, the Central Executive Committee for redress.
“I am going to bring this issue to CEC about people who are in higher NRM positions supporting their relatives to fight other NRM contenders. That’s not leadership,” he said.
Museveni implored the political leaders to return to the basic of the National Resistance Movement ideology which emphasizes that politics is for working for people and not to earn money.
“The main reason why people are fighting hard to go to Parliament is because MPs increased their salary. They earn more than scientists and many other important people to our country. I tried telling them not to do it but they insisted. Now, people want to leave their other work to go to Parliament and earn much. Yet, their motivation should be to serve their people rather than earn from Parliament,”Museveni said.
“Politics is working for the people, to get them out of poverty and solve their problems, not to escape poverty for your own self.”
Museveni insisted that anyone who was involved in chaos during the recent party primaries will be prosecuted.