By Cyprian Musoke
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has resolved to resort to nonviolent and democratic means to achieve their ends of influencing change in 2014.
In the Party’s new Year message over the new year, Party Vice President Salaamu Musumba in the same breath appealed to government to show more “democracy and justice” while dealing with the opposition.
“We therefore call upon all Ugandans of good will to trust their leaders and respect each other’s’ contributions to nation building and development,” she quipped.
She in the same vein also called upon the state to avail equal opportunities to citizens in all spheres of life irrespective of political affiliation.
“Hard work and innovations should be recognized and rewarded appropriately. Economic growth should be accompanied by the creation of decent, productive and well remunerated employment, all policy goals should be put the poor first and not the vested interests of a minority few,” she wrote.
Government revenue, she advised, should be used to provide a good health for our people especially maternal and child health and an education that equips our children with the skills and values necessary for the socio - economic transformation of Uganda.
“People should be permanently free from hunger and malnutrition. The Uganda we want can only be brought about by people of Uganda themselves, united and working together as a team. All Ugandans therefore have an abiding duty to assume the mantle of responsible citizenship and to play our part in realizing the vision of united, free, prosperous and humane Uganda,” she stressed.
Uganda, she added, is our country and all Ugandans should work as a team to salvage it, hence the need for all to join hands in fighting for the principles and values the Uganda the people want.
The outgoing year, she noted, has been a challenge due to weak economic performance, persistence of corruption as well as failure to direct sufficient resources to welfare enhancing sectors like health, agriculture, water services and education.
“As at its formation, in August 2004, the FDC will in 2014 remain focused on and work relentlessly for the realization of a Uganda the People of Uganda want,” she capped her message.