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Museveni asks voters to return Ssekandi

By Vision Reporter

Added 10th February 2011 03:00 AM

PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has appealed to voters in Bukoto Central constituency in Masaka to return Speaker Edward Ssekandi to Parliament, saying he was still useful to the Government.

PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has appealed to voters in Bukoto Central constituency in Masaka to return Speaker Edward Ssekandi to Parliament, saying he was still useful to the Government.

By Cyprian Musoke, Dismus Buregyeya and Ali Mambule

PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has appealed to voters in Bukoto Central constituency in Masaka to return Speaker Edward Ssekandi to Parliament, saying he was still useful to the Government.

“You will not regret to retain Ssekandi as your mp. Vote for me as well and all the NRM party flag-bearers in the district,” Museveni said.

Addressing a rally at Lwemodde in the newly-created sub-county of Kyesiga, the President received over 1,000 members from the opposition parties into the NRM party.

During the rally, one of the parliamentary candidates, Steven Muwulya (independent), stepped down in favour of Ssekandi. Ssekandi is still contesting against DP candidate Jude Mbabali.

Museveni castigated opposition MPs in the sixth Parliament for sabotaging the construction of dams, saying this hampered the creation of jobs for many Ugandans.

“Do no treat politics as a joke. Do not elect people who will fight my plans in Parliament. These things are interlinked. For the youth to get jobs, we need industries and hotels, which can only be possible with cheap electricity,” he said.

Museveni said the Bujagali power dam was nearing completion, but if it had moved according to his plans, it would have been ready 10 years ago.

“The opposition failed my plan, leaving me wondering what to do. I could have used the army to send them back, but the electorate helped me by sending back some of them.”

Masaka is an opposition stronghold. Both Bukoto South constituency and Masaka Municipality, where the President held rallies yesterday, are represented by Democratic Party’s Mathias Nsubuga and John Kawanga respectively.

Museveni said wherever he went, people complained about high sugar prices.

“I tried to have another sugar factory built in Lugazi and in Acholi, but they (opposition) failed me. You should know that it is these people who are failing job creation. What one sows is what they reap. If you sow bad leadership, you reap problems. The NRM supports development,” he said

In Masaka Municipality, former UPC stalwart Chris Rwakasisi excited the crowd when he said during his time, he was the embodiment of the UPC party.

“I went to work in UPC under Milton Obote in 1970. A youth like me, Museveni came from Dar-es-Salaam and we worked together. I was his boss, he is now my boss. We worked together until the UPC government was removed. He came back in another party,” he said.

When Museveni went to the bush, Rwakasisi added, it was him who went to hunt for him (Museveni).

“When I was taken to Luzira Prison by Lutwa’s government, they wanted to kill me but when Museveni took over power, he sent people to visit me,” Rwakasisi said.

He also narrated how Museveni hesitated to sign his (Rwakasisi) death warrant three times. “The man you are going to vote for is God-fearing,” he said.





Museveni asks voters to return Ssekandi

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