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Janet declares new chapter in Ruhama

By Vision Reporter

Added 21st May 2006 03:00 AM

MP Janet Museveni has said her recent election marks ‘a new chapter in Ruhama,’ and pledged to strive towards improvement of household incomes.

MP Janet Museveni has said her recent election marks ‘a new chapter in Ruhama,’ and pledged to strive towards improvement of household incomes.

By Raymond Baguma
and HelLen Mukiibi

MP Janet Museveni has said her recent election marks ‘a new chapter in Ruhama,’ and pledged to strive towards improvement of household incomes.

In her maiden 20-minute public address to her constituents on Saturday, Janet said, “Today, we have begun a new chapter in Ruhama. Let us fight household poverty so that our achievements are reflected in 2011.”
She was speaking at a thanksgiving service and luncheon she hosted to celebrate the NRM victory in Ruhama county.

The ceremony was held at Rwenanura playgrounds in Rwekiniro sub-county, where Janet polled the highest number of votes during the March polls.

She polled 50,944 against Augustine Ruzindana’s 15,420 to win the Ruhama MP seat.

The day-long celebration was attended by hundreds including President Yoweri Museveni and the NRM vice-chairman Haji Moses Kigongo. It was organised by Nyekundire, pro-NRM volunteer group in southwestern Uganda.

Donning a flowery, orange Kinyakore traditional wear, Janet said her victory had demonstrated that it was possible to win an election in Uganda without giving material items such as sugar or salt to the people.

Quoting from the bible, Janet added, “God looks at people’s hearts and chooses them. When David was still young and (Prophet) Samuel came to the father to elect David, the dad, Jesse, did not bother calling David because they all knew what had brought Samuel was of no concern to David. Even when my beloved husband treated me the way Jesse treated David, he eventually softened in the heart, allowed me to stand and even supported me.”

Gesturing at the white large marquee where hundreds of the constituents sat, Museveni, who was chief guest, said, “Ruhama, you have had bad leaders.

You had Rwakakooko (Elly) and Ruzindana (Augustine). I talk to Janet and tell her not to follow the Rwakakooko and Ruzindana’s paths,” Museveni said.
Ruzindana was Ruhama MP in the 7th parliament, while Rwakakooko, served as a member of the National Resistance Council.

Apart from the huge marquee, several white gazebos decorated with yellow flowers, ribbons and balloons, dotted the celebration venue at Rwenanura playgrounds facing the Mirima hills on the Uganda-Rwanda border.

Present were religious leaders, diplomats, MPs, former ministers in the recently dissolved cabinet, who sat in the VIP tents decorated with buntings of the yellow NRM party colour and the national flag colours.

Museveni’s eldest daughter, Natasha Karugire, delivered an impassioned and moving tribute to her mother titled “A tribute to a great woman.”

In her tearful voice occasionally breaking down, Karugire said “…so sail on Silver Girl, your time has come to shine,” as she concluded the seven-minute tribute which moved many to tears.

Commenting about his wife’s victory, Museveni said, “We realised no one would defeat Ruzindana because he had planted olumbugu (couch grass, a stubborn weed) of bribing voters with sugar and salt.”

“I thank Ruhama for supporting Janet and working with her to burn nyabirezi (an evil spell) Ruzindana had brought and was destroying the people. Bad politicians have been gnawing at people like rats until people demanded for a leader they could give votes without giving money in exchange,” he said.

“I did not want her to stand. I took the case before the party and told them that I was in a dilemma. We supported Janet.

They say I have stuck on the presidential chair like glue. But for Janet, God had revealed himself to her,” Museveni said.
In the introductory speech, the President caused laughter when he addressed his wife as “Owekitinisa (Hon.) Janet Museveni Kataha, MP of Ruhama.”

Janet declares new chapter in Ruhama

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