The recent NRM victory in Rubaga Division, Kampala district, is a result of successful organisation by the party members. It is the result of the correct internal assessment of the party on the flag-bearers and the concerted effort of the party members, b
The recent NRM victory in Rubaga Division, Kampala district, is a result of successful organisation by the party members. It is the result of the correct internal assessment of the party on the flag-bearers and the concerted effort of the party members, but above all, the way the candidate presented himself to the voters. Congratulations to Peter Ssematimba and thank you to all those who stepped down in his favour.
Voters want services to be delivered to their locations; they want hope that they will live in pleasant environments and be able to develop. People want opportunities to improve themselves and their families.
People are tired of garbage, bad roads and unplanned structures. They want to have drugs in their health centres and an assurance that they will be able to walk into the future with guaranteed security. Any candidate who can sincerely promise all these values of life will be voted into power, regardless of their affiliation.
We have witnessed a sustained gain by the NRM candidate who presented himself clearly on how he is going to provide services to the people of Rubaga Division. This raised hope for the electorate that their division would develop and be a model division for Kampala district.
What happened in Rubaga is a good lesson for NRM as far as choosing flag-bearers to compete with other candidates is concerned.
We need strong machinery in choosing candidates; the internal assessment is very important, depending on the constituency. The needs of individual constituencies must be identified and solutions presented religiously by the party candidate to the voters.
Utilisation of Government programmes and services in the area must be championed by the candidate and delivered to the voters. After identifying the peopleâ€™s needs, the party should choose the candidate with the ability and character to face the challenges and be able to deliver.
The central executive committee should guide members in principle in choosing the flag- bearer as is the case in Tanzania and South Africa.
Candidates who win elections need training on the party values and collective responsibility. It is disgusting to hear party members opposing party policies without using party structures. The avenues for open discussion within the party must be opened so that members do not suffocate with their ideas.
If the NRM is to win the 2011 elections, the groundwork must start today. Members should be proud of their party and work tirelessly for it to succeed.
They should also monitor, without interference, governance projects and administration within their areas because these are the products of their government; the promises made in manifestos during election campaigns.
In Kampala, we need the likes of Ssematimba for all the divisions that make up the district.
To Ssematimba: You have raised the expectations of the people of Rubaga. You should work hard to meet them.
The writer is the former MP for Mawokota South and founder member of the NRMO
Ssematimbaâ€™s win shows NRM is well-organised