Preparations for the Buhweju district woman member of parliament by-elections took a new twist after Alison Byamukama, the independent candidate heeded Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s advice and bowed out for the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag bearer, Olive Kwoyekyenga.
President Museveni appealed to the candidates and their supporters to unite for the good of the party. He said strength of the party was more important than individual strength.
“I thank the people of Buhweju for supporting the NRM. Please use your mandate to vote right. Vote for the people who will support and monitor government programmes. When local leadership is weak and not clear on the way forward for the country, it becomes difficult for Government to implement programmes. Use the chance to elect your leaders carefully”, he said
The President who was addressing a rally in Buhweju district to drum up support for the NRM candidate urged the two candidates to work together and mobilise their people to eradicate poverty.
The President said that with the area connected to the National electricity grid, the remaining infrastructural need was roads. He directed the Minister of Transport and Works to ensure the marrum road is first class.
The President asked Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu to update Buhweju people about Government water programs in the area. The Minister explained that plans to exploit gravity for residents of Bitsya, Rutehe, Mabanga and Rusika, to access water were finalized.
Speaker after another hailed the President and the NRM Government for ushering in peace and for leading Uganda to prosperity. They pledged support to the President and the NRM party.
The election is slated for October 31st 2013. The Buhweju Woman MP seat fell vacant last month, following the death of Hon. Joy Kariisa.
Adapted From Sarah Kagingo’s Facebook wall
Sarah Kagingo is President Museveni’s Special Assistant on Communications