President Museveni has attacked key Opposition leaders for what he termed as misleading Ms Brenda Nabukenya, the youthful Democratic Party candidate in the Luweero Woman MP by-election.
DP president Norbert Mao and the president’s political nemesis, Dr Kizza Besigye, the former leader of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and a host of MPs were in the past week in Luweero to marshal support for the opposition candidate.
Mr Museveni disparaged them for that past actions or views.
“Mao went to DR Congo to plead with (LRA rebels’ leader) Joseph Kony to get out but I told them my job is to fight and defeat Kony and I proved right. If Mao was foresighted why couldn’t he see that Kony would not come out of the bush? That is the kind of character misleading this young girl,” Mr Museveni said.
He was addressing a rally at Kasaawe in Wobulenzi Town Council to rally support for the NRM candidate, Ms Rebecca Nalwanga.
Mr Museveni also referred to Ms Nabukeya, a former guild president of Kyambogo University and MP as ‘childish.’
“What Nabukenya is doing is childish! We would have trained and mentored her but she decided to join wrong elements like Mao and Besigye,” he said.
Mr Museveni described the DP as a shadow of its former self and wondered whether Ms Nabukenya knew much about its past.
He also castigated Ms Nabukenya for commenting on the plight of veterans, suggesting that she was too young to be knowledgeable about them as she purports to fight for their welfare.
“I am the best person to speak about the veterans because I know a lot about them,” Mr Museveni, who fought a five-year guerilla war in Luwero District, said. He said more than Shs500 billion has been paid to the veterans and more than Shs1 trillion is still needed.
The President again criticised the National Agricultural Advisory Services (Naads) programme, saying it was doing little to alleviate poverty among people. “The Naads officials pay themselves high salaries and spend a lot of money on seminars which do not help the people. I decided to use my soldiers to do the job which they are doing very well and therefore I will pass the Nadds money through the same system like the soldiers are doing,” he said.
Luweero District chairman Abdul Nadduli asked the President to help the district construct new headquarters and a hospital.
Mr Museveni tasked State House aide Lucy Nakyobe to remind him about constructing Luweero headquarters and promised the district a hospital at Kasana.
Luweero lost its hospital which was in Nakaseke when the area became a district.
President Museveni also tasked NRM’s flag bearer Rebecca Nalwanga to apologise before the electorate for her past mistakes, which she promptly did. By-election campaigns are slated to end today (tomorrow) and President Museveni is expected to address gatherings in Bamunanika County.