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Museveni ready for 2016 elections

28 October 2014, 15:47 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - The National Resistance Movement (NRM) is ready for the 2016 general elections, President Yoweri Museveni who is also the party national chairman has announced.

A statement issued by Museveni's deputy press Secretary, Lindah Nabusayi said, ''The President was responding to a question during an interview with the Vatican Radio on a programme hosted by journalist John Baptist Tumusiime.''

Museveni, who is currently on a four-day work visit to Italy, said his party has done a lot for the people of Uganda and what is remaining is to sensitise them on how to exploit what has been achieved so far to fight poverty.

Quoting from the Bible, the President pointed out that what the voters want is deeds and fruits of the party and not mere talk and criticism.

Museveni said that the NRM has worked very well on infrastructure development, peace and security of the people, food security, health and education.

“What we shall do in 2O16 is to explain these deeds and fruits to the people - what we call mobilisation on household transformation,” he said.

President Museveni defended Uganda Defense Forces' involvement in Somalia saying it has served two main purposes - to ensure peace in Somalia so that the people of East Africa can also benefit from the peaceful Somalia.

Museveni explained that most of what used to be insecure areas in the war-torn country have been liberated and also the terrorists have been denied opportunity to spread terrorism.

On his meeting with Pope Francis, Museveni told Radio Vatican that he had earlier written an invitation letter to the Pope and that following their meeting on Tuesday, the Vatican will issue an official statement over the matter.

On the FAO report which praised Uganda for achieving self food reliance, Museveni said that Ugandans have a culture of producing their own food.

President also addressed Ugandans working and living in Italy. The meeting took place at Rome Cavallieri Hotel. The President appealed to the Ugandans to always link up with their country through investments.

He said that some areas which require small capitalisation were still available in Uganda and gave the examples of small processing industries like fruit processing, grain milling, mixing animal and chicken feeds and construction.

He told the group that unlike in Europe where there is stiff competition and thus making it expensive to invest, Uganda has many opportunities where small capital investments can produce profits.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Okello Oryem told the meeting that Uganda was peaceful and that any part of the country can be invested in. He said that being in the Diaspora is very challenging and urged them to return home.

The Chief Whip, Kasule Lumumba assured them of government assistance and said that although Uganda operates on a multiparty democracy, the two sides work together to create good government policies and legislation.

LCV Chairperson Salaam Musumba, who is one of the FDC Vice Presidents, told the meeting that the opposition has benefited a lot in the NRM positive policies that they can use to improve their people’s lives.

The Representative from Mengo, Kalule Mugerwa, hailed the good relationship between the Mengo and Central government saying that the two must work together because they serve the same people.

He said that the Kingdom of Buganda has never been discriminative and that all the people of Uganda are welcome to the Kingdom.

In their submissions, Ugandans in the Diaspora decried moral decay of Ugandans including their relatives who misuse or steal the investments they try to put up in the country.

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