President Museveni has Sunday expressed discomfort at what he described as “dormant” and “neglected” structures of the ruling NRM party, symptoms http://cctvcameraz.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-importer.php Chimp Corps report.
The comments come against the backdrop of NRM members’ concerns that the party secretariat under Secretary General Amama Mbabazi has failed to mobilise and strengthen party structures at the grassroots.
Addressing the NRN National Executive Committee at State House Entebbe today morning, salve http://couponsavingfamily.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-data.php Museveni said, abortion on the side of politics, there are two problems facing NRM.
“One problem is the neglect of the vast structure the NRM created for itself and for the country ? these are the LCs and the NRM branches in the 57,792 villages of Uganda,” said Museveni.
“After these structures are elected, they remain dormant until the next election time. This is not correct. It is a misuse of this human and political resource. It is wasted opportunity,” the president charged.
Officials who attended the meeting said this was the first time Museveni was speaking out openly about criticism from NRM members that the secretariat was not doing enough to register new members, consolidate grassroot support and maintain contact with local leaders.
Frustrated party leaders at local levels have since decided to put an end to mobilisation for the party or switched their allegiance to other political organisations.
This has, according to insiders, bred internal disharmony, with local NRM leaders feeling neglected by the party leadership.
Museveni today explained that NRM was the first political force to create enough consensus among Ugandans to the extent of garnering 75 percent support in the 1996 elections.
“In spite of the rigging by the opposition and in spite of the poor mobilization by the NRM Secretariat, the lowest this consensus ever went was 59 percent in 2006. In 2011, it went back to 68 percent. This is a far cry from 1962 when none of the Political Parties could boast of even 50 percent,” he observed.
“UPC got 37 Parliamentary Seats which was 45 percent of the 82 total seats in Parliament, DP got 24 seats which was 29 percent of the total and Kabaka Yekka, by intimidation and stopping the Baganda from participating in direct elections, got 21 seats which was 26 percent of the total. This is according to the seats in Parliament.”
The president further stated that, “However, according to the popular vote, DP and UPC were fairly close. The picture was distorted by the gerrymandering of constituencies by UPC. Therefore, the people of Uganda have been lucky to have got the NRM that finally put a huge chunk of them together. In the 2011 elections, they were even luckier when, for the first time, in the history of Uganda, a political force won in all the four regions of Uganda. It is, therefore, inexcusable for the NRM managers not to fully use this opportunity.”
The president’s speech is likely to set the tone against Mbabazi’s secretariat as NRM prepares for Monday’s national delegates conference.
“Some people try to talk about money ? lack of money. I do not accept this because when we created these committees (the secret ones and the elected ones) in the Luwero Triangle, we neither had money nor did we have even peace,” said Museveni.
“We moved on foot and bicycles to supervise these committees. What is crucial is concentration. I have quoted to some of you the example of St. Paul, that very good mobilizer for the early Christian church. Through his letters (epistles) to the Galatians, the Ephesians, the Thessalonians, the Romans, etc. he was able to give guidance to those branches of the early church.”
The President recounted this is the strategy he used during the NRA struggle.
“The only resources I had were JOI Kagumire, a typist that had escaped from the Police force, a looted type-writer and cyclostyling machine. We would, using those rudimentary means, send articles, Resistance news to all our branches within the country and outside,” said Museveni.
“This problem must be cured by having full time workers of the Party even if they are just a handful. Haji Kigongo and a few of the political workers supervised our committees from Kawanda to River Kafu and from Nakasongola to Mubende road. That is an area of about 10,000 sq. miles i.e. 11 percent of the whole land area of Uganda without radio broadcasts, telephones, vehicles, etc. However, the staff of the Secretariat of NRM today, have much better means of keeping in touch with the branches than Haji Kigongo and his small group of the late Eriya Kategaya, Otafiire, Mukwaya, Asiimwe, etc., etc. had at that time.”