President Yoweri Museveni has commended Kampala Capital City Authority (KCAA) and Councilors from the 5 Divisions that constitute the City of Kampala for completing a one-week leadership training programme that took place last month at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi district.
The President was addressing the group on Saturday during a meeting at State House, Entebbe where he met over 200 Kampala Councilors from different political affiliations.
“Those who think leadership is like flu will make you fall into trouble. It is good that you defied the resolution and broke yourselves away from those people who did not want to help you. They are malicious; they want you to strike yet things like these can cause people to die. Why don’t their children lead such strikes such that we know it is good? You have done well to go and be taught,” said Mr. Museveni.
The President urged the Councilors to encourage the youth to find a way of fitting into the four sectors of agriculture, industries, services and ICT in order to create wealth and employment for themselves.
“You leaders are like doctors. If you find a sick person, you advise them. Encourage these youths to find what to do in these sectors because minus that you will have betrayed your people. If a youth is wearing a red band, which sector is that? I am saddened at how some of these leaders are using the naivety of these people to influence them,” he said.
President Museveni appealed to the Councilors to be alert and use political pressure as means of advocating for more financial allocation into the youth and women funds, adding that a lot of money was being wasted in irrelevant expensive trips abroad by their leaders.
“You in the opposition might find that you have unemployed youths in your areas but your leaders never talk about these funds; you never hear anybody talking about it,” he emphasized.
While some of Councilors raised the issue of the taxi drivers not paying taxes in the last four months, President Museveni promised that he would meet taxi operators and KCCA leaders to deliberate on the matter.
The Minister for Kampala City Authority, Hon. Betty Kamya, thanked President Museveni for granting her request to train all the Councilors irrespective of their divergent political persuasions.
She commended the Councilors for defying the resolution by the opposition who alleged the training for Councilors was an indoctrination stance by the NRM.
“Kampala has changed. You might hear Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago quarrel but that does not show that there is fire in Kampala. We are not building team FDC or team NRM but team Kampala,” said Hon. Kamya.
The Director of the National Leadership Institute, Brigadier David Kasula Kyomukama, thanked President Museveni for his logistical support adding that the objectives of Pan Africanism, patriotism, discipline, leadership ability, and personal skills were achieved in the training the Councilors underwent.
“These leaders are now knowledgeable, disciplined, and patriotic. They all have improved their attitudes and mindsets,” he said.
The Chairperson of the Urban Councilors in the five Divisions of Kampala, Mr. Kazinga Sekamatte, said that the training had been very helpful adding that periodic training of such nature, should be promoted and supported by the President.
“The opposition had an intention of tainting our image claiming that you had given us Shs. 50 million but I thank the Councilors who have been brave enough to attend this despite the threats,” he said.
Mr. Sekamatte pledged to continue supporting government programmes with a view to improving the standard of life of urban dwellers.
The Deputy Mayor of Kawempe, Mr. Ntale Ishmael who subscribes to the opposition camp, commended Minister Betty Kamya for the initiation of taking them on the NALI leadership course irrespective of the divergent political party subscriptions.
“We had a lot of challenges but despite the resolution, we had to go and learn how to lead Kampala better,” he said.