President Yoweri Museveni has commended the 317 NRM Members of Parliament for contributing towards the stability of Uganda.
Speaking as chief guest during celebrations marking the successful amendment of Article 102(b) of the Constitution regarding removal of Presidential age term limit, Mr. Museveni also launched the campaign to align the terms of Office for MPs, Local Government and President from 5 to 7 years.
The Vice-President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Cabinet Ministers, members of NRM Central Executive Committee those of the National Executive Committee, among others, attended the celebrations that took place yesterday in Kiboga Town, Kiboga district. He presented awards of exemplary contribution to the constitution amendment process to Peter Ogwang, Patrick Nakabale and Denis Obua.
“I thank the 317 Members of Parliament for the good job they performed. I congratulate them because they have become historical by contributing towards the stability of the country. The opposition provoked us. They threatened the 317 MPs who have spearheaded the move to streamline their country,” he remarked.
Mr. Museveni thanked the people of Singo (Mityana, Kiboga and Kyankwanzi Districts), Mubende and Bulemeezi for their persistence in supporting the National Resistance Movement during the protracted armed people’s struggle and also during the various subsequent elections that have taken place in the country.
The President paid particular tribute to the people of Kiboga District for supporting the protracted people’s armed struggle noting that they laid a brick into the house of the liberation war. He said the Movement has delivered by building roads in Singo Sub-Region and all corners of the country. He noted that today Kiboga is linked to Kampala City adding that plans are in progress to link the District to the Democratic Republic of Congo and to South Sudan. He informed the people of the area that work is progressing well in the construction of the Kyenjojo – Kagadi – Hoima – Masindi – Kigumba road.
President Museveni expressed happiness over information that Operation Wealth Creation is a success in Kiboga District. This followed assurances from the gathering that all the families of the veterans had accessed the OWC materials that include seeds and livestock. He urged all the people who lost coffee due to drought to plant more coffee and make efforts to maintain their crop well. He also urged the people of Kiboga district in particular and Uganda at large to embrace commercial agriculture. He reminded them that infrastructure on its own is not sufficient to provide homesteads with wealth adding that everyone must have capacity to generate income.
President Museveni revealed that the government has chased away illegal gold miners from Mubende District who were engaged in smuggling and exporting gold in its raw form. He stressed that gold should be refined in Uganda for value addition and also for employment opportunities.
NRM Secretary General, Kasule Justine Lumumba, revealed that the NRM Central Executive Committee and the Cabinet endorsed the proposal of the NRM Caucus to amend the constitution. She said that in the proposed referendum to align the length of the terms of office from 5 to 7 years, NRM would move to wananchi at the grassroots.
NRM Chief Whip and Kiboga District Woman MP, Ruth Nankabirwa, saluted President Museveni for his support to the celebrations. She said that they were assembled to launch the alignment of the term lengths for Parliament, Local Government and President.
Kiboga district historicals’ Chairman, Mr. Kitaka Mayanja, saluted the struggle established by the 317 MPs as Kiboga LC5 Chairman, Mr. Israel Iga, commended the government for the success of OWC, Youth Fund and the new 60,000 litres per hour water project that the President had earlier commissioned.