The race for Member of Parliament, Rujumbura Constituency is heating up with a musician composing a song for Hon Jim Muhwezi.
The song appeals to the people of Rujumbura in Rukungiri District, western Uganda, to elect the former Information Minister in the 2021 elections to spearhead development in the area.
“Rujumbura needs to reclaim its old glory,” says Bonde in the new song which has gone viral, “And this glory can only be restored by Jim Muhwezi.”
In the song, Muhwezi also pledges to work with relevant authorities to make good of use of road construction equipment in the area to pave roads to facilitate movement of persons and produce to markets.
According to the tune, Muhwezi commits to support the improvement of education in Rukungiri by ensuring school libraries, laboratories are well stocked.
“Now is the time to revitalize our education system so that our children can excel and compete favorably with people from the rest of the world. This also requires providing bursaries for the needy.”
The song is playing on radio stations across western Uganda. It is seen as a way of mobilizing masses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Politicians are still barred from holding rallies to prevent further spread of the novel virus.
“The song was timely because Muhwezi could not meet everyone or hold rallies. This was perfect way of reaching out to his constituents,” said Jon Arinaitwe, 28, a boda boda rider in Rujumbura.
The Electoral Commission Chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama recently urged politicians to use electronic means of reaching out to the people with the view of avoiding the spread of Coronavirus.
According to Rhona Turinawe, 47, a farmer in Rujumbura, constituent Muhwezi is credited for mobilisation of resources for the construction of churches, schools and medical facilities in Rukungiri district.
“We’ll support him because he is interested in the development of Rukungiri. He is passionate about extension of social services in rural areas and service delivery,” said Turinawe, a mother of four.
The former Minister was recently nominated for the MP seat which was taken in 2016 by FDC’s Fred Turyamuhweza.
“The People in Rujumbura and Rukungiri at large know better what I did and what I’m capable of doing which is development-oriented based on unified approach and I am coming back to continue with that development,” said Muhwezi.
Gen Muhwezi also took a swipe at opposition politicians whom he said are personalizing government programmes by telling the voters that they belong to him.
He explained that in multiparty dispensation, government programmes / projects are implemented by the ruling party and in case of Uganda, they are being implemented according to the NRM party manifesto.
He also criticized sectarianism and divisive politics which he said would not take Rukungiri to greater heights.