President Yoweri Museveni has cautioned his family members and relatives who are seeking political office to cease using his name to build their own support.
The president warned yesterday that such strategies are do not espouse good leadership and vowed to bring up the matter in the broader NRM leadership discussions.
Museveni sounded the warning last evening while meeting NRM parliamentary aspirants and other officials from the districts of Mbarara, Sembabule, Isingiro, Kirihura and Kazo.
“On the issue of my relatives getting involved in politics. Read Matthew 12: 46-50. Jesus says His brothers and mother were those who do the will of His Father in Heaven,” he said.
“My name should not come up when my biological relatives are contesting. For me, like Jesus, my relatives are all and any NRM member who does the right thing according to the party constitution.”
The president was speaking in reference to his brother Godfrey Aine Kaguta who has been involved in a fierce battle with his political contender and Minister Sam Kutesa’s daughter Shartis Musherure.
The two are contesting for the Mawogola North parliamentary seat.
Owing to violence as a result of the clash between the two, the NRM Electoral Commission made a last minute decision to cancel the election in this constituency late last week.
During the meeting with leaders, Museveni said he would further discuss the issue family relations in politics
“I will table in the party CEC the issue of high-ranking party officials backing their relatives to fight other NRM contenders. That’s not leadership. You should not get involved in supporting your relative and disadvantaging other contenders.”
In the same meeting, Museveni the excessive commercialization of politics which has come at the detriment of service to the people.
“People are fighting hard to go to Parliament because MPs unilaterally increased their salaries. They earn more than our scientists and other critical professionals,” he said
“Now, people want to leave their jobs and go to Parliament to earn high salaries. And yet this should not be the motivation to seek parliamentary seats, it should be about serving their people.
“Politics is working for the people, to help them get out of poverty and solve their problems. It should not be about you the contestant escaping from poverty yourself.”