Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said that he only welcomed the February 2014 Kyankwanzi resolution in the interest of the party cohesion.
President Museveni made the remarks while addressing youth from the Eastern, Teso and Karamoja regions yesterday.
The February 2014 Kyankwanzi resolution urged National Resistance Movement (NRM) members to endorse the President as the sole party candidate in the 2016 elections.
President Museveni’s comments were prompted by chants from some of the youth that he continues to lead the country because his contribution is highly valued.
The President said that he had learned that there were people in the party who wished him to stand but were being forced to use subversive means to achieve their ends.
However, Museveni said that there were proper channels to address the concerns of the “wanters.” He went on to say that if he is still wanted as the leader of the party, he will give his reply at the right time.
Museveni said he had heard some people calling him useless and wondered how an army General could be useless. He described these critics as “underminers” whose error of miscalculation will cost them dearly in due time.
Museveni also called upon the youth not to view politics as a career but as a service to the people. He added that it is not a matter of saying ‘A bewo-abewo, or let him stay, but providing solutions to peoples’ problems.
President Museveni on Youth Unemployment
On youth unemployment, the President said the NRM manifesto spelt out a package of income generating activities on a 4 acre land and at the backyard that would help families eradicate poverty, which was unfortunately ignored by many.
He explained that youth today lack technical and managerial skills as well as the right qualifications yet jobs are available.
The President cited the health sector that lacks medical Doctors and the Hydro-power sites that import labour from neighbouring countries due to lack of Ugandan machine operators.
Adapted From URN