By Watchdog reporter
President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the National Chairman of the NRM, has said that the Movement will fund and intensify ideological training of all its leaders and supporters. He noted that political ideology is a “political campus” that guides political players towards making right decisions as a guide for the transformation of humanity to a higher-level development.
The President made the remarks last evening while addressing National Resistance Movement district Chairpersons who, through their forum, were at a dinner at Hotel Africana in Kampala.
The President who supported the NRM district Chairpersons’ proposal to have an ideological training workshop for NRM district leaders, said the Movement has managed to survive for all this time, led and transformed Uganda because the founders had a good founded ideological background that has since helped the Party to thrive adding that the Party is time tested.
“Ideology is like a campus. If you have it, it’s able to direct you and you will be able to navigate even in difficult times. The NRM has managed to navigate through difficult circumstances, such as the dangers posed by tribalism, religions, cultural matters as well as security issues because of the correct ideology,” he said.
The President observed that an ideologically intentioned character, leader or organization cannot make wrong decisions adding that most of the problems on the African continent were due to lack of a correct ideological orientation on behalf of the leaders.
He, therefore, highlighted as an example, African leaders who overtime right from the tensions between communist and capitalist camps, stood for mutual respect for each other’s ideology and non-interference in the affairs of other nations and said this had yielded positive results.
“Today China is the second biggest economy in the world and was a creation of the right ideological decisions of their founder fathers,” he said.
President Museveni further encouraged NRM district leaders to join hands with government in fighting household poverty through the Operation Wealth Creation programme noting that household poverty is the major problem Uganda is faced with.
“We can’t keep talking about what government is doing or has to do and disregard the role of the population in fighting poverty which is the major challenge the country is faced with,” he said.
He said that, to engage all NRM leaders in the fight and overcome poverty, he had proposed to the Party Central Executive Committee (CEC) to inform all the Party organs to form Savings and Credit Cooperative Organizations (SACCOs) and organize themselves into production units which, he said, would not only economically empower the Movement leaders but would also strengthen the Party since its leaders will be able to contribute and fund Party activities.
President Museveni further appealed to NRM Party leaders to make it their duty to monitor and supervise the successful implementation of all government programmes in the interest of Ugandans. He reminded them that as leaders of the political group in leadership, any government failure would be their failure too while its success would be theirs as well.
“Write and report to me your national Chairman, through the Secretary General, with facts about anybody mishandling government programmes and action will be taken,” he said.
He commended all Movement leaders for their input that gave the Party a resounding victory in the last elections. He called on them to treasure unity, which, he said, will guarantee even more success for the Party.
The Interim Chairperson of the NRM District Chairpersons’ Forum, who is also the NRM Chairman for Kalungu district, Hajji Twaha Sonko, highlighted lack of transport, reporting systems, lack of permanent offices for district Movement structures as well as lack of proper coordination between the district Party structures and the Party Secretariat, as some of the major challenges the Party structures are faced with.