President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has asked politicians to desist from parochial politics of tribe and identity if they are to improve on the livelihoods of the people they serve.
“Avoid pitics of tribe and identity because our people are now waking up, it explains why we have bumper production of food, sugar, milk, bananas etc. Do not talk about your tribe or religion but talk about prosperity and wealth creation,” he warned.
‘Don’t talk about identity, talk about interests on how these people will survive.’ Museveni.
The president said these on Wednesday at State House Entebbe while meeting NRM MPs who have for several times defied certain party positions such as the amendment of the constitutional Article 102b which aimed at removing of the presidential lower and upper age limit caps in 2017.
These were termed as “Rebel MPs” and have always been subjected to discriminations in party events thus seeking for pardon in Wednesday’s meeting.
“We are here as your sons and daughters. We request you to forgive us and we move on,” said Kumi Woman MP, Monica Amoding, on behalf of her 16 colleagues.
The meeting was attended by the NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba, and ‘Rebel MPs’ Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga), Barnabas Tinkasimire (Buyaga West), Mbwatekamwa Gaffa (Kasambya), Muyanja Ssenyonga (Mukono South), Kibalya Maurice (Bugabula South), Sylvia Rwabwogo (Kabarole Woman) and Sam Lyomoki (Workers).
Others were: Michael Timuzigu (Kajara), Moses Adome (Jie), Susan Amero (Amuria Woman), James Kaberuka (Kinkizi West), Robert Migadde (Buvuma), Sarah Nakawunde (Mpigi Woman), Evelyn Chemutai (Bukwo Woman), Dennis Sabiiti (Rubanda) and Anthony Semuli (Mubende Municipality).
NRM party chairman (Museveni) welcomed the members back into the party saying he would table their request for forgiveness before the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC).
Yesterday, the CEC meeting pardoned them but further resolved that for the party’s cohesion and discipline, the party leadership should interacts further and guide these MPs.
Museveni told the MPs to promote the sense of unity in order to pre occupy with the future and survival of the African race.
“The issue we are dealing with is not terms limits or age limits but survival of the African race. That is critical especially when we do not have a strong black nation like the US, Russia, India, China as our anchors,” he added