Rtd. Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi Katugugu has this Thursday been nominated to contest as member of Parliament for Rujumbura constituency in Rukungiri District, on the ruling NRM party ticket.
Muhwezi who arrived at the nomination venue at 9:30 am, was duly nominated by the district returning officer, Abas Namara at 10:00 am.
“You’re duly nominated as a candidate for Rujumbura parliamentary seat however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re not allowed to have a gathering but rather you will use other means of campaigns like radios, television and phone calls. As a returning officer I wish you well,” said Namara.
Muhwezi, who in 2016 lost the MP race to opposition FDC candidate, Fred Turyamuhweza, said today’s nomination marks the revival of development in Rujumbura.
“My nomination marks the beginning of the road towards reviving the stagnated development in Rujumbura,” Maj Gen Muhwezi said, adding that, “By working with our NRM government, we will invoke a universal change of mindset, so that people work not only to facilitate consumption, but to generate steady income for their households.
The former Information Minister who was flanked by his wife, Canon Susan Muhwezi, Ambrose Kibuuka, Marisiyari Mujuruzi Kanyamukwara and other supporters said he would continue championing the importance of job creation for the youth.
“Uganda is an overwhelmingly youthful population, and if we educate, train and employ them, the country’s progress will only accelerate,” he said.
According to Gen Muhwezi, Uganda, must invest in vocational training programmes to equip the youth with skills needed to work in the growing number of factories and industries.
“Opportunities for employment in the fast-growing Oil and Gas, ICT, Tourism and Manufacturing sectors should be availed to citizens and our youth should be encouraged to seize them,” he added.
He, however, cautioned that “whilst we strive to improve and expand development, we must connect our people with considerable resources and opportunities available to them.”
Mr. Muhwezi promised to continue lobbying government, to extend electricity and water to all homesteads, and also improve upon infrastructure; especially roads, social services and health.
“It is my firm belief that the people’s ability to access such facilities — including schools, adequate health centres, and genuine medicine — are quintessential in fostering the socioeconomic transformation of my constituency, and thus all of Uganda: we are not truly free until access to these fundamental factors and the opportunities they present is universal,” he said.
– Congratulatory Notes –
Upon Gen Muhwezi’s nomination, congratulatory messages started flowing in on a number of social media platforms which Africa Tembelea captured.
“Congratulations Gen. Jim Muhwezi! All the best as you embark on the constructive mission for Rujumbura constituency! Every Blessing,” Darius Nshabomwe posted.
“Congratulations our hon. U r already in parliament,” said Tugume Dennis
On his part, Marius Kasyokori said that, “With him [Jim Muhwezi], Rukungiri..Rujumbura will shine again, while Simon Sebadduka thanked Gen Muhwezi saying his “contribution in the liberation struggle will always be appreciated.”