The NRM Central Executive Committee began a five-day retreat today at Chobe Safari Lodge in Nwoya District. This meeting is intended to discuss the 2021 political roadmap and is running under the theme, ‘Building on Solid Achievements, Consolidating the Unity of NRM and the Transformation of Wananchi (citizens), towards achieving Vision 2040.
“It is therefore important that the retreat looks at ways of ensuring that the 68% of our population still caught up in subsistence agriculture moves into the money economy. We must agree on this. It is our foremost challenge,” President Museveni said.
Adding that, “The NRM government is on track in provision of infrastructure like roads and electricity. We are also doing well in terms of service delivery.”
However, the President noted that the population in the subsistence sector urgently needed to be attended to.
Mr. Museveni made emphasis for the political class to appreciate the importance of prioritization in budgeting for and implementation of national programmes.
He gave an example of the smooth tarmac roads the CEC members had travelled on enroute to Chobe Safari Lodge adding that it was because the NRM had prioritized well.
In the neighboring Kiryandongo District, government of Uganda are constructing Karuma Dam partly with use of our energy fund, created through prioritization.
President Museveni was cognizant of the fact that, the country cannot have enough resources to implement all programmes at the same time.
“It is why we have spent more on infrastructure and energy while asking that less is spent on administration and items like travel of government officials,” Museveni said.
He was also glad that in Acholi sub-region, where this retreat was taking place, there was notable return of peace which had led to tremendous growth in tourism, commercial agriculture and other sectors.
“We must keep the momentum going and get more people out of poverty,” Museveni added.
About Chobe Safari Lodge, the president said that just like Para and Mweya lodges, had been vandalized and collapsed by 1986, the peace and stability and later privatization by the NRM, had made all of them come back to life.
“We had actually hoped to use this facility earlier but we could not because it was fully booked for Valentine’s Day and by other tourists. We must jealously guard all the gains made courtesy of peace and stability,” Museveni said.
Some of the party members attending the meeting include Al Hajji Moses Kigongo (1st National Vice Chairperson), Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon Rebecca Kadaga (2nd National Vice Chairperson), Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Minister without Portfolio Abdul Nadduli (Central Region), Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza (Western Region), Hon Mike Mukula (Eastern Region), Mr Sam Engola (Northern Region), Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi (Veterans) and Mr Godfrey Nyakana (Kampala Region).
Others include: Mr Kirunda Kivejinja (Historicals), Ms Ruth Nankabirwa (NRM Parliamentary Caucus), Ms Lydia Wanyoto (Women), Hon. Kato Gabriel (PWD’s), Dr. Rukari Robert (Entreprenuers), Mr Gidudu Mafabi (Elderly), Mr James Tweheyo (Workers), Huda Oleru (Special Nominee) and Hajji Nasur Gadafi (Youth), Gen. Kahinda Otafire, Dr. Tanga Odoi (Chairman EC) and Justine Kasule Lumumba (Secretary General)
Mr Richard Todwong (Deputy SG), Mr Kenneth Omona (Deputy National Treasurer), Mr John Kigyagi (EC Commissioner), Jane Alisemera (EC Commissioners), Mr Oscar Kihika (Legal Director) and Dr Hassan Galiwango (Finance Director) are among other party leaders present.