The NRM presidential flag bearer, Yoweri Museveni, on Saturday told leaders in Hoima district that the ruling party has immensely contributed to the socio-economic growth of Uganda, and by extension Africa, and this legacy shouldn’t be ruined by people who still practice sectarianism.
“NRM has made a unique contribution to Africa but if you mix tribes and religion into matters affecting people, you are hurting yourself. I ask you NRM people to fight sectarianism and anybody who brings it should be kicked out of the house,” Museveni said, according to Nrm.ug.
The president was yesterday concluding his campaigns in Bunyoro sub-region where he met NRM leaders and flag bearers from Kikuube, Hoima, Kiryandongo, Masindi and Buliisa at Duhaga Primary School in Hoima City.
Citing the story of the Good Samaritan in the Bible, Museveni said the person who saved the man who had been beaten by thugs was unknown to him and that they neither shared a tribe or religion.
Museveni emphasized that while dealing with people, he doesn’t look at their religion and that neither does he consider their tribes but ability to work.
“I am one of the few serious Christians who don’t consider religion or tribe. You are in political disorientation if you focus on sectarianism and you are a potential danger. Like me, if I get invited by Muslims, I go there. If Protestants or Catholics invite me, I will attend and it is the same story with the Balokole. I respect all religions but my job is focusing on people’s needs,” he said.
The NRM presidential candidate said it is because of emphasizing people’s needs and unity that the NRM has built a strong army capable of defending Uganda, unlike many other countries.
“We have a strong army and no one can dare us. We also have money because of the wise decisions to attract rich foreigners to start factories here. There is nothing we can’t do because we have money.”
At the end of the meeting, the leaders from the Bunyoro sub-region handed the NRM presidential flag bearer, a spear, shield, drum and ceremonial chair to appreciate him for the good leadership.