Story by Byamukama Libino
The Kabale district UPC chairman Mr Wilkens Arinaitwe has said there is no need for the public to join members of the NRM today at Kakumiro District under the theme “Our resolute efforts to transform Uganda is a promise we shall fulfil” saying that the NRM has worked contrary to the 10 points programme.
The original ten points program are;
3. Consolidation of National security and elimination of all forms of sectarianism
4. Defending and consolidating National Independence
5. Building an independent, integrated and self-sustaining national economy
6. Restoration and improvement of Social services and the rehabilitation of the war-ravaged areas
7. Elimination of corruption and misuse of power
8. Redressing errors that have resulted in the dislocation of sections of the population and improvement of others
9. Co-operation with other African countries in defending human and democratic rights of our brothers in other parts of Africa
10. Following an economic strategy of mixed economy
Addressing the journalists in Kabale town, Mr Arinaitwe said that the 10 points program which the NRM Government was basing on has not been effected since day one.
He further added that government schools and hospitals which the NRM government claims to have established are not functional and the worst performing schools in PLE, UCE UACE among others are the government aided
Wilkens added that it’s so unfortunate that president Museveni has on several occasions said that there is no other single person who knows NRM better than Him a thing which he doubted the reasons to why they went into the bush to fight the then ruling government.
“They went in the bush to capture power and start routing people’s property, see those who went in the bush, some of them have land equaling to the district, they are also untouchables in the government” he added
He added that the government has constructed infrastructure to transport food commodities of which most Ugandans are Unable to buy themselves a kg of maize flour.
However, the Rukiga district deputy RDC Zadoki Kamusiime said that the NRM Government has solved religious sectarianism and tribalism which was characterized by the past regimes, and established a standard army, army of the people unlike in the UPC regime where the army was routing people.
Kamusiime also said that Uganda as a nation has also got a good name in outside countries unlike in the past regimes where people from Uganda would be regarded as murderers.
He however highlighted a challenge of corruption which is still affecting the government thus calling the public to join President Museveni and the government to fight corruption.
Kamusiime further called upon the public to participate in government aided programs like Parish Development Model aimed at elevating poverty
On 28 November 2o21 the former National Resistance Army Recruitment coordinator for greater Kabale District called upon the government to compensate the loss he suffered after the Uganda people congress Army invaded his Home.
Speaking to our reporter in Kabale Municipality, Wallen Tumusiime 70, a resident of Kabasaba village, Kahoondo Parish Maziba sub county in Kabale District noted that he got to know about the National Resistance Army in 1984 as he did business in Kasese District.
He added that on the way to and from Kasese, he would be intercepted by the UPC army who would rob him with others of their money up to when the National Resistance Movement army which was being commanded by Major Jim Muhwezi started Operations in Rwenzori REGION.
Around 1984 April, the army blocked transport and one had to first seek for a travel document from Major Jim Muhwezi and through his friend the Late Henry Tinka, he managed to meet Muhwezi in Rwenzori.
Tumusiime added that Muhwezi gave him an assignment of looking for Police officers in Kabale who would join the National Resistance Army to Fight the Uganda People’s Congress Army and would transport them from Kabale to Kasese using his own money.
He added that upon almost having gathered over 100 NRA Recruits in 1984, the UPC army invaded his home for his life but he managed to escape and the invaders impounded his car, destroyed his house though they never harassed his family
Disgruntled Tumusiime Sayed that what hurts him most is seeing his whole effort invested in the struggle recruiting and transporting the people from Kabale using his own transport never valued by the regime.
He added that it’s unfortunate that people who have contributed less than he did towards the struggle are the ones enjoying his sweat he invested in the regime.
Tumusiime who claims to have approached all the offices in the district from the district chairman to the RDC says he has not received an appeasing reply.
The disgruntled struggle hero claims to have written and approached Hon David Bahati three times about his issues but nothing he has so far gained from their meeting.
Another influential government official he met was the then Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda who he thought would help him meet the President, but nothing he helped him.