President Museveni’s long-awaited Kanungu visit on Wednesday ended with some drama.
The business community in Kihiihi town council upstaged the district politicians and publicly endorsed Yoweri Museveni as the sole presidential candidate in the 2016 elections. Led by outspoken businessman Benson Karabu, the secretary general of Kihiihi town traders association, the business community, allied with Woman MP Elizabeth Karungi, said they had a surprise gift for the president.
Unknown to many, including Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and district chairperson Josephine Kasya, the business community’s representatives Karabu and his chairman Deus Tugume stepped forward and handed to President Museveni a plaque written on: “Our Sole Candidate for 2016.”
They also gave him a yellow wooden chair.
“We appreciate your efforts to provide a conducive environment that has enabled us as the business community to do our trade without being harassed, and for that matter we highly support your sole presidential candidacy for 2016,” Karabu said.
Taken aback by the surprise move in a district perceived to be behind Mbabazi’s undeclared presidential bid instead, some political leaders accused State House of stage-managing the event. A district councillor who declined to be named said the traders have no moral authority to speak for the people of Kanungu.
He said political leaders will soon come out with a statement on the matter. Another person pointed out that the traders were easily manipulated because many of them don’t hail from Kanungu. Earlier, during a rally, Kinkiizi East MP Dr Chris Baryomunsi told the president that since he is a good [game] player, the people have no plan of changing him and, therefore, they will support his 2016 bid.
That was not particularly surprising as Baryomunsi is a well-known local rival of Mbabazi local rival. During the rally at Kihiihi high school playground, Museveni said he supports the elevation of Kihiihi town council to a municipality status.
Earlier in the day, the president presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Mitano bridge at the border of Rukungiri and Kanungu districts. The bridge collapsed two years ago. The president also visited a poultry farmer Sam Renzaho, in Kambuga town council, who he commended for using
technology to reap maximum benefits from his relatively small piece of land.
Museveni later toured a tea estate owned by Makiro Catholic parish where he saluted the church leadership for engaging in income-generating activities. The president also planted a tree at St Teresa Calcutta Girls School founded by former Kanungu Woman MP Jacqueline Kyatuheire.
Source : The Observer