“Ideology has Enabled NRM Last in Power” – President Museveni

Friday, 26th January 2018
President Yoweri Museveni has said that ideology has helped the National Resistance Movement (NRM) to stay in power for the past three decades.  
President Museveni made the remarks today at the celebrations to mark the 32nd NRM Day at Boma Grounds in Arua Municipality, Arua district of West Nile Sub-Region.
President Museveni said that many African countries had many problems due to lack of ideology adding that NRM was started in the 1960s by a student movement and people from other political parties who realized that the political parties at the time were promoting sectarianism of religion and tribe.
“If you do not get the right ideological campus, you are going to lose direction. The reason the NRM has succeeded both in the struggle and power, is because of ideology,” he said.
President Museveni explained that through ideology, NRM has been able to diagnose problems of the Ugandan society and lay out prescription that ended the neglect, apathy, mismanagement and institutional inefficiency that had eroded the country’s image.  
“In particular, we denounced sectarianism of tribe and religion and advocated for patriotism as opposed to sectarianism. Our answer was not to think about religion or tribe or sex but love for your country,” he said.
The President told Ugandans that through the NRM’s principles of patriotism and pan-Africanism, government has been able to promote unity, and guarantee prosperity and better security.
“When one is patriotic, they are motivated to work for the development of their country. The vision of the NRM is to transform Uganda from a peasant society to a middle class society through business and economic activities,” he said.
President Museveni disclosed that the cause of parochialism and sectarianism is stunted society in terms of socio-economic transformation. He added that to benefit from pan-Africanism and unity, society needs to undergo a socio-economic transformation.
He said that the NRM government has been able to change society through two stimuli: education and liberalization.
“Through the introduction of Universal Primary Education and Universal Secondary Education, we have been able to reduce literacy levels from 45% to 78%,” he said.
He added that the liberalization policy helped create the middle class by removing government monopoly of business such as hotels, transport and imports.
“Government freed space for the private sector to do business. There was a government company called Uganda Hotels that owned all hotels in the country. When we removed this company, the private sector was able to take over that space thus the many hotels in the country,” he said.
President Museveni reiterated that government would continue to improve the infrastructure in the country such as roads, power dams and hospitals to enable the private sector make profit.
He heartily thanked the people of West Nile for their contribution to the peace enjoyed in the country.
“When we entered West Nile, the elders welcomed us in Nebbi and slaughtered a white sheep and we made peace. Even when Joseph Kony of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was killing people in West Nile, the people refused to join him,” he said.
During the celebrations President Museveni presented a total of 311 medals to a number of recipients: 78 Golden Jubilee medals, 5 Rwenzori medals, 166 Nalubaale medals, 5 Honorary Medals, 6 Century Plus medals and 10 Silver Century medals to people who have contributed to the development of the country. Among these were the Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga and Police Spokesperson, Emiliano Kayima.
Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda and Parliamentary Speaker, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, among other senior government officials, attended the celebrations.