President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is also the National Chairman of
the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has this afternoon appealed to
the party Parliamentary Caucus to religiously supervise and oversee governments programs of Parish Development Model (PDM) and Emyooga
tailored at shifting society from the traditional way of life to modernity.
“There is Emyooga under the constituency level and PDM under the parish
level, the two funds are under you. You are not a cashier, you don’t need to
touch money, your work is to supervise,” he stressed.
The President made the remarks while closing the NRM Parliamentary
Caucus Retreat that took place at the National Leadership Institute (NALI)
in Kyankwanzi District.
The closing ceremony was held at Rwamasindi Abasonga Presidential
Farm in Bulyamusenyu village, Kinoni Sub- County, Nakaseke North.
The retreat that ran under the theme: “Increasing Household Incomes and
Wealth Creation: The Critical Role of the Leader”, attracted over 400
Members of Parliament including NRM leaning Independents. The Retreat
was also attended by the First Lady Mrs. Janet Museveni who is also the
Minister of Education and Sports.
Expounding on the benefits of the retreat, President Museveni expressed
his heartfelt gratitude to spend quality time with the NRM caucus members
whom he encouraged to inherit the National Resistance Army (NRA) spirit.
“I am very happy to interface with you. When I look at you, many of you are
very young people and educated. I feel the urge to spend more quality time
with you to pass to you what I know, and you know about NRM/NRA,” he
He pointed out that the retreat was about a center for NRM young blood to
thoroughly internalize the party Ideology.
The President also told the Caucus members of a group of 28 young
cadres he recruited in 1976 and trained in Tanzania who later formed the
nucleus of the current Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF). He added
that the group founded FRONASA to fight Idi Amin and out of the 28 the
only survivors are General Salim Saleh, Bosco Omule and General Ivan
“Don’t spoil your chances, you have got huge opportunities. The future is
very bright for you if you could only listen to what I am saying. It is not
fiction, it is true life history,” he counseled, adding, “The purpose is to
mobilize you. You are so gracious, young and educated. If only these ones
could be captured by the NRA spirit, we could move very far.”
“Our next struggle is to ensure free education so that the children of the
poor don’t get out of school from primary, secondary to tertiary institutions,”
Before the President made his remarks, resolutions that were passed by
the Caucus during the retreat were presented by the Government's Chief
Whip Hon. Hamson Obua.
In the resolutions, members appreciated President Museveni for gracing
the occasion and delivering his powerful keynote address on clarity
regarding the elements of Ideology, Strategy, Policy and Administrative
They further highly commended the President for his moving and educative
presentation on the role of leaders in increasing household incomes and
Participants at the retreat also committed themselves to consolidate unity
of all members of NRM around its guiding Ideological Principles of
Patriotism, Pan Africanism, Socio-Economic Transformation and
On the theme of the retreat “On the role of leaders in increasing Household
Incomes and Wealth Creation”, the caucus members recognized that
political leaders including Members of Parliament are key and squarely
responsible in the PDM and Emyooga program implementation in order to
move society away from traditional way of life to the money economy.
The members further recognized that Education coupled with increasing
household Incomes is one of the paramount pillars in achieving socio-
The resolutions also contained some of the commitments by the members
to concretely support the Value Addition process of products that include
coffee and sugar among others.
The Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja pledged on behalf of the
members of the caucus to implement the resolutions reached as well as to
support all government programmes.
The Secretary General of NRM, the Rt. Hon. Richard Todwong announced
that the Secretariat has already established a new department of Policy
and Research to collect data from the countryside and it has helped to
strengthen the party.
The Secretary General also commended President Museveni for constantly
reminding them to diligently serve the people.