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Museveni claims he was told to assassinate Obote, Amin

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KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – On his way to Katakwi Saturday, President Museveni toured the Soroti-Katakwi-Asikim Road that is 44% done.

This project, which will connect Teso and Karamoja sub-regions, is fully funded by the Government of Uganda.

He later officiated as the chief guest at the thanksgiving ceremonies of Usuk County MP Peter Ogwang and Katakwi Woman MP Violet Akurut, in Katakwi District.

The NRM is a party that looks at politics as a contest of ideas, he said, adding that if there is discipline in the country’s politics, it should allow debate where people listen to the different ideas and arguments before making a choice.

“In 1965 we advised the government then to avoid politics based on tribe and religion, but they ignored us. We pulled out and began our own movement,” the president said.

It did not take long as by 1966, Milton Obote was fighting Kabaka Muteesa II and in 1971 when Idi Amin took over government, it collapsed completely.

The contest of ideas followed even in the fight against Amin. Some groups proposed assassination but Museveni preferred guerrilla warfare.

“We carried the day.”

He said it was the same case when it came to disarming the Karimojong. People like David Pulkol and Alice Alaso opposed the disarmament, saying the Karimajong should only be disarmed if the Turkanas in Kenya, the Morana in Ethiopia, the Topotha in Sudan are disarmed.

They argued that disarming only the Karimojong would make them weak against their enemies when they invaded. Others even proposed bribing the Karimojong, the president explained.

However the government insisted and successfully disarmed the Karimojong.

“You have seen the benefits of disarming the Karimojong, their population has increased. Importantly though, there is peace in this region.”

In Katakwi, Museveni met Anyait Janet Mercy, who in 2001 was found suckling her dead mother’s breast, who had been killed by Karimojong cattle rustlers.

“I am glad that Anyait, who is currently in senior four at Halcyon High School in Soroti, lives in a peaceful Uganda.”

For development, Museveni said the Government’s plan and approach is to ensure each sub-county has a health centre III and a government-aided secondary school.

But whereas government looks at development, wealth creation is effort of the individual.

“Katakwi has wonderful land and very nice grass and acacia trees that you should not cut down. Use this land to get out of poverty.”

“Finally, I thank the people of Katakwi for voting NRM MPs Ogwang and Akurut. I congratulate Hon Ogwang for fulfilling his election pledges of a tractor to women groups, an ambulance for the constituency and 110 bicycles to LC1 chairpersons and other mobilisers.”

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