By Nasser Kasozi Akandwanaho
The NRM secretary General, Rt. Hon. Richard Todwong who is now on a country wide mobilization of the party ‘s supporters has called upon their district chairpersons to work towards unity, cohesion and reconciliation -to grow the party’s base and deliver on its promises as contained in their manifesto.
Richard Todwong Awany, was addressing NRM district chairpersons in a one day retreat held at Maya Nature Resort, Kyengera town council, Wakiso district.
“It is my mission to preach and implement an effective and holistic reconciliation engagement with all protagonists within the party, as a precursor to promoting party cohesion, reconciliation and unity,” Mr.Todwong said while giving the example of Masindi district where he held a successful reconciliation meeting with -a divided party district leadership.
“We also have cases that require intervention by way of reconciling the district executive committees with their district Administrative Secretaries, Todwong observed .
In order to galvanize party support , Rt.Hon.Todwong informed the chairpersons that the NRM Secretariat had enrolled out -regional outreach programs targeting all party leadership structures from the Sub-county level beginning with Bukedi Sub-region.
“The NRM Secretariat in October this year launched its outreach program specifically targeting party leadership structures from the Subcounty level. We started with seven districts of Budaka, Butaleja, Butebo, Busia, Kibuku, Pallisa and Tororo which constitute Bukedi Sub-region and later interfaced with structures in the three districts of greater Mukono,” Todwong said. He pledged to continue with the same outreaches until all country sub-regions are covered.
Mr. Todwong emphasised the national chairman’s strategic guidance to the NRM leaders on how the party must carryout mobilisation of the communities for meaningful development work to economically empower the masses in the country side where the party still enjoys wide support .
“All party members and friends are guided to correctively identify the legitimate interests of the different groups of the people and support these interests by fighting for them,” he stressed.
The told the leaders to pay specific attention on key areas that ; sensitization of the population to abandon subsistence farming and join commercial farming, discourage land fragmentation, resist land evictions, campaign for free education, ensure zero tolerance to corruption and support regional integration.
On the delayed party promises to people Todwong said , “I assure the chairpersons of government’s commitment to fully fulfill all pledges”.
The first NRM national vice chairman, Hajj.Moses Kigongo castigated NRM leaders who slow down party activities citing inadequate resources. He encouraged them to actively continue with party activities as resources are mobilised .
“Very may of you have not been performing well with meager resources. But the party is committed to facilitate your work “Kigongo assured the leaders .
Minister for presidency, Hon. Milly Babalanda also promised to direct RDCs to jointly work with district NRM leadership to fulfill the party manifesto given that they are serving under NRM government.
Political observers have said that the youthful Towdong’s strategy to engage the NRM party’s base early on in the new term is the right approach to galvanize support and widen its following.