NRM Party Secretary-General accompanied by the secretariat senior official has wound up his tour of Kigezi region, with a pledge to lobby government to tarmac roads to boast tourism.
Todwong was accompanied by his secretariat brigade members including the EC Chairperson Dr Tanga Odoi, Deputy National Treasurer Hon. Jacqueline Kyatuheire, Hon Emmanuel Lumala Dombo, the party’s Director for Communications & PR and Director for Mobilisation, Hon. Rosemary Seninde.
The secretariat bosses spent the whole of this week in the Kigezi sub-region where they met and interacted with party leaders to set the tone for party mobilization, sensitization and assessment of salient issues in the area affecting the party.
The week-long working tour began with a courtesy visit to the home of the late former Governor of Bank of Uganda Prof Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile in Kabale District to commiserate with the family.
After a long day of community mobilization in the Kigezi districts of Kabale and Rubanda, the Secretary-General on Tuesday joined the people of Ruhija sub-county and town council in Rubanda district to commemorate International Women’s Day at the function held at Ruhija tourism sector headquarters in Bwindi-Mgahinga wildlife conservation centre.
The SG called on all the stakeholders to ensure that women are given all the deserved respect to enable them to participate in the socio-economic transformation of Uganda.
“I implore the people of Kigezi to build on the government policy of women emancipation through affirmative action and empower their women,” he said.
He commended the people of Kabale and Rubanda for supporting Museveni and NRM, promising them to lobby for the tarmacking of tourism roads leading to Mgahinga and Bwindi game parks for easy movement and transportation of their merchandise.
Following his maiden visit to the Bwindi-Mgahinga wildlife conservation centre, Todwong hailed the role the tourism sector has played towards the development of Uganda. He urged community members to preserve the flora and fauna for the sustainability of the sector for more revenue generation. He called upon Ugandans and international tourists to visit this endowed part of Uganda to appreciate the beauty of nature.
Todwong and his team on Wednesday raided Kisoro district where he asked party leaders to prioritize issues affecting people, especially high poverty levels.
“There are very many government development intervention programs well-articulated in our manifesto that the party leaders in the districts must explain to our people,” he said, adding, “Given that we are the party in power, every leader should work towards implementing our manifesto,” he said urging leaders to keenly monitor the manifesto implementation process.
In Kanungu district, the delegation was received by the NRM vice chairperson for the western region who is also Minister for Information, Communication, Technology and National Guidance, Hon Chris Baryomunsi. Addressing the party structures at Kanungu District headquarters, Todwong promised the members that the priority will be on tarmacking the dusty murram roads in the district to ease the movement of people in the area.
The 5-day strategic engagements with leaders which started on Monday in the Kigezi sub-region ended on Friday in Sheem district particularly Sheema municipality where he officiated at the Sheema Municipality council meeting organized by the area Member of Parliament, Hon Dicksons Kateshumbwa. The SG here asked leaders to bury hatchets and serve people.
“I came to realize that ever since the parliamentary elections ended, we have spent a lot of time bickering because of our interests. Given that we are many and our interests are very competitive, we have kept on fighting each other. But I urge you to do away with petty politics,” Todwong said.
He went on,
“We should know that the party is bigger than all of us, therefore we should not spend time-fighting. To me it shows that we are not ideologically grounded,” he added.