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Tuongee is Swahili for “let’s talk”. We believe in all human relations, a good conversation starts a journey that can change a person and eventually, an entire community. The Movement in 1971 begun a conversation with the people of Uganda, working through individuals and small groups of students, elite and the common person. By 1986, a signi cant part of the country understood the aims and objectives of this organization.
In fact, it was this understanding that came through good conversations with the leaders of the resistance that allowed peasants, workers, PWDs, students and the elite to work together to turn around a bad situation and restore the dignity of our nation. Therefore, to continue this conversation for our time, the teaching of the Movement’s ideology, the personal touch of the movement leaders style, Tuongee has been born. It is a channel to tell the story of the Movement work since the 1960s, it’s methods of execution, her ideology, Programmes and achievements.
As to the timing, the principle thing is the role of this institution and not when it is born. If this unit supports the work of the Movement by reaching out and explaining the objectives, this is ne by us who took the rst step. It is not when we were born that matters much; it is what we do when we are born that fullls our purpose and eventually leaving a legacy for our nations and for humanity.
This project was conceived by the NRM through the ministry of gender and community development. It came on the heels of the Youth Venture capital scheme (YVS) that begun in 2011. The Venture Capital scheme put funds in several participating banks such as Centenary and Stanbic, to allow young people with good ideas for business to write proposals and back them with some collateral for small loans. These funds are still but the requirement for collateral hampered the utilization of this fund.
The NRM, therefore, since December 2013, begun implementing the YLP and has so far reached out to 70,000 youth, given out UGX38bn in support loans to over 5000 businesses. Half of these businesses are in agriculture and a majority to people who dropped out of school at Senior six, four and some Primary seven. The fund has been made a ve year PROGRAMME with UGX260bn. The YLP fund also emphasizes women youth to balance the needs of our society and to leave no one behind. The fund is a revolving interest Programme with those who pay back, funds given to new groups. So far over 600m has been paid back to the ministry from spiritedly functioning projects. Each district has an allocation of funds (see the YLP report) according to projects that have applied and been selected. The Fund supports sizes of youth groups of 10-15 who come together with a project and choose three of their members to handle the day to day activities.
Projects supported are as varied as metal fabrication, shoe making, hair and beauty salons, sh farming, Agro processing etc. The selection of these groups and their projects is completely transparent and non political and facilitated by the sub county community development o cers. All beneciaries receive training in Managment and business skills, accounting and also regular follow up visits from technical people to check on their progress. All Youth are advised to go to their sub-counties and districts and ask for details.
This isn’t a correct position. The road network has been steadily improving over the last 9 years. The NRM prioritized this sector, along with energy, as key infrastructural Programmes that buttress all development in the country. From an allocation of UGX300bn in 2006, today the Roads sector gets a total allocation of UGX3.3 trillion or about 18% of our national budget. Because of this, the Movement government now makes new 200kms of paved roads annually and repairs about 860kms of the old trunk roads. This means in ve years, even with a new 200km capacity, we are able to to make 1000kms or about a distance from Oraba to Kisoro. This is unprecedented in the history of our country, making so many roads, simultaneously and so fast using our own resources. If we remember in 1962, our country had only 400km of roads and 5000 vehicles on average on average on these roads. Today the total road network is over 68,000kms and well over 700,000 vehicles on the road and 3m motorcycles. (Please list all roads completed and under plan).
Now from just about 1200kms in 1986, Uganda has 4000kms of Tarmac roads and will make this 6000kms by 2021 improving our total stock of paved roads. Of course this is still small compared to other bigger nations of the world but it is a good start. The net e ect of these good roads is immeasurable. From agricultural production, transport, security and tourism industry, these roads are changing the shape of our country for better and ending poverty. There are Programmes like CAIIP one and two and DLSP, that are handling district feeder roads. In December 2012, Uganda received 1400 units of road equipment for maintainance of districts roads. They included: Graders, Dump trucks, Wheel loaders, Excavators, Bull dozers
The maintenance of this equipment is key in keeping our rural roads in a good shape. The Uganda Road fund (URF) allocates funds for rural roads maintenance to district. In 2012, when the equipment was purchased, it was about UGX280bn
The President working with the secretariat has appointed an campaign task force to handle the distribution of these materials, among other things. This task force is distributed on a regional basis (show the lost) and in your district, they should be replicating this structure to be able to reach you at the sub county level. But if you give us you number and details, we can point you to someone on this matter. (Ask Dr. Galiwango)
No. Membership in the Movement is not just holding a party card, important as this is but also publicly in your area of skill or residence or work, contributing to its activities. If we use the above observation, Mbabazi is no longer in the NRM. He has not only opposed the activities of the party publicly but also run with an independent vehicle opposed to the NRM, complete with a di erent manifesto, party colors and symbols and was nominated under this structure. The NRM party candidates in the just concluded primary elections, signed a commitment not to run as independents if they had chosen the Party ticket in the rst place and lost the race. This commitment stands for all party members. If Mbabazi were to claim running as an independent even based on the party card he has refused to hand over when he has been asked many times, this regulation would bar him and therefore makes this claim untenable. The real reason why Mr. Mbabazi dithers on the issue of NRM membership when he is openly running on a separate ticket, is because he has no base of his own and hopes to hoodwink and lie to the unsuspecting members of the NRM, so that they cast a vote which will be wasted in his favor and reduce the NRM votes in the end. This plan should be known to all our members and rejected. You are either in the NRM following its rules openly or you are out. There is no middle ground. To act any other way is indisciplined behavior.
Please look at HE campaign schedule as agreed and released by the Electoral commission. The President unlike other candidates addressing rallies at district level, he goes to every constituency speaking at four rallied per day. He will reach you in your constituency. Just name it and I will give you the date for you to prepare for him.
The NRM is united. Just because one has competed against another in the party, does not mean separation. All parties worldwide hold internal elections and people win while others lose. Every race must have a winner and one who loses. It is fact of all competitive politics and it is healthy for democracy. If there is an unfair loss, the NRM electoral commission must handle these complaints immediately and judiciously. We must learn to pick up our colleagues when we defeat them because we need them anyway at presidential and parliamentary level to win against other parties. Separation after the poll is a sign of immaturity for wherever we go, if the house is a party, there will be elections and a winner and a loser in the same fashion like the house we are leaving. Ideologically mature people cannot allow a con ict to fester just because one has lost and another won because today’s loser can be tomorrow’s winner. So the NRM is united and elections are a passing phase and we must keep together in order to grow.
I do not remember anyone offering himself/herself for this position and they were barred from standing against President Museveni. It is not fair to blame one who runs for the unknown who didn’t o er themselves. The constitution of the NRM makes all the party positions open to competition. In the past some people have offered themselves for this post. If you remember in 2006, he run against his own minister for children a airs and in 2011 against a one MaguluRuhinda.
The NRM arrives at this position in two ways. One is by consensus on who is best suited to carry out task and all the other people therefore, agree to back him or her. If this doesn’t, work, there is then an open competition for the position. In the case of HE YK Museveni, there seems to be a recognition of his historical role and capacity to not just win the polls against the opposition but also his ability to unite the country after as he has done on several occasions. On this basis, I would like to assume that a number of people don’t o er themselves for this position till he relinquishes it. But nothing stopped anyone from competing. In fact, some of us would love this very much if for no reason but to advance the frontiers of democracy in our party.
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Please visit Election Uganda 2016 of October 28, 2015 under the title: NRM primaries – The winners
The teachers’ salaries will be increased by 15% next FY as indicated in the President’s letter to the NRM Supporters across the country. This includes the 67% increase to university non teaching sta . This will, however, be done over a period of two years. Please remember the President has said we got to prioritize and nish tasks better. If we carry all in one year, we won’t have enough critical resources to
tip over some of the key projects on infrastructure that a ect a majority of the people. The question of pay rise also creates demands across the spectrum. It isn’t fair to pay some higher and others lower. Compensation in government isn’t just a salary but an entire working environment that promotes equity at work and productivity improvement.
As an example, we spend UGX2.9trillion on salaries for civil servants alone. This is UGX 1billion over and above our total expenditure on the energy sector, yet as you know electricity aects all aspects of our lives and is needed for industrialization and job creation for our youth. Uganda’s ratio of wages to GDP is a sustainable one. Compared to Ghana at 11.3% or Kenya at 12.2% of GDP, Uganda stands at 3.86%. This is as well for a country whose tax collection to GDP is at 13%. It is a prudent way to manage because nations that pay high wages without a corresponding growth in public infrastructure investments misallocate resources to consumption and creating unsustainable economies.
Mr. Besigye of FDC, for example, is promising to raise the public sector pay to about UGX4trillion from the current UGX2.9trillion but shows no source of revenue for this. This would ideally take the total percentage of national budget on pay to above 33% which is higher than all the funds we inject in roads, power and dams! This will mean either stopping public infrastructure investments needed by the majority or increasing taxes or do both. But both are not a good way to manage a country. Let us also remember that Uganda has comparatively had a consistently increasing wage for the public sector from 1990s even with the shilling devaluation, constant in ationary pressures and the lack of a minimum wage for the private sector. The teachers also have been paid UGX25bn as promised by the President, to their SACCO. If there are issues with availability of these funds in these SACCOS, they should be handled by both the ministry and the teachers’ association leaders. There are about 169,000 teachers in the public service who will bene t from this fund through their SACCOS. Non ‘unionized’ teachers in the private sector should also nd away to organize themselves to bene t. All this is on top of the UGX180bn increase to be made for Micro nance funds, from the current 44bn. All, if organized, should be able to bene t from these funds starting next nancial year.
The NRM and candidate Yoweri Museveni aren’t giving money for drinking. The President is using MICROFINANCE to give funds to Small micro savers and micro borrowers at a village level. Some of these are called Nigina, Twezikye, Bolicupetc in various communities and they are successful in their own way. Financial intermediation at a micro village level stimulates saving and investment in a very unique way to the common people. As the economy grows, these small savers aggregate into large sized segments and begin to save and loan to local agriculture and trade investments. These savings are the basis of one of our tenets; that of SELF RELIANCE, in the Movement. It was the same policy in Prussia in 1778 under small savers called Sparkasse in Hamburg, that led to the emergence of Agricultural banks, that we are yearning for today. They led to the expansion of credit that later was instrumental in the 19th century in funding education, innovation and large universities. Even India has a history of Micro nance dating as far as 3000 years ago of Chit funds as they are called that have enhanced trading relations. In Africa, perhaps the oldest society to practice this was the Yoruba community in Nigeria, 500 years ago under a term Esesu. The purpose of all these micro funds at a village level, wherever the policy has been applied, has been to facilitate local investment, promote trading and improve the well being of a community. The NRM adopts this tradition through these Maalwa group funds too.
The availability and distribution of tractors to the sub counties isn’t much of a problem. Even if they were at a county or district level, that would not stop the capable farmers getting access to this service. The main issue is with the Managment and overall maintenance of the tractors. Quite often there are no trained and reliable drivers, a service and repair function at the district, fuel isn’t available or a low loader to carry them to locations of need. The investment of government and the support of the Movement leaders should ideally be directed at training a critical mass of young drivers and repairmen in the next ve years, set up a cooperative structure based on the type of crop being grown by farmers and a better Managment service. This will make the tractor service easier.

The NRM plans to purchase from Japan 114 pieces of each of the equipment comprised of road units per district. Each district will get: a wheel-loader (mwetiihe), a new grader (tinga-tinga), a road compactor, a water bowzer and two tippers. Then at the zonal level, e.g. Busoga, Lango, there will be one bull- dozer with a low-loader to transport it around. This is in addition to the 1400 pieces of equipment that were procured from China in 2012 and distributed to the districts. While this equipment is ideally for the roads, it supports agriculture indirectly and even directly if we are able to transport farm implements in a region or district from one point to another, where it is needed.

The OWC fund is for propagation of seeds and other agriculture materials. For Example, the NRM would like that six million rural households get at least an acre of co ee or citrus fruits and probably a Frisian cow for about 250,000 families each. If you get one acre such as co ee, in the nancial year, you may wait and get tea or fruits, in the nancial years so that there is an even distribution system. The seeds and the cows will on average cost about UGX768bn (UGX519 for seeds and UGX250bn for cows) and the additional UGX170bn will go to the urban groups who need handy looms, metal benders, compressors for engineering works etc.
The net impact of this e ort is huge. It will increase supply of materials. Now that Uganda has a very good infrastructure, it will be easier to attract investment in processing facilities at a rural level. This is because the matter of raw materials will have been solved by removing supply constraints. The OWC teams working with NAADS o cials and your district leaders will reach those registered families for these products and explain the conditions of planting and/or Managment to ensure good harvests and post harvest handling matters. You are aware already that there are farmers committees of 13 members at a village level who identify the needs and know who is receiving what product and when. Look out for this committee at your village.
The abuse of funds at the sub county level should be reported to our NRM leadership structures as soon as there is evidence or even suspicion. You can also call us on Tuongee 207 to help you get investigators on this matter, if there is evidence of abuse.
The task force of HE the President is headed by Hon. HajatiJanatiMukwaya at a national level. At a district level, the NRM chairperson is the head and if he is campaigning for a position, his/her deputy will be the person in charge. This structure s replicated down all the way to the village level. Please ask them for support and guidance on what to do. For example, if there is a rally in your area, you should know that the President campaigns at every constituency level. If a rally is in a rural area, the National task force and the NRM secretariat, gives to the area, 3000 T-shirts and other materials. If in a town area, you will receive 5000 T-shirts. As an NRM leader or ag bearer at all levels, you are the agent of the President and candidate Yoweri Museveni. You are expected, together with your colleagues to nominate about 30 people per village, to ensure that we reach house to house in the villages and explain the key Programme ingredients of the Movement at a household level. So you are welcome to participate in this campaign
The total cost for payment of Veteran arrears is about UGX1.5trillion. This is about 120% of all the budgeted funds the Government puts into the health sector (last FY, it was about UGX1.2trillions). The payments, therefore, have been phased and paid out annually. For example, the Movement has now paid o about UGX1 trillion leaving a balance of about UGX500bn. The assurance is that we will eventually reach all the deserving and bona de veterans. This nancial year, we have paid out about UGX70bn. The NRM works on a principle of Prioritization or in Runyakitara what we call Kushororonzya, kukuratanisa or Kusosowaza in Luganda, Ubata, starting with things that a ect the masses such as roads, electricity, education, health and now in the next nancial year, the NRM will focus on the ve jobs and wealth creation funds (youth, women, micro nance, innovation and OWC/NAADS funds). These will drive entrepreneurship, growth and industrialization of our country and free our young people from unemployment. Even in these funds, veterans can participate as everybody else does. In fact this prioritization aects even things like the elderly funds. We started with 25 vulnerable districts giving each elderly person about UGX25,000. Every year we will add 5 districts to ensure we cover the country eventually.*
The NRM has well over 2 million leaders across the country. Before we even begin the poll, we have membership larger than what the opposition gets in elections. In fact, the NRM is the only party that has about 11 District Chairmen and 9 MPs unopposed already. Therefore, there can’t be any other way we campaign if we don’t reach house to house. In fact we reach places of work, institutions and villages because we have membership in all those key places . The National task force and the district task forces are constituting a team of 30 people per village to ensure we know all our voters by residence
and name, reach them with the message of transformation of the next ve years, explain our ideology and principles and elaborate on the achievements of the last 29 years. Even those who oppose us, this will be an opportunity to explain to them our plans than just doing rallies or campaigning in urban areas. We are also using the media for outreach. So when we call on you to come and train and understand our communication plan, please avail yourself because we need you on your local FM station to explain the work of the Movement.
You must ask your veterans representative at the district to give you details of how to do this. The head of veterans at the national level in the Movement is Rtd Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi. You can also reach him or the Veterans Assistance Board (UVAB)*
Please give us your number and we send it to you or download it the normal way with your cellphone, the way you do with other caller tunes (please check MTN and other service providers for this activity) *
There was a small contribution from the secretariat during the nomination of MPs and other ag bearers. Candidates for parliament received about UGX5m and the lower echelons UGX50,000 and UGX30,000. Candidates however, are expected to nance their activities. The party under normal circumstances should receive support from its membership not the other way round. We as leaders and the people we lead are the party.*
The poster distribution is handled the way we described T-shirts distribution in an earlier answer. But this is going to improve with the Task force beginning work soon and putting in place a logistics and distribution mechanism.
The rst form of corruption was state inspired killing of the 1970s and the 1980s. The very state meant to protect her people was the one whose agents were terrorizing and killing people because of their political and religious beliefs. This was ended by the Movement.
The theft of public funds today is largely caused by two key things:
1) Poor training of investigators and the CID not being fully facilitated. This is progressively changing with the police training intensication and infrastructure such as laboratories being set up.
2). Our legal system which is independent from other arms of government as required by the law of separation of powers.
Quite often we have made a case for removal of bail of people who steal public funds for at least 180 days. This has been resisted. It is the same problem we face with terrorism suspects who have to be tried in a speci c time period as required by the law yet gathering evidence in certain cases requires time and deployment of unique resources not hear easily available to our police service. And even when they are arrested and charged, the courts release them back into the public. We are working with our MPs to ensure that a law requiring con scation and sell of properties of the convicted corrupt, is made as a deterrent but also a recovery mechanism of public funds.
The commitment of government to ght corruption is clearly demonstrated by the institutions the NRM set up. These include the public ombudsman (IGG) with high court powers to try suspects, the various anti corruption units such as one on lands, the Anti corruption court and many others. It should also be noted that a free press, one of the strong pillars of the work of the Movement, has been key in exposing cases of corruption. This publicity can be misconstrued as increasing corruption. The appeal of the Movement is that families and parents need to do more in raising children with a positive ethical bend instead of assuming that government will cure what virus has been planted at home. The law is a deterrent and made for those who do wrong but our homes should do more to raise children dissuaded from an allure of the get rich quick menta
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