Mbabazi vows to pay war veterans


Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi flashes the Go Forward sign at a rally in Mityana District yesterday.


Mityana- Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi yesterday struck the right cord in Mityana District when he promised to pay war veterans and also take care of the children of the departed comrades.


Speaking at a rally at Busimbi Sub-county grounds, Mr Mbabazi said war veterans will be his first priority when voted into power.


“I was the minister of Defence and I know how much has not been paid and I know that here in Mityana, we have many children of our departed soldiers who are not being catered for,” Mr Mbabazi said in Luganda.


Mityana District was one of the battle zones during the NRA five-year Bush War that brought President Museveni to power. Consequently, the area lost many of its children who had joined the liberation struggle.

It is no surprise, therefore, that Mr Mbabazi’s promise gave hope to Ms Namuli Fatuma, who lost some of her relatives and is now taking care of the orphans.


“We are so many in this area and when he spoke, he spoke to our hearts,” she said. “I lost my relatives and we have never been compensated yet we have people to take care of.”


Regina Ssebuguzi, 50, said the former prime minister’s message has compelled her to resolve to campaign for him.


“I have listened to him and I hope God helps us that when he wins this election, he keeps to his word unlike most politicians,” she said.


In Mityana, Mr Mbabazi was on his third rally and the fourth in Buganda sub-region since his nomination address in Nakivubo Stadium in Kampala last week. His main message throughout the region so far is the same: peaceful transition and embracing change.


“If you have voted to have change instead of more of the same, vote for that change. If you think that the change you desire will come with change of government, then vote for a government that has right ideas and the right policies and the right attitude towards the challenges of this country today,” he said.


In the crowd, a resident asked Mr Mbabazi to explain how vote -rigging was done in government and if he will be in position to prevent it. The former prime minister asked the crowd “not to leave the polling station” on voting day.

He also promised to increase employment opportunities, improve on the road network in the area and deliver clean water to the people.


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