President Yoweri Museveni launched his campaign for a fifth term in office in Luwero where he pledged to shift focus from infrastructure to increasing household incomes through support to agriculture.
Museveni said his government prioritized security, health and infrastructure in previous years but now wants to turn focus on fighting household poverty through increased budget allocations to agriculture if elected for another term.
Museveni promised to inject up to one trillion shillings in the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS).
Museveni however used his first rally to bombard two of his biggest opponents Dr. Kizza Besigye and former Premier Amama Mbabazi with attacks.
He downplayed Mbabazi’s slogan of Go Forward as tired since the NRM has ‘been going forward’ ever since.
Museveni describing his past leadership as a long journey that started when the country was ungovernable.
“When we talk of NRM and Uganda, some people get tired and get off.
He added: “Besigye left us when we were fighting Kony in 2012. For Mbabazi, it is even laughable. That we go forward! We have been going forward for the last 50 years. The issue is should we continue or fall off,” he said.
Speaking about unemployment , Museveni said his government will solve the problem through industrialisation and value addition to agricultural produce as well as extending micro-credit support to women and youth groups.
In agriculture, Museveni pledged to prioritize provision of improved seeds.
“There is a huge thirst and demand for seedlings and improved breeds by the people. We are now going to put more money in NAADs like we did for the roads,” he said.