National Unity Platform from Wakiso District defied party directives and met President Museveni On Thursday last week and attended a leadership course at the Institute of Security and Intelligence Studies at State House Entebbe where they were encouraged to spearhead the Parish Development Model (PDM) in the their communities.
In this training, 97 councillors from Wakiso District attended and completed it.
“The PDM will benefit those doing agriculture on small and big acres of land and I assure them presence of market for their goods. People with small pieces of land have to concentrate on planting coffee, oranges, and pineapples, which will earn them much money and those with big acres of land have to add growing maize, sugarcanes, cotton, rearing cattle, among others,” Mr Museveni said.
“I also urge councillors to guard against disunity through segregation, tribalism and greed, which hinder development,” he said. Mr Museveni expressed optimism that the PDM will succeed in alleviate poverty and spurring Uganda into a middle income status.
Previously president Museveni said that poverty alleviation programmes such as Bonna Baggagawale, failed because of political interference and mismanagement.
The NUP councillors defied a party directive not to attend the two-week training called by President Museveni.
After the training ended, the NUP councillors demanded to meet President Museveni, a wish that he granted on Thursday.
When contacted yesterday, Mr Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro, the deputy spokesperson of NUP, claimed President Museveni had bribed the party councillors and confused them with his ideology.
“We are aware of those who decided to go elsewhere. As a party we have a constitution and code of conduct,” he said
He added: “We shall look into the matter and find a resolution regarding those that have decided to work under Gen Museveni.”