President Yoweri Museveni has said that contesting to go to Parliament should not be about gaining money and escaping poverty but serving the people.
‘’ Politics is working for the people, to help them get out of poverty and solve their problems. It should not be about you the contestant escaping from poverty yourself’’ Said Mr. Museveni
Museveni who was addressing NRM Leaders from Mbarara and Ssembabule district on Thursday noted that people are fighting very hard to go to Parliament because MPs unilaterally increase their salaries, which makes them to earn more money than other professionals like Scientists
‘’ I tried to discourage them but they insisted. Now, people want to leave their jobs and go to Parliament to earn high salaries. And yet this should not be the motivation to seek parliamentary seats, it should be about serving their people.’’ Museveni said.
Museveni also warned that all those who mastermind violence during the recently concluded NRM primaries for MPs will be arrested and prosecuted adding that he has spoken to the families of those who lost their loved ones during and the violence and he see how to support them.
Museveni also warned people against using his name when his biological relatives are involved for other Political gains.
‘’On the issue of my relatives getting involved in politics. Read Matthew 12: 46-50. Jesus says His brothers and mother were those who do the will of His Father in Heaven.’’
Political Analyst have in the past criticized Members of Parliament for being very ‘greedy’ because most of them only look at increasing their salaries in Parliament and bettering their welfare s, rather than to the people who elected them.
Appearing before NBS Front line Political Talk show on Thursday, Democratic Party President general, Norbert Mao described some Political Leaders as ‘Transnational Politicians’’
He also said, people are already tired of such Leaders because they have turned Politics into what he called ‘’electroprenuership.’’