In a fervent address at the Year-End National Thanksgiving prayers hosted at State House, Entebbe, President Yoweri Museveni lauded the embrace of Jesus Christ’s teachings by religious leaders, emphasizing their role in advocating unity and hard work, particularly in wealth creation—a cornerstone of the National Resistance Movement’s (NRM) ideology.
The event, graced by First Lady Maama Janet Museveni and attended by a congregation of religious leaders and officials, showcased the importance of fostering unity and diligent work ethic in the pursuit of prosperity, echoing the core principles of the NRM.
President Museveni, while acknowledging the alignment of religious teachings with the NRM’s ideology, voiced concern over a concerning trend that inadvertently fosters corruption within political circles. He urged religious leaders to reconsider the organization of fundraising events that often inadvertently contribute to corrupt practices.
He emphasized the burden these events place on young politicians, whose constituents, often financially constrained, struggle to contribute, thereby exerting undue pressure on these individuals to engage in corrupt practices to meet their constituents’ financial expectations.
President Museveni urged for a collective effort to break this cycle, calling upon religious leaders and the broader community to refrain from perpetuating events that inadvertently fuel corrupt practices. “Let us put an end to this cycle, ensuring that our endeavors for the betterment of our nation are free from the shackles of corruption,” he proclaimed.
The President’s call for an end to corruption-linked fundraising events has sparked a national conversation, resonating with the populace and raising awareness about the unintended consequences of such practices on the country’s political landscape.
As the nation reflects on President Museveni’s impassioned plea, the call for a reevaluation of fundraising strategies resonates deeply, signaling a potential paradigm shift in the approach towards fundraising and political engagement in Uganda.