Monday, 28 January 2013


During the National Resistance Army gorilla war in the 1980’s, Kasese was one of the main bases that led to the capture of state power on January 26, 1986. Twenty seven years later, the NRM celebrations are now coming to Kasese.
The celebrations scheduled for January 26 were postponed to four days later due to unknown reasons that can only be revealed by the people inside the NRM main circles. However, our concern in this article is not about the celebrations but it is on what has NRM done to transform Kasese?
The District NRM chairman Dr. Crispus Kiyonga has been one of the most outstanding members of the government (Cabinet) since 1986 when NRA captured. He has a story to tell about the good deeds of the NRM in Kasese. It is very much known that he has nothing to say about the worst the government might have done to the district vast with natural resources.
Dr. Kiyounga who is also the Member of Parliament for Bukonzo West Constituency while speaking on the transformations of the NRM in the district where he is considered a giant politician and farmer, says many have been done.
He points out the industrial transformation. One of the cases in point is the expounding of the Hima Cement Factory. Although this is not a government entity but Dr. Kiyonga believes that the conducive environment given by the 27-year regime has given has helped the owners to do its business well.
Hima Cement now employees hundreds of Ugandans in skilled and non skilled labour whereby Kasese district is benefiting. From the factory, the district is getting unspecified millions of royalties including scholarships to the best performing pupil in Primary Leaving Examinations every year.
The district’s giant politician also talks of Kasese Cobalt Company limited a company that is reportedly in its phase out. But it has been a source of employment to many people in the country including those from Kasese.
Dr. Kiyonga proudly speaks of the plans to establish an industrial zone in Kasese Municipality and also the impending re-opening of mining activities in Kilembe as the upcoming boast in the industrialization of Kasese district.
Another form of transformation in the district is on education according to Dr. Kiyonga. The number of people with at least a bachelor’s degree in Kasese was countable when the current regime captured power in 1986. But the minister says there has been a great change to the fact that some now have PHD’s and also education has been boasted with a number of private institutions that major in skills training.
“When we came to power, the degrees in Kasese were very few but here we speak on hundreds of people who have achieved in education. We are now proud of a young man called Kule Balitazale whom I hear has been promoted from a secondary school headmaster to a level of an assistant commissioner. This is an achievement”. Dr. Kiyonga told UBC TV’s Matters of Policy talk show.
The minister also points a finger at the agriculture diversification in the district as another achievement of the NRM government. Through NAADS and general agriculture improvement has been recorded in Kasese. The hot culture has been thriving in the district because even a juice called the RWENZORI juice has been produced and is on sale in supermarkets across the country. This is from the mangoes in the minister and other people’s farms.
On infrastructure, the minister speaks proudly of the roads that have been opened in the mountainous areas to help the transportation of agriculture produce to the markets. He speaks of the “free drive” from Kilembe road through Mahango, Kitabu to Nyaruzigati joining the Kasese-Bwera road. Another example given by the minister is the Rugendabara-Kasangali road in Busongora North.
Other transformations aired out by the minister include, access to safe drinking water, improvement in the production of coffee and recognition of the Rwenzururu Kingdom.
To crown it up, the minister believes that it is only the NRM government that has transformed Kasese district in the matter of security. He talks of the wars ranging from the Rwenzururu Kingdom movement struggle geminating from misunderstandings in the Tooro Kingdom in 1962 to the recent Allied Democratic Forces Rebellion that rocked the district.
But the UPDF is now in charge of security and the border with the DRC is secure despite reports of ADF remnants regrouping across the border.
Kasese district is where it is not easy to determine whether the NRM has the edge over the opposition parties that are led by the Forum for Democratic Change. NRM has three members of parliament equal the number of FDC. Dr. Kiyonga describes the recent by-election for the woman MP as a leakage after NRM lost to the opposition chief whip Ms. Winfred Kiiza Nyabahasa.
He is quoted to have said “Kasese is still so much in our hands (NRM) because the district council is dominated by NRM. Hon. Winfred Kiiza just leaked through our hands recently but we have got the medicine”.
Some analysts say that the 37000 difference in the last year’s by-election determines the re-birth of FDC which has been dominating on presidential decisions before the recognition of the Rwenzururu Kingdom.
Other achievements of NRM.
  •  The tarmacking of Katunguru, Bwera-to Kilembe road by SBI Construction Company.
  • Recognizing Obusinga BwaRwenzururu-2009.
  • Constructing Bwera Hospital in Mbondwe Lhubiriha town council.
  • Fighting the ADF war that terrorized the area in 1996.
  • Elevating Kasese town council to the Municipality status.
  • Formation of Mbondwe Lhubiriha and Hima town councils.
  • Rehabilitation of Mubuku Irrigation scheme-which is still under the rehabilitation process.
  • The appointments of Dr. Crispus Kiyonga as Minister ever since NRM government come to power.
  • At least seven people from Kasese have worked as RDCs (Aminadab, Isingoma, Bwebale, Bamusede, Muranga, David Masereka  and Pulikeria)
Reminder of the 10 point program of the NRM.
Democracy, Security, Consolidation of National security and elimination of all forms of sectarianism, Defending and consolidating National Independence, Building an independent/ integrated and self-sustaining national economy, Restoration and improvement of Social services and the rehabilitation of the war ravaged areas, Elimination of corruption and misuse of power, Redressing errors that have resulted in the dislocation of sections of the population
and improvement of others, Co-operation with other African countries in defending human and democratic rights of our brothers in other parts of Africa, and Following an economic strategy of mixed economy

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