President Museveni tips MPs on honesty
President Yoweri Museveni has urged Members of Parliament to be trustworthy with the small responsibilities they have, for only then will they be entrusted with bigger responsibilities.
The President was speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast organized by Parliament on Sunday (yesterday). The event is held annually before the Independence Day celebrations.
President Museveni cited Luke,16:10 that states;
“Who ever is faithful in little things will also be faithful in much”.
President Museveni, who was chief guest, told the MPs and other delegates in attendance that God placed him in leadership positions because he fulfilled the small responsibilities he was entrusted with decades ago, during the liberation war.
He cited instances where he was deployed by former Tanzanian leader Malimu Julius Nyerere to sneak into Uganda from Tanzania to check on the progress of the resistance against the then President Idi Amin.
“Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda was a student back then, staying at (Makerere’s) North Court Hall.I would come from Tanzania at a big risk of my life, go through the borders; link up with Rugunda, and stay in his hall,” President Museveni recounted.
“You MPs talk of oversight role. Who was over-sighting me? I could have come and stopped on the way and gone back, deceived Nyerere that I did the work,” he added.
Museveni said it was because of this diligence that God looked at him and thought he would be deserving of bigger responsibilities.
“Because I fulfilled that little trust of Mwalimu, taking a big risk, God said; ‘I think this man should get more trust,” he said.
The President added: “When we talk of oversight don’t think of these MPs. Think of God because he is looking at you, whatever you do, whatever lies you tell.”
This 20th National Prayer Breakfast was held under the theme: “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”
Jacob Oulanya, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament argued Ugandans to rise up and defend the peace, freedom and development of the country. He said the citizens should become “soldiers ” in guarding the prosperity of this country by flashing out negative elements.
Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament, on the other hand asked legislators to reflect on their service to the country as representatives of the people.
“We do not want what happened in 2016 to happen again; 80 per cent of the MPs did not come back to Parliament after the election,” she said.
The First Lady, Janet Museveni, urged women to embrace business enterprises irrespective of the return on investment. She called on women leaders to fight corruption at all levels saying, “we will not fight corruption by just words but actions”.