The National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED) President Mr Joseph Kizza Kabuleta has opened up new party offices in Rubaga Division, Kampala as the newly born political party seeks to extend the message of economic empowerment to Ugandans.
The new offices located in Nalukolongo zone, in Rubaga Division were officially on Thursday, March 09, 2023, at a ceremonial function held today afternoon in Kampala.
Speaking at the launch of the new offices, Mr Kabuleta said by leaving their former posh neighbourhood, they wanted to get closer to the people where people can be comfortable every time.
“Politics doesn’t rally in a posh neighbourhood, it instead rallies in neighbourhoods like this.”
The former presidential candidate further explained that the party (NEED) office is going to be the centre of discussion of all things that are going on and build their structures in the city and across the country.
Kabuleta revealed that what makes their party (NEED) unique from other political parties is that they came out with a purpose of sending an ideology before a personality.
He revealed that most existing political parties have been wrapped around a personality where one big personality starts a party and forms a cult personality where people are following the person and the party is just a vehicle.
“We want to create a party where the ideology is the vehicle and people just come and attach themselves to it.”
Kabuleta emphasized that NEED as a party believes that God gave this country enough resources to make all of us live a comfortable life only that we have greedy leaders.
He added that if the problem of bad leadership is sorted, everyone in Uganda can have a good life, before pinning the ruling government for using divide and rule as a tool to propagate itself in power.
Citing a childhood example, Kabuleta narrated that while growing up, they thought people from northern Uganda were bad people until Just recently during the 2021 elections when he went to the north to popularise NEED ideology and northerners told him if he comes from certain tribes, they won’t vote for him a thing that made him ask himself who divides us.
The former journalist-turned-politician believes that if Ugandans decentralise power in Uganda just like Kenya by electing governors in different regions resources will be split equally.
Kabuleta also hinted at the plans to have the number of MPs reduced to 150, arguing that a smaller parliament is better off as long as it discusses matters of national importance.
Responding to a structure reform question by our reporter, Kabuleta said Uganda already has structure he gave an example of the police. He said that he’s trying to avoid activism politics where politicians fight with police seeking cheap popularity but for NEED, their target is to convince people that by voting for NEED, they are voting for themselves.
“We are going to do politics not just in Kampala but across the country. And real politics not activist politics of exciting people and go away.”
“In the one year that we’ve been in existence, there’s no region that has not felt our presence.” He added.
Kabuleta further assured supporters that he’s not a buyable politician because he doesn’t do things outside his means. “I come from a very strong conviction that if something isn’t in my means, I go with what is in my means.” He added