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Museveni: investment in roads, electricity now bearing fruit

President Yoweri Museveni has said a political decision he undertook together with the 6th parliament to focus investment in road construction and power generation has spurred economic growth of the country to admirable levels.

According to Museveni, in the coming financial year 2018/2019, Uganda’s growth will be at 5.8% and this will rise even further to 7% per annum in financial year 2019/2020.

President Museveni

Delivering his State of the Nation Address at the International Conference Centre at Kampala Serena hotel, Museveni said he’s not surprised just as Harvard University of USA predicted that the country’s economic growth will be among the fastest in the world by 2026. What surprised him, Museveni said, was was that Uganda would be the first or the second fastest growing economy in the whole world.

Museveni said that  that growth is all because of the decision taken in 2001 to invest more in roads and electricity. Tarmacked roads, he said are not a luxury but a necessity for farmers to transport their produce to markets just as electricity is important for industries. He boasted that almost all roads to all corners of Uganda are tarmacked. 

“Many people do not know how the economy grows although many pass themselves out as experts. These investments in the roads and in electricity along the earlier decision of strengthening the army are beginning to result in the resumption of our usual high growth rates which had been interfered with by the shortage of electricity and more recently by the drought,” Museveni said.

He said, though the agriculture sector is growing slowly, efforts are underway to boost it through irrigation hence a number of irrigation schemes are to be worked on in the coming financial year which commences July 1.

Museveni however supported encroachment on wetlands by constructing more factories on grounds that such factories create job opportunities to youths compared to the farming of yams or cassava in those wetlands.

“Yes they are building in swamps, that is a problem but a factory in the swamp is better than cassava. I totally agree that [the environment] should be conserved. It shouldn’t have happened but Katonda [God] gyali [is there],” Museveni added.

Contradicting himself immediately on the same issue, Museveni said “These factories and service companies employ 600,000 people for factories and 1.2m [people] for the service companies. Indeed as you drive on Gulu road as I did recently and Jinja road you will see quite a number of these new factories that have been built recently,” Museveni said.

CORRUPTION MONITORING UNIT

Museveni said he will set up an Inspection Unit under State House and it will be responsible for monitoring implementation of government programmes. The unit he said will be comprised of James Tweheyo, Martha Asiimwe and Sister Akiror. And since the Inspector General of Government seems not be working, Museveni urged Ugandans to report corruption cases to this unit. 

"What happened to the IGG? Why don’t the victims of corruption report those incidents to the office of the IGG?

That was the purpose of that office; to protect the public from corrupt officials; to protect the investors against corrupt officials. The IGG should reflect on this. Are her staff credible? Why does the public not trust that institution? We need answers." said Museveni. 

As she invited the president to deliver his speech, speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga expressed dismay that parliament did not perform as expected in its second year, which affected the business which the legislators were supposed to dispose of.

She attributed the unfinished business to the prolonged consultation period by the MPs on the Constitutional Amendment Bill No. 2 famously known as age limit bill which lifted the presidential age limits.

The consultation on the age limit bill stretched from September 2017 when the motion was tabled to December 20th when the bill was passed into law.

Among other reasons that contributed to the poor performance according to Kadaga, was lack of cooperation amongst the MPs on their respective committees and the absenteeism of the ministers from the parliament sittings that have always seen the proceedings extended due to lack of answers from responsible ministers.

Kadaga however warned that her office was in the process of naming and shaming legislators and ministers that keep dodging parliament work for which they were elected (legislators) and appointed (ministers) into those positions.

“Parliament is not just an address; it is a place [where] the work of people must be handled effectively. Since the first and second session, a number of ministers and members have been warned but effective this season- the third session the process of naming and shaming is about to commence and that is the last resort,” Kadaga said.

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+2 #1 Olum S. 2018-06-07 01:17
“Yes they are building in swamps, that is a problem but a factory in the swamp is better than cassava. I totally agree that [the environment] should be conserved. It shouldn’t have happened but Katonda [God] gyali [is there],” Museveni added.

Katonda gyali? There to do what exactly? God will happily undo all the mess, chaos you've caused?

It's either you can or cannot build on swamps. Which is it then?

This is why we are bereft of any hope in Uganda, what with such contradictions, confused messages, outright abuse of positions of authority from this so-called Head of State.
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+3 #2 Olum S. 2018-06-07 01:19
Those dubious 'factories' can never compensate for the destruction of precious swamplands that have helped in creating and sustaining the favourable climate, the flora and fauna in the region through millenia, enabling generation upon generation to settle up until now.

Even during periods of war and unrest, this environment provided plentiful sources of food and water. Once the swamps and forests are gone, that's it.

But because this is an illegitimate regime, and because they know it, they are long past caring. It's a case now of them flouting every law in the book all for the sake of amassing illicit wealth ASAP.
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+4 #3 gwok 2018-06-07 01:32
"...Why don’t the victims of corruption report those incidents to the office of the IGG? ...." What? Report theft to thieves? Are we serious?

[Actually this equally applies to reporting a serious crime to the police, because whoever does that becomes their first suspect].
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0 #4 jacinta 2018-06-07 03:16
Which fruits? look at Tirinyi road, Katuna-Rwanda, name them, accidents every day including MPS, Mabiri, all these people dying, are these bearing fruits when people die?

Be objective in addressing issues, positive and negative side, and how can we address the negative effects.
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+1 #5 Lakwena 2018-06-07 10:25
Sitting and listening to a soulless, lying and slithering Mr. M7 is a pain in the neck and the pair of buttocks.

In other words, Mr. M7 must give the IGG and Ugandans a break.

On 26th January 2017, after finally telling Ugandans and whoever cared to listen: that he is nobody's servant nor employee, hence only fights for himself and belief; it is Mr. M7, whom Ugandans no longer trust, and not the IGG institution, etc..

Right from 25th January 1986, because he is inherently malicious and undermines others; it is Mr. M7 who is the mother and father of all the dysfunctional institutions in the country.
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+1 #6 Zaitun 2018-06-07 16:26
What an insult thrown in the face of Ugandans! Admitedly, you took the decision of poor road construction in 2001. By the end of their completion, these roads have started performing their job of death spots and cemeteries.

You are right to bravely and shamelessly say those roads are now yielding their fruits.

No one will contradict you when you say that what you programed is now working- have poor, but substandard roads as killers of Ugandans instead of using arms and ammunitions!!!
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+1 #7 rubangakene 2018-06-07 19:24
All Ugandans are victims of corruption who have come to the conclusion that whenever proven corruption is reported, nothing is done about it; instead the corrupters are given a 'slap on the back' like in the case of those who stole money in the Ministry of Health, etc.

It is a matter of goats (Ugandans) versus Hyena (the Judge). Swahili kina sema; "Fiisi akiwa hakimu, mbuzi yote hawana ukweli"
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0 #8 gwok 2018-06-08 11:25
Quoting gwok:
"...Why don’t the victims of corruption report those incidents to the office of the IGG? ...." What? Report theft to thieves? Are we serious?

[Actually this equally applies to reporting a serious crime to the police, because whoever does that becomes their first suspect].


I hereby, partly withdraw my earlier statement equating the IGG to ".... reporting theft to thieves... "in light of the reported statement by the IGG Head to the effect that corrupt people are powerfully placed behind M7. That statement, if correct, would in effect be equating M7 with either condoning thieving or being the Chief Thief himself, with the people who hide behind him being merely his corruption operatives. Please have your say.
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0 #9 miki 2018-06-08 16:38
On the issue of building a good road network, and that of expanding the electric grid network, President Museveni's heart is in the right place.

It is those great autobhans that expanded opportunities and led to Nazi Germany greatness. It is that extensive and well built interstate highway system that form the basis of America's greatness.

However, in Uganda's case, the Museveni government seems to be building roads for yesterday than for the future -narrow with virtually no room for future expansion in many cases, lacking complete separation of traffic bound in different directions, limited carriage way capacity, lack of proper understanding of relationship between natural elements and road design, shoddy works (the latter - shoddiness- almost being the hallmark of everything Mr. Museveni has tried to build).
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0 #10 rubangakene 2018-06-08 22:50
Quoting Miki, ".... building great autobahns and expanding the electric grid network led to Nazi Germany greatness!"

Can you imagine the "collective tonnage of guilt" every German born after the Nazi regime have to carry until death?

You got to be kidding, mate; you have no idea what you are on about! Wise up and rise up now and be counted.
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