Museveni State of Nation Address Leaves Nation Thirsty

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On the cancer that is eating up the Ugandan economy – ‘corruption,’ Museveni assured Ugandans that it is being handled. He even referred to what happened to the officers who were accused of stealing money in the office the Prime Minister and in the Ministry of Public service by holding ghost seminars in 2011.

However, this leaves one wondering what steps the government is using to handle the corruption tendencies.

Very many implicated corrupt government officials have been left to walk scot free. Many no longer believe or trust the law anymore. Anyone can go to court, hire the best lawyer in town argue even when guilty spends a few nights in Luzira, bribes the judge, the next and is later left to go home the next week. Is this handling corruption?


He further justified that in the past, “NRM has handled bigger problems than bunches of thieving public servants. These are easier to handle.”

Meanwhile, the journalists waited for the President to extensively address on the recent media siege that left two newspaper publications and two radio stations closed for ten days but was all in vain.

This was a total disappointment to most journalists especially one with SMS Media, Mr. Nelson Bwire, told Chimpreports on Thursday morning, “As a journalist, I am looking forward to hear much about what relationship he is proposing between the government and the media especially with close reference to the recent media siege.”

“I would like to know how much the government is willing to offer to ensure media freedom,” he added.

Instead Museveni condemned: “Does the Daily Monitor and the East African paper and some members of the opposition in the Ugandan Parliament, think that Ugandans cannot understand their self-deception?”

He quoted Mao Tse Tung saying: “It is still better if the enemy attacks us wildly and paints us as utterly black and without a single virtue; it demonstrates that we have not only drawn a clear line of demarcation between the enemy and ourselves but achieved a great deal in our work.”

Museveni referred to only two disappointments in the Agriculture sector and fisheries. “One is the problem of over fishing on Lake Victoria and the other is the mismanagement of tick control in Uganda.”

He said immigrants who come from other areas of Uganda and/or other parts of East Africa, push aside the locals and inflict such damage to our heritage are the ones causing destruction to the resources off the lakes.

For investment, Museveni said to overcome the country’s bottlenecks in Uganda, we need to attract and retain private investments. “It is the Private Sector that will create jobs, produce more goods and services for domestic consumption as well as exports and expand the tax base. The investors may be local or outsiders. They are all, however, doing one job of expanding the GDP of Uganda,” he said.

However these private investors will be taking all our money back to their countries.

Issues left out

The education sector was not extensively discussed which left many disappointed, the freedom of speech and expression especially for the media personnel was also not handled.

Whistle blowers are wondering on how safe is one if you cannot express yourself freely and yet the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda in Chapter 4 Article 20 says the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual are inherent and not granted by the State.

“The rights and freedoms of the individual and groups enshrined in this Chapter shall be respected, upheld and promoted by all organs and agencies of Government and by all persons.”

Article 29 says, “(1) Every person shall have the right to-(a) freedom of speech and expression, which shall include freedom of the press and other media.”

Uganda’s contribution to Somali

People’s Development Party president, Abed Bwanika demanded Museveni to reveal the country’s contribution to Somali. “We have paid Somali in terms of forces and military equipment. Therefore we want to know, how Uganda will benefit after Somali has stabilized. We should prepare to benefit where we have invested,” he said on Thursday in Kampala.

Disunity in the country: According to Uganda People’s Congress, Luciima Okello, disunity in the country should have been the first issue on Museveni’s agenda.

“The country is fragmented along regional, ethnic and political lines. Majority of Ugandans have lost a sense of belonging, citizenship and feel marginalized and neglected,” made the remarks on Wednesday addressing journalists in Kampala.

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