Anti-Private Sector Bias Slowed Africa’s Development – Museveni

Uganda main stream opposition political parties have expressed concern over alleged election malpractices that are mushrooming within Amuru District since the Electoral Commission (EC) released the by-election road map to filling the District Woman MP seat.

Uganda young Democrats (UYD) President, stomach website like this Gerald Siranda today told journalists while addressing DP’s weekly press briefing that they (opposition) have so far noted that a group of three men who claim to have come from the office of the Inspector General of Police were recorded in a closed meeting with the district returning officer and the RDC planning on ensuring that NRM wins the by-election.

“Basing on the clear evidence that we have gathered, seek look the opposition is to come out with a joint statement  to petition and warn EC of any irregularities,” Siranda said.

Siranda noted that the other issues include questioning EC on the delay to gazette the vacant seat for Amuru District Women MP.

“The by-elections for this seat should have taken place in August but this wasn’t effected until DP president, Norbert Mao wrote to the World Bank forcing Betty Bigombe to relinquish her position; we therefore demand for a clear explanation,” he said.

Siranda revealed that the opposition have intensified their campaign to source for a credible joint candidate who will face-off with that of the NRM.

“As DP, our candidate is Conse Nyakol, that of UPC is Grace Okello Auma and FDC has also got its candidate. we shall vet all of them  together as the opposition so as to identify the one that will representatively stand against the NRM candidate.”

He added that the public should not regard the Amuru district by-election as an ordinary election but should understand that the region is rich in oil and fertile land which means that the ruling party is very interested in it.


The Amuru District Woman Member of Parliament seat fell vacant following the resignation of Hon. Betty Bigombe after she landed a job as Senior Director at the World Bank .

According to EC, the nomination of candidates shall be conducted on Monday, November 3rd and Tuesday, November 4th 2014 at the district headquarters.

The By-elections shall be held on November 20th after campaign meetings that shall be held for a period of thirteen days from 6th to 18th November 2014.
President Yoweri Museveni has attributed the decades long lagging behind of the African continent’s economies to an anti-private sector bias that took centre-stage after colonialism.

“Most of African economies lagged behind for decades due to the anti-private sector bias that took root after colonialism, cost ” he said.

The President was this morning speaking at a Presidential Round-table breakfast as Principal Guest that was held in his honour at The Ritz Hotel in London.

It was organized by First Magazine and was attended by politicians, drugs business owners and potential investors who have expressed interest in doing business in Uganda.

The President said that other bottlenecks that the continent has been facing such as fragmented markets, lack of infrastructure, human resource development and the export of raw materials that have largely interfered with the development of African economies had been identified adding that solutions are  already in place.

Mr. Museveni stressed that integrated regional economic blocks such as the East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), among others, have been formed as part of efforts by the African continent to enhance its economic stature in this globalized era.

He also observed that infrastructure such as roads and power have been greatly been improved, while education has been availed to all and that the manufacturing and processing sectors to add value to our products for export has also received due attention.

The President extended a warm welcome to all Uganda’s development partners and assured entrepreneurs from their regions who are interested in doing business in the country that they should come over and join the movement towards transforming the country in particular and the African continent as a whole.

The Rt. Hon. Lord Hurd of Westwell who is the Chairman of First Advisory Council expressed gratitude for the opportunity that has led to having closer relationship with Uganda. He noted that the African continent is back in fashion and claiming new heights in development.

Uganda’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ambassador Joyce Kikafunda, her British counterpart in Kampala, Ambassador Alison Blackburne and members of Uganda Cabinet, attended the breakfast session.

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