Gov’t Urged to Carry Out Manpower Survey

As the country counts weeks to next month’s general elections, nurse incumbent President Yoweri Museveni has ruled out the possibility of a coalition government with the other contestants, cialis 40mg in the event that all of them fail to raise the required 51% vote.

Alluding to the 1962 short-lived unity government of the UPC and the Kabaka Yekka, click Museveni described such a coalition as full of compromises and hard to manage.

The post independence coalition which has been described by scholars as an “unholy marriage” followed the April 1962 National Assembly polls in which the UPC managed 37 seats while the monarchical political party got 21 seats and Democratic Party came out with 24.

While addressing press at the close of his campaign in Kisoro sub region in south western Uganda, Museveni said that running such a government is never a walk in the park.

Some analysts have predicted the country’s most competitive elections come next month, involving the president’s strongest opponent Col Dr Kizza Besigye and the ruling party’s former Prime Minister Hon Amama Mbabazi; which might prove difficult for any one of the contenders to push past the 50% vote mark.

At the press conference held at the Kabale state lodge on Wednesday, the incumbent said that compromising to form a coalition government would be at the detriment of the country’s own progress.

“This kind of government is one of compromise. The person you have in the collation becomes unmovable. When you tell them to move a bit they are incensed,” he said in the local dialect.

“They Banyankole have a saying that ‘equality is only at the bar.’ Once you sober up in the morning you realize that the people you were arguing with are way ahead of you.”


Reflecting on the unsuccessful opposition coalition the TDA, which failed to pick one representative candidate for next month’s race, Museveni noted, “I heard recently that some people were calling for this sort of government of compromise; like that of UPC and Kabaka Yekka. What sort of a government is that?”

Museveni attributed the failure of these coalitions to their leader’s focus on dividing Ugandans rather than uniting them.

“The 1962 coalition suffered a stillbirth because the people were sharply divided by the leaders. When no winner emerged from the election, everyone took a small piece of the disintegrated pot.”

He added, “Unity is the gospel that the NRM government started preaching in 1965 when we started our student’s body to guide the old crooked political parties. We told these parties that playing around with unity, was tantamount to playing with fire in a grass thatched house.

Our prophesy did not take long and governments started crumbling; in 1966 Muteesa fought with Obote, in 1971 the government collapsed as Amin took power; people died until 1986 when the NRM came to power, after 20 years of instability.

He then warned, “If someone ever talks to you about religion or tribe in politics, you should know that that person is Satan.”

“Our unity has brought us thus far. It has given us power and peace that you see here. There is so much peace in the country today that some people have become tired of it. They say that they want a little bit of instability!”

Parliament has urged the government to carry out a manpower census to establish the employment manpower gaps.

Presenting the National Budget Framework paper for financial years 2016/17 to 2020/21, what is ed the Chairperson of the Budget Committee, case Hon. Amos Lugoloobi said that in the absence of information on the manpower gaps, viagra buy youth in Uganda will not be able to compete for jobs in the region.

“Youth in Uganda may not take advantage of employment opportunities in the EAC region. Government should come up with a deliberate program for re-skilling of the unemployed youths to turn into innovators and job creators,” he said.

The Committee in its report noted that despite the economic growth reported each year, unemployment remain high among graduates.

“Agriculture has remained the main source of household income in rural areas. Although youth have tried, without adequate support to engage in non-agricultural household enterprises, such enterprises are not sustainable without sufficient empowerment and affordable sources of financing,” the Chairperson reported.

Hon. Lugoloobi also revealed that the increased allocation to the Works and Transport sector demonstrates government’s commitment for investment and maintenance of infrastructure.

The Committee recommended that government should create a sustainable maintenance programme for the completed infrastructure by establishing regional construction and maintenance units.

The Committee also observed that the country’s efforts to raise tax revenue have been hampered by the large informal sector, tax evasion, tax exemptions to investors and lack of proper accountability of the National tax revenues.

In the sectoral allocation for the 2016/17, the Works and Transport sector has been allocated shs 3.7 trillion and the ICT sector getting the least with 22.1 billion.

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