Museveni Launches NRM Manifesto Committee; Speaks out on Uganda’s Challenges

ENTEBBE: President Museveni, also the National Chairman of the NRM party, has launched the NRM Manifesto 2021 Elections Committee and urged them to draft a pro-people Manifesto.

The launch of the Manifesto Committee took place yesterday (Saturday) at State House Entebbe and was attended among others by the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and Hon. Kasule Lumumba Justine – the NRM Secretary General.

The 14-member committee chaired by the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu and deputized by the NRM deputy Secretary General, Richard Todwong, will prepare and draft the 2021 NRM Election Manifesto under the direct guidance of the National Chairperson.

President Museveni, 75, was recently nominated as the NRM national Chairman and Presidential flag bearer in the forthcoming 2021 Presidential elections.

The move set in motion President Museveni’s race for the sixth five-year term as head-of-state, having run the country since 1986 when he took power by arms.

If he wins the forthcoming election, Museveni, who is now Uganda’s longest-serving President, will have ruled Uganda for about four decades.

Speaking shortly after launching the Manifesto Committee, President Museveni urged the members to use the historical analysis of Uganda to enable citizens understand, where Uganda is now in terms of the relentless efforts of the NRM for the Social-Economic transformation of the Ugandan society.

“You should remind the country the state of the economy by 1900 at the dawn of colonialism, 1962 at independence, the state of economy in 1986, following the 16 years of turmoil, the recovery since that time and the present state,” he said.

Mr. Museveni said Uganda is characterized by a society with a much higher literacy rate at 75% and some waking up of the society from the pre-capitalist slumber (working for the stomach only through subsistence farming)

“The limited waking up has generated huge quantities of coffee, tea, sugar, milk, bananas, beef etc. that not enough for both the internal and the regional markets. This problem must be solved,” he said.

President Museveni is credited for the sustainable peace, security and macro-economic stability that has continued to prevail, providing the basic anchor for economic growth and development.

The size of economy has doubled from Shs 64 trillion in Financial Year (FY) 2010/11 to Shs 128 trillion in FY2018/19 in nominal terms, winning praises from the development partners.

However, the opposition says Museveni should quit and pave way for a youthful generation of leaders to run the country, citing high levels of corruption and poverty.

Currently, a large proportion of households (68.9 percent) still in the subsistence economy.

The country continues to grapple with insufficient creation of quality and gainful jobs in the economy, especially for the youth with an estimated unemployment rate of 13.3%. Yet, about 78% of the population is aged 30 years and below.

Whereas the cost of electricity has reduced, it remains higher than the targeted 5 cents per unit.

Widening income inequality, particularly between the regions and limited access to and high cost of capital continue to undermine the country’s growth.

Museveni speaks out

The president said the scientists are making numerous inventions that must be funded adding that this manifesto should therefore deepen value addition beyond the primary industrial products such as raw-sugar, processed milk etc. to tertiary industrial products such as casein, industrial sugar, food supplements, pharmaceutical inputs etc.

“Also highlight our plans for a science led economy by our long suppressed scientists,” he advised.

The prevailing peace and security in the country ushered in by the NRM, the President said, has laid a strong foundation for the private sector to thrive, adding that this enabling environment has led to accelerated and sustainable growth.

However, he said there are still bottlenecks to achieving an integrated and self-sustaining economy, including the cost of money for agriculture, industry and some of the growing energy giving services sectors like tourism. The others are transport costs, cost of electricity, cost and availability of water for production among others.

“The private sector is a critical player in economic growth and development of an economy and is the engine for job creation, increased production, productivity, value addition and a national revenue base of the economy,” Mr. Museveni said.

This Manifesto, the President said, should address the export promotion and import substitution strategy in the real economy that deals with the nine basic human needs of Food, clothing, shelter, medicine, security, physical infrastructure like railways, roads, electricity, telephones etc. health infrastructure, the education infrastructure, and spiritual work.

The NRM party Secretary General Hon. Kasule Lumumba Justine said the manifesto will further push forward the implementation of the four NRM principles of Patriotism, Pan-Africanism, Social Economic Transformation and democracy plus other measures.

She said that the party has to present to the Ugandan people a summary of its achievements, the overall and sectoral performance of the NRM Government and its programme for the next five years.

The Committee Chairperson also Justice and constitutional affairs Minister Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu in his acceptance speech on behalf of the members thanked President Museveni for the trust and confidence he has put in the committee and pledged to perform to his expectations.

Prof. Kamuntu said that the committee will follow the President’s vision of transforming Uganda from being poor to a modern developed country.


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