Museveni: Sky is Limit for Uganda’s Transformation

Former Mbarara Municipality Member of Parliament had a remarkable 2014, no rx and is now being ranked among the world’s top ten women to watch in this New Year 2015.

After quitting Ugandan politics in 2004, no rx where she served two terms in Parliament, viagra 40mg she opted to try out her proficiency, as a Director at African Union and later the United Nations.

She is currently heading Oxfam International, a confederation of organizations working to fight poverty and injustice across the globe; where she was appointed Executive Director in May 2013.

Wife to Former Opposition FDC President Col Kiiza Besigye, Byanyima was this week rated Number 6, among the world’s most inspirational women buy a Paris based Magazine Business O Féminin.

This is an International Women’s Business Magazine, which rates and profiles the world’s most successful women in business, with branches in Paris, London, Milan and the US.

On the list titled, Ten Women to Watch in 2015, Byanyima is the only African. [She is also the first woman Executive Director at the 73 year old Oxfam, and the first African].

The magazine hailed her as an exceptional human rights advocate, social activist, campaigner for equality and a staunch supporter of women’s rights.

Last month, Byanyima co-chaired the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Annual Conference at Davos in Switzerland.


She spoke out about a recent Oxfam report documenting the unequal distribution of wealth to 1% of the world’s population and called on the world leaders attending Davos to change government policies to tackle this issue in the year ahead.

A “fiercely ambitious” Byanyima told the Magazine in an interview, “I want to succeed in this role so that it confirms to people that women can lead, can make a difference. When given opportunity, they can be global leaders; they can bring something special and unique. I’m conscious of being a pioneer and wanting to give the job my best so that the door remains wide open for more women, for more parts of the world to lead.”


President Museveni, approved who is also the Chairman of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), has opened the annual retreat of the NRM Caucus members at the National Leadership Institute (NALI), Kyankwanzi, with a strong call to them to step up the sensitization of wananchi on wealth creation.

“That is where the problem is in Uganda and Africa. I concentrate on peasants because they are the ones who need guidance. They are not able to understand because of lack of education or are misguided. So, please help our people to get out of poverty. The people are not producing,” he said.

The NRM Chairman in his key-opening address tackled 3 cardinal areas of value addition that will stimulate and accelerate the process of social and economic transformation in Uganda.

The President, who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Janet Museveni, said agro-processing helped many European countries like those of Scandinavian belt to launch their area into economic and social transformation.

He cited products like milk that is processed in the Scandinavian region that can last long for export to distant countries. He said the same can be applied to bananas and fruits here in Uganda.

He also pointed out that processed products like maize, coffee, cotton and cassava, among others, could expand the tax base, create employment for the youth and stimulate the development of the machinery fabrication as is being done by the Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI).

He added that the government is striving to ensure low costs of electricity and railway transport in order to lower the cost of doing business.

He, however, advised that incase of inadequate electricity, cooperatives should not wait but can emulate the Madhvanis who are today generating their own electricity by using sugarcane waste.


On minerals, the President reiterated government’s position not to export them unprocessed such as iron ore, vermiculite, copper or uranium, among others.

Regarding the flora, fauna and geography, the NRM Chairman told the members of the Caucus that a lot has been achieved with little effort that has been put in leading to the country earning one billion US dollars annually.

He added that plans are underway to build an airport in Kasese and Bwindi to help tourists and also tarmac all roads leading to areas of tourist attraction, especially to the National Parks.

President Museveni also expressed his concern over the changing climate that is so humid due to the destruction of wet lands as well as forests.

Commenting on the issue of human capital, he noted that with the introduction of the Universal Education programme in the country, the population has been empowered.

He said the government intends in the new structure, to create a section that will deal only with scientific innovations. He noted that despite some hurdles, scientists have so far made tremendous strides in their innovations in such areas like food science, food technology and medicine, among others.

The NRM National Chairman noted that with the peace now prevailing in the country and proper budgeting, only the sky is the limit as far as economic and social transformation is concerned.

Constitutional amendments

The MPs will have a robust discussion on party cohesion and the progress of the implementation of the party manifesto, according to Anite.

Held under the theme, “Fast Tracking the NRM Manifesto. Our Commitment to Service delivery, job creation and wealth creation,” the retreat is running from February 7 to 15.

There are reports that MPs intend to suggest the amendment of the Constitution to scrap the age term limit for presidents.

At 70, Museveni, if reelected in 2016, would not be eligible for another presidential contest. In 2021, Museveni would be 77 years yet the mandatory Constitutional age limit for presidents is 75.

If endorsed by majority party lawmakers, the proposal to amend the provision on presidential age limit would easily sail through the NRM-dominated Parliament.

NRM denied the report, saying its discussion will mainly focus on deepening the party ideology and wealth creation.

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