People Power has criticized President Yoweri Museveni’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) held Thursday, June 4, saying it is totally detached from facts on the ground.
Speaking on Monday, People Power Head, Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi said last week’s SONA mirrored “someone who is out of touch with the reality, having been in power for 34 years and cares more about his cling onto power than the betterment of Ugandans.”
Addressing the Press at his Kamwokya offices, Kyagulanyi first and foremost, faulted the President for exalting the performance of the Universal Primary Education (UPE) programme which the former says is not the case.
As a matter of fact, he said that whereas the programme was purposively good, it has been consistently poorly managed and starved of the resources it needs to empower the young generation with good education.
Kyagulanyi explained the reason as to why the ‘Free for all’ Primary education model continues to perform dismally.
“Enrollment in P1 is at 95%, but the primary school completion rate is just 52% due to various underlying challenges,” he pointed out.
“According to the UWEZO Uganda Eighth Learning Assessment Report 2019, only 33% of primary school children in P2 and above could read and understand a simple P2 level story,” Kyagulanyi added.
The Kyadondo East Legislator commonly known as Bobi Wine also cast a gloomy view on the state of the health sector. Despite Uganda being a food basket, Kyagulanyi observed that 41% of its citizens are undernourished and 26% of youngsters in Uganda stunted.
He also added that maternal mortality rates had remained alarmingly high, health workers are poorly remunerated while health facilities are still ill-equipped thirty two years down the road.
Kyagulanyi, however, expressed optimism that since high ranking officials in the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government are using the same hospitals due to the Covid-19 international blockade, authorities might give a darn.
Quoting United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) statistics, Kyagulanyi called on government to step up the provision of safe and clean drinking water if it is to eradicate killer diseases such as diarrhea.
“According to UNICEF, 60% of Uganda’s children collect water from a source 30 minutes away. Only 39% of the country’s population has access to safe drinking water,” he urged.
On a closing note, Kyagulanyi scolded government for its human rights record saying it could be the reason as to why Uganda was muted as far as stopping the wanton murders of Africans in the Diaspora is concerned.
“Since they are guilty of oppression themselves, it is not surprising that most African leaders are not standing in solidarity with the Black people in the US who are being ill-treated simply because they are black,” Kyagulanyi closed it.