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In fact, it was this understanding that came through good conversations with the leaders of the resistance that allowed peasants, workers, PWDs, students and the elite to work together to turn around a bad situation and restore the dignity of our nation. Therefore, to continue this conversation for our time, the teaching of the Movement’s ideology, the personal touch of the movement leaders style, Tuongee has been born. It is a channel to tell the story of the Movement work since the 1960s, it’s methods of execution, her ideology, Programmes and achievements.
As to the timing, the principle thing is the role of this institution and not when it is born. If this unit supports the work of the Movement by reaching out and explaining the objectives, this is ne by us who took the rst step. It is not when we were born that matters much; it is what we do when we are born that fullls our purpose and eventually leaving a legacy for our nations and for humanity.
The NRM, therefore, since December 2013, begun implementing the YLP and has so far reached out to 70,000 youth, given out UGX38bn in support loans to over 5000 businesses. Half of these businesses are in agriculture and a majority to people who dropped out of school at Senior six, four and some Primary seven. The fund has been made a ve year PROGRAMME with UGX260bn. The YLP fund also emphasizes women youth to balance the needs of our society and to leave no one behind. The fund is a revolving interest Programme with those who pay back, funds given to new groups. So far over 600m has been paid back to the ministry from spiritedly functioning projects. Each district has an allocation of funds (see the YLP report) according to projects that have applied and been selected. The Fund supports sizes of youth groups of 10-15 who come together with a project and choose three of their members to handle the day to day activities.
Projects supported are as varied as metal fabrication, shoe making, hair and beauty salons, sh farming, Agro processing etc. The selection of these groups and their projects is completely transparent and non political and facilitated by the sub county community development o cers. All beneciaries receive training in Managment and business skills, accounting and also regular follow up visits from technical people to check on their progress. All Youth are advised to go to their sub-counties and districts and ask for details.
Now from just about 1200kms in 1986, Uganda has 4000kms of Tarmac roads and will make this 6000kms by 2021 improving our total stock of paved roads. Of course this is still small compared to other bigger nations of the world but it is a good start. The net e ect of these good roads is immeasurable. From agricultural production, transport, security and tourism industry, these roads are changing the shape of our country for better and ending poverty. There are Programmes like CAIIP one and two and DLSP, that are handling district feeder roads. In December 2012, Uganda received 1400 units of road equipment for maintainance of districts roads. They included: Graders, Dump trucks, Wheel loaders, Excavators, Bull dozers
The maintenance of this equipment is key in keeping our rural roads in a good shape. The Uganda Road fund (URF) allocates funds for rural roads maintenance to district. In 2012, when the equipment was purchased, it was about UGX280bn
The NRM arrives at this position in two ways. One is by consensus on who is best suited to carry out task and all the other people therefore, agree to back him or her. If this doesn’t, work, there is then an open competition for the position. In the case of HE YK Museveni, there seems to be a recognition of his historical role and capacity to not just win the polls against the opposition but also his ability to unite the country after as he has done on several occasions. On this basis, I would like to assume that a number of people don’t o er themselves for this position till he relinquishes it. But nothing stopped anyone from competing. In fact, some of us would love this very much if for no reason but to advance the frontiers of democracy in our party.
tip over some of the key projects on infrastructure that a ect a majority of the people. The question of pay rise also creates demands across the spectrum. It isn’t fair to pay some higher and others lower. Compensation in government isn’t just a salary but an entire working environment that promotes equity at work and productivity improvement.
As an example, we spend UGX2.9trillion on salaries for civil servants alone. This is UGX 1billion over and above our total expenditure on the energy sector, yet as you know electricity aects all aspects of our lives and is needed for industrialization and job creation for our youth. Uganda’s ratio of wages to GDP is a sustainable one. Compared to Ghana at 11.3% or Kenya at 12.2% of GDP, Uganda stands at 3.86%. This is as well for a country whose tax collection to GDP is at 13%. It is a prudent way to manage because nations that pay high wages without a corresponding growth in public infrastructure investments misallocate resources to consumption and creating unsustainable economies.
Mr. Besigye of FDC, for example, is promising to raise the public sector pay to about UGX4trillion from the current UGX2.9trillion but shows no source of revenue for this. This would ideally take the total percentage of national budget on pay to above 33% which is higher than all the funds we inject in roads, power and dams! This will mean either stopping public infrastructure investments needed by the majority or increasing taxes or do both. But both are not a good way to manage a country. Let us also remember that Uganda has comparatively had a consistently increasing wage for the public sector from 1990s even with the shilling devaluation, constant in ationary pressures and the lack of a minimum wage for the private sector. The teachers also have been paid UGX25bn as promised by the President, to their SACCO. If there are issues with availability of these funds in these SACCOS, they should be handled by both the ministry and the teachers’ association leaders. There are about 169,000 teachers in the public service who will bene t from this fund through their SACCOS. Non ‘unionized’ teachers in the private sector should also nd away to organize themselves to bene t. All this is on top of the UGX180bn increase to be made for Micro nance funds, from the current 44bn. All, if organized, should be able to bene t from these funds starting next nancial year.
The NRM plans to purchase from Japan 114 pieces of each of the equipment comprised of road units per district. Each district will get: a wheel-loader (mwetiihe), a new grader (tinga-tinga), a road compactor, a water bowzer and two tippers. Then at the zonal level, e.g. Busoga, Lango, there will be one bull- dozer with a low-loader to transport it around. This is in addition to the 1400 pieces of equipment that were procured from China in 2012 and distributed to the districts. While this equipment is ideally for the roads, it supports agriculture indirectly and even directly if we are able to transport farm implements in a region or district from one point to another, where it is needed.
The net impact of this e ort is huge. It will increase supply of materials. Now that Uganda has a very good infrastructure, it will be easier to attract investment in processing facilities at a rural level. This is because the matter of raw materials will have been solved by removing supply constraints. The OWC teams working with NAADS o cials and your district leaders will reach those registered families for these products and explain the conditions of planting and/or Managment to ensure good harvests and post harvest handling matters. You are aware already that there are farmers committees of 13 members at a village level who identify the needs and know who is receiving what product and when. Look out for this committee at your village.
and name, reach them with the message of transformation of the next ve years, explain our ideology and principles and elaborate on the achievements of the last 29 years. Even those who oppose us, this will be an opportunity to explain to them our plans than just doing rallies or campaigning in urban areas. We are also using the media for outreach. So when we call on you to come and train and understand our communication plan, please avail yourself because we need you on your local FM station to explain the work of the Movement.
The theft of public funds today is largely caused by two key things:
1) Poor training of investigators and the CID not being fully facilitated. This is progressively changing with the police training intensication and infrastructure such as laboratories being set up. 2). Our legal system which is independent from other arms of government as required by the law of separation of powers.
Quite often we have made a case for removal of bail of people who steal public funds for at least 180 days. This has been resisted. It is the same problem we face with terrorism suspects who have to be tried in a speci c time period as required by the law yet gathering evidence in certain cases requires time and deployment of unique resources not hear easily available to our police service. And even when they are arrested and charged, the courts release them back into the public. We are working with our MPs to ensure that a law requiring con scation and sell of properties of the convicted corrupt, is made as a deterrent but also a recovery mechanism of public funds.
The commitment of government to ght corruption is clearly demonstrated by the institutions the NRM set up. These include the public ombudsman (IGG) with high court powers to try suspects, the various anti corruption units such as one on lands, the Anti corruption court and many others. It should also be noted that a free press, one of the strong pillars of the work of the Movement, has been key in exposing cases of corruption. This publicity can be misconstrued as increasing corruption. The appeal of the Movement is that families and parents need to do more in raising children with a positive ethical bend instead of assuming that government will cure what virus has been planted at home. The law is a deterrent and made for those who do wrong but our homes should do more to raise children dissuaded from an allure of the get rich quick menta