President Museveni should stop ‘recycling the same old template of empty promises to Ugandans,’ the opposition leaders said yesterday while reacting to a speech the President delivered in Kapchorwa District during celebrations to mark the NRM Day.

The President in his speech outlined what he called key NRM achievements in the last 26 years, including the discovery of huge oil deposits, infrastructural development, free education and placing Uganda’s economy to a speedy recovery path.

But opposition leaders said the day is not worth celebrating.

UPC party vice president Joseph Bossa said the NRM government has failed to deliver on its promises yet Mr Museveni even continues to make more.

“The President is a wishful thinker and his NRM government has destroyed the little that was put in place by the colonialists and the UPC government. It has been a period of destruction and the current trends indicate that corruption is growing by the day,” said Mr Bossa.

The President said his government will embark on fixing the infrastructure, raise pay for scientists to match international levels and ensure political discipline.

Like in the previous speeches, the President also hinted on the NRM’s commitment to fight corruption and promised to end load-shedding with the functioning of the Bujagali Dam.

DP’s deputy secretary general Vincent Mayanja, said Uganda needs good governance.

Accountability needed
“We need accountable people who are committed to the will to fight corruption. The President said the country will not experience blackouts after the commissioning of Bujagali but the solution is to remove all utility services from the private sector.”

The FDC vice president for Eastern Uganda, Ms Salaamu Musumba, said there was nothing new the President delivered in his speech. “He was reading from the same old template. It is a recycled speech that belongs to the recycle bin. I watched the way the vice president was dossing and all his ministers looked tired and the demeanor of a tired lot being addressed by a tired general,” Ms Musumba said.

Conservative Party president John Ken Lukyamuzi told Daily Monitor yesterday that the NRM Day is no longer worth celebrating. “The President should not deceive people about the oil production as there is still a lot of environmental hindrances. And for as long as the President is thinking in terms of endless administration, he will never take the country forward. He has failed to control the current economic crisis,” Mr Lukyamuzi said.

By Mercy Nalugo, Daily Monitor

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