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Mafabi Attacks Museveni

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Mafabi was today responding to Museveni’s State of The Nation Address delivered to Parliament on June 6.

“The President now takes it as his time to show people and remind them, how far he and a few others have come as entities, rather than telling us what is in store for our children,” said Mafabi, adding, “It is a time for posturing and showing-off colours, rather than accounting and envisioning.”

He said that is why, for many ‘serious’ people, that occasion has become a golden opportunity to sleep away.

Mafabi said Museveni fell short of giving updates on plans to tarmac the 19 roads under category A on the UNRA list. This was to be enhanced by borrowing from NSSF or Foreign Banks.

He said Museveni did not table a law to “punish severely those who endanger our future on account of corruption, selfishness and opportunism.”

Mafabi also held the President to account for not substantially increasing development spending against recurrent expenditure.

“Instead, people accused with criminal greed were simply handed ridiculous sentences while they walk away with tax payers’ money scot-free,” charged Mafabi.

It was thought that Mafabi was responding to a five-year jail sentence handed down to interdicted Office of the Prime Minister Geoffrey Kazinda after being found guilty of forgery and abuse of office that led to loss of billions of shillings.

“Just like the like President Museveni’s Kiremba cow, Uganda is now heavily infested by ticks and jiggers, who have taken it upon themselves to dig into every public penny as if this country was their paternal estate,” said Mafabi.

Museveni Optimistic

During his speech, Museveni painted a picture of a growing economy. He said government resources would be channeled to developing infrastructure and industrialization to create jobs for the youth.

Museveni further said preparations were high gear to realize the East African Community which would widen the market for Ugandan products and enhance labour mobility.

The President also said the GDP rate of growth was standing at 5.1 percent while inflation rate slowed down to 3.6 percent.

Museveni also said foreign exchange Reserves were US$ 3.3 billion while Export earnings had been pushed to US$ 4.9 billion.

Still on the economy, Museveni said remittances from Ugandans abroad are US$ 767.26 million while the total size of GDP of Uganda is 54.7 trillion shillings and that the the total size of GDP in US$ (exchange rate) is US$ 21.2 billion.

Mafabi said for the last 7 years, the Ugandan economy has been characterized by poor service delivery, evidenced in critical sectors such as Health, Education and Agriculture, leading to mass unemployment and insecurity in the country.


He further said Uganda continues to witness increased corruption and accumulation of wealth by a few individuals at the expense of national building, adding, the underdeveloped private sector has only 25 percent of the population engaged in the formal sector while the rest remain in the informal sector.

Mafabi also cited what he termed as “unprecedented rise in wealth disparities, with benefits of economic growth going disproportionately to the wealthiest 20 percent of the population, leading to heightened levels of poverty, hunger, school drop-outs and unemployment.”

The legislator also pinned government on declining performance in the agriculture sector, “yet it contributes 20 percent of GDP, 48 percent of export earnings, provides the bulk of raw materials for industry, and employs over 73 percent of the population.”

“The signs and symptoms of the difficulties we face are manifested in different ways. The recent loss of lives of many poor Ugandans on the Northern bypass, trying to scoop fuel for survival, is just one example of the tough times citizens face,” said Mafabi as silence swept the House.

At this time, tensions were steadily hitting peak levels.

Security

Mafabi used the platform to blast the NRM-led government for defining security “in terms of acquisition of sophisticated arms, storage of large quantities of teargas and muzzling of independent voices.”

“They believe that with those in place, citizens will have peace, and be able to have good sleep. That is why Defense was previously allocated Shs 947.993 billion in the financial year 2011/12 and another Shs 913.959 billion in 2012/13. Health, on the other hand, received a meager Shs 217.377 billion in 2011/12 and only Shs 268.151 billion in 2012/13,” he added.

The leader of opposition further said the youth have said they are tired of sleeping; they have grown and got married; and that they now need jobs to take care of their families.

“There is also growing discontent amongst the population for want of equity, relevant education and an economy that sees all citizens through the same lenses. But the NRM-led government insists that Ugandans must clap for the security, peace and the sleep, never mind that the same are now being reversed through military policing and economic denial,” he added.

He also said while Uganda Police continues to take supplementary allocations in each schedule brought to Parliament, at least 30,000 police officers live in terrible conditions we have described before.

Mafabi observed that in November 2012, wives of policemen residing in Kireka, Mbuya and Naguru barracks attempted to demonstrate against these conditions demanding better services, but their own husbands were forced to brutalise their wives and stripped them naked.

“The situation today has not changed. So, we question any talk about security, when our own police officers have no security for themselves and families. The President bundles all this in what he calls ideological disorientation, yet the same NRM-led government is the party responsible for this,” Mafabi noted.

The FDC strongman said there is enough evidence showing ministers, legislators, and many others, dressed in army fatigue undergoing systematic ideological disorientation in Kyankwanzi, as if they belong to a communist dictatorship.

He added that by the time the NRM cadres return to Kampala, most of them will have abandoned, and sworn never to try again, all the critical thinking they went with.

“Hon Speaker, state institutions in this country have been stripped off their legitimacy and denied the mandated functionalities intended in the constitution. Several run-ins between Parliament and the executive are clear testimony to this – whether on Parliamentary recalls or approval of budgets and appointments; the courts have been raided by the military; court orders are disregarded.”

BoU

The Leader of Opposition further revealed that the treasury has become a private purse of a few individuals; Bank of Uganda is now valued at -750billion shillings, implying that BOU is under liquidation.”

During the financial year 2011/12, said Mafabi, Bank of Uganda made a loss of Shs600 billion.

“This year the projection is even worse. Imagine! Where is this country heading? As if that is not enough tragedy, Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) is being run like someone’s private quarters, in total disregard of the laws.

Where are the systems, transparency and institutional frameworks? Why shouldn’t the NRM-led government allow these institutions to function properly? Why should the military be involved in the running of mandated Institutions, including meddling in constitutionally elections? Why does the NRM government fear true democracy?”asked Mafabi.

Ideological disorientation

On the other hand Museveni has since accused opposition of sabotaging Uganda’s development.

He blames it for political riots that scare investors and affect the tempo of business especially in Kampala.

But the President says for Uganda to grow there is need to end ideological disorientation; building of the State pillars to ensure that the State is capable of governing people and protecting them; developing the human resource through education and the improved health for all; promoting the Private Sector, which is a more efficient vehicle for enterprise identification and growth rather than persecuting them as used to happen in the past; developing the infrastructure (especially electricity, the railways, the roads, ICT, etc); modernizing agriculture; modernizing services; integrating the African market to assist the Private Sector; and ensuring democracy.

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