2016 was a tough ride for the Ugandan government as it confronted insecurity, corruption, food insecurity and road accidents.
The year saw government forces Rwenzururu palace in a confrontation that saw 14 security personnel and over 60 civilians killed.
Famine ravaged some parts of the country affecting mostly Isingiro and Katakwi Districts.
The Government Citizen Interaction Centre (GCIC), which is tasked to drive open government activities and provide a platform for direct citizen engagement, said in its annual report that the rate of accident remained high with every 28 out of 100,000 people being affected by a road accident.
Uganda lost a bid by Dr Specioza Wandira Kazibwe to head the African Union Chairperson.
Also important to recall was World Bank’s cancellation of more than Shs 1.5 trillion in new lending to Uganda due to failure by Ministries and departments to absorb $1.8bn of borrowed money.
However, government realized several achievements especially with the Operation Wealth Creation, according to GCIC boss, Morrison Rwakakamba.
During Financial Year 2015/16, the following agricultural inputs were delivered to farmers in the various DLGs and other beneficiary groups:
Seeds – 6,571,250 Kgs of maize, 2,990,850 Kgs of Beans, 12,000 Kgs Rice, 164,220 Kgs of Soya Bean, 10,000 Kgs of Sorghum, 66,465 Kgs of Groundnuts.
Vegetative and planting materials – 110,964,542 Tea Seedlings, 12,696,460 Citrus Seedlings, 5,673,089 Mango Seedlings, 103,217 Apple seedlings, 9,042,786 Cocoa Seedlings, 226,130 bags of Cassava cuttings, 16,142 bags of Irish potato, 1,089,133 Banana Suckers and 5,889,860 pineapple suckers.
Livestock – 4,168 Dairy heifers, 376 Beef cattle, 1,495 Pigs, 172,100 Poultry Birds, 433,094Kgs of Poultry feeds, 1,377,474 Tilapia fingerlings, 830,321 catfish fingerlings, 35,020 mirrorcarp fingerlings, 90,213 Kgs of fish feeds, 300 Goats, 44 Artificial Insemination Kits and 6,000 Kgs of pasture seeds for seed multiplication.
“As GCIC we liberate this information in spirit of transparency, accountability and open Government. We want people to know and monitor what’s going on,” said Rwakakamba.
“We want people to know what government is doing and delivering. For instance, if people in particular district know that government is sending or sent e.g. bulls – those bulls won’t disappear,” he added.
“People will hold public officials responsible for delivery accountable. Information empowers people and makes public services efficient. That is part of service offering that GCIC brings on table.”
For the current FY (2016/17), said Rwakakamba, NAADS interventions under Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) is focusing more on supporting the key strategic commodities in line with the current Government strategy aimed at concentrating resources on strategic and priority areas to ensure greater impact on household incomes and national export earnings.
This support will focus on provision of seedlings for the key strategic commodities including Tea, Fruits (Citrus, Mangoes Apples and Pineapples) and Cocoa.
“In line with the above strategic direction, the commodities to be supported under NAADS/OWC interventions during the current and coming seasons have been selected with a special focus on the key strategic commodities (above) while also putting into consideration the priority commodities submitted by the respective District Local Governments,” emphasised Rwakakamba.