M7 Blames Opposition For Uganda’s Economic Crisis


Museveni says the country is struggling with skyrocketing inflation, power outages and strikes because opposition blocked the construction of Bujagali power dam a few years ago.

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“The economic problems in the country such as power shortage was brought about by the delay in constructing of Bujagali power dam which was largely the work of the saboteurs in the 8th Parliament,” Museveni told MPs while opening the NRM retreat at National Leadership Institute (NALI).

Museveni, who addressed a number of issues, ranging from politics, economic, party and National building further said the situation has been worsened by elements of the political elite and pseudo environmentalists who have blocked the increase in sugar production in the country.

He also sighted corruption in the public service as another additional problem to the economic problems in the country.

The National Resistance Movement Chairman, however, told caucus that the situation was not out of hand as portrayed by elements of the opposition using some negative members of the media.

Museveni said that the existing economic problems will be put to order if not disturbed by elements of the political class.

He noted that if the economy has been growing at 6.5% in the past years with power shortage since 2005, then what will happen when Bujagali dam is commissioned in a few months?

The opposition, on the other hand attribute the economic troubles to Museveni’s poor economic policies, corruption in the civil service and spending billions of foreign reserves on Russian fighter jets.

He told MPs NRM was founded and is always guided by the four principles of Nationalism, Pan-Africanism, the need to cause Social transformation and the promotion of democracy.

The President said NRM, right from the 1960’s, had the above principles as the foundation of the organisation’s ideology and always used them to safeguard its methods of work.

On nationalism as a major principle of NRM, the President said before the emergency of the movement, the existing Parties were either religious or tribal in nature and lacking a National identity and character and it’s only the Movement that was founded and held a national membership and character.

He said although there has been attempts by the negative political players to drag and portray NRM as a partisan Party, such efforts have been defeated and shunned by Ugandans who largely cherish national unity as was manifested in the 2011 elections won overwhelmingly in all regions of Uganda notwithstanding the fact that some political player emphasized and rallied on religious and tribal cards.

On Pan-Africanism, Museveni said that the Movement supports the African countries whose people share a lot such as culture, history and linguistic facts in addition to complementariness in the economy, citing the East African Federation as a good example.

On democracy, Museveni said principally it should be such that the leader should lead the people the way they want to be led but also advise them where they think they may be going wrong.

“A leader should not just join a band wagon of the lost. Just because of populist ideas because you may lead the people you lead into regrettable problems”, he said.

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, who is also the party’s Secretary General, reminded members that as a ruling Party Caucus the failure and success of the Party largely depended on their performance.

He said that the National Resistance Movement made pledges in their manifesto and were elected upon these pledges and had a duty to ensure that they are honoured before going back to the electorate.


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