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Besigye: Ugandans as Powerless as Before Independence

The President and CEO of research agency RTI International, rx http://daylesfordartshow.com.au/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/tribe/main.php Wayne Holden will on Monday pay a working visit to Uganda.

During his 3-day stay, Holden will conduct a field tour of the Agency’s projects in Kampala and Mukono districts as well as oversee the launch of a Literacy Achievement and Retention Activity (LARA) program with the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports.

Holden will be accompanied by the Executive Vice President for International Development Group, Paul Weisenfeld.

RTI International is a leading global scientific research Agency that does extensive work in partnership with agencies such as USAID.

It is focused on using quality research to improve the human condition across Sub-Saharan Africa and the world.

RTI has worked on more than 35 projects in Uganda since 1993.

“At RTI we are particularly proud of our strong partnership with the Government of Uganda’s Ministries of Education, Science, Technology and Sports, Health and Local Government. I’m looking forward to seeing this partnership in operation first hand during the field visits,” said Holden.

“We want to continue to provide high quality technical expertise for projects in Uganda, working together with many highly qualified, talented, and committed Ugandans,” he added.

In Uganda, RTI runs partnerships with USAID, and DFID (UKAID) and local ministries to build stronger health systems, eliminate neglected tropical disease, improve early grade education, and strengthen governance and accountability.

Some of those projects include, the USAID/Uganda School Health and Reading Program (SHRP), designed to improve reading and health outcomes.

SHRP runs in 31 Districts and 3,484 primary schools and is projected to reach 2.3 million students.
President Yoweri Museveni this morning once again launched a scathing assault on the western countries accusing them of holding Ugandans and the African people as slaves, buy more about http://cinselistekartirici.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/videopress.php despite obtaining their independence half a century ago.

President Museveni, buy information pills while addressing Christian leaders and government officials during the annual national prayers ahead of  Friday’s Independence Day cerebrations in Kampala, more about resurrected the contentious issue of the Anti Homosexuality Law which recently held the country in negative light especially before the first world.

The Bill, which was passed in December 2013 and signed into law by Museveni weeks later, was struck down by court on grounds that it was illegally passed.

In his address today, the president said that while he personally didn’t support the law, it was incorrect and disrespectful of the western world to attack the Ugandan Parliament for passing a law which it deemed necessary.

He said he hesitated to support the law because he believed the existing one was in itself sufficient and a new one was unnecessary.

“But if you wanted to bring a new law; after all those who preach democracy say the people are sovereign; they can make their own laws. If our parliament thought it was necessary and they passed it, why should that be such a big problem?” wondered the President.

All this Museveni noted, came down to contempt and disregard of the African countries by the First World.

“This is because you Africans are weak. You are not organized. China is still communist to this day; it has always been and no one tells them to do this or that.”

“How can someone attack our parliament for passing a law legally? Our leader Mwalimu (Julius) Nyerere said that independence means the freedom to manage or mismanage our affairs. If I mismanage and make a mistake, I will learn from my mistake,” remarked Museveni to an applauding fully packed Nile Hall at Hotel Africana.

In the presence of the Kenyan Vice President William Ruto, President Museveni expectedly bashed the International Criminal Court for disrespecting Kenyan sovereignty.

“This young man here has been summoned to go to an international court. A vice President! The African Union passed a resolution asking that little court to leave such people alone,” he said.

“Yes, there are problems in Kenya, but these people struggled and brought their people back together. Since then there is peace in Kenya. We told that so-called court to let them alone but it wouldn’t listen.”

Museveni tasked the Christian leadership to help empower the people of Africa to shake off the western pressures and determine their own destiny, adding that this was God’s intended purpose when he created humanity.

Quoting Genesis 1: 28, Museveni reminded the congregation that God’s directive was that mankind should control all things under heaven and determine his destiny.

“But we Africans have been slaves for many years. I think that Christians should take leadership to emancipate Africa. One of the aspects of this is the integration of Africa. Africa must come together and work for its own unity. We must gain the power to tear off these confused fellows who are taking the world in their own direction.”
Forum for Democratic Change and opposition strongman Dr Kiiza Besigye has said that it’s not worth celebrating independence as little or nothing has been achieved in the last 53 years.

Besigye made the remarks on Thursday morning at Katonga road, what is ed http://chat.novaintermed.ro/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/protect.php a few hours to the 53rd Independence Day celebrations scheduled to take place in Gulu on Friday.

“Ugandans were embedded with a lot of expectations and it was a great feeling as the British flag was paving way for our own flag. This has not been achieved more than half a century ago because most of the people do not control the factors of production, pilule http://childrensclasses.org/wp2012/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sal/class.json-api-site-base.php ” Besigye said.

“Most people do not have power and control over exchange of goods and services. Ugly scenes of people have been seen around as citizens cry foul after being let landless by others.”

The opposition strongman said only a few individuals are well off and own factors of production including land, adiposity labour and capital which renders the country’s independence useless.

Having survived the ravages of civil unrest of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Uganda was among the first Sub-Saharan African countries to embark on liberalization and pro-market policies.

According to Presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze, while real gross domestic product (GDP) growth averaged 7 percent per year in the 1990s and the 2000s; new statistical evidence from census which was carried out in 2014 suggests that the Ugandan economy is about 20 percent larger than had previously been calculated.

He says the economy is forecast to grow at a rate of approximately 6.6 percent in FY14/15, and could maintain an upward trajectory into the near future, as oil investments and the large infrastructure program boost construction activities.

“Great success has been achieved especially with respect to income poverty, promoting gender equality and women empowerment, reducing child mortality, ensuring environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development. The three decades of strong economic growth with poverty reducing from 56 percent in 1992-93 to 19.7 percent by 2012-13, thus surpassing the 2015 MDG target of halving the poverty rate,” said Tumwebaze.


However, Besigye argued that the citizens have no say in as far as distribution of goods and services, control and expenditure from taxes is concerned which he said is appalling.

Besigye said that acts like corruption which are the orders of the day manifest that the country achieved nothing from the independence as opposed to what many people think, adding that  it’s high time Ugandans realized it.

“The greatest problem as we mark is independence is the powerless of the citizens and the task is on us to regain control over our country. We can never be liberated by foreigners but ourselves,”Besigye urged.

Uganda gained independence on October 9, 1962 from the British colonialists and Sir Edward Muteesa became the first president while Apollo Milton Obote was the first Prime Minister of the independent Uganda.


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