Corruption Will Take Us Back to 1986 – Museveni

The First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs Janet Museveni has expressed displeasure with the people of Karamoja for not working hard enough to prepare for food crises like the one that just hit the region.

While speaking to local leaders from the seven Districts of Karamoja on Tuesday at Morulinga State Lodge, sildenafil Mrs Museveni underscored the importance of proper food utilization and urged locals to learn to store some of the food they produce during the good harvests instead of selling it all off.

She said if each family in Karamoja had stored some of the food they got from the bumper harvest of the last good season, find the recent long dry spell in the country would not have had a big pinch on the people of the region because they would have food to feed on instead of waiting for aid from elsewhere.

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“Even other areas in the country have been experiencing this dry spell, approved but unlike in Karamoja, people elsewhere know how to sustain themselves when this happens,” she said.

“Therefore the onus is on you the leaders of this region to educate the communities on how to sustain their families through the different seasons of the year. This entails growing sufficient food and storing some for the bad days. We must also implement our regulation of 1 acre of cassava per family. This requires more sensitization to our people,” she said.

Mrs Museveni further noted that with God providing the rain and Government providing the oxen and ox-plough plus quick maturing seeds, Karamoja had gotten out of the disaster area, but it is disappointing that only a single dry spell takes back the people to begging just because they failed to store some of the harvests for a bad day.

“Worse still, even the food that was sold did not leave the money in the house to buy food; instead it was used to buy Waragi”, she lamented.

She cited Kotido District which had done well in food production last year but they sold off all the food to South Sudan and are now crying for lack of food.

“We need to start a campaign in each district of Karamoja against families selling off all the harvests so that they can put some grain in the family granaries which would come in handy when the climate changes”.

However, responding to some of the recent media reports that a number of people in the region has starved to death, some of the locals informed the first lady that these were inaccurate reports.

They revealed that sometimes they tried to inform those media houses that their reports are not correct because many families have been able to cope apart from the most vulnerable who have also received some food aid from Government.

The leaders added that sometimes elderly people who drink the local brew of Waragi when they are hungry become disabled and they have bad eating habits, therefore those are some of the cases that suffered a lot with the food shortages.

Mrs Museveni encouraged each family to have a granary to store their food.

“You don’t have to wait for Government to construct for you granaries. Each family can construct their own granary as was the culture of the Karimojong and other people in the country.

She also called for the registration of the vulnerable families in each District to ensure that they are planned for in such instances and so that even when the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness brings food, it can be quickly distributed to those members of the community who truly deserve it.
President Yoweri Museveni has said that criminal political leaders are a disaster to the country and warned that idealists have been replaced by careerism politicians using bribery and corruption to seek jobs rather than as a platform for strategy for direction.

Museveni warned on Friday that the level of bribery that has encroached on almost every government department is likely to drag the country back to where the NRM found it in 1986.

The President was today swearing in justices of the courts of Judicature and one newly appointed Justice of the Court Hon. Justice Chebrion Barishake at a ceremony at State House in Entebbe.

Citing the rot that has been reported in the ongoing electoral primaries around the country, medications he warned; “If we don’t clean the political side, viagra order it will affect the army. We shall go back to square one. It is dangerous to our country.”

“It is a disaster for the country! You are given money for constituency and you steal it, and you are in parliament. You are honorable…how will country move?” he wondered.

Holding onto corruption, Museveni said Ugandans were busy selling their birthright like the biblical Esau.

He thus urged the judiciary to clean their side so that the political side (Executive and parliament) are also cleaned.

“We are struggling to make young people regain ideological aims rather than just mercenary aims: Careerism. They think politics is a job. You know what to do to clean judiciary and it will help us clean the other side,” he said.

President Museveni said the generations of Uganda between the 1960s and now have had unique challenges of state and country.

“As you know, there is something called state, it does not mean country. Country means the land and the people. But state means organized authority over that land and the people. You can therefore have a country without a State or a state without a country,” he said outlining the various states that Uganda has undergone.

The President said Uganda had a state with two characteristics;

A state which was undemocratic for most of the time and a state which was criminal in some cases; committing crimes, killing people, robbing people’s property, condoning rape, destroying animals in the national parks, etc.

“The NRM government has been fighting to democratize and also decriminalize the state among other issues like integration of Africa. We had moved very well on the political side and side of army. We were building a disciplined political class. But the political class is going backwards now, because idealists who were pushing NRM in earlier years have been replaced by careerists’.. job seekers. There is regression in that area – money, bribes etc quite a struggle. But I can assure you we shall defeat these traitors taking us backwards,” he said.

On the issue of the independence of Judiciary President Yoweri Museveni said independence does not mean fragmentation. Using a Kinyankole proverb and his recovering hand, the president said two hands must wash each other.

‘Engaro ebiri no kunabisana’ two hands must wash each other. If you want to know how difficult it is.. ask me. For the last few weeks when I injured my hand! It is very troublesome to wash with one hand….very difficult. There is no way you say this hand is independent. They are independent but must cooperate. There must be coordination somewhere,” he said.

The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe congratulated judges on their elevation in profession.

“This achievement in the your professional career must be guarded jealously bearing in mind the need for judges to observe at all times cardinal principals of impartiality, independence, diligence, equality and propriety which underpin successful career on the bench.

The judges who were sworn in today (Supreme Court) include Justice Augustine Nshimye, Lady Justice Faith Mwondha, Justice Rubby Aweri Opio and Justice Eldad Mwangusya. Lady Justice Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza was absent. For the Court of Apeal, the Justices who swore in included Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo, Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereirwe, Lady Justice Hellen Obura and Lady Justice Elizabeth Musoke.


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