Gov’t Performance: Opposition Cites Institutional Break Down as Major Failure

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Barely a year after President Yoweri Museveni was sworn for his fifth term in office, purchase http://cdcsmiles.com/wp-admin/includes/ms-deprecated.php civil society and political actors have met to assess the achievements so far registered by the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government in its first 100 days. Since the new five year tenure began, http://clbattery.com/wp-admin/includes/update.php the

President has stressed that unlike the previous ones, this time he will not tolerate ‘games’ but serious work and effective service delivery.

It is at the back drop of the ‘kisanja hakuna mchezo’ (a term of no mediocrity) cliché that Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform (UGMP) an umbrella of 17 non-governmental organization convened a dialogue at Golf Course Hotel on Friday to weigh the new government’s resolve.

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Opposition parties that participated however criticized the NRM for falling short of their pledge to the citizenry which is majorly evident in dysfunctional institutions. They argue that President Museveni has continued in self-aggrandizement and usurped the authority of all arms of government.

“There’s systematic undermining of Parliament, Ministries, the judiciary, political parties, and anything that would be seen to be a factor in managing this country. The intention is that once you have
instability all over, then everybody focuses on one person – the President,” said FDC President Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu.

This, Muntu says is dangerous since micromanagement creates fear among President Museveni’s subordinates and consequently they can’t deliver on their mandate.

“If a whole President carries money and delivers it to fruit vendors and SACCOs, or begins to fire staff workers in the lowest health centers, it points to a breakdown of systems. At the end of the day,
you can’t run the whole country alone?” he added.

Kampala city Major Erias Lukwago (DP) in a similar argument observed; “The institutions of the state have been subdued and are no longer independent. He (President) has entrenched a personal rule. This is why we are witnessing impunity and corruption.”

A report launched at the same dialogue indicates that no significant actions have been taken by government in the critical sectors of education, health, agriculture and energy. It also highlights the need for government to prioritize the issue of good governance.


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