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KAWEESI: Museveni Blames Murders on Greedy Civil Servants

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President Yoweri Museveni and First Lady Janet lay a wreath on the body of  Andrew Felix Kaweesi during last night's vigil in Kulambilo
President Yoweri Museveni and First Lady Janet lay a wreath on the body of Andrew Felix Kaweesi during last night’s vigil in Kulambilo

    By: Kenneth Kazibwe

  • Mar 20,2017
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President Yoweri Museveni has singled out civil servants and blamed them for helping the increasing cases of murder.

Museveni yesterday expressed dismay that public servants who make up only 1% of the population have remained a thorn in government development efforts, by pushing time and again for salary increments.

 “The public servants of all types are no more than 400000. They are just 1% of the population. The problem is these do not listen to the advice of NRM. NRM is a tested political force. We know what we say and what we do,” said the president.

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Citing last week’s murder of police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Museveni noted that government’s efforts to install CCTV cameras in all cities and major towns have been frustrated by the salary increment demands.

At the moment, the president noted that government pays up to Shs 4trillion every year to civil servants, yet a one-off project like camera installation would cost about Shs 400billion.

Some of Kaweesi's orphans

Some of Kaweesi’s orphans

“I have told them that they will cause problems to our country. In the NRM manifesto, I have never talked about salaries because the priories of a country like this which has emerged from chaos cannot be salaries for public servants,” he said while speaking at a vigil held at the home of the slain police mouthpiece.

“We have been intending to install cameras in major cities and towns; because with cameras the investigations become easy, especially now that all of us are registered. You can easily follow the criminals with the cameras.  That is how security is maintained in Europe and other developed countries. But here we use old methods of “Who saw him?”  “Who was here?”

Museveni went on to compare police’s investigations without CCTV as a farmer going to the garden without a hoe; adding that “This is all because of the public servants.”

“You have all these Indisciplined demands, and because I am a peaceful man, we are forced to do what we are not supposed to do. People who are dying, it’s because of public servants.

Kaweesi also left behind an unborn child

Kaweesi also left behind an unborn child

The President also blamed government’s failure to do other things like building army air force bases, because of the salaries.

“At Entebbe airport, I see our fighter jets parked together with UN planes. This is because we don’t have money to complete airbases where they should be because the money has been taken by salaries.

President Museveni late last year went to the extremity of shutting down Makerere University for two months as students prepared to start their first semester exams, after lecturers went on strike demanding for their unpaid allowances.

The president also publicly opposed salary increments for government school teachers and medical workers, saying that government should be allowed to work on its key priorities, especially infrastructure development.

At the start of his fifth term in office, the president said he would not allow parliament, (which has all powers to determine its emoluments) to increase its wages.

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  • Thomas Sankara

    I think Mr. Museveni should be honest with himself and Ugandans. A good leader must take responsibility for his failures instead of always apportioning blame on others. Granted, we need 400 billion for the CCTV cameras project but what is the annual state House budget? Isn’t it over 400 billion? Mr. Museveni’s annual budget for “presidential donations” is 88 billion. And what about the money we lose in corruption every year. Isn’t it Mr. Museveni who approved Basajjabala’s dubious 144 billion compensation for doing nothing in markets? Isn’t it the same man who approved the 6 billion presidential handshake? Isn’t it the same man who presided over a dubious privatization scheme in which national assets were sold to his cronies at give away prices? Before Museveni can blame civil servants for clamoring for better pay, let him also look into himself. Let him sale off his private jet like the president of Malawi did the other day. Let him reduce his State house budget by 70% and stop requesting for supplementary budgets. Let him ditch his hundreds of presidential advisers that are paid yet they never meet him. Let him down size the number of MPs. Uganda is a small country. We need no more than 150 MPs. Museveni cant preach frugality to Ugandans when he continues to live in Luxury. Borrow a leaf from humble and honest leaders like Thomas Sankara and lately Magufuli. It is only then that Ugandans will take him seriously. But i know that this his impossible for him. He is trapped in his own trap of patronage.

    • Concerned Ugandan

      Absolutely, M7 is such a frustrated failed leader that cannot take us any-farther, his ways of patronage and thinking he owns a part of this country are really costing the country not only lives (right from the top officials to the unborn innocent Ugandans) but also hundreds of billions of money (through daylight corruption and dubious dealing by his mastermind). These are all done by his mastermind group, presumably untouchables, that are keeping him in power for all these 3+ decades…. he cannot touch them despite the fact that a number of their actions continue to unveil into the public! They (him and his mastermind) were wrong when they proposed to sale off nearly all the government owned businesses… with the aim of keeping the men in the street broke and poor having to beg from them that sold and bought the national assets!
      #WakeUpUganda.

  • byaruhanga

    why stressing too much about kaweesi? you are soon meeting him next year

  • Anarchist

    Guilt camouflaged with blame game, is what bullies do….stop blaming our nurses,teachers,doctors, etc, civil servants for your mismanagement of Uganda,,,

  • Dembula

    M7 talks of a country “that has just emerged from chaos” as if NRM came into power yesterday. NRM has been in power longer than all the previous governments combined and it ill behoves M7 to keep trumpeting after 30 years at the helm that the fault lies with his predecessors. M7 acts like a spoilt brat. He wants all the material trappings of power but cannot nor take the responsibilities that come with it. He points a finger at others forgetting the three that he is pointing at himself!! It has been said by many that you reap what you sow. M7 and Co. decided to use the boda bodas for nefarious activities that suited their (M7 & Co) purposes but now that the same boda bodas are causing him pain he points to others other than the boda bodas as the problem because to point at these boda bodas would be a tacit admission that his decision to use them to control and contain Ugandans is going disastrously wrong and he has no idea what to do about it.

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