President Museveni’s 2017 New Year Message

President Yoweri Museveni

Fellow Ugandans, seek I greet all of you the people of Uganda and congratulate you on finishing the year 2016 and wish you a prosperous 2017.

I extend condolences to the families who lost their dear ones in the year that is just ended. During this year of 2016, more about we had successful general and local government elections. I congratulate Ugandans for voting their leaders peacefully.

I also congratulate leaders who were elected. I call upon them to stay in touch with their communities as they will achieve a lot when they work together.

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At the beginning of this term of office, nurse 2016-2021, I issued 23 guidelines/directives to government and so far in six months, the following have been achieved.

Finalized a plan for re-establishing the National Carrier (Uganda Airlines)This will reduce on the financial “haemorrhage” (donation) to other airlines by Ugandans and those travelling to Uganda.

Investment Climate Advisory and Management ? Ministry of Finance has allocated Shs. 410 million to generating the statistical data for investors who wish to invest in the country.

Availability of ready information will quicken decision making by investors.

Construction of more than 100 water schemes across the country in some of the following areas: – Bukwo GFS; Bukedea, Parombo, Akoro, Olirim II, Bududa II, Bukwo II, Shuuku-Matsyoro GFS, Ogili GFS, Kiboga, Ruti/Rugando, Loro, Padibe, Pabbo, Rwashamaire TC, Nyamunuka TC, Amudat, Bibia/Elegu, Ovujo, Oyam, Nyahuka, Kasagama and Kaliiro, etc.

Provision of Water for Production: – Expansion of Mubuku, Kibiimba and Doha schemes, completion of Kaharo gravity water scheme in Kabale.

The following are planned: Andibo dam in Nebbi district, Rwengaaju irrigation scheme in Kabarole district, Ongole dam in Katakwi, Mabira dam in Mbarara, Olweny irrigation scheme in Lira district and Leyedam in Kole district and a number of small min-irrigation schemes will soon be under way to mitigate the current pattern of rainfall and stop depending on nature but use irrigation system.

In order not to continue being dependent on nature, we are going to start with more irrigation schemes around mountain Rwenzori, Mt. Elgon and the Agoro hills.

These are easier because we use gravity on account of the good gradient and just channel the water to the required points.

With regard to the low-lands, we are encouraging the manufacture within country or, at least, assembling within country of affordable solar-powered water pumps.

I call upon individuals who have means to equip their farms with these pumps at their cost. Uganda Development Bank (UDB) should look into the possibility of using the money we give them to fund such acquisitions with low interest loans; may be 12% per annum or there about.

Using government money, we shall slowly start equipping villages with communal solar-powered water pumps. We have, indeed, already started.

There are already solar powered water pumps at Kandago in Rukiga, Nyadri in Maracha, Kololo in Adjumani, Inomo in Apac, Kabira in Rakai, Kibenyeya in Hoima, etc.

These will be scaled up from being only water for consumption to irrigation this coming financial year (2017/18). 130 new water irrigation schemes are planned for FY 2017/18, across the country.

This is in order to immunize ourselves against the erraticness of the rains. This effort of irrigation, must, however, go hand in hand with the wetlands preservation and restoration as well as protecting all our fresh water bodies (Lakes and rivers).

Where will, then, the water come from if we do not protect the water bodies? Granting Oil Production Licenses: Eight (8) production licenses were granted in August and these include: Mputa-Nzizi-Waraga, Kasamene-Wairindi, Kogogole-Ngara, Nsoga, Ngege fields operated by Tullow, Gunya, Ngiri, Jobi-Rii operated by Total.

Introduction of biometric registration of all small scale miners; Allocating location licenses to small scale miners; Expand the licensing regime that will streamline the small scale miners and the heavy investors in the mineral sector.

Government is in talks with the financiers of Bujagali to bring down the cost of power to affordable rates for industries.

The other dams do not have that problem. The power from Nalubaale power station is now at 1.04US Cents, since the loan for constructing Nalubaale power station has been fully paid back. That of Bujagali is at 11US cents.

Right now, we, actually, have a surplus of electricity and we are building more dams as you know. Our plan is to build more and more dams, not only on all the sites on the Nile River (Ayago-840MW, Oriang-392MW, Uhuru-400MW, Kiba- 300MW etc.) but also to develop over 40 mini-hydro dams, already identified across the country.

Some of them are already under construction. These are: Nyagak III 5.4MW, Nyamwamba 9MW, Muvumba 5.4MW, Achwa/Agago 83MW, etc. With abundant and cheaper power, our pace of industrialization will pick up. We are g


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