Rwabwogo Challenges Museveni on Economic Growth

Odrek Rwabwogo

Odrek Rwabwogo, symptoms the son-in-law of President Yoweri Museveni has expressed reservations on the government’s projections that Uganda can transform into a middle income economy by the year 2020.

Rwabwogo said this morning that President Museveni is relying on what he termed as “the wrong parameters” to make this promise.

“I think that President Museveni is the best President that Uganda has seen, but on this I will challenge him, ” he said, adding, “You know I was removed so I tend to speak more freely about these matters.”

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The flamboyantly successful entrepreneur was last year ordered out of the race to become the ruling National Resistance Movement’s Vice Chairman for Western Uganda by the President and Party Chairman.

Rwabwogo was today interfacing with former Kampala Bishop Dr Zac Niringiye on the President elect’s new term in office, on NBS TV.

He said that Museveni promise that Uganda will be a middle income economy by the year 2020 is hinged on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures which are usually not reflective of the general welfare of the population.

“He is using figures from Ministry of Finance,” noted Rwabwogo. “But unfortunately these figures tend to focus on production and expenditure and don’t take into account key aspects of welfare such as health and access to other social services.”

“For instance if you are talking middle Income status, you should have extended broadband to the rural areas for you to be able to compare a Ugandan farmer with a Japanese youth selling yogurt online when he has never touched a cow.”

President Yoweri Museveni while speaking at his inauguration just over a week ago said that Uganda could have hit the middle income target if government handled certain aspects correctly.

“We would, indeed, have already become a middle-income country if we had more decisively handled the issue of exports,” he said.

The statistics from National Planning Authority project that by the year 2019/20, Uganda’s GDP growth will be at 6.14% while GDP per capita will be $1,039. In 2000, GDP growth was at 3.1% while the GDP per capita was $261.

However, according to Rwabwogo, the growth in these figures if not reflected in the day to day life of the average Ugandan, is pointless.

He noted, “Even if you achieve these figures, it is meaningless if you still don’t have a National Health Insurance Scheme; if we still have to carry patients several miles to access medical care. We have to increase the number of our health centers and subsidize those who earn little.”

Similar sentiments were recently raised by the head of Oxfam International Mrs. Winnie Byanyima who questioned Uganda’s impressive GDP growth when people in country are still dying of Malaria.

Neighboring Rwanda which has a smaller GDP, through its successful scheme she said, has been able to eliminate most of the epidemics including Malaria and ensure access to health services to all Rwandans.



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