What to Expect at Today’s State of the Nation Address

President Yoweri Museveni, Chairman of the NRM.

The Ruling NRM party has been through a lot and the last thing it needs now is liars occupying its leadership positions.

This was contained in Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Hon Kahinda Otafiire’s message to NRM leaders at a meeting in Bushenyi town.

The minister was officiating at the closing of the NRM delegates meeting for the Greater Bushenyi district.

At the meeting, order the minister warned NRM leaders to stop conning their electorate that they have been sent by President Yoweri Museveni.

He said that many NRM candidates at different levels have are in the practice of telling lies to their voters that they have been sent by president Museveni so that they can be trusted and voted into power.

“I have been with Museveni for over 40 years now and he has never sent me to my voters. When did he start sending you who just met him yesterday?” said Otafiire, sildenafil who is also the Member of Parliament for Mitooma County in Mitooma district.

He noted, “At this time we don’t need to tell lies. Go, talk to your voters and if they are convinced, they will give you votes. You are just conning them.”

The minster also said that nobody should stop NRM candidates from standing on different positions because NRM is for all and therefore voters have the right to vote for whoever they want.

“You will be saved by your deeds because at the level of primaries, we are all equal and stopping someone from standing would send a bad signal to the people. Don’t forget that we have competitors in other political parties who are monitoring whatever we are doing. Just identify your weaknesses and plan to be stronger rather than blocking other people who want to stand against you.” He said.

Otafiire further warned Ugandans against misusing social media by posting hate speech saying that such habits are a threat to national security since they stir ethnic tensions.

His comments came on the heels of president Museveni’s recent warning to the brains behind the uploaded audio hate speech on Whatsapp, which divided Ugandans along tribal lines. Museveni vowed to deal with such social media abusers.

While speaking to Chimpreports on Tuesday, the security minister, Mrs. Mary Karooro Okurut condemned the act noting that its intention was to promote ethnic tension among Ugandans.

Present at the conference were Ministers, Members of Parliament, Resident District Commissioners, NRM chairmen, Local government chairmen, District Internal Security Officers and other NRM leaders at different levels.
President Yoweri Museveni is scheduled in the next few hours to present this year’s State of the Nation Address.

The event will take place at the Kampala Serena Hotel ahead of next week’s [June 11] Budget Day.

As was the case last year, link President will be delighted to unveil the country’s tremendous achievements in the development of infrastructure a sector that government has unreservedly invested in for the last several years.

The President will reecho his stance on civil servants’ need hold back their demands for salary increments as government finishes with these important projects;  thousands of miles of tarmac, a number of hydro power plants and rural electrification as well as the looming standard gauge railway.

While 2015 has been arguably less dramatic, today’s address is critical in that the country is preparing for next year’s general elections.

It’s largely  on this premise that Parliament last week passed an unprecedented 24 trillion budget that will be read out in a week’s time, of which Ugandan tax payers will fund only less than half.

There is already growing fear that Uganda could be plunged into a debt crisis, as government strives to close the debt gap.

A new overall national debt of over Shs 18 trillion (domestic and external) will likely make the Ugandan economy weaker.

Experts warn that government will be forced to borrow internally from domestic sources i.e. pension funds, commercial banks and that the inflation that followed the 2011 election could be worsened.

The country’s agricultural sector which still employs majority of Ugandans is not yet as fascinating. They President will highlight his recent antidote of enrolling his men in uniform [UPDF] to overhaul the struggling sector right from the household level.

The army officers are already distributing planting and breeding materials to the wanainchi at a much less cost compared to the ineffective and replaced NAADS.

Counting months to next year’s elections ,there is growing doubt about government’s commitment to hold a free and fair election.

As a result, the past days have witnessed resurgence of street protests and brutal arrests of opposition leaders who want a set of electoral reforms passed to guarantee a leveled ground for next year’s elections.  The Amendments Bill catering for this is still in parliament and President Museveni is likely to avoid this topic.

Uganda is still on the alert of possible terror attacks from the Somali based Alshabaab rebels, having carried out devastating attacks in neighboring Kenya.

President Museveni insists Alshabaab is weak and ‘already defeated.’ While visiting Kenya earlier on Monday, he said he was not among those afraid of the terror group. He also spoke of a new formula he and his Kenyan counterpart were working on, that would put the ultimate end to the Alshabaab.

Museveni must also address the future of UPDF, the largest contingent in Somalia under AMISOM.  While the AMISOM, is expected to leave the country in 2016, at a recent UN Security Council meeting in New York the mission leaders showed signs of seeking extension of their mandate, claiming that Alshabaab remains a threat not only to Somalia but to the entire region.

The president will also address a recently witnessed upsurge in gun crime in Uganda, in which a number of people including former government prosecutor Joan Kagezi was murdered in cold blood and police is still chasing the shadows of the murderers.

In response, Museveni reportedly asked the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura to start providing fire arms and military training to citizens including university students, to be able to defend themselves.

The move is however being challenged by opposition leaders who believe that creating an armed population is a deadly recipe for anarchy,  and could result in a genocide according to former FDC President Col Kizza Besigye.

Meanwhile Museveni has suspiciously avoided commenting on the current insecurity in neighboring Burundi, whose effects are being felt in Uganda in form of thousands of refugees that have fled their country and are being sheltered at the Nakivale settlement camp.

More than 5000 of these are reported in dire condition, with lack of sufficient food and other basic materials.

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to disregard the term limit provision of the Arusha Agreement has destabilized the nation and triggered widespread violence.


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