Survey Lists Corruption, Wasteful Expenditures as Priorities that Need Urgent Address

Ms Aggie Konde, the Managing Director of NTV Uganda

Opposition Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party president, prostate Jimmy Michael Akena has rendered baseless allegations that he has received billions of money to rally his support and that of the party behind the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Chairperson and presidential candidate, thumb Yoweri Museveni.

In a soft tone, Akena assured the public that the allegations are fuelled by his political enemies and as well as his predecessors which won’t derail him from effectively leading the party.

“I can confirm that we are in talks whereby the core UPC minimum agenda that addresses key issues like health, education and agriculture will guide all engagements over the next 5 years,” Akena noted while addressing press at Uganda House on Monday.

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Akena’s decision to support the NRM has sparked mixed reactions from the party members.

Some said his father and founding father of UPC, Dr Milton Obote would not have welcomed such a development.

However, the UPC president revealed that the talks with president Museveni were as well to ensure peaceful transition after his last term in power.

“As UPC we firmly believe in the need for peaceful transition and we have a clear understanding that constitutionally, president Museveni won’t be eligible to stand for the next term by age, it should also be clear and sand dry that he is the current president who has been for 30 years, NRM has earned support and we are not going to wish them out of the political arena of this country,” he added.

He said even if NRM are to lose in the elections, they will still remain a substantial grouping within the context of Uganda.

“And if we are looking at National Unity, integration and peaceful transition, you are not going to ignore any player, more so a player who has potential to influence events or be part of a difficult environment,” he added.

“Our position is that peaceful transition should involve him, he should be in the centre of that transition because he is working his way out of office with full assurance that Uganda will continue and that he can go back to his home in Rwakitura and comfortably take care of his animal.”

Road to power

President Museveni lost in the 1980 elections before picking guns to fight Obote’s government which he accused of electoral malpractices.

In 1985, Obote was toppled in a coup led by Generals Tito Okello and Lutwa due to military pressure exerted by Museveni’s guerrillas.

Obote fled to exile in Zambia until his death.

Museveni would a few months later seize power by the gun, effectively marking the end reign of Milton Obote.

Since then, he has reconciled with the Obote family which he regularly supports.

Akena, who was today accompanied by senior party officials said they are obliged to “send a message to leaders and develop a culture that we are not going to be victim, we are going to accept everything that has happened and I know this will a painful thing to UPC members that have suffered under the NRM regime but for the greater growth of Uganda, we have to come to a point of saying that the country must move ahead.”

Akena that the UPC “Secretary General has held similar talks with the Go Forward presidential candidates and team; contacts and preliminary talks have been initiated with the FDC as well.”
86 percent of Ugandans want corruption, viagra wasteful expenditure and misuse of government resources addressed by all presidential candidates, healing according to a recent National Priorities survey.

The other key issues that affect Ugandans, according to the survey, are upholding the rule of law, poor social service delivery and bad economy.

The National Priorities Survey conducted under the “#IMoveUganda” campaign, was conducted by NTV Uganda using Surveymonkey, an online survey application.

The two weeks survey that started on November 1, 2015, attracted 2559 online respondents.

It revealed that Ugandans believe that a result oriented leader that is reliable and honest would put the country to its footing.

Responding to why the survey was carried out, Ms Aggie Konde, the Managing Director of NTV Uganda said, “As a leading media house in Uganda with the biggest following, we wanted to engage Ugandans so that they can demand to be heard as well as get involved in the running of their affairs.”

The survey had three key questions on governance, personality of the president desired and the principles that will guide the choice of the voters.

According to the survey, 86 percent of the total polled people think Uganda’s major hindrance to progress is the corruption scourge.

Ugandans also want to see the rule of law upheld as a minimum requirement to vote in the forthcoming elections.

Next of concern is good governance and observance of human rights that had 30 percent of the viewers and advancing economic growth, household prosperity and job creation was ranked third at 18 percent.

The viewers ranked improving social service delivery as fourth important priority at 11 percent and finally, the viewers think improving defense at regional and national level should be the least of the priorities.

The survey also reveals that 49.6 percent of the respondents would prefer to vote for a leader that is honest, trustworthy and accountable.

“People, through their choice station, NTV, are talking, they want to move the debate to things that affect them and our role as NTV is to provide a platform that will enable them voice their issues to their respective candidates,” Konde said.

She said that NTV doesn’t determine, but the people and society it serves determine the agenda.

“Each of our viewers has a responsibility to determine the way they want to be governed. They move the country to the direction they choose.” Konde said.

According to the NTV news manager, Mr. Maurice Mugisha, the station endeavors to always touch those areas that the core of the viewers’ feelings and aspirations.

“Our news is viewer centered; the viewers determine the agenda and the rhythm of our news. When they speak, we definitely listen and we shall pursue the agenda of our viewers,” Mugisha said.


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