Museveni Addresses Parliament on Security

Museveni adresses parliament on security

President Museveni has Addressed a special sitting of the Parliament this afternoon on the question of security. This was in respect of his request to the Speaker of Parliament for a platform to deliver the address. Several MPs from across the political divide have attended.
 
After offering a historical and geographical perspective of Uganda and the region’s security, He announced 10 measures the government will undertake to check insecurity in the country.
 
1. All legally held guns will be finger-printed. When this happens, once a cartridge is fired, we shall be able to tell which gun discharged the bullet. If any legally-held gun is used in crime, we shall trace it, this includes guns in private hands but licensed by the police.
 
2. Every vehicle and motorcycle will be required to have electronic number plates with an electronic signal, installed at cost of the owner. However, we shall protect people’s privacy.
 
Our concern will only be with vehicles or pikipikis seen in an area where crime is committed. If one attempts to interfere with the number plate, the central monitoring unit will be notified.
 
3. Hoods for motorcycle riders is banned. Police will charge anybody covering themselves that way. Riders will also have to wear helmets with illuminated numbers both at the front and back.
 
These helmets will be registered and details captured in the central monitoring hub. I encourage the National Enterprises Corporation and our private sector here to manufacture these helmets here. We should not spend money importing them.
 
4. Installation of cameras on town roads and streets and along highways. Potentially the criminal or enemy can evade other forms of detection except the optical; eye, camera and telescope.
 
If necessary, the cameras will have thermal sensors. If criminals try childish games of covering their heads, they will be seen at the command post.
 
5. Modern foresinc laboratory. I thought the national ID project should have done this. We shall capture thumb prints and DNA of criminals so that we can trace once blood is left at the crime scene.
 
Even other elements like sweat, saliva, hair will also be analysed. If you want our country to be peaceful, why fear to offer DNA for storage. Support me so that we stabilize our country.
 
6. Speed of response and how quickly we arrive at the scene. I have directed the police to revive the 999 and reform the Flying Squad. It should be a real flying squad. We are providing UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones) and light helicopters.
 
7. The enemy can also use drones to promote crime. The defence committee has authorised 30 UAVs. We have 130 applications while 500 have been impounded. They were being smuggled into the country. The responsible minister will bring a law to regulate use of these drones.
 
8. Misuse of social media. Criminals use social media to threaten violence and create panic. We are going to acquire capacity to quickly locate criminals abusing social media. The government does not want to block these sites but we shall pick out the jiggers. We won’t cut the entire foot.
 
9. Acquire more scanners under the Uganda Revenue Authority to check all containers coming into and exiting the country. Criminals hiding guns as cargo will be grabbed. The Era of weak or non-existent state authority ended.
 
10. Back to the army. Our strategy is a small, professional, well-equipped army, backed with a large reserve force. Our military capacity is robust created over last 50 years. We have capacity to defend Uganda.

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Uganda’s 2018-2019 Budget

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Delivered at the Meeting of the 3rd Session of the 10th Parliament of Uganda on,
Thursday, 14th June 2018 at the Kampala Serena International Conference Centre
By Hon. Matia Kasaija (MP)
Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development

Madam Speaker, the Financial Year 2018/19 Budget has been
formulated based on the socio-economic achievements made in
the recent past, and the challenges that we still face today. The
right policies that the National Resistance Movement (NRM)
Government has consistently developed and implemented
over several years have led to key socio-economic development
gains. Click here to download PDF of full Government of Uganda Budget Speech for Fiscal Year 2018-2019_1

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President Museveni’s Angry & Sad Message over MP Ibrahim Abriga Brutal Killing.

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FROM PRESIDENT MUSEVENI TO FREEDOM LOVERS AND PAN-AFRICANISTS

Again, I express my deepest felt condolences for the peace-lover, Hon Ibrahim Abiriga, killed by criminals on Friday evening. As the investigations are still going on, we cannot rule out personal motives for the murder.
However, there is high probability that this killing was a political assassination because of his commitment to the NRM. If that is the case, the killers have miscalculated and shown their bankruptcy. Why kill somebody because you do not agree with him? Why don’t you defeat his ideas with your “better” ideas?

Assassination means that you are already defeated. Your ideas cannot compete with ideas of the victim in terms of development. That is why you decide to kill him or her. That will not help you. Others with the same ideas will continue.

However, assassination never saves the dictators from their doom. The assassinations of Dr. Mondlane and Samora Machel , did not save the Portuguese from total defeat. The assassinations of Herbert Chitepo, Ruth First etc, never saved the criminals of White South Africa and Rhodesia from their eventual defeat.
Amin, by killing Ben Kiwanuka, Bataringaya, Bananuka, Balufuywa, Major Katabarwa etc could not save himself from his eventual defeat.

When the NRM had taken power, some anti-democracy elements targeted and killed the first elected RCs/ LCs, especially in Busia and Teso to stop the people from joining the RCs/LCs. Scores of LC chairmen in Busia and Teso were killed. This, however, could not stop the defeat of FOBA (Force Obote Back – a group of some of the UPC supporters) from defeat.

Kony and ADF were famous for attacking soft targets – unarmed or unprepared people -rather than attacking military barracks or convoys. This did not stop Kony and ADF from being defeated.

Assassins are cowards. They attack soft targets. They do not attack military targets which is the work of the brave. That is why they are called terrorists. We defeated all the terrorists in the rural areas: Kony, ADF, UPA, FOBA, Itongwa, the Karimojong cattle rustlers, etc. That is why there cannot be a revival of terrorism by criminals using the forests or the bush.

How about the killings in the towns in recent times? Taking advantage of the huge success by the Ugandans of buying more cars, more boda bodas, building more hotels, building more shops and trading centres, and building more houses and having large numbers of our people in the towns, since 2012, they started on a series of killings and now more recently, kidnappings.

Initially, the Police used the old Police methods of relying on eye witnesses etc. The criminals are using simple techniques to defeat this. They use jacket hoods (kwebika ku mutwe), not to be seen properly. They also bend the registration plates of the “pikipikis” so that they are not properly read.
Due to the laxity in UCC, there was also the problem of people owning phones with false names.

The criminals take advantage of large numbers of cars, boda bodas, mobile phones and people, to do bad things and escape rapidly without being identified clearly and quickly using the old methods. That is why, following the killing of Kaweesi, which came following the killing of the Moslem Sheikhs, Joan Kagezi etc, I ordered to put emphasis on upgrading our technical means of monitoring crime in the towns and along the highways. Having to buy these items from outside takes time. Nevertheless, we are now moving.

The following are the technical solutions we shall acquire to monitor crime in the whole country, starting with the towns:
1. Cameras, mounted along the streets and highways, assisted by cameras by individuals, at their own cost, on their business premises and homes;
2. Improved forensic capacity of the police;
3. Electronically monitored devices mounted on all cars, other auto-mobiles, boda bodas, that are not removable from the platform that will help us to know where a particular vehicle was at a particular time; this will be done by vehicle owners at their own cost; and
4. Other technical means that I do not want to go in here.

We had delayed to go into acquiring these capabilities because of doing other priorities, especially: Defence , the roads, electricity, schools, health and the ICT backbone. Everybody can see what has been done. Since , however, we are now forced by criminals, we have already started diverting reasonable chunks of money to close this gap in the anti-crime infrastructure. We shall defeat these criminals in the towns as we defeated the others in the Bush. If it is ADF doing it, we shall do something about it. If it is other groups, we definitely will cater for that also.

Our society has enjoyed a lot of freedom and a laxed way of life: trans-nights, drinking at all hours, gambling, freely bringing money and taking it out, preaching everything and everywhere, travelling out of and into the country, writing and broadcasting everything and everywhere, etc etc.

Some people tell me that NRM should be stricter and try to regiment the country more. I have never been entirely convinced about this line of thinking. I prefer to teach by example rather than coercion. I prefer relying on the Policeman of the mind rather than the Policeman of the body, except for criminals.

Now, the criminals think that they can use this freedom to undermine and discredit the NRM. They are wrong. The NRM has got a lot of capacity. I only need focus from our MPs so that we budget adequately for the anti-crime infrastructure and for wealth and job creation ahead of consumption and administration.

The killers of Joan Kagezi, the Sheikhs, Kaweesi, Susan Magara and now, Abiriga, will then be defeated wherever they are. They have doomed their future by voluntarily putting themselves in the same category as Kony and the like. Their future is doomed. We need to just expose them and punish them.

Again on the assassins, pigs, cowards. Can these pigs ask themselves one question: “Why doesn’t NRM assassinate its opponents? Is it because we do not have the guns or the capacity?”
“Why did we oppose the assassination of Oyite Ojok in the Nile Mansions in 1980-81?” The answer to this is the difference between freedom fighters and fascists and pigs.
It says in the Book of Matthew 7:6: “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine lest they trample them under their feet , and turn and tear you in pieces.”
It also says in the Book of Proverbs Chapter 2 verse 14: “Ziryabareeba ababikora, naabo ababishemererwa” – (Woe to those who find joy in doing evil and delight in the perversity of evil).

As we improve our technical capacity in the towns, the sub-committee of National Security, under the Chairmanship of CDF, yesterday decided to recommend to me the call-up of some reserves to deploy wherever criminals may manifest themselves.
Remember, we have a reserve of 12 million men and women. Our reluctance to call-up more man-power is because of trying to avoid costs so that we invest in developments.
In the State-of-the-Nation address, I pointed out the work done on the roads and electricity. We shall have to decelerate on some of those projects so that we up-grade the security infrastructure and also, for a limited period, call up more man-power.
Therefore, the cowardly pigs that shot Abiriga at leisure without any equalizing fire being directed at them, will next time get a more balanced equation.

I must also comment on the slow response of the police in the Kawanda area. There are 14 police personnel at Kawanda Trading Centre operating in squads. If they were ready and on stand-by, they could have rushed and blocked the few exit points from that area for the criminals. That is something the police in the whole country need to study. Prepared squads should be ready to move in a minute to respond or to block the exits of these criminals.

Hon. Abiriga was known to me as a very loyal NRM cadre. I did not know that He was such a good mobiliser. My visit to the area of Kirinyabigo and Kawanda – Kaayi yesterday, showed me how much the people loved him on account of interacting well with them and, especially, the children.

Collective security is better than individualized security of single bodyguards, sitting in the same vehicle with the principal. The individualized body-guarding helps against the low capacity criminals like the ones of Masaka.

However, for the organised criminals, armed with rifles, collective security with cameras, patrol cars, foot standing patrols and other technical solutions are the way forward.

As you can see in the cases of Kaweesi and Abiriga, sitting with bodyguards (even if they are many) in a single soft skin vehicle, of whatever type, without vigilance of observing whether you are being followed by suspicious people, is not a solution. The enemy can, by surprise attack all of you, without giving you a chance to respond. If we try to have follow cars etc, the cost may be prohibitive. That is why collective security, which is possible, is superior.

Down with the pigs. Down with the parasites. Abiriga has joined the glorious list of our warriors who fell in the struggle: Martin Mwesiga, Mwesigwa Black, Valerian Rwaheeru, Kagina, Musisi and numerous others that contributed to the victory of the NRM and the people of Uganda.

Yoweri K. Museveni
Gen(rtd)
President of the Republic of Uganda
June 10th, 2018.

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Burrial of Abiriga

At the burial in West Nile, Arua

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Trump meets North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

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  •  History made: President Trump and Kim Jong Un have concluded their historic summit at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island.
  • Soon: Trump is expected to speak with reporters at 4:00 p.m. Singapore time

Trump says Kim promised to destroy a missile engine testing site

President Trump says Kim Jong Un told him that North Korea is destroying a major missile engine testing site.

“North Korea is already destroying a major missile engine testing site,” Trump said.

The commitment was not included in the joint declaration the two men signed, but Trump said: “We agreed to that after the agreement was signed.”

Trump also outlined the agreement that he and Kim signed earlier. He said Kim reaffirmed “his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”

“We also agreed to vigorous negotiations to implement the agreement as soon as possible,” the President said.

Trump said Kim “wants to do that.”

“This is not the past,” he said. “This is not another administration that never got it started. And therefore never got it done.”

President Trump is speaking to the press after his summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore. He took the stage after a well-produced video about Kim’s unique chance at changing North Korea’s path forward.

Trump said it was “a tape” that was given to Kim’s representatives and it “captures a lot. It captures what can be done.”

Trump said that the day was spent with “very intensive hours” with Kim that resulted in a “comprehensive document.” He says that he delivered a message of “hope… and peace.”

Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit

 

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new US-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Convinced that the establishment of new US-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building cam promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:
  1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
  2. The United States and DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
  3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
  4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Having acknowledged that the US-DPRK summit — the first in history — was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in the joint statement fully and expeditiously. The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations, led by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the US-DPRK summit.
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new US-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and the security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.
DONALD J. TRUMP
President of the United States of America
KIM JONG UN
Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
June 12, 2018
Sentosa Island
Singapore
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President Museveni’s State of the Nation Address in full 2018

Also Read President Museveni’s State of the Nation Address in full 2017 here.

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The President gave accountability on particular Government commitments and to appraised the nation of the plans and strategies for the next year

State of the Nation Address

by 

H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

at the Uganda International Conference Centre, Serena, Kampala 6th June, 2018

 

His Excellency the Vice President,

Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament,

His Lordship the Chief Justice,

Rt. Hon. Deputy Speaker,

His Lordship the Deputy Chief Justice,

Rt. Hon. Prime Minister,

Rt. Hon. Deputy Prime Ministers,

Rt. Hon. Leader of the Opposition,

Their Highnesses the Traditional Leaders,

Hon. Ministers,

Hon. Members of Parliament,

Hon. Members of EALA,

Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

Madam Speaker, in fulfillment of the Constitutional requirement under article 101 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, I am here to deliver the State of the Nation Address, 2018.

Greetings to all Ugandans and congratulations on reaching the mid-year of 2018. In the Book of Galatians, Chapter 6, Verse 7, it says:“Be not deceived.  God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows”

By financial year 2005/2006, our tax revenue collections per annum, were standing at Shs. 2.23 trillion. At that time, an understanding had been reached between some branches of the government and the development partners to the effect that the government of Uganda should concentrate on handling the recurrent budget (salaries, etc.), while the development partners would handle the development budget (roads, electricity, the railways, etc). That arrangement was already landing us in problems.  Towards the end of 2005 and as we were heading towards the elections of 2006, the country was plunged into the crisis of what came to be called “Load-shedding” ─ the acute shortage of electricity.

Since 1986, only the British had helped us with the repair and upgrade of the Owen Falls dam from the miserable 60mgws to 180mgws.  Since the economy had grown 6.6 times since the low level of 1986, that 180 mgws was no longer enough.  Yet, as our Baganda people say, “Omugo oguli ku murirano, tegugoba engo” ─ (the stick in your neighbour’s house cannot help you to fight off a leopard). It is too far to help you.  That is when I sat down with my NRM colleagues in the Cabinet and the Caucus, in a retreat in Statistics House, to discuss this very serious problem.

I proposed to the 2 fora the step of taking on the development budget of the country and also focusing on the roads and electricity. The budget for the roads was raised from Shs 398 billion to Shs. 3,442 billions.  It now stands at Shs. 4,786 billion per annum. The budget for electricity was raised from Shs. 178 billion to Shs. 2,858 billions. It now stands at Shs 2.77 trillion per annum.

As a consequence, we now have tarmac roads to almost all the corners of Uganda: Nimule; Oraba; Musingo; Vurra; Lwakhakha soon; Malaba; Busia; Busuunga, beyond Bundibugyo; Mpondwe; Mutukula; Muroongo on the Kagyera river; Mirama hill; Katuna; Cyanika and Bunagana.  Radiating from Kampala, tarmac roads are now connecting all those points. The distance between Cyanika and Oraba is 1,048Kms (655miles), all of it connected by a tarmac road, from Kisoro district to Koboko.

With electricity, all the district headquarters, except for Kaabong and Buvuma, have now been reached by the electricity wires. The generation capacity of Uganda will soon be 2,216 megawatts, once Isimba, Karuma and many of the mini-hydros are completed. Much of this work has been done by the Uganda Government money.  58% of the roads, for instance, have been done or are being done by the Government of Uganda money. We are, of course, also grateful to the development partners for their contributions. Some of the roads have been done with their support.

“Otamanya ishekooko, ati eriibwa n’ebyooya” (the uninformed, thinks that people eat the Turkey with its feathers). Many people do not know how the economy grows, although many pass themselves out as “experts”.  These investments in the roads and electricity, along with the earlier decision (2001) of strengthening the Army, are beginning to result in the resumption of our usual high growth rates which had been interfered with by the shortage of electricity and, more recently, the drought. This year, for instance, the economy will grow by 5.8% per annum.  This will rise to  over 7% per annum by the financial year 2019/2010.  Indeed, a Centre at Havard, in the USA, recently predicted that Uganda will be one of the fastest growing economies in the world by 2026 or thereabout.  I was not surprised by that prediction. What surprised me was that Uganda would be the first or the second fastest growing economy in the whole world.

The fact that our economy would grow fast, however, was not surprising for me given the deliberate steps we  have taken to lay the foundation.

When we say that the economy is growing reasonably well, we mean that the four sectors are growing well.  Indeed, industry grew at 6.2% per annum, services at 7.3%, ICT at 7.9% and agriculture at 3.2%. As you can see, it is only agriculture that is still growing slowly.  Fortunately, we have or will soon have the necessary boosters for agriculture.  These will be the use of fertilizers by more Ugandan farmers than at present and the farmers will use more irrigation. In the coming financial year, the Government will work on the following irrigation schemes using the government budget:

(i)            Doho phase II in Butalejja district;

(ii)           Mubuku phase II in Kasese district;

(iii)          Wadelai in Nebbi district;

(iv)         Tochi in Oyam district;

(v)          Ngenge in Oyam district;

(vi)         Atari (Bulambuli and Kween);

(vii)        Katete in Kanungu district;

(viii)       Kawumu in Luwero district;

(ix)         Amagoro (Tororo district);

(x)          Nabigaga (Kamuli district);

(xi)         Rwimi (Kasese and Kabarole district);

(xii)        Nyimur (Lamwo);

(xiii)       Musamya (Kayunga);

(xiv)       Kibimba (Gomba);

(xv)        Kabuyanda (Isingiro);

(xvi)       Matanda (Isingiro); and

(xvii)      Igogero-Naigombwa (Iganga and Bugiri).

In order to roll-out a global irrigation system for the whole country, we are encouraging industrialists to set up assembly or manufacturing plants for solar-powered water pumps. Some of these pumps and water conveyance systems, will be used in government funded irrigation schemes. Others, however, will be used by the farmers at their own cost. I encourage all the capable farmers to, at their own cost, go  into irrigation.

With the building of our phosphate fertilizer plant in Tororo, Uganda, which at 2.5kgs per hectare has one of the lowest rates of fertilizer use, will now stir itself up to use more fertilizers. We are looking for an additional investor to blend the phosphates with nitrogen and potassium in order to formulate NPK (Nitrogen, phosphates and potassium).

With the use of NPK, production will go up by 30%.  With higher rates of agricultural growth, the overall rate of growth will go up. Within the industrial rate of growth, I would like to single-out the sector of construction.  This grew by 12.5% annually. This is not surprising given the respective efforts of the government and the private sector in the areas of road and houses construction.

All this is happening before we implement our invigorated effort to ensure import substitution.  You remember last year, I told you how rich Ugandans and other Africans are, already. In the case of Uganda, we spend about US dollars 7 billion a year in terms of imports.

Importing what? Importing the shoes, clothes, carpets, textiles, furniture units, pharmaceuticals, electronic equipments, perfumes, soaps, wines, cars, pikipikis (motorcycles), etc., etc.  Since some time ago, we have told our people that they can manufacture or process most of these here.  That is how we have started the process of supporting the youth and the women groups that are already engaged in those activities or are about to be engaged in those activities.

This will save our foreign exchange, create more money for us, but also create jobs for our youth. Hence, many of our unemployed youth can be transformed into property owners, job creators and also employ themselves.

Since we talked about this in last year’s State of the Nation Address, 4,525 girls have already been assisted to engage in: knitting, shoe-making, weaving, tailoring, bakery and embroidery, while 6 groups have been assisted in furniture-making and 10 in welding. As of now, these groups may be making items for import-substitution. In time, however, they will make items for exports.

While this effort is aimed at recruiting many of our youth from agriculture or from the urban informal sector (jua kali) into small scale industry activities, the bigger foreign and local investors have already helped us to attract and locate in Uganda 44,316 factories and 8,200 service companies. These employ 600,000 and 1.2 million people, respectively.  Indeed, as you drive on Gulu road, as I did recently, or along Jinja road, you will see quite a number of new factories that have been built recently.

In the coming days, the Minister of Finance will announce the financial support we intend to give to the groups that wish to join the manufacturing in the form of the enhanced micro-finance efforts and the Innovation in addition to the Women Fund, the Youth Fund and Operation Wealth Creation Fund.  With enough electricity, the improved roads and security, we are surer of success than we have ever been. Through enhanced micro-finance, we are going to solve one of the bottlenecks ─ absence of low-interest money for manufacturing.  The privatization of Commercial Banks failed to solve the problem of high interest-rates. We are going to solve it using the route of the enhanced micro-finance and the r boute of the more capitalized Uganda Development Bank (UDB). These institutions should be able to give loans to manufacturers, processors and commercial agriculture at interest rates of 12% or thereabout per annum.

One of the stimuli for faster economic growth, is the low cost of doing business in the economy. With the refinancing of Bujagali and a better deal for managing the transmission of electricity, we shall achieve the low cost of electricity per unit, added to the low cost of money mentioned above.  That leaves the low cost of transport as our next target.

Although we have done so much on the roads, by the end of this financial year, (we shall have a total length of 6,027 kms that are tarmacked), the roads are only good for passengers. They travel comfortably and fast; sometimes, too fast for their own safety as we have seen with so many fatal accidents, recently. Nevertheless, cost for road transport remains high if you compare it with rail and water transport.  God gave us the possibility of water transport with so many Lakes (Nalubaale, Mwitanzigye, Masyooro, Butuumbi-Rutshuru, Kyoga) and Kiira (the River Nile). These are the Ugandan names for Lakes: Victoria, Albert, George and Edward. This potential is always there and, as we get investors, the potential will turn into capacity. That leaves the issue of the railway.  We are going to build the Standard Gauge Railway.  We are  only continuing to refine the issues of cost and quality with the partners we are talking with.

Before I leave the subject of the economy, I cannot forget to talk about the commercialization of Agriculture, especially for the 68% homesteads that are still in subsistence and that are a big source of our poverty.  68% are not active in the economy and they are just by-standers.  This has been one of the battles I have been fighting since 1966, for the last 52 years.  I do not accept to live with neighbours that are stuck in poverty.  I patiently educate them until they are able to join the gospel of wealth creation through production.  I started the battle in the cattle corridor in 1966 ─ end of year.

With my late colleague, Mwesigwa – Black, we sensitized the nomadic Banyankore as to the need to become sedentary and, later, join the dairy industry. This effort, by 1995, in spite of the 20 years interruption on account of the political chaos in the country, had succeeded beyond our wildest imagination.  In Kiruhura district alone, there are 6,000 dairy farmers, producing 800,000 litres of milk per day today.  The total production of milk in Uganda went from 200million litres to 2.5billion litres per annum, thereby liberating Uganda from depending on imported powdered milk and, actually, becoming an exporter of milk and milk products to the tune of US$130million per annum.

Recently, on account of the laxity by the veterinary staff and also the carelessness of the farmers themselves, we have had the problem of tick resistance to acaricides. We shall, however, use science to defeat this problem.  Our scientists are working on it.

Having confirmed that villagers can be enlightened into becoming commercial farmers in the dairy sector, during the whole of 1995, I travelled throughout the country and preached the gospel of wealth-creation.  Unfortunately, many leaders are never bothered with substance of leadership.  They spend a lot of time on Public Relations (PR) and no time on substance. The PR is attending church services, weddings, burials, etc. In the end, however, real mobilization is helping the people to solve the problem of wealth creation, jobs, health, education for their children by directing them to wealth creation so that they can support the education of their children themselves, the infrastructure of roads and security. Having shared my pilot project with the rest of the country, I was hopeful that my colleagues would take advantage of my experience.  Some did.  Recently, I invited the Inter-religious Council to visit some areas that have woken up: Ibaanda, Kiruhuura, Kalungu and Masaka.  They were able to see for themselves that poverty in the rural areas can be defeated.  The Ibaanda, Kalungu and Masaka areas had relied on coffee to defeat poverty. Kiruhuura had relied on dairy.  There are other areas like Bundibugyo that are, unfortunately, being disturbed by the artificial issue of identity (Bakonjo vs Baamba – Babwisi).  Otherwise, through cocoa, palm oil, coffee, vanilla and up-land rice, that area was becoming very prosperous.

As I was waiting for my colleagues to absorb the message of transformation, since I am always allergic to poverty among my neighbours, I launched directly managed programmes in the Kisozi area and Kawumu in Luwero. The President’s office is also running  a number of Model Parishes. In Kisozi, I have 1700 homesteads in nine villages.  As I speak, 1400 of the homesteads have joined the effort of commercial farming through coffee, bananas, beans, maize and zero-grazing of cattle. See annex I attached about the details.  I, however, notice that the coffee yield and returns per acre are still low.  I do not know why.

In the Masaka area, the yield per acre per annum is 2,700Kgs that bring in Shs.18.9 million per annum. In the Kawumu area, the Mawale Parish has got 1,188 homesteads. Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) has handled 341 homesteads and State House has handled 292 homesteads.  Information on Mawale and Nsanvu parishes is attached in annexes II. The leaders should be informed that this is the correct way of seeking durable popularity and not confining yourselves to Public Relation (PR) and spontaneity.  The latter, in the end, will evaporate.  The leaders and the CAOs must plan per parish to involve, in phases, eventually, all the homesteads.

One of the problems I have been informing the leaders about, including the community leaders, is the issue of land fragmentation through indisciplined  inheritance practices.  This will cause a big problem for the country if we do not copy what the Europeans did in order to guard against this phenomenon. The use of shares (emigabo) for inheritance is better than the physical fragmentation of land and property. Fortunately, science is developing so fast that we may, in future, not need soil to produce crops. In fact, somebody told me that soil was an inconvenience because it harbours crop diseases. That what is crucial is water, which we should do everything possible to protect.  They call this hydroponics agriculture ─ crops without soil, but with fresh water. The political leaders, the cultural leaders, the religious leaders need to know that there are strategic issues we need to grasp clearly for the survival and prosperity of our people. Riding on an uninformed population is criminal.

As our industrialization is progressing, our Scientists are also making their own contribution.  That is why we put in place the Innovation Fund.  Quite a number of our Scientists have patents for industrial formulae.  These include:  Dr. Muranga, Dr. Kyamuhangire, Musasizi, the late Dr. Isharaza, Dr. Mukwaya, Dr. Kaahwa, etc., etc.  One of the products being developed, is the Kiira electric car.  Our industrial sector, therefore, will not only depend on processing agricultural and minerals products.  It will also benefit from the intellectual labour of our Scientists, out of their designs and fabrications, like the electric cars.

One of our Scientists Dr. Phillippa Ngaju Makobore, has developed an Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECGF), a medical device designed to accurately administer intravenous (IV) fluids and drugs by controlling the rate of fluid flow based on feedback from a drop sensor.   I congratulate all of them.

In order to invigorate our services sector, the Government will revive the Uganda Airlines.  We have already booked slots for the manufacture of medium and long – distance planes.  These will be able to handle the regional and inter-national routes.  Ugandans have an itch in their feet.  They like to travel, to Dubai, to China, etc.  Besides, we have a large diaspora that run away during the bad times; they are too comfortable where they are and never bother to come back, permanently. Nevertheless, they regularly travel back to see their families.  Besides, we have the tourists and also the investment and business delegations.  All these need convenient mode of travel from London, from Dubai or from a point in China.    This is not to talk of regional destination – Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Kigali, Bujumbura, Arusha, Juba, Khartoum, Kinshasa, Addis-Ababa, Cairo, Johannesburg, etc.  Every year, Ugandans spend US$430million (Shs. 1.6 trillion) on air-travel. This is quite a heamorrhage that must stop, just as we are going to stop the haermorrhage occasioned by the phenomenon of medical tourism.  This is going to India for medical treatment. This takes another US$1.3million per year.

I hear so many people talk about the attainment of the middle-income status by Uganda.  The main problem here is, actually, the problem of Uganda importing too much and exporting little.  The GDP per capita today is US$776. To become a middle income country, you need, at least, US$1,006 per capita.  This money is calculated in Dollars.  Too much importing and too little exporting undermines the progress to a middle-income status. Therefore, Ugandans, please, buy Ugandan; travel Ugandan; health-wise, be treated in Uganda.  The government will facilitate its part as outlines in this speech.

All I have said above is about the economy that is being developed to create wealth and jobs for the Ugandans as well as widening the tax base for the State of Uganda. At the same time, this bigger economy provides more goods and services for Uganda’s domestic consumption and for exports.

Your NRM, always looking ahead, has already negotiated and arranged with our brother and sister Africans to ensure the market integration of Africa (EAC, COMESA, CFTA), so as to provide capacity for the absorption of the  greater supply of goods and services produced by the Ugandans awakened to realize their potential as we also buy from our brothers and sisters in Africa, as  we all take advantage of the huge collective market of Africa.  Besides the huge continental market we are creating with our African brothers, the NRM always never missing in action when it comes to African issues, we have also negotiated for third party market access to the USA, EU, Chinese, Japanese and Indian markets, in varying degrees.  Hence, ladies and gentlemen, the NRM has addressed or is addressing all the factors that are necessary to open the gates to the Ugandans engaged in wealth and jobs creation. Let everybody, then, play his or her own part.

On the side of stability, Uganda had alot of challenges even after the NRM took power.  Eventually, by 2007, the UPDF totally defeated Kony, ADF, the other rebel groups and disarmed the Karimojong. Therefore, rural-based terrorism and banditry was totally defeated and we built military and intelligence capacity to ensure that Uganda will never be threatened by terrorists operating from the rural areas.  The terrorists of ADF are still in Congo, preserved there by the UN and the Congo government. If, however, they were to re-enter Uganda, they would be promptly and decisively defeated.

Some of the terrorists of ADF as well as other criminal elements, seeing that they could not survive in the rural areas, infiltrated into the towns where we had not fully focused in terms of developing intelligence capacity.  As a consequence, we had 7 Sheiks assassinated as well as Major Kiggundu, Joan Kagezi, AIGP Kaweesi and Susan Magara, of recent.  These killings seem to have been linked with ADF. Other killings, like the women killed in the  Entebbe – Wakiso areas, as well as the killings in the Masaka area on New Year’s Eve, were by  local criminals using pangas.  With this new challenge, we put in place mechanism to build the intelligence gathering capacity in the towns and on the highways. We are about to round-off the building of that capacity.

Urban terrorism and crime will be defeated just as we defeated the rural terrorists.  In the meantime, most of the killers of the women in the Entebbe – Wakiso areas as well as the killings in the Masaka area, have been arrested. One of the killers, Kiddawalime, was killed by the wanaichi and our Police Force.  In particular, I want to commend Cadet ASP Twinomugisha Steven, a Police Officer, that wrestled down the criminal and disabled him.  With immediate effect, I promote him to the next rank. I also salute our grand-daughter, Nakyambadde, who, using the mobile telephone, summoned for help when the obnoxious Kiddawalime was about to start robbing her and was about to rape her.

With the permission of the Rt. Hon. Speaker, I will decorate them with the Jubilee medal, later. On the kidnappers and killers of Susan Magara, 2 were killed at Usaafi Mosque as they were trying to fight the Police and 8 were arrested. Regarding the killings of  Joan Kagezi, Moslem Sheikhs, AIGP Kaweesi and Major Kiggundu, 90 persons have been arrested and are now facing trial and those not yet arrested are still being hunted. The ADF criminals in Congo will answer for the killings of our  people even when they are hiding in Congo. Their only safety is for them to voluntarily surrender and seek for amnesty.  I salute our brothers, the Tanzanians, for arresting and handing over to us Jamil Mukulu.  He is now facing the Courts of Law.

The other issue that needs attention is the environment, especially the restoration of the wetlands, preserving the national forests, planting the new commercial forests, not cultivating along the River banks, not allowing cultivation within the 200 metres of the Lake shore and stopping soil erosion by using contours when cultivating in the mountain areas or on the hillsides. Cultivation or building in the wetlands (ebisharara, enfuujo-bisaaru, ntobazi-bitoogo) should stop. We can economically use the wetlands better when we preserve them and only use the edges for fish ponds. The four fish-ponds, in half an acre of the Presidential farm at Kawumu in Luwero, bring in Shs.64million per year, according to Madam Nakyobe. This is the right way to use the wetlands so that the centre of the swamp regenerates, preserves water for us because we need it for irrigating the farms.  Besides, the swamp grass known as ebigugu (Cyperus latiforia) is very good for mulching the gardens and banana plantations.

You cut and the grass grows again. God had arranged everything for Uganda ─ water, ebigugu, ebifuunjo for paper making (known as papyrus), fish in the wetlands, mud-fish (eshoonzi), etc. We can now use the edges (emiiga) for fish farming, get much more money and preserve our wetlands with all our other benefits.  Moreover, the swamp vegetation also filters the water so that, by the time it goes into the Lakes and Rivers, it is free of silt. This, preserves the Lakes and Rivers from silting and also preserves the quality of the water.  When it comes to purifying water for consumption, it costs us less.

There is no part of Uganda where there is no branch of the government. There is a government at the district (elected and appointed), there is a government at the sub-county and there is a government at the parish (the Muruka chief).  There is no good reason, therefore, why the President and the Central government should be harassed for this whole hierarchy of the structures not doing their job.

Therefore, I am going to write a directive in the form of a circular letter to all these galaxy of officials to ensure that all the services in their area are delivered properly. They should ensure that there are no ghosts in the Local Government Secondary and Primary Schools; that teachers teach; that there are drugs in the health centres; that the farmers follow the required agricultural practices; that the wetlands are not invaded; that the Lake shores are not cultivated; etc. The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) in the district is the Permanent Secretary of the Government in the district.  All his workers, the Gombolola chiefs and the Miruka chiefs, should not allow anything to go wrong in the areas of their responsibility.  I will create an Inspection Unit in my office ─ State House.  If they go to an area and there is anything wrong, that official and the CAO will be held responsible.

I cannot fail to talk about mercenarism of the public officials and corruption of some of them. The mercenarism interferes with the patriotic attitude of the freedom fighters.  People expect money for every little task.  We could not have liberated this country if we did not have a high degree of altruism. This attitude of altruism must come back.  As for the corrupt officials, I would like to inform the public that their only element of security is the acquaissance of the public by not reporting these criminals. Otherwise, there is no criminal, we cannot handle.  Report any corruption you come across to this unit. It will comprise of Mr. James Tweheyo, Ms. Martha Asiimwe and Sister Akiror.  They will give out their telephone numbers.  What happened to the IGG? Why don’t the victims of corruption report those incidents to the office of the IGG?  That was the purpose of that office; to protect the public from corrupt officials; to protect the investors against corrupt officials.  The IGG should reflect on this.  Are her staff credible? Why does the public not trust that institution?  We need answers.

In order to help the Muruka chief monitor economic production activities and service delivery in his area, the government should give each one of them a bicycle.  It is quiet and healthy for the chief to peddle around and inspect. The motor-cycles of the Gombolola chiefs should be replaced.  The old ones, given out in the financial year 2007/2008, are too old by now.

In the area of Sports, Uganda is beginning to come up, again. The best sports performance by Ugandans was that of Akii Bua in the 400 metres hurdles of 1972 in the Munich Olympics.

Since the 1950s, I had been following the sports events and the achievements of our people.  Etolu in Vancouver in 1954 in the high jump, Tom Kawere in boxing in Cardiff in 1959, Grace Seruwagi in boxing in 1960, etc., etc.  Therefore, the recent star performances of the young sportsmen like Kiprotich, gold in the London Olympics of 2012, Kipsiro, gold in 2014 in Glasgow, Cheptegei in the recent Commonwealth games, etc., revive and re-inforce the good performance of the fore-runners of sports in modern Uganda.  Yet, we have not yet put systematic efforts into sports beyond the peace brought to the country, the immunization of the young people, the UPE and USE as well as the absorption of the youth with talent into the disciplined forces of Uganda (Prisons, Police, UPDf, etc). Let the Ministry of Health sensitize our people more on nutrition in early childhood and, when funds are available, more systematic annual schools and districts competitions to be able to identify talent early enough. The potential in Uganda is huge.

In the budget, the Minister of Finance will give more details about the plans for the economy.  I wish to end this address by thanking Parliament for handling the following legislations during the last session:

BILLS ENACTED

  1. The Bio-fuels Bill 2017;
  2. The Constitution (Amendment) NO 2 Bill; 2017
  3. The Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2017;
  4. The Supplementary Appropriation No 2 Bill 2018;
  5. The Appropriation Bill 2018;
  6. The Stamp Duty (Amendment) Bill 2018;
  7. The Excise Duty ( Amendment) Bill 2018;
  8. The Income Tax ( Amendment) Bill 2018;
  9. The Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill 2018;
  10. The Tax Procedures Code(Amendment) Bill 2018;
  11. The Tax Appeals Tribunal(Amendment) Bill 2018;
  12. The Traffic and Road Safety(Amendment) Bill 2018;
  13. The Lotteries and Gaming (Amendment) Bill 2018.

In the coming session, the government will present the following Bills:

PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE PROGRAMME FOR FINANCIAL YEAR 2018/2019

S/NO     MINISTRY

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1              The Uganda Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs (UIDIA), Bill.

2              Foreign service Bill

Ministry of Public Service

3              Public Service Pension Fund Bill,

4              Human Resource Management Professionals Bill

Ministry of Finance, Planning &   Economic

Development

5              Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2019

6              VAT (Amendment) Bill, 2019

7              Excise Tariff (Amendment) Bill, 2019

8              Stamps Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2019

9              Finance Bill, 2019

10           Tax Procedures Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019

11           Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2019

12           Appropriation Bill, 2019

14           Annual Budget Estimates for FY2019/20 – Motion

15           Corrigenda for FY2019/20 – Motion

16           Budget Speech FY2019/20 – Motion

17           National Budget Framework Paper FY2019/20 – Motion

18           Semi Annual Budget Performance Report FY2018/19 – Motion

19           National payment systems.

20           BOU Amendment Bill

21           PPDA

22           Foreign Exchange Amendment Bill.

23           Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill.

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development

24           Uganda Land Commission Bill

25           Land Lord –Tenant Bill

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives

26           The National Accreditation Bill

27           The Legal Metrology Bill

28           The Industrial and Science Metrology Bill

29           The Consumer Protection Bill

30           The Competition Bill

Ministry of Works and Transport

31           The Engineers Registration Act (Amendment) Bill

32           The Roads Bill

Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports

33           National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) (Amendment) Bill.

34           Physical Activity and Sports (PAS) Bill.

35           Uganda National Examination Board Act (UNEB) Amendment Bill.

36           The Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium (Amendment) Bill.

36           The Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions (UOTI) Act (Amendment) Bill

Ministry of Health

37           National Food and Drug Authority Bill

38           Public Health Act

39           Organ and Tissue Transplant Bill

40           Pharmacy Bill

Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs

41           The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces and Veterans Bill, 2017

In conclusion, I want to remind the listeners that Uganda is un-stoppable given what we have done in the field of: Army building; building the other security forces; in education; in health; the ICT backbone; the roads; electricity; in agricultural research for improved seeds, disease control and improved agro-practices; what we are planning to do to deal with the cost of money for borrowing; and the work already done on the issue of the continental market integration and access to third Party markets.

What remains to be done is build the Standard Gauge Railway with the branches to Kasese, Kakitumba and South Sudan.  I did not talk about the oil and gas because all the work is already done.  It is just implementation that is remaining. The oil revenues will, obviously help us to fund our infrastructure and innovation programmes. The future is bright.  Let us tighten discipline.

Madam Speaker, It is my pleasure to declare the 3rd Session of the 10th Parliament open.

I thank you very much and hope that the coming Session will be fruitful.

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Can’t be Silent any more-End Sexual Abuse & Violence Against Women-HTP Launches Campaign.

Welcome to Heal The Planet Global Organisation-HTP

HTP Violence Against Women

Sexual Abuse as part of Violence against Women, Girls and children both male and females is a global crisis. The victims are suffering with the majority silent due to the unstable situation there subjected too. This is happening at work places, universities/ schools, prisons, homes, sports, some places of worship, government institutions and many more.

Heal The Planet Global Organisation-HTP under its multiple Departments including Women, Children, Human Rights & Legal is undertaking measure to end this violence on individual levels, community, Government and others.

We have developed measures through which advocacy, social protection, counselling, healing and other solutions are given and in some circumstances legal action is taken, media exposure and to some levels negotiations for rehabilitation and compensation as well as justice is pursued.

Contact us today at sexualabuse@healdeplanet.org. It doesn’t matter where you’re, we have developed allies in legal fraternities, police, organisations, government and other institution…

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David Bweyinda-The Hunter Celebrates 28 years in Ministry today.

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“End Merciless Killings in UG..” The Kivumbi Message on 29& 25th Birthday.

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“End Merciless Killings in UG..” The Kivumbi Message on 29& 25th Birthday.

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Damac Properties-HTP Relations; Gulzina is in London then in Kampala!

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Gulzina coming to London & Kampala

Damac Relations Manager Gulzina Myrzakmatova is in in Birmingham, London . She arrived today from Dubai and will meet leads for Damac Properties until 14 May 2018. She will also come to Kampala, Uganda from 28th May to 5th Aug 2018. Link up with her and connect us please. 

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Kivumbi Receives Damac Officials, Hold Meeting at Office of the President.

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