By Juma Nsubuga
Members of parliament say that the ten point programs as announced by the president yesterday will not deliver the country to the next level unless the youth are involved.
MPs who included Hamson Obua Ajuri county MP (NRM), Elijah Okupa the Kasiro county MP (FDC), and Monica Amoding the national youth MP (NRM) among others say that government should involve the new generation into its programs .
They also said that government should also focus on involving everyone
into its programs rather than focusing on a individuals if Uganda is to
move to the next level.
They further noted that government should first put in place functioning institutions, fight corruption, and put in place good health system .
Serere district woman MP Alice Alaso added that Museveni’s new ten point plan will not deliver .
“ President has been launching different programs but since 1986 the results of the programs are not reflected on the ground” She stressed
She also said that government should instead focus on one program and make sure that program has been achieved before handling others.
She further said that the different programs announced by the president clearly shows that he has failed to deliver on his promises.
President Museveni announced the next 50years ten points which includes the following;
i. Ideological disorientation, which manifested itself in the sectarianism of religion and tribes ― failing to see that, as a matter of fact, all groups in Uganda benefit from each other by buying products of the respective groups apart from the other historical, linguistic and cultural similarities or linkages;
ii. A State structure, especially the Army, that needed radical reform because, apart from being sectarian, it was also led and manned by people of little or no education;
iii. Attacking the miniscule private sector based on the ideology of inadequately analyzed nationalism because all investments made in Uganda, being part of our GDP, in fact, strengthen our independence rather than weakening it ― this is what some revolutionaries called using capitalism to build socialism;
iv. A human resource that was not educated or well catered for in terms of health; indeed, some improvement in health care, especially through immunization, has led to the increment of the population, especially in the last 26 years, from seven million at independence to 34 million people today;
v. Inadequately developed infrastructure ― especially electricity, roads, the railways, piped water ― all undermining the profitability of investments in the country on account of high costs of doing business in this economy;
vi. A small internal market on account of colonialism fragmenting the ancient pre-colonial market that used to stretch from the River Congo to Zanzibar, on the Indian Ocean and to the swamps of South Sudan, the inconveniences caused by the greedy tribal chiefs notwithstanding;
vii. Lack of industrialization ― exporting only raw-materials, thereby donating money and jobs to foreign economies;
viii. An underdeveloped services sector (hotels, banks, insurance, transport, etc);
ix. An underdeveloped agriculture ― with only a small portion of the economy being engaged in commercial agriculture while the majority of the farmers were only engaged in subsistence farming using inferior seeds and breeding stock, not using fertilizers, no irrigation and not using improved agro-practices; and
x. A culture and history that lacked democracy.