NRM GOVERNMENT BOASTS OF TREMEDOUS DEVELOPMENT AS UGANDA CELEBRATES 58TH INDEPEDENCE DAY ANNIVERSARY
Uganda will celebrate her 58th Independence Day anniversary tomorrow under the Theme: “Celebrating Uganda’s Steady Progress towards economic take off and Self-sustaining economic growth.”
The celebration will be presided over by the President of Uganda, His Excellence Yoweri Museveni Kaguta at State House Entebbe in a scientific manner with a few invited dignitaries
There will be no traditional programmes and fanfare as the country is still observing the Ministry of Health Guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as we manage the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Day’s programme will be aired live on all television, radio and other media channels in Uganda.
In a press release made yesterday, Hon Mbayo revealed that this year’s celebrations will focus on the performance of the National Resistance Movement Government since they came into power.
Uganda got her independence in 1962 from her colonial masters, the British and she celebrates this freedom every year on 9th October.
National Resistance Movement (NRM) came into power in 1986 under the leadership of the current President and also the chairperson of the NRM party, Yoweri Museveni Kaguta.
The ruling Government boasts of various developments achieved in the last 30 years of independence and leadership.
True independence enables the benefiting nations to build self-confidence, help citizens realize their full potential and lead a life of dignity, fulfilment and a life free from exploitation or any social and political oppression among others.
Uganda attained sovereignty to decide and shape their destiny through democratic means.
International and Regional Integrations
Government of Uganda has promoted international and regional integrations such as Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), The Southern Africa Development Co-operation (SADC) and The EAC, SADC and COMESA tripartite agreement in order to achieve an industrialized, regionally integrated, democratic and independent self-sustaining society.
The Government has promoted good Health as the life expectance of Ugandans is as twice since the independence time.
There are various programmes that make medical equipment available to different parts of the country such as Uganda’s National Malaria Control program, Rehabilitation and construction of general Hospitals Program, Specialized maternal and Neonatal Health Care Unit in Mulago.
Rehabilitation of Mulago National Referral Hospital, installation of 13 medical oxygen plants completed and enabled access to high quality medical oxygen, completion of 19 medicines stores and 26 semi-detached staff houses under GAVI, construction of 68 staff housing units in Karamoja region.
The Government has enabled free maternal care programme which has reduced infant and child mortality giving hope to thousands of mothers such as completion of the 450 bed Specialized Women and Neonatal hospital at Mulago.
There are has been construction of Referral Hospitals, Health Centre IVs, Health Centre IIIs and Health Centre IIs across the country to further enhance universal health care in Uganda.
The Ministry of Health has ensured that children are immunized against all the 13 preventable diseases.
The Government has introduced Universal Primary and Secondary Education and partially tertiary institutions, most children benefit from free education. There are over 10.78 million children in primary schools, 1.95 million in secondary schools according to the Ministry of Education and Sports, all supported by the government of Uganda.
Through UPE, USE, free Higher Education and the Student Loan Scheme, the government is empowering the youth to effectively participate in the economic development of the country so that they have a better future.
Uganda’s economic growth has averaged 7% over the last 30 years. “We have sustained single-digit inflation over a long time to date. Government will be implementing National Development Plan (NDP) III and focus on strategic objectives such as enhancing value addition to the productive sectors, which include agro-processing, mineral led industrialization, oil refinery among others.” Hon Esther Mbayo explains in one of the recent press releases.
The Government through various programs like Green Jobs program launched in various districts in the country has supported its people out of poverty.
The Government has showed determination in fighting against corruption through various legal frameworks and institutions that have been put in place. For example, the recently passed Anti-Corruption Amendments Act 2013 that provides for the confiscation of the properties of those convicted of corruption will be implemented to the spirit and letter. Also, the Whistle Blower’s Act 2010, which allows people to report cases of corruption and guarantee them protection.
The Government has empowered the youth to participate in decision-making through Local Government Councils, Youth Councils and representation in Parliament and cabinet. Today, about 40,000 youth graduates from universities annually.
One of the other interventions the Government has initiated is the five-year sh265b Youth Livelihood Programme to provide startup capital for the youth to create jobs for themselves and employ others. So far, sh54.4b has been disbursed to 70,000 young people across the country.
Government has boasted the economy’s energy through the completion of Bujagali hydropower project which has increased the power generation from 300MW to over 850MW.
Construction of new power dams at Karuma (600MW) and Isimba (183MW) on the River Nile that was started. This has not only enabled sufficient power for the country, but also has brought down the cost of electricity to consumers.
Although coffee remains a strong export income earner and accounting for about 10% of export revenues, Government has diversified the export base and growing export earnings overall.
As a result, export earnings have grown by 40.2% from USD2.92 billion in 2016 to reach USD4.1 billion in 2019- a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9%.
Coffee earnings have over the last 4 years grown by an average of 4% year on year from USD371.7 million in 2016 to USD438.5 million on account of increased production. Coffee exported has grown from 3.54 million 60-KG bags to 4.56 million bags in the same period.