President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said he’s tired of begging Parliament to do its work of appropriating government funds.
Speaking to NRM MPs-elect on Wednesday at Ngoma government ranch in Nakaseke district as their three weeks retreat came to an end, Museveni said the time of begging Parliament to fund priority areas is over.
“Sometimes, I am polite because I don’t want to create political problems for people that belong to the same party as mine, that is why I don’t want to talk too much, but this must stop. Everybody must do his work,” Museveni said.
Museveni told the MPs that although he joined the retreat as chairman of the NRM party, but he also carried the presidential coat which gives him a leeway to discuss the country’s policy issues.
“I don’t want any more games; we have the capacity to no to everybody, and when we say no, we mean it,” Museveni said.
Museveni’s statement followed a presentation by Dr. Margret Kahwa, a Makerere University professor who discovered a vaccine that prevents ticks in cattle. In her presentation, Kahwa asked the government for Shs 22 billion to fund her project to build a factory that will manufacture the vaccine in Uganda.
Museveni wondered why parliament was frustrating such an invention that if implemented would not only solve farmer’s problems but would also fetch foreign exchange for the country as the vaccines would be sold to neighbouring countries.
Museveni also urged the MPs to help him solve the problem of land evictions adding that it’s one of the biggest challenges facing his government.
He promised to assist any leader who engages in the fight against land evictions for as long as it is not politicized.
He also urged his party members to mobilize against the disruption of the peace that he said Ugandans are enjoying, further describing plotters of demonstrations, especially in Kampala as enemies of development.
Meanwhile, the NRM caucus has disagreed with the president’s proposal to cancel foreign trips for MPs and other government officials.
The ban had been listed as one of the resolutions that the retreat had adopted but the MPs-elect unanimously refused to endorse it, prompting President Museveni to agree to pose the proposal until it’s discussed exhaustively in another caucus meeting.
“We are going to discuss in the caucus, the issue of visiting; the issue of being Ferdinand Magellan who went around circumnavigating the world. We shall discuss it when we are not drunk when we are sober and see the way forward,” Museveni said.