Museveni Blames Lack of Industries for Uganda's Slow Development

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Ugandans on Wednesday marked the 27th National Resistance Movement (NRM) Liberation anniversary at a colourful national function held at Nyakasanga playground.

Ugandans on Wednesday marked the 27th National Resistance Movement (NRM) Liberation anniversary at a colourful national function held at Nyakasanga playground.
 
President Yoweri Museveni who was the chief guest said Uganda has developed slowly due to lack of enough industries that would create employment and foreign exchange through exportation of finished goods.
 
The president said that the lack of speed in the industrialization systems has also led to the delay in the privatization of Kilembe Mines Limited and the revamping of copper mining and smelting in Kasese district.
 
Mr. Museveni told thousands of people at the ceremony that Corporate Privatization Unit (CPU) has misapplied procedures in the case of Kilembe Mines, unable to decide whether what is needed is a procurement process or only investment promotion.
 
Mr. Museveni said that there is a group of Chinese investors who have been in the country several times in the past two years with an interest of taking over at Kilembe Mines so that they build a copper industry but have been frustrated several times.
 
The head of state who revealed he has given the CPU few months to have sort out the issues in the privatization of Kilembe mines. He warned government officials against taking the investors for granted.
 
Mr. Museveni also pointed out the delay in the equipping of the army and corruption as other factors that have contributed to slow economic development in Uganda.
 
He said the whole country is now peaceful because since 2001 the army has been equipped to defend the country against different rebel groups like the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
 
He asked the people in the Rwenzori sub-region to forget about the ADF threat but rather concentrate on the cultivation of coffee and apples to enhance their household incomes and kick poverty worse and for all.
 
On corruption, the president commended the sympathizers of the NRM government and the young police officers for breaking what he called a racket of suspected thieves in the different ministries in the country. 
 
Mr. Museveni also attacked the judiciary for indiscreetly giving bail to every suspect of corruption because this fails the government attempts to root out the vice.
 
Among the achievements of the 27 year regime of the NRM, the president highlighted the increment of students sitting Primary Seven Examinations and Uganda Certificate Education that are far higher than it was in 1986 when the current government took power.
 
According to the president over 50,0000 pupils sat PLE last year compared to 150,000 that did the same exams 27 years ago and that there were 133,000 students in secondary education before NRM came to powered but now the country boasts of about 1.2M students.
 
The president reminded Ugandans to work hard towards the stabilizing on the national economy that has grown from 3.5 trillion shillings 27 years ago to the current 50 trillion.
 
All the former heads of state apart from Idi Amin received the 50th national independence golden jubilee medals for their contribution to the country. President Yoweri Museveni also received that medal as the current head of state.
 
The same medal was given to the Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere, legendary sports personalities that included Kampala Central Mayor Mr. Godfrey Nyakana, Polly Ouma, Stephen Kiprotich, the Cranes of 1979, all former and current speakers of parliament, former and current justices and the East African Legislative Assembly among others.
 
 Dozens of people from the Rwenzori Region also received Nalubale medals that are given to civilians and army officer who contributed to the success of the 1981-1986 liberation struggles. Notably among those is a group of the Katebwa war veterans from Kabarole and Kasese district.