Opposition- State of the Nation Address was Silent on Salient Issues

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But the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu says the president’s address lacked a fresh feed into the critical issues about the Nation. He says the address failed to address key issues like the need for Electoral Reforms, Corruption, Health and that Status of UPDF presence in south Sudan.

 A section of Opposition Members of Parliament and Leaders have expressed dissatisfaction in yesterday’s state of the nation address saying it was lacking in content and did not tackle salient issues affecting the Economy.

The remarks followed the address in which Agriculture, Services, industry and ICT were listed by President Yoweri Museveni as basic priority sectors on which government will concentrate this financial year as part of its efforts to foster economic growth and development.

According to the president, government intends to invest more money in these sectors so as to alleviate a number of economic challenges like poverty and unemployment. He further noted that government will invest more money in energy and infrastructure.

But the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu says the president’s address lacked a fresh feed into the critical issues about the Nation. He says the address failed to address key issues like the need for Electoral Reforms, Corruption, Health and that Status of UPDF presence in south Sudan.

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Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago noted that the address lacked a touch on the Rule of Law, Human Rights, Democratization and Corruption among others. Lukwago said he was equally disappointed by the failure by Government to address leadership problems in Kampala Capital City Authority.

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Butambala Woman MP Mariam Nalubega noted that health issues were lacking in the address to the nation, although this is a key area that needs to be addressed considering its impact on women and children.   Similarly Kitgum Woman MP Beatrice Anywar cited education as a missing priority that ought to receive a lot of attention.

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.