Mixed Reactions to State of the Nation Address

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Reverend Canon Aaron Musingye, the Director Religious Affairs in the Office of the President, says the president was very silent on some issues. According to Musingye, he is expected the president to speak on morality.

The State of the Nation Address by President, Yoweri Museveni has drawn mixed reactions from legislators and members of the public. In his State of the Nation Address delivered on Tuesday afternoon, Museveni emphasized issues like skilling youths, irrigation and enhancing security in the country.

  
While some members of the public say the address missed on key issues in the country, others praised the address as strategic since it touched on issues affecting all Ugandans. Dr. Abed Bwanika, the President Peoples Development Party, says Museveni failed to account for his previous promises.

  
He also dismissed claims by Museveni that the country is generating surplus electricity as false.  According to Bwanika, all is not rosy in the country as claimed by the president.

 
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Wilfred Niwagaba, the Shadow Attorney General, says there was nothing unusual in the State of the Nation Address save for the president's admission of insecurity in the country.
 

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Reagan Okumu, the Aswa County MP says the State of the Nation Address didn't meet his expectations. According to Okumu, the president failed to address key issues in the country and focused on petty issues.
 

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But Rose Mutonyi, the Bubulo West MP, said the president did an excellent job especially in regards to the youth programs and an employment.
 

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Reverend Canon Aaron Musingye, the Director Religious Affairs in the Office of the President, says the president was very silent on some issues. According to Musingye, he is expected the president to speak on morality.


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Catherine Lamwaka, the Gulu Woman MP, says Museveni was on point as he brought out examples of what has been done over the past year.
 

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“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

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