86 year old woman protests at parliament over Museveni’s unmet pledges


In what took onlookers by surprise, a yet to be identified woman said to be 86 years on Tuesday stage a demonstration at Parliament demanding to meet Ugandan president over what she said unfulfilled pledges.

Early this month, State House Comptroller Lucy Nakyobe said unfulfilled presidential pledges amount to Shs150 billion adding that the presidency is having difficulty clearing the pledges.

Nakyobe who was appearing before the parliamentary committee on presidential affairs alongside other senior officials from the presidency, said the pledges mainly arose from a begging culture that she said was firmly taking root in the country.

The straight talking accounting officer said politicians and their supporters frequent State House begging and putting pressure on the president for financial assistance.

In November 2013, a report by the parliamentary Committee on Government Assurances stated that President Museveni had not delivered on 817 pledges to Ugandans, since coming to power in 1986.

The report indicated that the pledges covered an estimated cost of more than Shs12.9 trillion in key areas of Infrastructure such as roads, hospitals, schools, airport, bridges, electricity and machinery. This money excluded pledges that could not be quantified in pecuniary terms like creation of new districts and setting up of town councils. However, then minister for Presidency, Mr Frank Tumwebaze, faulted the committee’s report, on the method used to come up with the “unfulfilled” promises.

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