Cancer machine breakdown a shame, says Lumumba


The ruling NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba says the breakdown of the cancer chemotherapy machine has caught government left footed.

“Unreasonable and uncoordinated explanations and solutions were adduced by the technical people and indeed this only attracted the wrath of the public as it was bordering on the insensitivity and carelessness by the ministry,” Lumumba said in a social media statement on Saturday.

Lumumba says although a better solution has been arrived at, the country needs a better planning and disaster preparedness.

“It’s high time we tackled this ideological disorientation of poor planning. This business of do finding money after a crisis emerges must stop. We should learn to plan. We should always set our priorities right.”

She said its ridiculous for government bureaucrats to pay for an equipment, left it uninstalled for sometime and by the time it’s installed it’s outdated.

“Government buying equipment and its in stores for 10 years. What a shame.”

She noted that in the recently concluded campaigns the NRM was very fervent about service delivery and when the full time secretariat aspect was put in place, the issue of supervision of government activities and having priorities featured prominently.

The NRM will increase pressure for accountability and value for money by the public officials, Lumumba pledged, adding that the measures will include appointing permanent secretaries, chief accounting officers, Sub county Chiefs among other government bureaucrats on performance contracts.

“Renewal of their contracts will be based on assessment in respect to implementation of government programs and accountability of public funds. Where there is evidence of shoddy works and poor accountability such officers’ contracts will not be renewed and the law will take its course. The era of impunity is over.”

The party is also coming up with measures of evaluating political heads of sectors and local governments.

“We are going to target the youth through attraction of more investors, we shall introduce a youth Entrepreneurs fund to be accessed by youth who have viable projects.”

Lumumba says the fund will be operated through the banks with low interest rate charged without asking for collateral security.

“As a secretariat we are headed for action, service delivery and pro-people activities together we can.”


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