The President, H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni addressed the nation on the state of affairs yesterday, Thursday 4th June 2015 at The Serena Conference Centre.
The address was flagged off by the Rt. Hon. Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga who highlighted some the achievements and challenges faces by the Parliament in the fourth session of the House.
The Speaker mentioned that the Parliament was able to pass 22 bills into law, notable among them being the Anti-Pornography Act of 2014, the Public Order Management Act of 2014 and others.
However, she noted a few challenges which included; Absenteeism of MPs, Late Submission of Bills from the executive among others.
“We have noted that the absenteeism of the MPs in the house is because of the insatiable demand for them in their constituents,” the Speaker highlighted.
“We also have a problem of late submissions of Bills from the executive so we urge them to be speedy in handling Bills to avoid being stampeded,” the Speaker stressed.
President Museveni in his opening remarks said the address was meant to give accountability, plans and strategies of the executive.
The President’s speech focused on infrastructure, agriculture, Science and Technology and ICT development.
He said when the Standard Gauge railway when completed would lower the cost of transportation of goods from USD 2,100 to 1,600 for a container of goods from Mombasa.
The President urged the government to support scientific innovation because scientists are capable of doing anything and boosting the development of the country.
He said the government was working on improving ICTs through the extension of the undersea cable.
President Museveni called for a check on abuse of power by some MPs especially those delaying the sugar factory in Amuru.
“I ask members of Parliament to be humble when handling our scientists, because they are very important.”
He used a bible quote saying, “If you want to go to heaven be humble, blessed are the humble for the kingdom of God belongs to them.”
He said that if the Parliamentary committees were not “full of themselves”, they would have asked why government privatised Uganda commercial bank.