President Yoweri Museveni says he is the only person in the country who can manage it.
The president made the declaration on Saturday while appearing on the presidential live TV debate held at Serena hotel in Kampala.
“I’m not at this debate to talk about fiction but reality,” the president said, throwing a jibe at his opponents.
“In 1900 Uganda was a feudal country and by 1962 had become an enclave economy.”
He said by 1990s we had only coffee surviving of the 3Cs (coffee, cotton, copper) and Tobacco of the 3Ts (Tea, tobacco, trade) had almost disappeared.”
The president said NRM revived all this.
“You see all these people here [the seven candidates] want ready made things. They don’t know what it means to start small and grow big.”
The president said his colleagues were engaging in fiction and deserved Nobel prizes in Literature.
“When I listen to the talk here, it confirms that there is one person who can manage Uganda,” he said.
“If you want fiction and you want a Nobel Prize for literature, then you can talk the way you want to talk.”
The president said his government had fought insecurity and restored peace.
“Insecurity is ideological. If you have people who believe in sectarianism, they will generate insecurity.”
He added: “Here in Uganda people are saying ‘we have absence of war’ but that’s not because people don’t want war but because we have stopped them.”
The president said his best decision in life was in 1966 when he decided to put all his university choices at University of Dar es Salaam.
“It helped me link up with Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and Samora Machel who later helped me a lot in life.”
These two shaped Museveni and even helped him through the guerrilla war that brought the current government in power.