Prof. Ogenga Latigo says Uganda has enough money and if that money was properly invested in agriculture and education, the country would be moving forward.
While appearing on NBS TV morning breeze yesterday, Latigo said Uganda still puts its poverty levels at $1 yet other nations put it at $50.
“The NRM priority initially was security but we have moved away from that and should focus on other aspects.”
He said government has focused on infrastructure but it’s like having carbohydrates with no proteins unless it focuses on the people.
Latigo says most of the Ugandans depend on agriculture and therefore government should put more emphasis on it.
“At the rate we are going we shall end up importing food yet currently we are the food basket of East Africa.”
“People have become consumed with power. There is a sense of entitlement,” he noted.
He said even Resident District Commissioners say they are the president’s representatives and get consumed with the power.
“They forget that the president is supposed to be a servant of the country.”
Latigo says without universal primary education in the 60s, parents still sent their children to school because agriculture was still productive.
“UPE has become a case of merely increasing enrolment but neglecting quality.”
He says for example, all these dams being constructed that the NRM is taking credit for, were planned for decades ago.
“NRM cleared the basket of mistakes brought by Idi Amin and Milton Obote but they have now replaced them with corruption and sectarianism.”
“NRM has made many people feel like outsiders in their own country. People will continue to fight for equality,” he added.
Latigo who was on the parliamentary agriculture committee in the 7th parliament for 3 years said he had to quit because of frustration.
“Giving free cows and free seeds doesn’t work. If you give a beggar Shs 1m, he won’t leave the street.”
“Farmers should be given incentives e.g low interest rate loans and not free things.”
Latigo urged Ugandans as they celebrate the 53rd independence anniversary to take responsibility for their country.