“This time I will act directly and discipline the public service as we disciplined the army,” President Yoweri Museveni vowed on Thursday.
Speaking shortly being sworn in at Kololo independence grounds, Museveni said in this term, government will expunge two weaknesses; corruption by public servants and delayed decision-making.
“I will directly deal with these two weaknesses; corruption by public servants and delayed decision-making.”
He said in the past, he relied on accounting officers but this time, will act directly to discipline corrupt public servants.
Museveni said the sevice sector, spurred on by peace and better roads, is growing.
What they lack is publicity which tourism board is working on.
He said 68% of Ugandan households are into subsistence farming; only 32% are involved in money-making agriculture.
Museveni promised to support households with over 2 acres of land with coffee, fruits and tea seedlings.
“In the coming 5 years, we are going to aggressively work hard to export more goods of higher value.”
He added: “What is disturbing us is that the economy has grown a lot but we are importing a lot yet we export little.”
Museveni said the other plan is to build more dams, and not only on River Nile.
Plans are on to build 40 mini-power sites including gas and solar.
“In the long term, we’re preparing for nuclear energy. That’s why I forbade export of our uranium.”
He said Uganda is on the threshold of becoming a middle-income country by 2020.
“We would have become a middle-income country already if we had decisively handled the issue of exports.”