Museveni slams judges for freeing drug thieves


President Yoweri Museveni has said that Government Ministries must effectively supervise their respective departments at the Local Government level throughout the country.

The President made the remarks last evening during the closing ceremony of a 2-day Retreat for Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Government Agencies, Resident District Commissioner (RDCs) and representatives of Local Government.

The ceremony took place at the Conference Hall in the building complex that also houses the Prime Minister’s Office in Kampala.

The retreat reviewed the performance of Government during the period covering half of the 2015/2016 financial year.

“The Ministry of Education is the controller in ensuring quality education service. Nobody in any Ministry should delegate on quality. The Ministries must effectively supervise the departments at the local Government level,” he emphasized.

He, at this juncture, referred to complaints raised by wananchi during his campaign trail in Kyenjojo district at Kahinju Seed Secondary School concerning the failed construction of that school’s premises for which he condemned Inspectors of Schools in that region for failing to perform their duties.

President Museveni also put to task officials of the Ministry of Health officials for failure to apprehend employees involved in the stealing of medical drugs from Government hospitals.

He revealed to the shocked officials how the Director of Health Delivery Monitoring Unit, Dr. Diana Atwine Kanzira and her team had arrested thieves that were involved in the racket of the theft of medical drugs only for them to be released by the Judiciary.

He observed that the thieves were not only released but the Judicial Officials declared that they (thieves) should be compensated for wrongful arrest.

He strongly condemned the judicial officials for attempting to frustrate Government efforts towards ensuring good service delivery.

Mr. Museveni thanked the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, for his efforts to ensure quality service delivery.

He said that regular reporting and reviewing of Government’s performance was inevitable. He noted that Government must ensure the provision of quality services to the people.

He further observed that the Office of the Prime Minister, along with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, must guide the implementation of Government programmes adding that the set targets of Government must be attained.

The President informed the officials that the NRM Government has identified 10 strategic bottlenecks, including that of a weak State, that are being addressed.

He expressed strong optimism that the country will achieve the lower middle-income status by 2019.

He informed the officials at the retreat that if Uganda exports more and earns more foreign exchange, the country will achieve that status.

He said that Uganda, under the NRM Government, has strengthened the security of persons and property within the country and in the region.

He attributed the positive achievements in security to the building of a pro-people Army by the Movement.

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