The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Hon Wafula Oguttu, says if the opposition captured power in Uganda, things would be different.
Oguttu was critiquing President Yoweri Museveni’s State of Nation address in a plenary presided over by deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah.
“For the 10th parliament, the opposition will be sitting at the right side of the speaker for we will be in power,” Oguttu started painting a beautiful dream of what it would be like.
He said while many MPs praise Museveni’s State of the Nation Address that emphasised agriculture and infrastructure, things were not as they seemed.
“The previously famous Agriculture show in Uganda is also on the verge of extinction like the many Agriculture shows in Uganda.”
He says while the NRM Government has sang the old song of modernising Agriculture but on ground, there is nothing.
“If roads reflected a reduction of poverty, Busoga would be rich for they have many tarmacked roads,” he was referring to Museveni’s pride (infrastructural development).
He said when the president came into power, he gave his government a 4 year term limit, before it was over, he had more years.
“With the President came privatisation, when you ask where the money went, there is no answer.”
He said, today, the Uganda airline is no more as it was given away and our neighbours are benefiting.
“It is ironic that the President in his state of Nation address complained about the shilling after giving away Uganda Commercial Bank,” he pointed out, adding, “The health system has broken down, we don’t really need to ask who has destroyed our social service system?”
Oguttu observed that president has managed to destroy institutions by micro-managing everything.
To make matters worse, parliament approved a budget whose biggest allocation was money going to debt payment.
“Why should this happen?”
He said all the recent budget readings, sectors whose budgets were increased all focus on regime survival rather Ugandans welfare.
In conclusion, Oguttu said if opposition was in power, “we would restore dignity to the elderly in Uganda, we would restore term limits.”
“As the opposition we would raise the pay as you earn to 500,000.”
Army in Kampala because Museveni fears leaving power
The opposition politician recalled that during the president’s entire address, he didn’t mention anything about the current political situation.
“If president thinks our political environment is good, then why heavy police deployment in Kampala; it’s now a Fort.”
“The president’s fear of leaving power has him changing laws and policies hindering democracy.”
He quoted police that has issued more warnings to the opposition than it has to law breakers and criminals.
He asked the government to state how much state resources have been wasted in trying to stop Kizza Besigye and Amama Mbabazi.
According to Oguttu, police is now acting like minister wing of the ruling NRM because the “president is continuously deploying soldiers into the civilian systems and taking over the jobs”.
“Reality is that the President rules with the UPDF and military forces, NRM is just a quoting on the bitter pill.”
Addressing a rally in Iganga, former FDC leader, Dr. Kizza Besigye, said although Museveni is using military forces to disperse opposition gatherings, military hardware can never stop change.
“Museveni is a coward who thinks that the heavy deployment of the army and the police can scare people who wish to have change,” the retired Colonel said.