- Published on Monday, 09 July 2012 12:43
- Written by Nkwasibwe Geofrey
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KABALE – President Museveni is largely responsible for many of the problems in the country, including corruption, MP Gerald Karuhanga, said over the weekend.
Speaking during a meeting organized by West Ankole Civil Society Forum in Kabale town, the Youth MP for Western Uganda said Museveni’s name has been invoked in several scandals including Hassan Basajjabalaba’s compensation saga.
“All the investigations by PAC [Public Accounts Committee] have implicated President Museveni as the key player,” Karuhanga said.
The meeting was intended to sensitize the people of Kigezi sub-region on the bid to restore presidential term limits and review the citizens’ manifesto that was drafted by civil society organisations in the run-up to the 2011 elections. On his part, Zac Niringiye, retired assistant bishop of Kampala, said one of Uganda’s problems was the micro-management of the country’s affairs, whereby the president wants to do everything.
To illustrate this problem, Niringiye caused laughter when he narrated to them a story of a youth chairman in one of the districts in western Uganda, who asked his fellow youths to thank him for getting rice seedlings from President Museveni.
“I wondered if the President of Uganda has reduced himself to a person who distributes seedlings to Ugandans. Where is this country headed?” Niringiye wondered.
He advised the President to reread the constitution of Uganda and embark on his real responsibilities and roles and leave micro-politics. Wilfred Niwagaba, Ndorwa East MP, told the gathering not to fear to point out wrong things in society like some legislators do.
“The MPs of Uganda are cowards. They fear the Prime Minister [Amama] Mbabazi, President Museveni and even those they should not fear,” he said.
Jack Sabiiti, MP for Rukiga county challenged the youth to come out and resist the wrongs of this government. He said during his youth, he participated in the NRA bush war; and therefore, the youth of today have to decide their destiny.
The meeting was attended by Kabale Mayor Pius Ruhemurana, former Youth MP Okwiri Rabwoni, Kabale RDC Cox Nyakairu, and the influential Kitanga Catholic parish priest, Father Gaetano Batanyenda, among others.
Source: The Observer