MP Mathias Mpuuga of Masaka Municipality says Uganda’s Vision 2040 is unachievable under President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s leadership.
On Thursday 18th April, President Yoweri Museveni launched a $200billion Uganda Vision 2040 at Kololo Airstrip. According to this masterplan designed by National Planning Authority (NPA), average Ugandans shall be able earn at least 25 million shillings per year. According to the plan, Uganda seeks to construct five regional cities, and construct a science and technology park in each of these regional cities.
According to Abel Rwendeire, the Deputy Chairperson National Planning Authority, Uganda also plans to construct an oil refinery with associated pipelines, a nuclear and several hydro-power plants to boost the power grid in the country.
President Yoweri Museveni said on Thursday that this master plan is achievable since Uganda expects to cash in on oil and gas money.
But several politicians have reacted to the vision 2040 with disbelief and described it as a waste of resources.
MP Mathias Mpuuga, the coordinator of For God and My Country 4GC says with the corruption under Museveni reaching crisis level, Uganda is in trouble. He says Museveni can longer achieve anything under his regime because is the president is held captive by his team of corrupt government officials.
Mpuuga therefore says the plans of using funds from energy sector to transform Uganda are a dream because it is clear oil money shall be embezzled. According to Mpuuga,the level of corruption has denied health services to many Ugandans because many are going without medication.
Joseph Kayemba,the, the Masaka Mayor, agrees with MP Mpuuga. He claims that corruption has entrenched technocrats in Masaka municipality. He gives an example of Johnson Munono, the Masaka Town Clerk and Augustine Turibalungi, the Senior Municipal engineer who have failed to account for close to 900million shillings meant for road rehabilitation in the municipality.
Kayemba says although funds were approved to work on six roads in the Municipality, contractors Assured Engineering Company and Wamala Technical services Limited abandoned the road work without completion and the town clerk went ahead to pay them. He says this level of corruption where by technocrats disregard councils means Uganda is headed for tough times.
Peter Mutesasira, another politician says worse still, even after petitioning local Government Ministry with evidence asking for the removal of Town Clerk Baryantuma, the Ministry refuses to act.
Mutesasira claims that they have evidence pinning Baryantuma on misappropriation of funds meant for toilet construction in schools, procurement of dumping site, shoddy road work but no action was taken against the town clerk.
Mutesasira explains that failure to act on people like Baryantuma is promoting impunity which will fail the Vision 2040.