Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has announced that the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) 2016 – 2021 manifesto has been fulfilled by 95%.
Rugunda made the pronouncement while launching the last accountability on the performance of the 2016/2021 Manifesto at the Office of the President in Kampala on Friday.
“Overall, our assessment of the implementation of the Manifesto commitments to date stands at 95 percent. I am convinced that with the momentum generated from the start of Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo, the good leadership of HE the President and the commitment of different actors, Government achieved most of the targets that were set out in the Manifesto,” Rugunda said.
To ensure smooth implementation of the Manifesto, the Prime Minister said that Government initiated a number of reforms in terms of policies, laws and regulations. Among these were proposals to amend the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) Law; free connection to the national grid; improved planning, budgeting, monitoring and reporting.
“Power Generation increased from 925 MW at the beginning of 2016 to 1254 MW currently. Eleven additional power generation projects are under construction with a total installed capacity of 712.4MW. These are: Karuma HPP (600MW), Nyamasagani I HPP (15MW), Nyamasagani 2 HPP (6MW) and Kikagati HPP (14MW), Achwa I (41MW), Muyembe 6.9MW, Nyagak III (5.5MW), Muzizi (44MW), Bukinda (6.5MW), Kakaka (4.6MW) and Busitema University solar (4MW). Once complete, total installed power generation capacity in the country will be nearly 2,000MW,” he said.
Regarding the oil and gas sector, a few weeks ago, Government signed the requisite agreement at a ceremony at State House Entebbe, that was presided over by HE President Museveni and HE President Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of Tanzania.
This, Rugunda said is a significant milestone in Uganda’s journey to becoming an oil producing country.
“We promised the country that we would revive Uganda Airlines during this term of office. I am pleased to inform you that our four aircrafts were received in the country. This is opening Uganda to many opportunities, boosting tourism, raising the national flag and branding our country to the rest of the world. Let us patronise and support Uganda Airlines to make it viable, profitable and permanently in the skies doing successful business and making us proud.”
“In the 2016-2021 manifesto, we pledged an annual target of drilling 5,000 boreholes in 5 years at a rate of 1,000 boreholes per year. To date, the sector has managed to drill 846 boreholes per year translating into 84.6% performance. These boreholes have helped serve an additional 253,800 people across the country.”
“To date, NWSC is operating in 257 large towns. During the manifesto period NWSC installed a total of 12,028 Public Stand Pipes (PSPs) serving 9,909 villages and benefiting an estimated 10.6million people.”
Further, the Prime Minister stressed that there has been an expansion of heathcare centres at all levels, with 86% of the population living within 5km of reach of either public or private health facilities as per the details below:
181 hospitals in 2019 from 156 in 2015.
222 Health Centres IVs in 2019 from 193 in 2015;
1,510 Health Centre IIIs in 2019 from 1,383 in 2015;
3,364 Health Centre II in 2019 from 2,790;
1,578 private clinics of which 90% are in Metropolitan Kampala.
“On Tourism, the sector contributed US$1.6 billion in foreign exchange to the economy I n 2018/2019, creating over 667,000 direct jobs for Ugandans. However, as you all know, this is a sector that has suffered serious negative impact due to Covid 19. Government is committed to supporting it to recover.”
“In the Education Sector, there has been significant expansion of education institutions during the Manifesto period. Funds were mobilised to implement the Government policy of establishing a seed secondary school for each sub county. This commenced with the construction of 129 schools in sub counties where there are no secondary schools.”
Despite the above success, Rugunda decried corruption as the major hinderance of manifesto implementation.
“In implementing the Manifesto, we have faced some challenges, such as delays in acquisition of land for flagship projects across sectors. Compensations are expensive and quite often delay project executions. Government, however, is working on the acquisition of utility corridors as a means to address this challenge,” said Rugunda.
“Corruption is still with us and this undermines the different efforts invested to achieve our targets. However, Government is strengthening anti-corruption agencies. The establishment of the Anti-Corruption Unit in State House has reinforced this fight, and this unit is doing a commendable job,” he added.