Monday April 28 2014

Gen Salim Saleh to retire over old age

Gen Salim Saleh (R) greets Ms Reginah Namukwaya,

Gen Salim Saleh (R) greets Ms Reginah Namukwaya, a resident, after he handed over a house built for her by Post Bank at Kawumu village in Makulubita Sub-county, Luweero District last week. Photo by Dan Wandera 


LUWEERO-A senior presidential adviser on defence, Gen Salim Saleh, has said he will not seek the renewal of his contract-- which expires in March next year-- citing old age.

Gen Saleh told Luweero residents last week that they should utilise the time remaining on his contract before he bows out by seeking his help in the bid to create income generating projects. Luweero Triangle is the region where Gen Saleh and his elder brother President Museveni launched the guerrilla war between 1981-1986, that brought the NRM government to power.

“Very soon I will be retiring from my assignments because I have grown old. In March next year, my contract as presidential adviser is expiring and I will not renew it. I am only available for this little time. Make sure you use me when I am still available to ensure that you have sound economic projects that generate income,” Gen Saleh said.

Gen Saleh has a history of resigning. In 1998, he resigned as presidential adviser over his role in the controversial sale of the Uganda Commercial Bank.

Greenland Investments, a company in which he was a major stakeholder, was accused of irregularly using Westmont, a Malaysian firm, to buy the defunct UCB.
In 2003, he again resigned as army MP amid a litany of allegations against him ranging from corruption to abuse of office.

As State Minister for Microfinance, Gen Saleh threatened to resign saying his poverty alleviation projects were being frustrated by technocrats. He was dropped in a 2009 Cabinet reshuffle and appointed an advisor on defence.
He previously served as army commander.

In Luweero, he voiced disapproval about a culture where citizens expect “handouts” instead of taking the initiative to improve their livelihoods.

“I have failed to understand the current trend where people now expect handouts as individuals instead of seeking knowledge and skills on how to boost their respective money generating projects. This is not what we fought for. We want a Uganda with people who are economically liberated. This is what I expect from you and not self-seeking proposals which will not change your economic status,” Gen Saleh said.

“We have a complicated youth story in the central region which must be sorted out. Many do not want to work. We now have factories at Namunkekera in Kapeeka but most of the people we employ now come from Busoga region. Our youths here do not want to work,” he said.