Report pins NRM on manifesto
Posted Friday, November 1 2013 at 02:00
Kampala- The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) has defaulted on promises it made to Ugandans, in 10 crucial sectors including health and education as it campaigned to win the 2011 polls, a report has shown.
Findings of the report indicate that out of the 50 commitments audited, the ruling party has made progress on 17, limited or no progress on 24 and backtracked or registered negative gains on 9 commitments.
The report particularly accuses President Museveni of “playing to the rhetoric of zero tolerance to corruption while doing nothing concrete about it.”
“...among all things, it would be unfair to expect this government to fight corruption, the challenge is that everybody seems to have been entangled in it, right from the top to the last individual with responsibility…the only solution is change of leadership…,” the report notes.
This assessment comes in the wake of two separate reports by Human Rights Watch and Transparency International that revealed that there is a particular reluctance by the regime to prosecute high level officials implicated in corruption.
However, NRM Spokesman Ofwono Opondo, speaking at the launch on Tuesday, quickly poured scorn on the report, arguing that Ugandans banked their confidence in the NRM by voting it into power in 2011.
“NRM was a candidate and Ugandans choose NRM. Peace, stability, infrastructural developments are all going on in Moroto and Kisoro. People of Moroto had never seen light (electricity) save for the likes of David Pulkol who came to Kampala earlier. Kisoro is seeing tarmac for the first time,” he said.
He added: “We have managed to create over 2000 jobs. We are now on regional integration, pacification of Somalia…We will not collapse under the military grip like UPC did.”
Agriculture: The report says the sector has remained below the Maputo Declaration of 15 percent of the national budget.
Health: The report reveals that the public healthcare infrastructure is characterized by perennial absence of drugs in health centres, inadequate beds for in-patients and inadequate and poorly remunerated health workers.
Education: A 2012 assessment by government in 26 districts found that over 60% of the districts covered had some ghost schools and/or ghost teachers, and the 11 districts that were fully covered had at least 2000 ghost pupils each totalling 22,000 ghost pupils in only 11 districts.