Museveni explains donor aid reductions

Friday June 14 2013

By Yasiin Mugerwa

President Museveni yesterday said the donors withdrew budget support because of failure to understand each other’s methods of fighting corruption and criminality .

Scoffing at ‘outsiders’
Describing donors as “outsiders”, the President assured the country that “many people in the world know that the NRM is in a category of its own, unique compared to many actors in the world, when it comes to fighting criminality and corruption”.

Mr Museveni said the corruption cases from the Office of the Prime Minister, from the Ministry of Public Service and from the Ministry of Health that are now in court were detected by the NRM sympathizers and the Police.

“The NRM knows what to do and when to do it. Therefore, those Partners who cut off aid because we had discovered the corruption were not correct. It was a high-handed approach and could not be the correct way to fight corruption,” he said.
The President added: “Fighting corruption does not need public relations and publicity seeking actions. It needs the thorough going approach of the NRM.”

Confidence in economy
In spite of this “aid cuts” and other global economic problems, President Museveni said: “Our economy grew by 5.1 per cent, inflation was brought to 3.6 per cent from 30 per cent (2011) and the reserves stand at $3.3 billion.”