President Museveni Calls for Socio-Economic Diagnosis and Anti-Corruption Action

KAMPALA – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has emphasized the importance of political leaders conducting a socio-economic diagnosis to understand the challenges facing their constituents.

 Speaking at a meeting with the NRM Parliamentary Caucus at State House Entebbe yesterday, President Museveni highlighted the advantage NRM leaders have in being part of a political family capable of diagnosing and providing solutions to the issues faced by Ugandans.

President Museveni compared the role of political leaders to that of local health workers, stating that both should identify and address the specific needs of their communities. During the meeting, attended by First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Maama Janet Museveni, the President urged caucus members to focus on improving the incomes of households in their areas.

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He emphasized collaboration with Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) soldiers to guide people in joining the money economy through agriculture.

The President encouraged leaders to monitor government programs, ensuring the proper distribution of resources and exposing corruption. By concentrating on homestead incomes, politicians could stabilize politics in their areas without using personal funds.

President Museveni also stressed the importance of identifying success stories within communities to inspire others. He tasked caucus members with supporting State House Skilling programs, technical schools under the Ministry of Education, and the Emyooga program to empower youth and address unemployment.

The President directed the Minister of Finance Planning and Economic Development to create a statutory instrument within two weeks to operationalize section 90 of the Microfinance Institutions and Money Lenders Act 2016, controlling interest rates and addressing issues caused by certain money lenders.

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Addressing corruption, President Museveni pledged to take strong action against corrupt individuals, urging MPs to support anti-corruption efforts. He also informed the caucus about Operation Shujaa’s progress in eliminating ADF rebels.

Vice President Jessica Alupo provided a brief on Uganda’s representation at the UN General Assembly, while Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka clarified the legal framework for money lenders.

The meeting concluded with resolutions, including the directive to operationalize the Microfinance Institutions and Money Lenders Act and organizing a caucus retreat on leadership. The Government Chief Whip congratulated the President and First Lady on their 50th Marriage Anniversary and commended their commitment to upholding family values.

The meeting, attended by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, Ministers, NRM Secretariat Secretary General Richard Todwong, and Central Executive Committee members, covered key issues related to governance, economic development, and combating corruption.

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