SIRONKO – The Manifesto Implementation Unit under the Office of the President has prepared a comprehensive summary of major development milestones todate as the country commemorates the 57th Independence Day celebrations today.
The celebrations under the theme, “Consolidation of National Unity, Security, Freedom & Prosperity“, are being held at Sironko District Headquarters.
President Museveni is Chief Guest while Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnanganwa is a special guest.
Mr. Willis Bashaasha the Director, MIU Office of the President says a brief on key specific interventions by the NRM Government shows measures taken to mobilise the population into economic participation and advancement as the country firmly gazes into a bright future.
Mr. Bashaasha notes that the government first ensured development of legal frameworks, policies and programmes to protect human rights, promoting and upholding patriotism, democracy and good governance as core values for national socio-economic transformation.
It is thought that with Uganda attaining total peace in the country for the first time in over 50 years, and while the country has experienced sustained economic growth of about 7% per annum, mobilising the population for total economic liberation has become the key initiative.
According to the brief, the government has massively invested in the ICT, energy, works and transport sector, and fast tracted industrialisation as a way of propelling the country into a middle income status.
“The National Carrier — the Uganda Airlines has been revived and in August, started commercial operations with two Bombardier CRJ900s received on 23rd April, 2019. The other two Bombardier CRJ900s were delivered on October 7, 2019,” the brief notes.
“The commissioning of the New Source of the Nile Bridge (525m) in Jinja was a key sector milestone”, the MIU brief notes.
In Energy, the brief notes that the commissioning the Isimba dam and the soon to be added Karuma dam will further the strategy of improving the competitiveness of the Ugandan economy.
The brief also covers several other initiatives running the health, education, lands, water, environment and tourism sectors.
It also covers initiatives for the youth, the women and elderly noting that the Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) started to track and address the issue of unemployment directly has rolled out direct financial capital to 216,366 youth todate, 46% of whom are female. The Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme (UWEP), started in 2015 to promote women’s access to affordable credit markets and entrepreneurship skills, has to-date financed 8,247 projects with a total of 103,770 women beneficiaries.