Muntu: People are looting this country like there is no tomorrow

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FDC president Maj Gen (rtd) Mugisha Muntu

Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] president, Mugisha Muntu, has accused President Yoweri Museveni’s regime of focusing on survival and ignoring fundamental institutions.

“This country needs change,” Muntu said while “assessing President Kaguta Museveni on Security and the Economy” on NBS TV programme “NBSFrontline” on Thursday night.

“The regime focus is on the wrong thing; we are seated on 3rd floor of this building, but if the foundation is weak, we are in state of risk. We need to focus on the fundamentals, you can have power but when there’s instability no one will be able to invest.”

Muntu was shocked by government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, who he said can’t see the dilemma Ugandans are living in.

“A person sells his vote at UGX2000. Don’t you see danger? When we are talking about these issues, let’s talk about them seriously and not just for PR. We don’t need another crisis.”

Muntu said there are some people who believe that the end justifies the means; so they take power no matter what happens to the country.

“Even when we were ethnically centred, we had a broad view of putting the country in a better position. People are looting this country like there is no tomorrow; that wasn’t the case when we first came into power.”

He hinted at so many schemes which have been done in agriculture but have all been failing.

“They only change names. When crisis happens, it affects everybody; it doesn’t matter whether you are elite or peasant.”

Muntu cited good quality education is at a core of sustainable development.

“Look at the approach at which this regime is using. Look at UPE [universary primary education].”

He said Universal Primary Education (UPE) was the worst form of populism of the regime, adding that any country that wants to develop should not compromise with the quality of education.

Muntu also touched on the question of torture saying during the Milton Obote and Idi Amin regimes, things were worse, the remand of suspects to Luzira was never altered.

“If you don’t invest in training officers on how to extract information from suspects, the end result is torture.”