Discuss ideas not emotions, Tumwebaze tells Besigye

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ICT and National Guidance minister, Frank Tumwebaze, has told former presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, to stop throwing emotional tantrums and start discussing developmental ideas.

Besigye had quoted President Yoweri Museveni’s letter on mushrooming state agencies and authorities directing Vice President Edward Ssekandi and Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, to downsize and scrap some of them.

“Who runs the NRM Junta? Did these bodies get created &funded unknown to Mr M7? Who created Advisors, State House units 4 health, land, etc RIP,” Besigye tweeted.

He went on: “Soon, Mr M7 will ask why all the new districts were created & castigating misguided NRM leaders who didn’t accept his advice!”

Tumwebaze was not going to let this provocation go unanswered: “System reviews to attain efficiency is no crime. Otherwise public sector reform wouldn’t be an issue to talk of. Advance ideas & not emotions.”

Rugunda, Ekanya speak

In his own right, Premier Rugunda said the aim of Government is to minimise, merge, and almost bring to an end the creation of more agencies and authorities.

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party treasurer general, Geoffrey Ekanya, says the reform on statutory bodies can only take place in the new government and not under President Museveni’s government.

He said all these Executive Directors funded the elections and they are the ones keeping President Museveni in power.

“Some of those EDs are earning UGX40m+; they are working on contract and that means you have to pay them for five years.”

Ekanya said MPs advocated for the downsizing of Parliament–a ‘balloon’ that costs a lot of public funds.

“If you read the alternative policy report, we have been telling government to create single regulatory authority.”

Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group executive director, Julius Mukunda, says he is glad President Museveni finally realised that mushrooming projects wasn’t working.

“We advised him 3 years ago. I don’t think creating these institutions will create employment; these agencies are instead creating inequality,” Mukunda said.

Museveni directed Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija, and Public Service Minister, Muruli Mukasa, to act before December 20, 2017, arguing that many authorities are just wasting public resources.

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