Opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] strongwoman, Salaamu Musumba, has described the ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] government as a dead body that can no longer be saved.
Musumba was reacting the mushrooming state agencies and authories which President Yoweri Museveni said are costing the government a lot of resources as well as the sacking of Dr Stephen Isabalija, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.
Musumba said the tone of the letter from the president to Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and Vice President, Edward Ssekandi, is so telling.
“He [Museveni] is actually lamenting. The president is lamenting,” Musumba was Thursday night appearing on NBS TV “Frontline” programme.
She said the Prime Minister is not surely helping the president in advising the government.
“This is a symptom of failure. Who has been running the country for the last 30 years?”
She added: “This current government is an equivalent of a dead body, nothing good can be done to improve it.”
According to Musumba, there is something amiss with the way the government is structured and that’s the ‘Executive’. OPM should be able to put to order everything and help the president to run the country.
“You reap what you sow. The government sowed confusion and this is what is happening. I think Isabalija has been an inconvenience which has been gotten rid of, poor guy!” she lamented.
Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, who was appearing on the same show said if the government is a dead body, it wouldn’t have realised that there were mistakes made.
“It’s a functioning body. All the authorities and agencies Abdul Katuntu has mentioned were created by law,” he argued.
Musumba: Let it be a modern government.
Opondo: I agree with you. It’s not as modern as it’s supposed to be in some aspects.
Opondo said the president didn’t not give a reason of terminating Isabalija’s contract.
“Even if the president had given reason of sacking Isabalija, it’s the same people here who would be saying ‘you see you see’,” he explained.
Katuntu weighs in
Hon. Abdul Katuntu [Bugweri County MP, Iganga District, said Uganda now has 24 agencies under Ministry of Finance, 11 agencies under Ministry of Energy, 9 agencies in Ministry of Health etc.
“All these agencies are cabinet created; the president is wondering how these agencies have come about. He doesn’t know.”
Katuntu said in circumstances like these, the head of state should have given a reason for sacking the PS.
“Why was the man sacked? Tomorrow Isabalija might want another job but people would want to know why he was sacked.”
Katuntu: Isabalija has the right to know why he was sacked.
Opondo: How do you know he wasn’t briefed?
Katuntu: You’re also speculating.
Democratic Party President, Norbert Mao, said President Museveni’s letter on statutory authorities is like the late Prof. Mukiibi giving a lecture on family planning.