Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has described as a political stunt directives by President Yoweri Museveni to downsize on mushrooming state agencies and authorities so as to stop wastage of resources.
Responding to Museveni’s directives on NBS TV “morning breeze” programme Monday, Lukwago said he personally takes what comes from President Museveni with a pinch of salt.
“I doubt if he did it in good faith. President Museveni is pulling a political stunt, he is playing to the gallery. He wants to divert public attention.”
He said the president’s directive is not going to be implemented. His directives only remain on paper.
“I would support an overhaul of the entire state apparatus. If this mattered, he would have discussed it with the cabinet. This directive amounts to a decree,” Lukwago went on.
Lukwago said it would be a great relief if Museveni walked the talk. All these flyovers you are hearing about is now not a mandate of KCCA but UNRA.
“Right now Museveni is benchmarking oil exploration in Equatorial Guinea. He’s discussing oil authority with Mbasogo [Equatorial Guinea President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo]. We have no capacity for any audit, it has created confusion and it’s being stretched further.”
The Lord Mayor said there is no justification of the creation of statutory bodies by the government.
“Some cadres who have been harassing us are now doing masters in oil exploration. They have seen a window of opportunity.”
Lawyer Patrick Kiconco Katabaazi who was appearing on the same show, said the statutory bodies are created by acts of Parliament assented to by President Museveni.
According to him, the emerging issue is that the economy is not growing as expected; if the GDP is not growing, “we are not collecting a lot of money.”
He said most areas where there is a lot of expenditure are the statutory bodies.
“This is something civil society has been complaining about for a long time. They are constraining service delivery because of competition; there is duplication of services within the same sector.”