Matembe, Ofwono clash over sick economy

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Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo

Former Ethics and Integrity minister, Miria Matembe, says she doesn’t like the idea of comparing Uganda with other countries and doesn’t think it is the politicians causing fuel prices.

“When fuel prices are high, they affect everything. Whenever there is a general problem, it shouldn’t be politicized.”

Fuel price is not an issue of politics, it should be looked at as an issue which affects everybody, Matembe said Thursday night while appearing on NBS “Frontline” programme.

She cited an example of delayed Local Council elections, saying the NRM had done a survey and had found out that if they had done LC elections before ‘Tojjikwatako’, people would bring back the LC chairpersons in favour of ‘Tojjikwatako’.

“Before I came here, the Permanent Secretary was on TV saying exactly what Andrew Mwenda is saying. He is his Personal Assistant.”

Matembe further cited cheating in Uganda Certificate of Education [UCE] results tagging it to moral decadence.

“I’m concerned about the level of cheating. It’s so sad. I’m looking at the whole value system in this country. This explains the level of moral decadence,” she said.

Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, insisted that Uganda has a liberalised economy but external factors impact seriously the country.

“The issue should be, do we have effective contingency plans? The second issue should be, can we sustain according to the foreign reserves we have in the bank?”

He said there is a general inflation pressures in the economy. School fees is increasing, food prices are increasing etc, everything is increasing.

“There are things that the government is going to solve in the short and long run…It is biting but it’s manageable,” Opondo said.

About the referendum, Opondo said Cabinet did sit and hopes that the referendum bill is somewhere being drafted and will find its way to Parliament.

He said Government will publish the bill in broad day light and MPs will discuss it.

“I think we are operating on unfounded suspicion partly because of government officials. They are not pro-active in providing credible information to key leaders of Parliament.”

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