Willis Bashasha, Acting Private Secretary in the Office of the President, says 33 years marks another milestone in the journey of where Uganda has come from as a country since 1986.
“The promise that was made then has been a fundamental change and I think he has tried as much as possible to live to that promise,” he said recently while appearing on NBS television.
Host: How do you score as NRM on democracy?
Willis: 8/10 Njala: Why? You need to appreciate the frameworks that have been introduced in terms of giving opportunities to Ugandans to choose their leaders.
Host: How would you score on security?
Willis: 98%. At the moment, Uganda is the most secure country. We have no internal wars and the only experiences we are having are those of criminality which are being handled internally.
“If you look at issues of revenue collection, we have done well as a country. We have been able to manage inflation to a single digit. We have seen a robust improvement in our infrastructure, water and electricity sector,” Bashasha said Uganda cannot have everything in a single day, even in planning, “sometimes what you plan may not be realized but that doesn’t stop u from planning”.
“What we have done as a country is to look at those fundamentals that can make this economy move. Uganda is a future to reckon with.”
NRM didn’t start in 1986
Godber W. Tumushabe, lawyer, policy analyst and social entrepreneur, noted that there is a tendency of NRM people to think that the country started in 1986.
“As long as you are celebrating a journey from 1986, you are only celebrating NRM. Almost each one of us knows that the contemporary Uganda started from 1962 when we attained independence.”
He said the idea of one group of Ugandans celebrating taking over power and “you call that a national celebration day just points out our level of pettiness as a country”.
On security, Tumushabe would give the government 70% and agrees government must be commended on addressing issues of security and stability.
He said the criminal elements cannot be completely eliminated.
“I agree with Willis, the fundamentals have been built. My only frustration is that take-off of Uganda was evident as early as 1996.”
He said almost everything in this country was pointing positive in 1996 and it created a new sense of optimism.
“Truth be told, a lot of progress has been made in constructing a national army but as long as the UPDF has not saluted another commander-in-chief, it’s transition remains incomplete.”