Addressing the Presidential Investors Roundtable at State House, President Museveni agreed that his ministers and most Ugandans are sleeping instead of exploiting the vast economic potential that the country has.
The President urged leaders and young people to associate with the right people and change their attitudes.
“They are not exploiting the opportunities available and this is an attitude problem which must change. I was speaking to a young investor from South Africa who deals in Wood. I told him in Sweden pine trees take over 70 years to mature. In Uganda, it takes between five to 15 years, he is exploiting that. There is laxity among our people which is curable if you associate with the right people,” he said.
On the raising fuel prices, the President said he had not studied what the problem was but suspected that fuel prices world-wide had gone down but are rising again.
He however said he would study the issue and brief the country later.
On fears by the tourism sector that the upcoming election roadmap is may disrupt the flourishing tourism sector, President Museveni assured the country that the elections will not in any way disrupt tourism.
“How can elections disrupt tourism, in any case if there are riots, we know how to handle them. Nobody will disturb Uganda.
On concerns that PIRT had great ideas that would drive government policies ahead but are hampered by lack of implementation, President Museveni said despite the Challenges, Uganda’s economy has been growing between 6 – 7%.
“Despite the sleeping ministers and some Ugandans, the economy is growing, Kampala is growing and has expanded to Mukono and Entebbe. While some Ugandans are sleeping others are awake and are building their country. It’s a question of Preaching. Its like religion, it has been here for 4000 years with only 10 commandments but they are still preaching. Some follow some don’t. As long as the direction is clear, we shall progress. The World is more religious now than it was during the time of Moses and the ten commandments 4000 years ago and that of Jesus with 12 disciples 2000 years ago. If the Gospel or message is right, it will grow,” he said.
On Whether Uganda will work with the new government in Kinshasa to bolster trade between the two countries.
President Museveni said the problem with DR Congo is lack of security that affects both Congo and its neighbours.
“I have been in touch with former President Kabila and now President Felix Tshisekedi about solving the problem of ADF and interahamwe. Even with insecurity trade is going on. We shall solve this,” he said.