Today is the 6th of June, 2019. The 6th of June, 1944, was the date on which Allies in the 2nd World War executed an amphibious landing in German occupied France at Normandy beaches.
“This was 3 months before I was born,” President Museveni narrated Thursday while delivering the State of the Nation Address at Serena conference centre in Kampala.
The 6th of June, 1981, aged 36 years and leading the PRA (Popular Resistance Army), Museveni departed Matugga by car, passed through Buwama trading centre and embarked into a boat at Katebo landing site.
He crossed the more than 200 miles Lake to Kenya to proceed to Libya to look for the weapons of the struggle.
“Today, the 6th of June, 2019, here we are on the occasion of the State of the Nation Address. There is something interesting about the 6th of June,” he said.
Museveni says his NRM Government which captured power in 1986 remains committed to ensuring a secure and peaceful Uganda.
This has come about by promoting and upholding patriotism, democracy and good governance as core values for National socio-economic transformation.
He said significant focus has been placed on professionalising and modernising the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) and building the Uganda Police Force (UPF) capabilities.
“A number of those measures are being implemented. As I assured the country, that crime wave will be defeated.”
He said UPDF works with other security agencies to deter or curtail any acts of lawlessness.
The recent peaceful holding of the Martyrs Day, where an estimated 3 million people turned up, shows that Police and the UPDF already have good capacity, he explained.
Museveni said the tempo of Uganda’s development is, however, interfered with by the action of corrupt public servants and political actors.
That is why corruption is now public enemy no. 1. Hence, the Government has put in place a number of strategies to eliminate corruption and promote the principle of zero tolerance to corruption.
These strategies are intended to create an even more conducive environment for good governance and the rule of law to flourish in Uganda.
Government has provided more funding to the Inspectorate of Government to increase their capacity to verify the Leaders’ Declaration.
The verification exercise will be increased further to crack down on Public Officers who have illicitly acquired wealth at the expense of effective service delivery to the citizens.
Prevention of corruption has been enhanced by increasing citizen participation in the monitoring of Government programs and encouraging citizens to report cases related to abuse of public funds.
In this regard, the Government implemented the Transparency, Accountability and Anti-Corruption (TAAC) component in NUSAF II (Northern Uganda Social Action Fund) by engaging citizens in monitoring Government programs.
A new Unit was created headed by Lt. Colonel Edith Nakalema. There is a 24 hours Call-Centre where people can report bribery cases, embezzlement, land evictions, crime, etc.
The Unit, then, contacts the Police and the IGG so that they handle the cases.