President Yoweri Museveni has warned members of parliament of his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party against lobbying for creation of new districts and constituencies, saying that this drains a lot of national resources that could have been put to better use.
Uganda is currently split into 127 district as of late last year, with seven more expected to open up in July this year.
President Museveni said money that is spent on disintegrating the country into small administration units would be better utilized in helping groups of entrepreneurs.
Addressing the MPs at the party’s retreat at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi, Museveni urged; “Let us cut out wasteful expenditure in the form of hastily created new Districts, Sub-counties, and Town Councils.”
“We are spending a lot of money on administration when youths are crying for more money, for the youth fund, the women’s fund… Why can’t we add money to these funds?
“Districts can wait. These new constituencies; the people who are pressurizing for new districts are those who want to be chairmen and Women MPs. But you are dealing with a big number of youths who if you handle them well you’ll getter results than just administration.”
Meanwhile the president expressed displeasure with the MPs who form the majority in the house, for frustrating foreign direct investment in the country.
Museveni cited the recently passed Sugar Bill, which he said was drafted so poorly that it threatened the entire sugar industry.
He said he would never sign such a bill into law.
“See how you handled the sugar bill; which I am going to send back to you,” he said.
“There will be a special caucus in Kampala and I will argue with you on this matter. You were totally confused and mixing up issues. The sugar bill you passed will collapse this industry.”
The President says he has been approaching some of the sugar manufactures in the country to do more on value addition, for instance by upgrading the sugar to the level of pharmaceutical use.
“But when you ask Madhivani, he’ll tell you, ‘how can I do this when you are failing me?”
Museveni, who promised that Uganda will soon turn into a middle income economy, said foe this to happen, there has to be a more investor friendly atmosphere – free of delays and corruption of public officials.