Speeches of the President of Uganda are sometimes inspirational. When listening you would try to get the type of leaders that Africa needs but when you follow critically much is wanting.
In the State of the Nation address delivered on 4th June 2020at State House Entebbe, Mr Museveni said agriculture feeds us and earns $2.005 billion (49 per cent of total merchandise exports) if we take the year 2019.” He went ahead and outlined 14 products that are going to be promoted. He was did not talk about agricultural mechanization. Given the fact that has been at steering wheel since 1986, he was tactical enough to blame colonialist and their elements trying to sabotage the government’s efforts. This leads us to logically ask who the saboteurs are and why they have persisted for so long. Logically this would be either the political class and to specific: the opposition, or high ranking civil servants assumed to have been appointed by previous Governments. Critical analysis reveals that he has had majority in Parliament and thus opposition couldn’t and at the moment cannot stop him from doing what he has decided to do. Senior employees in the innumerable government employees are appointed either by him or after his blessing. Definitely he has had no sabotage.
He added “Even in this lockdown, since March, the following agricultural products have earned for us as follows: coffee in March $45.87 billion, April $36.928million. Tea earning in March $5.15million, April$6.145million. Fish in March it earned $14.98million, April $6.831million. Maize earning in March$10.23million, April $6.256million.”
Based on the statistics presented, he confirmed that Uganda’s agriculture remains important to Uganda’s economy. It is thus important to embrace irrigation and mechanization.
Turning to the ICT sector, Mr. Museveni said the ICT sector is a growing one, employing 1,282,818 persons with 380,896 companies engaged in information technology, telecommunications, broadcasting, postal and courier and audio-visual. NSSF had 830,000 members by June 2019. If every ICT company was employing just three people, then the subscribers to NSSF from just that sector would have been 1,142,688. Its impossible that all employees in the private sector are in ICT. Factory workers, drivers, engineers, Accountants, teachers, medical personnel, security guards, bankers secretaries and machine operators are above 9 times more than ICT specialist. We can logically conclude that either the figures stated by Mr. President are fundamentally defective or NSSF is underperforming.