Museveni laments over ministers’ defiance

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 9 November 2016 saa 01:04
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Mr Museveni singled out former State Minister for Water Ms Maria Mutagamba for listening to him and implementing his pledge of solar-powered water scheme in Kabale District.

Kabale. President Museveni has disclosed that his ministers have become defiant to him and the Permanent Secretaries think they are beyond reproach but added that the government is strong enough to withstand these challenges.

“Ekirungi government yanyu egumire, baminister nibajemera president, ba permanent secretaries tibarikugambwaho (It’s fortunate your government is strong, otherwise the ministers have become defiant while permanent secretaries think they are beyond reprimand),” he said.

However, Mr Museveni singled out former State Minister for Water Ms Maria Mutagamba for listening to him and implementing his pledge of solar-powered water scheme in Kabale District.

“This time I was lucky the former minister of water Ms Maria Mutagamba listened to me and implemented this pledge although they opted for the expensive method of digging a bore hole. I felt so happy because she did not forget or defy my pledge as other ministers do,” Museveni said.

He made the remarks on Saturday while launching a crop irrigation scheme at a garden of a local farmer, Mr Charles Rutaro who grows fruits and vegetables in Kyerero village in Bukinda sub-county, Kabale District.

Mr Museveni said his government plans to distribute solar-powered pumps to farmers across the country as one way of promoting irrigation for bigger crop yields.

He said similar solar-powered water pumps have been constructed in 12 other areas in the country.

Mr Museveni also thanked Rukiga residents for voting out former MP Jack Sabiiti, likening the Opposition former MP to orumbugu, a tropical weed that hampers crop growth.

“Sabiiti was like orumbugu. I thank you for uprooting this ‘orumbugu’ out of here. He has been disruptive. Thank you so much,” President Museveni said.

He asked farmers to preserve wetlands so as to get water for irrigating their crops.

President Museveni pledged a donation of a pick-up truck to Mr Charles Rutaro to help him in his fruit garden after the latter explained that he earns about Shs43 million annually from growing apples, tree tomatoes, passion fruits, fish farming, tomatoes and coffee.

Mr Rutaro said he sells passion fruits and tree tomatoes to different farmers in Kabale and neighbouring districts.

President Museveni ordered Agriculture minister Vincent Ssempija to construct a solar powered water pump at Hisesero wetland in Rubanda District to act as a demonstration project for other farmers.

The State Minister for Labour, Mr Herbert Kabafunzaki, also the Rukiga county MP lined up all the LC3 chairpersons and sub-county NRM party chairpersons that recommended that President Museveni should contest for presidency come 2021 general elections because of his continued pro-people approach for economic development.

The launch was witnessed by among others Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Minister for Agriculture Vincent Ssempija, Minister of Water and Environment Sam Cheptoris, State Minister for Planning Ministry of Finance David Bahati, State Minister for Labour Herbert Kabafunzaki and the re-known King of development in Kigezi sub-region Ceaser Mulenga.

Ministers react

Minister Kabafunzaki said the President could have been making a joke when he said his ministers defy him, adding that a minister cannot defy his appointing authority.

The State Minister for Regional Cooperation, Dr Philemon Mateke, declined to comment and referred this reporter to the President.

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President Museveni tours Charles Rutaro’s mixed farm at Kyerero village in Bukinda County, Kabale District last Saturday.