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Museveni justifies Uganda funding roads in DRC, Ethiopia

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President Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni has said that the move to construct roads in countries out of Uganda is meant to boost trade that can enable Uganda to get resources. He was speaking during the 58th Independence Day celebrations held at State House Entebbe on Friday.

MPs and a section of the public have expressed opposition and amazement at a proposal that will see Shs 200 billion earmarked in a supplementary budget for Uganda's contribution to the construction of 223 kilometres of roads in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

This follows a bilateral agreement between Uganda and the DRC to implement strategic infrastructure projects. Uganda’s contribution constitutes 20 per cent of the total cost of the project estimated at $334.5 million. Uganda also plans to construct roads in South Sudan and Ethiopia according to the minister of Works General Katumba Wamala.

The president said that although many MPs questioned why Uganda was building roads in Congo yet it still has its own poor road network, the country needs to boost its trade with DR Congo and South Sudan by building better roads. He added that the matter should not be discussed in such a way to avoid 'annoying' Uganda's neighbours.

"So we’re going to do those roads because from Congo I think we’re earning $500m a year. How can you even speak; 'why are you building the road?' If my neighbours allowed me, am getting a lot of advantages but he still has some internal issues. That road helps us badly. The people of Eastern Congo need it but we also need it," said Museveni.

The president says that the terrible roads in DRC are hindering business between the two countries, adding that when the roads are constructed, Uganda will be able to sell its electricity to DRC. Meanwhile, Museveni also said that they will construct an agricultural bank since the commercial banks serve a far different purpose. 

“To address this, the government has increased capitalization of Uganda Development Bank (UDB) with Shs 1.1 trillion this financial year. We are also thinking of setting up an agricultural bank because these commercial banks are really commercial banks like their name says. They are there to fund traders who go China to import,” Museveni said.

 

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+1 #11 Miki 2020-10-12 02:36
@Yumbe and @Wainanchi, there is no doubt that a functioning interconnecting infrastructure system would benefit Uganda and all other countries involved.

In fact Mr. Museveni's heart is in the right place on this issue. The debate should be about how best to realize this.

Personally I think that it can better be realized by setting up an autonomous regional agency that is collectively funded instead of one poor country taking on the responsibility of building roads outside its borders.

Road construction and perioding upkeep are continuing undertakings that would require sustained funding.
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0 #12 Yumbe 2020-10-12 09:46
Miki, there is no doubt that road construction into another a country is economically beneficial. What we are saying is how the president is doing it.

When was it discussed in the parliament? Was the cost included in the original budget? How much will Uganda as a country benefit from the roads?

What will be the contribution of DRC? This last question is important because Uganda was sued by DRC for pillage. It is a question of accountability.
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0 #13 Kasede 2020-10-12 10:02
Quoting Wainanchi:
Guys.Why are you so jealous about Uganda government entrepreneurship?

Don't you want Africa and her people be fully supplied with essential products? Will you allow Uganda tomatoes and other agricultural produce to be rotten and discarded because there are no roads to ferry them.?

Or matoke, potatoes, chicken , pineapples etc.Will Uganda just export it's premium coffees to the real ch clients all over the world,.? Think outside the box and write sensible and prudent comments.

Dear Mr Mukuru, your name says it all,
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0 #14 Lakwena 2020-10-12 10:52
For every fool there is conman. That is how buffoons and posturing dictators rundown their countries: by edicts and/or decrees.

No systematic, short, medium and long planing, Budgeting and programming. So let it be written and let it be done!

Full of himself, a dictator/tyrant does things fwa, and calls it strategy and discipline.

In other words, as usual dictators like Mr. M7 justify and use their criminal minds to run the affairs of the country.

E.g., before the 2016 General Election Mr. M7 unilaterally raided the Central Bank and took out US$.700 million, to buy obsolete Russian fighter jets, which are now parked and rusting away in the Air Force hangers with no Rwanda to fight.

With one tongue they speak Pan Africanism. But deep inside they are seething and plotting war against each other.
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0 #15 Lakwena 2020-10-12 10:54
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This reasoning is hard to understand, that a sovereign state would allow another one to construct in it's territory with the intention of exploiting her resources.

Let the president tell the citizens of Uganda the truth. Secondly, let the president not undermine the intellectual ability of Ugandans.

Certain reasonings are so primitive that one would imagine they come from a president, so called fountain of honor.c
Yumbe, the guy is a Fountain of Terror and Horror!
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0 #16 Lakwena 2020-10-12 10:56
Quoting Wainanchi:
Guys.Why are you so jealous about Uganda government entrepreneurship?

Don't you want Africa and her people be fully supplied with essential products? Will you allow Uganda tomatoes and other agricultural produce to be rotten and discarded because there are no roads to ferry them.?

Or matoke, potatoes, chicken , pineapples etc.Will Uganda just export it's premium coffees to the real ch clients all over the world,.? Think outside the box and write sensible and prudent comments.


But Wainainchi, unless you are a criminal too, no sane person can be jealous of criminals.
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+1 #17 Lakwena 2020-10-12 11:05
E.g., only a parasite (criminal [Kifesi]) like Mr. M7 can say that he is nobody's servant or employee and fighting only for himself, family and belief.

In other words, if Mr. M7 was shameless and capable of saying such a thing; how possible is it that what he is justifying is for the good of Ugandans and the people of DRC?

In other words, Mr. M7 love to associate and/or lead people whom he can lie to, manipulate and exploit. But if they resist his manipulation cheat, he will intimidate, humiliate, imprison and torture them using useful idiots like Gen Kayihura and Kaka.
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+1 #18 kirya 2020-10-12 22:07
m7 show us you birth certificate and academic papers.
Prove to Uganda that you are a Ugandan.

The police should arrest you for pretending and having forged documents.
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-1 #19 Wainanchi 2020-10-12 23:19
@ Lakwena..bitch..you know me and I know you.

I do not pay attention to your shitty and stupido comments, as usual.Hahahaha fu..kg bitch!!
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