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It will end in tears! Bobi Wine blasts Museveni directive on army takeover of govt construction projects

UPDF Engineering Brigade to undertake all construction projects under Education and Health Ministeries starting with this financial year (PHOTO /Courtesy)

KAMPALA — National Unity Platform President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu known by his stage name Bobi Wine has insisted that President Museveni is a worse leader than the country’s controversial ex-leader Idi Amin.

In a missive on his social media channels, Bobi Wine in what he described as another show of dictatorship slammed Mr. Museveni for ordering his wife Janet Museveni and other government Ministers to henceforth award contracts for Government Construction Projects to the Army.

“Gen. Museveni can nolonger recognise his former self. He always castigated Gen. Idi Amin for ruling by decree as opposed to the rule of law, yet he continues to show that he has zero regard for the law!” Bobi Wine said.

He added: “In a country governed by the law, even if you wanted to take this step, it must be processed through the law, and not a presidential directive. It gets more clearer why Museveni wanted a lame duck parliamentary leadership- before long all these laws will be repealed so that he is given power to do as he pleases”.

Museveni early this month directed his wife, Janet Museveni who serves as Education Minister and Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng to hand all construction projects under their ministries to the Army Construction Brigade starting with FY 2021/2022.

In a letter dated Thursday July 1, the President said the UPDF Engineering Brigade has been very instrumental in implementing many projects —enabling the country to save in terms of funds and time.

“Unfortunately,” he said,” I have noted with concern that many of the Government Projects in other sectors are often delayed due to lengthy procurement processes and in other cases, corruption perpetrated by some unscrupulous Government Workers. ”

By letting UPDF Engineering Brigade undertake the projects, he reasoned that: “We can avoid all these delays in implementing Government Construction Projects by utilizing the Army Construction Brigade.”

Bobi Wine said this is not the first time the President is expressing such contemptuous disregard for the PPDA Act, and other procurement laws

“He recently dismissed the public procurement policies as “neo-colonial” while attempting to justify his wasteful Covid-19 expenditure for financial year 2019/2020″.

Bobi Wine says the President’s unconstitutional directive effectively denies tax-payers whatever was left of their ability to scrutinise what their money is doing.

“Just like he spends colossal sums of money in trillions on “classified security expenditure” he now seeks to shield all this expenditure from scrutiny. We all know what has since happened with the Operation Wealth Creation and NAADs ever since Museveni put them under the stewardship of the army”.

“Parliament has been struggling to get any details on how that money is used without much success”

“Increasingly, Mr. Museveni is deploying the army to pursue selfish interests that our laws would ordinarily not support. The prosecution of his political opponents through the Court Martial which works on his direct orders, instead of civilian courts, is one example. The deployment of his relatives in the military to head lucrative government projects such as Operation Wealth Creation is another”

“Mr. Museveni thinks that militarising every sector of public life will give him the political survival and illicit enrichment that he craves for. While that strategy may work in the short term, it will ultimately end in tears — as the popular saying goes — for him and his accomplices. Very soon, Uganda will be restored to its rightful path, and to its rightful owners”.

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