MUSEVENI’S CONTINUED MILITARIZATION OF EVERY SECTOR OF PUBLIC LIFE

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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!

In yet another show of dictatorship, Mr. Museveni has ordered his wife and other government Ministers to henceforth award contracts for Government Construction Projects to the Army “to avoid delays due to lengthy procurement processes”.

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 It gets more clearer why Museveni wanted a lame duck parliamentary leadership- before long all these laws will be repealed so that he is given power to do as he pleases.

This is not the first time Mr. Museveni 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.

Mr. Museveni’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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