President Museveni has listed five areas of interest that he wants the new cabinet to work on.
Speaking to the ministers after taking oath on Monday, Museveni said he will not tolerate corruption.
“This must be a government of no corruption. We have started with airlines and we are going to smash the corrupt people. There is no corruption I don’t know and I appeal to you the ministers not to ask for favours from anybody or accept anything. Don’t tolerate corruption under you,” Museveni said.
The president implored the new cabinet ministers to ensure cohesion of government so as to be different from the past governments where many projects have failed to be implemented because government officials don’t speak the same language.
“We want cohesion in the system and not for president to say this and somebody says the other. I have been operating like a guerrilla. I was one in bush and while here in government, they have chosen not to support my ideas,” Museveni said.
“I don’t get support from parliament as if am asking people to weed my garden. Then I get opposition from civil servants. If you audit the achievements we have made, many were our initiatives despite the opposition.”
According to Museveni, had it not been for the opposition he has faced from his own government, a lot would have been achieved.
Museveni also challenged the new ministers to be patriotic in whatever they doing, saying this would benefit the country and the citizens.
According to Museveni, many of the past leaders were not patriotic and this he said has cost the country a great deal.
“No one should be in a public office if they do not have love for their country. We don’t want parasites in public service. I want the programs of the NRM to be implemented enthusiastically and not pushing people as if weeding my garden,” he said.
Museveni cited a scenario in the ongoing investigations into the attempted assassination of State Minister for Works and Transport, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala where he said he was surprised to be told that the only sketch expert who would help draw the appearances of the suspects basing on descriptions of the eyewitnesses had retired from the police force.
According to the president, it beats everyone’s understanding for police to retire the only expert they had.
“I told Gen (Paul) Lokech, that the police can use description for the image and we put it out. However, I was told the people who know how to do it had been retired from police. You retired him and didn’t replace him? I want to know who retired that person without replacement. He will not remain in police. It is not necessarily corruption but lack of concern. That’s how systems deteriorate. You need to do things because you are a patriot,” he said.
The president also tasked the new cabinet to work on the issue of East African integration so as to enable Ugandan products get market.
“The economy has grown 31 times bigger than it was in 1986. According to that moderate growth, the economy will be about 70 billion dollars in 2026. I am not happy with that but we have come a long way. The economy is growing but the question is where we shall sell our produce. That is why we must address the issue of East African integration,” Museveni said.
“That’s why I put my sister (Rebecca) Kadaga as Minister for East Africa and Magode Ikuya. We must resolve the issue of the markets. The economy is growing but we must resolve where to sell all these products.”
Museveni challenged the new cabinet ministers to ensure service delivery to the satisfaction of the population.
“Therefore we don’t want parasites in the public service who only take but add nothing to us. This must be a government of service delivery. There is economic development but also service delivery. I don’t want to hear any more of those outcries like evictions. The cabinet must look into those five targets,” he said.
“I have been shouting of the 68% homesteads not in the money economy but now only 39% of the homesteads according to the recent household survey are still in non -money economy. It means 61% of the population is in the money economy. This cabinet must now resolve for everyone to work for pocket and stomach.”