President Yoweri Museveni will today Thursday afternoon deliver the State of the Nation address from the Kampala Serena Conference Centre.
The address is in fulfillment of the Constitutional requirement under Article 101 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, which provides that “The President shall, at the beginning of each session of Parliament, deliver to Parliament an address on the state of the nation.”
The session of Parliament runs from June to May and after his State of the Nation Address, the President declares the new Parliamentary session open.
The President is anticipated to tackle a number of issues including security especially on the performance of the newly created Local Defence Units (LDUs) to complement the Uganda Police Force in eliminating crime in Kampala Metropolitan area.
In October last year, the army recruited over 6,000 LDUs following President Yoweri Museveni’s directive for the recruitment to beef up other security agencies to combat crime.
The murder of IHK doctor, Cathy Agaba and the kidnap of an American tourist Kimberly Sue Endicott, her guide Jean Paul Mirenge months back and that of other Ugandans for a ransom both rescued alive and those found lifeless is another could as well be touched by the Head of State.
In the same way, the President may hint on the emerging cases of armed robbery in the country with the killing of three people were shot during a heist at the hardware shop in Nansana. It was reported that the robbers came on motorcycles and were armed with AK-47 rifles.
The state of the country’s economy is another issue that could capture the President’s attention now that Parliament last week approved Shs40.48 trillion Budget up from the current 2018/2019 financial year budget of 32.7trillion Shillings.
The budget is to be financed by domestic revenue collections amounting 20.487 trillion Shillings, resources from the Petroleum Fund amounting 445.8 billion, Domestic Financing 2.32 trillion, Domestic Debt Refinancing 6.18 trillion, external budget support 675.2 billion, external project support 9.42 trillion and others.
He may explain the justification for the allocation of more funds to particular projects in comparison to others.
Uganda’s relationship with Rwanda which deteriorated in February this year may as well feature in his address Today.
Rwanda accuses Uganda of ‘targeting’ ordinary Rwandan citizens involved in regular business and trade activities within the framework of EAC, which is the regional body and harbouring, training and facilitating individuals and forces hostile to the Kagame administration, accusations Uganda has since denied.
Museveni is also expected to talk about Uganda’s revived Airlines scheduled to start commercial operations next month after completing the Air Operator Certification (AOC). Uganda received two aircrafts (Bombardier CRJ 900) on April 23.
On industrialisation, the Head of State may talk about the several factory he has commissioned including the Soroti Juice Factory aimed at creating ready marked for agricultural products and create jobs to the increasing population.
Isimba dam which was commissioned recently estimated to contribute 183 MW to the national grid and an update on the works of Karuma dam anticipated to produce 600 MW on completion, may feature in the president’s address today.
Fight against corruption, land acquisition delays, recent mudslides in Bududa district and completion of Neo natal and specialised Women Hospital Mulago are the other things the president may hint at.