On 25th January 2014, panelists appeared on HITS FM to assess the performance of the National Resistance Movement's government since it took over power. This was during the ‘Orukurato Program’ a 2 hour weekly program that discusses issues of accountability every Saturday (08:00 – 10:00pm) that is sponsored by ToroDev. “On 26th January 2014, the National Resistance Movement will be celebrating 28years of power. Ugandans will also be celebrating 28 years of peace and stability”, said Lawyer Goan from the National Resistance Movement Party.
The two hour live radio talk show was also attended by Lawyer Musana, an advocate of the high court from the FDC (Forum for Democratic Change) Party and Mr. Bamanyisa Patrick, a journalist in Kabarole District.
|President Museveni, Chairman of National Resistance Movement|
During the program, LawyerMusana indicated the weaknesses of the NRM government. “There are high levels of poverty in the country and that’s why we see people dying of jiggers in Karamoja. The UPE and USE programs are also performing poorly and dropout rates are so high, only 2milion is allocated to a school of 2000(two thousand) students per term. Mulago is the only national referral hospital in the country which was built in the 1960s and it is even not well installed with enough equipment, that’s why we see many people traveling to other countries for treatment”.
Mr. Bamanyisa also participated in the live radio discussion by praising the NRM government for improving the economy. “In the 1970s, Uganda’s economy was so poor. We used to line up for small basic needs like sugar, salt and soap, but today, even the poor can access such needs. However, the NRM government has had a high rate of corruption among its leaders which has affected the country’s developments”.
Meanwhile, Lawyer Goan indicated the achievements of the NRM government in its 28years of power. “The NRM government has been able to train and build a national and disciplined army, increasing the tax base from 1.5 billion as it was in 1986 to 7000 billion, reducing the poverty levels from 63% as it was in 1986 to 21%, forming rule of law and making better service delivery to the local citizens”.
The Live Radio discussion was moderated by Mr. Kasigazi Willy Donanto.