By Henry Mukasa
PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has directed the Ministry of Public Service to set targets for civil servants.
Speaking at the launch of the five-year National Development Plan at Serena Hotel in Kampala yesterday, the President said human resource efficacy is key to the transformation of the country. The plan was formulated by the National Planning Authority (NPA).
The NPA board chairperson, Dr. Kisamba Mugerwa, however, missed the launch because he was stranded in the US due to the volcanic ash that has caused the cancellation of flights by several European countries.
â€œI have directed the Ministry of Public Service to tie contracts of public servants to outputs, in addition giving incentives to reward hard working civil servants especially scientists,â€ Museveni said.
He said scientists should be retained so they do not go for greener pastures. â€œI am willing to bribe them to stay,â€ Museveni said.
Under the plan, Uganda should be transformed from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country within 30 years. Sh54 trillion is needed to implement the plan.
Museveni said the document, which will be the planning framework, was being launched 40 years after the last one. â€œWe had the idea of planning in 1986 but were told planning was out of date. We were told we needed to control inflation, ensure macro stability and leave the rest to the private sector.â€
He said to transform Uganda, power, roads, railway, training of human resources, market, liberal economic policies and promotion of the private sector were necessary.
He explained that Ugandaâ€™s economy was doing well at 5.5% growth rate in the 1960s. This changed when the private sector was interrupted by Milton Oboteâ€™s nationalisation of enterprises and the expulsion of Asians by Idi Amin in 1972.
Museveni cautioned donors against directing government on how to develop the country. â€œWe invited development partners to feed into the plan so that they donâ€™t (direct). Thereâ€™s a plan here.â€
He said the Government now collects sh4000b, which enables it fund its activities with limited begging and borrowing. â€œWe funded CHOGM although I hear some people were nibbling the money. The money is here. What we need is patriotism so we donâ€™t bargain every year,â€ he emphasised.
The President said 2 billion barrels of oil had been discovered and an oil refinery would be constructed in western Uganda, and a pipeline from Eldoret to Kampala. He said roads will also be constructed and districts given road construction units.
He cautioned districts about failure to implement the works. â€œIf you donâ€™t work on the roads the voters will throw you out. We shall also follow you, lock you up and it will be double jeopardy,â€ he said to laughter.
Museveni said water transport will be improved on Lake Victoria and railways transport revamped to remove heavy cargo from the roads. Kampala will get a rapid bus system, he said.
He also said a review of the education system was needed so that the human resource is competitive.
The chairperson of the Africa Peer Review Mechanism, Prof. Adebayo Adedeji, said planning was the backbone of transformation. He warned against â€œguess-planningâ€, recycling of old statistics and the culture of workshops. â€œA nation without a vision will perish,â€ Adedeji, said.
â€œNot to plan is to fail. To plan is to choose to move forward.â€