By Taddeo Bwambale
KAMPALA - Uganda’s aspiration to be a first world country in the next 30 years is achievable, the chairperson of the National Planning Authority (NPA), Dr Wilberforce Kisamba Mugerwa has affirmed.
Mugerwa made the assurance shortly after he was sworn-in as the authority’s chairperson, alongside his deputy, Dr Abel Rwendeire Friday evening.
NPA is the principle statutory agency responsible for the country’s development planning, while also acting as a think-tank to guide the implementation of government programmes.
The authority is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the five-year National Development Plan (NDP) and Uganda’s new development blueprint dubbed Vision2040.
The two officials were sworn-in at a ceremony presided over by the Principle Judge, Justice Yorokamu Bamwine, at the High Court in Kampala. They will each serve a five-year term.
“We have taken lessons from countries that have gone through similar process and learnt from their mistakes. Uganda will achieve this goal within the next 30 years,” declared Mugerwa, shortly after taking oath.
He pledged that his team would work with other Government departments, private sector and other actors to implement the development plans.
Among several drives, he highlighted investment in human development and increased private sector investment, which would in turn help to creates jobs and generate revenue from taxes.
Justice Bamwine appealed to the officials to live by the commitments made in their oaths, and encouraged them to serve the country diligently.
“At times people take what is contained in an oath for granted. But people believe that when you don’t act according to the oath, what you get is a curse,” he warned.
“Act fairly, in good faith, without bias and in a judicial temper. Give every party opportunity to say something before you condemn them,” Justice Bamwine advised.
The National Planning Act, 2012 makes it mandatory for the chairperson of the planning body and his or her deputy to take oath before assuming office.
Three more people will be appointed to the authority after their vetting has been concluded by Parliament.
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