Museveni revisits 10-Point Programme

President Yoweri Museveni.
President Yoweri Museveni

While the 10-Point Programme was more pronounced from the time President Museveni took over power in 1986 to early 2000s, from then onward reference to the so-called “political Bible” of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) had sort of “disappeared”.

At one point the President consistently talked of a five-point agenda before expanding it to a 15-point programme and now a 20-point programme.

President Museveni, while commissioning the African Gold Refinery in Entebbe, said to be the very first in Sub-Saharan Africa excluding South Africa, said the refinery is an example of vertical integration of the economy which he promised in the 10-Point Programme.

Point Number 5 of the programme was to build an independent, integrated, and self-sustaining national economy. The president on Monday said slowly but surely that point is being fulfilled, adding that he is noting down the economic successes one by one.

President Museveni said initially the challenge was colonial and neo-colonial minded public officials who resisted the NRM’s new thinking but with the party’s longevity in power they are giving up and starting to tow the party line.

Museveni cited as an example the cotton sector value chain in which cotton can now be transformed into garments.

The president also cited the dairy sector which has also achieved vertical integration.

Another example the president cited is the steel industry which will now have steel produced from Ugandan iron ore deposits.

President Museveni said other successes are being registered in the value chains of coffee, copper and fertilisers.

The president said Africa is, as he put it, “bleeding because of ujinga”, Swahili word for ignorance. Turning to the gold exports, he said the 800,000 dollars earned from a tonne of refined gold was in the past lost through smuggling of unprocessed gold out of the country.

The president said while in the past he was shy, in this presidential term which he calls “kisanja hakuna mchezo,” meaning a term for no games, he will be harsh to anybody who delays investors, manufacturers and processors.

The Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Irene Muloni, said the gold refinery is an example of value addition in the minerals sector.

The other points in the 10-Point Programme were democracy, security, national unity and elimination of sectarianism, defending and consolidating national interests, and restoration and improvement of social services.

Other points are elimination of corruption and misuse of power, redressing past errors, cooperation with other African countries and building a mixed economy.

– Uganda Radio Network