By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The National Unity Platform (NUP) President and former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has lashed at President Museveni in his recent directive to have UPDF take over construction works in different sectors of the economy including the construction of roads which Bobi wine says exhibits disregard for the law.
Bobi Wine’s comments follow a statement from Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) indicating that they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC), the commercial arm of the UPDF with the objective of building the latter’s capacity to undertake road construction and maintenance projects.
Bobi Wine notes that Museveni can no longer recognize his former self yet he has always castigated former president Idi Amin for ruling by decree as opposed to the rule of law.
“Gen. Museveni can no longer recognize his former self. In yet another show of dictatorship, Mr. Museveni has ordered his wife and other government Ministers to henceforth award contracts for the government construction projects to the Army “to avoid delays due to lengthy procurement processes,” said Kyagulanyi in a statement.
According to Kyagulanyi, in a country governed by the law, even if president Museveni wanted to take this step, it must be processed through the law, and not a presidential directive.
“It gets clearer why Museveni wanted a lame-duck parliamentary leadership… before long all these laws will be repealed so that he is given the power to do as he pleases. This is not the first time Mr. Museveni is expressing such contemptuous disregard for the PPDA Act, and other procurement laws. He recently dismissed the public procurement policies as “neo-colonial” while attempting to justify his wasteful Covid-19 expenditure for the financial year 2019/2020,” he noted.
Increasingly, Kyagulanyi explained, Museveni is deploying the army to pursue selfish interests that our laws would ordinarily not support adding that the prosecution of his political opponents in the court-martial which works on his direct orders, is one example.
“The deployment of his relatives in the military to head lucrative government projects such as operation wealth creation is another. Museveni thinks that militarising every sector of public life will give him the political survival and illicit enrichment that he craves for. While that strategy may work in the short term, it will ultimately end in tears,” Bobi Wine said