President Museveni says salary increment for civil servants is still not a national priority and those agitating for it should be patient. Speaking in Kisoro district at celebrations to mark international labour Day, the president said he is happy with the roads and the general infrastructure development and now the country is linked from border to border.
“In order to work on infrastructure you have to hold some expenditure. You talk of Singapore but it’s a small island. It has never had any total collapse like Uganda.”
“What we are doing is good and the roads can stand for 15 years, but the salaries demand is monthly.”
Museveni ranked his priorities in the order of importance as God, peace, infrastructure and education and health.
“Uganda is a very beautiful country. I have travelled to many countries but I have not seen a country as beautiful as Uganda. When we came into power in 1986, Uganda was like food without salt. It was a country without development but now you can see the salt we have added to Uganda. You can now see the 300-mile-road from Kampala to Kisoro.”
Museveni argued that the country was moving in the right direction and now working on the modern railway.
“The Chinese are giving us a big loan to fund the construction of the railway,” he said adding that there is need to meet the trade union leaders to discuss and resolve the issue of civil servants salaries and the minimum wage.