Government has confirmed that President Yoweri Museveni will tomorrow June 6, deliver the state of the nation address ahead of the next financial.
His address is normally followed by the reading of national budget by the Minister of Finance Planning and Economic Development, Matia Kasaijja, and it will take place at Serena Conference Centre on Thursday next week. The 2019/2020 budget which was recently passed by parliament is Shs40.5 trillion.
Article 101 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda provides that the president shall, at the beginning of each session of parliament, deliver to parliament an address on the state of the nation.
The president is expected to inform the nation about the achievements of his government in various sectors such as transport where government has tarmacked roads radiating from Kampala connecting other parts in the country. Last year Museveni said 58 per cent of the roads, had been done or are being done by the government of Uganda money.
Some of the achievements that are likely to surface in the state of the nation address are recently acquired planes, the commissioned Jinja Nile Bridge, the 183 Isimba Hydro Power project that increased Uganda’s total generation capacity from 951 to 1,734 megawatts of power, and Karuma hydro power that is yet to be commissioned.
Given that the president commissioned a number of factories say fruits factory in Soroti among other factories in Jinja, Buikwe, he is expected to address that country about job creation as part of his strategy to usher the country into middle status income and governments move to solve issues of unemployment among the youth.
Last year, the president said the country’s economy is growing reasonably well, that the four sectors are growing well. ‘Industry grew at 6.2 per cent per annum, services at 7.3 per cent, ICT at 7.9 per cent and agriculture at 3.2 per cent. As you can see, it is only agriculture that is still growing slowly.” He said
Museveni will also address the nation about security concerns and the mechanisms such as CCTV Cameras put in place to help police in fighting gruesome killings of people in county. He is also expected to talk about escalation border tensions between Uganda and Rwanda. Rwanda early this year closed its border to Ugandan goods on allegations that the pearl of Africa supports Rwandan dissidents.