FACT CHECKER: Museveni On Mbabazi sacking

CLAIM. Museveni says he sacked former prime minister and Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi for incompetence.

The truth. The President consistently praised Mr Mbabazi’s performance and defended him on all allegations against him while his former ally was still in government. From the Temangalo land sale and CHOGM saga to the parliamentary investigations into allegations of bribe-taking from foreign oil firms, Mr Museveni described Mr Mbabazi as a “clean man” being targeted for political reasons. Faced in 2001 with a tough re-election challenge from James Musinguzi Garuga, the President told voters to keep Mbabazi whom he said was among his 10 potential successors. A month after dropping Mbabazi as premier, the President told NRM’s Central Executive Committee that his decision was to stop “confusion” in the party following reports of clandestine mobilisation meetings at Mbabazi’s home.

The verdict. Incompetence improbable cause.

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Museveni on rural electrification

CLAIM. NRM candidate Yoweri Museveni says only four out of 112 districts - Kaabong, Kotido, Nwoya and Buvuma - are without electricity.

FACT. The four districts have no government-provided electricity of any form. Power installations in Bukwo, Namayingo, Zombo, Koboko, Yumbe and Maracha have been completed pending commissioning, according to the Rural Electrification Agency and our own verification. All the other districts have electricity, even if supply is intermittent and coverage partial. Only 40 of the current 112 districts had electricity by 2001.

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Infrastructure. Mr Museveni says: “We want to put emphasis on roads and electricity.”

Decentralisation. The President says he helped carve Orungo County out of Amuria District to secure constituencies for political rivals Musa Ecweru and Jeje Odong, both NRM bigwigs. “As you know I am a cattle-keeper and as a cattle-keeper, when bulls are fighting, you separate them. I heard that some bulls were fighting and I separated them. Now Orungo is here and Amuria is here,” he says.

Compensation. Says government will compensate people in Teso who lost cattle, but only after working on transport and energy infrastructure.

SOURCE: DAILY MONITOR