The People Power movement has today delivered the real state of the Nation Address where key issues in all sectors have been discussed in depth. Held at the headquarters in Kamwokya, the event was flanked by other members of the high command like Joel Ssenyonyi, leaders in the informal sector, coordinators and swipes of press men. President Bobi Wine addressed the nation and unmasked the ‘sugar coated’ issues which the ruling NRM party has for decades concealed from the public.
In the education sector which headed by Janet Museveni, the People Power movement found a high drop out rate of learners whereby majority could not compete their Primary Leaving Education level due to several factors. “Enrollment in P1 is at 95% but primary completion rate is at 52% due to various underlying challenges,” the statement reads in bits. The movement also notes that the NRM government only looks at quantity but not quality of learners. “33% of primary school children in P2 and above could read and understand a simple P2 level story,” the movement notes.
On health, it was noted that a great faction of the population is malnourished and poorly fed. “41% of our population is undernourished. 26% of children are stunted,” says Bobi Wine. Also the worrying death of women giving birth was hinted on. “Women continue to die while giving birth, our hospitals are ill equipped, health workers poorly paid,” the statement says. Apparently, leaders can’t flee abroad for medication because flights are cancelled due to covid, the movement notes.
Climate change was also tackled as the movement warns of the ravaging deforestation levels that have largely cost the country 50% of forest land which is destroyed by members in the government and investors backed by state house officials. Bobi Wine advised government to improve on the safe water supply to rural homesteads where 33 children die daily of diarrhoea which arises from unsafe water.
On human rights, the movement decried the prevailing maltreatment and murder of civilians by men in uniform. Cases of Nabukenya Ritah, Zigy Wine, Dan Kyeyune among others were used as references.
On the issue of the economy, the movement notes that 67% of the small businesses do not thrive up to their first anniversary due to high taxation by the government. He proposes proper management of the now failed Youth Livelihood Fund to boost small businesses.
Corruption is another problem Bobi Wine mentions. Reference is made to Museveni’s address at a rally where he commended his officials for stealing public funds. Bobi says with such a leader, corruption will obviously prevail. On the matters affecting the informal sector, People Power talks about allowing taxis and Boda Bodas back on streets since people have been hit hard by the ravaging COVID-19 contagion.