Remarks by Rt Hon Dr Ruhakana in Parliament after being sworn in as an ex-officio MP.

I would like to thank His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni for the confidence he has put in me and in the entire Cabinet, to serve in our various roles.I welcome this responsibility of Leader of Government Business in Parliament, as an opportunity for all of us to work together to deliver quality services to our people. That is the reason we are in these positions of leadership.

Uganda Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda Interview

Our tasks during these five years are clear—and H.E. President Museveni has spelt them out at various times, including during the State of the Nation Address, Budget Speech and the Cabinet Sessions we have had: That we must all work to transform our country and improve the livelihoods of our people.

We in leadership have a big role to play in the transformation of our country. For us to be able to do this, we need to put our differences aside and focus on the purpose for which we have been called: To serve.

The National Resistance Movement has made a commitment to the people of Uganda, of taking the country to modernity through job creation and inclusive development, as contained in the 2016-2021 NRM Manifesto. This is a social contract we have signed with the people of Uganda. This is in addition to the priorities outlined in the Second National Development Plan and Vision 2040.

A major challenge for Government today is the need to accelerate implementation of government programmes, improve service delivery to our people, stop corruption and wastage in the public sector.

Since I was first given this responsibility in September 2014, we have invested significant time and effort in strengthening the institutional mechanisms for improving cross-sectoral coordination to ensure that Government acts as one effective entity.

In this regard, in October 2015, Cabinet approved the establishment of a delivery unit in the Office of the Prime Minister. Its purpose is to catalyze improvements in service delivery through real-time monitoring – on a daily, weekly and monthly basis – of priority programmes to ensure that problems are identified in time and promptly tackled to guarantee successful implementation. We realize that our people are impatient and cannot tolerate poor performance—and they are right. Our commitment during these five years is to accelerate the
momentum of providing, timely and quality services in a manner that provides value for money for the country.

We are going to work with responsible institutions to remove the bottlenecks that stand in the way of providing a conducive environment for doing business and facilitating investment in the country. It is investments in critical areas of the economy, such as agriculture, infrastructure, ICT, tourism, industry, science and technology, education and health among others, that will create quality jobs that our people, especially the youth, desperately need and deserve.

We will ensure that government Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Local Governments are better coordinated so
that they can step up their activities to accelerate implementation of national priorities.

In addition, the Parliamentary Commission under your stewardship, approved the establishment of the liaison office of Leader of Government Business in Parliament. This Office, which is already in operation, is meant to improve coordination between the Executive and Parliament through receiving comments and suggestions from Honourable Members of Parliament and providing timely responses to those issues. I urge colleagues to make use of it.

In line with Vision 2040, and in pursuit of the President’s commitment to improved performance by Government institutions, we will actively pursue a business oriented approach to service delivery. We will focus on results, not just processes. The bureaucratic processes should enable, and not stall or delay service delivery.

Accounting Officers will have to demonstrate more ambition in driving implementation of government priorities. This process will be backed by a clear and effective sanctioning regime. There must be a price to pay for underperformance.

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