Uganda’s president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, has vowed to fight corruption and impose discipline on inefficient bureaucrats who are frustrating investors.
He was speaking during his swearing-in on Thursday in Uganda’s capital, Kampala.
Museveni: In this term, we must expunge two weaknesses; corruption by public servants and delayed decision-making. #M7SwearsIn— NBS Television (@nbstv) May 12, 2016
This time I will act directly so as to discipline the public service as we discipline the army.
He also assured greater involvement of his government in the cultivation, production and marketing of tea and coffee. Since coming to power in 1986, Museveni is credited with restoring order after years of chaos.
“This time I will act directly so as to discipline the public service as we discipline the army,” he said.
Experts however say the growing Ugandan economy has not kept up with a rising population, while critics complain about corruption and a clampdown on dissent.
Museveni was sworn in amid a tense environment, as authorities blocked Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and other social media applications citing security concerns.
Museveni joins a number of “long serving African leaders who are still going strong” after ruling for over decades.