The Minister of ICT, Communication & National Guidance, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze has said that Presidential age limit is not on Kyankwanzi Cabinet Retreat Agenda. While appearing on NBS Television Morning Breeze, Frank said the goal of the retreat which starts today purely to discuss business and service delivery.
“This is a Cabinet retreat. This time, even permanent secretaries, the technical heads, are also invited. Many people, including myself, are new in their respective dockets. We want to have our priorities right and well conceptualized. That’s the goal of this Cabinet,” Frank said.
“The Kyankwanzi Retreat that starts today is organised by the NRM Secretariat because NRM won. Presidential age limit isn’t on the agenda. Time for politicking ended. It is time for business,” Frank added.
On Kizza Besigye’s battles with Police, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, “Since 2000, Kizza Besigye has sought the presidency without getting a majority, a fact he must accept. Thank God for a president like Museveni who is not radical like Kizza Besigye. Kizza Besigye wants to remain relevant by confronting the police.”
He added, “Kizza Besigye is training militias, calling upon Ugandans to defy. By having a Leader Of Opposition (LOP) in Parliament, FDC accepted they’re the opposition. Police must act responsibly amid provocation but the public should also act responsibly”.
On bail out of companies, Frank said Companies will be bailed out based on relevance to economy, how much tax they pay… But first, we need criteria.
He urged people to stop trading in speculation. “There’s no way government can selectively bail out companies. Business owners who mismanage their businesses into bankruptcy will not be bailed out,” he said.
He dismissed the list of companies/people the government is going to bail out circulating and called it a product of tabloid journalism, social media and Speculation.
“There’s a proposal that seeks to bail out local companies. Let’s define the criteria and a policy. Bailouts are not on Kyankwanzi Retreat agenda. A framework will come to Cabinet and Parliament for discussion. Is it bad to support our own companies? Some of our companies lost billions in South Sudan,” Frank said.
He said reports that government is planning to bail out some companies is big speculation.