President Yoweri Museveni has warned government officials against delaying development projects. He noted that such delays frustrate potential investors and deny Ugandans employment opportunities.

The President, who was speaking at the closing of the retreat for Cabinet Ministers, members of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Central Executive Committee (CEC) and Permanent Secretaries at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi last evening, called upon decision makers to bear in mind the best decisions for the country.

“When you receive a directive today, you must implement it the next day. Uganda is ready for take off and government officials should stop delaying decision making where the economy is concerned,” he said.

The President said that as Uganda now has the basics like peace, electricity, roads and education, among others, the country is ready to take off to middle income status. He noted that for Uganda to complete socio-economic transformation, the sectors of agriculture, industries, services and Information Communications Technology (ICT), must be modernized.

“We have dealt with the hardware issues but now in order to take off, we need to deal with the software issues. This retreat has recognized what has been achieved and what is needed, to take off,” he said.

Mr. Museveni warned government leaders against corruption saying that he would have zero tolerance for corruption in this term. “There is no way corruption can challenge us,” he said.

The President also cautioned the media about reporting false stories about Uganda citing that it was affecting the economy. “The media has a role to play especially when it comes to tourism. Tourists are sensitive and can easily be scared by false reports,” he said.

The NRM Party Secretary General, Hon. Kasule Justine Lumumba, thanked President Museveni for the visionary leadership that he has imparted to the participants at the retreat.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, noted that the retreat had enabled the leaders to break the walls that have been standing between the political leadership and the government machinery.

“The retreat has enabled us pass resolutions focusing on better service delivery to Ugandans who voted for the NRM. We are united to ensure Uganda become a middle class income country in the next four years,” he said.