The report below was made on Thursday, November 14 2013 By Isaac Imaka
The Old Testament, Numbers 30:12, teaches thus: If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.
President Museveni has not kept true to that particular biblical teaching, according to a report by the parliamentary Committee on Government Assurances. The report was leaked to the Daily Monitor by a member of an opposition party who cannot be named for fear of retribution from colleagues.
According to the committee, the President has not delivered on 817 pledges, not to the Lord, though, but to Ugandans, since coming to power in 1986.
“The pledges are totaling to 817, with an estimated cost of more than Shs12.9 trillion in key areas of Infrastructure such as roads, hospitals, schools, airport, bridges, electricity and machinery,” says Mr Odonga Otto, the chairperson of Parliament’s Government Assurance Committee.
“This Shs12.9 trillion excludes assurances that cannot be quantified in pecuniary terms like creation of new districts and setting up of town councils,” he says.