Pres­i­dent Yow­eri Mu­sev­eni has to­day dur­ing the State of the Na­tion Ad­dress  out­lined five key is­sues as ma­jor dri­vers to­wards eco­nomic sta­bil­ity for the coun­try.

The five is­sues in­clude, “peace, de­vel­op­ment of the in­fra­struc­ture and the hu­man re­source; wealth cre­ation, job cre­ation, and mar­ket ac­cess.”

Peace, the Pres­i­dent said, “means ab­sence of war but it must also in­clude ab­sence of law­less­ness.”

Al­though he boasted of hav­ing ended the 20 year civil war by the Lord’s Re­sis­tance Army, the Al­lied De­fence Forces in the neigh­bour­ing D.R Congo and cat­tle rustlers   in Karamoja, Mu­sev­eni said that the coun­try was faced with a few spikes of law­less­ness.

“Re­cently, there has been a spike of law­less­ness in the coun­try in­volv­ing the mur­der of AIGP Kaweesi, Sheikhs, Ma­jor Kig­gundu, Joan Kagezi, Chair­man Ok­ware in Na­mayingo, Rwa­mutwe in Bushenyi, the town clerk of Gulu, the Er­itrean busi­ness­man, etc.” he said

“There [are] also nu­mer­ous break-ins in homes and some peo­ple were throw­ing leaflets threat­en­ing vi­o­lence,” added Mu­sev­eni

He blamed these de­vel­op­ments on what he called “a few gaps” char­ac­terised by lack of fund­ing on ac­count of com­pet­ing de­mands.

To curb these, he said that there was need for heavy in­vest­ment in street cam­eras by both gov­ern­ment and pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als with the abil­ity to do so.

“The cam­eras would has­ten the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of any­body who com­mits a crime in the towns or the high­ways…mean­while, the rich busi­ness­men and res­i­dents that can af­ford them should in­stall cam­eras around their busi­nesses and res­i­dences.  They greatly as­sist,” said Mu­sev­eni.

Pres­i­dent Mu­sev­eni also re­it­er­ated the need to clean po­lice of wrong el­e­ments that have in­fil­trated the force.

These ‘wrong el­e­ments’ have cast po­lice im­age in bad light and the, “Po­lice and the in­tel­li­gence ser­vices have been rightly crit­i­cized by the pub­lic for be­ing lax in han­dling in­for­ma­tion given to them by the pub­lic. They some­times are leak­ing this in­for­ma­tion, are cor­rupt in the form of ex­tort­ing money from the pub­lic, high-hand­ed­ness in deal­ing with the pub­lic and pro­tect­ing crim­i­nals or al­low­ing crim­i­nals to in­fil­trate the Po­lice.”

“The Po­lice lead­er­ship must, there­fore, care­fully lis­ten to the pub­lic and clean up the few rot­ten el­e­ments,” said Pres­i­dent Mu­sev­eni.

In fight­ing crime, the pres­i­dent also cau­tioned po­lice against ar­rest­ing in­no­cent un­em­ployed youths and charg­ing them with be­ing idle and dis­or­derly.

He said that many youths are sim­ply un­em­ployed and such ar­rests “must stop com­pletely.”

The pres­i­dent promised to cre­ate more em­ploy­ment av­enue for the youths both in for­mal and in­for­mal sec­tors.

Re­gard­ing in­fra­struc­tural un­der­tak­ings, the pres­i­dent said that the coun­try was do­ing will in terms of paved roads net­works and urged law­mak­ers to sup­port ex­tra road pro­jects.

“The de­vel­op­ment of the in­fra­struc­ture is so cru­cial be­cause, as I have told you nu­mer­ous times, it low­ers the costs of do­ing busi­ness in the econ­omy and, there­fore, max­imises the prof­its of com­pa­nies…lower costs of elec­tric­ity, trans­port, etc., means higher prof­its for the en­tre­pre­neurs,” Mu­sev­eni said.

The Pres­i­dent fur­ther boasted of im­proved qual­ity of the pop­u­la­tion in terms of life ex­pectancy and lit­er­acy lev­els which he at­trib­uted to a rise in the level of im­mu­niza­tion and learn­ing cen­ters across the coun­try.

Al­though he said there was a rea­son­able rise in the lev­els of wealth in the coun­try, the pres­i­dent also ac­knowl­edged per­sist­ing chal­lenges  faced by the youth and said that in­ter­ven­tions would be un­der­taken to up­lift their liveli­hood. Such in­ter­ven­tions in­clude de­lib­er­ate un­der­tak­ings to sup­port youths pro­jects es­pe­cially those in­clined on skilling and em­ploy-abil­ity.

The State of the Na­tion Ad­dress was in ful­fill­ment of the Con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ment un­der ar­ti­cle 101 (1) of the Con­sti­tu­tion of the Re­pub­lic of Uganda, ahead of the open­ing of a new par­lia­men­tary ses­sion.

Gov­ern­ment will on Thurs­day 8, 2017 pre­sent the 2017/​18 Na­tional Bud­get as re­cently passed by Par­lia­ment at Ugx 29 tril­lion.