By James Ninsiima
President Museveni has appointed a New National Planning Authority Board To PushUganda’s Development Agendain the next phase of Vision 2040.
Dr Pamela Mbabazi, the former Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University will be leading this team.
Mbabazi thanked President Yoweri Museveni for entrusting them with this challenging job that they are willing to do.
““I thank the President of Uganda, Gen Yoweri Kaguta for entrusting us to lead the National Planning Authority, in spearheading Uganda’s development planning for the attainment of the country’s Vision aspirations”
She further said “We need to engage more stakeholders, participate in debates and consultations across the board in order to trigger Uganda’s transformation from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country”.
Mbabazi a great researcher of our times is ready to lead an organization that must provide data for government depending on the needs and challenges of our times.
The newly appointed members of the board were sworn into office in a ceremony presided over by the Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo at the High Court of Uganda in Kampala.
They are Prof Pamela Kasabiiti Mbabazi(NPA Chairperson), Prof Obwoya Sam Kinyera(Deputy Chairperson), Prof Enos Kiremire, Ms Lydia Wanyoto and Dr Ivan Lule.
Dr Kisamba Mugerwa,
who was appointed by President Yoweri Museveni to head the authority in 2008,
handed over the office to the state minister for finance in charge of planning,
David Bahati, at the planning house in Kampala in 2018.
In a short speech before handing over, Kisamba said a lot had been achieved under his ten-year tenure at the national planning authority and that the country was now on the right path to achieve its transformation goals.
“We have set the foundation. All we need now is to work on efficiency in delivering the projects.
“We have increased power generation and enrollment in schools and reduced infant and maternal deaths.
“Roads have also been built and we need to improve on decision making and projects’ implementation to increase our competiveness,” Kisamba said
At the helm of NPA, Kisamba presided over the formulation of the two National Development Plans and Vision 2040 for Uganda. The new team is coming at a time government is going to start National Development Plan III.