By David Wangusi Masinde
“Anti Ugandan Government Stance stems out of neglect and impunity not foreign funding”
Uganda Government is in error for blaming foreigners for supporting demonstrations. First, government officials popping up with excuses of defending the ills committed by the NRM government is not only absurd, but shows the lack of depth in understanding the cause of resentment heavy on Ugandans hearts.
The government has been advised on different occasions on how the security agents should treat Ugandans to avoid a fallout. During the removal of presidential term limits, the government was advised on practising fair representation and abstinence from unnecessary arrests of their opponents. The government did not hid to the sound advice. It did the opposed. People were beaten, bones were broken and hospitalised. Houses were stormed, and many people including members of parliament were brutally arrested.
During the Presidential age limit saga, history repeated itself but this time it was worse. People were flogged, curfews were made and some senior officers were killed. The killers have never been found.
In almost every election, there has been chaos and abuse of political opponents through intimidation, threats, beatings, preventative home arrests and imprisonment. People have been accused of treason only to release them after realising that those they put in custody had no criminality to answer for.
Schools and Educational establishment
On community and social issues, the delivery of these services have been a major problem. Since the introduction or start of UPE and USE, most government schools are in very bad condition. They are inhumane and not fit for purpose. Schools don’t only lack teachers but also purposeful structures. There are schools were pupils are sent home when the teachers know that it will rain. There are not enough classrooms. There are hardly text books in government primary and secondary schools. Most do not have latrines or toilets. Worse, teachers do not get their salaries on time. The army used to have very distinguished schools for their children. Those schools either do not exist anymore or are dilapidated.
The NRM government found many excellent Technical Institutes around the country. Pupils who couldn’t manage to enter University were absorbed by technical institutions to learn professional trade subjects that were very helpful to the country’s economy. These are almost non existent or working at a quarter capacity with no staff and equipment.
Health centres and Hospitals
In 32 years of the NRM government. there have been less hospitals and health centres build around the country. The government from 1964-1971 build more meaningful hospitals in a short time than the NRM government. UPC and Amin regimes did not only build hospitals and health centres, the two governments build staff houses, filled the facilities with staff and free medicines. I remember people coming from Kenya to be treated in Uganda Hospitals. The health facilities around the country were fully functional with new beds, operating theatres, and beautiful disease free maternity wards. The health centres and hospitals now hardly have beds. Scruffy walls and floors is normal. In most cases no mattresses. There is hardly medicine and full staff found around. So many people die for lack of medicine and poor hygiene.
Police posts and staff houses
Uganda has the most obedient police force to the NRM government since the formation of country. Yet these police officers live very degrading lives. Some officers still live in round “Mabati” huts which were built in the colonial times. Most do not have proper police posts. Worse the police officers do not get salaries on time.
Since the National Resistance Army came from the bush, most officers live just as they did in the bush. Despite their hard work, they are paid meagre salaries and denied proper housing. The barracks are ancient and scruffy. On addition to lack of schools for their children. We can go on about promotion and disparities in the treatment of some army personnel. A few at the top live like kings, yet our children, brother, sisters etc, in the army live like paupers. Most struggle getting their pensions when they leave service.
The Cooperative Unions
These institutions catered for many communities around the country. They were abolished without giving people an alternative. Apart from Bugisu Cooperative Union, I doubt if there is another functional organisation.
Impunity and Nepotism
On many occasions, The Uganda President has taken his family to sign contracts on behalf of the whole country. 99% of those contracts have never been transparent. Ugandans do not know what the President and his family members signed for. Something that is still in memory is a recent visit to China where President Museveni, his wife Janet Museveni and his in law Sam Kutesa signed contracts on behalf of over 40 million Ugandans. The President has not revealed to the nation what he signed for. On oil, gas and other natural resources, the President has done the same. It is not easy for tax payers to get such information as it is stipulated in the Uganda constitution.
With a string of unexplained and unsolved murders, how does the government really think that Ugandans will just brush such incidents aside?
NRM-O as a government party promise a lot and delver very little.
There is no clear policy for young Ugandans. The government officials only throws money as a bribe to calm them down when the youth question or demand accountability from them. Denying rural Ugandans good health care and good education is killing the country’s development and productivity. Such generations are wasted. Instead of a calm, cordial, and reasonable dialogue with young people, the government takes a hardliner were normally big sticks, guns, police and the army are send to solve all their frustrations.
Dirty towns and cities
Charity AID and Nodding Disease money
The government has blatantly allowed civil servants and their relatives to grab Ugandans by force. This is a very touchy subject.
With these and all other matters of concern among Ugandans, there is resentment around the country and that triggers the reactions you see exhibited on the streets.
Ugandans do not need foreign influence or money to demand answers for actions or decisions taken by the executive and those in government. It is the citizens constitutional right to do so.
BLAME THOSE IN THE GOVERNMENT OF UGANDA, NOT YOUNG PEOPLE
FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY
PEOPLE POWER OUR POWER.
David Wangusi Masinde
Uganda National Consensus Against Corruption