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Your Mail: Mr President, explain these Teso issues now

According to Sunday Monitor of November 28, 2010, President Museveni has promised the people of Teso that he will clear all the pledges made in 1996, 2001 and 2006.

He said he could not previously, because of the lack of funds. Apparently, now he has the money! I call upon the people of Teso to take this as the usual gimmick, a mockery and an insult to Iteso who lost their cattle at the hands of Museveni. I have strong reasons to justify my pessimism.

First of all, to-date, the President has not cleared the air on politicians, especially from western Uganda, who share the Iteso conspiracy theory that government simply used the Karimojong to loot the Iteso’s cattle.

Secondly, he is on record to have told the Teso MPs that he is not happy with cattle keeping in Teso. He wants them to grow mangoes and oranges instead.

Could the Teso Parliamentary Group that met the President correct me if what Daily Monitor reported after that meeting in 2007/8 was inaccurate? Third, I would like the President to explain why the Livestock Research Institute for Eastern Uganda which should have been located in his ‘darling’ Teso which is a cattle area, was established in Tororo instead, a district famous for cross-border trade.

There is a limit to which one can tell lies before it catches up with him.

Greg Olupot,
Kampala.

PAC has exhibited incompetence

After reading the Public Accounts Committee CHOGM report, I noticed that PAC missed the point by concentrating on ‘big fish’ in its investigation.

On November 22, exactly three years after CHOGM preparations came to an end, The New Vision published an edited version of Amama Mbabazi’s defence in which he observes that “any sensible legislator would throw out the PAC report.”

The only reasonable suspicion one would put against Mbabazi would be influence peddling, which was always going to be hard to prove since there was no documentary evidence! Therefore, if PAC was serious about fighting corruption, it should have concentrated on unearthing the rot in the technocratic setup of the concerned ministries since it was always going to be a lot easier to prove.

Permanent secretaries are chief accounting officers and they ought to provide the answers on all irregularities pointed out by a forensic audit. It is becoming more evident, therefore, that PAC is incompetent. It is also very obvious that much more CHOGM money was swindled by the bureaucratic chain in the concerned ministries than by the ministers themselves, and this is where the interest of the taxpayer and the donors ought to be focused.

We need to remove politics out of the fight against corruption if we are to achieve anything. The opposition has been accusing the President of not having the political will to fight corruption and they are suggesting that he should have sacked all implicated ministers.
Let us give the institutions the chance to do their work.

Ronald Leonard Egesa,

Kampala.

Opposition candidates should focus on issues

Norbert Mao and company must desist from degenerating into gutter politics. Listening to the opposition presidential candidates makes one wonder where our country is headed.

Most of them seem to have lost the plot, talking about things that do not have any relevance to what Ugandans are yearning to hear. Whereas the incumbent has made it a point to expound on the gains of his government, all we have are personal attacks from the opposition.

For the first time in the history of this country, we have every presidential candidate attracting crowds, a sign that Ugandans are keen on issues, but instead of the opposition candidates capitalising on this apparent interest, they are busy talking about how Museveni brought war to northern Uganda, how he wants to steal the oil in Bunyoro, his bank accounts in foreign capitals, and all sorts of gibberish.

We don’t need you to tell us that hospitals lack drugs, schools do not have teachers, roads and infrastructure are in a poor state, or people are poor; we already know that. We are looking for clear-cut solutions to these challenges.

Do not tell us you are going to end corruption; tell us how you are going to do it. Ugandans are very wise now; they are looking for practical solutions to their problems and will not be fooled by mere rhetoric.

Benjamin Rukwengye,

Kampala.

Kirinya land ‘sale’ was sheer robbery

How many Ugandans who want to make an investment in Uganda get free land? What criteria do we use to give Ugandans with foreign paymasters 250 acres of land at only Shs 1.5 million?

Swindlers fan corruption by greasing each other’s palms and putting public assets in each other’s hands. How do you give public land to an NRM MP for free and then tell the public to pay for the transfer of the prison that stands on the land to another place? Do you remember the Butabika land fiasco? Do you remember the Shimoni land fiasco? Do you remember the Tri-Star fiasco?

What is shocking is the docility of the Basoga and their leadership as this prime asset is brazenly stolen! Not a single one of them in leadership should be returned in the
forthcoming elections.

Paget Kintu,

kin2pag@yahoo.co.uk

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