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Otafiire to African leaders: delegate power

Kahinda Otafiire

Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Kahinda Otafiire has warned that unless African leaders learn to delegate responsibility, little will change on the continent.

Known for his plain-speaking ways, the minister also used his speech during a recent international gathering to slam African leaders for their penchant for telling lies.

“Africa’s biggest problem is [the lack of ] management. You need to assign people duty and confidence and they will give you their best,” he says.

“As you know, you can give Africans a successful going concern and they start well, but in no time, things are upside down.” Maj Gen (rtd) Otafiire, an avowed pan- Africanist, challenged African states to consider listening to their constituents’ needs in their management practices.

“Management is the capacity to listen. I urge you to adopt inclusive service delivery, because each of the people you are leading, whether a messenger or an administrator, are component parts of the whole success story. Always move along with your subordinates; if you do not move with them, they will undo your work.”

His advice came as he presided over the end of a refresher course for African administrators held at the Uganda Management Institute, last Friday.

The course, organised under the auspices of the African Association for Public Administration and Management, brought together 70 participants from six countries, including Uganda.

The minister, who has been in cabinet since 1986, railed against the failure by African leaders to inspire progress on the continent.

“The affinity of Africa’s leaders to tell lies is incredible. You should tell the people the truth so that those under you know what to do,” he said.

“Our other problem is failing to plan - we live for today and don’t plan and get where we are by chance.”

Explaining the rationale for the course, the dean of the school of public administration at UMI, Dr Gerald Karyeija, said they were intent on following the spirit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the African Agenda 63. Both look at improving public service delivery, without leaving anyone behind.

“We plan to ensure that our service delivery is inclusive and our participants will meet again next year – to review what has been done in that regard,” he said. AAPAM secretary general, Dr George Kojo Scott challenged the participants to seriously reconsider the quality of their service delivery.

“The speed of development in Africa demands that we increase the pace of service delivery as the facilities for success exist. We can do better,” he said.

“Last week, I was in an African country where I spent three hours in immigration – but here in Uganda I managed one minute in front of an immigration officer.”

mtalemwa@observer.ug

Comments

+3 #1 Odongkara 2018-07-18 10:14
Interesting talking raising interesting questions! Lack of delegating, lack of planning, chronic lying are what Otaffire blames on African leaders without being specific leaving the listeners to fill the vacuum!

Could Uganda leaders be no exception of these flaws? Our liberators, he is one, have been lying to Ugandans since 1986!
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+2 #2 Mubiru 2018-07-18 16:28
Ugandans are fed up with SLOGAN POLITICS espoused by Otafire. Otafire , persistently condemned the so called "exploiters" of Uganda including traditional kings who were living in houses as big as churches while the poor were sleeping in huts.

To day the Otafires of the country live not only in "churches" but "cathedrals" and palaces. I think this man is supposed to be a leader and yet he berates African leaders for not delegating power.

Why hasn't he delegated his since 1986 the very day NRM came from the bush.

Ugandans are not idiots as you people always assume them to be. "Otafire named in the island deal gone bad"-the Observer reports to day.

Is this the type of character who can delegate when he is still enjoys the fruits and riches of the regime he subserviently serves?

Instead of his empty utterances Otafire must clear the judiciary he heads of corruption which hurts the poor who can't afford to "feed" (okubaliisa) magistrates and judges to win cases.
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-1 #3 Jama 2018-07-18 17:12
Hon otafire, the arrows you are launching makes your boss one of the most suitable targets.

Is not high time you distance yourself from these malpractices by resigning.
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0 #4 Emmanuel Kawengyere 2018-07-18 21:12
Those people are always like that, they have their blame game of which they have always used to ruin the whole of Africa.

what makes me call them stupid and hopeless, they like good things and have all resources to acquire them bt they are just talkative and talk a good language when they need to steal orphans/widows properties and so on.

That is Africa and the black continent for us all
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0 #5 Empayippayi 2018-07-18 21:14
Maj.-Gen.Otafiire, in management you do not delegate responsibility, that would be abdication.

You delegate authority, so that when someone does something on your behalf, you remain responsible for the outcome.
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0 #6 rubangakene 2018-07-18 22:21
Tell that to Museveni if you have got the "balls"!

it's a shame you have been bottling this for a long time; why now since you were in the bush together?
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0 #7 Lakwena 2018-07-20 10:15
In other words, you cannot be a liar (dishonest), not be incompetent, corrupt and therefore a thief.

That is the problem of African leaders. Consequently, why they do not want to relinquish political power.

Simply because they conduct themselves like village chicken thieves; hence fear to exit, less they are lynched like village chicken thieves.

mavi ya kuku tufu!
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