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Your mail: Calling Ugandan doctors enemies is unfair

President Museveni, whose attitude has made us suspect he is Uganda’s promoter of foreign interests since independence, was quoted by the media labeling Ugandan doctors “enemies”.

What surprised patriotic Ugandans most is that instead of addressing their pressing needs, the president chose to import Cuban doctors at a cost higher than what our own were demanding.

This is the same Museveni whose lifestyle maintenance has bled Uganda to near collapse. Recently, it was reported that Shs 225 billion will be spent on Museveni’s presidency in the 2018/19 budget in spite of his catastrophic performance which has led to a record 83 per cent youth unemployment.

What annoys most is that such utterances come from a president who lacks legitimacy given the way he came to power, the questionable elections he uses to maintain it.

For heaven’s sake, if Uganda happens to be in need of foreign expertise, our greatest need is in the top political leadership which has failed Ugandans at every turn.

This world is full of great leaders who have led their resource-poor countries into economic and political greatness in a very short time.

Other than wasting our time, why don’t we import such leaders to help us out of the doldrums so we can pay our doctors handsomely?

One of the greatest philosophical saying is that behind every problem, there is a leadership problem. Jesus Christ said “when the blind lead the blind, they all fall into a pit”.

Museveni-led NRM has done a lot to humiliate and demoralize Ugandans before foreigners. When will this end?

Kennedy Kabonge
kennedykabongek@yahoo.co.uk.

The West should mind its business

The recent suggestion by Paul Williams, a UK legislator, that our president is stifling the development of Uganda courtesy of his longevity in power, is one controversial scenario that has aroused divergent opinion.

I don’t object to the argument that African issues ought to be left to Africans alone. However, to advise is never bad except where it is a command for which it ceases to be advice. Longevity in power is not healthy even when progress is still evident.

It creates ‘residue unemployment’ of good ideas such that the latter lacks marginal productivity in an already politically stale milieu.

I don’t believe there can be efficacy of new ideas tabled along the same rusted platform. No!

This is equivalent to new wine placed in old bottles. There is need to reshuffle the entire system ideally and practically, but not consolidating the same failed ideas over and over again. It’s only a fool who does the same thing oftentimes expecting varying results.

Let’s exercise our sovereignty enshrined in article 2 of the Constitution while other concerned bodies respect the sovereignty of the masses through regular free and fair elections and referenda.

Innocent Ahimbisibwe,
innopianist4@gmail.com.

Let us remain security-conscious

The security atmosphere today is scary. We walk with fear knowing that even our immediate neighbor is a potential criminal.

This was not the case five years ago! Individuals have lost their sense of humanity, demanding ransom for life, which leaves wondering whether we have failed to reason.

Since when did money become the equivalent of a life? What we need to know is that the police are doing their best.

Recently as deputy spokesperson of police, Patrick Onyango, was addressing the media; you could tell he was speaking as a concerned citizen. Police and its sister agencies are doing everything in their power to contain the situation amidst other prevailing circumstances.

It all goes down to us as individuals and families to instill love and kindness into our children, and be security conscious without losing hope in humanity.

Just because one case has not turned out the way we expected doesn’t mean the system is not working.

Jackie Rebecca Mayega,
jackie.mayega@gmail.com.

Govt should take over labor exportation

Uganda joined the rest of the world to celebrate the International Labour day in Sembabule district.

One of the issues raised was labour exportation and how Uganda can protect its emmigrant workers while gaining as a country.

Currently, over 120,000 Ugandans work in the Middle East. These contribute over $500 million annually to Uganda’s global annual remittance, which is at $1.37 billion.

In 2005, parliament passed a law on labour externalization through the ministry of Gender to ensure Ugandans who work overseas go through licensed companies and to specific countries.

There is already progress by government through agreements with labour-importing countries. There is also a digital export system where the workers’ welfare can be monitored.

However, government needs to come out strongly as the sole exporter of labour by securing contracts between Uganda and respective labour-importing countries.

This will protect Ugandans because in case of any misunderstanding, the countries could easily deal with each other, unlike private companies.

For a long time, there have been cases of torture, rape, unpaid wages and confinement. In 2017, over 48 deaths were reported, and 35 of these were suicide cases. It was discovered that most of the victims worked for private homes, while others went under unlicensed companies.  

The challenge with private contracts is that it might not be easy to monitor the worker and dictate working conditions.

Many desperate Ugandans have been conned by unlicensed companies who export them without clear guidelines and contracts. This leaves their safety at the mercy of their employees.

Therefore, if government takes over labour exportation, people will be more confident.

Natasha Mariam,
natashamariam17@gmail.com.

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Comments

0 #1 Lakwena 2018-05-18 14:32
Ahimbisibwe, I respect your entitlement of opinion. But what are you still proud of in this country, in order to earn any respect; from especially countries that foot most of our bills (health, and education)?

In other words, in order to earn the respect you crave for, we must first have self-criticism.

Otherwise, we can't disqualify our country from being christened "shit-hole", the way Trump did a few months ago.

E.g., however sovereign, how can you have respect for a drunken and wasteful neighbor who always knocks at your door for some sticks of matches from your matchbox?
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0 #2 Lakwena 2018-05-18 14:33
How can you be proud of a president who demonizes his country's medical doctors "enemies", when they rightfully demand for a living wage; especially in the face of indiscriminate and wasteful political expenditure by the same?

How can you be proud of a president who, without blinking tells the whole world that he is in State House fighting only for himself and belief?

In other words, you are asking for too much of what you don't deserve.
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0 #3 Lakwena 2018-05-18 14:46
Besides, because of African leaders like Mr. M7, the West cannot mind their business only because; since Africa so call "Independence", Africa is the West's perennial problem (white-man's burden): ignorance, poverty, hunger and starvation, diseases, war, political violence, corruption, immigration (refugees) crises, etc.

In sum total, it is humiliating and shameful.
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