As the third academic term comes to an end, it’s usually a busy time for parents and commuter drivers to ferry children from various schools. But the question is: shall there be adherence to the road safety rules by the road users?
In the past, media reports have indicated that December is one of the most deadly months of the year due to busy schedules of the travelling public. A country where safety is ignored and traffic rules are disregarded, there is usually an increase in road accidents due to human error and lack of driving skills.
The introduction of Fika Salaama, a road safety initiative, on some highways has not been effectives as it is not regular. We wonder why the police seem to act the way they do even with the amount of resources government allocates to the campaign. Human life must be protected while on the road and parents must desist from entrusting their children to amateur drivers when schools open or close.
Nothing much has changed in tackling the increasing road carnage in the country, in addition to the slow pace of the line ministry of transport in reminding cabinet about the urgency of tabling the amended Traffic and Road Safety Act to parliament.
With the upcoming mergers of Unra, Uganda Road Fund and the Transport Licensing Board (TLB), we may not reap big if we do not address the bottlenecks to building an efficient and reliable transport sector.
Freddie Kiapi & Sam Bambanza,
Your Excellency, please share resources equally
Your Excellency, I write this on behalf of many youths in Busoga sub-region, where I serve as a leader. They are stressed. They are demotivated. They are all in pain and feel detached from the country. This largely because of what has been happening recently in the capital city Kampala.
On September 13 and 14, you funded over 10 projects in Wakiso and Kampala through the formation of savings and credit cooperative societies (Saccos). Many of those Saccos received at least Shs 100m, some even more.
Your Excellency, this has not gone well with the many organized youths in the eastern region and I will be specific on Busoga because it is where I hail. There are many youth groups, Saccos, saving schemes, small-scale industries started by the youth but none of them is receiving anything from your office.
There is a lot missing in the eastern region, which many youths here think should be priority. The presidential initiative on skilling the girl-child is a very good programme but we need it closer to the young girls in the areas where we stay.
The girls in Busoga have got a lot of interest in your initiative but they cannot reside in Kampala where the learning centers are situated; they always wish such centers extend to their districts.
I have also found out that many girls are getting married at a younger age because there are few skilling centres to keep them occupied. I request that you sacrifice sometime out of your busy schedule and pay a visit to the other youths in the country.
Water shortage in Kiwanga has made us miserable
I salute the National Water and Sewerage Corporation head office for the good job, most especially for a reliable and efficient water supply system in Kampala, and the surrounding areas.
Also, one of the reasons for the establishment of this corporation is to generate revenue for the government. However, in Kiwanga-Seeta, a suburb of Kampala, reliable supply of water is not considered.
As a resident of the area, Kiwanga has been in a water blackout for two weeks, and this always happens routinely during the dry season. Customers are not notified of the disruptions, and only the line that supplies Coca-Cola remains with water. As a result of this, water vendors have taken advantage of the situation to exploit the residents, where a jerrycan can go for up to Shs 500.
What bothers me most is that even the telephone contacts of the billing officers are never on. When you contact the general customer helpline, the only response you get is that your complaint is going to be worked on since it has been forwarded for action. When you visit the office, they assure you of how water will be back by tomorrow, which tomorrow doesn’t seem to reach.
Honestly, how can one survive without water for two weeks?
Therefore, I call upon the head office of NWSC and all concerned stakeholders to intervene and check the performance of the Seeta branch as it seems not to care about its customers. Also, let the reason for this water blackout be known to the residents.
How do these scams end up here?
On several occasions, Ugandans have been conned by grand scams that started by promising them quick financial growth. These have ranged from pyramid schemes, network marketing to unfortunately, massive giving in churches.
The most unfortunate bit is that these scams are always perpetrated by the so-called elites, who seem to, be more educated and yet in actual sense lack financial literacy.
Many have been duped by falling for promises of earning from online investments to purchasing items such as iPads. With the high unemployment rate, many Ugandans, especially the youth, are prone to fall prey to these scams because they want to earn income as fast as possible. Unfortunately, these scams have continued to thrive under the watch of the authorities.
I have noted that different entities such as the Capital Markets Authority and Bank of Uganda have issued notices through internet and newspapers on the same, warning the public against them.
I would expect that these authorities follow up these scams to the letter rather than just issuing statements and notices. They need to protect the taxpayers from wasteful ventures.
The church, unfortunately, has been infiltrated by these grand scam schemes. I have received several cases where people have given their entire annual pay to the so-called men of God, “sown” all their businesses capital, school fees and salaries, leaving their children to sit at home with no fees and their businesses crumbling.
I, therefore, call upon Ugandans to be cautious of these schemes and to only invest their money after receiving professional advice or conducting thorough due diligence. Don’t be in a rush to invest in any company without inquiring about its legal status.