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Your mail: Mr. President, promote me!

President Museveni

President Museveni

I hereby register my appeal for promotion having served diligently in the public service for a long time but without being elevated and yet my supervisors normally give good and encouraging recommendations.

I served from the position of a clerical officer to the current position of senior accountant and in different capacities in government offices. My colleagues are now commissioners.

I am qualified with certificates of East African Certificate of Education (EACE), diploma in Local Government Administration, a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting), Master of Science in Accounting and Finance, postgraduate diploma in Project Planning and Management and many relevant short courses.

All the above qualifications are outright or of equivalent and details can be availed if needed/required. The purpose of this letter is, therefore, to kindly request you to prevail and consider my plight as I prepare to leave service.

Promotion can be through qualifications and experiences which I think fits me by all standards.

A concerned Civil Servant
Kampala

Masaka is neither dull nor sleepy

In an interesting article published in your issue of June 19, 2019, the author describes, with unmistakable admiration and reminiscence, the scenery, cuisine, cleanliness, rowing prowess, religiosity, horticulture, rugby club, sand beaches, nightclubs, gigantic hotels and high-spirited and cultured people of (greater) Masaka area.

This is despite the fact that he mainly saw only a smaller, and seedier, suburb of Nyendo—clearly missing out on the area’s superb infrastructure and amenities, including cozy cathedrals, a golf course, Bank of Uganda currency center and post office, among others.

Yet, he goes on to characterize the city as “sleepy” and “dull”! According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, “sleepy” means “sluggish as if from sleep” while “dull” means “lacking excitement.”

Readers of The Observer should note that these are not true of Masaka. Rather, as described above, it is a vibrant city of superior stature, complete with, among other perks, a presidential lodge, a palace of the Kabaka of Buganda, the mechanized brigade of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces, regional referral/teaching hospital and chief magistrate’s court.

Jude Ssempebwa,
Makerere University.

Nice move, Mengo SS

With Mengo Senior School coming up with such technological advance to monitor the students’ movements/attendance plus the teachers is such a great advancement towards leading our country to the middle-income status.

I am very sure this is not only going to help to monitor the movement of these students/teachers but it’s also going to reduce on the crime rates or insecurity, most especially when it comes to the girl-child.

We see many cases on social media of sexual harassment of girls  and unwanted pregnancies, among others. With this new innovation, government can clearly monitor both the parents and the students, plus the teachers. We are going to see strikes of government teachers reducing because there is going to be strict supervision.

If such technology can reach higher institutions of learning such as Makerere University, it will become easy to improve standards and also boost the students’ performance. It will also lead to more enrollment of students in government schools.

Kevin Seguya,
kelvinsegz@gmail.com

Solve UTL crisis

Not so long ago, there was a major crackdown at MTN Uganda in which the country manager and a few top officials were deported out of the country through Entebbe International airport. The authorities explained that the crackdown was due to threats to our national security.

However, what I find disturbing is the revelation by the state minister for Privatization Ms. Evelyn Anite raising a red flag and revealing that government had lost control of Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL).

If government has lost control of UTL, then that must be a huge security risk because UTL handles internet and land lines for all government offices.

The Uganda Communications Commission should also be put on the spot for sleeping on their job. The same tough hand UCC applies to the private telecoms should also apply to UTL.

George Murungi,
Kasangati, Wakiso district.

A salute to traffic cops

I have for over a period of time witnessed the hard work of traffic cops. Whether in Kampala or as far as Iganga, you will see them taking to the streets to begin work!

They will do their work diligently, of course interfacing several law-breakers and stubborn motorists and others have survived attempts to knock them down. I am also aware that there are several motorists who have issues with some traffic cops but that does not mean there aren’t good ones!

They have helped much in directing the flow of traffic, save for situations when they interrupt traffic lights with no justification. They are passionate; their working environment exposes them to many health risks; scorching sun, rain and pollution, among others. But they have continued to do their work diligently. Standing from 6:30am to sometimes 9pm is an uphill task.

We need to appreciate them and also help them do their job well by being disciplined motorists. We salute all traffic cops for doing a good job and I call upon all motorists to respect them and obey traffic rules and instructions.

A concerned citizen

Museveni critics are hitting below the belt

Andrew Mukasa, commonly known as Bajjo of Bajjo events, is currently behind bars over assaulting the president, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, a soldier on the rank of a general and also the commander in chief of the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF).

A few weeks ago, Bajjo uploaded a video of himself on social media while provoking the president. In the video, which went viral, Bajjo says he is fed up with President Museveni and for that, he and his team have already drawn a plan to overthrow him (president) even before the next general election of 2021.

In the same video, he also adds that if their plans fail, he should be held accountable and, therefore, be punished for being a hypocrite. Bajjo is not the first Ugandan attacking the president.

Ugandans are aware that in Rwanda, President Kagame cannot tolerate this. In fact, it is now a crime to abuse President Kagame. Yet, these are the same Ugandans that always commend Rwanda and say that it is far better than Uganda.

Furthermore, in North Korea, just being against the 36-year-old President Kim Jong Un is enough to cost your life. So, before critics hit below the belt, let them first compare President Museveni to other presidents for they will realize that he is much more of a darling than the rest.

Emmanuel Butukirile
Jinja


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