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President Yoweri Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni

Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni said while presiding over celebrations of the 40th anniversary of Tarehe Sita at Mbuya army headquarters recently that his government will not support people who do not support it.

Although I doubt they have an option but to declare that the irregularities and fraud didn’t substantially affect the outcome of the results due to the judges’ subservience to the appointing authority (Museveni). Because of the structure of our constitution, it is a herculean task to impeach a president.

It is almost impossible and even if it were possible, he would get rid of the legislature as a law-making body before the motion.

Such utterances amount to misconduct and the inconsiderate misbehavior is likely to bring the office of the president into hatred, contempt and disrepute! As a head of state, he ought to know that his government doesn’t owe a duty of care to only those who kneel before him for crumbs but all Ugandans whether we support him or not. 

Article 21(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda 1995 as amended pronounces itself on the issue of discrimination. Since it is the supreme law and no one is above it, why does the head of state discriminate against those who don’t support his government?

The article says in part that no Ugandan shall be discriminated against on the grounds of political belonging. It doesn’t say that if you don’t support the National Resistance Movement (NRM) or any party in power, you are on your own like ducklings. We have faithfully continued to pay taxes to the state through consumption of overtaxed products and services yet the head of state continues to utter such?

Which other support do we owe him apart from the obligation of paying tax, which is also swindled by his untouchable friends and the surplus splurged on non-productive ventures! After paying taxes, Museveni as a head of state says that if we don’t support him, his government will not support us.

With all these vagaries and maladministration, Ugandans would stop paying tax if we had a way to, but everything we buy is taxed. This president has become ungrateful yet we have supported this government for decades.

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija,
Iganga.

Is government ready for schools reopening?

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, government ordered the closure of schools to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Given the grand scale of education disruption and the uncertainty of schools reopening, there has been an education crisis. Over 15 million students in Uganda were shut out of classrooms and confined to their homes without access to instruction.

Even though Uganda has managed to take the necessary steps to ensure that the infection rate in the country remains low, the hope for schools resuming is one that relies heavily on the ability of the ministry of Education to raise funds for regular testing of learners and teachers in what is termed as a phased reopening of schools.

Currently, the education ministry’s Covid-19 response plan involves the distribution of study kits and broadcasting lessons on both radios and televisions directly to learners at home. This has created a shift from learning face-to-face in the classroom to adopting distance learning and virtual teaching methods.

This was a good program but unfortunately it benefited few learners, while the majority was left behind. This is because many families cannot afford to buy gadgets for their children to study online. Amidst Covid-19, many young girls have faced many challenges; for example, early marriages, domestic violence, rape, defilement, etc.

This has increased the number of school dropouts. Therefore, a lot will depend on teachers to ensure that children are able to continue their education in a safe and healthy environment, and make up for knowledge and skills that they may have lost. Parents need to always monitor their children’s health.

Ireen Twongirwe
Kampala

EU should not interfere with us

President Yoweri Museveni defeated yet another attempt of imperialism. Ugandans might not know but the European Union had a candidate in the recent concluded general election.

They did not only fund him heavily but they also used all the machinery at their disposal to force on us someone they had thought would work in their interests. [EDITOR – Some of the statements here are outrageous and not backed by proof.]

Ugandans are aware that towards elections, some of the Facebook and Twitter accounts of the people who supported government were muted and no reason was given as to why they did so. Actually up to now those people cannot access Facebook through those accounts.

It is disrespectful for the EU to hold a session in their parliament to discuss the affairs of our country. Uganda got independence in 1962 and up to now we have been managing our country well. It’s true the European Union has been helping Uganda with aid but that aid shouldn’t make them feel that they have authority over us.

It’s actually demeaning to our country’s sovereignty. Uganda has a parliament where many issues are legislated on. I have never seen our members of parliament discussing the affairs of EU.

Even when we know that many wrong things have been happening in their countries, some of which affect our citizens directly or indirectly. The EU should know that we held an election as a country and we successfully ended it. Our focus now as a country is to get to work so that we develop ourselves.

Sam Orikunda,
samorikunda@gmail.com
Deputy RDC Kitagwenda district.

Church has to be active in politics

The circumstances under which people continue to die in our country are worrying. Recently, avoidable accidents claimed lives and injured many.

These events followed the election season where many people perished and some are still missing. The security forces that were once applauded as humane and disciplined have turned out to be brutalizers of the citizens they are recruited and trained to protect.

While all such evils and injustice keep unfolding, it is has become the norm for politicians to scare away the church from being engaged in the politics of the country.

Among our timid Ugandan church leaders, people are shot dead on streets and all they offer is thanks to the leadership for freedom of worship because of the millions of shillings they mint in church collections.

Remember when churches were closed at the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak, a group of pastors began clamouring that their source of livelihood had been taken away. Why weren’t these very pastors concerned about people killed by security forces in November 2020?

Should evil doers commit evil and get away with it? How long will the church continue to pray for more peace, grace and mercy while sin and wickedness continue at the hands of godless leaders?

Charles Okecha.
Mbale.

letters@observer.ug

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0 #1 Rick Ntambi 2021-02-17 03:44
President M7 while marking the 40th Anniversary of Terehe Sita at Mbuya last week, was reported saying his government would not serve those who did not support him (NRM). M7 was not just ungrateful, he was being petty.

To dvelop Uganda into a "middle income" status, M7 cannot afford to neglect the Greater Metropolitan Kampala (GMK). Imagine Kenya without Nairobi or Great Britain without London?

Greater Kampala is host to Makerere University and Kyambogo Univerisity; Mulago Hospital; the Uganda Parliament; State house; Namanve Industrial Park; Bank of Uganda and Entebbe International Airport.

Greater Kampala hosts: Namiremebe and Rubaga Cathedrals; Kibuli and Gaddafi Mosques; Serena Interational Conference Centre and Uganda's best hotels.

Most important, GMK provides 65% of Uganda's tax revenue. GMK is clearly the intellectual, social, political and economic heart of Uganda. You cannot milk a cow without feeding it!!
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+1 #2 Lakwena 2021-02-17 09:06
In other words Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, statistically Gen Tibuhaburwa is a self-confessed criminal who should not be occupying our State House nor be making public statements.

E.g., one of the most damning and impeachable statement made by our Problem of Africa, was on 26th January 2017, in Masindi.

Verbatim Mr. M7 said: “I’m not an employee. I hear some people saying that I’m their servant; I’m not a servant of anybody. I’m a freedom fighter. That is why I do what do; I’m fighting for myself, for my belief; that’s how I come in. If anybody thinks you gave me a job, he is deceiving himself. I’m just a freedom fighter whom you thought could help you also.”
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+2 #3 Lakwena 2021-02-17 09:14
If Mr. M7 is not our employee nor servant, it means, without exception Ugandans are his slaves.

Slaves whose taxes out of their sweat and blood labor sustain Mr. M7 and family livelihood in our State House.

Slaves are people whose fruits of efforts (products) are disposed off or enjoyed by someone else.

If we had armed Forces and Parliament worth the institutions names, Mr M7 would not be polluting our State House today?

In other words, all armed forces should have ceased to salute Mr. M7 as their Commander in Chief and sent him packing.
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