I am sure, that I am not the first to add my best of list of the Ministerial Policy Statement of Financial Year 2017/2018, but still the Presidency pledges are showing how insane it is. The numbers themselves says a lot about the state of affairs. This is just some of the pledges, not the whole picture. But it states a lot, and there are one surprise that enters into Political Affairs, as his payday are still coming this Financial Year.
The budget for the State House in the FY 2017/2018 are 245.567 billion shillings. Office of the President is FY 2017/2018 are 54.268 billions shillings. This shows how much the President plans to use on himself and his loyal cronies. And talking about them. Let me show you some of the best paid people in the State House and under the Office of the President!
The highest earners under of the Office of the President (Monthly Salary in Uganda Shillings):
Musoke Kintu, Senior Presidential Advisor, ush 11,180,000.
John Mitala, Head/Public Secretary Cabinet, ush 17,600,000.
Francis Ojur, Senior Presidential Advisor, ush. 11,180,000.
Dr. Beatrice Wabudeya, Senior Presidential Adivsor, 11,180,000.
Kaliisa Kabagambe, Senior Presidential Advisor, 15,000,000.
Henry Muganwa Kajura, Senior Presidential Advisor, 15,000,000.
Venand Nantulya, Senior Presidential Advisor, 15,000,000.
Amooti S.T. Businge, Permanent Secretary, 15,400,000.
State House Staff (Monthly Salary in Uganda shillings):
Patrick Rusongoza, Senior Presidential Secretary/Economic Affairs, 15,000,000.
Badru Kiggundu, Senior Presidential Secretary/Political Affairs, 15,000,000.
Emmanuel Mutebi, Captain Presidential Jet, 20,250,000.
Gadah Eldam Nagwa, Senior Presidential Secretary/Political Affairs, 14,000,000.
Molly Kamukama, Principal Private Secretary, 15,400,000.
Patrick Nyakatuura Rwakijuma, Chief Engineer, 20,250,000.
Charles Lwanga Lutaaya, Captain Presidential Jet, 17,609,000.
Anule Aloysius Edema, First Officer Presidential Jet, 20,250,000.
Hussain Waiswa, First Officer Helicopter, 17,609,169.
Charles Okidi, First Officer Helicopter, 17,609,169.
Swamadu Bogere, Senior Flight Eng. Technician (helicopter), 17,609,196.
Lucy Nakyobe, State House Controller, 15,400,000.
Kivumbi M. Lutaaya, Principal Private Secretary, 15,400,000.
“The Office appreciated the recommendation of the Committee to provide the required funding to effect the appointment of the new 18 Presidential Advisors on Ministerial terms. However, I wish to clarify that the funding to effect the appointment of the 18 new Presidential Advisors was not UShs. 5.931bn, but, UShs. 18.32bn. The Office followed up the matter with MoFPED, but no positive response was received” (P: 179).
We are going interesting times ahead, wonder what else is coming, but the one thing I did not put, but was interesting, was the amount of cars, buses and other vehicles bought by the State House. Seems more like they will turn into used-cars salesmen in a few years time. As the car-park of the State House is growing old, while the potholes of the Republic is growing. Therefore, the pickups surely need maintenance to survive the roads. But, hey that is the Uganda in the vision of the old man with the hat. Peace.
MINISTERIAL POLICY STATEMENT – THE PRESIDENCY for FY 2017/2018 – Presented to Parliament for Debate on the Budget Estimates for the Financial Year 2017/2018
The man behind the Presidential Handshake, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has outdone himself today, as the report of that his people shouldn’t be begging for money. Well, every time he travels with his liaisons and cronies he brings brown envelopes to dole around. Therefore it is refreshing to read this from the man who is the walking ATM. The man who buys loyalty has a problem that people begs him and his government for money. This is the same government that allocates and spends monies without any proof of where it was used. Just take a look!
President Museveni said on last Thursday:
“People should get out of poverty through labour but not begging. You cannot get out of chan (poverty) through kwayo (begging),” (…) “There is a cancer called Leukemia. Now when your body cannot make its own remo (blood), you depend on blood transfusion. They put in blood, after two weeks it is finished; they put in more blood, it is finished [again]. How can you go on like that?” (…) “So when you want to fight poverty through begging, it’s not a good idea. In fact when you try to get out of poverty through begging you spread poverty. Even the one who gives you also becomes poor” (Oketch, 2017).
Well, President Museveni knows his bit of poverty and how he earned his fortune. He got it through a rebellion and coup d’état against ruling regime. Since then he has ruled and made ways for himself to profit on the state coffers. The added debt on the state over the years and the donors leaving, therefore he suddenly doesn’t want the Republic to beg. Still, he walks with brown-envelope and gives them to the ones he sees fit. Then you shouldn’t wonder why the inflation and BoU has to borrow funds to keep up with the spending of the State House.
So the begging comes from Museveni’s own actions and how his government has operated over time, over three decades. Therefore, inevitably the public would be sucked into the ways as they see and follow the procedure, even if it isn’t written in stone. The Government has created their own monster. Today on the Tarehe Sita 36th Celebration Day in Apac at the Boma Grounds, the President gave another brown envelope of unknown value to the Apac Church of Uganda Mothers Union.
If Museveni was wanting to stop the begging culture, maybe there would be procedures and through meaningful ways of governance, where the applications and the filing through needed ministry and funds would have given Apac Church of Uganda Mothers Union could have gotten Membership support through a Ministry who has sufficient programs to deliver it through. Instead, it is all on the mercy of President and when he visits in goodwill. That is not building resilient and institutional practice to end begging.
So if Mzee want to stop begging for real and wants change, he has to steer the wind and use the wind so he knows where the winds blow. Instead he is a tornado who drops money where ever he turns and nobody can control that. Peace.
Oketch, Bill – ‘President warns against begging’ (06.02.2017) link: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/President-warns-against-begging/688334-3801038-m4e4ewz/index.html
“Parliament has learnt that State House is broke with little or no money to manage the travels of the president, four months to the close of the 2015/2016 financial year. State House is asking for 70 billion shillings as a supplementary budget to fund the the presidency. State House comptroller Lucy Nakyobe who is the accounting officer informed the parliamentary budget committee that the funds budgeted to be used up to June this were spent by the President during the presidential campaigns” (NTV Uganda, 2016).
Well, more to come on the spent monies. There will surely be reports proving the total spending on the Campaign by the President. Peace.