“Therefore our scientists have been tasked to audit all the remaining restrictions and advise. In particular, some of the stakeholders have been petitioning that we lift them all” – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (22.06.2020).
Another day, another speech. We have been here before and this is the 17th Edition this year of these COVID-19 speeches from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. If your thinking this is getting old. Then its been like this for over a month and the best thing is that its been less of them of late. Maybe, there is a need for clarifications the rest of the week, but that is standard. That some authority, some ministries and ministers has to clarify and explain what the President said.
So with that in mind, we cannot take this too serious. Since, there will be backlash and will backfire. It is just a matter of how much and who will capture the burden. Some ministers should prepare their pen, their writing game and find solutions quickly to resolve the newly minted guidelines, restrictions or regulations inflicted on the Republic.
Like always, because I don’t want to bore you to death. That we already have the President to do. As he speaks two hours straight and says very little of use. He could have with a favoured made a compact speech and settled for 30 minutes. However, he wouldn’t be himself if he didn’t cover every angle, historically, military and civilian in extraordinary fashion. If he has done that 17 times. Therefore, I will do like always, drop my favourite gems. Discuss them briefly and call that a day.
“Even me, I began to ask what the curfew was for, if cars were already moving, as long as they are three in the car. However the scientists say the aim of the curfew is to reduce the high risk of nocturnal activities” – Museveni, 22.06.2020)
“Don’t be like a hyena which found a woman, sought for meat and was lured by sweetness (Obunuzi) of fat and hot stone. It could neither spit because of Obunuzi nor swallow for the hotness” (Museveni, 22.06.2020).
“Boda bodas if allowed to carry people can spread the virus even further because of the numbers of people they carry and the areas they can reach” – Museveni (22.06.2020).
“There was the issue of increasing the number of people in private cars. This can be increased to four people in the vehicle but the requirement of masks to all passengers should be maintained” – Museveni (22.06.2020).
“With the school population, let us be patient. In the meantime, we are going to launch a big long-distance education programme, certainly through radios. We are going to give free radio-sets to all the homesteads. Radios will soon be distributed” – Museveni (22.06.2020).
After this I gave up, I didn’t care anymore. I’m sure there would be more gems, but the President seems not to change to much anyway. That is why churches is still closed, arcades too. Boda-Boda’s just for cargo and a prolonged curfew.
Empty promises of radios, as the free masks are not there. Neither is the food delivery to all the ones social distancing at their homes. The President haven’t delivered on his promises during these troubling months. He doesn’t have the capacity nor the genuine interest to serve the public. That is proven as he wants more cars, than medicine and pay the frontline workers.
Just like he wanted to save the daughters from drivers in the past. Now he wants to save them from hyenas. He really doesn’t have a positive view of the ladies and their urges, to repopulate earth isn’t a positive vibe and being intimate is also something he got issues with. Maybe, that’s why his hampering on this sort of thing at this given time?
Nothing here was shocking. More of the same. The same spirit, the same old man and therefore, I quit talking. Peace.
Bad Black aka Shanitah Namuyimbwa have hit a nerve again. This time she has pushed the Minster of the State for Integrity and Ethics Reverend Simon Lokodo to comment on her reasoning for getting money for her work with a COVID-19 advert for the Ministry of Health.
What is really strange, Reverend Lokodo? Are you saying you want to work for free as well? As you are a public official and civil servant? Do you want to work without a salary, emoluments and other allowances for playing your part as a Minister and a Member of Parliament.
As a man of both state and faith? Don’t you think contract workers, working on commission for certain short-term projects and such? Is that what your saying to the likes of Bad Black who did a gig?
So, your gig work, your sudden showing up with nonsense comments. Should that be done for free too? We haven’t seen or heard from you in a year or two Mr. Minister. It is like dolphins and scarecrows are more common in Kampotholo, than seeing your face in a newspaper. You are so far into oblivion. We had forgotten you where there. In this regard, the milk cartoon person with a someone gone missing was soon issued to you.
I’m wonder if the Minister himself knows the Leadership Code Act of 1992 section 14(i)?
14. General conduct prejudicial to the interests of the State.
(1) Without derogating from any other written law, a leader shall
“(j) do or direct to be done in abuse of his or her office any act prejudicial to the rights of any person or obtain an unfair advantage over his or her subordinates, including abuse of the rights of members of the opposite sex, through, among other acts, the use of coercion, threat or harassment” (Leadership Code Act, 1992).
Because the statement from the supposed honourable minister today was this:
“If she continues threatening the government, we shall lock her up for days as a punishment” (…) “We can appreciate her for a good job but she should not forcefully demand the money” (Lokodo, 17.06.2020).
I also want to remind the honourable Minister of the Employment Act of 1977 section 31:
“Nothing in this Act shall render illegal any agreement or contract with an employee for giving him or her, as a remuneration for his or her services, in addition to money wages, food, a dwelling place or such other allowances or privileges as may be customary in the trade or occupation concerned; except that—
only such allowances or privileges may be given under this section as are appropriate for the personal use and benefit of the employee and his or her family; and
the value attributable to the allowances or privileges shall not exceed the cost to the employer of providing them” (Employment Act, 1977).
This act itself states that other wages are allowed and that a person working should get remuneration for the work rendered. That is what Bad Black has done with her ad for the Ministry of Health. Because why else should she has said what she did and on that format at that given time?
She is usually doing something else. To be frank, she’s a whole other kind than the typical models or socialites doing. Everyone cannot sell air-time like Sheila Gashumba. Bad Black needs other revenue streams, but this time she had gotten promise a pay-off for her services to the Ministry of Health. Those should be rendered. It shouldn’t be that hard, but maybe they are not able to pop-it off?
Well, the Minister should know the laws. He should understand the plight of people not paid for their work. Bad Black is maybe not the ordinary citizens, but when she works she should get paid. That is what everyone expects when they put work in. No matter how small or how little. What matters is that you ticked in and did your job. That should the Reverend Lokodo know, but apparently that is to much for to know. So maybe he can live on a prayer and hope the blessings from the sky will save him? Peace.