We all know that the election is going on and that NRM have a campaign slogan as such: “Steady Progress”. This is the time when NRM is telling in each district they visit about the 29 years of “steady progress”. Well, I will not, I am not NRM. And not a great fan of the NRM. As those of you who read my page/blog should understand by now. I will show another story of the #Steady Progress have been under the NRM and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s presidency.
#Steady Progress under the NRM-Regime is that there been violence and arresting the opposition leaders with different claims. And have rhetoric that attacks others then look into their own missteps. Especially when Mzee hear the reports of the violence were from NRM-Supporters together with the Police in an area (Ntungamo clashes for instance). There isn’t the first time the President Museveni spreads fear in the name of democracy and not the last. He can put his words into a leopard’s mouth and see if the animal bites.
#Steady Progress is to have close hospitals in the weekends and having no nurses at the referral hospital in the districts. #SteadyProgess is to suspend health workers after showing the terrible working condition of the Health Care facility.
#Steady Progress is to use the colonial law of preventative arrest when it fits the NRM-Regime and if it fits the new law Public Order Management Act then the Police will take care off or silence Political Opposition leader, Human Rights Activist or even random pedestrians.
#Steady Progress is that the police tells the world and journalist on how to conduct themselves and how to be a part of campaign convoys of the opposition leaders.
#Steady Progress is that the Police are interfering in Opposition leader’s rallies instead of securing them.
#Steady Progress is to give a higher pay-rise to the Electoral Commission chairman from 6 million shillings a month to 35 million shillings each month.
#Steady Progress is first to lose the money to sustain and make the National ID cards, and not give them to the citizens. Then later deliver this to the Internal Displaced People in the camps and also immigrants from neighbor countries then the initial voters and citizens of the country.
#Steady Progress is to have terrible roads in and around the villages. #Steady Progress is to finally have rail system working between Kampala – Namanve, but not for the rest of the country, and it had to happen right before the election.
#Steady Progress is to go into neighbor countries with the army without international mandate for securing the friends and caretakers of nations around to secure loyalty to the President of Uganda, not to secure Uganda.
#Steady Progress is to make the currency weaker and weaker. #Steady Progress is to make the Bank of Uganda a personal visa card for the government because of the new amendments to the Public Finance Bill of 2015.
#Steady Progress is to make the nomination of candidates for elections more expensive so only the ones that are friends and cronies of the President will be sure of having the funding and support to stay on as candidates.
#Steady Progress is to bankrupt the national airliner and still only have on international airport in the country, also to get British Airways to cancel their flights to Entebbe and stopping fly to it after the set date of contract with the Airport.
#Steady Progress is to give away expensive cars to Regional District Commanders to ensure the safety of NRM and not the people of the northern regions.
#Steady Progress is to promise loyal cronies more districts and sub-counties to secure loyal men in charge over areas and make the opposition unsure of the new constituency.
#Steady Progress is to have a chaotic internal elections with pre-ticked ballots, late ballot delivery, wrong names on the ballot, stealing the forms for final counting, winners jailed for misconduct, bribing voters in villages to vote for candidates, letting members of other parties vote in the internal ones, sole candidacy in many constituencies and also clear indication of rigged for loyal Mzee men and woman.
#Steady Progress is to land as hunting-grounds or for services rendered for the government either to the likes of Aga Khan or other foreigners, even trade of forests and mineral rich land, to get it pocketed while the Government of Uganda can.
#Steady Progress is to borrow more and more money to fund the aid deficit created by the “Anti-Gay-Bill” fiasco. That left a vacuum from foreign interest together with the strategic loss of partners to sustain their aid to the country and picking other feasible projects there.
#Steady Progress is give money to religious leaders to secure their congregation who their God has picked as leader and who their lord has anointed to the position.
#Steady Progress is to get a bigger government and more ministries so that all the ones closes and most loyal get a place in the central government.
#Steady Progress is to give a person the role of ministry without a portfolio or office
#Steady Progress is to use more on private plans and military equipment then on basic school kits, school buildings or even medical supplies.
#Steady Progress is for the President to claim again and again that he is the only Mzee who can keep the country safe and keep control of the army.
#Steady Progress is to have old medicine or copy medication instead of having extra supplies through the NMS.
#Steady Progress is to have ghost-workers, ghost-voters, ghost-schools, ghost-roads or ghost-expenditure.
#Steady progress is to fire all of the UNRA workers and getting the funding for bigger projects through the World Bank cancelled.
#Steady Progress is to see that Uganda Human Rights Commission loses it funding from it’s donors.
#Steady Progress is to hire “Crime Preventers” as securing votes and create havoc in other candidate’s rallies to make sure that people stay loyal to the Mzee, and also ship them from NRM rally to NRM rally to make the party look more popular.
#Steady Progress is to have more and more car accidents on the bad roads, even lose the lives of more Members of Parliament due to bad roads in the districts.
#Steady Progress is for the rich and for the wealthy to take their family members or themselves to health facilities abroad to heal and prosper.
#Steady Progress is to borrow money on the future-oil monies and trade of the oil refinery from Russian state-owned company to buy military equipment.
#Steady Progress is to lose battalions and soldiers in Somalia and leave new recruits with little or no supply. The army in Somalia has to sell equipment for food and necessities; instead of fighting the terrorist group Al-Shabab.
#Steady Progress is that landslides after heavy rains and floods have no covering or security funds from the government nor any restrictions or helping agents to save lives on that matter.
#Steady Progress is given funds of 51 billion to the post-election violence for the Police and army for the “excuse” to secure the safety and peace in the country.
#Steady Progress is to tear down other candidates posters while sealing off and securing with Police force the incumbent presidential candidates ones on the walls.
#Steady Progress is to use a tiny fortune to make a gig-song and have singers on the campaign trail.
#Steady Progress is to pay boda-boda men in town and villages to not drive to opposition rallies.
#Steady Progress is to have a rising inflation and devalue the currency before and after every election time, leading the results for more expensive fuel, food and living prices in general.
#Steady Progress is to send SMS’s to everybody to tell them to VOTE MZEE, even if they don’t are NRM members or belongs with the Party, instead he sends to all Ugandans in the companies to gain support.
#Steady Progress is to pay boda-boda drivers to drive people to Mzee’s venues, give away t-shirts, give away free fuel, feed the public food and give money to the attendance of the crowd.
#Steady Progress is to use 500 billion shillings for campaigning for the presidential candidate, to give out handouts to loyal men and woman in the districts, cars to chiefs and other gifts of that nature to feed the loyal NRM people in up-country and the rest of the country.
#Steady Progress is to close off transmitter of radios who send messages opposing the NRM-Regime.
#Steady Progress is to deliver a campaign package of 20 million shillings to NRM Parliamentary candidates.
We can all see and this a gist of the actions and events leading up to the 29 years of #Steady Progress from Mzee and his NRM party. This was certainly not the things he fought for in the bush-war or the idea he sold at the time. It has surely changed. I could have displayed all the corruption cases, embezzlements and such, but as I said this gist of the actions from the NRM party and Mzee. We have not taken in account his foreign adventures and military actions, or all the people that have been left behind. Peace.
Those who have followed this blog know that I have done this now for a few years. I continuously address this matter of delayed payments of salaries from the government to their own employees. The Ugandan Government has like a sickness when it comes to paying out monies to its staff. They have to sneeze it out. The strange thing for me is that we haven’t had a tornado of warnings and admission of words from Keith Muhakanizi the Secretary of Treasury. He is unusually silent. Well, the undersecretary of the Public Ministery Geoffrey Ettedu said his peace on the matter and as always Filbert Baguma Bates spoke his wisdom as well. Another silent man was the Minister of Public Ministery Henry Muganwa Kajura. But now let the stories tell them for them self.
At the Gulu University teachers and lectures stopped teaching for missing payment of salaries dating back to August last year. This was in March 2015. Last year in March they did the same kind of strike that time for compensation for extra work (Makumbi & Okot, 2015).
Filbert Baguma Bates says: “that teachers in KCCA, Iganga District among others have never received their salaries of May-2015” (…) “that they have given the respective accounting officers to pay the teachers’ salaries before Wednesday next week failure they will loose their patience” (RadioONEFM90, 2015). In another article Mr Filbert Baguma says: “More than 1,000 civil servants in Nakasongola District, majority being teachers, didn’t get their March pay. As I talk now, the salary for May is not yet paid for 2,000 teachers within KCCA” (…) ”When the problem is for government, they don’t give you genuine reasons. But I think this arises from underbudgeting. Non-salary payment is common in most local governments. You find a number of people missing salary and without reason” (Sibwe, 2015).
Geoffrey Ettedu the undersecretary of the Public Ministery says: “For starters, there should be a cleansing process in documentations from ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) plus local governments for all civil servants” (…) “Regional accounting officers should be able to update the list of servants quarterly; that way we [will] end the ghost workers epidemic”. If you thought that wasn’t enough Filbert Baguma Bates continues: “Every government employee is supposed to receive salary on the 28th of every month, but [the Kampala Capital City Authority – KCCA is suffering] budget shortfalls that always affect them at the end of almost every financial year” (…) “that the issue had been recurring for the previous three years with primary teachers affected the most” (Alitwijuka & Sekandi, 2015).
I will not discuss the matter more. I have used enough time on this. But have this letter in the end that everybody should read. Peace.
Alitwijuka, Gilber & Sekandi, James – ‘Uganda: Accounting Officers Tasked Over Teachers’ Pay’ (22.06.2015) Link: http://allafrica.com/stories/201506222413.html
RadioONEFM90 – ‘Teachers yet to receive May payment’ (13.06.2015) Link:
Makumbi, Cissy & Okot, John – ‘Gulu University lecturers strike over delayed pay’ (04.03.2015) Link:
Sibwe, Patience Ahimbi – ‘More than 3,000 civil servants miss May salary’ (09.06.2015) Link: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/More-than-3000-civil-servants-miss-May-salary/-/688334/2744528/-/po7sx2/-/index.html