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Bank of Uganda: Monetary Policy Statement for April 2019 (01.04.2019)

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A fresh Parliamentary Report on the newly created Town Councils and Sub-Counties: Say they lack funds to run them!

“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”George Bernard Shaw

This January, the Parliament made a Report (REPORT ON THE STATUS OF FUNDING FOR SUB-COUNTIES AND TOWN COUNCILS, January 2019) into the creation of new Town Councils and Sub-Counties, the Local Governments if you may. As the National Resistance Movement (NRM), have with swift haste over the recent years split up the Republic in record speed. As they are continuing to do so. There are added expenses and more salaries to pay, even more officials and public buildings to procure or facilitate. As the Local Government does gain revenue over night either.

Therefore, the release of this report is a story been told before, about how the Parliament are enacting more districts, but doesn’t have the pocket to facilitate it or the fantasy of thinking of the costs of doing so. In the same vein comes this report, that is rewind of the previous ones, but still important to address.

“Government created 108 Town Councils to commence operations on 1st July 2017 and 95 Town Councils to become effective on 1″1 July 2018. Government also created 204 Sub-Counties that became in FY 2018/ 79 (refer to annex 1). However, the operationalisation of the newly created local governments units has not been matched with the requisite budgetary resources”.

Government created a total of 203 Town Councils and 196 Sub-Counties which have not received operational funds. However, during the FY 2017 118, a provision of Ush. 2bn in the budget was made to cater for startup activities for the 35 Town Councils. In FY 2018/ 19, government released Shs. 2.5bn to cater for startup activities for 50 Town Councils. However, the Committee notes that some Town Councils received partial funding against what had been approved by Parliament”.

“The funding requirement for operationalization of the newly created 203 Town Councils and 196 sub-counties is estimated by Ministry of Local Government at Shs. 108.5bn and Shs. 30.7bn respectively and this excludes costs for public administration such as establishment of a police post, health and education facilities in line with the current government policy

The final quotes from the report, which is the recommendations is worth to mention as well: “The government should provide Shs. 139.2bn for operation of all approved Town Councils and Sub- Counties in FY 2019 l20” (…) “The government should review the policy of creation of new, districts and other local government administrative units in view of the constrained resource envelope”.

Surely, we can see that the state is not sufficiently ensuring the creation of the new Town Councils and neither the Sub-Counties. This is the costs of office equipment, the payment of salaries of the local government and all the procurement that needs to be done.

That is if these entities matters or supposed to govern locally. If not it is just made up areas before the elections to garn voters and spilt the districts to ensure problems for the opposition. Which seems more likely. Since the state, haven’t done much to facilitate or even tried to make them functional.

Even with the funding proposed by this Parliamentary Committee, they are still not discussing the other needs for public administration, police posts, health care or education facilities. Which should be the basis for these entities in general, if not their offices with no portfolio in the districts. That is how it seems.

Surely, the Memo on this matters are the same as before, a ploy to gain voters and promise patrons and cronies of a job after elections, but not having the bank balance or the funding to actually do it. That is how the state operates in these matters and that is why this is a recurrent issues. That is always coming up to discussions about the splitting of districts, sub-counties and town councils. It is just reappearing like the monster of the past and the government acts clueless about to get rid of it. Peace.

Bank of Uganda: Monetary Policy Statement for February 2019 (07.02.2019)

Mzee is halting the creation of new districts: Only to do it right before next General Election!

It is a hard time taking President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni serious, when he comments like today about creating districts. As he is the King of creating these, he has made a dozens in his span of Presidency. Museveni when he took power in 1986, there was 33 districts and by the o’clock 2018, there is registered 127 districts. Therefore, the map of districts and Local Government institutions have become a hectic mess.

That he is asking for halting today, only comes as a sign, that he wants to save of the funding and creations right before the next General Elections. Like he usually does. It is hectic to do it in the midst of term, but do it by the end. Also, as a way to sponge cronies and mend old wounds. Is a better way, than openly bribing during mid-terms like now.

About creation of districts, some of them were created because of ethnicity and others for geographical reasons like Moyo and Adjumani which are separated by water. But some people now want districts for greedy reasons. We can halt creation of districts for some years if we agree. We are spending 40% of the budget on the wage and administrative bills. They can wait till we have more money” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, 09.11.2018).

So, when you see that within the basis of 32 years rule. That he has in general created 2,9 or 3 district per year. This shows the intent to carve up the districts and bases, as a political game and also sufficiently make the local government bases so small. That the President easily manipulate and stipulate the results. Especially carve into districts where there is a huge opposition, or where he needs more support. As he lacks the basics of ordinary state delivery and even good governance.

That is usual end-game and most likely this time too. As there are already talks of carving up other districts, like Kasese and Budama (Tororo County) Districts, which has speculations about. Nothing is carved out yet, but there are plans to do so. That is why even Members of Parliament and local politicians has made plans in these districts. Now, the President calls them out.

However, he is the man that has made races and made it a goal to make small benign districts out of everywhere. That is why there is race to become of one of the three, every year made by the President. They want to get a slice too and that shouldn’t be shocking for anyone. Peace.

Resident District Commanders Re-Shuffle: A list of Honourable Mentions! (October Edition) Part II

I just had to go over the list of one more time, as there are plenty of names and figures in it. The Residential District Commanders are the ones whose supposed to implement the government agenda. That is why they are there as appointed officials, which the President directly put forward their agenda for their work and also oversee the elected officials and civil service there. That is why the manner and the acts of the RDCs could be important, as they are the ones reporting to the President.

For instance the former Kitgum RDC Captain Okot Santos Lapolo are re-appointed for the Gulu District, which has been a career RDC first for over 12 years in Kitgum, before he has now been in Gulu since 2016. In early February 2018, he closed Radio Mara as he ordered the arrest of Choice FM editor there.

The Fred Bamwine, the former RDC of Nakawa, Rubaga, Bukiwe, Butambala and Ntungamo has now been appointed as the RDC of Mukono. He has addressed the amount of Ghost Workers in Ntungamo District in 2014. He is a career RDC, whose been often moved and not worked long. As shown by all the districts he has worked in, in 2017 he said: “What happens to districts that don’t get certificates of compliance so that they don’t do the same things,” (CSBAG – ‘Poor infrastructure, weak accountability hurting Local gov’t service delivery’ – CSOs, 18.09.2017).

The Former FDC Deputy Speaker of Kumi, Ambrose Oronia, gone from being a Deputy RDC of Amuria and is appointed to be RDC of Ngora district. She went from the FDC to NRM because she “wanted to serve the people”. That was back in 2008.

The newly appointed Rukungiri RDC Dan Kaguta is the former Wakiso District RDC. Kaguta has been called the brain behind the NSSF Bribe case of the IGG in the 2014, where he was an accomplice with Jane Mpeirwe. Back in 2012, he was involved in possible extortion of the KCCA. So this man has a record himself and been steady in questionable cases, however, that doesn’t stop the President from not appointing him.

Then there was Wilberforce Tukei, who lost the NRM Primaries in 2015 to become the NRM MP Flagbearer for the Bukedea district. He is now appointed as the RDC of Soroti District. He is the former LCV Chairman of Bukedea. Wilberforce has also fallen out with Rose Akol in 2015.

Richard Andama Ferua has been taken with forged academic papers (2006), jailed over rental arrears (2011) and jailed for debt in 2016. The former Arua LCV Chairman are now appointed to become the RDC of Yumbe District.

Then you have Maj. Ret. David Matovu, who is the former RDC of Mukono and Masindi. Before that he has been appointed as early as in 2008 by the President to be Chairman of the University Council at Makerere University.

In 2006 was the former Adjumani District Chairman Nixon Owole freed after being jailed for defilement. He has also been the LCV Chairman of the same district since. He is now appointed the RDC of Tororo.

This was just 8 more persons on the long list of appointed RDCs. Therefore, hope more people scan through and shows the past of the people, that Bosco put his trust in. Peace.

Resident District Commanders Re-Shuffle: A list of Honourable Mentions! (October Edition)

Again, there is shuffles within the Residential District Commanders, which not to long ago, he bitched about their uselessness, however, with that in mind. He still uses them and has them in his upkeep of his growing state apparatus, which he controls with an iron fist. Today, the list of the shuffles was released to the public. This changes was sanctioned by Bosco on the 30th September 2018, but is public now on the 3rd October 2018.

Former Tororo RDC Martin Oroch is moved from there to Budaka district, he is famous for saying this in July 2016: “He stressed that some of the students are in advanced stages of HIV/Aids so parents should not “waste their resources” on them. “I have heard about situations where parents have wasted resources to raise tuition and before completing university education, they [students] die. Parents should be aware of their children’ status before undertaking risks,” Mr Oroch said amid boos from parents and students” (Joseph Omollo – ‘Don’t take HIV-positive children to university – RDC’ 10.07.2016, Daily Monitor).

The Former Flying Squad Commandant Herbert Muhangi is now assigned as the RDC of Isingiro. Darius Nandinda continues as the RDC in Kabale, where his bodyguard earlier this year shot a civilian. Because of his loyal contribution through the election period, where his orders was to seal of a local radio station in 2015 and arrest panellist who differs from the stance of the government.

Lt. Joe Walusimbi is moved from Masaka and reassigned to Kasese district, one of the things done while his tenure in Masaka, was to close down the Mutesa 1 University after student riots in 2017. There has also been Taxi Strikes in 2017, as the local authorities has issued an illegal tax on them. Therefore, it is interesting times ahead for Kasese.

The former deputy RDC of Kasese Aminadabu Muhindo has been reassigned to Kiruhura district. This man is famous and infamous for working directly for the NRM Program, to an extent where he has warned radio presenters, parents to keep their properly for schools and engaging the army for the Kasese attacks on the Rwenzururu Kingdom. Therefore, this man will do whatever it takes to please the government. He is also a director and a board member for the Kilembe Investments Limited (K.I.L).

The former RDC of Kasese Maj. James Mwesigye have also gotten reassigned to Mbarara district. So the ones overseeing the Kasese skirmishes and clashes have been moved without any injury.

This are just a few on the massive list, but how easy it was to find weird and special events concerning this promoted individuals or re-assigned, is if the crimes or questionable behaviour would have demoted someone had been natural. Not be re-assigned to another district. Peace.

Bank of Uganda: Monetary Policy Statement for August 2018 (13.08.2018)

Cambridge Analytica becomes AUSPEX International: Launch of New Geopolitical Communication Consultancy (10.07.2018)

Finance Minister Matia Kasaija letter to UIA ED Jolly Kaguhangire to “Hand-Over Office” (09.07.2018)

More Musevenisms as the cronyism is real!

Danger, danger, be alert, this here will be sinful text. As the sins of the minds and spirit is shown again and again. By the same system and the same lord, nothing is changing only the names on the boards and on the appointments, but the same insignificant attributes continues. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has during the last appointed and re-appointed twice Residential District Commanders, he has also redirected appointments directly at Makerere University and to top it off, he has sacked and re-appointed a Executive Director and board for Uganda Investment Authority (UIA). All of these within days.

What is striking is how the State House is all involved in these matters, how connected the actions of the President and his will is the main factor in the decision made by the state. The government is de facto the President, we all knew this, but with the RDCs, UIA and Makerere, the Ministers and the Ministries, the experts and whatnot’s all have to wait for the blessing from Museveni.

It isn’t weird things are going slow, as the rubber-stamping son-of-a-gun in Entebbe has to deliver the verdict and put his seal on the matter, as he has to validate and secure every single appointment, even the janitors are surely hand-picked by the President. This is the proof of cronyism if there ever is one. The way he has to single-handedly decide and give people merits. After a month of speculation and a claim from Hon. Evelyn Anite that the Executive Director of UIA was corrupt and now the President has re-appointed someone else, while the former ED is challenging the merits of the case. It is really astonishing.

Just like the one day, a new batch of appointments and redeployment of RDCs came about, a day later revealed that some had been dead, one all the way back to 2014. Therefore, kind of hard to be a RDC when your deceased. That is why, on the 15th June 2018 the new list came into circulation and people started to speculate. However, by 24th June 2018, the RDCs fraternity had to be calm down await new orders, as the list was changed and by 25th June 2018, Uganda Media Centre had to write similar to calm it down. It just shows the madness in system and the erratic behaviour has consequences on the ground.

Jolly Kaguhangire, the now former ED of UIA is the crown-example of cronyism in the time of Museveni. The relative of the First Lady Janet Museveni. Who has been the ED since 2017 and now fired in mid-2018. Certainly, the stand-off, the whistleblower to the IGG and the whole farce will continue and persist as the family squabble will hit the headlines. There aren’t anything, which that will stop that at this point. The UIA is used as pawn in a game and the reality is that the Musevenism is the end-game.

This here will not end with the squabble between the board of directors, neither the IGG or even the Minister Anite who has used her role as the one with oversight to look into the activity of the UIA. But this will end with either ruthless activity, re-appointment or even being posted somewhere else, the ED of UIA is a family member, she will in the end be shielded. However, this shows why the family sagas and the interference are dropping the level of integrity and transparency, as they are obliged to be in-charge. Not on merits or skills, but because of their entitlement to the first family.

This is cronyism at its worst, where the ones either in family or loyal to the President get favours, either as RDCs or as Executive Director of some sort of government Authority. It is just a play of games with the taxpayers, with the citizens and the ones hurt is the innocent, while the elites created by the President continues to merge and surge. There isn’t anything that they will not do to get the cash-in-full. Peace.

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