Opinion: Omonya forgot the duties of the citizens

Lawyer Rama Omonya failed in his article today in New Vision. As his trying to use the Constitution to point that there is only way to criticize the President and his actions. That the public are only legally allowed to go after the Member of Parliament. This is all because of the 10 billion shared to all MPs as part of the Supplementary Budget

Especially this part triggered me:

Our constitution does not provide the citizens with such profound powers over the executive. The social accountability mechanisms for citizens to hold the Executive accountable only come in a general election after every five years or a referendum” (Omonya, 2020).

I am not a citizen of the Republic, but can read the Constitution of 1995 myself and know there is a article number 17(d) and 17(i), which states:

17. Duties of a citizen.

(1) It is the duty of every citizen of Uganda—

(d) to protect and preserve public property;

(i) to combat corruption and misuse or wastage of public property” (Constitution 1995).

To top it all off, there is article 107(b) which states:

(1) The President may be removed from office in accordance with

this article on any of the following grounds—

(b) misconduct or misbehaviour— (I) that he or she has conducted himself or herself in a manner which brings or is likely to bring the office of President into hatred, ridicule, contempt or disrepute; or (ii) that he or she has dishonestly done any act or omission which is prejudicial or inimical to the economy or security of Uganda” (Constitution 1995).

Yes, that removal can only happen, if there is a motion from the MPs and the Speaker has put forward a tribunal for the inquiry and investigation in the allegations of the President. So, the Lawyer is right on the money there.

Still, if the citizens are supposed to follow the duty, they are supposed to be angry at both the MPs for the usage of 20 million shillings on themselves and cuss out the President for his Classified Expenditure, the State House and the Office of the President. All of these funds needs to checked and balanced. Not only the MPs, unless their duty is only to lower-ranking officials. Which the duties of the citizens doesn’t state. Unless, the lawyer can elaborate that for me?

He also wrote this: “In summary, the citizens have every iota of rights to the bay for the blood of the MPs over the sh10b and it is for the MPs to the bay for the blood for members of the executives who are mismanaging the “other” trillions as our laws dictate” (Omanya, 2020).

It’s the duty to combat corruption and misuse or wastage of public property. This is not based on where it happen, as long as it happens within the Republic. It does not state who is acting corrupt, who is misusing the power or wasting the public property. That is all fair game, if this article has value and not only symbolic. Because, Omonya make it seem that way.

Because, there is nothing stating in the duties of the citizens to only look into the Local Councillors, Mayors or Members of Parliament, but not the President. The duties are very clear and the citizens are righteous to do so. Even if they don’t have direct powers, but they can push their MPs to petition a motion for a tribunal. That would be justified to investigate the classified expenditure and other questionable use of public resources. So, there is also oversight of the President, not only in the General Election like lawyer states. Since, the duties are there as citizens. That should be fundamental. Therefore, the citizens should push on the buttons of the MPs to look into the Executive. Not only call fire for the little burning bush of 10 billion shillings, but also the trillions of shillings in questionable allocations. Peace.

Reference:

Rama Omonya – ‘Why the public must be mad with the MPs and not the executive’ 01.05.2020, link: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1518425/public-mad-mps-executive

Opinion: Kadaga’s 20 million shillings conundrum

It is hard to see what Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga can get out this situation. She’s defending the 10 billion shillings to Members of Parliament to fight COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. Rebecca has attacked the MPs returning the money. Address Bobi Wine and wanted him to inquired by a Parliamentary Committee for calling it a bribe. They are just rewriting the 20 million shillings.

While the Courts have blocked the transfer of the funds and later gotten an account to return the 20 million shillings. Who knows if the MPs has it or not. Some has given it to charitable causes in their districts. While others who knows what they are spending it on. The 10 billions are surely haunting them and hurting the pride of the Speaker of Parliament.

As Government Spokesperson and Executive Director Ofwono Opondo is attacking the MPs. The President did so in his latest COVID-19 address. They are blasting it, while Andrew Mwenda is defending it. Meanwhile, Kadaga is acting all out. It seems like these funds is saving her home, her livelihood and gasoline of her cars. Since, she’s so defensive.

Speaker Kadaga has acted vile, she is now wanting to inquire and look into the Executive and his expenditure. However, that shouldn’t be threat, but the job of the whole Parliament. Now the puppeteers suddenly show some flex, when their meals and additional pocket-money is suspended or taken away. Not like there isn’t any measures to look into the President. You got the Auditor General, the PPDA, State House – Anti Corruption Unit and whatever else. However, they are not acting upon the man, because they are all appointed by him and having titles because of him.

Kadaga knows this. It might look cool now defending the MPs. 10 billion shillings in the scheme of things isn’t big. Nevertheless, it is the message it sends. The give-away. The misuse of state funds for personal gains. When you can take some sugar-canes from the farm today, tomorrow you can take a goat or cow. You start small and later take the whole land. It is just common greed.

When it is budget 45 trillion in the next financial year. You know 10 billion shillings isn’t all that. But its still important because it shows the intent. It shows their true heart and the ability to get paid for doing their job. When they already has allowance, fees and plenty of benefits in office. The MPs has paid cars, salaries and whatnot all the time. They are pocketing funds all the time. So, not like the MPs needs the 20 million shillings.

Unless, this is start-up fund for the General Election of 2021. That would make sense, as the MPs are spending fortunes on re-election bids and expensive campaigns. This is why the first thing they do in office is giving themselves suits and cars. So, they can pay off their debts for the election season.

That is maybe why Kadaga is so adamant about these millions. She need them herself to be able to campaign. Well, that is just mere speculation, but you go figure. Why else would she want no oversight, changing the usage of the funds and argument for it. Until now, actually going against her boss over it. It’s like she needs this cash and its her way out.

Kadaga, what is up? Why are you like this?

You know, you represent the public and their interests, right? Not your own. In that regard, you should be a bit more humble and considerate. As the plight of the ordinary citizen is so much more at these troubling times. Than crying over a 20 million handouts. While others get lacking food parcels or nothing at all. Peace.

Uganda Law Society: ULS’ Statement on the Reaction by Parliament of Uganda to the Opinion of the Learned Attorney General on the Court Order (24.04.2020)

Francis Zaake MP letter to the Parliamentary Commission: Rejection of the UGX. 20,000,00/= COVID-19 Payment (16.04.2020)

20 million shilling question: Is greed Kadaga’s virtue?

Now speaker Rebecca Kadaga warns MPs against speaking about the Shs 10bn they allocated themselves to fight #COVID19. She says, only her, and the parliamentary commission, understand it and are permitted to speak about it #Uganda” (The Observer, 16.04.2020)

We can ask ourselves, as the public is starving, the state is asking for funds from the European Union (EU). The state is getting debt relief from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and so forth. As the Republic is living through a second round of lockdowns.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has strongly defended the 20 million shilling handouts to the Members of Parliament or the 10 billion shilling allocations of such. This is a part of a “advocacy fund”, whatever that means. This is at the same time, they are open with plenary session in the midst of lockdown. Meaning they are getting sitting allowances and wages as usual. Not like the MPs are hit by the crisis directly or indirectly. They are still getting paid by the end of the day.

Kadaga knows this and still defends the extravagant spending. The 20 million question is how unaccountable does this woman want to be? At what point is the ridiculous levels taken to far? Or is this a favour of the State House and insurance of loyalty ahead of the 2021 Elections? As they are getting funds directly to them without any opportunity to check what it was used for.

These 20 million shillings can be used on side-dishes, gasoline, house-loans, second-wives or whatever the MPs feel like. They can spend it on the ambulances or whatnot, but also just import chicken from Kenya for all we know. They can invest in their businesses or build another shower in their village home. We don’t know, because its not like they can educate the public or hold rallies of sensitizing the public. There are no drills, no public displays nor education of sanitary efforts towards the COVID-19 within these funds.

This is just a direct bribe. Advocacy to praise the running man and fake Usain Bolt at the State House. That is what it is. 20 millions shillings wasted in the mist of a crisis. To buy loyalty, so they can fresh up their suites and ties. They can look slick and get another side-chick. Hey, when they are not allowed to speak about it. It has to be wasted funds. When it cannot be traced or do reviews of the procurement. It can go to whatever, without question and the MPs can either send it to their slay-queens or not. Because, we don’t know. They are the only ones who knows.

What is striking is how foolish the Speaker is looking and acting. The Parliament whose supposed to be representative of the Republic and be the ones ensuring the funds of the state is spent properly. Are now supposed to be a silent group, only letting her speak on the matter and silently enrich themselves. Where they are getting the money, but they are not understanding the reason for why they are even getting it. That shows even how dumb this whole thing is.

That only the speaker understand, not the MPs who has allocated these funds and who are cashing out. They surely can enjoy the spoils, while the public are eating on Aponye Limited posho and awaiting more food to survive the days in quarantine. Peace.

Opinion: MPs Shs. 23m money pit for “Advocacy Funds”

There is always a moment to eat. There is never enough spoils for some. The Ugandan legislators or the Members of Parliament in the 10th Parliament always see a moment to gain more cash. The COVID-19 or Coronavirus is no different. Just another moment to short-change society.

The MPs used their Plenary Session in the midst of lockdown, the second round of lockdown is starting. That is what they are up too. Instead of finding solutions to solve the crisis or funding for the operations during the lockdown. Because the state has started a donation fund for the Emergency. They should have been concerned with the spending and where the money has come from.

Instead, they all find a way of getting fresh suits or ties. The MPs seems to be busy finding ways to cater their plate in the midst of the lockdown, instead of helping to solve the crisis itself. This advocacy fund is mismanaged. This is greedy. This is outrageous.

Here is the simple math on the 10 billion shillings Speaker Rebecca Kadaga told the world about today. Here is my calculation.

Amount of MPs

Advocacy Funds

Total:

426

Shs. 23m

Shs 10bn

The MPs are giving themselves about 23 million shillings. This is simple money, they cannot campaign, cannot rally or do anything. Only pocket the funds. Because, all activity is banned. All transport and anything. They cannot stand on the street-corner like a street preacher.

No they are no allowed and therefore, the “advocacy” is useless. Unless, this is an enrichment scheme, which makes sense. They are getting more wealth, as well as they have plenary sessions. They are sitting earning funds and this way capable of getting allowance without any issues. The Parliament isn’t suspended or in recess. No, they are still active.

This is greed and nothing else. As they are asking for funds elsewhere. They are spending funds on themselves, instead of investing in health-care and medicines. Peace.

Bank of Uganda: Measures to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 (20.03.2020)

Bank of Uganda: Monetary Policy Statement for February 2020 (13.02.2020)

Bank of Uganda: Monetary Policy Statement for December 2019 (09.12.2019)

Bank of Uganda: Monetary Policy Statement for October 2019 (07.10.2019)