Opinion: UGX 10k donation drive from COVID-19 Fund is just distasteful…

In a Republic, where the Members of Parliament just delivered 20 million shillings either to pet projects in their communities or directly back to the state. In the same Republic, where the MPs got 40 million shillings to vote in favour of praising the President. The COVID-19 Fund is asking all employees to contribute 10,000 shillings to the COVID-19. These are ordinary working folk, the ones who cannot even touch the NSSF Fund and get payback on their contributions there for their retirement. As in the time of need and during lockdown, the workers have been stifled and eaten beans.

Therefore, its mighty rich of the COVID-19 to ask the Chief Executives to stifle the workers and give them less salary so they can over the COVID-19 Fund. Just as the State is getting loans and grants from everywhere. From the World Bank, from the IMF and elsewhere. There is piling in money to cover the costs of the pandemic. Surely, this money will got 4W Drive SUVs for RDCs and High Ranking Officials. Not like this money will go to PPE, Nurses Salaries or anything substantial in the midst of a global pandemic.

So, its really disgraceful and distasteful to do this. To send a letter asking the Chief Executive to shave off salaries of the workers. Who has already struggled and need every shilling for their day to day expenses. Let’s be clear, let the wealthy, the factory owners, the foreign investors and the State House pay-off this. Lets use the Confidential Expenditure to cover the COVID-19 Fund. Instead of spending on side-dishes, ammunition and whatnot.

The COVID-19 Fund should appeal to the President and the Ministry of Planning, Finance and Economic Development (MoPFED). Not ask for donations from the average workers. That is like a volunteer tax. The state either taxes it directly or they get wealthy donations to the COVID-19. However, when the MPs and other state officials are eating large.

This sort of enterprise is insincere and disingenuous. Yes, the COVID-19 Fund is meant well, but what its asking for and the way they do it isn’t it. The state who has begged international donors to save its budget. Should use that to salvage this fund, not ask workers who couldn’t get monetary help during the lockdown. That is not right, but just deceitful. Peace.

Uganda: Re: Investigations into the Conduct of Mr. Ronald Kibuule State Minister for Water (13.09.2016)

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Stanbic Bank Official Response – Mukono Branch Incident CCTV Footage (01.09.2016)

Stanbic 01.09.2016

Statement: What you need to know about Ms. Hellen Obuk’s Case (01.09.2016)

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Stanbic Bank Official response – Mukono Branch Incident (29.08.2016)

Stanbic Offical Responce 29.08.2016

Press Statement on Violence metted against a female security officer by Hon. Ronald Kibuule at Stanbic Bank Mukono (29.08.2016)

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Ugandans are shocked by the alleged violent acts of the Hon, Ronald Kibuule, The State Minister for Water Resources and MP Mukono North against a female security officer while on duty at Stanbic Bank, Mukono. The Minister’s alleged conduct and act contravenes the Domestic Violence Act, 2010 and the penal code Act which criminalizes assault.

The Women of Uganda are disappointed that a state actor, a duty bearer, a public figure in society, conducted himself in a manner that disregards women and girls’ dignity and their human rights and this not being his first time.

Hon, Kibuule has previously made statements that condone violence against women and girls. In 2013, the Hon. Minister, was forced to retract his statement that promoted rape culture against women and girls. Hon. Kibuule was reported by the Daily Monitor of 24th September, 2013 to encourage men to rape women who are ‘indecently dressed’ and recommended that the suspects should be released. He also said that in cases of rape, police should first ascertain the dress code of the victim. If they were dressed indecently, the victims should be charged with inviting the crime.

This unacceptable conduct of the Minister is an insult to Ugandans and the office that he holds. His actions are detrimental to the promotion and protection of human rights in Uganda and most especially to the safety and dignity of women.

Violence against women and girls remains a big challenge impeding development. According to the Uganda Demographic Health Survey of 2011, 56% of women in Uganda have experienced physical violence at some point since the age of 15 years. Cabinet approved the GBV policy and National Action Plan on 17th of August 2016, to reaffirm its commitment against any form of violence. Violence MUST not be accepted in any form or manner. Violence MUST not be tolerated. Any person who violates another must be prosecuted and face the arm of the courts of Law.

We reject leaders who exhibit a negative mindset towards women and girls to remain in public office, they will continue to use their power and authority to abuse and disregard women and girls human rights and dignity.

We are equally disappointed with Stanbic bank quick one sided apology to the Minister without clear investigation. We also hope that Stanbic bank does not condone these types of acts against women or any person.

We would also like to remind Stanbic bank that there are customers including women to Stanbic. We therefore call upon Stanbic Bank and its management for fair treatment.

We as citizens of this country are bound by the laws of Uganda. As citizens we are not above the law and under no circumstances should we engage in or justify GBV.
Therefore we in the women’s movement;

• Call upon all Ugandans to stand up today in unity to condemn Hon. Minister Ronald Kibuule’s actions and ask him to resign.
• Call upon the Police to expeditiously investigate the case and prosecute the suspects to serve as a lesson for would be offenders engaged in similar criminal acts irrespective economic stature or social standing.
• We call on Stanbic bank to release the CCTV footage
• Call upon the Presdient to drop the Hon. Minister from Cabinet if found guilty.
• Demand for justice for the victim, Hellen Obuk and ask Stanbic to apologise to Hellen and the women of Uganda
• Thank the media for exposing perpetrators of GBV in the fight against the vice.

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY
UNITED WOMEN CAN!

Issued by UWONET – Uganda Woman’s Network. 

Letter: “Re: Branch Security Screening – Stanbic Bank Mukono Branch” to Hon. Robert Kibuule (26.08.2016)

Stanbic 26.08.2016

Watchdog 27.08.2016
Link: http://watchdog.co.ug/senior-policeman-minister-kibuule-a-weakling/

This was also reported:

Link: http://newz.ug/state-minister-for-water-ronald-kibuule-beats-up-bank-teller/
Link: http://newz.ug/state-minister-for-water-ronald-kibuule-beats-up-bank-teller/