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.
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
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.
“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.
“The parliament’s appointments committee has rejected the re-appointment of Dr Johnson Byabashaija as the commissioner-general of the Uganda Prisons Service on the basis of old age. The same committee also rejected the appointment of James Mwanje as his deputy on the same grounds. Both Byabashaija and Mwanje appeared before the committee chaired by the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga today for vetting. But sources from the closed-door meeting rejected their appointment on grounds that the two, have already clocked 60, the mandatory retirement age of public servants” (URN – ‘Parliament rejects Byabashaija reappointment as prisons boss’ 06.04.2020).
It is not long ago, when the 10th Parliament pushed the agenda of not having age as an issue for the Presidency. The Abolishment of Age Limit within the 1995 Constitution. Therefore, opening for the current President to run in the 2021 General Election. This is well known and isn’t just mere fiction.
So, the 10th Parliament, the Members of Parliament, the Speaker of the Parliament Rebecca Kadaga who worked directly with the President, State House and the National Resistance Movement Caucus. Knows this, so this petty politics of blocking Byabashaijja is foolish now.
Not because it isn’t healthy to change leadership, to let people retire of old age. However, the Cabinet of the President is filled with people in the age of pensioners in the Civil Service. The President has associates and Senior Presidential Advisors whose as old as Johnson and even older.
Therefore, the consistency isn’t real. The old age isn’t a problem for the PRESIDENT. Than, another leader of an institution should also be able to die in office. It shouldn’t just be for one brother, but all brothers. One for all, all for one. That is how it should be.
You can act a fool, try to act sincere and righteous here. It might be true that Johnson isn’t fit because of his age. However, the same questions should be asked about the Presidency too. Because, if your age is a problem to run prisons, what about the whole Republic?
Your counterpoint the agenda of the abolishment of the Article 102(b) which the 10th Parliament worked to so hard to dismiss. The whole NRM and the President should see this. This is really stupid and foolish. This is dumber and dumber. Stupid is what stupid does. Peace.
A man whose become the talk of the town is suddenly Sarfaraz Niazi, whose an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois, at the College of Pharmacy. He was posing yesterday with Parliamentary Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and President Yoweri Kaguta Musveni. It looked like a scheme from the get-go. The whole sudden magical potion to fix the Corona Virus (COVID19). Well, I have doubt that sort of spray will play out well. When the official stance is cleaning your hands with soap and use antibacterial things too. Therefore, seems like a ploy to trick people in the midst of a worldwide crises.
Just briefly looking into Niazi, I found that he has patents on stuff. His latest invention in 2011 was a “Gas scrubbed perfusion filter” and before that in the same year was “ Bioreactor exhaust”. These two patents he got by 2015 together with Therapeutic Proteins International LLC. None of these are connected to a spray and neither connected to the crisis we’re in now. As I looked further, he has nothing helping here. Unless the NSAIDs invention filled in 2005 and published in 2007. That helps the pain of the musculoskeletal pain. So, its not like he did it with that either. If not, he can always sell medical chewing gum, which he patented in 1987. This is just a few, but nothing mentioning spray, neither COVID19. That is why I am struggling to see this fella as a serious deal from the start.
News from yesterday:
“Parliament was today holding a special sitting where the different ministries were presenting their ministerial policy statements. Kadaga while making her communication to MPs said the spray is expected to get on the market next week. She says that an American inventor and biologist, Prof Safaraz K. Niazi, was in Uganda over the weekend and donated the patent, free of charge to Uganda. Kadaga told the MPs during a debate on the coronavirus impact that there is hope and the treatment could start in Uganda” (URN – ‘Uganda to start producing coronavirus spray in 2 weeks – Kadaga’ 16.03.2020).
So, with the criticism in the start. When I looking into a little more… The company mentioned earlier, his the chairman and founder, it is based in Chicago, Illinois and was founded in 2003 and is still active. Maybe, the company in question for the spray. However, the company is known for this:
“Therapeutic Proteins International, LLC. manufactures and markets bio-similar recombinant therapeutic proteins. Its portfolio of products includes small-dose cytokines, large-dose monoclonal antibodies and fusion proteins, and in situ pegylation of difficult to conjugate molecules” (Crunchbase).
That is why I am super sceptical, that a guy making NSAIDs, filters and other devices actually has anything significant to sell. Unless, his just using his title and opportunity to sell hotcakes. Because, he doesn’t have this patent in the US, where his based and if he believed in it. It would have been on the patent site. Secondly, he would be hero, if he sold this at Wall-Mart.
However, he does suddenly out of nowhere show up in Uganda and selling a spray. Did, the authorities and the state organization do the research on the person? I didn’t even use long time to connect the dots. I didn’t know he existed before yesterday. Still, I could cough up this.
Use soap, hold yourself hygienic and a clean environment as possible. Crisis get people to act irrational and its natural. However, this here seems like cheap trick. Peace.