There isn’t everyday someone in the highest office trying to sell you a miracle cure. However, in Madagascar, the President Rajoelina, who used to be a milkman and DJ turned Mayor. Later turned President. Andry Rajoelina is clearly trying to fix an issue, who has hit his government and worldwide.
But… selling a local trick like this will give false hopes and let people die. This is not a joke. There is no vaccine and no official cure. There is no medicine which is officially working against COVID-19 or Coronavirus. The ones claiming that is snake-oil salesmen. This is the role the former DJ and President is playing now. It is not funny, but a disrespectful thing to his citizens who represents.
“The president of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina has officially launched a local herbal remedy claimed to prevent and cure the novel coronavirus. “Tests have been carried out — two people have now been cured by this treatment,” Rajoelina told ministers, diplomats and journalists at the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (IMRA), which developed the beverage. “This herbal tea gives results in seven days,” he said” (France24 – ‘Madagascar president launches coronavirus ‘remedy’ 21.04.2020).
I’m calling the President Getafix after the character from Asterix, which gave the people drinking it superhuman strength and therefore, the trick, which could save the Gaulish village from the Roman Empire. The same way the Madagascar President using this herbal tea as a remedy against a world-wide pandemic.
In this regard, President Rajoelina is selling a dream, which can turn into a nightmare. The public might eat into it and trust him because of his office. People might take this instead of listening to health care officials or information from the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO seems maybe far away on the Island of Madagascar. However, Rajoelina isn’t Getafix.
Neither is his drink making the Malagasy people superhuman strength, but instead just another drink of herbal tea. It might have antioxidants and other goodies. It might help your immune system, but conquering COVID-19 is a stretch. It is a dream, a dream the President shouldn’t sell. Peace.
Many Ugandans are surprised and very angry that the Parliament of Uganda allocated 10 Billion Shillings to itself amidst an unprecedented Coronavirus crisis. The allocation of this money is not only shameful. It is insensitive to the plight of millions of Ugandans who are facing untold challenges ranging from hunger, sickness and even death.
Ugandans are bearing the brunt of this predicament. There have been reports of numerous people failing to access health centers due to limited transport means, and as a result some have succumbed to various ailments. A huge number of people across the country are in dire need of food, healthcare and other essential amenities. The Government has not done much to help them.
Ugandans are therefore justified to be very angry at this selfish action by their ‘representatives’. Our view, however, is that Ugandans should be angrier at the manner by which they are governed- the 20 million shillings is a symptom of a bigger crisis which we are fighting to resolve.
Indeed, government presented a supplementary budget of over 300 billion shillings to Parliament to aid in the fight against COVID19. Many aspects of the budget were not only luxurious, some seemed even dubious! Several legislators raised concerns about the allocation of huge sums of money for things like billboards, but they would not be heard! A Minority Report authored by Hon. Gerald Karuhanga was ignored. The budget was passed without much debate.
It will be recalled that on 24th March, we issued a statement in which we demanded that government diverts monies from all non-essential aspects and diverts it to equipping health facilities across the country, and giving incentives to health workers. Unfortunately, the same government which has never prioritised the healthcare of the people of Uganda ignored our call.
Regarding the 20 million shillings therefore, it appears that yet again, the executive thought that for the supplementary budget to pass with ease, MPs needed to get a share of this money so they don’t resist its passing. We all recall that this has been done countless times, including in the passing of immoral Constitutional amendments, such as the term limit and age limit amendments. On several occasions, MPs have been bribed do the bidding of the Executive. This is why elections matter. This is why it should matter to all Ugandans who they elect for office at every level!
We reject the notion that this money was meant to enable Members of Parliament carry out their roles in this period. The cardinal roles of an MP include; legislation, representation, budget allocation and government oversight. None of these roles require an MP to be an extension of the Executive, in the sense that government should in addition to MPs’ salaries provide a separate budget to each MP to extend services to the people. An MP, just like any other able citizen can avail support to vulnerable people from their personal earnings (something which I personally have done and continue to do), but this money should not be drawn from the tax payers’ money.
Let me clarify that I have not received this money. Should it be deposited on my account, I will immediately order my bank to return it to the Consolidated Fund and demand that it is put to its proper purpose. We must learn to empower institutions and not seek to enrich individuals.
As we have repeatedly said, the focus of our nation at this point should be on building a robust healthcare system, and empowering our healthcare practitioners with all they need, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
The People Power Movement will continue to use the available resources contributed by ourselves and other well-wishers to reach out and support some of our people who are in extreme need.
We shall also continue to demand that the government reaches out to all citizens and gives them food relief in these tough times.
And yes, we shall continue struggling day and night to put an end to the decadent and corrupt regime.
Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert
MP- Kyadondo East Constituency &
Leader of the People Power Movement
It is about time now. This is enough, the world is suffering with a pandemic. The United States and the Trump Administration is halting funds to the World Health Organization (WHO). The Washington D.C. Consensus of our day is internal squabble and create enemies.
The US has done enough bad decisions abroad, across shores and caused havoc. If that being the Iran agreement, the trade-war with China. The causes of stir with NATO and so-on. There has been nothing positive. His done nothing to prevent the North Koreans from shooting missiles towards Japan. There is no stopping of trouble within Iraq, who the lawmakers want to banish them. While the hawks in DC wants to start a war against Teheran.
So, its not like the US or Trump Administration is doing anyone a favour. Neither is the Coup d’etat sponsored in Bolivia. The trying to forge a right-wing change of guards in Caracas in Venezuela. It is not like they are playing softballs, they are doing it right in-front of our eyes. The only thing missing is CIA troops on the streets with trained militias in the US And then send them to the streets.
With this in mind. The way the destructive behaviour from the White House abroad. This is a continuation of it. The way it has targeted WHO and its director in the midst of the COVID-19 and the Coronavirus outbreak. A virus who has shed a dim light on the lacking profound leadership in Washington. Where it has shown the erratic behaviour is serving no gain. Therefore, it is easier to pin-point outsiders, than looking into own mediocrity. Which is bountiful and the warnings of it was all there, but the President and his team didn’t worry. Not until the house started burning. Than, they wondered why there was firemen coming.
President Trump might think his brilliant making WHO an enemy and a target. However, it is only undressing his mismanage. The king is without clothes. The emperor is naked. In front of his court, his a jester and joke. His insincere and he knows it. However, he thinks this is his trick. The trick that might save him at home, but abroad we know the deal.
He is halting funding for the organization who is funding and coordinating the research into the vaccine against the virus. The virus that has hurt the US the most, because of mismanagement. The man who has talked ill of the Untied Nations. Who has worked against global efforts and thwarted deals. Just like he just recently breached the International Space Agreement. Just so he can in his own mind start to mine the MOON. That is the sort of fella we are operating with.
President Trump is hearing of the carnage. The reasons for this act. Not that its good, not that its grandeur. It is the epic failure and trying to forge another narrative. While his own citizens is dying because he didn’t do his job. He didn’t mitigate or care early. Instead, he pumped hope into Wall Street and trying to save the Goodfella’s at Corporate America. Because, the citizens doesn’t matter as much as the big-men of the corporate-citizens. They matter more and more.
The WHO is just functioning the way it is because of the powers all its stakeholders gives it. The matter of how the world will want to support it and be behind it. Especially in the time of need like now. They are the ones coordinating and working with scientists world-wide. They are in-charge of studies and securing the studies are followed-up upon. Which in the end will save us all and give us a way-out.
That is how POOR Trump is. His the impoverished mind, the broke fellow of a spirit. Who has so little consideration, that unless he gets a few tokens and praise, he will buckle and cry like a baby. That is who he is and the world see it. There is no escape in a crisis and Trump is showing signs of fatigue. Weakness and above all, no strategy, no co-ordination and no punt to secure a better tomorrow. Only self-destruction and trying to bring the world on his team. What a fool, what a weak man. He might have powers in his office, in his role in DC, but he doesn’t have a character who can carry it. It is not in him and there was anything in him to change that either.
The emperor is naked. Time to release the dragons and let’s us enjoy the show. Peace.