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A look into Aponye Limited

Today, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) started with their drive to help citizens during the lockdown in the Republic. Which is something they need to do, as the gig-economy and the loads of people living hand-to-mouth needs food on their plate. While they are spending time at home and cannot afford to buy food. Therefore, what the state now does is needed and a positive drive.

Still, when the state donates maize from Aponye Limited and writes on the 6kg packs of maize flour “NOT FOR SALE – Maize Flour for the Vulnerable Poor – Supplied by: Aponye Limited”. Than, people start to wonder, what is with this company and who owns it?

That is where I come in. Apollo Nyegamehe is the newly elected Chairperson of the NRM in Rubanda district, a big-man from Kabale. Who says his company been running since 1989. However, on his grain selling business started in 2006, which he stated to the DFCU, as he needed the loans from the bank to evolve the business. It has 35 trucks, milling grains up to 240 tonnes a day and sells this to World Food Programme (WFP). Also 50 staff and 120 contractors. By 2007, President Museveni had already given him an award on being a good exporter, which he did to Rwanda and Burundi with his trucks.

Apollo Nyegamehe, Managing Director, Aponye “What we have achieved, we have achieved it because of DFCU. DFCU has helped my business to grow.” (DFCU – ‘50 Years of Backing SMEs and Creating Jobs in Uganda’15.09.2014).

We know he has no trouble being a big-shot as in 2010, he did by charity buy a portrait of President Museveni for 10 million shillings that was done for a fundraising drive for Rushoroza Cathedral in Kabale. His also a lucky man who was twice compensated for lost trading and investments in South Sudan in 2013. In 2019, he was in part of 150bn cash bonanza scandal hitting the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED). Where it was reported that his company was getting 40 billion of this, while Aponye claimed he didn’t get a coin. So, his been associated with pay-offs from the state in past.

The tycoon is clearly in the midst of the state and a useful tool for them. That is why his a local chairman and also now involved in the COVID-19 Relief Fund, where his maize flour is delivered to the houses. Most likely because of his close association with the NRM and the leadership. He was a easy pick.

A man whose awarded, a man who has been close and supportive of all NRM. When NRM are in crisis. Who should they call? Well, what about this loyal fella who also owns a granary and trucks to do the logistic. Also, his one of our own, so this tycoon will repay the party later. That is just good business.

What is striking to me is at some places they are claiming his business started in 1989, but himself stated nor many years ago it was in 2006. His been involve in campaigning in Kabale for the NRM in 2011 and 2015/16. Now his a Chairman and a tycoon who they are using. That is just the way it is.

Sure we know, that the investment of 10 million shilling for a portrait of the President has paid off. As he is one of them now. Peace.

Update on the COVID-19 Outbreak in Uganda (04.04.2020)

Uganda: Ministry of Local Government – Implementation of Presidential Directives on Corona Virus (COVID-19) Emergency Response and Preventive Measures – Guidelines for the Local Governments (03.04.2020)

Keeping up with Kaguta S1E7: The Episode of Viral Nightmares

We lack money but we still have food. We have too much milk, we have nowhere to sell it. Town dwellers who earn hand to mouth are those we are going to help but for a limited period” Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (03.04.2020).

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is out on a hot-strike, as he has hit his 7th National Address on the COVID-19 or the Corona Virus outbreak in the Republic. Where he doles out his wisdom. Where he speak out his unfiltered mind and partly wishes he had his own MTV reality show. Because, he loves the spot-light and being the only man with a vision and who can resolve anything.

The medicine man, the man who can secure the faith of the nation, the patriotic superhero and giant of all. Kaguta is at it again. This time saying people are allowed to go the closest latrines and be stuck in their houses.

Also, he complains that workers for him in the State House isn’t leaving, they are cleaners who isn’t fleeing, but needs to get home. Wherever that home be and whatever state their living quarters are. Than, saying he lived in the bush for 5 years, so people should manage whatever. Not like the public should live like in Civil War, because you need water and soap, clean environment to ensure the corona virus spreading.

The President spoke of the power of soap and sanitizers, however, much of the population cannot afford the latter. They have enough things to pay for, while they are stuck in their houses under lockdown and cannot even get salaries or hawk for their daily pay. Still, the President didn’t challenge landlords, nor the authorities to secure running water and electricity.

He also wanted the rich to give away spare 4WD to the local Health Care Centre and such. Because, they who owns factories and such has spare to donate to the state. This coming from the man who ran the state for 34 years and now has excuses to loot the ones who gives him kickbacks to start businesses. Such a class act this His Excellency. Cars will help, but the state has bought dozens of cars over the years to MPs, State House, Parliament and so-on. Which all should be first to be front-line before he anticipate the foreign investors to drop him some investments.

A proof of his total failure of office is this one:

We should not mix our old problems with this that is new. You can’t bring the long-standing problem of poverty which is not an emergency and has been around for a very long time. If you mix issues up, you are going to make us fail” – (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, 03.04.2020).

Why do I say so? Well, for a man who promised to offer a fundamental change and who always speaks of steady progress. The man who says he made a difference and soon becoming a mid-income country. Surely, is failing like hell and cannot stomach the utter disgraceful results this gives. Because, his old problems is his lacking efforts and his lacking governance, which is the terrible factor here. That he who has run the Republic, who has promised to fix this from day-one. Hasn’t delivered. The COVID-19 only amplifies this failure, as the public lacks what they need to battle it and the state didn’t facilitate the necessities nor the stability for the basics. That is all his fault. Because, he has been focusing on his cronies, his associates and those close to him. Not building the Republic for everyone.

If you had cared about “old problems”. The Health Care Centres, the Hospitals and everything would be up to scratch now. The old problems would have be to have more ICU beds, have more units of educated nurses and doctors for this pandemic. You would have a better supported National Medical Stores (NMS). However, those are all ship who sailed, that is why your begging for cars for the district tonight.

Mr. President this is yet another disgraceful attempt of you to show grace. Instead of trying to delegate and let the experts lead. Your continues micro-managing and the mismanagement continues. Instead of taking a good way out. Your digging your own grave. This is not winning. This is slowly loosing.

You want to combat this disease, which the whole world is fighting. The lockdown, washing hands and social distancing is fine. However, the rest is wreck, but that was dead on arrival, because of the old problems. The old problems the President doesn’t want to fix, because he wants the donors to do that. Peace.

Opinion: Awaiting for the UPDF to shoot a hole in COVID-19

There are some stories you cannot make up, there is a supplementary budget for the COVID-19 or Coronavirus in the Republic. All over the world the nations are scrambling funds, throwing it into a basket and hoping it solves the crisis at hand. However, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) have their solutions, it is the usual suspects, but also some new ones too.

Here is the breakdown from URN:

The Budget committee has made some adjustments to the supplementary budget for COVID-19 intervention.

Health 107 Bn from 62 Bn

Security 75 Bn from 81 Bn

ICT 6 Bn from 14 bn

Disaster remains at 59 Billion

KCCA has seen over 12 Bn cut of the 30 bn requested” (Uganda Radio Network, 02.04.2020).

Because, originally, the state planned to offer the most funds to Security, this meaning the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) or Uganda Police Force (UPF) would get a huge chunk of the funds. Which is still true, they are still billed with billions of shillings. The Ministry, which is the most vital are getting the most, his being Health. However, just about more than 30 billions shillings.

The Ministry of Health should have gotten even more. Especially since they need funds for testing, for treatment and for keeping the needed equipment across the Republic. That is not cheap. If the President complains about the cost of testing. He should worry about the costs of treatment, ICU beds and ventilators to keep people alive. Also, ensure UMEME and NWSC keep the electric and water going for the hospitals and everyone else. That should also be ensured by the state, as they need this to keep their hands clean and stay home.

We can just be sure the Police Officers will stay on the road-side, make road-blocks and the LDUs will be marching around. Soldiers will outside the barracks and if you offend the Don, they will shoot at someone. We anticipate more police brutality, even as some unlucky souls are trying to pass to get milk, matooke or help their kids as their home is empty of stocks in their pantry. However, the soldier will not care and show no mercy.

At some point, some will be so afraid to go out during the lockdown, even as their kids and relatives are sick with symptoms. That they will be beaten and under fire to try to pass to the next Health Care Centre or doctor in the near area. This wouldn’t be shocking, as the cars, the public is stopped from driving and they cannot hawk someone to drive them to the Hospital. No, they have to beg for mercy and hope the security isn’t beating them to pulp. Which we have seen to the unlucky brothers who are passing in the streets.

That is just the way it is. Peace.

OPM: Statement by the Prime Minister Rt Hon Ruhakana Rugunda on Relief Food to the Vulnerable Urban Poor Affected by the Lockdown due to COVID 19 (01.04.2020)

65 dollars and a dream: Mzee’s joke of an address

This is not a joke. This is a disease!”– President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

Today, the Sixth (6th) National Address on the Coronavirus outbreak was supposed to clarify the misconceptions of the 5th National Address of yesterday. The President and his team surely promised a lot during the day. As there was unanswered questioned, however, the answers given is surely leaving for more clarifications tomorrow.

The President and his handlers has surely not prepared the man, neither has he used any of the hundred advisors he has on his payroll. Because, Don Wanyama or anyone else whose sort of savvy with media should know that today’s address was a shit-show.

He can talk about 24 hours making coordinating teams in the counties, putting stickers on cars and whatnot. However, he should have task-force putting these sort of things in place before speaking aloof about it on-air. It seems like his sudden genius spats out.

We also learn that food-donations are only supposed to go to the Task-Force, they are supposed to find the people who needs it and the ones seeking to give food to anyone is greedy for power. That is rich coming from someone who has lingered for power for over 34 years and had a bush-war in 1980s to usher him in. Nothing like hypocrisy from the man himself.

Also, him talking about the expenses of testing people, that it cost UDS $65 dollars and therefore, will not mass test. This shows that the President prefer not knowing and not spending, as the state are not valuing life. Life has less of a value than 65 dollars. That is how I am interpreting it. That he doesn’t see it fit, as he believes people could catch the disease later and therefore, give the wrong message. However, with that sense, he cannot find the source nor trigger the scale of how the spread is happening. Not giving the professionals the needed data to figure out how the spread is going. The limited testing will only give more questions and also whose not in the system.

The President has surely not done his job. That is why he has quotes like this: “The LCV who slapped the RDC is going to jail for slapping a Ugandan”. It is made for slapstick humour and edutainment. Since, his not making a good case, but instead just showing the public that his not taking the needed measures ahead of the lockdown. Because, would the person not gone to jail if he slapped a Kenyan? I am just wondering if there is a difference, if the person is not a citizen.

Well, I am anticipating another address again tomorrow. Because, there is a need for clarification of what happen today tomorrow. Since, there is more blurred lines now, even with Pharrell and Robert Thicke not in the mix.

The President has clearly lost the memo, if he had one before this address. This here was a mismatch, not reassuring nor addressing the default needed matters. More like a fanfare of quick fixes and micro-managing, which is this Presidents Modus Operandi. Secondly, he will not deliver food to the ones in need, just a brief few. Therefore, not follow up on the pledge of yesterday. People have to walk to shops and not use cars. They have to manage themselves and not get help in these trying time.

Mass testing is very expensive and also meaningless, I hear each test costs 65 USD. When you test 10 people that is 650 USD. You may be tested and you are fine today but tomorrow, you get exposed. It ’s better to only test with signs” – Museveni (31.03.2020).

Not that they matter anyway, the tests are to expensive for them to get tested. They are less valued than USD $65 dollars. That’s the biggest news from today for me. He rather not test people, than actually do it, because of the cost. This means he values people less and wants to save the money. Instead of making sure and secure the general public. Better to be in the dark, than shedding light on the matter.

That is why the President needs some guidance, especially if he cares about governing. Now his just a fussy leader whose not acting righteous, but that is not in him. Peace.

Opinion: From tomorrow a National Lockdown, but hope Mzee keeps ONE PROMISE!

There are from tomorrow a National Lockdown for 14 days in the Republic of Uganda. This means most of society is closed or barred. Only the necessities are supposed to be at work. This is following ideals from all across the world to battle the COVID-19 or Coronavirus.

The President has his 5th National Address in a short time. Every time taken it one step further. What is still missing is using the “State of Emergency” statute or article of the 1995 Constitution. However, the President prefers doing it step-by-step or erratic like most of his presidency. That is why his following the same procedure here.

What his closing and doing is the rational things and nothing that isn’t done elsewhere. He has not done anything revolutionary, even if his son calls him the African Revolutionary. Still, the President has promised one thing and in a Nation filled with poverty and a gig-economy. Where the lower class are living hand to mouth. This one promise has to be kept. It will show, if his all words or actually act upon it.

ONE Promise:

The Government anti-Corona-virus actions of stopping public transport and other measures have put the drivers and other people out of work. Besides, many of them live hand to mouth ─ the daily bread. Without those activities, especially in the towns, such people may not be able to buy food. The Government, after properly identifying these people will distribute food to them in the form of akahuunga (maize flour), beans, powder milk, sugar, salt, etc. In the meantime, I direct the Police to arrest the opportunistic and irresponsible politicians who try to distribute food for cheap popularity. Those are very dangerous to the health of the people. When you try to distribute food or money in such a situation, people gather around you. Many people can be infected in that process. You will, therefore, have caused the sickness or death of those people. Anybody involved in that effort will be arrested and charged with attempted murder” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, 30.03.2020).

I’m looking forward hearing that the government are delivering food in the villages of Northern Uganda. Or if he delivers in the mountains around Kasese. Even seeing some government officials delivering food to ones in need in Busoga. There is plenty whose staying home and in need because of COVID-19.

That the President are issuing a 14 days a lockdown is a positive. Museveni and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has their work cut out with this promise. The informal part of society and the supposed about 20% in dire poverty needs special support during the lockdown. The state should always have a safety net for these, but it hasn’t so. That is why they are falling out and doesn’t have needed support. This is why, when the state promised to identifying them, that means the state has to find one in four. That should be easy and not hard to find. They can just avoid certain areas and certain suburbs. Than, the rest they got to deliver food and supplies too.

The NRM and the President has run this nation for 34 years has to see the realities. If not, he will shield it and make it into a mirage. That things are better then there is. As he will have a minor or smaller frame to only give to a chosen few. Just like the Presidential Donations and the other schemes made out of the State House.

The President has to deliver to big part of the population. This being the unemployed, the ones whose living under a dollar a day or in the informal sector. This is clearly a big part of the population.

It is easy to talk, but harder to act. Secondly, this will cost and would need coordination. Even for just two weeks. There is needs out there and he has failed over and over again. Therefore, people should follow up on this promise from the President. Because this is the leaf of hope in midst of despair. Peace.

Uganda: Circular Letter No 3. of 2020: Guidelines on Preventive Measures Against Corona Virus (Covid-19) – (25.03.2020)

Uganda: The Control of COVID-19 Rules – Important Notes from the Law

Now, the Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Acheng has put forward a text, which prescribe certain facts. Also, new measures, which should be given and made public. As this put a pre-text for how people need to revolve their lives and also what is at stake here. The implementation of it is important too. Not only making a fancy law.

This law makes it perfectly legal for medical officers to enter any premises in the Republic. They could so in search of COVID-19, as long as they have written instructions to do so.

What the President ordered of public gatherings is now put in print. This closing schools and institutions until 18th April 2020. Closing bars, cinema halls, churches, mosques, concerts, sports events and open air prayers until 16th April 2020. Marriage, weddings, vigils, funerals public meetings, including political rallies, conferences and cultural related meetings, until 18th April 2020. Also trading of live animals in designated areas for such by the local authority until 18th April 2020.

All of that is important. As this put in clear text and by law, what is legal sand such. Now, spitting in the public is illegal, near any public building or where the public has access. However, the law has no sanctions if they initially does so.

However, if you escape form the quarantine for COVID-19 or aides/facilitate a person to escape. This law clearly put in some jurisdiction and also legal basis for health care personnel.

Also, sets the boundaries for a “carrier” of COVID-19, who needs to notify the medical officers and what information the person has to give. Clearly, to able to track the spread and try to control it.

What we are not seeing is what more extension of the health care system, neither planned funds to up the ante. There are so many faulty things. This at least is a pick of a leaf from the Minister of Health Acheng and the Ministry of Health. That is positive, but not only a figment of hope. That is, if the state follows it up and make it possible for the Medical Officers to do so. Peace.

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