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Monday, June 12, 2017

Does anyone have a clue as to where #Uganda is going?

By Rabba Naga – 12/06/2017
Am trying to figure out where our country is headed. Firebrigading aside, one wonders which of Museveni programmes are intended to genuinely help the country. Or is everything benchmarked on how it will help on his hold on to power? E.g., when you hear the new focus on youth unemployment, which stands at 78.7%, Mr Museveni is totally fixated on Kampala.
The whole business of appointing Betty Kamya is to win Kampala from opposition. Instead of m7 focussing on national solutions, in a strategic way, as usual, he is lost in tactical calculations for his personal short time gains. Just as he created OPERATION WEALTH CREATION. This had nothing to do with agromechanisation, commercial farming or improving household incomes, but rather, to undercut General Sejjusa Support in the army, especially within the rank and file of UPDF who were undeployed(katebe). Also among veterans. In essence, OWC should be perhaps called operation neutralise Sejjusa.
The point being made here is this, we should not expect transformation of agricultural sector because of OWC, because that was not its purpose. Take this habit of Museveni deploying UPDF in every area where the state no longer functions. E.g., lakes, parks, forests, now finance ministry, revenue authority etc. Instead of trying to build the required institutions and structures, he goes for quick fixes. Yes you can use short term measures to halt a looming danger but this should be to facilitate a durable workable solution.
Because UPDF is thrown into these roles haphazardly, its misbehaving. Many people are now referring to them as suppliers of rotten seeds, they now arrest people on the lakes and they are now being called names Etc. At the end, a national army is being corrupted. Just like the police force was destroyed by making it a political force. When you see the insecurity in the country, don’t ask. I will highlight other areas of serious concern and try to point out the need to refocus our actions and debate. But for now, I doubt if even those in charge know where the country is headed.

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REFLECTIONS By Rabba Naga - 12/06/2017. Am trying to figure out where our country is headed. Firebrigading aside, one wonders which of Museveni programmes are intended to genuinely help the country. Or is everything benchmarked on how it will help on his hold on to power?

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