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By Hon. Odonga Otto (a parent)
Mr President, I hope this article find you in good health. Moments before you read your 30th independence speech tomorrow, do reflect on this issues:
1. In 1980, I travelled from Gulu to Kampala by rail. There was a clear rail network from Pakwach to Tororo, Jinja, etc. In 2017, there is nothing save for a train carrying people from Namboole to Kampala. The bogus Rift Valley Railway (contract now terminated) and standard gauge railway may never come to see light of the day.
2. When growing up, I knew of our parents were working with Union, Lint Marketing Board, foods and beverages, grain milling, Mulco and Pamba, Nytil, among others, today there is nothing. Your government has destroyed all these things that they were a basis for UPC stronghold.
Unkindly all these assets where sold off in the name of privatisation and the buyer was the seller.
3. Our fore president formed the Uganda Commercial Bank and had assets in Gulu, Mbarara, Lira and all the major towns of Uganda, you sold not only the businesses but even the buildings. UCB now Cham Towers, the annex was donated as a Christmas gift.
4. In 1984, I boarded Uganda Airlines from Kampala to Gulu as one of the “Negri boys”. There was a clear network of internal flights country wide, today there is none and you have no shame seeing Kenya Airways and Rwanda Air docking next to you in State House.
5. There was a clear human settlement pattern: Gowan Quarters, Senior Quarters, etc., You sold all those properties and today there are no properly addressed settlements. Government properties in Kololo have been “sold”and we know the sitting landlords.
6. Kilembe Mines is no more, not even a site to shoot a bad Hollywood movie. Kasese, a bustling town and an axis of employment for all tribes, is now a cemetery for those killed by your errant Brigadier Elwelu.
7. Uganda Electricity Board (UEB) that employed Ugandans is no more. It was privatised to a 99% South African government company, ESKOM, and UMEME. This is an admission by your government that it’s not a better manager like South African government. Imagine a government privatising to another government! Uganda electricity tariff is now the second most expensive in the world.
8. Diary corporation was sold by your government for 1 US dollars (1800 shillings then), today, milk is being supplied by your people who get white tax free number plates and the milk is treated with ‘formaldehyde’, the same materials for treating dead bodies, so that it does not get bad!
9. Uganda in the 1960s, there was a deliberate policy to study across Uganda. My late dad studied in St. Loe’s, Fort Portal, all the way from Pader…schools like Ntare, Comboni College, Ombachi, Mvara, Nabisunsa, Mwiri, Kisubi College, Namagonga, Namilyango, Kabalega, Nabbingo, among others, were a hub for educating Ugandans. Today (2017), one can study from nursery to the university in the same village. How do you expect national unity?
10. During Amin’s time, the army band would traverse the country to play music to Ugandans, today all members of the UPDF band have joined in beating the peaceful demonstrators on the streets. The army is seen as a terror group.
11. Scholarships in the 60s were random, the poor and rich had an equal opportunity. The Uganda police (in their dark blue uniforms) in 1980 would ride a bicycle in a whole village to look for a child who had won a scholarship, today in 2017, you have to bribe someone to get a scholarship. Looking at the list of State House scholarships, one would think it is an affirmative action plan to favour one region.
12. Uganda in 2017 is the only country where Government pays rent in its own property. A whole committee of parliament failed to establish who collects the rent.
13. President Amin left 27 properties in the United kingdom alone, today all have been sold save for the two remaining at the Trafalgar Square and the residence of the ambassador. In Belgium where I travelled, Uganda’s property is in a sorry state and neighbours have demonstrated that the Uganda’s property is lowering the sale value in the area. Transoceanic land In Kenya and Nigeria have all been sold by your people.
14.Mr President Tanzania had 200,000 Rwandees refugees in a refugee camp. When told to leave Tanzania, Uganda absorbed all of them, they all now have national IDs. The parliament of Uganda created a land fund to buy land. The question is to buy land for who? Which Ugandan is landless? Uganda is the only country in the world where refugees don’t live in refugee camps. Foreigners own land contrary to the law.
Mr president you may read the independence speech tomorrow but you are a failure. Togikwatako .
Many more independence speeches will be read after you,
Uganda did not start with you and it
will not end with you Mr. Museveni
MP Aruu county
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