Saturday, March 26, 2016

POLICE BANNING OF SKATERS IS AN OVER REACTION AND CHILDISH





I read with disappointment the police statement banning skating from all the roads in Uganda. Deputy Police Spokesperson Polly Namaye said road skaters who hold onto people’s vehicles snatch things from the cars. She said skaters normally snatch laptops, phones, bags, side mirrors, bunches of matooke and charcoal from trucks. “We have given instructions to all our traffic officers to caution the roller speed-skaters on the roads that they will be arrested. They have been banned due to public demand that many of them are thugs,” she said.

Though I don’t skate, I believe it’s a means of transport to these young people. The police should acknowledge the fact that inflated transport costs are forcing most of the youth to find a cheap alternative to get around town. Am sure Misuse is the main issue police should be addressing here instead of over reacting and succumbing to pressure to issue such a statement I find childish.

Honestly, am a bit perplexed, so, should we ban cars because countless lives have perished in accidents, or completely get rid of bodas simply because thieves and murderers use them, what about mobile phones and internet that are a medium for con stars, hackers and terrorists. I believe police is wise enough or they should know that there are always two sides to every coin and misuse should never render something useless.

I find this ban as cover-up of the police’s incompetence to investigate crime and bring to book these perpetrators. The road is for us all and whichever means we choose to use on it, is entirely our choice. So I strongly ask the police to reconsider the ban of skaters from the roads in Uganda or we will respond appropriately.

The viable alternative would be for the police to issue guidelines on how the skaters should use the roads. The same should also be done to bodas and cyclists as well. Then with pride, we will boldly sing with meaning …..’United free for liberty together we will always stand” Otherwise we can’t preach unity, when our liberty to use the road has been taken away from us. 

For God and my country. God bless Uganda.


Photo Credit: Tadej Znidarcic

Friday, February 12, 2016

MY LAST APPEAL TO YOU BEFORE ELECTIONS





Please take a few minutes and read this before you cast your precious ballot. A lot has been said, candidates have traversed almost every corner of this country soliciting for your votes. I know you have listened to them, and tonight you have another opportunity to see them on a live TV debate, the incumbent promising to attend only if Shaka Sali one of the modulators is dropped.

In 30 years, a lot has happened, the web was invented and the world is now more connected than before, malicious secret security meeting details have been saturated through social media, prompting the government to promise hefty punishments to those it deems to have misused these platforms especially Facebook and Whats App. Still in 3 decades, Brazil has won world cups, Singapore is now a first world country, Rwanda is now better organized and run, both Tanzania and Kenya have changed presidents.

In 30 years, roads that have been built have to be repaired just before their second birthday, beautiful government hospital structures with no medicine and medical staff are still mushrooming, donor funds for AIDS and Malaria patients have ended up in powerful men’s tummies, Universal Education at both primary and secondary levels has done well to reduce idle and disorderly and patriotism-a purely NRM indoctrination machine is about to be inaugurated into the curriculum.

Women empowerment has been understood as ladies standing up against the men, schools were relocated for hotels that were supposed to accommodate CHOGM delegates which  will be ready if we get another opportunity to host that international conference again.

A new constitution was adopted, which leaders swore to uphold and after that pledge, 5 million shillings exchanged hands and term limits were lifted, public management order bill was passed and electoral reforms were denied.

For 30 years, you have been subjected to lies and manipulation; you have been ferried to attend Museveni’s rallies only to be left stuck with no transport allowance you had been promised to take you back home.

To the youth who are shouting no change and risking your lives for just only 10,000 shillings, you need opportunities not cash handouts from the politicians. A true government should be an equal employer and should be able to understand the urgency of now, to acknowledge that unemployment is rampant and out of hand among the youth that constitute over 50% of the population.

And after 30 years, am sure you know how to vote, vote for the president who will listen, the one who knows that the government is the biggest employer and having that in mind, he will therefore agree to pass a legislation that reserves 30% of all government tenders for the youth as Uhuru did it in Kenya. With 30% of these tenders, you’ll no longer have to carry your bachelor’s degree to kitchens in the Middle East because we believe we will have enough jobs here.

You should vote in a way that, when the next elections comes, you will be self-sustaining because by that time, new legislation that protects startups will have been passed, trading licenses and company registration costs will be affordable and the cost of doing business in Uganda for Ugandans will be down.

30 years has been more than enough time for this government to accomplish whatever dream they had, yes, even building a rocket. So be wise, don’t be deceived, nothing will done in the next 5years that they haven't accomplished in their last 3 decades.

Am voting for change, Will you join me.
God bless you