At the wake of a tough economic situation as the one in which Uganda is lately, the country needs a sacrificial, efficient and pro people government in order to survive.
Unfortunately, our current government seem to think in the opposite direction. Being a majority agriculture dependent economy, Uganda needs realistic means of production like land, mechanical means of production like tractors, combined harvesters and counter measures for climatic change to boost production and increase both quality and quantity of farm outputs that subsequently pushes up exports and foreign exchange earnings.
And to be specific, i have always argued in many fora that lands such as the disputed Apaa land which the government now wants to forcefully hijack from Amuru district and give to ‘Adjumani’ should rather be used to boost agriculture, especially food crops production to minimize famine and malnutrition across Uganda, East Africa and the world at large.
Following the latest reports circulating , the central bank of Uganda has raised an alrm over the rate at which our government is borrowing from foreign countries and banks, saying that the debts posed
“a risk of higher exposure or failure to meet external debt obligations in case of exchange rate volatility and slow growth in exports.”
And i strongly believe that if the people of Apaa are supported with better means of production, Uganda will constantly have food surpluses to sell out to Kenya, South Sudan, D. R Congo and beyond the continent Africa. And this will subsequently boost our foreign exchange earnings, stabilise the exchange rates and increase Uganda’s GDP. Unfortunately, our leaders are too selfish to care about the ordinary citizen.
I was motivated to to write this piece after reading this heartbreaking news posted by my brother, Chowoo Willy on his Facebook page:
UPDF SHOT DEAD ONE PERSON IN APAA—–
A 26 year old man identified as Okello Python was shot dead at 4pm in Acholi Ber sub village in Apaa..
He was shot on the chest and died instantly, his body has been brought to Mortuary at Gulu Regional Referral hospital.
According to local leaders there ,the UPDF usually cross from Adjumani district and come to cause havoc
They have been beating and burning people’s houses there .
More than 200 thatched grass huts have been burnt since the beginning of the year.
UPDF 4th Div Spokesperson Maj Telephor confirmed the incident and said they have sent team of investigators on the grounds to ascertain the situation.
He warned that the UPDF who have been deployed to stop intimidating and harassing residents there.
On 16-03-2018,they burnt 42 houses and again on the 17-03-2018 they burnt 26 houses and yesterday they burnt more than 100 huts.
Since 2012 when violence started in the area,14 people have been shot dead .
I don’t believe such violent, inhumane treatment of our fellow citizens will benefit our country in any way when we are choking in debts. Besides, Ugandans do not deserve these.
According to finance ministry papers, interest repayments in the 2018/19 fiscal year will eat up to 17.3 percent of state spending, which is the largest chunk of the budget. This means the country remains with peanuts to finance all the sectors and meet its other state obligations. It is therefore, no wonder that our country’s service delivery is sickly even without corruption at play.
I therefore, propose that the government revises its move towards taking away our land and giving them to foreign investors because, when citizens are empowered, they pay taxes, recycle their profits within the economy and develop the country. We cannot expect those said investors to even come on condition of tax exemption to develop our economy.
Unless we help ourselves, nobody will help us.