Yesterday the absurdities of running a Country with out a reserve fund and granaries came to light…Without what Baganda calls ÈNSAWO ENŻIBIZZI, Uganda Chief executive has turned himself into an arrogant begger.
The Chief fundraiser did present his priority area for donations…Brand New Four Wheel Double Cabins with atleast ten vehicles for every District.
The fact of the matter is that its so shameful having a President ” begging”.Trust the business people…they will keep their donation around their advertisement budget and Mr. Museveni should be ready to take pictures with them OR loudly read out their names and maybe OKUBAKUBIRAYO AKALANGO….Even before we go far, its clear that the donors are targeting the Presidency for influence peddling.
For any fundraising to be sucessful it is important first to have the bill of quantities,clearly spelling out what you want. In such an arrangement the fundraiser will avoid attracting donations he will never be able to utilise.
The businessmen dont want to part away with money, they will fall back to donations of what they produce. So a mineral water company will give you cartons of Water, a plastic vessel’s manufacturer will give you Jerrycans, a foam matress maker will give you matressses, Nytil will give you bedsheets….And at this rate, I wonder what type of donation we should expect from a funeral company?
Two, even where donors bring the samething say maize flour,it wont be of similar standards. Like now we have maize flour packed in five,,six,ten,fifty and one hundred kilograms. The Government maize flour is of “dirty posho” which is the medically recommended type of flour and donors are bringing the Super white flour.
Then there is the issue of varieties….Yesterday on TV, I saw people donating matooke, wheat flour and many giving tonnes of maize flour. So we may have to ask what type of food are we giving out,? Of great importance,although appearing remote, we risk feeding our people on food we havent tested…should we by any bad luck run into saboteurs and enemies of Uganda giving our people adulterated food is a possibility.
Because this is a very complicated matter , we need to get the Health Minister and her team completely out of this…Let the Museveni solicited donations be handled by the Prime Minister and allow the medics to concentrate on managing the disease.
The author is the Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament.
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