By Ofwono Opondo

MR. PRESIDENT; TIGHTEN THE NOOSE AGAINST CORRUPTION RACKETEERS

At last week’s State of the Nation Address to parliament, President Yoweri Museveni revealed that he now has hard evidence against corruption racketeers between the Ministry of Finance, and parliament vowing to give them a decisive “crush” and so far, three little-known NRM MPs got arrested and indicted this week for tempting to extort from Mariam Wangadya, chairperson Uganda Human Rights Commissioner, and a former deputy IGG. How silly they were.

US, UK SANCTIONS ON UGANDAN OFFICIALS COULD BE SMOKESCREEN

Many are happy that the British and US governments have slapped sanctions on Uganda government officials among them Speaker Anita Annet Among a.k.a. AAA for allegedly helping themselves to the public till with reckless abandon. Last week I dared call Anita Annet Among to inquire what’s going on and she swore over the phone that she doesn’t have a single property in the UK and had been there only once in her lifetime to take measurements for Parliamentary gowns when she spent two days and proceeded to Paris.

AN EYESORE; A COMMUNITY VALLEY TANK POORLY CONSTRUCTED AND ABANDONED INCOMPLETE IN KAPELEBYONG

A visit to a multi-billion Odukul community valley tank in Kapelebyong Town council, Kapelebyong district demonstrates one gross lack of responsibility by government agencies especially the ministry of water and environment which purported to have constructed a reliable source of water for this stressed community emerging from armed rebellion and Karamojong cattle rustling.

PRESIDENT MUSEVENI, ROBERT KABUSHENGA’S BROADSIDE, AND THE COFFEE DEBATE

In the last one-week alone, President Yoweri Museveni nearly 80 years old, and 38 leading government, has engaged in several public meetings to propagate policy and penned two illustrative media articles, on Tin processing industry, and the current tax dispute by Kampala City traders under KACITA. These articles are of international repute on the direction Uganda, and indeed Africa ought to take to secure socio-economic transformation, emancipation, and liberation from historical dependence syndrome.

FDC IS ON DEATH ROW; BESIGYE, AMURIAT, ERIAS LUKWAGO CAN’T SAVE IT

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), the short-lived and vanquished former leading opposing party is on a death row from suicide, and neither Kizza Besigye, Patrick Oboi Amuria nor Erias Lukwago can salvage it, at least not before the 2026 general elections. The return of Besigye, from ‘political holiday’ to use his own words will certainly complicate its political maneuvers with other opposition groups especially NUP that displaced FDC as the leading opposition party in and outside parliament.

OUTGOING AG JOHN MUWANGA AND PARLIAMENT 500M SWEETENER

The temptations are always present especially when the mighty dangle favours on your way into the wild world from the comfort zones. The knee-jerk decision by parliament to belatedly realign the retirement benefits including granting person-to-holder 500m ‘service award’ to outgoing Auditor General John Muwanga who still has two years of service sets a bad precedent although its architects may sneer. It points to absence of a coherent system, decisions based on personal whims, susceptible to abuse and stinks.

ALONE AND AFRAID; STARING AT OLD AGE INDUCED RETIREMENT BECKONING

If you have been in formal employment especially so in government service for over three decades mingling with the mighty, being called Sir, your official car and travel expenses, official leave, medical bills and even drivers are paid for from the public purse, you have to suffer some levels of trepidations of the unknown as you get into old age induced retirement. And yet however stupid, crafty, or clumsy you were, your opinions on a variety of issues mattered or at least appeared, and you probably even thought you were irreplaceable,

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