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Day March 15, 2009

Museveni has killed institutions in Kampala


Summary: The breakdown of state institutions, which started in the villages when the LC system withered away (no elected officials  for more than 3 years now) [in addition to  the parastatals destroyed long ago but the Civil service, police, national Army, etc] has at last reached Kampala City management. Child sacrifices are the order of the day. Citizens, even kings are denied freedom of movement and the “fountain of honour” owns to and braggs about the feat.

 

1/5. By their own admission, KCC are no longer in charge of Kampala [See Daily Monitor, 14th march 2009]: Mr Muwonge Kewaza, Monitor yesterday: Legally, we are in charge of the city but there are several city managers out there. City dwellers no longer respect our directives“.

 

2/5. The Division Administratioins are now private feifdoms, The City Engineer’s instructions are no longer followed, hence the daily collapse of structures, killing people. KCC no longer collects garbage [the task is now in the hands od private scavangers who fight for garbage and collect it, at a fee, depending on connections political], UTODA, the taxi transport managers are above the law, so long as they accompany the president on his campagn trails.

“KCC has lost control of the city,” he continued.
Although he did not give names, Mr Muwonge said sometimes KCC’s law enforcers are confronted by gun-wielding people at sites.

 

3/5. Mayor Nasser Sebaggala told Saturday Monitor: “The city development technical team visits these sites as part of their routine but developers defy their directives.” [read: investors and political proteeges.
He added: “We have just suspended construction works in the city, why did he [developer] continue?”

 

4/5. CONCLUSION; All these facts allude to the conclusion that Uganda, the state, is no longer in existance. The Villages have no Governement [ in form of councils-LC1]. We have no national Army or Police. Now, Uganda’s only City is in anarchy since the elected authority has no power. Those who predicted Government would not be in place in 2011 were far off the mark! Already, in 2009, WE HAVE NO GOVERNANCE, IN THE REAL SENSE. UGANDANS are like ducklings which survive on the mercy of God. “Buli omu ali ku lulwe, ng’ebyana by’embaata” (every one is on his/her own like ducklings). 

5/5. Request: Pray for us, everyone. We know not what sin we Ugandans committed, not to have a Governement, when we pretended to elect one.

 

Chistopher Muwanga,

Nakasero,

Kampala.
 
 
 

 

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Encourage urbanisation in Uganda


 

Dear Ugandans,


I have always had problems understanding the reason behind some of the elements under ‘Plan for Modernization of Agriculture’[PMA]. I think a lot under PMA constitute glaring contradictions in the government’s PEAP policy, informing many of it’s budgetary allocations. I would imagine that given the continuing land fragmentation that we have in most parts of the country, the PMA components dealing with actual cultivation of crops/rearing of livestock should have concentrated on intensive methods of agriculture (on small plots) not plantation agriculture.


Extensive Plantation agriculture and the infrastructure and technology that go with it cannot meaningfully be done in a country where the countryside is full of peasants all eking out a living from land. 


But I also think a lot of these things will require more carefully thought-out government planning. I remember there was a time when it was fashionable for all politicians and civil servants to advise young men/women looking for employment in towns to go back to land (I continue to hear that up to this day even on the ‘UAH’ forum). I still think that was misguided thinking. These people were leaving rural life to begin wage labour in urban centres, a step in societal transformation. Advising somebody to go back to land may be done individually depending on the circumstances but not made to appear as if it is the government opinion/policy for all school leavers searching for jobs. Many young people ended up becoming peasants even though they could have been encouraged to try other occupations.


The point is that we should instead, more than before, encourage urbanisation and not see it as a bad trend. All the trading centres cropping up ought to be immediately surveyed and planned for basic services to serve as nuclei of future metropolis. Provision of government or any services like electricity, water or vaccines can be several hundred times cheaper and affordable if people were living in more concentrated settlements, not everywhere throughout the country side.  Urbanisation is a sure way of freeing land for commercial agriculture, including forestry. Peasants living in small towns can choose to go and work on these farms or find something else to do in the urban centres. Within two to three generations you would not have many typical peasants in the country.


We shall take more that 200 years to reach the structural transformation turning point (one where there is a shift from living off peasant agriculture to survival on wage labour and services)if no bold and unpopular step is taken now regarding land reform. 


I think shying away from carrying out a major/drastic land reform is part of the reason Uganda may be moving in circles in very many areas including politics (trapped in a revolving door as some people would put it).


Ogwanga Sam.

Residing in USA

 

I oppose the 2007 land bill??


 Let me start by quoting Mr Kyijomanyi in his message below when he wrote: 

“…if NRMO really wanted to create efficient land use in Uganda, I know L_Cpl Otto does not want to hear it anymore, it should have used taxation.”
 

Where does he base to make such a claim?  I am a staunch believer in the tax state, and a symbiotic relationship between the political class and the populace based on a fiscal contract.

Let me refer you to my paper on land that I have sent to all UAH forumists to read but Mr.Kyijomanyi has refused to read it or/and comment on it.  In that paper which Mr. Abbey Semuwemba has read, I say:

 

“Instead of giving microcredit to a peasant who will buy a bicycle, marry another lady to oppress and use the rest to buy tekwe brew or is it kwete, and then fail to pay back, we should lump everything up and give macrocredit to a General Oketta or a Brigadier Otema or any other aspiring land baron currently gracing the headlines, to handsomely pay off the squatters that are pestering him.  Once the land has been consolidated, give the owners the confidence that it is their private property, with all accompanying legal backup. 

 

Just as swiftly, enact a law that sets the minimum acreage of land that can be registered under a landowner in zones of agricultural production, and for that matter, everywhere else.  Soon afterwards, by force of law, cause the land baron to pay property tax on that land: so many millions of shillings per so many hectares of land per annum.  That will discourage him from using the land as an object of speculation and force him to put it to productive use.  If he employs a threshold of 500 labourers on his 40 square miles farm, and provides them with affordable accommodation and other amenities, waive the property tax in his favour.”

 
Although Mr. Kyijomanyi constatntly imply that I am a supporter of the 2007 land bill, I am  on record as a stauch opponent of everything it stands for:
 
I will quote myself again:
 
“We cannot inaugurate the ‘Plan for Modernization of Agriculture’ (PMA) and then promulgate a law that entrenches peasants and squatters. That is like buying a baby cot and then going for vasectomy.”  

 

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