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Day February 3, 2010

Haiti should not jail the Good samaritans from Idaho


What is bizarre in the Good Samaritan case gone badly in Haiti, is the incarceration of the Idaho people of God, out on a mission to help children caught in the poorest condition after such a disaster.  It seems like political minds in Haiti, have been poisoned by groups who are ever fearful that an impromptu gesture in an increasingly hostile world is imbued in all types of booby traps and boogie elements as featured in a Friday 13th movie. The Haitian government as vulnerable as it is now has the task of convincing many that these Good Samaritans from kind Idaho had a plan to traffic these kids to make them pono stars or sex slaves in the neighboring country or Idaho for that matter.

The spirit of a Good Samaritan normally kicks in during times of enormous challenge to all averting death or serious degradation of life’s quality for animals or humans. In fact few among us are gifted with this built in impromptu urge to leap forward and provide instant relief or comfort to the afflicted without hesitation or consulting the penal code on ground.

Such a catastrophe befell Haiti, after a devastating earthquake left almost 200,000, people dead and scores helpless and wounded from falling debris. The conditions in Haiti forced into gear all the good Samaritans of the world and those who were able trekked to ground zero. All relief agents became visibly overwhelmed by not only lack of disaster preparedness, but by ghosts left by many years of neglect and poverty to the extent that the scarcity of life’s essential products in Haiti was seriously hampering efforts to save those who could have lived.

The Haitian government from the outset of the disaster lacked a heroic figure like mayor Nagin, of New Orleans, who remained on the beat throughout the ordeal visited upon his people by hurricane Katrina. The few governmental officials, who survived the quake including the President, were not visible at all on the streets of Port-Au-Prince. They found an old police station where they burrowed under and set up a secure shop inside, wishing it would all go away, while on the streets the people remained wounded and exposed to the elements and in need of comfort and assurance that help was on the way. Little did they know that Haiti’s dead were subjected to the worst indignities by being carried off the streets without a single picture or prayer onto dump trucks, to be dumped into mass graves with all the rubble. Many journalists picked up on the apparent vacuum of leadership and took on leadership roles in the country, exposing and alerting the rest of the world about the need and extent of damage in Haiti.

It is quite surprising that the government of Haiti is now come out of their hide out to point the finger of child trafficking at folks who may be there to do good.

These are Good Samaritans from a church in Idaho, who simply responded to the worst natural catastrophe that has hit the western hemisphere since the bubonic plague. Jail is not the language we expected from Haiti’s leadership at this time, and they ought to treat this group with dignity since they were simply responding to an overwhelming need in a non penal code manner like all Good Samaritans.

The American people deserve special thanks and all those other folks from different countries who responded and are still working in Haiti, including the journalists like Andersen Cooper and others, angelic in their response, simply doing what comes naturally to them in the face of a disaster without reference to Haiti’s penal code. The world is looking upon Haiti to make the right decision regarding the Good Samaritans from Idaho, who had no criminal intent in their activity, but rather an assumption of kindness from their hearts gone awry and they ought to be released and thanked for showing such a helpful spirit.

Focus now by the Haitian government should be on putting out requisitions to the world community to take on some of its people for schooling and much needed healthcare-and holding these folks in jail does not auger well for such humanitarian requests

Tendo Kaluma

Ugandan in Boston

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Where does NRM get its money? Is it our money they spend?


Money cannot come from heaven.  The possible sources of money which NRM uses for mobilization; dishing out to bribe voters are the following:

1)     There is good savings on what the donors give this country; more often than not, chances are that the money saved, which makes for substandard works etc is diverted to such efforts;

2)     It is not clear why the Chief Executive Officer at Uganda Revenue Authority is really highly paid, given what other senior people in Government get.  There are chances that some genuinely raised revenue does not get to the consolidated fund.  That is why I wish on a daily basis at least all URA raises should be remitted by the banks to Bank of Uganda; though with a loop hole, money may keep siphoned;

3)     There are re-allocations all the time.  One thing NRM is good at is defaulting on their own budgets;

4)     You remember when UPDF was spending hundreds of millions a day in Congo, chances are there that some of such money could go to boost NRM mobilization efforts;

5)     There is a time I was shocked to learn that the Consolidated Funds was over drawn in billions.  So, that is equivalent to using more money that earned

Willy Kituuka

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