What YKM has done is similar to what Mr Moi did in 1988 when he demoted then Vice Preident, Mr Kibaki, and replaced him with another Kikuyu from Kimabu, the late Dr Josephat Injuguan Karanja who had been the first High Commissioner to the UK and VC on Nairobi University. He was married to a mutoro lady. Mr Moi wanted to divide the kikuyu by pitting Nyeri against Kiambu. The same thing YKM has done. He is trying to divide Busiro against Masaka/Buddu. But he will not succeed.
Mr Sekandi and Dr Karanja have a lot of similarities. Certainly the late Kranja was filthy rich but he was politically weak. He had been trounced by the late Authur Kinyanjui Magugu in Githunguri constiuency so he ran to mathare where he finally won. Dr Karanja was fronted by anti Kibaki’s force at the time revolving aroun the late Elijah Mwangale. Anyways, Mr Kibaki went to the ministry of health and served the country and waited for his moment. The rest is history. Dr Karanja did not stay very long as VP and was eventually sacked and replaced with Professor George Saitoti. It is rumoured that Dr Karanja died from slim. Elijah Masinde Mwangale who tormented both Mr Charles Mugane Njonjo and Mr Kibaki died miserably shortly after Mr Kibaki became presidnet.
I think Mr Bukenya can still rise from the ashes but that will depend on how he behaves or reacts. Sure the mafia are salivating and could harm him if he gives them the opportunity. But I am willing to bet that the sacking could have the opposite effect: boost Dr Bukenya’s support among the poor. At least he cared about the poor unlike some elite opposition leaders who never talk about peasant issues. Let us wait and see how he reacts. But I will also say this. YKm and his Arinaitwes and Kayihuras cannot treat Dr Bukenya the way they treated Dr Besigye and get away with it. Now if only the opposition leaders can give way, YKM would be gone before his 5 year term.
To Hon Bukenya, sure he is disappointed but he should look across in Kenya and see that being demoted can actually be good for your political future. At this time we do not know whether he is out of cabinet entirely or he is deployed elsewhere. Irrespective he should not over react because the mafia are waiting.
Mr Sekandi is the most compromised puppet, who ‘eats’ big without having any support in Masaka. He was defeated by Mr Mbaabali and his appointment as VP will not change that. I read that YKM wants to increase cabinet ministers for “better service delivery”. That is crap.
Most rational Ugandans gave up long ago on YKM’s cabinet. It is a cabinet of ebifures. It is where sane individuals lose their good deeds.In short, what YKM does or does not do is irrelevant to the suffering Ugandans. It is a puppet cabinet.
Meanwhile, I have been wondering about this issue for some time. Can Uganda and other similar minded countries make the necessary progress in health and education if they keep taking some of the worst performers in national exams? I do not have to elaborate because you or most of you know what I am talking about. Can the GIGO model continue to produce progress in Uganda?
Now the real issue: there is urgency to change the way nurses-I apologize to all the nurses in UAH-are trained in Uganda. Nursing has deviated from Nightingale’s ideals. Most nurses in Uganda are rude to the point of being abusive. Actually many abuse patients especially women in the labour ward. They taunt women in labour, mock them and show indifference to their agony. That is immoral and of course unethical.
Which brings me to the way nurses are trained and regulated in Uganda, How can professionals who are subject to regulation behave like that and get away with it? How effective is the body-which is it-that regulates nursing? Which nurses are regulated? I ask because the training in North America is that nursing students complete their undergraduate studies, then prepare to take the licensing exams during the summer before the graduate in the fall. I believe they are allowed to fail the licensing exam once and take it again. What is the situation in Uganda? Do nurses have to take a qualifying exam? What about the various uniforms? Are they still necessary? How many nursing schools are there in Uganda? Do nurses in Uganda also work 12 hour shifts as is the norm in North America? How much are they paid-listen to this folks, in North America, African men want to marry nurses because of their good pay, to be a nurse is to court serious attention from men-in Uganda?.
Where does one send complaints if they have been wronged by nurses in Ugandan hospitals? The ministry or the regulatory body-I assume there is something like Nursing Council of Uganda-should have a toll free number? How many nurses are disciplined each year? Folks, if disciplinary was enforced more than 50% of nurses in Uganda would be subject to discipline.
So let us hear from nurses in UAH or the spokesperson for the ministry of Health. Why do nurses treat patients so badly in Uganda? Would things change if entry into nursing was elevated to university training? Is education the problem? What is it?