Friday 30 April 2021

The death of the Principle of separation of powers: When Neo-liberal dictators simply want it their way: I won’t seek MPs’ nod for projects - Museveni

 President Yoweri Museveni addressing NRM MPs-elect at Kyankwanzi

I won’t seek MPs’ nod for projects - Museveni

Thursday April 29 2021

President Museveni has said he will not seek MPs’ approval in the implementation of various government projects, accusing them of delays in passing decisions, which has stalled several projects.

Speaking at the closure of a three-week NRM retreat for new party MPs yesterday, the President said there has been a lot of delays by the 10th Parliament to approve major projects such as  the anti-tick vaccine project.

Dr Saimo-Kahwa led a team of scientists from Makerere University to develop the ticvac-u vaccine.

Following the discovery, Daily monitor in its April 15 publication explained how the team said the commercial production of the vaccine had hit a snag, blaming the delay on the late release of the appropriated funds by Parliament.

Dr Saimo-Kahwa said the commercial manufacturing was scheduled to start last month at the Kampala-based veterinary drugs manufacturer, Alfasan, but this did not happen.

Mr Museveni said  “the delays ...must stop when it comes to approval of decisions.”
“That one (10th Parliament) has been delaying. I am here in two capacities as an elected President of Uganda repeatedly but also as a leader of the resistance movement, I want no more games,” Mr Museveni said.


“We have the capacity to say no to everybody, and when we say no more, we mean no, so the Kahwa project has been going on. I am begging as if I want people to build my house. I am begging for Kahwa project to make a vaccine which will make your cows stop dying from ticks,” he added.
The President added that he will use his authority to endorse key decisions without having to lobby parliamentary approval.

Mr Crispin Kaheru, an elections’ expert, said lobbying or begging by one arm of government could symbolise inefficiency in work operations.
Efforts to reach Ms Helen Kawesa, the Parliament’s acting director of Communications and Public Affairs, were futile by press time.

Lays out six priorities
Meanwhile, President Museveni has listed six priorities for NRM MPs- elect to tackle in their respective areas.

These include social economic transformation, peace, infrastructure, production based on demand, education and health, and stability.
Mr Museveni urged MPs to end peasantry in their constituents through social economic transformation.

He also encouraged the MPs to educate the public to focus on producing things that are on demand.
“The peasants must disappear, not by killing them.. .The ones there should be the last. We should not have peasants producing other peasants,” the President said.

“You need peace in the country and in order to do that, you must be very firm against the trouble makers. These ones who want to make demonstrations, you should mobilise strongly and logically against them. Those bayaaye  (loosely translated as hooligans) people in Kampala have social economic problems partly because of the negligence of our people in the town who are not attending to them,” Mr Museveni added.

However, the President warned the legislators against engaging in cheap popularity, citing Kayunga Woman MP Idah Nantaba who he accused of misconduct while fighting issues such as land evictions.
He also accused Ms Nantaba of siding with liars.

Tuesday 27 April 2021

When American Neo-liberal slave states wallow in Debt : Each Ugandan now owes Shs1.5m as national debt hits Shs65t: Who lends money to Uganda?

 Who lends money to Uganda? - Daily Monitor

Who lends money to Uganda?

Tuesday April 27 2021
 By Franklin Draku

By Ismail Musa Ladu

After months of brushing off concerns about the growing national debt, Finance minister Matia Kasaija yesterday said government will seek to reschedule payments, on the day this newspaper revealed each Ugandan now owes Shs1.5 million.

 In an interview with Reuters news agency, Mr Kasaija revealed that repayments of the debt, now at $17.96 billion (Shs66 trillion) if domestic debt is included, might have to be renegotiated with major creditors, including China and the World Bank.
 “I will approach them. I will not hesitate to approach them and say,  ‘you guys can we suspend servicing these loans for, say, maybe two years?” Reuters quoted him as saying. 

On Friday, Mr Kasaija also expressed frustration with the high levels of borrowing but claimed he was powerless to stop it. 
“I am not a fan of borrowing,” he said, “but the current situation has made it difficult to survive without borrowing.”
 The current national debt represents 47.2 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product, the measure of all economic output in the economy in a given year, and is close to the 50 per cent level that some experts believe is a borrowing ceiling. 

Last year alone, Uganda borrowed more than Shs15 trillion, the single largest borrowing in a year, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and reduced tax revenues. Uganda was the first country to benefit from the Heavily-Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative, which offered a number of low-income countries an opportunity to negotiate a reduction of their external debt. 

In 1998, the country received $650m in debt relief from its external creditors following reforms demanded by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). 
In the early 2000s, another $1.3 billion was written off to allow the country to use its resources to reduce poverty. 
However, the debt relief created room for a new borrowing spree, officially for infrastructure investments but many projects have been riddled with corruption or missed deadlines and come in above budget. 

The Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG), an advocacy group, says the rising debt level is becoming unsustainable. 
“We are right to be concerned about our growing debt levels and we should focus on whether we can repay our obligations without unduly hurting our development ambitions and are we borrowing for the right reasons?” it said in a statement. 
“We note that under-absorption of loans has led to an increase in the cost of loans hence leading to low returns on public investments,” the civil society organisations noted. 

 Each Ugandan now owes Shs1.5m as national debt hits Shs65t - Daily Monitor

Each Ugandan now owes Shs1.5m as national debt hits Shs65t

Monday April 26 2021
 By Franklin Draku

Uganda’s total public debt has hit a record Shs65.82 trillion as of December 2020, up from Shs49 trillion in 2019, with a Shs16.82 trillion increment due to increased government borrowing. 

This means that of the estimated 43 million Ugandans, each one owes lenders Shs1.5 million. 
The country’s public debt portfolio is projected to swell in the next financial year, with economists warning that it could surpass the 50 per cent threshold-hence becoming untenable.

Debt held by the public is often expressed as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which measures the capacity of the economy to support such borrowing. This is particularly useful in comparing debt levels over time and among countries of different sizes.

Giving justification for the heavy debt burden, government defended that it borrowed to finance key infrastructural projects such as transport, oil and gas sectors, and to address the negative economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ministry of Finance officials led by the line minister Matia Kasaija made the communication during a media engagement on the country’s Budget in Kampala on Friday.

Mr Moses Zziwa, the acting commissioner in charge of debt policy and issuance at the Finance ministry, warned that the rise in public debt brings Uganda closer to its threshold, which poses a big risk for the country.


“In regard to that, the nominal debt to GDP as at December 2020, stood at 47.2 per cent, compared to 38 per cent as of December 2019 and at 42 per cent as of June 2020. So public debt is projected to rise to 51.9 per cent of the GDP in the Financial Year 2021/2022, because government will borrow to finance those key infrastructural projects, especially of transport, oil and gas sectors,” Mr Zziwa said.

Debt-to-GDP ratio is a measure that compares what a country owes (total debt) and what it produces (manufactures or a service). The ratio reliably indicates a country’s ability to pay back its debt. 

A high debt-to-GDP ratio may make it more difficult for a country to pay both internal and external debts and may lead creditors to seek higher interest rates when lending due to the low credit rating of the country that pushes its lending risk high.

The International Monetary Fund set a 50 per cent debt-to-GDP ratio threshold for developing countries but Uganda is inching closer to the 50 per cent mark. Several developing countries including Kenya have over-shot the 50 per cent threshold, however, some of the countries also have increasing domestic revenue mobilisation, which Uganda is struggling to reach.

For Uganda, while tax collections have improved considerably over the years, the tax-to-GDP has not grown correspondingly.
Mr Zziwa said the government financed infrastructure projects such as roads, energy, irrigation, oil and gas projects, which is in line with offering a conducive environment for investments, which in turn will boost the economy.

“A lot of debt has gone into energy, works and water sectors. There are also flagship projects including Karuma Hydro Project, Isimba Dam, Kabaale International airport, expansion of Entebbe International airport and irrigation schemes among others,” he said.

“Secondly, there is need to finance infrastructure such as the Standard Gauge Railway, the East African Crude Oil Pipeline and the oil refinery among others. There is also low revenue upturn resulting from low economic activities as a result of Covid-19 pandemic and so this will require additional borrowing because the domestic revenue is affected,” he said.

The debt is projected to decline thereafter on account of domestic revenue beginning to generate more money as a result of heavy government investment, according to Mr Zziwa.

Figures obtained from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development’s Budget estimates  indicate that as of December 2020, the total public debt stock stood at $17.96b, (Shs65.82 trillion), indicating an increase from $13.3 b (Shs49 trillion) as of December 2019. 

The figures indicate that external debt from international lenders constituted the biggest share, standing at 64.98 percent, ($11.6b) and domestic debt at 35.02 per cent, which is $6.29 b (Shs22.9t).

Mr Zziwa said most of the external debt is from multilateral and bilateral creditors and commercial banks, which contributed up to $11.67 billion, while domestic debt is mostly from government bonds and treasury bills. 

Mr Kasaija on his part projected a brighter future for the country, arguing that while the public debt has been increasing at an alarming rate, most of the investments for which money was borrowed would soon begin to generate domestic revenue and government will reduce on its borrowings as the domestic revenue increases.

“Even me I don’t like borrowing but in this case, we don’t have any options, but to borrow to finance some of these big projects,” he added.
In 2020, taxes on products declined by 2.6 per cent to Shs8.4 trillion from 9 per cent in 2019 as the economy shrank due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Revenue collections for this FY 2020/2021 were also downgraded from Shs21 trillion to Shs18 trillion.

AG’s report
The latest Auditor General’s (AG) audit report indicates that though Uganda’s GDP has been increasing over the years since 2013/2014, its debt position has also increased. 

“The rate of increase of debt is higher than the rate of increment in the GDP levels, which creates a risk of reaching the unsustainable levels sooner than later,” the report says.

The report says this has begun to translate into higher cost of borrowing, which may deny future generations the opportunity to sustainably borrow.
It also says a review of the loan disbursements revealed that several loans worth Shs1.3 trillion appeared to be performing poorly, with some nearing expiry, while others reached the closing date without fully disbursing.   “Such low levels of performance undermine the attainment of planned development targets and render commitment charges paid in respect of undisbursed funds nugatory,” the audit report indicates. 

“I noted that a total of €2.2 million (Shs9.2b) has so far been paid in respect of three loans as commitment fees for the undisbursed funds,” the report adds. 

Officials at the AG’s office also warned that the trend may continue because government must finance infrastructure projects for the expected oil flow, financing the national development programme in addition to what is anticipated in NRM party manifesto.

What the debt means

Mr Patrick Amuriat Oboi, the Forum for Democratic Change president, called the debt burden “a disaster”.  ‘‘This (the borrowing) has gone beyond unacceptable levels. Our economy is on its way to collapse and at the current rate, we are soon going to be declared highly indebted poor country. We need to stop consumptive expenditure such as creating new administrative units,” he said.

Dr Fred Muhumuza, an economist and a lecturer of Economics at Makerere University, said: ‘‘The country is borrowing more to service the old debt, paid using 20 per cent deductions from the national Budget, and this could curtail service delivery. Borrowing also means all revenues are looking backwards and any little money borrowed means you are entering a debt cycle.” 

Mr Corti Paul Lakuma, a research fellow at the Economic Policy Research Centre Ugandans,  said: “Uganda’s only problem is the indiscipline because many times we don’t use the money we borrow for the purpose it was intended. We should worry about the governance not the threshold because if we use the money correctly, we shall be able to recover and repay the debt.” 

Uganda Debt Network earlier this month said: “Debt servicing continues to take a huge portion of government revenues, however much tax measures we put in place, all the monies collected will go into debt repayment for as long as we don’t streamline our borrowing against development financing.”


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Monday 26 April 2021

Lies of a neo-liberalist :Museveni: Bamugemereire’s report is the Cure of all Land Problems in Uganda

 Museveni Receives Land Probe Report

Museveni: Bamugemereire’s report is the Cure of all Land Problems in Uganda  



President Museveni has said that the government will implement the Bamugemereire  land commission Report once it is well studied and approved by the next Cabinet.

Museveni, who was speaking to NRM MPs- Elect in Kyankwanzi yesterday shortly after Justice Bamugemereire ‘s presentation into land matters, said that the new Cabinet will study the report and write a white paper in response to the report.

Thereafter, the report shall be taken back to the public to feed in their views before implementation.

According to Museveni, the report, once implemented, shall cure both current and historical land problems which have existed since the colonial era citing the mailo land  that the british gave to chiefs and their collaborators  in areas of Buganda and Bunyoro.

” I think, this report shall help us to dismantle the old and barbaric laws that for long have hard-pressed our people, please help me to stabilize the situation once and for all,” Museveni asked the new MPs.

The President also decried the increasing land fragmentation that has been a common practice in areas of Kigezi, Rwenzori, Mbale, Busoga among others where people have continuously divided land into tiny pieces.

He blamed some of the NRM leaders who give a deaf ear to the advice of government against this vice.

Museveni says that MPs should continuously educate locals against this practice and instead teach them how to share any available  land with out dividing it.

Justice Bamugemereire in her presentation said the commission has prescribed remedial measures to address the problems afflicting the systems of land administration, management, acquisition, and registration and land dispute resolution in Uganda.

The Commission among other things wants government to addresses the challenge of the perceived subservient position of customary land by ensuring that all land including customary land is registered.


“All land in the country should be put on a register after an adjudication process,” Bamugemereire said.

The Commission also recommends the establishment of an institutional framework for administration of customary land within Uganda Land Services Bureau framework.

The Land dispute situation, according to Bamugemereire was found by the commission to be a pandemic, in which mostly the well-to do persons have obtained land through illegal means, bribing their way through all systems of land administration and registration.

Former Buganda minister, Owek Robert Kasule Sebunya, who was part of the 7-member committee asked President Museveni and MPs Elect to rebuke judges who simply issue court orders to court bailiffs to evict people in awkward hours.


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Wounds that only the Lord Jesus Christ can heal: God, why us? Andrew Mwenda sister Margaret Muhanga worried as many family members die in few months: Andrew Mwenda’s cousin killed in nasty road accident

God, why us? Andrew Mwenda sister Margaret Muhanga worried as many family members die in few months 

Margaret Muhanga, the Burahya MP and sister to journalist Andrew Mwenda, has expressed worry over many deaths in their family in a few months.

In just one month, the family lost two youthful members in two separate accidents.

SAD: Another Andrew Mwenda relative killed in road accident in just one month

Other relatives had previously succumbed to Covid19.

Covid19 kills Andrew Mwenda nephew

Now, Muhanga is concerned the deaths are too many in such a short time.

“Sometimes I even fear to post because clearly many people are dying in our family,” she wrote.

“We are either too many or God likes us too much that He is taking us one by one.”


Andrew Mwenda’s cousin killed in nasty road accident 

The family of renowned East Africa journalist Andrew Mwenda is engulfed in tears and grief after his cousin perished in a nasty road accident.

Mwenda, the founder of ‘The Independent’ magazine took to social media on Saturday morning to announce that his cousin, Sabastian Noah Rubani has died.

“Last night, my cousin, my son, my best friend, my ally, my confidant, my playmate, my advisor – Sabastia Noah Adyeri Kakiiza Rubani, died in a car accident! In one minute he was full of life and zest. In another, he was gone. The world is yet to produce someone who embodied the best human qualities as he did” Mwenda posted on his social media platforms.

According to Mwenda, Rubani was special, handsome like a Greek god, generous beyond limit, kind beyond description and nice beyond understanding.

 Andrew Mwenda inconsolable after the loss of his only son

“He was good natured beyond comprehension. He was smart beyond explanation. He was the coolest kid in Uganda. He was the best friend one could ever dream of having” he added.

Mwenda praised him for everyone who met him loved him adding that being around him was to be around happiness, relaxation, sophistication, greatness.

“He had class and yet acted simple. He was confident yet modest. Why leave us so early?” He eulogised him.


 The death of Andrew Mwenda’s mother leaves us in debt

The death of Andrew Mwenda’s mother leaves us in debt 

 Raymond Mujuni June 25, 2019


When, on Friday, Andrew Mwenda told me that his mother Muhangazima Constance had passed on, I was overcome by so much sadness. I felt, like Mwenda later tweeted, a deep sense of emptiness.

She was, first before anything, very kind – and very empathetic. She hosted hordes of people in her home and served them all with food and drink till they had their fill. She was a great conversation sport and knowledgeable on a broad range of issues.

The qualities she espoused, today, are a hard find and yet she owned them in whole heartedness and shared them with good cheer and spirit.

Muhangazima Constance is mother to three prominent personalities; Andrew Mwenda – the vocal journalist, Major General Kayanja Muhanga – the commander 2nd Division and Margaret Muhanga, a legislator in parliament. She has 8 other children though the prominence of the three occasionally eclipses the rest.

I have come to find great fraternity in these three; Major General Muhanga has, for example, sacrificed his own military tank to provide security for my crew and I when we landed into an ambush on the deadly South Sudan Nimule highway. Andrew has, on many occasions bore the laborious intellectual dearth of my inquisitiveness and Margaret, who we found great relations now takes calls from me for all manner of information on the running of the state. Im always thrown into laughter when she hands her phones and cautions me to expect a call from Theresa May for advice on how to handle the messy Brexit.

But such is the humor of Constances birth.

The one memory of Muhangazima that I will keep with me however is this one;

On the morning of 16th March 2019, at about 5am, we set off for the hilly plains of Kanyandahi, her matrimonial home. Adyeeri, as her pet name goes, had requested the presence of the clan for the weekend. We possibly were 15 or there about. The clan, for easy definition, is a think tank in truth, we are debaters of everything. So we can be loud and noisy, we can also drag and irritate. Adyeeri, surely, at 84, wasnt going to have all of this.

I was wrong. She had it. All of it.

The doors to her home were open by 9am when we got there. She was sitted on her balcony taking in the morning sun. Her joy at our sight was unfathomable. She was deeply engrossed in finding out how each of our lives were going. Guys, we were 15!

She served us an early morning ration of katogo and tea with bread to match. She kept a keen eye on everyone that walked through her door and cared for them the same.

Adyeeri, by the works of her hands, had raised a generation of people in Kanyandahi who never stopped trooping to her home to see her. Even in frail health, she kept a very strong presence there.

When we were done arranging the house and fixing, she dazzled us in humor on a medical trip she had recently taken to Germany.

Where many of the old people in my life tend to be corrective, I found Adyeeri to be very sympathetic and understanding, where many of her age group scolded me – mostly about the inability to trace my lineage – Adyeeri was willing to sit with me and help with the tracing.

I discovered, through the trace, a long connection of her clan to my own through marriage and friendship bonds.

That art of listening to understand rather than doubling down on a held set of beliefs is a very unique quality that she passed on to her children and one that, if anyone spent enough time around her, adopted almost with instantaneous ease.

Also, for all the power she wielded, founding mothers union groups, running an enterprising farm and taking occasional visits from the President, his brother and ministers and MPs alike, for having such a powerful set of children in both intellectual, military, civil and political spaces, Adyeeri never closed her doors and ears to anyone that trooped to her Kanyandahi home.

I will particularly miss her for that warmth of embrace her and her home offered.

Rest well Adyeeri, rest easy. 


Mwenda loses 3 Relatives to COVID in 3 Weeks 

 Mwenda loses 3 Relatives to COVID in 3 Weeks

Ruth Cox Kugonza Amooti, 62, a prominent figure in Toro Kingdom has Tuesday passed away at Mulago Referral Hospital.

Cox, who was deeply entrenched in Toro Kingdom prompting the subjects to refer to her as princess, was evacuated from Fort Portal with breathing difficulties.

She was admitted to Mulago in Intensive Care (ICU) Unit but doctors couldn’t save her and she breathed her last on Tuesday morning.

Cox was related to Andrew Mwenda’s family and the veteran journalist together with his sister Hon Margret Muhanga took to social media to mourn her untimely passing.


The deceased last month shook internet when she introduced a 25 year old groom, Larry Richard Abaala.

“With deepest sorrow I announce the death of my childhood friend Princess Amooti Ruth Kugonza commonly known as aunt Cox. She passed on this morning in Mulago after we evacuated her from Fort Portal with breathing problems. We have been together in everything since time in memory,” Hon Muhanga announced.

Mr Mwenda taking to Twitter saying, Cox is his second relative to die of Coronavirus in two days.

“On Sunday, we lost a cousin, Margaret, to COVID-19. This morning we have just lost yet another cousin, Cox, to Covid. Covid is real and it is lethal. Avoid large social gatherings, socially distance and wear your mask at all times in public and sanitize all the time,” he said.

On November 3, Mwenda’s nephew Chris Ibaale, a popular lawyer in Kampala also succumbed to the disease at Mulago.

Uganda to date has registered 18165 COVID cases, 8675 recoveries and 181 deaths.

The government through Ministry of Health has appealed to the public to remain vigilant, observe social distance, wear a mask and wash hands.

A few Ugandans have fully complied with these SOPs.