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Foreign Investment Declines

By James Anyanzwa

East Africa’s investment climate is facing a litmus test following the decline in foreign direct investment, faltering intra-regional trade and continued poor performance of listed companies, which have left shareholders with reduced or no earnings at all.

Research financed by the UK’s Department for International Development in 2016 shows that the persistence of non-tariff barriers has hindered trade flows in the region and reduced the benefits of regional integration. According to the study by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a UK-based independent think tank, taxes account for 40 per cent of the unresolved NTBs while Customs and trade facilitation measures account for 28 per cent.

Although though 104 NTBs have been removed since the establishment of the NTB Monitoring Mechanism in 2009, the study shows that as of June 2016, 25 continued to restrict intra-EAC trade, according to the report, dated November 2016.

Impacted by NTBsKenya and Uganda have been impacted heavily by NTBs, most of which are generated by Tanzania. Kenya follows closely.

Foreign direct investment in the EAC declined in 2015 due to the failure by the member states to promote the region as a single investment destination.A 2015 draft trade report by the EAC Secretariat shows that the level of FDI in the region dropped by 16 per cent to $7.2 billion in 2015, from $8.6 billion in 2014.

Intra-EAC trade fell by 13 per cent in three years, with the value of the trade dipping from $5.8 billion in 2013 to $5.06 billion in 2015. Between 2014 and 2015, the value of intra-EAC trade shrank by 10 per cent, from $ 5.6 billion to $5.06 billion, due to cumbersome regulatory and administrative policies that impacted on investment promotion.

According to the report, dated August 2016, EAC partner states have complicated the procedures for registering businesses and procuring business permits while differences in the implementation of tax exemptions and incentives have also failed to promote transparency in investment promotion at the regional level. Rwanda, for instance, has established special economic zones while Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya operate export processing zones.

According to a 2016 US department of State report, East African countries exhibit varying investment climates that make it difficult to attract investments.

The report says that, in the region, Kenya has a more positive investment climate that has made it attractive to international firms seeking a location for their regional or pan-African operations.

But the country’s consistent low ranking on measures against corruption, the ease of doing business and security risks from terrorism and crime pose a key challenge.”Corruption and some weaknesses in the legislative frameworks continue to undermine Kenya’s business environment,” the report says. “Allegations of irregularities in public tenders are frequent, and corruption scandals appear almost daily in local media. Foreign companies continue to complain of significant delays in work permits.”

Historically favourable

In Tanzania, the government has a historically favourable attitude toward foreign direct investment and has had success in attracting FDI. But, according to the report, corruption remains a major concern for donors and foreign investors.It cites corruption in government procurement processes, privatisation, taxation, and Customs. US investors identified corruption, particularly among Customs and immigration agents and traffic police, as an obstacle to investment in Tanzania.

Rwanda enjoys strong economic growth, high rankings in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, and a reputation for low corruption. Kigali has instituted pro-investment policy reforms intended to improve the investment climate and increase FDI.

Rwanda presents a number of opportunities for FDI, including in renewable energy, infrastructure, agriculture, mining, tourism, and information and communications technology.

But potential and current investors still cite a number of hurdles, including Rwanda’s landlocked status and the resultant high freight costs, a small domestic market, limited access to affordable financing, and inconsistent application of tax, investment, and immigration rules.

In Uganda, the government has prioritised infrastructure, energy production, lower tariffs and trade barriers for regional trade, and generally welcomes FDI, according to the US State Department.

But bureaucracy, poor infrastructure, insufficient power supply and high costs, corruption, and government interference in the private sector make for a challenging investment climate.

Fake Workers Ordered to Leave By May 15

By Beatrice Materu

Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday ordered the dismissal of almost 10,000 civil servants who were found to have presented fake academic certificates.

“It is a criminal offence to forge any document for whatever reason; these 9,932 workers with fake certificates, should be fired immediately and be deleted from the payroll,” said President Magufuli.

“They are thieves! Their names should be published in all media outlets in the country, and their positions declared vacant so that other people with relevant qualifications are recruited right away, to take up these posts,” he added.

Explaining his actions, President Magufuli said the government was spending Tsh700 billion ($309.78 million) on monthly salaries for these workers. The state has lost Tsh257.94 billion ($114.15million) so far through the scam.

“I am giving them up to May 15 to leave voluntarily, failing which the law must take its course. If found guilty, they should be imprisoned for seven years according to the law,” the president said.

Angella Kairuki, Minister of State in the President’s Office for Regional Administration, Local Government, Civil Service and Good Governance, said, “no stone will be left unturned” in the process of verifying academic credentials.

However, political appointees like ministers, regional commissioners, district commissioners and mayors are not included as the only requirement for their positions is the ability to read and write.

Ms Kairuki said that the team discovered that 94.23 per cent workers had valid academic certificates, while 19,700 workers comprising 2.4 per cent possess fake certificates and a further 1,538 had certificates whose verification and authenticity was questionable.

According to the report, about 2.8 per cent of civil servants submitted incomplete information on their professional and academic certificates and left out vital information.

“Our task force findings show workers with fake certificates, several personnel who use the same certificate, and some with questionable academic certificates,” said Ms Kairuki.

Tanzania

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Sierra Leone: Pregnant Woman Remanded for Larceny

By Memunatu Bangura

Magistrate Abou Bakarr Binneh-Kamara of court No.1 on Wednesday remanded one Isata Kamara, a pregnant woman for the offence of larceny in a dwelling house contrary to Section 13 (a) of the Larceny Act of 1961.

According to the particulars of offence, the accused on Sunday, 5th March, 2017, broke into and entered the dwelling house of one Branda Koroma and stole one thirty -two (32) inches plasma television, one dressing mirror, assorted provision, cosmetics, five male trousers, three pairs of male shoes and one wall clock, all to a total of two million, six hundred and ninety three (Le2, 693,000,000) ,properties of the complainant.

The complainant, Branda Koroma, told the court that she went to Makeni on 5th March, 2017, and left the accused in charge of the house but returned on 13th March, 2017 after she received information through a phone call about the said incident.

She testified that she reported the matter to the Youyi building police post.

Branda continued that when she arrived at the police post, she met one police officer, Samson, who escorted her to her residence, adding that when they arrived at the home, they observed that the items stated in the charge sheet were missing, with the doors widely opened.

Representing the accused, Lawyer J. M. Jengo, argued that the former was indeed left in charge of the house, but was not aware about the missing items.

Lawyer Jengo said the accused was not at home when the alleged theft occurred, stating that she passed the night to her family members.

She was denied bail and sent to the Female Correctional Centre, while the matter was adjourned to 28th March 2017.

Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone: Project 1808 Certifies 35 Ebola Survivors

By Joseph S. Margai

Project 1808, a non-profit making non-governmental organization has on Wednesday, 26th April, 2017, certified 35 Ebola survivors at Rokel community in the Western Area Rural District.

The training for the 35 Ebola survivors, which was funded by the United States Embassy, created the platform for beneficiaries to be trained in tailoring, driving, catering and computing.

Project 1808’s Founder and Chief Strategist, Dr. Alhaji N’jai, said the just concluded training was called the Ebola Survivor Livelihood Skills Development Program, adding that it was done to build capacity of Ebola survivors in the district.

He noted that the training, which would go on for a year, will target another 35 set of Ebola survivors, totaling 70 beneficiaries.

He disclosed that the training in tailoring and catering will last for about one year, while the driving and computing lasted for three months each.

“The selection of these Ebola survivors was done in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Ebola Survivors Association, which identified to us skills training as its priorities. This was just a pilot phase. If we realize success, we will replicate it to other areas in the country,” he said.

He said there were thousands of Ebola survivors that needed such capacity building and that Project 1808 would have to do more.

He noted, “We encountered lots of challenges during this training. At some points, we had to be providing transport fares for the Ebola survivors to come for the training. Capacity training was seen as a long term process by the beneficiaries.Most of them had wanted to seek a short means of getting livelihood than the training.”

He said despite the challenges, Project 1808 has seen that the training was successful and it will go a long way to help the survivors.

Project 1808’s Dr. Linda Vakunta, who implemented the project, said she came in contact with members of the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors while she was doing an Ebola research in Sierra Leone.

“They categorically told me that they needed skills training for their members. We first did a donation to them but that was not enough. When we finally got a grant from the U.S Embassy, we embarked on the skills training and we succeeded in training 35 of them,” she explained.

She called on the beneficiaries to implement what they have been taught over the past few months for the betterment of their lives.

President, Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors, Yusuf Kabba, said his members could use the skills they have acquired to contribute to societal development, adding that it will also serve as a regular means of livelihood acquisition.

He said Project 1808 is an organization for the people and has been dancing to the drums of the Ebola survivors, noting that it was evident in the request they made for the capacity training.

“All the supplies that were given to us after we were discharged from the treatment centres were finished. But this training will enable us to be getting our livelihood always,” he said.

He encouraged beneficiaries to focus on what they have learnt,which he said would help them to forget about the marginalization and stigmatization they face in their various communities.

Public Relations Officer, Sierra Leone Association Ebola Survivors, Daddy Hassan, said since they survived the Ebola, Project 1808 skills training program was the first they have had.

“Ebola Survivors should be treated like very important personalities because they are heroes and heroines. Ebola was contained because we agreed to abstain from sex and many things that we were told to avoid. We should be celebrated for that,” he stated.

He urged Project 1808, the government, and others, to train Ebola survivors as paramedics because they immune system is now strong to fight the disease if it reoccurs.

Tutors and beneficiaries shared their experiences during the period of the training and expressed optimism for jobs.

Govt Publishes List of Shame

A DAY after President John Magufuli announced the firing of nearly 10,000 civil servants over fake certificates; the President’s Office (Public Service Management) released the list of shame, with Dar es Salaam municipal councils ruling the roost, by having the highest number of employees with phony qualifications.

The report, which was handed over to President Magufuli on Friday, shows that of the five district councils, Ilala is topping the list of such workers in its payroll, having a total of 330 staff.

Temeke and Ubungo district councils come second and third respectively, having 270 and 151 employees.

The remaining councils in Dar es Salaam with the numbers in brackets are: Kinondoni District (126), Kigamboni District (40), Dar es City Council (15) and the office of the Dar es Salaam Regional Administrative Secretary (6).

Other councils with significant number of bogus employees include Meru (164), Dodoma (80), Arusha City Council (91), Magu District Council (84), Mwanza City Council (84), Tanga Municipal Council (117), Lushoto District Council (115), Korogwe Rural (98), Muheza (69), Handeni (69), Bumbuli (64) and Kilindi (58).

Furthermore, Morogoro Municipal Council (106), Mvomero District Council (77), Kilosa District Council (80), Moshi Municipality (80), Karagwe District Council (55), Hai District Council (102), Moshi Rural Council (75), Ngara District Council (54), Rorya District Council (67), Serengeti District Council (41), Tarime Rural (40) and Mbeya City Council (64), are some of the councils with bogus employees.

The document also revealed that more than 189 staff of higher learning institutions had fake credentials. Some of the institutions that have been affected are University of Dar es Salaam (62), Ardhi University (4), Center for Foreign Relations (10), Tengeru Community Development College (17), Institute of Rural Development Planning – Dodoma (3), National Institute of Transport (4), Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (6), Public Service College (9) University of Dodoma (5), Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (9) and Sokoine University (35).

Other government entities include Tanzania Cooperative Development Commission (164), Tanzania Trade Development Authority (104), Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (19), Tanzania Aviation Authority (26), National Identification Authority (35), Arusha Conference Centre (12), Capital Development Authority (11) Financial institutions bear 16 unqualified staff of with the Bank of Tanzania leading the pack with eight employees.

On Friday, President Magufuli received the report and ordered all those whose names are in the document to voluntarily leave their jobs by May 15, this year or otherwise, they will face seven-year jail terms.

It was not immediately discovered how much the public officials have cost the government in wages, allowances, promotion, insurance and pensions but his order put on ice their payments including this month’s salary.

When addressing the public shortly after receiving an evaluation report on academic qualifications for 435,000 public servants countrywide, he said: “These people must immediately disappear and their vacant positions should immediately be filled.

” He described the embattled officials as “robbers and shoplifters” who do not deserve to be civil servants.

The evaluation, which was commissioned by the President’s Office Public Service Management and Good Governance and conducted by a 15-member team, was a follow-up exercise after a nationwide crackdown on ghost workers that nabbed 19,706.

According to the President, the removal of the ghost workers saved the government 19.8bn/- per month or 238.2bn/- per year, paid as salaries to non-existent officials.

Officials Remain Secretive About Cheaper Maize Flour Promise

By Edwin Okoth

Uncertainty continues to cloud the promise of cheaper maize flour even as Kenyans brace for harder times with inflation driving the cost of living higher.

Average inflation reported by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics suggests that the cost of living has kept its double digit of 11.4 per cent, up from the 10.28 in March, driven by rising cost of food.

After a pledge by the government that the price of a 2 kilogramme packet of maize flour would fall to Sh115 in one week, officials have remained tight-lipped about the matter.

PRICE DROPThe anticipated relief was pegged on a release of some one million bags of maize from the government’s strategic grain reserves at a cheaper price to the millers who would then translate it to the consumers in cheaper maize flour.

The Cereals Millers Association, which backed Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and his Agriculture counterpart Willy Bett in the April 4 promise, now says the cheaper maize flour will take longer.

Association chairman Nick Hutchinson told the Sunday Nation that the earliest a significant drop in the maize prices is expected will be at the end of June.

“We only got 450,000 bags of maize from the government and we are still largely relying on the expensive stock as we wait for duty free maize to arrive.

“That may be some time in June and added to the logistics involved, we may start milling it later that month. Availability is a bit tight now and the price may begin to rise again,” Mr Hutchinson said in a telephone interview.

COST OF LIVINGA source within the millers said only 750,000 bags from the promised one million bags were released to millers and the government’s last stock also faces depletion.

A spot check in various retail stores showed that maize flour was largely scarce with many brands missing from the shelves.

The 2kg packet now retails at between Sh130 and Sh135 for the non-premium brands after a fall to an average of Sh128 a week ago.

The latest inflation figures show that food and non-alcoholic beverages accounted for the largest growth in the cost of living, climbing 21 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Maize, which makes the most common staple food in the country, had its price up 37 per cent pushing the maize flour prices from the Sh103 for the 2kg packet on April 2016 to Sh135 for the same quantity on April 2017.

MAIZE IMPORTATIONBy the time of going to press, Mr Rotich and Mr Bett had not responded to Sunday Nation’s inquiries on the same.

However, questions remain unanswered regarding the promise of cheaper ugali that was celebrated after the reading of the pre-election budget.

Whether there is indeed any maize being shipped as Mr Bett said two weeks ago and whether the maize released to the millers at Sh3,000 per 90kg bag had any impact remains unclear.

There have also been mixed signals over the shortage with suggestions that it was artificial as farmers and some middlemen were hoarding the commodity over prices.

Another key question is just how the ambitious price of Sh115 in a week was arrived at and who was meant to monitor the drop to that level.

ALTERNATIVE FOODSThe millers are expected to hold a press conference this week to, among other things, explain the failed reduction.

The businessmen are also mooting the idea to have the government extend the four-month window of importing duty free maize as scarcity is projected to last longer with crops already affected by delayed rainfall.

Mr Hutchinson says Kenyans should begin thinking of alternative food as maize is no longer going to be an easy find.

“Kenyans should be encouraged to eat something else because maize is not going to be easy to get.

“Tanzania and Uganda, where we would get supplies from, have no surpluses. The rains are late and we may not have the usual harvest,” Mr Hutchinson said.

EXPENSIVE CROPSHis suggestion may prove hard to sell given the time it takes for such a cultural shift to occur.

The other food alternatives are not getting cheaper or more available either.

Beans, whose production dropped from 8.5 million bags in 2015 to 8.1 million bags in 2016, had a 22 per cent rise in price in the latest inflation report to sell at Sh147 per kg, a Sh3 rise from last month.

Production of potatoes and drought-resistant crops such as sorghum and millet recorded significant declines as the agriculture sector registered a decelerated growth of 4.4 per cent in 2016 from a revised growth of 7.2 per cent, according to the 2017 Economic Survey.

ARMYWORMThe drop in maize production from 42.5 million bags in 2015 to 37.1 million bags in 2016 is blamed on lower volume of rainfall, high cost of farm inputs and the residual effects of Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease.

The North Rift region, which is Kenya’s grain basket, has also been invaded by the armyworm leading to increased cost of production and anticipated low yield this season.

Kenya may also have to bite the bullet by allowing longer duty free importation after a 41.5 per cent increase in the price of one tonne of imported maize last year caused a substantial decrease in the import volumes of the commodity from 480.1 thousand tonnes in 2015 to 148.6 thousand tonnes in 2016.

The National Strategic Food Reserve, which had only 1.3 million bags of maize in January against the required three million bags, is also fast depleting.

It should, at any time, have the three million bags that can sustain the country for a month in case of an emergency.

Uganda: Thousands of Free Mosquito Nets Sold On Black Market

By Agencies

Thousands of treated mosquito nets that were procured the by government for free distribution to citizens across the country in the fight against malaria have found their way to shops and streets in Kampala.

The mosquito nets which have a hard texture compared to the other brands on the open market, go for Shs25,000.

Mr Abbas Tuhabwe, a vendor in Ntinda, near Kampala, says he gets the mosquito nets from a certain shop in the city at Shs12, 000. He, however, declined to disclose the location of the shop.

He says the nets are on high demand because they are durable and treated compared to other nets being imported.

Mr Edward Kakungulu, another hawker says he gets the nets through a network of people who manage the stores where they are kept before distribution and those who transport them to different parts of the country.

Both Mr Tuhabwe and Mr Kakungulu say they repackage the nets before selling them to the public.

The Director of Health Services Clinical and Community in the Health Ministry, Dr Anthony Mbonye, says they have so far recorded two cases of theft of government mosquito nets in Kapchorwa and Serere districts.

According to Dr Mbonye, the theft of nets is detrimental to the malaria control programme since it abuses the campaign and leads to the loss of nets in an already expensive venture.

Mr Jimmy Opigo, the Manager National Malaria Control Programme, says one shipment of 574 bales of mosquito nets enroute to Serere in Eastern Uganda was diverted to central region. He says the transporters decided to go to Mityana instead of the designated district.

He says the truck packed at a house in Mityana where the nets were stashed temporarily before being moved to unknown locations.

Under the campaign, the Health Ministry targets to distribute 25 million nets valued worth 331.5 billion shillings.

The nets were procured with funding from the Global Fund, Department for International Development and President’s Malaria Initiative and Against Malaria Foundation.

However, officials at the Health Ministry say they have so far distributed 7,095,479 million nets in 44 districts such as Adjumani, Agago, Alebtong, Amuru, Apac, Arua, Gulu, Kitgum, Koboko, Kole, Lamwo, Lira, Maracha, Moyo, Nebbi, Nwoya, Omoro, Otuke and Oyam.

Ms Vivian Serwanja, the spokesperson says there is a standard procedure being followed while delivering the nets.

According to Serwanja, the mosquito nets are monitored from the moment they are taken to privately owned contracted ware houses fitted with state of the art security systems like cameras.

“From the store, the nets are escorted by security personnel from both the Uganda Police forced and Internal Security Organisation to pre identified sub-county stores manned by trained store managers and security personnel before they are moved to designated distribution points for distribution on a particular day. From that point, the end user receives their net from their Local Council 1 leader and Village Health Teams,” she said.

Thousands of Free Mosquito Nets Sold On Black Market

By Agencies

Thousands of treated mosquito nets that were procured the by government for free distribution to citizens across the country in the fight against malaria have found their way to shops and streets in Kampala.

The mosquito nets which have a hard texture compared to the other brands on the open market, go for Shs25,000.

Mr Abbas Tuhabwe, a vendor in Ntinda, near Kampala, says he gets the mosquito nets from a certain shop in the city at Shs12, 000. He, however, declined to disclose the location of the shop.

He says the nets are on high demand because they are durable and treated compared to other nets being imported.

Mr Edward Kakungulu, another hawker says he gets the nets through a network of people who manage the stores where they are kept before distribution and those who transport them to different parts of the country.

Both Mr Tuhabwe and Mr Kakungulu say they repackage the nets before selling them to the public.

The Director of Health Services Clinical and Community in the Health Ministry, Dr Anthony Mbonye, says they have so far recorded two cases of theft of government mosquito nets in Kapchorwa and Serere districts.

According to Dr Mbonye, the theft of nets is detrimental to the malaria control programme since it abuses the campaign and leads to the loss of nets in an already expensive venture.

Mr Jimmy Opigo, the Manager National Malaria Control Programme, says one shipment of 574 bales of mosquito nets enroute to Serere in Eastern Uganda was diverted to central region. He says the transporters decided to go to Mityana instead of the designated district.

He says the truck packed at a house in Mityana where the nets were stashed temporarily before being moved to unknown locations.

Under the campaign, the Health Ministry targets to distribute 25 million nets valued worth 331.5 billion shillings.

The nets were procured with funding from the Global Fund, Department for International Development and President’s Malaria Initiative and Against Malaria Foundation.

However, officials at the Health Ministry say they have so far distributed 7,095,479 million nets in 44 districts such as Adjumani, Agago, Alebtong, Amuru, Apac, Arua, Gulu, Kitgum, Koboko, Kole, Lamwo, Lira, Maracha, Moyo, Nebbi, Nwoya, Omoro, Otuke and Oyam.

Ms Vivian Serwanja, the spokesperson says there is a standard procedure being followed while delivering the nets.

According to Serwanja, the mosquito nets are monitored from the moment they are taken to privately owned contracted ware houses fitted with state of the art security systems like cameras.

“From the store, the nets are escorted by security personnel from both the Uganda Police forced and Internal Security Organisation to pre identified sub-county stores manned by trained store managers and security personnel before they are moved to designated distribution points for distribution on a particular day. From that point, the end user receives their net from their Local Council 1 leader and Village Health Teams,” she said.

As Curtain Closes On Party Primaries, ODM Puts Nairobi MP, MCA Tickets to the Vote

By Olive Burrows

Nairobi — The Orange Democratic Movement holds its primaries in Nairobi under the supervision of Deputy Party Leader Ali Hassan Joho.

The National Elections Board Chairperson Judith Pareno has urged party members to come out in their large numbers and vote for their preferred candidate.

“We are using all the gazetted IEBC polling stations in Nairobi. We didn’t merge Nairobi because of the circumstances in Nairobi and there are 330 in total so they should go to the polling stations that are gazetted, they know them; where they normally vote.”

The vote is however only for the Parliamentary and County Assembly tickets given the direct nominations of Evans Kidero — who is defending his election as Nairobi governor — and Gabriel Chapia Bukachi for the position of Nairobi Senator.

Esther Passaris will however need to fight it out for the Nairobi Woman Representative ticket.

On Saturday, the board announced the results of its primaries in Nyanza endorsing governors Cyprian Awiti and Cornel Rasanga’s wins in Homa Bay and Siaya respectively.

It also endorsed Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o’s win over governor Jack Ranguma in Kisumu, Gideon Ochanda’s win over Oburu Odinga and Fred Ouda’s win in Kisumu Central over Onyango Oloo.

Kenya

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Mr President, This Is Not the Uganda I Would Wish My Grandchildren to Live in

opinionBy George W. Kanyeihamba

Imagine a country where the President declares publicly that his ministers are corrupt and the engine of the economy, the ministry of Finance, is managed by thieves. The President is reported to have also confirmed that there is rampant corruption and mafia in the police.

The Chief Justice, head of the Judiciary – the temple of justice – has publicly acknowledged that judges and magistrates are corrupt or incompetent, but sadly he has no powers to discipline them. In response, the Inspector General of Government (IGG) says she will no longer pursue “small fish” and wants to prosecute only the “big fish”.

Then the Speaker of Parliament not only declares decisions of some judges stupid, but from time to time warns Members of Parliament for their unlawful acts and behaviour. Then a Cabinet minister is allegedly caught red-handed receiving solicited bribes. Mr President, would you wish to live in such a country or your grandchildren to grow in it?

Since the NRM came to power, there have been numerous commissions of inquiry and internal departmental probes appointed by the government to investigate corruption, abuse of office and mischievous behaviour in public institutions and bodies.

Resulting reports have been published and physically delivered to the disciplining authorities including the President, Speaker of Parliament, Chief Justice, Judicial Service Commission, IGG and the Inspector General of Police.

These reports have been widely published. Surprisingly, the authorities directly concerned with cleaning the system and disciplining, removing and punishing the culprits have either been toothless, apologetic or protective of those accused of these serious crimes.

Some of the workers in the government institutions who publicly make solemn promises to act correctly and refrain from acting criminally or refrain from violating the rule of law and the Constitution change their minds thereafter and benefit from the betrayal of their oaths and pledges.

Not beyond 75

In a May 2012 interview with NTV’s Patrick Kamara, President Museveni said he would not lead Uganda beyond the age of 75 years. Museveni gave scientific reasons for his decision which many experts may not agree with.

The country is waiting in anticipation to discover whether the President will abide by his decision. Unfortunately, Mr President, many Ugandans believe rightly or wrongly, that our President will not recall or adhere to his own decision.

Several years ago, it was reported that Museveni defended the widely-criticised use of his presidential plane to fly his daughter and daughter-in-law to Germany to give birth because he does not trust Uganda doctors.

Recently, the nation was shocked by the assassination of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his bodyguard and driver. As if this was not enough, the facts and evidence so far disclosed show that some security officers were implicated in the assassination. According to the minister of Security, the assassination was a professional job.

This brings us to the bizarre behaviour and detention of Dr Stella Nyanzi. Some time ago, she stripped naked at the Makerere Institute of Social Research apparently because she had been locked out of her office.

At that time, she uttered and published sexual obscenities, indicating to many Ugandans that perhaps she needed medical help rather than punishment.

Recently, she published the similar obscenities against certain government leaders on the basis that they had failed to honour their political pledges to the nation when they were soliciting for votes to be elected.

Many Ugandans believe that she should not be arrested, detained or charged with questionable criminal offences. They believe that her alleged indiscretions are less grave than those of those the President brands corrupt and thieves or those the IGG has decided should be exempt from criminal responsibility of bribery and theft.

It may not be easy to live outside Uganda just as it is difficult to obtain justice, medical treatment and social service in it, but the adage “please, stop the world. I want to get off” has a credible ring about it.

Prof Kanyeihamba is a retired Supreme Court judge.

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