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Recession: Uganda NGOs Told To Tighten Belts

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nurse http://citybreakguide.ro/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-embeds-endpoint.php geneva;”>While speaking at an event organized by The Uhuru Institute (TUI) on Friday, sildenafil http://chartwellmississauga.com/kids_youth/files/cms_interface.php Tumushabe told a huge gathering at Nile Hall, Hotel Africana, that political parties are okay and have good structures “but it is only the people in them who are evil.”


“Look at how the government has destroyed the citizens’ structures. Before liberalization, cooperative unions were strong. BCU (Bugishu Cooperative Union) had widened its market for its coffee however after liberalization, everything collapsed,” said Tumushabe.


He attributed this to the unfavourable trade conditions after liberalization where by private firms and individuals bought coffee at a higher price than that offered by BCU.


“BCU had not prepared for this (liberalization) and in the end almost all farmers were selling their coffee to these “exploitative” firms and individuals “instead of remaining together as a group.”


He advised the government to put money where citizens are instead of investing it in demobilizing the citizen structures.


“All the citizen structures that were existent before like; PTAs and cooperative movements, have all been dismantled and replaced with circles, which have not been beneficial at all,” said Tumushabe.


He also decried the “systematic dismantling” of administrative structures and instead created “tribalistic structures called Districts.”


“Don’t you wonder where these people have all come from? The Banyala, Baluli, Bagungu, Bamba and other groups were given district statuses while the only remaining few are about to get,” Tumushabe said.


“While I knew all of the number of districts and commissioners in the country before, now, I hardly think even the one (President) who grants them can give you their true number without consulting,” said Tumushabe.


He accused the government of pushing for this (granting of districts) through patriotism clubs.


“Patriotism is not taught, it is up on oneself. You can grow up from say Kayunga, study and get employed in Kayunga and you tell me that you are patriotic, no way. This tendency of telling citizens that you have given them roads, where have you got them from?” wondered Tumushabe.


Tumushabe also urged the government to stop buying religious leaders vehicles. He said it was the churches or mosques which are supposed to provide for their leaders and not tax payers’ money.


Meanwhile the Executive director of TIU, Leonard Okello appealed to NGOs to be accountable to the communities they serve and not their funders.


“Sometimes these funders use NGOs to pass policies on to their countries of operation. If these policies are not favourable to the communities, why don’t you leave them?” Okello asked.


NGOs were called up on to find their own source of income to fund their organizations because donors are currently facing hard economic times “and soon they may halt their funds to NGOs.”


“Instead of us (NGOs) coming up to demand on behalf of the citizens, we need to work with communities so that they can demand for accountability by themselves. This is to stop government from viewing us as political parties,” said Okello.


He urged Ugandans to keep on asking for their National Identity Cards. “Even if our money meant for IDs was embezzled, we shall never get tired of asking for our IDs because a government that fails to give its citizens a piece of paper called and ID, is an illegitimate government.”


The event was held by The Uhuru institute, a social enterprise for development.


It was aimed at motivating people into generating wealth through cooperative ventures and it attracted hundreds of people from all over the country.

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