Fufa Reduces Gate Charges for Cranes International Game

Uganda Cranes will this afternoon be playing Gambia

By: Agaba Ronald Bills

President Museveni blew the lid off what has become Uganda’s public secret. The deficit of leaders. And leadership. This was during the state of the nation address where the president was offering a piece of counsel to Members of Parliament on shouldering delivery of public services by use of private means.

Each passing day, order media reports show us a Member of Parliament literally running away from creditors. So how come our legislators who are among the best remunerated public servants are carrying empty pockets around town.

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“Let the leaders show the way. Instead of trying to lead, most of you are trying to carry the population on your head. This is a problem; you should not be carrying the people; they should be carrying you, ” said President Yoweri Museveni.

I had a privilege of growing up in the house of a sub county chief towards the end of 1990’s. My guardian was a tough sub-chief presiding over operations to collect the unpopular graduated tax. By all stretches of imagination you would think that he was supposed to be unpopular. On the contrary our house never ran out chicken, eggs, Matooke, Milk, Millet to mention but a few; all gifts brought by a willing population to feed their chief. I am sure many now civil servants of the past remember these days with a lot of nostalgia.

So the president while delivering this message must have carried this same picture of the past on the back of his mind. Today much as we have had democracy, this is to mean we vote leaders that we choose; the empathetic attachment of the population to their “freely and fairly” elected leaders seems to be on the nosedive. So how did we move from carrying a bunch of banana to our MP to instead carrying a dead body for him to buy a coffin?

In my own observation Mr. President, this problem is twofold. The first is the commercialization of politics. We now have leaders whose only one point programme in their manifesto to voters is money. Calculation of becoming an MP according to a one Hon Vincent Kyamadidi is between the ranges of 250-350M Ugshs. With this money you can buy or lease support.

Just like the proverbial saying that you can’t plant beans and expect to harvest peas these transactional leaders can only maintain their relation with the population through the same medium they used to create it. Gone are the days when a constituency team of elders and opinion leaders would sit and identify a son or daughter of the soil with qualifications and moral standing to send them to parliament. You now have anarchy of the market place where the highest bidder takes the day.

In my view the second is self-inflicted problem that you hinted on Mr. President. “My sister Cicila Ogwal, [Opposition Chief Whip] here is saying that I am the one who has brought the bad culture by giving out envelopes. But I am president; you are not president…,”

Rather than taking the path of Hon. Ogwal to blame the president for this quagmire I would rather do self-meditation like Hon. Kahinda said in defence of napping in the middle of the president’s address. Our leaders have inflated sense of self importance. You can otherwise call this the “the big man syndrome”

Political leaders MUST be recognized, business must come to a halt, greeted with gloves and a microphone must be passed to them at any function; On weddings even they have clue who the brides are or at a burial where they starting eulogizing a woman when it’s the man who died.

An MP will enter a bar, even without any respect for patrons’ starts to show off by pressing an order for the entire bar. I have been to wedding meetings where an MP will remark “Who is that contributing more than Honorable. Others will accept ridiculous amount of money for auction items from a mob just because they want to protect their names.

You wonder what happened to virtues of humility if a Member of Parliament exercised honesty and contributed what he or she can afford rather than dying in their own movies. With this behavior, you find where they are supposed to offer leadership; it’s the population leading them. These men and women are victims of their own sense of self importance. They want to see their names emblemished on community hospital ambulances rather than pushing the relevant department of health to provide an ambulance for a deserving health center.

Going forward I entirely agree with the president that we must move to arrest this situation. We still live in the same Uganda that voted the late Rt Hon Francis Ayume, late Rt Hon Eriya Kategaya and a host of other leaders not on the strength of groceries. Rural Ugandans voted and “carried” them out of leadership virtues as opposed to the current trend of leadership in the market place.

If these two observations are validated over time and be successfully adopted, there is reason to be cautiously optimistic about a bright 2016. This call isn’t directed only to the –current leaders and aspirants-but, above all, about the will of the electorate.

The Writer is a Social-Political commentator.

Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has reduced the gate charges for the international friendly match pitting Uganda Cranes and The Scorpions of Gambia today at Namboole Stadium.

The fee was earlier on fixed at Shs 20, dosage 000 and 50, pilule 000 for stands and VIP respectively but has now been reduced to 10, 000 and 20, 000 for the aforementioned categories.

Fifa referee, Dennis Batte has been chosen to handle the match replacing Rajab Bakasambe who had been assigned the duty earlier on.

He will be assisted by Bugembe Hussein and Ronald Katenya who will be the first and second assistants in that order.

Mashood Ssali is the fourth official while Mike Letti will take the Match Commissioner’s role.

Both Uganda and Gambia are using the match to prepare for the upcoming Afcon 2017 qualifiers openers against Botswana and South Africa respectively over the weekend.


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