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“We had wonderful time yesterday afternoon smelling, http://chirofitroseville.com/wp-includes/admin-bar.php sipping, and savoring Ugandan coffee…” said Ambassador Scott. “Let me tell you, these American coffee experts really know their coffee, and they thoroughly enjoyed the fine Ugandan beans we sampled.”
The delegation was organized by an American company called Crop to Cup that has been promoting Ugandan coffee for years.
The company has recently commended and described Uganda coffee as much cleaner and more exotic than ever exported over the past few years.
The group will be visiting Jinja, Mbale, and Kapchorwa, tasting local coffee along the way.
Through USAID the US government has been helping to expand Ugandan coffee production and, encourage value addition to this commodity in Uganda.
“I hope that more Ugandan coffee will find a home in the American market as a result of this visit and I hope the government will continue to foster a narrative that makes the Ugandan brand as palatable abroad as the nation’s coffee,” said De Lissi
Lenina Mbabazi has spoken out on the causes of what she termed as “divisions” and “anger” in Uganda’s society, stuff http://cbpa.com/wp-includes/class-wp-error.php saying a cross section of people perceives the ruling NRM government members and the party’s supporters as having benefited at the expense of the majority population.
“I know I had touched on earlier the failings that have caused such serious divide among us. Those who are perceived to have benefitted from the NRM as opposed to the rest of the wananchi, website http://contenthog.com/pr/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/markdown.php ” said Nina (as she is fondly known), dosage http://ctabuenosaires.org.ar/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sal/class.json-api-site-base.php the daughter of former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.
“Have the failings been a deliberate effort to take away the dignity of all Ugandans because at the center of all of this what you are saying to me and all who have defended NRM through the years is; “You (NRM) have taken all we can give and even taken our dignity that we are no longer even aware of our basic value as humans!”’ she added.
Nina, a regular participant on social media debates, made the comments on Thursday during a discussion on Facebook.
Nina also made remarks on Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde’s crying at a public event in Mpigi, saying the incident symbolised frustration of those who have given their all to serve the nation.
“I don’t know if what I am saying is coming through though? That people that believed in this ideology actually, genuinely believed they were helping. It may have been hijacked by a few individuals but deep inside Amelia’s heart, she believed that she had done a good job,” said Nina.
“Remember this is a cabinet Minister who sits in budget allocations meetings and sees the billions allocated to the sector. She sees that what they spend now is far greater than what was being spent in 1985 for example. Her tears are her saying what is wrong with this picture? Surely you can see it from that perspective. Ministry of Education gets hundreds of billions in funding. Where does it go? Is it enough?” she challenged authorities.
“When it was UPC, we all said they failed. When it was Benedicto Kiwanuka, he faced an uphill task. Right now they all pale in comparison to NRM. I don’t know if you can understand me when I say, what is our social contract with government?” she added.
Kyambadde last week expressed shock that despite the central government spending billions of shillings to support local communities’ in the education and health sectors, children remain hungry and jigger-infested.
Nina further stressed the need to restructure Uganda’s taxation policy.
“I am in the private sector as are most of you living here. You know we have been taxed to the limit but the reality is it is Kampala and Wakiso paying 85 percent taxes of the whole country. Try and imagine that for a minute? What is wrong with this picture? It is not someone’s tears, perhaps it is that we are built on a wrong foundation,” she noted.
“Some of you think that corruption is the biggest problem but when you speak with the district officials like some of us do, you see that is not the problem.”
Nina pointed out that the NRM government should not have dropped the idea of graduated tax.
“Another tactical error of NRM was to succumb to cheap politics and remove graduated taxes. You remember when Kizza Besigye suggested it in his manifesto and we jumped on it like a hotcake? Sit with the district officials and they will tell you that this money used to pay for recurrent expenditure like wages so a district could employ staff to do supervision and such. That is not there anymore and districts are shells. If the Ministry sends money to build schools, who will supervise that it is not stolen and the classroom is built?” asked Nina.
“We need to take these tears and turn them into something good. We must question and demand that this time we build realistic goals. That is my humble opinion.”
President Museveni has equally complained that officials at grassroots do not properly supervise government programmes to ensure value for money.
He says this has given birth to unprecedented levels of corruption and denial of public services especially to the poor.
Nina further described as “a waste of time,” the idea of taxing idle land.
“We private sector we are tired. You have drained us of our last pennies. We have hit rock bottom. We are saying find other solutions. So, how about we start listening to non-politicians to tell us the true state of us so that we can suggest how to fix it. Let the politicians cry. It is a good thing. And let us not forget that this is not about “us” versus “them”. This is not a competition, this is not even a public flogging, this must be us just wanting to understand what went wrong,” she added.
Nina also argued that the removal of graduated tax has cultivated a fertile ground for laxity and laissez faire attitude towards life among locals.
“When our parents were growing up there was bulungi bwansi. Now Rwanda is doing it as Umuganda and we all praise them when we started it first. We complain that the cities are filthy but our parents used to take cleaning of the community seriously,” she noted.
“20 years ago a man in Kabale would not be insulted by another because he had his graduated tax ticket on him. He would demand answers from his leaders because he had paid for his ticket. He would demand accountability. Where is that Kabale man now? He is demanding accountability of whose money?” asked Nina.
“Before a man struggled to pay school fees. Then government brought UPE and parents decided to hand over responsibility of their kids to someone else. No contribution expected from them. But the taxes collected can only allow for Shs7, 000 per annum per child. How will the schools buy chalk, books, and food for the child on such contributions?
“I know of many parents upcountry who came together and decided to at least help the schools by contributing Shs 10,000 per term. Otherwise to receive money from them is illegal. And the Shs 10,000 they are comfortably paying.”
Nina also advocated for the return of cooperative agricultural schemes to boost household incomes.
“When you were a kid here in Buganda, you remember the flourishing cooperatives which guaranteed your grandparents an income which they then planned for and spent wisely. Where are those now? We have not reached that Damascus moment yet. But maybe the tears are a sign we are getting there?” she wondered.
Nina’s remarks are likely to stir debate on the fate of cooperatives which many saw as a guarantor of household wealth.
Before Cooperatives collapsed at the hands of the World Bank and IMF policies, farmers in local areas were always assured of consistent market and stable prices for their produce thus maintaining a sustainable source of revenue for their homes.
After NRA seized power, the Cooperative bank collapsed over what was described as defaulting on $70m worth of loans.
Nina said the “cooperatives were shut down I hear because President Obote in 1983 gave the cooperatives a loan of $70 million and the cooperatives said they paid back but there was no evidence on file. Maybe documentation disappeared between the 1985 scuffles. We don’t know.”
She added: “The short story, Bank of Uganda shut it down for default. So we hear and in one second, with one signature a bunch of misguided technocrats sent millions into poverty.”
Sources say government urgently wanted money to invest in infrastructural projects to rebuild the economy shattered by years of war.
The World Bank informed government to remove cooperatives on grounds that money was being mismanaged.
Yet, millions of people depended on the steady and predictable income from the cooperatives.
Facing several insurgencies and the need for money to run stabilisation schemes, government is said to have wholeheartedly embraced the World Bank policy of scrapping cooperatives.