WORK AND NO PAY

According to the Auditor General’s annual report Volume 3 on Local Authorities, Part II, 6.80, detailed report of local authorities, Gulu District Local Government, 4.85 had the Auditor General opinion of Qualified-Except for.

Fund not accounted for (1) and 1.1 exceptions for was the Doubtful payments to road gangs which leaves a total of UGX 158, 489,535.

According to Section 7.1 (d) of the force account revised guidelines January 2013 requires amongst other documents the weekly and b-weekly master rolls for purposes of monitoring force account activities.  And in addition, there is Form 8 that requires road gangs to sign against their names on the weekly master roll at the end of every week to confirm the number of days worked.

But the amount doubtfully paid lacked the musterolls in neither which daily duty attendance was recorded nor certification of the number of days worked by the gang.

What do road gangs do when they go to work? They provide the ability every sector to move, manufacture goods, and construct buildings. In so doing, they create, through their labor power, value or wealth, and it is from this value that is derived the profits made by those who own the factories or shops (i.e., the capitalists) and the taxes that the government extracts from both workers and capitalists.

Those who doubt this should simply imagine what would happen if all road gangs refuse to go to work: No wealth, no profits, and no taxes would be produced.

But if public transport is an essential part of production and its upkeep and operation are a cost of production, then a basic question faced by all cities or countries is: Why can’t we pay the road gangs in broad day light and on the table?

This question is best answered by another question: Who should pay for the machines, buildings, labor power, and other elements necessary for the road works?

Answer: Who else but those who profit most from it?

All workers say: Enough is enough! We demand an immediate stop to these corruptions in the sense that workers should paid for the work they deliver.

The OAG advised the accounting officer to ensure that funds are accounted for or else recovery be made from the responsible officers. And we demand that the burdensome contracts between the local government and the private sector be immediately withdrawn and all those responsible for eating the money be prosecuted.

If we are to have the safe, dignified payment of workers in the public transport and other public services we deserve, we need to fight for something bigger: a society in which those who do the work have the right to their pay.

NORTHERN UGANDA JOURNALIST CONTINUES SUFFER HARASSMENT

Journalists in Northern Uganda criticized the action of police officers and security personnel of the resident district commissioner of Gulu district. This follows the harassment of a journalist who was forced to delete pictures of a private vehicle registration number UAV 009W which had delivered the RDC to the celebration of Labor Day at Kaunda grounds on Friday 1st May.

It is alleged that the vehicle developed some mechanical problem and failed to start and the police resorted to push it away from the event ground.

Moses Odokonyero the chairman of Northern Uganda Media Club condemned this uninformed action of the police officers because there is no law which prohibits journalists or anyone from taking pictures of a private vehicle in a public place during a public event.

“We ask the police to investigate the actions of the officers involved to avoid a possible future repeat because it is in the interest of everyone including the police that journalists are free to collect process and disseminate information because a free media also promotes development and respect for human rights,” he said

Ojara Martin Mapenduzi apologized for the misfortune, noting that journalist must be given a free environment because by their works, the public is informed and educated.

There are numerous reports of harassment of journalist in Northern Uganda and that have made journalist in Northern Uganda continue to work under difficult circumstances thus depriving the public off the important right to access of information.

GO TO CHURCH OR NOT?

I want to be a better believer and this time I am seriously working on it to be a true follower of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I’m always doing everything I can to put more faith in my life. I read the bible most of the times, I seek out true friends and elders to share the loving messages of Christ. All of these practices have helped me become a better believer.

But along the way, I’ve discovered that there are a handful of things many of us strive for that will do nothing to make us better believers.

I’ve also discovered a list of things that we all know, but sometimes overlook, that will always make us better believers—and preachers of the good news of Christ.

The first list is not exhaustive but I think the second one is and each one stands on its own.

What Will Not Make Us Better Believers and preachers of the good news.

  • More people in our church and a bigger building: This one goes mostly to the born-agains, sometimes we think having a larger congregation and a very big furnished building makes us holy.
  • Money first and more money in the offering; I have been to a number of churches, the moment you enter taaaappp!!!!!! After a few praises and worship songs, “Offer to the Lord” one-ten and normal offering. Then the Pastor comments that the congregations aren’t giving to the Lord.
  • A bigger staff doesn’t mean holiness.
  • A better worship team: Though God must be worship John 4:24, it doesn’t matter the number of worshippers, after all we are facing judgment individual, so what’s the different with worshiping him alone where need be?
  • More invitations to preach/teach at camps, conferences and seminars
  • Comparing ourselves with other believers, pastors and churches: Our God is a loving and forgiving Lord who takes us in whatever state we are in, 2 Corinthians 5: 5-15.
  • Appearances and rankings in our churches. Before God, all mankind is equal be it the president of the Republic of Uganda, M7 or a peasant, all are very equal. No front seats for political heads or influential persons: For there is no partiality with God”   —Romans 2:11

Most of those things aren’t wrong in themselves. Many of them can be a blessing. But if you think you need any of them of them to be a better believer or have a better church or be a better preacher of the word of God, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.

What Will Make Us Better Believers are:

  • A strong and growing relationship with Jesus
  • A strong and growing relationship with our family
  • A strong and growing relationship with our church
  • A strong and growing relationship with people outside the church

Remember, these are my thinking.

So now up to you, what do you think? What would you add to or subtract the list?

TYRANNY OF UGANDA

Politics, at the best of times, is an unpredictable game. Next year promises to be a vintage one for Uganda and a pretty unstable one too.

Let’s start with dictatorship nature of our governance, all dictators remain in power for many years and this comes as no surprise. With the general election coming, one thing we can be sure of is that our politicians will be more stressed than they have ever been. So that’s something the rest of us can look forward to.

Here are few things that might happen in politics in 2015:

  • There will be a general election next year. Which no-one will win, believe so with the oppositions coming together under one umbrella.
  • There will be a second general election before the year is out and before it gets too cold, so maybe September or October. No-one will win.
  • As a result during 2014 we will be governed by two different parties in various combinations, and one, possibly two, different prime ministers. You can imagine any combination you wish. It will make no odds to anything important.
  • Because no-one won, the new governments won’t be able to do much anyway. This will be good because new governments tend to make mistakes. It will be bad because the financial markets, oddly, do not realize this. They will calm down in due course.
  • Whoever is in government will have to listen and pay heed to the wishes of Museveni, though probably smaller than the current hype suggests. The Pro-NRM will be of low calibre, prove an embarrassment every time they try to make a speech about the deeds of the party and become a laughing stock. His party will, by the end of 2016, implode under the sheer weight of its own ridiculousness.
  • Everything will be swamped by the MP sex fights circle and associated scandals. Such organized abuse of power will make them look small. The voters, already scornful of politicians, will demand reform, though what, precisely, that should entail will remain vague. Some MPs will be forced out.
  • Electoral reform and proportional representation will be back in vogue. Having seen random hung parliaments emerge from our first past the post system, the electorate will instead demand rational, logical hung parliaments, to come from a PR system.
  • M7 will implode under the sheer weight of his own smugness.
  • By this time next year someone we have never heard of will be prime minister. It usually turns out that way.

In a democracy, Mr. Museveni would have little hope of surviving as president past next year. The government’s ruinous economic policies have caused shortages of basic consumer goods and medicines and a sharp rise in inflation and poverty.

The government may hope that the spectacular arrest of one of the opposition’s leading figures will spark violent demonstrations like the subsequent elections. They helped produce a temporary upturn in NRM plummeting poll figures. Opposition get warned against falling into such trap.

But there is a risk in responding too timidly. If that happens, opposition supporters, many of whom are already skeptical that the government can be voted out of power, may be harder to mobilize at election time.

And so, if the elections take place at all, which I believe the government is prepared, if all else fails, to declare a state of emergency and suspend the constitution. Evidence is growing that NRM will do whatever it takes to hold on to power.

AMURU NRM CHAIRPERSON REJECTS BY-ELECTION RESULTS

When three sheep and one wolf fight and had the wolf for supper, things are always left unexplained.

Here Chairperson NRM Amuru district Juma Labongo has refused the results of the Amuru Woman MP by election, claiming it was unfair.
He is demanding that the Electoral Commission should nullify the results and carry out another by election that is transparent.
The Bye election saw Lucy Akello, Inter-Party Coalition candidate garner 7,420 votes, beating her closest NRM rival Jane Frances Amongin Okilli, who got 6701 votes of the total votes cast.

Labongo said there was no way NRM could lose out in the by election because they had great support from the locals. He argued that the there was foul play by the electoral commission, as results from one of the polling stations in Otong primary school in Gaya Parish Pabbo Sub-county, were missing.

Labongo added that names of people in the registry book in most areas were also missing.

While announcing the winner of the Amuru Woman MP last night at the Electoral Commission’s head Office in Amuru district, Sam Olet, the registrar Electoral Commission Amuru noted that the exercise was free and fair with no malpractice registered.

Badru Kigundu, the Chairman Electoral Commission, said that he did not witness any form of violence.
Efforts to get comments from the FDC Chairperson Michael Lakony were futile as his known phone numbers were off.

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WHY SUFFER IN DARK

Do you have a bad boss? No, not one of those bad ordinary bosses who fails to give direction and recognition. Those are low stress bad bosses. You’ve got the type of bad boss who bullies, insults, lies, changes direction, blames others, and verbally assaults your self-esteem – every day.

You’ve confronted the boss with his behavior – nicely – but it didn’t put a dent in his game. You’ve talked to Human Resources but they threw their hands up in frustration. Apparently, the guy gets the job done and the higher ups like him. But, they’ve never seen him in action, you argued. Talk to more employees. I’m not the only one complaining.

He’s on his best behavior when senior managers or HR staff are around. So, it’s almost impossible to communicate what you and your coworkers experience every day. No pattern of employees leaving exists, you’re told, which would set off red flags, but the boss has only been in this position for a year. Half of the office is looking for a new job.

You like your job, your company, and coworkers. The only problem is the current boss. You’re beyond self-pity and annoyance. You’re scared but you can’t take the bullying any more. You’ve decided that you either need to take action or get a new job. Those are your remaining choices.

Maybe it’s time for you to take action to get him gone. The best way, if you can figure out how to set it up, is for senior management to see him in action. They’ve always treated you with respect and you don’t believe that they’d put up with his daily behavior, if they could just see it.

So, the very best way is to set up a situation in which the boss will exhibit the worst of his behaviors publicly and in front of his boss. It’s not as if his boss has not heard rumors before about his behavior, but he may have been unaware of how bad the behavior really is. In an organization, it is powerful to have the boss act out his worst behaviors in front of his boss.

Nothing else works as well, if it’s time to fire your boss, and other options are fraught with danger for the employee. Here are a couple of ways to minimize the danger if you decide to look at other options first.

Take Action Now

Understand that danger exists when you decide it is time to fire your boss. If he is well thought of, you may bring trouble and insecurity to your own employment. You may bear the brunt of your organization’s displeasure if your efforts to fire your boss don’t succeed.

In any case, your efforts draw a magnifying glass to your own performance. So consider other solutions before you decide that your only recourse is to fire your boss.

If you’re not quite brave enough or you haven’t yet thought of the perfect scenario for setting your boss up to exhibit his worst behavior, here are additional actions that you need to take.

  • Check to see if you can talk to HR in confidence.Seek their assistance to advise you about how to address the situation. Your company may have a formal complaint process. HR staff may know this bad boss and recommend ways to respond to him effectively. The heads up may elicit some manager coaching by the HR staff. But, if your name is connected to the situation, a bad boss will retaliate. You can count on it.
  • Document everything.Document each incident of the boss’s bad behavior with the dates and the names of witnesses. Bully bosses don’t always have multiple targets; you may be in the situation alone if the boss has taken a dislike to just you, for whatever reason. (If this is the case, you need to determine why you are the target of his worst behavior.)
  • In addition to documentation, make a list of the issues employees have with the boss to go along with it – a condensed version that succinctly identifies each behavior.And, if you can, ask other employees to sign it; they may not. People are afraid of losing their jobs; they may not experience the situation as intensely as you do, and they may want to avoid conflict.
  • Develop a safe path to your boss’s manager.If you have developed a working relationship with your boss’s boss, he is more likely to take your complaints seriously. With a bully boss, you must develop this relationship with care or it will become another point in your boss’s bullying. If the first time you speak to your boss’s manager is to file a complaint, you have less credibility.
  • Actively, seek witnesses.Following each outburst, note whoever saw the scene. Turn to these coworkers to build alliances. Ask your coworkers to document their experience with the bad boss, too. You will find safety in numbers and the more employees adding their voice to the complaints, the harder it is for senior managers to ignore or deny the problem.
  • An employee who attempts to remove a bad boss, no matter how bad the boss, may lose his or her job.So, be prepared to lose your job, if your boss turns it around and you lose the battle. Even if you are 100% right, you still may end up losing. Your company may back your boss.

    Your organization had reasons to assign your boss to his management role. Perhaps he has skills and produces the results that the company needs. If you are his sole target, it is easier to remove you. By the time the organization realizes that he always has a target, you will be long gone.

  • Preparation is key if you attempt to have a bad boss fired.You really need your ducks in a row to get a bad boss fired. Documentation of incidences, statements from witnesses, and the names of coworkers who have also been bullied and are willing to speak up, are critical.

    So, think over your chances of succeeding. Your best route may be to secretly job search, so you can quit on your schedule and on your terms, rather than battling a hopeless situation.

Whether you can successfully fire your boss depends on who and what your organization values and why. It depends on the culture your organization has developed and values for employees. Additional variables include what you and the boss bring to the table. Right or wrong, he or she is, after all, the boss for reasons, and is probably in a stronger position than you are.

I’ve seen employers fire the boss when employees made known to senior managers the extent of the problem, the treatment, and the damage. But, realistically, your company has to care about employees, and desire to create a particular environment for employees, to take action quickly to resolve the problem.

In most cases, even if the company believes you and takes action, the company will have a disciplinary policy and process that they must follow.

So, the process will take time and you will experience harassment and retaliation unless your senior managers and HR have put the manager on notice that they will tolerate neither.

UGANDA OIL DOWN THE DRAIN

down the drain

The news of our oil is nice and our hopes for its economic impacts are high. But the lack of governmental transparency and help for people affected by oil development projects disturbs my mind a lot.
How comes since the discovery of oil in 2006, common Ugandan can’t tell anything constructive out of it yet the Oil must be a chance for us to build our economy, and improve development sectors, like healthcare and education, but it seem the estimated 3.5 billion barrels about 200,000 barrels a day might go down the drain however waxy it seems, come 2018.

But hey, 2016 is another tough time for Uganda and its oil. With the billions of barrels of oil reserves in the country that seemed like a gift, there are a lot of fears, even me, the oil might sip down the drain and the poor Ugandans will not know what happened.

Like Libya, Angola, Nigeria, that exhibited the resource curse, they are the largest producers of oil in Africa and yet their citizens remain among the poorest in the world, with approximately 70% of Angolans and 80% of Nigerians living on less than two US dollars a day.

I wish Uganda’s fates be like Equatorial Guinea’s, a highly corrupt country governed by the autocratic President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, generates billions of dollars in oil revenues and has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world but pray our then president don’t mismanage the oil revenues to fund their lavish lifestyles like Equatorial Guinea where 77% of Equatorial Guineans live below the poverty line and about 20% of children die before the age of five

Who doesn’t know the level of corruption in our country? Even before the oil production has begun, several senior government officials have been accused of pocketing millions of dollars in bribes from oil companies, forcing at least one of the politicians to resign.

Painfully slow government bureaucracy are responsible for Uganda’s delayed oil production, countries unlike Ghana, which discovered oil later than Uganda but have already started production, why not us?

Like in Angola, Gabon and Nigeria, all countries with deep corruption where oil intensified class disparities, let’s expect that soon.

How about our neighbor Congo? The oil lies underneath the forests and lakes lining the border with our troubled neighbor. Who knows what shall?

Not up to Congo, these oil revenues will for sure undermine us, the locals. Many have been evicted and driven into national parks to compete with animals for natural resources, and roughly compensated for their land.

Budget came and there was no provision for those waiting compensation yet the people have to build villages, boreholes, schools and hospitals but there is a provision for beginning the refinery project which is next year. Whoever drafted the budget made it impractical.

No cohesive petroleum policy, with poor local governance, a lack of transparency, and limited local access to oil resources. Where is the skeptic Public Finance Bill to try to restore confidence in the people?

Commercial production is expected to begin in 2018 and carry on for 30 years. Yet the oil money is expected to bring electricity to the 90% who live without it, revive the ailing universal primary education system, put beds in the dilapidated hospitals and finance an ambitious presidential initiative (Vision 2040) to put Uganda in the league of upper-middle-income countries, what if our fears are true?

At the onset of exploration, the government refused to release the production-sharing agreements to the public, ruling that they were confidential. After pressure from civil society, parliament was given limited access to the agreements, but the public still cannot access them.

From withholding of information from the public to displacing and compensating local communities through an ambiguous and unfair system, to commissioning a refinery whose economic viability is still uncertain.

I still doubt that a government whose president has already declared that “it is my oil” will use revenue to deliver its promise of transformation.

Hey what about the effect on wildlife, home to about half of Africa’s bird species. Remember, there are also baboons, antelopes and elephants in the forests.

Anyway, you should bring your friends and family here before everything changes, the animals are moving further away.

What should we expect when the actual drilling begin???

TOURISM AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

It hurts seeing man destroy natural habitats of the wild that are the main source of tourist attraction. Who can imagine the joy of watching a monkey jump from tree to tree, it hurts to see them being transported in cages for the new generations to be see.

That’s exactly what has been happening in Northern Uganda following the 20 year old insurgency in the region. Tourism activities is partly being revived though the potential of tourism here is enormous but activities have been prepared to rekindle the rich and diverse culture after the insurgency.

Northern Uganda was the least developed and least visited part of the country – a region that has been overlooked and felt overlooked ever since colonial times but with the return of peace to the war-afflicted region, tourism have harnessed cultural properties and historical sites including internally displaced people’s camps. Northern Uganda has a number of tourist attractions that should have attracted the most number of tourists in Uganda if promoted, like the natures, culture and history. Sometime back Tourism Uganda choose Gulu, the city of Northern Uganda as the host of 2011’s tourism day in order to boost tourism in the region

In fact Northern Uganda has steadily become an attractive tourists’ destination and as such a lot of the local communities have benefited; a number of local firm promoting tourism has been developed and is registering more tourist visits unlike before.

I one time visited Samuel Baker’s Fort Patiko and “coo pe” an internally displaced people’s camp highly benefitted from the tourist because the people used to sell their hand made crafts like mats and winnowers.

Of late now the IDP camp has been developed into a trading centre where people buy and sell but the biggest challenge is meeting the needs of tourists, most of whom prefer to stay in the town because there are no modern facilities nearby and yet the demand is high. Some sharp locals have taken up the advantage of the tourism to set up facilities modern facilities like modern hotels, transports and camping activities in town to benefit from the growing market.

With the return of peace government and tour operators have promoted tourism as one way of fighting poverty, can be witnessed when by how people near the tourist sites are empowered though there is low turn up of tourist in this region, but the reason for this is easy to understand, Northern Uganda was off limits for many years as the Ugandan government battled with the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a war that tore apart the region.

I am happy that with the modernization and right to travel and visit any part of the country, Linguistic and cultural differences are now history and Northern Uganda is peaceful and ripe for tourism development.

At one point, our image as Northern Uganda was tainted, but we are steady now, giving hope to hotel owners, tours and travel operators, hand craft makers and the farmers-whose food is consumed by the visitors.

 

UGANDAN AFRICAN YOUTH

UNANSWERED

Saying we like one political party over another, is like saying one filthy whore is prettier than the other filthy whore or asking our leaders if they like money.
Benefits of this government are:
1. We’re the smart ones and they are like the over 97.8% of men who have already made mistakes this year that a woman will remind him about for the rest of his days.
2. It’s said the early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese that’s the difference between us the youth of these days and our grandparents.                                                                  3. Sometimes the only thing we think we can fix in this world is to drink. Dear fella when we drink alcohol we are just borrowing happiness from tomorrow. And technology coming with new things everyday; recently they designed the newest iPhone to fit perfectly in our hands, right where our money stays.

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TRACKING DOWN THE YOUTH LIVELIHOOD FUND

In the recently released indicative planning figures of the Youth Livelihood Projects by the permanent secretary, Gulu Municipality received a total figure of 191,493.002 Uganda shillings of which released for the funds for youth projects will be based on submission of fund requests for approved projects by the district to the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development.

But this is not my point of interest. Recently I was chatting with a youth leader from the Municipal; he was expressing to me how angry he was with the little amount allocated for Gulu municipal. Later he told me he was so emotional about that, BUT is “drunk” an emotion? Because if it was, I would have been feeling SUPER emotional that time…

I hear the objective of this program, the government project is to empower the target youth to harness their socioeconomic potential and increase self-employment and income levels. But who are the target youth?????? That makes me to try to master the art of stealing public/youth fund without looking like……………..Who swindled PRDP MONEY? Or that caught shoplifting?”

I see hair growing from their ears and nostrils but that doesn’t matter to them that they are getting old, right? Means they are turning into a werewolf! Right? Yeah… they may be old… But they are still hot at embezzlement….. They come in flashes now!

A friend of mine recently told me to update my self and I asked my self: does he mean there can be a latest version of me????? He thinks am a one youth like him. I mean a single like him. I’m double and it’s not easy especially at these times of unemployment and credit crunch. My bank statements is just the visual record of bad decisions I have made and sometimes make me I feel like taking my wife to a wife swapping party… Hoping to get a ………………… (I can’t tell what to compare) in return.

Dear fellas lets start something original because we are the intersection between having too much poverty and government neglect.   We’ve made some pretty bad choices in life but I have to admit, messing with our lives could be the worst ones. If no one comes from the future to stop us, I don’t know how bad some decision could really be in the next year.

In any case if the youth money falls our way, man…………………. There must be a law requiring our to explain how we misuse the money before we’re allowed to complain about it”

If we use it part for marriage then after that for sure we will start to complain again and think our wives has been a tumor all along because of the headaches we will go through.

Sincerely, some times dealing with the youth are the hardest thing and I guess the government the statement, everything you say can and will be used against you in marriage vows and also. That way part of the problems we give to the government will be solved at family levels.

To the ladies, stop lying especially about your ages, it’s easier I know because you have trouble remembering what it is. We all in the same soup but incase someone asked your age and is mean to you, just lean in and whisper “I’m a Barbie girl in a Barbie world” to them & tell them president of Uganda just launched a livelihood fund.Gulu street