Fagil Mandy Blasts Uganda Middle Class’ Wastefulness

Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi has Wednesday rallied for support from Wakiso District, dosage promising that his presidency will work for every Ugandan.

In Kireka, a Kampala suburb, Mbabazi emphasised the urgency of implementing what he calls the Advanced Sub-county Model, arguing it will “increase productivity at the village level.”

He said the model will as well boost trade amongst the people of Kampala and the entire country.

The people of Wakiso are struggling with high costs of housing.

Mbabazi said if elected president, he will address the issue by putting in place measures of constructing affordable housing units for city dwellers.

“My government will look into the possibility of low cost housing and improved healthcare for the area,” said Mbabazi while addressing a brief rally in Kasokoso.

On the economy, Mbabazi said Ugandans need a kind of trade that “uplifts economic activity of most areas of the country. This [trade] in turn would expand the cash economy in Kampala.”

To improve the standards of living of the people of Kampala, Mbabazi said government must improve the quality of road infrastructure.


“Kampala needs to be developed on a Masterplan basis. This my government will embark on next year,” he observed as supporters cheered him.

As Mbabazi was speaking, a coal train passed by.

Pointing at it, Mbabazi said it takes three days for a train to travel between Kampala and Mombasa.

“This time must be reduced by introduction of electric trains. This would in turn have positive impact on the economy of which the people of Kireka are actively participating,” said the former NRM Secretary General who recently said he derives his inspiration from Ethiopia.

Ethiopia recently unveiled the $475-million, Chinese-built and funded light rail which authorities said would help maintain annual economic growth of more than 10 percent.

Another railway along the main trade route to neighbouring Djibouti may begin early in 2016, while the Gibe III hydropower dam’s reservoir has started filling, with its 1,870 megawatts capable of almost doubling Ethiopia’s generating capacity.

Mbabazi concluded his day with rallies in Nabweru and Kasangati.
Education enthusiast and consultant Mr Fagil Mandy has lashed out at the middle class in Uganda for spending recklessly and lacking financial discipline despite being perceived as elite.

The controversial former UNEB Chairman observed that the elite who should be responsible for pushing the economy forward are instead the laziest both in body and in mind.

Mandy was speaking at a workshop on financial literacy convened by Bank of Uganda at Imperial Royale Hotel on Wednesday.

“Uganda’s middle class is the most endangered and worst at parenting – it needs more awareness about financial literacy.”

In an interview with Chimpreports after the workshop, doctor Mandy lamented; “It is shocking how somebody can own 4 cars, spend recklessly on buying several sets of sofas yet they are still renting.”

According to him, this pattern of behaviour among the elite parents explains a generation of young people in Uganda who don’t value money and poor at saving.

“Most youth today haven’t learnt from struggle and this breeds lack of originality because they don’t see a need,” he cautioned.

He challenged university students who get to university without engaging in any income generating project and later resort to protesting over unemployment.

Uganda produces an average of 40,000 graduates each year from universities and other tertiary institutions but only a portion of these get absorbed in the job market.

In 2014, African Development Bank, put youth unemployment in Uganda at 83 percent, the highest in Africa at the time.

Very few of university graduates possess entrepreneurial skills due to less orientation as well as a common perception that focuses on white collar jobs.


Fagil Mandy also faults the education system for being test rather than task oriented and failing to impart good discipline among students.

He advocates for more engagement in physical activity by students at school since a healthy body is the base for productivity.

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