Reality Check: Our Capabilities to Deal With Our Problems

12: 18PM: In Kyengera, information pills Chimp Corp Kenneth Kazibwe says heavily-armed counter terrorism personnel have surrounded a residence where the suspected Al Shabaab terrorists were found.

“Police are guarding a big house with a few other Boys’ Quarters in the compound, viagra 100mg ” reports Kazibwe.

“We are expecting Gen Kale Kayihura at this scene any time from now.”

It appears police raided the house in the wee hours of Tuesday.

Detectives and forensic experts are stationed at the house. Roads leading to the have been cordoned off.

Forensic experts combing the area for evidence against the suspected terrorists
Forensic experts combing the area for evidence against the suspected terrorists
Police,  forensic experts and a woman can be seen at the house being checked for explosives
Police, forensic experts and a woman can be seen at the house being checked for explosives

Security remains tight with gun-toting counter terrorism personnel deployed in the area.

9:30am: The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura is set to brief journalists in Kyengera, Wakiso District, where suspected terrorists were arrested, Chimp Corps report.

The conference is expected to take place at Gapco Kyegera Branch at 10:00am on Tuesday.


We are yet to get authentic details about the arrests  and identities of the suspects.

However, an intelligence source tipped us that suspected Al Shabaab militants were arrested at the fuel station during the Easter holiday.

Police guarding the premises occupied by alleged extremists
Police guarding the premises occupied by alleged extremists
By Prof Waswa Balunywa

The first time I saw these pictures, diagnosis I was shocked and embarrassed by them until when finally the reality dawned on me.

I realized this was the truth about us as Ugandans and Africans. Some of us who live the life similar to that of the developed countries forget that the majority of the people in our countries have not emerged from the conditions of the pre-industrial world.

Development is the exploitation of the existing materials that we have or creating new ones to improve our living standards. The opposite is true. Appearing on mail, this these pictures have caused a discussion which has gone towards: “Can Ugandans fundraise for this cause?”

I wouldn’t even spend a shilling on this. If I look around at all our education institutions, many of them are rotting from lack of repairs.

My old primary school, Mwiri, has never changed from the time I left it and this more than 45 years back. What is the problem? These buildings reflect on what we are: if we are proud about what we are, we should not worry about it.

But I don’t think we are proud because of the two cultures in the country. There is need for us to address this challenge of development in a planned manner. Unfortunately, we are always waiting of somebody to do something for us instead of ourselves getting up and doing it.

It is not surprising that some Europeans have come and built latrines for us; showing that we have no capacity to manage our own waste. How do we address this problem?

Politics apart, which should be the key driver of development, communities should assess the need and find solutions. If a community needs a school, the community should put in place a mechanism to build a school even if it means volunteering labor.

Indeed churches and mosques are built through voluntary contributions. One may say that this is the role of the government, indeed it is; but where does it get the money from? Government revenue is from taxation. Tax is a compulsory levy through which you don’t expect anything in return. Government taxes people who generate revenues but people have no work and therefore no revenues.

By collecting these taxes, government has a responsibility to provide these services and education is one of them. However, the challenge especially in the Ugandan economy is that the economy is so small and the number of tax payers is also small.

One will argue that it is a responsibility of the government to provide education. Others will argue and rightly too, that the money is being stolen through corruption. Of course they are right in these respects but it doesn’t take away the fact that the cake is still too small, primarily because Ugandans are not producing enough.

Our level of consumption of goods is low because we lack these goods. We lack them because we didn’t produce them, we don’t export because we don’t produce. This makes the tax base small.

In this type of situation, the solution is simply to produce for self-consumption. The onus is on us to produce goods for our own consumption and schools for our own usage. Am sure government would have loved to build these schools but either it does not have the money or if it had, it is too little, or the money was stolen.

I would rather go with the first one and that is create responsibility among us to produce more and when we produce more, we demand of government to be more comfortable with the money we give them through taxation. It is not right that we look for donors to build for us latrines and schools.

There is nothing wrong in them doing it especially if they are assisting in high value items but not on basic things of brick and water. I am opening a debate of an issue that is of utmost importance. This debate can be taken on any of the issues that concern the nation.

The writer is the Principle, Makerere University Business School 

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