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MPs protests as Speaker blocks House recall
Posted Sunday, January 20 2013 at 02:00
The Nebanda Parliamentary argument, which was irrational and opportunistic hogwash from the very start, is probably in its death throes especially since the Speaker of Parliament rejected the petition to recall Parliament. Even then, the way the recall petition was handled should clear many delusions “commentators” had begun throwing about.
The first is that there is a divergence between Parliament, especially it’s leadership, and the Executive. The petition to recall Parliament so it could “debate” the so-called rift between the Legislature and the Executive was as good as dead when it was hinged upon seeing the dead of body of the Executive.
So when 127 signatures were collected, enough to allow a recall, 10 NRM stooges, in fulfillment of the wishes, and some will say orders of their leader(s) decided to withdraw their signatures from the petition.
What follows was a rejection of the petition by the Speaker and accusations that she was bowing down to pressure from President Museveni.
And this should tell you all you need to know about Parliament: a collection of spineless, unprincipled, and cowardly and self-seekers right from the bottom to the top. Any other description is people creating storylines to fill up newspaper inches.
Bored of work? Emulate developer,
Outsource your job
An American developer had a dilemma: like most adults, he had to work. However, his job occasionally bored him. On such occasions, he would have preferred to watch cat videos, probably a movie or a series or, when he felt he needed a really vulgar and lowbrow fix, update his Facebook profile and read the mundane, self-absorbed posts of his “friends.”
So, in a decision that has probably left Joshua Ferris seething that he didn’t think of for his masterpiece Then We Came to the End, he decided to outsource his job. To China.
From one of the blogs that have run the story: “After getting permission to study Bob’s computer habits, Verizon investigators found that he had hired a software consultancy in Shenyang to do his programming work for him, and had FedExed them his two-factor authentication token so they could log into his account.
He was paying them a fifth of his six-figure salary to do the work and spent the rest of his time on other activities.” And from Verizon: “For the last several years in a row, he received excellent remarks. His code was clean, well written, and submitted in a timely fashion. Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building.”
Basoga set conditions for Kyabazingaship
Instead of brainstorming about more useful stuff – poverty alleviation, for example – the Basoga have set up a committee to review their Kingdom’s constitution.
The committee is at the moment seeking out the views of Basoga from all walks of life. Rationale, I think, is that this process is the closest they can come to holding a referendum. A similar exercise in the early 2000s was among the justifications for handing President Museveni a ticket to contest for the presidency indefinitely, although the amendment was made possible after MPs were bribed with Shs5 million.
Back to Busoga. Commoners are demanding eligibility to the throne. The “commoners” in this case are the chiefs from the six counties locked out of contention by the British in the 1930s, when the throne was handed to a line of Banyoro princes.
Basically, the very people who should have led the tribe are now asking to lead the tribe. The second proposal to come out of the exercise, made by “professionals,” - whatever that means, was that the Kyabazinga should have a degree.
Now, how about my proposal, seeing that I’m a Musoga myself: why don’t we do away with this nonsense? If a few idlers have failed to agree on who becomes Kyabazinga, then scrap the darn thing.