Mr President, why have separate advisers on Ruharo and Kigezi diocese affairs?
Posted Sunday, November 3 2013 at 00:00
“Some senior presidential advisers are redundant as they advise the President on nothing since they do not have specific assignments.
As I was wading through the ministerial policy statement of the Office of the President for the Financial Year 2013/2014 forwarded by Mr Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister in-charge of the Presidency and KCCA, I came across a few disturbing issues which I feel need to be explained to Ugandans.
The first is the number of presidential advisers. I counted 55 senior presidential advisers, 16 presidential advisers, one assistant presidential adviser, 20 special presidential advisers and six deputy special presidential assistants, all adding up to 96 presidential advisers.
According to me, and any patriotic Ugandan, this number is abnormally exaggerated simply because of political expediency.
Out of the 96 advisers, 29 advise the President on political affairs.
The second issue is the presence of some senior presidential advisers who are redundant since they do not have specific assignments. What is strange is the fact that they earn more than Shs2 million every month for doing nothing! The redundant advisers include Prof Apollo Nsibambi, Ambassador Tomusange and Vincent Semakula, among others.
It is interesting to note that Prof Apollo Nsibambi, on top of his salary, gets other benefits because of the position he held as Prime Minister before his retirement.
The third, mind-boggling, strange issue are the senior presidential advisers on Kigezi Diocese and Ruharo matters; Mr John Bituguramye and Ms Jenipher Twebaze Musoke respectively. I am persuaded to believe that Ruharo matters are of the Church of Uganda Diocese of east Ankole.
I hope Mr Tumwebaze is in position to answer the following questions to the satisfaction of Ugandans.
Why does the President have senior advisers in two dioceses and not on others? What is special about these two dioceses? Church of Uganda has 32 dioceses; what qualifications did the two dioceses have to deserve a senior presidential adviser? The two dioceses are from one region - south western - why? Why is it that no Catholic diocese has a senior presidential adviser? How about Moslems and other religious organisations? Why does the President, assisted by his advisers, practice and encourage preferential treatment and sectarianism? Surely this behaviour is against the spirit of our 1995 Constitution, Article 21(3), which he swore to uphold, preserve, protect and defend.
On top of the 98 official advisers, there are others, including 107 RDCs, 78 Cabinet ministers and a legion of NRM MPs, (more than 200). So the President in total has a school of about 484 advisers, without counting clandestine advisers from the business community, religious leaders and the elite.
It is common knowledge that most of these advisers are political misfits who were rejected by the people during elections. Unfortunately they are the best, cream, for Museveni to take them on.
These people will never tell the President the truth or advise him objectively and patriotically since their main preoccupation is their personal survival, NRM survival and not Uganda’s survival.
On matters concerning democracy, good governance, constitutionalism and rule of law, they always misadvise him by telling him what they want him to know and not what he wants to know. That is why the county is in a state of quagmire.
The calamities that Ugandans are excruciatingly experiencing , are a result of too many selfish and self-centered advisers, whether official or unofficial, who have sadly and regrettably sold and sacrificed their conscience, integrity, dignity, credibility and the country on the altar of lies, primitive fear, sycophancy, injustice, greed, political patronage and dishonesty.