Government should re-focus its expenditure for the good of citizens
Posted Saturday, October 26 2013 at 01:00
I am writing in reaction to a column published in a local daily on Sunday October 20, about the Eclipse hybrid where it was indicated that government has earmarked sh500m for the festivities to be held in Pakwach.
Ironically, two days after this publication, there was a front page publication in the same daily of a mother holding her child in one hand acting as a bed while the other hand was acting as a drip stand in Moroto Hospital.
Much as I agree that the eclipse is a moment that requires attention given the fact that it takes place once in an eon, I really don’t concur it is one that requires government to insanely spend that huge sum of money in mere celebration yet people are dying with no drugs for treatment in almost all public hospitals, most of them experiencing power and water shortages, civil servants striking for salary remuneration, upcountry roads impassable when it rains and some ministries (Trade and Industry) lacking money for operations.
In the midst of all this, one is, therefore, left wondering where this Shs500m will come from yet government, including the President himself, has clearly said that the budget is so constrained. Was there any allocation in the budget for this eclipse that we did not capture and how is this going to benefit the public?
Government needs to be kind enough and have sympathy for the people of Uganda to stop that reckless extravagance. All the people of Uganda need is proper service delivery of good public health, better roads and other crucial issues that matter but not dancing and Nyamachoma.