Government should respect taxpayers’ money
Posted Friday, November 1 2013 at 02:00
It is about time government had some respect for taxpayers’ hard-earned money. Newspaper headlines day-in, day-out are screaming about how government wants more, and more money for this or that project. Oftentimes, it is the same project that has simply stalled, a project planned to start but never commenced, or a project started but with no progress registered. Yet more money is needed.
The compounded worst is, a project done but in the least way one could imagine. As soon as such a project is declared completed, cracks begin to appear. Never mind how much taxpayers’ money was invested into it.
A lot of money has been lost to greedy folks and a lot of time wasted doing no work, hence obstructing development .
A case in point is this most recent headline ‘’Government wants extra Shs500b for ID project.’’
This is ridiculous considering that Shs300 billion meant for this project has never been accounted for.
Talking of accountability, there is totally not a thing to account for what has so far been spent on this bungled ID project. Nevertheless, more taxpayers’ money is needed to finance a project mired in controversy. Whatever this multi-billion ID project is about, can only be understood by those fighting over it’s management. One wonders whether it is service for the nation or for self ? If surely this project is in the interest of the people of Uganda, then give it the urgency it deserves. National security is one of the many concerns considering that security threats like terrorism are real.
Government should urgently take action as taxpayers continue to play their part. Accountability is an issue that should be seen in each and every government project, not hideous deals that have time and again turned sour setting the government aback, hence failing the people of Uganda.
Taxation is a foundation upon which a state can develop and prosper but if the taxpayers’ hard earned money is just being wasted on enriching a few individuals, that could partly explain why some are evading taxes. Appreciating the importance of paying taxes can only be attained if government is actually doing it’s part efficiently, with minimal delays and avoiding unnecessary losses.
Taxpayers deserve better and should be shown much more than just statements, speeches and empty talk. Words without action are meaningless. Let each of us do their part in this struggle for national development.
Corruption and conflict of interest have overshadowed whatever good is supposed to come out of government. Unless those with the power to rightly stamp this evil out of our society wield it, development and prosperity for all will still remain an illusion.