Sugulite Scandal; why the president might want to intervene! By Bill M. Kaping’a
There’s a video clip that is trending particularly on PF-aligned social media platforms whereby an individual who is identified as Mwense Council Chairman, Stephen Chikota, and another unidentified person seem to create a captivating scene in police custody.
The video can be said to be quite agonizing.,… disheartening, heart wrenching as the men are confidently and openly making disturbing remarks about a certain ethnic group let alone a provincial minister duly appointed by the president.
“You guys are idiots…….Cowards!” they can be heard screaming. “How come the Tongas and Lozis who are equally suspects in this matter have been released?”
“You are taking advantage of Bembas!” another voice adds. “We are not fools. You are enjoying peace because of Bembas.”
“Where’s Chikundika, the provincial minister?” The other voice continues. “He knows about this deal, how come he hasn’t been arrested? What about Mulele, the Tonga police commissioner who has quickly been transferred, why isn’t she in police custody?”
Whichever way we may choose to look at this, it doesn’t smell well! We may decide to ignore it at our own peril. These are some of the issues that are causing us serious problems in this country. It may be incumbent upon the president to immediately grab the Buffalo by the horns and address the matter, fairly and squarely, pronto!
First and foremost, it would be important for us to remember that whenever we steal, we don’t do so on behalf of our tribes. We do so on our own behalf as the president would love to remind us! It would therefore be totally wrong to drag in the entire tribe in our own wrong doing simply because we belong to that particular tribe.
For instance, one of the voices is heard complaining that the Tongas and Lozis who were equally involved in the scandal have been let off the hook without any explanation while others remain in police custody. Is this correct? Who are those Tongas and Lozis that have been released? How come the others are still in custody?
What about police commissioner Mulele, how come she has been quietly transferred to another province? According to our investigations, whenever the police are moving from one jurisdiction to another, they ought to seek express permission from the provincial command. Was she aware of the movement of minerals? Did she give authorisation? From whom did she seek permission, the provincial minister?
This now brings us to the provincial minister himself. In the video, the aggrieved individuals are openly complaining that the provincial minister is equally involved. What does the minister have to say about this? Was he involved? Did the police commissioner alert him about such a movement? What about the intelligence?
Truth be told, this issue has now become very embarrassing and yet so polarizing at worst as some individuals have seemingly gone out of the way to claim that characters from certain tribes are now being sacrificed on the alter of other tribes……ukufilila munsenga!
Is it true that police commissioner Mulele is being shielded from prosecution simply because she is Tonga?
The president might have no choice but to immediately intervene in the matter in order to enhance peace and harmony in the nation.
If indeed the provincial minister has been fingered for any impropriety, he must be suspended from official duties to allow for fair investigations. Equally, if Mulele was involved in any wrong doing, she must be hauled wherever she may be and made to answer for any wrong doings!
Stephen Chikota is a very senior member of UPND. That he can easily dismiss other tribes expose himself as cowards and blubber that Bemba speaking people have been used by Tongas to get to power is very disturbing.
When this country successfully managed to break the chains of captivity from our colonial masters, we can not simply say it was one tribe that did all the work. All the tribes played one role or another. While others were carrying out clandestine operations such as planting bombs, others were agitating openly while some were equally mobilizing funds to send a delegation to Lancaster House to negotiate for our Independence.
Similarly, not a single tribe can claim to have single handedly used it’s power or mighty to extract PF from authority in order for us to start enjoying the peace as Chikota might want us to believe.
Mr. President Sir, may you kindly get to the bottom of this matter and help us find answers.
Until next time……
Uganda’s expiration pandemic: Expired courses, drugs, brains…By Joachim Buwembo
I swear, Ugandans on Twitter will not go to Heaven! And it is not just on account of the cruel comments they make when a prominent personality dies. It is about their views on everything and anything. They closed the month of May by dismissing everything as expired.
It started with an inadvertently ambiguous statement from the National Council of Higher Education, NCHE, which categorised many courses offered at both public and private universities as “expired”.
It transpires that courses are supposed to be assessed and periodically reassessed, but this has not been done for many courses by the relevant universities with approval of NCHE.
The clarification came quickly but not quickly enough. Whoever drafted that notice started regretting the minute it hit public media, as it became a feast of mincemeat on Twitter.
One of the earliest tweets was of resignation, saying that it was all obvious as expired courses had produced expired health workers who administered expired contraceptives to women, which led to the birth of expired babies, who are now offering expired services to the public.
You can say that this cruel diagnosis is itself logically expired. Unfortunately, there seems to be evidence around that expiry is the real malaise dogging our steps, whichever direction we want to take. With apparently expired experts directing the economy (locally pronounced enkonome), full national recovery from Covid-19 and Ukraine seems to be taking rather long.
The public debt has grown beyond 50 percent of GDP and the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is not collecting enough. But how can it conceivably collect enough when the biggest taxable sources are themselves expired?
One of URA’s cash cows is importation of old cars that expired long ago in the countries of origin. The terribly fuel-inefficient contraptions thus guzzle sinful quantities of fuel — which is heavily taxed.
The fuel itself is expired, the type that was long abandoned by developed countries, with lots of sulphur, poisoning the poor Ugandan bodies, as it gets pumped into the air around us.
The other tax cash cow is beer, which is an expiry accelerator that makes humans age faster and the drinker’s brain to expire rapidly.
But a tax source even bigger than petrol, old cars or beer is expired mobile phone services. Although these services are the in-thing in a poor country, they are still rudimentary, as the digital capabilities are underutilised.
Things like 5G are more talk than reality and buying the best phone on the world market will not give you the experience it should when you use it here. But we cannot say much because many expired journalists are scared of criticising mobile service providers because they are big advertisers who, if annoyed, can hurt the journalists’ employers, it is often said.
With such expired sources of tax revenue, the country has little option but to rely on expired loan arrangements to finance its budget. The loans are designed in expired format by expired minds of the lenders. The lenders operate with the expired philosophy that the borrower is not supposed to think smartly, hence the skewed terms that are the cry of poor nations all over the globe.
They had started running away from major Western lenders, citing being given embarrassing “conditionalities” for the loans. They ran to new lenders whose mentality turned out to be even more expired, leaning more towards the Shakespearean Shylock from Merchant of Venice, whose method of loan recovery was to slice a pound (half kilo) of flesh off the borrower’s chest.
Now the borrowers are running back to the older expired lenders, as the expired debt pendulum swings back and forth ceaselessly. The borrowers themselves are exhausted with expiration and are even rumoured to be going to commercial money lenders next.
But, not to worry much, the NHE has clarified by rendering the expiry term itself expired. NHE now calls the courses “un-reassessed.”
So, expiry itself has expired.
Telecommunications’ greenfield ventures conundrum, By Dilip Pal
For most businesses, expansion, especially to a new geographical area is both an exciting but also expensive and nerve-wracking process.
As the global economy is shifting and changing, due to globalization, this is becoming a necessary move for most businesses. And it is no different in the dynamic and agile telecommunications sector which involves building operations from the ground up.
Establishing new networks or infrastructure from scratch in untapped markets requires significant upfront investments, extensive network rollout, regulatory compliance, and patience before profitability can be achieved. In economic terms, this foreign direct investment is known as greenfield operations.
From experience, though, I have learnt that most of the stakeholders lack patience, tolerance and understanding when it comes to these greenfield operations and their associated start-up costs.
Mobile Network operators must deal with the complex and resource-intensive infrastructure development. Building a robust network infrastructure requires substantial capital expenditure, meticulous planning, regulatory approvals, and optimal coverage. These factors contribute to a longer waiting period before positive cash flows materialize.
The most recent investment by Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia in Ethiopia is a recent showcase of greenfield operations. Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia has close to 3 million customers and built a distributor network of over 114 outlets, delivered an award-winning premium quality network in 22 cities and regions; with close to 1300 network sites and over 900 staff, 81% of whom are Ethiopians. All these are capital and resource-intensive greenfield operations.
The telecom sector operates in a highly regulated environment, requiring licenses and permits to operate in different regions. Navigating through some of these bureaucratic processes and securing necessary approvals adds delays and costs to the overall timeline of profitability. Fierce competition in the industry further complicates the landscape.
The nature of telecom services presents additional challenges. Operators face limitations in network capacity, spectrum availability, and geographical coverage. Expanding infrastructure to reach remote areas or densely populated regions requires time and substantial investments that may not yield immediate returns.
Investors and analysts must thus recognize that the telecom sector’s path to profitability is not linear. Expecting instant gratification and immediate profits can hinder the long-term growth and potential of greenfield operations. By focusing solely on short-term financial indicators, investors may overlook the underlying value and potential of telecom companies investing in expanding their networks and reaching untapped markets.
Telecom operators need time to build a solid foundation, establish a customer base, and optimize their operations before achieving sustainable profitability. Investors and analysts must have a long-term perspective and appreciate the intrinsic value of greenfield operations in the telecom sector.
The lack of new entrants in the industry and greenfield ventures limits understanding of evaluating the telecom sector’s prospects. Investors and analysts often rely on precedents and established metrics from mature companies, which may not capture the long-term potential of greenfield operations.
When assessing greenfield operations in the telecom sector, it’s crucial to consider the balance between short-term and long-term prospects. Initial losses and the time required to reach profitability may impact stock prices in the short term. However, taking a longer-term perspective reveals the immense potential for growth and returns in untapped markets. Recognizing the strategic value of expanding into new regions, capturing market share, and establishing a solid customer base is essential.
Investors can make informed decisions that prioritize long-term gains over immediate financial indicators. It’s vital to look beyond present fluctuations and focus on the promising horizon that greenfield operations in the telecom sector offer.
Secondly, greenfield operations in the telecom sector demand innovation and adaptability. They involve introducing cutting-edge technologies and customized solutions tailored to target markets. Telecom operators must stay at the forefront of technological advancements, embracing trends such as 5G, IoT, and artificial intelligence. By fostering innovation and investing in research and development, greenfield ventures can position themselves as leaders in the telecom landscape, driving progress and shaping the future of connectivity in digital services, education, healthcare, and e-commerce.
Investing in these ventures contributes to bridging the digital divide and fostering inclusive development, aligning investments with positive societal impact.
In conclusion, to foster an environment that supports greenfield operations in the telecom sector, a shift in investor mindset is necessary. Recognizing the potential for long-term growth and profitability requires patience and a visionary approach. Emphasizing the transformative power of connectivity and its positive impact on societies and economies is essential. Greenfield investments are important, not as an end but as a means to create jobs, support the growth of the digital economy, bridge the digital divide, empower communities and contribute to a more connected and inclusive world.
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