On 24th January 2022, the Forum for Democratic Change Party, authored and circulated a media release attacking government of Uganda over the recent high fuel prices in the country.
As an opposition party with seemingly insensitive nose to smell and feel NRM government commitments and achievements, I was of course not surprised at all.
According to the media release, the party sighted issues indicating that President Museveni has deliberately failed to address fuel crisis in the country.
While it’s true that there is a slight fuel crisis in the country, it’s not also true that the government has failed to address this issue.
The crisis is not self-made as per the release statement, and to say that the government is treating Covid-19 as a very big enterprise only reveals how shallow thinking brains operate after what Uganda had been through because of Covid 19
What you need to know is Uganda loads its fuel products through the terminals located in Eldoret, Kisumu, Nairobi and Mombasa which is majorly through road transport.
The delay was therefore majorly due to clearance of trucks on Kenyan borders which caused long queue. However according to Nankabirwa the minister for energy, as of earlier last week, the Kenyan loading points and the borders had started to clear the trucks which increased the supply of fuel in the country. According to the minister, prices would return to normal in no time.
There are also no tracks held for reasons related to Covid-19 results. Instead truck drivers were allowed to present negative Covid-19 results from Kenya until January 1st 2022 when a directive was changed requesting all truck drivers to undergo testing at Malaba and Busia entry points.
This brought about the a bit of replenishment of stock according to the minister causing delay by 10days and considering that Uganda consumes about 6.5 million liters of fuel.
The crisis was there, however, testing of truck drivers before they entered the country has been the system considering the Covid effects. The delay in clearance from Kenya caused the long queues in Uganda where authorities at the border points speed up the process and tracks were already entering the country.
For FDC to claim that the government has taken Covid-19 as an enterprise is wrong, I think this is a government which considers lives of its people as top priority. How would a whole opposition party seeking for leadership of this country think of putting commodities over the life of its citizens?
Uganda has been one of the countries named among the best in Covid-19 control, to speak that the government using it as an enterprise is just attention seeking from this party that has failed over the years.
If you must know, the government of Uganda Gazetted 30 acres of land for fuel reservoirs in 2017.
The plant will be able to save 50% of the costs the county incurs in using the road transport from Kenya to Kampala. The plant will transform the country, lowering the cost of fuel.
The Forum for democratic change party also lamented of the continued abuse of rights of Ugandan Citizens in reference to the case of one Rukira Kakwenza.
We all recall kakweza was not just arrested because he was innocent. He was arrested for offensive communication as provided for under the computer misuse act.
Kakweza took to his social pages with abusive language without any legitimate purpose of communication.
This battles my mind how a civilized person can utter such words as a means of passing a message.
I think that It’s okay to challenge the system or the method of work done but not going personal, to personalize issues only show the level of impunity and elusiveness of some individuals.
This only shows how uncultured some individuals can be, abusing has no legitimate platform even socially. Kakweza needs to re-visit his cultural leaders because purely the chap is poorly trained.
To blame government for handling crime in the community is improper, unless of course you’re saying that crime committers should be left without questioning. The law is there to defend, control and convict. We cannot keep on glorifying criminality hiding under opposition politics.
Did you even ever think of a county without the law?
The opposition party in the media release also said the late Prof.Mutebile was held hostage by His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The late was one of the principal people that pioneered the economy growth of this country that it’s quite hard to replace him. Uganda’s annual growth stands at 4.97%.
To say that he was held hostage shows how un logical in thinking the party is
However, it would be wise to let the dead rest in peace other than rant, the dead deserve some respect.
Despite, the FDC and other opposition political rhetorics, the current government has made major milestones in serving Ugandans because it is immensely consumed in the belief of national character since its inception.
A fundamental change for the last 36 years is in place and government has been working towards attaining even more.