The World Health Organization believes that the pandemic of Covid-19 can end when the authorities of the world work hard on it:


Written by VOA


Vaccination continues at a slow pace on the continent of Africa.


“The pandemic will end when the world chooses to end it,” World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Friday in Geneva about the global COVID-19 outbreak that is now being driven by the delta variant of the coronavirus.

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and that infections in vaccinated people may be as transmissible as those in the unvaccinated.

“WHO’s goal remains to support every country to vaccinate at least 10% of its population by the end of September, at least 40% by the end of this year, and 70% by the middle of next year,” the WHO chief said, but added that the realization of the goals is “a long way off.”

“So far, just over half of countries have fully vaccinated 10% of their population, less than a quarter of countries have vaccinated 40%, and only three countries have vaccinated 70%,” Tedros said.

He recalled that WHO had earlier “warned of the risk that the world’s poor would be trampled in the stampede for vaccines” and that “the world was on the verge of a catastrophic moral failure” because of vaccine inequity.

“And yet the global distribution of vaccines remains unjust,” Tedros said. “All regions are at risk, but none more so than Africa.”


Vaccination of an adult


“Many African countries have prepared well to roll out vaccines, but the vaccines have not arrived,” he said. “Less than 2% of all doses administered globally have been in Africa,” with only 1.5% of the continent’s population fully vaccinated.

The WHO chief said his organization was “issuing an urgent call” for $7.7 billion for the launching of the Rapid ACT-Accelerator Delta Response, or RADAR, a response to the delta surge that would provide tests, treatments and vaccines.

He also said COVAX; which provides vaccines to lower-income countries, needs additional funding.

“The question is not whether the world can afford to make these investments,” Tedros said, "it’s whether it can afford not to.”

US President Joe Biden announced Thursday that civilian federal government employees must be vaccinated or submit to regular testing and wear masks.

On Friday, a reporter asked Biden as he was leaving the White House whether Americans should expect more guidelines and restrictions related to the coronavirus. “In all probability,” he said.

Mushrooming outbreaks of the highly contagious delta variant prompted China and Australia to impose stricter COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday as the WHO urged the world to quickly contain the mutation before it turns into something deadlier and draws out the pandemic.

China's most serious surge of coronavirus infections in months spread to two more areas Saturday -- Fujian province and the sprawling megacity of Chongqing.

More than 200 cases have been linked to a delta cluster in Nanjing city where nine cleaners at an international airport tested positive, with the outbreak spanning Beijing, Chongqing and five provinces as of Saturday.

The nation where the disease first emerged has rushed to prevent the highly transmissible strain from taking root by putting more than 1 million people under lockdown and reinstituting mass testing campaigns.

Worldwide, coronavirus infections are once again on the upswing, with the World Health Organization announcing an 80% average increase over the past four weeks in five of the health agency's six regions, a jump largely fueled by the delta variant.

First detected in India, it has now reached 132 countries and territories.

"Delta is a warning: it's a warning that the virus is evolving but it is also a call to action that we need to move now before more dangerous variants emerge," the WHO's emergencies director Michael Ryan told a press conference.

He stressed that the "game plan" still works, namely physical distancing, wearing masks, hand hygiene and vaccination.

But both high- and low-income countries are struggling to gain the upper hand against delta, with the vastly unequal sprint for shots leaving plenty of room for variants to wreak havoc and further evolve.

In Australia, where only about 14% of the population is vaccinated, the third-largest city of Brisbane and other parts of Queensland state were to enter a snap COVID-19 lockdown Saturday as a cluster of the delta variant bubbled into six new cases. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday that 80% of adults must be vaccinated before the country will consider reopening its border.

"The only way to beat the delta strain is to move quickly, to be fast and to be strong," Queensland's Deputy Premier Steven Miles said while informing millions they will be under three days of strict stay-at-home orders.

'The war has changed'

The race for vaccines to triumph over variants appeared to suffer a blow as the US Centers for Disease Control released an analysis that found fully immunized people with so-called breakthrough infections of the delta variant can spread the disease as easily as unvaccinated people.

While the jabs remain effective against severe disease and death, the US government agency said in a leaked internal CDC document "the war has changed" as a result of delta.

An analysis of a superspreading event in the northeastern state of Massachusetts found three-quarters of the people sickened were vaccinated, according to a report the CDC published Friday.

The outbreak related to July 4 festivities, with the latest number of people infected swelling to 900, according to local reports. The findings were used to justify a return to masks for vaccinated people in high-risk areas.

"As a vaccinated person, if you have one of these breakthrough infections, you may have mild symptoms, you may have no symptoms, but based on what we're seeing here you could be contagious to other people," Celine Gounder, an infectious diseases physician and professor at New York University, told AFP.

According to the leaked CDC document, a review of findings from other countries showed that while the original SARS-CoV-2 was as contagious as the common cold, each person with delta infects on average eight others, making it as transmissible as chickenpox but still less than measles.


The Indian young man gets tested for COVID19


Reports from Canada, Scotland and Singapore suggest delta infections may also be more severe, resulting in more hospitalizations. Asked if Americans should expect new recommendations from health authorities or new restrictive measures, U.S. President Joe Biden responded, "in all probability," before leaving the White House by helicopter for the weekend.

He did not specify what steps could be taken. In Israel, health officials began administering coronavirus booster shots Friday to people older than 60 who have been fully vaccinated in an effort to stop a recent spike in cases.

Italy’s Health Institute announced Friday that the delta variant accounted for almost all new COVID-19 cases in the country at nearly 95% of cases as of July 20.

German officials announced that unvaccinated travelers arriving in the country will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center on Saturday reported there have been more than 197 million global COVID-19 infections.


As in Uganda, it has become a money making enterprise.

Where the national treasury is not touched in the fight against the pandemic so that massive national debts can be paid.

Of recent, this African country borrowed so much money and right now it badly needs tax revenue from donated COVID19 to buy pick-up trucks, to continue to run government expenditures as politics dictates.

To try and vaccinate 20 million people is out of the question. The country would rather continue into a partial lockdown or a third fully fledged COVID19 lockdown with the help of the police and military and a full night curfew!
One cannot understand some African governments. Recently with the knowledge of the Director General of WHO, Malawi destroyed thousands of vaccines.

It is the same world authority now warning of the risk that the world’s poor would be trampled in the stampede for vaccine and that “the world was on the verge of a catastrophic moral failure” because of vaccine inequity!






In Uganda, billions of shillings are being spent to combat COVID 19 Delta:

How these billions are spent:



Written by Robert Spin Mukasa



With the numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths soaring every day, Uganda’s portion of the pandemic seems to be on a steady climb and so is the scale of expenditure on government efforts to stop the spread of the highly infectious viral disease.


There have been more than 78,394 confirmed cases of Covid-19. The virus has killed more than 903, according to official statistics released by the ministry of Health on June 25.

However, the amount of money spent in the last one year and three months to stem the spread of one of the world’s largest outbreaks has largely been obscured.

But aided by the ministry of Finance-sponsored report released in May 2021 titled; “Semi-Annual Performance of the Covid-19 Economic Stimulus Package, FY 2020/21 Budget Monitoring and Accountability Unit, The Observer has been able to get an insightful sneak peek into every government intervention and Covid-19-related expenditure.

We have tracked every expenditure, contractor, items or services procured. Below are some of the expenditures.

The total budget for the multi-sectoral Covid-19 response was Shs 2,221,990,315,936 (US$ 600,535,742) from March 2020 to June 2021, according to the report.

The ministry of Health received both budget and off-budget support from various funders including World Bank, Global Fund and GAVI worth about Shs 750, 404,652,823. As of March 31, 2021, the MoH had spent about Shs 617,837,683,787 (82%) of the released funds.

The ministry of Health planned a number of interventions under eight pillars: leadership, stewardship, coordination and oversight; surveillance and laboratory; case management; strategic information, research and innovation (SIRI); risk communication and social mobilization (RCSM); community engagement and social protection initiatives; logistics; and continuity of Essential Health Services.

The report defines Covid-19 spending to “include all spending that would have not occurred in the absence of Covid-19”.

“For FY 2020/21, Uganda appropriated Shs 1,240,688,628,8322 on various aspects of the economic stimulus package. The expenditures were made to Ministry of Health; Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation; Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development; and Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development,” the report partly suggests.

Under the economic stimulus package, a number of Covid-19 health-related outputs were planned. These included: Non-medical masks procured and distributed; ICU facilities in regional referral hospitals as Covid-19 treatment centers established; Covid-19 laboratory and testing kits procured; blood collection materials for Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS) procured; Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured and distributed; Emergency ambulance and boats procured; Mega phones for communication procured and distributed.

Others were: Oxygen plants at Entebbe and Mulago National Referral Hospital procured and installed, furniture and fixtures procured; 20 sleeper tents procured; ICT and equipment including software procured; Border post health units including staff houses constructed; Oxygen plant house at Mulago National Referral Hospital constructed; accommodation hired to quarantine abroad returnees, Covid-19 suspects and health workers at border posts; Meals provided; fuel procured; spray pumps procured; Funds transferred to hospitals and local governments to support surveillance, contact tracing, sample collection and case management for Covid-19 patients undertaken.

The report says the above interventions were expected to translate into control of Covid-19 and reduction of transmission, morbidity and mortality in a bid to minimise the socio-economic disruption resulting from this pandemic.

The report is based on selected interventions of the Health sector that received the economic stimulus package. Monitoring involved assessment of the performance of selected treatment centres, including Mulago National Referral Hospital, Namboole National Isolation/Treatment Facility, Regional Referral Hospitals (RRHs), Testing Centres, Selected Points of Entry to Uganda and in some Local Governments (LGs) that housed quarantine centres.

It also involved assessment of Testing Laboratories such as Central Public Health Laboratories that mainly coordinated the procurement and distribution of testing kits. A total of 205 respondents from the above-mentioned facilities were interviewed.

Overall performance analysis extended to April 30 2021. Physical verification was mainly limited to the economic stimulus package extended to the Health sector under government totaling to Shs 252,004,219,6694 as at March 2021.

Here’s how the ministry of Health spent the allocated money between March 2020 and March 2021.


As a preventive measure, the MoH planned to procure non-medical masks for all individuals aged six years and above. According to the Covid-19 preparedness and response plan, the masks were expected to be procured and distributed in June, July and August 2020 and later again in March and April 2021.

The MoH signed contracts with various suppliers including Fine Spinners Ltd, Southern Range Nyanza, Graphic Systems Limited, Big Concepts Limited, Silk Events Ltd, Christex Garment Industry, Winfred Fashion Limited, among others, to produce 36,321,051 masks in various lots of which 33,728,087 masks were for community distribution, while 2,583,621 were for the candidate classes at the schools.

By 31st March 2021, the MoH had cumulatively paid out Shs 78,837,851,159 for procurement of non-medical masks, of which Shs 53 billion was paid during FY 2020/21 and Shs 25 billion paid in the previous FY 2019/20. Additionally, about Shs 594,496,282 was spent on distribution of non-medical masks to various districts.

About 36.3 millon masks were distributed to various districts across the country. Each individual, according to the report, was entitled to one mask; however some local governments distributed two masks per individual. This partially led to inadequacy of non-medical masks in various communities.

The report says a total of 3.5 million masks were procured and distributed over and above the population projections. The MoH attributed this to two reasons:

a) Variances between UBOS population projections and that on ground. “.... Oftentimes, population figures on ground are higher than the UBOS projections numbers; that is why we procure items including mosquito nets slightly above the projections to ensure that everybody is covered.....” Commissioner Planning, MoH.


About 38 ambulances worth Shs 11 billion were procured by M/s AutoZone Armor Processing Cars L.L.C through M/s City Ambulance Limited. As at 31st December, 2020, the ambulances were delivered and most deployed to various referral hospitals with each facility receiving at least two ambulances.

Ministry of Health PS Dr Diana Atwine receiving money donations earlier 

The three boat ambulances were, however, not yet deployed by February 2021 and were docked at Munyonyo under the custody of the ministry of Internal Affairs. Cumulatively, the MoH had received 104 ambulances as at 31st March 2021 supported by both the GoU and development partners.


In order to achieve the Covid-19 testing targets, the MoH planned to procure a total of 2,804,515 testing kits and sample collection materials throughout the Covid- 19 response period. As at 31st March 2021, the MoH had committed and spent about Shs 29.7 billion on procurement of test kits and sample collec- tion materials for Covid-19 screening.

The service providers were Africa Bio System Uganda Limited; M/s Microhaem Scientifics and Medical Supplies Limited. The Africa Bio System Uganda Limited procured kits worth Shs 4.6 billion and delivered them to UVRI in September 2020. The UVRI also received Shs 146,400,000 for testing kit’s evaluations (tests for the validity and reliability of test kits).

M/s Microhaem Scientifics and M/s Medical Supplies supplied kits worth Shs 6.6 billion to MoH, part of the deliveries were used to test samples collected from the Community Transmission Survey.

The MoH in addition signed two contracts for procurement of Altona Covid-19 laboratory testing kits (bundle) for mobile laboratory testing and reagents for the samples at the Points of Entry facilities, the report says.

The contracts worth Shs 4,609,181,250 and Shs 2,858,250,000 were signed between MoH; M/s Microhaem Scientifics and Medical Supplies Limited on September 8 2020 and September 30 2020 respectively. All deliveries were expected by January 31, 2021, according to the report. The latter was delivered by March 31 2021, while the former had not been delivered.

Overall, as at March 31, 2021, testing kits worth Shs 16,717,432,250 had been delivered to the Central Public Health Laboratories, Butabika and distributed to various Covid-19 testing laboratories including Tororo-Malaba, Adjumani–Elegu, UVRI, and Makerere University College of Health Sciences, among others. 

“Overall, the MoH received over 1.8 million various types of testing kits and sample collection materials from both GoU and development partners. The biggest contributor to procurement of testing kits was Global Fund at 28%, followed by GoU,” the report says.


The PPEs included surgical and N95 masks, cover overalls, aprons, gloves, cotton, and boots. Contracts worth Shs 8.5 billion were procured from various service providers. By March 31, 2021, the procured PPEs were delivered. Service providers included: National Medical Stores (NMS), JMS, SA Field Industrial Logistics, and N2M Company Ltd, among others.

Through development partners - Islamic Development Bank, Global Fund, World Bank, GAVI, UNICEF, UNTAID, WHO, Private Sector, LifeBox Foundation, CNOOC, CHAI, JICA, and IOM Japan, among others, PPEs worth over Shs 30 billion were procured, delivered and distributed to various entities.


The MoH contracted M/s Lumious Uganda Limited on June 22, 2020 at Shs 3,846,800,000 with an expected delivery date of July 15, 2020. Each of the 100-capacity tents was procured at Shs 163m. As at 31st December 2020, twenty (20) tents were delivered at Namboole stadium.

It was however, established that the stadium’s turf was inappropriate for anchoring the sleeper tents. They were thus redeployed to the regional referral hospitals and other entities. Three were sent to the UPDF, one at Entebbe Isolation ward, one at Entebbe GH, one at Hoima RRH, while Soroti, Lira, Gulu, Arua, Moroto, Kabale, Fort Portal each received two tents.
Installation differed by hospital, with some installing one while others had both tents installed.

None of the tents was utilised due to the decline in number of Covid-19 patients, lack of space for full installation in some hospitals, and absence of concrete slab/ platform to anchor the tents. Laboratory Medical Sundries (test kits reagents, etc) cost Shs 30 billion.

And spent about Shs 23 billion on allowances for health workers. The ministry also spent about Shs 12 billion on fuel and lubricants from VIVO Energy as at March 31, 2021. Accommodation for returnees and contacts (Quarantine facilities) chewed Shs 3.5 billion.

The MoH quarantined various people in Kampala, Entebbe and various local governments as a prevention measure. Cumu- latively, the ministry accommodated over 2,500 Covid-19 suspects and returnees in various institutions.

The institutions included: Fisheries Training Institute, Dairy Development Authority (DDA) Training Institute, Institute of Surveys and Land Management, and National Meteorological Training School, among others. Others were accommodated at hotels and hostels.



Analysis focused on the quarantined period March 2020 to December 2020, the rest were assessed during the first Covid-19 Monitoring exercise done in FY 2019/20.


The following was established: Although the ministry of Health had suspended quarantine facilities and introduced home-base quarantine and isolation, there was continued engagement of hotels from July to December 2020.

The MoH attributed this to inadequate space at Namboole National Isolation and Treatment Facility at the time of arrival of some returnees.

“For example, as at 31st December 2020, Grand Global Hotel had received Shs 380,769,480 for full board accommodation for Saudi Arabia returnees from 28th July to 5th September 2020 and 180 deported returnees from Saudi Arabia. Additionally, M/s Douglas Villa Hostel Ltd was paid a total Shs 374,598,080 for accommodation of returnees from 3rd to 19th July 2020,” the report partly reads.

“The MoH also accommodated health workers at two POEs; these were: Happy Home Guest House-SMC Limited which
as at 31st December 2020, received Shs 227,976,000 for the accommodation services of health workers at Malaba Port of Entry in Tororo district. La Palm Suites & Spa Limited as at 31st December 2020, had received Shs 113,988,000 for the accommodation services to health workers at Busia.”


“The MoH contracted M/s Keba Investments Limited to provide meals to the National Taskforce, quarantine and treatment centers through a framework contract. The MoH had as at 31st March 2021 cumulatively spent Shs 6,316,971,269, of which Shs 3,874,370,881 was paid for catering services provided between July to December 2020 for quarantined people and health workers at Entebbe RRH, MoH Call Centre, Fisheries Training Institute, DDA Training Institute, National Meteorological Training School, Institute of Surveys and Land Man- agement, Namboole, Kabanyole, outside catering for the National Task Force (NTF) meetings NTF sub-committees, incident management, among others.


“Cumulatively as at 31st March 2021, the MoH had paid M/S Vivo Energy Uganda Limited Shs 11.66 billion to supply fuel for Covid-19 operations. These included support supervision, evacuation of patients and suspects, among other activities, across the country.


The contract was awarded to M/s N2M Company Limited at a sum of Shs 530m in June 2020. The pumps were meant to aid disinfection of places, materials of Covid-19 confined places, treatment centers, homes, ambulances, among others. These included: 80 mist sprayer, 99 power sprayers and 19 transport jet pump. These were supplied to various CTUs across the country.


The MoH renewed the Anti-Virus Licenses for 450 users from Tech Man Computer Solutions Limited on 28th May 2020. Five desktop computers were procured from M/s Kamage Enterprises Limited at Shs 24.3m. ICT equipment was also procured for Points-of-Entry at border facilities by Nutu Investments Limited. Development of E-card for fleet management was also done.

Mutukula and Katuna Points-of-Entry (POE) confirmed receipt of ICT supplies from the MoH.


Due to bans on large gathering, travel restrictions, closure of all schools and other social institutions caused by the pandemic, the UBTS could not effectively undertake its blood collection mandate.

It’s against that background that the MoH contracted M/s Medical Solutions Uganda LTD to supply medical supplies worth Shs 2.2bn to ease blood collection by UBTS. These were supplied and included; hand gels, blood collections bags, hand sanitizer, liquid soap, and cotton wool among others.

The MoH also supported the UBTS by paying allowances to health workers that were involved in blood collection at various centres.

The additional supplies, according to the report, partly enabled the UBTS achieve its blood collection targets as well as attainment of its overall planned outputs and outcomes to 71% during FY 2019/20. No additional support was received during the period under review.


As at 31st March 2021, the MoH had cumulatively transferred Shs 12,713,640,000 to hospitals and selected local governments.

In FY2019/20, the MoH transferred to each of the 16 RRHs Shs 270 million and Shs 165 million to each local government for Covid-19 surveillance, contact tracing, sample collection and case management. During FY2020/21, the MoH additionally transferred Shs 8.228 billion to selected LGs, regional, and national and RRHs.

The transferred funds were mainly used to pay arrears for allowances for frontline health workers, food, accommodation for both patients and health workers incurred between January 2020 and June 2020 except in a few instances activities undertaken from July to December 2020.


During FY2020/21 scientists working under the Presidential Scientific Initiative on Epidemics (PRESIDE) were allocated Shs 31 billion towards research and development for Covid-19 response tools.

By 31st December 2020, Shs 25.87bn had been released to MoSTI, of which Shs 15.787bn is for equipment for Covid-19 research and development, and Shs 10.084 billion disbursed to PRESIDE secretariat for recurrent expenses of 23 research projects.

Procurement of equipment under PRESIDE was executed by Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MoSTI). But one year and three months later, no tangible results have been realized.


Much of this expenditures are consistent with thousands of normal trustworthy people who are prepared to get hold of this cash and spend it accordingly for the common good of this country.

Of course every Ugandan in this lockdown loves money. And that means paper money. The well known video going the rounds, where the rich people of this country literary sleep with their big money(paper currency) in their bedrooms other than taking the loot to the banks should not be the undoing of fighting successfully this virus.

And there are the workers in this country who badly need this money as well to survive and are likely going to be paid in such cash. Is COVID19 Delta ever going to leave this country after spending these billions of shillings in 12 months?
Now that this country is waking up to the task of saving the lives of the poor and the rich altogether, one hopes that the paper currency cash to be given out as a starting point to an African social welfare program will be fumigated first against the pandemic of COVID19 Delta, before it is served out to the citizens.

This is to remind the Ministry of Health that many of these citizens are very vulnerable to the pandemic because they have not been vaccinated at all!






In Uganda, variants of Covid-19 have hit the country and there is a looming political crisis on how to successfully stop this pandemic:

28 June, 2021

By Timothy Kalyegira
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A near-empty street in downtown Kampala after President Museveni announced a nationwide lockdown following the surge Covid-19 cases. PHOTO | RACHEL MABALA

Few things are as good at laying bare a country’s capabilities and levels of organisation than the way it handles public health emergencies.

SARS-CoV-2, or Covid-19, has at last finally arrived in Uganda. What is being termed the second wave in Uganda is, in real terms, the first, true wave.

Last year, Covid-19 deaths were to most people abstract figures published by the Ministry of Health in its daily updates.
Today, the situation is beginning to feel like the Aids crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s, in which the deaths of relatives, office colleagues, friends, neighbours and former classmates brought home the tragedy to us.

Even with the number of Covid-19 infections across Africa still negligible by international standards, Western media and government officials were already expressing alarm about Africa.

Africa’s elite found this both puzzling and offensive: Why should North America and Europe, which were in the grip of Covid-19 be more worried about Africa than their own countries?

True wave
Now that the pandemic has embarked on its first true wave in Uganda, the early concerns raised in America and Europe begin to make sense.

The West had correctly foreseen that Covid-19, tragic as the number of infections and deaths might be, is mostly a public health emergency in Europe while in Africa it’s the kind of pandemic that can lead to or expose state collapse.

Western analysts also correctly foresaw that the struggle to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic by countries such as Uganda would inevitably become the responsibility of the West, via the International Monetary Fund or individual Western governments.

Uganda is facing a major stress test and is struggling to cope. The economic and societal stress being felt across the land during this latest lockdown is slowly turning into a political crisis.

Not necessarily a political crisis in the sense of massive street demonstrations or one of an ungovernable state.
It is, still, a crisis of confidence in the government, including in the three regions of Uganda – eastern, northern, and western – that voted for President Museveni and the NRM in January.

For the last 35 years, the NRM government had it relatively easy. It did not require much technical management to revive the economy.
Just for internal security to return to most of the country in the late 1980s was enough for several pockets of the economy such as construction and basic factory production to resume or grow.

The country’s need of essential, basic commodities in the late 1980s was so urgent and desperate, Uganda’s factory output did not need to be of a high quality either.

Anything produced, in whatever quality, brought much-needed relief. Maintaining the peace, opening up the economy to free market forces, and courting significant foreign direct investment were the main cornerstones of the 1990 to 2020 growth period.
The government could be absent from the day-to-day lives of most Ugandans, but the country would still function because the government’s role in the economy had been taken over by the market.

Most Uganda government data, reports and the President’s own annual addresses to the nation tend to dwell on the macro picture – the GDP growth rate, the number of factories built since 1986, new health centres built, inflation kept under control and so forth.
However, life of citizens is lived not in the compound GDP data, but in personal moments and experiences.

These personal moments include visits to hospitals, health centres, applying for official documents, public sanitation, filing crime reports at police stations, processing trade licences, job applications and matters like that.

And in these personal moments and experiences, the NRM government along with most African governments is noticeably weak on the ground.
The weakness is in full display in the government’s haphazard response to both the medical and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The NRM government is at its best in delivering the general, such as internal security; but it is at its most incompetent when it comes to the particulars that matter most in the private lives of its citizens.
From the President to the Prime Minister and LC5 chairpersons, the government seems to improvise as it goes along.

For example, Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja last week said one way the government will determine which vulnerable categories to send money to will be to study the transactional records.
Ordinary Ugandans quickly responded by pointing out that their mobile phones are often as much cash accounts as transfer nodes.

A boda boda man might receive Shs300,000 to pass on to a sick relative and so if his transaction history is taken at face value, it will give a false impression that he is not financially vulnerable.

From the mood on social media networks to phone calls into local radio stations all over the country, it is clear that Ugandans have very little faith in their government in as far as service delivery is concerned.

Most Ugandans don’t believe the government will deliver food or money to the population during this second lockdown.
The World Bank in its annual ranking of countries according to the ease of doing business published in December 2020, placed Uganda at No. 116 out of 190 countries.

The categories measured by the World Bank include 1) Starting a business 2) Dealing with construction permits 3) Getting electricity 4) Registering property 5) Getting credit 6) Protecting minority investors 7) Paying taxes 8) Trading across borders 9) Enforcing contracts and 10) Resolving insolvency.

These 10 World Bank categories are a more accurate measure of a country than the nominal GDP growth figures published by the Uganda government, because they show the country as it actually operates, not just how it grows.

However, the World Bank’s categorisation is limited because it focuses on the formal economy of documentation, contracts, licenses and registration.

Most of Uganda’s economy is informal and subsistence, and so most of the pain points experienced by the population are much more personal, unlike the World Bank’s 10-category measurement.

If I were to volunteer a few more for Uganda, I would add 11) The process and efficiency of police crime investigations 12) The ability of the State to deliver food, medicine and other emergency supplies to every homestead in the country 13) The ability to enforce government directives 14) The ability of the government to publish reports from across the country and 15) The ability of customer care departments in all government ministries, agencies and private business corporations to respond to the public’s inquires, emergencies and complaints.

These last five are, to me, the weakest links in Uganda the nation-State.
With infection rates rising alarmingly over the past month, the government had no choice but to announce an immediate national lockdown on June 18.

As a policy, government has responded to Covid-19 in the right, consistent and sensible way. But the suddenness of the latest lockdown caught the public unawares.

Uganda is not the kind of society in which systems work smoothly and can adjust at short notice. Almost everything is mechanical, physical and bound up in geography.  We saw this when schools were abruptly closed and all of a sudden, the country had a major crisis on its hands, with thousands of school children stranded at taxi and bus parks.

Moving goods from one part of Mbale to another or from one division in Kampala requires time and money.
Traders had no time to go to shopping malls and retrieve some of their stock. People with money in banks had no time to withdraw what they could.

Desperate vendors
Since there were no immediate relief measures in place, desperate vendors in Kampala have taken the risk of going to the retail hubs in town and are being forcibly turned back home by the police.
In the meantime, we are starting to come face-to-face with the true cost of treating Covid-19 patients.

With bills running into the tens of millions, the treatment of Covid-19 patients is wiping out the entire financial savings of middle-class families. Even if the NSSF were to give employees all their life savings with the Fund, two short weeks of admission in a Kampala hospital for Covid-19 are enough for most to use up the money.

What the 2020 lockdown and the latest lockdown have done is reveal the true state of the nation Uganda. It doesn’t take much for Uganda to lose 30 years of GDP growth. It doesn’t take much for the middle-class to slide back into a hand-to-mouth existence.

It doesn’t take much to show just how weak are the newly-created districts or to prove that the recently-created half a dozen cities such as Mbarara, Soroti and Gulu are still little more than sleepy towns.
It doesn’t take much to show that an 80-member Cabinet or a 500-member Parliament are of little effect in the face of a complex pandemic such as Covid-19.


"Vaccines work in a communal manner; you need to have more people vaccinated to protect one another. You cannot be the lone island that you're the only person who is vaccinated and you're living among people who are not vaccinated, and you think you will be protected. The amount of exposure will be too high, ultimately you might get exposed. Some people might have been vaccinated with one jab." he said. 


The public transport is all locked up. That is all wrong.
The political opposition must be respected and given a voice as soon as possible. So that a political unity of all the political parties is at once installed to run the governance of this infected country. This will allow this government to have enough accountable money to buy vaccines. Online communication costs must be reduced at once especially for the broadcasters of TV and Radio, medical, business and educational institutions to communicate nationally and internationally. The curfew should be scraped at once to allow life giving activities to go on 24 hours. Even mass vaccinations must continue to be done for 24 hours a day.






Omubaka wa Parliamenti owe Ntungamo alaalise okuwawaabira Gavumenti lwa kugaba bukadde 40:

By Musasi wa Bukedde


Added 18th May 2020


Omubaka Karuhanga owe Ntungamo, Western Uganda


OMUBAKA wa munisipaali ye Ntungamo, Gerald Karuhanga alaalise okuddayo mu kkooti awawaabire Gavumenti olw’okuwa ababaka ba Palamenti 317 buli omu obukadde 40 nga babeebaza okuyisa ekiteeso ekisiima Pulezidenti Museveni.


Karuhanga yagambye nti alina obukakafu obulaga nti buli mubaka eyawagira ekiteeso ky'okuggya ekkomo ku myaka gya Pulezidenti yafunye ku ssente zino.

Ekyakoleddwa yagambye nti kyagendereddwaamu okuddiza ababaka oluvannyuma lwa kkooti okubalemesa obukadde 20 ezaali zibaweereddwa Palamenti.



The state house trying to sort out money for the MPs of Uganda.

Ababaka okuli Karuhanga, Theodore Ssekikubo ( Lwemiyaga) ne Monicah Amoding ( Kumi munisipaali) baatuuzizza olukiiko lwa bannamawulire ku Palamenti ne balumiriza ababaka okufuna ssente zino kumpi ne wooteri ya Kati Kati mu Kampala.

Baagambye nti oluvannyuma lwa Palamenti okuyisa ekiteeso ekiraga obutali bumativu olw’engeri Pulezidenti gy’atassaamu Palamenti kitiibwa, ababaka ate baaleese ekiteeso ekisiima Pulezidenti olwa kaweefube gw’atadde mu kulwanyisa ekirwadde kya Corona .

Ekyaddiridde kwabadde kubagabira obukadde 40 buli muntu. Baalumirizza nti ssente zino era zaagendereddwaamu kugulirira ababaka baleme kuwagira nnongoosereza ezireetebwa mu tteeka erifuga ekittavvu ky’abakozi ekya NSSF. Ennongoosereza zaagala abakozi abaatereka mu NSSF baweebwe ebitundu 20 ku 100 ku ssente ze balinayo basobole okuyita mu mbeera eno.

Nampala wa Gavumenti , Ruth Nankabirwa yawakanyizza eby’okugabira ababaka obukadde 40 n'ategeeza nti tebiriiyo.

Ababaka ababyogera yagambye nti boogeza nsaalwa oluvannyuma lw’okulaba nga Palamenti eyisizza ekiteeso ekisiima Pulezidenti. Kyokka Karuhanga agamba nti alina bwino amala ku nsonga eno. “Nga kkooti bwe yataasa ku bukadde 20, ne ku bukadde 40 ejja kutaasa ssente y'omuwi w'omusolo ereme kwonoonebwa nga tutunula,” Karuhanga bwe yaweze.


Awo no President tajja kubayita abebakira mu Parliamenti ya Uganda olutatadde!