Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine says Ugandans living and working in Dubai are against the lifting of the presidential age limit.
Bobi Wine over the weekend met a group of Ugandans at Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates at their different work places.
“They encouraged us to keep fighting for the Freedom of our motherland and to defend the Constitution. They all say #Togikwatako,” Bobi said.
They then joined him to dance to the songs of Freedom at Jaguars club on Grand Exlesia hotel.
“Dubai was amazing last night. I am coming back home to Uganda at mid-day. Can’t wait to be home,” said the singer on Sunday.
He had earlier visited South Africa, the home of freedom songs, where he performed his latest hit “Freedom”.
Bobi encouraged all youth in ghettos not to allow the state silence their voices.
“Big up ghetto youth, they cannot silence our voices. Each One teach one. Let the message of Freedom spread like a virus.”
He also took off time to comment on the ongoing doctors’ strike saying he was very sad that doctors have had to be pushed to the wall until they laid down their tools.
“We can all imagine where that leaves the ordinary citizen of our country. Doctors rarely do this and when they do they deserve our support. In our case they have waited since 1996, each year being promised better terms only to be lied to by a government which lies to its citizens about everything.”
Bobi said any government which does not care about the plight of its health workers does not care about its citizens. “We must take care of the people who take care of us.”
Statistics indicate that every year, hundreds of doctors and other health workers including surgeons, anaesthetists, laboratory technicians, radiologists, midwives and nurses, leave Uganda for greener pastures in other African countries like Kenya, Rwanda, Botswana, South Africa, etc, where they are paid over four times better and have better working conditions.
He said others go to other continents, leaving their mother land against their will. This happens in a country with an acute shortage of health workers- each doctor having to attend to more than 25,000 patients as opposed to the world health organization recommended ratio of 1-1000.
“It is a common song to hear that government hospitals can’t afford elementary protective gear for health workers like boots, surgical gloves and aprons. Many times mothers in labour are asked to buy gloves and other essentials!”
He said all this would be excusable if the country genuinely didn’t have enough resources. “NO. Our taxes are just spent on things that don’t matter to the common citizen”.
A few weeks ago, Bobi questioned why 13 billion shillings could be given to MPs over the age limit bill – to extend life presidency yet government cannot pay doctors.
“Those in the private sector work so hard and earn so little which is heavily taxed. Our brothers and sisters who serve in the security forces earn peanuts. Their bosses have classified budgets!”
Bobi Wine rejected the Shs29m given for age limit consultations and advised government to use it to pay doctors.