Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] secretary general, Nandala Mafabi, lost his cool on Thursday night and put senior journalist, Andrew Mwenda, in his place.
Mafabi was discussing the rising fuel prices on NBS TV’s “Frontline” programme.
He said the moment the fuel prices go high, everything in the country goes high.
The government should be controlling fuel prices in an economy Ofwono Opondo [government spokesperson] calls liberalised, Mafabi pointed out.
“As the prices increase, indirect taxes go down. If the income is fixed and the cost of things increases, you spend less.”
Mafabi said revenue collection is for expenditure of service delivery. “We have to get money to buyout. We have to either export or borrow money.” He said at the time when fuel is lower, there should have been a mechanism of saving.
According to him, government has left the citizens of Uganda at mercy–it has left the people of Uganda out.
He said the current MPs in Parliament went into a contract with the people of Uganda for a five year term.
“How do you change that contract? That is overthrowing the Constitution. This government thrives on manoeuvres.”
Mafabi says he has come to know that Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, the electoral commission chairman is worse than his predecessor Badru Kiggundu.
“You can’t bank on the electoral commission we have. There is a limit to money, it can’t buy everything. Just eat the money they give you.”
The clash as Mwenda chirps in
Mwenda who sought to enlighten Mafabi, said Uganda’s fuel market is the most liberalised economy in the world.
“Uganda is just poor. There are certain things this country can’t afford but our elites continue to demand much more.”
He said the country has little revenue per person and little to put in infrastructure.
The way the politics of the elites is organized in Africa is injurious to development, Mwenda agreed.
He then turned to Mafabi…
Mwenda: Nandala, let me advise you…
Mafabi: You can’t advise me on politics.
Mwenda: I come to this show to provide analytical value and perspective.
Mafabi: You can only advise me in making noise.
Mwenda: Nandala is a politician looking for cheap popularity.
DP President Norbert Mao who was appearing on the same show said they had started from the wrong end of the stick.
“These two (Mwenda and Nandala) are discussing Musevenomics.”