The Director of Communications at Parliament, Chris Obore, is wondering whether children who have grown up in a corrupt environment enjoying illicit wealth and luxury will learn to be responsible for the good of the country.
“It used to be kids of the poor who would work hard and later manage public affairs with distinction & ethics,” tweeted Obore on Friday.
He added: “Will the children of the corrupt understand ethics in public management?”
An investigative journalist by training and orientation, Obore says those driven to school in corruptly acquired cars won’t care about pedestrian lanes on the roads.
“The way some people behave I have come to conclude that: Some of us are Wanainchi while others are Wenyeinchi.”
According to him, bringing up children well does not imply giving children power over parents.
Child rights advocacy should not reduce the role of a parent in shaping the character of a child, he argued.
“A child should know there are sanctions for bad behaviour. Otherwise we nurture lawlessness.”
We have failed to tame greed
Obore believes corporate governance in Uganda is just a cliché.
While many know it’s value; the desire for power and absolute control makes no one love corporate governance, he argues.
“They only preach it just to show they know but their hearts detest it. Our leaders’ values hate checks and balances.”
He cited the case of President Museveni who got criticised on his recent visit to China with sections of Ugandans accusing him of “going to Beijing to beg”.
“President M7 went to China & sceptics said he was going to beg. Yes, he has got a grant of Shs161bn. This money will boost Uganda economy,” Obore noted.
He added: “Yes, some of it will be stolen by your own relatives who didn’t go to beg in China. Managing a country is not like managing social media pages.”
Obore quoted the deputy Speaker of Parliament Hon Jacob Oulanyah saying: “Let’s stop plotting sabotage, let’s stop preaching chaos (instead) let’s preach unity and development and let’s work together for our country.”
Oulanyah added: “The rivers, lakes and mountains that divide us, are not greater than the blood that connects us. Ours is the spirit of Ubuntu — I am because we are.”
Obore too believes Africans have have failed to tame greed, jealousy, hatred, pettiness and selfishness.
“Can Africa survive neo colonialism with the attitudes and mind-sets we have? Those things feed bad governance in Africa and are a window for foreign exploitation.”
He said for example the conflicts in Uganda are not because of lack of resources but because of shortage of correct attitudes and mind-sets.
“Some people have made their egos look like national culture,” he concluded.
In their April 5, 2019 article, Uganda Radio Network [URN] said a 3-year probe into the appointment of parliament’s director communications and public affairs, concluded with the recommendation that the former Nation Media’s journalist be relieved of his duties.
Obore reportedly did not possess the required qualifications for the job whose sole applicant was Hellen Nanteza Kaweesa, the current deputy director CPA.
Parliament sent out letters inviting the candidates for interaction with the parliamentary commission on May 20, 2015.
Only Charles Mwanguhya and Chris Obore expressed interest in the position and scored 67.00 and 77.86, respectively.
Obore was offered the appointment to the post with effect from September 1. Obore took the oath of office on September 3, 2015.
But this process was challenged by a whistleblower indicating that Obore did not have the minimum 10 years of service, as set by the Public Service Commission for the position and that he did not possess a master’s degree as required.
A subsequent systematic investigation by the Inspectorate of Government established that the appointment was based on illegality and that it was in contravention of the parliamentary service regulations.
On the basis of the letter, the clerk to parliament has instructed a review of Obore’s employment with parliament.
Prior to his appointment, Obore had been an investigative reporter with the Daily Monitor and only held a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, obtained from Islamic University in Uganda.
He completed a master’s degree in Public Policy and Governance last year at the Uganda Management Institute (UMI).
Upon his appointment, Obore undertook a task to transform the public relations of parliament, working closely with Kadaga.
Obore’s working relations with Kadaga reportedly broke down leading to Kadaga to appoint Sam Obbo as her principle press secretary, sidelining Obore in the process.
In March this year, clerk to parliament, Kibirige wrote to Obore indicating that his contract had to be terminated following an investigation that he was illegally recruited.
After receiving his contract termination letter dated March 5, Obore on March 22, ran to the High court seeking an injunction restraining the parliamentary commission from implementing the clerk’s decision to terminate his employment until the matter is determined.