Opposition figure Kizza Besigye has said that patronage and corruption are now a way of life for NRM junta leaders after 35 years of the same.
He picked on Dr Diana Atwiine, the Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Health grew up in State House and was educated on State House Scholarship.
Before becoming the Health PS, Dr Diana Atwiine was the Director of State House Medicine and Health Service Delivery Monitoring Unit.
“As NRM/M7 Junta “royals” revel in Covid19 bonanza, Ugandans face a terrible health and economic crisis; pupils under lockdown since March face uncertain future; most teachers unpaid since lockdown; small businesses decimated……”
“That’s why….Plan B,” he said Friday.
According to him, COVID19 bonanza by Uganda’s NRM/Museveni Junta “royals” is as brazen as it’s repugnant.
“Among bonanza beneficiaries are Mrs Charlotte Keinerugaba (wife to Gen Muhoozi Keinerugaba) and her sister Mrs Ishta Muganga; both, being the daughters of Hon Sam Kutesa, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
He said their company, Silverbacks Pharmacy LTD, was contracted to supply and instal oxygen plants for Mulago and Entebbe Hospitals at a cost of Shs 6.4bn.
“100% of their invoice was paid by 30Jun2020, but by September, work hadn’t commenced, according to Covid19 Interventions Report of Oct 2020.”
Tips for junta
“They think it’s Ok. They can’t understand the source of people’s anger!” he said on Friday.
He gave three tips for those who can still reflect:
He cited transparency and fairness in benefiting from or access to public funds (goods), services and publicly funded opportunities.
All public expenditure must be subjected to and pass a value for money test.
It’s not enough to show what’s bought without a right price tag, he noted.
People own all public goods and services; public servants are hired (paid) to deliver people’s needs.
He said it’s a privilege and not a favour to serve.
Public servants should never demand to be appreciated or thanked, he pointed out.
“That must be the prerogative of those being served.”