By Rogers Atukunda
Former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye has said the country has to wait for President Museveni to capriciously declare the reopening of schools and the economy as promised.
“There must be a plan based on the realities we have. Before COVID19 came to Uganda, we pointed out that the problem is the absence of plan. You must move according to plan,” said Besigye Monday morning while appearing on NBS “Morning Breeze” programme.
This is not just a gamble, it is a disaster if public matters are handled like this at such a time, Besigye pointed out.
“Even up to now, we have our schools closed because we never had a plan. You saw the confusion in opening schools.”
He said Uganda doesn’t have leadership, and it is a disaster for the country.
According to him, COVID19 should have been a wake-up call for anybody who cares.
“It became clear to me that we don’t have any money in our reserves. We had to run and borrow to deal with the crisis. We didn’t have a single bag of food.”
“We had to borrow money and run around for suppliers to make arrangements. We are the country that doesn’t have emergency systems, whether it is ambulances or fire,” he revealed.
Besigye said some people say he is always criticizing government.
“Tell me whether what we are saying is true or not. What is the plan for the recovery of livelihoods? People work with very little capital. How does the person who ate their capital get back business life?”
He said anybody who lives in this country knows that Mr. Museveni is unadvisable because he doesn’t know some of his advisors.
Besigye said the cabinet should be part of the structural body of advisors.
“You can ask them, does he work on the advice of anybody? There are annual budgets, but you go and follow up if any of them are followed. We borrow in the first month of passing the budget.”
He said COVID19 money was borrowed to manage the crisis.
“Have we solved that? Today if you got an accident, if you are lucky, the police pickup will be your ambulance.”
“We have doubled the number of councilors. They earn more than doctors. We don’t have doctors. When doctors go on strike, I can’t blame them. Even if they don’t strike, they have people dying. By keeping quiet, they are being complacent.”