The tobacco industry is using farmers as an excuse to oppose tobacco control legislation.
The bill does not prohibit the growing of tobacco; it is aimed at pressing the government to provide alternative crops to tobacco, because tobacco growing is not only time consuming, resulting in child labor, underpaid farmers and their crops.
In most parts of Uganda, especially in the West, tobacco farmers took to the cultivation of rice. The tobacco industry should not be argued that the bill, if adopted, would hurt farmers economically. The bill aims to regulate the sale, supply, use, taxation, advertising and promotion of tobacco and tobacco products.
Among other things, it also aims to verify the interference of the tobacco industry, providing a smoke-free environment and leadership in the field of environmental protection, provide advice on tobacco packaging and labeling.
Recognise Benedicto Kiwanuka contribution
Many former leaders of Uganda, living and dead, were awarded medals of the independence of the various categories of President Yoweri Museveni last year for their sacrifices to help Uganda achieve its independence. Among the awardees included Dr. Milton Obote, the second Prime Minister of Uganda, and Benedict Kiwanuka, who was the first prime minister, was not recognized.
In addition, the first Prime Minister, Kiwanuka was the leader of the Democratic Party and one of the first people who brought the country to the transition between the British rule and independence. He was killed by the regime of Idi Amin in 1972 for practicing truth and justice. He was a true patriot who always believed in the Constitution.
In March 1961 the Democratic Party won the most votes and Kiwanuka became chief minister in Uganda Legislative Council and as a consequence, the Uganda Constitutional Conference was held in London, which led to the Uganda government, and Benedict Kiwanuka his first prime minister in the new national assembly.
So, what would be observed marking 50 years of independence, Uganda was the result of the efforts of Benedict Kiwanuka. I urge the government of Uganda to return to this issue and recognize Benedict Kiwanuka, not only as a hero, but as the father of the nation.
Burundi’s Prince Rwagasore deserves better recognition
Daily Nation Correspondent Charles Omondi, in his part of Rwanda and Burundi, the first relates to the independence of Burundi, the prime minister, as Louis Gwagasora. The correct name is Prince Louis Rwagasore. This Rwagasore is “unknown” in East Africa says Africans and our history.
We have the right to quote and read the issues that are related to Bismarck, de Gaulle, Hitler, etc., but we do not see our heroes. The last book of Belgian writer focusing on the murder Rwagasore describes him as “Burundais Lumumba.”
I listened to clips Prince Rwagasore voice on the BBC, referring to his countrymen soon after his election, and with the little I’ve read and heard about him and Patrice Lumumba, I believe, two nationalists could not survive the day politics of the region. Will our region geopolitics was different there were two live?
This is a puzzling question that Charles Onyango Obbo delivered after the death of Dr. John Garang, and the fact that Ugandans have been thinking about Benedict Kiwanuka. Do these people are dying too early? Otherwise, Omondi does a good job telling us that the leadership and the general national spirit may mean in the life of the country.
ATAAS can increase our agriculture
The press recently reported Shs 1. 6 trillion agricultural projects, agricultural machinery and agricultural advisory services (ATAAS), which will run for five years. The agricultural sector employs 75 percent of Uganda’s labor force, but it contributes only 20 per cent of GDP.
With ATAAS in place, I believe that the sector will be increased further, leading to increased food security and export earnings. ATAAS will definitely help in creating new jobs, especially in the agricultural sector. I appeal to the offices, who will be responsible for the funds ATAAS work hard to ensure this project is successful, since agriculture is the backbone of our economy.
DRC must sort out their mess.
Having failed in an attempt to sort out their mess for 50 years, the Congolese government of Uganda is now trying to drag it. According to some reports, DRC President Joseph Kabila of Congo accuses Uganda of support M23 rebels who are fighting their government in the eastern Kivu.
This is an old problem can be handled Congolese peace, but the warring parties have rejected each other’s terms and conditions adopted by the war. Allegations that President DRC Ugandan troops were seen in the Congo are false and are not accompanied by evidence. President Kabila has to solve its problems, not blaming anyone to attract sympathy.
On the other hand, Uganda is doing everything possible to prevent the escalation of the crisis, with President Museveni, as chairman of the ICGLR, holding a summit in Kampala this month. Uganda has made it clear that he is not interested in war, but trying to help, partly because we have sustained influx of Congolese refugees into the country.
I believe that the current problems of the rapid population growth in Uganda can be solved by extending known population of the less populated areas. The government could focus on ensuring the quality of infrastructure, services and employment opportunities in these areas to attract people.
In addition, rural-urban migration can be checked, if well-paid jobs used in the villages, providing easy access to basic amenities like safe drinking water, electricity, schools, and all weather roads connecting to the medical institutions.
Lead by example
I ask the leaders of Uganda recognize that our integrity as a people descended too low, with high levels of corruption, poor accountability for public funds, lack of medicines in public hospitals, crime, and general loss of respect for each other as human beings.
Thirty years after the NRM came to power, it can not be right that while the level of inequality worsened in our society, coupled with the phenomenal consumption and materialism of the existing side by side with high unemployment rates, we continue to allow state employees and officers to do business with the employer.
It is our individual and collective silence in the face of gross violations of the force that makes a great noise. It is important that government leaders, religious leaders, civil society, etc., to stand up and educate people about morals and principles of law and promoting good values. However, if leaders do not practice what they preach, all this is doomed to failure.