So corruption isn’t news in many African countries. Not that we are proud of it, condone it or something. It’s a sad reality but they say acceptance is the first step towards solving a problem. Allow me take the initial step and acknowledge the fact that it is indeed a big problem.

The case of calling a spade a big spoon

Let me show off a little by quoting William Shakespeare to be precise. In Romeo and Juliet, he wrote, “A rose by any name would smell as sweet.”

With regards to corruption, it is safe to say corruption by any other name would still be corruption. Irrespective of whether they call it a “handshake” or whatever the case may be, it remains corruption. Some people should learn to respect our intelligence.

It is safe to say corruption by any other name would still be corruption

Billions of shillings were dispersed to a select few, re-branded and then labelled part of a handshake. Not that I’m pointing fingers or anything but let’s be realistic and sincere. A handshake, oh! Sorry, handshakes worth billions of shillings in total! Some handshakes those must have been! And one honorable had the audacity to block investigations with regards to the said handshakes.

 

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Meanwhile, somewhere in Uganda

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Apparently, when questions about these handshakes started popping up, it didn’t sit well with some. A said recipient of the handshake requested that investigations in line with the billions of shillings be stopped immediately.

To say I’m disappointed in this individual and those who supported them is an understatement. The situation makes me wish the English language was flexible enough for me to manipulate. Maybe that way I would concoct a word or two to describe my feelings without further disorienting others especially the readers.

That said, kudos to some Ugandans

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Speaker of Parliament of Uganda demands “Stupid Order” to be thrown out (Credit: http://www.parliament.go.ug/)

First off I’ll give a thumbs up to those that started a campaign to demand for the money. It takes courage to stand before the media and demand that honorables be shunned in public places till they return the money.

To be honest, it may not yield immediate results but it shows that there is an effort being made by the people. Then again, who am I not to thank the Speaker for ordering the immediate removal of the stupid order? On behalf of my fellow Ugandans, thank you madam speaker. At least we know someone with authority is dedicated towards curbing the vice.

Still on corruption and Uganda

So maybe it isn’t a classical case of corruption but it is improper allocation of funds. Apparently someone woke up and decided the Speaker of parliament needed a chopper worth billions.

Despite the failing health and education systems, they saw the need for a chopper for the Speaker. Talk of power in the wrong hands! While people in several districts are starving, others are too busy discussing the purchase of a chopper. Anyway, who am I to judge? I am but one more disgruntled Ugandan hoping for the best.

Author: Teddy Gladys

Teddy Gladys is a freelance writer for Newslibre that loves writing about the ways of life, its mysteries and other forms of art.

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