Last night, we were in the living room. As usual.
We had had a fight. Well, life...! And we were not talking. So, I was more than usually interested in what was happening on the TV. Channel surfing. That seems to be a past time for me.
Stumbled across the program 'On the Spot' on NTV.
In the hot seat was the MP, I think the name is Mafaabi. He is chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of Uganda's Parliament. He is an opposition MP. Or, at least as far as they revealed, affiliated to them. And, the topic was corruption in Uganda.
Actually, corruption during CHOGM. You know, in 2007? Uganda held the Commonwealth Heads of Govt meeting. I blogged about it. Well, they stopped us from attending the 'People's Space'. Ssempa engineered that.
The Public Accounts Committee has been going into the dirt of what went around then. Billions misspent. Contracts made on short notice, with the express intention of stealing. Government ministers implicated. That is the usual story.
It is sad.
Yeah, we are so innured to this that we no longer think it interesting. So, the Vice President was implicated the other day, this week. It made headlines, and disappeared. Yes, he did.
So, yesterday, there was going to be another big revelation. One of the big ministers, the real kitchen cabinet, manouvred to cancel a contract that had been worn by a reputed company. It was then awarded to a company that was new, had no track record.
Well, the revelation was that the big minister, Kutesa, was a shareholder in the company, that had been hastily formed for that purpose.
That is not news in Uganda.
What was news was the fact that it was mentioned on camera in the PAC. What was more interesting was the disruption which followed the announcement. The honourable MPs went into a free for all shouting match. The Chairman of the committee had to adjourn the meeting.
And, on air, on the programme, the Chairman 'revealed' that the NRM Chief party whip, had actually held a meeting earlier on and told his MPs that they were to disrupt the proceedings. The ruling party big whigs are being implicated. They are the ones who stole the billions, who continue to rape the country. And, the committee was frankly airing this.
The presenter was stunned. I was too. I mean, the very gal of it!
Yet, this is a country which has decided to lead the rest of Africa and the world to stump out the moral cancer of homosexuality!
I know, we gay Ugandans are the fall guys. We are the minority that will take the attention of the populace off the ills that bedevil the country. That is the unadultered, unvarnished fact. So, there is a moral crusade to 'wipe out gays from Uganda' And, corruption is not investigated.
I mean, such revelations would have led to resignations. In any country but Uganda. No. The VP is still the VP. And, Kuteesa is still a big minister. And the NSSF scandals barely touched the big minister concerned.
The president is supposed to be above the fray. Any criticism of him is subject to automatic censorship.
Yeah, that is Ugandan democracy. Ugandan leadership.
But no need to be unhappy about that. That is life as it is. The fact that we realise that something is wrong, we can of course try to put it right. Right now, besides ridding Uganda of homosexuals, (the law is before parliament) we are also going to rid Uganda of corruption.
Which venture is most likely to be successful? You are allowed to place bets on that...!
Hey, the day is very beautiful. Green everywhere. I have written a poem about love, for the first time in a long while. Feel the juices stirring, and life flowing back into my hands.
Hope your day is good. Be good.