Cuban Experiment Should be Adopted to Divert the Food Crisis in Uganda

Dear Ugandans,

The current rise in food prices is a problem which we are capable of solving ourselves especially if all the stakeholders are committed to the cause. The food crisis problems go well beyond the Uganda borders as it is also a marginal problem even here in the UK where i live such that I have registered with several supermarkets online to help me compare prices before I do my home shopping.But with fertile Uganda soils, surely we can do better with the support of the current government.

The causes of the sharp price rises in 2007 and 2008 seem to be almost the same as those in 2010: increased global demand, rising fuel prices, biofuels production, export restrictions, crop failures, financial speculation and dwindling stockpiles. Biofuels, for instance, has been adopted by several governments as a way of reducing dependence on fossil fuels and cut greenhouse emissions by providing subsidies for crops used in biofuels. Some of these governments include: Brazil’s use of sugar for ethanol, Europe’s use of oilseeds for biodiesel and increased US production of corn-based ethanol since the 2005 Energy Policy Act.As a result, the bill for global food imports will top $1,000bn this year according to the United Nations figures.

With China and India now trying to live a standardised western life, the consumption of meat has increased tremendously worldwide considering that both countries have got more than 2 billion people to feed. International figures show that about eight kg of feed is required to produce 1kg of beef and 2kg for every 1kg chicken. This diverts grains from human consumption and forces up prices. The US Department of Agriculture estimates that using an acre of land to raise cattle produces 20 pounds of protein, compared with 356 pounds for one sowed with soybeans. So, one can imagine how the farmers doing cattle rearing in areas like western Uganda balance up food production with animal keeping at the same time.

The Chinese and Indian populations alone consume more food than the whole of Africa. A global conference on food security in Rome a couple of years ago noted that China had been a net exporter of cereals since the late 1990s, and India a net importer only during one year in the same period. Both countries have increased imports of oilseeds, meat and oil in large numbers. So their populations are basically starving the rest of the world. So I hope the government does not give away our land to the Chinese and Indians when they come knocking on our borders whatever the deal they bring to us because we also gonna need that land with a higher population growth in our country.

The problem in Uganda is that many youths have moved into cities because farming is being looked at as a non- starter. So there is a lot of idle land in rural areas, and I think the government needs to do what fidero Castro did during Cuba’s oil and food crisis. The Cuban government facilitated all families with seeds and also set up markets where people can sell their produce. Farming became more paying or profitable than even a job in the president’s office. Food was grown everywhere including the home gardens. Farmers all of a sudden became the rich men and women of Cuba. The government provided credit, research, and extension for low-input agriculture to a well organized rural population.

The government should not to be attempted to starve off Small farmers from their land in an attempt to solve this crisis. Before the 1959 revolution in Cuba, only 8% of landowners were controlling more than 70% of the land, with U.S. owners controlling 25% of all Cuban land. But the revolution changed all this and when the food crisis set in, Castro was never attempted to reverse this process. He instead empowered the small land owners and facilitated them in areas such as provision of fossil fuels, fertilizers, and pesticides. So basically, subsistence farming is not the problem here, after all, Subsistence farmers make up 75% of the world’s poor and they often gain less from price increases than they lose to increases in the price of inputs and other costs of production.

The UN calculates that 22 people can be fed per hectare of potatoes, 19 per ha of rice, and just one or two for beef or lamb raised on 1ha. So what I suggest is that those with idle big land in Uganda should get into some form of temporary agreements with the landless to allow them to grow food. Such agreements can be administered by LCs and other local leaders to save time. For example, when the 2008 food crisis set in, rising food imports cost Cuba over $1 billion. In response, Cuba’s National Assembly of Popular Power enacted Decree Law 259, which authorizes municipal Agricultural Commissions to distribute idle lands to state entities, cooperatives, and any individual Cuban citizen physically fit for agricultural labor. Landless individuals can now request and receive up to 33 acres of land, while those who already participate in agricultural production in some form can receive up to 99 acres. An Associated Press report ( 13 August 2010) cites major progress made as it relates to Cuba’s cutting of agricultural imports: having spent $710 million in U.S. food imports in 2008, this figure was reduced to $528 million in 2009 (a 26% reduction) and for the first half of 2010 this figure has been reduced to $220 million (a 28% reduction if it stays on course).

Obviously, the Cuba government has also spent a lot in agricultural scientific research institutions to produce those admired results. But our government is not so much bothered about this area such that one of my younger brothers who graduated with a first class degree in Agricultural science at Makerere university- a couple of years ago, is now doing network marketing with some company in Kampala because he reckons he could make better money there.I unsuccessfully tried to persuade him to go for his postgraduate studies and i have given up.

Anyway, because of the above policies, Cuba has become one of the few countries with the capacity to implement food sovereignty despite experiencing three catastrophic hurricanes in 2008 alone, and the persistent U.S. hostility towards its national interests.

So unless the government stops wasting money in stuff such as aircraft jets and presidential pledges, and diverts most of this money to agriculture and education, we have not seen the end of this problem. If the government does not address the food shortage in the country urgently, we are likely to see the start of food rebellions in sub Sahara Africa. For instance, violent protests broke out in many countries in 2008, resulting in nearly 200 deaths and helping to unseat governments in Haiti and Mauritania. Families should also be encouraged to produce fewer kids. Why should a man with no house or land produce more than 2 kids when still in that situation? With due respect to polygamists, men with no money should not attempt to marry more than one woman or women who want more kids if they have already got some.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

United Kingdom

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lance Corporal (Rtd) Patrick Otto
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 08:48:37

    Mr Semuwemba,

    1/6 You argue that Uganda is suffering from population explosion e.t.c, but I hold another view which I should share with you. An average person feeding on grains, legumes, vegetables and common meats requires about 300 Sq Metres of land to provide for his food requirements if the calorific consumption per day is the minimum requirement for a human being, i.e., about 2,600 calories per day; and assuming that there are 3 harvests per annum on that land.

    2/6 An average human being requires at least 715 square metres of dwelling space at maximum dwelling density, this being the average amount of space per person in the great New York area.

    3/6 Uganda has up to 5.2 million Hectares of arable land, that is, 13 million acres or 52 billion square meters. For the current population of 30 million, the optimum arable land one would expect to be used for food production, (assuming an average Ugandan consumes 2,500 calories of food per day – which he does not) is 18 billion square metres (30,000,000 x 300).

    4/6 The amount of space that used for living is 2.15 billion sq M (30, 000,000 x 715) giving a total of 20.15 Billion Sq M that we would currently utilise if every Ugandan was taking up the maximum optimum living space (OLS) and consuming the recommended daily allowance of calories.

    5/6 Therefore, out of our 52 Billion sq M, we are theoretically “using” only 38.75%. Basing on that computation, Uganda’s maximum carrying capacity is at least 77.42 million, which at the current rate of population increase shall be attained at 23:47 Hrs on 17 September 2036.

    6/6 Note that, although we claim to be agricultural, our productivity is still abysmal. Kenya has only 4.6 million Hectares of land and they are able to add value agriculturally to the tune of $1,600 million per annum, compared to Uganda with 5.2 million hectares but adding value only to the tune of $574 million. Uganda ’s value addition rate is about 36% that of Kenya . The difference can be attributed largely to Uganda ’s peasant mode of production.

    Lance Corporal (Rtd) Patrick Otto

  2. Dr.Edward Kayondo
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 12:33:49

    Lance Corporal Otto,

    The farthest I went in Math was in high school, with J.K. Backhouse Pure Math 1. I can clearly say that you reviewed the same book and mastered the Coordinates and the straight line chapter. However as you go deep you end up into functions, gradients integration, velocity, acceleration, further integration, differentiation, quadratic equations, complex numbers, matrices, trigonometrical identities, binomial theorem, loci, permutations and combinations to mention a few.

    In other words your mathematical model screws us all and inverts our understanding of reality.

    I will only believe if you can prove that : tan A + tan B + tan C = tan A tan B tan C.

    Is life all about food? If I may ask ? How would you quantify the quality of life? Public health seems to be a none issue to you, processing of food or you expect us to eat it raw, meaning energy resources because ideally all arable land doesn’t necessary grow food. Roads, schools, hospitals, pollution, disasters, there are so many variables that I don’t even know why I choose to respond to this post because I know as your profession stipulates you are just going to use me as a firing practice target.

    Let me say one thing though, that the issue is not just population explosion, but it’s the management of population growth. Like everything in life even the body exemplifies this you can handle something bigger if you incrementally deal with a proportionate increase. Your muscles will hypertrophy or become bigger and lift a heavy weight if you practice overtime other wise if you don’t you will just tear them down or break your back.

    Our current population growth is breaking our countries back because it has not been planned for appropriately. This has to be fixed before we eat each other up like rats or before our growth gets stunted like gold fish in a cramped aquarium.

    Corporal I have to inform you that I am putting on a bullet proof vest, so choose the caliber of your weapon accordingly.

    Eddie, M.D

  3. Lance Corporal (Rtd) Patrick Otto
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 18:11:34

    Dear People,

    1/7 The Countries of the world can be divided into three clans according to the waves of major change that they have undergone. “First Wave” countries are the agrarian countries, whose Court of Arms is the hoe. For such countries, man has only made one major transition: from being the hunter-gatherer to domesticating innocent beasts and cultivating crops. “Second Wave” countries are the industrial countries whose Court of Arms is the assembly line and “Third Wave” countries are the post-industrial or information age countries Court of Arms is the Microchip.

    2/7 The way countries work, produce, consume, socialize, politic, celebrate the beginning or end of life, raise families, fight wars, etc ……the way we live is shaped by the wave of change that precedes our present mode of existence. Uganda today is a “First Wave” country, that is, one of those countries still living off the First wave of change unleashed ten thousand years ago by the invention of agriculture…about 90% of us are peasants just like England in 1381 during the peasant wars, and the 100 years war.

    3/7 As you people know, the precondition of any form human advancement is energy. First wave societies like Uganda get all their energy from “living batteries”: human/animal muscle power, or direct from nature…the sun, wind, water. If anything, Uganda is at the lowest end of the first wave: we have not even dared yet to make the transition from the use of human muscle power to harnessing animal muscle power. We are not yet where Europe was by the time of the French revolution when they drew their energy from an estimated 14 million horses and 24 million oxen which pulled ploughs and carts, with waterwheels and windmills turning millstones etc.

    4/7 Look at Uganda : everything is dependent on human muscle power. Economic productivity of a low- grade first wave society like us is a function of the pairs of hands available to operate the hoe. It is not a question of “moral hazard” as you, WBK likes to put it, or ‘dark nights’ as Professor Kamuntu one time put it, or lack of financial penalties on reproduction as Mr Obbo has one time mused. Making more and more pairs of hands available is a functional necessity. It is an ontological necessity for First Wave societies. I say, if you want to stop rabbit-like births, first quit being an agrarian society. Short of that, you only damage our ear drums. Unless we break out of agrarianism, our demographic profile will not change. The question here is: is it high population growth that causes poverty or it is poverty that causes a high population growth? If at all there is a causal relation between high population and poverty, then the latter is the cause and the former just a spinoff.

    5/7 The American Civil War graphically illustrates the contrast between First Wave and Second Wave demographics. That civil war was a clash between the industrialism of the North (Unionists) and agrarianism of the South (Confederates). The leader of the industrial cause, Abraham Lincoln had two siblings, while Jefferson Davis was the last born in a family of 10. You people mention China ’s one child policy. China came up with the one child policy as soon as they started making the transition to the Second Wave. That policy has not been there all the time: it was conceived of in 1979, and implimented wef 2000. The policy applies only to 35.9% of the population: it is restricted only to the urban areas. It does not apply to rural couples, ethnic minorities, and parents without any siblings themselves, or special administrative regions like Hong Kong and Macao. There is need for some nuance before we dangle that policy at Uganda like I am seeing here on the forum.

    6/7 Your argument on population explosion is not convincing on several grounds: I remember from the days I was a mortar man, whenever there was an explosion, there would be fragments all around. With our population explosion, where are the fragments? We would expect to see a lot of old people around, yet globally, Uganda has the lowest number of people over the age of 65. Why? : Because of our high mortality rates. Just today, 2,794 children will be born in Uganda . By Ist April 2012, 184 of them will have died, not because today is Fools day. It is because in Uganda , 65.99 out of every 1,000 live births do not live to celebrate their first birth day. We rank No. 35 in the world. For the 1.02 million that will be born this year, those that will die will be the equivalent of 170 Boeing 747s packed with babies crashing at Entebbe at the rate of three per week. Here is the point: the rate at which organisms reproduce is always commensurate with the odds of survival. We reproduce a lot because we reduce a lot. It is not immorality, it is mortality stupid!

    7/7 The high maternal mortality you have highlighted is incidental to those underlying factors. Uganda ranks at No. 23 in the world, with 510 mothers dying in child birth for every 100,000 live births. Sadly, as long as we remain a “First Wave” or peasant society that atrocity against the mothers shall only pass as an occupational hazard, the whims/political will (or lack thereof) of our lumpen-bourgeoisie notwithstanding. We are simply pushing the wrong buttons….Bottom line: the problem in Uganda is not population explosion among ordinary Ugandans. It is population explosion within the ranks of the pseudoelite of a cohort of part-time thinkers who love tickling at the fringes of every challenge. Out structural problem is failure to look beyond being a first wave society, a peasant society. Uganda must find a final solution to the peasant question.

    Lance Corporal (Rtd) Patrick Otto

  4. Nina Mbabazi Rukikaire
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 18:21:01

    1/6.The international standard for subsistence living is $1 a day. As it is, (the facts at least) Here is how they stand. Kigezi $270 per capita income (we are all below the poverty line), Mbarara $900 (they are comfortable), Kampala $1,080, Northern Uganda $152, and I keep forgetting Eastern Uganda but the research of Professor Nyakato of Mbarara University is very indepth. Indeed these averages are good, but for most Ugandans they don’t exist. Maybe you should read the professors good works? I think there is a general opinion by some visiting professors from Netherlands too that the removal of graduated tax has ensured that we are not working twice as hard and coupled with free UPE and USE, parents are shirking their duty. And in Uganda there are ONLY 2 harvests a year.

    2/6. Uganda’s ecosystem is going out of balance. 230,000 sq km of our land is divided as follows 21% water, 25% Forest and protected forest. New York is 61% of our land mass and has 19M people and a thriving economy. the space moves upwards and does not affect on New Yorks industrial activities that are mainly services.

    3/6.
    This is total jibberish. Calorific intake is not the only measure of optimum life. neither is land mass. If land mass was, we would not be having serious food security problems as we speak. We would not have 8,000 people in isingiro seeking for government assistance for food.
    4/6

    The difference can be attributed to wrong agricultural policy. You are talking gibberish in all of this. What Ssemuwemba is saying is that the current population growth does not allow us to plan optimally health sector and agriculture and food security. What he is saying and rightly so, is that since Ugandans are living off one meal a day in most parts of the country as is evidenced by the per capita income, Uganda should adopt a policy like China of controlling their population so that we can plan better, so that we can get some breathing space to think of how to avert a looming food crisis and ensure we get our agriculture and all back on track because this is where 70% of Ugandans are employed.

    It doesn’t then seem like good sportsmanship to make light a serious national matter. Actually to add to Abbey, we should seriously look at birth control. It increases the productivity of women, makes them better equipped health wise to take care of their families and it lowers our possible health investment as a healthy mother translates to a healthy child.

    Not only that, if we can push the median age which you yourself mentioned as being 14.9 years to 20 years, we would have more productive Ugandans working and would be able to increase among others, our tax base.

    So, to Hannah, Uganda is in serious need to review where it is. If we were at the beginning of the industrial revolution for Uganda, we would not complain because we know that these things would naturally resolve themselves as richer people tend to want fewer kids. But now it has gone past the beast mentality of the strong survive. We can’t have a malnourished citizenry.

  5. Ssalongo Ssennoga
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 18:22:40

    In just 90 days of 2011 Abbey has preached against population explosion and advocated for birth control he is just about to get hoarse. This is an intention to sue, any one who makes this erratic (sorry heretic) claim that Uganda is bursting at the seams should stand warned. Uganda needs a population of 120 million strong, before anyone can begin worrying about food, housing or education. I still have faith in the school of hard knocks that has turned up many an exceptional Ugandan. The example of Hajji Seya immediately comes to mind.

    Why a large population? So that oneday, when another dictator turns up, we can be sure of having 2 million converge on statehouse lawns to tell the occupantsto get lost. As of now, getting 200,000 to show up may take another visit by the pope.

    Village Boy

  6. alan barigye
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 18:25:12

    I ‘d prefer sowing as many oats as is possible as we are still under populated. The problems you see in Uganda are due to bad governance but as long as we settle that, you will see that we are under populated. Look at the impressive statistics of Indonesia popn about 200 million {2009 est’s.)
    Rate of growth 6%
    GDP per capta – $4300
    Labour force 116 million( 38% agriculture,12% industry,49% services)
    GDP composition by sector 16% agric 46% industry 38% services)
    Gini index 37, inflation 7% unemployment 7%

    So you can see that Indonesia actually relies heavily on domestic consumption as a the major driver of economic growth. And this was a country either at per or below with Uganda by 1970!

  7. Dr.Edward Kayondo
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 19:38:46

    Lance Corporal ,

    Are you bundling the Agricultural and industrial revolutions?

    That’s why I always microwave historical facts because if you dig deep you can find evidence to support any argument you make.

    Don’t however forget that we are in an era that has no shadow or finger prints. With the current computer and technology age what took years to make or figure out takes less time than two blinking moons. We don’t have to go through years of re-inventing machines like they did before.

    You also have to realize that in the past nations were dominated by command economies not market economies. Scarcity is not the same as shortage and either can cause the other. Price more than anything controls what we do and how we live. We still have plenty of resources but what should be produced and in what quantities including distribution is now a factor of the market economy. So the growth is not a mere fact of political forces.

    Isolated urbanization due to economic principles has led to a disparity in the population clusters.

    We don’t have to necessarily get rid of our agrarian tendencies we can improve them because of the fertility of our land and the current advanced agricultural technology. We can’t shed our culture but can improve our technology, trade, institutions, and government. Deepening divisions of labor and specialization, and better ways of sharing public inputs instead of simply relying on increasing inputs are the foundations of dealing with our population growth. That is the main point of discussion. There is no wave to ride. We do well with tweaking what we have than having a total metamorphosis.

    You talk about Chinas policy as if it was needed because of the change in wave. That is not exactly right; China also needed to do this because naturally they had a larger population and underemployment, fear of food shortages, pollution were all creeping up on them. And China is still a large agrarian society ranking first in worldwide farm output. So we don’t have to totally change as you are saying.

    Peasants or not all populations grow so we have to control our growth and modulate it accordingly.

    Eddie, M.D

  8. abbey Semuwemba
    Apr 02, 2011 @ 15:29:46

    Hello Patrick,

    Thanks for the statistics but I was looking at population explosion in more of a global context than Uganda though it still remains a fact that Uganda is among the ‘time bombs’ that are gonna cause us problems if current population growth is not checked. Population explosion, in my view, is going to be one of our biggest problems in the next century, but it’s never discussed in the media which is very unfortunate.

    Uganda’s population now grows at an average annual rate of 3.5 percent – the highest ever, despite the war in the north which was going on there for almost 20 years and claimed a lot of lives. The main questions we should ask ourselves without even going into numbers that may confuse the lay people on this forum are: Do you think the world is facing an over-population crisis? Do you think Uganda is/will contribute to this crisis? And do you think Uganda will be so much negatively affected if it does nothing about its population growth?

    Clearly there are a lot of Ugandans that live in extreme poverty, and to some degree, poverty is both a cause and an effect of over-population. A cause, in the sense that our country is involved in little industrialization and underutilization of resources which makes most people to work hard on land for food. That, combined with high levels of disease and infant mortality, tends to favor an increased birth rate. For instance, I have interacted with some couples in Uganda who argue that a man should have at least 6 kids such that when on loses 2-3, at least one has got some remaining ones to fall back on, but what if all of them do not die?

    Poverty can be considered also as an effect, since in highly populated areas with little wealth being created, each new birth means that the available wealth is distributed among one more person, thus further impoverishing the population as a whole- One more mouth to feed. That is why I argue that men with no enough money or wealth should have less kids with one wife , but if they want to marry or have extramarital affairs, they should go for either women who are branded ‘KKD’ or those who are not at all interested in having children or forget about women altogether. There is no point having kids you are not in position to look after.

    On the other hand, in developed nations where mechanized and scientific farming has reduced the need for farm labor, and where medicine has improved the health of the people (and made possible artificial contraception), the birth rate is comparatively low, and the demographics of the population shift towards a longer life. The increased opportunities made possible by affluence also cause many women to delay starting their families, and prompt some to choose career over motherhood.

    There are 650 acres in a square mile. Each person deserves an entire acre of land unto their very own lonesome but this is not usually the case. The world population is now approximately 7 billion. Hmmmm…. gotchy’all smiling wide now as you break out those calculators, but i’m not gonna do any serious maths because i’m not good at it.But we gonna do some figure analysis.

    Uganda is a country covering 236,040 square kilometers (91,136 square miles) with a population estimated to be at 34 million this year. 15.39 % of the total area of the country is water. The population per square kilometer was only 241 in 1999 (93 per square mile) but this has been increased tremendously, a reason why land is becoming the most valuable asset in the country.

    A certain % of our national land is also allocated to forestry, like for instance, Bwindi National Park which covers over 128 square miles in size; Kibale national park which is about 475 square miles; Queen Elizabeth National Park which is 770 square miles; Lake Mburo National Park- 230 square miles. Basically, because of the rise in the population, all these wetlands and forestry are being targeted by both the government and the landless.They wrongly see them as ‘idle’ land. As a result, the people themselves are creating another big problem called CLIMATE CHANGE.

    One could argue that 11.6 million square miles in Africa could fit almost everybody on the continent but the reality is because India and China have already messed up their countries with over population, their citizens are now targeting the less populated regions in the world including Africa. Like, for instance, the last time I was in Busoga and Wobulenzi, I saw a lot of Indians now owning land and they are a threat to the locals. Before you know it, the Chinese will follow them, and there are seriously buying a lot of land in the villages on the cheap because they know what is happening back in their own countries. Their respective governments are sponsoring them financially in their endeavors abroad because they want create space. Attempts to reduce the population have also spawned things like China’s One Child Policy. They are going to be staking claims to our resources more and more as their population grows.

    The population explosion is adding approximately 1billion people to this planet every decade. That’s nearly the entire population of China. So what will happen to Ugandans in the next 20 years if our own population keeps growing the way it is now? Where will we go?

    So it is both logical and workable to conclude that to make our lives better, we must control the population of our country. Obviously, this has to be done hand in hand with an increase in the spread of technology, information, and education in our country, and to work hard to raise the standard of living there in partnership with the local population. Because just handing out and extolling the virtues of birth control while people are still pulling pillows by hand and cooking over firewood is not addressing the underlying problem.

    Nze bwendaba munange

    AbbeyKibirige Semuwemba

  9. Henry Foprd Miirima
    Apr 04, 2011 @ 22:32:58

    Owekitiinisa Abbey;

    While you are right to condemn the world-wide population explosion,
    you perhaps unintentionally miss the point in Uganda.

    Today the government of Museveni is encouraging population explosion
    by rewarding the Bakiga for overpopulating Uganda.

    The Bakiga have overproduced, and filled their land in Kabaale and
    Rukungiri, and they are encouraged to migrate to other parts of
    Uganda, so that they can do the same thing they did in Kabaale and
    Rukungiri.

    They are encouraged to overbreed by donating them free land in Kibaale
    District, Hoima, Kiboga, and Buheekura. They are enouraged to
    overbreed by creating special parliamentary constituencies for them
    in Kibaale, e.g. Buyaga east (for Bakiga) and Bugangaizi east for
    Bakiga).

    So, Abbey,why don’t you advocate a policy that deters these Bakiga
    from overbreeding. When you welcome them in other regions that means
    you are enouraging them to overbreed so that they also fill those
    other areas where there is population control. Otherregions in Uganda
    are controliing their population, but Bakigado not. Every Mukiga
    marries five women,and they make sure each woman produces child every
    year.

    Bakiga are so uneducated about population explosion that they are
    destroying the forests in Kibaale District thereby making the
    population explosion worse. Today Kibaale District is barren, yet
    just ten years ago, before Bafuruki came in, it was the most fertile.
    But when Bakiga migrated there, they cut down all the forests.

    In the same way the world should not enourage the Chinese to
    overpopulate other continents. They overbred, and filled their own
    country, now they are coming to Africa to overbreed and fill it also.

    The other day a Chinese oil company,CNOON was allowed to buy Tullow
    Oil’s shares in the oil industry. Chinese workers will come with their
    nationals, and, soon we shall be seeing a Chinese population of
    millions. The Museveni Government will argue that those children are
    not Chinese, but Ugandans, since they were born here.

    Yes, they will be born in Uganda, but can Ugandans go and settle in
    China. Its thesame argument Museveni is advancing in the case of
    bakiga. They are Bakiga, Bafuruki, they cannot be sent back.

    If Bakiga, and Chinese do not see the danger in overproducion of
    children, they should not be encouraged to migarate to other regions,
    or continents, to spreadd the same damage they caused in their own
    natural birth places.

    Thats why Museveni was correct to introduce a law to stop the Bakiga
    occupying political posts in the regions where they migrated to.

    But now, since their numbers in parliament are big, they stopped
    Musveni’s proposal of ring fencing political posts to stop Bakiga
    filling those posts where they migrate to.

    We shall wake up when its too lake.

    Henry Ford Miirima

  10. Ben Ziraba Nyende
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 21:47:19

    True that USA has high costs of fuel, but the US government makes more use of its taxes on its citizen, unlike Uganda where taxes are not used for the benefit of the citizen. They tax high fuel guzzlers to pay for public buses, trains and trams.

    In Uganda, they pay taxes but do not get the benefits due to their taxes. No bus system for the poor.

    In the US, the gov. subsidies some basic commodities especially when it come to the well being of the poor, now can the pizanti in Uganda expect help from its gov? Poor people get vouchers. What does a poor man get in Uganda?

  11. Ssalongo Ssennoga
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 21:48:27

    Ben, where have you been all along? You have just unmasked this
    confused MD with such honest responses I just don’t know where to
    begin chipping in. In my village-crude way, I will try. The Uganda
    govt has always ripped off its citizens on fuel. Thats why it goes for
    cheaper amongst all neighbours. It is only coincidental that the
    thieving cycle this time coincide with world wide increments. Amin
    built fuel reserve facilities for a much smaller govt and population,
    the last time I checked they were up for grabs by a family member of
    the inner circle. Grain Silos that existed in Kawempe like the
    Bugolobi coffee facility were given away for a song. The proverbial
    straw that broke this govt’s back this time round is raiding the
    kitchen to run the election and cleaning the granary to purchase some
    war toys. If there is any lesson to be learnt, draining your reserves
    reduces your room for manoeuvre. With a solid reserve to bank on, govt
    would have less to explain. As of now, they are better off calling in
    the UN humanitarian agencies to oversee food distribution and power
    transition. By govt’s own admission, they have nothing else to offer.
    Village Boy

  12. GENERAL SALIM SALEH
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 15:39:51

    The moment you do that then you are land grabbing. Then you are stealing peoples land.

    For me i believe that peasants can be made productive and they can graduate into peasant farmers as long as there is a commercial necleus of whatever product they are involved in. Those peasants have supported the economy with their bear hands. what if they given the neccessary inputs on time and a plan is devised to handle the outputs.

    I believe both the large and small farmers are neccessary and complimentary.

    Gen.Caleb k Akandwanaho salim saleh oriba (rtd)
    AKIBA INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    P O BOX 10508 KAMPALA UGANDA

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