Most men will tell you they begin to have a great relationship with their children when they can hold conversations. They will do everything possible to avoid baby sitting even their own children when they are at the cry-stage. In fact, every time the baby cries it is reason to take it back to its mother and vanish. Whenever I hear the words “Tusaba Gavumenti Etuyambe” they remind that we have become a cry baby nation of some sorts. Just like a baby cries to communicate virtually everything, we seem have become that kind of people. We have the same “ringtone” for all our problems, “THE GOVERNMENT”! That is the sorry state of our nation today, it is a nanny state!
On Thursday morning, my regular 30-minute commute in was turned into a 3-hour journey and I think it is because the government cannot really interpret our cry for help. The traffic situation in Uganda is getting worse by the minute and something needs to be done ASAP. I have un verified figures but if what they assert is true, we waste 12% of our GDP in senseless traffic Jams as we try to go about our business. If you are in doubt, please do your individual computation.
I am an employer and work with a team of 9 people, if we assumed that the average wage rate is 500,000/= and we need to work 8 hours every day. On the days when we are all delayed by 30 minutes, we collectively lose 270 minutes. At the end of a 5-day week we have lost 1,350 minutes which computes to 22.5 working hours or 2.8 days of missed work. From this you can comfortably say we work 3days a week and get paid for 5.
If this doesn’t put it in perspective for you, dear Uganda Police force, nothing will.
I would like to appeal to Uganda Police force to consider outsourcing traffic management to an entity that will enforce the law without fear or favour. We have seen this work with the street parking in the CBD and employment was created as well as order. I would like to assume that this will actually end the RED-PLATE Privilege on the roads. Is every police vehicle armed with a siren obliged to use it all the time? I have witnessed junctions being managed by drunk stage touts simply because the people who are paid to do this cannot be bothered or are too busy attending to bigger issues. I believe that outsourcing the traffic department will not only create order in the city and reduce impunity on the roads but also have URA happier with a possible 12% increase in collections.
If all employers unite and refuse this wastage from happening, we can bring about change.
Does Uganda have a THINK TANK? I think we are shooting in the dark as a nation – This is 2017 – TWEDEKKO!
This was my facebook post on as I tried to make sense of how we got here.
The traffic jam often gets me wondering if my government really cares. Police sirens blaring to only get the custodians of order out of the mayhem leaving the children of lesser gods stuck. One officer asked me to get off the road slightly to let “big people” to pass. He even accused me of incompetence because I was not utilising the space off road to make way.
I have a little advise for the kings and princes of this land. Please let your glory be felt through your servants like was the case with king Solomon.
#MissedAppointments #LostRevenue #EndOfVent