Morning show Presenter James Onen aka Fatboy has raised the question of what Uganda has achieved over the last 59 years of self-governance following the Independence day celebrations that happened over the weekend.
Having acknowledged the prevailing pandemic and its consequences on the country’s progress, the two Presenters Fatboy and Olive considered the years before 2020 to question the country’s progress in terms of infrastructural development, curbing corruption and economic growth.
“Looking at 2020 and backwards, we still have narrow roads and potholes! Some roads like the Northern Bypass were supposed to be completed about ten years ago and are still being built! The Express Highway which is the most expensive road in Africa has pay tolls that have never been operationalised. Do you know how much it's going to ever cost us to pay for that debt?” Olive asked.
While commenting on corruption, Fatboy quoted that The Anti Corruption Unit at State House during the Saturday celebrations posted a controversial tweet which said that;
“Corruption is a vice which is possible to defeat, as we celebrate this year’s independence under the theme; ‘Celebrating our 59th Independence Day as we Secure our Future through National Mindset Change.’ May we continue to secure our future by fighting Corruption.”
Questioning the meaning of ‘national mindset change,’ Olive went on to say that this should be directed towards the government institutions which are the most guilty of corruption since reports regularly indicate them as corrupt.
However, Fatboy in contrast told Olive that he condones corruption as being part and parcel of daily life. He added that people complain about the corruption in Africa yet even in the developed world, it remains at unimaginable levels.
“But the difference is that though they have corruption, they make sure that they deliver. I don't mind if I am asked to pay $100 for a service that initially costs $80 as long as I rightfully receive the service. But in this country they will take all your money and what you’ll get is a single layer of murram on the road.” Olive contended.
The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy and Olive Najjuma every weekday from 6am to 10am on RX Radio
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