Promising Increased Wages For Civil Servants Is A Tragedy-‘Educator’ Tumwebaze Lecturers Bobi Wine

Promising Increased Wages For Civil Servants Is A Tragedy-‘Educator’ Tumwebaze Lecturers Bobi Wine

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By Spy Uganda

Kampala: Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze aka Mr Educator has lectured about Kyagulanyi’s manifesto saying promising increased wages for all public servants, it’s a good idea but it means, “you will increase public spending on recurrent expenditure and you too must increase the revenue side so as to provide the necessary revenues that will support your new expenditure pressures. But how will you increase revenues?”

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Read Tumwebaze’s Full Missive Below

This constant screeching noise from NRM’s opponents about being 35 years in power I hear, can not be an issue to define the alternative agenda they have for Ugandans.

You can’t fault NRM for winning the peoples’ mandate over a long time. Maybe you can be envious about it. My simple and humble appeal to our opponents and critics is;

Please Assess NRM and it’s leader Yoweri Museveni on the basis of its record of performance, not longevity only. Longevity too has its merits big time.

Minister Tumwebaze’s Missive

The question is and should be: 35 years of doing what? Rebuilding every sector ( informal & formal) of life that had collapsed, Resuscitating the economy back to normal macro-economic trends by squeezing inflation to a single-digit & maintaining it at that, creating a diversified export base of the country, building and expanding the economy by prioritizing physical & technological infrastructure ( roads, telecoms, broadband, water, electricity), developing human capital through universal educational programmes for all, building a bigger regional market, to mention but a few.

I, therefore, challenge our opponents to go beyond deceptive rhetoric & base their contests on the superiority of policy instruments.

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Falsely labelling NRM a dictatorship isn’t proof at all of offering alternative leadership. If NRM has prioritized physical and technological infrastructure in its policy documents as key enablers of socio-economic growth as it has done, what is their counter alternative agenda allegedly superior to this beyond accusing Museveni of being President for long? Was Uganda better off from 1962 to 1986 when it was changing leaders like hotels change linen for beddings?

The rhetoric on President Museveni long stay aside, the base created by NRM can’t be disputed. And it’s because of the good policy instruments we design and apply in the governance frameworks.

Remember bad policies stifle growth while good ones stimulate it. Yes, managing growth is always not easy even in large scale business operations. That is why leveraging economies of scale is always a strategy for serious planers & managers in the survival of their business entities.

The logical debate now that contending leaders must answer to is: How as a country do we leverage this firm base and growth created by the 35 years of NRM to grow even much faster both in qualitative and quantitative terms?

For example, how do we improve government efficiency (both operative & allocative efficiencies) in the delivery of public services?

The NRM’s answer to such a fundamental question is that; -The gains we are making in public investments in ICTs for example will bring about this efficiency.

The inclusion of social protection programs in other big flagship projects like infrastructure development is a deliberate policy strategy to bring about inclusive development.

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Whoever makes a pledge in this campaign and is seeking electoral advantage out of it must demonstrate the strategies that will enable him or her to fulfil that pledge or else it becomes mere sloganeering and deception.

If you promise increased wages for all public servants, it’s a good idea. Any public servant will be excited and tempted to vote for you.

But what does it mean in real terms? It means you will increase public spending on recurrent expenditure. When you increase the expenditure side, you too must increase the revenue side so as to provide the necessary revenues that will support your new expenditure pressures. And how will you increase revenues?

Either you will overtax your domestic businesses or borrow beyond unsustainable debt levels? Is that wise or unwise? This should be the debating the line and not just posturing with sentimental falsehoods to divert and divide people.

The debate we need in this campaign should be a debate that provides answers, not anger.

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A debate that acknowledges our journey, seeks to build on it and not a debate that is totally oblivious of all these or the one that seeks to undo the gains.

I appeal to the media and all critical thinkers to ignore side-show antics of politicians and focus on these issues of our future. And yes, by NRM insisting on these, it’s not only securing our future but it’s also guaranteeing our livelihoods today and tomorrow.

To the candidates that bother to focus on these issues in this campaign, let’s hear them out more and more and shun mere attention seekers, hate and threat mongers and sponsors of violence.

This is why I will vote for the old man with a hat, and so should you!”

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