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Ugandans say govt poor on economy, corruption

A new study by the East African NGO, Twaweza, has found that eight out of every 10 Ugandans are convinced that government is doing a bad job at controlling inflation, creating jobs and fighting corruption.

The launch of the study’s report took place at Hotel Africana in Kampala on Tuesday. Up to 2,000 Ugandans from across 200 constituencies were surveyed between August and September 2017.

The study found that 58 per cent of respondents were dissatisfied with the state of the economy. Explaining this, Marie Nanyanzi, a programme officer in charge of Sauti za Wananchi (voice of the public), said most Ugandans feel weighed down by the struggle to make ends meet.

“A clear majority are displeased with the government’s job in keeping prices of essential goods down. Similar numbers are concerned that it is not doing well at creating jobs (78%) and fighting corruption (79%),” she said.

“When it comes to their households, six in 10 citizens name inflation and the high cost of living as the top problems they face daily,” she said.

The survey also shows that majority of Ugandans are concerned about the state of public health facilities (55 per cent) as well as hunger/drought (49%), low access to safe water (31%) and poor quality of education (19%).

The issues that rile them the most about poor education include long distances to school (19%); school contributions other than tuition fees (12%); insufficient teachers (11%); poor teaching (9%), inadequate scholastic materials (9%); and space (8%).

Seven out of 10 have access to a clean source of drinking water in the dry season, rising to eight in the wet season.

HEALTH

The Twaweza survey found that 60 per cent of people cite poor health services as one of the top three problems they face. The survey shows that majority of Ugandans (51 per cent) visit state-owned health facilities.

Problems found at health centres are rated thus: long queues (30%), lack of drugs (29%), lack of attention from staff (18%), expensive services (18%), patients sleeping on the floor (16%) absentee health workers (15%) and poor hygiene (11%).

As expected, the survey found that a tiny minority of only two per cent of Ugandans pay for their health through insurance.
Nanyanzi said the study found increased awareness of public rights to good health services.

There was also a noted improvement in the health outcomes on account of increased awareness. Five out of six children now sleep under a treated mosquito net, regardless of urban-rural divide and wealth disparities.

COLLABORATION

This is the first time Twaweza has looked at a wide range of issues rather than just education, under what is called the Sauti za Wananchi survey.

Explaining this, Twaweza country lead and manager, Dr Mary Goretti Nakabugo, said they were moving towards painting a more comprehensive picture of life in Uganda.

“This is data on Ugandan citizens’ lives, experiences, opinions and related matters on their most pressing needs that will be available to government leaders to help influence the kind of decisions that will enable development,” she said.

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1 comment

rezen Dec 14, 2017 at 8:59 pm

Subject: “Ugandans say govt poor on economy, corruption” By The Observer, Dec 14, 2017

Commentary, 14 Dec 2017

Was the The Observer expecting the people of Uganda to say that Uganda is earthly heaven? But then, we know that missions of studies to Africa are really opportunities for international employees to have a good time enjoying the weather of Africa and the dear animals therein (not the people). With special high per Diem tailored for (conveniently defined) “harsh environment”, they enjoy top international standard Hotels; excessively paid attention by hotel managements; served by excessively obedient, respectful local servants, etc international civil servants get a good paid-vacation!!! Actually, there is departmental nudging to get mission to Africa! It is a perfect vacation.

But how about their mission? Here is a shocking fact, believe it or not. The Report of the Mission is already written before starting the journey and then simply polished (touched) here and there, after the end of the ‘mission’. The honest fact is simple: NO BODY CARES ABOUT THE AFRICAN BLACK PEOPLE.

The attitude of the WORLD upon the AFRICAN RACE is glaringly and blindingly clear. Let us not mince words. The attitude of the world toward Africa will never change as long as the African people — in particular, African Leaders as well as African Intellectuals, behave the way they do — i.e. glorifying foreign guests [in particular colonizer of ‘yesterday’] but dreaming themselves, at all times. In that sense, WE ARE OWN ENEMIES.

As long as African Intellectuals refuse to come to the plate to bat, Africa will always remain as the playing ground for its refined colonial masters of ‘yesterday’ as well as for the new charming, polite, exploiter from the East. THE END

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