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Worrying developments in Uganda’s political economy

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Since its creation on July 9, 2011, members of United Democratic Ugandans (UDU) have followed political, economic and social developments in Uganda. We are deeply concerned at the rapidly deteriorating situation.

The abandonment of the failed structural adjustment program in 2009 was replaced by a five-year development plan. It was designed inter alia to correct shortcomings of structural adjustment based on private sector and market forces and return the economy to a development path that would stimulate rapid economic growth, create jobs, reduce poverty and food insecurity, among others.

The current economic crisis dominated by high inflation and food shortages cannot be resolved by market forces alone. Strategic government intervention is necessary to create jobs through public works and resource transfers to poor and vulnerable groups including pregnant women and lactating mothers as well as children especially those in boarding schools. As agreed by NEPAD of which Uganda is a member, lunches are essential to keep children in schools. There is documented evidence from developed and developing countries that school lunches improve attendance and performance of children especially of girls.

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Mabira deforestation will trigger disaster for Uganda

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If the rate at which Uganda’s vegetation is being cleared is not checked, Uganda could become a desert in our lifetime, witness increasing thick dust clouds during dry seasons, disappearing perennial rivers, warming local climates, irregular rainfall, shrinking water bodies and dropping water tables.

Visitors to Uganda at the start of the twentieth century were amazed by the extent of forests, woodlands and wetlands. Apart from contributing to Uganda’s scenic beauty, Uganda’s vegetation has many advantages. It provides wild fruits and vegetables, contributes to rainfall through evaporation and condensation, provides materials for manufacturing industries, fuel wood and charcoal, building materials and wood exports, checks wind and rain erosion of the soil, moderates local climates and permits rainwater to sink into the ground and raise water tables etc.

During colonial administration, commendable steps were taken to conserve vegetation through forest reserves, wetlands and restriction of economic activities in watershed areas and steep slopes. In hilly areas where agriculture took place, terracing or contour farming was adopted.

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