By Isaac Mutema
There are ominous signs to suggest that our government is awfully short on cash currently just as majority of us are. This is not surprising.
For one, ours is one of the poorest countries on planet earth. For two, our priorities are always upside down. I mean, much as ours is a poor country, but those in power tend to live as oil Sheikhs.
For three, Corona dealt a heavy blow to almost all businesses around the globe and without discrimination. That being true, our funders in Europe and such continents are consequently frugal with their money to again find alms to throw to us.
Insider sources are telling us that such is the bad financial situation our government has found itself in lately that the administration has reached the point of lacking money to pay its own workers.
Subsequent to that situation, the government is reportedly going to delay paying the salaries for its workers for the month ending July.
But this is only going to make a bad case worse seeing that the high cost of living has been wiping out the government workers’ salaries in their entirety.
Owing to this problem of lack of money, government has now been forced to postpone the exercise of rolling out the much touted Parish Development Funds.
Looking to hide from the citizens it’s awful cash straits, the government is understood to have talked to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS).
The managers of UBOS have been instructed to conjure up an excuse in respect of the government’s failure to roll out the new poverty alleviation program.
We can reveal that UBOS is going to use the excuse of ghosts among the beneficiaries, to advise the government to temporarily withhold the program!
Yet, we know that while government is expected to use borrowed money to roll out the program, but the same administration never bothered to talk to the funders to make sure that the loans are actually available before going ahead to excite the wanainchi.
Consequently, we can reveal that the financers have since pointedly told the government how they have no more money to waste on such programs.
This is after the earlier funds for such kind of programs, ended up being squandered by both the government bureaucratic as well as the beneficiaries.
One can only hazard a guess that things are only going to continue turning from bad to worse before turning from worse to the worst.
Tighten your belts, fair people.