I paid the price recently when I complained about the potholed, rugged road that leads to my home. As a tax paying citizen, I was convinced that I have the responsibility to demand for better services. This road has been rugged for a year now and gets worse by the day. Some drivers that use this road said that they have either replaced shock absorbers, suspension bushes and other parts. My fellow road users are quiet, they are are hoping against hope that one day the Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) will answer their prayers and construct this road.
So I decided to lodge a complaint through the KCCA Twitter handle @KCCAUG only to hit my head hard on a wall.
After a series of arrogant tweets , one of their staff members attacked my freedom of expression, she told me to stop whining and blah.
I felt hounded, walked away with my tail in my legs, I could not help but imagine what the Mayor of Kampala Erias Lukwago could have gone through in his first term of office. From being denied access to his office, impeached on tramped up charges, I concluded that they are afraid of tough questions and can’t stand anyone that asks them questions.
I will not blame the tweeting fingers, the impunity bug seems to have bitten them too just like most government bodies. And as this impunity goes on, Ugandans are supposed to watch in silence. We are supposed to nod our heads in agreement at the promises. Ugandans are supposed to sit back and praise them.
The cancer machine at Mulago hospital broke down; the Ministry of Health will tell Ugandans to be patient while the patients are dying. When you tell KCCA and UNRA that the roads are in a pathetic state, they ask you to be patient you are not a priority, their clear priority is constructing a multi million-shilling fountain on Kampala road that will not work after three months. Give us better schools, nah, we shall instead demolish Shimoni demonstration school and leave the land idle.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King, Jr.