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I am impressed by Denmark’s commitment to help Uganda fight corruption.

Through the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the Danish government has committed funds to the tune of Shs 750 million to the Inspectorate General of Government (IGG) specifically to fight this vice by means of a new anti-corruption campaign.

On January 31, 2020, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the IGG and some non-governmental organizations that will participate in this new campaign.

While the establishment of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit in December 2018 and the raised awareness through the December 2019 Anti-Corruption Walk are commendable, the IGG has over the years decried the fact that it has been underfunded.

Therefore, this monetary support to the IGG is needed to combat the cancer of corruption countrywide that has manifested in poor service delivery.

Whereas Uganda improved its ranking in Transparency International’s 2019 Corruption Perception Index by jumping 12 places to be ranked 137th out of 180 countries, it should be noted that in 2018, Denmark was the least corrupt country in the world in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, and in 2019, Denmark tied with New Zealand to retain its first position.

Consequently, it should not come as a surprise that Denmark was ranked the happiest country in the world in 2013 and 2016 in the annual World Happiness Report. In 2019, Denmark came second after Finland because citizens living in a country where corruption is frowned upon will generally be happy. In conclusion, it is safe to say that the two go hand in hand; the less corrupt a country is, the happier its citizens will be.

Josepha Jabo,
Kampala.

Fight land grabs

The land sector in Uganda is surely in shambles with a lot of distrust, suspicion, and misuse of authority by those in leadership positions. We have seen many RDCs who have been actively involved in illegal land evictions to the extent that they at times ignore court orders.

So, the land question in Uganda poses different challenges. We have seen people carry out armed robberies all in the name of grabbing land.

In a society where land grabbing is the order of the day, there cannot be peaceful co-existence. Land is one of the areas that has disintegrated nations. The problem is not with the current laws, but their implementation in a fair, just and equitable court system.

The rich and powerful manipulate the court system in their favour. There is need to empower and clean up the court system to restore trust in the judiciary.

The length of time cases take in court is also detrimental for ordinary citizens to have faith in the judiciary. When are we going to start a new path where we show Ugandans that they can be able to enjoy their country and live freely knowing they can attain justice even against the rich?

A new healing process needs to be started. I would also urge the government to take keen interest against the people who use its name to commit land-related crimes.

Gukiina Patrick Musoke,
gukiimeni@gmail.com

Be alert to coronavirus

World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared coronavirus a global health emergency after confirmation of positive infection cases in China and other several countries like USA, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, France and Canada, among others.

The coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 300 people and infected over 14,000 in mainland China and beyond, forcing governments around the world to take drastic measures to combat its trade.

Wuhan city, the capital of Hubei province of China, is the epicentre of a global outbreak of coronavirus, which came to light in December last year when the World Health Organisation was alerted to several cases of pneumonia.

Coronavirus is zoonotic, meaning it is transmitted between animals and people. It’s a large family of viruses that is common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats and bats. Animal coronavirus can infect people and spread from person-to-person among close contacts.

Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

We should applaud the ministry of Health for immediate alerts. According to the health ministry’s permanent secretary, Dr Diana Atwine, health workers at Entebbe airport have stepped up screening in light of infections in multiple countries.

I know Uganda will successfully defend Ugandans against the deadly coronavirus. I advise the public to avoid direct contact with persons who exhibit signs of infection and regularly wash hands with soap and running water, avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands and cook meat and eggs thoroughly.

Prince Obed Twijukye,
Kampala.

School children should feed well

As schools commence term one for this academic year, proper nutrition should be a focus for both parents and school administration.

Good nutrition plays a major role in children’s academic performance, thus helping them eat a healthy diet can improve growth and foster development.

Few children consume enough nutritious foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which often has caused cases of malnutrition. Malnutrition in children can result in difficulty learning, poor growth, fatigue, dizziness, weakness, a low body weight and decaying teeth.

Proper feeding for school children involves attaining best possible nutrition which includes eating three meals a day and two nutritious snacks, as well as limiting the intake of high sugar and high fat foods.

In Uganda, school feeding is helping address the  nutritional status of school children while improving attendance, enrolment and cognitive development.

It is critical that people develop good nutritional habits with a balanced diet right from early age. Since such habits cannot be changed suddenly, children should also be taught the value of eating nutritional foods which help in disease prevention. It also contributes to proper growth of children and improves performance in studies and sports.

Meanwhile, promotion for a healthy lifestyle which excludes habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption is important. Regular exercise, regular meals together with appropriate sleeping hours is also vital.

Practicing such habits from early age helps one to lead a healthy life as an adult. Thus, proper nutrition for everyone can enhance the productivity of individuals and contribute to development of a nation as a whole. All of us must realize the value and significance of good nutritional habits for a longer and healthier life.

Georgine Obwana,
georginemarine@gmail.com

letters@observer.ug

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+1 #1 Lysol 2020-02-12 22:17
The first NRM/NRA inspector general to visit Denmark after the NRA took power was one Ruzindana(he is fading fast) Mbabazi. Betty Bigombe and some others low keys.

Only Ruzindana made an impression on the Danes. The rest didn't know what they were saying.

May be that is why Denmark is still trying to support the corrupt IGG, which is there by name only A complete waste of Danish taxpayers' money.
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