- Top on the economic issues raised across the country include; poverty in which a pre-dominant 81 per cent of households in the country say their household income is not sufficient and cannot not meet their daily expenses
- About 67 per cent are unhappy about the rampant unemployment in the country while 70 per cent of Ugandans say government is not doing enough to counter the corruption scourge in the country
By Ronald Orachwun
Nebbi- Ugandans have expressed dissatisifaction with the current economic trend that the country is facing in terms of addressing poverty, unemployment and corruption by government.
According to the latest Twaweza East Africa’s report, at least 72 per cent of Ugandan citizens are unhappy with the economic direction that the country is taking.
The report shows that while two out of ten households (22 per cent) have had a member die due to lack of financial resources for medical expenses, one out of ten households (12 per cent) in the country reported that the main breadwinner has lost their job in the last two years.
The findings were released by Twaweza East Africa in a research brief titled More food, less money: Ugandans’ experiences and opinions on poverty and livelihoods. The brief is based on data from Sauti za Wananchi, Africa’s first nationally representative high-frequency mobile phone survey. The findings are based on data collected from 1,905 respondents across Uganda in November 2018.
Reacting to the findings this morning, Okello Geoffrey Anecho, the Nebbi district acting LC5 chairman said the findings are a true reflection of what exactly is happening to people at the grass root level.
He says at least 90 per cent of the population in Nebbi district lives in a rural setting with people still living in grass thatched houses and no serious income generating activities, making them earn very little income barely enough to support their households in terms of feeding, medication and also clothing.
Benard Onyuthi, a resident of Pubidhi village, Nebbi district says his family is currently facing an acute food scarcity, adding that his household is now having only two meals a day and sometimes goes without breakfast.
Onyuthi, a peasant farmer with five children says he is finding it hard to fend for his family adding that he does not have any other better source of income to sustain his family.
“My family has adopted the irregular feeding habits for the last one year, all my three teenage daughters have also dropped out of Pubidhi primary school due to financial constraints.”
Responding to the findings, Mondo Kyateka, the acting Commissioner Youth and Children’s affairs at the Ministry of Gender expressed disappointment over the rising poverty levels in the country despite government’s unending intervention to save the situation such as the Youth Livelihood Programme [YLP], Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme UWEP.
Valente Oyukutu, the Alur Kingdom Secretary General castigated government for promoting the dependency syndrome among her own citizens, making them very lazy.
He said government programmes like the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) and others were initiated to help get people out of poverty but they are instead making people lazy and poorer because a number of people are being forced to wait for what government has to offer in terms of seeds and other inputs, yet they are sometimes delivered late.