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The East African : Aug 2nd 2015
20 The EastAfrican OPINION AUGUST 1-7,2015 LAST WORD Bo≥ed convict happy to stay in jail, but it has to be next to his hometown! A convict escaped from a prison in Madhya Pradesh only to travel to report to a jail near his hometown 130 km away — because ‘he was getting bored as no one from his family came to visit him in the far off jail.” Accused Pankaj Pahade, 22, a resident of Chhindwara district, was convicted of the murder of his aunt and sentenced to life term imprisonment in 2013. “He claimed that he was Illustration: Patrick Gathara Joachim Buwembo So ou≥ MPs a≥e all billionai≥es, why should that bothe≥ anyone? Ugandans will contest in elections to join the Tenth Parliament. The successful 420 new MPs will each become a billionaire and those with enough common sense will never be poor For each of the 60 month T Tenth Parliament, they will paid at least Ush22 million, a to over Ush1.3 billion by the e five-year contract. In addition ately on being elected, each w en some Ush150 million in cas car — which they don’t actual buy, since most already own at the end of the five years, the gotiate for a departure handsh government of no less than a million shillings. Chances are that they will much more than that, termin percentage for gratuity, which as high as 40 per cent of Ush1. each, coming up to half a bill at the very least each MP w home by the end of the com years a gross of Ush1.5 billion a million US dollars, if you w think international. It will dep each MP’s individual commo to decide what to do when fac a guaranteed expected inco of half a million dollars in 60 months. What the rest of Ugandans have done is to graciously ac- he billionisation of Uganda’s economy is now complete. Seven months from today, some two thousand or more cept the good fortune of their elected leaders, and this lesson has taken only 10 years to learn. In July 2005, when the presidential term limits were being removed from the Constitution by parliament, each MP received Ush5 million to “consult” about the motion and the public went hysterical with outrage. Five years later, on the eve of the 2011 elections, each MP was given Ush20 million to “consult” on some agricultural programmes. This time, the public made noise but not as loudly as before. The new MPs elected in 2011 each got Ush108 million to buy cars and ublic barely noticed. Mid term 013, each MP got Ush5 million to onsult” on a Bill. No noise from e public. And last week, as they epared to go face the electorate in countryside, each MP was given 100 million. Complete silence. even a whisper. must congratulate us Ugandan ses for learning to think big. On0 years ago, we were up in arms er MPs getting an out-of-salary acilitation” of Ush5 million. Toay they pick up Ush100 million ch outside their salary and we it calmly. Such is the financial urity that has been attained by e nation. ncidentally, the Ush5 million Illustration: John Nyaga was driving the public nuts in is now equal to less than $1,500. e time, it was $3,000. And the 00million they picked up last that the now mature public not complain about is equal to 00. y should citizens of a naturally wealthy country fret over such small amounts? We are soon becoming an oil exporting country and should not be heard com- getting bored so he requested us to keep him at Chhindwara jail so that his family members can come to meet him. We made him understand that for getting shifted also there are laws he should have applied instead of escaping as breaking out of prison amounts to a crime. Later we handed him over to police,” said a jail official. Palin wants slavery restored, but not for her The egocentric Sarah Palin calls for reintroducing slavery on a voluntary basis. She says that when slavery was first abolished it was a radical historical change. “So, today, when everybody seems to be talking about illegal immigrants and their status, maybe it’s time to make another historical change that would bring the attention of the public back to the real problem — the black community in the US.” That way, she says, the peo- ple would be able to have the best of both worlds; black families would become as strong as before, and on the other, it would reduce pressure on the already tense relationship between white people and the black community. She was supporting Tony Evans of the Urban Alternative Ministry, who said, “The biggest problem in black America today is the breakdown of the family. When 70 per cent plus of your children are being born out of wedlock and the fathers are not there to tend to them, you’ve got chaos in the community.” ‘I’m a kid, I shouldn’t be wearing this T-shirt’ Young consumers in China are being sold clothing with offensive phrases on it — but they have no idea because they don’t speak English. But strangely enough, parents are snapping up clothing for their kids covered in inappropriate language. The clothing, being worn by children as young as eight, reads; “Who the hell is Jesus?”; a girl of five wears a T-shirt that proclaims, “I am a whore”. A T-shirt won by a five-year-old says, “I am too drunk to play.” “The hell with milk and cookies. Give me beer!” says a T-shirt worn by a three-year-old. Even the shop attendants to not know the meaning of the messages but they only know they are going like hot cake. The garments have caused a debate after someone took pictures of them in a mall in Luoyang, Henan in China and circulated them online. Customers are allowed by law to return items if they find they contain swear words or vulgar phrases. Human buckets will go to the well too many times… In Beed village in Mahar- ashtra state in western India, children are tied with ropes and lowered into 60-footdeep wells to fetch water. It is the child’s task to fill the pitchers with mugs of water. The ropes are thin nylon, barely meant to carry more load than a full pitcher. And for this exercise, every day, young children are made to miss school. For 12-year-old Priyanka Murkute of Marathwada’s Murkutwadi village, water has priority over education. Every day she is lowered into the well, tied precariously with a rope. Every time she descends into the well, she fills 10 pitchers of water and sends them up. For an onlooker, the process is unnerving because some wells are rocky and deep. But for Priyanka, the need takes precedence over fear and practice has made her an expert. “This has been happening for three years now. This is our only source of water, and I have to skip school at times,” she said.
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