We have manmade disasters and then we have natural disasters. There are very many manmade disasters which are systemically obviously going to happen. People here in the studio, like to talk about the word corruption as a vague abstract term. Corruption is not vague, corruption is not abstract. For corruption to take place there has to be the person who is paying the bribe and the person who is soliciting that bribe. People like to say, those people are corrupt. They often pay attention to these small people who have received a bribe. But they are not looking at the person who solicited the bribe - like the one who said, let me bribe you. It is at that point that vital resources are diverted to do other things; and then you have an engineered manmade disaster.
“Agriculture is the backbone of Uganda’s economy” is a popular assertion that has made it all the way into Uganda’s State of the Nation addresses which the current President of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Kagutta Museveni has given, such as the one of 2011. The Government of Uganda (GoU) (Ministry of agriculture, animal industry and fisheries, 2013) defines agriculture as “the growing of crops, livestock or fish" Others (National Geographic, 2015) define agriculture in a more explicit and a more encompassing manner as “the art and science of cultivating the soil, growing crops and raising livestock.” The GoU’s definition of agriculture allows a deduction that Uganda’s agriculture sector includes crops, livestock, agro-forestry and fishing activities. Although not specifically stated in the GoU’s definition, soil cultivation and management are implied as components of Uganda’s agriculture. Uganda’s agriculture is mostly soil based – crops are primarily grown in soils and animals are reared on the land.
“Some of our members and their households used to fear to go for HIV and AIDS tests. Now we no longer fear to go and test for HIV and AIDS. We now know our HIV status and some of us who are positive are open about our status, other than keeping silent. Those of us who are HIV positive now go to the health centre to get ARV treatment for prolonging our lives. Stigma between those who test positive and those who test negative has reduced. Group members support one another in the group and at homes. Increased appreciation of the fact that HIV and AIDS do not kill immediately and one can live positively has enabled us to live positively by taking good care of ourselves, eating nutritive foods, visiting health centres for services and not to isolate ourselves, but to continue to actively engage in productive activities. For those amongst our members who tested negative, have changed their behaviour, such as not sharing sharp objects and not engaging in extra marital sexual relationships which increase the risk of being exposed to getting HIV. They make every effort to stay negative.”
The CPAR Uganda Financial Year starts on the first day of April and ends on the last day of March. On Monday, 10th August 2015, as the Managing Director for CPAR Uganda, I delivered to our external auditors – a reputable firm that adheres to international auditing standards – for external auditing our books of accounts and financial records for our financial year ended 31st March 2015.