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If Museveni Can Pardon Nasur He Can Help Bizarwenda

By Vision Reporter

Added 11th September 2003 03:00 AM

SIR — Your story, “A blind man’s struggle to survive,” published on September 2 made very sad reading. James Bizarwenda is not only a blind man but he is 80 years old.

SIR — Your story, “A blind man’s struggle to survive,” published on September 2 made very sad reading. James Bizarwenda is not only a blind man but he is 80 years old.

SIR — Your story, “A blind man’s struggle to survive,” published on September 2 made very sad reading. James Bizarwenda is not only a blind man but he is 80 years old. Why does this country harbour so much apathy towards the frail and poor? Without shame, our MPs are now hatching a plan for pension as if they are civil servants. If, with what they already earn, not to mention other privileges, they can still demand for more, then where does that put the likes of Bizarwenda? The other day, someone was talking of billions to renovate the State House at Entebbe because Queen Elizabeth of England was expected to visit Uganda! How urgent is that? If President Museveni, Uganda’s head of state has lived in Nakasero state lodge for years, so can the Queen for a day or two. The Commonwealth, after all has nothing to do with sharing wealth in common. There are therefore more urgent matters. In the name of decency, we request President Yoweri Museveni to have compassion on the blind old man who worked so hard under difficult circumstances to serve his country. Bizarwenda is not the only one suffering out of state neglect but he is a stark example of how insensitive the state machinery can be. Surely, if President Museveni can find it in his heart to to use his authority to pardon a cruel and convicted murderer like Nasur Abdalla, he can also use the same authority to help a more deserving citizen who at 80, has one foot in the grave.

Christine Elangot,
Hassan Kizito
Kampala

SIR — Your story published on September 2 about James Bizarwenda, a blind old man who dared the odds and supported himself in a hostile world, was very touching indeed. I would like to know if the minister of Public Service, Mr Muganwa Kajura or the minister of state in charge of pensions, Ms Benigna Mukiibi read the harrowing account of the 80-year old man who has been struggling for his pension for the last 11 years, in vain. The British government sold him down the river. But at least that was understandable. The British were colonialists and did not give a damn about the suffering of some godforsaken black man.
But surely is there no difference between the colonialists and the Uganda government?
If nobody can have compassion on Bizarwenda, what message is the government sending to those who are still in service? The writer of Bizarwenda’s story concluded it very appropriately when he said the old man’s fortitude and ill-treatment reminded one of Boxer in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

George Kangwagye
Ntungamo

If Museveni Can Pardon Nasur He Can Help Bizarwenda

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