By Opolot Stanley
We can’t deny!
“Over the past several months, Africell group has conducted a detailed assessment of the future of Africell UG….”
“Africell UG will stop services on 7th October 2021”, (an official letter from Africell Uganda.)
While the Ugandan government has continually locked down the country in the name of curbing the spread of corona virus, other countries refused to enforce such long excruciating lockdowns upon its citizens. The enemy’s trick is to show you one little devil and once you focus on that little devil, you attract other related devils. That’s Uganda for you. Our wise economists have less to say in the catastrophe and even if they tried to advise otherwise, who cares anyway? “we have the scientists to make the decisions”
Our neighborhood like Tanzania and Kenya that didn’t focus on the pandemic like we did, are doing much better.
The lockdown we copied and pasted from the first world economies wasn’t really meant to squarely deal with the covid-19 situation but to corrode the economies riding them down into darkness.
While we thought we were dealing with covid-19 pandemic, we didn’t realize that we had created perforations and exit doors in the economy. We have local businesses that permanently petered out and we ignored them amidst the importunate cries from the affected.
Now big companies exiting because they’ve ‘caught a flu’ in Uganda.
There’s no thriving business entity that wouldn’t want to stay in the economy that feeds it. Definitely there must be something fallacious in our economy that we all can see.
Well! Who knows which other is next?
So, What happens to the taxes they’ve been paying let’s say per anum? And with the constant budget rise every single year, shall we predict that the citizens will have to cover up the taxes in one way or another?
And what will happen to the standards of living of those citizens??
Are we still going to pretend like we haven’t seen anything in our economy yet, and thus looking forward to the third and fourth wave of the curable virus?
The first and major corrosion in the country was/is the faith of believers, having unquestionably locked down places of worship. The pain of religious suffocation is greater than the pain of economic down-spiring, at least for a believer who means business with his God.
If the faith has been worn out, who Shall we call unto for help given the verse;
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Our places of worship too must open if the rest of the country is open, for the ultimate solution is to totally lift the lockdown and let the economy return to normal since the corona virus can be dealt with like any other killer diseases.
Proverbs 24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Written by Stanley Opolot, a campus Remnant.