Over 3000 people in Durban (SA) marched on their councillor, Yacoob Baig, demanding his resignation
1.For too long have our communities survived in substandard and informal housing, and for too long have we been promised land, only to be betrayed. Therefore, we demand adequate land and housing to live in dignity.
2.Our communities are ravaged by poverty, and we demand that the government create the jobs that we so desperately need. Therefore, we demand the creation of well-paying and dignified jobs.
3. In addition to providing substandard housing, the council charges rents way in excess of our communities' ability to pay. Therefore, we demand the writing-off of all rental arrears.
4.The government treats us with contempt, believing that because we are not rich, we have not earned their respect. Therefore, we demand participation in genuinely democratic processes of consultation and citizenship.
Our communities are affected by crime, police racism and environmental hazards. Therefore, we demand safe and secure environments in which we can work, play and live without intimidation from the authorities.
5.Many in our communities suffer from illness, and the scourge of HIV/AIDS affects us all. Therefore, we demand well-resourced and staffed health facilities.
6.Our young people are the future of our community, yet they have very few choices. Therefore, we demand attention to the needs of our communities' youth.
7.The council charges unaffordable rates in our flats. Therefore, we demand lower rates in flat buildings.
We are entitled to decent social services in our communities. Therefore we demand these services, including proper sanitation, a community garden for our poor, and free education to our communities' orphans.
Finally, for his failure to deliver these needs to his constituents, and for putting local business interests ahead of those of the poor, we therefore demand that Councillor Yacoob Baig, a career-politician since apartheid, submit his resignation.
the importance of what ever you say regarding the problems facing the general puplic of uganda depends on whether your solution is workable. to me you are a big part of the problem. this is because your desire for changes is driven by the need to make your life and everyone's confortable and meaningful. This is what all the NGOs and the so called international community wants and have been preaching for decades. no one cares to invest half of their time in dicovering why is uganda a fatal ground for poverty. what roll do the general public play in making uganda poorer and backward?. another words: what comes first. is it knowledge or whealthy?. or technological know-how or funds?.
Many people want to through money at the problem but only the selfish ones thing the problem will go away. remember, a failing company cannot be saved by adding more money in it if its failure is due to short sightedness and hard working of the managers and all that are envolved.
From: Gumma Muhumza. Uk London.
Muhumuza, you write with a bag of emotions, ndugu uprootimg musevenism from the face of africa, "People unity" will just prevail. Enjoy your multichanell brainwashing box in London England UK.