POINTING A GUN TO CITIZENS IN FEAR OF RWANDAN OPPOSITION LED TO AN INCREASE IN BUDGET EXPENDITURE.Since General Kayumba Nyamwasa and Col Karegeya Patrick fled the country because of their fundamental political disagreement with President Kagame, and the latter has deployed many soldiers in the streets of Kigali to patrol each and every home in fear of his two former allies. And in a similar way, Kagame has on several attempts tried and paid money to assassinate or kill both officers from where they reside in South Africa. From the Kigali streets, it is easy to notice that soldiers on patrol keep pointing their guns to shadows, always in fear of an invasion of both officers troops.
Instead of raising salaries for poorly paid civil and public officers, the government opted to keep confusing and misleading these badly paid soldiers on the streets to keep their hope tagged on fighting an unknown and non existing war. Again in the mind of Kagame, he will corrupt their (soldiers) mind, thinking that this is a genuine case, yet it is Kagame’s deceiving project.
As announced by the parliament, out of 700 billion (national budget), 30% of this has been allocated to security institutions. What many people question is the rationale of allocating such a huge amount of money instead of harmonizing the discrepancies in salaries or raising salaries of poorly paid civil and public servants or addressing the abject poverty among the country’s population or create jobs to enable citizens get money. There are no roads to enable citizens access markets and sell their local produce. The country has a poor food security, so much so that people still die of starvation. Many people interviewed think that the national budget expectations will be meant through raising taxes from a starving and poor population. Business people are worried that the government insensitive tax collection measures are biting and undermining their business. Another confusing aspect in the national budget is the fact that it does indicate the cost of each item. Besides, the national budget is silent about the people who defaulted on paying back the borrowed money from Micro finance. .
Kyomugisha , Kampala