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Rock Point 256

rock point 256 logoCommunication for Development Foundation Uganda (CDFU) produces and broadcasts the award winning radio serial drama Rock Point 256. Through the serial drama which started in 2005, CDFU reaches over an estimated 6,000,000 Ugandans with key messages addressing a range of issues including HIV&AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, child health, Gender Based Violence (GBV), malaria and civic education.  Click here to listen.

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Mr Tinfayo owns a farm of cattle in Rubona, Kabarole District. Mr. Tinfayo employed Mr. Clever as a farm manager. The cattle have the capacity of producing 100 litres of milk daily. Mr. Clever sells the milk and uses the money for his personal benefit. Each morning, Mr. Tinfayo kneels down to beg Mr. Clever to at least give him 5 litres of milk for his home consumption. One day, Mr. Tinfayo tried to go to the farm to count the animals and verify the litres of milk produced but he was chased by Mr. Clever that the operations of the farm were not a concern of Tinfayo. Mr. Tinfayo returned home, he extended the contract of Mr. Clever as the farm manager and increased his salary. Mr. Clever has managed to acquire a lot of wealth for himself and Mr. Tinfayo keeps begging for help though he has land, animals and property that is managed by Mr. Clever.

  1. What do you learn from this story?
  2. What rights did Mr. Tinfayo have?
  3. How can you advise Mr. Tinfayo?
  4. Who has the power in this story?
  5. Where did Mr. Tinfayo blunder?
  6. Who is the problem? Mr. Tinfayo or Mr. Clever

Assuming Mr. Tinfayo is the citizen of Uganda and Mr. Clever is the elected leader, how can you relate this story to the relationship between voters and elected leaders in Uganda?

If you are Mr. Clever, what would you have done differently to protect your name and legacy (what should leaders do and how should they behave?)
If you are Mr. Tinfayo, what would you do to enjoy the proceeds of your farm
Do you know you are the farm owner as the citizen of Uganda and the leaders are farm managers!!! Unfortunately, you as the owner of the farm do not know that the farm belongs to you. You recruit the farm manager; give him/her time frame and resources to deliver. The farm manager is aware that you have the power to hire and fire him but he also knows that when he steals your milk and cows you will instead reward him by extending the contract and increase his pay. The farm manager enjoys the ignorance of the owner of the farm because the owner only begs/request for a cup of milk instead of claiming for all milk produced in the farm. The owner of the farm cannot punish/caution the manager when things go bad on the farm.

This is a real story which relates to Citizens and their leaders in Uganda that through elections you elect leaders (councilors, LC3 chairpersons, LC5 chairpersons, MPs and President). Elections campaigns are always a recruitment process where you select good leaders. These leaders become your farm managers because they are supposed to plan, implement and deliver better services. You deploy these leaders for a 5 year term in office and give them money through paying taxes, which means you should have clear deliverables/outputs you want these leaders to deliver for easy assessment.

Unfortunately, the citizen (you) as the owner of the farm has turned as a begger (keep asking for money, school fees etc from leaders)! You don’t know that the farm (Uganda) belongs to you (citizen) because when the manager (leaders) steals your cows and milk (corruption, shoddy work, poor service delivery) you never say anything because of fear, ignorance, I don’t care attitude…, the farm manager (leaders) knows that you have the power to terminate his/her contract but you are ignorant of that power…have you ever recalled an elected leader? Why do you extend the contract of the farm manager that has stolen your cows?

  2. Are you the farm manager or the farm owner?
  3. Are you going to claim your rights as the owner of the farm (Uganda) and exercise your power to discipline, hire and fire the farm manager (leader)?


+4 #2 Peter 2014-07-25 20:38
Quoting James:
This story is very interesting. I like it.

I like it too. It is very cryptic
+2 #1 James 2014-07-25 20:35
This story is very interesting. I like it.

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