Unless there is a big turning point for the worse in the Covid-19 pandemic, Ugandans should start celebrating September 26 as the Holy Day of Healing, the day when the most faithful who subscribe to Christianity returned to church after a long second confinement. And for the deeply religious, September 26 is also the day of the pharmacy to celebrate the medical twin brothers Saints Cosmas and Damian, who practiced voluntarily in the 3rd century in present-day Turkey.
In secular matters, it was the day of the launch of the African Climate Week, virtually hosted by Uganda. The deliberations and presentations were generally in the spirit of âaccelerating collaboration and mainstreaming climate action into global recovery from a pandemicâ.
But the host country could do a little better when it comes to internal collaboration. For example, it is doubtful that even a quarter of worshipers would know their country was hosting Africa Climate Week, although three quarters of the population have access to the radio and a third to the internet. Even the government made no suggestion of prayer as people returned to church. There was no common prayer theme. No collaboration.
Well, at least in many churches, congregations have heard a call in Swahili (not our favorite language) to use disinfectant sprays, a measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus: âLeta spray! (Pray), to which order anyone who is ready to lead the next prayer is given a disinfectant spray for the microphone.
The next day, Monday 27, was World Tourism Day, the sector most affected by pandemic containment in the world, and particularly in Uganda. Almost two years after the start of the pandemic, the sector is still screwing up and that week, Ugandan tour operators bitterly denounced the (mismanagement) of Covid-19 tests at the country’s only international airport, Entebbe.
They claimed the mess in testing caused 90% of reservations to be canceled. No authority saw the need to refute the alarming allegation, leaving the public to believe it.
Instead, we only heard about a plan (bad guys might call it a conspiracy) to set up an airport testing facility costing around $ 20 million. We haven’t heard why they don’t just deploy supervisors to regulate private labs already at the airport that have already made the investment. No collaboration to avoid unnecessary duplication.
The same week, we heard an expert report on the country’s energy sector claiming that ongoing public investments (through loans) will have brought the country’s power generation capacity to 2,000 MW next year. , although peak hour consumption is 700 MW. The private report claimed that the country will incur an additional annual cost of $ 950 million for the electricity it cannot consume, as it has to pay the generation companies whether their output is consumed or not, and reimburse them. ready of course. The figure of 950 million dollars could be exaggerated, but is the only one to hear because the voucher has not yet been given by the authorities concerned. Collaboration?
Clean energy is actually at the heart of the fight against climate change, and the excess electricity we generate and pay for should be used to power many activities, from cooking to locomotion and public transport. Our energy balance is therefore not collaborative, as we spend more than a billion dollars to import fossil fuels that accelerate warming and pollution. Leta spray that changes.
At least we have the continued call for âLeta sprayâ disinfectant in our endless calls to God to help us solve our problems without putting too much effort on our part.
We have a lot of faith, you know! No wonder, officials at the Uganda Cancer Institute said the same week that most of our people with cancer die and the reason they can’t be cured is because they waste too much time researching. faith healing and show up to real hospitals when it’s too late.
So leta spray again and again, to disinfect our infected sense of rationality.
Joachim Buwembo is a journalist based in Kampala. E-mail:[emailÂ protected]