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I CAN LEAVE THE ARMY FOR PUBLIC SERVICE.
It is no doubt that the discipline within soldiers is quite admirable but to be able to understand the motivation behind it, you would probably have to speak to one of them. On an early morning when I thought it would be a great opportunity to interact with Col Okuonzi Morris, the commander of Operation Wealth Creation in Adjumani, I set out to his office and therein I found him preparing a progress report.
He is frustrated though, a number of reports from other officers that are supposed to brief him have not yet been submitted a week later. He is amused by such laxity in Public service. In the army he fondly says, it is something you will probably rarely hear. But amidst such frustrations, is a passion and zeal to work for his people. Although it is an assignment that could end any time, he is optimistic it has been worth it. He says it has become time to embrace farming and thus he doesn’t mind retiring from the gun to the hoe.
To him, people should retire when they are still strong enough. He, however, acknowledges that it requires a lot of skills, knowledge, and tolerance. He cites a number of factors that have made it almost impossible to achieve the objectives of the OWC project. He particularly despises farmers who go to pick seeds or livestock when they are not ready or prepared. He wonders how someone who is struggling with their basic needs can be able to provide for another.
Sadly though, even those who are catered for also sometimes turn out to be stray or wild animals that end up destroying the little good crops that the hardworking farmers grow. You see this only makes sense when you look at the broader picture. So many times he says they were being duped with fake inputs. A supplier will bring a lorryful of for example cassava cuttings but only a quarter of them would be genuine.
This obviously affects harvest which consequently affects harvest too I ask him if he has tried to do anything about this hindrance and he sa