Monday 27 March 2017

Kevin Myers: Uganda's long-serving president is building one of Africa's best air forces; we're helping him pay

Kevin Myers

All good men everywhere are no doubt celebrating the news that the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is planning to run for office again, which, if completed, should bring his tenure as head of state to around 30 years or so.

To be sure, he is somewhat more responsive to the democratic process than dear old Fidel Castro; but still -- 30 years. By the end of which, he apparently intends to have one of the best air forces in Africa. And the really good thing is that the Irish taxpayer will have helped him buy it. You didn't know that, did you?

Now I'm aware -- from bitter experience, mark you -- that there is no area of government in which civil servants are more hoity-toity and morally supercilious than are the aid officials in the Department of Foreign Affairs. I suspect that the department runs special classes in writing letters- for-publication dripping in sanctimonious condescension, and in delivering patronising knowing looks over the canapes at departmental receptions. Believe me, a mere columnist almost takes his professional life in his hands suggesting that somehow our money on foreign aid is being ill-spent or even wasted.

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