6 fighter jets for $ 740 million dollars??? The tail of the rat is peeping
April 28, 2011 § 4 Comments
The news that Gen. Museveni plucked 740 million dollars from state coffers (UShs 1.7 trillion) to buy 6 Russian Sukhoi Su-30MKK fighter jets, at a time when food prices are running amok, has already riled the Ugandan populace. It’s equivalent to a UPDF soldier’s boot into the gut of the typical Ugandan, in whose wildest dreams, flying in a jet liner remains just that: an elusive dream.
So alarming was it at first that many Uganda missed the smelly rat in the deal. But anyway, every Ugandan, by rule-of-thumb, knows that corruption is pervasive is most government deals. So I trust they would have eventually smelt and seen the rat after recovering from the anger and hunger. Yes hunger! To keep perspective on the involved finances, I’m not gonna go into the question of if we need these jets: in summary we don’t! Gaddafi will probably tell you the same 🙂
So folks here is the gist: A Russian Sukhoi Su-30MKK costs $ 53 million. That’s a brand new one. These jets were first commissioned in 2000. So they are relatively new models of flying killing machines. So assuming that the UPDF indeed ordered for spanking new ones, – try to forget the junk helicopters scandal for a moment and give Gen. M7 a benefit of the doubt – the six jets would cost us about $318 million! Okay let’s add another 100 million dollars for delivery of the jets and training of the dimwit Ugandan pilots. Let’s also add another 100 million dollars for the after-sales maintenance of these jets, even when I know the Ministry of Defence will request a totally different maintenance budget for these sophisticated toys of ours. That brings the total to 518 million dollars only!!! So where is the 222 million benjamins and franklins going folks??? Kagina may spring in to save the situation and say tax issues. To her, I will say: stick that horse crap into your fanny ma’am; am already miffed at your callous taxation on me!
So people, a good 222 million dollars, and more, has disappeared into thin air. The figures in this grand-theft-fighter are so big for the goons to crunch properly; hence this blatant exposure. I will welcome the comments of anyone who disputes the mathematics of my investigation. I dare you even!