I think I lost my first round dealing with local authorities in Uganda. It’s a little bit difficult to explain what it is like dealing with people in authority here. I have slowly been collecting paperwork required to register as an organisation our education work with schools here. One of the hurdles was to get a letter from the local district office. Before I can go to that local district officer I need to go and see the district head of security for the area. A few months ago I approached the district head of security and discussed very clearly what I was doing and he gave me a long, ridiculous list of letters required from people and paperwork I needed. It took me a long time to get these letters. I even had Catherine helping me by following local officials to a local drinking place to get them to write a letter.
Alas, two weeks ago I had all the paperwork I was asked
! I handed it in, only to be told a week later that it was in a folder but not bound. They could not look at the documents until they were bound. I corrected this ov
ersight on my part.
Yesterday I was called back to this official’s office and presented with a long list of more letters and paperwork to gather. I then received a long lecture on how I needed to follow protocol. I asked for this official list of what was required, I said I needed this in writing. He then proceeded to give me a long lecture, how he didn’t have to answer to me, how he didn’t have to prove anything and I had to do anything he asked me to and he wouldn’t clear our paperwork until he got everything he personally wanted. At this stage I found it difficult to bite my tongue, I may have mentioned something about him just wanting to waste my time, didn’t see the point of
a lot of what he was saying, and then walking out of his office.
Consensus around me is he wants a bribe. And is going to make my life pretty difficult in the meantime. But he ain’t getting one from me!
Keep persevering in prayer that God will take this matter into His more capable hands! Actually I feel like wrapping the paperwork round said officials neck. Love Di
Thanks Di! I am hanging in there, although flipping frustrated! Hopefully I almost have all the documents he needs for the second time around.