The Kenyan media generally did a good job during the presidential campaigns


BY W.B. KYIJOMANYI VIA UAH FORUM

Dr Wandia Njoya


Dr. Wandia Njoya is an associate professor at Daystar University in Nairobi is the daughter of Reverend Timothy Njoya. I have seen her speak before on Citizen TV and is passionate about social justice . Let me just point out the irony of Kenyan civil society-read neo colonial agents-now complaining about the actions of their funders. Part of what has kept me away from this UAH forum has something to do with investigating civil society in Africa. It is a massive study by a group of f us whose findings we are compiling in a book. Stay tuned.

Anne Kiguta, arguably, one of the best news readers in Kenya


Let me point out for the benefit of UAH readers that NASA actually had two manifestos. When Dr Ndii, NASA’s chief economic adviser, was confronted on Citizen TV by Anne Kiguta arguably, one of the best in Kenya, he blew it when Ms Kiguta (again for the benefit of readers Ms. Kiguta is rumoured to be romantically linked to Jomo Gecaga , President Uhuru Nephew and his personal assistant) showed her the other manifesto. Dr Ndii disowned it that he had not ben party to it. well the other manifesto had been prepared by Jimmy Wanjigi -he was NASA’s chief financier-and his NASA team under the lead of lawyer Willis Otieno. After Kiguta’s interview, RAO acknowledged that indeed NASA had two documents.

Ms Kiguta was armed with NASA’s two manifestos. Actually it was Ndii who was surprised that NASA had prepared two documents one against his back. After that interview,RAO himself confirmed Ms. Kiguta’s document as genuine. You know that most of the civil society types John Githongo, George Kegoro, Maina Kiai, were working for NASA. That second manifesto shocked them because it was prepared under the guidance of tender entrepreneur Jimmy Wanjigi, so civil society groups felt betrayed. Poor Ndii.

Ms. Kiguta is one of the best and even brightest of the Kenyan TV personalities, who never suffers fools. the other really good and sharp presenters are KTN’s Aisha Mwiru, Sophia Wanuna and especially Michelle Ngele who is very sharp.

People: NASA sharpened their blades. To see and hear them lash out at International observers and even the media with Orengo calling on NASA readers to boycott Daily Nation and Nation TV is hilarious. The same Daily Nation that has given space for NASA adviser to write regular columns: Ndii, George Kegoro and Maina Kiai among others. Now suddenly daily nation is o be boycotted. How sad.

The Kenyan media generally did a good job during the presidential campaigns. One mistake was how the presidential debates were prepared. It was wrong and very unethical for the media houses to contract Katherine Openda-famously Nyayo’s mpango wa kando-who was working on RAO’s campaign to arrange the debate. That is why UK boycotted because intelligence revealed the selected presidential debate moderators, known NASA sympathisers intended to humiliate UK. He boycotted and RAO got 90 minutes of free airtime. Funny, many talking heads claimed that UK would pay heavily for skipping the debate. Alas, even with 90 minutes of free TV publicity NASA still lost!.

This is why I think Raila Odinga was Rigged out again!



BY MOSES OCEN NEKYON VIA UAH FORUM

You know that elections, especially in Africa‎, how one wins or loses an election depends on what you do or don’t do before and after the event.

Here are a few of my views that will provide a clearer picture on the above point;

1) Prior to the August 8th elections, KPMG did an audit of the voter register and found over 1 Million dead voters. This audit was not done voluntarily but was a result of street protests.

The question again is why would there be 1 Million dead voters in a new voter register???? The specific number was actually 1,037,260;

2) Tendering of who prints the ballot papers is Classic case of how things are done in Kenya. There was a huge fight that ended up in court that you are praising here‎, where the Court threw out the case over the objections of NASA;

3) Well it didn’t take long for NASA original fears about the firm given the tender to print to come to fruition. The IEBC in conjunction with the firm, decided unilaterally decided to print an extra 1.2 Million ballots.

Coincidence????

4) ‎In order to protect its votes, NASA tallying centers and imported IT experts and volunteers, from Canada, USA and Ghana.

Is it a coincidence that on the weekend before the polls, the police deported all the NASAIT experts, who built and were supposed to man NASA’s tallying centers and prevented‎ the ones from Ghana from even getting out of the airport after they landed;

5) Related to the above, while the deportations were happening, members of the flying squad raided NASA’s main tallying center in Westlands and destroyed vital computers and carried off vital pieces of the mainframe.

After the elections, IEBC asked‎ NASA to provided proof of its allegations, and when they(NASA) sat down and started collecting whatever evidence they could with their remaining tallying center, the Flying Squad pounced again.

Coincidence????

5) ‎ Two weeks before the elections, the Head of ICT, IEBC, one Chris Musando, is “disappears.” The likes of Moses Kuria, start claiming they know where he is and that he(Musando) was only hiding. All hell broke loose when they found his body and Moses Kuria, with his wild theories shut up.

Well a funny thing started to happen,‎ when vote counting started; Chris Musando, started signing in……

6) Add the almost astronomical 400k “spoiled ‎votes”…..

All the above did not just happen without a reason, so don’t misjudge those who are silent. Add the extra ballots printed ballots, dead voters and the spoiled voters and one sees a lot of “coincidences.”

NASA were only good at dancing on the podium instead of articulating alterative policies


BY W.B.KYOJOMANYI VIA UAH FORUM

“To my most worthy competitor, our elder brother Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, I extend a hand of friendship and partnership and to your supporters, let’s work together. Kenya needs all of us” – President – Elect Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta.

People:
Greetings. I decided to break my long silence to try and educate UAH members about the Kenyan elections won by Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta of Jubilee party with 54.29%. For starters’, the Kenyans elections was free and fair. NASA lost the election pure and simple because they ran a very dumb campaign. Dumb as hell. The big question I want members of UAH to ponder is this: maybe, just may be RAO is the problem. The defeat of NASA was a rout, so severe as they say in Uganda “bawunze/confused” as they try to understand the loss.

You will hear a lot of lies about rigging but here are the facts

1). All Kenyan media houses undertook to tally the elections results. May be I should take you back a bit.

2) Several NASA affiliated civil society activists, Maina Kiai, Tirop and another went to court. What were their prayers? That election results should be announced at the constituency level and should be FINAL. That whatever was counted at the polling station was FINAL and IEBC could not change them even if they contained errors, those errors could only be subject to a court process aka petition.

3) The IEBC appealed to the Court of appeal-their appeal court is very strong- where a 5 judge bench agreed with the high court that the elections announced at the polling station are final and that the IEBC’s role was to simply add results from the 290 constituencies to determine the winner. Obviously each constituency returning officer would have simply added results from the polling stations in their respective constituencies. The IEBC agreed with the Court of appeal.

4) Before voting, the IEBC had said that it would take time to add results from all the 290 constituencies and would simply make one final announcement, declaring the winner. NASA, civil society and the Kenyan media/journalists (many of whom were pro NASA) protested that IEBC was being opaque and urged the IEBC to stream live results as they were fed into the system from the BVR kits immediately after counting. IEBC agreed and went along.

NASA, media houses, Jubilee, civil society groups, NGO etc. had their parallel tallying centers, with computers and IT specialists to ensure the election was credible.

5) When NASA and affiliated civil society saw the live streams and DID not like the figures, they protested that what the IEBC was doing was not proper because they results could not be verified or lacked forms 34Bs. Remember the Court of appeal ruling that whatever was counted at the polling station was FINAL.

6) NASA then claimed that the IEBC system had been hacked by someone using the late Msando’s password. They produced a document purporting to support their allegations. But folks, the document was so sloppy that an average first year law student would have questioned. Whoever prepared the document could not make simple additions. For example, they document claimed that Nyamira-won by UK- had over 2 million voters, which was simply not true. The IEBC rebutted that document so thoroughly and NASA simply could not defend it anymore.

7) NASA then made demands that the IEBC should declare RAO and Kalonzo Musyoka the winner. Apparently NASA had ‘confidential’ information from an insider source within the IEBC that RAO had won with over a million votes. When Musalia Mudavadi made that claims, celebrations broke out in Kisumu.

8) The IEBC chairman, the soft spoken Mr Wafula Chebukati-a Bukusu-addressed the media that NASA’s election claims were NOT true. But think about it. NASA demanding that their candidate be declared the winner without any evidence

9). All candidates were called to the Bomas of Kenya on Friday morning for final briefing on the elections based on the results contained in forms 34Bs from the 290 constituency returning officers. RAO, WSR and others showed up at Bomas.

10), NASA made more demands including a demand to access the IEBC servers. Again no basis in law. FYI, what NASA-a parade of the deplorable-was asking for could only be done with a court order. No such order was presented.

11) RAO and his team left Bomas. WSR too left for KICC.

12) James Aggrey Orengo, Musalia Mudavadi and others addressed a press conference where they attacked the IEBc but most surprisingly the elections observers from the USA/Cater centre, led by Mr John Kerry former secretary of state, Commonwealth Led by Mr Mahama former President of Ghana AU led by Thambo Mbeki and others. It was the lowest moment from NASA. Why did they attack the observers? Because they dismissed their hacking claims and pronounced the results credible. NASA declared they would not be part of the declaration process so they left Bomas. As they say in Uganda, ommuzizzi azimba twe, their departure was not a big deal. Mr Oregngo also declared that NASA would not challenge the results in the supreme Court as advised by Mr John Kerry/ In truth, they had no ground because the election was so transparent that a P 5 chap in Uganda given all the 290s form 34Bs , could add and determine the winner!.

13) Mr Ezra Chiloba-the CEO of the IEBC addressed the media that the Chairman would be making an address to declare the presidential winner.

14) Shortly after President Uhuru Kenyatta left his Gatundu home where had been staying since voting for KICC. Jubilee supporters at KICC and abroad broke into celebrations.

15) The IEBC chairman Mr Wafula Chebukati started addressing the country. He read the results received by each candidate from all the 47 counties plus the Kenyan diaspora in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, TZ and South Africa. That is required by law.

16). Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta and VP William Ruto left KICC for Bomas of Kenya where the y were declared winners and received their certificate.

17) Celebrations and riots broke out simultaneously as Jubilee supporters danced while some, NOT ALL NASA areas rioted.

18) Now some observations.

Given that all political parties ad agents at almost all polling stations, though not all, what did NASA agents witness? What did the civil society document and record? What did their tallies based on tallies from their agents in the field reveal? Again remember the IEBC chairman’s role was to simple add election results as submitted and witnessed by party agents and others observers.

So folks, in a way, the process was very simple: each party to add their figures and compare with what the IEBC would announce at Bomas.

I can tell you for free that the results announced by the IEBC chairman were almost similar to what most media house, political parties at least Jubilee and other interested parties tallied. Today ELOG released their final tally see here

http://www.nation.co.ke/news/ELOG-tally-matches-IEBC-count/1056-4054744-f2vnf3z/index.html

19). How did Uhuru Kenyatta and Jubilee pull it off? They held their strongholds in central, Rift valley, Embu and Meu. They won the small communities in upper Eastern-Isiolo, Marsabit. They won North Eastern, they won Samburu. They won the Masai vote in Kajiado and Narok-UK was endorsed by former TZ PM and opposition leader Mr Edwrda Lowassa, a Masai. They won the Kissi vote in Nyamira and did well in Kisii. Jubilee also did well in Bungoma, and even Kakamega. In many ways, Jubilee flipped former NASA areas. That is why NASA are left wondering what hit them and sulking, like crybabies. Come on.

Bottom line. Mr Uhuru Kenyatta won the Kenyan elections fairly and decisively.

So why would NASA cry foul? Apparently they wanted and may be still want to create chaos to demand a coalition but that won’t happen. Mark you the international community whom NASA is now attacking has said the election was fair, transparent and credit. That sounds like a seal of approval.

Now the big losers. RAO, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula and Issac Ruto. Collectively they form the parade of the deplorable, whose presidential chances are dead as DODO. But NASA folks relax. Kenyan elections are predictable. RAO will run again in 2022 possibly with Joho as his running mate. Musyoka too wil run because Mutua the Machakos Governor who won his seat and now threatens his grip on Ukambani politics. Musallai Mudavadi too will run. And perhaps Wetangula who may be Kalonzo’s running mate. For Jubilee it wil be William Ruto perhaps with Mr Eugenie Wamalwa as his running mate.

The biggest winners: of course Mr Uluru Kenyatta and Jubilee who won the presidency, a majority of seats for governors (25 plus two friendly independent governors in Isiolo and Laikipia, majority of seats in Senate, 25 plus Jubilee friendly seats from KANU two, PDR one and one independent A majority of seats in parliament with several seats by KANU, Mutua’s; chap chap and several friendly independents.

Other big winners include Anne Waiguru ‘minji minji” as Governor of Kirinyaga, Charity Ngilu of NARC as governor of Kitui, Joyce Laboso, Governor of Bomet, and Joseph Ole Lenku as Governor of Kajiado.

It was only Jubilee which won seats across the country. It won parliamentary seats in all communities expect Luo Nyanza. In fact, Jubilee won the second most seats 8 in Western Kenya, more than RAO’s Odm and Wetangula’s Ford Kenya. It won 5 seats in Kisiii. It won 3 or there about seats in Ukambani. It won two governorships in Coasts, Lamu and Kwale.

There you have the facts. Do not listen to lies that Jubilee rigged. It was impossible to rig.

Final though, be careful with opposition politicians in Africa. They are clueless to appoint where it isnt funny. NASA were only good at dancing on the podium instead of articulating alterative policies. They paid heavy price, so heavy in my assessment it may have single handedly ended the presidential ambitions or should we say pretense of 5 men! Incredible.

Their loss illustrates the Ugandan saying ‘kyotonorya tokyesunga”/you cannot admire what you have not yet swallowed because it may kill. NASA was so sure of victory apparently on the basis of voter registration in their perceived strongholds that at their final rally at Uhuru Park urged their supporters to vote on August 8 and then go to Uhuru Park to prepare for the celebrations and match to state House.

Oh, even their crooked sponsors nicknamed tender entrepreneurs like Jimmy Wanjgi started threatened nation media journalist who did an expose on his corruption scandals that they would see once NASA took office. Pole.

WBK

The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age?



BY JOHN NSUBUGA VIA UAH FORUM

Don’t you know that, the secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age? That is what some of our leaders are practicing. Old age is not a sin, but it’s not a joy either, any one can get old, all you have to do is live long enough. So, I’m not here to despise our elders, because I know they can be useful, but not every where. Once upon a time, whenever president Museveni was addressing Uganda, every citizen of East and Central Africa tuned in to listen to this sharp Munyankore son of Africa roar. Today when he speaks, cows, pigs, goats, birds, babies, money lenders, eeeeeverything goes to sleep.

Surely when your steak has to be put through a blender before its served, or when you wake up as many times during the night, but not for the same reasons, you know you’re too old to be president. When you put on a thick winter jacked and hand gloves like our president does in temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius, you know you’re too old to be president. Haven’t you heard that every thing that goes up must come down, but that there comes a time when not everything that’s down can come up?

What I’m saying is that, when age catches up with you, there are many warning signs, you will know it, therefore, you do not need a piece of paper to be reminded how old you’re. The excuse that some people do not know when they were born, is one of the very reasons we have “prohibitive lines in the holly constitution” for checks and balances purposes. Removing age limits will attract interested candidates in their 90s, being aided by push chairs. What do you do then, especially in our corrupt infested Uganda, where money changes hands in exchange for power?

Please be reminded that, it is very important that a country keeps on introducing fresh blood into the political system to maintain a healthy country. If these 90yr old somethings cling on to power, then I ask you, will Abbey Ssemuwemba ever contribute as president of Uganda? I know you mean well, but ours is a unique political environment, dominated by dictators and thieves. He rules you for 50yrs, he dies and his son takes over, and the sequence goes on.

We must maintain both age and term limits.

Akena and his wife have sold UPC to Museveni but we shall resist them!


Jimmy Akena and Betty Amongi

BY GEORGE OKELLO VIA UAH

It is really mystery how a mental midget like Akena could ever aspire for leadership of a great party like UPC. let alone be a national leader. The man does not have the intellectual capacity to be even a village leader. Just look at is record as a member of parliament. In more than 8 years sitting in that bogus house, have you heard Akena move a motion on any economic or social policy, or even debate on anything of substance? He has been telling his psychophants that kayibanda has promised to hand over power to him, just like Moi annointed Kenyatta’s son Uhuru as his successor. He clearly does not understand Kenyan politics- and the fact that Uhuru tred to create his own power base, seperate from KANU, which was already a badly soiled brand in any case. he does not understand Kemya politics. His only selling point is that he is the son of president obote. beyond that he does not have a clue as to what he would do with power, should he accidentally stagger into it.

The debate inside the UPC is very necessary at this moment in time, because I dont think we can carry on with Akena and his wife any longer. The two are scum, and make our task even more difficult to rebuild the party and get back to power and to where we belong.The issue here really is if James Akena and his wife Betty Amongi are beyond redemption or reached a point of no return..

I sincerely hope Kenya is on the eve of joining her sister Ghana


By Noc’la gaumoy

I sincerely hope Kenya is on the eve of joining her sister Ghana (which does have fairly very identical structural bases) as the vanguard of African democracy development.

Both countries had innitially strongpre independence leader gestalter but, who upon achieving independence, were transformed into monsters that beasted the populations.

In both countries, the leadership torch has been relayed to the sons and daughters of those former heros. In Ghana you had the BIG SIX while in Kenya you had the Mau-Mau bunch.

I believe Ghana has now jumped the hurdle and Kenya soon follows.
But this could be wishful thinking. I never ever underestimate the animal in man of the African!
Hmm, a son of the soil can short circuit just like that and refuse to understand a thing!!

A crook does not need the land bill to grab your land



The first noted case of land grabbing in Uganda’s history, happened after the signing of ‘The Buganda Agreement of 1900.’ The biggest beneficiaries were English Crown and Buganda Chiefs, who practically took land from the peasants and claimed “custody ” over those lands.

That “custody” has now turned into ownership of those said pieces of land that cover whole villages. Some or many of those new owners who are all Baganda, have being selling the land to other Ugandans and are now claiming “we grabbed the land‎;”

Related to the above points; Buganda was rewarded with land from the Bunyoro Kingdom, for collaboration. Those lands became known as the ‘Lost Counties‎,’ and to date are owned by landed gentry from Buganda;

A large section of Mt Elgon is settled by people from Central who live in peace with the Bagisu

What I am trying to tell you is that; in the greater scheme of things, Africa does not matter or matters little in the Global market.

A crook does not need the land bill to grab your land.Most land is stolen using a pen and paper.What your missing here is that the most valuable are the ones with mineral resources and that is what the new Land Bill is about.It’s not about grabbing land in Buganda but in North.

The main reason that tensions levels have kicked a up a notch is specifically because of Northern MP’s going postal about the proposed constitutional clause.

What both sides are not saying publicly is that there is more oil to be found and a new mineral of epic proportions, has been added to the economic equation. Uranium!

‎Enough said.

The Reasons why some Bahima, Itesos and Karamajongs fear using toilets!


BY SIMON OKURUT PETER VIA UAH

The practice of latrines was alien to our cultures and even today, there are people who fear to use latrines because of cultural taboos. For instance, women in some cultures refuse to use pit-latrines because they believe such women will not produce.

In some parts of Teso people still use bushes as latrines. Some dig latrines but never use them. The same applies to Karamoja, no big deal. I went to one home with a beautiful latrine but when I went to use it, the padlock had rusted meaning it was there but never used; the key-hole was blocked completely; they had to break the padlock but by then the wasps that had colonized the room were disturbed, so when the door opened, we had to run away and I forgot about using the latrine until I reached Moroto Town.

From the professional point of view, we should not judge other cultures using our cultural lenses; every cultural group is right in its ways and a person from a different culture needs to understand why certain practices take place in other cultures, there is usually a good cultural reason.

It is not the hate of hard labour involved in digging pit-latrines or graves that force people to seek self-exile; rather the taboos associated or reasons undisclosed with the practice. Some cite barrenness if women use latrines. Even men squatting to aim the holes will have their male organs pointing at the holes sucking “bad air”, the same organ used for producing so why risk not bearing children they reason?

The other often undisclosed reason is that feces and decomposing bodies are good manure producing materials- scattered allover the bushes around provide natural fertilizers- compost manure – bumper harvest as a result.

A well to do family from western Uganda invited the father to a Kampala posh home. The old man wanted to use the washroom; he was shown a clean room beside where he sleeps, close to the kitchen. The old man protested bitter saying, ” You people are bastards; you cook and eat here, you sleep here and you also defecate in the house, no way, take me to defecate outside” they compromised with mzee so they took him to a neighbours to use a pit-latrine that was outside the man house. Cultural beliefs are very strong and it takes much education and patience to change some of the beliefs, some persist.

POPULATION VS EDUCATION: Jews are few in numbers but literally control the world


A MUST MUST READ PLEASE MAKE TIME!

Extracts of speech by Hafez A.B Mohamed: Director-General, Al Baraka Bank.

Demographic
o World Jewish Population. 14 million
o Distribution: 7 m in America
5 m in Asia
2 m in Europe
100 thousand in Africa
o World Muslim Population: 1.5 billion
o Distribution: 1 billion in Asia/Mid-East
400 M in Africa
44 M in Europe
6 M in the Americas
o Every fifth human being is a Muslim.
o For every single Hindu there are two Muslims
o For every Buddhist there are two Muslims
o For every Jew there are 107 Muslims
o Yet the 14 million Jews are more powerful than the entire 1.5 billion Muslims

Why?

Here are some of the reasons.

Movers of Current History
o Albert Einstein Jewish
o Sigmund Freud Jewish
o Karl Marx Jewish
o Paul Samuelson Jewish
o Milton Friedman Jewish

Medical Milestones
o Vaccinating Needle: Benjamin Ruben Jewish
o Polio Vaccine Jonas Salk Jewish
o Leukaemia Drug Gertrude Elion Jewish
o Hepatitis B Baruch Blumberg Jewish
o Syphilis Drug Paul Ehrlich Jewish
o Neuro muscular Elie Metchnikoff Jewish
o Endocrinology Andrew Schally Jewish
o Cognitive therapy. Aaron Beck Jewish
o Contraceptive Pill Gregory Pincus Jewish
o Understanding of Human Eye. G. Wald Jewish
o Embryology. Stanley Cohen Jewish
o Kidney Dialysis Willem Kloffcame Jewish

Nobel Prize Winners
o In the past 105 years, 14 million Jews have won 180 Nobel prizes whilst 1.5 billion Muslims have contributed only 3 Nobel winners

Inventions that changed History
o Micro- Processing Chip. Stanley Mezor Jewish
o Nuclear Chain Reactor Leo Sziland Jewish
o Optical Fibre Cable Peter Schultz Jewish
o Traffic Lights Charles Adler Jewish
o Stainless Steel Benno Strauss Jewish
o Sound Movies Isador Kisee Jewish
o Telephone Microphone Emile Berliner Jewish
o Video Tape Recorder Charles Ginsburg Jewish

Influential Global Business
o Polo Ralph Lauren Jewish
o Coca Cola Jewish
o Levi’s Jeans Levi Strauss Jewish
o Sawbuck’s Howard Schultz Jewish
o Google Sergey Brin Jewish
o Dell Computers Michael Dell Jewish
o Oracle Larry Ellison Jewish
o DKNY Donna Karan Jewish
o Baskin & Robbins Irv Robbins Jewish
o Dunkin Donuts Bill Rosenberg Jewish

Influential Intellectuals/Politicians
o Henry Kissinger , US Sec of State Jewish
o Richard Levin, PresidentYaleUniversity Jewish
o Alan Greenspan , US Federal Reserve Jewish
o Joseph Lieberman Jewish
o Madeleine Albright , US Sec of State Jewish
o CasperWeinberger , US Sec of Defence Jewish
o Maxim Litvinov , USSR Foreign Minister Jewish
o DavidMarshal , Singapore Chief Minister Jewish
o Isaacs Isaacs, Gov-GenAustralia Jewish
o Benjamin Disraeli, British Statesman Jewish
o Yevgeny Primakov, Russian PM Jewish
o Barry Goldwater , US Politician Jewish
o Jorge Sampaio, President Portugal Jewish
o Herb Gray, Canadian Deputy – PM Jewish
o Pierre Mendes, French PM Jewish
o Michael Howard, British Home Sec. Jewish
o Bruno Kriesky, Austrian Chancellor Jewish
o Robert Rubin , US Sec of Treasury Jewish

Global Media Influential
o Wolf Blitzer, CNN Jewish
o Barbara Walters ABC News Jewish
o EugeneMeyer , Washington Post Jewish
o Henry Grunwald, Time Magazine Jewish
o Katherine Graham , Washington Post Jewish
o Joseph Lelyeld, New York Times Jewish
o Max Frankel, New York Times Jewish

Global Philanthropists
o George Soros Jewish
o Walter Annenberg Jewish

Why are they powerful? why are Muslims powerless?
Here’s another reason. We have lost the capacity to produce knowledge.

o In the entire Muslim World (57 Muslim Countries) there are only 500 universities.
o In USA alone, 5,758 universities
o In India alone, 8,407 universities
o Not one university in the entire Islamic World features in the Top 500 Ranking Universities of the World
o Literacy in the Christian World 90%
o Literacy in the Muslim World 40%
o 15 Christian majority-countries, literacy rate 100%
o Muslim majority – countries , None
o 98% in Christian countries completed primary
o Only 50% in Muslim countries completed primary.
o 40% in Christian countries attended university
o In Muslim countries a dismal 2% attended.
o Muslim majority countries have 230 scientists per one million Muslims
o The USA has 5000 per million
o The Christian world 1000 technicians per million.
o Entire Arab World only 50 technicians per million.
o Muslim World spends on research/development 0.2% of GDP
o Christian World spends 5 % of GDP

Conclusion.
o The Muslim World lacks the capacity to produce knowledge.

Another way of testing the degree of knowledge is the degree of diffusing knowledge.

o Pakistan 23 daily newspapers per 1000 citizens
o Singapore 460 per 1000 citizens.
o In UK book titles per million is 2000
o In Egypt book titles per million is only 17

Conclusion.
o Muslim World is failing to diffuse knowledge

Applying Knowledge is another such test.
o Exports of high tech products from Pakistan is 0.9% of its exports.
o In Saudi Arabia is 0.2%
o Kuwait , Morocco and Algeria 0.3%
o Singapore alone is 68%

Conclusion.
o Muslim World is failing to apply knowledge.

What do you conclude? no need to tell the figures are speaking themselves very loudly we are unable to listen
Advice:
Please educate yourself and your children. always promote education, don’t compromise on it, don’t ignore your children’s slightest misguidance from education (and please, for God’s Sake, don’t use your personal contacts or sources to promote your children in their education; if they fail, let them and make them learn to pass; b/c if they can’t do it now, they can’t ever).
We are World’s biggest and strongest nation, all we need is to identify and explore our ownselves. Our victory is with our knowledge, our creativity, our literacy…And nothing else.
….Wake up…

An average Ugandan consumes 3.6 kg of meat per year!




By Lance Corporal (Rtd) Patrick Otto

One point of concern with some of you who say you are in the opposition is your triviality.Your concern there is that YK Museveni may be competing with RM Mutebi at getting peasants to genuflect for him. If your concern is merely that, when will you get time to be concerned with policy issues that are the real business of politics?

MAO KNEELING IN FRONT OF THE KABAKA


For example, the WHO tells us that for a human being to maintain himself in good health, he should consume 80 kgs of meat per year. An average Ugandan consumes 3.6 kg of meat per year. What the world health recommends for a year, a Ugandan consumes in 22 years. Ugandans under consume meat to the tune of 2,122%.

In light of that, when we see a whole president in the picture down there spending valuable time visiting a micro-holder zero-grazing one cow, can’t a member of the opposition get an robust angle from which to take on the president regarding his vision for the nation’s agriculture? But what is our concern? A peasant is kneeling! Eh!

If we go with the 2,122% under-consumption of meat, the point that a serious opposition should be quarrelling about is that, instead of seeing a PPU picture of the president squandering valuable time with that peasant, we should be seeing him visiting a commercial rancher with 2,000 head of cattle, if the nation’s protein malnutrition is ever going to be addressed. But what does UAH pick on: “Banange, a kneeling peasant!”

The same goes with milk. WHO stipulation: 200 ltrs per year per person. Uganda: 40 ltrs per year. Presidential visit: small holder zero-grazing one animal. Agricultural policy implications/concerns? None are raised! Opposition’s concern: “Banange, a kneeling peasant!”

Surely, why can’t someone, even a Corporal, rule you for 50 years plus a bonus?

Baganda have the largest population but westerners dominate almost everything!


Allen Catherine Kagina

By Isaac Balamu via UAH

Baganda have the largest population in Uganda but the Museveni govt has deliberately underemployed them.To understand this very well I will take you back to O level Maths and I will use percentage.

If we have a population of 1000 people of which Buganda are 20%, Bahima 8% and 72% all other tribes. If for 100 jobs you have 20 baganda, 12 bahima and the other 68 comprising of other tribe as it is in the majority of parastatals.

If you look at percentage employed which is the only fair way to look at it ,

Buganda , 20/200 *100 = 10%

Bahima 12/80*100 = 15%

Other 68/1440*100 = 4.7%

It is clear from that example that even though Buganda may seem to be many in a company actually due to their population, there are still under employed.

But if we take this argument to those jobs were the president has appointed people to head, there is no comparison, those who have been seconded to UN jobs no comparison, those who have been sent for future studies, no comparison.

I challenge you all to go and do a research on companies, which have won contracts, check their owners and see if there is a comparison.We carried out an investigation on URA and fought it the most tribal,if you want you can try too what we did. First we applied with our real names and we didn’t get any replies, we then decided to change our names to westerner ones, and guess what we got replies.

This is a Uganda we are living in, those who still have a chance are people who went to good schools were they meet westerners who are in good positions, and then you can also get something, that is fact of the matter.

One thing I have also noticed it has a generation swift, I find my classmate who are westerners not to be tribal at all but our parents’ age, there are worse. Our parents have gone through these things and the only lesson we can take from them is to be patient and never to be frustrated.

What we need in Uganda is to play a discrimination act. There should be also an equality and diversify requirement for all government department and those which seek to work for the government. This will safeguard all of us, without this, then we are doomed but I know Ugandans are resilient people we also find a ways

The thieves and murderers in Nansana are home boys!


If you are going to wait for the police to help you over these thieves, you have a big joke on your hands. In early 2000s, we had such a situation in Nansana. Some of us took it upon ourselves to contact the District Internal Security office, and the then Wembly Unit. We wrote to the District Secutiry offices and only copied our correspondences to the Nansana Police Post- reason being, they just cannot do this for you.

You need to organise yourselves. Most of these thugs are sons born in Nansana, the police find it difficult to get some of them and punish them because they are protected- mwaana wagundi!.

If you asked around Nansana, especially around the St. Joseph Primary and Secondary schools Nansana, all that area below the church, the stretch below the Nansana Town Council premises up to Masitoowa, people know about the modolisation we did then. Some of the people who participated in this Mobolisation are still there in Nansana and they are willing to cooperated. Just get up and protect yourselves.

Frank Mutagubya via UAH

ADHOLA SAYS THAT OBOTE WAS NOT A LUMPEN AS CALLED BY MWENDA


Yoga Adhola.

Andrew Mwenda recently wrote: “Our country was handed over to persons who had grown up in grass thatched huts, shared their bedrooms with goats and chicken and who had no previous experience in leadership. When given power, they brought the worst of village habits to leadership. Botswana which got its main king, Sir Tsereste Khama, to lead it after independence bears testimony to the view that you needed grounded leaders to prosper.”

Thereafter he mourned that Kabaka Mutesa should have led the struggle for Uganda independence.

These remarks are clearly in reference to Apollo Milton Obote (RIP).

However, contrary to this opinion of Obote’s political skills, Obote has received very good reviews from people who know what they are talking about.

Ironically, the first good review came from the royal family of Buganda itself. This was in the period leading to independence. Professor Kenneth Ingham, who wrote a biography of Obote has recorded thus: “Obote’s speeches were to have repercussions in an unexpected quarter. Towards the end of the year, Obote received a telephone call from a nominated member of the legislative council, Ms Pumla Kisosonkole, the step mother of the wife of the Kabaka, inviting him to call on her in her office. When he did so she told him that a number of people had been impressed by the tenor of his arguments, among them the Kabaka himself. She thought that much might be gained if Obote were to have a private meeting with her son-in-law. Obote was excited by the prospect, but while recognising the need for a measure of secrecy at this tentative stage in the discussions, he was wary of becoming involved in any activity which might not have the approval of his party.”

More directly, Edward Mutesa was to write in his book, The Desecration of My Kingdom thus: “The opposition party (the Uganda People’s Congress always known as UPC), received more votes than DP, but secured only thirty-five seats. It was led by a man from the north named Milton Apollo Obote. At the time I had heard little of him, and certainly never met him. There were a number of stories about him.

He was said to have been a herd-boy and been wounded by a spear-throw. Deciding that life was too vigorous, he went to school, and followed that with a brief career of one year at Makerere. I do not know why he cut short his studies. A spell in Kenya as some sort of clerk under Kenyatta during the time of Mau mau came to an end, and it was on his return to Uganda that his fortunes began to mend. Up to this point his career had not been a conspicuous one. Elected to the Legco, he became the head of a powerful party, and even then I do not think his undoubted ability was recognised.”

Professor TV Sathyamurthy who wrote the encyclopaedic book on Uganda politics, Political Development in Uganda, had this to say about Obote’s political skills: “Obote’s political enemies, believed that it was a matter of time that he would return to Uganda to assume power. Despite the fact that Nyerere took great care not to be involved in Uganda politics as a partisan of Obote, Ugandan politicians knew that, in experience and organisation, Obote was unquestionably the best of them. While making sure that the interests of UPC were well represented in the UNLF, Obote had nothing to do with it personally. He was shrewd enough to realise that, within a very short time, such a heterogeneous unit was bound to hoist itself with its own petard, thus leaving the way clear for him to re-enter the Uganda political scene at the top. If ever there was a Pereto’s fox in African politics, it was Obote.”

Edward Sheehan, the New York Times correspondent who interviewed Obote in the mid 60s compared Obote’s skills to those of his colleagues, Julius Nyerere and Jomo Kenyatta in the following words: “As yet he enjoys neither the prestige nor the personal fame of East Africans other Presidents Jomo Kenyatta and Dr Julius Nyerere of Tanzania but he probably surpasses both as a tactician and as a pure political animal who posseses an almost mystical understanding of the mechanics and sources of power. He does not inspire the awe and reverence that Kenyatta’s charismatic history commands in Kenya. Nor, despite his intelligence and omnivorous reading habits, can he claim to possess the intellectual brilliance of Julius Nyerere, but then, neither is burdened with the excessive introspection, diffidence and indecisiveness which so often seem to have immobilised the President of Tanzania. “In the misty forests of Uganda’s tribal politics, however, Obote has proved himself a manoeuvrer whose foresight and cunning have invariably overturned the most ingenious stratagems of his enemies. When his political fortunes were at their lowest ebb, and just as it appeared he was losing his grip, not only did he surprise his opponents by creating the commission of inquiry, but he took the brilliant gamble that its composition was beyond his political control, free to scrutinise his personal probity as it pleased. Then he turned the attention of the country from the debate over his honesty to the controversy over his new Constitution.”

“In their repeated confrontations, Obote has consistently outwitted the Kabaka, who never really had the stomach for the power game in the first place. The Kabaka was under pressure from his own people to prove that he was running Buganda, and pushed by foolish advisers to take untenable positions from which there was no retreat.” (Edward Sheehan’s article, “Making of a President, Uganda Style,” in the New York Times issue of January 22, 1967). Another evaluation came from a contemporary who used the pseudonym, Andre de la Rue and published an article, “The Rise and Fall of Grace Ibingira,” in The New African–radical review,” published in Cape Town, March 1967. Andre de La Rue wrote: “Dr Obote, Prime Minister and now President, is an astute and exceedingly able machine politician and not a charismatic leader. He is a pragmatist and in social outlook a moderate–in African terms. Ideology is not of central concern to him; the maintenance, consolidation and use of power are. On the other hand, Dr Obote is deeply dedicated to the Uganda’s unity, social development, and economic progress.

“In political tactics, Dr Obote’s pragmatic idealism takes the form of cautious waiting and quick advances at times of his choice. He allows his opponents to muster strength, to let their aims become known, to build up internal factions within their own coalitions, to over extend themselves in grasping for power just out of reach. Meanwhile, he consolidates strength and removes minor weaknesses. At times he gives the impression of losing control over the situation. Then as rumours begin to herald his coming defeat, he moves rapidly and decisively. His immediate objective attained and the whole opposition thrown into disarray, he gains speedy adoption of major changes whose mere proposals could have cost him his office before the crisis.”

Mr Adhola is former editor-in-chief of The People newspaper and ideologue of UPC.

A LEADER FROM A PRIVILEGED BACKGROUND WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER FOR UGANDA!


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By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba via UAH

‘I don’t think that the current crop of Baganda are taking themselves to be a superior tribe. Baganda of today even allow intermarriages which used to be rare in the past. Baganda of today are a little bit more understanding than our forefathers when it comes to issues of integration. Their only main weakness is just being too money minded, but they like integration. Baganda of today are not like Jews who are convinced that they are the Master Race, superior, god souls living amongst inferior beasts, such that Israel does not sanction or allow mixed marriages.Historically, some tribes were inferior to others and this was caused by a lot of factors: from collaboration with colonialists to just the cultural set up. In Saudi Arabia, Muhammad (SAW)’s tribe, the quraish were among the more powerful and superior tribes at the time. This claim gave the Quraish a self-righteous divine supremacy over “inferior” tribes, and that’s who the prophet managed to stay safe for a long time because the other inferior tribes could not just attack him without the blessing of the Quraish.

In Africa, some of the superior tribes enslaved other blacks to sell to the white man and these were some of the fiercest defenders of slavery when whites tried to outlaw the practice in the 19th century.

This issue of Obote and most of Uganda’s long serving leaders coming from inferior backgrounds and how it has had an impact on Uganda politics, was extensively written about by Andrew M. Mwenda before he was ‘saved’. While Andrew was more academic in his article because he did not want to step on some toes, I can categorically be honest with you that if probably Uganda had had a PM at independence from a privileged or superior background, we would probably not be in this mess. For instance, when Ben Kiwanuka was the leader in 1961, the Uganda army was kept intact as a professional army, but when Obote entered into the swing of things, he made a mess by upping the number of Langis and Acholis to be recruited in the army. This was the start of tribalism in the army. Now, Museveni is making the same mistake Obote made.’

Could the re-introduction of Swahilli as second official language be part of political-placating in E.A. Community…??


BY HANNAH OGWAPITI VIA UAH

I understand that in 1995 they abolished Swahili as the second official language, though a decade later it was re-introduced. Still, I did not find widespread use of it even in 2017.Could the re-introduction as second official language be part of political-placating in E.A. Community…?? You never know..!!

It is unfortunate that Swahili was associated with the military which for long had been an institution of oppression.When soldiers came to loot,rape,kill they spoke swahili,thus it has been hard to convince people especially in the central/south region to speak swahili.

Furthermore luganda being the language widely spoken in kampala,you can be understoood in many parts of uganda when you speak it,since it is widely used in commerce and in Kigali(Rwanda) you can hear luganda spoken.Personally i would advocate for swahili because of its wide coverage,you can hear swahili in kenya,tanzania,comoros,mozambique,rwanda,burundi,congo,mozambique and i hear even namibia!!!!not for getting sudan,somalia.

The language itself developed from the intermarriage of the dialect of these dwellers with Arabic. For historical reasons the language then spread further along the coast as well as in the interior, where it became lingua franca in one version or another.

But it remained a foreign language to most of the population in all places except the coastal origin. During the politicisation of the language issue during the mid-sixties, to a proposal for making Swahili as the sole national language of Uganda, Obote is reported to have asked: “Why Swahili? Why not Gujarati? Both are non-indigenous”.

With a number of their own local languages, Ugandans did not seem to want to put Swahili on a pedestal, especially if it was at the cost of abandoning English as the language of official communication. In academics, there were many with a view similar to the reason for Obote’s rejection of the proposal for making Swahili as the national language.Only political sloganeers loved to promote Swahili on to a pedestal.

MUSEVENI SPEAKS POOR ENGLISH AND ITS EMBARRASSING!


By George Okello Via UAH

I think a leader should be able express him/herself in their chosen language of fluency in an impeccable manner. They do not have to use English, because there are now translators who can do voice-overs. I don’t think Uganda can go on with semi literate leaders like Idi Amin, Tito Okello and Yoweri Museveni, whose mangled attempts at speaking English are just so embarrassing to our younger generation. Of Uganda’s leaders, only Milton Obote could speak perfect English. Therefore, why would Idi Amin not speak in Swahili, Tito Okello not speak in Luo and Museveni not speak in Kinyarwanda and then make use of voice-overs, interpreters and translators?

Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, speaks good English and German, but when he is addressing international audiences, he speaks in Russian and his speech is translated because he does not want to be misunderstood. So does the new French President Francois Hollande who speaks both English and German but makes all his public speeches in French, which is his native language.

So why can’t Museveni speak in Kinyarwanda and make use of interpreters and translators and voice-overs, instead of embarrassing Ugandans with his very poor grasp of the English language?

ITS TIME TO SUPPORT A MUGANDA PRESIDENT!


Sam Kutesa (L) and Yoweri Museveni at a function in the 1990s.

By Haji Moses Ali Sebunya via UAH

‘As a natural principle, people tend to gravitate towards those that are like them, in Uganda it is only the Baganda that violet that principle, we supported Obote, Amin and Museveni, all of them, in my opinion are Uganda’s mistake. The time is now to find a Muganda who could care less about tribal foolishness and lead the country, until that happen no peace will ring in that country. All the tribes tested have shown us that they canot lead beyond their home villages. Remember Saban Opoloto was an Iteso Daudi Ocheng, Tiberio Okenyi and Semei Nyanzi were Acholi not forgeting Mao in a Buganda strong hold party. The point I am trying to make is that those names were so close to the Buganda politics not forgetting the traitor who is an in-law of the Ngeye clan Baganda that i belong to. Buganda is less tribalistic than any tribe in Uganda, and for that reason they are the ones that hold the key to peace in Uganda. If all Ugandans want peace agitate for a muganda to lead that country this time around we will not regret.The Baganda that exhibit their anger do it rightfully so. I was in Uganda during the panda gali time I am victim of that time as innocent as i was. If the Baganda want to be left so be it, because being nice to you all has yielded nothing but use, abuse and pain in Buganda. ‘

moseskali@yahoo.com

I stood for Guild Elections in 1980 but stood down for Werikhe—-UAH’s George Okello


Uganda Peoples Congress’ Milton Obote is sworn in as president after the disputed 1980 general election

About Makerere politics and the so-called interference by the UPC government. I was heavily involved in it between 1979-1981. I was elected, not appointed, as Chairman of Livingstone Hall. The person who stood against me was one Mwene Kahima, a Munyankole who up to today is my very close friend. I got elected on the basis of the Baganda vote because they were the majority of the students in the hall. I had the total support of the students from the north and east, and Kahima had support from the students from the west, so the Baganda were going to determine the outcome of the election and they decided to vote for me.

Of all of the Chairmen who were elected that night, 5 were from my law class, and apart from Werikhe Watuwa in Mitchell Hall, Christine Lakidi, none of the other chairmen were supporters of the UPC. We were the only three that were elected. DP got elected in one hall(can’t remember its name), the NRA got elected in Nkrumah Hall and the others were not supporters of the UPC. So how come you say UPC interfered in student politics?

In the Guild elections of that year (1980) for the Presidency, there were three candidates from the UPC, ie Werikhe Watuwa, Yoga Adhola and myself, and then Herbert Wamala standing for the DP. The NRA never put up up a candidate. After much discussion in the UPC, Yoga Adhola withdrew and I also withdrew because if we had three candidates standing for the UPC, Herbert Wamala would win. The UPC put so much pressure on me to stand down because President Obote was campaigning to be President of Uganda and they said it would not look good for two Lango people to campaign for symbolically powerful positions in Uganda.

The same night I withdrew from the race, an NRA delegation came to my room and told me to stand as an independent candidate, and that they would get the western vote for me, but that would have meant splitting the alliance I had created in Livingstone. Besides, I thought what they were engaged in was spoiling tactics.
I was the one who negotiated the deal for Mugisha Muntu to stand as Vice-President alongside Werikhe Watuwa in the Guild elections, because Wamala had the solid backing of the Baganda students and I had to deliver the northern and eastern students to secure their victory. Talk to all these people before you make your wild statements Abbey.
You better talk to people like Mugisha Muntu and Henry Tumukunde about this.

The politics at Makerere University Guild presidential elections was fought on purely party basis. I was myself a candidate, standing for the UPC. Herbert Wamala was standing for the DP. The elections in Livingstone Hall were not held on a party political basis, it think it was more personal because we were living together and the students could see who interacted better with fellow students and who would best stand for their interests. This was not the case in the Guild presidential elections. Herbert Wamala is my friend up to today, we were together at King’s College Budo, and I stood against him in the elections for head prefect of the school but I lost. In fact I owe him some money, one day in Kampala, I had no money at all on me and I bumped into him and he lent me maybe 200 shillings which I have never repaid. That is how close we were as friends. I like the Baganda, but particularly the Baganda peasants. They are going to be engine for social change in Uganda.

In my time at Makerere as a leader for three years, there was no political interference and the elections were democratic, free and fair. There was no student killed or murdered in my hall, where they still remember me to this day as their best chairman for all time.We were the people so active in student politics at the time, with Ateenyi Ndamuranyi at Northcote and remember all of my brothers and sisters happened to hold positions, with Augustine Omara a minister in Nkrumah Hall, Helen a minister in Mary Stuart and Christopher a minister in Lumumba Hall.
When I moved to the Philippines I was the same, unfortunately I learnt a very hard lesson when my wife was abducted and then disappeared. I think we took left-wing politics as a joke at the time, but I have changed now completely.Infantile proclivities will never work. It will only lead to the murder of innocent people and will never serve the long term interests of the people we are committed to serve and to liberate.

George Okello-Pacu-Otto via UAH forum

M7 KILLED MUSLIMS IN MBARARA NOT RURANGARANGA!


President Milton Obote with Rurangaranga (immediate left).

BY SUNDAY GEOFFREY VIA UAH FACEBOOK

Why are the Baganda people so consumed by wolokoso, by hatred of Ugandan nationalists, by envy, etc.

When did you see Rurangaranga killing people from home to home; where did this take place, who are your witnesses, etc

How come Eriya Kategaya who was the DC of Bushenyi never captured the actions of his Deputy DC Edward Rurangaranga anywhere in his writings?

If he killed people in Bushenyi, how come when he was released he was given a rousing welcome back home after spending 5yrs in luzira on tramped up charges…and then he went on to contest in the politics, where he passed unopposed.

How come court threw out the NRA charges against him, because they were baseless, vindictive and out of malice. You mean to say he killed everyone in Bushenyi to the extent that there were no witnesses and the graves of the dead could not be traced?

Maj Edward Rurangaranga was one of the commanders in Kikosi Ma’alumu, who had Tito Okello and Oyite Ojok as the two senior Ugandan soldiers.

They went to Masaka and Kampala.

He was not on the group that went to Mbarara. This was under Museveni’s group. It’s the group that went and killed people in Mbarara. Immediately they got the information that Museveni had caused a massacre, they dispatched a bigger group of Tanzanians helped by Rurangaranga to go and stripe Museveni of his authority. The Tanzanians took over and with Rurangaranga as the local commander towards Bushenyi, and Mpambara as the local leader towards Former Kigezi. They were scared what Museveni will do if he went to Bushenyi or Kabale. Museveni reappeared in Fort Portal…

However, the damage had already been done. The group under Museveni destroyed mbarara even when the Amin solder had already withdraw and ran. This group killed the Muslim on the way towards Bushenyi…this forced the Tanzanians to take over overall command of the western axis

Funny enough, Museveni destroyed the palaces in mbarara and Fort Portal.

Amin solders tried putting up a stiff resistance in Ishaka. That is when they were overwhelmed by the Tanzanians.

In Bushenyi, Amin solders were locally referred to as “kikito or kijambia”. They had no where to hide. They cursed people…they were forcing people to give them civilian clothes as they threw their uniforms.

The danger was in Ishaka. We had some fanatical Muslim supporters of Amin in that town (predominantly Baganda and Nubians) and they wanted to join the Amin solder and they were slaughtered by a superior Tanzanian group.My grandfathers home is right next to the Banyankore Kweterana coffee factory between Bushenyi town and Rusinya St Kagwa…before you reach Ishaka town.

The only person who is known to have ordered the killing of Muslims in Ankole is Museveni and his western axis of the liberators in the 1978-79 war… Killed many in Mbarara and the neighbouring towns. Amin’s soldiers withdrew from the Baracks and ranafter they were defeated.

At that time of the mbarara falling, Edward Rurangaranga was heading to Masaka with the big Kikosi Ma’alumu. He was not anywhere near mbarara. He could not be implicated in those mbarara atrocities.

It was after the Kikosi Ma’alumu heard of the atrocities in mbarara that they asked both Tito and Oyite to select some Ugandans from their ranks to go with the Tanzanians to stop the indiscipline that has been reported in mbarara and surrounding area.

That is how Rurangaranga ended up in the drive to capture Ishaka because there was a military camp near there. Bushenyi was untouched.

In the last general elections, Museveni was reminded of the plight of the Muslims of mbarara who were murdered by his own Fronasa group in 1979..how many Muslims were never compensated and how many left and migrated to Ntungamo. Majority were Baganda and Nubians. Did you hear what he said? That he will personally handle the matter and ensure that they are compensated.

He said something similar when he was pinned on the atrocities in Teso and how the NRA stole people’s cattle. This was in the last elections campaigns.

He said something similar when the NRA was pinned on atrocities in Acholi-land in the last elections campaigns.

But this reminds me of what Milton Obote said about Museveni. Wherever he goes and in whatever military theatre, the same thing is constant: mass killing of the innocent, destruction and atrocities. Everywhere he goes. Not least in Luwero where the Baganda hid him when the UPC led government had declared him a bandit / rebel.

The NRA arrested him on tramped up charges. They knew very well that he was a clean man. His crime is sensitising his people to reject and denounce NRA and Museveni. And because of that, a campaign was directed at the local political and religious leaders from Bushenyi and Mbarara by NRA thugs like Museveni and his group, tarnishing the names of people but, they were found not guilty and eventually released. Many were kept behind bars, but eventually pardoned. Museveni did pardon them because he knew they were maliciously framed and thrown in jails.

In 1992 this man stood for a political office in his home area. Guess what?! He was unopposed. Only dimwits would want you to believe that the people of Bushenyi underwent a brain transplant in order to make a 360 degree Turn to love this man so much after being released from jail that everyone decided to stand down in favour of him.

This guy was a teacher by profession. He taught in Uganda and also taught in Kenya while in exile. He became speaker of the parliament of Ankole. He also became an Assistant District Commissioner to Eriya Kategaya in Bushenyi. He eventually became district Commissioner. Was made minister for local government. The he ran for parliament in 1980 and became an MP. Then appointed minister of state in the office of the Prime minister.

When did this man kill the Baganda and Muslims? Where and what dates?

The NRA made allegations against him and was thrown in jails from 1986-91. The Courts threw out the case against him due to lack of evidence, lack of witnesses and stated that the case was without any merit and was a witch-hunt.

But you still have these thugs on line saying that he killed people… Including Lumumba Amin (Son of Idi Amin) who says he will rot in hell because he (Rurangaranga) used to make statements implicating his father in atrocities in Uganda.

That is the class of mentally retards we are dealing with on this issue.

“I would be a PhD holder now if it wasn’t for the sufferings brought by UPC government.” Mp Bakireke Nambooze


“I would be a PhD holder now if it wasn’t for the sufferings brought by UPC government.” Mp Bakireke Nambooze

“I would be a PhD holder now if it wasn’t for the sufferings brought by UPC government.” Mp Bakireke Nambooze
She’s 48 years now. UPC left power in 1985 when she was 16 years old.

Members,

I am really sorry if our government sabotaged MP Nambooze’s education! Exactly what did UPC do to young Nambooze? At her age, there were thousands of young Ugandans in primary and secondary schools who later proceeded to various higher institutions of learning with strong academic background attained during the time.

It is not enough to blame a regime for all problems unless there were particular issues affecting the individual or community. Can Nambooze explain how she missed her Ph.D or what has prevented her from pursuing her dreams over this 31 year period (1985-2017) the infamous UPC lost power? I see many Ugandans taking advantage of their backgrounds and the mushrooming institutions and online/distance education to graduate with higher qualifications these days, why hasn’t the legislator follow suit?

I hope it not the case of scapegoating around UPC when there are hidden problems elsewhere, or instance upstairs!

Peter Simon

I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS MURDERER IS DEAD!



BY EDWARD MULINDWA

Rurangaranga should have been thrown to the Dogs and eaten piece by piece already. This man has sat in Uganda all this long and he failed to be arrested let alone charged? And for some very unknown reason, I even thought he was dead long ago, this is a man that simply did not deserve to walk free. The man just did not have that right. Honestly who stands for his victims? Rurangaranga murdered people from a home to a home and he has lived this long without any one charging him for murder? Seriously ? Who else is still out there? And talking about the Muslims he butchered, why didn’t the Supreme council go after him, for at minimum he butchered Moslems officially? It is so appalling for we have dropped way lower than I ever expected, I thought all along that he died with the Topachos, I simply do not know how I lost the ball on this one. The brutality Rurangaranga did in Uganda, is the one that built the thesis of the death of UPC as a political party, he is the single man that murdered more Ugandans publicly than any UPC goon out there, he simply does not deserve a grave on Uganda soil. Rurangaranga actually killed more people than Nalongo that was the chairman in Katabi. By the way is that Nalongo still in Uganda too when we are at it? It is very sad that Chris Rurangaranga’s name has even popped on my screen for it brings such terrible memories on Uganda violence, and I simply cannot be alone on this one. Who else is still out there if Rurangaranga has been walking that free in Uganda !!!!!!!!

Jesus Christ.

Not standing up to the powers that be over the $750 Million will be part of Mutebile’s legacy.



By Moses Nekyon via UAH

What he (Mutebile) forgets is that a person can be fired for only one decision. Not standing up to the powers that be over the $750 Million will be part of his legacy.

If I as a laymen could question the pricing of the 6 jets; which should have not cost more than $350 Million, how about him as Governor?

The Bank of Uganda (BOU)as an institution ‎does not lend money to individuals or companies. It’s relates only to other Banks or Financial institutions.

How is it possible for almost $140 Million being lent to a company (Haba) that exports Hides and Skins?

Someone pulled a fast ‎one us all, because I am yet to find a Hides and Skins company in East Africa or Africa in general that can generate or warrant that kind of money.

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By George Okello via UAH forum

Is it not brazen corruption or highway robbery going right up to Mr Museveni himself? Why would any central bank lend $140 million to a private company? A central bank is not a commercial or investment bank that can lend money. A central bank is the financial arm of any economy, its role is to mainstain fiscal discilpine, harmonise monetary policy and supervise financial institutions. It can lend money or guarntee borrowings by financial institions like commercial banks etc but it is totally unheard of for any central bank anywhere in the world to lend money to individuals. It is regarded as a very serious act of indiscpline and monetary folly for any bank governor to authorise any such lending. What makes it even very difficult to fathom is that Mr Museveni, in his personal capacity, because the articles of presidency do not allow him to issue illegal or criminal orders to any public official, orders Mr Mutebile to lend Mr Bassabababalba such a huge sum of money. This crook would never have been able to borrow such a huge sum of money from a normal lending institution eg commercial bank or investor. because the money was not lent on usual commerical terms, it had no guarantor or security so it was on the personal guarantee of Mr Museveni that the bank could lend such a huge sum of money. Dont you see this is not just sheer incompetence or naivette but wilful corruption?

Secondly, why would the central bank be directly involved in the purchase of military jets to the tune of $740 million? Why would any central bank governor lend even just one dollar to a private company, even if there is an emergency, or war situation?The purchase of these jets was not budgeted for, so the Ministry off Defence did not have it in its annual spending round. Parliament was not aware of it and was generally kept in the dark, again in breach of the law, both constitutional and criminal. What should have happened is, as soon as Mr Museveni recognised an urgent need for military jerts, he should have instrcuted his Ministry of Defence to put such an urgent remeasure before the Ministry of Finance so that an urgent Supplementary Request would be submitted to parlaiment for approval. As an urgent measure, this should not take long to go through the parliamentary process. The expenditure having been approved by parlaiment, the whole deal would then be passed on to the Government Procurement Directorate ( either the natioanl one in the Ministry of Fianance, or the one in the Defence Ministry) to carry out the tendering exercise and then final purchase of the military jets. All of these would not involve Mr Museveni as President, because I am assuming the Procurement Directorate employs competent and honest people.

As it is, Mr Museveni by-passed all of the above normal procedures for procurement of governmenet materiel and/or services and got directly involved. he decided to ignore all the government offices, preferring to handle such a potentially huge contract almost as if if it was his own private purchase, as if he was buying his underwear or nappies from the super-market. I am aware, the military market is very complex and competitive and is heavily populated by crooks, so a government like the one in Uganda will often need external advice as the people employed for military procurement often do not have the expertise or knowledge of the market. The UK Ministry of Defence advises many governments of its former colonies on defence procurement: Even though they may end up recommending purchase of British products, but atleast they will give a professional assesment of the military value of the proposed purchase as well as its cost, so the potential buyer has an accurate view of the market and the actual cost of the intended purchases. Transpareny International also now advises African governments on major purchases, including purchase of arms. The African Union, in collaboration with the African Development Bank, has set up a specialist Contract Advisory Unit, made up of eminent lawyers and allied professionals to advise African governments on major purchases and international agreements they may want to engage in. So why did Museveni not take advantage of these instititions if not because he wanted to engage in a corrupt deal?

This fact is borne out by the fact that the British Minsitry of Defence said at the time that the 6 jets Museveni bought for $740 million could have been bought from its own Defence Procurement Unit for $450 million. Transparency International said the same 6 jets could have been bought from Ukraine for $180 million if all the middlemen men were cut off. In otherwords, a government that exercised due diligence and acted in the national interests could have saved the Uganda treasury at least $500 million

What a bunch of heartless fellows these KCCAs are


Ms Madina Namutebi whose child was knocked dead in Kampala mourns after she was released by KCCA yesterday. The two-year-old baby was knocked dead by a KCCA vehicle while the mother was under detention after having been arrested for vending on the streets. PHOTO by STEPHEN WANDERA

The reports over the tragic death of a two-year baby at the hands of KCCA law enforcers were quite telling. (See: KCCA vehicle kills two-year old baby at City hall after mother’s arrest. Daily Monitor, Nov. 19th).
http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Grief–chaos-as-family-dumps-body-at-city-hall/-/688334/2528554/-/2km6yqz/-/index.html

It was reported that while arresting a woman for hawking merchandize in the city, the KCCA law enforcers made her abandon her baby! What cruelty? I would expect that our law enforcers take a human face to their work. These people have been arresting these women for long and by now they should know that some of them have babies they come along with. This means therefore that in the process of arresting them, care should be taken to ensure that the babies are not hurt in any way in the process. That should be the civilized way of doing this kind of work.

It is so unfortunate that KCCA has not managed yet to devise alternative means of stopping street vending several years since it took on this task. Arresting people engaging unlawful conduct is right but the manner in which they are arrested should not in any way dehumanize them, like where a woman is forced to abandon her child to no one and even the arresting officers do not see reason or sense in protecting the child. Arresting the mother should not mean denying the child her right to protection from any danger, an obligation KCCA law enforces must fulfill while on duty. What a shame! Ugandans deserve far better than this from these people, after all, they are paid far far handsomely compared to other Ugandan public workers who even toil far more that them.

By the way, it was said that the baby’s body was carried on top of one of KCCA’s trucks that ferry rubbish! Poor baby, crashed like rubbish and delivered to its ancestors burial grounds on a smelly, filthy truck! What a bunch of heartless fellows these KCCAs are.

So, Ugandans can see what comes out of paying some people too much money for doing so little. They end up being so insensitive to other people’s feelings.

May the poor little kid’s soul rest in eternal peace.

Frank Mutagubya via UAH

Guerrilla governments in Africa have failed in social services


By Simon Peter Okurut via UAH forum

I think the guerrilla governments in Africa have failed in social services delivery yet Cuba for example was/is able to serve its people very well.

To prove that observation, at 5;10 a.m.this morning, I listened to a BBC documentary on the state of health services in Ethiopia. The health services in Ethiopia are more sick than the sick Ethiopians, to say the least. The BBC program presenter interviewed medical students about their concerns and 80% of them planned to leave Ethiopia immediately they graduate because of several reasons including poor pay ($300/month), lack of facilities, overcrowding in hospitals and too many students in medical schools about 30 times the original planned number with many sitting on the floors when attending lectures, lack of further studies etc. Practising doctors prefer to work in urban areas because at least they can “moonlight” to supplement the meagre pay. One doctor decried the poor services in the main hospital ( their Mulago) where in one ward, there are only 11 beds for mothers delivering yet they admit over 50 per day so the rest just deliver on the floor and this doctor says that they helplessly watch patients die because of lack of nearly everything. Next the minister of health was interviewed who said that they are trying, that their priority is on primary health care which he said would reduce the number of those seeking treatment; and that the problem is compounded by doctors who leave Ethiopia for greener pastures elsewhere especially in eastern USA where there are more Ethiopian doctors than the total number of doctors in Ethiopia and they receive a salary of not less than $5,000/month. In his view he wanted the US to pay Ethiopia $200,000 per one Ethiopian doctor employed in the US since it costs the US government that amount to train one doctor. I failed to see his logic, at least if he had proposed the US to pay the equivalent that Ethiopia had spent training that one doctor, it would have some good argument. I was surprised to hear Ethiopians decry the poor health services now, and those interviewed calimed that same services were better some time back.. This revelation made me turn on my bed terribly wondering what curse had befallen Africa. I wondered how governments led by visionaries can fail to foresee shortages and plan accordingly in order to avert the crisis.

This is exactly what happened to Uganda when Idi Amin chased non-citizens (Indians), the government proceeded to allocate the well stocked shops to soldiers and those sympathetic to the regime; slowly but surely, the shops became empty and emptier and by 1978, most shop counters/shelves were filled with bananas, banana leaves or kabalagala with many shopkeepers yawning and sleepy early morning.

While we can suggest good ideas that could improve the social services ( medical services) in Uganda, I think the first thing we should do is to get the government directly involved by it spearheading the discussions so that we are sure that the policy makers and implementers are all on board and are ready to move forward. We need to engage various stake holders so that a strategy can be developed, otherwise none of the brilliant suggestions can be implemented or even discussed. I am not suggesting that we leave it all to government, no, what I am saying is that we need government to be a participant in the discussions so that whatever is agreed upon is put into practice; for we cannot achieve much without the government’s participation since it (govt) has more mobilization groups/resources.

Leaders should ensure that institutions are developed, strengthened and allowed to be independent. What you are talking about qualified ministers is the tendency to depend on individuals which has caused failures. Obviously, it was Idi Amin’s mistake to give out property to people who did not own it in the first place and the policy of sending non-citizens was wrongly done/implemented:this should have been in phases while local people were being trained to take over.

It would be a mistake to expect any president to know everything under the sky! And this is exactly the problem we face; our leaders assume that they know everything and when challenged, they get jittery. Politicians’ role is merely to oversee work done by technocrats. There are many ways of monitoring developments in constituencies not necessarily being there physically, though NRM government has found pleasure in dishing out millions of shillings to MPs during elections for “monitoring developments” in their constituencies some of which were abandoned for nearly 5 years!

Hillary-Onek saved the Energy Ministry but other ministers are lazy and useless!


Hillary-Onek

Isaac Balamu via UAH forum

Was it Amin’s fault that those he gave the shops ended up filling them with bananas? That man should be given credit for transforming Uganda .

You see I have said this man times and I get attacked but I think we Ugandans and I could generalise and say Africans in general are a lazy lot. We don’t want to be innovative, we don’t think about tomorrow.

Sometimes I even don’t get mad with Museveni for the failures of his ministers but for keep appointing them, that is the only problem I have with him, though of course he would tell you that he picks from the people sent to him and if we are to get good leaders we should pick well, in a way I agree with on that.

It is not the problem of leader for the failure of those they put in place to act, if you look at health, it is being lead by a qualified doctor. Now,can we ask him what has he done to improve health care in Uganda ?

Doesn’t he know that those companies they have given tenders to produce malaria tablets are producing substandard ones that many people are dying every day of just malaria, and can we blame that on Museveni?

The only minister who tried to do some work in the last cabinet is Onek, the Energy man, in fact he was God sent, if he hadn’t taken over that ministry all these oil issues would not have been uncovered. My brother Migereko was just sleeping when these guys were planning to rob the country dry!

When you talk of roads, I think you are some how unfair to the minister of transport because actually the truck roads are not that bad, it is only the KCC roads which are in a mess and even if you don’t want to agree like most people have clearly refused to accept it, those city roads are not his jurisdiction, in fact around Kampala the roads the ministry looks after are in a decent condition. I know I will get people attacking me on this but unfortunately that is the fact. In fact all roads looked after by UNRA and Works have no potholes, that is a fact, I’m just coming from Uganda recently just two weeks ago and I drove on the network and it was not that bad.

Yes Kampala still has its issues and we pray that the new authority will do something about it , but I think the problem of Kampala more is to do with the large volumes of traffic, in that the loading on the road structure can’t withstand any more load. I think the solution to potholes in Kampala needs a more strategy plan than just a quick fix of filling holes would not work. I understand some people claiming this authority will do nothing, I disgree, when UNRA was formed those in works thought there wouldn’t be a change but actually there was.

But to go back to your point, I think these ministers are the drivers of gov’t policy, they have to formulate those policies which they take to cabinet to be agreed upon. Now unless when we have one minister who can tell us they have made proposals and the president has refused to approval those changes then we can’t blame him. It is true some of our so called visionary leaders are visionless but they have given jobs to those they think have a vision but they have also failed.

Trust me many countries don’t have all their leaders knowing all the solutions to all problems but the people they put in places of responsibility work out these things and convince the leaders that these things are not going to be political suicide for the gov’t. when I look at Cameron and George Osborne here in the UK these guys have no clue about the economics, but they are gambling with it some things work others are not working, but I suspect by two years done the line they would have formed a solution.
The good thing with some of these leaders in these countries, is that when the make a mistake they admit it and actually change cause. In Uganda there are even too dumb to recognise this and the media who would help them out by analysing thing, are also clueless. I think the biggest problem we have in Uganda is this uninformed media, they can’t even sharp a debate. Just look at them here on this forum, they have no clue whatsoever.

We also have a problem of many lazy people hiding behind the president, if you look at men like Kahinda Otafiire, really what has he ever done in gov’t apart from antagonising public servants?

And by the way this disease of laziness has spread to even offices of public delivery. I went in one office, where I spent around four hours, and here I saw five workers sitting in one office chatting. Some on facebook, others on youtube and the rest just talking.

For the time I spent there I didn’t see any of them doing any work at all, and what even surprised me the CEO of the company entered the room and they seemed not even to recognise his presence. This is one of the high profile authorities in Uganda mind you.

Now if that is the mind set, how can we see any progress and improvement? We can blame all we want on the president but if you look at it well I think he is the only person who works for his seat, some of these MPs do a lot of nothing, and because they are NRM, they have been given small constituencies. Some even don’t go back at all but are always elected.

So we should not only focus on the top leadership, we should also demand accountability from some of these ministers, they can’t just draw high salaries and keep doing a lot of nothing and it is the role of the media to put these people to task.

Kampala authorities should copy the London Model of Bus Services!


A bus in central London

By George Okello via UAH forum,

I have a suggestion that would help solve the matata and boda boda menace on Kampala streets. Why can we adopt the London model where all transportation services, apart from taxis, and centrally controlled by the Mayor and provided by the London Transport Authority? If London allowed any bus company to operate on its streets, this would create chaos of unimaginable proportions. As it is all transport companies have to apply for a tendered contract to run bus services on specific routes.All the contractors work under the flag of the London Transport Authority. They have very strict regulations, as to fares, time tables, reliability, conduct etc.

If we had Kampala Transport Authority, it would award contracts to about 5 companies to operate on agreed routes. Like the LTA in London,we would subject these contractors to very strict performance outcomes, relating to over-crowding, time table, health and safety, standard fares etc. No other transport operators would be allowed on
such routes so the contracted companies have the advantage of a reliable income while the passengers have the quid pro quo of a relaible service with controlled fares.

Matatus and boda bodas should be restricted to 15 miles of the perimeter outside Kampala and must not be allowed inside the city perimeter because there would be busese operating services every 5-10
minutes.

Alternate streets should be made one way streets to reduce traffic congestion and speed up bus transportation. Cycle Lanes should be opened alongside these lanes.

A Congestion charge should be imposed on all other private vehicles, so that every private car enterring the 10 mile perimeter of the City would have to pay a charge of $10 between 7AM-7PM. In turn, about 4 huge parking stations would be opened outside of the city to provide parking space for private cars.

Such a policy would ease traffic congestion, reduce the number of cars on the streets, reduce the number of fatalities on the streets, be environmentally friendly and save the city from massive pollution.

But the government would have to be serious with its implementation.

Kampala Politicians and leaders aren’t bothered about our health!


Breast Cancer patient Jessy Acen, 30, is examined by Dr. Victoria Mwebe,

The habit of using polythene bags to cook food (Kampala is a model for Uganda) might be one of the causes for both cancers and neurological diseases, which are becoming rampant in our communities.

For motorised gas fumes – I know for a fact that they kill very quickly and quietly. I did extensive research about the same among mothers living on a heavly motorised street in Europe.

Unlike in Europe/USA cancers appear to be among lower age groups. We need a map of the population affected.

In half a year, I know more than six people who have either died from stroke or gotten paralysed! It is terrible and Ministry of Health and Environment appear not to be concerned. Those perishing in cancers we only hear of high profile who seek money to go to Nairobi or India.

The deaths and disease prevalence, can’t be a coincidence. Of course there might be a mechanism generating those two problems – I suspect high on the list being environmental pollution (VOC) and second excessive use of pesticide/herbicides.

The conditions are very bad given the fact there are dense population in filthy dirty town slums everywhere.

More threatening is what becomes of the people who acquire these diseases and then pass them on to their children as encoded genes?

Prof. Emeritus Calvo of Molecular Biology has told me that the next epidemiological concern in Uganda if not carefull will be genetic diseases – and getting therapy for these diseases might prove cumbersome as parents are now passing on cancers to their siblings as encoded genetic diseases!

I had decided not to write more about the subject. But then I remembered meeting Rwandese students who had come to Uganda, specifically to study Kampala environment. All of them were chemistry graduates as I discovered later.

They collected samples of soil and water and upon laboratory analysis, the discoveries were shocking to them. Indeed one of them went on to write a book. Fascinating so, some of these students, initially doubted their government’s stance on environment but by the time they left Uganda, they had become willing converts and unflinching disciples of Rwandese government urban and environmental policies!

Well for Ugandans it is business as usual, let us sleep on.

Now there is a high level of cadmium and ammonia (ammonia water) in all Kampala spring water. And we are increasingly having chlorinated water due to heavy Lake Victoria pollution! Can you imagine heavily polluted water springs? Reading from the causes, it is apparently clear all Uganda towns are affected in exactly the same way.

Kampala is a double tragedy.Once I suggested that Ministry of Health declares Kampala a poisoned region, unfit for human habitation so that as such funds could be committed for a #special status clean up#. Well my arguments were not politically threatening and as such irrelevant.

The burden as Prof. Emeritus Calvo asserts, is on the future generation genetic defects children and health issues that will emerge then!

Once again the poor picks the bills as usual as the rich head to India and South Africa riding on the poors back.

Bwanika Daniel via UAH forum
(B.Sc. Environmental Sciences – Linköping University Sweden)

This is why Cancer is rampant in Uganda now!


Only 25% of children with cancer complete treatment


Forumist

A childhood friend who has been working with government here, passed away instantly after he was found to have cancer, last friday.
He has not been sick and I talked to him just a week ago but instantly fell ill and died shortly afterwards! This the seventh person I have know closely, in six month who has died either of cancer or a stroke.

Data from Mulago shows that;-

a. Cervical Cancers as other cancers are remarkably increasing (VOC air pollution particulates and other causes)

b. More people are dying and paralysed from neurological diseases – stroke (may be chlorine in water?)

c. Kampala temperatures have risen from the average of 18 – 22 degrees Celsius to between 27 – 30 degrees Celsius today, indexically serious implication for Uganda as a climate, vegetation region.

d. Severe wet and dry seasons, as we recover from February , March dry spell/season that has seen food scarcity pushing food prices up, crops planted during April are being destroyed by unpredictable torrential rains similarly causing food scarcity pushing food prices up.

e. Severe coughs flu and burning throats, asthmatic diseases among children – result of sulphur dioxide in Kampala City air

Solution:

The Blue green Algae in Lake Victoria, first and foremost survive and depend basically on two nutrients; Sulphur and Nitrogen compounds. The question is where do these two compounds come from?

a. There is atmospheric sulphur but not in sufficient amounts which can pollute the lake

b. There is sulphur and nitrogen in food we eat, like beans and maize – the concentration are high to pollute the lake if let us say latrine content are released into the lake.

c. There are very high concentrations of sulphur in gasoline like petrol and diesel. Motor vehicles burning make it even more concentrated and very unstable resulting into complex compounds. In fact, if one is quite observant sulphur and nitrogen concentration in the city are so high to such an extent that if one is new to Kampala, s/he will chock on this sulphur gas.

The only way therefore, to save Lake Victoria is through, eliminating the sources, high level of motorized concentration into the city. The city which is hills and valleys allow gases to hang over Lake Victoria in both dry and wet seasons.

It will be near miracle to rescue Lake Victoria. Every single day that passes the Lake is continuously polluted since government action is very slow. There is need for pragmatism.

Daniel Bwanika via UAH forum

Resisting Electoral Reforms alone confirms that Museveni has been rigging elections!


New Electoral Commission, Old Problems


NRM has constantly been accused of election rigging. Wouldn’t that allegation call for caution when priding yourself about President Museveni’s high percentage points? Perhaps real competition would be realized if all there is a free and fair election.Personally, I can support any person who emerges victorious on a free and fair election.

While the Opposition is advocating for Electoral Commission overhaul, NRMO is always resisting the change and want the president who is also a candidate to appoint the members of the commission? Why does it resist the change if it has no direct benefit? Sometimes I wonder if we understand what we do. Under the “Conflict of Interest” clause, the president who is also a candidate should have been aware of the seriousness of conflict of interest and set an example for others to follow.

I see the government not respecting the “Conflict of Interest” when the president who is always the candidate does the selection process of the EC members. In this regard, I see no fault with the Opposition. In parliamentary democracy, it is not the loudness but the quality and respect of arguments that is important. Why should the Opposition work so hard to create the necessary EC reform, doesn’t government have a greater responsibility to ensure free and fair elections?

For me I hold the government responsible for failure in reforming EC; the Opposition and Civic leaders have pointed out the anomalies so it should be the government to rectify them; the Opposition in a democracy puts forward alternative working policies and if there is respect and will to see democracy working, then the government in power implements those suggestions.

Pointing out the merits and demerits of a candidate choosing the referee without soliciting input of the other candidate is wrong.

If government was indeed interested in reforms, I suppose the simplest thing it could do was to ask each Opposition party to nominate persons they think can in the EC and submit all those names to the parliamentary committee to narrow down the list and if they failed in the elections then they would have none but themselves to blame!

The commission is not about one person, the boss. It is the entire body. Our government is not interested in doing a good job. One other approach is to advertise the positions for interested persons to vie for and the best candidates taken, that would somehow make the process of appointment transparent.

Election problems don’t just appear during election day, by that time, all has been done. It is in that respect that foreign election observers often report that the exercise was orderly, peaceful as they declare the results as the reflection of the electorate. On the contrary, the local or national observers cry foul yet both groups observed the same elections. The difference comes from when the rigging started. And often the foreign observers are easily identified because of the colour of their skin so good conduct is encouraged if only to ‘fool” them.

I have always argued that the international community should make use of the nationals of the countries’ they intend to serve, those are people who know the geography, history and tricks of their people and can easily do a better elections or projects’ monitoring, but such exercises attract hefty money, which the foreigners also want.

Suppose the Commonwealth recruited regular members of the UAH forum,and if those are not enough they included Simon to go to monitor elections in Uganda on its behalf, I am sure the report would be different from what their white counterparts report. Because if I am monitoring elections in Teso, nobody would care or identify me as I would get on a bicycle and go to a slum like Campswahili like any ordinary person and I would hear from the people what they did. I say this because this is exactly what happened in 2001 when Mike Mukula mobilized the headmistress of one high school to take girls to vote for President Museveni. These were students who had not been registered and they were under age. What we did was to monitor them take the students and we got the kids arrested and they had to beg us to get the kids released. Yes, when they were doing, they thought nobody could find out what they were doing, they were shocked! They panicked as to what parents would do but on our part, we did not want the kids to suffer in police cells or be produced in court for they were innocent, what we did was to expose them and also to teach the kids not to ever accept to be used.

There many ways rigging takes place, that is why an independent and trustworthy commission is necessary but of course it doesn’t mean it will be 100% good; we acknowledge human error but let it be an error.

I guess we have spent a fairly long time on this issue, people of all walks of life have addressed themselves to this issue and it is up to government to hear their calls or reject it, at the right time, it will be called to account for its actions.

Peter Simon via UAH

Party President should only act as a party manager, and not stand for presidency!


Uganda has a million potentials, many of whom can do better than the President but the way all party systems in Uganda are set you cant have any of them just show up on the radar, that’s why I have always advocated for a change within these party constitutions so that the party president acts just as a party manager and not be allowed to stand as a presidential candidate because then he will be working for the whole party not for his own interest such arrangement makes it possible for people like Obama in the US to come out of the shadows and stand. But try coming up before Hon.Mao or his Holiness Ottunu, or the President him self, and they will use all their powers as party leaders to trump you down least you take the flag.

About the EC reforms I clearly pointed out that before anything else the opposition should work on the EC and I predicted that they wont until the last year towards elections. Guess what, we are back to square one and they have behaved the same each and every election period. If the best plan to protect your self from the rain is to build a roof when lightening starts striking and the clouds getting darker and heavier then let them face it.

So it goes every time the opposition won during the by-elections they said the elections were fair, every time they lost they said the elections were rigged, we have hard enough of that until they make up their minds what it is then their better of holding free and fair elections in their parties as they chose their candidates.

The conflict of interest goes as far as the “choice”, there after the Parliament has to approve that person, and past that the Constitution clearly mentions the Independence of this person.

Dr. Edward Kayondo via UAH

Dr.Besigye’s street activism won’t take him to Statehouse!



Protesting, activism are not synonymous with building strong political parties. They are essential and acceptable and they have a place to fill in any democracy, however in order for this force to be effective in elections it needs a strong leadership base. You can get people to vote for you by getting involved in a shouting match but when you get to the White House you realize that leadership and governing are far much different from shouting matches.

My simple call is for organized political parties that can be used as a base for Ugandans who want to run for political offices. Not parties that are so dependent on particular personalities. I would rather we have a campaigns with candidates fully supported by all members within different parties. More so if this spills into parliament where members vote for ideologies supported by the parties that sent them other than every man for his or her financial gain. That’s is the reason they are easily paid of because they don’t have to answer to anyone.

By the way there is no loser, every one who participates in any political process contributes to the expansion and improvement of the status quo. They are all appreciated more so if their status is well defined.

Dr.Edward Kayondo
UAH member in USA

Mr.Rwabwogo will stand for NRM presidency!



Anyone who plans to stand for any political post should stand on what they can do. Its okay to present your vision, and compare it to those who are in the position you aspire, but caution must be taken not to go overboard for an equally repulsive reaction might be had to handle for an amateur.

I believe Mr.Rwabwogo will stand for NRM presidency, he traveled around the whole country during the election period when everyone else was looking at happenings with Besigye and Mbabazzi. He even went as far as Karamoja way far from the constituency he was running for. Most importantly he was not stopped or interrupted by the police or anyone within NRM. He campaigned freely, he is now well known all over the country.

So next step, if all this is true, will fit perfectly. Distance your self from that one name, that might pull you down. Fight with your family, script disagreements, report them in papers and hope that the rest of the country will join your side.
Tasty.

Proven that running out of NRM is a death trap,he cant leave NRM. The progressive NRM youths might not be enough, since they don’t occupy that many NRM leadership seats. In the end, the father in law can make or destroy him. But the fight thing doesn’t add up at all!
So we have father and son against mother, daughter and son in law? No. There is a need of a better script.

Credibility in leadership is a measure, unless someone has had a leadership position it’s unfair to pre-judge them.

Dr. Besigye has his share in the image he presented to the nation, let’s not forget that he is not a typical suits and tie politician, he is an activist so antagonism and images of being arrested and protesting are part of his repertoire.

It is not reasonable to ask a candidate who has never held a position in government that could have influenced issues like roads or poverty why they haven’t done so yet. For any upcoming young politicians the best you can ask for is their vision for the country.

It’s the right of every Ugandan who meets the requirements put forth in the constitution to stand for presidency.

Voters have a right to their opinions and these are always reflected when they vote. Better though is to spend time looking for a candidate to support other than wasting time destroying anyone who comes up. We are a democratic nation.

With the opposition calling for destruction of his legacy, sending him to the international courts, it is only natural for the President to support someone who will be sympathetic to him and many others that have been in power to become the next president.

The grounds for succession or no succession should be hyped at the level of political parties. As we recently saw the President had a struggle to keep his party together when Hon. Mbabazi and several other NRM members took the independent path. More than the support of the President any candidate who hopes to win the next election has to have a strong party backing.

The issue is that 1 year before the elections Dr. Besigye will be tearing FDC apart, Hon. Mao will be sinking DP in court, and Ottunu will barricade himself in the highest floor of Uganda house while the other UPC big gun will be enjoying a cup of tea under a tree in Rwakitura. Independent candidates will be scouting the air waves screaming behind FM stations and the remnants of NRM will victoriously squeak through irrespective of the candidate they choose because NRM will be the only party that will be glued together.

So debating which Presidents son, daughter or in-law would take over at this time is useless. The next leader will need a strong political party backing, Uganda has limitless potential leaders but as long as the opposition parties are clouded in activist’s ideas as propagated by Dr. Besigye you will never build or have a strong opposition party base and yes whoever the President backs under the NRM umbrella will become the next president.

As a caution, when you chase a rat to the end of the corridor and it has nowhere to go, better be prepared to face a leopard when it turns around. It’s also easier to put a child to sleep with gentle touches and lullabies other than angry shouts and slaps. What you don’t have in proven policies can’t be made up with shouts and fists, neither will throwing stones to those sleeping in bungalows buy you a house.

We have democratic means of changing Presidents in Uganda, and those who want to shortcut them should not participate in the political arena. Even then, there will always be room for activists in any democratic nation, we need them and that honor for the last decade has gone to none other than our one and only Dr. Besigye. Great activist, but not so good a presidential option. With all respect.

“Uganda needs a strong opposition to strengthen our democracy.”

Dr. Edward Kayondo,
UAH member living in USA

The Vatican is on a 109 acre land, smaller than the Lubiri but they’ve done better!


Far right Apolo Kagwa, second right Daudi Chwa (since he was born 1897, should we date the photo ca. 1915?), and in the background next to Chwa, Stanislaus Mugwanya. Who knows the names of the white men?
Collection Makerere University main library, Africana section.

Milk shakes come in all flavors, you can basically mix whatever you want add some milk and call it a milk shake. Looking a head the issue of who is a muganda will be a definition of a milk shake. We are up to a point where the lineage cannot be defined.This brings me to the issue of the Lubiri. I grew around this perimeter and I revered it together with the Bulange. It so happens that the Kingdom is so engrossed in collecting funds and they are putting the issue of maintaining the tribal aspects on the side. By the way I think you can definitely do both.

Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi as a youth


My idea of the Lubiri will be a big museum of the kingdom, to put it better the enclosure can be used to create the liking of a Vatican, a state within in a state. This will not only reduce the expense of the kingdom but it will consolidate all the aspects of the kingdom in one prime spot. The sky is the limit as to what can be done in an enclosure like that, ranging from using Luganda as the only language when you step in fence , Buganda banks ,school , a post office for each clan, let you minds roll. This can all be done in the concept that monies can even be collected, a hotel, in the enclosure, a function hall. I mean take all the Buganda kingdom and start running its business in one place. The result will be that with the concentration of all activities the pride to the kingdom will be restored and somehow we can preserve our history. Let us have a library for each and every king.

For those who think this is farfetched, Information from wikpedia.org copied below illustrates how the Vatican works.

The Vatican is on a 109 acre land, smaller than the Lubiri. The Vatican City has its own post office, fire brigade, police service, commissary (supermarket), bank (the automatic teller machines are the only ones in the world to offer customers service in Latin, among other languages), railway station, electricity generating plant, and publishing house. The Vatican also controls its own Internet domain (.Va), it has the Vatican Radio.

This unique, non-commercial economy is also supported financially by contributions (known as Peter’s Pence) from Catholics throughout the world, the sale of postage stamps and tourist mementos, fees for admission to museums, and the sale of publications. The incomes and living standards of lay workers are comparable to, or somewhat better than, those of counterparts who work in the city of Rome.

The Vatican City issues its own coins. It has used the euro as its currency since January 1,1999, owing to a special agreement with the EU (council decision 1999/98/CE). Euro coins and notes were introduced in January 1, 2002. Due to its rarity, Vatican euro coins are highly sought by collectors. Until the adoption of the Euro, Vatican coinage and stamps were denominated in their own Vatican lira currency, which was on par with the Italian lira.
It also has its own bank, Istituto per le Opere di Religione (also known as the Vatican Bank, and with the acronym IOR).

Budget: Revenues (2003) $252 million; expenditures (2003) $264 million.
Industries: printing and production of few mosaics and staff uniforms; worldwide banking and financial activities.

· Almost all of Vatican City’s 932 citizens live inside the Vatican’s walls. The Vatican citizenry consists mainly of clergy, including high dignitaries, priests, nuns, as well as the Swiss Guard. There are also about 3,000 lay workers who comprise the majority of the Vatican work force, but who reside outside the Vatican. All of the City’s citizens are Roman Catholic and Roman Catholicism is, rather obviously, the State religion of the country. There are no other places of worship inside the Vatican City other than private Catholic Chapels and St Peter’s Basilica.

·The official language is Latin. Italian and, to a lesser extent, other languages are generally used for most conversations, publications, and broadcasts. German is the official language of the Swiss Guard. The Vatican’s official website languages are Italian, German, English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

In this world you either evolve or die. The thinking of those who govern the Buganda kingdom is locked in the past, it won’t be long when all those who call them selves Baganda will all be different brands of Milk shakes.

For God and My Country.

Dr.Eddie Kayondo, M.D
UAH member in USA

BAD MURDER, BAD PLAN, AND ITS OBVIOUS!



This is a state managed execution. Look at the bodies- that’s not how they would lie if they were shot in the car. There is no shattered glass either. The bullet wounds are on their backs, which means they were shot from the driver side of the vehicle, but the window panes there are not broken. They have also fallen almost in similar fashion as if if in an orchestra or suynchonised gymnastics. The people who arranged the “murder scene” did a very amaetuer job. The caps were executed elsewhere and then the cadavers were arranged in the car for the cameras as a warning. It is typical mafia modus operandi.
Have you had a look of the picture they posted, of being the murder scene. I prosecuted very many murder trials- and this one would not even get to trial if the file was passed to me. Just look at the picture:
1. From which direction were the victims shot? If from the driver side, the windows there are all intact, there is no scratch or shattered glass. Which means the assisn would have had to open the door or the windows, shoot the victims, and then close them again, all within a split second. Is this plausible?
2. The doors on the passenger side are wide open. We there opened by first responders, or by the assasins? Did the assasins shoot from the passenger side? This can’t be so, since the victims would have fallen on the opposite side, and would have at least tried to raise their hands up to protect themselves from gun-wielding assailants. They would not lie down and allow themselves to be calmly shot on the back.
3. The victims seem to have comically landed in sync, just like in syncrhonised swimming. Is this plausible.
NRM people torturing Ugandans should seek forgiveness. Actually I have told here a story of an NRA chap who abducted me and took incacerated me in Lubiri torture chambers. He was then working in military intellligence. He was at Makerere at the same time as myself, and I never knew he held a grudge against me. After 4 or 5 years, the man fell out with the NRA and was himself locked up and later sacked. He wrote to me a letter of genuine apology, regretting what he had done to me. Later on he became ill- his wife contacted me, and I helped pay for his medical bills and even his funeral when he died. I am sorry that he died, but this man made genuine efforts to make up with people he had wronged and to atone and ask for forgiveness.
By George Okello, London, via UAH

CAMERA PROPOSAL EXPOSES M7’S OLD AGE!


Clearly the entire NRM caboodle is exhibiting advanced stages of Alzheimer’s. At the top end, the dictator is unaware that the effectiveness of good CCTV operation depends on other variables, that are nonexistent in the case of Uganda. The simplest of examples being the 24hr clear visibility, to be able to identify offenders.
That apart, where do we get reliable CCTV operators, who won’t be compromised and corrupted to misuse the systems. The level of individual criminality, and national malaise, both bi-products of Musevenism, discourage attempts to create a worthwhile CCTV functioning operation. It is only last week when we learned that some “smart” person had accessed the Makerere University IT system and went to alter student results. (The corruptness of the country is so diabolical that a corrupt person is termed “smart”!!!!)
At the medium/ lower level of NRM, comes some NRM supporters, who out of confusion think that by terrorising the people with “Wembley” type squads, the evil will just dissipate, and disappear!!!!! It’s confused.com!!
We know that some of the thugs running amok in the country are offsprings of “Wembley”. And surely it’s possible that the killer’s of Kaweesi and his two companions were these hoodlums on rampage.
Adding petrol on a combustion!!!
Ssekajja Via UAH forum

Rudeness, obnoxiousness and nakedness as tools of resistance and protest against a powerful oppressor!


BY DREW DDEMBE

There is a lot of debate within the Ugandan blogosphere regarding the appropriateness or innapropriateness of Ms Stella Nyanzi’s behaviour specifically her choice of vulgar language, rudeness and obnoxiousness as well as her nakedness as tools of protest!
These debates betray a lack of understanding of the theory behind Stella’s behaviour with many assuming she is ill mannered and others that she is mad, neither of which can be proved!
Most shocking to many are the facts that Stella comes from a respected middle class Ganda family, attended one of the most conservative girls schools, Gayaza, is well published researcher and academic with a pHD from London and a google scholar profile that reveals over 335 publications and citations with her name! What they do miss however is that her academic background and research interests deal with sexuality, negotiation and communication among marginalised groups such as women, female adolescents and gay people! Her previous protests and activism have also been related to these groups including gay and gender alternate Ugandans.
Stellas activism is in the same vein as well published protests by groups such as Femen, Pussy riot, the Amuru women who protested the government giving their land away to rich investors, and many other examples from around the world.
Baganda are very well known to be painfully polite and aren’t known for addressing sexuality explicitly and openly. Gayaza girls are known for being “prim and proper” and it is thought that ice wouldn’t melt in their mouths, a myth that Stella has shattered! Some of the earliest foreign visitors to the Kabaka’s court noted that in Buganda one could be killed for being indescent, dressing innappropriately or behaving innappropriately or otherwise breaking the very rigid code of conduct expected of a muganda! Even breaking wind at the kings court could get you killed!
In Buganda female nakedness is a powerful weapon of protest. When a mother bares her nakedness to their child, he or she is cursed for the rest of their lives. When a child so incenses their mother that they disown them, they prove this to the world by showing them their nakedness.
‘Okuwemukila’ to be profane, and ‘okumweyambulila’ to show ones nakedness, or ‘okumwefungulila’ to lift ones skirts and expose their genitals and privates, are serious acts of protest by a woman.
The same people also have two proverbs one regarding profanity, ‘okuwemukila’, and the other regarding politeness or ‘obuntubulamu’! In the first one ‘owebango bwotomuwemukila osula tewebisse’ means if you share a blanket with a a hunchback but aren’t ready to be obscene and expose yourself, they will feel no obligation to share the blanket so you will sleep in the cold. The second one regarding ‘obuntubulamu bukufiriza bingi’ refers to the fact that excessive politeness allows others to take advantage of you!

Baganda are therefore well know among Ugandas for being “soft, gentle and polite” which in Uganda translates as ‘stupid’! Its in this mindset that the events of 1966 are framed by many non baganda! For a well brought up muganda woman of pedigree brought up with ‘empiisa’, manners, to go native, and risk social censorship is uncommon! It creates an uncomfortable cognitive dissonance that many of the “well brought up” elite and middle classes find uncomfortable, thus criticism! But many of those who are really affected by the things that Stella is forcing us to debate and examine are ecstatic!
The debate about Stella often is about what is “proper” and “decent” for a mother (she is a mother of 3 children) and a university academic to say or do in public. In a patriarchial society, with a rigid set of social rules, Stella can most closely be compared to an elephant in a china shop presumably for upsetting the norms of acceptable behaviour by a woman of her background!!
Many Ugandans have found this appalling, shocking and confusing! They have sought refuge in labels like “she is mad” or “she is innappropriate” or “she is indescent and vulgar” rather than face the fact that Stella’s methods are a legitimate form of protest against power and its misuse, or examining the issues that she raises so eloquently!
What they cannot deny is that she is clear, articulate and eloquent as well as passionate about the causes she chooses to take up! So convincing is she that even I made a small contribution to her sanitary pad activism, #Pads4GirlsUg!
In Get Rude: In Praise of Obnoxious and Annoying Activism By Travis Mushett, the author states that “ As student protesters up at Dartmouth College are proving, sometimes you need to get impolite to provoke an adult conversation.
As a rule of thumb, when someone dismisses a protest by insisting that it happened at an improper time & place, this person doesn’t give much of a damn about the issues driving the protest. Oh, they might insist that they give a damn, that they, in fact, give quite a large damn indeed! But if you take a look at the times & places that they think are proper and improper, you’ll find that, mysteriously, the “improper” place is always a highly public one where the issues are likely to actually garner some attention, and the “proper” one is tucked out of the view of most everyone, easy to ignore and contain, or relegated to some indefinite point in the future.” http://www.blunderbussmag.com/get-rude-in-praise-of-obnoxiousnalongo-and-annoying-activism/
An oppressive government is no different to an abusive partner in a marriage. Often in abuse people talk of some sort of collusion or ‘enabling’ between the abused and the abuser. Often the abused even defends the abuser when outsiders try to step in to stop the abuse. There develops a relationship between the abused and the abuser within which the abuser has got complete control and the abused subscribes to the strict boundaries and controls imposed upon them by the abuser. Such is the state of the relationship between Museveni and his family and Ugandans!
In Uganda Museveni has been in power 31 years and counting. In that time, he has ensured that he controls everything. The army is all raised and groomed by him and handed over to his son and tribesmates, the civil service and major government parastatals are controlled by him and his tribesmates and the judiciary are all appointed by him! He and his party control parliament and virtually all spheres of public life! Under his rule, institutions have been largely destroyed and undermined by his personality! He is everywhere! Opening taps, demonstrating drip bottle irrigation, opening latrines and even being chief mourner at funerals and chief viewer at eclipses! There is no job left for anyone else to do unless they are a family member or himself!
His brother controls the veterans and army reserves not to mention virtually every wealth creation project in the last 2 decades most of which have been proven to be no more than projects for siphoning money to his party which spends billions on buying patronage but has no verifiable source of income! He also owns the largest security firm in the country, the same firm contracted to guard the countries oil fields!
His son recently promoted to a cabinet level position as a presidential advisor on military affairs has his own elite army within the army, the same force charged with guarding the countries oil fields. He is now ‘introducing’ himself to the sheeple in full uniform dropping anecdotes of bravery and ‘near death’ or as close as one who has had body guards around him for almost all of his life can get to death!
A son in law and his law firm has been involved in the drafting of all of the countries oil contracts, many of them secret and presumably negotiated over his father in laws kitchen table like clan affairs!
Another son in law is currently actively involved in trying to position himself as the ruling party and by extension the countries leading ideologist having had the party ideology transmitted to him presumably by sexual transmission! He is going around being interviewed and writing series that nothing in his background save his marriage to a princess qualifies him to lecture anyone upon!
Furanka, a minister is married to a girl who was brought up as his adopted daughter. She benefitted greatly from the Katosi scandal in which the taxpayer lost 25 billion in a deal that sounds very much like influence peddling! Her sister a one Atwine is now a PS having been appointed from outside the system! Prior to that she manned a department in presidents office created specifically to employ her, that duplicated the roles of the Ministry of Health monitoring units!
His wife had a vision … don’t laugh, she really did! Not only do they control the country, but they even have their own personal church and personal pastor, a daughter, the family priestess, who intercedes directly with God to affirm their God given right to continue ruling the country in perpetuity!

She had a vision in which she was the annointed messiah of her former contituency to “save it” from an opposition member! She later had another vision to save Karimojong and she did that too! During that period of sacrifice in Karamoja she was said to have travelled 9 times to Israel in one month to study irrigation technology! interestingly Karamoja now abandoned by the lady is in the middle of a drought!
She somehow failed to impart that irrigation technology to her husband who is now teaching the natives how to carry water on their bicycles and use plastic bottles to irrigate their gardens so they can grow commercial crops and join the middle income ranks in the next 2 years, a miracle that is surely going to require the family priestess to worship naked!
She is now the Minister for education, granted to her by her husband as a graduation gift on completion of a masters degree, nevermind its debateable whether she really ever did fulfil the requirements for the first degree upon which her masters admission would have been based …. but thats a topic for another day!
Sacrifice is the family religion! While you may believe that they have been sponging off the taxpayer for the last 3 decades, thats not how they view it! You should feel grateful that they have been living in luxury at your expense for the last 3 decades, ‘sacrificing’ for you! If anyone got killed by their actions or died in their wars, thats the price you have got to pay for their sacrifice! But back to Stella!
Stella Nyanzi has so far demonstrated the power of her unique mode of protest. She has shown a passion and commitment to her chosen topics. When a Prof Mamdani brought down the full wrath of institutionalised patriarchialism upon her, she instead of crying and begging, took the war to him and Makerere University. They have since backed down and offered her back her job. It still remains to be seen whether they illegally witheld her salary while she was under suspension, something I believe to have been illegal!
When the man in the hat in an effort to get himself “elected” if you can call financially facilitated recycling of a man who is past his due by date an election, desperately made offers left and right like a drunken man, people were taking notice.
When his wife announced to parliament that their family government didn’t have money to fulfil her husbands frivolous pledges, despite having recently spent 6 billion shillings on a handful of selected people using vague and quite frankly mendacious eligibility criteria, Stella took her on and challenged her … in colourful language prompting government goons to be sent around to intimidate her! Not only did they interrogate her for a crime without a complainant but they went ahead and declared her public enemy number one! One restricted from holding a passport or flying out of the country! So without a court order, nor any warning, she was barred from flying to a fully paid for conference but only found out when she presented herself to the airport!
Stella took on the establishment with embarrassing results! In 3 weeks she had mobilised the community and distributed sanitary pads to thousands of students including providing education on menstrual hygiene, something the first lady, Minister of Education and self proclaimed “mother of the nation” stated she couldn’t do without a budgetary allocation of billions! Without even being able to demonstrate that they had a program to provide the pads or menstrual hygiene education to adolescent girls in schools, they have attempted to block her access to schools! But in that time she demonstrated that she could do what the first lady and whole minister for education couldn’t do even when backed by the whole power and finances of government! Stella demonstrated that one didn’t need money nor power, nor did they have to be a minister, all lies that have been previously told the population, to effect social change and mobilise society towards a common goal! In a country like Uganda, showing up the incompetence and lack of imagination of its rulers, …. that’s a crime of treason!
Fast forward to today. Stella’s methods are consistent with the history of marginalised groups operating within an oppressive power structure. They are consistent with the history of many resistance movements around the world that have harnessed the disruptive power of language, rudeness, profanity and nakedness, to shock society out of their stupor, aka ‘twebaka ku tulo’ ,into a dialogue and debate of pertinent issues relevant to their situation. This kind of power has forced change and even uprooted tyrants. It has bypassed the institutions of “order and civility” that often are used to impose the power of the oppressor with the comprador complicity of the community’s middle classes and the unquestioning resignation of the masses!
Think of the alternative! If Stella thought and acted like Museveni when he disagreed with the government of the day and went to the bush, there would be bombs going off downtown and landmines laid on all routes out of Kampala! Tolerating Stella’s choice of language is a much smaller price to pay particularly if it shocks Ugandans out of their complacence and forces them to debate the issues relevant to them!
Museveni goes on about treason — yet ignores the fact that he brought “change” by his treasonous activities in which he killed or caused to be killed citizens of Uganda in the tens of thousands! He forgets that this demonstrates that there really is nothing God given in his own power! That power once it becomes oppressive loses legitimacy!
The point here is that when he was a rebel, he was a traitor. When he took power, he created his own reality in which he was the government and anyone who opposed him was a rebel and a traitor. Within this political construct all power structures that benefit the ruler and oppressor can be questioned!
This can include social rules and codes of conduct and behaviour which often are created by the elite for their own benefit often because they keep everyone in their place and prevents them from challenging the status quo! Within this construct its Ok for Museveni’s household to all be employed in his government. Its ok for them to be taking hundreds of billions for their upkeep. Its ok for him to take zero responsibility for billions lost due to his own personal poor judgement. Its ok for him to approve fraudulent payments to a handful of revenue and financial officials while creating a fictitious narrative of bravery while reneging on his election promises to give free sanitary ware to vulnerable teens or malwa to drunkards and hoes to west nile paesants to maintain them in their basic subsistence.
Its ok for the countries security services, the upper civil servant classes, or the cabinet to literally be selected from one village AND any criticism of this will be met by the full force of the law as defined by him and his government including CID interrogations, tear gas, batons, arrests, frivolous charges, bans on travel and free movement and even threats from father Lokodo a defrocked priest without gainful employment!
The media, the law courts, the security organisations and the societies guardians of morality including the churches for who Ms Kataaha is a patron and her daughter a pastor are all complicit in maintaining societal order to the benefit of its rulers. within this society dissent is frowned upon particularly dissent that does not follow the rules as set down by the rulers and oppressors. the avenues for change of the status quo however unjust within this power structure are limited. You could go to court and spend ten years and millions and still get Kavuma to throw your petition out! You could petition General Moses Ali, if he could even read and understand your petition let alone bother to look at it before he put it in the bin! You could make statements to the police that would never go anywhere! You could invite Andrew Mwenda to come cover your press conference and he would ignore you! None of the above are going to do anything without making a call to someone “above” which means you would never get anywhere!
And soon if you became a nuisance enough, your job would disappear. They would cart you off to Butabika and claim you are mad using the draconious and unethical 30 day assessment time for involuntary mental health assessment for which they do not have a valid legal trigger, or arrange someone to bump you off! Ultimately though, history says they would lose even though it could be at great individual personal cost!
Or you could go out and make Ms Kataaha come to you! Stella got a press conference ‘forgiving her” within 24 hours! Even before she took her kit off! And before she asked for forgiveness! Ms Kataaha failed to see that no one really needs her forgiveness. They need a policy statement on the issues raised by Stella!
Of course their preference would be that she go out on the street so they can send in Afande Tiyagassi with his goons and tear gas to rough her up! Or that she had a gun so that they can send the butcher of Kasese to mow her down! But as she says, her words are her weapons! The profanity, her bombs! The vulgarity her missiles! And against these they are completely disarmed! There is no Russian or North Korean weapon to combat them …. save Kavuma and lokodo both demystified in the eyes of Ugandans!
Contrary to what many believe, there has been a history of protest in Buganda and Uganda. In the 1930’s my wifes grandfather was imprisoned together with other youth for insulting the Kabaka in defiance. He went on to become a kingdom grandee! other rebellions like the Bataka rebellion as well as the general civil strike and disobedience campaign against the colonial government following the exile of the Kabaka to England are well documented.
In the 1940’s, young Baganda mounted a campaign of rude disobedience against the colonial authorities and the Buganda kingdom officials who they viewed as collaborators.
“In a scathing letter of eighteen single-spaced typed pages, Semakula Mulumba declined the Bishop of Uganda’s 1948 invitation to dinner. Dinners and other forms of entertainments and hospitality were, Mulumba asserted, pernicious forms of corruption. Dinners and friendly associations among missionaries and protectorate officials, and between Baganda and Britons, had allowed the British to plot among themselves, seize Ugandans’ resources, seduce Buganda’s leaders and block Ganda efforts toward individual and corporate progress. (1) Mulumba’s response to a dinner invitation with a critique of the colonial order–as a closely interlocked system of cooperation among officials and missions, the Kingdom of Buganda and protectorate officials–was rude, deliberately rude, an attack on the forms of manners and politeness that had shaped both British and Ganda deployments of power and influence in Buganda since at least the beginning of the Uganda Protectorate in 1900. Mulumba, and other Baganda rebels of the late 1940s were disorderly, intemperate and obnoxious within the polite sociopolitical world of colonial Buganda as they drew on their extensive experiences with Britons–officials, missionaries, and others–to reject the polite accommodations around them. What made their rudeness more than just adolescent immaturity, though, was that it was rooted in an understanding of the significance of social rituals, constituted a strategy to disrupt them, and was tied to an effort to build new sorts of public sociability to replace the older elite private networks. “ https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Radical+rudeness%3a+Ugandan+social+critiques+in+the+1940s.-a0144728103
When trump became president of the united States, New Yorkers started a campaign of rudeness against him and his family!

“If you see a Trump, say something. Specifically, say, “Fuck you!” Say, “Get out of this city!” Tell Donald he is a disgrace. Tell Melania that she will go down in history as the enabler of a bully, a liar, and a coward. Tell Donald Jr. he is a racist and an idiot. Tell Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, that they are enablers of anti-Semitism. Also tell Ivanka that her attempts to turn presidential interviews into chances to hawk her gaudy, overpriced jewelry are tacky and pathetic. Tell Tiffany—who is less involved with her father’s activities than her half-siblings—that if she doesn’t speak out against her family, she is complicit in the hateful rhetoric they and their supporters spread.
The president is not a king, the Trumps are not royalty; you are not under any obligation to put up with their bullshit. If you own a deli or a restaurant, refuse to serve any Trumps. If you wait on the Trumps, you have to give them their food or you’ll likely be fired, but you can give them back their tip. If you see Jared and Ivanka at a gala, or Eric in a corporate box at a Giants game, don’t acknowledge them. If people applaud the Trumps, like those patrons at Club 21, counter that applause with boos. If you make them coffee, give them cream when they ask for soy, and vice versa. Don’t stop your dog from barking at them. Don’t take their money. Don’t sit down at a dive bar with Ivanka. Don’t commit any crimes—refrain from any actual violence like the disgraceful subway attack on the man with the Make America Great Again hat—but the First Amendment, people, we can make it clear to the Trumps that they don’t own the city.” https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/new-yorkers-have-a-duty-be-rude-to-the-trumps
All of these are examples of the use of rudeness, profanity, vulgarity and and even nakedness as forms of protest against a powerful state opponent or society which helps bring issues of social or political importance to the front for debate.
All of Stella’s actions are consistent with her background and training! So next time you catch yourself thinking Stella is mad, think again! Maybe she is, maybe she is not! There is always a very thin line between genius and madness.

Also remember that most people declaring Stella mad really aren’t qualified to make that diagnosis as it is a medical one that requires a formal psychiatric assessment! And given no one on social media has made that assessment, you cannot say she is mad! You also cannot compel her to undergo a psychiatric assessment without a trigger — and there is no valid legal trigger unless you wish to pay her for wrongful imprisonent!

But then again as Baganda say, even a mad person, ‘omulalu’ sometimes speaks the truth! As a matter of fact, they are more inclined to speak the truth having been freed of the shackles of society and its rules of politeness and “correct behaviour”!
And then there is the final coup in her favour! She is a nalongo, the mother of twins. In Buganda the mother of twins was so revered that she was freed from the shackles and rules of society including the rules of politeness and correct speech and behaviour. A nalongo could walk into your garden and harvest your food for her twins without censorship. More pertinent to this debate, a nalongo could use ‘big words’ without social censorship amidst the normallly polite and very correct Ganda society!
Nalongo is speaking so you better sit up and listen!

The Stella Nyanzi revolutionary journey: Vulgar politics as a method of resistance.


[By Rabba Naga, the senior Ugandan freedom struggle leader operating from within the Museveni camp – 02/04/2017]
I had decided to pretend am not hearing the Stella Nyanzi Janet Museveni discourse, yes, discourse, because that is what it is. But of a different type.
But later, I decided to briefly comment when I saw Janet Museveni, perhaps not surprising, play the way Stella wanted her to play by sacking her from her job etc.!
Many are amused as why Stella Nyanzi writes that way. I see many calling her names, mad, gay, etc., my mind tells me Stella Nyanzi is none of all those. She is sane and intelligent.
What am not sure is whether she, herself understands that what she is doing is a well-practiced method of political revolt employed throughout history. And I watched poor Janet Museveni wondering why Stella hates her etc., and saying she forgave her. Janet, like most people are preoccupied with the words used but don’t know that Stella’s method of resistance is called vulgar politics.
Vulgarity in politics is a rejection of the established political and social order. It is the overt way of rejecting the set social conventions normally set by society. It is the rejection of the so called civilised discourse whose content and usage is normally set and controlled by those with the power. Be that power wielded by the state or the church or elders etc. The bottom-line is that they are social norms used by those with authority to keep in check those they rule over.

Hence, throughout history, vulgar politics has been employed in the fight against the powerful. vulgar politics is very effective and hard to ignore. Indeed, it is an effective political tool for the oppressed.

What suprised me was seeing Mr Museveni using it like in that video where he tells his audience to “go eat their mothers something something…” Vulgar politics does not serve well those in power. It depicts them in bad light.
Yet, for the oppressed like Stella Nyanzi, it serves them well because they lure you in their trap. You cannot ignore them. And because its nasty, ugly and mean, it gets under the skin of those with authority. It provokes their raw nerves and they overreact. Its piecing. As brutal as hot lead! So, it is an effective symbol of people’s revolt.
In days preceding the French revolution, and even after, you see plenty of vulgar revolutionary rhetoric, extreme jacobinian malicious abuses etc. Maria Antoinette was ridiculed. Referred to as Austrian bitch. She was shown in cartoons as an ostrich-like penis, with legs and saddle etc.
Therefore, vulgar politics should not be merely looked at with moral lenses. It is a political tool imbued with violent revolutionary traits and totally at variance with the common pragmatist liberal ideas of political dissent. Like one writer once put it, being politically “…mean and nasty and cruel is just like guillotines….”
I doubt the Museveni oligarchy even understand what is happening, thus the Janet Museveni attempt to forgive Nyanzi. In a rebellion, people don’t seek for your forgiveness nor your understanding. Neither are they afraid of the consequences. So, your usual methods may not be effective after all.
INTERESTING TIMES

It’s about Stella Nyanzi!


By Ian Ortega.
I had tried to avoid talking about Stella Nyanzi versus the First Lady hoping that somebody would be able to read my mind and make a better analysis. Instead all that I have read is totally in sync with the usual Ugandan analysis. It is just some usual rhetoric, some just emotional pandering to side with either party. None however has tried to give deeper understanding to the whole situation.
Using the cause and effect analogy. Most people have tended to see Stella Nyanzi as a cause. But that’s where they all get it wrong. Nyanzi is an effect. She represents a certain new wave. A wave that we have fed over the years.
It all started when the powers that be closed up their ears to anything that was not ‘good’ to them. They kept the critics far away and they kept the praise singers even closer.
They say, if you want honest unpaid for criticism always listen to your enemy. Our friends will always find it hard to tell the truth. They will sugar coat it or avoid it altogether. Show a friend your piece of writing or your new song and they will simply shower it with complements. Rarely can you expect honest reviews from a friend.
Slowly by slowly the First Family fell victim to this. Whenever the President asked for feedback from wanaichi, the spies told him all was okay. He believed this lie until it finally became truth.
Those who talked, he was told they wanted some bread. So they could buy them off. After all, a mouth that is eating can’t talk.
As the palace built these high walls, it was blocked from the realities on the ground. Its eyes got veiled. That marked the death of dialogue.
And this death went all over and affected every facet of our society. In the churches, we created the Catholic Church vs Musaala. The musicians built fan bases where they could produce any trash and it would be hailed. Parents expected no criticism from their children.
At all stages, the country stopped listening to the alternative. The battles lines got drawn. The opposition wanted to hear nothing positive about the ruling government. Ruling government said nothing positive about the opposition. You were either with us or with them.
I have always had a problem with binary societies, the kind of socieities with no middle. The kind of societies where it is either black or white but no greys. Such societies fuel something called extremism.
I have previously written that we are in the Age of attention. We went through the stone age, the iron age, the industrial age, the computer age and the age of information.
All of a sudden there was too much information in the world. The next age automatically became the age of attention. Because to give attention to one thing requires foregoing another. The opportunity cost of enjoying Facebook posts is the awesome tweets I miss out on.
So right now what we have is an abundance of information and a scarcity of attention. I can’t read two posts at the same time. Everytime I scroll through my newsfeed, I am making a choice between posts. Thus the only way to get my attention is how extreme something is.
Thus we are seeing the existence of two ages. We are living both in the age of attention and in the age of extremism.
When you see Kaweesi showered with over 30 bullets, you must try to think of the bigger picture.
The only way to get attention is to get extreme. Social media has fueled that even more. It is not enough to have an opinion on Facebook or Twitter, that opinion must be articulated in an extreme way.
That’s why you can’t find an opposition member saying there’s something this government has achieved. In the same way, you won’t find an NRM person siding with the opposition.
First of all, when you choose to go extreme, you get infected with cognitive dissonance. That’s why people will rarely change their beliefs beyond a certain age. A man who has believed in God since he was born will try so hard to hold onto this belief even when evidence suggests otherwise. A president that was once loved will find it so hard to believe that he is no ridiculed. Our brains suffer from cognitive dissonance. It is the reason we stick to wrong ideas even after knowing they are wrong. And because of this, we do everything possible to avoid hearing the alternative views. Then it becomes a cycle of fueling even more extremism.
Thus as a country, we face a deeper evolutionary psychological struggle as the global world. Extremism is the new normal simply because our attention is scarce. Agataliko nfuufu is popular because it is extreme. Bukedde is popular because it is extreme.
The age of attention doesn’t reward one for staying on the sidelines. You must go all the way. Why struggle to face your enemy if you can eliminate him with rounds of bullets? At least in the latter, you quickly get their attention. And if you can’t get it, you eliminate it.
Donald Trump is not president by mistake. He understands the age. It is the age of radicalism. You must be radical for whatever you believe in. Don’t just go the extra mile, go the extreme mile.
The age of attention does not reward neutrals. Because attention is scarce, we have to keep buying it with extreme views, ideas and thoughts. The popular people on our platforms today are the extremists of either side. That’s how to win attention.
The problem with advancing views in this way is that you make your enemies even more hardened. That’s why children of very strict parents always turned out to be the most stubborn. Us whose parents didn’t even bother to cane us, we upheld all the school rules. Us whose parents allowed to taste wine at home found no need to smuggle alcohol into school.
So here’s what you should take away.
1. Stella Nyanzi is an effect not a cause. You must understand her as a wave not as a person.
2. The country forgot to dialogue. No one wanted to talk to their enemy. Now we are stuck in a rabbit hole.
3. We are in the age of attention. This has fueled extremism as we all fight for the scarce attention. Extremism and bigotry is the new normal.
4. Always keep your enemies close. Only them can tell you the truth that your friends can’t.
5. In the age of extremism, we can expect to see more Kaweesi cases not less.
6. The winds of change are blowing. Read my analysis on my blog. I found out a pattern that happens just before governments fall in Uganda.

why are politicians so engrossed in matters of sanitory pads?


By “‘Godfrey Nsubuga’ via Ugandans at Heart (UAH)

why are politicians so engrossed in matters of sanitory pads while ignoring the fact that these kids run on empty stomachs from morning to evening at school with teachers equally hopeless seeking solace in kaveras of kitoko because of poor and sometimes no pay. Why are our good no nosense ladies like Matembe not taking this one up. I can tell with 70% certainity that these good ladies like Matembe, Olive Nantubwe, E. Madra and lousy Speci could have used their first sanitory pad when above 18. so how did they manage their lady days then? and they did go to school. There is an affordable solution in these grown up and educated ladies that can prove enormously helpful to Ugandans, why arent they talking today? The talk of pads has been taken on theoretical grounds by those whose job is to write papers and proposals for a living; these want to scoop billions and buy pads for millions. If there is less/ no money, we must feed children healthy and then address ”messes” in a fancy way if need be and not ”messes” before food. How many women digging the farm land in Bukunja are Using pads? very few yet there ”messes” come normally. These TV stunts of girls Using leaves and fibres is hogwash designed to alarm TV audience. What am saying is, the PAD is not the only thing that works during those days and should not be amplified beyond the key factors killing education; teacher motivation and training, teaching aides, feeding at school. the most affected girls come from rural areas and the mothers there are well versed with alternatives that work in different fabrics. All primary girls come from homes with mothers still going through ”messes”, how do mothers do it and can not tell their kids

KNOW YOUR COUNTRIES AND NUMBER OF MINISTERS.


China, population = 1.357 billion people.
Number of Ministers – 20.
Japan, 127.3 million people.
Ministers – 20.
Britain, 64.1m people
Ministers – 22 including PM.
USA, 318.9 million people.
Ministers – 23.
Germany, 80.62 million people.
Ministers, 16 including PM.
France, 66.03 million people.
Ministers – 16.
Nigeria, 173.6 million.
Ministers – 36.
Almighty Ghana , population about 28 million.
Ministers 110.
Uganda the pearl of Africa. 38 million
Ministers 286.

OPEN LETTER TO DR. NYAZI STELLA ON JANET KATAHA MUSEVENI…


by Hon Odonga otto.
Dr.Nyanzi there are right ways of doing wrong things and there are wrong ways of doing wrongthings you have fallen in the latter catergory of doing wrong things the wrong way. what reamains of interest is whether it was voluntary or involuntary.whether you where in you right state of mind or under the influence of intoxicating beverage (which is a defence in law) incase you want tow that direction.
The insults on the first lady where unbecoming of anyone not even to a sexist Don like you. Dr. Nyanzi you seem to have commiited suicide in that piece …. everyone even fears quoting what you wrote because the may be charged “of spreading harmfull news”an offence under the penal code.
Dr Nyanzi you should have been the last to abuse a fellow woman more so the first lady in that fashion.The wrath of your actions will definatley follow you as days follow night..forget about the fact that the first lady may have “forgiven” you.
However you may not escape the overzealous state actors.These people the cattle keepers are long distance runners.
You where banned from leaving the country and lately you have lost your job the daily bread at Makerere .
From today it will be a :”risky business” for anyone/body to invite you for any workshop seminar or symposium to earn any piece of silver to back up the loss of income at MUK.
Dr Stella i think you have “touched the anus of the leopard”
My advice is three fold:
1.GO ON YOUR KNEES
2.CLAIM INSANITY
3.ESCAPE TO EXILE
4.HANG YOURSELF TO THE NEAREST TREE IF ALL THE ABOVE IS NOT FEASIBLE .
We are watching as history unfolds.
We have serious issues with the regime i lost my mother and i would not abuse anyone’s mother.
Time is not on the side of the regime.
Any machine manufactured is first trained on self preservation..you have failed in that area.
If you can raise such issues on the First lady what would you say the day Joseph Kony is arre

I support sanitary pad distribution 100%, the only problem is the current corrupt environment


By ‘Dr.Edward Kayondo’ via Ugandans at Heart (UAH

There is a need for increased transparency in government ventures. As I wrote in the past on this forum a plan to make all Ugandans auditors of their funds is the only way to deal with corruption.
Pending that let the government have a pilot distribution in one district for a given period. This will highlight any problems and help define the financial costs. Incremental extension to different districts based on different characteristics from the initial district can then be carried out. At the end of this period a decision to extend it country wide or scrap it with lessons learned can be made. This will save the country money it doesn’t have and it will also create a knowledge base for future projects along the same lines.

Incremental release of government funds limits the corruption players, the big boys play the big leagues, this process can immunize projects from bigger losses. Shorter government commitments with a clause to cut short problematic projects or change companies in question coupled with payment after delivered services is a game not played enough by the government. Companies that don’t have equivalent funds that cannot be touched in escrow (not just bank statements from which funds can be withdrawn after getting the deals or tenders) should not be used for some projects. These escrow funds can be used to recover monies lost in corrupt procedures. I am sure this is being used in some form or fashion but again it only works when its transparent enough.

Dr. Shaka is not alone!


By Peter Simon

I think it is not right to blame anyone for supporting NRM or taking long to realize how bad it has been. Many people have been fed on falsehood, fake promises so much so that those that hoped that maybe things will change for the better have finally come to realize that nothing will ever change. Dr. Shaka is not alone. NRM with propaganda machine has always put blame on past regimes while doing nothing better for the last 31 years. Imagine we have some crocked old guards still blaming past regimes as NRM denies food to starving people. It seems NRM has disabled their mental capacity to reason or to see so that they have maintained the lies they were told 31 years ago. Such old guards cannot ask themselves why police can deny starving people food donated now, 31 years after the last “bad” regime has chased.
With that observation, we should not continue to blame anyone but if they finally see the falsehood they had been fed on, the better. Besides, physics tells us about reaction time varying from person to person;or tolerance, in the social sciences we talk about differences in resilience. Had most Ugandans seen what some of us saw 37 years ago, this regime wouldn’t have come to power in the first place, there was no serious convincing agenda to attract the support it received, but that is now history because the chicken have come to roost!

No blame but enlarge the base of dissatisfied Ugandans so that the souls of burnt Mukura Railway victims or those killed those dispossessed, and displaced can finally rest.
31 years of blaming past regimes while doing nothing to improve the lives Ugandans should make people question what they hear on radios, TVs and rallies for babies of 31 are now parents struggling to survive, does one really need to hear how bad life was 31 years ago when they face worse life now?
Give me a break.

Dr. Shaka Ssali misses one point!


By Dr.Edward Kayondo via the UAH forum

Dr. Shaka misses one point and its very important to understand this before coming to conclusions that we have lost a generation.
Uganda can’t be compared to many other countries in that since Independence we have always had change in government through armed struggles. Before that Ugandans were under dictatorial tribal rulers and colonialists.

What we have had over Presidents Museveni’s years is a rebuilding of the three branches of government and a lesson for the country that used effectively these branches can stabilize the country and set it up for development.

The generation referred to as lost was the generation that crossed the Red Sea to borrow the metaphor from the Bible. If it wasn’t for that generation we would not have the current generations braveness and view that yes they can be all they want within a stable environment.

The older generation many are referring to are the ones who are making it difficult for this generation in that they try to introduce their historical baggage into the current environment. They never stop to remind us about how things used to be as if we want to go back in the caves, we are in a new global environment and business is not as it was in the past.

We have to give this generation time to figure out what works and doesn’t. We have to give this generation a chance to train their political voices before they embark on planning for the country they will live in when all of us are gone. This country belongs to them as much as it belongs to any other Ugandan citizen. We have to give them time to trust the electoral system, a chance to know that legislation’s can be formulated in parliament and that the Judicial system has powers too, we have to give them a chance to know that there proper procedures to challenge the executive branch, we have to give them a chance to trust the army and know that it is there to protect the whole country and not one person, we have to give them a chance to bury the demons of tribalism.
Any action that causes us to revert to violence and destruction of our country through military change of government should be denounced by all of us. If this generation knows that there is only one option to change they will focus on that option and use it effectively through the ballot as they support their opposition parties or through random actions of activism as seen recently by the renown professor.

This government should have done more by now, we should have had better control on corruption, better performance in all sectors and ministries. Yes the next few years the President has to prove to all Ugandans that what he promised in the ten points program can be a reality before he figures out where he will reside past the next elections. Any president that comes after him will have a better framework for governing and should be able to implement better policies within a shorter time frame.

I do realize that we Ugandans in the diaspora especially in developed countries are on parallel time frames and bearings as we talk about change compared to Ugandans back home.Through our experiences in these countries we tend to use a different time scale than the one used in Uganda a country that still fits within the third world countries category. They are more patient than as and are used to cooking over fire even when a microwave cooks faster. Instant change and services are a right we enjoy forgetting that there was a time when what we see and enjoy in these countries never existed. A kid born in an English speaking environment will be impatient with a ten year old who can’t speak English at Kindergarten level. But if only that kid knew that this ten year old just came from the village and had never spoken a complete sentence in English or memorized all the letters of the alphabet, may be then he will give him as much time as he needs because after he gets the basics the learning curve will totally improve. We can argue about how long Ugandans needed to snap out of fear of the gun and start rebuilding trust in the voting process or to get guts to bravely challenge the president in public and sleep soundly through the night with plans to do the same thing next day, but trust me cultural and sustainable changes in society tend to take generations. In many cases reminding this generation about the past hoping to quicken their political acuity is like warning today’s ten year old in South Africa about his new white friend with apartheid shockers.

The necessary changes needed in Uganda are inevitable, aggressive actions will slow them down and we have to understand that their different thoughts in peoples minds but all of them gravitate to an environment that takes fear and uncertainty out of the equation. Not all Ugandans think like we do. This year I was asked to speak within our organization on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In my introduction i reminded the gathering that yes I am black but my understanding of segregation and discrimination is not as deep seated as that of other African Americans born and raised in the South of North America. When I see a White man my thoughts never think about discrimination even when I am passed over until someone else points it out. Such is the generation we have in Uganda, they are interpreting the world in their own terms, they have never experienced living in a developed country and them two days of load shading are much better than no power at all. Many that own boda bodas never even thought of owning them from the village they came from. Some have thoughts of building a one room house and to me they can do more than that but to them even the thought that its possible is a big deal. So as we think of rocket changes, building 100 hospitals in thirty years, having paved roads all over the country and ideas that they should have a perfect government as we do in the West, we have to pause and think of how minds deal with change even change they desperately need or thought of as possible.

I am not defending this government, it has had many missed opportunities, it has lost or misused billions of dollars, it is infested with opportunists in all sectors of government and many of us are disappointed by all this. Within in all this confusion however, lets not forget the millions of civil servants who have the heart for progressive change and have worked within this environment. They stayed behind even as many of us left the country for various reasons, they sometimes go months without pay even as they see others buying new rides with their salaries. Equally many more have transitioned into a capitalistic environment bridging the gap between dependency on government and self sufficiency via entrepreneurship. Millions have no where to go in case of war and will see their sweat and blood destroyed as their homes and businesses are wiped away. These are the ones we have to remember, and the President has to remember them too. The environment is now open for government structures and policies that will develop the country and meet the basic needs of the people. Going forward failure to provide can result into change via the ballot and the system has the ability to root out those who fail the people if used in a democratic way with total respect to our constitution.

So Dr. Shaka, you and me might be part of the many who will never make it to the promised land even when we crossed the Red Sea to borrow the Bible metaphor again.We see where we should be but tend to focus on that one giant who keeps many on a diet of manna and quails from above instead of feasting on the milk and honey we see in our land. Never the less when we blur our focus and soften our stance, surprising enough we can conclude that Uganda is now ripe for exponential development. The Uganda I see in the future unlike some is a country which will like never before display its crown and for good reasons proudly again take its position as the Pearl of Africa. I don’t have to be alive till that happens,I know its real because that vision keeps me warm and happy despite what I see and hear.
Armed struggle is not an option, those who want to quicken the process should support rebuilding and strengthening opposition parties. If DP, UPC, FDC , CP, JF, UGP, PPP, PDP, UFA got organized, funded and governed in a manner of total transparency and shade personal ownership, not only will they be able to form a strong opposition voice in parliament but they will increase this generations political participation even before elections. This will ensure that this generation understands how governments truly work and that those that govern us are tried and chosen by the people and are accountable. They will challenge or influence development of government policies.As more people trust the political process government will have a perfect environment for development. Politics in Uganda today is not only open to the Elite as it was way before and after independence,unlike before we all can participate. This is what we need not guns and blood.
Gakyali mabagga.

Shaka is an Old Boy of Butobere College located in Kabale


By Allan Barigye via the UAH forum

Just over 40 years ago, Shaka Ssali was a Lieutenant in the Uganda Army and still had childhood dreams about being a cowboy and travelling internationally – a dream to be famous.
A series of events in the early 70s saw a young Shaka Ssali head to the land of his dreams, the US, get an education, climb to the top of journalism and communication which has resulted in him returning for a special occasion in Uganda this week.
More than the Presidential Debate, a first ever in this format, the strongest message about the potential of Ugandan youth will likely come from the “Kabale Kid” SHAKA SSALI, and not the candidates.
He is deeply passionate about Africa and its development, having lived through some of the hardest times in Ugandan history.
He has hosted Straight Talk Africa for the last 15 years. The show is broadcast live across the world every Wednesday from 1830-1930 GMT simultaneously on radio, television and the Internet.

His story is simply amazing. Shaka is an Old Boy of Butobere College located in Kabale, southwestern Uganda and Kololo SS in Kampala. A high school drop-out (Senior 3 1968), with no O-Level certificate who ends up with a bachelor’s degree, two masters degrees and a PhD. Shaka holds a doctorate in cross cultural communication and history from UCLA in California.

The following quote by an interviewer, best describes his transformation. “Shaka Ssali is living proof of the transformational power of knowledge. Through education, Ssali has himself become a positive role model for others. Born in Uganda, Ssali was enlisted in the army when he 16 years old as a cadet officer. After almost five years he had risen to the rank of lieutenant. But even as a young child, he says, he had a burning desire for knowledge.”
He joined the Uganda army in 1968, went through cadet training and in 1974 his name was linked to a failed coup attempt against Idi Amin. He went into business and in 1976 went to Europe then found his way to the US.

M7 IS TO BLAME FOR OPPOSITION DISUNITY!


By Peter Simon Via UAH forum

It is a good idea to have a united Opposition. Unfortunately, President Museveni and his NRM ensured that the Opposition never unites​ and is doing everything in his power to keep it divided or disintegrate further. For instance, President Museveni never consulted Opposition parties when he appointed some of their members to ministerial positions so how can Opposition be strong when they are undermined by luring their members with bribes, appointments and sometimes real threats?
Let us not delude ourselves that Uganda will mature democratically under NRM. President Museveni has lost the golden opportunity to lead Uganda to that promised glory he lied about as outlined in his 10 Pointed​ Lies!
If I may ask but of course aware that you will decline to answer, of those 10 lies, which one has fully been addressed to your satisfaction in these 31 yrs of NRM uninterrupted rule?
No more lies or time to waste and by the way, liberation doesn’t require getting permission from anybody and if Shaka and group see armed struggle as the only viable option left at people’s disposal, so let it be, he will be held accountable if they fail in their promises. My hope is that​ Ugandans be directly involved not using mercenaries as Museveni used Rwandese/refugees to fight citizens.
Under NRM, there will never be a united Opposition because it’s viewed as a threat to it’s longevity.
Long live Uganda!

NRM HAS BUILT THE FOUNDATION FOR FURTHER DEVT


By Dr. Edward Kayondo via UAH forum

If I promise you to build a house in ten months, and you come back in eleven months and don’t see any walls or roof, you are right to say that I never kept your promise. In that respect you are right to say that NRM has not kept its promise as promised.
However if you stayed a far and all you looked for was the roof, you might miss the fact that I spent those eleven months laying a foundation and pouring concrete in the land because i found out after making that promise that the swamps go deep and the soil couldn’t hold the house.
So what was the time frame for accomplishing these points? Is NRM as a party still around to continue working on this? Are these points still relevant today as they were thirty years ago? Who is promising any alternative program? Can anyone who come after this president continue where he left other than starting again from scratch? Those are some questions that need to be answered.
You must also be aware of political jargon’s and understand that politics has no weather forecasters. You never know when it will rain or shine, so your plans are always facing bidirectional winds. Not only that there is no agreeable scale to measure progress. When a person tells you that they will bring forth democracy, create a mixed economy, without clearly giving you outcomes or time line to measure his progress from then to today you have a problem because both of you will never agree on how far he is from keeping that promise.
I am not going to score these points one by one but there is a case to make on many of them if you compare them to previous governments. However that is also not a reliable measure because times change and the societies we have now are not what we had before and our expectations now are way more than previous governments have.
To sum it up, NRM has not delivered the glory we were promised yet, but it has set up the necessary adjustments, and created an environment that can make those points a reality if the country continues its call for accountability, participation in political processes and embrace the oath of stability.

I’M PREPARED TO DIE TO SAVE UGANDANS FROM M7


George Okello is a lawyer by profession and living in London


By George Okello via UAH forum.
Karl Marx already has a blue print for us, on how we can end the Rwandan occupation of our country through a peoples’ war. His theory of a peoples war was advanced by Chairman Mao Ze Dong in China in the conduct of the national democratic revolution he led there. . So a theory and a blue print exists on how we are going to wage an armed war to liberate our country- we only need to modify it to suit our circumstances and concrete conditions.
I have done a thorough study of war and peoples struggles all around the world and have even lived in guerrilla camps with insurgents in the Philippines, India and Colombia, so I know what I am talking about.
You may therefore underestimate our determination and intellectual preparedness for the task ahead at your own peril.
I am not personally interested in preserving my life into perpetuity just for the sake of it.. I dont fear death. It is not that I want to die, but I am prepared to die, if it means liberating our country from Rwandan occupation. I want to punish Kayibanda Museveni for the crimes he has committed in Uganda. I will never rest until the Rwandan outlaw is brought to the fold of the law and hanged.
Secondly, we have a world to win. I am am ready for this next chapter of my life. Even if I fall, others will pick up the baton. What is the purpose of life, if we have to be slaves in our own country. It is your choice to be a slave and a quisling. But I am a patriot, a proud Ugandan, a committed pan-Africanist, an internationalist, but above all, I am a COMMUNIST. I will never agree to be a slave of a pot-bellied Rwandan tyrant, or a lackey of the Imperialists.
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A pick at Ugandans in South East London!


By George Okello via UAH forum

This is the famous MATOOKE HOUSE, Ugandan grocery store in Deptford, South-East London. Around the corner is AFAB STAR Restaurant run by Michael Meme, and further up the street 5 Hair Salons run by Baganda women, AND A MINI CAB OFFICE RUN BY ANOTHER MUGANDA MAN.

To the East is Pechkam where there is a very huge African population.

To the south, 3 miles away is Greenwich and then Woolwich where you will find the famous watering hole called Wandegeya. This small area of London (Peckham, Bermondsey, Greenwich, Charlton, Lewisham and Woolwich has the largest concentration of Ugandans in the UK.- numbering anything between 5,000-10,000. It is also the area where I have spent nearly 20 years of my life ( actually the area I have lived longest in my entire life), my children are born here in this area and is a place they know as “HOME”. Many Ugandans have started to set up small businesses, but a large number also remain unemployed and unemployable sadly. The distinguishing feature of ugandans South East london in the UK is how united they are. If only they behaved this way at home, our country would not be in the mess it is in today.

These Ugandans we have here in the UK are the people we will need to build the new Uganda we all want. And I mean all of them- from the professionals, office workers, to small scale business-owners like the ones in Deptford. And ofcourse the young ones who are still at school.

Take the small sclae business-owners- like the Hair Salon or Mini Cab owner. These people have now acquired business acumen and skills that an ordinary Ugandan can only dream. You and I know if you give a Ugandan £1,000 now to start a business, in two weeks he or she will be coming back to you to ask for money for repairs or to buy fuel etc. In a month they are flat broke and dont want to see your face or hear your voice.

But here, it is totally different. The Hair Salon woman- like Goreti, will have borrowed £2,000 from the bank to start the salon. She has to have a proper business plan, and the bank and local organisations would have helped her with this. This is now her source of income, so she has to make it work. She has to hire space in a shop on the streets, buy equipment etc, market her services, etc. and then put in 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. Only after a year or more will she be able to break even, employ more staff and make profits. And the profits can be reasonable. These are real hard working entreprenuers, and imagine you took them back to Uganda and they transferred these skills into our economy- cant you see what a huge difference it would make?

Uganda as it is now has a totally unskilled and untrained workforce for an economy of the 21st century. This really has got to be our focus for the future. As we try to remove Museveni from power, in fact we are now looking far ahead, as to how we cany set up the building blocks for the New Uganda- and how we will encourage the people in the diaspora to join us in this great undertaking.

Had Museveni attacked Mengo, would Mumbere have shown up?


The problem is not about the kingdoms it is about Ugandans. When the population in Mukura gets boiled in train wagons, the people in Kasese do not worry about it for Kasese is a free land. They forget that the reason why the people of Mukura got boiled is because the government its self is a killer. There is not a single parent, a politician, a church leader let alone community leader that rose up from Barlonyo to condemn the killing of our people in Luwero, not even one. They thought at a time that the people in Luwero died for they were bad people, they forgot that the government its self was a killer. It ended up going after them too. And I opine that had the people of Barlonyo stood up an defended us when we were being killed, they would have saved their own lives for the government would stop killing us. The problem is so large that Abbey Semuwemba does not get upset for a Ugandan has been murdered, he gets a upset for a Moslem has been murdered. That is the danger in the true Uganda reasoning.

I have lost very many friends, some of them right from this city to The Movement. And they have made a whack of money out of the Movement. But you and I know that as soon as The movement does not need you it kills you. Yet everyone plays Mr. smart of I will be the only one that do not get killed. I was surprised that the murdering of Ugandans in Ombacci was never raised by Ugandans, it remained a secret to a point that even the people that were born in West Nile refused to raise the death of their very own people. Do you know how Ombacci was made public? A very serious Ugandan out of this country, flew into Sudan with a pile of doctors and politicians, they did a study by visiting those that survived the Acholi massacre, the international community documented the Acholi atrocities, and then it still remained a private matter in Uganda. So the international community documented the massacre in West Nile but Uganda society did not print it on Uganda papers.

The very first time the Ombacci genocide was made public was during the Acholi series when I decided to out it publicly. That was the first time that massacre took rounds in Uganda forums. Other words no Ugandan saw a value into posting it. ->And boy was I threatened?

Museveni continues to kill Ugandans for they only complain when their parents or members of family are killed and as soon they burry them the rest of family keeps quiet and asks for money to steal.

EDWARD MULINDWA VIA UAH FORUM

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