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Hope the next govt takes sport seriously

I hope that the government listens to us and help sort out the sports problems which are mainly caused by inadequate funding. Politicians only remember sports when it is putting them in the lime light. For instance, president Museveni ‘stole the show’ when he hosted a function for the successful 2006 Commonwealth Games team in April 2006.

The government has remained detached from sports as far as I can remember. NCS is inadequately funded. The UOC is independent of government funds because it is funded by the Olympic solidarity. Only five athletic clubs are recognised in the country of almost 31 million people. Some Athletes decide not to return to Uganda when they go for training or conferences abroad because they see no future of sports in the country( as was the case in 1998 when two of them decided to remain in USA and sought asylum).

Organisations like The uganda Amateur Athletic Foundation(UAAF) are totally reliant on the poorly funded NCS though they sometimes get help from big compnaies such as MTN.

You are also right that Football is the best sport in the world. For me, it’s my best entertainment at the moment and i’m happy that my team(Chelsea FC) have now got 4 wins out of 4 games in the league. The way we recently battered Burnley and Sunderland was awesome. I just can’t wait for the next game. ManU were lucky over the weekend because Arsenal did not deserve to lose that game.

Back in Uganda, the Federation Uganda Football Association (FUFA) where my former headmaster, Hajji Abbasi Kawase Mukasa is an influence, is one of the most ill-equipped and corrupt organizations in the country. Football and other sports is a big force in schools like Kibuli S.S because the administration there has got a budget for sports and they put too much effort in it. Sadly,I hear that sports in Kibuli S.S have declined ever since Hajji Kawase Mukasa was replaced as Headmaster.

Big national clubs such as Villa, Express and KCC are mainly funded by their companies and not the government or NCS. For instance, KCC is funded by Kampala City Council while Maji FC is funded by National Water Company.

Some people have tried to ‘clean’ FUFA by forming pressure groups such as ‘Save Our Soccer’ but they have had little impact. Some time in 2005, FUFA had to be suspended by FIFA till when Elections were held and Lawrence Mulindwa was elected as the new FUFA boss. FUFA has not been able to maintain good coaches such that the national coach had to be sacked in 2006 and compensated to the tune of $3500. Sports minister then, Charles Bakkabulindi, oversaw everything.

The truth is that there is no adequate funds to pay professional footballers, referees, and sports workers. Sport is almost dead in Uganda and few people are bothered with it. As for Boxing, I think it is one of the least funded sport in Uganda at the moment. The Uganda Amateur Boxing Federation had to withdraw from the Kings Cup organized by the International Boxing Association because there was no money to fund the whole thing.

Let’s hope that the next government, probably Besigye’s FDC, will look into this issue and galvanize sports again in Uganda.


Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

Why is sport not taken seriously in Uganda?

Uganda footballer David Obua hangs up boots

Uganda footballer David Obua hangs up boots

Fellow Ugandans,
It is indeed sad to see the decline of sports in our country, but the worsened feeling comes when you realize that even the government has ignored this department.

I am impressed by Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba’s knowledge about sports in Uganda and I believe that sports is very close to his heart, as it is to so many disappointed Ugandans and the friends of Uganda.I came close to the National Council of Sports in the mid 60s when as a young boxer, I was selected to perform on the Uganda Television. My elder brother was then in the national boxing squad, he was the reason I chose to learn boxing. By then Mr. Thomas Kawere was the National Coach, assisted by Mr. Peter Grace Sseruwagi. Mr. Sunderani was the General Secretary of the National Council of Sports.
During the 60s, I admired the way the sportsmen and women were regarded, with such an admiration that inspired many to join sports. The administration at the NCS was at its best.

During the 70s when the military took power, the decline of sports began, as corruption became a habit with some NCS officials. Mr. Sunderani resigned and left the country. Although the new President Idi Amin took special interest in sports, he was not able to stop the corruption. The Football Department of the NCS raised the most funds, together with the government support, the NCS was able to finance all participations in the National and International games, including the residential training for the sportsmen and women. Ofcourse, President Idi Amin had much love for sports, so that he could be consulted in case the NCS lacked funds. I remember when the NCS failed to pay for our trip to the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) in 1974, President Idi Amin offered his Presidential Jet that took us there for the 25th Anniversary of the republic.

Briefly, I can say that corruption, greed, selfishness and lack of national pride has led to poor administration that has deprived our country of the joy of sports. Not only has this caused treamendous decline in sports, it has also caused our Sports Stars to retreat with extreme poverty and many have died and burried in regretful situations.

The discussion about why many boxers end up poor attracted my attention,but decided to wait and see the reaction of the forumists. I have noticed that the comments were about the situation of the boxers, as meets the eye and not what actually causes such a decline. Some Uganda have cited lack of formal education being the cause. Be it as it may, there are other causes that are not mentioned.

Firstly, we all agree that football (soccer) is the No.1 sport in the World and therefore the sport is closely watched and efficiently administered. The World bodies that run the sport are in no way as neglected as those that run Boxing. The footballers’ contracts are closely studied by the Lawyers that represent the players and those that represent the clubs. However, even the wisdom of a player helps him to sign a worthy contract, that’s where formal education benefits the player.

Professional Boxing is run like a club of ”Maffia” with very little attention or none at all from the World govening bodies. In some cases the kindness of the would-be managers do negotiate the contracts for their boxers and those are the few boxers that retire with a smile. In some situations in which a boxer is forced to flee his country due to fear for his life, like Ayub Kalule (former World Champion) or Mustafa Wasajja (former World No.1) a boxer is forced to sign a contract without much consideration. In the end when the time comes to retire, does the mistake of signing the contract without choice affect the boxer. When Ayub Kalule announced his retirement after settling in Kenya, the Danish tax authority told him that he owed the state several millions Kroner in taxation. At the time of boxing, his manager had assured him that all was fine. At the ”Hour of need”, his manager was unavailable in his defence. Ayub Kalule resumed boxing, simply to pay the tax money he owed Denmark. For having lived about a decade in Denmark, he was allowed to fight fot the European tittle which he won. During the tittle defence in London, Ayub Kalule was beaten and his manager had to allow him to retire. All his earnings went to pay the money he owed Denmark. Embarrassed, poor and heartbroken, he sold his house in Kenya and returned to Uganda. I donot wish to describe every situation as it would require much courage to do so. Believe me, none messes with the mighty Boxing Promoters. You mess with one, you’ve messed with them all! In this regard the saying of the wise, ”Cowards live longer”, comes into my mind.

The character of booze and women, as mentioned by some Ugandans, is caused by keeping bad company and lack of guidance. Whatever the disappointments in boxing as a career, the boxers opt to keep silent, as their complaints may either fall on ”deaf ears” or land them into serious trouble.

My concern at this juncture is the promotion of sports in Uganda. It is one of the activities that bring the people together and proud without any feeling of any difference that they may have. You can feel the sense of brotherhood that has no boundary.

With these words, I hope that the government of Uganda will consider the revival of active sports as a matter of urgency.

Byaruhanga .J. Rubin.
UAH forumist in Netherlands

Otunnu and Gen. Tito Okello did not take part in the coup against Obote

Dear all,
I think people who believe that Olara Otunnu took part in planning the coup against Obote will be very difficult to convince. However, the coup was actually the result of longstanding complaints by Gen. Basilio Okello. I knew Gen.  Basilio very well, and I spoke with him frequently when he was the Brigade Commander of Northern Brigade, based in Gulu. I knew about the coup  plan sometime in 1984. Although I did not believe that Gen. Basilio could pull it off ( I actually told him so). I talked to Gen. Basilio Okello many times before and after the coup. From what I know Mr. Olara Otunnu had absolutely nothing to do with the coup against Obote. Simmilarly Gen. Tito Okello also had nothing to do with the coup although he later became the President. Infact after the coup Gen. Basilio told me that he had at first  “house arrested” Gen. Tito Okello, for failing to take “atuah”. Atuah is swahili word meaning “ACTION or STEP” against president Obote.

According to Gen.Basilio Okello when he arrived in Kampala following the coup Gen. Tito Okello had already fled to Kenya by helicopter and was in Kakamega, western Kenya. That Gen. Tito was later persuaded to return back to Uganda by some elders. He said the (same) elders asked him to make Gen. Tito Okello the president, otherwise he should have arrested Gen. Tito Okello for failing to stop president Obote from misusing the national army and dividing the army.
Based on what know through my conversations with Gen. Basilio Okello before and after the coup of 1985 his reasons for toppling Obote were:
1. Gen. Basilo complained that President Obote was wrongly using the Army to solve political problems. He cited in particular the war against soldiers of deposed president Amin who where then waging a war on Uganda from Sudan across the border in West Nile. According to Gen. Basilio, president Obote needed to find a political solution to the West Nile insurgency but not to use the army to fight fellow Ugandans.
2. Gen. Basilio Okello  believed that the political difficulties which president Obote was having  with the Baganda was bad for the Acholi people, in the sense that the Acholi, through their sons who were serving in Uganda army where getting a bad name nationally and in particular with the Baganda, for fighting Obote’s political wars in Luwero. Gen.Basilio Okello was so anxious about this and always said that “time is going to come when we Acholi will pay for what we are being ordered to do by president Obote”. He urged that the Acholi should ” try everything in their power to resist getting entangled in president Obote’s political difficultiees which the former wanted to solve militarily using “sons of Acholi” soldiers.
3. One day in early 1984 Gen. Besilio Okello complained to me that “Right now the UPC have started recruting soldiers into the national army”. He said that there were about 200 recruits who were sent to Gulu army barracks by the UPC office in Gulu, however,  he did not know how these people were recruited in the army and he was therefore refusing to give them army rations. The general said that he was going to “eject” the recruits out of the army barracks. It was on this same day that he told me that “Obote has to be replaced by a military council”. I asked him whether it was possible to topple president Obote and he replied very affirmatively saying “ofcourse”.
4. Gen. Basilio Okello also believed strongly that Obote rigged the 1980 election. I remember one day, in fact it was at night,  when I was seated with the general in a hotel belonging to the Chairman UPC Gulu West, who was president Obote’s strongest supporter in Gulu, Gen. Basilio remarked that ” Even Museveni who is fighting in the bush, he has a cause”.

5. Gen. Basilio believed that president Obote was planning to arrest him at any time, as early as January 1984. Sometime in the year (1984) the governement cited Gen. Basilio’s name in allaged confession of  Lt. Olake, who was a  rebel UNLA soldier who had fled to Kenya but was subsequently captured in Nairobi and brought back to Uganda. It was alleged that Lt. Olake confessed that Gen. Basilio supplied arms to rebels fighting president Obote’s government. The general was so spooked by this incident thought that the government were going to come for him at any time. Infact he told me that he had laid his own “roadblocks” to counter any soldiers who might be sent from Kampala by president Obote to arrest him. The general later asked me to arrange a meeting with the UPC officials in Gulu so that he could explain to them that he was not supporting the rebels.( At that time I was the chairman of NUYO Gulu district, and I was also working closely with Hon.Otema Allimadi, although some people always (wrongly) accused me of being a “DP infiltrator”.) I duly arranged the meeting and it took place in the UPC Gulu East Constituency offices. The meeting was attended by the Chairman and the Secretary of UPC Gulu East Constituency, also present was my vice chairman of NUYO Gulu district. This particular man (RIP) was a very staunch UPC youth activist. During the meeting Gen. Basilio Okello said that he wanted the UPC officials to know that he was not supporting the rebels. I remember him saying ” you always see me here in Gulu if I was planning anything against the government you people would surely be the first to know about it”. The UPC chairman replied rather sarcastically that ” you are a soldier and we are civilians, there is no way we can know whether or not you are planning to topple the government”. Gen. Basilio tried to propose at this meeting that the UPC officials should arrange a meeting from the grassroots in Gulu so that he could meet with president Obote to iron out things, however the officials declined. 
6. An interesting incident happened when President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia visited Uganda and went to Gulu in 1984. During the reception for president Kaunda at the presidental lodge, Gen. Basilio turned up for the occassion dressed in smart casual civilian clothes. There was a ring of people formed by plain cloth security and UPC youth activist all round were the two presidents and other guest were seated, so that one had to pass through them before going to take their seats. when Gen. Basilio Okello arrived he was detained as he tried to walk through the security ring and searched by security and UPC youth wing. The general’s pistol was removed from him and he was held up for a long while and everyone turned around to see what was happening. It was a tense and awkward situatuion and very embarassing to Gen. Basilio. At this point Hon. Apiliga who was a government minister came to Gen. Basilio’s rescue and led him away to be seated. It was later alleged by some people that Gen. Basilio had planned to kill president Obote during the reception. 
7. Gen. Basilio Okello was very angry for the alleged killing of Lt. Col Peter Oboma and Lt. Apire Olok. These two were alleged rebel UNLA soldiers who had fled to Kenya and who had then allegedly come back to carry out some covert military actions in Uganda against president Obote’s governemnt and were subsequently captured. The two were later summarily executed and their bodies apparently dumped somewhere in Mabira forest. Gen. Basilio never blamed president Obote personnally for the death of the two former UNLA Acholi officers because according to him the two were killed by fellow Acholi’s who were in the army. According to the general when the two renegade officers were captured he “pleaded with their fellow Acholi captors not to kill them”. However, somehow the general held the government of Obote responsible for what he called “extra judicial killing of Acholi by the Obote governement”.

Further more the general always cited the killing of Gen.Pyerino Okoya in 1971 by unknown gun men from his residence in Gulu. Gen. Okoya’s wife (who happens to be Lango) was also killed. The killer or  killers were never brought to justice. However, Gen. Basilio held the Obote (I) government responsible. This was a constant source of resentment and anger which I know for sure that Gen. Basilio felt so strongly about and which he somehow  wanted to avenge.
8. As the casualties from the war with Yoweri Museveni’s then NRA rebels mounted, with several bodies being brought home nearly every other day, Gen. Basilio became so anxious that many sons of Acholi were dying for ” a meaningless war”. The General even said on one ocassion during the funeral of a slain UNLA soldier who was the son of a very prominent Acholi professor, that a way had to be found  of stopping these death. According to Gen. Basilio the only way to stop Acholi from dying in a meaningless war was to topple Obote himself, if Obote will not talk to Museveni in order to end the war. 
9. Gen. Basilio was against the government of president Obote for supporting the SPLA rebel group of Southern Sudan. His main arguement was that as the immediate neighbours with Sudan, any repraisal by the Sudanese government on Uganda for its support of the SPLA would foremost affect Acholi. Accordingly the general refused arms to pass through his brigade area onwards to the SPLA. He also told me of an incident involving millions of dollars which was supposed to be air dropped to the SPLA in Southern Sudan but which landed instead in Acholi area. When villagers found the money and eventually Gen. Basilio came to know about it the later sent his soldiers who collected the money. I think for sometime the general refused to release the money to the government authorities until he found assurance that Uganda government would not aid the SPLA through Acholi area again.
10. Gen. Basilio wrote a letter to president Obote just immediately before the coup in 1985, in  which he told the president that he the general had henceforth stopped his soldiers from fighting against the so called former soldiers of Iddi Amin rebels based in Southern Sudan. In the letter the general argued that “When I took the oath of my army office I swore to defend the territory and the  people of Uganda. The people who are in Southern Sudan whom your governement want me and my soldiers to fight are Ugandans. Therefore, as per my oath I cannot fight fellow Ugandans whom it is my duty to protect.”. The general concluded that president obote must find a political solution to his political problems since the army was now not going to be involved in fighting and killing fellow Ugandans.
As far as I know these are some of the reasons why Gen. Basilio Okello toppled the government of president Milton Obote. 
Pilipo Oruni Oloya

A journalist says that UPDF is certainly better than Obote and Amin’s armies??

Are they really better??

Are they really better??

Fellow Ugandans,

Gen. Yoweri K. Museveni and Gen. Salim Saleh are retired. Gen. David Tinyefuza hails from Ssembabule District, Buganda region other than Ankole sub region. There was a time when the Army Commander was Al Haji Lt. Gen. Abubaker Jeje Odong and Inspector General of Police was Cossy Odomel and no body raised a finger. Ankole in particular and Western Uganda in general is not one tribe or ethnicity. Ankole is a product of 1001 Agreement. Prior to that it was made up of kingdoms of Nkore (Kaarokarungi or present day Mbarara, Nyabushozi, including Kazo, and Kashaari. Other kingdoms were Igara, Shema, Buhweju and even Mporororo where President Museveni and Col.Kizza Besigye come from. In all these kingdoms, there were Bahima pastoralists and Bairu cultivators, and a few others. Banyaruguru just like Batagwenda in Tooro, were originally Baganda. Bukanga county is predominantly Baganda especially Bakooki. Isingiro and Kajara also have a reasonable number of Baganda. By 1991 census, Mbarara Distirct including Ibanda, Isingiro and Kiruhura, had 100,000 Baganda.

Then Kigezi is predominantly Bakiga, Bahororo, Bafumbira. Rwenzoori is of Batooro, Bakonjo, Bamba, Banyabindi, Basongora etc..Bunyoro; Banyoro, Bagungu, Bacope, Bahuma, Bakiga, Baganda etc….That is your Ankole or Western Uganda.

H.E. President Gen. Idi Amin shakes hands with dancers from Rwandese Republic

H.E. President Gen. Idi Amin shakes hands with dancers from Rwandese Republic

However in my view, offices like Chief of Defence Forces, Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Commander of Land Forces, Commander of Air Force, Chief of Marines, Inspector General of Police, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Commissioner General of Prisons, Deputy Commissioner General of prisons, have been politicized just like cabinet ministers and RDCs.They should be regionally balanced. But it should be gradual. Obote l had Opolot as CDF, Amin as Army Chief of Staff, Oryema as IGP and Okurut as Prisons C.G. They were all coming from the North and North East.

Amin had Maj. Francis Nyangwezo, Brig. Malera, Mustafa Adrisi, Isac Lumago and Yusuf Gowon as Army Chiefs of Staff. Other than Nyangweso, the rest hailed from his home region of West Nile. He had Colt. Toko and Brig.Guweddeko as Air Force Chief. Toko was from West Nuile and Guweddeko from Buganda, he later killed him. The Inspector General of Police was Luke Ofingi and later Kassim Obura. Commissioner General of Prisons was Kiyonga, from my home Mawogola county, whom he later killed, and replaced him with the late Gyagenda, who was formerly Commissioner of Buganda Prisons.

During UNLF days of Lule , Binaisa and Muwanga, people raised why both the Army Commander and the Chief of Staff were from the North. They were told that those were the ones who pioneered the nati Amin struggle. When Oyite Ojok died in a rush in 1983, he was replaced by Smith Opon Acaka, who served Uganda Army until 1977. The Acholis were not happy. When Binaisa tried to get another Chief of Staff, he had brought in Sam Nnyumba. But that was short lived.

When Olara Otunu’s Junta came in, the CDF was Lt.Gen.Bazilio Olara Okello as the Commander in Chief was Gen. Tito Okello Lutwa. The Army Chief of Staff was Maj. Gen. Zeddy Maruru.

NRA had Ahmed Sseeguya and Magara in the bush, and Elly Tumwone, Salim Saleh, Mugisha muntu, Jeje Odong, James Kaziini and Aronda in peace times. The deputies include Fred Rwigyema, Brig.Joram Mugume and Lt. Gen.Ivan Koreta, a FRONASA veteran. Chiefs of Staff include Fredrick Oketcho, Sam Nannyumba, Fred Tolit, Cheif Ali, Nakabius Lakra, James Kaziini, among others.

Amin’s Commissioner General was Kigoonya from Kikoma, in Mawogola not Kiyonga. Kigoonya family had a Mailo land estate in Mawogola which is still in existance. He was suspected to have collaborated with guerillas based in Tanzania and was not given a fair trial, like other Amin’s victims.

Had UFM won the war, the CDF or Army Chief of Staff would have been Maj. Oboma, their original Chief of Staff, had he not been killed by his fellow Acholis in UNLA, or a Pakistani Sajjad Sorri, and his successors whom l don’t remember as by 1985 UFM was no more but in name. Then if it was FEDEMU, lT. Lt. Col. George Nkwanga and probably Brig. Kasirye Gwanga. If it was UNRF. It would have been Maj.Amin Onzi. If it was FUNA, major generals Isaac Lumago, Yusuf Gowon.

Fortunately all those forces were integrated into NRA now UPDF including former rebels, UPDM/UPDA, HSM, UPA, NALU, LRA, UNRF II, WNBF, ADF etc……

The President be given time to make a regional balnce on what l regard as politicised but not technical positions.

In my view, technical offices are those like Joint Chief of Staff, Land Forces Chief of Staff, Chief of Air Staff etc…..The president can arrest the situation before it is politicized further.

Ahmed Katerega Mussazi
UAH forumist/journalist

Sports Academies should be supported as Mujib’s Relationship with Juliana Raises eyebrows among Muslims

Mujib Kasule

In reaction to Abbey semuwemba’s article entittled” why is sports not taken seriously by government”,I will particularly pick out his OB, Mujib Kasule, as some one who has taken Ugandan football to the world. Yes, we have got Fufa which is in charge of organising the National Football Leage and the Uganda Cranes.

However, it is through Mujib`s efforts that Uganda can now boost of over 15 Professional footballs around the world. Previously, footballers who wanted to go for professional stints just disappeared from their home teams, only to surface in obscure leages because they could not be connected. However, Mujib, the only FIFA registered agent in the region has changed this.

Uganda now has at least 7 players playing in the most expensive African Football League in South-Africa, there are others playing in Europe. Mujib has also signed an understanding with several leading clubs in Europe, including Westham in the UK, Molde in Norway and others to which he will sell Ugandan talented players. Don`t forget that it is also under his initiative that footballers like Rio Ferdinand and Anton visited Uganda two years ago.

Mujib is rumoured to be dating Juliana Kanyomozi but Muslims are wondering if she will embrace Islam in case they get married

He has also got at least 250 talented footballers under his tutorage and if things go on well, most of these will become good footballers. Now comes the spoiler! Apparently, Mujib`s success has not gone down well with a few football leaders in this country and i think, because they feel threatened by his growing influence. When his youth academy, Proline was visiting the UK, FUFA it is said denied him an official letter, nonetheless, he went.

Recently, he bought a faltering local national league fotball team, so that he gets an entry for his players into the lfootball league. However, his move is being stopped by FUFA. It is such conflicts that have partly failed sports development in this country.

Joshua Kato
Newvision journalist

Questions otunnu must answer?

Dear Ugandans at heart,

There are questions which Dr. Olara Otunnu has to answer:
1.He is an accomplished lawyer who believes in the rule of law and peaceful resolution of conflicts. Why did he join and serve as Foreign Minister in Lutwa’s Government, which had overthrown by force of arms,
an elected government of Dr. Apollo Milton Obote?
2. He supported the struggle against Idi Amin because he was an illiterate president who presided over a murderous regime. Then why did he support and serve Lutwa’s Government which was similar to Amin’s?
Lutwa was as liberate as Amin and his regime was murderous as Amin’s.
(i) Innocent Langi UNLA officers were murdered. i.e. Maj. Agwar of Lira,
Lt.Omongo of Lira, Lt.Okabo Orech Safi, Adjutant Makindye Military Police
Barracks.Warrant Officer e Okello Smith, of General Headquarters, Republic House now Bulange.
(ii) Lutwa’s Chief of Defence Forces Lt. Gen. Bazilio Olara Okello shot at people at Bakuli who had gathered to listen to him. This was after the wanainchi had killed three soldiers in the night whom they caught red handed stealing and harassing residents. He came to arrest the situation and after a hot exchange with the wanainchi, he randomly picked three civialns whom he shot dead with his pistol in avenge for the killing of the three solders. That was when Otunnu was the Foreign Minister.
(iii) It was sectarian for Otunnu to serve in Lutwa’s government because
the late general was his maternal uncle. Lutwa was a brother to Otunnu’s
(iv) Otunnu was a Foreign Minister while his young brother Ogenga Otunnu, who had just completed her final exams at Makerere University,had been appointed Intelligence Chief before he even graduated. He was in charge of Bureau for Economic and Social Affairs (BESA). That was naked sectarianism, favoritism, nepotism, of the highest order. The boy had no experience at all.

(v) Uganda’s constitution outlaws homosexuality but of late homosexuals
have been funding a lot of activities to promote their line. They do in
some churches especially some Pentecostal churches, political parties,
What is Dr. Otunnu’s position on homosexuals?

(vi) Is it true that the uncle (Lutwa) wanted to remain Chairman of Military Council and gives presidency to Otunnu, but due to inexperience, the latter could not manage. Is it true that this led to a hot exchange between the Foreign Minister and the Military Council Vice Chairperson who was also Defence Minister Brig. Gard Wilson Toko?
We need answers to quench the general publics’ curiosity. Secondly, the government has shown a lot of panic which is uncalled for.
Let Otunnu hold as many press conferences as possible, rallies, banquets, etc…Leave him alone if he can afford convoys. Some of our security agencies have a tendency of creating unnecessary heroes from opposition. Otunnu is a Ugandan is entitled to state protection like any other Ugandan. He should not be harassed in any way. If he has a crime let him be prosecuted. It should be a crime for every body can see but not politically motivated ones.

Ahmed Katerega

Newvision Journalist

Otunnu is a great asset for Uganda

I think we should not at this moment equate Otunnu’s apparent lack of  crowd appeal on his arrival date, as representative of of him being a paper tigre afterall.

Let’s wait and see the kind of appeal he generates in the former and current UPC strongholds as he tours the country before making judgement.

Besides, the the guy has a well documented international stature and his return to Uganda can only be of help to the country, whether you like him, support his party or not.

I am waiting to see though, how he copes with local Acholi politicians who
had carved for themselves political influence in his absence and see how he relates to them.

I think the guy is an asset to Uganda, as an opposition politician, a mere observer or even just a private citizen.

I don’t know about Otunnu trying to cut a deal with the NRM while he was with the Military Council. I was however told by Sam Kutesa in the presence of John Nasasira, the late Wapakhabulo and John Nagenda in the presence of American journalist Elizabeth Rubin in Kampala, that Otunnu schemed with Bazilio Okello to kick out Paulo Muwanga as Executive Prime Minister of the Military Council, and the plan was for Otunnu himself to become the Executive Prime Minister of the Military Council. However because there were more DP ministers and schemers in the Military Council cabinet, and because Bazilio Okello was taking much of his advice from DP Vice President Andrew Adimola, Otunnu’s ambition to become PM was sabotaged by Kutesa and the group. He has some other salacious details of how it was done but maybe Ahmed Kateregga can ask Kutesa for the details.

As a compromise Bazilio then retained Otunnu’s other brother Dr Amii Omara Otunnu as his advisor (Special Advisor to CDF). Kutesa claims Otunnu was never happy with being denied the PM’s position which eventually went to Abraham Waliggo.But those were his words, not mine.

DP was not only the dominant party in the military, but it is a matter of public record and ‘Lord’ Andrew Adimola publicly boasted to us one time in Gulu that no cabinet appointment in the Military Council took place without his stamp of approval, literally.That is why Dr Henry Obonyo one time help acting cabinet appointments for five ministries when substantive ministers were out of the country.

The initial leaders of the military council were presumed UPC supporters but those who finally forced it depose Obote were largely DPs. You remember that Bazilio Okello was never really in good books of real UPCs in Kampala.

When the first batch of the Special Forces graduated and were marching in Kampala in late 1981, UNLA opened fire on them and there wee clashes and Lt. Col. Bazilio Okello, as Commanding Officer of 15th Batallion Kampala, justified the incident by saying he was not informed who these ‘strangely dressed’ troops were. This was one of the reasons he was transfered away from Kampala. Besides, many people in government then were not amused that Bazilio used to have green mercedes, with civilian number plates.

You know how sensititive our politics was regarding the colour you use.

Tito Okello was never the planner of the 1985 coup. He simply went with the wind. When the mutineers were moving out of Gulu to march on Kampala, it was Bazilio who addressed the crowd opposite Gulu market place accompanied by DP Vice president Andrew Adimola. The DPs simply saw a perfect opportunity to hit back at UPC.

That explains why although the coup was an action informed more by inflamed ethnic passion and the dislike of Opon Acak by many junior and senior Acholi officers,  one of the most pro-Obote and very senior Acholi officers, Eastern Brigade Commander Brig. George William Nyero, never joined the coup bandwagon and never featured in the junta. He now lives in Texas.

Billie Kademeri
Ugndan in Paris

Is Museveni responsible for Landlord murders in Uganda

Summary: Though M7and his henchmen like Tamale Mirundi and Kakooza Mutale are encouraging Ugandans to shed the blood of their countrymen because of their property, the killers are shedding innocent blood in vain because, they do not inherit he land of the victim. The killing does not give them ownership!!! The killers are pure and simple, political condoms. FULL stop.

 1/4. It is strange that the Monitor editorial [19/08/09]is asking irrelevant questions about the killings of property owners as though the cause of the mob-justice is unknown. The cause is the instigation from the government and its political activists and spokesmen, those who formed “Bibanja self-defence associations”, the ‘land Police’, etc.

2/4. But, as is always the case, the poor are being led into a blind alley. They are being used as “condoms” and the reasons are many. For example, do the Bibanja mobs no know that EVEN IF THEY SHED BLOOD AND MAKE OTHER PEOPLES’ CHILDREN ORPHANS, STILL THIS DOES NOT GIVE THEM THAT SAME LAND? Ownership of land does not transfer to the squatter simply because the owner has died!!!

3/4. Secondly, the original mile-owners are maybe 5% or so of the Buganda population. The rest are secondary buyers, third owners, etc and others are politicians, soldiers, civil servants, etc, who, when they want to evict the squatters, may come with Army platoons and no one will touch them. Only the poor descendant of a landlord, with no political connections, is roasted.

4/4. Lastly, it is now apparent that most of the mobs burning peoples, as though the law allows them to kill {they have been told so, though}, are not even squatters on the land of the victim landlords. It is political activism that some have made killing a pass-time, like Uganda has no state institutions????!!!!

 Christopher Muwanga,


Kabaka’s plan for ‘federo’ should be supported

The Observer Monday 16th August 2009 outlined Mengo’s political agenda. This is a timely agenda. Achieving a National Conference of delegates representing all the indigenous communities of Uganda can be the avenue by which a peaceful revolution takes place in Uganda.

The UN Resolution No.61/295 allows indigenous communities to choose the manner of governance they wish over their own territory and requires governments to fully cooperate in the implementation of resolutions from such conferences. The communities that put up Uganda in Lancaster 1962 are the true owners of Uganda. Governments are put in place by these owners and should operate for their benefit.

However in 1966, Dr.Obote chose to forcefully allocate the ownership of Uganda to government and militarily put aside the 1962 rules of association that were agreed between the indigenous communities of Uganda. Since that day, Ugandans have never truly had a government of the people, by the people and for the people. They have been held together by military force.

Even in 1994, the CA was put in place by a fake election process and the result was a 1995 constitution which completely disregarded the views of the people that were submitted to the Odoki Commission. The constitution concentrated power in the hands of the President leaving the judiciary and legislature to eat from his palms. Decentralization also came out as a tool for the President to extend patronage tentacles. The result was the creation of a M7 military regime capable of using patronage and corruption to subjugate all the other institutions of government and any form of opposition. They hold regular selections as opposed to regular elections using the electoral body.

Mengo’s plan to organize a national conference presents an opportunity by which Ugandans can re-assert their ownership rights; formulate a new people based constitution; appoint an interim administration; reorganize the Ugandan army to serve the people rather than a group; reorganize the police, judiciary and revenue authority; set a level playing field for political competition between parties, appoint a new electoral commission independent of all political parties; and generally revolutionalise Uganda back to the true ideals of the people even if this meant agreeing to break up and each community goes back to her original territory. The frontline participation of the Kabaka may not appear progressive though it would be necessary as proposed at this time. The plan should completely disregard the so called 2011 elections. People based political parties should instead concentrate their effort alongside proponents for the National conference and ensure effective mobilization of the indigenous communities to participate sooner rather than later. Any political leader that today continues to mobilize the masses towards strongly participating in the 2011 polls is definitely a self seeker.

The non-self seekers should quickly congregate and organize around people like Dan Muliika, Wadada Nabudere, Obonyo, etc to quickly achieve the national conference hence a new political atmosphere, a new leadership, system revisions, etc. Delegates from communities should be chosen or elected basing on the traditions and systems agreeable to each individual community. Religious leaders should be present at the conference to give guidance to the delegates and bless deliberations though they should not participate in deciding on any matters. President Museveni may be invited to open the conference for indeed this now represents the only peaceful and constitutional alternative path to change. Elections are in actual sense selections and Ugandans wish to achieve non-violent change.

Hakimu Semuwemba


M7’s “Bantustans” mis-named

1/4. When M7 wants to ‘manage’ some people that have not supported him or to break the unity of a determined group or still, to bribe a certain sycophant from a village, he calls together his henchmen and they draw lines on the village map splitting the friends and enemies into 2 or more, so that they may develop ‘separately’ or apart from one another, disunited- [typical apartheid]’

2/4. In many cases, these are an exact replica of the South-African Bantustans under APARTHEID before 1994. Good examples are Kiruhura, Kisoro, Kanungu, Kabula, Kayunga, ……

3/4. In some cases, however, the bribing exercise results into something else, not just a “bantustan”. For example, the new Mujuku area is not really a “Bantustan” but in reality, a “Tesostan” [though it will encompass Tororo municipality where the ‘japs’ (Dhopadhola) are majority, who may need to be ‘ring-fenced’ in future, to survive]. May be, the new Kisoko creation is not a Bantustan either, after all, but a “Jopastan”, short for “Jopadolastan”. In that measure, I do not know what the right name for Bukwo, for Amulata etc will be called by future historians, who will study the rise and fall of the projects in an area once called “Uganda”. Then of course, ‘ring-fencing’ a la Bunyoro will be the order of the day.

4/4. Paraphrasing iron lady Beti Kamya: “I cannot fathom what Uganda/Ugandans did to deserve this, such treatment” from Emperor M7.

Christopher Muwanga,




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