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Day September 12, 2009

I apologise to those who warned us against M7


So what were we liberated from in 1986? What vision is that? I deeply regret all what I thought about this Govt. and President. Many people warned us that he was not the character he portrayed himself to be. I told off many well intentioned people. Many of us were hoodwinked by the so called uplifting of women, fighting poverty, restoring kingdoms. I make a public apology to all of them including Hon. Sebaana Kizito. The 10 point program was indeed a hoodwink as a bait to get us. For these last 23 years and so I have watched my people getting poorer and poorer, disenfranchised, disempowered, losing morality, getting arrested, their mouths being muzzled, etc. We have kept quiet for so long in fear of our lives and our loved ones. We can no longer be silent. We have to document our experiences so those after us should not be hoodwinked by those who come singing Buganda. For those who come singing liberation. Buganda and Uganda is NO LONGER AT EASE for THINGS HAVE FALLEN APART. Oppression is just continuing in every area.

Remember Oluyimba lwa Wankoko

Wole Soyinka

Waangari Maathai

Ngugi wa Thiongo

Chinua Achebe,

Harriet Tubman,

Steven Biko,

Aung San Suu Kyi, etc.

A more significant phase should mean serious political dialogue.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

I have been free for more than a month. Some people may think that that is long enough. Others may think that that is not quite long enough.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

I saw many aspects of the country which I needed to see in order that I might know what we need to do.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

I was surprised by the response of young people because there is a perception that those younger than the 1988 generation are not interested in politics.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Once serious political dialogue has begun, the international community can assume that we have achieved genuine progress along the road to real democratisation.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Sanctions and boycotts would be tied to serious political dialogue.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

There is so much that we need to do for our country. I don’t think that we can afford to wait.

Those of us who still have our voices we shall continue to speak and write.

We shall continue to demand our human rights and freedom to express ourselves.

We are the Sojourner Truths of today, the Rosa Parks of today, the Nelson Mandelas, the Martin Luther Kings of today, the William Wilberfoces of today.

And we shall no longer be silenced for the blood of our brothers and sisters is crying out to us from the earth to demand for justice. Even when others are killed, others will be born. “Awakula ennume tewakula emu.

We shall arise and we shall not be stopped.

15 He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.’ ”

18 Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the LORD. 19 Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the LORD, the God of Israel, with very loud voice.

( Chronicles 20)

Rev. Jessica Nakawombe

UAH forumist

“Be strong and courageous, do not be terrified…” ( Joshua 1:9)

Why M7 has arrested Kalundi Sserumaga?


DearNetters,

Word trickling out of Kampala has it that a print journalist/radio broadcaster (One Serumaga) was last night arrested as soon as he stepped out of the studios of WBS TV station where they had conducted a live telecast debate on current saga in central uganda.

I watched the WBS programme and was impressed by Serumaga’s courage. He went a notch higher in livening debate on the impasse between Buganda and Central government. If he has been arrested, then this could be why:
1.he gave a genesis of the NRMO, and said the first rebel core committee was composed of about 8 members: 4 Baganda and 4 westerners, but by the time of coming out of the bush, all Baganda, apart from Lule were six feet under, giving example of one Seguya who was alledgedly poisoned! He posed the question why is it that one side came out alive and the other side were all finished? he argued that instead of Museveni saying he asisted Baganda, it was instead Buganda that assisted NRA war-effort, so the proverb of removing thorns from one’s leg could only mean sense if Buganda removed thorns from Museveni’s NRA feet, not the other way round.
2.then he said the fracas seen on the streets was a reflection of the leadership style, remarking that he could only explain it as Museveni was a badly-brought up person, for even the ordinary Mukopi were of two types: one who was polished in mannerisms and could be accepted in community of well-behaved, and the other of a badly behaved person who will be around to spoil things for people, which he thought Museveni belongs to.
3.Kalungi dropped the bombshell saying he saw it like Uganda was under colonial occupation, and UPDF and army of occupation, asking why the Bunyoro oil fields were guarded by Presidential Gurad soldiers and Saracen security Guards of Salim Saleh? He allerted Banyoro that while they were venting their anger over Bafuruki, the oil-sale agreement was being concluded with british frims with total disregard of the Banyoro who have not asked what would belong to them when mining proper begins.
4.He went full blast and listed occasions when the Uganda constitution was intentionally violated by the NRMo Government, and this one of preventing Kabaka to go wherever he deemed necessary was one such occasion of NRM violating the constitution.
5.When asked to summarise the good things of the week according to him, Serumaga said he was amused by the involvement of Kabakumba Matsiko, Matia Kasaija, Kale Kaihura, sarcastically portraying that it was leaders from Western Uganda tormenting Kabaka and Buganda…
Could it be some of these….that  has caused him some trouble. In current Uganda, one has to be real courgaeous to utter these issues in a live Television broadcast…and Serumaga did nit last evening.

Geoffrey Obiny

UAH forumist

Ugandan Army a Disgrace to the region


What i saw on Kenyan Television yesterday left me terrified.For so
long i have been told that the Ugandan is not professional rather a
personal property of Yoweri Museveni.How can the Army deploy itself in
the streets to quel Civilian unrest?????
Here in Kenya we usually have civilian unrest……but then i have
never seen Military Officers on the streets.In fact the Kenyan law
enforcement is professional.There are four types of officers tasked to
deal with civilian unrest ie
1.Regular Police Officers
2.Administration Police
3.General Service Unit
4.National Youth service

we heavily depend on regular police to quell chaos because they better
understand the law and they are the only police officers who can
present you to the court of law.Administration police come in when the
regular police need a back up.The General Service Unit is  a semi
millitary unit with more than three quarters of its officers trained
in Israel.They are the last resort to deal with civillians
I have never seen our Army on the streets……not even during the
post election violence.Even on post election i only spotted two trucks
of Kenya Army in Naivasha and they were not there to chase youths
around but to clear a road which had been blocked by
youths………What a shame to Ugandan Army to chase un-armed youths
at the streets of Kampala!!

Musoto

Kenyan

UAH forumist

Nobody can abolish kingdoms in Uganda


The same story: “Abolishing Kingdoms”. By this , M7 means denying them the ‘rights platforms’ like denying them their rights to freedom of speech, freedom to own property etc BUT CERTAINLY BOT REMOVING THEM FROM HE PEOPLES’ MINDS AND PRACTICES.

Like before, I still insist that M7, or any other politician/president cannot remove kingdoms for he following simple reasons:

  • Kingdoms are rarely created by decree, at least not in the case of Buganda.  It is not a ‘switch-on’, ‘switch-off’ process’.
  • Kingdoms exist in the 4 physical dimensions summarised in Space and Time. This means that, for M7 to abolish Buganda, for example, he would need to carry the space between L.Victoria and L.Kyoga to another location
    .
  • To remove Buganda in time, he would delete all her history over the last 600 years or so when the clans united into a centralized state. This is a very tall order, indeed.

So, does it mean that M7 is completely wrong?

No. At least not in the figment of his /his cronies’ imagination because:

    1. When ‘abolishes’ the Kingdoms, the stake holders do not vanish into thin air BUT they loose their interaction with the BIG man. They may not make news or get space in the Government media.
    2. They may loose their property [land houses, etc] to the state functionaries.
    3. He remains he only news-item in the country [egoistic reasons]
    4. They do not loose TAXES as they collect/control none now [they depend on voluntary contributions, sell of certificates, etc]. So, abolishing hem will not increase GoU revenues.
    5. The big man and his henchmen will get a monopoly of media space: a win for them.
  • CONCLUSION: The abolition of monarchies will not remove them from reality or from the peoples’ minds. The claim that M7 created them is an illusion, first of all, as he did not create them, so can’t he remove them – only he can press the stake holders and violate their rights in space and in time but not for ever.

Christopher Muwanga,

Nakasero,

Kampala.

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The challenge with such resolves is that they dont achieve much. Yes the activities of Kingdoms may be curtailed by the political leadership or by anybody who is more powerful than the constitution that gives these bodies the mandate and freedom to do their things, BUT, how about the people who believe, trust, cherish, and worship their kingdoms and Kings to the bone?
Like one singer said, “something inside is so strong……” The issue of kingdoms and Kings is so entrenched in the lives of some people that you may have to kill all of them to get rid of it? Let us consider this, how many of us expected Buganda Kingdom to be this strong, especially, the young generation, to be that strongly in love with their Kingdom? I believe that even at the time of restoring Kingdoms’ actitivities, the political leadership in Uganda did not invisage this kind of support from the youths (most of whom are Museveni generation boys and girls).
I think agos should be barried/sucrificed for the common good of peace and tranquility for all of us. The Banyala can have their leader if they wish but that does not and should not stop the Kabaka of Buganda visiting his subjects in that area. Havent we had the Kabaka, the Omukama, the Kyabazinga or even Rwot visit areas where there are other cultural leaders? Have we had any violence met on such visiting leaders? Ofcourse isntigating the Banyala against the Kabaka of Buganda is non productive and is recipe for unnecessary suffering for the people of Kayunga and other areas as we have already seen.
Like Jesus said that let my people be, the people of Buganda should be let be. If peace and harmony is to be realised in our country, the central government should not be seen to fight unnecessary wars with cultual leaders. At the end of the game, the central government may find itself with more egg on its face. It is a simple matter, as long as the cultural leaders have not taken arms to fight for political offices, as long as their actions are not affecting people’s socail economical development negatively, they should be let to be.
We can have a peaceful Uganda with fully operational Kingdoms operating normally and leading their people to prosperity. Violence is no answer. it is only a resort of the weak minded.

Frank Mutagubya

UAH forumist

How can we not thank m7 for the joy ride?


And how can we not thank m7 for the joy ride?

M7 now graduated from 27 guns to using swams of tanks, mambas and battalions of both militarized police and army combined in all regions in Buganda to solve simple issues like one barring one single Cultural leader of the freedom to travel from one place to another. Mark you the person is traveling in only one direction from Kampala to Kayunga and fro. It may happen to anyone as long as you are in the opposition or if you are not known to be an nrm sympathizer, Wait when Lt Musisi former UNAA president visits Uganda, a sledge hummer will be used to crack a nut, (okukozesa embazi okwasa ekinazi).

To me those are acts of cawardness not bravity as we are meant to believe without queries. It sounds like an animal farm story by George Orwell. m7 & his short sighted government continues blundering on issues as put down for you as below; because doing so though, makes him unpopular among the masses he can now embark on a hundred percent on rigging elections come 2011 as he has always done clandestinely this time around it will be done in the open.

The key issues are:
1. The Buganda issue of Federo, confiscated property and Land in the hands of govt.
2. Lynching of Land lords in Buganda which resulted in formulating the killer wanainchi squads as in bibanja holders
3. The takeover of Kampala by the central government
4. The divisions among the Muslim community (Pro-government Mubajje) verses (Pro-Kayongo faction)
5. Militarization of the Police
6. Safe houses & extra judicial security groups like K.A.P of Kakooza mutale
7. The unending government deals (AGOA, Diary cooperation and the kichupulistic sale of Entebbe International Airport)
8. The sale of government parastatal bodies and the money is fully un accounted for
9. Famine especially in Teso,
10. Government excessive expenditure and International Relations.
The m7 govt. is faced with a lot of dilemmas too from different regions rendering him unfit to stand for 2011 elections.
11. The issue of what the people in the north commonly call genocide, the camps, Kony war, the promises that Kony will be no more and yet he is still around and alive.

The following are some of the problematic regions:

a. The Buganda issue. Because there is no known solutions available, the m7 man came out to tell Buganda that it won’t discuss any more federo, because Buganda was offered a regional tier that even does not make sense to m7 himself, this agitated Mengo and caused unrest to the central government.  The government has put its foot down and told Mengo to go and hang, thus the recent clashes between the militarized police, the army and the people in Buganda region for refusing the Kabaka to travel wherever he chooses.

b. The recent discovery of Oil in Bunyoro, On the whole it is good news for the country, and the people of Bunyoro where the oil has been discovered. Bunyoro Kingdom believes it should have a stake in the Oil business and the government has been playing hide and seek, by not being too open about the discoveries, the prospects and its plans for the oil revenue and when to take off, it seems like high profiled nrm stalwarts have a big stake in the oil and have land in the oil rich region before the indigenous people of Bunyoro even got wind of it..
c. The issue of “Bafuruki” immigrants and the unti-intellectual advice given by m7 has set bad blood brewing between the indigenous Banyoro aand the Bakiga (Bafuruki). The Bakiga have amassed chunks of land slowly but surely in (Bihanga, Kamwenge, Kasese, Mubende and now in the Bunyoro areas of Kibale). This is a highly contentious issue and needs a sober and realistic approach by the m7 government. M7 has to play safe and also solicit for allies in this “Bafuruki” Saga. It has to bank on its allies in leadership who hail from Bunyoro region.

The Issue of government taking sides, has set the Bakiga, to put up offence and are not ready to let go without a fight. The Bakiga are highly placed in several Ugandan positions, in government, civil service and government bureaucracy as you can tell.

Those who are closer to the Mafioso govt. say, a cross-section of Bakiga in Kampala, Entebbe, Jinja and Kabale were not over-joyous when Dr. Ndugu Rugunda  was forced out to represent Uganda at UN headquarters in New York because they view it as no less than a naked demotion.
It is highly believed that the NRM government enjoys a majority vote of the Bakiga women while the opposition FDC has a good number of votes among men and those who repelled the blackboard.

d. The Politics of Teso has also been so dear and sends chills to the NRM leadership. Political observers believe that in order to rejuvenate the Teso region back into the fold, a new strategy is has to be devised so that the Iteso and arrow groups get a fat position, Mike Mukula could be the man to talk to since he rose above the corruption allegations or in simple algebra was let off the hook, it does no good to castrate our signature values as in corruption, since also one of our corrupt man by the fine names of Amama mbabazi was left with his loot intact.

e. The issue of the return of Olara Otunu to the Political arena in Uganda is another puzzling factor that is keeping the inept corrupt regime on its toes. Otunu has served as a leader at University (NUSU Makerere University), Uganda’s permanent representative to the UN as an Undersecretary for children affairs and Minister of Foreign Affairs under his Uncle the late General Tito Okello Lutwa.  He is from the Acholi tribe which is dominant in Northern Uganda. The Acholi cover the current Gulu, Kitgum, Pader and Amuru districts. His entry onto the Political scene is likely to set other forces in motion like the strong links with the Catholic Church in the Acholi region and rejuvenation of the old UPC party network at the rural and urban north level.
f. It is also believed that Otunu is a close associate of HH the Kabaka of Buganda.The FDC’s strong working relations with Mengo will be boosted by Olara Otunu’s entry and  Mushega has been tasked to win the entire Ankole and Rukiga sectors of southwestern Uganda. Political strategists say, the Political ground is now pregnant with high expectations and the drawing board has predictions that: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” after the regime seems to have failed to win back Nuwe Amanya mushega to the rails of corruption, bribery and Mafia style of group of companies as in nrm/o.
g. Many observers believe m7 is poised to pull a quick one and surprise Ugandans with a reshuffle in the cabinet and the army hierarchy in order to build a winning team. Talk is ripe that there is going to be a combination of forces to prepare for 2011.
h. The issue of disgruntled NRM historical, DP, FDC, UPC and all other playing forces like the Federo, the Pro-Kayongo Muslim force will all aim at bringing down the NRM rotting regime. Keen observers believe that we shall have a unity government come 2011 with many opposition forces in the new government of National unity.
i. The issue corruption & bribery; the issue of  highly corrupted nrm cadres and bribery has also discredited the m7 govt, wastage of tax payers money like ferrying voters from Kampala to the recent UNAA elections has seen nrm extending its testicles sorry tentacles to USA, and waiting for dual citizenship, so much rigging is being planned.
j. The issue of Land; and who should own which property or business and where is a silly take over of private entrepreneurs way of conducting business. M7 has meddled with independent people’s business, m7 in his own understanding believes people should be made poor in order to respond to his politics of backwardness and thus if you open up to his inept ideologies then you should be rewarded in terms of cars, a govt post or chairmanship Bitature style, get business and pay allegiance to him as a mafia style kind of business or govt. in Uganda’s case.

m7 has belittled himself as a commoner that he is and has gone too far below in using his common sense and the way he hundles very common issues and blows them out of proportion has for example seen people like Ken Lukyamuzi become MP’s. that they wouldn’t have been in the first place to Ken Lukyamuzi’s daughter now as MP uptill to campaigning for Sematimba as a mere LC5.

The man is like he expects no more Heaven after death and has decided to build his own heaven on earth and everyone is expected to worship or else risk loosing your freedom of movement a name that we now know means a lot to him so as to be included in his own party nrmovement.
Mayiko Makula

Kampala__________________

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