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Uganda is Next After Libya-Nina Mbabazi


The US and other imperialists have been helped by our ceding our rights to government one right at a time and being comfortable with it. Now the African governments need us to survive and this is in fact the strongest position the citizens of Africa will ever be in. We should talk our intellectual debates off the laptops and actually engage.

I have no doubt that Uganda is next. Not because NRM has overseen Uganda for 25 years but because we are strategically located for world trade and we have oil. It has been an open secret that the US and China have all been looking at African countries that would best suit the air cargo needs of the future. The Somali pirates have brought that point home to these people that soon, they must move to air cargo and get off the waters. It speeds up world trade and it reduces insurance loses that are in the billions. Also with the ongoing weather changes, we are likely to see more Tsunami’s more unstable weather so air is a safe bet.

Since 2006, I have chanced upon many British, Americans and Chinese at Serena, Sheraton, etc who have been talking about Uganda as an air cargo hub. They are ready to build huge air cargo cities outside Kampala. One program they were targetting was Rakai but it got entangled in religious bickering. But they are looking at Rakai, Ntungamo, Soroti and Gulu as air cargo hubs. There are huge Macau casino investors that are also willing to come and I personally met with the Italian Formula 1 team that is interested in Uganda now as their new site outside the Arab world. Uganda is situated in the best place. People, we are the heart of Africa! Take Uganda and you have conquered the African world from Sudan to Libya, Congo to Nigeria, Uganda to Ethiopia, Uganda to South Africa.

Uganda is a sweet cookie for all these people and now we also seem like oil shall be added in the package by 2015. China’s CNOOC would not have paid Tullow so much (which they are trying to shirk taxes for) if they didn’t see Uganda as more than oil.

We are the land of honey and milk right now. So anything that they think will give them excuse to step in, they will take it. Forget about the morality here. They know that in Africa if you say there is a dictatorship with anyone who has been in power for 25 years, all of us African will just say yes and make noise and wait for someone else to come do the dirty job. They are your shoulder to cry on, they are BIG BROTHER.

Look at some members here in Ugandans At Heart (UAH) who are openly asking for assistance to get rid of NRM. These are the people they want to hear from. You are the ones who will lead us to second colonization. But when someone writes here that a government has become so disconnected that they have nothing to live for, then a serious government will take note and try to build bridges.

I was watching Al Jazeera last week and they run a story saying CIA has increased its budget for Twitter and Facebook and has designed software that will allow an agent to manage ten accounts with one ID but all ten showing up with different names. So you will think that all of a sudden many people are with you and you shall gain the courage to come out for peaceful demonstrations. They know that you will not come out for Kizza Besigye, but they know that if they touch upon something that is within your self interest and NOT political interest, you shall rise.

So what do they expect? If you remember the Asian tigers and how they had chased away IMF and World Bank, do you recall what happened there? Their money lost value so quickly. Indonesia under Suharto the dollar in a period of 3 months went from $1=2,500 to $1= 10,000. Income remained constant and you can read about all the other economic triggers. To add insult to injury, Suharto increased taxes for the rich but excluded members of his family who were classified as super rich. It took Suharto 6 months to fall and in the rest of the countries, instability took 6-12 months. These are economic hitmen. And the IMF is back in full force in the Asian Tigers.

In Tanzania, Nyerere was not going to give up power when he did, but after hunger and starvation, he bowed out feeling like a total failure. If you haven’t already been informed, WFP has doubled their budget for your maize, your staple food. The budget is now $100M. Most of our population Bank of Uganda says 75% do not keep their money in formal banks. They hide it under their beds or in informal sectors so we can’t tap it to increse investment yet now WFP is targetting those as their suppliers. WFP is building warehouses upcountry under the guise of efficiency but in reality, they always give the lowest maize price. They are going to mop up all your maize and send it as relief to Sudan and Kenya and other countries that are suffering. We Kampala people who drink porridge and eat posho, the cost of food will go up, but your incomes will remain the same. Hunger and starvation will set in and that is when your self interest shall kick in.

Look at the knock on effects of lack of maize. In Kanungu our villagers are reaping the benefits. The price of rice has risen from 1,800 to 2,500 a kg. Almost close to imported basmati rice. I wonder, hasn’t matooke taken a big banana wilt beating and now the high fuel prices have pushed up a bunch to 15,000. Do you remember a few years ago when we spent 7,000 a bunch? What about potatoes, all food. Is it not true that Uganda’s working class is living off one meal a day? Has anyone seen the transformation at city square at night? If you haven’t please drive and park and see how many people leave their offices in the evening and have a kikomando as their only meal. What they earn, they leave for their children to at least have a cup of beans for food for the day. These are all the effects of economic hit men and Uganda can’t do anything about it unless they start to recognize the signs.

This is what causes revolutions that don’t have leaders, they think they don’t have leaders but most times the psychology is the same creating one mindset. The mindset is the leader. In Egypt they are wise but will take a long time to recover. They pelted El Baradei with stones and he couldn’t vote in the referendum. What the referendum showed, is that Africans don’t care which dictator is in power, they shall move on when the new dictator comes and they shall do so with gladness in their hearts. Case in point Egypt elections December 2010 = 7M voters. Egypt Referendum March 2011 = 14M voters.

So Uganda, Congo, Zimbabwe, etc. Our leaders are sitting ducks. Only the citizenry can save their countries from re-colonization because leaders are generally much unfocused on what is the citizenry’s “self-interest”. This is why unless they connect with you, shall fall like a pack of cards, and Africa won’t skip a heartbeat. It shall move on and the air cargo terminals shall be built and we shall all enjoy colonization for about 25-40 years until we also get tired of their stories. If anyone does not think this is serious please go study a map and look at the strategic location of Libya. American has already appointed an envoy to Benghazi so it doesn’t matter how long the civil war will be on for. Benghazi will be peaceful and they shall build military bases there and prepare for the Ugandan Invasion.

Now look at Tullow oil in today newspaper that doesn’t want to pay tax, takes you to court and then says they are doing you a favour even to pay the little tax that they have paid. And mark you; they are being helped by your black brothers and sisters. Exactly how colonization was in the first place.

Food for thought.

Nina Rukikaire Mbabazi

Gaddafi Should Step Down Gently to Allow Political Reforms in Libya

I disagree with people who argue that the international community should have let the Libyans deal with Muamar Gaddafi in their own time, their own way because this argument means that the atrocities committed by him didn’t amount him to a global criminal. If anything,we should not support any despots that shoot protesters in the streets if we are to change the face of the world for better. The ‘big boys’ should also not be sending military aid anymore to such leaders who crack down on the changers or demonstrators. The ‘small boys’ should also be encouraged to spend more on developmental projects instead of the military hardware, afterall, whatever they buy can easily be destroyed by the ‘big boys’ in case of a war, for less than 4 days as we have seen in Libya.

The war in Libya is not over yet, and if the Libyans can eventually get rid of Gaddafi themselves without excessive bloodshed that would be the best outcome. Actually I do have some sympathy with that argument(Libyans getting rid of Gadafi themselves) but bear in mind that tyrants like making it difficult for outsiders to build a clear picture of what is happening inside their countries. That way some may say things like “maybe those inside [insert tyranny here] are making it up” and use that as an excuse for inaction. Also let us bear in mind that there is more at stake here than just Libya. If Gaddafi’s brutal methods for crushing the revolt succeeded where the comparatively less brutal approach failed in Tunisia and Egypt it might have given other despots in Africa and Arab world the wrong idea.

Libya and Qaddafi have been the finest example of terrorism as long as I can remember. Gaddafi used to send mercenaries in the 1980s to kill his opponents abroad. Lots of people were lost in the Scotland plane. Some people may have the goldfish-like memory that would allow them to forget Libya and Qaddafi’s terrorist history, but hopefully most good people do not. US’s Reagan bombed Colonel Gaddafi some years ago, and in response Colonel Gaddafi blew up a 747 and killed hundreds of civilians. Colonel Gaddafi has never been punished in any way for those murders.

There is a paradoxical argument that the Americans and British are in Libya because of oil, which looks so true, but at the same time I think there is a humanitarian side to this story. The people of Libya need the ‘big boys’ to help them become free. Everybody wants to feel free in their home countries. Yes, Gaddafi has done a lot of good things economically for the Libyans but at the same time he has chained them politically. There is no political freedom in Libya and I think this is the reason why they are fighting him. I equate this situation to a woman married to a billionaire but when she is not free in her house. In most cases, such a woman tend to be miserable and can easily cheat on her husband with a poor man. So, going to war with Libya involves toppling yet another of the dictator dominoes who was actively butchering his own people!

I was worried when the international community delayed coming out with an agreement on no-fly zone. It seemed as though all the EU leadership bodies had regressed into becoming The League of Nations all over again: Ineffectual, bumbling, mumbling, endless discussions of definitions and little or no action on anything at all, more like our African Union (AU). Libya was burning, the people crying out for help, but AU was doing nothing at all. They have only come put recently mainly to criticise the actions of the ‘big boys’ through press statements because that is what they are good at.

Yes, the ‘big boys’ should stop their double standards when it comes to solving conflicts in Africa and Middle East. For instance, Hussein the late king of Jordan killed about 20,000 Palestinians (according to Yasser Arafat) in the Black September massacre of 1970 but The Western “liberals” did or said nothing in condemnation. Hafez Hassad of Syria in 1982 massacred 30 to 40 thousand of his own people in the city of Hama but again the ‘’corrupt’’ UN was silent. In September 2009, President Museveni ordered the killing of 33 demonstrators but nothing was done by the ‘big boys’. Then there were the horrendous African massacres like Rwanda and Darfur with nothing being done by the sententious UN and EU.

Personally, I can only excuse the Americans on non-interference in only one country, which is Saudi Arabia. As a Muslim, I believe that an overthrow of the Saudi government by the US or UN would be greeted with ‘issues’ due to the two holiest cities being in Saudi Arabia, one of which non-Muslims are not even allowed to enter. But I don’t feel the same about Libya despite what Gaddafi has done for Muslims in Africa. I confess that I don’t want Gaddafi to die like Saddam Hussein because he is a fellow Muslim and he has done a lot for Africans but he should step down gently and set Libyans free. 42 years in power is such a long time without political freedom.

It’s easy for some people to take a hollistic view and blame the USA, France and Britain but we don’t know what would have happened had they adopted a no-interference policy. The most important thing today is to prevent them to intervene with some lame excuse in future conflicts, like in Iraq, to cover-up stealing of oil. At least, this time they went through proper channels before they intervened in Libya and this was very remarkable. We don’t want UN to be used by them in the same way Russia used to in the 1960s.In 1969 socialist Russia was pursuing a policy of stirring up problems all over the world, using the united nations as a surrogate.

The latest reports coming from Libya sound more hopeful but the question we should ask ourselves is: what happens when the bombing ends and Gaddafi is or isn’t still in power?

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
United Kindom

press release on Tropical Bank 25 March 2011

Why Ugandans love Bazungu(Westerners) more than themselves?

I was recently working on a small project with a Mzungu(white) lady when the power went off. The lady having recently arrived from Europe was astounded. She immediately picked up the phone and dialed the number of the electricity company. A bit skeptical, I sat watching the situation, a bit curious about what the outcome would be. On the other line a voice picked up and inquired about the nature of our call. On hearing the accent of my colleague, the tone suddenly became extremely friendly and empathic, promising to personally look into ‘our’ problem and report back immediately. I was bedazzled. What was going through the person’s mind? Was he thinking, oh.. this poor Mzungu lady, has come to Uganda and found us very disorganized, what can I do to elevate the status or reputation of Uganda? Or, this lady might put in a good word for me with my boss or the opposite if I do not treat her well. Or was he simply being what most Europeans describe us as- Friendly. It seems to me a lot of Ugandans aware of the sub standard levels of our service provision in Uganda, are always so keen to ensure that those same conditions that we live in and face on a day to day basis are not extended to our visitors from the West. Reminds me of a story I read in the papers recently about a Mzungu doctor who left his country and came to work in what the writer described as “this God forsaken land” Uganda.

A few months ago, I went to renew my internet subscription at my internet service provider. There was a small queue of people seated and waiting for their turns to be attended to, so I took my place at the end of the line or the last seat to wait. A few minutes later a Mzungu(white) man in his late 30’s walked in and completely disregarding the queue went straight to the counter. I was appalled, and immediately expressed my discontent to the lady he who had immediately started attending to him.

A few Ugandans seemed to be in a form of passive agreement with me, but everyone else remained calmed and seated. A few even stared at me like I was the one being unreasonable and rude to the poor Mzungu ‘who was obviously not used to waiting in long lines and such’. So the lady at the counter speaking in Luganda, which was unusual since we always speak English to each other, suggested that I be next in line and all the others would be dealt with after wards since I was the only customer who seemed to have a problem with our Ugandan way of doing things. Because of the lack of solidarity, I was forced to accept the offer to save my own face. But in retrospect, I should have perhaps walked out in protest or demanded that the Ugandans be treated ‘fairly’. But again, what good would it have done, since I was the only one who seemed uncomfortable with the situation?

I remember a Ugandan politician some years back shamelessly advising young Ugandan women to marry Bazungu men and go abroad and get money. A few years later in a contextually similar note later a Chinese lecturer was advising female Chinese students to stop their ever increasing familiarity and associations with African men (male
students) who usually have more disposable money because of the scholarships they obtain from the Chinese government the complete opposite.

So why do Ugandans love Bazungu so much? Or have we always been courteous and friendly to all outsiders? It would appear to me, that this behaviour is really exclusive to Bazungu or people from the west. But why is this? Why don’t we treat Indians and the Chinese with the same amount of enthusiasm? And is this behaviour reciprocated, or do we even expect it to be?

The answer might be found in the nature of British administration during the colonial era on the one hand, and the dominance of western media and literature as sources of information on the other, meaning that our perceptions about life and reality are shaped to a very big extent by the West. The British used indirect rule to govern Uganda. The ideology of indirect rule for which Fredrick Lugard 1858-1945 may be considered the patron; through his work The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa which describes how Britain was able to administer its colonies many of which were several times its size, by using already existing political and administrative systems.

This meant that the British could save their own labour for less tedious jobs and not get their hands dirty in the complicated business of running a colony. So, from the perspective of most Africans, during the colonial era it would have appeared as though our demise was a result of the greed and in-humanness of our own local leaders and not the colonial masters who only made appearance on festive occasions to give out medals and gifts to ‘good Ugandans’ and never have to deal directly with the disenfranchised majority. The result is that through intelligent systems of control in colonialism, neocolonialism, and the United Nations (which started in 1945 and now has 192 members stated but really evolved out of a necessity to prevent war between the super powers and respect the powers’ spheres of influence or claim to resources within those spheres).

Today Westerners enjoy a very unique position in Ugandan society. Our forefathers most of whom were uneducated peasants regarded them with awe for their knowledge of military affairs and their superiority in medicine and knowledge in general. As a result of the brilliance of the British in administering Uganda as a colony the word Muzungu came to synonymies intelligence and a state of being that Ugandans aspired to but never dared to equal. A Ugandan would be called a Muzungu for demonstrating cleverness or for ability to keep time, and other virutes.

Our forefathers were convinced that it would be more appropriate for us to adopt European (Christian) names, our lakes and national parks were named after or by British dignitaries, we encouraged to put on western clothing, we adopted the English language as our national language, and the use of local languages in schools was prohibited. We were encouraged to discard all things pertaining to our past and we began to lose our identity for the more ‘civilised’
British way of thinking and doing things. The term ‘Local’ originally used by the British to describe indigenous Ugandans-You and me, became a derogatory term used by Ugandans today to describe someone less educated or less sophisticated. We have become second class British citizens in Uganda, aspiring to be British in any way possible, but failing to hit the mark because of one simple reason: We are not British, we are Ugandans.

Denis Mutabazi

Museveni on Libya Military action.He blasts the west for ‘double standards’

Swedish Gripen fighters on Libya standby

By the time Muammar Gaddaffi came to power in 1969, I was a third year university student at Dar-es-Salaam. We welcomed him because he was in the tradition of Col. Gamal Abdul Nasser of Egypt who had a nationalist and pan-Arabist position.

Soon, however, problems cropped up with Col. Gaddafi as far as Uganda and Black Africa were concerned:
1. Idi Amin came to power with the support of Britain and Israel because they thought he was uneducated enough to be used by them. Amin, however, turned against his sponsors when they refused to sell him guns to fight Tanzania. Unfortunately, Col. Muammar Gaddafi, without getting enough information about Uganda, jumped in to support Idi Amin. This was because Amin was a ‘Moslem’ and Uganda was a ‘Moslem country’ where Moslems were being ‘oppressed’ by Christians. Amin killed a lot of people extra-judiciary and Gaddafi was identified with these mistakes. In 1972 and 1979, Gaddafi sent Libyan troops to defend Idi Amin when we attacked him. I remember a Libyan Tupolev 22 bomber trying to bomb us in Mbarara in 1979. The bomb ended up in Nyarubanga because the pilots were scared. They could not come close to bomb properly. We had already shot-down many Amin MIGs using surface-to-air missiles. The Tanzanian brothers and sisters were doing much of this fighting. Many Libyan militias were captured and repatriated to Libya by Tanzania. This was a big mistake by Gaddafi and a direct aggression against the people of Uganda and East Africa.

2. The second big mistake by Gaddafi was his position vis-à-vis the African Union (AU) Continental Government “now”. Since 1999, he has been pushing this position. Black people are always polite. They, normally, do not want to offend other people. This is called: ‘obufura’ in Runyankore, mwolo in Luo – handling, especially strangers, with care and respect. It seems some of the non-African cultures do not have ‘obufura’. You can witness a person talking to a mature person as if he/she is talking to a kindergarten child. “You should do this; you should do that; etc.” We tried to politely point out to Col. Gaddafi that this was difficult in the short and medium term. We should, instead, aim at the Economic Community of Africa and, where possible, also aim at Regional Federations. Col. Gaddafi would not relent. He would not respect the rules of the AU. Something that has been covered by previous meetings would be resurrected by Gaddafi. He would ‘overrule’ a decision taken by all other African Heads of State. Some of us were forced to come out and oppose his wrong position and, working with others, we repeatedly defeated his illogical position.

3. The third mistake has been the tendency by Col. Gaddafi to interfere in the internal affairs of many African countries using the little money Libya has compared to those countries. One blatant example was his involvement with cultural leaders of Black Africa – kings, chiefs, etc. Since the political leaders of Africa had refused to back his project of an African Government, Gaddafi, incredibly, thought that he could by-pass them and work with these kings to implement his wishes. I warned Gaddafi in Addis Ababa that action would be taken against any Ugandan king that involved himself in politics because it was against our Constitution. I moved a motion in Addis Ababa to expunge from the records of the AU all references to kings (cultural leaders) who had made speeches in our forum because they had been invited there illegally by Col. Gaddafi.

4. The fourth big mistake was by most of the Arab leaders, including Gaddafi to some extent. This was in connection with the long suffering people of Southern Sudan. Many of the Arab leaders either supported or ignored the suffering of the Black people in that country. This unfairness always created tension and friction between us and the Arabs, including Gaddafi to some extent. However, I must salute H.E. Gaddafi and H.E. Hosni Mubarak for travelling to Khartoum just before the Referendum in Sudan and advised H.E. Bashir to respect the results of that exercise.

5. Sometimes Gaddafi and other Middle Eastern radicals do not distance themselves sufficiently from terrorism even when they are fighting for a just cause. Terrorism is the use of indiscriminate violence – not distinguishing between military and non-military targets. The Middle Eastern radicals, quite different from the revolutionaries of Black Africa, seem to say that any means is acceptable as long as you are fighting the enemy. That is why they hijack planes, use assassinations, plant bombs in bars, etc. Why bomb bars? People who go to bars are normally merry-makers, not politically minded people. We were together with the Arabs in the anti-colonial struggle. The Black African liberation movements, however, developed differently from the Arab ones. Where we used arms, we fought soldiers or sabotaged infrastructure but never targeted non-combatants. These indiscriminate methods tend to isolate the struggles of the Middle East and the Arab world. It would be good if the radicals in these areas could streamline their work methods in this area of using violence indiscriminately.

These five points above are some of the negative points in connection to Col. Gaddafi as far as Uganda’s patriots have been concerned over the years. These positions of Col. Gaddafi have been unfortunate and unnecessary.

Nevertheless, Gaddafi has also had many positive points objectively speaking. These positive points have been in favour of Africa, Libya and the Third World. I will deal with them point by point:

1. Col. Gaddafi has been having an independent foreign policy and, of course, also independent internal policies. I am not able to understand the position of Western countries which appear to resent independent-minded leaders and seem to prefer puppets. Puppets are not good for any country. Most of the countries that have transitioned from Third World to First World status since 1945 have had independent-minded leaders: South Korea (Park Chung-hee), Singapore (Lee Kuan Yew), China People’s Republic (Mao Tse Tung, Chou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, Marshal Yang Shangkun, Li Peng, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jing Tao, etc), Malaysia (Dr. Mahthir Mohamad), Brazil (Lula Da Silva), Iran (the Ayatollahs), etc. Between the First World War and the Second World War, the Soviet Union transitioned into an Industrial country propelled by the dictatorial but independent-minded Joseph Stalin. In Africa we have benefited from a number of independent-minded leaders: Col. Nasser of Egypt, Mwalimu Nyerere of Tanzania, Samora Machel of Mozambique, etc. That is how Southern Africa was liberated. That is how we got rid of Idi Amin. The stopping of genocide in Rwanda and the overthrow of Mobutu, etc., were as a result of efforts of independent-minded African leaders. Muammar Gaddafi, whatever his faults, is a true nationalist. I prefer nationalists to puppets of foreign interests. Where have the puppets caused the transformation of countries? I need some assistance with information on this from those who are familiar with puppetry. Therefore, the independent-minded Gaddafi had some positive contribution to Libya, I believe, as well as Africa and the Third World. I will take one little example. At the time we were fighting the criminal dictatorships here in Uganda, we had a problem arising of a complication caused by our failure to capture enough guns at Kabamba on the 6th of February, 1981. Gaddafi gave us a small consignment of 96 rifles, 100 anti-tank mines, etc., that was very useful. He did not consult Washington or Moscow before he did this. This was good for Libya, for Africa and for the Middle East. We should also remember as part of that independent-mindedness he expelled British and American military bases from Libya, etc.

2. Before Gaddafi came to power in 1969, a barrel of oil was 40 American cents. He launched a campaign to withhold Arab oil unless the West paid more for it. I think the price went up to US$ 20 per barrel. When the Arab-Israel war of 1973 broke out, the barrel of oil went to US$ 40. I am, therefore, surprised to hear that many oil producers in the world, including the Gulf countries, do not appreciate the historical role played by Gaddafi on this issue. The huge wealth many of these oil producers are enjoying was, at least in part, due to Gaddafi’s efforts. The Western countries have continued to develop in spite of paying more for oil. It, therefore, means that the pre-Gaddafi oil situation was characterized by super exploitation in favour of the Western countries.

3. I have never taken time to investigate socio-economic conditions within Libya. When I was last there, I could see good roads even from the air. From the TV pictures, you can even see the rebels zooming up and down in pick-up vehicles on very good roads accompanied by Western journalists. Who built these good roads? Who built the oil refineries in Brega and those other places where the fighting has been taking place recently? Were these facilities built during the time of the king and his American as well as British allies or were they built by Gaddafi? In Tunisia and Egypt, some youths immolated (burnt) themselves because they had failed to get jobs. Are the Libyans without jobs also? If so, why, then, are there hundreds of thousands of foreign workers? Is Libya’s policy of providing so many jobs to Third World workers bad? Are all the children going to school in Libya? Was that the case in the past – before Gaddafi? Is the conflict in Libya economic or purely political? Possibly Libya could have transitioned more if they encouraged the private sector more. However, this is something the Libyans are better placed to judge. As it is, Libya is a middle income country with GDP standing at US$ 89.03 billion. This is about the same as the GDP of South Africa at the time Mandela took over leadership in 1994 and it about —————– the current size of GDP of Spain.

4. Gaddafi is one of the few secular leaders in the Arab world. He does not believe in Islamic fundamentalism that is why women have been able to go to school, to join the Army, etc. This is a positive point on Gaddafi’s side.

Coming to the present crisis, therefore, we need to point out some issues:

1. The first issue is to distinguish between demonstrations and insurrections. Peaceful demonstrations should not be fired on with live bullets. Of course, even peaceful demonstrations should coordinate with the Police to ensure that they do not interfere with the rights of other citizens. When rioters are, however, attacking Police stations and Army barracks with the aim of taking power, then, they are no longer demonstrators; they are insurrectionists. They will have to be treated as such. A responsible Government would have to use reasonable force to neutralize them. Of course, the ideal responsible Government should also be an elected one by the people at periodic intervals. If there is a doubt about the legitimacy of a Government and the people decide to launch an insurrection, that should be the decision of the internal forces. It should not be for external forces to arrogate themselves that role, often, they do not have enough knowledge to decide rightly. Excessive external involvement always brings terrible distortions. Why should external forces involve themselves? That is a vote of no confidence in the people themselves. A legitimate internal insurrection, if that is the strategy chosen by the leaders of that effort, can succeed. The Shah of Iran was defeated by an internal insurrection; the Russian Revolution in 1917 was an internal insurrection; the Revolution in Zanzibar in 1964 was an internal insurrection; the changes in Ukraine, Georgia, etc., all were internal insurrections. It should be for the leaders of the Resistance in that country to decide their strategy, not for foreigners to sponsor insurrection groups in sovereign countries. I am totally allergic to foreign, political and military involvement in sovereign countries, especially the African countries. If foreign intervention is good, then, African countries should be the most prosperous countries in the world because we have had the greatest dosages of that: slave trade, colonialism, neo-colonialism, imperialism, etc. All those foreign imposed phenomena have, however, been disastrous. It is only recently that Africa is beginning to come up partly because of rejecting external meddling. External meddling and the acquiescence by Africans into that meddling have been responsible for the stagnation in Africa. The wrong definition of priorities in many of the African countries is, in many cases, imposed by external groups. Failure to prioritize infrastructure, for instance, especially energy, is, in part, due to some of these pressures. Instead, consumption is promoted. I have witnessed this wrong definition of priorities even here in Uganda. External interests linked up, for instance, with internal bogus groups to oppose energy projects for false reasons. How will an economy develop without energy? Quislings and their external backers do not care about all this.

2. If you promote foreign backed insurrections in small countries like Libya, what will you do with the big ones like China which has got a different system from the Western systems? Are you going to impose a no-fly-zone over China in case of some internal insurrections as happened in Tiananmen Square, in Tibet or in Urumuqi?

3. The Western countries always use double standards. In Libya, they are very eager to impose a no-fly-zone. In Bahrain and other areas where there are pro-Western regimes, they turn a blind eye to the very same conditions or even worse conditions. We have been appealing to the UN to impose a no-fly-zone over Somalia so as to impede the free movement of terrorists, linked to Al-Qaeda, that killed Americans on September 11th, killed Ugandans last July and have caused so much damage to the Somalis, without success. Why? Are there no human beings in Somalia similar to the ones in Benghazi? Or is it because Somalia does not have oil which is not fully controlled by the western oil companies on account of Gaddafi’s nationalist posture?

4. The Western countries are always very prompt in commenting on every problem in the Third World – Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, etc. Yet, some of these very countries were the ones impeding growth in those countries. There was a military coup d’état that slowly became a Revolution in backward Egypt in 1952. The new leader, Nasser, had ambition to cause transformation in Egypt. He wanted to build a dam not only to generate electricity but also to help with the ancient irrigation system of Egypt. He was denied money by the West because they did not believe that Egyptians needed electricity. Nasser decided to raise that money by nationalizing the Suez Canal. He was attacked by Israel, France and Britain. To be fair to the USA, President Eisenhower opposed that aggression that time. Of course, there was also the firm stand of the Soviet Union at that time. How much electricity was this dam supposed to produce? Just 2000 mgws for a country like Egypt!! What moral right, then, do such people have to comment on the affairs of these countries?

5. Another negative point is going to arise out of the by now habit of the Western countries over-using their superiority in technology to impose war on less developed societies without impeachable logic. This will be the igniting of an arms race in the world. The actions of the Western countries in Iraq and now Libya are emphasizing that might is “right.” I am quite sure that many countries that are able will scale up their military research and in a few decades we may have a more armed world. This weapons science is not magic. A small country like Israel is now a super power in terms of military technology. Yet 60 years ago, Israel had to buy second-hand fouga magister planes from France. There are many countries that can become small Israels if this trend of overusing military means by the Western countries continues.

6. All this notwithstanding, Col. Gaddafi should be ready to sit down with the opposition, through the mediation of the AU, with the opposition cluster of groups which now includes individuals well known to us – Ambassador Abdalla, Dr. Zubeda, etc. I know Gaddafi has his system of elected committees that end up in a National People’s Conference. Actually Gaddafi thinks this is superior to our multi-party systems. Of course, I have never had time to know how truly competitive this system is. Anyway, even if it is competitive, there is now, apparently, a significant number of Libyans that think that there is a problem in Libya in terms of governance. Since there has not been internationally observed elections in Libya, not even by the AU, we cannot know what is correct and what is wrong. Therefore, a dialogue is the correct way forward.

7. The AU mission could not get to Libya because the Western countries started bombing Libya the day before they were supposed to arrive. However, the mission will continue. My opinion is that, in addition, to what the AU mission is doing, it may be important to call an extra-ordinary Summit of the AU in Addis Ababa to discuss this grave situation.

8. Regarding the Libyan opposition, I would feel embarrassed to be backed by Western war planes because quislings of foreign interests have never helped Africa. We have had a copious supply of them in the last 50 years – Mobutu, Houphout Boigny, Kamuzu Banda, etc. The West made a lot of mistakes in Africa and in the Middle East in the past. Apart from the slave trade and colonialism, they participated in the killing of Lumumba, until recently, the only elected leader of Congo, the killing of Felix Moummie of Cameroon, Bartholomew Boganda of Central African Republic, the support for UNITA in Angola, the support for Idi Amin at the beginning of his regime, the counter-revolution in Iran in 1953, etc. Recently, there has been some improvement in the arrogant attitudes of some of these Western countries. Certainly, with Black Africa and, particularly, Uganda, the relations are good following their fair stand on the Black people of Southern Sudan. With the democratization of South Africa and the freedom of the Black people in Southern Sudan, the difference between the patriots of Uganda and the Western Governments had disappeared. Unfortunately, these rush actions on Libya are beginning to raise new problems. They should be resolved quickly.

Therefore, if the Libyan opposition groups are patriots, they should fight their war by themselves and conduct their affairs by themselves. After all, they easily captured so much equipment from the Libyan Army, why do they need foreign military support? I only had 27 rifles. To be puppets is not good.

9. The African members of the Security Council voted for this Resolution of the Security Council. This was contrary to what the Africa Peace and Security Council had decided in Addis Ababa recently. This is something that only the extra-ordinary summit can resolve.

10. It was good that certain big countries in the Security Council abstained on this Resolution. These were: Russia, China, Brazil, India, etc. This shows that there are balanced forces in the world that will, with more consultations, evolve more correct positions.

11. Being members of the UN, we are bound by the Resolution that was passed, however rush the process. Nevertheless, there is a mechanism for review. The Western countries, which are most active in these rush actions, should look at that route. It may be one way of extricating all of us from possible nasty complications. What if the Libyans loyal to Gaddafi decide to fight on? Using tanks and planes that are easily targeted by Mr. Sarkozy’s planes is not the only way of fighting. Who will be responsible for such a protracted war? It is high time we did more careful thinking.

Yoweri K. Museveni

20th March 2011

Why did the state waste time and resources holding elections over a ceremonial Mayoral post? Museveni shouldn’t impose Ssematimba on Ugandans

Courtesy of the Daily Monitor

Elections have consequences. The people of Kampala voted for Hon Erias Lukwago and he should either deliver or they boot him next time. Now whom will the voters blame if the Lord Mayor does not deliver? Why did the president -sour loser in chief who threatens to ‘eat’ people like Samosa-waste so much public funds wanting desperately the Lord Mayor to be that kiccupuli NRM fellow,Ssematimba Peter, for a position that is irrelevant? What is it with YKM? He gets mad over an irrelevant position? As Mambo Mbotela would ask on Voice Of Kenya ” kweli hiyo ni ungwana”. Ungwana is something YKM does not value or even have. He is certainly vengeful, embittered and petty.

Contrast that with the aloof Mr. Mwai Kibaki who does not give a damn to such matters or even those who abuse him. What accounts for the difference in style and demeanor? You guess. He must still be livid that the voters gave him a figure even after he named the master rigger police officer, Turyagumanawe. Mark you he is the Ssebagabe and he knows that this time the voters defied him. They said go hang but we are voting for Hon Lukwago. He will not like that. As they say “eyyeewa ozomumba…”/let the NRM folks interpret it.

Let me ask straight questions: why did the state waste time and resources holding elections over a ceremonial post? Is the mayor not supposed to be the chief executive who takes full responsibility for his or her actions? If that is the case, why bother to hold elections? It is because Ugandans-including their leaders- are idiots or what? Where is the Ungwana/common sense to waste scarce resource not once, but over and over trying to elect an occupant of an irrelevant post?

The Kampala CEO must be careful. She or he cannot be the one to nullify the voters’ verdict. Like I keep saying, elections have consequences, which is why people vote. But I guess not in Uganda. The CEO should not hope for an easy ride for sure. The mobs won’t let their efforts go to waste. I mean if president Museveni is going to ‘eat’ Dr Besigye like Samosa, why can’t the mobs do the same to his CEO appointee? Kwanini?

Please somebody should tell president Museveni that to appoint Sematimba would have serious consequences on the appointee’s life. The voters will not stand for voter nullification period. Let him appoint anyone but not Sematimba, they are sending him to premature death. He will become one of the most hated figure sin Kampala.

And why did President Museveni inject him into the mayoral race? Hon Erias Lukwago is right to say that he has defeated President Museveni. What was the president thinking to announce as voters were voting that their civic duty was null and void? That whatever they did not matter? Did I hear him saying that he is a democrat? My foot.

Yes, the mobs who secured the vote will not let that minion nullify the voters’ efforts. Like I said there will be serious and fatal consequences this time. Let me say it: if defeating Ssematimba thoroughly did not teach him a lesson, then finishing him off kabisa will be the only option. And Like I said finishing him could be castration or business wise. Enough about that minion Sematimba. Who the hell does he think he is to fight voters? Who is Ssematimba anyways?

I can see YKM doing what Moi did-it is not only affinity for mbesha and corruption they share-when he dissolved the elected Nairobi City Council and appointed endless Chairmen including current Minister Gumo who then went on a looting spree. The voters of Kampala spoke. They repudiated the NRM candidate. They repudiated President Museveni’s threats. YKM dared the voters and they said to him screw or f…you, we are voting for Hon Lukwago kama mbaya mbaya and they did.

It was NRM’s stupidity to front a minion. Of all Kampala residents they opted for a minion with bicuupuuli papers. What the hell were the folks at the NRM secretariat or electoral commission smoking? They deluded themselves that bags of money and intimidating agents would help. Wapi. The more YKM spoke against Hon Erias Lukwago the more Kampala voters including NRM ones said we shall vote for him and they did.

Hon Lukwago should not be intimidated. He won. He beat the riggers. Sure it cost the Sabiny police chap his job. He beat YKM and his threats. He beat money bags of looted public funds/NSS money.

WB Kyijomanyi

Functions of Lord Mayor, Lukwago, and Museveni’s Executive Director Explained in Details

Kampala City Bill, 2009 Written by Hussein Bogere
Monday, 29 June 2009 06:17

Declaration of Kampala as capital city

(1) In accordance with article 5 of the Constitution, Kampala, located in Buganda, is declared the capital city of Uganda.
(2) The Capital City shall, in accordance with article 5 of the Constitution be administered by the central government.

Kampala Capital City Authority
(1) There shall be an authority to be known as Kampala Capital City Authority.
(2) The Authority shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and may sue and be sued in its corporate name and do, enjoy or suffer anything that may be done, enjoyed or suffered by a body corporate.
(3) The Authority is the governing body of the capital city and shall administer the capital city on behalf of the central government subject to this Act.
(4) Any enactment that applies to a district shall, subject to this Act and with the necessary modifications, apply to the Authority.

Composition of Authority
(1) The Authority shall consist of the following members:
(a) Lord Mayor;
(b) Deputy Lord Mayor;
(c) One councillor directly elected by secret ballot to represent each electoral area in the capital city on the basis of universal adult suffrage;
(d) Two councillors representing the youth, one of whom shall be female;
(e) Two councillors with disability representing persons with disabilities, one of whom shall be female;
(0 Women councillors forming one third of the Authority such that the councillors elected under paragraphs (c), (d) and (e) shall form two thirds of the Authority;
(g) One councillor representing the National Environment Management Authority;
(h) One councillor representing each of the following professional bodies:
(i) Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers;
(ii) Uganda Society of Architects;
(iii) Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council;
(iv) Uganda Law Society;

Lord Mayor
(1) There shall be a Lord Mayor and a Deputy Lord Mayor of the Capital City.
(2) The Lord Mayor shall be elected by the Authority from among the directly elected councillors referred to in section 6(1) (c), (d), (e) and (f) by simple majority.
(3) The Deputy Lord Mayor shall be elected in the same manner as the Lord Mayor.
(4) The election of the Lord Mayor and the Deputy Lord Mayor shall be presided over by a chief magistrate in accordance with regulations made by the Minister in consultation with the Electoral Commission.
(5) The Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor shall serve on a full time basis.
A person is not qualified to be elected as Lord Mayor or Deputy Lord Mayor unless he or she is qualified to be elected a Member of Parliament.

Functions of Lord Mayor
(1) The functions of the Lord Mayor are—
(a) to be the political head of the Capital City;
(b) to preside over all meetings of the Authority;
(c) to perform ceremonial functions and civic functions;
(d) to host foreign and local dignitaries;
(e) to head the Authority in developing strategies and programmes for the development of the Capital City;
(f) to monitor the administration of the Capital City;
(g) to provide guidance to the division administrations; and
(h) to represent the Capital City on the Metropolitan Authority.
(2) The Lord Mayor shall in the performance of his or her functions, be answerable to the Authority and the Minister.
(3) The Deputy Lord Mayor shall assist the Lord Mayor in the performance of his or her functions and shall otherwise deputise for the Lord Mayor in his or her absence.

Executive director
(1) There shall be an executive director who shall be the chief executive of the Authority.
(2) The executive director shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Public Service Commission.
(3) A person is not qualified to be appointed executive director unless he or she is of high moral character and proven integrity and has substantial experience and relevant qualifications in public management.

Functions of executive director
The functions of the executive director shall include the following:
(a) To be the head of the public service in the Authority and to head the administration of the Authority, including divisions and wards;
(b) To be the accounting officer of the Authority;
(c) To be responsible for the management of all public funds of the Authority and accountable to Parliament;
(d) Be responsible for coordination and implementation of national and council policies, laws, regulations, byelaws, programmes and projects;
(e) Advise the mayor and Authority on Government policy;
(f) Present the annual budget to the Authority;
(g) Advise the Authority on technical, administrative and legal matters pertaining to the management of the Authority.
(h) Implement lawful decisions taken by the Authority;
(i) Oversee the delivery of quality services to the population within the capital city and take remedial action where service delivery standards are below the expected minimum standards;
(j) Ensure proper physical planning and development control in the urban councils;
(k) Monitor and coordinate the activities of the directorates of the Authority and of the lower Authority;
(1) Be the custodian of all the assets and records of the Authority.
(m) Attend meetings of the metropolitan Authority;
(n) Supervise and evaluate staff performance;
(o) Liaise with the central government and other institutions on behalf of the Authority;
(p) Conduct the public relations of the Authority.
(q) Promote trade order;
(r) Mobilise the urban community for development and sustain ability of infrastructure and services;
(s) Be responsible for the enforcement of ordinances and byelaws made by the Authority and its lower council units;
(t) Be responsible to the Authority, subject to the general directions of the Minister;
(u) On day-to-day operations, be responsible to the Authority; and make reports to the council and the Minister on the state of affairs of the capital city at least once a year or as the Minister or the Authority may determine;

(w) To perform any other duties assigned by the Authority or the Minister.

Lower urban councils
(1) The capital city shall have the following lower urban councils under the Authority:
(a) Division urban councils;
(b) Ward urban councils; and
(c) Village urban councils.
(2) There shall also exist under the Authority, street committees.
(3) Subject to this Act, Entebbe Municipality and Kiira Town Council shall not be local governments but shall be lower urban councils under the Authority.

Metropolitan Physical Planning Authority
(1) There shall be a body to be known as the Metropolitan Physical Planning Authority.
(2) The Metropolitan Authority shall consist of a chairperson and four other persons all of whom shall be appointed by the Minister with the approval of Cabinet, being persons qualified and experienced in physical planning, civil engineering, architecture, environment or public health.
(3) The members of the Metropolitan Authority shall hold office for three years and shall be eligible for re-appointment for one more term.
(4) A member of the Metropolitan Authority may be removed in the public interest by the Minister on any of the following grounds™
(a) Inability to perform the functions of his or her office arising from infirmity of body or mind.

Functions of the Metropolitan Physical Planning Authority
(1) The Metropolitan Authority shall be responsible for—
(a) Developing a Metropolitan Authority Structure and Development Plan for the Capital City and metropolitan area;
(b) Handling and addressing planning issues within the Capital City and the neighbouring districts of Mukono, Mpigi and Wakiso;
(c) Planning major transportation, infrastructure and other utilities in conjunction with other relevant bodies;
(d) Planning recreation parks, tree planting, green corridors and other environment areas;
(e) Overseeing and monitoring the execution of the Metropolitan Authority Development Plan;
(f) Approving the Capital City, municipal and town structure plans; and
(g) Beautification of the Capital City and the metropolitan area.
(2) The Metropolitan Authority shall have power to veto physical plans or activities that are inconsistent with the Metropolitan Authority Development Plan, the metropolitan structural plan or land use policy.
(3) The Metropolitan Authority shall ensure that land use in the City and the metropolitan area follow designated plans, irrespective of the tenure of land.
(4) The Metropolitan Authority shall prepare comprehensive and integrated development plans incorporating the plans of the lower urban councils.
(5) The central Government shall be responsible for the construction and maintenance of—
(a) All roads and streetlights in the central business district;
(b) trunk and gateway roads;
(c) subways;
(d) flyovers;
(e) cycle ways and walkways;
(f) sewers;
(g) transport ways; and
(h) rails.
(6) The Metropolitan Authority shall be responsible for the construction and maintenance of all roads and streetlights, other than those mentioned in subsection (6).
(7) The Metropolitan Authority shall be responsible for cleaning and de-silting of all roads in the City.
(8) Where land is required by the Authority for public use or public health including expansion of roads, constructing new roads, water and sewerage systems and demolishing buildings to construct new structures, compensation shall be made by the central government in accordance with article 26 of the Constitution and the Land Acquisition Act.
(9) The Metropolitan Authority shall submit quarterly reports and annual reports to the Minister, with a copy to the Minister responsible for physical planning.
(10) The Minister shall lay before Parliament, the annual reports submitted to him or her under subsection (9).

Division town clerk
(1) The division town clerk shall be the head of the public officers of the division council and shall be the accounting officer of the division urban council.
(2) The division town clerk shall be responsible for—
(a) implementation of lawful decisions of the division urban council;
(b) coordination and implementation of policies of division urban council;
(c) advising the mayor and the division urban council on government policy;

Resident City Commissioner
(1) There shall be for the Capital City, a Resident City Commissioner who shall be appointed by the President.
(2) A person to be appointed a Resident City Commissioner shall be a citizen of Uganda, and qualified to be a Member of Parliament.
(1) The Resident City Commissioner shall—
(a) represent the President and the government in the Authority;
(b) coordinate the administration of government services in the Authority;
(c) act as chairperson of the Authority security committee;
(d) advise the Lord Mayor on matters of a national nature that may affect the Authority or its plans or programmes, and particularly the relations between the Authority and the Government;
(e) monitor and inspect the activities of the Authority and where necessary, advise the Lord Mayor; and
(f) carry out such other functions as may be assigned to him or her by the President or prescribed by Parliament.

(2) The Resident City Commissioner may—
(a) sensitise the populace on government policies and programmes, and in so doing shall liaise with the Lord Mayor;
(b) advise the Lord Mayor to instruct the chief internal auditor to carry out a special audit and submit a report to the Authority;
(c) draw the attention of the Auditor General to the need for special investigation audits and submit a report to the
(d) draw the attention of the Inspector General of Government to the need to investigation of any cases of mismanagement or abuse of office;
(e) Draw the attention of any relevant line Ministry to the divergence from or noncompliance with Government policy by any lower urban council within the Capital City;
(f) in consultation with the Lord Mayor, address the Authority from time to time on any matter of national importance.
(3) The expenses of the office of the Resident City Commissioner including salaries, allowances and pensions, shall be charged on the Consolidated Fund.

Member of Parliament or Minister shall not hold office of Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor or councillor in the Capital City

(1) The Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor and other councillors of the Authority, Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chairpersons and councillors of lower urban councils and members of street committees shall hold office for five years after their election as councillors are shall be eligible for re-election.
(2) Where a person is elected to fill a vacancy in one of the offices referred to in subsection (1), that person shall hold office for the remainder of the term of office of the person who vacated the office.

The Minister shall, in consultation with the Minister responsible for finance and the Minister responsible for the public service, determine the remuneration payable to the Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor and councillors of the Authority and the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, chairperson and councillors of a lower urban council.

Beginning at the point of grid reference 46500mE, 32000mN South West of Zinga Island where Ggoma, Ntenjeru and Nakisunga Sub-counties in Mukono District meet with Wakiso District boundary, then following the Mukono-Wakiso District boundary northwards till the confluence of Nakiyanja River and Nakalongosa Stream.

Thence following the thatweg of Nakalongosa Stream westwards till it crosses 46100mE grid line upstream to the road junction of Kiwologoma to Kimwanyi Road and Kiwologoma to Kitukawe Road and then following River Nakibisi down stream to the confluence with River Nakidimba.
Then following southwards the boundary of Kiira and Nangabo Sub-county to the present Kampala District boundary at Magere then following this boundary Westwards and Southwards to the point in River Lubigi at Kawala where it then follows Rubaga Division boundary; thus excluding Rubaga Division and Mengo Parish in Central Kampala Division to the confluence of Nalukolongo and Mayanja Stream at the railway bridge in Natete and there from at the junction of Old Masaka Road following the road from Kabojja, Kikajjo to Ggambirana in South Westward direction.
And then follows Kamirangoma and Mugomba Swamps to Nambigirwa Swamp in Lake Victoria then following the boundary of Katabi Sub-county through to
Entebbe Municipality boundaiy and along off shores in Lake Victoria to the point where the boundary of Busiro County, Wakiso District, meets the southern most end of Kampala District and Mukono County, Mukono District boundary in the lake at coordinate point 463100mE, 36650mN North East of Namalusu Island then following that boundary Northwards to the beginning of this description near Zinga Island in Murchison Bay.

Kenyan President,Kibaki, is a very rich man.Muranga is to Kenya what Masaka is to Uganda

Mr Kibaki is a very rich man. He became rich before he was president. FYI, the largest three land holders in Kenya are: a) Mr Kenyatta family, b) Mr Moi and C) Mr Mwai Kibaki. How did they get the land? After independence white settlers were forced to release some of their land , and records claim it was willing buyer-willing seller-to surrender some of their farms. And the post Independence elite benefited including Mr Mwaki Kibaki.

He also has substantial investment in real eates in Nairobi and Coats and rift valley-especialy land. In Nairobi, he owns Finance House near Chester House and opposite the General Post office. He is also the owner of Silver springs hotel near Hurlingham/Nairobi Hospital. . Most of his wealth was made when he was Finance minister. The only asset his children seem to have acquired when he was President is the the 5- star Hotel built with stolen money by Kamlesh Patin of the Goldenberg infamy. Word has it his children especially the eldest daughter is the one who bought the hotel from Central Bank of Kenya for about a billion shillings.

Mwai Kibaki

Karen Hospital is owned by Kibaki’s personal physician, Dr Gikonyo and his wife. Kenyans are in a different league from ugandan looters. Sure Kenyans looted too but they invested their loot locally and not in London or Switzerland.

Do not forget that Mr Kibaki was the longest serving finance Minister and was allowed to run the ministry as he wished by Mr Kenyatta. If Mr Charles Mugane Njonjo who was Attorney General is filthy rich, why not the former finance Minister. Then his long serving tresaury secretary, Mr Harry Mule-current Chancellor of Kenyatta University- from Ukamban, is also filthy rich.

FYI, the richest African Kenya is believed to have been the late Mr Philip Ndegwa from Kirinyaga. He was CEO of Kenya Commercial Bank(KCB) and Governor Bank of kenya. Among his property is ICEA building opposite the Ugandan embassy on Kenyatta Avenue. Although not perhaps richer than the Kenyatta family and Mr Moi who openly looted pubic funds. It is true that Mr Moi has invested heavily in Uganda with BIDCO. BIDCO is owned by Mr Moi and his side kick, Mr Nicholas Kipyetor Biwottt who also owns KOBIL, the largest oil firm in Kenya, a head of even Shell.

Also, the richest indigenous Kenyans come from Muranga. Muranga is to kenya what Masaka is to Uganda. Educated folks but also succesful businesspeople. Muranga is the home area of Mr John Njoroge Michuki who ownws Windsor hotels, Mr Stanley Nyindo matiba who owns allinace hotes and elite private schoolsl, the late Mzee Kirima who owned most buildings in the third world of Niarobi which is anything East of Tom Mboya street. The like of Jiman Mbaru and Mr S.K. Macharia of Citizen radio and Madhuapaer fame. Kenyans know that Muranga folks are frugal and mbesha.

One of Mr Kibaki’s children, the one with most visibility and a lot of power is the eldest daughter, Ms Judy Kibaki. Ms Judy Kibaki is to President Kibaki what Nina Mbabazi is to Amama Mbabazi.

Well, Kenyans including the media cannot stand a feminist first lady in the name of Mrs Lucy Kibaki. Make no mistake she is a women’s advocate and in the process has rubbed some people the wrong way. Funny because she is the daughter of a reverend from Mukurweini. So if need be, Ms Judy Kibaki accompanies the father to go to funerals and all that in Kenya.

Kibaki’s campiagns were not funded by Mondy Awoori as stipulated by some people. There are too many endowed ateereres-including the Muthaiga golfing buddies-to chip in. They have always contributed millions. It is true Mr Awori is very rich-he owns Mareba titles among others and believed to be the richest Luhya,but the Kibakii campaign was well funded by the aterere elite. Kenyan campaigns even for opposition are well funded because they are filthy rich. And Kenyans are not like Ugandan voters. There is no chnace in a milion YKM would have won such votes and seats in Acholi with two prominent presidential candidates from the region. There is no way too YKM would have won so many votes in Buganda with his attitude towards Buganda. Yes, I blame Ugandan voters for voting badly.

BTW, Mr Kibaki’s most loyal and fanatic supporters are the Meru-the Bakiiga of Kenya. Overall,I wish Ugandans had invested their loot the way Kenyans have done. The problem with Ugandans is they have short memory-political uncertainty too inhibits the long view-and simply enjoy.

WB Kyijomanyi

David Ojok- Oyite was not a Corrupt Man. He didn’t build Mansions like the current NRM leaders

The main reason why David Ojok- Oyite was appointed Chair Uganda Coffee Marketing Board(CMB) was to stamp out corruption in the company, the sort of corrupt dealings in coffee inherited from Amin’s era. CMB badly needed someone with authority and standing like David.

The background of David’s appointment was that after the 1980 elections the UPC government chose one of its unsuccessful party parliamentary candidates as Chair/Managing Director of CMB. Few weeks into the job this Chair/MD made a dashing world tour of CMB offices in Mombasa, London and New York. He was immediately relieved of his duties on his return. I have no clue why this was done and I am not suggesting there was anything irregular that this guy did
during the globetrotting trip. The Board was thereafter restructured. The position of Chair/Managing Director
was split. David Ojok Oyite was appointed Chair (part time), an old hand in CMB, who served as Uganda Rep at the International Coffee Organisation in London in late 60’s was recalled from retirement and appointed General Manager.

The whole exercise was to give assurance to the nation that their main foreign exchange earner was in safe hands and corruption would not be tolerated, smuggling of coffee would stop and Uganda would meet its world market quota
requirements. David rarely chaired board meetings. The name was enough. Most board meetings were chaired by his Deputy Hon Kenneth Magombe MP from Bugisu, a professional with a wealth of experience in commerce and finance.

The revamped board and the Central Bank and the Minister of Finance, (the man himself) monitored sale and receipts of coffee very closely. The rumours that the proceeds of sale of coffee were deposited on personal accounts of Oyite- Ojok with all the oversights in place is difficult to accept. Besides I doubt that a publicly quoted company like J H Rayner/Berisford, the London international commodity company which bought the bulk of Uganda coffee would go the extent of depositing the proceeds to the tune of $500m to an individual accounts without being detected considering strict UK companies laws. $500m wass serious money then as it is now.

Incidentally the proprietor of a leading FM Radio in Kampala was the boss of JH Rayner/Berisfod Eastern Africa then and is the best well placed man who knows all about coffee exports and deals from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia
for 20 odd years.

David was not a corrupt man as some people painted him to be. There is no legacy of corruption in form of mansions, businesses that can be traced to David’s name after his death. I know a lot of rogue Asian businessmen in Uganda House who use to masquarade about their business links with him. One of them was Hussein Lira and later on
changed his name to Hussein Kitgum during Tito’s time.

Paul Lam-Kilama

Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura Ready to stop any protests organised by opposition

Today, the 8th March 2011, in a press conference held at Speke Hotel, in Kampala, Mr Sam Lubega, Dr Olara Otunu in the company of Hon Ken Lukyamuzi, Basalirwa Assuman and Kibirige Mayanja, called on the public to converge at Railway Grounds tomorrow, Wednesday, 9th March 2011, for “peaceful demonstration” in protest against the just concluded elections.

The Uganda Police Force strongly cautions members of the public against involving themselves in this unlawful activity. The organizers of this so called demonstration have not notified the Police of their plans, as is required by law and practice.

It is not surprising that the organizers deliberately chose not to notify and arrange with the Police since we have reliable information that sections of the opposition leadership intend to use the pretext of “peaceful demonstrations”, to cause widespread and sustained violence and destruction, and in the process, destabilize the peace and security in the country.

In addition, we have information that Kasibante Moses is also intending to cause violence, tomorrow, in the event that the High Court doesn’t rule in his favour.

We have always reiterated the Constitutional position regards demonstrations. Indeed, while the Constitution grants the right to demonstrate peacefully and unarmed, this right is not absolute, Not only must the demonstrations be peaceful, they must not infringe the rights and freedoms of others or the public interest. Public interest includes national security. Furthermore, all demonstrations are subject to regulation by the Uganda Police. In other words, one cant hold a demonstration without notifying, and being guided by the Uganda Police, in such matters as date, time, venue, route, number of people involved, and other circumstances. This is, among others, to protect both the demonstrators as well as the rest of the public.

It is for this reason that Article 212 of the Constitution gives the mandate of ensuring law and order to the Uganda Police, and Section 32(1) of the Police Act empowers the Police to regulate the conduct of public meetings and processions.

Indeed, in executing its regulatory function in regard to public meetings and processions, the Police require organizers of public meetings and processions to notify the Police, in advance of any intended public meeting or procession.

For the avoidance of doubt, and consistent with the abovementioned legal position, the purpose of the notice is to enable the Police plan for the security of the function, ensure that the rights of other persons not involved are protected, and protect national security.
In the present case, the organizers of the intended demonstrations, have neither notified the Police, or provided the requisite details as required by procedure, to enable the Police provide security, and ensure that the demonstration is peaceful.

Accordingly, any planned demonstration or procession, in this instance, is therefore, unlawful, and shall not be allowed to take place.

I, consequently, caution any person organizing, or intending to hold or participate in such unlawful demonstration, which has potential to degenerate into a riotous situation, that such action constitutes a criminal offence, and the Police shall take firm and resolute action against such persons.
The Police assures the public that we have taken measures to ensure your security as you go about your business.

We appeal to members of the public to continue to cooperate with us, as you have always done.
Thank you.

Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura
Inspector-General of Police
Uganda Police Force

08th March, 20100

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