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Month June 2011

MULAGO ENGULFED IN ANOTHER CONTROVERSY


Uganda’s biggest referral hospital Mulago Hospital is embroiled in yet another controversy. A woman in her mid twenties was last week operated on a recommendation of a Doctor after complaining of labour pains, but only to find an empty womb.

It beats my understanding how a doctor could have sanctioned a Caesarian operation, without checking to confirm whether the woman was in labour. The woman whose identity I will not reveal for some obvious reasons is a resident of Kibuye, a Kampala suburb. She checked in at the hospital on Friday 17, June, complaining of labour pain. She was admitted but could not deliver through normal procedures. She was reportedly rushed to the theater for a C-Section. After the operation, Nabukenya was admitted in ward 5B to heal from her wounds but without a baby.

The lady herself was puzzled by the fact that she had labour pains, but was found without a baby.

Nobody including the Executive Director of Mulago hospital Dr. Baterana Byaruhanga is willing to comment on this matter. When contacted Dr Byaruhanga referred the matter to his deputy Dr. Doreen Birabwa who on her part could not pick her phone.

And the Public Relations Officer, Mulago Referral Hospital, Dan Kimosho said the matter was beyond him and insisted the issue be handled at a level of the directors.

Surprising a staff at the ward where she was admitted said a scan test was done on her after the operation and not before.

The matter is likely to raise more questions on how a person can come into the hospital with labour pain and get operated without any pre-scan done to establish the problem they are going through.

Mulago Hospital is the national referral hospital but has had numerous complaints of poor quality service arising out of low morale, inadequate staffing, mismanagement and under-funding.

SAM KAYIWA

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The Media should help in fighting the stigma towards Mental Health


Folks:

The problem of mental illness in Uganda needs to be tackled head on, but with the sensitivity it demands and deserves. The west embraced de-institutionalization of mental patients as the medical model of disability came under attack. Out was the medical model, in was the social model of dealing with mental illness.

The best case study which is often cited as the best model is Sweden where services for those suffering from mental illness have been integrated which is why there are hardly an individuals with mental illness who are homeless which is more or less the norm in the USA: those homeless black brothers you see on the mean streets of USA cities are most likely to be veterans of various American wars. USA abandons them the moment their contribution is done. Imagine that. Individuals with serious mental problems due to the trauma suffered in war being abandoned. And African-American brothers top the list.

Back to Uganda where I suspect those in need of mental treatment are underestimated or fear seeking help due to the stigma attached to mental illness.It may take prominent women and men coming forward to share their personal experiences with mental illness like it took the late Mr Philip Bongoley Lutaaya (RIP) to confront HIV/AIDS. The idea of having famous Ugandans embrace the cause of mental illness is great. Let the media take the lead.

In Uganda, I assume the medical model is still dominant, which needs to change towards the social model. But things should be done without ‘abandoning’ individuals with mental illness as is the case in the USA. They have been abandoned by psychiatrists who left them to PhD holders in clinical psychology. Then the state abandoned them to by closing mental institutions without doing what Sweden did: integrating service delivery which is critical under the social/community model.

Now given Uganda’s traumatic history, what is the state of mental illness in the country?

QN: does Uganda give priority to individuals with mental illness in terms of allocating them the limited social housing-if left?

For Uganda, the language ought to change from calling them ‘mad’ to people suffering from mental illness. Language matters. So let us media friends in UAH take notice and do the needful: they can help change perceptions about mental illness in Uganda. NO MORE “MAD” but mental illness. Is that asking too much from the editors? The media is supposed to be an agent of change and it can change attitudes about mental illness.

UK is way behind compared to other developed countries in dealing with mental health. The problem now is that the pendulum has swang too much towards the social model that you have individuals with mental illness who are not able to take their proper medication because there is no one to remind them or help them take it. The best place is Sweden where integration has delivered effective services. The other day I met chap from Egypt who needed help and was was in his hospital attire and was trying to tell me that he was on his way to Cairo. The fellow needed help to take his medication. But since he is not a threat to anyone or himself, he is let loose on the street. that is cruel.

I am actually surprised that in the UK, the medical model is still supreme. It was in Europe where Foucault did a lot more to expose the power imbalance in metal institutions. Actually the UK has some of the leading scholars in disability studies like Dr Oliver who have written great stuff. How can it be so behind?

Yes, Sweden is the best in the world in mental health services! Why? It has integrated services. Why is that important? Because individuals with mental illness get the housing they need within their community and the medical support to go along. They also enjoy subsidized services. Sweden has embraced the social model and put its money there.

In the USA, psychiatrists ‘abandoned’ mental patients-it is called the abandonment thesis and is controversial. Basically, the claim is that psychiatrists gave up on their most vulnerable patients once de-institutionalization took place and mental hospitals hut down. It created space for clinical psychologists and social workers to move in.

In Uganda the need is huge because of the historic trauma the country has witnessed. Many individuals need help but they cannot access services. Ugandans prefer escapism that it is ‘mayembe/voodo/juju’/misambwa’
BTW, historical trauma is generational and the sooner Ugandans dealt with it the better.

Kyijomanyi. W.B
USA

Interesting quotes in Uganda under President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni


By Samuel Makokha W’Mugeni on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 12:22am

1. In an address to the mourners at the burial of NRA/UPDF commander Brig Chefe Ali, at Burungi, Kazo, in Mbarara district, President Museveni’s younger brother and one time Presidential Advisor on Defense and commander of the Reserve Force (RF), Maj. Gen. Caleb Akandanaho aka Salim Saleh, eloquently told them that “If it was not for Brigadier Chefe Ali, (Eriya Mwine) no UPC or Acholi would be alive” (see “Chefe saved UPCs, Acholi – Saleh” Mornitor 14 July 1999).

2. “The rebels attacked us (NRA soldiers) at a place called Corner Kilak 20 miles South of Kitgum (Town). They came in while singing and shouting; our people (NRA) massacred those chaps. They approached our troops frontally. This gave us a very good chance because they exposed themselves; so on Sunday (January 24, 1987) we surrounded them and massacred them. We massacred them very badly. (Standard – Nairobi – January 21, 1987)

3. “Our role is to wipe out insecurity … if we have to eliminate those chaps by force, we will do it”. (Daily Nation – Nairobi – January 26, 1987)

4. “I don’t know about torture. I have educated myself on many things but on torture I have not known the boundary between what is torture and what isn’t torture. I know the NRA tie these people (rebels, etc.) when they catch them. They tie their hands backwards. I am now being told that is torture. It is the traditional method. (Daily Nation – Nairobi – January 26, 1987)

5. “I don’t think we are destroying people’s crops. We are destroying rebel crops and stores.” (Daily Nation – Nairobi – January 26, 1987)

6. “The soldiers feel that the Police are not serious with the criminal elements and that they are corrupt. The army had to come in and insist that criminals must be punished. It happens in all countries, there is a time when the army assumes the duty of internal security”. (Daily Nation – Nairobi – January 26, 1987)

7. “What is the Geneva Convention on wars! I have never read it”. (TV Panorama Programme of the BBC, March 1986)

8. “In the areas which have been disturbed people are living cordially with the Security Forces. In areas like Gulu people are living peacefully. There is scrupulous respect of human rights”. (Daily Nation – Nairobi – January 26, 1987)

9. “You see when you give them (civil population in the North and East) a good beating then those who are using them will no longer use them. Since the month of January (1987), we have given them much beating especially in Lira and Kitgum Districts. And in fact the week I left (for Yugoslavia) we had given them a good blow in Gulu District. So it is going to settle down”. (New Vision, January 19, 1987).

10. the Ugandan weekly newspaper, Shariat (Vol. II No.15, April 15-21, 1998), quoted President Yoweri Museveni as having said that: “As Hitler did to bring Germany together, we should also do it here. Hitler was a smart guy, but I think he went a bit too far by wanting to conquer the world.” He repeated the same statement on April 4, 1997, when addressing the East African Law Society (see “Watch Out, M-7, Uganda is Unkind to Dictators” The East African, Monday, June 9, 2003).

11. “Our work is to kill these people,” Monitor March 28, 2004

12. “We have not yet punished ‘them’ enough.”

13. “We shall make ‘them’ become like the ensenene insects; you know what happens when you trap them in a bottle and close the lid.”

14. “We have massacred them; we mowed them down.”

15. “Let them go and eat grass, mangoes, and lizards.”

16. ‘‘They’ are backward and primitive.”

17. “You wait and see, we shall teach ‘them’ a lesson from which ‘they’ will never recover.”

18. “‘Those people’ are swine.”

19. “Yes, we are killing off the ‘anyanya,’ they are not Ugandans”.

20. “The chauvinism of the Acoli has to be destroyed.”

21. “Do you want to pamper these killers?”

22. “If we don’t catch them, we shall kill them, … These bandits are not able to permanently engage us because they will be wiped out. Now that they have invited us, I think they are going to find out that it was not a wise decision.”

23. “I don’t think we are destroying people’s crops. We are destroying rebel crops and stores.”

24. “I don’t know about torture. I have educated myself on many things but on torture I have not known the boundary between what is torture and what isn’t torture. I know the NRA tie these people (rebels, etc.) when they catch them. They tie their hands backwards. I am now being told that is torture. It is the traditional method.”

24. “Our role is to wipe out insecurity … if we have to eliminate those chaps by force, we will do it.”

Kazibwe Has always been in the Company of Male Friends since Medical school


Dr Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe

Guys, why can’t you give Doctor Specioza Kazibwe, a break! Why can’t you give her a benefit of your doubt by simply putting to mind that she may be speaking her mind, first and foremost as a medical doctor and as a woman who first got married not as am old woman but not as a very young woman either.

Dr. Kazibwe, from the time i have known her since her early days at MUK, has always been in the company of males as her friends. Very rarely, would one find her for example walking from her lecture room to old Mulago, where she would go for her clinicals every so often, with female colleagues. She was always in the company of fellow male students with particular reference to one individual whom, for the sake of protecting individual privacy, i will not mention the name of the medical doctor she always walked with back and from Mulago hospital.

Why am i saying all this? It is not because i have anything to gain out of her private or political life, after all, i have never been and i will probably never be an NRM-zero sympathizer, but it concerns me when people start making up issues out of nothing and sometimes attacking individuals they really don’t know apart from reading about them in papers.

The good doctor, has always been as public and open minded as she could be. Starting with her DP mobilization crusades in the early eighties then later as Minister in Museveni’s regime up to when she became VP and back to private life.

Her encounter and vast knowledge about men issues is part of her training as a medical doctor and more so because of the fact that she has more male friends than she does with women. And before you make more nasty conclusions, the male friends i am talking about were and possibly are still just that. Male friends. Let no man tell me that ne cannot have an opposite sex as a mere friend. If one can’t do it, there are many who can and Specioza, happens to be one.

So, when she freely talks about male issues, like smelly socks, she knows what she is talking about, because she has been around many of them. When she talks about male circumcision, she knows that very well because, she has probably seen many “rotten” ones – as a medical doctor! Hon. Miria-Matembe, used to talk about such things even as far s recommending that penises deserved to be chopped off!

When she talks about “A mega hole” she probably has one which is absolutely a normal. Is it it abnormal for a man to have a long tool? Was it good for her to announce to the world about herself in that format? May be not. But again, how honest can one be when lousy, senseless men keep talking about a woman and accusing her of being a “sexual deviant” when she is as normal and truthful with herself?

Kamugisha Joseph
USA

Professor Tumusiime-Mutebile Still BoU Governor


Professor Tumusiime-Mutebile Still BoU Governor

Professor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile is still Bank of Uganda Governor contrary to rumours that circulated in Kampala this morning to the effect that had resigned.

Dr. Louis Kasekende, Deputy Governor, Bank of Uganda, refuted the rumours.
“The Bank of Uganda wants to make it clear that there is no truth whatsoever to these rumours,” Dr. Kasekende said in a press statement.
Dr. Kasekende said the Governor is currently abroad on official duties. He attended the annual general meeting of the Bank for International Settlements in Basel at the weekend and is currently attending a conference at the University of Oxford.
The Governor was reappointed by the President in January 2011 to serve a five year term which he intends to serve in full.
Some radio stations appear to have confused the news that the Governor of the Afghan Central Bank had resigned, reported yesterday in the international media, with the situation in Uganda.

United States Government Donates Medical Equipment to Uganda People’s defence Force



United States Government Donates Medical Equipment to Uganda People’s Defence Force

Kampala: Today, the United States Government through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Project C.U.R.E (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) donated a container of medical equipment to Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF). This delivery of medical supplies is the third and final container to arrive in Uganda through this joint project. The total value of the program is $ 1.26 million.

The medical equipment and logistics is handled by Project CURE, a U.S.-based NGO and the largest provider of donated medical equipment and supplies to health facilities in the developing world. All of the equipment goes to the UPDF for distribution to various military hospitals and includes medical supplies, such as hospital beds, wheelchairs, and surgical supplies as well as biomedical equipment such as microscopes and fetal monitors.

The UPDF has a comprehensive HIV program, which has commitment at all levels of the military and the Ministry, with benefits to the 50,000 active duty members and their families as well as the civilian communities surrounding the UPDF areas of operation. PEPFAR funding, coordinated through the United States Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) provides substantial support and extends the reach to 24 static and mobile VCT centers and 13 HIV treatment centers. The UPDF is taking the lead among African militaries in many strategic aspects, including the training of Commanders as peer educators, provision of Point Care for rapid Cluster of Differentiation 4 (CD4) results, and expanding a safe Medical Male Circumcision program with plans to circumcise 23,000 men in the next year.

In a recent communiqué, the Uganda Ministry of Defense and the UPDF pledged to support effective interventions for HIV and AIDS and a commitment to contribute to effective evolving strategies.

For additional information, please contact:
Nanyonga Dorothy, Information Assistant, U.S. Mission Uganda
Tel: +256-414-250-314×6104 Cell: +077222-14-12, 0784846334
Email: NanyongaDx@state.gov

Does Museveni really want prosperity for all?


Before Museveni and the NRM came to power, many public enterprises had been mismanaged. But they still belonged to Ugandans, and had great potential. With the introduction of privatization and Liberalization, the NRM regime used the opportunity to completely make Ugandans second class citizens by taking away from ordinary people what they used to pride in.

 

NYTIL a very large textile factory with extensive real estate was sold for Shs. 1,000= and Museveni attempted to give away the Dairy Corporation at 1 US dollar.

 

State house is the clearing house for foreign investors. Tristar/AGOA was given 11.0 Million dollars of tax payers’ money and the investor brought in nothing. This was with tax exemption and freedom to repatriate profits and in the end the factory collapsed and Uganda lost everything it had given as an incentive. The only Ugandans who benefited were the residents of State House.

 

General Salim Saleh, the president’s brother, and one Ruyondo, his business partner, were given $ 3 million state funds on orders of the president to open coffee shops in Denmark, there are no results to date. He also acquired and sold for personal gain several cooperative societies namely Banyankole Kweterana, Sebei Cooperative Union, Okoro, West Mengo Cooperative Union, and North Bukedi cooperative Union.

 

President Museveni promised to determine the fate of the remaining 60 public enterprises to a tune of Shs. 290 billion which have not been accounted for. Both the enterprises and the money from their sales disappeared!

 

President Museveni decided to fast- track the completion of the Trans ocean Island port in the interest of his daughter. The government has since agreed to pay 25 years free rent for Grain Traders, a company in which his daughter is a shareholder. The URA set aside some stores for the first daughter’s company at their facility in Nakawa. (She seemed to have lost interest in the business, as these stores have been lying idle for some time.)

 

UGIL was sold to Phoenix for 500,000 dollars, after the government had spent 6 million dollars to rehabilitate the company.

 

The Government spent 12 million dollars refurbishing the Nile Hotel, only to lose 4.5 million dollars in the legal costs of a botched privatization which was initiated and supervised by the president.

 

The first failed sale of Uganda Commercial Bank was at a loss of 69 billion shillings to Westmont Bhd (a Malaysian company). It was then sold to STANBIC at shs. 43 billion with the UCB headquarters tower given away for absolutely free. Clearly, a visit to State House made the transaction smooth.

 

With the approval and Knowledge of the president, the government operated an illegal and secret account with the Bank of Uganda for twelve years, where they were siphoning off tax payers money for private use. In 2004 alone 92 billion went through this account, including the 21.0 billon as a donation to Mr. Basajabalaba.

Oscar Navio

 

 

Daily Monitor has Lied about Ssebagala Eviction from KCC House


Police closes gates to the disputed country residence. Photo by Geoffrey Sseruyange,Daily Monitor reported

 

After reading news from the Daily Monitor website about Ssebagala Eviction from Town Clerk’s residence, I followed up to verify the story and I spoke to a persons who at the time was in the negotiations.

The truth was that Nasser was still in the house together with the Policemen who had gone to evict him without an eviction order and some leaders of the City Authority engaged into a discussion.

Perhaps it was the desirable news that Nasser was being evicted but telling lies also tells something about the source.  Nonetheless it might end as desired.

I however won’t hesitate to add that this story is just like that of ‘selective prosecution’.  I therefore expect agitators of ‘leave Bukenya alone because others are left’ to stand in for Seya.

City Council sold 154 houses including the official Meya’s house and the Town Clerk’s.  The Town Clerk took the house in Bugoloobi and someone else took the Mayor’s house in Kololo.  Then Nasser took the one that was supposed to be the Town Clerk’s official residence.  Conflict started when the Town Clerk then, preferred to have two; one in Bugoloobi and the house in question now.

Perhaps this led to her misfortune but the 157 houses were sold and several other important dignitaries are in these houses comfortably sleeping or earning from them.

Can the Agitators of stop selective persecution start pleading for Nasser like I have heard them exonerate Bukenya.

 

Asha A K Nalule

Daughter of Batambala

IGG,Baku Rapheal,Should Resign Over Selective prosecution in the matter of CHOGM


What type of IGG should Uganda have? Should the country have a Political or Judiciary and eminent person to investigate the government?

Mr. Raphael Obudra Baku Ag. Inspector General of Government and Vice President EAAACA

The current situation of selective prosecution of former Vice President Prof. Gilbert Bukenya has made us try to understand who the current IGG is and what his intentions and those of his Administration are.

Mr. Baku Rapheal Obudra was born on 25th August 1958 from Metu Sub-County, Moyo District. When he finished his Bachelor of Laws Degree from Makerere University in 1987, he joined the President’s Office as a Legal Officer and in 1992 he joined Hon. Amama Mbabazi as his Principal Assistant when he was the Minister of State for Defence and also the Director General of External Security Organisation (ESO).

With the great help of Hon. Amama Mbabazi, Mr. Baku managed to enter Parliament between 1996 – 2001 representing West Moyo Constituency. He served as member of Defence and Internal Affairs Committee. He survived in Parliament for only one term.

In 1998 Hon. Amama Mbabazi appointed him the Deputy Director Researcher for NRM – Movement Secretariat and in 2004, he made him the Ag. Director Legal Affairs – Movement Secretariat.

In 2005, he was appointed Deputy Inspector General of Government and he is now the Inspector General of Government.

From such a flow of events, one would definitely see the kind of IGG the Government of Uganda has and no wonder there is selective prosecution in the matter of CHOGM and this will continue for other cases if such practice continues.

I think Prof. Bukenya is being prosecuted because of political differences with his Mafia group as he called them some time back because looking at the Prosecutor, you will definitely understand that however much Hon Amama is on the list, he will not appear anyway because everything being done by Mr. Baku is a directive from Hon. Amama Mbabazi.Hon. Amama Mbabazi is the godfather of Mr. Baku Raphael, the Ugandan IGG. A copy of both Amama Mbabazi’s CV and Baku have been attached on the link below:

CURRICULUM VITAE OF BOTH AMAMA MBABAZI AND BAKU RAPHAEL

Will it be possible for such an IGG to prosecute his godfather in different corruption issues for example the CHOGM issue especially that of the Security Tetra CHOGM equipment for which direct money was misused by Hon. Amama Mbabazi? No wonder things are as they are in the Temangalo issue which is still vividly known.

God help our country otherwise all prosecutions being done are politically motivated and for self fights.

Phillip Opio

Documentary on Colonel Muammar Gaddafi


This insightful essay-style documentary by Frenchman Antoine Vitkine puts current events into perspective by examining the motivations behind the actions of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, a man whose peculiar appearance belies savvy negotiation skills.

Born in a tent in the Libyan desert, this Arab nationalist gained notoriety at 27 after toppling King Idris I. He went on to survive revolts, military strikes and embargoes while showing a knack for playing to Western interests, namely geopolitical security and oil reserves. It’s no surprise many of the interviews about hidden dealings are tainted by realpolitik. These personal accounts from key players are a fascinating foray into the diplomatic world of riddles, theatrics and hidden agendas.

Released 8th May, 2011. Director: Antoine Vitkine. Documentary film.

 

Also watch the BBC Panorama documentary on Gaddafi:

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