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Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Between Malaysia and the Republic of Uganda


JOINT PRESS RELEASE

Department of Standards Malaysia
(STANDARDS MALAYSIA)

&
Uganda National Bureau of Standards
(UNBS)

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Between
Malaysia and the Republic of Uganda

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(AUSTRALIA, 27 OCTOBER 2011) A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today at the Pan Pacific Perth, between the Government of Malaysia and the Government of the Republic of Uganda in the areas of standardization in the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The Government of Malaysia was represented by Puan Fadilah Baharin, the Director General of Department of Standards Malaysia (STANDARDS MALAYSIA) while the Government of the Republic of Uganda was represented by Amb. James M. Mugume, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on behalf of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS). The signing ceremony was witnessed by YAB Dato’ Sri Haji Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia and H.E. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Vice President of the Republic of Uganda.

This MoU is a follow up of the Langkawi International Dialogue (LID) held in Putrajaya from the 18th to 21st of June 2011, whereby a technical visit was arranged between the two countries. The purpose of the MoU is to enhance trade between the two economies through recognition of the product and service standards. Through this co-operation, it is hoped that the the volume of trade between both countries will increase.

To date, Malaysia has developed 6411 Malaysian Standards (MS) which encompass products and services. Through this MoU, It is hoped that both parties will endeavor to take necessary steps to encourage and promote technical co-operation between the two countries. Furthermore, Malaysia has identified standards as enabler to reduce trade barriers between countries. This is also part of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) whereby International Standards and Liberalisation (ISL) under the Strategic Reform Initiatives (SRIs) were announced as the enablers to the New Key Economic Areas (NKEAs). ISL is lead by the Department of Standards Malaysia (STANDARDS MALAYSIA) under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is the National Enquiry Point on World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and sanitary and phyto-sanitary Measures (SPS) as well as the National Codex contact point. UNBS is also a member of the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO)
At the regional level, UNBS is actively involved in the development and elaboration of regional standards at the East African Community (EAC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). The harmonised standards and codes of practice are geared towards facilitating trade within the region.
Lastly, this MoU is an initiative by both governments to improve the quality of goods and services, as well as, improving access to international markets.

For further information about Department of Standards Malaysia (STANDARDS MALAYSIA) please visit website : http://www.standardsmalaysia.gov.my or contact Mrs Kee Lai Sien on Tel. +603-8318 2211 ; e-mail : kee@standardsmalaysia.gov.my

For Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) please visit website : http://www.unbs.go.ug; e-mail : info@unbs.go.ug; Tel : +256-485-21644.

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Anne Mugisha’s visit to FDC’s Ingrid Turinawe- charged with ‘walking to treason’


Ingrid was charged with treason because she reportedly decided to 'walk to work'

Hi,

I do not know how I can tell you about my visit to Luzira women’s prison without sounding cynical, so let me just start at the deep end. I loved the place! Yes I loved it. Apart from beautiful lawn with flowers that greets you on arrival, the spirit of hope and life pemeates its environs. The smile on Ingrid Turinawe’s face when she saw us was perhaps what crowned it all. The words I was expecting to use to report my visit, words like despair, darkness, hopelessness, anger and fear became irrelevant during the visit.

We were received warmly by the OC, what a professional and courteous prison warden she is! She explained the rules for the visit without a trace of superiority in her voice or attitude. She gets respect from her staff and the inmates because she is respectful of others. As she registered our ID’s she asked our relationship with the inmate, to which I responded ‘partner in crime.’ The lady nearly cracked her ribs from laughter, then she interpreted that by writing ‘Friend!’

Ingrid has already been inducted into the discipline of prison life and her star is rising with the same meteoric speed that it was doing outside of prison. In one day she has graduated from the ugly yellow uniform to the checked red and white uniform reserved for inmates with leadership qualities! She is so proud of this achievement and boasted proudly of how she had a wonderful dress which reminded her of her school uniform.

The hardest part for me was to see her kneel when addressing prison wardens for any reason. It is part of the discipline code. But she dismissed my concern immediately saying she is only too happy to kneel as required because of the manner in which they treat her – with respect and kindness. She said after the hell she went through with the police personnel she was so happy with the prisons staff and would gladly kneel anytime they ask her to.

Ingird is working! She already had so many stories to tell, some which she felt would be inappropriate to tell in front of a prison warden. She is interacting with the women, some are on death row, some are serving 50 years, others 13, but in this place they were all united. Women with only one goal: to get through another day of their prison term. She is learning a lot and she is teaching a lot too.

Ingrid and her co-accused will appear in High Court on Monday October 31, 2011 to enter their pleas.

Oh, and before I left she gave me one last nugget of information. She is getting her nails done today – a pedicure and manicure! And guess who is giving it to her? A well known inmate known as – Draru! Yay!

Anne Mugisha

Note: Draru is the lady that is in prison over murder charges of General James Kazini

RESOLUTIONS OF THE NRM PARLIAMENTARY CAUCUS RETREAT


National Resistance Movement

NRM PARLIAMENTARY CAUCUS

 
        Plot 10 Kyadondo Road Box 7778 Kampala Tel: 346295 – 346279
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
OCTOBER 26, 2011
 
 
RESOLUTIONS OF THE NRM PARLIAMENTARY CAUCUS RETREAT
KYANKWANZI, 16TH – 23RD OCTOBER 2011
PREAMBLE
 
WHEREAS WE, members of the NRM Parliamentary Caucus have been gathered in Retreat at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi, from the 16th to the 23rd October 2011,
WHEREAS we were further joined by His Excellency Yoweri K. Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda and National Chairperson of the NRM,
HAVING been guided on the thematic focus of the Retreat by the NRM National Chairperson as being:
a). Conceptualizing and refocusing on the principles of the socio-economic transformation of  Uganda;
b). Urgent interventions by Government to deal with the current economic situation, which is negatively impacting on the population and the country as for example:
i). Unfavourable balance of payments, which among other things has contributed to the depreciation of the shilling, high bank lending rates, etc;
ii). Shortages and hikes of prices of such essential commodities as electricity, sugar, charcoal, fuel, etc; and
iii). Increased cost of production rendering locally produced items uncompetitive.
NOW THEREFORE, HAVING:
a). Received and exhaustively discussed the Keynote Address by the NRM National Chairperson titled, “Socio-Economic Transformation”, where he extrapolated for the meeting the four core principles of NRM as being:
i). Nationalism and Anti-Sectarianism;
ii). Pan-Africanism;
iii). Socio-Economic Transformation from a Peasant Society to a Middle Class and Skilled Workers’ society; and
iv). Democratic Governance.
b). Received and exhaustively discussed important presentations by various experts on the following topics, sectors and sub-sectors:
i). Macro Economic Policy and the Performance of the Ugandan
Economy;
ii). Monetary Policy, Inflation and Growth;
iii). The Energy Sector;
iv). The Agricultural Sector and Value Addition;
v). Job Creation;
vi). The Private Sector and Economic Development;
vii). The Trade Sector;
viii). The Transport Sector;
ix). The Tourism Sector;
x). The Outlook of Uganda’s economy in the global perspective; and
xi). Patriotism.
HEREBY RESOLVE AND RECOMMEND AS FOLLOWS:
 
1). MACRO ECONOMIC POLICY AND THE OVERALL PERFORMANCE
   OF THE UGANDAN ECONOMY
a). That the Caucus strongly endorses and supports the continuation and vigorous implementation of the current overall economic policy framework, with the vital components and elements of:
i) prioritizing investment in critical infrastructure (such as energy, the railway, roads and ICT);
ii) modernization of agriculture;
iii) value addition;
iv) industrialization;
v) export-led growth;
vi) building a modern services sector;
vii) better service delivery; and
viii) job creation to ensure socio-economic transformation and take off to middle income status.
The economic policy framework further, entails prudence and careful prioritization of sectors, sub-sectors and tasks while maintaining the current focus on:
i). keeping Peace, Security, Law and Order;
ii). ensuring Macro-Economic Stability;
iii). accelerating development of the Energy Sector critically needed for the economy to grow;
iv). industrialization by adding value to all our products that are not consumed fresh in respect of agricultural products, and adding value to minerals as well as forest products, promoting light engineering and ICT (BPOs, designs etc);
v). modernizing Services (tourism, professional services, banking services etc);
vi). Modernizing agriculture through the use of improved seeds, the use of modern agro-practices, the judicious use of fertilizers, irrigation, mechanisation and correct enterprise selection;
vii). Developing the human resource through ensuring literacy (alphabetization, numeracy) and skills for all, intellectualizing the widest possible sections of society and ensuring health for all through immunization, hygiene, nutrition, behavior change as well as ensuring that the medical and the midwifery services at the sub-county are adequate and accessible;
viii). Expanding and modernizing infrastructure such as roads, electricity, the railways, piped water, ICT etc which will help lower the costs of doing business in Uganda, thereby making enterprises profitable;
ix) promoting employment;
x) expanding the tax base;
xi) producing adequate goods and services for consumption as well as promoting exports to strengthen our shilling.
xii). The NRM having worked for the creation of regional markets in Africa and for access to international markets, must ensure that Ugandan goods and services reach regional and international markets so as to improve earnings and subsequently the welfare of Ugandans.
x). Special emphasis be put on resolving the shortage of some essential commodities such as sugar, charcoal, etc.
 
2). MONETARY POLICY, INFLATION AND GROWTH
a). The Caucus urges Government to utilize fiscal measures as a concurrent tool for dealing with inflationary pressures, accompanied by prioritizing public expenditurealongside the continued drive for increased productivity and growth in the economy in the medium and long terms.
b).The Caucus supports careful and prudent utilization of interest rates by the Bank of Uganda, as an instrument for controlling inflation in the short term. However, a multi-sectoral/multi-discipline task force or committee, to include the Central Bank and private sector among other stakeholders, should be constituted to study the matter further.
c). The caucus urges a particular priority for the Central Bank to urge commercial/retail banks to implement a fixed interest rate policy on salary loans so that ordinary working Ugandans are able to plan their financial commitments with some stability.
3). EMERGENCY INTERVENTIONS BY GOVERNMENT TO DEAL
     WITH SHORTAGES
The Caucus welcomes and supports urgent interventions by the NRM Government to deal with shortages of various commodities such as the removal of taxes and streamlining sugar imports. The caucus underlined that local production must be increased as the sustainable solution to meeting local and regional demand for sugar.
 
4). JOB CREATION
a). The caucus urged Government to put in place a number of requisite interventions in the short, medium and long-term to address unemployment. These should include among others:
1) Business Incubation Centers;
2) Business Processing Outsourcing (BPOs);
3) Technology transfer;
4) Accelerated value addition;
5) Shortening the time for issuance of licenses to investors;
6) Provision of common-user facilities e.g sheds;
7) Intensification of agricultural modernization at the village level;
8) Establishment of technical institutions;
9) Action learning;
10) Externalization of labour;
11) Internship  or apprenticeship;
12) Community-based centers for PWDs;
13) Promotion/ funding of the informal sector (hair salons, mechanics, masons, etc);
14) Establishment of an SMEs framework;
15) Establishment of industrial parks;
16) Packaging and promoting Uganda’s investment opportunities;
17) Implementation and popularisation of the Copy Rights Law and patenting;
18) Establish a one-stop reference/ data bank job center;
19) Establishment of a land fund for youth to engage in agriculture; and 20) Setting up of a skills and talents Development Fund.
5). THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The caucus called on government to fast-track the enactment of all pending commercial laws to facilitate efficient business processes. Such laws include but are not limited to:
a). The Counterfeit Bill;
b). Public Private Partnership Bill;
c). Chattels Securities Bill;
d). Industrial Property Bill, 2009;
e). Capital Markets Amendment Bill;
f). Sales of Goods and Supply of Services Bill;
g). Free Zones Bill;
h). Investment Code Amendment Bill;
i). Accountants Bill;
j). Anti-Money Laundering Bill;
k). Insurance Amendment Bill (2010);
l) Uganda Retirement Benefits Authority Bill
m). Company Bill
n). Public Order Management Bill
o). Compensation Bill (in special circumstances/ conflict areas)
p). Money lending Bill
6). THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY SECTOR
The caucus urged government to:
a) establish Consulates in Mombasa and Kuwait in order to facilitate bi-lateral trade and commerce.
b). the Ministry responsible for Trade should utilize the requisite statutory instrument to guide traders and business people on the standards and quality of goods.
c). Government should expedite the commencement of operations of Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) as a Government investment vehicle.
d). there is need to fast-track the rebuilding of co-operatives as vehicles for production, value addition and marketing.
7). BOARD OF SURVEY: INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
The caucus recommended that a Board of Survey to study and guide various Government projects/procurements on unit cost for infrastructural development be established. This would cover areas such as road construction and maintenance, the building of power stations, dams, boreholes, schools, etc.
More importantly, this would enable Government and other agencies to bench mark the costing of Government projects of independently verified figures.
8). LAND IN THE ALBERTINE GRABEN AND OTHER MINERAL RICH AREAS/ STRATEGIC INVESTMENT
a). The caucus called upon Government to urgently come up with a comprehensive policy and relevant legislation on land in the Albertine Graben and other mineral-rich areas in order to ensure its optimal use and mitigate against speculation and civil strife.
b). Government should come up with constitutional amendments to address land requirements for strategic public sector/ infrastructural investment and development.
c). It further recommended that the Land Fund be given priority in national budget allocation.
d). Government should establish a fiscal plan for the Albertine Graben region and other mineral-rich areas.
e). The caucus emphasized the need for funds to be provided for surveying and securing land in the entire country.
 
9). THE TOURISM SECTOR
Appreciating H.E The President’s decision to create a new fully fledged Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage, and noting the great potential of tourism in transforming Uganda’s economy, the Caucus urged Government to provide adequate funding to the ministry to promote tourism. It noted that tourism contributes significantly to GDP, brings in foreign exchange and creates employment in the country.
The caucus urged Government to deal with and tackle firmly, situations that may project a negative image of the country, thereby threatening the tourism sector and undermining investor confidence.
 
10). THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR, VALUE ADDITION AND EXPORT
       DRIVE
a). The caucus urged Government to provide adequate budgetary support and prioritizing budget allocation to agriculture by increasing its share from 4.5% to 7%. Additional funding would enable the ministry to pursue value addition by:
i). Coffee exports – Adding value to most of our coffee exports through processing so that we earn more from that product.
ii). Maize production – Adding value to our maize through the provision of maize mills possibly per sub county so that we export maize flour and manufacture animal feeds.
iii). Fruit production – Attracting or constructing fruit factories for the production of fruit juices and jams in Kayunga, Soroti, Luwero, Masaka etc where there is already significant fruit growing.
iv). Tea production expansion – Expanding the growing of tea on the bare hills of the South-West as well as other areas such as Mityana, Masaka etc.
v). Cotton milling and spinning – Leasing LAP and Phoenix textile factories to capable investors to convert all our cotton to textile instead of exporting it as lint.
vi). Milk production and expansion – Expanding the already successful milk sector by targeting the eventual provision of six (6) Friesian cows per homestead in rural Uganda.
vii). Leather production – Converting all our hides and skins to leather as well as rehabilitating all run down tanneries.
viii). Wheat growing – Supporting wheat growing in Sebei, including by tarmacking the road beyond Kapchorwa. Wheat growing can also be promoted in Karamoja, Kabale, Ibanda, Buhweju, Zombo etc.
ix). Sericulture – Supporting the production of silk, which is already being produced in Sheema and Kiruhura districts, and can be extended to other areas. The Ministry of Agriculture should study the compatibility of mulberry trees with other crops so that small holder farmers can grow the mulberry trees as boundary trees as well as windbreaks but also use their leaves to feed the silk worms.
x). Banana project expansion – Supporting the completion of the banana project being led by Dr. Muranga so that it can go into commercial production
xi). Wood products – Support and promote value addition to our wood products by promoting companies that make furniture, make wooden floor tiles, plywood and other timber products.
xii). Ferterlizer project – Compensating affected communities in Tororo so that the fertilizer project is revamped and there takes off.
b). The Caucus urges Government to accelerate the following:
i). increased investment in Research and Development Institutions;
ii). increased funding for research in indigenous knowledge, including medicinal plants and commercializing the resultant products;
iii). development of technology and industrial parks;
iv). revamping skills capacity building curricula as well as revising the syllabus on agro processing;
v). development of managerial acumen;
vii). prioritization of the provision of funding for heavy equipment and plants including tractors, combined harvesters etc and water for production;
viii). developing the beef industry by establishing abattoirs and attendant facilities in the cattle corridors, including Karamoja.
ix). Promote, empower and fund local fishing communities with better gear and related equipment to enhance the fishing sector, while halting illegal farming at lakesides and observing good fishing practices such as fish- farming;
x). Promote the expansion of cocoa-growing and value addition in Bundibudyo, Mukono and any other district;
xi). Enhance agriculture infrastructure with the provision of: water for agricultural production; valley tanks and valley dams for livestock; water for fish resources/ farming; disease, pest and vector control and regulation of livestock and fishes; quality seeds, stocking and planting materials;
xii). availing of cheap agricultural loans for farmers; and
xiii). Financial support be given to the Prison Department to become a seed centre for provision of seeds.
c). The caucus recommended the establishment of a taskforce/ committee to review the best ways to intervene in the villages in the various sectors of agriculture. This taskforce was charged to produce a concept paper on the same for the National Chairman and the Caucus.
11). PATRIOTISM
a). The caucus appealed to government to put in place an enabling law to operationalise Articles 8(A) and 17 of the Constitution of Uganda to promote patriotism, national interest and the Common Good, and the duties of a citizen of Uganda.
b). It further urged government to implement a recommendation by the NRM Parliamentary Caucus Retreat of July 2007, for the National Leadership Institute (NALI) to be designated and transformed into a modern National Leadership Centre. It recommended that the leadership centre so created must be fully strengthen and facilitated.
12). GENERAL
a). Among its general recommendations, the Caucus emphasized that political leadership should actively involve itself in mobilization and monitoring Government programs and projects paying particular attention to value for money and utilization of funds. The leaders with the responsibility to monitor projects range from LC I, LC III Chairpersons and Councilors, LC V Chairpersons and Councilors to Members of Parliament.
b). It urged Government to do everything possible to hold accounting officers accountable for the proper utilization of public funds and resources. These range from the Permanent Secretary, Town Clerk, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Sub County Chief, Managing Directors to Executive Directors of Commissions and Statutory Bodies, etc.
c). The Caucus recommended that the NRM Government and Parliament should work together to expeditiously iron out weaknesses in existing laws that undermine law and order, stability and general well-being of the citizenry. The legislation should additionally deal with economic sabotage, promote tourism as well as ensure that more investments flow into the country.
d). In addition, Government should urgently investigate the repeated delays in release of funds from Ministry of Finance to sector Ministries and Departments; and institute corrective measures to address these delays.
e). The Caucus recommended that Government fast-tracks the issuance of National Identity Cards by 2012 so as to stem the phenomenon of illegal immigrants.
f). The Ministry of Trade should conduct training of traders/ trade associations in export trade and industrialization. In addition, the ministry should work with Ministry of Education/ NCHE to promote training in applied international trade and business.
g). Government should strengthen inter-sectoral and intra-sectoral collaboration of its departments for better service delivery and socio-economic development.
h). In its concluding recommendations, the Caucus committed itself to fighting corruption and giving it zero-tolerance.
i). It undertook to meet quarterly to update itself of the state of affairs of the country.
j). Finally it created a Committee to work on its action plans in line with its resolutions.

The Real Reasons why the West wanted Gaddafi to go


By Aggrey Wanamamah

Africans should think about the real reasons why western countries are waging war on Libya, In an analysis that traces the country’s role in shaping the African Union and the development of the continent.

It was Gaddafi’s Libya that offered all of Africa its first revolution in modern times – connecting the entire continent by telephone, television, radio broadcasting and several other technological applications such as telemedicine and distance teaching. And thanks to the WMAX radio bridge, a low cost connection was made available across the continent, including in rural areas.

It began in 1992, when 45 African nations established RASCOM (Regional African Satellite Communication Organization) so that Africa would have its own satellite and slash communication costs in the continent. This was a time when phone calls to and from Africa were the most expensive in the world because of the annual US$500 million fee pocketed by Europe for the use of its satellites like Intelsat for phone conversations, including those within the same country.

An African satellite only cost a onetime payment of US$400 million and the continent no longer had to pay a US$500 million annual lease. Which banker wouldn’t finance such a project? But the problem remained – how can slaves, seeking to free themselves from their master’s exploitation ask the master’s help to achieve that freedom? Not surprisingly, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the USA, Europe only made vague promises for 14 years. Gaddafi put an end to these futile pleas to the western ‘benefactors’ with their exorbitant interest rates. The Libyan guide put US$300 million on the table; the African Development Bank added US$50 million more and the West African Development Bank a further US$27 million – and that’s how Africa got its first communications satellite on 26 December 2007.

China and Russia followed suit and shared their technology and helped launch satellites for South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Algeria and a second African satellite was launched in July 2010. The first totally indigenously built satellite and manufactured on African soil, in Algeria, is set for 2020. This satellite is aimed at competing with the best in the world, but at ten times less the cost, a real challenge.

This is how a symbolic gesture of a mere US$300 million changed the life of an entire continent. Gaddafi’s Libya cost the West, not just depriving it of US$500 million per year but the billions of dollars in debt and interest that the initial loan would generate for years to come and in an exponential manner, thereby helping maintain an occult system in order to plunder the continent.

AFRICAN MONETARY FUND, AFRICAN CENTRAL BANK, AFRICAN INVESTMENT BANK

The US$30 billion frozen by Mr Obama belong to the Libyan Central Bank and had been earmarked as the Libyan contribution to three key projects which would add the finishing touches to the African federation – the African Investment Bank in Syrte, Libya, the establishment in 2011 of the African Monetary Fund to be based in Yaounde with a US$42 billion capital fund and the Abuja-based African Central Bank in Nigeria which when it starts printing African money will ring the death knell for the CFA franc through which Paris has been able to maintain its hold on some African countries for the last fifty years. It is easy to understand the French wrath against Gaddafi.

The African Monetary Fund is expected to totally supplant the African activities of the International Monetary Fund which, with only US$25 billion, was able to bring an entire continent to its knees and make it swallow questionable privatisation like forcing African countries to move from public to private monopolies. No surprise then that on 16-17December 2010, the Africans unanimously rejected attempts by Western countries to join the African Monetary Fund, saying it was open only to African nations.

It is increasingly obvious that after Libya, the western coalition will go after Algeria, because apart from its huge energy resources, the country has cash reserves of around a 150 billion. This is what lures the countries that are bombing Libya and they all have one thing in common – they are practically bankrupt. The USA alone, has a staggering debt of $US14,000 billion, France, Great Britain and Italy each have a US$2,000 billion public deficit compared to less than US$400 billion in public debt for 46 African countries combined.

Inciting spurious wars in Africa in the hope that this will revitalise their economies which are sinking ever more into the doldrums will ultimately hasten the western decline which actually began in 1884 during the notorious Berlin Conference. As the American economist Adam Smith predicted in 1865 when he publicly backed Abraham Lincoln for the abolition of slavery, ‘the economy of any country which relies on the slavery of blacks is destined to descend into hell the day those countries awaken’.

REGIONAL UNITY AS AN OBSTABLE TO THE CREATION OF A UNITED STATES OF AFRICA

To destabilise and destroy the African union which was veering dangerously (for the West) towards a United States of Africa under the guiding hand of Gaddafi, the European Union first tried, unsuccessfully, to create the Union for the Mediterranean (UPM). North Africa somehow had to be cut off from the rest of Africa, using the old tired racist clichés of the 18th and 19th centuries ,which claimed that Africans of Arab origin were more evolved and civilised than the rest of the continent. This failed because Gaddafi refused to buy into it. He soon understood what game was being played when only a handful of African countries were invited to join the Mediterranean grouping without informing the African Union but inviting all 27 members of the European Union.

Without the driving force behind the African Federation, the UPM failed even before it began, still-born with Sarkozy as president and Mubarak as vice president. The French foreign minister, Alain Juppe is now attempting to re-launch the idea, banking no doubt on the fall of Gaddafi. What African leaders fail to understand is that as long as the European Union continues to finance the African Union, the status quo will remain, because no real independence. This is why the European Union has encouraged and financed regional groupings in Africa.

It is obvious that the West African Economic Community (ECOWAS), which has an embassy in Brussels and depends for the bulk of its funding on the European Union, is a vociferous opponent to the African federation. That’s why Lincoln fought in the US war of secession because the moment a group of countries come together in a regional political organisation, it weakens the main group. That is what Europe wanted and the Africans have never understood the game plan, creating a plethora of regional groupings, COMESA, UDEAC, SADC, and the Great Maghreb which never saw the light of day thanks to Gaddafi who understood what was happening.

GADDAFI, THE AFRICAN WHO CLEANSED THE CONTINENT FROM THE HUMILIATION OF APARTHEID

For most Africans, Gaddafi is a generous man, a humanist, known for his unselfish support for the struggle against the racist regime in South Africa. If he had been an egotist, he wouldn’t have risked the wrath of the West to help the ANC both militarily and financially in the fight against apartheid. This was why Mandela, soon after his release from 27 years in jail, decided to break the UN embargo and travel to Libya on 23 October 1997. For five long years, no plane could touch down in Libya because of the embargo. One needed to take a plane to the Tunisian city of Jerba and continue by road for five hours to reach Ben Gardane, cross the border and continue on a desert road for three hours before reaching Tripoli. The other solution was to go through Malta, and take a night ferry on ill-maintained boats to the Libyan coast. A hellish journey for a whole people, simply to punish one man.

Mandela didn’t mince his words when the former US president Bill Clinton said the visit was an ‘unwelcome’ one – ‘No country can claim to be the policeman of the world and no state can dictate to another what it should do’. He added – ‘Those that yesterday were friends of our enemies have the gall today to tell me not to visit my brother Gaddafi, they are advising us to be ungrateful and forget our friends of the past.’

Indeed, the West still considered the South African racists to be their brothers who needed to be protected. That’s why the members of the ANC, including Nelson Mandela, were considered to be dangerous terrorists. It was only on 2 July 2008, that the US Congress finally voted a law to remove the name of Nelson Mandela and his ANC comrades from their black list, not because they realised how stupid that list was but because they wanted to mark Mandela’s 90th birthday. If the West was truly sorry for its past support for Mandela’s enemies and really sincere when they name streets and places after him, how can they continue to wage war against someone who helped Mandela and his people to be victorious, Gaddafi?

ARE THOSE WHO WANT TO EXPORT DEMOCRACY THEMSELVES DEMOCRATS?

And what if Gaddafi’s Libya were more democratic than the USA, France, Britain and other countries waging war to export democracy to Libya? On 19 March 2003, President George Bush began bombing Iraq under the pretext of bringing democracy. On 19 March 2011, exactly eight years later to the day, it was the French president’s turn to rain down bombs over Libya, once again claiming it was to bring democracy. Nobel peace prize-winner and US President Obama says unleashing cruise missiles from submarines is to oust the dictator and introduce democracy.

The question that anyone with even minimum intelligence cannot help asking is the following: Are countries like France, England, the USA, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Poland who defend their right to bomb Libya on the strength of their self proclaimed democratic status really democratic? If yes, are they more democratic than Gaddafi’s Libya? The answer in fact is a resounding NO, for the plain and simple reason that democracy doesn’t exist. This isn’t a personal opinion, but a quote from someone whose native town Geneva, hosts the bulk of UN institutions. The quote is from Jean Jacques Rousseau, born in Geneva in 1712 and who writes in chapter four of the third book of the famous ‘Social Contract’ that ‘there never was a true democracy and there never will be.’

Rousseau sets out the following four conditions for a country to be labelled a democracy and according to these Gaddafi’s Libya is far more democratic than the USA, France and the others claiming to export democracy:

1. The State: The bigger a country, the less democratic it can be. According to Rousseau, the state has to be extremely small so that people can come together and know each other. Before asking people to vote, one must ensure that everybody knows everyone else, otherwise voting will be an act without any democratic basis, a simulacrum of democracy to elect a dictator.

The Libyan state is based on a system of tribal allegiances, which by definition group people together in small entities. The democratic spirit is much more present in a tribe, a village than in a big country, simply because people know each other, share a common life rhythm which involves a kind of self-regulation or even self-censorship in that the reactions and counter reactions of other members impacts on the group.

From this perspective, it would appear that Libya fits Rousseau’s conditions better than the USA, France and Great Britain, all highly urbanised societies where most neighbours don’t even say hello to each other and therefore don’t know each other even if they have lived side by side for twenty years. These countries leapfrogged leaped into the next stage – ‘the vote’ – which has been cleverly sanctified to obfuscate the fact that voting on the future of the country is useless if the voter doesn’t know the other citizens. This has been pushed to ridiculous limits with voting rights being given to people living abroad. Communicating with and amongst each other is a precondition for any democratic debate before an election.

2. Simplicity in customs and behavioural patterns are also essential if one is to avoid spending the bulk of the time debating legal and judicial procedures in order to deal with the multitude of conflicts of interest inevitable in a large and complex society. Western countries define themselves as civilised nations with a more complex social structure whereas Libya is described as a primitive country with a simple set of customs. This aspect too indicates that Libya responds better to Rousseau’s democratic criteria than all those trying to give lessons in democracy. Conflicts in complex societies are most often won by those with more power, which is why the rich manage to avoid prison because they can afford to hire top lawyers and instead arrange for state repression to be directed against someone one who stole a banana in a supermarket rather than a financial criminal who ruined a bank. In the city of New York for example where 75 per cent of the population is white, 80 per cent of management posts are occupied by whites who make up only 20 per cent of incarcerated people.

3. Equality in status and wealth: A look at the Forbes 2010 list shows who the richest people in each of the countries currently bombing Libya are and the difference between them and those who earn the lowest salaries in those nations; a similar exercise on Libya will reveal that in terms of wealth distribution, Libya has much more to teach than those fighting it now, and not the contrary. So here too, using Rousseau’s criteria, Libya is more democratic than the nations pompously pretending to bring democracy. In the USA, 5 per cent of the population owns 60 per cent of the national wealth, making it the most unequal and unbalanced society in the world.

4. No luxuries: according to Rousseau there can’t be any luxury if there is to be democracy. Luxury, he says, makes wealth a necessity which then becomes a virtue in itself, it, and not the welfare of the people becomes the goal to be reached at all cost, ‘Luxury corrupts both the rich and the poor, the one through possession and the other through envy; it makes the nation soft and prey to vanity; it distances people from the State and enslaves them, making them a slave to opinion.’

Is there more luxury in France than in Libya? The reports on employees committing suicide because of stressful working conditions even in public or semi-public companies, all in the name of maximising profit for a minority and keeping them in luxury, happen in the West, not in Libya.

The American sociologist C. Wright Mills wrote in 1956 that American democracy was a ‘dictatorship of the elite’. According to Mills, the USA is not a democracy because it is money that talks during elections and not the people. The results of each election are the expression of the voice of money and not the voice of the people. After Bush senior and Bush junior, they are already talking about a younger Bush for the 2012 Republican primaries. Moreover, as Max Weber pointed out, since political power is dependent on the bureaucracy, the US has 43 million bureaucrats and military personnel who effectively rule the country but without being elected and are not accountable to the people for their actions. One person (a rich one) is elected, but the real power lies with the caste of the wealthy who then get nominated to be ambassadors, generals, etc.

How many people in these self-proclaimed democracies know that Peru’s constitution prohibits an outgoing president from seeking a second consecutive mandate? How many know that in Guatemala, not only can an outgoing president not seek re-election to the same post, no one from that person’s family can aspire to the top job either? Or that Rwanda is the only country in the world that has 56 per cent female parliamentarians? How many people know that in the 2007 CIA index, four of the world’s best-governed countries are African? That the top prize goes to Equatorial Guinea whose public debt represents only 1.14 per cent of GDP?

Rousseau maintains that civil wars, revolts and rebellions are the ingredients of the beginning of democracy. Because democracy is not an end, but a permanent process of the reaffirmation of the natural rights of human beings which in countries all over the world (without exception) are trampled upon by a handful of men and women who have hijacked the power of the people to perpetuate their supremacy. There are here and there groups of people who have usurped the term ‘democracy’ – instead of it being an ideal towards which one strives it has become a label to be appropriated or a slogan which is used by people who can shout louder than others. If a country is calm, like France or the USA, that is to say without any rebellions, it only means, from Rousseau’s perspective, that the dictatorial system is sufficiently repressive to pre-empt any revolt.

It wouldn’t be a bad thing if the Libyans revolted. What is bad is to affirm that people stoically accept a system that represses them all over the world without reacting. And Rousseau concludes: ‘Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium – translation – If gods were people, they would govern themselves democratically. Such a perfect government is not applicable to human beings.’ To claim that one is killing Libyans for their own good is a hoax.

WHAT LESSONS FOR AFRICA?

After 500 years of a profoundly unequal relationship with the West, it is clear that we don’t have the same criteria of what is good and bad. We have deeply divergent interests. How can one not deplore the ‘yes’ votes from three sub-Saharan countries (Nigeria, South Africa and Gabon) for resolution 1973 that inaugurated the latest form of colonisation baptised ‘the protection of peoples’, which legitimises the racist theories that have informed Europeans since the 18th century and according to which North Africa has nothing to do with sub-Saharan Africa, that North Africa is more evolved, cultivated and civilised than the rest of Africa?

It is as if Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Algeria were not part of Africa, Even the United Nations seems to ignore the role of the African Union in the affairs of member states. The aim is to isolate sub Saharan African countries to better isolate and control them. Indeed, Algeria (US$16 billion) and Libya (US$10 billion ) together contribute 62 per cent of the US$42 billion which constitute the capital of the African Monetary Fund (AMF). The biggest and most populous country in sub Saharan Africa, Nigeria, followed by South Africa are far behind with only 3 billion dollars each.

It is disconcerting to say the least that for the first time in the history of the United Nations, war has been declared against a people without having explored the slightest possibility of a peaceful solution to the crisis. Does Africa really belong anymore to this organisation? Nigeria and South Africa are prepared to vote ‘Yes’ to everything the West asks because they naively believe the vague promises of a permanent seat at the Security Council with similar veto rights. They both forget that France has no power to offer anything. If it did, Mitterand would have long done the needful for Helmut Kohl’s Germany.

A reform of the United Nations is not on the agenda. The only way to make a point is to use the Chinese method – all 50 African nations should quit the United Nations and only return if their longstanding demand is finally met, a seat for the entire African federation or nothing. This non-violent method is the only weapon of justice available to the poor and weak that we are. We should simply quit the United Nations because this organisation, by its very structure and hierarchy, is at the service of the most powerful.

We should leave the United Nations to register our rejection of a worldview based on the annihilation of those who are weaker. They are free to continue as before but at least we will not be party to it and say we agree when we were never asked for our opinion. And even when we expressed our point of view, like we did on Saturday 19 March in Nouakchott, when we opposed the military action, our opinion was simply ignored and the bombs started falling on the African people.

Today’s events are reminiscent of what happened with China in the past. Today, one recognises the Ouattara government, the rebel government in Libya, like one did at the end of the Second World War with China. The so-called international community chose Taiwan to be the sole representative of the Chinese people instead of Mao’s China. It took 26 years when on 25 October 1971, for the UN to pass resolution 2758 which all Africans should read to put an end to human folly. China was admitted and on its terms – it refused to be a member if it didn’t have a veto right. When the demand was met and the resolution tabled, it still took a year for the Chinese foreign minister to respond in writing to the UN Secretary General on 29 September 1972, a letter which didn’t say yes or thank you but spelt out guarantees required for China’s dignity to be respected.

What does Africa hope to achieve from the United Nations without playing hard ball? We saw how in Cote d’Ivoire a UN bureaucrat considers himself to be above the constitution of the country. We entered this organisation by agreeing to be slaves and to believe that we will be invited to dine at the same table and eat from plates we ourselves washed is not just credulous, it is stupid.

When the African Union endorsed Ouattara’s victory and glossed over contrary reports from its own electoral observers simply to please our former masters, how can we expect to be respected? When South African president Zuma declares that Ouattara hasn’t won the elections and then says the exact opposite during a trip to Paris, one is entitled to question the credibility of these leaders who claim to represent and speak on behalf of a billion Africans.

Africa’s strength and real freedom will only come if it can take properly thought out actions and assume the consequences. Dignity and respect come with a price tag. Are we prepared to pay it? Otherwise, our place is in the kitchen and in the toilets in order to make others comfortable.

Ugandans Abroad react with mixed emotions to Gaddafi’s death


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The death of Muamah Gaddafi has been received with mixed reactions from Ugandans abroad. Some are happy while others want this to be a lesson to everybody including the remaining dictators in Africa. One Ugandan, Dr.Owor Kipenji, who is based in Australia said: ‘Much as some are moaning, others are rejoicing the death of Moamar Gaddafi, I think the world is letting go of opportunities that can help future generations from suffering the wraths of the likes of Gaddafi and his brood. Looking at how all these fascist despots came to power, on the belief that they were the “saviours” of their oppressed peoples, it would help us to know what it is that is peculiar to these brood that turns them to become despots.’’

‘’People like Saddam Hussein,Osama Bin Laden,Moamar Gaddafi and those soon to join them like Museveni should have their brains studied so that Medical science can figure out what aberration exist in them and see whether that can be used to predict the fascist tendencies that these fellows end up with. If that can be pointed out, definitely the international community would act to stop such people from gaining power. The megalomania that characterizes these despots should not be left unstudied to save the world from their fantasies.

‘’You now hear Mr Museveni bragging of being ‘’Ssabalwanyi’’. I wonder whether he thinks he is unbeatable. I hope he has not during the years built an underground tunnel to Gisenyi from Rwakitura, otherwise the day Ugandans will agree to beat him up, all those fake titles he brags about will fall off the roadside. Gaddafi’s demise should make Mr Museveni rethink his strategy otherwise he will go worse than Gaddafi has had his life ended, just like a rat thief in a water sewer!’’

Anotheer Ugandan at Heart based in NewYork, Edward Pojim, responded to Dr.Kipenji with his own analysis of the mental disorder that is disturbing dictators:’’The cause of this mental disorder is called hubris: an exaggerated confidence and belief in indispensability. Once he wills himself into believing his own insurmountable might, the dictator will start creating ascending orders of titles to match his ever expanding ego and delusion.

‘’But, as we saw today, no title will save a brutal dictator like Gadaffi when the people finally undress the king and mete out a revenge. History is littered with supposedly untouchable dictators who died similar undignified deaths.’’

‘’The Poet, John Donne said ” No man is an island unto himself and therefore every man’s death dimishes me, for I a part of the mankind.” May be so, but today, will with Victor Hugo’s time-tested warning, “No might of an army can stop an idea whose time has come.” The writing is on the wall.’’

OCAYA Mike pOcure, based in USA, also added:’’ First, none can do some clear researches and, or studies on such persons because, the world is being ruled by paranoia whereby there exists the justice of an eye for an eye which is being peddled by America – the World’s Only Super Power with her allies in Europe!’’

‘’Take the example of how Saddam Hussein was killed because they fear if Saddam were to be brought to the open world Court he would say many things which would entice the American regimes. Again, they have to kill OSAMA, and now they have to kill this brute Gaddafi meanwhile they are leaving Mubarak for their own individual analysis. People in Egypt do know that Mubarak was kept that long in power because of unwritten agreement with the American State and Defence Departments!’’

‘’Second, their justice system is just a mirror of racism as we are seeing on the former Yugoslavia in the ICC but not George Bush Jr and Tony Blair! So brothers, and sisters do not trust this type of study to take place in the near and, or a longer future!’’

While one Charles Kamukama sent a message to UAH: ‘the real question is “when will some people in Europe be ready to accept that Africa is part of the global human family,and not an
irrelevant appendage whose marginalization is un acceptable outcome “The arena through which Gaddafi has been ousted out by NATO under the disguise of the Libyan rebels is true manifestation of vicious neo-colonialism.

‘’Borrowing a proverb from Runyankole that “eziguruka zitamanyiine ziterana amapaapa” which literally means that’ birds which fly without mutual concession hit wings amongst themselves’, this should open eyes to all African heads of states to mutually come together and fight this imperialism that is cropping up in the name of bringing peace and protection of human rights.

‘It is true that peace doesn’t mean stationing soldiers at every locus that seem to burst against the dysfunction of the state but freedom of people to live together and respect each other within the established constitution. Peace is in the hearts of Africans and isn’t based on the guns, but on the sense of humanity. Therefore, our dear leaders; peace is no less than war but rather; idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith willingly to accept changes according to the asocial demands. Leaders build this internally and foster it to all African states this will seal off lines of weaknesses and inevitably dismantle this neo- colonialism.’’

Mwenda’s Investigative journalism skills are amateurish


Hello UAH,

 

Andrew Mwenda’s article in the independent this week on the link: http://www.independent.co.ug/cover-story/4750-oil-bribery-scandal is very disappointing. He failed/ refused to establish his research/ investigation methods.  He  also failed to post copies of the said fake documents.

 He claims that  East African Development Limited  (EADL) is not registered in Nairobi but he does not state whether it was operating as a parent company or just a trading name for another company.

He also does not state who he approached to find out about the existence of such a company.

 Mwenda claims that he used  former US Secretary of state Gen. Colin Powell’s 40 to 70 percent principle which he turned into a 50 to 70 percentage of proof. But he does not acknowledge that this calculation is false because the term proof and authenticity are subjective and thus personal narratives. What appears to be authentic to him can be very false if presented to me. Just like his article looks excellent to him, to me, it is characterised by amateurishness as far as the subject he investigated is concerned in relation to how he carried out his inquiry. For example, he never exercised any sense of caution in his presentation of findings. He never used words such as “appear”, “may”, “suggests” “could be” etc. He also never invited other researchers to try and pick interest in this case so as to establish more reliable findings.

He also appears to be appealing to authority in all his arguments. This is because he keeps making reference to powerful people like Yoweri M7, Colin Powel, the police chief etc. This is wrong. Simply because Colin Powel used a certain method, it doesn’t make it right or reliable. Secondly, because a certain police chief said blah blah, it doesn’t mean that what he said was right.

One lesson that he has to learn is that whenever one starts presenting any piece of work, one must inform the reader about oneself. For example, in Mwenda’s article, he should have declared who he is in terms of profession, role, experience and what motivated him to do such an investigation. He is  also supposed to declare his biases and also state what he has done to ensure that they do not influence the outcome of his inquiry.

Mwenda can deny that he has no biases or predispositions as far as this issue is concerned but from the phenomenological point of view, researchers do hold certain beliefs/ biases before the beginning of their inquiry. Therefore, it can be argued that he had a conflict of interest and it is also possible that he wanted to save the NRM government from shame.

In a nutshell, Mwenda has no capacity and experience to carry out such an investigation. He used wrong methods and approaches. For example, he should have used private detectives with sound knowledge on fraud. But he foolishly went to M7, a person who is implicated in this saga.

He should have requested for credit reports on all people implicated in this saga so as to establish their wealth and credit history. Another most important issue is his failure to establish the underlying intent to defraud by his source, basing on his knowledge of the false nature of the documents which were handed over to him. Tell the reader why his source could risk handing over false documents to him.

Lastly, did he bother to hand over his findings to another investigator and see if he  can corroborate his findings were he to carry out a similar investigation?

I have critiqued Andrew Mwenda’s writings and I could not believe that this guy lacks adequate intelligence to even comment on less serious matters.
 
I emailed him and told him to go back to Charles Onnyango Obbo, David Ouma and Wafula Oguttu and ask for refreshers training.
 
Partly, Obbo, Wafula and Ouma are answerable for Mwenda’s deficiencies because they hiped him when he was still mentally raw and then presented him to the people of Uganda as an intellectual. But the guy’s reasoning is still totally wacky.
 
Mwenda can not function without the mentor-ship of Wafula, Obbo and Ouma.He needs to know this. Sometimes people need to know what they can realistically achieve on their own so as not to over-estimate themselves.It is up to Mwenda to do a honest reflection on his deficiencies.

 

RICHARD MUKASA

LONDON

Grant to Busitema University will definitely boost its Strategic plans


Busitema University started as an agriculture training centre

According to the Monitor , Busitema University has received a grant worth $398,850 (about Shs1.2b) from the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (Mepi) and the National Institute of Health to establish a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at its Mbale campus.

These fellows are serious. I happen to have travelled with the Chancellor, Professor Omaswa, while he was heading to the US to seek partnership with some Med Schools there. The Busitema University itself is already functional and they commandeered the former Nagongera NTC as their faculty of Education. So, as far as creating seemingly well intentioned educational institutions are concerned, you give them Kudos. Whether they operate as per their label claims, quality wise is another thing altogether!

Busitema was from the outset supposed to be a University that centred on agriculture technology. Unfortunately the 1971 coup took place and many things changed and somehow not to lay to waste the structures that had already been erected, it was made a college of Agriculture mechanisation. That they have revived it and made it a University is a welcome idea.

Now on the issue of the Medical school using Mbale and Tororo Hospitals, this is due to some of the infrastructure that already exists within these hospitals. Mbale has for long been a Regional referral hospital where among other things medical interns were being supervised. Tororo Hospital has for some time now been the Centre where Postgraduate students doing community practice where for the most part of their study based. Added to that, the distance between Tororo and Busitema is much shorter than that between Busitema and Bugiri. Infact, if I am not mistaken, it is only the distance between Busitema and Mbale that may be less equidistant and with the infrastructure already in Mbale, there is no need to go to Bugiri.

As to some people’s concern about the mushrooming Medical schools in places like Mbarara,Gulu and now Busitema,even if Mulago Hospital were to be primarily a University Teaching hospital,it would not have the capacity to absorb all the students that are presently admitted to Medical School. It would still require more land for expansion to meet that demand. What we should be concerned with is quality not the number of medical schools. I happen to have supervised many graduates from Mbarara Medical School and found them just at par with those of Makerere, so, there is no cause for alarm.

Unfortunately there appears to be no land for expansion .IUIU has taken some land in the Namakwekwe area and what used to be the School of Health Inspectors is now a Nurses College. Namatala that was once upon a time swampy is turning out to be the nidus for New Mbale with many posh hotels being erected at every corner. So, as far as the development plan goes, they may have to revert to high-rises if they are to expand on the existing capacity.
In anycase, the hospital has been competing with the Clinical Officers (formerly Medical Assistants) training school for space so, either the relocate this school and thus expand the hospital facilities or go the high-rise way.
Hopefully the local politicians meddling in the hospital management issues will soon rather than later realize the folly of their means.

Dr. Owor Kipenji
UAH forumist in Australia

Museveni Should Stop Mbabazi from ‘Destroying’ Prof Bukenya


Folks,

The story that the IGG defied the Attorney General and Vice President because he is close to alternative centres of power is nonsense. The centre of power in Uganda is Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (YKM) and sooner rather than later that will become apparent. I see a situation like the one Mr Njonjo Mugane and Biwott faced in Kenya when they thought they were untouchable and could do anything including murder. Is YKM happy that those so called alternative centers of powers are showing it openly?

If the story about Hon Janet K Museveni in the Daily Monitor on 9th/10/211 under the headline: ‘’Janet bangs table over Bukenya’’, is correct, then the country will soon see interesting developments. Like I said before, anyone who deludes him or herself that he or she is the alternative centre of power to YKM with his (mostly) set of civil servants, judges , police, security etc, is playing with YKM. Ask yourself this, how did how Hon Banyenzaki who was arguably Hon Bukenya’s most loyal supporter end up in the cabinet? Well he is alleged to have teamed up with Hon Janet. K. Museveni to vanquish a key member of the mafia team in Kabale former Minister, Hope Mwesigye. The mafia are so busy but so are their powerful rivals too who can cause change immediately.

We arrived in Kenya at the time when Mr. Charles Njonjo was facing a high powered Commission of Inquiry into his conduct. It was the place to be if you could get in. Mr. Njonjo was ably defended by Sir William Deverell then of Kaplan and Stratton, and Mr. Paul Kibugi Muite then of Muite and Waruhiu advocates, he cut a lonely figure.

On the other side was Mr. Lee Muthoga as the lead lawyer (he had earlier teamed up with Mr. Muite to defend the late Wangai Mathai against marital infidelity allegations by her then husband former Langata MP, Mr. Mwangi Mathai.

When the Commission was over, Mr. Njonjo had no passport and used to beg Mr. Moi to give him one so he could accompany his family abroad. He sued to be photographed at the airport biding his muzungu wife and children kwa heli and wishing he could go too. It did not happen for a long time. And Mr. Njonjo had to wait until politics changed.

Why this background? Because alternative centre of power cannot withstand the power of commander in chief. Mark you Mr. Njonjo was discreet in his strategies.

Now the big question: Can anyone humiliate YKM and get away with it?

The column by Mr. Karoli Ssemogerere under the headline:’’ Bukenya: high crime or misdemeanour?’’, was also insightful. Will The IGG force Hon Bukenya to table cabinet minutes which are deemed state secrets? If Hon. Bukenya, Hon Kutesa, Hon Nassasira and Hon Rukutana Mwesigwa cannot table those minutes, how can they get a fair trial?

The acting IGG may force Ugandan MPs to do what their Kenyan counterparts did: send the IGG equivalent packing. That is how Dr Lumumba ended up with no job. The MPs were fed up with the high drama.

Karoli Semogerere defends his law school classmates caught up in the storm against the accusations by some of us that they are partial. Fair enough.

Now the big question: can the office of the IGG go toe to toe with YKM? That is why YKM will shut the IGG/CHOGM because it touches on state secrets.

And yes, YKM is right that Hon Bukenya did not steal any CHOGM money. Why? Because the beneficiaries are those who own Motor care who it turns out has a Danish angle. As Karoli points out, Danish are the key donors to the judiciary which sort of explains why Ms Irene Akakwansa let them off the hook.

CHOGM is headed for an anti-climax now that the IGG and the magistrate are about to touch YKM’s right eye. Stay tuned.

Someone wrote to me that the PM Mbabazi may be using his former aide, the IGG, to settle political scores in Rukingiri hence the question: what is PM Mbabazi’s relationship with Jim Muhwezi and the Kaboneros?

It has also become very clear that all the people connected in this case from the IGG to judges are ‘related’ to Amama Mbabazi in one way or the other. They studied with Mbabazi and graduated with him in the same year as shown in the photo document attached. They are in those positions because of arguably their good relationship with Mbabazi.

According to a book of Faculty of Law MUK Kampala, Published in Nov 1993 when the faculty was celebrating the Jubilee since 1968 where it includes the staff and alumni, No.2 on the list is Mbabazi, No. 21 is Justice Kibuuka V. F. Musoke who cancelled Bukenya’s parliamentary seat, and No. 28. Is Justice Mugamba Paul who is in for the High Court?

With this evidence, one can argue that Amama Mbabazi seems to have lined up a team that is ready to bring down Prof Bukenya by the use of the courts of law even if all the cases will not be judged rightly. It’s a great pity for our Judiciary system and those who still think that this case is about CHOGM not politics.

UAH FORUMIST IN USA

The Mafias have punished Bukenya but let them learn from Kenya


Professor Gilbert Bukenya

It is a good thing politically for Hon Bukenya to be in jail because it shows the real intentions of the mafia in Museveni’s cabinet. The only problem is that the mafia may poison him while in Luzira prison. And let me say something about the chief magistrate who sent Bukenya to Luzira. Some may interpret it as harsh but what the heck. I believe Ms. Irene Akankwasa is the daughter of the late Lawyer Mr Gedion Akwankwa then of Hunter and Greig who was gunned down in Nakasero in 1981- because he had been the lawyer for YKM/UPM. She was orphaned at a young age and now she is being used by the Mafia to hunt down their enemies using the law.

Ms Irene Akakwansa is a daughter to the late prominent lawyer Mr Gideon Akakwansa (RIP). Now we are waiting to see how she will handle the real sons of the soil, and I mean the real Bahiima; forget those who are questionable where they came from. Mr Kutesa and Mr Nassasaira are the real thing.

I have been in touch with some legal practitioners in Uganda and they too thought postponing the ruling and cancelling bail in the same week was funny. Kumbe they were waiting for Ms Irene Akakwansa to give them a clue. Justice Kibuuka’s reputation who also cancelled Bukenya reelection as MP in Busiro, is now gone. All of them will be purged the way it was done in Kenya. Forget the moment that justices have tenure. They will be purged without mullion. Let them go and ask Bernard Chunga. After being dismissed as Chief Justice, the LSK(Kenya) denied him a practicing license. He must be chilling somewhere in Luo Nyanza without pension too!

Uganda may witness what Mr Moi did to the Ouko Commission of Inquiry then led by then Justice Evans Gicheru -later CJ after Chunga was fired in the purging of Moi puppets in the Judiciary. Once the inquiry was getting closer to Mr Moi, to be exact once the name Biwwott was being mentioned, Mr Moi shut down the commission of Inquiry. Folks, do not laugh, with Mr Kutesa and Nassasira in line, YKM could send the IGG home and move around thsoe involved. yes Ms Irene Akakwansa’s father may have been gunned down for depening YKM and UPM them but Mr Kutesa and Mrs Nassasira are something else.

Hon Bukenya’s legal strategy was funny. He did not necessarily hire the best, but the most connected lawyers-real sons of the soil. He hired Mr Kabega who is great and also Mr Tumusime Enos who is a brother in law to Mr Nassasira and the late Dr Mugyenyi, having married sisters.

The conditions of the native are becoming more nervous and that is not a bad thing for the country. All cylinders-I mean-the oppressive systems are now firing. For Hon Bukenya, bad news has come in more than pairs: losing his parliamentary seat while at the same time in prison. Everyone is piling on to gain favor with the mafia and even Ssebagabe(M7). Hon Bukenya is sort of unlucky because his file is always sent before establishment judiciary types. Hon. Paul Mugamba from Toro-I am not saying he is biased-is the son of the late former Chief of CID, Mr Mugamba (RIP). I know Justice Mugamba’s sister is reading this message from the great state of New York. So reflect on it. The country is watching and the condition of the natives is now a nervous condition (Satre on Fanon).

Some people are wrong too to call Hon Bukenya a Murundi. That thinking is retrogressive: always deny whoever is deemed antagonistic his true identity. It is true that Hon Bukenya came from humble beginnings as he has made that known to the public. Just accept it that there is diversity of opinion among the Baganda, which is actually Buganda’s strength not weakness. I hope his mother will not be overwhelmed by the latest developments. It takes case like his to expose the judiciary in Uganda for what it is: corrupt

Bribing voters was the reason Bukenya’s reelection was cancelled, but who did not? Now will Justice Muganda son of the late CID chief do better than Justice Kibuuka? Your guess is as good as mine. Ah, independence of the judiciary n Uganda. Phew!

To the Prime Minister, Mbabazi let me say this: look at Kenya but particularly the fate that befell Mr. Charles Mugane Njonjo and later Nicholas Kipyetor Biwott. Both had immense power with their own line of friendly judges to nail alleged rivals. But how did they end/ Mr. Njonjo faced a very costly commission of Inquiry where his dirt was aired. Nicholas Biwott who had been Mr. Moi’s aide during the Kenyatta era ended up in jail briefly after Mr. Moi disbanded the Ouko Commission of inquiry. Their lives were never to be the same again.

And let me also tell you something: PM Mbabazi and Nicholas Biwott have another thing in common: both are proposed up by their ties to Israel. That is where I sometimes feel PM Mbabazi feels he can do anything hoping for another Bar Lev-Barlev was the man who put Amin in power because he was in charge military signals- to put him into power.

Well Mr. Njonjo and Biwott who are much wealthier than PM Mbabazi could not save them from Moi’s humiliation. There was a time when Njonjo was a lonely man for to be seen in his company was enough to finish one politically. The mistake Njonjo and Biwott made was to over reach and creating the impression that they were untouchable or were doing things on Moi’s behalf. Remember PM Mbabazi never fought, they say he was busy eating sausage in Sweden .So he cannot say “we fought”. He did not.

If he is delusional that he is acting on YKM’s behalf to even use his side kicks to get closer to the sons of Hiima land pure and you could not get anyone pure as Mr. Nassasira or Mr. Kutesa. They could manipulate Hon Bukenya and send him to Luzira or even influence election petition because he is from Busiro. But now that they have gone after Ibanda and Nyabushozi, stay tuned.

I am betting that YKM will shut down the IGG which will also have ramifications on other political figures. PM Mbabazi should ponder what happened to Mr. Charles Mugane Njonjo and Nicholas Kipyetor Biwott because they way he is operating he is about to get a test of what they got.
No we are not saying justice should not prevail. What we are against is selective, defective and vindictive prosecution.

Who benefited from the CHOGM auto deal that has landed Hon Bukenya in Luzira? It was Kabonero of Casino, brother to Uganda’s Ambassador to Rwanda, Richard Kabonero, who are in laws to Jim Muhwezi.
I mentioned Ms Irene Akwankwa’s murdered father for reason. I hope you take time to figure it out why. it is people like her who have put Ugandan in jeopardy. You would think that given her traumatic past she would not let herself to be used but I guess she learned nothing or maybe they provided for them. She is actually there because her father was murdered.

Yes Hon Bukenya made mistakes and some were costly but he now understands the mafia he was dealing with. They are not satisfied that they killed his son so they are now going after him. And Luzira, a confined place is their best bet to achieve their goal. But one day they or their children/grandchildren will pay for the sins of their parents. That is how Ugandans work. Ugandans never forget.

Given the tight security at the courts, authorities had an advance warning of Irene Akakwansa’s ruling. She must have shared everything with the mafia all the way. And that is the independent judiciary some in NRM wants us to respect. Nope.

The message to Hon Bukenya is hang in there and expose them-the mafia. Do not quit or cut deals. They too have children who shall pay the ultimate price.

W.B.Kyijomanyi
UAH forumist in NewYork

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