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The Jailing of Reverend Dr John Magumba in the UK is very unfortunate


Rev. Magumba

It is sad news about my Lecturer, fellow missionary, fellow Ugandan and Brother in Christ, at Uganda Christian University, from Bishop Tucker Theological College. A story was reported in the London Metro of of friday yesterday of a Ugandan Church of England Vicar, the Reverend Dr John Magumba, who was jailed for arranging at least 28 fake immigration marriages between Nigerian men and Eastern European women. He was in charge of three parishes in Rochdale and had also swindled church funds. He pleaded quilty to all the charges. He was found out when a large number of Nigerian men suddenly began to attend his churches and
registering for marriage with Eastern European women. Suspicion was raised about the high number of marriages he was presiding over when in that area, where hardly many people bother to get married in church and a lot of these wedded couples did not seem to have permanent addresses in the area and seemed to be coming from London.

It is unfortunate for he was one of the promising reverends, a bright man, born again, and was happily married the time I knew him. People fall in temptation and sin, but they confess, repent and ask for forgiveness. Surely, God forgives everyone who asks for that’s the very reason Jesus, the Christ came to earth, was crucified on the Cross, went to the grave, descended to hell and rose up from the grave triumphantly.

Church of Uganda has frustrated many reverends and from different dioceses and by various vicars, archdeacons, bishops and the powers that be. Others are lay people, lay leaders. Others are the relatives and friends of our church leaders who also mislead them. Many prosperous reverends have been dropped off and many have gone abroad. In particular, Rev. Dr. Magumba is from the once embattled Busoga Diocese under the heavy hand of Bishop Cyprian Bamwoze. Many of us live abroad by choice so as to stay in the Church. Many have left Church of Uganda those who could not tolerate. Many have left with all the good training we get from church of Uganda churches and schools and have started churches and schools of their own and have prosperous.

What I am saying are open secrets. Many organisations have sprung up as alternatives such as African Evangelistic Association where we had reverends who were not bound by the Church.

I am appealing to all Church loving people, all Christians, all born Again Christians, to get more involved in church affairs, speak up, correct, encourage, uphold, and help clean up wherever it is needed. No one is above God. No one is above Jesus Christ. Jesus is the head of our Church and we are His Body. Get involved and pray for the Holy Spirit to lead in all the choosing of our leaders in our churches.

Out of respect for my God Almighty, our church leaders, my family and relatives, I choose not to give details. If you want the details, send me email and I will tell you.

On another note, many reverends do not speak out against the atrocities dictator Museveni and his cohorts how he has destroyed our country. they hide their heads in the sand and think that the danger will pass. When it passes then they will go back to Uganda ans carry on business as usual. Jesus, whom we follow did not agree with the status quo. He overturned them, they were not comfortable, “yabatuuzanga obufofofo”. Many are abroad as economic refugees. But they say nothing, they don’t raise up these issues in their host countries. God has raised us up , He has called us and anointed us to be a voice for the voiceless. Rev. Dr. Magumba was highly esteemed in UK, and at Oxford, where I also was privileged to be. I don’t live in UK, so I don’t know if he has done something, but we have not heard about him.

When God puts you in a position of responsibility, He expects you to deliver. In the mission to the suffering, marginalised, oppressed, poor and voiceless. Maybe God wants to remind Rev. Dr. that he had a mission and was raised up for that. For that Brother is known worldwide. It is unfortunate that he has fallen out of grace. He could have done so much to make money instead of that dubious course he took. This is caution to everyone who is using the name of God in vain. God always protects His name. It is a commandment not to use God’s name in vain. The good thing is that God does not give up on us. Rev. Dr. will chill out in prison and may come back to his senses why he was called and raised up.

My prayer is that Rev. Dr. may be redeemed since he has fallen and that God may raise him up once more.

“And if it seems evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve;
Whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood,
or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:
but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15


Rev. Jessica Nakawombe
UAH forumist in USA

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“LET’S ALL DROP EVERYTHING AND UNITE AGAINST NODDING DISEASE”


Right now, am reading with shock a news Headline on the front page of The New Vision of Wed 25 January, 2012, titled “Nodding disease kills 200 children in north”! In the news, 200 children have died from Nodding disease, 3,000 children are reported affected by January 2012, yet a month ago, the figure of affected kids was 2,000. Dr Mbonye, the Commissioner for Health Services in the Ministry of Health fears that the disease could be spreading to Lango, and that EACH FAMILY IN TUMANGU SUB COUNTY IN KITGUM DISTRICT” has a case of “Nodding disease” – yet we are all very busy, fighting corruption, going for retreats in Kyankwanzi, walking to work, preparing for the visit to Uganda of 2,000 MPs from around the world, and collecting signatures for the federal referendum.

Fellow Countrymen and women, for once, LET’S ALL DROP EVERYTHING AND UNITE AGAINST “NODDING DISEASE”. This epidemic is worse that AIDS, it is MORE IMPORTANT than oil, it is the kind of thing for which parliament should be called back from recess immediately.
A month ago, Acholi MPs proposed that Acholi Sub Region be declared a disaster area but nobody paid attention to them, so they also went on their normal business.
• Madam Speaker, please recall parliament immediately to discuss this catastrophe and do not discuss anything until a satisfactory process to deal with the catastrophe has been reached.
• Please any MP, not necessarily from Acholi, re-table the demand that the worst affected areas be declared disaster areas.
• Please Cabinet, scale down all expenditure that are not life-saving and avail funds for the onslaught against “Nodding disease”
• Please Govt, declare three National Days to solely reflect on “Nodding disease”, during which all people of good will should travel to Tumangu Sub County, at their own expense, no per diems, no transport refunds, to listen and get first-hand testimony from people living with “Nodding disease” .
• Please Opposition, during those three days, do not ridicule any efforts or apportion blame. For the first time in the history of independent Uganda, let the world see a Uganda united in the horror of “Nodding disease”, by having all leaders of political parties sitting together, listening to the horrific tales of the disease from the victims and their parents. Let the people of Acholi get solace from seeing a united front of Uganda’s leaders, against the disease.
• Let the “United Against Nodding Disease National Days” be a Friday, Saturday & Sunday so that all places of worship plead with God to give us a solution to this deadly monster.
• Let’s lock partisan politics out of “United Against Nodding Disease national Days”
If Govt cannot spearhead this, in the spirit of non-partisanship, let it be the leadership of Acholi to lead us in this crusade, we shall all show solidarity.

Beti Olive Namisango Kamya-Turwomwe
PRESIDENT
UGANDA FEDERAL ALLIANCE

Colonel Samson Mande Reveals almost everything that happened before and After Luwero Bush war


Dear Ugandans,
This is a colonel Samson Mande special picked from his exchanges on Facebook with other Ugandans. He answers almost all questions Ugandans have always wanted to ask him. Samson Mande is a member of UAH forum and a former UPDF officer.

ABOUT HIS UPCOMING BOOK

We got into the black book of the detractors of the revolution. We do not need permission to write books and a few ex-NRA have written. I am finalising the chapter 11 of mine “NO MORE TEARS OF JUSTICE” and you will soon read it. He laughs best who? In Alex Mukulu´s 40 yrs of banana he was asked why all x- Ugandan but M7 had no ears on their portrait. Remember what he said.

My book will be marketed worldwide for international readers; Ugandans may find it in other countries but since iam not writing it just for commercial purposes I may get people read it on internet. Plus, I believe that democracy, freedom of speech, expression are a temporally problem. We will gain our freedom soon. Who knows, I will launch the book in Uganda soon.

His rank in the army and about the course in Nigeria

If people knew me well they should have remembered that I hold a symbol PSC which I got from Nigeria´s senior division of the command and staff college, records available are that my grade was A+. We are still a handful who holds that symbol in the history of Armed forces in Uganda. I am reliably informed that not only one of all that followed me got an A rating like me. Most of those young officers u see are still struggling to get that symbol and some who have got it are my products.

If some of you had to be objective and broad, u should have seen how around all the modern armies and see how old are their commanders, even those that normally command complicated operations like in Iraq, Afghanistan etc. Do you think those countries have a shortage of young officers? I should just let people know that am not here to win people because am not in any contest.

Every Ugandan should have become a colonel if it was as easy as some of you think, as for professionalism, go to the Army records and look at certificates- I hold the highest, you will also learn from there that iam the one that wrote the Establishment of the Army, I from NRA to UPDF and that the little semblance of an army you see takes shape from there and continues to improve, on age limit which you are obsessed to. Several generals that run the Army today are older than me but nobody has thrown them out yet as some of you are suggesting. In any case, where does that leave General Yoweri-the oldest?

I had never been on’’ Katebe’’, I always held good appointments and offices. The only awkward situation was when I was on in detention for charges whose trial was never delivered to conclusion (justice delayed is justice denied).

Life abroad

I live on what I sweat or freeze for and not on any pay list for donors, I’m a donor instead. People should know that am not in hiding and if iam involved in criminal acts there is Interpol I should be delivered to justice.

Let me educate some of you that half of my family is Bahima and my best half for the last 23 years is a Muhima. And in fact my best man and best friend is a serving Muhima General, even M7 knows him, a few business associates I still have in Uganda are Bahima officers in UPDF.

I for one trained and promoted many Bahima officers such that some of you are at a loss if you say I hate Bahima officers because they were promoted. If you had enough information about the military discipline you would have known that it is an inspiration to train a soldier and you see him gaining a higher rank than yours. I think it’s the same with teachers- they are always very happy to say this engineer, this president this doctor was my pupil or student.

President Museveni

The man (Museveni) whose portrait some of you wear ate the revolution from its embryo, he is now doing the finishing touches of eating the revolution. If you knew the name he was baptised by NRA combatants in the Bush, you wouldn’t dare put that photo of his on your face for it stinks. Some of you want us to believe that you don’t know that NRA never died, it just changed name and state to UPDF?
Museveni was at one time in TZ for 8 years in the first liberation against Amin, he was in the same country iam during the second liberation, and did it stop him from tackling internal problems?

General Tinyefunza

You don’t have to believe what I wrote about Tinyefunza, records are available, people in Gulu and the entire North can tell the story about Tinyefuza better than me,. I gave my testimony it’s your duty to go to the population and investigate.

These “allegations” as some of you have chosen to call them were not made recently and have been in public. Why has Afande Tinyefuza never refuted them or any other known authority.

We did not go to fight Idi Amini and Dr Obote in order to get ranks we fought that the country could overcome mayhem, corruption ,other forms of mismanagement, tyranny so that “all” Ugandans can have peace and prosper. At least that’s what we were told and that is what many of our comrades in the NRA died for. I see all the vices we fought against which we had literally stamped out of most parts of Uganda except in the North and East where it took so long and they are left a generation behind-cause being the partly what I highlighted in that small article. Could history be repeating itself because you have wiped out all officers who maintained the NRA revolution values and retained ‘’indisciplinados’’ like afande Tinyefuza , Patrick Amama Mbabazi or job seekers and looters?

The brutal methods afande Tinyefuza introduced in the North did not help Uganda to finish the on-going Northern conflict; he and several others that followed him got defeated by more over an altar boy Joseph Kony. Now I really need to finish this book quickly because it details answers to some of your simple questions. For instance it was civilians that used to appeal to me to save their people, their property whenever they were being molested, just because they had seen the difference between us and the new comers in the field.

Once again if some of you are just looking for the truth, why do you detest talking to the victims? For instance a gentleman like Hon Omara Atubo can show you torture marks inflicted on him by soldiers on afande Tinyefuza´s orders.

True no one should claim to be an angel, we should look into conduct of all armies; UA, UNLA, NRA, UPDF and all militias; LRA, ADF, FUNA, URF, UPA, UPDA, HOLLY SPIRIT etc all that used military power to solve political and diplomatic problems caused death, we all pulled triggers, exchanged fire and in the process shot and killed each other. That is common in a war situation and there is international law that governs and guides us on conduct during war situations. Those that did not follow the law should be delivered to justice or let justice be delivered to them. Like Operation North a scotched earth policy was full of crimes against humanity. Healing cannot be done if we put humility and truth aside.
Let me remind u that am not in a struggle for power, iam like millions of Ugandans who don’t see the freedom and justice that we fought for and the better future of our country, for that I don’t need guns, I know how painful it is to fight, people can only go fighting if you push them to the wall.

Truth Justice and Reconciliation commission(TRC)

Shouldn’t it be better for the country to set up a Truth Justice and Reconciliation commission like South Africa did after the Apartheid regime fell? Because u might end up being fed on accusations and counter accusations, my word against theirs and you´ll get more confused. Attempts for Northern Uganda people were made to have the ICC investigate both sides-LRA and UPDF in vain, only LRA is being investigated and that’s not fair but selective justice.

Agriculture

As far agriculture is concerned that’s my hobby am doing very well and helped several communities to modernise their own. In Rukungiri where I and my family have two farms: one in Kebisoni and the other in Kambuga, we have been supplying grade 1 heifers to many developing farmers in the districts around. In Buganda I initiated the Busunju growers’ society and paid my savings to kick-start the horticulture scheme around Mpigi, Mubende, and now horticulture is one of the best income earners in local and foreign exchange.

In Ngoma, I and my family have some of the best beef cattle and if u go to Ngoma and ask them about a road called Mande road they will show it to you. This is a road I built from my savings and it connected Ngoma trading centre to Biduku.

In Mbarara my farm is located on 14-15 miles on Kikagati road at a place called Kyeirumba where I have 10 acres of a banana plantation and very good cattle.

Death of Colonel Muzoora

On Muzoora´s case, we are waiting for the outcome of the investigations going on, it’s too early for anybody to say he embarrassed himself after all we don’t know exactly how he died. Suppose it turns out in future that he died for a credible cause? One’s terrorist can be another ones hero. Today’s hero can turn out to be tomorrow’s villain. Today’s terrorist can turn out to be tomorrow’s statesman- remember the Mandela case. Wasn’t he a convict yesterday what is he today. Let’s not be judgemental and let’s give ourselves time. Time will tell.

Prison

I have never stepped in Luzira prison not even to visit a prisoner. Some of you have called us robbers, rapists, terrorists, traitors, tribalists, whatever you wish but that not what we are. I have a humble track record, I have made history and Ugandans know me well, you have failed to push me into the garbage heap of history and perhaps that’s why you look at us as a threat and hate some of us because we have remained the opposite of what you represent.
I have never said am an angel because to error is human, a messiah and an authority on how to tackle Uganda´s problems. If you forget your past, you may not know where you are and where you are heading. History is very valuable in our development.

Some of you are being judgemental when you say my hands are not clean because that’s prejudice at work. In my small ways as an individual iam doing the best I can to participate in political, social and economic problems in Uganda and I have contributed allot to needy people, who would not have rather got education, some are very highly educated living and working in Uganda and several other countries abroad (mind you many of these are not my relatives). They even read these posts and wonder what wrong with you and more so some are Bahima.

UFM

I got information about the mishandling of 35th batalion which was mainly UFM. The official message was that they had refused instruction from the Brigade commander. They were surrounded and disarmed in a skirmish way that resulted into deaths. I am not well informed about what happened later, whether they were refused to perform funeral rites of those that died in the scamish. By then I had been removed from the North and posted to the school of infantry in Jinja.

President Kagame

Some of you said Kagame cannot let any colonel run away but he has several who run away and are making allot of noise against him. Kayumba is charged of treasonable acts, that he was throwing grenades in Kigali, Furuma who is in the US and General Habyarimana in Switzerland on similar charges. People can always escape from any prison.

Northerners in NRA

Yes we had northerners in the NRA throughout to mention a few; Dr Bata, Maj. Ondoga, Lt Col Dradiga, Lt.Col Toyem, Brigadier Nasur Izaruku-he actually brought in with him about 200 fighters from West Nile. Definitely I participated in many operations against legitimate targets and will be willing to appear before the TRC if someone thinks I committed crimes. Remember even F W de Clark appeared be4 the RSA TRC he is now free and a Nobel Prize winner.

Luwero Bush war & Kabale Bank operations

As for Kabale bank operation during the struggle, yes I led the raid, I signed for all the money I commandeered and delivered it all the NRA high command. Of the hundreds of banks that the NRA took money from its only me that documented what I took and this enabled paying back of the money back to Kabale bank after the war. That should show you the difference between officers’ discipline and way of handling operations. Some committed crimes some didn’t.

I commanded the operation that commandeered money from the currency centre, I know how much there was in the bank and how much we took. Records are there in the bank and my signature on. I took with me Hon Bright Rwamirama(now minister) to help me in the internal procedures, he is the one who filled the ledger. Some people in the bank had advised I shouldn’t sign so that they too can take some money and even take some to my parents. Listen to what I told them “NRA are not a bunch of thieves i am taking this money and when we capture government we shall bring it back”. I remember the BBC caught up with M7 and asked him whether the NRM was not a gang of thieves since we are “robbing banks”?

He comfortably replied to them “how can a robber go to a bank and sign for the loot he has taken. He told them “these were public resources under our control since we had taken effective control of the area from the Junta”. If Major Kabareebe went and took money from another bank iam not aware and he should tell. I know that many operations like that took place. None of those commanders signed for the money they took from banks.

If the money in question is that I secured from the Kabale B.O.U Currency centre, I did my job as an operation commander, signed for the money and delivered it to the NRA high command intact for onward administration. I am reliably informed that that money was duly returned to the centre after the war and you can verify this. I want all Ugandans to know that we were by then the government in charge of the National Assets in the Western Uganda since we had taken over control of the area from the JUNTA led by the late Gen. Tito Okello Lutwa. Do some of you want to tell me that the JUNTA did not use the B.O.U assets in the regions they control?

You should perhaps have started by asking me if it was necessary for me to go to the bush, if it was a legitimate cause and if the operations I led were legitimate. I will answer your question directly; I led legitimate operations and they were necessary, I have a history of rejecting wrong orders and I never appeared anywhere near unit tribunal or court martial for breaking the code NRA of conduct during both the struggle against Idi Amini and Obote (R.I.P)

There were incidents where individual NRA commanders committed mistakes and killed innocent civilians. While we punished some of them harshly the victims have not been compensated. There are also several that went away with it, while isolated incidents of massacres due to poor judgement of commanders manifested. When you put the TRC in place don’t be surprised to see residents of Luwero coming up to accuse the NRA of such crimes and demanding justice. However, the huge massacres were really conducted by UNLA. When it comes to the innocent people that died in cross fire between NRA and UNLA they are very many, don’t u think they deserve justice too? And let’s not confine ourselves on one area, one conflicts, do justice to all Ugandans then you have a nation, do selective justices then u scatter Uganda into pieces.

There was no policy to kill civilians but what would one call a method of work employed in all units, not written on paper as a policy, not mentioned as a crime in the code of conduct but that method could have been used to kill hundreds of people without taking them to any court of law? KIPINGAMIZI KIFE . My conscience tells me that many people died in cold blood, they left behind children and relative who don’t understand why their dear ones died and UNLA, NRA, UFM are responsible. DONT FORGET THOSE THAT DIED IN NAKULABYE MASSACRE 1964, IN LUBIRI 1966, Idi Amini rule, the ITENDERO MASSACRE OF MOSLEMS 1979, MUKURA MASSACRE, OMBACI MASSACRE, ACHOLI PII, just to mention a few. These are not only the ghosts that haunt our national unity but a timing bomb if the truth continues to be hidden. We have to start diffusing the bomb otherwise we are leaving our children in a worse future than some of us have lived in.

It was a cocktail of ideas, Liberators, power hungry politicians, communists, capitalists, federalists, refugees, revengists etc. The end justifies the means: At the beginning of an action I might not be able to determine whether that action is morally right or wrong, but when the morally right goal is successfully achieved, then the steps which led to it must be morally right too.” Machiavellian principle may answer the question. Unfortunately, it seems each grouping in the cocktail has its own end.

Landmines

Both the NRA and UNLA used land mines. All NRA units had experts in laying mines, Luwero triangle was large and many operations of that nature were conducted and hundreds of mines laid. it’s hard for me to know who laid a land mine where, a thorough investigation can be conducted to know perhaps which unit operated where when, even if some particles of the mine that was used were kept for forensic investigations it’s going to be difficult to know whether the mine that hit your relative was UNLA or NRA since we shared the same stores of arms any way.

I also know that an entire bus “Ssebyala´s bus hit a land mine in 1982” and am not sure victims were compensated. These are accumulated bills for the TRC to handle.

NRA had people to protect from UPC also, had politicians fighting for power and had other people revenging what UPC did to them in Nakulabye and Lubiri in 1964 and 1966.

We did not choose to go to the bush. It was not a picnic it was a matter of life and death. We were forced and painfully pushed into the bush. Where was the nation when we were being molested and pushed to the bush? The nation didn’t protect us from that pain, we found ourselves there and we had to survive by all means necessary. In such a situation allot of things happen

UNLA murders

It’s not only in Luwero that people got killed and it’s not after the NRA went to the bush that people started getting killed . This happened well before NRA went to the bush and More over the first bullet against Obote 2 regime were fired in Luzira by UFM. Maj. Obama who was killed in Kampala during the election time, DP lost a parliamentary candidate in Kasese, in the Army a number of soldiers were rounded up and killed in Makindye and Bugolobi, Haji Mbiringi, late Rwancwende, Sam Karuhanga were killed in cold blood in Mbarara. There was pandemonium all over the country targeting political opponents of the Obote 2 regime. In Kasunganyanja Tooro, there is a mass grave of DP and UPM supporter that were killed under the orders of Captain Opeto (later nicknamed Pilato)

Many people went to the bush for fear of their dear lives; the issue was not whether UPC was elected democratically or not, the mayhem, pandagari, and daylight robbery made many seek refuge in the bush. Definitely some opportunists took advantage of that to recruit people to fight for other motives. If the regime had not mishandled people it would have been difficult for anyone to wage war successfully.
What did we achieve when we went to the bush that can inspire me to do the same? I am in exile, it’s a little better. I went to the bush to protect myself from being killed in cold blood. It was painful and costly to me and many Ugandans. Today iam protecting myself in a cheaper way.

In a war situation all sorts of people take advantage. The ones that stole more were the UNLA , they even unroofed iron sheets and took them.

My primary objective during the war was survival. Thanks to the bush. I didn’t go in order to amass wealth plus, the time I spent working in government I earned well, was able to do my personal business and get established, i am satisfied. I know how to make billions whether am in government or not. My major problem is exile and seeing suffering masses because of the high levels of corruption. This leaves me wondering what our brothers and sisters died for. Those that died trying to put an end to the suffering of the masses.

I think the best way out of the puzzle is to stop the blame game because everyone has good reason to blame the other. Let us go for National dialogue and form a consensus on how to the country should proceed on political issues. The TRC will help to put the blame game to a conclusion, let bygones be bygones and unite to build our country.

Kabaka Should not have ‘advertised’ his infidelity because he is a role model to many


UAH was the one that broke the news about Omulangila Ssemakokiro on 16/01.2012 but none of the media in Kampala acknowledged this


The recent introduction of the young son of the Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II; the press hype, jubilations from kingdom loyalists and congratulatory messages from all and sundry leaves a lot to be desired about the moral standings of Uganda’s Political and cultural leaders.

A son for the Kabaka means a steady lineage for the kingdom is maintained, it also means confidence in the cultural leadership by the loyalists and more so; what the Buganda kingdom desires most: a well-structured, strongly founded and formidable force in the quest for the independence of Buganda through the cultural leadership. This indeed should keep The Kingdom’s well-wishers jubilating for some time.

However, the coming on of this desired “gift” in Buganda and the act prior to it, albeit the good reasons, is more of a reflection of the moral decadence that our leaders; instead of fighting, are simply fostering and nurturing strongly. President Museveni has always been in the bad books of the opposition for the alleged “rigging of elections” and “habouring” of corrupt officials in his regime, a gospel the opposition has always preached with zeal and enthusiasm to the extent that even my grandmother; though not blessed with the advantage that technology has brought into the media house, believes that president Museveni’s government is a den of corrupt leaders through here say. Religious leaders too have been in the condemnation of the present regime.

We are now prompted to ask ourselves what the difference is between a “vote rigger”, a “corrupt leader” a “dictator” (the list of names is long) and a cultural leader who once vowed before the congregation of God to remain committed to his queen during the “times of troubles, tribulations, famine, scarcity, poverty, wealth and tests” and to be with her “till death!!!” Is this the biblical story of the adulterous woman and the hypocrites who could not cast a stone upon her since none was clean enough at replay? Some may argue so!

As a young generation, however, and a Christian community; we need to reflect upon the following in light of the above:
• Leaders should practice what they preach! If the opposition (including the Kabaka, his loyalists and the clergy) have been in the forefront castigating Museveni’s regime ; urging that he should resign, I think this the time they began pushing for the Kabaka’s relegation to the bible class in the Anglican Church. This would lead to his re-baptism! It would also be necessary if the queen is given the freedom to speak out her view about this infidelity because she is in a holy union with the Kabaka and therefore free to seek divorce. She is still fertile as well, and if given a chance, would do what has been done.

• Religious leaders should also remember that all sins, as noted in the “Holy Book” carry the same weight and attract equal punishment!! Applauding and congratulating the Kabaka upon this mischievous deed tantamount to condoning sin and irreverence in the church. In this case, they are hypocrites upon whose necks the millstone should be tied and cast in the deepest waters!

• The morality of the future generation depends on the actions of the present. How would the Kabaka defend a man whose wife seeks divorce when her husband errs out of the wedlock and fathers a son in secrecy? Would we blame her if she did so even though she has four children at home already? He should realize that actions by leaders are contagious!!

Till then, we remain waiting to hear from moralists!!!

L’Oluma Loican-Mam-Epasi
UAH forumist
katakwiconnection@gmail.com

Rebel UPC Youth to Invade Uganda House Soon to effect the dubious court order


COPY OF COURT ORDER USED BY THE PULKOL GROUP

Dear Congress Leaders,

We have reliable information to the effect that Pulkol/Museveni Youth group plans to invade and occupy Uganda HOUSE 6 Floor Party HQTS inorder to restore Major Rurangaranga and John Odit in their respective offices.

I would urge the Youth that the main application of that case has not yet been heard and judgement passed.The hearing is schedule for 7/February/2o12,therefore no-one has been restored to his office.We are still waiting for the interpretation of article 26 on the transitional provisions from the courts.

The Youth should observe Law and Order since we are in Court and refrain from acting unlawfully.

Those who care to advise them-please do so.We should wait for the due process of the law to take its natural course and act within the Constitutional frame work of UPC.

Attached below is the copy of the Uganda Gazette Vol. CV No.02 dated 13th January 2012 APPROVING THE 2008 UPC CONSTITUTION. It was approved on the 3rd January 2012 BUT came into force on 13th /January/2012 under the general notice NO 21 OF 2012 ON PAGE TWO OF THE ATTACHMENT.

All the actions taken by the Party President was done under the 1970 Constitution. Therefore, NO CASE.

We appeal to the PULKOL/MUSEVENI group to embrace Reconciliation, Dialogue and Forgiveness so that we build a united Party as we prepare for 2016 general elections.

Thanks

Aroma Patrick
UPC National Youth Leader

GAZZETTE APPROVING UPC CONSTITUTION OF 2008PAGE ONE

GAZETTE APPROVING UPC 2008 CONSTITUTION PAGE TWO

UK- Ugandan Diaspora’s reaction to recent arrests and detention of political opposition leaders and activists


Besigye in a scuffle with the police

UK- Ugandan Diaspora’s reaction to recent arrests and detention of political opposition leaders and activists . 

2012 brings a lot of uncertainty in Uganda as the year is already mirrored by violent, unjustified brutal arrests of opposition leaders and Activists for Change(A4C) who have taken action to draw attention to the unbearable rising cost of living, aggravated by rampant corruption, high inflation rates and bad governance by the NRM Government and its leadership.

This year so far the country has been hit by a massive traders strike which cost the country an estimated Ushs40b ($16m), immediately followed by a vigorous re-launch of the peaceful walk to work protests led by opposition leaders and political activists where many Ugandans were unlawfully arrested, manhandled and detained without charge.

These recent events are simply part of the systematic and continuous process of legal restraints on civil liberties, clampdown on political protests and dissent which the movement government has been using to gain unfair political advantage to consolidate power following multiple sham elections.

Given that the Ugandan constitution provides for the rights to: freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, freedom to demonstrate peacefully under article (Article 29. 1d), recent events and actions by the NRM government suggest a contradiction given the brutal police arrests, teargassing of opposition leaders/ activists, oppression of peaceful rallies by the NRM government which amounts to political persecution contradicting article 43(2a).

We therefore demand the following

  • An immediate release of detained opposition activists
  • A set up of an independent commission of enquiry to investigate the root causes of public grievances that have resulted in demonstrations.
  • The withdrawal of the “shoot to kill” statement made by Mr Museveni reported by(The New Vision 2012)
  • An immediate stop to the illegal, unnecessary deployment of armed personnel, the interruptions of peaceful public rallies in and around Kampala and the rest of the country.
  • Immediate government investigation and prosecution of the accused corrupt officials like the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi inter alia.
  •  Denouncement of  the  suppressive Public Order Management Bill and demand its withdrawal given that it is  an illegal instrument being used to suffocate the rights of Ugandans (Muwanga Kivumbi vs Attorney general).

The demands here forthwith are necessary for the entrenchment of democratic values to exercise their freedom and human rights.  Failure to address these genuine concerns raised will amount to further grievances which could push Ugandans to seek alternative ways of expressing themselves.

As such, we demand that the Government observes its obligation to respect and protect the right of peaceful assembly ICCPR enshrined in (Article 21).

 

Signed by:

Belinda Atim (Human Rights Activist)

Charles Mugagga (Secretary)

Richard Semitego (Pro-Democracy Activist)

 

 

IPC PRESS STATEMENT ON THE STATE OF THE NATION AS NRM CELEBRATES 26 YEARS IN POWER


INTERPARTY COOPERATION, IPC

IPC Bureau, 6, Katonga Road, Lower Nakasero, KAMPALA

 

 

+ Embargoed for release before  0930 Hrs EAST January  17, 2012,

 

PRESS STATEMENT

ON THE STATE OF THE NATION AS NRM CELEBRATES 26 YEARS IN POWER

 

 

Kampala, Tuesday 17th January 2012

 

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press,

 

Please accept our most heartfelt best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year, 2012. We hope that it will bring joy to you and your loved ones. We are optimistic that this year will bring major victories in the struggle for genuine democracy, and good government. This year is important.  This October, Uganda marks 50 years of independence. It is time to take stock of the achievements and failures of the last half a century and propose a way forward for our country.

You have all heard that the NRM government will, as usual, spend huge sums of tax payers’ money on its own January 26th anniversary. The theme of NRM’s 26th Anniversary is:  “Uganda the land of opportunities: NRM’s Contribution during the last half of the 50 years of Uganda’s Independence”.

This ever lavish celebration comes at a time when over 7000 teachers have not received their December 2011 salary. This is the same time when the government has, to date, barely five months to the next budget reading managed to release only 20% of the development budget. The level of unemployment among the youth in Uganda has shot to a dangerous 83 per cent. This puts Uganda in second place after Niger in the world to have the youngest and most unemployed population.

They celebrate this January when we all recall that this last Christmas alone, at least 14 mothers failed to witness the joy of childbirth when died while in labor at only two hospitals that were reported. At Mulago Referral Hospital, 12 mothers were reported dead while two others died at Lacor Hospital in Gulu. We all know that many others countrywide died unrecorded. How can a woman celebrate this day?

 

  1. Uganda’s external debt has risen nearly fourfold in three years to $4 billion, or 24 percent of gross domestic product, and is expected to rise to 31 percent of GDP by 2015, according to a government report released in March 2010. Uganda’s external debt stood at $1.1 billion in June 2006. Yet there is nothing to show for the huge debt burden, most of which has been squandered by corrupt government officials. The health system is down, the roads are in shambles, the education sector is ailing – teachers at all levels of education are threatening to strike again unless their grievances are positively responded to.

 

  1. Corruption scandals have bedeviled the nation, involving some of the most influential officials in the NRM government. Nearly half of the cabinet is implicated in one way or the other in a corruption case. In their preliminary defence, some implicated ministers have mentioned the president’s name. This can not be taken lightly. This is the year to uncover all the truth regarding corruption at the highest level in this country. This is the year when citizens should demand full accountability without fear or favor.

 

  1. Inflation in Uganda is at a staggering 31%. Interest rates have risen to un-proportional levels, the cost of money is killing business. The traders are on strike. Schools are opening shortly with hiked fees, parents, whose salaries and incomes in general have not improved at all in the past year are at a loss at what to do. We know where it all started. During the last fraudulent Presidential elections of February 2011, the ruling party, under the leadership of the president raided the national coffers and spent over USh. 650 billion, (without approval by parliament), in voter bribes and other election related pledges. USh. 169 billion has been paid out to one individual, the chairman of the NRM Entrepreneur League in dubious circumstances that the president attempts to deny any knowledge of.  We know who is responsible for the economic hardship Ugandans are facing today and we will not tire until all those who have caused this crisis are held accountable for their actions.

 

  1. Uganda’s human rights record has continued to plunge. Authoritative  reports including the Uganda Human Rights annual reports document The Uganda Police Force as  leading in human rights abuse. In response, the president found it ‘prudent’ to reward the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura with a new contract and promoted him to Lt. General.  Now, Elizabeth Kuteesa, the infamous former head of CID who confessed to having forged evidence in the scandalous rape case of Col. Kizza Besigye has been seconded by the government and appointed to an important INTERPOL job. We condemn these two developments in the strongest terms and call upon all Ugandans to petition fellow citizens and the international community to see that these two persons who should be answering serious charges of human rights abuse and professional indiscipline respectively, are not rewarded. Impunity must stop.

 

  1. While Uganda at he national level currently produces sufficient food to meet the needs of its population, the proportion of Ugandans unable to access adequate calories increased from 59% in 1999 to 69% in 2006 (2010 estimates: 72%). 38% of Uganda’s children under 5 years suffer from chronic malnutrition (stunting). 16% suffer from underweight. 6% suffer form acute malnutrition. In response, the president of Uganda has publicly opposed the school lunch programme in UPE schools.

 

  1. With all these and other outstanding failures of the government, it is inconceivable that the NRM government should be celebrating. In fact the whole idea of January 26th being a National day should be abolished, as it is a partisan celebration in a multiparty democracy.  It should be conveniently forgotten just like the Idi Amin’s January 25th liberation day celebrations. For the deplorable economic social and political condition in which Uganda finds herself today, the party that boasts of having contributed to half of Uganda’s independence period, NRM does not have the moral authority to celebrate. The gross leadership failures of NRM cannot be the just price of the hundreds of thousands of human lives that were lost and the tremendous social cost of   the 5 year guerilla war in which we all participated or were affected indirectly or directly.

 

  1. 07.  We call upon all Ugandans to boycott the forthcoming scandalous January 26th celebration and demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the 26 year mismanagement and plunder of their country through every constitutional and democratic means available to them. We appeal to all Ugandans to organise activities to denounce the 26 years of lies, public theft, land grabbing, hoodwinking and selfish leadership.

 

  1. IPC has warned Ugandans for years now, of the dangers of state inspired corruption, endless presidential term limits and excessive presidential powers. Now the results are here for everyone to see. IPC will vigorously continue with the struggle for electoral reforms. There cannot be genuine democracy unless term limits are restored, the powers of the president moderated and an independent Electoral Commission is constituted. These are critical for the future of democracy in Uganda. We call upon all Ugandans, especially organised civil society groups, to campaign aggressively for social. Political and economic reforms.

 

  1. We call upon all Ugandans; students, youth, traders, importers, exporters, farmers, teachers, medical workers, drivers, artisans, factory workers, civil servants in general, those employed in the informal sector, employers, tenants –  all – to dedicate this year of Uganda’s 50th anniversary to organise themselves and demand for their rights, and insist on accountability from the NRM government which has made it its business to steal public funds, lie, hoodwink, threaten, bribe, and to brutalise peaceful demonstrators. We shall stand by anyone who seeks redress and unjust treatment by this corrupt government. We will announce the schedule and nature of our own activities in due course.

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY

On behalf of:

Hon. John Ken Lukyamuzi, President General, Conservative Party, CP

Col. (Rtd) Dr. Kizza Besigye, President, Forum for Democratic Change, FDC

Hon. Mike Mabikke, President, Social Democratic Party, SDP

Owek. Joseph Mulwanyamuli Ssemwogerere, Patron, Ssuubi

Signed:

 

Asuman  Basalirwa, President, Justice Forum, JEEMA                                                         CHAIRMAN IPC

 

 

 

 

Mbabazi & Basajjabalaba are consequences of autocratic rule- Says Beti Kamya


Tuesday 3 January, 2012

The 9th Parliament must be congratulated for fighting corruption.My concern, though, is that they are shooting at consequences of Uganda’s problem rather than its cause. Corruption, human rights abuse, electoral malpractices, Mbabazi, Basajjabalaba are consequences, NOT the cause of autocratic rule, therefore, fighting them offers temporary relief, not cure.

Imagine a garbage heap where waste from an abattoir are dumped. Maggots, a consequence of rotting waste will attract marabou stock (kaloli) and flies. Neighboring residents might chase away the marabou stock with stones and spray the flies, but since they come searching for maggots, they will keep coming back as long as the abattoir functions. A permanent solution would lie in investing in an effluent system which treats waste, at the abattoir – expensive the investment might be, but it’s the only way through which maggots that attract marabou stock and flies can be stopped.

Similarly, if termites threaten to destroy a nearby structure, harvesting edible ants flying out of their anthill will not save the structure. The anthill must be demolished and Queen Ant removed, else, the termites will never go away. There is no easy way out of a huge problem. Parliament should fight the termites and marabou stock (read corruption and human rights’ abuse) but more importantly, they must go for the root CAUSE of problem – the queen ant or the abattoir (read the constitution or the system).

The cause of Uganda’s problem is her Constitution, which makes the president Head of State, Head of Govt and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. S(he) appoints the vice president, prime minister, chief justice, ministers, heads of statutory bodies, judges, commissioners, RDCs, Presidential advisors, vice chancellors, CAOs, ambassadors and permanent secretaries. S(he) apportions the budget at his/her discretion. In Uganda, the president is the sole employer, provider and benefactor, in short, displease him at your peril, yet, while holding office, s(he) is not liable to court proceedings!

There is a feeble attempt by the constitution to give parliament an oversight role but that can fall flat in the face of the president’s immense influence, if /when s(he) chooses to use it!

In the 1962 Constitution, Obote was Head of Govt, while Mutesa was Head of State and Commander-in-Chief. In the UK, the Prime Minister is Head of Govt while the Monarch is Head of State, Commander-in-Chief and Head of the House of Lords. In the USA, the vice president is elected alongside the president as Running Mate, therefore, cannot be fired by the president, plus the president has little influence on what happens in the States, that being the jurisdiction of Governors. In Kenya, the Chief Justice, judges and electoral commissioners apply for their jobs to an independent commission, power has largely been devolved to 47 Counties and the central govt budget has been cut to 20%. Only in Uganda does the President appoint everybody. Ugandan presidents beat up anybody who tries to grab power from them and rig elections to keep it because there is only one power center. Patronage and corruption flourish under Uganda’s presidents because cohorts, sycophants and job seekers surround and cheer them.

Ugandans are so engrossed in fighting corruption and human rights’ abuse, ignoring that those are just consequences, NOT the cause of autocratic rule, a consequence of the immense power vested in the presidency by the constitution.

Article 74 of the constitution of Uganda empowers citizens to change political systems through referenda. During 2012, UFA will mobilize Ugandans to evoke Article 74 and petition the Electoral Commission to organize a referendum, in 2015, to vote out the current political system that overloads the president with power, and vote in an equitable system that reduces those powers.


Beti Olive Namisango Kamya

PRESIDENT, UGANDA FEDERAL ALLIANCE

ufapresident@gmail.com

Beti Kamya’s UFA Engagement With Electoral Commision


Tuesday 10 January, 2012

 

 

 

Eng. Dr. Badru M. Kigundu,

Chairman,

Electoral Commission,

Jinja Road,

Kampala.

 

 

PETITION TO THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION TO HOLD A REFERENDUM FOR THE PURPOSE OF CHANGING THE POLITICAL SYSTEM OF UGANDA AS PROVIDED FOR UNDER ARTICLES 1, 2 & 74(1)(C)(3) OF THE CONSTITUTION OF UGANDA

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Please accept our cordial regards and good wishes for the New Year to you, personally, and to the entire community of the Electoral Commission.

 

We thank you for honouring our request for a meeting with the Electoral Commission by inviting us here today. The names and designations of our delegation are at the back of this document – please turn to the last page as I introduce them to you.

 

INTRODUCTION

As you are no doubt aware, Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA) subscribes to federalism believing that it is the most equitable political system for Uganda given our country’s history, geography and aspirations. This subscription is premised on Uganda’s turbulent forty nine years of independence from colonial rule, largely characterized by a vicious cycle of turmoil, conflict, war, human rights’ abuse, electoral malpractices, corruption, disease, hunger and illiteracy, among others. During the forty nine years, except for the first Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr. Obote, who was elected under the auspices of the colonial government, the successive seven Heads of State assumed power through force of arms and left through the same route. Currently, the departure of the incumbent Head of State is a subject of speculation and controversy, rather than a known or predictable variable!

 

A casual glance at Uganda’s post-independence history shows that in-coming Heads of State are always warmly welcomed by a sizeable number of Ugandans, but their performance has, without exception, left a lot to be desired, leaving Ugandans no choice but to resort to unconventional means of deposing them. Unfortunately, merely deposing  the Heads of State and replacing them with others, has not provided this country with any respite. This leads to the logical conclusion that the problem of Uganda is more complex than just the Head of State and therefore the solution more sophisticated than merely deposing him.     

 

It is a historical fact that the different communities that came to make up Uganda all lost their power to the British, by force, towards the end of the nineteenth century. The historical wars fought by Omukama Kabalega of Bunyoro and Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda were fought to resist British rule. It was only after both Kings were defeated and exiled to the Seychelles that we lost our power to the British, who established a governance system  suitable for their objective of exploiting colonies. Such a system was necessarily dictatorial, undemocratic, oppressive and exploitative. Needless to say, it provoking the struggle to regain our power through independence. Sadly, even after independence, the people of Uganda have never, really, regained their power, because it was just inherited by post independence rulers, who have carried on pretty much as the colonialists did, by abusing and exploiting Ugandans.

 

Although the declaration of independence on 9th October, 1962 is commemorated as an event, it should have been the beginning of a process through which Ugandans would regain their power. unfortunately the process has never taken off, because successive post independence governments did not dismantled the over-centralized colonial system of administration, which had been deliberately so designed to anchor colonialism in order to support the colonial objective of exploitation. After independence, the Governor’s absolute authority was just passed onto successive Heads of State, while the oppressive colonial system remained intact!   

 

UFA believes that the process of independence began and ended on 9 October, 1962, when the British lowered their Flag at Kololo Independence Grounds, and the First Prime Minister of independent Uganda, Dr Apollo Milton Obote, hoisted Uganda’s Flag. The oppressive and exploitative system continues to this day, hence the need to overhaul of the system in order give back the people of Uganda their power!

 

Examining the various political systems round the world – socialism, communism, monarchism, feudalism, oligarchies, colonialism, unitary and federalism, the latter is the system that nearest gives people their power. It is therefore not surprising that former British colonies including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Malaysia and more recently Kenya, opted out of the unitary system after independence, for the federal system.

 

UFA believes, like those former British colonies, that federalism is the most equitable governance system, and it is for that matter that we resolved to evoke Article 74(1) C) & (3) to change Uganda’s system to federalism through a referendum, by submitting to the Electoral Commission at least five million signatures of petitioners who are determined to settle the matter of change of political system to federalism through a referendum.

 

ENGAGEMENT WITH THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION

The functions of the EC are laid down in Article 61 of the Constitution of Uganda, so we must work closely with the Commission in pursuit of our aspirations, through Article 74. We would, therefore, like to discuss the following issues with the EC in order that we may foresee and plan for any hiccups that may hinder the smooth management of the referendum process that began on 30 November, 2011, when the UFA NEC resolved to call for a referendum:

 

1.       The EC’s capacity to verify more than 5,000,000 (five million) registered voters, whose signatures we intend to submit to you as petitioners in May 2015.

2.       The EC’s capacity to organize a credible, free and fair referendum in a period of four (4) months (May 2015 and October 2015), given that nominations of Presidential and Parliamentary candidates are likely to take place in October and November 2015, setting off the process of the General Elections that will end in March 2016.
We are mindful that during the presidential candidates’ nomination exercise of 25 / 26 October, 2011, each of the eight (8) candidates submitted about 200 signatures from each of the 117 districts, which totaled to about 187,200 voters, but the EC had advised early submission to avoid being caught by time. If the EC took one week, working full time, day and night, having deployed all the Commission’s personnel and facilities to verify 187,200 voters, using simple arithmetic, to verify 5,000,000 voters, the EC will need about 6 months, working day and night, using ALL the EC facilities. How feasible is that?

 

3.       Update of voter register in preparation for the referendum to include those who wish to sign up as petitioners but are not yet registered.

 

4.       Your plans to formulate and implement the voter educational programme relating to the referendum.

 

5.       The possible impact of Articles 5(2), 176(1),(2), 178, 179, 183, 186, 188 etc on the call for a referendum

 

6.       Legislation that need to be amended or created to support a smooth referendum exercise

7.       Funding of the referendum process.

 

8.       Issues raised by Elections’ Observers in respect to all elections held since 1996 and the two Court rulings in the Besigye Vs Museveni Judgment of 2001 & 2006.

 

9.       Will the EC provide us with standard forms on which to collect signatures as happens during elections?

 

10.   At what point does the EC’s responsibility begin once citizens express their intentions to call for a referendum, what is the scope of that responsibility and under which authority does that EC derive that responsibility?

 

11.   Inclusion of the Ugandan Diaspora in the decision making process by arranging for them to vote.

 

12.   Please urgently furnish us with certified information of registered voters per constituency

 

UGANDA FEDERAL ALLIANCE DELEGATION TO THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION

TUESDAY 10 JANUARY 2011

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1.       Mr. Peter Mayeku Malesi                                                   – Party Chairman

2.       Ms. Beti Olive Namisango Kamya                                      – Party President

3.       Mr. Boniface Oniba Ekanya                                                – National Party Vice President

4.       Mr. Yosam Baguma                                                              -Chairman, Federal System  

                                                                                                   Development Commission

5.       Eng Jimmy Mayanja                                                              – Vice Chairman (Buganda Region)

6.       Lt (Rtd) Frank Matovu                                                         – Vice President (Buganda Region)

7.       Mr. Richard Sebunya Sanjula                                             – Secretary General

8.       Ms Annet Namusuba                                                           – Deputy Secretary General

9.       Dr. Waiswa Kibumba                                                           – National Chief Mobilizer

10.    Ms. Christine Kisubi                                                             – Chairperson, Electoral Commission

11.    Mr. Emma Kamara Twinomujuni                                        – Secretary for Labour, Employment &
                                                                   Public Service

12.    Haji Abdonoor Kitandwe                                                    – Secretary for Defense, Security &
                                                                    Public Order

13.    Mr. Ndugu Omong                                                               – Secretary for Finance

14.    Ms Genevieve Abwata                                                        – Secretary for Information & Party                                                                                                      Spokesperson

15.    Ms Winfred Nakajubi                                                          – Chairperson, Women’s League

16.    Mr. Kennedy Oluma                                                            – Chairperson, Youth League

 

 

We look forward to fruitful and cordial engagement with you.

Sincerely,

 

Beti Olive Namisango Kamya

President

Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA)

 

RESPONDING TO THE DAILY MONITOR EDITORIAL OF 12 JANUARY 2012


UFA president Beti Kamya addresses the party’s Nec meeting in Kampala recently. PHOTO BY FAISWAL KASIRYE

Sunday 15 January, 2012

The Daily Monitor’s Editorial of 12 January 2012 titled “Can federation cut national cake fairly?” raised issues, questioning UFA’s motives for promoting federalism -: (i) “…parochial desire to supplant centralized governance with divisive Buganda nationalism?” (ii) a platform for “uncharitable Ganda nationalists…to secede? (iii) the unlikely answer to “equitable re-distribution of resources” (iv) “unmindful of the economic plight of “marginal and depressed regions…?”. This response is intended to put those reservations to rest.

UFA’s brand of federalism slightly differs from ‘federo”, which, admittedly, looks like a hi-breed of monarchism and federalism. UFA advocates for federalism for the entire Uganda, and in this, differs from FDC, DP and UPC, who, in their respective manifestos, promised federalism for only those regions which want it. UFA believes that federalism is good and should be promoted throughout the country, even among regions that do not want it, because we believe that their abhorance for federalism is premised on ignorance, arising out of calculated distortions of the system’s values, by self-seeking politicians, hence, UFA’s deliberate policy to de-Bugandanize and Ugandanize federalism.

During the 2011 Elections, UFA fielded 65 Parliamentary candidates, only 24 of whom are from Buganda, 125 Local Governments’ Councilors, only 55 of whom are from Buganda. There is not a district in Uganda where UFA did not field a candidate, but more importantly, we won District / Sub county councillorships of Bukedea, Moyo, Manafwa, Bulambuli, Ntungamo, Luweero, Kumi, Pallisa, Malera, Kagadi, Kotido, Kaberamaido, Aleptong, Kalangala and others.

UFA’s Chairman, Peter Mayeku is from Bugisu, Vice President, Boniface Oniba is from Acholi, National Chief Mobilizer, Dr Waiswa is from Busoga, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Christine Kisubi is from Budaka, Chairman of the Federal System Development Commission, Yosam Baguma is from Kigezi, Minister of Finance, Ndugu Omong is from Lango, Chairman of the UFA Youth League, Kennedy Oluma is from Arua, Chairman of UFA UK Chapter, Akim Odong is from Acholi – how can all these people be working to promote “Ganda nationalism and secession?

Personally, with Banyankore children, a Kikuyu mother, Langi first cousins and Japadhola nieces/nephews, not only would I find life hard as a secessionist, I also happen to think it is defeatist. My view is that if you are not getting your fair share of anything, fight for it, but do not run to hide, which secessionism look like, to me!

As for regions that are “marginal and depressed”, Uganda does not have to re-invent the wheel, because old federal states like the USA, Canada, Australia, Malaysia and Nigeria already invented the “equalization grant” strategy, where, the better-off regions pay a special tax to support less endowed ones. This strategy is even provided for in the Regional Tier Act, which foresaw that regions are never equally endowed.

It is worth noting, though, that federalism is not just about resource sharing but more about policies and priorities. Japan does not have oil, but invested in human resource development. They are now world suppliers of electronics and vehicles. Dubai, one of seven Emirates in the UAE, owes its success story not to natural resources, but to a tax-free-trade policy. Sharija, another emirate, has oil but does not have the free-tax policy, and is not quite as rich as Dubai. Federalism creates space for creativity and innovation by different regions, instead of the socialist-like system where all regions wait for the center to think and plan for them.

Uganda will be better off with federalism for Uganda, than with “federo”, which Buganda, FDC, UPC and DP favour.


Beti Olive Namisango Kamya

President

Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA)

0783 438 201 / 0751 590 542

E mail: ufapresident@gmail.com

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