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Dear Ugandans at heart,

After the winds of change in the 1960s, Africa found itself fast-gaining independence from colonialists, one country after another, until South Africa became the last country to claim uhuru.

Since then, there appeared to have been a surrender of the colonial ideology by the colonial masters but sooner rather than later, the colonial masters regrouped and came up with a more subtle manner of re-colonising Africa through regime change disguised as “humanitarian military interventions, democracy, good governance and accountability”.

The sad story is that all these high-sounding words were crafted and started being implemented largely from an American, British and French point of view and, generally from a Eurocentric point of view.

Democracy, good governance and accountability were never sought and implemented from an African perspective, not from an Africa eye and each African leader who has defied this has been a victim of regime change.

The pseudo-democrats, created and hoisted into power by the Americans, the British the Canadian and the French, have all turned out to be sell-outs with no interest of Africa and the Africans, but giving all the resources to the master of regime change.

This has been the dilemma of Africa and an affront to African humanism.

The United States of America in particular has set up military commands for the absolute control of Africa’s resources and is willing to deploy is soldiers to any portion of Africa, firstly disguised as helpers bringing peace and stability but behind the scenes, America will be milking that country’s resources or effecting regime change.

All Africans in the know got worried late last year when America deployed 100 soldiers to Uganda, to hunt for the Lord’s Resistance Army and save President Yoweri Museveni.

The question by all and sundry is saving Museveni from what?

The other question is how is Museveni going to pay back the American?

What with Museveni’s involvement in the DRC?

What has Museveni done to deserve special protection from the Americans, which Sudan’s Al-Bashir does not deserve?

What special protection does Museveni deserve which Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe does not deserve from the MDC onslaught?

The point is, while we should not support the rebels in Uganda, it is equally interesting to question the motive of the Americans yet there is the African Union that should be expressly dealing with such problems.

Is it not correct for the African Union to come up with a military contingent to deal with such problems, since SADC already has a Standby Brigade?

The LRA is not silly and reports from its camp are that they have done a tactical withdrawal until they understand the American mission.

They have not disbanded but they have gone underground.

For a country as big as America to have a military intervention in yonder Uganda, there must be something special and Africans should smell a rat.

Why America?

The UN, itself a latterday mouthpiece of American foreign policy claims that it has noted a reduction on LRA presence, effectively giving credit to the American operation in the same manner it did in Libya until the violent overthrowing of Muammar Gaddafi.

What is needed in Uganda is an African solution not an American solution.

This fact is attributed to a gradual decrease in Joseph Kony’s troops.

According to the Ugandan government, their numbers do not exceed 350-400 fighters.

But truth is that Kony now has more sympathisers in the Arab world than he had before as the anti-American sentiment is high in that section of society.

Considering this, one can clearly see how flimsy the US official excuse for sending 100 troops to the Great Lakes District is that there is need for stability in that region and that Kony has butchered ordinary people.

At the same time, this move is completely in line with the US plan to penetrate African and consolidate its military, political, and economic grip on the continent.

The move has given US AFRICOM one step into the African soil and it is fact not fiction that Museveni no longer has the power to withdraw the American soldiers and neither will he have the power to determine when the mission will end.

It is equally true that Museveni no longer has the power to defend his country’s independence and that he will now dance the American tune to the fullest.

The first stage of the plan was implemented in Libya, with the AFRICOM being brought into play there to deal with Gaddafi, disguised as America’s contingent to help Nato. Now the Africom troops are deployed in the Great Lakes District and what is next for Africa?

The decision made by the government of Uganda, DRC, Central African Republic, and South Sudan to allow the AFRICOM troops to their respective territories undermines the other AU member-countries’ effort to establish their own peacekeeping forces.

African leaders must put on the agenda of the January 2012 AU summit, the issue of deploying a regiment of the SADC Standby Forces in the Great Lakes as soon as possible, not AFRICOM.

This step would enable African countries to maintain control over the situation on the continent, keep any foreign players from meddling in African affairs and put an end to the new wave or colonisation.

The move is an affront to all effort for Africa to control and defend its independence in a manner it sees fit not in manner other countries and continents see fit. – DayAfrica.com

*Professor Muchai Wa Muthatha teaches History at Makerere University


Sarah Kagingo is one of the leading contestantsAs the race to join the East African Legislative Assembly heats up, a bad precedent is being set in Parliament where the local MPs are the voting electorate.

There are tens of candidates, including incumbents, jostling for the seats. The race is hot and most of the heat is now directed into monetizing the campaign, through bribing MPs.

The most notorious aspirants who have bee unearthed as lady from Western Uganda, another from North and another from the East, who is not only dishing out cash but also her natural gifts.

They give out anything between 10, 000shilings to a million shillings MPs, who conversely, are also soliciting the bribe, telling the candidates that they are all good but what differentiates them are the goodies they give out.

Looking at these veteran candidates, it’s not clear how well they performed before. EALA is an important step for the actualization of Uganda’s advancement in the region and requires regional legislators who can appropriately lobby for things like markets for local goods and services, investments and so on. The corrupt candidates are considered to have failed in this hence the bribery spree, which dashes hopes of political transformation in Uganda, especially when it comes to elections.

A lady contender was was seen dishing out dollars each to several women MPs in one of the loos of Parliament where she staged her office.Sarah Kagingo in the picture attached is one of the leading contestants. This saga is quite disheartening happening at the level of Parliament. What shall the peasants do?

Robert Atuhairwe


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Saturday April 14, 2012

During the FDC Youth League PRESS CONFERENCE of Thursday 12th, April 2012, we appealed to the State and in particular the Uganda Police Force and other Security Agencies to stop persecuting the youth in Uganda and henceforth release all the youth who are political prisoners within forty eight hours (48hrs) unconditionally.

The FDC Youth League noted with great concern that many youth have in the recent past and continue to be arrested, harassed, maimed and or killed by the NRM regime. Trumped up charges such as; inciting violence, murder, treason, illegal assembly have been preferred against the youth.

In September 2009 more than forty youth were killed and these among others included; Kauma Joseph, Nakazi Deborah, Nahumma Brenda, Katuma Richard, Kalamba Ronald, Kamoga Sula, Aliwo Abed, Nabakoza Christine, Bisso Steven, Ssango Kyobe, Ikongo Samuel, Mayanja Bruno, Bukenya Faisal, Mukwanga Kaziru, Benjamin Parnot Ateere, Batiibwe Badru, Muganga Huzair,Busulwa Hassan, Bwesigwa, Grace Sserunjogi, Joseph,Muganga Hakim, Kafuma Frank, Nampijja Jackie, Magembe Ali, Lukwago Sulaiti, Karungi Annet, Erimweya Mawanda, Nsereko Robert, Batibwe Abdullah, Nampijja Beatrice, Nahumma Brenda, Ngaba Moses. All these were aged between 2 – 35 years apart from Batiibwe Badru who was aged 39yrs. Many more youth have been killed at various incidences including one at Kasubi tombs, in Masaka, Kampala, Gulu, Jinja, Mbale and many other places.

Twenty seven youth (27) were arbitrarily arrested in 2009 and have spent three years in Luzira Prison for the last three years. Only four were released this week with no charges preferred against them.

On 21st March, 2012 nine youth were arrested and charged with the ‘murder’ of AIP Ariong John Michael. These are: Kayondo Mutwalib, Kavuma Robert, Kaija Harold, Nakitende Sharifah, Kirya Ismail, Nsubuga Malik, Ssebugwawo Muhammad and Hajji KakandeTwalib (Adult, not youth).Kakande was severely beaten and his health condition is dire.

This is political persecution because there is no way nine people can use one stone to kill one person. Besides the majority of them were actually arrested before the Ariong incident had occurred. Haji Kakande, in particular was doing his job, driving – as the official driver to Hon. Nabila Naggayi Ssempala, Kampala Woman MP. These youth are now languishing in prison. The Uganda Police Force’s Andrew Kaweesi has already announced that they had arrested and positively identified the alleged killer, who had confessed to the crime, giving his full names that were published in the media. If the confessed killer had already been arrested, what are the arrested persons still in jail? Why are they charged with murder?

On 12th April 2012, Nyanjura Doreen, Bagaya Ibrahim Kisubi, Kyeyune Moses and Mugabi Vicent, all Makerere University students were arrested when they attempted to launch their book; “IS THIS A FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE” they were charged with illegal assembly. Nyanjura was remanded to Luzira up to 24th, April 2012. Hon. Kasibante Moses was also arrested on the same day and he is in Luzira on fake charges of incitement of violence. This tantamounts to political persecution, and injustice which can not be tolerated in this era.

Owing to the fact that our colleagues are being politically persecuted and the State has failed to respond to our appeal, we shall go ahead with our planned peaceful demonstration on 16th April 2012 by Marching to CPS, The Police Headquarters, CID headquarters and other selected Police stations across the country to express our dissatisfaction and demand for their freedom.

This is our right. And no one can deny it to us. NO amount of threats or blackmail will deter us from pursuing total freedom for all Ugandans, regardless of their political, religious or ethnic identity. Uganda belongs to all of us. Let no one make us squatters in our own land, because they hold state power, which they have usurped from the people.

We call upon the members of the Press, who are fellow victims of this perpetual blackmail, intimidation and harassment by the state, to remain firm to their commitment to inform Ugandans of all atrocities.

We call upon the religious leaders to intervene in this matter as a matter of urgency. We also appeal to civil society organisations to rally behind the call for a totally free Uganda, devoid of institutionalized corruption and harassment of those who stand for the truth and demand for justice and the unconditional release of political prisoners.

We hope that the international Community takes note of this dangerous trend of events in Uganda which, if not checked now, will result into instability in Uganda and the whole region. Diplomacy works better in stable societies. Foreign investment becomes profitable only in an environment of political stability.

Monday 16th April 2012 is the day to demand full compliance from the State to release all political prisoners listed above and all the others languishing in prison unconditionally.

Semalulu Kaaya Rajab


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It sounds preposterous but the world must move on from the small battles about human rights’ abuse, police brutality, electoral malpractices and corruption, because those are automatic consequences of autocratic rule. Show me dictatorship, from time immemorial, and I will show you those vices. Uganda has suffered oppression, brutality and lack of accountability for over 130 years, yet, save for temporary relief that comes with the occasional change of regime, our suffering has continued. Surely, do we so lack imagination that we cannot work out that the solution to Uganda’s problem must be more complex than mere regime change? Museveni will go at some point, as did colonialism, Mutesa, Obote 1, Amin, Lule, Muwanga, Obote 2 and Lutwa, but if conditions that turned those once idealistic revolutionaries into dictators continue to exist, his successor, be it Beti Kamya, will become a dictator and will visit on us the vices for which all past leaders are hated, because they (the vices) are automatic products of dictatorship! We must move onto the big war and fight conditions that create dictators, instead of fighting offshoots of dictatorship.

“All power belongs to the People…..who shall express their will and consent on.…who shall govern them through elections….” says Article 1 of the Constitution of Uganda. “There shall be a President of Uganda…” says Article 98. “All executive authority of Uganda is vested in the President…” says Article 99. Hence, Article 1 gives power to the people, but Article 99 takes it away from them and gives it to the President.

In exercise of the executive authority given to him / her by the constitution, the President decides how the national resources are used, appoints the Vice President, Prime Minister, Ministers, Chief Justice, Judges, Ambassadors, Heads of Govt Depts and their deputies, Permanent Secretaries, Resident District Commissioners, District and Regional (in the case of the “Regional Tier”) accounting officers. The President appoints Commanders of the armed forces and promotions are his prerogative. Uganda’s constitution makes the President the sole employer, provider and benefactor. Give Angel Gabriel this kind of power and Heaven will have a problem, because too much power is the main ingredient that makes dictators. Police brutality, human rights’ abuse, electoral malpractices and corruption are logical consequences NOT the cause of dictatorship.

Uganda’s sustainable peace lies in re-designing the governance system that gives State House too much power, having been so deliberately designed by its pioneer occupants, to exploit a colony without being accountable. It was of necessity undemocratic, dictatorial, oppressive and exploitative. This is the system we inherited at independence but have not dismantled, so it remains oppressive and exploitative, as it was designed. Mind you, this is not the system the British use back home, where the objective is to serve, not exploit!

UFA is advocating that Ugandans, without firing a bullet or throwing a stone, evoke Article 255, through which they can recall their power for one day, and through a referendum, dismantle the autocratic system, devolve power to the regions and re-instate presidential terms limit, because, surely we have learnt that mere change of regime will be another change of guards, as has happened eight times, since independence.

Heads of functioning democracies such as the USA, UK, Germany, Canada, Australia, and the Nordic States do not have such power as the President of Uganda. Kenya woke up to this fact and have redesigned their constitution, significantly reducing the powers of the president. In Malawi, if the late President Mutharika had powers to fire the Vice President, Joyce Banda, having disagreed with him, would not be President today. In South Africa, the ANC was able to force President Thabo Mbeki to step down! Uganda must to wake up and move with the new democratic order and Article 255 provides the cheapest route!

Beti Olive Kamya-Turwomwe


Uganda Federal Alliance

The Basiita 50 year master plan is a pile of nonsense as the meeting never took place

I did not want to make any comments on this perpetual ‘Basiita convention’ , mainly because it is nonsense, the kind of nonsense that is explains why the Uganda opposition is stunted, and is not worth the credit it piles on itself. That Basiita stuff is the kind of nonsense that you people keep bringing up here when you run out of what to say, instead of thinking constructively about the future of the country. Anyone who sees this rubbish has to weep for the country. You the so-called opposition are nothing but an overgrown pimple on the country’s face.

Definitely, those “minutes” were manufactured sometime after 1996. Whoever cooked them up did not even bother to cross check such details like Kazini’s rank in 1992. Kazini made the rank of Colonel in 1996. And of course he was not a Muhima, together with Mr Amama Mbabazi..who is being suggested by some of our UAH sages for inclusion as no. 23. Amos Nzei (Nzeyimana) is also supposed to be a Muhima!

For someone who would be willing to address some officers by their ranks, I wonder why No. 14, Jim Muhwezi, could not be addressed as a Brigadier, and not as a Mr; the same case with No. 59, Maj. Jero Bwende. No. 70 was a Major at the time of the alleged meeting, and he has never hailed from Nyabushozi.

Entry no. 58, Major Kashaka is also fake. There were three Kashakas in NRA in 1992 all of them brothers, and not Basiita. One was a Lieutenant Colonel (now a Brigadier), and the second one was a Lieutenant now a Major or thereabouts. The third one was a Sergeant, now deceased.

Entry no. 10, was intended by the author of the document to be Karazarwe…related to entry no. 11…but typical thoughtlessness took the upper hand. The Karugire name starts featuring in YKM family after 2000 when he was wedded to Natasha Kaine….so that error is itself indicative of the date of manufacture of those minutes: definitely after 26 Aug 2000 when Karugire officially became a member of the first family….most likely the minutes were cooked up in the build up to the 2001 elections….probably by the so-called Reform Agenda.

Like I said in the past, from my recollection entry no. 1 and chairman of the meeting could not possibly have attended that meeting! My Corporal’s memory often fails me but I seem to remember that entry no.1 chaired a marathon series of Army council/High Command meetings from Monday 9th March 1992 to Saturday 14 th March 1992.

He closed the High Command mid morning on Saturday 14 th March and in the afternoon he flew to North Korea for a one-week state visit; i.e., he could not possibly have been at Rwakitura on the alleged day of the meeting.

I know some of you think he is a magician, like some people recently claimed that he ‘eats money’….and UNLA’s conviction that he could turn into a cat….but even then, he could not have been in Pyongyang and Rwakitura at the same time.

Lance Corporal (Rtd) Patrick Otto
Meeting at Rwakitura with H.E. the President of Uganda and selected representatives
from various districts on 15-3-1992


1. Mr. Y.K. Museveni – Nyabushozi
2. Mrs. J. Museveni – Nyabushozi
3. Mr. Elly Rwakakoko – Ruhama Ntungamo
4. Mr. Eric Kabango – Rukungiri
5. Mr. Akandanwaho Salim Saleh – Nyabushozi
6. Mr. Sam Kutesa – Nyabushozi
7. Mr. Abel Katembwe – Rukungiri
8. Canon Rwabugaire Rubanja – Rukungiri
9. Mrs. Rwabugaire – Buyanja Rukungiri
10. John Wyclifee Karugire – Ntungamo
11. Mrs. Karazawe – Ntungamo
12. Mrs. Rwakakoko – Ruhama Ntungamo
13. Bob Kabonero – Ntungamo
14. Mr. Jim Muhwezi –
15. Mrs. Susan Muhwezi – Rukungiri Ntungamo
16. Mr. Jotham Tumwesigye –
Nyabushozi Mbarara
17. Mr. John Nasasira – Kazo
18. Mzee Nyindimbi – Kebisoni
19. Mrs. Faith Bitamurire – Kebisoni
20. Mugisha Muwhezi – Nyindombi Kebisoni
21. Mr. James Mwesigye – Sembabule
22. Mrs. Mwesigye – Sembabule
24. Mr. Kamugisha – Kebisoni
25. Mrs. Kemigisha – Kebisoni
26. Mr. John Kazoora – Ntungamo
27. Mr. Christopher Kiyombo – Ntungamo
28. Major Henry Tumukunde – Buyanja Kitojo
29. Mrs. Tumukunde – Buyanja Kitojo
30. Mzee Rwakanengere – Kashari Rubaya
31. Jolly Rwakanengere – Kampala Rubaya
32. Mrs. Salim Saleh – Nyabushozi
33. Rev. Kajangye – Kitojo
34. Aranda Nyakeirima – Kitojo Buyanja
35. Mzee Mpira Nuyanja – Nyakibungo
36. Charles Muhoozi Kifaburiza – Kapunga
37. Justus Katono Karishunga – Buyanja
38. Elly Karuhanga –
Nyabushozi Mbarara
39. Mzee Kafumusi – Ibanda
40. Sikora B.K. – Buwheju Bunyaruguru
41. P. Kaitirima – Sembabule
42. Matthew Rukikaire – Sembabule
43. Mrs. Rukikaire – Sembabule
44. Sam Baingana – Kabura Rukungiri
45. Mrs. Baingana – Rukungiri
46. Mzee Amos Nzei – Kabale
47. Mrs. Nzei – Kabale
48. Mzee Rutamwebwa – Nyabushozi
49. Mrs. Mary Rutamwebwa – Nyabushozi
50. Rev. Canon Sam Rubunda – Nyabushozi
51. Mrs. Jennifer Kutesa – Sembabule Ntungamo
52. Eriya Kategaya – Rwamparara
53. Jovia Kankunda – Mbarara
54. Mzee Rwakiturate – Nyabushozi
55. Rwabantu Rushenyi – Ntungamo
Col. Chefali – Kazo
57. Col. Kazini J. – Nyabushozi
58. Major Kashaka – Nyabushozi
59. Jero Bwende – Nyabushozi
60. Augusitine Ruzindana – Rubayo Ntungamo
61. Ephraim
Rusimirwa – Nyakabuyo
62. Mzee Kaino – Nyakininga
63. Rev. Rujoki – Nshwerunkye
64. Mrs. J. Rujoki – Nshwerunkye
65. Prince John Barigye – Kashari
66. Kanyesingye Barigye Junior – Kashari
67. Kirimani – Nyabushozi
68. Fred Kanyabubale – Kitojo Buyanja
69. Kakurugu – Kitojo
70. Captain Biraro – Nyabushozi
71. Mrs. Nasasira – Kazo
72. Herbert Rwabende – Kashari
73. Odrek Rwabogo – Nyabushozi
74. Hope Kivenjere – President’s Office
75. Bishop Justus Ruhindi – Rukungiri
76. Justine Sabiiti – Mbarara
77. Maama Rubindi – North Kigezi Diocese


1. Prayers
2. Opening
Remarks by H.E. (Chairman)
3. Strategy for the next 50 years
4. Plan of Action

Minute 1.00:

The meeting started with a prayer led by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Ruhindi at exactly 11:00 pm,who prayed for good deliberations.

Minute 2.00:

The Chairman H.E., welcome the Basiita Clan and other clans present in his home. He briefed members present the purpose of the meeting and thanked organisers for a good job done.

He told members that the only opportunity they have is this one when he is still President. He directed Hope Kivenjere to act as a link between his office and these people at the grassroots. He told them that they were few in number and that he fought to liberate them so that they could be heard in society and Uganda at large.

He reminded them of the need to have a master plan for at least 50 years if their Hima clan is to remain vibrant and rich.

H.E. told his listeners that if they cannot use the opportunity maximally, their daughters and sons would blame them in the future.

At this function he revealed to them a scheme and plan of action in order for them to achieve desired goals as:

1. To have the highest education qualifications during this term of office for their children;
2. To make sure they are the richest people in Uganda in the next 50 years master plan;
3. To make sure they control the army and have the highest ranks in the army;
4. To ensure that they take charge of all the resources in the country;
5. To ensure that everybody else is poor so that they could be controlled and respect the group;
6. To ensure that none of those not concerned not to know about the action plan.

Every one of them was directed to recruit the Bahima boys to join the army so that they could dominate the ISO, PPU, ESO, and military police. This would assist in the resisting of other tribes that would attempt to take power by the use of force.

Minute 3.00:

The Chairman informed the members to unite so that they could remain the only kings in the region. He said that the master plan couldn’t be achieved until 80% of their youths are properly trained and equipped with the best necessities to manage these issues.

At this juncture the chairman directed Mr. Elly Karuhanga to take charge of educating the sons and daughters and send them abroad in countries such as India, England, America and South Africa. Karuhanga accepted the responsibility without hesitation.

The Chairman also directed Mr. Kirimani to take charge of the educating the daughters and sons internally, especially to ensure that he put up a special school in Nyabushozi to cater for the interests of the group.

On this note Mr. Kutesa suggested to upgrade Kanyareru Resettlement School from Nursery up to secondary, which passed with no amendments.

Minute 4.00:

Mr. Elly Rwakakoko interjected the chairman’s speech by giving direction to members on the real discussion by introducing a new chapter of how the H.E. could be succeeded after his term of office.

On this point Mrs. Jovia Salim Saleh begged members to ensure that after H.E., the next president must come from the Basiita clan. She said that H.E. had done a lot for the Basiita clan and taken a lot of risks for the last 20 years and therefore it was important that the Basiita take charge of the resources of the country if other Bahima are to benefit.

On this point of order the chairman wanted to know whether Mrs. Jovia Salim Saleh was in order to single out the Basiita clan and yet the meeting was for the whole Bahima of Ankole and parts of the country. The members resolved that she was not in order.

Minute 5.00:

Mzee Ephraim Rusimira suggested that the next president should be the brother of the president if the master plan is to succeed. He warned that if the Beiru and other non-Bahima clans get to know about the action plan, it would fail to tale off.

Minute 6.00:

Mzee Rutamwebwa suggested that Salim Saleh should go back to school if the objectives of the action are to be achieved. He suggested that Salim Saleh has to get ‘O’ Certificate and ‘A’ Level Certificate. This was unanimously agreed.

He also suggested that some close clansman, possibly the son of his H.E. should be groomed to take over the reigns from Salim Saleh. This too was agreed on and the group begged H.E. to look around for a boy who would be groomed.

The group also brainstormed about how top destroy those who would gang up to take over power from the clan. Death was suggested for the potential.


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