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Day June 14, 2012

Huge sexual appetite and NRM Industrialisation – Part II


Now, European or American countries, and now Asians if not independent organisations, finance virtually all doctoral research projects and programs in Uganda. If Africans in Uganda are lucky, the donor or supporting agency will then come in, yet, to finance implementation of the research result, but in key areas where they benefit!

Do not be surprised that having a doctorate in Uganda is completely useless!Let me exemplify the above:
Karuma – Arua Road
Mityana – Mubende
Mubende Fortportal
Masaka to Mbarara Road
Iganga to Mbale Road
Jinja to Kampala Road
Kampala to Karuma road
Kampala to Masaka Road
Natete to Mengo Road
Nsambya to Ggaba Road
Kibuye to Munyonyo Road
– all these roads have different designs! Designed by donating agencies or a contractor. Has this country any sort of road designing and construction research facility?! The answer is NO.

Bridges in this country have been collapsing and swept away by rain – pity the engineers. How could they maintain and later repair what they never designed in the first place!The story of the Africans and their independence is heart rendering and chilling.

Reach a road heading to Pope Memorial Hotel in Ndebba in Kampala – that is exactly when you see the debacles depth, of being an African in NRM Uganda. The Germany financed facility to repair 18th century train wagons, is just that a rusting and for an African politician, a dead end, that is all right!

They can sing so much about tourism and liberation.Do not mind that Idi Amin initiated the above, introduced cable and colour Television to Uganda. Mpoma streamed pictures before the Internet was here, as if Idi Amin who built Mpoma, had a greater vision.

Orange telecom is providing a faster Internet service. Mpoma is dead! China has stepped in now, with their Star Television, clearly connected to Chinese satellite link to milk this country dry.

Now just think about it a bit, that Uganda has 32 Universities, Yet all them, teaching and skill imparting facilities, physics department have not found a way of digitising Uganda, without using Chinese satellites and technologies. All let us put it mildly utilising the existing infrastructure.

It is a farce of mega proportions. Has Uganda transformed at all, over the past 26 years? Yes! In a purely theoretical economics, it has and this is negative growth, which is also termed as development. It is measurable and can give very positive figures.
Here is another falsehood. Uganda Revenue Authority for example, collects so many shillings from imports and junk cars sold in Uganda and makes 400 billion shilling in the first quarter period. So if Uganda through stealing state funds increase their consumption of the above, items by 10 billion the total will be 410 in another quarter hence

1Q Revenue: UG X 400 billion
2Q Revenue: UG X 410 billion

(410-400)/400 = .025 or 2.5% per quarter. One can then multiply that figure by 4 quarters to get the annual growth. Idiots like Amin and Obote could then start singing about growth – can you imagine!

The question though, will be on what items is Ms. Kigina’s URA getting the UG 400 billion? On Mivumba (old cloth), old cars imports, Chinese industrial junk, Kakira sugar and steel products etc!

This is interesting, because we are taught in economics that Gross Domestic Product is the total market value of all final goods and services produced in a country in a given year: Consumer, Investment, Government Spending and Value of exports minus the imports.

What is composed of Uganda’s Gross Domestic Product of the above really? What is Uganda producing? What are the investments in Uganda? Hotels and weapons. What is government spending on? Healthy care, Roads Uganda by the way has less than 250000 public workers
What is Uganda exporting? Still coffee, foodstuffs,

In Europe, unlike Uganda they have the technical know how, technology, industrial infrastructure and the skilled manpower.
Is Europe failing – my answer is an absolute no.

What is happening in Europe is a situation where negative growth is taking place, but the real value of wages has been increasing. Workers and consumers may feel as if the economy is getting worse.
In Hungry, Poland, Albania the industrial structure has never been better since firms and companies that have migrated to china from Europe are actually relocating here.Negative growth in European countries is causing adjustment in wages and hence lowering production costs in the long run.

NRM’s divestment from major industrial infrastructure spelled doom for this country. And the only way this country can be resurrected is to reanalyses the debacle and the government start reinvesting in all meaningful industrial infrastructure they eliminated in the fundamental change.

But even then, it will be difficult to do the above unless there is total reorganisation of all our urban areas, fully equipped with the necessary infrastructure (proper urban planning infrastructure and national roads, electricity, landlines phones, internet facilities, commercial buildings, cheap transport infrastructures, skilled and competent work force, workers housing, ware houses, produce marketing agencies, produce storage facilities).

Sorry to note that the social fabric that NRM has created is lumpen therefore will never be able to develop this country. It is too late.
For instance if you close down Nytil textiles (negative development) there is a positive economic development in alternative sectors like used cloth imports which are taxed in millions of shillings to bring about the 8% growth.

Light industries include the manufacture of; clothes, shoes, furniture, consumer electronics and home appliances. So far none is actually manufacture for even NRM politicians are no longer sleeping on beds made from Uganda trees!

There is no investment world over, unless it Mercantilists and an extortionist economy: investment in commercial building constructions at more than ¼ a million dollars and the same building is not occupied for months on. This happens in Uganda! The question will be who pays for the premium on land, where the building is seated and other running costs for the unoccupied building?
Some question comes to mind in the above circumstance. Is the money invested borrowed or simply stolen?

Pure economic theory has little to do with development of a nation state. European economic transformation was brought about by; zeal, pragmatism, rather than recent financial and fiscal prudence.

Brazil and India have the worst poverty levels in emerging nations; yet have developed the most visible indigenous technological, and scientific practices. They still lack the distributive and implementation capability.

Norway (tinned fish and Oil) , Denmark (milk , Bang Olofsson) and Finland (Nokia) had nothing substantial on the world export markets before the 1980s. Small countries like Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia and Japan, North American markets aside, have developed substantial technological, and scientific practices that have transformed their societies.

Is Europe declining – NO! Europe is readjusting. The problems of Europe are exactly the same as “Veblen Effect” of conspicuous consumption that has made production so costly.

NRM’s Uganda economic cannibalism is amazing. Don’t mind how it happens. There are chilling examples though.
Banks, insurance companies on realising this flaw in Uganda’s economic status and are therefore making windfall profits.

The same goes with Ugandan so called investors. He will for example set up an AGOA factory, don’t mind what that means, so long as it will promote the investors social status whether AGOA produces anything or not! This same factory, on close examination might be filled with scrap machines.

The business will takes a loan and of course an insurance policy! Such businesses must pay very high premium and interest rate on each shilling borrowed. In a way the above economic sectors, are benefiting highly from this negative economic development.
In essence NRM economic miracle exist by a defacto socio-political and economic corrupt grouping. Mafia economics. Swept aside by history, Uganda as a whole is destined to an absurdity and tougher times ahead.

Uncertainty. Risk! Ugandans who are living or have lived in developed organised economies of the world will ask – what is leading to the growth of shopping malls and who does the shopping in them for example? The answer is a “Veblen Effect” rather than pure economic development.

Ugandans with NRM have developed a skewed way of life and perception of their world. Every morning, a bodaboda rider, a milk vendor or road sweeper for example puts on a nice cloth, well polished shoes, a class bracelet or shoes and head to work, instead of an overall or working cloth. Reaching the workstation stand for an hour discussing Villa or Arsenal, or her fights with a lampooned husband. This same individual will later have time to seek supranormal profits characterised by sheer demand for it rather than applied effort to acquire the same.

Do an experiment i.e. on William Street or Kampala road and ask for a shoe or a dress at a higher price and when brought you later decline to buy. The seller will instantly want to committee suicide as if it is a guarantee that you had to buy by all means! If in any case this person had nothing of the item, which you needed in his, or her stock, will convince you to buy an alternative despite the fact that is not what you exactly needed or demanded for. It is all robbery on a national scale.

Bwanika, Nakyesawa Luweero

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UGANDAN NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM (“THE CRANES”) RECEIVE FULHAM F.C. MAGAZINES**


PRESS RELEASE ISSUED AT 14.25hrs (UGANDAN TIME) ON 14 JUNE 2012

 

PRESENTATATION TO CRANES CAPTAIN

 

FULHAM AND ANDY MWESIGWA

At Kampala’s Mandela National Stadium this morning, 25 Fulham programmes and magazines were presented to the Cranes’ Captain, Andy Mwesigwa, for distribution to the Ugandan squad. A low res photo of Kevin O’Connor making the presentation to Andy is attached.

 

BOBBY WILLIAMSON

O’Connor, an athletics coach and Fulham supporter, said: “These magazines have been airmailed to Uganda by Fulham supporters in order to benefit Ugandan footballers. This is the second such presentation, and has been made possible with the assistance of National Football Coach, Bobby Williamson.”

 

ENCOURAGEMENT TO CRANES

“For me,” O’Connor continued, “today is a rather sentimental occasion. The photo shows me wearing a scarf (in Fulham’s black and white colours) that was knitted by my mother around 50 years ago, not long after my Dad had taken me to see my first match at Fulham’s Craven Cottage in November 1959. What with last Saturday’s 1-1 World Cup Qualifier draw against Senegal, and this coming Saturday’s African Cup of Nation’s Qualifier against Congo Brazzaville, this is a huge week for Ugandan football, and I do hope the magazines provide a little encouragement to the Cranes.”

 

HIGH RES PHOTOS

Media houses requiring the photo in high res should email kevin@imul.com. Please credit Sue O’Connor.

 

 

KEVIN AND SUE O’CONNOR

Ugandans Should Promote their culture and languages


I am ashamed to write in Anglophone in order to discuss with Africans the matter of language, but I do so in the same spirit as the African Americans who walked to work for a year, not for themselves but in order that their children do not suffer the same deprivations. I am well aware writing in Anglophone to communicate with Africans perpetuates the status quo that endorses groups of humanity that cannot communicate except through Anglophone or Francophone. I am equally aware of the entertainment Europeans get when Africans talk to each other in distorted Anglophone or Francophone for lack of a common language.

The debates concerning language which “educated” Africans have engaged in so far confirm Robin Walker’s observations which he made in 2006. He writes “The profile of Black history is still low and astounding levels of ignorance persist.”

Without information we lack knowledge and without it we do not have the wisdom with which to urgue with competence. We need all three in order to debate and discuss. The first thing to understand is that Africans were rendered imbecile for 400 years, by the very people from whom we borrow the use of their language in order that we communicate. Up till 1968, the year Martin Luther King was killed, the Africans in America were fighting to be allowed to get a decent education. The education system that was allowed them at that time is the very same continued in Africa.

Prof. Cheikh Anta Diop writes “The climate of alienation finally deeply affected the personality of the Negro, especially the educated black who had had an opportunity to become conscious of world opinion about him and his people. It often happens that the Negro intellectual loses confidence in his own possibilities and in those of his race to such an extent that, despite the validity of (evidence of Recovered Black African History Data) it will still not be astonishing if some of us are still unable to believe that Blacks really played the earliest civilising role in the world.

The first president of Senegal Leopold Senghor observed that all they (Africans) wanted was to look like Black Frenchmen, the African language and hair made them so ashamed (same as today judging by the hairstyles of African women, and a ban on teaching African languages in schools).

I joined this group at a point when subscribers are debating an African language. We owe it to the whole African nation. The Africans are people of faith. Most believe in the Prophets of old, thus follow in the footsteps of the Son of Mary, Christo and the one that came after him Muhammad (SAW). What languages did these speak?

Not our mother tongues. Then there is the matter of original parents which all who profess faith believe in. What language did they speak? This must be the foundation from which we start our discourse. With information comes knowledge, from knowledge we get wisdom and intelligence.

Here are a few facts most certainly not found in history books in Africa, which might help put us on the right track, just so no African ever thinks of another as immigrant or inferior.

1. The human race is of African origin. The oldest known skeletal remains of anatomically modern humans (or homo sapiens) were excavated at sites in East Africa. Human remains were discovered at Omo in Ethiopia that were dated at 195,000 years old, the oldest known in the world. This our ancestor was named Dinquinesh (meaning You are Wonderful) but Europeans named her Lucy from the Beetles song that came out that year. So, are you going to call her Dinquinesh or Lucy? Incidentally, evidence came to light that “Mitochondrial DNAs from 147 people, drawn from five geographic populations have been analysed by restriction mapping. All these mitochondrial DNAs stem from one woman who is postulated to have lived about 200,000, years ago, probably in Africa.” With such knowledge, how can whatever African language is spoken pose a problem?

2. Skeletons of pre-humans have been found in Africa that date back between 4 and 5 million years. The oldest known ancestral type of humanity is thought to have been the Australopithecus ramidus, who lived at least 4.4 million years ago.

3. Africans were the first to organise fishing expeditions 90,000 years ago. At Katanda, a region in northeastern Zaïre (now Congo), was recovered a finely wrought series of harpoon points, all elaborately polished and barbed. Also uncovered was a tool, equally well crafted, believed to be a dagger. The discoveries suggested the existence of an early aquatic or fishing based culture. African children would win medals at Olympics if they grew up feeding information relating their ancestors achievement the same as Europeans do. Imagine, Nigerians dive underwater, and with bucket scoops building sand with which he fills his canoe, rows it to a building site. He does this many times in a day. With knowledge of achievements of his ancestors, why would not such man win Olympic medals? Instead, parents put barriers in children’s way, feeding them on a diet of television in the hope they become European in order to succeed in the world.

4. Africans were the first to engage in mining 43,000 years ago. In 1964 a hematite mine was found in Swaziland at Bomvu Ridge in the Ngwenya mountain range. Ultimately 300,000 artefacts were recovered including thousands of stone-made mining tools. Adrian Boshier, one of the archaeologists on the site, dated the mine to a staggering 43,200 years old. To think that in Congo, Europeans today are mining every kind of resource claiming that Africans have not the knowledge nor technology. Congo Week 2012 is the fifth anniversary of Congo Week and will take place from Sunday, October 14 to Saturday, October 20, 2012. Since 2008, activities are organised for purpose of raising global consciousness about the situation in the Congo and advocate for peace, justice and human dignity in partnership with the Congolese people. Which year did Ugandan neighbours join in solidarity? Ten million Ugandans use mobile phones and many more access computers, little realising the coltan mined in their neighbourhood is a resource Africans have more claim to than the Europeans. Sixty countries organised this year’s Congo Week Activities at more than 300 universities and community campuses. Uganda and Rwanda miss from both lists of universities and campuses. On an individual level, the Ugandans who access internet regularly, many with face book profiles, also fail to subscribe to Friends of Congo website, including spouses.

5. Africans pioneered basic arithmetic 25,000 years ago. The Ishango bone is a tool handle with notches carved into it found in the Ishango region of Zaïre (now called Congo) near Lake Edward. The bone tool was originally thought to have been over 8,000 years old, but a more sensitive recent dating has given dates of 25,000 years old. On the tool are 3 rows of notches. Row 1 shows three notches carved next to six, four carved next to eight, ten carved next to two fives and finally a seven. The 3 and 6, 4 and 8, and 10 and 5, represent the process of doubling. Row 2 shows eleven notches carved next to twenty-one notches, and nineteen notches carved next to nine notches. This represents 10 + 1, 20 + 1, 20 – 1 and 10 – 1. Finally, Row 3 shows eleven notches, thirteen notches, seventeen notches and nineteen notches. 11, 13, 17 and 19 are the prime numbers between 10 and 20.

This is the kind of learning that we have to base on when we discuss matters African, and language in particular. You can subscribe for Black History Studies newsletter, course, or events to educate yourself. Their motto is educate the community to educate themselves. It not about one person getting a degree, getting a job. It is about the community being educated, in matters that concern them, learning to read and write their mother tongue, learning true facts about their ancestors. Robin Walker says history encompasses all disciplines, political, cultural, literature, religion, the social sciences, arts, technology and mathematics.

I will quote the words of Prof John Henrick Clarke to emphasise the importance of debating intelligently concerning an African language, who says “History is the clock that people use to tell them their time of day. It is also a compass that people use to find themselves on the map of human geography. The role of history is to tell a people what they have been, where they have been, what they are and where they are. The most important role that history plays is that it has the function of telling a people where they still must go and what they still must be.”

Aida Majesi

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