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Day August 27, 2012

The Killing of Muslims in Uganda must be challenged


Netters

This kind of complacence where some fool with AK47 can wake up and just kill any Muslim and then go away without even anyone chasing them is joke. It is a joke because no one in Uganda can kill any Muhima or NRM people and then walks away just like that.

Ugandans must challenge these killings in all ways possible. We give power to our tormentors and that is exactly what motivates them. Once these oppressors succeed by killing with impunity for the first time, they find it easy to do it again and again.

Ugandans must challenge these murders in all ways possible. Someone needs to do some home work here. The home work includes studying;

Why these Muslim’s are being killed?
Who benefits from their death?
How are they chosen?
Apart from religion, what else do the victims have in common?
Is there any obvious causal links between NRM’s ideology of power -consolidation,domination plus monopoly and these killings?
What does the killer’s mindset likely to be?
Do the killings appear professional one’s or amateurish?
Is there any signature in these murders?
Did the victims knew each other?

Once we establish the above, we can build up the profile of the killer/s and then be able to point the right finger at them.

I call upon any volunteers to go to Uganda and secretly study these murders. We need to learn from the outcomes of this study and even use them for future purposes.

RICHARD MUKASA
LONDON

I Helped found UCRA in London but it’s not the same organisation anymore


I helped set up UCRA and helped hundreds of Ugandans. I never asked even a single one of them to pay me any money. The Baganda asylum seekers, I tried to help, but some of them were coming up with incredible stories. What could I do if some of these asylum seekers made statements at the immigration detention centres at Heathrow or Gatwick airports, claiming to be from Gulu or Kitgum, without any passports or documents at all? Remember, the UK had wisened up to asylum claims from Uganda, and would subject these claimants to a language and geographical test which many of them failed. The UK immigration service had then employed Ugandan and even British officers who could tell where a person comes from. They would ask them simple questions in Luo, which they would fail to answer. They would ask them very simple questions, like if they said they came from Palabek in Kitgum, which primary school they went to, and they had no clue.

I fought many cases for the Baganda people in their asylum claims. I helped most. All of them will remember the role I played.

I even tried to get Bazilio Okello to come to London to visit his daughter who was dying in a London hospital. My applications and appeals were refused by the British Immigration authorities because they had concluded the presence of Bazilio Okello in the UK was not conducive to the public good and they would not allow him to enter, travel or stay in the terrotory of the UK because he was a public danger.

We claimed legal aid, but we never charged even a single penny to any asylum seeker. I played a lot of roles, from being a legal advisor as well as a counsellor and strategist for the organisation. I was never on the pay role of UCRA. Of the original founders, it is only Damba Nambago who was paid a salary and later on my cousin Omara Awany.

If you check the accounts of UCRA, you will never see my name as having received even a penny in salary or emoluments. UCRA has been investigated so many times by the charity commission and the Inland Revenue. In none of these investigations do you see my name appearing.

The only mistake I made was to leave UCRA too early, when it was not ready to provide the sort of robust and strong leadership I and to some extent Omwony Ojwok provided.

When Omwony Ojwok, Damba Nambago, Steven Irumba and myself left, UCRA collapsed into internicide sectarian and factional fighting. I tried to come back once and chaired the most chaotic AGMs in my entire life.

There was chaos and pandemonium. You could not even hear any one speak. Because UCRA had an open membership, anyone could just collect Ugandans on the streets and bring them to the AGM. This is what the Baganda and Bagisu did. They did not even respect me as a founding member of the organisation. I think this meeting was in 1998.

Since then, I have never attended any meeting of UCRA and its downfall has very little to do with me personally. The inefficiency, corruption, infighting, tribal and sectarian fighting all had nothing to do with me because I was nolonger there, Omwony Ojwok had returned to Uganda, Damba Nambago had moved on to another organisation in Haringey and Steven Irumba had disassociated himself from the organisation.

The only fault I will admit is that we the founders made a mistake by leaving UCRA almost at the same. In me, they lost a strategic leader and their main contact to the funding world. The organisation then had no one who could talk credibly to stakeholders like local authorities, health authorities and government ministers and indeed funding agencies. I will admit to this fault, because when we left UCRA became rudderless and leaderless. No wonder it collapsed.

I am only responsible for not having provided sufficient strategic guidance to UCRA, but I am not responsible for its downfall. I left
UCRA in 1998 and I can not be blamed for what happened thereafter.

UCRA got funding from the Princess Diana Trust through my influence, behind the scenes. One of the Trustees of the Princess Diana Trust is a personal friend of mine who actually served as an Interim Director of my own organisation in Woolwich for almost one year. She oversaw the reconstruction of the organisation and is probably the best CEO my organisation had. And she is Ugandan, born of a musoga mother and a Pakistani father. She always wanted to support the HIV/AIDS programme among Ugandan refugees and asylum seekers in the UK because at the time nearly one Ugandan was dying per week from the killer disease. That is why UCRA got the funding.

I have never met Sarah Nansukusa myself who is one of the people running UCRA at the moment. I wish her luck if she has rescued UCRA. But I hope at some point, when they write a narrative about UCRA, they will remember Mary Dines, a communist who gave UCRA its first desk in a shared office in Islington and gave it its first £100 and introduced the organisation to the political world of the UK.

Mary Dines always had two huge posters in her in her cramped office in Islington, a picture of Pastor Martin-Niemöller, the German anti-fascist who made this historic and famous statement:

First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the socialists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.

Then she had one of the radical the Brazilian Archbishop Helder Camara:

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”

I hope people like Sarah understand the history of UCRA, that it is British communists who helped set it up. And UCRA played a very crucial role at a time of great suffering when Yoweri Museveni and his militia took over power and set on a course of terrorizing and murdering Ugandans.

I hope Sarah and her colleagues understand why British communists helped set up UCRA.

George O. Pacu-Otto
MEMBER OF UAH IN LONDON

MAFABI TEAM ARGUMENT WOULD PRODUCE A CHILUBA


The Observer’s Pius Muteekani Katunzi puts it mildly when he says that Mafabi should run a clean campaign. The reality of the Mafabi Campaign approach to the FDC leadership is nothing but a blind anti-M7( if not anti-‘westerner’) craze. Ssemujju is on record that the only ‘fault’ he finds in Muntu is the General being born where he was born. Ruranga and Sabiiti are driven by the anti-M7 factor.

What will emerge out of these unprincipled, blind drives is that we may end with a Zambia scenario, where, ‘tired’ of Kaunda, Zambians were hankering for change, ending with the curse that Chiluba was to the country and humanity. Mafabi is a good leader, but let him focus on his strengths, what he can do for Uganda, not merely trashing Muntu simply because the latter was born where he was born!! It even portends worse, because it may end up causing internal rifts in the party, to the detriment of true change in the country.

FDC leaders know their history and themselves better than we ordinary mortals do. You therefore must retreat somewhere, and rethink…you are doing this, not for your party or personal egos, but for Ugandans and humanity, unless we are hoodwinked or you are simply seeking to replace one eating class with another.

Reflect: what prevented Richard Kaijuka, Miria Matembe et al, from coming into mainstream opposition politics? You know the the truth!! Please, if you are genuinely seeking to work for Uganda and Ugandans, then your current approach must change. One strange truth FDC may need to know is that there is a whole generation out there, disillusioned with NRM, but finding no better alternative in FDC et al. This generation needs to be given hope and it’s not tool late.

God Save Uganda

Sandra Birungi
sandexbit@yahoo.com.au

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Sometime ago that is about a year or so,I peddled on this forum something to the effect that there are political organizations/parties whose leadership can come from the greater Eastern part of Uganda and still get elected to State house but many people appear not to remember.Unfortunately FDC is not that Organization I talked about.

Electing Mafabi Nandala as FDC leader will see the demise of FDC faster than it was formed. Many of us are taken up by Mr Mafabi’s paper qualifications as being evidence of his leadership ability.
Unfortunately we do not want to go to the ground to unmask what Mafabi claims are his political achievements.

Like I stated in my rejoinder to Alhajji Semuwemba,apart from the Sironko conclave and Mbale Municipality,all the other constituencies in the Bugisu subregion are represented by NRM.What is even interesting is that much as Mafabi ensured mainly yea sayers are elected on the FDC ticket in Sironko,the presidential poll results speaks differently because Museveni rather Besigye carried the day at the last election.

So,instead of pouring praises on Mafabi,we should be critiquing what type of leadership he will provide and not just wowing his school paper achievements.By using such narrow paradigms to identify good leadership,we shall be taking Ugandans from the frying pan into the real fire itself.

Thus have exhaustive discussions with the residents of Sironko district before giving Mafabi a carte blanche to leadership. Incidentally Mbale Municipality has always voted against the Movement even during the days of the late Wapa(RIP) where he always had to wheel and deal inorder to go back to NRC then later parliament.

Besides,the majority of the so called FDC leaders within the Municipality were yesterdecades UPCs who are now disillusioned by UPC not taking a militaristic stance to NRM hence their finding easy refuge in FDC which outwardly portrays itself as being militant till crumbs are offered to them then they mellow down.
Dr. Owor Kipenji

Woman With TWO Vaginas…Now Offered $1 MILLION to Make Porn Movie


A British woman with TWO vaginas has been offered $1MILLION to appear in a porn film.

Hazel Jones, 27, revealed her rare condition – called known as uterus didelphys – on This Morning this month.

The Lady WIth Two Vaginas…Hazel Jones

And the pretty blonde – who says she likes to visit sex clubs with her husband – has now received the mega-bucks offer from porn supremo Steve Hirsch.

OFFER: The Vivid Entertainment Boss, Steve Jones

The Vivid Entertainment boss wrote to her, making the offer, and praising her as an “extraordinary woman”.

The letter said: “I would like to make you an offer to star in an upcoming Vivid production.

“We would pay you up to $1m (worth £645,000) for your services.”

Hazel is proud of her condition, known as uterus didelphys.

When a girl is born her uterus starts as two tubes, then a septum barrier should break down and one uterus forms.

But in Hazel’s body, the two tubes have made two separate uteruses and two vaginas and two cervixes.

It was in her late teens when Hazel realised that her body was different to her friends’ and had a septum dividing her two uteruses.

Hazel revealed she had to lose her virginity TWICE as she had two hymens – the membrane that surrounds the external vaginal opening – to break.

Hazel’s proud hubby Riki said: “Hazel’s body may be different but it’s not something you notice unless she tells you and I wouldn’t change her for the world.

Hazel appeared on ITV’s This Morning, and Dr Dawn Harper said of her body: “Although it is relatively common to have a septum within the uterus, to actually have two separate uteruses is much rarer – one in a million.”

Doctor Dawn Harper explained: ‘When developing in the womb girls start with two tubes. These fuse and the septum breaks down and forms one uterus.

‘In around one in 3,000 cases the septum stays within the uterus but to actually have two separate uteruses is much rarer.’

Hazel said previously she had found sex very uncomfortable, but now she didn’t suffer any adverse effects. She turned down surgery as it could have left significant scar tissue.
Hazel, pictured at school, had no idea she had the rare condition until she turned 18Hazel, pictured at school, had no idea she had the rare condition until she turned 18

She revealed: ‘When I was younger I thought I was having cystitis and urine infections from a young age when I was tearing the middle septum.’

She added that she once asked a school friend which ‘hole’ she should use for a tampon, but became too embarrassed to continue the conversation after her friend thought she meant she put it up her bottom.

She added: ‘I used to suffer from horrendous cramps and my periods could be very heavy. I now know that my periods were worse because I have two wombs.

‘So if I get pregnant I have to be very aware not to get pregnant on the other side.’

Dr Harper added that Hazel was more likely to have a breached birth as her uteruses were smaller and she was more likely to need a caesarean section. She must also have double smear tests when checking for cervical cancer.

But Hazel is unphased by the prospect.

‘I have a great sex life,’ she said.

President Museveni Promotes His Son Again


His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda and Commander In Chief of UPDF has made the following Re-organisation, Appointments and Promotions within UPDF.

Maj Gen Fred Mugisha formerly Commander Field Artillery Division and Force Commander AMISOM is appointed Joint Chief of Staff replacing Maj Gen Robert Rusoke who was appointed Ugandan Ambassador to Juba.

Brig Charles Angina Formerly Chairman of General Court Martial Promoted to Maj Gen and appointed Chief of Staff Land Forces.
The President and Commander in Chief has also decided to re-organise the Special Forces Group (SFG) into Special Forces Command (SFC) which will be Under the Overall Command of Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba who has been promoted from the rank of Col.

The Special Forces Command will have the first Special Forces Group and Second Special Forces Group as its Primary units.

The re-organisation is designed to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of the Special Forces Command, in the conduct of its operations which among others include VIP protection and Protection of Strategic Installations.

The 1st Special Forces Group to be commanded by Col Sabiiti Mzei who is promoted from the rank of Lt Col.

The 2nd Special Forces Group to be commanded by Maj Don Nabaasa.
We congratulate the officers upon their well deserved promotions and wish them success in their new assignments.

CHRIS MAGEZI
CAPT
FOR DEFENCE / UPDF SPOKESMAN
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Brig. Muhoozi is the fastest rising military star in the whole of East Africa, and may be in Africa. In just 11 years, he has climbed from cadre, private to Brig. He is very bright and intelligent, otherwise there is no way you can rise rapidly like that. By contrast, one of the air-force helicopter crash victims, Cap. Letti, had served for 25 years and the highest rank he attained was only Captain! There are many more military officers who have served for more than 20 years yet they remain junior officers; well, they must be dense, otherwise how can one account for their inability to rise?

Congratulations, Brig. Muhoozi,your intelligence has been rewarded, hope others will try their best to emulate your good example. But hard they may try however, there is no way they can get your intelligence, it is a trait inherited though somehow exposure to a good learning environment can improve it.

Peter Simon Okurut

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