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Kayihura acts as the govt Spokesperson and Spin doctor on UAH instead of addressing security issues in the country


A picture provided by Hannah Ogwapiti:These were suspects of the September 10 Riot,when Kabaka was blocked from going to Bugerere. They were totaaling to 100+. The picture was taken early in the morning,and the sun rays you see comes from the two doors of that safe house. You can clearly see that the guy whose head lies adjacent to the brown guy was looking. This is not a stage managed picture. Its the truth and reality

A picture provided by Hannah Ogwapiti:These were suspects of the September 10 Riot,when Kabaka was blocked from going to Bugerere. They were totaaling to 100+. The picture was taken early in the morning,and the sun rays you see comes from the two doors of that safe house. You can clearly see that the guy whose head lies adjacent to the brown guy was looking. This is not a stage managed picture. Its the truth and reality

I wonder what exactly is going on in president Museveni’s head when he reads all this. Honestly, he had a big opportunity in 1986 to change Uganda for the better. What happened in between, it’s something that leaves a lot of us scratching our heads? The problem is that i cannot see things turning around very soon, and he does not want to give anybody a chance to lead our country, which is a shame.

Even the ‘politics of sleep’ is no longer selling at all. Just the other day, Mr.Gilbert Bukenya was lamenting about the night murders in his constituency, Kakiiri. Beti Nambooze was lamenting about the same; a day before Iddil day- some group of robbers again used ladder and jumped inside the fence of my home to steal car spare parts, and they did; the headmistress of progress Kajjansi( Lweza) suffered the same fate the same day. There is a gang that has been breaking into people’s shops around Entebbe road areas for the last 2-6 months, but the police has done nothing to stop it. Now, I understand the same gang is robbing people’s homes undeterred by anything.

For the last 3-4 days, there has not been electricity in most parts surrounding Kampala yet i understand a new dam was opened up in Bujagala recently. I have also read somewhere in the papers that the government is inviting companies to bid for the construction of another dam at Karuma falls. But, who is benefiting from all these projects when load shedding cannot go away, even around Kampala city?

The so called UPE and USE is totally a mess as you have seen from the pictures posted everyday on this forum. The schools are too ill equipped to teach even a bird how to sing. Private schools have taken over to save the day!

The roads are so bad almost everywhere in Uganda such that it will require someone really committed to give them a new facelift.

Generally, everything is just a mess and i cannot see president Museveni fixing it, yet he doesn’t wanna go and he is growing older every day. Where we go from here, I don’t know since Mr.Muhoozi is also in the process of packing his suitcases to get a permanent residence at State house in the near future.


Bizibu munange
Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
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GENERAL KAYIHURA RESPONDS:

Abbey, friends,

Am sorry I have been off air for quite a while. I will try to cope. I was quite taken aback by the rather negative picture you (Abbey) that you incorrectly, and unfairly, paint of Uganda of today. While not oblivious of the challenges we face, (and we have faced many and more vicious before and overcome them by the way), there is no question that we have made tremendous progress over the last 25 years that there is no reason for you to be so pessimistic, Abbey. The country does not deserve it. The masses of ordinary people that overwhelmed Kololo Independence grounds on 9 October 12, overflowing into the roads leading to the grounds said it all. And these were ordinary people from all walks of life. And by the way, the week leading to the event, residents in the suburbs around the city were in celebratory mode with bikes and muchomo. And this was so in spite of the pervasive propaganda by the Namboozes and Semujjus in the weeks leading to the major event for the country that we mourn instead.

And the record number of Heads of State and foreign dignitaries that honoured us, Abbey. It was indeed a Moment of Pride for the country. It was, indeed, very energizing. Incidentally, last evening, I was invited to Kamwokya on a community policing programme by ordinary residents. I felt the same way, very energized. As I had not visited the area for sometime i was quite excited by the transformation of a place into a commercial suburbseeing, a place that had been a slum. and the faces of happiness full of hope. And the closeness of the Police and the people! Quite impressive. It was not the kind of Uganda you describe, Abbey.

By the way, on crime, yes since April until about August, we had challenges in Kampala. But we have since busted the gangs of thugs. The serious crimes that had emerged have been reduced tremendously. The recent ” kinywamusayi” stories that were caused by three killings in August, Sept, and Oct in the areas north of the city in Wakiso, parts of Luwero, Mityana, Kyankwanzi, and Kiboga districts were more of a scare campaign than reality. We moved in fast, arrested the thugs responsible for the murders, increased vigilance, and the stories are now dying out. That meeting in Kakiri was, by the way, a very good and positive meeting, although you choose to focus on the negative. We are fast tracking community policing to keep our people safe and secure. I will strive to ensure that we keep you informed of the crime situation in the country. By the way, recently I hosted a regional Interpol meeting of Police chiefs from 12 countries which was a resounding success, and quite frankly they openly applauded our achievements especially in building a secure environment. Incidentally, opening the meeting of the Council of Ministers responsible for Police matters, which was a culmination of our Police conference, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament made a very significant point. He asked us to reflect how come the first 25 years since our independence were very chaotic with 9 Presidents, and the following 25 years have not been so turbulent.

As for electricity, with the full commissioning of Bujagali, we actually have surplus power, and load shedding has almost been eliminated. The problems of power cuts that sometimes occur are a problem of distribution by UMEME. We are in the process of establishing the reasons fr this. But part of it is the vandalization of the transformers by thieves of transformer of oil. We are working at it. I agree UMEME needs to do more. Instead of generalizing, Abbey, it is better to distil the problems and challenges and identify the causes and propose how to deal with them. That would be helpful. Prejudice is not at all useful, Abbey. There is no country in the world that does not face the kind of problems that we face. The critical point is the will, the drive to tackle them. There is no country of angels and geniuses including the countries that you stay and work in. There is no reason to put ourselves down. The future of Uganda is very bright, and it is the mission of our generation to ensure that that happens and it will.

Alex Mukulu’s brilliant choreographic performance during the Golden Jubilee independence celebrations at Kololo said it all. How I wish you watched it. We are moving forward, Abbey, we are, and nobody will stop that.

Thank you.

General Kale Kayihura

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London conference discussed federalism in a tolerant atmosphere


The well publicized London federal conference organized by Uganda Federal Confederates (UFC) took place at the University of East London on October 27, 2012. The attendance could not have been better. A high powered delegation from Uganda joined others at the University including those from the United States of America.
All the four regions of northern, eastern, western and central (Buganda) and all demographic groups of men, women and youth were represented. Different organizations and political parties were also represented. United Democratic Ugandans (UDU) was represented by the Secretary General, Eric Kashambuzi who presented two papers on the Roadmap to Achieving Federalism in Uganda and plans to establish Tutsi Empire in the Great Lakes region.
The debate took place in a tolerant atmosphere under the leadership of the master of ceremony in which participants discussed a wide range of issues related to federalism versus unitarism freely and responsibly, disagreeing where they did in a civil manner. Decorum was exercise as required.

Presentations were followed by pertinent comments, questions and suggestions on the way forward. That the discussions were so engaging can be attested to by the fact that the master of ceremony had to set time limits for presentations and comments so that everyone had a chance to make a contribution. In the end according to my assessment the following observations emerged from the successful conference.

1. It was clear that a unitary system of government and its associated decentralization or tier system hasn’t worked in Uganda in large part because of absence of checks and balances or separation of powers. Power has remained concentrated at the center exercised by the office of the president and/or minister of local government to the extent that local authorities haven’t been able to develop, finance and implement programs according to their human and natural resources, culture and history. Consequently, poverty and deprivation have remained unacceptably high.

2. There was consensus that development is regional or location specific and internally generated and sustained.

3. For any model of governance to work be it unitary or federal it must be anchored on good governance including free and fair elections, transparency, participation and accountability.

4. There was consensus that there is no one single model for federalism and Uganda should craft one that suits her conditions and adjusted as the need arises.

5. Federalism was defined to mean sharing of power between central (federal) and local governments. Once the decision has been reached, the powers, duties and responsibilities of each should be incorporated into the constitution. It was noted that the current constitution will need to be amended to reflect the new developments.

6. Notwithstanding the Odoki Commission report and its findings on federalism which was published in 1992, there was agreement that those findings need to be updated to involve Ugandans that didn’t participate either because they were too young, in the diaspora or not yet born. This demand was reflected in statements and suggestions like a needs assessment, a roundtable, a task force and equal representation. UDU suggested that a task force be established on regional basis with each region represented by at least three people including a man, a woman and a youth. The Task Force should update the Odoki Commission findings and prepare action oriented recommendations as a basis for drawing a consensus on federalism and embark on a roadmap to achieve it.

7. The roadmap should include agreement on standard geographic units (regions, provinces or districts to avoid regional imbalance as in Nigeria); equal rights of all units; functions of federal and local governments; revenue collection and distribution and federal regulations and standards for local governments to follow, etc. It was stressed that a federal system doesn’t mean that local authorities can do whatever they like. They will be guided (and implement) at all times by federal and international norms and standards.

8. The organizers of the conference with support of selected participants should prepare follow-up action plan. UDU requested to be involved.

9. The conference thanked the organizers – Uganda Federal Confederates – for a job well done.

Eric Kashambuzi
Secretary General & Chief Administrator, UDU

WOMAN SELLS VIRGINITY FOR $780,000


A Brazilian student has sold her virginity in an online auction for US$780,000 as part of a documentary organised by an Australian filmmaker, although a man who did the same only fetched US$3,000.
Catarina Migliorini, 20, was the subject of 15 bids, with a Japanese man named only as Natsu winning on Wednesday night, according to the website of the film “Virgins Wanted”.

He beat out competition from 14 other men, mostly from Brazil but also from India, Australia and the United States.
A male whose virginity was also auctioned, 21-year-old Sydney student Alex Stepanov, fetched US$3,000, paid by a Brazilian woman.

Australian media said Migliorini would be “delivered” to her buyer on board a plane to Australia and that she would be interviewed before and after losing her virginity at a secret location.

Filmmaker Jason Sisely, who began his project in 2009 and caused outrage when he put posters up in Sydney and Melbourne saying “Virgins Wanted”, said Migliorini was ecstatic and had not expected as much such interest.
“The auction closed last night and Catarina is extremely excited. She was speaking to her family in Brazil online and they were extremely happy for her,” he told Australian online news site Ninemsn.
“But I guess they didn’t expect her to do something like this.”

He said the act would be consummated, but not filmed, in the next few weeks.
“We will fly over the winner to Australia and obviously, for the sake of the film and privacy, we can’t disclose where and when the act will take place,” he said. “I have to leave some details for the documentary.”
On a “Virgins Wanted” trailer on YouTube, Migliorini said: “I haven’t found the right person to do it with, I’ve been too busy with other stuff.”

She added: “It’s more sane than doing it drunk at a party with a stranger.”
According to Britain’s Daily Mail, Migliorini’s decision to sell her virginity to the highest bidder has sparked outrage across the globe, with some claiming she was little more than a prostitute.

But she defended the move. “I saw this as a business. I have the opportunity to travel, to be part of a movie and get a bonus with it,” she was quoted by the Mail as saying.
“If you only do it once in your life then you are not a prostitute, just like if you take one amazing photograph it does not automatically make you a photographer.”

She will reportedly use part of the cash to build homes for poverty-stricken families.
Sisely told Ninemsn that under the terms of the auction a condom was compulsory and Natsu must be tested beforehand for any sexually transmitted diseases.
“I’m looking forward to my audience’s response to the film,” he said.

Israel Attacks the Yarmouk Munitions Factory in Sudan


Today, 24th October 2012, the Sudanese Minister of Culture and Information declared that the Yarmouk munitions factory has been attacked by four Israeli war planes. This was not the first attack. Israeli aggression began with the military support for the first rebellion in Southern Sudan that erupted in 1955 (before the Sudan’s independence). Joseph Lago, the leader of that rebellion has documented in his 2006 memoirs his visits to Israel and the meetings he held there. Throughout the second rebellion, (1983-2005) Sudanese rebels received military training and equipment through neighbouring countries as the US investigative journalist Rebecca Hamilton has documented in her Atlantic articles.

In 2009, Israeli planes killed 119 East African migrants, alleging that the target was weapons smuggled through the Sudan across Egypt to Hamas. At least one Israeli analyst questioned that and suggested that the attack was a moral boasting exercise for the Israeli air force(after the Lebanese humiliation). Hosni Mubarak, Israel’s ally, was in power and his intelligence minions could have been alerted to wait with TV cameras for the convoy in order to catch the Sudan red-handed and expose the weapons’ smuggling route if Israel was sure of the contents of the convoy. In April 2011, another air raid against the Sudan killed two citizens.

Israeli aggression against the Sudan took the form of support for the Darfur’s rebels. Save Darfur Coalition was formed in the US by arms of the Israeli settlers’ lobby. It failed in its attempt to persuade the US to attack the Sudan militarily; but succeeded (through the ICC) in raising allegations against president Bashir. It is quite logical that the World Jewish Service is going to honour the ICC’s former prosecutor L.M. Occampo on the 7th of November 2012.

The Darfur rebels who have got offices in Tel Aviv are the only ones who refuse even to negotiate with the Government of the Sudan, or consider the Doha Peace Initiative behind which the international community including the UN, AU as well as the US and her allies stand. Israeli linked leaders of the SPLA/N in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States are being manipulated to reignite the conflict between Khartoum and Juba. Behind them are Israeli front organizations that hosted them in Washington DC recently. The US and her allies have, to their credit, distanced themselves from the goal of ‘regime change by force’.

Only Israel stands behind the SPLA/N proxy atrocities against civilians as well as UN facilities in Kadugli, South Kordofan. Significantly, these rebels are never called terrorists by the main Western news sources.

The legitimate question is: why does Israel target the Sudan? After All, the Sudan has accepted the 2002 Saudi Arabia- Arab League Peace Initiative that evolves upon the principle of full recognition conditional on the establishment of a viable Palestinian state.

The expansionist, far-right Israeli establishment and Governments pursue a policy of naked aggression because of the appeasement and even complicity of Israel’s strategic partners.

This attack against the Sudan was carried out by the Netanyahu-Lieberman government that was described by the UK-based Israeli professor Avi Shlaim as ‘the most right wing, chauvinistic and racist’ in Israeli history. The word racist is key here, because a Likud MP has called the Africans in Israel ‘cancer’, after they were initially manipulated to replace Palestinian workers in Israel in the aftermath of the second Intifada.

Will the international community condemn today’s Israeli attack on the Yarmouk factory? We won’t hold our breath. Israel has time and again been rewarded with more lethal weapons, more preferential economic treatment and OECD membership and more UN vetoes for her settlers’ land grab policies. This encourages Israel to continue its recalcitrance and even bullying leaders of Western democracies, as A. Lieberman did with Catherine Ashton of the EU and as Netanyahu tried to do with president Obama. Last night, the US president and his Republican challenger were competing in making promises of future appeasements and more reward for Israel.

The Sudan will not be shaken by this latest attack. The Arab Spring has demonstrated that the region’s subservient rulers and governments were swept away by the people. Like Israel’s previous aggressions since the 1955 rebellion, this latest attack will only strengthen the resolve of the Sudanese people and cement their national unity behind the broad-based government led by their democratically elected president Omer Al- Bashir.

Media Office
24th October 2012

The powerful Nigerian Archbishop appointed Cardinal


The very powerful Cardinal-elect Archbishop John Olurunfemi Onaiyeka (68) of Abuja, Nigeria,
whose appointment has excited the whole of West Africa where he is very popularly known!

News of his appointment was read by Pope Benedict XVI himself during this Wednesday’s general weekly audience before thousands of people assembled in St Peter’s Square. It was indeed a surprising dramatic drive to hear the Pope start to announce the six names of the prelate he has wanted to add on the list of cardinals. They are all practically candidates from the South and, for the first time in Church history the new list doesn’t contain any European appointee ! They come from each one of these countries : USA, Lebanon, Syria, India, Colombia, the Philippines, and Nigeria. And their official elevation will take place in Rome on November 24, 2012 and at that time the number of cardinal electors ( aged under 80) will top 122 cardinals instead of the required 120. And now, on the whole, out of the total number of all cardinals, non electors included, a good 60% were appointed by the late Pope John Paul II.

Cardinal John Olurunfemi Onaiyeki, a reputed world biblist and theologian, adds a new substantial weight to the College of Cardinals and an undisputed prestige to the very much respected African group ! This very intellectual and profoundly spiritual holy person is at present the Chairman of the Nigerian Episcopal Conference and is the retired President of the Nigerian powerful Christian Association. He was once a teacher at the famous St Kizito’s College in Central Nigeria before teaching in seminaries. Then he was sent abroad to do a Doctorate in Theology and his works in the field have turned him in a very prominent world-renowned biblica scholar who for the last five years has been an active member of the Pontifical International Theological Commission !!

He has published a lot and he was a Peace Laureate of the Pax Christi International. Cardinal Olurunfemi has often been noted for his action against religious extremism in Nigeria and he is the initiator of a special scheme which has been designed to embrace all the youth in the country in order to try to bring them together and work out special projects that would eventually seal that dangerous Islamo-Christial gap which religious extremism has used to incite violence in the country !

He’s the fifth Nigerian to be named cardinal and on his elevation in Rome thousands of Nigerians both from home and the diaspora, and others, will converge on Rome to give him a rousing cheery greeting that will remind the Romans the incessant ululations the thousands of Congolese gave to their very popularly loved Archbishop of Kinshasa, His Eminence Laurent Pasinya Monsengwo !

Powerful Olurunfemi will draw the same kind of cheers that will most likely quake the Eternal City Cheers and Congs to Olurunfemi ! And hats off to our very much beloved Pope Benedict XVI for the glory he has willingly conferred on Africa through Olurunfemi’s great appointment !

Dr G.H. Kkolokolo ( Paris / France)

Uganda will not be a 1st Class Economy Soon according to Idi Amin’s Son


Iddil Amin's Son

Iddil Amin’s Son

Dear Ugandans, To Whom Does This Country Belong?

During the independence bonanza there was a lot of looking back at the history of Uganda but rare were the voices that used the opportunity to take a pragmatic glance at the future of this country.In this category, one resounding proclamation was President Museveni when he said during his speech that Uganda would become a 1st World country within 50 years.

Many have brushed aside this speech as posturing or insignificant (after reading the full script, I personally thought it needed more inspiring input for the occasion) and party politics have sadly again taken the depth out of the one topic that stood out in the speech: 1st World Uganda.

Some commentators have questioned whether it was a genuine realistic pronouncement based on sound critical thinking, or had our president lost his bearings as poverty and lack of basic services is obvious to everyone else including the international guests who were in attendance.This has prompted me to consider the enormity of the task and the national effort required in order to achieve such a goal.

Shouldn’t we possibly start by evaluating the critical indicators that put a country in the category of the Developed World?Statisticians and economists would immediately look at the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the pace or prospects of economic growth say for the next five decades.

We could also look at the legal frameworks (or lack of them) like intellectual property rights, anti-monopoly laws, taxation, trade balance and inflation; basically all the legal and economic cornerstones that maintain developed countries.

Crucially, these countries create wealth through research and development that brings about global pioneering innovation with technological advances then being used to add significant value to raw or semi-processed products. They then use intellectual property laws to protect their advantage for an average ten to fifty years on any specific innovation.

Creating the industries and technologies that enable transformation of raw products into high value items is no easy feat as considerable investments in initial research and development are required in order to lead in specific sectors.

Budgetary allocations for the next five decades would also reflect the priorities that such a vision presents. For example, without a complete, high-tech, modern education system with institutions that churn out intelligent, highly skilled and multi-talented researchers, engineers and scientists that innovate and therefore create our progress, it is hard to think that we could achieve 1st World status.

With the advent of oil, we could improve only to a certain extent, but oil does not provide us with the, mentality and attitude that could turn Uganda into a developed country.For example, many oil rich countries are statistically better off than Europe if we consider their per capita income but that does not mean that they are 1st World.Their industries and services sectors depend heavily on foreign labor/skills and their progress is based on acquiring whatever innovations so as to at least improve their basic standards of living.
Their general attitude towards hard work, conducting research, and being innovative remains relaxed, thereby remaining categorized as Third World.

In my humble opinion, being in the Developed World is primarily a national state of mind that provides consensus for a strong urge to improve and excel in all fields.

It also comes with its own package of minimum acceptable standards particularly in education, infrastructure, nutrition, transportation, legislation, housing, government services, technology and even behavioral attitudes like self-respect, productive work ethics and personal hygiene.

The notion of private property and competition are the drives behind capitalism and the market economy that 1st World countries have relied on to thrive, but in order to achieve success, capitalism also implies that someone has to be exploited in order for the other to be successful.

So I am skeptical at how the millions of Ugandan peasants in the thousands of countryside villages and “trading centers” will attain Developed status given their current predicament where we depend on them to continue cultivating our staple foods and yet we have to uplift the downtrodden to the levels required by the Millennium Development Goals.

International industries aim at making products and services that have global impact and generally make life ever easier for those who can afford. That is why we look in awe at the standards of living in Western countries and find our youth struggling to get to the west without first pondering if they could afford those services and products.

Do we give due consideration to the considerable investment in time, money and hard work required to guarantee continuous international success, particularly how steadfast we actually have to be in order to maintain competitiveness if we ever achieved the required global standards in the first place?

Compare the citizen in the developed world to the jobless youth in our cities or to the hardly clothed poor farmer in rural Uganda, many of whom are only able to focus on whether some divine good luck will come their way for them to sleep on a full stomach that day.

At a national level, we hardly even look beyond our borders to compete with our neighbors who are also our partners in development.

Yet, believe it or not, capitalism is also a sport where national pride is at stake and where competition between countries creates progress.

As for now, the overwhelming perception is that we are already striving beyond the imaginable to make the best of our current predicament. However, if we don’t outshine ourselves even further by achieving beyond where we never thought we were capable of reaching, how will we attain this terrestrial glory?

Becoming first in the world is not a joke. Just ask any Ugandan living abroad what real life in Europe or the US is about? Getting there and struggling mostly in vain to live like the average European.

And that’s where I urge all of us to and sustain maintain our strife for achievements in our respective fields at home.Without attaining and surpassing minimum standards in our professions and different fields of expertise, an otherwise good idea remains in the realm of utopia.

If we took industrial, scientific and economic competitiveness more seriously, we would possibly be organizing programs for researchers, engineers, scientists and economists to train and collaborate with the best in the world.

Why wouldn’t a Ugandan be the one to discover a cure for cancer or HIV/Aids for example? Wouldn’t that be worth trillions of dollars if we went by international patent and intellectual property rights plus guaranteed production for the global market over say 50 years?

The word “Developed” not only means uplifting standards of living but also raising a critical mass of activities to standards of international excellence like South Africa is already on course of achieving.

It also requires that every Ugandan citizen represent this country at all times especially in the face of outside competition.But do Ugandans know that they also own this country and should be outstanding in order to uplift ourselves and our countries image?

Just ask why the Ugandan marathon runner grabbed the national flag from an onlooker in the last Olympics so as to complete the last few hundred meters with the Ugandan colors on his shoulders.

Fellow Ugandans, this country also personally belongs to you. And if there is anyone who will actually carry the nation to the 1st World, it is ultimately you who has to make the effort and behavioral changes necessary to achieve that goal.

Such an ambitious projection requires that we demand it from all leaders while doing whatever is necessary to at least head in that direction regardless of individual political inclinations.

President Museveni talked of “removing bottlenecks” in his independence speech. However, to attain 1st World status it would also require the local equivalent of a “Marshal plan” (the US Economic Support to Europe after the 2nd World War) to pro-actively transform this country.But ignoring or dismissing such an idea like many are doing, is exactly what this country has to immediately avoid.

As of now, I am not convinced that the Ministry responsible is working on any elaborate road-map that could provide the national progress that is sought.

While we might be thinking that we were already doing our level best, we could learn from our own success stories that there is still much more that we could achieve to improve our quality of life and that of generations to come.If only we could consistently excel at the local, regional and international level, and in all productive activities ranging from school performance, to good performance in our individual professions, in scientific innovation, sports, technology, business, creative arts and progressive national politics.

Unfortunately just a few weeks after the independence celebrations, are we or aren’t we back to “business as usual” as usual? For God and My Country


Hussein Lumumba Amin

Media Consultant & Son of Former President Idi Amin Dada

Political Jokers are aids to Museveni’s long Rule


There’s nothing that costs someone like voluntary ignorance, it becomes worse when such ignorance has a drastic effect on the society. The 21st century hasn’t only affected the production industry where the market is flooded with both genuine and fake goods but also people who claim to fight for freedom. In the struggle against colonialism a kid could also tell what our fore fathers were fighing for, in simple terms we knew what liberation parties and personalities stood for. In the contemprary Africa, Uganda in particular distingushing the ideologies of several parties we’ve from the other can be a very challenging job despite of the fact that party members see how unique they’re from one another which is socratic irony.

Prior to going further, one asked me a question which I need help from you: “what do DP, NRM, PPP, JEMA, FDC, CP among others stand for and how different are they? Well, on paper I know they present barely different ideologies but practically are the same. If am not mistaken, FDC, DP, CP etc are all fighting corruption, human rights abuse, M7’s oppressive regime among other injustices of the ruling government.

Let’s ponder upon their strategies and methodologies of bringing change in Uganda (if any). I’ll reserve the drama among our politicians and the greed for power for now.

Presently parties have chapters in the diaspora but if it wasn’t for lack of an appropriate word to use, I wouldn’t call them chapters. The country’s main opposition party which of course is FDC enjoyed massive support from diaspora and South Africa in particular played an ultimate task in building the then Reform agenda and needless to remind, it was host to the party founder.

I know its unpopular and to those who enjoy sweeping under the carpet it’ll not sound sweet in their ears but the FDC chapter in South Africa is now a white elephant. It’s as good as the dormant DP and UPC chapters and synonymous with Kampala parties without chapters in South Africa. One might be wondering why the fading support but let’s face reality; was it genuine support or target support? The majority supported because of the high expectations they had and what are they? The ones enjoyed by those who supported the NRM war.

Opportunists, frustrated, jokers, power hungry, power strugglists, desperate people are the partists based in the diaspora, though 4% can be real. To me these so called party members in the diaspora are a loss to their parties and sometimes a mockery to the Kampala party members. Instead of playing a unique role, they are duplicating the activities of the Kampala members. The Kampala party members especially youths have greatly improved activism through social networks but the shameless and blunt members in the diaspora find it appropriate and innovative to copy and paste and sometimes share the same information to the same audience! I wonder if they ask them selves the impact it will have prior to copying and pasting!

I would expect party members in the diaspora to do better than that perhaps the least they could do is gathering and publishing such information to the rest in the diaspora but still the Kampala members with the little resources they’ve fly and do it themselves!

Fantasy and idle talking is what the majority is specialising in. The degree of wishful thinking among the so called partists is now chronical and needs therapy. It’s unfortunate that jokers don’t admit but deep down their hearts they know they’re. If a pedestrian can’t knock a car in motion why would a frustrated and desperate Ugandan assure people of bombing M7 without even a knife? Better to stick on peaceful means as the Kampala activists than making a storm out of a tea cup! If I was a voter in Uganda, I wouldn’t vote for opportunist party members from the diaspora and on the expense of the deserving selfless Ugandans based in Uganda.

Good enough the likes of Anne Mugisha, Lubega and Kiwalabye have tasted the cost of attempting to reap what they didn’t sow. They left their confort places in the diaspora and went to vie for leadership in Uganda without even considering the tear gas and all sort of suffering other activists have gone through. Fortunately voters were wise and voted in favor of the deserving not opportunists.

I thought political maturity was growing with age but its not the case. Museveni is still buying time due to political immaturity among some people who claim to be mature partists. These so called partists in the diaspora should learn from the Kampala members and stop facilitating M7’s rule ignorantly. It would have been the Kampalans to learn from those in the diaspora but its a pity its the other way round. If it wasn’t for formality, I guess this chapter would be desolved by now afterall it’s as good a dead lion.

timothy.mugerwa@gmail.com

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IGMG Donates 500 cows and 5000 fruit tree seedlings to Muslims in Uganda


Saturday 20th October 2012

The IGMG Relief and Societal Organization (IGMG-HSV) through their Ugandan local partners, Humanitarian Efforts And Relief Uganda (HEAR UGANDA), has donated over 500 cows to sacrifice and slaughter plus 5,000 fruit tree seedlings to under privileged communities, families and individuals in several parts of Uganda during the Muslim festive season of Eidh Adha slated to begin on Friday 26th October 2012. A six man IGMG HSV delegation headed by engineer Mustafa Abagioglu from Hanover- Germany has already arrived in Uganda to participate in the exercise.

Areas that have been earmarked to benefit from the above donations include Manafwa, Buduuda, Lira, Kitgum, Wakiso, Masaka, Mpigi, Butambala, Mityana, Kamuli, Kapchorwa, Wakiso, Entebbe, schools, prisons, social institutions and other districts.

On his arrival in Uganda, engineer Mustafa Abagioglu said that they are here to join their Ugandan counterparts to ensure that the joys of festive season is shared and to promote Green Top activities by planting trees in different parts of Uganda. His six strong man delegation is expected to visit embassies and diplomats, religious, political and civil leaders Uganda to further cooperation between north and south.

During this Edhi season, HEAR UGANDA and IGMG HSV targets to plant at least 5,000 trees between Sunday 21st and 29th October 2012. The 5,000 fruit tree seedlings partly aim at commemorating the 50 years of Uganda’s independence cerebrations that kicked off on 9th October 2012 at Kololo air strip in Kampala. A combined team of IGMG-HSV and HEAR UGANDA is expected to travel throught Uganda during this period to mobilise communities to plant more trees for food and environment security. Under the Green Top Project initiative, HEAR UGANDA and other stake holders target to plant at least 2.5 million trees in seven years in various parts of Uganda.

IGMG- HSV is a European non governmental and non discriminatory organisation with its head offices in Colon, Germany. It has projects and works in several Africa and Asian countries. IGMG HSV is currently supporting 131 orphans in Uganda with scholastic materials, clothing, tuition, beddings, etc. It has promised to increase the number of orphans supported and considering more projects for Uganda.

IGMG built a multi million Euro school for Pakistan flood victims and a similar project was also set up in Kano State, Nigeria for under disadvantaged students.


Mwebe ABDU
CORDINATOR OF THE PROGRAMME (HEAR UGANDA)

0772482227/ 0707482227

Muhoozi Will Not be Different from M7 if he becomes the president


My thinking regarding Museveni’s dream to make his son the successor, cannot be as far apart from some comments i have read on UAH, as it has been for a very long time. Let me use Hon. Jimmy Akena as a classic example. He is a young man, probably a Generation X…1965-1982, I’m not conversant with his educational attainment, but he sounds knowledgeable enough. Listening to him argue his politics home, you can not miss or misinterpret his father’s undertone. A desire to rule by all means, and ruthlessly if necessary.

That is not what scares many of us the most, but rather the fact that should the opportunity present its self, he harbour’s intentions to re-instate his late father’s bad rule. One can not rule out a repeat of the 1966 events in which Kabaka Mutebi becomes the victim this time. I really see him….”Jimmy” executing such a cowardly order. All that said, I do not blame him one bit for his father’s mistakes.

Muhoozi’s cardinal duty once he assumes office will be to protect his father, “president Museveni”, the family’s colossal wealth, and above all, ensure continuity for as long as time can allow. To say that Muhoozi will have Uganda at heart, and therefore solve Uganda’s generational problems is fallacious. I think that is what you mean by “Muhoozi has current ideas”. My friend, you’re installing a condom vending machine in the Vatican. A waste of time really.

Muhoozi has been groomed to reign above the NRM party in order to continue to render it disfunctional as is the case today. That way, he can impose and dictate. What used to be known as the NRM political party, the party of ideas back in the days when it was incepted, is a mere shadow of its self. The NRM you hear and read about today, is no longer a political party, but a mental condition. It is a disease. You do not cure a mental illness by prescribing a dosage of Muhoozi, No!!

We went out looking for trouble, we found it in 1986, for years we’ve diagnosing it wrongly, and applying unsuitable remedies. Why do we keep on repeating these same mistakes?!!…now Muhoozi!!!! His father has always had a casual relationship with the truth, how do you expect his son to be so different? By the way, did you know that half of what constructs the word “Politics” is a Luganda word, and the rest of it English? “Poli” in Luganda means “many” and “tics” meaning “blood sucking creatures”. Have you ever seen them stop sucking voluntarily?

Let me tell you a story. There was a time around the first half of the year 2000 onwords, when Kampala was an extremely dangerous place to have a gold chain around your kneck. You heard about testimonies from women who had sustained wounds as a result of being scratched as these thieves went on their business of stealing gold chains. One day I told my wife, if this ever happens to me during day time, that thief will regret why they tried.

She never took me seriously. We were heading towards Munyonyo and as I slowly negotiated that junction around Nsambya towards Kabalagala, a thief grabbed miss’s hand as she chated away on her mobile phone and disappeared in darkness. It was gone in seconds. I had always advised her never to leave the car window open especially in known areas of the city, but………….

A few weeks later around Nakasero, we were stuck in “bona bavuge” traffic jam, and this time a thief made away with her gold chain in broad day light. Only my wife listens when you advise her never to leave the car window open. I’ve heard others say their wives are genetically stubborn. Anyhow, I left the car engine running and I gave chess. Please rest assured that Kiprotich is “biwero/nothing” on the clock if you’d seen me. When this man looked behind, he saw me coming and coming, I believe he’d never experienced anything like that before.

He threw the chain to another thief but by then, the crowd was getting exited and a bit difficult for them to get away. Wanainchi feasted on both of them later. We managed to get our gold back.

President Museveni is merely passing over the relay stick to his kind…..you understand????????

For Uganda, when it rains it pours, from Museveni to Muhoozi……!!!

JOHN NSUBUGA

M7 Doesnt Have Two jets as The Former Presidential Jet was Sold Off, Now In Brazil


Many continue to talk here (well, in the same way we talk about everything that storms the forum) that the president of Uganda has two jets, the older Gulfstream GIV, Reg 5x UEF and the new one, the GV Reg 5X-UGF.

I recall one time one member told us that the UEF is parked at Kisozi ranch….and another stepped in to reaffirm the claim.

This is how the old plane has moved ever since it was replaced:

It went to Gulfstream, and it was de-registered as 5X UEF (the Ug registration). Later it changed hands becoming N92SA, belonging to the Bank of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Then it changed hands again and was de-registered from the latter, on 26 July 2010 and its new owner, the current one, became Cowan/Saulo Wanderley a construction executive of a Brazilian company, Construtora Cowan SA. The new Registration under which it is flying is PP-CSW. The last three initials reflect the names of the owner.

This is how it looks like, at least as of March last year:

Here it was at Princess Juliana International Airport, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten Netherlands Antilles.

Here it was at Belo Horizonte Tancredo Neves in Brazil on 24 May last year…..

Some of its last flights as 5X-UEF include the 2008 UN Gen Assembly….below was one of those flights on 21 Sep 2008…a week later on 28 Sep it landed at Heathrow on the way back to Uganda.

Gulfstream G-IV(SP) 5X-UEF 1413 New York John F. Kennedy Int’l Airport – KJFK

Below, is the brandy new jet as it underwent tests at the Gulfstream base at Longbeach, California on 14 January 2009 undergoing pre-delivery flights. That registration is for Gulfstream…GA is Georgia. It was registered as 5X-UGF on 29 January 2009.

Before some start speculating that the GIV was re-registered from 5X-UEF to 5X-UGF and the money claimed to have bought the new plane pocketed, note the visual differences, particularly the number of widows. The GIV has 6 and the GV has 7….

When you step inside, you find that the old one carries two more passengers than the newer one…

So, when one listens to our good people here at UAH telling us that YK Museveni is hoarding two jets, it only becomes yet another cause for one’s heart to bleed at the idleness of mind and sheer purposeless of what passes as Uganda’s civil society!

Anyway, the process of Gulfstream delivering the new plane involved handing the old plane by Uganda to Gulfstream. It is not that the old plane was taken to Kiseka Market and sold, while the new plane was procured from Kalerwe market.

As far as I know, the procurement was a part-exchange, and even with that, Uganda is still leasing…..
What I know is that, the newer one has a longer range, about 10,000Km, compared to about 7,000 of the old one….and anyway, the older such equipment becomes, the more expensive they become to keep retrofitting. The same with cars. I see people who have the policy of using a car only for 2 or 3 yrs, and getting rid of it in PXchange for the new one, from the dealer. It will still be road worth, but more costly to insure, fuel etc….

When you are a Third Worlder, with limited maintenance capability back home, you are better off with a machine that will not need regular excessive attention. In fact older equipment of that nature ends up getting closer to home….

Note that the current US Air force for presidents, AF1 (actually 1s, because they are two identical ones) went into service 12 yrs ago…put six yrs of use for each, and they fly the president of the country that manufactures them…they are right at home…..

Uganda’s GIV worked for 9 years, all on its shoulders. The current one was delivered sometime in 2009. I know the TZs have a similar one of 2004….

And I think someone somewhere needs to determine the length of time for which they should be held ensuring that they can be pxed when they still have some value…..

The GIV cost $31.5 but only fetched $10…..

The GV must be about $45M each…Google have two which cost that much….Uganda’s being militarily retrofitted may be higher than that may be $48m….

Lance Corporal (Rtd) Patrick Otto

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