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‘WHO PUT MEHTA IN MABIRA?’- ASKS THE UBC BOSS


Forumists,

I have keenly followed the Mehta-Mabira story for some time and I am not one of those who will blindly support murdering ancient trees just for a little sugar. But I also know of an opposition leader whose ticket to State House was simply riots over the high price of sugar!

Incidentally, many ‘Forest Protection Crusaders’ only protect Mabira on Jinja Road but have destroyed their own smaller Mabiras, which were planted by their ancestors on the lands they have now turned into brick factories. They used their small Mabira forests as firewood to bake bricks…

I was doing a Mabira programme on STAR TV last year when an angry caller stated “let Museveni go away with his muyindi (Mehta) who came with him from the bush in 1986 to steal our land…” From this I belatedly learnt that most of the anti-Mehta fury was about a suspicion that he was NRM and came with Museveni from the bush! Aloooo!!!

In my Uganda today it would be naive to expect the older leaders of such rioters to tell their youthful, misguided brigades the facts because facts work against recruitment.

I stand to be corrected, but I have read that Nanji Khalidas Mehta came to Uganda in 1924. He settled where he is now with the kind permission of the British colonial authorities and the government of His Highness Kabaka Daudi Chwa.

Because Mabira is older than SCOUL, I am sure Mzee Mehta was permitted (encouraged, or even urged) to cut down several acres of trees to plant sugar. Therefore, Mehta and Mabira have been living in symbiosis as neighbours for 89 years. This relationship beats any possible links between Mehta and NRM by only 57 years.

Recently, Mabira got encroachers without permission from Uganda government or even Kabaka. Their impunity is based on the pigment of their skin and the number of votes they can cast. In less than a quarter of the time Mehta has lived beside Mabira, these blessed encroachers have made the forest gods gnash their teeth in impotent rage by murdering thousands of trees.

I have a photo of one Mabira campaign poster reading; ‘ONE TREE CUT, ONE INDIAN DEAD’ and the proud bearer of this genocidal message was standing next to two beaming Members of Parliament and a priest. When one Indian was murdered even before any tree was felled, these MPs and the man of God disappeared from the scene, (AS USUAL) leaving their misguided missiles to be harvested by the police.

Is our mission to protect Mabira from Mehta because he is Asian? Is it to protect trees from decimation except by our own? Are we protecting Ugandans from sugar to create catchment areas of sugar rioters?

Does anyone doubt what would happen if government ever tried to stop Mr X from baking his bricks with firewood from the ffene or even muvule trees in his kibanja, which were left there by his great-grandpa?

Let us protect Mabira from the Mehtas of this planet even as we protect our own few trees from OURSELVES. Only then will Environmental Protection thrive.

TONY OWANA
UBC BOSS AND UAH MEMBER

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ARRESTED IMAMS: LETTER TO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE


Dr.Kiiza Besigye showing solidarity with the Muslim community

Dr.Kiiza Besigye showing solidarity with the Muslim community

This is to request your office to carefully study circumstances under which some imams have been arrested, prosecuted or investigated on grounds of training/recruiting children in terrorist related activities.

As imam of Parliament of Uganda, I wish to draw your attention to the following Islamic principles and practices.

1) it is within Islamic norms and practices to teach our children S early as 3years the best Islamic practices.

2) Quranic memorization and recitation is taught at a very tender age (3-15years). This is usually done at mosques, homes of imams/sheikhs and. Islamic Madarasas or school

3) During school holidays, many Muslim parental including myself who take their children yo secular schools were Islamic knowledge is not e.g. Mosques, imams/sheikhs residences and some schools turn into Madarasa holiday centers to enable them study the Islamic principles and norms

4) Freedom of worship is clearly enshrined in our constitution and nowhere in our laws parents are barred from teaching their children principles. and practices of their religion at tender ages and there are no gazzeted places for this system.

As you carry out your mandate of keeping law and order, I implore you not to tarnish the image of Islam and the Muslims in general by attributing them to tarnish the image of Islam and Muslims in general by attributing them to terrorist related activities. MemoriZation of Quran and teaching Islamic doctrines has never and will never be a basis for terrorism recruitment since it has been the practice form centuries. I find it difficult to believe That someone interested in recruiting terrorists would target 3-13 years children as the most suitable candidates for the exercise!

Your statement may even lead to many Muslims parents abandon sending their children to Islamic children centers under the fear f b3ing misunderstood at rhetoric expense of their cherished Islamic norms and practices.

We must all fight terrorism in all its forms but we shouldn’t at any one time encroach on people’s freedom of worship which is guaranteed by our laws.

It’s against that Background that I request you to corred4 this impression since many imams/sheikhs will abandon this noble cause of inculcating Islamic norms in our young children for fear of being victimised as recruiting terrorists. You should also engage our religious leaders on this issue so that we can all move in th3 same direction otherwise you may be misunderstood as infringing on our freedom of worship

I SAY THIS FOR FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY

Yours sincerely

Ssebaggala A. Latif sengendo (MP) / imam

C.c H.E the president

C.c VIP

C.c Speaker

C.c deputy speaker

C.c prime minister

C.c 3rd deputy minister

C.c vice chairman NRM

C.c Price kassim Nakibinge Kakungulu

C.c SUPREME MUFTI OF UGANDA

C.c minister of defence

C.c minister of internal affairs

C.c leader of opposition

C.c director DAAWA/heads of imam

C.c Chairman defense & internal affairs

C.c all Muslim MPS

Lt. Gen.Kayihura Denies Stitching up Top Regime Officials: Nyakayirima, ‘Tinyefunza’ and Mbabazi


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His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
The President of Uganda,
P.O.Box 25497
State House,
KAMPALA.
January, 20th,2013

Yours Excellency. I am Catherine Ddembe, the FDC councilor of Mpigi district and a close friend of Ssebina Ssekitoleko your NRM mobiliser for several years. Around September 2012, I was requested by -y friend Sebina to meet the Inspector General of Police, Lt. General Kale Kayihura to discuss some urgent matters. I agreed to meet General Kayihura in his office at Police Headquarters on Parliamentary Avenue, he asked me to do a mission for him and in return, I would be paid whatever I wanted.

He offered to give me a title for a house in Kampala and a scholarship abroad for further studies. He wanted me to visit my friend Michael Kabaziguruka, the Vice Chairman FDC Electoral Commission at Luzira Prison, where he was remanded on treason charges to convince him as well as Frederick Namara who was once your soldier in PGB and others that were facing similar charges to confess to having been rebels.

Dr. Kizza Besigye he said is a problem with his attempts to overthrow government. He wanted me to convince Kabaziguruka to give a written confession saying this. I got worried when he also asked me to say that the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, the Chief of Defense Forces General Nyakairima, General David Tinyefuza, and others were the funders and leaders of this rebel group. As a supporter of FDC, you know that I do not support the People’s Redemption Army. If Kabaziguruka and the others agreed to cooperate, they would get their freedom and 200 million shillings each.

I was scared, but I still went to visit the prisoners. ln fact, I visited them many times but my conscience was not clear. I even went to Nakawa court when they were taken there. Ssebina drove me all the times and I felt I could not say no. My friend’s reaction to my offer was of suspicion. They claimed that they had been framed regarding rebel activities, and were not willing to confess in case they ended up in jail forever. Then they told me some other FDC member had also approached them telling them that they were to be poisoned in prison. They told me to go talk to their lawyer Rwakafuzi. When I reported back to the IGP, he said he would talk to Rwakafuzi himself. I did not tell Kale of the poison threats on the prisoners.

A few days later, Kale called me and informed me that Rwakafuzi had refused the offer and said that his clients were innocent in the first place. Then Kale told me to continue engaging my friends at Luzira to convince them that they would find them another lawyer. He even offered to pay their legal fees and upon their release they would be paid 400 million shillings each. I went to talk with Kabaziguruka and Namara again but they refused saying they would die. Kabaziguruka refused saying that in his life he had never met with Mbabazi, Sejusa and Aronda and he can’t help NRM sort out its internal fights.

As for Besigye, Kabaziguruka said that he will die first before implicating his President. When I reported back to Kale, he became angry and insisted that I must finish my mission since he had already arranged a meeting for me with you during your visit to his father’s memorial service in Kisoro last October. After that I went back and met Kabaziguruka and Namara while they were appearing at Nakawa High Court but again they refused.

On Independence Day, Kale called me and informed me that he would skip the Independence celebrations at Kololo and that I should meet him in Muyenga Community Police Post. I wondered why the IGP would miss the Golden Jubilee celebrations and want to meet me. When I arrived, Kale accused me of not doing enough to convince my friends at Luzira to cooperate and yet this operation was blessed by you. He talked a lot about how this operation began Your Excellency, I beg to meet you and tell you more when it is us two.

He told me that the arrest of Kabaziguruka and friends was a set up. This is also what Kabaziguruka had been telling me when I visited him. But Kale said it was your Special Forces that planted those guns. Afande Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba had assigned his most trusted soldier, Captain Kashakamba to carry out the operation. I did not believe him and told him that I was scared and wanted to get out of these things.

I feared also now that I would be killed. Kale gave me 20 million shillings to continue with Kabaziguruka group until they agreed to the deal. 20 million was supposed to take care of their families and their welfare at Luzira. Kale told me that he had deployed police escorts to guard the Kabazigurukas on the way to and from Nakawa High Court and that this was a way of putting pressure on them to show them that they had no alternative but had to accept his offer.

While we were seated together, Kale received a phone call from someone he kept on calling as MK. He told him that he had received reports that the Besigye/Mbabazi, Aronda,Tinyefuza group was planning to ambush the prisons vehicle that was transporting the Kabaziguruka’s to court and kill the suspects in order to stop them from talking’ In addition to this, he reported to the same MK that the group had some rebel troops already in Kampala and were planning to attack Mbuya Miltary Barack Naguru Police Barracks and other isolated police stations in central Region. And then Kale told MK that he had requested for 127 billion shillings to sort this out and they were delaying’ He also said on phone that the request was sent to Finance under “supplies” and they were delaying. He told the person on the other side of the phone that they would put pressure on Finance through you since the rebels were becoming stronger.

When he got off the phone, Kale told me that since the Kisoro meeting with you did not happen’ he wanted me to meet you at another time. He told me to tell you that my friends in Luzira had confessed in me that the leaders of their rebel group were NRM leaders in the army and in the party and that also Besigye had carried the other army generals to meet to the Kabaka at his palace in Banda where Kabaka had given his blessing. He also told Muganda me that since the inmates refused to confess, my story would be enough. I am a Your Excellency. I cannot speak about the Kabaka like that.

Your Excellence I decided then that i was going to go in hiding. This man was using your name and I did not feel safe. To know Kale is doing a bad thing, he said he would travel with Ingrid Turinawe our chairperson of FDC women’s League to Norway. From Norway he wanted to buy a confession from a man called Frank Atukunda who is a political refugee in Norway. But when I asked Ssebina why Norway, he told me, Kale was going to Rome for an International police conference. Ssebina told me that I should not talk’ nobody knew he was going to Norway and everyone thinks he will be in Rome. Kale would fly to Thailand to meet you and hand over the confessions he gets in Norway himself.

After this, I got scared and decided to go hide in the village for some time. My conscience was not clear so I asked my relatives and some party members what to do. I was advised to run away from Ssebina and Kale because they are dangerous and powerful. Can you imagine Your Excellence, that Ssebina is so powerful that even Kayihura took him to address the police council? Also Ssebina moves with 5 guns in his car.

Your Excellency, I have written to you because I fear for my life. These people are using your name’ I am also seeking audience to tell you more. The recent problems in Kampala must be the work of IGP Kayihura and Ssebina and their people to justify the existence of the rebel group’ I say this because I have heard Ssebina boasting that these killings are being done by a unit in police headed by a man called Nixon.”

Bayera Gacumba

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This work of fiction by very evil and malicious persons. I have never met, talked to Dembe Catherine, let alone what is being alleged here. The alleged meetings, and conversations simply did not happen. Preliminary investigations clear show that the letter itself is fictitious. I did not realize how evil, diabolical some human beings can be! No wonder, they crucified Jesus, and this weekend have no shame celebrating his resurrection.

GENERAL KALE KAYIHURA
UAH MEMBER AND POLICE BOSS IN KAMPALA

secession talk is another question demanding answers.


muhooziUganda: secession talk is another question demanding answers.
By Elamu denis ejulu

Politicians have always been the ones known to echo sentiments on secession, of late this year the Acholi members of parliament, reignited the debate on the issue, which has been treated overtime with entrenched suspicion within the ruling NRM and various sections of the country.

This writer would like to add his voice, to this intricate question that has been around as old as this country (Uganda). A section of politicians has chosen to treat this subject (secession) in ethnic lenses from Buganda’s demand for federalism and now the much touted Nile republic (stretching from northern Uganda to South Sudan).

According to Wikipedia, the term “secession” refers to separatism which includes autonomism and self determination/greater autonomy. A clear example has been the agitation by the Scottish nationalist party (SNP) which on winning a majority in the Scottish parliament in 2011, intends to hold a referendum on independence —- in the autumn of 2014.

This would mean that the 1706 treaty of union agreed upon between England and Scotland would come to an end. Meaning the later would seek self determination which is enshrined in the U.N.charter resolution 1514(XV).

The Scottish may seem to have advanced beyond issues like chronic poverty, bad governance but they too like any other society have genuine grievances, which are popular within themselves. Uganda can borrow a cue from such, since we belong to the common wealth of nations.

This does not make us act exceptional, fore stance under the federal agreement that created Uganda, on independence in 1962 between the 14 communities, could be revisited in case of dissatisfaction with the marriage that created Uganda.
Therefore the talk on separation or autonomism, should not be treated with acrimony but accepted as part of the several opportunities, that could heal certain historical problems in our country. The NRM must choose either dialogue as enshrined in article 29, of the constitution or simply repressiveness, postponing the trouble.

It has been propagated by some individuals, that if some regions are granted autonomy or semi-autonomy the country will descend into anarchy. This has been argued in a defeatist manner that seeks to silence even the slightest deliberations on a possibility of regional autonomy (federal system).

In my opinion, this would be the best model for this country. We have been at war within ourselves for over the last 50 years. From the 1962-66 till today we have endured a centralized system of government that has absorbed all resources for the ruling elites, while suffocating the county governments.

This has been coupled with endemic corruption, nepotism and incompetence at the top affecting service delivery at the lower levels of the polity. For us to cure the problems created by the powerful presidency and mal administration.
We need a paradigm shift as a country and this would be federation of the country. Those who argue for secession may not do it out of hate, greed or chauvinism but they try to give the centre chance to reform and ensure equity, effective service delivery and rule of law but much of their effort is instead misconstrued by the suspicious rulers to be anti-nationalists and myopic.
A case in point since 1986 the northern part of this country has been at war (either victims of a war they didn’t start or the perceived marginalization). Its only of recent after the cessation of hostilities between government and the LRA that normalcy started to return, but with all this, came the problem of land grabbing, nodding disease and even the little affirmative programmes geared towards alleviating social deprivation like the peace, recovery and development programme funds (PRDP) were embezzled by corrupt officials in the office of the prime minister.

Such scenarios are what motivate people, to wonder whether they should continue to be under a corrupt, unjust and intolerant NRM government? Instead they opt to determine their destiny but out of frustration amid several opportunities for reforms not forth-coming.

The Museveni administration should not abdicate its constitutional duty of ensuring that equitable development, justice and service delivery is for all. Efforts at silencing secession talk will be treating symptoms, while running away from ameliorating the injustice and maladministration.

Our elites should learn to speak from informed views, one wonders as if this country is the only one where secession is being discussed? Right next to our door step in Kenya, a nationalist group based in Mombasa is demanding separation, citing issues like unfair distribution of land.

This takes us to learn a few from embattled Mali once a vibrant democracy 5 years ago, the MNLA (Tuareg nationalist group) on citing alleged inequality waged a rebellion against the several successive governments in Bamako based on failure to address historical aspirations of the Tuareg people .

The result has been instability in that Sahel country as of late.
No one can claim that all is well in the country; due to perceived injustice it’s a danger for the political elites to celebrate oil discoveries around Albertine grabben and Amuru. in those regions the locals may feel it’s an opportunity to demand for secession, with intent to put more pressure on the centre for reforms and equity. Since they believe the corrupt who have before stolen money for malaria, tuberclusis will not spare the oil resource.

The President is Right on Bail for Corrupt and Murder Suspect:- let them not have bail


Written By Peter Marco
Sometime back while celebrating the 27 anniversary of NRA/M since they took power and liberated Uganda, the President explained the need to fight corruption and economy sabotage as one of the problems facing Uganda today and keeping the country behind.
He stated the need to fight corruption because is scaring away the investors and making the economy not to grow because the taxes, revenue, money for infrastructure, business development scheme, money borrowing schemes, hospitals, poverty fighting initiatives and small business schemes are suffering due to corruption and misuse of office.

The above problems are caused due to corruption and misuse of funds that are meant to help, but because the corrupt thinks that they can get away with it and they can manipulate the system they continue to sabotage everything.His Excellence expresses the failure of the courts in not helping and doing its working in tracking the problem and helping in fighting corruption.He explained the need to amend the law and introduce a bill that will stop Corrupt and Murder suspects from being granted bail.

If we care about the suffering of many Ugandans that is brought about due to corruption it’s high time we support the President on this issue. Why? Someone will ask.The reason is that when we grant bail to the suspect which is their right you can say, some of the suspects misuse it in the way that they temper with the evidence which makes the burden of proof and proof beyond reasonable doubt before the courts difficult.

Someone has just stolen Billions but he/she can buy his way out of the courts and will try to pay off some officers investigating him, take example one officer was suspended for meeting up with one suspect’s lawyers who is fighting charges of stealing billions in the OPM.

If a suspect is granted bail, the first thing is going to do is to cover the tracks which the CID officers did not see in the beginning, like transferring the money on hidden accounts, family member’s accounts, moving money overseas, setting up fake business that will show where he got the money to build nice houses and buy cars, deleting information on the computer and burning the computer savers and high drives, selling off assets to disguise that he did not take money, buying fake shares and finally paying off court officials so that he can be found not guilty.
When the courts grant bail to people they do not give any restrictions that are strong and tuff enough to stop them from doing anything, they just ask for a few millions from someone who has stolen Billions, securities’ and deposit of the passport.
This is a joke because if the person knows that he/she will be found guilty, can even jump bail because he as the money to buy a new passport, and you will hear the next thing that the suspect is in East London, Stockholm, Boston, South Africa or even Nairobi. Some of the places where you find the biggest number of Ugandan Community, when you read about the law and understand it in Equity the law says that whoever comes to Equity must come with the clean hands, but those people do not have clean hands, so why should the courts treat them with grace.

Even their so called lawyers they are not with clean hands because they know that if their clients gets bail they will go and temper with the evidence or run away, they know how to manipulate the system and access to judges through court clerks and other court officials.

Take an example in England John Terry the court found him not guilty of the offences against Anton Ferdinand but the Football Association charged him on the same offences and was found guilty and he accepted the ban of not playing for some matches.
That means that the courts and judges may interpret the law in someone’s favour which is not in public interest and helping, same as giving bail to people who have committed the above crimes, it’s not in public interest to do that.

Still in England one terror suspect Abu Qatada was on bail but with restrictions on whom he talks too, sees and meet up with, but in Uganda the Corrupt and Murder suspects walk free and talk to anyone to help them cover their crime.
If we cannot detainee the suspect for over 35 days without trial, let’s just denial them bail until the trail starts and they appear in the courts to defend them self’s. Simple

The verse of Corruption will not be solved if we do not take measures that are working; the misinterpretation of laws by judges in Uganda courts is causing more harm than good. They take the literal meaning of the act and change it, they go on using the mischief rule and statutory interpretation where it does not apply and which is in favour of the criminals.If the young Rwanda can fight corruption what about the old Uganda, matters of Corruption should be ‘Judicial Review Matter ‘because it’s in the public interest to see that the law is being interpreted in the proper way in fighting Corruption.

By Peter Marco

Uganda: betrayed by the middle class


BY ELAMU DENIS EJULU

The fact is the Ugandan middle class continues to remain detached from the common man, this has contributed to the predicament the country finds itself in.

With salient lessons learnt from the North Africa uprisings in the previous two years famously dubbed the “Arab spring”. Take it or leave it the role played by largely the middle class from public intellectuals, business and student leaders was pivotal to the success of the revolutions. The same has been attempted in Uganda to only a dismal showing due to passiveness and complacency from largely elites, who feel attached to their assets and interests, be it small or huge.

The fact remains, all democratic efforts at changing the repressive and corrupt order in Kampala, has been sabotaged by an aloof middle class (elites) though a few have remained true to the cause. Majority have had to pay loyalty to the hand that feeds them (political patronage) where they survive on the state for lucrative small contracts in whatever illicit ways earned.
Many arguments have made rounds in the public domain, on whether the middle class could join the popular protests “walk to work” and create the ideological base of the cause. This according to analysts has only been wish saying since a great number exhibit concern for their jobs, the little buck that comes at the end of the hustle, apart from this worsened by the arrogant attitude of having a better education in contrast to the false perception on those who participate in the street protests as semi-literates who lack tangible work to do.

Its believed Egypt and Tunisia owe the success of their uprisings to their sizeable middle class estimated at 79.7 and 89.5 percent respectively in contrast to Uganda’s 18.7 percent (ADB) by 2011.

Any way the debate after all may rage on by what determines the middle class in Africa! Since some critics think its almost not yet there but according to the African development bank, referred this group to one that is well educated, access to internet, small family and one whose annual income ranges from $1,200- $7,400.

This was argued against by Calestrous Juma of the Harvard Kennedy School, as not capable of fitting in the capital markets of the developed world but in African— terms they have disposable income and can afford to consume goods and services from a few western franchise.

Recently a friend of mine had a honest debate with Dr.Munini Mulera on social media challenging him on the failure of the Ugandan elites with some savings to support youth in the democratic struggle. The debate left the later startled at the fact that soon many so called elites will be inconsequential to what the country may face, as the disgruntled feel they have common interests with those pillaging the country’s resource.

For radical results to be felt the educated and well-informed citizens should sacrifice their savings to inspire young revolutionaries willing to fight for the restoration of sanity and rule of law in the land. Failure to cooperate will be an indictment on us and none will claim the moral authority to have rescued this country from the mess its entangled in!
Writing per -say is only part of the solution, but real participation is what will end this criminal rule of Museveni and his corrupt cronies. If only my countrymen realized that it took only one soul at self immolation to change the order in Tunis, then we can be counted upon to deliver our land from the bleeding today.

With many journalists arrested and intimidated for speaking truth to the hegemon, academics and other élites have continued to be —-passive——–while blaming the young generation of not taking visible action to change the wrong direction the country is increasingly taking. The cycle of impunity and lawlessness does not segregate the affluent from the poor, highly educated from the less and neither the propertied from the have-nots. The fact remains fate knows nobody and the statements of Richard Dowden, on the African middle class as put below capture the situation in Uganda best.

Are there two Africas? One in a bubble of western-style wealth inhabited by the rich and powerful and another Africa on the other side of the security fence – barefoot, one torn shirt, no money, no prospect of a job – “suffering and smiling” as Fela Kuti sang, but with big and increasingly angry eyes.

Elamu denis ejulu Is a social critic.

Museveni following in the footsteps of Gnassingbe Eyadema.



The late president of Togo Gnassingbe Eyadema, who later was succeeded by his son Faure


The late president of Togo Gnassingbe Eyadema, who later was succeeded by his son Faure

The recent talk of a military coup in Uganda has gained currency and talk as the public discusses the matter in hushed voices. The pronouncers of these startling statements did not speak secretive but openly for all to hear.

This is one of the several incidents that may break the back of the proverbial camel, as one of the NRM party’s long kept secret, could be soon witnessed not in mere words of hatchet men but in practice. Museveni’s Uganda is not different from the late dictator Gnassingbe Eyadema’s Togo.

Having both ascended to power through a military take over whether the latter’s were two successful military coups in both January 1963 and 71 respectively. Contrary to the so-called NRM revolution which some analysts prefer to distance from a military junta by 1986 ushered in Yoweri K. Museveni to power in Uganda.

The aim of this piece is out of what could be an ulterior motive that could let, out one of the longest held plans in both the first family and the military. Having acquired power successfully through a military junta on January 1967, Eyadema through his rally of the Togolese people (RPT) created a one party system, in which political opposition was suffocated and never allowed to compete on leveled ground.

In the 1993 polls the opposition boycotted and in 1998 and 2003 elections they denounced the results as fraudulent. Amid all this controversy the international community as usual threw in some criticism at the big man including our African union to no avail.

The worst case was in the lifting of presidential term limits in 2002, giving the late Togolese strong man, unlimited avenues to life presidency yet by 2003 he was to be ineligible due to constitutional term limits by then of five.

Why is this Togolese personality crucial for Ugandans to study! It should be known that after the death of Gnassingbe Eyadema one of Africa’s longest tyrants by February, 2005. Zakary Nandja, the then chief of staff of the armed forces declared his son Faure Gnassingbe as new president and later after certain incidences he vacated the presidency only to return later winning a landslide election in April 2005.

President Museveni’s talk of the military taking over through his hatchet men like Gen Aronda Nyakairima and defense minister Crispus Kiyonga, is suspicious!

In January this year daily monitor, was awash with altercations between the various retired generals including the president himself and other officials who are privy to certain information on the military.

Despite warnings from the maverick general Tinyefuza to his colleagues. The worst kept secret of Museveni is now bound to be debated and analyzed on whether Uganda is moving in the line presidential monarchs like Togo and the late Elhadj Omar Bongo’s Gabon.

In both countries the sons of the former presidents took over the reins of the presidency through the same situations created to enhance such a ignominious project.

Since the 1986 takeover by the NRM guerillas- cum- politicians, Uganda has had four highly charged multi-party elections which in all complains of rigging, fraud and intimidation were reported to no avail from the 1996, to the 2001 and 2006 elections believed to be one of the most violent since the NRM took power.

Now the rapid meteoric rise of the first son Muhoozi Kainerugaba in the UPDF chain of command, suggests that the big man could do what others have done before on the continent, since it calls for no feeling of contrition.

The situation suggests it all, with the son commanding a sizeable number of the elite forces (reserve forces) which opposition leader Kizza Besigye and many others look at as a private army within the UPDF.

Such an army could create the last bastion of defense to the Museveni’s bidding to have his son imposed on Ugandans like Saddam Hussein’s revolutionary guards.

Never has this country debated or even thought of a transfer of the presidency from father to son but here we are typical Ugandan fashion of today, simply ignoring the worst that could befall our country and the future of the generations to come.

Not even the NRM politicians can stop such scheme since its not even know
n to most of them but this is what Max Weber best described as “neo-patrimonialism”.

After the lifting of presidential term limits (article 105 of the constitution) Museveni seems to continue until natural forces do him apart but while all this is thought, he seems to be determined to transfer power to one of his family relations.

What could aid such an evil! is when the educated and wealthy Ugandans remain mum and submissive to the regime’s patronage. Just like any unexpected happening it will leave an atmosphere of hopelessness.

The Author,Elamu denis ejulu, is a Ugandan commentator and also journalist in Juba with southern eye/south sudan today news papers

It’s high time we introduce the Birth Control Bill-Peter Marco


By Peter Marco
Birth Control Bill for a future Uganda, great economy and improved social life
Today we can start the work to look at Uganda that will be around 70, 90 or 100 years to come when we are gone, the Nation that our Ancestors left behind and the one that we will leave for the future generation when our time comes to an end.
But I am afraid that we will leave a Nation in which people will fight hard to survive and this is due to over population in Uganda, Uncontrolled Immigration and Uncontrolled child birth.

We are choosing the way we live by having uncontrolled Child Birth every day, which will be dangerous in years to come
When you look at areas in and around Kampala land is scarce while people are too many and they are still giving birth, when you have a chance to visit Bwaise,Katwe, Makerere Kivulu, Katanga, Kiwunya, Kisenyi and others slum areas.

Every 26 people occupy 10mitres of lands and some with a big family of 8,9 children ,they do not deserve to live in such away but due to over population and uncontrolled child birth they find themselves living like that.

Many people have now moved on the wetlands that are not supposed to be settled on by human, areas like Bugolobi, Luzira Nakawa,Wakaliga and the northern bypass road route in the swamp areas which is bad.

I was talking to one Police officer and he told me that the main cause of corruption within the Police force of Uganda is big family and lack of family planning, he gave an example of an officer living in a two bedroom house with 8 children they are looking at the father to provide, food, clothes, school fees and books, while he gets just a few shillings per month which cannot look after a big family of 8, so the end result is to look for other ways to make the family happy and that’s corruption getting money in different channels and making the criminals go away with it

The few hospitals we have cannot handle the increased population every day, schools over 80 students in a class that is not education, roads too many people, cars, bicycle in a small road, Too much pressure on the social life of the population, which is very bad

The government has tried to encourage investors and creating jobs which is good, but every 10 jobs that are created, 560 graduates are applying for the 10 jobs

So we can solve the problem of a poor man in the rural area of Uganda who is going to sell his land to pay school fees for his children by telling him to stop producing children.

The only way will be to legislate and introduce the statute or act of Parliament that will state that any Ugandan over the age of 18 years old and a citizen of Uganda man or women can only have 3 children per family.

We cannot just be playing cheap politics, tribal issues or religious differences on issues that will affect the future Ugandans and our children and grandchildren.

The Africa Development Indicators (ADI) figures shows that Uganda has the highest number of youth in the whole World and its increasing, which is out of control and something needs to be done about it.

I think it’s high time we introduce the Birth Control Bill, in order to choose a life that will be good on the future generation and to stop over population in the country.

By Peter Marco

I met Eriya Kategaya at Forest Mall two weeks before he was hospitalised


by Conrad Nkutu

I met Eriya Kategaya at Forest Mall two weeks before he was hospitalised. We have had a long friendship that was unfortunately diluted at the level of face to face contact by his about-turn when he rejoined Museveni’s Cabinet.

He had been away from work for about 6-8 months after a back problem compressed his lower spinal cord and paralysed him. He was just learning to walk again and was using a cane, which saddened me. I did not know about the blood clot at the time and I wonder now if he himself did.

Typical Eriya, he was in his aging 15-year old personal Volvo. When I asked about the govt 4-wheeler, he smiled and said he had been away from work for a very long time and could not justify using a state vehicle while on sick leave!

I respected his historical contribution to the country but always felt that having to discuss his about-turn would embarass us both, given the strong views he’d earlier given me in private and in public and my continued respect for him.

Reflecting on this though, I would still say he was a very good man and a committed patriot who did things that left the country a better place than he found it. If he was to ask me to judge him, I would say: “No problem Eriya, just like the rest of us, you did not do enough good. But unlike some people in that government, you did no evil. Perhaps we expected more from you than the reality of your relationship with Museveni and the limitations of your personal power and influence could deliver in practice and you retained my respect to the very end…” Rest in Peace.

Statehouse’s – Kirunda Faruk Responds to the IGG’s report


Kirunda at his house. kirunda is a Media Management Officer at state house uganda

Kirunda at his house. kirunda is a Media Management Officer at state house uganda

Members,

I salute the IGG for having seen the value of the investment by allowing the management of MMI Steel Mills LTD to compensate the occupants of plot M155. However, I wish to respond on some of the recommendations in her report:

1. My role in influencing the Jinja district land board

The relationship between the MMI investors and I is nationalistic. My involvement in acquisition of the land was in line with the presidential initiative of attracting foreign investors in the country to expand on the tax base and create employment for the jobless youth. If it wasn’t my involvement Uganda would have lost billions in terms of revenue.

MMI investors have invested USD 30 million in Jinja Steel Factory, which consumes 5 mega watts of power at over Shs 210million per month; they are also boosting the economy of this country by paying VAT of Shs1.2 billion per month. Moreover, they have never received support from government.

kirunda is a Media Management Officer at state house uganda

kirunda is a Media Management Officer at state house uganda

The acquisition of the said land was aimed at expansion of their investments in Uganda and solving a court case following a court injunction on the construction of USD 30 million factory. This followed a case filed against MMI by the second buyer of the land, Dolly Mubarak.

MMI acquired land from Mr. Dolly Mubarak little knowing that he had received a deposit of five million shillings on the same piece of land plot 40, 42-46 Walukuba Road from Mr. Keswala, the first buyer.

The Jinja high court judge, Flavia Senoga , advised both parties to settle the matter out of court. Mr. Subash Patel who was in Tanzania at that time requested me as a friend to spear head the process and in our November meeting at hotel Africana, Kampala we all agreed to settle the matter out of court on condition that the first buyer, Mr. Keswala, be compensated with 5 acres of land so as to lift the court injunction on the construction of the factory. There was no other option but to look for land for the expansion of the factory and compensation Keswala since 4 acres from the 11 purchased from Dolly Mubarak had been lost to NEMA.

Therefore, my alleged influence of allocation of plot M155 was aimed at solving the above problem to save Uganda from losing the MMI investor who has now expanded the tax base of the country. I could not allow the country to lose him. We are all aware that H.E has been keen on promotion and protection of foreign investors. On several occasions he has suggested that whoever stands in the way of investors should be hanged.

2. The alleged use of the Presidents name.

I don’t recall having used H.E’s name as a tool for acquiring the land. I only quoted the meeting of 3rd October 2011 in Dar- es-Salaam, Tanzania where H.E Kikwete introduced Mr. Subash Patel to H.E Museveni as a substantial investor who has contributed greatly to the economy of Tanzania. Among other issues discussed briefly was his Uganda investment plan. In attendance was the then PPS M/s Grace Akello. Records for the meeting can be traced.

However, my communication to the acting RDC Jinja dated 15th January 2012, by then Madam Rwakishumba Judith, was misinterpreted. To the best of my knowledge, it was a brief containing facts about the MM1 investors and not a directive as alleged. The brief was necessary since Mr. Katenda Luutu who had knowledge about the investor was not in office. This followed the failure of Mr. Nyago the deputy PPS to write a letter regarding the same as he had promised in his meeting with the mayor. I couldn’t wait to lose such an investor.

3. The alleged participation in bribery.
It is unfair for a law enforcement officer to punish a person who has been conned and set free a conman with a mere warning. Regarding bribery, if we are to have more foreign investors in the country government should work on mechanism of protecting the investors in this country. There are many investors in this country who have suffered more than MMI, and I can only discuss this matter physically, but what I have to say is that investors are suffering due to political interference with no government protection.

For the case of MMI, I dissuaded then deputy PPS Mr. Nyago from involving politicians but he insisted on involving them because I knew the consequences of involving them based on their track record. When we started facing challenges as a result of their involvement I tried to reach Mr. Nyago on phone and at office but in vain. However, I managed to send him an email on 13th January 2012, on the same matter. I couldn’t do much on the political interference because I am not the one who involved the politicians.

Secondly, on the alleged bribe of Shs15 million, the money paid out was commission to the person who identified the land on condition of refunding the money in case of failure to secure the land. It was receipted. I didn’t pay out that commission neither the subsequent token of appreciation.

4. Acquiring of the land

Jinja district land board is headed by a retired judge Alex Waibale and there is no way I could influence a full experienced judge to make a mistake.

Our main purpose of rushing to secure a title before compensating was to prove ownership of the land basing on the experience of poor management of public land in Jinja whereby land is allocated to more than one person and it was seen as a grave mistake to compensate public land before proving ownership.

Secondly, it is unfair to blame me for the acquisition of land which had occupants yet the council officials who identified that land for the investor were not blamed for misleading us.

The said land was surveyed on instructions of the Commissioner of Lands and Survey in his letter dated 20th may 2005 for Jinja district land board on the request of the then board secretary, Tabitha Kakuze.
Surprisingly, after some time the same Tabitha in her current capacity as the physical planner of Jinja municipal council made some changes on the same land from industrial to residential without notifying the district land board who had the rights over the land basing on their earlier instructions to survey the same land.

The land was dully inspected by the investors with the area land committee which recommended the acquisition of the said land with a condition of compensating the sitting tenants before commencement of the project. The said land had 15 families- not 6, 000 people as it
was alleged in the petition.

A survey was done by Jinja district land board and the lease was offered by the Jinja Land board on condition of compensating the sitting tenants before commencement of the project, and also the required money for the land was paid to Jinja municipal council- not Land board. Documentation is available.

However, when the company reached the stage of compensation confusion arose on who is responsible to handle the compensation among the area leaders.

As a result, the IGG was petitioned over this controversy. It took close to two years for the IGG to issue a report during which time the investment has been on hold.

That petition filed was backed by a clique of some malicious, demanding politicians and technical people who wanted to own oversight over the project for their own benefit. The IGG’s office was used to avenge themselves after failing to make in-roads.

There is always a claim that Jinja has lost its clout as an industrial town. Although numerically that’s false, progressively, it’s true. By 1986, greater Busoga including Njeru had only eight factories. Now they are 70 but could have been many more if it was not for investor frustrations like in the case of MMI.

Investors come here knowing that they will get all the support they need only to encounter hostile individuals who want to squeeze the capital they came to invest out of them. Such people are unpatriotic. Their sabotage is as destructive to the economy as the corrupt and the violent.

Patriotic Ugandans who are doing their best to heed the President’s call of attracting economic-boosters should not be sacrificed at the altar of self-seekers who only milk the economy.

In conclusion I ask you Members of UAH to spare some time and visit MMI. Personally I do not regret my involvement in support of the MMI investors, since it was aimed at expanding the tax base of this country for the growth of our economy which was achieved.

KIRUNDA FARUK
STATE HOUSE

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