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Terrorism did not start with Al Qaida or Al Shabab or Shimon Perez and Yazhak Rabin


Folks;

Tragic as it is, this terrorism attack can, and will likely, re-shape and define Uhuru’s presidency.

Few leaders are confronted with national tragedies at the infancy of their rule as Uhuru is experiencing now. The last leader to face such a calamiity shortly after coming into office was President Goerge W. Bush. And I hope this is where the parallel starts and ends.

Uhuru is employing strong, motivational words here to uplift his shell-shocked nation. As well he should.

Were I to advise him, I would have asked him to go farther and admit to the Kenyan people even he was surprised by the swift, sneak attack that found his government security machinery asleep.

The president should have added that Kenya is a resilient nation and will come out of this painful days even stronger. And that no act of terrorism will sow seeds of hatred into Kenyans to shun people. That Kenya’s religious harmony will not be shaken by this henious criminals.

Folks:Terrorism did not start with Al Qaida or Al Shabab. It did not even start with Shimon Perez and Yazhak Rabin who fought terror-filled war against the British rule that eventually created the State of Israel.Terrorism, as a political tool, developed out of assassination which was and still is a controlled killing of enemies. Assassination was widely practiced and later perfected by Boudoinn Arabs in 8th century Persia.

Just like assassins, a terrorist does not expect to survive his own attack. The original terrorists did not have any religious connotation to their dirty work; they simply wanted to get rid of their enemies, if even die in the process.Today’s terrorist uses a decent, innocent and benevolent religion, Islam, as the rallying anchor to massacre people. Because of that, some people are ready to condemn Islam as a terrorist breeding religion. It isn’t.

Some say terrorism is restricted to Muslims and Arabs; that’s not true either, as the case of Irish Republican Army, IRA, abundantly shows.It’s because of these changing nature and faces of terrorism that I say that terror is here to stay with us.

I’ll pick up from Charles Onyango-Obbo’s last sentence here, “Otherwise, if we wait only for our governments’ protection, the terrorists shall finish us.”

Realistically, we cannot be safe from terrorism all the time. Even if we re-introduce the Mayumba Kumi Cell system of watching over everybody within one’s arm reach in Uganda, still one or two members of that Cell can pull off a daring attack.

That’s why I do not subscribe to the proposition that the Westgate terrorists were revenging Kenya’s invasion of Somalia. To even allow that idea is to offer the terrorists a plausible reason for the mahyhem they visited upon the civilian population.

Onyango-Obbo suggests that we adopt stricter systems of vetting who leases from whom in large malls. That sounds noble and easily doable. But what next after the lease is signed and the tenant has moved in? Shall we continue to monitor what the tenant does on a daily basis?

Shall be inspecting his every crate of cargo each time he gets supplies? Shall be opening every bale of clothes before he arranges them for sale in his store?

I can understand Onyango-Obbo’s frustration, and even his sense of helplessness in the wake of this attack, but when all is said and done, terrorism is here to stay with us.

Edward Pojim
NEWYORK

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It’s morally wrong for Justice Odoki to be in the bench to hear an appeal by the Four Expelled NRM Mps


Justice Benjamin Odoki was in the Supreme Court to hear an appeal by the Four Expelled NRM Mps-But he did not chair the session. The man is in motion. But how could the lawyers of the Mps accept appearing before him yet they are among those making noise that he is not fit to be chief Justice??

I think it’s morally (not legally) wrong for him to even be in the bench becoz of the pending case against him in the courts of law and therefore this may affect the outcome of this case. Granted, Odoki did not sit in the chair of the chief Justice to chair the hearing. He avoided the chair and sat at the extreme end.

This kind of crisis is well planned and it profiteers a group of individuals or politicians who have no interest in seeing institutions grow. We are throwing our judiciary into turmoil because we want to attain an immoral end.

Yes, the constitution allows Odoki to be reappointed as a justice of the Supreme Court for a two year renewable contract but it bars him to be reappointed as Chief Justice as he has clocked 70years of age.

So he appeared on the panel as a reappointed justice for a two year contract as well as Justice Galdino Okello. This appointment does not need parliamentary vetting since it is an extension of the job by contract. A suit has been filed in court to that effect stopping him from taking over the seat of Chief Justice having clocked 70 years which is unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court has set a date of September 11th 2013 to hear an appeal by the expelled four NRM legislators who were ordered to vacate parliament by the Supreme Court.

A panel of 7 Justices led by Justice Bart Katureebe indicated that they had not got a copy of the judgment of the constitutional court on the matter and as such it was not possible for them to proceed to hear the appeal. The Justices directed that a copy of the ruling be availed to the court plus any other relevant documents ahead of a hearing on Wednesday this week

Here is the Odoki appointment letter too. Interestingly,M7 recommended him to the JSC contrary to the established process contained in the law. It should be the JSC recommending Judges to the President and not the other way round!
ODOKI LETTER

By the way,whoever is editing the president’s letter should be fired! A two year contract, not ‘a two years contract.’

The notice below was put up at the High Court Notice Board on June 25, 2013. It does not cite the authority, law or instrument under which the assignment was made. Is this constitutional especially given that the Deputy Chief Justice himself was in an acting capacity? What is the relationship between Kavuma and NRM?
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In Uganda even a cleaner for Museveni or Hon.Rwakutana may earn more than a judge, if you didn’t know. But we also need to establish who is telling Ugandans the truth about the state of finances in the Judiciary? Attached below is an Internal Memo on the High Court notice board on June 24th 2013. So, between His Worship Araali Muhirwe, Deputy Spokesperson to the Judicary and His Worship Kisawuzi, Court Spokesperson, we want to know who is is telling Ugandans the truth about the state of finances in the Judiciary.
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H.O

Uganda’s Credit rating has improved and is now B+ ahead of the PIGS


Dear Ugandans at heart,

How come nobody in the media has reported that Uganda’s Credit rating has improved and is now B+ ahead of the PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Spain & Greece- the Spanish PM was right after all- Spain aren’t Uganda!!). The rating is good for FDIs. Let’s use the new rating to support investment and infrastructure development by use sovereign guarantees and bonds. Otherwise it won’t help much.

Mind u this rating by Fitch comes after the 1.6 billion USD Karuma deal (soft loan from China) the biggest ever in Uganda. This shows we are solvent and can undertake similar infrastructural developments in terms of value. I can’t help, but be proud of my country at least for a few days. This is good after the Kipritoch gold days!!!

I know some people may wonder what FDI means or they understand it but don’t want to know it because In certain corners, its connotation boarders that of a certain party that the Mulindwas hate…….(won’t divulge lest POMB takes effect!!)

However, Rating is useless 4 the jigger infested peasant in Kamuli! The rating is useless to a single mother struggling to send her child to school!A retired Danish football manager Ebbe Skovdahl said, “Statistics are just like mini-skirts, they give you good ideas but hide the most important things.”

I know of some people who own nothing and owe nothing. Theoretically, they have the best credit rating. On individual level, you need to prove to the banks that you are worth 3 times more than what you wish to borrow; and this worth is actually computed on forced sale value. I guess states are looked at in the same way.


H.OGWAPITI

Poor service delivery has now been renamed effective representation As Diaspora demand for a ministry


Guys,
Very soon every tribe will be demanding for ebyaffe and a ministry as is the case with karamoja,teso, luwero, women, and others,Because they know it is easy for Pres. Museveni to carve out more ministries for them. Even the Ugandans in diaspora are now demanding for a ministry and i wonder if Abbey Semuwemba would be the minister! Remember we have a Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If it is weak, I would rather call for its strengthening instead of agitating for ‘diaspora’ ministry!!

The Government of Uganda set up Diaspora Services Department (DSD) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).The aim of the department is to coordinate Diaspora issues. The mission of the department is to provide an enabling environment and relevant services for the Ugandan Diaspora to effectively participate in Uganda’s development and to promote and protect their interests in the host countries. The key strategic objectives of the Diaspora Services Department include but are not limited to:
A. Mobilise the Diaspora to transfer specialist knowledge, skills and technologies to Uganda for accelerated development.
B. Promote participation of the Diaspora in development of Uganda’s systems and processes of good governance.
C. Promote and protect the interests of Ugandan nationals in the Diaspora in line with best international practice.
D. Ensure timely and adequate availability of financial, human and logistical resources essential for cost-effective implementation of DSD’s approved work plans.

DSD should have been given autonomous powers and with an independent vote. Placing it under a limping ministry was a strategic mistake because its vibrancy is watered down by an inefficient ministry.

I know Ugandans are sick of creating new this and that. i think there are 2 points here (i) how to harness remittances from Ugandans working abroad (ii) How to organize as a country to better utilise that resource. Remittances is a resource that is bringing in nearly US$1 billion into the economy. MOFA can hire an officer or a lean department that can take care of that. I think that resource needs to be rethought, better planned and coordinated to harness that money to work for Uganda. The point should be whatever name you call it, a ministry, authority, whatever….I think we need a small but effective organisation that will help us harness remittances and provide better services for people who work and remit back home! Diaspora bond is a baby step we are just taking; read UNCTAD 2012 Report and UNDP Human Development report 2009, and you see what other countries are doing! True we need to do more- but not create ‘diaspora’ ministry!!

We create ministries at the same rate as districts. We create constituencies in much the same rate as silvery of babies. Of course I am picking extremes to illustrate the point, but we all agree that a lean and effective government is better than a bunch of sleeping crowd. What remains to be seen is a tangible commitment to do just that. Lets start with Ministers, MPs, RDCs, districts et al.

I am for a lean Government all through. Part of the reason why many groups feel like that is the collapse of the service delivery system in Uganda. Now groups think if they are directly connected to the center, they can get service delivery.That’s how dis govt has blinded people into believing dat to get something,u must have a new political entity specifically set to serve yo interests i.e new ministry,district,chiefdom,
village etc which is all hot air.

I believe that if there was an efficient government that cherishes accountability, good governance and rule of law, all Ugandans would be served efficiently. I have always said that not every Ugandan’s concern can be resolved through creating a political office as an intervention. If for example, Ministry of Foreign Affair had an efficient minister with all our foreign missions funded and staffed well, Ugandans in the diaspora would not be begging for a ministry. Our embassies under ministry of foreign affairs are perennially understaffed, underfunded, under motivated, name it some of the premises need urgent renovation, am told in some Ugandan embassy even simple things like photocopiers are non functional.

Poor service delivery has now been renamed effective representation.We’ve been made to believe that to get anything,you must reach the fountain of power yourself and not the people mandated to do the job.Police&Prisons will soon jump on this wagon that they want representatives in the House.Later on we shall Bodabodas,Private security farms,Taxis,Buses etc demanding for their MPs.The earlier we stopped this divide&multiply game in our country the better for our Economy!

The current political infrastructure is most likely unwilling and incapable of effecting such positive change. Both the legislature and executive are in self preservation mode. My view is that we are overly represented and overly governed and yet under serviced.

H.O

The Constiutional Court judges in the NRM-Rebels case are so questionable


On Friday, September 6th 2013, the Constitutional Court directed that the 4 MPs who were expelled by the National Resistance Movement (NRM) stay out of Parliament until the main petition filed by the NRM is determined.

A ruling has not yet been made as of yet but in the mean time the court has just slapped an injunction on the MPS barring them from accessing the premises of parliament. An Injunction has gotten the whole clan celebrating? May be someone needs to tell us whether the injunction shares the same recipe with the yet to come judgment but may be known. An injunction does not declare anyone guilty but takes away your rights.

However, I found this comment from Hon.Erias Lukwago very good: ‘……….the purpose of a temporary injunction is to preserve the status quo pending determination of the issues in controversy’. Obviously the status quo that should be preserved here would be to keep the MPS in the House pending determination of the main petition. The rationale for this time tested legal principle is to avert an absurdity in case the main is decided in favour of the MPS. This is because court has no powers to order their return to the house in case they win the main petition. The other principle is balance of convenience. So, the current injunction is rather ridiculous and calls for in-depth research.

The court ruling today is a result of an injunction filed by the NRM lawyers to stop the said MPs from accessing parliament until this case is disposed of by the Constitutional Court. It does not in any way impute that the MPs cannot retain their seats. But who profiteers from Mps earning salary when they are not in parliament or doing their work? What happens of the electorate who voted them including Non NRM members?

The whole aim of the Constitutional Court is to help parties that fail to agree on a matter of constitutional nature to seek for interpretation as to what the framers of a particular clause actually meant at the time of debating ad promulgating the constitution. Most often it’s about interpreting language. Language has a tone and an intention. And clearly if one re-reads Article 83(i) g of the Constitution which says, ” if that person leaves the political party for which he or she stood as a candidate for election to Parliament to join another party or to remain in Parliament as an independent member,” you can clearly see that the framers of the constitution did not cater for “forced leave.” And I don’t see how the Hon Speaker erred because the constitution is not clear cut on the rebel MPs context.

Hon. Kadaga can never be put down. She did the most honourable thing and we all celebrate her bravery for standing up against all those ‘men’ who think that they own the world. I think she is getting the Constitutional Court to pronounce itself on the matter, so it has nothing whether she has been beaten or not.

The Minority ruling of Justice Remmy Kasule is an indictment on the other 4 Justices of the Constitutional Court. They are, Kasule says, impartial, unfair and based! Hon. Justice REMMY KASULE Blasts fellow Justices in his dissenting Ruling to the suspension of the Rebel MPs from the House. Excerpts of his ruling states:-

“With the greatest respect, I find the approach being adopted by my most Honorable brothers & sister justice of this court, to be prejudicial, pre- judgmental and contrary to the duty imposed upon this court, not only to act, but to appear to be acting impartially. The duty to act impartially is imposed in Art 28(1) of the constitution … and the language of the Judicial Oath … mandates every judicial officer…. to act without fear or favour, affection or ill will.” Pg. 7-8

The Majority is not always right, may be that one judge is the one right!! This is a Clear manifestation that this gov’t is one man’s show. The constitution is working for expelled mps only. Where was that constitution when Museveni reappointed Odoki as chief justice? M7 the protagonist like any other movie star emerges and will emerge victorious regardless of the means. Genius or devil or both? Will the courts stop them from contesting? Just a waste of our money due to one man’s ego!!!!!

Justice Kasule’s ruling had substance, quoted precedents even set by Justice Kavuma in his previous ruling. he even reminded them about the Judicial Oath they took.Justice Remmy Kasule went ahead to state that he did not expect his four colleagues to deliver a judgments that is absurd.He says “the duty imposed on this court by Article 28 (1) is to ensure right to fair hearing. The effect and import of 28 (1) which is non derogable under article 44, as to the essentiality of impartiality of a court of law, is further manifested in the language of the judicial oath that every judicial officer subscribes to. For the Above reasons i decline to entertain the issue of granting a temporary injunction.”

When he was (KASULE) reading his ruling,majority in court we smiling, he put those 4 judges in a trash.The judges in this case are so questionable: Justice Steven Kavuma: is one of the NRM founder member and Promoter, former Minister of State for Defense, alternatively Known as an NRM cadre;

Justice Richard Buteera: Former DPP, a man once suspended by his professional peers, the Uganda Law Society, for professional incompetence. A man who sanctioned such frivolous vexatious and potentially fetal charges as Treason, Concealment of treason and rape on Presidential candidate Kiiza Besigye in 2005 basing on forged records and non existent persons and organizations, thereby ensuring that KB spends almost all campaigning time in Luzira while Candidate Museveni of NRM was busy campaigning; (It is also worth noting that for all these charges KB never took the stand to defend himself, and the treason case fell apart when it was revealed that the star witness- that lady with a massive headgear, was being coached on what to say- all presided over by our Honorable Buteera);

Augustine Nshimye: founder member and promoter of NRM party; and Faith Mwondha: She of the IGG fame, a Judge who failed to sustain her charges against The Daily Monitor who had accused her of pocketing 2 salaries;

The 4 “Honorable Justices” have ruled to block the “rebel NRM” legislators from participating in parliamentary business.

In the minority was Justice Remmy Kasule who ruled that the action was not proper.

Any surprises here? These are just Just NRM Moles hiding in the judiciary.As Allan Barigye would say:’Obuhangazi bwembeba bukagiriisa enkuru za Kapa’…..Roughly translated as: the longevity of the rat enable it to eat the cat’s hide. M7’s balance sheet in both quality and quantity is very dismal, especially if you take into account the time he’s spent in power and the fact that the three main contenders: Obote and Amin did what they did without plunging into debts.

H.O

Halima Namakula was talking a load of bollocks on NTV – Says UAH’S Byaruhanga


Halima Namakula is one of the celebrity musicians in Uganda but spends most of her time in California,USA

Halima Namakula is one of the celebrity musicians in Uganda but spends most of her time in California,USA

Fellow Ugandans At Heart,
I have just seen the NTV Life Stories_Halima Namakula on the internet and could not believe my ears were serving me right. Not to waste your time reading this mail without first knowing what it’s about, I’ll be brief.
The entire program is dominated by lies and if anyone observed the way Halima answered the questions and made lengthy statements, you’d certainly know that she lied throughout. The only name of her children she mentioned is “Rachel”, while talking about the ‘Daughter and Mother’ relation.

She claimed that she became pregnant while in school by her “boy friend” and that her “boy friend” abandoned her, in the sense that he did not want responsibility for the child. In this program mentioned here above, you’ll also notice that Halima does not mention the name or sex of the baby in question. The only truth she mentioned was that her mother, Afuwa Namuddu was not married to her father, Hajji Ali Musiitwa.

As a teenager, a national boxer and a promising military career in my life, marriage was simply a long distance away until I met Halima Namakula. My consideration to marry Halima Namakula was not what I would have wanted at the time, but because of the pregnancy she and her brothers had reported to me. How did it happen?

At the time, I was the Captain of Uganda’s National Boxing Team and In-Charge of Boxing in all the Uganda Armed Forces. All those who remember the 1970s and how great the National Sports Teams of Uganda were doing and the support of the then President Idi Amin we enjoyed, will understand. In 1975 the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) invited Uganda’s National Boxing Team to East Berlin to paricipate in a tournament marking the birth of their Nation. However, Uganda’s National Council of Sports announced that there was no money for the transportation of our team to East Germany. When President Amin got the news that the NCS did not have the money to enable our team to travel, he immediately invited Mr. Tom Kawere then Acting General Secretary NCS, Mr. Peter Grace Sseruwagi, the National Boxing Coach and me, the Captain, Uganda National Boxing Team to the Command Post, Kololo. After a long conversation with the president, he authorized the Presidential Jet to take us to East Germany. It was all news on UTV and Radio Uganda. Our sudden departure to East Germany and return with the victory over the Germans made countless reports in the media. On our return from E. Germany, I had to go home to Fort Portal. I did not want to waste more time in Kampala because I knew that soon ‘duty would be calling again’.

While in Fort Poral, my father had also come from the village to visit me. He would stay several weeks on my request. One day the duty Sergeant of the 2nd Paratroopers Battalion came to my house and told me that, “There are two girls at the Bus Park looking for you. The girls have come from Kampala.” I told my father to excuse me and that I wanted to see those girls who had come from Kampala to see me. When I arrived at the Bus Park, it was Halima Namakula and her friend Milly Namukasa. I took them both home and introduced them to my father as my ‘very good friends from Kampala’. My father shortened his stay and went back to the village. Halima and Milly stayed for several weeks and left for Kampala only a few days before my return.

My return to Kampala was always met with lots of work at the UAF Headquarters and at times had to undergo ‘Residential Boxing training’ at Lugogo, whenever there was a tournament at home or abroad. Several weeks later, could have been longer, I can’t easily recall, Halima came to my residence in Bugolobi and told me that she was pregnant. I was not surprised at all because I knew that the time we spent together in Fort Portal, that could be the result. She told me that I should go and meet her mother and family for introduction. I told her not to worry and that I shall certainly inform her when I shall make it happen. Several days later her brother Charles Lwanga came to my residence only to assure me how they all loved me and that their mother would like to meet me soon. I told him to inform Halima to come and see me so that I plan with her how I shall go to meet the family. The next day Halima came to my residence. I took her to a shop on Kampala Road and I instructed the shop keeper to make a Gomess dress for Halima and her mother who would come later. The shop would bill me later. I then took Halima to a Pharmacy and instucted them to offer any medication to her at any time of her need. The salesman at the pharmacy was a very close friend of mine called Maximus Henry Bileni. Mr. Bileni is currently an official at the Internationa Committee of the Red Cross at Kololo.

My preparations to meet the Halima family was not easy, but with the love of her family to me as told by Halima and her brother Charles made it somewhat easy. I asked a close friend of mine to accompany me. My friend, Fred Kabareebe was stationed at the 2nd Paratroopers Battalion, Fort Portal. He is currently a Captain with the UPDF.
At the arrival at the Halima family home (Bombo Road- Gayaza Road) round about, my friend and I were overjoyed by the warm reception in our honor. Halima’s mother advised me that I “must never have only one child with a woman.” She told me that we were still young and could not tell what the future would be. She said that if I or Halima decided to marry someone else in the future, then our children would grow up well without feeling as opharns.
Our first child was born on the 30th August, 1976. I chose for him the name “David”, as the Biblical name for the King of Israel. Two years later, on the 24th August, 1988 our second son was born.

Those of you who have followed my mails here at the UAH will remember the mail in which I stated what Brig. General Isaac Maliyamungu told me. He told me in my language, Runyoro / Rutooro what I translate here into English, “You must not be intimidated into converting to Islam. My name is Isaac and I defeated them”. A few days later at the General Headquarters, the deputy Chief of the State Research Bureau suddenly became confrontational with me till I told him that I have decided to convert to Islam. When he heard this he said that he was going to “tell the president about it” and dashed out of the door. That evening the UTV and Radio Uganda announced that I had converted to Islam. Recalling the past, that might have saved my life. Later I had to go to the formalities of the introduction to the faith and our son “David” got his name changed to Ahmed, but we fondly called him “Hemed”. The younger son was named “Rashid”. The sheikh who performed the duties to welcome my sons and I to Islaam was called, Sheikh Ahmed Rashid, at the Muslim Supreme Council, Old Kampala. I was given the name Juma and our sons were hence called, “Hemed Juma and Rashid Juma”.

During the war of October, 1978 to April, 1979 that overthrew the government of President Idi Amin, there was tremendous misconduct by the soldiers. The country had gone wild, as the soldiers could be seen walking around aimlessly with guns and many could be seen in drinking places. Buses, trucks and cars were looted by armed men of the clearly evident defeated army. Halima’s brothers, Kalule and Kibirige had cars and were terrified to think that their cars would also be stolen by the defeated soldiers on the run.

Halima came to Bugolobi and requested me to detail some friendly soldiers who would escort them and her brothers’ cars to Gayaaza. By then our two sons were living with me at Bugolobi. Although Halima was supposed to be living with me, she often went to live at her mother’s place. She was not going to school, as she claims on the NTV Life stories. She was a member of the Negro Angels group and she invited me once to the National Theatre where she was supposed to play.

In December, 1979 she got an opportunity to atted a course at Robert’s Beauty College, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. I had been re-enstated by the Uganda National Liberation Army, but Halima and her family were not happy about it. After several attempts on my life I was also not sure to live for another day. I was confused and did not know what to do. My home at Wakiso had been looted and destroyed and I believed that if I went home to Fort Portal, that would be a ‘dead end’. So, I accepted to rejoin the army, the UNLA simply as a way to stay alive.

While in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Halima kept in touch by letters, but usually telephoned her brother, Hajji Haruna Kibirige at the Amber House. He was the Sales Manager, Uganda Coffee Marketing Board.

In January, 1981another assassination attempt on my life occurred at Bwayiise and gun shots were heard that terrified the entire area. The people were running from and to all directions as the car I was in was being short at. Halima’s mother and some of the family members were living at Kavule, Bombo Road – Gayaza Road. They might have heard of what had happened in the night and perhaps someone might have recognized me that sent them a message. Shortly after that I was called by Halima’s mother to her home. She told me that the whole family is concerned about my life and that my brother-in-law, Hajji Haruna Kibirige wants to talk to me and that ‘it is very important’. The next day I went to meet him at the Amber House. He expressed his personal concern and that of the family for they believed that I would be killed. Halima had written to me and had also told her brothers that she did not want to raise opharns. She seemed sure that I would be killed if I did not leave the country.

Hajji Haruna Kibirige asked me why I could not leave the country. I told him that I did not have the money for the ticket and could not think of where to go. He told me that my “wife” Halima has asked him to help me in any way possible to leave the country. He told me to find out how much it is to Tulsa so that he could buy the air ticket for me.

Going to the Uganda Airlines offices was not possible because there were rumours already at the Army Headquarters, Bulange that I was planning to leave the country. The rumour though, was that the TPDF was taking me to their ranks in Tanzania. The rumour could have started when a Tanzanian Brigade Commander, Colonel Ale Kyungu sent troops to my home in Fort Portal to find me for my protection.

At the Uganda Airlines I had a friend working there. His name was Abdul Kafeero Kaawa. I requested him to find the particulars about my possible travel and he did that. However, I declined to go to Tulsa, Oklahoma and chose to go to Europe. Halima’s brother, Hajji Haruna Kibirige payed for my air ticket and we remained in touch with Halima until Rachel was about four years old.

While in Germany, I boxed in the Bundes Liga, the German Federal League and was undefeated from 1981 to 1983 after which I turned professional. I was in conatact with Halima and exchanged letters and photographs very often. In some of her letters she stated that the best thing we can do for our children, Hemed and Rashid is to get married officially. I wrote back to support the idea. In 1984 Halima informed me that she was very ill and that she could not work or even go to school. She needed money to help her during that period. I told my trainer Mr. Theo Gerritzen to send money to Halima on my behalf because I was busy in training for an upcoming qualification bout for the Commonwealth tittle. Mr. Gerritzen complied. Several months later Halima was still complaining about her sickness which she did not even tell me what it was. I started making preparations to go to Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA to be with her, in what I thought would give her comfort and assurance that I truly loved her. When I told her that I was coming to see her, she told me not to come. Her excuse was that she did not want the US authorities to see me around. She explained farther that she told the authorities that the father of her sons disappeared during the war in Uganda and that he might have died. She said that “our children are getting free education because the US authorities know them as fatherless”. I tried to let her know that I really wished to come for at least a short visit, but she refused and that ended any suggestion for me to go to the USA.

While in Denmark we remained in contact either by mails or telephone. We spoke by telephone about every after a fortnight. She could call and then tell me, “call me back”. We could talk for about an hour and also had a chance to talk to the children. On day in 1989 Halima called me as usual and told me to call back. I did. As we were talking on telephone, she shouted at one of the children. She said, “Munno muwe egaali, kino ekyaana kyakula kitya…”. Angrilly telling one child to give a bicycle to another. I asked Halima whom she was talking to and she said, “My last born”. I then asked how old her last born was and she answered, “Four”. We continued our conversation a little longer, but as we were talking I counted the years in retrospect to know when this ‘last born’ was conceived. I realized that when she claimed to be sick and refused my visit, she was actually pregnant and did not want me to find her in that condition. I was also informed that she married a man called Kiwanuka and that all the children are now registered as “Kiwanukas”. A Ugandan lady who lives in the Netherlands told me that she has a friend called Hamed Kiwanuka who resembles me as a “photocopy”. She farther said that she told Hamed of a Ugandan gentleman she knows who resembles him like a ‘photocopy’, but Hamed responded jockingly that, “That man must be very handsome”.

This lady usually communicated with Hamed via Facebook, but one day saw the photos of “Hamed’s brother, Rashid” on Facebook. Rashid did not look fine. I tried to look for the photos, but in vain. Another person in Paris also told me of one of “Halima’s sons photos on Facebook and the boy looks like those who use drugs or smoke weed. The boy calls himself, ‘Rashdee'”. I immediately knew that it was my son with Halima, Rashid. I telephoned Halima, but she claimed she was very busy. Actually, it was a press conference about “Bad Black” and that Halima, among others had agreed to bail “Bad Black”. Halima spoke to me as though she was talking with a journalist inquiring about her family. I did not ask her any question apart from greeting. She said, “My children are grown up and you are free to interview them. I can give you their phone numbers so that you may make an appointment with them. I am busy now and please don’t ask me about my children, they can talk for themselves.” I asked Halima to whom she was talking, or whom she was trying to impress. Then she said, “Pleasure talking to you, just call them”.

I always thought that when people grow older they become wiser, but I think now that it is not the case. When we were younger, it took me a long time to know Halima’s real names. She first told me that she was called ‘Linburg’. I got to know Halima better only when she was bregnant and I became closer to her family. Those who have followed my mails here at the UAH may remember the story I wrote about Halima’s brother who was shot dead at Bwayiise. Her brother was called Charles Lwanga (RIP). He had become such a good friend to me so that the evening before his death he came to my residence at Bugolobi to ask me out with him.

The purpose of this mail is to put the record straight. Halima’s two sons, the first born and the second born, Hamed and Rashid are my biological sons.

Now imagine if I went to Uganda and you heard that I was killed. The first thought will be, “Museveni has killed him”. Going to Uganda any time soon, my fear will not be Museveni, but Halima Namakula. She would obviously want to protect her lies about the true parternity of her sons, Hamed and Rashid. Someone told me sometime ago that Halima threatens her children that’s why they may not be courageous enough to contact their father. Also that they may lose their US citizenship.

I am worried that I or Halima may depart from this world without revealing the true identity of our children and that may be a very unfortunate affair for the children. Even the love and smiles they enjoy from those they encounter, may be no more when Halima who put them into ‘Lime light’ is nolonger here.

After such a brave face on TV and the lies told about her life and children, I wonder whether Halima is capable of showing another ‘brave face’ to apologise for all her lies. Many people are still alive who can verify all I have stated here. I have also mentioned where to look for them.

I once saw Halima Namakula with Ms. Anette Nandujja on TV with the program about family matters. I started to wonder what kind of advice could Halima give others that she could not give herself!

This is all I have to state here and I believe I have made my point. In today’s age of advanced science nobody could falsely claim pertanity of a child.

As always, I wish the Republic of Uganda only the best.
Byaruhanga Jonny Rubin.

A friend of Baganda should tell them the truth: M7 wasn’t created by Obote!


I have just come from a successful conference in New Jersey, USA organized by Ttabamiruka. I call it successful because the debates in formal and informal settings were frank but respectful.

I had an exchange with a Muganda friend of mine during break time about the troubles that Buganda has gone through since independence. This friend of mine believes very strongly that all post independence problems in Buganda spring from Obote’s hatred for Baganda. In justification of his strong stand, he emphasized that if Obote had not created Amin and Museveni Buganda would be a happier kingdom than it is today.

I asked him to listen to my point of view, pointing out that I never met Obote and he never gave me anything personally or any of my relatives that would compel me to defend him. I got a fellowship for my undergraduate studies from UPC government but this applied to everybody who was admitted to university so this was not a personal favor to me. He agreed to listen and I told him the following story which I am repeating for a wider readership and comments.

I agreed with him that when something goes wrong in a country or a home, the national leader or head of the family bears full responsibility even when he did not commit the crime or even instructed someone else to do it. That said, I urged that we need to know the individuals that participated in the coming to power of Obote and who did what after independence.

1. If Baganda had stuck together in the years before independence and backed Ben Kiwanuka (RIP) Obote would have had no chance. But many Baganda were not ready for a commoner who was also a Catholic.

2. If Baganda had backed Ignatius Musazi the co-founder of Uganda National Congress (UNC) in 1952 and a veteran of Uganda politics since the 1930s, Obote would have had no chance. But the late Abu Mayanja, co-founder of UNC challenged Musazi and preferred Obote who was radical like Mayanja and ditched Musazi who was moderate.

3. If Baganda had supported Abu Mayanja as leader of UNC he probably would have become the national leader instead of Obote. But the Kabaka chose to appoint Abu Mayanja a minister at Mengo depriving him of national leadership, leaving Obote virtually uncontested for UPC leadership. So who crowned Obote?

4. It was Pumla Kisokonkole a member of LEGCO who introduced Obote to the Kabaka. It was Abu Mayanja who escorted Obote to meet with the Kabaka. After he received Kabaka and Mengo blessing, the negotiations for independence were conducted by Ibingira and Kirya on behalf of UPC and Lumu and Sempa on behalf of KY.

5. When the constitutional negotiations for independence got tough and Buganda was experiencing stiff resistance to get a federo, it was Obote who suggested a Munster Commission on Relationships that ultimately suggested forcefully that Buganda should get a federo; Ankole, Bunyoro, Toro and Busoga a semi-federal status.

6. When Kabaka became president of Uganda while remaining Kabaka of Buganda there were bound to be problems especially with the lost counties issue and the Kabaka might refuse to do his job as president should Buganda and Uganda interests conflict. It was Ibingira possibly with blessing of Obote that moved an amendment of the constitution to the effect that should the president fail to act such as signing bills into acts the prime minister would do so, thereby disabling Mutesa as President and dragging him into Buganda and Uganda politics.

7. I have always argued that when it comes to the holding of the referendum on the lost counties Obote did not stick to the promise of getting the two parties together to discuss until a mutual agreement was struck. This he didn’t do and Buganda lost, ushering in the bitterness that is still felt today.

8. Ibingira who was an ambitious young man in Obote government as minister took advantage of the rift between Baganda and Obote government. He aligned himself with Daudi Ochieng who was a close friend of the Kabaka and Ochieng had a grievance against Obote over some appointments that Obote denied him. Ibingira got the army commander Shaban Opolot on his side leaving Obote with no choice but to align himself with Amin, the deputy commander.

9. It was the Uganda Governor Courts that refused to have Amin tried for criminal charges he committed in Kenya shortly before Uganda’s independence. So it was neither Obote who created Amin as a soldier nor saved Amin from criminal charges. Obote ended up with Amin by default because Opolot made the first move when he chose to associate with Ibingira.

10. Obote did not create Museveni. Museveni was created by Ibingira. When Ibingira became secretary general of UPC at Gulu conference of 1964 defeating Kakonge who had massive support of youth including Museveni, Ibingira proceeded to weed out of UPC supporters of Kakonge. Museveni and other friends of Kakonge were therefore thrown out and began working against UPC. If you recall when Museveni became president, Ibingira didn’t feature prominently in his government although he campaigned hard for Museveni in the USA where I was working and witnessed what was happening.

At the end of my story, I advised my friend that if Baganda continue focusing anger on Obote who has moved on, they are unlikely to gauge the extent of damage Museveni is doing to them. Until recently, many Baganda didn’t even know that much of the destruction of life and properties in Luwero Triangle during the guerrilla war was committed by NRA and many still have not accepted. They are psychologically in a better frame of mind blaming Obote. They would rather continue to blame Obote and his northern dominated troops than switch to the real cause of the trouble during the guerrilla war and since then.

The body language by some Baganda during discussions involving Obote when they don’t want to speak up for fear you may be recording them reveals that Obote is still blamed for all wrong doing to this day because to them it is people like Amin and Museveni he created that are doing bad things to Baganda on his behalf.

The history of Buganda will always record what Obote did for easy reference. But I think for now the focus should be on what harm Museveni is doing to Baganda. The secret Agreement between the Kabaka and Museveni has so many holes that it will not hold any water. Baganda should collectively focus on defeating the Agreement which will benefit a few people if it does instead of focusing on Obote for creating Museveni (which he didn’t) who is seen as acting on behalf of Obote and therefore Obote should continue to be blamed while Museveni tears Buganda apart with impunity.

This is a sincere advice from a friend of Baganda.

ERIC KASHAMBUZI

Ttabamiruka 2013:Buganda is under occupation


Ttabamiruka ’13 which was sponsored by Ggwangamujje NY/NJ, Inc. took place at Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in New Jersey, USA on August 30-September 2, 2013. Participants came from Uganda, Europe and North America. I attended the conference as an invited guest. I am very grateful to the organizers for the gesture of friendship.

The theme of the conference was: Buganda eri mu buwambe? Is Buganda under occupation? The theme formed the core of the discussions on Saturday, August 31 in formal and informal settings. The report I am filing therefore covers the debates on Saturday.

Experience has taught me that informal discussions and consultations in side events, corridors and at meal times are largely more informative than formal debates. I therefore consulted widely during break times and collected a wealth of information which corroborated much of what I had gathered before the conference.

Although the recent Agreement between Mengo Administration and central government was not discussed formally, there was much discussion about it informally.

Participants I consulted felt without hesitation that Buganda is under occupation since NRM government came to power in 1986. They emphasized that between 1894 when Uganda (read Buganda) became a protectorate until 1986, Baganda remained largely in change of their political and economic affairs.
Under the NRM government, fundamental changes have occurred most significantly in land ownership, the business sector and Baganda representation in Uganda Parliament and Lukiiko. The allocation of national budget among the four regions of Uganda that has grossly disadvantaged Buganda reflects an element of marginalization intended to consolidate Buganda occupation.

It was demonstrated that it was only in Buganda where non-Baganda represent Buganda in Parliament. Through informal consultations it also became clear that Mengo legislative, administrative and other strategic institutions have been penetrated by non-Baganda.

The most significant aspect of occupation was demonstrated using foreign land purchase. It was stressed that land purchase in Buganda is the easiest and cheapest. It was reported how easy and cheap it is to acquire land when someone investigating the matter was able to purchase fifteen acres within four hours for seven million Uganda shillings. With money, and foreigners have plenty of it, it is very easy to purchase land in the absence of regulations.

The application of the concept of willing seller and willing buyer of land has made it easy for non-Baganda to purchase land in Buganda. A section of Article 29 of the 1995 Uganda Constitution allows free mobility, settlement and ownership of assets including land in any part of Uganda. Given its centrality and strategic location, Buganda has become an attractive place for those with a lot of money to buy land.

It was also underscored that much of Luwero Triangle, possibly half of it, is under foreign occupation. About half of Baganda lost their lives in the 1981-86 guerrilla war and many of those who survived did not return at the end of the war. Thus, it is believed that about half of Luwero Triangle was taken over by people who worked in the area as herders and wage earners most of them foreigners. In 1989 complaints about Buganda land grabbing by foreigners were presented to President Museveni for his intervention but nothing effective came out of it.

Although the recent Agreement between Mengo administration and central government was not discussed in the formal setting on Saturday when I attended the debates it came up in informal discussions. Regret was expressed that Mengo discussed and signed the Agreement in secret with Mengo agreeing not to evict anybody and to accept compensation for property including land occupied by non-Baganda, amounting to legitimization of Buganda occupation. It is important to note that with land ownership in foreign hands, the kingdom and its institutions becomes very vulnerable.
There was determination in voice and body language that Baganda will not rest until they rid themselves of foreign occupation using whatever means at their disposal. I was reminded that if UK and Argentina could go to war over a tiny and virtually economically valueless island, Eritrea and Ethiopia could go to war over a border dispute and China and Japan are locked in a dispute over ownership of two small rocks sticking out in the ocean between the two countries, what would prevent Buganda from doing what it takes to liberate itself.
The conversations concluded unambiguously that Buganda pride and greatness are under real threat and something needs to be done to stop and reverse the trajectory before it is too late.
Eric Kashambuzi
September 2, 2013

SEJUSA SHOULD NOT CONFUSE STRUGGLE FOR DEMOCRACY WITH STRUGGLE TO UPROOT M7


I read with interest 17-August-Saturday-Monitor’s lead story “Gen Sejusa lays out plan against Museveni’s Govt” in which the General called on all forces opposed to Museveni’s Govt to evaluate, among other things “the core ability that enables Museveni to keep in power and what is needed to unlock it…..”. Numerous times, I have unveiled, in these very pages, the secret that has enables Museveni hold onto power “democratically”, and what is needed to unlock it. I have written that the Constitution of Uganda gives the President too much authority, which in turn accords him enough patronage and influence – THE REST BECOMES EASY.

I have also argued that the solution to this problem is to amend the constitution of Uganda to reduce the authority of the president, through a national referendum, as provided for under Article(s) 1(4) and 255(1) of the Constitution of Uganda. Given the fixation that Ugandans harbor for men-in-uniform, now that a General has repeated my very words, perhaps they will listen. My call to General Sejusa, though, is not to confuse, once again, the struggle for democracy with the struggle to uproot a regime, as he did when he went to the bush, because we could oust Museveni but easily end up with a Museveni-look-alike, as happened with all past regimes. If Sejusa wishes to be a breath-of-fresh air to the struggle for democracy in Uganda, he must de-militarize his approach and raise the bar of activism beyond Museveni.

If, for instance, Brig Muhoozi resigned from the army and won an election through a free and fair process, albeit using his acquired advantages, as anybody else would, would Sejusa insist that the president-elect not be sworn in just because he is Museveni’s son? As a recent NRM insider who was influential in past elections, General Sejusa would be useful if he disclosed how they were rigged and help close those gaps before 2016. He would be less egoistic if he joined any of the following ongoing political processes (i) Proposed Constitutional Amendment to achieve electoral reforms, led by the Opposition in Parliament, (ii) Proposed National Referendum to amend the Constitution to reduce the powers of the President of Uganda through devolution, led by Uganda Federal Alliance, (iii) Proposed civil disobedience and walk-to-work led by A4C and (iv) the Black Monday Movement led by civil society organizations….. but from Sejusa’s missives, it seems like he wants us all to join him…!”

Through the National Referendum process, more than half the number of signatures of registered voters required to “demand that the Electoral Commission organizes a referendum” to trim the powers of the president and institute the necessary electoral reforms, are already collected. With Sejusa’s inside knowledge of NRM’s vote-rigging-ways, the referendum should be easy to win and have the reforms we desire.

If a few people like Gen Sejusa, Col Besigye and MPs joined the referendum program, half the battle for democracy in Uganda would be won without shedding a drop of blood, imbibing tear gas or throwing a stone at anyone. Through referenda, any Ugandan(s) can shape the destiny of this country without being politicians, judges or holders of public office. One would just need to take off about a year from her/his normal occupation, collect required number of signatures, use the signatures to demand that the electoral commission organizes a referendum, the results of which would be binding on the country by law…. and go back to one’s occupation! We spend too much time and money on politics and Museveni!


Beti Olive Kamya

Chief Petitioner

National Referendum to reduce the powers of the President through Devolution

My goal is to form a transitional government of all Ugandans including NRM to clean up the mess


Some Ugandans still doubt my sincerity that I didn’t join Uganda politics for personal gain in glory or wealth. I joined politics because I was and still am disturbed by what is happening to a country that with patriotic and capable leadership should be among the first world countries and not drifting to the fourth world. Uganda, however, you describe it is decaying. It is a failed state under military dictatorship concerned about keeping citizens silent and exploited at gun point disguised as maintaining national peace and security. What about peace and security for individual citizens? What about job security, food and nutrition security, health and education security and ecological security to mention just a few? I went to school to gain knowledge and skills with which to help others help themselves and I expect others to do the same. When leaders fail to do so or create conditions for citizens to help one another, then something has to be done about it, beginning with pointing out what is wrong and the cause of it without fear or favor. We have to call a spade a spade if we are going to recover our sanity and humanity as Ugandans.

I have spent many years researching into Uganda’s endemic challenges and the underlying causes. I have come to a firm conclusion that Uganda has had leadership not qualified for the job. One can excuse Obote regime for lack of experience in independent Uganda. The second Obote regime faced tremendous difficulties but managed to grow the economy at a real GDP growth rate of six percent but its program was cut short by a military coup of incompetent leaders. One can excuse Amin for lack of education. For NRM it is a different matter.

NRM led by Tutsi military men came to power with a different agenda of colonizing Uganda and impoverishing and marginalizing Ugandans in order to rule ad infinitum. Anybody who misses this point will not understand why Uganda has become messy and is getting worse each passing day. Museveni who is government and state doesn’t care about school dropout, Ugandans going to bed hungry, women dying in child birth, rising unemployment, human trafficking and sacrifice and losing land to the rich and ending up in town slums where they are harassed by police and urban authorities etc. These actions have impoverished and marginalized Ugandans and made them powerless and voiceless. Anybody who has followed Uganda developments since Museveni came to power in 1986 can’t fail to see this tragedy. Those who are arguing that Tutsi as a whole are not involved in this mess and should be left alone don’t understand how they work. They know one another more than any group in the Great Lakes region. They help and protect one another even when they appear to be opposed to one another and have a common goal: to dominate Bantu in the Great Lakes region. Look at the people in key and strategic positions. The problem is that they are difficult to identify because they disguise themselves by adopting local names and local languages without socializing with communities in which they live including intermarriage. If you are looking for General David Tinyefuza you are not going to find him in Uganda records because he has adopted a new name of Sejusa, I am told. Batutsi women are being used as political tools to marry non-Batutsi men and convert them into Tutsified men who abandon their relatives in order to gain access to the corridors of power in return for pushing Tutsi agenda which excludes indigenous interests. This is a fact and there are no conspiracy theories about it.

I keep reminding Ugandans why our so-called representatives in parliament and district councils are passing decisions that are hurting indigenous people because these representatives have been bought with money and/or Tutsi women to serve Tutsi interests. If you don’t understand this and address it, you are going to find yourself a serf on your own land and in your own country. To report these developments isn’t sectarianism or promoting genocide as I have been accused of doing. It is the right thing to do in national interest. I am neither ashamed of it nor intimidated by saying it. I have confronted those who have challenged my ability to lead by publishing my resume. Good leaders don’t necessarily need to be tall and huge or young. We have had both in Uganda and it has been a disaster depending upon what you are looking at. So let us try a short and not so young a leader like Deng of China who came to power at the age 73 and was five feet tall. What do I want for Uganda?

My goal is to form a transitional government of all Ugandans including NRM to clean up the mess and prepare a platform for free and fair elections. This new platform should have a truly independent electoral commission, standardized campaign finance and an independent committee to vet candidates based on agreed criteria. It is sad to hear that we have leaders that can’t speak or read English well. How do you expect a minister or MP to conduct business with counterparts if they can’t speak and read English? According to the 1995 Uganda constitution, the minimum qualification to become a Member of parliament, Vice President and President is Advanced level (High School) qualification.

I am fully aware that education requirement for contesting elections and holding public office is a very sensitive matter, but surely this low requirement can’t be allowed to stand for long. It works against Uganda interests while it may protect individual ones. But Uganda comes first. Another complaint I have expressed is that military professionals while I appreciate their comparative advantage are not suitable for civilian administration. They don’t understand the art of listening to another’s view, much less negotiating a win-win deal. Theirs is “I will crush those who oppose me”. What is being revealed has cast a dark shadow on the credibility of soldiers to hold elective offices.

Museveni is fond of referring to those who question what he does as idiots and bankrupt and always threatens to crush them. We are told instructions have been issued to parliament to pass a law that prevents members of parliament from opposing the president. We have anti-sectarian law that prevents Ugandans from commenting about sectarianism. We have such a broadly defined anti-terrorism law that anyone can be arrested and put away indefinitely for making a political, economic, religious or cultural remark etc that the government may not like. This Christmas season religious leaders in Uganda appear to have said nothing about the suffering of their flocks as they did in the 2011 Christmas sermons. Does that mean that the suffering has vanished within 12 months or are they afraid of being crushed by General Museveni.

These sad developments have created an atmosphere that has forced me to enter Uganda politics. I have written at great length explaining what I stand for and what I want for Uganda. My message is simple. I want a Uganda where present and future generations have an opportunity to improve their quality of life, where there is liberty and justice and dignity that translate into happiness for all Ugandans. Those still doubting I just don’t know what else they want to know or they will never support my cause no matter how I explain it. I am a committed citizen with Christian values of helping those in need to the best of my ability whether or not I know them. My political ambition will not go beyond creating and participating in a transitional government to level a playing field for all political aspirants. I can’t say it better that this. Those willing to work with me for the good of our country you are welcome. Those still doubting let me have your specific concerns and I will address them and put the matter to rest once and for all. Let 2013 be a year of positive action and not expressions of doubt.

Happy New Year

Eric Kashambuzi

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