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Day November 16, 2013

Museveni should stand for Mayor of Kampala and relinquish the presidency!

A lot of things have changed in Uganda since the Obote and Amin days. The NRM revolutionaries brought their fundamental change and the population is paying a huge price. Schools are bad, hospitals are bad, the climate is getting worse, e.t.c. Human Instinct and Acclimatisation is so amazing and profound, imagine; by the time one of my grannies (RIP) died in 2004 aged 86, she would perfectly predict whether the coming months were going to be rainy or shinny with great precision. She would do this depending on the night roars from the mighty Bujagali falls, a stone-throw distance from our homestead.But today, people hardly make reliable predictions on weather, despite de availability of technical equipment.

The opposition is now aware of how M7 steals the elections but their hands are tied with ropes. Like they say: “When the hunter learns to shoot without missing, the bird learns to fly without flapping”

Lukwago was elected by the people not to dance to political m7 and his cronies but to put into force wat he promised them in his Manifesto. His “ceremonial role “is o open car parks and markets! Instead the president has taken over his duties and now declared him incompetent!!! Why would a judge, Catherine Bugemereire ( a true cadre of the nrm era) become a laughing stock all in the name of throwing some stubborn lord mayor who is simply ceremonial? And if he is ceremonial as it’s said then why move earth on heaven to uproot him? Why disrupt his champagne popping evenings, and corporate dinners because according to law that’s what’s he is “supposed” to do.

Surprisingly even now that they call him ceremonial, he has been barred from attending ceremonies. The latest being Musisi’s Kampala festival.

The battle in Kampala is not about politics. It’s about the funds. You see KCCA is collecting a lot of money in taxes, the money according to the political leader (Mayor) is being mis-used. The roads are being done BUT at a bloated cost. The KCCA Public Accounts Committee that would deal with accountability has not been put in place despite the Lord Mayor appointing several people including Oduman Okello to that crucial committee. The minister of Kampala refused to approval the names for his own reasons. KCCA has no substantive contract committee.

The Lord Mayor was found guilty for inciting Tax drivers not to pay the 250,000 Shs Tax, BUT he called council to discuss the tax matter so that an amicable solution could be found.The council meeting was sabotaged and it flopped. Court later ruled that the levy was illegal and that it was important that council approves it just as the Lord Mayor had argued. So the tribunal report writers were even too blind to see that??? But surely, who wrote that report?

Secondly, the report ignored all evidence from the cross examining. Musisi and other councillors made fools of themselves during the tribunal and it was watched on TV, but all this was scrapped from the report. What kind of report is this? What was it reporting?

Lastly, the report notes that Musisi made mistakes but it concludes the she should go ahead with her team to correct them! So the mistakes of Lukwago were grosser?? Why was Musisi left in office??

The committee of parliament on Government Assurance and Implementation says it has discovered that KCCA is spending exorbitant money to carry out several road projects in Kampala. The committee carried out an inspection of several road projects in Kampala including the construction of an underground drainage tunnel on Kafumbe-Mukasa road and according to the committee chairman also Aruu county Mp Odonga Otto the cost quoted is too high

Otto says that their report to be tabled in parliament shows that KCCA is paying 3 billion shillings for repairing a kilometer of a road which is above the average figure of 1.8 billion paid when a new road is being opened up

He also says that KCCA is paying 3.2 billion shillings for the construction of 300 meter underground drainage channel along the Kafumbe Mukasa road

If m7 is interested in the mayorship, it’s simple, let him declare his intentions, go thru the party primaries, pick the form and seek for votes instead of dragging the city into chaos, tukooye. De plans to unseat lukwago started be4 de birth of the tribunal. There is evidence dat lukwago’s work was being antagonised by musisi. Meetings were convened but being blocked by the director. Each city Councillor who went to state house returned home with a personal bodyguard this can’t get any better.

We are tired of M7’s dictatorial tendencies. Ugandans elected their mayor and his ego is telling all of them that they are idiots. Enough is enough!

Most people were already well aware of what has transpired. The Banyoro and Batooro people have an old saying: “ekiija omanyire kitwaara bike” which similar to our old Luganda proverb: “ekijja omanyi kinyaga bitono” similar to the English proverb “forewarned, forearmed.”

it is a poorly rehearsed coup against the 229,325 voters who chose Lukwago.For all intents and purposes, the purported report is misconceived, unfounded , lacks legal merit and unknown in law. Delay defeats equity and does not afford justice. What a shame it is to de tribunal members. From the public order management bill to the recommendations to impeach Lukwago and appoint a mayor, this regime has reached its peak.There is no single convincing evidence which shows that the body of six(6) panel members namely Daniel Rutiba, Catherine Bamugemereire, Ocaya Lakidi, Alred Okello Oryem, Titus Kamya, Robert Kirunda, which was appointed by the MP for Kibale MP County and Minister for the Presidency and Kampala, was an impartial, independent and competent “judicial tribunal” established by law.

It’s findings are legally inconsequential and cannot be legally enforced. The attempts to use the legal process to achieve improper political objectives, was a sheer wastage of public time and funds.

It’s very shameless for the Head of the State to stoop this low to meddle in the affairs of the city of Kampala. In all aspects of life it always a good thing to have opposing forces bse they help one discover the hidden issue. The difference between madam Musisi and the previous leaders is that she’s entirely enjoyed the full backing and support of HE.

failure rate from the Law Development Center is symptomatic of the deeper problems of quality in legal practise in Uganda


82 per cent fail LDC exams:About three quarters of lawyers who sat their final examinations at Law Development Centre (LDC) in the last academic year have failed the course.

This failure rate from the Law Development Center is symptomatic of the deeper problems of quality in legal practise in Uganda. Our classrooms are set up to push students to the next grade, without bothering to establish how efficiently they are prepared to move ahead.

This starts in primary level, under the Universal Primary Education, and continues even up to the university level. Law students need practical experience before they graduate from law school. This experience is gained through actual working with an established law firm, as clerks to judges, or with a corporation that has a decent legal department.

Unfortunately, in Uganda, law students are left to struggle on their own. And after three years of cramming courseworks, they are graduated and send to LDC to be taught “how to practise law” in order to be qualified to practise law.

This arrangement handicaps the graduates. It catches their weaknesses when it’s too to provide any long-lasting remedy. LDC should be disbanded, and its resources used to pair Second Year law students with matching opportunities to gain hands-on experience with lawyers practising in their preferred areas of specialty.

Here in US, law students specialize in their chosen fields from the second year. the First year is used to introduce students all sub-categories of law. And so, it’s easy for a Second Year student, who wants to pursue a career as Defense Attorney, to land an internship with a prominent Defense Attorney.

But from the way our system works today, we will end up with lawyers of the calibre of Vincent “Vinny” Gambino, the legally clueless but worldly resourceful former Brooklyn mechanic (Joe Pesci), whose first courtroom experience is to defend two young friends accused of murder in the movie, My Cousin Vinny.

I think LDC introduced day and evening classes some time back, to address this overflow. However, these students still do not get adequate training, whether in university lecture halls or at LDC, because they are not exposed to practice at the crucial stage of their learning.

Edward Pojim
UAH member in USA

THE LDC IS WEAK UNDER NRM AND MUSEVENI:Where have the 358 students who sat the bar exams come from? It is shocking. The LDC as I knew it cannot accommodate that number of students, unless it has been massively expanded. There were only three teaching halls I think, and we were only 57 in all. Teaching the bar course is very expensive because it is practical and very intensive. The tutors have to give personal attention to each individual student. I don’t think this is possible with an in take of 358 students.

But nothing surprises me in Uganda. These students would have had almost no grounding at all in law. The parents just waste their time sending their children to law school when there is little or nothing they actually learn from there.

In my class at Makerere, I think we were 66 students in all, of whom 57 proceeded to the LDC. Some of my classes at Makerere were very small, compared to the over-crowding that I am now told exists at the Law school. For eg, we were only three students who took Jurisprudence (Philosophy of Law) elective. We had a whole class to ourselves, so our lectures were often held after 5 PM so as to leave room for the other subjects that were more subscribed.

It is no wonder Ugandan qualifications are no longer recognised world-wide- education has virtually collapsed in Uganda, sad to say. Makerere University, even in my time, used to be a very good University. Those are now days of the past.

Lawyer with IMF- London and a member of UAH

Frank Gashumba is Sincerely a Ugandan At Heart:

Frank Gashumba is Sincerely a Ugandan At Heart:Fellow Ugandans At Heart,Honestly, there is no single day that passes me without having at least a few minutes to see what is on the UAH forum. Some of my friends had at one time mentioned that the UAH forum had become my new religion. I could not blame them for whatever they meant by “religion”.

Many of us here do debate, some with obvious anger and determination to put their ideas forth. Some do, sometimes use direct insolence towards the President of Uganda, or any other contributor who may be considered soft with the Uganda government headed by the NRM party. Through our debates more information about the situation in Uganda is attained. In fact, some of the information obtained here at the UAH may not necessarily appear in the local press, or on the internet.

There is no doubt whatsoever, that the participants at the UAH wish the best for our country, Uganda hence the ‘heat’felt in the tough terminologies used to describe the situation in the country. “The Hospitals, ‘Dead’, Schools, ‘Dead’, Roads, ‘Dead’….”, which more often than not, conclude with an insult to the President of Uganda, or the NRM in general.

With my usual soft debates that include the show of respect, especially to the President of Uganda, or any other person who, due to his/her occupation, or position in the service of our country, I am sometimes attacked. I do watch some Ugandan TV shows on the internet, but nobody shocked me as Mr. Frank Gashumba. The first time I saw him on NTV, I thought that he lives out of Uganda, until he later mentioned his home in Masaka. He kept saying that Uganda under the NRM is only going down. He said that the usefulness of the NRM is long passed and that they, NRM should hand over power to the new leaders who would inject new life to the country, Uganda.

On the NTV show, Mr. Frank Gashumba talked about his invitation by President Museveni to his home in Rwakitura. He explained how he told the President that everything is dead. He mentioned the Hospitals, the schools, the roads,among other things. He also claimed that the President asked him what he thought should be done to rectify the situation, or to make Uganda better. He claimed to have told the President to step aside with his ruling NRM party and allow others to govern the country. He said that later the President asked him to join them to correct those things that need correction. Mr. Gashumba then told the President that he cannot serve in the government of the NRM. The NTV presenter asked Mr. Gashumba whether he was not afraid to talk so frankly and negatively to the President of Uganda. Mr. Gashumba was however delighted to see how calmly and amicably the President took the entire discussion.

My surprise came when he talked about the Banyarwanda serving in the government, or other positions of power, or influence. He talked much and names started flowing. I then asked myself, is it possible that Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, Gen. Mugisha Muntu, Mr. Fred Mukasa Mbidde, Col. Kulayigye, etc, are Banyarwanda? I know that Gen. Kale K. Kayihura is from Gisoro and that is clear. But….eh, now I get the point. Is it the reason why some participants at the UAH call the Uganda government a “Banyarwanda / Banyankole regime”?

Mr. Frank Gashumba made it point blank that the Banyarwanda are in the blood stream of Uganda and therefore all other Ugandans should take note and get used to it. He even reminded the viewers that ‘Banyarwanda’ is one of the ethnic groups listed in the Constitution of Uganda.

Can we learn from Mr. Frank Gashumba? The man is very unapologetic when he criticizes the performance of the NRM administration for Uganda, but maintains respect for the leaders and also able to meet them and say his mind. What I noticed though, is that the President of Uganda may not know exactly how bad some situations may be, because he is not told the whole truth. I also believe that if the UAH critics showed respect and stated honestly what is wrong and suggestions to rectify the problems, the leaders, including the President of Uganda would be willing to share our views.
After all, it would also be clear that this is for the best of our country, Uganda. As always, I wish only the best for our country, the Republic of Uganda.

Byaruhanga .J. Rubin.

Who is Guwatudde Kintu Christine that replaced Bigiri- money at the OPM as PS?

Nnalongo Guwatudde Kintu Christine is a fine civil servant and a wonderful person. I first met her in 1978. You know during those days it was Jimmy Katumba (RIP) and Ebonies usually at Lugogo. It was the place to be during the holidays. FYI, Owek Allan Waliggo a top official at Mmengo was a member of the Ebonies at the time where he played piano.

Ms. Christine Guwatudde was then at King College Budo, where she sat her O’levels that same year 1978-the last candidates under Amin and minister Killi (RIP). She joined Makerere College School in 1979 and she was in the first group of students who wrote their UACE in March 1981. Yes A’level exams had been pushed to March.

At College School, she was in the same A‘level group with Owek Allan Waliggo-one of the top candidates in O’Level exams-where she read arts while Alan read PCM. Owek Allan Waliggo was the head prefect; top students took up leadership roles. Ms. Christine Guwatudde joined Makerere University in 1981 and graduated in 1984.

She was very lucky. When NRA took over she was named director of Gender and shortly after became the youngest Permanent Secretary in Uganda. Many of us wondered from the safety of Nairobi why, but she has been a great civil servant with no scandals to date.

She was a classmate in Arts with Mr. David Pulkol, another lucky chap from Karamoja. Other notables in her arts class include the late Edward Kitaka Kizito (RIP)-Mr. Ssebaana Kizito’s son, who became Chairperson of the Uganda Rugby Union and an accomplished insurance executive- the late Patrick Nyangabyaki Bazaara (RIP), PhD (Queens University), and Mr Mutabwire who has been acting PS in local government.


My Memories of Kings College Buddo from my London Appartment!

Kings College Budo started taking in girls in 1933. Budo Junior roughly the same time or a year or so earlier. This looks like a primary school.

Kings College Budo started taking in girls in 1933. Budo Junior roughly the same time or a year or so earlier. This looks like a primary school.

I entered Makerere University at 17 years aged 17. I was sent to Kings College Budo by my parents because my elder brother was there and he would take care of me because I was so young, because I was then in S 5 while my 4 year old brother was in S 6.

It is a good picture. I hope the school still keeps them in archives. I did not know Budo started taking girls in 1933, but by the time I was there, I think it was almost 50-50 % between boys and girls.

The only frustration was that the girls quarters were so far away from the main school and boys were never allowed to go there. There was a red-line between the main school and boys quarters and girls quarters that boys could not cross after 10PM.

I had a nice time at King’s College Budo. I loved to wander around on the hills and the valleys on my own, watching the birds and wild life on saturdays, and then on sundays, I would climb up the steep hills to meet my village mate from Dokolo who was at nearby Nabingo SS. I have very nostalgic memories of Budo and I hope to go back one day. I have never been back again since I went to collect my A Level results those many years ago.

May be some people on UAH were not active in school debates, I know some students did not really participate in them. But at King’s College Budo, the debating competitions were often the highlight of the school calendar year. I was almost always the representative of the school. My greatest moment of triumph was the finals of a four way competition between us , Gayaza High, Namilyango College and Busoga College Mwiri which was broadcast live on Radio Uganda.That was the first time I appeared on radio. And I think we won the competition and it made me very famous at Budo.

On the subject of Idi Amin, I don’t think he interfered with teaching in schools although teachers were very careful what they taught. But we certainly knew what dictatorship was under Amin. My personal experience, which was very frightening, was in 1977 when the Headmaster, Mr Uyirwoth, collected all of us students from Lango and Acholi and told us there were reports that Idi Amin was arresting people from these tribes, and he told us to be just be very careful and to avoid going to Kampala or even outside the school. He told us in case any of us was frightened, or heard about a relative who disappeared, we could always go to his home any time of day or night. And he told us security at the school was going to be tightened not to allow any strangers into the school grounds.

I think the only incidents of insecurity were when that year, Idi Amin forced the school to admit a few muslim students, who were children of his ministers or army officers, who did not meet the entry qualifications for Budo which were the highest in the country in those days. The only direct act of violence, also in 1977, was when members of State Research Bureau entered the school and abducted a student, Ntanzi Kasirivu, but he was later released because it turned out he had a brother who was a captain in Amin’s army.

May be some people were not aware of the climate of fear that enveloped the entire country, in the late 1970’s as the tension between Uganda and Tanzania was almost at fever-pitch and a war was impending. Between 1977-1978, thousands of people from Acholi and Lango, later on from other parts of Uganda were arrested, many never to be seen again. Certainly, in the climate such as existed, no body needed to be taught about “dictatorship”- you did not need to read about it either. You just smelt it in the air.

Where is Bush Yunusu Kasirivu these days? Remind him of that day he was arrested by Idi Amin’s secret service (State Research Bureau) at the gates of King’s College Budo and bundled into the boot of a waiting car. He had us worried that night but fortunately, he returned to school only with ruffled feathers and a bruised ego.

I will quote you a very famous statement from Thomas More in the play “A Man for All Seasons” taught to me by Miss Yahwe at Kings College Budo in the highly acclaimed book.Thomas More said he would hide his daughter in the thickets of the law rather than hoist her to the mainmast of the ship of her boyfriend’s sea going principles ie the boyfriend had no principles in life and the father wanted to save her. In this case, my daughter will hide me in the thickets of the law and in her, you will find a most formidable adversary.

George Okello
Member of UAH and working with the IMF

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