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Day April 7, 2014

Changes are coming: are you ready to change with them?


Changes Are Coming: Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come:

1. The Post Office. Get ready to imagine a world without the post office especially if you live in the developed nations. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive.Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

2. The Check. Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks [CHEQUES] by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.

3. The Newspaper. The younger generation simply doesn’t read the newspaper. They certainly don’t subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. The young generations mostly get their news through forums such as UAH and word of the mouth. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.

4. The Book. You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can’t wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you’re holding a gadget instead of a book.

5. The Land Line Telephone. Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don’t need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they’ve always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.

6. Music. The music industry is dying a slow death. It’s the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is “catalog items,” meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with.

7. Television. Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they’re playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It’s time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.

8. The “Things” That You Own. Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in “the cloud.” Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing.. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest “cloud services.” That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That’s the good news But, will you actually own any of this “stuff” or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big “Poof?” Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

9. Privacy. If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That’s gone. It’s been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, “They” know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. And “They” will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again. Everybody is watching everybody especially if you own a phone and are part of facebook, whatsapp, e.t.c

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More needs to be done to help Linda have education!


Linda, her young brother and  the mum preparing for school

Linda, her young brother and the mum preparing for school


Forum,
After going to a village in Apac district a couple of days back, I met a talented girl Linda Liz Acen who defied expectations and got aggregate 9 at a ‘village school’, Awir Primary School. However this orphan girl with a mother unable to cater for advancement in her education was set to waste at home. I was not able to help but promised to ask those who can. I tried one NGO who said their sponsorship program had ended.
I then ‘abused’ Abbey Ssemuwemba’s wonderful tool that has become famous with Ugandans and posted her story with a plea, on UAH. The result was that a number of people came up to show that indeed they were ‘Ugandans-at-Heart’.

Abbey also posted the plea on the UAH Facebook page, which got some sympathetic feed back as well as the usual snide comments, drowned out by those who gave advice and encouragement.
Help came for Linda Liz Acen from the following, with more pledges still awaited:
1- A Mr. John Nsamba sent 500,000/=
2- Daniel Kalinaki (senior journalist and editor at NMG Nairobi sent 200,000/=
3- George Okello (London) sent 393,000/=
4- I contributed 232,000/= in scholastic materials and other school requirements and pocket money for the girl.
In all cash contributions from John Nsamba, Daniel Kalinaki and George Okello amounted to 1,093.000/=, which was spent as follows:
1- First Term, Senior 1 fees- 415,000/=
2- Uniform Fees- 150,000/=
3- Second Term, Senior 1 Fees – 365,000/=
Sub-total- 930,000/=
Balance in the hands of the mother Milly Okabo (phone 0784043339), is currently 163,000/=, which she has deposited in a bank.
Other expenses catered for by myself and personally handed over to the girl and to the school on Saturday 22, March 2014;
Mattress, sheets and pillow- 95,000/ =
Utensils- 10,000/=
Toiletries – 25,000/=
Scholastic materials (required by school) 48,000/=
Scholastic materials for Linda’s use in class- 40,000/=
Hoe/Slasher- 15,000/=
Sub-total- 233,000/=
1 bag of cement- Waived by the Headmaster.
Admission registration fee , 35,000/= (personally paid out of pocket by Headmaster Mr. William Okaka Ayo).

In summary, school fess for Term 1 has been paid, Term 2 has been paid in advance (see attached bank slips) and the mother is having 163,000/= for any eventuality.

When one last outstanding pledge is received, fees for third term will be paid in advance.

The headmaster says fees for other terms will be 365,000/= per term, with only minor adjustments to cater for inflation in future. Fees only change a little when a student reaches ‘A’ Levels.

POINTS TO REMEMBER
‘Headstrong Student’: The Headmaster says when the girl received information that well wishers had sent or were sending money, she ran straight to school (ten kilometres from her home) and demanded to be registered because the ‘the money is coming!”. The Headmaster obliged! Of all girl admitted at the school, Linda Acen is the only one with aggregate 9, so the school is kind of proud to have her around.

Temporary Solution:
Many of you indeed advised that any help for now is a temporary solution and a longer term projection should be looked at. John Lema from Texas said he might work on longer term help and so does one or two others.

Any one who wishes to follow up and ask how Linda Acen is doing at school can call the Headmaster Aduku SSS, Mr. William Edward Okaka Ayo on 0772675238 or Deputy Headmasters on 0772 305021, 0772641186 or 0772388413.

Thank you all for volunteering to help this girl and the ‘geographical spread of the help shows you are ‘Ugandans-at-Heart!
Billie

UAH forum is devoted to matters of interest to Ugandans. Individuals are responsible for whatever they post on this forum.To unsubscribe from this group, send email to: Abbey Semuwemba at: abbeysemuwemba@gmail.com. (5 photos)

Amin did a lot of good things for Uganda in just a short time!


Friends,
I am spending a moment to publicly defend a president that lead uganda through his non educated brain but as a man that loved the country and as a man that knew that Uganda can do better than what it was in 1962. I am tired of mainly two of my friends in UAH, George Okello and Pakide Ponyura that use Iddi Amin as a point of reference of Uganda’s deterioration today. I have made it a point to go after every one that uses Amin as a reference to what we have in Uganda, and the last one was Tendo Kaluma who stated and I directly quote “This erosion of dutifulness has been growing for quite sometime -they were weakened during Idi Amin’s times, where their hands were tied while folks were killed with little or no investigations taking place. “ End quote. I stood up and questioned Tembo if Uganda police today behaves as The Uganda Police we had under Iddi Amin. He still has not responded to that question, which they all do. They do not want to get into Amin’s details but to preach the old story of there is a Boogie man out there and he is going to eat you tonight, to them that was Iddi Amin.

When presidents Milton Obote and Sir Edward Mutesa prepared Uganda for independence, they received it in 1962, I am challenging all those that stand up to praise that day to directly inform me what changed in their lives as Ugandans. To you as a Ugandan what changed in your life in 1963 which you never had in 1961? The independence we got was a change of the flag from the Union Jerk to a Crane in Kololo but colonialism was so embedded into Uganda and in our continent that to today in 2014 we still use Police barracks which is a true symbolism of a colonial plan in Uganda. You see they get special Ugandans and separate them from the rest of us as society, for we are all bad people, they camp them behind a barracks for now they are working for the master to come among us and pick the bad ones, to take them to the white master to be charged. They turned around and used Community policing in all Western countries I have visited to today, and trust me when you see a Ugandan visiting New Zealand you know I have visited all of them. How did we become independent in 1962 yet still to 2014 we still camp Police Officers? Why don’t we turn around shut down these barracks that are a symbol of colonialism and we embrace community Policing now that we are 52 years independent !!!!!!

As I have state way many times, I used to work with EAPTC which turned into Uganda Posts and telecommunications, I am therefore going to line you up on the problems we had in the department till 1971, that is almost 10 years of very stable independent UPC government. The telephone system we had in Uganda was installed by the British, mainly by the British Telecoms. As young technicians we were trained to work with that sole supplier for even a fuse going into the system was only imported from UK or from its dealer in Nairobi. Kampala telephone exchange had numbers starting with 30/1/2/3 and 304. We had a series of 42/3/5. Because of the growth of Kampala as an example, we needed to start cutting off the suburbs, so the British installed exchange trailers in Kyambogo under a series of 51 numbers, Kawempe with a 67 series, Mengo with 68 series and a Nsambya series I have forgotten. Because these exchanges were British installed they were able to talk to the Kampala exchange and vice versa. Don’t worry it will all end up making sense as we go. This tragedy of a uniform structure was installed in all automated areas of Masaka Mbarara Kampala and Mbale.

When Amin came to power in 1971 UPTC had a very ambitious program to develop, Kampala and other cities were growing and Ugandans wanted the phone services, faxes had come in, but the British used the monopoly they had to sell their equipments dirty expensive. We were their victims that we were trained in some parts and never trained in some parts. There are faults where we needed a technician to fly in from UK to solve a problem, my God they were too expensive. This is where I admired Iddi Amin from, when you build a communication system it becomes a national asset, you never build it in a trailer. Iddi Amin approved all proposals we threw at him to turn all trailers into permanent structures. The buildings we proposed are the current telephone exchanges you see running Kyambogo exchange, Kawempe exchange, Mbuya exchange, Mengo exchange, and actually Entebbe and Bombo exchange to mention but a few. In my memory all proposals we had in Uganda Posts and telecoms were to be sent to state house and all were approved and paid in cash, to even small Post Offices like Wobulenzi to be put in the building on Gulu Road. And Wobulenzi is a very important factor for it got that phone system due to Bamunanika palace so it I one of the very old Post Offices that were held at the back of the town on The Old Wobulenzi road with one line to Kampala. Iddi Amin changed that gave tehm a new premise with a board with 5 lines to Kampala, even though at a time Bamunanika palace was closed and the Kingdom screwed up.

As these exchanges got built, we expanded their services for now we have the space, but we came back to the original problem that all major exchanges were installed by the British so whatever we do on the suburbs was to conform with the standards of the British Telecoms. A number in Mengo starting with 68 worked only by calling another 68 number because the Kampala exchange refuses to talk with it, or we need the British to come in expand Kampala and install Mengo exchange to make it work. We were not independent 10 years after 1962 people. A simple demonstration was made to Amin to understand the problem, we gave him a number in Mengo to call and it failed to go through, we told him that the British monopoly is the problem. Amin approved all the money we needed and we imported everything we needed from Japan mainly to make the Uganda system marriable. From that time, every system you throw on the Kampala system worked. There are companies like Alcatel of France, there are companies like India’s Telecommunication network, and many I cannot mention/remember today, had cheaper products but those products were not working in Uganda till when Amin broke the camel’s back. The money you would use to buy a head set out of London BT would buy you 15 head sets out of Arab countries, but those form Arab countries were never accepted by Uganda system before Amin came to power. Because we were way forward focused, we were allowed to install fiber optic which in 1973/4 did not make a whole lot of sense to many in Uganda but that was the technology many countries were embracing at a time, and by the time I stopped to follow Uganda communication, we had a fiber optic connecting Kampala to Entebbe to Mukono and Bombo. We had finished to put many places like Mityana Wobulenzi Iganga Soroti Lira and a whole whack of towns on radio wave. Small towns like Apach Kalisizo Kasawo Kangulumira Ombaci Rakai my God I can list endlessly, all got phone connections thanks to Iddi Amin. Yes Iddi Amin connected Luwero town as well as Nakasongola and Nakaseke. Record must show that the UPC government even during Obote two government were being sold army boots from UK at a cost that would buy 10 pairs of the very same boots if only the government bought them from Kenya. That is what Iddi Amin refused to do in his government.

Although I have pinpointed this piece on communication and postal services, but Amin changed UEB a great deal, many of those smaller transformers out of Yugoslavia were able to work on our system for Amin cut out that British monopoly, we stopped to drive Anglia’s and Opel’s and Zephyrs, the Citron silliness and became opened to the world. Major constructions that you see today as a massive power line to Nakasongola thanks to Amin, opening up agriculture to become mixed farming was done by Ssebi a very good minister of animal resources. I must indicate that The UPC government worked on animals for example they started the cross breeding in cows but those were government projects, but to open it up from being a government project to become a Nusu Bulaya that EM can own was Ssebbi and Galandi under Amin. Many of these successful projects were done for they were brought to Amin as suggestions, a kid wanted to know why we cannot own a C130, and it was bought, x-ray machines came in the same way. Trust me we had the line of purchasing these things out of the Edward Pojims that sit with degrees in government purchase and ministry of works to buy these things, they wanted samples and price checks and what have you, it would take you 5 years to buy that equipment.

If you had done your homework well and you had the numbers and figures to show the man, the number you needed was as simple as Entebbe 20241, can I speak to the president. He would direct you to an embassy in the country where you want to go and purchase these things, for he had got the money from The Arab friends. Libya Kuwait Saudis Jordan and so on. Iddi Amin managed to do all these things when he had borrowed not a penny out of world bank let alone IMF. Although the system worked it was abused too, born thieves like Kibedi, and punks like Stephen Malinga got such money and never came back, but those should never be used to go after people that worked for the interest of Uganda. Iddi Amin died in Saudi Arabia, did he wrong? Yes he did, but I think it is very naïve to judge him with one standard of he killed Jonan Luwum, when he never even killed, and by the way had Luwum done what he did today in today’s Uganda he would have been rightly put on a firing squad and in day light or you stand up and explain to me where Dr Kelly is today. It is thus a duty of every Ugandan to let Iddi Amin rest in peace for most of you will never reach a firkin half of what he did for that country.

There is no man that educated me to nationalism as Iddi Amin, when you walked to those very tinny places in Uganda for you have trailers with the switching equipment to put a phone service to them they had a glee. And some of these places were as small s Rakai Kyotera Mutukula, who really knew that a phone will ever cross the Masaka boarder to Kyotera? But it did for Amin said so. Under services to the people Kyotera qualifies to get a phone system if you have a problem installing it, call Entebbe 20241 and ask for Iddi Amin. And my God help you to find 10 people that wanted to call that number to oppose a presidential project. Just try calling and see how fast he will enter scene and if youa rent careful he will go back with your God damn skin in the trunk.

And what happened to Ondoga the small kid that used to filter these calls? One can ponder !!!!!

I thus stand today to defend President Iddi Amin The VC DSO MC And the first African Conqueror of the British Empire.

EDWARD MULINDWA.
CANADA

I miss Amin’s hospitals, schools and police posts!


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UNDER IDI AMIN: every police post, medical facility, school or any other public entity had a telephone line that worked, and it is this what exactly led to the expansion of network and drove integration of UEB into this system!

When I started in school with computers I was very much so surprised how Idi Amin would have known and conceived about the need for fibre optics and how he could have embraced such an idea – that man was phenomenal and remember by 1977 there was a grand scheme to introduce rapid transport system linking Masaka, Jinja, Mbarara etc with the Yugoslavia buses he had imporated amass.

By the way, can you see the difference in village life today and during the seventies. It is really depressing people are filthy dirty and almost malnourished without a reasonable income. And Uganda commerical bank worked perfectly without huge debts as the 20 or so commercial bank have today.

Well I am not an Aminist , but what he did worked, for every dispensary had an ambulance and patients had white clothing, and medical workers uniforms and hospital and school served food to clients, patients were bathed, despite the fact that all textile factories worked under capacity – it is only amazing that a bufoon could be such stupid! Clear Ideology!

Bwanika Daniel.
LUWERO

ULS is a ghost of its former self with current leaders


The Uganda Law Society is led by weak people and that’s why the AG is having a field day: Someone should recommend John Rawls’ theory of Justice to Mrs. Jackie Mbabazi. If she is time limited, she should zero on the veil of ignorance.

And what sort of question was that about the IGP?. Of course the appointing authority appointed IGP. The same one who appointed the PM appointed Mr. Kale Kayihura IGP.

One wonders why the Monitor journalist never challenged her on such silly questions. And why now? The IGP and his kiboko team have been at it for years. Look at how the idiots and yes they idiots bordering on imbecile, AG Nyombi and Minister Tumwebaze. As Mr. Kibaki would say tumbavu kabisa. There are no worse idiots than the two. They have done everything to soil the govt. To see such idiots in such senior positions makes one wonder.

ULS president

ULS president

Folks, if the Uganda law Society was still led by the likes of the late Henry Kayondo (RIP), the late Joseph Mulenga (RIP), the late Sam K, Njuba(RIP), Dr Joseph Byamugisha or even Court of appeal Justice Remmy Kasule, that fumbling idiot Nyombi would have been disbarred or kicked out by the law Society.

The ULS is asleep so it took the principle Judge, Justice Yorakamu Bamwine to tell off the idiots. So if Mrs. Jackie Mabazais is serious how come she never opened her mouth to say anything about idiots Nyombi and Tumwebaze?

Yes. If ULS was serious, they would have kicked out the following members: AG Nyombi, Hon Muhwezi, and even IGP Kale Kayihura. But these members are still in good standing and even eligible to vote and even stand for office.

Justice Kavuma used to be famous as the husband of the former Gayaza HM and former women MP. Today he is arguably the most controversial judge on the bench.

It was refreshing for real to see the principal Judge stand up to the idiots and tell them a sit is. You know what really makes me sad is that I know the family of the chairman of the electoral Commission Haji Kiggundu reasonably well. The family used live on Salama Road. He had a brother who lives in Mutundwe and was active in construction and did very well. Today Haji Badru Kiggundu is in the same league with the Nyombis, Tumwebaze and Musisi. What is it folks drink when they join YKM’s prison? Dr Kiggundu is hell bent on installing that ka chief -yes he is anti he forged papers -as mayor.

I repeat there is no worse idiot in YKM’s cabinet than Nyombi and Tumwebaze . Tumbavu kabisa. Bakopi beyond imagination, thus the katimba.

I bet you in the next cabinet reshuffle Nyombi and Tumwebaze will be done, perhaps minister of something. How could a buffoon like Nyombi ever become AG? Only in YKM’s Uganda do you find such idiots holding senior positions.

WBK

The Amin Museveni didn’t want Ugandans to know about!


:Friends,In my second part of defense to Ubora Wake Rais maisha, I am going to narrow this very long piece to two sectors that need a massive clarification about the presidency of Field Marshall Iddi Amin Dada, namely a claim that he murdered millions of Ugandans and secondly I need to address why a term essential commodities was introduced into Uganda vocabulary. I am going to start straight away with did Iddi Amin murdered the claimed people. And here we go !!!!!!!

One of the major reasons why Iddi Amin’s government survived that long was because he had a very well paid and well trained intelligence network. The poor fellow had enemies from day one and very serious enemies, all way from Western countries to Tanzania. In as much as I have tried to go after Ocen Nekyon’ s disinformation in the forum, he still remains the man I have a sour mouth on because he was among The Ugandans that destabilized Uganda a great deal from Tanzania, and he is telling only half of the story. By the time you finish to read the last sentence of this piece you will get a bite of the second half he does not make public. For the purpose of this writing I am going to use the name Ocen Nekyon to represent the Tanzania character. Among those intelligence networks was a The State Research Bureau that was located in Nakasero. The organization murdered Ugandans that were going after the state, and that must go on record.

But by far and large the Ugandans that were murdered in our country were directly or indirectly murdered by The Ocen Nekyon’ s. Directly that they had contacts in Uganda mainly Rwandese that would show up and murder an individual for a sole purpose of selling Iddi Amin as a killer. They would also set you up with information that State Research was hunting for to enable the organization itself arrest you and kill you. For example they would write a letter to you from Tanzania stating that you have been very helpful in their cause of removing the government and they are waiting on you to accomplish the second part you promised. They would send that letter in a way that State research gets its hands on it, and although you knew nothing about it and you had no plans what so ever to do next, you had a very tough time explaining the letter to State Research. You were arrested and killed by the state. They would target you and thank you for the money you sent them, they would thank you for the weapons you have planted for them into Uganda, they would warn you about a load of weapons about to arrive in Uganda at such a day and at a such a mode of transportation, leak such information to you in a way that state research gets it then you end up arrested and thus killed by the state. We lived in a very tough situation for it took very long time to understand that the people arrested were actually arrested innocently.

The establishment of Radio Tanzania, also played a great deal into educating Ugandans on the planting of evidence, for as soon as a Ugandan was murdered at home Radio Tanzania would read that particular name and how he was killed and at what place. It then started to become interesting on how such information was transmitted to Tanzania and at such a speed. We started to realize that the killers organized from Tanzania were the ones relaying the information to the Radio Station. Iddi Amin did not target Ugandans for you are a rich man, he did not target a Ugandan for you had a different religion, but if you in some way appeared to be anti-state he would go after you. At a time we had an army and a Police force that really had no reason to go after you, and if you were in uniform and you killed a Ugandan someone would get to you and very fast, there are faces that you never wanted to come across, Mustafa Adiris? No that was bad news. Alli Towilli in Police Services? Now that was a very bad idea. Ssentamu in prisons? You really never wanted to sit across the table with that man. I will pull in names like Nassur Abdullah the Governor, no you did not want him to know that you killed a Ugandan because he was one of the people with a right to see The president without an appointment, but to ask a simple question, where is number one? And Abdullah would show up. The situation was very under control in a country that had a bunch of enemies from all developed countries and Tanzania. What remains frustrating to today is that The Nekyon’ s actually publicly agree that they engineered the death of many Ugandans in the 70’s to tarnish Iddi Amin’s government, but they refuse to open up and educate us on who was killed and by who in that manner, how many were killed and how they were selected. They stand up and blame the murder of Ugandans to Iddi Amin excluding themselves. It is important to note that in as much as The Ocen Nekyon’ s publish the numbers of people murdered by Amin, when they came to power they charged no one of murder, and Iddi Amin’s government still remain the government whose people remained in Uganda safely some to even to today, for they had no enmity with the population. I am moving to the second part of essential commodities part, before this piece becomes too lengthy.

As a back ground to this part, one needs to understand the difference of the Uganda we had then and the Uganda we have now. Obote two government built the country with most of her daily needs bought by the government, it imported sugar it imported salt it imported soap and it imported the spare parts and all required commodities in the country. Although we had some few business men that started to do business under Mafuta Mingi project, they still had to go to bank of Uganda to apply for the foreign exchange for importation, but by far and large the government imported in everything we needed. There is nothing that has so frustrated me in politics than embargo, they never deliver and they target the innocent population. The Ocen Nekyon used Kenya to hold all Ugandans ransom by throwing an embargo on Uganda goods to come to Uganda. So Iddi Amin would get the money to buy the necessitates from any country, but we had to import it through Mombasa. It is Mombasa that the Ugandans in Tanzania used to strangle our economy.

There was not a single day in Uganda that Uganda government failed to finance any import to Uganda, but on its arrival to Mombasa the Ugandans in Tanzania would connive with The Kenyan government to stop our containers from rolling out of Mombasa. Uganda cars Uganda cement Uganda sugar Uganda salt all started to be auctioned in Kenya than to be sent to its destination, that created a massive shortage of all goods in Uganda which resulted to a creation of a term essential goods/commodities. To understand how Amin was an abled leader, at the pick of Uganda will not get fuel from Mombasa, he directed a creation of an air tanker so that fuel gets jetted into Entebbe than waiting for Mombasa. So the trailers started to suck gas out of air bus than going to Mombasa. The Ocen Nekyon’ s turned around to preach how inefficient is the government for it cannot put sugar on the table of Ugandans which was a true nonsense to the limit of the word.

The few goods that managed to arrive into Kampala, managed to do so because Amin has frightened the Kenyan idiots. And I remember this one time when Moses Ali was sent to Nairobi to talk to the Kenyan government about our containers that were held, we had about 80 containers held on trailers for two weeks. Everything paid but a Kenyan authority in Mombasa denying them a right to leave. Moses Ali being a best negotiator we had at a time flew to Nairobi and talked to state house about the issue, they refused to bulge. Moses Ali called Iddi Amin and told him that Kenya had refused our trailers to move out of Mombasa and head to Uganda. In his great leadership Amin used a public frequency and called on the commander of the Gulu air base, instructed him to air born all The Migs under his power. And the instruction was very clear, instruct your pilots to be airborne start to fly towards Kenya air space but waiting for an instruction to incinerate Kendu Bay off Kenya’s face. Why Kendu Bay? Because Kendu is near Lake Victoria so that can give them an easy in and an easy out, but also it is a small town that has a huge mission occupancy, they had an international delegation taking place and those were people that mattered internationally.

Because this message was sent on a public frequency. The army the Police and air force heard it but so did Kenyan authorities. A word went around in Kendu Bay that a mad man is sending his Migs and they are coming to blow you all up. They started to pack and run for Kenyan air force was watching the Migs really coming in so this was not a joke. Phone calls started to go to a point that Washington called. Uganda government refused to talk to anyone but the Migs continued to enter the Kenya air space. Until when one Kenyan knew exactly what Uganda needed, a phone call to Moses Ali in his Nairobi hotel that the trailers are moving and are Kampala bound. The Migs flew back to Gulu their home base.

Was this a bluff? To today I don’t know but on the anger people had with Kenya, being a lap Dog of the West, a fact that the Israeli planes that attacked Entebbe were packed and fuelled in Nairobi, and no one cared to warn us, I would not have been surprised if a Mig blew Kendu Bay of Kenya face. And since they were to blow it up at rebound they had an ample time to do so. In as much as we want to blame Iddi Amin as a bad leader, one needs to stand up and ask The Ocen Nekyon’ s accountability on the damage they did to our country, our people and our government. You simply cannot stand up to claim how Amin was a failure and lead a poor government yet Tanzania used a whole year to harvest our weapons and our trucks and ammunitions, such a number of artillery will never be owned by a poor country. Tanzania today has an air force for it looted our air crafts. This is a man that found a regulation that C130 must only be owned by an American, and he sought a Libyan kid with American citizenship, he bought the C130 and paid it off with paying all its warranties, then flew it to Libya where it whoops got a Uganda flag. To until few months ago when I stopped to follow that air craft it has been flying to United States to be serviced for Amin paid the maintenance warranty. And yet we paid it all in cash that Iddi Amin never left a single debt on the country.

I thus stand today to defend President Iddi Amin The VC DSO MC And the first African Conqueror of the British Empire.

DEDICATION

Friends there are many people I have adored due to their love of that country, Moses Ali was a good man for he carried every single money to and from Uganda yet he never stole it as punks as Stephen Malinga. Men like Ibrahim Mohammed Bilal that flew to Japan to buy all requirements of the OAU to sit in Uganda, a man that was offered a visa to Japan with a right to invite his entire family and extended family to Japan on an assured citizenship. And yet he refused the offer with a single sentence, this money is not for Iddi Amin this money is for Uganda and I cannot steal from my country. That list is large that I can remember and some I cannot remember but I am not going to dedicate this piece to any of them.

I am going to dedicate this piece to a Ugandan that is member of UAH and who reads these writings today. This individual was a diplomat in a Uganda embassy in a Western country at the fall of I did Amin’s government. This individual had a control over an embassy account which had a whopping $1 million dollars. This individual with another individual in the embassy, walked to the bank and instructed the bank to remit that one million dollar to the Uganda Ministry of foreign affairs as the law instructed them to do at a fall of government. These two Ugandans returned the money to Uganda which was being run at a time by UNLA/UNLF. So to you I say, had you taken the one million dollars you had in the account in 1979, you would have been some of the very rich Ugandans in diaspora today, yet you did not for you were trained and brought up to love your country but be faithful. Life in diaspora has not been easy and there might just be that second voice questioning your decision at a time, but be rest assured that I take my hat off to you in respect and that is the only thing worth for a man.

Thank you for loving your country that much.

Edward Mulindwa.
Toronto.

Why can’t the Uganda Law Society summon Gen.Kayihura?


Yes ULS is on its knees. The executive is lost. On the Lukwago saga ULS is actually complicit. ULS hurriedly picked its nominee who voted as directed by that idiot Minister Tumwebaze from Kibaale. I suppose that is why ULS could never apply to the court to be enjoined. Notice also something strange that happened with all the professional bodies picking only people from Western Uganda to represent them on KCC. I think the five or so who are apparently supposed to be represented in KCC as councilors named Westerners. Coincidence or not, you decide.
But the problem is much deeper. The word here is GIGO. And that explains why the law school finally introduced an entrance exam. it is trying to weed out mediocre students who scored higher because in some schools their exam papers were filled out days in advance. This is public information in Uganda. You have people with 4A or 3As who are semi illiterate and can barely tell an argument from a mere statement.
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If ULS was serous it would have voted to expel the idiot AG Nyombi from its rolls, Granted he could go to cadre judge like Justice Steven Kavuma and get it stopped or reverse behind closed doors. But it would send a powerful message. Imagine having an AG who has been disbarred by his own law body. Then they would move to other suspects and disbar then one by one.

Uganda is a funny country. Lawyers, students and even the opposition behave as if they alone can make changes. Nope. I have not seen any serious efforts to woe workers to their side. Without worker’s involvement, the opposition, students, lawyers name it cannot not usher in change.

To know why ULS is in trouble you need to look at its executive. No one can move any motion to discuss idiots within their ranks. I bet you they belong to either YKM or the PM’s camp so they take orders depending on the situation. If you will there is no third way.

That is why I chuckled when I read in the papers that some opposition members had teamed up with PM Mbabazi;s youth camp. They looked excited which goes to show the caliber of leadership in Uganda. Why on earth should the opposition side with the PM? What is it they are smocking?

I do not know whether ULS members are on UAH, but they should wake up and do something symbolic. But before that they should explain themselves. How did they pick their nominee to KCC in such a hurriedly manner with express instructions to vote as directed by the fumbling idiot minister Tumwebaze? ULS is not clean either and the Principal Judge, one of the few who has come out of the saga shining should have indicted the leadership of ULS too. He may not be like Mr. Justice Ogoola, but he is okay.

In Kenya when Mr. Bernard Chunga lost his job as CJ after Moi and wanted a practicing certificate, KLS denied him and a few Moi zealots. Sure it is harsh to deny them a living, but it is something to consider.
The KCC saga has taught us a few things. There are some courageous and independent judges in the judiciary. However, they are dominated by cadre judges who rule behind closed doors.

I would be surprised if money is not changing hands in all this. Another case that has fascinated me is the one involving Mr Katatumba’s property. The crooks are pumping in money to sway judges.

The person who has really shocked me throughout all this is General Kale Kayihura aka Mr. Tear Gas whose background was impeccable. That is why we need him in UAH to listen to candid criticism. The only slack I cut him is that he is caught up in YKM’s prison. As the influential Stanford prison study found out, even good people when put in a prison environment can behave extremely badly.

May be that is what Mr. Nyombi too will claim that he is a good lawyer caught up in YKM’s prison. So who was Nyombi before he became AG? Did he excel in law school, legal practice or what? What kind of AG calls judges idiots when he is the super idiot in government?

The IGP sent his goons, okay, police officers to manhandle lawyers trying to serve KCC with court orders. And the IGP is still a member in good standing in ULS.

Parliament summoned the IGP. It is time ULS did the same and asked him why he should not be expelled from the body. For the IGP who grew up being tutored by the late Mr Mulenga (RIP) that would be something to hear.

WBK

Uganda Law Society needs a new “Remmy Kasule” figure at the helm of things!


Sadly the ULS is down on its knees. It has lost its professional prestige- I think it now behaves like students at Makerere University used to behave when it came to Guild politics and elections- where you vote for your party candidate irrespective of his or her merits or qualifications for the role.

One would have thought the ULS would be above all that- that it would eschew politics and remain a solid professional outfit that is objective in all its comments and criticisms of the the state of affairs in the country.

In most countries in the world, Law Societies are very powerful institutions and any statements they make are taken very seriously.The Law Society of England and Wales plays a very important role in public education, and in law reform, quite apart from simply regulating its members.

The ULS used to be professional and effective when it was led by professional and enlightened people who seperated their parochial political views and affiliations from their work as officials of the Society. people like Dr Byamugisha and Remmy Kasule for eg never wore their party vests when they held high office in the Law Society. I personally dealt officially with Remy Kasule when he was at the helm of the ULS and I was the Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and my dealings with him were very professional and he had the respect of the commonwealth lawyers fraternity whenever he came for meetings.

The current ULS is led by people, a mjaority of whom are very mediocre in the law and join the society to fight political battles rather than do what other law societies do,ie develop programmes of public legal education, research and publish articles on areas of law that need reform, represent the public on issus of human rights and constitutional rights, challnge abuses of p[ower by the executive, play an advisory role to parliament to advice them of the legal and policy implications of decisions they are making or debating, in other words, be the legal guardian for the public. In thios role therefore, one would have expected the Law Society to be making applications to be joined in in as a party in the numerous human rights and public interest cases we have seen in Uganda, the Lukwago case being the best example. There was nothing to stop the ULS to apply to be joined in this case as a party on grounds that it would be in the public imageinterest. Equally, there is nothing that would have stopped the ULS to launch a public interest case againts the Executive or Parliament when the two removed term limits or awarded themselves huge grants and bonuses that amounted to legalised abuse of office.

In the important case of R V Pinochet in 2001, in which the British House of Lords declared that in law, no head of state enjoys any immunity whatsoever from prosecution for crimes such as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, and declared that any country in the world has jurisdiction to try the perpetrators, almost all public defenders both in the UK and internationally applied to be joined in the action, and these included Amnesty International and the Bar Association of England and Wales and the Law Society of England and Wales.

Although this case was brought by Pinochet against the British State, he now found himself facing public interest defenders,and one of the best addresses that I have ever heard in a court of law was made by Professor Yashpal Ghai ( formerly of Makerere and Nairobi Law Schools) on behalf of Amnesty International. This case has now set a legal precedent the world-over and is the pre-cursor to the ICC and similar international moves to punish perpetrators of egregious crimes who in the past hid under the cloak of State Sovereignty or Sovereign Immunity..

These are the sort of roles one would have expected the ULS to be playing. It should also be providing pro-bono services and engaging in a consultative capacity to organisations like the Law Reform Commission, The Coomission for Legal Education etc. Instead, I am so surprised to see the ULS is given a seat on the Council of Kampala City Council, a pollitical body, when the ULS itself is not apolitical body. If the KCCA needs legal advice, it can hire its own lawyers- it is not the role of the ULS to provide it with legal advice.

In conclusion, I think the ULS has become a lame-duck organisation and is a laughging stock to the legal fraternity world-wide. It will take a long time to reform it.

George Okello
UAH member in London

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