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Day August 6, 2014

EVEN MIKE MUKULA ONCE KNELT FOR M7


kneelBelieve it or not, there are some down there who worship Museveni; Hon. Cap. Capt. Mike Mukula, MP Soroti Municipality did it and received and earned stint in Luzira Prison; I understand that the late Noble Mayonbo used to tie his boss’ shoe laces, in rallies. What amuses me is how those guys brag saying, ” You know, I knelt before the president and he shook my hand! I am a lucky man!” Hon. Mukula used to annoy some of us, he would almost force people to clap their hands saying “Ibapakisi Papa Akan” meaning, ” Clap for Daddy!” even when there was no point mentioned; may be he used to annoy the president as well; you reach a point where people seem to be possessed by demons when you see their actions.’

-SIMON OKURUT

From left to right – Grace Ibingira and behind him (partly hidden) is Balaki Kirya


Forumists

The following are in the photograph:
ibingira

From left to right – Grace Ibingira and behind him (partly hidden) is Balaki Kirya; the person smiling is Cuthbert Obwangor; then Dr E.B.S.Lumu (in white top); and Matthias Ngobi. All were ministers in the Obote I government in the early 1960s. Apart from Cuthbert Obwangor, all were arrested (together with George Magezi) in a cabinet meeting on 22 February 1966. Cuthbert Obwangor was arrested later in 1967. Matthias Ngobi and Dr Lumu are still alive today.

Letter from the Idi Amin Dada to Canadian Prime Minister.


Letter from the Idi Amin Dada to Canadian Prime Minister.
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Uganda is not ready for proposed burial policy


If ever there was an alien cultural practice being sneaked into Uganda, this policy is a stark evidence of it.Africans -nay, black Africans – are too attached to the departed relatives to see them off in such a programmed, casual manner.

If Museveni wants employees to balance personal family commitment and work responsibilities, he needs to work with Unions, Parliament and other stakeholders to come up with Personal Time Off guidelines.

The guidelines would spell out the number of days an employee may take off, and which family members are covered.

In US, forever, we have FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) under which I’m may take up to 12 weeks off to attend to myself (in case I fall sick), my child, spouse, parents, and any other person for whom I’m the main principal source of support.

In Uganda, we hold the same relationship value of extended family as we do of first-line family. That’s why we find it “entirely” acceptable, for example, to find a worker, Tom, taking off a few days to attend the funeral of his father’s sister’s mother-in-law!

This may sound strange to a westerner, but we have to preserve our culture.

Pojim Edward.
UAH member in USA

There is a systematic degradation of the public service institutions in Uganda


There is a systematic degradation of the public service institutions so that they are replaced with ones that the current leadership control and are accountable to only to a few people and not to all Ugandans through sound structures.

In case you are not aware check this out.

1. Health service delivery was starved of funds for several years. Now that the health services were not good, the Health Service delivery and Medicines Monitoring Unit was created under State House or President’s Office to improve health service delivery in the country. It remains to be seen whether health service delivery in the country improved for the five or so years this unit has been in existence. Remember these people are very well paid and they account to no one (except the President) for the funds they use.

2. The former Kampala City Council was starved of funds for several years to make whoever cared believe that the institution was inappropriate. It was replaced by an Authority that does not account to Ugandans nor Parliament but to one person (the President). When the Lord Mayor tried tried to fight for the institution to be accountable to other institutions in the country you saw how they succeeded in silencing him using all institutions at the disposal of government (police, judiciary e.t.c) They one time even wanted to use the IGG to get their objectives. Now KCCA only accounts to the Head of State through the Minister for Kampala and not Ugandans through the Council and the Uganda Parliament. So much money is being pumped into the Authority. The question remains. Where does the money they don’t use? Isn’t KCCA being used as a conduit for something else? Your guess is as good as mine. At least for Kampalans have something to smile about. The city looks more beautiful than want it was five years ago. But this comes at a price. Other sectors of government are being starved of funds. What is the use of seeing some semblance of beauty when the Authority is being used as a conduit for something does not readily meet one’s eyes?

3. Agriculture was the first to be systematically degraded over the years and NAADS was created as a parallel institution. When NAADS did not meet the objectives for which it was created then you can see or read what is happening. NAADS is going to be given or has already been given to the military which again reports to only the President. There is therefore a clear trend of things: to kill the traditional institutions and create new ones that only report to one person.

All other sectors are affected in a similar fashion. The evidence is there for you to see if you took time to explore. It is this trend of things that is killing service delivery every where in the country.

When we ask why is there no service delivery, answers will always be there. “It is people on the ground who are not working or are negligent of their duties”. And to the not so keen eye, this answer makes a lot of sense. Unfortunately, that is far from the truth. That answer which readily catches one’s eye is just a small fraction of a bigger problem; a problem that is systematic and intended to be that way. With the current orientation of things towards the centre of power (with no checks and balances) service delivery can not improve. Sectors that have sound checks and balance are starved of funds. Funds are only channeled through sectors that have parallel institutions and those sectors whose expenditure plans are categorized as classified and therefore not subject to Parliament scrutiny.

In my view Public Service delivery collapsed the day the current leadership started tinkering with its organization. To resuscitate it one needs to make a U-turn on the mushrooming parallel institutions and hand back the accountability where it belongs. Otherwise public service delivery will go on to die and be buried.

What you saw as bats in the health centre is just a tip of an iceberg. Not that the workers don’t see them. Not that the workers don’t know what to do about them. Not that the lack of funds is the problem. Nooooo! Funds are either not released to do work or when released they are released late so that they can go back to the centre. There is a financial regulation that funds not utilized by a certain date are supposed to be sent back to the centre. Don’t you think the funds that are never released in the first instance and those that find their way back to the top are the very funds that support our troops in SS or do all sorts of politicking? I have not even tackled the issue of public servants not being paid for several months or their demoralizing pathetic salaries. We know for sure that the country has the money. How then can we sustain our troops in SS if we did not have the money? The government has the money but the good will to focus on what benefits the common man is what is lacking. It is only a few people who are benefitting from the current state of affairs that want the trend to continue. As long as they are benefitting the others can starve and continue begging untill the end of time.

I hope you can find some of the answers to your question(s) in my submission.

Kind regards,

Dr.Ibrah Ssendagire

Bats have established big colonies in some local health centres in Gomba


I find the story below from a local Ugandan daily quite disturbing. Bats have established big colonies in some local health centres in Gomba under the watch of full-time public health officials on government payroll,one would assume.

One would also assume that healthcare professionals in the affected area had seen the first sign of bat invasion and did nothing; then more and more signs, including parts of hospital walls crumbling down due to flying mammal urine effects, and they still did nothing. Yet they report for duty on a daily basis. If that is not negligence in the first degree, I don’t know what is. To make matters worse, now they have brought in Europeans to solve the problem (I suppose) when surely plenty of expertise is available at Makerere University and elsewhere in the country. The other time, Europeans and others were dispatched to Busoga area to show people how to get rid of jiggers, including ‘okutundula’. These shameful practices need to stop if our communities are to be respected.

By the way, when it comes to annual public service employee performance evaluation, what do these people’s supervisors honestly put in their staff performance reports? Or even before one gets to that point, is it clear to anyone what these people really talk about in their weekly (biweekly or monthly) hospital management meetings if such unpleasant things remain undealt with year in, year out?

Yunus Lubega.
Canada.

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Obuwundo buzinze amalwaliro e Gomba
Gomba | Jul 21, 2014Ekituli ekivudde ku buwundo okuba obungi.

Bya ANDREW MUGONZA

OBUWUNDO bulumbye disitulikiti y’e Gomba ne bukola amaka mu malwaliro era obumu ku bulabe bwe buleese bugenda kugasuula n’okulwaza abantu.

Mu malwaliro agamu, amatoffaali agali mu ppini gagudde ekitadde obulamu bw’abasawo n’abalwadde mu matigga. N’ennyumba z’abasawo nazo ebisenge binafu olw’obuwundo obubifukira.

Abasawo bategeezezza nti, waadi ziwunya omusuulo gw’obuwundo, amatoffaali gawanuka waggulu ne gagwa eky’obulabe era amalwaliiro agamu ppini zaago temukyali matoffaali.

Bawanjagidde abakulembeze mu disitulikiti y’e Gomba okulaba nga babayamba ku kizibu ky’obuwundo. Kuno kwe bagatta ebizibu ebirala.

BUYANJAHEALTH CENTER II
Eddwaaliro lino lisangibwa mu ggombolola y’e Maddu nga ly’erimu erisinze okukosebwa obuwundo. Ebisenge bizzeemu ennyaafa ate nga amatoffaali mu ppini agasinga gagudde.

Ennyumba z’abasawo nazo obuwundo bwazizinda ziwunya munda era zirimu ennyaafa.

Mu waadi y’abalwadde abaabulijjo abasawo tebakyassaawo balwadde nga batya nti bayinza okwongera okufuna obulwadde obulala obuva ku buwundo.

Nga oggyeeko obuwundo, mu ddwaliro lino teririna kikomera era ebisolo by’omu nsiko bibatawaanya ate n’ente z’oku kyalo ziyingira.

MAMBA HEALTHCENTER II
Lino liri mu ggombolola y’e Kyegonza era nalyo obuwundo bwalirumba dda era waliwo n’ebisenge ebitakyakozesebwa olw’obuwundo.

Abasawo bagamba nti, basanga obuzibu mu kutereka eddagala kuba obuwundo bufuka nnyo. Okufaananako n’ery’eBuyanja eddwaliro ly’e Mamba nalyo teririna masannyalaze.

Abasawo ku ddwaaliro ly’e Mamba bagamba nti liriraanye ennyanja Wamala era bafuna abalwadde bangi kyokka nga terifuna ddagala limala ate engeri gye liri ku ddaala erya wansi erimu ku ddagala tebalibawa.

Amalwaliro amalala agalimu obuwundo kuliko Kitwe, Kasabya, Kyayi ne ofiisi za disitulikiti e Kyegonza.

Dr. Nicholas Kizito agamba nti waliwo obulwadde obuleetebwa obuwundo nga kuliko ‘rabies’ nga buno bukwata omuntu singa akawundo kamuluma, okumukwagula oba okumugwa mu kiwundu.

Ayongerako nti wliwo obulala obuyitibwa ‘Histoplasmosis’ buno buyita mu mpewo era bwangu nnyo okukwata omuntu singa abeera mu kifo ewali obuwundo.

M7 WINS AGAIN IN THE ANTI GAY LAW


How what are we going to say about the judiciary in Uganda? Is the judiciary corrupt only when it rules against certainty individuals or interests? If it is true that there was no quorum why did the Speaker rush? Where was the chief NRM whip? And where were the rest of MPs? Surely they must have signed in that day? Will NRM redo it? I mean go back to parliament and pass the law properly and constitutionally?

If so what does this mean for the ten folks who knew which side is buttered and went to court. I hope you are not naïve to believe that they did this for the sake of Uganda. No. They did it for the sake of their careers and stomachs period. There is no better bunch of 10 opportunists than those ten. Or will it be a short live victory for the 10? And what about the sanctions imposed and cut aid?
Will the 10 take credit for ‘saving’ Uganda from international isolation? To many questions.

So what is it? Does Ugandan have a free and independent judiciary? I mean what more can one say after this land mark court ruling? Are we going to end up in a situation where the opposition for example criticise the independent net election commission when they lose to NRM but praise it when they win and lately they have won more than NRM?

The ruling poses a dilemma for the opposition and also the international community. Were the 10 acting on some powerful interests? If so whose interests? In legal terms were they busy bodies or genuine litigants? Did they go to court with clean hands etc?

How can we or the international community say Uganda is a dictatorship when it has such an enlightened judiciary? That is the real challenge going forward.

I am not surprised by the ruling at all. I have said before that the constitutional court is okay. It has some very fine lawyers in their days.

Bottom line, YKM is actually the real winner. he may decide to let it go and then tell the world that Uganda has vibrant and independent judiciary. I think some of us predicated this outcome and said that YKM will in the end win.

WBK

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Homosexuality law:I want to repeat what I said here when this draconian law was being enacted: whether it’s struck down as unconstitutional or it prevails legal challenges, Museveni still wins.We are a conservative nation, and as such, liberal accommodations like homosexuality receive minimal support in the country.

Moreover, Museveni’s narrative that the West is exporting this same-sex ideas into Uganda, makes his defense of African traditional cultures even more appealing to the majority of Ugandans.

So, Museveni brought up this homosexual law in time to prod his political base to canvas enough votes for 2016.

The upcoming appeals will likely complete just before or after the next elections. At that time, Museveni will be comfortably heading for re-election, or is about to be sworn-in for another term.

John Milton said that the major weakness of democracy is the ignorancy of the masses. He must have had Uganda in mind.

Pojim Edward.
USA.

passing of Mr. Paul Kajubi on Wednesday 6th August, 2014


Dear Ugandan Community,

It is with deep sadness and sorrow that I inform you of the passing of Mr. Paul Kajubi on Wednesday 6th August, 2014 in Masaka, Uganda. He had been hospitalized for few weeks and was recently discharged.

Mr. Kajubi is the father of Vincent Sewanyana, a Toronto resident, an active community member with Uganda Martyrs Church of Canada, and artist with Shangaza-Pamoja Inititaive etc.

Please join the community to extend our deepest condolences to Vincent Sewanyana, of downtown Toronto. He can be reached at:cell: 416.887.8681 or Email: pkajubib@gmail.com Alternative nos: 416. 854.8935 and 647.764.7565

Funeral arrangements are being made in Uganda, and details will follow.

May his soul rest in eternal peace!

US OPENS AFRICA SUMMIT:If we had enlightened leadership in Africa, this conference would not be necessary


If we had enlightened leadership in Africa, this conference would not be necessary.

It’s a sad commentary of how pathetic our leaders are that some 50-plus years after we supposed gained political independence, Africa remains a beggar continent that robotically answers to summons by Washington, London or Beijing.

Make no mistake here, all these autocrats, despots, kleptomaniacs and murderers are openly grateful that they were invited to this conference! It’s that pitiful.This group knows one thing, and only one thing: to steal from their people.So, at election time, who gets to the ballot: a candidate approved by the west, or the one chosen by the people?

Some of You say that Africa matters. I agree, but only in as far as natural resources go. Outside of what the west and now China can plunder from us, Africa is easily inconsequential.

I would rather hold the African electorate responsible for voting mediocrity into office. We do elect pathetic leaders because we are more concerned about our tribe, religion or business interests than the qualifications and leadership CV of the candidates.

And unless and until we start to place more premium of national objectives than parochial subjective matters, we will continue to elect mediocre, brutal, corrupt and murderous leaders.

Pojim Edward.
UAH MEMBER IN USA

US opens Africa summit with call for political tolerance


US opens Africa summit with call for political tolerance but what puzzles me is the hypocrisy of the African leaders. They heap curses on Western leaders and openly claim that they are not to be lectured on or told what to do when they are asked to observe human rights, and if you had been asleep only to hear the conclusion of the speech of the African leader, you would regret missing the whole speech. You say, yes, men are speaking, kick imperial arse, yes.

Does that puzzle anyone? Yes, at least me. The puzzle here arises when no single African leader has rejected the invitation which basically was for proper and real lectures of what they must do. They are in Washington attentively listening, smiling, clapping even no point is put across, and nervously parting their official wives; and none is opposing what they are told. Oh, wait to hear what they will say when they return to their empires; they will curse and curse reminding Western capitals not to lecture to them. These people are hypocrites.They strike good poses with the US First family; a huge achievement for personal development, and are happy to share these photos with the Africans on facebook and elsewhere.

I would have expected something like: President Obama, since you are the one who wants to meet us, it is cheaper for you to come to our African Union (AU) headquarters to meet us. We are poor, at least that would save on our staggering and ailing economies, we are frugal now since you people accuse us of lavish spending; come and meet us here in Africa.” That would have been good but well coated resistance, though others could even openly refuse stating that Africa does not receive lectures from America, why did they not refuse? Because they are hypocrites and fear the West.

I am waiting to hear what they will say during the press conferences; how I wish the Kateregas and Sarah Kagingo of the many countries could ask real questions not such stuff like, “Mr. President, I have tough questions for you: H.E., how was your trip to Washington, DC? The next question is, “Did you like the trip?” Thank you Mr. President!

True, there is never a time in history when those colonialists or neo-colonialists have come to order us to elect so and so. We are the ones who run around drumming when one dictator is driven away and replaced by another. For example, in Uganda we saw regime change and suffering of goal-posts shifted from region to region, as usual, with the electorate clapping and dancing. The colonialists are nowhere to be seen, meaning even if they have a hand to play, they do it far away, so why don’t our people look around and notice that the masters are away, so let us mourn instead of celebrating, that is what an intelligent person can do. If it is duress, I may do as I am told but without enthusiasm, I will be reluctant and sabotage the act at the earliest possible opportunity. Why blame the foreigners when we are the same harming our own?

When an African president sleeps during cabinet session, it is the West to blame; when an African minister for works and transportation cancels a contract awarded to a firm, it is the West to blame; when the West withdraw their grants because they have been diverted to another area not in the agreement, it is the West to blame. The lists of blame go on and on; unfortunately, the people who should be steadfast in their analysis are the very ones heaping blame on outsiders, because it is easy to blame an outsider, but will that solve your problem, unfortunately, it will never.

Issue of tribe, region and to some extent, religion give us to support any poor leader simply because he comes from one’s tribe. Why not take such a leader to mismanage your tribe and leave the rest of the country, if you like his poor leadership style.Blame the electorate, yes, we carry the blame.

Peter Simon

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