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‘Dear Abbey,Greetings my brother and former colleague (Monitor times). Thanks for smoothly steering Ugandans-At-Heart (UAH) platform.Do you recall the opinion article I wrote to you some few months ago, about how the GoU and KCCA are poorly managing the running of Kampala, whereby they have disenfraschized a lot of low-class Ugandans, to the extent that the favoured and those behind the disenfranchisement (the high-class) shall, in addition to other helpless Ugandans, fall victims of “on-the-wall-pushed-Ugandans.”

The rate of crime, armed gunmen and also those brandishing of all manner of weapons — particulalry katalimbwa — has sharply risen to such a level, in which in a week alone, wealthy/popular businessman the late Sebunya Eria Bugembe (SEB) a.k.a Kasiwukira was murdered in broad-daylight — actually in the morning just a few metres from his splash home in upscale Muyenga — Kayihura’s neighbourhood.

Same week or the one before, 3 Police-Flysquad operatives were gunned down by a trader in Ndeeba, a downtown Kampala suburb, while on a suspected robbery spree as some of them are well-known hardcore criminalsd.

Many Ugandans of wall walks of life have been murdered in a low-intensity insecurity that has resulted largely from disenfranchized people who were traders (batembeyi/hawkers) on Kampala streets, but got driven off the streets in a very cruel and unplanned manner by KCCA and State police.

Even in the suburbs where they ran to and settled, in smallscale roadside kiosks like in Makindye, Banda, Kalerwe, Wandegeya, along Entebbe Rd. like Bwebajja and Kajjansi, lots of people have been driven off their kiosks, carried away by bulldozers — after they were officially charged fees by KCCA all along!

Bands of thugs are roaming villages forcefully breaking into people’s homes in the wee-hours of the night and hacking them, after robbing clean their homes! Even as early as 7-9 p.m. such cases occur.

Even far away as Mpigi and Wakiso villages, there are cases where KCCA has bought off land where many of the former city hawkers had settled, to dump garbage following the filling up of the old Kiteezi dump. This is viewed as a deliberate “pushing of low-class people to the wall” further deeper and away from any developed areas where trade is possible.

In the villages of Rakai, Masaka, Mpigi and Wakiso, there are unexplained murders going on — digging into walls of residents while asleep, and spraying of chloroform in order to murder innocent people unchallenged.

There’s a wave of kidnapping (human-trafficking), raping and murder of mainly female university students for ransom. The people engaged in this wave of terror, are in my considered opinion and suspicion, largely former street hawkers chased away from “some-income-activity-life” to a “totally-no-income-life” and what is the oucome of such actions? A seemingly deliberate creation of high-level desparation and poverty in central Uganda, is what the public is feeling and lamenting.

Also former Ugandan servicemen on the US-side in Iraq and laid-off policemen are not planned for when their services were ended and/or terminated, hence returning home to joblessness. These are desparate
people who do anything for money.

There seems to be no corresponding plan and strategy — to proactively deal with these matters as this strategy would be developed/designed by well–to-do people who are not suffering in this crime-ladden city. Hence its no priority at all. Its a long story Abbey and no light at the end of the dark tunnel. Thanks.

Kind regards,

Kampala, UGANDA.

How can NRM hold credible elections given the struggle about missing register and membership?

Are local elections being held to elect delegates afresh? How can NRM hold credible elections given the struggle about missing register and membership? Do you understand GIGO? To me unless NRM is holding fresh elections and hopefully by paid membership alone, they are not going anywhere. What does it take to hold credible elections? Is it not credible delegates? So are there credible delegates in place? If not it is GIGO.

Is it true that NRM is proposing mulolongo/queuing to elect new office bearers? Mulolongo is the perfect way to rig and intimidate delegates to stand behind the official candidate.


Kagingo’s Statement on the hacking of the president’s twitter and Facebook accounts!

I have noted concerns about recent posts made on President Museveni’s facebook account, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. This is to clarify that am not responsible.

Whereas I was the only admin to the account, the last post I made was to wish Uganda Cranes victory in the match Vs Togo before the account was hijacked by persons unknown. A minute later, I lost access to the State House page and the linked twitter account @StateHouseUg

I got worried that the hijackers would make updates prejudicial to the person of the President. I contacted colleagues at State House for help. That help was not forthcoming. I reported the matter to facebook together with Mr. Joseph Owino who had earlier got in touch with me via facebook to help ensure all facebook and twitter accounts were verified. I’m forever grateful. I will return to this later.

Facebook responded thus, “our policy does not handle disputes between 3rd parties.” I wondered, ” who is this 3rd party?” Joseph Owino sent me a facebook message advising that the matter should be handled at office level. Was Joseph in touch with somebody at State House? How was he sure that somebody at Statee House was involved? Was it innocent and genuine advice?
Nevertherless, facebook promised to get to the bottom of the matter. I was, however, shocked by an email from Joseph Owino to facebook claiming that although the page had been flagged to avoid embarassing posts, “the President’s page was out of imminent danger and that he (Joseph) was, therefore, out of the matter. Why did Joseph Owino have confindence that the hijackers of the page did not pose danger to the account? Were they known to him? Was he in touch with the ‘hijackers’ ? Was his email to facebook intended to cause doubts about me to facebook authorities? So that, then, facebook does not recover the page from the hijackers? Was he acting under duress? How could Joseph who helped verify the accounts betray us?
Moreover, when I suggested that I make a complaint to facebook using my official email, he insisted on doing it on my behalf using his email and copied me in.

I decided to report the matter to Police. Which station would I report to and ensure that the matter does not spill to the media and cause embarassment to the head of State and State House?

In August this year, I reported Maj Edith Nakalema ( Private Secretary/Secretarial duties) to Police over continued assault and harassment inspite of reports made to her Commanders. Whereas we had tried to seek help administratively since January this year, Maj Nakalema kept assaulting, harassing and intimidating me and others with impunity. I was disappointed that my employers could not protect me from such harassment. Moreover, I had known UPDF as a force that follows a strict code of conduct that did not ‘tolerate’ harassment of civilians. As a young child, I witnessed this force (NRA) dislodge the UNLA from Masaka town. I have fond memories of the late Afende Kazini and Afende Samson Mande for saving mothers and their children from Masaka hospital that was being hit from Kasijagirwa baracks. They saved my mother and newly born sister too. They saved us. A soldier with a gun in one hand, torn trousers and a saved in the other was very touching. I have fond memories of Afende Saleh’s take over of Masaka and restoring hope to all of us that we would not would die at the hands of UNLA’s bikompola. It is the reason i feel indebted to President Museveni and have defended him since I was a student. I believe he is well-intentioned and always diappointed by others he entrusts with authority. Why is Major Nakalema exempted from the UPDF code of conduct? Why is she allowed to harass every body and create cliques of staff agains others so they secure their jobs. She brings sad memories of Masaka to me.

When, however, I managed to get a policeman to listen to me and record my statement, the media took up the matter and I was accused by State House staff in the media for “destroying State House,” and, am told, I was put under investigations for the “support” I received from followers on social media including opposition figures.

Later, I learnt from the Observer, that my case had been referred to Special Investigations Unit because of its special nature. I was also informed that it was to stop “excitement in the media.” Maj Nakalema has never made a statement. According to the Observer, the reason given is that I have never returned police forms. This is false. I returned Police Surgeon’s to Jinja road police station two days after I reported.
Will the Government of the Republic of Uganda, reputed in the region and beyond as having built a disciplined professional Army, obstruct prosecution of one of its soldiers?

Will the UPDF (and SFC), a force whose history is deeply rooted in liberation struggles in Africa, a force that boasts of a clear ideology of fighting just wars and a pro-people doctrine, obstruct justice and, therefore, deliberately or inadvertently, turn against a civilian staff of their Commander-in-Chief for standing against wrongs and reporting matters of unprofessional conduct on the part of one of their soldiers to Police? Is this
misconduct on my part?

Am taken aback by the double standards. It is okay for Special Investigations Division to handle a complaint of assault filed by one Sarah Kagingo against Maj Nakalema for its special nature, but yet when a matter as gross as the President’s twitter account is reported to the same unit, that unit, according to a State House statement, is said to be undermining the President and together with Sarah Kagingo shall be investigated for “ordering police officers to arrest Joseph Owino. I did not know, until these allegations, that I’m so ‘powerful’ that I can order police officers around to arrest people. I have tweeted about the circumstances sorrounding Joseph Owino’s arrest.

Am deeply disappointed that the hacking seems to be an inside job. Does Joseph Owino have a clue? Or does he find himself entangled in a situation that am also still puzzled about? If this is the case Joseph, am very sorry. Am sorry for reporting at all.


By Robukui

At the tender age of 23 years, Muntu left Makerere University after doing his last paper for his political science course to join Museveni’s bush war. He was driven by the urge to restore rule of law and human rights to Uganda that had broken down at the time courtesy of Yoweri Museveni who had created a situation to justify his bush war. Being a son of a prominent UPC leader (Enock Muntuoyera) who was a personal friend of the then President Obote, Muntu would have been given A BETTER JOB in government but his resolute character and urge for the freedom of others took him to the bush. Initially, in the bush he was placed under close watch on suspicion that possibly the UPC government had sent him to spy on guerrillas.

In the bush Muntu belonged to the category of ‘intellectuals’ whom the senior Commanders majority of whom were non university graduates so much detested and harassed. Because of the greed mentality of these commanders at one time Muntu together with other NCOs and led by Enock Mondo at one time planned to escape from the Museveni’s NRA and form their own fighting group. In the bush he was shot in the leg and chest and was smuggled to Kampala for treatment. Upon recovery, he rejoined the bush war. During the same time the remains of his father who had died in exile during Iddi Amin’s regime were brought back and accorded a state funeral that was graced by the then President Milton Obote who used the occasion to call on the young Mugisha Muntu to abandon the bush and return home but to no avail.
In the bush Muntu rose through the ranks to become first the Director of Civil Intelligence and later Director of Military Intelligence (DMI) – a position he held even during and after capturing power. As a DMI Muntu is re-known for living a very simple life while his colleagues rushed for the spoils of war that went with victory. His Aides would face difficulty in explaining the source of expensive house items that they would get for him from the army headquarters. His official car was an old blue Land Rover that he would use to carry any junior staff member that he would find on the war to and from work. This vehicle remained a property of DMI/CMI until recently when it was stolen by Charles Tumusiime Rutarago.

In one of the interviews this is what Muntu had to say about grabs “….as the war progressed, we were sure we could take over power people started talking about what they were planning, where they wanted to live,or saying I will be this, I will live in this neighborhood. It became intense when we took overpower. After taking over our intentions were to all go into the barracks but that was heavily resisted as soon as we arrived here. People started running to live in Kololo, Nakasero and I think that is where we lost it. This started creating the sense of acquisition and that went into business of and the feeling of everyone getting in to get something for himself. It has now gone into what we see today.”

As a senior officer at the timeof taking over government, Muntu was made a Lt. Col when formal ranks were introduced. He was moved from DMI and appointed as the the army’s Chief Political Commissar (CPC) before appointing him as the Division Commander of one of the NRA Divisions. Within less than a year Muntu was elevated to the rank of Maj. Gen and assigned to take charge of of the NRA as the Army Commander. Museveni’s choice of Muntu at the time was not in good faith but was meant to promote his usual divide and rule policy. While Muntu was capable of being the Army Commander, there were other more senior officers at the time who would have been elevated to the same position. The likes of Joram Mugume, Cheif Ali, Tinyefuza, Kyaligonza a.k.a Kumanyoko, Ivan Koreta, Okecho, Maruru, Nanyumba and a few others would have as well served in that capacity.As a result, there are some senior officers who vowed never to salute Mugisha Muntu as a sign of disapproval.

Through Mugisha Muntu, Museveni embarked and implemented his designs of purging certain army officers. It was during Muntu’s time that the practice of Katebe (rendering redundant) started. As a result, some unsuspecting senior officers petitioned Museveni through Gen. Saleh but to no avail. The cool headed Mugisha Muntu sailed though the rough storm. The army laid a foundation for professionalism, estalishment of terms and conditions of service, ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS, procurement of equipments etc. Its during Muntus time that the army faced seven internal rebel groups and three cross border conflicts (Rwanda, Sudan and Kenya) but by the time he left office only one (LRA) was thriving with total victory in Rwanda while diplomatic means took care of Sudan and Kenya.

Muntu’s tenure of office failed to get a partner in Museveni his Commander in Chief to fight abuse of office by senior officers who were all out to grab for personal resources that were meant to improve the welfare of ordinary soldiers.

Creation of ghost soldiers and outright theft and diversion of army supplies intensified during Muntu’s tenure. In the early 90s, Muntu took the initiative to stamp it out by instituting a team headed by Serwanga Lwanga, Ivan Koreta and Fred Bogere. The team started from the eastern region to physically identify, photograph and document every member of the NRA and auxiliary forces.

From the eastern region, the team proceeded to the northern region but half way into the exercise, Museveni called it off. Even in the units that had already been covered, Museveni blocked arrests and prosecution of the suspects arguing that it is the same commanders that were fighting the insurgency that were about to be punished. Since then vice took root and has become a traditional measure of personal loyalty and allegiance to Museveni. Unknown to Muntu at the time was the fact that thieving by army officers was Museveni’s weapon of ensuring loyalty. In aninterview this is what Muntu had to stay “….a kind of warlord mentality emerged – that you fight to take over power ; you must be recognised for it. As we moved on President Museveni’s long term plans and the warlord mentality found a meeting point. He found it difficult to deal with or punish those that participated. Eventually he became a key representative of that very mentality. He says he killed his animal…….” Muntu is one of the many people who followed Museveni to Luwero without realising that his intention was gain and hold the presidency till death.

However, the practice of Museveni purging officers whom he suspected of disloyalty flourished under Muntu’s tenure. Rendering officers redundant (Katebe) and arbitrary arrest and detention without trial took its toll. The affected officers unsuspectingly mistook Muntu to be the architect of their woes thus developing personal hatred. At one time during the funeral vigil of the late Col. Kyatuka in Old Kampala where Mugisha Muntu was among the mourners, a number of junior army officers led by Rwashande openly attacked Muntu accusing him of complicity in the death of senior officers by rendering them redundant and dying from deprivation. They openly and publicly insulted him by calling him names like ‘Omwiru’. The incident sent shook waves within the army but no disciplinary action was taken against the said junior officers who are now very Senior officersunder the Muhoozi project. Years after he had retired from the army, during a rally in Kamuli district Muntu broke down and cried mid sentence thus “When I recall the times I was forced to arrest my friends and relatives……..” Who was forcing him and who were those friends and relatives?

After serving for nine stormy years as army commander, Muntu got the rare opportunity to see tfrom the inside and grasp Museveni’s hidden intents. When Muntu decided to quit the army Museveni offered him the position of Minister of Defence which the former rejected. Museveni ordered the army to give him fifty million shillings to boost his(Muntu) stone quarry business – the only private economic means he had acquired from his earnings in army. Muntu is the only NRA officer who never stole or illegally acquired any personal wealth by virtue of his position. He is a poor man by all standards. However, it is said that his property on 10 Kyandondo Road houses the NRM headquarters.

When Muntu the former Army Commander joined the opposition, desperate Ugandans who have lost all hope of democratic change of government saw a messiah in him. They anticipated an army man who would employ militaristic approach to the sitting military government under Gen. Museveni. At worst they anticipated Gen. Mugisha Muntu to eat into Musevei’s power base – the military and run him down. Instead, Mugisha Muntu embarked on building and strengthening the leading opposition party. Some sections of Ugandans who don’t fully understand Muntu think that he is a Museveni sympathiser. Ugandans should not be fooled that Mugisha Muntu is not fully aware that Museveni can not accept to loose power through democratic means. In the current efforts to rescue the country, Muntu’s role and method of work should be compared with DP’s Paul Ssemogerere who led his party to form the opposition during the 2nd UPC government. Let us not underrate the role that was played by DP’s Ssemogere to check the excesses of the UPC government which role in turn afforded breathing space and survival of the NRA fighters. There were democratic institutions during the 2nd UPC government unlike the current military dictatorship under Museveni. The other difference is that Muntu has bullet wounds in his chest and leg. Does he fear to be shot again? For those who doubt Muntu’s capability, ask Museveni and you will be surprised. No amount of money, intimidation, blackmail or offer of top position can buy off Mugisha Muntu.

Kasiwukira was was one of the most smartest kids we had in our classes!

Eria Ssebunya Bugembe

Eria Ssebunya Bugembe

It is a very sad day for the business community in Uganda, to those who knew “Kasiwukira” his family and the nation as a whole. To see our so called professional police officers who are supposed to have some decent vehicles, ambulance at best, carrying the remains of a person who has contributed to the economy of the country in such a huge way at the back of a pick up truck, is very shameful to the nation, to you Kayihura and all your police thugs.

Am in total shock! Kitalo nnyo okufirwa Ssebunya!! !! “James Ssebunya” as he was better known to some us who grew up and went to school with him in Old Kampala Primary school. I remember “James” from his very early days working so hard to promote his cassette music business. One day while i was living in Nairobi in the early eighties, we met at the Stanley hotel in down town Nairobi, he was in transition traveling to the far East. “James” as i fondly knew him from our childhood days, treated me to a wonderful lunch in the same hotel. That same evening he asked me to take him round on a shopping trip in which he bought some gold plated door knobs for one of his properties in Uganda.

Eria Ssebunya Bugembe's house in Muyenga

Eria Ssebunya Bugembe’s house in Muyenga

Erias Ssebunya, was one of the most smartest kids we had in our classes, from primary one all the way to P.7. James, was always among the top three. An avid sports fan, very industrious, a person one could ever have as a friend.

So sad, i last saw him in person over twenty years ago as i was about to leave for the U.S was in one of his business locations at Nkurumah road, Kampala. I have always thought about him and will forever cherish our childhood friendship. What a loss!!

The Uganda police is not treating Ugandans with respect as individuals who have right to dignity.This is a serious matter which must be brought to the attention of both the media outlets and the police goons. Respect of the deceased is part of ones humans rights. I see the same pictures circulating in different media outlets whenevr there is such tragedies happening in our Kampala streets and elsewhere.

Eria Ssebunya Bugembe's house in Muyenga

Eria Ssebunya Bugembe’s house in Muyenga

Bundling thieves and all kinds of suspects on police trucks like in the case where retired Col. Kiiza Besigye, was thrown on and off police trucks as if he had killed someone, is unacceptable.

There is so much investment in all kinds of weapons and armored vehicles not mentioning stock piles of pink, red, yellow and green teargas but shamefully, Kayihura and his bosses have no regard for the suspects who according to the law of the land are innocent until proven guilty. No respect of the injured, the dead or anybody in civilian clothes.

The body of the late Erias Ssebunya Bugembe [Kasiwukila] did not deserve such public humiliation and nasty exposure by the media and their partners in crime the Kayihura thugs a.k.a the “Uganda police”.

The acts from both institutions, the Ugandan media and the police were totally unprofessional and deserve all levels of contempt. Kasiwukira was the 4th born of 11 children; 4 girls 7 boys. His father was Aaron Bugembe of Maya.

Kitalo nnyo ekya “James” Erias Ssebunya Bugembe, RIP OB!!

Rev Joseph Kamugisha

Mr Sebunnya has been the deputy treasurer of the Kwagalana group (the rich men’s club in Kampala). He went to school in Old Kampala Primary School. He began his business empire by duplicating and selling music cassata tapes with a brand name KASE which the street vendors) sold around the city in the 80s.He lost his dad at a very tender age during the Idi Amin era.

He would also burn music from the old gram phone turn table and transfer music on tapes. He later started importing tapes from South Korea and other Eastern countries, and became the first and number one distributor of cassette tapes both empty and pre-recorded music tapes before the CDs came on the market. His investments are in commercial and residential properties in Kampala City center and its suburbs.

When you speak of the nineties and the late eighties, almost every popular song in Uganda in that period went through the Kasiwukira Studios. It was run on a model of a recording label, where an artiste’s music album would be bought off for the price they thought best. It was the only and probably the last time that Ugandan artistes will ever earn directly from the sale of the music albums.

Nothing killed the Ugandan music industry the way CDs did. They came, they saw, they won us over and in the process dug the graves to which we buried our music industry. Lip-synching or miming was unknown back then, a music artiste always had to do live music, the CDs removed all that. Music piracy was the most expensive thing to engage in thus, most Ugandans never took part. Besides, why would one pirate music when there was Kasiwukira studios? Giving you a ready cassette tape with the full album of your favourite musician?

Kasiwukira music studios was the place that drew things out and gave them poignancy. It was the place that drew out the short sharp words of feelings and turned them into illustrated sentences.

Back then, it was easier to quantify and list the best-selling Ugandan musicians. It was simple, all it did require was for one to ask Kasiwukira how many tapes of Kafeero he had sold compared to those of Basudde for a specific season and you would have very accurate figures of who the big size was.


UNSA Marathon 2014..Hon. Amama did not send a rep. Buht rather appeared in PERSONA. Dedicated to help avail clean water to Pokot SS and Panyimur in Karamoja

UNSA Marathon 2014..Hon. Amama did not send a rep. Buht rather appeared in PERSONA. Dedicated to help avail clean water to Pokot SS and Panyimur in Karamoja

Amama Mbabazi had been a member of FRONASA, a Lieutenant in the post Iddi Amin UNLA and its Director of LEGAL SERVICES, fled to Nairobi where he remained as the leading member of the NRA external wing. Upon taking over power, no doubt he was a very powerful person whom the rank and file of the NRA could not distinguish as to whether he was a soldier on not. He too like other senior NRA officials took residence in the Kololo residential area and acquired all the armed sophistication. His first assignment was Director General of External Security (DG/ESO). He was later to hold the positions of Minister of State for Defence, Minister for Security etc. He would attend all the army council and high command meetings, chair the joint intelligence council (JIC) and coordinate the intelligence agencies.

Mbabazi commanded a lot of authority among the security circles that even the most senior army Generals could not distinguish whether he was above them or they were below him. At times Museveni would even delegate him to chair the Army Council. When formal ranks were introduced, Museveni deliberately gave him no army number and rank despite the fact that even the fallen members of FRONASA were also awarded. This is because Museveni wanted to please the senior NRA officers whom Museveni had earlier told that members of the External Wing including Mbabazi had failed to mobilise resources for the fighters.

However, going by the nature of sensitive positions that Museveni has assigned Mbabazi for the last 28 years and the political protection against alleged abuse of office, Mbabazi was made to believe that Museveni was grooming him for succession. This is why he (Mbabazi) at one time stated that Besigye was trying to jump the succession queue. IT IS WORTHY NOTING THAT AT THE TIME ERIYA KATEGAYA SEEMED TO BE THE NUMBER TWO BEFORE HE DIED OF ‘LACK OF PHYSICAL EXERCISES’!




One of the reasons for sending someone to prison is to curtail his freedom to enjoy social responsibilities that come with living in freedom. In most cultures more especially in African societies it is a taboo for someone who is not in prison to miss the burial of a parent, spouse or child. In Uganda under Yoweri Museveni it is becoming a norm.

In the early 90s Col. Julius Chihandae one of the original 27 individuals who started the bush war that brought Museveni to power had been placed under preventive detention when his son passed away. For fear that he would escape and flee to join Col. Kashilingi in the Congo, he was stopped from attending the burial of his son.

Around 2003 whem Mzee Manenero’s son Patrick Manenero was murdered by CMI’s Captain Herbert Makanga in a safe house interrogation room next to his (Manenero Snr), he was not even allowed to view the body leave alone attending the burial. The then CMI Brig. Noble Mayombo sent the body with the condolence message through the RDC Kabale to the family. Though Mzee Manenero was later released without charge, you can imagine the pain he lives with. A few years later Mayombo met Patrick Manenero in heaven and apologized arguing that he was acting on Museveni’s orders.

Captain(Rtd) Amon Byarugaba who is rotting in Makindye Barracks underground cells without trial since 2003 lost his father around 2005 but could not attend his burial though he is not in prison but in illegal detention. A few years later on when his father met Mayombo in heaven the later pleaded superior orders from Museveni. However being A LAWYER, Mayombo outsmarted the old man by arguing that he is no longer responsible for his continued detention without trial.

In July 2013 exiled Col. Samson Mande lost his adopted father Mzee Nsheka of Kebison Rukungiri. Given the circumstances under which he left Uganda he could not attend his burial. He only managed to say a few words via telephone link to mourners. At least he also managed to send out messages via social media inviting people to his residence in Sweden for a vigil. By giving out his telephone number and residential address despite being a fugitive, clearly shows the level of despair he was undergoing. Mzee Sheka was a bush war hero without a medal for the distinguished role he played in recruiting for Museveni’s bush war.

Exiled former Coordinator of Intelligence Services Ge. Ssejusa lost his brother but could not attend his burial. He again lost his father in-law but he could not attend the burial. Last week he lost his father but could not attend the burial. Gen. Ssejusa send awritten message in which he argued that he couldnt attend the burial of his father in order not to let the burial ceremony turn into a battle field. Some leading opposition personalities led by Col (Rtd) Kiiza Besigye attended the burial ceremony. During the FUNERAL SERVICE in Kampala Gen. Tumwine attended in his private capacity as a friend of Gen. Ssejusa being one of the three bush war Generals but more so their common linkage to the Ankole royal family. Also in attendance was Maj. Gen Fred Mugisha who is astranger to Gen Ssejusa and his family. Fred Mugisha was a Lt in 1995 before Gen Aronda speeding up his promotion and appointments to sensitive position on sectarian considerations. Currently he is the head of the counter terrorism centre in whose docket exiled Gen. Ssejusa’s political activities falls.

As the deceased Mzee Simon Bwajojo (RIP) was bed ridden in hospital, Museveni’s security apparatus stepped up its electronic surveillance of the deceased’s telephone communication in the hope of picking up clews of what a son confides into a dad who is on death bed. There was also fear that Gen. Ssejusa could sneak into the country to have a last have a last glance at his ailing father. The surveillance team was also tasked with keeping a diary of all visitors to the deceased’s hospital room with view of identifying who is sympathetic to the exiled General.

Mzee Bwajojo (RIP) bore the brunt of harassment from Museveni’s security machinery. In the mid 90s when Gen Ssejusa attempted to retire from the army his father featured in intelligence collections that were being coordinated by Gen. Aronda. Funny enough there was nothing significant other than the old man of God allegedly making comments to the effect that his son (Gen. Ssejusa)would one time rule Uganda. consequently, “Robbers attacked his home and beat him up. Of course under Museveni a mere expression of a wish to rule Uganda is treasonous thus Mzee Bwajojo was indeed subversive.

During the FUNERAL SERVICE, the army is reported to have made a contribution of five million shillings. From which vote of the Defence budget was such amount of money got! Could it have been a balance from the operation fund that had been set aside for the surveillance on the then bed ridden old man or from the usual source of classified expenditure! Anyway whatever the source, its only Museveni who would sanction its release. Initially the government had intended to take over the burial arrangements and expenses in order to discredit Gen. Ssejusa’s asylum status in the U.K but it backed off at the last minute. Several serving army officers, government, and religious officials would have wished to attend the burial of the old man but they had to back off for fear of being branded subversive (Kipingamizi).

Gen. Ssejusa being number one on Museveni’s list of most wanted fugitives could not even publicly arrange a vigil in the UK. You can imagine the psychological torture he has had to endure. Since he fled to exile some sections of Ugandans have argued that the General is on a Museveni sent mission to neutralise the opposition. If that is true then Gen Ssejusa the LAWYER is either very patriotic or he is too much of a Museveni sycophant more than even Brig. Kasirye Gwanga. Whatever the case, such developments should be used to define those who are in exile for political reasons and those who are in exile for economic reasons as opposed to generalisation of ‘Ugandans in the Diaspora’.

To those who have missed burying their dear ones because of the fear of Museveni’s political terrorism and those who are yet to face the same nasty situation, take heart God is testing your faith and commitment.



Mazrui was a mediocre intellectual who came around when he had few contemporaries!


Eulogizing President Obote, Prof. Mazrui noted that “Obote was a great leader who made great mistakes.”

Now that he has passed on, it’s tempting to paraphrase him and eulogize him thus; “Prof. Mazrui was a great thinker who caused great discomfort to many a great leader.”

He was a political theorist par excellence, but one who never formed any particular identity around his political belief that would outlast him. I think that’s why there is no major body of work that we can reference back to him.

Given that he came to prominence during the heyday of African Liberation struggle, Prof. Mazrui touched many future leaders, including some in governments and corporate world today. So, to judge Prof. Mazrui’s impact in the academic world, I think it’s imperative that we recognize the era during which his influence was at its peak. And that was over 40 years ago.

Personally, I think Mazrui was a mediocre intellectual who came around when he had few contemporaries. He leveraged his Arab/Swahili background to get to high class parties and make acquaintances of the high and mighty of the day.

Mazrui’s star started to fade as more black Africans graduated into university lecturers. With increasing competition and rising doubts about his own theory, Mazrui found refuge in the West, and remained there to his last day.

Can you honestly rate Mazrui as an equal to Prof. Bethwel Allan Ogot? Or our own Okot P’Bitek? Or even James Aryada, the Ugandan mathematician?

Among Mazrui’s contemporaries in Uganda’s political intellectualism would folks like Prof. Edward Rugumayo minister, Tarsis Kabwegyere and the late Dan Wadada Nabudere.

I would wait for Rugumayo or Kabwegyere to tell us how they remember Mazrui. One of his celebrated student, Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o issued a brief statement that had no meat about the legacy of this departed scholar.

Pojim Edward

I only had the opportunity to listen to the Late Prof Ali Mazrui
live on one encounter when he offered us a lecture that included
his own personal analysis / assessment of the political climate
at Makerere and Uganda before the Idi Amin coup.

I was bewildered then how this otherwise great man suddenly exhibited so ordinary human layman attitude.

And when asked by one student (Opolot),why and how, with all the
expert knowledge of what went on and his pronounced close association with the then President Obote, he could not offer remedy?

The late merely answered, “….me I am just but, a theoretician…”.

For myself, I was wondering, “but you are a theoretician in
a position to advice the President and even impact the then negative political development at Makerere?!?!?

I thought he were so African.Upon second thought and while at it, needless to say that the among the group of students he was referring to as having politicized Makerere campus and were acting as agents were the likes of Mbabazi, Olara-Otunu, Rugunda etc!

Gaumoy nockrach-laduma


‘Thank you for coming to bid farewell to Canon Simoni Petero,( Omwami, that is the name his children called him) your friend, father, brother, grandfather but above all, a friend of God. He used to tell me this “OLINA OMUKISA SIMON BAYONA” ( Matt 16:17-18, Blessed are you,Simon the son of Jonah”) I thank our God for loving him and exalting him.

My father Canon Simoni Petero has gone to heaven. So did our mother Tabisa. Their goodness and committement to God were unequalled. I talked to him six days before passing, he asked me how I was and the family. He was weak but strong in spirit. He at one time he asked me thus” sejusa, mbwenu ndyakureeba?”( my son Sejusa,will i see you before i die?) Tantegyereize( could not wait) as his heart desired and also as I dreamt I would. But In Deuteronomy chapter 29 verse 29, it says “The secret things belong to the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong to us and our children forever……..” So am rested in that profound knowledge.

My father belonged two nationalities,he had no tribe. And he always stressed that.

The first one is universal and spiritual in nature. To this, my late father belonged to the universal congregation of the chosen people of God through the new testament founded on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This was the main and most important constituency of canon SimoninPetero.And for this, he preached the gospel for 74 years and rose to become a Canon of the church of Christ.(TUKUTENDEREZA).

The second nationality is that built and operated around the raw materials of flesh and blood. (omubili).This realm is limited in scope and reach and is temporary. This is the one of suffering and pain and of no gain in the end. This is the one you and me are still enslaved in.

Iam glad it can nolonger hold my father hostage.I give you this dichotomy so that we can appreciate the magnitude and nature of his send off. It helps us to understand that there is something bigger than the physical existence we so much waste time on.

Due to the nature of the politics in our country, am unable to come and bid farewell to my father. At least not just yet. I could have come, for I believe God would protect me. But I wanted his send-off to be peaceful, not one where moarners would be tear guessed or even shot at. I wanted his send off to be about him and his God. Not me and a paranoid government, but him. To be an ocassion to enhance God’s glory .

Our mothers and fathers are our earthly gods. To them we owe everything. Only God the father comes before them. I buried my mother Tabisa in 1978. I was a young fellow still in school. How can I not bury my father after working so hard for my country? Its difficult to fathom! But then, mamy times,God brings about these terrible trials in our lives for good reason. Incredbly, many times they come to those he loves most.

But why? To either make us better people who he can use for the good of humankind or to use us as examples to teach others that” vanity of vanities all is vanity!” Whatever reasons it may be, it has left me a better man, with unshakable brief in the correctness of my mission. It has tought me that our past should never own us. We should have the capacity to get up and walk away. That is what my father did when he got saved at the age of 15, We all can do it.

Eulogising Canon Simoni, my father would take me a full day. How can I talk about my father in a one page letter? Therefore, I will speak about my father when I come back home. And I will come. In Genesis Chapter 31 verse 3, we read these words “Then the Lord said to Jacob, return to the land of your fathers and your family, AND I WILL BE WITH YOU”. If God of my father is with me, who will stop me? Its just a matter of time.

Just briefly though, i wish to just mention what my father was in broad terms. He was a man of great faith, abundant love and totally committed to his God. He had a profound inner beauty and extremely honest. Honest perhaps to a fault. He was a giant in many respects,the history of Bwera and the Revival movement in our country can not be written without his special place. Be it in education, faith, public service or personal sacrifice.

He survived Amin soldires twice,once, they attacked our home, Obote troops almost killed him twice, then in 1996, when I was in court against Mr Museveni’s government thugs attacked his home, beat him up and took his car etc. They asked him for my guns. How could a holy person like Simon be involved in such earthly matters? But because of his great faith, he fogave them and prayed for them. Like in the book of Bishop Festo kivengyere, called “I love IDI AMIN”, that is the context my father loved his tormentors, it is that love which goes beyond all human undrestandig that made him our hero.

And yet, now, I cannot bury him because of the government I fought so much to bring to power. Irony of ironies! But then, that is what evil is all about. Yet it is through the goodness of the heart and purity of spirit that we can transcend all these trials and forgive those who wrong us. All Ugandans will have to look for a formula to heal our nation.
Our father loved us to the maximum, our mother Tabisa, and Kasalina,our step mum and the spiritual brethren( ABEISHEMWE/ABOLUGANDA)) and his country. I will treasure all these memories. After all, those we love never die but live forever in our hearts.

To my siblings now, do not look at the negatives only, we have more positives in our lives to be thankful for. Stay together, love Kasalina and protect the legacy of our parents. On my part,i will do whatever is in my power to maintain the harmony ,love and peace our father always wanted us to have in the family. The same goes to the families of Kabwindi (Ishe Katera),Kamugabo,Tamwesigyire and Ncunda. We still have uncles and aunts. Matsiko, Suubi etc. come together and ignite the flame so that these families remain vibrant. I will do my part,for God is on my side.

I thank you all the men and women of God, Aboluganda mu Yesu, the doctors who treated my father. The relatives who were there when he needed help, church leaders and all those that have been there for our family through the great tragedies recently. I thank my brothers and sisters, i thank Kasalina, i thank my cousins and all friends.
I thank my wife Juliet for all she did for our father when he was still alive.

When I come, I will talk about the man I knew as my father. A man of extraordinary qualities that turned him into a man who saw tomorrow.

That is the man that am so proud to call father. Farewell my friend and father.

Thank you all for coming to bid him farewel.


Gen David Sejusa

Museveni’s Visit Attracted More Beggars Than Investors!

Museveni’s Visit Attracted More Beggars Than Investors!

Reported By: Rev. Joseph W. Kamugisha
Email: jokaruka@hotmail.com {817} 500.6147

To simply suggest that the recently concluded visit of Uganda’s ruler Yoweri K. Museveni to Dallas was a spectacle, would be an understatement.

From the time the community first heard about Museveni’s visit to Dallas, to the vast questions with insufficient answers regarding his second visit to the community, to who was behind his invitation and why the visit had to be arranged within barely a three week crush program, to why of all U.S cities Dallas had to be considered again, to Museveni’s landing at Love field Airport where not a single city official was present to welcome him, to what he was thinking when the son of Kaguta found himself heading not to some downtown luxury five star hotel, but to a rented farm house in a mosquito infested environment in Allen, Texas, on a journey which cost him approximately one hour. All those were questions which until his sudden departure, short of his originally planned day, still linger without sufficient answers. As it later turned out, some of our community leaders themselves were as green as those who were asking endless unanswered questions.

With what was seen as a cosmetic presentation of the “Presidential visit” and the very fact that the visit was hurriedly dubbed by the organizers as the “Trade & Investment Summit” which was to mainly feature on Saturday.

As scheduled, on Saturday, September 20th at approximately 12:00pm central standard time, President Y. K. Museveni, landed at Dallas Love field airport having flown directly from London, UK. Without any delay, he was whisked off straight to his Allen TX, rented ranch house.

On the same day shortly after 5:00pm Mzee Museveni, even as fatigued and jet lagged as he visibly appeared to be, he wasted no time in preparing to meet a group of people, many of who were comprised of different African communities in the Dallas metro including some Americans and Ugandan locals as well as Ugandan’s others from surrounding cities like Austin and San Antonio.

From the outset, the impression given by many who were sharply clad in business suits in addition to braving the Texas high heat-humidity indexes soaring as high as 102 degrees, who were confined in an open space tent. By all standards the attendees appeared like genuine “Investors”. Unfortunately, what would eventually end as one of the most memorable lessons of his second visit to Dallas, President Museveni, would later discover that instead of meeting with actual investors as the program indicated, he would instead find himself meeting with actual beggars than the highly anticipated investors!

Literally everyone who lined up to ask questions was either asking the Ugandan dictator for favors or meeting their personal needs while others wanted facilitation in establishing businesses which were deemed least among the targeted establishment of investors in the country. Similarly, others solicited for personal scholarships to further their education in the U.S.

The list of “Beggars” did not spare most notable community figures among whom included UNAA’s President, Brian Kwesiga, who a few weeks had began his begging campaign for more funding to the dysfunctional UNAA, a message which he had already sent through the fired and former Ugandan Prime minister, Amama Mbabazi, during the recent San Diego UNAA convention. Brian was quick at following up with the same antiques during his opening remarks in the very presence of the man commonly known in Uganda as the “Brown envelope wielding President” Museveni.

Madame Ambassador Oliver Wonekha, equally ceased the opportunity by publicly appealing to her boss Museveni to highly consider renewing her three year Ambassadorial contract which would soon be due for renewal. The Ambassador systematically outlined her short term accomplishments in Washington, among which included the newly purchased passport printing equipment, adding that the purchase had significantly helped in reducing the backlog of passport applications and renewals at the embassy in addition to linking the country with potential investors even as evidenced with her three trips to Dallas since she assumed office.

Among others who took advantage of seeking for favors from Museveni was Brian Kwesiga’s illegally appointed “UNAA DoD” Mrs. Irene Kasujja, who clearly made her case by expressing her readiness and availability for a government job in Uganda. Armed with what appeared to be her resume, the holder of an MBA degree with additional mastery and vast experience in Human resource management, Irene, wondered why the regime would recruit Americans and other foreigners to work in Uganda when the country is endowed with qualified citizens across the world who could perform even better. Engineer Brian Kwesiga, expressed similar sentiments, adding that during his college days he scored far better than most of his American contemporaries and that competing for jobs with them was not just a matter of who was better qualified but where job opportunities were readily available.

Later in her introductory remarks to the Ugandan ruler, Ambassador Oliver Wonekha, reminded the assembled delegates that Uganda was no longer what it used to be known for. Uganda, she said, “Is not a land locked country but a land linked country.” She added, Uganda has all kinds of trade and investment opportunities, natural resources, fertile land coupled with excellent tropical weather for any investor to tap into.

On his part, President Museveni’s during his address to the “Trade & Investment” forum, he reminisced on an illustration which he made during his first visit to Dallas over twenty years ago, but this time in a slightly different way. He said; “There are two types of Kings; the first one is the consumer. One who buys goods and services. The second king is the entrepreneur or an investor, who actually produces goods and services with the ability to materialize and facilitate the middle men.” The middle men, he said are among others, politicians, bureaucrats, etc.

On a casual observation, for what Museveni says to be his actual age of “Seventy”, it was quite impressive to note that the old man stood upright without any support, walking stick or podium to lean on, throughout his address which approximately lasted for about an hour. Perhaps his good stamina could be attributed to his “Healthy habits” which he said did not include; Rice, bread, chicken, fish or pork!

In response to an earlier request by Brian Kwesiga and Dr. Abe of WA, Seattle on behalf of UNAA for more sponsorship in addition to a public request for the dictator to grace UNAA 2015 convention in Louisiana, and a financial request which was additionally made by the local UAA-DFW president Lambert Etibot, to fund local community programs, Museveni, made four promises;

[i] He promised to increase the UNAA’s package to $100.000 of which $50.000 will be shared among “UNAA communities” while UNAA mainstream will keep the rest. How, who and what will be the funds distribution format and criteria will be carried out remains to be determined by?!

[ii] Museveni, promised to waive the $50.00 entry visa fee to Ugandan “Dual citizen” status holders who hold other passports other than Ugandan.

[iii] Museveni, promised to expand the “Diaspora desk” from the ministry of foreign affairs [MoFA] to State House for what he referred to as “Close monitoring” of Diaspora affairs.

[iv] Museveni publicly accepted to honor Kwesiga’s request to grace next year’s UNAA convention, an opportunity which he said, would line up with his next trip to next year’s UN trip in New York.

The promise of opening a “Diaspora desk” in the president’s office appeared to have started a “Protracted war” between Mr. Kizza Sseninde, the Ugandan based UNAA contact person who shied not at the effort of campaigning for the new post although one Washington based Ugandan lady also seemed to be interested in both the “Diaspora desk” job as well as asking for support from Museveni, to stand for a parliamentary seat in Mityana district.

In addition to the aforementioned promises, Uganda’s longest reigning ruler further promised free land to some three potential investors, one of whom had earlier showed interest in building a “Technical college” in Uganda, only if he could be “Facilitated” with free land.

Who, how and why was President Museveni invited To Dallas?

By his own admission, the vision of inviting and hosting President Y. K. Museveni to the Dallas Fort Worth community was initially perceived and introduced by Pastor Richard Ssalongo Bazanye. A commendable idea which in itself bared no qualms except for the manner in which the invitation procedures were first processed, executed and later introduced to the community leadership.

To Pastor Bazanye’s advantage, which rhymed with a saying which suggests that timing is the best element in executing any given opportunity. The saying proved rightly so when in his quest of how best he could realign and bring the vision to realization. Opportunity struck when what was seen as an extraordinary direct encounter with some family member, whose contacts would later add credentials to Pastor Bazanye’s profile besides rendering the needful, appeared.

After discussions with the extraordinary contact, Pastor Bazanye, together with his initial organizing committee, wasted no time by ceasing what was seen as a golden opportunity by the availability and direct access to one Major General Ali Kiiza, the Presidential pilot to Raisi [President] Yoweri K. Museveni, who happened to be in the area on a private visit.

It is reported that an invitation letter was immediately written to Yoweri K. Museveni [Not sure whether the letter was written on the official local UAA-DFW letter head, on the Pastors Company letter head or the local House of Prayer Church letter head] be it as it may, the letter was written and handed to the presidential pilot who in turn promised to do his due diligence of personally delivering the invitation to the Ugandan ruler by hand.

As noted above, standard protocol procedures were directly encroached on the local front as well as violating State House guidelines and procedures of inviting heads of State.

True as it may, for any reason anyone can invite the President of Uganda or any other head of state for that matter. However, in the case of a community event, in a community which has recognized leadership in place, it is my considered opinion that Pastor Richard Ssalongo Bazanye, literally overstepped his boundaries as well as the community’s leadership by failing to involve or consult the leadership from the very beginning, in as far as the purpose, timing, scheduling and where other necessary logistics were concerned.

Equally important, much as one may be connected with the powers that be, even as it were in this particular case, there are offices and officials who should under normal circumstances be the first to be consulted especially where guidance together with recommended protocol of inviting high profile guests are concerned.

Case in point, the office of Uganda’s Regional Consular General and the office of Her Excellency the Ugandan Ambassador to the U.S.A, should have been formerly consulted and involved instead of being informed after the fact. By following such simple but vital procedures, one would stands better chances of avoiding unnecessary suspicions, being misunderstood or being wrongly labeled.

As if the above was not drama enough in itself, it was sadly learned that originally a certain regional section of some Ugandan community members were strategically and secretly selected as part of the committees which were to organize the “Presidential visit” among the committees included; The “Registration desk”, security, transport, foods and beverages, communication/publicity, among others, which by the way, all committees were directly linked and vetted by State House, Entebbe.

Thanks to the strongly worded recommendation from Ambassador Wonekha, which was directed against the sectarian practice employed in the committee selection exercise. As a result, the organizers were forced to scout for a wider inclusion of Ugandans in the community. As it turned out, almost every committee [Both physical and cyber committees] operated and tightly held exclusively discreet agendas while some meetings were constantly suffering endless cancellations due to what was evidently the ever growing tensions coupled with directives coming from State house – Entebbe, the Ugandan Embassy, Washington, DC and from whoever else who had a say in the preparations on ground.

As days of the visit drew closer, secret meetings continued making rounds between a handful of special interest groups and committees whose forums consisted mainly of physical and conveniently selected “WhatsApp group” phone discussions. However, as coincidence would have it, some misdirected partial Text messages were found surfacing on some individual cell phones in the community. It was at that point when it was found that closed meetings were steadily going on behind closed doors from the rest of the community, something which had never happened in all the times this community has hosted high profile delegates. It was imperative that immediate inclusion of all and for the benefit of meaningful preparations with attainable results be effected.

Eventually, the local UAA-DFW’s leadership decided to organize one of the best BBQ’s which BTW, was viewed as very engaging, friendly and highly productive. The much needed fellowship doubly served as an opportunity for formal introduction of the visit. Appeals for participation from the chief organizer of the presidential visit to the community were made.

To Pastor Richard Bazanye’s credit, utilizing the opportunity to settle some prevailing disputes and grievances among some members was perhaps one of highest score of the day. His approach in handling the issues which had been predominantly perceived as a private or “NRM party” event and being fronted as a community visit changed course from the negative perception to a rather positive attitude regarding the intended visit.

With almost less than two weeks remaining to the final days to the highly anticipated visit, each day that passed by drew more challenges and anxieties tripled with all kinds of pressures from every angle.
Hoarding the much needed information from the main organizers would eventually prove that the motive was intentional probably so because the State House boys were prepared to engage in what was seen as a “Secret weapon” of fighting what was beginning to appear as “Moles in the camp”

Barely five days to the long waited date, some of the advanced team members of the “PGB” attached to State House and other security operatives were already on ground and clearly noticeable wherever they appeared in the sounding communities.

Growing tensions and confusion was also detected between the “East African Chamber of commerce” the regional Ugandan consulate, Uganda’s Ambassador and the local organizing team. Apparently, that was just a partial mix of the bad, the good and ugly twists that would forever haunt the Dallas – Fort Worth community, for what would later be found to be selfish interests from all mentioned stake holders.

Local UAA-DFW history bears testimony of unmatched records from any Ugandan community elsewhere in as far as a reputable line up of high profile guests from a cross section of dignitaries ranging from the religious leaders, politicians, including royal family members, starting with at least five Ugandan Ambassadors to the U.S since 1990.

Over the years, their excellencies the Ambassadors; Katenta Apuuli, Edith Ssempala, having visited the area twice, Princess Elizabeth Bagaya of Tooro, Prince Stephen Karamagi of Tooro[1st Uganda’s Ambassador to the U.S in the sixties] Prof. Perezi Kamunanwire, who visited thrice, Oliver Wonekha, who also recently recorded her fourth visit to DFW metro since she took office.

With all the above listed successful visits, whose credit is attributed to close cooperation between the local leadership in conjunction with a united community, a virtue which UAA-DFW has always proudly guarded.

Traces of more successful visits include but not limited to; The late Bishop Misaeri Kawuma with his wife Gladys, the late Archbishop Yonna Okoth, Archbishop Nkoyoyo, the Kabaka of Buganda HRM R.M. Mutebi, The royal visit of HRH the Nnabagereka of Buganda kingdom. The visit of former FDC political mobilizer, Anne Bomwezi Mugisha, the royal visit of HRM the Omukama of Bunyoro, whose main support base came from Dallas, TX although the actual visit mainly occurred in Houston, TX and lastly, the royal visit of HRM the Omukama of Tooro, Oyo Kabamba Iguru, in Dallas, TX.

Needless to mention that a year prior to last weekend’s presidential visit, Dallas had just concluded hosting UNAA’s shameful and poorly organized 25th anniversary.

In contrast the recent visit will be remembered for issues engulfed by the entire program such as too much drama, confusion, self betrayal, highly principled levels of intrigue, secrecy, lack of transparency, deceit and most alarmingly, deliberate violations of protocol procedures even where the very basic grain of protocol evidently lacked among a clique of organizers sadly so, even from the area based Ugandan consular general and his bosses in Washington, DC, whose sloppiness in addition to failure to honor some city required technicalities, were the main reason of the Irving Convention center cancellation before the “Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender” [LGBT] community in addition to the locally based Global Coalition for Human Rights Activists -USA] kicked in. Sadly and partially, given the historic community track record, those are some of the fundamental issues that will forever haunt the committee for having blown an opportunity which could have otherwise been one of the best organized and possibly one of the well attended high profile visit the community has ever had.

The most essential bottom line was the damaging effect to many community members who felt disappointed and betrayed by the organizers, mainly so because of the circus which was involved with the overall organizing committees, resulting to some members who decided to stay away from what was generally perceived as some form of political ambitious with intentions geared toward promoting Museveni’s NRM political agendas in the area, besides the usual suspects whose main focus was to take advantage of tapping into what was yet to be turned into a money making opportunity.

For the record, what has been accredited to the “LGBT” community as a single entity in the denial of Museveni’s accommodation in three Dallas metro hotels, it is important at this point to mention that their aforementioned involvement in the denial was an underground collaboration with a Dallas based international human rights organization known as “Global Coalition for Human Rights Activists – USA” whose membership is widely composed of the large Ugandan community in Dallas Fort worth metro and beyond.

Meanwhile, tensions and more confusion among the organizers continued to rise due to hotels and the convention center denials, the first community town hall meeting finally through by means of Tele-conference on Friday, the night before the arrival of the chief guest. The conference attracted a large number of callers many of whom were local.

Most reports given in the conference were inconclusive mainly because of sudden changes and cancellations from previous meetings besides the absence of Hon. Mureeba who was expected to provide more details. The well attended meeting went on but with scanty information regarding the developments of the program.

Surprisingly but not shockingly, at the end of the conference call, a high level of continued control and domination of the local Dallas Fort Worth community affairs by UNAA’s president Brian Kwesiga was evidently proved. It was as if to suggest that Brian does not have enough problems to keep him busy with his UNAA, hence the effort to keep his controls on the community affairs. Case in point, on the mentioned community conference meeting, it was Brian, not the community president who was in charge of monitoring all the calls that came in. Brian had access to accept or deny any one from logging in. For some of us who according to his books were not supposed to be on the call, he somehow allowed us but ended up being subjected to his “Mute button!” No questions were allowed for some. It is a well known fact that even though Brian no longer holds any official position in the local leadership, he has since departure stubbornly refused to let go of the community discussion forum as one of the moderators. A trend which continued in Allen, TX by non other than UNAA’s VP Monday Atigo, who pulled the microphone plug during question time on someone who was considered “Undesirable”.

In what was meant to deter any further disturbances with the already troubled plans, Mr. Lambert Etibot, was hoodwinked to announce that a new location had been found and that it was going to be in the “Richardson area”. He further informed the meeting that together with Mrs Sheiba Rugege Hakiza and Mr. Farouk Mutesasira, were under strict instructions not to reveal the actual address of the new venue except to those who had been confirmed and approved for the events via electronic registration.

Power Struggle, Arrival and Welcoming President Museveni

Talking about breaking protocol from even a much higher level, it was reliably learned that due to the confusion which was primarily as a result of having too “many chiefs” in the camp, misunderstandings arose between the local organizers, Hon. Mureeba and Madame Oliver Wonekha, the Ugandan Ambassador to Washington.

One would have thought that the mishaps Hon. Mureeba or the local organizers failed to note would at least be noted by the president’s chief of protocol. But it was not to be so as the Saturday selection and decision of those who were lined up at the Love Filed Airport tarmac to welcome the president upon arrival, ended up taking a bizarre twist when among the assembled were all the obvious dignitaries who consisted Uganda’s Ambassador to the U.S and Uganda’s Honorary counsel to the Southwest Texas region, the local organizing chairperson Pastor Richard Ssalongo Bazanye and UNAA’s President Brian Kwesiga, minus the local community president, Mr. Lambert Etibot, who in all respects should actually been the first person on the line up and standing next to the Ugandan Ambassador to the U.S Unfortunately, as expected, president Etibot, the local president was kicked out of his own backyard jurisdiction by being replaced with UNAA’s president Kwesiga.

Stealing the lime light from the community leadership and in particular the community president was deliberately and systematically done. But that was not all. More deliberate protocol violations coupled with deliberate oversight of the local community leadership in as far as seating arrangements during the two day events were concerned. The local organizers in collaboration with Museveni’s “Chief of protocol” found it more appropriate to further eliminate the community president from sharing the stage with president Museveni while Pastor Bazanye and Brian Kwesiga enjoyed the limelight and center stage with Museveni throughout the two day event all the way from Love field airport to Allen, TX.

In spite of attempted reminders to the moderators and Emcees, Monday Atigo, UNAA’s VP, in particular, who was repeatedly asked to approach the responsible individuals to rectify the seating arrangement, the appeal fell on deaf ears.

To a casual reader the above scenario may appear petty and one would also rightly question why the above mentioned issues should be included in this report. It is important to give honor where honor is due. Mr. Lambert Etibot, together with his UAA-DFW executive, rightly deserved the limelight just like everyone else did. What happened to our community president was something one shouldn’t view as a petty.

If anything, what happened during the recent visit was a deliberate insult to the UAA-DFW leadership and the community at large, in particular, denying the community leadership the opportunity to know about the original plans of inviting the president, distancing the community leadership from welcoming the Ugandan president at Love field Airport, denying the local president opportunity to make opening and closing remarks on Saturday and Sunday, denying the local president a seat at the center stage among other mishaps.

In all fairness, if truth be told, an apology to the local leadership and all those concerned would have been rightly in order. More so because, Museveni’s visit was not to “UNAA” as an organization but it was for the Dallas community, which jurisdiction rightly belongs to the local UAA-DFW leadership.

Back in the days, when one of the community aspirations was not just about living in harmony but it was also a matter of working and living in unity even where common interests were concerned. Unity was not just another word but was a virtue which community leaders and membership at large always endeavored to jealously guard. To put it mildly, unity largely prevailed among the Ugandans in UAA-DFW which equally constituted an extremely homogeneous community, a virtue which unfortunately, has since derailed especially in the last five years.

Over the years, it has been and still is an ongoing challenge to each and every local leadership to pick up the mantle in an attempt to streamline the community back to its former glory, however, with the recent visit’s saga which appears to have lowered the expectations and efforts of eliminating the existing stigma which also appears to be an concerted effort of an organized pocket of individuals whose attitudes of sustaining a broken community, ranks on the top.

Meanwhile, back to the in house fights, the Ambassador had originally wanted the locally based “East African Chamber of Commerce” officials to handle the Saturday “Trade & Investment”program, which was actually intended to be the main agenda on the visit ad one which was considered to have been better organized by the experienced chamber of commerce but the later was never to happen as the Ambassador found herself fighting against three opposing forces, an issue which was also seen as a disturbing factor because of more protocol mishaps which additionally makes one wonder, if a fully fledged Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary, could be denied her responsibilities by the local organizing committee, the question then begs, how powerful and well connected were the organizers with the powers that be?

The handling of the “Trade & Investment” forum on Saturday was denied to the EACC, a possibility which points at the fall out with the chamber which Hon. David Mureeba together with Brian Kwesiga had a few years ago.

Another major disaster which was caused as a result of sudden cancellations from the hotels affected the Sunday service program which was supposed to be at 10: 00 am but was was later moved to 02: 00 pm to encompass the entire days program. The cancellation also led to the cancellation of Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni’s confirmation to speak to the “Women” during the Sunday morning service.

The presidential address to the community remained in place to be followed by the Q&A session. But before the address a series of speeches and entertainment from the local community based children’s group KCI&I whose “Cowboy dance” with the kids clad in their cowboy boots and hats Museveni a wide smile. At the end he asked the kids “Who is your leader?” The kids unanimously pointed at Tracy Nalwadda, a promising community youth member whose involvement with the kids brightly reflects a role model nature in addition to the highly inspirational traditional dancing skills she brings to the group.

That aside, the recent confusion i general reminds us of the situation which partly contributed to some of the problems the community is facing. Last year a segment of the then community leaders took it upon themselves to corner gullible members by ganging them into special interest groups whose end results lead to one of the most poorly organized UNAA conventions ever.

The recent “Presidential visit” was a clear reflection of how committee leads and some committees of the 2013 Dallas UNAA convention, were secretly selected and appointed by the then local organizing chairman, Mr. Brian Kwesiga with the advice and guidance of among others, his father Hon. David Mureeba.

This time around, it was of little surprise to see a large portion of the same clique which was at the center of last years saga, one which cost the community great shame for poorly organizing a record low attended 25th UNAA Anniversary convention, which was also characterized with very poor management and leadership skills at mostly the local front.

Money Issues Takes A Toll

If one was to mistakenly think that the cancellation and denial of hotel accommodation to the Ugandan dictator, was a challenge shared by the entire organizing team, the overwhelming truth would be that some people among the handful of key organizers, were actually glad that the cancellations took place.

Thanks to the last minute discovery of the “Rwakitura” look alike farm house in Allen, TX which served as the presidents two day accommodation and conference site. However, the last minute deal did not come without controversy. In the middle of the controversy was the questionable exorbitant two day bill which was allegedly hiked to the tune of over $70.000 by the alleged unclear “owner” whom some said was a “Nigerian” while some reports suggested that the owner was a “Retired Asian pilot”. The entire circus came as a result of learning that Museveni was desperate for accommodation so the the house deal had to be finalized by late Friday evening before Kaguta’s landing at Love field airport on Saturday afternoon. The house had to be scrutinized by the advanced PGB team, and all necessary preparations to suit a presidential home had to be met within twenty four hours.

There are several conflicting versions of what the actual bargained amount. Some suggest that the house was initially bargained for two days at $1,500 per day for rent only. While others suggest that the bargain was for the same price for a one week deal only. But to add more confusion to the already confusing situation, other reports suggested that the total deal was for $60.000 which included the general cleaning of the house [In and outside including mowing] it was further suggested that the later figures also included rentals of the tent, chairs, renting privately owned vehicles from inner circle community members, an issue which if the worst was to occur, would have caused major liability issues to both the Kampala regime, an issue which would have later involved the U.S State department in addition to the individual vehicle owners. It was also reported that among those who shared the staggering five figures were the providers of the lousy sound system with squeaking speakers whose poor sound at one point forced Kaguta himself to request more volume in his monitors, during his address.

Further to the controversy which has since the departure of Museveni much grown bigger wings with different versions of the story flying across various media outlets, indicating that there are some key individuals in the local area who instead of desiring for opportunities to serve their party president and the community they call home away from home, they instead more than anything else, smelt “Green Money” from the very day the visit was first confirmed and announced, hence the controversial figures.

As the proverbial saying goes, “One eateth where one worketh…” the sound of a staggering $70.000 or even $60.000 for a mere two day rental property, however exclusive and exotic with all the given amenities including a front yard as wide as a football stadium, the numbers did not make sense especially to most community members some of whom were equally involved in the planning and execution of the two day visit but smelt not even a twenty a dollar bill of the five figure check, cash or whatever format the payment came through.

Furthermore, the figures were highly inflated to the point that even if it was Bill Gates footing the bill, he would question the logic behind the five figure bill, unfortunately, just like the annual UNAA $20.000 which goes unchecked every year, the same was paid out and went unchecked but what is more paining is the fact that we are talking about a tab which was picked and paid for not by Uganda’s billionaires like Salim Saleh or Jim Muhwezi but by a broke third world country, whose chief financiers are the poor pizantiz who also include the hard working Ugandan Diaspora community whose annual renunciations now exceed one billion US dollars. More to the pain, the majority of those Nkuba kyeyos in the Diasporas whose retirement from their odd jobs will probably never allow them to ever see or handle a $70.000 lump sum in their lifetime.
Still at the “Money issue” it was also reported that a resounding $5,000 figure on top of the alleged $70.000 was allegedly spent on feeding approximately 150 delegates who attended the Saturday event, on finger foods comprising of; Chopped cheese, grape fruits, salted crackers, water and sodas. But again knowing how much our well known community “Chef” charges for a serving of not more than three hundred people, in this case which was approximately the numbers of those who attended the Sunday event.

It wouldn’t be too much for one to rightly but silently cry “Oh Uganda, may God uphold thee!” yet again, it wouldn’t be fair for us in the Diasporas to point fingers at corrupt regime officials in Kampala when corruption was allowed to take place in our backyard? Talking about corruption the question which continues to linger both at home in Uganda and wherever Museveni, goes with the “Brown envelopes” is where does he get all the money he is always dishing out even as he was evidently seen dishing one brown envelope on Sunday?

The “Brown envelope” was handed over to one of the leaders of the children’s KCI&I group. The contents of the envelope are yet to be reported to fellow community members. It is not clear if the leaders of the children’s group or Museveni himself are aware that when it comes to United Sates Federal laws governing [501 [c] status organizations there are guidelines receiving and disbursing funds to and from the organization. But that will be a story for another day.

There are several reasons why following appropriate protocol procedures especially where preparing for high profile visits is of paramount importance.

Firstly, it saves the community from any possible embarrassments and heartaches.

Secondly, it saves the community shouldering individual responsibilities.

Thirdly, the recent “In-house” clashes which allegedly took place between Ambassador Oliver Wonekha, Hon. David Mureeba, the organizing committee and the East African chamber of commerce leadership team would have easily contained without much hustling.

The above hard learned experiences are reason enough to support and get more involved with our local chapters and not to shy away when a call for duty is needed. That is also reason enough for the UAA-DFW leadership to learn how to detect or discern future entanglements with well intended community programs from private or personal programs.

Let us learn to trust our elected leaders by allowing them to serve us the best way they can without being intrusive and sidelining them from their dully and responsible duties.

Let us resolve not to allow any divisive attitudes and factions to tear our beloved UAA-DFW and community at large.

Let us resolve to toil and build our communities including our beloved UNAA without depending on our parents, brothers and sisters, grand and great grand parents, uncles and aunties in Uganda, to support and sponsor our diaspora programs including labor day weekend parties in our backyards.

Let us resolve to reclaim our long lost community glory by saying NO to “Brown envelopes” from Kampala. We are more capable and able to give than to receive from our motherland. Let us break that syndrome which is actually a curse by forever saying “Enough is enough” to hand outs from Uganda to our communities, in UNAA and to all able hardworking foresighted Diasporas.

Together, let us fight to regain our communities from self seeking interest groups whose divisive attitudes have sidelined many of our fellow community members away from our communities.

Together let us pray not only for President Museveni to live longer but for him to also realize that he has ruled Uganda long enough.

For God and our country, Uganda!

Rev. Joseph Kamugisha

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