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WAS M7 BAPTIZED OR NOT?


Stories about Museveni are interesting depending on who says it. The other day I got a Somali in a clinic; we greeted each other and exchanged pleasantries; he introduced himself and added that he was from Somalia; I also introduced myself but at first hesitated to mention my country of origin but after assessing his friendliness, I told him that I was from Uganda. Oh, immediately said, “Museveni?” and I said, yes!. The old man told me of his friend in Mogadishu who slept in the same room Museveni had used in Sweden; that the man often brags that he is the only one who has shared a room with a president! But that his friend whom he visits yearly whenever he goes to Mogadishu says that Museveni is a pagan, has no religion and his actions are ungodly. Oh, I stopped him there and told him that Museveni is a Christian and that his name is Yoweri; the old man argued saying Museveni picked that Yoweri name for “Survival” and challenged me to name other Christians that behave like Museveni. I was going to argue further but my appointment to see the doctor came, I was called and that was it.

Later I pondered over the “survival” issue and wondered about its possibility; might it be true that my president wasn’t baptized but picked the name “Joel” in order to feel welcome as getting services during his time was pegged onto somebody’s religion. Another question that has kept me preoccupied is to unearth how the Somalis came to that conclusion, might have somebody tipped them of that secret, and if so, who was that person with Somali connections, could that person be Salim Saleh who has businesses in Somalia? My president is a pagan and yet he preaches in churches?

Peter Simon Okurut via UAH Forum.

Uganda is no doubt a police state .


POLICE
A police state : Is a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic, and political life of the people, especially by means of both brutal presence of police and a secret police force.

The proposal by the NRM to have the data collected by the security for national identiy card to be used as voters register by the Electoral commission effectively means, Uganda is no doubt a police state .

The aim of police violence we see daily on the media is meant for oppression of the citizens,3 in 10 Ugandans are victims of police brutality, over time police brutality has become instruments of repression built up systematically and consciously by the dicatatorship for use against strikes, protests, demonstrations and other forms of social and political opposition to the dictates of governace.
To some persons who cannot see what’s happening to Uganda at the present time, it seems ridiculous to say that the Uganda is a police state,but with these deliberate criminal acts by the security is unquestionably signs of a modern police state!Uganda has indeed reached a crossroads. History may show that from this point forward, we will have left behind any semblance of constitutional government and entered into a militaristic state where all citizens are suspects and security trumps freedom. Certainly, this is a time when the regime operate off their own inscrutable, self-serving playbook with little in the way of checks and balances.
Ugandans must now wake up to the fact that this nation is now unquestionably a police state!
The Criminal Police State can now:
Avoid punishment for murder
Lay Seige in the city every time opposition wants to address a particular issue
Use the Police refer to any person with presidential interest as a terrorist
Spy on all citizens
Spy on and intimidate citizens
Brand anyone a terrorist
Ignore Human Rights entirely
Illegally imprison Ugandan citizens
Assassinate citizens
Loot taxpayer money for fat-cats

In a free society:
Police agencies respond only to evidence of planned and actual criminal activity.
Police officers keep the peace; they do not investigate citizens and activities unless there is some reason to investigate.
Police do not investigate citizens’ attitudes toward the central government, only their action.
Citizen dissent is lawful and police agencies do not investigate citizens’ attitudes toward the criminal justice apparatus.
Here are 10 indicators that Uganda is a police state.
1. Your leader has been president for several decades
2. Political activist are arrested and imprisoned after staging a political protest.
3. Your most famous activists are kidnapped.
4. When your leader is grooming his son to take over power from him.
5. When there is emerging class of overnight tycoons with unexplained source of wealth.
6. When all FM stations are owned by regime supporters and every negative news content attracts the attention of the state.
7. The state begins to legislate over laws to limit Internet access.State intends to run social media services .
8. When couples begin not to trust each other .
9. When the country consistently appears on the reports of human rights agency organisation for obviously doing the negatives.
10. When the state is very eager to push legislation that are draconian.

Its clear in black and white that first rule of the regime is to look out for itself, it is no longer the servant it has become the master. The president can stand boldly and say my army,my money,my oil etc

Moses Atocon Atyekwo

Encourage dual citizens to contest for any position


NRM government is full of contradictions. Whereas on one hand they praise the huge contributions the diaspora make, they refuse them from active participation in elective positions in the country. To make it more contradictory, some of the rules insisting on one citizenship have dubious citizenship which is often questioned,which basically makes some of them non-citizens. Who should not participate, a non-citizen or that one with dual citizenship?

The technical blame goes beyond President Museveni who is not a lawyer. Much as he is the sole beneficiary of this machinations, I blame the legal forces that crafted the document among whom are those crying now: Prof. Kanyeihamba, Maj. Nuwe Amanya-Mushega, Gen. Jimmy Muheezi and their cheer-leaders the majority of whom are in FDC!

Anyway, this shouldn’t be the time for finger-pointing but should be time for alerting ourselves when discussing matters of national stability. We should never conspire to keep others out because as time passes, we become the others to be excluded when the going becomes stale.

Dual citizenship can be handled; give up one and focus on the one needed; then mobilize the nation to amend the constitution to be all inclusive. Personally, I would encourage dual citizens to contest for any position for many reasons but one of them is for the ease of suing those who become corrupt or practice nepotism. For example, a Ugandan -Canadian who becomes a president and practices nepotism or corruption could be sued in Canada by another Canadian for practicing those vices. Canadians working abroad have been sued for their roles in illegal practices so our leaders would be held accountable at their second countries of citizenship even if they committed crimes elsewhere. May be those from other corrupt countries would escape the long hand of the law.

Peter Simon

OPPOSITION NOT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CRYING BABY-MINISTER


KYAFolks:The story about Minister Amelia Kyambadde crying at the sight of starving pupils is yet to attract any comment from the Ugandan opposition. I am not sure the opposition is any better anyways. Because the opposition do not believe in USE and UPE, they cannot enter the fray in a positive way. Otherwise if they embraced UPE and USE they would have used the minister’s tears to push their policy and give voters something to think about.

It would go something like this: trust us with your votes and if elected we shall fix UPE and USE. We shal make sure that kids get at least a meal in the form of a bowl of porridge and beans. We would provide breakfast for kids who come to school empty. We will fix buildings. We would improve teacher’s pay. We would eliminate exam fees. We would push for equity within the education sector etc..

Many of you wonder why the Ugandan opposition is sort of irrelevant and why it cannot get any traction. To those with eyes and ears, the reasons are obvious, actually galore. The opposition like NRM has no progressive agenda for Ugandans.

They can talk all they want about single candidate, but that is not the problem. The problem is lack of foresight. In a country with so many issues, issues that make long serving NRM loyalists shed tears, still the opposition sees nothing wrong and cannot articulate an alternative vision for the country.

It is a real shame the opposition has denied Ugandan voters the choice they crave for. We are old there is a shadow cabinet so who is the education critic, and what did she or he say about Minister Kyambadde who put aside her NRM label to shed tears after coming face to face with misery?

On primary kids attending school in the afternoon, they should, but need a meal to keep them going. Remember some of the kids leave their homes in the morning without eating anything. By afternoon, they are hungry and cannot possibly concentrate. Then we wonder why rural kids cannot perform well in PLE. Many write exams hungry. Go figure.

WBK VIA UAH FORUM

Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi – Why Tarnish His Name!


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Since Aggrey Kiyingi announced that he will be participating in the 2016 Presidential Elections, so many things have been said about him, first by the current government of Uganda and so many other people in the media – electronic, print and social media.

On social networks, I have seen a number of posts coming out and up to abuse him, ridicule him, demonize him, calling him names. So many have brought out pictures showing his private life (some of those pictures are photo-shopped) and many have judged him negatively basing on those pictures. I have this to tell all those seeing and judging him in the negative:

Aggrey Kiyingi as a person is entitled to a private life and he is also a family man. What I have seen in all the pictures and videos (the genuine ones, not photo-shopped) is a person who loves his wife and his children, he is such a personable individual. And I think it all begins with that. Like they say, charity begins at home.

He is a caring person simply, who loves his life and those people close and around him. He has now come out and up to stand for the highest office in Uganda such that he can spread that love and care to the rest of Ugandans. And I think that is what we all need. He knows and understands the basics of life and good living. He can only touch emotions of Ugandans to support him in the bid to cause better service delivery by first showing that he as an individual appreciates and stands by such principles that ensure that. Everyone deserves to be happy and feel joy in their hearts and I do not think so many Ugandans feel that, not even those currently in power.

Ugandans have been lied to by the current government for almost 30 years now and in this endeavour of lying, they have been helped by the current opposition in the country and I am sure because of this many Ugandans are looking out for a new opposition figure, because we have been disappointed by the people playing out opposition now. We need a change of almost everything in Uganda and if someone comes out to offer such a promise, I pray that we should support them instead of ridiculing them, looking out for ways on how to tarnish their names and bring them down before they even stand up.

The current government has done so much in teaching Ugandans on how to bring well-meaning individuals down, simply because they want to cling onto power and continue stealing and protecting their loot.

We cannot expect to have a more needed change if we do not change our minds, our thinking and the way we look and perceive things. Aggrey Kiyingi has his personal weaknesses, just like everyone of us, but we should know that he is not a sole team player. He is not going to do and achieve this alone, and he needs you and me to help cause this very necessary over due change in Uganda.

We all need the same thing, but we cannot achieve it when we are playing against each other.

Regards,
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Nicholas Ddumba Katumba
P.O. Box 22249, Kampala – Uganda; Tel: +256 756 210975, +256 776 210975

PRIVATIZE Uganda Health Care and Medical System – for Optimal Operation


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To get the best medical services, Uganda has to privatize its health system. Uganda should sell Mulago and other worthless medical facilities around the country and take the money squandered in maintaining the worthless hospital system and turn it into a National Health Insurance for those who don’t have insurance. Believe you me, you will see the magic of capitalism transforming the poor health system into an exemplary international standard health system.

Wandugu, let me disclose something. I , like many young people who grew up in the 70’s, was a staunch socialist. i believed in marxist ideology purified by Nkrumahism which was called scientific socialism. I believed a government could solve human problems and provide for its masses. But as the saying goes, if you are young and never been a socialist, you have no heart and if you are grown and old and still a socialist, you have no brain.

I finally grew out of my socialistic utopia and came to realize the importance of individual initiative. After independence, Uganda embarked on socialistic approach and built parastatal bodies like Uganda Airline, Uganda Hotels, Commercial banks etc , all of which were littered with corruption and did not produce a single profit.

Fast forward to late 1980’s when everything were privatized. Transportation was a problem especially with poorly run UTC, but private transporters like bodabodas and matatus solved the problem. Postal services and phone services were inefficient but competition from private companies improved services. Even more, competition among service providers like Celltel, Mango, etc resulted in lower fees to the benefit of consumers.

If the medical entity in Uganda is privatized, competition between medical health providers will improve the delivery and quality of medical care. Someone asked what about the poor people who can’t afford the medical facilities. My answer is that the government should invest its health budget into a universal health insurance to cover those who are not covered because they don’t have a job that provides health insurance or if they are disabled. These patient will choose a clinic/ hospital of their choice and produce a government insurance card which will pay for the services. Then you will see the” Miracle Of Capitalism”.

I’m speaking from experience. I work in medical field in the USA. This is the model that US is trying to perfect with recent Obama’s initiative of Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. This is the system the world is envies, much better than Canada or Britain. The only thing was missing was the coverage of the unemployed people which Obamacare now addresses.A privatized healthcare system has existed for a long in the US. The elderly and the disabled have always been covered under Medicaid coverage. Obamacare comes in to cover the rest who fall between the cracks. Those young ones who may not have a job are now covered by Obamacare.

‘Sam Musoke’ via Ugandans at Heart (UAH) Community

OBOTE AND KIWANUKA: DID THEY SAY THESE THINGS OR …….?


Forum,

Sometimes we in the media distort messages by politicians to suit a certain agenda and quote people out of context. It is a practice common in many countries including the so-called big democracies. It is known as media bias.

During the debate on Uganda’s new constitution in 1995, in reaction to Ssabalangira Prince Besweri Mulondo’s rejection of federo as fronted by then UPC’s (now NRMs’) John Elyano Eresu, both New Vision and The Monitor quoted Cecilia Ogwal as saying Mulondo’s action had proved that “a good Muganda is a dead one”.

It has variously been said that it was Obote who first said “a good Muganda is a dead one”.

In fact, then Brigadier David Tinyefuza, while still NRA 5th Division Commander in Lira addressed a rally at Coronation Park there where he mocked that “this Obote of yours used to say that a good Muganda is a dead one yet he shares his bed with a Muganda. I don’t know if he enjoys sleeping with dead people’.

It was also said that Benedicto Kiwanuka once said in the early years before independence that “if Muslims think they are the only ones to slaughter animals, then why don’t they slaughter pigs as well?”

Is there any recorded proof that those leaders actually said what they were said to have said, apart from Cecila Ogwal whose words were recorded?

Billie O’Kadameri via UAH forum

Paris.

STAMBIC BANK SHOWED ME ‘KAMPALA’ TOO


some bankers are thieves.I lost sh.1.6m which I banked by ATM in Stanbic – IPS on 28th Aug. 2014 and it was never creditted on my account. My effort to recover the money were rendered useless when I presented a fading slip to the bank after 10 days because I had left for Arua to carry out Goverment work the weekend after depositing the money.

On Tuesday 2nd September 2014 I had presented the slip to Stanbic Arua when it was still visible but in Kampala the manager could not accepted my claim- though Arua branch had communicated.They even reasoned that their CCTV cameras had captured me withdrawing money instead!!!!!.

I challenged this by producing a bank statement of my account showing I had no withdraw transaction that day and some days there after.I asked them to show me the CCTV recording but they said it remains a preserve of bank staff – so I rested my case to plan to quit the bank!!

That is banking in Uganda.

Kibedi Nkuutu.

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I had an experience complain from a lecturer from IUIU whose money amounting to 1430,000, (one million four hundred thirty thousand shillings) was stolen in a bank managed by Muslims in this country,little did i know that I would be a victim soon, just within a week later bank from which i receive salary deducted ninety thousand
shillings from my account with no explanation, indeed the banks in Uganda are formal thiefs.plz let us be careful when dealing with them

Maliamungu Habib.

WAS M7 BAPTIZED OR NOT?


Stories about Museveni are interesting depending on who says it. The other day I got a Somali in a clinic; we greeted each other and exchanged pleasantries; he introduced himself and added that he was from Somalia; I also introduced myself but at first hesitated to mention my country of origin but after assessing his friendliness, I told him that I was from Uganda. Oh, immediately said, “Museveni?” and I said, yes!. The old man told me of his friend in Mogadishu who slept in the same room Museveni had used in Sweden; that the man often brags that he is the only one who has shared a room with a president! But that his friend whom he visits yearly whenever he goes to Mogadishu says that Museveni is a pagan, has no religion and his actions are ungodly. Oh, I stopped him there and told him that Museveni is a Christian and that his name is Yoweri; the old man argued saying Museveni picked that Yoweri name for “Survival” and challenged me to name other Christians that behave like Museveni. I was going to argue further but my appointment to see the doctor came, I was called and that was it.

Later I pondered over the “survival” issue and wondered about its possibility; might it be true that my president wasn’t baptized but picked the name “Joel” in order to feel welcome as getting services during his time was pegged onto somebody’s religion. Another question that has kept me preoccupied is to unearth how the Somalis came to that conclusion, might have somebody tipped them of that secret, and if so, who was that person with Somali connections, could that person be Salim Saleh who has businesses in Somalia? My president is a pagan and yet he preaches in churches?

Peter Simon Okurut via UAH Forum.

M7’S RDC TOOK OUR LAND IN THE NORTH


Some times back we raised concern about lawyers in the north and the judicial system that runs that show. Ask brother Okiya here in the forum about his experience.My case took 8 years before a magistrate could finally fix for hearing and changed over 5 lawyers.To make the matter worst it was a RDC that took our land. Using his position and intimidation. Forging documents along the way as he processed his land title. The truth eventually caught up with him and got humiliated.

There is a huge problem in the judicial system in the north. I don’t know other regions but in the north people are suffering big time. There is a huge back log of cases and the majority is land dispute. Recently there was recruitment of magistrates to speed up the backlog but most of those magistrates rarely spend time in their stations.

Lawyers on the other hand are also part of the delay. They accumulated huge volume of cases in their hands leaving them with no time to research and present those cases.

In Gulu right now you will be lucky to get the registrar in her office. She is ever sick or either in her home region in the East. Some thing needs to be done honestly

Angol David Via UAH forum.

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