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Day April 1, 2015

WHO IS MARY LUSWATA?


By Mayimuna Nabagereka

coop on Scoop presenter, Mary Luswata, isn’t a member of UAH yet but she is known for dissing everyone on Urban TV.Luswata is her father’s name while Mary is her Mother’s name but I don’t know where and when she was born.She started working with Vision Voice now Xfm when she was still at University as a kids’ show host. She did a request show on the same station for about a year until New Vision started the English TV station and she was stolen from radio to TV. She did the breakfast show for 2 years before scoop started.Her scoop now airs between 9pm to 10 pm daily on Urban TV.

she was a student of Makerere University doing Tourism which apparently she did not complete according to the campus bee website.Her stale gossip started way back from campus. All she did was gossip in class about fellow coursemates, lecturers, which student is sleeping with a lecturer and tycoons, a former coursemate reveals. Consequently, she accumulated retakes and just decided to save her struggling parents the burden of wasting their hard-earned money.
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Several celebrities hate gossip queen, Mary Luswata over her criticisms about their lifestyles.On her very opinionated celebrity-gossip segment on Urban TV, Mary Luswata comes off as aggressive, malicious, loud and yes very bitchy.Some celebrities have come up in retaliation; Judith Heard met the Vision Group CEO Robert Kabushenga asking that the presenter be relieved of her duties. NBS presenter Doreen Komuhangi made news when she stormed Urban TV offices demanding to size up with Mary Luswata. Well, Luswata seems to enjoy the response from her victims, as she always returns and throws more disses at the celebrities that attack her.

DATING
She says she doesn’t date people in the media. She is on record saying that she sometimes smokes weed to keep herself going, and that she likes sex so much.

She has been through the hands (or is it beds) of several men, most notably a pastor who rejected her, broke her heart and left her with a stream of tears.Luswata and the pastor dated for four years.Luswata met the pastor while she was at University and for four years, they were lovers.

BEAUTY
She says the current Miss Uganda is a shift from what Ugandans perceive as beauty. Luswata has tried several times to brighten her skin using products such as Makako soap, but some parts like her arms are still too black.

I love watching the Scoop but she should at least first verify her information and also use appropriate language when saying some things on air because these things last long and will always haunt you as a person. She was denied a chance to represent Uganda in the Big Brother Africa house because of her big mouth. I have never seen a woman who contributed to cultural degeneration in our country like Mary Luswata.

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WILL GEORGE SOROS HELP US TO GET RID OF MUSEVENI, PLEASE!


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By Mayimuna Nabagereka

George Soros is perhaps one of the most controversial figures active on the political scene. Through the cover of his Open Society Foundation, the Hungarian-born billionaire has pushed for regime change – with considerable success – in many Eastern European and Central Asian countries. Is Uganda the next country to rightly feel the brunt of Soros’ self-serving democratic ideals? Could UAH members form a committee to approach Soros to remove Yoweri Museveni since elections have become useless in Uganda. Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba and other UAH members should look into this instead of wasting time debating presidential elections.

Having made his considerable fortune (some $27 billion according to Forbes) through his titular investment management firm, Soros set his eyes in the mid 80s on dabbling into the internal affairs of then-communist countries. Coating his anti-Marxist agenda with a thin veneer of philanthropy, Soros poured millions in dissidents that advanced what he calls the ideals of “open societies”, a term inspired by Karl Popper’s political thought. Czechoslovakia’s Charter 77, Poland’s Solidarity movement or Russia’s Andrei Sakharov were all recipients of his largesse.

During the 90s and the 00s, the billionaire’s tactics changed as Soros’ strategic investments and grants started resembling a personal foreign policy of global proportions and reach. The Open Society Institutes (OSI), considered by a recent report as the least transparent think tanks in the world, spend some $500 million yearly, allegedly to promote “democratization” and rule of law mechanisms.

In reality, OSI helped topple Yugoslavia’s Slobodan Milosevic, courtesy of a $100 million donation to the coffers of the opposition, fueled the Orange Revolution and the Euromaidan in Ukraine and has provided financial aid to opposition parties in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Croatia, and Macedonia. After Georgia’s “Rose Revolution”, a number of Soros employees were even rewarded with governmental jobs. Alexander Lomaia, the head of OSI Georgia became the country’s Minister of Education and later Secretary of Georgia’s Security Council.

Famously, Soros donated $100 million to Human Rights Watch and millions more to Transparency International, two major Western NGOs renowned for their annual reports and also for their lack of transparency and internal democratic mechanisms. Moreover, Soros is also linked to the dubious International Crisis Group (ICG), a self-described NGO that strives for the peaceful resolution of conflicts. The billionaire is one of its major donors and holds a seat on the board of trustees, a presence that has been felt in many of the group’s reports.

Soros’ interests have not been confined to Europe. In Zimbabwe, the director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, Godfrey Kanyenze, was instrumental in the founding of the Movement for Democratic Change, the main opposition party who ascended to power between 2009 and 2013. In Tunisia, OSI financed Radio Kalima, a dissident voice that played a major role in starting the riots that led to the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, while in Egypt, OSI endorsed the Muslim Brotherhood and ICG board member Mohamed ElBaradei after the fall of Hosni Mubarak.

Conservative media darling Glenn Beck described Soros’ strategy for regime change as a five step plan: (1) form a shadow government using humanitarian aid as cover, (2) control the airwaves, (3) destabilize the state and build anti-government feeling in the country, (4) provoke an election crisis, (5) take power after staging massive public demonstrations.

Defining State Power


by Mayimuna Nabagereka

In the current case of King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court of the US is being asked to define ‘State’ in the Affordable Care Act to mean that only a state government is authorized to set up an Exchange and if any state refuses to do so, the federal government lacks the authority to set up an Exchange even though the ACA also defines an Exchange as something that could be set up by either state or federal government.

To define State Exchanges as something that could only be set up by a state government is to display ignorance of the fact that the federal government also exercises state power and that is why it has a Department of State and a Secretary of State that represents the US internationally in dealings with other States.

To deny the federal government the authority to set up Exchanges for the equal protection of millions of citizens in states that refuse to do so would be to injure those citizens who may lose affordable healthcare coverage that they now enjoy.

In Political Science 101, every student knows that the word, ‘State’, does not apply only to state governments but also to nation states such as the USA

I wonder if this debate/matter has ever crossed this forum.


by Mayimuna Nabagereka

We are free to draw many examples in the world, both before and after the World Wars, but the point is, there has been a claim of moral responsibility for the crimes that a government of some sort commits against a people of other nations. The time for which these atrocities were committed is immaterial.

The Maji Maji war comes to mind, when the expensively armored German army murdered a local (Tanganyikan) people who had protested the oppressive colonial life. We have heard this debate with reference to the Mau Mau in Kenya.

For example, we have heard that close to 50 chiefs representing the local allies of the Maji Maji war were captured and ruthlessly murdered before their followers. Not to mention the many others from different tribes to died in that war.

All former colonial masters subdued and subjugated the locals using brutal force and other means.

Arguably the Portuguese were more brutal than other European colonialists in administering their rule in their colonies.

Greece is demanding more reparations for the atrocities of the Nazi during the 2nd World War….Namibia the same for the extermination of the Herero and Nama.

Africans should ask for compesation from colonialists.I think this can be coordinated at Continental level. AU should think about coordinating this.

Questions:
1. Have the Germans ever accepted publicly what they did was committing atrocities against humanity?
2. Did they apologize to the people who were affected by these atrocities?
3. With reference to international law or issues/principles of moral responsibility in general are they not supposed to pay reparations to the families of those chiefs and people who died for legitimately fighting for their freedom?

LEARNING IN LOCAL LANGUAGES IS NOT BETTER THAN IN ENGLISH


By Mayimuna Nabagereka

The fallacy in the thesis that students learn best in their own tounge and their own surroundings is quickly exposed by the high failure rates in Tanzania’s Std VII “exams” and the equally poor results by Form IV students in the subject called Kiswahili, much worse than in another subject called physics, how do you explain that?

I dont know what prompted Nyerere to do such a disservice to Tanzanians.Nyerere was very comfortable speaking classics (in fact, he translated 6 of them from Shakespeare and the Septuagint o Kiswahili); Slaa (before he changed calls) was quite at home in English and, though he prays in Latin or Kimang’ati, he preferred in his Homilies to refer to the Greek version of the Bible rather than the King James version. And yet nobody doubts Nyerere’s or Slaa’s intellect and their “presentation” skills.

In short, I keep falling back inexorably to the same conclusion: those who are asking us to invent new wheels and pulleys by adopting our local languages as a medium of instruction are people with some sort of failings – human failings, to be sure, but failings all the same – for which they are looking for a scapegoat. They think the scapegoat is English but they are wrong.

A smaller group (I call them pseudo-patriots) think that it is a fight against colonialism and imperialism, citing the French and the Japanese and the Germans as people who use their “own” language. This is also wrong: the Japanese boy speaks Japanese and leaves with Japanese from the day he is born.

I have met many professionals who were educated in the sixties and in the seventies that always left me impressed and deeply respectful of their expertise. If we want to improve our education standards, stop these damned experiments and use the money to pay our teachers well.For each shilling spent on this doomed experiment, let us give salary increments to our teachers.Our education needs to improve, no question about that.

LET US OPEN OUR BORDERS TO MORE WHITE PEOPLE


By Mayimuna Nabagereka

One of the first things Mandela did upon his release from jail was to have tea with Mrs. Verwood, the widow of the apartheid prime minister that put him away for 27 years. He hired, De Klerk, the president of former apartheid South Africa as his Deputy President. His personal secretary until he died was a white female beneficiary of apartheid evils. War criminals and mercenaries with hands dripping with the blood of thousands of southern Africans were absorbed and formed the nucleus of the new South African National Defense Force. Former SA mercenaries are in the vanguard of high-tech security firms that were awarded millions of security contracts by the White House immediately following 9/11. South Africans make Riovaak, the fastest attack helicopters in the world–and they’re selling faster than Girl Scout cookies. Former SA mercenaries have been allowed to grab huge swathes of farmland in Adamawa and Bauchi states of Nigeria and they make fruit juice sold in many Nigerian hotels.

BUHARI IS LIKE M7 STANDING AGAIN AFTER TERM LIMITS ARE RESTORED


By Mayimuna Nabagereka

It is unheard-of in history that a self-respecting leader of a country would vote against his country’s candidate in international diplomacy. But here, you have it in black and white, in a book, that former Head of State General Muhammadu Buhari would rather have a Fulani Muslim candidate from Niger instead of Nigeria’s own esteemed Dr. Peter Onu. Not even the highly revered then President of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere could make Buhari to change his mind. This kind of bizarre shamelessness is why Nigeria is the laughing stock of the civilized world. It is unthinkable that any leader, anywhere would insult his own country by backing an opponent from another country.

Museveni too told the Uganda embassy in New york to deny Olara Otunu a Uganda passport when he was standing for some post in the UN. OO went for the citizenship of the Ivory Coast, instead. Dont be surprised if the Embassies abroad already have a list of Ugandans who cannot get passports because of their criticism of the dictator online.

About Joan Kagezi


Joan Kagezi attended Nsuube Primary School from 1973 to 1980 where she attained her Primary Leaving Certificate (PLE).

She later joined Mt. St. Marys’ Namagunga From 1981 to 1987 where she attained both her Ordinary Level and her Advanced Level Certificate (UACE) of Education.

From 1987 to 1990, she attended Makerere University where she obtained a Bachelor in Law (LLB).

In June 1992, she acquired a Diploma in Legal Practice from LDC.

On 12th August 1992, she was appointed a Land officer under the Ministry of Lands and Housing.

In May 1994, she was appointed a State Attorney under the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. On 11th February, 2002, she was promoted to the position of Principal State Attorney by public service commission.

On the 16th August 2007, she was promoted to the position of Senior Principal State Attorney.

In January 2015, she was assigned higher duties of Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions in the Department of International Crimes.

At the time of her death she was pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at ESAMI/MSM. She had also applied and interviewed for the position of a High Court judge.

She is survived by four children. Joan Kagezi’s husband died in 2006.

Who Is Nigeria’s President Buhari (Profile)


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Born on December 17, 1942, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari comes from northwestern Katsina state. He is a Sunni Muslim who belongs to the Fulani ethnic stock, a powerful segment of the north.

These criteria satisfied the sentiments of the predominantly Hausa/Fulani Muslim northern Nigeria which clamors for power shift from the South that has ruled for much of the last 16 years.

Buhari joined the army in 1962. He has a reputation as a military officer for crushing Nigeria’s first major religious fundamentalist group, the Maitatsine.

He had served as military governor for the then northeastern state under the former military ruler Yakubu Gowon.

He was appointed the Minister of Petroleum in 1976 under the former military ruler General Olusegun Obasanjo.

He later served as Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund under the late dictator General Sanni Abacha. He also served in several capacities. In all of these assignments, Buhari is believed to have discouraged corruption.

A military coup brought Buhari to power in late 1983 — closing a brief period of popular rule by Shehu Shagari — and another military coup ousted him from power in August 1985.

Buhari’s 20-month rule was known for what he described as a “war on indiscipline,” a tough regime which some say was marred by human rights abuses.

To date, analysts say he remains the only former Nigerian ruler with no corruption blemishes.

In 2003, Buhari — then with the All Nigeria People’s Party — lost to Olusegun Obasanjo in an election during which EU observers reported widespread irregularities.

He lost again to Umaru Yar’Adua in the 2007 election, which was widely condemned for rampant vote-rigging, violence, theft of ballot boxes and intimidation.

After Yar’Adua’s death in 2010, Jonathan rose from vice president to president and Buhari challenged him in the 2011 elections as a candidate from the Congress for Progressive Change.

It is claimed that the incumbent President Jonathan is usurping the slot of the north, after a southerner former president Olusegun Obasanjo had ruled between 1999 and 2007.

Obasanjo was succeeded in 2007 by a northerner, Umaru Yar’Adua, but he died in 2010, paving the way for his then deputy, Jonathan, to take over in line with the country’s constitution. Northerners had rejected Jonathan’s decision to contest for President in 2011, after having served out Yar’Adua’s first term.

The constitution of the ruling PDP provides for power rotation between the predominantly Muslim north and the largely Christian south. Jonathan’s decision to run in 2011 was believed to jettison this agreement.

The incumbent is running again in 2015 but the north appears certain to frustrate the bid. The opposition APC is feeding into this sentiment, and this explains its decision to zone presidency to the country’s north.

Apart from meeting the ethno-religious criteria, the army general is also adored nationwide for his Spartan lifestyle and anti-corruption credentials.

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