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Day April 26, 2015

IS IT TIME FOR THE OPPOSITION TO EMBRACE SEJUSA WITH TWO HANDS?


BY ABBEY SEMUWEMBA
OK, I’m not a Gen. David Sejusa fan but I think he is one of the top Generals in the country who would fit in perfectly well alongside Kizza Besigye, Mugisha Muntu(for FDC), Erias Lukwago(for DP) and little known Asuman Basalirwa(JEEMA), to form possibly the best opposition force in the East Africa. He is a viable and realistic transfer option for any of the opposition teams in the next few months. He has been meeting, greeting and shaking hands with almost everyone including president Museveni. May be,…..and this a big MAY BE, he has a plan that goes beyond hand-shaking and rhetoric.By the way, lets not forget the opinion of the legendary Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye who believes that anybody willing to help to erode the dictatorship is welcome.

Tinyefunza is probably like Chelsea’s Fabrigas: he is the most intelligent passer in the league but he isn’t exactly the fastest guy on the pitch. But he could be resourceful for any mediocre side, of which the opposition are at the moment( with due respect)!

Now,here is a quick poll: Gen. Tinyefuza David should be part of the coalition in 2016-2021,yea or Nay?????

Let each African country contribute 20 soldiers to the Libyan coastline


Colleagues,

Can we formulate a local solution to this unnecessary death of our own? All reports indicate that those attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea use Libyan coastline to connect to Italy where they perish in the sea. One accident can be excused, but not this trend that sees hundreds of immigrants drowning.

This is yet another challenge which puts African countries in international radar. Why can’t we formulate a local solution. Up till now, only European voices can be heard but none from Africa yet the majority of the dead are Africans.
Proposal: Let each African country contribute 20 soldiers to be deployed at the crossing points along the Libyan coastline to stop human trafficking. Twenty soldiers from each country receiving their local salaries can be mobilized and funded without a big problem. At least we will have attempted to stop the death toll.

African Union and other stakeholders have to get involved as Libya has failed; we can no longer watch at a distance as our people die.

I am glad to note that the European Union (EU) members are already working on some possible ways similar to my proposals; one of the 10 suggestions is the need to prevent the departure of the immigrants from Libyan coast. We do not have to take a back stage as Europeans try to help stop drowning. The majority of those drowning are Africans, that is why we should be at the fore front.

I think our problem is to ignore issues brewing and only react when it is too late. Libya is a very good example, Gadaffi murdered his people, he sponsored revolutions, he sponsored terrorism, he undermined even fellow leaders while the world watched and and in some cases, cheered. Slowly but surely he accumulated 42 years in power; surprisingly we have people who say it was a mistake to stop such a person from his handiwork, was it destined?

The people drowning are running away from genuine causes, otherwise, I doubt if they would dare cross the waters knowing that they may never reach or survive. For a man and his wife to risk their lives including that of their children is not a simple matter. They must be trying to escape the worst experience in their lives.

Peter Simon Via the UAH forum

The tragedy unfolding in Libya has consequences beyond Libya and Africa


Folks:

The tragedy unfolding in Libya has consequences beyond Libya and Africa for that matter. I hope the Italian security services are screening those boat migrants because word out is that the ISIS monsters have released criminals and mixed them with their sympathisers and given them access to Europe. Yes for every ten people one could be an ISIL mole planted to go to Europe and cause damage. So if Italian and European security agents fail to do a thorough interrogation things could soon very bad in Europe. In plain English, ISIS is using boat migrants to transport its members to European capitals to cause havoc.

What ISIS is doing is similar to what Fidel Castro did during the Mariel boat ride. He emptied Cuban jails and gave safe passage to criminals to Miami. Find out what happened in Miami after. Crime skyrocketed as rape and murder hit the roof.

On as serious note it is time for African countries to put together strong military force to go and stabilize Libya. The rebels could only win with NATO bombing. Talk about a solution to problem gone terribly wrong. Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and some Sub Saharan African countries need to come up with a 20, 000 strong force to go and liberate Libya before it goes the Iraq way. If Liyba became another Somali, things could very bad in the region so time to act.

Italy in particular and Europe in general may very son rue their actions in Libya. The genie is out and the monsters have their sights on Italy on the water. ironically, it is mostly Italy rescuing them and taking them to Europe. Notice how they operate mingle with genuine refugees. Well Italians will very soon find out the fruits of their scheme to bring democracy to Libya.
Please do not answer but think about how many sleeper monsters have made their way to Italy as refugees to be activated at a later date.

Talk of a moral dilemma facing Italy.

WBK via the UAH forum

THE DARKNESS ON AND AFTER EBB AIRPORT IS RATHER ANNOYING!


Outside Ebb airport at night

Outside Ebb airport at night

As we live in these well lightened cities and towns, we start to get afraid of the dark. There is nothing that frustrated my children in Uganda as the dark in Uganda. And it is built on we go to Uganda to expect the worse for that is the reputation Uganda has built its self. Very bad accidents that should not have happened, but they surely do happen. Bad murders that should not have happened but they surely do happen. But Ugandans have reached this silliness of posting may he/she rest in peace of firkin daily without being enraged on why did this individual die? Look only last week how many prominent Ugandans have died? But do you see any one out raged? No they all simply say may he/she rest in peace. Now how many porojos actually die out there? So we go in counting days of my God when do we get out? At the speed that is driven on Entebbe road, tight as that road is, security conscious as that road is, littered escorts as that road is, given a simple fact that for some very unknown reason most of the international flights into and out of Entebbe are in the night, the entire span of Kampala Entebbe needs to have lights.

Darkness on Entebbe road

Darkness on Entebbe road


Forget the powering of Entebbe airport but the entire Entebbe Kampala span needs street lights. When you land at night you are driven into the dark and see sheer death coming at you in the dark, when you are flying out you are driven to Entebbe with your back crack open for you have no idea who is going to smash into your car and he is going to smash into it when you are not seeing him. I made it a habit to arrive into Entebbe at 6pm and sit it out to my midnight flight out. But there is nothing to do in Entebbe, so this summer I am going to do exactly what I did last trip, drive out of the zoo a day before my international flight, for I need a psychological settling before I take off than being that hyped when my flight is this long. If Ugandans put lights on Entebbe Kampala road it will increase the passengers into EBB, we are very scared of the dark.

MULINDWA EDWARD VIA THE UAH FORUM

TORONTO

UCRA founder,Omwony Ojwok, Is a Classic Example of a used Diaspora by Museveni!


BY GEORGE OKELLO
Grace Akullo of the CID went to my primary school in Dokolo; it seems she has her work cut out working in a den of thieves. I dont give her 1 more year in the role because the corruption and sleaze in the NRA is slowing but inexorably creeping towards her.

Unfortunately, she does not have fans in Dokolo, so her expected downfall will be welcomed by many. I am still the hero of our primary school, although I left many years ago. The NRA corrupts everyone who touches it. An example is the late Comrade Omwony-Ojwok. The man was so principled when he was with us here in London, but towards his death while serving as a Minister in the NRA, he was as heavily involved in the corruption as anyone else, giving as well as he was taking. I was shocked when someone told me a Chinese Telecoms company had given him millions of shillings to operate the mobile network in the north-eastern Uganda region.

UCRA was started by Omwony Ojwok, Damba Nambago (since returned to Ugada), Wafula Kangala, Steven Irumba ( returned to Uganda to be Prime Minister of Tooro Kingom-served two terms), Mr Idro (Executive in Barclays Bank) and myself. We started in a small office next to Higbury and Islington provided by the British Communist Party for free since we did not have any money to pay rent. The organisation was managed for many years by Damba Nambago and my cousin Omara Awany, while Omwony-Ojwok and I remained on the Board. It grew in size and attracted funding to allow Damba to move it to the Selby Centre in Haringey where they are still based. Omwony and I left UCRA to set up Uganda Mpya in Brixton, with me as Chairman. Uganda Mpya still exists with its offices at 365 Brixton Road, opposite Brixton police station, although I left its Board to set up another organisation in South East London.

Omwony-Ojwok was a very charismatic leader who was respected by almost everybody in London. He would be found in all the early exile organisations like the Uganda Group for Human Rights where Ugandans used to meet every Sunday. He and I edited the political weekly “Uganda Mpya” when we left the Board of UCRA. We were all very
surprised and badly shaken when Omwony-Ojwok decided to return to Uganda, first to head the Uganda Aids Commission and later to join the NRA as Minister. He kept his return a secret from us for many months, but a week before he returned, we summoned Omwony Ojwok to a political meeting at Uganda Mpya to explain himself. He explained that indeed he was returning to Uganda, said he had been in exile all his life since he left Uganda in 1971 after the Amin coup, he had a disabled mother in London who could no longer cope with life in the UK, with the loneliness and isolation and most importantly, he assured us he had not abandoned his revolutionary past.

Once in Uganda, Omwony reduced contact, and although he was returning to London frequently, I would only find out after he had left. It became clear he was avoiding me,but the last time I heard he was in London, I got in contact with his son and told him I would come to see him the next day. Instead he phoned me and we agreed to meet at Michael mem’s joint AFAB in Deptford. I thought we were going to have a political meeting on a one to one basis and give Omwony Ojwok an opportunity to explain the very drastic politcal actions he had taken. Moreover rumours regarding corruption had already began circulating about him which I wanted to question him about. Unbeknown to me, Omwony Ojwok had also invited other people for the meeting, and instead of a one to one, there were now about 30 people and there was no chance that we could have any private conversation. I was very annoyed and walked out after 10 minutes never to see or talk to Omwony-Ojwok again. He died a few months later.

Omwony-Ojowk was very instrumental in mobilising Ugandans in the UK in the days after the NRA took over power. The refugees who came at the time, especialy Acholi refugees will remember his indomitable spirit and open door policy. He always kept everyone going despite the odds and helped many Ugandans get employment in the UK, including myself. My first job in the UK was at the Brixton Community Law Centre which I got through Omwony-Ojwok since he was already very well known in Brixton politics and knew the Councillors who were the Trustees of the Law Centre. He made quiet recommendations which eased my interview process.

I noticed very early Omwony-Ojwok’s association with the NRA/M. I used to meet Dan Nabudere as he was a frequent visitor to London before he returned home from exile. The UNLA-AD had a relationship of sorts with the NRA but at the time I thought that was just part of its policy of negotiating with all political forces. Because all our meetings and activities in London were built around the understanding of removing the NRA from power and we, based in London, would form a transitional government to restore constitutional order in Uganda. This was the basis on which me as a member of the UPC collaborated with the UNLF-AD. I think the UNLF-AD in the end realised they did not have a political base in Uganda, and since they could not lead any armed struggle in Uganda, some of them decided to join the enemy instead. I think this is what happened with Comrade Omwony-Ojwok. I agree they could also used honey pot operations to trap him- he had a weakness with women.

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