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Day April 27, 2015


A kid I knew out of Yugoslavia went to Uganda for a holiday, and he had a problem with power rationing, as you know much of Uganda power systems was built by Yugoslavs and when he immigrated to Yugoslavia he trained in power systems and supply and became fully employed by them. On failing to get power consistently he walked to the then UEB and asked them why they had a problem supplying power to his village. They told him that they do not have good transformers, he left the country and collected two 40ft containers of transformers, shipped them at his company cost to Uganda. Put them on the system for people to have light for free so he claimed.

As he was doing all this we remained in permanent contact and I specifically told him that Uganda power problem is not transformers but the entire system is dead, it needs to be redone, so you have a generation problem and a conductance problem. Why do transformers blow up? Because the lines are not earthed. He refused to listen to my very little voice for he was told by a big man in UEB, that if we get transformers we will end the power rationing problem. Two containers went in and he promised to send another two containers. They were cleared in Mombasa and driven through Uganda to Rwanda. This kid’s efforts are the many transformers that were installed in Rwanda to upgrade many villages power supply. Even today his village has no power. You do not know just how many people have become fools and sent useful things to Uganda in good spirits but they each become victims individually and the machine of self-destruct in Uganda continues. Just last year this kid went to Uganda and packed every one close to him and they left the country.

Why has our hospitals reached this point of needing dialysis machines? You think really Uganda government does not allocate money for these services? Then explain to me {a} How Ugandans finance the big houses they have built, that are more expensive than the houses in this city, Kampala houses are actually more expensive than Toronto houses, and {b} explain to me how Ugandans finance the luxury cars they drive that many of us in these countries simply cannot.



Ugandans are suffering from kidneys and yes we need to treat them, but we need to question ourselves why they suffer from kidneys that highly. It is the food we have been brought up eating, we need to change our diet or we will continue to poison ourselves. I have gone after The Matooke diet for it is mainly water, but Matooke is so high on potassium which goes after kidneys. Now look carefully at what has so much potassium, Matooke, Gonja {or plantain} Amenvu, so all those classes of bananas. All yams including Amayuuni, kyetumula Lumonde Irish potatoes, all that you are sucking into your body is massive potassium, and these are the foods we eat day in and day out. To eat health food you need not more than a single banana a day, but my God a Ugandan to eat a meal he eats 5tons of Matooke in a single sitting, just how much do you poison your kidneys? So all the foods I have listed have to be taken with very small amounts when we in Uganda use them as daily main course, you must end up with high numbers of kidney problems.

Another thing we need to cut very low is beans, they have just too much iron that no intelligent person can eat them that much yet we also eat them.

Lastly let me go on medication, many Ugandans especially women use Advil for pain relief, and to tell you the truth Advil works miracles, women that get cramps with period use Advil, and in every house drawer there is a bottle of Advil. You need to realize that it is a bad medication for it must be processed by your kidney to go into your body, stop to use Advil if you need to put a break on your kidneys. What you can use that is safer to your kidneys is Tylenol for it is not processed through your kidney.

There are many steps we can chose to follow that are accessible in our means to cut down the numbers of kidney problem, but changing a Uganda diet must be a priority out there, for our combination of foods we eat is a cocktail of poison.



Members the profit on medical machines of this capacity is usually recovered by the seller through maintenance and supply of materials needed to efficiently run them.Mulago hospital has many equipment which are either not working efficiently because they are not maintained or calibrated on schedule or are run by technicians or physicians who are not well equipped through training or have never had enough experience to run them.

You just don’t plug a person on a dialysis machine and clean up their blood like you just vacuum dirt from a carpet. The care of a patient on dialysis evolves a team of nurses and physicians, involves several lab draws and monitoring, many hours on machines and you can kill a person on a dialysis machine faster than their failed kidney.

So setting up a dialysis unit needs more preparation than many envision, however it is crucial that the government comes up with a viable plan because this is desperately needed. Lets also remember that many clients that go on dialysis have hope of getting Kidney transplants so those who plan for this kind of center are better of having a transition plan along these lines otherwise it means a life long life on dialysis. So depending on how many patients can be hooked on a machine per day and it takes hours to go through the cycle depending on your markers in blood and probably three or four times a week you figure out how many machines might be needed, obviously not one.

If I take an educated guess it might cost about $4 dollars per treatment in maintenance of the machine, minus cost of the doctors , nurses and other members of the team and cost of labs. If I pick a number out of the blue all those cost included not forgetting electricity cost you might be looking at $15 dollars per treatment (day) in Uganda.

Sometimes you can easily get a car that is cheaper than the cost of its yearly maintenance,insurance and gasoline but usually that’s an old car. But then a new car in combination with a bad or drunk driver or someone who has no licence to drive can easily lose its value as soon as it hits the highway. So I hope who ever does the math factors in all this.

Almost everyone who is trying to address the issue of Uganda’s health care asks the wrong questions. I said before about three years ago on this forum and I repeat my self I would not put a dollar more in this system as it is. Without rebuilding the whole foundation of our Health system all the money you pour in goes to an endless pit and you will never have anything to show.

I keep away from health care discussions that don’t discuss the real solutions, buying a Kidney dialysis machine now is no different from buying a plane when you don’t have enough runway to fly it off unless you have the capacity to modify it.

The roots, how deep they go, how much water they receive will determine the size of the trunk, which will determine the number of branches, which would determine the number of leaves, which would determine how many fruits a tree will have and also determine how many people can enjoy the supply it provides.
Build a strong foundation, and all these machines you are talking about will no longer be fantasies. For those who cant figure where to begin, get all your kids registered for identification cards.

Dr. Edward Kayondo, MD via the UAH forum


What is happening with the schools in Kampala? This theft of schools started with the Shimon Dem and Nabegeraka School and it seems it is now spreading allover Kampala. Who is protecting the interests of the schools? These schools are supposed to have protected land titles issued by the Uganda Land Commission, or by Mengo so why are unkown people stealing school land and selling them off to people with money? Why should it be MPs to intervene and not Jeniffer Musisi of KCC or the Ministry of Education or Mengo?

Some schools in Kampala have been squeezed into remaining with only classrooms as land for playgrounds and co-curricula activities is given away to investors.

Schools including the Nabagereka Primary School, Nateete Muslim
Primary School, Buganda Road Primary School; Kitante Primary School
and the Nakasero Primary School, are all managed by the Kampala Capital City Authority.

Each school, according to KCCA records, has a population of not less
than 1,000 pupils. A Parliamentary probe committee investigating the giveaway of city schools’ land on Wednesday ordered KCCA to put caveats on all the contested land.

George Okello via the UAH forum

Moses Nekyon shares his run-in with Abu Mayanja during his S.4 Vacation!

Some of Abu Mayanja's children. His successor is a lawyer called Hatimi Nasser Lumweno

Some of Abu Mayanja’s children. His successor is a lawyer called Hatimi Nasser Lumweno

Abu Mayanja was a Very interesting character to say the least. During my S4 vacation, I worked in Radio Uganda as a presenter for one of the Saturday night shows. At that time, one Abubaker Kakyama Mayanja, was the Minister of Information‎.

The Ministry got a donation‎ from the government of Japan of transistor radios, which were to be distributed to all the staff of Radio Uganda and Tv.

How those radio’s ended up on William and Luwum streets on sale, is yet unexplained to me to date, but the staff at Radio Uganda and Tv went postal and threatened to go on strike.

To make a long story short, a meeting was called which was to be addressed by Abubaker Mayanja. After hearing the staff’s gripes, the fellow stood up and told us that “we make up a very small percentage of Uganda and so we should return to our jobs or get fired.”

The staff‎ went nuclear and charged the main stage. All I heard was the ministers bodyguards cocking their guns and I was out of there.

The next day Abu Mayanja apologized but never explained how the radio sets got onto William and Luwum streets.

Moses Ocen Nekyon Via the Ugandans at heart forum


1.Democratic government, of which I am unashamedly a supporter, cannot not be created by writing a Constitution. Ultimately, democracy does not reside in the Constitution, but in the hearts and minds of the people – Abu Mayanja, 1967.

2.In my opinion there is no justification for detention without trial. I repeat so that there is no shadow of doubt of where I stand on this. There is no justification for detention without trial – Abu Mayanja on the Emergency Powers Act, 1967

3.I consider myself to have no mandate to vote on this proposal to abolish the Kabaka in Buganda. I have no mandate to do that and I hope I shall be granted the indulgence. This is not a question of refusing loyalty or bad loyalty or anything of that kind. On conscientious grounds, I conscientiously object; it is contrary to my understanding of sense of duty and honor; my honor as a self-respecting man, having pledged myself to preserve and uphold an institution and then to come here and vote it out of existence – Abu Mayanja; on the abolition of kings.

4.I am saying that these powers used even by an angel are dangerous. Mr. speaker even God himself has not allowed himself these powers! We Muslims believe that on the day of judgment we shall be called and the angels will read out a record which will be an indictment before God, who will know – because God is Omniscient, He knows everything – He will know beforehand that Mayanja is guilty or not guilty, but God who is Omniscient on the day of judgment will get the indictment read out by an accusing angel and man will be given an opportunity to defend himself.

5.It is a habit of mind…a question of temperament of our people, the spirit of tolerance, of sharing basic beliefs and value so that there is a substantial majority of people in the country who say that “far and no further” and this can be respected. – Abu Mayanja on Democracy.

6.The key-note of the Government proposals is the concentration of all powers of government – legislative, executive, administrative and judiciary – into the central Government institutions and the subjection of those institutions to the control of one man – the President. The result is the creation – not of a republic, but of a one- man dictatorship – Abu Mayanja on the 1967 Constitution.

7.Only a law that goes against the concepts of common morality could send the editor to jail and suspend the newspapers while leaving the author of the offending article at large.” – Abu Mayanja on the imprisonment of J.W.Kiwanuka in 1956 and the subsequent ban of the Uganda Express and Uganda Post.

8.In 1986, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting banned WEEKEND DIGEST. Its editors, the late Wilson Wandera Lwande and Ndugu Dr. Jesse Mashatte were detained before being charged with sedition.

Hon Mayanja (RIP) said the paper was trying to tear the NRM broad-based government apart,. This followed a Digest story ‘COUP PLOT AGAINST NRM GOV’T FOILED’, which Hon Mayanja said was fake. 4 months later, the suspects in the story were rounded up and charged with treason but DIGEST remained banned and is the only newspaper ever to be banned by the NRM government.Subsequently, Mashatte started THE TABLET but soon after left for Britain where he is now.

9.He had another favourite Luganda one at his old age which earned him a nickname ” Nthambi” from “thighs” :”Omukasi alina bithambi nunchi nnyo!” -1991


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