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THIS MAN WITH A SMALL VOICE HAS JUST MADE A BIG MISTAKE!


BY MAYIMUNA NABAGEREKA VIA UAH FACEBOOK

Paul Kagame could eliminate term limits and keep running each time so that as long as he keeps doing a good job and winning through a fair process he would have a legitimate government however giving the immediate past history of genocide in Rwanda, he makes the possibility of war far more likely by imposing himself arbitrarily. Politics is war by other means and if the practice of politics were censored what you have left is war!
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kagame has effectively stifled any meaningful opposition, to the point of jailing the last candidate who had a real chance, ingabire, and making it virtually impossible for other parties to mount campaigns.

There is more to life and living than economic prosperity. Kagame is loved in the West and in the eyes of many there, he can do little wrong. He has a bloody past though and it is not certain that he is truly born again. The republic of Congo cauldron is still steaming. Kagame having become Rwanda’s president, seems to have chosen to build that country in his own image. Kagame is an acolyte of Uganda’s President Museveni who is all but an undeclared president for life. He seems to have learned all his politics from Museveni. Will Rwanda go the way Uganda has gone? That is the question.

Kagame may indeed be transforming Rwanda’s economy. Does the manner of this transformation and the real and perceived costs of this transformation to the majority of Rwandans who are not Kagame’s fellow Tutsi not matter? I will argue that they do. Is there a worse way to transform a country than to exclude an ethnic majority of the population- Hutus, talk less of the super minority Twa, from the real leadership of the country? Is this not a sure recipe for crises sooner or later? Rwanda’s recent frictional history should be instructive in my opinion.

Kagame as I remember, is an insurgent apparently in politics firstly, to protect his Tutsi people who were the majority of victims of the genocide in that country. Is he setting the stage for history to repeat itself even if not exactly? The lessons of the genocide and its causes should not be lost on him as he makes himself king in all but name. Rwanda has been on that journey- a long-term Tutsi dominated monarchy/government before and that journey did not end well.

THIS MAN HAS DONE MORE 4 TANZANIA IN JUST 10 YEARS COMPARED TO UGANDA’S DICTATOR FOR 30 YEARS


BY MAYIMUNA NABAGEREKA

One is worth to be given a title of Doctorate for his/her contribution to the society in terms of knowledge, politics, economy and so forth. For me JK is worth of doctorate for his contribution in education, health services, infrastructure, politics and tolerance on media prejudice. There is his contribution in expansion of secondary education, higher education and medical services. Remember, in the past few years, Tanzanians with heart problems had to go to India for treatment but today people suffering from heart problems are treated by Tanzania medical experts within this great nation. In short, JK has made a remarkable contribution to TZ than the dictator in Uganda who has ruled us for 30 years but some people even fear coming back home just to visit.
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Mkapa was never honored from clearing Tanzania’s debt or even bringing back discipline in his first term. For us in Uganda, we are so badly off. Parliament today has tabled a proposal to borrow over 200 million dollars for foreign banks, but we all know its going to end up being misused in Museveni’s campaigns.

RIGGING IN KYADDONDO SOUTH NRM PARTY PRIMARIES


BY AHMED KATEREGA MUSAAZI

Brothers and sisters, Kyaddondo South / Makindye Ssaabagabo Municipality has held NRM party primaries on parliamentary flag bearer.The exercise was delayed with a heavy down pour in the morning . Many people could not go to the polls early so are some of the candidates agents.

This helped some people to use the chance to rig. By 9.30 am when rain stopped, half of ballot boxes at Zana polling station in Namasuba, to mention but a few, had been filled with half.
It was the same with Bertina and Zone V zones in Seguku Parish
Lat evening we had been tipped of the intended massive rigging in Namasuba Ward in Masajja Municipal Division, in Ndejje and Seguku wards in Ndejje-Seguku Division, and Busaabala Ward in Masajja Masajja Municipal Division.

We reported the matter to the Registrar Charles Tebere, who promised to take action but did not.

Instead, when our colleague Frank Kyazze complained against Ndikuttamadda Zone Registrar in Masajja Ward,, he immediately trabsigered him to Kikajjo Zone.

This morning l visited Gangu B polling station, where the paper bag had been tempered with and it was short of 157 ballot papers. My agents opposed kicking of of the exercise and l supported them. Later the Registrar brought the missing ballot papers without explaining the fate of the 157 missing. He said that it was a general fault through out the constituency.

In the actual fact, most of the paper bags had less ballot papers that those marked for them. No body could tell us where the rest was.

At Gangu C, l eye-witnessed multiple voting where the was no ink to mark those that had already voted. l and my agents protested it and voting was stopped for a while until the Registrar him self brought the ink.

At Busabala, voters were bribed in line and told whom to vote for. This was in three polling stations.

At Kikajjo, the register was short half of the voters so was at Ndikuttamadda and this was solved by the registrar late in the afternoon after numerous cries from our side.

While the Registrar had directed that voting would stop at 5.00 pm, in some polling stations , it stopped at 4.00 pm.

The exercise was characterized by a poor turn out due to numerous postponements, the last being from Monday to Tuesday, then Wednesday, and then Thursday and there was fear that it could be postponed to Friday.

The lesson to learn is that unless we have free and fair party primaries in Kyadondo South, NRM will never win the parliamentary seat, which it started loosing as early as 2001.If the exercise is not repeated, lam considering to stand on an independent ticket.l have already submitted my petition to NRM EC Chairperson.

Who is liable for the Crimes of the Crime preveters?!


BY PAGET KINTU
Are all Ugandan citizens entitled to walk around with sticks to protect themselves or is this a legal preserve for the crime preventers and the kiboko squad? Can all the supporters of the different parties now walk to the campaigns with their sticks?! What legal instrument entitles Kiboko squad and the crime preventers to walk around with sticks or have we been mistaken and all along Ugandans have been entitled like the Balalo are to walking with their stick openly? If this a preserve given by the police to these special envoys of the police under what law are they doing this and can the Police Boss then accept liability for any acts committed by these individuals on his behalf? Can this issue be dealt with legally and quickly because it seems to me we have an Interehamwe in the making and nobody seems to be accepting responsibility for it?! Most sane people have advised against forming this militia in a politically volatile time. Already we have seen an attempt to misuse this militia in Mukono against the Go Forward Rally. Since against the calls of many Ugandans, Preseident Museveni and Kale Kaihura insisted on going ahead to form them, could any acts they commit be directly put at the doors of these two gentlemen? Could they be asked to publicly accept liability even now before we get the worst from these groups?!

Police has so far recruited and passed out over 50,000 crime preventers across the country since the beginning of year.

Police has so far recruited and passed out over 50,000 crime preventers across the country since the beginning of year.

I Lost my relatives in Luwero but I cry when I see the state of the country now!


We are Proud We murdered you in – Luwero!

I have heard those words over again and again – directly being spoken to me, on assumption that Baganda are docile – you can imagine!

I had last visited Nakyesawa, Nakaseke Luwero Bulemezi, exactly 18 years before I visited again in 1997. When I arrived from Sweden, one of my friends argued me on to go home – quickly!

The following day, I boarded a taxi – which took me to Nakaseke. Nakaseke was still a ghost town. I got a bodaboda, as it is now; there are no regular taxis, between Nakeseke and Kiwoko!

Nakaseke is just some 50 miles away from Kampala but very far from Civilisation!

Our home is spread in five villages (Kiwoko, Nongo, Nakyesawa, Matabi, Lumpewe); I visited three and my uncle’s village and including the main homestead in Nakyesawa. Nakyesawa was a very big aristocrat like, country home of about 25 family members. The rst lived in other homes. I do not know exactly when this huge home was built.

This time around, in 1997, the home was a well-piled piece of rabble. A half foot ball sized cemented coffee drying platform was not speared. It had thoroughly been boomed into pieces in what appeared to be systematic destruction. I stood some minutes, wondering why the house was destroyed and by who. One of the mahogany wallboard which belonged to us – I saw it in a nearby shack down the road.

The rest of the houses, through paths to other destinations I took, were either abandoned with doors ajar, indicating quick exit.

One house, which was round shaped, in over grown coffee plantation, caught my eye – it had two small chairs, appositive each other and a mweso well placed on a bench in the middle. For all the years, and I do not know since when, there had been no players of mweso, or occupants in the house for all the past years. The door on the opposite at the end, was half open, letting in the afternoon sunray of lights, which appeared ghostly. The rays appeared strong, trouncing had on the dust floor of the house.

The silence was maddening. I felt a shudder in my body.

Not until, we reached the next village in the middle of the forest, where I located my uncle a former NRA combatant – did I realise, I, my companion and boda boda man had not talked to each other!

Why my uncle, had decided to leave in the middle of a forest alone? This was not only shocking to me but raised many questions in my mind. He was so wretched – he panicked on seeing me and he instantly set a fire and black kettle to prepare me a dry cup of tea. We sat on mud bricks and sipped on the dry tea as we barely talked anything to each other, for most part of the 30 minutes. He looked dejected, in shame and had no pride what so ever. He look down most of the time – there was no soldier in him at all but took courage to point to tomatoes he had planted a just a few meters away.

One of my uncle, was a tomatoes farm, he religious grew to make thousands of shillings then in the 70’s.

Onwards, I had managed to locate my cousin, the lonely daughter to my only surviving aunt. She recognised me instantly and directed to where my aunt’s has taken refuge in a small house nearby.

On arrival, I was dumbfounded when Aunt requested to know, why exactly, I had come to Luwero. “Don’t you know, there is a war here, you want to die my son”, she asked worriedly?!! That is in 1997!

I told her I arrived yesterday, and all these years I too has also been worried about your health and situation, I told her. She told me looking fiercely straight into my eyes, “It is good you came to visit but you should equally leave immediately”.

Before she was done, She went through a lengthy list of all names of those who have died or simply disappeared during the war. And then she physically forced herself to see me off!

I pointed the bodaboda, in the opposite direction to visit my uncle some fifteen km away new Kikamulo.

On my way, I stopped over at Matabi one of our other home – our old house was removed and few meters on the left side, a new house was built – the occupants where not known to me. The courtyard had been planted with banana plantations and the big mango tree in the court yard, had also been removed.

I neither asked the occupants who they were, but we talked briefly about other issues and I left.

Uncle recognised me instantly and called his wife: To my surprise and contrary to norm, me whenever I visited uncle, instead of calling on my cousins to chase a big fat cock or pull out a big he goat for me – this time around uncle and his wife, speedily called me to the back of the house, to usher me to some well laid out fourteen graves of my cousins.

Uncle had lost all his children to NRM’s war! He was clearly devastated. From then on we did not talk much – I wanted to proceed to Kiwoko but my other uncle had also died.

I eventually decided to proceed to Kiwoko where I got a taxi to Luwero then onwards to Kampala.

Rebuilding Luwero by NRM

– Before 1980 Luwero was filled with coffee, cotton stores – these bought off coffee and farmers went smile all the way home. These and many others were systematically destroyed by NRM. Other foodstuffs like beans, maize and cassava found market – through government agencies working for foods and beverages. Cassava used to go to Kawempe for protein biscuits Idi Amin made for his army. Ensoga Songa and cottonseeds used to also find their way to Kawempe factories to make cooking oil. Some of these industries where destroyed in 1979. There was a starch-making factory in Luzira or industrial area – were Luwero farmer made a killing. Maize if not bought to find its way to Kenya was sold to Maganjo – who own maganjo these days?

– Bulemezi as well as Buruli fed on each other. People coming here retiring from public or private service returned to the villages and set up small farms. This was the pattern. Hence, Bulemezi and Buruli had so many rich small-scale farmers – but all commercially oriented gradually expanding into large-scale farmers, industrialists and produces. Buruli supplied a lot of milk and fish. Bulemezi supplied food and to some extent labour services. A reason why they were a lot of permanent houses in the region. NRA destroyed all these farms to steal cattle for food. Mind you these riches passed from one hand to another – father to son and so on.

NRM/NRA to rebuild Luwero should restart

– Stores or warehousing system as it were and stop telling lies that every home will get an acre of crops, pigs, cows and goats. Sembeguya has failed to sell of his goats where will all the animals and produce in Luwero be sold?

– Start processing of crops as it were during Idi Amin’s times. Kawempe was a full-fledged industrial town with basically food processing capabilities.

– Physically plan towns of Luwero, Kiwoko(remove NRM/A build mud houses) Nakaseke, Kiwoko, Wobulenzi, Ndejje, Kapeka, Kyankwanzi and Ngoma.

– Restart the farmers and transport cooperative unions as it were and citizens must run these not state marionettes and thugs.

Less of that NRM leave us alone.
Bwanika, Nakyesawa Luwero. via the UAH forum

OBAMA HAS BEEN USELESS TO EAST AFRICANS, HIS FATHER’S HOME


Under President Obama, the US commitment to democracy and human rights [with the exception of gay rights] in Africa has taken a back-burner. President Obama and his government only seem to talk about democracy and human rights as an afterthought. President Obama has become a huge disappointment. We see him freely consorting, laughing, dancing, and breaking bread with leaders whose hands are dripping with blood of innocent fellow citizens, and whose pockets are bulging with stolen public resources.

Apart from giving high-sounding but empty lectures about leaders ignoring constitutional term limits, President Obama’s government has done nothing concrete to punish leaders who ignore or trample on human rights and democracy. Today, one of the oldest and longest-serving presidents in Africa comes from East Africa—with no end in sight to his regime. Two leaders seeking to change their countries’ constitution to prolong their stay in power are from East Africa. One of the most brutal thugs who has managed to kill his way to power while using a sophisticated PR regime to sanitize his regime in the eyes of the international community is from East Africa. And there are civil wars in South Sudan and Somalia. All these are happening without serious, thoughtful, and meaningful engagement from President Obama.

As an aside. During his recent trip to Kenya, President took a moment to meet with his Kenyan relatives. There are reports — I don’t know how accurate the reports are — that President Obama’s Kenyan relatives took him to task over his indifference to their welfare while in office. Now, while I do not necessarily support the President’s relatives’ expectations and demands on him, what I found very telling and very significant was his response to their questions, demands, and expectations. He reportedly told the relatives, “I cannot help you now because there are rules and regulations limiting my ability to help you now while in the White House, but don’t worry, I will help you once I am out of the White House.” Think about that, Africa!

BY MAYIMUNA NABAGEREKA

ADVICE TO COUPLES IN A LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP OR DOING UN JOBS


This goes to men and women who abandon their families in Uganda and go abroad to look for money. If you truly love someone, you cant decide to leave them alone for so long, unless in avoidable circumstances like a Mandella in prison with a Winnie on a street alone. Please dont leave your partner alone for long. Life is not all about money and materials. You can be happy without them. It’s unfair to need sex when your husband is not around with you.

Sexual relationship is not just sharing physical bodies but it involves feelings and emotions. This is why some people who want to protect rationality are afraid of women because men’s relationship with women can lead to the knocking down of some strict rational attitudes. For instance, Auguste Comte, the French philosopher / sociologist who wrote about science and positive philosophy as the way forward for humanity, later in his life fall in love with a woman. This guy, with all his positive philosophy abandoned that project and started writing on the “healing power of love.” When the woman died, I think every week he will visit her grave as an expression of how she touched his life. Well, now when one finds himself in this situation, he is in another planet. I always laugh and reflect when I read books on social theory and come to this part of Comte — the healing power of love. It is hard to have relationship grow or build it in absentia. Even Durkheim said that for people’s faith to be sustained, they need regular rituals to renew. Interestingly apostle Paul made the same point in a different way.

BY MAYIMUNA NABAGEREKA

HIGHTIME XTIANS STARTED ARRESTING THEIR FAKE PASTORS


I am sorry to say, and I do not say this out of arrogance but many Christians in Uganda and elsewhere in Africa, do not think deeply about their faith and theology in the modern world.They embrace the benefits of modernity but have not intellectual curiosity to understand its fundamental underpinnings. Fanon raised this issue long ago.

I do not care what one’s religion is but if you live in the modern world and you do not see the Tsunami then one has just decided to live in what some characterize as “ignorance is bliss.”

There are a lot of pastors sexually abusing women and kids, raping women, e.t.c, but Christians continue to tolerate these people. Just look at Peter Ssematimba who is now aspiring to stand as MP for Busilo South. He puts on lip stick in his photos; he used to kuwemula on CBS, he is basically a dodgy young man, but he calls himself a pastor, and some people believe in him.

People have got to start questioning certain things in the Bible.It is a very simple way of approaching life. I wonder whether such an approach can really lay the foundation of transforming Africa. Of course Africans have the right to choose whether they want to be part of the modern world or not, but even if they choose to opt, it is not going to be an easy ride. But if they decide to be part of it, they need to ask: what are the minimum requirements for them to thrive in it.

For most Africans, the Bible is just the authority. Well, when you live in the modern world, to say that means you see only you living and care less about others who equally see things differently. This is pre-modern way of thinking. They feel their beliefs and cosmology is the only one that exists and all others are simply wrong.

And by the way, when I talk about many theologians, philosophers, etc., I include all those people with religious titles from as basic as the Elders, the Deacons, etc., to the Bishops, the Cardinals and the Pope. Even religion as an institution does not escape the process of rationalization.

BY MAYIMUNA NABAGEREKA

RAPE CASES AT MAKERERE UNIVERSITY ARE WORRYING


I’m dismayed and alarmed by what appears to be an overwhelming rise in reported cases of sexual assault and rape of female university students across university campuses in Uganda and calls for attention to the need to take action to stem this trend urgently. It is pertinent to state here that the vast majority of cases of sexual violence against female university students in Uganda go unreported for various reasons associated with victim shaming, stigma, character assassination, public backlash and limited access to justice for victims. In many cases, female students who have reported such cases have been subsequently targeted for reprisal attacks by thugs, cultists or university teachers.

It is important for Ugandan educational institutions to have clear and enforceable policies regarding sexual harassment and other forms of abuse of female students. However, it is even more important that national laws against these types of crimes be enforced and the perpetrators brought to book for their crimes. Apparently, the police and other law enforcement agencies are failing in their duties–it is their job to protect the integrity and safety of all Ugandan, including especially vulnerable groups. The continued sexual abuse of girls and women reflects poorly on us as a people and it is time for us to speak up.

BY MAYIMUNA NABAGEREKA

SOMEBODY SEND THIS TO SAUDI ARABIA AND AFRICAN UNION


I send my condolences to all the families that lost their loved ones during the stampede in Mecca. May God keep you all strong! What AU/African countries/those countries affected/the Muslim Ummah should do:

(1) demand for a thorough, honest and complete investigation of the incident, primarily to prevent a recurrence in the future. Part of the deterrence for than non-re-occurrence is to punish those who through negligence allowed it to occur.

(2) work out a limit to the crowd in any given space during these observations. Just as an elevator has the maximum number of safe passengers, and a stadium has a given safe limit of spectators, don’t these worship grounds have any limits at all? These limits must be “actuarially” established, so that a stampede (if any) should not cause these many deaths.

(3) ask all participants to take a life insurance. This can be initiated by the sending country, Saudi Arabia or the pilgrim himself/herself. The dead don’t gain from insurance; it is the survivors.

(4) This may be politically incorrect, but too many Uganda Muslims do repeat visit to Mecca, as if they have to stone Satan every year for Satan, already defeated, to be re-defeated! There are people who go to Lesser Hajj, Greater Hajj and Middle Hajj EACH YEAR – three times a year. Yet, the injunction is at least onhttp://ugandansatheart.org/2015/11/01/somebody-send-this-to-saudi-arabia-and-african-union/ly once in a lifetime, not every year, Haba! To limit the number of participants, there should be a tax for repeat Hajj – double/triple Alhajis and Hajiyas etc. – escalating each time you go again.

In addition, if an official or officials of Saudi actually accused Africans for the stampede, the statement must be withdrawn.

MAYIMUNA NABAGEREKA
mTherefore, an apology is demanded from Saudi government.

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