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Day August 20, 2017

Pride is what the Bakopi benefit from Buganda kingdom right now!


BY DR.EDWARD KAYONDO VIA UAH FORUM

To me it all begins with the fact that the Kingdom is bound to loose its grip even more with the generations to come for lack of relevancy. Historically there was a reason to be part of a strong Kingdom and part of it was fear of reprisal if you didn’t support the King or the hope of getting financial gains part of which was land. Apart from Land the other main pride the bakopi have for the kingdom is the cultural practices which are also being degraded with time.

Steeping back a little I also can argue that the so called Buganda land is individually owned by different entities in the Kingdom including the royals and other powerful entities in the kingdoms, which means that the benefits a mukopi will get from Buganda re-acquiring this land are still a mystery to me.
So to me the story of Buganda land issues is a story of one of a few remaining Kingdoms in Africa, one that I am proud to be part of, a Kingdom that has its one of the two remaining valuable assets being systematically sold off to the highest bidder, a Kingdom that is now more so concerned with power and financial gain at the expense of culture and historical preservation.

The government as a leech to Buganda property was on the other side a custodian of Buganda property as many Bakopi like me tend to address these individually owned pieces of land. My main concern is that as these individuals get what belongs to them ( ironically a self defeating point to my discussion) there will be no reason why they cant turn around and sell this land to the highest bidders which most likely its going to be the rich and famous in Uganda, most likely not within the Baganda and with these legal transactions the Kingdom will find its self even much weaker and less relevant to the bakopi who are the bedrock of its existence.

Katikkiro Mayiga


We all know all men are not equal in all Kingdoms , and we all know depending on who you are the benefits are different. That’s why many baganda don’t have land while others do. Some one referred to it as those who don’t have being jealousy and another member gave an examples where squatters who included Baganda were kicked of some land.

Pride is what the Bakopi benefit, pride to be a muganda, pride to share history of once a very powerful kingdom in Africa, Pride nothing more.
Now in todays world, when one has no financial benefit their royalty is on a short and weak string. Baganda have not proved to be so royal when money gets in the mix. The kingdom has no financial incentives I know of todate to excite the bakopi in particular. So then Pride is the savior of the kingdom, unlike the past times where Kings could use threats, weapons, gifts to bring people into submission this era is a different one. That’s why the Kingdom leadership is pushing towards a Federo system for some power to control its people but this was immunized in the constitution as they are banned from holding any political position.

Now as I see it if the Kingdom take building Bugandas pride back as its main goal which will entail preservation of History and Culture they have a much better chance of strengthening the Kingdom.Now that’s where the Land issue comes in, Land is the cultural bedrock of the Kingdom, and my worry is that what is regarded as Bugandas land is disappearing at a very first rate in the middle of the night. The government as a custodian of Buganda land had a siphone on the rate of disappearance, when it gives this up, I only hope that Buganda has a plan at least where the rate of disappearance can be controlled.

I am Proud to be a Muganda, my son however cares less, he sees no relevance of the Kingdom in his life , my grandkids who will most likely be mothered by a pretty American girl will even be father away from the kingdom that’s why I have a feeling that I will be the last Muganda standing in my nuclear family.

Occasionally my theories on this forum have been wrong, and I hope and pray that this one is wrong too.

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Where in the Bible Does it Say Anything About Priestly Celibacy? Does the Catholic Church Contradict the Bible by Requiring Celibacy for its Priests?


BY PAUL MUGERWA VIA THE UAH FORUM

There are two main Scripture passages that I turn to for support of the Church’s teaching on priestly celibacy. The first of these is Matthew 19:12, “For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it.”

When Jesus says that there are those who have “made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven,” He is speaking figuratively, not literally. He is referring to those who live a celibate life in order to better serve the kingdom of heaven. Who do we know who fulfills these words of Christ? Who do we know that has taken a vow of celibacy – who has made themselves eunuchs – for the sake of the kingdom of heaven? Baptist ministers? Evangelical pastors? Episcopal priests? No, no, and no. No slight intended to the aforementioned ministers, but Catholic priests are the only ones I know of who fulfill these particular words of Jesus.
Here in Matthew 19:12, we see Jesus Christ saying something that applies most directly to Catholic priests. So, the discipline of priestly celibacy – and it is a discipline, not a doctrine – is indeed biblical
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Now, the other Scripture passage I mentioned in support of priestly celibacy is 1 Corinthians 7:32-34, “I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord, but the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided.”
Paul is telling us that one can best serve the Lord, and His people, by remaining unmarried. Not to say that you cannot serve the Lord while married, but rather to say that you can be more single-minded in serving the Lord if unmarried. It is simply a matter of common sense that when a person is single, they have more time to be about the affairs of the Lord then they do when they are married, and certainly when they are married and have children. The married man is indeed anxious, as Paul says, about worldly affairs and his interests are indeed divided.

So, in 1 Corinthians 7, we have another passage from the Bible that supports the practice of priestly celibacy. For those who argue against the Catholic Church’s practice in this regard by saying it is unbiblical, what they are actually doing is showing their lack of knowledge in regard to what Scripture really says.

It is also worth noting that a life of celibacy – priestly or otherwise – is a sign pointing to the hereafter. As it says in Matthew 22:30, “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.” So the example of celibacy given to us by our priests is a foreshadowing of our life to come.

As I indicated, celibacy is a discipline enforced by a vow; more to it – it is a gift from God which must not be thrown back into His face especially given the undeniable evidence that it is a saint generating machine (the main mission of the Church). When a man decides to enter the seminary, he undergoes a long period of descernment until the day he is ordained a priest. So such a man has plenty of time to opt out if he determines that actually priesthood is not his divine calling. Therefore, the Church does not find it necessary to reform the vow in order to accommodate human weaknesses.

The Church allows already married men to join priesthood, especially those clergy coming into the Church from other Christian denominations. Yes it is true the first pope St. Peter was believed to have been married as the scripture testifies, most probably so were other desciples. However, this is not something they may have chosen to do on their own. Since later they complained to Jesus; “Then Peter said in reply, “Lo, we have left everything and followed you. What then shall we have?” Jesus said to them, … every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherite eternal life.” (Matthew 19:27-29). As in 1 Corinthians 9:5, St. Paul and other desciples indeed had a right to get married, but they renounced it. St. Paul even did exactly the same thing regarding remuneration for missionary work (which he write about in the same chapter), for the sake of the gospel – “above and beyond the call of duty,” so to speak. This is perfectly harmonious with the Catholic position. In Luke 18:29-30: Same massage by Jesus, “There is no man who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive manifold more in this time, and in the age to come – eternal life.

Museveni has reached his sell by date and everybody knows that but there is no alternative at the moment!


BY AKIM ODONG VIA UAH FORUM

The composition of the opposition leadership is vital to the current politics but not the party they represent. It is common knowledge that Ugandans overall are fed up with the NRM and they want change. Unfortunately, none of the opposition leaders seem capable of convincing the masses that they are agents of change, worse still the masses belong to different parties and crucially, alot of them are floating as a result of discontent, this is the crucial mass that is able to sway to the oppositions. The fact is, should they turn to the multiple opposition, their vote will still count for nothing. This is the reason why it’s crucial that the opposition merge, into one with a single head inorder to capture this floating voters, who could be the determinant of the outcome of the next election.

The opposition without wasting time should temporarily suspend their individual status and form a single body manned by a dream team under a charismatic leader. A leader who is able to articulate the issues that matters to Ugandans most and able to take on Museveni. The new interim body set for the sole purpose of fighting the election should then be the one challenging the EC and other issues there on. The performance of the new body pre-election, will be determine who wins the election.
The present arrangement, means that the opposition are all speaking, albeit the same subject but as individuals. This to many, does not mean alot and may not sway them as long as they still have Olara,Akena,Besigye, Mao and Muntu as heads of individual parties.

Ugandans are desperate for change and anything could do at this point. Its a question of getting the right person to lead a united front and this what the opposition are failing to deal with, creating a united front for fear of losing the dimmest chance to be seen to stand up to the ogre.
Museveni has reached his sell by date and everybody knows that but there is no alternative at the moment. Ugandans are looking for united alternative capable of sweeping them all and jenka an opposition strong enough to defend them from an NRM backclash once defeated. The fear ofcourse is that should the NRM loose power, then the LRA may return or even Amin might just resurrect to torment them all over again. So without a united and strong enough opposition then, its a question of better the devil you know.

The current Buganda leaders should listen to ideas from online forums!


Mr.Enock Kiyaga is the current Kabaka Representative in Manchester and surroundings

BY DR. EDWARD KAYONDO VIA UAH

The issue with African leaders that includes those in the Kingdom is that when you bring ideas that one are competing with what they already have or two that they dont see any financial gain from in the immediate future those ideas will be dead on arrival or you will be labeled as challenging leadership.. That’s why cultural issues and that’s how I personally define Buganda ( a cultural entity because for the longest even on this forum I have asked for a definition of who a muganda is and no single person has given me any convicing answer) only exist as long as the numbers of those who practice them are enough to sustain them. Failure of Buganda to address this issue first as I explained before puts all other Buganda plans in jeopardy because its all about numbers and unlike what the Kingdom would like to depict those who care about the issues of Buganda are decreasing in number especially because very few gain from the Kingdom as it is.

I agree and we can get more than one example about ideas that sprouted from people and found their ways up the Kingdom but for sure there was some pillar within the Kingdom that worked hard on them too. But back to the cultural definition, and back to the Kanzu, when the King started putting it on it became part of our culture. Where the King goes masses follow, so if you want an idea to be big and have the full participation of all the people as a unit the gwanga mujje has to originate from the center of the kingdom.

Baganda are not short of ideas, those who are at the center of the kingdom however have their personal battles to fight and the royals as we know them also have different strategies as its survival for the fittest and scrambling for financial candies . In such a state nothing unifying can come out of the Kingdom. We also write about Buganda because we care its not complaining as such because our survival doesn’t depend on the existence of the Kingdom which takes us back to the issue of pride. Mengos full participation at any stage gives any project the legitimacy it needs and participation of all the people of Buganda.

Not so sure what Buganda development has done for ll these years, I can also point out that Buganda has a prime piece of land within the City that’s the Lubiri but for years now i am not sure what has transpired, just as an example.

It would have been good if the Kingdom is open to ideas because so many good ideas have been floating on these forums. However the mentality of the Lukiko and our King know it all complicates everything and unless they decide nothing will be done.

The main issue is that as Buganda tries to maintain its Culture and strength its leaders want to keep everything as it was longtime ago, the mentality that cultures dont change is what eventually leads to the eventual extinction of the same. I always ask my fellow baganda how the White Kanzu became the Buganda tranditional male wear and they dont want to discuss it because way back that wasnt part of our culture, but we all know how it crept in but that doesn’t matter any more because now it is.

What is next for Buganda however good the ideas we table on these forums are has its roots in the Lukiko and the Kabaka. If they so choose to open up this debate and are willing and open enough to work with the people openly and publicly on the ideas presented with a propbable chance of votiong for these changes in some way, then we all will feel part of it these changes and will work towards that.

We all know the constituion prohibits the cultural leaders from participating in political issues, but who needs a political party if you can get your cultural members to accomplish what in many cases politicians should cover? Lets say you have quarrels about markets in the city, Buganda has land, opens up several markets baganda markets, opens up several mini Bulange offices, Buys more Bus zabaganda, eventually becoming one of the largest employers of people in Buganda all within the constitution, who do you think will be the strongest political force? But as I have asked before on this forum in the current Buganda Kingdom omukopi afunilawa? Your ideas will never get to the top and there is no financial gain so what you have as a mukopi is just pride in being omuganda, and some time the force behind that pride carries you only far.

So in brief what is next for Buganda to me is the Lukiko and the King to find ways of engaging the Baganda, and its willingness to change some cultural practices that are unfitiing in this current world, changes that must come from the King him self. With this kind of engagement not only will our culture be preserved but the pride of the Baganda will have justification and participation will; increase and ideas will flow in endlessly.

Awangale Ssabasajja, magulu nyondo chu chu, abakyala bona babe ! ( okujako owange).

This is what we must do to rescue our healthcare!


Women waiting to deliver at Mulago’s labour suite

By Bwanika Nakyesawa Luwero via UAH forum

When growing up in a medical family – I remember when Medical Doctor Samson Bbabbi Kiseeka arrived at one of the health center facility unexpectedly – it was a chaotic scene as all medical workers and support staff started running up and down whispering Dokita Kiseeka yazze (it is MD Kiseeka visiting).

Uganda Medical system can be rescued – and this is what happened 1960- 78 or ought to be done

a. Resurrect regular medical facility Inspection by the Ministry of Health Inspection Unit. These inspectors must have a list of items listed they have to look at. That form must be returned every month the an independent inspection team – i.e. Accounting General strict not MoH

b. Resurrect regular medical worker transfers. All categories of medical workers MUST not work in any single medical facility for more than one year. Ministry of health had a transport system to transfer medical workers. This too meant that all health facilities had houses for medical workers. A letter for transfer came from Kampala.

c. Outlaw patient – relative support from all healthy facilities. This implies the patient will solely be attended to by qualified medical workers only. This is the norm world over and it will also reduce on corruption where relatives have to pay for services rendered to patients in public medical facilities.

d. Private medical facilities should strictly be regulated – that is they should meet all world standards. Medical workers must work in a form of cooperatives, instead of turning the scared medical profession and facilities into money making facilities.

e. Resurrect medical equipment manufacturing and research – TAMPECO. All health facilities must order through such an entity.

f. Out-law foreign material likes clothes, bed sheets, mattress not approved, outside cooking at health facilities by the MoH from all medical facilities. That means MoH must provide patient cloth , workers uniforms, badges,food etc.

g. Turn regional hospital into teaching University hospitals

h. Lower medical staff (nurses, medical officers) salaries should be increased to a living wages. But ethic first.

State House must fall under a government department with a permanent secretary


BY GEORGE OKELLO VIA UAH

State House must fall under a government department with a permanent secretary who deals with all management and disciplinary matters in his department. It is truly shocking that an employee takes it upon herself to report suspected criminal conduct or serious misconduct to the police authorities. Are there no management systems, including investigatory and disciplinary procedures in place? Why does it have to be the police or the president to deal with minor administrative matters? I work in the civil service myself and on a daily basis, we get reports of serious failings in NHS hospitals and GP Surgeries. But it is not my job to report these incidents or in fact any incident of a criminal nature to the police. If I did it, I would be sacked on the spot. A few weeks ago, we had an incident where a surgeon removed a patients testes, mistaking them for a gall bladder. Obviously this was serious negligence or even potentially criminally negligence. But it is not the role of my office to deal with criminal matters. We only deal with contract matters.The NHS has a specific office that deals with such matters and it is to that office that we quickly sent the complaint. Museveni’s penchant for micro management has totally destroyed the Ugandan civil service, It can no longer function normally, if at all. A matter that these women are feuding about at State House would normally be resolved by Supervisor or Line Manager as it is so minor it would not even require the attention of the HR or Personnel Manager, let alone the Permanent Secretary, and god forbid, the President. But you have the unbecoming spectacle of a whole President sacking an employee on social media, and threatening her in the process.

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