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Day September 9, 2017

Wakiso murders: Know the complexity of dealing with terrorism


By Bryan Nuwagira

Esther-Nalwadda was found in dead and raped in a plantantion in Entebbe


There has been a wave of murders and homicides recently in Entebbe in particular and Wakiso at large. The perpetrators or serial killers have been consistent and systematic. In all the murders which are somehow similar, the motives of the murderers are still a mystery. However, the manner in which they have taken their victims’ lives leaves readable signals and a traceable cause.

In all these, unusual to his style, the FDC cult god is reasonably silent, not because he is shocked, but perhaps because he is silently cheering on his scouts. This would not be surprising bearing in mind that after the elections, the self-made “people’s president” painted a clear writing on the wall. Make UGANDA UNGOVERNABLE. I shall link the message to the messenger later on.

With these gruesome murders still ongoing, the residents need answers, the victims’ justice and the entire country needs reassurance that our security machinery is in charge. These demands are justified and asking the police to account to its client which is the population is not too much.

However, in such situations, when pressure mounts, concentration is compromised and in the quest to find quick answers when concentration is compromised, unauthenticated reports and counter reports, contradictions and falsehoods become the order of the day.

Ultimately when the public sniffs any slight lack of co-ordination, trust and confidence in the police wanes.

In the absence of effective communication between the police and the public, theorists’ analysts and liars take the day.

I have no doubt that the police have the will and the capacity to carry out a quick and professional investigation into these murders to bring the perpetrators to book and restore calm in Entebbe.

The IGP and his team, however, have to understand the complexity of dealing with terrorism. The terrorist is still masked and can hit at any hour, any day and anywhere in the world later on Entebbe. Once this basic fact is appreciated, police will resort to working professionally and effectively without pressure.

World over, the media is obsessed with numbers and Ugandan media in particular with death. Police and security organs should not leave the work of informing the public to the media, it’s the work of PROs in these organisations to update, calm the public and inform all and sundry of the progress of efforts in place.

The public will understand that much as the police is working 24/7, the war on terror and operations in this war are not subject to timetables or fixed dates.

The terrorist is and continues to be innovative, high tech and evolves daily almost mutates like viruses in pathological warfare. There is no antidote to terrorism, yet given the required resources, skills and patience we can ably fight it and keep it in check. The police and its sister security organs have made huge strides in this war and Ugandans and their properties are secure now more than ever.

Needless to say, in a world infested with corruption, a sensational media, uncontrollable social media and unpatriotic power hungry colonels, the police has to be smarter and always on top of their game.

Now linking these events to the doctor of defiance does not need rocket science neither is this theory baseless. Coming to 2011 elections, the entire country was at peace for the first time in many years. ADF had been defeated decisively way back, Joseph Kony and his LRA had been relegated to tourists in CAR and the DRC and the Karimojong cattle rustlers were checkmated too. That is why President Museveni and NRM candidates garnered votes in Northern Uganda which had been an opposition stronghold. The FDC had lost the blue districts in Northern Uganda to its nemesis. With peace and sanity restored and communities back on the road to economic recovery, the opposition web of lies were unsustainable.

Fast forward to 2016 elections, President Museveni’s most powerful piece on board was the security of all Uganda and he didn’t shy away from using this to deliver a humbling mate to the designated loser Col. Besigye. With no more lies to peddle in the north and an eminent defeat in a general election, the prophet of tsunami went to the drawing board and came up with the defiance campaign. The best way to discredit the NRM administration was to dent its security legacy and not wanting to disappoint, the Colonel hit the ground running.

The Kasese insurgency was a brain of the FDC to bring the country to its knees, Winnie Kiiza and her bosses in Najanankumbi cared less about the numbers of the dead and in fact they wanted dead as many as possible including the Musinga. As fate would have it, good prevailed over evil and the NRM leadership had a solution.

With little public support and members of his own party worn out from empty promises, what remains of the hopeless Col. Besigye is to make true of his mission, MAKING UGANDA UNGOVERNABLE. When you look at the victims in Entebbe, you realise that the main aim is to make the murders as horrific as possible, as similar in fashion as possible and as close to one another as possible. Ultimately, this sows seeds of terror in the populace, women are petrified and President Museveni’s ability to protect Ugandans and their properties is brought into disrepute.

I, therefore, strongly believe that Col. Besigye is not just watching. If he is not actively financing and coordinating this anarchy, he is morally supporting his scouts who are doing the dirty work for him.

My appeal to the police is to co-ordinate all your operations, open the communication channels, desist from trying to fix dates and timetable to this problem and keep the populace calm and as sure as night follows day, good shall prevail over evil.

The writer works with consumer protection at the ministry commerce in Doha Qatar

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Kenya should just revert back to manual counting at the polling station!


Protests in Kenya follow election hacking claim

By George Okello via UAH

I will never trust computer managed elections in Africa. These systems depend on the integrity of the individuals managing them. I can see in the IT network we use here in the UK for the NHS. We workers are just very tiny operators behind a screen connected to a very huge and complicated cyber and digital jungle- there are only a handful of people who really know how the system works and how to use, manipulate the data it contains and makes available for staff as well as for public consumption. These few key people, located at its strategic nerve centres, can do what they want with it. No one can stop them.

Digitally managed elections work in the developed countries because of two factors:

1. The staff managing elections are generally non-partisan civil servants with undoubted integrity and with no personal interest in massaging the results of the elections. Compare to Africa where money can buy anyone who is located at a key point in the delivery and tallying process.
2. The moral compass in the developed countries, the difference between right and wrong, has very little comparision with what that in Africa where people carry their biases to their jobs and will not hesitate to massage a situation if it benefits his preferred candidate- and will not see anything wrong with it..

You already know for a fact every Elections Commission in Africa is appointed by the government in power, and its primary purpose is to manage the process so that the appointing authority wins. Most Elections commissions act just like an appendage of the regime or the ruling party and do not even pretend to be non-partisan. Just look at the IEBC, even before the elections. The opposition had to take it again and again to the courts, even before the elections, to get it to clean up its system- a process it vehemently resisted.

The IEBC was a partisan agency from start to finish. Its Chairman, Chebukatti was appointed by Jomo Kenyatta just 7 months before the elections with a brief to deliver victory, but to make it uncontroversial and as smooth as as possible, using digital computer generated skullduggery. Unfortunately for him, his running dogs or field officers did not know how to use computers, and were so inept at cheating even a child could detect their scams.

Kenyatta should have hired foreign computer experts from London- the 16-25 year old hackers who are running rings around,and playing havoc with,computer networks and businesses here in the UK, and costing companies millions of pounds to protect themselves.

I think Kenya should just revert back to manual counting at the polling station and submission of the results to the tallying centres by hand. That would deliver a more credible result, although it would take more time. Or else, commission an independent western polling agency to manage the process.

Would Daudi Ochieng, an Acholi, have made an excellent Katikiro of Buganda?


Daudi Ochieng

By Ssekajja via UAH forum

A true Muganda nationalist, should embrace the idea of even a non-Muganda, to be presented as Katikiro of Buganda, as long as they truly subscribe to the notion of defending and promoting the interests of the Kingdom.

Would Daudi Ochieng, an Acholi, have made an excellent Katikiro of Buganda? There’s no doubt in my mind, that this non-Muganda by birth would most probably, indeed, have been a better Katikiro, than the master of cozenage, Mayiga, who is cajoling the sons and daughters of Kintu out of the land of their grandfathers.

“Bano be bamu ku baana ba Sir Edward Gavumenti ya Uganda b’eweerera, okuva ku ddyo: Omumbejja Kagere, Nassolo, Sir Edward, ne Mutebi”
From Musizi, November 1968


Mayiga, himself, once described Daudi Ochieng as a true nationalist, with good leadership qualities, who defended Buganda kingdom interests in Parliament faithfully without any fear. Try and compare that Acholi with our real born Baganda in Parliament today.

Prof.Nsibambi warned me off his daughters but he’s a good man!


Apolo Robin Nsibambi is a Ugandan academic and politician who was Prime Minister of Uganda from 5 April 1999 until 24 May 2011


By George Okello, London, via UAH forum

Professor Apollo Nsibambi, rather bizarrely, was a friend of mine when I was at universityy, mainly because of the intellectual debate taking place at the time, pitting him on one side and professor Mahmood Mamdani on the other, which I followed with close interest. I usually participated in the annual Mawazo Conferences which their faculty organised and every year brought together African intecletuals in debate.

Before I left Uganda, he warned me about showing interest in his daughter, saying he would never allow her to get married to a “marxist”. I wonder why he got into bed with the NRA because at the time I knew him, he was a staunch monarchist, but I understand he is no longer close to Kabaka Mutebi and Mengo. I wish I had stayed long enough to win over his daughter- maybe Mutebi would have appointed me his Katikiro.

He is a very warm and friendly man, even though some may not like his views. A bit pompous but in a nice way. Very bubbly and arguementative! And he likes making jokes about everything under the sun.

I last worked with him shortly after the NRA came to power in 1986 and set up a Commission on Local Government which included Professors Mamdani, Mwaka, and Karugire among others. Our commission was to find out what was wrong with local government and recommend a new philosophy and system. This was before the NRA settled on what is now known as ‘the system’.

I was the youngest member of the commission as well as it’s lawyer, and I must say also its heart and soul, having to keep all these makerere dons in check.

We travelled throughout the country, living in beautiful hotels, gorging on the fat of the land, eating sausages for breakfast and roast lambs for dinner,but working in the day talking to the great and the good. I was supposed to be the secretary of this collective of academics and civil servants so I leave it to you to guess how productive we were!

But anyway, Nsibambi and I got on well, but I got on even better with Karugire because we both liked a drink! Every evening Karugire and myself would disappear into the night out of the reach of the group and discover the watering holes of the towns we camped in and would return in the early hours , mostly leg less!!!

Anyway the jokes about girls came about mainly by way of a public fatherly advice by professor Nsibambi, I think he had seen me slip girls into my room in some of the towns we passed through , one girl I met in Fort Portal had surprised me by coming to Kasese without my knowledge or agreement and almost caused a scene, and the professor was getting concerned that I was leading a reckless life style; so that’s why he probably brought in the joke about his daughter, he always thought Marxists were aliens with weird habits !

Any way I left the Commission midway and left the country altogether soon after. Looking back, I frankly don’t think I would be alive today if I had not left Uganda at that time. Either a bullet or HIV would have seen me off. So in some bizarre way I thank kayibanda for kicking me out of Uganda!!!

As for Nsibambi’s time as PM, I think the only thing he brought to the role is dignity as he carried himself well and was scandal free. He is way ahead of the fat arsed ruhakana rugundu who has been kayibanda’s doormat or rug for neon years and still no one knows what he really does, apart from eating himself silly.

Dr.Rugunda is one of the worst buffoons the NRA has created and I don’t see how president Obote could have been taken in by such a fat crook, with hardly any grey matter in his cranium. I would allow Nsibambi to keep his pension but the fat boy would have to pay back all he has looted as well as eaten all these 31 years of gangland rule!

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