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Day July 26, 2019

Kenyans don’t pretend about Ethinicity like Rwanda does!


Justice Philomena Mwilu

By W.B. KYIJOMANYI Via the UAH forum,
Folks:

The next big fish to watch is the DCJ Justice Philomena Mwilu. If Mr. Rotich and Dr Kamau Thugge can be arrested, she too will be arrested because DCI and DPP have enough evidence against her. She must be thinking about what next.

In Kenya where ethnicity is currency, UK opted for Minister Yattani, a Rendile from Marsabit to be acting CS. He then named a substantive treasury sectary, Dr Monzi Muia from Meru.

Ethnicity is dominant , make no mistake about that . We cannot pretend like Kagame that there are no Hutus and Tutsis but only Rwandese. Nonsense. why. Nothing even a genocide wipes away people’s identities.

And in Africa ethnicity is central.

I am not sure about Uganda but in Kenya there is home coming for Mps and Cabinet secretaries and other senior officials. Homecoming parting is intended to celebrate the achievements of their sons or daughter. Thus, such positions are owned by their respective communities so that if in trouble and facing the law, the community comes out to defend their own.

I think it is there in Uganda too. Is it not what the father of the murdered bar owner was alluding too with his sensational claims that his on was murdered because of his tribe?

Do not worry about me, I am urbane.

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DP’s Ben Kiwanuka and Amin were Coffee leaders!


Coffee farmer


By Georges Colot in France, via UAH forum

Uganda coffee has been available in France and all over Europe and America since time immemorial!The Great Benedicto Kiwanuka, when premier, did a lot of effort to continue promoting it overseas and to get subsidies that enabled affordable price given to our farmers; same thing to coffee, tobacco, simsim, cotton, ETC… That was the time when coffee shot from 28 cts a pound to 65 cts, and cotton from 18 cts a pound to 40 cts, ETC..

At the time of Idi Amin our Ugandan Embassy in Paris was a centre for promoting coffee and for seeking market all over Europe. And I remember it was Minister-Counsellor Nathan Odoi (RIP), who eventually became PS in Uganda, who was then in-charge of the coffee body in his capacity as Chief Commercial Attaché at the Embassy. And very many business personalities used to frequent his office!

And remember this was the time when Uganda collected a colossal 1 billion dollars in coffee and cotton sales, a thing which gave some boost to Amin’s dictatorial regime. And stories were rampant as to why Amin was succeeding inside the country because he was strict on encouraging agriculture, and therefore the country had a lot of food and cash crops to boast about!

There is no need to read that bill when tradition, culture, etc.. as part and parcel of Uganda’s farming ambition have already done wonders in the field whose action has produced myriads of very positive assets in all sectors of the nation’s life. Biils and bills under the NRM regime have been read and no democratic debate before the populace has been initiated! Only to hear them voted and passed in Parliament and always to the detriment of the humble population!

The many opposed to the bill are products of the effort of coffee farmers whose taxes etc.. have supported school
and university activity and have helped run all essential services such as health, etc…Coffee, cotton, and the rest are
part and parcel of a working civilization in the country and therefore any question regarding them must be handled
very carefully whether by the govt or by any other institution. Katikkiro Mayiga and others attacking the bill have a good
reason to do so and their point should be carefully looked into. Many have read the bill and they have a deep mistrust
of its intentions!

The Coffee bill and all its unpatriotic attachments are a thing which any Ugandan must find shallow, illogical, and out of mode and out of place ! To begin with, what’s its essence and importance to a potential coffee grower and to any Ugandan who wants to engage in the produce of the commercial product?

Outright it can be seen as something that deprives Ugandans of any initiative to financially cater for their existence through a traditional occupation like agriculture. People proudly enjoy growing cash crops on their bibanjas and this is how they have always tried to succeed in being financially self-reliant and in taking to that pride of developing their local areas and regions!

The government poking their nose everywhere is an act of low class contribution to the welfare of the nation! And all this is politics with unknown plans behind!

Ugandans should push up for coffee and cotton which are among the great products that will, in a not far long run, be in short supply on the world market given the very high consumption levels they now enjoy and will continue to enjoy until their supply will be running to complete exhaustion!

Fellow Ugandans, please grow coffee as you like! And don’t listen to any of those sub-elementary threats which are just intended to marginalize your very great minds!

M7 LIED ABOUT THE COFFEE BILL & ITS DISGUSTING!


By Saasi Marvin

I watched a video of Gen. Museveni calling Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga a liar because Mayiga criticised Government’s move to require #Coffee farmers to have licenses. M7 claims that coffee farmers will just be “registered” but not “licenced”. I have had the opportunity of studying the National Coffee Bill 2018, and I can confidently say that M7 is the LIAR in this national conversation. Here’s why:

Clause 26 (1) of the Bill provides that the National Coffee Authority ‘SHALL register all coffee farmers’ in Uganda. This literally means that unregistered farmers will be growing coffee ILLEGALLY. Clause 1 defines a coffee farmer as ‘a person who grows coffee for commercial purposes.’ How many people have really been growing it for domestic purposes?

Clause 26(2) says that a person can only be registered as a coffee farmer IF, among others, the Coffee Authority has evaluated the land on which the coffee is to be grown and found that land suitable for that purpose. In other words, no person will be allowed to grow coffee unless they have a licence to grow coffee on a particular piece of land.

Clauses 35(1)&(3) say that the Authority shall issue a ‘coffee buyers’ licence, and that no body shall buy coffee without that licence. This means that even if you may grow your coffee illegally without Government’s approval, no body will be allowed to buy it from you without that person having a licence. Having that licence, by extension, also means that a coffee buyer will be breaking the terms of the licence if they purchase coffee from you the ‘unregistered’ farmer.

Clause 54 (1)(j) makes it an offence for any person to deal in coffee “for internal marketing” [whatever that means] without a licence. If caught, he/she is liable to a fine of up to UGX 960,000/=, or 2 years in prison, or both. In short, dare grow coffee without Government’s approval and you’ll see fire .

The mistake Gen. M7 keeps making while addressing the nation is that he imagines he is addressing the docile, unthinking and unquestioning lot that his cabinet is. The earlier he realises we’re not in 1986 anymore, the better for him. Liar. Gambler. Thief!

“Annoying the president” goes beyond the individual’s tolerance to anger


The habit of saying or posting things that are offensive or demeaning to the president, what is it intended to achieve and what is the law regarding that offence intended to achieve?
The most basic meaning of “to annoy” is to“make (someone) a little angry; irritate” according to the online dictionary. Synonyms include “vex, anger, exasperate, irk, gall, pique”.

Different individuals are annoyed or angered differently depending on a litany of factors including context and the existing relationship but, in general, irritating statements are characteristically unkind, demeaning, provocative, accusatory, vindictive, threatening and rude. The fact of an assertion being true does not take away that it can annoy. It matters how the concerned person is addressed; the message matters equally as the forum.

If, for example, I wished to blame or accuse someone of failing to meet their part of a bargain or an accord or to respond to something they did or said about me, if I write a private email or use my phone or inbox to address such a person, the addressee, will likely understand and respond constructively while admitting the problem. He or she would have an opportunity to pour their heart out without fearing that what they will be misconstrued or that their dignity will be brought into question around prying eyes.

On the other hand, if I addressed the person in public, amongst friends, family and even strangers, the same person would be so disappointed owing to the great embarrassment among relations that they would have suffered. Remember that some of the details may be sordid or graphic!

Most severe fallouts and those that have led to acts of vengeance are those where parties involved have washed their dirty linen or said unkind things to or about others in public without an amicable settlement in sight. Reputation is sacred and brittle; once damaged it can never be restored. Untruths or scandalous material about people run faster than truths and modest statements and when dealing with crowds, whose very judgment and rationality is difficult to quantity, it is more complex. Some are gullible while others are adamant and will want to rub in the scandalous thing or rumour or representation they have heard about others and they will take action in reaction to the same.

In the case of a president, their position as a “fountain-of-honour” would have been eroded; their standing, generally, would have been lowered; it could affect how they execute their job as relations with juniors would be compromised. It doesn’t matter the individual holder’s tolerance for abuse. It is the office under attack, its image and efficacy left in tatters. It depends on the influence of the individual alleging things about them and their own reputation or the remedies that the “offended” has.

Usually, the best test of the annoyance inducing levels of a statement is to subject the one hurling such invectives to the same treatment. They will not like it because their intention was to cause pain to the person they hate. Nobody says unkind and demeaning things to or about a person they like or care for. To insult is to subject someone to psychological and emotional pain, with a possibility of getting physical given chance.

By Atuhairwe Robert via Ugandans at Heart (UAH) Community

How users harness language reveals their intentions towards those they ridicule or hold in scorn. That is why one way the secret service goes about organising a visit of the US president anywhere is to look out for persons in the particular area set to host the president and what they have recently said or posted about the president. As much information about them and their connections and networks is gathered; they are monitored closely. In case something sinister happens to the President during the visit, investigators must, as a rule, interview such people to determine if they had a connection to the incident.

What we say about others counts a lot more than the effect it has on them because we give away our ill intentions about them and place ourselves in the weighing scale-how we were brought up, schooled, our peers and so on. There is also an element of incitement to others.

Language is a weapon and the law acts as guide and guarantor of remedies to the offended, but the most important is moral law. Insult is not synonymous with criticism! When a president is demeaned and called names, the inference is that the whole country which he or she leads is what the president has been described as being. Feel sorry for the ordinary citizen who can only be regarded as much lower and undeserving of any dignity and esteem!

Kenya’s Ruto’s biggest weakness are his advisers


Deputy President William Ruto


By WBK Via UAH forum
Ruto’s biggest weakness are his advisers. They shoot from the hip without reflecting. Three in particular stand out, the semi illiterate Oscar Sudi-they say he forged his academic papers and is yet to make his maiden speech in parliament. Then senator Murkomen the majority leader, who called the DPP charges a charade, and then showed up in court the following day to represented some of the suspects.

Btw, Mr. Henry Rotich could not instruct him as did the other top kalenjin suspects. They opted for Kioko Kilukumi sited by Katwa Kigen, tested and capable lawyers. I recognize you would prefer I leave out the ethnic identities but believe me most Kalenjin big wigs opt to instruct one of their own, Mr. Katwa Kigen. He has too much work at the moment.

The third is senator Cheruyiot who speaks too much. WSR needs some mature politicians to guide him. To chill out most times.

And finally, MPs and senators from marginalized Northern communities under the leadership of Hon Duale the house majority leader came out today to thank UK for naming one of their own and urging him to confirm him as the substantive finance minister.

But there is word that Dr Kituyi could return to kenya for the same.

I dont think Bob Wine knows the concept of people power


Bobi Wine and his wife at their Beach in Uganda


By Bobby Alcantara via the UAH forum,

I dont think Bob Wine knows the concept of people power. It is the same as wearing the red beret of Che Guevara without understanding its meaning. Che Guevara’s red beret, which he himself borrowed from Chairman Mao, represented a complete rejection of society as it is currently organised, and its violent overthrow using armed struggle. Che never believed in elections, something Bob Wine is focused on. Equally, the People Power Concept rejects elections. It looks at elections as essentially an exercise in legitimising the status quo. People power focuses on extra legal and illegal methods to bring about change that cannot be brought about using legal or constitutional means, but without resort to violence. People Power aims to overthrow an exiting government or status quo using mass protests, demonstrations, strikes, and civil disobedience but without resorting to armed struggle. Elections as Bob Wine is focused on does not feature in any people power struggle. Sadly, Ugandans have a habit of copying things they dont understand or have have no clue about.

Don’t be surprised that musicians, comedians and even select members of the riff raff have now come into serious contention to be elected as leaders, including president. The fact that an empty-headed fraud like Bob Wine is also aiming to be elected president of Uganda should not surprise you. I did write a piece on this possibility,which I posted here on UAH, but it did not attract any interest although it was exported to other non-Ugandan fora, and generated a lot of debate.

One significant explanation for the rise of the non-politician and non-intellectual into politics is the deep disenchantment, distrust and even hatred that many people in most parts of the world have towards the political class. Whether of the left or of the right, throughout the world, people are rejecting established or establishment political parties and choosing virtual unknowns to become their leaders. Nearly everywhere in Europe, establishment parties are losing out to nationalist far right parties because they feel abandoned by the establishment parties. Donald Trump also benefited from this dissillussionment of the American voter with the political class represented by both the Democratic and the Republican parties.

Armenia has recently also had a non-politician elected as president. Nikol Pashinyan came to power in May 2018 after weeks of mass protests against corruption and cronyism. The former newspaper editor, who was jailed for fomenting unrest in 2008, marked a dramatic break from the cadre of rulers who have run Armenia since the late 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union. And so has a lawyer with almost no political experience been elected president in Slovakia. Anti-corruption candidate Zuzana Caputova won Slovakia’s presidential election, making her the country’s first female head of state. Ms Caputova, who has almost no political experience, defeated high-profile diplomat Maros Sefcovic, nominated by the governing party, in a second round run-off vote. She framed the election as a struggle between good and evil, but otherwise did not have any other policies or programmes.

But most captivating is the predicted victory of Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian and actor who stars as the Ukrainian president in the comic play Servant of the People in the on-going Ukraine elections. Zelensky has effectively run an “anti-campaign”.

The danger ofcourse with electing protest or single issue candidates is what they are going to do with the power that they will inherit. Without a political party or organisation to back them up, how will they deliver even the very few policies they have promised? It is one thing being anti-corruption, but what policies do you have for fighting corruption, and who are your enforcers?

So Abbey Semuwemba is right about Bob Wine, being afflicted by vanity, but I think his experience follows what is happening elsewhere in the world where the population has been exposed to so much suffering, they can’t think properly and just want change. I can say it perfectly and with humility that no ordinary Ugandan who has his thinking cap on would elect an uneducated person like Bob Wine, to even the MP position he currently occupies, leave alone president of the country.

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