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UTL must not go into business &Uganda should embrace data transmission!

By Edward Mulindwa via UAH forum,


Communication is built for two things: voice transmission and data transmission. Voice transmission is very easy to install anywhere and in any country, for God’s sake if you put two cans apart and run a thread between them, two people can talk to each other. Data transmission is complicated, you need to wire the entire country. You need to install fiber optics and dig those pipes underground to every room in the house in the whole country. Some exchanges are so delicate that need to be underground to prevent dust from going in. We are talking about millions of dollars literary, and this needs to be a government investment, for it is the government that can find such amounts of money.

There is a reason I ignore Uganda discussion, for I spent about five years pushing Ugandans to embrace Data Communication, degree holders laughed at me for I was far behind on the developments Museveni is bringing to Uganda. Cells are coming and I will be in United States and talk to my mother in Lwengo. So they screamed. Educating them that cell communication was not going to transmit data was so complicated to put through the very thick heads.

Cell phones must never be relied on, for banks will never talk to each other through a cell tower but through Data transmission which Uganda does not have. I wrote several pieces in Uganda papers arguing our governors to start investing into a national cablization to no success, for every thick head was jumping up and down for the cell phones. They went ahead and torn poles out of the ground, and cables out of the underground for now Uganda communication is going to use cell towers.

Fast forward to 2019 I use a cell tower to communicate but inside my dwell I have what we call a loop line, which feeds directly into my dwell. Every city that has data communication is wired and will remain wired until when we get a new technology that transmits without a cable. And in 2019 Uganda does not have a single agency transmitting data. Not a Government agency nor a private agency. Without transmitting Data in 2019 you are a dead meat. Now for me I am interested into voice communication, and I have worked in the largest communication company in this country, but I look at the data that is transmitted as it controls, security parameters, as it controls traffic lights, as it controls all the details Bwanika a researcher needs, and Ugandans are simply not that ahead thinking.

It is very sad that in 2019 I have again repeated to post about Data transmission, when I literary torched years of my very valuable time to raise it in Ugandanet and the Barigye’ s simply failed to grasp what I was talking about.

The infrastructure its self and the service provided

Since the infrastructure is very crucial to national development and security, I will rather leave the whole of it in the government hand. Let that be left under the UTL, which must remain a full government agency. I am one of those people that believe into privatization, but national security must always be left in government hands.

Thus I will never privatize power supply, water supply, sewage treatment, communication infrastructure and a couple more I will not mention here. Because communication must be nationwide, the government is the only agency that will supply the infrastructure nationwide than private people that will care only on hot markets.If UTL could work and connect all the 19 million house hold in this country – Uganda could be earning in the region of US 50 -70 million dollar (under estimate) if not more in a year.” End quote.

We must never discourage Uganda companies or foreign companies from making money, becoming rich is never a sin. We are not Democrats and that is how capitalism works. UTL must not go into business, it must only remain in acquiring and maintaining the infrastructure that runs data. The companies above must be allowed to feed on UTL’s infrastructure and pay for it. If you are worried about the money they make in Uganda tax it.

The moment you combine ownership of infrastructure and using it to make money, you are forgetting that UTL is ran and owned by the government, I do not want the government to decide what it streams to my television, I need that to be decided by the market. Thus if I find out that Acholi love to watch porn, and they are willing to pay for it, I should be allowed to make my own down streaming system, pay UTL for its infrastructure, and I stream the porn to the Acholi. I am not for allowing one government agency that has already got a monopoly of owning and distributing the infrastructure to have a second monopoly of down streaming.

Lastly as this system becomes accessible to the country, Ugandans must start to fight the problem of buying power in Uganda. Yes the Semalulu’s can send the systems out there, but how many Ugandans can actually pay for the service? For argument sake let us put the service at 200 shillings a month, how many people outside the urban centers can afford that price every month? If I walk into a village 5 miles past Kikyuusa, how many people do I have in that village that can manage a line to their home at a monthly price of 200 shillings? There is a reason power flew from Soroti directly to Lira, were there no people in between? Yes they were but they were un able to tap on the line because they have no buying power.

Life in those regions has been left on kibbo and two minwes of Gonja too long that it needs to be addressed, for these services are too expensive, and the Semalulu’s that install and maintain them have to be paid fairly. Uganda’s programs have been ran on urban centers basis far too long when the majority of population is in rural areas. Fight the Data transmission war but fight it with a secondary war of buying power to the population. That buying power is going to stall every development you need in the country.

Personally I would address the buying power sector before I fight for the transmission of data. But again that is me.

Shimon school land belonged to Prince Kakungulu of Kibuli family

By Frank Mujabi via UAH forum
JULIUS Businge of The Independent Magazine cannot be this ignorant in his article,Sudhir’s Kingdom Kampala Mall’: He is just an accomplished tribalistic liar.

He conveniently forgets to say that this building was the Shimoni school for over 50 years and that the land belonged to Prince Kakungulu of Kibuli family .

The newly open Kingdom Mall Kampala

The Kakungulu leased the land to Shimoni school over 60 years ago, and when the 49 year lease expired, some ‘Twalire’ thief in the Ministry of Education took over the land and fraudulently claimed that it belonged to the Ministry Of Education, and quickly sold it to the Saudi Prince.

The Saudi Prince who had started building a big hotel but was stopped by Prince Nakibinge who had the expired lease, and land titles.

The place has been in limbo until recently when now it is claimed that Sudhir owns it, having bought it off the Saudi Prince!

The Businge’s are convinsed that they can rewrite history with a gun.

Madness Of Black People

By Jean Gasho

Black people are the least successful people in the world. According to research, in USA white people are five times richer than black people. In the UK alone, half of young black males are unemployed. In Africa, poverty is the continent’s middle name.

Yes, white people and racism can be blamed here and there for the suffering of the black people, but the truth is most of the suffering of the black race is self-inflicted. Black people refuse to think for themselves. One of the greatest gifts God gave to mankind is the ability to think critically but sadly, black people refuses to do this, always needing a “man of God” to think for them. Donald Trump is reported to have said black people are lazy, I think what he meant was that black people are cognitively lazy. It’s not a racist statement, it’s brutal truth.

Being the poorest people in the world, yet the most religious, believing that God should somehow miraculously bless them with wealth by going to church and yet they will always remain in poverty. Not long ago I was also part of the black circus of religion. Being in a black Pentecostal church made me completely retarded as I was no longer able to use my God-given mind to think for myself. I entered the church building with money and left it there thinking that would give me a breakthrough.

Today I watch in sadness as millions of my black brothers and sisters abandon their minds in the name of Church/God. As we were entering into the New Year, black people flocked in churches on 31st December for All Night Services dubbed The Crossovers leaving churches at early hours of the morning on New Years Day. Most of these Crossover services have nothing to do with the salvation of soul or seeking the face of God but rather claiming financial breakthroughs and miracles.

The Black Pastors, Spiritual Fathers and “Prophets” made the most of New Year’s Eve. For them, New Year is a time to make more millions as they tell their gullible followers to sow seeds so that they will be blessed in 2017. They tell single women that they will be getting married in 2017. People were promised big breakthroughs, cars, houses, businesses, promotions etc. Everyone will be so hyped up at these freaky Crossover services.

Now the sad thing is these gullible followers were promised the very same thing the previous year. They were also told that 2016 was their year but at end of the year, they are exactly the same as they were the previous year, and the year after. No breakthroughs! No miracles! But they still went again to this New Years Eve for some fresh “anointing”. Is this not some mental illness?

In the UK prosperity false prophet, Uebert Angel resorted to Porn Star Ray J as his guest of honor at his CrossOver all night service just to pull the crowds. Ray J is the Black American who made Kim Kardashian rich and famous (through a sex tape) whilst being the loser in the end. Now Uebert Angel thinks it was something worth bragging about that Ray J was the guest of honor at his Crossover night service.

Zimbabwe probably has the highest population of prosperity “prophets” in Africa even though it is now the second poorest country in the world. The poverty stricken people of Zimbabwe are obsessed with false prophets and spiritual Fathers.

Ghana’s s Spiritual leader Bishop Dr. Obinim promised his millions of followers that “2017, work on the good prophecies and dreams to materialize”-Bishop Dr. Daniel Obinim says…

False Prophet Walter Magaya also held his own Crossover Night where he promised his blind followers prosperity. Another Zimbabwean False Prophet Eugene Makore who is always bragging on Facebook about his flashy cars asked people to sow a seed (money) so that they receive their 2017 breakthroughs. The breakthroughs was in packages, gold, silver, bronze, and platinum. These packages are according to how much money you give off course. With the platinum package, you get a chance to speak to Eugene Makore directly on the phone, which is supposed to be a “blessing”.

If you think Eugene Makore is barking mad, wait for this. Father of all false prophets in Africa Emmanuel Makandiwa did a massive New Year Cross Over service for 2017 where he promised even bigger financial miracles and breakthroughs. The gullible followers were told to pay as much as $7000 for bigger blessings. Emmanuel Makandiwa is the spiritual son of Ghana’s Prophet Victor Boateng. If Ghanaians are able to make these “Men of God” millionaires, why then do they blame *John Dramini Mahama for poverty.*

As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, white people are more successful financially than black people simply because they use their brains, its that simple. God doesn’t grant you success because you have paid money in church or fasted. Mark Zuckerberg didn’t pray and fast to become a billionaire, he simply used his intelligence and added hard work to it. No Papa had to lay his hands on him to invent Facebook.

So for those single women who have been promised husbands by their “prophets”, forget what Papa has said and just get out more, and maybe stop putting too much makeup that you are barely recognisable, and surely you will meet someone. For those who want financial breakthroughs, work hard, be innovative and maybe use your God given talents to get to your destiny. You don’t need special anointing oil from a “Prophet” to be successful.

2017 will just like any other year. You make it special by your own efforts. It isn’t a year of breakthroughs or whatever stupid themes your “prophets” promise you.

Until black people are able to think for themselves, work hard, identify opportunities, take a risk in entering into new areas, they will continue to be impoverished hence a nitch market for self-styled prophets to be richer. Stop this New Year Cross-Over madness.

Think Investment and stop fighting over increments of salaries

By Halima Kiberu via UAH facebook group

Jack Ma, the richest man in China said:
‘If you put Bananas and Money in front of Monkeys, monkeys will choose Bananas because monkeys do not know that money can buy a lot of Bananas’.

Jack Ma

IN REALITY, if you offer JOB and BUSINESS to people, they would choose JOB because most people do not know that BUSINESS can bring more MONEY than wages.

Similarly,Robert Kiyosaki, author of the best selling book “RICH DAD, POOR DAD” and also a business partner of Donald Trump said:
“One of the reasons poor are poor, is because they are NOT TRAINED TO RECOGNIZE ENTREPRENEURSHIP OPPORTUNITIES.
They spend too much time in school and what they have learnt in school, is to WORK FOR WAGES instead of MONEY WORKING FOR THEM.
“Profit is better than wages, for wages can make you a living but profits can bring you a fortune.”
THINK INVESTMENT and stop fighting over increments of salaries, it still won’t be enough*

Africans should learn something from Asians!

By Halima Kiberu via UAH facebook group

Take two businessmen, a Muganda by tribe,Semuwemba, running an electronic shop in Kampala and Patel(an Indian) running an autospare shop in Bwaise. Both men take their sons to Makerere University for a degree course. Patel’s son commutes daily from Bwaise while Semuwemba’s son lives in a small rented bedsitter near the university.

Before joining college, Patel’s son used to spend his days at the autospare shop- a routine he continues every Sat when not going to college. During the vacations, he even takes over the management. Semuwemba on the other side believes that shops is not the place for his University going son so he should get a degree and get a better job.

The two young men graduate and go seperate ways. Patel junior now takes over the running of the autospare shop. Semuwemba jr hits the road, looking for a job. Two years and he gets a job as a bank teller, supermarket clerk etc, after six months and with meagre income, Semuwemba’s son is frustrated and decides to go back for an MBA and improve his CV.

In the same period, Patel jr has gained some management skills of running the shop with a workforce of five employees. In his interactions with fellow businessmen and trips to source business stocks in China and india, he meets an Indian businessman who is trying to market some softwares and computer accessories manufactured in India and Taiwan. He and another accomplice form a company and agree to distribute them. At first, the company is operated from the backyard of the autoshop.

Both men are now 28. Patel jr is now confident and experienced in making business deals. He approaches a few companies, does presentations and convinces them to take up his products.

By now, he has passed the autospare shop to his siblings and is now running a full fledged IT company.

Semuwemba jr has graduated with an MBA, is now driving a car on loan and is now looking for a better job. He ends up becoming an employee at Patel’s company as a supervisor.

Guys, that is where the real entrepreneurship classes start, and a foot-holding is all our youth require. Don’t wonder why our MBA degree holders are looking for internship at Tuskys and wonder no more how Indians are still ruling this business economy!

Education without a focus only turns graduates into dependents. Let’s mentor & encourage our children accordingly.

Filipinos are better at business than Ugandans!

By George Okello in London

Ben Kiwanuka’s family is not an exception. My own mum also had her house mortgaged by a relative, and I only knew about it when the relative failed to keep up with the repayments and the bank began proceedings to repossess.To avoid any unnecessary bad blood, we just had to pay off the mortgage and transfer the title of the house to a sister.

Sad to say, but I don’t actually blame the relative. If I was living in Uganda, and caught up in the crushing poverty- with children going to university, but with no job, no income, not even knowing how the next meal will come, I would probably also do the same. I cant see my children starving when there is an asset that I can use to avoid such a catastrophe.

The problem with Ugandans is that they don’t have a business sense or culture- we will mortgage a house or land for shs.5 billion and then “invest” it in a monkey business. The state of the Ugandan economy now is such that it is only speculative investments- the ones made for quick profit- but carrying very high risks that most Ugandans go for. Our people will not go for investments where growth is slow, and it may take 3 or even 5 years just to break even before you begin to realise any profits. Our people do not separate capital and outgoings from free or disposable income that you can use as you wish. A person will import shoes for £5,000 and then begin to use up the sales coming in, not knowing that he first has to break even- the £5,000 has to be recovered first – before he can even begin to spend a single cent on himself.

In this respect, Filipinos are very different from Ugandans, in that they have a business sense. When you lend them money, they know it is a loan that has to be repaid. The same with the Indians. The family member they employ in their corner shop knows the shop runs on credit, so will be careful not to steal the money in the till, thinking that the owner of the business is very “rich”, which is what Ugandans often do. They see shs 500,000 in the till and they immediately think you are very rich- not knowing the bank will be demanding shs 3 million at the end of the month.

I once lent my Filipino in laws £10,000 to buy a Jeepney- Matatu in Uganda. In my mind, I did not think I would get it back- but thought that was the less painful way of putting them off from making constant demands for money. To my surprise my brother in law paid me back in less than two years, and even within those two years, he had bought 2 jeepneys of his own and was now employing other members of the family. Such a thing would never happen in Uganda!

At about the same time that I lent my in laws money, my own cousin here in London,bought a tractor for his parents to use for hire back home. But within three months, he was still getting letters from them saying they needed money for fuel, that the tractor had broken down and they needed money for spares, blah, blah blah. He got fed up and told them to sell the tractor and never to bother him again.

That’s Uganda for you. A country where no one wants to help himself or herself. A country god forgot.

Indicators of a sick economy

When I suggest to government to pick the tabs on Urban Planning and Town development I intend to argue government to directly get involved in the development of this country Uganda.

There you’re setting up the most basic infrastructure and appended professional man power which Uganda lacks everywhere.

a. The stock exchange in Uganda has less that 15 Uganda companies listed and for two year n a row it is almost dormant.

b. Lack of Construction cranes in building site virtually all over Uganda shows 1. Level of development and 2. Magnitude of invest in shilling terms!

c. That local governments in Uganda are basically service oriented and almost lack physical planning / engineering capabilities is pointer to lack of development in almost Uganda territory.

d. The above explains the number of professional and expert; architects, engineers, cartographers, economists, lawyers working or operating in any Uganda district towns.

e. Once that class is not present in district – development is an illusion.

f. Uganda has virtually no capacity to design major engineering projects; i.e. roads, dams, large scale engineering networks.

g. Lack of visible manufacturing and processing industry is an addition to level of development in Uganda.
Because of the above, Uganda a petty dealers and no major international company will find it easy to invest into such a country!

Bwanika Daniel, Luwero via UAH

Only the prostitutes in Uganda who know how to treat their customer with respect!

Ugandan businesses and office bearers generally, view customers as problems. In fact one of my male relative who lives abroad and a regular visitor to the old country once joked, and no “offence intended”, that it’s only the prostitutes in Uganda who know how to treat their customer with respect and about time business people and office bearers go and learn from them, customer service.

Ugandans unfortunately, imbibe fear of authority from day zero and from day one, it’s inculcated in them not to question authority and asking for help in any form, paid or unpaid, it must be done with maximum respect because to ask is being burdensome. Then, Money and customer had nothing to do with it. Presently, Ugandans have began to realise the value of money and they will do anything for it. It’s the next stage that, they’re yet to reach. The value of customer service. It’s not for nothing that my caption below says that civilisation is a stage by stage approach. Until Ugandans reach that stage, they will not treat customers with any respect.

This also goes to those with money. When you see the way those returnee Ugandans from abroad (kyeyo) throw tantrums when seeking attention, you get sickened. They demand too much and behave like they are from mars, particularly, the women with their big wig and the fake hair being swept side to like lajanawara (long grass, in Acholi plains) and holding to litters of Muzungu children in their hands, and flaunting foreign accent. Goodness me! They seem more of a pain than our shop keepers, office bearers and bankers who treat Ugandans like vermin. Ofcourse, they are right to demand better service but the way they do it, is just as bad.

I don’t want to go into hospital where falling sick and seeking medical help is a crime. The nurses that once treated people like humans are now worse than prison warders. A patient effectively becomes their prisoner and who they can easily condemn to death. But i leave that for another time.


Don’t know how much is left to privatize now in Uganda?

President Yoweri Museveni announces a retreat from Privatization.Don’t know how much is left to privatize now, but I guess it was inevitable when we embraced Capitalism.

Does government have the capacity to run its business well now?

Should the government go with the contract idea, private investors can be given the choice to provide services for a given period during which government will still have oversight with the option of renewing the contract or using other investors on another run?

Private investors are very crucial to the economy of our country and government has to be the largest employer but must improve its auditing procedures to make it all work.

Eddie, M.D Via UAH forum

Bank of Uganda Statement on the Exchange Rate

Uganda’s exchange rate against the US dollar, in common with those of many other countries around the world, has come under strong pressure in recent weeks. This is mainly for two reasons. First the dollar has itself strengthened dramatically on global markets, for example by 13 percent against the Euro since the start of 2015. Second, in Uganda demand for dollars has increased strongly, mainly from the corporate sector, to fund imports and dividend payments to foreign shareholders following improved corporate profits in 2015. Unfortunately export earnings have declined mainly because of problems in foreign exchange markets, hence the current account deficit has widened.

The BOU’s policy is not to peg the exchange rate or otherwise prevent it from adjusting to levels which are sustainable in the long run. However, when exchange rate movements are too rapid, the BOU will intervene to dampen volatility. After a sharp fall in the Shilling in mid morning, the BOU intervened and sold dollars, which restored some stability to the market.

There has been concern voiced in the media about a re-run of the instability of 2011, especially because of fears of election related public spending, and these concerns may be contributing to the pressure on the exchange rate. There are, however, major differences between the situation in 2011 and that of today. In particular, under the macroeconomic framework that has been put in place since 2011 the BOU will not finance Government borrowing and it will use its policy interest rate to forestall any danger of inflation rising above the medium term policy target of 5 percent. The strength of Uganda’s macroeconomic framework has been recognized by, among others, the international credit rating agencies. For example, Fitch upgraded Uganda’s sovereign credit rating from B to B+ on February 15, 2015, citing in particular Uganda’s good track record of prudent macroeconomic policies supporting robust growth.

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