Category Sectarianism and Public Service

Museveni blocked me for an international job as he did with Otunu


FDC hails gov’t for supporting Byanyima’s UNAids appointment

By George Okello In London via the UAH forum
You see here the FDC’s achilles’s heel gets exposed once again with the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as Executive Director of UNAIDS. You must be supported by your own government in order to be appointed to such a position. Conversely, your government can block your appointment if it does not want you as it constantly blocked Olara Otunu’s apointment to Deputy Secretary General to the extent of forcing him to take the citizenship of the Ivory Coast.

Obviously Kayibanda has no problem with his former girlfriend being appointed to this position, but what about the FDC?It is the same problem the FDC had with the appointment of Anne Mugisha to the UN regional office in Somalia. To get the support of the Ugandan government, she had to kneel down before Kayibanda and promise to withdraw completely from politics, a promise she has kept up to today.

So what promise has the FDC got from kayibanda for supporting the appointment of Byanyima to this top position? Winnie was on her way out of Oxfam anyway following the horrible sex abuse carried out under her watch by Oxfam staff on very vulnerable girls in poor countries, so this post has come at the right time for her.

With apointments like this, many people do not see any difference between NRA and FDC. The difference is very cosmetic as the two feed on each other and need each other to survive.

Uganda needs a completely new start.How is backing Byanyima decent when Kayibanda has blocked every single person from the north who has been appointed to an international job requiring home country endorsement?

Olara Otunnu comes to mind. Kayibanda blocked Otunnu time and again from when he wanted to stand as UN Secretary general and when he was appointed Deputy Secretary general. Poor Otunnu was forced to look for a friendly African country to sponsor him, and that’s how he ended up with the Ivory Coast citizenship.

And what about me? I was appointed to a legal post in the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, then based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I had then returned from the Philippines, and at a meeting of Amnesty International, I met the then Director of the Commission who came to talk to us about the Commission, which was still new. Later on at dinner, he said he was very impressed by my overall grasp of African human rights issues, and my energy and enthusiasm, so he asked me to go and work for him in Addis Ababa, a request I accepted.
I was then asked to make a formal application for the role and was invited for an interview in Addis Ababa. This was a lengthy selection process that involved a written exam, presentations, face to face interview and then a final interview with the Directors. They selected two of us, out of 9 candidates who had competed for the roles.

But to my surprise, I was then told the job required home country approval. I knew at that point, all my effort was wasted. I went to the Ugandan Addis embassy and spoke to some officials there, who assured me they would deal with the matter there at the embassy level, and not pass it on to the Foreign Affairs ministry. I then left and returned to London, and expected the whole process to be completed in about 2 weeks.

After 3 weeks, I got a telephone call from the Addis embassy, telling me that my request for country endorsement had to be passed to the Foreign Affairs Ministry as the embassy had no authority to deal with it, and that somebody would be in contact with me.
In the meantime, the commission was pressing me, wanting to know when I would sort out the endorsement process so that I could start.
After 6 weeks, I finally got a message, from the Uganda embassy in London, telling me I would not be endorsed by the government of Uganda because of the work I had done for international human rights organisations, which was very critical of the Ugandan government, and of Kayibanda Museveni in particular.

Eventually I withdrew my application, even though the Director still wanted me to join them, but at a lower level as an Assistant Legal Officer, which did not require any country endorsement. But I turned it down.

The issue is not about qualifications. Every candidate considered for such a job is highly qualified. Olara Otunnu was for eg highly qualified and met all the required job specifications to be appointed Secretary General or Deputy Secretary General of the UN.

The issue is that for some international jobs such as at the UN, AU, International Court of Justice, World Bank etc, you cannot be appointed to some positions, unless you are endorsed by your own government. Qualifications and experience are required, but home country endorsement is essential and is a road block that disqualifies many competent candidates.

In my case, it wasn’t even a question of being qualified, because I had already done and passed a written test, a video presentation and two oral interviews in a selection process lasting one week.

Looking back, I was not really surprised that I was blocked by kayibanda Rubatisirwa. The African Commission for Human Rights was new and one of its key tasks was to investigate human rights abuses committed by African governments. It was created by the OAU as it was known at the time, but was not universally welcomed by many African governments, including Uganda.

The Commission had problems from the the very beginning with many governments refusing to cooperate with its investigations. Kayibanda Rubatisirwa knew I was going to push for an investigation of Uganda, and especially as the Genocide in Acholi was raging at the time. The last thing kayibanda Rubatisirwa wanted was an investigation by a Commission of the OAU, and so he blocked my appointment.

Actually, the Commission became ineffective as the years went by, it was starved of funds, and moved its HQ from Addis Ababa to Banjul, Gambia to save costs. The Director who appointed me left in frustration after a while.

Later on much of the work of the Commission was taken over by the International Criminal Court, or ICC, which had a higher profile, stronger mandate, and stronger investigatory powers. This time to protect the integrity of the court, governments have no role in the appointment of judges of the court.

But even with these added power and authority, you can see the ICC still faces a huge problem, most of which stemming from reluctance of African governments to cooperate with its work and opposition and hostility from the USA. .

So in the case of Byanyima, she would not have got the UN AIDS job without the nod of kayibanda Rubatisirwa. Only Byanyima and the Fdc know the pound of flesh kayibanda Rubatisirwa demanded for his goodwill. Anybody who has known the modus operandi of the pot bellied Rwandan knows he does not give free meals.

UAH’s Abbey Semuwemba, this is the tribalistic Rwandan thug you have the temerity to call “decent”. Give me a break.

I think FDC is making a huge blunder by making these sorts of backroom deals with kayibanda. It will come to haunt them one day, and they will live to regret it. Winnie Byanyima is scum, and I see no reason why FDC should sacrifice its credibility for her. She is a millstone around Besigye’s neck, and he can never be elected president with Winnie Byanyima holding his waist. Take it or leave, but that’s the fact.What I am saying here is that this UNAIDS appointment has the hallmarks of a case of ‘scratch my back and I will scratch yours’.

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BAGANDAs DON’T CRY FOR #SUSAN;


By a Concerned Muiru.
Bagandas, Easterners and Northerners shouldn’t cry for Susan because this was a Western insider affair. These fat lazy stupid arrogant two-legged pigs called Bahima deny us jobs and then sit with their bi big buttocks in high offices to just brag around and not do any work which would have saved Susan. The bi men bibigula bubiguzi tebilina magezi. Please note that Susan was a Westerner too and these were the very people who got all the oil deals and only employ Westerners in their companies like Enhas and elsewhere. She died and the president (Sababizzi) was all over the place yet when our Entebbe women were being murdered day and night he wasn’t anywhere, even our fathers are being killed in masaka and he’s quiet but just a simple Susan got kidnapped and all the pigs were all over the news. Total Nyokore just.

Late Susan Magara(R.I.P) who was kidnapped, and later killed


I can’t forget the day I went to Ministry of finance to drop in my application and found out that the official language their was Runyankore from cleaners to the directors. They asked me in Runyankore whom i knew there and I didn’t know anyone so they told me not to waste my time. I felt like crying and that’s when I joined Owino. Before you call me tribalistic, just know I’m just writing about it here yet these Bahima are openly and shamelessly practicing it almost everywhere in the country, so who’s bad? Their sons and daughters are the only ones who can afford good schools and then they easily make it to Makerere University and you find that the guild president elections are like Banyankole village elections, total nyokore just.

Now these kidnappers too were Westerners who seemed to have done their homework very well and knew that the family had more than 1 million US dollars to pay. They were even speaking their ki language all over like the SFC soldiers speak Runyankole only since they don’t see any other tribe at statehouse. In deed the Magara family is so rich in that they’re well connected to the president meaning they’re well connected to the national Treasury, so where do Bagandas come into this? Can’t you see that your Northern friends are quiet? Baakoowa dda.

The kidnappers used 17 unregistered SIM cards all along, so where was UCC, ISO, Special Forces and NIRA? Just full of naturally stupid Bahima occupying offices meant for capable and qualified Ugandans who are instead doing jobs out of their professions due to nepotism in job sector. But now that they’re being targeted by kidnappers, God has finally answered our prayers because all the millions they’ve been stealing will be demanded within 20 days or else they’re sons and daughters will face the knife, isn’t this good news?

On the other hand, I fault the Uganda Police for not doing their work to capture or at least get sensible clues about these kidnappers because they had a whole 20 days to do so. They could’ve put a tracker in the paid money, employed a drone to monitor movements of the person who picked the money or even have a professional negotiator to strike a better deal with them so as to save life but they did nothing. These are the stupid Bahima arrogantly posing in our offices, every district they’re the DPCs, every town clerk is Muhima, Kampala Metropolitan Police is like Kiruhura village association with a super art arrogant Muhima head called Mwesigwa and Owoyesigire as the spokesperson, the Baraalo are stealing land in Gulu, Entebbe town is like a village in Kiruhura now. Almost all ranked traffic officers in town are long-nosed with some still walking the city with cow sticks (nkoni) as if we motorists are cows. Gasiya.

The capable northerners and easterners are given lesser junior field roles in Field Force Unit to rot in poverty while the Bagandas like Kirumira are being forced to leave the force. Until qualified people are recruited into relevant offices in this country, expect this shithole to stink even more. If you want to arrest me, find me in my muzigo in Bwaise now, but use a boat because it flooded. Anti that’s where you want us to live.

Baganda have the largest population but westerners dominate almost everything!


Allen Catherine Kagina

By Isaac Balamu via UAH

Baganda have the largest population in Uganda but the Museveni govt has deliberately underemployed them.To understand this very well I will take you back to O level Maths and I will use percentage.

If we have a population of 1000 people of which Buganda are 20%, Bahima 8% and 72% all other tribes. If for 100 jobs you have 20 baganda, 12 bahima and the other 68 comprising of other tribe as it is in the majority of parastatals.

If you look at percentage employed which is the only fair way to look at it ,

Buganda , 20/200 *100 = 10%

Bahima 12/80*100 = 15%

Other 68/1440*100 = 4.7%

It is clear from that example that even though Buganda may seem to be many in a company actually due to their population, there are still under employed.

But if we take this argument to those jobs were the president has appointed people to head, there is no comparison, those who have been seconded to UN jobs no comparison, those who have been sent for future studies, no comparison.

I challenge you all to go and do a research on companies, which have won contracts, check their owners and see if there is a comparison.We carried out an investigation on URA and fought it the most tribal,if you want you can try too what we did. First we applied with our real names and we didn’t get any replies, we then decided to change our names to westerner ones, and guess what we got replies.

This is a Uganda we are living in, those who still have a chance are people who went to good schools were they meet westerners who are in good positions, and then you can also get something, that is fact of the matter.

One thing I have also noticed it has a generation swift, I find my classmate who are westerners not to be tribal at all but our parents’ age, there are worse. Our parents have gone through these things and the only lesson we can take from them is to be patient and never to be frustrated.

What we need in Uganda is to play a discrimination act. There should be also an equality and diversify requirement for all government department and those which seek to work for the government. This will safeguard all of us, without this, then we are doomed but I know Ugandans are resilient people we also find a ways

Hillary-Onek saved the Energy Ministry but other ministers are lazy and useless!


Hillary-Onek

Isaac Balamu via UAH forum

Was it Amin’s fault that those he gave the shops ended up filling them with bananas? That man should be given credit for transforming Uganda .

You see I have said this man times and I get attacked but I think we Ugandans and I could generalise and say Africans in general are a lazy lot. We don’t want to be innovative, we don’t think about tomorrow.

Sometimes I even don’t get mad with Museveni for the failures of his ministers but for keep appointing them, that is the only problem I have with him, though of course he would tell you that he picks from the people sent to him and if we are to get good leaders we should pick well, in a way I agree with on that.

It is not the problem of leader for the failure of those they put in place to act, if you look at health, it is being lead by a qualified doctor. Now,can we ask him what has he done to improve health care in Uganda ?

Doesn’t he know that those companies they have given tenders to produce malaria tablets are producing substandard ones that many people are dying every day of just malaria, and can we blame that on Museveni?

The only minister who tried to do some work in the last cabinet is Onek, the Energy man, in fact he was God sent, if he hadn’t taken over that ministry all these oil issues would not have been uncovered. My brother Migereko was just sleeping when these guys were planning to rob the country dry!

When you talk of roads, I think you are some how unfair to the minister of transport because actually the truck roads are not that bad, it is only the KCC roads which are in a mess and even if you don’t want to agree like most people have clearly refused to accept it, those city roads are not his jurisdiction, in fact around Kampala the roads the ministry looks after are in a decent condition. I know I will get people attacking me on this but unfortunately that is the fact. In fact all roads looked after by UNRA and Works have no potholes, that is a fact, I’m just coming from Uganda recently just two weeks ago and I drove on the network and it was not that bad.

Yes Kampala still has its issues and we pray that the new authority will do something about it , but I think the problem of Kampala more is to do with the large volumes of traffic, in that the loading on the road structure can’t withstand any more load. I think the solution to potholes in Kampala needs a more strategy plan than just a quick fix of filling holes would not work. I understand some people claiming this authority will do nothing, I disgree, when UNRA was formed those in works thought there wouldn’t be a change but actually there was.

But to go back to your point, I think these ministers are the drivers of gov’t policy, they have to formulate those policies which they take to cabinet to be agreed upon. Now unless when we have one minister who can tell us they have made proposals and the president has refused to approval those changes then we can’t blame him. It is true some of our so called visionary leaders are visionless but they have given jobs to those they think have a vision but they have also failed.

Trust me many countries don’t have all their leaders knowing all the solutions to all problems but the people they put in places of responsibility work out these things and convince the leaders that these things are not going to be political suicide for the gov’t. when I look at Cameron and George Osborne here in the UK these guys have no clue about the economics, but they are gambling with it some things work others are not working, but I suspect by two years done the line they would have formed a solution.
The good thing with some of these leaders in these countries, is that when the make a mistake they admit it and actually change cause. In Uganda there are even too dumb to recognise this and the media who would help them out by analysing thing, are also clueless. I think the biggest problem we have in Uganda is this uninformed media, they can’t even sharp a debate. Just look at them here on this forum, they have no clue whatsoever.

We also have a problem of many lazy people hiding behind the president, if you look at men like Kahinda Otafiire, really what has he ever done in gov’t apart from antagonising public servants?

And by the way this disease of laziness has spread to even offices of public delivery. I went in one office, where I spent around four hours, and here I saw five workers sitting in one office chatting. Some on facebook, others on youtube and the rest just talking.

For the time I spent there I didn’t see any of them doing any work at all, and what even surprised me the CEO of the company entered the room and they seemed not even to recognise his presence. This is one of the high profile authorities in Uganda mind you.

Now if that is the mind set, how can we see any progress and improvement? We can blame all we want on the president but if you look at it well I think he is the only person who works for his seat, some of these MPs do a lot of nothing, and because they are NRM, they have been given small constituencies. Some even don’t go back at all but are always elected.

So we should not only focus on the top leadership, we should also demand accountability from some of these ministers, they can’t just draw high salaries and keep doing a lot of nothing and it is the role of the media to put these people to task.

Ndugu Andrew Mujuni Mwenda, get a life!


By Egesa Ronald…….

I liked reading Andrew Mwenda’s writings for Monitor in the noughties(2000s) and went on to religiously read his ‘Last Word’ in independent until 2008. Here is why I stopped in 2008.

At the height of Temangalo saga, I spotted him meeting Amama Mbabazi at Serena Hotel at night and this was followed by Andrew Mujuni Mwenda putting up a spirited defence of Mbabazi role in Temangalo saga using his column in his Independent magazine. I sent him an email with the date and time I spotted him at Serena and he did not reply. I confirmed that the chap is a gun for hire and was double-faced!

I also critically analysed 20 latest copies of his independent magazine and realised that it gave only positive reviews of Rwanda and negative stories on Ugandan politics! I concluded that it was after all not an independent magazine. You could clearly see that Mwenda was doing PR for Rwanda together with his friend Dr. Frederick Golooba Mutebi ( in the East African), while at the same time, he was looking for attention from the Kampala or is it Entebbe regime! Finally, when his quasi-intellectualism was busted by HE Kagame – thanks to British lobbyists and ‘strategists’, he lobbied hard to get close to the centre of power in Kampala. He targeted the post then occupied by Tamale Mirundi, but the President denied him that appointment. Remember the infamous NTV News nights -yes those were all schemes for the Presidential Press Secretary job. I saw through it and stopped watching them.

Like my friend Jone Kyoma put it, Mwenda is a brand parasite. After riding on the Museveni brand to rob HE Kagame with bogus PR, he turned to his host (Museveni) and has realised that he cannot have his way; so he has turned Besigye into his host so as to attract Museveni attention so he can rob him. After realising that the elites have ignored his outbursts against Besigye, he shifted target to the leading social media brand of Tom Voltaire Okwalinga so he can get the much denied attention of the enlightened class.

Ndugu Andrew Mujuni Mwenda, get a life!

LET US REMEMBER BUKENYA:THE HYPOCRITE, THE CONFUSER, THE NRM EXPERIMENT.


pecadilloesThis Bukenya is a confused man. According to Joachim Buwembo, ‘When he got opportunity to be hosted by Tim Sebastian on BBC’s Hard Talk in 2004, Prof Gilbert Bukenya used the occasion to appeal to the world to award the Nobel Peace Prize to President Yoweri Museveni(Instead they gave it to Prof Wangari Mathai.)’

Ask for his opinion now; he might say m7 should be indicted and taken to the Hague.Mbu “mahogany”, kumbe he’s a mere shrub.

I remember In one interview when he was asked about the hat and opening his eyes wide like Kaguta, and the bent hand, and he said and i quote, verbatim “..Yes, I ape him coz i admire him..” who does that? How can you admire a fellow man so much that you start copying the physical characteristics of his person? what other manners have you learnt and copied from him, that are hidden from us? That just shows a WEAK and SPINELESS, UNIMAGINATIVE man, who defines himself by another man.

Typical degree holders: Professor Sebuwufu (also a doctor) did similar things as Bukenya under Obote 2 when he crossed from DP to UPC.CNN once had a programme about such intellectuals engaged in saying things that dont measure up to their expected standards. Guess what its title name was? ‘USEFUL IDIOTS’.

I remember yet another time when during an interview he said that ‘Mutebi is my friend’. Then the statement I will never forget soon after the 2009 Buganda riots and how he said ‘The Kabaka’s wings have to be clipped’.

Remember in Buddu, he decided to go into a “ssabo” ostensibly to show how he valued African-Kiganda culture. It earned him the ire of the Catholic Church of which he is a member and which regarded him as one of theirs. It was game of playing both the populist and the loyalist card, which left people wondering who exactly Bukenya was.

May 10, 2004: “Museveni is Buganda’s best friend. I have been in meetings and you see that he listens to issues of Baganda.”

“I support President Museveni wholly and nothing can change me from that,” Bukenya said in 2007. “Wherever I go, I talk about him in my speeches. Even if they stab me in the back and I am no longer the vice president, I will continue supporting him.”

Bukenya said in July 2008: “Mr Museveni is still strong. So, why should we let him go? Let us support him. I cannot compete with Museveni. How can I turn against my mentor?”

All former DPs are confused and have been used by Museveni and dumped them where they belong. The late DP enigma Ben Kiwanuka’s son Kagimu Kiwanuka. The lad riding on his dad’s name won the Bukomansimbi seat back from the NRM in races that were tightly contested. After securing the seat on a DP platform(parties I think were not yet officially back) then naively thought that by joining NRM he would anchor the NRM supporters to the assured DP support he had. He has since then been relegated to the dustbin of Uganda’politics and the last we got to hear of him was when he was an Ambassador of sorts and said things that were very bogus at a UN assembly-things like ‘back home where I come from, we dont value time……’ Oba ani aloga Ganda politicians?

HANNAH OGWAPITI

RESIDENT DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS (RDCS) NOT NECESSARY!


Uganda has more than 110 districts and each district has an RDC, and his/her deputy and all of them earn Salaries from tax payers Money. Below are the constitutional roles of an RDC, But what is the role of an LCV Chairperson in the District, can’t he/she monitor government programs, can’t district internal security officers head security together with District Police Commanders? Why waste money that would provide health services to the rural poor in paying salaries to these idle and nothing to do RDCS?

ARTICLE 203. Resident district commissioner:

(1) There shall be for each district a resident district commissioner who shall be appointed by the President.
(2) For a person to be appointed a resident district commissioner he or she shall be a citizen of Uganda and qualified to be a member of Parliament.
(3) The functions of a resident district commissioner are—
(a) to monitor the implementation of central and local government services in
the district;
(b) to act as chairperson of the district security committee of the district; and
(c) to carry out such other functions as may be assigned by the President or prescribed by Parliament by law.

In principle the RDC office at districts enjoy a luxury life with two vehicles and their drivers, 2 armed security guards!!

We spend about 6.4M each month and in every 112 districts of Uganda on RDCs just to do three things. No wander they are always in every funerals!

I hope u are already aware that come this coming financial year, an RDC will pocket 5 million + and a deputy will bounce with 4+!!, secretaries and an office team of more than 5. Allowances, medical insurance for seven members of their families, and a classified budget that is never known or audited!! What is this?? A lay man in Rubirizi calls him “entuumwa ya prezidenti” or a representative of the president, and who gains at the end of the day?? The answer is M7 and this will deepen political patronage and if u dream of regime change soon, please rest yo case and focuss on something else. Move on, Uganda is under siege and only God can save u by soon recalling these hijackers to hell!!!

H.O

MUSEVENI RAIDS COURT AGAIN – FROM BLACK MAMBA TO KIFEESI


BY SARAH NALUKENGE VIA UAH FACEBOOK GROUP

Uganda’s military dictator, Museveni has once again raided courts of law in a wider scheme coerce judicial officers into submission as a judicial arm of his regime. Unlike the Police and Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) which he has fully incorporated into his dictatorial regime, the judiciary still has some pockets of judicial officers who are determined to act professionally. Like in any other African dictatorship, the Museveni dictatorship treats members of the legal fraternity are as enemies of the state simply because they ‘undermine’ his schemes of manipulating the the rule of law. Like has been the case with Journalists, the legal fraternity under Museveni has borne the brunt of the military dictator.

BLACK MAMBA

The name Black Mamba was coined by the members of the public following a nasty incident in November 2005 when Museveni deployed hooded commandos donning black T/shirts and wielding Israel made Macro Garill machine guns raided the High Court to reverse a court order. These were commando soldiers under CMI who had been trained and armed by Israel retired army officers. It was on November 16th, 2005 when the High Court of Uganda granted bail to 14 civilians whom the Museveni regime had been accusing of treason in connection with the shadow PRA rebel group and linking them to opposition leader, Dr. Besigye. Before the suspects could regain their freedom, these heavily armed commandos besieged the High Court premises taking hostage all the top brass of the third arm of the state (judiciary), the suspects, their relatives and friends and other innocent people. The commandos forcefully arrested the 14 suspects and whisked them away before slamming terrorism charges on them before the General Court Martial the following day and remanded. The act received condemnation from all corners of the globe with the donor community cutting some aid. Later in Jan 2006 the the Constitutional Court ruled that the continued trial of the 14 suspects in the military court martial was illegal and ordered for their release but Museveni simply ignored the ruling and continued to hold the suspects in detention. The matter came to pass and it did not take long for Museveni to arrange another raid a year later.
ALLEGORY
On March 1, 2007, Museveni deployed about 50 plain clothed security officers who raided the same High Court and rearrested five men whom court had just granted bail after they had spent 15 months on remand. During the scuffle, Lawyers, Journalists relatives of suspects and top judicial officers were subjected to a scuffle that left Advocate Kiyemba Mutale seriously assaulted by a senior police officer. The siege ended at around 8.30 p.m when the five victims attempted to leave the court premises in the company of the Deputy Chief Justice and the Principal Judge were brutally arrested them. They were taken to Bushenyi and Arua and charged with Murder. All the top Judicial officers condemned the act before they together with the lawyers went on strike for one week. The Minister of Internal Affairs, then Hon Rugunda described the strike as “an unwarranted decision” before adding that the government was investigating the matter and that appropriate action was to be taken after the results. Like had been the case with the 2005 raid by the Black Mambas, this incident was swept under the carpet and no one was made to account.

In July 2013, former Coordinator of Intelligence services, Gen. David Ssejusa while appearing on VOA told the world that the 2005 invasion of the High Court could not have occurred without the express authority and instructions of the highest office (Museveni). The then Chief Justice, Benjamin Odoki in an interview with The Daily Monitor said that “…….if I had been in the country, the situation would have been different. The precincts of the court are sanctified, they are sacred. Its like an embassy, you don’t go to the American Embassy and arrest anybody”.

On 9th July 2016, Museveni deployed unruly youthful urban goons to attack the second arm of government (parliament) in protest against the summoning of his police chief by the parliamentary committee on Defense and Internal Affairs. As they fiercely fought with a rival faction, the brutal police which is usually brutal against other protesters just looked on because the goons had the express authority and instructions of the highest office (Museveni). The incident was swept under the carpet and the following day Museveni organized, facilitated and deployed more goons to attack the Chief Magistrates Court at Makindye. The court was scheduled to hear a matter where Museveni’s Police chief was accused of torturing citizens and he refused to appear in court but instead he implemented Museveni’s instructions of sending goons to terrorize the trial Magistrate and advocates. The goons threatened to lynch the advocates who had taken refuge in the Chief Magistrate and had to only be evacuated by the riot police in anti riot police cars amidst manhandling by the goons leaving their personal cars behind. One Advocate who dared to escape using his personal car had his car stoned and damaged by the same goons. The police just looked on and no such goon has been arrested. The Police issued a statement commending those goons for abiding by the law “The Uganda Police Force appreciates the fact that the group of demonstrators at the Grade I Magistrates’ Court in Makindye today complied with the requirement of the Public Order Management Act (S.5) of notifying the police so as to obtain guidance and security during the demonstration.” The Chief Justice has condemned the raid on Makindye Court “…..whoever is mobilizing supporters to come and disrupt court proceedings should stop”. The Uganda Law Society has also condemned the act and threatened to compile a list of those who are torturing citizens into the book of shame before calling for an expeditious inquiry into the siege of Makindye court. This was the best statement Museveni

Whatever the case, Museveni has realized that Ugandans are hopeless, helpless and toothless and can therefore do any mischief with impunity in pursuit of his hold on power. Fellow country men and women just prepare for more serious mischief as the officers of court prepares more sweet statements.

WHY PRESIDENT MUSEVENI WANTS AMURU LAND


By Okot Nyormoi, March 13, 2015

In January 12, 2015, a land agreement was signed between the government, Madhvani, Amuru Community leaders and lawyers who drafted the agreement. The signing of the agreement touched off a storm of opinions ranging from outright rejection to complete acceptance. Since the dust has now settled down a bit and the focus has shifted on Apaa, it is time to reflect on why people reacted to the agreement the way they did.

To appreciate the variety of opinions, it is important to understand the context in which the Amuru land agreement was negotiated and signed. There were competing interests including the President of Uganda, the Madhvani Sugar Estate, the Amuru Communal Land Owners and political parties. Since for a variety of reasons, the process leading to the signing of the Amuru land agreement was not completely transparent and because the signing of the agreement was deliberately staged in Rwakatura of all places, it could not escape from arousing intense suspicion and scrutiny.

Ordinarily, government is supposed to build and maintain infrastructures such as roads, medical facilities, schools, electricity, governance etc. However, for over 20 years northern Uganda witnessed the complete opposite. The NRM government marginalized the region in every way possible including war, looting of livestalk, incarceration of up to two million people in horrendous conditions in concentration camps, and misappropriation of funds intended for rehabilitation and reconstruction. When the NRM took over the government, President Museveni was reported to have vowed to teach the people of northern Uganda a lesson they will never forget. This is what appears to have given birth to marginalization of the north.

History informs us that this marginalization appears to be rooted in what President Museveni penned in his thesis in 1971 at the University of Dar-es-Saalam.

“To transform a human being into an efficient, uncostly, and completely subservient slave, you have, as a pre-condition, to completely purge him of his humanity, manhood, and will. Otherwise, as long as he has some hope of a better, free future, he will never succumb to enslavement. To become an efficient instrument of oppression, you have to radically de-humanize yourself by forgoing many qualities that are normally found in balanced human beings. You purge yourself of compassion, altruism, consideration of other people’s suffering and the capacity to restrain your greed….”.

Amuru very much mirrors the situation that the young Museveni envisioned in 1971. Having created conditions of abject poverty coupled with police restricted political freedom to organize, the Amuru community is rendered extremely vulnerable. Under such conditions, land vultures are convinced that Amuru communal land is ripe to be had. The NRM government tried different tactics to grab as much of the land as possible. It used the military in the 1987 forced evacuation of the land in the name of security, deception by General Salim Saleh’s 2003 proposed Security and Production scheme and the fraudulent allocation of 40,000 hectors of land to Madhvani for a sugar estate. Furthermore, the government via the Wild Life Authority used force to chase people off their ancestral land in Apaa. Government is also using the Ministry of Land and Urban Development to redraw the boundary between Amuru and Adjumani Districts allegedly to accommodate land sales to foreign investors. However, the Amuru community with the support of other communities found the resolve and strength to resist all these schemes to grab their land under the pretext of paying big money in land sales and promises of bringing quick developments to the under-developed area.

While the community’s resistance to the whole sale land grab has slowed down the process, a new political development has emerged since the NRM/A bush war of the 1980s. During the 5 year bush war, the NRA/M derived its support from southern and western Uganda. In contrast, because of the war, northern and eastern Uganda did not support the NRM government. However, as unfulfilled promises soared in the south and west, the NRM government began to lose substantial parts of its political support. Besides, when the Lord’s Resistant Army (LRA) relocated itself away from the north and east, it removed the element of fear that the government was using to extract support from the south and west. As a result, the 2011 election, as revealed by the likes of General Sejusa, the NRM lost to FDC, but was stolen by massive rigging by the NRM government.

The 2011 election sounded an alarm to the NRM government that it can no longer rely on the west and Buganda for holding onto power. Although the NRM government expected a massive support from the north and east as an alternative to Buganda and the west when the shooting war ended, it was disappointed by the low support it got in the 2011 election. Nevertheless, even if it is assumed that the NRM can always claim victory by bribing and rigging elections, the larger than life ego of the leader remains unsatisfied. It is still yarning for acceptance by people from the north and east, which so far has been justifiably denied.

Another important motivation for acquiring Amuru land is what may lie beneath the surface. It is believed that there is oil and other minerals in Amuru. Therefore, the scramble for large tracks of land may be fueld by the black gold and other minerals.

The government push to secure land for the sugar estate in Amuru is now being driven by both oil as well as a shift in the political fortune of the NRM government. This is why the government has adopted a somewhat softer approach. For example, it accepted to abide by the court injunction against any forceful eviction of people from Apaa in Amuru District, albeit temporarily. It also agreed to delay the construction of the Madhvani sugar estate pending the outcome of the court appeal of the 2012 ruling lodged by the Amuru land owners.

In spite of the softer approach, it is not hard for the people to see why the government is pushing so hard to secure the land for the sugar estate. As they say, bad habits die hard. The President has once more applied deceptive divide-and-rule tactics to extract an agreement. First, during the negotiation, the government announced plans to survey the land as if it was already a done deal, long before the community negotiators had a chance to report to the community. Expectedly, this backfired because it showed bad faith.

Worse still, the government employed a divide and rule tactic to lure 3 out of 5 community leaders to sign the agreement before negotiating the details of the conditions under which the land is to be provided for the sugar estate. Consequently, it raised the questions of legitimacy of the agreement. It is by knowing the political history of the NRM government that one can appreciate why President Museveni is pushing so hard to acquire large tracts of land in Amuru District.

By resisting land grabbing, the people of Amuru are showing President Museveni that they still have hope for a better and free future and that they will never succumb to enslavement. True and sustainable development can only occur with the consent of the people, not by force.

ARE THE DIASPORAS UTILIZING THE UAH FORUMS?


BY HANNAH OGWAPITI VIA THE UAH FORUM
The African immigrant has been acclaimed as the most educated in the U.S., but we appear uneducated in our actions when compared to other immigrant groups. No doubt, there are individual accomplishments, but what is it that the African Diaspora can point to as its collective achievement in America? We are more interested in our ethnic and village groups, not even our countries as we observe attempts at national organizations always devolve back to ethnic bickering. Hence our failure to organize ourselves in the mode of the Jewish, Asian or Latino groups, who have used their collective power to bring pressure to bear on those who make decisions concerning their areas and concerns.

Last year, for example, when President Obama invited African Heads of State for a Summit in Washington, DC, some of us believed that it was an opportune time for these Presidents/Prime Ministers to meet with their most important constituency. The African Diaspora contribute about $80 billion annually to the African economy, resulting in the resilience of the continent’s incredible impressive economic growth rate. But what ended up happening: they not only disappointed the African Diaspora but they met as usual organizations such as the Corporate Council on Africa, an organization run by Caucasians. But were the Presidents to blame – well not really. And why, because the African community was not and still not organized. We have all kinds of ineffective African organizations headed by individuals who are more treated in promoting themselves.

Corruption in Uganda, as it is in other African countries, derives, in part, from the failure of post-independence institutions to adequately constrain the State and hence, those who serve in it. Until and unless the country is provided with institutional arrangements that adequately constrain state custodians (i.e., political elites and civil servants), corruption, in all its manifestations, will remain a pervasive part of political economy in the country.

As I have said before on UAH and elsewhere, leadership is a necessary but not sufficient condition for good governance. Sufficiency requires laws and institutions that adequately constrain the State (and hence, those who serve in it. This is the essence of the rule of law). The first step of the new president after Museveni, should be to form a government of national unity(GNU), and use that GNU to spearhead the country’s institutional reconstruction.

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