Category Diaspora

Kampala authorities should copy the London Model of Bus Services!


A bus in central London

By George Okello via UAH forum,

I have a suggestion that would help solve the matata and boda boda menace on Kampala streets. Why can we adopt the London model where all transportation services, apart from taxis, and centrally controlled by the Mayor and provided by the London Transport Authority? If London allowed any bus company to operate on its streets, this would create chaos of unimaginable proportions. As it is all transport companies have to apply for a tendered contract to run bus services on specific routes.All the contractors work under the flag of the London Transport Authority. They have very strict regulations, as to fares, time tables, reliability, conduct etc.

If we had Kampala Transport Authority, it would award contracts to about 5 companies to operate on agreed routes. Like the LTA in London,we would subject these contractors to very strict performance outcomes, relating to over-crowding, time table, health and safety, standard fares etc. No other transport operators would be allowed on
such routes so the contracted companies have the advantage of a reliable income while the passengers have the quid pro quo of a relaible service with controlled fares.

Matatus and boda bodas should be restricted to 15 miles of the perimeter outside Kampala and must not be allowed inside the city perimeter because there would be busese operating services every 5-10
minutes.

Alternate streets should be made one way streets to reduce traffic congestion and speed up bus transportation. Cycle Lanes should be opened alongside these lanes.

A Congestion charge should be imposed on all other private vehicles, so that every private car enterring the 10 mile perimeter of the City would have to pay a charge of $10 between 7AM-7PM. In turn, about 4 huge parking stations would be opened outside of the city to provide parking space for private cars.

Such a policy would ease traffic congestion, reduce the number of cars on the streets, reduce the number of fatalities on the streets, be environmentally friendly and save the city from massive pollution.

But the government would have to be serious with its implementation.

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Dr. Shaka is not alone!


By Peter Simon

I think it is not right to blame anyone for supporting NRM or taking long to realize how bad it has been. Many people have been fed on falsehood, fake promises so much so that those that hoped that maybe things will change for the better have finally come to realize that nothing will ever change. Dr. Shaka is not alone. NRM with propaganda machine has always put blame on past regimes while doing nothing better for the last 31 years. Imagine we have some crocked old guards still blaming past regimes as NRM denies food to starving people. It seems NRM has disabled their mental capacity to reason or to see so that they have maintained the lies they were told 31 years ago. Such old guards cannot ask themselves why police can deny starving people food donated now, 31 years after the last “bad” regime has chased.
With that observation, we should not continue to blame anyone but if they finally see the falsehood they had been fed on, the better. Besides, physics tells us about reaction time varying from person to person;or tolerance, in the social sciences we talk about differences in resilience. Had most Ugandans seen what some of us saw 37 years ago, this regime wouldn’t have come to power in the first place, there was no serious convincing agenda to attract the support it received, but that is now history because the chicken have come to roost!

No blame but enlarge the base of dissatisfied Ugandans so that the souls of burnt Mukura Railway victims or those killed those dispossessed, and displaced can finally rest.
31 years of blaming past regimes while doing nothing to improve the lives Ugandans should make people question what they hear on radios, TVs and rallies for babies of 31 are now parents struggling to survive, does one really need to hear how bad life was 31 years ago when they face worse life now?
Give me a break.

Shaka is an Old Boy of Butobere College located in Kabale


By Allan Barigye via the UAH forum

Just over 40 years ago, Shaka Ssali was a Lieutenant in the Uganda Army and still had childhood dreams about being a cowboy and travelling internationally – a dream to be famous.
A series of events in the early 70s saw a young Shaka Ssali head to the land of his dreams, the US, get an education, climb to the top of journalism and communication which has resulted in him returning for a special occasion in Uganda this week.
More than the Presidential Debate, a first ever in this format, the strongest message about the potential of Ugandan youth will likely come from the “Kabale Kid” SHAKA SSALI, and not the candidates.
He is deeply passionate about Africa and its development, having lived through some of the hardest times in Ugandan history.
He has hosted Straight Talk Africa for the last 15 years. The show is broadcast live across the world every Wednesday from 1830-1930 GMT simultaneously on radio, television and the Internet.

His story is simply amazing. Shaka is an Old Boy of Butobere College located in Kabale, southwestern Uganda and Kololo SS in Kampala. A high school drop-out (Senior 3 1968), with no O-Level certificate who ends up with a bachelor’s degree, two masters degrees and a PhD. Shaka holds a doctorate in cross cultural communication and history from UCLA in California.

The following quote by an interviewer, best describes his transformation. “Shaka Ssali is living proof of the transformational power of knowledge. Through education, Ssali has himself become a positive role model for others. Born in Uganda, Ssali was enlisted in the army when he 16 years old as a cadet officer. After almost five years he had risen to the rank of lieutenant. But even as a young child, he says, he had a burning desire for knowledge.”
He joined the Uganda army in 1968, went through cadet training and in 1974 his name was linked to a failed coup attempt against Idi Amin. He went into business and in 1976 went to Europe then found his way to the US.

I’M PREPARED TO DIE TO SAVE UGANDANS FROM M7


George Okello is a lawyer by profession and living in London


By George Okello via UAH forum.
Karl Marx already has a blue print for us, on how we can end the Rwandan occupation of our country through a peoples’ war. His theory of a peoples war was advanced by Chairman Mao Ze Dong in China in the conduct of the national democratic revolution he led there. . So a theory and a blue print exists on how we are going to wage an armed war to liberate our country- we only need to modify it to suit our circumstances and concrete conditions.
I have done a thorough study of war and peoples struggles all around the world and have even lived in guerrilla camps with insurgents in the Philippines, India and Colombia, so I know what I am talking about.
You may therefore underestimate our determination and intellectual preparedness for the task ahead at your own peril.
I am not personally interested in preserving my life into perpetuity just for the sake of it.. I dont fear death. It is not that I want to die, but I am prepared to die, if it means liberating our country from Rwandan occupation. I want to punish Kayibanda Museveni for the crimes he has committed in Uganda. I will never rest until the Rwandan outlaw is brought to the fold of the law and hanged.
Secondly, we have a world to win. I am am ready for this next chapter of my life. Even if I fall, others will pick up the baton. What is the purpose of life, if we have to be slaves in our own country. It is your choice to be a slave and a quisling. But I am a patriot, a proud Ugandan, a committed pan-Africanist, an internationalist, but above all, I am a COMMUNIST. I will never agree to be a slave of a pot-bellied Rwandan tyrant, or a lackey of the Imperialists.
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A pick at Ugandans in South East London!


By George Okello via UAH forum

This is the famous MATOOKE HOUSE, Ugandan grocery store in Deptford, South-East London. Around the corner is AFAB STAR Restaurant run by Michael Meme, and further up the street 5 Hair Salons run by Baganda women, AND A MINI CAB OFFICE RUN BY ANOTHER MUGANDA MAN.

To the East is Pechkam where there is a very huge African population.

To the south, 3 miles away is Greenwich and then Woolwich where you will find the famous watering hole called Wandegeya. This small area of London (Peckham, Bermondsey, Greenwich, Charlton, Lewisham and Woolwich has the largest concentration of Ugandans in the UK.- numbering anything between 5,000-10,000. It is also the area where I have spent nearly 20 years of my life ( actually the area I have lived longest in my entire life), my children are born here in this area and is a place they know as “HOME”. Many Ugandans have started to set up small businesses, but a large number also remain unemployed and unemployable sadly. The distinguishing feature of ugandans South East london in the UK is how united they are. If only they behaved this way at home, our country would not be in the mess it is in today.

These Ugandans we have here in the UK are the people we will need to build the new Uganda we all want. And I mean all of them- from the professionals, office workers, to small scale business-owners like the ones in Deptford. And ofcourse the young ones who are still at school.

Take the small sclae business-owners- like the Hair Salon or Mini Cab owner. These people have now acquired business acumen and skills that an ordinary Ugandan can only dream. You and I know if you give a Ugandan £1,000 now to start a business, in two weeks he or she will be coming back to you to ask for money for repairs or to buy fuel etc. In a month they are flat broke and dont want to see your face or hear your voice.

But here, it is totally different. The Hair Salon woman- like Goreti, will have borrowed £2,000 from the bank to start the salon. She has to have a proper business plan, and the bank and local organisations would have helped her with this. This is now her source of income, so she has to make it work. She has to hire space in a shop on the streets, buy equipment etc, market her services, etc. and then put in 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. Only after a year or more will she be able to break even, employ more staff and make profits. And the profits can be reasonable. These are real hard working entreprenuers, and imagine you took them back to Uganda and they transferred these skills into our economy- cant you see what a huge difference it would make?

Uganda as it is now has a totally unskilled and untrained workforce for an economy of the 21st century. This really has got to be our focus for the future. As we try to remove Museveni from power, in fact we are now looking far ahead, as to how we cany set up the building blocks for the New Uganda- and how we will encourage the people in the diaspora to join us in this great undertaking.

THE TOM- OKWALINGA DEBATE ON MY DOOR STEP WAS A TOTAL LOSS!


BY ABBEY SEMUWEMBA

Friends,

Believe it or not, I hate responding to some issues, but even in the most heated exchange, I consider it somehow “impolite” not to respond to somebody. Its just that sometimes silence to a smear campaign could turn out to be counterproductive in the long run.

The conspiracy theory reared its ugly head on ‘WHO IS TOM OKWALINGA?’ a few days ago, only this time the conspirator fired a lot of empty bullets on my door step.It was basically a nice display of hateful ignorance.If posting nonsense were real money some people would be extremely wealthy.Despite gaping holes of no merit to the allegations against me, Robert Shaka and the other gentleman whom I’ve never heard of till a few days ago, some people still believe what has been spewed/slanted.

Oh man, something is wrong. If we have Uganda citizens ready to be thrown under the bus over unfounded allegations on Facebook, I am speechless.Obviously I have been living in some kind of a bubble. I didnt know that somebody could write something on Facebook, and its taken as the gospel truth by some people. However,sometimes bubbles aren’t so bad.They help keep the blood pressure down.The only thing the rest of us can do is to point out the gaping holes in their agenda.

What is disappointing in all this is that some newsline just rush to publish anything that is posted on Facebook by a celebrity without putting someone to task to furnish them with facts and details.Celebrity reporting in the mainstream media today is at a low point.If it requires a pain in the ass to point this out as often as is required,then I am duty-bound to accept it as my calling.

You can’t just write a story saying, “X is TVO — everybody says so. He took a picture with Besigye in London……” Jesus! You have to name your sources, and show where they got their information. You need hard facts — documentary evidence (records,IP addresses, perhaps). Otherwise, publishing something you know little of risk putting one’s life in danger.You have to think about our society which is hegemonic and cruel to the opposition.Hasty generalisations end up in misleading. I dont wish to land at Entebbe Airport, and somebody puts handcuffs on me basing on a riduculous Redpepper headline. Unfortunately many in the media don’t care about truth or facts only their false narrative. Anyway the haters out there feed off their own ignorance. For record purposes, nobody in the world, unless photoshopped, can produce evidence of me and Besigye together anywhere, not that its a crime itself. Anyway, there are big lessons for all of us, such as:

1. We should quit attacking each other on personal issues,and just keep talking about issues that matter to Ugandans;

2.If you’ve intentionally written something made up about somebody, please grow a pair and apologise for such posts that lower your standard, and the standards of the debate.

3. Let us be consistent and be true bearers of justice against injustice and have the courage to stand by and for our convictions because it is the right thing to do as God commands us, and not because it is easy and fashionable to do. There is no reason why anybody respectable could devote their time attacking the person of Kiiza Besigye.I have studied Uganda politics since 1962 and I have never seen or heard of anyone that has been treated so unfairly as Dr.Besigye.

4. Let us learn to forgive each other. Personally, I have forgiven all those that run a smear campaign against me.There is a huge difference between “dare to question” and “attack and discredit” which is exactly what a few do in here on a continual basis.

Byebyo ebyange banange. Siyina mutawana oba mpalana kumuntu yenna!

Thank you so much everyone that is joining us!


Hi everyone!

Both our Facebook groups have over 180,000 members. Thank you so much everyone that is joining us. I know there are lots of Uganda groups out there but let’s make UAH the best coolest group online(Facebook, twitter, Google and blogs). We haven’t started any Whatspp group yet because there’s fear of the revelation of mobile numbers.

We, Ugandans At Heart(UAH), should live by a code of honor, respect, education and protecting our human rights.We should live our lives in the best way we know how and forgive ourselves as we forgive others along the way. We should look forward with both eyes and ears open protecting our freedom. We should see opportunity in the face of adversity. We should trust in God and do right by our fellow country men and women. This is the UAH Legacy that we should pass down to our children and grandchildren. No matter where and who you are…….Share what’s in your mind and make friends here!

Abusing others, posting fake news, porn and excessive profanity will not be tolerated. We have ladies as well as some youngsters in this group so have some class. This behavior will get you blocked from the group.

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

Stalk my blog at: http://semuwemba.com/

“My journey is long and my preparation is so little, and weakness has gripped me and death is chasing me!”

Talks between UPC Party and NRM government


I am still perturbed about the forthcoming talks if it ever takes place. We are being told that the National Council has already given it a blessing. I have two questions which I hope the leadership of UPC will give me the answer.

The first question is who initiated the talks? Was it NRM government or the UPC leadership? Secondly what does the talk aim to achieve? In my opinion before any talks can take place the general membership of the Party should be consulted so that they can give in their input. I saw something on UPC net where the Party President asked members to give their input. I only hope this is being done at the grass root level as well. Secondly the members should also be informed about the agenda. No excuse should be given that the agenda is secret.

The membership of the Party should realise that any secret dealings between the NRM government and UPC Party is not possible. The present politics in Uganda these days is rotten to the core. I was in Uganda for the last five months and I saw it with my own eyes.

The politics of Uganda got spoilt with the advent of the Okellos’ coup. The coming in of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni made it worse. It has been politics of the gun throughout though it has been disguised with some sham elections. What I saw is quite appalling. The NRM has introduced money game in the politics of Uganda. Most political positions go to those who have money. The days where people were voted in by the electorate based on ideas are gone.

In that type of scenario what type of talks can you hold with NRM government concerning democratic practices in Uganda. If the UPC Party leadership care for return of normal politics in Uganda it should be calling for a National Dialogue where all Ugandan can be consulted and they can give their opinion about the type of democracy they want. Anything short of that will not do. The leadership should not take people for a ride by comparing the present Uganda situation with that of British government and Sinn Fien in Northern Ireland some years back. That was totally a different scenario.

The leadership should also stop telling us that because we are not on the ground we do not know the situation as much as they do. They should realise that in this modern age of technology information is at the finger tips of those who care to look for it. Some of us have up to date information on what is taking place in Uganda by the minute.

John Ojok-Akona
UPC Member London

Raising tomorrows leaders (18 Tips)


By Mufti Ismail Menk

1. Praise your child, even if they get 4/10 in exam, praise your child in front of others.

2. Never make your child feel that he is useless. Never favour one child on the other.

3. Every time we speak with our children speak with respect, say “thank you”, etc. Don’t use slang i.e gimmi instead say ‘please give me’; use clear words, be polite and never swear. (Prophet said, do not use slang as it will decrease your respect).

4. You need to bare in mind when your child is young that this is just a child, don’t take away there playing time by treating them like an adult. If we do this, they will rebel in life.

5. We need to assist our children to make decisions. He or she must be taught to make decisions. Acknowledge them, guide them by talking to them, if they want to go for something, organize the plan for them.

6. Whenever you have decisions to be made ask your child of his or her opinion. For example, if you are going to buy a car, ask there opinion, where they like to eat, or what colour they like for a car, this develops habit of consultancy in them.

7. Depending on the house we are living in, we would perhaps have a corner; write the name of the child there, as it be there territory. Put there certificates on wall; this makes them confident of themselves.

8. Teach your child to follow you to read salah. Lead them rather than instructing, it’s a more powerful way. What your child sees you doing they will remember forever. Start instructing them to read salah at the age of 7, this will help them and make it easy for them to follow when they reach puberty when it becomes compulsory on them.

9. We need to teach our children how to put forward their opinion, how you would disagree to a point. Don’t use swear words when you disagree on anything as this will inculcate in your child as he is watching you being aggressive. Children have much more grasping power than us and they pick up things very fast.

10. Encourage your child to ask question, and try to answer each question they ask else they will get it from a wrong source. Praise there questions at times.

11. Always fulfill your promises on to you children. Do not make big promises which you cannot fulfill; this makes them develop a habit of making false promises. If you fail to fulfill any promise, explain.

12. Very important to teach our child is how to develop skills of being a member of a group. Team work is very important; this teaches them to give chances to people in life rather always competing.

13. Make dua for your children. Even if they have gone astray, pray for them.

14. Tell them you might fail once, but never lose hope. Teach them how they should react to a failure.

15. Apologize to your child if you have made a mistake, this teaches your child to repent to Allah. Don’t rise ifs and buts when you are wrong; there are no ifs and buts when it comes to repentance.

16. Have a few surprises for your children, to praise there deed of good, give them recognition at home, that this surprise is for your so and so good you did.

17.We need to make sure that we train our children to read a portion of Quran daily, according to there capacity.

18. Tell your child repeatedly that you love them, tell them how gorgeous they are and how important they are to you, hug them, its a sunnah to kiss your children.

SOMEBODY SEND THIS TO SAUDI ARABIA AND AFRICAN UNION


I send my condolences to all the families that lost their loved ones during the stampede in Mecca. May God keep you all strong! What AU/African countries/those countries affected/the Muslim Ummah should do:

(1) demand for a thorough, honest and complete investigation of the incident, primarily to prevent a recurrence in the future. Part of the deterrence for than non-re-occurrence is to punish those who through negligence allowed it to occur.

(2) work out a limit to the crowd in any given space during these observations. Just as an elevator has the maximum number of safe passengers, and a stadium has a given safe limit of spectators, don’t these worship grounds have any limits at all? These limits must be “actuarially” established, so that a stampede (if any) should not cause these many deaths.

(3) ask all participants to take a life insurance. This can be initiated by the sending country, Saudi Arabia or the pilgrim himself/herself. The dead don’t gain from insurance; it is the survivors.

(4) This may be politically incorrect, but too many Uganda Muslims do repeat visit to Mecca, as if they have to stone Satan every year for Satan, already defeated, to be re-defeated! There are people who go to Lesser Hajj, Greater Hajj and Middle Hajj EACH YEAR – three times a year. Yet, the injunction is at least onhttp://ugandansatheart.org/2015/11/01/somebody-send-this-to-saudi-arabia-and-african-union/ly once in a lifetime, not every year, Haba! To limit the number of participants, there should be a tax for repeat Hajj – double/triple Alhajis and Hajiyas etc. – escalating each time you go again.

In addition, if an official or officials of Saudi actually accused Africans for the stampede, the statement must be withdrawn.

MAYIMUNA NABAGEREKA
mTherefore, an apology is demanded from Saudi government.

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