Category Transport

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

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.



“……..our Banyarwanda comrades stayed here as refugees for 34 years (1960 – 1994). We gave them all the support we could afford…………through Rwanda Airlines, Uganda is currently contributing about US$24.1M to the prosperity of the people of Rwanda.”

Museveni addressing a cabinet retreat at the Institute of Indoctrination – 26/7/2016

Uganda’s aviation industry dates to the early 1930s when the first flying boat landed around Port Bell on Lake Victoria near Kampala city. Its mission was to deliver mail – a service that had started in Kenya by Wilson Airways and proved to be a vital intercommunication tool in the region’s colonial centers. In 1947 Entebbe was identified as being suitable for Uganda’s future international airport and in 1951, a new Entebbe International Airport was inagurated by the Queen of England. Uganda Aviation Service and United Airways were set up and after independence it became a subsidiary of Uganda Development Corporation (UDC).

Following the collapse of the East African Community (EAC) in 1977, the then President Iddi Amin started the Uganda Airlines from scratch because Kenya had taken all the planes and routes. By 1978, Uganda Airlines had acquired a fleet of 15 fully owned by the government under Uganda Air Cargo. It plied the domestic, regional and international routes to London, Rome, Cologne, Cairo, Brussels and Dubai. It had been created as a strategic entity with the aim of mitigating the impact of sanctions imposed against the Iddi Amin regime and its landlocked Uganda – a task if effectively fulfilled. The 1978/79 war to oust Iddi Amin from power heavily impacted on its operations. After his overthrow its role was changed to profit making but it lacked the technical backup and capitalisation from government.
Its survival depended only on ground handling services and to a lesser extent on royalty fees from third party carriers for designated routes. The ground handling services that covered air cargo, passengers and aircraft handling operations generated 65% of the revenue. Under the guise of privatisation, in 1994, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) by an act of parliament. In mid 1990s, Museveni awarded the ground handling services to his in-law and permanent Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kuteesa. Since then ground handling services for Entebbe Airport is handled by Kutesa’s private company called Entebbe Handling Servicesa (ENHAS). With loss of its vital source of revenue in form of ground handling services, Uganda Airlines which had accumulated a debt of US$ 6M was liquidated in 2001.

By destroying Uganda Airlines, Museveni was extending his wider scheme of destroying whatever had been started by past regimes which he accuses of mismanaging Uganda. More so, he was trying to economically disable those Ugandans more especially those hailing from those regions he considered were politically linked to the past regimes that he had fought and replaced. After over two decades since the death of Uganda Airlines, last month Museveni told his cabinet that lack of a national airline was “a big shame” before criticizing Kenya, Ethiopia, and South African “brothers” for ditching the comradeship and instead opting to exploit Ugandans. He promised to set up a national airline – Uganda Airlines Corporation.

Will Rwanda afford to loose the US$24.1M contribution from Uganda through its Rwanda Airways? An uneducated military dictator in Iddi Amin who faced sanctions managed to build a booming national airline and an educated military dictator in Museveni destroys it!!!!


Outside Ebb airport at night

Outside Ebb airport at night

As we live in these well lightened cities and towns, we start to get afraid of the dark. There is nothing that frustrated my children in Uganda as the dark in Uganda. And it is built on we go to Uganda to expect the worse for that is the reputation Uganda has built its self. Very bad accidents that should not have happened, but they surely do happen. Bad murders that should not have happened but they surely do happen. But Ugandans have reached this silliness of posting may he/she rest in peace of firkin daily without being enraged on why did this individual die? Look only last week how many prominent Ugandans have died? But do you see any one out raged? No they all simply say may he/she rest in peace. Now how many porojos actually die out there? So we go in counting days of my God when do we get out? At the speed that is driven on Entebbe road, tight as that road is, security conscious as that road is, littered escorts as that road is, given a simple fact that for some very unknown reason most of the international flights into and out of Entebbe are in the night, the entire span of Kampala Entebbe needs to have lights.

Darkness on Entebbe road

Darkness on Entebbe road

Forget the powering of Entebbe airport but the entire Entebbe Kampala span needs street lights. When you land at night you are driven into the dark and see sheer death coming at you in the dark, when you are flying out you are driven to Entebbe with your back crack open for you have no idea who is going to smash into your car and he is going to smash into it when you are not seeing him. I made it a habit to arrive into Entebbe at 6pm and sit it out to my midnight flight out. But there is nothing to do in Entebbe, so this summer I am going to do exactly what I did last trip, drive out of the zoo a day before my international flight, for I need a psychological settling before I take off than being that hyped when my flight is this long. If Ugandans put lights on Entebbe Kampala road it will increase the passengers into EBB, we are very scared of the dark.



Traffic Noise is Dangerous for Your Health

Traffic noise is the second biggest environmental problem in the EU, according to WHO. After air pollution, noise is affecting health the most.Most of us are not aware that cars today produce as much noise on the outside as they did 40 years ago. However, heavy vehicles have become somewhat quieter. The number of people exposed to noise pollution in our cities remains high. Traffic noise is today linked to stress-related health problems such as stroke and heart disease.

Excessive noise damages thousands of cells in the ear leading to an immediate loss of hearing, which happens in explosions and wars. Constant exposure to noise may lead to a gradual damage of the cells and a gradual loss of hearing. Deafness may even result from a bullet fired or an explosion.Records on workers in Sweden indicate that many are exposed to loud machinery noise daily. About 5,000 people suffered hearing loss in 1973 and the figure rose to 16,000 in 1977. An official report of the Environment Affairs Council in US issued in 1970 indicated that about 16 million industrial workers faced the risk of losing their jobs due to the weakness in their hearing abilities.

The fetus floats on fluids that protect it from jerking movements, but barely from noise. It can hear internal sounds (the mother’s heart beat, the movement of the intestines, and the air in her lungs) as well as external sounds (the mother’s voice and any surrounding sounds or voices). Studies indicate that the fetus experiences muscular spasms if the mother is exposed to excessive noise.


Besides revoking and canceling all land titles in wetlands, those who are settled wetlands and on the shorelines of Lake Victoria should start paying 0.55 tax, equivalent to their property value (2011) plus 0.05 fee equivalent to the property value payable to National Forest Authority or NEMA.. The tax will be progressive for those who have property on Lake Victoria shoreline of all categories (residential, beaches, recreational and hotels etc.). By shores I mean NEMA 100 metres radius along of water bodies (Lake) and 50 metres on streams, subterranean water streams, water springs and rivers within the Greater Kampala Area and all along the shores of Lake Victoria within the territory of Uganda.

In addition, those property owners must have 75 % of their premise land surface, restored and covered with indigenous trees and/or paleo-ecology as it existed before the property was turned into other use. By paleo-ecology I mean letting the flora and fauna flourish and have a total right of way on that premises.

The Baltic sea, that is the ocean between Sweden and Russia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland was polluted last century with industrial pollutants. For now sixty years, Sweden and other countries with all their scientific rigour and money have tried spending billions of dollars to clean this ocean to no avail. The entire economy based on marine ecology was knocked out!

I have however read about an ambitious 14 Municipal development program now being spear headed by the Urban development ministry – hopefully they MLHUD will have Jennifer’s go getter spirit and do.

The Ministry of Urban Development has also come out with bench marks for cities, municipalities etc., establishment. And please note, politics, politics and racism has killed the spirit for development.

In my opinion, Mayors Wilson Tumwine and Mohammed Baswari Kezaala are the most progressive Mayors I have met so far in this country. They have ideas far ahead of the rest of us for their respective cities. Head to Mbarara and see how the divisions are developing – it Kampala or Mukono.

The government should sit down with these men and ask them about what they want to do. I have listened to all of them.

Kezaala wanted to bring Arabs with their money to see off Jinja City development. Do you really believe all of us can fail to bring developer to Jinja? – Jinja municipal council is ravaged with politics mere political bashing and empty talk – other than doing – this would be the most beautiful place on earth.

Kezaala wanted to remove the old dhukawri from Jinja and build a garden city.

In planning you must have a vision, enthusiasm, and a lots of determination. Those three qualities they have those two men!

The man Kezaala has been frustrated. Why why really? Tumwine has asked for ages to turn Mbarara into a city in order to get a sizable budget funding for development of the town but to no avail- no body listens to these most progress gentlemen – it is disheartening!

Bwanika Nakyesawa Luwero


Assessment of work by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in its third year of operation shows at first glance semblance of better face than before, but it has some ugly trend—if not checked: the nation’s capital is being divided deliberately or not, into a slowly but surely social-class divided city which I’ll call: “A”, “B”, “C” and “D”. From my vantage point, I can see that rehabilitation of the city infrastructure and re-organization of its administration; have been undertaken along politically-driven and social class- orchestrated lines that do not spell a healthy future for all.

When one stands around the City Square—if this serves as a central point-one would use to see well—infrastructure repairs from Kololo, westwards through Nakasero hill, have been rapid and prioritized.

So far, the until-recently potholed Nakasero, Lumumba and Buganda Roads running north to south or vice-versa, have been given first-class attention repairs. The longest road, Yusuf Lule (formerly Kitante Road), which almost geographically divides Kololo from Nakasero hills, is in fairly good condition thanks to quality work done many years ago, under the World Bank and European Union (EU)-funded Kampala City road rehabilitation projects. The inner roads i.e. Kimathi Avenue, Kyaggwe, Bombo and Kampala Road, are slightly in good condition – though need a coat or two of tarmac and will be fully restored to a better class. But in their current state, are still motorable, with a few if not warps, at all. Kiira and Jinja Roads that run east to west [or vice-versa] almost parallel to each other, connected by among others, Yusuf Lule and Lugogo By- pass, are also not in bad state.
These roads cover Kololo and Nakasero Hills, where small and shorter lanes have all been repaired after they were found in motorable states two to three years ago. This places these two hills in the ‘A’ Class of high-political and social class attention. Yes, the reasons will be given that they’ve been prioritized because it is where majority of key institutions/installations i.e., State House, Parliament and several Ministries [including Central Bank and KCCA] and Diplomatic missions are located.

Musisi waved at the crowds during the carnival celebrations last year

Musisi waved at the crowds during the carnival celebrations last year

But it is also where neglect leading to infrastructure deterioration or striking deals for shoddy works, are borne. These roads and drainages slowly slid into bad state, while decision-makers sat, sipped coffee and wine, as they looked on from Nakasero and Kololo Hills. Today the very concerned people/offices under whose watch things went wrong, are turning around to promise a first-class Kampala as if, while they were on a visit abroad or had gone off to long vacations, is when things went wrong!

The very leaders there, except Jeniffer Musisi, have been around and in policy-decision- making positions. The ex-Mayors John Sebaana Kizito, Nasser Ntege Sebagala and before them Christopher Yiga, had no adequate muscle to restore a Kampala city that had been pillaged by wars (1979, 1981-86) and maladministration. It required direct State intervention like it is getting under KCCA, today. Though, ofcourse poor planning utter thefts and political factionalization characterized the ex-mayors’ administrations.This class “A” has had street-hawking, and traffic (taxis) quickly regulated, to create order. Next, its boda-boda cyclists to be streamlined or totally kept out.

Again, the argument will be we are cleaning the ‘most sensitive’ and ‘upmarket’ area, as a priority. But in any cleaning operation, there’s production of residues or trash. Now, where does KCCA throw away trash or filth it generates from cleaning Class “A”?

Some of the products regarded as trash are street-vendors, lumpens, unemployed youth, homeless/beggars, pickpockets, street-kids, hardcore thugs, who because “Class “A” has been cleared of hiding places like street-kiosks, overgrown gardens and unattended-to alleys, accompanied by police and KCCA operations, have had to run away to class “B”, “C” and “D”. Yes, when Class “A” trash is disposed off, then its Class “B” or downtown (Class “C & D”—further below Ben Kiwanuka or west of it) are at the receiving end. Now, the new Class “B” created in Kampala, is the area Kampala and Bombo roads cuts as the dividing line—running from north to south. Anything below Kampala-Bombo Road and above Ben Kiwanuka Street, comprises the Class “B”.

It is west of Nakasero Hill and east of Old Kampala Hill (the area between Kampala- Bombo Road and Ben Kiwanuka Street, in which we find – among others – the crime- laden Arua Park. Meanwhile, “Class-C” area comprises for example, the sprawling chunk of land between Wandegeya-Nakulabye Road [in north] and the Shoprite-Nakivubo Channel stretch [in the south]. Key landmarks in this “C” area are the ‘Baganda’ Bus Park, Kikuubo, Old and New Taxi Parks, Owino Market, Nakivubo area and the stadium, Kisekka Market, Kisenyi and Makerere-Kivulu (‘MAKIVU’) slums and the main shopping malls downtown Kampala. This is where people and businesses who operate there are regarded lower class. It is as if they should be treated so, because they are responsible for the bad state of Kampala! Are they? A big No! The creation of Usafi Market is one of the ways in which classification is being implemented. This is not stated nor written down as an official policy. But it is being practiced, and I repeat: either deliberately or unknowingly! If not deliberately or unknowingly, why shouldn’t learned people at City Hall, and in other spheres of influence, be unable to know that actions as theirs, can result into such undesired classification of a nation’s capital? Why shouldn’t plans and programmes be informed by researched studies, or benchmarked cases, but instead follow blind actions? Why not prepare a fall-back plan should these actions backfire, perhaps by a revolt of the “B,”C” and “D” classed-people or by sheer refusal to abide by the law.

To back my argument, I have some examples. If there’s equal treatment of Kampalans, how come Kafumbe-Mukasa Road in Kisenyi (Class ‘C’) took that long to repair, or decongestion of the “B, C or D”-areas is not being done as has “A” area?

The KCCA Executive director is indeed Executive, Hon.Nabilah couldn't believe it !!!potential.,,,,everywhere u go

The KCCA Executive director is indeed Executive, Hon.Nabilah couldn’t believe it !!!potential.,,,,everywhere u go

In addition, how many times has Park Yard (in area “C”) burnt without a convincing report or explanation on the causes coming out? How long have the two taxi parks been in filthy state, without quick attention? Reform plans have been announced three years after KCCA birth?

Incidentally, the “B, C & D” are high-revenue areas. For instance, what Owino Market generates a month to the KCCA coffers is more than what a hundred shops along Kampala Road generate. Or you may even find that URA & KCCA collect more from the ‘uncared-for’ or ‘lower-class’ Kikuubo business hub than from a huge ‘upmarket and ‘well-attended to’ Garden City! Reason? Because owners of such high- class businesses like Garden City and other similar places in “A” class, are either policy and top decision-makers themselves, who dodge paying taxes or connive with well- connected friends in URA/KCCA to look the other way, or under-tax them.

This classification or committing of actions with detrimental effects, have not been without castigation. A number of writers in media columns, commentators on TV and radio and even critics at KCCA plans/actions, have voiced concern. But “ignore them” has been the silent action by KCCA and Government!

A lone voice from an “A”-located office – State House – that is of the Presidential Press Secretary, Mr. Tamale Mirundi, has variously warned especially against the abrupt and unplanned disbandment of taxi organizations, and enmasse removal of street-vendors by KCCA without plans of how to resettle them. He has warned of undesired political ramifications from KCCA’s unguided actions. But his advice has hit deaf ears. Instead Tamale Mirundi’s boss, President Museveni has variously praised Musisi or KCCA for that matter (but for her actions that have stifled Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago’s political administration).

Already Tamale and ther critics’ warnings are being proved right. There’s an upsurge in crimes like metal bar-wielding thugs and the kidnap, rape and killing of young women and men, in the city suburbs – to as far as Nsangi, Buddo and Kiira sub-counties in Wakiso and Mpigi districts. These are some of the undesired effects, and point a finger at the ugly unplanned and ‘classification’ of the nation’s capital. These “bad” and lower class people will always be an inconvenience to the “good” and “high-class” people. They’ll always leave their filthy areas, sneak and rob from the wealthy areas and sustainably Cause trouble for the favoured Class “A”. And interestingly, the wealthy will find themselves going to the “(C & D filthy-areas) areas i.e. by taking their cars to where you find garages and car-parts’ shops. That’s when the hungry, unemployed and angry classes will grab the opportunity to ‘revenge’ by pick-pocketing, stealing car parts and even car-jacking from the Class “A” citizens. Since its in “C” and “D” areas where cheap labor such as car-washers, baby-sitters, cooks, gardeners, builders and nannies, fresh- fruit and vegetable markets are found and the wealthy need them—and need them badly. So they’ll always go there but at a very high risk and cost.

This shows you that people, inspite of the KCCA-led classification, need one another no matter the income differences. So let’s build a city that all the people in it, shall be proud of—where equality and equity are principles practiced and felt by all. The nation’s capital should not be for only a few!

For God and My Country.

The author prefers to remain anonymous.

There is a difference between Economic growth and Economic Development

Ugandans will get a cultural shock!This project was passed during Sebagala's time for the market to be built.Most of the programmes being implemented now are plans from way back, there is no need to thank Musisi, its just that the money saw the light of day under her leadership.This is not Jenifer's Musisi's initiative. It is an initiative of the World Bank and similar markets are being constructed in Jinja, Mbale, Gulu and Lira.

Ugandans will get a cultural shock!This project was passed during Sebagala’s time for the market to be built.Most of the programmes being implemented now are plans from way back, there is no need to thank Musisi, its just that the money saw the light of day under her leadership.This is not Jenifer’s Musisi’s initiative. It is an initiative of the World Bank and similar markets are being constructed in Jinja, Mbale, Gulu and Lira.

There is a difference between Economic growth and Economic Development. Economic growth is like what so called good schools do – put the bright students in one stream and the teachers put a lot of effort to coach them so that they can score excellent grades in the UNEB papers. The duller students are put in other streams and may even be forced to sit their exam from another centre so that they don’t spoil the performance of the school.

Economic development is believing every child can learn. Teachers spend time with the slow learners to empower them and identify and nurture other talents so that they benefit from the time at school. In the good old days people learnt social skills, writing, speech making etc so that even if they didnt have academic flair they had something to show for going to school.

Indifference is natural And as old as creation but has the current gov’t leaned against econ. development or growth? It’s a gov’t full of selfish and greedy individuals. The larger no. of Ugandans live under the poverty line and delivery of social services is at its lowest.

This is the reconstructed New Taxi Park. The park will have multlevel parking. The first phase is complete and the park can now accommodate 350 taxis as KCCA finalise the traffic management plan.

This is the reconstructed New Taxi Park. The park will have multlevel parking. The first phase is complete and the park can now accommodate 350 taxis as KCCA finalise the traffic management plan.

What development does is that it gives people more bang for the effort they make. If I can use another education analogy:I started P1 in a school where our class teacher neither spoke nor wrote English so we never learnt any English the whole year. For P2 I was moved to another school where pupils started learning English in P1. While classmates could read the story of Poor Kapere – I on the other hand was reduced to cramming the story and photographic interpretation. The teachers realised my predicament and put me under the tutorial of the grade 1 teacher and after 2 terms I was at par with the other pupils.

So let citizens exert economic effort but let government also create a development oriented environment. The last 3 weeks the President has been all over the place either laying foundation stones or unveiling plaques of finished projects but the hall mark of these projects is that they underscore the growth mindedness of our government.

Most people who consider themselves successful if they were honest would admit that they are so because of opportunities. My teacher gave me opportunity by taking time to tutor me. There are people who are poor today and others who will be poor a decade later because they have been systematically robbed of their opportunities. Under NRM,the opportunities continue to flow (or to be pulled) in the direction of a few.


Huge sexual appetite and NRM Industrialisation – Part II

Now, European or American countries, and now Asians if not independent organisations, finance virtually all doctoral research projects and programs in Uganda. If Africans in Uganda are lucky, the donor or supporting agency will then come in, yet, to finance implementation of the research result, but in key areas where they benefit!

Do not be surprised that having a doctorate in Uganda is completely useless!Let me exemplify the above:
Karuma – Arua Road
Mityana – Mubende
Mubende Fortportal
Masaka to Mbarara Road
Iganga to Mbale Road
Jinja to Kampala Road
Kampala to Karuma road
Kampala to Masaka Road
Natete to Mengo Road
Nsambya to Ggaba Road
Kibuye to Munyonyo Road
– all these roads have different designs! Designed by donating agencies or a contractor. Has this country any sort of road designing and construction research facility?! The answer is NO.

Bridges in this country have been collapsing and swept away by rain – pity the engineers. How could they maintain and later repair what they never designed in the first place!The story of the Africans and their independence is heart rendering and chilling.

Reach a road heading to Pope Memorial Hotel in Ndebba in Kampala – that is exactly when you see the debacles depth, of being an African in NRM Uganda. The Germany financed facility to repair 18th century train wagons, is just that a rusting and for an African politician, a dead end, that is all right!

They can sing so much about tourism and liberation.Do not mind that Idi Amin initiated the above, introduced cable and colour Television to Uganda. Mpoma streamed pictures before the Internet was here, as if Idi Amin who built Mpoma, had a greater vision.

Orange telecom is providing a faster Internet service. Mpoma is dead! China has stepped in now, with their Star Television, clearly connected to Chinese satellite link to milk this country dry.

Now just think about it a bit, that Uganda has 32 Universities, Yet all them, teaching and skill imparting facilities, physics department have not found a way of digitising Uganda, without using Chinese satellites and technologies. All let us put it mildly utilising the existing infrastructure.

It is a farce of mega proportions. Has Uganda transformed at all, over the past 26 years? Yes! In a purely theoretical economics, it has and this is negative growth, which is also termed as development. It is measurable and can give very positive figures.
Here is another falsehood. Uganda Revenue Authority for example, collects so many shillings from imports and junk cars sold in Uganda and makes 400 billion shilling in the first quarter period. So if Uganda through stealing state funds increase their consumption of the above, items by 10 billion the total will be 410 in another quarter hence

1Q Revenue: UG X 400 billion
2Q Revenue: UG X 410 billion

(410-400)/400 = .025 or 2.5% per quarter. One can then multiply that figure by 4 quarters to get the annual growth. Idiots like Amin and Obote could then start singing about growth – can you imagine!

The question though, will be on what items is Ms. Kigina’s URA getting the UG 400 billion? On Mivumba (old cloth), old cars imports, Chinese industrial junk, Kakira sugar and steel products etc!

This is interesting, because we are taught in economics that Gross Domestic Product is the total market value of all final goods and services produced in a country in a given year: Consumer, Investment, Government Spending and Value of exports minus the imports.

What is composed of Uganda’s Gross Domestic Product of the above really? What is Uganda producing? What are the investments in Uganda? Hotels and weapons. What is government spending on? Healthy care, Roads Uganda by the way has less than 250000 public workers
What is Uganda exporting? Still coffee, foodstuffs,

In Europe, unlike Uganda they have the technical know how, technology, industrial infrastructure and the skilled manpower.
Is Europe failing – my answer is an absolute no.

What is happening in Europe is a situation where negative growth is taking place, but the real value of wages has been increasing. Workers and consumers may feel as if the economy is getting worse.
In Hungry, Poland, Albania the industrial structure has never been better since firms and companies that have migrated to china from Europe are actually relocating here.Negative growth in European countries is causing adjustment in wages and hence lowering production costs in the long run.

NRM’s divestment from major industrial infrastructure spelled doom for this country. And the only way this country can be resurrected is to reanalyses the debacle and the government start reinvesting in all meaningful industrial infrastructure they eliminated in the fundamental change.

But even then, it will be difficult to do the above unless there is total reorganisation of all our urban areas, fully equipped with the necessary infrastructure (proper urban planning infrastructure and national roads, electricity, landlines phones, internet facilities, commercial buildings, cheap transport infrastructures, skilled and competent work force, workers housing, ware houses, produce marketing agencies, produce storage facilities).

Sorry to note that the social fabric that NRM has created is lumpen therefore will never be able to develop this country. It is too late.
For instance if you close down Nytil textiles (negative development) there is a positive economic development in alternative sectors like used cloth imports which are taxed in millions of shillings to bring about the 8% growth.

Light industries include the manufacture of; clothes, shoes, furniture, consumer electronics and home appliances. So far none is actually manufacture for even NRM politicians are no longer sleeping on beds made from Uganda trees!

There is no investment world over, unless it Mercantilists and an extortionist economy: investment in commercial building constructions at more than ¼ a million dollars and the same building is not occupied for months on. This happens in Uganda! The question will be who pays for the premium on land, where the building is seated and other running costs for the unoccupied building?
Some question comes to mind in the above circumstance. Is the money invested borrowed or simply stolen?

Pure economic theory has little to do with development of a nation state. European economic transformation was brought about by; zeal, pragmatism, rather than recent financial and fiscal prudence.

Brazil and India have the worst poverty levels in emerging nations; yet have developed the most visible indigenous technological, and scientific practices. They still lack the distributive and implementation capability.

Norway (tinned fish and Oil) , Denmark (milk , Bang Olofsson) and Finland (Nokia) had nothing substantial on the world export markets before the 1980s. Small countries like Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia and Japan, North American markets aside, have developed substantial technological, and scientific practices that have transformed their societies.

Is Europe declining – NO! Europe is readjusting. The problems of Europe are exactly the same as “Veblen Effect” of conspicuous consumption that has made production so costly.

NRM’s Uganda economic cannibalism is amazing. Don’t mind how it happens. There are chilling examples though.
Banks, insurance companies on realising this flaw in Uganda’s economic status and are therefore making windfall profits.

The same goes with Ugandan so called investors. He will for example set up an AGOA factory, don’t mind what that means, so long as it will promote the investors social status whether AGOA produces anything or not! This same factory, on close examination might be filled with scrap machines.

The business will takes a loan and of course an insurance policy! Such businesses must pay very high premium and interest rate on each shilling borrowed. In a way the above economic sectors, are benefiting highly from this negative economic development.
In essence NRM economic miracle exist by a defacto socio-political and economic corrupt grouping. Mafia economics. Swept aside by history, Uganda as a whole is destined to an absurdity and tougher times ahead.

Uncertainty. Risk! Ugandans who are living or have lived in developed organised economies of the world will ask – what is leading to the growth of shopping malls and who does the shopping in them for example? The answer is a “Veblen Effect” rather than pure economic development.

Ugandans with NRM have developed a skewed way of life and perception of their world. Every morning, a bodaboda rider, a milk vendor or road sweeper for example puts on a nice cloth, well polished shoes, a class bracelet or shoes and head to work, instead of an overall or working cloth. Reaching the workstation stand for an hour discussing Villa or Arsenal, or her fights with a lampooned husband. This same individual will later have time to seek supranormal profits characterised by sheer demand for it rather than applied effort to acquire the same.

Do an experiment i.e. on William Street or Kampala road and ask for a shoe or a dress at a higher price and when brought you later decline to buy. The seller will instantly want to committee suicide as if it is a guarantee that you had to buy by all means! If in any case this person had nothing of the item, which you needed in his, or her stock, will convince you to buy an alternative despite the fact that is not what you exactly needed or demanded for. It is all robbery on a national scale.

Bwanika, Nakyesawa Luweero

Dr.Byamugisha deserves his compesation but Kabatsi should never have been presidential legal advisor

The head of legal department, Joy Kabatsi was fired.


I think Dr Joseph Byamugisha deserves to be compensated for his services to NSSF. He has been on the case for years. Without him, NSSF would have paid a lot of money to crooks claiming to represent Alcon. I actually believe the reason he was suddenly replaced as the NSSF outside counsel is because he was stubborn and refused to settle the case out of court. Some crooks somewhere did not want him there so they terminated his services.

And who replaced him? Kasirye, Byaruhanga advocates. These are known NRM lawyers. Granted, Dr Joseph Byamugisha was and probably still is YKM’s lawyer. But he is also a former chief Legal adviser of DP during the reign of Dr Ssemwogerere. Today DP’s legal adviser, Mbidde Fred, just graduated from LDC! Imagine. DP deserves better than Mbidde.

Dr Joseph Byamugisha deserves to be paid. Whether he deserves 30 billion let the Supreme Court decide. But again if Ms JenniferMusisi is making 36 or 38 m a month, and many junior lawyers barely out of LDC where many failed and failed and failed before finally passing, and are now demanding billions, surely Dr Byamugisha deserves to be paid well a lot more.

Firms like Karugire and Kiryowa advocates are now apparently the firms of choice to handle government files. And you guys wonder why the state is losing billions of money through dubious court rulings. Many of these junior lawyers who barely made it out of LDC have no ability to defend such cases. So they COLLUDE. Yes. COLLUDE to lose cases and take their cut. At the end of the day someone somewhere did not like Dr Byamuugisha defending NSSF because they are pressuring NSSF to pay off ALCORN.

Now Mr Ssekono insists that he wants Mr. Mohamed Nyaoga the lanky kisii lawyer who is the managing partner of Mohamed Muigai advocates-Dr Muigai was appointed Kenya’s AG- to defend NSSF. Surely Mr. Nyaoga is an able lawyer and one of the best litigators in Kenya. But some within NSSF do not want him on board? Why?

Yes if the Karugire, Kiryowa advocates or Muzamil Kibedi advocates are being paid billions for essay deals, Dr Byamugisha should be paid his dues. If it is shs.30 billon should the Supreme Court rule so be it. He saved NSSF billions of money. Blame KCC’s Ms. Musisi for the wage inflation in Uganda.


The Chimreport interview Muhame Giles had with Tamale Mirundi portrays what I have been saying all along. State House is in total chaos. No one is in charge. Those who are there have no clue. The PPS herself has no clue. My bet is that the next person to be sacked will be the PPS MS Grace Akello. If General Saleh is pissed off on UAH, she must know that her days are numbered.

Tamale Mirundi accuses Ms. Kabatsi of portraying State House negatively. Well Tamale Mirundi makes it worse. He illustrates Garbage In- Garbage-Out (GIGO) perfectly.

Listen to him that the legal department is very important and should be manned by women and men of high intellect. But look at the previous holders of that office: all of them were there not because they were smart or competent. . No. they were there because of nepotism: Fox Odoi, One Kashilingi and Joyce Kabatsi. Strange choices but the trend is there: either ‘saved’ be mediocre. Of all Ms Kabatsi is the most intriguing. Granted her husband is a sharp legal mind-did YKM hire her to get two for one-but certainly not her.

The big question remains. Why is YKM afraid of bright, competent types? Only in Uganda do you have a character like Tamale Mirundi as the secretary to the President and someone like Ms. Joyc Kabatsi as Legal advisor.
Hopefully YKM will learn from the Basajabalaba shit. Once again listen to the nonsense from Tamale Mirundi that the legal officials were fired for giving the crook state house secrets. Which state house secrets?

YKM gave everything to the crook, so there are no secrets to leak. Muhame Giles did a good job interviewing Tamale Mirundi and exposing his lack of depth.


It is not funny anymore. Shit keeps hitting YKM’s state house. Someone wrote that YKM’s State House is a den of thieves who stole 300 million and more from Okello House. It is also full of mediocre and incompetent types.

Now YKM claims that the file is missing from State House. Give me a damn break. That is a deliberate act by YKM. The file is missing because YKM wants it missing. Full stop.

How gullible are some of the journalists who swallow every nonsense fed to them by state house to report without asking any serious questions. For example, when did the file go missing? When did YKM know it was missing etc? Folks, the file is missing because it mentioned minister Amelia Kyambadde, so YKM wants to protect her because like the supper crook she knows where skeletons are buried. No wonder Uganda is dysfunctional.
Actually YKM knows that the file incriminates him and his stooges at state House including Minister Amelia Kyambadde and more. So he goes to PAC to clean up his act. My worry is with PAC. Why? Because PAC will write a report and YKM will summon the NRM caucus to expunge incriminating recommendations as was the case in the Governor Mutebile saga.

YKM has now found a way with PAC, so PAC should re-rethink. Why is YKM suddenly willing to appear before PAC? He knows that it is saving him rather than pinning him.

Those copies must have been collected and taken somewhere or even destroyed. That is criminal.

What are the real issues involving Buses? Who is opposed to buses in Kampala? What are the illegalities we keep reading about -ok, no number plates?

I think the buses are a good thing for the city given a) the level of pollution which is a health hazard, b) cost of living C) NRM control of UTODA.

Is NRM opposed to the buses because they wound end UTODA abuses? Remember UTODA is NRM’s cash cow. But so are the people behind the buses. Is NRM split as who to support?

But again, why did all of a sudden did KCCA end UTODA’s monopoly? Was that a hint that the powers that be now wanted Pioneer buses? And what about Kayola train which suddenly started caring passengers this Monday?

Well, Ugandans/Kampalans should be given all the choices they can have: Kamunye/taxis, Pioneer buses, Kayola train and of course piga mugu.

Of course lack of number plates is a big issue. But that tells you that there are bigger forces at play. Ordinarily no car can carry passengers let alone be on the road without number plates.

One wonders about third party insurance. If the buses have no number plates, do they have insurance?

I tell you what; the owners of Pioneer will soon show up at state House. They may had showed up already to talk compensation!

Mark you they include NRM people like Mr Mathew Rukikaire father in law to Nina Mbabazi, daughter of PM Mbabazi. That is to say that only buses with such owners can apply roads without number plates. They are behaving like Kalenjins during Moi, who pissed on everyone. The conditions are in place for another billions scam to be visited on the people of Uganda.


Professor of politics indeed he was. Now glorified for his hitherto chastised obstinacy, Kenyan Baaba wa Taifa, Mtukufu Daniel arap Moi used his ‘dictatorship’ to solve the Nairobi Mess, which Uganda can learn from to fix the Kampala Mess. Faced with a fracas worse than what we see in Kampala, he set up The Nairobi City Council Commission, akin to KCCA here. One unique feature about the NCCC was that it was under a purely technical management dispensation. No mayors. No councillors. No politician whatever. The NCCC, created by one man harangued for his dictatorship, set the agenda and foundation for the marvel that we see today in Nairobi. The new reforms that brought in the mayor and councillors found systems too entrenched to be shaken by political squabbles a la Lukwago, Munyagwa versus Musisi. The Minister for Nairobi, a compromise office under the co-habitation government, equally has his supervisory roles defined. And The City in the Sun is shining.

Kampala must go the same way. We must start afresh. The current ‘technical’ team and ‘political leaders’ are all too power-obsessed to have any impact. We have men and women in this country who can do us better than we are getting now. And the current law ( KCCA Act) must be scrapped totally. It is the source of all this mess. If Kampala Capital City is under the central government, it cannot be a local government again, with mayors, councillors, RDCs, et al. As we seek a better law, let the PS Public Service take over as signatory to the World Bank funded Kiteezi Garbage Project. Hiding behind ‘interpreting the law’, the protagonists in the KCCA feud are primary fighting over the billions under this project. Started during Ssebaggala’s times, the terms of the project are that the mayor is the signatory to the account. Musisi wants to sign. Lukwago wants to sign. The project has stalled. Garbage is flowing. Residents risk catastrophic epidemics. The workers there were sacked under the new KCCA arrangement. The peasants, whom each side in the KCCA feud claims to be fighting for, are the victims, both in Kampala and in Kiteezi. Musisi’s children have a better life. Lukwago’s children dont go to Nakivubo Blue Primary School.

Parliament, lawyers, civil society, please, help. Else, the Luzira deaths seem a precursor for worse times.

Every waking day in Kampala dips our hopes even further, of ever living in a decent environment. What exactly is the problem? I have not read the KCCA Act but from the actions, behaviour and comportment of those whose roles and functions it defines, one can safely conclude that we are governed by a very bad law, inadvertent or otherwise. How does one explain an entity that has a lord mayor and councillors, mayors and councillors, a minister, an RDC and deputies, as political leaders; with a technical team that directly reports to the national head of state? Is it a local government, a ministry, a parastatal, an authority, an NGO, or a movement?

What exactly did the framers of this law have in mind as they went about passing each clause? Did they envisage a Kampala Capital City as a geographical entity, with an administrative status of a local government, and then the Authority, a statutory body mandated by the central government to manage Kampala Capital City? What does KCCA as we have parroted it, exactly mean? Is it a fusion of an authority (as in Uganda Investment Authority, National Drug Authority, Uganda Revenue Authority, et al), and then a local government (as in a district, a municipality, or city) or the two are different? Can Kampala, the geographical entity, be a local government and a national statutory body (authority), at the same time?

Just like in other situations where we have sought independent management, isn’t it time we got an independent, professional management company, with no loyalties whatsoever? Something like a Kampala Metropolitan Management Company (KAMCO)? We negotiate terms and their management fees. This arrangement will not have taken away the people’s sovereignty and powers, since people’s councils will remain in the form of Neighbourhood Assemblies, which will demand for services, in consonance with their taxes collected by KAMCO. The Neighbourhood Assemblies will handle local neighbourhood matters. Education, roads, health, water, power, security, planning, public transport, and all other services shall be delivered or supervised by the technical staff recruited and paid by KAMCO, according to the management contract with the Neighbourhood Assemblies. Our obligations and expectations shall be defined in the context of paying taxes and receiving quality services respectively. The Chief Executive of the managing company will be under a different dispensation, with the overall responsibility of overseeing an operations team to deliver services to the city residents. The success of community policing and other community efforts by citizens is an indicator that people can plan their own affairs. This actually is the genesis and true meaning of civil society.

Amon b mbekiza

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