Category MEDIA

Daily Monitor Will remain a mediocre newspaper as long as the original owners don’t sell


Daily Monitor Managing Director Gitahi Githinji has been summarily fired. I read the Monitor version with a lot of skepticism. And that is why the Monitor, sorry to all the Monitors journalists, will continue to be mediocre. The revolving door policy is not good for the paper. Editors are changed left and right and now the CEO. The official version is that he left to concentrate on his other activities. Dr Simon Kagugube is now the new board chairman and Alex Asiimwe is the new managing director. Dr Kagugube replaces Dr Martin Aliker, who has been chairman for more than 10 years, while Mr Asiimwe takes over from Dr Gitahi Githinji.

And let us be honest, whoever is sent to Uganda from Nairobi to work with the Daily Monitor is not the best. Monitor is the place for third or even fourth tier management from Nairobi.

And guess what, the talent from Monitor deemed good goes to Nairobi as if Ugandan readers deserve mediocre editors and a so paper.

No wonder the Monitor has nothing in common, apart from ownership, with the Daily Nation. Even that Asiimwe will not last. It seems that careers get killed at the Monitor, which is too bad.
I lived in Nairobi and read the Daily Nation every day. I still read it online more than I read Ugandan papers. I am going to be brutally honest and name names.

Good journalists are sent to Nairobi because Kenyan readers demand value for their money. Kenyans actually buy and read Newspapers unlike Ugandans.

What do I base it on? I can tell good from bad journalists. For example, Mr. Onyango-Obbo was sent to Nairobi because he adds value to what Kenyans readers want.

What do I understand by good media management? Here I will tell you what I learned in my business courses especially organization behaviour and strategic management. You circulate your best talent throughout the organization so they can come face to face with decision making in all the major areas. This may contradict my claim if one can prove that those sent to Uganda from Nairobi ever went back to Nairobi in senior capacity. But that is not the case. Both Kenyans never went back to Nairobi in senior capacities. The previous one before the latest departure had failed in Kenya. He had issues, so he was sent to Uganda. You get his name and I will tell you more.

Now the problem of the Monitor ironically started with the cashing in by the founders. You could argue that Hon Wafula Oguttu, Mr Onyango-Obbo and the original owners actually sold out the Monitor to be what it is today. That is capitalism. They cashed in their rumoured billions and sacrificed the calibre of the Monitor. The big mistake they made and for that matter His HH Agakhan made was to let them retain some shareholding. The founders should have sold 100 percent and walked away from the Monitor kabisa and completely to enjoy their big mo. So AgaKhan should buy them out and take full ownership. That is the other problem facing the Monitor.

YKM or state house knows that the original owners who cashed in big money retained I believe 20 percent ownership. That dual ownership is killing the Monitor and condemning it to mediocre status to the point where they trail the New Vision. Think about that. Where in Africa does a private Newspaper get bested by a government mouthpiece part from Uganda? Listen nobody could buy Kenyan Times before Daily Nation or Standards. Sure they forced offices to buy.

So to be clear: the decision to ‘kill’ the Monitor has roots in the cashing in by the founders. They cannot complain because they played a major role in undermining the paper. Listen again, they only cared about their fat bank accounts and did not give a damn what would befall the Monitor. That is capitalism folks. Monitor can become better once the issue of residual claimant is settled.


Mwenda’s Investigative journalism skills are amateurish

Hello UAH,


Andrew Mwenda’s article in the independent this week on the link: is very disappointing. He failed/ refused to establish his research/ investigation methods.  He  also failed to post copies of the said fake documents.

 He claims that  East African Development Limited  (EADL) is not registered in Nairobi but he does not state whether it was operating as a parent company or just a trading name for another company.

He also does not state who he approached to find out about the existence of such a company.

 Mwenda claims that he used  former US Secretary of state Gen. Colin Powell’s 40 to 70 percent principle which he turned into a 50 to 70 percentage of proof. But he does not acknowledge that this calculation is false because the term proof and authenticity are subjective and thus personal narratives. What appears to be authentic to him can be very false if presented to me. Just like his article looks excellent to him, to me, it is characterised by amateurishness as far as the subject he investigated is concerned in relation to how he carried out his inquiry. For example, he never exercised any sense of caution in his presentation of findings. He never used words such as “appear”, “may”, “suggests” “could be” etc. He also never invited other researchers to try and pick interest in this case so as to establish more reliable findings.

He also appears to be appealing to authority in all his arguments. This is because he keeps making reference to powerful people like Yoweri M7, Colin Powel, the police chief etc. This is wrong. Simply because Colin Powel used a certain method, it doesn’t make it right or reliable. Secondly, because a certain police chief said blah blah, it doesn’t mean that what he said was right.

One lesson that he has to learn is that whenever one starts presenting any piece of work, one must inform the reader about oneself. For example, in Mwenda’s article, he should have declared who he is in terms of profession, role, experience and what motivated him to do such an investigation. He is  also supposed to declare his biases and also state what he has done to ensure that they do not influence the outcome of his inquiry.

Mwenda can deny that he has no biases or predispositions as far as this issue is concerned but from the phenomenological point of view, researchers do hold certain beliefs/ biases before the beginning of their inquiry. Therefore, it can be argued that he had a conflict of interest and it is also possible that he wanted to save the NRM government from shame.

In a nutshell, Mwenda has no capacity and experience to carry out such an investigation. He used wrong methods and approaches. For example, he should have used private detectives with sound knowledge on fraud. But he foolishly went to M7, a person who is implicated in this saga.

He should have requested for credit reports on all people implicated in this saga so as to establish their wealth and credit history. Another most important issue is his failure to establish the underlying intent to defraud by his source, basing on his knowledge of the false nature of the documents which were handed over to him. Tell the reader why his source could risk handing over false documents to him.

Lastly, did he bother to hand over his findings to another investigator and see if he  can corroborate his findings were he to carry out a similar investigation?

I have critiqued Andrew Mwenda’s writings and I could not believe that this guy lacks adequate intelligence to even comment on less serious matters.
I emailed him and told him to go back to Charles Onnyango Obbo, David Ouma and Wafula Oguttu and ask for refreshers training.
Partly, Obbo, Wafula and Ouma are answerable for Mwenda’s deficiencies because they hiped him when he was still mentally raw and then presented him to the people of Uganda as an intellectual. But the guy’s reasoning is still totally wacky.
Mwenda can not function without the mentor-ship of Wafula, Obbo and Ouma.He needs to know this. Sometimes people need to know what they can realistically achieve on their own so as not to over-estimate themselves.It is up to Mwenda to do a honest reflection on his deficiencies.




The Red Pepper can do better than pedaling rumours and half-truths

Vincent Nuwagaba

I was amazed by the comments made by Prosper Namara about me in regard to what I wrote about the Red Pepper and I have been compelled to make a rebuttal lest people may think that what Namara wrote is beyond reproach.

My brother Prosper Namara, what a waste of a good name that you hold. I had chosen not to respond to your comments but I later realised that you may be deluded into thinking that your comments were too sophisticated for me to respond to. To begin with, I guess that you could have been hired by the Red Pepper to respond to me or you are on their payroll. May be I am wrong! On the assumption that my guess is right, if you were hired, I don’t think you did a good job. If you are on their payroll, please advise the entire management and editorial team of the tabloid to style up.

You reason that because the Tabloid sell more copies than many papers, therefore, Ugandans want to read such crass. Sorry my brother! I doubt whether you love terrorists. Personally, I don’t but I must assure you, if there was a story that terrorists are about to attack, I would be the first person to pick interest in the story. I can authoritatively assure you that Professor Bukenya buys and reads the Red Pepper daily not because he likes it but because he wants to know the nonsense the paper writes about him.

I was in jail on 20th August 2009 when the Red Pepper published a story about me by a reckless reporter Johnson Taremwa. But all my friends who heard about it bought the paper not because they liked what was written about me but they needed to know what was written about me.

I don’t know whether brother Namara, you are a journalist but you should know that there’s a common cliche by journalists that when a dog bites man, it is not news but when a man bites a dog it is news. Thus, not all news is good news. I don’t know how you would feel if everybody tried to pry into your private life but I am sure that even Vincent Nuwagaba who is a terrorist wouldn’t want his privacy to be infringed.

You say, Bukenya was photographed publicly, how many people have photographed Red Pepper journalists when they are doing their funny stuff.

It is not long ago when a Managing Director of some leading Telecommunications company went and had sex which was recorded with one of the employees – a girl whom I know very well. Red Pepper was given the story. Ask them why they never ran it?

I don’t know whether you meant that Red Pepper ran a story to correct the false one published about me. But again you say that Red Pepper didn’t publish my rebuttal because they knew their story was true. Please seek information and you will get it. You have no right to remain as informed as a peasant. You can look for the paper, it was published on 20/08/2009 and you will also prove whether or not the story was true. Firstly, I have never applied for a Master of Law scholarship because I did Social Sciences and at Makerere I couldn’t do a Master of Law when I had no Bachelors of Law. The only Masters course I could do is Masters of International Law which is not offered at Makerere.

Secondly, I needed an admission letter and the person in-charge was Vincent Ekwang – the Deputy Registrar in charge of admissions. I didn’t talk to that yellow journalist Johnson Taremwa but he attributed statements to me by putting them in inverted commas. As to whether I should have sued them, I don’t think for every wrong I shall run to court. I also know that it is not prudent for me to start court battles with media houses. Besides, I genuinely like the Red Pepper proprietors and I will never at any time become an enemy to them. I am not sure whether they would be interested in being an enemy to me either. You also need to know that I enjoy good working relations with some of them. I know Prosper Namara you are not one of the directors of the Red Pepper but you are mourning more than the bereaved. Sorry dear!

You say Bukenya is not a clean person and his life has been embroiled in scandals. You feel you have the latitude to condemn Bukenya because we don’t know you. Otherwise what you do could be much more shameful. Please, read the Bible, Romans 3:23. All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. If Red Pepper is to be trusted I urge the management to publish stories about all the generals starting from Museveni; let them show us businessmen who don’t pay taxes; let them be a voice of the voiceless Ugandans – students who cannot go to university because higher education has been made a preserve of a few; peasants whose wives die in labour wards because of inadequate drugs and equipment but also because doctors are not facilitated and motivated; policemen who sleep in a huge tent right behind CPS and are even deprived of conjugal rights because they have no means; teachers who are paid Sh260,000 when their monthly expenditure exceeds Sh 1million; peasants whose children no longer take sugar; no longer wash their clothes and are living by providence. Short of that many of us will remain convinced that the Red Pepper is a mercenary paper whose job is to extract taxpayers’ money from politicians to destroy their rivals. The Red Pepper must stop pedaling destructive rumours and half-truths and engage in development journalism. I am sure the loving and merciful God will still forgive them.

Finally, Mr Prosper Namara you can approach me for lectures on journalism. I have taught many journalists in university and outside and I am still ready to teach more. For anybody to write words like silly about me I find that uncouth. I am not silly and I cannot do any silly thing. In any case I don’t know whether a silly man’s comments should attract a response from very intelligent people like Prosper Namara. For your information I am one of the philosopher Kings Uganda has if you didn’t know me take trouble to know me. For God and my country.

Vincent Nuwagaba is a human rights defender

The red pepper has become a classic case of yellow journalism!

By Vincent Nuwagaba

I have looked at the front page of today’s Red pepper with utter disgust and I must say, very many understanding Ugandans are soon withdrawing the respect they hitherto had for the tabloid. I am terribly annoyed that a newspaper can publish such pictures on its front page even if it is true. When I expressed my concern with one of the journalists managing one of Uganda’s premier newspapers, he told me, “Red pepper is the best selling news paper”.

When I asked, whether what they publish is what we need, he added, “It sells more than the New Vision”. Why he did that is to emphasise that that’s what the market (readers want). This is yellow journalism at its very best. Yellow journalism is the type of journalism that flouts all the ethical principles of journalism. This sensational reporting is as a result of what Kahinda Otaffiire refers to as the gutter press. I don’t care whether or not what the Red Pepper published about Prof Gilbert Bukenya is true, why must Red Pepper think, it is for public consumption?

Who of us – Ugandans including the Red Pepper Managers and staff is a saint? Why wouldn’t the Red Pepper Directors be guided by the Golden Rule of Morality which goes, “Do to others, as you would want them do to you” (Luke 6:31). I deeply respect some of the Red Pepper directors especially my brother Arinaitwe Rugyendo who was in the line of becoming a Catholic Priest. Rugyendo still comports himself well, he is humble and notwithstanding what views other people have about him, I cherish his methods of work. I am, however, disappointed that a paper to which Rugyendo is a director can sink so deep as to publish such useless stuff.

To begin with, what the paper is writing about Bukenya is traumatic; it will traumatize Bukenya’s family – his wife, children and aging mother. If that’s the intention of the paper editors, then they are turning themselves into sadists. Secondly, the Red Pepper has at one point in time published a false story about me. I only chose to keep peace but I would have dragged them to the courts of law over defamation. Shamelessly, even when I wrote to clear my name they never published my story neither did they apologise for the wrong story published.

Why would Red Pepper editors think they have an innate right to pry into anybody’s private life including Professor Bukenya? I am in no way saying Bukenya is an angel; I am not his spin doctor or spokesman but I am enraged at the manner in which the red pepper journalists have chosen to make money at the expense of his human dignity. The Prime Minister, the President, the First Lady and all other ministers and MPs have their own gaffes, why doesn’t the Red Pepper write about them? Could the allegation by Radio Katwe that the Red Pepper is used to destroy politically non Bakiga-Banyankore hold some grain of truth?

Who of the Red Pepper directors, editors and reporters is an angel; a saint that they would be comfortable with anybody who pries into their private lives? While Bukenya is a former Vice President, former minister and currently a member of parliament, he remains a human being entitled to the right of his privacy? By following him up everywhere, the Red Pepper reporters show that they are uncouth and they expose their moral nakedness. It is not Bukenya who is portrayed in negative terms but you guys in the Red Pepper.

In the bible, we read of a woman caught in adultery and when it was suggested that Moses’ law be invoked so that she would be stoned, Jesus said he who has never sinned should be the first to throw a stone at her (John 8:1-11). The same Bible in Mathew 7:3 exhorts not to see a speck in our neighbour’s eye before we save ourselves of a log in our own guy. I am sure that none of those rumour mongers that have specialised in writing about Bukenya are more morally upright than him. Please, give a man of God a break.

To Red Pepper editorial team, must you publish any rubbish because you need your paper to sell or because you have been given money by someone? How can the Red Pepper convince us that it’s not doing a mercenary job – that some people have hired it to trim Professor Bukenya’s political wings? How can we be convinced that Red Pepper is not part of the Dirty Tricks Unit (DTU) which the NRM uses to destroy political opponents and any other people that threaten its political survival? If the Red Pepper management doesn’t repent, doom is awaiting it. I am not going to play a false prophet job because I want you people to promote me. I must advise you as brothers and comrades that the path you are taking is perilous. Please be mindful that there’s a future after the NRM reign which has protected you and enabled you to abuse professionalism to mint money.The world doesn’t revolve around money!

For God and my country.

Judge Nagenda by the points he raised and not his past. Learn from Onnyango Obbo

Dear Critical Thinkers,

I’m deeply puzzled by our own elites. Instead of analysing the issues raised by Nagenda, professional journalists are elites of our country are trying to make un-necessary causal links between what Nagenda wrote and his relationship with the president.

Much as critical thinking calls for the thinkers to securitize the author’s background so as to identify his biases towards the subject, in the case of Nagenda, I would argue that this is not necessary because the issues he raised were of national interest which if analysed, people may be able to understand what is going on in the country and the challenges that the country is facing.

Usually, critical thinking involves analysing and evaluating people’s reasoning and this is what people should focus on. Therefore, instead of focussing on how many bottles of bear that Nagenda drinks and his business relationship with the president, our critical thinkers should:

· Identify Nagenda’s reasons and conclusions
· Analyse how Nagenda selected, combined and constructed (logical order) his line of reasoning
· Evaluate whether Nagenda’s reasons support the conclusions that he drew
· Evaluate whether his reasons are well-founded, based on good evidence
· Identify the flaws in his reasoning.

Charles Onyago Obbo one of my heroes put it rather better. And this is that he had to say:

Now, Nagenda used to savage me viciously in his Saturday Vision columns in the days when I was managing editor of The Monitor, and even after I left. For more than five years I refused to answer back or write a mean column about John, much to the frustration of many people. I had my reasons for it. One of them is that I do fully understand that what people say or write in defence of the government or the President in public, is rarely what they believe in private. Therefore, I never make my judgements of them based on that. They are often just doing a job.

Many years ago, Nagenda was invited to be chief guest at a ceremony to open the first international media centre, under an effort led by the late Victoria Mukasa. I sat and spoke with him for over two hours after the event. Most of the criticisms he made in the interview, he made also at that time in our conversation, though in milder tones. Some of them, like the danger of ethnic imbalances in appointment to public offices, his views were stronger than he reveals in the interview. John being John, between telling me all that, he would pause and insult me. I would insult him back, and he would continue.

In short, Nagenda was not blind to the failings of the Museveni government. I was therefore not surprised about how he felt. What surprised me was that he outed his views publicly in the interview. Likewise, I know Tamale. He is a friend. Tamale might not be polished in his manners or speech, but he is no fool. Whenever he travels with the President to Nairobi, he “storms” newsrooms to put Museveni’s and Uganda’s case.

To me, Charles Onyango Obbo is a star. He has managed to identify correlation and false correlations. Let me hope that James Tumusiime(THE OBSERVER) will pick a leaf in what Charles Onyago Obbo has written.
Much as James Tumusiime managed to identify Nagenda’s points view as far as independent mindedness is concerned, he (Tumusiime) failed to isolate Nagenda’s relationship (or lack of it) with the president from the points that he raised.

The questions that I pose to James Tumusiime are:
· What evidence has he got that there exists a correlation between the trends of Nagenda’s relationship with M7 and the issues he that he raised in the article?
· If there are any patterns or trends at all, are they coincidental or direct? And if so, are they directly linked as cause and effect?
· Are these patterns/ trends linked by a third cause?
My argument in the whole of this is that people need to be very critical (and not speculative) in their reasoning as not being so can be dangerous.

However, I find Nagenda to be a very intelligent man, who has all the tools to inform, correct and even misinform. And there are many of them in NRM who have good brains which if put to good use; Uganda will be very different from what it is today.

However, am disappointed by his intellectual dishonesty. First of all, he lied to Ugandans throughout 2002-2005 that M7 had no intentions of removing term limits from the constitution. He used words like “the M7 I know wouldn’t do such a thing” etc. However, when M7 proved to him that he does not know him (as he claim), he never apologised to Ugandans for misleading them.

Nagenda also claim that “ I don’t think that M7 has remained exactly the same, though, in fact, I would say that he is more autocratic than he was when he first came”.

The above statement means that M7 has always been an autocratic (dictator, absolute ruler, tyrant or despot) ruler. That statement is very powerful and I wonder if he intended to say it because M7 doesn’t want people on his pay role to say such stuff.

If he has always known that the guy is a dictator, why has he served him, praised and even licked his fingers?

Mukulu Naginda, before M7 became a president, he was a bank robber, a hand grenade thrower, a terrorist etc. M7 had committed more crimes than any Ugandan that I know of. When he became a president, he committed the same crimes in Northern Uganda, Congo, Rwanda etc.

As of now, Uganda lost a case in the ICJ for invading Congo and we are in deep shit because we have to pay a lot of money as compensation to Congo. What M7 did to his fellow rebels mainly those from FEDOMO and UFM after taking over power in 1986 is despicable.

Now, can Mukulu Negenda remind Ugandans when M7 listened to them and what methods of communication he used to receive information from the local people.

His entire interview is full of contradictions. I won’t go into details to explain these contradictions but believe me, it is somewhat flawed though interesting. A great deal of precious information is contained in his interview despite the fact that his biases are obvious. However, I still give him some marks because he managed to put his message across. All in all, his interview is more like a curate’s egg.


The Media should help in fighting the stigma towards Mental Health


The problem of mental illness in Uganda needs to be tackled head on, but with the sensitivity it demands and deserves. The west embraced de-institutionalization of mental patients as the medical model of disability came under attack. Out was the medical model, in was the social model of dealing with mental illness.

The best case study which is often cited as the best model is Sweden where services for those suffering from mental illness have been integrated which is why there are hardly an individuals with mental illness who are homeless which is more or less the norm in the USA: those homeless black brothers you see on the mean streets of USA cities are most likely to be veterans of various American wars. USA abandons them the moment their contribution is done. Imagine that. Individuals with serious mental problems due to the trauma suffered in war being abandoned. And African-American brothers top the list.

Back to Uganda where I suspect those in need of mental treatment are underestimated or fear seeking help due to the stigma attached to mental illness.It may take prominent women and men coming forward to share their personal experiences with mental illness like it took the late Mr Philip Bongoley Lutaaya (RIP) to confront HIV/AIDS. The idea of having famous Ugandans embrace the cause of mental illness is great. Let the media take the lead.

In Uganda, I assume the medical model is still dominant, which needs to change towards the social model. But things should be done without ‘abandoning’ individuals with mental illness as is the case in the USA. They have been abandoned by psychiatrists who left them to PhD holders in clinical psychology. Then the state abandoned them to by closing mental institutions without doing what Sweden did: integrating service delivery which is critical under the social/community model.

Now given Uganda’s traumatic history, what is the state of mental illness in the country?

QN: does Uganda give priority to individuals with mental illness in terms of allocating them the limited social housing-if left?

For Uganda, the language ought to change from calling them ‘mad’ to people suffering from mental illness. Language matters. So let us media friends in UAH take notice and do the needful: they can help change perceptions about mental illness in Uganda. NO MORE “MAD” but mental illness. Is that asking too much from the editors? The media is supposed to be an agent of change and it can change attitudes about mental illness.

UK is way behind compared to other developed countries in dealing with mental health. The problem now is that the pendulum has swang too much towards the social model that you have individuals with mental illness who are not able to take their proper medication because there is no one to remind them or help them take it. The best place is Sweden where integration has delivered effective services. The other day I met chap from Egypt who needed help and was was in his hospital attire and was trying to tell me that he was on his way to Cairo. The fellow needed help to take his medication. But since he is not a threat to anyone or himself, he is let loose on the street. that is cruel.

I am actually surprised that in the UK, the medical model is still supreme. It was in Europe where Foucault did a lot more to expose the power imbalance in metal institutions. Actually the UK has some of the leading scholars in disability studies like Dr Oliver who have written great stuff. How can it be so behind?

Yes, Sweden is the best in the world in mental health services! Why? It has integrated services. Why is that important? Because individuals with mental illness get the housing they need within their community and the medical support to go along. They also enjoy subsidized services. Sweden has embraced the social model and put its money there.

In the USA, psychiatrists ‘abandoned’ mental patients-it is called the abandonment thesis and is controversial. Basically, the claim is that psychiatrists gave up on their most vulnerable patients once de-institutionalization took place and mental hospitals hut down. It created space for clinical psychologists and social workers to move in.

In Uganda the need is huge because of the historic trauma the country has witnessed. Many individuals need help but they cannot access services. Ugandans prefer escapism that it is ‘mayembe/voodo/juju’/misambwa’
BTW, historical trauma is generational and the sooner Ugandans dealt with it the better.

Kyijomanyi. W.B

Daily Monitor has Lied about Ssebagala Eviction from KCC House

Police closes gates to the disputed country residence. Photo by Geoffrey Sseruyange,Daily Monitor reported


After reading news from the Daily Monitor website about Ssebagala Eviction from Town Clerk’s residence, I followed up to verify the story and I spoke to a persons who at the time was in the negotiations.

The truth was that Nasser was still in the house together with the Policemen who had gone to evict him without an eviction order and some leaders of the City Authority engaged into a discussion.

Perhaps it was the desirable news that Nasser was being evicted but telling lies also tells something about the source.  Nonetheless it might end as desired.

I however won’t hesitate to add that this story is just like that of ‘selective prosecution’.  I therefore expect agitators of ‘leave Bukenya alone because others are left’ to stand in for Seya.

City Council sold 154 houses including the official Meya’s house and the Town Clerk’s.  The Town Clerk took the house in Bugoloobi and someone else took the Mayor’s house in Kololo.  Then Nasser took the one that was supposed to be the Town Clerk’s official residence.  Conflict started when the Town Clerk then, preferred to have two; one in Bugoloobi and the house in question now.

Perhaps this led to her misfortune but the 157 houses were sold and several other important dignitaries are in these houses comfortably sleeping or earning from them.

Can the Agitators of stop selective persecution start pleading for Nasser like I have heard them exonerate Bukenya.


Asha A K Nalule

Daughter of Batambala

Comprehensive List of Uganda Past Finance Ministers

Dear UAH,

The New Vision story about ”Uganda’s finance ministers since independence ” today has made it look like Mr Mayanja K.  Sebalu was different from Mr  Lawrence Sebalu, a lawyer who served twice as Finance Minister, under the late Mr Ben Kiwanuka (RIP) and the military commission in 1980. However, here is Comprehensive list of past Finance Ministers:

1.    The Minister of Finance under Ben Kiwanuka was Lawrence Sebalu
2.    In Obote 1 – A.K. Sempa and later Lawrence Kalule Settala
3.    Amin –  Emmanuel Wakhweya, Moses Ali, and Jumba Masagazi
4.    Under Yusuf Lule- Sam Sebagereka
5.    Under Binaisa- Jack Sentongo
6.    Under Muwanga- same Lawrence Sebalu who was Finance Minister in Ben         Kiwanuka’s gov’t
7.    Obote 11 – Dr Apollo Milton Obote though Sam Odaka, was Minister of Planning & Economic Development.
8.    Under Tito Okello- Abraham Waligo doubled as Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
9.    Museveni – Prof Ponsiano Mulema, Dr Kiyonga, Mayanja Nkangi, Sendaula, Dr Suruma, Syda Bbumba, Maria Kiwanuka
Paul Lam

Salim Saleh Assures People that he is Still Alive and Walking the Talk

Dear Friends

Am ok and alive. Some people have been writing rubbish on radio katwe that i’m dead. Am busy and on the 10th June 2011 I will be hosting all the NGOs in the food security sector. I thank all supporters for rebuking this malicious message.

The future is going to be determined by products and markets i.e. Turning ideas into products and delivering value to the consumers and that is what I’m trying in my small way. AM WALKING THE TALK. AM NOT DEAD.

Gen.(rtd) Caleb Akandwanaho salim saleh oriba.

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Free Advice to Dr.Bukenya: ”No More Media Interviews and Sort out Your Bank Loans”

Listen folks, the toughest job in Africa or for that matter anywhere else is being Vice President, but especially in Africa where dictators are in charge. From the look of it, Minister Mbabazi was promoted to PM, but he actually lost more in the process. He is now out of the security loop and is about to relinquish his position as NRM Secretary General. With him out of security can he command the level of security he commanded before not just for himself but his family at public expense? The other truth of the matter is that he knows it is a loss of powers, but he cannot say, Mr. President let me stay where I was. No.

YKM set out to banish two ambitious people. The irony if you believe it one camp may have gone for Dr Bukenya, but paid the price in the process. So who made the call: was it Hon Janet K. Museveni’s camp-and who is in her camp-or was it YKM?

Folks, YKM feared to fire Dr Bukenya so he asked him to resign. That is another indicator. Was it some quid pro: resign and you could eat a big NRM post? Then YKM called the NRM caucus who were salivating for free food so they went to state house-yes food to endorse YKM’s decision. And listen to the minions that they were consulted.

Did one camp lose more by winning? That is by evicting Dr Bukenya from the VP, did YKM insist that if Dr Bukenya had to go the other-okay mafia camp-too had to give up something? I read somewhere Mr. Mike Mukula saying that if named to the cabinet he would not accept because he wants to serve the party. Why are some people not interested in joining YKM’s 76 plus cabinet? And YKM wonder why service delivery is terrible. Exhibit A: his 76 cabinet contingent that can’t seem to be on the same wavelength.

I suppose NRM is about to call another national delegates conferences to fill top slots. More free food and pocket money for the folks in yellow. I told you that politicking in Uganda is endless hence the hunger, which as far as I know is manmade.

Nonetheless, Hon Bukenya lacks discipline. He should have emulated then VP Mwai Kibaki who was relieved of his duties but never uttered a word. He showed up at Uhuru Park to witness the swearing in of Dr Josephat Karanja and reported at his new posting at the Ministry of Health. That is here VP Ssekandi is very different from Hon Bukenya. The former is mild mannered and not prone to any indiscipline.

It is also true that contrary to what we think; Hon Ssekandi comes to the VP job with a wealth of public service compared to what Dr Bukenya had. Yes both are humble, but Hon Bukenya lacked the discipline and started wearing hats like YKM. I doubt Hon Ssekandi can go that route. If Hon Bukenya is to thrive as per his interview in Newvision he needs to be more disciplined in public and private because the mafia will be going after him. They will tempt him and see how he responds. If I were Dr Bukenya or his handlers I would tell him to chill out and stay away from the media for now. The media is a double edged sword.

The Newvision interview was ill advised, so let it be the last for now to the media. He should refer all media inquiries to his lawyers and restrict his efforts towards Mpigi district for now. YKM can order banks to recall loans Hon Bukenya owes. I am sure YKM and the mafia would like to humiliate him more. I have said before that YKM and Mir have a lot in common. Vengeful yet they claim to be God’s men. Wupuzi. That is what Moi always did: any prominent politician who owed KCB loans, the banks would be forced to recall. He even tried it with Barclays Bank to recall loans held by Mr Matiba but he failed. Although I saw in the news the other that that his Hillcrest schools are being sold.

Here is another advice for Hon Bukenya: if has any loans, he should opt to retire them now before YKM and the mafia ambush him. That is life.

And oh, here is the evidence, Professor Sen Amartya-a Nobel winner- has documented that NO famine has ever occurred in a democracy. NEVER! If famine/hunger occurred in Uganda as acknowledged by YKM then it means-proves- that Uganda is a dictatorship. YKM provided the evidence that he is dictator because famines only occur in dictatorships because in a democracy they would pay the ultimate price of defeat at the polls. The famine in China under Moa killed over 40 million people and he paid no price. If anyone wanted proof that Uganda is dictatorship, the famine sealed it. The proof is the famine.

That said, former PM Nsibambi and Minister Makubuya deserve more scrutiny than Hon Ssekandi as speaker. Prof Nsibambi was the leader of Government Business while Prof Khiddu Makubuya was the Minister of Justice and AG. These two were responsible for ramming through parliament YKM’s agenda. Prof Nsibambi was the one who decided government business. Under the new arrangement PM Mbabazi is going to be in charge of ramming through whatever YKM/NRM wants. I said here that Hon Kadaga will be challenged beyond her expectations. She is going to sweat and regret it given YKM’s musing of what he wants to see amended so he can lord it on Ugandans more.

Show me Speaker Kadaga’s CV. What did she do before YKM? Or is she a product of YKM? If that is the case how can Ugandans-UAH-expect a stronger speaker? That is why we need the media to educate us about the new leaders.

WB Kyijomanyi

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