Category POLITICS

Ugandans aren’t really divided!


By Peter Gwokto via UAH forum,

Ugandans have always been a united people. We are just not able to organize before some rotten mind comes from nowhere to add the tribal chemical formula to the unity periodic table. If you think Ugandans aren’t united, try inside the various tribes themselves. At least tribes fear each other but inside every tribe is a volcano of different issues imploding within with unimaginable intensity – clan squabbles, land issues, rebels, marriage, etc. We tend to overlook these Achilles heels yet, in fact, they are the reasons we become who and what we are in the broader incremental levels of society. If we can’t bring ourselves to resolve the most immediate how can we face up to the broader distant issues?.
Our precolonial elders, kings and chiefs tolerated one another and, above all, went to the point of helping and hiding one another. But they had a common enemy- distinctly foreign, distinctly white and distinctly un-African (as un-African as he could be) because anything African was condemned while the reverse was held civilized and holy. These days, the enemies don’t just look like us; they are us and are among us. Nowadays, my enemy’s enemy is my friend, literally – with Museveni being both the enemy and the friend to everyone and everybody, turning us against one another irrespective of a common language, culture, or shared region. Each time I think of this point, I am reminded of my Prof. Apollo Nsibambi(R.I.P); how he used to defend Buganda and wiggle his tail in the face of Obote’s government and specifically to Northern students in his class.

Former Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi

Most of all,I am equally impressed by how Museveni silenced Nsibambi over the same issues by bottling his mojo in an Ankole milk gouard to the extent the professor started barking in a different language and from a different bush in Uganda. He was nakedly tail-less in the presence of his own people. I could be wrong – maybe he just saw the light and was trying to undo the Obote-time rhetoric.

I too, like many others in UAH, were ‘coerced’ by Abbey into joining the forum. I have received a few bruises myself and effectively delivered a number to edgy forumists. For some of us who have been browsing since Al Gore invented the internet, we have learnt resilience but above all, learnt to accept the views of others however lethal. Yet, above all else, we have learnt to open up. That’s why there are idiots in this forum who glean raw discussions and submit them as news to Uganda newspapers – papers who are just as stupid to publish them without verifying source and fact because there is an empty column to fill. There are over a million Ugandans registered in this forum including MPs and ministers. Probably they laugh at Ekkissodde and I doing the sibling rivalry thingi, sometimes talking serious issues and occasionally lynching each other with such ferocious verbal assaults only a spear or a gun could bring it to end. Yet I am reminded of many teachers telling students that the only dumb question is that which has not been asked. Well, that means the person harbouring the question is also dumb – so are the thousand silent ones on this forum. Afterall, we are known for electing MPs who do not know the country’s peoples and when, after nearly 20yrs in parliament and in their 40s, still refer to citizens derogatively and get away with ignorance as an excuse is a pathetic characteristic of illinformed electorates. Perhaps parliamentary candidates should be given written tests in social studies, history/civics, and geography to screen their understanding of Uganda before they invoke ‘ignorance’ as defence. I thought I once heard that ‘ignorance’ of the law (society) is no excuse for a crime/offence?.
In the West, it would be game-over.

“The north needs a leader that can unite all those groups to work together”. Not just the north, although I understand the emphasis. The unity must first accept our social, cultural, and economic diversity as well as the interdependencies and symbiosis. For the most part, politics in African traditional societies were a subdued affair and intertwined, loosely, with the cultural and economics fabrics of a society. African societies never entertained politics as it is today because of its divisive nature. Above all, when all is over and done, contemporary African politics often immunizes itself against reconciliation thereby breeding anger, contempt, hatred, etec. We watch as Clinton and Obama rip themselves with obviuos ‘hatred’ and contempt. But Western politics, unlike African politics, harmonizes itself immediately a leader in chosen.
With us, a loser countinues to be pounded even when he is flat on the ground, insults fly forever, and even at the helm of power the winner still wants the looser deader than dead because he challenged during campaigns. Finally, those of you in Kyeyoland should visit Ottawa and see how Ugandans live and interact with one another. You would want to ‘enforce’ this relationship in Uganda.

Well Done, Abbey-UAH has a place in the hearts of Ugandans & history of Uganda!



Good job, Abbey Semuwemba,

It is easy to shake up the system with organized, logical and critical assaults. UAH – I mean the forum, not the mysterious party – has been more effective at shaking up the establishment and the structures that support it than FDC, or at the very least, UPC and DP. So often, issues raised in this forum are treated with utmost expediency by the government than the screaming rhetoric of FDC’s nonsensical publishers in The Monitor or Observer.

SMACKS is getting it’s fair share of dealing with the fear of UAH (the forum). Little did any of you notice that when I criticized the Uganda Police website for its carbon-dated contents and a couple responded that the website gets updated with regime change, NRM nogooders in this forum actually confronted the police and they tore down the website the following day. Now the knows it is on UAH hitlist of the people’s Most Wanted for deliberate systemic failures. Someone, somewhere was getting his monthly pay for managing a website that didn’t live with the time, so was the webhost. The police also learnt that, such mundane crimes like theft of a laptop and embezzlement from a gas station do not deserve a webpage in the Most Wanted by any police establishment in the world as if to hide the fact that there are defilers, abusive spouses, rapist and Murderers lurking the streets of Uganda’s towns and villages.

In fact, the NRM government is now relying on UAH to ascertain its people weaknesses and failures. And to say the least, it believes what appears on UAH and reacts with incredible speed compared to the lifeless swipes by FDC. The irony of it all is that issues raised here are those the system should have been able to identify before hand – that’s what public service admins are supposed to do. UAH is giving free general consulting service to the government. My suggestion is that, UAH starts zeroing on those in authority for failures in the organs entrusted to their leadership instead of criticizing the organ at large. Its time they are forced to resign and met stiffer penalties – the consequences of a people’s frustration and determination. FDC’s complains are simply a bee-sting on an NRM that is not allegic to beestings. But UAH exposures are a thunderous elephantine crush whose immediate impact and reverbarations always paralyze the NRM.

I believe there are more NRM info gatherers gleaning policy strategies from UAH than the number of ISO agents tracking FDC panel-beaters. You should not be surprise that NRM agenda for 2011 will be based of visions compiled from policy expressions in UAH. Museveni, the only Ugandan visionary, has run out of Vision.

So, thanks Abbey.

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By Peter-Rhaina Gwokto, a Ugandan resident in Canada
Remember: “Even a small dog can piss on a tall building”. Jim Hightower

Baganda’s Kwanjula is a more elaborate and engaging ceremony



The traditional marriage or give away ceremony in Buganda is one function you will get to like because it keeps you on your toes.. The preparations for any traditional introduction or marriage ceremony are tiring and trying financially, physically and mentally as you wonder why you have to fulfill a lot of traditional must do requirements and spend so unreasonably because ‘tradition’ requires it so. But from the day the ceremony is held, you will like it for the rest of your life because of the cultural and organized displays as well as the value that many people continue to attach to this ceremony called Kwanjula.

Kwanjula basically means to introduce. It is a day when the bride to be introduces her future husband (and his people who escort him) to her parents and relatives.

I have attended many introduction ceremonies but the Baganda’s Kwanjula is a more elaborate and engaging ceremony that what you have to do right keeps you on your toes until the last minute of the ceremony, or you may miss being given the lady of your life.At the beginning, you have to go and see one of the lady’s aunties(Ssenga), the one she has chosen to act as Ssenga – the official aunt. The Ssenga is very central to the Kiganda marriage ceremony and is a respected role that many ageing Baganda women yearn to perform. You are required to write a letter to the lady’s family, the bazeyi or elders. The letter has to be in flawless Luganda and has to be written through the Ssenga or aunt who thenceforth becomes the official go between the two parties. The letter is then taken to the Ssenga (with a little money for transport of course) to take it to the Bakulu Bano (fellow respected elders). In the letter, the man is asking to be allowed to get born in his in-laws family by going there to ask for their daughter’s hand in marriage.The Bakulu then accept in writing that you can go on a specified date and ‘get born into their family’. They also gave you the maximum number of people you should take which is most times not more than 50 people. The father in-law will also ask for his Mutwalo, what could be taken as bride price.

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.
A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake.
A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…”
― Elizabeth Gilbert


The mutwalo is accompanied with some items that you will need to take along for example: fruits and vegetables except egg plants (Ntula and Biringanya) and a few others, which if taken would be considered as cultural taboo that may lead to the man being fined or denied the bride altogether. There has to be bread, sugar, salt, soap, paraffin, cooking oil, curry powder, and a host of related items. You are required to buy certificates from Buganda kingdom to show that you respect and support the cultural monarchy, one of the four certificates being the marriage certificate. The Kanzus for the Father in-laws and brother in-laws, Gomesis for mother in-laws and Ssengas (Kanzu and Gomesi are cultural dresses for males and females respectively). These are a must. You have to prepare money for the envelopes- for the father in-law, mother in-law, Ssengas, brother in-laws (with a special one and a cock for the official brother in-law).

The traditional marriage ceremony in Buganda may have changed over the years, but it still remains a battle of wits and cultural tongue-twisting between representatives of the two sides who engage each other in a question and answer challenge or in knowing, mentioning and following century old norms and traditions. Both families are required to have a spokesman to speak for them. The spokesman takes the role of the final emissary on the day of introduction and he has to pull a lot of antics learned from tradition and experience to engage or answer challenges from the other side’s spokesman. It is the battle (friendly and of words) between the two that makes the Kwanjula and the whole ceremony memorable and unique from any other ceremony.The spokesman takes the role of the final emissary on the day of introduction and he has to pull a lot of antics learned from tradition and experience to engage or answer challenges from the other side’s spokesman. It is the battle (friendly and of words) between the two that makes the Kwanjula and the whole ceremony memorable and unique from any other ceremony. The spokesman will range between 250,000- 300,000 but the price is negotiable.

The dressing is also another crucial aspect on this day. The men are supposed to wear coats and kanzus while the women will need to put on gomesi preferably but this also depends on what culture the intended son-in-law comes from. The greetings then begin starting with the girls of the house who also welcome the visitors followed by the boys and then the sengas. Since the senga is the most important person on this day next to the bride to be, she actually runs the whole function from introducing the guests to choosing the bridegroom. When the bridegroom is chosen, the mugole can then come out of the house and greet her visitors most especially the bridegroom. This is the beginning of a new family to the bridegroom since he has been inaugurated or allowed into his mugole’s family.

The rest of the ceremony is as interesting as the gifts (which are left outside) are brought and allocated to the different beneficiaries and the hosts lay their demands and wishes on the new family. Once the gifts are brought, the host’s spokesman asks the bride and Ssenga “Ebintu Tubirye?” -whether they should accept the gifts. When they accept, the part of the rings follows were the bridegroom puts a ring on the brides finger this in kwanjula denotes marriage, and then the cutting of the cake follows and that brings us to the end of a memorable day.

{UAH} THE LETTER: UGANDAN PRESIDENT MAY HAVE BLOCKED THE ANTI-GAY BILL


MAFIA EMPIRE AND THE TRANSITION


By Joseph Kabuleta

MAFIA EMPIRE AND THE TRANSITION
(Joseph Kabuleta’s Weekly Rant RETURNS)

Kato is the most daring person I had the misfortune of knowing several years ago; a sneaky and adventurous lad who lived on the edge. He was also a good storyteller and that’s what kept me around him even if I detested several things about his lifestyle. But what shocked me is how many audacious things he got away with.
His day job was at a big workshop somewhere in the outskirts of the city but that didn’t last long. Every evening after his shift, Kato would gather up useless sawdust, put it in old sacks, and push it out on a wheelbarrow. Naturally, the guard at the gate was suspicious.
“What’s that you are taking out?”
“It’s only sawdust.”
The guard wasn’t convinced. He pulled the sacks off the wheelbarrow, pressed hard on them to make sure there was nothing hidden within, before reluctantly allowing him to proceed.
And so it was every evening. Kato left work with a wheelbarrow of useless sawdust.
After some weeks, the guard called him aside and said: “I have a feeling that you are stealing something from this company, but I just cannot put a finger on it. If you tell me, I promise not to apprehend you.”
I don’t think Kato believed the guard, but still he told him.
“Wheelbarrows! It’s wheelbarrows I am stealing.”
Of course the guard snitched on him and Kato was fired.
Ok, I don’t know any Kato who worked in a workshop, but I told that story to show how the biggest mysteries are often hidden in plain sight.

It started with sporadic appearances at events, a few dreary speeches, and plenty of social media activity but now it’s clear to every discerning eye that The First Son (official title) is crawling out of his hole like a squirrel.
Even his bevy of paid promoters are becoming bolder in their proclamations; calling him “our next president” in their tweets. Knowing who these people are, and how close they are to the junta, that is more than idle talk.

Clearly, whatever has been cooking under the scenes is about to be unleashed. And it has been several years in the making, starting in the mid-90s with a recruitment of young, graduate soldiers who were in effect Muhoozi’s boys. As that crop grew through the ranks, although not as meteorically as the man they were enrolled to serve, the recruitment net was cast wider.
About twelve years ago, a close colleague raised the subject in a cavalier but serious way, if you know what I mean. He knows me to be a bit of a firebrand, a mover, so to speak, and thought those qualities were being wasted in sports. I could be an asset in their push for the presidency of “our age mate”.
I was at crossroads in my life at the time but I could not involve myself in any venture for which I had no conviction. I would have to lock my conscience in a maximum security prison to be part of an operation that turns our country into a monarchy. Even then, I suspect my conscience would stage a prison break to rival Michael Scofield and find its way back into my heart.
The gentleman who was inviting me is now a cabinet minister and was one of the organizers of the recent 45th birthday party thrown for the First Son at Munyonyo. It was more than just a hyped revelry that made the front pages of the New Vision. It bore the markings of an initiation, or a rite of passage. It was a coming of age, so to speak. It’s no wonder that the main protagonist noted how it was his first public birthday celebration in 33 years. The last time was in 1986 (!!!)

Uganda has often been referred to as a Mafia State by many of its disillusioned citizens so permit me to juxtapose the affairs of this state with the Godfather trilogy of movies taken from Mario Puzo’s fabled novel that bears the same title.
The head of the family Vito Corleone is frail and goes into semi-retirement. His son Michael, who was once determined to live a normal life away from his family’s criminal empire, is the new boss even if his ageing father lurks in the background. The Capos of the family and the Consiglieri, the executioner in chief, doubt if the young and reticent Michael can take after his father.
But how wrong they are. Michael earns his stripes by arranging for the simultaneous execution of the heads of the five rival families, followed by an internal cleansing in which all family traitors are also killed. Almost overnight, the once demure army veteran and family man became even more ruthless than his father.
In one of the most iconic scenes from the movie, all the Capos come and kiss Michael’s hand, acknowledging him as the new Don. Muhoozi’s birthday party had a similar feel; an opportunity for his “age-mates” who have served the old man to pledge their allegiance to him.

In the eyes of the Uganda mafia family, the support structure to uphold the new Don is already in place.
The regular army has been systematically disengaged and replaced with Muhoozi’s SFC. Many of the old guard have found solace in business, farming and NAADS. The rest are quietly disillusioned. It was General David Sejjusa who first stood up to resist what he called “The Muhoozi Project” and he got his comeuppance in the form of a stint in exile followed by total oblivion. It was said that even the Late General Aronda Nyakairima was opposed to it and that’s why he was sent out to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, but what do I know?
The project also needs a ‘friendly’ police and the appointment of Major General Sabiiti Muzeyi as Deputy Inspector General of Police was the first step in that direction. It has since been followed by other appointments of army officers into police in what Army Spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire described as “cross pollination between sister security agencies”.
It would be cross pollination if police officers were also being appointed in the army, but they aren’t. So it is in actuality a military invasion of police and it is all a part of preparing for the new Don.
The net has also been cast in the media. Cedric Babu, a close friend of Muhoozi’s, now heads Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) and by kowtowing to the new Don, Robert Kabushenga has ensured that there will be no need to appoint a younger person to head the New Vision empire.

Then there is the war chest. The billions that have been set part for the purpose. NRM MPs approved the $379m for the fake Lubowa Hospital investor because they were told it’s the money they will be given for campaigns, and that’s not about all. More money will be minted and printed for that purpose, because the Godfather, having gathered illicit wealth for 35 years, will be looking to keep it within the family. After all, they say there is no success without a successor.

Key sectors in government and finance are being held by old and near-senile people with no ambition while in the interim Muhoozi kids are entrenching themselves below. It is a discreet but systematic takeover.
SFC is in charge of natural resources and national parks while the First Family have their fingers in every major cash-generating venture. It’s not just greed. It’s control. It’s as much about getting the money as it is about keeping it from rivals. So that by 2021, only one camp is liquid. Those who bow and kiss the hand of the new Don are rewarded with the means to live. The rest merely survive or worse.

But the biggest hindrance to the Muhoozi project is the man himself.
Unfortunately for Museveni, qualities like political sagaciousness and charisma are not necessarily transmitted through genes. Muhoozi has no allure beyond the privilege of being his father’s son. He has no personality, no aura, no charm. He carries the tormented look of someone struggling to match people’s expectations of him. Even at the aforementioned birthday party, he looked stoic and disinterested, like he would rather be somewhere else. Somewhere he doesn’t have to be the centre of attention and doesn’t have to give a speech.
Then there was his much-hyped interview on UBC with veteran journalist Tony Owana. As much as I tried to keep an open mind, I couldn’t last the duration of the discourse. For a moment I was tempted to blame the interviewer, who was overly excited and animated like an intern meeting his childhood idol. But I spared a thought for him because I suppose Muhoozi is not an easy person to interview. The dialogue never got out of first gear. Dressed in full combat with his beret hanging under the ranks on his shoulder, he spoke about key moments in his life as if they had been lived for him, and gave one-line answers to open-ended questions like: “Tell us about Sandhurst?” He sounded more like a suspect being interrogated by police, trying not to give anything away, than like a potential politician, much less a president. He has lived too long in his father’s shadow and his only exposure is to the wealth and privilege that surrounds him. He cannot relate with the poverty that his father has inflicted on Ugandans. I would be hard-pressed to mention anyone more ill-suited to be a leader.

The big question for Ugandans is: How and when are they planning to make this transition?
The First Son is already being sent on foreign missions on behalf of his father and is meeting ambassadors and dignitaries, and tweeting about it.
Maybe the Godfather is planning to go into semi-retirement after rigging the 2021 elections and take on an advisory role as his son runs the Family Business called Uganda Limited.
Or maybe, just maybe, the transition happens within NRM and the country adopts a Parliamentary System in which the party with the most elected legislators takes the presidency.
Whatever their plans, I know for sure that the reality will be different. The Mafia empire is crumbling and Uganda will return to Ugandans.

SOURCE: UAH FACEBOOK GROUP
https://www.facebook.com/groups/899442860088396/permalink/2602363139796351/

A Bobi or Besigye administration wont command anyone to go to exile


BY PETER SIMON OKURUT VIA THE UAH FORUM

There are many more options other than exile. One thing for sure is that the incoming administration cannot command anyone to go to exile or know that so and so has run away as soon as it takes power, only the most scared like president, and family and those close to him will fear and run before the next administration is sworn in.

The one option I imagine is prison with hard labor. Most of the Amin’s soldiers were jailed in Jinja when their regime collapsed. The same happened to easterners and northerners when Museveni came to power, people were rounded up and taken to concentration camps in Kiburara and Nabisonjo for hard labor, kiboko and dehumanization where some unfortunately died.

So maybe Bobi Wine can just help to identify “good areas” in the country for hard labor. Road works, valley dams, reconstruction of buildings and factories destroyed or neglected.

I don’t want to be in Uganda if people like UAH’s Tony Owana or Robert Atuhairwe have to exchange their luxurious pens and laptops with hard labor tools such as blunt pick axes, hoes and pangas. I would rather wait for those running to exile and assist them abroad.

But for the RDCs, aha, forget them, those are ordinary guys like me who are ready denounce the regime in a record time. I know some of them, they are survivors. You really count on them?

We need to reconcile as country citizens, there is no need to scare aware or misuse talent that would help develop the country as many Ugandans are in the diaspora wasting talent.

However, with Uganda, anything and everything is possible!
Peter Simon

Mrs.Museveni snobbish statements brings tears to our people in Iteso!


By Peter Simon Okurut via UAH forum

JOBLESS UGANDANS ARE LAZY


The problem with our leaders is their inability to explain what they mean. Surely, for most people who are struggling, such statements are very provoking, careless and annoying. For instance, it is a well known fact that before NRM chased Iteso and northerners from their ancestral homes and land, there was no such thing called unemployment. In Teso for example, many youths who did not go far in education married, cultivated their lands and raised their families as they grew richer and richer with their cows and plenty of food. Don’t ask me where the cows went. The once 2nd largest tribe in the country became the 7th in a short time, how would you explain such a situation? It means such tribes are endangered species threatened with extinction.

So, when angry , hungry, jobless and displaced people hear such half statements, they get offended, and rightly so. Leaders should be clear so that they are not misunderstood or misquoted. If it is hard to explain, the best is to keep quiet. I thought ministers and First Ladies have secretaries, don’t they review speeches?

People who are struggling with mental health and other traumas such as witnessing their beloved ones killed, displacement and many significant loses need help. not condemnation and judgment.

OBOTE’S HOUSES: A GLARING REMINDER OF THE EMPTY PROMISES FOR AMIN?


By HUSSEIN AMIN JURUGA VIA UAH FORUM

Pictures: The late Dictator Apollo Milton Obote’s Houses (RIP), one an apartment building in the posh upscale Kampala suburb of Kololo, while the other is in his village in Lira district. How the Museveni regime whitewashes Obote’s Luweero massacre & dances with the late Obote’s relatives on the graves of his victims. They were renovated/rebuilt by the government of Uganda at taxpayers expense. But despite prominent promises, where is President Idi Amin’s house rebuilt by the same regime?

Obote’s house in Kololo


In 2012 the New Vision newspaper reported that Museveni was shocked to find the Kololo house in dire condition when he visited Obote’s widow Miria Obote. The roof was leaking and the soldiers who had occupied it for a long time had spoiled the sewage, electricity and water piping systems, plus by breaking all the windows and doors. They had also spoiled the walls with filth marks and charcoal writings, and by drilling holes to create rudimentary demarcations to try and provide for the crowded different families of NRA/UPDF soldiers who must have done everything possible to get some much sought privacy for their nocturnal marital activities.
The other Obote house in Lira was summarily bombed by his own ill-disciplined UNLA soldiers in 1985 when they deposed him. The UNLA was the barbaric army of Ugandan exiles that fought Amin alongside the Tanzanian army in 1979. Once in power, the two allied forces then went on a mad rampage for seven bloody years against the people of Uganda resulting in an estimated 500,000 innocent Ugandans killed and over a million were made refugees.
The government of Uganda rebuilt both Obote’s houses between 2012 and 2015 in respect for the butcher of Luweero even with the hundreds of thousands of human skulls and mass graves of his victims available as reminder of his appalling barbaric human rights record of extra-judicial killings,
tribalism, genocide, religious sectarianism and wanton murder of innocent civilians across the country on a daily basis as evidenced in Museveni’s 10 point program which states exactly why they fought Obote starting on February 6th 1980 (Tarehe Sita).
This date was the start of Uganda’s worst bloodbath ever in the nation’s history with Baganda peasants murdered in the most heartless of ways (a hit with the infamous kafuni club with a six inch nail on their victims heads “so as not to waste precious bullets”). A war which started in 1980 in Luweero for five years and only ended 25 years later in Acholi. While the civil war is largely considered as two separate genocides, in reality it was one conflict starting from 1980, but with the tables turned once the Museveni regime was in charge in the capital Kampala from 1986, and the tribal UNLA army now resisting in whatever haphazard and murderous way they could from their home turf in Acholi, Northern Uganda until only Joseph Kony remained as their last fighting force.
While the rebuilding of Obote’s two houses was branded as a gesture of reconciliation, President Idi Amin’s personal residences, one in Arua and another in the Mbuya suburb of Kampala have never benefitted from any similar reconciliation attention.
For the historical record, the Arua property was used by the Tanzanian forces as their West Nile military headquarters for five years (from 1979 until 1984) when they run the country together with the UNLA junta. During their five years ruling Uganda and propping up the puppet regimes, the Tanzanians provided support for the slaughter in Luweero and also the untold genocide in West Nile for which we only discuss the Ombachi massacre
yet the killings went on for years unreported throughout the entire West Nile region. As they were leaving to return to their country following economic collapse and mass poverty in Tanzania, plus rising discontent of Ugandans at their continued presence in the country, the Tanzanian occupation army bombed the Arua property to rubble for no military reason whatsoever and left the country. The compound remains nice and flat to this day.
And despite having only empty lies and malicious propaganda as accusations against Amin without an iota of evidence, not even John Pombe Magufuli has offered compensation for their vicious act on the Arua property. The one in Mbuya suffered from disuse and rot by the different armies, from the UNLA to the NRA and UPDF to date.
But given that I now have a design and contractor to build President Amin’s house, I ask the people of Uganda should the government rebuild President Idi Amin’s houses as it did for dictator Obote as pictured here after their purported reconciliation, or should I fundraise?

Signed: Hussein Lumumba Amin

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By George Okello via UAH forum
Jarunga Hussein,

I never realised you are such an idiot- the extent of your stupidity is astonishing. I will be brief and simple with you this time as there is no point writing anything elaborate.

In 1971, President Obote was overthrown in a military coup organised by the UK government, using the Israeli Mossad and renegade elements of the Ugandan army, led by your father. The British installed your father Idi Amin Daddy as puppet president with instructions to protect its interests and those of the apartheid regime in South Africa and of the Zionists in Africa..

President Obote fled to exile soon thereafter, but he did not take his properties with him. In his modest portfolio was a house in Kololo and two houses in Lira. These houses were sequestrated by your father Idi Amin Daddy immediately after the British installed him in power. They were subsequently used as “safe houses” or to house members of the SRB killer squads and other Sudanese mercenaries your father hired to sustain his brutal regime. Idi Amin Daddy took over the house in Lira and used it as his personal brothel for all the time he was in power. This is the place where he would take prostitutes and where he would frequently rape women.

When the NRA came to power, Kayibanda Museveni also took over these properties and used them for housing his NRA military thugs.

The administrators of the Obote estate made efforts to recover these properties as soon as they were able to do so. They engaged a team of lawyers for this purpose, who served notice of intention to sue on the Government of Uganda. The government was forced to enter into negotiations with the Obote estate and it became clear in the process of the negotiations:

1. The properties had been illegally occupied by the government of Uganda or its agents since 1971.

2. The properties were not in a habitable state but were in fact in significant states of disrepair as they were never maintained by the thugs who used them. Substantial damage had been caused to the interior and exterior of the buildings, requiring major repair and renovation work..

The government of Uganda accepted legal responsibility for the illegal occupation of these properties since 1971, and for all the damage caused to them as a result of the illegal occupation. The government of Uganda agreed as a full and final settlement of the claims of the Obote estate:

1. To end the illegal occupation of the three properties and hand them over to the Obote estate immediately;

2. To promise never to illegally occupy or trespass on the properties again.

3. To abide by the principle of status quo ante, that is to repair and bring the properties back to the state they were in when they were illegally occupied.

4. To compensate the late President Obote’s estate for the loss suffered by non-use of these properties. This would be calculated at a commercial rate, based on the cost of renting similar properties for the entire duration of the illegal occupation. For eg, the Lira property that your father Idi Amin Daddy converted into a personal brothel would be charged a commercial rent between 1971 when he first illegally occupied it, and the date that Kayibanda surrendered it back to its lawful owners.

I can not comment on your own claim that your father should be treated like President Obote. I am not aware that your father Idi Amin Daddy owned any properties in Uganda. What I know is that he looted properties of Ugandan Asians and of thousands of other prominent Ugandans, some of whom have since his overthrow been able to claim back their properties , and others have been compensated.

You are free to fund-raise, but do it knowing that you will never fool me. And I don’t think you will fool a majority of Ugandans with such a hare-brained scheme. Anyone who gets taken in by this obvious scam, aimed at ripping off the gullible, will only have themselves to blame.

Jarunga Hussein, it seems you are broke or have run out of money. May be the pot that your father Idi Amin Daddy left for you is now empty. If this is the case, please take a proper job, just like any hardworking Ugandan. The career path you have chosen, that of whitewashing your father’s blood-soaked record, is clearly not paying you for all the trouble you take, and maybe it is high time you re-assessed your career options and started a real job that puts food on the table. Trying to con people with scams, such as fund-raising, is despicable and will eventually put you in jail.

Nyanzi’s charges will likely be dropped as it happened with President Jacob Zuma’s suit


Dr.Stella Nyanzi

By Peter Simon via UAH forum

If Nyanzi said that the president was a ” pair of buttocks,” is it true? And isn’t a president of any country a servant of his/her people and is it wrong if people pick issue with any leader that denies that simple relationship?

I think the president’s team are over- reacting; this is one of those charges that will likely be dropped as it happened with President Jacob Zuma’s suit. Sometime back, a painter in South Africa drew a hand sketch of four women admiring what he depicted as Zuma’s testicles meaning it seemed to him that all the four wives were attracted to Zuma by his testicles and each one was gazing at the prize. One magazine management bought the picture and displayed it for sale. Then the president’s team filed a case against the magazine owners. The president was advised to drop the case because if it reached court, the president would be prepared to submit his testicles for identification to see if what appeared on the picture were truly his testicles and whether the picture of the women admiring the testicles were the pictures of his wives. I am sure Nyanzi’s lawyers will love this case if she is arrested for instance, whose buttocks did Nyanzi say the president was a pair of buttocks because buttocks belong to somebody etc.

I would argue that those arresteded Dr. Nyanzi are feeding onto her narrative, that there is no democratic governance in the country and her arrest has exposed how intolerant the NRM government has become. Nyanzi is well known to be a government critic and a diehard supporter for FDC’s Dr. Kizza Besigye.

WAFULA OGUTTU: OUR POSITION AS PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT ON POLITICAL TRANSITION


This is our focus for the immediate future.
After Museveni, we must have an all inclusive Transitional Administration for at least five years within which period, we must among other undertake the following tasks :

1. Review the Constitution.

2. Rebuild and strengthen State institutions and political Parties

3. Heal the country by carrying out truth telling, justice and reconciliation

4. Organize free and fair elections as required by our Constitution.

For the elections, we propose that the three top most leaders, i.e., Head of State and Government, the Deputy President and Prime Minister must agree publicly and sign it off accordingly that they will not contest for any elective public office in the general elections organized by the Transitional Administration.

Wafula Phillip Oguttu,
Minister for the Presidency,
The People’s Government.

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