Londoba (-londobye, nnondobye)

v.i. select, choose, pickout; enumerate. Cg. Londa.

Londobala (-londobadde, nnondobadde) v.i

Stare stupidly, look around in a foolish manner,

Sit with a vacant look.

Ekibuga kyali kirondobadde. The city had a hopeless look.

Londobereza (-londoberezza, nnondoberezza) v.i ramble on, chatter,

Talk incessantly.

Luwonko, o- (lu/n ravine, valley, depression.

Cf. Ekiwonko.

Gabunga (la) arch. Title of the chief of the Kabaka’s canoes , admiral;

Title of a high-ranking chief of the Mmamba (Lungfish) Clan.

Taliimu. He is stupid or He is not at home.

Baama or Bama (-baamye, -bamye) v.i. become wild/fierce;

Go wild, act wildly.

Gen Olara Okello given 15-gun salute: 


Posted  Monday, February 16  2015

At Kitgum, Gulu Acholi, Uganda - 

A Gun fire shook the serene flat plains of Madi Opei, Lamwo District, in whose midst many sons and daughters of Acholi lie.

To the passerby and residents in far flung villages, the deafening gun sound could have been mistaken as resumption of the ebbing Lords Resistance Army rebellion that ravaged Acholi several years ago.

But this was the culmination of ceremonies by the Special Forces of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces to send off another of Acholi’s sons, Lt Gen Bazilio Olara Okello, with full military honours.

Under the command of Capt Moses Kaniini, the army accorded Lt Gen Olara Okello a 15-gun salute, in a reburial on Saturday afternoon.

Gen Olara Okello died in exile in Sudan on January 9, 1990, and was buried in Omdurman near Khartoum.

His remains were returned to the country last Thursday.

The reburial was attended by some UPDF top brass and local politicians.

The casket draped in national colours was heavily guarded by the military police, the same force that forced him into exile in 1986. A military drum was sounded 15 times before a red flag was raised to flag off the 15-gun salute.

Clad in ceremonial military attire, eight colonels “stood to attention”, tightly holding onto their swords. They drew them, pointed them into the sky as pallbearers led by Brig Charles Otema Awany carried the casket to the grave.

As the casket was lowered, a soldier sounded the bugle- the last post-to announce the demise of a general as part of the military burial ceremonies. The clergy led by Vicar General of Gulu-Archdiocese Mathew Odong led prayers for the repose of his soul.

The reburial invoked emotions among relatives and residents who lived when Gen Olara Okello and his men were in charge of the nation.

However, by granting him a befitting send off by his former adversaries, was a sign of reconciliation between his family and the current government.

Gen Museveni commanded the National Resistance Army (NRA) rebels, now UPDF, that toppled the UNLA troops commanded by Gen Olara Okello. When the NRA took power in January 1986, Lt Gen Olara Okello fled to Sudan where he sought asylum. He later succumbed to diabetes and was buried in Omdurman, Sudan.

Speakers described Gen Olara Okello as a courageous fighter.

Gen Olara Okello commanded troops that staged a coup against former president Milton Obote and was in charge of the country as de facto head of state between July 27 and 29 before handing over power to the Gen Tito Okello Lutwa.

Gen Olara Okello left behind two widows, 19 children and 31 grandchildren.

The salutes

According the commonwealth military burial customs, a four-star general is given 17 gun salute, 15 for a three-star (Lieutenant General), 13 for a two-star (Major General), 11 for a one-star (Brigadier). A President is given 21-gun salute.



Umeme opens assault charges against NRM MP Tayebwa:

29 August, 2020

Written by URN


Thomas Tayebwa (Left in the picture) with President Museveni


Power distributor Umeme has opened assault charges against Ruhinda North MP Thomas Tayebwa. Tayebwa is alleged to have assaulted a Umeme contractor early this week as he disconnected the MP from a transmission line on which he had connected illegally.


In a video that has since gone viral, Tayebwa is seen questioning a man who had disconnected power in addition to ordering him to lie down.

The gentleman is seen being beaten as they counted up to 10 strokes. Peter Kaujju, head of communications at Umeme said a case of assault on Ref: SD/87/26/2020 has been reported at Katwe police station.
“Umeme’s attention has been drawn to a video making rounds in which one of our contractor employees is seen beaten at the premises said to belong to Hon. Thomas Tayebwa in Busabala, Kampala. Umeme strongly condemns acts of human rights violation,” said Kaujju.


Efforts to speak to Tayebwa were futile as he did not pick nor return our calls. However, Kaujju said the incident is being investigated and Umeme will provide the necessary support to the authorities in this matter.

This is not the first time where powerful and rich people have assaulted people while on their lawful duties. In May this year, police briefly detained Maj. Gen. Paul Lokech on allegations of confronting a senior female traffic police officer, ASP Ruth Kyobutungi, on Namugongo Road, Kira Municipality, in Wakiso District.

Former NRM western region vice chairman, Maj. Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza last year also assaulted a female traffic officer, Sgt. Esther Namaganda in Seeta, Mukono after violating traffic regulations.

CID records of 2019 show 31,895 cases of assault were reported presenting a 12.1 per cent decrease compared to cases reported of 2018.


An African Company has been awarded Shs 181bn for a cancelled sand mining licence:

22 May, 2020

Written by URN

MPs on the committee of Natural Resources and officials from NEMA examine the effects of sand mining on Lake Victoria

Court has awarded Shs 181 billion to a company dealing in sand mining and fish farming whose licence was cancelled by government in 2016.


DMW Uganda Limited, owned by pastor Daniel Walugembe in 2019 petitioned the civil division of the High court challenging the directive by parliament in October 2016 to ban their activities of sand mining in Lwera wetland.

The parliamentary committee on natural resources called for the cancellation of the licence following complaints by locals and area politicians that several companies were engaged in illegal sand mining and export especially by the foreign companies.

In the aftermath, the committee directed the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) to also cancel licenses of the companies within three weeks for those that didn't have the approval on environmental impact assessment reports among others.


As a result, DMW also lost its licenses for sand mining and fish farming on 69 and 50 hectares of land respectively for its activities in Kakwanzi village, Kitti parish, Bukamba sub-county in Kalungu district.

The company told court that they had lawfully obtained the licenses and had since contracted M/S Victoria Construction Company to build access roads to the project sites from Kampala-Masaka highway in line with the permits they acquired.

They contend that they were shocked when parliament directed NEMA to seal off the access to the construction sites and confiscate some construction equipment and trucks within the area.

DMW through their lawyers argued further that their project had been frustrated and subjected to loss of income as a result of failure to have a lawful justification for the actions done by NEMA  through parliament.

However, during the hearing, the government argued that parliament never issued any directive banning sand mining and as such, the company was not entitled to the remedies they sought from court.

NEMA  which was also sued alongside government confirmed that it had permitted the company to do the activities it was doing. NEMA added that it (NEMA) had the right to withdraw or cancel permits due to non-compliance, substantial modification or undesirable effects of permitted activities.

However, in his judgement, justice Dr Andrew Bashaija, the head of the civil division of High court agreed with the company citing that indeed parliament erroneously halted the mining activities as there is no valid justification whatsoever for their actions.

Bashaija explained that since the company had obtained permits from NEMA, it had the legitimate expectation to earn from the sand mines adding that its licenses were halted unlawfully without justification before the expiry of the respective terms of permits.

In his view, this occasioned financial loss of business expectation which was the legitimate expectation of the company. The judge says the evidence before him indicates that the company had entered into contract with several other companies to supply them sand and as a result it made losses worth billions of shillings.

To support his decision, Bashaija has accordingly awarded the company Shs 178 billion for loss of business and earning and Shs 3 billion as special damages. The monies will attract a 10 per cent per annum until payment is done in full.

Environmentalists have argued that sand mining has destabilised riverbeds and water tables and is one of the causes of increasing flash floods and rising Lake Victoria water levels.
Any normal citizen of Uganda knows well what is going on other than this judge.


Because the judge seems to be living in another world of Africa, where environmental issues that are suffering corruption do not exist.


One cannot see why the tax payer must pay for such administrative mistakes?

The Katikkiro of Buganda has refused to resign:

There are lots of inefficiencies in the government of the Kingdom and

His Term of governance is at an end: 

The Katikkiro Mr Charles Peter Mayiga has affirmed that President Museveni of Uganda cannot bribe him:

4th December, 2019

Written by Baker Batte

Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga

Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga


The Katikkiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga has said he is not a prized commodity that can be traded.

Addressing the Buganda Lukiiko [parliament] at Bulange Mengo on Monday, Mayiga said those who claim President Museveni bought him with a Shs 300m dummy cheque don’t know what they are talking about.

Mayiga used his speech in the Lukiiko to address social media speculation that he too had been bought by the president after a picture of him receiving a dummy cheque of Shs 300m from President Museveni during the King Edward Muteesa II memorial lecture on November 18 at Sheraton hotel circulated widely.


“There are some people who asked me why I accepted the Shs 300m from the government. They wonder whether this was meant to buy me. If you look at me, do you think I can be bought? I can’t be bought and I’m not for sale,” Mayiga said.

He explained that the money was for the reconstruction of Kasubi tombs that were torched in 2010, before he became Katikkiro.

He said during the time of Katikkiro John Baptist Walusimbi, government gave Buganda kingdom Shs 2 bn for the reconstruction of the tombs and promised that if Mengo gave proper accountability, more cash would trickle in. Hence that’s how they promised another Shs 2 bn that had never come until last month when the president delivered the Shs 300m.

“By the way, don’t the people of Buganda pay the most tax in Uganda? What’s wrong if they return some of it to us and we reconstruct the tombs of our departed kings? The president didn’t get this money from his pocket. Therefore, he didn’t buy me. I can also assure you when he calls me for more, I will go and pick it,” Mayiga said.

In a press statement recently, the minister in charge of information at Mengo, Noah Kiyimba, said that so far Shs 6bn has been spent on the reconstruction of the mausoleum, a Unesco World Heritage site. He added that construction work is almost 95 percent finished and very soon they will be able to hand it over to the Kabaka.



The Secretary of the bazzukulubabuganda international is making his claim:



Mr Mubiru of the bazzukulubabuganda international makes his claims very clear.




In Uganda, it is indeed a folly for the government of Uganda to walk the streets against government corruption:

By Moses Khisa


7 December, 2019


The President of Uganda struggling to walk so that corruption in his long serving government can stop

 It is highly unlikely that many Ugandans take seriously the presidential stunt of walking, ostensibly to signal commitment to stamping out corruption in Uganda. Speaking at the end of the walk, and addressing the ‘chief-walker’ rather directly, Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah referred to the exercise as “a waste of time and a public show for nothing,” according to Daily Monitor. Yes, it is. In fact worse.

It is a big joke and an insult to the taxpayer whose hard-earned money, taken by the State as revenue to finance public goods and services, is instead stolen, quite blatantly, no accountability and no consequences.

Mr Oulanyah reportedly added, “I come because it is a public show, but deep down, I know we’re going right back to practise the same damn corruption that we claim to fight…” “We,” yes, all present who matter, including those supposedly fighting it went back to doing the damn thing: Stealing using public positions and access to State power!

Apparently, Oulanyah stated that everyone has sinned and challenged anyone who has not engaged in corrupt practices to step forward. When it was his time to speak, the ‘chief-walker,’ the ruler, took the challenge, claiming he is a rich man, but has never stolen anything! But he also reportedly said being overweight is a sign of corruption, and that he had deliberately cut his weight from 106 to 76kgs.

Did he indirectly suggest that when he was overweight, he was corrupt and now he is not? To march against evil or for a good cause is a most welcome symbolic gesture. It helps in sending a message about what a group of people or their leadership want to achieve and what they stand for, their ideals and aspirations, their goals and priorities. This hardly applies to the regime of Mr Museveni and corruption.

Grand corruption, petty bribery aside, does not threaten Uganda’s current ruling regime, so the rulers do not have the incentive to fight it. It is not a problem to them. On the contrary, corruption funds and fuels the regime.

The NRM regime survives on nepotism and patronage – dishing out finances and favours to family and friends, to cronies and supporters. The ruler maintains his tenure in large part by supplying State largesse and buying support from as broad a spectrum of Ugandans as he can muster the resources to do so. He gets on the campaign trail from the day he is sworn in for a new term in office.

Where does he get all the money to fund a sprawling and oversized patronage machinery, including financial handouts and all sorts of material inducements? A lot of it comes from the national budget appropriated by Parliament.

The State House budget and that of the Office of the President have grown exponentially in recent years. Much of it goes to presidential pledges, donations and travel. But the money also comes from opaque and unofficial sources, from the many out there benefitting from the system and who give back to fund its continuation – that is the political corruption writ large.

Some are senior government officials and have family ties to the ultimate rulers. Others are contractors doing government work. But all are engaged in extracting from the public purse in different ways that we lump together as corruption.

In fact, we can qualify it as political corruption – grand financial malfeasance that preserves the existing regime even as individuals, extract from it for their personal accumulation. They extract so they can preserve the system and in turn the system gives them the avenues for more extraction. It is cyclical and reciprocal.

The scandals in the privatisation of government parastatals in the 1990s involved individuals highly connected to the rulers or the rulers themselves. This was the case with the divestiture of ground handling services at Entebbe airport and the eventual liquidation of the national carrier. There was the case of Uganda Commercial Bank too. And grand corruption in military procurement, guess which names featured in the big-money cases?

We no longer have public parastatals to give away to politically connected individuals, but we have public land, parcelled-out and commandeered in similar fashion as they did to the parastatals. We have large money infrastructure projects, many funded by expensive Chinese loans, from which schemers and middlemen with access to corridors of power extract slices and kickbacks from inflated bids.

It is the same modus operandi and actors cut from the same cloth as the previous ones. Of course, there are a few from the 1990s still active and running the show. They too marched against corruption on Wednesday!

Dr Khisa is assistant professor at North Carolina State University (USA).



In the State of Buganda, an Estate Developer has been arrested over wetland degradation:

This is a wetland that flows into the Lake Nalubaale from the Kings Lake. There has been a suggestion that a major canal should be built from Mengo all the way to the Lake to ease public transport and improve the flow of drainage water in the city of Kampala when heavy tropical rains fall.


A volunteer worker trying to manage the King's lake at Mengo Palace:



Mr Kyeyune Mosses looking after this Lake on his own without any wages.


A Chinese investor Zhang Jianpeng and owners of a Pentecostal Church ‘Holy Family Ministries’, who are the co-accused, fled the scene but commander of the Environmental Police Emmanuel Esabo said they were pursuing them.

ASP Esabu’s team seized documents from Mr Muwana, which were purported to have been issued by the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) and others from Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) claiming the activities on the wetland had been approved.

Mr Muwana’s lawyer Andrew Katongole Kityo said the housing units under construction would be distributed to residents with whom Mr Ssebalamu had agreed to relocate in exchange for the land to expand his Freedom City property in Najjanankumbi.

“We have a permit to use at least an acre of land in that area,” Mr Katongole said.

The permit issued on July 11, allows Mr Muwana to set up a bakery, ware house and residential building on Block 36, Plot 14, Kampala in Mutundwe.

“At least I am an 80 per cent complainant. The small extension was done by the workers. I don’t deserve to be arrested,” Mr Muwana said.

The operation comes after complaints from residents accusing the investors depleting the wetlands and causing floods in their homes.

The residents also accused Nema, the environmental police and KCCA of being supporters of degradation.

They said they had on several occasions seen KCCA, environmental police and Nema vehicles visit the wetland and look like “supervisors because in some incidents trucks pour soil in their presence.”

Mr Zhang, in a WhatsApp message, denied he was the owner of the land.

One of the officials of the Holy Family Ministries, who identified himself as Francis Lukyamuzi, on Saturday said they had only made a small extension into the wetland.

Rubaga Division deputy mayor Ahmed Ntare said he was not aware of the swamp being degraded.

Environmental police commander Esabu yesterday said: “We will issue an order to the Chinese to remove the soil. When he fails, we will prosecute him. For Muwana, we are taking him to court.”


Wakiso and Kampala metropolitan areas have had great wetland degradation due to population pressures that seek land for settlement and industrialisation.

Charges. An offence of environmental degradation attracts up to three years in jail or a fine between Shs200,000 and Shs18m.




In Uganda, the Ganda Elites are robbing land from the rightful owners:

A government official is clearly implicated in a Shs7b land fraud sale:

By Tom Malaba for the Monitor


22 October, 2019


Richard Jabo the executive director of Uganda Free Zone Authority Courtesy Photo 

“There was no ill intention, those oversights occur,” Mr Richard Jabo yesterday said, when tasked to explain the financial loss.

Mr Jabo asked the commission to be allowed to speak to the team in camera.

Three weeks ago, the State Minister for Privatisation and Investment, Ms Evelyn Anite, petitioned the land probe team to investigate circumstances under which government paid Shs7.5b but got no land in return.

While appearing before Justice Bamugemereire’s commission, Ms Anite accused officials in the ministries of Finance, Lands and UFZA of conniving to defraud government.

The money was for the purchase of land in Buwaya in Busiro County to set up a free zone where goods could be manufactured for export. A free zone is an industrial area where goods are regarded as being outside the customs territory and importation of raw materials is tax exempt.

‘Ghost’ land sale

After receiving clearance from Mr Jabo, the Ministry of Finance paid Mr Paul Bukenya and Mr Dick Lutaaya through Katende, Ssempebwa and Company Advocates.

Last week, Mr Augustine Bukenya Muwulizi, an administrator in the estate of Samwiri Kironde (owner of the land), told the land probe team that Mr Bukenya and Mr Lutaaya did not own the land they sold to government. Mr Muwulizi said if government needed the land, they had to pay for it.

Mr Jabo was also faulted for ignoring his director legal’s advise.

“The director legal had a dissenting opinion. We were together but we had different opinions,” Mr Jabo said.

Before buying the ghost land, UFZA had no surveyor to advise them on the purchase and according to Mr Jabo, he thought the ministry of Lands would take care of surveys.

Mr Jabo also failed to explain why he left government to pay withholding tax and stamp duty instead of Katende, Ssempebwa and Company Advocates.

When asked why he added an extra seven acres, Mr Jabo said he had done it to justify the exorbitant sum paid for the ‘ghost’ land.