EKITIBWA KYA BUGANDA

 

CHORUS:

 

TWESIIMYE NNYO, TWESIMYE NNYO

OLWA BUGANDA YAFFE

EKITIIBWA KYA BUGANDA KYAAVA DDA NAFFE TUKIKUUMENGA.

 

1. Okuva edda n’edda eryo lyonna

Lino eggwanga Buganda

Nti lyamanyibwa nnyo eggwanga lyaffe Okwetoloola ensi zonna.

 

2. Abazira ennyo abaatusooka

Baalwana nnyo mu ntalo

Ne balyagala nnyo eggwanga lyaffe

Naffe tulyagalenga.

 

3. Ffe abaana ba leero ka tulwane

Okukuza Buganda

Nga tujjukira nnyo ba jjajja baffe

Abaafirira ensi yaffe.

 

4. Nze naayimba ntya ne sitenda

Ssaabasajja Kabaka

Asaanira afuge Obuganda bwonna

Naffe nga tumwesiga.

 

5. Katonda omulungi ow’ekisa

Otubeere Mukama

Tubundugguleko emikisa gyo era

Bba ffe omukuumenga.

 


OBUKULEMBEZE BW'ENSI BUGANDA

 

Ekitabo kino: OBUKULEMBEZE BWA BUGANDA,

kitandise okutundibwa mu bitundu by'ensi ya Buganda nga kilambika bulungi ekifo kya Buganda  wakati wobufuzi bwa M7 obwa Uganda obwe myaka 30.


Kiwandiikiddwa Olukiiko lw'Abazzukulu b'Abataka b'Obwakabaka bwa Buganda.



Posted: 05 August 2016

 

Tubasaba Mujje mutandike okwerowooleza ebikwatta ku Nsi yamwe Buganda Nokutegeera obuwangwa Bwo Omuganda Era Ofunne okwagala eri Ensi Yo.

 

Abaganda Amazima Agalituwa Eddembe, Nga Tulwaniriira Ensi Yaffe Buganda.

 

Okwesomesa Ebitatusomesebwa.

 

Kikakatako Omuganda Okukola Omulimu Ssemalimu we Mirimu Gyonna Kwe Kulwanirira Ensi Yo Buganda.

 

Ebyo Byonna Ojja Kubiwuliira Ku Rediyo Ababaka, Ku Lwo Mukaga Entekateeka Kyooto Muzaawula Ku Saawa Biri Ne Kitundu Ezekiro eBuganda.

 

Ku Sande Entekateeka Yamwe Engaazi Wooli Nyweera, Era Nayo Etandika Esaawa Biri Ne Kitundu Ezekiro E'Buganda.

 

Tosubwa Kulwaniirira Buyiiza Bwa Nsi Yo Nemirembe.

The Interna-

tional Criminal Court prosecutor, Bensouda rejects MPs’ calls to indict UPDF

By Yasiin Mugerwa

Posted  Sunday, March 1   2015  

 

In the Uganda Parliament.

Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda, on Friday rejected calls by MPs from northern Uganda to indict government officials for alleged war crimes during the counter-insurgency operations against the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels.

Ms Bensouda is in the country to follow up on the impending trial of former LRA commander Dominic Ongwen at ICC in The Hague for war crimes.

Dokolo Woman MP Ms Cecilia Ogwal had asked Ms Bensouda to consider preferring similar charges against the NRM government officials accused of committing atrocities against civilians in the north during the LRA rebellion.

“It’s a complex situation,” Bensouda replied: adding that ICC does not have a provision in its rules to summon government, according to sources who attended the closed door meeting with MPs at Parliament on Friday. 


In asking ICC prosecutor to indict government officials, Ms Ogwal sought to know the action ICC prosecutor would take if it finds the government also committed atrocities during the LRA insurgency.

Sources said the ICC prosecutor however, said the government is “free to request the judge of the ICC to make submissions in cases like that of Ongwen.

“During Ongwen trial, if any witness points a finger to government, the judges can summon government to make submissions towards such allegation [but not as a key suspect in the case.],” Bensouda said.

When contacted on Friday, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces’ spokesman Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said: “MPs are free to make such accusations, they have a right to do that. But if anybody has evidence that UPDF soldiers committed any atrocities in the north, we will cooperate in investigating such cases.”

Ms Bensouda, after a courtesy call to Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, met selected MPs from Acholi, Lango and Teso, the regions worst ravaged by the LRA rebellion, as part of her wider consultations with the victims, political leaders and religious leaders.


On the question of trying Ongwen as a victim and at the same time a perpetrator, Ms Bensouda said: “The question of whether ICC is going to try Ongwen does not arise since at the time of his capture, he was already an adult. This is why Ongwen was allowed to choose his lawyer and he chose Crispus Ayen Odong (Oyam North MP) to represent him.”

She admitted some African leaders were seeking to quit ICC but said this was in their self defence. However, she said this won’t deter ICC from pursuing cases before the court to stop impunity.

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Uganda

Peoples Defence Forces of the NRM Political party has retired 40 officers in Gulu. 

UPDF

A UPDF officer speaks to soldiers who were retired from the army at the 4th Division Infantry headquarters in Gulu Town yesterday.

Photo by Julius Ocungi


By JULIUS OCUNGI


Posted  Wednesday, April 1  2015

Gulu. UGANDA.


A total of 40 Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) soldiers at the 4th Division Army Barracks in Gulu District were yesterday retired from the army.

The retirement exercise, which took place at the 4th Division Infantry headquarters in Gulu Town, saw soldiers at the ranks of Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant, Corporals and Private relieved of their duties.

The exercise was the first phase of the approved plans by the UPDF to retire 1,400 soldiers.

Speaking in an interview with Daily Monitor, the division spokesperson, Col Caesar Otim Olweny, said some of the officers who were retired had earlier applied for retirement, others had clocked 50 years while the rest had ill health.

“This is the first batch of officers to be retired at division level in the country, we are proud of the good services these officers provided to the country while serving in the UPDF over these years,” said Col Olweny.

Financial package

He noted that the retired officers will be given financial packages to help them begin a new life.

The 4th Division commander, Brig Muhanga Kayanja, who graced the ceremony, advised the retiring soldiers to desist from indiscipline that might block their chances of being recalled for other special assignments by the army.

“Today, you are being retired into a civilian, but it doesn’t mean we have lost touch with you. You still remain soldiers and in any of special assignments, some of you may be recalled, but only those who have been living good lives at home,” Brigadier Kayanja said.


The conditions of Uganda’s  health system in Karamoja after 30 years of NRM rule?

One of the houses in the medical staff quarters in Moroto.


By FREDERIC MUSISI


Posted  Saturday, April 4  2015 at  01:00

 

Insensitive? As government plans to send at least 263 specialised medical personnel to the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago, what is the health situation back home?

 
 

On a good day at a rural government health facility, when doctors are present and nurses are not shouting, drugs will be out of stock. On a bad one when drugs have been stocked, health attendants will be out of sight.

It was such undoing, typical of majority health centres around the country, that Joyce Ategeka, a resident of Nyawaiga village on the shores of Lake Albert in Buliisa District, was left a widow at 35. Her husband succumbed to acute malaria and diarrhea, leaving her the burden of raising 10 children alone.

A nurse at a health centre III in the neighbouring village, Sebagoro, where the deceased had been admitted four days before his death, revealed that there was a high chance of saving him.

Problem was, there were neither drugs nor a qualified doctor so he could not be helped further. Admitting that the centre has a staff and drug shortage, the best the nurse, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says they all they could do was give him painkillers - Panadol. The doctor at the health centre had been transferred three months earlier.


The health centre in Sebagoro is a 20 by 40-feet container that moonlights for patient examination, emergencies, labour ward, antenatal and clerking, name it. The unit is shared by seven villages, with a daily patient influx of between 30 to 40 and a staff of seven.

Four hundred kilometers South West in Nyakashaka, Burere Sub-county in Buhweju District, the situation is perhaps slightly but not any better.

Regional referral hospitals

At the 14 regional referral hospitals in the country, the status quo is barely better.

According to the ministry’s Annual Health Sector Performance Report for the FY2013/14 issued in October last year, seven out of the 14 regional referral hospitals have a staffing level below the average. These include Moroto (41%), Mubende (55%), Naguru (67%), Kabale (70 %), Soroti (74%) and Hoima (74 %). Having to serve five neighbouring districts of Nakapiripirit, Abim, Kaabong, Moroto and Kotido, Moroto Regional Referral Hospital has had to up its 115 bed capacity by 70, despite its laughable staff numbers.

Patient numbers, however, are quite low except for the maternity ward due to factors ranging from the bad roads, drought, famine, absence of specialised facilities and medical attendants and lack of electricity. With limited access to clean water, the hospital is forced to rely on the hard water available, which frequently breaks down the equipment.

The hospital’s chief medical supretendant, Dr Filbert Nyeko, says they have to refer patients to as far as Soroti to access specialised services.

Nonetheless, health centres continue to face other challenges, including poor working conditions, excessive workloads, low salaries and poor remuneration, obsolete diagnostic equipment, medical workers stealing drugs, and drug shortages.

Yet in the face of all such challenges, government is making plans to send at least 263 specialised medical personnel to the Caribbean Island of Trinidad and Tobago, a deal which officials from both Health and Foreign Affairs ministries, say is intended at “accelerating diplomatic relations” between the two countries.

Uganda is number 149th in rankings of healthcare around the world. Trinidad on the other hand, is in the 67th position and in third position is the Americas after United States and Canada. With a population of 1.3 million people, Trinidad has 12 times as many doctors per capita than Uganda.

According to the shortlist, the personnel set to go include , 15 of the 28 orthopedics Uganda has, four of the six urologists, 15 of of 91 Internal medicine specialists, 15 of 92 paediatrics, four of the 25 ophthalmologists, four of the 11 registered psychiatrists and 20 of the 28 radiologists.

Others include 20 Radiologists, 15 of the 126 gynaecologists in Uganda, four of the 15 pathologists, 15 paediatrics, four Ophthalmologists, 15 general surgeons, among others.

But Dr Asuman Lukwago, the Permanent Secretary in the Health ministry, says the decision to offer Trinidad a helping hand has nothing to do with Uganda’s health sector being afflicted.

“The sector has some human resource challenges, but this is not because of availability on the front line. There are some frontiers where we even have excess and the question that begs is what should we do for such people without work?” he asks.

Dr Lukwago argues that the challenges plaguing the health sector are bigger than the ministry, and a solution, if any, requires multi-pronged approaches.

"Don’t use my name to grab traditional lands" - says the long serving President of Uganda as he campaigns for democratic re-election for a 6th term in office.

By STEVEN ARIONG

Posted  Tuesday, December 1   2015

NAPAK.KARAMOJA PROVINCE: UGANDA:

President Museveni has ordered for the arrest of any person found using his name or that of State House to grab land in Karamoja region.

President Museveni said this last Thursday at a press conference held at Morulinga State Lodge in Napak District.

The President’s orders came after he was asked by a journalist whether he was aware his name was being used by land grabbers claiming to be working in State House.

The Presidents replied: “I have never sent any one to get land in Karamoja. Whoever wants the land should follow the right procedures,” he said.

According to the survey carried out by the Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO), 97 per cent of the land in Karamoja has been licensed to 147 investors who are holding exploration and mining licenses ranging from 10 to 30 years but the community does not know yet the land in the region is owned communally. The President said he would write to the ministry of land to cancel some of the licenses acquired illegally.

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Over 100 mineral companies in Karamoja


Publish Date:

May 01, 2014


The First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Mrs. Janet Museveni


By David Lumu

 

The frantic jostle for minerals in Karamoja by companies has caused a problem of large scale land acquisition, a preliminary report by the Center for Basic Report has revealed.

 

Prof. Josephine Ahikire, the executive director of the Center for Basic Research (CBR) said that the concentration of mining companies in Karamoja has a direct implication on women rights and how communities interface with companies that have acquired land to establish mineral industries.

 

“It is not really about pin-pointing, but identifying communities that have experienced the large scale land acquisition problem and looking at how women are interfacing with the process,” she said.

 

Land policy experts also argue that the quest for land acquisition in Karamoja is raising a puzzle of land development versus the protection of individuals and communities.

 

Dr. Rose Nakayi of Makerere University Law School told New Vision that although large scale land acquisitions are not an accident of contemporary time, government must come up with a clear delimitation between government and public land.

 

Nakayi said that what is spanning out in Karamoja is “a challenge of international capitalist players and the desire to have Uganda develop.”

 

“Acquisition of land by foreigners must be explained to the local communities. Foreigners cannot acquire customary land, they can only acquire leases,” she said.

 

Eng. Simon D’ujanga, the state minister for energy said that ever since the country’s remotest area was pacified by disarming cattle rustlers, over 100 mineral companies have been set up by investors.

 

“In the recent past, we have tried to market the region and the country at large. We now have over 100 mineral companies in Karamoja and we are encouraging more investors,” he said.

 

First lady, Janet Museveni, the minister for Karamoja affairs is credited for championing the transformation of Karamoja by courting donors to invest in the region.

 

A 2011 survey by the Uganda department of geological survey and mines at the ministry of energy found that Karamoja has gold, limestone, uranium, marble, graphite, gypsum, iron, wolfram, nickel, copper, cobalt, lithium and tin.


The survey indicated that land in Karamoja is owned communally, which makes it difficult for the mining companies to identify the rightful owners for compensation or consultation.

 

Prof. Ahikire said that as companies begin to explore the minerals in Karamoja, voices of land grabbing, environment damage, limited information of land laws and marginalization of women are starting to come out.

 

D’ujanga said that land in Karamoja is acquired by investors according to the law. The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) puts the population of Karamoja at 1.2 million people.




Agambire oba agambye: "Nga mu mpalampye! Where do you want me to go. I have lived in the State House now 30 years. What does the Land Act say about bona-fied occupancy

Sijja kugenda.


Ono omusajja anyumirwa entalo. Mujjukire: ENSI EGULA MIRAMBO NGA NO TEMULI WUWO.


Kyankwanzi now place for wicked decisions - Fr Gaetano

By ROBERT MUHEREZA 


Posted  Sunday, February 15  2015

 

KABALE, KIGEZI, UGANDA:

The parish priest for Kitanga in Kabale Diocese, Fr Gaetano Batanyenda, has said whereas the NRM/NRA high command used Luweero to liberate Uganda, they are currently using Kyankwanzi to bring down all they promised Ugandans.

Fr Batanyenda was on Thursday addressing the press in Kabale Town where he said all the undemocratic decisions that do not have popular support such as the lifting of presidential term limits, endorsing President Museveni as sole candidate and the proposed lifting of the presidential age limit are always first taken to Kyankwanzi for endorsement during NRM party retreats.

“It’s as if Kyankwanzi has been turned into a place to turn down all the democratic ideals that were hatched during the NRA/NRM liberation struggle in Luweero. All religious leaders in Uganda should join us in preaching against the negative trends our country is taking to avoid disastrous situations,” Fr Batanyenda said.

“Kyankwanzi has become a place of condemnation where negative seeds about hatred, nepotism, sectarianism and other forms of injustices are being sown, contrary to the spirit of the Luweero Bush War struggle...,” Fr Batanyenda added.

He said if the information that MPs are demanding Shs300m to allow President Museveni rule for life are true, it would prove how greedy our leaders are, instead of demanding better salaries for health workers and teachers and ensuring enough drugs in government hospitals.

UPC calls for Reconci-liation Commission 

By MARVIN KIRUNDA

Posted  Thursday, February 19  2015

 
Kampala- Uganda:
Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC), another old dictatorial political party has demanded the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, describing as opportunistic, the way NRM government is forgiving past political leaders it demonised yesterday.

“One minute a leader is labelled a swine and before you know it, he is turned into an eminent hero.

The NRM government should stop the ad-hoc forgiving of political figures, it is an opportunistic way of handling a very traumatic period of our past,” Mr Joseph Bbosa, the UPC vice president, said yesterday.

Mr Bbosa’s comments come in the wake of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) taking over the reburial of the remains of the late commander of the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA), Lt Gen Bazilio Olara Okello.

Lt Gen Okello was exiled to Sudan in 1986 when the National resistance Army (NRA) under the command of President Museveni toppled the Gen Tito Okello Lutwa government. Lt Gen Okello was then commander of the UNLA.

He is said to have succumbed to diabetes in 1990 and was buried in Sudan.

Mr Bbosa said the commission will be charged with investigating and forgiving every political crimes offender and would be comprised of eminent persons in and outside Uganda.

He pointed out the war in northern Uganda from 1986-2008, the September 2009 riots in Buganda and the Luweero triangle war of 1981-1986 that brought President Museveni to power as some of the incidents that need to be investigated by the proposed commission.

However, the government spokesperson, Mr Ofwono Opondo, said government does not see any need for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“The UPC has all the platforms to express their issues including the media, courts of law and Parliament which has a Human Rights committee. Let UPC first tell Ugandans why it abolished kingdoms and made Uganda a one-party State,” he told the Daily Monitor on phone yesterday.

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The International

Criminal Court says that it is on a visit to the Continent of Africa on invitation by its member states:

 

ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (R) with State minister for

ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (R) with State minister for Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru (C) and other Soroti leaders yesterday. Photo by Simon Peter Emwamu


Posted  Tuesday, March 3  2015

 

Soroti, UGANDA- The Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court has said the ICC is in Africa on invitation by African countries that are state parties to the Rome Statute and not by choice.

Ms Fatou Bensouda, who finalised her visit of northern and eastern Uganda to acquaint herself with the effects of the LRA war yesterday, said the attack on the court by African heads of state is unfair.

“Leaders should not expect to commit atrocities and expect to be above the law. Those days are over; ICC was created to help the victims,” Ms Bensouda told a gathering comprising civil society, security and political leaders in Soroti Town.

She said African Union and ICC share the same values on human rights and are both against impunity. She said Uganda ratified the Rome Statute in 2003, and requested for help on LRA war crimes. She said investigations are also on going in DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic and Mali.

“It’s very clear we work in transparent manner,” she explained.

Ms Bensouda said the ICC believes in fact-finding, the reason she came to listen to the victims of the LRA. One of the LRA commanders, Dominic Ongwen, is at the Hague awaiting trial in January 2016.

Ms Bensouda promised that more ICC officials will be coming to take statements from LRA war victims to help her office table a solid case before the judges. This, she said, is the reason why she asked judges to adjourn the Ongwen case to January 2016 as opposed to August 2015 as earlier indicated.

Mr Musa Ecweru, the state minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness, thanked the prosecutor for coming to listen to the war victims.

The background

President Museveni has often bashed the ICC. During the Independence Day celebrations last year, Mr Museveni described the ICC as “a biased instrument of post-colonial hegemony.” The President was unhappy with the ICC for indicting two sitting African presidents; Omar Bashir of Sudan and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya. Mr Bashir was indicted for war crimes in Darfur while Kenyatta was accused of fanning election violence in 2007. Mr Kenyatta’s charges have since been dropped.

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Museveni turns coat and apologises to ICC: "We are on same side".

 

President Museveni shakes hands with ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda at the President’s country home in Rwakitura.


PHOTO.

By FREDERIC MUSISI


Posted  Wednesday, March 4  2015  

 

Kampala, UGANDA,

President Museveni has said he is still on the same side with The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) notwithstanding his .misgivings.

“Despite our differences, we are on the same side,” Mr Museveni told ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Monday night, according to a statement issued by State House. The ICC Chief Prosecutor has just concluded a five-day tour of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) war-affected areas in northern and eastern Uganda.

“We had to hand over Dominic Ongwen because he was arrested from a different country and had committed crimes across several countries. If he was arrested in Uganda, we would have charged him here,” the President said.

The remarks come less than three months after the President; while speaking at Kenya’s 51st Independence Day in Nairobi last year, said he was “done with this type of court justice"

President Museveni, accused the court of being a tool of Western powers to witch-hunt African leaders. The court handles major war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, for which a couple of African leaders have been indicted.

“People of the West should leave their foolishness. I am done with the ICC,” the President told a cheering crowd at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.

However, in Monday’s meeting, the President further stressed that Uganda will cooperate with the court and avail it all the necessary information and access to witnesses that it may need.

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Ettaka litabudde munnamagye Brigadier Kasirye Ggwanga ne mwannyina
May 18, 2015
Kasirye Ggwanga. 
 

Bya SAMSON SSEMAKADDE NE LUKE KAGIRI

 


MUNNAMAGYE  Brig. Kasirye Ggwanga akutte mukulu we n’amuggalira  ku poliisi ng’amulanga kugezaako kubba ttaka lya kika.

Ettaka lino liri ku kyalo Katakala mu  Mityana Town Council nga liriko yiika ttaano era nga kwe kuli ennyumba y’ekika ey’ekiggya eky’aba Kasirye.

Elizabeth Nabwami, 66, abadde yaakadda okuva mu  Amerika gy’amaze emyaka egisukka mu 10 ye yakwatiddwa.

Kiddiridde okugenda ewaabwe e Katakala ng’ayagala okulongoosa  awaka ng’eno Kasirye Ggwanga gye yamusanze n’amugoba  era  n’aleeta  poliisi n’agiragira emukwate era n’okusiba omuntu yenna anaagendayo okumweyimirira.







Kasirye Gwanga(wakati) nga akyali muvubuka mumagye ga Uganda Acholi, Uganda.


Wabula mukulu waabwe bonna, Edith Najjuuko yagenze ku poliisi e Mityana ne yeeyimirira Nabwami n’ateebwa.

Najjuuko agamba nti, “ettaka lino si lya Kasirye Ggwanga nga lyange nga Najjuuko, ne baganda bange abawala mukaaga kuba kitaffe omugenzi, Yovani Kasirye bwe yali tannaffa yandekera ekibanja  wabula oluvannyuma nneegula ne nkiteeka mu mannya gange. Kitaffe yagaana Kasirye Ggwanga okumusikira kuba we yafiira  Kasirye yali atandise okukola effujjo mu kika olw’okuba ye mwana yekka omulenzi  mu baana  b’omugenzi era ng’amannya ge ye Samuel Wasswa Gitta.”

Brig. Kasirye eyasangiddwa mu makaage e Makindye, yagambye nti,  “mwannyina yakomawo okuva mu Amerika n’ajingirira ekyapa oluvannyuma  lw’okugenda mu minisitule y’ebyettaka  ne kiteekebwa mu mannya ge ng’omuntu. Yatandika okuligabanyaamu bu poloti obwa 100 ku 50 era n’aleeta n’abaalirambula abaatandika n’okulipima n’atuuka n’okutema omuti ogwali ku biggya ng’ayagala kugutemamu mbaawo.  Mwannyinaze ono nnali namuwa yiika y’ettaka e Kyaggwe wabula nga yagaana okukolerako ekintu kyonna. Nange kwe kusalawo okumusibisa nga njagala yeesonyiwe ettaka lya famire akyuse n’ekyapa akizze mu ga famire kuba talina buyinza bukikyusa.”

DPC wa Mityana, Donald Ebunyu yagambye nti bagguddewo omusango ku fayiro SD: 37/16/05/2015 ogukwata ku by’ettaka wadde nga  Kasirye Ggwanga yaloopye gwa kwoonoona bintu bye, ogw’okutema omuti.

 

Oluguudo lwe Mpereerwe okutuuka e Buwambo lunatta abantu bameka balyooke balukoleko okutukirira omulembe guno:

By Musasi wa Bukedde

 

Added 6th June 2019

 

ABANTU abakozesa n’ababeera mu bitundu omuyita oluguudo lwa Mpereerwe - Nammere - Kiteezi - Lusanja - Ka­baga okutuuka e Buwambo beeyongedde okukaluubirizibwa olw’embeera embi oluguudo luno mwe luli.

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Emmotoka nga zikiibakiiba okwewala okugwa mu kinnya ekiri mu kkubo.

 

 ABANTU abakozesa n’ababeera mu bitundu omuyita oluguudo lwa Mpereerwe - Nammere - Kiteezi - Lusanja - Ka­baga okutuuka e Buwambo beeyongedde okukaluubirizibwa olw’embeera embi oluguudo luno mwe luli. Oluguudo luno luweza kkiromita 11 okuva e Mpereerwe Kuttaano okutuuka e Buwambo. Lujjudde ebinnya ku mabbali ne mu makkati gaalwo, abatuuze kye bagamba nti gye lukomye okufunda n’obubenje okweyongera. Kalondoozi wa Bukedde bino by’azudde. 

 

 ABATUUZE bakita­dde ku kitongole kya KCCA olw’okubakandaaliriza okud­daabiriza oluguudo lwabwe lwe bagamba nti mu kiseera kino lufuuse kattiro. Abantu okuva mu miruka okuli; Kawempe II n’e Mpereerwe bagambye nti oluguudo luno kwe kuyita em­motoka za KCCA n’eza kkampuni z’obwannannyini zonna ezikuh­haanya kasasiro mu Kampala okumutwala ku ttaka lya Gavu­menti mu Kiteezi.

Baagambye nti kyenkana oluguudo luno KCCA yalufula lwa kulirako ssente za muwi wa musolo kuba, okwandibadde ng’okuluddaabiriza, buli ki­tundu awajja ekinnya, abakozi b’ekitongole bakanya kukubawo biraka.

 

Ebitundu 80 ku luguudo luno biri mu disitulikiti ya Kampala (Nammere, Mugalu, Ssekanyonyi ne Ssekati Zooni) ate ebitundu 20 biri mu Wakiso (Lusanja, Kiteezi ne Buwambo) wabula bwe kituuka ku bizibu n’ebinuubule ng’ebinnya, enfuufu n’obubenje abantu babigabaana kyenkanyi.

Baagambye nti kkoolaasi aliko yateekebwako nga lukolebwa mu myaka gya 1990 ku mulembe gw’omugenzi Ssebaana Kizito bwe yali Meeya wa Kampala.

Joseph Kawooya Luswata mutuuze w’e Nammere, agamba nti mu 1998, KCCA yagenda oku­leeta pulojekiti y’okuyiwa kasa­siro mu Kiteezi ye yasangibwawo mu kitundu ekyo, n’agamba nti babadde bagumidde eki­vundu ebbanga lyonna naye ate obunkenke bubeeyongedde olw’obubenje obususse.

Yagasseeko nti balina n’ekizibu ky’ebbula ly’amazzi amayonjo mu kitundu kyabwe kuba nayikondo ze babadde basenako amazzi zaayonooneka n’asaba aku­lira KCCA, Ying. Andrew Kitaka okubasembereza amazzi.

 

 kinnya ekirala ekiri okumpi nkkanisa ya t tephens e pereerwe
 
Ekinnya ekirala ekiri okumpi n’Ekkanisa ya St. Stephen’s e Mpereerwe.

 

ABAKULEMBEZE BOOGEDDE

Charles Kyobe ssen­tebe Namere zooni; abantu bangi mu kitundu kyange bafunye obulemu olw’obubenje obuyitiridde ku luguudo luno.

Mu kisanja kya Jennifer Musisi eyali dayirekita wa KCCA, ab’ekitongole kino baayita abantu mu nkiiko ez’enjawulo ne babasuubi­zza okugaziya luguudo naffe kye twasanyukira era abantu bangi baali bakkirizza okuli­yirirwa nga beetegefu oku­waayo poloti zaabwe wabula twakoma ku munaabo kuba byakoma mu lukiiko.

Buli luvannyuma lwa my­ezi esatu bakkaanya kukuba biraka, kyokka buli enkuba lw’etonnya eng’ebiraka bita era nga babikuluggusa kye ndowooza nti, kuba kwonoona ssente za muwi wa musolo.

N’obumenyi bw’amateeka bungi ng’ababbi bakozesa obudde bw’akalipaggano k’ebidduka naddala ekiro ne banyakula ebintu ku bantu ababeera mu bidduka n’abo abatambulira ku mab­bali g’oluguudo luno.”

Musa Kibirige ssentebe wa Ssekati Zooni mu muluka gw’e Mpereerwe; kumpi buli lunaku wateekwa okubaawo akabenje ku luguudo luno. Waliwo n’abaana b’essomero lya Faiha bana ekimotoka kya kasasiro kyabatomera omu n’akutuukako amagulu.

Ekizibu abantu be batu­weereza okukola oluguudo, baleeta vvu n’ekkolaasi omukadde bye bayiwa mu binnya, enkuba bw’etonnya, enkeera tusangawo binnya.

Gye buvuddeko twayise Town Clerk w’e Kawempe, Moses Otai nga tulowooza nti engeri gy’akulira olukiiko lw’ekikugu ku kitebe kya Munisipaali ayinza okubako ky’atuyamba naye yakoma mu kuwuliriza bizibu byaffe n’okutusaasira.

Oluguudo luno lwa mu­wendo kuba kasasiro ava mu disitulikiti ya Kampala yenna ayita kuno naye simanyi lwaki bakola enguudo ezis­inga ffe ne batuboola.

 Oluguudo luno okuteekebwako kkoolaasi ono aliko, abatuuze era bamala kw’egugunga kuba kyali kituluma ebimotoka bya kasasiro okutufumuulizanga enfuufu Oluvannyuma kkampuni ya Arab Contractors yaweebwa kontulakiti ne lukolebwa kati emyaka 20 egi­yise.

 

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Rev. John Kiyingi

 

ABAKRISTAAYO BAKALUBIRIZIBWA OKUJJA KU KKANISA

Rev. John Kiyingi ow’Obusumba bw’e Mpereerwe agamba nti, “Nze nNaakalaba obubenje nga buna ku ebinnya ebinene ebiri okumpi n’Ekkanisa ya St. Stephen’s ng’abamu Baakristaayo mu Kkanisa yaffe.

Abantu bangi bantuukiridde nga bambuuza oba ffe abakulem­beze b’Ekkanisa tulina kye tuyinza okukolawo ku mbeera y’oluguudo nabo batwegatteko ne mbagamba nti obuvunaanyizibwa ssi bwaffe. Mu kiseera kino Abakristaayo abalina emmotoka bakalu­ubirizibwa okujja mu Kkanisa naddala obudde bw’enkuba nga batya emmotoka zaabwe okufuna ebizibu.

Ekisinga okutweraliikiriza ebin­nya ebisinga okuba eby’obulabe birinaanye essomero lya KCCA erya Mpereerwe Primary School n’Ekkanisa nga tutya nti obudde bwonna wandigwawo akabenje akanene ku bayizi n’abaana ba Sunday School”, Omusumba Kiyingi bwe yagambye.

EDDOBOOZI LY’ABAKULEMBEZE B’EBITUNDU TTONO

Samuel Kibuuka ssentebe w’e Lusanja yagambye nti; waliwo ebitundu ebimu ku luguudo luno ng’okuyitawo lutalo lwennyini kuba ebidduka okuli emmotoka z’akasasiro, ez’obuyonjo pikipiki, obugaali n’abeebigere bonna bavuganya okuyitako awalungi. “Ffe abakulembeze b’ebitundu, obuyinza obwaffe bwatuuka ne bukoma, tuwandiikidde KCCA, twogedde n’abakulembeze ku mitendera egitali gimu naye tewali kikoleddwa. Ng’abakulembeze b’ebyalo tetulina kye tuyinza ku­kola kubanga eddoboozi eryaffe ttono nnyo nga kati Gavumenti y’ebitundu y’erina okulaba nti ebi­zibu byaffe bikolwako”, Kibuuka bwe yayongeddeko.

 

 rancis ugemwa yamenyeka okugulu mu ssaakoFrancis Lugemwa yamenyeka okugulu mu ssaako.

 

ABAFUNIDDEKO OBUZIBU BAWEERAKO

Francis Lugemwa omutuuze mu Nammere agamba nti, “Mu 2017, nafuna akabenje okumpi n’essomero lya Good Times ng’obuzibu buva ku bufunda bwa kkubo. Nali mabbali nga hhenda kusala kkubo, eno pikipiki ya bod­aboda gye yansanga n’entomera. Akabenje kano kafiiramu omuntu omu nze okugulu kwange okwa ddyo kwakutukamu ebiri ne nnumizibwa n’omutwe era namala emyezi munaana nga ndi ku ndiri.

Mu kiseera kino nafuuka mulema kuba nnina okugulu kumu n’ekitundu nsaba Gavu­menti ekole oluguudo luno kuba lufunda ate lukozesebwa emmo­toka nnyingi.

Gorret Nabbaka 42 nzaalibwa mu Mpereerwe era mwe nkulidde. Akabenje ka August 15, 2017, mwe nali nfiiridde kaali ka pikipiki.

Eyantomera yansanga mabbali ga kkubo, olw’ebinnya n’obufunda bw’ekkubo. Mu kitundu kyaffe emmotoka eyinza okugwa ne yeevulungula nga tetomeddwa.

Nze kati okuhhamba okusala oluguudo luno, ontuma omulambo e Kenya ku bigere kuba ndutya.

Nabakka ayongerako nti abantu bangi batomerwa naddala obudde bw’ekiro olumu basanga mirambo gy’abantu nga bafudde olw’okubulwako ayamba. 

 

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Eyatomerwa mmotoka ya KCCA eya kasasiro alojja 

 ISMAEL Kimbowa 18, mutuuze w’e Kanyanya mu Kikuubo Zooni. Yali muyizi ku ssomero lya Faiha Secondary School e Mpereerwe, akabenje n’akafuna mu 2017 alojja bati; “Nnali nva Nammere emmotoka ya KCCA eya kasasiro n’entomera.

Ddereeva wa mmotoka eno yadduka naye oluvannyuma ne bamukwata. Yatuwa obujjanjabi bwa ssente 600,000/- era kuno kwe yakoma.

Emmotoka yansalako ekis­inziiro ku kigere ekya kkono. Bantwala mu ddwaaliro e Mu­lago gye namala omwezi gumu nga nzijanjabibwa, eno twavaayo oluvannyuma lw’abasawo okugamba bazadde bange nti ekigere kyali kya kusalwako bazadde bange kye bakiwa­kanya era ne bagaana okuteeka omukono ku bbaluwa abasawo gye baali babaleetedde.

S.4 nagitudde mwaka gu­wedde ku Faiha Secondary naye nagikoledde ku bugubi kubanga nalinga sisobola kukeera ate nga nnina kutambulira ku boda­boda naye ekirungi mukama yannyamba ne ngiyita.

Saasobodde kweyongerayo mu S.5 kubanga bazadde bange Sofia Kayaga ne Yunusu Muganga ssente ezisinga obungi baazi­malidde mu bujjanjabi,nga buli lunaku nnina okumira empeke bbiri nga ssente 10,000/-!

Singa nfuna omukisa nandya­gadde okusoma ebyemikono naye nga si bya maanyi kuba sikyalina maanyi mu magulu.

Omusango gw’akabenje ke nafuna guli ku poliisi e Wandegeya ku fariro nnamba: TAR :020/2017. Mu kiseera kino nnumizibwa kuba ennyama gye banteeka ku kisinziiro nnafu nnyo, ekigere kigira ekiseera ne kyabika. Nsaba ekitongole kya KCCA okunfunira ku buyambi kuba nkyali mu bweetavu.

 

  MEEYA W’E KAWEMPE NE KCCA BAGUMIZA ABANTU 

 Dr. Emmanuel Sserun­jogi Meeya w’e Kawempe, yagambye nti kituufu olugu­udo luno luli mu mbeera mbi era naye ng’omukulembeze ky’ekimu ku bizibu bya Kawempe ebimusuza nga teyeebase.

 

Oluguudo bwe lukolebwa lulwawo okuddibwamu lwon­na wabula tuzze tuddaabiriza ebitundu ebyonoonese.

Mu nguudo ezikoleddwa mu mwaka gw’ebyensimbi 2018/2019, olw’e Nammere - Kiteezi lwandibaddemu naye engeri gye kiri nti lwetaaga okugaziyizibwa, wabaddewo bingi eby’okwekenneenya omuli; okuliyirira abatuuze ne kkampuni za ba bakontulakita abanaalukola.

“Nsaba abantu babeere ba­gumiikiriza kubanga oluguudo lugenda kukolebwa”, bwe yagambye.

Peter Kaujju omwogezi w’ekitongole kya KCCA, agamba nti, bali mu nteekateka okuddamu ba­zimbe oluguudo luno lwonna okuva e Mpereerwe okutuuka e buwambo naye ekimu ku bibalemesezza ssente ezitali­iwo naye bwe ziteekebwa mu bajeti nalwo lwa kuddaabi­rizibwa.

Mu kiseera kino tukuba ebiraka byokka n’okuteereza awayonoonese kubanga ssente eziriwo kye zitu­sobozesa okukola. “Nsaba nsaba Bannayuganda babeere baguumu nti tubalowoozaako era tetubeerabidde”, Kaujju bwe yagambye.

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Okuwadiika bino Bukedde naffe bitumalira obudde. Era singa tusirika netutunula butunuzi okulaba abakulembeze bo bwebatukolera emirimu munsi yaffe. Naye kituluma nti omusolo gwetuwa tegukozesebwa bulungi nakamu. Ate nga mu budget etulaze bulungi nti ensi ya Uganda etusizza shillings trillion 45 okuzewola okuddukanya emirimu nga okukola amakubo agomulembe. Ate shillings trillion 15 zo governmenti ya Uganda nezitereka nga bwesasula amabanja ne interest.

 

Kakati emyaka 20 bukya luguudo luno lutekebwako kkolaasi. Kirabika nga mumyaka 5 oluguudo luno aba KCCA basuubiza nga banaba baluterezeza 2 way single road. Kwegamba nga ebiduka ebigenda e Kampala biyisinganya nebyo ebigenda e Buwambo mukubo limu lyokka bweriti nga kakati bwekiri. Gwe nga munamawulire wa Bukedde, genda mumaaso okuwandiika abantu abafudde nokulumizibwa obubenje, speed meka emotoka gyezitambula okutuuka gyezigenda, abatuuze bameka abasemberede nokusenga kuluguudo luno okusobola KCCA okubaliyira. Nebirala bingi omukungu wa KCCA byagambye byebateesako. Kale ffena abatuuze bekitundu kino, katukube akabonero komusalaba, nti nga 2035 oluguudo lwe Mpererwe okutuuka e Buwambo kuba nga luzimbiddwa nga double carriage way. Ekitegeeza nti ebidduka ebigenda e Kampala nga byo biyita byokka kukubo lyabyo ate nebyo ebigenda e Buwambo nga nabyo biyita kukubo eddala.

 

 

 

 

 

The social media company, Facebook, has deleted 1.5 million Christchurch attack videos when this so called Christian killed 49 innocent Muslim people as they were conducting prayers in the country of New Zealand:

17 March, 2019
By AFP

 

The terrible picture of the video of what a person is capable of doing to his fellow human beings. 

 This image grab from a self-shot video that was streamed on Facebook Live on March 15, 2019 by the man who was involved in two mosque shootings in Christchurch shows the man holding a gun as he enters the Masjid al Noor mosque. AFP photo  

As the alleged gunman callously picked off his victims in Christchurch's Al Noor mosque, he livestreamed the gruesome scene on Facebook Live, apparently using a camera mounted on his body, after also tweeting a racist "manifesto."

Facebook said it "quickly" removed the video, plus the gunman's account and Instagram, and in the first 24 hours scrubbed 1.5 million videos worldwide "of which 1.2 million were blocked at upload."

Spokeswoman Mia Garlick from Facebook New Zealand said the firm was "working around the clock to remove violating content using a combination of technology and people."

But despite pleas -- and official orders from authorities -- not to share the content, the footage proliferated widely online and experts said the 17-minute video was easily retrievable several hours after the attack that killed 50 people.

According to Facebook's own figures, at least 300,000 videos were not blocked before being uploaded and there is no official data on how many times these were viewed or shared.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said authorities did whatever they could to purge the web of the images but laid the responsibility at the door of the Silicon Valley giants.

"Ultimately it has been up to those platforms to facilitate their removal," she told reporters.

"I do think that there are further questions to be answered. Obviously these social media platforms have wide reach. This is a problem that goes well beyond New Zealand."

"This is an issue that I will look to be discussing with Facebook," she warned.

According to the New Zealand Herald, some major firms are considering pulling ads from Facebook and the anger is evident from an op-ed in that paper from one of its business writers.

"At the moment, it feels like my kids are at risk of seeing live snuff films on Facebook, just so (boss) Mark Zuckerberg can get fractionally richer."

Enough is enough

This was not the first time Facebook Live has been used to broadcast atrocities -- a murder was livestreamed in the US city of Cleveland in 2017 -- and Facebook and Twitter say they have invested in technology and human resources to combat the problem.

Facebook has hired about 20,000 moderators but critics say they are not doing enough.

David Ibsen, executive director of US-based Counter Extremism Project, charged: "The technology to prevent this from happening is available. Social media firms have made the decision not to invest in adopting it."

And world leaders and authorities are beginning to indicate they may try to take matters into their own hands.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledged that while social media companies have indicated willingness to take action, "clearly the capability to deliver on that willingness hasn't been present. That is the problem."

"There needs to be the capability to be able to shut this -- these horrific things -- down immediately and if you can't do that, then the responsibility of having those features available is something that really generally needs to be questioned," he added.

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid also urged social media giants to do more. "Take some ownership. Enough is enough."

Courts are also taking almost immediate action, with a Christchurch 18-year-old -- whose name was suppressed by the judge -- charged with distributing the video and inciting violence with a post that said "target acquired". 

He faces a maximum of 14 years in prison for each charge.

New low in clickbait

Critics have also slammed some mainstream media for broadcasting the video, with some UK tabloids briefly posting excerpts before apparently reconsidering.

"For a brief period this morning the Mirror website ran some edited footage filmed by the gunman in Christchurch. We should not have carried this. It is not in line with our policy relating to terrorist propaganda videos," its editor tweeted.

British journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy described the posting of the "murder video" as a "new low in clickbait."

And the Australian Communications and Media Authority has launched a "formal investigation" into whether any firms broke the law after Sky News Australia broadcast the footage.

For its part, AFP analysed a copy of the video and confirmed it was genuine via a digital investigation but did not broadcast the footage to its clients.

Social media expert and Buzzfeed journalist Craig Silverman said the killer "created the equivalent of a multiplatform content strategy" that was "meticulously planned."

"Newsrooms, platforms, and public officials need to think about how to avoid playing into the hands of people whose deadly actions are designed to trigger maximum exposure for their message, and set off new cycles of violence and radicalisation," wrote Silverman.

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But then this is very credible evidence for the judge to pass sentence as soon as possible for the sake of the suffering victims and their families. One cannot put a ban to the modern digital camera as it records a situation of very brutal and extreme wars of atrocity. This man has planned his own death sentence without any doubt! For those countries without a death penalty, this case sends a clear messege that such a decision can be changed under certain circumstances.

 

 

 

 

 

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS MUST GO HAND IN HAND TO DEMAND GOOD GOVERNANCE FROM AFRICAN LEADERS:

In Uganda, the Commercial Bank closures about 20 years ago is unacceptable in the Banking industry:

The saying goes on that make the Africans poor so that you can control and rule them proper:

 

December 12, 2018

Written by Joseph Olanyo

BOU governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile

Bank Of Uganda Governor,  Mr Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile.

 

Twenty-five years since the onset of bank closures in Uganda, Bank of Uganda (BOU), is yet to come out of the quagmire that is weighing down on the closure of financial institutions, specifically commercial banks in the country.

From Teefe Trust bank closure in 1993, to Crane Bank Limited Ltd (CBL) in 2016, a total of seven banks have since been closed by Uganda’s central bank.

The seven banks are Teefe bank (1993), International Credit bank ltd (1998), Greenland bank (1999), the Cooperative bank (1999), National Bank of Commerce (2012), Global Trust bank (2014) and Crane bank ltd (2016). Bank of Uganda (BoU) is the central bank of the Republic of Uganda.

 

The primary purpose of the bank is to foster price stability and a sound financial system. Together with other institutions, it also plays a pivotal role as a centre of excellence in upholding macroeconomic stability. Whereas that is so, circumstances surrounding the closure of banks, hit the post office box with the recent closure of CBL by BOU, in exercise of its powers under Section 87(3), 88(1)(a) & (b) of the Financial Institutions Act 2004.

Bank of Uganda took over the management of Crane bank on October 20, 2016. BOU closed CBL saying it was insolvent. But what is it that is raising a lot of concern in the closure of banks? In most, if not all the commercial bank closures, one thing that seems to come up is BOU’s failure to present reports on the defunct bank’s liquidation.

Liquidation in finance and economics is the process of bringing a business to an end and distributing its assets to claimants. In his detailed report on the closure of Greenland bank, Dr Suleiman Kiggundu (late), who also served as governor of Bank of Uganda for four years, stated that the closure was punishment for some kind of wrongdoing, but not for financial reasons.

“All young institutions have teething problems. Greenland bank was no exception as inspection and audit reports have indicated. But the bank was correcting all weaknesses here and there over time. Certainly, the reasons for the bank’s closure were not because of these weaknesses,” Dr Kiggundu said in its report on “Why Greenland Bank Closed”.

“No inspection report or audit report at any one time ever suggested closure of the bank. The final report by Ernst and Young recommended a capital injection of Shs 12 billion, among other things. But Bank of Uganda decided to close the bank instead”.

“These actions underscored the sense of urgency of the decision that was supposedly made by the central bank although there is no evidence of any Bank of Uganda board meeting discussing any intervention in Greenland bank. It was not because of fraud, losses, non-performing loans, insider lending that the bank was closed,” the report said.

Greenland bank, which did not live to realise its immense potential, was closed on April 1, 1999. Appearing before the NTV’s Fourth Estate on September 12, 2018, a senior economist and former adviser to the minister of Finance, Dr Fred Muhumuza, and a leading researcher and economist, Dr Patrick Wakida, called for a review of BoU’s sovereignty, which they said was too wide and open to be abused in the present state.

“Whereas the independence of the central bank is supposed to be limited to only monetary policy, there had been a blanket interpretation and application to include commercial bank supervision. This too much independence had created complacency, ambiguity and room for being compromised,” Dr Muhumuza said.

Dr Muhumuza contends that the supervision of banks needs to be subjected to an independent audit process.

“There has been this debate whether commercial banks supervision should be under the central bank or a separate entity; so that the central bank focuses on its core mandate of monetary policy, and not bank supervisions. There are actually jurisdictions in the world where the two are separate,” Muhumuza stressed.

Dr Patrick Wakida, the chief executive Officer, Research World International, says BOU’s résistance of audits, was creating an aura of suspicion.

“The auditor general’s report actually makes it clear for us that contrary to what we think, that the central bank is okay, there are problems there. It says there is a possibility of fraud. So, the central bank should come forward and clear the air,” Dr Wakida said:. Dr Wakida, an economist too, said: “There is a lot of wrong things that could be happening at the central bank as evidenced by the ‘fights’ between the former executive Director, central bank supervision, Mrs. Justine Bagyenda, and the governor, Professor Emmanuel

Tumusiime-Mutebile, shortly before she was fired.” “The question that Ugandans want to know and you journalists haven’t helped us to investigate is what was causing the fight? Perhaps the cause of the fight is what we are seeing in this report,” he said, adding: “In an institution that is supposed to give confidence in the economy, you do not want to be hearing those kinds of statements.”

In an interview with Daily Monitor on August 1, 2017, BoU governor, Prof Mutebile, denied direct responsibility, but instead pointed fingers at Bagyenda as being responsible for this mess.

“It was Bank of Uganda staff, but not the entire BoU. BoU has an executive director in charge of supervision,” he told Daily Monitor, adding that, while he was responsible for what went wrong as the governor, he was not criminally culpable. Asked who was criminally culpable, he said: “Ask the executive director for supervision (Ms Justine Bagyenda).”

Bagyenda was later fired, in February 2018 and replaced with former Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) director, Industry Affairs and Content (Economic Affairs), Dr Tumubweine Twinemanzi. Bagyenda, who is already subject to a joint inquiry by the Inspector General of Government and the Financial Intelligence Authority, was supposed to first appear before the COSASE on November 23.

However, in a letter to the COSASE chairperson, Abdu Katuntu, Bagyenda said she was travelling out of the country. The embattled former BOU director, supervision is currently appearing before the COSASE since Monday December 3. Despite her apologies and pleas, parliament has confiscated her two passports as the probe continues.

Bank of Uganda is now facing a parliamentary probe, triggered by a 2017 forensic audit report by the auditor general, John Muwanga, on the irregular operations of the bank and the controversial closure and sale of the commercial banks. Despite attempts to stop the audit by BOU, the parliamentary committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) is currently probing the closure of seven defunct commercial banks starting with Teefe Trust bank, which was closed in 1993.

The audit, which met a lot of resistance from central bank officials, led by the deputy governor, Dr Louis Kasekende, was affected after the intervention of the speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, Dr Kasekende had argued that intervention would compromise the central bank’s independence and that the information needed by the auditor general would constitute subjudice since BoU and Crane bank were in court. However, Kadaga, insisted and allowed BOU to be audited.

The confidential special audit report on the closure of all commercial banks by the central bank made public in August 2018, exposed flaws on how the central bank handled the closure of the seven banks. The probe, was sparked off by the closure of Crane bank Limited (CBL), which was taken over by Bank of Uganda on October 20, 2016.

It was later sold to Dfcu bank. Crane bank shareholders and central bank employees petitioned the COSASE and demanded investigation into undisclosed BoU/dfcu deal and other issues in the closure of other banks. COSASE is chaired by Abdu Katuntu (Bugweri).

In one of the petitions, the former Crane bank shareholders allege that they were excluded in the negotiations of the bank’s sale contrary to provisions of the Financial Institutions Act. They also argued that the agreement did not state the value of liabilities or assets taken over by dfcu.

According to Bank of Uganda, Teefe bank, which is the first in the line of the parliamentary investigations, was dissolved due to liquidity crisis. In his remarks to COSASE on November 12, BOU governor, Mutebile said: “:The seven defunct banks in the auditor general’s report were put under resolution largely due to insolvency problems.

I would like to re-emphasize to this committee and the public that the principal objective of financial regulation is to maintain stability and soundness of the banking system. This would greatly be undermined if there is erosion of confidence in the key stakeholder i.e. the depositors” Mutebile said.

However, when MPs tasked BoU officials to present an inventory report that shows the assets and liabilities that they took over, the officials could not provide any.

“We have been unable to find any inventory reports on Teefe Trust bank. So, we don’t have the inventory reports,” BoU’s executive director of supervision, Dr Tumubweine Twinemanzi, said.

“This process [probe] can’t be useful when you don’t know what you took over because an inventory report shows what you took over; assets and liabilities,” Katuntu said.

As events continue unfolding, with just one ongoing investigation of Teefe bank closure, it is going to be an uphill task for BOU to prove itself right against the flaws from the AG report allegations that are being out pressed against it. The woes of the seven closed banks seen as Uganda’s seven wonders, are not yet done, until they are done.

jolanyo@gmail.com

It is very clear that African leaders are greedy for power and the financial interests that go with it.
 
 
 
 
 

The blossoming high street of Kamwokya is making the President of Uganda and his family love to retain state power: 

The posh State House of Uganda recently renovated at a high price

October 10, 2018

Written by Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda

On Monday last week, I visited The Observer after a long time. The Observer is headquartered at Plot 1, Tagore Crescent in Kamwokya.

The Observer office has a new neighbour to whom I will return later. When The Observer migrated from Ruth Towers on Clement Hill to Tagore Crescent, Mariandina clinic was one of the features we used for direction. “Do you know where Mariandina clinic is?” we would ask before advising our clients to walk or drive past it and then, “you will see our signpost.” This clinic is no longer there.

The fate that affects many black people’s businesses has befallen it – closure after the death of its founder. Dr Charles Ssali of the Mariandina clinic became famous in the 1990s when he claimed he had discovered a cure for HIV/Aids patients. The state clamped down on him when he refused to disclose details of his new drug.

 

The other neighbour to The Observer office, is the Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans (UWESO), founded by our dear First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni, is no longer as vibrant as it was.

UWESO is The Observer’simmediate neighbour. Its activities no longer attract huge media coverage like before. I tried to do some research about the organisation over the internet and the recent information I got was that Shs 1 billion had been raised during a fundraising at State House in April 2017.

President Museveni was the chief fundraiser and gave UWESO Shs 300 million. I think I will ask Mama Janet the next time I see her in parliament to talk about UWESO and what really happened.

The last information I had heard about it was that it had refused to account for some donations. When donors asked for accountability, the founder demanded to know from them if they suspected her. The donors pulled out and maybe that is the reason this neighbour to The Observer remains largely quiet.

Let me return to The Observer’s new neighbour - Operation Wealth Creation - at this stage. As you all know about Operation Wealth Creation, it is headed by Gen Caleb Akandwanaho, mostly known as Salim Saleh, President Yoweri Museveni’s young brother.

On the main road from Mulago to Kamwokya is where Operation Wealth Creation is now headquartered. In an earlier article, I told you that Operation Wealth Creation is an illegal outfit established through an executive order from State House, which has since expired.

Because of its legal status, Operation Wealth Creation couldn’t access money. But through trickery, National Agricultural Advisory Services (Naads), whose budget averages about Shs 450 billion a year, was asked to surrender Shs 270 billion to Saleh’s Wealth Creation circus.

I also told you that more than Shs 70 billion of its now Shs 270 billion annual budget was used to buy vehicles for retired military generals who had just been recruited and trained to serve under Saleh.

I did not know that millions of this money would also be used to rent a posh office for Operation Wealth Creation. The abuse of people’s taxes and power by the Museveni family is very annoying. But this article is not about that.

It is essentially about the failure by the Museveni family to successfully run any private enterprise. It is not a secret anymore that the wife didn’t find her effort to save orphans (UWESO) either rewarding or sufficient.

She jumped into politics to represent the people of Ruhaama, got appointed Karamoja minister and now she heads the education docket, one of the ministries with the biggest budgets.

For me who knows that she illegally joined Makerere University for her Bachelor of Education degree, I thank the Almighty for having enabled me to go through school before she was appointed.

The point I make here is that even if UWESO still exists, it has no activities to speak for her. Maybe it now operates like a security outfit. Salim Saleh founded Divinity Union and at one time traded in cereals.

But I think even this one folded. Maybe a fundraising at State House, at which Museveni will be the chief fundraiser, will resuscitate it.

You need no expertise to know why this family loves the state and power. Mr Museveni himself speaks proudly about his farms but all his employees are paid for by the state. The farms’ veterinary doctor is a senior presidential advisor on veterinary and that is how he picks his monthly salary.

In fact, I laugh each time I see Museveni teaching people how to work. I am willing to issue a public apology if someone tells me a private enterprise this family has successfully run without using taxpayers’ money.

Why then shouldn’t they celebrate Uganda’s 56th independence anniversary. Isn’t Uganda their private enterprise?

semugs@yahoo.com

The author is Kira Municipality MP and opposition chief whip in parliament.

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Well then the 1995 5th Constitution of Uganda allows politicians to accumulate wealth may be as long as they try to declare it to the Inspector of Government M/s Mulyagonja every year. But then some of these fellow African civil servants are above the law anyway. It is unfortunate indeed that these people above the law continuosly take the rest to the law courts for breaking the law of Uganda.

 

 

 

 

 

The present poverty of the African Elites in Uganda:

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There is the poverty of the African kid having a rest outside the parent's home.

Definitions:

Poverty is the lack of adequate resources to be able to provide the basic needs of food, water, clothing, housing, medical care, and education.

 

Federal Poverty Level: A system developed in the 1960s to define poverty by measuring the cost of certain food items and multiplying the total by 3, because in the 1960s a family’s food budget was approximately a third of total expenses.

 

Absolute Poverty Line: The threshold below which one is considered to be lacking the financial resources to meet basic needs.

 

Relative Poverty: The level at which an individual has significantly less access to income and wealth than others in the same society.

 

EU and OECD Poverty Level: The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union define poverty as a relative poverty measure, with a definition that poverty is an income below 60% of the national median equalized disposable income. In 2009, for the US under this method the poverty level would be under $42,212.

 

Living Wage: A wage that adequately covers basic needs taking into account cost of living by area of residence. To calculate the living wage in your area.

 

Middle Class: There is no definition.

16 July, 2018

 

Many elite hold expensive smart phones. How come “poor” Ugandans afford expensive smart phones but cannot afford a sh200 tax?

Many Ugandan elites have been shouting themselves hoarse denouncing the tax on social media. They also claim they are already burdened paying “too many taxes”. With a tax to GDP ratio of 14%, Ugandans are among the least taxed people on this planet. And after the abolition of Graduated Tax (or tax per head), only 621,366 people are registered to pay the direct personal income tax, Pay As You Earn, in an adult population of close to 18 million people.

But let us for argument’s sake say the tax is bad. The solution is simple: organise politically and stop government from collecting it. But I know Ugandan elites are politically unreliable. They dare not stand for their beliefs. They prefer to sit in the comfort of their offices, houses, and bars and pontificate against the government as if Uganda needs the intervention of foreigners to be saved from President Yoweri Museveni.

This is where Museveni outshines all of us: when he felt the election was rigged in 1980 and the country mismanaged, he did not sit idly complaining. He picked guns, organised people, mobilised resources, built a national political coalition, and rallied international forces to this struggle. After five years of combat he triumphed.

Ugandan elites lack patriotism. They want to get public goods and services for free. They do not want to pay taxes that fund such services. They see the state as a cake to eat, not a cow to feed. Everyone comes to the state in search of personal advantage. Few see it as an institution to build for the collective good. This attitude stands in stark contrast to how Ugandan elites relate to social events like weddings, funerals, and churches to which they devote so much money without demanding accountability.

 

Some Ugandan elites claim they are too poor to pay Shs200 per day for this tax. But this tax is imposed on social media, which is used on smart phones. How come “poor” Ugandans afford expensive smart phones? The social media tax is imposed on the middleclass, not on ordinary peasants. However, these elites use the institutions of mass communication to project their peculiar interests as those of everyone. This is how democratic debate in Uganda is rigged in favour of a few.

All governments need revenue: to keep law and order, to co-opt elites, and to provide public goods and services to their citizens. When a government’s political survival depends on generating revenues from its people, it will be driven by self-interest to govern in a more enlightened fashion. It will listen to its citizens about the policies necessary for growth so that it can generate more revenues.

For many years, the productive margin in Uganda’s search for revenue did not lie in the domestic economy; in our gardens, factories, and shops. It lay with foreign donors. For every fiscal shortage, our government would take a begging bowl to Paris, London, Brussels, and Washington. This disarticulated the state from citizens and made international donors the most important influence in policy making. It is impossible to build a democracy where foreigners fund the government because he who pays the piper calls the tune.

Uganda’s actual liberation came accidentally, when international donors cut aid over the passing of the Anti-homosexuality Act. The government of Uganda could have compensated this with new taxes. It was afraid of a political backlash and went on a borrowing spree from the domestic market. In only five years, the domestic debt has ballooned to Shs12.4 trillion, and interest payment is now Shs1.9 trillion. The same Ugandan elites who have been complaining against this growing debt do not seem to realise that only taxation can get the country out of the debt spiral.

If this tax is economically destructive, it will correct itself. The advantage with a modern economy is that it has high revenue elasticity. By elasticity I mean responsiveness – the tendency to grow in the face of positive incentives and to decline in the face of negative ones. If the tax on social media and mobile money hurts the economy, it will cause a decline in the rate of growth. It will not take long for government to discover that it has harmed itself.

When a government extracts revenues from its people without formulating favourable economic policies and providing public goods and services in return, private economic agents will most likely withdraw or fail to invest. Physical capital will depreciate, the economy will decline. A government that sought short-term gains through destructive taxes will find that in the long term it has undermined the economy and, therefore, its source of revenue. Any government facing a fiscal crisis will be in political decay.

The claim that Ugandans do not want to pay taxes because government is not accountable is nonsense. In the last election, opposition leader Kizza Besigye got 3.5 million votes (he claims 7 million). If every one of the 3.5 million contributed just Shs 1000 per month to FDC, the party would raiseShs42 billion per year or Shs210 billion over five years, or Shs558 billion if the 7 million votes is the correct figure. With such financial muscle, Museveni would become history. If Ugandan elites want change, why are they not investing in the man fighting for it and who has never stolen the money they have contributed to his cause?

Ugandans lack commitment to the state and its politics because they see is as a place you go to extract things, not one where you grow the wealth of the nation. That is why all our political parties are cash-starved. No one wants to contribute to politics, regardless of whether there is a precedent of their money being stolen. This sharply contrasts with Rwanda where citizens pay taxes diligently and even make voluntary contributions to the state whenever need arises.

For example, Ugandans want increased wages for teachers, medical workers, and other government employees. They also want free education, healthcare, cheap water and electricity, good roads and bridges etc. But they do not want to pay for them. This shows we treasure our faith, weddings, and funerals because they are socially rewarding but we do not treasure political liberation and economic advancement. For example, if you call a wedding meeting, everyone will come and contribute generously. But if you call a meeting to raise money to begin a business, no one will show up. That is the real problem of Uganda.

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amwenda@independent.co.ug

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Exactly what is the meaning of the English word of Poverty as depicted in this article for the elites of Uganda? It is more clearer when one makes a Google search for this word. As this editor is the grandson of the refugees of Rwanda that immigrated to Uganda escaping constant civil wars in a French and Belgian colony, his observation on the lack of charity by the people of Uganda is an underestimation. The Ganda African tribes men and women for centuries have been building their kingdom State that has its mark in world history up to the present day.

 

It is an insult on the part of Mwenda to declare the people of Uganda uncharitable, non-political and lacking commitmment to their cultures, clans, communities, their lands and territories and their Kingdoms. How come they allowed a foreigner into their bush gardens to do as he so wished and then started to rule as he so wished. One reckons all the people of Uganda decided to give a chance to some one who felt capable of leading this nation better. Why should the people of Uganda be blamed if President Museveni has turned out not able to do the job as expected of him?

 

 

 

 

 

The Uganda Police has started to recover property from the Presidential crime preventers unit:

17 May,  2018

Written by URN

The police top management has ordered police commanders at different police stations across the country to recover all police property in the hands of crime preventers.  

These include among others office furniture, T-shirts, computers, laptops and motorcycles. The property was given to the crime preventers by the former inspector general of police Kale Kayihura to facilitate their work.  

The Presidential formed Crime preventers unit of over 11 million young men.

He also favoured the crime preventers and gave them lucrative procurement deals in the force. Kayihura used the crime preventers to spy on his officers, which created hatred among the two groups. Police records indicate that there are more than 11 million crime preventers under the leadership of Crime Preventers Association of Uganda.

 

Some of the crime preventers received training at Kabalye police training school as part of the community policing program. The crime preventers also received more than 1300 motorcycles from Kayihura through their national coordinator, Blaze Kamugisha to ease their operations in different parts of the country.

The directorate of logistics of police has already evicted the crime preventers from their Naguru based offices. Apparently, district and divisional commanders have also begun recovering motorcycles and t-shirts from the crime preventers.

Patrick Onyango, the deputy police spokesperson, says the decision to recover police property in the hands of crime preventers stems from the president's announcement that they will now be under the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) reserve force.

"I remember a while back, my boss the president said that crime preventers are now under the UPDF. When you are moving from one agency to another, you leave the equipment you have been using there. It's on this basis that if they are going there, they should leave all the police equipment that they have been using with us"

The decision by police to recover its property hasn't gone down well with some of the crime preventers. On Monday, some crime preventers intercepted the president at Queen's Way along Entebbe road and accused police of harassment and taking away their motorcycles. The president was in a hurry but promised to meet the crime preventers later.

Attempts to speak to Kamugisha, the national coordinator of crime preventers and his deputy, Brian Mauso, were futile as they would neither pick nor return our calls.

 

 

 

 

 

By The New Vision

 

Added 20th February 2018

 

"The purpose of this borrowing is to mitigate the revenue shortfalls being experienced this year," finance minister Matia Kasaija says.

 

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PIC: Finance minister Matia Kasaija (centre), flanked by ICT and national guidance minister Frank Tumwebaze (left) during a press conference at the Uganda Media Centre. (Credit: Uganda Media Centre)

KAMPALA - Finance minister Matia Kasaija has reacted to a story by New Vision on government borrowing.

"It is erroneous to assume or create the impression that Government has no money to pay salaries," Kasaija told a press conference at the Uganda Media Centre on Tuesday.

 

 The Story as it appeared in the New Vision paper


 

There is a civil war amongst African greedy politicians going on over the ownership of public properties, in the only city in Uganda:

  

An aerial view of Jubilee Gardens (Sheraton

In the tropical country of Uganda that is the aerial view of Jubilee Gardens (Sheraton gardens).  The very few public parks in the city that are being given away for urban buildings.

PHOTO BY ALEX ESAGALA  

Although all city recreational parks are supposed to be managed by the city authority on behalf of the people, Sunday Monitor has learnt that the public’s control over the facilities remain a wild-goose chase.
During one of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) council meetings at City Hall in October, there was a heated debate on the same, with city political leaders questioning the technical team about the manner in which these facilities are given out.
The meeting resolved that instead of losing the facilities to private investors yet their revenue to KCCA is not worth the value of the land on which their businesses are, all recreational parks should be reverted to the institution and be utilised to serve their purpose.

The debate was triggered by clashes between KCCA and Nalongo estates over Centenary Park in July, where the latter deliberately refused to surrender the facility to the former despite expiry of their 10-year contract.
This newspaper understands that the committee on physical planning headed by Mr Abubaker Kawalya is currently probing the stalemate that has since plagued the management of the facilities.

Currently, the recreational parks under KCCA’s jurisdiction include, Centenary Park, Jubilee Gardens (Sheraton gardens), City Hall Gardens, Constitutional Square, Railway Grounds, Kiswa Children’s Park, Chogm Grounds at Parliament, Nakawa Business park and Kamwokya children’s park.
Recreational parks usually contain campgrounds, modern facilities, picnic areas, and other utilities used in modern recreational camping.
A letter from the then IGG, Faith Mwondha seen by this newspaper shows that although KCCA had earlier on been advised by government to recover the parks that are in the hands of the private investors, they have instead gone ahead to give away some parks.

This has raised queries from both residents and leaders over the future of the facilities.
The facilities that are currently in the eye of the storm are Kiswa Park, Centenary Park, Jubilee Gardens (Sheraton gardens) and Children’s Park on Kira Road.
Saturday Monitor has further learnt that the KCCA public accounts committee (PAC) has commenced investigations into the controversial give away of Kampala’s recreational parks.

KAMWOKYA CHILDRENS PARK

The KCCA public accounts committee (Pac) report for the period February to September 2017, which was released on December 1 states that although the then KCC leased out Plot 9B on Kira Road to Formar (U) Ltd, they ended up encroaching on the children’s park on Plot 9A by 77 decimals.
Formar (U) Ltd was supposed construct a fuel station on Plot 9B while Plot 9A would be reserved as a children’s park.
On 7 October 2014, KCCA management executive committee resolved that Formar (U) Ltd should apply for a fresh lease for Plots 9A and 9B for breaching the terms of the initial lease, a resolution the latter accepted.
However, the report further stated that there is controversy surrounding the park hence it could end up being grabbed if KCCA doesn’t take action.

KCCA speaks out

Peter Kaujju, the KCCA spokesperson told Saturday Monitor in an interview on Friday that they have since moved to recover all Kampala recreational parks.
“It’s very unfortunate that by the time KCCA came in place, we found when majority of the recreational parks had been taken over but we have now started recovering them because they are our only public places in the city,” he said.
Although Mr Kaujju says they have recovered the Jubilee Gardens (Sheraton gardens) and that KCCA has the capacity to manage all the city recreational facilities.

People can only be allowed to access them when they officially write to them (Sheraton) for permission to use them. This means that the gardens can’t be freely accessed by the public in the manner a recreational park ought to be.
Asked about the Constitution Square, he said that police requested them to keep off the public because they could disrupt court business.

But he explained that for City Hall Gardens and Railway Grounds, management rents them out to those who have big events like weddings and other meetings.
He couldn’t however reveal the amount of revenue which the institution has lost in the protracted battles with the private investors over management of some city recreational parks.
Mr Erias Lukwago argues that if KCCA cannot directly control the city parks, then they should be given out to contractors through the PPDA procedures so that terms and conditions of their maintenance are clearly spelt out.

Centenary Park

On May 16, 2006, the then KCC awarded a 10-year contract to Nalongo Estates to manage and transform Centenary Park into a modern recreational centre.
The contract was for plots 34E-38E on Jinja Road.
Nalongo Estates was told not to erect structures without the consent of KCC. Ms Kizito submitted all the construction plans, which KCC approved.



Centenary Park. PHOTO BY ALEX ESAGALA

Uganda, Kampala Centenary Park.

PHOTO BY ALEX ESAGALA

 


On May 4, 2011, the Kampala District Contracts Committee also granted Nalongo Estates a separate five-year sublease for plots 96A-100A on Kitante Road and Plot 5 Park Link. The sublease was to be extended to 49 years upon the lapse of the five years.

On September 27, 2012, KCCA evicted tenants for allegedly breaching the initial contract by erecting permanent structures.
Nalongo Estates sued KCCA for alleged illegal eviction and won the case.
During the protracted battles in court, both KCCA’s five-year sublease and the 10-year management contract to Nalongo Estates expired on May 4, 2016.
On November 30, 2016, KCCA Director of Legal Affairs Mr Mike Okua wrote to Nalongo Estates reminding them of the expiry of their contract.
Recently, there was a clash between KCCA and Nalongo Estates as the former sought to recover the facility.

However, the President intervened and asked KCCA to grant a temporary lease to Nalongo Estates.
For now, KCCA’s effort to recover the facility has been in vain. The facility is now used for commercial purposes instead of recreational purposes.
Ms Sarah Kizito, the proprietor of Nalongo Estates said she is occupying the facility legally. She accuses KCCA of ‘frustrating’ her business.

Kiswa children’s Park (Nakawa division)

This park sits on 0.245 Hectares of land on Plot 17A Bunyonyi Drive in Kiswa-Bugolobi.
On March 15, 2006, Kampala District Land Board (KDLB) gave a five- year initial lease to Kashari-Buhweju Farmers Ltd. After five years, the lease would be extended to 49 years.
According to documents, Kashari-Buhweju Farmers Ltd would pay a premium of Shs10m to the then Kampala City Council (KCC) in Nakawa division and ground rent of Shs200,000 per annum to KDLB but this would be revisable every year.

However, area residents raised a red flag over the transaction on grounds that the lease was fraudulently offered to Kashari-Buhweju Farmers Ltd.
The residents also argued that the local council recommendations to lease out the land to Kashari-Buhweju Farmers Ltd had been forged by the technocrats at the division.

Luckily for the residents, they successfully petitioned the then Inspectorate General of Government (IGG), Justice Faith Mwondha in 2009.
They wanted the IGG to compel KCC to recover the controversially leased out land because it was a children’s park.
On May 5 2009, Justice Mwondha wrote to the then KCC Town Clerk, Ms Ruth Kijjambu.
“…in line with the rescission of the lease, and the irregularities and fraudulent misrepresentations listed above, the Registrar of Titles is directed to cancel the certificate granted to Kashari-Buhweju Farmers Ltd,” she wrote.

Justice Mwondha also directed that after cancellation of the lease, KCC should redevelop the contested land into a children’s park.
In 2011, Kashari-Buhweju Farmers Ltd applied for the extension of their lease but Ms Sarah Kusiima, the then KDLB Secretary informed them that it was impossible because the IGG had asked them to cancel their initial lease.
Despite the IGG’s query of the initial lease and recommendation that the authority redevelops the contested land into a children’s park, Mr Moses Atwine, the now KCCA director of physical planning gave out the same to Giga Reality Association Ltd on February 3, 2016.

According to Mr Atwine’s letter, Giga Reality Association Ltd would construct a chain link fence for a period of one year.
But this reporter has further learnt that residents have blocked Giga Reality Association Ltd from commencing work. They accuse KCCA of defying the IGG’s directive by giving away the same land to another investor.
Efforts to speak to KCCA’s director of physical planning, Mr Atwine were futile as he did not pick our calls.

Human drama as Bosnian war criminal dies after drinking poison in the International Criminal Court House:

29 NOVEMBER 29 2017

By AFP

The end point for those who commit genocide wars:

 

Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak died in hospital Wednesday after drinking poison in a dramatic courtroom scene after UN judges upheld his 20-year sentence, Croatia's state-run news agency said.

The 72-year-old died in hospital, according to the HINA agency quoting a source close to Praljak, after he drank from a brown bottle at his appeal judgement at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

UN judges were handing down judgement in the appeals case of six former Bosnian Croat political and military leaders, in the court's final verdict for war crimes committed during the bloody 1990s break-up of Yugoslavia.

Shouting angrily

Seconds after his sentence was upheld, Praljak, 72, shouted out angrily: "Praljak is not a criminal. I reject your verdict."

He then raised a small brown bottle to his lips, and drank it down in full view of the cameras filming the hearing.

The unprecedented scenes came just after the judges also upheld a 25-year prison term against Jadranko Prlic, the former prime minister of a breakaway Bosnian Croat statelet, and a 20-year term for its former defence minister Bruno Stojic.

But the hearing was then quickly suspended as Praljak's lawyer shouted out: "My client says he has taken poison."

As court officials surrounded grey-haired and bearded Praljak, presiding judge Carmel Agius immediately ordered the proceedings suspended and the curtains screening the courtroom were abruptly closed to the public.

Within minutes AFP journalists saw an ambulance arrive outside the tribunal in The Hague, while a helicopter hovered overhead.

Several emergency rescue workers rushed into the building carrying equipment in backpacks.

A court guard later appealed for calm, saying Praljak was alive and "receiving all necessary medical attention."

Croat-Muslim clashes

Praljak was specifically charged with ordering the destruction of Mostar's 16th-century bridge in November 1993, which judges in the first trial had said "caused disproportionate damage to the Muslim civilian population".

A symbol of Bosnia's devastation in the war, the Ottoman-era bridge was later rebuilt.

But the city saw the worst of the Croat-Muslim clashes, with nearly 80 per cent of the city's east destroyed in the fighting.

But in their ruling, the judges in fact allowed part of Praljak's appeal, saying the bridge had been a legitimate military target during the conflict. They also had overturned some of his convictions, but refused to reduce his overall sentence.

The case has been keenly watched in Zagreb, and the appeal judges said that all six men, who had been found guilty of taking part in a scheme to remove Bosnian Muslims, "remained convicted of numerous and very serious crimes."

They have not yet passed judgement on the remaining three defendants: Milivoj Petkovic, 68, Valentin Coric, 61, and Berislav Pusic, 65.

The bloody 1992-1995 war in Bosnia, in which 100,000 people died and 2.2 million were displaced, mainly pitted Bosnian Muslims against Bosnian Serbs, but also saw some brutal fighting between Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats after an initial alliance fell apart.

Wednesday's verdict comes a week after the judges imposed a life sentence on former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic, whose ruthlessness in the conflict earned him the title the "Butcher of Bosnia".

'Dark side'

The bald and bespectacled Prlic, who once turned down a promising career in Washington as an economist, has vehemently denied the charges.

He told the court in March his trial represented "a dark side of international justice" insisting he "was not part of the chain of command" of the main Bosnian-Croat army in Bosnia, the HVO.

The prosecution had also appealed the sentences, urging judges to impose 40-year terms on Prlic and three of his co-defendants, saying the "crimes were massive in scale".

The statelet, backed by government of Croatian nationalist leader Franjo Tudjman, was formally dismantled in 1996 as part of the peace deal that ended the war.

But the "president" of Herceg-Bosna, Mate Boban, died in 1997 and Tudjman in 1999, leaving Prlic the highest-ranking Bosnian Croat official to face judgement for the crimes.

The ICTY charged Prlic and his co-defendants in 2004. The six surrendered with Croatia under pressure to comply with the court in return for joining the European Union.

The ICTY closes its doors on December 31, having indicted and dealt with 161 people.

 

 

 

 

Former South Sudan military chief, Gen Malong, is now also seeking political asylum with the international community, after starting and failing to win an African War:

 

This is an African  War, neglected by the International Community, that has killed lots of innocent Africans, sent millions of African citizens into refugee camps all over the world,  and destroyed much of Southern Sudan:

This African warlord and a modern war monger deserves to be arrested and taken quickly to the International Crimminal Court.

 

The under siege former South Sudan Chief of

The under siege former South Sudan Chief of Staff, Gen Paul Malong. FILE PHOTO 

09 November, 2017
By JOSEPH ODUHA

Juba. The under siege former South Sudan Chief of Staff, Gen Paul Malong, is seeking political asylum. 
In a letter to various international agencies, Gen Malong pleaded that the Juba administration be prevailed upon to allow him safe exit to Uganda.

He said he should be allowed to leave South Sudan with his bodyguards, to seek shelter in any UN camp in Uganda. 
"I should be allowed together with my guards to seek shelter and asylum at any UN camp in order to preserve my life and those around me," the letter reads.

Gen Malong also urged the South Sudan government to unconditionally release all his loyalists who escorted him to Yirol and were currently being detained by the National Security Service (NSS) in Juba. 
The former powerful military commander claimed that President Salva Kiir's order dated November 3 had a sole effect of endangering both his life and the lives of his bodyguards, adding that it could also heighten countrywide.

The letter ordered troops deployment at strategic locations in Juba, including around Gen Malong's residence. 
"Mindful of the urgent need to preserve peace and security in the Republic of South Sudan and appreciative of the ongoing efforts to find peaceful and amicable solution to the crisis, my conditions must be met," Gen Malong warned.

However, the South Sudan Army spokesman, Brigadier General Lul Rual Koang, urged the residents of Juba to remain calm, saying the massive troops deployment last week was for security reasons. 
General Malong was sacked last May and placed under house arrest after he was intercepted in Yirol town as he attempted to escape from Juba.

editorial@ug.nationmedia.com

 

 

 

There is no let up in the capital of Juba over the standoff around ex-army chief's home in South Sudan:

Genera Malong of the armed forces of South Sudan

By the Independent of Uganda

 
Juba, South Sudan Troops remained deployed around the home of South Sudan’s powerful former army chief Paul Malong on Sunday in a dispute over the fate of his 30 bodyguards, an army spokesman told AFP.

The standoff began on Friday evening when more than 100 soldiers surrounded his residence in central Juba, South Sudan’s capital, in a move which prompted people to flee to their homes for fear the standoff would erupt into clashes.

Malong is a hardline ethnic nationalist whose dismissal in May by President Salva Kiir had sparked fears of a major clash between supporters and troops loyal to the president, though that never materialised.

But by Sunday morning, after a tense but uneventful 36 hours, people could be seen venturing out for early-morning prayers even though troops remained in the streets around his home in the central Hai Amarat neighbourhood, an AFP correspondent said.

Army spokesman Brigadier General Lul Ruai said the soldiers were in place because of a “small misunderstanding” with Malong, who had failed to comply with an order given to him on Friday that he release most of his government-appointed bodyguards to return to their former duties.

 

“That notification did not go down well with him, he didn’t comply with the order, and as a result we establish a limited presence of security personnel around his residence to ensure that elements do not take advantage of the misunderstanding,” he told AFP.

“So we are there for a limited period and once an amicable solution is reached, this limited security force deployed around him will be removed,” Ruai said, indicating that government officials were negotiating with him to ensure the situation was “resolved peacefully”.

Since Malong was no longer chief of staff, he no longer required such a large contingent of bodyguards, Ruai said, indicating that he had been allowed to retain just three of them.

– Disarming Malong –

The request was made just four days after Kiir signed an order, a copy of which was obtained by AFP, authorising the arrest and disarming of Malong’s bodyguards and the removal of any other arms in his possession.

It also said any resistance “must be met with reasonable force”.

Malong, who belongs to Kiir’s majority Dinka tribe, is widely regarded as the mastermind behind fighting that erupted in Juba in July 2016 that left hundreds of people dead.

The clashes also crushed hopes of a power-sharing government between Kiir and Riek Machar, his former deputy turned rebel chief, who is a member of the Nuer tribe.

South Sudan has been gripped by a brutal civil war that has lasted nearly four years, involving the country’s two largest ethnic groups, the Dinka and the Nuer, who have a history of bloody rivalry.

The general, who is under house arrest, was one of three senior South Sudan officials who was hit by US sanctions in September on charges of fomenting and profiting from the civil war.

Canada also followed suit on Friday, with Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland saying the sanctions related to individuals “linked to human rights violations and corruption”.

South Sudan gained independence after the Christian-majority south split from the Muslim north in 2011 after a 22-year civil war that killed hundreds of thousands of people.

But the world’s youngest nation quickly fell into civil war in December 2013 after Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup, with the conflict leaving tens of thousands dead and forcing a third of its 12 million people out of their homes.

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Yes indeed this is one of the African modern military liberation soldiers who need to answer some questions in the International Criminal Court. It should be over a civil war in Sudan that has messed up African human rights for now 55 years. This is a country that has a history of killing Christian missionaries during the 18th and 19th centuries for the sake of liberation of its peoples from colonialism. What of nowadays for God’s sake is the African liberation that has taken thousands of lives, destroyed properties, and caused an international refugee misery to millions of African people? The country is now an African armaments dumb.

Unfortunately for the International community, they do not seem to want to know.

 

 

 

There is a military Standoff in Juba, South Sudan,  as troops encircle an Army General's home:

By AFP

 

Added 4th November 2017

 

The move came five days after President Salva Kiir signed an order, authorising the arrest and disarming of Malong's bodyguards.

 

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The President of South Sudan Mr Salva Kiir

 

South Sudan's capital Juba was tense on Saturday as dozens of soldiers surrounded the residence of powerful former army chief Paul Malong in a bid to disarm his bodyguards.

Streets across the city were largely empty as people stayed at home for fear the standoff would erupt into clashes, an AFP correspondent said.

The deployment was confirmed by presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny who said it was a "routine operation" which should not cause any concern. 

"The situation is normal... this is not anything to worry about," he told AFP. It was also confirmed by Information Minister Michael Makuei. 

The move came five days after President Salva Kiir signed an order, a copy of which was obtained by AFP, authorising the arrest and disarming of Malong's bodyguards, which also said any resistance "must be met with reasonable force".

There was no indication as to why Kiir had given the order. 

Malong, a general who was sacked by Kiir in May, is a hardline ethnic nationalist who belongs to the president's majority Dinka tribe.

He is widely regarded as being the mastermind of fighting that erupted in Juba in July 2016 that left hundreds of people dead and crushed hopes of a power-sharing government between Kiir and Riek Machar, his former deputy turned rebel chief, who is a member of the Nuer tribe.

The Dinka and the Nuer are the two largest ethnic groups in South Sudan and have a history of bloody rivalry.

South Sudan has been gripped by a brutal civil war that has lasted nearly four years, and the standoff in Juba prompted many residents to stay home for fear of violence. 

"I have not got out of my house since morning because... fighting may break out," said Moses Alier, a resident of Hai Mouna in western Juba told AFP by phone. 

Malong's dismissal in May had sparked fears among residents that it could trigger clashes between his supporters and troops loyal to the president. 

The general is currently under house arrest, with the October 30 presidential order stating that he should not be allowed to leave his residence "at any time". 

South Sudan gained independence after the Christian majority south split from the Muslim north in 2011 after a 22-year civil war that killed hundreds of thousands of people.

But the world's youngest nation quickly fell into civil war in December 2013 after Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup, with the conflict leaving tens of thousands dead and forcing a third of its 12 million people out of their homes. 

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Most Africans who have suffered useless African civil wars feel that this is one of the African Generals that must be taken at once to the International Criminal Court.

 

 

 

The President of Uganda is visiting the new fourth President of the United States of America since this African President captured power in a bloody civil war 31 years ago:

By Vision Reporter

 

Added 15th September 2017

 

The President and his wife were seen off at Entebbe International Airport by Head of Public Service, John Mitala, Deputy Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola, Commissioner of Prisons Dr. Johnson Byabashaiha and Air force Chief of Staff, Brig. James Birungi.

 

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President Yoweri Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni  at Entebbe Airport being seen off to Nigeria and United States.  PHOTOS BY ENOCK KAKANDE

 

The President bids farewell to his military government on a non-busy Entebbe International Airport

 

 

The Mighty of the Uganda Army and its acquired lands in the countryside:

 

President Museveni inspects a guard of honou

President Museveni inspects a guard of honour during the pass out of soldiers at Oliver Tambo School of Leadership in Nakaseke District on Tuesday. PPU PHOTO 

24 August, 2017
BY JOSEPH KATO

BUGANDA STATE, NAKASEKE- President Museveni has warned Ugandans against encroaching or straying to cultivate or graze livestock on land owned by the army.

Gen Museveni, who was on Tuesday presiding over the pass out of about 3,000 soldiers at Oliver Tambo School of Leadership in Nakaseke District, said the encroachers risk being accidentally shot by the soldiers on training. 
“You locals, stop encroaching on army land. Do you want to cause problems? What if you are shot when our officers are doing their rehearsals,” said Gen Museveni , who is also the Commander-in-Chief.
UPDF training schools own hundreds of square miles of land that is used for training and long range shooting exercises, but farmers have been encroaching on it in different parts of the country. 
The army has not been able to provide information on how much land it owns.

The institution, however, has vast tracts at training schools in Kabamba, Mubende, Kaweweta and Singo in Nakaseke, Bihanga in Ibanda, Hima in Kasese, Senior Command and Staff College in Kimaka, Jinja, Aviation Academy and Luweero Industries in Nakasongola. 
Others include Barlege in Otuke, Kasenyi Training School in Entebbe for Special Forces Command, the artillery division headquarters in Butiaba, and dozens of barracks in different parts of the country.
During the pass out ceremony, the President ordered students who excelled during the 11-month military training to be absorbed in specialised UPDF operations. 
Pte Judith Nakalanzi emerged as the best student in class and marksmanship. She hit all the 10 targets during the target shooting demonstration.

After the demonstration, President Museveni ordered the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen David Muhoozi, to deploy Pte Nakalanzi to Luweero Industries where the Uganda Army manufactures explosives and bullets. She is a graduate of Industrial Engineering.
Gen Museveni also told the new recruits to live responsibly and avoid diseases such as HIV/Aids.

“I urge you to be disciplined soldiers. Avoid careless behaviours such as multiple [sexual] partners and alcohol. Sexual indiscipline exposes you to HIV,” he said.
More than 100 recruits failed to complete the rigorous course. At least more than 1000 trainees were degree holders.

There was excitement as the graduates exhibited the acquired skills in enemy confrontation, paratrooping, wall climbing and long range shooting. CDF Muhoozi said the graduates acquired skills in combat fighting, weapon handling and marksmanship. He asked the President to help secure funds to build more structures at the training school.
In response, Gen Museveni said the issue of insufficient structures would soon be solved. 
jkato@ug.nationmedia.com

Poverty, unemployment, violence and insecurity are all on the increase in Uganda as observed in the surrounding slums of the International city of Kampala:

Impoverished. Kosovo slum in Rubaga Division, Kampala. According to a EU-funded report, crime brews in slum surroundings because majority of the slum dwellers are poor and resort to violence in response to their frustrations. PHOTO BY DOMINIC BUKENYA  

7 April, 2017

UGANDA, KAMPALA.

Findings of a study released in Kampala yesterday confirmed that poverty and unemployment are the drivers of violent extremism among slum dwellers.

Titled, “Strengthening social cohesion and stability in slum populations”, the report is off an European Union (EU)-funded study conducted by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in February this year under the Strengthening Social Cohesion and Stability project in slums.

It covered the city slums of Bwaise, Kabalagala, Katwe and Kisenyi. Among the causes of violence in slums, poverty was ranked highest with 52 per cent, followed by domestic violence at 47 per cent.

Others are; mob action (46 per cent), unemployment (38 per cent), rape or sexual harassment (33 per cent), family disputes (27 per cent), political extremism (23 per cent), human sacrifice (17 per cent), suicide (10 per cent) and religious extremism (10 per cent).

The head of counter terrorism intelligence and technical services in the police, Mr David Wasswa, said slums pose a security threat to the country because terrorists could exploit those inhabiting these places with little money.

“As police, we are keen to see that we monitor these areas to curb crime. Government must empower these slum dwellers with income generating projects but not wait for them to become criminals and then arrest them,” he said.

Respondents also felt that drug abuse, tribalism, injustice, land wrangles, devil worship, and unfavourable government policies were all important sources of grievances in slum areas where alcoholism, prostitution and drug abuse are rampant.

The IOM project manager, Sahra Farah, noted that the objective of the study was to identify the sources of grievances among targeted slum communities; determine the most at-risk populations for violent extremism, and to establish levels of unemployment and the capacity of security agencies.

“Slums in Uganda are faced with many problems which have, at times, resulted into crime threats in the city. We believe this study will help the government of Uganda and other organisations to come on board and address the challenges affecting the slum dwellers,” Ms Farah said.

She said crime brews in slum surroundings because majority of the slum dwellers are poor and resort to violence in answer to their frustrations.

It was found that 32 per cent of the slum population were self-employed with only 12 per cent being employed. Food vending (22 per cent) and boda-boda riding (27 per cent) are the common businesses.

Of those in some form of employment, the study adds, more than 53.2 per cent earned less than Shs100, 000 a month.

The EU head of section, governance and human rights, Thomas Tiedemann noted that although Uganda has approximately 78 per cent of its citizens under the age of 30, the government hasn’t planned for them – hence their ending up in slums.

“Due to the increased poor conditions of people living in slums, the EU decided to allocate Shs16.4 billion from the Trust Fund to improve the situation of the youth in these slums,” he said.

Kampala Capital City Authority spokesman Peter Kaujju told Daily Monitor yesterday that a new physical plan to improve city slums is in the works.

“We are rolling out a plan to have all these slums redeveloped so that people living there get better housing services. And for the crime, we have always partnered with security agencies to mitigate it, but it needs consistency,” he said.
Housing

The overall housing situation in the country is characterised by inadequate housing in terms of quality and quantity both in rural and urban areas with a housing deficit of about 1.6 million housing units, out of which 210,000 units are needed in the urban areas.

An estimated 900,000 housing units are sub-standard and need replacement or upgrading.

According to the national housing policy which was unveiled in May last year, government seeks to promote progressive realisation of adequate housing for all and is premised on the principle of partnership.

 

The Minister of Education in Uganda is receiving aggravation because she has failed to subsidise faminine modern health pads for the kids in High School:

 Her husband promised the electorate free sanitary pads for the teen kids when he was politicking for a 5th term of President of Uganda for Life rule:

 


Mrs Janet Kataha Museveni of Uganda

 

I have always found Janet Kataha an interesting lady for study. Certainly there are few wives you would ask to go to exile because you are going to fight and they head to the nearest border.

She did. She stood by her husband. She has brought up children. ...she didn’t abort them.
Certainly she can be a role model for anyone's girl child. Like anybody else, her dignity ought to be protected. And certainly I should fight to secure her dignity.

So why should an assault on her person and dignity excite a huge part of society? That probably is what Janet Kataha seeks know. ..
I will try to be brief. ...

The FRONASA and NRA consensus of which she was the liason contact between Museveni and Wycliffe Kazoora that was epitomised in the NRA High Command collapsed into her family consensus. Janet and husband ruthlessly ejected the Amama Mbabazi family from the bi-NRA family consensus.

Hon Janet remember the NRA had seized the UPC Uganda State and therefore the Janet family fused self and actually became the State. We now grapple with the vicious State capture by the Museveni Kataha family.

Janet, society sees you in Karamoja as a land grabber for South Africa interests. The NRA occupation al - Nakba Janet Museveni state has dehumanised the Karamoja people to the extent that they are used as objects to test the efficiency of some military technology on humans. ...Certain things are too difficult to narrate.

Even in Ruhama, you Hon Janet did not move in to rescue the Ruhama people. Not at all. Your husband deployed you to dehumanise Augustine Ruzindana precisely because Mr Ruzindana dissented and joined PAFO (Parliamentary Advocacy Forum ). And obviously you know what your son's Muhoozi. ..army the SFC did to brutalise your political opponent.

Who is Augustine Ruzindana. .?

He was one of the founders of FRONASA and was in charge of the guns that attacked Mbarara barracks in the 1972 invasion.

This is the Ruzindana that you have strangled economically that he has to vend bread to survive as you loot Uganda to the bone marrow.

Your extended family having captured the state indulge in all manner of crimes.

Hon Janet, you really want to assert that you have not heard the cries of the survivors of the NRA slaughter in Luwero cry to God because your son Karugire evicted them from their land using SFC soldiers commanded by your son Muhoozi. .?

Your criminal family state capture threaten of what remains of the space for freedom. I admit that Stella Nyanzi was so vulgar that I could not share her piece. I really appreciate your pain. ...

But I equally share and understand Stella Nyanzi pain and frustrations when your criminal family state capture stops and impedes her attendence of a conference. ... Why would you hold that poor woman at Entebbe airport. .?

That is indeed characteristic of your criminal family state. ..to subdue political dissent through economic strangulation. ...

You are doing everything possible to obliterate Amama Mbabazi economically. ..and yet you have a more than four decades shared history. ..
What do you do to those you don't forgive. .?
Your family NRA occupation al - Nakba threatens our existence. .. The doors and windows of opportunity for a conversation, chat and dialogue is firmly shut. ...

Ask yourself why would the actors who killed Kawesi and guards use all those ammunitions. .?Why all that anger. .?
You think Putin has no wife and children. ..?
Are you seeing them all over Russia. .?

You aver you are a born again unit, what was your daughter doing with Museveni the Nakaima Bacwezi tree in Mubende. ..?

Sincerely, you evict peasants from their land because you have families from Tanzania would want to settle on their land. .? And draft their children in the army under the Kanyaryeru Doctrine. ...

Most of the Bahima farmers exposed to deadly anti tick poisons now die of silly cancer and this appears deliberate because you want to fence off their land. ..You are barbaric and fascists. ...

Analyse the sectarian military that you constructed fused in your family and how it massacred the Bakonjo people. ....

Who wouldn't want to work and provide for one's children. ..? Under your Criminal family NRA occupation al - Nakba state there is no equitable access to opportunity. ..

You probably don't know how it feels failing to raise fees. ..who would wish to risk kids on Boda Bodas. ..? We would all crave for Range Rover sport....your family nepotism is a distort.

Those poor people whose business were destroyed to pave way for HAMU and who ever operates under Hamu, won't afford Boda Bodas. ..

The Muslim property taken and you know by who. .....and their sheiks are butchered and you imprison the other sheiks without a fair hearing. ...

The objective situation is you are superior and we the occupied and dominated are inferior.

We are growing in strength to parity and to superiority and you are declining from superiority to parity and finally to inferiority. ..

In out brutal and death war for existence, all weapons against you are justified. ..We are not bound by rules of morality and you the occupation force won't lecture us on decency. ..
We will set our own rules in a protracted struggle to obliterate you, and rescue our State to our sovereign self.

The only time you should expect us to be humane and you will indeed see us humane is when we take you a prisoner of war.
In this heroic war of self emancipation any brutal assault on you is justified.

We hear The President of Uganda is playing chess against himself in the State House of Uganda:

Mr Onyango-Obbo

 

By Charles Onyango-Obbo

This was in the story in Daily Monitor, Monday, titled “Officials panic as Tanzania sways Museveni on SGR”.

“President Museveni will this week meet officials from the Works and Finance ministries to discuss progress on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and plans HE CONCEIVED (caps mine) during a recent visit to Tanzania”, Daily Monitor has learnt.

“The President will expect the officials to table a comparative cost analysis of Uganda’s SGR in relation to Kenya and Tanzania’s costs...

“Sources say the officials were thrown into panic after Mr Museveni was told in Tanzania that the country’s planned SGR line was to cost significantly lower per kilometre than Uganda’s.”

It is striking that on all major infrastructure and economic projects, the President is virtually the only voice.

It seems that unless he puts his finger on it, the scale doesn’t shift. The decision, negotiations, and the announcement that Uganda would build its pipeline through Tanzania, not Kenya, came from the Horse’s mouth. That time, again, “Mzee” had travelled to Tanzania and ku-pangad things with president John Magufuli.

Most pronouncements on the SGR, have come from him.
Perhaps the President is a very hardworking man, and it’s good for a president to have such key projects on his checklist.

The problem is that it also seems to confirm the view, prevalent in recent years, that the rest of the Ugandan State has been disemboweled, and what some allege is a “parallel government” in State House has taken over all power.

The downside is that there is no vast meritocratic bureaucracy in State House running things. The “parallel government” is actually the “parallel man” - Museveni.

Take the case of the Shs6 billion “golden handshake” that was approved by the President to officials who helped Uganda fight its oil case in London.

I will not go into the merit of the payment, but the matter went to State House, where Museveni faced off a parliamentary committee that arrived with a head of steam, but unsurprisingly became a little subdued in the President’s presence, to explain why he had authorised the payment.

Shs6 billion is a lot of money, but it was still a bonus, really. I cannot conceive that a parliamentary committee would ever end up in State House Nairobi, to confront President Uhuru Kenyatta, over approving a bonus payment to state officials. With all the faults in Kenyan politics, that would actually be beneath him.

These kinds of things, were they to happen, would be handled at Treasury.

There is something amiss. It’s like oil, you get the impression that the way the President talks so intimately and personally about it as “my oil”, the most comprehensive map of the oil fields is probably locked in his bedside drawer.

We shall even grant the debatable point that some of this could come from Museveni’s determination, as he himself says, to ensure that Uganda gets the best deal from “his” oil.

However, cocooned away in State House, there are murmurs that the President is like one of those people who play a game of chess against themselves.

There is little headline grabbing movement on oil, and even SGR, because they have not been freed so that talented Ugandans are given permission to take some risks, and execute them.

Again let’s look at Kenya. Its SGR project has been dogged by political fights, big ones. Accusations that it has been hopelessly overpriced, and that a lot of fat has been built in for big people to chop, are galore.

Yet, amidst the blows the project has progressed. New world class train stations have been unveiled and are being built. Recently, the trains arrived, and they have done test runs.

With an election coming up, President Kenyatta is mindful to visit and take the publicity photographs with the gleaming new railway build in the background, but I have not read a story where he personally intervened to break a deadlock over the project.

Kenya is also building a new pipeline to Eldoret, and while it is not universally popular, we know work is being done because from time to time photos of pipeline being laid pop in the press.

I am surprised that Museveni only found out that Uganda’s SGR is more expensive than Tanzania’s after he had tea with Magufuli.

Dams, Internet backbone, and most projects are more expensive in Uganda than most other places in Africa. His press aides, who read foreign (and Tanzanian) newspapers and websites, would have told him that because every week there are dozens of stories about the costs of infrastructure around Africa.

But first, the people who know these things need to get a place at his table. Playing chess with someone else is infinitely more rewarding than playing against oneself.

 

Onyango-Obbo is the publisher of Africa data visualiser Africapedia.com and explainer site Roguechiefs.com. Twitter@cobbo3

The South Sudan gunmen(African liberation fighters) have shot dead staff trying to provide assistance to civilians trapped in war:

 

Women carry sacks of food distributed by aid agencies on March 4, 2017 in Ganyiel, Panyijiar County in South Sudan. Some 100,000 people are suffering from a man-made famine in South Sudan, where a three-year conflict has made it difficult for aid workers to reach the needy. PHOTO | AFP 

 
By AFP

Posted  Thursday, March 16   2017 

 

  • "In a country overwhelmed by the huge lack of basic necessities due to conflict, famine and health epidemics, these types of attacks undoubtedly harm the ability of humanitarian partners to provide assistance to millions in need of lifesaving aid."
 
The International Organisation for Migration said Thursday that two people were killed when gunmen attacked an aid convoy in South Sudan, where chronic violence has led to famine.

The aid organisation said the convoy was attacked on Tuesday as it was returning from the central town of Yirol where staff and health workers had been assisting communities affected by a deadly outbreak of cholera.

One of the vehicles was ambushed by gunmen who shot dead two people — a civilian and a person "involved in the health response", according to the IOM.

Three others were injured, including an IOM health officer, the organisation said in a statement.

"This tragic attack on aid workers and civilians is appalling," said IOM director general William Lacy Swing.

"In a country overwhelmed by the huge lack of basic necessities due to conflict, famine and health epidemics, these types of attacks undoubtedly harm the ability of humanitarian partners to provide assistance to millions in need of lifesaving aid."

Some 100,000 people are suffering from a man-made famine in South Sudan, where a three-year conflict has made it difficult for aid workers to reach the needy.

Another one million people could tip into famine if there is insufficient rain in the coming months and a total of nearly five million are going hungry.

A biting drought has forced many to turn to unsafe water sources, resulting in diseases such as cholera which has affected 300 and left 10 dead in Yirol.

"Amid an already difficult operating environment, insecurity and access constraints continually hinder the ability of IOM and other aid agencies to reach the most vulnerable in many parts of the country," said the IOM statement.

International aid agencies have criticised South Sudan for raising foreign worker visa fees to as much as $10,000 (9,300 euros) just days after famine was declared, accusing them of seeking to profit from the crisis.

READ: Aid groups decry costly South Sudan visa
In an unprecedented global food crisis more than 20 million people are facing starvation, with Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia also on the verge of famine.

The USA Republic has ruled in court that King Kigeli V of the Ancient African Kingdom of Ruanda should be buried in the now modern Republic of Ruanda. 

Born Jean-Baptiste Ndahindurwa on June 29, 1936, he became known as Kigeli V on assuming the throne. FILE PHOTO | AFP

By Edmund Kagire

Posted  Thursday, January 5   2017

The remains of Rwanda’s last monarch King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa are likely to be repatriated soon following a United States court ruling that he be buried at home.

The ruling settles a disagreement between close relations of the king that ensued after the death of the 80-year-old leader on October 16, 2016 in Virginia, US. One side insisted that he be buried in Rwanda while the other opposed the move. The dispute moved to the court.

The Voice of America reported that after two days of hearing witnesses from both sides, the Virginia court ruled that the monarch be laid to rest at Nyanza Palace where he had ascended to the throne in 1959.

Boniface Benzinge, a former aide and confidante of the king, led the group opposing the repatriation saying the king had said he did not wish to be buried in Rwanda. However, in court, the group failed to provide any documents upholding the same.

READ: ‘King Kigeli did not wish to be buried in Rwanda’

Those who wanted the body of King Kigeli sent to Rwanda were led by his only surviving sibling, his sister Speciosa Mukabayojo. In court, Speciosa’s daughter, Christine Mukabayojo told the judge that the king had not obtained citizenship of any other country since he fled into exile in 1961.

They argued that this proved he loved his country of birth and hoped to return some day.

He first fled to Uganda, moved to Tanzania where he lived for a decade before returning to Kampala. He lived in Kenya from 1979 and left for the US in June 1992.
The Mukabayojos filed the court petition after their efforts to send their deceased kin home failed.

Benzinge’s side, represented by King Kigeli’s nephew Emmanuel Bushayija, said since fleeing Rwanda 55 years ago, the monarch had only vowed to return if was recognised as a legitimate king through a referendum.

This position however was not acceptable to the President Paul Kagame’s administration. He was only welcome if he came back as a private citizen.

Uniting the family

Bushayija told court that since the Kagame government failed to return the elderly monarch in an honourable manner while he was living, it should not do so in his death.

Kigali, while staying away from the controversy, had said that it would provide any possible support to the family once they decide on the final resting place. However, it did not indicate whether he will be accorded a state funeral.

The United States Court order.

 

“We are delighted by the decision of the court. We are going to embark on the plans to repatriate the king’s body immediately,” Christine Mukabayojo told the Voice of America.

 

Burundi is to sue the African Union Organization, as it pulls its troops from Somalia:

Some of Burundian soldiers, part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom), leave for Burundi after they ended their tour of duty in Somalia on June 28, 2016. PHOTO | AMISOM

BY MOSES HAVYARIMANA

Posted  Sunday, January 1, 2017

Burundi has threatened to sue the African Union over failure to pay its peacekeeping troops in Somalia.

President Pierre Nkurunziza said the Burundian forces serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) have gone for more than one year without salaries.

“Failure by the African Union to sort out the problem by next month, Burundian soldiers will pull out of the mission,” he said.

With 5,432 soldiers in Somalia, Burundi is the second leading contributor of troops under Amisom after Uganda. Others are Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

The president accused the African Union of ‘undermining’ its peacekeepers whom the country spends a lot of its resources on, training and equipping them before they are sent to Somalia.

“People should know that no one can afford to pay us our soldiers’ lives and those who were injured,” he said.

“We made an agreement with them (AU) and then they decided not respect it.

“The Burundi government is ready to sue the AU and they will pay us with compensation on top of it,” President Nkurunziza said.

Amisom has struggled to pay its 22,000-strong peacekeepers fighting the Al Shabaab terrorist group after the main financier, the European Union, cut its funding by 20 per cent earlier this year.

READ: Amisom troops miss monthly stipends in wake of EU funding cut

The EU further asked Amisom to pay Burundi’s soldiers directly instead of through the government as is the case with other troops contributing countries. This was after the EU suspended development aid to Burundi following the political crisis over President Nkurunziza’s third term.

READ: EU takes aim where it hurts Burundi: peacekeeper funding

The matter, however, is said to be under deliberations at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa concerning the modalities of paying the Burundian troops.

Amisom pays its soldiers $1,028 each per month; the respective governments then deduct $200 for administrative costs before remitting the remaining amount to the soldiers.

President Nkurunziza said it was unfair that other countries with soldiers in Somalia are paid while those from Burundi go without pay.

In Present day South Africa, one needs to remember Steve Biko an African activist against the exclusion of black people from Planet Earth:

Posted 25th August 2015 by Abongile Sekeleni

The African political Activist

Stephen (Steve) Bantu Biko was born in Tylden in the Eastern Province (now Eastern Cape)on 18 December 1946. His father encouraged all his children to pursue an education as the only possible route to upward social movement and independence. Biko started his education around 1952 (the exact date varies from source to source) against the background of the Bantu Education Act – an Act introduced to stifle Black education.  The Act was designed to provide Blacks with sufficient education which would not allow “a future without back-breaking labour.” Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd, who authored the Bill, said “There is no place for him [the Bantu] in the European community above the level of certain forms of labour.”

After matriculating from St Francis he enrolled at the University of Natal. It was here that Biko’s political activism began to blossom and grow. He devoted much of his time to the cause of Black emancipation. At university his desire to study medicine was hampered by his constant involvement in political activities He became so immersed in politics that his performance declined to levels that compelled university authorities to deregister him.

In 1968 Biko established a new all-black and pro-black organisation namely the South African Students Organisation (SASO). He was elected as its first President in July 1969. One year later he was appointed Publicity Secretary of the organisation.

SASO adopted a new pro-black and radical doctrine that became known as Black Consciousness which by Biko’s own definition was the “cultural and political revival of an oppressed people.”

The Young South African man

 The development of the BCM clearly threatened the settler machinery. It was only a matter of time before Steve Biko was banned by the government. In 1973 he was formally banned and confined to the magisterial district of King William’s Town, his birth place. Among other things, the banning entailed prohibiting him from teaching or making public addresses (or speaking to more than one person at a time), preventing him from entering educational institutions and reporting to the local police station once every week.

 The wave of strikes during and after Soweto demonstrated, to a large extent, the influence Biko exerted on South African socio-political life. Although he did not directly take part in the Soweto riots, the influence of Black Consciousness ideas spurred students to fight an unjust system particularly after they were compelled to accept Afrikaans as a language for use in schools.

Biko killed by the White South African Military Police

On 18 August 1977, Biko was arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967 and interrogated by officers of the Port Elizabeth security police including Harold Snyman and Gideon Nieuwoudt. This interrogation took place in the Police Room 619 of the Sanlam Building in Port Elizabeth. The interrogation lasted twenty-two hours and included torture and beatings resulting in a coma. He suffered a major head injury while in police custody at the Walmer Police Station, in a suburb of Port Elizabeth, and was chained to a window grille for a day. On 11 September 1977, police loaded him in the back of a Land Rover, naked and restrained in manacles, and began the 1100 km drive to Pretoria to take him to a prison with hospital facilities. He was nearly dead owing to the previous injuries.He died shortly after arrival at the Pretoria prison

The Savage White Police men, Harold Snyman and Gideon Nieuwoudt

After South Africa's transition to democracy in 1994, the policemen responsible for Biko's death applied for amnesty to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. According to SA History Online, while they admitted beating Steve Biko severely, and lying about the date of his death, they still maintained that his death was accidental.

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"You can blow out a candle, but you can't blow out a fire. Once the flames begin to catch, the wind will blow it higher."

The African Union envoy hails Uganda for a role in Somalia as more deadly bombs explode in the Islamic African city of Mogadishu:

By The New Vision, Uganda

Added 1st August 2016

 Ambassador Madeira. (Credit: AMISOM)


MOGADISHU - The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira has commended Uganda for its role in pacifying and stabilizing Somalia.
 
Ambassador Madeira made the remarks at a medals award ceremony held in Mogadishu, for Ugandan Contingent’s Formed Police Unit (FPU) that completed a year’s tour of duty.
 
“Uganda is in the right path; Uganda is doing the right things; Uganda is sacrificing for Somalia but more importantly, Uganda is playing its part in the overall African Union objective of creating a united African Union,” said Ambassador Madeira, who also commended the country for the spirit of  Pan Africanism.

The ceremony was held in Somalia's capital Mogadishu. (Credit: AMISOM)


Madeira noted that Somalia had undergone major transformation, thanks to the role played by the Ugandan army and police, which, he noted, have helped in the establishment of the country’s state institutions.
 
“We now see clearly that Somalis are taking over responsibilities in the country. They are now capable of running a proper police force. They are now capable of defending the country and we should continue capacitating, arming and supporting the Somalis,” he observed.
 
Uganda’s Ambassador to Somalia, Prof. Sam Turyamuhika, spoke of the strong historical ties the two countries have enjoyed over a long period of time and pledged the country’s continued support in pacifying Somalia.
 
“As long as the conditions allow, especially in respect to the police force, the co-operation between the Uganda Police and the Somali Police Force will go on even after we have formally withdrawn from AMISOM co-operation enablement,” the ambassador added.
 
Christine Alalo, the Deputy AMISOM Police Commissioner hailed the Ugandan contingent, the fourth to serve in the peacekeeping mission, for a job well done. “I want to thank the Government of Uganda for allowing its personnel, the police to serve in Somalia towards peace building,” Alalo said.

Ambassador Madeira hands Atubo Grace a certificate of recognition. (Credit: AMISOM)

The Uganda FPU Contingent Commander, Aliria Samuel Abbedi, hailed both AMISOM and Somali Police Force leadership for their support over the last one year, which enabled the officers to work tirelessly in improving security of Mogadishu and other towns.
 
“Military hardware like guns, pistols, bombs, grenades, PKM guns, ammunition and military uniforms were recovered,” Abbedi said.

Ambassador Madeira hailed the Ugandan contingent for excelling on the job. “You can now go home and say mission accomplished. You have accomplished your mission.”
 
The function was also attended by Uganda’s Deputy Ambassador, Maj. Gen. Nathan Mugisha, and senior Somali security officers, led by the SPF Commissioner, Maj. Gen. Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Hamud.

The FPU is tasked, with among others, public order management, providing operational support to the Somali Police Force and protecting  staff working for AMISOM, United Nations and African Union.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin and his vast country, has a better relationship with the Long serving African President of Uganda!

A file photo of Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (2nd L) at a Victory Day parade.

BY MONITOR REPORTER, UGANDA:

25 November, 2016

KAMPALA- The Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited President Museveni to visit the Kremlin, according to Russia’s new Ambassador to Uganda, Mr Alexander Dmitrievich Polyakov.

A State House statement issued on Thursday noted that the envoy delivered the invitation on Wednesday while presenting his credentials, and he described Mr Museveni as a “renowned leader on the African continent.”

The statement did not say if President Museveni accepted the invitation and, if so, when it would happen.

Bilateral Uganda-Russia relations have increasingly strengthened, with prospects of a Russian firm building Uganda’s planned $4.5 billion oil refinery. UPDF, the Ugandan military, a few years ago bought a squadron of Sukhoi-Su 30 fighter jets from Russia continues as well to supply other military hardware.

State House said Mr Museveni proposed to the new Russian Ambassador that Moscow should consider establishing a shipping line that would link the Eastern African Region with Russia.

This, according to the President, would promote the export of food and other items from the eastern African region to Russia.

On Wednesday, six other newly-accredited ambassadors presented their credentials to President Museveni during a function at State House, Entebbe. They include Egypt’s Mai Taha Mohammed Khali, Dmitry Kutel of Belarus, Indonesia’s Soehardjono Sastromihardjo, Palestine’s Nasri Abujaish, Ralph Heckner of Switzerland and Mr Raza Bashir Tarar as the new Pakistani High Commissioner to Uganda.

President Museveni asked the Egyptian government to protect wetlands to save the shared River Nile.

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Uganda is in the habit of not protecting African human rights.

These are African cattle rustlers the  Uganda Army and the Military Police should have protected from the citizens who constantly take the law in their own hands:

7 December, 2016

The problem of the NRM regime is that there is no functioning police force, so kangaroo justice has emerged.

 

Citizens take the law in their own hands:

People get frustrated that nothing is done about criminality, and the police is often in cahoots with the criminals.

It is wrong for ordinary citizens to take the law in their own hands. Violence begets violence. That's why it should be the  priority of all African citizens to establish a police force that is dedicated to law and order and protecting the lives and property of the people, rather than a police force that sees its role as that of protecting African dictatorial regimes and their officials.