Exactly what does Pan-Africanism mean to very many Africans? To some, its is all about the great privilages that come with it all:

16 June, 2021

By Joseph Ochieno
The spirit, concept and mission of pan-Africanism was put into its most critical test early last week when the scuffles, fights, abuses and even death threats in the continental assembly at its Midrand base in Azania (South Africa) became the news when instead, the real news was, ‘Africa (liberation) week’!

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP), founded in 2004 as the legislative wing of the African Union, has since been – seemingly – nothing else but an assembly for trips, allowances, sexual advances and abuse, typical (sadly) nepotism, cronyism, regional domination and, of course, that African curse, attention for the few-within and love for luxury at the expense of the many.

Not only is the parliament merely ‘consultative and advisory’ but, according to the Mail and Guardian of South Africa, the organisation is about lots of luxury, little or no accountability, no responsibility and yet with total impunity.  

It is reported that the should-be outgoing president Roger Nkodo Dang refused a Mercedes-Benz E-Class for something ‘better’, spent ages in a nine-bed-room hotel accommodation before moving into a $6,000 (Shs21m) a month house backed by two personal chefs (as-if-a-deputy Pope), two cleaners and more, my mind’s assumption imagining how Marcus Garvey and Kwame Nkrumah must be feeling – in heaven – but, Africa.

Yet, like the way Rebecca Kadaga and Jacob Oulanyah battled for Speaker exposed the institutional froth and power dynamics in NRA/M, the scramble for who takes over from Dang pitted Southern Africa countries (backed by the North) who are seeking that the position be regionally rotational versus West Africa (supported by East and Central; both homes to long term dictators) who insist the position be directly elected by the members all of whom are appointees (not elected) by their respective countries. Arguably, under these circumstances, I prefer the former.

Considering the issues raised and those that have since emerged, one wonders, what the relevance of this body is and what has been its impact since it came into being in 2004.


The artistic Pan African flag
As a global pan-Africanist, except for one former member being a friend, it is not clear how many Ugandans from Tororo (let alone Nagongera) know of the existence of this parliament and worse, its role. And it’s no joke, how many of the incoming 500 legislators in Uganda would tell of its relevance?

But away from home, the situation is not particularly different. Take South Africa itself, the country temporarily hosting the body; there is no evidence that the outcomes would be any better except, just a little.

 That is the country the liberation (against apartheid) of which saw much of Mother Africa rally around and, global (Diaspora) Africa do equally much yet, it has experienced more xenophobic and racial tension, abuse and even killings in the last 10 years than any other.

But to their credit, under (more credits: Thabo Mbeki), when Haitian president Jean-Batiste Aristide was deposed, they hosted him for seven years. Not many people understood why nor, appreciate the fact the Haiti is the oldest African republic although somehow (poor Africa), it is the least developed and, remains the most unstable country in those regions. 

My attempt to ensure one of my closest friends, a beautiful Haitian American visits Uganda has repeatedly hit a snag in part due to time and circumstances yet, I hope this happens and, quickly. We are the earliest humans and civilisation but remain the most disunited, scattered and identically most contradictory.   

On a visit to The Bahamas, I was received at Nassau airport by a beautiful immigration officer. It was almost certainly the first time the young sister was hearing about Uganda and, holding my passport, she needed a senior colleague’s help to confirm that I required no visa. Beautiful place though, a must visit – that Africa extension – but sadly, they seem to be lost as much as we are.

The writer is a pan-Afrikanist and former columnist with New African Magazine           Jop3upc@yahoo.co.uk






The President of Uganda has stopped his NRM businessman Mr Basajjabalaba to receive his payment of  Shs90b payout from the national meat industry:

By Yasin Mugerwa and Tom Malaba


3rd Novermber, 2019

The diehard NRM businessman, Mr Hassan Basajjabalaba. FILE PHOTO 

The three-man Cabinet sub-committee is chaired by the First Deputy Prime Minister, Gen Moses Ali. The other members are Ms Sarah Opendi, the State minister for Health, and Ms Grace Kwiyucwiny, the State minister for Northern Uganda.
Sunday Monitor has learnt that the President tasked the committee to study the genesis of the controversial payment, the people involved and ascertain whether verification was done before government officials at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Finance ministry and Attorney General’s Chambers agreed to compensate Mr Basajjabalaba.
Sources told Sunday Monitor that Mr Museveni, who they described as “very angry,” almost ejected a junior Finance minister [names withheld] from a Cabinet meeting after he presented the request for Shs90b to pay Mr Basajjabalaba.
During a stormy Cabinet meeting held on October 14 at State House Entebbe, the President “fumed” and demanded to know the people who approved the payment to Basajjabalaba and why the matter was brought to Cabinet at the tail end of the process.
He ordered that no money should be given to the businessman.
Sources say silence engulfed Cabinet as Mr Museveni pushed Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana, Finance Minister Matia Kasaija, Finance State minister for General duties Gabriel Adjedra and technocrats in the Treasury to explain the genesis of the payment and whether the Office of the Auditor General verified the figures.
Sources add that after receiving intelligence information that some MPs on the Presidential Affairs Committee were also suspected to be part of the deal, the President, on Tuesday, took the matter to the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Caucus and echoed how he had intercepted a plot hatched by senior ministers and government officials to pay Mr Basajjabalaba Shs90b through unclear circumstances. He made it clear to MPs that the matter was under investigation.
Last year, MPs on the Presidential Affairs Committee, recommended that the government, through KCCA, pays Mr Basajjabalaba Shs85b for failure to enable him assume vacant possession of the abattoir.
It is not clear how the figure later jumped to Shs90b.
Cabinet also heard that the first installment of the compensation to Basajjabalaba was expected this financial year.
Addressing the NRM Caucus on Tuesday, sources who attended the meeting told Sunday Monitor that President Museveni took time off the day’s topic – Makerere University, to dwell a bit on the matter of Mr Basajjabalaba’s compensation.
The President reportedly wondered how the Ministry of Finance, which he said he had asked to look for money to finance Saccos (Savings and Credit Cooperative Organisations) said they had failed, had turned around and now would find Shs90b to compensate Mr Basajjabalaba.
While Gen Ali did not pick up our calls at the weekend, the other sub-committee members [Ms Opendi and Ms Kwiyucwiny] on Friday confirmed their appointment to the committee and explained that they were waiting for the chairperson to invite them for the first meeting.
The two ministers also told Sunday Monitor that they are supposed to meet all stakeholders in the latest Basajjabalaba compensation saga, including ministers, and report directly to President.
“I know the problem [we discussed it in Cabinet] but I have not yet attended any meeting,” Ms Kwiyucwiny said, adding: “The President was dissatisfied with the figure and instructed our sub-committee to look into the matter and we are supposed to investigate the payment and report back to him.”
When contacted on Friday, Mr Rukutana denied any wrongdoing in the alleged legal advice to pay Mr Basajjabalaba.
“I do not recommend payment, our duty [as Attorney General’s chambers] is to look at the submitted agreements and ensure they comply with law,” Mr Rukutana said.
On whether his actions were a subject of an investigation by a Cabinet sub-committee, Mr Rukutana said: “The decision to investigate was made in Cabinet.”
Mr Ajedra at the weekend wondered why he would be investigated over the compensation saga yet he was standing only in for his boss, Minister Kasaija, at the time.
“Why would I be investigated? I was only holding a portfolio of Minister of Finance and even then, nobody brought it to my attention that there was going to be a payment to Basajjabalaba,” Mr Ajedra said.
The minister also explained that he was a political head of the Finance ministry and that any payments are made by the technical people. He denied any wrongdoing in the compensation saga and instead pushed the blame to KCCA officials, who signed the agreement with Basajjabalaba.
“I was not involved in any way and I will never be involved,” Mr Ajedra said, adding that if there is anyone to blame for initiating the payment, it is KCCA.
However, Mr Ajedra explained that when the President got to know about the plot to pay Mr Basajjabalaba, he raised concerns over irregular payment to the businessman and immediately instructed the Secretary to the Treasury to halt the payment.
Mr Keith Muhakanizi, the Finance ministry permanent secretary and Secretary to the Treasurer, told Sunday Monitor on Friday that he was not under investigation and explained that the new Basajjabalaba compensation budget was approved in his absence.
“I am aware about the payment but I stopped it because Cabinet was going to discuss that issue...you also know that I was out of the county when that budget was done,” Mr Muhakanizi said.
Mr Basajjabalaba lays claim to the abattoirs on Plot 1 and 3 Old Port Bell Road in Kampala, which he obtained through a lease from the then Kampala City Council (KCC) in March 2000.
After the City Abattoir Traders Development Association (Catda) members blocked him from taking over the facility, Mr Basajjabalaba sub-leased the abattoir to Mr Daniel Kwantampora, the proprietor of Travellers Coaches Ltd, without KCC’s consent. He briefly run the abattoir before Mr Basajjabalaba repossessed the facility in 2011, only to be rejected by Catda members.
They started with a one-year deal in 2000, and later entered into a five-year management contract with Basajjabalaba.
The contract had a renewable clause on condition that the businessman fulfils a monthly payment of Shs20m exclusive of taxes.
On June 4, 2001, KCC again sub-leased the abattoir to Basajjabalaba’s company for 49 years at a premium payment of Shs600m, a ground rent of Shs2.7m annually, payable by two equal half yearly installments in advance on the first day of January, and the first day of July in every year.
We could not reach Mr Basajjabala yesterday as his known mobile number was inaccessible, but he has previously denied any wrongdoing.

The Shs142b Markets Scandal

Mr Basajjabalaba is no stranger to controversy related to compensations by the State. Nearly a decade ago, there was an even bigger one.
The Shs142b compensation by the government arose from the reversing of the then Kampala City Council decision to sell Nakasero, Shauriyako, St Balikuddembe (Owino) markets and the Constitution Square to Mr Basajjabalaba.
An audit commissioned by the Auditor-General found that the claim by Basajjabalaba was without legal basis and inflated. Instead, the audit released in July 2011 found that the businessman owed the government Shs994m.
In 2011, MPs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) investigated allegations that government officials colluded with Mr Basajjabalaba to inflate the claims for lost business in the various city markets, which were paid to his Haba Group of Companies using public funds. The then Attorney General, Prof Khiddu Makubuya, told PAC on November 29, 2011, that President Museveni gave the green light to the controversial compensation payment of Shs142b to Mr Basajjabalaba.
President Museveni, however, in 2011 said that he had only approved the principle of compensation, not the figures. He later expressed outrage at the amount paid out to Basajjabalaba and asked government officials to recover the money.
Ministers Khiddu Makubuya (General Duties but had been Attorney General at the time of the controversial compensation) and Syda Bbumba (Gender) were later forced to resign from Cabinet over their role in the compensation.
PAC also faulted Bank Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile for succumbing to pressure to pay and failing to protect the independence of BoU.
Mr Mutebile had been faulted for failing to raise the alarm and question the compensation process after realising that the money was being paid to a man he was already pursuing in a case of forgery and fraud.
When Mr Basajjabalaba was given the Shs142b, BoU was pursuing him over forgery of land titles the Central Bank was holding in connection with an earlier cash bail-out of over Shs20b advanced to the businessman.
Whereas Mr Basajjabala had deposited the titles with BoU as security and later recovered them, cancelled and new ones issued by the Land Registry before they were transferred to new owners.
The Governor was cleared of any crime in the Shs142b saga after it emerged that it was the BoU board he chairs that authorized him to pay the businessman.







In Uganda, where violent crime is on the increase, hundreds have come out to mourn a murdered social worker Nagirinya:

By Stuart Yiga


Added 1st September 2019


Ssentamu called upon the authorities to ensure that the assailants who orchestrated the gruesome murder are apprehended.


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 The late Nagirinya's parents. PHOTOS: Stuart Yiga
Relatives and friends turned up in big numbers at St. Peter's Parish Church, Nsambya, to attend a requiem mass for the fallen social worker, Maria Nagirinya. The mass was led by Rev. Pius Male Ssentamu.
Ssentamu called upon the authorities to ensure that the assailants who orchestrated the gruesome murder are apprehended.
After the mass, Maria's body was laid to rest at her ancestral burial grounds at Kibuye, a city suburb in Makindye Division, while her driver, Ronald Kitayimbwa, was laid to rest in Kalubanda village, Miramba Parish, in Kibinge Sub County, in Bukomansimbi, district.

 At the time of her death, Maria was an Assistant Project Manager in charge of Water and Sanitation at Community Integrated 

Development Initiative (CIDI), a local NGO. She was kidnapped from her home in Lungujja community zone, Rubaga Municipality, and her body was recovered in Nakitutuli village in Nama sub-county, Mukono district, along Mukono Kayunga road on Thursday.


She attended Towers Nursery School, Namagunga Primary Boarding School, St. Joseph's School-Nsambya (for 'O'Level), Kings College Buddo (For 'A' 'level) and later joined 
Makerere University. In 2013, she completed her first degree, and in 2015 she finished the second one.


She got married to Edgar Gateni, a businessman based in Dubai, in August 2018, and died on August,29,2019.
Her husband said the deceased was also carrying her six months fetus.

 The sombre Christian service


 The husband of Maria, Mr Edgar Getani



Eyalabye nga bawamba Nagirinya akaabizza abakungubazi:

By Musasi wa Bukedde


Added 2nd September 2019


OMUWALA eyabaddewo nga bawamba Maria Nagirinya akaabizza abakungubazi ng’attottola engeri abatemu gye baakutte Maria ne bamukkatira mu mmotoka ne bamutwala gye baamuttidde ne ddereeva we!


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The late M/s Mary Naggirinya 


Kakazi kattu kaalaajanye nti, “Basajja mmwe temutwala muganda wange….” Ne katuuka n’okwekiika mu maaso g’emmotoka nga bwe kakoonakoona “bboneti” naye abasajja ne basimbula emmotoka nga bagizza emabega, ne baweta ne bafuumuula emmotoka.


Bena Nakidde mu myaka gye emito yabadde muvumu, n’agoba emmotoka ekiro ekyo nga bw’akuba enduulu ng’ayita abantu badduukirire, wabula teri yavudde mu nnyumba okukkakkana nga Maria ne ddereeva we Ronald Kitayimbwa batwaliddwa abasajja abaabawambidde ku geeti y’amaka Maria w’abadde asula e Lungujja mu Kampala.

Emirambo gyabwe gyazuuliddwa oluvannyuma lw’ennaku bbiri nga gisuuliddwa okumpi n’omugga Nakitutuli mu ggombolola y’e Najja mu Mukono.


Emmotoka ya Maria ye yasoose okuzuulibwa ng’esuuliddwa e Nateete. Kiteeberezebwa nti abatemu baabadde n’emmotoka eyaabwe eyabadde esimbiddwa mu kabanga katono okuva we baawambidde Maria.

Abaamuwambye baakozesezza bodaboda eyabatuusizza ku kikomera kya Maria we baamuteeze ne bamuwamba ng’alinze okumuggulira.

Abeebyokwerinda bateebereza nti abatemu bwe baavuze emmotoka ya Maria baagenze butereevu we baabadde basimbye eyaabwe era ne baggyamu Maria ne ddereeva Kitayimbwa ne babateeka omwo, olwo eya Maria ne bagisuula e Nateete era kino kyakaluubirizza abeebyokwerinda kubanga baasoose kugoberera obuwuufu bw’abatemu nga babwesigamya ku mmotoka ya Maria.

Kitayimbwa eyattiddwa ne Maria abadde avuga bodaboda, kyokka ng’olumu avuga Maria okumuzzaayo eka mu mmotoka naddala nga Maria ava e Nalumunye gy’abadde alina mikwano gye bwe babadde batera okugendako bonna mu bifo ebisanyukirwamu.

Ku mulundi guno Maria yamukubidde n’amutegeeza nti teyeewulira bulungi era n’amuyita amuvugeko amuzzeeyo eka.

Abakungubazi baategeezeddwa nti ku Lwokusatu, Maria yasiiba teyeewulira bulungi era n’asaba mukwano gwe Jane Ndibazza “jaketi” n’agyambala.

Amaziga gaayiise kumpi mu buli mukungubazi eyabadde mu kusabira omwoyo gw’omugenzi eggulo mu Klezia ya St. Peter’s e Nsambya nga Bena Nakyejwe muto wa Maria, attottola ebyabaddewo mu kiro ky’Olwokusatu abatemu we baamuwambidde.

Omuddugavu wano e Buganda kiringa anatandika okukola nga abantu abaddugavu nabantu abeeru be South Africa bwebakola okwejjako ebisiraani byokuttingana. Abantuuze bano batuula nebakola akakiiko ka Truth and Reconciliation. Buli mutuuze navaayo nayogera nga bwawulira kubikolwa byobufuzi nokuttingana. Okusinga kakati wano e Uganda bwekifuuse okubbangana obululu, okukwatagana ebigwo, nokusibagana emiguwa, nokukomerera emisumaali, nokusalangana obulago okuttingana okutuusa Isa Masiya bwalikomawo!