Category Diaspora

US Millitary Deployment in Uganda was overdue according to Top US defense Officials


Folks;

About 10 days ago, at the height of emotional discussions about the recent deployment of 100 US Special Forces soldiers to Uganda, I pledged to seek some detailed explanation from top defense officials this weekend. I’m pleased to report to you that I met with those folks today.

From their official and personal positions, the deployment was overdue. The Special Forces were sent there following emerging terrorist threats within eastern Africa, anchored by Al-Shabaab and its outfits that now operate in 4 countries. Included in this mission is the specific task of tracking and capturing / killing Joseph Kony and his LRA top commanders.

I shared with these officials the wide scepticism with which most commentators here have received the 100 soldiers, considering that LRA and Kony have been inactive in Uganda over a decade. To allay those concerns, I was reminded that US military presence in Uganda has remained constant for about seven years now, and so the new addition is no cause for concern.

So, folks, I want to believe that these soldiers are there for these purposes, and not to help Museveni either galvanize his stronghold on Ugandans or individualized our oil.

Afganistan

Secondly, the firing of this senior commander will not go down well in the US, especially coming at the time of low support for Afganistan. First, his comment mirrors the position of most Americans who see Afghans in the manner of “asante ya pumba ni mateke” mindset. Secondly, it’s a distraction from what the White House wants to accomplish in this year. So, expect him to be re-deployed in a comparable command position or even get a promotion and then quickly retire. He did not lie. He might have been politically incorrect, but his comment resonates with most Americans’. Now, for his own safety, he should be re-assigned out of Afghanistan. Personally, I support him.


Greece Debt Deal and Democracy

There is a fascinating irony in the current tug-of-war between Greece PM, George Papandreou and his European benefactors. The EU cobbled together an austerity package to rescue the Greece economy, which Papa now wants to present to his fellow citizens before implementation. Considering the long-term debt impact this austerity measure will create in Greece, it’s understandable why Papa wants to handle this economic bailout in the most democratic way possible, so that it does not come across as being forced on the future generations.

Unlucky for Papandreou, New York, London, Paris and Bonn are bleeding financially. Now in a comedic tantrum, the same so-called democracies (US, UK, Frnace and Germany) are lecturing Greece that this is not the time for democracy! To compound this irony, it’s the same Greece that gave birth to what we know as democracy. Money really talks and bull— works for sure!

Edward Pojim
UAH forumist in New York

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The eyes and ears of Special Forces participants will be lending superior skills. Allow them to complete their missions no matter how known or unknown each may be. Access to the equipment alone allows an excellent source to hunt and track terrorists of all decades. Museveni’s criminal empire runs The Republic of Uganda and keeps all the cash it wants; these Americans are in Uganda to help for specific purposes; me thinks Ugandans should lend a little trust toward the American’s, you know, For God and Country. Peace on Earth, too.

David Mitchell
A USA citizen and a member of UAH

Grant to Busitema University will definitely boost its Strategic plans


Busitema University started as an agriculture training centre

According to the Monitor , Busitema University has received a grant worth $398,850 (about Shs1.2b) from the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (Mepi) and the National Institute of Health to establish a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at its Mbale campus.

These fellows are serious. I happen to have travelled with the Chancellor, Professor Omaswa, while he was heading to the US to seek partnership with some Med Schools there. The Busitema University itself is already functional and they commandeered the former Nagongera NTC as their faculty of Education. So, as far as creating seemingly well intentioned educational institutions are concerned, you give them Kudos. Whether they operate as per their label claims, quality wise is another thing altogether!

Busitema was from the outset supposed to be a University that centred on agriculture technology. Unfortunately the 1971 coup took place and many things changed and somehow not to lay to waste the structures that had already been erected, it was made a college of Agriculture mechanisation. That they have revived it and made it a University is a welcome idea.

Now on the issue of the Medical school using Mbale and Tororo Hospitals, this is due to some of the infrastructure that already exists within these hospitals. Mbale has for long been a Regional referral hospital where among other things medical interns were being supervised. Tororo Hospital has for some time now been the Centre where Postgraduate students doing community practice where for the most part of their study based. Added to that, the distance between Tororo and Busitema is much shorter than that between Busitema and Bugiri. Infact, if I am not mistaken, it is only the distance between Busitema and Mbale that may be less equidistant and with the infrastructure already in Mbale, there is no need to go to Bugiri.

As to some people’s concern about the mushrooming Medical schools in places like Mbarara,Gulu and now Busitema,even if Mulago Hospital were to be primarily a University Teaching hospital,it would not have the capacity to absorb all the students that are presently admitted to Medical School. It would still require more land for expansion to meet that demand. What we should be concerned with is quality not the number of medical schools. I happen to have supervised many graduates from Mbarara Medical School and found them just at par with those of Makerere, so, there is no cause for alarm.

Unfortunately there appears to be no land for expansion .IUIU has taken some land in the Namakwekwe area and what used to be the School of Health Inspectors is now a Nurses College. Namatala that was once upon a time swampy is turning out to be the nidus for New Mbale with many posh hotels being erected at every corner. So, as far as the development plan goes, they may have to revert to high-rises if they are to expand on the existing capacity.
In anycase, the hospital has been competing with the Clinical Officers (formerly Medical Assistants) training school for space so, either the relocate this school and thus expand the hospital facilities or go the high-rise way.
Hopefully the local politicians meddling in the hospital management issues will soon rather than later realize the folly of their means.

Dr. Owor Kipenji
UAH forumist in Australia

President Museveni should copy his letters to UAH forums for Diaspora


Dear UAHs,
I would like to start by requesting the Presidents office to send a copy (cc:) of important letters, like the one on the link President’s letter to Makerere University Council ,to our forum because we in the Diaspora are a very important part of what is happening in Uganda and we have a lot to offer in these discussions, short of representation in parliament which I hope we will get in the future it will be very encouraging to many if your office reaches out to us.

From the letter, it seems like both parties had a fruitful discussion and currently reading from the Presidents side. I do agree with his line of reasoning in due to the fact that you can’t eat your seed and expect a great harvest. Many however would argue that the seed has been eaten for too many years and the harvest has always been short of what was expected. The government is in a very tough spot because each and every sector is requesting for more and they have reasons to do so. With a history of broken promises and ever accumulating arrears and late salary payments the presidents promise though very welcoming should be taken with a grain of salt.

The University has been there before, this is not the first time they have meet the President, students change lecturers and negotiators change but the problem still remains because as the cost of living increases the need for a raise will always be there.

As a mutual understanding and I hope this can be done within in all sectors since the President keeps talking of a better future which ideally implies a better financial standing and increase in government revenue. I would hope that the Ministry of Finance can meet with respective Ministries and work out a working formula. Its true there might not be enough money now and that is understandable so a legally binding promise of incremental increase in salaries corresponding to the expected increase in Governmental revenues will be a good place to start. Just the expectations of getting a rise when the government makes a killing will go along way to calm, create confidence in the government and prevent these kinds of interruptions in services.

If no money is made as expected the formula will still be binding. This will reduce these spontaneous strikes and for the negotiated period everyone will support those ventures which will bring in more government revenue because they will be able to clearly calculate and know their expected automatic increase in salaries. I am not an economist or mathematician but I figure there is a way that this can be calculated and also made legally binding. If this is already being done or it’s on the table I would like to know about it and see how it is working out to date or which kind of formula they have. We should keep away from just mentioning percentage of increase the formulation should be as specific as needed and easy to be used depending of specifically figured values.

To the President with all due respect sir there comes a time when promises are interpreted negatively, so I hope that the negotiators got more than promises. I look forward to what fellow forum members think of my suggestion.


Dr.Eddie Kayondo, M.D
Forumist in USA

UDU Draft Recovery Plan is a good step for Ugandans in Diaspora


Augustine Ruzindana

I always read UAH contributions without comment. However, this one which contains the UDU Draft Recovery Plan on the link below is different. I have quickly perused the recovery plan and I would like to commend those whose efforts have put it before us. There are areas which need to be debated and refined and I don’t think it is possible to agree on issues.

http://walktofreedomdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/udu-draft-national-recovery-plan.pdf

Where the draft proposes a proportional representation system needs to generate general consensus because if we adopt that system most of the malpractices in our elections would be eliminated. Electoral systems influence the type of parties that develop in a country, the relative size of parties, their internal cohesion and discipline. So if we have the electoral system right we could maximise inclusiveness and minimise areas for pre-election or post-election conflicts or disputes. Subsequent should settle whether voters would vote for a party or an individual candidate.

What I wanted to comment on primarily is the development of UDU. In all the struggles which have effected change in Uganda none was wholly home based or Diaspora based. During the struggles in the Amin era the struggle was home based and Diaspora based, so was it in Obote II. This has been the missing link in the M7 era.

The diaspora has played more of a critical intellectual nature – criticising M7 and also critiquing the opposition but strictly speaking not an active participant. If now through UDU the Diaspora can become an active participant in the struggle then the missing link will become part the chain.

The aim of my contribution is to encourage UDU to become active in all areas to complement what internal political parties and others are doing.

 

Augustine Ruzindana

FDC Executive Member
Former Inspector General of Government (IGG)

State House takes Entebbe Hospital and Ugandans again see ‘’underhandedness”


Entebbe Hospital. Photo by M. Ssebuyira(SUNDAY MONITOR)

The taking over of Entebbe hospital by State House for security reasons has raised concern among Ugandans abroad. One Edward Pojim, a resident in USA, wrote on UAH forum:’’ The proximity of this hospital to State House is too close for comfort. It must give security people sleepless nights. Operationally, it should not have continued as a general public facility, and therefore, I see no hidden agenda in converting it to a restricted facility for state house employees. As the official residence and office Ugandan presidents, State House must enjoy considerable restricted land and air space. I think most reasonable Ugandans automatically see: ‘’underhandedness” in everything the Museveni regime does, especially with regards to real estate and other national assets. This is because its record on managing these assets is pathetic. However, they get my support in limiting public access to this hospital.’’

However, Peter Okurut, also in USA, disagreed with him:’’ Since colonial time and till just last week, this hospital has been close to state house. Is it only now that the government has realized how close the hospital is to the state house?

Seriously, how many national assets are going to be sacrificed for a few individuals? Soon the international airport will be secured for a few, and as the president commutes to Kampala, the Entebbe -Kampala road will be secured for the president’s security and so forth. So will the Kampala-Masaka- Mbarara -Kihurura roads because it will be insecure for the president to use it when going home, so the public should be re-routed I don’t know where.

The real security lies within the people, not securing land etc; the president should invest in the people by providing services and relinquishing power at the earliest opportunity available. No amount of private roads, hospitals, bunks, mazes of tunnels or MI-Gs can stop people’s power when they finally say, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH,” see what happened to the King of Kings of Africa, comrade Col. Gaddafi? Is there any African leader who had better security detail than him, where is he now?’’

According to the Daily Monitor, ‘’ The hospital, which serves an estimated 6,000 people, was built by British colonialists in 1904 and borders State House Entebbe gate.
The government plans to turn the hospital into a health facility for State House staff and security personnel. The first attempt to take over the land came up in June when a medical officer Special Forces only identified as Major Mwesigye, approached local leaders in Entebbe, medical officers and hospital administrators proposing that State House takes over Entebbe ‘Grade A’ Hospital apparently used as a private wing.’’

It is not yet clear if another hospital is going to be built in Entebbe to provide the health services to the residents.

Dr. Kipenji Owor from Australia, is also not satisfied with the reasons given for the takeover: ‘Entebbe Hospital has for long been one of the white elephants serving as an eye sore to the residents of Entebbe.The last time it really functioned as a public hospital could have been around 1987. It also happened to be a hospital where my Engineer friend told me was equipped to handle emergency services during the infamous CHOGM meet. Unfortunately whatever was installed or left un installed is still in the same repose as it was left. Apparently most Entebbe residents either go to private clinics or to hospitals in and around Kampala. The staffing in this hospital is very un motivated let alone being sparse. With such a scenario, may be incorporating it within the State house perimeter, it might come to be adequately used. So,I am not personally in support of it being taken up by state house for the reasons Mr Pojim cites, but rather for the redundant status it finds itself in. If it becomes a state house facility, personnel may be attracted to work there in much the same way they did with the former Kiseka Foundation Hospital in the backyard of the once upon a time famous Bat valley which like Bat valley appears to have become extinct.’’

Jose Chameleon’s Conversion to Islam Draws a lot of mixed reaction from Ugandans Abroad


Folks,
Joseph Mayanja alias Jose Chameleon is now a Muslim and he is now called Gaddafi Mayanja. However, some Ugandans abroad have received the news with a lot of scepticism. One Peter Okurut Simon who is based in USA said: ‘I don’t see why Chameleon’s Catholic priest turned father-in- law should get mad with him. It is true, the father -in-law is/was a priest. If the father-in-law as a Catholic priest can produce a daughter against the Catholic Church dogmas, why should he get mad with Chameleon who is exercising his freedom of choice? May be Chameleon is targeting a certain “Hajji’s” daughter for a second wife and the Hajji has given a condition for him to covert before! Fathers-in-laws should know their limits’’

‘’….That said, the father-in-law may use his wealth to influence the outcome of the conversion, he has a lot of businesses in Kampala and Nairobi, he even owns a powerful secondary school in Kampala where the daughter is the manager kind of. Chameleone’s wife is a good and kind lady.’’

Richard Mukasa, a Uganda based in London was among those not happy with this development:’’ Religion a kind of technology or invention which is has been used to spellbind and captivate the minds of African people. As such, African people have been made to be dependent on the thinking and creativity of Arabs and Europeans. Money, religion and technology are the three most spellbinding and captivating forces that African people must be LIBERATED from in order to advance and all of these fall under the umbrella of TECHNOLOGY (Applied Knowledge). Religion has been used by the colonialists both Arabs and Europeans to indoctrinate, dominate and then discourage African people from attempting to change so that the dominant people (colonialists) can retain their power and influence over us.’’

Mukasa went on to say:’’….But the Europeans/ Arabs came and informed them that African names, religion, language, social order, kings etc were not good. As such, they baptised them with new names such as Abbey, Richard, Muhammend etc. Then, they stopped them from worshiping their God, they sold them into slavery, and even forced them to speak European languages and Arabic to these invaders, our African languages are not a sign of intelligence. Right now, Abbey, you lost your identity, culture and status. You always look up to the Europeans for knowledge, money, advice etc and then you look up to the Arabs for spiritual needs. Basically, you and I were colonised mentally, financially, physically, spiritually and intellectually. The Arabs / Europeans stand on a higher ground before us because they claim to have a higher moral/ intellectual authority over us.’’

‘’……LIBERATION from oppressive entities may require physical conflict, but African people must create African technology including our own religion, which is competitive with, or better than those of our oppressors. Engaging in a physical campaign for liberation is understandable from an emotional standpoint, but premature in terms of being sincerely practical resulting in a positive outcome………..The aim of the liberation is to ensure that African people are not colonised, enslaved, exploited, or taken advantage of and ensuring that traditional African culture is preserved.
Technology in form of weapons (guns, bombs, missiles, lasers etc) which threaten the survival, existence, and wellbeing of Africans are just fear inducing, supporting and driving forces of success of other technologies such as Law systems, Religious and Economic Systems of the Europeans / Arabs and would quickly abandon them.’’

But one of the Ugandans based in Kampala and works as a journalist at Newvision, Ahmed Katerega, rebuked Mukasa’s utterances: ‘’l think even our own people, like Baganda, who were worshipping one God, Katonda (The Creator) with a shrine at Butonda in Kyaggwe, were monotheists. Katonda had other names like Lugaba (The Giver), Dunda (The Shepherrd), Namugereka (The Designer/Planner/Builder of the Earth), Liisoddene (The Big Eye), etc…

”In the West, they had Ruhanga, and in the North He was Lubanga. But monotheism stopped in Buganda in the 16th century when Kabaka Nakibinge was defeated by Bunyoro under Omukama Winyi and Buganda was fully occupied. Baganda fled to Ssese where they hired mercinaries including lubaale (gods) like Kibuuka, god of war, and drove Banyoro out of the country. No wonder Baganda embraced Islam and Christianity and even died for them. Some went far and even embraced Judaism, which is a religion for the Jewish nation but not for the universe.’’

Are Ugandans in the UK safe? Come back home!!!!


I am surprised at the way genuine Britons who are protesting against the unfair capitalist system are being called criminals! Those so-called criminals are the ”wretched of the earth” and they are simply trying to be heard. Yes! they may be criminals for trying to resist the vulgaries of capitalism – but to me they are real revolutionaries. And let me warn the Britishs and others, what they are seeing is just the beginning of the end capitalist sytem as we know it. There is yet more revolutionary chaos to come that will bring the rotten capitalist system to its knees. What will save it is reform. These are prophetic warnings!!

Karl Marx, Engels, Lenin and Mao Zedong among others must be proudly turning in their graves for what is hitting the capitalist world. When socialism appreared to have collapsed in the late 1990s, capitalist intellectuals celebrated the purported ‘end of history’ which was claimed to be the triumph of capitalism over socialism. But has what followed? The global economic crunch, severe debt burden on the leading capitalist economies of the USA, Britain and now the rest of Europe i.e Greece, Spain, Italy, mass poverty around the globe etc. Now riots have reared their ugly head in the cradle of capitalism – Britian!!!

On a curious note, why is that when there are similar riots in Africa and the Arab world, the rioters are called pro-democracy activists, un armed demonstrators by the western media even when they are using crude and real weapons as is the case of Libya. The leaders are declared autocrats who have ‘lost’ legitimacy and must go to exile! But in the UK the rioters are called criminals without a cause, blacks, Caribbeans etc. No one is allowed to dig under the surface to find out the real cause of the problem.

Now some Ugandans in the UK are trying to rationalise the riots by agreeing with Cameroun (Okellos) that these are mere criminals etc. Their fear is that if these riots continue, some people might demand that all blacks must leave Europe and all hell will break lose for them. So the best thing to do is to side with the capitalists in these battles!

Unfortunately, when there were similar riots in Uganda, the same Ugandans in the diaspora were encouraging them calling the rioters democracy advocates who were fighting for regime change, un armed and peaceful protesters etc. Now the chicken have come home to roost, in the UK and Europe, will you also encourage the rioting and regime change there as well? I hope you will!!!!

Lastly, the social media was encouraged and hailed by the west and the diasporans for bringing change to the Arab world and Uganda. Now the rioters in UK are also using it with great and the same effect. I am now suprised to hear some voices in the UK calling for the the social media to be controlled in order to stop the rioters from using it. Haa haaa Haaaaa! When the social media is used to create chaos in the Arab world and Africa, it is good but when it is used for the same purposes in Europe, it becomes bad, why?

Diasporans, should that situation become very bad, please come back home and we see how together we can develope Uganda.

John Wang,
Kampala

Diaspora/Community Appeal From UNAA President


Community Members,

On my recent trip to Uganda I visited a small primary school in Kampala which I would like to introduce to you.

Founded in 2001, Citizen Parents Primary School is located within a slum area of Makindye Hill and occupies an area of roughly ½ acre which it rents. The student body comprises of 542 children from throughout Uganda of whom approximately 25-30% are HIV positive and over half are orphans. All of the children in the school either come from the local slum community, are orphans with absolutely no where else to go, or are abandoned/run away kids rescued from the streets of major cities such as Kampala, Gulu and Lira.

Here are some other basic facts.

1. The only tap with running water in the school was shut off a few months ago because of an outstanding bill that the school was unable to pay. Consequently, water for the school is brought up from a contaminated stream at the bottom of the hill about a half mile or so away.
2. More often than not, students eat only muwogo for every meal every day.
3. Only 4 latrine toilets serve the entire school population which happens to be co-ed.

The photographs I took of the school tell the story of the challenges faced by the teachers and students better that I can describe with words.

As I was departing from the school I emptied my pockets of all the money I had on me (about Ug. Sh. 200,000) with which I was told the school bought enough beans to last a week – a drop in the bucket.

I have set as a personal goal, a commitment to help this school in what ever way I can, however small. I would like to issue a challenge to those of you who can, to join me in helping this school. The outstanding water bill is only about US $200 and literally any small donation will make a difference in the lives of these children – even for just a day or two.

Anyone who wishes to make a monetary contribution is welcome to send it to the UNAA Treasurer and we will make sure it reaches its destination. I will welcome any other suggestions on how to help this school and its children.

Sincerely,

Moses Wilson
UNAA President

UAH WEBSITE IDEAS


Dear Ugandans at heart,

As I pointed out some time ago, I’m thinking of a new website for all Ugandans all over the world. We are not considering of re-designing the existing one / UAH blog at:
http://ugandansatheart.org/.

I intend to use the web designers here in the United Kingdom. This will give me a chance to work with him or her to establish the requirements of our site. The good thing is that I’m familiar with the technicalities of the Internet. So this won’t be a problem at all.

But since I’m doing this on behalf of the whole UAH community in Uganda and abroad, I would like a few ideas from the members here that may be appealing and necessary on our website. I don’t want to dictate everything in this matter and assume that it will please everyone, but I’m gonna list a few points to consider.


The rationale for the website

First of all, why do we want a new website for all Ugandans ?

1. to give the UAH some more online credibility;

2. Serve as a reference point;

3. Sell products online on behalf of the UAH members with businesses;

4. Generate revenue through online advertising for those Ugandans who wish to use this service. They will obviously have to pay some money to us because we will put in time to maintain and update the website on a regular basis.

Anyway, as long as we use a decent web company we should at least get a site that gives some online credibility but hopefully it will help us in one of the other areas too.

Logo and branding

I want members to privately send me some of the logos and brands they think would be suitable for our website. If something is nice, then I will just make sure that it is imbedded in our website.

Logo design and branding – although both falling under the graphic design umbrella – are actually different disciplines. If we have no logo / branding this needs to be considered during the early stages of the site design.

The look and feel of the site

Following on from the branding comes the actual look and feel of the site. At this stage it will be useful to send to our prospective web designer links to websites that we like. It’s also just as useful for a web designer to see sites that we don’t like.

So please, suggest to me the links you would like to appear on our new website. I personally hope to include a web link to Uganda Observer and the Torch NewspaperS on the site, but I want more if you have any.

The content of the site

How many pages do we want? I will need to be able to update the pages myself depending on what is going on in the UAH community? Sites that have ‘static’ content – text and images that are always the same or are updated infrequently – take a lot less time to develop than ‘dynamic’ content – content you can update yourself. ‘Static’ websites also cost less money from what I have been already briefed than ‘dyanamic’ ones. But ours is gonna be updated regularly with a lot of stuff. So it will cost us an arm and a leg.

Search engine optimization requirements

Do we need to be visible on the search engines? If so, what words would we wish potential customers to type in to find our website? I’m thinking of keeping the name:’ UGANDANS AT HEART’, but I wonder if some of you have got other ideas. Do you want us to go with a different name on the new website? Have you got any ideas?

Despite what some people may think, I have been briefed that search engine optimisation (SEO) needs to be built into the site from the outset; it is not something you can plug in afterwards (well you can but it takes a lot more time).

Text and images

We’ll need text and images for our website. Have you got any images you would like us to consider for the website,e.g, kings, uganda heroes, e.t.c. Please send them to me on: abbeysemuwemba@yahoo.co.uk

I have also been briefed that getting copy (or text) for websites is without a doubt the most common reason a website is launched late. I have also been briefed that writing content for your site sounds easy but give it a go – it’s harder than you think. So you all understand why we may need to charge you for adverts on this website BECAUSE WE WILL BE PUTTING IN A LOT TO MAKE IT BETTER FOR EVERYONE.

Domain name

A domain name is the name you see in the address bar of your browser when you visit a site (e.g. http://www.ugandansatheart.com). Because we don’t have a domain name already we will need to register one; they are very inexpensive (just a few pounds per year). It is normally paid on annual basis and we intend to do this through revenues generated from the website. The moment Ugandans stop advertising or supporting us financially in anyway, we shall close shop. But don’t worry so much, we shall always find a way around this inishallah.

Hosting

A website is physically ‘hosted’ on a server somewhere. To host a website securely and effectively is quite a complicated matter in its own right so it’s best to pay a company to do it for you.

We want this website to be hosted here in the UK rather than Uganda because of the uncertainties in Uganda. For instance, the Monitor website was temporary closed in 2006 elections when it started releasing electoral results that showed that Besigye was winning. So, we don’t want to be blackmailed by anybody in Uganda despite the fact that we love them all in some way.

Timescales

When does it need completing for? As you can see there is a lot to consider so it’s best for us and the web designer to come up with a realistic deadline. My only obstacle at the moment is ‘Mr. BUMALI’( cash). As you can see we are all in recession, so I could not possibly finance all this myself at the moment which brings me to the last thing to consider: BUDGET

Budget

And finally we have the unpleasant matter of the bill. I have therefore put a donation button or link below that will allow people to contribute whatever they can afford to help us finish this job in time.You can donate securely online using your PayPal account, just click on the ‘’donate’’ by PayPal button, or sign up for a free PayPal account. If I don’t get money, I will not be able to this as you want it to be.

http://ugandansatheart.org/donate-to-uah/

The message: ‘donate to UAH activities’, is already running at the end of every message on this forum but surprisingly we have not got any single cent from anybody so far. It has been running for a while but there is nothing received so far from anybody.

Or e-mail abbeysemuwemba@gmx.co.uk or abbeysemuwemba@yahoo.co.uk to arrange a payment method suitable for you .

For Western Union or Moneygram, send payment to: Abbey Semuwemba

I’m developing a kind of similar website for Uganda Muslims.So hopefully, i can get a discount if i use the same company here in the UK. But it wont happen or look as you want it to be if there is not enough money available for this service. Anyway, as you can see there is more to a website than meets the eye – but don’t worry if you’re puzzled by it all. We shall get there with everybody’s support inishallah.


Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
MODERATOR
UK

President Yoweri Museveni is a big problem in Uganda because he is a bad system and he is negatively influencing other systems.


Dear folks,

We can agree to disagree that M7 is the problem of Uganda as far as I’m concerned.

Having said that, I feel that I should take you through the systems and ecological theory and see if we can find some sort of agreement on this issue.

Systemic thinking in sociology ‘does not only mean’ systems such as education, health care, defense, parliament, federal law and arrangements, Justice etc. It also means humans. Yes, humans are systems on their own in the ecology. Please remember that a system is a group of interacting units or elements that have a common purpose.

Humans can be both open and closed systems. When humans are open systems, it means that they can interact with other systems in the ecology through receiving information and reacting to it. If these human-systems are in positions of authority, they will interact with other fundamental systems and they will have an influence on them.

Open systems refer to systems that interact with other systems or the outside environment, whereas closed systems refer to systems which have a relatively little interaction with other systems or the outside environment.

When human-systems are functioning normally, they will interact well with other systems. For example, they will respect the rule of law, they will not remove the term limits from the constitution, they will respect the independence of the judicially, they will not participate in the war in Congo without following the law etc.

When human-systems do have a great deal of entropy which is the amount of disorder   or randomness present in any system, they will be disruptive and they will not interact well with other systems. That is why elimination of human-systems through imprisonment, and overhaul or refurbishment of non human systems is encouraged.

Now, with the above explanation of how humans are systems in the ecology, I would argue that it would be naïve for anyone to undermine the role played by humans as far as systemic thinking is concerned.

Please remember that my argument is not that federalism pioneered by Beti Kamya and othe rpoliciticains, is bad. My argument is that President Yoweri Museveni is a big problem in Uganda because he is a bad system and he is negatively influencing other systems. Yet, Museveni is in a strategic position with a lot of power. Without removing him, you cannot bring about change in other systems.

In a way, some people are right that we should view problems as parts of an overall system rather than reacting to specific parts or events because this is what systemic thinking is all about. But at the same time, systemic thinking is also about identifying a set of habits or practices within a framework and if these habits are practiced by human-systems, they should be identified as such.

Therefore, I would argue that the role played by human-systems in the ecology cannot be under-estimated whether under a federalism or unitary system of government. In London, where there is a federal system which Beti Kamya referred to, we have a judicial system which is institutionally racist. We also have a very corrupt police force. This does not mean that the judicial system or London Metropolitan Policy system is bad. It means that the individuals/ human-systems are the ones that are bad just as Museveni as a system is a liability to Uganda.

Freedom of Speech

“Freedom of speech does not empower us to disrespect our leaders, and I happen to be one of the people who have opposed the Movement for a very long time, but like it or not Yoweri Museveni is a president of Uganda today, and we owe him that respect” (Edward Mulindwa 2011).

Freedom of speech is not given by the leaders. It is God given. I’m free to say that Museveni is incompetent, he is a dictator and I can assure you that I have no respect for him whatsoever. Respect is earned and not commanded. If Museveni wants to earn my respect, he has to work towards achieving the same. Respect is not as cheap as ground nuts which one can just give to another.

Respect is not automatic; you have to work so hard to earn it. Therefore, what Mulindwa wrote is both morally and intellectually wrong.

In Uganda, people use their freedom of speech to exercise their intellectual courage. It is this freedom of speech helps them to face and fairly address ideas, beliefs or view points towards which we have strong negative emotions and to which we have not given serious hearing. People must realise that intellectual courage is connected with the recognition that ideas considered dangerous or absurd can sometimes be rationally justified (in whole or in part) and conclusions and beliefs inculcated in us are sometimes false or misleading.

Therefore, to determine for ourselves which is which, we must not passively and uncritically “accept”  what  we have “learned or told”. Intellectual courage is transported or driven by  freedom of speech. Inevitably, we will come to see some truth in some ideas considered to be dangerous and absurd and distortion or falsity in some ideas strongly held in our social group. As such, any leader who sits in state house and waits for respect should pack up his belongings and leave. For respect will be earned if his ideas, conduct and beliefs are in conformity of the electorates.

People who want respect do not become presidents or partisan politicians. They become Kings aka cultural leaders. Commanding respect is a sign of dictatorship. And it is dangerous.

RICHARD MUKASA

LONDON

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