Category Diaspora

Beti Kamya refutes Rumours that She is in the UK to Recruit Ugandans abroad into NRM


Beti Kamya

Fellow Countrywomen and Men,

For a long time now, I have been the target of malicious and vicious attack by several people, among them a person (I have been informed he is a man) who writes as “Rehema”, whose latest innovation is an article titled “Beti Kamya on M7 Mission abroad”, posted to UAH. I decided long ago that I did not have any negative energy to engage them, so I have ignored them, reserving my energies for positive thinking, positive writing and doing my best bit for Motherland and Future Generations’ Ugandans.

So much malice and negativity, practiced for so long, must be very painful inside, but that is Rehema’s pain to carry, I can only feel sorry for him / her.

I have decided to break my silence on this occasion because my friends, family and comrades feel that I should, otherwise I was happy to continue watching “Rehema” wallow in his self-imposed pain (hatred, malice and anger do hurt the one who harbours them, you know…).

Like many Ugandans, I welcomed Museveni in 1986, thinking that he had brought a breath of fresh air to Ugandas politics, when he promised “.. a fundamental change…”. In 1989, in protest of the manner in which the NRA/M extended their term in office, I left the Movement and openly declared so in numerous publications which appeared in The New Vision and later in The Daily Monitor. One day during the very early days of FM radio stations, I phoned into the famous Capital Gang Radio Talk Show and declared that I had left the Movement, an announcement that was received with sadness and regret by some of the panellists, who persuaded me to hang-in there and fight from within, which I declined. I believe “Gangsters” Patrick Quarcoo, Hon Winnie Byanyima, Charles Onyango-Obbo, Patrick Katusiime and talk-show host William Pike would remember that incident, because those were days when most people, many now leading Opposition stalwarts, were still very well disposed towards NRM and champions of its Ten-Point Programme.

When Dr Besigye was discharged from the army in 2000 amidst controversy over his document Vs NRM, my late husband, Spencer Turwomwe and I went to his house in Luzira and offered him our support if he considered standing against M7 in the 2001 General Elections. It was a Saturday when Dr Besigye and Hon Winnie Byanyima announced his intentions to stand for President in Feb 2001, and the following Monday, I was the first person who publicly supported him when I was hosted on Spectrum, a new daily talk show on Radio One. I became an active member of the Elect Besigye Taskforce. Since then, I have always written more than one article per week, in the Ugandan dailies and weeklies, including the Luganda Bukedde and Runyankore Orumuri newspapers, criticizing M7, and signing my own name, never hiding behind any “safe” names such as Rehema!

During a 30-member FDC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that was held in South Africa in July 2005, I am the one who boldly and openly begged Dr Besigye to come back to Uganda and be our presidential candidate during the 2006 elections, to which many NEC Members were opposed, arguing that I was promoting Musevenism, in alluding that only Besigye could represent the party effectively in an election. Insisting that FDC needed Besigye, I was among three people who, in September 2005 flew back to South Africa to convince him to come back to Uganda. The rest is history.

I did not leave FDC on my own accord, I was expelled in Feb 2010 due to reasons which I need not go into now, but which cemented my belief in federalism. I did not join DP, UPC or NRM, but rather got together with people of the same mind and we formed Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA), a party which we are all working hard to promote. The UFA Manifesto, Constitution and Handbook are all available on http://www.ugandafederalalliance.com and http://www.uganda.federal.alliance.com – the reader might want to know whether there is anything that promotes M7 or undermines the opposition in those publications.

While I was doing all the above since 1989, I am sure the reader would like an account of Rehemas own activities to promote the opposition, aside from maligning me, of course!

I am currently in the UK on the invitation of Uganda Federal Confederates, who asked me to discuss the topic “Is Uganda Ready For Federalism?” during the Federal Conference that took place on 11 June 2011. Also invited were Hon(s) Ken Lukyamuzi, Erias Lukwago, Norbert Mao, Betty Nambooze, Hussein Kyanjo, Salamu Musumba, Owekitiibwa Dan Muliika, Leader of the Opposition Nandala Mafabi, Ambassador Olara Otunu and many other opposition leaders.

After the conference, I decided to spend a few weeks in London to visit my family, rest from the grueling presidential campaigns and support UFA members in the UK to promote Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA) values among Ugandans living in the UK, which, am proud to say, we have done effectively, having met over 400 Ugandans, including the Acholi Association of UK – so you see “Rehema”, I do have alibi of whom I met and what we discussed – believe me, M7 wouldn’t want to know what I am up to here!

The result of my time in London is the eminent launch of UFA UK Chapter on Saturday 16 July, 2011, 4pm at PREMIER HOTEL, 194-202 OLD KENT ROAD, LONDON SE1 5TY, to which you are all invited.

Having said all that, a few questions must be tabled for the Readers’ consideration:

i) Did M7 work with Uganda Federal Confederates to organize the Federal Conference, invite all opposition leaders, (to presumably give me cover) to come on M7’s deployment to buy the Ugandan diaspora?

ii) Did M7 work with FDC to expel me from the party so that we form UFA to work for him?

iii) Did M7 send me to South Africa to persuade Dr Besigye to come back to Uganda to contest against him in 2006?

iv) What does M7 benefit from the negative publications I write about him?

v) How does M7 benefit from my promotion of federalism?

vi) Are Ugandans whom I am supposed to be recruiting for M7, especially the diaspora, so stupid that I can carry them along in My / M7 schemes, without them noticing anything?

Dear Rehema and people of similar character, it would do you and the country a lot of good if you schemed to better our country than scheme to bring down Beti Kamya, because my dears, only Beti Kamya can bring down Beti Kamya by dishonourable behaviour, which you cannot, so far establish, because they do not exist.

A piece of advice compatriot: be kind to yourself and offload all that negativity, it is not good for your health.

Wishing all of you, Dear Readers good luck and positive living,

Beti Olive Kamya
President
Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA)

Ugandans in Diaspora Applaud M7’s Choice of three Ladies in high responsible positions


Members,
Please allow me to congratulate three people who,due to their exemplary services in their respective fields,have been appointed to very high positions in the Govt of Uganda.

Maria Kiwana N.Kiwanuka- Minister of Finance and Economic Development.

President Museveni must be congratulated for having the insight to appoint Maria Kiwanuka to this very high,tough Ministry.I have known Maria since Senior One at Gayaza High Sschool,where I shared a room with her and 3 others. I consider her one of the brightest individuals that I have ever met,and believe me ,I have been exposed.

Her academic and career achievements say it all.She impressed me as an individual who faces challenges with the same attitude of a Can Do,be it as small as learning to peel matooke,or perfecting her mother tongue -Luganda(take note those who questioned her ethinicity-her middle name is Nabasirye-muzzukulu wa Nsibirwa former Katikkiro of Buganda). I am very excited about Maria’s appointment

Dr Christine Ondoa- Minister of Health.

At first I wondered why she had been transferred to Mbarara Regional when she was doing so much good at Jinja.Now I know she was being tested for readiness for bigger responsibilities.The short interaction I had with her both in general and during a very priviledged private meeting in her office,indicate to me that the Ministry Of Health has someone very capable to steer it in the right direction. The same zeal and degree of far-sightedness that Dr Andoa applied at Jinja Regional,will enable her to sort out the mess at MOH,and thrust it forward to offer excellent services parrallell to other countries.

Ms Rebecca Kadaga–Speaker of the House.

Her impartiality is an attribute she possesses,that has lifted her to level of Speaker.She is a very qualified Lawyer,not much surrounded by scandals. I was impressed by her personality when I met her in Houston during a fundraising event staged for Hospice Jinja.She cares about people,especially Basoga.I hope she will join forces with Dr Andoa to steer the Jinja Cancer Center project forward,with the help of other Basoga and friends. Best wishes Ms Rebecca Kadaga.

Others like Dr Beatrice Wabudeya-Minister for Kampala,Mrs Amelia Kyambadde,and Mrs Janet Museveni,who has done so much to uplift the forgotten,shunned people of Karamoja.

I am packing my bags with immediate effect to go fill that Ministerial position that Mukulu Museveni has not named yet.Who knows.

Sarah Matovu
USA

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My concern goes to Hon. Dr. Andoa, without doubting her proven capacity to create change in the two regional Hospitals as we are told how do you think this can be transferred to the whole country? In particular does she have the mandate to deviate from the so called Second National Health Policy (2010/2011 – 2019/2020) and the Health Sector Strategic and Investment Plan (2010/2011 – 2014/2015) that are currently the guidelines of the Health Ministry? Personally as I have written before I think that these plans though well written by highly educated people within the ministry are based on a failed system that the country cannot maintain or control especially with the growing population and increasing longevity of its citizens.

So without tweaking this system a capability she had in regional Hospitals which were more so autonomous and didn’t have the government apparatus breathing down on her how will she be able to bring out the so needed change? Please don’t get me wrong she will clean the house but unlike for example the new Kampala CEO whose mandated is to change the way the City is run and has new rule to bring forth a fundamental change , Hon. Andoa is essentially just going to maintain the status quo , stream line the flow of funds and improve service delivery in some places but this will not be a lasting change that can push us in the future.

I really hope that the president can give the powers to change the foundation of the system and work towards a new health care delivery model.

My other concern and I need to be educated on this is the fact that the president still kept the Minister of State for Health. I am not saying that he is ineffective but I hope she doesn’t run into the bureaucracy where by through the same Minister of State the Government will be continuing with the same vision it had before. So where will her powers be then?

All the same I join in applauding the president for such a move for a new, young and dynamic choice in this post. This is very exciting to the new face book generation. In particular she seems to have the caliber to stand against the temptation of corruption so she will only make the Ministry better than it was before.

Dr.Eddie Kayondo, M.D
USA

1000 Africa-researchers coming to Uppsala


1000 Africa-researchers coming to Uppsala
2011-06-03 16:34

On 15-18 June the European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) is held in Uppsala, a meeting place for Africa-researchers from all over the world. In about 160 panels and roundtables scholars meet to discuss current, important issues concerning Africa. ECAS also provides an opportunity for journalists to meet experts on a wide range of issues and countries. The discussions are open to the media. As a journalist you can also contact the conference press section for help with scheduling an interview.

ECAS 4 will be attended by:

More than 180 experts on security issues in Africa.

More than 80 experts on Africa and economy.

More than 60 experts on Africa and gender issues.

More than 60 experts on issues related to land, agriculture and biofuel in Africa.

More than 70 experts on issues related to internal and international African migration.

More than 70 experts on issues related to foreign aid, “South-South dialogue” and Africa’s changing role on the world stage.

The theme of the conference is ”African Engagements – on Whose Terms?”. It relates to questions on how Africa can make priorities and find partners on its own, African, conditions. The conference is arranged by the Nordic Africa Institute for Aegis, a network of African studies centers in Europe.

Venue: Ekonomikum, Uppsala University. Date: 15-18 juni.

Accreditation via email to Mattias Sköld, mattias.skold@nai.uu.se with the subject name ”accreditation/ECAS”. Last date for registration is 10 June.

The Nordic Africa Institute (Nordiska Afrikainstitutet) is a center for research, documentation and information on modern Africa in the Nordic region. Based in Uppsala, Sweden, the Institute is dedicated to providing timely, critical and alternative research and analysis of Africa in the Nordic countries and to strengthen the co-operation between African and Nordic researchers.

http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/pressroom/nordiska_afrikainstitutet

The Next Ugandan Leader(s)


Many people here in Uganda and in the Diaspora have of late become increasingly vocal about the deteriorating social and economic situation, not forgetting the still-born NRM democracy.

It is indeed in the best interest of those of us yearning for peace and democracy to begin the process of critically analysing the purveyors of these injustices in our country.

Empirical evidence shows that top echelons of the ruling NRM are clogged by foreigners, mostly Tutsi. Tutsi are essentially a transient lot, we experienced this first hand in Uganda when hordes of them migrated back to Rwanda in 1994. It is foolhardy for us to expect transients to have interest in improving our welfare. The Rwandans loading it over us have no interest in improving our welfare or the national social or economic infrastructure. The little we had has all been sold, tore down or neglected to disrepair. They have been and continue to use Uganda as a source for their personal enrichment in addition to funding Tutsi projects in Africa at our expense. Our politics, resources and country are being held hostage!

The opposition political parties, if one can call them that have been so weakened and compromised that the alleged leading opposition party, Forum For Democratic Change (FDC) is in fact the illegitimate splinter from the ruling NRMO. The leadership of FDC is also in the hands of foreigners.

Within FDC, the most important, powerful and influential position is that of the party president. Just like in the NRM the FDC leadership position has been monopolised by one person, Kiiza Besigye, a person with strong Rwanda/Tutsi roots. Besigye has no immediate plans of vacating that position. If God forbid, the FDC position of party president was to become vacant, the only “acceptable” candidate, if one believes our newspapers and political analysts is Major General Mugisha Muntuyera; another individual with deep and strong Tutsi genealogy.

Are there no competent indigenous Ugandans to lead us? Why do we get hoodwinked into a conspiracy to dominate and subjugate us? We are being played for fools; our country is being held hostage by Tutsi for their own agenda. You may have heard of the Tutsi 50 year master plan. In fact there was a good detailed analysis of this Tutsi conspiracy early this year which was posted on the internet “Lest We Forget – The Tutsi Designs on the Interlucustrine Region” by Mukasa Baanabakintu and another one by Eric Kashambuzi posted on Ugandans at Heart discussion group and on his website http://www.kashambuzi.com/

When the FDC National Party Chairman Dr. Sulaiman Kiggundu a Muganda died; another Muganda party firebrand and Special Envoy to the Party President, Betty Olive Namisango Kamya-Turyomwe wanted that position to be taken by another Muganda, most especially herself. That proposal was emphatically objected to by the Party President Kiiza Besigye. You may have wondered why? Did she not have the qualifications or what?

Betty Olive Namisango Kamya-Turyomwe is a Muganda married to Spencer Turyomwe (RIP) from western Uganda who was a senior member of the NRM attached to the UPDF Directorate of Military Intelligence. For any political strategist, Betty would have been an ideal candidate for such position. She is well educated, a Muganda, married to a Munyankole. She would have been a unifying factor with appeal to a broad spectrum of Ugandans from the south and central Uganda. Her marriage was a clear indication of someone that precisely knew the importance of co-existence with people from diverse background. But Besigye rebuffed her; she was sidelined simply because she was a Muganda. No one in FDC would publicly acknowledge it was the reason.

All of us in Uganda know Betty as an articulate, confident and capable individual. However when FDC abandoned her, she together with other individuals started another political party, the Uganda Federal Alliance. She was elected flag bearer for the party during the most recent Presidential elections. Betty went head to head with Besigye who had rebuffed her and she was able to represent her party members from all corners of the country fairly. Surely FDC could not have rebuffed her for incompetence.

We have no ill will or malice against Besigye as a person. But we have contempt against Tutsi, not simply because they are Tutsi but because of their checkered track record. If you still think the 50 year Tutsi master plan was a hoax, you need to wake up from your slumber and watch the Tutsi wagons circling us! Find the analyses of the Tutsi master plan mentioned earlier and re-read them; you will be jolted back to reality.

Talking about the track record of Tutsi, there is a report “Who was Behind the Rwandan Genocide? The Rwandan Patriotic Front’s Bloody Record and the History of UN Cover-Ups” written by Christopher Black who was a lead counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He produce a letter in court marked ‘confidential’ from General Paul Kagame dated the 10th August 1994 addressed to the President of Burundi Jean Baptiste Bagaza. We would like to directly quote just two paragraphs:

‘Dear Brother Jean Baptiste Bagaza, we have the greatest honour to extend our sincere gratitude to you both for your financial and technical support in our struggle that has just ended with the taking of Kigali.

‘Rest assured that our plan to continue shall be pursued as we agreed at our last meeting in Kampala. Last week I communicated with our big brother Yoweri Museveni and decided to make some modifications to the plan. Indeed, as you have noted, the taking of Kigali quickly provoked a panic among the Hutus who fled to Goma and Bukavu. We have found that the presence of a large number of Rwandan refugees at Goma and the international community can cause our plan for Zaire to fail. We cannot occupy ourselves with Zaire until after the return of these Hutus. All means are being used for their return as rapidly as possible. In any case, our external intelligence services continue to crisscross the east of Zaire and our Belgian, British and American collaborators, the rest of Zaire. The action reports are expected in the next few days.’…

These two paragraphs alone say a lot about the Tutsi, their track record, treachery and untrustworthiness. As Ugandans we need to be very vigilant, especially when choosing whom we want to lead us. We need to carefully scrutinize the backgrounds and track records of those that want to lead us. Some individuals have lived among us for a long time but with no meaningful roots within our society. Some of the people clamouring to lead us were likely participants in the meeting mentioned in Kagame’s letter above. At the time of that meeting in 1994, Kiiza Besigye was the Chief of Logistics and Engineering in the UPDF and Mugisha Muntuyera was the Commander of the UPDF. However, both men now want to lead us. Our question to you fellow Ugandans, Can any of these men be trusted to serve our national interests?

Both Besigye and Muntuyera claim to have abandoned Museveni and the NRM, but have they? They have never talked about what they did while serving in the NRM, if at all there is a difference between NRM and FDC. They have never confessed crimes they committed against Ugandans while in the NRA/UPDF. They have kept mum as if they have never wronged Ugandans. People who do not want to talk about their history or background are afraid that others may find out the real truth about them. Both men occupied senior offices in the NRM and the NRA/UPDF, the atrocities committed by the NRA/UPDF in Luweero, Teso, Karamoja, Acholi, Lango, south Sudan, Rwanda, DRC and many other places are still fresh in our minds.

Fellow countrymen, lets’ not get excited about every Kiiza, Mugisha and Mbabazi that comes claiming to be fighting for us; they are all part of the wide Tutsi conspiracy. Their interests and allegiance lies somewhere else and not with us here in Uganda. The past 25 years of NRM government anti people policies are sufficient pointer.

We do not want to overload you with issues, this is it for today. In the meantime, think about what we have stated, the evidence is there for everyone to see. Until next time!

Freddie Mwesigwa
freddiemwesigwa@gmail.com

YKM’s cabinet where intellectualism dies. So why would anyone want to be in such a cabinet?


Folks:

As Ugandans continue to wait for YKM’s 70 or may be 80 plus cabinet,why would anyone want to serve when being a cabinet minister under YKM can be harmful to one’s intellectual mind? Put differently, what kind of people fight to serve in YKM’ cabinet? I have said here over and over that Mr. Khiddu Makubuya from Bulemezi was the first Ugandan to receive a first class in law from Makerere University in the 1970s.

We are talking the 70s when only the cream joined the University and that humble lad from Bulemezi emerged the top with a first class. Things probably stayed that way until YKM when first class is not a big deal. Well then in the 1970s and early 80s, it was a big deal. Mr. Khiddu Makubuya was rewarded for his abilities with a graduate offer from Yale the best law school in the USA. But today Mr. Khiddu Makubuya is a shadow of his past. He is no different from his colleagues in YKM’s cabinet with forged degrees or certificate. Why is that the case?

Mr. Khiddu Makubuya actually resigned as Dean of law in the early 80’s because the government-it was rumored state house had forced a woman candidate who had failed to join the faculty of law. The VC then, Professor Wandira, sanctioned the offer-you know orders from above-but Professor Khiddu Makubuya resigned as dean on principle. These are facts.

Now compare Professor Khiddu Makubuya the then beloved fellow from Bulemezi with Minister Khiddu Makubuya who has made one bad call after another about the law. If a first class holder in law like him makes such bad calls, what about those serving with him holding biccupuli papers. It seems he has had to lower his intellect to the average which is that of biccupuli holders.

To be fair, there are many bright folks in that cabinet but once they join they become something else/ why? No university would hire Dr Khiddu Makubuya to teach law again. And of course many other former professors in that cabinet.

FYI, I do not need a job from YKM. As a matter of fact, I have never lived in Uganda under his reign. I also know many well meaning Ugandans who have returned to serve and many have been frustrated. Many are also dead. Murdered by Ugandans for being honest or depressed for hoping against hope to go against the embedded corruption.

The culture in Uganda under YKM condones, yes it is true, corruption. As a result, YKM’s regime is the most corrupt. And why is it the most corrupt? Because of nepotism. A daughter or girl friend or even wife or husband is the one approving payment or originating the payment claim. There are no arms length transactions in Uganda. The folks discus in their bedroom or breakfast tables how to root that country and they go to the office and implement it.

Now some people ask about inflation. It is not Minister Sydda Namirembe Bumba’s responsibility. Inflation is under the docket of the Governors of the Bank of Uganda. But have you heard anything from BOU since?

The core(emphasis added) role of the bank of Uganda are two namely, a) price stability-keep inflation in check and b) economic growth-manage inflation in such away that it does not jeopardize overall economic growth. This is what gave rise to the famous Philips curve to capture the relationship between inflation and unemployment. There was deemed to be relationship: high inflation meant lower unemployment and vice versa.

But the chaps from Chicago came up with their rational expectations and argued that people cannot be fooled because they are rational. In plain English that authorities can no longer manipulate money supply to create jobs in the short run or cuts taxes to stimulate growth for political gains. The latter cannot happen because rational voters recognize that tax cuts today mean tax cuts tomorrow so they save their tax savings, thus nothing happens-what is called Ricardian equivalence. Recall the popular A’ level economics exam question: Inflation is a monetary phenomenon. Discuss.

The people who should be called top account are the folks at Bank of Uganda. They have escaped the scrutiny for inflation in Uganda. So do not blame Minister Sydda Bombay for the sins YKM, ok, NRM Secretariat that loaded bags and bags of money-recall Havarti Janat Mukwaya’s car overturned under the force of money during the presidential elections-and the weak BOU team which is supposed to be independent, but printed money to fund YKM’s election.

USA is doing the same thing, printing money, so inflation is up a bit-3.6%. But unemployment is still high which is not good for the politicians due to face voters in 2012.

BTW, this is the root cause/source of that global phenomenon of rising prices everywhere since the USA dollar is the international currency. Some people asked me what I would do about the rising cost of living in Uganda, nothing because iam not Professor Bernnake at the Federal Reserve.

I am telling you that YKM is going to use the same excuses and tell Ugandans in 5 years that he did not implement his election manifesto because he was busy fighting Dr Besigye and the walk to work so he need to shift money towards police and but Apartheid era trucks from South Africa to kill Ugandans.

Let the ministers eat and stop lying that they care about the country. They join to eat period. Many would never ride in a Toyota Prado, well they do once they land in the large but good for nothing-ebifure-cabinet. Who are these ministers before they land cabinet post? Nobodies hence the corruption /omululu to try and catch up.As the late Dr Samson Kisekka (RIP) used to say “mbasekeredde”/I laugh at you.

WBK
Ugandan residing in USA

Museveni Calls Besigye,BBC,Aljazera and Daily Monitor enemies of Uganda’s recovery


‘We shall know them by their fruits’ – Matthew 7:16

It says in the Gospel of St. Matthew 7:16, that “…We shall know them by their fruits…” Ever since Dr. Besigye started the latest of his treacherous ‘walk-to-work’ – those who did not know the history of these groups started saying: “let him walk. What harm is there? Odong Otto walked and prayed in the church and there was no problem.” Those who were of that view did not know the ever constant hidden agenda of these groups.

In April 2007, Hon. Betty Anywar pretended to be demonstrating in defence of Mabira Forest without liaising with the Police. What was the consequence? Three people died, targeted by those demonstrators and a lot of property was destroyed. Then, there were the Kayunga riots because the Katikkiro of Buganda had been stopped from proceeding to that area because of the potential for inter-ethnic conflict. Again, property was destroyed, including the Police station at Nateete. The intention of the organizers is always to do that. If you are not the ones leading Uganda, since the population rejected you in the elections, must you destroy the economy of Uganda and attack those who did not vote for you? That is why the women are always attacked by the opposition groups, saying: “mmwe mulemezzawo Museveni” – ‘you women, are the ones that always vote Museveni back into power’. In the recent riots, about 50 vehicles of UTODA were attacked at the Taxi Park because they (UTODA) always support Museveni (NRM).

Our NRM supporters such as the NRM Chairperson of Rubaga, Ziyad Seburiba, the NRM youth leader, Jamil Kabugo, the NRM Chairperson of Teke Division in Gulu Municipality, Santa Oketa, the NRM Chairperson of Lalogi sub-county in Gulu, Samuel Odora, some women in Nateete and Kibuye and many others, were stripped because they were putting on yellow t-shirts (the colour of NRM). This is, exactly, what was happening in Northern Uganda. In that case, this opposition was working with Kony. They would kill NRM supporters such as the very good NRM Chairperson of Pabbo sub-county, the late Alpeo Bongomin who was murdered. That is why NRM was doing badly in the North during the previous elections. After the defeat of Kony, the NRM performance is very good as was manifested in the last elections.

Coming to the ‘walk-to-work’ issue, it is the same hidden agenda of Besigye and his groups. They want to ignite riots using drug-users or even hired groups to loot the property of the wanainchi. The Government response was: if you want to ‘walk’, liaise with the Police so that your ‘walking’ does not interfere with the activities of other Ugandans. They refused to do that. The Police also refused to allow them to ‘walk’. When Besigye ‘walked’, the Police arrested him. He violently resisted arrest. How can a leader behave like that? If you resist arrest or direction by authorized officials of Government, how do you expect ordinary people to behave? Recently, we saw pictures of the Mayor of Washington humbly being arrested without resistance. Why was Besigye resisting? After all, the Police would produce him in a court of law within 48 hours. What is the problem, then? At one stage Besigye wanted to go to Makerere University because he wanted to link up with the other rioters there, who had previously caused trouble by maliciously, falsely and intentionally misinforming students that university charges had been raised when the matter has never even been discussed. This same Besigye, along with some other opposition leaders, were telling lies to people during the campaigns that: “Museveni has sold Lake Kyoga”; “Museveni has sold Lake Victoria”; “Museveni wants to steal the land of the Acholi, the land of the Langi, the land of the Itesot; etc.” He had a case of treason which was dismissed on grounds other than the merit of the case – because the security personnel had not followed some procedure.

Weaknesses in the existing laws, too much laxity by elements of the Judiciary and the Police allow all this indiscipline and criminality to persist. When, therefore, it came to the so-called ‘walk-to-work’, without liaising with the Police, the aim by Besigye and the other opposition leaders was not any different. The aims were to damage people’s property, have some Ugandans killed and intimidate other Ugandans who do not support their reactionary positions.

Therefore, those who were of the view that the ‘walk-to-work’ was harmless were wrong. The Police was right to, straight away, block these efforts. It saved people’s properties, in the main, from being looted and destroyed. Nevertheless, people close shops whenever these ‘walks’ start. They, therefore, lose time and opportunity in their businesses. It scares away, people, especially, tourists and investors.

When it came to Besigye returning from Nairobi, his true purpose was exposed for the benefit of the naïve types who have been talking of the harmlessness of Besigye’s ‘walk-to-work’. This time, the FDCs had agreed with the Police that Besigye should not spend more than one hour on Entebbe road so that he goes to “pray” at Nsambya Sharing Hall grounds. Of course, all this was not in good faith on Besigye’s part. Why choose the day of the Swearing-in to engage in a public prayer. Why not any other day? Even if the prayer would have been on the 11th of May 2011, the day before the Swearing-in ceremony, as had been originally planned, it would not have been correct. Many leaders of friendly African Countries who were coming to attend the Swearing-in Ceremony were arriving on that day. What happened on the 12th could have happened on the 11th of May, also. Anyway, when I was informed that Kenya Airways had refused Besigye to board in Nairobi because the Uganda Government would not allow him to disembark, I straight away told the people concerned that, that was not correct.

You cannot stop a Ugandan from returning to his country, if he wants to do so. All he needed was to agree with the Police on the terms of using Entebbe road. This clarification was done at 9.00 a.m., when I first got this information. There were two flights that day that were yet to arrive from Nairobi: Air Uganda and Kenya Airways. Besigye refused to use either of them. One was Ugandan and he did not want to use the Ugandan one. The other was Kenyan, which would arrive after 5.00 p.m. and he did not want to use it because he would not be “welcomed by his supporters”. Why insist on being “welcomed by his supporters” on the very day the Swearing-in ceremony is taking place or even the day before. There are 365 days on the calendar. The day of the Swearing-in ceremony, on the other hand, is fixed by the Constitution of Uganda. It cannot be changed. Besides, by tradition and, as part of the African integration process, we invite other African Heads of State and Government as well as other guests from abroad. It is, therefore, not simply a Ugandan function; it is an African function. It is all in bad faith on the part of Besigye and his group. Nevertheless, my view was that as long as they agreed with the Police, even with that unnecessarily complicated arrangement, there would be no problem.

However, two problems occurred: Problem number one, the FDCs did not keep part of their agreement to spend not more than one hour on Entebbe road; Secondly, the Police officers and one Army officer who were involved, did not also keep their part of the agreement that if the FDCs did not use one hour to get off the Entebbe road, the Police and other supporting security elements would throw them off Entebbe road. Besigye and his group arrived at Entebbe Airport at 9.00 a.m. By the time we left Kololo airstrip at 3.00 p.m., Besigye and his group were still at Bwebajja. They had spent all the intervening hours at a disco at Abaitababiri and other spots. The excuse of “big crowds” that held up Besigye for hours is a myth and a lie because I was the first to drive through that road after Kololo. Somebody had advised me to take shelter at Nakasero State Lodge until they had removed Besigye from the road. I rejected that view and went straight to Entebbe. I was able to see a few hundred people at Kibuye roundabout, at Najjanakumbi and Kajjansi, making FDC signs.

By the time I came across Besigye’s convoy at Bwebajja, there were no crowds. It was scores of vehicles and bodabodas deliberately ‘imported’ from Kampala and other areas to cause the confusion. It was not local crowds overwhelming security in order to catch glimpse of the “liberator” Besigye. Yes, I was told that there was some crowd at Abaitababiri, but the Police had dispersed it. Therefore, those “crowds”, whether small or big, were dispersible. Proof is that Besigye had no crowd when I came across his vehicles at Bwebajja.

What was the consequence of Besigye’s irresponsibility and the Police weakness? Shame to Uganda. African delegations and other road-users that were coming from Kololo were pelted with stones by indisciplined elements in those crowds at Kibuye roundabout and, possibly, at other points. The vehicle of the President of Nigeria, for example, was hit by a stone. A stone missed narrowly the vehicle of President Kabila. Many other delegations reported similar incidents. All this because of irresponsible elements who seem not to care about Uganda.

We apologize to our guests who were inconvenienced by this hooliganism and irresponsibility. However, those that were responsible will be held accountable for these crimes. Besides, the NRM has already started the process of strengthening the law by amending the Constitution and the Penal Code to ensure that this type of indiscipline ends. Therefore, those who have been talking of the harmless ‘walks’ can see their mistakes. The media houses both local and international such as Al-jazeera, BBC, NTV, The Daily Monitor, etc., that cheer on these irresponsible people are enemies of Uganda’s recovery and they will have to be treated as such. Why do they not also report the negative acts of these elements?

Yes, the Police has made its own mistakes, including its reluctance to eject Besigye from Entebbe road when he failed to meet the one hour deadline as had agreed upon. There was also the criminal killing of a baby in Masaka and I have condemned the act of caning civilians. Wrong-doers should be arrested and hand-cuffed, not beaten. The original problem, however, is the irresponsibility of the opposition groups. If you want to demonstrate, do so according to the law and in co-ordination with the Police so that you exercise your right of assembly but other Ugandans also exercise their right of movement.

I have been told of a man at Equatoria shopping mall who lost about US$ 500,000 worth of goods. On the day, when Besigye was on his criminal circus along Entebbe road, I saw with my own eyes that the roadside fruit-sellers had covered their produce with tarpaulin. They were not selling in apprehension of looting their produce. This will not continue. We are seeking for everybody’s understanding as we end this criminality using all the angles of the Law.

I thank you.


Yoweri K. Museveni
P R E S I D E N T

17th May 2011

Ugandans in the UK Demonstrate on Museveni’s Swearing-in Day


A Statement From Ugandan In The Diaspora On Riots in the Country


(UNITED UGANDANS PRO-DEMOCRATIC FORUM – UUPF)
3/05/2011

PRESS RELEASE

We Ugandans in the Diaspora condemn in the strongest terms the brutal attack on FDC leader KizzaBesigye ,the imprisonment of DP leader Nobert Mao,and the constant harassment and killing and maiming of their supporters by the Uganda police and UPDF. We also condemn the NRM government and President Museveni in particular for the intransigence and arrogance towards the people of Uganda. Never before have we witnessed scenes like we saw last week,not even in the dark days of Idi Amin.

Uganda is a signatory to The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) and The International Covenant on Social,Economic and Cultural Rights (1966). It is also a signatory to The International Convention against torture and other cruel,degrading and inhumane treatment or punishment as part of the Human Rights instrument. We think the current Uganda government has breached all the above conventions and should therefore face trial before the international community and be held to account.

Comments and statements coming out of state house,cabinet ministers and Mr Museveni himself continue to inflame the situation. There is no doubt there is economic hardship,but this is not the best way a government in power with 68% of the national vote should behave. Instead of tackling the root cause of the problem,government is only fighting the symptoms,perhaps knowing very well that the root cause is of its own making and is now beyond reversal. The opulence spending,the never ending corruption and the printing of money to steal the recently concluded election have distabilised the fragile cash economy leading to double digit inflation and hence the ‘Walk to Work’ campaign.

What did Museveni and his central bank governor TumusimeMutebile think when the dished out cash and emptied the national treasury? This is the consequence. Instead of fighting the inflation with pen,paper and policy to stabilise the Uganda shilling on the dollar market,they are using guns and teargas on unarmed civilians and opposition politicians for highlighting the problem.The explanation offered by the government blaming factors outside the country is pathetic and weak. Most countries have experienced a hike in the cost of crude oil but their inflation did not double overnight. Mr Museveni and his ministers are taking Ugandans for a ride. The Ugandans in the diaspora who remit every spare cash they earn are deeply unhappy, angry and upset by what is unfolding at home and at a government that doesn’t seem to care about the welfare of its people.

We strongly condemn comments by the interior minister KirundaKivejinja,the information minister KabakumbaMasiko and president Museveni himself which comments lack not only sensitivity but also human feeling. Killing the opposition will not kill the problem. Think. Your negative contribution to Uganda has exceeded any positive contribution so far made for the country.

Given what has happened in the Arab world, Museveni’s government is fearful and guilty of its own position given its bad track record on issues that directly affect the man on the street. The government knows people are unhappy with Museveni for manipulating the national constitution through bribery to make himself life president, for overseeing rampant corruption and dilapidated public services like hospitals.
The only reasonable option for Museveni and his corrupt government is to leave office or face the rath of the population.

Signed by:

Mr. Luzinda Moses
Chairman (UUPF)

Dr. Kamugisha Chris
Chairman (FDC UK)

Dr. Obwana Nanan
Chairman (UPC UK)

Ms Betty Atik
Chairperson (DP UK)

Mr. Semitego Richard
SSUUBI COODINATOR UK

JEEMA,CP,SDP,PPP,ACTIVISTS
All were represented

United Ugandans Pro-democratic Forum (UUPF)
Umbrella for all Ugandans in Diaspora regardless of their Political affiliations

Facebook and Twitter blocked in Uganda for UTL or WARID for providers



Social Networks in Uganda are gradually being blocked as a result of the graceful coverage of the current violence rocking most parts of city and major towns.

Two giant mobile and Internet Service Providers, Warid Uganda Ltd and Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) have both blocked two of the world’s largest social networks- facebook and twitter.

I have attached the content of the letter written 14 April 2011 by Quito Ojok, AG Executive Director, Uganda Communication Commission, to:The Chief Executive Officers of Orange Uganda Ltd, MTN Uganda, Warid, Foris Telecom Uganda Ltd ; the Managing Directors of Uganda Telecom Ltd, Airtell Uganda, Africaonline Uganda Ltd, Afsat Communication Ltd, Broadband (U) Ltd, and the General Manager of INFOCOM? It says:

“We have received a request from the security agencies that there is a need to minimise the use of the media that may escalate violence to the public in respect of the ongoing situation due to the demonstration relating to “Walk to Work”, mainly by the opposition in the country. As a stakeholder that has communication infrastructures that host media such as Facebook and Tweeter, the Commission wishes to request for your indulgence in this matter.

You are therefore required to block the use of Facebook and Tweeter for 24 hours as of now, that is: 14th April 2011 at 3:30 p.m. to eliminate the connection and sharing of information that incites the public.

Your co-orperation in this matter is greatly appreciated

Several sources Echwalu Photography talked to claim that UCC instructed the above Inter Service Providers (ISP) to block facebook and twitter Internet Protocol (IP) address.

UCC however denies ever sending out such a directive, bending the blame rather to the ministry of ICT.

“We have not instructed anyone to block any social network,” Isaac Kalembe, UCC’s public relations officer noted. “Maybe it’s the ministry to ICT.”

Warid Uganda denied blocking any social network insisting that they too are facing the same dilemma being faced by their customers.

“No no, it is not we; it seems it is the government that has blocked the service. Even us we are crying like you,” a Warid Field Engineer who requested his name be to be omitted because he is not authorised to speak to the media said.

Social networks have tremendously grown in Uganda since the turn of the century where facebook, twitter and blogs have been used as an avenue to discuss both developmental and passive issues.
A civilian takes care of another injured by a teargas canister during the walk to work protest in Kasangati suburb of the capital, Kampala by opposition leader for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Kizza Besigye on April 15, 2011

A civilian takes care of another injured by a teargas canister during the walk to work protest in Kasangati suburb of the capital, Kampala by opposition leader for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Kizza Besigye on April 15, 2011

A recent survey by Google Zeitgeist, a tool that provides insight into internet trends places facebook as the second most popular website in Uganda after Google with over a million Ugandans already subscribed to the network.
Patients were evacuated in critical conditions after police fired teargas at a health centre in Kasangati suburb of the capital, Kampala during a walk to work protest by opposition leader for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Kizza Besigye on April 15, 2011

Patients were evacuated in critical conditions after police fired teargas at a health centre in Kasangati suburb of the capital, Kampala during a walk to work protest by opposition leader for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Kizza Besigye on April 15, 2011

Faceook and Twitter for example were widely used during the February 18 presidential polls where media houses, citizen journalists and social network fanatics circulated up-to-date information on the election results, violence among others.
A protester injured by a teargas canister during the walk to work protest in Kasangati suburb of the capital, Kampala by opposition leader for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Kizza Besigye on April 15, 2011

A protester injured by a teargas canister during the walk to work protest in Kasangati suburb of the capital, Kampala by opposition leader for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Kizza Besigye on April 15, 2011

The trend has continued after the elections where twitter and facebook users have continued to change and share their status with other fellow users in the current ‘walk to work’ protests against the rising food and fuel prices in the country.

*Twitter is slowly coming back but facebook still remains blocked*

Shadows are cast of curious supporters eager to have a look at opposition leader, Kizza Besigye who was standing inside a trench after being stopped from walking to work as he continues to protest the rising food and fuel on April 15, 2011

Shadows are cast of curious supporters eager to have a look at opposition leader, Kizza Besigye who was standing inside a trench after being stopped from walking to work as he continues to protest the rising food and fuel on April 15, 2011

Ssemakula James
USA

”Police Have No Right to Stop Besigye or people from Demonstrating”, Nina Mbabazi


Dear Ugandans,
It is most unfortunate when police teargas into a school not once, but twice. I think you will not get a defence out of me. At this stage it would seem someone is smoking something.This amounted to unnecessary use of force and gross violation of the rights of the children. I watched NTV with my sons yesterday and we saw new born babies being evacuated from a health faculty that had been tear gassed. My sons have kept asking me since, what is going on? I am ashamed even to discuss it. Was this Kayihura’s doing? No and yes. No he could not be so stupid to want crimes against humanity charge levied on himself.

Yes, it is his responsibility to train police before giving them dangerous tools. I haven’t gotten over what I saw last night. I am positively feeling shame. Shame especially when Hon. Odongo Otto and Ekanya walked to parliament without any people walking with them and unlike the others, they were wearing branded T-shirts. Almost saying, here I am, yet nobody walked with them. It is more likely that people’s reaction and the huge crowds we saw on NTV last night walking with Dr Besigye were doing so because police was out of order not because they believed in him.

An NRM law that allows you to have processions, demonstrations as long as you inform the police. You do not need to seek permission? They have no right over your right to demonstrate, you just have to inform them. Why don’t you want to take the moral high ground? I see IGP saying you need to discuss routes with him but the understanding I have of the law, you simply present your routing and he safeguards your routing. Muwanga Kivumbi Vs Attorney General judgment in Constitutional court is clear. Police have NO RIGHT to deny a procession or demonstration. Police can advice under Police act Section 32(1) of alternate routes and how to have a procession that is safe but its right to deny Section 32(2) was quashed by court. So Police denying any procession is a gross violation of the law.

The issues being raised by the ‘walk to work ‘are very legitimate issues, let nobody tell you a lie. They are very legitimate. Food prices and fuel prices are high and they don’t require rocket science to fix them.

I wrote here and a foolish person tried to turn it into a Mbabazi vs the system topic in the Red pepper. I wrote and continue to write that escalating food prices is dangerous. In Wednesdays Monitor, there was a warning that because of China’s drought, World food prices are going to continue to rise by 30% by end of year. Reading the Farming diary, I realized, that we can solve the food and fuel problems.
Just to refresh your memory, people don’t buy matooke in bunches anymore. I went to the market on Monday and found that the business community in the market have adapted to hardship. They sell fingers of Matooke. Each finger is 500/=. Without this consideration on business side, we would have already had a problem with Matooke. I figured that it is divine intervention that has saved us so far. I am very proud of the human spirit of the Ugandans that I found in the market. Very thoughtful and considerate people even when they are doing business. It shows you that Ugandans are capable of corporate social responsibility in a big way.

China has already announced reforms because as soon as they realized their people were mobilizing for food demonstrations, they realized that if they don’t nip it in the bud, China Communist Party was going to face the worst threat to its existence since the maniac Chairman Mao Zedong’s Gang Of Four. As such, they announced immediately at the convening of their delegates conference that they were going to carry out reforms. Now everyone is quiet. They are hungry yes, but they have hope that help is on the way.

This by the way is the content of my Sunday thoughts. Our citizens want to live in dignity. They don’t want to hurt anybody, but they can’t live off one meal a day. They become angry and resentful and obviously, the growth of this Walk to work in a few days shows that the problem has no political borders.

I will not join the people who laugh at this or try to use this for politics. I think it is despicable that anyone would want to take advantage of vulnerable people. Their honesty about their situation as we saw on TV yesterday, (Yes some of them managed to describe their hardships) showed me that Uganda is most vulnerable now to wrong manipulations and that is a bad thing. Yes, we need a peaceful solution to this problem and we need to feel that there is hope at the end of the tunnel.

Food crisis

This food crisis has been going on for a long time and Kabakumba said that government is not responsible. How come nobody in Parliament has brought it up other than yesterday when Hon Lumumba intimated to the press that government MUST not sit back but come in to help the situation? Maybe it is not that people are not listening to ministers: One and Bumba, but their method of selling the message is not effective at reaching the people.
The issue now is that opposition has moved to a different level of thinking. They no longer wish to play in this playing field that some in the NRM describe as the “right fora”. Their “right fora” is not provided for by the constitution and they are “claiming” that they respect it more than others as we saw in Dr Besigye’s interview on NTV last night.

If we fail to understand this new shift, we will fail to find sensible solutions. It is okay for them to do what they are doing. The law provides for it. Those unsophisticated rather barbaric acts of law enforcers yesterday have left us hanging our heads in shame. Just to remind you what the constitution that you helped write says;

38. Civic rights and activities.
(1) Every Uganda citizen has the right to participate in the affairs of government, individually or through his or her representatives in accordance with law.

See this article gives our citizens many options and we should embrace all of them.

Adam Mugume

I saw Adam Mugume on TV last night too. He was talking a whole lot of rubbish. His economic principles of increasing interest rates will simply make it more difficult for Uganda businesses to prosper. See Bank of Uganda is taking advice from IMF and I guarantee you, they are only going to deepen this problem. Now let us go over what he said on TV last night;

Excess supply of Money
He said that there was excess supply of money causing inflation and that in order to correct this, banks were moving on increasing interest rates. This will mean you and me have to borrow at more than 25%. Now will this mop up excess liquidity? NO. Why? Because 75% of Ugandans do not bank in the formal sector. Go to the Bank of Uganda website and see. They wrote an article about it. Adam Mugume therefore is not being sincere.

There are many ways to mop up excess liquidity, that is getting people to form informal investment circles like ‘’nyiginya’’ and they start to invest their money (government intervention). They could invest it in agriculture or import for retail and this would mean that money gets mopped up mainly by buying dollars, investing in seed, investing in farming implements and driving the sale of such. These are just two examples. But the problem with thinking like Mugume is that this is the neoclassical approach which says the market self corrects. See I found Mr Mugume’s interview very interesting. See the IMF has believed for long in Keynesian Economics, and their policy have followed Keynesian school of thought. The problem with this is IMF knew that our economy would get to this stage and neoclassical principles can’t fix Keynesian principles. It only makes the situation worse. This stage in Keynesian economics is called Stagflation.

Stagflation is where Economic development is lower than inflation as we are experiencing. All economists who work in serious institutions in countries that have experienced this all warn of one thing. That when you correct inflation which is what Mugume was talking about, you cause a recession because even the slow growth that you have will become slower and turn to negative growth. I find it baffling that BOU has taken the approach to widen the problem.

Food Prices set to self correct since rains have come

He also stated that food prices will self correct since the rains have come. First of all this shows that government has no plan for food security. It shows government has no plan to even attempt to understand the depth of food insecurity which is an insecurity of its own. The truth is, food prices are not going to self correct. Government has neglected indigenous farmers. Let us not even discuss NAADS failings now. Those with 10-50 acres who were planting maize for example. They have left them to the forces of demand and supply and some of them for example said, the investment they made in maize compared to what they earned did not make it profitable. They chose instead to plant trees some of them. Others chose to leave their land empty. Food prices only self correct with a targetted program. Government should come out and tell us what their program is going to be. If you think it is impossible, you need only look at India under Nehru to see how successful he was at bringing down food prices.Bring back Produce Marketing board. If you must look for Larbi Siaw who started URA and put him in charge.

Income from Abroad
Ugandans never stopped sending money. They always sent it and it is what has kept the real estate industry very buoyant. however, they are sending less because they are earning less. They have their problems to take care of and those Economies like Britain are hovering over recession and US are just getting out of it. It is unlikely that the incomes will grow. If Mr. Mugume is wishing then he can continue to wish.

With regards to repatriation of forex, now two things are happening. April is the month for dividend pay-off in all the multinational companies here. I can see Bank of Uganda has done a fantastic job at stabilizing the dollar, but right now companies will buy dollars to repatriate to their countries. As a liberalized economy, people are free to send as much as they wish and we don’t stop it. So this will hurt us but we shall start to feel the effects end May-June.

With regard to investors who are gittery about the elections and sent their money abroad, it is true, they did but this election was a lot more peaceful than the last and considering that he left the issue in abstract, makes me suspect that he knows the movement of money outside Uganda was not significant compared to 2006 election. Also UIA is showing that I am probably more right because they registered higher investor interest in Uganda than they were expecting, so for all intents and purposes, I doubt this election scared investors much.

The Middle East

The Middle East is very interesting. First of all, Libya produces only 1.8M barrels a day which is only 2% of the world oil production. It therefore has very little impact on World oil prices. What you are seeing now is hoarding and speculation of oil especially with Saudi Arabia crazy neighbours and people afraid that Saudi might become the new Bahrain. Saudi Arabia is the Second largest producer of oil in the world after Russia and followed by US. They are producing 9.8M barrels a day. They were producing 10.8M barrels in 2004 but because of the world recession and need to protect their economy from collapse, they dropped production so that they could ask for more money per barrel. This week, New York light I think is trading at $111 and Brent crude hit $125. In January it was at $80.

Oil prices are set to keep increasing because of China and US economic recovery and this is the spring/summer season where these countries spend more money in fuel. In UK for example, government suggested to increase fuel prices by 1 pence recently and the country almost went into riots because for petrol they are already paying 1.6 pounds a litre which is 5,100 per litre. So if we (Uganda) do not cushion ourselves against fuel price increases (they are expected to increase by 26% this summer), the gains we have of the rain will be eroded by the fuel price.

So what should government do about fuel? Many things, soooo many things that they can do. They can ground all government fleet of cars. They can privatize all cars like they have done in Rwanda. Let all Ministers buy their cars and maintain them themselves. The Ministers and civil service should be given fuel on mileage (As Uhuru Kenyatta did), and not just any mileage because this thing of getting mileage for sending your government car to your farm, that is out of order. We private people handle our own costs. If Ministers started to handle their own costs they would not be so selfish and would feel the pain. I have been told that Richard Byaruhanga new MD NSSF has already done it because the costs of maintenance of the fleet was too much.

We can cancel all government travel abroad, all workshops, seminars, etc. We can move towards running an austere government budget. These are the things that shall show Ugandans goodwill.

Also we can tell Ugandans, do not turn away from your responsibility because you are having fun (some have resorted to drinking and not taking care of their families because of stress, etc). If you were drinking 4 beers, drink 2 now. We do not want to destroy our tax revenue at the brewery and we want people to live within their means and be happy. We teach them that it is only temporary; things will get better. And we plan to make sure things get better.

Quite frankly, I don’t understand why people are so thick they can’t see this? Are they thick or they are being proud for nothing? Some people talk about government strategic intervention. Of course it is allowed. Look at Americans, they are asking Obama to touch their strategic oil reserves. Is that not intervention? If the US economy was as open as Uganda and laissez faire as IMF has turned you into, how comes they built strategic fuel reserves and you have nothing? They tell you to private your government fuel reserves and we do it like a bunch of fools. Now if we had strategic fuel reserves we would not have had such a high price.

Don’t forget that part of our fuel rise is caused by delays in delivery of fuel from Mombasa and Dar es Salaam. For me Kenya really peeves me. I want us to break their monopoly and we take back our wagons, we route fuel through Tanzania etc.

And while government is sitting thinking about what to do. I suggest you get yourselves thinking and start screaming solutions on rooftops because at this rate, we are going to need trumpets to get through to some part time thinkers. So use all trumpets. Show people that it is their right to ask government for help. It is their right to demand solutions; it is their right to participate in providing the solutions.

Whatever you do, just do it. Do not allow this problem to be turned into a political problem for nothing. You know we should not be guilty of doing “too little, too late” As for corruption, I will need a whole other day to talk about it because it has become so prevalent that now I term the worst disease as grassroots corruption. The corruption on LC1 level, we really need a serious overhaul of the system, including overhauling this nonsense of duplication, undermining of departments, etc. It has caused the worst corruption imaginable.

Besigye

There was no need for Besigye to inform the police if he was walking alone but he(Besigye ) is as popular as a rock star as you no doubt saw on TV especially in the urban area. Yesterday I saw Beatrice Anywar walking alone, Odongo Otto and Ekanya walking alone. Those are NOT demonstrations or processions. I saw Besigye walking with about 10 people at first. This amounts to a procession and a public figure like Besigye would of course pull crowds so my opinion is, he should understand that he is a very popular person and as such is a crowd puller and his popularity should humble him and he says, what the heck, let me send these useless guys a mere letter (NOT NOTICE) stating that I intend to walk so that they can prepare for my rock star status.

Did you see NTV? Did you see how well his walk was after it resumed? Did you see how Police was doing the right thing and walking by the sides to keep the peace until those vagabond Military police came along and all hell broke loose? See a mere letter to inform would have given Besigye the moral high ground. Civil disobedience is the script he is following. It says that people must refuse to follow unlawful orders or what they perceive as unlawful laws. This means that Kayihura saying don’t walk is unlawful and he MUST walk if he wants, But Section 32(1) says as law abiding citizens we should just allow police to do their job and this is not an unreasonable request is it? I saw Ekanya on TV saying police let them walk freely and some police told him that they are also suffering from the fuel and food prices.

See yesterday made me go back to read the constitution and this is what I found;

(2) Every Ugandan shall have the right—
(a) to move freely throughout Uganda and to reside and settle in any part of Uganda;
(b) to enter, leave and return to, Uganda; and
(c) to a passport or other travel document.
38. Civic rights and activities.
(1) Every Uganda citizen has the right to participate in the affairs of government, individually or through his or her representatives in accordance with law.
(2) Every Ugandan has a right to participate in peaceful activities to influence the policies of government through civic organisations.

Besigye is already empowered by the Constitution of Uganda. He says he wants to return Uganda to the rule of law. Why does he not stand above it then and just send Kale an information note. The constitution does not specify how to inform but it says we should inform the Police otherwise we would turn into lumpens.

Nina Mbabazi Rukikaire

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