Category Diaspora

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

The people in Uganda have got to change before they change Museveni


Cartoon by John Nsubuga

Dear Ugandans,

Change has to come from Ugandans and those Ugandans include the Police Officers and army officers. To realize that you cannot kill your fellow citizens for they pay your salary and it is wrong to kill them. I have just come from Uganda but have you seen the way Police and army do not care about Uganda but Uganda government? Those are your own kids brothers and sisters, why do they open fire to the people they are supposed to protect? There lays your problem for it is not only Museveni but the population its self is not willing to change.

About 15 or so years ago, I went to Uganda with my dear departed daughter, and a punk stole my shoes, so she walked into a Police Station to report this punk for my shoes were expensive by all standards in Uganda. The officer looked into her eyes and told her that he would not file a report for her since he never had the papers to write the report on, my daughter pulled a half of a rim from her back pack and threw it on the table and looked at the officer. So the officer goes, thank you but you see all these papers if I write a report on them, the Uganda wind can easily blow them off het table so we still have a problem. She walks out side and gets a stone puts on top of the pile and looks at a Police Officer. But down in her heart she was so pissed for she knew exactly what this officer wanted was money a bribe and she did not want to feed into that bribe monster that was all over Uganda. She looked at the Officer and mumbled a couple of F – U’s against the Police force and Uganda at large and screamed leaving the Police Station without a Police Report. And that report was very important for the insurance purposes if we come back here and we never got it. Oh how the punk got the shoe? He was one of those you give them to polish them, and we knew him a kid of a neighbour. A week after we arrived here we were told who he sold it to for it was a very different shoe a Salamander made in Germany you had only one in Uganda so it would report its self.

What I need you to tell me here is how did Museveni create this situation and how does removing Museveni from power change this officer and change this punk?

A week in our visit, she developed Malaria which I do not even remember if she had ever got it in her life, her temperatures went through the roof and she was shacking really bad, so in my absence she told the people at home that she needed a medical doctor ASAP, she picked up a phone and called 999, yup I am at this address send an ambulance I need it today. That was a saga by its self for the operator told her to get a taxi pay it and go to a God damn hospital. At a time I was I think I had gone to Arua to visit a family and she sent me a message of what was happening wither and how she was abandoned by the entire stupid Uganda system to die. I instructed a local nurse to go and take medication to her and that passed too. She hated Uganda from then that I do not even think she went back into it to her passing.

What I need you to tell me here is how did Museveni create this situation and how does removing Museveni from power change this 999 operator to be humane and do his God damn job?

Some Ugandans abroad who have just came back from Uganda but haven’t you seen a real problem with the Uganda population? Haven’t you seen that many times every person you see is a’’ mobile bomb’’ that wants to explode on you by stealing any and something from you? This has nothing to do with Museveni but this is a culture of let me eat from this man not even caring if he will see your face tomorrow. My own brother washed a couple of clothes for me and trust me when I go to Uganda I go with many clothes only coming back with only one shirt and one pant for I have given everything to him. Why does he then bring less shirts back to me and I ask him about specific shirts and he says the wind blew them off a wire? And yet he has seen always that I come back empty handed for I give everything to him and shop when I return? Is that Museveni too? Is the removal of Museveni going to make this brother a better person today? Nsubuga Kamunye is a very interesting bird for he stays in sky and watches how a chicken walks with her babies, he drops at a very high speed and scoops one from the mother to take her or dinner. That entire chaos taken a half a second to end with a dead chick. But doesn’t it interest you that if ‘’Kamunye’’ wants to lay eggs and she has to build a nest she never lands to pick up those sticks to take up and use as building material? She stands in sky watches those sticks on ground and scoops them up as if scooping a chicken. That is the creation of ‘’Kamunye’’ and that is the only way he knows how to get anything. And that is how the Uganda population is. It is a life style it is the way they were born and the way they die.

Whether Museveni is in power or out of power Ugandans are thieves, lazy and always dependent on others generosity. Look very closely at the children we take to Uganda there is a great denial among them to return home. When they fly back here and you tell them can I give you a ticket to return home they say no we are not going. The kids that love Uganda are under 10 for they enjoy the empty space they enjoy the lots of friends to play with and enjoy the food that is always there. But above 10 , they hate Uganda with a passion. Explain that.

We have some very serious problems in our population and hiding in Museveni’s poor leadership is not going to help solve it.

EDWARD MULINDWA

TORONTO

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

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