Category Diaspora

Museveni’s ”Cannibalism” Statement Has Reminded Ugandans of Iddil Amin


Coutesy of John Nsubuga

Dear Ugandans,
I still cannot believe it that president Museveni said:”I will eat Besigye like Cake or Samosa” during NRM’s victory celebrations at Kololo. Such a statement alluded to President Museveni is very disturbing to many of us who have struggled to defend Ugandans who many foreigners think are cannibals because of former president Idi Amin’s utterances. As you might recall, former president Idi Amin used to swear that he would “eat” anybody who threatened his government, ”alive.”

So when Ugandans began disappearing with no trace of them being seen, rumours of skulls and human flesh began circulating that such items where delicacies of our then president. Even his last born son, Moses, was rumoured to have been eaten. And when the film,” The Last King of Scotland” was screened, Amin was shown inviting his visitors to a meal where he said something like, ” eat this meat, this one is not human flesh, just enjoy…” making the fans believe that indeed the man/Ugandans eat human flesh.

yyyyI have told members that just that statement, ” eat this, this one is not human flesh,” made me lose my beautiful lover who must have narrated to her parents, friends and other people how she must have survived being eaten. Initially, Victoria was so fond of me and whenever we had any discussions on African International Relations in the 20th Century or parties or other events, we always went together, she was proud of me and I had planned to marry her, but after watching that Amin movie, Victoria got so scared about Ugandans and kept asking me, “Simon, is it true, do you people eat human flesh?” I regretted taking her to that movie, you could see how scared she was. And at another separate occasion, one carpet cleaner I had hired to clean my stuff told me of how Ugandans were a terrible group of people, and when I asked him to explain, first he asked me where I was from so when I told him that I was from South Africa, he felt comfortable to talk about Uganda, he said that Ugandans eat people and the worst “eater” was Idi Amin whose meals consisted of human brains for breakfast, human hearts for lunch and for water he drank human blood. The guy continued to talk like he was actually the man who prepared Amin’s meals. I just told him that my parents escaped from Uganda where they worked as expertrates, so the man said, ” you see!”

Now President Museveni has said he will eat Besigye like he eats cakes and samosas. Most people enjoy cakes because of their taste, so if President Museveni compares Besigye’s ( human) flesh to cakes, doesn’t that infer that there has been previous experience of savouring human flesh? While Amin stories might have taken months or years to reach foreigners because of poor communication technology then, it is worrying now because with these innovations in communication technology, the news of another Ugandan president eating human flesh must have reached parts of the world, and again Ugandans, especially those in the Diaspora, will pay the price as they will be feared. For those who are nurses, mid-wives, baby-sitters, those who care for the elderly, those who guard at night and even lawyers or teachers, it will be hard time getting or keeping their jobs as the clientile will be scared.

But was president Museveni serious when he made that statement? President Museveni should substantiate his statement.I said that the matter is disturbing indeed considering that we have lost our children when they were burnt in dormitories in various schools in Uganda during this regime by unknown people, might such statements offer some clues where investigations should be directed? Of those burnt, how much of the body parts were recovered, were there missing parts, and did relatives of the burnt people have chance to check how their people were burnt? What about those burnt in Mukura Railway station in Kumi, Teso, were all parts recovered? It is worrying if people start bragging openly how they can eat other people.

I do not know what defence mechanism to use to dissuade human eaters from targeting us. Perhaps farting in public everywhere and all the time you meet security guys, no bathing or washing clothes for months/years may make them let “bad meat”pass. Like in Amin’s time, one could keep ones’ car without risking it being taken away or owner harassed by “denting” the new car to make it look old, so the SRB guys would not bother disturbing a poor man with a DMC vehicle as you enjoyed your car!

Oh Uganda the land of mysteries where presidents eat their citizens!

Peter Simons Okurut.
NewYork

Jessica Nakawombe,a Resident in USA ,voted as the Best Original Writer & Best peacemaker by Ugandans


Rev. Jessica Nakawombe

Dear members,
As promised last year, below are the results of the Ugandans At Heart (UAH) Awards 2009/2010. Sorry for the delay as we had hoped that more members would participate in these polls to sort out the tier between Mr.Ahmed Katerega and Mr.Wafula Ogutu for ‘Best Uganda History Writer’. We should congratulate all those who have won these awards and we hope they inspire others on the forum to achieve the same in future.

The winners were voted by fellow members of UAH through our online polls at : http://ssubi.wordpress.com/polls/

Best Original Writer:
A member who normally writes in his or her own style- without necessarily copying anybody’s work.
Winner is: Jessica Nakawombe

Best peacemaker:
A member who always try to calm down other members who derail from the intended debate and start virtually to ‘shoot’ each other. Obviously, this is the role of the Head Moderator or Moderators but we want members to look at some one else other than the Moderator.
Winner is: Jessica Nakawombe

Best Uganda History Writer:
A member that you feel has taught you a lot about the history of Uganda ever since you joined the forum
Like i said,there was a tier between Ahmed Katerega and Wafula Ogutu. So we thank them both. Unfortunately, we are not gonna go for rerun.

Reveland Jessica Nakawombe is a Uganda resident in in Los Angeles, California. She had her primary education at Kololo High School before joining Kololo Seconday School. She finished her undergraduate studies at Uganda christian University in Mukono in 1994 before joining Episcopal Divinity School in USA. She is a humble lady and prides herself in loving God and her original country.She has been a member of Ugandans At Heart(UAH) for over 4 years now.

As a head moderator, I would like to thank all members of UAH that participated in these polls. We hope our work is recognised by other people in other places outside the forum since we are not paid by anybody to do this. In effect, we hope we shall be on the list of people that receive awards in future in various mediums for what we do here.

I would also like UAH members to try bring topics that will educate us about different issues . These topics dont necessarily have to be about politics. We should try to encourage some form of bonding and linking among members if we are to turn UAH into a community in future. I’m sure some of you already feel connected to certain members, because you feel you seem to agree or disagree on a lot of things. Let us all try to build a sprit of brotherhood amongst us and see if this will lead to something that may turn out to be good for all of us.

Mwebale nyo banange

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
Originator and moderator of UAH

How Museveni is silently turning Uganda into another Ivory Coast


It has been reported that migrant workers have triumphed over indigenous population in Ivory Coast’s presidential and parliamentary elections – essentially taking over the country. Museveni in collaboration with or under the direction of foreign advisers is methodically, silently and incrementally turning Uganda into another Ivory Coast. This is being done by increasing migrants through favorable policies and reducing indigenous population through birth control measures. I have already written an article arguing that immigrants will soon outnumber indigenous Ugandans. Let us see how Museveni is doing it beginning with policies that are encouraging foreigners to enter Uganda under conditions that are not clear to the public.

First, Museveni’s decision to adopt the shock therapy version of structural adjustment or economic recovery in 1987 was not an accident. It was designed to introduce unpopular decisions quickly before opposition groups organized to resist them. They also required dictatorial methods of governance which have been tacitly endorsed by Museveni’s foreign backers and conveniently described as bold leadership.

The first very unpopular policy change was the return of Asians and Europeans and repossession of their properties nationalized by Obote and Amin. The return of foreigners was done largely through quick and comprehensive privatization of public enterprises. As V. V. Ramanadham (1993) observed “It has been decided [by government or Museveni] to begin divestments immediately, and to deal with any problems as they arise, rather than to delay the privatization program until all constraints have been resolved” Supplementary policy decisions have permitted hiring of foreign workers whose contract status is unclear. This policy has increased immigrants in Uganda.

Museveni has followed strictly structural adjustment requirement that developing countries should employ foreign experts to direct their economies (John Brohman 1996) that has turned out to favor migrants into Uganda. To create room for foreign experts dominated by British (Sebastian Mallaby 2004), Museveni decided to retrench senior civil servants and to refuse the return of qualified and experienced Ugandans in the diaspora. Museveni has sugarcoated his unpopular refusal by arguing that Ugandans in the diaspora will contribute better to their country by earning and remitting foreign currency that is badly needed than returning home where they may not find work because of retrenchment programs. Additionally, Museveni has encouraged qualified and experienced Ugandans to seek work abroad.

The capacity gap Museveni deliberately created has been filled by foreign experts particularly in the key ministry of finance, planning and economic development and central bank that has responsibility for national policy formulation supported by national surrogates. NRM cadres like the first minister of finance and central bank governor who did not support shock therapy adjustment were fired. The fired minister who was an economist by profession was replaced by a medical doctor. That can tell you who has been in charge bearing in mind that Museveni did not have governance experience before becoming president in 1986. It has been reported that Museveni underwent training in macroeconomics by foreign experts.

Second, Museveni has consistently argued that Uganda still has plenty of arable land that needs to be utilized to maximize economic growth and transformation. He has equally argued that a liberal immigration policy within East African economic integration and political federation would promote Uganda’s economic prospects. Consequently Uganda has become an attractive place for migrant workers and refugees. Kenyans, Burundians, Rwandese and Somalis have particularly flocked into Uganda as workers, refugees and illegal migrants. Some of them have acquired land and become settlers.

Settlement anywhere in Uganda has been facilitated by provisions in the 1995 Uganda Constitution that allow Ugandans to reside and settle anywhere in the country and speak their native languages. Under these provisions Rwandese and Burundians for example can settle anywhere in Uganda and speak Kinyarwanda claiming they are Bafumbira!

Information about migrants is normally obtained in reports on population census and vital statistics (births, deaths and marriages registers). Two developments have made access to migrants’ information impossible. The 2010 report on Uganda’s population status excluded information on migration. The argument, difficult to believe, is that information on migrants is scarce. But we know that the ministries of labor, internal affairs, economic planning and UNHCR (refugees) keep information on in-migrants, out-migrants and refugees.

Further, it has been reported that all files on vital statistics have been stolen. However, testimonies have revealed that those who ‘stole’ the files are known. Ugandans must demand that these files are all returned intact.

Third, Museveni, like no other leader in East Africa, has pursued fast track negotiations on economic integration and political federation with such a zeal that some are beginning to wonder why the rush. However, conclusion and ratification of economic integration and political federation agreements if they happen while Museveni is still president, he will use them to allow more migrants into Uganda especially from Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda where population densities are very high. This will change the demographic composition in Uganda in favor of migrants.

Policies and programs regarding indigenous populations have focused largely on birth control for poor citizens. Museveni has – knowingly or not – pursued a Malthusian approach to birth control. Simply put, Malthus believed that those able to maintain a family without burdening the state can produce as many children as they can. For poor people Malthus recommended that they should not be permitted to marry and have children until they demonstrated that they had adequate means. Poor couples should be discouraged from having more children by denying them relief such as food and making conditions difficult for them to want to have an additional child. Meeting basic needs would encourage them to have more children. Ricardo added that more children would ultimately increase labor force that would push wages down and make it difficult for them to make ends meet, hence more relief and additional burden to the state or rich citizens. Therefore the best way to avoid these difficulties was to limit the number of children in poor families.

Museveni has made direct and indirect statements in line with Malthus that may seem contradictory because they are not explained to the public. In public Museveni has been preaching that Ugandans should have as many children as God gave them. This message is directed at the rich.

For poor Ugandans, Museveni has approached birth control indirectly. In 1996/97 he announced that the government will admit into free primary education four children from each family. He said if you have an extra child you will be responsible for his/her education. Word filtered through that help could be provided through family planning to those who did not want an additional child (birth control is avoided because it is sensitive). Family planning conveys good news that you are planning the birth of a child while birth control conveys bad message of preventing birth of a child. In the end family planning and birth control result in fewer children.

Birth control advice was taken by poor couples and fertility has declined considerably in a relatively short time from 7.1 to 6.5 and contraceptive use has increased from 15 to 24 percent. These birth control outcomes were omitted in the 2010 report on Uganda’s population status. The report gives the impression that fertility has remained at 7 and contraceptive use has remained low at 24 percent. The report does not show progress that has been made.

Following Malthus advice, Museveni has refused to subsidize food because that would encourage poor couples to have more children. When he addressed the UN General Assembly in 2008 on the impact of rising food prices on Uganda consumers, he reported that Uganda did not have such a problem because everyone has a piece of land or a relative that produces food can help in difficult times. These arrangements have kept food prices low.

Here is exactly what Museveni said “As far as Uganda is concerned, apart from the lazy ones, the only groups that are adversely affected are salary earners in towns. Unlike the farmers, they cannot benefit from the higher food prices. Yet they must buy food. Fortunately, all these families [urban families] in Uganda have a dual capacity. Apart from being salary earners, they also own land in the rural areas or their relatives do. They can, therefore, subsidize themselves through growing food using this land. Africa and other agriculture-based economies should rise up, utilize their full potential and take advantage of the high food prices”.

Through this statement, Museveni announced that high food prices had not affected Uganda consumers and there was no need for subsidies or stop food exports like other countries had done. He took a position that is favored by major donors. He did not convince his listeners. What is known about Uganda is that many farmers do not produce enough food. And during the world food crisis 2007 and 2008 food prices are reported to have risen sharply. Even today in 2010 about 10 million Ugandans out of 33 million go to bed hungry.

Museveni hid the Malthusian thought favored by foreign experts that once you start subsidizing food, it may become a permanent feature that would encourage poor families to have more children. The best thing was to starve them so they have no urge for an extra child. Uganda experts who probably would have advised him differently have been marginalized at home or are working abroad.

Museveni has also taken two further steps to limit fertility of poor Ugandans. He has refused to create jobs for unemployed youth because if he does they will make enough money for dowry and wedding and the beginning of a family. Many youth especially in towns cannot afford to marry because they have no means. These unemployed youth have become the target of birth control which is being popularized through Uganda media that has published pro-birth control articles and rejected those with different approaches.

Museveni is also vigorously pursuing rapid urbanization disguised as a solution to slow agricultural transformation while the real goal is to push Ugandans into urban areas where life is difficult and contraceptive supplies readily available to limit child birth.

Other indirect birth control local and foreign voices are advocating replacement of small holder farmers with large-scale ones. For example, British economist Paul Collier and principal adviser to Museveni believes in large-scale farms based on modern science. He has advised that “First, contrary to the romantics, the world needs more commercial agriculture [large-scale], not less. … Second, and again contrary to the romantics, the world needs more science: the European ban and the consequential African ban on genetically modified (GM) crops are slowing the pace of agricultural productivity growth in the face of accelerating growth in demand” (Foreign Affairs November/December 2008).

Yet, in its World Development report 2008,the World Bank “hailed the role of small farmers in leading the way out of hunger and poverty and recognized the importance of state intervention in agriculture and some subsidies” (Foreign Affairs November/December 2010). Following other reports including those by the United Nations, the whole world has supported small holder agriculture because it is productive, efficient, environmentally and socially friendly.

Notwithstanding, Museveni has chosen to follow Paul Collier’s advice. He has introduced GM crops against some Uganda and foreign voices. He is also encouraging rapid rural-urban migration to vacate land for large-scale farms. While in towns, Museveni believes that pressure of urban life will force urban migrants to accept birth control more easily than in the countryside.

There are two conclusions to be made. First, since 1987, Museveni has relied on foreigners for advice and policy formulation that drove Uganda along unpopular structural adjustment path that eventually crashed and was abandoned in 2009 after causing untold suffering. If Museveni had mixed advisers he probably would have avoided what many call his humiliating admission that structural adjustment had failed to deliver and had to be abandoned.

Ugandans holding key positions particularly in the ministry of finance and central bank behave more than European advisers. They give the impression that they have no mandate for social and environmental conditions in Uganda. They produce statistics like Keith Muhakanizi did recently that do not reflect the suffering of Uganda people. For example, Keith Muhakanizi reported that the number of people wearing shoes has increased and housing has improved. Then why has the spread of jiggers increased since wearing shoes and living in good houses reduce the spread of jiggers?

Second, policies adopted since 1987 have favored an increase of migrants and increased birth control of poor indigenous families. If the trend continues, Ugandan indigenous population will soon be outnumbered by foreigners. When people discuss these and other developments implemented by Museveni, they begin to wonder whether Museveni is a foreigner pushing a foreign agenda or a Ugandan employed by a foreigner and forced to implementing unpopular policies because of collective responsibility principle. Either way indigenous Ugandans are steadily losing control of their country.

With 25 years in power pursuing the policies analyzed above, Museveni would not change course even if he realized he was on a wrong path. This can be deduced from the foreword to the current five – year development plan. The language he used was similar to key elements in structural adjustment program. Staff in the ministry of financed and central bank with their advisers have continued to stress macroeconomic policies as though Uganda was re-launching structural adjustment as it was done in 1987.

To save indigenous Ugandans from losing their country, there is one choice only – defeat Museveni in the February 2011 presidential elections. When Museveni is re-elected he will assume that Ugandans have endorsed his past policies and will push harder for economic integration and political federation that will result in Uganda flooded by migrants that will drown indigenous populations and create another Ivory Coast this time in East instead of West Africa. When this happens Ugandans should not say they did not know because now they know.

Eric Kashambuzi

The Ugandan-American Association of Greater Dallas-Fort worth, Celebrates Uganda’s 48th Independence in Style


 
By: Rev. Joseph William Kamugisha
      Hurst, TX
     [817] 500.6147 
Email: jokaruka@hotmail.com 
  
 
This year’s Uganda Independence celebrations in Dallas – Fort Worth, were marked in style. It appears like the organizers were rightly in tune with the founding fathers of our nation before the instruments of independence were handed over. The deliberation  process of how to commemorate this year’s independence festivities consisted of a significant amount of time specifically dedicated to prayer and intersession for our mother land, Uganda.
 
Celebrating Uganda’s 48th Independence day without prayers at the top of the agenda was certainly not by coincidence. The current UAA-DFW leadership realizes among other priorities on their one year leadership agenda, that without the true meaning of independence, which comprises of freedom from external dependency, which has been responsible for over fifty percent of our government’s national budget, lack of freedom of speech, limited democratic rights to all citizens including rival opposition parties, the implementation of equal justice, respect of law and order in all sectors of society and government in general.
 
Taking in consideration that one of the main objectives of our local leadership is to cohesively foster good community relations by building stronger family relations, encouraging both our youth and adults alike to pursue and invest more in education, collectively and harmoniously working towards building our motherland through self initiatives and supporting existing Ugandan based humanitarian organizations and fighting divisive and sectarian tendencies in all forms.
 
Realistically, all those values can be difficult to realize until our country lays conducive and healthy environment opportunities on the home front because at the end of the day, what affects our nation indirectly, directly, affects every thing we do even in the diasporas.
 
It is therefore, based on such basic principles, yet profound as they are, that probably came to mind even when commiserating on the ideas that our founding fathers had in mind when the significant elements of our nation that bears Godly symbols, struck a note in the minds of our local leaders. It is of little wonder that when one adds the two one cannot fail to see what the Psalmist rightly wrote in the book of Psalms 33: 12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.”
 
It is probably one of the reasons upon which the above biblical scripture, that the designer of our nation’s official emblem and court of arms, chose to divinly have the words; “For God and my country” in scripted on as our logo, which also appears on a national currency. I believe that it was based on the same divine inspiration upon which Mr. George William Kakoma, centered the  composition of our national anthem supporting the same phenomena, when he wrote; “Oh Uganda, may God uphold thee, we lay our future in thy hands…..” But the spiritual significance bearing the birth of our nation did not stop at that. The former first post independence Justice Minister, the late Grace Ibingira, was equally inspired to design the national flag with the colours; Black, Yellow and Red, in the vertical format, with the nation’s emblem in the centre.
 
According to the interpretation of the flag colours, “Black” represents a nation which was formerly in the dark before the Europeans evangelised the country with the gospel. The colour “Yellow” represents a country which was once in the dark but had been exposed to the light. While “Red” represents, a nation washed in the saving blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Perhaps it was a combination of such background that our local UAA-DFW leadership similarly and divinely felt inspired to revisit and adopt the original godly concept of our nation’s pioneers, by dedicating almost one and a half hours of worship and praise, followed by prayer and intercession for the nation’s current troubles and un ending challenges from almost every sector of government. Thanks to our community God fearing leaders!   
 
Since the rebirth of our nation on October, 9th 1962, the vast political predicaments which have befallen of our dear country, one which had all the opportunities, reason and potential to be one of the most prosperous nations on the continent of Africa, a nation that was built on biblical concepts, Godly ethics and strong moral fibres, has been unfortunately, slowly but gradually falling apart for the last forty eight years.
 
From the first military coup in 1966 to the second one 1971 to a third one in 1985. From the first abrogation of the national constitution shortly after independence to the second abrogation framed to suit and compromise more of the same political abuses the country has been entangled with since 1962. A national referendum that later turned out to be one of the biggest political embarrassments in the nation’s history, in which government decided to openly bribe the Hon. Members of Parliament in what was shamelessly dubbed as “facilitation money…..” allegedly for the sole purpose of traversing the country in a bid to educate, sensitize and gather constitutional views from the peasants.
 
Strangely, the so called facilitation money was allocated to the Member’s of Parliament, not by or from the Parliamentary committee but from the National Resistance Secretariat, the ruling party headquarters, to the publicly servants elected by the people.
 
From political opportunists tricking the late Ssekabaka of Buganda, who was also Uganda’s first President, Sir, Fredrick Muteesa, into joining party politics of the day to tricking his son, the would be Kabaka of Buganda, into joining the then NRA’s Public relations rally in an effort to advance the political interests of the then NRA now NRM-O in a bid to rally support from the Luweroeans during the five year guerrilla war.
 
From one appointed President and one appointed Prime Minister, by consensus, to nine uninvited Presidents and over five Prime Ministers, selfishly imposed on Ugandan’s against their wishes. 
 
From the politically motivated Kisubi and Nakulabye killings to the Luwero killings, to the Northern Uganda massacres to the Kisangani massacres. From the banning of cultural institutions to the first forced exiled President of Uganda, to his eventual death in exile, to the exiling of all opinionated politicians, school teachers, University  professors, medical Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers and Journalists, while the disadvantaged five thousand Ugandan’s, who were not lucky to escape the country, innocently died as victims from the wrath of the blood thirsty dictator Idi Amin Dada, whose self imposed titles included, “VC, DSO, MC, Conqueror of the British Empire, MBE” “Life President of the Republic Of Uganda”  
 
From Uganda’s double interference in the Arab-Israeli conflict in 1973 and later in 1976, which later lead to the nation’s severe punishment by the Israeli forces, whose bombings caused devastating economical and infrastructural repercussions, not mentioning the death of over one thousand troops who were stationed on guard at the old Entebbe airport.
 
From external political interferences to Church interference which lead to assassinations, looting, jailing and torturing Christians for the name of Jesus Christ. From the attacks of the “E’mbalassasa”, in the early seventies to famine, to five different regional deadly wars, to the the scourge of HIV/AIDS, the highest rate of poverty, the highest rate of corruption the country has ever suffered, to the highest level of immorality a.k.a day light “Bimansulo”, to State endorsed gambling, prostitution and the open display of homophobic behaviours, to the current jiggers epidemic.
 
From the first alleged fraudulent general elections in 1981 to the second fraudulent general elections in 2006, with impending worries of a classic repeat of the nations fraudulent scheme come 2011 general elections. According to the concerns and observations raised from the recently concluded primary elections as expressed by the former high court judge, Justice George W. Kanyeihamba.
 
In spite of all the above troubles, challenges and tumultuous journey our country Uganda, has endured, the current UAA-DFW leadership lead by Mr. Frank Sentamu, in conjunction with the local Arlington, Garland, UAA-DFW residents organizing committee spearheaded by Pastor John Musoke, saw it fitting to organize and stage one of the best Uganda’s Independence celebrations in the community.  
 
The power of worship and praise sealed with the power of prayer and intercession engulfed the hotel auditorium as if it was another regular Pentecostal Sunday service, echoing a combination of Luganda, English, Swahili and Zulu worship songs, accompanied by their appropriate dance moves. Thanks to the worship team which was comprised of Pastor Hope and his wife Jossie  Ssekiziyivu, sister Tsaoni and sister Sylvia Mulima. The first section of the colourful festivities were held at the Hyatt Place Hotel, in Arlington, TX, which began shortly after 05:pm and ended shortly before 11:pm.
 
Unlike some of the recent hand picked “multi-denominational” services, a much wider representation of community lead religious denominations, freely and unreservedly participated in various aspects of the intercession and prayers sessions on behalf of the country’s troubles which were categorized from political, economical, the forth coming general elections, the cultural institutions, the nation’s workers,  peace and tranquillity in the nation, the September 11th, 2010 bomb victims in Kampala and a brief memorial and celebration of the life of the late Ugandan President Godfrey L. Binaisa, QC, Esq. who passed away a few months ago.
 
A one minute moment of silence was observed before the represented family members of the late President were prayed for. The five family member’s present were namely; Mr. & Mrs Joshua Serwanga, Mr. & Mrs. Edward Kigozi and Ms. Drusilla Kigozi. In absence were several children of the late President, his former wife Ms. Kigozi and the Oklahoma based nieces. Ms. Drusilla, spoke on behalf of her mother and on behalf of Dr. Mukwaya, the late President’s nephew, whose Dallas trip was also cut short at the last hour due to an emergency trip which took him to Bangkok, Thailand.  
 
Ms. Drusilla Kigozi, gave the listeners an unedited, apolitical view of the true nature of who the real Binaisa was. She attributed her coming to the US together with her brother Edward, to the well placed political connections in addition to the great sense of humour which her late step father enjoyed and possessed. Drusilla said that the late Binaisa, was always fun to be around with. Some of the memorable moments that came to mind, Drussila, added, was when they first went to the US Embassy for the first time to apply for their US Visas to which they were denied.
 
Upon learning about her children’s denial, Ms. Kigozi, asked her husband to intervene but to her surprise, her late husband told her in Luganda, “Gwe tomanyi kukuba kaama, bagambe nti ndi Mukyala wa Pulezidenti?!” meaning, “Don’t you know how to whisper…you should have told them, that you are the wife of the President!?”
 
Some time later, the late President contacted the US Embassy consulate and made Visa applications on his step children’s behalf. When asked to verify the names of the children whose Visas he was applying for, he had apparently forgotten their names and went back to his wife asking her to remind him of the children’s names!
 
Perhaps another major land mark in this year’s Uganda independence festivities was the climax of the highly spirited fund raising drive which has been going on for the past few weeks. At the end of the day, over $700.00 in cash and more in pledges was generated from the faithful community member’s.
 
Before the fundraising drive began a few weeks ago, the local Association leadership identified about five Ugandan based Non governmental organizations [NGO’s] out of which one was selected to be this year’s beneficiary of the generous contributions from the Ugandan community in Dallas-Fort Worth. Given the inspiring and memorable presentation which was made exactly one year ago, during a similar Independence celebration, by a fellow Ugandan, Texan, the founder and patron of the “Uganda – American Sickle Cell Association”, a Ugandan born, US Air force, Captain, Lukia Mulumba, who together with her family were recently hosted in the White House by President Barrack Obama, whose daughter was miraculously healed from the sickle cell disease, and from whose inspiration the US Air force Captain, derives her motivation to aggressively combat one of the most deadly diseases of the 21st century.
 
The community leadership couldn’t have done any better than to kick off the charity donation by beginning with our neighbouring Austin, TX, based organization, with services intended for the disadvantaged Ugandan population, hence, fulfilling the proverbial; “Charity begins at home”
 
Other independence events on the Arlington, program included, honouring the UAA-DFW outgoing cabinet, the launching and swearing in of the newly elected cabinet which was officiated by Hon. Eng. David Mureeba, the first UNAA President. Another fundraising drive toward the UAA-DFW treasury as well as soliciting for the associations annual membership dues from the un paid community members was also conducted with positive results.
 
Membership fees are only a small annual lump sum of $35.00 per family and only $20.00 for singles. According to the last data base gathered the 2001-2002 local UAA-DFW leadership, it was estimated that the Uganda community membership in DFW had grown to about six hundred.
 
Meanwhile, a number of outstanding academic achievers were recognized. Among them was Mr. Sammuel Muwanguzi, a PhD candidate at the University of North Texas, Denton campus, who was recently recognized as the most outstanding international student for his academic performance and community service for 2010. In addition to his pursuit of an inter disciplinary program in Information Policy and Communication studies, Mr. Muwanguzi, is also a teaching fellow at the same University.
 
Also included were; Mr. Eugene Arigye, a PhD candidate from the University of Pittsburgh, VA. Who is currently working on his internship at the University of Arlington, TX in pursuit of Social & Comparative Analysis with a concentration in health and education studies.
 
     2. Last year, Mr. Michael Kaluya, earned a Masters degree in Political science he is currently in the final stages of his research in pursuit of a PhD in Business administration with a concentration in Public Administration.
 
3.      Pastor John Musoke, the Senior Pastor of Nations for Christ Church, Arlington, TX, was recognized for earning a Masters in Divinity.
 
4.      Mr. Peter Mukunya, was recognized for earning a Masters in MBA.
 
5.      Mr. Raymond Byaruhanga, was recognized for completing high school and now taking basic classes at the Tarrant Community College, while preparing for University entry in about two years from now.
6.      Ms. Clare Mutebi, equally graduated from High school earlier this year and is also attending attending TCC.
7.      Ms. Aisha Musoke, the out going UAA-DFW Secretary General, was doubly recognized for her outstanding services to the community and for completing her RN Associate degree.  
8.      More recognitions were carried out among some of the parents who were present. The children who recently earned excellent academic achievements included were; the daughter of Dr. Abu Senkayi, PhD. His daughter Salah Senkayi, who is in her mid thirties, already has three degrees; B.S. degree in Bio-Medical Sciences from Texas A&M University, B.S. degree in Micro-Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington, B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington. M.Sc. degree in Earth & Environmental Sciences from the University of Texas at Arlington (to be awarded in December 2010) Candidate for the Ph.D. degree in Environmental Sciences, University of Texas at Arlington. As a part time student, Salah Senkayi, is a full time employee of the US Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] as an Environmental scientist.  
9.      On a similar note, in absentia, the oldest son of Dr. Paschal Kibuule, Dr. Leonard Kibuule, was recognized for his academic achievement as a Neck & Spine Surgeon. The community was equally proud to learn that his wife Dr. Danette \Kibuule, is one of the few leading female Radiologists in the country. 
10.  In the same category, Jeofrey Kibuule, the youngest son of Dr. & Mrs Kibuule, whose academic achievements continues to surprise not only his parents but all those who remember him as one of the rare entrants in college at fifteen years of age, is still astoundingly amusing as he will soon be graduating from Medical school at the age of eighteen, an age which most teenagers normally graduate from high school. Jeofrey Kibuule, has already attained his first degree in Biology/Human Sciences and already eyeing his second degree in Medicine which will make him one of the youngest Medical Doctors, at the age of twenty two years, which is actually the age group in which most students earn their fist degrees. Jeofrey Kibuule’s, uncommon academic gift is not only highly remarkable but will in addition elevate him to a self made millionaire! The young man is involved in highly demanded medical soft ware which he personally researched and invented the lab. Accessories whose soft ware applications known are known as “Pocket Laboratory values”. The soft ware is currently used by medical doctors, nurses and other professions in the medical field. The young man’s products are sold in over sixty different countries world wide. According to the current rankings, his products hold the fourth place competing with over three hundred other soft ware applications on the world wide market. However, much as Jeofrey’s concentration is in Medicine, his vast knowledge in computer science has enabled him to be one of the best self made home  laboratory Engineers whose products have made him a significant contributor in the medical field in which his soft ware remains one of the best sought after in the medical industry. His dad, Dr. Paschal Kibuule, the former Desoto, TX resident humbly appeals to our youth in the community to emulate Jeofrey’s dedication and responsible diligence in order to reap the full benefits of what a good education can reward.
 
11. Lastly, the nephew of Mr. William Niwagaba, Mr. James Tumukuratiire and Hon. Mureeba, Mr. Twine Tumubweine, was among those who were recognized in absentia. Twine, graduated last from the University of Texas, Dallas. With a tripple combination of; Masters in Economics, Masters in Management and a PhD in Economics.
 
Congratulations and best wishes to all our graduants in all your future endevours.    
 
The second and last phase of the festivities proceeded at the Nile hall where the youth and most of the single community members braced themselves for the remaining hours of the night doing what they do best, shaking clean, the dusty dancing shoes after a delicious meal which was also served in style under the compliments of the UAA-DFW leadership.
 
The following day, was the highly globally anticipated 10. 10. 10. It is one of those rare dates on the universal calendar history and one which everybody would have wanted to associate with. While not many had made plans for that special day, the family and Church members of the former UAA-DFW Vice President, Pastor Richard Bazanye, did not spare the moment of doubling both daughter and dad’s birthday. Florence Bazanye, whose birthday took place a week before but chose to share the lime light with her dad, whose actual birthday fell on the rare, 10.10th 2010 with the only exception of not disclosing their actual ages, since the two look like brother and sister!
 
The birthdays, were colourfully celebrated with over one hundred friends and well wishers flocking the Nile Hall for yet another day of jubilation and celebrations. It was not only a special day for special birthday celebrations but it was also a day well deserving for recognizing someone who has been maturing with age even as his leadership role especially among the community youth speaks volumes besides Pastoring a fast growing Church.
 
Congratulations Pastor Richard, many more…..X10 Happy Birthdays!!
 
Thank you UAA-DFW leadership for a weekend well marked and celebrated. 
Long live the UAA-DFW community leadership!       
 
End

Cruelty and Lack of ”Obuntu” in Kabale, Uganda


Fellow Ugandans At Heart,
      I write this message with anger and disbelief at how cruelty and sheer lack of the essence of being human, has penetrated our Ugandan societies.
      Several months ago, my maternal grand mother passed away. She was the glue that kept the family together after the death of many of her children, leaving many orphans in her care. After her death, one of her daughters took charge of the orphans and other children of her own. Her husband died several decades ago.
     It took me over thirty years to find my maternal relatives in Kigezi. The Danish Red Cross having let me down on many occasions, I decided to use friends to help me find them. Since then, I have done all I possibly could to support them.
     Yesterday, I sent money by Western Union to my aunt for the purpose of family support. Although she had a document with her photograph signed by the LC as her identity, the official in the Kabale Bank refused to give her the money and yet the MNTC numbers and the Test Question and Answer were perfectly in order. My aunt telephoned me while still in the Bank and gave the Banker the phone to speak to me. I told him that I am the sender of the money and that it was okay to issue the money. The Banker told me that he wanted ”an ID” and that, ”I can’t change Company policy because of this one person”. Before I could ask him why he did not consider the document given to him as an ID, he gave the phone back to my aunt. My aunt had to walk out of the Bank without the money. She had also asked if her 17 year old son’s ID was okay, so that I could ask the Western Union to send a message changing the recipient’s name. The Banker told her that he could not accept an under 18′s ID.
       At this moment, I am angry and disappointed and don’t know what even to think about what is going on in our Uganda. Can some one please kindly advise me?
                                                         BJ. Rubin.

The Issue of Nambooze’s English continues to dominate debates among Ugandans


Summary: The Hon. Nambooze, MP was sworn in (in the absence of NRM MP’s, as though this would diminish her credibility) but in the gallery cheers were thunderous and WoW as she swore in English (not scripted in Luganda syntax, for sure), although her first press-conference at the steps of Parliament building was in Luganda.
But wait, since the head of State too used Luganda to address the Pilgrims at the two shrines on martyrs’ day [with many tanzanians, kanyans, Rwadans, Zimbabweans, Europeans, etc in attandance]. So, the Hon. MP’s use of Luganda is not a handicap, after all. It is shown bellow that any colour or ‘slip’ that may come out of her has more to with the effect of her being a native speaker of Luganda than a deficit in her ‘English faculties’.
 
Read on.
 
1.       The debate about Hon. Nambooze’s ability to deliver in the English language has become deeper from both sides [NRM and Opposition supporters] after her inaugural. While the supporters say, ‘…Ttich’abalaze olungereza olukambwe..” [..The ‘teacher’ has displayed complicated English (taunting  the opponents”], the NRM supporters, on the other hand, edged on by the tabloid “The Kamunye {kite}’, put it this way, “…Nambozo yayogedd’olungereza olwe’ebitege” [ “ Namboze has spoken crooked English {literally=bow-legged English}.
 
2.       The cause of all this? During her swearing in, she went through the standard text and ended up saying, heard as: “…so elp me Goodi”.  Here, the ‘h’ in ‘help’ is silent and that is the trouble.
 
3.       I beg to move that this fact, possible for any native speaker of Luganda, is not proof that she cannot speak English.  Even a good Luganda speaker of English, sticking to Luganda phonetics, may give the same colour to the word “help”. Examples are many: "Shy" may sound like "sigh", for example, to a non-attentive listener, etc.
 
4.       Origin: In Luganda, the letter “h” is silent in many native words and at worst; it becomes a ‘w’, for example, in the word “Woima’ {for Hoima town in Bunyoro]. This of course may not be the case for a majority of practiced Baganda speakers but it is a widely occurrence in practice.
5.       Conclusion: So, that she was heard to say “..ELP” does not mean that in her mind, she does not know that word ‘help’. I n fact, she may have even said “ help me God’ but with the ‘h’ so silent that those looking for errors is her English ‘missed it intentionally’. Any native language gives colour to the natives when they speak other languages.
Christopher Muwanga,
Nakasero,

DONATE TO THE 2011 IPC CAMPAIGN NOW!


Dear Ugandans,

Greetings from the Ugandans at Heart(UAH)online  community. Hopefully you’re having a wonderful time on this forum! I would like to thank everyone for their continued support to this forum and its sister online blogs. We hope that one day it will produce many opportunities for everybody here who is a member.

As you are all aware, we have got 349 days to the 2011 elections but the candidates in Kampala have not got enough money. Running for an election in Uganda or anywhere in the world is an expensive proposition. As far as I know, none of the IPC candidates is a heir to a large fortune or a retired venture capitalist, therefore they gonna need our help. So the idea is simple: I want those who can to donate their money, whatever they have got. Each dollar/pound/ shilling saved is one less dollar/pound or shilling that needs to be raised.

Unfortunately, I have opened up an account in my names because there was no any other way i could do it. I humbly ask you to bear with us on this one. We are going to use this account to raise money every time we have got a need to do something as UAH members. I will try to scan and post bank statements at least every after four months so that those who have deposited their money can see it. In other words, we will together try to promote accountability for anything: money deposited or spent and how it’s spent. There are no secrets here. We are doing this as members of Ugandans at Heart (UAH) to support the IPC candidates in 2011 elections. I believe this transparency would be the best way of avoiding false accusations of any kind.

The following are the bank details for those who want to start donating straightway:

BANK NAME: HALIFAX

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Or e-mail abbeysemuwemba@gmx.co.uk to arrange a payment method suitable for you  if you cannot deposit money on that account.

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Remember that donating directly to the campaign isn’t the only way you can help fundraise. You can also volunteer to contact friends and family for support or donate time to help with fundraising activities in your respective parties or IPC headquarters(wherever they will be stationed).

With your trust and transparency, we can together make this an easy process.

Thank you

Abbey  Semuwemba

UAH MODERATOR

Sectarian appointments in Uganda Government is an old and tired song


Guys,

I think this argument of who dominates government is old and tired, besides being a double hedged sword.

Besides, most of the insinuations are pure lies. If we are to look at tribes in terms of who ‘dominates’, you will find that besides the presidency, the government, government para-statals and agencies are actually dominated by only two tribes; Baganda and Bakiga.

BTW, the head of the National Planning Authority is not Longino Tasasirano but Dr Kisamba Mugerwa, and his deputy is Dr Abel Rwendeire.The head of the Amnesty Commission is Justice Peter Onega, from Nebbi, or Zombo or thereabouts.

Many of the people refered to as Banyankole in are actually Bakiga-I like those guys-they are hardworking and tough! right from CDF Gen Aronda to Allen Kagina etc.Please let Ugandans do their work if they are deemed fit to do so.

I have never complained that both the Chief Justice and Principal Judge are from one subcounty, or that the Vice President, Prime Minister, Speaker of Parliament are all from one tribe. If their party finds them right to serve in those positions, it is up to their party.

Besides, we are not in some kind of a coalition government. It is a multi-party government and governments tend to reward their supporters according to the vote pattern.

To paraphrase Gen. George Patton, “I don’t give a hoot in hell” who is head of what organisation or department as long as they serve their country well. As arap Moi said, it is not going to add another sufuria of ugali in my house!

Billie Kademeri

UAH forumist in France

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1. Emmanuel Mutebile (Banka enkulu)

2. Col. Fred Mwesigye (National Entreprise Corporation)

3. Kihummuro Apuuli (Uganda Aids Commission)

4. Aryamanya Mugisha (NEMA)

5. Martin Kihembo (Uganda Property Holdings Ltd)

6. George Tumwesigye ( Man. Training& Advisory C.)

7. Apollo Muhairwe (National Drugs Authority)

8. Moses Kamabare (National Medical Stores)

9. William Muhairwe (National Water)

10. Allen Kagina (Uganda Revenua Authority)

11. James Arineitwe (Posta Uganda)

12. Stephen Mukweli (Post Bank)

13. Tasasirano Longino (National Planning Authority )

14. Edgar Agaba (Public Procurement and Disposal of

Public Assets)

15. J.B Male Mukasa (Uganda Bureau of Statistics)

16. Dr Silim Nahdy (NAADS)

17. Damian Kato (Amnesty Commission)

18. James Bahinguza (Uganda Tourist Board)

19. Henry Ngabirano (Uganda Coffee Dev. Authority)

20. Jolly Sabune (Cotton Development Authority

21. Eng Peter Ssebanakitta (Uganda National Roads A.)

22. Moses Mapesa (Uganda Wildlife Authority)

23. Martin Bandeebire (NSSF)

24. Raphael Baku (IGG)

25. Damian Akakwasa (National Forestry Authority)

26. Terry Kahuma – Uganda National Bureau of S.)

27. N. Twinamatsiko (Diary Development Corpoartion)

28. Godfrey Turyahikayo (Rural Electrification Fund)

29. Fred Gyana Kyankya (Uganda Air Cargo Co.Ltd)

30. Geoffrey Mutabazi (Uganda Broadcasting Council)

31. Patrick Mwesigwa (Uganda Communication Co.)

32. Dr. Balihuta (Uganda Developmenti Corporation)

Senior police positions

1. Maj. Gen Kale Kayihura (Omuduumizi wa Poliisi)
2. Francis Rwego (Omumuka w’omuduumizi wa Poliisi)
3. Abas Byakagaba (akulira okulwanyisa obutujju)
4. Julius Shalita (akulira eby’okuteekerateekera Poliisi)
5. Asan Kasirye (Alung’anya ebyobufuzi mu Poliisi)
6. Richard Bishwerurwa (Akulira abakozi mu Poliisi)
7. Bangirana (Akulira ebikozesebwa mu Poliisi)
8. Rogers Muhirwa (Akulira kubala bitabo mu Poliisi)
9.Musoke Kabogozza (muwandiisi omuto mu Poliisi)
10. Kiyaga (Poliisi y’ensi yonna)
11. Julius Odwee (Mumyuka w’omuduumizi wa Poliisi)
12. Edward Ochom (Akulira ba mbega)
13. Andrew Sorowen (Akulira Poliisi y’ekibuga Kampala)

PRESIDENTIAL ADVISERS

1. Polof Stanley Tumwine
2.Geoffrey Onegi Obel
3 Joan Kakwenzire
4 Yorokamu Katwiremu
5 Susan Kabonero Muhwezi
6 Dr Charles Kwesiga
7. Ngoma Ngime
8. Henry Rwigyemera
9. Dr Sam Byagagaire
10. Maj.Kakkoza Mutale
11 Richard Bakkoja
12. Kintu Musoke
13. John Nagenda
14. Dr Jesse Kagimba
15. Omulangira John Barigye
16. Maj. Jacob Asiimwe
17.Maj Gen Jerome Mugume
18. Chango Macho W’Obanda
19 Major General Ali Kiiza
20 Dr William Kaberuka
21. Lt Henry Rwigyemera
22. Katega Kyawe
23. Polof. Lwanga Lunyigo
24. Hope Kivengere
25. Hajji Edrisa Ssedunga
26. Dr Akeny Ricky
27. Mayanja M Sadik
28. Margaret K. Nakidde
29. Patricia Muheirwe
30. Dr Martin Aliker
31. Dr J.J. Otim
32. Gertrude Njuba
33. Ezra Kikuuri
34. Daniel Kibaale
35. Sylvano Kataama
36. Polof Timothy Wangusa
37.Tibamanya Mushanga
38. Omulangira David Simbwa
39. Capt.Olive Zizinga
40. Resty Nakayenga
41. Wilson Lokawua
42. Betty Nalima
43. Christine Muhindo
44. Ignatiius Katetegirwe
45. Hajati Anuna Omari
46. Sabila Salimo
47. Senkani Hudson
48. Dr Edward Dumba
49. Walugembe Musoke
50. Gen Elly Tumwine
51. Gen David Tinyefuza

ARMY OFFICERS ON TOP

1. Gen Yoweri Museveni (omuduumizi ow’oku ntikko) -Ankore
2. Gen Aronda Nyakayirima (Omuduumizi wa UPDF) – Ankore
3. Lt. Gen Ivan Koreta (Mumyuka w’omuduumizi wa UPDF) – Ankore

4. Maj. Gen Oweyesigire (muduumuzi wa ggye ly’omu bbanga) – Ankore
5. Brig. Robert Rusoke (Akulira embeera z’abajaasi) – Tooro
6. Gen. David Tinyefuza ( Akulira ebitongole ebikessi) – Ankore
7. Brig. James Mugira (akulira CMI) – Ankore
8. James Mukumbi (akulira ISO) – Ankore
9 Lt. Gen Katumba Wamala (Omuduumizi w’eggye ery’oku ttaka) – Buganda
10. Brig. Charles Angina (akulira embeera z’abajaasi ab’egye ly’oku ttaka) – Bukiikakkono
11.Robert Masolo (Dayiriketa wa ESO) – West Nile

REPATRIATING DEAD BODIES TO UGANDA


My friends,
This is an issue that mainly affects Ugandans in the diaspora. At the height of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the 1990′s here in London, maybe one body a week was being repatriated. To their credit, a lot of organisations sprung to help, including my own. But people are now questioning whether this time-honoured practice should continue for three reasons:
1. Funeral fatigue has set in. Much as people try to help, the need problem is so relentless.
2. In the UK, the legal loophole we used to get money from the social security system to help in the repatriation has been closed now, so family and well-wishers have to bear the cost.
3. Many children have now grown up in the UK. We now have second and even third generation Ugandans and a good number, like mine, have no connection whatsoever with Uganda. It is this generation that argues against repatriation of bodies, in fact they assert openly that they would never allow their mother or father to be buried in a foreign country where they can not visit the grave. The death of their parents alienates them even more and more from Uganda.
On the weekend we had a meeting about the issue and I would appreciate comments from Ugandans in the diaspora who have had to deal with this issue of repatriation.
On a humorous  and less sombre note, one person who attended the meeting tried to lighten up the conversation. He told a story of a  Ugandan couple, both devout  catholics, who went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.The wife had usually been a shrew and a bully. Unfortunately, the wife died in Jerusalem and the husband began the process of repatriating her body to Uganda. The travel agents quoted to him $10,000, an amount he could hardly afford. He went to the priest to get advise. The priest told him:
“But why do you want to repatriate her body to Uganda when you can bury her here in the holy place? And it will cost you only $200 . You can bury her in the cemetery of my church”.
The man pondered for a while and then :
Husband: Father, thank you, but I think I will repatriate her to Uganda.
Priest: But why when it is going to cost you a lot of money. You would be pleased for her to be buried in the holy land would you not?
Husband: Father, many years ago, a man died and was buried here and a few days later, he rose from the grave. I DON’T WANT TO TAKE THAT RISK!!!!
George O.Pacu-Otto

After Mbale, will DP leaders who emerge from there have the moral authority to attack the EC about 2011 elections in Uganda?


Dear Ugandans,

Without getting into the thick DP mess, which I have to say is very saddening, the DP constitution is clear.  The issue all along has been interpretation. But since when did Ugandans care about constitutions? They talk about them all the time, but truth be told never really mean what they say. That is how Uganda got into this mess and that is how DP has found itself into this deep shit. And it is shit. It stinks kabisa.   History has habit of repeating itself in that wretched country.

Unfortunately, the narrative about DP has been framed in terms of ethnicity. If you question the process, you are labeled anti-Mao. Dare to question the process or seek information and they will call you names.  Actually, I am not supposed to say this because for some DP members, the process does not matter. It is the end that matters.

If you had any doubts that Ugandans are impatient with process and not just in politics, but in all activities, you now have it. It is haraka haraka.  That is why we have the damn history we have in that wretched country.

Now this is the question some of us have wrestled with, after Mbale, oh dear Mbale, will DP leaders who emerge from there have the moral authority to attack the EC about 2011 elections in Uganda?  To put it mildly, DP has been badly exposed. It is naked. Undressed in public, left bare to be laughed at and mocked.  How can DP talk about fair elections in Uganda, but somehow cannot do the same for DP?

But being Uganda where people have no shame whatsoever,  expect them to come out of Mbale, with demands of free and fair elections in 2011.  And the media will swallow, hook and sinker without asking any questions. Oh, Boy!Please do not buy the nonsense you read in the media. There are no saints periods.

Obviously, I say these things with a very very heavy heart. I tried to restrain myself from saying anything on the DP circus, but shit keeps hitting me in the face on UAH and in the Ugandan media. I am ashamed and frankly embarrassed beyond words that DP failed a simple test: fair elections.

To be honest with you, I do not know.  Short term, it is going to be more confusion and ofcourse litigation. But I can tell you as someone who has been neutral; I just saw the letter from NEC dismissing the PG, Mr. John Ssebaana Kizito. And DP’s constitution is on NEC’s side.  The move by NEC creates another dilemma for DP: how can they talk about rule of law and constitution when they cannot respect their own constitution?  I believe that is why NEC moved quickly.Now whether the NEC meeting was properly constituted with the right forum may be the issue. But I suspect NEC members covered their bases. I knew -and Mr. Ssebaana Kizito too must have known-all along that if the battle moved to NEC that is what was likely to happen.

But I also sensed something; the Judiciary in Uganda is playing games. It is deputy court registrars and not judges issuing orders after order.  Will they now respect DP’s constitution?

So ,Ugandans, and I tell you this with a very heavy heart, but it is truth, a careful interpretation of DP’s constitution which I have here that if the battle is fought in NEC and the courts respect  DP’s constitution, Mzee Ssebaana Kizito and the other suspensions are legal.  But does DP’s constitution matter in their scheme of things? Bizibu.

It is mind boggling that things got to this point. But in Ugandan anything is possible. Still, I am surprised and saddened at the turn of events especially about Mr. John Ssebaana Kizito.In the short run, it may be a good idea to let Mrs. Rainer Kaffire from Kibuku, Budaka-Bugwere serve as acting PG and cool tempers.

I also believe that both FDC and NRM win in the short run.Now in the long term, who knows?  But DP will rise from the ashes as it has always done. Bizibu

I pleaded with DP not to go first because unlike in say trade, there are no first mover advantages in politics. We pleaded that the process should be right and once the process was right, things would be okay irrespective of who wins.  In plain English, in politics it doe snot pay to go first. In fact, it is best to move last. The pleas were obviously ignored.

Unfortunately, all some DP members wanted was to hold the NDC before any other party. Why? Now ask them: what have they achieved?  So expect NRM to go last with their NDC after the opposition parties have torn each other.  President YKM will have a field day with his rib cracking sayings ridiculing the opposition.

And the lesson for the other opposition parties notably UPC and FDC is to get the process right, especially genuine party primaries to elect delegates to the NDC. They should also check their rhetoric. There are those I liken to the “Interahamwe” in the three opposition parties.

Mr. John Ssebaana Kizito is a decent man, who was held hostage by “interahamwe” like crooks in DP.  I will not name them, but they are known.   Of course you see what they have done to DP. And they could do it to FDC and UPC too. I am concerned about the rhetoric from senior party leader in FDC and UPC too. For example, General Muntu is being called all sorts of things by senior FDC people using their media outlets to spew hate towards him. You know what has happened to your UPC. The war of words is likely to escalate even more.

So plead with your UPC, hopefully they can listen to you to get the process right and not so much on personalities or the end. UPC or DP is bigger than individuals. I do not believe in the nonsense from the Ugandan media and some UAH folks that a particular individual can ‘save’ DP or UPC. That is total BS. What will save opposition parties are open processes and respect for their respective constitution.

And they should make sure to invite the media to chronicle those party elections just in case. Ask the media cheerleaders in UAH whether they witnessed genuine party primaries and they are likely to resort to personalities.

I now understand why the Judge was pleading with DP to go and settle matters out of court. He was essentially telling them to go and search their constitution and do as the constitution says.

But being Uganda, you will likely here on faction cite questionable court order issued by deputy registrars and not the constitution. The question that should be asked is not about Mr. Mao or Mr. Lubega anymore, but about the DP constitution.  Do those seeking to lead DP and by extension Uganda believe in the party constitution? If they do not respect DP’s constitution, how can promise to respect the Ugandan constitution? I pray that there is still a media soul who can ask such a question. The Ugandan media cannot simply look the other as opposition hopefuls ignore their respective part constitution because old habits die hard.

I bet you we are likely to have a situation similar to what happened when a prominent opposition MP married a married man and the Bishop who wed them kept on citing the Constitution of Uganda, while the aggrieved woman invoked the bible.  Kyonka Uganda!

Now what does the words “Ebishuma’ mean?

Sad.

WBK

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