Opondo-Opondo P’odel letter to then FDC’s iron lady, Anne Mugisha, on Tue 11/04/03 at 1:13 AM

”Dear Anne Mugisha,

I extend to you my greetings after every long lull and hope you are doing well health-wise of course.

I read your e-zine regularly but with a lot of amazement and apprehension at the level you have sunk in spreading deliberate white lies, when there are real and concrete issues of maladministration you can take our government, the Movement and president Museveni on.

You latest diatribe and lies on security matters especially the rebellion in Teso and your confessed involvement is really an abyss!

We know that it is easy and you are going to manufacture the names of alleged UPDF soldiers killed in Teso and northern Uganda. This will not be
new to us because after all your boss Kiiza Besigye, Aggrey Awori, Winnie
Karangwa Byanyima Besigye in 1999-2001 claimed that Laurent Kabila had killed thousands of UPDF soldiers in DR Congo, and captured 114 PoWs.

Besigye as UPDF Chief of Logistics and Engineering (CLE) was at the heart of leaking selective but false information through Winnie Byanyima to Awori
to highlight them in the Sixth parliament. It is this misinformation that led to their false self-consciousness and the hope that they could be credible presidential candidates in 2001. The result of that misadventure
and falsehoods are at your door-step.

To-date as you have not proved those claims which are otherwise easy to verify through the UN, ICRC, IOM, and Red Cross among others. You have been decisively put to shame.

Do you really expect any reasonable person even in opposition to belive
these lies unless one is in self delusion like Obote, Peter Otai, and UPC
gangs who had falsely believed that the NRM would collapse many years ago?

Just go back and read Obote’s missives from Lusaka to Kampala between
1987-98 now posted on UPC web site, and Otai’s many interviews with the BBC. I know you are proud that we (Movement & government) people read and occassionally have the courtesy to respond to you as Moses Byaruhanga did to your last lies from Dr Munini.

Anne and Munini Mulera, it is our firm belief and method of work to engage in a positive way even the most un-informed, devilish propagandist, and killers like Aggrey Awori if that can contribute to political sanity in our country.

The case of Gen. Ali Bamuze, and Taban Amin are no different from the
return of Awori whose personal debts in the US, and bills in Nile hotel in Kampala were paid by the NRM government and records are available. Nor they different from that of former president Godfrey Binaisa, Gen. Tito Okello,
Moses Ali, Chairles Alai, your Louis Otika, Evaristo Nyanzi and others. Government is not looking for any political capital from their return but
they are Ugandans who ought to free in their country as long as they are law abiding and if the undermine the law, a place for them is available. You are free to be proud that we take off time to respond to you and even claim that we give you “free advertising.”

Anne I want you to remember how you and Winnie Karangwa Besigye got jobs from Museveni without going through any interviews as would be required by the civil service procedures. You both got jobs as foreign service officers
as the pleasure of Museveni. You Anne got a job in the privatisation unit
under Mr. Rukikaire and only ran away to Rwanda when the sell of UCB became stinky and I have every reason to believe that you were a direct
beneficiary although you now put the blame elsewhere-and unfairly on Museveni.

We know you have been trying to attack the family of Museveni with the sole
intention of reducing their integrity as well as isolate them from Ugandans
but without success. You devilish attitudes and actions are galvanising our national resolve to deal with you in a more patient, sophisticated and decisive fashion to your own peril, and for the good of Uganda. (This is not a threat.)

Anne my advise to you is that you are free toe engage in opposition politics including armed rebellion but remember the likely consequences. You and Reform Agenda will not subvert our country whatever the cost we shall need to pay, will be paid to deal with outlaws.

Your friend

Director of information/Movement Secretariat

Museveni should stand for Mayor of Kampala and relinquish the presidency!

A lot of things have changed in Uganda since the Obote and Amin days. The NRM revolutionaries brought their fundamental change and the population is paying a huge price. Schools are bad, hospitals are bad, the climate is getting worse, e.t.c. Human Instinct and Acclimatisation is so amazing and profound, imagine; by the time one of my grannies (RIP) died in 2004 aged 86, she would perfectly predict whether the coming months were going to be rainy or shinny with great precision. She would do this depending on the night roars from the mighty Bujagali falls, a stone-throw distance from our homestead.But today, people hardly make reliable predictions on weather, despite de availability of technical equipment.

The opposition is now aware of how M7 steals the elections but their hands are tied with ropes. Like they say: “When the hunter learns to shoot without missing, the bird learns to fly without flapping”

Lukwago was elected by the people not to dance to political m7 and his cronies but to put into force wat he promised them in his Manifesto. His “ceremonial role “is o open car parks and markets! Instead the president has taken over his duties and now declared him incompetent!!! Why would a judge, Catherine Bugemereire ( a true cadre of the nrm era) become a laughing stock all in the name of throwing some stubborn lord mayor who is simply ceremonial? And if he is ceremonial as it’s said then why move earth on heaven to uproot him? Why disrupt his champagne popping evenings, and corporate dinners because according to law that’s what’s he is “supposed” to do.

Surprisingly even now that they call him ceremonial, he has been barred from attending ceremonies. The latest being Musisi’s Kampala festival.

The battle in Kampala is not about politics. It’s about the funds. You see KCCA is collecting a lot of money in taxes, the money according to the political leader (Mayor) is being mis-used. The roads are being done BUT at a bloated cost. The KCCA Public Accounts Committee that would deal with accountability has not been put in place despite the Lord Mayor appointing several people including Oduman Okello to that crucial committee. The minister of Kampala refused to approval the names for his own reasons. KCCA has no substantive contract committee.

The Lord Mayor was found guilty for inciting Tax drivers not to pay the 250,000 Shs Tax, BUT he called council to discuss the tax matter so that an amicable solution could be found.The council meeting was sabotaged and it flopped. Court later ruled that the levy was illegal and that it was important that council approves it just as the Lord Mayor had argued. So the tribunal report writers were even too blind to see that??? But surely, who wrote that report?

Secondly, the report ignored all evidence from the cross examining. Musisi and other councillors made fools of themselves during the tribunal and it was watched on TV, but all this was scrapped from the report. What kind of report is this? What was it reporting?

Lastly, the report notes that Musisi made mistakes but it concludes the she should go ahead with her team to correct them! So the mistakes of Lukwago were grosser?? Why was Musisi left in office??

The committee of parliament on Government Assurance and Implementation says it has discovered that KCCA is spending exorbitant money to carry out several road projects in Kampala. The committee carried out an inspection of several road projects in Kampala including the construction of an underground drainage tunnel on Kafumbe-Mukasa road and according to the committee chairman also Aruu county Mp Odonga Otto the cost quoted is too high

Otto says that their report to be tabled in parliament shows that KCCA is paying 3 billion shillings for repairing a kilometer of a road which is above the average figure of 1.8 billion paid when a new road is being opened up

He also says that KCCA is paying 3.2 billion shillings for the construction of 300 meter underground drainage channel along the Kafumbe Mukasa road

If m7 is interested in the mayorship, it’s simple, let him declare his intentions, go thru the party primaries, pick the form and seek for votes instead of dragging the city into chaos, tukooye. De plans to unseat lukwago started be4 de birth of the tribunal. There is evidence dat lukwago’s work was being antagonised by musisi. Meetings were convened but being blocked by the director. Each city Councillor who went to state house returned home with a personal bodyguard this can’t get any better.

We are tired of M7′s dictatorial tendencies. Ugandans elected their mayor and his ego is telling all of them that they are idiots. Enough is enough!

Most people were already well aware of what has transpired. The Banyoro and Batooro people have an old saying: “ekiija omanyire kitwaara bike” which similar to our old Luganda proverb: “ekijja omanyi kinyaga bitono” similar to the English proverb “forewarned, forearmed.”

it is a poorly rehearsed coup against the 229,325 voters who chose Lukwago.For all intents and purposes, the purported report is misconceived, unfounded , lacks legal merit and unknown in law. Delay defeats equity and does not afford justice. What a shame it is to de tribunal members. From the public order management bill to the recommendations to impeach Lukwago and appoint a mayor, this regime has reached its peak.There is no single convincing evidence which shows that the body of six(6) panel members namely Daniel Rutiba, Catherine Bamugemereire, Ocaya Lakidi, Alred Okello Oryem, Titus Kamya, Robert Kirunda, which was appointed by the MP for Kibale MP County and Minister for the Presidency and Kampala, was an impartial, independent and competent “judicial tribunal” established by law.

It’s findings are legally inconsequential and cannot be legally enforced. The attempts to use the legal process to achieve improper political objectives, was a sheer wastage of public time and funds.

It’s very shameless for the Head of the State to stoop this low to meddle in the affairs of the city of Kampala. In all aspects of life it always a good thing to have opposing forces bse they help one discover the hidden issue. The difference between madam Musisi and the previous leaders is that she’s entirely enjoyed the full backing and support of HE.

failure rate from the Law Development Center is symptomatic of the deeper problems of quality in legal practise in Uganda


82 per cent fail LDC exams:About three quarters of lawyers who sat their final examinations at Law Development Centre (LDC) in the last academic year have failed the course.

This failure rate from the Law Development Center is symptomatic of the deeper problems of quality in legal practise in Uganda. Our classrooms are set up to push students to the next grade, without bothering to establish how efficiently they are prepared to move ahead.

This starts in primary level, under the Universal Primary Education, and continues even up to the university level. Law students need practical experience before they graduate from law school. This experience is gained through actual working with an established law firm, as clerks to judges, or with a corporation that has a decent legal department.

Unfortunately, in Uganda, law students are left to struggle on their own. And after three years of cramming courseworks, they are graduated and send to LDC to be taught “how to practise law” in order to be qualified to practise law.

This arrangement handicaps the graduates. It catches their weaknesses when it’s too to provide any long-lasting remedy. LDC should be disbanded, and its resources used to pair Second Year law students with matching opportunities to gain hands-on experience with lawyers practising in their preferred areas of specialty.

Here in US, law students specialize in their chosen fields from the second year. the First year is used to introduce students all sub-categories of law. And so, it’s easy for a Second Year student, who wants to pursue a career as Defense Attorney, to land an internship with a prominent Defense Attorney.

But from the way our system works today, we will end up with lawyers of the calibre of Vincent “Vinny” Gambino, the legally clueless but worldly resourceful former Brooklyn mechanic (Joe Pesci), whose first courtroom experience is to defend two young friends accused of murder in the movie, My Cousin Vinny.

I think LDC introduced day and evening classes some time back, to address this overflow. However, these students still do not get adequate training, whether in university lecture halls or at LDC, because they are not exposed to practice at the crucial stage of their learning.

Edward Pojim
UAH member in USA

THE LDC IS WEAK UNDER NRM AND MUSEVENI:Where have the 358 students who sat the bar exams come from? It is shocking. The LDC as I knew it cannot accommodate that number of students, unless it has been massively expanded. There were only three teaching halls I think, and we were only 57 in all. Teaching the bar course is very expensive because it is practical and very intensive. The tutors have to give personal attention to each individual student. I don’t think this is possible with an in take of 358 students.

But nothing surprises me in Uganda. These students would have had almost no grounding at all in law. The parents just waste their time sending their children to law school when there is little or nothing they actually learn from there.

In my class at Makerere, I think we were 66 students in all, of whom 57 proceeded to the LDC. Some of my classes at Makerere were very small, compared to the over-crowding that I am now told exists at the Law school. For eg, we were only three students who took Jurisprudence (Philosophy of Law) elective. We had a whole class to ourselves, so our lectures were often held after 5 PM so as to leave room for the other subjects that were more subscribed.

It is no wonder Ugandan qualifications are no longer recognised world-wide- education has virtually collapsed in Uganda, sad to say. Makerere University, even in my time, used to be a very good University. Those are now days of the past.

Lawyer with IMF- London and a member of UAH

Frank Gashumba is Sincerely a Ugandan At Heart:

Frank Gashumba is Sincerely a Ugandan At Heart:Fellow Ugandans At Heart,Honestly, there is no single day that passes me without having at least a few minutes to see what is on the UAH forum. Some of my friends had at one time mentioned that the UAH forum had become my new religion. I could not blame them for whatever they meant by “religion”.

Many of us here do debate, some with obvious anger and determination to put their ideas forth. Some do, sometimes use direct insolence towards the President of Uganda, or any other contributor who may be considered soft with the Uganda government headed by the NRM party. Through our debates more information about the situation in Uganda is attained. In fact, some of the information obtained here at the UAH may not necessarily appear in the local press, or on the internet.

There is no doubt whatsoever, that the participants at the UAH wish the best for our country, Uganda hence the ‘heat’felt in the tough terminologies used to describe the situation in the country. “The Hospitals, ‘Dead’, Schools, ‘Dead’, Roads, ‘Dead’….”, which more often than not, conclude with an insult to the President of Uganda, or the NRM in general.

With my usual soft debates that include the show of respect, especially to the President of Uganda, or any other person who, due to his/her occupation, or position in the service of our country, I am sometimes attacked. I do watch some Ugandan TV shows on the internet, but nobody shocked me as Mr. Frank Gashumba. The first time I saw him on NTV, I thought that he lives out of Uganda, until he later mentioned his home in Masaka. He kept saying that Uganda under the NRM is only going down. He said that the usefulness of the NRM is long passed and that they, NRM should hand over power to the new leaders who would inject new life to the country, Uganda.

On the NTV show, Mr. Frank Gashumba talked about his invitation by President Museveni to his home in Rwakitura. He explained how he told the President that everything is dead. He mentioned the Hospitals, the schools, the roads,among other things. He also claimed that the President asked him what he thought should be done to rectify the situation, or to make Uganda better. He claimed to have told the President to step aside with his ruling NRM party and allow others to govern the country. He said that later the President asked him to join them to correct those things that need correction. Mr. Gashumba then told the President that he cannot serve in the government of the NRM. The NTV presenter asked Mr. Gashumba whether he was not afraid to talk so frankly and negatively to the President of Uganda. Mr. Gashumba was however delighted to see how calmly and amicably the President took the entire discussion.

My surprise came when he talked about the Banyarwanda serving in the government, or other positions of power, or influence. He talked much and names started flowing. I then asked myself, is it possible that Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, Gen. Mugisha Muntu, Mr. Fred Mukasa Mbidde, Col. Kulayigye, etc, are Banyarwanda? I know that Gen. Kale K. Kayihura is from Gisoro and that is clear. But….eh, now I get the point. Is it the reason why some participants at the UAH call the Uganda government a “Banyarwanda / Banyankole regime”?

Mr. Frank Gashumba made it point blank that the Banyarwanda are in the blood stream of Uganda and therefore all other Ugandans should take note and get used to it. He even reminded the viewers that ‘Banyarwanda’ is one of the ethnic groups listed in the Constitution of Uganda.

Can we learn from Mr. Frank Gashumba? The man is very unapologetic when he criticizes the performance of the NRM administration for Uganda, but maintains respect for the leaders and also able to meet them and say his mind. What I noticed though, is that the President of Uganda may not know exactly how bad some situations may be, because he is not told the whole truth. I also believe that if the UAH critics showed respect and stated honestly what is wrong and suggestions to rectify the problems, the leaders, including the President of Uganda would be willing to share our views.
After all, it would also be clear that this is for the best of our country, Uganda. As always, I wish only the best for our country, the Republic of Uganda.

Byaruhanga .J. Rubin.

Who is Guwatudde Kintu Christine that replaced Bigiri- money at the OPM as PS?

Nnalongo Guwatudde Kintu Christine is a fine civil servant and a wonderful person. I first met her in 1978. You know during those days it was Jimmy Katumba (RIP) and Ebonies usually at Lugogo. It was the place to be during the holidays. FYI, Owek Allan Waliggo a top official at Mmengo was a member of the Ebonies at the time where he played piano.

Ms. Christine Guwatudde was then at King College Budo, where she sat her O’levels that same year 1978-the last candidates under Amin and minister Killi (RIP). She joined Makerere College School in 1979 and she was in the first group of students who wrote their UACE in March 1981. Yes A’level exams had been pushed to March.

At College School, she was in the same A‘level group with Owek Allan Waliggo-one of the top candidates in O’Level exams-where she read arts while Alan read PCM. Owek Allan Waliggo was the head prefect; top students took up leadership roles. Ms. Christine Guwatudde joined Makerere University in 1981 and graduated in 1984.

She was very lucky. When NRA took over she was named director of Gender and shortly after became the youngest Permanent Secretary in Uganda. Many of us wondered from the safety of Nairobi why, but she has been a great civil servant with no scandals to date.

She was a classmate in Arts with Mr. David Pulkol, another lucky chap from Karamoja. Other notables in her arts class include the late Edward Kitaka Kizito (RIP)-Mr. Ssebaana Kizito’s son, who became Chairperson of the Uganda Rugby Union and an accomplished insurance executive- the late Patrick Nyangabyaki Bazaara (RIP), PhD (Queens University), and Mr Mutabwire who has been acting PS in local government.


My Memories of Kings College Buddo from my London Appartment!

Kings College Budo started taking in girls in 1933. Budo Junior roughly the same time or a year or so earlier. This looks like a primary school.

Kings College Budo started taking in girls in 1933. Budo Junior roughly the same time or a year or so earlier. This looks like a primary school.

I entered Makerere University at 17 years aged 17. I was sent to Kings College Budo by my parents because my elder brother was there and he would take care of me because I was so young, because I was then in S 5 while my 4 year old brother was in S 6.

It is a good picture. I hope the school still keeps them in archives. I did not know Budo started taking girls in 1933, but by the time I was there, I think it was almost 50-50 % between boys and girls.

The only frustration was that the girls quarters were so far away from the main school and boys were never allowed to go there. There was a red-line between the main school and boys quarters and girls quarters that boys could not cross after 10PM.

I had a nice time at King’s College Budo. I loved to wander around on the hills and the valleys on my own, watching the birds and wild life on saturdays, and then on sundays, I would climb up the steep hills to meet my village mate from Dokolo who was at nearby Nabingo SS. I have very nostalgic memories of Budo and I hope to go back one day. I have never been back again since I went to collect my A Level results those many years ago.

May be some people on UAH were not active in school debates, I know some students did not really participate in them. But at King’s College Budo, the debating competitions were often the highlight of the school calendar year. I was almost always the representative of the school. My greatest moment of triumph was the finals of a four way competition between us , Gayaza High, Namilyango College and Busoga College Mwiri which was broadcast live on Radio Uganda.That was the first time I appeared on radio. And I think we won the competition and it made me very famous at Budo.

On the subject of Idi Amin, I don’t think he interfered with teaching in schools although teachers were very careful what they taught. But we certainly knew what dictatorship was under Amin. My personal experience, which was very frightening, was in 1977 when the Headmaster, Mr Uyirwoth, collected all of us students from Lango and Acholi and told us there were reports that Idi Amin was arresting people from these tribes, and he told us to be just be very careful and to avoid going to Kampala or even outside the school. He told us in case any of us was frightened, or heard about a relative who disappeared, we could always go to his home any time of day or night. And he told us security at the school was going to be tightened not to allow any strangers into the school grounds.

I think the only incidents of insecurity were when that year, Idi Amin forced the school to admit a few muslim students, who were children of his ministers or army officers, who did not meet the entry qualifications for Budo which were the highest in the country in those days. The only direct act of violence, also in 1977, was when members of State Research Bureau entered the school and abducted a student, Ntanzi Kasirivu, but he was later released because it turned out he had a brother who was a captain in Amin’s army.

May be some people were not aware of the climate of fear that enveloped the entire country, in the late 1970′s as the tension between Uganda and Tanzania was almost at fever-pitch and a war was impending. Between 1977-1978, thousands of people from Acholi and Lango, later on from other parts of Uganda were arrested, many never to be seen again. Certainly, in the climate such as existed, no body needed to be taught about “dictatorship”- you did not need to read about it either. You just smelt it in the air.

Where is Bush Yunusu Kasirivu these days? Remind him of that day he was arrested by Idi Amin’s secret service (State Research Bureau) at the gates of King’s College Budo and bundled into the boot of a waiting car. He had us worried that night but fortunately, he returned to school only with ruffled feathers and a bruised ego.

I will quote you a very famous statement from Thomas More in the play “A Man for All Seasons” taught to me by Miss Yahwe at Kings College Budo in the highly acclaimed book.Thomas More said he would hide his daughter in the thickets of the law rather than hoist her to the mainmast of the ship of her boyfriend’s sea going principles ie the boyfriend had no principles in life and the father wanted to save her. In this case, my daughter will hide me in the thickets of the law and in her, you will find a most formidable adversary.

George Okello
Member of UAH and working with the IMF

Why is Sudhir above the environmental /building laws of Uganda?


Fellow Ugandans,

The government of Uganda should stop it’s double faced hypocrisy. If there is a class of people who are above the laws of Uganda that should clearly be stated in law books. It is clearly shown in the picture attached, how the beach at L.Victoria is thoroughly polluted. I saw pipes in the sand but could not determine whether they were depositing waste water or taking water from the Lake to the hotel. Of course Entebbe has piped water, so it will be equally illegal to get untreated water from the Lake to the hotel.

In the attached picture, it is clearly shown how that hotel in Entebbe originally constructed by Dr. Sulaiman Kiguddu now owned by one of the powerful Uganda Indian has a terribly polluted beach. The hotel is fenced and the day I was at that hotel, I got access to the hotel by paying some money yet the law says we have free access to all Lake Victoria shores.

No one can even caution our people not to swim into such a polluted Lake – you can clearly see dead matter. What type of government do we have in this country? With the experience of Wakiso district officials illegally being stopped from discontinuing Sudhir’s rape of Buganda wetlands – neither NEMA nor Uganda Environment police can do anything at all. One people two laws – that is Uganda today.

The Minister for environment ordered the cancellation of land titles in wetlands indeed.For those who the bells toll………….

Let the govt acbolish useless Local Government Act. The sooner the Government and parliament of Uganda abolish the Local Government Act and replace it with the Town and Country planning Act, the faster Uganda will be developing.

Town have to be organised, planned and developed. This calls for housing estates, water, electricity and communication infrastructure, industrial locations, sports facilities and amenities, schools and health care facilities etc

Uganda need to develop and organise small towns, municipalities and cities not so called “local” councils as developed by a primitive NRM system. What is the definition of “local” as opposed to a town council, municipality, city authorities and what are it attributes?

Amuru would in this case work as a town council and will be developed as such . Here there will be a possibility of setting up a high technological center for manufacture of electric cars and city/town buses.

Kirihura can continue developing as a milk and meat producing region as per NRM preference as opposed to human nature.

The Local Government Act is a totally useless law, in face of the Physical Planning Act and Town and Country Act. The Local Government Act has generated stealing on a massive scale.

The Local Government Act is all about allocating peoples power to state functionaries i.e. useless town clerks, local councils chairmen/women, so called development economist, financial officials etc. Every town is a council and Uganda has towns almost everywhere.

What is not a town per definition is a country i.e. a rural area that has to be developed in relation with the town.

The same layer is repeated even at higher level! If we have MP’s equal to towns, municipalities and cities – Uganda will save a lot of money and also see the end of useless politicking that has characterised NRM era of robbery and thuggery.

How do you think a person who turns a Nakivubo National Stadium into a street vendors market will have for a mental map?

When we sit in economics class we believed what is taught – development is about growing a lot of bananas and producing too much milk and getting lots of money – full stop.

Physical planning then ? That is colonialism! Just imagine Entebbe airport an International get way – tells volumes.

If you come from organised societies and just land in Uganda- if it is not your country you will get a shock of your life. Are the politicians aware of any ethical thinking,

Just imagine Oraba or Nimule these are entry points but to get a place to stay in Oraba is a nightmare since there are no houses- National Housing Construction Corporation was sold by government to Gaddafi to pay for guns used in killing people in Uganda.

And even then, as you travel from one place to another in this country the debacle unravels. People are just placing shops and houses anywhere as if it is given that you can just place a house anyhow! Almost in every town – there are dukawhalis (Indian shop design) typifying lack of simple imagination.

Mbarara town is a pile of concrete on concrete – very ugly. Those are very rich men and women. Uganda architects are also very unethical and funny – for they assume urban architecture is the same as any type of architecture. Anything goes! Look at the so called arcades filling up this country – are those arcades by any means?

But more so, this urban architect is a reflection of who is who and blatant violation of all Uganda laws that NRM has presided over. Let me give an example – Uganda Commercial Bank land in Mbarara was once contested by two individuals which meant that the building had to be subdivided in order for the tagiri (rich man) to get their share if the subdivision of land had gone ahead.

Now the government has come with an urban development policy forgetting that they have a very effective law: The Public Health Act 1964 which takes care of how buildings must be placed on land. This law was supported by the Town and Country planning Act 1964. The geometry of building construction is established in the building Act which is part of the Public Health Act. Such matters are not only for aesthetic reasons but a matter of life and death. Imagine fire breaks out, where do you pass with a fire lorry?

All Uganda towns are death traps. These are just slums.So it was easy for Kampala City council to sell off UCB which architecture was hence changed to make for small cubical calling those shops! The building was catching fire just tow days ago – the entry point is confined from the original design!

Please note that NRM is not really concerned, so NRM comes out to allocate a wetland in Lugogo or a golf course for a supermarket just on a busy Jinja road. Can you imagine that way of thinking.

We are in real danger of loosing every little bit of common sense. Lira play ground was sub-divided and allocated for estate development. I have not been in Lira for a while – I hope that play ground still exists. In Gulu town the golf course was a colonial luxury – it is long gone. Remember if land was available in towns i.e. a wetland the British could use it for sports facilities so that it would still have its natural functions. No that was colonialism!

We build houses and super markets – owned by NRM diehard supporters in wetlands and on road reserves! Talk negatively about it – then you’re anti-development of underdevelopment NRM has brought, because investors will run away.

It is a disaster of immense proportions, since our children see and grow up with these sorts of things and believe that that is normal way of doing things. Can you imagine that more than five years when Shimoni teaches college and primary school were demolished – there is no development but only unfinished structures?

For these people the higher up into the sky the building is the better developed we are. It makes no sense to them that buildings too have a life span. No strategic physical planning. The situation will not get better for NRM’s era has its own children who have been socialised into this sort of habits – the slum mentality.

In Gulu town some one puts a shack around the corner and that is city residence!

I can just go on and on – developing? We are not there unless we take physical planning very seriously.


Mwanga’s Lake on a death bed heavily polluted with latrine and waste matter

Kabaka Mwanga’s Lake wetland almost gone.Mwanga’s Lake is on the threshold. It is heavily polluted with latrine and waste matter that comes from the neighboring residential facilities and the slum. One hostel on the western part of the lake is releasing its waste direct into the Lake. A new development has sprung up on the eastern side. They first dug a trench to release storm water direct into the lake.

Mwanga’s Lake is on the threshold. It is heavily polluted with latrine and waste matter that comes from the neighboring residential facilities and the slum. One hostel on the western part of the lake is releasing its waste direct into the Lake. A new development has sprung up on the eastern side. They first dug a trench to release storm water direct into the lake.

After Pastor Kayanja allegedly fences off the wetland at Kabaka Lake in Ndeeba more people have dug holes to fence off yet more land.Could any person here ask Pastor kayanja to save this lake?

Destruction of the wetland spells danger for the lake for silting and sedimentation with garbage, and mud will go unfiltered from the wetland. People have dug a drainage channels to take rubbish and affluent direct to the lake.

This lake services place as far as Bombo in Luwero.Unfortunately, people at Mengo protect the lake instead of its water sources and drainage (catchment area) which is far more important in the lake preservation.

Hopefully, some one on this forum will ask the environmental police to do something. My interaction with the police post here made me aware that the police was actually very scared to do anything even though they were well aware of what was happening.

Dan Bwanika.

Amazing Facts. You can use them to start a show if you are working on TV or radio

Amazing Facts. You can use them to start a show if you are working on TV or radio, But please tell your listeners that you got them from UAH-

1.The stonefish, which lives off the coast of Australia, is the most poisonous fish in the world.

2. A slug has four noses.

3.Octopuses have 3 hearts.

4. A goldfish can live up to 40 years.

5.A starfish doesn’t have a brain.

6. Only 5 to 10 percent of cheetah cubs make it to adulthood.

7. Cheetahs are the fastest land animal and can reach speeds up to 72mph.

8. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

9. Lions cannot roar until they reach the age of two.

10. An adult lion’s roar is so loud; it can be heard up to five miles away.

11. A lion feeds once every three to four days.

12. Between 1902 and 1907, the same tiger killed 434 people in India.

13. A white tiger can only be born when both parents carry the gene for white colouring.

14. Some wild tigers can eat up to 40 pounds of meat at a time, and not eat again for several days.

15. The female lion does more than 90% of the hunting while the male simply prefers to rest.

16. A cheetah does not roar like a lion – it purrs like a cat (meow).

17. A cheetah can run 76 kilometres per hour (46 miles per hour) – that’s really fast! The fastest human being runs only about 30 kilometres per hour (18 miles per hour).

18. A group of cows is called a murder.

19. A cow releases about 125 gallons of gas per day.

20. A cow averages 40,000 jaw movements a day.

21. You can lead a cow up a stairwell but not down a stairwell.

22. Cows have four-chambered stomachs.

23. Cows can sleep standing up.

24. A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Literature and Africa’s networks.

A literary panel at the biennial conference of The African Studies Association of the UK, University of Sussex, 9-11 Sept 2014

Pim Higginson, Bryn Mawr, USA (Fhiggins@brynmawr.edu) and
Ranka Primorac, Southampton, UK (R. Primorac@soton.ac.uk)

The panel invites papers on how Africa’s literatures (in all genres, regions and languages) participate in the cultural and textual networks that span the African continent, and how they cross-link that continent to the rest of the world.

Our understanding of ‘network’ is broad: it may be related (though not limited) to Africa’s histories of regional and trans/continental communication, links of cultural affinity and affiliation, literary and cultural systems and configurations, the circulation of cultural objects and practices, resonances and dialogues between literature and other art forms and discursive linkages forged around common conceptual ground.

In foregrounding the ideas of linkage, flow and cultural connection, we wish to problematize the static and bounded notions of both ‘Africa’ and ‘African Literature’, and we particularly welcome papers involving different media and disciplines.

Please send paper proposals, queries or expressions of interest to both convenors.


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