But why is this a big problem under NRM and Museveni?

Why build such a big house leading you to bankruptcy? Are you Ugandans insane? This guy was minister between 2001-06 getting double salary as MP and minister but still borrowed money mbu to boost his bus business.MPs get paid 20m/month why would an MP sink in debts if a teacher who earns 300k doesn't borrow?

Why build such a big house leading you to bankruptcy? Are you Ugandans insane? This guy was minister between 2001-06 getting double salary as MP and minister but still borrowed money mbu to boost his bus business.MPs get paid 20m/month why would an MP sink in debts if a teacher who earns 300k doesn’t borrow?

James Onen nailed it on 25th June 2014 in Sanyu’s morning show – that many middle class goons on Kampala live an artificial life in which they want to impress others. People have been swallowed into a culture of ‘consumerism’ to service the pervasive habit of ‘showing off’. As a result, they are increasingly in need of money to sustain their lie of a life. As a result, the banks and money lenders are laughing their way to the bank as people are trapped in debt. Others rent 2 million a month flatlets, with 2 nice cars but not a single saving. This is the new form of innumeracy: Financial illiteracy. He concludes: ‘Modesty is strength’.

I remember, bank agents could come to you and tell you that going by your salary level they can get you a 5-year loan of 30M/= within 2 working days! Now, if you are not careful or calculative, you can easily fall into that debt trap! I usually say that life is the best judge.Problem started around 2002/3 with the advent of salary-based loans or a few years earlier when Shoprite came to town and started Hire-Purchase schemes. Suddenly, you could get that music system, fridge, TV, double-bed that you couldn’t buy for yourself without strict saving discipline (and for many months).with time the culture set in as more providers/recipients came on board………..Its something we didn’t know in Uganda! its now good that insurance companies have come to the aid of salary-based loan recipients, otherwise you could harshly find out the other side of banks (and court bailiffs) when you lost that corporate job. We all make decisions in our lifetime and come the time when we hit 60s and 70s we shall be in a better position to judge who made better decisions while growing up. For now, its an open field.

And the new trend of continuously acquiring all sorts of additional academic papers (MAs & MSc’s). Studying that would equip one with ‘skills’ is good but not this in disciplines so different and irrelevant from what one can practice.All that aiming at promotions and job hunting whose return on investment is a joke!

Resources that would start up a longterm selfhelp project are squandered during one’s productive years.

All this stems from our open embracing of the Capitalist systems. They are inherently designed to run on spending power of people. In America, when spending reduces among the people, the economy takes a very big hit. So, the idea that you will spend beyond your means is also good for me as an employer because it means that my employees will not easily jump ship and can only do so when they have better deals. Bing in debt is an incentive to create economic slaves. Capitalism is there to benefit the owners of the resources (Queen Bees) not the generators of the wealth (worker bees). The situation is definitely going to get even worse. So, while some workers are noticing it and becoming wiser, most will not, to the joy of the Queen Bees.

But why is this a big problem under NRM and Museveni? In previous generations, a child would be raised by family and even upon completing school/university, the family would continue guiding the young adult on success management. A young adult had role models or people to look to which forced living a responsible life; not to fall in traps of bizarre behaviour (like being a spendthrift, indiscipline or ‘wannabe – showoff’) despite having a good education, job or earning big. Could there be a disconnect now, where young ‘successful/Corporate Lie’ adults are not in touch with elders/family to seek guidance and wisdom anymore?

My observation is that successful young adults that remain close to their families tend to be more responsible and less wasteful than the ‘arrivalists’ living a Corporate Lie! Just my observation.





Tooro’s reaction to the coronation of a Bamba King betrays the ugly side of man: the animal instinct to conquer and dominate. This is the truth behind all imperialism, whether it crosses oceans as was the case with the Romans , the Ottomans and the English, or it is conquering neighbours as it was the case with Tooro and Bukonzo, Bwamba. Only yesterday Tooro was up in arms demanding the return of her property by government, the same move Bukonzo is protesting. Then Bukonzo, which vehemently fought against Tooro domination, is also against Bwamba being a kingdom. The Buganda story with her donated ‘counties'( Kooki, Bunyala, Buruuli, Lost Counties), is all too glaring and will not go away.

Self-determination is for everybody. What makes Kaliba think that only Batooro women have wombs to produce kings? Tooro itself was ‘made’, and that was the starting point of its kings being ‘born’. So effective today, Bwamba’s kings will be born, as successors to King Atongi. If Tooro wants diversity in one kingdom, can they accept the rotational arrangement as it is done in Busoga? This would see kings coming from all the nationalities in the ‘larger’ Tooro kingdom on rotational basis: Batooro, Batuku, Basongora, Bakonzo, Bamba, Batwa and recently Bakiga.

Kaliba knows well the history and meaning of ‘ Twena tuli Batooro’ , and ‘ Omutooro Proper’

Actually myself am comfortable with an ‘elected’ king, one who is chosen on the basis of his individual personal capacity and merit, not because he is a son of his father. This the new form of theocracy, where leaders are anointed,even from humble families, to lead their people. Theocracy is a better system, than ‘democracy’ which has become rule by money( the highest bidder, often with stolen money, wins), or monarchy, where one is a leaders by virtue of being a son/daughter of their father.
Am sure King Atongi will make a better leader to his people, since his kingship is not by ‘right’, rather by obligation.

Sandra Birungi


Many Americans were not surprised by recent revelations, based on documents taken by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, that the NSA is spying on them. The widespread use of undercover agents, informants, and surveillance in Muslim-American communities has been well publicized.

In the months after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush authorized eavesdropping on domestic telephone, Internet, and e-mail communications of Americans and others inside the US without court approval.

Information about Bush’s “Terrorist Surveillance Program” was leaked to USAToday and The New York Times in 2006. Americans learned that telecommunications companies, including AT&T, MCI, Sprint, Verizon, and BellSouth, were handing over to the NSA personal and business phone records for tens of millions of Americans.

Under US law, the NSA cannot legally target US citizens — although the agency has done precisely that and has been rebuked by federal judges for doing so.

The program was criticized and challenged as illegal because the NSA had not obtained warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court. Bush’s program was discontinued in 2007.

According to a stunning series of reports, first published on June 5 by The Guardian, The Washington Post, and other media outlets, under President Barack Obama the NSA has continued collecting the phone records of millions of Americans.

A top-secret court order issued on Apr. 25, 2013, also released by Snowden, required Verizon, on an “ongoing, daily basis,” to give the NSA
information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.

In Uganda, some people are being spied on too by security agencies. Unfortunately, most of these are innocent, but sometimes govt of Uganda uses such info to concoct charges against them.

What is the best way to structure a spying agency in a developing country such as Uganda?

How do we protect innocent Ugandans from falling victim of security agents that concoct charges against them, mainly with the sole purpose of pleasing president Museveni?


A friend of mine told me a story about when he was a kid he was in the hospital & nearly dying. His grandmother came to the hospital & told a family member to go buy her a large onion & a new pair of white cotton socks. She sliced the onion open then put a slice on the bottom of each of his feet & put the white cotton socks on him. In the morning when he awoke they removed the socks. The slices of onion were black & his fever was gone.

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in AZ. She said that several years ago many of her employees were coming down with the flu and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work.. (And no, she is not in the onion business.)

The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk or even on top somewhere. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.

For flu cure : cut both ends off an onion put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar…placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs…sure enough it happened just like that…the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

From the above testimonies, it is evident that the humble onion has that magic touch!

The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home.

If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk or even on top somewhere. Try it and see what happens. People do it and don’t get flu. If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case. What have you to lose? Just a few bucks on onions!!!!

Now there is a P.S. To this: I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on
health issues .And she replied with this most interesting experience about onions:

Thanks for the reminder. I don’t know about the farmer’s story, but I do know that I contacted pneumonia and needless to say I was very ill. I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion, put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar…placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the

Sure enough it happened just like that… The onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room Saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial and Antiseptic properties.

This is the other note.


I have used an onion which has been left in the fridge, and sometimes I Don’t use a whole one at one time, so save the other half for later.

Now with this info, I have changed my mind….will buy smaller onions in The future.

I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, makers of Mayonnaise. Mullins is huge, and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters in The Mullins family. My friend, Jeanne, is the CEO.

Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I Learned from a chemist.

The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed – he’s one of the brothers.

Ed is a chemistry expert and is involved in developing most of the sauce formula. He’s even developed sauce formula for McDonald’s. Keep in mind that Ed is a food chemistry whiz.

During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil.

Ed’s answer will surprise you. He said that all commercially- made Mayo is completely safe. “It doesn’t even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it’s not really necessary.” He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment.

He then talked about the quaint essential picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

Ed says that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the ‘victim’ last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it’s not the mayonnaise (as long as it’s not homemade Mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It’s probably the onions, and if not the onions, it’s the POTATOES.

He explained, onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. it’s not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator. It’s already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you. (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!)

Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you’ll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you’re asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

So, how’s that for news? Take it for what you will.

I (the author) am going to be very careful about my onions from now on.

For some reason, I see a lot of credibility coming from a chemist and a company that produces millions of pounds of mayonnaise every year.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut onion and use or cook the next day.

It becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.

Gov. Nasur Abdullah commands much respect from the masses in his home place of Bombo and beyond

From Left to Right:Abdullah Nasur Former Central Province Governor in Late President Idd Amin,Chief of Staff Land Forces Major General Charles Angina,Central Eastern Police Regional Police Commander Richard Mivule.Although Nasur is no longer in leadership,In Bombo town council he is still refered as governor and Commands respect from masses.Bombo town council is dominated by Nubians.Nasur was their own and the town council was once named a municipality but NRM refused to upheld the status.

From Left to Right:Abdullah Nasur Former Central Province Governor in Late President Idd Amin,Chief of Staff Land Forces Major General Charles Angina,Central Eastern Police Regional Police Commander Richard Mivule.Although Nasur is no longer in leadership,In Bombo town council he is still refered as governor and Commands respect from masses.Bombo town council is dominated by Nubians.Nasur was their own and the town council was once named a municipality but NRM refused to upheld the status.

Gov. Nasur Abdullah commands much respect from the masses in his home place of Bombo and beyond. The people who had the chance to be around him during his days as Governor of the Central Province can testify to the fact that he is simply a good man. He did his work with the conviction that the Central Province of Uganda had to be the best. He wanted a clean City of Kampala and without criminals. “Corruption” was not in his vocabulary. He did his job and was happy to live on his salary.

When the people remember how he used to speak in such a commanding voice, they don’t easily notice that Nasur Abdullah was a man with such a tremendous sense of humour. He made lots of jokes and frequently laughed during conversations and made all those in his company feel at ease.

Governor Nasur Abdullah felt at home in every society. He had the feeling of belonging and that could easily be detected by seing how he interacted with the people. The Baganda have a saying that, “Tebiwoomera amatama abiri”, in English there is a similar saying that, “There is no recipe that suits both cases”. What I mean here is that, although Governor Nasur Abdallah was appreciated by many, many others felt intimidated by him and therefore implored the President of Uganda to remove him. He was then replaced by another Governor.

Some people often say that, “You donot know the value of what you have until you lose it”. Shortly after the new Governor Samuel Odong had taken over, the city of Kampala was again ‘crying’ for the return of Governor Nasur Abdullah. The city was ‘invaded’ by pick-pockets and other criminals. Briefly, the situation in the city became chaotic.

Governor Nasur Abdullah simply felt at home in every society and I think, even being on a foreign territory did not make much difference to him. In 1977 the Uganda Armed Forces Boxing Team (Simba) was invited for a friendly tournament versus Tanzania in the city of Moshi, Tanzania. Gov. Nasur Abdullah accompanied the team as the Manager. With much excitement due to the perfomance of the Ugandans, Gov. Nasur Abdullah stood up and announced that, “The last bout of the evening will be between President Idi Amin of Uganda and President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania”. I was terrified and I believe, so were my fellow Ugandans. There was a sudden silence for a while before the situation returned to normal.

The Ugandans emerged victorius and our stay in Tanzania was as safe as could be. Several days later we flew back to Uganda to prepare for another tournament that was to be held in Moscow, Russia versus the Boxing Team of the Soviet Union Defence Forces. My suspicion is that President Idi Amin was informed about the “dangerous jock” that was made by Gov. Nasur Abdullah on a potential enemy territory in Moshi, Tanzania. We left for Moscow without Gov. Nasur Abdullah, but also returned home to Uganda with victory over the Soviets.

The purpose of this story is to inform the fellow UAH the kind of person Gov. Nasur Abdullah is, as I remember him. I certainly wish him only the best, for none else deserves it more than him.

May Allah Bless Uganda.

Byaruhanga Johny Rubin.

A REAL INCIDENT:This incident that happened in a local hospital in Bangalore,India

A 4 year old girl was admitted due to leg fracture. As it was an open fracture, she had to undergo an operation to stitch the protruding bone back in place.

Though it was quite a minor operation, she was hooked on to life support system, as a part of the process.

The doctors had to input some data prior to the operation to suit different conditions. Thereafter, the operation proceeded.

Half way through the process, the life support system suddenly went dead.

The culprit : Some one was using his/her hand-phone outside the operation theatre. And the frequency had affected the system. They tried to track the person, but to no avail. The little girl,young and innocent as she was, died soon after.

Be compassionate! Do not use your hand phone / mobiles especially at any hospitals or within the Aircraft or any places where you are told not to use it… You might not be caught in the act, but you might kill someone unknowingly.

Last Word:
Please do not use your mobile phones in hospitals / petrol pumps / aircraft etc wherever it is mentioned no use of mobiles, go by the rules, it’s a matter of life & death.


•First African country at the World Cup: Egypt in 1934
•First African to score at the World Cup: Abdulrahman Fawzi, who scored both Egypt’s goals in 2-4 loss against Hungary in 1934. He netted a third, but was ruled offside.[19]
•First African country to score a point at the World Cup Finals : Morocco in 1970, with a 1-1 draw against Bulgaria
•Heaviest African defeat at the World Cup Finals: Zaire 0-9 loss to Yugoslavia in 1974
•First African country to win a match at the World Cup Finals : Tunisia in 1978 with 3-1 over Mexico
•Biggest African win at the World Cup Finals: Nigeria 3-0 over Bulgaria in 1994, Morocco 3-0 over Scotland in 1998.
•First African coach at the World Cup Group Finals: Abdelmajid Chetali of Tunisia in 1978
•First African team to qualify consequetively for two times : Algeria in 1982 and 1986
•First African team to reach round of 16: Morocco in 1986
•First African team to reach quarter-finals: Cameroon in 1990
•First team to use penalties in World Cup Qualification: Tunisia in 1978, beating Morocco 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.[21][22]
•Oldest man to score at World Cup Finals: Roger Milla, aged 42, against Russia in 1994 FIFA World Cup. (Russia won the match 6-1.)
•Fastest-ever hat-trick in an “A” international: Abdul Hamid Bassiouny of Egypt scored a hat-trick in 177 seconds against Namibia in a 2002 World Cup qualifier in Alexandria on 13 July 2001 during an 8-2 win by Egypt.[22][51]
•Most matches played by an African team to qualify for the World Cup Finals : 13, by Algeria in 2010.
•First African to score an own goal at the World Cup : Youssef Chippo of Morocco in the 2-2 draw against Norway on 10 June 1998. Two days later, Pierre Issa of South Africa scored an own goal in the 0-3 loss to France.
•First African to score a penalty at the World Cup: Magdi Abdelghani of Egypt in the 1-1 draw against the Netherlands at Italia 90.
•First African country to host the World Cup: South Africa in 2010
•First African player to receive a yellow card at the World Cup: Kidumu Mantantu of Zaire against Scotland in 1974 FIFA World Cup on 14 June 1974.[52]
•First African player to receive a red card at the World Cup: Mulamba Ndaye of Zaire against Yugoslavia in 1974 FIFA World Cup on 18 June 1974.[27]
•First African goalkeeper to receive a red card at the World Cup: Itumeleng Khune of South Africa against Uruguay at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. (He was the second goalkeeper ever sent off at the World Cup finals, after Italy’s Gianluca Pagliuca of Italy at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.)

If NRM is not careful, it will burn this house Uganda down!

If NRM is not careful, it will burn this house Uganda down!

Sociologically; a family, community, society, tribe, nation will be weak or totally disintegrate once there are no strong institutional framework – the enduring structures. Has Uganda achieved those institutions framework – the answer is NO! Having no enduring institutions, it simply means there is no culture, no social direction and ideologically the society in reference, is totally empty.

Let me offer an example;

a. New Vision – told us a story of a woman somewhere from western Uganda who had to walk a distance and gave birth by the bush path that hyenas were almost snatching her baby from her. 50 years and such are the stories where we have the air force (police and army) plus a full Ministry of Health which can’t be reached by this particular woman!

b. Cattle is dying off in Ankole since wetlands where all decimated! Neither NEMA nor the Ministry of the environment could do anything! Those institutions exist by virtual of the law – the act that give them artificial existence. NEMA has been looking on when all wetlands in Kampala, are being encroached on basically by untouchable people within government and gradually lake Victoria is collapsing!

c. Corruption in all state institutions has flourished, since institutions like ministries are basically personal entities and totally dysfunctional. Small fish are take to court in almost sham judicial processes. Just imagine that the Ministry of works and transport can’t even design a simple bridge in this country a ministry full of engineers- and it is called an institution.

d. NAADs is an epitome of institutional failure under NRM. In 2005 I went to Luwero and tried to understand how NAADS worked. What I discovered was interesting and shocking; Families had been give one pawpaw stem, three coffee trees, two bananas stems etc. One lady council member at Luwero district headquarters just rounded it up and said to me that NAADs does not work and it will never work. NAADs was doing all these sort of things under the watchful eye of the Agriculture Ministry, local district administrative organs etc.

e. The judiciary and parliament are in the same category. Ravaged with selfishness. Parliament members as the lawyers are simply other African office works looking for daily bread other than serving.

Basically there are just a few institutions that really work in Uganda namely; Bank of Uganda at a minimum, Uganda Revenue Authority, Kampala City Capital Authority and to some extent the Uganda Police Force albeit with a very rotten officers’ cadre and Byarugaba’s NSSF.

Presently the fate of the 33 million Uganda hangs on just a shoe string of the executive and the repressive arm of the state – the army. But even then, the army in Uganda beside its own laws is a very weak institution ravaged with corruption in particular besides other maladies.

Living in Europe, it was difficult to know who an army general was, yet these people live within the community and the military, is like any other job and any other institution of the state.

In Uganda roads are closed off because a solider lives nearby! A minister however inconsequential his or her position is – is a small god YET prime ministers in Europe cycle, walk or hike a bus or train to their stations of serving the population.

What has been achieved then – nothing so far!


I’m so disappointed with the US ban!

The Ugandans banned from USA due to the anti-gay bill include:

- MP David Bahati, who tabled the bill before parliament
– Hon Rebecca Kadaga who presided over the enactment of bill
– Ofwono Opondo, Gov’t spokesperson
– Stephen Tashobya, his committee prepared a report on anti-gay bill in May
– Simon Peter Lokodo supports the law
– Pastor Martin Ssempa, strong anti-gay activist
– Pastor Solomon Male is a strong ally of Pastor Ssempa.
– Pastor Michael Kyazze is also an anti-gay activist.

The above mentioned people have been banned from entering USA.

I respect the right of the US or any other country, for that matter, to ban any foreigner it so wishes from its oil.

However, in this case, I think the US is being unfair in singling out a few individuals, some of whom had no role in enacting the controversial anti-gay laws.

This law arose from a Private Member’s Motion (David Bahati), and so, it was not a government-sponsored bill. That should send a glaring distinction between the two versions of laws passed in Parliament.

The MP (Bahati) successfully canvassed for enough votes to bring his Bill to the Floor for debate, where it received a thunderous support and was overwhelmingly passed.

So, to fault Ugandans who are not MPs, and who, therefore, had little influence in the passage of this Bill, is a bureaucratic overreach. Instead, the US should have limited its anger to;

1. President Museveni – for accenting to the Bill, thus making it the law of the land,
2. All MPs who voted in its support

Speaker Kadaga could not, despite her office, throw out the Motion or its Mover; her role is to moderate debates in Parliament. Ofwono Opondo is a government spokesman; his role is to communicate government positions as directed by his appointing authority.

A government spokesman is like a well-trained robot: he’s not supposed to think independent of what he is supposed to relay to the public. US has richer history of government spokespeople – remember Larry Speakes of the Reagan days – who have served like such robots.



Assessment of work by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in its third year of operation shows at first glance semblance of better face than before, but it has some ugly trend—if not checked: the nation’s capital is being divided deliberately or not, into a slowly but surely social-class divided city which I’ll call: “A”, “B”, “C” and “D”. From my vantage point, I can see that rehabilitation of the city infrastructure and re-organization of its administration; have been undertaken along politically-driven and social class- orchestrated lines that do not spell a healthy future for all.

When one stands around the City Square—if this serves as a central point-one would use to see well—infrastructure repairs from Kololo, westwards through Nakasero hill, have been rapid and prioritized.

So far, the until-recently potholed Nakasero, Lumumba and Buganda Roads running north to south or vice-versa, have been given first-class attention repairs. The longest road, Yusuf Lule (formerly Kitante Road), which almost geographically divides Kololo from Nakasero hills, is in fairly good condition thanks to quality work done many years ago, under the World Bank and European Union (EU)-funded Kampala City road rehabilitation projects. The inner roads i.e. Kimathi Avenue, Kyaggwe, Bombo and Kampala Road, are slightly in good condition – though need a coat or two of tarmac and will be fully restored to a better class. But in their current state, are still motorable, with a few if not warps, at all. Kiira and Jinja Roads that run east to west [or vice-versa] almost parallel to each other, connected by among others, Yusuf Lule and Lugogo By- pass, are also not in bad state.
These roads cover Kololo and Nakasero Hills, where small and shorter lanes have all been repaired after they were found in motorable states two to three years ago. This places these two hills in the ‘A’ Class of high-political and social class attention. Yes, the reasons will be given that they’ve been prioritized because it is where majority of key institutions/installations i.e., State House, Parliament and several Ministries [including Central Bank and KCCA] and Diplomatic missions are located.

Musisi waved at the crowds during the carnival celebrations last year

Musisi waved at the crowds during the carnival celebrations last year

But it is also where neglect leading to infrastructure deterioration or striking deals for shoddy works, are borne. These roads and drainages slowly slid into bad state, while decision-makers sat, sipped coffee and wine, as they looked on from Nakasero and Kololo Hills. Today the very concerned people/offices under whose watch things went wrong, are turning around to promise a first-class Kampala as if, while they were on a visit abroad or had gone off to long vacations, is when things went wrong!

The very leaders there, except Jeniffer Musisi, have been around and in policy-decision- making positions. The ex-Mayors John Sebaana Kizito, Nasser Ntege Sebagala and before them Christopher Yiga, had no adequate muscle to restore a Kampala city that had been pillaged by wars (1979, 1981-86) and maladministration. It required direct State intervention like it is getting under KCCA, today. Though, ofcourse poor planning utter thefts and political factionalization characterized the ex-mayors’ administrations.This class “A” has had street-hawking, and traffic (taxis) quickly regulated, to create order. Next, its boda-boda cyclists to be streamlined or totally kept out.

Again, the argument will be we are cleaning the ‘most sensitive’ and ‘upmarket’ area, as a priority. But in any cleaning operation, there’s production of residues or trash. Now, where does KCCA throw away trash or filth it generates from cleaning Class “A”?

Some of the products regarded as trash are street-vendors, lumpens, unemployed youth, homeless/beggars, pickpockets, street-kids, hardcore thugs, who because “Class “A” has been cleared of hiding places like street-kiosks, overgrown gardens and unattended-to alleys, accompanied by police and KCCA operations, have had to run away to class “B”, “C” and “D”. Yes, when Class “A” trash is disposed off, then its Class “B” or downtown (Class “C & D”—further below Ben Kiwanuka or west of it) are at the receiving end. Now, the new Class “B” created in Kampala, is the area Kampala and Bombo roads cuts as the dividing line—running from north to south. Anything below Kampala-Bombo Road and above Ben Kiwanuka Street, comprises the Class “B”.

It is west of Nakasero Hill and east of Old Kampala Hill (the area between Kampala- Bombo Road and Ben Kiwanuka Street, in which we find – among others – the crime- laden Arua Park. Meanwhile, “Class-C” area comprises for example, the sprawling chunk of land between Wandegeya-Nakulabye Road [in north] and the Shoprite-Nakivubo Channel stretch [in the south]. Key landmarks in this “C” area are the ‘Baganda’ Bus Park, Kikuubo, Old and New Taxi Parks, Owino Market, Nakivubo area and the stadium, Kisekka Market, Kisenyi and Makerere-Kivulu (‘MAKIVU’) slums and the main shopping malls downtown Kampala. This is where people and businesses who operate there are regarded lower class. It is as if they should be treated so, because they are responsible for the bad state of Kampala! Are they? A big No! The creation of Usafi Market is one of the ways in which classification is being implemented. This is not stated nor written down as an official policy. But it is being practiced, and I repeat: either deliberately or unknowingly! If not deliberately or unknowingly, why shouldn’t learned people at City Hall, and in other spheres of influence, be unable to know that actions as theirs, can result into such undesired classification of a nation’s capital? Why shouldn’t plans and programmes be informed by researched studies, or benchmarked cases, but instead follow blind actions? Why not prepare a fall-back plan should these actions backfire, perhaps by a revolt of the “B,”C” and “D” classed-people or by sheer refusal to abide by the law.

To back my argument, I have some examples. If there’s equal treatment of Kampalans, how come Kafumbe-Mukasa Road in Kisenyi (Class ‘C’) took that long to repair, or decongestion of the “B, C or D”-areas is not being done as has “A” area?

The KCCA Executive director is indeed Executive, Hon.Nabilah couldn't believe it !!!potential.,,,,everywhere u go

The KCCA Executive director is indeed Executive, Hon.Nabilah couldn’t believe it !!!potential.,,,,everywhere u go

In addition, how many times has Park Yard (in area “C”) burnt without a convincing report or explanation on the causes coming out? How long have the two taxi parks been in filthy state, without quick attention? Reform plans have been announced three years after KCCA birth?

Incidentally, the “B, C & D” are high-revenue areas. For instance, what Owino Market generates a month to the KCCA coffers is more than what a hundred shops along Kampala Road generate. Or you may even find that URA & KCCA collect more from the ‘uncared-for’ or ‘lower-class’ Kikuubo business hub than from a huge ‘upmarket and ‘well-attended to’ Garden City! Reason? Because owners of such high- class businesses like Garden City and other similar places in “A” class, are either policy and top decision-makers themselves, who dodge paying taxes or connive with well- connected friends in URA/KCCA to look the other way, or under-tax them.

This classification or committing of actions with detrimental effects, have not been without castigation. A number of writers in media columns, commentators on TV and radio and even critics at KCCA plans/actions, have voiced concern. But “ignore them” has been the silent action by KCCA and Government!

A lone voice from an “A”-located office – State House – that is of the Presidential Press Secretary, Mr. Tamale Mirundi, has variously warned especially against the abrupt and unplanned disbandment of taxi organizations, and enmasse removal of street-vendors by KCCA without plans of how to resettle them. He has warned of undesired political ramifications from KCCA’s unguided actions. But his advice has hit deaf ears. Instead Tamale Mirundi’s boss, President Museveni has variously praised Musisi or KCCA for that matter (but for her actions that have stifled Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago’s political administration).

Already Tamale and ther critics’ warnings are being proved right. There’s an upsurge in crimes like metal bar-wielding thugs and the kidnap, rape and killing of young women and men, in the city suburbs – to as far as Nsangi, Buddo and Kiira sub-counties in Wakiso and Mpigi districts. These are some of the undesired effects, and point a finger at the ugly unplanned and ‘classification’ of the nation’s capital. These “bad” and lower class people will always be an inconvenience to the “good” and “high-class” people. They’ll always leave their filthy areas, sneak and rob from the wealthy areas and sustainably Cause trouble for the favoured Class “A”. And interestingly, the wealthy will find themselves going to the “(C & D filthy-areas) areas i.e. by taking their cars to where you find garages and car-parts’ shops. That’s when the hungry, unemployed and angry classes will grab the opportunity to ‘revenge’ by pick-pocketing, stealing car parts and even car-jacking from the Class “A” citizens. Since its in “C” and “D” areas where cheap labor such as car-washers, baby-sitters, cooks, gardeners, builders and nannies, fresh- fruit and vegetable markets are found and the wealthy need them—and need them badly. So they’ll always go there but at a very high risk and cost.

This shows you that people, inspite of the KCCA-led classification, need one another no matter the income differences. So let’s build a city that all the people in it, shall be proud of—where equality and equity are principles practiced and felt by all. The nation’s capital should not be for only a few!

For God and My Country.

The author prefers to remain anonymous.


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