what is best way to nurture democratization ideals in Uganda?


Folks:Why did Hon Erias Lukwago and Mr Joseph Balikudembe become so famous in Uganda? Was it not because they feasted on poor legal advise offered by Mr Khiddu Makubuya and Hon Sekandi? That is what Ofwono Opondo-Opondo P’odel was saying in 2009 and i agree with him: no cautious Ugandan can take the legal advice of the two gentlemen as the truth. They have been wrong not once, twice but so many times. Would you go to the Constitutional Court again on the advice of the two gentlemen? The two have made more money for the folks at Kampala Associates, one wonders whether that is what they want here: to cost taxpayer billions defending the obvious. The question in my mind is this: was Hon. Khiddu Makubuya there to enrich the coffers of Kampala Associates at public expense? Mr Ofwono Opondo put it right: the people dispensing legal advice haze zero credibility.

The problem would be solved if YKM had a lawyer of some standing as his legal counsel instead of the mediocre fresh graduates from LDC with zero experience, he seems to rely on.

DP, UPC and FDC are different ideologically. Some of the parties only want to topple NRMO but then do what? I am brutally honest: I would not support such a combined outfit. No chance in a million period.

But what is it Ugandans want? is to to get YKM out? Is it to defeat NRMo? Or to build nurture democracy? If it is the later what is the best way to do it? Is it through a two-party system? Then let the Uganda elite come out opnely and say Ugandan is better off with tow parties. But which parties? Do we go the Nigerian way and outlaw existing political parties and that means all parties, yap NRMO included and start over over?

The opposition in Uganda must find their voice. At the moment they look like Republicans with no coherent plan yet. That does not mean they can not come up with one, they can.I prefer politics fought on ideas and grand plans to the politics of kitanda. Let the opposition at least dream.

Mr Onyango-Obbo warned young people against Mr. Timothy Kalyegira’s nonsense that has been running in the Monitor. Many of us thought the chap had quit to concentrate his juju/seer stuff but somehow he made a come back to write about Amin and what happened after his overthrow in 1979. I was tempted to ask: how old was Mr. Kalyegira in 1979? We know he was in Entebbe.

And yes, Mr Onyango-Obbo is right on. I sense how the sections of the opposition get excited with stuff such as that by Mr Kalyegira. If that is what they are hoping to excite the country in their favour, God save Uganda.

I have argued elsewhere that Uganda’s problem is that the country does not have a person of gravitas in the position as was the case in Kenya where they had Mr Kibaki, the late Jaramogi Oginga, the late Wamalwa Kijana, Mr Matiba, Mr Rubia and another layer of young Turks, Mr Muite, Mr Raila, Mr Kiraitu Murungi, Martha Njoka (nee Karua) and outspoken lawyers like Dr Gibson Kamau Kuria, Dr John Khaminwa etc. We really do not have any opposition figure with gravitas. I guess that is why Mr Kalyegira is apparently a big hitter!

But let me tell Mr Onyango-Obbo to stop the conspiracy against Ugandan readers. Any promising talent at the Monitor is either moved to Nairobi or Dar. Ugandan readers too deserve good journalists. I bet you the stuff Mr Kalyegira is writing would NEVER EVER make it in the Daily Nation. The Standard yes, but not the Daily nation. So why the conspiracy against Ugandans readers? What did they do to deserve such mediocrity in their Newspapers?

The question and is a hefty one is this: what is best way to nurture democratization ideals in Uganda?”

WBK

Are African attitudes towards sex to blame for homosexuality and the state of Mulago Hosp?


The British built that Hospital for you. After 50 years you should have built at least another 10 hospitals of that size. The colonialists started the foundation of that hospital in 1955 and it was completed in 1962. It is a pathetic situation!!.

The British built that Hospital for you. After 50 years you should have built at least another 10 hospitals of that size. The colonialists started the foundation of that hospital in 1955 and it was completed in 1962. It is a pathetic situation!!.

Are African attitudes towards sex fueling homosexuality in Uganda? Put differently, would liberal attitudes as is the case in the West where girls and boys are encouraged to have boyfriends and girlfriends openly at an early age curb the homosexual desire in Ugandan teenagers?

We are trying to think the how part: how can Uganda curb homosexuality apparently in single sex schools? I am asking you to reflect and weigh in on this sensitive issue. Is African culture which forces teenagers to pretend that they do not have sexual feelings unwittingly doing more to encourage homosexuality among Ugandan youth? Would encouraging teenagers-at say 16-to freely bring home their boyfriends and girlfriends be the solution to homosexual desires?

In other words, is the desire for women respectability harming Ugandan youth? Is homosexuality the unintended consequences of harsh African cultures that suppress sexual feelings? By respectability I mean the double standards in African cultures where young men can go out and date for ‘experience’, but the girls are not allowed to date/have sex outside marriage. How can Ugandan society save its children from homosexuality?

Not long ago, I was at a conference hosted by medical anthropologists and there was consensus that HIV/AIDS in Africa would not be that bad had African cultures been good at talking about sex. They cited a community in Southern Africa-Kungu people -who are very free with sexuality and sex education. Homosexuality is unheard of. Why? Because the teenagers can always quench their sexual desires the heterosexual way. Teenage pregnancies are very low. Why? Because the girls and boys respect nature and take precaution. HIV/AIDS is very low? Why? Because teenager have been taught about its dangers. I tied foreign aid partly to blame for homosexuality?

This is heavy lifting but we cannot pretend any more. How can African cultures reverse the menace? Let me say something about the accusations that single sex schools are to blame. The implication is that students in mixed schools are getting it. Not sure about that. I was in a single sex boarding school for over 10 years, but never heard any of that stuff. Sure there was bullying but to make the leap that bullying leads to homosexuality is wrong.

Secondly, Stop blaming Mulago and ask some tough questions. How many of you would feel comfortable in a house meant for 4 or 6 to suddenly be forced to occupy 20 people? That is what Mulago is going through. Mulago is doing too much. It is doing too much because Ugandans are producing too much and refusing to take personal responsibility. Yap. Yes that is what you get when you put quantity or faaa/bure above quantity. Folks at the rate Ugandans are producing; it will take a lot of money to just keep pace.

This business of cost then benefits later must be checked. Ugandans must stop doing things in reverse. If they don’t, trouble and yes, more misery awaits them. Mulago should be decongested but at the rate Ugandans are producing, Kampala may need 4 or even more district hospitals.

WBK

PARENTING LESSONS FROM ONE UAH MEMBER


I doubt whether there is such thing as an ideal parent. We just do our best. God gives you the children and gives YOU the wisdom to know how to raise them. Just listen to that Holly Spirit/Ghost and/or how your parents did it.

Whatever you disapproved of better not repeat. We all do our best, that is all. Parenting gets even harder when we have to work two three jobs to make a living and barely have time to spend with the young ones. Somehow we do it.You are a great parent and your children are blessed to have YOU. Remember we have many Ugandan kids with no parents? Just keep on doing your best and change whatever you do not want. Our children learn from us and we also learn things from them. Let us all live, laugh and love.

During my time of raising children, I established order in the home. For example, when the children came from school, first expectation was a snack, then school homework.The adult present was in charge to answer all questions and help out. After that they could go and play. When it came to dinner time, they ate what I provided. I did not provide what they loved, but what was healthy and they had to eat it. Then they had turns in dishes.

We had a dishwasher that I never used because I wanted the children to learn responsibility.We all sat in a meeting and determined how to hold the one who does not do what they are supposed to do responsible.I accepted input, but my word was final.One of the things we did is to talk to someone who does something wrong the first time. No yelling, talking and listening to what the one defiant had for a reason to fail performing. Second time was also a verbal warning. The Third one was KIBOKO, and I kept it where it was visible; so if anyone was thinking of defying they looked at its size and re-thought and did what they had to do.

Amazingly, I never had to use it on them, because they did what they had to do when they had to do it. I did not even have to warn once. Three children did what they had to do.We had family meetings to listen to each other and figure out how to improve our lives, because times change and needs change.By opening up the possibility of using Kiboko, I never had to use it.But If I had to use it;I would explain why I am using it to tell the child why they were going to be beaten.

You also do not slap the face etc, you beat the buttocks. At least that is how it was in my family. Slapping can result in head injury and look like abuse. Also a parent never yells at a child you talk to them respectfully with dignity because you got the power. Yelling belittles a parent. It is always advisable to call the child sit in a place and talk about what is bothering you the parents about his/her behavior. It is also not right or proper for husband and wife to be yelling at each other especially in front of children. Parent discussions are supposed to be in a private place with dignity not demeaning attitude and children should never hear parents fight. Those children will model what you the parents do. To this day I do not know how to yell because my parents never allowed that or did it.

Have a great and productive new week! Happy Parenting!

Assumpta Mary Kintu.
USA

DICTATORS USED TO BE FOR THE BENEFIT OF PEOPLE BEFORE THE MUSEVENIS REDEFINED THE WORD


I think anybody who goes through high school anywhere in any era without knowing about dictatorship, democracy, socialism or communism, is but an educated fool.It’s unlikely that such a person will comprehend weighty political issues of the world later in life, even with the benefit of further education.

I would not call the education I got under President Amin as a privileged education either.However, there was a good deal of activism that went concurrently with Amin’s heavy-handed manner of leadership. Schools were free to teach and debate on whatever they so wished.

I and a classmate, Herbert Masozera, represented Mbale SS at inter-district debating competition at Ngora SS where the topic was, “Which system is better: Democracy or Dictatorship?” And this was in 1978.

At Mbale SS, we got to read and vigorously discuss Animal Farm, A Modest Proposal, The Wealth of Nations, Things Fall Apart, No Longer At Ease, and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. These tomes were not subject matters that you expect “a repressive” regime like Amin’s to allow to be taught in schools.

Contrast that with Kenya under Moi, where university students and lecturers were routinely arrested and jailed for reading such “subversive” materials like The Green Book, by Muammar Gadaffi, or The Prince by Machiavelli!

I knew for example that Amin was not the first dictator in history.If some of our friends on UAH had read about Julius Ceasar, They would have known that the term Dictator was a title, and the first receipent of it was Julius Ceasar. In its original form, ‘Dictator’ innocently meant one who conguered all for the benefit of the people without fear of one’s own mortality. It was only later that the term took unpleasant meaning and misuse.

That debate about what was preferable between dictatorship and democracy was not specifically about the situation in Uganda at the time. It was a discourse on the different political systems in history and their effect on people.

In fact, the debate followed a term-long syllabus on The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Bolshevik Revolution. Amin’s presence on the national scene was a coincidence.

But again, maybe I went to a special high school. Or I had really radical teachers. Whatever the case, I benefited a great deal of that school and my teachers.’

Edward Pojim.

LET THE OPPOSITION DECLARE LUKWAGO AS THEIR 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE NOW


The problem with our opposition is that they never optimally utilize opportunities. Remember the almost nationwide riots during the Kayunga saga???? How about the masiro fires, and the mabira saga. That was an opportune moment to squeeze the Government. If you had Besigye in the west, Mafabi in the east, Kantuntu in Busoga, the Lukagos in the central, the Casiano Wadris and Betty Anywas up north, all of them simultaneous drumming up noise for mass riots against the government at the same time with similar impact, I tell you things would have ended up differently. But disappointingly, all of them where jammed up in the 180 square meters of Kampala clamoring for media attention.

With the current fiasco in KCCA, Let Lukwago, and the opposition as a whole declare that Lukwago is their presidential candidate now and that the mayoral race is just a launching pad, I can almost guarantee that Kampala will be taken without a fight and the next elections will be a bloody run for the NRM. It does not matter whether Lukwago is FDC or DP or SUUBI or G4C or whatever ideological colour one believes in, the opposition should get principled and forget their individual personal egos and let one idiot get the much loathed M7 out of the way. The rest will follow. At this moment, the race is against M7 and NRM, not love for country. Hate it or love that is the only selling issue. Forget about good schools and bad hospital, Forget about the good roads and the bad corruption. That will never bring you vote. Politics is a game of love me and hate the other. Period.

But as long as the opposition still wants to play hide and seek, they have no chance against the M7’s NRM mastery of the game.Governments don’t change because of ideological clarity. At the end of the day, hooliganism, like you put it, rules. You find sectarian homogeneity, what in elections they block votes, rallying behind not necessarily the best candidate with a clear vision, but because of sectarian attachment to the person. Do you remember “Haji Alagide” movement? Do you think Haji Ssebagala was popular because he had the best development program? Hooliganism!!!!!

Do you really want a government change based on hooliganism? Political scientists will tell you that the primary objective of any political establishment is get power and keep the power. Therefore, the those in power, NRM, will – and have to – do anything within their means to stay in power, with or without M7. If M7 is the guy who will propel them in achieving this cardinal object, they will stick with him. And I am saying that similarly, the opposition should, and must, do everything within their reach to propel them into power and stay there. If Lukwago is the guy and hooliganism is the means, then, they should go for it.

The Problem is the guys in the opposition are not taking their game serious! And I know this is the statement which will enrage you!!! lamenting and blaming wont deliver the presidency to them. It is not the first we have had of rigging. The opposition knows that. Every one knows that. The opposition should not waste our time telling us what we already know. If the regime is tying your hands, don’t beg them to untie them because you know, and we know, that they wont. Just find a way of untying the ropes and deliver results.

Namakola Twaha.
UAH forumist

A truth and reconciliation and a national dialogue is needed urgently!


A country’s politics is like a river.It keeps flowing on, throwing off some waters and receiving fresh water. It has no break off point where dirt, old water is separated from the fresh and clean water. A river has it is own system where its water is cleaned along the way for us to use it.

Or politics is like a virgin forest with young trees replacing old ones on a self -sustaining basis. It will cease to be a treasurable virgin forest like our Mabira if we decided to cut all the exisiting adult trees at one go. That will not happen to a country’s body-politic even after revolutions. The effects would be disastrous. The alienated old guards who would be your targets for destruction would definitely fight back if only in self-defence and for self-preservation.

A political Party like FDC with a good policies and working internal democracy has a self-cleasing mechanism as it flows on like river Nile. We should focus on awakening Ugandans and building institutions and sysytems to deal with wrong doing individuals and avoid personalizing issues and debates.Targeting and fighting individuals will take us no where.

Even Museveni who has today usurped almost all powers of the State is not just an individual. He has ultravires systems he is using to do that and to terrorise, intimidate and dominate Ugandans. It is those systems we must fight if we want to get rid of him and build a more transparent and accountable governance.”

Yes, I was a supporter of NRM like most Ugandans were for the first ten years but I have never worked for it. As editor of Weekly Topic and later The Monitor,I never allowed a cover up for them.We were always called “The Enemy” by the President and his chronies. I left the headship of both papers because of pressures from the NRM government.

I am sure you are aware of how many battles we fought to keep the government in check. We suffered closures, advertising bans, arrests and regular harassments in courts because we always stood up to them. In the absence of an active political opposition, we in fact functioned as the unofficial opposition to NRM government.

But even if I had actually been one of the builders of NRM.So what, if I realised it was taking a wrong direction and jumped off the bus? It pains some of us to see some Ugandans holding extreme and non-changing positions when it comes to issues of reconciliation. The worst offenders are those I would call foundamentalists in NRM and UPC. They have committed similar crimes against Ugandans but are always pontificating and sounding holier than thou.The reconciliation we are calling for will mostly benefit them more.

NRA as well killed in Luwero as they have done for over 20 years to thousands in the north and East. Who does not know that? As a Uganda journalist for the past 30 years,I may know a bit more.But does it really matter saying it here? Long before Olara Otunnu said it, I wrote that what I had seen in Acholi was “slow genocide”. Nobody asked me why I said so. What we need is truth and national reconciliation. Otherwise the country will never heal.

Right from the 60s up to the 80 we were given the impression that northerners were the killers.Was it right? Since the 80′s it is now the Westerners who are the killers. Is it right? During the colonial days it was the Baganda who were portrayed as the killers.Was it right? That leaves us with only the Easterners as the clean people. But are they? If you say yes, it because they have not yet ruled Uganda.

The answer is in the truth and reconciliation and a national dialogue. We must discuss why we have been butchering each other for many years and even extending the mayhem to our neighbours.

Of course national reconciliation does not prohibit trials of individuals for their crimes committed outside politics. These include economic crimes by the corrupt.

To NRM members on this net, why has your party never said anything about our persistent calls for national reconciliation and a national dialogue conference? Would that be acceptance of failure or guilt?

Wafula Oguttu.
UAH member and a member of parliament.

MUGABE VS MUSEVENI: Is Lukwago a victim of the copy cat game?


”Ugandans,If what was reported in the Uganda Observer was true about giving jobs to only NRM supporters or card holders, then the President one time I loved is speedily moving towards the path of Zimbabwe Dictator, Robert Mugabe. Mr.Mugabe has been employing the same tactics to keep himself in power. As one millionaire businessman remarked: ‘Iam rich because I belong to Zanu-PF. If you want to be rich you must join Zanu-PF’, Phillip Chiyangwa boasted one time. The whole purpose is to create a new ruling elite as a means of ensuring their loyalty and underpinning support for the dictatorial regime.

The first thing that Museveni borrowed from Mugabe was the change of presidential term limits in our constitution. At a ceremony on 30 December 1987, accompanied by the refrain You Are The Only One, Mugabe was declared executive president by parliament with powers to dissolve parliament and declare martial law and the right to run for unlimited number of terms of office. Both have ruled through a vast system of patronage, controlling appointments to all senior posts in the civil service, the defence forces, the police and parastatal organisations, gaining a virtual stranglehold over government machinery. One by one, the civil service, the state media, the police and parastatal organisations are now subordinated to Museveni’s will.

Both these politicians took their troops to Congo without consulting parliament. They were both hoping to establish themselves as the region’s principal power-brokers though it exposed both of them as real dictators. The Congo venture changed Museveni’s image as ‘the darling of the west’ and a’ new breed of African leaders’ to a ‘normal African leader’ particularly when his Army got involved in the scramble for Congo’s mineral resources.

Both these leaders threaten voters with war drums during presidential elections. Museveni made a threatening remark in 2007 in Luwero to that effect. There is also the famous ‘Kwotapini ojijamu nanyondo’ meaning ‘the quarterpin can only be removed by hammer’. Similarly, Mugabe also remarked during the 1985 election meeting in Bulawayo to Zapu supporters that: ‘Where will we be tomorrow?’ he asked. ‘Is it war or is it peace tomorrow? Let the people of Matebeleland answer this question’.

Also during the war against the white rule he had become fixated by the power that came from the gun. In a radio broadcast from Mozambique in 1976, summing up his view of electoral democracy, he had remarked: ‘Our votes must go together with our guns. After all, any vote we shall have, shall have been the product of the gun. The gun which produces the vote should remain its security officer-its guarantor. The people’s votes and the people’s guns are always inseparable’.

The way both leaders carry themselves during presidential elections is also worthy noting particularly in name calling their opponents. Museveni throws a lot of insults to opposition politicians. At one point during Mugabe address, he shouted in reference to Tsvangirai: ‘Death to the tea boy’.

I was wondering if mayor of Kampala, Erias Lukwago, was a victim of this copy cat game between Mugabe and Museveni till when one Ugandans at heart (UAH) member, sent the following email to us, and that explained everything. He basically summed up almost everything i thought of this so called tribunal that found Lukwago guilty:
‘’ I has expected that Bamugemereire report would recommend for the resolving of KCCA, But I was surprised that only Lord Mayor is found guilty.

1. If Lukwago was not conducting meetings, how come that councillors were being paid sitting allowances? Bamugemereire did not see this nor did she question the person who was paying them.

2. Evidence was tendered before the tribunal that for number of times Lukwago called for meetings and Councillors boycotted them on this the report would have recommended for expulsion of all boycotting Councillors from the council but instead it is Mayor who is found guilty.

3. Lukwago questioned the legality of the tax being imposed on his people and even requested for meeting for the Authority to discuss the matter and the meeting was failed. Why didn’t Bamugemereire question under what mandate was this tax imposed?

The worst disappointment of it all is the Lawyer “KK” who has now turned himself into the spokesperson of the tribunal, Government and NRMO on this issue.

Now some of us get worried by this Aghakan-Museveni partnership verses the opposition. Isnt this the reason why Andrew Mwenda was thrown out of the Daily Monitor?(Read Mwenda’s Resignation letter) . I guess the question on every one’s mind now is that: ‘is President Museveni going to walk that extra mile to meet Mugabe in the race for dictatorship or not?’ Let us just keep watching.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba.

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
Ofwono-Opondo

Director of information/Movement Secretariat

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


MEETING
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


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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

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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.

GEORGE OKELLO
Lawyer with IMF- London and a member of UAH

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