Category Diaspora



For immediate release

Tuesday 22nd  November 2011


The International Humanitarian Organization (IHH-e.V Europe) through  , Humanitarian Efforts And Relief Uganda (HEAR UGANDA), has donated mattresses, blankets, exercise books, soap, tree seedlings and other support items to 700 school going  orphans from different parts of Uganda. This donation is aimed at supporting the orphans in easing their school and academic attendances while at the same time raise their self esteem.


IHH-e.V Europe is a European non governmental and non discriminatory organisation with its head offices in Frankfurt, Germany. It has projects and works in more than 50 less and under developed countries especially African countries and Asia.


Areas and organisations that are listed to benefit from the above donation include Lira, Lwengo, Wakiso, Lira, Butambala, Mityana, Kamuli, Sanyu babies Home, Nsambya babies Home, Lugo orphanage Centre, Larch community, etc.


Dr. Mustafa Yoldas the chairman of  IHH e.V Europe  Germany announced this last week at the end of his long week visit to Uganda recently to participate in the Eidh Adha slaughter festival where both IHH e.V and IGMG HSV from Germany donated 600 cows that were sacrificed and the meat given to disadvantaged communities in different parts of Uganda.


IHH e.V and IGMG HSV through HEAR UGANDA have continuously made donations to Uganda. Both organisations are supporting other projects is in Uganda including tree planting under the Green Top project popularised by HEAR UGANDA.


During the last Edhi season alone, HEAR UGANDA, IGMG HSV and IHH e.V planted over 15,000 trees between Sunday 6th and 9th November 2011. The Green Top Project is an initiative of HEAR UGANDA and other stake holders that targets to plant at least 2 million trees in seven years in various parts of Uganda.


IGMG HSV donated over 832 cows and ten thousand tree seedlings in the in 2010 alone. It has already committed to supporting 50 orphans in Uganda for a year with scholastic materials, clothing, tuition, beddings, etc. IGMG HSV and IHH Europe are German based NGOs that are active in other countries like Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania plus over 50 countries in the world.


Currently, IGMG is completing a multi million Euro school for Pakistan flood victims. A similar project is also underway in Kano State, Nigeria for under privileged students.


In Uganda, IGMG HSV and IHH e.V Europe are in the process of comprehensively supporting orphans and building a school among other projects.


Mwebe Abdu

Cordinator of the Programme (HEAR UGANDA)


0772482227/ 0707482227

Cambridge PhD student Ssegawa Ssekintu Kiwanuka has topped a list of the UK’s most outstanding black students

Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka with Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, and Adenike Adenitire, editor of Future Leaders magazine. Photo by Sharron Wallace

He was joined by Ayomide Awe, Ashley John-Baptiste, Claude Mahuza, Tolulope Oke and Isabella Akinseye, all of whom graduated from the University this Summer. All were ranked in the top 100 by magazine Future Leaders, a publication which aims to inspire children from Britain’s African and African-Caribbean communities to apply to university.

Ssegawa was honoured at a reception at City Hall, London, by the city’s mayor Boris Johnson. He said: “All too often our attention is drawn to the things that go wrong with our young people, and yet there is so much that we should be celebrating: the achievements and the contributions that 99 per cent of our young people are making to society.”

Ssegawa grew up in Catford, south east London, and went to school in Croydon. He took a first degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge and is now studying for a PhD in the same subject. He has won a number of academic awards, including the North Carolina State University Prize.

He said: “This was a surprise and great honour, not just for me personally, but also for the University, as I have been here since I was an undergraduate.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have achieved a lot, but I have also had people along the way who have seen something in me and taken a chance.

“It is true that certain groups have historically been under-represented, but this should not be confused with undervalued. I was black when I was offered a place at Cambridge six years ago, I was black when I was given the opportunity of a PhD by my Masters supervisor and unsurprisingly still black and proud to be at Cambridge. I really hope more people from all types of backgrounds apply and see what the number one university in the world has to offer them.”

Students on the list were chosen by Nick Basden, who sits on the selection board for UK entrants to Havard University, Ama Afrifa-Kyei, Employee Engagement Adviser at Deloitte, and Yashica Olden, Europen Head of Diversity at Barclays.

The University of Cambridge welcomes applications from the best and brightest students, regardless of their background.

For more information about events for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicity students, visit

According to Frank Mujabi, ”This young man is about 29 years. Born in Catford but went to boarding secondary school in Surrey , so you were unlikely to meet him in the market, or Catford High street….If you went to Buddo you may perhaps know his father and his mother went to Gayaza. Believe me he is real.”

”Ssegawa’s grandfather on his Dad’s side used to work in Lubiri and he was arrested after the fall of Mengo in 1966
and sent to Luzira. Incredibly he was in Luzira prison with Ssegawa’s other grandfather (his mum’s dad)
who had been imprisoned for being the doctor on duty at Mulago when Obote was shot at near Lugogo stadium.

”Ssegawa like a lot of others, by the way speaks fluent Luganda, but does not consider himself Ugandan, but a Muganda.
He stresses the difference, and note the lack of mention of Uganda in his biography.The decision to be a Muganda and not a Ugandan is applauded and shared by a lot of other Baganda.The young man was taught the proper history of Uganda and was told about the plight of his family on both sides.”

”I don’t see what version of Uganda’s history you would tell him to make him think that Uganda is of any benefit to him. Uganda is like a bullying husband with 4 wives, where wife number one wants a divorce, but her 3 co-wives detain her and force her to stay married to the bully husband.”

UK FDC PUBLIC Debate- Paper delivered by UUPF on the day


Uganda United Pro-democracy Forum (UUPF) is of the view that Ugandan citizens and its well- wishers cannot effectively discuss what is good for the country today and have it implemented under the current regime because of the following reasons;

1. Criticising government policy is becoming illegal in Uganda.

2. Peaceful demonstrations are interpreted as treason

3. Gov’t is trying to enact a law where political discussions have to be authorised by the police

4. An effective discussion for the country would include all stakeholders i.e. the ruled and the ruler. But today we have a rogue regime with whom we cannot hold such discussions

5. Resources are so highly misappropriated and unequally distributed such that some of our people have totally lost hope and meaning to life. One cannot engage such a people for meaningful discussions, little wonder many are accepting bribes from the regime as a way of survival.

6. Potential gov’t sabotage, harassment and intimidation cannot provide a conducive atmosphere for open free discussions on the way forward.

7. Lack of national independence. We need to regain our country from these foreign rulers before embarking on a conclusive discussion on the way forward for Uganda.

Although the list above is not exhaustive, one can conclude that the only option Ugandans have today is to strive and achieve a levelled ground through regime change in order to facilitate meaningful plans and discussions for the way forward for our Nation. The question is how?

By getting rid of not only Museveni but the whole rotten regime.

How are we to achieve this?

By recognising the following?

1. The regime is extensively weakened today and it is only thriving on intimidation, bribing the people, coercion and a divided army/force.

2. Any divisions within the opposition strengthen the incumbent

3. Foreign perception of Uganda has changed Museveni is no longer that golden boy in the eyes of the international community.

4. Today the whole country at large apart from those linked to the regime is feeling the hitch. People are fed up to such an extent that damage or pain inflicted on the public by gov’t agents be it accidental or otherwise will spark off a people riot. We heard what happened in Tororo where a police car knocked a boda boda man dead and the whole town erupted into riots.

How can we capitalise on the current situation

UUPF- Still believes that Uganda can be liberated from the current regime through a non-violent Revolution. We commend the efforts done by the opposition including A4C in trying to achieve the above.

In our view in order for progress to be made on this front certain changes need to be embraced.

1. We need to recognise that this is no time for political party, tribal, religious or regional politics. We need a national cause for all citizens to rally behind it. This cause must be inciting, of substance, burning and imminent in nature.

2. There should be no identifiable leader of the revolution in the initial stages otherwise the gov’t will easily curtail the revolution by capturing the leader. A few examples are available from the recent incidents.

3. The organisers must be a fluid group without an office or proper identity i.e. tasks should be allocated to individuals/groups without permanence but on merit.

4. Top mobilisers and role prayers should be individuals/groups without high political offices e.g. MPs and other political party leaders should be followers other than visible organisers because their movements can easily be monitored by the government and thereby restrained.

5. The revolution can be started by mobilising through other non-political but social-economic groups for example boda bodas Assoc, teacher’s assoc, Traders assoc, tax operators etc. However the number of groups should be kept to a minimal for easy of execution and dialogue simplicity.

In light of the above we believe that A4C may be part of the revolution but refrain from leading the mobilisation for reasons mentioned above. An ideal situation would be a day when a demonstration starts but Dr Besigye stays at home because by coming out to physically participate in the initial days will stifle the revolution when he ends up being out rightly arrested yet by staying home and mobilise his followers to participate could achieve the required persistence. For progress to be made we need the demonstration to persist for some time which in effect will help to overcome the fear factor within the potential participants hence more people physically joining the cause.

Dealing with hindrances to potential revolution participants

1. On several occasions we have heard people talking about not being able to work or transact business whenever demonstrations are held.

Although it is true that everyone must chip in or be ready to sacrifice, we must come up with a universal rule to help this cause. One of the ways this can be achieved is by declaring that during the period of demonstrations all commercial or residential landlords will have to forego their rental income hence no one will be expected to pay rent. Organisations like umeme must be treated likewise.

2. Medical facilities: Some element of communal service to this effect needs to be set up in various regions.

3. Provision of water is paramount not only for drinking but also to be used to minimise the tear gas effects.

4. Channels of communication both locally and internationally need to be addressed.

5. Diaspora operation branch for logistical and other purposes would be crucial given the chaotic nature of the demonstration environment which may hinder execution of certain tasks locally.

In summary we suggest that a non-violent revolution is the way forward. In our view a focal, nationalistic rallying point today is the struggle for Uganda’s independence.

Why: Although previous regimes have been corrupt but the current regime’s corruption is unimaginable and we attribute the extent to lack of national interest by the regime, which is not surprising anyway from a foreigner. Uganda has been torn to pieces and evidence can be seen through degradation of schools, hospitals, abolition of cooperatives, our coffee export is now history.

Little wonder recently when Ugandan schools/teachers where craving for funding, they were told that the government had no money yet just in a few days thereafter , the Rwandan National who also doubles to be the Ugandan President donated millions to a school in Rwanda.

Ron Paul in his book The Revolution a Manifesto said “Dictatorial governments encourage racial thinking and undermines individualism because its very existence encourages people to organize along racial lines in order to lobby for benefits for their group. That lobbying, in turn creates animosity and suspicion among all groups, each of which believes that it is getting less of its fair share than the others. When this happens society gets divided hence empowering the regime in power due to lack of a united opposition”.

Fellow Ugandans let us join together to liberate and regain Uganda’s independence until then will we be able to seat as Ugandans and effectively discuss the best way forward of this project Uganda.

Moses Kiwanuka



Besigye Meeting in UK , activist chase NRM Robert Egwea like a rat.

UPC was represented by youth Leader and Okello Lucima. NRM representative, Egwea, who had been cajoled and nearly ripped apart by boos and hisses. UFA was represented by Akim disagreed with the theme “Uganda at cross road”, instead he argued that Uganda is in a cul e sac. Effectively, it had already, gone past too many crossed roads. He also said M7 is not a hero to all Uganda and his motive from day one was war, to which he had the chances to talk on two occasions but resorted to war, Akim also said Byesigye, though was like M7, he had exonerated himself by rejecting M7.

Federalism was the word uttered most and in principle, the keynote speaker, Dr Byesigye; weighed down by flu agreed with federalism, but contends that it’s not, on its own, the solution.

He said Uganda was a conglomerated and until we break down these tribes and renegotiate our co existence, will always be problems.
He rejected in part, the use of force, arguing that the use of the gun to remove a warmonger like M7 could only mean that, one gun replacing another.

Lukwago, the breakaway DP leader, was brilliant, he spoke eloquently and showed it. Dressed in a grey suit, he did not mince his words, he clearly wants M7 out by any means there is. He called upon Ugandans to unite and go for it. He did not mention Mao.

Dr Obonyo, said, federalism is the only solution to Ugandan’s problem. He urged Ugandans to go back to history when people of Buganda and the Madi-Acoli had demanded for federal status as it had been suggested, at the London conference, pre independence. He said without which Uganda will never heal.

Colonel Monday, well received by the audience, he said M7 is a tyrant that needs removing, he also endorsed federalism, albeit agreeing with Byesigye that it’s not a panacea, but a viable option.

There was also a group of people, mainly Baganda, who have decided that war was the only solution and that they were ready for action and all they are waiting for, is Byesigye’s orders. A tired looking Byesigye did not look impressed. London based Ugandan Political activist Mego Apira, asked what Ugandans were still waiting for? Said Ugandans should prepare for war, without which M7 will not leave power. She sighted the wrong doing in the north and overstaying as justification.

The audience also decried the political leaders in Uganda for their disunity. They said, it was what cost Ugandans the election. They called upon the leaders to unite. International community are fed of disunity among Ugandans to unseat NRM government they have demanded for unity.

Federalism was endorsed by the major opinion leaders and effectively, putting it at the core of the debate.
Its no longer a fringe topic.

The only drama is that political activist made it clear to NRM representative, Robert Egwea; who was booed and eventually forced out of the hall. He nearly got beaten outside the door as I am made to know. Otherwise, the debate was a success; the turn over was brilliant and the general consensus was that Uganda needed an overhaul!

The debate yesterday set the tone for future political debates and the attendance clearly showed that the appetite for change is unquenchable.

US Millitary Deployment in Uganda was overdue according to Top US defense Officials


About 10 days ago, at the height of emotional discussions about the recent deployment of 100 US Special Forces soldiers to Uganda, I pledged to seek some detailed explanation from top defense officials this weekend. I’m pleased to report to you that I met with those folks today.

From their official and personal positions, the deployment was overdue. The Special Forces were sent there following emerging terrorist threats within eastern Africa, anchored by Al-Shabaab and its outfits that now operate in 4 countries. Included in this mission is the specific task of tracking and capturing / killing Joseph Kony and his LRA top commanders.

I shared with these officials the wide scepticism with which most commentators here have received the 100 soldiers, considering that LRA and Kony have been inactive in Uganda over a decade. To allay those concerns, I was reminded that US military presence in Uganda has remained constant for about seven years now, and so the new addition is no cause for concern.

So, folks, I want to believe that these soldiers are there for these purposes, and not to help Museveni either galvanize his stronghold on Ugandans or individualized our oil.


Secondly, the firing of this senior commander will not go down well in the US, especially coming at the time of low support for Afganistan. First, his comment mirrors the position of most Americans who see Afghans in the manner of “asante ya pumba ni mateke” mindset. Secondly, it’s a distraction from what the White House wants to accomplish in this year. So, expect him to be re-deployed in a comparable command position or even get a promotion and then quickly retire. He did not lie. He might have been politically incorrect, but his comment resonates with most Americans’. Now, for his own safety, he should be re-assigned out of Afghanistan. Personally, I support him.

Greece Debt Deal and Democracy

There is a fascinating irony in the current tug-of-war between Greece PM, George Papandreou and his European benefactors. The EU cobbled together an austerity package to rescue the Greece economy, which Papa now wants to present to his fellow citizens before implementation. Considering the long-term debt impact this austerity measure will create in Greece, it’s understandable why Papa wants to handle this economic bailout in the most democratic way possible, so that it does not come across as being forced on the future generations.

Unlucky for Papandreou, New York, London, Paris and Bonn are bleeding financially. Now in a comedic tantrum, the same so-called democracies (US, UK, Frnace and Germany) are lecturing Greece that this is not the time for democracy! To compound this irony, it’s the same Greece that gave birth to what we know as democracy. Money really talks and bull— works for sure!

Edward Pojim
UAH forumist in New York


The eyes and ears of Special Forces participants will be lending superior skills. Allow them to complete their missions no matter how known or unknown each may be. Access to the equipment alone allows an excellent source to hunt and track terrorists of all decades. Museveni’s criminal empire runs The Republic of Uganda and keeps all the cash it wants; these Americans are in Uganda to help for specific purposes; me thinks Ugandans should lend a little trust toward the American’s, you know, For God and Country. Peace on Earth, too.

David Mitchell
A USA citizen and a member of UAH

Grant to Busitema University will definitely boost its Strategic plans

Busitema University started as an agriculture training centre

According to the Monitor , Busitema University has received a grant worth $398,850 (about Shs1.2b) from the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (Mepi) and the National Institute of Health to establish a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at its Mbale campus.

These fellows are serious. I happen to have travelled with the Chancellor, Professor Omaswa, while he was heading to the US to seek partnership with some Med Schools there. The Busitema University itself is already functional and they commandeered the former Nagongera NTC as their faculty of Education. So, as far as creating seemingly well intentioned educational institutions are concerned, you give them Kudos. Whether they operate as per their label claims, quality wise is another thing altogether!

Busitema was from the outset supposed to be a University that centred on agriculture technology. Unfortunately the 1971 coup took place and many things changed and somehow not to lay to waste the structures that had already been erected, it was made a college of Agriculture mechanisation. That they have revived it and made it a University is a welcome idea.

Now on the issue of the Medical school using Mbale and Tororo Hospitals, this is due to some of the infrastructure that already exists within these hospitals. Mbale has for long been a Regional referral hospital where among other things medical interns were being supervised. Tororo Hospital has for some time now been the Centre where Postgraduate students doing community practice where for the most part of their study based. Added to that, the distance between Tororo and Busitema is much shorter than that between Busitema and Bugiri. Infact, if I am not mistaken, it is only the distance between Busitema and Mbale that may be less equidistant and with the infrastructure already in Mbale, there is no need to go to Bugiri.

As to some people’s concern about the mushrooming Medical schools in places like Mbarara,Gulu and now Busitema,even if Mulago Hospital were to be primarily a University Teaching hospital,it would not have the capacity to absorb all the students that are presently admitted to Medical School. It would still require more land for expansion to meet that demand. What we should be concerned with is quality not the number of medical schools. I happen to have supervised many graduates from Mbarara Medical School and found them just at par with those of Makerere, so, there is no cause for alarm.

Unfortunately there appears to be no land for expansion .IUIU has taken some land in the Namakwekwe area and what used to be the School of Health Inspectors is now a Nurses College. Namatala that was once upon a time swampy is turning out to be the nidus for New Mbale with many posh hotels being erected at every corner. So, as far as the development plan goes, they may have to revert to high-rises if they are to expand on the existing capacity.
In anycase, the hospital has been competing with the Clinical Officers (formerly Medical Assistants) training school for space so, either the relocate this school and thus expand the hospital facilities or go the high-rise way.
Hopefully the local politicians meddling in the hospital management issues will soon rather than later realize the folly of their means.

Dr. Owor Kipenji
UAH forumist in Australia

President Museveni should copy his letters to UAH forums for Diaspora

Dear UAHs,
I would like to start by requesting the Presidents office to send a copy (cc:) of important letters, like the one on the link President’s letter to Makerere University Council ,to our forum because we in the Diaspora are a very important part of what is happening in Uganda and we have a lot to offer in these discussions, short of representation in parliament which I hope we will get in the future it will be very encouraging to many if your office reaches out to us.

From the letter, it seems like both parties had a fruitful discussion and currently reading from the Presidents side. I do agree with his line of reasoning in due to the fact that you can’t eat your seed and expect a great harvest. Many however would argue that the seed has been eaten for too many years and the harvest has always been short of what was expected. The government is in a very tough spot because each and every sector is requesting for more and they have reasons to do so. With a history of broken promises and ever accumulating arrears and late salary payments the presidents promise though very welcoming should be taken with a grain of salt.

The University has been there before, this is not the first time they have meet the President, students change lecturers and negotiators change but the problem still remains because as the cost of living increases the need for a raise will always be there.

As a mutual understanding and I hope this can be done within in all sectors since the President keeps talking of a better future which ideally implies a better financial standing and increase in government revenue. I would hope that the Ministry of Finance can meet with respective Ministries and work out a working formula. Its true there might not be enough money now and that is understandable so a legally binding promise of incremental increase in salaries corresponding to the expected increase in Governmental revenues will be a good place to start. Just the expectations of getting a rise when the government makes a killing will go along way to calm, create confidence in the government and prevent these kinds of interruptions in services.

If no money is made as expected the formula will still be binding. This will reduce these spontaneous strikes and for the negotiated period everyone will support those ventures which will bring in more government revenue because they will be able to clearly calculate and know their expected automatic increase in salaries. I am not an economist or mathematician but I figure there is a way that this can be calculated and also made legally binding. If this is already being done or it’s on the table I would like to know about it and see how it is working out to date or which kind of formula they have. We should keep away from just mentioning percentage of increase the formulation should be as specific as needed and easy to be used depending of specifically figured values.

To the President with all due respect sir there comes a time when promises are interpreted negatively, so I hope that the negotiators got more than promises. I look forward to what fellow forum members think of my suggestion.

Dr.Eddie Kayondo, M.D
Forumist in USA

UDU Draft Recovery Plan is a good step for Ugandans in Diaspora

Augustine Ruzindana

I always read UAH contributions without comment. However, this one which contains the UDU Draft Recovery Plan on the link below is different. I have quickly perused the recovery plan and I would like to commend those whose efforts have put it before us. There are areas which need to be debated and refined and I don’t think it is possible to agree on issues.

Where the draft proposes a proportional representation system needs to generate general consensus because if we adopt that system most of the malpractices in our elections would be eliminated. Electoral systems influence the type of parties that develop in a country, the relative size of parties, their internal cohesion and discipline. So if we have the electoral system right we could maximise inclusiveness and minimise areas for pre-election or post-election conflicts or disputes. Subsequent should settle whether voters would vote for a party or an individual candidate.

What I wanted to comment on primarily is the development of UDU. In all the struggles which have effected change in Uganda none was wholly home based or Diaspora based. During the struggles in the Amin era the struggle was home based and Diaspora based, so was it in Obote II. This has been the missing link in the M7 era.

The diaspora has played more of a critical intellectual nature – criticising M7 and also critiquing the opposition but strictly speaking not an active participant. If now through UDU the Diaspora can become an active participant in the struggle then the missing link will become part the chain.

The aim of my contribution is to encourage UDU to become active in all areas to complement what internal political parties and others are doing.


Augustine Ruzindana

FDC Executive Member
Former Inspector General of Government (IGG)

State House takes Entebbe Hospital and Ugandans again see ‘’underhandedness”

Entebbe Hospital. Photo by M. Ssebuyira(SUNDAY MONITOR)

The taking over of Entebbe hospital by State House for security reasons has raised concern among Ugandans abroad. One Edward Pojim, a resident in USA, wrote on UAH forum:’’ The proximity of this hospital to State House is too close for comfort. It must give security people sleepless nights. Operationally, it should not have continued as a general public facility, and therefore, I see no hidden agenda in converting it to a restricted facility for state house employees. As the official residence and office Ugandan presidents, State House must enjoy considerable restricted land and air space. I think most reasonable Ugandans automatically see: ‘’underhandedness” in everything the Museveni regime does, especially with regards to real estate and other national assets. This is because its record on managing these assets is pathetic. However, they get my support in limiting public access to this hospital.’’

However, Peter Okurut, also in USA, disagreed with him:’’ Since colonial time and till just last week, this hospital has been close to state house. Is it only now that the government has realized how close the hospital is to the state house?

Seriously, how many national assets are going to be sacrificed for a few individuals? Soon the international airport will be secured for a few, and as the president commutes to Kampala, the Entebbe -Kampala road will be secured for the president’s security and so forth. So will the Kampala-Masaka- Mbarara -Kihurura roads because it will be insecure for the president to use it when going home, so the public should be re-routed I don’t know where.

The real security lies within the people, not securing land etc; the president should invest in the people by providing services and relinquishing power at the earliest opportunity available. No amount of private roads, hospitals, bunks, mazes of tunnels or MI-Gs can stop people’s power when they finally say, “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH,” see what happened to the King of Kings of Africa, comrade Col. Gaddafi? Is there any African leader who had better security detail than him, where is he now?’’

According to the Daily Monitor, ‘’ The hospital, which serves an estimated 6,000 people, was built by British colonialists in 1904 and borders State House Entebbe gate.
The government plans to turn the hospital into a health facility for State House staff and security personnel. The first attempt to take over the land came up in June when a medical officer Special Forces only identified as Major Mwesigye, approached local leaders in Entebbe, medical officers and hospital administrators proposing that State House takes over Entebbe ‘Grade A’ Hospital apparently used as a private wing.’’

It is not yet clear if another hospital is going to be built in Entebbe to provide the health services to the residents.

Dr. Kipenji Owor from Australia, is also not satisfied with the reasons given for the takeover: ‘Entebbe Hospital has for long been one of the white elephants serving as an eye sore to the residents of Entebbe.The last time it really functioned as a public hospital could have been around 1987. It also happened to be a hospital where my Engineer friend told me was equipped to handle emergency services during the infamous CHOGM meet. Unfortunately whatever was installed or left un installed is still in the same repose as it was left. Apparently most Entebbe residents either go to private clinics or to hospitals in and around Kampala. The staffing in this hospital is very un motivated let alone being sparse. With such a scenario, may be incorporating it within the State house perimeter, it might come to be adequately used. So,I am not personally in support of it being taken up by state house for the reasons Mr Pojim cites, but rather for the redundant status it finds itself in. If it becomes a state house facility, personnel may be attracted to work there in much the same way they did with the former Kiseka Foundation Hospital in the backyard of the once upon a time famous Bat valley which like Bat valley appears to have become extinct.’’

Jose Chameleon’s Conversion to Islam Draws a lot of mixed reaction from Ugandans Abroad

Joseph Mayanja alias Jose Chameleon is now a Muslim and he is now called Gaddafi Mayanja. However, some Ugandans abroad have received the news with a lot of scepticism. One Peter Okurut Simon who is based in USA said: ‘I don’t see why Chameleon’s Catholic priest turned father-in- law should get mad with him. It is true, the father -in-law is/was a priest. If the father-in-law as a Catholic priest can produce a daughter against the Catholic Church dogmas, why should he get mad with Chameleon who is exercising his freedom of choice? May be Chameleon is targeting a certain “Hajji’s” daughter for a second wife and the Hajji has given a condition for him to covert before! Fathers-in-laws should know their limits’’

‘’….That said, the father-in-law may use his wealth to influence the outcome of the conversion, he has a lot of businesses in Kampala and Nairobi, he even owns a powerful secondary school in Kampala where the daughter is the manager kind of. Chameleone’s wife is a good and kind lady.’’

Richard Mukasa, a Uganda based in London was among those not happy with this development:’’ Religion a kind of technology or invention which is has been used to spellbind and captivate the minds of African people. As such, African people have been made to be dependent on the thinking and creativity of Arabs and Europeans. Money, religion and technology are the three most spellbinding and captivating forces that African people must be LIBERATED from in order to advance and all of these fall under the umbrella of TECHNOLOGY (Applied Knowledge). Religion has been used by the colonialists both Arabs and Europeans to indoctrinate, dominate and then discourage African people from attempting to change so that the dominant people (colonialists) can retain their power and influence over us.’’

Mukasa went on to say:’’….But the Europeans/ Arabs came and informed them that African names, religion, language, social order, kings etc were not good. As such, they baptised them with new names such as Abbey, Richard, Muhammend etc. Then, they stopped them from worshiping their God, they sold them into slavery, and even forced them to speak European languages and Arabic to these invaders, our African languages are not a sign of intelligence. Right now, Abbey, you lost your identity, culture and status. You always look up to the Europeans for knowledge, money, advice etc and then you look up to the Arabs for spiritual needs. Basically, you and I were colonised mentally, financially, physically, spiritually and intellectually. The Arabs / Europeans stand on a higher ground before us because they claim to have a higher moral/ intellectual authority over us.’’

‘’……LIBERATION from oppressive entities may require physical conflict, but African people must create African technology including our own religion, which is competitive with, or better than those of our oppressors. Engaging in a physical campaign for liberation is understandable from an emotional standpoint, but premature in terms of being sincerely practical resulting in a positive outcome………..The aim of the liberation is to ensure that African people are not colonised, enslaved, exploited, or taken advantage of and ensuring that traditional African culture is preserved.
Technology in form of weapons (guns, bombs, missiles, lasers etc) which threaten the survival, existence, and wellbeing of Africans are just fear inducing, supporting and driving forces of success of other technologies such as Law systems, Religious and Economic Systems of the Europeans / Arabs and would quickly abandon them.’’

But one of the Ugandans based in Kampala and works as a journalist at Newvision, Ahmed Katerega, rebuked Mukasa’s utterances: ‘’l think even our own people, like Baganda, who were worshipping one God, Katonda (The Creator) with a shrine at Butonda in Kyaggwe, were monotheists. Katonda had other names like Lugaba (The Giver), Dunda (The Shepherrd), Namugereka (The Designer/Planner/Builder of the Earth), Liisoddene (The Big Eye), etc…

”In the West, they had Ruhanga, and in the North He was Lubanga. But monotheism stopped in Buganda in the 16th century when Kabaka Nakibinge was defeated by Bunyoro under Omukama Winyi and Buganda was fully occupied. Baganda fled to Ssese where they hired mercinaries including lubaale (gods) like Kibuuka, god of war, and drove Banyoro out of the country. No wonder Baganda embraced Islam and Christianity and even died for them. Some went far and even embraced Judaism, which is a religion for the Jewish nation but not for the universe.’’


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