Yoga Adhola’s book is interesting!

Friends,

Classifying anyone as the “successful” at anything tends to reflect more on the source than the subject. So keep that in mind when I make the following statement: Yoga Adhola is a writer whose power to express himself in words mirrored his expressiveness with politics. He is someone who lives and breathes politics. His life is extraordinary not only for the years he has counted but for the people he has known and the scenes he has witnessed. He mentions a lot of people he has rubbed shoulders with in his book, ‘”UPC and national-democratic liberation in Uganda”. He touches on a variety of volatile ideas here including the 1971 coup sponsored by the British and Israelites.

In 1962, Yoga joined Kings College Budo School, where he deliberately refused to speak Luganda because he held some anti-Baganda feelings, something that attracted him to the UPC and probably explain why UPC was formed in the first place. In his book, he keeps referring to his ‘hatred’ of the Baganda as Buganda’s social domination over other tribes in Uganda. After his university education at the University of Nairobi, he moved to Tanzania in 1970s that brought him closer to Akena Adoko, Museveni and Obote. Yoga joined Museveni’s FRONASA before he switched back to his zone of comfort in UPC, a party he has publicly defended to the teeth up to now. Yoga doesn’t hide his admiration of Obote to the extent that he used Obote’s photo for his front book cover, such that its easy to mistake him to have been the author. I don’t know whether he did that for easy marketing purposes but I found it a bit weird. I also failed to understand how he could see a ‘gesture’ by Obote yet there were just talking on a phone to each other , a week before Obote’s death.

In Western culture, virtually everything is understood through the process of storytelling, often to the detriment of reality. When we recount history, we tend to use the life experience of one person– the “journey” of a particular “hero,” in the lingo of the mythologist Joseph Campbell–as a prism for understanding everything else. That inclination works perfectly well when you read Yoga’s book, especially on how Uganda National Congress (UNC) and UPC came to be formed. I also learnt something from the book on this very story which I didn’t know before, that Obote had been elected the president of UNC to replace Ignatius Musazi in 1958 before he eventually allied with the Uganda People’s Union (UPU) to form UPC. What I failed to understand why Obote found it necessary to change the name of the party instead of just recruiting the UPU guys into the party. After all, the original ideas of the ANC were for interegration of all Ugandans, and UPU were just a bunch of traders.

Densely written, crammed with extensive endnotes indicative of a PhD thesis, Yoga’s book offers no entertainment but there is a lot to learn there. Having seen some of his arguments on the Ugandans At Heart forum (UAH), It took me a long time to finish his book, and I stupidly didn’t give it a first priority. I bought the book in 2016 but I have been reading it in bits. However, I liked the way he describes the Buganda wars against Bunyoro, Busoga and Ankole, e.t.c, and their attempts to try to spread their nationalism, which he called ‘identity chauvinism’.

I had hoped that he would be moved to play a crucial role in the current politics of Uganda, especially considering that he was old enough when we got independence in 1962 and understands a lot of things, but I guess he was put off by the way Museveni does his politics: ‘you’re his friend or ally today, but you are an enemy tomorrow if you disagree with him over anything’. As a result, Yoga has joined the vanished worlds of so many wasted resourceful Ugandans abroad, and that is extremely sad.

I will try to share some of the ideas in his book with UAH members whenever I get a chance, God willing.

THIS IS WHAT AMURIAT NEEDS TO DO TO SORT OUT THE FDC MESS


By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UK

If witnesses were all that was required to “prove” anything we’d be in a lot of trouble. The way some FDC MPs and people in the opposition are attacking Besigye, one may think that he has really done something heinous, like murdering or raping someone. That’s why I have always gone by the advice given to me by my dear departed granddad who said “Don’t believe everything you read and only half of what you see”. There are people out there who are evil and just enjoy tarnishing others.

Besigye maybe a ‘sellout'(as some MPs are openly telling us) and a peddlebum, but at least he has, over the years, stood up to the dictator and their puritanical ways.The difference here is: the Muntu group (curse ’em) have no spine or cojones; Besigye (bless him) has a spine and cojones.The Muntu group were afraid to go on streets during the WALK TO WORK protests, and always too afraid to go after the peccadillos of the police and NRM. Besigye, on the otherhand, has been on streets fighting for us, faced teargas, arrested as many times as we kill mosqutoes daily, his relatives driven into exile, taken fear out of Ugandans,e.t.c, but all we get from his opponents is that: he is bad, he is an obstacle to democracy, he is working for M7, he bangs Ingrid Turinawe when Winnie isnt around,he hates Bobi Wine, e.t.c…what kind of nonsense is that?

It realy makes me laugh when there’s all this crow-cawing over “AMURIAT IS A SHADOW” and that Besigye is the one in charge, when the very people complaining don’t attend meetings called by the new FDC president; they undermind him for every chance they get; they refuse to depart with their financial contributions to the party because Amuriat is working with Besigye, e.t.c. It looks to me like the intrigue in the FDC is all matter of payback and whose got the balls, and I dont like the way some MPs have handled it, especially coming out on social media making live videos exposing the problems within the party.

My hunch is that the MPs openly fighting Besigye and Amuriat now are going to continue doing so, and will eventually leave the party. They aren’t influential in the party in the more because if they did, they will be taking their fights in the party committes, and its the reason they have gone public– to seek public sympathy. Party infighting is normal and it happens all over the world, but how its handled is the most important thing. In the 1950s, Ignatius Musazi lost control of the Uganda National Congress(UNC) party because he chose to go with the flow, especially the appeasement of the Buganda movements at the time, and this sidelined him from the original aims and objectives of the ANC. That’s how Milton Obote eventually took over the ANC, allied with rebels of ANC that had formed their respective parties, and then formed UPC. Incidentally, among those ‘rebels’ was John Kale(Kaliisa), the late father of the Gen.Kale Kayihura, who had opened up a ANC office in Cairo. If Musazi and Abu Mayanja had continued with the party objectives of fighting for the interests of all Ugandans, the rebels wouldn’t have achieved much.

Therefore, FDC must go back to the drawing board, and stick to the objectives of why it was formed. Let them not get distracted by ‘haters’. Attacking Besigye because he is more popular than the rest, doesn’t help anything or anyone. The guys handling enforcement of party discipline must get to work immediately, even it means losing some members. To emphasize this, all those MPs openly attacking the party must face the whip. FDC elders must swing into action to reconcile the different factions within the party. Yes, every party in Uganda,including NRM, has got ‘moles’ and we shouldn’t let them destroy such a young party. Mugisha Muntu should be put to a task to issue a statement explaining his relationship with those fighting Amuriat. He either distances himself from them or the party must say ‘goodbye’ to him. Those who want to walk out with him, should do so. The earlier Patrick Oboi Amuriat does this, the better.He must show that he’s got the balls!

Why Besigye is being fought by both the Govt and Opposition right now!

The narrative used to be about doing something but now it’s all about trying to be someone. That’s the curse of our generation. Everyone wants to be someone before doing anything.If you try to mobilise funds for your local hospital,for instance, people will ask you questions like, ‘who are you?, are you the MP, do u want to stand in some position, e.t.c. Most of the adults have given up on genuinely educating the young on life experiences and expectations. And so today we have to fall back to the leaders of past times in order to have an encounter with something real.

Look at what’s happening in FDC, most of the MPs opposed to Besigye are just simply jealous. Anybody who’s in their mid 40s plus are kind of jealousy of Besigye because they want him off the stage, to launch their political career. Their sub-strategy is that let’s get rid of Besigye too such that he leaves the stage the same time as Museveni. They aren’t worried about M7 anymore b’se they know he has past it—its now just a matter of when, not if, he goes. Unfortunately, most people aren’t thinking about the country anymore. Its all about me, me, me, and strategising.

Just to clarify, I’ve never been paid a cent to defend Besigye and his actions. I’ve neither met him nor spoken to him, nor communicated to him in any way. So, its unfair to brand all people defending him as paid servants, or on payroll, or FDC radicals. Most people defend him out of self conviction:country first before anything else. I’ve read about Mr.Mugisha Muntu’s background and his activities in student politics while at Makerere University, and I like him, and I dont think anybody is underestimating him. I know that he’s ambitious, and probably unfairly being accused of being a mole due to his tribe and past closeness to Museveni. But its important that he puts the country first before his own personal ambitions. He’s hiding from the fact that he can’t win against Besigye, or a Besigye candidate, even if he does participate. The truth is that Besigye remains the most popular opposition leader in FDC and elsewhere. Government has been trying to mitigate that for ages without any success. So, I don’t understand why anybody in the opposition would try to help them just because of personal ambitions.

Its the same situation with Bobi Wine. I like him but I don’t think there’s any need for him to flex his muscles to show that he’s edging Besigye out in any way. By doing that, he is exactly doing Museveni’s bidding,i.e. reducing Besigye’s popularity. In other words, Bobi Wine is like a gift to Museveni from God right now. We all know that even if he stands for presidency in 2021, he wont make it, but i’m sure the govt is dancing to his activities right now. All this just requires one to have common sense, it’s textbook stuff. KB is still the real deal, no question, I think all of that premieres,activities or whatever Bobi is doing right now, have been done in the past by the likes of AlHajji Nasser Ssebagala and others,there’s nothing new, but his story is fascinating.

What is it about Bebe Cool that makes people so passionate about his music?

What is it about Bebe Cool that makes people so passionate about his music? it’s rarely pretty, often violent, almost always TENSE,not making any sense but yet there’s something so fascinating and intriguing about it that it almost defies explanation. For instance, I remember being invited to a party once here in the UK , and people were banging Bebe’s KASEPEKI. I danced all my bones out but in the end, I thought to myself, ‘why am i dancing to this nonsense?’ Music is to be enjoyed (in a very broad sense), but what is there to enjoy in his music? Would love to hear others’ thoughts on what makes it so special for them.

There’s a lot of Judas- Isacriotism in Katuntu!

Hon. Abdu Katuntu


This was a purge not a reshuffle,” Hon.Katuntu

Being a lawyer, it always helps Katuntu to come up with the right words, or find fitting words to use, but I’m only surprised someone would say such a statement in apparent seriousness. Truthfully, I’ve rarely been his fan, and he comes across as someone who could betray anybody anytime. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in a Museveni cabinet in future.

Let’s take the current parliamentary reshuffle, for instance, does it only become a ” purge” if he’s the one dropped? Why didn’t he use a similar word when Hon.Nandala Mafabi was removed as LOP, with all his experience as both an accountant and lawyer?

It’s obvious that every FDC President places increasing importance on loyalty than anything else, a reason why the reshuffle was necessary, since most of the people removed were loyal to the previous president, Mugisha Muntu. Mafabi himself was removed as LOP because of his undoubted loyalty to Kiiza Besigye.

In this country there are relatively few occasions now where people get away with the disloyal lady just taking centre stage and singing. Museveni tries it in NRM because he has different fat spots to offer even his “enemies” , and it’s his way of keeping them closer. An FDC president, on the otherhand, doesn’t have that luxury.

What’s so special about Winnie Kiiza? The only mistake FDC supposedly made was not to retain her in some capacity. For a party that is growing leaders, its better to help them develop in some other capacity if you think they aren’t doing well in their current positions. But if FDC offered another position to her and she declined, then she doesn’t deserve anybody’s sympathy. Good leaders come and go, but especially they come back!

Therefore, an analysis of Amuriat ‘s “sinfullness” based merely on the extent of this reshuffle, and the FDC loses in Bugiri,would, in that context, seem wildly inappropriate. People should give him a chance to set his own pace in an office environment he feels comfortable with. Byebyo ebyange!

Congratulations to our sister Bridget Mbabazi!

Bridget and her South African husband


There is no doubt that Cyril Ramaphosa(CR) will get on well with Amama Mbabazi. It will be like a house on fire. Both are politicians, lawyers and business men. Unlike Mbabazi who is a one- woman man forever, CR has drilled a few wells ,been divorced twice, and now in his third marriage. I’m sure both men will teach the newly weds a thing or two about marriage. In my experience with the business People, they always look at marriage between their children as another business deal that has gone down well, and they always bang their heads on the walls if it all ends up in divorce at some point, because it means one of them is gonna lose money. CR was Mandela ‘s bodyguard before he went to prison at Roben Island. The moment Mandela was arrested, he decided to lay low for a while, started various businesses, and he is now among the richest people in South Africa. He owns shares in MTN South Africa, McDonald, Mercedes Benz, e.t.c. His private jet has allegedly been sited at Mercedes centre in Leeds, UK. So, basically the Mbabazis have ” fallen in things “.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this good “deal”, especially our sister Bridget Birungi Mbabazi!

Ok, this is how it’s gonna play out!

Published on Abbey Semuwemba Facebook page on 2nd July 2018

Ok, this is how it’s gonna play out:
1. M7 is gonna make concessions on mobile money tax if people keep complaining , and eventually get it either reduced or Removed.
2. M7 wont do anything about the Social media tax for now till before the next elections. He hates social media, anyway. He will, however, make promises, as usual, and the gullible ones will clap hands for him. By then, he will have enough money for his campaigns via social media and mobile money taxes.
3. He is gonna wash his hands off both taxes, and shift the whole blame to MPs and some cabinet members.
4. The number of people on social media has definitely reduced on day one of social media tax, but it will eventually pick up as people get used to the changes and the tax, and use of VPN.
5. The number of people using mobile money will go down among the poor( majority), but the middle-class and super rich will continue using the service due to its convenience.
6.Wait and see how other countries copy from Uganda and roll out social media tax too. ……Sad!

A letter to Mark Zuckerberg!

Facebook and whatsapp owner


Dear Mark Zuckerberg,
We thank you for making Facebook and whatapp free for everyone around the world. Is there any way you can further help people in Uganda to access the two services without internet or the need to pay taxes on them, please. The people of uganda are too poor to afford such a tax at the moment, and i believe it hasnt been introduced in good spirit. Its sole purpose is to limit the number of people on social media.

Thanking you in advance.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

Concerned citizen of Uganda.

P.S: Please share till Mark Zuckerberg receives this message.

Social Media is for free interaction, not for tax!

Museveni: mouth is for eating, not for sex. We know the address of sex, we know where sex is

Me: Social Media is for free interaction, not for tax. We know the address of where our tax goes, we know where tax is!

Facebook app that gives free internet!


Guys, there’s a free Facebook app I have been told to allow certain countries to get online without internet. Test it if you are in Uganda to see if it works. If it doesn’t, then we have strong reasons to ask for this service urgently.

If you have an Android, you can download the Free Basics by Facebook app from the Play Store. If you have a feature phone, visit http://www.freebasics.com from your mobile browser. If you already have the Facebook Android app, you can access Free Basics in the ‘More’ menu. If its working but not properly, Just clear your browser’s cache and cookies, and see how it goes. If you’re using Facebook through the Free Basics app, you may be seeing a free-data version of Facebook that doesn’t include photos. The data you use within the Free Basics app does not count against your data plan. You will receive a warning if you’re about to visit sites that require data.

Internet.org is a Facebook-led initiative with the goal of making affordable Internet access available to the two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected and to bring the same opportunities to everyone that the connected third of the world has today. You can learn more about Internet.Org at http://bit.ly/2neKAZq. Have a great day!

Museveni’s headache is now VPN and it’s not going anywhere soon!

Yesterday was an heroic date in Uganda’s history, because a president was forced to deny publicly the arrangement of a new tax called mobile money, yet he had engineered and signed it into law himself. He argued that he had directed a 0.5% tax reduction on mobile money transactions rather than the 1% that was passed by MPs, not that it makes the situation any better.

Since the terms “left” and “right” emerged during the French Revolution. The definitions have undergone some changes, sometimes the boundaries have got more or less blurred, but most of those characteristics continue to be emblematic of the left. This is particularly true of taxation, and particularly so in the countries where many right wingers believe that taxation is theft and think that a society can be run without taxation.

Personally, I think people start viewing taxation as theft if they don’t directly benefit from the taxes, and I strongly believe this is the reason the social media tax introduced this month in Uganda, is being looked at negatively. Ugandans benefit less from the taxes as most of it goes towards keeping Museveni in power and making his cronies happy, on top of out of control corruption. The taxation system in Uganda is basically like robbing you at gunpoint, and then give you a bottle of wine to help dull the pain. The gun or force is always there. The basis of the state rests on force. That’s why the gov’t is already threatening those that use VPN to dodge paying the social media tax.

Journalist Andrew Mwenda obviously disagrees with this, and mocked Ugandans that they want services from the gov’t, but don’t want to pay taxes. He obviously made that statement basing on the taxation system in countries where citizens see how taxes directly benefit them. In some developed nations, they go as far as using part of the taxes to cater for the unemployed, such that when people are out of work, their gov’t provide temporary social safety nets. In Uganda, on the otherhand, even simple things like healthcare aren’t affordable to citizens. Same for housing. it’s good to have housing for all and a good govt should try–thru private sector and government–to offer affordable housing to almost everyone. But some idiot has gone ahead and proposed rental tax instead of envouraging people to build as many houses around the country as possible. The truth is that new taxes such as social media and rental tax are only ideal for a future Uganda and therefore a future president, not now or anytime soon.

it seems obvious that an efficient system of public transport is an essential element in any society and in many countries trains and buses are heavily subsidized in order both to save fuel and to ensure that people can get to work. But what has the Museveni gov’t done about this in the last 32 years? Even the trains that were functional under Amin and Obote are not different from skulls in Luwero.

Nobody is encouraging a nanny state here but my dream is to be in a democracy with a social conscience. It doesn’t make sense to introduce a tripple taxation on a service , such as mobile money, which is very popular with the majority poor and created employment for the youths, simply because you want to boost the businesses of the banks( minority rich).

Actually, for me I propose much higher taxes on the rich because it would be a boom to the economy. Why? Because it would have the effect of forcing the rich to reinvest in their businesses. Today, the big business owner screws the worker and takes more of the earnings out of his business as personal profits. And why not? His rate of taxation on his personal income is so low — that he’s more than happy to pay the low taxes due. He can then turn around as an individual and invest the money left after paying taxes into entities that earn capital gains, which are taxed at the super-low rate. Now, the profits he took out of his business are being put to work to earn him a personal fortune that sits outside of whatever he’s doing in his business. Eventually, he gets most his business salary paid in stock options and tax-deferred funds that allow him to avoid paying taxes at all, or at
the worst, at the lower rate. That is how most of the sugarcane factory owners in Busoga survive while the majority of the Basoga that work for them are perennially poor.

Goverment shouldn’t interfere with internet expansion and growth in the country, because its part of indirect investment in the population. Investments in people creates a consumer class that has the spending power to purchase goods and services that allows businesses to expand even more.

Of course, we then get down to what the priorities are of our nation. The little taxes we collect now would be enough to give ugandans services if our government wasnt extravagant, corrupt, relying on partisanship, or spending money on stuff we could do without. As long as Museveni continues to run Uganda like his personal property, people will resist certain taxes. In USA, those that resist unfair taxes call themselves “Moonshiners”. In Uganda, we’re yet to come up with an agreed name but they shall probably be called the “VPNs”.

Besigye prayed Eid with Londoners!

The Uganda Muslim Community 2018 Eid-fitri prayers in London were more or less bookended by Kiiza Besigye’s speech, with grand social and political reverberations. I never attended myself as I received the message on my phone so late. I suspect that the FDC officials there organised this meeting in haste. It would have been nice to meet Besigye for the first time. Nevertheless,I followed everything online thanks to Dr. Rashid Kasaato’s live wire on Facebook.

First of all,It was nice to see Hajji Lutavurigirwa Moses Sserwadda. I didn’t know that he’s based in the land of ‘Matooke, Mitcham, where I once lived for a year or so. He wanted to know why FDC has less presence at local elections.

It was also nice to see Brother Sulaiman Kavulu, and his usual ‘sunnah’ of smiling all the time. He is the Secretary General of the Uganda Muslim Community in the UK, i believe. I hope he finds a way of finding a permanent home for Uganda Muslims in London. The Uganda- Tanzania Muslim community in Leeds did it through a 7 year fundraising period, and finally managed to get a home, yet there are fewer in numbers. I didn’t like my brothers and sisters being blown by the hot wind in an open space, and one person commenting that they would be chased away because one of the cars had been wrongly parked.

It was also nice to see Omulangila Dickson Wasajja in his usual suits and ‘never-give-up’ spirit. Wasajja has worked to foster the growth of the opposition in diaspora than anybody else I know. I once asked him while at a Buganda conference in Manchester, before the 2016 elections, why Besigye was standing again yet the elections are gonna be rigged again, and he sounded optimistic that Besigye had a plan, he is still optimistic, and I’ve always wondered what keeps his optimism going, because I didn’t see any immediate Besigye ‘plan’ during or after the elections. Ya well, he knows better!

Besigye was introduced to Muslims by Dr. Kasaato who is usually provocative, energized and a ray of light. I prefer to look at him as one of Uganda’s ‘sunshine’ being wasted in London. Bringing people together for a meeting ranks high among the legacies he will leave behind. He is another top bloke!

In his speech, Besigye, mentioned that Museveni has always persecuted Muslims, and I didn’t see or sense anybody in the audience disagreeing with him on that one. For some reason, every leader seems to target some defenceless group before they jump on another bigger one. A lot of people don’t know this but Hitler first targeted the mentally disabled,before the Jews.The Nazis set up the T4 project in the thirties to “cleanse” away 70,000 mentally disabled people, including schizophrenics and epileptics. During WW2 many Germans knew minorities were disappearing, but a lot of Germans just ignored it, as people did so at the systematic killing of sheikhs in Uganda.

People normally start acting when the majority is threatened. For some reason, some people look at Muslims as crazy yet we are really nice people. Our religion teaches us to do a lot of nice things. You just have to get to know us properly. We are decent fellows. Shiekh/ Mufti Mubajje has demanded that the Muslims tortured over Afande Kaweesi’s murder be compensated, so we wait and see. We are patient, you know. Otherwise, the police refusal to do the job they are employed and paid to do is extremely serious, particularly as this case is highly important, indeed key to the whole issue of assassinations and kidnappings in Uganda at the moment. Uganda has lost much in the last 20 years – it has lost proper constitutionalism, it has lost its self-respect and its identity as a people.

This is what is going on in Kayihura’s head!!

This is what is going on in Kale Kayihura’s head—–its about to explode.I’m actually surprised that he never managed to escape after his sacking as IGP. He would have been in a better negotiating position with Museveni if he was outside the country than being inside. All the signs of his arrest were there from the moment Tumukunde came in as his boss, and I’m sure being a lawyer, he must have used his time between the arrest of Kitatta and his remaining time in office, to wipe out most of the evidence incriminating him.

At least,nobody is gonna kill anybody, at least for now.Kale will most likely be ‘forgiven’, rehabilitated and then later die of ‘natural’ death!

Michael Jackson died this month on 25th in 2009!

Michael Jackson died this month on 25th in 2009. He is one person blacks ,all over the world,shouldn’t try to forget easily, because we don’t have lots of role models.Yes, he could be weird,sometimes, but he was our weird. His strangeness wasn’t an obstacle to his fans’ adoration; it was central to his power. On our farm in Bugerere, as a kid, I used to dance like Michael Jackson,and I remember one relative, Kajoba Aide, telling me that i was gonna become a dancer. I still remember the exact spot where he said this to me(never underestimate the memory of a child).The way he used to snatch up his fedora from the stage is something I had never seen before. Jackson could put it on purely so he can fling it away, briefly masking himself so as to choreograph his own emergence.

I don’t really believe that he molested those kids. I never blamed him for being “Wacko Jacko” because his father BEAT him several times as a child, and that could mess you up. His “Thriller” album was totally cool, since i luv ’80s stuff. The Thriller revolutionalised the music as probably Jose Chameleon’s “Jamira” and other songs, did in uganda. He grew up a famous singer, so i don’t blame him. He was just a deranged dude because of his childhood, I believe. R.I.P.

What is my brother Kirumira Muhammad aka Mwoyo Gwa Gwanga exactly up to?


What is my brother Kirumira Muhammad aka Mwoyo Gwa Gwanga exactly up to? I’m starting to get worried about him. He seems to have no ‘breaks’ in his revelations about Uganda Police, and the former IGP, Kayihura. He is making TV appearances. He is even scrubbing up well,going by this attached picture when he was invited by one of the top radios in the country. Where is he going with all this? What’s the deal, man?

God isn’t stupid, Mr. President!


One African team remains in the 2018 World cup, Museveni is still the president of Uganda, a lot of people are sick, poor and jobless, frustrated and,most importantly,so many are blaming God. However, the Philippine president open perception of God as “stupid” is something that has tickled me, and I think it’s a normal human assessment, but if one opens up to God and searches for a spiritual lead in these matters the results are very different. God did and always has done the very best that could be done. Of course we can’t answer some related questions, like a question that used to bother me when i started learning physics at my O levels:what created God, for instance, but we can move on in our thinking by going along with the understanding that the human brain simply cannot understand many such things. The only option here is to keep studying and learning, hoping for a better understanding.

The suffering in Africa, Middle East and elsewhere is a mortal phase of our existence but it is not the bottom line. We are going through this phase of inconveniences and suffering in order that we may learn enough about all the effects of sin and rebellion. Without this training phase we would never be suitable for immortality and absolute sovereignty.

Yes, it takes some courage to think for yourself. The topics in debate are just another example of sovereign choice. That is, each individual can make their own sovereign choice as to whether to accept God or reject the entire idea that God exists. Some Jews believe that we should never use the word “God”. That is because it means we are defining “God”.

God is omnipotent but sometimes we don’t/can’t understand what He is doing. It is at these lock-ups that we must trust in faith and lean not on our own understanding.God will do things in the best way possible and He will not be diverted from this process by our human complaints or disagreements. God has eternal plans for us and this very brief spate of mortal existence is but a miniscule part of God’s concern for us. We must learn and this is the only workable way for us to do so. This is somewhat like parents interacting with their children. The parents may impose some restrictions that make the child unhappy for the time being but the long term effect is well worth the stress the child had to go through.

I feel the need to praise God because I firmly believe God is worthy of praise. We would never have existed had God not created us. As a Muslim, my main source of understanding is the quran. If I can’t find information in the quran that supports my thinking on a specific matter I conclude that my thinking is wrong. If I can find information in the quran that supports my thinking I conclude that my thinking is right. But I’m always careful to respect the views of other people.

I don’t mean to imply that you or any other atheist MUST accept God’s ways. I merely point out that we all have the sovereign choice in this and no one can overwhelm anyone else into believing or not believing that God exists. Everything is relative except when its not.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UNITED KINGDOM

“In tribute to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Uganda, two bastions of strength in a world filled with strife, discrimination and terrorism.”

GIVE BOTH ARTS AND SCIENCES THE SAME BILL!

school chemistry Uganda teacher explain rules

BY ABBEY KIBIRIGE SEMUWEMBA
UK

Friends,

I followed with some interest Tamale Milundi’s views on the government’s position to financially boost more science courses at university at the expense of arts, when he was hosted at Pearl FM,Uganda.If arts programs continue to regarded as an “extra” we can live without, I’m afraid we aren’t looking at the big picture here as Tamale explained,”not everyone is capable of becoming a Bill Gates.Every child has his own abilities and limitations when it comes to education”.

Secondly,I don’t see why so many people see schools as the only place to cultivate a taste for art or sciences. A lot of people have made discoveries outside school and they have been recognised. Schools tend to do exactly the opposite:by forcing it down young people’s throats,with the teacher foisting heavy-handed interpretations and criticisms onto a subject, as well as choosing what is “good” art or science (in whose view?), and then making their students abhor subjects by turning it into homework, analysis, and drudgery.I say, just give the kids the tools (reading, writing, argument, debate, e.t.c), not too much home work and exams, then turn them loose to explore whatever they want and form their own independent opinions without helpful “guidance.” They’ll find what is right eventually. Just because a student has crammed and passed a biology theory exam, it doesn’t necessarily make him or her a good potential doctor.The student must have passion for medicine to be a good doctor. At the moment, Uganda has produced a lot of quack doctors with PHDs who don’t know exactly what they’re doing. That’s why, most times, someone gets a stroke in Uganda and a hospital charges an arm and leg just for simply keeping the patient on oxygen, yet they aren’t really doing anything. No wonder, most patients end up dying!

There are two books I would like people to look out for and read. The more recent of the two books is Dinesh DeSousa’s “Illiberal Education” which raised public awareness to the phenomenon of political correctness in education.The older of the two books is “Education and Human Relationships” by Rutgers University Anthropology professor, Ashley Montagu. In it Montagu proposed that the primary objective of the education system should not be to teach History,Geography, Mathematics, Science or even reading and writing but rather what he referred to as the “Art of Human Relationships” which basically amounts to the same thing that is now referred to as “political correctness”.

In a subsequent book written during the 1964 US presidential election campaign, “The American Way of Life”, Montagu went further to argue that the primary emphasis in education should not be to teach “traditional subjects” but to inform students what was wrong about a politician like Barry Goldwater,(the 1964 Republican presidential candidate).Needless to say Professor Montagu’s advice was heeded, North American education system’s were dumbed down, the teaching of traditional subjects deemphasized and the teaching of politically correct values emphasized in it’s place.A chain had effectively been placed on the brains of people who went to school in the late 20th century.

Thirdly, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that there’s a coleration between sciences and arts one way or the other. I was good at Sciences and arts at the same time during my O’ levels. OK, i admit Physics practicals were a pain in the ass but I was OK with the rest. A lot of musicians have turned out to be scientists at the same time.Science is basically the production and verification of models that attempt to explain the real world. Mathematics is a set of abstractions that can be used to build such models.Go to the library and look up “The Golden Ratio” and “The Fibonacci Sequence”.There are a lot of connections between these mathematical objects and the arts (especially visual). We shouldn’t undermine anybody in whatever field they are good at.The government’s job should be to give a chance to students to do whatever they want to do at university, not to dictate to them what the government wants them to do.

Byebyo ebyange!

Meet 16 year old Rahma Jjingo who has developed an app Ugconnect

Meet 16 year old Rahma Jjingo who has developed an app Ugconnect. It helps one to find their way around Kampala. It has potential. It helps tourists figure out where to find places of attraction, accommodations etc… App is functional but not on GooglePlay yet.She’s at the International School of Uganda.

Rahma happens to be one of my many cousins!

Sad what’s happening in Uganda at the moment!

Kidnapped woman Susan Magara found dead


A kidnapped/vanished child is always a tragedy, and I don’t wish to ridicule anyone’s pain. However,an audio by a kidnapper in a third world country will never help the police catch the killers. We aren’t that sophisticated in technology. Actually, a lot of Generals sound like that man speaking Lunyolo in the audio by Susan Magara’s kidnappers.Even the FBI cannot conclusively identify anybody’s voice using a computer. They have been working on voice recognition for many years, and to this day computers understand only the most basic voice commands, so who knows how long it’ll take until computers and synthesizers can actually emulate human voices or instruments reasonably well. What the FBI concentrate on is mainly the background of where the audio might have been recorded, and then they start identifying areas with such a background.

It is an uncomfortable thing to say as well as to read, but I believe that there’s no security for common citizens in Uganda at the moment. There’s only security for the important people in the country. The 999 number isnt working, the police are more interested in protecting the regime in power, protecting government buildings, e.t.c, but not the common people. Anybody can be killed by anybody anytime, and chances are anybody can get away with a crime if not seen.

Over the last six years crime has greatly increased and the police seem not be in position to do anything about it. In addition the criminals themselves are often let off,case hearings deliberately delayed or criminals serve a fraction of any sentence.For instance, nobody is talking about the Kanyamunyu case anymore. Its dying a natural death, because it has been replaced by bigger cases such as Kitatta’s. Basically, the present government has failed in the first duty of the state, to protect its citizens. May be, citizens should be availed guns to protect themselves from criminals. John Lott, in his book “More Guns, Less Crime,” proves that guns in the hands of private citizens can be an effective crime deterrent.

Susan Magara’s experience is far from unique. Kidnappers, murderers, Muggers haunt almost every town while in others criminals work with the police to ‘protect’ citizens, as we have seen with Sobi group that are now being protected by the police.We are cursed with a government that says one thing and does another. The real problem is the moral climate produced by the present administration, and a feeling they are more on the side of the criminals than their victims.

Far more important, in my view, is the overall recognition of the need for the police to rebrand itself. They need new management at the top, new ideas, new directions, new strategies, e.t.c. Nobody trusts the police anymore. so everyone is paranoid. The more we read about daily murderers on social media and newspapers, the more Uganda is looked at by the rest as a backward nation.A “backward nation” is one regressing in terms of political,material and spiritual measures.

I believe that the crime wave now taking place in the Uganda is due in part to Museveni’s over stay in power. He is now an old man who cannot keep tabs on everything happening in the country. And since he had personalised most of the institutions, everything is now a mess because he doesnt have the energy to be everywhere anymore. Basically, we are heading for the tougher times!

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UNITED KINGDOM

How come Grace Ibingira is rarely mentioned in our independence celebrations?

Grace Ibingira

So, the Uganda flag was designed by Grace Stuart Ibingira. How come he is rarely mentioned in our independence celebrations?
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Abbey,
I don’t really know. May be because he sat in jail most of the 1960s so his name fell off that way. But then again, The late David Kakoma who composed the Uganda National anthem is seldom mentioned either. So, what do the colors represent? I see British Royal Guard parade with those colours and Germany, Belgien, Syd Afrika, Zimbabwe mm do have the same colours. Yet, West African countries have yellow, Green and Red.

What made Ibingira choose just the Black, Yellow and Red?
Noc’la via UAH
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It is true.

Grace Ibingira, was made the head of the committee that designed the national flag, because he was an artist.

Ocen Moses via UAH

Education under Idi Amin was far better than under M7!

Information is indeed power. I wish more people that were adults during Idi Amin could write more books or something. Permit me to play devil’s advocate, for a moment:the world has judged Amin harshly as a leader without any balance, and I think it’s wrong. For instance, I was surprised to read in John Kazoora’s book, the Betrayal, that when he joined Mengo Secondary school in 1972, the school provided every new student with a pair of shirts, shorts, shoes and stockings. They also provided them with breakfast, lunch and evening tea…..Wow! How did they afford all that under a bad economy as we were made to believe? How I wish I could read more experiences like this on our forums, because I think a lot of bad stuff have been written about Amin but ,on this account, he may have been arguably the best leader Uganda has ever had since independence despite his obvious shortfalls!
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MUHAMMAD MAYANJA, former presidential candidate, via Uganda Muslim Brothers and Sisters(UMBS) forum
I was at Old Kampala during that time. At the beginning of the year(first term),each and every student was provided with all the text books for each subject for that year. Plus exercise books. No food because we had two shifts. Senior 3,4,5 and 6 in the morning and 1 and 2 in the afternoon.
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KIBEDI NKUUTU VIA UMBS FORUM
I joined Iganga S.S (now a girls’ school) in 1978 paying sh. 650 a year (paid in 3 installments,sh. 300 -first term, sh.200 second term and sh.150 third term). We received school uniform, had 4 meals a day (6 students per table), labs were full of equipment/chemicals and library had plenty of text and reference books. Each stream had 40 students and all school programmes ran smoothly.
Someone has written on this forum that the students of Nyakasura s.s made strike for lack of meat on independence day in 1979. Yes, that is when things had changed after Tanzania and her opportunists (at that time called liberators) had over thrown President Idi Amin on 11th April1979.

what do u think an idiot actually means to Mr. Museveni?

I hated Museveni, but he saved my life – Rwakasisi

Is this what they call intellectual irresponsibility and laziness? Apparently, according to John Kazoora, Museveni’s favorite word is ” idiot”. While in the bushes of Luwero, he constantly refered to Rwakasisi, now his presidential adviser, as an idiot.

While addressing the NRM caucus at Statehouse on the 11th of July 2011, he referred to Dr.Besigye as an idiot. He also referred to one of the diplomats who had said something about him and was later revealed in the Wikileaks, as an idiot.

So, what do u think an idiot actually means to Mr. Museveni? Anyone have an opposing view?

On 13th June 1980 , Museveni’s party, UPM, organised a rally at City Square. The procession started at their offices on Kampala road opposite the post office, and they were neither beaten nor teargassed as is the norm today. Museveni made a powerful speech where he advocated for Mayumba kumi for identifying and exposing criminals, but not crime preventers, bodaboda 2010 as it’s the norm today.

What exactly happened to Museveni? What makes leaders change once there are in power?

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Mr. Semuwemba,

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely! Very select people can taste power and not be touched by it and be prepared to jettison all prudence and common sense and former ideology to keep it! It’s very special, strong personalities that can overcome the temptation to hang on to power! Mr. Museveni is miles away from being one of such! He is the worst kind of wolves in sheep’s clothing!

Edward Kironde via UAH forum

What happened to GCU party of the 1980 elections?

An NRM supporter displays a 1980 campaign poster

A lot of historians only mention DP, UPC, UPM and CP as the only parties that participated in the 1980 elections, but there was another political party called ” God Commands Uganda “(GCU) led by a one Selasi Muhwezi Nowaruhanga.

What happened to GCU party?
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BY AKIM ODONG VIA UAH

Abbey

In most countries including the UK, there are very many parties that have been registered and lay dormant. I believe this is the case with Uganda. There are parties with less than ten registered members and because they still have members, pay their dues, they cannot be written off. l don’t know about GCH perse, but what I know is that there is one, soon to appear on the Ugandan political horizon, a new outfit with no blemishes from the past, to re-direct the trajectory Uganda is headed for, to one which will avert catastrophe.

I cannot say much at this point but members are mulling over it. But soon, news will be out, to be or not be one!.

These guys survived a 5 year guerrilla war but some things have remained the same!

otafiire kahinda

These guys survived a 5 year guerila war but some things have remained the same:

1. While in the Bush, Mugisha Muntu was suspected of being a UPC spy because his father, Enock Muntuyera, was a staunch UPC supporter. 32 years later, Muntu is now in opposition but he is suspected of being a Museveni spy. May be it’s just fate? Still pushing for a better Uganda?

2. According to John Kazoora in his book, the Betrayal, Besigye always carried himself in the bush with determination, conviction and perseverance(DCP) . For instance, he was always among the first to wake up in the morning to train and never over slept. 32 years later, Besigye is now in opposition but the great DCP are still with him. It’s the existence of guys like him that makes one question how much one has contributed to his country.When someone has the same enthusiasm for a cause he had while in his 20s and 30s, the young ones now have to revise their prejudices. Interestingly, despite all the sacrifices he has made while in opposition, he is also suspected by some of being a Museveni cadre!

3. Apparently, Mr.Otafiire was always snoring while in the bush due to overweight. The sound was so loud such that it could keep some people awake. 32 years down the line, you can guess it’s now worse.

As you may know, the eardrum “tightens up” in the presence of loud sounds. There are two tiny muscles on the malleus and stapes: the tensor tympani, and the stapedius, respectively. These muscles tighten in response to stretch (loud sounds), which causes increased tension on the eardrum and less amplitude in the message going to the inner ear.

Otafiire is probably still pushing for a better Museveni? He’s more like UAH ‘s Ahmed Katerega: reforming NRM within?

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

“In tribute to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Uganda, two bastions of strength in a world filled with strife, discrimination and terrorism.”

THIS IS WHY FACEBOOK IS NOW BORING

Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg


BY ABBEY KIBIRIGE SEMUWEMBA
UK

Friends,
Its a fact that Facebook is riddled with fake accounts.It admits that up to 270 million users are fake accounts but I think Facebook is making a meal out of this.There’re times when its necessary to be ‘fake’ to sail through dangerous political storms. ‘Fake’ exists in everything and I’m a supporter of good ‘fake’.i.e. fake whose end results are seen bringing positive changes to the world. Even the Luwero Bush men had to use fake passports to travel around the world to avoid detection by Obote agents. Gen. Caleb Akwandanaho(Museveni’s brother) is still using his fake name of Salim Saleh. Most activists prefer to use a nym online to avoid detection by their oppressive governments or anybody, and I think Facebook is making this difficult. Some people would not feel free to discuss their experiences if they used their real names and pictures, and Facebook seems to demand that a real picture is sent to them at their offices though they don’t demand real names. I’m totally sure that they now have Tom Okwalinga’s real picture and location as its difficult to send them a fake picture. They’ve got software to verify pictures and locations where messages are being sent. You can only send a fake picture of someone whose picture has never been online. As a result, Facebook has become so boring recently because we only read personal stuff from users using their real accounts. There’s no mystery in what people are posting. Groups too are becoming boring and less active. Mark Zuckerberg needs to do something about it urgently. If he gets another competitor, and It will happen soon, Facebook will start getting weaker.

Google doesn’t demand real pictures and names, and If Facebook aren’t careful, they may lose some of their active users to other social networks soon. However,for reasons unknown, Facebook do reject some pseudonyms, including a perfectly inoffensive and non-humorous one.

The danger of Facebook is that they do their damnedest to trick you into opening yourself up to all sorts of privacy abuse. And if you’re smart enough to not fall for it, they try to get your less-savvy friends to do it for you.

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Today morning I listened to a programme on the BBC on Facebook. It seems it has now reached its peak and interest in it has begun to drastically fall. For the first time, its subscription dropped in the USA and Canada, and this is happening elsewhere. The decline is accounted for by several factors, but mainly

1. The young or millenials are not interested in it. I notice this in my own children 18-23 years of age, none of whom have joined facebook or dont use it. They all think it is for very old people who have nothing useful to do. They find it strange that old people should “befriend” people they have never met and will never meet.
2. Competition from Snapchat, Instragram, Whatsup etc
3. Security and Confidentiality, with sociopaths and thugs like jarunga Idi Amin Dada scouring Facebook to find out information/ pictures about others.
4. Addiction for some people- they need to be weaned off, as in drugs/alcohol.
5. Fake News- the platform is no longer reliable for information as a lot of what it posts is fake news or propaganda

The conclusion by all the commentators was greater regulation to end or reduce fake news, protect security and confidentiality and prevent the media being used for criminal and terror=related activities.

Bobby

WHAT DOES THE COLOUR ‘RED’ SYMBOLIZE IN OUR UGANDA CULTURES?


Friends,

First of all, I think it was a mistake by the ‘TOGIKWATAKO’ team( i.e. those against the removal of presidential age limits) to stop donning in red as soon as the limits were removed. It exposed them as clueless, plan-less and lacking foresight. We all knew that the limits were going to be removed but they should have had plan B, and among those would have been continued display of red in all their occasions to symbolise that the struggle is still on. MPs like Ibrahim Nganda Ssemujju, Nabilah Naggayi Sempala,Winnie Kiiza and Hajji Latifu Ssebagala actually looked at their smartest in red. Hon.Kiiza being a bit light skinned, the red top matched perfectly with her. She just has to find a new hair style because that ‘bob’ one didn’t look nice on her. It hides her beauty. I could say the same with sister Nabillah and her ‘too much hair’ style. I think a pixie(Long in the front and top, super-short in the back, faded on the sides ) suits Nabilah best because of the shape of her face. Hon.Mp Bakireke Nambooze could do with a new hair style- ‘kawalata'(no hair at all) for protesting purposes, and a red top everyday. Actually, It’s likely to suit her more than the current one of short hair cut.

Secondly, I would love to know what the colour red symbolises in different cultures in Uganda. For some reason, several tribes in the northern and eastern Uganda like that colour very much. I don’t know whether this comes from a background of supporting UPC for a long time when Obote was president. Red is UPC’s party colour.

Yes, I know, China is so far away,but apparently in Chinese traditional culture:”Red, corresponding with fire, symbolises good fortune and joy. Red is found everywhere during Chinese New Year and other holidays and family gatherings. A red envelope is a monetary gift which is given in Chinese society during holiday or special occasions. The red colour of the packet symbolises good luck. Red is strictly forbidden at funerals as it is a traditionally symbolic colour of happiness.”

Obama in a red tie


It started off with the French revolution who used red as their colour (blood?). The Bolsheviks took that colour as their symbol when Lenin was revolting against the Russians, and their white army. So red became the colour of communism.When China had its’ revolution, it had a red side too – the side that won was communist and thus red. So, red is both a symbol of luck and one of communism in China. I believe the use of white for monarchists also dates back to that period as it was the colour associated with the French monarchy. Red and blue were the colours of the city of Paris, and IIRC, red symbolises the blood of Saint Denis who was decapitated on Montmartre (“mons martyrium”) and the tricolore represents the blue and white bounding and therefore controlling the white on each site.Red flags were also used by the revolutionaries in 1848 and by the Paris Commune in 1871. History is fascinating, and yes! It is very important to learn about history.Otherwise, the bad stuff keeps repeating itself.

In USA, red/black was indicative of a prostitute in the past. But recently, It seems to me that red has been more of a power colour in the US, e.g., men wear red neckties to work. Most American presidents now wear red ties so one can tell them apart. While in Spain, red/black is also seen in female costume. Whether there is some history of it being related to something, I don’t know offhand.

M7 MAY HAVE FOUND A MATCH IN RWANDA’S KAGAME!

If there’s any African president who knows M7 very well, its Rwanda’s Paul Kagame. He was with him in the bush war(Luwero war Intelligence officer), worked for him after the bush and he is mentioned in several books written by Luwero bush fighters. I, therefore, look at this photo and the body language, and i think to myself,’ what the hell is Kagame thinking? I can bet that there’s no photo of him eating or drinking anything made by his hosts. Obote may have started INTRIGUE in Uganda politics but I think these two now have PHDs.

In ” Betrayed by my Leader”, John Kazoora mentions of an incident where Museveni told them that ”nobody could beat him at intrigue because he had been schooled by the chief Intriguer,Obote”. Museveni said that there was a time Obote played him against Chris Rwakasisi while he, Museveni, was working as an intelligence officer. Apparently, the two later found out that Obote had played them at Moshi in 1979.

That same day, according to Kazoora, M7 also mentioned that there was no way he would have ever worked with Rwakasisi in any shape or form, but the former is now a presidential advisor.

Another person who knows M7 very well as he joined the bush war in June 1982 is Dr.Kiiza Besigye.He joined with Edward Luswata Kanonya. Besigye is on record saying that Kayihura was likely sacked over the diplomatic fights between Uganda and Rwanda. Viewed from just about any perspective, Besigye’s insight repre sents a tangle of paradoxes, and his reception has been consistently fraught. But if he was right about this, we expect Gen. Kayihura to be deployed immediately in another ‘fat’ position soon as a way of assuring Kagame that everything is now well after his visit to Uganda.

Kagame exemplifies for me the notion of a “talented assasin”. He always keeps a smile on his face whenever I see him on TV or elsewhere. It means that he could easily fool his ‘targets’ with friendliness and easiness, and then get them when they least expect it.Kagame also never let his guard down. I remember watching a video of him dancing in a group of kids but he kept looking around and observing everything. He is making basically the same ‘music’ he was making while working in intelligence services in Uganda, but with more developed orchestration and form. And he’s getting it played by major orchestras everywhere including our own Andrew Mwenda.

Museveni too is gifted with something that is rare in our societies,i.e. a sense of humour. He uses it to make people to feel at ease around him, to feed into his ideas, to like him, and before you know it, your neck is gone, your intelligence is gone,and your integrity is gone. So, i’m sure as hell as that the story between Kagame and Museveni is in series, and we haven’t seen the last of it!

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It is amazing that this one man, Sam Njuba, through his ideas and the example of his political life, left such a deep footprint in the political soil of our times. His messages continue to thrill Ugandans the world over. He was a man of a moment, a moment long past. It has been a privilege to have read his book, THE BETRAYAL, which I borrowed from one of the UAH members here, and I’m very grateful. See below for some of his concluding remarks about Museveni, in particular:

1.’It is not far-fetched to assert that few people who have worked with Museveni can refer to him as a democrat. He is determined to control everything on earth, what is more, he cannot tolerate any dissenting views to his, and he does not believe in power sharing’’

2. ‘A leader’s background should be cross checked because our present leaders are sick with greed. They have an everlasting edge to grab and grab everything, even if they cannot possess it’

3. ‘Let everybody realize that the lifespan of a nation is much longer than of any individual……We are all mortals, and the greatest of all have fallen’

This last one touches on why I and some people have trouble believing that someone could support a life presidency project that is costly to a nation, just because an individual has convinced him or her to. I find all the comments supporting AGE-LIMIT REMOVAL here, how should I say…innocent.

Life presidency is a prison of the human spirit. Those who perceive themselves to be eating, or have become rich because of Museveni, might find his ‘life presidency’ appealing; a quick road to their own more ‘betterment’; but the whole thing isn’t sustainable. And guess what, a society based on the notion of everyone working for the nation has by far the highest productivity and economic output and ‘standard of living’.

WHAT EXACTLY DOES HAJJI KIGONGO STAND FOR?

We all know that Hajji Moses Kigongo has elbowed and shouldered his way into becoming the permanent vice chairman of NRM since Museveni took over as chairman after the death of Yusuf Lule, but very little is known about Kigongo. He keeps a low profile and he has avoided ministerial or elective politics like forever. If there were awards in contentment, Kigongo takes the biscuit. He behaves like a prophet who see no wrong in what his ” god” is doing. If he had not started an affair with a woman younger enough to be his daughter, it’s probable that most Ugandans wouldn’t have known that he’s a silent powerful man. In otherwords, he is a man who doesn’t like limelight(obutala).By the way,I don’t care about his “attitude” and “manners” so much. I care about substance.

At some point during the war, according to John Kazoora’s ” the Betrayal “, Kigongo wanted to do a runner because things were getting hotter in the bush. Kazoora was the one who grassed on him after having found Kigongo’s passport in his tent. Kigongo was summoned by the high command to explain himself but he denied everything.

Pulling things back a little closer to what i wanted to say, you have got to wonder what exactly is Kigongo’s role in NRM or general politics of Uganda. Where does he stand on contentious issues such as age limit, MPs extending their term from 5 to 7 years, kidnappings going on in the country, NRM leaving the country with a debt that will require like 94 years to pay back,e.t.c? Does he care about the future of Uganda? Why cant journalists interview this man?

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A NOTE FROM FRANK MUJABI VIA UAH FORUM
Kigongo is a munyarwanda moslem from Bulo in Butambala. His father was called Bulangiti on account of owning only a blanket.

Because he presented as a muganda he was used by M7 to infiltrate Mengo using a number of greedy eyed people.

He is about the only person whose wife and kids are called Kigongo (a title).

Kigongo tried so hard to destroy Mengo and was rewarded along the way.

GEN. SALEH(CALEB AKWANDANAHO) IS AN ENIGMA!

Friends,
Gen.Salim Saleh seems to be an interesting character in our politics. He is arguably the defacto vice president of Uganda, forget Hon. Ssekandi and his official title as the VP. His brother is the most powerful man in Uganda, and he’s arguably hated by majority of Ugandans. But , for some reason, it’s very rare to find a NRA bush war man, now in opposition, speaking badly of Saleh. He seems to be a self made guy who built his name in the army through the courageous missions he took before NRM came to power. Unlike his brother, Saleh was a real fighter in the bush.On Feb 21, 1983, NRA engaged the UNLA forces at Bukalabi. Saleh was shot in both arms in the fighting, and was treated by Dr.Besigye Kiiza. Again, at one time he shot himself after consuming many( alcohol), and he had to be treated by Dr.Ronald Batta. Unlike the brother-president, It seems the bottle has always been a problem for Saleh, but then again, may be that is why he is friendly with so many in the opposition now. Alcoholics tend to have a lot of friends, and, as a Muslim, I’ve never understood this.

As a kid, I thought Saleh was a Muslim till when I learnt that it’s a name he was given as a way to elude Obote’s intelligence during the Luwero bush war. Interestingly, one time I was reading a DRC report where Uganda was involved in looting Congo’s mineral resources, they used the name Saleh instead of Caleb Akwandanaho. I wonder if it has any legal implications. The guy may deny everything on the basis of being called what he isn’t.

Recently, Saleh has been indirectly linked with various land grabbing. He likes to operate like a ghost. So, it’s difficult to pin his hands on any of the dirty deals in the country. I last spoke to him around 2005 when I was an undergraduate and pursuing my studies in the UK. I wonder if anybody understands the real Saleh. I’ve got a feeling that Saleh himself doesn’t know who exactly he is.

Who exactly is Salim Saleh? Anybody??

A CONVERSATION WITH A TAXI DRIVER ABOUT BESIGYE, MUSEVENI, KAGAME AND NKURUNZIZA


Conversations with taxi drivers in the UK are limitless. Asking a taxi driver which football team he supports is the best and more discreet way to break the ice. Besides talking about football, they can be a true source of inspiration and knowledge. One question you are often asked if you’re talking about religion and the driver is from Middle East, is whether you’re a Muslim or not.

Today, a brother from Burundi gave me a ride in his taxi when I had finished my shopping with kids. He was a tall man with a darker smooth skin complexion probably in his 40s. His name was more similar to the names from western Uganda, and that’s why I initially thought he was a Ugandan. His English was impeccable considering that English isn’t popular there. 98% of Burundians speak Kirundi and its their national language. More people speak French there than English.

“Where are you from?”, I asked him

‘I’m from Burundi’, he answers

‘That makes you my neighbour,man. I’m originally from Uganda’, I respond with a smile.

Without further introduction, I asked him, ‘Is it now OK down there?’

‘Oh no, our president has changed the constitution. He’s killing a lot of people. He is a bad man. He is worse than your Museveni. At least, Museveni hasn’t killed Besigye yet though he has been arresting him so many times’, he answers.

I am listening, not daring to comment, even more, to argue. He feels the need to explain to me how their president doesn’t trust the army and police anymore. He relies on non-educated thugs to provide security in the country, and that all educated people have run out of the country and gone in exile.Then he mentioned that the president will be assassinated soon because nobody likes him.

Then, after cursing Pierre Nkurunziza ‘s rule, he turns to Paul Kagame and how he is better than Nkurunziza and Museveni, because he has developed Rwanda. He mentioned that the Burundi benefited nothing from the first 10 years of Nkurunziza’s rule, apart from corruption.

Then comes a question he had forgotten to ask: ‘ why do you think Museveni has not killed Besigye?’

My answer obviously pleases him immensely as I said, ‘I dont know. He is a tricky guy. There was a time Andrew Kayiira was killed where people were eliminated using bullets, then bullets were replaced by cancer injections, then we had a phase of poisoning, followed by burglaries–thieves enter a politician’s house, steal a few items and also take his life, or could wait for you at the gate……..We now have bullets again in form of BODABODA assassins. The assassins pick their targets very carefully, study their movements, eliminate them, and they go on a holiday for a year or so…….. Honestly, I don’t know why Besigye is still alive. May be its because of a promise Museveni made to Winnie Byanyima when they were still an item. I have no clue, man!’

He burst out laughing at my last comment as he really wanted to know whether Besigye’s wife was once ‘something’ to Museveni. And then he said,’ those two guys are crazy. Besigye was his personal doctor, then took his former girlfriend for a wife. Let me hope that M7 didnt create his own opposition too to fool you,guys?’

‘I believe Besigye is a genuine guy. Very few African men like a man who take their former girlfriends for a wife. He is just been unfortunate, because he’s just one man against several institutional obstacles’, I responded.

We arrived at our destination, and I paid him but he was still continuing with the debate. I politely told him that I had to go.

When outside the car,my ten year old daughter insisted that I should take his telephone number but I saw no need for it at all.

SITTING ARRANGEMENTS ON A MUSLIM WEDDING!

BY ABBEY SEMUWEMBA
UK

Friends,

Assalamu alaikum. When Salafi Muslims do their weddings especially the Walima, they separate men and women completely, which wouldnt be a problem if the wedding was mainly dominated by strangers, not relatives. Most of the weddings by Muslim Tanzanians here in the UK kind of have the same arrangement. I just find it inconvieniecing for a relative who attends a wedding for two reasons:1- to see the bride and groom together; and 2- to interract with relatives and friends one hasn’t seen for ages.

The question is: should a wedding be treated like someone standing in Salah where men and women are separated while worshipping Allah? Hajji Nsereko Mutumba is quoted by the Newvision,26th April 2013, saying, “Some men have a high libido and cannot control themselves when they see a woman.So sitting separately in a mosque helps men control themselves and focus on worshipping God.”

Should that be the same with a wedding where traditionally in Buganda, weddings were seen as events of parents ‘advertising’ their beautiful daughters, and relatives getting a chance to know one another? Isn’t there a provision where relatives(men and women) should be allowed to sit together and catch up, rather than sitting them separately throughtout the wedding?

I may be wrong on this but I just think that weddings should be open to all kinds of people of all background:Muslims and non-Muslims, Hijab or no hijab, beard or no beard, sinner or saint, alcoholic and person stuck in mistakes. In that way, we can use one of the sessions of the wedding to preach Islam to these people. We will not be able to grow and advance our community if we are only interracting with only the converted.How will we invite non-Muslims to the religion if we can’t even invite our non-Muslim families and our friends to it? I think this is an area that requires deep thinking by scholars and they come out with a considerate, fitting and reasonable way of moving the whole ummah forward. And this is with due respect to all people that do such arrangements!

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By Mariam Amir Via UMBS FACEBOOK GROUP

‘I sped through the parking lot. I was late for my early morning final years ago during undergrad and I was willing to compromise speed limits. I saw a classmate I hadn’t really spoken to before but greeted her anyway after I parked. She stared at me and with a flare of anger, she retorted, “You almost hit my car!” I hadn’t even realized how close I was to hitting her car because I was in my own world where everything revolved around my needs.

This was the second negative incident this woman had with a Muslim who was totally out of line in our class. I cringed thinking of how she might view Muslims as a whole if she had met none other but us, even if she shouldn’t cast light on over a billion people based on the actions of two.

After the final, I found a juice place and bought a gift card for my classmate. I returned to where I knew she’d be hanging out and approached her. I apologized for the way I had been driving and putting her and others at risk without thinking twice. I told her that I know she had an unfortunate experience with another Muslim in our class.

But I wanted her to know that we are both simply humans who make mistakes; that what we had done was not a representation of Islam, that what we had represented wasn’t the perfection of morals, principals and character taught to us by the Qur’an and the example of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him). That we simply slipped; that we are human.

The woman was visibly moved by my action. She accepted the gift and then emotionally replied, “I am so glad that you stopped me and spoke to me. I am one of those people who try really hard not to listen to the stereotypes in the media. But after what I experienced with both of you, I thought, maybe Muslims really are that way.”

Yes, it shouldn’t be our personal responsibility to carry the weight of over a billion people in our interactions with others. And that fear shouldn’t be what stops us from identifying ourselves as Muslims to others because we are human and we will make mistakes. I can’t even begin to start telling you how many times I’ve messed up and keep messing up. Wait, actually, I’ve written many posts about those times so I kind of have lol!

Research has shown that personal interaction is exactly what changes the opinions of individuals about entire groups of people. The way we interact with other people matters.

Many of us may compromise things we see as non-issues in the bigger picture when it will benefit us. However, let us remember that our lapses affect the lives of those around us. And more importantly, it affects our relationship with God. Be who you are! But when you mess up, own up to it in front of God and see if we can fix it. Don’t do it for someone else’s sake. Do it for you and do it for your ummah.

“And not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel [evil] by that which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend.” (Quran, 41:34)

Only Hon. Ssekikubo can explain why he too picked the shs. 5m ‘bribe’!

I’ve just learnt that Hon.Theodore Ssekikubo was among the MPs that voted for the removal of presidential term limits in 2005. The campaign to remove term limits was launched in 2003. He was the one that had earlier alerted the country about the 5 million fraud. Apparently, he had gone to collect his share but he was turned down because those in charge were not sure of his side. He, however, surprised a lot of people when he voted for the removal of the limits. He has never explained exactly what changed his mind , then. You can’t trust a politician, can you?

I’ve no time for Bamugemeriire land Commission!

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s inquiry into land matters has failed to account for money used


I’ve failed to get on the bandwagon excitement created by the justice Catherine Bamugemeriire ( CB) land Commission, simply because I don’t trust any enquiries in Uganda right now. A lot of commissions have been formed to make enquiries but the public never get to know anything in the reports made. So, what makes this one any different?

Secondly, Justice CB has been involved in various enquiries that haven’t changed anything. She’s only 48 years old born during Amin’s time. She is still in the CV building business. So, I guess even a hand shake with Museveni would probably excite her in a certain way. Basically, I just don’t trust her as a judge.

In a case filed by Kazoora John(FDC) against the Electoral commission in 2011, for its defiance of a court order preventing Makenke barracks from voting in Mbarara municipality as opposed to Kashari county, she ruled against the Electoral commission but she didn’t go further to nullify the election results. Yet this influenced the outcome of the election. Seriously, who does that unless you’re working on some orders above you?

Young Parliamentary Association!

Have we got anything in the current parliament similar to the Young Parliamentary Association (YPA) that was formed by young members under the 6th parliament? I thought YPA achieved a lot despite the fact that president Museveni later found a way to destroy them. It’s worth noting that if YPA hadn’t moved a private member’s bill to establish the Administration of Parliament Act, Rebecca Kadaga wouldn’t be in position to send Gen.Elly Tumwine packing from “his” gallery. It’s this act that led to the formation of the Parliament Commission. The act provided for ” the organisation and administration of the Parliament “, such that parliament can control it’s own resources, recruited and promoted staff. It was again YPA that advocated for the live coverage of proceedings in the house. The guys in the 1997 parliament made Uganda proud despite some obvious short falls compared to the parliaments that followed them.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

“In tribute to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Uganda, two bastions of strength in a world filled with strife, discrimination and terrorism.”

M7 SHOULDN’T ‘CRY’ ABOUT HIS SALARY ANYMORE!

Freinds,
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I could care less about Museveni’s presidential salary of Ug shs. 3.9 m a month. I’m more worrried about the Uganda teachers who are among the worst paid public workers in East Africa. Primary school teachers earn an average 250,000 shillings ($97.16) a month and their secondary school counterparts take home sh472,079 (Grade V) and sh601,341 per month (graduate) respectively. However, come July or so Grade V and graduate science teachers will get sh1,728,007 and sh2,000,000 per month respectively , if we go by government promises.Teaching isn’t easy to do, especially with the amount of preparation work that goes into each class every day and proven by its high burn-out rate.

Teachers are Uganda’s hope, and we’re failing them.Teachers are serving as bodyguards, therapists, soup kitchens and parents especially in boading schools.They are responsible for producing quality citizens as they spend more time with our kids than the parents themselves.I know a teacher here in the UK that counts the number of successfully saved kids by her to be counted on her fingers.On the other hand she can tell you about a lot of kids that will most likely be incarcerated for one crime or another.She couldn’t change them given the few hours a day she had with them.Then there is my former headmaster of Kibuli S.S i know who went out of his way to secure scholarships for underpriviledged students in the school. Even now as a retired man, he tries hard to get funding to help orphans in our family and those he isn’t related to.

And now, we have a crying-baby-president who is tearing his little remaining hair out complaining about his little salary, yet we all know its not technically true, considering that he spends tax payers’ money in any way he wants. At one point while speaking in Mbale, Museveni bragged that he is a rich man and that he left his wife to collect his salary. He gives out money in sacks to groups and calls the money his. He also said around 2006, while meeting Ugandans at Mayflower Hotel in Washington, that he doesn’t need the MO Ibrahim prize because he is a dam rich man, ” if you are used to poor leaders, i am not one of them. You better come and visit me. I do not need money to leave power”.

I would assume that the person who doesn’t need money to leave power, shouldn’t be complaining about the little salary he is getting. He should also be donating the money to the poor like Kabaka Mutesa 11 did for Karamoja while he was president in early 1960s, or be like President Donald J. Trump who isn’t taking any salary at all as US president . And there is also the question of how Museveni got so rich on a little salary.

There are certain people in government that are unfairly earning mega salaries, and are mainly from western Uganda, at the expense of the rest of Ugandans.Let me then introduce “Generalized Pork Barrel” politics, which I define to be government expenditures designed to benefit a well-defined (if not geographically circumscribed) minority for no good reason.An expenditure is referred to as a “pork barrel” when the minority of citizens that it directly benefits happen to be the constituents of a particular politician, particularly when there is a sense that these consituents are getting more than their share of the bread. For instance, Museveni has created unnecessary offices, such as presidential advisors, RDCs,e.t.c and all these people are costing the tax payers an arm and a leg in terms of salaries.

Let me repeat that if the general public is informed of such funding activities and see nothing wrong with it,neither do I.I do not stand for the notion that there are superior reasons for giving higher salaries, however, which would require such funding in spite of the general public’s disinclination. Consider this: the Governor Bank of Uganda earns 5 million Uganda shillings a month.Does that seem fair to you? I see govt spending on the governor, Commissioner General, URA, Executive Director NSSF, and others in that category, as unjustified on grounds of inefficiency, or on specific grounds of unfairness. All that money could be channeled elsewhere and benefit more Ugandans than just a few people.

THIS IS JUST IRRESISTIBLE!


Well, this is just irresistible; I’m almost apologetic for bringing this sort of thing up again, because it has already been shared else where, but you’ve got to admire Besigye’s humbleness. I’m not friends with Ms.Winnie Byanyima but I’m sure she was attracted to Besigye mainly because of his big heart. Just look at him, guys.

If we admire noble character and admire good governance, then the two belong together. Also, if music makes us feel good in a noncriminal way, then Bobi wine deserves a place in the revolutionary history of uganda. Besigye is admirable while Bobi Wine is a beautiful musician and MP. The impulse to join the admirable with the beautiful is nearly irresistible for most of us, and I think that’s why some writers refer to Besigye supporters and sympathisers as ” radicals “.

Besigye has been fighting for Uganda since he graduated as a medical doctor in his early 20s, when he joined the NRA in the bush . When his Bush war leader deviated, he started resisting again and he hasn’t relented. Martyrs are few now in Uganda. Self-preservation is strong. A lot of people are even afraid of just speaking up, not Besigye. Cowardice is a human concept. Animals run away without apology when they feel themselves threatened. This may make them smarter than a lot of us, but the son of Kifefe is still on course.However, his continued participation in the useless presidential elections is making some people lose faith in him.

Something to learn from Ali Banat and Abiriga’s death!

By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

I was watching the video of Ali Banat that he made to be released after his passing. The video starts with “Al-Hamdulillah, I have passed away”. The power of the video was overwhelming and I’m seeing Hollywood movie stars share it on social media as well. What this brother did in such a relatively short time is astounding and to leave this world when he’s right on top spiritually is enviable. And in Ramadan, at that! May God give us all a death in a state that He is most pleased with us. Amin. Imagine if half of our ummah were as generous, strong in faith and as beautiful hearted as this young man. Our ummah would have been strong, successful and victorious. His courage about facing death helped alleviate a phobia of death I have suffered from years.Yes, I started fearing death the moment I became a dad. He basically gives you a simple equation: live your life a certain way, repent for the past and you have nothing to fear for the future. I happened to stumble on his interview, “the gift of cancer” , just a few days before. Subhanallah. May Rabana love him and have mercy on him. May He open our eyes too before its too late.

But that’s not really why I’m writing this. As I was thinking about this video, i got a call from my wife who told me to log on Facebook. I asked, ‘why?’. ‘Hon.Abiriga has been assassinated’. Since then,I’m seeing an unprecedented outpour of sadness and happiness over the assassination of Hon.Abiriga. It’s more than I’ve seen for the loss of a ‘beloved’ Uganda MP since the murder of Hon.Cerinah Nebanda. Don’t miss the irony in that. There are so many more people who love you when you do good than you realize, and there are also a lot of people who will celebrate your death when you do bad. Let’s just don’t get so overtaken up with the spoils in this world. Life is just a game. Death always wins!

May God grant ease in the grave, peace on the Day of Judgment, and the highest levels of Paradise in the Afterlife to Ali Banat and Abiliga, and may He enable us all to be as inspiring, driven, purposeful, and positively impacting as Ali Banat was in his life. Amin.

“In tribute to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Uganda, two bastions of strength in a world filled with strife, discrimination and terrorism.”

A ‘house tax’ in a developing country as Uganda isn’t necessary at the moment!


BY ABBEY KIBIRIGE SEMUWEMBA
UK

When money becomes tight, the first thing a government does is to invent more taxes. The social media tax has already been approved by parliament. Now, the Landlord tax which I prefer to call the HOUSE TAX is also waiting implementation too, or already being implemented– I’m not sure.Both are taxes we all like to believe we could do without for now, but I’m gonna concentrate on house tax today.

Personally, I think the proposers of this tax are completely out of touch with the consumer side of the discussion,and lending a sympathetic ear to the well reasoned arguments by selifish government economists.They are only looking at it as one way of the government raising more funds, but they aren’t looking at this hollisticaly.

A landlord who has spent shs.100m to construct a house that pays shs.500,000 a month cannot break even till after nearly 17 years(considering other factors remain constant), as he collects shs.6,000,000 per year as rent.Throw a tax in that, we are looking at nearly 20-19 years before the house owner breaks even. I have not even considered the repairs and other charges that go with owning a house in Uganda,as most tenants aren’t ready to repair anything themselves. I have not even considered the tenants that run away in the middle of the night after failing to pay rent for a while. Basically, landlords literally seem to be sacrificing a lot more than the so called revolutionaries. Most of the landlords are spending money,not making it.

I think it’s pretty clear that the middleman is the prime expense, and the ‘middleman’ here is the cost of land, labour to build a house, and construction materials such as cement. These are already taxed highly and people are buying them at ‘lion’ prices, So it doesnt make sense for the government to tax the end product too(the house). If the government wants to tax houses, then the costs of building materials need to be reduced rather than simply taxing a house. Remember that the market for rental houses is about 10% of the total housing market in Uganda. It’s a small market, spread around, and the difficulty is finding the tenants:hence, I suspect, that landlods will even find it difficult to increase rent with the new tax in place. The market is too thin to have competition effectively inducing efficiency.

Amidst all this, has anyone taken the trouble to do some actual statistical analysis to find out the number of descent houses in Uganda out of the 40 million people? And while it appears to be true that a lot of construction is going on in some areas,is that a reflection of the need to tax? I think the government has introduced this tax out of excitement by a glut of malls in many parts of the country creating a market that is “extremely” over-retailed. Large malls have been built mainly by international investors but most of them are empty now, and some are closing shop and moving elsewhere.

With great prosperity have come great rent increases, however. As of May 2018, the average monthly tab for a two-bedroom house within a 10-mile radius of central Kampala is above shs.400,000. In Ntinda, a two bedroom goes for shs.600,000 a month averagely, In Nansana, it goes for shs.300,000 averagely. In Kasubi, Namungona and surrounding areas, a three bedroom house goes for shs.700,000 a month. With a tax on houses, rent will definietly increase which will lead to more homelessness because few people will afford it.

It’s not just rising rents; it’s also the question of wage or salary growth. Housing costs are far outpacing salary rises. With rents rising faster than incomes, we need to bring everybody to the table to produce more affordable housing. The amount most people receive as salaries isn’t place-specific– so people are receiving the same amount of money whether they’re in low-rent Gayaza or expensive Kawempe. You could argue that a person need to rent where they can afford but sometimes people rent where its easy to connect to a work place.

Just like people have been using violence to defend their land, we are likely to start seeing pictures of people defending their homes to fend off the corrupt politicians.The government is also likely to use this loophole to possess the homes of their political opponents who have failed to pay house tax. We are going to see an increase in greed and corruption by those in power as they start deliberately taking other people’s homes.

Konstantin Simis, a Soviet defense lawyer who championed the rights of those caught up in the Soviet justice system, wrote a book,’USSR:The Corrupt Society’,where he depicted the sheer greed of some of his clients. However, he failed to distinguish a moonshiner, a folk hero, from bootleggers who used violence to defend their turf. There is a distinction between just evasion of laws and the use of violence. Simis, however, could not understand the difference,effectively conflating the two under the rubric of “greed.” When a person is poor and in a poor country and doesn’t have trust in the government to use his taxes in the right way, they devise means of evading that tax and using all necessary means to defend what they own.

By the way, even the rich hate high taxes as it keeps them more engaged with their acountants rather than running their businesses. Many rich people live inSwitzerland, if they can afford to, for obvious reasons. Life in the nicer areas is not cheap but then again they have low taxes and many loopholes for rich people, the standard and quality of life there is very high, nice nature, very clean and healthy cllimate and all that, and it is very centrally located in Western Europe plus not far from many cultural centers and the locations of a number of high profile festivals such as Lucerne, Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence.

A good government should have supported a policy known as ‘housing first.’ The idea is that you immediately move majority of people off the streets into housing, encourage people to build houses everywhere in the country, then get to work on other issues, like introduction of house tax in later years. We need to decide whether we’re okay continuing to look third-world where there’s a whole lot of affluence in a few areas such as Kololo, Muyenga, Ntinda, e.t.c, and there’s a lot of visible slums right in our midst. And then outside Kampala, you find people still living in grass thatched houses, or houses on their last legs.

The following took place in 2001 in the office of the minister of Public Service!

The following took place in 2001 in the office of the minister of Public Service, Amanya Mushega. Members of the Ankole parliamentary caucas were pleading with Kizza BesigyeBesigye not to stand against Museveni :

Eriya Kategaya: you mean M7 can change the constitution. He respects it”

Besigye laughs and said, “you have known him longer than me and you still haven’t understood him”

Miria Matembe: I would be the first to fight him if he dared.

Besigye laughed again and he said, “if Museveni leaves the presidency in 2006 then I will not be a son of Kifefe “

REMEMBERING MUSEVENI’S ‘NIKO’ AS FORMER IGP!

Friends,
Some things are unbelievable till when you see them happen. Up to now, I find it hard to believe that Gen Edward Kale Kayihura is nolonger the Inspector General of Police(IGP),though I’m not surprised that he has kept a low profile ever since he was removed from office. That’s what any other wise person would do under the present political climate in Uganda.

The “extraor­dinary relationship” that Kale purported to have had with president Museveni for twelve years as IGP, was of intense mutual obsession and benefit. I have never seen anybody as faithful to Museveni as Kale, and that’s why I’m surprised that he hasnt yet been deployed elsewhere. As IGP, Kale was the equivalent of Alexander Nikolayevich Poskrebyshev, Joseph Stalin’s closest aide, who as the head of the so-called Special Section of the Central Committee, was in plainer language the official keeper of secrets. Just like Kale, Niko(as he was sometimes called) was a lawyer by profession, smart,friendly, with a superb memory and a very talented organiser. He was later forced to retire when things got hot in the political arena.His enemies did everything possible to sabotage his relationship with Stalin. He died a somehow miserable man!

Similary, If there’s anybody in Uganda who knows the secrets of president Museveni, and high profile criminals, its Kale. That head of his has got more secretive information than all intelligence organisations combined, i believe. For the first time in my life, I watched a known criminal giving a live interview on TV, confessing to murdering people and working with the police, but he wasn’t in chains or anything like that, and walked freely around Kampala. I also saw a video of Kale publicly defending Abdul Kitatta who is now in prison over various charges. Kitatta was not only a holy fool but a holy terror, described by many as Kale’s man in the criminal world.

Kale wielded his authority in proportion to his level of interest. He was a most active intervener when it came to election violence, protests and court orders releasing opposition politicians, where he considered himself an expert.He also took active, often peremptory part in discussions on Ugandans At Heart(UAH) Forum.Topics outside security were evidently of little concern to him; his preserved notations relating to agriculture were sparse, apart from he said that he’s into goat rearing and that he had about 500 goats(If i recall).Kale engaged almost everyone regardless of your status, and he remains a member of UAH. At one time when he was busy, he enlisted a beautiful female police representative on UAH who became silent all over a sudden, for reasons known to her.Kale had a strong desire to participate in public life, which sometimes allowed him to make a principled stand, or to help out friends,and at other times drew him into shabby compromises, or indeed into appearing to be serving one party, NRM, and one person, Museveni.

There’s one thing I have never understood up to now, why Kale had to celebrate his promotion to a General in May, 2013, in such a style. There was a procession from Mbuya to Parliament Avenue. Normally, such things are done to rub it in the eyes of someone feeling ‘nuggu'(hatred) for you. So, I wonder what that was all about. I wish he writes a book to explain all this for us. Coincidentally, his nemesis, Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde was also always keen to remind panelists that he is a ‘Lt.Gen’. I have never understood this obcession with tittles, honestly. Libya’s Gadaffi who did more than both kept himself a ‘Colonel’ till the time of his death.

DR.BWANIKA’S MISILES ON NBS SHOW WERE MISGUIDED!

I would like to thank the NBS TV for giving us a good show, ‘The State of Our Political parties’ recently. The balance of the meaningful debate circled around the very singularity and particularness of former presidential candidate, Kiiza Besigye. The show was loaded with fascinating tales of push and pull especially between the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago and Dr. Abed Bwanika. The latter’s stated objective being to dettach voters from Besigye, atleast in Buganda. I think there is a caricatured exaggeration of how Besigye has dominated opposition politics since 2001,because the same people accusing him have also been standing for presidency or supporting some other candidates in the elections, other than Besigye. Its true that Norbert Mao has never supported Besigye in all elections. Bwanika has never been part of a Besigye-led coalition, as far as I remember, though he may have voted for him in 2001 as he said. For them to say that Besigye has been on the scene for so long,and they leave themselves out, is a deceiving and prejudiced picture.

NRM have had the same leader and presidential candidate ever since they came to power.Museveni is now some kind of a cult leader just like Stalin was to Russia, while Besigye is now just a political activist like all of us. The NRM Heroes medals are an equivalent of the Stalin Prizes. The cult of Museveni’s person serves an administrative purpose,very successfully reinforcing in the population a sense of dependency on the state and its guiding force, just like Stalin did.Stalin himself is said to have put it to his adopted son,”You’re not Stalin and I’m not Stalin.Stalin is Soviet power. Stalin is what he is in the newspapers and the portraits, not you, not even me!”. These are the megalo­maniacal excesses that we expect Mao and Bawnika to expose, and not attack someone who is fighting the same cause as supposedly them,but only happens to be more popular than them.Besigye simply knows how to debunk each and every spurious anti-Besigye situation thrown at him.

The show was also notoriously prey to fabrications and suppressions, irresponsible assertions and reprehensible invective. For instance, it was irresponsible of Bwanika to say that Lukwago had reduced himself to a ‘Besigye assistant’ instead of ‘doing something for this city’. Really? What does someone expect Lukwago to do in a city where he’s only paid a salary but with no powers over anything? I’m part of a family whatsapp group, and one of the admin of the family is sometimes jokingly called a ‘Lukwago’ by some of the members, meaning he has no power. Bwanika’s remark was therefore so unnecessary and quite astonishingly spiteful. The reason that it appears spiteful is because it illuminates the single-minded, self-interest of some leaders in the opposition.

Erias Lukwago’s input on the show sheds light on three especially murky areas. One is that DP is in a real mess and needs serious ‘surgery’. Secondly, the relationship between mass politics and multipartism has always been tense and unstable. To the extent that it is viewed as unimaginable to remove Museveni and Besigye from Uganda’s politics right now. But Mao makes an important point that Museveni will not be alive in the next 15-20 years because he isn’t immortal, and therefore its important that people shed individual merit politics and interests, and stand for Uganda.I only urge Mao to look beyond DP or his interests, atleast for now.

The third area of illumination is coalitions, a touchy matter in a country where multiparty politics was outlawed till about 2004 from 1986. The truth is that as long as the opposition isn’t united, there will never take power from NRM, even in post Museveni. As long as Bwanika thinks its okay to attack the most popular opposition leader in public, then he’s knowingly or unknowingly doing NRM’s work. Half-baked coalitions cannot take NRM out. Opposition needs to work together for now and forget about strengthening or weakening their respective parties. That’s why it would be a mistake not to support Asuman Basarilwa in Bugiri because you’re FDC or DP.

Despite this baggage we can learn much from the show. For instance, I didnt know that Lukwago spoke such good English. I only learnt how to use the word ‘bedeviled’ a few weeks ago, but here was a man using it while assesing the bad smell within DP. I also didnt know that Hon.Justine Lumumba was a calm lady. Social media always portrays her as some ‘bafoon’ but she actually sounded nice,seems nice, and I think I like her. Bwanika has uniquely been singled out in various social media platforms for attacking Besigye with the most vicious possible ad hominem attacks, but I dont think it’s right. He is entittled to his opinions. He’s, however, right that Besigye has been winning elections since 2006, but he is wrong to say that Besigye has failed to protect his votes. Besigye as an individual cannot protect his votes against a candidate being protected by the entire state apparatus including the partisan Electoral Commission(EC). Protecting votes requires collective responsibility and an overhaul of the EC.

REMEMBERING MUSEVENI’S ‘NIKO’ AS FORMER IGP!

Some things are unbelievable till when you see them happen. Up to now, I find it hard to believe that Gen Edward Kale Kayihura is nolonger the Inspector General of Police(IGP),though I’m not surprised that he has kept a low profile ever since he was removed from office. That’s what any other wise person would do under the present political climate in Uganda.

The “extraor­dinary relationship” that Kale purported to have had with president Museveni for twelve years as IGP, was of intense mutual obsession and benefit. I have never seen anybody as faithful to Museveni as Kale, and that’s why I’m surprised that he hasnt yet been deployed elsewhere. As IGP, Kale was the equivalent of Alexander Nikolayevich Poskrebyshev, Joseph Stalin’s closest aide, who as the head of the so-called Special Section of the Central Committee, was in plainer language the official keeper of secrets. Just like Kale, Niko(as he was sometimes called) was a lawyer by profession, smart,friendly, with a superb memory and a very talented organiser. He was later forced to retire when things got hot in the political arena.His enemies did everything possible to sabotage his relationship with Stalin. He died a somehow miserable man!

Similary, If there’s anybody in Uganda who knows the secrets of president Museveni, and high profile criminals, its Kale. That head of his has got more secretive information than all intelligence organisations combined, i believe. For the first time in my life, I watched a known criminal giving a live interview on TV, confessing to murdering people and working with the police, but he wasn’t in chains or anything like that, and walked freely around Kampala. I also saw a video of Kale publicly defending Abdul Kitatta who is now in prison over various charges. Kitatta was not only a holy fool but a holy terror, described by many as Kale’s man in the criminal world.

Kale wielded his authority in proportion to his level of interest. He was a most active intervener when it came to election violence, protests and court orders releasing opposition politicians, where he considered himself an expert.He also took active, often peremptory part in discussions on Ugandans At Heart(UAH) Forum.Topics outside security were evidently of little concern to him; his preserved notations relating to agriculture were sparse, apart from he said that he’s into goat rearing and that he had about 500 goats(If i recall).Kale engaged almost everyone regardless of your status, and he remains a member of UAH. At one time when he was busy, he enlisted a beautiful female police representative on UAH who became silent all over a sudden, for reasons known to her.Kale had a strong desire to participate in public life, which sometimes allowed him to make a principled stand, or to help out friends,and at other times drew him into shabby compromises, or indeed into appearing to be serving one party, NRM, and one person, Museveni.

There’s one thing I have never understood up to now, why Kale had to celebrate his promotion to a General in May, 2013, in such a style. There was a procession from Mbuya to Parliament Avenue. Normally, such things are done to rub it in the eyes of someone feeling ‘nuggu'(hatred) for you. So, I wonder what that was all about. I wish he writes a book to explain all this for us. Coincidentally, his nemesis, Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde was also always keen to remind panelists that he is a ‘Lt.Gen’. I have never understood this obcession with tittles, honestly. Libya’s Gadaffi who did more than both kept himself a ‘Colonel’ till the time of his death.

Hon. Okupa is a rock!

Mr Elijah Okupa has been defeating NRM since 2001 with a large Margin in Kasilo County , Teso region. He is among the few Uganda politicians I long to take a photo with and keep it forever because he is principled,patrician and incorruptible. He was among the few MPs who refused to be bribed with shs. 5m to remove the presidential term limits. He was quoted as saying, “let’s face It, shs. 5m is an insult. How can I take it and remain with my conscience that I am representing my constituency? I did not come to parliament to be rich”.

In the present Uganda, it’s difficult to find a politician of that statue. Mr.Museveni knows that every politician in Uganda has got a price, but Hon. Okupa is among the few who have resisted the brown envelopes. People like him should be recognised evenif they miss out on medals given on heroes day.

M7 SHOULDN’T ‘CRY’ ABOUT HIS SALARY ANYMORE!

Freinds,
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I could care less about Museveni’s presidential salary of Ug shs. 3.9 m a month. I’m more worrried about the Uganda teachers who are among the worst paid public workers in East Africa. Primary school teachers earn an average 250,000 shillings ($97.16) a month and their secondary school counterparts take home sh472,079 (Grade V) and sh601,341 per month (graduate) respectively. However, come July or so Grade V and graduate science teachers will get sh1,728,007 and sh2,000,000 per month respectively , if we go by government promises.Teaching isn’t easy to do, especially with the amount of preparation work that goes into each class every day and proven by its high burn-out rate.

Teachers are Uganda’s hope, and we’re failing them.Teachers are serving as bodyguards, therapists, soup kitchens and parents especially in boading schools.They are responsible for producing quality citizens as they spend more time with our kids than the parents themselves.I know a teacher here in the UK that counts the number of successfully saved kids by her to be counted on her fingers.On the other hand she can tell you about a lot of kids that will most likely be incarcerated for one crime or another.She couldn’t change them given the few hours a day she had with them.Then there is my former headmaster of Kibuli S.S i know who went out of his way to secure scholarships for underpriviledged students in the school. Even now as a retired man, he tries hard to get funding to help orphans in our family and those he isn’t related to.

And now, we have a crying-baby-president who is tearing his little remaining hair out complaining about his little salary, yet we all know its not technically true, considering that he spends tax payers’ money in any way he wants. At one point while speaking in Mbale, Museveni bragged that he is a rich man and that he left his wife to collect his salary. He gives out money in sacks to groups and calls the money his. He also said around 2006, while meeting Ugandans at Mayflower Hotel in Washington, that he doesn’t need the MO Ibrahim prize because he is a dam rich man, ” if you are used to poor leaders, i am not one of them. You better come and visit me. I do not need money to leave power”.

I would assume that the person who doesn’t need money to leave power, shouldn’t be complaining about the little salary he is getting. He should also be donating the money to the poor like Kabaka Mutesa 11 did for Karamoja while he was president in early 1960s, or be like President Donald J. Trump who isn’t taking any salary at all as US president . And there is also the question of how Museveni got so rich on a little salary.

There are certain people in government that are unfairly earning mega salaries, and are mainly from western Uganda, at the expense of the rest of Ugandans.Let me then introduce “Generalized Pork Barrel” politics, which I define to be government expenditures designed to benefit a well-defined (if not geographically circumscribed) minority for no good reason.An expenditure is referred to as a “pork barrel” when the minority of citizens that it directly benefits happen to be the constituents of a particular politician, particularly when there is a sense that these consituents are getting more than their share of the bread. For instance, Museveni has created unnecessary offices, such as presidential advisors, RDCs,e.t.c and all these people are costing the tax payers an arm and a leg in terms of salaries.

Let me repeat that if the general public is informed of such funding activities and see nothing wrong with it,neither do I.I do not stand for the notion that there are superior reasons for giving higher salaries, however, which would require such funding in spite of the general public’s disinclination. Consider this: the Governor Bank of Uganda earns 53 million Uganda shillings a month.Does that seem fair to you? I see govt spending on the governor, Commissioner General, URA, Executive Director NSSF, and others in that category, as unjustified on grounds of inefficiency, or on specific grounds of unfairness. All that money could be channeled elsewhere and benefit more Ugandans than just a few people.

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

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Betrayal is always a bad thing!

Friends,

I have finally finished reading John Kazoora’s book, “Betrayed by my Leader”. I thank again one of the Ugandans At Heart forum members in London, Mr. Ronald Kavuma, for lending me his copy of the book. Of course, the book tittle meant ” Museveni ” as the “leader ” in this betrayal . So, it could as well have been, ” Betrayed by Museveni Yoweri “. It’s one of those books that matches the old Nillson song, “You ripped out my heart, you tore it apart, so FUCK YOU.” You would enjoy that if u like music, like I do.

Not to get all religioso on Luwero Bush fighters , but whenever someone I loved or cared for betrayed me, I turned to God to ease the pain. For me, It’s a reminder that I was a part of something bigger, and that my suffering, however terrible, had meaning, and God knows what’s good for me.I try to say to myself everything has it’s purpose and in it’s own time.

The truth is people have always betrayed each other. The speeches politicians make are usually not different from the marriage vows among Christians. Politicians generally stay with you in good times but not in “sickness”. The term “In sickness and in health”,(and most of the other verbiage usually appearing in a Christian wedding – richer/poorer; better/worse etc.) actually do not appear in a Jewish wedding vow, although fidelity and welfrare are implicit in the terms ” (I wed thee)…according to the laws of Moses and Israel.” In fact, the vows expressed at a wedding are legally unenforcable in most Western nations. In the eyes of the state, it is the wedding licence issued by a government which counts, not anything said in the ceremony. Similarly, all that crap Museveni said against the past regimes has turned out to be just that–crap.

Anyway, Betrayal is betrayal. Ugandans expected a lot from Museveni and he bailed. Let’s not gloss over the immensity of his betrayal. He should be ashamed.

Kazoora espouses a lot of hunger in his final summations in the book. He sounds really like a broken man but with hope. He sounds so surprised that Gen.Salim Saleh, Museveni’s brother, campaigned for Museveni to lead for more 40 years during the campaign to remove presidential term limits. He sounds so surprised that Gen.Tinyefunza was threatening Olara Otunu for asking for a Commission of inquiry into the Luwero war killings.He was also naive to think that he could help someone to get a job from Museveni but expect that person to be more loyal to him than the job provider. Kazoora basically regrets his participation in the Luwero Bush war. The following statement sums up everything:

“I did not ever imagine that the success of our struggle would surpass the very vices we had set out to eliminate………………..Those who were responsible for rigging the 1980 elections must have realised by now that they did so amateurishly as the current government is the world’s leading guru on election rigging “

I know this is dredging up an old topic, but i always ask myself the following question, ” had the 1980 elections been free and fair, would Museveni still have found a way to become president, and run the country in the same way he has done for the last 32 years?”

My simple answer is ” yes”. The man had a plan, he executed it and it worked for him, not Ugandans!

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

UNITED KINGDOM

“In tribute to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Uganda, two bastions of strength in a world filled with strife, discrimination and terrorism.”

This was in Museveni’s 2001 manifesto!

Friends,
Manifestos is one of the most useless aspect of politics in mostly third world countries, because politicians dont respect them at all. In Kenya,both Jubilee and NASA almost share the same consultants. In Uganda, Museveni has been producing manifestos for the sake of going through an election but the documents dont mean anything to him.

“Iam once again offering myself to serve the people of Uganda because of my conviction that, together with you, we still have a mission to accomplish. Iam taking on the challenge of contesting for a last presidential term”

—President Museveni in his 2001 manifesto

My personal manifesto is that government should just pick one or two main issues to sort out in the next five years, as soon as they get power. Most of the problems in third world countries are clearly known: Insecurity, roads, lack of water, poor roads, shortage of markets for farmers to sell their goods, poor schools, poor state of hospitals or lack of hospitals in some areas, e.t.c. All a government that has won an election needs is to pick on one or two issues to prioritise in the next five years without necessarily neglecting other areas.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UK

There’s no security for common citizens in Uganda at the moment


POSTED ON 2ND MARCH 2018
A kidnapped/vanished child is always a tragedy, and I don’t wish to ridicule anyone’s pain. However,an audio by a kidnapper in a third world country will never help the police catch the killers. We aren’t that sophisticated in technology. Actually, a lot of Generals sound like that man speaking Lunyolo in the audio by Susan Magara’s kidnappers.Even the FBI cannot conclusively identify anybody’s voice using a computer. They have been working on voice recognition for many years, and to this day computers understand only the most basic voice commands, so who knows how long it’ll take until computers and synthesizers can actually emulate human voices or instruments reasonably well. What the FBI concentrate on is mainly the background of where the audio might have been recorded, and then they start identifying areas with such a background.

It is an uncomfortable thing to say as well as to read, but I believe that there’s no security for common citizens in Uganda at the moment. There’s only security for the important people in the country. The 999 number isnt working, the police are more interested in protecting the regime in power, protecting government buildings, e.t.c, but not the common people. Anybody can be killed by anybody anytime, and chances are anybody can get away with a crime if not seen.

Over the last six years crime has greatly increased and the police seem not be in position to do anything about it. In addition the criminals themselves are often let off,case hearings deliberately delayed or criminals serve a fraction of any sentence.For instance, nobody is talking about the Kanyamunyu case anymore. Its dying a natural death, because it has been replaced by bigger cases such as Kitatta’s. Basically, the present government has failed in the first duty of the state, to protect its citizens. May be, citizens should be availed guns to protect themselves from criminals. John Lott, in his book “More Guns, Less Crime,” proves that guns in the hands of private citizens can be an effective crime deterrent.

Susan Magara’s experience is far from unique. Kidnappers, murderers, Muggers haunt almost every town while in others criminals work with the police to ‘protect’ citizens, as we have seen with Sobi group that are now being protected by the police.We are cursed with a government that says one thing and does another. The real problem is the moral climate produced by the present administration, and a feeling they are more on the side of the criminals than their victims.

Far more important, in my view, is the overall recognition of the need for the police to rebrand itself. They need new management at the top, new ideas, new directions, new strategies, e.t.c. Nobody trusts the police anymore. so everyone is paranoid. The more we read about daily murderers on social media and newspapers, the more Uganda is looked at by the rest as a backward nation.A “backward nation” is one regressing in terms of political,material and spiritual measures.

I believe that the crime wave now taking place in the Uganda is due in part to Museveni’s over stay in power. He is now an old man who cannot keep tabs on everything happening in the country. And since he had personalised most of the institutions, everything is now a mess because he doesnt have the energy to be everywhere anymore. Basically, we are heading for the tougher times!

BY ABBEY SEMUWEMBA
UK

“In tribute to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Uganda, two bastions of strength in a world filled with strife, discrimination and terrorism.”

SALAAMS BROTHERS AND SISTERS!

Asalaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wabarakatu:

Howdy Folks, It’s a mighty nice day here in northern England with some spells of Vitamin D(sunshine) and rain, which people in Africa take for granted. Its not as cold and snowy as it was the last few weeks.

As you may be aware,one of the dormitories at Ubbay Islamic Secondary School, Bwebajja, Uganda was torched recently. Alhamudlillah, nobody died; but the damage was devastating. The School has a Quran Memorization Center headed by Sheikh Muhammad Bukenya Hafidh. At the moment, there are looking for donations to help them to rebuild the dormitory, build a library,buy beds, Qurans. We wouldn’t wish to miss on these rewards from Allah.

So, I suggest that we contribute at least on smaller items particularly the 15 beds and qurans towards the school. The cost of this project, as per our initial estimate, touches nearly shs.4,000,000 and we hope the cooperation of the like minded person like you to make it a tremendous success. Your sponsorship of that amount and qurans would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Rashidha Mukawanga at: 00256-706-506-135. For mobile money, send to the same number. Send email inquiries to abbeysemuwemba@gmail.com. Thanking you in advance.
Regards,

TO THE ATTENTION OF UGANDANS IN EUROPE!

“Uganda Annual Sports Day is an event designed to bring together Ugandans based in the UK and Europe under the umbrella of sport. There will be competitions for all ages in football, basketball, athletics, volleyball, board games, table tennis and netball.

Teams will be picked to represent their areas of residence i.e South London vs North London or Birmingham vs Liverpool et.c

This is a family event and not a professional sports event and so it will be competitive but all in the name of having fun and enjoying spending time with other Ugandans to network and make connections.

There will be bouncy castles for children and adults, face painting, trampolines as well as access to swimming pool and gym.

Traditional Ugandan food and barbecue will be available for purchase and Ugandan musicians and celebrities will perform and provide entertainment.

Come and join us for a fun packed day that is sure to become something you look forward to each year and which strengthens your Ugandan identity and pride. We will have stalls selling Ugandan crafts and products as well as companies that want to recruit Ugandans and connect with them for business purposes.

Tell all your friends and family about the Ugandan Annual Sports Day, it is not just for Ugandans only, as a hospitable people we welcome any and everybody.

For more information please call us on 07950856887 or WhatsApp 07936637728 we look forward to hearing from you.”

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