Nobody can produce a real photo of me and Besigye anywhere!

hysterical

Friends,

Believe it or not, I hate responding to some issues, but even in the most heated exchange, I consider it somehow “impolite” not to respond to somebody. Its just that sometimes silence to a smear campaign could turn out to be counterproductive in the long run.

The conspiracy theory reared its ugly head on ‘WHO IS TOM OKWALINGA?’ a few days ago, only this time the conspirator fired a lot of empty bullets on my door step.It was basically a nice display of hateful ignorance.If posting nonsense were real money some people would be extremely wealthy.Despite gaping holes of no merit to the allegations against me, Robert Shaka and the other gentleman whom I’ve never heard of till a few days ago, some people still believe what has been spewed/slanted.

Oh man, something is wrong. If we have Uganda citizens ready to be thrown under the bus over unfounded allegations on Facebook, I am speechless.Obviously I have been living in some kind of a bubble. I didnt know that somebody could write something on Facebook, and its taken as the gospel truth by some people. However,sometimes bubbles aren’t so bad.They help keep the blood pressure down.The only thing the rest of us can do is to point out the gaping holes in their agenda.

What is disappointing in all this is that some newsline just rush to publish anything that is posted on Facebook by a celebrity without putting someone to task to furnish them with facts and details.Celebrity reporting in the mainstream media today is at a low point.If it requires a pain in the ass to point this out as often as is required,then I am duty-bound to accept it as my calling.

You can’t just write a story saying, “X is TVO — everybody says so. He took a picture with Besigye in London……” Jesus! You have to name your sources, and show where they got their information. You need hard facts — documentary evidence (records,IP addresses, perhaps). Otherwise, publishing something you know little of risk putting one’s life in danger.You have to think about our society which is hegemonic and cruel to the opposition.Hasty generalisations end up in misleading. I dont wish to land at Entebbe Airport, and somebody puts handcuffs on me basing on a riduculous Redpepper headline. Unfortunately many in the media don’t care about truth or facts only their false narrative. Anyway the haters out there feed off their own ignorance. For record purposes, nobody in the world, unless photoshopped, can produce evidence of me and Besigye together anywhere, not that its a crime itself. Anyway, there are big lessons for all of us, such as:

1. We should quit attacking each other on personal issues,and just keep talking about issues that matter to Ugandans;

2.If you’ve intentionally written something made up about somebody, please grow a pair and apologise for such posts that lower your standard, and the standards of the debate.

3. Let us be consistent and be true bearers of justice against injustice and have the courage to stand by and for our convictions because it is the right thing to do as God commands us, and not because it is easy and fashionable to do. There is no reason why anybody respectable could devote their time attacking the person of Kiiza Besigye.I have studied Uganda politics since 1962 and I have never seen or heard of anyone that has been treated so unfairly as Dr.Besigye.

4. Let us learn to forgive each other. Personally, I have forgiven all those that run a smear campaign against me.There is a huge difference between “dare to question” and “attack and discredit” which is exactly what a few do in here on a continual basis.

Byebyo ebyange banange. Siyina mutawana oba mpalana kumuntu yenna!

Abbey.K.S

You do not need to be a rocket scientist to establish that Mwenda got it wrong on Tom Okwalinga’s identity!

hysterical
Friends,
You do not need to be a rocket scientist to establish that Andrew Mwenda got it wrong on Tom Okwalinga’s identity. By the way, rocket scientists are no such authority of anything but rocket science. And even there it is still debatable. Sorry if some of you somehow got the impression that rocket scientists are somehow special in some way, that they can make up who Tom Okwalinga is. Really they are not. The belief that they are is only a myth. And while I have no experience with professional LIARS , I have the feeling the same goes for them as well.

Only in arenas where hardly anyone is well educated does being a rocket scientist, or indeed having any tertiary education, confer intellectual authority. Fortunately the Uganda community online is not such a place.

In UAH, for instance, we dare to question the opinions of qualified professionals, never mind the opinions of rocket scientists or professional liars.But that’s not because we have anything against professionals, or rocket scientists. That would be to commit the fallacy of ad hominem argument. In UAH we simply ask that opinions and arguments stand on their own merits.

No pun intended, banange!

Abbey.K.S
UK

MUSLIMS AND X-TIANS TOGETHER ON 5TH FEB 2017

Salaams.

On 5th Feb 2017, me and Rev.Amos Kasibante joined others at the Baab-ul-Ilm Centre, Yorkshire, in the “National Visit My Mosque Day”, a Muslim Council of Britain initiative to reach out to fellow Britons. I sat next to a Muslim brother(photo attached) who I later learned that he had lived in Uganda during the 70s before Idi Amin expelled the Asians. He came to Britain when he was just 9 years old. All speeches carried a message of Peace and the Abrahamic Faiths. Author of many books & director of Islamic society of York Regions, Dr. John Andrew Morrow, spoke to us through skpe. The speech from him was profoundly research oriented and a great learning for the entire audience. We were each given a copy of his book the covenants of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) with Christians of the world at the end of the event.These covenants order the followers of the Prophet to protect peaceful Christians, Jews, and other allied communities until the end of days. Much of this stuff is not understood by non-muslims, especially Conservative Christians who think Islam is war, killing others and terrorism.
hysterical
It was a very impressive ceremony. I realised more that both Muslims and Christians have got a lot of things in common.In a deeply divided world, i hope that such initiatives will be part of a movement that works towards equality,tolerance and acceptance.

ARE WE ALL CAPABLE OF BECOMING DICTATORS?

peculiar
Friends,
The big part of me hates dictators but I also know that its easy to judge someone when you aren’t in their place……Just look at Brother Saddam Hussein: he believed in God, prayed five times a day, read the quran, but he also mercilessly executed his enemies. I have got a video of him performing Salah but, for some reason, Facebook has temporarily blocked me from posting videos…………….. That’s why part of me wishes to meet Mr.Museveni one day, and ask him why he does things the way he does them, and I’m no way comparing the late Saddam(24 yrs in power) to Mr.Museveni(31 yrs and still counting), because I believe the former did more for Iraq compared to the Uganda leader.
hysterical
The big question is: how does a leader stop himself from becoming a dictator? Is it something that others have to stop before one becomes a president or its something a leader has to work on himself? Would Uganda have been better off with a 1962 constitution that gave the president less powers before everything was changed in 1997 by Obote?

Abbey

PLEASE, LET’S NOT EASILY FORGET KASESE MASSACRES!

There is a legal and moral difference between war crimes and crimes against humanity. All sides in war commit crimes, because human beings are human beings, and the stresses of war sometimes break even otherwise decent human beings. Crimes against humanity, on the other hand, are the result of the deliberate and systematic actions of a state with a chain of command. As far as I know, there was only one side in the recent Kasese clashes committing crimes against humanity and it is not King Charles Mumbere and his royal guards.The Museveni regime,being helped by security organs, are engaging, pretextually, in a war against “terrorism” or “sectarianism” that they claimed would arise if Mumbere and a few ‘others’ are left untouched. After the massacre at Kasese by Brigadier Peter Elwelu, I now view the regime as one of the wickedest and vilest on this planet. I never critically followed the LRA war partly because I still had some hope in Mr.Museveni doing the right things.

Peter Elwelu

Peter Elwelu


Some people are saying that Mumbere and his guards are to blame, and I understand and value the need to grieve for every victim, and to hold to account every criminal. But there is also an issue of proportionality, and by most reliable accounts, Mr.Elwelu and his team were overwhelmingly and by far the bigger perpetrator of mass-murder in Kasese.Without a sense of proportional responsibility, there is no justice. If you consider the proportions, it makes little sense to speak of “sides” in this conflict.

The fact is that no one is free when others are oppressed. If we just keep preaching to the people and not mumble a word we are living in fear. And fear is not the natural state of a civilized man. That’s why I’m still surprised that the Mengo administration and other kingdoms have not come out with a united voice against this particular act.People died, and people are dying and there’s nothing more tragic or cruel or heartbreaking. But people need to know the truth as well. And if we know it we must share it.

I honestly don’t know in the grand scheme of things, how many people exactly were killed in Kasese(police say 62 people), and how many have been killed after Mumbere was arrested. I doubt that we will know for sure, and the more I read the news from different sides, the harder it seems to verify.But a lot of what I am seeing from my NRM friends, at least on social media, which I don’t confuse with real life, is highly sectarian perspective, which is sad, and looking at demonization and a level of bigotry coming from people who should know better.May God help us banish such limitations from each one of our own hearts.The heart of the matter is the sanctity of human life, not political affiliation.

ABBEY.K.S

Please forward to your moms, sisters, wives, relatives, lady friends, etc.

tt
1) What should a woman do if she finds herself alone in the company of a strange male as she enters a lift in a high-rise apartment or building late at night?
Experts say: Enter the lift. If you need to reach the 13th floor, press all the buttons up to your destination. No one will dare attack you in a lift that stops on every floor.
2) What to do if a stranger tries to attack you when you are alone in your house, run into the kitchen.
Experts say: You alone know where the chili powder and turmeric are kept. And where the knives and plates are. All these can be turned into deadly weapons. If nothing else, start throwing plates and utensils all over. Let them break. Scream. Remember that noise is the greatest enemy of a molester. He does not want to be caught.
3) Taking a Taxi at Night.
Experts Say: Before getting into an auto at night, note down its registration number. Then use the mobile to call your family or friend and pass on the details to them in the language the driver understands .Even if no one answers your call, pretend you are in a conversation. The driver now knows someone has his details and he will be in serious trouble if anything goes wrong. He is now bound to take you home safe and sound. A potential attacker is now your de facto protector!
4) What if the driver turns into a street he is not supposed to and you feel you are entering a danger zone?
Experts say: Use the handle of your purse or your stole to wrap around his neck and pull him back. Within seconds, he will feel choked and helpless. In case you don’t have a purse or stole just pull him back by his collar. The top button of his shirt would then do the same trick.
5) If you are stalked at night.
Expert Say: enter a shop or a house and explain your predicament. If it is night and shops are not open, go inside an ATM box. ATM centers always have close circuit television. Fearing identification, no one will dare attack you.
After all, being mentally alert is the greatest weapon you can ever have.
Please forward to all the women you care about to spread awareness as this is the least we can do for a social & moral cause and for the safety of our women.
Guys ~ Please forward to your moms, sisters, wives, relatives, lady friends, etc.
Better safe than sorry, right?

Most people in NRM are living a lie that those who speak against the government are competing enemies!

tt
This has been a trying year. But I did all I could — for the Uganda causes, for UAH family and for the Muslim brothers and sisters. Thanks, everyone, for all your love and support. And special thanks to my wife, Amina, for holding everything together on the home front and for having patience (sabr). What a year! Well, I could tell y’all that 2017 won’t be easier either, but we shall need to be more focussed, action oriented, etc.

I have been criticized by my contemporaries for my compassionate approach to political and religious online debates and activism in general. One brother even recently accused me of being obsessed with Mr.Museveni, and that is fine; everyone is entitled to their opinion and expression.
While I am very open to that conversation, the fact remains I only do what I do because I love Uganda, love my faith, and I hold no hatred for anyone. One shouldn’t fear visiting Uganda or anywhere else because of what they post on UAH or UMBS. Yes, there is sometimes anger, bitterness, impatience, and hatred in some of our posts, and these are all forms of fear. These fears manifest as derogatory comments towards our oppressors and a praxis of revenge. Please I ask those concerned to be understanding and forgive all those who sometimes abuse the social media. It’s a new thing to Ugandans, and its a learning curve!

Furthermore, a lot of powerful people in the government have been recipients of undeserved forgiveness. They have done a lot of bad stuff to fellow Ugandans, and yet the earth and the sky took them in as their children all the same and helped them to live honorably once again. As such, it is my deep and profound request that the government offer others that same forgiveness. A lot of people in prison over politically motivated charges should be forgiven.Our sheikhs should be pardoned, and let them go back to their families.

Forgiveness is never a sign of weakness because it’s only done by a strong minded person. We must give harmful people “a way out” unless we truly want to live stuck in this cycle forever. We must give those that live outside of love and truth an opportunity to come back home in our every interaction with them. They may not accept it, but it is our job to offer it. And we must not reinforce the illusion that the sons and daughters of humanity our enemies. We must meet that assertion with our own assertion: the truth that the sons and daughters of humanity were meant to live as family.

So yes, when you punish me for simply writing something against Museveni, I will not hate you. Most people in NRM are living a lie that those who speak against the government are competing enemies. I will not engage in this lie and treat them as enemies in return. I will negate and dispel this lie by looking them in the eyes and reminding them of the truth: we are Ugandans and one family. This is the only way to bring the country back to reality. No matter what: I ain’t gonna let them steal our joy. Remember: they’re just mad coz we cute and dance good.

Abbey K.S

Words of wisdom from Dr.Adam Kimala!

tt“Assalaam Alaikum! Wish all of you Happy New Year. It is good to forgive, its not good to give up on things God gave you. Uganda created by humans should not override the created 15 different small regions which on 9th October 1962 formed Uganda. Each has its own land, people, language and indeed culture. When you are chosen to be a leader, or when you become a leader through other means, you do not become owner of Uganda. You serve and be ready to be replaced when the owners of the country think that you
have done enough.
Each region knows better its problems and obligations. If you want to stamp out corruption and nepotism, recognise each region and let it manage its affairs. A son from home will not kill his uncle. Will not steal state property for he will be discriminated. Using the same language and culture while defending the region will not be a threat to any one.
Foreigners are feared to occupy the land. Land is not personal but it belongs to those people on it and their grand children to come. It is communal and cultural land.
The coming land law reform where when the government wants your peace of land to use it as it wishes, then it just pays you what it thinks is the value of your land, it is absurd. Worse still if you refuse, the government will give your money to the Ggombolola that takes you, and “your money” is kept there until you go and pick it. Indeed you will pick it because they
will demolish you property. You will remain with one option to pick it and start afresh because you will have no other option. That law is going to pass because of majority in parliament. Majority is always wrong, they do not know the hidden agenda and the cultural events as they unfold. That is why in the world of billions of Catholics, only 110 Cardinals chose the
Pope for the rest of the believers. That one works, yet for the politicians they do not want to her bout it. That land law reform should be subjected to a national referendum.”

By Dr.Adam Kimala
Kampala


Disclaimer:Everyone posting to this Forum bears the sole responsibility for any legal consequences of his or her postings, and hence statements and facts must be presented responsibly. Your continued membership signifies that you agree to this disclaimer and pledge to abide by our Rules and Guidelines.

Besigye’s shoes are too big for anybody in opposition to fill them at the moment!

Besigye’s shoes are too big for anybody in opposition to fill them. And I think people should just work with him instead of attacking him out of frustration! The argument that Besigye is more of a weakness for the opposition than a strength is so lame!
tt

DON’T WORRY ABOUT PEOPLE INACTIVE ON OUR FORUM

tt
I see a lot of people concerned that ‘big’ people in NRM are always silent on the forum. Its their loss if they dont participate, its never your loss. However, they always take down notes and, if they are wise, work on the issues raised on the UAH forum. Just keep sharing important articles or any info that may benefit Ugandans.

There is such a deep and important meaning to such sharing amongst the group. It’s the very best thing that humans can do for each other, to give and receive the little gems we all have gained along the way.Even if what we write passes without comment, because it seems it’s so well known, there are always those uncounted thousands out there who lurk and learn something that just might help or encourage them. You never know.
So never, never think that you have nothing to contribute, will you? So many people who feel they know little have often made the one comment that opened up something for someone else. I truly believe that everyone has something precious to contribute. It’s just that we may never really know the full extent of it. UAH is an exciting world of knowledge, apart from it’s obvious practical usefullness.

May you all always prosper all your life, despite the trials and troubles that beset us all.
For my friends in Busoga, its sad that some people intentionally burnt down our sugarcane shambas yesterday without any remorse. Let’s forgive them and leave everything to God!

Andrew Mwenda is the master of misdirection!

tt
By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba, United Kingdom.

Andrew Mwenda is the master of misdirection. Get the focus on himself, “gay” activities, Besigye and FDC , to stop people from talking about: Kasese massacres, Kanyamunyu, crane bank, increasing sugar prices, Muslim murders, Raid on mosques, the other guy who almost lost his balls to UPDF, e.t.c,and he’s by all means succeeding on all fronts. It’s like he has made a promise to somebody that he could make all this disappear from the front pages.Ugandans have even stopped talking about the rigging that took place in this year’s presidential elections despite Besigye’s pleas that “the election isn’t over”.

I hate band-wagaon politics. All of a sudden some people are calling for the opposition to strategise again after reading Andrew Mwenda’s latest ‘attack’ on Besigye. Come on people, Besigye is OK as he is. He doesnt need to change into anything else other than becoming the next president of Uganda. I don’t wish him to change into a Mao(likeable but not for muddy politics), a Mbabazi(strategist but not really a politician), an Olara Otunu( diplomat and that’s all he is), Mugisha Muntu( i dont really know that one), and certainly not an Andrew Mwenda( hypocrite).So I think as long as Besigye’s shoes fit and his feet are well covered, that should suffice. At this point I would be far less concerned about color or or style of the shoes, as long he gets the job done.

Mwenda also has the annoying habit of confusing his opinion with objective fact. In fact, there appears to be a measure of arrogance in some intelligent and highly educated people in Uganda. I don’t mean to generalize this to all, but to some. It is probably easy to feel arrogant when you have such an advantage in education, power connections and high IQ. Some of these arrogant people think they are above the rules of civilized society. I think the Nazi hierarchy is a perfect example. I do remember seeing a documentary on the Nazi hierarchy. In particular the ones being tried at Nuremberg. The majority of these individuals had high IQs. Some like Albert Speer were in the genius category. These so called geniuses helped Hitler make mistakes, just like some of our elites are helping both Museveni and the opposition to make mistakes.

I’m not a connoisseur of journalism but I could point out that there’s a fundamental constraint on its ability to illuminate issues.Election rigging, for instance, can’t be “investigated” in the same sense that corruption and crime can because most journalists tend to have a side they support during elections. Journalists can let the parties speak for themselves, but that’s about all. When journalists do try to go beyond this, they end up investigating things that make their opponents look bad in the eyes of the public. In this case, Mwenda seems to be portraying Besigye as a bad loser, and this all sounds like music to all those in NRM, a reason one ‘NRM-Hajjati-friend’ has excitedly been sending me all Mwenda’s postings on whatsapp. Similarly,a reporter can investigate the background to the election and help his readers or listeners understand what is really going on.Saying that Besigye accuses Museveni of rigging the 2016 elections while Museveni denies doing so is meaningless to anyone who doesn’t know anything about the rigging culture in Uganda elections since 1980, when Obote rigged DP out, and why it has been generally been the case since 1996 when Ssemogere stood again against Museveni.

Well, in a better world the audience would realize that Mwenda is ‘feeding’ them ‘poison'(katwa)(as we used it call it in Kibuli S.S), but Uganda isnt a normal country. Even those who witnessed the mess in our elections, and know our history, are now cheering with Mwenda’s funny ‘evidence’ in his articles.Makes one despair for our country, doesn’t it? But what can one expect, when those who are educated are behaving like headless chicken. Mwenda is certainly polemic and one-sided, but that’s his prerogative; but its upsetting when he does claim to be the keeper of the objective truth. I fail to see how hearing lies,distortions, and propaganda (from him) enable me to home in on the truth about Besigye and the 2016 elections. “Spin” seems to be more important for him than reality,and that’s our most influential journalist in Uganda.Makes one wonder how much more of the news that gets filmed never gets beyond the studio’s vaults, doesn’t it? He’s so egoistic, isnt he? I have a hard enough time not allowing my own ego to control the show. I can’t afford to deal with anyone else’s.

Lastly,successful leaders have supporters willing to call them out,and, unlike Museveni,I believe Besigye would be more than willing to put Mwenda’s input into consideration if he thought he had his interests at heart, but we all know he(Mwenda) doesnt. With Museveni- no matter what he says or does, his surrogates defend him to the max and his base makes excuses for everything. I feel that we as a society are willing to let a lot of serious issues be brushed under the carpet rather than confronting them upfront. This sets us back in our fight for social justice.’

DON’T RUSH TO CALL HON.NABILAH A MOLE IN FDC!

There is plenty of bizarre known-to-be-made-up claims flying from some people that Hon.Nabilah Naggayi Sempala is a spy in FDC. These are extraordinary claims that require extraordinary evidence. I just think that we need to learn to be more tolerant of what others say,obviously apart from Brother Abdu Katuntu who seems a bit weird in his statements.

Just to confuse everybody, I’m not really sure what a mole is here. “Links” don’t prove conspiracy; they just indicate that it’s likely or at least possible. Next you’ll be telling us that Besigye is also working for NRM which, for all practical purposes, it isnt true.

For what it’s worth,It’s not suprising to me that this same message shows up periodically on several forums at about the same time every year after or before presidential elections. And its understandable because there are people who stood on opposition ticket, and trying to build bridges with those in government. Then they are those who ‘accidentally’ stood for presidency, like Mr. Mbabazi, and are now reporedely trying to go back where they have always felt confortable.
tt
I don’t discount the possibility that there are spies in FDC or any of the political parties, because spies are everywhere. The least person suspected to be a spy actually turns out to be the real one. For instance, there was a British radio producer called Guy Burgess, who was working with the BBC in the 1940s. He was a spy for the British Intelligence but nobody suspected him because he mainly portrayed himself as a POKOPOKO guy, like our Andrew M. Mwenda, who has become famous for making noise on radio and social media attacking Besigye.

I remember when Andrew used to attack the Museveni and his family(1990s-2006), and I thought there’s a man with real balls.Oh God, I liked the guy. I literally became a matching mole fan at that point, and i’m sure a lot of oppositionists fell into his crawls, didnt they? What’s odd is that all this still resonates in my consciousness somewhere, that how come nobody saw this at the time? How come we all concentrated mainly on his ‘attacks’ rather than the people he associated with (Gen.Salim Saleh, Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba,e.t.c)? Is it possible he was already on the payroll then, but most of us didnt know at the time? Well, that’s for Andrew to answer but,it simply just shows that its difficult to pinpoint a spy or mole or whatever, just by ‘links’ or association, unless one has got concrete evidence.

That’s why I think that sister Nabilah’s utterances present a good opportunity for education. Is it that important that the most popular and trusted opposition figure is replaced by anybody right now in the name of building strong parties? Is it really a priority for Ugandans who are fed up of Museveni? Can Nabila explain what mistakes will come out of a continuation of a Besigye candidacy or presidency in FDC, and where it grates on the ear? To my admittedly unsophisticated ear, it sounds better than having another person right now who will end up just being a ‘show’ on a ballot paper or a ‘sell-out’, as we’ve seen in the past.Therefore, FDC members should be careful not to be seen to be directly attacking Besigye, because I dont think he deserves it. This Nabilah Naggayi Sempala’ debate is healthy but it should not be a condemnation of Besigyeism, or his intentions for the country!

Byebyo ebyange banange!

Abbey
UK

Where was this fog when Del Ali was killing us-Chelsea?

Where was this fog when Del Ali was killing us-Chelsea?
tt

FDCs ARE FIDDLING AS THE HOUSE BURNS!

tt
They’ll jump head-first into moles-in-the-party debates after a Nabila Ssempala interview, and choke completely on the challenges of multi-party politics as they plunge the party into identity crisis.
They’ll debate about Andrew Mwenda and his sexual orientation for hours upon hours, but then choke on Winnie Byanyima’s deep involvement in the Kanyamunyu case as it sweeps the party into oblivion.
The DEFIANCE campaign seems to be going nowhere at the moment, but by all means they will spend hours discussing Besigye’s invitation to Ghana or other countries, to show off and give us a false sense of accomplishment.

Yes, FDC is a party of the ‘big’ and ‘small’, the rich and poor, those in the country and abroad,e.t.c. But when they spend ten times more attention and effort on the ‘small’, and are being trashed and ravaged on the ‘big’, we have a problem.

They must respond in accordance with today’s major challenges; that is what must dominate their attention and resources.We need to focus and prioritise. Let’s not choke so much.All it takes is one pointy little piece going down the wrong way down your throat.

For instance,Mrs.Besigye choked when he stood bail for Kanyamunyu but it can be fixed. It can be fixed with a honest and considerate statement from her or the husband, or joint. And please she shouldnt be compared with whatever Hon.Odonga Otto did in the past(Godi’s bail), because she’s class and of different status.Otto has always been irresponsible with his mouth, and his comments were off the mark, but I don’t think this has got anything to do with Mr.Museveni…….Winnie didn’t think this through very well. Perception is important in politics!

FDC is still a young party in Uganda politics. Its like a small ‘child’ and its being choked by certain ‘peanuts’ especially the big wigs that don’t think before they act or speak.Peanuts, not peanut butter is dangerous for small children because should a kid aspirate a piece of peanut into the lungs it can do permanent damage from some chemical in it.Peanut butter is not likely to be aspirated so can be eaten at younger ages.
Now, behold, I am afraid of [what] may happen to the party in case Besigye is totally out of the picture!

CONGS TO P.L.E GUYS.WISH YOU A BRIGHT FUTURE!

Kibuli S.S masjid

Kibuli S.S masjid

Congratulations to those that have done well in their PLE exams. I remember receiving mine with agregate 4 from Namagabi UMEA in Kayunga, and I was so chuffed. My Grandfather, Hajji Hassan Kibirige(R.I.P) made several copies of my results on his trip to USA.
tt
I guess he wanted to share his happiness with the other family members abroad, and i keep wondering how that went, because he never talked about it afterwards. Anyway, when he came back a month later, he told me to go and see Mr.Kawaase the headmaster of Kibuli S.S then, at his house, to make sure I had got a place at Kibuli S.S. In his principled form, Hajji Kawaase simply told me to go to the school administration,like anybody else, and check if I had been listed. He even gave me transport(not joking)……Well, my name was no.9 on the list, but I keep wondering how significant are these PLE results to a kid’s future. Personally, I think most poor countries should create early alternatives, especially techinical schools, for pupils instead of everybody fighting for places to secondary schools!

Abbey

I dont think the Muhoozi-for-presidency project is real

‘Like I once wrote on the UAH forum about Amama Mbabazi and some people in the NRM, and their grandioce ideas about succeeding Mr.Museveni, I can also tell you right now that I dont think the Muhoozi-for-presidency project is real. I think its a decoy to check the loyalty of some people in the government. My prediction is that Museveni will either die a president,like Zimbabwe’s Mugabe will, or he will be miraculously kicked out of the presidency. The later will definitely require foreign assistance because I cant see Ugandans doing it on their own!’——Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
tt

Let’s all be encouraged by this GREAT LESSON!

Lesson from Cristiano Ronaldo –
“I have to thank my friend Albert Fantrau for my success. We played together for a youth club. When people from Sporting arrived, they told us that whoever scored more goals would be accepted to their Academy”.
“We won that game 3-0, I scored the first goal, then Albert scored a header, and the third was a goal that impressed everyone. Albert went on one on one with the goal keeper. I was running next to him, he went round the keeper, all he needed to do was just to get the ball into the empty net. But, he passed it to me and I scored. I was accepted to the Academy. After the match, I approached him and asked him “why” and he answered; “You’re better than me”.

Several years after, journalist went to Albert’s house, and asked whether the story was true. He confirmed it. He also said that his career as a football player finished after that match and he is now unemployed. “But where did you get such a gorgeous house, a car etc? You seemed to be a rich person. You also maintain your family…… where is all from? Albert proudly replied; its all from Cristiano.
MORALE: never forget the person who believed in you and gave you a helping hand in life. Let support each other to achieve and we would one day feel proud of lending a helping hand.

Benni Tailor Sweet✌✌

*MTN MOBILE MONEY ALERT*

There are some hackers at work withdrawing money from ~MTN MOBILE MONEY ACCOUNTS~ Without the account owner’s permission or approval.
They will send you a message of this nature
*”Hello Dear Customer MTN Congrat’s you For Wining Ugx1,000,000 and Toshiba Laptop On Mobile Money Promo And Your Code (503) AND (3030). Please Call 0772919578″*
If you receive this message please don’t respond to it.
*Note*
# When you call them or they call you, they will ask you to dial *117#, after which they will ask you to check your mobile money account balance.
# What happen is after you check your mobile money account balance with your pin code they will capture it and hence forth monitoring your account balance in other to make withdrawals without your knowledge.
Don’t allow yourself to be deceived. Save somebody’s money and life by sharing this message with your contacts.
Source ;
*David M.R,*
*MTN OFFICE*
*KAMPALA – UGANDA.*

A lot of Ugandans are dying of heart attacks,and Aspirin needs to be part of our homes!

Friends,
Sorry for the death of Andrew Patrick Luwandaga, and other Ugandans that have died of heart attacks recently. As others have noted, a lot of Ugandans are dying of heart attacks(forget the politically induced ones), and I guess something needs to be done urgently. I,therefore, suggest that all families in Uganda keep aspirins in their homes.

tt

Aspirin has been shown to cut down the risk of heart attack and stroke in clinical trials..It’s called aspirin therapy. 81mg a day,especially for above 50s and those with diabetes, to prevent clotting. It does this by decreasing the stickiness of the platelets, so they are less likely to start a clot where you don’t want one, like in the arteries of your brain and heart. Excess clotting in these areas lead to heart attacks and stroke.Aspirin is derived from the willow tree. So it has its roots in nature. One could argue that it is natural medicine, whatever that is.

In fact, they now say that if you have chest pains or other symptoms of a heart attack, call 999 and take an aspirin. It could save your life, but since Uganda’s 999 is also in ‘receivership’ as the crane bank,let us just stick to baby aspirins.

Aspirin has the benefit of being inexpensive and easy to get.If it gives you stomach problems, or some other problem, you need to tell your doctor that.
Good health to everyone!

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UK

Its only the ‘Museveni-law’ that will save the Sheikhs languishing in prison!

Brother Abbey

Accused persons who are innocent must be discharged, have charges withdrawn/vacated but not ‘pardoned’

Your post contains in part the following sentence:

“A lot of people in prison over politically motivated charges should be forgiven. Our sheikhs should be pardoned, and let them go back to their families.”

It is well known that several Ugandan sheikhs are in prison/detention in Uganda mainly under the following categories.
(i) Some are being tried before the High Court after a long period of detention – eg Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga, who was arrested on 20th January 2015, being tried with several others.

(ii) While other sheikhs have been recently detained so far without any known charge(s) being brought against them before any competent court of law – eg Sheikh Yahaya Mwanje, who was arrested on 27 November 2016.

(iii) Some have been acquitted by the High Court of Uganda in the past but re-arrested immediately after acquittal – eg Sheikh Ismail Kalule.

Since none of the sheikhs has so far been convicted of any offence by a competent court of law, they, individually and/or collectively, do not deserve to be granted ‘pardon’ – forgiveness/amnesty. ‘Pardon’ is not granted after the prosecution has failed to bring or prove charges against an accused person.

When the prosecution fails to prove charges (beyond reasonable doubt) brought against an accused person, charges may be either withdrawn or vacated and criminal proceedings are terminated without prejudice to accused’s presumption of innocence or the prosecution’s right to bring new charges at a later date if there is sufficient evidence to do so. This is what the International Criminal Court (ICC) did after the ICC Prosecutor failed to adduce evidence to prove charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya[1] and Vice President William Ruto of Kenya.[2] Charges were withdrawn/ vacated and both Kenyatta and Ruto were discharged from criminal process but not ‘pardoned’.

Thus, since accused persons in Uganda are presumed innocent until proved guilty, they are entitled to the equal protection of the law including a right to a speedy and fair hearing before an independent court in accordance with the Constitution. Sheikhs are human beings like anyone else and must not be denied the equal protection of the law. Either they are, without undue delay, tried by a competent court and convicted (if there is evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt any charge/s against them) or they are discharged from criminal process (if there is insufficient evidence). Those who are being detained without charges must be brought before courts of law but many of the so-called Muslim leaders are in silence!

Al Islam

[1] The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, Decision on the withdrawal of charges against Mr Kenyatta, ICC-01/09-02/11-1005, 13 March 2015, https://www.icc-cpi.int/CourtRecords/CR2015_02842.PDF

[2] The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang, Decision on Defence Applications for Judgments of Acquittal, ICC-01/09-01/11, 5 April 2016, https://www.icc-cpi.int/CourtRecords/CR2016_04384.PDF

—————————————————————
Al Islam,

Sorry if my earlier statement on ‘pardoning’ of sheikhs was too cryptic. I’m afraid there are gaping holes in my legal education. I’m mainly self-schooled, and I now deeply regret focusing only on those things that interest me at the time. However, I do think I see what you mean here.

If it’s any consolation, you aren’t alone in what you feel. I’m sure the sheikhs feel as ‘innocent-till-proven-guilty’ as you do. Not to be too crude about it, but the claims that the law will help them eventually get out of prison, seem to ring a little hollow. By definition, it seems to me that the concept of ‘conviction’ and ‘persecution failure’ is deceptive under the current political environment in Uganda and, if the entire experience of Sheikh Ismail Kalule and the black mambas that rearrested Besigye after being granted bail in 2006 is any indication, impossible to attain, except in a very limited and temporary sense. The law now operating in Uganda is the super ‘Museveni law’: what Museveni wants goes, if he wants you out of prison, you’re out the next day; and if he wants you to stay in prison, trust me, no judge will get you out. Therefore, I don’t see the sheikhs coming out of prison on their terms.

Having said that, it appears we are somewhat stuck, as in quicksand, and there are no easy solutions in sight. I do not have any easy answers, my friends. That’s the rub. No one else has easy answers, either, but there’s nothing wrong with approaching Mr.Museveni and BEG him to ‘pardon’ our sheikhs. One definition of Museveni’s ‘PARDON-LAW’ is a quick phone call to the prosecutor to ‘WITHDRAW’ the charges, and ordering the bank of Uganda to give you, lawyers, a juicy cheque such that you stop making noise. Either way, it’s all ‘pardon’, my friend!

I’ve very conflicted on this whole mess, and I am uncomfortable admitting that, when the murders started, I advocated for the arming of sheikhs with guns to defend themselves, but with the death of Maama Fiina’s husband who was armed to the teeth, turns out I was flat out wrong on that one, as the evidence is now clear that this is way well planned ‘James-bond’ stuff than any of us envisaged. It has even made me afraid of ‘bodabodas’ driving by every time i visit Kampala.

Most of us just don’t know what to think anymore. Yet, somehow, I feel that there’s no ‘justice’ in keeping sheikhs in prison indefinitely in a situation which looks like has got less to do with them. Most of us in the general public are in no position to be able to form our own independent opinions of what and who exactly is behind the Muslim murders in Uganda, because it is all kept from us in an atmosphere of secrecy. And add to that the problem that most of the public relies on the media, and you get a further degradation of the information available. Yet, I can also speak with some certainty that the way these murders are executed is way beyond the likes of the sheikhs that are already in prison, and the government has got no ability to thwart them from happening again and again.

Yes, there are reasons for some secrecy in national security matters. That complicates honesty in politics beyond belief, and it breeds distrust, by the very nature of secrecy and the demonstrated proclivity of some politicians for deceit. And yes, politicians are very much motivated by power and ego issues, it seems. At the same time, I would suggest that a dedicated press and free and open discussion are the bright light that we can usually count on to help us engage in a truth seeking process, as a public.

However, now that someone has created this mess, we need to fix what has been broken, and I don’t think the courts are gonna do that. I think this administration has strangled itself in its own propaganda (e.g. its ADF killing Muslim leaders). People can only be fooled so far. I think they’ve exceeded their limit by a long shot.

My hope is that the sheikhs are ‘pardoned’ with the touch of the ‘MUSEVENI-LAW’ (the most important law in Uganda), and then we all sit down and find a way forward. I don’t feel that it matters, in this context, whether the sheikhs are guilty or not in the eyes of the law, as there is no way to go back in time and undo the mess.

Just a few non-classified thoughts of a Xmas evening from a nobody in the UK,brother!

Have a good one,

Abbey .K.S

Wishing you all a happy seasons’ holidays!

tt
Friends,

This was a trying year. But I did all I could — for the Uganda causes, for UAH family and for the Muslim brothers and sisters. Thanks, everyone, for all your love and support. And special thanks to my wife, Amina, for holding everything together on the home front and for having patience (sabr). What a year! Well, I could tell y’all that 2017 won’t be easier either, but we shall need to be more focussed, action oriented, etc.

I have been criticized by my contemporaries for my compassionate approach to political and religious online debates and activism in general. One brother even recently accused me of being obsessed with Mr.Museveni, and that is fine; everyone is entitled to their opinion and expression.

While I am very open to that conversation, the fact remains I only do what I do because I love Uganda, love my faith, and I hold no hatred for anyone. One shouldn’t fear visiting Uganda or anywhere else because of what they post on UAH or UMBS. Yes, there is sometimes anger, bitterness, impatience, and hatred in some of our posts, and these are all forms of fear. These fears manifest as derogatory comments towards our oppressors and a praxis of revenge. Please I ask those concerned to be understanding and forgive all those who sometimes abuse the social media. It’s a new thing to Ugandans, and its a learning curve!tt

Furthermore, a lot of powerful people in the government have been recipients of undeserved forgiveness. They have done a lot of bad stuff to fellow Ugandans, and yet the earth and the sky took them in as their children all the same and helped them to live honorably once again. As such, it is my deep and profound request that the government offer others that same forgiveness. A lot of people in prison over politically motivated charges should be forgiven.Our sheikhs should be pardoned, and let them go back to their families.

Forgiveness is never a sign of weakness because it’s only done by a strong minded person. We must give harmful people “a way out” unless we truly want to live stuck in this cycle forever. We must give those that live outside of love and truth an opportunity to come back home in our every interaction with them. They may not accept it, but it is our job to offer it. And we must not reinforce the illusion that the sons and daughters of humanity our enemies. We must meet that assertion with our own assertion: the truth that the sons and daughters of humanity were meant to live as family.

So yes, when you punish me for simply writing something against Museveni, I will not hate you. Most people in NRM are living a lie that those who speak against the government are competing enemies. I will not engage in this lie and treat them as enemies in return. I will negate and dispel this lie by looking them in the eyes and reminding them of the truth: we are Ugandans and one family. This is the only way to bring the country back to reality. No matter what: I ain’t gonna let them steal our joy. Remember: they’re just mad coz we cute and dance good.

Wishing you all a happy seasons’ holidays. Enjoy the family days. See you next year, God willing!

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*
UK

“My journey is long and my preparation is so little, and weakness has gripped me and death is chasing me!”

Let the Americans leave things as there are and give Trump his 4 years,

‘The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.
Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances. ‘

Its embarrassing that Russia possibly ”intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency” but the real attempt to delegitimize TRUMP is actually more embarrassing to the Americans. It kind of signifies that one way or the other, Russia controls USA,it(Russia) is the top dog……. Let the Americans leave things as there are;give Trump his 4 years, fix the leaks in the electoral system, then either find a way to impeach him or vote him out at the end of his term!

thud

Should Africans throughout the Diaspora be afforded UNCONDITIONAL dual citizenship in Africa?

What is the underlying Politics surrounding Passports? Should African people throughout the Diaspora be afforded UNCONDITIONAL dual citizenship in Africa?tt

What happened in Kasese recently was probably the worst I’ve seen of the M7 govt!

tt

There is a legal and moral difference between war crimes and crimes against humanity. All sides in war commit crimes, because human beings are human beings, and the stresses of war sometimes break even otherwise decent human beings. Crimes against humanity, on the other hand, are the result of the deliberate and systematic actions of a state with a chain of command. As far as I know, there was only one side in the recent Kasese clashes committing crimes against humanity and it is not King Charles Mumbere and his royal guards.The Museveni regime,being helped by security organs, are engaging, pretextually, in a war against “terrorism” or “sectarianism” that they claimed would arise if Mumbere and a few ‘others’ are left untouched. After the massacre at Kasese by Brigadier Peter Elwelu, I now view the regime as one of the wickedest and vilest on this planet. I never critically followed the LRA war partly because I still had some hope in Mr.Museveni doing the right things.

Some people are saying that Mumbere and his guards are to blame, and I understand and value the need to grieve for every victim, and to hold to account every criminal. But there is also an issue of proportionality, and by most reliable accounts, Mr.Elwelu and his team were overwhelmingly and by far the bigger perpetrator of mass-murder in Kasese.Without a sense of proportional responsibility, there is no justice. If you consider the proportions, it makes little sense to speak of “sides” in this conflict.

The fact is that no one is free when others are oppressed. If we just keep preaching to the people and not mumble a word we are living in fear. And fear is not the natural state of a civilized man. That’s why I’m still surprised that the Mengo administration and other kingdoms have not come out with a united voice against this particular act.People died, and people are dying and there’s nothing more tragic or cruel or heartbreaking. But people need to know the truth as well. And if we know it we must share it.

I honestly don’t know in the grand scheme of things, how many people exactly were killed in Kasese(police say 62 people, others sources say that 52 were massively buried in army barracks, 70 were given to their claimants), and how many have been killed after Mumbere was arrested. I doubt that we will know for sure, and the more I read the news from different sides, the harder it seems to verify.But a lot of what I am seeing from my NRM friends, at least on social media, which I don’t confuse with real life, is highly sectarian perspective, which is sad, and looking at demonization and a level of bigotry coming from people who should know better.May God help us banish such limitations from each one of our own hearts.The heart of the matter is the sanctity of human life, not political affiliation.

How anybody would arrest King Mumbere, but Elwelu and those that gave him orders, are left alone, it beats my senses!


ABBEY.K.SEMUWEMBA
UK

Is it true that Kutesa is now the biggest shareholder of the Crane Bank?

kkIf it’s true as reported in the Red Pepper that Sam Kutesa is considering buying the Cranes Bank after its initial recapitalisation by the government , then Ugandans have all the reasons to be suspicious of everything “Crane Bank “. It’s only a foreign investor who could risk putting his money in a company under receivership or administration, for obvious reasons such as tax breaks. But even a foreigner who buys a struggling business raises suspicion. For instance, here in the UK when a Russian billionaire decided to buy two of UK’s newspapers, The Evening Standard and the Independent, even the locals were surprised, but they turned a blind eye on it, after all, it wasn’t tax payer’s money. But a Sam Kutesa take over means we need to keep an eye on everything Sudhir-CraneBank-Museveni and public funds. Something just doesn’t look right here!

I’m not against local investors or even foreign investors. Actually, right now Uganda needs more foreign investors due to the economic situation in the country. In the UK, they tried this formula during their financial crisis, and it has paid dividends. That’s why the tallest building now in London and western Europe belongs to the Qatars. The thingy is some of you see things too simply. Everything connects to everything in Uganda right now. Find out what interests Sam Kutesa in buying Crane Bank and have them write a report about the recervership of the crane Bank.The man who is buying shares in this bank is very well known as a ‘special’ businessman with both ears of the president.

I hate such deals taking place in developing nations because the poor always pay for them. I dont mind them that much in developed nations, because people’s lives arent so much affected. For instance, the Bush Family has been involved in such dordgy deals in USA for a long time, and the local American can live with it. Just a tip of the iceberg,UAE has direct connections to the Bush family. UAE and Carlyle Group are business partners. John Snow, former Secretary of the Treasury, and former CSX CEO, sold the rail division to UAE one month prior to him becoming Treasury secretary.Then Carlyle Group bought CSX from UAE for double the money it was worth. Carlyle is partly owned by the Bush family. In addition, Neil Bush frequently does business on behalf of the UAE as an emissary.In 1990 a UAE sheik gave Bush Sr.1 million dollars for his presidential library. So, there’s always a connection of ‘SOMETHING’ when you see a member of the first family rushing to buy a business that’s supposedly not doing well.

Saying that dodgy deals happen in USA too doesnt make it right or legal in any way. USA especially under Bush wasnt any different from a Uganda under Museveni: No respect for the laws. For instance, FISA is a law which was passed in 1978 to prohibit wire-tapping.Bush asked for the ability to wiretap without a warrant in 2001, was denied it but went ahead and did it anyway, as the Amama Mbabazis used to do while in govt. Bush never sought any changes to FISA, instead he just ignored it. So, please, dont look at the Kutesa-Crane bank deal as in black and white.There’s nothing like that anymore in the Museveni government.It matters not what laws limit museveni because no laws apply to him.No law ever written and no law ever to be written affects him and his family.That is exactly what he has claimed as his right as a “plenary executive.”

Abbey

Has anyone got a video of this rhetoric?

kkHas anyone got a video of this rhetoric?
——-‘——————-
“I want to reiterate here before America’s greatest heroes that I will not condone any dictatorial tendencies exhibited by dictators around the world especially the two old men from Zimbabwe and Uganda”

Mugabe and Museveni must be put on notice that their days are numbered and that I am going to arrest them and lock them in prison. If the past American administrations have failed to stop these two despots, I will personally do it”

Mugabe and Museveni have given the world enough troubles and its about time someone puts to an end all these madness for peace to prevail” said an unapologetic Trump.

If Obama fears them, I will never fear them. If clinton and Bush feared them, If the Pope kneels before them, I will never be reduced to that level. I will never be cowed. I promise to clean all the political mess around the world and promote international justice,”

Donald Trump

Trump wont remove Museveni or Mugabe from power!

kkTrump wont execute of any his rhetoric,It’s all talk. He’s literally describing creating heaven on earth and because people feel so destitute and hopeless they want to believe him.The president doesn’t have unilateral control over the country.I think we should be more concerned with the racist, sexist xenophobic people he has emboldened with this bs talk. But the fact is that we are moving towards a changed world. There’s change going on everywhere. Trump wont remove Museveni or Mugabe from power.

Ugandans and Zimbabweans will do it respectively, and they will probably do it soon. Trump wont ban Muslims from USA but his rhetoric will definitely make life harder for Muslims. He cannot afford to create a 1933 German in USA right now.If Trump was like Hitler then you are about to find out.I’m actually downloading his books, yes, they are all about business and negotiations but its key to know at least his way of being, i want to know what we’re dealing with this time.

Abbey

Please always look after your mum or dad in their old age!

kk
Individualism is the prevailing philosophy of the west, and capitalism views all things through the lens of how useful they are. The elderly have no use in an individualistic, capitalist society that is deprived of a higher spiritual purpose and communal values.Plenty of men and women wasting away in nursing homes. It’s really sad. I just hope that as African societies advance, that they don’t take on these attributes as well. Please always look after your mum or dad in their old age!

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

SOME OF TRUMP’S FAMOUS QUOTES!

“Laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that.”

“I don’t want the people from Syria coming in because we don’t know who they are.”

“You have people coming in, and I’m not just saying Mexicans, I’m
talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists and they’re coming into this country,”

“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”

“Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest – and you all know it! Please don’t feel stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault ”

‘I’ve said some foolish things but there’s a big difference between the words and actions of other people,’ he went on. ‘Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.’

ADD MORE PLEASE

kk
Donald Trump’s early life

Donald was born on the 14th of June, 1946 in New York, to Fred and Elizabeth Trump. His father, who ended up being one of New York’s biggest property developers, was American-German. Fred Trump was once arrested at a KKK rally and was sued by the US Justice Department for refusing to rent flats to African-American people. His mother was Scottish and had left poverty in Scotland to live in America. So Trump does actually have a family, which might come as a surprise to those of us who’d assumed he was forged in a cave, like an orc. Trump was expelled from school at the age of 13 and sent to the New York military academy.

Melania will be the hottest 1st lady ever but at what cost?

Mrs.Melania Trump

Mrs.Melania Trump


Friends,
Yesterday, I watched Trump being confirmed as the president elect, but I couldnt help noticing atleast something beautiful by his side, and that was Melania and their 10 year old son. Good Lord, Melania will be hottest ever first lady. She will occupy the East Wing of the White House. Ironically, she’s an immigrant herself from Slovenia. She speaks 5 languages.She’s only 46 years old and has got the nicest tits money can buy! Melania moved to the U.S. in 1996, and became a citizen in 2006, one year after marrying Donald.

Everybody is surprised by Trump’s presidential win, and I cant help but to develop a theory around this basing on the movies involving Russian spies I have watched. In one movie i watched, a Russian agent movies into USA, marries a USA citizen working with the FBI, have two kids together, starts gathering intelligence for the Russians. She threatens to kill herself the moment she’s found. Im not saying that Melania is definitely a Russian agent, but what if the Russians planned everything happening in USA at the moment, including hacking the machines to give Trump a win. No wonder Putin had a grin on his face yesterday!
kk
And Donald said that he believes Melania would be an excellent face for women’s rights.

“[She] would be an amazing representative for our country … I could see her being very involved in women’s health issues,” he said.

Funny isn’t it, the racist that hires the Mexican and South American immigrants and marries other immigrants and wants to trade with even more people from Asia and the Middle East and Russia and yet Trump is the racist. Actually Trump married three immigrants but then again, it seems hot chicks don’t count as immigrants anywhere in the world. Ask the Baganda in Masaka who married the Banyarwanda ladies!

Abbey.K.S
UK

A LETTER TO THE STANBIC BANK FEMALE BODY GUARD

Minister Kibule and victim Obuku Hellen

Minister Kibule and victim Obuku Hellen

Dear Ms. Hellen Obuku,

I’m sorry to hear that a minister slapped you while you were doing your work, and nothing has been done about it up to now. In a law abiding country, that would have earned him at least 5 months in the mental hospital to avoid prosecution. Many people have personalities which exhibit mild forms of behaviour which when more exaggerated is characteristic of one or another mental disorder. These are sometimes called “shadow syndromes”.You might like to check out “cyclothymia”, which describes a mild form of bipolar effective disorder.
subliminally
I know you’ve had really bad experiences with Mr.Kibuule, but don’t let a few bad apples spoil your outlook of males with power and authority.Put them in their place in no uncertain terms, and I bet it will stop. You have a right for them to respect you, and not treat you like a bit of fluff! What I want to assure you is that not all men are like Hon.Kibuule when they’re ministers, only the clods, and those types usually act that way minister or not.And I don’t think your dislike of the pervert who likes to slap women is inappropriate in any way.

Your CEO is not one smart cookie. How can he apologise to a bully for slapping you. I’m glad the Corporate Affairs Team has come out to put things straight. Mr.Kibuule should personally apologise to you and his boss,Mr.Museveni, should ‘punish’ him for his reckless behaviour. I must warn you, though, that its every rare for a military man like Museveni to appear to be punishing his people in public.I don’t pretend to understand the bond military men (and women) share because I’ve never been there, but I do respect it. At least with the public in the loop, we can act as a buffer or back you up if nothing is done about Mr.Kibuule.That would be a hoot!
subliminally
Meanwhile, do you have any ” Assaulted Babes and Mom’s” groups that you can join? It is usually excellent for the assaulted women to compare notes, because I don’t think the Uganda Police will do much to help you. As you have recently seen with Gen. Kayihura’s failure to respect the court sermons, its now confirmed that some people are above the law.

Otherwise,I wish you many, many years of good health. Remember:You can pick your bosses, and you can pick your nose. But you can’t pick your boss’s nose.We all just try to do our best to stay level.

Regards,
Abbey Semuwemba
UK

Cyber war is now real in Uganda going by the excitement the Tom Okwalinga VS Muwema case !

Cyber war is now real in Uganda going by the excitement the Tom Okwalinga VS Muwema case in Ireland has generated.The truth is i don’t think that even Facebook is capable of revealing Tom’s true identify. All they can reveal is an IP address, but with modern technology, there are now several ways of concealing one’s IP address. That’s why even some terrorist groups have got websites and Facebook pages.

For instance, one can conceal it with a VPN. Virtual Private Network (VPN) offers a connectivity to another network, and when connected your computer receives a new IP address from a VPN provider. Every traffic from your computer routes through the VPN network, so your true IP address assigned by your ISP is hidden. It is called IP spoofing.

IP address spoofing or IP spoofing is the creation of Internet Protocol (IP) packets with a forged source IP address, with the purpose of concealing the identity of the sender or impersonating another computing system. When the victim replies to the address, it goes back to the spoofed address and not to the attacker’s real address.

Tom Voltaire Okwalinga is probably chilling right now and watching govt officials getting excited for nothing!

P.S: This very post has been reposted by Facebook in my profile three times without my permission, and I wonder why.

Abbey

Besigye’s international stars seem to be improving everyday!

Besigye with his wife,Winnie Byanyima, at one of the conferences in London

Besigye with his wife,Winnie Byanyima, at one of the conferences in London


Besigye’s international stars seem to be improving everyday. He started with ‘meetings’ of Ugandans in the UK, then attended the UNAA(USA) convention in Boston before giving a lecture at the New York City Bar Association,then he was hosted at Chatham House and also had a BBC interview. He was also at the UK Convention.

At this rate, we soon gonna see him address the House of Commons and Lords in the UK or the US Congress. And of course, dear Winnie is also smiling everyday seeing her husband,right?

Besigye with other VIPs at the UNAA Conference in Boston

Besigye with other VIPs at the UNAA Conference in Boston


But the sheer energy of the man! I still cant believe he’s just knocked 60 years because he doesn’t look it at all. Just imagine all the preliminary study, the writing of speeches,the traveling, planning, rehearsing, conducting, and, not least, fund-raising.
Besigye at the UK Convention, 2016

Besigye at the UK Convention, 2016


I didnt attended the UK convention but the Besigye’s lectures could be summarized as follows :Under the new Uganda of majoritarianism, the theory is to have enough constraint and checks built into the systems to avoid oppression. People will be empowered to change bad leaders. Leaders will be servants of people they lead not masters!

I know a lot of people are saying,’Screw all this’, but may be the international community will at some point start looking at Museveni differently.May be Besigye will show or tell them something they have never heard before, who knows? Like George Bernard Shaw once said,’If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas’.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
Ugandan in the UK

GUYS; LEAVE ANSELM ALONE!

peccadilloes
Oh boy, am I going to get flamed for this but I think one’s dress has nothing to do with respect to the occasion.Your dress is merely a reflection of your being more relaxed when you interact with others. I would not judge anyone, especially a teenager, by their dress if they’re there for the love of the occasion as I am.

I think we have to be careful not to ascribe attributes such as lack of respect towards people we don’t know, merely by their clothing. I would not want to sit in an auditorium fuming over the dress of others while they are having a perfectly good time. It would accomplish nothing, and only serve to make me upset.

If people are willing to judge what respect Besigye’s son had for the recently concluded UNAA conference (or for himself or his parents) based solely (or even partially) on how he dressed, rather than how he responded, how well he listened, how careful he didnt disturb the speakers or the others in the audience, and what he does with the experience, then that is, IMHO (in my humble opinion), a character flaw within that person.Clothing may or may not be a reflection of personality. It is somewhat prejudicial to say that good clothes make good people and bad clothes make bad people.

IMHO, clothes are first and foremost functional, and I really would prefer not to sacrifice comfort for someone else’s archaic views of respect vs appearance.Basically, if your clothes don’t turn heads outside the conference hall, there’s no reason they should inside.As long as there is no conscious effort to detract attention from the conference to the individual, I don’t see a reason to complain.

Whenever I attend a conference though I rarely do, I’m there to listen to the speakers and interact, not to participate in a rite of veneration, nor to put on a public show (I have a strong suspicion that there’s still a significant fraction of Ugandans who attend such functions to be seen, not to listen). I also feel that the idea that one has to don special clothes to attend a conference sets up needless elitist barriers.

Here’s another opinion, ready for flaming.I think that the concept that there is (or might be) a special code of behavior (including dress code or registration fees) for attending a conference is turning off a lot of potential audience. The last thing we need is people reluctant to go to conventions or conferences because they think they might not know the rules. The coming UK convention this Saturday would have a lot of people attending if the fees were scrapped by my mate, Willy Nsubuga Mutenza. He has already invited the biggest star in Dr.Besigye who is an attraction for people, and that would be enough to fill the damn hall, but the fees are putting people off.

That said, I think I think group performers and choirs invited at conferences should be uniformly dressed, it reflects the fact that they are one unified whole.It could get jarring to the eye seeing a cacophony of dress and interfere in the harmony of the sound.

Byebyo ebyange!

Abbey
UK

PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE EARTHQUAKES??

Friends,

Hope all you posters there are okay after the earthquake! What number on the richter scale was it. Hopefully there won’t be any damage from the after shocks.Sometimes when a fault line unzips at one point another bit further along unzips soon after. It is something one can’t predict.The one thing we can be sure of is most of the houses in Uganda aren’t built to strict earthquake codes.Sometimes we jump the gun with survival mania and do it in an unbalanced way

God, of course, can be “tyrannical” because he is perfect, and he has his reasons for testing us with earthquakes.Humans are not and therefore must rely on institutional safeguards and protections, imperfect though they may be. We should, therefore, try to do prepare ourselves for the future:

1.Have mandatory insurance laws put in place – so that victims who happen to be injured can get some sort of redress;
2.Develop and enforce strict building codes to stop the builders do what they may.Unregulated building may lead to unsafe, ecologically unsound results;
3.Force builders to put sprinkler and other fire safety measures in buildings. Considering how important fire protection is, it would most likely become a mandatory feature in the opinion of the market–everyone would be willing to pay the extra twenty dollars a month to avoid being incinerated.

You never know what might happen by taking one small action.Disasters seem to be epidemic at the moment.From all accounts it seems Tanzania suffered most.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
United Kingdom

DO MORE FOOD GROWING THAN CATTLE KEEPING!

subliminallyFriends,

I don’t know how Mr.Museveni came to own Kisozi farm but I always smile at the pictures of any man utilizing land in Africa.Grass fed meat is quite different.The quality of meat by grass fed cattle is better but one of several points. Unfortunately, the majority of people in the world who do eat beef, pork, and chicken are eating animals that are not eating a good diet themselves and in many cases chemically engineered to fatten up for a quick profit.
subliminally
However,we could feed the world much easier if most of the land committed to providing grazing for animals, was instead used to growing grain based crops. There is huge waste that goes into grazing, but it doesn’t seem to bother the greedy when they chomp down on their big thick juicy steaks. Plants(especially fruits and vegetables) are better for our health than meat!

Our people should not waste too much money and land on cattle keeping. They should instead grow more food crops. Plants give our bodies almost everything we need. Any small amount of nutrients that is in meat is negated by the animal protein, saturated fat and cholesterol it contains.Humans only require around 5% of daily calories from protein, which you can easily get by eating plant foods.You need only look at the human teeth to see that we don’t have teeth meant for eating large amounts of meat. We are meant mostly to eat vegetables, and very little meat.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba with a background in both Business Management and Public Health

WHERE ARE THE UAH FORUM HEALTH EXPERTS?

subliminally
Friends,
I’m not an aspirin expert but I’ve just found out two things today which I didnt know before:

1-Salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin,is a naturally occurring antibiotic and anti-fungal in plants. This means that If one eats a lot of vegetables you’re already naturally getting a low dose of aspirin, which supports my earlier theory in another post that we just just have to consume as many plant foods as possible to fight diseases compared to meat.

2. Aspirin carries a risk that locally high concentrations of aspirin in the stomach will destroy the lining and causes intestinal bleeding. There’s a great deal of research going on into various ways of reducing that risk.

As an armchair epidemiologists, I always bring such health topics such that we could engage and learn from the professionals on this forum, but it disappoints when most of them just keep quiet.


Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba living in the UK with a background in Public Health-Health Promotion

Help us build a new toilet for Kamuli UMEA primary school in Bugerere!

subliminallyHelp us build a new toilet for Kamuli UMEA primary school in Bugerere, Kayunga, Uganda

It is estimated to cost shs.3m.We need to get going on this by the end of this month to get the planning done and the building started in October 2016. Can you help as soon as possible please?
subliminally
We are hoping to do more small projects such as this one in the near future!It’s amazing something so simple, something most of us take for granted, can have such an impact and make a huge change.For contributions, please send them to Ms.Rashidah Mukwanga ;MOBILE MONEY:TELL:0757521376, Kampala, Uganda. Thanks.

How does Olanzapine help with Stomach pains???

subliminally
Friends,
OK, I’m going to avoid generalization and bashing of our doctors back home in Uganda but this is another story that needs all our attention.

A friend of mine has just come back from Uganda after a month away. She fell ill with stomach pains while there and went to a supposedly expensive clinic in Kampala to get some help. The doctor there didnt do any tests but just prescribed a medicine, Olanzapine (Zyprexa),which is known to have a hire possibility of causing diabetes, than any of the other similar drugs for psychotic disorders.She’s not psychotic, so the indications for it’s use were marginal in her case.

This drug does mess up the pancreas in an otherwise healthy individual without diabetes. And, the literature is almost silent on whether or not the pancreas will start to work if the patient is taken off of the Olanzapine.I can tell you that majority of people who take it gain a horrendous amount of weight. It does something to your metabolism and to your appetite control within the brain.

So, my friend questioned the doctor why she has been prescribed it, the doctor’s answer was:’just take it, we prescribe it to people here and they get better’, and indeed she took it and felt better after two days of sleeping. She’s now in fact wondering whether she should be taking it whenever she feels pains.

When I think I can be of some modest help to someone with a question, I do my best to answer. When it comes down to important medical decisions, I typically suggest that one consults their doctor. Now, I would like to hear opinions on this, because as a lay man, i found this disturbing.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
Msc. Public Health–Health Promotion
United Kingdom

GET MP FUNERAL INSURANCE AND LEAVE TAXPAYERS’ MONEY ALONE!

subliminally
Friends,
The moment you realize that this ‘dunia’ is nothing but just a short journey, you wouldn’t ask taxpayers to contribute shs.68m to your burial.You will just save up and spend out of your own savings! If you wanna be buried in an American casket, with the hope that your damn body wont be eaten by maggots, then just save up for it, without taking advantage of the people you work for.

Alternatively, parliament could start up something like a funeral insurance where each MP pays in every month, and a certain amount is allocated to that person in case of their death. They should also get funeral insurance for their families, and this should come from their wages. Most funerals of Ugandans abroad are funded through insurances or donations from friends and relatives, and they never get any favors from govt, yet their contribution to Uganda’s economy is far bigger than the taxes collected from MPs wages altogether.
subliminally
I personally don’t have a problem with most of our MPs. Just can’t stand the ones that seem to presume that all Ugandans are stupid.I think MPs should be more concerned about what people are gonna say at their funerals than anything else.There is an old aphorism which states that to know the true worth of a person, you should “have the bones of their enemies speak at their funeral.”

Damn it, I want to know about me now! Hello my buddy, Mugerwa James!

Abbey
United Kingdom

President Omar Bashir’s Hajji money wasn’t spent properly by Mr.Museveni!

A little hajji on his way to perform Umrah this morning. MashaAllah!

A little hajji on his way to perform Umrah this morning. MashaAllah!

The fact that more questions still linger over the money Museveni received from foreign sources and UNFAIRLY spent on only NRM cadres to go for Hajji– shows that Muslims in Uganda are devoid of meaningful representation, organisation and leadership. Absence of Muslim leadership from such initiatives makes both Muslim leaders and the government look bad in the eyes of the 10 Million Uganda Muslims. This needs to be fixed ASAP!

BTW: Welcome back from Mecca, Ahmed Musaazi……you’re our rock,mate!

Abbey Semuwemba
United Kingdom

—————————————-

Millions of pilgrims.

Millions of pilgrims.


Brothers and sisters, thank you praying for us during Hadj and Umra we also prayed for you, ourselves, our families, our country, our people.

For clarification President Omar Hassan El Bashir gave an offer of Hadj to President Yoweri Museveni and this was brokered by Field Marshal Bashir\s special assistant, Hajjati Najiwa. She is as former UN staff, based in Geneva, a power broker.
The President tasked NRM 1st Vice Chairperson Al Haji Moses Kigongo, Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba, Director of Administration and Finance Dr. Hassan Waswa Galiwango and Presidential Special Assistant Al Haji Capt. Abbey Hafez Mukwaya to do the modalities.
Selection was basically in NRM structure, and one member of Central Executive Committee, Haji Qadaffi Nasur was one of the beneficiaries, then members of National Executive Committee including Wakiso DIstrict NRM Chairperson Al Haji Abdul Kiyimba and Kampala Central NRM Chairperson Haji Salim Uhuru were among the beneficiaries.

Beneficiaries cut across the country but of course area that are predominantly Muslim, like Butambala, Busoga, had a lion’s share and areas where Muslims are hardly in structure were specially catered for but it should be a lesson to the people of those areas, that while choosing leaders, even Muslims, should be included.

There were some anomalies, as this was a pilot project but compared to how Hadj offers from other foreign countries are abused, where some of our sheikhs are annual hajis, or where some of the offers are sold, and our local sheikhs are ever left out, l think NRM structure should be left alone to look for offers for its supporters.
However, now that a Department of Religious Affairs has been created under Ministry of Ethics and Integrity, President’s Office, the state should also look for more to benefit all Ugandans Muslims and non Muslims alike.

Both presidents have accepted to make ours annual and a coordinating committee has been set up.

So we thank so much President Omar Mashir for the offer, we thank President Yoweri Museveni for accepting the offer, we thank Hajjati Najiwa for the initiative.

l also thank those who came for my duwa at my home yesterday. good day.

AHMED KATEREGA MUSAAZI
One of the beneficiaries of the Hajji Money

HUMOROUS AND BAD BITS OF THE SIMON NJARA -NSEREKO NBS INTERVIEW

Friends,

Attacking Besigye, Ingrid Turinawe,Nyanjura Doreen and Harold Kaija was bad. These women have suffered a lot for Ugandans, and I don’t believe in the negative rumors around them.Let’s face it: the only area where excellence in opposition politics is worshiped in Uganda today is the streets. Besigye and those women have been in trenches, streets and faced all kinds of things. If they get something financial from certain sources(in or outside the country) to reward their efforts, we shouldn’t portray them as ‘double dealers”. In all other spheres of politics a street politician is held to be the best.Besigye has a defacto superiority that even those who do not like him often recognize.

I think Nsereko’s aim in all this is to trigger a debate on Besigye’s dominance of opposition politics, but I think he’s going about it in the wrong way.Sometimes shouting improves the signal-to-noise ratio if you have something worth saying! I do not advocate shouting down one’s opponent. But I do say that if you are being shouted down, the only recourse is to shout back or shut up. I have found that if I believe that I am right about something,I must say so loudly and with conviction, and be prepared to explain why–but only if challenged to do so.This is true regardless of whether it is a technical matter or a personal one.One brings the courage of one’s conviction forward in one’s utterances, both in content and demeanor.

Hon.Semujju’s response to the issues Nsereko raised was not well thought through. He shouldn’t attack Nsereko as a person, but he should concentrate on the issues. The issues Nsereko raised have been just whispers in the corridors of power for a while now, and I think we shouldn’t sweep them under the carpet. It seems as if those who want answers feel very threatened by those who may have a correct answer. And then there are those that cannot handle an opinion that is based in years of experience, education, practice, interactions and study.
subliminally
If you don’t know the answer to something then be secure enough to accept the answer from someone who knows. If someone has made an erroneous statement then be humble enough to admit it. If you still do not agree, do some research so you’ll know. If your opinion is based on rumor, innuendo, or lacks insight then you should expect someone who does know the facts to have a differing view. Just because one is knowledgeable, it doesn’t mean they’re snobs.

HUMOUR IN THE INTERVIEW

I like the part where Nsereko asked Simon Kaggwa Njala to answer ‘true’ or ‘false’, and Njala went like:’ you have the flow.Go ahead’. I had not heard such a language for a long time, and I miss it!

And then there is a part Nsereko responded with a prolonged:”I’m cominggggggggggggg”, and indeed he was coming.

Simon Kaggwa Njala: Akembizi kakulumye. That was below the belt

Muhammad Nsereko: Narrated a hadith about the man who used to drop shit in prophet Muhammad’s way to the mosque, though some of his details were false.

And then when Nsereko seemed to be moving away from the main points under discussion,Simon Kaggwa Njala interjected: ‘Tudde kububizi’

Muhammad Nsereko: ‘Anti embizi nze sijidisicasinga’

On a sad note, I’m not happy to see two Muslim brothers(Semujju Nganda and Nsereko) trading insults in public. Ebintu tubikwate mpola!

Abbey

GO FOR THE PRESIDENCY AND STOP BEGGING FOR CABINET POSTS

Hajji Abdu-Nadduli

Hajji Abdu-Nadduli

Dear brothers and sisters,

Assalamu Alaikum. Ramandhan Kareem. We pray that Allah forgives us for our past sins and those we will intentionally and unintentionally commit in future. Hope everyone is doing a lot of ‘astaghfirullahs’ during this month, and praying for our sick brothers and sisters, such as Prof Abassi Kiyimba. Anyway, I just wanted to make a few comments on the debate on Museveni’s new cabinet.

First,to be hateful and Islamophobic has become so common that it is proudly displayed all around us, online, on the news, and in politics. It is dehumanizing and it hurts.The term Muslim is being thrown out so often so cheaply. Just look at what’s happening in USA politics right now.For someone who seems to have had the best education Donald Trump lacks culture sensitivity and understanding. He evokes fear in people over his own ideology. He says Muslims did this and did that but there are people who are Muslims being murdered by people who say they are doing it for God.

Always remember this line “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Nobody is gonna change your life for the better unless you wake up and do it yourself. Democracy is saturated with differing opinions and views, and it is the democratic majority of those views that decide what is legal and acceptable in Uganda, not the foot that stomps the hardest or voice that yells the loudest. Its the presidency that now decides everything in Uganda. So, little by little Muslims should target the presidency. They should be aspiring to become presidents. They should be a program helping in identifying and supporting Muslims interested in the presidency. Muslims should not beg favors from the presidency but they should be an influence on the presidency whether one of them is in the office or not. Learn from our Catholic brothers and sisters, and their organisational abilities.

Because there’s likely no such a system or thoughts in place, you find a few Muslims in high positions in government all running to the presidency to determine their next step in life. For instance, If someone has been appointed the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, you’d expect that person to use that position to: 1- do their duties diligently; 2- sell yourself, your good nature, your good character, e.t.c to the public; 3- use that office to take you to the next level, and that level should be the presidency or something more important(not retirement, come on, unless if you have got healthy or family related issues). You only choose to retire if you feel you have not performed to your expectations or to the expectations of the people of Uganda.

The few years Idi Amin spent as president ARGUABLY benefited Uganda Muslims and Ugandans in general more than the last 30 years of Museveni’s leadership.Museveni does not need to change,in fact he will never change but Muslims need to change their reluctance to be fully involved in politics.

MPs

The few Muslim MPs aren’t impressive, I don’t care what your party is, have the damn backbone to stand up to any injustice by the government. I’m aware that an individual who belongs to a party isn’t actually allowed to vote the way he wants, nor the way the people who vote him in want. They always have to vote according to the party’s platform. But come on,guys, this is Uganda where everything is damn possible. All you need is to grind your teeth, look the speaker in the eyes, and say ‘that’s my position. Like it or stuff it’!

I know that many consider this view unrealistic and narrow, but I feel more comfortable supporting nonMuslim politicians than Muslim politicians who remain silent or wishy washy on issues affecting Muslims and the whole country. We like to support Muslims in politics, but how effective are they in matters that seriously affect us and matter as a community?

Brother Hajji Nadduli:

If Hajji Nadduli accepts the position of the minister without Portfolio(MWP), it will be just another example of Muslims embarrassing themselves in politics and not actually being particularly helpful. Its not that i’m not happy for our brother but ,goodness me, what’s he gonna do at the age of 74 that he has not done in the last 30 years? What do MWP exactly do? What’s the point of being in politics if you’re not going to do anything bloody useful? I’m yet to see a Muslim politician take a strong principled stand on matters relevant to the Muslim community, other than very minor matters.

Disunity costing our place in politics:

As a whole we have no unity as an Ummah and its a bit Pathetic because some politicians use it to further divide us.The strategy feeds on itself. Turning us against each other has become easier because of the economic stresses most Ugandans feel. Economic insecurity is rampant. Most Ugandans worry about their futures. That insecurity and anger is easily manipulated — channeled into a politics of one Muslim faction fighting the other, one Muslim allied to Statehouse and another to the opposition, but should it be like this? Really?

This disunity, in turn, serves those in power because it distracts Muslims from what’s should benefit them as a community. The greatest fear of any non-Muslim president is that a majority of Muslims would otherwise join together politically and demand a country organized for the many, not the few.

In this way, “divide and distract” is a winning strategy for them. But it is a losing strategy for Muslims who want to fundamentally change things in Uganda. We must not let them succeed.We should,therefore, be working together on issues that benefit the Ummah whether you are a Muslim in opposition or government.

Byebyo enbyange banange!



*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

Stalk my blog at: http://semuwemba.com/

“My journey is long and my preparation is so little, and weakness has gripped me and death is chasing me!”

Hitler and Stalin were two sides of the same coin!

ALLEGORYHere we go again with silly “……I am willing to go to hell and ally with the devil to defeat the extremism and intolerance of the radical faction of FDC.” This statement, once again, refers to an enlightened intelligentsia who presumably read and still think for themselves, but when you look deep into it, it sounds like someone who wanted to find a way of letting the world know that he’s now officially working for a certain ‘devil’. A worse case allegory would be ‘I don’t give a damn about the FDC radicals as long as I somehow get paid’.

Unfortunately, high-profile historical personalities (such as Hitler, Churchill, Stalin,e.t.c) are easy targets for PR people and there is much around on which to base solid arguments without rambling on about ‘FDC’. By the way, I had promised myself not to respond to anything ‘MWENDA’ but for him to ally himself publically with the really revolutionary ‘revolutionaries’ in Uganda might not have been such a wise political move.There is no such thing as “worse” dictator. Any and all of them represent evil in the same measure regardless of how many crimes they committed.

Hitler only gets the worst rap in the history curriculum because Stalin indirectly aided the allied forces in overthrowing Nazi Germany. If it was the other way around the same would be said for Stalin who killed millions more of his own people and the Ukrainian famine instigated by Stalin killed over 7 million people alone.See Timothy Snyder’s “Bloodland” and study the section on Stalin’s starvation of Ukraine. To ringfence whole towns in order to let the inhabitants starve to death is fairly equal to a death camp in my mind.

Hitler and Stalin were two sides of the same coin.All too easily did we forget these two men were allies complicit to a joint crime before their greedy scuffle years after they got started. Stalin was the first to join the Nazi Germany in fight in September 1939 attacking Poland and having a combined German Soviet victory parade.Stalin was invading left and right, took the Baltic states in a pact with Hitler, Eastern-Poland and Moldova too.

Therefore, there is no point in trying to put a human face on Stalin( Mwenda’s ally). Hitler is considered pure evil and so should be Stalin. If you just add up body count, he was far worse than Hitler. Of course, using the same measure, Mao is the champion homicidal maniac of the 20th century.

What I don’t understand is how anybody would equate ‘extremists’ or ‘radicals’ in the FDC to Hitler unless something has totally gone haywire. Anyway,the history is written by winners. Now, there’s one supposedly calling himself a ‘Churchill’ in the above mentioned allegory. But then again, most of the problems we are having around the world today are in former British colonies or territories, Israel, Iraq Syria, Afghanistan, China, Egypt, India, most of Africa, now America, and the UN have to clean up their mess,…… but Churchill had a say in the whole process.

We all try to read the future when we make our political decisions. Amazingly, we usually get it wrong. I onetime looked at Museveni as the Messiah of Uganda but he changed to a ‘devil’ or ‘Stalin'(to borrow from one of his supporters). Now, what if the people you are calling ‘radicals'(opposing your ‘Stalin’) today end up being in power tomorrow, what do you do?

Don’t Feel Betrayed by Beti Kamya!

ALLEGORYFor the record, I do not feel betrayed by Ms.Beti Kamya! Calling her out for being a sellout to Museveni and rarely going out on a limb for common people unless it suits her own agenda of advancement is not something I feel betrayed by. Most Uganda politicians are all like that.i.e. most are pretenders.

1.I feel betrayed by the Electoral Commission for failure to conduct free and fair elections;
2.I feel betrayed by the opposition for wasting everyone’s time.I feel more betrayed by the parties than an individual.I have no trust in the integrity of any other major political party;
3.I feel betrayed by the media for failure to stand with the people of Uganda when they need them most;
4.I feel betrayed by my government, police forces that no longer protect, and countless other things.

I DO NOT feel betrayed by Ms.Kamya. I feel she has pulled the curtain back on all that has betrayed my trust.She has given us a glimpse of what Uganda politics is mainly about–eating. I even don’t believe the nonsense that she has been working for Museveni all along. I’m sure she was approached at some point before or after the presidential elections.

Abbey Semuwemba
———————–
Beti Olive Namisango Kamya-Turomwe, also known as Betty Kamya and Beti Kamya, is a businesswoman and politician in Uganda, the third-largest economy in the East African Community. She is the Minister for Kampala Capital City Authority in the Cabinet of Uganda. She was named to that position on 6 June 2016.

She is the founder and president of the Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA), one of the registered political parties in the country.[2][3] She was a candidate in the 2011 Ugandan presidential elections, coming in fifth with 52,782 votes. She previously served as the Member of Parliament representing Lubaga North Constituency on the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) ticket from 2006 until 2010.

She was born in Nakuru, Kenya on 30 November 1955 to George Wilson Kamya, a Ugandan, and Margaret Wairimu Kamya, a Kenyan. Beti was the fourth born of nine children. In 1961, when Beti was six years old, the family relocated to Uganda.

She attended McKay Memorial School in Kampala and Saint Hellen’s Primary School in western Uganda for her primary education. She then attended Wanyange Girls’ School for her O-Level education and Kings College Budo for her A-Level education. She studied at Makerere University, the oldest and largest public university in the country, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in marketing.

In the mid 1980s, she joined Uganda Leather and Tanning Industries Limited in Jinja in the sales department, working there until 1988. She then joined Nyanza Textiles Industries Limited, working there as a sales executive until 1992. She then relocated to Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city with her husband.

From 1996 until 1999, she worked as the marketing manager at Uganda Breweries Limited in Port Bell, a Kampala suburb. From 1999 until 2004, she was the executive director of the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) in Entebbe, about 36 kilometres (22 mi), by road, south of Kampala on the northern shores of Lake Victoria.

SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

Peter Ssematimba was unfairly ‘hanged’!

ALLEGORYBetter than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, too, but I think its unfair to disqualify someone from parliament over academic qualifications.What MPs do in the house is what is really important. In any case, most of them with degrees or PHDs, if scratched, will admit to being bilge(rubbish), albeit cleverly produced bilge. Our education system regularly produces O’ and A’ levels who are functionally illiterate…university students too. How well is all that for a necessity before one becomes a MP?

If parliament is to survive and flourish, we must stop being so elitist and start trying to “reach the masses”. It can be done, you know.It’s not a formal academic thing, and that’s the last thing it should be.Parliament is about representing people in your constituency. The minimum qualification should not be A Levels but the ability to understand people’s concerns, and to represent their interests. What matters is whether s/he is able to fully voice out the issues,complaints and views of thousands or millions of people s/he is representing. Actually,there is no relation between an educational qualification and being a good member of parliament.Lots of people without A Levels or that degree have plenty of experience, and many of those know much more than anybody just coming out of grad school.

Disqualify someone over rigging but not academics. No wonder our 1995 constitution has had more reviews than any other Africa constitution…Jesus Christ!

Abbey Semuwemba
UK

GREED MAY BE KILLING MUSLIM FOUNDED SCHOOLS!

ALLEGORY
Reports from Uganda newspapers show that our traditional Muslim founded schools such as Kibuli S.S, Kawempe Muslim, Nabisunsa, e.t.c, aren’t doing as well as they used to in the past. I’m a little conflicted about the whole issue but part of the problem has allegedly been put on the teachers who teach there and at the same time own and teach in private schools elsewhere. They(teachers and headteachers) reportedly use our public foundation schools as recruitment centers for potential students and teachers. Yes, every school needs good teachers but that’s not the point. Our schools once did a better job than they do now, and something deep is happening in our Muslim schools as compared to Christian foundation schools.

Basically our teachers are in business, not teaching. Students are a cost.Businesses are service-motivated ONLY to the extent that it serves their deeper motive, which is, of course, profit. Profit is the end, the “service-motive” is the means.

Nearly all our headteachers own private schools, and it is suspected that they aren’t putting as much effort in our public schools as their private schools. For instance, Kibuli’s reputation as a successful school in the past is enough for a lot of parents to try to get a place there, but not everyone does get a place. So, they are recommended to the private school owned by the head teacher somewhere.It is a “bait and switch” tactic and its effective.On the surface, it shouldn’t be a problem at all but it becomes a problem if the headteacher becomes more committed to his private school than the school he’s heading.

While these teachers have strong financial motives to admit unsuccessful students in their private schools, for failing students the experience can be devastating.There is possibly trauma and poor self-esteem for having failed, and perhaps embarrassment for their families and friends. I remember the ‘KABAZI’ at Kibuli S.S. made us lose friends forever.

Either way, Private schools make money whether students learn or not.Problem is that concentrating education at the end of one set of purse-strings includes NO checks and balances. Meanwhile, we are all watching and literally doing nothing about it.Obviously,the profit-motive is instinctive, we all have the craving to own property, and thrive and prosper, but It needs to regulated.

The idea of “taking away resources” and ‘sharing the same teachers’ between foundation schools and private schools is actually quite dangerous.Dangerous because the foundation school budgets are stretched and the teachers concentration is so divided,and in the end it will come back to bite us, as it always does.

It is said that capitalism civilizes greed as marriage civilizes lust. I don’t think the kind of capitalism we are entrenched in now is civilizing greed–I think it is applauding it, relishing in it and holding it up as an aim to strive for. Every teacher wants to start up a school to be considered successful. Imagine owning 3-5 private schools but you are still a head teacher of a foundation school, where do you commit your energy more? By the way,this has nothing to do with so-called “laws” of supply and demand, this has to do with the application of greed at the expense of the many.

Sorry to ramble for so long with so little in conclusions.As I said much earlier, I am still very conflicted about this whole issue. Perhaps this will give a little food for thought as this thread continues.

I apologize in advance if I have rubbed anybody’s feathers but I consider this a very important issue that requires people on the ground to advance their thoughts. Hello UMTA?????

Stalk my blog at: http://semuwemba.com/

“My journey is long and my preparation is so little, and weakness has gripped me and death is chasing me!”

Please Ignore Andrew Mwenda for now!

Andrew Mwenda (born 1972) is a Ugandan journalist, founder and owner of The Independent, a current affairs newsmagazine. He was previously the political editor of The Daily Monitor, a Ugandan daily newspaper and was the presenter of Andrew Mwenda Live on the KFM Radio in Kampala

Andrew Mwenda (born 1972) is a Ugandan journalist, founder and owner of The Independent, a current affairs newsmagazine. He was previously the political editor of The Daily Monitor, a Ugandan daily newspaper and was the presenter of Andrew Mwenda Live on the KFM Radio in Kampala

People. I love you but please stop making Mr. Andrew Mwenda famous again. He comes up with these shenanigans (simanyi ‘I’m here in Kigali’, ‘Winnie Byanyima slept with……. blah blah) so he can make some headlines, maybe get him to instead love Uganda again. Don’t feed him your time anymore. Don’t share his articles; don’t give them the honour of his face being all over social media again. Every time someone posts something w/ his name it gives him attention. If ppl keep this up he’ll be trending soon. I only refer to him as the man I once admired so much, and that’s all. Some people do great things for the right reasons, and in the process become well-known. Others try to become well-known by bringing down the people who are doing great things. I’m afraid Mr. Mwenda is now the latter. We should instead use this as an opportunity to pray for Dr.Besigye and all the unarmed people who continue to be killed, tortured or arrested by law enforcement with impunity.

Don’t be distracted. Keep doing you!

Abbey

It doesnt matter anymore if Trump becomes the next USA president

Amazing how Islamophobia and appropriation occur simultaneously – just listen to the conversations around us at our typical ‘Katogo’ joint or on this very forum by supposedly very educated people. It’s not that Islam isn’t a balance (between extremes), and therefore is essentially a moderate path. It isnt that Islam supports terrorism. The problem is the endorsed conjunction of “moderate” and “Muslim”, as if to imply that “Muslim” alone is by default a problem, which it isn’t and shouldn’t be for Muslims to show that they too are not a problem simply because they identify as followers of Islam.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump


Personally, I’m no longer bothered if Trump or Hilary wins the presidency.Trumpomonia and Islamophobia will keep going.Every step forward in American history has been followed by a reactionary racist backlash. The election of Obama set the stage for Trump.

I would make an important addition here in regards to the KKK. This group came up after the emancipation of slaves and reconstructionist era as a REACTION to these changes to restore the old order, i.e, to make America great again. And is it any surprise they have been on the rise again since the election of Obama?

Technically Hillary is probably more islamophobe than Trump, Hillary voted for the Iraq war, while trump opposed it and he was the only guy to oppose it because he had concerns with Iraqi civilians, while everyone was only concerned with the money and us soldiers.

I actually don’t think that Trump hates Muslims, he is just skilfully riding the wave of Islamophobia to his advantage. Cruz could have ended his candidacy on a classy, conciliatory note towards Muslims, or at least not mention them, but he didn’t want to miss the opportunity to, once again, repeat his assertion that “radical Islam” is America’s worst enemy. He must’ve been hanging out a lot with his adviser, Frank Gaffney. May be they had dinner together.

Trump has at least considered defunding Israel. Hilary is totally one sided. Surveillance of Muslims won’t change under Hillary, and very likely, would be protracted with her presidency.

In addition, Hilary isn’t even a candidate for immigrants. She keeps repeating that “I had to baby sit immigrant kids” line and I’m like, “what is that supposed to prove?”

Hillary Clinton supported the US PATRIOT ACT – sweeping post-9/11 legislation that enabled profiling and surveillance of Muslim Americans.

I think someone mentioned the term politricks recently, I can’t remember who… clinton’s are all about politricks. What Bill did in the name of “welfare reform” had/has a strong negative impact on low income communities and communities of color. Not to mention the increase in the prison population under the Clinton administration.

Islam plays a central part in the history of enslaved Africans in the Americas. In fact it was in direct relation to Islam that Christian colonial powers (Spain and Portugal) attempted to carve up Africa with their theo-political and geographic distinctions though slaving. The exclusive/homogenous notions of sub-Saharan Africa as Black/not Muslim and North and East Africa as Muslim rooted in Early Modern Western Christian imperialism still hold sway. Even over fair and balanced journalists. Eurocentrism is a helluva drug.

In fact if you ask me,Bernie Sanders is the only ideal presidential candidate for Muslims:

– He opposed the US PATRIOT ACT
– He opposed the War in Iraq
– Is keen on creating a pathway for citizenship for immigrants
– Condemned surveillance of mosques and Muslim households
– Fights for free tuition at public universities
– Values the rights of the poor and working class over corporations
– Explicitly condemns Islamophobia

He really understands the struggle and concerns of Muslim Americans! Granted,no candidate is perfect. Bernie surely isn’t, and his shortcomings are many. However, his track record and policy positions align most with the interests of Muslim Americans. By a long shot. Especially Muslims in working class, immigrant, indigent, and concentrated communities like Dearborn and Flint, Hamtramck and throughout Detroit.

Muslims don’t deserve all the shit being thrown at them but it takes a very open mind to see it that way. Muslims are being discrimated by both their leaders and those they run to for help and support. Muslims are now officially among the most discriminated group in the world, and that’s where we should direct more discussion.

I think discussions on Islamic terrorism have unfairly superseded discussions on poverty and Muslim discrimination , to be frank, although the two overlap, the coverage on Muslim discrimination is non-existent. My impression is that it is our insufficient discussions on religious discrimination that mask disparities in income and specifically, poverty within our communities. That’s why the article written by Prof Mukwanason is handy at this point.

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

Stalk my blog at: http://semuwemba.com/

“My journey is long and my preparation is so little, and weakness has gripped me and death is chasing me!”

THE UNUSUAL OPPOSITION LEADER!

ALLEGORYWarren Kizza Besigye Kifefe is now in Luzira prison after the controversial 2016 presidential elections. Besigye who is widely credited with being a co-author of the defiance campaign, is to go on trial on treason charges.If convicted, he faces decades in prison or death penalty.

Reform is like the heat devil on a hot desert road and Besigye is a demonstration of the reformation and evolution of a human life. He’s a vivid illustration of how an individual can completely revolutionize himself with nothing aside from will power, work, and belief.He’s has been opposing Mr.Museveni since the 1990s and he has not relented in his efforts to get rid of his government at all. He has never been convicted of anything but he has been arrested more times than any other person in Uganda’s history.

He resonates with the school children, poor, market traders, business men, prisoners, unemployed, the sick, criminals and nihilists because they see him as their would be savior. But, with his own hands, drive and mind, he has remodeled himself into the type of leader Uganda needs and has not yet seen. And even while holding that perch, he has never been heard under minding publicly any of the other leaders in the opposition. He respects them because he is one of them. And understands their struggle because that very struggle has shaped him into the most powerful voice in this century.No other opposition leader stands a chance in an election right now as long as Besigye is a candidate. He even seems to be more powerful than the FDC itself where he holds no official executive position.

A lot of people have learned tremendously from his unyielding commitment to social justice, how he has fought for democracy since the bush war in Luwero, and the depth of his personal sacrifice to advance the interests of the marginalized. I have never met nor spoken to him but am awed by the transformative power of his otherworldly will. You have to salute a man who is arrested day in day out while his supporters are watching and doing nothing, but then he gets the guts to continue with the struggle.

The ‘Ugandans-will-walk-with-swag’ comment during the presidential debates is still giving millions hope that change is coming as it did when he first made it. Our domestic political system is built so that the government is rather like a one-legged dog(one-man running the show), operating and carrying the weight of the whole body, so that the dog is always stumbling and going in circles; and our public life consists largely of gathering in the streets or social media to watch the dog stumble about and sometimes biting us helplessly, and of pointing at him, and laughing, and making unpleasant jokes, and blaming the opposition whenever the dog falls on his face. Unfortunately, one could easily be labelled an enemy of the state if you keep pointing and laughing at the stumbling one-legged dog on a street!

WHAT’S HAPPENING TO BESIGYE IS SO DISGUSTING!

tt

Every Ugandan regardless of their political affiliations should condemn what’s happening to Dr.Kiiza Besigye at his home in Kasangati. His house is always surrounded by the police, and he cannot move anywhere near the city centre before being blocked by the police. Some of his visitors are not given access to see him, and the lucky ones are subjected to vigorous check ups.

This act alone has greater repercussions,one of which might be that the one oppressed now can be the one torturing another tomorrow if we continue with the current trend(no respect for the law) in the country.

I believe that, for a policeman or any government official, being honest and truthful on all sides is very important no matter what side it comes from. I also believe being open minded and taking the time to understand all sides is a must. There is already too much dividing in the country and hate. If we as people continue to join in on these kind of actions we all are doomed to a very rough future. We should speak out for all injustices regardless which human they are. God orders us to do so.

Unfortunately, when you join a movement you tend to become so extremely one-sided, that you are never allowed to acknowledge the wrong on ‘your’ side. I’m yet to read a comment from my NRM friends especially on Facebook condemning what Besigye is being subjected to. I sometimes criticise the opposition, and I sometimes fall out with certain people, because I dont fear criticism.

The criticism you receive when you write something against Museveni or NRM is a projection of their lack of ability to analyse issues objectively. It’s the limitations within their own belief systems that cause some to react negatively toward your approach. You are learning to dissolve societal opinion structures- it’s not an easy thing to do. I always remind myself to have patience and that I was like that at one point too. Every now and then I reflect on my views to make sure I’m not being biased myself.

I used to write a lot of crap against Obote, without looking at issues holistically, but I have calmed down on that. Those UPC guys, especially my mate, Joseph Ochieno, gave me hell,but what’s happening to Besigye now is so disgusting!

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UK

FIDEL CASTRO AND BLACK PEOPLE

”He consulted with Kwame Nkrumah, Malcolm X, Min. Louis Farrakhan and Dr. Conrad Worrill of the National Black United Front. He sent money, blood and guts to fight for African Liberation in the Front-line States of Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and beyond to the Congo in aid of Patrice Lumumba.
When at the United Nations in 1960, El-Presidente’ left the plush hotel on one side of Manhattan choosing to reside in Harlem with his people at the Theresa Hotel, as he was guarded by the Fruit of Islam.tt
In 1975, the Apartheid South African government, wanted to stop Angola’s march to freedom, with assistance from the racist United States (supporters of Apartheid), President Gerald Ford, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Donald Rumsfeld were offering material support to Apartheid, South Africa sent its troops to fight the MPLA (Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola) and its leader Agostinho Neto who was firmly anti-Apartheid.

Fidel Castro holding Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada!

Fidel Castro holding Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada!


What did Fidel do? Castro sent more than 36,000 troops to fight the South Africans and prevent them from colonizing Angola in aid of the Apartheid system. Facts.
When the U.S. Government succeeded in destroying the Black Liberation Struggle in the late 1960’s and 70’s…after the political assassinations of Fred Hampton and others, the imprisonment of Geronimo Pratt, Sundiata Acoli, Dhoruba Bin-Wahad,…it forced our Comrade, Assata Olugbala Shakur to flee..only to be covered by Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution, who has guaranteed her safety for all of these years.
Twelve times, John F. Kennedy attempted to assassinate him during his short presidency. Che’, his most trusted comrade, like Malcolm were hunted by the CIA and were not so fortunate.
We say, not goodbye to this Revolutionary…but we salute you with a job well done. Viva Fidel Castro! Viva la Revolucion!”

Previous Older Entries

semuwemba

Semuwemba Calendar

February 2017
S M T W T F S
« Jan    
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728  

Uganda at heart

Semuwemba is a Ugandan residing in the UK

Blog Stats

  • 261,288 hits

Categories

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. "~ Martin Luther King Jr. ~

%d bloggers like this: