THE JUICIEST STATEMENT MUFTI MENK MADE IN UGANDA

Mufti Menk at Namboole stadium in Uganda


It’s an honour to be your brother-I want to share something which is very important. I have walked in- I sat down,hear each speaker praising me one after the other,it’s unfair to be honest,as much as I appreciate it.

I want to warn u about something; “To raise a man to almost a level of infallibility is a crime”.

I promise u , i am human being, have flaws, have weakness, have mistakes, I’m not perfect to hear that one after the other pretend,well, they might be saying it with good intention,or meaning it, but me seating there not only made me uncomfortable but as a leader I disagree.

One of the problems of the ummah is when we raise a man amongst us higher than his level. If i say i something walai- its value is connected to how correct the statement is,and not just because I said it-remember that; but when u raise some one too high even their mistakes becomes something u think is correct,thats where we fail.

I would be failing in my duty as a leader or a person people look up to if I were not to tell u this warning a little bit. Perhaps u are better than me,or nearly all of u are better than me, if not, all of u. May Allah bless you,so that’s a lesson.

Disunity is caused by men and women who say things u and I know are wrong, but because we have propelled them into a position infallibility, we just blindly follow their mistakes and we know its wrong, may Allah protect us. When we want to bring people together u have to correct people like us because, I go wrong, I do go wrong because I must go wrong because I’m humanbeing, I will make mistakes and I do make mistakes and I must make mistakes because I’m a humanbeing, I expect if u really love me, u to tap on ma back and say brother, “I think you are wrong here”- I would love u more.

Wassalam

Transcribed by Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba,residing in the UK

There’s a lot to learn from Mufti Menk’s visit in Uganda

Mufti Menk with Hajji Nsereko Mutumba and the owner of the Pearl Hotel in Uganda


By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

Doing something innovative and excelling at it, is something very few like the Mufti of Zimbabwe, Ismail Menk, do so effortlessely.The Juma preaching at Gaddafi mosque,and the lecture later on at Corporate dinner, was one such situation where Mufti Menk kept the audience spell bound with his creative explorations of quranic verses and traditions.He was in complete command ,as always, and in a great mood which reflected on his face and his indomitable spirit,right from start to finish.

People listening to Mufti Menk at Gaddafi Mosque in Uganda


I followed both events on Facebook live page of Salaam TV, and there were interesting comments from non- Muslims too- particularly on Menk’s point of ” protecting private parts” from adultery and fornication- a handy point that exactly rubs in a Mama fina Vs Peng “wrestling” in Sweden.

The way he was welcomed at Gaddafi mosque was nothing short of presidential. He came in an open car roof followed closely by a convoy, but he managed to sneak his head out to wave at people who were eagerly waiting for him.The sheikhs and other VIPs that were paraded outside the masjid to officially welcome him added all the required ingredients to make this visit a memorable one, and that which will stay in the minds of Ugandans for a very long time. I heard one woman whispering while Menk was being guided to enter the mosque, ‘Omusajja mulungi ‘ meaning ‘ the man is handsome ‘.

Menk didn’t need any help getting the audience in his hands while in the masjid, as the beautiful Adhan did that for him. He even had time to sneak out his phone to capture the moment while Adhan was being heard. Then the preaching started, and that’s where he had people eating out of his hand. They followed every word he said like a baby stuck on their mother’s breast. I must admit that I learnt something new there- when he said that the greatest supplication one can make is in Surat Al fatiha- the one we recite in every Salah, and the supplication Is, “Guide us to the straight path “. I guess, we just have to find time to read Surat Al fatiha wholly outside prayers – as many times as possible.

Of course Menk wouldn’t be Menk without his sense of humour. He joked that he delayed coming to Uganda because he was following the A-Z alphabetical order. He said that his invitation letter had someone called Ramandhan, which meant that he must be fasting all the time. Then he went crazy with Islamic calendar names relating them to the people in Uganda named after them.

Then while at the Corporate dinner, there was a sheikh who kept calling his name in a funny way- ” Menky “( sounded like monkey). This very gentleman got up to introduce the presence of Sheikh Rajab Kakoza, and made it a point that he, Menk and Sheikh Rajab had done Hajji together in 1968. I guess it was a figure of speech but , at that moment, I was surprised to hear Menk loudly correcting him that it’s not true he did Hajji with them in 1968. I guess he isn’t as flawless as he clearly stated in his lecture at the dinner. I felt like shouting at him, ‘ look man,we don’t correct our elders in public here’.

There’s a lot our Ugandan preachers could learn from the style of Menk’s preaching. Since at least the 1980s, Uganda has done a fine job of nurturing its budding preachers within a large and well-funded network of Islamic organisations that function either as independent institutions or else as agents of our Muslim friends in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and several other muslim countries. The grand venture of transplanting the pinnacle of Middle East Islam into the fertile soil of Uganda has been a spectacular success. As a result, we have sheikhs following different Islamic ideologies, but we try to pick and choose what they sometimes preach to us.

In fact, some of our Uganda preachers now frequently fill the ranks of celebrity status around the country and represent some of the finest human beings available –including, among others, sheikh Nuhu Mazata, sheikh Bruhan Mursin, Imam Kyeyune, Imam Idi Kasozi, e.t.c. I haven’t met most of them but I’ve met Imam Kasozi in London. He may not be as gifted as Menk but he represents ” OBUNTUBULAMU ” in all his bones, and he is a very humble guy ma sha Allah.

Overall, I’m happy that Menk was in Uganda. My eldest daughter and wife follow him keenly on YouTube. Yes, he told us to do something that contributes to our communities. I guess, he is doing exactly what he preaches, because he has intensely revolutionised our minds globally. He will definitely leave a mind revolution in Uganda too inishallah.

Museveni is a strategic thinker but has no power to get into anybody’s mind!

Besigye is quoted saying that Museveni has the ‘ability, even in a short interaction, to get into the mind of the person before him, to understand the person before him’. I totally disagree with this because this power is only for God and Satan. Yes, God gave Satan powers to get into our minds and try to control it the way it wants. This was after Satan, who was initially an angel, refused to bow for prophet Adam. Human beings have no powers to do get into the minds of other people. Even those who try, like shrinks, psychologists, e.t.c, rarely get it right.

I will definitely admit, Museveni has his charms.He has shown his ability to make deals since UPM days in 1980s, and that’s why the whole organisation evolved twice into the current NRM.He has managed to weaken the opposition mainly through open and secret deals, such that its difficult at the moment to know who is genuine opposition, and not. He reads a book and all intelligence reports, to the end, and gets his info from all intelligence units, the TV, social media,radio and newspapers.He never underminds information of any nature about anybody, and that is a strength. I’m sure he has a list of all active bloggers in his office,and follows them in his free time.

Yes, i agree with Besigye that Museveni is a strategic thinker.With the rise of Bobi Wine, he has carefully not made any serious statement about him, or the so called People Power.This isn’t by accident, its simply because he is still studying them,as they’ve caught almost everybody offguard. There is always a problem when intellectual peasants show interest in power, because it’s sometimes difficult to know their next move. Basic fear is that he will slow down the gravy train in unpredictable ways. For the first time, i’m sure, just like myself, he is hearing of names like– Bajjo, Nubian Ali, Eddie Mutwe, and all those visible in People Power’s resemblance of a ‘structure’.

Bobi is the cult of hope at the moment, atleast on the social media.With the other opposition politicians ignoring people and going for their own silent ways of resisting Museveni, the public will clump around anyone that sounds like they offer hope. At the moment, all hope is in either Besigye or Bobi. And when the person proves they can’t deliver, the hopeful have nowhere else to turn and must continue to believe, for to face the truth only leads to depression and failure. These things go in cycles, and right now the cycle is turning towards Bobism. Mugisha Muntu left FDC to start his own party, New Formation. The pundits are calling it “dead on arrival.”

The fact is that Museveni is just a lucky man, and the population is so ignorant and poor. For instance, Museveni promised to retire in 2006, and later in 2011, and how many people bought that baloney and more.He made more wild claims that are just too much to keep up with.Uganda would be a middle income by 2020. We will make cars by 2018, or something like that–the list is endless, and yet almost 40 percent of ugandans believe all that crap. When reporters ask NRMs why none of this has happened, they all have the same answer, “He just needs more time”, or get this one, “its the people working for the govt that have let him down”.

Whether Museveni is a great leader, or not, he will be analysed by the Ugandans when he leaves power. I rate leaders by their performance in office and not their rhetoric. From that specification, Russia’s Nikita Khrushchev was a great leader. He made a misstep in Cuba, but brought the end of the denunciations and trips to the gulag for having the wrong attitude. I realize, it is probably politically incorrect to admire Nikita, but I still do. He took serious risks to improve the lives of ordinary Russians, and he was a war hero.

May Be Muhoozi isn’t a bad guy??

I’ve never interracted with Mr. Muhoozi Kainerugaba in any way at all, but a few people i trust who know him so well, say he has been properly brought up, and he isn’t really a bad guy. May be, just a may be, people’s hatred for his dad is overshadowing the good qualities in the young man. What do u think?

P.S– I haven’t received any brown envelope. Anti mwe mbamanyi!

MY BESIGYE-CBS-INTERVIEW REVIEW

Bobi’s supporters gathered outside CBS, and tried to attack Besigye when he came out of the CBS studios


I’ve just finished watching Besigye’s interview today on CBS fm, and have to say it was an absolute pleasure.Alhamdulillah I’ve been following different Uganda politicians hosted on radios and TVs, and personally would rate Besigye as one of the best. Why?

Firstly, some politicians like to cut corners with callers, such that they end up tactically dodging questions. For instance, Mr.Museveni does this using his sense of humour,to divert the caller/moderator to something else.Not so with Besigye–he answers a question with an approriate answer, and in this specific interview- all basis were covered. Yes, some questions to him by Medi Nsereko were a bit annoying, but he controlled himself with a smile and slight movements(up and down) around the chair.

Secondly, going above and beyond to help the listeners get the best political experience. Again, many politicians are not too bothered about explaining to the young listeners about the history of Uganda, where we have been and where we are present.Besigye tries his best to remind people of how powerless they have been since independence, and how they must take power back from the guns. He made it clear that he, infact, didnt want to stand in the 2016 elections, for obvious reasons.

Lastly, he treats all opposition supporters as a family, not customers. That’s why he asked all his supporters to stop abusing all those they don’t agree with politically, including Bobi’s PEOPLE POWER. I believe we will achieve something if Bobi reciprocates this message, and sends out a similar message.Besigye also called for a debate or a conference of all opposition leaders to sort out their disagreements, and I think, that can go down as Super, super leadership.

Just to clarify, I receive no remuneration from Besigye, or anybody in Uganda politics, and this review is on my own accord. I just want people to choose the best when they are thinking of this political journey of a lifetime.Byebyo ebyange!

Have u ever seen opposition fighting opposition in Uganda history?


I’m totally convinced that Hon.Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has good intentions in Uganda politics, but he is being used. As one insider- elder I respect , recently told me, and I absolutely agree with him, ” Bobi is a guy that has an urge to address something but I think he is overstretching his chances, and, in the process, he is becoming a porn or a tool of various interests……….without over elaborating, he is most likely to end up being used without him realising he is being used. The most unfortunate thing about his whole movement and the excitement it has generated, is the fact that he has created fragmentation within the opposition. In addition to that, he creates a wrong impression that the opposition has grown when , in reality, his activities have simply helped it to degenerate into a weaker opposition. Much as the Museveni’s are disturbed by his popularity, they are very much scared of an organised Besigye as a leader of opposition. That is the reality ”

He concluded by saying, ” chances are almost 80- 90% that Muhoozi will be president of Uganda at some point, because of the way Bobi has disorganised the opposition “

This is why I rarely comment on the events in Uganda nowadays. Opposition yamalamu amanyi. What happened at Bulange was disgusting, and nobody who wishes opposition any good, would mobilise something like that– an attack on Besigye!

Mufti Menk is the best Islamic speaker in Africa at the moment

mufti menk


Assalamu alaikum. Everyone will have his/her own opinion, because there are legitimate taste differences, but ,I think , Mufti Menk is the best Islamic speaker in Africa at the moment.

To sit amid a conference facing Mufti Menk as he preaches is not to see and hear a man or a figure gifted by Allah but to see and hear, simply, a confident speaker who radiates authority. He is accomplished not just in Islamic knowledge but also at drawing audiences, charming the audience with his sense of humour and understanding them, all vital.

He refuses to pass judgment on his own career or to acknowledge that some Muslim scholars are crap, because it creates ” fitina ” in people’s hearts. He avoids hate speech ma sha Allah!

So, please I ask Muslims and non Muslims ( interested in learning Islam) to fill up Namboole stadium this month, when he visits Uganda. People working on security, please ensure that everyone is safe. Most importantly, please share videos with us here on the UMBS forum, and other forums inishallah.

Date: 23rd June 2019
Venue: Namboole Stadium
Theme: Building bridges Tour.
#MuftiMenkInUganda

Regards,

Abbey .K.Semuwemba
UNITED KINGDOM

OPPOSITION SHOULD CEASE THE FRIENDLY FIRE

Besigye

I don’t know if you watched a TV series that’s called ”The West Wing” or not, but in that storyline they already recognized the insanity that passes for normal on the internet. You don’t give matches to a two year old for a reason,yet it seems we’ve done just that by granting young people permission to abuse whoever they want online.For instance, the abuse being showered on Dr. Kiiza Besigye shows how forgetful, ungrateful and disloyal some Ugandans are. I can only imagine the pain Besigye must be feeling right now.

I noticed Hon. Kyagulanyi aka Bobi’s fans are playing the ‘youth’ card frequently, and mistakenly brand whoever supports Besigye to be very old. Yes, the young should be given a chance to lead but they must first prove themselves in some way,and respect for everybody must be maintained. By the way, I’m in the same age bracket as Bobi. Supporting Bobi doesn’t mean you can say really unacceptable things and not be called on them just because you are young. Correspondingly, if you say something unacceptable and a Bobi supporter humbly calls you on it, it’s not bad either. There’s so many words,so much flowery rhetoric, so many childish insults, so much pseudo-psychological blabla – all just because opposition supporters have put both of their feet in their mouth at the same time.I therefore call on all opposition leaders to speak to their people to control their mouths.

The brother Besigye lost after years in prison


A lot of Bobi’s fans wrongly call Besigye a mole- meaning he is working for Museveni. But when you ask them to produce evidence, they go on the defensive–saying stuff like, ‘he has been around opposing for 20 years’, as if there is a timelimit for opposing a dictator. ‘He campaigned for M7 in 1996’, which, itself isn’t true. Besigye was never on Museveni’s campaign team. The only time he appeared with Museveni was in Rukingiri when an army order went out ordering him to report to Rukungiri without fail,and he couldnt disobey. Basically, It calls attention to a narcissistic belief,developed arduously,that Bobi’s supporters possess a type of fluency with facts.Never mind that the ‘facts’ they so patenly relish stating wouldn’t garner them a place on my 6th-grade daughter’s political competition tournament.They get some thrill when tossing around incessantly such words as “ignorance” and “stupidity”, because maybe they were used with them in their childhood?

“He should endorse Bobi like the way Ssemogerere Paul and Hajji Ntege Ssebagala supported him in 2001” – basically just the lamest and most unoriginal ad hominem attacks people use when they see no other way out.Seriously, how could any leader endorse someone viewed as weaker and making a lot of mistakes? Besigye was already doing underground work before he sought endorsement from others. He had reportedly formed a NGO,the Solidarity Ring for The Disadvantaged (SORID) which went on officially to conduct seminars across the country for LC3 councillors, but the NGO was just a front for his political motives. He consulted widely with other leaders before he came out to announce his presidency, he wanted the NRM elders,such as Bidandi Ssali and Crispus Kiyonga, to take on Museveni instead of him. He was even supposed to be arrested before he announced his candidature to the press.He never encouraged his supporters to attack other oppostion leaders in any way or form. He didnt present himself as a dividing factor for the opposition, rather a unifying one. Basically, as Wafula Ogutu rightly observed, ‘Leadership is earned. It is not given out on a silver plate’.

Whatever problems this country is facing at present (and has faced successfully in the past), it will meet and conquer with the same united resolve and determination that are cardinal to its leadership in the opposition.That’s why the opposition must be very careful when crafting out the leadership positions. Uganda is a very unique country in history and present, compared to a lot of other East African countries. You get the leadership question wrong, even a successful win in an election cannot guarantee anybody a presidency, or a continuation of events in the post election, in your favour. All this flowery nonsense that Bobi was sent by God, cannot arguably work in the present Uganda, and does not change the fact that he(Bobi) gaffed massively by not stopping his supporters immediately they started attacking Besigye online, radios and TVs, before they recently got physical on Buganda radio,CBS fm.

My Take on Bobi’s blunders in an interview with Patrick Kamara!

Given some of the political flamefests we have here, I’d like to throw in my input on Bobi’s interview on NTV a few days ago.I know we live in a time where debates have been muddied, smudged, blended, etc. between Kiiza Besigye and Bobi Wine, but there’s no confusion on this one. Yes, dirty campaigning is an unfortunate fact of life now days, and I find it to be totally reprehensible.

There are plenty of people out there who believe every word that comes from Bobi’s mouth, and these are people who won’t be bothered by any of his blunders on T.V. Most of them cannot debate logically so they descend to abuse.I guess it’s just how people perceive things to be. Remember “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle ’em with bullshit?” Basically, people already supporting him will continue doing so no matter what.

Heck, freedom of speech means that anyone, even Bobi Wine, can say that inflation could be sorted out by arresting the Kyaligonzas (end impunity), and other funny stuff. But the freedom of speech requires that these differences in viewpoint and taste be aired and discussed, rather than suppressed in favor of a mere uncritical chronology of avant-garde fashion. Personally, I’m not happy with people who make fun of Bobi because of some grammatical errors he made on the show– English is just a foreign language and doesn’t determine anyone’s capability.

But seriously,what do you guys think Bobi will offer as a president (other than removing social media tax that he has promised)? What are his policies on regional conflicts, the environment, women’s issues, diaspora ,health and education, e.t.c? Remember, you can find reports to support any position you choose to believe if you take enough time and effort.

isn’t he the same guy who made a report exonerating those who sold the banks via WhatsApp?


I’ll be the last to deny the importance of self-criticism, but Bobi strikes me as a guy who wont take people’s criticism as necessarily a bad thing. It will propell him to prepare more for interviews than he did in the past. Most importantly, I hope, it will help him make the right decisions– especially closely working with Dr.Besigye, as he learns more about politics of Uganda.

But all that aside, making good choices in office has a heck of a lot more to do with economics and psychology than with music and quotes. The ability to think logically–which one learns when s/he studies science and mathematics–is also necessary for interpreting data and making good choices. Take George Bush, for example, he’s a business major, so supposedly he should have the economics covered. Yet, his idealism and faith led him to invade Iraq under the illusion that the Iraqis would welcome Americans as liberators–despite many experts who told him otherwise. He believed the war could be paid for by Iraqi oil.These are not logical conclusions. This is the kind of delusional thinking that led to tens of thousands of Iraqis dead and thousands of American soldiers.

Now to my own view – the Museveni bad economy, based upon his extreme taxation,over borrowing from the Chinese and the failure to support businesses that provide jobs, could be cured by the reduction in taxes.Facts are facts, taxes go down, revenue goes up. However, any gov’t that cuts taxes must be ready to reduce on public expenditure. If you don’t want to cut spending, then tax cuts should be reserved only as temporary fiscal stimulus tools to jump-start a weak economy.

Note also that some adjustment should be made for inflation, though it’s very hard to determine just how to do that. But if the percent increase is higher one year, it doesn’t mean as much if the inflation rate was also higher that year.There are so many factors–one could probably “prove” anything one wants, just by factoring in certain things and ignoring others.

Better yet the debt should be reported as debt/GDP, also known as the debt ratio. This is a measure of the burden of the debt on the economy. When debt has to be financed from the public that means less money is available for private capital investment which harms the economy.

As citizens, we are all ‘doing something about it’, we vote but always rigged, pay taxes and hope the idiots we elect have some sense to use our money in the right way.

Patrick Kamara is one hell of a scary guy with his tricky questions

Patrick Kamara

Patrick Kamara is one hell of a scary guy with his tricky questions. I remember watching a video–he was asking Museveni if he would remove the presidential age limit at 75 yrs. Up to now, M7’s response then is still haunting him. It’s like a rope around his neck!

What food do these Batooro boys eat, ya rabi?

Dictators are so lucky and clever!


You find someone thumping his chest that they won in Bugiri, Arua, Kyadondo,e.t.c,and the dictator couldn’t rig— Mbu they overwhelmed him with numbers such that he couldnt rig. Now, they are so pumped up thinking that a presidential election will be the same……Seriously, dictators are so lucky and clever,and the oppressed can be so naive!

Just thinking!

They should be agitating for electoral reforms

Abudu Katuntu has more style and moves than John Travolta!

Besigye has remained focused on weeding out bad governance

Amazing how aggressive, vociferous and determined some people are to make Besigye look bad, and control the minds of Ugandans. The result is a hopeless opposition and loss of interest in politics by most Ugandans.

It’s important in these moments to act rather than merely react, and i am happy Besigye has remained focused on weeding out bad governance in Uganda rather than react to attacks from supposedly fellow oppositionists. I hope other political parties, or pressure groups, join him and become proactive. Surely, they might do a bit more than making speeches, songs and some t-shirts, while waiting for presidential elections– with due respect!

Besigye’s car in tear gas


Morrison Rwakakamba: I have not seen what People Power is marketing to Ugandans. In the game, it remains Museveni and Besigye. Others are outliers. It is the media that wants to bring Bobi Wine at the center like they did for Amama Mbabazi. The major focus for NRM is FDC. NRM has democratized this country. Some scholars have been arguing that Uganda is over democratized.
#NBSMorningBreeze #NBSUpdates

Augustine Ruzindana ” The issue of @HEBobiwine is a social media beat…”

Norbert Mao has got a point

Besigye’s arguments against M7 can and should be addressed on their own merit

The DP block


Just because the DP block-including Bobi Wine, regard Besigye’s grand strategy of ‘removing Museveni before 2021′ with cynicism, however, does not license them to write him out in the general scheme of things. Doing so only impoverishes them. Personally, i think there is considerable intellectual laziness in the idea that the past(past leaders, past presidential candidates, e.t.c) must be problematized and that older people must be `rescued’ from their ideological presuppositions. When I speak like this, some people assume that i’m probably in the same age bracket as Besigye, but iam in the same with Bobi’s.I haven’t yet moved in the pension bracket.

Looking at the extraordinary mess the Uganda opposition is in, you might suppose that it’s their ideological presuppositions that are inherently flawed, and that they can actually draw useful moral lessons from the past. Among the lessons they can draw is that Besigye has been standing against Museveni since 2001,and then realised that elections couldn’t remove him from power despite overwhelming evidence that he(Besigye) has been winning them. So, if he comes out and tells someone who has never stood for presidential elections that there’s a ‘snake’ that could bite you during the campaigns, and stops you from winning, why would anybody argue against that?

The ideal solution would be to work with the most popular person who has been in the terrain to kill the ‘snake’ before anything else is done. It seems to me Besigye’s arguments can and should be addressed on their own merit or lack thereof. People, like Abed Bwanika,if he’s genuine, should be supporting Besigye’s strategy, because he(Bwanika) has been standing as a presidential candidate since 2006, if i recall. The idea of changing faces didn’t pay off in 2001 when Besigye came in as the main challenger to Museveni, instead of Dr.Paul Ssemogerere, so what makes someone think that it will work in 2021, or in future, against the same opponent,same system, and same Electoral Commission? Not even the much craved Electoral reforms(ER) have been executed anywhere—In fact Gen.Otafiire is now on record saying that he needs shs.13b to implement ERs, but the money isn’t available.

Evidence of Abed Bwanika standing, and he’s coming back


Besigye’s idea of a People Government isn’t different from probably Museveni’s idea of a broad-based government after NRM millitary victory in 1986. Museveni needed a political base, and he could only build that through a transition govt, hence, he reached out to DP’s Paul Ssemogerere. The day they took power, he met Ssemogerere at Trinity College Nabbingo–Winnie Byanyima,27 years old then, guided the then DP leader to the meeting. The only difference here is that Museveni already had instruments of power, and he was reaching out to the person who had reportedly won the 1980 elections that Obote reportedly rigged.Besigye, on the otherhand, is prematurely forming a govt because he allegedly has evidence that he won the 2016 elections,and he sees no reason why he couldn’t form a People govt, instead of waiting for Museveni to keep controlling the electoral process.

Basically, Besigye’s govt can serve so many purposes: 1-it act as a negotiationa tool with Museveni at some point; 2-it could potentially fill in the void in case Museveni’s govt falls now;3- and it could also act as Besigye’s additional network or mobilising tool in case of a future election. Actually, if Bobi Wine and others had supported him on this, I believe that Museveni would have been forced into some kind of a transition govt before the next elections, due to the pressure. But as things stand now, the opposition is in a limbo!

Bobi had started well-kind of unstopable train, but now he is bogged down into an alliance of losers. And for me, intelligence is an extremely valuable commodity, and its the reason why I always sympathise with Besigye.The ancient wisdom suggesting we ignore most of what we hear applies to opposition politics as well, probably in spades.There’s loads of propaganda against Besigye at the moment. The selection of what’s useful for you, as a leader, is a matter of choice, and some folks choose badly, but you can’t really blame the person who offered what turned out to be bad advice because that same advice may have been beneficial to someone else.

Bobi is standing for presidency out of vanity!

Jose Cameleon and Bobi Wine


Boom! Jose Chameleon will reportedly be standing for mayor of Kampala City while Bobi Wine will be standing for presidency in 2021. I have also seen several musicians and comedians that have expressed interest in joining politics, and I bet it’s gonna be fun. I can only imagine how the next parliament is gonna look like. The truth is that most of the elites are in NRM and have been silenced because they are ‘eating’. Actually, some are ‘eating’ So much such that they could anything to keep Museveni in power. So, people are now looking up to anybody who can change the system.

Our interest in musicians and other celebrities begins with our admiration of their talents. That should be the core of literary criticism around which every other consideration revolves. For example, I’m a fan of Bobi’s music — in fact, I like him so much, and I supported his endeavours to become an MP, but, I feel he’s overstreching it by declaring his interest to stand for presidency in 2021. I strongly believe that excitement has got to him and he is, therefore, doing it out of vanity. In his interview with Patrick Kamara, he admitted that he had promised his wife that she would be first lady one day, and I think that’s vanity.

Seriously, Brother Asuman Basalirwa, why aren’t you smiling?
Smiling is sunnah,bro


Yes, he has a right to stand for presidency but he is erroneously presupposing that he will win against Museveni due to youth support. It doesn’t matter if Museveni is only voted for by his wife, his children and relatives, he will still be declared the winner of the elections. Voting for the opposition in big numbers has never overwhelmed any dictator as long as that dictator is still in control of the people that announce the final results. Voting in developing countries isn’t like watching football on TV where everybody witnesses goals as they go in. So, an argument can be made behind the closed doors of how the dictator won. Haven’t you seen Andrew Mwenda producing polls and percentages of how Museveni has been winning against Kiiza Besigye?

One thing for sure — all celebrities that have joined politics have both followers and supporters. That’s why i would urgently ask whoever will be standing against Chameleon, to work harder than before. Ugandans kind of distrust intellectuals and elites at the moment. Our people now prefer doers to talkers. Indeed, the notion of ‘intellectual’ is sickly because it arrogantly claims that one possesses an overarching truth over the rest. A man who has expert knowledge in the arts, history, science, etc is not necessarily an intellectual but a thinker or a scholar. An intellectual is someone who thinks of himself as a neo-brahmin. An intellectual divorces himself from the world, devises a grand theory, and then tells the rest of us what’s good for us.

My message to fellow Ugandans is that we all love certain musicians/ celebrities but our reasoning , or choices, shouldn’t be clouded by passion for music or whatever . Don’t be afraid to speak up against a celebrity who isn’t fit for political office — in fear of being insulted, disgraced and black listed.The big deal here is the simple and observable fact that while people all over Uganda are in fact tolerant, intolerance grows while the tolerant lose arguments, for they are afraid of engaging a group hell bent on abusing anybody. We should develop university collegiality in which people are simply courteous to each other so that ideas may be exchanged. Byebyo ebyange!

Besigye will not stand for the 2021 elections!

Based on a little temporal observation of mine,I think Dr.Kiiza Besigye and Hon. Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine are sucessfully building the bridge between them, and very soon, this will hopefully transcend down to their supporters. The best collaborations are the ones that develop organically from friendships among leaders. Besigye, who recently celebrated his 63rd birthday, there is no doubt, is an estimable politician of good tastes and sturdy values. I actually think he is the best opposition politician in the history of Uganda. It would be foolhardy for anything I or anyone else to print here to run him down.Analogously, everyone of us is permitted to like certain leaders and what they stand for, but we shouldn’t insult or disrespect anybody.

I ,therefore, request fellow activists to stop saying that I’m just obsessed with Besigye. Yes, I possess certain opinions about him. On the otherhand, there is the vast corpus of incontrovertible fact that we are yet to get a match for him in opposition. It just so happens that my opinions and the facts are very nearly coincident. It is a very gratifying feeling, I can assure you, but it is not something I really work at. It just comes naturally to me, and certainly has nothing to do with obsession. My sympathy for Besigye doesn’t preclude sympathy for weaker politicians as well. That’s why i’m not happy with what the state is doing to Bobi Wine.

As things stand now, the so called DP-block seems to be already dead,and I openly predict that there will be those within DP that will start criticising Bobi for working with his mentor, Besigye. While i consider Bobi and Besigye natural allies, I think Bobi will have to adjust the way he works and the people he relates with daily.There’s a strong belief that a lot of selfish politicians are taking advantage of him,thus, the horrible-amateurish anti-Besigye speech he made at the signing of the DP-Block meeting. Unless he cuts off some people like Abed Bwanika, I think he will get a lot of problems and misunderstandings. Real progress of a politician stops when all the initiative goes into keeping people you don’t really need.

I confidently predict that Besigye will not stand for the 2021 elections, if, at all, they take place, and we will once again be the innocent victims of Museveni’s rigging. Bobi will participate in the elections,as he has strongly indicated, and he will surely learn something.

Let me make myself very clear.I can see Besigye supporting Bobi’s involvement in elections,and he will again use them to mobilise the population against Museveni,but his name won’t be on a ballot paper. Hell will freeze over first before FDC quietly rallies behind Bobi’s candidature. In exchange, Bobi will be obligated to support all FDC candidates standing in parliamentary elections. He is also expected to join the People government(PG), headed by Besigye, either before or after the 2021 elections(if they take place). Like I said before, in case Museveni loses power before the 2021 elections, the PG is expected to fill the vacuum immediately. If part of a compromise with Bobi could be somewhat an inclusion of Norbert Mao,Muntu, or some of his people, in the transition govt, but leaving Besigye mostly in charge, perhaps this can be acceptable. Otherwise, everything is looking ‘twebeleremu’ so far!

Muntu’s party won’t make much difference in Uganda politics!

Congratulations Mr. Mugisha Muntu for forming your own party, Alliance for National Transformation. I have never been a fan of having so many parties in the country– So, I’m sorry to say this, but i dont think Muntu’s party would make much difference in Uganda politics. Popular trust in government institutions, political parties and politicians has been declining for decades in Uganda, resulting in a lot of independents in our parliament. Secondly, Multi partism cannot function where one of the parties effectively recognizes no limits on the use of government power to interfere in the activities of the parties in opposition. Members of NRM have gorged themselves on the wealth of our nation. Thirdly, It will be very unfortunate if Mugisha Muntu looks at FDC and other opposition parties, as his point of recruiting new members, instead of NRM.

NRM rotates around Museveni, without him, there’s no party called NRM. Most Ugandans, on the other hand see Museveni as like a Mafia like don getting extremely rich off his people and eliminating those he does not like. I had personally promised myself to leave Museveni alone if he rigs the 2016 elections, and hungs to power for a year or So, because I couldn’t see it happening, considering the support Besigye had during the campaigns. I remember attending a Buganda conference in Manchester before the elections, where I coincidentally met one of the FDC icons in the UK, Prince Wasajja. I asked him two questions, ‘ why was Besigye participating in another election Museveni is going to rig?”, ” What is he going to do if Museveni rigs?”. Obviously, the answers he gave me were unconvincing but I could see that he had invested a lot of emotions in the elections. I only told him that it would be difficult for Besigye to energise the people again if he doesn’t have a strong structuralist plan for elections and after elections.

Back to Museveni, I think a lot of his opponents underestimate him, and that’s a big mistake. No president in Uganda has mastered our history, and international politics, like Museveni — he knows what buttons to press and when, and he will surely know when he is losing power. The way he programmes the population and our minds now to look at elections -he has been rigging for years, as their only hope of removing him from power, is amazing, so amazing. But seriously, how can any sane politician think that they can win an election organised by Museveni, paid for by Museveni and controlled by Museveni? If this isn’t self destruction, then it’s vanity. What will Bobi tell people if everything turns out like it did in 2016, after the elections?

Its unfortunate that there’s a lot of attacks amongst the opposition leaders, before the 2021 presidential elections. The best advice to all the parties is to stop trying to undermine each other and start searching for a common ground. The formation of a People Gov’t by Besigye should have been looked at as a starting common ground, but some people, out of their selfish interests, don’t want to be part of it. However, I’m glad the animosity between Bobi and Besigye’s supporters has gone down a bit, after the two leaders recently agreed to work together.

MY BEST RAMANDHAN EXPERIENCES AS A MUSLIM!

me with my son, Hassan Semuwemba.


Friends,
I’ve been fasting for years, yet my “best” Ramadan didn’t happen when I was single, not a dad, healthier, not working, not in school, when the fasts were easier, days were shorter, etc, but it happened during my childhood in Bugerere, and in the last three years here in the UK.

During Ramadan, Muslims all over the globe observe a month of daily fasting. The observance of Ramadan allows Muslims to increase their faith and become closer to God.As an adult, I have felt more closer to Allah only the last three Ramandans. You, only yourself, can know and feel this- if you think you are fasting with passion, you feel the need to being closer to your creator, you feel nothing or nobody is pushing you to fast, apart from your innerself– and that feeling could lead you to do a lot of good things, like: reading the quran often, do dhikir, being kind to others,isolating yourself just to worship Allah a bit more, e.t.c.

In the past,I’ve fasted because I thought,’ it’s Ramandan, and that is what every Muslim is doing, so, why not me?’;I’ve fasted, because i thought,’ how could people see me not to be fasting?’…. I’m sure a lot of people are still in that ‘darkness’, which all become self-fulfilling prophecies that end up squandering the joy of the month. In much of Uganda today fasting has been reduced to a mere ritual, and the month of Ramadan has become a time of celebration and festivities instead of religious contemplation and abstinence. In many places, suhoor (the night meal) which is supposed to be taken prior the dawn becomes an opportunity for people to eat a lot, and as a result, most people are putting on weight in Ramandan.

Its important that Muslims do a lot of dua asking Allah to open their minds up to fasting out of passion,and out of pleasing Allah. Its only Allah who can bring you closer to him during Ramadan. When Allah tells us, “I am in the opinion of My servant,” we have to understand the implications of such a profound statement. We have to understand that our attitude, our mindset, our outlook from the onset has to be positive in order for us to have a positive experience.

Ramadan is a holy month for many Ugandan Muslim, but what was it like at Kisega, Kangulumira in Bugerere? I can only speak about it in how we experienced it at my late grandfather’s home as kids. Hajji Hassan Kibirige, inalilahi wahina ilayihi Rajiuna, made everybody inside his home feel Ramadan. He made the neighbours(Muslims and non-Muslims) feel it– he invited some for iftar; meat and fish was supplied almost daily by one of his mini-buses(Kigege),and this made kids look forward to both iftar and suhoor; Adhan was done loudly outside the house, the masjid at Kangulumira had a speaker- so, one could hear Adhan from a distance. One of my childhood friends, Nafi Musitwa(now a headmaster), used to do Ramadan at the main mosque(Kangulumira) but we could compete to do it at home. He had such a beautiful voice ma sha allah, and I learned a lot from him.Basically, the coming of Ramadan was one of the most thrilling experiences of my childhood.

The nights prior to the sighting of the moon our grandmother,Hajjati Mai Nabagereka, would be preparing for Ramadan with an enthusiastic different kinds of foods in storage. Cooking during Ramadan was unlike any other kind of cooking, Ramadan food was special. There was a special iftar we only ate during the holy month until the next Ramadan. Cooking always commenced at four o’clock until just before we were about to break fast – Cooking so many various foods took time and much preparation. Even the aroma in the home during Ramadan was specific to that month, making the atmosphere even more special. The whole home was buzzing,and, somehow, everyone looked happy.

Most of the farm workers ended up embracing Islam to join in the good feeling. For instance, I remember our farm manager, Mwiddu(mugeri by tribe), and his relative from Busoga whom we called ‘munna’- all ended up embracing Islam.Two of the female maids did revert too, and are now part of the family–atleast i’m still in contact with one of them whom they later helped to become a teacher.

We entered the month of ibadah (devotion), the beloved guest was in our midst.Taraweh prayers were conducted at home,and we loved the songs in between–‘muwada, muwada, ya ramandhan’. I loved the buzz in the house. As a child, I wasn’t expected to take part in much of the rituals – be it the cooking or the sunnah [non compulsory] prayers, nevertheless I was as much part of Ramadan as everyone else in the home.

May Allah guide us to have the best Ramadan this year and every year.Ameen!

Why would anyone doubt the existance of God, or the Day of Judgement?

Edris Kiggundu(middle), with Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda (now Opposition Chief Whip and Kira Municipality MP) and Robert Madoi (now a senior sports producer at NTV and lecturer at Makerere University)

I like Edris Kiggundu – he is my OB and , I think, one of the gems of journalism in Uganda, but I have never understood how someone grows from Africa, born in a Muslim family, would not believe in the existence of God. From the day an African child is born, s/he lives miraculously due to shortage of basic necessities around him.

I have got another friend, Dr. Shoan Mbabazi, who also believes that religion is hokum and that people who have any sort of religious belief are just scared and using it as an emotional crutch in the face of the big nothingness (le grand néant) to come. I remember spending one Idi Fitri just arguing with the guy about religion and stuff.

It is ever so misleading to restrict the idea of life and nature to the merely material, visible and physical representations of it. For all the beauty that may be found in the face of a flower or a scenic landscape of snowy mountains and canyons, there is a more hidden but grander natural beauty that speaks no less than of divinity in musical intuition expressive of passions only to be felt in a region beyond thought from the human bosom in a way that can be nothing other than religious.

When you’re at a point where you believe that God is more than His creations, you stop worshipping any human in this world. This is the very reason that gives some people courage to speak against dictators , for instance, because that person believes that injustices committed by man on fellow human beings, will one day come to an end, the person committing them will have an ending, as nature tends to correct itself.

However,rational debate about the existence/ non-existence of God, or life after death, and the ethical implications thereof, is good. It belongs to human dignity to seek to discern what is true.

A lot of Ugandan women lose their lives to Pre-eclampsia

Friends: Sorry to hear of the death of Tamale Mirundi’s daughter- who died while giving birth at Nsambya hospital. Anyway, I just wanted to alert friends to a medical condition that our society takes lightly. It affects women while pregnant, even at the time of giving birth. Pre-eclampsia is a very nasty disease and I wish the Uganda govt could do more to enlighten our people about it. For us as Ugandans At heart, we aren’t all sitting on our laurels waiting for the next complication to hit.

Pregnant women should be aware of the early signs of pre-eclampsia because the condition can rapidly become life-threatening, or result into actual death as was the case with our sister,Hon Kaudha Grace Hailat, of Iganga, Busoga, that died last night.Her names confused me such that its difficult to know which religion she practiced.

Apparently the disease is supposed to be most common in first pregnancies, teenagers and women over 35, a reason why a lot of people in developing countries dont take it seriously. Some women are diagnosed without showing the known signs such as: swelling of the ankles, or oedema,the hands and face may swell too. Higher than normal blood pressure and there is usually protein in the urine.

Tamale Mirundi’s daughter, Moreen Namatovu Mirundi is confirmed dead. Reports show that, she has died while giving birth at mengo Hospital.


Women go on magnesium sulfate during the birth but there are several things one could do to reduce the risk of reoccurance:
1.Some women are advised to take a baby aspirin every day (I guess there is disagreement about how well that works, and it should never be done excpet under a doctor’s advise),
2.Eating a high calcium diet,
3.Resting off your feet as much as possible, just spending time every day with the feet elevated,
4.Having a home blood pressure monitor and take your BP every day, and see the doctor once a week,
5.High protein diets,not going to a low sodium diet (just avoiding excessive salt).

Studies have been done showing these things work, and other studies that they don’t. Personally, I think they just don’t know what causes it or how to treat it, but it can’t hurt to try. I would recommend you ask your doctor if he/she thinks you are very high risk and what the odds are for a repeat. Good luck.May God give the family of the late Kaudha Hailat patience and strength during this ordeal.

Disclaimer: Iam not a doctor. I’m just a volunteer public health promoter with a postgraduate qualification in the same field(Public Health Promotion).

Life can change for anybody if it’s God’s will!

Museveni greeting his dad after becoming president of Uganda in 1986


Anybody can become great if their destiny is to become great. Success today cannot be a yardstick for generational dominance. I spent Eid Fitri with a few of my non-Muslim friends at my home.One of them mentioned something, in our conversations, that bothered me up to now- he said,’one can only succeed in opposition by working with Museveni. What’s the point of opposing someone who isn’t going anywhere soon?’. I’m sure this mate of mine is reading this now.

Museveni with his wife,Janet, in their humble life before he became president of Uganda


A lot of people are now convinced that Museveni and his clansmen will never leave power peacefully, but just because they are dominating everything, doesn’t mean that they dont have a weakness, or weaknesses, somewhere that can be exploited by the opposition to get into power. 40 years ago, Museveni and his ‘balaalo’ friends were literally unknown and insignificant, Museveni himself became a president without even a house to his name. He only owned a plot of land at Rwakiitura where his presidential mansion is now seated,but things could easily change and somebody else comes in unexpectedly. That’s how nature corrects itself- garbage out, old out, new products in, young ones in. Who knows how the political land scape of Uganda will look like in a few years’ time?

A lot of people are now convinced that Jews are God’s favourites in this world, but just because there are a significant amount of ‘Jewish winners’ in a lot of fields is a fortuitous coincidence. In 300 years, the list and percentages will be entirely different. During the Renaissance and Baroque period there were a large amount of great Italian architects and artists. Doesn’t mean much (and hasn’t panned out) over the course of 500 years.Iran is still a great nation but Israel seems stronger,but it could change.

A lot of people are now convinced that America has always been the measuring yardstick to success, but before 1776 there was no USA, and the US has only come into its own as a world power when it entered World War I. So really it’s been a possible measuring stick only since WW II. Today the US is a great nation (meaning powerful)- tomorrow, who knows?

A lot of people are now convinced that Muslims are inferior to other religious sects because of the way the media portrays Muslims,but they have already achieved the same success as Jews and Americans – 1000 AD. Islamic culture was what carried traces of Greek/Roman literature and thought into medieval Europe. And it may happen again- who knows? Muslim and Asian countries do have a film industry, which produces good films as well as the kind of garbage Hollywood produces. Just because those films are not widely distributed in Europe and USA,speaks more of US cultural hegemony (or tunnel vision, some would say).

As the Baganda say, ‘togayanga kyezinze’, anybody can become something if pushed in the right direction. And with God’s blessings, anything is possible!

MUSEVENI TOLD HIM. DIDN’T HE?

Olara Otunnu and President Museveni

Venue: Nairobi Peace talks, 1985
Mediator: Daniel Arap Moi
Olara Otunnu(OO): ‘Hello Mr.Yoweri Museveni’

Yoweri Museveni ignored him, and instead pointed his finger at OO:”You young man, you are the one misleading the old man.We shall see”

The old man Museveni was referring to here was Gen. Tito Okello-Lutwa, and Olara Otunnu was then minister of Foreign Affairs, a position that left a sour note among some UPC members. Few months later, Museveni became the president and OO was on his bike to exile.

OO makes a promising come back to Uganda in 2010 with a CV Museveni could only dream of. He becomes the UPC president the same year, then the Kampala crafty boys get to work and made one ‘proposal’ after the other that supposedly drained all his money. He became financially strained,all the talk of him having been roommates with Tony Blair at Oxford University didn’t help, he went on a war path with the Obote family over who controls what; then Museveni seizes an opportunity and releases his ‘dogs’ on him, bite him harder, and guess what? Now UPC is in Akena James’s hands, or one could arguably say ‘Museveni’s soft hands’.

He told him, didn’t he? That he will see, and I guess OO has seen it all now! Museveni is a very serious person . These are very serious people. They planned to get into power for years. They plan to stay in power for a very long time. And you can only know their seriousness when you study them.

That’s all I can say for now!

The proposed laws For Artists are flawed at root!

the top three musicians in Uganda


By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UK

I hesitate to ridicule laws, especially in a field that isn’t my own, but really, this kind of pseudo-legal guff is our modern equivalent to phrenology. It is, I fear, laughably naive. What is the value to society in moderating music in Uganda at the moment?

The proposed laws are flawed at root, because the Museveni govt is attempting to stifle music that is not favourable to them which, by their nature, will corrupt the music industry too. The hope of these pseudo-laws is that they can pick up enough musicians- gulls to fleece, as they are already doing through police clearances to hold shows and stuff. Incidentally, this all has come at a time when Bobi Wine’s music is troubling president Museveni, and whatever he is trying to build for himself in Uganda.

Music is a prominent feature of everyday life and nearly everywhere we go. Mr.Museveni should just enjoy his, and leave Ugandans to also enjoy theirs, for now. In the UK here, they had Edward Heath who was, of course, their most musical Prime Minister. He was an organ scholar at Oxford and, apparently, did a lot to boost the music industry in the country.

Profit is the only thing that matters to musicians, and the govt should be helping them to make money out of their music instead of going for the jugular. Taylor Swift is the greatest of all musicians because she sells the most songs. Uganda should be helping in creating a market for our music and musicians, and not suffocate them with laws.

YouTube pays $1 billion in song royalties worldwide each year. The govt should be working with our musicians to make sure they earn something from their music too. YouTube pays an estimated $1 per 1,000 plays on average, while Spotify and Apple music pay a rate closer to $7. YouTube is the site best known for viral videos, and accounts for 25 percent of all music streamed worldwide. A lot of Uganda songs are played on YouTube daily but our musicians get nothing or less from it, because they have got no protection and support from the government. There’s no getting around the fact that, even if YouTube doesn’t have licenses, your music will still be available but not monetized at all.

Because of the so many fascist rules that have been introduced in Uganda, people have resorted to finding ways of belittling the office of the presidency, and music is one of them. Bobi Wine often calls himself “Ghetto president”, while Besigye calls himself ‘people president’, not because they don’t know the limit of their powers but because they are trying to rob the word-‘president’, of its power to put down. I’m not asking you to agree or disagree with the practice, but don’t deny that people are hurting, and everything seems to stem from the presidency. Today its musicians, tomorrow it’s going to be someone else.

Put the shoe on the other foot–would you appreciate anybody blocking you from becoming a president, just because you haven’t dressed properly? Philippines pride themselves in having the best president in their history at the moment, and attend his rallies in big numbers, simply because he swears a lot and sometimes puts on shorts. His style of speech would make anybody lose an election in Uganda, but they are OK with it. I have never met Bobi or any of the Uganda musicians, and I do my best not to form “images” which categorize and delimit entire music industry based on what I see on TV or hear in music. I’m sure Museveni used to see Bobi with funny hair on his head, and thought, ‘what a muyaye!’, but didn’t know that he had his own ambitions and good ideas in his head. I see people judging Besigye’s son in the same way because of his non-Uganda styles.Please, let people be, let Musicians be, as we have got bigger problems as a country to deal with at the moment.

Besigye isn’t a mole but a patriot!

Besigye has been arrested over 200 times since he started challenging Museveni


Besigye isn’t a mole as some people are alleging, but a patriot in the best sense of the word (a sense that appears of late to have lapsed in common usage): someone who is willing to endure the wrath and calumny of the powerful in his country to follow his conscience. I don’t see how this petty slander advances the argument that Museveni is a good leader, or anybody in the opposition has done better than him, but people saying these things are predictable, I allow them that.

If one can cite Besigye saying that he sees Museveni as somebody who is going to change the future of Uganda , or bring evidence of him getting a bribe from Museveni,I’d believe they have a point, but his actions are enough to nail things down, as far as I can tell.

Besigye was once a member of the NRM/ NRA but he saw things going bad, and he decided to join the oppressed. He isn’t any different from Jewish intellectuals who, knowing the horrendous experiences of persecution they have suffered, feel a deep empathy with other oppressed people. This runs much deeper than idle nationalism.

When he was serving in various positions in Museveni govt, he was still part of the army. The duty of a soldier is to unquestionably follow orders, as long as those orders are legal. He never accepted to follow anything illegal by Museveni. He may have committed a few peccadillos here and there to impress the boss, like, I’m not sure, but he’s being accused of having been against federalism while still working for Museveni.

His approach to oppositoon, economic development, and national security is long-term and wide in scope. Before we accuse him of anything, lets try to follow his story critically before he left the NRM. Unity of the opposition is more important to him than any of this bickering. That’s why he keeps telling Ugandans that he isnt in politics to become a president, that this isnt the time to think about who is going to be the next president , but to think about how to get rid of the dictatorship in our country.

Yes, there area dozens of areas of opposition in which productivity depends fiercely upon individual initiative and critical thinking, and Besigye has proved to be an asset on that front. For instance, the Walk-to- work would have proved to be a lame duck if he didn’t take the lead. He even paid a big price for it, such that his sight was permanently damaged.Besigye has lived for self sacrifice– the military, the opposition to Obote and later Museveni, e.t.c.

Besigye should stop being too principled if he wants the presidency!

Besigye to Ugandans: We can get rid of Museveni before 2021 elections

By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
United Kingdom

As I finish Daniel Kalinaki’s book on Kiiza Besigye, I’m not only fascinated by the many issues involved in his political journey; but I’m also interested in the many choices that he has had to make when faced with situations. The incident of his younger brother, Musasizi, for instance, being denied medical treatment while in prison, and later dying, is so nerve wrecking. It would drive most people away from politics, not Besigye. I don’t know of any easy answers, any pre-set challenges that politicians should meet, any particular “responsibility” that ought to override the larger goal of making our country attractive and safe for everyone.

The responsibility of a politician, in the case of a presidential election, I think, it is to re-create in his own mind the idea that unifies those who support him, and then deliver the message convincingly during the campaigns to attract those who don’t support him. This is the area in which Besigye excelled in all the elections he has been involved in since 2001. And that is why a lot of people believe he has been winning them all, only to be denied victory by The Electoral Commission and courts of law.

The opposite school to Besigye’s approach is the “shake your booty” approach of, for example, Yoweri Museveni, where the politician is saying to the audience, “Look at me! I’ve got the guns. I’m not going anywhere even if I lose”. I see Museveni’s behaviour as a mixture of ambition and a desire for mass acceptance, both of which have remained central to his drive since his days while working as a research assistant in Obote’s office. A person like that will go along with whoever has the power, cash and good opportunities no matter what their ideology is. A person like that would crack any deal with donors as long as it keeps him in power, and it has arguably worked for him.

Having followed both guys and their approaches, I came to the conclusion that, unless Besigye drops his principled approach of following a straight line, he will never be president. I’m sure if he had promised the donors all of Uganda’s oil at the prices they want, he would be president by now, but he has always presented a pan Africanist position in his meetings with donors, and that doesn’t get you anywhere. When it came to public posturing (I don’t mean that in the pejorative sense — I just couldn’t think of a better word), Besigye is certainly more outspokenly and consistently principled than any politician in our times. There are also many touching anecdotes about his genuine love for people who committedly worked under him while he was FDC president, whom he viewed as an extension of his family(despite the occasional rehearsal tantrums).

Besigye made plenty of aware, political decisions that have cost him friends. Among those that felt betrayed by him was late Sam Njuba when he was contesting to be leader of opposition against Ogenga Latigo. Besigye decided to stay out of it completely, and therefore, didn’t even vote or support his loyal friend, Njuba. It was the same case when Beti Kamya was campaigning to replace late Sulaiman Kiggundu as FDC chairman. Beti thought she would get an automatic Besigye endorsement considering that it was mainly her that kept Reform Agenda burning while Besigye was in exile in South Africa, but Besigye again left it to FDC delegates. Besigye didn’t support Bobi Wine during his parliamentary campaigns, and went for a FDC candidate, Katinti, primary because he couldn’t go against the party.

Furthermore, people say that he has failed to dislodge Museveni, and therefore deserves to leave the stage, but forget to add that Besigye isn’t a god. And that’s where this whole “political responsibility” thing breaks down, because politicians are politicians, not high Priests interpreting received wisdom. If you feel Besigye hasn’t done enough, do it your own way. And I long ago learned that courage is not something one should expect from others, especially if one has not assessed how much of it one has oneself. But one may look back and see what was possible, what was available, what was known at the time.

Tragically, over the course of this debate, people have started to insult him. The public enjoys creating a figure and then trying to destroy it by whatever means they can find. There are many instances of this throughout. Personally, if I were trying to get any kind of career off the ground in a military state, I would hate to have my actions judged from a distance by people living safely in a relatively free society, or people benefiting from the dictatorship.

But Besigye is here to stay,President or not, and there is nothing those who hate him can do about it, they will have to suffer to see him as the greatest opposition politician Uganda has ever had.

Do you think maybe that Museveni’s “bribe- donation” defence has something to do with Kutesa being his relative?

Mr.Museveni is huffing and puffing about the bribe allegations that involve him and Sam Kutesa, but a lot of us know he is lying about not knowing that it was a bribe.A federal court in USA has found guilty a Chinese national, a one Patrick Ho Chi-ping for offering a $1,000,000 bribe to two Ugandan public servants namely Yoweri Museveni (Exhibit 1510) and Sam Kutesa (Exhibit 1504).What I don’t understand is why a man as rich as Kutesa is, would accept a bribe of just $500,000. Both he and Museveni are arguably the richest in Uganda. Such “donations” are supposed to be received by us to pay our mortgages.

Do you think maybe that Museveni’s “bribe- donation” defence has something to do with Kutesa being his relative? If I was out working in New York with Kutesa and I did something as incredibly “stupid” as he did and took the bribe “accidentally”, do you think I would be getting the “not at fault” treatment? Mr.Museveni is acting as though the matter is rather routine and not that serious, and that is why Kutesa is still a minister. Another name for this condition is arrogance–exteme, unmitigated arrogance; a “quality” that has long been present in Mr.Museveni. Corruption has always been part of his gov’t since 1986, and it’s too late for him to do anything about it. Even the Nakalema Anti-Corruption Unit is only going to make her a bit richer than probably Tamale Mirundi.

Anyway, little things like this can portend bigger political shifts though I doubt USA will do anything about it. The Americans will most likely use it to blackmail Museveni with something. They’ve got more leverage now!

IPOD is a lost cause that isn’t going to change anything

By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
United Kingdom

I’m impressed by some of the things Museveni does; it’s not altogether crap. He attended IPOD very well knowing that it wasn’t going to change the status quo in Uganda, Mao and Akena weren’t going to give him a hard time– both will make their good speeches, as usual, take pictures with him, and everyone goes home happy and dandy shs 500, 000 richer. Basically, the dialogue was for the donors and cameras till when they meet again on 15th May 2019. The question isn’t why DP, JEEMA and UPC attended but if they knew what dialogue exactly means.

One thing for which Museveni is not given enough credit, and perhaps it is not credit-worthy, although it is an interesting historical phenomenon, is that he knows Uganda’s political history very well. It explains partly why he has lasted that long in power. I got interested in our political history in the late 1990s while in high school, but never paid any attention whatever to the ages of our post-independence leaders until seeing Museveni talking about it in his speech at IPOD. I think a lot of intelligent people with a passing interest in politics were surprised by his accuracy at their ages.He knew everyone’s age by heart, from King Mutesa 11 to Bendicto Kiwanuka, and he emphasised their youthfulness, which explains why he doesn’t treat any youth interested in politics lightly. Maybe that says more about him than it does about them. Believe it or not, I sort of enjoyed the part where he said he joined DP when he was 18 years old, yet in his book, “Sowing the Mustard Seed”, he sounds like a guy who didn’t know his exact age at the time.

Norbert Mao, DP president, giving Museveni a T-shirt during the IPOD meeting

Museveni is a master craftsman, although he seems to be running out of ideas lately. He gets lost in speeches as much as other politicians, but his technical mastery enables him to forge different influences into convincing scores – for the most part. For instance, he borrows Lunyankole proverbs, as he indeed did during his IPOD speech, to appear legendary in his points yet he’s talking crap. But somehow, he sails through and gets people interested in his crap, and to forget the nice speech by Norbert Mao.

Asuman Basalirwa of JEEMA, giving Museveni a T-shirt

All in All, IPOD is a lost cause that isn’t going to change anything. But I think some in the opposition have run out of platforms to be seen to be doing something good about our bad politics. So, IPOD is just an opportunity for them. Ya well, let the photographs continue, Ameen!

Donors may have miscalculated on Bobi Wine!

Bobi Wine attempts to engage the police after his ‘ye-ssebo’ concert at Busabala was cancelled

By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
United Kingdom

I’m sure no one would submit to this willingly, but if somehow forced to make such a choice between Besigye Kiiza and Bobi Wine as the next president of Uganda, I would choose the former. Yes, he has probably handled the ” twebereremu ” slogan wrongly because of his limitations in Luganda, but Besigye is still the man. Up with amateurism and other disadvantages, our beloved Bobi cannot be allowed to lead this country under the current political climate in the country. I perhaps ought to point out that I have nothing personal against Bobi or anybody from becoming president.

However, I have found that understanding the environment that Museveni has created for three decades, makes it easier for one to make such a decision. The justice and electoral systems are scandals.Mimes, corrupt officials and murderers are coddled. Victims are abused. Intelligence networks run from statehouse to village level, e.t.c. The good news is that, over the years, Besigye has managed to penetrate some of Museveni’s institutions and made some friends and sympathisers. This has taken much time, work, and joint effort, partnership with some in NRM, sacrifices, and patience. Antagonizing all his work now, in the name of a new guy on the block, would be suicidal, in my opinion. Besigye is basically still alive today because, I believe, he is being protected by the same guys that serve Museveni.

Perhaps, an uninvolved observer wouldn’t come into that conclusion, but these are some of the reasons why I strongly request Bobi’s supporters to calm down and continue to support Besigye’s work. No need to attack one another, please. Congratulations, if they are your conclusions too. The most important is to be honest – if you don’t like something, say so -else the emperor isn’t clotheless.

‘Realistic’ really is the word; elections cannot take Museveni out, something Bobi seems to be investing all his energy into. With Museveni intent on stopping his music shows, which other ways is he going to use to sell himself to the public, and mobilise campaign funds, before 2021? So the difference is rather the one between playing the music and listening to it. I’m not going to analyze here what exactly are the analogies pertaining to active or passive partnership, but I hope people eventually understand.

Maybe I’m opening a can of works and exposing myself to flames here, but, I believe, the donors too have miscalculated on this Bobi Wine thingy too. Their projection is that he is the future while Museveni and Besigye are the past, and they may be right if there are sure of controlling the events leading to Museveni’s ending. I must remind them that they tried the same experiment with Obote when they supported Idi Amin’s coup in 1971, but things didn’t go down well as they expected. And let’s face It, Museveni isn’t dumb!

This is what I think may eventually happen with Bobi in the next few years, if Museveni or his people are still in charge in the next 20-30 years. He is likely to end up like the Hungarian composer Bela Bartok. Bartok was born with an unusually keen memory and sense of rhythm. He began composing at age 10. He infused each of his works with his sentiments at the time, as Bobi has been doing through his songs. After the Nazis invaded his country in 1940, Bartok decided to leave Hungary. He opposed a German-installed fascist government and refused to let Nazi-controlled radio stations play his music. The government was hard on him, frustrated him and isolated him, as Museveni is doing to Bobi. He finally left Hungary and went to the U.S., where he settled in New York City. His dedication remained steadfast. Bartok continued composing until his death in 1945. Bartok died poor. His gift to his heirs was his copyrights.

Museveni wants to keep Bobi on a parliamentary income only, and that may be the beginning of Bobi’s downfall. His concerts not only boost his savings but also sell him to the public. Museveni won’t allow that and this is something Bobi will have to live with. Yes, he has gone to court over this but no court will rule in his favour on this. Even if they do, police will continue antagonizing him. Then what?

Ssemogerere was a weak leader!

F-R: Paul Ssemogerere, President Museveni, Obote

Dr.Paul Semogerere was just a DP icon and not a good one.These “front men” are a sad lot in politics.Most of them die of old age.Any “leader” without a strong following cannot do much harm.In fact, more political organisations are weakened at the expense of such leaders.
I can understand why Dr. Semogerere accepted to serve in Museveni or NRM transitional BROAD-BASED govt in 1986, but I can’t understand why there was never a written agreed road map between DP and NRM. Secondly, I can’t also understand why Semogerere never, in any way, supported his fellow DP, Wasswa Ziritwawula, when the later opposed the bill before the NRC to extend the NRM term in office. Yes, Semogerere wasn’t in the country when the Bill was being debated but he had been in the cabinet when it was presented and passed. Hurtingly, he came back to the country after it had been passed and quietly kept his position in cabinet as Ziritwawula resigned.

Is it possible that Semogerere knowingly or unknowingly contributed to the slow death of DP with the political moves he made in 1986-1990? Otherwise, you must give it to Museveni for keeping his enemies closer to him in 1980s-90s with a long term plan of ‘eliminating them. Even Adolph Hitler kept Robert Schumann, an apparent Jewish origin, on his side in his phoney fight with his Philistines, Prof. David Bargnesi. Semogerere was spineless and gullible, subsisting on a steady diet of Museveni and Obote lies. Obote several times rightly called him a ‘weak leader’. Museveni just used him whenever it was convenient for him.DP got the key ministries of Justice, finance, Agriculture, Commerce, housing and AG in Museveni’s broad based gov’t, and that was literally the end of DP. He insisted on being the minister of Internal Affairs in both Lutwa and Museveni govt but there was almost nothing to show for it.

GUM BOOTS SCANDAL:Why exactly would Museveni have Besigye investigated three times by different departments?

I cannot make sense of what the exact intentions of Museveni were in regards to the alleged gumboots corruption scandal against Besigye in 1993. To help readers not aware of this, Besigye was informed by the then Army Commander, Mugisha Muntu, that he had orders from Museveni to investigate a procurement of gumboots from Nairobi, in which Besigye was alleged toi have colluded with the supplier and helped them to evade taxes.

Muntu investigated and Besigye was cleared as the probe turned no evidence of corruption. A few weeks later, Amama Mbabazi who was then the Defense Minister, was told by Museveni to investigate the same matter. He invesitgated and found no evidence of corruption. Then a few weeks later, then Attorney General, Abu Mayanja, was also told to investigate the same matter. He also found nothing tying Besigye to corruption.

Why exactly would Museveni have Besigye investigated three times by different departments? It doesn’t make sense!

Besigye didn’t do much as NPC!

2006, Uganda’s main opposition leader Kizza Besigye, right, and his wife, Winnie Byanyima, left, addressing a news conference in Kampala, Uganda.

Realistically, Besigye didn’t do much as National Political Comissar(NPC), as often exaggerated by his opponents. He spent the last six months in that role doing military training in Bombo. In his absence, all NPC decisions were taken by Chango Macho who had been appointed as acting NPC. Shortly after his course in Bombo ended, Museveni announced a cabinet reshuffle in which Eria Kategeya was appointed the new NPC. Besigye probably acted as NPC for a year and a half, but people keep exaggerating his contributions in that role to cement the NRM rule.

ALLEGATION: ‘Besigye moved a motion that extended M7s term of office from 5 years to 10’……Is it true???

ALLEGATION: ‘Besigye moved a motion that extended M7s term of office from 5 years to 10’……Is it true???.

The NRC used to meet daily until 1989. An additional 220 members were elected to the NRC to represent the county, on top of the 10 army reps, 20 presidential nominees and disrict women reps.

Then there was the NEC that was created as the political organ of the movement, and it was dominated by the 38 historicals of the NRC, where Getrude Njuba was among them. In October, 1989, the govt tabled a bill before the NRC to extend its term in office to allow for the writing of the constitution. Some historicals wanted the issues put to the public to decide but Getrude Njuba, who was working as M7’s aide, opposed it. She argued that the NRC was set up to formalise decisions of the NRA. A few historicals including Besigye were not happy with the extension.

The first 4 years of Museveni’s rule was an Amanya Mushega suggestion which was endorsed by Museveni. Besigye’s role as NPC was to sell to the public the so called 10 point programs. Yes, he had direct access to the president, but people should stop exaggerating his role as NPC. He was in that role for arguably less than two years.

All extensions before 1990 were M7’s ideas. The extensions after 2006 were also Museveni’s, he only uses different players to sell them to different organs of the movement.

Just like Besigye, Tinyefunza too opposed the Movt extension for another 5 years. Later Tinye was forced to issue a humiliating apology before the Army Council.

ALLEGATION: ‘Besigye wrote the laws that strangled UPC to death’

ALLEGATION: ‘Besigye wrote the laws that strangled UPC to death’

Truth: As far as I know, DP and UPC agreed to serve in Museveni’s broad based govt without any formal agreement. UPC was given two ministries, and the rest is history. DP and UPC lacked strategists, so Museveni duped them, brought them into a marriage where incase of a divorce, there was going to be only one winner.

WHO WROTE NRM’s 10- POINT- PROGRAMME?

Mzee Byanyima (seated 2nd R) and some members of his family—courtesy of the Observer Newspaper

The Ten point program was written by Museveni himself in consultation with his white sponsors. Winnie Byanyima and her sister, Edith, contributed to that document too. According to Winnie Byanyima, one day in June 1981, she received a call while at university in Manchester, and it was Museveni. He wanted to meet her in London. And yes before you ask, they were lovers then. She only told her sister,Edith Byanyima, about the affair because they needed her to type out the draft 10 point programme of the NRM,and other confidential documents.

Besigye–the Incorruptible is still daring them!

Besigye (L) and his comrades during the bush war


It has been said that every man has his price. Perhaps Dr. Kiiza Besigye could be bought but, so far, nobody has ever produced any evidence showing that he has ever been om Museveni’s payroll while in opposition.As a result, a lot of people have grown to love and value him even more, because they just think his political range and the journey he undertook is so intriguing.
In 2005, Mayombo (R.I.P) reportedly met Daily Monitor’s Nkutu for lunch at Sheraton hotel. He asked Nkutu to reach out to Besigye to drop his opposition to the gov’t in exchange for shs. 500 m and the position of PM. Apparently, Besigye told them to shove it where the sun doesn’t shine, and he later announced that he was returning home from his exile in South Africa to contest against Museveni.The threats to arrest him did not stop Besigye from returning to Uganda. He landed back in the country on Wednesday 26th October 2005.

What’s so striking about Besigye is his extraordinary, exceptional ability to encapsulate the whole range of human emotions in political strategy. I don’t think anybody had done it before, and I’m not sure many politicians have done it since. For instance, he clearly didn’t intend to stand against Museveni in the 2001 elections. He only stood because the elders in the party, Bidandi Ssali, and Dr. Crispus Kiyonga, refused to do so. He also didnt want to stand against Museveni again in 2006 because he believed that the system in place wouldn’t declare him a winner even if he did win the elections. He made a statement in 2005, while still in exile in South Africa, saying that he was not going to subject himself to a fraud electoral process where Museveni almost controlled everything. However, with the emergency of FDC and PAFO, and Cyaapa Karuhanga’s party,Besigye was pressurised to come back to stand against Museveni. Ogenga Latigo, Munini Mulera and a few others wanted to pick Mugisha Muntu as the presidential candidate, but in the end, they all realised that Besigye was their best bet in shaking Museveni. It has been the case in almost all subsequent elections where he gives in to people’s emotions to stand against Museveni when clearly he knows that the system cannot declare anybody else a winner other than the incumbent. Of course, some people waste no time in using this against him calling him a four-times failure!

Over the years,he has found a way to combine the techniques he had evolved in military training, bush war, with what he learned from his closeness with Museveni after the war. For instance, his detailed escape from his house after the 2001 elections, is like a film when you read it in Daniel Kalinaki’s book. He planned the whole thing to detail, and its captivating. And what Besigye does better than anybody of his generation is to maintain the political interest in him. It’s not just an academic exercise. It has this humanity, which is so appealing and to me very Shakespearean. Every now and then, somebody emerges to take the centre stage, but events over the years, make people to fall back to him for rescue.I suppose the thing that strikes me most is the way that–again,going back to Shakespeare–he balances high life and low life.

Of course, I’m writing all this bearing in mind that nobody is completely blameless from a moral or ethical point of view. For instance,as a Muslim, I found it odd that Besigye could consider rearing pigs as a way of raising income for his family.But hey, who is me to judge. I’m not God, i’m i? The man had to survive!

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

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Abusing those criticising Bobi’s presidential strategy doesn’t help!

By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UK


Music and politics sometimes come together in that shadow: one of the most beautiful things created by man, and one of the worst things human beings have ever done. Every time I listen to Bobi Wine’s political music, I feel something for my country, and it makes me like him as a person. So many musicians have historically influenced politicians or politics in their country. Richard Wagner, for instance, influenced Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich, even though he was already dead when the 12-year-old Hitler heard his music live for the first time, when he attended a production of “Lohengrin” in the Austrian city of Linz in 1901.Hitler described the experience in the following words: “I was captivated immediately.” Wagner’s essay titled, “Judaism in Music”, influenced Hitler’s anti-Semitism in several ways.

Similarly, many Ugandans listen to Bobi’s music and probably feel the same way as Hitler felt for Wagner. They are captivated, overwhelmed, smitten and delighted, and this explains why the recent Kyarenga concert at Busabala beach was probably the most attended in the history of Uganda. A lot of images showed people in a state of ecstasy. Just like Bobi, Wagner himself conceived his music as political. He didn’t want to be merely an artist, and his music was a propaganda tool for his political ideas. Bobi hasn’t ruled out standing for presidency in 2021, though he sometimes sound coy about it. He answers the question in a Museveni fashion of ‘we shall cross the bridge when we get there’.

But the situation becomes complicated with Bobi when some people fail to separate an opinion one makes about him politically (as an MP or potential presidential candidate), and as a musician. The moment one makes a political opinion about him that appears to be negative; his supporters will call you every name under the sun, which is unfortunate. Basically, any discussion of Bobi is also a discussion of every evil people wish on you, and of the inability of Ugandans to fully understand the current political situation in the country and the dark sides of their own history. Swimming against the tide of posters disagreeing with you is more difficult than those that just abuse you, because those that abuse you don’t deserve a response. Even with the abuses, it has been a fascinating and enlightening conversation for me.

Like I said somewhere else, I keep listening to Bobi Wine’s political interviews to see if there is any miraculous strategy he has got to restore power back to people, but all in vain. He keeps saying that PEOPLE POWER are better equipped to stop rigging compared to FDC and Besigye did in the past, but there’s nothing to demonstrate this at all. Some people cite the by-elections where he has helped some people become MPs, but all that is trash. Museveni doesn’t joke with a presidential election, as he treats it differently. It’s a matter of life and death for him. The current Electoral Commission remains his walking stick.

The way Bobi Wine explains the concept of PEOPLE POWER is almost the same way Museveni explained the NRM concept in 1991:”The NRM is not a party like UPC or DP. Every Ugandan should join the NRM to restore the country to normality. This is the aim of NRM: to unite everybody in order to solve this national crisis before us. Once we have solved our national crisis, if you want to go back to your politics of dividing the country, you can do so after the interim period…..’’

So, you would forgive me if I have not yet taken the wine labelled, ‘BOBI-UNSTOPPABLE’, because, for now, it’s just literally wine.

Who was Hajji Kasimu Semuwemba?

late Hajji Kasimu Semuwemba

By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

Hajji Kasimu Semuwemba, a founding member of the Uganda Muslim Education Association (UMEA), was 5 years old when his father died. Both of his parents were Baganda by tribe and Muslims. His father, Abdallah Kiberu, worked for the Buganda kingdom. He had two brothers and three sisters. One of his elder brother, Hajji Jalilu Kiberu, commonly called ‘Twamulabilawo’, worked as a housing officer at UMSC during Idi Amin’s times, and after Amin had been removed from power. One of his sisters, Hajjati Lukiya, was a grand mum to former Greenland Bank Chief Accountant, Cassim Mukiibi.

When his father died, he was taken under the guardianship of his uncle,Hajji Ssudi Matumbwe, who was a resident of Namayuba, Mukono, at the time. He looked after Semuwemba throughout his childhood, and that’s how the late became best friends with his cousin,Ambassador Swaibu Musoke, whom they went to school together in Mukono. Hajji Semuwemba went to Mukono bishop as his primary and secondary education. He used to walk to school together with Ambassador Swaibu musoke. He was very bright in class.

Semuwemba was born in 1920s. His father wasn’t born a Muslim as he was a revert. His father was a brother to Magala in Debe, Entebbe. When he became a Muslim, he decided to start up his own burial grounds in Senene,Butambala.

After the death of his father, his mother, Halima Naziwa, commonly called Biibi, moved back to Namayuba to stay near her brother, Hajji Sudi Matumbwe. The whole village in Namayuba are kind of related to one another.

It’s not known exactly when he married his first wife, but he did so while working as a teacher in Kibuli Teacher Training College, an institution he helped to found. While there, he got a scholarship to go study in USA (a photo attached of when Semuwemba was being welcomed back from USA).

Though mostly oblivious to the political upheaval in Uganda at the time, he paid close attention to promoting education in the country. On coming back from USA, he joined the ministry of education. He later worked in Mukono as a DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICER (DEO) for a while before moving to Arua. He was DEO in both Arua and Luwero, and Regional Education Officer– Masaka. As already mentioned, he taught at Kibuli TTC for years. From there, he moved to crested towers. He also had offices at Agha khan.

The career of a high-wattage teacher demands not only prowess but also politesse: pressing the flesh, dining with patrons, smiling at audiences. Mr.Semuwemba seems to have done this very well. He was a very friendly man and liked by many. Among his many friends include: late Abu Mayanja, Jumba Masagazi, Hajji Abassi Kawaase, Hajji Kawadwa(Bukoto), current Vice president of Uganda , Edward Ssekandi, and so many others. Hajji Jumba Masagazi became a permanent Secretary in the ministry of education during Amin’s times.

”He was a good man, my best friend. He used to write me letters while I was a t school. He used to drive me in his car. He used to give me advise about anything, from girls to anything’’, remarked Casimu Mukiibi.

He was one of the most prominent educationists in Uganda at the time. After the formation of Uganda Muslim Student’s Association and Uganda Muslim Supreme Council(UMSC), President Idi Amin transferred Hajji Semuwemba from Ministry of education to UMSC, to help boost Muslim education in Uganda. While working at UMSC, he gave lot of scholarships to different Muslims to study abroad. He also helped in the promotion of several Muslim schools, and making sure they get Muslims as their head teachers. For example, he is responsible for transferring Ahmed Seguya to Kibuli S.S as headmaster between 1975 and 1976.

He was among the pioneers and founders of UMEA. His daughter, Nakiiwolo, now based in Denmark, worked as a secretary for UMEA when it had just started. He was very close to Prince Badru Kakungulu and Gaava .He was known to be incorruptible and a very straightforward man.

By 1930, there were approximately 120,000 Muslims in Uganda, with Prince Mbogo as the chief patron of the Muslim community. UMEA was founded in 1944 to oversee factionalism and unify Muslim educational efforts. The East African Muslim welfare also constructed schools, mosques and provided fellowships to Muslim students.

His first wife died in 1977 while still at UMSC. He had one wife, Hajjati Rehema Semuwemba, at the time of his death in 1979. They had five children together, with their last born called Abbey Semuwemba Kibirige. He was murdered in cold blood at his house in Nansana on the outskirts of Kampala. He was shot and killed–an actuarially unorthodox end for a humble teacher.His killers were never caught or found and it’s not known why he was killed.

Besides his family at Nansana, survivors include his ex-wife at Kawempe whom they had two daughters, and his eldest children with his late wife at Kibuli. His eldest son, Issa Semuwemba, was living in Russia before he finally settled in Sweden. Another daughter is in France. Three of his eldest daughters are living in London, United Kingdom, married with children.Some of his eldest children, including Ali Ssebulonde Semuwemba, are living peacefully in Uganda. He didn’t have any grandchildren at the time of his death. Semuwemba was buried at the family burial grounds in Senene, Butambala, where he is resting along with his elder brother, Jalilu Kiberu.

Museveni is just a lucky guy!


BY ABBEY KIBIRIGE SEMUWEMBA
UK

We have all heard scurrilous stories about Mr. Museveni Yoweri- and believed some of them -even if we would never make any such claims in public. I don’t think anyone who had dealings with Museveni was in any doubt about his attraction to politics whether dirty or otherwise.His outsize personality remains a strong drawing card, and even his lifelong ugly hat and suits, and jokes, guarante headlines.

Although it is anyone’s speculation as to why he has lasted long in power, the most charitable interpretation is that he is just a lucky man. Hypothesising apart,however, his luck has been seen in several incidents. Starting from the 1980s Bush war when Oyite Ojok’s plane crushed, at a time when NRA was losing the war, to current events, you see lady luck following Museveni in all he does.

Kony came and went, and Museveni is still standing. Besigye came and is probably the closet to see him leave power, but Museveni is still everywhere. Gen.Tinyefunza came, threw his toys out of the pram, but he is now as quiet as an eldery in a nursing home. There was a massacre in Kasese after the 2016 elections but there wasnt any mention of it in the international press. Amama Mbabazi came, excited some people but he is now morelike a smiling duck on a lake waiting to drown. There has not been a single coup, atleast officially, ever since he became president in 1986. He has sold almost all state enterprises and the public are just suffering in silence. He has passed rubish laws in our parliament and everybody is just looking on. He has told so many lies and nobody has ever tried to hold him accountable. The donors love him to bits to the desperation of majority of Ugandans.

He published no views whatsoever about “elimination” of Muslims self- or otherwise. But Uganda Muslim leaders have been assasinated, Muslims jailed in bigger numbers, e.t.c, and Museveni is still defended by a lot of Muslims. Some are even my friends.

Museveni is financially predatory, but then as some have famously remarked, he has to be because he had nothing before the presidency. A less grasping man would have gone under and not enriched himself using state resources, as former Presidents did, but not him. He has openly been doing it since 1986 and he now feels comfortable putting his fingers in national coffers for anything he wants. He has borrowed more money than any president in our history, such that it will take generations to pay it back, and he keeps going away with it.

Without wishing to be unduly rude, I’d suggest that unless his opponents study the man himself especially get into his brain, none other than God himself will take him out of power.Lets analyse some of the opponents people are now parading against him, minus Besigye. Mr. Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, for example, although he can find the heart of a character, is not an intellectual presence and he is a novice. His ability to sing music in the true sense of the word is in question. People only support him because they are super desperate for change, and they’ve seemingly lost hope in Besigye. Mr. Mugisha Muntu , in contrast, is an excellent speaker with an analytical mind but his FDC presidency was probably the weakest moment of the party. The fact that he is a Munyarwanda by tribe, though not his fault, is likely to be used against him. Not that i have personally got anything against Banyarwanda, It’s just that ethnicity is still a big factor in our politics. Nevertheless, I still think that majority of FDCs saw Muntu as a saboteur within the party. Few shed tears when he quit the party. I believe a man is not punished for the good he does, but for the evil he does. Now, Muntu is spending most of his energy on weakening FDC rather than Museveni. Pity!

As a PS to this, I find it interesting that when personal heroes are questioned, we seem to find this wall of defensiveness and something verging on screeching personal attack, and a recourse to notions of ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ and other such nonsense. This totalitarianism of the mind ,I feel, is the one keeping opposition supporters at each other’s throats, instead of targeting Museveni.

Mr. Museveni has, however, had his uncomfortable moments in recent years. His proclivity for gaining weight and a sickly arm, have become a topic of public discussion. He has been booed off a few times especially whenever he visits sights of on going assassinations. People have nicknamed him ” Bosco” in reference to his failed bicycle irrigation scheme. One can characterize his lapses as sinister; but can be attributed, rather, to a happy-go-lucky style, a large ego and a certain carelessness.

DONORS ARE BEATING BESIGYE WITH STICKS NOT CARROTS!

I like the clean politicians, feels clean. That is the feeling i’m increasingly getting as I start reading Daniel Kalinaki’s book, ”Kiiza Besigye And Uganda’s Unfinished Revolution”. Besigye critics have long argued vehemently that if a politician has been around the bloke for a long time, he must give a chance to someone else to take over. But truth be told, we are a little bipolar on that subject. Though they criticize Besigye for having contested against the incumbent since 2001, the same critics rarely make the same argument against Mr.Museveni. Our attitude towards people that have been fighting for freedom in Uganda is so sickening. We want to replace them as fast as they come, with an avalanche of abuses, yet freedom itself is still a long journey away.

Let’s smile and appreciate an intelligent politician in Besigye. His last press conference on current security in Uganda was awesome. I’ve not seen anybody explain things from the head systematically as this guy did.He’s really a gifted person. As Kalinaki puts it mildly,Besigye has paid a big price to try to remove Museveni from power,’he has been assaulted, teargassed, pepper-sprayed, and forced into exile’, yet you still find voices that say that he’s working for Museveni. What a bunch of nonsense!

I’m not in any way discouraging the youths, or more people, from raising up to take the mantle from Besigye. Hell no, but I want people to show this man respect. Some people were slating him after both the Bugiri and Arua eelctions won by candidates supported by Bobi Wine.These young politicians, with due respect, may hold the key to Uganda’s future, and the future they create might not be what you expect, and need more exposure. Increasingly they have come to consider the machinations of the current politics in the country, as Besigye also came to learn in 2011. One of the things Besigye learned was that Museveni is still a darling of the donors, and no election will ever take him out of power. That’s why, after the 2011 elections, he walked into the Irish Ambassador’s residence in Kololo, demanding for an explanation as to why donors were folding hands yet things were bad in the country. According to Kalinaki, ‘they saw a sore loser, a could-have-been who had fired his last bullet’. It hurts, doesn’t it? Failing to become president because USA or UK haven’t endorsed you? Or someone, somewhere is busy making up elections results? On top of that, you’ve got the Andrew Mwenda’s jumping on you quoting %s of Museveni’s wins since 1996.

The truth is that this world is centered in Washingtom, though it has counterparts elsewhere.The day USA will say Museveni must go, he will go. Which begs the question as of why they temporarily gave all that limelight to Bobi Wine after the Arua debacle. What exactly were they trying to do? Besigye had been charged with rape, treason and illegal possession of firearms, and held under house arrest, but we never saw the international community give him that audience they gave Bobi. Up to now, i dont understand what that was all about.

Just as crucial, emerging politicians have built an enthusiastic, growing audience that, while mostly young, is expanding across age and demographic lines. If they mix that up with the network already supporting Besigye and other old guards, there is a lot the opposition could achieve in the long term. Having poured his stylistically wide-ranging thoughts into his music, Bobi is an asset to the opposition and he should be protected, regardless of our differences. There is no reason the two worlds(Besigye and Bobi) could remain porous to their enemies.

Why Bobi is a headache causer!

Bobi’s wedding


It is a story with all the makings of a blockbuster novel: a brilliant composer/ politician, an attractive woman, and a mystery that has lasted for years now. This story, though, is real. The composer is Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, the renowned Uganda musician who bust to the scene twelve years ago. He has also been the Kyadondo East Member of Parliament for one year and two months. The young woman is Barbie Intungo Kyagulanyi, his wife. And the mystery? Is how the man who sang in a less appealing voice could become so rich in such a short time compared to musicians that are better gifted.

A study of the politician’s life reveals that for most of his life he was fascinated by the politics of our country. He tried to pass on his political beliefs through some of his songs. I always admired his courage as a musician, and I was among those that disagreed with FDC’s decision not to support him when he stood for parliament. I stood with him when he helped brother Asuman Basalirwa to become an MP in Bugiri. I sympathised with him when he was beaten up by the SFC soldiers during the recent by elections in Arua. That’s why I think that Uganda needs an independent organisation to watch the conduct of our security agencies. Here in the UK we have got the watchdog, the Security Service Tribunal, which deals with complaints against the security service (though it always clears MI5 of any wrongdoing). I don’t think parliament has got the tools to investigate those who tortured the MPs, and that is why anybody can tell them any ‘Nigeriarish’.

18 years ago, while struggling to achieve recognition as a composer, he met Barbie, when they were both teenagers. The daughter of parents from Museveni’s tribe, the Banyankole, she shared Bobi’s interests in music, smoking weed and politics. They got married on 27th August 2011,and now arguably look the best youthful political couple in the country. Having a strong woman by your side helps in politics. For instance, one of Besigye’s luckiest decisions was marrying Winnie Byanyima, the current boss of OXFAM. Her family is influential in our politics. She has been influential almost all her life, and a big rock for Besigye.

But as nature would have it, most good things in one’s life breed jealousy. A lot of people are attacking Bobi and Besigye purely out of jealousy. My wish is for him to work with Besigye just like Erias Lukwago is doing. Yes, we all have our tastes in politicians and we shouldn’t apologise for it. There’s no accounting for taste! Usually, this is hurled as a taunt of one-upmanship: “I like it, and therefore I have ‘good taste,’ and you, who don’t like it, don’t.” Anyway, Life will go on whether neither Bobi nor Besigye become president. That’s why I will never use a nasty language to attack any politician, the way Andrew M. Mwenda does, or what Pastor Grace Lubega did last month, just because he isn’t my choice as the next president of Uganda. People should be free to support whoever they want,after all, anybody can be president of Uganda. I’m not saying they(Pastor and Mwenda) don’t have a right to express their opinions, but, if they have a right to express their opinions, other people have a right to express theirs and take the other side.

That said, I think some of Bobi supporter’s schizophrenic reasoning is that simultaneously Besigye is not important anymore and worthy of their acts of abuse, and Bobi doesn’t need to work with him at all. Perhaps they should ask themselves why he has lasted long as Museveni’s challenger compared to the rest. Bobi too should be warier of buying in to the advice of some of the resident “political experts”. Abed Bwanika, for instance, is a certifiable paranoiac, who attacks anybody that works with Besigye yet he was quick to swear an affidavit legitimizing Museveni’s re-election after the 2016 elections.

I have no ” nuggu ” on Bobi Wine


For the record (I mean for the record of those who don’t have their mind made up already, the others don’t interest me),I have no ” nuggu ” on Bobi Wine and I like him a lot both as a musician and MP. A lot of patriots, both in the opposition and in gov’t, look at him as an asset in weakening the dictatorship in Uganda,but not as a potential immediate replacement of Mr.Museveni as president, and he is doing a good job. I believe a lot of people in FDC and DP look at him as a good thing for the opposition. I have not heard so much from UPC but everything looks ‘yummy’ so far.

Defending Bobi’s presidential ambitions, if he supposedly has any, should not include, I should imagine, sustained attacks against anyone who happens to agree that he should work with Besigye, or does it? It’s even wrong for fellow social media activists to play a game of Besigye Vs Bobi Wine, because there’s no such a game. They are both gunning for the same thing, i.e. people power, people democracy, or whatever you want to call it. Besigye’s ‘defiance’ is also basically about empowering people. So, its wrong for Abed Bwanika to keep attacking Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, for working with Besigye. The media (virtually all of it) is terrible because it panders to the tastes of the population, which is terrible, and it is partly fueling the divisions among the opposition.

The handwriting is on the wall that Mr.Museveni is about to go, because that is life: there is a beginning, middle and an end. Whoever will eventually become president will, I think, depend on how things will evolve from now on. On a longer term basis, things could go unexpectedly well or be screwed up even more badly than the present administration has already screwed. It’s never easy to replace someone who has been in power for decades.

I’M FOR MEN; WOMEN SOMETIMES DO LIE ABOUT RAPE


This will likely cause a barrage of abuse, but it is something which society shouldn’t ignore anymore. Women are indeed abused by predatory males, and those males deserve punishment, not correction, not rehabilitation, but punishment. Unfortunately, there already also females who will lie about being sexually assaulted, one incident you out to read about is the Duke lacrosse team, and the Besigye Kiiza-Kyakuwa case in 2006.

Ask yourself, if what we have witnessed in USA since the charges were levied by Ford were a trial, would a jury have found Judge Brett Kavanaugh guilty of sexual assault beyond a reasonable doubt? Is a mere allegation enough to disqualify someone from becoming a supreme judge? If someone is going to level a criminal charge then a criminal standard burden of proof should be appropriate. In this case that burden hasn’t even come close to being met. Not by a long shot. This is why it is crucial that Dr. Ford be required to provide some sort of corroboration beyond her word, that Judge Kavanaugh attacked her. Thus for that corroboration has not been forthcoming. Until it is, the judge is innocent, and should be confirmed.

In addition Brett Kavanaugh has provided evidence which casts doubt on the fact that he was even in town when Ford was assaulted. So, what if its case of mistaken identity?Sexual assault is a heinous crime, and one which has far too often been ignored, and in which far too often the victim is blamed. That does not mean that we automatically believe the victim, especially when the accusation is made 35 years after the fact. I have a hard core attitude toward sexual assault, I believe that one who would force himself on a woman deserveslife sentence(dont belive in death penalty), but I also believe that such accusations must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Judge Kavanaugh has not been charged with any crime, but that does not mean that his accuser does not have the responsibility to support her accusation.

Now, footballer Christian Ronaldo is also facing rape allegations from a woman he claims to have had consensual sex with.He may be saved by the video cameras in a hotel where they are shown enjoying each other’s company before going upstairs in the bedroom for a shag. The fact is that its difficult to prove rape in the courts of the law, especially if it happened in the past. Its even more difficult to give credible evidence if subpoenaed to testify in the court, which reminds me of a rape story by one of the greatest composers of all time, Gustav Mahler.The version of it i know was that the girl (the maid of the house where he was staying as a boy) was merely enjoying sex with the son of the house when Mahler happened on them. Its believed that he may have mistaken her orgasm for protest and was chased off. Just a mere hearing a loud ” oh no”, doesn’t mean there’s a rape going on inside the room.

Yoga Adhola’s book is interesting!

Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hon. Abdu Katuntu


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to our sister Bridget Mbabazi!

Bridget and her South African husband


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

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

Ok, this is how it’s gonna play out!

Published on Abbey Semuwemba Facebook page on 2nd July 2018

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

A letter to Mark Zuckerberg!

Facebook and whatsapp owner


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

Thanking you in advance.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

Concerned citizen of Uganda.

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

Social Media is for free interaction, not for tax!

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

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

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