JEREMY CORBYN HAS A SLIM CHANCE TO BECOME THE NEXT UK PM!

Jeremy Corbyn

There’s a chance of Jeremy Corbyn becoming UK’s next PM but its still a long road for him. People have lost trust in the current Conservative govt but, at the same time, they don’t see much difference from Labour. But they see a difference between Jeremy Corbyn and Labour itself.Since the terms “left” and “right” emerged during the French Revolution, the definitions have undergone some changes, sometimes the boundaries have got more or less blurred, but most of those characteristics continue to be emblematic of the left.
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By George Okello via UAH
Abbey Semuwemba,

Have you heard of Momentum? The left-wing organisation behind Jeremy Corbyn? Momentum is organising to capture power in the UK within 2 to 3 years time using democratic means. And it will do this the hard way, campaigning door to door, to reach all the 40 million eligible voters of the UK. No other left wing organisation in the world has attempted what Momentum is attempting. The entire hope for the left and for democratic socialism in the world lies on Momentum. This small UK organisation is now at the very front of a world revolution. Momentum is leading the world revolution, just as the Soviet Communist Party did in in the early 19th century, and later the Chinese Communist Party under Chairman Mao Ze Dong did in the mid 19th century. Jeremy Corbyn is just at its spearhead. From Momentum will spring up a new left revolution in Europe and in the rest of the world. It is not for nothing that Jeremy Corbyn called All Oppressed Of The World To Rise Like Lions. Did you not hear this call? That’s precisely what we are going to do. Rise Like Lions and put terror into the hearts of the oppressors.

STOP COMPARING BOBI WINE TO BESIGYE

Bobi wine sung for kizza besigye while at Besigye’s home in Kasangati


I have too much respect for Hon.Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, but, please, for the last time, people should stop equating him or comparing him with Dr.Kiiza Besigye. The reason I respect Bobi is because he has been using his music to speak for the poor, the ghetto, for us.An artist that uses a big soapbox and loudspeaker to push their views, a power the rest of us do not have, deserves respect.When an artist makes a statement that is pro-people,he is sticking his neck out on the line.If a self employed business person makes prominent political statements that upset people, it may hurt his/her business, whether it is organized or not.

By the way, we should also stop ‘punishing’ those artists that ‘offended’ us during the 2016 elections by supporting Mr.Museveni. Let’s just find another way of convicing them to join our line of thinking.Telling you their opinion was actually exercising free speech, telling people not to attend their shows was attempted censorship,boycotting the show’s sponsors is punitive (and an attempt to stifle an opinion you disagree with!).So, my anger with Iryn Namubiru, Kanyomozi, and others is done, apart from Bebe Cool. The later continues to rub it in!

Sam Njuba on Land Amendment Bill now in parliament


“The biggest source of Baganda’s pride, power and confidence is the land that has economic value. Land, which under the present regulation, he(Museveni) cannot simply have access, and therefore, cannot give away easily. This to him is unacceptable and therefore, it has to change. And change to him will be effected at any cost.”

——-Sam Kalega Njuba, page 185, in his book, The Betrayal

Sam Njuba died in 2013 at Nsambya Hospital.Until 2011, Njuba was a Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East. Njuba served as Secretary in the External Wing of the then rebel National Resistance Movement/Army (NRM/A) between 1984 and 1986, Minister of State for Justice and Constitutional Affairs from 1986 to 1994, and member of the National Resistance Council (NRC) from 1989 to 1994. He also represented Kyadondo East in the Constituent Assembly from 1994 to 1995 during the constitution making process.

He went on to represent the same constituency in the 6th Parliament from 1996 to 2011 when he retired from elective politics. In 2001, he abandoned the Movement to join the elect Kizza Besigye Task Force ahead of the general elections, going on to play a major role in the formation of Reform Agenda and later Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in 2005. He served as Executive Coordinator of before becoming party Chairman.

Before joining politics, Njuba worked as a Lecturer at the School of Law, Makerere University, from 1969 to 1972 and Chief Magistrate Buganda Road Court in 1972. Between 1976 and 1980 he served as President of the Uganda Law Society.

Njuba was born on February 22, 1941 in Gayaza, Wakiso, to Reverend Canon Malaki Musoke Njuba and Nantege Njuba.
Njuba attended Nyenga Primary School in Mukono District, Mpumu Primary School and Kadongo Gayaza Boys School for his primary education. He went to Shimoni and Kyambogo Teachers Colleges to pursue a teaching career. He however returned to do his A-level education from Mbale Secondary School.

He went to Dar es Salaam University where he graduated with a Degree in Law in 1968. While in Dar es Salaam, he met other Ugandan students such as Yoweri Museveni, Edward Sekandi, Benjamin Odoki, Joseph Mulyanyamuli Semwogerere, Eriya Kategaya and James Wapakhabulo among others. These were later to influence the political course of Uganda’s history.

Njuba went on to do a Master’s degree from Queens University in the UK and came back to work at Makerere University as a lecturer in the School of Law

In a 2009 interview Njuba recounted to the Observer newspaper his days in the National Resistance Army struggle and his days at Makerere University.

Imagine someone seeking your help at a gun point?


I think this sums up the character of the 1979 Liberators. They weren’t any different from the 1986 liberators. They looted as much as possible after the fall of Idi Amin, but this is deep:

I hated Museveni, but he saved my life – Rwakasisi


In 1979 , after the fall of Idi Amin, Chris Rwakasisi went to visit Sam Njuba’s at his legal chambers to seek legal assistance. Apparently, he was dressed in an army uniform carrying an AK 47 Riffle. He wanted Njuba to ” pressurise Gordon Wavamuno to surrender the Merecedez Benz franchise of which he claimed to own”.

Imagine someone seeking your help at a gun point?

”In the 1960s Chris Rwakasisi rose through the UPC ranks to become the party’s youth organizer at the headquarters. In 1963, he got a scholarship to study in Russia, graduating in 1968 and later getting a job at the National Trading Corporation, as the the company’s legal secretary and public relations officer.

After the 1971 coup Rwakasisi was arrested and held in Makindye military barracks for six months and when he was released he went into private business. In 1972 he fled to exile in Nairobi until 1979 when he returned as one of the liberators under the UNLF.

After the 1980 elections Rwakasisi was appoimnted the Minister of Security under the second UPC regime, serving in that capacity from 1980 to 1985. After the Okello coup of 1985, Rwakasisi was arrested and later in 1988 convicted for kidnap with intent to murder and sentenced to death.

In 2009 he was pardoned by President Museveni and released from Luzira maximum prison, where he had spent twenty years.

He is currently a Presidential Advisor.”

The book: ” Who killed Andrew Kayiira “?


Friends,
Has anybody got a copy of the book written by Francis Bwengye about the murder of Kayiira? The book is tittled; ” Who killed Andrew Kayiira?”

Apparently it was on sale in Kampala for weeks but disappeared from all book shops, without any explanation from Bwengye.

MUWANGA WAS ONE OF UGANDA’S FORMER PRESIDENTS BUT HE NEVER GETS A NOD IN?

Friends,

Paulo Muwanga(c. 1921 – 1 April 1991) President 12–22 May


I’ve always wondered why Paulo Muwanga is rarely listed as one of Uganda’s former presidents, yet he run the country longer than President Yusuf Lule. He was occupying the president’s office and making executive decisions for the country, after the removal of Godfrey Binaisa. The ‘Presidential Commission,.’ headed by Saulo Musoke,didn’t have powers at all. Muwanga was the man for the show. Whoever got arrested for political reasons had to run to the president’s office occupied by Muwanga to get a sniff of freedom. That’s how Njuba also got released the third time he was arrested, because the DP elders had abandoned him. The difference between Muwanga and Lule is that the former(Muwanga) knew that he was temporarily warming up the chair for Obote who was still in a self imposed exile in Tanzania, and this is the reason why Obote felt confident to clandestinely visit Uganda a couple of times before officially ending his exile.

Kakooza Mutale was battered and put in prison while Muwanga was the president. According to Sam Njuba in his book, the ‘Betrayal’, he was tortured badly such that his wife had to visit him everyday in prison to attend to his wounds. Sam Njuba was in the same prison at the same time with Kakoza Mutale.

Sam Njuba further states that Museveni was powerless as vice chairman of the six-man Military Commission. He was apparently in prison with FRONASA guys, and they also used to get whipped and killed almost every week, but Yoweri Museveni wasn’t in position to help them.

Sam Njuba also stated that the British had identified Oyite Ojok as Obote’s successor in case he was rejected again. That they never envisaged Museveni taking over because he wasn’t popular anywhere in Uganda.

Homosexuality: The Mental Illness That Went Away


According to the American Psychiatric Association, until 1974 homosexuality was a mental illness. Freud had alluded to homosexuality numerous times in his writings, and had concluded that paranoia and homosexuality were inseparable. Other psychiatrists wrote copiously on the subject, and homosexuality was “treated” on a wide basis. There was little or no suggestion within the psychiatric community that homosexuality might be conceptualized as anything other than a mental illness that needed to be treated. And, of course, homosexuality was listed as a mental illness in DSM-II. (The DSM – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – is the APA’s standard classification of their so-called mental disorders, and is used by many mental health workers in the USA and other countries.)

Then in 1970 gay activists protested against the APA convention in San Francisco. These scenes were repeated in 1971, and as people came out of the “closet” and felt empowered politically and socially, the APA directorate became increasingly uncomfortable with their stance. In 1973 the APA’s nomenclature task force recommended that homosexuality be declared normal. The trustees were not prepared to go that far, but they did vote to remove homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses by a vote of 13 to 0, with 2 abstentions. This decision was confirmed by a vote of the APA membership, and homosexuality was no longer listed in the seventh edition of DSM-II, which was issued in 1974.

What’s noteworthy about this is that the removal of homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses was not triggered by some scientific breakthrough. There was no new fact or set of facts that stimulated this major change. Rather, it was the simple reality that gay people started to kick up a fuss. They gained a voice and began to make themselves heard. And the APA reacted with truly astonishing speed. And with good reason. They realized intuitively that a protracted battle would have drawn increasing attention to the spurious nature of their entire taxonomy. So they quickly “cut loose” the gay community and forestalled any radical scrutiny of the DSM system generally.

The APA claimed that they made the change because new research showed that most homosexual people were content with their sexual orientation, and that as a group, they appeared to be as well-adjusted as heterosexual people. I suggest, however, that these research findings were simply the APA’s face-saver. For centuries, perhaps millennia, homosexual people had clung to their sexual orientation despite the most severe persecution and vilification, including imprisonment and death. Wouldn’t this suggest that they were happy with their orientation? Do we need research to confirm this? And if we do, shouldn’t we also need research to confirm that heterosexual people are happy with their orientation? And if poor adjustment is critical to a diagnosis of mental illness, where was the evidence of this that justified making homosexuality a mental illness in the first place?

Also noteworthy is the fact that the vote of the membership was by no means unanimous. Only about 55% of the members who voted favored the change.

Of course, the APA put the best spin they could on these events. The fact is that they altered their taxonomy because of intense pressure from the gay community, but they claimed that the change was prompted by research findings.

So all the people who had this terrible “illness” were “cured” overnight – by a vote! I remember as a boy reading of the United Nations World Health Organization’s decision to eradicate smallpox. This was in 1967, and by 1977, after a truly staggering amount of work, the disease was a thing of the past. Why didn’t they just take a vote? Because smallpox is a real illness. The human problems listed in DSM are not. It’s that simple. You can say that geese are swans – but in reality they’re still geese.

The overall point being that the APA’s taxonomy is nothing more than self-serving nonsense. Real illnesses are not banished by voting or by fiat, but by valid science and hard work. There are no mental illnesses. Rather, there are people. We have problems; we have orientations; we have habits; we have perspectives. Sometimes we do well, other times we make a mess of things. We are complicated. Our feelings fluctuate with our circumstances, from the depths of despondency to the pinnacles of bliss. And perhaps, most of all, we are individuals. DSM’s facile and self-serving attempt to medicalize human problems is an institutionalized insult to human dignity. The homosexual community has managed to liberate themselves from psychiatric oppression. But there are millions of people worldwide who are still being damaged, stigmatized, and disempowered by this pernicious system to this day.

http://behaviorismandmentalhealth.com/2011/10/08/homosexuality-the-mental-illness-that-went-away/

Fear of nepotism means something in France, at least.

Melania Trump with French First Lady Brigitte Macron


Brigitte Trogneux arrives to attend the handover ceremony between her husband, French President-elect


Friends,
I didn’t know that they’s no official position of “First lady” in France. The last one was beheaded in 1789,her name was Marie-Antoinette. She and her husband were living in golden palaces while the people of France were starving to death.Fear of nepotism is a great deal in France, at least. Even president Macron has failed to change this. But is there anything in the French law that stops him from making his wife a minister such that she earns her own money instead of totally depending on the husband?

Abbey

North Korea isn’t Uganda!

The largest part of the military is the Korean People’s Army Ground Force, which includes about 1 million active personnel and millions more civilians


Folks,

Despite the rhetoric by Trump and North Korea, I don’t think there will be an all out war between the two sides. North Korea (NK) isn’t Uganda. They have got nuclear and are armed to the teeth, a reason their dictators gave survived for ages. North Korea has got more submarines than the US has, 76 to 70, and not all 70 US subs are in that area, they’re spread out across the world, so there’d be little to stop NK from sinking US aircraft carriers and other ships and spinning out more nuke missiles to wherever. An all-out war with NK this time would make the last one in the 50s look like kindergarten. Then again, we also really don’t know how China and Russia would react to a US pre-emptive strike, seeing that both border NK and despite their agreeing to sanctions against NK. There’s no happy ending to this story if it comes to an all out war.

North Korea military parade.Reuters


North Korean soldiers salute on tanks during a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the communist nation’s ruling Workers’ Party


Nobody knows how many nukes they actually have. Nobody knew that they had as many missiles as they’ve launched to date, and if they’ve launched that many as test missiles then Kim Jong must feel pretty confident about how many more he’s got to waste on tests and still have plenty left over for the hard core stuff. And there’s also his stash of chemical weapons that can be loaded on those missiles as well as ones fired from their jet fighters.

Abbey

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

MY FORUMIST OF THE MONTH!

Mrs.Aisha Rashid Lukwago Bute


Mrs.Aisha Rashid Lukwago Bute is a herbal ‘doctor’ based in Kampala, and, till this month when I started watching her herbal videos, I didn’t know that she was someone I could be thinking about almost every time I log on Facebook. Sister Aisha is a bad-ass( because of her ‘shake-the-bus’ and cheeky posts, but listening to her, you see that she is courteous, knowledgeable, supportive, unapologetic, honest, independent and a reflective individual,who wants to make a difference to Ugandans and Uganda.In her archives are posts where she talks about the kinds of foods she has been eating and are very useful to the body. Her latest video about the benefits of Aloe vera juice and honey is just awesome. I had earlier watched one on black seed,and it was as good as an “age limit”.You know, I try my level best to give people credit for intelligence.

As an aside,I am pro herbal medicine, and I think a lot of Africans are alive today because of herbs. People needs to read Dr. Susan Humphries book ‘Dissolving Illusions’ Disease, Vaccines and the Forgotten History’.This book informs of the history of disease and how they were created and how it was not vaccines that halted disease it was in fact hygiene and herbs. The doctors of today will tell you that herbal medicine is just folklore, and of no value even as they use chemically manufactured herbal medicine over 70 percent of the time. For instance, Aspirin is a herbal medicine.

However,I think it is important to put herbals in perspective. Some of them have been around for hundreds to thousands of years in use in primitive or foreign cultures. This latest batch has sprang up just as a money making gig made from almost anything that will not kill you. But, almost anything, many foods included, can generate side effects. Jalepenos make some people sweat, corn has a laxative effect, rice raises blood sugar in diabetic patients,Garlic, which may lower blood pressure and cholesterol, also prevents clotting and should be discontinued at least 36 hours before surgery. Everything is a herbal and should be used for what helps you.But since I haven’t really studied this in depth, any information I could give is anecdotal at best. My guess is there is merit in the arguments for both those pro-herbal and anti-herbal.

SOMETHING UNATTRACTIVE ABOUT BAGANDA NRA SOLDIERS??


Every time I read something being reported about Maj. Kakooza Mutale and Brig Kasirye Gwanga, I give credit to chairman Museveni, because I imagine how he managed such characters in the bush. Its like managing a family member with a serious disease. We may question Museveni’s ‘cake’ appointments that were dominated by westerners especially after the bush war, but there’s something about the Baganda officers that were in the NRA that is a bit unattractive. They are very fun lads that were known to have been fearless during the war. Gwanga awarded himself a degree and PHD in agriculture in 2006, and clashed with NAADS officials. Coincidentally, he is my OB at Kibuli S.S. He joined the army in 1972, left in 1980, joined again when Muwanga was president, and after the murder of his brother by a Tanzania soldier.He has a story to tell on how he joined the NRA,and why he thinks he has some leverage over Museveni.

There is a way Museveni keeps Mutale busy with funny assignments and appointments, such as his current role as senior presidential assistant on political affairs. Interestingly, Mutale has recently come out to openly criticize the ongoing land grabbing in Luwero Triangle where a lot of families have been left landless. The bottom line is , every time the two talk, I’m thinking, ‘ Oh dear,what are they gonna say now ?’ But then again, its good to have them around because they say or do things ‘accidentally’ which a normal person would find hard to say!

Is there anyway I can convince the duo to revert to Islam?

President Museveni meeting Muslim clerics at his home in Rwakitura

Friends,

Both Ruhakana Rugunda and Yoweri Museveni don’t drink Alcohol…..is there anyway I can convince the duo to revert to Islam? How did Museveni come up with a decision never to drink alcohol? What about his brother, Salim Saleh, Is he a bottle lover?

The late Njuba Sam, on the other hand, loved his bottle. He confesses this in his book, ‘The Betrayal’, that once on a trip to Libya to meet Gadafi, him and Mathew Rukikaire were booked in one cottage, because they wanted to share a drink. The problem came when he wanted to get rid of the bottles before he left Libya. Apparently, he removed the labels, washed the bottles for a bit, filled them with water, and put them back in the fridge.

I found that so funny, and there’s a lesson in that, ‘never to drink anything already unsealed while in a hotel somewhere’!

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UK

Chelsea’s first 11 is better than Manchester United’s


Chelsea is in a crisis because of injuries, but actually their first 11 is better than Manchester United’s. We just lack depth in our squad. Yes, Matic is far far better than Fellaini, and he is going to be an important player for them as he was for us last season. He played 44 games (4 Goals, 7 Assists) and we won the league. I dont think he was near his best but he was an important player. But I also think Bakayoko should be an upgrade on Matic. If anything, United look like the small club here.Chelsea have sold someone to them who was about to become a role/squad player and United are putting that player in their automatic first 11.

Looking forward to seeing the Carrick, Fellani, matic, pogba diamond in action. Eden will think it’s some kind of training exercise. Either way , it’s always going to be 11 v 11 and united still haven’t the thing they lacked last season: pace. I smell success for Chelsea if we sort out our wing back situation, keep Conte for a longer, and sort out the Diego Costa situation as soon as possible.

Abbey

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

The Israel Palestine conflict May lead to WW111

1940′ Palestinian Children from Jerusalem.

Spain Member Of EU Parliament Teresa Rodr Wearing “Free Palestine” T-Shirt for Global Solidarity With Gaza Palestine


The continued expansion of Israel into Palestinian territory is an issue which the world seems not to take seriously, and one day this is going to be a problem for everyone. Unfortunately the State of Israel never got properly established in the first place. There was a guerrilla war and terrorism in 1947, a truce in 1948 along what were supposed to be temporary boundaries (the “Green Line,” no?, and then Stalin recognized Israel in order to embarrass Truman into recognizing it, before a peace had been negotiated with which all parties could live — a treaty that would have dealt with refugees, D.P.s, “occupied territories,” and everything else.

Palestine (Gaza 1960)


Israel was a victim of the Cold War before it had even really gotten under way. (Wasn’t the Berlin Airlift later in 1948?)

There’s no doubt that Palestinians have lost more in terms of lives, land and property ever since Israel was established. I strongly believe that if Syria fails to bring another world war, the Israel Palestine conflict will, and it’s worrying!

Abbey

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

Kamuli UMEA toilet done thanks to MIA MIA Foundation!

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Friends,
When I first sent out a message fundraising for the construction of the Kamuli UMEA toilet, I honestly didn’t know where we were going to get shs.4m from, but Allah is great, we not only got the shs.4 millions, we also got an additional shs.6 million to get a better and well sized toilet for the school.

I kept ‘assembling’ and posting the same message to our various forums, using different words, in various formats but for the same purpose, but we never really got a good response, till one day, I got a message from Imaam Kasozi, requesting us to put in an application to MIA MIA. And indeed we did, and it was successful.

I’m really so grateful to him, because this is one of the things I wanted done, and now its done, I’m smiling, happy and hope for more to be done,God willing. I just wish people respond to our fundraising causes in the same spirit and zeal they find easy to type a message to respond to national causes.

Thank you Mia Mia, Thank you Imam Ibn Kasozi. Kamuli UMEA is really indebted to you!

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
Old boy of Kamuli UMEA, Kayunga district.

Are there Baganda MPS outside Buganda?

hysterical(Kabaka Ronald Edward Frederick Kimera Muwenda Mutebi II as a child (1960s?), photographed in London by ‘Lenare’, who in a stamp on the back claims ‘world copyright’ to the portrait.)

According to Sam Njuba in his book, The Betrayal, people who accuse Baganda of being descriminative are so easily forgetful and unfair. Baganda is the only tribe that leaves a fellow Muganda and supports a non-Muganda in elections and other businesses. They supported and harbored Museveni in Luwero triangle at the expense of Kayiira and Prof. Lule. Dr.Kunuka was an MP in Buganda despite the fact that he is a Munyoro.

In the rigged 1980 elections, Dr.Mulozi , an Acholi, was elected in preference to Bidandi Ssali. In Gomba, Yafesi Sabiti was elected though he was not a Muganda. In Singo, a Munyarwanda, Emannuel Kirenga, was elected.

Basically what Sam Njuba was saying is that ‘ Baganda have divergent political views and their allegiance is not necessarily Tribalistic but rather based on the correct political principles which have no tribe or religion. Congratulations to Baganda for having politically matured.’

Bobi Wine: Congs, but Keep your old friends after becoming the MP of Kyadondo East!


Story:A rat swallowed a diamond and the owner of the diamond contracted a man to kill the rat. When the rat hunter arrived to kill the rat there were more than thousand rats bunched up and one sitting by itself away from the pack. He killed the one by itself and that was the exact one that had swallowed the diamond.

The amazed owner of the diamond asked: ‘How did you know it was that rat’?
He responded: “Very easy…When idiots get rich they don’t mix with others*!!!”

LESSON:

When God answers your long waited prayers,maintain your normal profile. Don’t be proud!

For Bobi Wine: Congs, but Keep your old friends after becoming the MP of Kyadondo East. Don’t be like Binaisa who put his childhood friend, Sam Njuba, in prison basing on suspicions and slander.

QUEEN OF KATWE IS ‘GENUINELY GOOD’!

Friends,
I just watched ‘Queen of Katwe’ on one of the SKY movie channels today, and for 120 minutes I felt like I was back in Kampala. The movie is unquestionably “genuinely good”, within the context it was written for, and outside of it. The Uganda music in it complimented the movie perfectly apart from the song that kicked off the film:’ Wololo….. Nfunda nomubi nga azala nga alima nga ayanaliza nabagenyi….’.

It isn’t that I don’t like emotionless music but I didn’t see how that song fit in the aims and objectives of the film. But overall, while the music is not produced for the movie it still is music for that movie. Movie music is created to enhance the experience of the movie, not to be heard on its own.Film music has functions outside of the film as well,most important of which is that it promotes the music industry of the country, and Uganda was represented very well in that film.The subjective part of music appreciation is, unfortunately, very strong, on my side. Means the connection to feelings, personal tastes and memories.

I like the way English is spoken there, in the Uganda contest, for example, when one of the kids tell their mother, ‘i’m satisfied’ meaning ‘i’m full up’, after eating some food. There is also constant use of Luganda words, like ‘Muyambe'(help us) when one of the kids got an accident in Katwe. The most common way of dressing, ‘Gomesi’ was also not left out. There are a lot of reminders of when I was in primary school, and its brilliant. My kids couldn’t stop asking questions about Uganda and all.

Its unfortunate that i’m not a fan of chess as I find it boring.Chess is a defensive game in which you are forced on the offense. I believe the film would have gone a notch higher if they had chosen football instead of chess, since the former is the most popular sport in Uganda, and probably the best entertainment for a lot of men in Africa.Well, I’d say this is an issue of motive and inspiration, and if you gonna inspire people, always pick the best.

However,many chess players are also geniuses in the syncretistic sense. There’s a mate of mine whom we used to share a dormitory while at Kibuli S.S, and he was very good at chess. Oh God, I have forgotten his name, but I think it went like ‘Balaba’, and he was somehow related to Bidandi Ssali. He was very hairy the whole body,like he was born in winter countries, but he had a good soul, and I thought he was a genius.

There is something journalists and actors in Uganda should consider as well. They would probably make more money and name for themselves in both documentaries and advocacy films, as Micheal Moore has done in the USA, instead of just sticking to their goal posts at the Observer, The Daily Monitor and Newvision. After all, print media is dying a natural death. I have been reading Edris Kiggundu’s ‘rumors’ series, and there are brilliant, and I’m thinking:’ why is this guy always and only associated with the Observer?’. There is a lot of potential there, and he seems to be wasting it. He could do a documentary on Kasese massacre, parliamentary sex, Muslim sheikh murders, Statehouse intrigue, political poisoning and heart attacks, Kayunga riots, or something like that. We need more than a ‘Queen of Katwe’ on TVs in Europe and America!

Bobi Wine reminds me of Cardew!

Bobi Wine


36 years ago , on 13 Dec 1981, the music industry suffered a terrible loss, when Cornelius Cardew was killed in a mysterious hit-and-run accident in London. The following year, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine was born in Uganda. The first time I watched a video music of Bobi Wine, I told my wife, and my friend Johnson, that the guy was destined for politics at some point in his life, because he had a good mouth on him. So, when he joined the race to stand for MP in Kyadondo East, I wasn’t surprised at all. What surprised me was actually FDC fielding a candidate against him.

Truth be told, Bobi Wine(whatever that means) is more popular than any of his opponents in the Kyadondo East race. A lot of people in Uganda seem to translate their love of music (and the arts more broadly) into “support for anything”, which I would characterize as a liberal instinct.I’m rather moderate on this issue because I don’t listen to music that much, but I like Bobi Wine’s songs in particular. He reminds me of Cardew.

Cornelius Cardew


Cardew is perhaps more interesting for his politics than his compositions. He was the leading composer of the English experimental school in the sixties, and pupil of Stockhausen. His most famous composition is the Great Learning, a setting of Confucius written for the Scratch Orchestra. Many of his works of that period have more in common with “happenings” than traditional composition.

But the really interesting thing about Cardew is that sometime in the seventies, he either was told or realised himself that modern music did not appeal to working class audiences and gave it all up to write revolutionary songs. Cardew was active in various causes in British politics

Finally, in 1981 he was killed by a hit-and-run driver in east London whilst returning from a political meeting.The driver was never found.There are all sorts of rumours that this was a political assassination, possibly by one of the British Fascist parties.

But what’s relevant is to investigate how and if a particular political view of a composer is reflected in his or her music.The fact ‘composer X supports candidate B’ taken on its own doesn’t mean shit.

But if composer X starts composing agitprop-type of music, regardless of whether it is a nazi or commi staff – well, it’s a sell-out.

And then there are those who prostitute themselves like Bidandi Ssali’s son, Bebe Cool. Nobody could ever convince me that Bebe Cool composes songs to praise Museveni because he thinks he is the best leader for Uganda, and that’s because I don’t think he is a dummy. I strongly believe he only does it for money and other privileges that comes with it.

The bottom line is that what someone composes ultimately determines how he or she would be remembered, and not the particular political believe. Interestingly enough, I still log on youtube to watch Iryn Namubiru yet she sold us out too in the last elections, and I could probably be in a sombre mood for days if she dies before me. Good luck to Bobi Wine and other candidates in the race!

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UK

An interesting whatsapp conversation about Mengo’s Kyapa Mungalo


Me: shared Ssemujju Nganda’s article recently in the Observer

[02/06, 19:45] N: I don’t believe it’s M7 selling the kyapa mangalo idea to BLB. The baganda are proving to be more greedy than him. Why tell a musanda to pay 45 million initial installment and 2 million each year as premium. This land is not personal property of the king. The king is a custodian of the land. BLB is now a private company with shareholders. Bolesa mululu. They want to reap from baganda as much as possible. The way they exploitated them with tofaali. No wonder it’s a muganda man challenging his king in court.

[02/06, 19:53] N: I think Bantu race are naturally cheats. M7 is not alone. Boona bamululu. If BLB wanted to help baganda their premium would be constitutional. Ne kcca doesn’t charge that. Let them respect the Uganda constitution . They charge different busulu per year. They charge different registration fees. No wonder they have allowed the Langi to come complain about the same. What Betty Among is talking is a fact not rumours. Of course the commission won’t make recommendations in favour of BLB. Because BLB operates outside the constitution.

[02/06, 20:00] N: At the end of the day the lease campaign allows more non baganda on the land. You can even mortgage the property. Abanyankole baguze mail mailo land in baganda. Not had of a kattikiro campaign to stop and educate pple how bad it is to sell land. Just here Mayega buying square miles and evicting people with guns. Thought a local muganda looses by selling his land. One day you will know it’s mengo officials buying land and evicting people. Semujju M7 amuleke. It’s like looking at mucus on a neighbor child while your own also has it full on the nose. First clean your child then go to the village.

[02/06, 20:11] N: Pple sell land to buy cars .boda boda. to travel abroad. What education is being given to our people to value there land. Bakilimululu just pay once you see for sale. Has CBS put any anti land selling campaign. Can’t bazooka M7. If anything pple who got BLB leases for 5 years have lost some property to those guts already. The lease is not an auto renewal. Mbu kabaka amala kusiima. Let them steal from those who think they can steal from baganda. Wonder what will happen to those leases if court says they are illegitimate. Money from those lease should benefit baganda not BLB a private company. Bali mukukuganya sente nga toofali project. They have even failed to finish masilo after collection of billions of shillings . Is it M7 alemesa.

Me:OK…..naye kati tukoze tutya banange?

[02/06, 20:21] N: A lease is optional. It is not a condition to get a plan approved. Why build an arcade in nansana like am seeing them grow like mushrooms. Then sign a lease that is not auto renewal on it. If we are admiring arcades in nansana now you expect BLB not to take them after 49 years. Ensi tweyogela mululu each year. So why lease any away. Why risk?

[02/06, 20:25] N: Even Sudanese have bought baganda land. No one says anything. Ask your if mengo established a factory like mukwano. Would got close it. The money collection from toofali could build a factory. Semujju wabula anyiziza. The smell is within us not rwakitura.

[02/06, 20:30] N: Abbey it you who wants to join politics. Better learn how to be greedy selfish and a cheat then join there club. Other than that you will just run in elections like Besigye. Atamanyi kuba kalulu tayitamu.M7 has camped in Gayaza to make sure NRM wins. You think they will wait for pple to vote them. Just look on.

[02/06, 20:31] N: Boona baabi. They are in those places to eat not serve. Paka kuba lukiiko mengo.

[03/06, 08:54] T: I can’t agree with you better. You are extremely right about mengo thieves. They’re worse than the banyankole people are complaining about. Their myopic thinking has kept Kabaka and the whole institution broke. Why should a Muganda lease land of his great great grandfather, the Kabaka? ???What makes me a Muganda different from the rest when I am just Tennant on Kabaka’s land????

[03/06, 08:59] T: I advise whoever has kibanja on Kabaka’s land to avoid those so called leases. Kibanja ownership is in perpetuity yet lease ownership is rental terms by agreement between so called landlord and Tennant. The premium you’re talking about is only meant to chase you off your land. The same with the ground rent. The law has just not been implemented by the land registry. Once you know the block and plot number you occupy as a kibanja owner, the law grants you rights to apply for a certificate of occupancy, which you can use for financial security purposes as advanced by our own tormentors.

This is what DP needs to get their emojo back!

I don’t know what exactly Erias Lukwago’s plans are but I think my mate,Norbert Mao, should do the honourable thing and support him as the next DP president. Yes, Erias Lukwago is a work in progress but he could bring glamour back to DP. All he( Erias) needs to do is to drop the suite and tie while out and about with Besigye, or on streets. The suite makes him look like a normal opposition leader, and that’s not right under the present political climate in Uganda.He needs to borrow more of a Besigye style in him(roar at them, smile a little like Rambo, scratch them(police) if you can), and we see if other oppositionists will see him as someone to take over from Besigye. Just hanging around Besigye builds little political capital.

Some of the points Norbert Mao recently made against Mp Bakireke Nambooze were a trifle sententious. OK. But he is right in feeling that Hon.Mp Bakireke Nambooze was trying to undermind him publically(nobody wants that). Mbidde’s utterances didnt help much to the situation.Some things he(Mbidde) says are purposely putting the cat among the pigeons.Other things are OK.Some others are quite silly.But its time, for the sake of DP, for everyone to bury the hatchet, and allow Lukwago to take over!

Abbey

My hat’s off to Uhuru(Swahili term for “freedom”) Muigai Kenyatta!


My hat’s off to Uhuru(Swahili term for “freedom”) Muigai Kenyatta. He has had his ups and downs as a president, but his best work, at least, belies the claims made by his opponents. He’s been in office since 2013 but he seems to have won so many ‘trophies’ in his first season compared to a certain manager I know who has been around for 31 years and achieved so little. He won my respect in 2007 when, as leader of opposition, he backed Mwai Kibaki for re-election in the December 2007 presidential election. Who does that in Africa, man? No wonder even Moi wanted him to succeed him before he left office. He’s just one of those guys who sincerely love their country, very principled but cool at the same time. KANU would still be in comma, as Uganda’s UPC, if Uhuru had not won against Nicholas Biwott for chairmanship of KANU in 2005. Kenyans should just give him another ‘kisanjja'(term)!

I won’t fault some people’s opinion on Mr.Freedom(Uhuru) as a dictator. My statement originates from a comparison with other East African leaders.I happen to put him on the top of the mountain as the best leader in East Africa right now. He moves me, there seems to be a rare depth of character and patriotism around him, and he has been a terrific influence on the Kenyans ever since he became a president.That seems pretty subjective, though. And I’m not talking about the recently launched railway services and whatever he has done for Kenyans, but I’m looking at him as a leader. He is intelligent in delivering speeches, yet humble in presentation.No boastful uproars, no calling himself a ‘leaopard’ nor outbursts yet he comes from a very rich background. He was born in money. Humility is a trait of true masters.

People can talk about the violence in the last Kenya presidential elections, and the subsequent ICC charges, but this is like continuing to look at your wife as a prostitute because you met her on a street or bar in town. The truth is that few African leaders can boast of having come to power through legal means, if you know what I mean.What counts is the quality of the final products, not the process of composition. Uganda’s Museveni came through violence but just look at the quality of life in Uganda for the last 31 years, its as bad as the word itself.

There is no absolute ranking criteria for dictators but I would rank our Museveni as the worst dictator in East Africa though he is a millitary genius.I would say someone is a genius only if he/she is born with exceptional talent.It takes tremendous analytical talent to find the right people to bring one to power via a guarilla war, a war that is usually lost by most leaders.It takes tremendous millitary talent to control and find the right people to defeat all the rebel groups that were in the country between 1986 and 2004, and later on wage wars in neighbouring countries and come out on top.That Museveni could do both, and both supremely well, is proof of his genius. And that’s sums up as the only thing I admire about him( apart from his sense of humour too). He is actually not bothered with the wananchi(common citizens) at all as long as he keeps himself in power forever, and that makes him the worst leader in East Africa.

Tanzania’s Magufuli moved me a little bit at the beginning, but as of recent, he has shown serious signs of dictatorship in his armour, and I think he risks losing the next presidential elections. One could make a case for his humility, I suppose, but I think he is just a perfectionist, and very hard on himself, which is a little different.

With Kagame, I rank him as the second most useful dictator in East Africa.He has been innovative (in certain aspects). And deeply conservative in many more, but has got Rwanda into the ‘premiership’ and ready to take off. I just hope that he let go and let somebody else move the country forward.Once upon a time, I used to be more fond of him, not any more. He is as arrogant and merciless as they come!

STORY:A boy said to his father: “I saw a girl and I want to marry her

STORY:A boy said to his father: “I saw a girl and I want to marry her. She is so beautiful and she has gorgeous eyes. The father answered his son: of course son, let’s ask for her hand in marriage.” When the father saw the girl, he admired her beauty and he told his son: “You don’t deserve this girl, she needs someone who has experience in life and she can depend on, someone like me.” The boy was surprised by the attitude of his father and he told him : “She will marry me, not you”. They started to fight and finally they decided both to go to the police station to solve their problem. When they tell their story to the police officer, he told them:”bring the girl so we can ask her about her opinion about this. ”

When the officer saw the beauty of the girl he said to the boy and his father:”you both don’t deserve her, she needs someone who has prestige like me.” The 3 men started a fight and decided to go to the minister to solve their problem.

When the minister saw the girl, he said: “She deserves to be married with a minister like me”. The prince heard about their problem and call them all to help them solve it but and when he saw the girl he said : “This girl will marry me” . All the 5 men started to fight.
Finally, the girl said “I have the solution! I will start to run and whoever catches me first, he will be my”.

When she started to run, the boy, his father, the police officer, the minister and the prince started to run to catch her. Suddenly the 5 men fell into a deep hole.
The girl looked to them from the top and she said “did you know who am I?” I am the Dunya; THE LIFE!! People want to run to catch me, they are racing to have me. By doing that, they forget their religion, until they end up in their grave and won’t have me…….They kill and torture one other over me but wont have me!
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I nominate Mr.Stanley Ndawula of the Investigator as the journalist of the month!


Friends:

I nominate Mr.Stanley Ndawula of the Investigator as the journalist of the month. I’m not here to fast-track him to some kind of Sainthood status but his article on the Mayor of Kamwenge, Byamukama, may turn out to be a turning point in the history of police torture in Uganda. I applaud his investigative skills. I don’t think the enormity of this devastating story was fully understood immediately till when other major newspapers, and of course social media, picked it up. And unfortunately, it is far from over, as we continue to read several stories of people that have been tortured while in police custody, especially Nalufenya and Naggalama detention centres.
This Byamukama tragedy has cut very deep – right through any de-sensitised barrier. Many people seem to be taking this very personally even if they are in fact in opposition, and this was done to a super NRM official. Among the MPs who have spoken out is the brother who took over the reigns from us as the Chairman of political Education club while at Kibuli S.S, Hon. Agaaba Abaasi. I never even knew he was in parliament till this horrible incident. I thought he was still working as a Resist Democracy Completely (RDC).

My only advice to the people running the Investigator would be to think a bit more like journalists and make their points early in the articles, then support it. As it is, a person must read quite a lot to get to the point and most people, alas, are lazy when it comes to reading. It’s better to make your point in a pithy first paragraph, and then eliminate everything but the information that supports your point. The shorter the better.That way, it gets read and the information gets across. I was almost gonna give up on that article on Byamukama if I had not seen the gruesome pictures. May God help that man recover and be able to fully use his legs again!

Abbey.K.S
UAH FOUNDER

socialised education, as like socialised medicine, works if there is political will for it

TYPICAL RURAL SCHOOLS IN UGANDA


Friends,
All politics in Uganda have become dismally bad theater. I don’t care if you’re FDC,NRM,DP, UPC, you’re beating a decidedly dead horse.The system is as busted, if not worse, as UPC was in early 1980s and, unfortunately, there’s no good fix other than to blow ’em all out and restructure everything. There’s corruption, daily murders, moral degeneration, riots, police tortures, unemployment, but most worryingly a disintegrating education system. Frustratingly, most Ugandans don’t see anything changing soon as Museveni looks set to even remove the age limits from the constitution such that he carries on being president. We basically need a miracle from God. How I wish it comes sooner!

When one analyses how “socialized education” – that is, the public education system – worked in this country during Obote 1, Obote 11 and Amin, it is difficult at best not to be enthusiastic about socialized medicine too, as e explained in the previous article. Yes times have changed, and with them their demands, but how far has this government done to make sure healthcare and education are atleast affordable to majority of Ugandans. UPE isn’t really a new concept in Uganda but why has it failed to work under Museveni? Why did the public schools do well in the past compared to now?

“Socialized education” fared quite well especially during Obote 1 and Amin, because the government used to support all our children, from all religions, tribes and classes, which is different today where even simple state scholarships are awarded on the basis of your political beliefs and tribal connections to the government.
Private education, like St.Mary’s Kitende High School on Entebbe Road, appears to do better because its high tuition cherry picks kids from the best families (an obvious fact that is almost never mentioned in our debates). Nobody seems to care about public schools anymore. Most of the changes the president’s wife has announced recently appear like knee- jerk reactions than something that has been thought through.

The fact is that socialised education, as like socialised medicine, works if there is political will for it. For instance, in America,in terms of test scores, the best 20 schools, year in year out, are overwhelmingly public schools, not private.All of this was exposed in great detail a few years back in an excellent book called “The Manufactured Crisis”.

Of course, its important for parents to be involved in their kid’s school work and life, for a child to do well especially here in developed nations.If a student’s parents return phone calls from the teacher,show an interest in their child’s education and read to their child nightly,the child invariably does well in school. Unfortunately, in many of the poor or working class families, for instance, here in the UK, most parents dont have time for their children such that its difficult to get a doctor or super student out of them. Everyone is just chasing ‘kyeyo’ and having little time for kids. Many parents are lackadaisical about their children’s education and some are themselves illiterate.

This is generally the same situation back home but living as a community used to help a lot African families, especially the way their kids turned out. Every time I tried to dodge school during my primary schooling, not only did I have to hide away from grandfather, but the village residents too. But I’ve been told that things have changed–it’s now every man for himself.
Please let us exchange thoughts on how education could be made better in Uganda. May be through such debates, the guys in the Ministry of education will pick something up, instead of concentrating on sanitary pads programmes only (” We don’t have money for sanitary pads ” or ” NGOs must not supply pads without our permission”)!

Abbey.K.S
UK

MUSEVENI’S LONG STAY IN POWER HAS KILLED AMBITIONS!

Friends,

According to Hon.Mp Bakireke Nambooze’s online paper, the Spear, FDC’s Dr. Frank Nabwiso will rejoin NRM soon. I dont know how old this gentleman is but I think there is some kind of a ‘death’ of political activism and opposition in the country at the moment, that is causing people to review their political careers.Ten years ago, many young people were idealistic fire brands who wanted to change the country – through revolution and very likely bloodshed. Then those people either lost their enthusiasm, or simply “joined the system”. In the meantime they brought much grief to those who copped their belligerence – people who simply wanted to live in peace.

Frank Nabwiso

Basically, because an old Museveni is showing no signs of giving up on power, or giving anybody a chance to lead, there’s that feeling of ‘what can i do now’ among a lot of people who harboured presidential ambitions, or careers in a new govt. With Besigye now rocking 60 years old and getting tired himself, there’s no visible opposition anymore. So, i’m not surprised when I see especially a 50 year old plus joining the govt.

A lot of young people that had presidential ambitions have also kind of given up. They watch with grief and pain as young leaders, such as Emanuel Macron, take over in France, and yet it looks almost like a dream in Uganda. Now, with the talk of removing age limits, everyone is scracthing their heads for a quick alternative.The opposition has to wake up and go back on the drawing board. A leader who stays long in power kills ambitions and quality for everyone and inhibit progress.

Politicians too often go into Politics with the noblest of ideals. Then they too get corrupted by the wealth to be had – the kickbacks, bribes, etc. and become yet just another politician.

Abbey

IS MBIDDE REALLY RICH? RICH WITH MONEY?


Friends,
I’ve never understood that part of people’s character where someone openly comes out to boast that he or she has a lot of money, especially in an environment where majority of the people are so poor. It beats my understanding about life and human beings.It just sounds so out-of-character.

“I’ve struggled from being a newspaper vendor to owning shares in newspapers companies. Linking me to NRM because of my bank balance will not help,…….I’m a shareholder in news papers and radio stations within and outside Uganda. I’m not poor ………Someone to look at my bank balance and think its NRM Money,This is hogwash,I have been rich since my days at University…….”——Fred Mukasa Mbidde,Democratic Party Vice President

As a x-tian man, Mbidde should read the following verses in the Bible: Jeremiah 9:23 and Proverbs 27:2…….”Olulimi olwo silulungi nakatono”!

It reminds me of some play I once read. There was a man called Casanova who was an ugly thief. He broke out of a makeshift prison in an Italian village, and made his way to Paris where everybody was expecting an ugly Italian thief.

“But NO – I am not a thief”, he said, “I am a GREAT LOVER.
“I seduced the mayor`s wife, and he FAKED UP the charges”.

He was ultimately met by a pair of Scottish Presbyterian Freemasons. “You will NEVER clear your name without US”,
they said, “because WE control the PRESS”. Everybody had expected an ugly Italian thief because his escape had been published in the papers.

“We KNOW that you are both a THIEF and a LIAR. The mayor was a BACHELOR. Shall we PUBLISH”?

Casanova was COMPROMISED. The game was up. What would happen next? They made a SURPRISING OFFER.

So, just because one’s hands haven’t been caught in the till jar, it doesnt necessarily mean that they didnt steal something. I also keep telling people that money, power, wealth,e.t.c all come to an end at some point. What defines you as a person after your death is mainly your character towards others. If Mbidde really care about the opposition and Hon. Mp Bakireke Nambooze, he would have rushed to call a press conference to condemn what the police did in Masaka, but he is instead portraying himself as the owner of Hon.Nambooze just because he simply recruited her into DP.

And the truth is there are very few rich people(in the real sense of the word) in Uganda,and i’m yet to be attempted to include Mbidde among them.In a way, It just sounds weird someone being ‘rich’ during university days, and then come out to do newspaper vending??

LET BESIGYE WRITE A BOOK TO COUNTERACT MUSTARD SEED!


Friends,
I don’t see any problem with Museveni or his wife’s directive to public schools to encourage pupils to read Museveni’s book: SOWING THE MUSTARD SEED. I think Mrs.Museveni feels that her husband has done so much for the country and wants his name in the brains of our little ones. Oh, she’s so sweet and she’s being wifely,isn’t she? But that’s beside the point, I think let the book roll into schools, after all, its gonna be a donation to schools, right?

I personally read the book and took me just three days to finish it yet I was only reading it at night. Yes, it has got a lot of Oboteism, but what the hell, other people that worked with Museveni will write books that will counter almost every lie in Museveni’s book.Yes, there’s stuff there that dont make sense!

By the way, Museveni isn’t the only one who has tried to manipulate history through a book.Historian” David Irving manipulated historical evidence to fit his contentions, among others, that Hitler was “in the dark” about the extermination of Jews and others in Nazi Germany and that there was no systematic effort, indeed no gas chambers, to accomplish those purposes. UAH veteran, Henry Ford Mirima, has tried to rewrite the historical facts between Buganda and Bunyoro kingdom several times. Its up to the reader to cross check with other writers to get the truth. That’s why its important that Besigye too releases the mother of books, now that he is in his 60s, that will outsell Museveni’s.

Is it possible that Mbabazi and Museveni played us?


First of all, I’m glad that Mrs. Mbabazi is ok and wish her many years of good life in this world. However, i find it morally reprehensible that a wealthy man surrounded by majority poor would accept state help or benefits or whatever, of shs.470 millions towards his wife’s treatment, yet he could’ve afforded the bill himself without government intervention. My heart bleeds!

Yes, we all have a selfish component and do try to take advantage of others but this smells so bad. Greedy people want the whole tamale.They come in all versions. But as usual, some people are coming up with excuses that the wealthy man was only collecting his benefits as former PM. Evil can always be rationalized by man. Worship of leaders is all it takes and a bunch of sheep.Once somebody gets power or wealth, they have enough sheep to keep the power. Remember.

People can argue all they want but this actually points to one thing. We were very mislead before and during the 2016 presidential elections. We were mislead after the elections. We are being mislead to this day.

I am not a Museveni fan, nor a fan of Joseph Kony, nor of many Uganda leaders – but in the annals of evil I would say there is more than a “few degrees” of separation between him and some pretending to oppose him. That’s why I stick with Besigye for now because the alternatives cannot easily be trusted!

Abbey

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

IS HEALTHCARE A RIGHT? ANY DOCTORS ON THIS FORUM?

Friends,

I was reading a horrible story in the INVESTIGATOR about the torture of Geoffrey Byamukama, the Kamwenge Town Council Mayor, and how his bill at Nakasero hospital has skyrockted to shs.29m. Under normal circumstances, one would immediately be thinking about his horrible wounds and what caused them(possibly torture by the police), but my mind just skipped to the cost of healthcare in Uganda. Subhanallah, what happens to the poor who fall sick in that country? Has anybody thought about this?

Both doctors and politicians are just greedy. Doctors have opened up their private expensive clinics/ hospitals and can only touch you if you pay. Politicians go abroad for treatment, so who really cares about my friends in Kangulumira whose only health centre in the region is technically a death trap. We could only manage to raise money for the blankets tthrough UAH but failed to raise even a mere shs.8m to repaint the centre. Those who made pledges never came through, and I guess because they aren’t good christians/Muslims.

Greed is a powerful force that affects us all. It needs to be harnessed in a way to make a country strong and with a large middle class.A quality doctor-patient relationship matters. It’s an essential part of the healing process, and one that can’t be had without the physician’s role in initiating and maintaining it. My late grandfather’s doctor and relative,Dr. Adam Kimala, should be in his 70’s now and is not a financial firebrand.He is a good man and commands personal loyalty seemingly effortlessly. He enjoys his work, never put money first, and, I believe, he intends to continue until “they” won’t let him work any more at which point he will probably spend most of his time doing consultation and voluntary work for Buganda kingdom. I remember when I was a kid, he used to have a clinic somewhere in Kampala city, and I could be taken there for a ‘ruthless’ injection in case of a malaria infection. Bless him!

In science, it is generally accepted that Albert Einstein lived a moderate life, and he never used his brain power to take advantage of the poor.He still lived in a little house provided to him by the Institute for Advanced Study(IAS) till he died, and asked that it be kept as a residence for others after his demise. His request was honored. A really competent person doesn’t seek wealth, the work function is all the reward that’s necessary for them.Wealth is only important to those imbued with a poverty of spirit. Albert pre-promised his Nobel prize money to his ex-wife as part of his divorce settlement. That’s a guy who knew what value is.

But how many doctors are like Dr.Kimala or Einstein in our generation. Everyone is thinking about money, not really their profession.If a professional doesn’t have recognizable wealth, it certainly raises flags.Human greed corrupts every economic and social model there is, whether it’s economic, social, religious. I admire those people – sadly far too few – who can transcend that greed and show selfless generosity and kindness towards others.The practice of quality medicine includes assuring that a patient understands and may have confidence that his treatment is the path to better health. There is no substitute for good communication, but a lot of doctors in Uganda mainly communicate billing to patients.

Many Christians actually believe that if you are poor, it is God’s judgement against you for your sins. This makes it very convenient for them to throw the poor under the bus. Just picture this:

A man falls down in the street in Kampala and clutches his chest and is having a heart attack. He’s not dressed too well, and may be homeless.A few people that don’t believe in healthcare for those that don’t pay for it, stand around and take bets on when he’ll croak.The man dies and everyone goes home to a nice Matooke and meat dinner.

As it turns out, that man happened to be one of the onlooker’s father.Ah well. He never did deserve healthcare, never earned enough.Tough.

The question is whether we are deserving enough to be called a civilized nation or civilised people.If it were a matter of greed for money, it’s far cheaper to equip government hospitals and give everyone healthcare at a far lower cost, and stop the stranglehold of spending millions of dollars taking a few in government for treatment abroad. Every ‘important’ person who dies now, they do so in either Nairobi, India or South Africa, and its a shame. Nobody wishes to die from Mulago or Nsambya yet these were good hospitals in the 1960-70s.

Trying to maximize profits on the backs of patients is a very bad idea. Just look at the American model. An American who is jobless or working for minimum wage and gets cancer or some other serious disease will die for lack of health care.While I don’t like Michael Moore, Americans should watch the movie “Sicko” to get an idea of how things are in other countries.Cuba was the country. Moore took a bunch of sick people there as a stunt, and they were all taken care of with minimal cost. For instance, one woman that was going broke trying to pay for a medicine here that she needed ($150), went there and got her medicine for $.05 cents.

Looks like I got wordy again. I blame frustration and a propensity to reminisce. Sorry!

Abbey

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