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

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

Rahma happens to be one of my many cousins!

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


Friends,

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

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

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

Obama in a red tie


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

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

WHAT EXACTLY DOES HAJJI KIGONGO STAND FOR?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GEN. SALEH(CALEB AKWANDANAHO) IS AN ENIGMA!

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

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

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

Who exactly is Salim Saleh? Anybody??

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


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

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

“Where are you from?”, I asked him

‘I’m from Burundi’, he answers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hon. Okupa is a rock!

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

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

We volunteered to write textbooks to benefit Ugandan kids but the MOE wasn’t interested!

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BY W.B.KYIJOMANYI VIA THE UAH FORUM

The problem in Uganda today is that YKM has not had a competent minister of education for some time. He may have had some in his early reign but lately, the ministers can be characterized as GIGO. They are not passionate about education.

YKM meant well when he introduced UPE and USE. But his ministers failed him in the implementation. I can say without any fear of contradiction that if YKM had a fairly competent Minister of Education like Brig Barnabas Kili (SP) who was Amin’s minster when we went to school, things would be somewhat different. Brig Kili with the help of seasoned educationists like Mr. Mugoya (quiz: Mugoya is a common name among 3 Ugandan ethnic groups, name them), the then Chief Inspector of schools and others made things run. Most students knew who the chief Inspector of schools was.

In the 70s it did not matter where one went to school. St Joseph Layibi then and it seems now was a giant. Comboni College in Lira and Nyapea did produce leading candidates in national exams. Of course so did Gayaza and Namagunga, Ntare Kisubi and others.

In terms of ability, students in Kampala or Wakiso are no more talented or able than their peers in Eastern or Northern. The difference is access to resources in terms of teachers and materials. With equity, students can performs from any corner of Uganda.

So the big question is this: does Uganda’s educational system embrace equity? No.

YKM and others want to see Ugandans embrace sciences or STEM. But what investments have they made in terms of buildings labs, training science teachers and yes, paying them adequately to feel motivated? Do all schools in Uganda have access to the required textbooks for example? If not what is YKM doing to ensure equity? What is the ratio of students to critical textbooks? What is the government doing to ensure all students have the required books? In other words how many students share critical textbooks?

Let me share with you something. A few Ugandans volunteered to write textbooks for A level. Some volunteered to write maths books to include abit more calculus, others-myself included -offered do write an Economics textbook. We contacted the ministry and the curriculum Development centre. Someone one was interested but the minister and top shots were not. The only person who expressed interested is the late Dr Rwandeire (RIP) but was soon out of office. I repeat we volunteered to write textbooks to benefit Ugandan kids. The ministry and the curriculum people were not interested. Later we found out the British Council in Uganda vetoed our suggestion. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.

Fyi, there was no money to be made from textbooks, may be some tokenism.

Spare a thought for candidates. Exams are based on a body of knowledge (BOK). Yet many students lack that body of knowledge due to poor teaching or even no teaching at all and especially lack of access to key textbooks. It is possible, nay likely that O and A level physics still depend on the iconic Nelkon and Abbot or the other way. It is also likely A level maths still depends on Backhouse (Sp). Do not get me wrong they are great books but may be time to change textbooks. This brings me back to why our proposal was vetoed. Think about it, we volunteered and the ministry said no thanks.

If it is lack of teachers, why can’t the govt create centers of excellence? This is how they would work. Great teachers are not many so they few capable ones should be shared and deployed to maximize their ability. For example, Kampala would be divided into 4 zones. If Kibuli has a good physics teacher, why can’t she or he also go and teach in Kyambaogo Demonstration ration Nabisunsa? Nabisunsa may have great chemistry or history teachers, and they can go and teach in Kibuli, and Kyambaogo. Meanwhile Kyambaogo may have great maths and Economics teachers who can be deployed to teach in the other school.

Now fast forward to upcountry schools. Take Gulu, a good chemistry teacher At Layibi can and should also go teach in neighbouring schools and vice versa. These centers can be created throughout Uganda. Remember resources ae scarce. Sharing excellent teachers can go a long way. Knowing UAH, some will ask why not simply hire teachers? They are assuming there exists enough competent-emphasis added-teachers to teach in single schools.

My argument is that Uganda lacks enough competent teachers in the core subjects hence the need to create centers of excellence to share their competency. How long does it take by Boda Boda travel from Kibuli to Nabisunsa or Kyambaogo Demonstration and vice versa? How long does it take on boda boda travel from Comboni to Boroboro or Lango College and vice versa?

Btw, such competent teachers would be immune from regular transfers and would be paid a lot more.

Today you have a situation where many students have no access to workable labs yet they are expected to perform practical exams and pass them? Come on.

Then for the love of Ugandan children we again came up with another idea to help improve learning. The remedial procedure was to be implemented in middle level primary schools from P3 to P5 to ensure literacy. We wrote the template, how it would work and who would undertake remedial teachings. Based on academic literature, we settled on female teachers. This is not the place to explain why but studies show female teachers are better positioned to carry out remedial teaching.

Fyi, remedial teachers would also be floaters and not restricted in one school and would work certain hours. Their job would be to ensure that students in grades 3 to 5 acquire the critical competencies in writing, reading and maths. This proposal was also shared with the govt but again the govt or the mandarins in the ministry were not keen. They kept asking where the money would come from. Btw, remedial teachers would also be picked from the most competent lot. May be had the late Dr Rwandeire (RIP) stayed longer in education some of the changes would have been implemented.

Btw, Harvard University and MIT routinely share professors in certain core competencies. No wonder they are top.

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Want to save our country? Good. Start with finding a cause and hang on to it!

By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UK

Honestly, nothing has been pissing me off more than the MPs that keep making excuses on why they voted to remove presidential term limits. I am hearing excuses, excuses, excuses. People trying to convince us that they care, that they cast their vote due to “pressure from Statehouse, that things will change when M7 is gone.”

Cut the crap. Its already done and majority of us feel so betrayed. The conscious decision to defend this, to accept such unconstitutional behavior is incomprehensible, ignorant. People get to know how much MPs value them by the laws they pass. A lot of people are so pissed off by this and feel very helpless and hopeless at the same time. Hopeless in the sense that they no longer see parliament as an avenue to change the political status quo in the country, and this is extremely dangerous for the times ahead. Basically, times ahead are gonna be challenging for all of us.

It’s 2018, yet the walls are thicker and the fear from all sides runs deeper. It’s all labels constructed to make oppositions. Setting the record straight on who I am for those who have been indirectly asking me questions, and falsely thinking that we favour Muslims and opposition on our forums.

For the record I am not a member of any rebel organisation opposing the Museveni government. I’m not Tom Okwalinga as some idiot alleged last year. I’m simply a nerdy with so many stuff in my head, most of which I picked from my days at university. I speak when I see injustice anywhere in the world, and this caused many “conscious’ people to friend or follow us on Facebook, especially through the Ugandans At Heart Forum.

I walk my own path. No school of thought raised me. I’m not a Communist like my mad ‘mate’,George Okello, in London. I’m my own master. Everything I learned came from my own yearning to learn more about the world that I live in, and the country where I was born and raised. I teach myself topics i’m passionate about, and I don’t care if you like what i post or not.

I follow Islam as a religion, and i’m so proud of it. I also respect other religions, as I expect them to respect mine.Islam is the only non-christian faith;which it’s a requirement of faith for Muslims to love and believe in the prophet Jesus Christ the son of Mary(peace be upon them)

My thoughts are my own and aren’t part of any political organisation. I don’t belong to any political party in Uganda or UK, though I’ve been voting for the Labour party ever since I moved to the UK, and I have been,and still iam a little bit sympathetic to Besigye Kiiza as a leader of the opposition in Uganda. But we are open to ideas from anybody regardless of their political or religious affiliation.

Want to save our country? Good. Start with finding a cause and hang on to it!

Mwenda really is lacking in personal integrity!

It’s quite telling that our celebratory journalist usually only emerges from the sewers when there is an opportunity to spout his Besigye/ Bobi Wine -hating opposition propaganda, which is amply demonstrated in his latest post.

Looking at it from an observer’s point of view, as we are the only ones who can be influenced, opinions are formed based not only on what is posted but also the manner in which postings are made. Anyone resorting to insults, in this case of the very most despicable nature, means from an observer’s position anything they post will have no credibility whatsoever. Calling Bobi Wine ” ignorant, emotional and lacking in an alternative vision for our country’, was uncalled for. He has his ideas and should be respected. I’m not one of his supporters but he has given voice to so many, he is a ceaseless supporter of people’s rights through his music and parliamentary activities, and is working so hard to help the indigenous people. Bobi isn’t an emergency to Uganda. Somebody else is!

I have a lot of trouble believing there’s anyone here whose views can be changed one hair either by Andrew Mwenda or by Museveni anymore (and most people will be wise enough to not even bother to read). So them two might as well go indulge in their “necessary” extreme measures in private. I think it’s safe to assert that by this time the various participants in this yelling match have made their positions clear to all onlookers. I recognize that the point of protest is to divert us from crucial issues, but please, he shouldnt divert us from the ongoing debate on age-limit and land bills.

Mwenda really is lacking in personal integrity. He made the claim that I’m part of the TVO group, and that really made me read his views with a pinch of salt. He has no hesitation or compunction about just telling another bald faced lie,when faced with his own mendacity. He has put innocent people in harms way and has never apologized for it! And now he’s self claiming to have written the truth about Bobi Wine?

As I look around, I see it in so many of us, all of us suffering to one degree or another from this virus that overtakes us. The truth no longer matters. Museveni’s disciples have made lies the new normal, and it’s contagious. We are already entrenched in a fascist regime, as Mrs. Mbabazi once said, and talk alone is incapable of healing what Museveni has wrought.

By his reckoning, ”Museveni is not in power by accident. He is there by organization and strategy.”…..Well, pretty sure all dictators are, and i’m not going to refute this. However, one of the problems continues to be the imperturbable belief that “NRM” are good and “opposition” are bad and that there isn’t the slightest ambiguity about this. Yes, I agree with Mwenda that the ‘ opposition lack alternative ideas and believe their anger is sufficient to cause change’. Nevertheless,most of the time their anger isn’t misplaced.The most recent and most emotional event by far is the killing of a young man in Rukingiri by the police over age limit protests. Our law enforcement kills young men for little or no reason. They disrespect our citizens, making them second class, they flog elders such as Besigye, and treat them like little children in police fans. Grenades have been found in homes of opposition leaders resisting the presidential age limit removal. And what’s more upsetting is the fact that those at the top level of government supports all these draconian things.

So, basically the opposition have the capacity to identify the causes of their grief. There is a wealth of solid validated information regarding the unique situation Uganda has found itself in. Dozens of political/social/psychological/philosophical professionals have credibly weighed in on this topic. I’ll leave it to him to access this, as long as he doesn’t limit himself to the 2011 and 2016 election percentages. The only answer is education to the masses and resistance(defiance) of the biased system, but bringing that about has not yet been successful. He(Mwenda) can be part of that solution. Just him saying that power is something that has to be ‘cultivated, accumulated, harnessed and consolidated’ when he seems to be singing praises for the other side, amounts to nothing.

People who feel powerless in the world have always felt disdain towards those perceived to be their oppressors. Instead of Mwenda yelling about disrespect, intellectual laziness, and some crap about road construction statistics(simanyi Museveni has constructed more roads), he should listen to what Bobi’s supporters had to say. And in doing so, he will learn something:They have a point. And he is missing it!

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

Check this If you still doubt that Mugabe isnt the president of Zimbabwe!

Mugabe is indeed gone forever…….Businessman James Makamba has reportedly arrived back Zimbabwe from a self-imposed exile. He fled the country in 2005 amidist rumours that he was having an affair with the then 1st lady, Grace Mugabe. The story has it that the old man had vowed to hunt down wherever he was hiding, but he never disclosed the country where he went.

Happy holidays to all my Non-Muslim friends


Happy holidays to all my Non-Muslim friends. I just want to say I appreciate and love you all. In a world where you’re all supposedly racists/Islamaphobic and I am supposedly a Muslim terrorist, we’re like family. Let’s all keep building bridges because it’s the only way of we’ll ever see peace on earth.One of my best friends in Kibuli S.S, Peter Sentongo, was also Non-Muslim. I love him dearly. We joked a lot, I recall when he asked me, we were in senior 2, why we(Muslims) only use water when we go to toilet,and touch ‘nagis’, and I remember telling him that we actually do better than people who think they’ve cleaned it but they’re still stuck with it. We laughed, we still laugh and value our friendship as in another place and another time our friendship would be taboo.Fight hate with love, guys. We’re overpowering them. I feel it!

Happy New Year!

2017 has been such an interesting and incredible year and I am so grateful for everything and everyone who has made the good, great and the bad tolerable.

I have learned so much about myself, my religion, my own country, my parliament, this year and it has been monumental, personally and professionally.

I am so excited to see what comes next year.

May 2018 be a year of peace, prosperity and freedom around the world. Happy new year.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

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

Mwenda’s love for Museveni’s “good” dictatorship is fascinating!

By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UK

It fascinates me how differently many of us see, hear, and react to Museveni’s dictatorship.There are democracy lovers here who prefer Besigye’s leadership to Museveni’s.There are some who find fault with Museveni and Besigye, and would rather have a Kyagulanyi or Norbert Mao. There are people here who do not like politics at all and can sit through shows like NBS-Frontline bored and dry-eyed. There are some, like Andrew M. Mwenda, who do not consider Museveni a ‘bad’ dictator, and would rather have him than Besigye or Kyagulanyi.I respect all of these opinions, though they are the opposite of mine.They are held by people with far more experience and expertise than my own.Yet I do not understand them at all!

My opinion is that anybody could do at the moment as long as its not Museveni and his family. And, at this moment, Besigye takes the biscuit. He has been remarkable since the late 1990s when he started opposing Museveni before any of the inner NRMs. One thing for which Besigye is not given enough credit, and perhaps it is not credit-worthy, although it is an interesting historical phenomenon, is that he has inspired hope in Ugandans, and he has made a lot of people to become fearless and determined in opposing the Museveni dictatorship. People like Mwenda interpret this determination and fearlessness as ‘hooliganism’, unfortunately. Since 2001, Besigye and Museveni have been the twin pillars of the political world in Uganda and no woman or man, I believe, has come close to challenging their fame since.And again,as excepted, I think that Besigye was a bigger draw in all previous elections than any candidate, and, I believe, he won the 2006, 2010, and 2016 elections.I think what makes Besigye unique in the modern era (i.e since the retirement of DP’s Kawanga Ssemogerere, if not before) is that his fame is universal throughout the developed world and perhaps beyond, a name recognised by just anybody with half a brain and the slightest passing interest in Uganda politics.

As to their comparative contributions to politics, Mwenda may admire Museveni more. Yet for me, the most important measure of one’s contribution to politics is how well one leads. When Besigye was FDC president, that party was the most vibrant in the country, the most promising, but he left the leadership to others for the sake of promoting internal democracy within the party. That’s quality leadership which you will never find in Museveni. He strategised himself as the leader of UPM before the 1980 elections, and never gave room for the Bidandi Ssalis and others. When Museveni’s PRA intergrated with Yusuf Lule’s faction, he still kept himself as the omega of everything, despite the fact that Lule was the NRM chairman.

So, I don’t really understand how Mwenda, with due respect, comes to look at Museveni’s dictatorship as better than a Besigye leadership. In his theory,he is already looking at Besigye as a dictator before he even becomes a president. He has already childishly prophecised that Besigye would never become president.The complexity of his theory is only partly responsible for the fact that knowledge of his ideas is confined to a small group of professional journalists(such as his friend, Timothy Kalyegira) and few elites:some of the blame must be given to a literary style that is often offensive and an arrogance that is easy to confound with fatuity.He calls himself the ‘smartest person in the room’ with a grin on his face, and I found this so disturbing. Thank God Mao, Hon.Kivumbi Muwanga and others were calm, because that is the kind of behaviour that would not have any place on any TV here in England.

Bobi Wine, on other hand, has the boyish charm that so endears him to the millions watching. It doesn’t matter whether Mwenda speaks better English than him. Yes, he is still learning his ropes but he’s doing well. I think Besigye would have far and away the best face and name recognition among foreign leaders and majority of Ugandans. Till when Museveni is removed from power, I even see no point wasting time on picking presidential candidates. Let’s just boost Besigye’s efforts for now, because how do you talk of removing someone through elections who is pioneering a constitutional life presidency!

Letter Writing Is Museveni’s Way Of Either Concealing Something Or Distracting Others!

If Bobi Wine goes ahead and responds to Museveni’s latest write up, then I will know that he has fallen in his trap. Actually, nobody should even respond to it at all. Chairman Museveni operates on a script, and this script has served him very well over the years. It’s effective, it sets the agenda for the opposition, and it produces results. He says something and everyone jumps on it,and this means he’s concealing something. Its hightime the opposition start setting the agenda for Museveni. Otherwise, we will end up in an endless cycle that started with Paul Ssemogerere in 1996 up to now: I write a letter to you, you respond,make you and your followers feel great,and keep you tied to a desk…..’olaba nange M7 yampandiseko’!

I know very well what some you think of Besigye, but he is the most sincere and brave politician I have seen in our generation. And my statements aren’t in any way meant to play Besigye against Bobi Wine because I don’t see a match there yet. Frankly, the worst thing that could happen to the opposition right now is if these two start seeing themselves as rivals. But since Bobi is not really wildly popular to begin with, I don’t see how any serious over the top nationalism could really happen, unless it is intertribal inclusive and founded in some sort of nationalistic pride or something like that. Understand I am not closed minded to the possibility of another person raising up and taking the opposition to another level, and I think i hinted on this in one of my articles this week.

Curious to know what you,guys, think of Winnie Byanyima, though. She seems like a smart, confident woman, and is the most mature and independent among women in her age group and status in Uganda right now, and claims to be a feminist from what I have heard. It seems she was brought up more of a liberal socially, but might lean more conservative regarding romance practices.The way her son dresses, and his hair styles, shows the liberalism in both parents. I know its a long shot but how would you feel about her as our next president some time in future?

In regards to age limit removal, dictators rise, but they also fall. We can’t block any legislation that is unconstitutional or bad because of the NRM numbers in parliament, but we can campaign against it, and most importantly, keep speaking out.Carl Albert Fritz (Michael) Gerlich (15 February 1883 – 30 June 1934) was a German journalist and historian, and one of the main journalistic resistors of Adolf Hitler. He was arrested and later killed at the Dachau concentration camp.Dr. Gerlich finished what turned out to be his last article with the words: “The worst thing we can do, the absolute worst, is to do nothing.”….So, we have to do something,and must be seen to be doing something.

As for NRM MPs, I sometimes feel sorry for them because they are trapped. They are supporting something they know that its not needed,but they’ve to support it. I don’t think they overall really have a system of belief, they just hate people blindly who speak against Museveni,and say whatever is convenient, and will work to draw weak minded people into their cult of hatred.

I have been trying to think about worse case scenarios (really BAD scenarios) after the removal of the presidential age limit, and preparing for them. On an emotional and spiritual basis. Obviously,not everyone believes the same religious or political beliefs. I try to think positive and hope for the best but I was raised a Muslim – I believe in the quran.I believe everything has an end.I am saying prayers that these haters(they hate Uganda) don’t succeed and that good will win this fight. I know I am oversimplifying but trying to keep this as short as possible. It’s an intense subject matter.

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

This is how the Museveni letter writing game works!


Ok, this is how the Museveni letter writing game works:

1. I’m the president of Uganda. I’m the biggest celebrity in the country. If I post something to the media in reference to this new kid on the block, the kid will definitely get excited, so pumped up, and so will his supporters. I will even leave deliberate mistakes in my submission to give the kid something to grill on;

2. The kid will then write back to respond to me in the finest of languages and research. His supporters will go wild again with excitement;

3. Everybody will then expect me to respond again to the issues the kid has raised, but I will lay low for a while, as I have been doing with Besigye, Bidandi Ssali, and others, to assess the situation, keep the tongues wagging, e.t.c;

4. In the meantime, I must make the people believe that Besigye no longer matters to me. I’ve got a new thorn to remove from my way; i will encourage the Tamale Mirundis to sell him as a credible opponent;

5. But still I must watch out for Besigye’s reaction. Is this new excitement by some of the kid’s supporters taking a big toll on him or not? If it is, then that works out perfectly for me because I will just add fuel to the fire by financing some groups whose intention is to permanently create a rivalry between Besigye and the kid.

6. That will keep everyone busy for a while before 2021 as I push through my life presidency and land bills;

7. Come 2021, the kid will want to stand against me, and so is Besigye. That will be enough to help me sail through again unnoticed, obviously with the help of my Electoral commission.

Oh Lord, why I’m I always one step ahead of my opponents? May be it’s true what they say….that bald men are more intelligent. Hello sweetheart Janet, I could actually do with that cup of tea!

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

The Partisan Uganda Police Have Become A Thorn For Bobi Wine!


Hey everyone.I’m sorry to hear that the police has banned Bobi Wine from using his music shows to sell his political message, and I just want to say something.The best way for authorities and establishments to make something popular is to make it forbidden. Censorship has a funny way of making people believe whatever opinion is being repressed. Mostly because of the following reasoning: If the thing being censored wasn’t right or didn’t make a good point, why would the government need to repress it? They’d just show it to be wrong or mistaken and that would be that. If the government decides to tolerate Bobi Wine’s ‘political’ shows, they would actually get credit for it, the NRM PR machine(Ofwono Opondos, Hudu Hussein , et al) could say “look how open we are, look how strong and stable our position is: we don’t worry about criticism from some people because we trust most people believe in us, in fact we encourage people to let us know what they think our shortcomings are so that we can solve these problems”.

By trying to avoid public airtime for his songs I think the PR machine is secretly whispering “look how closed off we are, look how weak and wobbly our position is: we can’t take a joke and laugh at ourselves even a little because our position is so unstable and we’re worried that people are losing faith in our ability to do anything more than repeat the same few words until they lose all meaning”.

Apparently the broadcasting rules prohibit the playing of very popular songs that contain political content, but they were absolutely fine with Museveni’s ‘MPENKONI’ when it became a hit in some elections years ago.

Here in the UK,the easiest way to have a No.1 Hit is to have the BBC ban your song. It worked for Jasper Carrott and Frankie Goes To Hollywood(One of the most recognisable songs today).

Music has always been part of politics. For instance, Eminem has always done political rap. In the Euroversion of 2016, the Ukraine contester sang a political song, and won. A lot of people especially Russians were upset.The Russians, naturally because the song was in large part about their historical atrocities during and after WW2; denial is part of their unofficial national motto. They were every bit as brutal as the Nazi’s and continue with their brutality and social backwardness today.

The 1950s in America with racial apartheid still standing by law in the South and in practice everywhere else. And along came Chuck Berry, a black man from Missouri ,singing, playing and throwing his body around. Mashing up white people country music with black people blues music and ramming it through a screaming electric guitar. The kids all wanted to dance to it. A change was gonna come. He sang about white women and “brown eyed men”.He touched on police harassment, Jackie Robinson and a bunch more in one powerful, cool rock n roll song.His music lives on. Those musicians who just want to be remembered by just their love songs,when the country needs them most, just stuff them.

This age limit bill has obviously got everyone split down the middle.The Police on the side of the ‘Tugikwatako'(president and some NRM MPs), and against the Togikwatako. In the past three weeks I’ve seen some really disheartening venomous anger and aggression from people on nearly every side of the political divide. I can say for myself I am just a little taken aback by the aggression I’ve been seeing in normally innocuous places, like the shooting dead of a young man in Rukungiri a few days ago.It’s just sad and draining. Also just look at the awful things people are saying to each other online,and it will only get worse when Museveni introduces the Land Bill that is widely believed to be part of his land grab scheme. When I look at this picture I worry about the future, I see an indictment of the entire system and how divisive it has become. Also we got to remember tension is extremely high because majority of Ugandans are clearly fed up with Museveni.

Anyway, People are venting but hatred is never the answer. Peace should always be the main goal in the long run as cliche as that sounds. Now I’m going to go listen to Bobi Wine’s song, ‘Uganda’. I wish you people could see my moves!

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

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

Mwenda Can Do Better Than Attacking Bobi Wine And His Supporters!

It’s quite telling that our celebratory journalist usually only emerges from the sewers when there is an opportunity to spout his Besigye/ Bobi Wine -hating opposition propaganda, which is amply demonstrated in his latest post.

Looking at it from an observer’s point of view, as we are the only ones who can be influenced, opinions are formed based not only on what is posted but also the manner in which postings are made. Anyone resorting to insults, in this case of the very most despicable nature, means from an observer’s position anything they post will have no credibility whatsoever. Calling Bobi Wine ” ignorant, emotional and lacking in an alternative vision for our country’, was uncalled for. He has his ideas and should be respected. I’m not one of his supporters but he has given voice to so many, he is a ceaseless supporter of people’s rights through his music and parliamentary activities, and is working so hard to help the indigenous people. Bobi isn’t an emergency to Uganda. Somebody else is!

I have a lot of trouble believing there’s anyone here whose views can be changed one hair either by Andrew Mwenda or by Museveni anymore (and most people will be wise enough to not even bother to read). So them two might as well go indulge in their “necessary” extreme measures in private. I think it’s safe to assert that by this time the various participants in this yelling match have made their positions clear to all onlookers. I recognize that the point of protest is to divert us from crucial issues, but please, he shouldnt divert us from the ongoing debate on age-limit and land bills.

Mwenda really is lacking in personal integrity. He made the claim that I’m part of the TVO group, and that really made me read his views with a pinch of salt. He has no hesitation or compunction about just telling another bald faced lie,when faced with his own mendacity. He has put innocent people in harms way and has never apologized for it! And now he’s self claiming to have written the truth about Bobi Wine?

As I look around, I see it in so many of us, all of us suffering to one degree or another from this virus that overtakes us. The truth no longer matters. Museveni’s disciples have made lies the new normal, and it’s contagious. We are already entrenched in a fascist regime, as Mrs. Mbabazi once said, and talk alone is incapable of healing what Museveni has wrought.

By his reckoning, ”Museveni is not in power by accident. He is there by organization and strategy.”…..Well, pretty sure all dictators are, and i’m not going to refute this. However, one of the problems continues to be the imperturbable belief that “NRM” are good and “opposition” are bad and that there isn’t the slightest ambiguity about this. Yes, I agree with Mwenda that the ‘ opposition lack alternative ideas and believe their anger is sufficient to cause change’. Nevertheless,most of the time their anger isn’t misplaced.

The most recent and most emotional event by far is the killing of a young man in Rukingiri by the police over age limit protests. Our law enforcement kills young men for little or no reason. They disrespect our citizens, making them second class, they flog elders such as Besigye, and treat them like little children in police fans. Grenades have been found in homes of opposition leaders resisting the presidential age limit removal. And what’s more upsetting is the fact that those at the top level of government supports all these draconian things.

So, basically the opposition have the capacity to identify the causes of their grief. There is a wealth of solid validated information regarding the unique situation Uganda has found itself in. Dozens of political/social/psychological/philosophical professionals have credibly weighed in on this topic. I’ll leave it to him to access this, as long as he doesn’t limit himself to the 2011 and 2016 election percentages. The only answer is education to the masses and resistance(defiance) of the biased system, but bringing that about has not yet been successful. He(Mwenda) can be part of that solution. Just him saying that power is something that has to be ‘cultivated, accumulated, harnessed and consolidated’ when he seems to be singing praises for the other side, amounts to nothing.

People who feel powerless in the world have always felt disdain towards those perceived to be their oppressors. Instead of Mwenda yelling about disrespect, intellectual laziness, and some crap about road construction statistics(simanyi Museveni has constructed more roads), he should listen to what Bobi’s supporters had to say. And in doing so, he will learn something:They have a point. And he is missing it!

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,
Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UK

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

I somehow miss prof. Apollo Nsibambi as PM!

Prof.Nsibambi


I have been so disappointed in Dr.Ruhukana Rugunda as PM such that I somehow miss prof. Apollo Nsibambi. What is he up to now? He(Nsibambi) looked like he was created for that office. Obviously, serving under M7 can damage anybody but he was the rational voice of reason during a difficult time. He was just a man, a person of a new generation. Out of the box. Having been a lecturer at Makerere helped him a great deal in picking vibes from both the old and young. He was a true symbol of open-minded people in Uganda. He smiled all the time and looked a kind man. However, I never understood how he came to be that much light skinned like ” omuzungu “. Even the heavy temperatures of Uganda never darkened him. I would love to see how his four daughters look like!

History will be on his side, can’t keep people away from the rest of the world forever. That was a cabinet worth sitting in, and i sometimes erroneously envisaged myself in it.

Joachim Buwembo wishes to know what a “pornography machine”

minister of ethics


Joachim Buwembo wishes to know what a “pornography machine” is……Oh God, I can’t stop laughing. If I may speculate, I think It’s a machine that detects anything that incites the hormone factory.

Of course, there’s so much disagreement over what pornography itself means exactly. Philosopher David Hume quotes a story to illustrate this. He tells of two expert wine-tasters who are asked to give their opinions of a barrel of wine.

“Good,” says one. “But it has a slight taste of iron.”

“Not bad,” says the other. “But I detect a faint taste of leather.”

No one else tastes this, and the two experts are dismissed with derision. Later, when the wine barrel is emptied, an iron key with a leather thong is discovered at the bottom.

If the wine barrel had never been emptied, there would have been no proof that the expert wine-tasters were right.Unfortunately, this is our situation when we argue over whether something is pornographic or not. Recently, Desire Luzinda posted pictures of herself enjoying a bath with a little bit of like a pump from below between her thighs, and my hormones remained intact. But I saw lots of complaints from Ugandans, probably less noise than when her Newyork twin towers were put on display. Nevertheless, the big question here is that should father Lokodo be wasting shs. 2b to fight something that is even interpreted differently, when our hospitals are like suffering? I think the ministry of ethics should be scrapped and that money be diverted to supporting religious institutions and religious studies in schools. Churches and mosques, if supported, could do a better job than anti-Pornography committees.

Age limit:My last appeal to NRM MPs

You could be NRM but still do the right thing, and create history like that Kenyan judge who cancelled Uhuru’s re-election, did. Many of the USA opponents of slavery who wanted to outlaw it during the Constitutional convention were Virginians and yes, they owned land, but they did the right thing, and slavery was abolished.

In my more open-minded moments, I try to make myself believe that if Ugandans had witnessed a peaceful transfer of power at some points since independence, then the issue of removing presidential age limit, wouldn’t have been of great concern. But with Museveni, he is already on the record saying that “Uganda etandise okumuwomela “. And that’s worrying, because it’s symptomatic of a leader who wants a life presidency. So, age limits is the only insurance Ugandans are clinging on to see the end of his regime, as elections have turned out to be more or less a useless exercise.

Secondly, when one becomes old , he or she becomes a drag for everyone else around them. It’s better to let people retire, do some self reflection, have a peace and quiet somewhere before meeting their creator. Chairman Museveni and his people are, in effect , being just selfish on this. What the argument that he is still physically strong propounds is similar to an individual driving a car with an inaccurate speedometer cannot be speeding so long as they rely on that broken speedometer. Try telling that to a judge.

In the eyes of most Ugandans, you, Mps, are the judge, the jury and the executioner. So, don’t let them down. Please, don’t execute them. A referendum, as proposed by religious leaders, won’t make a difference under the current electoral laws and appointment and disappointments. Kigwela mu parliament!

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

Age Limit Removal:Some images are unforgettable!


Some images are unforgettable!

Bobi Wine’ s hands are in good position, his legs with a good balance, and ready for attack.

His opponent is already on guard, which left me wondering why ,if he hadn’t already been attacked.

Ya I noticed the haircut too, and the way they both lined up ready for anything. The one at the front has got backups at the back, in case of a restrain, or being overpowered by Bobi……Bobi, on the otherhand, has no back up. He is on his own. Sewanyana Allan, et al, should have been behind him to act as back up, such that in case of an attack, they could have put up a strong front.

Then the guy on the side innocently staring at Bobi Wine’s moves, and trying to imitate him, just put the icing on the cake…….He looks so funny, a bit confused….oh man!

And then the woman sat on a chair…..i don’t know if she is cheering or trying to calm things down. …..What a day!

STATEHOUSE TOO SHOULD BE RENAMED


State House, is it really a state house or ‘Museveni house’ right now? State House too,like NWSC, should actually be renamed in future to ” PEOPLE HOUSE”, to reflect that it’s working for people. The colonialists left us that name(before independence), and we are still hanging on to it. Now, there are even reports that they dont know where the land tittle for State House is.

Have you,guys, ever stopped to wonder why majority of people don’t bother to vote anymore? Have you ever stopped to wonder why, which ever party is in power, since 1962,nothing ever gets any better? Have you ever stopped to wonder why all the four major political parties in the Uganda have broadly the same policies? The answer is simple–the people feel detached from the state. They feel they cant change a govt through elections.They basically feel nothing for Museveni right now, and just waiting for a miracle from God.

WHY PEOPLE SUPPORT AGE LIMIT REMOVAL OR RETENTION?


Friends,

Let me again add my thoughts to the issue of age limit.First, any discussion is,of course, very speculative,but I believe It probably is a personal matter how any Ugandan decides to support or not to support the removal of age limit from the constitution.

1.Any Ugandan in their 60s and above, and harbour presidential ambitions, are so upset with Museveni for hanging on to the presidency like forever.That age group whether they are in NRM or opposition, just hate the man to the bones, but they cannot dare show it to anybody close to the president.

2.A small group already in their 70s support the removal in the hope that God could decide to take Museveni after the age limits have been scrapped, and then they will have a shot at the presidency before they die.

3. Then there is a group, i suspect, that has decided to support age limit removal because they realise that its useless to fight the inevitable, and they can as well make money or a career out of it. This same group supports or work with Museveni, not necessarily because they adore him as a leader, but they’ve basically given up on their ambitions. I believe Ibrahim Abiriga, Beti Kamya,Hajji Abdul Nadduli, some youths like Duncan Abigaba, Andrew mwenda, e.t.c, are part of this group. Abiriga is a very ambitious man, and that is why he quit his job as RDC to join politics.

4. Finally, there are those in any age group,and there are the majority, that just want age limits retained for patriotic reasons(basing on Uganda’s history). This same group is advocating for presidential term limits.

Museveni is ready to be president until the impediment of death gets in the way.The presidency is everything in Uganda. Museveni can front all the reasons he wants but its all still about personal ambition for him. When you’re president, you can become rich overnight, you can own any piece of land you want, you can shag any Ugandan woman you want, you can use parliament in any way you want, you can techinically do anything you want. You’re like a superking, man. While these are only anecdotes, it does make you wonder whether staying active as a president helps one to ward off osteoarthritis, for example, which is almost universal to one degree or another in people over age 75.

Yes, age does affect the way we do things.Obviously at some age, a person starts to lose flexibility.The Museveni of 1986-2001 isn’t the Museveni of 2017 howevermuch his handlers try to project him as still physically and mentally fit. Pushing himself into the domain of 2021-2026 will be trying his luck but he isnt afraid because he has seen Mugabe and club doing it. Already there are questions about his actual date of birth, as some think that he is already knocked his 80s.

One good thing that comes with old age is that its very rare for a leader in his 70s or above, to see killing an opponent as a solution to the country’s problems. This is something you cannot usually say for a leader in their 30s,40s or 50s,as ambition tends to overide anything including human life.

THE IMPACT OF BOBI WINE MUSIC AND HIS POLITICS

Hon.Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine


Friends,

A politician, whatever his message, can have no impact unless there are people willing to listen, and follow. And once they’re there, the politician have some responsibility to teach good, and not have his followers do evil things. Bobi Wine’s tours and music ever since he was elected as MP, are highly influential, and are not seen as mad ravings by a goodly proportion of Ugandans. Bobi has also written a few articles, and, i guess, he doesn’t publish out of stupidity, but out of conviction and hatred for the dictatorship in Uganda. He has clearly decided to make his politics, his writings and his music his life’s work.They are inextricably intertwined; you will find it impossible to do in-depth study of one without the other.

Here’s what: his music, and his fame, have made his views respectable and influential, and his music has come to represent his ideas.Political and cultural party lines are drawn with Bobi; the writings and the music have become intertwined in the culture of Uganda.His music is part of an overall literary and artistic effort on a political and social front. There is another musician called Mathias Walukagga who is trying to do the same, though he hasn’t joined politics yet. For some reason, he isn’t as popular as Bebe Cool and Chameleon,and I think its do with his wardrobe and the way he presents himself to the youths, but he should be up there.

Despite the character flaws of Bobi Wine(and I think he has got many, like his teenagish walking and sitting styles), I think it would be very foolish to dismiss his work on the basis of his opposition to Museveni’s leadership style. Whether or not his music is so anti-government, it’s not an uncommon sentiment among majority of Ugandans, and should not be used in evaluation of the validity of his artwork.

German composer,Richard Wagner, too was into politics and he used his music that way, too.Wagner made politics part of his music, and made anti-semitism part of his promotion of his own music, and used his reputation as a musician to advance his politics. I have never heard Wagner’s position in the history of anti-Semitism evaluated so hyperbolically. Iam not glad Wagner promoted his idiotic ideas through his operas, but let me strongly suggest that there is more to his ideas than antisemitism, even some ideas worth taking seriously. Wagner was so well liked by the Germans during WWI that they used his music at the death camps. Wagner considered his music to be an expression of Germanness (You might start with Barry Millington’s excellent biography of Wagner;Vintage Books.)

It is entirely possible to like Bobi’s music even while being aware of, and even studying the impact of this music on the politics of Uganda. In case you hadn’t noticed,majority of musicians and Ugandans — or at least the Stella Nyanzi-going world — has, for the most part, given up anti-Museveni ideas as a basis for most social intercourse, politics, etc.; the consequences thereof have been seen in all their horror. There’s nothing as dangerous for a leader as stopping people from criticizing you openly because you will never know what they are up to.

Again: there is nothing wrong with listening to Bobi’s music even if you are a Museveni diehard. It will not rot your teeth or make you want to drop your support for the age-limit removal. His music isn’t the sort of thing that two people play in a living room. It’s done in big concert halls, in festive atmosphere and utmost solemnity.It’s generally accepted as “meaning” something. That’s why everyone wishes to invite him to their conferences, the latest being the planned London UK Convention(by my mate, Willy Nsubuga Mutenza), and the coming FDC leaders Conference in Leeds,UK, in October this year(details attached).

As a Muslim, I now wish he composes a song, ‘A Muslim Museveni’, because i wish to see him revert to Islam. It would definitely ease on so many problems the Muslim community are facing right now. For example, Muslim unity will be accelerated, and I suspect Sheikh Kamoga and other Muslims will also finally get their freedom. Museveni already doesn’t drink alcohol and pork,and I suspect he is already circumcised because he is a man who knows the benefits of personal hygiene to human health. All we need is to get a proper ‘Shahada’ from him which is more meaningful than the fake one of pre-guerrilla war of just changing names. At the moment, there is a distorted view of Islam and Muslims in Uganda, and it hurts so badly, especially when one of their leaders is imprisoned for life over terrorism. Museveni could help us change that by starting to read the quran word by word.

Sometimes the evil in a person pollutes his creations, sometimes it doesn’t. In this case, though I can detect a soft touch by Museveni on Bobi Wine, as he doesn’t see him as a threat as he sees his former comrades such as Kiiza Besigye, a reason I think his tours wont likely be interrupted by police. His music is only limited to influencing public view of the regime, which, if we are being honest, doesn’t worry much a lot of dictators.–

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

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

THE ‘BOTTLE’ POLITICS IN MUSEVENI’S UGANDA!

KIBIRIGE SEBUNYA(R.I.P)

According to the late Kalega Sam Njuba, ‘Museveni dislikes drinking but not drunkards’ as ministers. The reason being that when the drunkards are under the influence of alcohol, they open up to him and spill each other’s beans. With alcohol taking control, they don’t leave anything out. Apparently, this is the reason he liked Prof. Yoweri Kyesimira and Hon.Kibirige Sebunya so much. It makes one wonder how many people have been appointed as ministers or in sensitive positions because of their love for the bottle?

Uncovering some of the hormones between Otunnu and Museveni!

olara Otunnu


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!

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.

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