Monday, April 30, 2012


Civil Society Decries Continuous Land Evictions in the Uganda
Civil Society Decries Continuous Land Evictions in the Uganda Published: April 23, 2012 A coalition of civil society organization has decried the continuous land evictions across the country that has subsequently caused violation of fundamental rights. Under the Food Rights Alliance, activists today embarked on a campaign that intends to the indiscriminate land evictions by individuals, private and public entities that have left many Ugandans landless. The National coordinator Food Rights Alliance Agnes Kirabo says that despite the recent amendment of the Land Act, families have been evicted from land by relatives, Investors and government in the name of development which has subjected the vulnerable children and women to untold suffering. Kirabo reiterated that the campaign that is geared towards initiating public debate on land rights was prompted by the adverse consequences of evicting families without giving them alternative land since land is the source of livelihood for all. The Vice Chairperson of the Food Rights Alliance Bridget Mugambe suggests that land should not be considered as an incentive for investors saying this will put many Ugandans at risk of being evicted from land under guise of investment. The National Land campaign that will be engaging academia, policy makers, and religious organizations aims at the land tenure governance in Uganda supports food security, Poverty reduction and environmental protection.
It is the image of land which has been vacated by former occupants.
The photo above clearly shows graves where bodies have bee exhumed and re-located. These developments are common today as land use changes.
The Plant which is planted in some parts of Uganda to demarcate the boundaries of land.
You can imagine the rate at which developers put up houses in Uganda. Above are 5 houses which are all about to be completed in the same locality. By the time of elections, these houses were not yet in place, however, shortly after elections the construction took off and is still on going. This type of development in many instances leaves people worried, as poverty forces many to sell off land and eventually, they are thrown into real poverty. While land grabbing is real in Uganda today, there are instances where some people in Uganda take it as if their right to grab land and make developments there. This type of people when attempts are made to evict them, they are so big headed and more often than not want to resort to higher authorities, when Food Land Alliance comes up with a Register for all evicted from land, I think it does not give the right picture. William Kituuka Kiwanuka A LETTER TO MEMBERS OF UGANDANS AT HEART As you are aware there are four complicated forms of landownership in Uganda unlike in developed nations which reduced to only two, namely, freehold, leasehold. In Uganda we have the former plus two , that is, mailo and customary. Given the change of circumstances the latter, that is, mailo and customary are likely to be absorbed into the former, that is, freehold(mailo likely to take this form) and leashold. There are number of pieces of legislations regulating land ownership Uganda. However, the most essential pieces are (a) Land Act 1998 (Ch 227), (b) Land Acquistion Act 1965(Ch 226) and (c) Registration of Titles Act 1924(Ch 230). As regards the issue of recent so called ‘ Mengo evictions’, it first and foremost depends on how the deprived parties obtained that land; were they granted (a)leasehold? Or b) freehold(?). If any of those, did they bother to register their titles? Or Is it so that the land in question was obtained fraudulently? If you are granted either a freehold or leasehold, you can’t just be evicted abrutly without an advance notice. The notice can be served to you provided you breach the covenant(e.g failure to pay rent) between you and your landlord (previous land lord if bought freehold). However though served a notice to vacate, the landlord must seek a court order to lawfully evict you. Most land disputes are handled by land tibunals, but if unsuccessful at the tribual level,then the high court, a court which also deals with emergency situations which may require the deprived party to seek an injunction. So I don’t know well whether the Mengo victims were lawfull freeholders or leaseholders and what exactly transpired. Did they, for instance, acquire the land fraudulently or just breached the covenant with their landlord(the Kabaka)? The following section is a good authority on eviction of tenants: PART XII—ACTIONS AND OTHER REMEDIES S.176 Registration of Titles Act 1924(Ch 230) 176. Registered proprietor protected against ejectment except in certain cases. No action of ejectment or other action for the recovery of any land shall lie or be sustained against the person registered as proprietor under this Act, except in any of the following cases— the case of a mortgagee as against a mortgagor in default; the case of a lessor as against a lessee in default; the case of a person deprived of any land by fraud as against the person registered as proprietor of that land through fraud or as vb against a person deriving otherwise than as a transferee bona fide for value from or through a person so registered through fraud; the case of a person deprived of or claiming any land included in any certificate of title of other land by misdescription of the other land or of its boundaries as against the registered proprietor of that other land not being a transferee of the land bona fide for value; the case of a registered proprietor claiming under a certificate of title prior in date of registration under this Act in any case in which two or more certificates of title may be registered under this Act in respect of the same land, and in any case other than as aforesaid the production of the registered certificate of title or lease shall be held in every court to be an absolute bar and estoppel to any such action against the person named in that document as the grantee, owner, proprietor or lessee of the land described in it, any rule of law or equity to the contrary notwithstanding The best thing to do at the moment is perhaps to enact a new piece of legislation which require compulsory registration of titles(perhaps computerized?), just to curb the increase of fraud involved in acquiring land titles in Uganda and regulation of relationships) between the landlord(s) and tenant(s). England and Wales have very formidable pieces of legislation, that is, Land Registration Act 2002 and Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, which address those problems decently. OPEN LETTER ON THE LAN (AMENDMENT)BILL 2007 Posted on 27 November 2009 Dear Honourable Members, I write further to Owek. Katikkiro’s letter to you on the Land (Amendment) Bill 2007 that is presently on the floor of Parliament. The kingdom recognises the fact that there are many people suffering violent evictions from their homes and that ancestral grounds are being desecrated in gross violation of our cultural norms. However, we do not consider that the Bill addresses the twin evils of corruption and impunity, which are the root cause of the rampant evictions across the country. Rather than solving the problem, this Bill sows the seeds of many more problems in the future. It is bound to set communities against each other and further divide our people along social and economic lines. Instead of helping people to live together in harmony, the Bill will exaggerate latent fault lines in our society and foster hatred and violence that may take generations to resolve. You must be aware already of the unfortunate cases where some occupants have killed innocent landlords to protect their interests. In our view, the solution to illegal evictions lies in the enforcement of the current laws and not in passing of new ones. There is nothing today that stops the Police or other security organ from arresting, detaining and prosecuting individuals that illegally evict occupants of land. The Constitution of Uganda Art. 237 (8) and the 1998 Land Act guarantee security of tenure of lawful and bona fide occupants. This position has been reconfirmed by the Supreme Court of Uganda in the cases of Kampala District Land Board vs National Housing and Construction Corporation CA no. 2 of 2004 and Kampala District Land Board vs Babweyaka and 3 others CA No. 2 2007. In view of this, it is clear that the Bill is superfluous. The Bill compounds the problem of Buganda’s expropriated land including the 9,000Sq miles that remain in the hands of the state. By entrenching the rights of all sorts of occupants of that land and making it impossible to remove them, except for non payment of ground rent, the Bill in effect completely alienates the said land and renders any “negotiations” for its eventual return futile. This, plus the fact that bibanja holdings are found mainly in Buganda makes the Bill particularly problematic for Buganda. Yet there are no limits on the size of bibanja. We also consider that the failure to fully operationalise the 1998 Land Act must be addressed. The Bill will not have any real effect if the Land Act itself is largely dysfunctional. Substituting the role of the district land boards for example, with the minister in charge of lands can not be a solution to the problem. Thus, like many other groups and individuals in the country, the Kingdom of Buganda opposes the Bill and presented its views to the Physical Infrastructure and the Legal Committees on April 10, 2009. We highlighted the dangers that lurk within the Bill and proposed an ideal, “win-win”, solution to the problem of violent evictions founded on the uniform and strict enforcement of existing laws. Sadly, it would appear that the Committee did not give adequate consideration to this presentation. Land affects all of us. We relate to it culturally, socially and economically. Land nurtures us, sustains us and ultimately entombs us when we pass on. This makes land rights a very sensitive issue that should not be unnecessarily politicised or decided upon in haste. I urge you to consult widely with your constituents and to search your conscience before making a decision. Please take note that your decision shall affect the cultural, social and economic wellbeing of millions of people in this generation and in generations to come. I trust that you understand the value and wisdom of broad consensus in matters such as this one – for it is consensus that bestows any law with legitimacy. This is truly a matter which calls for patriotism over partisanship or politics. Above all, take note that in casting your parliamentary vote, you stand before the Court of Posterity. Honourable Member, the people of Buganda and Uganda count on your wisdom and integrity and trust that, together with your Honourable colleagues, you will handle this Bill objectively in order to engender peace, order, development and good governance in Uganda as prescribed by Article 79(1) of the Constitution. I thank you for your kind attention. Mr Makubuya is the Attorney General of Buganda Kingdom


St. Joseph Catholic Parish Church - Lweza
His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala (in the centre) will be the Main Celebrant. Sunday, 6th May 2012 will see all the Sub - Parishes under Lweza Catholic Church come together for the day's Mass. It is the Parish Day and the Main Celebrant will be His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala. There will be no mass in all the Sub - Parishes. The day is observed every year to brig together all the Sub - Parishes once a year in worship. Mass will start at 10.00am.
Reverend Father John Mary Vianney Mugabo - the Parish Priest of Lweza Parish Church.
The look of the office block which was recently completed and in use now.
The building above is to have a Canteen - it was put up by Lweza Sub - Parish as an income generating project.
The Bakery at Lweza Parish Church is an enterprise by the Church Youth, and it is actually expanding
Kiwamirembe Shrine is under Lweza Parish. The place is growing more popular ad it is visited by many for worship. Above is a sign post along the road to Kajjansi Fisheries which some take to avoid traffic jam.


St. Joseph Catholic Parish Church - Lweza
His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala (in the centre) will be the Main Celebrant. Sunday, 6th May 2012 will see all the Sub - Parishes under Lweza Catholic Church come together for the day's Mass. It is the Parish Day and the Main Celebrant will be His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala. There will be no mass in all the Sub - Parishes. The day is observed every year to brig together all the Sub - Parishes once a year in worship. Mass will start at 10.00am.
Reverend Father John Mary Vianney Mugabo - the Parish Priest of Lweza Parish Church.
The look of the office block which was recently completed and in use now.
The building above is to have a Canteen - it was put up by Lweza Sub - Parish as an income generating project.
The Bakery at Lweza Parish Church is an enterprise by the Church Youth, and it is actually expanding
Kiwamirembe Shrine is under Lweza Parish. The place is growing more popular ad it is visited by many for worship. Above is a sign post along the road to Kajjansi Fisheries which some take to avoid traffic jam.

Sunday, April 29, 2012


The junction above is deadly given the increasing volume of traffic to Kajjansi Airstrip. By copy of this, I wish to appeal to the concerned authorities in the Ministry of Works to kindly plant a STOP sign post so that those from the Airstrip observe the right of way of the other road users on the main. Thank you. William Kituuka Kiwanuka

Saturday, April 28, 2012


The proposed Kampala – Entebbe Expressway project is a 4 – lane road of 51.4 kilometres comprising (i) an Expressway between Kampala and Entebbe International Airport; and (ii) a spur to the Munyonyo Resort. Physical works on the project are expected to start in 2012. This project will provide an efficient mass transit route between the two most important cities in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA) region (i.e. The Capital, Kampala and Entebbe International Airport) and will therefore form a crucial part of Government’s overall strategy for decongesting Kampala through construction of an inner beltway comprising the Kampala Northern and Southern Bypasses as well as an outer beltway along the edges of the GKMA. This project is therefore consistent with objectives of the Master Plan for the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA) prepared in 2004.
Mr. Peter Ssebanakitta Sir, the people to be affected by the road will be grateful if the Government pays them before they are told to relocate or before they give up part of their land. Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has advertised dates on which the public to be affected by the Southern bypass or new Entebbe Highway are to be briefed and will have their questions answered. The 37 Km long Highway will have two lanes either side and construction is scheduled to start in July 2012, and shall take 4 years. The Government of Uganda borrowed funds for the project from the Government of China. The Highway shall start from Busega, where it will connect to the Northern bypass. The Highway will cross Masaka road at Kabojja, then to Kasanje, Kinaawa and Kazinga. It will continue to Nkungulutale, Ssisa then through the wetland of Nabingirwa before joining the existing Entebbe Highway at Mpala, and shall connect to Entebbe Airport using the existing route. The project has another road component of 13km from Kajjansi to Munyonyo passing via Lweza, Kitiko – Birongo, Mutungo Central, Kigo – Lunya, Ziranumbu, through the wetland of Kawagga then to Munyonyo. M/S Mott Macdonald Uganda Limited and Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) are jointly involved in the project. More information on the project can be got using the following telephone numbers: +256 776 564564, + 256 772 517492, +256 782 703382 TIMETABLE FOR THE CONSULTATIONS NSANGI SUB-COUNTY 1. On April 17, 2012 consultations were scheduled at Kabojja ‘B’ and Nkokonjeru ‘A’ villages, in Nsangi parish, the meeting took place at Kabojja ‘B’ Chairman’s residence, starting at 3pm. The contact person is Mr. Masagazi Luyima Tel. 0772 442226 2. On April 18, 2012 consultations were scheduled at Kabojja ‘A’ village, Nsangi parish, the meeting took place at kabojja Coffee Factory starting at 3pm. The contact person is Mr. Magara Frank 0712 726600 3. On April 18, 2012 consultations were scheduled at Kinaawa village, in Kasenge parish, the meeting took place at Good Hope Primary School starting at 9.00am. The contact person is Mr. F K Susa Ssalongo Tel. 0772 410370. 4. On April 20, 2012 consultations were scheduled at Bandwe and Nalumunye, Kasenge parish, the meeting took place at Bandwe Primary School starting at 3pm. The contact person is Mr. Katabalwa John Tel.0774 050513 5. On April 23, 2012 consultations were scheduled at Katale Bukwenda, Kasenge parish, the meeting took place at Mr. Senfuma’s hall starting at 3pm. The contact person is Mr. Kakonge Charles Tel. 0782 932969 6. On April 24, 2012 consultations were scheduled at Katale Busawula, Kasenge parish, the meeting took place at Kitawuluzi starting at 3pm. The contact person is Mr. Kaluma Christopher Tel. 0782 386092 SSISA SUB-COUNTY 1. On April 26, 2012 consultations were scheduled at Nakigalala ‘Kifene’ (Jack Fruit Tree) village, Kitende parish, the meeting took place at the Jack Fruit Tree starting at 3pm. The contact person is Nabukenya Dorothy Tel. 0772 430614 2. On April 27, 2012 consultations were scheduled at Makandwa village, Kitende parish, the meeting took place at the House of the LC1 Chairman starting at 3pm. The contact person is Nabukenya Dorothy. 3. On April 30, 2012 consultations are scheduled at Lumuli village, Kitende parish, the meeting will take place starting at 3pm. Contact person is Nabukenya Dorothy 4. On May 1, 2012 consultations are scheduled to take place at Kirumba/Kiryamuli villages, Namulanda parish, the meeting will take place at Sekiwunga Church starting at 3 – 5pm. The contact person is Ssesanga Tel.0775 184392 5. On May 2, 2012 consultations are scheduled to take place at Wamala village, Wamala parish, the meeting will take place at Wamala trading centre starting at 10 – 11am. The contact person is Namand Tereza Kizito Tel. contact 0772 071278 and 0712 955354. 6. On May 2, 2012 consultations are scheduled to take place at Lutaba Village, Wamala Parish, the meeting will take place at Wamala trading centre starting at 10 – 11am. The contact persons are Namande Tereza and Kizito. 7. On May 2, 2012 consultations are scheduled to take place at Bukesa village, Wamala Parish, the meeting will tke place at Ziru Primary School starting at 3 – 5pm. Contact persons are Namande Tereza and Kizito. PARLIAMENT CLEARS NEW ENTEBBE ROAD HIGHWAY FINANCING Posted May 3, 2011 OUTGOING PARLIAMENT APPROVES FUNDING FOR NEW ENTEBBE HIGHWAY The parliamentary session in Kampala (of the soon to be retired outgoing house – when it makes way for the newly elected members) – made a landmark decision to approve the proposed funding for the Entebbe highway. Government is now able to conclude a loan agreement with China over 350 million US Dollars, which will help to design the new highway, acquire land where necessary and then build it, connecting the ‘Northern Bypass’ to a new routing around the present major emerging population centres at the ‘old route’. The two highways will join just outside the municipality but will have several access points, notably near Lweza / Kajjansi from where a lakeside road will then lead to the Munyonyo side of the city, and from near Abaita Ababire, home of Nkumba University and the last centre outside Entebbe itself. From where the ‘two’, the old and new highway meet, a dual carriage section will be added to allow swifter traffic to the international airport, but widening that section will require some major land and building acquisitions which are thought to be a challenge, in terms of both cost and the speed required to complete the project within the planned time frame. There was expressed unease though by several parliamentarians over certain terms of the loan agreement, which also included the use of a Chinese consulting firm and a Chinese construction company, preventing any competitive bidding for the project and thereby setting aside the Ugandan procurement laws altogether. The loan, with a grace period of five years, is repayable over a twenty year period and the income from the toll road will be used towards repayment and maintenance. Subject to land acquisition construction is set to start in 2012 and could be completed by 2015, staying with the grace period during which no payments to the Chinese state bank are due. SHS 800BN FOR NEW KAMPALA - ENTEBBE ROAD By JOYCE NAMUTEBI and CYPRIAN MUSOKE THE Government wants to borrow US$350m (over sh800b) from the Export-Import Bank of China to fund the proposed Kampala-Entebbe Expressway in a bid to decongest Kampala city. The request was tabled in Parliament earlier this week by state minister for investment, Aston Kajara, and will be scrutinised by the relevant committee, which will make a report to the House. The Kampala-Entebbe Expressway is part of the measures to decongest the Central Business District and enhance trade movement through, within and out of the greater Kampala Metropolitan Area, a brief in Parliament stated. The statement noted that urban congestion is increasing in Kampala at an estimated rate of 4.5% annually with increased motorisation, Kampala is facing heavy traffic jams, especially during the peak hours. The project involves construction of a new highway starting from Busega-Mityana junction and would end at Entebbe airport. The expressway will join the existing Kampala-Entebbe Road at Abayita Ababiri and will also include a 14.1km spur to Munyonyo. Responding to concerns of members, Works and transport minister, John Nasasira explained that the Kampala-Entebbe Road can no longer accommodate current traffic. He added that both the old and new roads would be used concurrently. He added there would be a toll for the new road.


Dr. Mohan Keshavamurthy
MS (General Surgery), M Ch (Urology), FRCS(C), FASTS Consultant Urologist and Transplant Surgeon Dr. Mohan Keshavamurthy is an eminent urologist and transplant surgeon with over 16 years of extensive surgical experience. He is a pioneer in laser Urology as well as an expert in complex reconstruction of the urinary tract and major uro-oncological procedures in both adult and paediatric age groups. He has performed over 250 Laser enabled Transurethral prostate Vaporization procedures (LASER TURP), 1500 laser fragmentation of kidney(RIRS) and ureteric stones(URS), 1600 kidney transplants, and 75 pancreas transplant. He is an acknowledged expert in implantation of flexible and inflatable penile prosthesis & penile lengthening procedures. Professional qualification A meritorious and award-winning student, Dr. Mohan, after completing his MS in general surgery finished his M Ch urology from the prestigious KEM Hospital, Mumbai. He then completed his fellowship in urogynaec-oncology from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. Besides these, he has done advanced training leading to a Fellowship in solid organ transplantation from QE II HSC, Halifax, Canada and Fellowship of American Society of Transplantation thereafter. Dr. Mohan has contributed more than 100 articles in various peer reviewed journals like Transplantation Proceedings, The Canadian Journal of Urology, British Journal of Urology International to name a few. Apart from being the Chief Investigator-Middle East for Neoral MOST study, he contributed significantly to the medical fraternity by presenting on various topics at different international conferences like Congress of the International Pediatric Transplant Association, American Transplant Congress, Transplant Odyssey, etc. Tags: Dr Mohna Keshavmurthy, laser TURP, nephrology, prostate enlargment, Urologist HEALTHCARE A MAJOR CHALLENGE FOR UGANDA Uganda has one of the worst healthcare records in the world, but the development of local facilities and training of volunteers will bring life-saving services to thousands of people in Katine Annie Kelly, Wednesday 1 April 2009 00.01 BST Article history Elias Oluja, lab technician from Tiriri health centre tests patients for HIV during his weekly visit to the lab at the Ojom health centre, Katine Elias Oluja, lab technician from Tiriri health centre during his weekly visit to Ojom lab in Katine. Photograph: Dan Chung Talk to locals in Katine, north-east Uganda, about what worries them most in life and the answer will probably be their health and the health of their family. Look at the statistics and it's easy to see why. Despite record investment over the past five years, Uganda's healthcare performance is still ranked as one of the worst in the world by the World Health Organisation. The country is ranked 186th out of 191 nations. A Ugandan's health and life expectancy is among the lowest across the globe. In Uganda, one in every 200 births ends the mother's life, around 1 million people are living with HIV and although malaria accounts for 14% of all deaths, less than 10% of children under five are sleeping under insecticide-treated nets. The African Medical and Research Foundation (Amref), which with Farm-Africa is working to improve lives of Katine villagers, funded by donations from Guardian readers and Barclays, says health has proved one of the most complex and challenging components of its work in the sub-county so far. During the 18 months since the Katine Community Partnership Project began, serious external challenges have emerged with increasingly poor and erratic drug distribution, lack of trained medical staff and equipment and the looming threat of a global recession disrupting progress. Now, at the halfway point of our three-year project, it is clear that hitting the ambitious health targets set in 2007 will not be easy. However, there have been some notable achievements. The new laboratory at the Ojom health centre was joyfully welcomed by the local community and now means that more than 15,000 people can easily access simple but potentially life-saving diagnostic tests for HIV, malaria and tuberculosis. In a country where 51% of people don't have any contact with public healthcare facilities, nursing staff at Ojom report that the lab has also increased the number of people accessing healthcare services at the clinic. "They come for a blood test and then they come and see us, whereas before they wouldn't have made the trip," says Richard Okello, a nurse working at Ojom. According to Amref, one of the biggest discoveries of the project so far is that helping to build functioning community structures can lead to a tangible improvement in healthcare and access to health services at a local level. So far more than 300 local people have been trained as volunteer community healthcare workers since the project began. There is now a network of village health teams (VHTs), traditional birth attendants (TBAs) and community vaccinators supporting healthcare programmes in Katine and acting as bridges between local communities and frontline health services. Across Katine, VHT members are going out to remote households and making referrals to public health facilities, and have distributed thousands of treated nets to mothers and children under five. TBAs trained by Amref to recognise danger signs in birth are now referring more mothers to clinics than ever before. Before the project began, overworked healthcare staff were unable to run outreach immunisation programmes. Now, thanks to the work of community vaccinators, 90% of children in Katine are immunised against killer diseases such as measles and polio. Local people are now starting to demand the right to decent health services. Negotiations over the building of a new clinic at Merok are underway with the district government after community leaders called for better access to healthcare services for thousands of people living in this remote part of the sub-county. At the same time the fragility and gaps in existing healthcare provision in the sub-county have been starkly exposed. One Amref staff member in Katine described trying to tackle poor healthcare services as "trying to put out a bushfire". As soon as you've put out one blaze, another one has started behind your back. A well-documented problem has been the chronic shortage of trained professional staff in Katine's healthcare facilities. This is a story played out across the country. Only 38% of healthcare posts are filled in Uganda. Those healthcare staff who are working, have little incentive to work in poor rural areas like Katine. Some 70% of Ugandan doctors and 40% of nurses and midwives are based in urban areas, serving only 12% of the Ugandan population. In Katine, the fact that there is still no doctor at Tiriri, the sub-country's largest healthcare facility, has been a serious blow to the central goal of improving healthcare services to those most in need. Amref says it has been lobbying the district government to get this post filled, but with no luck. The lack of drugs at Tiriri and Ojom is a glaring testament to the failure of the national drug distribution programme, something not factored in to health goals at the beginning of the project. Again, Amref says it is lobbying for this to be improved, but has no mandate to distribute drugs itself. One major concern is the effect this is having on the morale of the community healthcare workers so integral to Amref's health strategy for the project. Susan Wandera, Amref's deputy director in Uganda, says the lack of vaccines and empty drug stock rooms that greet locals who have been encouraged by VHTs to walk hours to a clinic, could haemorrhage support and undo many of the relationships nurtured throughout the first phase of the project. "External challenges, like lack of drugs and lack of healthcare staff, mean we are putting demands on our VHTs and community vaccinators, who are already doing a very difficult and demanding job on a voluntary basis," she says. "We cannot risk losing their support as they are absolutely essential to our work in Katine." Hovering above all this is the increasingly ferocious global financial meltdown, which could threaten to derail Uganda's national health budgets – half of which are now funded by the international community – and undermine all progress made in healthcare provision over the past decade. There is no doubt that the ripple effects of any cuts in development or aid budgets to Uganda's healthcare system will be felt in Katine. In the 18 months left to run on the Katine project, Amref says it is going to build on the work it has already started. Refresher training courses will be provided to VHT members, community vaccinators and TBAs, as well as professional healthcare staff. An additional 30,000 anti-malaria bed nets will be distributed across the sub-county. The next year and a half will also see an increased focus on family planning, with VHT members distributing contraceptive pills and running outreach education and awareness programmes around sexual health and family planning. On top of this the clinic at Tiriri will undergo renovations and be upgraded so operations will be able to be performed on-site, rather than patients being transferred to Soroti district hospital, if it can find the staff to carry them out. The immunisation programme will remain a particular focus for Amref as the project draws to a close. New refrigerators and chill-boxes are being supplied to Ojom clinic to help community immunisation workers extend their reach into some of Katine's most remote and vulnerable communities. It hopes to be able to transfer a fully functioning community immunisation framework over to the district government, and is aiming for 90% of children under five to be immunised against eight killer diseases by the time the project finishes its three-year cycle.


UGANDA NEEDS A JENNIFER MUSISI CALIBRE OF WOMAN FOR PRESIDENT Ugandans who are patriotic and believe in democracy agree that Museveni must retire by 2016 latest. If that is so, the country has the challenge in who can be supported for the highest office in the land. I love Uganda for among other things being a leader in many strategies a part from the Presidency where we have proven a bad example.
Men have messed up the country for 46 years; since 1966. Time is ripe to flood a woman with votes, a woman who can turn around things, a woman who will not give patronage of the Museveni type chance, so that the few exploit the resources of the country. A woman who will not give chance the corrupt to go away with the loot, the so – called “Bagagga bato” (young millionaires) who are conduit of the looted national resources. Such a one with the abilities and braveness of Jennifer Musisi can see Uganda out of the mess.
Time is now to look for that saviour woman. Meanwhile, President Museveni can start farewell parties throughout the country. We surely believe that he sees the signs showing RED for him come 2016.
Farewell Mr. Museveni. Wish you a fruitful retirement come 2016. William Kituuka Kiwanuka

Friday, April 27, 2012



It has been reported in Uganda Press that the Police needs a whole shs600bn the coming financial year. This money is needed because Uganda has turned to a Police State. A lot of Tear gas is needed actually on daily basis as people are dis contented and the frustration calls for the riots. The case of the Muslim community who were moving from Kibuli is also one where the President has shown interest in a faction which faction has dined at State House more than once. The top leadership in Uganda ought to know that a Police state does not help. William Kituuka Kiwanuka IS UGANDA ON A STEADY ROAD TO A POLICE STATE? Posted by Crispy Kaheru on Wednesday, April 13 2011 at 00:00 There’s been a lot of talk on the key laws that Parliament passed or considered to pass prior to the 2011 general elections. Taking stock of the laws passed or brought before Parliament during the aforesaid period, you will discover that most of them reflect a deep distrust in the inherent fundamental freedoms and liberties of the people. Laws including: The NGO Registration (Amendment) Act 2006; The Access to Information Regulations 2007; The Proposed Public Order Management Bill 2009; The Press and Journalist Amendment Bill 2010; Regulation of Interception of Communications Act 2010; and The Institution of the Traditional and Cultural Leaders’ Bill 2010, are seemingly an attempt to purge critical voices. Not all the new laws are bad but their lack of efficacy seems to be very apparent. Demonstrated by the clamp-down on Ugandans who were walking to their places of work in Kampala, one would be right to conclude that those with dissenting views or those who lie on the opposing side of the political divide are subject to extraordinarily high rates of surveillance and arrests than never before. This means our country is living under a level of surveillance that can only be characterised as a police state. Unfortunately, in this burgeoning police state, who does and doesn’t receive justice, is determined by the ‘big man’ and his underlings. Whereas what is happening is a good learning experience to inform how we gradually define our democracy, the government ought to steer clear of elements of actions or inactions that prepone extreme domestic surveillance of its own citizens. We don’t want to be trapped in a situation similar to that of the Nazi Germany or worse still, regress to the subjugation that came along with some of the post-independence regimes in Uganda. In Nazi Germany, the police were allowed to arrest people on suspicion that they were about to do wrong. All local police units had to draw up a list of people in their locality who might be suspected of being “Enemies of the State”. This Police had the power to do as it liked. Clearly put, anybody who was deemed to be a political threat was a candidate for the list of those to be arrested. There are specks of evidence to conclude that Uganda seems to be treading on the path where the police is the master card to subdue any sort of citizen discontent. Citizens’ common sense has been stolen. In its place there are the new laws that have overthrown the long tradition of pragmatism and replaced it with a “legalistic” approach to everything. The citizens detest a situation where cruelty substitutes for justice. Recent and ongoing rhetoric of indifference advanced by some government officials on the current unpleasant cost of living situation and the retching of the citizens’ debate on the same simply demonstrates that government doesn’t want to help its people but rather suppress them against speaking out. Time immemorial through now, young people are generally taught a celebratory history of the civil rights movement and the politics of nonviolent resistance centred on the icons of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. This is a call to government: When the good citizens start to practice the good things they have been taught by their good teachers in the good schools, they should not be ruthlessly gagged but rather listened to.
Police employ teargas to stop marching Muslims Police arrest some of the youth who were participating in the march on Namirembe Road in Kampala yesterday. Photo by Faiswal Kasirye By Abdu Kiyaga & Al-Mahdi Ssenkabirwa (email the author) Posted Friday, April 27 2012 at 00:00 Parts of Kampala were yesterday turned into battle fields as police confronted hundreds of Muslims marching to occupy Old Kampala Mosque, the seat of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council. The Muslims, loyal to the Kibuli-based faction led by Sheikh Zubair Kayongo, were protesting elections to the supreme council slated for today. The over 1,000 Muslims, led by the head of Imams, Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata, said they wanted to dislodge Mufti Shaban Mubajje, whose leadership they have opposed since court faulted him over the sale of Muslim Muslim property in 2009. The protestors, who first gathered at Kibuli Mosque, were addressed by Sheikh Muzaata before they resolved to descend on UMSC headquarters. In his address, Sheikh Muzaata asked the faithful to boycott government programmes, accusing it of being responsible for the problems the Muslim community is facing. “Stop engaging in all government activities because it is intended to rob you of all the remaining household materials,” Sheikh Muzaata said, without elaborating. When the floor was handed to the spokesperson of the Kibuli faction, Sheikh Hassan Kirya, he asked the congregation if they were not tired of the developments, in which he received a resounding “Yes!” response. His proposal that the assembly sets a date to express their anger fell on deaf ears as the group insisted that they march to the UMSC headquarters immediately. The crowd then embarked on the four-kilometre journey to Old Kampala, waving flags and shouting Allah Akbar (God is great). The number kept swelling as the procession progressed. In down town Kampala, some wary traders rushed to close their shops as they anticipated chaos. And it did not take long because as the group approached former Pride Theatre on Namirembe Road, they were confronted by police, commanded by the Old Kampala Police Station boss Kituuma Rusoke, who asked them to halt their march. The group, which was 200 metres away from their destination (UMSC offices), however, ignored the directive, prompting the DPC to order his men to disperse them. It was at this point that hell broke loose as police lobbed tear gas canisters into the crowd and fired bullets in the air. Sheikh Muzaata was seen jumping off a boda boda as he scampered towards Kisenyi, a city suburb. As the marchers turned athletic, the police gave chase, arresting about 36, who by last night were still detained at the Old Kampala Police Station. Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Andrew Kaweesi said those arrested will be charged with holding unlawful procession. “This has showed that the leaders who are behind this do not like peaceful means of resolving misunderstandings and we will use all legal means to end this. And all those that are behind the violence will be charged,” Mr Kaweesi said. The protests come a day before the grassroots elections of UMSC, which the Kibuli based faction has vowed not to participate in unless the UMSC constitution is amended. “We think that this constitution has to be reviewed if we are to move forward as a community. It has ambiguous clauses and it doesn’t separate roles of officials. Holding elections now will keep us in that vicious circle of wrangles,” said Sheikh Kirya. This is the second time Muslims are storming UMSC offices over leadership wrangles. In 1991, they stormed UMSC to dislodge the then chief Khadi (Mufti) Hussein Rajab Kakooza, an attempt that left nine police officers and two canine dogs dead. Why the fight? Mubajje woes. A section of Muslims has since 2006 been pushing for Mubajje’s exit, accusing him of illegally disposing of community property but his strong ties with big shots in government has kept him at the helm to date. The conflict ended up in court, with Mubajje, Hassan Basajjabalaba and Dr Edrisa Kasenene facing criminal charges. PRESIDENT MUSEVENI TO UNITE MUSLIMS By Milton Olupot PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni is to mediate between the Muslim factions headed by Mufti Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje and Sheikh Zubair Kayongo. Speaking at futur (breaking of the fast) he hosted for Muslims at State House Entebbe on Wednesday to mark the end of Ramadhan, Museveni called for unity among the Muslim community. “There has been in-fighting among Muslims. I would like you to sit down and sort out this problem amicably,” he said. About 300 guests across the country attended the function that started about 7:00pm and went on past 10:00pm. Sources said most notable figures who attended the function were loyal to Mubajje except a few who support Kayongo. National Resistance Movement (NRM) vice-chairman Hajji Moses Kigongo, Libyan ambassador Abdallah Bujeldain and Dr. Ahmed Kisuule, Uganda’s ambassador to Iran, were present. In his address, Museveni also said he would call the unity meeting because “in-fighting is not good. Those differences must be settled”. Mubajje heads the Old Kampala faction while the Kibuli faction is headed by Kayongo. Muslims opposed to Mubajje in January 2009 named Kayongo as mufti following a disagreement with Mubajje over the sale of Muslim property in Kampala. The conflict ended up in the court, with Mubajje, city businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba and former secretary general Edris Kasenene facing criminal charges. The trio was acquitted by court. But the anti-Mubajje faction rejected the court verdict and named their own mufti. Mid this year, the Old Kampala faction split with Mubajje and the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council chairman, Hassan Basajjabalaba, with each of them purporting to sack the other. Their differences have not been resolved. The President assured his guests that the Government had brought peace which people should take advantage of to wipe out poverty. “The Government is doing its part by providing electricity power and roads but it will not come to your house and remove poverty. That is your responsibility as an individual,” he said. Museveni advised the school-going children to target science courses that, he said, have a ready job market. He said the Government had finalised the plan for a loan scheme for university graduates who fail to find employment. Museveni urged Ugandans to start commercial farming so that they can have products to sell as well as maintain food security. Earlier, Mubajje had said the Muslim top organ would organise elections for leaders before December this year. “Whoever is interested in leadership should go down and get the mandate of the people,” he said. Mubajje cautioned Muslims against engaging in terrorism, referring to the July 11 incident in which 79 people were killed in bomb attacks in Kampala. “You have been humble and law abiding during Ramadhan, I appeal to you to continue the same way even after fasting. The end of fasting does not mean the end of good behavior,” he advised. The sumptuous dinner was punctuated by recitations from Sheik Umar Ddumba and performances from Matali entertainment group, which sang praises for Museveni and called for his re-election. Published on: Thursday, 9th September, 2010 MUSLIMS DINE AT STATE HOUSE Publish Date: Sep 19, 2009 By Cyprian Musoke PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has told Muslims in the country to get back to work, so as to utilise the peace that has been restored for individual prosperity. Referring to the recent riots that rocked Kampala last week, Museveni said that those who brought chaos have been sorted out. What is important to all Ugandans is that there is peace, leave alone those who have been bringing chaos. They are not difficult to sort out, he said. Speaking at a sumptuous future (breaking of the fast) he hosted for Muslims at State House Entebbe on Thursday to mark the end of Ramathan, Museveni said the LRA rebels and armed cattle rustlers in Northern Uganda were also overpowered by the UPDF and the north was now peaceful. In over 40 years, Karamoja has just had its peace restored. Now is the time for Uganda to develop, even you individually should use this peace to develop, he said. He added that one of the major bottlenecks to Uganda's development had been over-dependence on donor aid, which had problems of delayed or non-fulfilment of the promised aid. This always disorganised our plans with the wananchi blaming us for the stagnation. Roads had stagnated because we were shopping around for external funding. Now our purse has got better. We don't have to depend on them anymore, he said. Energy deficiency, he added, is going to become a thing of the past and power tariffs will go down when the Government uses its own money to build dams. Tariffs rose because MPs delayed Bujagali so we resorted to expensive diesel, which costs US$23 per unit, while Hydro power costs US$5 or 6 per unit, he said. The President castigated radio stations for not relaying this information and instead engaging in abusingâ. He said the Government took over Nyagak hydro-power project from Agha Khan who had failed to construct it. "Roads that had been delayed by failure of donors are going to be completed with domestic savings. He congratulated muslims on the successful completion of the Holy month of Ramadhan. RIOTS IN UGANDA AFTER OPPOSITION LEADERS ARRESTED
MAO RELEASED April 14, 2011 by Paul Categories - News & Analysis The New York Times, the Ugandan press and our friends in Uganda are reporting that riots erupted today in Gulu, the largest city in northern Uganda, after opposition leader and former Gulu mayor noneNorbert Mao was arrested. Mao was arrested for participating in a Gulu “walk-to-work” demonstration to protest rising fuel and food costs in Uganda. Residents in Gulu report that Ugandan military forces are firing live ammunition in the town, and that some people are setting up barricades to block the movement of military forces. Kampala, Uganda’s capital, also erupted in riots today following police efforts to break up similar demonstrations and arrest another opposition candidate, Kizza Besigye. Mao and Besigye were also arrested on Monday during earlier “walk-to-work” demonstrations, which sparked a US State Department response expressing “concern” about the arrests and calling on the Ugandan government “to respect the opposition’s right to express its viewpoints and citizens’ rights to demonstrate peacefully and without fear of intimidation.” Both Mao and Besigye ran against incumbent Yoweri Museveni in presidential polls in February and denounced the validity of the elections that awarded President Museveni five more years for a job he has held since 1986. Both candidates called for peaceful demonstrations to protest the results immediately following the elections. Those calls for protest prompted the Ugandan government to outlaw protesting. This week’s protests are the biggest protests against the government so far this year. We’re watching the news from Uganda closely, and hoping that our many friends there remain safe and that the situation calms. But until President Museveni and his ruling party get serious about fostering democractic governance and freedom of expression, Uganda’s stability and the fundamental political rights of her citizens will remain in jeopardy. To close, the words of Rt. Rev. Bishop Ochola, one of Resolve’s first mentors on Uganda’s history and politics, are appropriate. The following passage is taken from a speech about February’s elections Bishop Ochola gave this week at a conference hosted by the United Religions Initiative, Great Lakes Region. “It is this oneness of Uganda, as one people and one nation that calls for mutual respect for every human person from every corner of Uganda. This mutual respect for human life, human dignity and human rights of every human person in Uganda calls for free, fair, just, and transparent electoral processes throughout Uganda. Uganda, as our mother country, belongs to all Ugandans regardless of our political, ethnic and religious differences. Thus, every son and daughter of Uganda with all the necessary qualities and values of life has the fundamental legitimacy to actively participate in voting exercise, as an electorate. He or she also has every right to participate in a healthy competition for either presidency of Uganda or for parliamentary elections, in order to become a President or Member of Parliament of Uganda. All these electoral processes must be free, fair, just, and transparent in every respect.” – Paul


The way forward with Museveni may be to look through his over 26 years activities and see whether there are crimes for which he can be taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
It is unfortunate that we have leaders like Museveni who look at their personal interests and ignore those of the masses hence end up least concerned about the future stability and welfare of their people. The people who have Uganda at heart want Museveni out, instead he continues to use his tactics to stay around as the people are impoverished on. In such circumstances, the way to go may be to look through his activities through the time he has led Uganda and figure out whether he has not committed crimes for which he can be taken to the ICC. Surely, a person come sand people accept him as their leader and he eventually becomes a burden who thinks he knows it all and has to stay probably up to death! William Kituuka Kiwanuka OTUNNU PINS MUSEVENI ON SERIOUS WAR CRIMES By Norman S. Miwambo 26th March 2012:
Dr Olara Otunnu in London UPC Party President Dr. Olara Otunnu, who is on a working visit to the United Kingdom, has established a contributory link between President Yoweri Museveni’s role and the war crimes for which Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga was convicted by the Hague-based International Criminal Court [ICC]. In an exclusive interview with this news paper, Dr Otunnu started by welcoming the conviction of Thomas Lubanga. “I am happy with the conviction. Actually, it’s the first conviction of the ICC since it was established in 2002,” Dr Otunnu said in reference to the March 14 judgement. Commenting on the specific charge of recruiting child soldiers for which Lubanga was convicted, Otunnu, a former UN Under Secretary General for Children in Armed Conflict, also highlighted his role in framing the war crimes offence. “The three charges against him were all to do with the recruitment and abuse of children,” said Otunnu, adding that: “In fact, the particular provision in the Rome Statute under which Thomas Lubanga was convicted is something I drafted myself.” Otunnu said. The UPC leader also wasted no time in establishing a firm link between Lubanga’s crimes and Uganda’s role in aiding and abetting those war crimes. “Lubanga was a relatively small player in the DR Congo. What gave Luganga his power and sway in the Congo was actually sponsorship by Ugandan leaders,” Otunnu said. He added: “As you know, this is not Olara making things up. There is a very thick Judgement that was delivered…not by the ICC…but by the International Court of Justice. Numerous charges of crimes committed by Uganda in the Congo are in that Judgement. Aggression, crimes of war, crimes against humanity, it is all those things.” Dr Otunnu, a Harvard trained Lawyer, also said he believes that Ugandan leaders and commanders are legitimate suspects for prosecution under the Rome Statute. “The little fellow [Lubanga] who was manipulated from Uganda been charged, but the real fellows who were in charge of his crimes are walking scot-free. That is what is wrong with the application of the Rome Statue.” Otunnu charged. He said he told ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo that the ICC’s process and choice of those to be indicted has been highly politicised and highly selective. “I still very much hope that what was done inside Uganda, on Ugandan territory and elsewhere in Congo will be punished. I hope to see a day of reckoning when the ICC will investigate and bring them to book for what they did.” said Otunnu. “Thomas Lubanga was not a hugely significant player in the overall scheme of things.” Otunnu maintained. END. Please login to every Monday to read our top stories and anytime mid-week for our news updates.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Recently, I got the temptation of wishing for a job where a salary is a sure deal as compared to the toil to look for jobs to contract and the gamble for funds to see project proposals off ground, however my experience is such that relying on applications for jobs can be very frustrating in the Uganda setting. I made my presentations very well and quite confident that I qualified for shortlisting in all the areas I sent out applications to. My friend, I am now sure that the best a person can do is try hard to get own employment. William Kituuka Kiwanuka The Director, People Performance Group, Plot 8 Kitante Close, Kitante P. O. Box 12405, Kampala. Dear Director, RE: APPLICATION FOR THE POSITION OF EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
I am responding to the job advert in the newspaper for the position of Executive Assistant at Child Fund International as a competent candidate. My name is William Kituuka Kiwanuka, I hold a B.A. (Hons) Economics/Rural Economy degree of Makerere University in addition to a number of additional qualifications which include banking, Good Governance, practical journalism and publishing. I have read through and understood the caliber of person wanted for the job given its challenges, and I wish to present myself as capable to deliver as required. I have a lot of experience in a number of areas as clearly shown on my CV, which gives me the ability to undertake consultancy services. I am innovative and a good team member who is after results and more so timely. Recently, Bweya Children’s Home International (BCHI) needed to have a worthy Annual Report for 2010. I got the ideas down and when I had completed the typesetting, the Director wanted a change in the flow which called for re-doing the work. I started on the exercise of setting the publication at 7.00pm and I only realized when it was 6.00am, without sleep, I had completed 22 pages! I needed 24 pages, so I incorporated two pages pictorial, without sleep, I had accomplished the work and it uplifted the image of the organization instantly. This is what I can do in all I have to put my hands on; I am dedicated and hardworking, as my work talks volumes for itself. I promise to deliver above average. There is no task listed in the job specification which I have to learn so as to qualify, I need just to polish and contribute above average. I am trusted, cooperative, and accountable a role model from whom others can learn. I am ready to have my ideas open for discussion as in a number of ways this may contribute to a greater Child Fund International. I am an asset worth adding to the existing force within the organization. Thank you. Yours faithfully, William Kituuka Kiwanuka Some of my other works can be accessed on the following links: The Director, Rainbow International School P. O. Box 7632, Kampala. Dear Director, RE: APPLICATION FOR THE POSITION OF PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
I wish to refer to your advert in the New Vision newspaper of Monday, January 16, 2012 for the position of Public Relations Officer, to which I am responding as a competent candidate. My name is William Kituuka Kiwanuka a graduate of Makerere University who holds a B. A. (Hons) Economics/Rural Economy degree. I have added training in the fields of Banking and hence happen to be a professional banker as well as Good Governance an area I enjoy practicing. I have practiced Journalism for a number of years as reflected in my CV, and I happen to do a lot of communications more so to the Old Boys of St. Mary’s College Kisubi, which role has much in common with that of a Public Relations Officer advertised. I have read and clearly understood the person you want for the job and I wish to confirm to you that you have got the person you want in me. My innovativeness is not questionable as many people in responsible offices in Uganda know about it. I originate ideas which work in practice; I am a real asset if you can add me to your staff as my works talk for themselves. The job involves promotion of a good image for the School, this is an area I can do very well and in practical ways as I design publications including calendars, working on Annual Reports and these I do single handedly meaning that much of the promotional work for the school may not need to be contracted out as I am a practical innovative person at such works. Talk about promotion electronically, I am the type who updates blogs on the Internet on a daily basis. On a serious note, when you want someone to move things to realize the set organization objectives, you don’t need to make a big search, you have landed on the person. I do not need supervision to do work as personal drive to work is part my innovativeness to the extent that I can not go to bed with incomplete work when such work is urgently needed. I will promote team spirit, I am dedicated and hardworking and my goal will be to see to the promotion of the better health of Rainbow International School. Thank you for according me the opportunity. I remain, Yours faithfully, William Kituuka Kiwanuka WILLIAM KITUUKA KIWANUKA World Vision National Office 15B Nakasero Road P. O. Box 5319, Kampala. Dear World Vision Uganda, RE: APPLICATION FOR THE POSITION OF CHILD PROTECTION AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
I humbly submit for your consideration my application for the position of Child Protection and Development Manager as advertised in the New Vision newspaper of Monday, February 6, 2012 as a competent candidate. My name is William Kituuka Kiwanuka, I am a graduate of Makerere University, holding a B. A. (Hons) Economics/Rural Economy degree. I have added training in Banking hence a professional banker, I practiced Journalism for over 10 years, I have learnt Project Proposal writing and happen to be very competent at it, I trained in Good Governance as conducted by Municipal Development Partnership of Eastern and Southern Africa as well as World Bank Institute hence have good understanding of Human Rights issues. I have read and understood the Role of the position, the Key responsibilities as well as the Knowledge, Skills and abilities, and in a nutshell, what you are looking for is found, it is me. I can deliver to the satisfaction of World Vision Uganda because I have the drive to deliver without supervision and have achieved a lot some of which is reflected on my blog to which I once got literature in from the 2009 Annual Report of World Vision Uganda and I wrote, “How would Uganda be without the role of NGO’s?,” A Case of World Vision Uganda. “With a budget of US$ 67,345,041 for one year; 2009, World Vision Uganda made a substantial contribution to the welfare of the children of Uganda as depicted in the statistics below…” This article is one in a number of cases to show that I appreciate the roles of the organization, and using my communication skills, have been able to add to the organization’s publicity by being on spot to praise its partnership roles to government in delivering for the welfare of children. My CV shows clearly that I have the coverage of the type of person you wish to have in the position, my application therefore is not a gamble but based on ability to deliver as per the job description. As I type this application, I have a copy of “World Vision Uganda - 20 years of Transforming Lives.” I happen not to have been party to the 20 years and now 26; however, it is now the opportune time for World Vision Uganda to identify people with the potential and commitment who can add to the great effort already done. Joining an organization which has created repute and good organization of all the work done makes life easier for new man power which comes with a challenge to further on the work done to higher horizons, and that is what I promise to do if given opportunity to take up the position. Currently, I have much more than the job description talked about. I can write reports and type-set them without need to refer to another party or even hire professional services. I have a number of blogs running for different entities including St. Peter’s Church of Uganda Ssisa, as well as websites. I have had to do with child related issues for some time more so for Bweya Children’s Home where I happen to have offered professional advice as well as worked and set their Annual Reports and a Calendar. You can bank on me where innovative work is involved, yet I more often than not manufacture ideas, I am not static, innovativeness and creativity is part and parcel of my nature. In 2006, I solely worked on the Centenary Magazine of St. Mary’s College Kisubi given that I collected all the information that was contained in it including conducting interviews, solicited adverts, and many could not believe. That is Kituuka when it comes to work. There is no task in this job description which can give me a headache, much is what I am used to given the private work I undertake for people as well as my own professional development. Trust my word, I shall deliver for the better health of World Vision Uganda and I hope to enjoy good working relations with fellow staff to realize the best products. I have a very good religious background from the time when the Late Kikule was my god-father on baptism to date. I love and cherish Christian values as they enhance morality in society when observed. Thank you for according me the opportunity. Yours faithfully, William Kituuka Kiwanuka WILLIAM KITUUKA KIWANUKA


Who is behind Kasibante's trials? I get to imagine that it is not only the Parliament MP who is alleged to have taken Kasibante's victory that is the sole person behind the poor CBS 88.8 FM presenter's trying moments. One needs to have a strong and enduring heart to sail through what Kasibante is experiencing. Above he is with supporters after he was granted a cash bail of shs 2m. William Kituuka Kiwanuka Moses Kasibante-Rubaga North Parliamentary Contender Denied Bail By Sandra Birungi
Moses Kasibante, former Rubaga North parliamentary contender was denied bail and was remanded again to Luzira prisons. Kasibante was arrested from the High Court and later remanded to Luzira for jumping bail on cases of incitement to violence, rioting after proclamation, promoting sectarianism and malicious damage to property. Grade One magistrate, Susan Abinyo said she had received an application from the state prosecutor, Betty Agola asking court to deny Kasibante bail on grounds that he had jumped bail and ignored three criminal summon. Abinyo ruled against an objection by Kasibante’s lawyers and remanded him till April 25 when the bail application would be considered. Kasibante was represented by his lawyers, Asuman Basalirwa and Erias Lukwago who had lined up a number of sureties and submitted an application for bail. Lukwago said after the ruling that they still had an option to apply for a production warrant. Kasibante’s brothers, John Ddumba and Ali Ssekayi wept at the court as prisons officers prepared to take him back to Luzira. The police were deployed heavily around the court premises and blocked the road near the court to block supporters who gathered in big numbers. Angola also rejected pleas to produce him the next day saying she had a backlog of cases and could not make quick adjustments.


The lady in the photograph made a very big mistake when she traveled with shs 35 million. Money is a very scarce commodity, and at times some people have it and fail to figure out the risks in seeing to its movement from one place to another. Only if you have cash in your house, more often than not, someone will get to know that you are moving with cash. In Uganda one transaction which many times calls for cash is when purchasing land. This puts in danger the life of the one buying as well as that one selling. There is need to get to a compromise mode of payment which is safe for both parties. The lady in the photo could have been killed, but God spared her life. The prayer is that she recovers from that great loss and gets the courage to work again.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


When leaders like Museveni over stay in power, it is not abnormal for the people to wish such leaders bad, like getting cardiac arrest while still in office as an option that they eventually leave the stage. The case of President Museveni is similar. For the unemployed youth, for those whose businesses are not working out, for those who get peanuts after their income is badly eroded by ill advised economic policies which have seen a constant currency depreciation. Museveni is believed to have been born in 1944, and has been President of Uganda since 1986. As a university student in Tanzania he led a group allied with African liberation movements. When Idi Amin came to power in 1971, Museveni went into exile. He founded the Front for National Salvation (FRONASA), which helped topple Amin in 1979. He overthrew Lutwa and took power in January 1986. While President Museveni had promised to stay for only 3 years after grabbing power in 1986, it looks like the chair has been sweet, but the people of Uganda are suffering the consequences. No body is ready to tell him that his leadership has outlived its usefulness to the extent that for every 100% decisions his Government is involved in, 20% are positive, 80% negative and the country declines at a rate of about 60%. The way the country has changed to a police state is not unexpected. The way some people can rob the treasury to the tune of billions is simply not easy to understand. The way he can spearhead the release of a killer of Koocky caliber shows it all. He is a spent force and badly compromised. The unemployment rate in Uganda reached scandal levels but his Government is simply in a fix about it. The patronage which has cost Uganda trillions of money is simply unexplainable. The failure to grant people’s wish like the feredal arrangement is a sad story which shows the president as one who wants to allocate the national cake which unfortunately he has failed to do in just way. When Obote left office, all parts of the country were getting some part of the national cake. There were poles of growth worth mentioning. Today, the Museveni Government has messed it up. There are a number of Inquiries whose outcome may never be known during Museveni’s time. His Governance killed the Uganda shilling to the extent that people get nothing worth their effort. The country enjoys write offs of loan as its capacity to pay is minimal. The highly skilled manpower is simply migrating to greener pastures the reason why we have treatment bills out of the country in hundreds of billions of shillings. Museveni thinks that using the law to fix Ugandans so that they are obedient is a solution. The removal of term limits has clearly shown that the President wanted just to benefit as a person in the Presidency, otherwise there is no justification of his not having gone to retire in 2006 which retirement was long overdue. The parents have called for an education loan scheme since 2001 when he promised the scheme in the manifesto, but there is nothing like it to date. The Government of Uganda has rented Buganda properties for long but it is deliberately reluctant to pay, it is not willing to return all the properties due to the Kingdom. Surely, why does not President Museveni leave the office of Presidency? William Kituuka Kiwanuka CORRUPTION COSTS SHS 500BN A YEAR IN UGANDA! By Milton Olupot Corruption and ineffective public institutions are still undermining good governance in the country, a report by the African Peer Review Mechanism National Commission has said. The World Bank (2005) estimates that Uganda loses about $300m (sh510b) per year through corruption and procurement malpractices, the 592-pages report notes. It reckons that the Government would save sh30b annually by eliminating losses from corruption in public procurement alone. Citing the 2005 Auditor General’s Report, it estimates that 20% of the value of public procurement was lost through corruption, prompted by weak public procurement laws, adding that procurement accounts for 70% of public expenditure. MPs APPROVE SHS 92 BN STATEHOUSE SUPPLEMENTARY BUDGET Parliament has today approved a 92 billions shilling supplementary budget for State House. According to the acting minister minister for the Presidency Muruli Mukasa who is also a Security minister, State House has already used up 63.6 billion shillings out of the 92 billion shillings released by the ministry of Finance WHAT RDC’S, PRESIDENTIAL AIDES COST THE TAXPAYER
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 08:50 By Patrick Matsiko wa Mucoori Increasing revenue but declining social services; What went wrong? Have you ever asked yourself why there is always shortage of or no medicine in that government health centre near your home, which leads to high incidence of deaths due to curable diseases like malaria? Have you ever asked yourself why your child is not getting quality education under Universal Primary and Secondary Education? Part of the problem is the astronomical amount of taxpayers’ money that goes to finance and sustain your President’s political assistants at the expense of social services and people’s general welfare. When President Yoweri Museveni came to power in 1986, the economy was in shambles and basic items like salt, sugar and soap, soft drinks were very scarce. The government was collecting as little as Shs 84 billion in revenue. Inflation was at 240%. His NRM government revived the economy and tamed inflation to single digits. Basic items became abundantly available in shops and markets. Today the government collects Shs 4 trillion in revenue a year, yet key sectors like education and health which used to be vibrant during the economic decline in the early and mid 1980s are declining fast today! With only Shs 84 billion revenue collections before the Museveni era, schools were reasonably stocked with scholastic materials like textbooks from government. Pupils and students were performing well in Primary Seven and Ordinary Level national exams. The number of candidates passing in Division One at P.7 and S.4 was higher in percentage terms compared to today. So how can services and materials which the government before 1986 used to provide with a purse of only Shs 84 billion be largely lacking today when the government is now collecting four trillion shillings? What has gone wrong? While Uganda’s national purse has been growing fast, wasteful expenditure on President Museveni’s redundant public administration has also been increasing by leaps and bounds. Uganda’s improved revenue collections since 1986 have been overstretched by the ever widening expenditure on Museveni’s political assistants who largely add no value to social/national development. Donors, civil society, private sector experts and political activists have repeatedly raised concerns over the government’s rising cost of public administration over the years, but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. In a meeting in 2007, members of the private sector under the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda (PSFU) asked the government to cut expenditure on public administration as well as revise the national education curriculum to ensure the training of skilled manpower, in line with current market demands. In a paper titled Private Sector Platform, referring to the incessant demands by Uganda’s donors, the private sector called for budget discipline in the 2007/08 financial year. The private sector asked the government to channel most of the resources to sectors that create jobs, wealth and generate income instead of investing too much in public administration. Review of the 2005/2006 annual budget performance shows that 46% of the government’s supplementary expenditure went into funding public administration. Uganda with 30 million people has a very large Parliament and cabinet per capita (333 MPs, 70 ministers and about 80 Resident District Commissioners and their deputies), all getting huge salaries and allowances per month. During a consultative workshop on Commission for Africa (CFA) at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala on January 27, 2005, the participants reflected on Uganda’s situation and noted that Uganda is over-governed as indicated by the high cost of public administration. A limit should be set on the amount of public funds that can be assigned to public administration, the CFA workshop report reads in part. This situation has been the same since the NRM came to power and is likely to escalate with the creation of new districts and more political appointees of the president. Despite Uganda being the first beneficiary of the Highly Indebted Poor Countries initiative in April 1998 and May 2000, Ugandans have not realised the fruits of the relief because of the ever-expanding cost of public administration. Uganda is still heavily dependant on foreign aid (40%) to balance its national budget. In the 2007 Universal Primary Education review, it was discovered that one of the reasons why the quality of education had declined seriously in UPE schools was shortage of teachers. In response, President Museveni said government did not have enough money to recruit more teachers and the situation could remain the same for years. There has also been a persistent cry of shortage of drugs in the government’s Health Centre IVs at sub-county level. The government explanation has been shortage of funds to buy the required medicines. Some analysts say the biggest problem is not necessarily the lack of funds, but the prioritization of government’s expenditure. They argue that if the government reduced its huge expenditure on public administration, there would be enough money to cure the shortage of teachers in primary schools and procure more drugs for local health centres. According to the Chairman of the Donor Economist Group, Mr Jeroen de Lange, Uganda needs 200,000 primary school teachers but it has 128,000 leaving a shortage of 72,000 teachers. According to estimates of the Ministry of Education, it costs Shs 8 million to build a classroom in Uganda. In our last edition, we looked at the cost of State House’s ever increasing expenditure on the Ugandan taxpayer. In this story, we take audit of the cost of the president’s political appointees at the expense of delivery of key social services like health and education. The political appointees include the 80 Resident District Commissioners and 80 deputies, 75 presidential advisors/ special assistants and 43 presidential private secretaries and their deputies. They total 278. Each presidential advisor and presidential assistant earns a salary of slightly more than Shs 2 million a month plus other allowances like fuel and imprest. This translates into Shs 178 million the government spends on monthly salaries and other allowances for the 75 advisors and assistants. This means that for every presidential advisor or presidential assistant’s salary, the country loses money for 10 primary school teachers’ salaries a month (at Shs 200,000 per teacher). The Shs 178 million is enough to pay salaries for 890 teachers every month and translates into Shs 2,136,000,000 a year, which is enough to pay 10,680 teachers. Each presidential advisor and assistant also gets gratuity of Shs 9.9m every year. This comes to Shs 742.5 million for the 75 advisors and assistants. When the gratuity is added to their annual salaries and allowances, the amount is Shs 2.9 billion. This is enough to pay 14,400 primary school teachers or build 360 classrooms to accommodate 18,000 pupils if we take 50 pupils per classroom. This money can also buy enough drugs for 343 Health Centre IVs for a whole year. The government also pays Shs 2 million for salary to every Resident District Commissioner and one million shillings to each Deputy RDC. There are 80 RDCs and their deputies, which brings the total number to 160. Their total earnings in salaries and allowances per month amount to Shs 249 million. This is enough to pay for 1,245 teachers a month. If we take an example of a Health Centre IV which receives drugs worth Shs 8,400,000 a year, the Shs 249m can pay for drugs for 29 health centres and 69 UPE schools of 800 pupils each for a whole year. Apparently, government allocates Shs 507 to each UPE pupil a month for the three months of the school term. This means government gives Shs 405,600 to a UPE school of 800 pupils a month, which amounts to Shs 1,216,800 a term and Shs 3.6 million a year. This shows that a monthly salary of one RDC can pay for a UPE school of 800 pupils for a whole term and still leave a balance of about Shs 800,000. Government pays Shs 41,000 per student in Universal Secondary School per term. In a school of 800 students, the government pays Shs 32.8m a term. At this rate it means that salaries of 16 RDCs are enough to support an 800-student USE school for a whole term. The overall total of the government expenditure on advisors, presidential assistants, RDCs, deputy RDCs, presidential private secretaries and their deputies alone is about Shs 7.5 billion a year. This money would support 2,077 UPE schools of 800-pupil enrollment or buy drugs for 890 Health Centre IVs, construct 935 classrooms, or pay for 37,500 primary teachers, half of the additional 72,000 teachers required to lift the quality of UPE. This means that if Uganda was not spending on RDCs and presidential advisors/assistants, whom the country can conveniently do away with any way without suffering any negative effect, we would solve the shortage of primary teachers, shortage of drugs in most rural health centres and have more classrooms for the UPE pupils who are now studying under trees. Museveni justifies the appointment of presidential advisors, RDCs and presidential aides arguing that they help in effective service delivery to the people. But our neighbour Kenya does not have Uganda’s State House-style presidential advisors and special assistants yet it’s the most vibrant economy in the Great Lakes region. Kenya’s presidential advisors are civil servants recruited through the normal public service recruitment process like was the case in Uganda in the 1960s. They are neither handpicked nor are they party loyalists like is the case in Uganda. They are recruited on merit. “What makes it worse for Uganda is that Museveni appoints advisors whom he actually advises or lectures to. Many have failed in politics or the competitive private sector job market. Appointing them, therefore, is a way of trying to find where to place them for survival,” said an observer, who declined to be named because of his position in government. Some of the presidential advisors The Independent talked to said they had not met the President for more than two years. This means that for more than two years they have been receiving salaries and other emoluments for no service rendered. So the next time you wonder why there is no medicine in your local hospital or no textbooks in your school, know that part of the reason is that the money for that purpose was used to pay Museveni’s RDC and advisors who never advise. EDUCATION COMMISSION OF INQUIRY TO CONTINUE ITS WORK First published: 20120310 5:53:32 PM EST The NRM parliamentary caucus has agreed to lift an injunction on the work of the judicial commission of inquiry into UPE and USE. Parliament passed a resolution halting the work of the commission after the education minister Jessica Alupo informed the house that she had not received any report from the team. NRM parliamentary caucus spokes person Anite Evelyn has told journalists at parliament that the caucus decided to support the commission after they were briefed on the progress of the investigations by the commission chairperson justice Ezekel muhanguzi. Anite says the interim report from the commission indicates that the team had unearthed a lot of glaring rot in the ministry, some of which has been reported by the auditor general. Anite says the report indicates some ghost teachers and pupils under the UPE and USE program, and such things had led government to loss over 2 billion shillings. She says the commission also indicated that their work was hampered by the ministry of education when it failed to release the funds in time for them to start work By Isaac Senabulya WHY IS MUSEVENI BUILDING THE REGION'S STRONGEST ARMY?
Monday, 09 April 2012 12:28 By Haggai Matsiko Uganda outspends Kenya on military for the first time Uganda’s expenditure on arms surpassed Kenya’s for the first time in 2011, a new global arms expert report shows. Uganda spent US$1.02 billion; about double Kenya’s US$735 million. Details show that Uganda spent US$270 million on its usual defense budget items (food, salaries etc) and US$ 750 million on jets pushing its officially disclosed expenditure to US$1.02 billion. Uganda’s acquisition of 6 Su-30MK Russian jets elevated its air force to one of the most advanced combat aircraft squadrons in East and Central Africa, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, an international institute that carries out research into conflict and arms control notes. In its recent report, Trends in international arms transfers, 2011, SIPRI notes that the purchase of the fighter jets and other arms increased Uganda’s military expenditure by 300 % dwarfing Africa’s 9 and the world’s 24 % expenditure on arms. The revelation comes amidst reports that Uganda has this year ordered a new batch of weapons—tanks and anti-tank missiles. When asked about the new order, Army Spokesman Felix Kulayigye refused to either confirm or deny it. This is not unusual because defense purchases of this nature are classified security information. The purchase of the fighter jets, for example, was only confirmed in Uganda after Russian and North African media reported it. Why all these weapons? Competition for regional military superiority with especially Kenya, the threat of spill-over from any feared war between Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan, and its operation in Somalia against al Shabaab and against Joseph Kony rebels in the DR Congo are quoted as incentives from Uganda’s ballooning military expenditure. Of the small arms and light Weapons; assault rifles and submachine guns, transferred in Sub-Saharan Africa estimated in the last four years Uganda received 17% and Kenya, which remains the biggest military spender in the region took 23%. In actual numbers estimated to be at least 220 000, Uganda is reported to have procured 38, 000 and Kenya 51, 500 of the arms amongst other countries, the Arms Flow to Sub-Saharan Africa report notes. Joseph Dube, the Africa coordinator for the International Action Network on Small Arms, says that the increase in global arms trade is driven by governments facing opposition that arm themselves in preparation to attack citizens. “For you to be seen as a power, it is determined by your defence and the budget that you put on defence… We are powerful, we are able to defend, engage not only on South Africa soil but in peace missions on the continent,” Dube said of South Africa. Despite being peaceful for decades, it accounts for 70% of the continent’s arms imports. In Uganda’s case, Museveni has always wanted to be seen as the military giant of the region. He has wanted a strong well-equipped army ever since his government formulated its security policy in 2001. Experts have questioned such heavy military expenditure considering that Uganda has been relatively peaceful and most importantly in economic doldrums, too unfavorable for such expenditure. New oil mania Critics say that Uganda’s arms appetite has been whetted by its oil discovery with the world’s weapon manufacturers increasingly seeing it as a potential buyer and Uganda not disappointing them. High military spending is synonymous with Africa’s top oil producers from Angola, Libya, Algeria, Nigeria and even mineral rich South Africa which despite not having any wars, is Africa’s biggest military spender. Lack of constitutional checks in terms of having parliament scrutinise military expenditure, they say, explains why President Museveni has been able to build his arsenal unimpeded. But Kulaigye says those who complain about Uganda’s military expenditure want Uganda to keep weak and easy to over-run. President Yoweri Museveni in August last year defended the purchase of the jets saying they would ease fighting insurgents especially the Lord’s Resistance Army. He said Uganda had paid heavily for delaying to acquire high quality fighting equipment. “We suffered a lot fighting the LRA because of poor equipment. The UPDF was on foot just like the rebels and it became hard to flush them out easily, Museveni said, “The jets are meant for bad elements in the country that would surface to destabilise the peace in Uganda.” But his former Army Commander, Mugisha Muntu, who has since joined the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) says combat wars like that against the LRA in the Congo jungles, do not require aircrafts but well equipped soldiers who are defensible. He refused to speculate on Museveni’s arms purchases. One needs to be sure, for instance, that the US$750m was actually spent on the Russian fighter jets. He says of the earmarked money, only 50% might have been spent on the army and the rest “diverted into other things”. “It is after we have answered that that one can make an argument on whether this should have been spent on other critical areas like ensuring that soldiers have good health care, insurance, good accommodation and are well equipped during the war so as to ensure that the army is well off,” Muntu says. Muntu says that Uganda’s potential threats, both external and internal, do not even correlate with the kind of expenditure that is being made. “Uganda’s potential threats have been the al Shabaab and possibly Khartoum but when the SPLA took over South Sudan, the dynamics changed,” Muntu says, “and for the al Shaabab, Uganda does not need aircraft and tanks but other strengths like well trained soldiers and high intelligence expertise.” For Muntu, the frenzy in buying arms has largely to do with regime longevity and creating fear “to show that look we can do anything if you get in our way”. He says this is not the solution to the country’s threats given the economic conditions. Somalia Uganda’s engagement in Somalia reinvigorated it as Uganda sought to show the region and the world that it is a military force to reckon with. Since then, Uganda’s military has proved to be double-blessing for Museveni; it keeps him as a strategic ally of the U.S in the war against terrorism and earns him dollars. For instance, 17.3% of Uganda’s defense budget is from donor partners on the Somalia mission. Under the United Nations and African Union peacekeeping agreements, troop-contributing countries are reimbursed if they deploy with their own equipment, both lethal and non-lethal under an arrangement named reimbursement of Contingent Own Equipment (COE). Sources say Uganda has been raking in millions because it has tanks in Somalia, while Burundi, the only other partner before Kenyan joined, had only a few light arms. Some estimates say last year Uganda was reimbursed up to US $7million compared to Burundi’s US$100,000. A military analyst told The Independent, unlike before when Uganda was the sole force, donors are increasingly seeing a partner in Kenya in case Uganda falters. Uganda’s position appears to be that for the war in Somalia to end, pirates in the Indian Ocean have to be dealt with because they furnish the al shaabab with supplies. UPDF's Kulayigye agrees with this view and Uganda’s Second Deputy Prime Minister, Eriya Kategaya, has been pushing it in summits. Kenya has also increased its defense expenditure to deal with the Shaabab and al Qaeda. Regional hotspots Dr. Fredrick Gooloba Muteebi, an independent researcher on regional issues, says ever since the South broke off from Sudan, there has been a likelihood of war and Uganda knows that the moment it breaks, it is likely to be sucked into it. He says that there is likelihood that with Kony still out there, Sudan could use him in a proxy war against Uganda. Recently, Sudan President Omar Bashir’s advisor, Mustafa Osman Ismail, was quoted saying that Khartoum would not stand idle while Kampala and Juba continue to backing rebels in Darfur. Uganda has rubbished these claims saying that it is a signatory to the Great Lakes security Pact that prohibits such behaviour. Military experts say that this gives Museveni reason to arm especially knowing that Sudan is reputed to have one of the strongest aircrafts in Africa. In African Military ranks, Sudan ranks among the top 5 ahead of Uganda in 7th position. Recently, army officials from South Sudan arrested six Ugandan MPs that had gone on a fact finding mission on March 1 over parts of Moyo district that South Sudan claims. Security Minister Muruli Mukasa says the Presidents of the two countries have talks planned. The situation is explosive, experts say. In the DR Congo where the central government is not in control of the whole country, Uganda military sources have been reporting that militia groups opposed to Museveni, like the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), are regrouping. In mid-March, Uganda’s Chief of Defence Forces Aronda Nyakairima reportedly travelled to DRC to talk to his counterpart there about the possibility of jointly dealing with ADF, a rebel group that caused havoc in Kampala with bomb attacks in the 1990s. Uganda also almost exchanged fire at the border with DR Congo forces a few years ago over the oil Albertine oil fields and experts say it remains a potential cause for conflict between the two. Military experts have attributed the buying of jets to need to protect the oil fields. Friction with Kenya over the Migingo Island almost sparked a military confrontation between Kenya and Uganda. In final efforts to wipe out the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), including the group’s leader, Joseph Kony who has terrorised the region with frequent attacks over the past two decades, Uganda, Central African Republic, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo have put together a 5000—strong force backed by the UN and AU. Of all these, Uganda is the big boy on the battle front having fought a number of wars and some of them especially South Sudan and CAR have the weakest of armies in the region, therefore Uganda needs its hardware if its foot is to be felt. To compile details of the arms purchases, SIPRI’s senior researcher, Pieter Wezeman told Aljazeera that the organisation gets information from several open sources and focuses on major arms deals. He admitted that the information is not complete and that there are deals that they missed. “It is likely that more weapons and ammunition have been imported into the region from countries that do not report on their arms exports in sufficient detail or at all,” a SIPRI report notes. But Kulayigye said the report findings are “skewed and not balanced”. Whatever new arms that have been acquired, however, they will only be money well spent if they are used soon. As Mutebi warned, weapons easily become obsolete. Apart from the Kalishnokovs, all the guns that were manufactured in the 60’s are no longer in use and Russia stopped manufacturing them in 2011. MUSEVENI SHOULD HAVE RESIGNED OVER BASSAJJABALABA Friday, 24 February 2012 01:10 Written by Edris Kiggundu
NO SHAME: Jaberi Bidandi says the president has lost a sense of shame Says President has lost sense of shame The People’s Progressive Party leader, Jaberi Bidandi Ssali, says President Museveni has lost the conscience to lead after he claimed that his advisors and ministers misled him on the matter of Hassan Basajjabalaba’s Shs 142bn compensation. “I think the President has reached a point where he feels so secure; everything is under his control and he no longer has this feeling of shame. What matters to him is what he wants and the moment he gets it, the rest does not matter,” Bidandi Ssali told The Observer on Wednesday at his residence in Nsimbiziwoome, Ntinda. “As far as I am concerned, that is a loss of conscience on the part of the leader.” Bidandi said it could not be possible that a head of state could be hoodwinked that easily into signing off billions of taxpayers’ money. The former minister, who periodically writes to Museveni addressing various issues, said had he been in the President’s shoes, he would have accepted political responsibility and resigned. “He [Museveni] should show humility. This is concealed arrogance; a feeling of invincibility… it is dangerous to him, dangerous to his family and dangerous to his country,” said Bidandi, who was visibly concerned. He expressed doubt as to whether the Shs 142bn went to Basajjabalaba’s account or whether the businessman, who heads NRM’s Entrepreneurs League, even got a quarter of the sum. Bidandi fears the bulk of the money could have been used to fund ruling party activities, such as election campaigns. Bidandi, who was minister of Local Government when Basajjabalaba sought to redevelop the Constitution Square, said the businessman didn’t deserve any compensation for it. Bidandi blocked the defunct Kampala City Council from awarding the businessman a lease to redevelop the green park in the city centre. “I took trouble to explain to KCC [not to give away Constitution Square], but they were not heeding. I stood firm and took the matter to the cabinet. Some people in cabinet did not see the significance of what we were talking about; so, we agreed to set up a commission of inquiry, which was headed by Chris Mudoola. Fortunately, [the commission] came up with recommendations which fortified my position that this is one place in Uganda that should remain forever as a monument,” Bidandi said. Last week, two ministers — Syda Bbumba (Gender, Labour and Social Development) and Dr Khiddu Makubuya (General Duties) — resigned after months of sustained pressure from Parliament. The two ministers are accused of misleading Museveni on the compensation. Bidandi said the duo’s resignation should only be taken as a good sign for those “who have staked their necks in the 9th Parliament to take the bull by its horns”, not as an indicator that Uganda’s fight against corruption is coming of age. Otherwise, he said, if public officials are committed to preserving their integrity, Bbumba and Makubuya should not have put up any resistance before they resigned. Bidandi counseled that any position of leadership is easy to administer provided a leader follows the law and retains their integrity. He said when he served as minister of Energy (in the late 1980s) and of Local Government (mid 1990s), he was faced with many tempting situations, but he did not give in. “At one time, I was in charge of authorizing the purchase of oil worth $7m every month. Imagine the temptation of pocketing even 10% of that figure per month. But I could not have any of it,” Bidandi said. In Local Government, he added, an official from KCC once approached him with a list of buildings in the city whose leases had expired. The official asked Bidandi, who as minister was supposed to validate a fresh bidding process, to make his pick, but he declined. “People should try to rediscover the seat within their heart of integrity and the basis for serving the people,” Bidandi said. INSTABILITY OVER MUSEVENI’S UNDOING PREDICTED Written by: amrwaga on 7th January 2012 Source: by Anthony Rwaga, Str8talk Chronicles, 2012-01-07 President is now 67 and cannot govern forever Handel was wrong. "King Museveni shall not reign forever" Election year 2016 will be a turning point for Uganda, according to a report by the powerful American policy solutions provider, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). As a sign of likely instability, the June 30 report notes that “the NRM is on a long-term trajectory of decline, and thus its survivability by the end of President Museveni’s current presidential term is certainly in doubt.” Titled “Assessing risks to stability in Sub-Saharan Africa”, the report was commissioned by the Unites States of America’s military Africa Command, AFRICOM, which plans for America’s strategic security interests on the continent. The US government often uses the CSIS reports to project the future and strategize for change. The report is based on events that have toppled regimes that appeared to have a firm grip on power in Egypt, Tunisia, and led to a western-backed armed rebellion in Libya. It is designed to delve below the day to- day events, like social and political unrest, to explain how historical and structural issues like unemployment, frustrated educated youth, political sterility, corruption, and abuse by security forces cause governments to collapse. It notes that although there are fundamental conditions that the people might not necessarily be contented with and the likely channels of a conflict, the decisions that will be made by the President on whether to run again or leave office in 2016 might be a great threat to Uganda’s stability. “Museveni is now 67 years old and he cannot govern forever,” the report says. “Things might look okay for a moment and his ground secure given his recent election victory, his firm control of the state apparatus and the political opposition that is a bit disorganized and underfinanced, but a difficult political transition is looming.” “Two broad elements determine a country’s vulnerability to destabilizing crisis,” the report says, “first is the depth, intensity, and cumulative effect of structural weaknesses and fault-lines. But equally important is the country’s ability to manage and mitigate those structural factors in a way that makes any shocks to the system less potentially dangerous.” Uganda does not have a history of changing power peacefully. In 1966, the country’s first president, Sir Fredrick Mutesa II was ousted and exiled after a violent attack on the Buganda monarch. Milton Obote who ousted Mutesa was himself toppled in a coup in 1971, to return in 1980 and be overthrown in another military coup in July 1985. To become president, Museveni fought a bitter five-year guerrilla war that claimed thousands of lives. There is growing fear that unless the transition from Museveni to another leader is handled properly, it could lead to another bloodshed. The uncertainty of NRM or Uganda after Museveni is a big threat to the stability of the country. Sham elections The report is based on studies in 10 countries; Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, and Uganda, that it describes as “undergoing the growing pains of democracy”. It notes: “In Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, and Angola – democracy has little meaning beyond the ritualistic holding of elections in which political space is severely constrained and the winner is generally predetermined”. Joel Barkan, a professor of political science at the University of Iowa and a specialist on politics and development policy in sub-Saharan Africa whose books about the politics of Sub-Saharan African countries are recommended readings in many universities, wrote the Uganda section of the report. He notes that change is inevitable by all means either through anointment of a successor by Museveni himself or through the overthrow of Museveni or his chosen successor. He says the style of Museveni’s governance has grave implications for the future stability of the country because it is highly personalised that the running of the country to a greater extent revolves around Museveni’s personal position. At the centre of the report lies a big question on whether Museveni will run for a fifth elected term in 2016 at the age of 73 or who will be his successor if he decides to step down and how the succession will be managed not to create disputes both within the party and the country at large. Although he seems to have an insatiable desire to remain in power, Barkan counsels, Museveni should be realistic enough to know he does not have much time left and the sooner he drafts his end game the better for him and his country. Succession battles Former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya, who had been in office since 2003, had been looked at by some as Museveni’s possible successor until the May cabinet reshuffle and his indictment before the courts of law over alleged corruption. Bukenya’s fall into disgrace is seen largely as a continuation of infighting within the NRM party between him and its powerful party Secretary General, Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, who long ago announced that he was in “the queue” to be president. With Bukenya out and the new VC, Edward Ssekandi, happily existing beneath Museveni’s wings, the report says it is likely the man who has ruled Uganda for quarter a century is lining up his eldest son, Lt. Col. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, to take over power. But, it notes, this is unlikely to go unchallenged by the party itself because the elevation of Muhoozi would largely keep power in current hands. Observers say Muhoozi is a soldier and not a politician and would face considerable opposition even from NRM. Apart from the president’s son and Mbabazi, the other contender would be Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa. However, both men have unusually little support in and outside the party. They are also in their 60s something that might not go well with many younger politicians in the party who would like to see party leadership passed to a younger generation. The fight to succeed Museveni was publicly exposed in March when a leaked Wikileaks cable showed Mbabazi’s daughter, Nina Mbabazi, to have said in 2009 that Museveni was “too tired” to seek re-election in 2011 and that her father was the likely successor. Nina reportedly told a US embassy official that Kutesa was not a “serious contender” but was working to “sabotage Mbabazi”. Another contender not mentioned in the report is Museveni’s younger brother, Gen. Caleb Akandwanaho aka Salim Saleh. During a Kfm radio interview in June, Saleh said he personally felt Museveni should hand over power to another person in 2016. He said he could take over the mantle of president if “necessary”. It is not unusual for Museveni’s inner team to throw such sentiments around in order to gauge the public reaction. Sources close to State House have also told The Independent that Museveni is consulting widely about leaving power in 2016. Renowned historian, Prof. Ndebesa Mwambutsya of Makerere University said the issue of Museveni’s succession should be every one’s concern and not only NRM party members. He said the names the report puts forward as possible successors have high chances of being challenged considering Uganda’s regional and religious differences. “Muhoozi, Mbabazi and Kuteesa all come from the western part of the country and other regions especially the Baganda will not take that,” he says He says the Baganda have waited far too long for an opportunity of one of their own leading the country and the Catholic community will not like that as well. “I agree with Barkan that there is an alarming problem and I think the president has created a vacuum that he needs to fill before things get out of hand,” Ndebesa said. Initial indications were that Museveni’s drive to run in 2016 was mainly because the NRM fears that if leading opposition figure Col. Kizza Besigye decides to run for a fourth time in 2016, no other candidate can defeat him. Recently, Besigye has announced that he will quit as president of Uganda’s leading opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) before 2016. He has, however, not ruled out running for president of the country in 2016. America’s dilemma Besigye is a close ally of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party. However, he is yet to secure an endorsement from US President Barack Obama, which is usually crucial in African politics. The report notes that by sending troops to Somalia, Museveni has positioned himself as an essential ally of the west, especially the US, in the fight against terror. But the US continuing to support his stay in power puts it “in an increasingly awkward position in Uganda”. “The United States thus faces a classic dilemma in Uganda – continuing its current policy of accommodating and working with an authoritarian ally, or encouraging democratic reform to secure long-term stability,” the report says and adds: “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s address to the African Union on June 13, 2011, suggests that the United States will henceforth emphasize democratic reform, though she did not mention Uganda by name”. This is not the first time that the US is pledging to support a democratic transition of power in Uganda. At the start of the 2011 presidential election campaign, the US Congress ordered Clinton to closely monitor and report on the conduct before and after the election. Although most observers of the Feb. 18 general elections said they were far from “free and fair”, the US has not taken any action publicly. However, that does not mean the US and other pro-democracy western government will not act on this latest report. The US embassy in Kampala was involved in forcing the Uganda government to allow Kizza Besigye to fly to Nairobi for emergency treatment after he was brutalized by the security forces to near blindness in April. Soon after, Besigye flew to the United States where made a point of showing his bandaged arm in a style similar to that of Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai after he was brutalized by dictator Robert Mugabe’s security forces. Too early to speculate? Prof. Mwambutsya says there might be chaos in Uganda’s politics when Museveni leaves power because there is no signal whatsoever that Museveni wants a successor yet. “If you look at South Africa, Mandela prepared Thabo Mbeki as his successor but Museveni has not done anything that suggests any one as his successor and he is wise enough not to leave abruptly,” he said. The opposition party FDC Publicity Secretary, Wafula Oguttu, says “for sure there will be some sort of a clash whether Museveni decides to stay or imposes any person on his party or the country”. “He might end up like Gaddafi or Mubarak because Ugandans will not sit back and watch one man drive the country to destruction,” he said. Hosni Mubarak was kicked out as president of Egypt by violent protesters while Gaddafi is battling a popular western-backed armed rebellion against his regime. Wafula said Museveni is likely to stand again in 2016 “because it’s in his nature that he does not care about what Ugandans think or feel”. Some, like prominent political researcher and analyst, Dr Golooba Mutebi of the Makerere Universities Centre for Basic Researc it is too early to speculate on Museveni’s succession or whether he will run in 2016 or not. “I don’t think the issue of succession is a debate within the party now, I think it will come up maybe two years or two and a half to the election,” he says. Makerere University Political Science Associate Professor, Yasin Olum says “there might not be any need for succession” because Museveni will come back in 2016. “Even if he decides to step aside, his succession will be determined by internal party democracy,” Olum says. But others disagree. “Any election in NRM will be façade,” says Mwambutsya. He said the appointing will largely, if not wholly, depend on Museveni and the ‘big men’ in the party. “They might put a ‘window dressing election which will have little or no influence at all concerning the matter,” he added. “We all witnessed how fair the NRM elections could be during last year’s party primaries. It would be naïve therefore for party members to think they will have their chosen successor through a non- manipulated, free and fair election,” another commentator said. Ndebesa said Museveni himself might be in a crisis and we might have a Zambia situation where Kenneth Kaunda left with his party. “If I were him, I would prepare a peaceful succession so that the situation does not turn out bloody,” he said. Other causes of instability Golooba says unrest might not necessarily emanate from Museveni’s succession. “There are many other factors that are likely to create instability in the country. People are not happy with the current economic situation and that has been manifested through the various strikes we have witnessed. That in itself is an unrest that might exacerbate, ‘’ he said. While the report agrees with Golooba by highlighting other possible catalysts of a threatening crisis like the falling government revenue, rising inflation, rising corruption and a transition to an oil economy, it holds the president largely responsible for this situation by increasingly relying on patronage to remain in power. The report highlights two forms of patronage namely the tolerance of corruption especially by cabinet ministers who use their offices for personal gain and the handing out of both offices and cash to willing takers. The latter is held fundamentally responsible for the awful present economic situation where the president allegedly pumped a lot of money in the public to get votes. The report traces the habit to way back in 2005 when members of parliament were given Shs5 million each to chang the constitution and repeal presidential term limits so that Museveni could run in 2006. Before this year’s general elections, the MPs were this time given much larger packets of Shs20 million each. The report says the president himself was photographed handing out “envelopes” on numerous occasions at political rallies and says a rough figure of $300 million given out in campaigns would not be unrealistic given the magnitude of the practice. This has been held largely accountable for the current inflation and the central bank’s failure to avert the situation because foreign reserves were exhausted to finance campaigns. “Expenditures by the office of the president have clearly risen as Museveni has sought to meet the rising demands of patronage as well as the cost of running for re-election in the multiparty era,” the report says. The report also says that the discovered oil which most people look at as solution to Uganda’s problems might be a source of crisis itself. The government has already refused to release information about the existing and future agreements between potential producers citing “national security” for its lack of transparency. Barkan projects that the advent of oil revenue is likely to raise the public’s expectations for services and exert pressure on Museveni’s government. There is also a possibility that oil will ignite debates about federalism and the rights of oil producing communities to a greater share of the national revenues. Other possible causes of instability in an already shaken state, the report says, are security factors. The report still considers the LRA rebels and the consequences of their operations as a threat given the decline of governance in most sectors. It says if the government does not do something about the disparity of living conditions between northern and southern Uganda, there is likely to be conflict. It also says there might be hostilities between North and South Sudan and a possibility of a civil war in the world’s newest country arising from a scenario of factional fighting between the leaders of the principal ethnic groups across the south could create a conflict that might spill over into the impoverished northern Uganda. There is also a threat from the Al-shabaab in Somalia where Uganda has contributed 6,000 of the 8,000 of the African Union peace keepers there. The militant group has already shown its fury by last year’s July 11 bombings in which about 80 people were killed in Kampala, something that many Ugandans blamed on Museveni. According to the report, all these other conditions could be there and Ugandans tolerate them like they have always done with all the other issues that have unfolded in the current regime but the issue of Museveni’s succession might not leave the NRM together and might strengthen the weak and scattered opposition. Prof. Ndebesa said however that the projected crisis will do the country a lot of good“The crisis, if it happens, will cause troublebut it will be good for democracy,” he said.