UGANDA WANO

OBWAVU ATE

OBUGAGGA

 

Okwogera kwa Pulezidenti ku mbeera y'eggwanga

Kampala 

Jun 05, 2014

 

 

Bya Muwanga Kakooza

 

PULEZIDENTI Museveni agambye nti Uganda egenda kweyambisa omukisa gwa bannamakolero abadduka mu mawanga agaakula nga China batandike wano amakolero agagenda okwongera okuyamba eggwanga okukulakulana.

Museveni era yakuutidde abantu obuteesulubabba bya bulimi na kulunda ng’agamba nti birimu ensimbi empitirivu singa omuntu abinyikirira okubikola natadda mu kulowooleza mu kulima mmere ya ku lyabuli.

Bino abyogeredde mu woteeri ya Serena bw’abadde ayogera eri palamenti ku mbeera eggwanga lye lirimu ku mukolo gw’okuggulawo omwaka gwa palamenti omuggya.

Ategeezezza nti bannamakolero badduka mu mawanga mangi agaakula olw’okuba bizinensi zaayo zeeetagisa ensimbi nnyingi okuziddukanya nga bajja mu mawanga nga Uganda gye basobola okuziddukanya ku ssente entono.

N’agamba nti Uganda teyinza kufiirwa mukisa nga guno kwe kulabula abali mu kukanda amakkampuni okugabanga emisaala emisava okweddako kuba basobola okutiisa ba yinvesita.

Yagumizza Bannayuganda nti amasanyalaze gagenda kwongera okubunyisibwa mu bitundu byonna naddala mu byalo.

N’agamba nti gavumenti era egenda kusattulula ekitongole kya NAADS kuba kiremeddwa okukola emirimu.

Museveni yayongedde okugumya Bannayuganda ku by’okusima amafuta n’agamba nti agamu gagenda kulongosebwa n’amalala gatundibwe nga bwe gali n’agamu gakolebwemu amasanyalaze.

 

Paakingi ya Wavamunno ey’obukadde 5,000

kampala | Jun 05, 2014

 

 

Benz empya S 500 egulaobusanga. Ku ddyobw’efaanana munda.

SISINKANA mmotoka y’omugagga Gordon Wavamunno, ekika kya Mercedes BenzS 500 emu ku zisinga okubeera Ney’ebbeeyi mu Uganda essaawa eno.

 

Jaguar Nazo wava Munno azirina.

Ya kawumbi kalamba (obukadde 1000), esobola okutambula nga tolinnye ku ggiya wadde omuliro okuggyako okutereeza siteeringi kyokka!Wavamunno omwaka 2013 A badde avuga SL 500 Class Mercedes Benz ey’obukadde 700 wabula mu 2014 yaleese S 500 Mercedes Benz ya kawumbi.

 

 

 

Eno Benz ya Maurine Wavamunno,

S Class 500 egula eza wano obukadde 800 n’omusobyo okusinziira ku yingini ne malidaadi waayo gw’oba ogitaddemu. Bw’ogula eya yingini sayizi entono, mmotoka eno ogifunira mu bukadde nga 450 ku 500. Eddako ya bukadde 700 -800 bukadde 800 okutuukira ddala

Benz ekika kya 350 S enkola enkadde.

Mmotoka eno yanjawulo ku Benz endala oba mmotoka za bulijjo z’olaba mu Uganda kubanga erina tekinologiya waayo yekka.

Osobola okunyiga eppeesa n’oseetinga sipiidi gy’oyagala edukireko buli kiromita, obuwanvu bw’olugendo n’oggyako ebigere ku buleeci ne kulaaci ssaako omuliro olwo n’osigaala kutereeza siteeringi yokka. Oyinza okuvuga okuva e Kampala okutuuka e Mbarara nga tozzeeyo kuteekamu ggiya wadde okulinnya ku buleeci ne y’etwala yokka.

 

Esobola nokupima obuwanvu bw’emmotoka egikulembedde n’esibamu n’ereka n’ow’ebigere n’asala oluguudo singaabam kumpi nnyo nayo.

 

 

Wavamunno

Byonna ebikolera ku kkamera zaayo ezomulembe eziri mu mataala g’omu maaso n’emabega. Bw’ogituulamu owulira obulamu bwonna obw’oku nsi.

Mu nsi yonna esinze kwettanirwa nnyo Bakabaka,bakyala baabwe, abasuubuzi abagagga ennyo n’abakulembeze b’amawanga

 

 

Ekika kino nakyo akirina.

Erina buli ky’owulira ekiyinza okukuuma ng’ogituddemu ng’oli mulamu bulungi ne bw’ofuna akabenje. Erimu ttivvi ssatu, kwe kugamba okuggyako ddereeva ,abalala buli agituddemu mu maaso ge wabaawo ttivvi eyiye.

Emito girina amapeesa agakola ebbugumu n’okuteekamu empewo ne kalondda omulala yenna owomulembe gw’owulira.

Eno si y’emmotoka ye esoose naye kuva dda nga Wavamunno avuga mmotoka ez’ebbeeyi era alina n’emmotoka ekika

kya Vintage ssatu z’amaze nazo emyaka egisukka mu 40 naye bw’ozirabako mu kiseera kino okakasa nti ssente zaaliwo kuvadda.

 

 

Jeep nayo eri mu paakingi

ABAANA

1: Elvis Wavamuno avuga Jeep Wrangler[10 Anniversary ] :egula Euro 69,000. Eza wano 182.

Emanyi ennaku y’omuntu omunafu mu nsawo wadde ya bbeeyi, ya famire kuba etikka abantu bangi.Era yakolebwa okuva mu mmotoka ekika kya “Willy’s”. alina ne Mercedes Benz G. Class n’ebika ebirala bingi.

2: Gilbert Wavamunno avuga : M Class ate mukyalawe avuga Jeep balina n’enddala

3: Joe Kayima Wavamunno avuga: Jeep Wrangler ate omukyala avuga Cherokee n’endala

4: Gloria Wavamunno avuga Jeep Wrangler n’endala .

 

 

 

EMMOTOKA ENDALA Z’ALINA

JAGUAR: Eno nkola ya Mungereza era nayo egula buwanana. Wabula wadde avuga ya bbeeyi naye n’omukyala tamuleeka mabega kubanga mu Kampala teri mukyala avuga mmotoka ya bbeeyi okutuuka ku yiye.

M Class 350: Eno egula Euro 90,000, eza wano obukadde 315: Erina buli kintu ekyomulembe ky’omanyi munda mu yo. Wadde ya bbeeyi naye enywa nga tadooba.

 

Muky Maureen Wavamunno avuga Benz CLS 350: Egula Euro 133, 000, eza wano obukadde 466 era ye mukyala asinga okuvuga mmotoka ey’ebbeeyi mu Uganda. Mmotoka eno ekigifuula eyomulembe ennyo erina kumpi ebintu byonna S Class by’erina ng’ate yaakafuluma.

  

Erabika nga mmotoka y’empaka, era nzigumivu nnyo ku luguudo n’okukkira mmotoka z’empaka.

GL Class 350 : Egula Euro 17,000 eza wano 410, G 63 Class : Egula Euro 25,000 eza wano obukadde 717 eno yakolebwa okusooka nga ya magye gokka olw’obugumu bwayo, wabula kati n’eza buyonjo bazikola.

 

KIBI NYO NTI OBWAVU

BUSINGA MUDDWALIRO

 

Theatre ye Bugiri Hospital siiyamulembe nyo okuva 1960/4 lweyatekebwawo. 

 

 

 

 

Omuzadde amaze    okuzaala baby muddwaliro e Bugiri, Busoga talina kitanda. 

 

  

 Company eddabiriza ebyamazzi mu ddwaliro lye Bugiri, Busoga, yaddukayo dda.

 

 

 Maama avudde mu theatre ku operation naye talina mufaliso kukitanda.

 

Munsi yonna ebiro bino abagagga banyivu okusasula omusolo omuyitirivu. Kiluma okulaba nga ate omusolo ogwo tegutuuka kuntekateka za governmenti  eziyamba abantu bonna abali munsi.

 

Tewali mulwadde ayagala okujjanjabibwa mu mbeera efanana bwetyo mu ddwaliro. 



An African President's Living Room:

Foreign currency all spread out in the living room
Despite being a cleaner in rich African peoples' home carrying
much risk e.g. being cleaners at the King of Kasese
palace recently cost them lives.

Lucky ones as the young lady cleaner at a President's home was only condemned to the Luzira. The sin was because she went through the security gates with a tiny bag of 'gabbage'. 
Blood-soaked NRA militia have no where to go indeed.

Dr Mungherera has been suffering the agony of the poverty of the medical fraternity that is in Uganda: 

February 8, 2017

Written by BAMUTURAKI MUSINGUZI

Dr Margaret Mungherera, the former president of the World Medical Association, died of cancer last week. As a tribute to one of the world's most respected and outspoken health rights activists, we republish this feature about Mungherera by BAMUTURAKI MUSINGUZI first published by The Observer in January 2014.


When Ugandan psychiatrist Margaret Mungherera was voted unopposed as president-elect of the prestigious World Medical Association (WMA) – the event conjured up bitter memories when she was refused to practice medicine in Britain 28 years ago.

Mungherera had travelled to the UK to pursue a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1984, after completing her internship at Mulago hospital a year before.

In 1980 the General Medical Council in the UK had banned doctors from a number of countries, Uganda inclusive, from working in England for various reasons, including the insecurity in Uganda then, and an alleged decline in standards here. Hence while Mungherera’s classmates from India, Nigeria and Ghana were allowed to practice, Ugandans were rejected as unworthy.

“For us personally as doctors we felt sort of downgraded and humiliated. It meant that if you could not work in England, then you could not work in Germany, France or Europe,” Mungherera says.

She recalls that even when they were admitted, they were told they could not touch patients, meaning that it was going to be a theoretical course.

“It was OK that we were not allowed into courses that were clinical at the time. It must have been up until the 1990s when we struggled and we were recognized again.”


Mungherera’s highest personal recognition came in October 2012, when she was voted WMA president-elect for 2013-2014 at the association’s annual General Assembly in Bangkok, Thailand. A year later, in Fortaleza, Brazil, she was installed as president at the WMA general assembly.

WMA, acting on behalf of patients and physicians, endeavours to achieve the highest possible standards of medical care, ethics, education and health-related human rights for all people.

“When I was taking up this post, the people who actually looked for me were from the British Medical Association. I also had doctors from the American, German and South African Medical Associations who actually rallied and convinced me to take up this challenge. And so when I was declared unopposed at the meeting in Bangkok last year, the first thing that came into my mind was how I felt that afternoon when I was not allowed to register in the UK,” Mungherera says, remarking what a “wonderful thing” it is that the British now think a Ugandan can lead.

Mungherera is only the third woman to head the 66-year-old association, after Dr P. Kincaid-Smith from Australia (1994-5) and Dr Kati Myllymaki from Finland (2002-3). And she is the second African president, after South Africa’s Bernard Mandell (1996-7). She sees this as more evidence to a gender-imbalanced world – that women can ably lead.

“As president, I am going to be the ambassador of the association. I will be the mouthpiece and spokesperson. I will represent WMA at the United Nations and World Health Organisation meetings and other bodies that have a relationship with the association. I will also be visiting national member associations especially where health workers have challenges. If, for example, they have unfairly detained a health worker or where rights of health workers are being violated,” she says.

Mungherera has been a medical doctor for over 30 years and a psychiatrist for 20 years. She specializes in forensic psychiatry at Mulago teaching and referral hospital. She also has responsibilities as the clinical head, directorate of Medical Services (departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry). In addition, she is a senior consultant psychiatrist at Mulago hospital, in charge of psychiatry emergency services.

Mungherera is a founding member of the Association of Uganda Women Medical Doctors and was the first woman to be elected honorary president of the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) since its formation in 1963. She is also its longest-serving president – 1998-2005 and again from 2010 to-date. As WMA boss, she hopes to tackle the challenges of delivering quality healthcare to millions around the world. And she articulates the problem clearly.

“I think the main challenge is that there is a human resource crisis all over the world whether you are talking about high, middle or low-income countries. The most affected areas are the low and middle-income countries. In terms of migration there is a lot of internal and external migration. People are migrating from the South to the North. People are even migrating within their countries from rural to urban areas. So, there is a lot of inequality in terms of distribution of health workers,” she says.

“I also think that the profession has low numbers but also there is a shortage of skills. The skills that are necessary now are to do with the new diseases that have emerged. For example, we as doctors should no longer keep sitting in our clinics; we should be out there doing advocacy, public awareness and health promotions.

“The diseases have changed; we should be talking about lifestyle, more than infections. [Of] course infections are important but lifestyle is a very important issue now. The other challenge as new diseases and epidemics emerge, there is reduced resources for health care. In most countries health care resources are going down,” she added.



Dr Mungherera supervising work at Mulago hospital in 2014

To address these challenges, Mungherera suggests that governments should show more commitment and increase funding for the sector. And the private sector, too, should be more involved in providing solutions.

“For example, a lot of governments have signed the Abuja Declaration, which requires all countries to allocate at least 15 per cent of their national budgets to health. It is not happening in any of the low-income countries and even some middle income countries.”

Mungherera also stresses that research has to be the pillar of efficient healthcare systems.

“We need to be providing services that are based on evidence. So, in many of these countries there is very little money for research. And a lot of research is done by institutions elsewhere. A lot of research is not being translated into policy and action; so, there is a lot of wastage of resources for research. We need to get more money but also target the money to where it is needed to influence policy and action.”


UP TO THE TASK

According the former WMA president, Dr Cecil Wilson, there is no doubt Mungherera will make a great president.

“In talking with Dr Mungherera about her vision for the WMA, what comes through loud and clear is a dedication to bringing the disparate member organisations of the WMA together,” Wilson wrote in his blog posted on the WMA website.

The principal medical officer in charge of mental health at the Ugandan ministry of Health, Dr Sheila Ndyanabangi, describes Mungherera as a charismatic, driven, outspoken, and truly emancipated woman.

“She has fought for the medical profession and the rights for women, men, children and health workers. She was a pioneer in starting health services for after-rape victims,” Ndyanabangi told The Observer. “Therefore, I think she has a lot to offer in coming up with new approaches in empowering health workers in general but also the medical doctors to fulfill their potential in as far as they can contribute to the wellbeing of the population.”

A particular area of concern for Mungherera is the delivery of psychiatric services in Africa, which are hindered by challenges such as the stigma associated with mental illness.

“Stigma also leads to limited resources provided by families, communities and governments. And our services are still rudimentary if you compare them with those in the West. We need to do more work with traditional healers because we know they have a role to play. We need [to] train, educate, and reorient them on what our different roles should be.”

“We need to educate the masses about the common causes of mental illness and how they can recognize mental problems. We also need to integrate mental care into primary healthcare so that every health worker can recognize the form of condition and to give some sort of treatment and know when and where to refer.”

Mungherera notes that immunization is not the responsibility of the health sector only but a multi-sectoral issue that calls for adequate funds for social mobilization.

“If we do not put enough money and effort in social mobilization, we are not going to get the results we want as far as immunization is concerned.”

Mungherera observes that the medical sector in East Africa is developing with the input from the private sector but more resources are required to gain higher growth.

“Things would move faster if we had more resources and especially the human resource. However, in the last 20 years a lot has changed in the way we manage and prevent diseases, and the number of skilled professions has increased. With more resources we can actually get where we can say it is of good standard,” she adds.

Mungherera has expertise in training health professionals and community health workers (CHWs), mental health and forensic medicine research, human rights advocacy, non-profit organizational governance and development.

In 2000, Mungherera initiated discussions between national medical associations in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, a move that culminated in the formation of the Federation of East African Medical and Dental Associations.

A significant achievement of the federation has been to bring together for the first time national medical associations to work with their regulatory bodies in the Eastern African region (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and later Rwanda and Burundi) to strategise and plan for a joint effort to promote standards in training of doctors, regulation, continuing professional development, cross-border disease surveillance and emergency response.

President Yoweri Museveni appointed Mungherera a member of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Global Fund for HIV/Aids, TB and Malaria (2004-2005) and member, Public Universities Visitation Committee (2005-2006).

Mungherera, who was born on October 25, 1957, has five siblings, including four medical doctors. She is married to Richard Mushanga, a retired banker, and she has an adult step-son and four grandaughters.


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Of late these are the modern African medical professionals who seem to have suffered the fool concerning the self inflicted poverty of the country of Uganda. The country of Uganda cannot be struggling to own and use only one cancer treatment machine out of about 50 modern British style hospitals flourishing nationwide. It is a disgrace.


A MEDICAL LETTER FOR AMAMA MBABAZI

January 6, 2017

Written by MOSES KHISA

Mr Amama Mbabazzi


Dear Ndugu Amama,

Greetings! I had hoped to speak with you in Kampala just before Christmas day, but the vicissitudes of life and the messiness of our city made it a little difficult. Before long, I was back to base in Chicago.

One of your aides intimated that you had recently asked about me. And coincidentally, one of the ardent readers of this column, Samuel, not too long ago wanted to know if I knew what you are up to lately. I promised him I would put the question to you directly. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to.

Meanwhile, I was meaning to write you a line on the email when news broke through with a bang: you are in talks with Uganda’s chief fighter, Ssabalwanyi General Museveni, through your daughter Rachel.

Rachel came very close to fully confirming this development, telling the Daily Monitor newspaper: “Yes, I have met the president on several occasions. However, it is bad manners to disclose what one discusses with one’s elders.”

This news has attracted indignation, at least on social media.







The two brothers running the affairs of the country of Uganda.


Ugandans who are sick and tired of Museveni’s decadent rule are resolutely hostile to any rationale for meeting with and talking to a man you so diligently served.

I have a different view, though. The issue shouldn’t be about meeting or not meeting, it’s about why you have to meet and talk. You sure should meet Mr Museveni and speak to him candidly.

I don’t wish to sound presumptuous, but if you may permit me, I should like to remind you something you know all too well. Museveni has a knack for humiliating those who oppose him, chiding anyone who disagrees with him, discrediting and assaulting whoever threatens his grip on power.










NRM swimming in cash money.


I suspect that you are a man who prides in his honour and integrity. The last thing you want to do is crawl back to the Ssabalwanyi begging for favours and access to state largesse. The late Eriya Kategaya went through that ignominy and must have died a depressed man.

At any rate, you should savour a meeting with Museveni and tell him more forcefully what you have told him in the past: that his time is up. Tell him it is in his best interest to work out an exit plan before it becomes inevitable to depart disgracefully. Impress upon him not to wait for 2021 because he should have already left, anyway.

Tell him that harkening back to the Constitution is hollow. The Constitution was long abrogated, otherwise, we wouldn’t have flagrant disregard of court decisions, abuse of court processes, and illegal use of force especially at the behest of a partisan head of the Uganda Police Force. So, there is no constitutional order to talk about.

As you know, with your explicit involvement and enthusiastic participation, the infant 1995 Constitution received a severe knockdown in 2005. It was damned beyond redemption. The country will need a new Constitution once the current system is set aside, one way or the other, in the near future.

That said, Ndugu, I should like to propose that you use the opportunity of meeting your old comrade to persuade him that he is out of touch with the real problems of Uganda. He needs to clear the way and create the space for a new leadership that can reimagine a new Uganda and forge a better future.

The illusion that it is him to save our country and the mass of our compatriots from intractable socioeconomic and political problems has driven the country to a cliffhanger. The insecurity borne of a dubious long stay in power has bred blatant nepotism and a bloated personal security apparatus, weighing heavily on the national budget.

Remind General Museveni that the longer he has clung on, the more he has set up the country for a dangerous end to his rule, something that seems to have attracted disquiet from right inside his family environs, if the ramblings of one of his sons-in-law is to be taken at face value.

The writing is right on the wall. Remind him that there are many historical lessons to look to if at all he is in doubt as to how the course of history can sometimes unfold following its own laws and in total disregard of human ingenuity and logic.

Uganda is not at all inoculated against the kinds of tragic events we have seen in other countries where rulers cling onto power, effectively undermining and undoing whatever progress in place and leaving behind ruins when finally forced out.

I understand that General Museveni is not particularly keen on taking advice, never mind the over 100 advisors. But if you can impress upon him the urgency of his exit from power, you will have done a great service to the nation, arguably more important than what you did as a government official for three decades.

The next time I am in town, I will be sure to seek you out about receipt of, and reaction to, this letter. I hope you will still be holding your own in opposing life presidency and family rule in Uganda.

I thank you!

moses.khisa@

gmail.com

The author teaches  political science at Northwestern University/Evanston, Chicago-USA.


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The message this writer is making has already been made through  the recent expansive General Election of 2016. Mr Mbabazi has a very sick wife and with the advice of his strong daughters, there is not enough money in the family to treat their mother of cancer all over the world's medical hospitals.

Embeera y’eddwaaliro ly’e Kawolo y’eraga Banna

yuganda bwe batafa ku byabwe

May 31, 2014

Eddwaaliro ly’e Kawolo bwe lifaanana.


Broken Down Ambulance



Dodgy mud and wattle

Latrine in Jinja City

Broken down bathroom

Mu 2012, abayimbi

ba Ganda Boys okuli Dennis Mugagga ne Daniel Ssewagudde baatonera eddwaaliro ly’e Kawolo ebikozesebwa ebibalirirwamu doola 15,000. Bazzeemu okukola ekintu kye kimu bwe bawadde eddaaliro lino ekyuma ekibikka abaana, kompyuta n’okulirongoosa, wamu n’okutonera essomero lya Lugazi Community Primary kompyuta. John Weeraga yasisinkanye Dennis Mugagga n’ayogera ku bukulu bwa Bannayuganda okwagala ebyabwe.

Mmwe musobodde mutya okusigalawo wadde mweyubula okuva ku Da Twinz okudda ku Ganda Boys?

Twatendekebwa bulungi. E Namasagali twalina Fr. Grimes eyatuwa entandikwa, n’atulaga vizoni ennyimba zaffe kwe zisobola okuvuganyiza e Bulaaya naddala mu by’okuzina n’okukuba ebivuga.

Twatuuka ekiseera ne tumanya nti tusaanye okweyubula, singa twakomawo nga Da Twinz, wano wanditumize.

Naye twamanya kye tuli, myuziki wa Uganda ky’ali ne kye tuyinza okuguza Abazungu. Jjuuzi twabadde ku siteegi ne bakafulu mu kuyimba nga 65 ku siteegi y’emu, nga bo batukubira ebivuga (orchestrar) ng’eno bwe tuyimba. Bo Bazungu ffe tuli Bannayuganda!

Bonna baabadde n’obuyigirize obusinga ku bwadokita. Naye ggwe bw’oba n’obukkakkamu, n’okkiriza ky’oli. N’omanya nti bo balina kye bamanyi, naye naawe by’oyimba tebabimanyi olwo ojja kumalako.

Ffe ne tuyimba ‘Agawalaggana mu nkoola’, nabo ne bakuba ebivuga byabwe okusinziira ku bwe tuyimba, ne tuzina, abawagizi ne banyumirwa oluyimba! Kino abayimbi ba Uganda kye batannayiga, baagala kufaanana nga Bazungu sso ng’ebyabwe tebabisobola.

Naye ebibiina ebimu nga Eagles bisasika?

ABO baali basobola okukwatagana ne beeyubula, ne bafuna abawagizi abaggya ebweru ne mu Uganda.

Eno ye ambyulensi y’eddwaaliro.

Bandizuddewo engeri y’okumanya muyimbi ki mu bo akaddiye, bayinza kumuggyawo oba kumuyubula batya ne bayingizaawo n’abaana abato? Abazungu bakikola nnyo, oyo akaddiye talwana na mwana muto ng’ayiiya ennyimba ezijja okubaswaza wabula asigala ayimba ennyimba ze n’abato ne bayimba ezaabwe.

Singa aba Eagles baatuukirira Moses Matovu owa Afrigo oba abantu abalala abaludde mu nsiike eno bandibadde babawabula.

Kiki kye mufunye mu kweyubula kwe mukoze?

Kye nsinze okusanyukira kwe kuba nti bwe tuyimba, oli n’asituka n’agamba nti nze eddwaaliro ly’e Kawolo ndiwadde ekyuma kino, ndiwadde kompyuta abasawo basobole okuwuliziganya ne bannaabwe e Bulaaya. Kino nze kimmala, kubanga n’ebintu bye tuyimba ebisinga si byaffe.

Mwasinziira ku ki okulonda eddwaaliro ly’e Kawolo okuliwa obuyambi?

Eddwaaliro bbi nnyo, liri ku luguudo lunene okubeera obubenje buli kiseera naye tebalina bitanda, amazzi tebalina, lirina ebizibu bingi.

Naye mwanamugimu ava ku ngozi, kitange Dr. Charles L. Mugagga yakulirako eddwaaliro lino okumala ebbanga mu myaka gya 1980, ate maama Sr. Alice Mugagga naye yakulirako ekitongole ky’abakazi abazaala mu ddwaaliro lino ate nga nange nnalirabako nga likola.

Condoms block Masaka munici
pality sewerage plant

Publish Date: Feb 21, 2015

By Francis Emorut
 
Sewerage pipes that are always blocked by condoms at the Masaka sewerage plant.  


MASAKA,BUGANDA, UGANDA -

Condoms flushed from the toilets of lodges in Masaka town and also dumped in the sewerage plant threaten the municipality's sewerage system functioning.


The National Water Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) sewerage plant that was built in 1952 has been intruded by town dwellers who dump condoms and polythene bags into it.


"The condoms and dead animals like dogs and cats and are being dumped into the sewerage plant and they cause blockage, making workers to constantly unblock the manholes," Joseph Mugenyi the area manager NWSC Masaka told MPs of Parliamentary Forum on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and officials from Uganda Water Network (UWASNET) on Friday.


The group of legislators was on a field tour to assess the implementation of WASH programme in the district.


Mugenyi said his workers have a mighty task to prevent the municipality from being enveloped in filth if the sewerage overflows.


"The workers keep monitoring and unblocking the manhole whenever they have been blocked by condoms to prevent the sewerage from overflowing. Otherwise, the whole town would be full of stench," he said.


The water area manager said plans are underway to fence the sewerage plant to prevent residents of the town from dumping waste into it.



A team of MPs inspected the plant on Friday. 

Workers always unblock the sewerage pipes. 


The sewerage plant was built 63 years ago. 

Condoms and dead animals are usually dumped in the sewerage plant. (Photo credit: Francis Emorut)

The vice chairperson of the Parliamentary Forum on WASH Ephraim Biraaro emphasized the need to sensitize the municipal dwellers on the dangers of flushing condoms into their toilet systems or dumping them in the sewerage plant.


He appealed to the district leaders to sensitize the masses on the proper way of condom disposal.


Biraaro also called for the implementation of the polythene bag law which banned its manufacture.


Ngora Woman MP Jacline Amongin, who is also the chairperson of Parliamentary Forum on WASH, called for more funding for water, sanitation and hygiene.


She asked the district authorities to prioritise sanitation and hygiene.


The MPs were also shown new technologies of water source and harvesting in Kalungu.


Lawmaker Hatwib Katoto warned that if the district authorities don't take action the municipality would experience an outbreak of cholera.


The Oil rich African country of Nigeria has started to borrow money to pay salaries as Interna

tional price of oil tumbles

By Agencies

Posted  Thursday, May 7  2015

 

NIGERIA, Lagos A cash shortage caused by low oil prices has forced Nigeria to borrow heavily through the early part of 2015, with the government struggling to pay public workers, officials said yesterday.

“We have serious challenges. Things have been tough since the beginning of the year and they are likely to remain so till the end of the year,” said Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Nigeria, Africa’s top economy and largest oil producer, has been hammered by the 50 per cent fall in oil prices, with crude sales accounting for more than 70 per cent of government revenue.

“As it stands today, most states of the federation have not been able to pay salaries and even the federal government has not paid (April) salary and that is very worrisome,” said Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha.

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It seems that Third World countries have a long way to learn how to handle their economies with a bit of caution. It is bad indeed to put ones  eggs in one basket.

By ALLAN OLINGO in Nairobi

 Sunday, October 26   2014 

   

When it comes to lifestyles, some African leaders have no inhibitions.They spend lavishly on birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and even statues of themselves. PHOTO | TEA GRAPHIC 

The phrase “let them eat cake” is widely attributed to Marie-Antoinette (1755-93), the Queen consort of Louis XVI. She is supposed to have said this when she was told that the French populace had no bread to eat.

This statement perhaps best exemplifies the insensitive nature of the lifestyles of African leaders.

There are many ways of gauging the vanity of some African leaders. You could count the monuments, universities, football stadiums, hospitals, statutes, highways and schools that bear their names or are dedicated to them.

When it comes to lifestyles, some African leaders have no inhibitions. They spend lavishly on birthdays, anniversaries, statues and even weddings.

The money ranges from direct siphoning from government coffers and public agencies, to forcing contributions from officials, friends, corporate organisations and kickbacks from multinationals keen on securing deals for infrastructure development, oil and gas and other natural resources exploration.

The lifestyles of African presidents and their families reflect the tragedy of resource-rich African countries where the leaders spend millions on luxury items, as the ordinary people live in abject poverty, lacking access to basic amenities and services such as clean drinking water, health care and education.

Recently, the Angolan government spent $35 million to mark President José Eduardo dos Santos’s 72nd birthday. The money is said to have been spent on various activities that were undertaken in the country, including sporting activities, a state dinner and a talk by the president.

Angolan media reported that the country’s Culture Ministry spent over $6 million on hosting international public figures to talk about the president. Among the invited leaders were former Nigerian president Olesegun Obasanjo, the United Nations Secretary-General’s representative in Angola Magareth Anstee and former Namibian president Sam Nujoma.

A lavish dinner

 

Mugabe at it sleeping after a nice African dinner

 

It was also reported that international hockey and basketball tournaments were organised at the cost of $1.5 million each, while the country’s Defence ministry organised a talk on the president’s commitment to the pacification of the Great Lakes countries, at a cost of $600,000.

About 500 guests were also hosted to a lavish dinner in honour of the president at a cost of $1 million.

President Dos Santos, Africa’s longest serving leader after Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang’ Nguema has been in power since September 1979. In 2013, the president’s daughter, Isabel dos Santos, gave a personal loan to the government of Portugal when it was facing a credit crunch.

According to Forbes magazine, over the past decade Angola has been one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Its gross domestic product grew at an 11.6 per cent annual clip from 2002 to 2012, driven by a more than doubling of oil production to 1.8 million barrels a day. The government budget stands at $69 billion, up from $6.3 billion a decade ago.

Interestingly, even with its oil windfall, 70 per cent of Angolans live on less than $2 a day, while recent Angolan government estimates show that 10 per cent of the country’s population are staring at a famine, due to drought and bureaucratic neglect.

Angola’s Defence is allocated more funds from the budget than health care, education and agriculture combined.

In 2012, the International Monetary Fund reported that at least $32 billion from oil revenue went missing from the federal ledger between 2007 and 2010. The country is also faring badly on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, with the latest findings ranking it 157 out of 176 nations.

In Zimbabwe, the script is the same with political patronage and lavish spending at the expense of the economy. President Robert Mugabe’s birthday has always been marked by fanfare and celebrations, especially within the ruling Zanu-PF party.

This year, during his 90th birthday celebrations, Zimbabwean media reported that the cost of the fete hit $1 million, in a country where more than half the population lives on less than $1 a day.

Showering praise

On the actual birthday, the state-owned Herald newspaper ran more than 20 pages of advertisements from state enterprises, government ministries and supporters showering praise on the veteran leader.

The event featured a giant birthday cake, multi-course meals and a music gala featuring top Zimbabwean artistes.

The Zimbabwean President addressed a crowd of 45,000 at the event in Marondera. The birthday cake, in keeping with the tradition, increased in weight by one more kilogramme to 90kg.

In monetary terms, the cake represented $1,000 for every year the octogenarian leader has lived, with sections of the Zimbabwean media reporting that the birthday cake cost Mbada Diamonds, a local diamond mining company, all of $90,000.

The event also saw 90 bulls slaughtered to honour the ageing leader. To further show the extravagance of the ruling family, the president’s daughter Zona Mugabe’s wedding to Simbarashe Chikore, was televised live by the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

The wedding apparently cost $5 million, and the President gave the newlyweds $100,000 as a cash gift and 55 head of cattle, while his longtime friend President Nguema gave the couple $35,000. Never mind that 60 per cent of the people of Equatorial Guinea live on less than $1 a day, despite the government earning billions of dollars oil revenue every year.

Zambian leader Michael Sata gave a gift of $4,000, Mbada Diamonds contributed $100,000 while the Zimbabwe police, represented by Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri, presented the newlyweds with $10,000.

The function was graced by Congolese crooner Koffi Olomide, South Africa’s Zahara and the Soweto String Quartet, who were paid thousands of dollars to provide the entertainment.

Mugabe’s former Finance minister Simba Makoni recently revealed that Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo, Commissioned two statues of Mugabe to be built by North Korea at a combined cost of $5 million.

One of the statues will be 30-feet high, made of bronze worth $3.5 million. It will be erected in the capital Harare; while the second, which will cost $1.5 million, will be erected in the proposed $3.8 million museum to be built in Mugabe’s rural Zvimba home.

Despite this lavish spending, Zimbabwe is $11 billion in loan arrears, and last month, the President was in China asking for a bailout as the country no longer qualifies for World Bank and International Monetary Fund loans.

Average salary

According to Forbes, the average salary in Zimbabwe stands at $250, but Cabinet ministers’ salaries top $40,000 a month. The World Banks’ latest poverty index report says that 72 per cent of Zimbabweans live on less than a $1 a day, and 60 per cent have no access to clean water, while the economy is shrinking.

In the 2013 UNDP Human Development Index, Zimbabwe was ranked 156 out of 187 countries, and described as a low-income and food-deficit country.

Despite Equatorial Guinea being one of the world’s top 30 oil producing countries, a baby born in this country has a slim chance of survival as Unicef estimates that 20 per cent of children die before reaching the age of five.

Over 60 per cent of the population lives in poverty, the average cost of health care is about $60, average wage is at $186 and more than half the population have no access to clean drinking water.

Transparency International, the corruption watchdog, has put Equatorial Guinea on the top 12 of its list of most corrupt states while a US Senate investigation into the Washington-based Riggs Bank found that President Obiang’s family had received huge payments from US oil companies such as Exxon Mobil and Amerada Hess.

In 2012, the New York Times reported that US police had seized assets belonging to Teodore Nguema Obiang Mangue, the President’s son. Among the seized items were a $2 million wine collection, a $180 million building in Paris, thought to have 101 rooms, including a Turkish bath, a hair salon, two gym clubs, a nightclub, a movie theatre and furniture worth $50 million.

Also seized were 11 luxury cars considered to be among the world’s most expensive — they included two Bugatti Veyrons, a Maybach, an Aston Martin, a Ferrari Enzo, a Ferrari 599 GTO, a Rolls-Royce Phantom and a Maserati MC12.

As at June 2013, the US Justice Department claimed that the younger Obiang had spent $315 million on properties and luxury goods between 2004 and 2011, buying private art collections, the world’s most expensive wines, a $3.7 million clock, a Gulfstream jet, and spending $2 million on Michael Jackson memorabilia.

Her husband

The amount Teodore spends on luxury is equating to three times the country’s combined budget for health and education.

In the same neighbourhood, despite Gabon being the third-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa, a third of the country’s 1.5 million population live on less than $1 dollar a day, yet President Ali-Ben Bongo and his father, the late Omar Bongo, have amassed wealth running into billions of dollars.

According to the Guardian, President Bongo has dozens of luxury homes in places like the French Riviera and a $120 million 14-bedroom town house in Paris.

During an investigation with kickbacks-related charges, French prosecutors found the Bongo family owned 33 properties in France alone, including a $27 million villa.

At one time, Ali-Ben Bongo’s wife, Inge, appeared on a US reality television show, Really Rich Real Estate, shopping for a $25 million mansion in California.

Before his father’s death, President Ali-Ben Bongo was the minister of Defence, while his sister, Pascaline was the head of the Cabinet. Her husband, Paul Toungui, was minister of Finance.

Despite the country’s billions of dollars worth of oil revenues, Gabon, is said to have fewer kilometres of tarmac road compared with the thousands of kilometres of oil pipelines, showing how this wealth has been skimmed off the public coffers.

Internationally, Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines has been synonymous with wealth, greed and excess.

According to the BBC, Mrs Marcos amassed a huge collection of art, jewellery, property and at least 1,000 pairs of shoes during her husband’s 20 years at the helm.

Among her art collections were paintings by Michelangelo, van Gogh, Cezanne, Rembrandt and Rafael. She also owned palatial homes in the US and the Philippines; silver tableware, gold necklaces and diamond tiaras. By the time her husband was ousted through a revolution in 1986, her estimated wealth stood at $10 billion.

 

 

Italy calls for help rescuing migrants as 40 more reportedly drown

Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome 16/04/2015
 
 
There has been an increase in migrant ships heading to Italy
                                            Immigrants from Third World countries being helped from the sea
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS 
There has been an increase in migrant ships heading to Italy

Italy has called on the rest of Europe to share the burden of the growing migration crisis in the Mediterranean as there were reports on Thursday of 40 more deaths after an inflatable boat sank just off the Sicilian coast, with just four people reportedly surviving the catastrophe.

The demand for European-wide action comes just days after 400 people were killed after a boat capsized, and as the Italian coastguard announced that two of its vessels would reach Sicily on Thursday afternoon with almost 900 rescued migrants on board.

Paolo Gentiloni, the foreign minister, said that 90% of the rescue effort in recent weeks had fallen on the Italian navy, which responds to calls for help from migrant boats in international waters close to Libya.

“The emergency is not just about Italy,” he said. “We have a duty to save lives and welcome people in a civilised manner, but we also have a duty to seek international engagement.”

Four survivors of the latest tragedy told Italian police and humanitarian organisations that their inflatable vessel sank not long after leaving the coast of Libya for Europe with 45 people on board.

According to the men, who were picked up by the Italian navy vessel Foscari after they were spotted by an aircraft, the old inflatable boat quickly began losing air forcing the migrants into the water.

Another Italian ship, the Fiorillo, has 301 people on board following the rescue of a vessel in distress, and the Dattilo has 592 following six separate rescue operations that took place over two days.

Survivors of the disaster earlier this week in which 400 people died said the vessel sank after passengers surged to one side to catch the attention of a passing commercial ship.

About 8,500 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean between Friday and Monday alone. The warm weather and good sea conditions have led to a sharp increase in attempted crossings.

According to some estimates, this year’s death toll has already reached 909, compared with about 50 deaths in the same period in 2014, when Italy’s Mare Nostrum rescue mission was still in effect.

That programme has since been replaced by Europe’s Triton, a far less ambitious border patrol that monitors incoming vessels within 30 miles of the Italian coast.

Gentiloni called on the EU to increase funding for Triton. The Italian ministry of the interior, in the meantime, is scrambling to find ways to accommodate the migrants in areas across Italy, so that the southern parts of the country are not alone in finding housing for the new arrivals.

The Lombardy region has joined its northern neighbour in refusing the ministry’s requests.

“We’re not having it,” said the president of Lombardy, Roberto Maroni, the founder of rightwing Northern League party. He added that zero places would be made available as long as the the government maintained an “irresponsible” attitude of accepting migrants.

A UN spokesperson acknowledged that Italy was carrying “a big burden” on behalf of Europe. Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief – who is Italian – said she would convene a meeting of foreign ministers to discuss ways to improve coordination.

In Sicily, recently arrived survivors – including many women and children – described their harrowing journeys and their desire to escape poverty and violence, including threats from Boko Haram and Isis.

“I was scared,” Al-Haji from Gambia told CNN. . “I was taking a big risk. Either I enter Europe or I die.”

The head of the Northern League, Matteo Salvini, seized on the growing crisis in the Mediterranean as an opportunity to attack the EU.

“Europe remembers Italy when it wants to fine or tax us,” he said on Wednesday. “But when we need a hand to block an invasion – because it is an invasion - Europe couldn’t give a toss.”

He proposed that Italy oshould “go to north Africa to identify the real refugees”, and not allow migrants with iPhones who “swan around our cities laughing at those get up to go and work in the morning” from enjoying benefits that rightfully belong to Italians.

 

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Posted on 2nd November, 2014

Magna Carta 800 years on: recognition at

last for ‘England’s greatest export’

For centuries the importance of King John’s surrender in
1215 has been underplayed. Next year’s anniversary celebrations will be different:
 
Posted by The Observer and Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom. 
Posted  1st November 2014
Magna carta

 A woodcut of a picture from 1864 depicts King John and the barons(abattaka) at

Runnymede, Surrey, England in the year 1215. Photograph: Universal History Archive/Un/REX

 

Prepare for a surfeit of television historians strolling across a meadow in Surrey, gesturing into cameras. Plans are taking shape for lavish celebrations – including a host of TV and radio documentaries and books, and even a float at the Notting Hill carnival – of an anniversary that many hope will bring belated recognition to one of England’s greatest but most overlooked creations.

Eight hundred years ago next year, on 15 June 1215, on the banks of the Thames in Runnymede, an embattled King John met the English barons, who had backed his failed war against the French and were seeking to limit his powers. The weakened monarch had little choice but to witness the sealing of what some say is the world’s most important document, one that, symbolically at least, established a new relationship between the king and his subjects.

 

Thus the original Magna Carta, 3,500 words in Latin on a calfskin parchment, came into being, its enduring relevance confirmed in the many legal cases in which it is cited today. But while lawyers worship Magna Carta for laying the foundations for modern democracy, the defence of personal liberty and the protection of freedoms around the world, Britain largely ignores it. The 750th anniversary passed in 1965 with little fanfare. Plans for the 700th anniversary were abandoned due to the first world war. An appeal to the government for a national holiday next year, backed by many MPs, was rejected.

History as an academic discipline has also often been reluctant to pay homage. The 1214 battle of Bouvines, the decisive battle after which England was forced to concede it had lost most of its lands in France, a pivotal moment in the weakening of John’s position, has been described as “the most important battle in history that nobody has ever heard of”. And until recently Magna Carta was only on the periphery of the history syllabus. Even David Cameron, when asked on a US chat show, was unable to say what Magna Carta means in English (answer: “Great Charter”).

Runnymede also appears underwhelmed by its place in history. The only memorial to Magna Carta within the National Trust park that incorporates the meadow, bisected by a busy road, is a small, domed shelter built in 1957 by the American Bar Association. Two signs explain how the Pilgrim Fathers took a copy of Magna Carta with them, which helped Americans to frame their constitution, and how the document was used by Nancy Astor to promote universal suffrage, and by William Wilberforce and Abraham Lincoln to press for the abolition of slavery.

The absence of a more fitting British memorial is surprising. Apparently the National Trust feared that putting Runnymede on the cultural map would cause traffic problems.

“I’ve been wondering why that is [the absence of a visitor centre] for 20 years,” said Sir Robert Worcester, chairman of the Magna Carta 800th Committee who can trace his family back to the Pilgrim Fathers. He describes Magna Carta as “England’s greatest export”, and reels off the key tenets it has bequeathed to the world – “due process of law; no one is above the law; justice delayed is justice denied; no taxation without representation; the English Church shall be free”.

Worcester and his fellow enthusiasts hope 2015 will be the year Magna Carta gets the anniversary it deserves. Tens of millions of national lottery pounds are being poured into key Magna Carta sites across England. Websites have been constructed; commemorative gold coins and stamps are to be issued; a peal of bells will ring from churches; a series of lectures around the world, starting with one by Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, will emphasise the document’s enduring importance; the British Library will host the largest exhibition in its history; special songs and poems will be performed; Magna Carta will even get its own display at the Notting Hill carnival. The creation of a visitor centre near Runnymede could also become a reality. Worcester talks optimistically of signing a deal with Royal Holloway University, which is a couple of miles away.

However, capturing public interest remains a challenge. “Unlike other artefacts which may be a bit more sexy, it’s a piece of parchment with some rather unintelligible words written on it in Latin,” acknowledged Sandra Matthews-Marsh, chief executive of Visit Kent, the body that promotes tourism in the county keen to put itself on the newly launched Magna Carta tourist map.

“But the exhibition designers and curators we’ve appointed are really excited about the job. Their task is to bring the thing to life, not only to tell the story of why it was so important but what its relevance is today.”

It is a task in need of fulfilment. Last Thursday a British Asian family, father, mother, grandmother and three daughters, walked across the meadow at Runnymede and stood in front of the American Bar Association’s memorial. “What do you mean, ‘Is that all there is?’,” the mother hissed in response to a mumbled observation from one of her daughters.

For several minutes the family examined the signs and took selfies. Then they made their way back to the nearby car park and its National Trust tearoom. The US-built memorial stood unobserved in the autumn sunshine. Across the meadow came the roar of traffic, its drivers oblivious to the fact they were speeding past history.

Magna Carta? So what was that all about?

I’ve heard of it. Some Latin document written long ago. Didn’t David Cameron talk about it on a chat show once?

Yes. He was forced to admit he did not know what Magna Carta was in English.

Idiot. So what does it mean?

Great Charter.

Sounds impressive.

Indeed. Originally issued in 1215, it was the first document forced on to a king of England by his subjects as they sought to protect their privileges and limit his powers.

The first?

Yes, it was annulled by the pope nine weeks later. It was redrafted in 1216, 1217 and 1225. It was confirmed as English law in 1297, but most parts have been repealed.

Most parts?

Clause 1, securing the freedom of the English church; Clause 9, guaranteeing the “ancient liberties” of the City of London; and Clause 29, the right to due process, are still in force.

Due process. Sounds like an 80s pop band.

It was the clause that laid the foundations for the individual freedoms we enjoy today.

Remind me again what it says.

“No Freeman shall be taken or imprisoned, or be disseised of his Freehold, or Liberties, or free Customs, or be outlawed, or exiled, or any other wise destroyed; nor will We not pass upon him, nor condemn him, but by lawful judgment of his Peers, or by the Law of the land. We will sell to no man, we will not deny or defer to any man either Justice or Right.”

So we have Magna Carta to thank for cutting our monarchs down to size?

At the time it had little effect on curtailing monarchical powers, but it carried great symbolism. It gave succour to those opposing the king during the English civil war and helped lead to the rule of constitutional law throughout the English-speaking world.

Posted by Ninssiima:
  

To progress economically, Uganda needs to urgently accelerate the shift from high to

low-fertility and mortality rates.  

This was the main message that Innocent Owomugisha, from the Population Secretariat

(popsec), delivered during a training for journalists last week. Uganda’s population growth

rate is estimated at 3.2 per cent annually. Owomugisha, Popsec’s national programme officer,

said Uganda’s population would reach 130 million by 2050 if this rate continued – stretching

the country’s limited resources.

“Without a change in the high fertility rate of six children per woman, we are going to need

about 460,000 primary school teachers and 88,000 nurses by the year 2037,” Owomugisha

said.

Eva Nakimuli, a senior programme officer at Popsec, said that Uganda needed to focus

on sensitizing communities on the benefits of manageable families, if this scenario was to

change. This, she said, is possible through family planning, a choice made by couples

on the number of children to have and the length of time between their births.

“Increased investment in family planning will prevent unintended pregnancies, leading

to fewer births per woman, allow for better employment opportunities and keep girls in

school,” Nakimuli said.

While a big population can be advantageous to a country’s progress, as has been the

case for countries such as China, experts say that the most important demographic

issue for Uganda is age-related. Currently, Uganda’s age structure is skewed towards the

younger generation (those between 0-24 years) who make up over 70 per cent of the

population.

ninsiima@observer.ug

 

 

Zimbabwe President Mugabe, 90, falls down:
Publish Date: Feb 04, 2015

He had just returned from Ethiopia where he took over the rotating chairmanship of the African Union.

Africa's oldest leader, who turns 91 later this month, had concluded his homecoming speech when he tumbled to his knees on a short flight of stairs in an incident witnessed by journalists and hundreds of supporters.

He was quickly helped up by aides and walked to a waiting car.

 
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaks at the party's annual conference on December 17, 2016 in Masvingo determined to rule the African country until he is 100 years old. AFP PHOTO 
 
Mugabe took over the post of African Union chairman on Friday, replacing Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
 
In his speech, Mugabe said he felt honoured that Zimbabwe was elected chair of the AU, pledging to use his position to push for development in the continent.
 
"The AU must be the engine of development in Africa. We should be the engine of development in Africa," Mugabe said.
 
"We want real progress to be achieved to develop all our countries."
 
He said "no African country" opposed Zimbabwe's elevation to lead the organisation.
 
The former liberation war hero is Africa's third-longest serving leader.
 
 "Your greatness resonates across Africa and beyond" read one card.
 
The leader also used the opportunity to lambast Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta for appearing before the International Criminal Court (ICC), when the AU had advised him against it.
 
"I told him that you will make your father's soul feel ashamed. We don't want to hear that again."
 
Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's founding president Jomo Kenyatta, was accused of crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the violence that followed the country's disputed presidential election seven years ago.
 
The charges against him were later withdrawn.
AFP
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The African citizens of Zimbabwe are so dull and stuck up that is probably why white people visited their country and took it over from them together with their human diginity and birth rights.

A Minister in Uganda Mr Byandala and four others have been jailed over Road building in the city of Kampala:

Minister Abraham Byandala is checked by a police officer at the Anti-Corruption

Court in Kololo, Kampala, yesterday.

PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA

 

 

A Minister in tears at court
By ANTHONY WESAKA

 

Posted  Wednesday, July 29  2015 

 

Uganda, Kampala. The Anti-Corruption Court last evening remanded to Luzira prison the Minister without Portfolio Abraham Byandala, in connection with more than Shs24 billion government lost in the botched upgrade of the Mukono-Katosi road.

Minister Byandala, alongside four other suspects, expected to regain their freedom upon taking plea, but the presiding Principal Grade One Magistrate Julius Borore had other plans.

The magistrate said he will hear their bail application on August 11 on grounds that interlocutory applications are heard on separate dates with plea taking.

His ruling stunned a host of defence lawyers led by Robert Kagoro, who protested that hearing of bail is a constitutional right and that no good reason was given as to why the magistrate could not hear their bail application for their clients.

Relatives of the accused persons shed tears as their people were driven to Luzira prison. The minister, who was brought to court shortly after 2pm, occasionally wiped his eyes with a handkerchief. 

Thirty minutes later, he was led to the fully-packed courtroom where two counts of abuse of office, one count of disobedience of lawful orders, and one count of influence peddling, were read to him.

In response to the charges, the minister who was clad in navy blue suit with a light blue shirt, replied: “Totally false.”

The other suspects

The other suspects charged before the Kololo-based court included Mr Berunado Kimeze, 54, the former acting executive director of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), Joe Ssemugooma, 54, the former acting director finance and administration at UNRA, Mr Apollo Senkeeto, alias Mark Kalyesubula, 45, a businessman and Isaac Mugote, former banker with Housing Finance Bank Ltd.

According to the charge sheet prepared and signed off by the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja, the minister is accused of having abused his office while holding the Works ministry docket by a November 14, 2013 letter, when he directed the immediate signing of the contract between UNRA and EUTAW, an American construction firm that was contracted to upgrade the Katosi Road and yet the company lacked capacity to perform.

The IGG further accuses the minister, who was dropped from holding the Works docket in March this year, for having, in an August 27, 2014 letter, abused his office by ordering for the continuation of the works on the Mukono-Katosi road by Chongqing International Construction Corporation (CICO).

The ombudsman added that in so doing, the minister formalised the illegal sub-contract of the works with CICO by ensuring that an agreement is signed between EUTAW and CICO, thereby authorising UNRA to pay CICO directly well knowing that EUTAW had breached its contract with UNRA and yet the IGG had already halted the same process.

In a related development, court issued criminal summons for Mr Marvin Baryaruha, 45, a former legal counsel of UNRA for having failed to appear before court to also enter plea. According to the charge sheet, Mr Baryaruha faces one count of influence peddling, one count of abuse of office and one count of corruption.

Katosi Road scam time line

2010. Katosi road earmarked for upgrade by the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).

May 2010. Eutaw International Limited purchases bid documents. 

December 2010: Eutaw emerges best bidder. But the trails, like the legal documents submitted in bidding, however, described the Eutaw in Mississippi as completely different from the one in Florida. 

2010/2011: Mr Abraham Byandala appointed Works minister.

The project is shelved on grounds of lack of funds but constant meetings are held back and forth, including with President Museveni.

February 2012: The President directs the ministries of Works and Finance to accelerate discussions with Eutaw on the project. 

March 2012: UNRA ponders on re-tendering the project but the idea is shot down, officials revealed. 

November 2: Housing Finance Bank writes to UNRA confirming issuing performance security to Eutaw Constructions.

November 14: Mr Marvin Baryaruha, then the legal counsel of UNRA, writes back giving green light to the signing. 

January 28: UNRA deposits Sh24.7b to Eutaw’s account in Housing Finance Bank.

February 17: IGG writes to UNRA questioning the contract.

March 13: CICO deposits Sh500m on Eutaw’s account.

July 2: Eutaw writes to UNRA claiming that they were conned.

July 7: President Museveni commissions the road project in Mukono.

July 9: Secretary to Treasury Keith Muhakanizi writes to IGG to investigate deal.

August 31: The UNRA board suspends Mr Kimeze, Mr Ssemugooma, Mr Baryaruha and Mr Luyimbazi.

Compiled by Frederic Musisi

awesaka@ug.nationmedia.com

 

 

 

The confession of a former Fronasa Member and (NRM) during 1976/2015

 

Federalist Alliance for Democracy and Development in Uganda ( FADDU) has implicated Museveni and Raiti Omongin in the murderous rampage that gripped the nation during Amin's government. Amin was no angel and he also killed Ugandans but this was in response to what Museveni was doing to destabilize his government. Amin ordered the public execution of 13 FRONASA cells that took part in killing and kidnapping civilians forcing them in car boots.

Among those executed was Tom Masaba who carried out Museveni's orders of eliminating prominent Ugandans in 1970s. Those execute included William Nkoko from Busoga region, Joseph Bwtwari and James Karambi from Kigezi and Phares Kasoro an ex policeman from Toro.

On January 22 1972 a tribunal chaired by Lt. Col. Ozo heard the testimony as those captured confessed on how they were instructed by Yoweri Museveni to kidnap, torture and killed prominent Ugandans.

Tom Masaba and Nkoko made statements that those mostly involved in murdering people were mainly from the Uganda army and their cell was in Lugala Forest in Busoga and most of the FRONASA recruits were from Kigezi.

On leaving the training camps, most of these young men were arrested by Amin's security forces. They told Col. Ozo that they were operating in small cells disguise themselves as soldiers and abduct people.

The military tribunal that heard the confession included Col. Hussein Malela, Maj. Gabriel, Capt. Ssengendo, and Amin himself. Bishop Festo Kivengere approached Amin and asked him to pardon them but Amin refused.

On the execution day Tom Masaba told Bishop Kivengere " Bishop thanks for coming! I wanted to tell you, the day i was arrested, while in my cell, i asked the lord Jesus to come into my heart. He came in and forgave me all my sins, Heaven is open now and there is nothing between me and my God, please tell my wife and my children that i am gone to meet Jesus and warned people of being used to kill innocent people. Nkoko was publicly executed in Bugembe Stadium in Jinja. In justifying his actions, Amin on January 25th, 1973 told visiting businessmen from Bugisu, that if anyone involves himself in subversive activities whether he is a minister or not the will be put before a military tribunal and be executed.

On January 30th, 1973 Yusuf Abwooli from Mwenge in Toro was arrested at the Uganda Bookshop tea room by PSU he had a pistol and three magazines given to him by Museveni's FRONASA to kill prominent Ugandans in the city. Voice of Uganda on January 31st, 1973 Malibo said he was sent from Tanzania by a young Yoweri Museveni with several others to assassinate, kidnap certain important people in the country. He was told to assassinate Wanume Kibeddi, Edward Rugumayo, Yekosofati Engur, Col. Francis Nyangweso and he was in possession of their pictures.

On Feb. 4th, Yoweri Museveni told the British Newspaper the Observer that the people were arrested and executed near Mbale town belonged to FRONASA.

In Aug. 2009 Nkoko's remains were exhumed from a public cemetery and reburied at Kityerera in Mayuge district and Museveni told mourners that Nkoko was part of FRONASA.

Now Museveni says he brought peace. Yet he was the one killing and bringing war all along. He can tell those lies to the poor youth who were born under his watch.

 

So now we wait for the likes of Amama Mbabazi to confess 2015?

Hussein Amin.