Eddwaaliro ly’e Kayunga liwuniikirizza ababaka

Kampala | May 01, 2014

 

Emu ku kabuyonjo mu ddwaliro lino nga bw’efaanana.

 

 

Bya SAUL WOKULIRA

ABABAKA ba palamenti abatuula ku kakiiko akavunaanyizibwa ku byenfuna by’eggwanga bawuniikiridde bwe batuuse mu ddwaaliro ekkulu e Kayunga ne balisanga nga lyafaafagana dda nga n’empeereza eziriyo mbi ddala.

 

Ababaka abaakulembeddwa ssentebe w’akakiiko kano, Xavier Kyoma bazze mu ddwaaliro e Kayunga okwetegereza oba nga ddala liri mu mbeera mbi era lyetaaga okuddaabiriza ng’abakulembeze b’omu kitundu n’abalwadde abalikozesa bwe baludde nga balyogerera.

 

Ababaka baasoose kwevumba kafubo n’abaddukanya eddwaaliro lino n’abakulembeze b’ekitundu abaabasabye balirambule beerabireko ebintu byonna bwe biyimiridde.

 

Baatambudde kisenge ku kisenge gye beewunyirizza oba nga ddala eddwaaliro lino likyasaana okujjanjaba abalwadde kubanga ebyuma byonna bikadde nga byatalagga sso ng’ebirala byakwegekereza bisobole okukolayo waakiri eddakiika emu.

 

Emidumu gy’amazzi gyatalagga ne gyabika, kaabuyonjo ezaali ez’amazzi zaafa, kazambi akulukutira mu buli kifo n’ebitanda abalwadde kwe beebaka okubakolako nabyo biri mu mbeera mbi sso ng’ebirala babitega biginji.

 

Ababaka bwe batuuse mu sweeta gye balongooseza abalwadde beewuunyizza nga wakyafu nnyo, ebyuma ebiriyo bifu ate ng’ekyuma ekimu eky’omulembe Gavumenti kye yabawa ekipya ttuku kyagaana okukola.

 

 

 

Omubaka Lulume nga yeetegereza entebe okutuulwa abakuulwa amannyo eyayulika.

 

ABASAWO N’ABAKOZI BANAFU

 

Omubaka wa Ntenjeru South, Patrick Nsanja yagambye nti eddwaaliro lino newankubadde liri mu mbeera mbi wabula n’abasawo abalikolamu bayitirizza obunafu n’okwebulankanya ku mirimu nga kino kyongedde okudibaga eby’enzijanjaba.

 

Ababaka baawuniikiridde bwe baasanze nga sitoowa y’eddagala nsibe nga n’abagikolamu okuli Fredrick Ssewanonda ne Barbara Nanteza bamaze wiiki bbiri nga tebalinnya ku ddwaaliro era ebisumuluzo bya sitoowa basula nabyo e Kampala. Kino kye kivaako abalwadde okujja mu ddwaaliro obutafuna ddagala.

 

Abakaka abalala okuli Dr. Lulume Bayiga owa Buikwe South ne Amos Lugoloobi owa Ntenjeru North baagambye nti eddwaaliro lyetaaga okulongoosa lisobole okuweereza obulungi abantu kubanga likola ku balwadde abava mu disitulikiti ezisoba 10 omuli Buikwe, Kayunga, Kamuli, Amolata, Apac, Nakasongola n’endala.

 

Gavumenti egenda kwewola obukadde bwa ddoola 15 okuva mu Saud Fund for Development okuddaabiriza n’okugaziya amalwaliro okuli Kayunga ne Yumbe.

 

Ssentebe w’akakiiko, Kyooma yagambye nti bye basanze e Kayunga biwuniikiriza kubanga buli kimu okuviira ddala ku bakozi, ebifo omujjanjabirwa abalwadde ne gye bagabira eddagala byonna bifu era baakufuba okulaba ng’eddwaaliro liddaabirizibwa.

 

 

Americans don’t hate Ugandan Muslims - US amba-ssador defends his country's historical record:

 

 

US ambassador

US ambassador, Mr Scott Delisi,  

 

By  ABUBAKER KIRUNDA


Posted  Saturday, February 14  2015 

 

MAYUGE- The US Ambassador, Mr Scott DeLisi, has said American citizens do not harbour any hatred or ill will towards Muslims.

“There is a fast growing population of Muslims in America of over seven million people and 1,500 mosques implying that rumours of hatred are not true,” Mr DeLisi said.

Mr DeLisi made the remarks in Mayuge District on Tuesday during the launch of the Uganda Muslim America Skill Friendship Training Centre, which is run and funded by the Muslim Centre for Justice and Law in partnership with American Embassy.

Strong ties

The diplomat also described as wrong a perception that ties between USA and Muslims are weak. He said the fact that USA has always supported development projects run by Muslims is testimony that America has strong ties with Muslim communities.

According to the President of the Muslim Centre for Justice and Law, Mr Jaffer Ssenganda, the facility helps to provide youth with free training in, among others, Information Communication Technology, catering, tailoring, crafts’ making and other practical survival skills.

The Mayuge Resident District Commissioner, Mr Badru Ssebyala, commended the directors of the centre for coming up with such programmes, saying they will contribute towards stabilising the country by fighting unemployment, which he said is usually a cause of unrest in most African nations.

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Embeera mu ddwaaliro e Mulago eriddaabirizi
bwa yeeraliikirizza abalwadde
kampala | Feb 15, 2015

 

Abantu nga bakonkomalidde mu luggya lw’eddwaaliro ly’e Mulago
 
Bya HAFSWA NANKANJA
 

MU October w’ omwaka oguwedde Pulezidenti Yoweri Kaguta Museveni yatongoza okuddaabiriza amalwaliro ga gavumenti omuli ne Mulago era nga kaweefube ono waakutwala emyaka ebiri.

Ebyembi, mu myezi esatu gyokka gye twakasenvulako, Bannayuganda naddala abettanira ennyo eddwaaliro lino, batandikiddewo okwekokkola kaweefube ono olw’ebizibu bye basanze.

Robinah Kiyingi ow’e Masuuliita ne Mark Kasirye ow’e Mulago bagamba nti enkulaakulana bw’eba ezze, nnungi kyokka abagireeta bateekeddwa okusooka okweteekateeka obulungi.

Baatugamba okuddaabiriza Mulago kwa myaka ebiri gyokka kyokka ne we tuli kati tolabawo kyakyuseeko okuggyako okuzunza abantu n’abalwadde baabwe.

Twaleeta wano omulwadde waffe nga waakulongoosa kyenda kyokka mu lunaku lumu lwokka ne bamusiibulirawo nga n’essaawa ze bamugambye okumala nga yeevuunise tezinnaggwaako. 

Ekirala, ffe abajjanjabi twagobeddwa mu woodi era kati tuzungira bweru mu luggya mu kasana akayitirivu. Weebuuze nti singa enkuba etonnyera wano, banaatu¬kuumira wa fenna nga bw’otulaba wano n’abalala abali mu mpya ez’enjawulo?

Obucaafu bususse e Mulago, abajjanjabi tebalina kaabuyonjo wadde akayigo we bagendako okweyamba. Akayigo kaasigala kamu kokka ate nga kali munda mu waadi gye batabakkiriza kuyingira buli kiseera”.

EDDWAALIRO KYE LIGAMBA

Omwogezi w’eddwaaliro lino, Enock Kusasira agamba: “Enteeka¬teeka z’okuddaabiriza eddwaaliro ly’e Mulago zigenda mu maaso nga bwe zaateekebwateekebwa. Twakirambika bulungi ne tutegeeza abantu nga tuyita mu mikutu gy’amawulire egy’enjawulo nti tugenda kutandikira ku busenge G ne A era bye biri mu kukolebwako essaawa eno.

Ekirala, abantu twabategeeza nti geeti bulijjo gye beeyambisa okuyingira mu ddwaaliro egenda kuggalwa nga bateekeddwa okukozesa geeti eyingira mu ggwanika.

Nkubiriza Bannayuganda nti mu kaseera kano beeyambise ku malwaliro ga KCCA agabali okumpi okugeza, ery’e Kiswa, Kawaala, ne Naggulu olw’okwewala okutaataaganyizibwa.

Abantu kyabalema okukwata nti Mulago ddwaaliro erikola ku ndwadde eziba ziremeredde abasawo mu malwaliro ago olwo ne bakutusindikira. 

Weesanga nga n’alumizibwa omutwe naye azze Mulago ssaako n’owa ssennyiga ekigendererwa ky’eddwaaliro lino ne kikubula.

Tugenda kufuba okulaba nga buli mwezi tutegeeza abantu okudaabiriza kuno we kutuuse nga tuyita mu mawulire ag’enjawulo”.

 

The Honouarable President of Uganda in the  United Nations of 

today 20/09/2016:

He is still travelling in a private executive jet, but has a population at home of 90% walking barefoot.

Yet this Excellency may be trying to compete with Reagan and Golbachev to show that he, too, is an Excellency"

This is a verbatim extract of the speech Mr Museveni made on the steps of Uganda Parliament, after being sworn in as president on 26th Jan 1986.

Mr Museveni has just arrived in New York for this year's (2016) United Nations General Assembly meeting in the latest model of Gulf Stream 5 Executive Presidential Jet. This is more than 30 years when he made that speech!

Not only has he left home a barefoot population, but some are dying of hunger! 84% youth are unemployed; 19 women are dying, needlessly, in childbirth daily; young doctors (interns) are on strike because they aren't paid; an epidemic of jiggers looms in parts of the country; 75% children drop out of primary schools due to pathetic state of education standards etc, etc.

In 1986, I, too, stood at the stairs of parliament as Mr M7 swore-in as president and made that speech. Back then, we were found of saying, rightly, that shame is a revolutionary sentiment.

I'll not just be ashamed at having been a part of the "pathetic spectacle" that we continue to witness, I'll not rest until it's overcome. That's the least that I can do.

Kakwenza

Bankuba

Kyeyo aba NRM bakulisizza Museveni ekisanja ekyo mukaaga:

By Musasi wa Bukedde

Added 6th June 2016

Ssentebe w’ekibiina ekigatta Bannayuganda ababeera mu mawanga ag’ebweru, Abbey Walusimbi ku lwa banne bakulisizza Pulezidenti Museveni okuwangula akalulu n’okulayizibwa ku kisanja ekyomukaaga.

Pulezidenti Museveni ng'abuuza ku bamu bankubakyeyo ebweru wa Uganda, abawagira ekibiina kyobufuzi ekya NRM.

Walusimbi era yeebazizza ttiimu ya Bannayuganda ababeera ebweru abaasobola okukomawo kuno mu biseera bya kampeyini ne banoonyeza NRM akalulu.

Yagambye nti essira kati bagenda kulissa ku kukunga bamusigansimbi okujja mu Uganda bazimbe amakolero n’okuyamba ku Pulezidenti Museveni okulaba ng’atuukiriza manifesito ye naddala okulwanyisa obwavu nga bafunira abantu emirimu.

Yawadde amagezi nti akalulu kaawedde, kati abantu beemalire ku mirimu gyabwe era batunuulire ebyo byokka ebibagatta okulaba nga buli omu akola yeekulaakulanye.

Walusimbi yeebazizza Ssaabawandiisi wa NRM, Kasule Lumumba olw’obuwagizi bw’abawa okukola emirimu gy’ekibiina.

Yasiimye abaakakiiko akafuzi b’akola nabo olw’okutuukiriza obuvunaanyizibwa nga kuno kuliko; Fred Opolot ng’ono ye mumyukawe, P. Magomu, H. Kibirige, C.Baira, B.Ssekamatte, Male Kamya, B.Musisi, E.Kironde, S.Mugamba, Dr. K. Kiwanuka, P. Kimera, J. Mpologoma, H. Namakula.

Abalala kuliko; H. Wasswa, J.Ssenyonga, S. Kasujja, P. Ssenyonga, D.Wakame, H. Mbabazi.

Walusimbi yeebazizza ne banne abatwala amawanga ag’enjawulo okuli Haji Ssempijja Tembo ow’e South Afrika, North Amerika, Judith Businge, Obugwanjuba bwa Bulaaya, Patrick Asiimwe, n’abalala.

The exensive

Internet Revolution should get cheaper for the African poor citizens on the African continent:

December 4. 2016  INDEPENDENT/JIMMY SIYA

Cost of unlimited Internet access in Kampala could drop to as low as Shs 1,000 a day

Only a small fraction of Ugandans is connected to the Internet, with the vast majority losing out on the immense opportunities that the Internet is providing to billions of people worldwide.

Currently, the total number of internet users in Uganda is estimated at just over 6.8 million in a population of about 40 million. Compared with the voice penetration of 53%, data penetration is still very low at just 25%, according to data from the Uganda Communications Commission.

The poor accessibility rates are mainly attributed to high cost and poor network coverage. However, this is now bound to change for the better after technology giant Google launched Project Link in Uganda to bring faster and world-class Internet services.

Following the successful completion of a metro fiber network in Kampala city, the company has launched a Wi-Fi ‘hotzone’ network to improve the quality and affordability of wireless access, geared towards meeting the bandwidth demands of Kampala’s growing number of smart phone owners. In partnership with Roke Telecom, more than 100 hotzones, dubbed ‘Rokespots,’ have been launched around Kampala where users can access affordable and high speed mobile internet connections.

In recent years, telecom giants MTN Uganda, Airtel, Smile telecom, Africell and Vodafone have also invested heavily in setting up 4G infrastructure. MTN Uganda in particular has already unveiled its extensive 4G network countrywide, extending the latest broadband technology to major towns – totaling more than 75 4G network sites, in addition to thousands of 2G and 3G.

Google is also venturing into providing wholesale last-mile Wi-Fi access with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) like MTN to leverage on its fibre infrastructure to bring high-quality Wi-Fi to homeowners, small businesses and mobile users on-the-go.

Speaking at the launch on Dec.03, 2015, Roke Telkom officials said the initiative is helping to connect more people to fast and affordable broadband Internet.

The Wi-Fi hotzone network is helping to equip MNOs and ISPs with shared infrastructure that they desperate need to deliver improved services to end users. Ela Beres, who heads the Wi-Fi effort, said with the help of Project Link’s new Wi-Fi hotzone network, ISPs around Kampala would have access to shared infrastructure that can help them enhance their Wi-Fi services and meet the bandwidth needs of the city dwellers. He added that local providers can use the new network to bring Wi-Fi to people on-the-go in the city’s busiest locations such as the taxi parks, hostels, shopping malls, pubs, restaurants and arcades.

Roger Sekaziga, the Roke Telkcom CEO, said Uganda has lately experienced phenomenal growth in demand for Internet, fuelled by the advent of low-cost smart phones.

“Project Link’s Wi-Fi network allows us to deliver cheaper and more reliable Wi-Fi service to a quickly-growing, often underserved market segment,” he added.  To owners of the facilities, cheap high speed internet offers more opportunities for customers.  The service has different price categories, ranging from Shs 1,000 per day to Shs 18,000 per month.

Officials said going forward, the company plans to install wifi on all public transport vehicles. For Roke Telkom, which has been in operation for over ten years, the partnership with Google to implement Project Link could give it a big headway in the data market place. Google, which started as a search engine over two decades ago, has over the years emerged as a global technology giant. Its push in developing countries has seen it test out innovative ways of ameliorating connectivity challenges.  With the introduction of 3G and LTE networks, the company is targeting to provide the ‘last-mile’ link to connect remote locations to the fiber networks that connect countries and whole continents.

Since Uganda was connected to the sea cables seven years ago, prices of international bandwidth have fallen compared to the last decade, but the retail tariffs of broadband have remained relatively out of reach for millions of potential internet users.

But as mobile phone devices evolve thus giving consumers various services beyond voice and text messages, data has over time become a key frontier for telecom companies as consumers take advantage of cheaper means of communication over more convenient social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and to deliver audio, video, and other media content over the Internet.

On a wider scale, the implementers of Project Link see it as causing a revolution in how whole industries and sectors operate and how services are provided to the citizens.- See more at: http://www.

independent.co.ug

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Poor African governments seem to find it as a way of collecting easy money as tax from this technology.

Milking the cow without giving it pasture.

Ongwen, the Freedom fighter or The modern African Liberation bush fighter. His trial now is under the  I.C.Court. This European Court of universal human rights has named three judges to preside over this African case.

Mr Ongwen of the Acholi tribe of Northern Uganda.
By Yasiin Mugerwa

Posted  Thursday, January 22  2015 

 

Kampala, Uganda-

A day after Dominic Ongwen, a top Christian-Catholic LRA commander, was transferred to The Hague to face charges for a variety of war crimes, the International Criminal Court named three high profile judges to handle his trial.

The ICC presidency yesterday named a Bulgarian judge with a decade-long experience in international criminal law, a Belgian judge with a background in international and comparative criminal law, and an experienced Italian prosecutor to form a three-person coram.

The ICC prosecutor indicated Ongwen will “in the next few days” appear before the Pre-Trial Chamber II composed of Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova (Bulgaria), Presiding Judge, Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert (Belgium), and Judge Cuno Tarfusser (Italy).

Daily Monitor understands that one of the Judges (Trendafilova) was the Presiding Judge in the previous proceedings in the situations of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the neighbouring Kenya; the Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo and the Prosecutor v. William Ruto et al, respectively.

The government this week announced that international lawyers had approached it showing interest to represent Ongwen, who recently surrendered to the American troops in Central African Republic.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda yesterday said in a statement, Ongwen’s transfer to The Hague brings the court one step closer to ending the LRA’s reign of terror in the African Great Lakes region.

She said the LRA has reportedly killed tens of thousands and displaced millions of people, terrorised civilians, abducted children and forced them to kill and serve as sex slaves. They have hacked off limbs and horribly disfigured men, women and children.

“My investigation demonstrates that Dominic Ongwen served as a high ranking commander within the LRA and that he is amongst those who bear the greatest responsibility for crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC,” Ms Fatou Bensouda stated.

She added: “I urge all others [rebels] that still remain within LRA ranks to abandon violence; stop committing crimes, and follow the bold steps of others before you,”

Governments hailed

On behalf of the Court, the Registrar of the ICC, Mr Herman von Hebel ,yesterday applauded Ongwen’s transfer to The Hague and sought to assure the victims of the 21-year-insurgency in northern Uganda that in order to dispense justice all efforts will made to ensure that they get a lawyer who will tell their story.

He saluted “the persistent efforts” of the government of Uganda, the government of the Central African Republic, the Uganda People’s Defense Force, the African Union Regional Task Force who all put pressure on the rebels until Ongwen’s surrender.

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Omubaka wa Amerika mu Uganda akubirizza Abasiraamu okwegatta
Jan 22, 2015


Bya HENRY KASOMOKO


OMUBAKA wa Amerika mu Uganda Scott H. DeLisi akubirizza abavubuka Abasiraamu okwegatta awatali kusosola mu mawanga n’okukolerera emirembe.

Bino bibadde mu lukungaana olwatuuziddwa abavubuka Abasiraamu abeegattira mu kibiina kya Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum nga lugendereddwamu okutongoza ekibiina ky’abavubuka Abasiramu eky’awamu ekimanyiddwa nga ‘Inaugural Youth Leadership Camp ‘olwatuuziddwa ku Lwokusatu ku Mariam High e Kisaasi, olwetabiddwamu abavubuka Abasiramu ab’omu Uganda n’ab’e Somalia.

Scott yakubirizza abavubuka bano okwenyigira mu mirimu egy’enjawulo n’okuyamba abalina obwetaavu nga bakozesa ebitone n’obusobozi bwe balina.

Olukung’aana luno lwacamudde nnyo abavubuka Abasomali abadduka mu nsi yaabwe ng’entalo zitandise. Scott yategeezezza nti America ekola kyonna ekisoboka okulaba nga Somalia eddamu okutebenkera.

Yagambye nti mu nkola ya Pulezidenti Obama, amawanga gonna bwe gabeeramu emirembe ne Amerika ebeeramu emirembe, kyokka amawanga nga Somalia bwe gatabanguka ne Amerika kigikosa nnyo.

Daniel Travis omwogezi w’ekitebe kya Amerika yagambye nti balina enteekateka empya ze bakola okulaba nga Abasomali abali kuno babangulwa mu Lungereza okusobola okweyagalira mu ggwanga kubanga ebiseera ebisinga bazibuwaliddwa obulamu olw’obutamanya lulimi.


We shall not cater for Ongwen’s children - ICC: 

Ongwen’s relatives

Ongwen’s relatives at their home in Coo-rom village in Lamgoi Sub-county.

PHOTO BY JULIUS OCUNGI 

 

By JULIUS OCUNGI


Posted  Saturday, February 7   2015 

 
AT GULU, UGANDA.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) Field Outreach Coordinator for Kenya and Uganda, Ms Maria Mabinty Kamara, has rejected calls by relatives of indicted LRA commander Dominic Ongwen to cater for his children.

Ms Kamara was responding to a question during a press briefing in Gulu Town on Wednesday on whether the ICC would help Ongwen’s family. She said ICC can only, at an appropriate time under the rules of the court, facilitate the family to visit Ongwen at The Hague.

Ongwen is among the top five LRA commanders who were indicted by the ICC in 2005 for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Others are LRA leader Joseph Kony and his deputies: Vincent Otti, Okot Odhiambo, and Raska Lukwiya.

Ongwen, who surrendered early last month in Central African Republic (CAR), appeared in the dock at the ICC on January 26, where seven counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes were read against him.

His relatives had earlier asked the Uganda government and ICC to cater for his children.

One of his brothers, Mr Christopher Kilama, said the family was overwhelmed with the burden of taking care of Ongwen’s four children because they have their own.

However, Ms Kamara said the ICC has a trust fund which has been providing interim assistance to victims of the LRA war but not their relatives. She said the ICC has established at least 18 projects in the region under the Victims Trust Fund.

“Over 40 million people in the region benefited from the trust fund. Some of them were provided with microfinance, prosthetic, and plastic surgery, especially for mutilated victims,” said Ms Kamara. 

She said Mr Ongwen’s relatives can only be assisted to visit him at The Hague at an appropriate time.

who is ongwen?

• Said to have been abducted by LRA, aged 10, as he walked to school in northern Uganda

• Rose to become a top commander

• Accused of crimes against humanity, including enslavement

• ICC issued arrest warrant in 2005

• Rumoured to have been killed in the same year

• US offered $5m (£3.3m) reward for information leading to his arrest in 2013.

The USA as an ardent observer of the democracy of Uganda is calling for calm as Parliament removes the Age-limit for the President of Uganda to rule the country for the rest of his life:

By David Lumu

Added 21st September 2017

 

 

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The lady Abassador of the USA for Uganda

M/s Deborah Malac.



The United States embassy in Uganda has described the clamp down on several civil society organization offices, including Action Aid, as “disturbing”, and called for calm as the debate on the amendment of Article 102 (b) continues to take shape.

Article 102 (b) caps the required age to stand for President and other top district political positions at 35 years and not beyond 75 years. The ruling NRM party has endorsed the proposal to amend the Article.
In a short statement released today morning, the US embassy has called upon the Government to guarantee freedom of speech.
“The United States is deeply concerned that recent arrests and raids stifle the Ugandan people’s right to free expression and tarnish Uganda’s global image. We are disturbed by reports of raids on NGOs. Infringements on protected rights under Uganda’s Constitution will impede the country’s development,” the embassy noted.
“We call on the Government of Uganda to guarantee all its citizens freedom of speech, expression, and assembly, without fear.”
Police yesterday surrounded the headquarters of Action Aid Uganda in Kansanga, saying they secured a search warrant from Makindye Magistrates court to access the premises and conduct the operation.

Uncle Sam of the United States of America meets an African military dictator he promised his mandate to help to remove from power:

 

20 September, 2017

 

President Yoweri Museveni and his wife Janet Kataaha Museveni pose for a photo with the US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump. Photo/PPU

President Yoweri Museveni has expressed hope in the United States new focus on peace and security in Africa and the world saying this coupled with infrastructure development; trade and investment will put the country in sync with the rest of the world.
“There are four things we emphasized including market access, trade and investment, infrastructure development and peace and security. Once we cooperate in these areas, our relationship will be in sync,” he said, shortly after a luncheon hosted by the US president Donald Trump at the Lotte New York Palace in New York. He was accompanied by Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Sam Kutesa.
The leaders of Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, and South Africa attended the luncheon. 
President Alpha Condé also represented the African Union.
Trump and wife Melania had the previous evening hosted world leaders including President Museveni and the First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni, Vice Presidents and crown Princes and Princesses to a welcoming dinner.
President Trump described the leaders as partners in promoting peace and prosperity.
“In this room, I see partners for promoting prosperity and peace on a range of economic, humanitarian, and security issues. We hope to extend our economic partnerships with countries that are committed to self-reliance and to fostering opportunities for job creation in both Africa and the United States,” Trump said at the luncheon.
Trump said Africa has tremendous business potential and represents huge amounts of different markets. The world’s ten fastest-growing economies are in Africa. Increasing American trade and investment across diverse industries -- including agriculture, energy, transportation, healthcare, travel, and tourism -- will further transform lives throughout the continent,” he said.
Trump praised Uganda’s fight against HIV/AIDS and pledged to continue their support in health initiatives.
“We cannot have prosperity if we're not healthy. We will continue our partnership on critical health initiatives. Uganda has made incredible strides in the battle against HIV/AIDS. In Guinea and Nigeria, you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak. Namibia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient. My Secretary of Health and Human Services will be traveling to Africa to promote our Global Health Security Agenda,” he said.
He said the United States will partner with the countries and organizations, like the African Union, that lead successful efforts to end violence, to prevent the spread of terrorism, and to respond to humanitarian crises. 

According to Trump, they are closely monitoring and deeply disturbed by the ongoing violence in South Sudan and in the Congo.
“Real results in halting this catastrophe will require an African-led peace process and a sincere-really sincere commitment of all parties involved. And I know you’re working on that, and you’re working on that very hard. To assist in these efforts, I'm sending Ambassador Nikki Haley to Africa to discuss avenues of conflict and resolution and, most importantly, prevention,” he said.

Why I will not mourn Afande Felix Kaweesi

March 22, 2017

Written by YUSUF SERUNKUMA

Mr Yusuf Serunkuma

 

The conventional sentiment in moments of calamity, especially when death strikes, is for public commenters to commiserate with the family and friends of the deceased.

Often, many times deceptively, people speak or write glowingly. It is a terrible thing to tell lies but it seems regarding death, celebratory lies about the deceased are normal and welcome.

However, although this reaction may be true for ordinary folks, it is not so true for men and women of extraordinary greatness and or accomplishments (such as kings and queens, princes and princesses, generals and presidents).

A combination of good education, a handsome giant build and eloquence turned the late Afande Felix Kaweesi into a symbolism of institutions and ideas: police, government, security, safety, etc.  Effectively, he was transformed into an extraordinary and important person who was an inspiration for many who came to know him. 

The sad effect of this celebrity transformation is that it also effaced his private personhood, turning him into a subject for public scrutiny – in both life and death.

Since the actions of extraordinary persons often deeply affect other people’s lives – with either death or poverty, happiness or pain – the reaction is never singular; it is a mixed bag.

Against this, forgive me countrymen, I choose not to mourn Afande Kaweesi, but neither will I dance on his grave. I choose to sit in my solitary abode and reflect on the lives and actions of men; that moment when one’s time on the stage is called off; the lights go down, and the place of power and influence is taken by the silence of death and solitude.

Shakespeare was right, “life is but a walking shadow…,” and if all men with power and influence knew!  Like many Ugandans, I am lucky not to have known Afande Kaweesi’s private personhood – for he could have been a good man – making my rather critical reflection painstaking. 

It is my contention that Kaweesi’s demise is actually a result of his very genius. His impeccable prowess in calming down Ugandans in moments of great unease should be recorded as his tragic flaw. If the dead would return, surely Afande Kaweesi would never again sing this country’s security greatness.

All narratives from the scene of crime indicated that the execution of Kaweesi’s murder followed the same script as one in which our Muslim sheikhs (Kiggundu, Sentamu, Bahiga, Kirya, Muwaya, Wafula and Kiweewa) were killed. Shooting entire magazines, the killers are tasked to ensure they leave behind a heap of lifeless flesh.

Reports showed that during the murder of Sheikh Kirya, his killer walked and shook the body with his boot to confirm it was lifeless. In all these murders, Kaweesi assured us the country was safe and secure. 

He would return to singing the same song when Kasese went up in flames late last year. For this well-done job, the country has come to know this gallant officer through his innumerable appearances in the press explaining our anxieties away. 

He had mastered his craft so much that even when caught on the wrong foot, he would calmly and sweetly tell a lie. We believed him. With his murder, Kaweesi’s cover has been blown.

All of his life-size claims of a safe and secure country are now in the open as the terrible lies of his genius.  Surely, the country cannot be safe with the murder of a man so close to power as Kaweesi.

But then, this opens the million-dollar puzzle in the question, “who killed the AIGP?” If criminals did (say, remnants of the Allied Democratic Forces, armed gangs, or Rwenzururu hardliners), the government would be on the spot for acknowledging incompetence, which translates into a professed failure to secure the life and property of Ugandans.

Surely, with our innumerable well-facilitated security wings ranging from JATT, ISO, ESO, CMI, CID, Uganda Police, UPDF, SFC, Crime Preventers, State House to Flying Squad, it is difficult to even countenance the idea that the country’s intelligence and security services are incompetent. 

However, if government claims absolute strength in these departments, does it mean they themselves decided to take out Afande Kaweesi? We may never know. 

However, that Afande Kaweesi will not attend his funeral and, in his signature composed demeanor, calm Ugandans down with songs of a secure country, is lesson enough for me: Life is but a walking shadow…It is a tale. Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing.

The author is a PhD fellow at Makerere Institute of Social Research.

Kaweesi wanted to join the NRM politics

March 22, 2017

Written by Sadab Kitatta Kaaya

Andrew Felix Kaweesi’s funeral in Kitwekyanjovu village in Lwengo district began at 12 o’clock with three hours of prayers and speeches, and ended with a three-gun salute.

In eulogies, several leaders in Lwengo hailed Kaweesi for initiating several projects in the district, including the excavation of water dams. Ronald Kibuule, the minister of state for water, told mourners Kaweesi wanted to join elective politics in previous elections but was dissuaded by Kayihura and Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, the minister of agriculture, animal industry and fisheries.

The Late Andrew Felix Kaweesi

“He was in the group of [MPs] Judith Nabakooba [Mityana Woman] and Simeo Nsubuga [Kassanda South] that wanted to leave the police and contest in the previous elections but when he came to me, I told Kayihura and Ssempijja about it,” Kibuule said.

The two, Kibuule said, opened Kaweesi’s mind to the possibility of him rising to bigger positions in the force. The revelations of Kaweesi’s political intentions will complicate the puzzle before security agents trying to answer the questions: who killed Kaweesi and why? For one, it could widen the circle of possible enemies from simply security to include politics. 

But two, it also speaks volumes about how Kaweesi felt about his position in the police force.  From the outside, Kaweesi had been seen as one of the future leaders of the force, although unconfirmed reports then emerged that he had fallen out with his superiors. His desire to think of life outside the police at an early age would give these rumours significant credence.

THREE ARRESTED

Meanwhile, as speaker after speaker eulogized the fallen assistant inspector general of police, plainclothes security operatives helped by their uniformed colleagues arrested two women and a man.

It seemed as though the suspects also got a tipoff of the impending arrest because they were rounded up as they tried to mingle with the crowd. It was a discreet operation that was executed swiftly and was meant to avoid causing panic among the mourners.

Several police officers at the scene that The Observer talked to declined to comment due to the sensitivity of the matter. By press time, the three were still held at Kyazanga police station.

The Observer has also learnt that four other people, including a police officer, were arrested in Kampala yesterday in connection with the murder of Kaweesi even though a source said they have not yet been linked directly.

Kaweesi, his bodyguard Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Mambewa were killed on Friday at Ttuba zone in Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb, by gunmen still on the run using two motorcycles.

According to the post mortem report, Kaweesi’s body was riddled with 30 bullet wounds. Shaken by the revelation, Bishop Kaggwa called for special prayers for the country. In his speech, Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura said police would construct a museum after Kaweesi.

“Kaweesi is the second high-ranking police officer after Erinayo Oryema [first Ugandan IGP] to be brutally murdered; we shall immortalize him [by building] a museum at Kibuli for the young officers to learn from him,” Gen Kayihura said.

Oryema was killed in February 1977, together with Archbishop Janani Luwum and interior minister Charles Oboth Ofumbi by President Idi Amin’s security forces. Several government officials including ministers, MPs, military, police and prisons chiefs as well as Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago attended the burial.

The four-kilometre stretch from Kyazanga prison was jammed with heavy traffic, forcing many to walk all the way to Kaweesi home.

sadabkk@observer.ug

 

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Such ambitious projects only happen in Africa. There is an African President well supported by the French who used a golden wagon on the ceremony to enthrone himself as an Emperor. The horses to pull the wagon had to be imported from France for the grand ceremony! One reckons this time round the United States of America will provide the funds for Kaweesi' s Police Museum.

An American filmmaker has died in Iganga, Busoga Province as year 2016 is about to end:

By Cecilia Okoth

 

Added 28th December 2016

 

David Steiner, an American filmmaker who was killed in a motor accident on the Iganga-Bugiri highway, during one of his earlier filming expeditions. Courtesy photo


What happened?

The group was travelling in a mini bus when it collided head-on with a lorry, sending the minibus into a ditch, according to reports.

“I was told he tried to jump out through the window when he saw the lorry heading in their direction,” the source at Hotel Africana, who did not reveal her identity, said.

American media reports said Steiner had travelled with students from Barbara A. Sizemore Academy in Englewood, in the US after working with them on a documentary about their school.

The group was also in Uganda for the Nile Diaspora International Film Festival to screen their documentary.

A video of the aftermath of the crash, posted on YouTube by ABC eyewitness news, an international news agency, revealed that the group was travelling in a Hotel Africana minibus.

According to the source at the hotel, the rest of the team had checked out and flown back to the States.

When contacted over the incident, Nasib Nditta, the Iganga divisional Police commander, declined to reveal any information on the matter and referred New Vision to Police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

Kaweesi, however, said he was still gathering information.

According to media reports, Steiner was travelling with also with his son. Two eighth grade students and two other adults suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to media reports.

“I saw some posts from Uganda that instantly turned my blood cold,” said

Paul Christopher Greene, a filmmaker and friend of Steiner.

He added: “David was incredibly passionate about this project. It was his life.” Background Steiner worked with Terrance Dantzler and Hayah Rasul on Saving Barbara Sizemore, an award-winning Indie documentary about the successful quest by students to keep Barbara Sizemore Academy open after Chicago Public Schools voted to close it in 2015. The group left for the trip last week. They had hoped to open even more eyes overseas and were set to work on another documentary on Sudanese refugee children.

“They were also going to be engaged in a second documentary where he was having them meet with Sudanese refugee children,”

Dr. Carol Lee, co-founder of Betty Shabazz International Charter Schools, was quoted as saying.

Sarah Giroux, a Chicago based cinematographer on the trip with the group, posted a message on Facebook saying their van was knocked into a ditch and as the group waited for help, their luggage and money was stolen and some passports taken as well.

Condolence messages Steiner’s Facebook page was filled with photos and messages about the trip and the horrors his friends and documentary subjects had endured, updates he made until hours before his death.

The deceased is survived by three children.

Steiner’s fiancée Diane Silverberg who released a statement after the fateful incident said: “David died as he lived selflessly bringing joy to others, no matter the distance or complexity. In one of his last texts to me, he remarked that the joy they were bringing to the Sudanese refugees and to the children from Englewood who accompanied him had made all the challenges of the trip worthwhile.”

The accident comes at a time when the festive season has witnessed a number of accidents according to police statements.

 

 

 

In what will be a space of weeks, Uganda is hosting leaders of South Korea, Turkey and Israel. While all this looks like routine diplomatic activity, SULAIMAN KAKAIRE finds strong suggestions to the contrary.

If you go by official communications from Uganda’s ministry of foreign affairs, South Korean president Park Geun-hye and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan have only been here as part of normal bilateral arrangements.

But sources in diplomatic circles and the ministry of foreign affairs say that the visits were pushed by Kampala in a bid to polish an international profile stained by a shabby election and its chaotic aftermath. After the two leaders, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due this month.


L-R President Museveni, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish first Lady Emine Erdogan and Ugandan First Lady Janet Museveni at State House

“The planning of these engagements, though impromptu, is intended to redeem our image before other states that consider our internal practices unbefitting. So, we are sending a signal of reassurance that ‘we still stand by the same values as you do; we believe in security and peace for the whole world’,” said a well-placed government source.

Following the February 18 general elections, Western powers have become increasingly critical of the Kampala regime’s democratic credentials. Indeed, election observers from the Commonwealth and European Union unusually described Museveni’s re-election as neither free nor fair.

The West’s contemptuous treatment of Museveni peaked at his inauguration, when US and some European diplomats walked out in protest as some of his remarks. Sources in the diplomatic circles say the result of these actions has been a Museveni somewhat isolated – hence the diplomatic charm offensive.

SOUTH KOREA 

Publicly, Museveni appears disgusted with the continuous questioning of his credibility and ready to do battle. But behind the scenes are actions intended to win the trust of the West. That, sources told us, is what influenced his government to strengthen its weak ties with South Korea. Not only has Kampala hosted the South Korean leader, it has also publically denounced North Korea – an eternal enemy of the US.

On March 2, the UN Security Council passed a resolution obliging members to disengage from military cooperation with North Korea until the latter ceases nuclear test adventures.

However, some UN members were reluctant to honor the resolution on grounds that if they are to do so, there should be an alternative to the mutual benefits from engaging with North Korea. In this context, the US agreed with South Korea to engage countries by promising or giving the same or better benefits they get from North Korea.

“After they [Museveni’s officials] heard that the president of South Korea would be visiting the region pursuant to the UN resolution on North Korea, they made sure they are on the list of those countries to be visited,” one diplomat said.

Now, Uganda has signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korea in areas of security and military – not materially dissimilar to the arrangement it had with North Korea.

During her visit, President Park also commissioned a Shs 12bn farmers leadership centre in Kampiringisa in Mpigi district, as well as pledging Korean scholarships to Ugandans in agricultural science.

TURKEY CHANCE

Sources told us that the visit by President Erdogan was impromptu. It is understood that when Kenya announced that it would close all its refugee camps, the president of Turkey planned to visit Kenya before the closure.

Irene Muloni (R) with a Turkish delegate

 

“When Uganda learnt about it, they contacted their Kenya counterparts to have President Erdogan have an extended visit to Uganda,” said a source.

On Wednesday, the Turkish president signed memoranda of understanding with Uganda on mutual expansion for diplomatic relations, tourism, industry, energy and joint military cooperation. Similarly, sources indicate that the impending visit by Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu is being pushed by lobby groups linked to Kampala than to Israel.

GOVERNMENT SPEAKS

However, on Wednesday, Museveni’s senior press secretary Don Wanyama scoffed at suggestions that the recent visits are an attempt to change Uganda’s image in the international community.

“For us, we are ready to embrace any friendship that is of value to us...that is why we signed MOUs on issues of how the two countries will relate on investment, trade, agriculture and technical support,” Wanyama said.

For his part, Ambassador James Mugume, the permanent secretary in the ministry of foreign affairs, said in a phone interview on Tuesday that the present visits were part of the normal bilateral, relations-strengthening engagements.

Although there are pointers Museveni is under scrutiny – and therefore pressure – by the Western countries since the February elections, Mugume sees any such suggestions as erroneous.

“The election observer reports have been reported out of context, as there are reports which indicate that the election was not free and fair; the African Union and East African Community reports indicated that the elections were free and fair...those[latter] are more important than the Europeans’,” Mugume said.

INTERESTS NOT PRINCIPLES

Weighing in on the visits, Phillip Kasaija, a lecturer of international affairs at Makerere University, told The Observer that they show a contradiction on President Museveni’s part.

“He was seriously attacking the US the other day but by embracing South Korea and Israel, strong allies of the US, it appears as a contradiction on his previous position,” Kasaija said, adding that he does not “read much into any quarrels between Uganda and the West”.

Prof Julius Kiiza does not see any contradictions. A political economist at Makerere University, Kiiza says he was not surprised by the visits since relations between states are dictated more by interests as opposed to principles.

“These interests are permanent regardless of the type of government. So, where the West’s interests are at stake, they can relate with any government regardless of its internal governance,” Kiiza told us this week.

We understand that as regards the visit by the South Korean leader, there were concerns about Uganda’s internal politics but this was dismissed on ground that US interests in Korea matter much more.

“North Korea is China and if you manage to win an ally like Uganda against North Korea, you mind less about its internal politics,” said one official at a Western embassy in Kampala.

This official said that while the West may criticise Museveni for oppressing his political opponents, his general stance at the international plane makes him a more considered ally of the West.

 “American interests are about security of the Great Lakes [region]; if those are fulfilled everything is secondary,” the official said.

Not surprisingly, on Wednesday, Ugandan diplomat Kintu Nyago argued in a New Vision opinion that relations between Uganda and the West would be shaped not by complaints by the opposition, but by realities of geo-political cooperation.

Nyago wrote: “To further appreciate the solid relations between Uganda and the US, one has to appreciate that in the week of Museveni’s inauguration [during which the U.S ambassador expressed displeasure], the UPDF peace keepers in Somalia jointly with US special forces attacked and dislodged an al shabbab roadblock in southwestern Somalia.”

skakaire@observer.ug

 

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Sort of trying to beat war drums and pondering about international war mongering. It helps lots of military weapon makers to research their African military markets these days especially when citizens of this planet do not want military wars any more! Peaceful Democracy does not make money for some of these nasty international war mongers. Nasty countries these days have an inherent external policy to see that other countries are at a constant state of civil wars but not at all theirs.

 

Tensions between Uganda and the United States were yesterday set to escalate, after it emerged that Kampala was to summon Ambassador Deborah Malac to explain her recent criticism of President Museveni’s government.

Since the widely-criticised February 18 elections, the United States has led international criticism of Museveni’s democratic and human rights record.

Malac  and the US representative to the UN, Ms Samantha Power, have been most vocal, variously accusing Museveni of infringing on human rights and being a risk to Uganda’s future.

During a routine interview with The Observer on Monday, the deputy director of the Uganda Media Centre, Col Shaban Bantariza, hinted that there would be a basis for summoning Ms Malac over her remarks.  Probed further last evening, Col Bantariza excused himself to “consult”, before calling back to explain Kampala’s displeasure.

“Yes, the intention [to summon Malac] is there and the process is underway,” Bantariza said by telephone. “It should have been today [Tuesday] but I think it will now be in the next few days.”

The Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac makes a toasts with President Museveni at State House. 

Bantariza said government was displeased with both Malac’s “misconceived” views and her methods of work. He said that as a diplomat, Malac should have used diplomatic channels to express her “grievances” against  the Uganda government, instead of using conferences to attack the government directly.

DIPLOMATIC ROW

Ambassador Malac is known as a straight-talking diplomat. During the recent women’s conference in Kampala, she was quoted as having said: “The social media shutdown, the detention of opposition figures, harassment of media [during and after elections] – all of these things combined with poor organisation of the election have weakened Uganda’s democracy and tarnished Uganda’s image as a strong democracy in a turbulent region.”

The statement – and the broader speech – mirrored the hardening rhetoric against President Museveni from the United states.  Key American newspapers have also attacked Museveni as a mockery of democracy.

In response, the Kampala government has taken the battle to the donors, with various spokespersons writing hard-hitting newspaper opinions.  Museveni crowned it last Saturday, saying that donors should not lecture him about how to run Uganda.

Speaking at the NRM victory party at Kololo ceremonial grounds, Museveni said he would not take orders from foreigners on matters Ugandan. To drive his point home, Museveni said foreigners earlier backed such bad leaders as the 1970s dictator Idi Amin.

Officials at the American embassy were not immediately available for a comment by press time. But with Bantariza confirming that no official communication had gone out, it was unlikely that the embassy  would answer our questions.

FDC WARNS

But America’s stance reflects the view of many Western and independent local observers about the recent elections – described by former FDC presidential candidate Kizza Besigye as the most fraudulent in Uganda’s history.

Indeed,  while it has annoyed the government, America’s position has been welcomed by the local political opposition, which insists Mr Museveni stole the election, despite failing to prove it in the Supreme court.

On Monday, FDC spokesman Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda challenged Museveni to address the problems in Uganda instead of attacking donors who point them out. At a press conference in Kampala, Ssemujju said donors only spoke about the situation in Uganda because the country has failed to manage its domestic affairs.

“You don’t criticise people who solve problems you create in your country,” Ssemujju said. “Most of our internal problems do not end here; they go up to these donors since there are many Ugandans living in these countries.”

MUGABE JIBE

However, Ssemujju fears that if Museveni continues his ‘war’ with donors, the country risks losing development aid, something that would hurt ordinary Ugandans.  He claimed that Museveni was angry because he expected the donors to reward him for keeping troops in Somalia and South Sudan – by ignoring problems in Uganda.

“Mr Museveni is taking Uganda where Mugabe has taken Zimbabwe. He is isolating Uganda from the international community; he can be isolated but [let him] not isolate our country as well. We call upon him to control his remarks.”

Responding to Ssemujju later on Monday, Bantariza retorted: “If our ambassador in Washington made such remarks, he would be summoned to explain.”

On the risk of donors cutting aid because of the public diplomatic row, Bantariza suggested there was not much American aid for Uganda to fret over.

“Which aid are we getting from America? You talk of military aid; US trained only 100 Ugandan soldiers, can 100 soldiers fight a war?” Bantariza said. “They have even failed to find Kony in Central African Republic yet without US help, we managed to send Kony out of Uganda.”

newseditor@observer.ug

Interesting how some countries go out to other countries to preach human Christian and Islamic religious values and yet at their own homes, they are wolves of a very different kind. A lion preaching to a wildebeast how it must behave. A self confessed dictator securing all neighbouring countries for democracy!

Mr Derrick Kiyonga, a journalist of the High Court, Kampala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The suspects of terror attacks sitting in the High Courts of Law at Kampala,

Uganda.

 

On Wednesday morning, I arrived at the High court to continue my reporting on the trial of the suspects in the 2010 terror attacks in Kampala. For me, it was just another day at court.

I now know I was wrong; but it started like any other day in Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo’s court. At 9:45am, the judge entered court and the trial started with testimony from an FBI agent.

As the norm is, suspects who sit behind journalists in court, often write messages on chits, pass them to journalists, for onward transmission to their lawyers. As fate would have it, I was one of the journalists who were passing these chits to the defense lawyers. The judge and prosecution lawyers are okay with the practice.

At 11:30am, at the urging of Suzan Oakland, the prosecution lead counsel, Justice Owiny-Dollo granted a 30-minute break. In court, I was approached by a short man who was shabbily dressed in jeans and a short-sleeved shirt. He whispered to me to follow him outside the courtroom and I dully obliged.

Outside court, the short man was joined by another medium size man who was dressed in faded jeans. Speaking at the same time, without telling me what they were doing at court, the men asked me why I was passing chits from “dangerous” people to their lawyers.

I said that was the norm in court. I reminded them that I had broken no law. The duo accused me of being a conduit of the terror suspects. I found that particular accusation ludicrous. To mask my bemusement, I simply smiled.

My smile annoyed the medium- size guy who asked me to hand over my identity card. To them, I was proving to be arrogant. I called Yunus Kasirivu, one of the defence lawyers. He told the men that I had not committed any crime.

On hearing that, they let me go. But as I was entering court, a beefy man called Olal, dressed in counter terrorism fatigues, called me and gave me a stern warning.

“I don’t want anything bad to happen to you. Stop passing those notes [chits] from those people [suspects]. Are they your relatives?” he asked.

At that moment, defence lawyer Caleb Alaka intervened and told Olal that I have not committed any crime. As Alaka talked to a rather-stubborn Olal, Justice Owiny-Dollo returned and the trial resumed.

Alaka informed the judge that security operatives were intimidating journalists. The judge then issued a stern warning to security operatives.

“I don’t want to hear anyone saying that the accused cannot pass over instructions to their lawyers. It’s their right to tell their lawyers what they want. And I don’t see any problem with chits since they are not explosives. There should be free flow of information,” the judge ruled.

After the ruling, the trial resumed with testimony from another FBI agent. We, journalists, continued to pass chits from the suspects to their lawyers to the chagrin of the security operatives.

Later the judge announced a lunch break. As I was moving out of court with my senior colleague Siraje Lubwama, one counter terrorism policeman approached us and ordered me to follow him into a room at the entrance of the High court. I followed him without hesitation.

But Siraje asked the operative why he was taking me away. He simply barked at Siraje to disappear. While I was seated in the room, another tall man, I later came to know as Oloka, came in and ordered me to hand over both my phone and notebook. He was dressed in counter terrorism fatigues and dark glasses.

After getting my phone and notebook, the man sped off only to return with a police patrol 999 vehicle. I was bundled onto the truck and driven at breakneck speed. During the crazy ride Oloka kept telling me how he wasn’t going to torture me but that it’s only the truth that will help me gain my freedom.

I was handled and driven as if I was a terror suspect. The vehicle sirens were on. Within 10 minutes, we were in Nakawa and branched off Jinja road onto a muddy stretch. In movie-like style, the car stopped at a certain storied house and Oloka ordered me to get out.

“Here we just don’t bring anyone but we bring people who have a case to answer; just tell us the truth and we shall let you go,” Oloka said.

He got out his phone and called a man who would take my statement. Before the man arrived, another guy barked at me to remove my shoes and belt and sit on the floor. I did all that smiling.

“You think you are important. From the way you are looking, it seems you are an arrogant boy. How do you call those terrorists?” he asked in a Kinyankore accent.

“Now because you are a journalist, you think you are important. It seems you are sure you are soon getting out of here,” he said.
“Who is your mother? Who is your father and which club do you support?” the man asked. I told him I support Arsenal.

At this point, the man was busy going through my phone book. He asked me why I have many lawyers and judges in my phone book.

“I’m a court reporter and it’s just normal to have such contacts,” I replied.

Then he started going through my notebook. He later announced he couldn’t understand anything because I had a bad handwriting. As he continued to ask all sorts of questions, I started seeing people I normally see in plain clothes at the High court during the terror trial passing by.

One said: “You journalists, you are creating for us problems; who brought you here? Your colleagues are busy making noise about how we have kidnapped you.”

After five minutes, the patrol car with sirens returned. Oloka came personally and dressed me up and got me into the car and within 10 minutes we were back at the High court.

At court, Oloka handed me to the police officer in charge (O/C) of the High court.

The O/C told me: “I told those people [counter terrorism police] that you are innocent but they couldn’t listen to me. I know you very well; you are our good boy,” he said.

“Let’s go to the judge’s chambers because he wants to personally see you,” he added.

On our way to the judge’s chambers the O/C told me that Justice Owiny-Dollo, on learning from the defence lawyers that I had been “kidnapped”, he suspended hearing of the case. He said if I were not produced before him, he would quit the case.

When we got to the judge’s office, he personally checked to see I wasn’t tortured. “This trial started well, I don’t know why these people want to scandalize it. Now since you are well, let’s go back to court, then we resume with the case,” Owiny-Dollo said.

dkiyonga@observer.ug

 

Security forces kill seven Somalis waiting for aid
Publish Date: Nov 17, 2015

 

Relatives help a victim at the Medina Hospital in Mogadishu after seven people were killed and 12 others wounded when a gunfight broke out in Somalia between rival security forces as they waited for cards for food aid. AFP Photo

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AT least seven people were killed and 12 others wounded Monday when a gunfight broke out in Somalia between rival security forces as they waited for cards for food aid, police said.

 

"There was exchange of gunfire between policemen who were guarding a distribution site and members from the military," police officer Mohamed Burhan said, adding that seven civilians were killed in the crossfire in the clashes, just outside the capital Mogadishu.

 

Witnesses said the dead included children as well as elderly men and women.

 

United Nations envoy to Somalia, Nick Kay, said he was "shocked at shooting of civilians queuing for food rations" and added that the "perpetrators must face justice."

 

Shooting broke out in a camp for displaced people in the Afgoye corridor, where thousands of people live in dire conditions along a key route leading northwest from Mogadishu.

 

"Many people were waiting in lines receiving cards for food aid distribution when the gunfight broke out," said witness Mumino Dinow.

 

"It was horrible and I saw several dead people including a woman, child and two elderly men."

 

It was not immediately clear what sparked the fighting between the rival forces.

 

The area is under the control of the government, after the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab were driven out of Afgoye in 2012.

 

Tens of thousands of people who have fled war as well as hunger -- amid poor rains in some areas and floods elsewhere -- live in basic camps in and around the capital.

AFP

 

The country of Buganda (Uganda) and America:

 

 

THE KING OF GANDA KINGDOM IN AFRICA WITH AMBASSANDOR OF THE USA IN THE COUNTRY OF UGANDA.

LRA's Ongwen may be tried in Gulu - ICC

Mr Dominic Ongwen at ICC

The trial against former commander of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels, Dominic Ongwen could carried out in Gulu, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has said.

Ongwen is facing three counts of crimes against humanity, inhumane acts of inflicting serious bodily injury and suffering and four counts of war crimes carried out in Uganda and the Central Africa Republic (CAR). 

Maria Kamara Kabinti, the outreach coordinator of ICC says the proposal and decision was reached at by ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Ongwen's lawyer Krispus Ayena Odongo.

She says both parties agreed on Wednesday, July 15, that the most desirable location for the confirmation of charges should be Gulu because of its proximity to the victims of the Lukodi massacre carried out on May 16, 2004, in which Ongwen is believed to have actively participated. Over sixty people were brutally murdered and several abducted on that day.

Kamara, however, notes that Ongwen's hearing in Uganda is subject to key issues such as security, costs and impact of bringing the court closer to the people. 

On June 29, 2015 the trial chamber directed the prosecution and the defense to provide their views on the possibility of holding the confirmation hearing in Uganda by July 13, 2015.
 
The chamber also ordered the ICC registrar to provide an assessment of the possibility of holding the confirmation hearing in Uganda by July 27, 2015.

"[A hearing in Gulu] will increase the visibility of the court and making the process more accessible to the victims and affected communities that have suffered as a result of the alleged crimes by Dominic Ongwen by which he is at ICC. The defence also emphasised that it will create an opportunity for victims not only in Gulu but in other parts of Uganda particularly in Acholi sub-region to attend this process live and see how justice is being carried out at ICC.", Kamara said. 

She says, the registrar who is in charge of administrative and non-judicial functions of the court has up to July 23 to present a full report on the possibility of the court sitting in Uganda.

According to Kamara, survivors of the Lukodi massacre have been pushing for the trial to be brought closer to them. Vincent Oyet, the secretary of the Lukodi massacre says bringing the trial home will offer satisfaction to the victims.

Krispus Ayena Odong couldn't be reached for comment as he didn't pick our calls. Earlier attempts by the ICC to try ex-DRC militia commander Bosco Ntaganda in his home county hit a dead end due to high costs and feasibility challenges.

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Ongwen (a confessed Acholi African freedom fighter) is heading to the International Criminal Court after Uganda and the USA disagree on how to handle him:

 

 

 

Mr Dominic Ongwen of the African Acholi Tribe of Uganda

 

 

The delay to decide on the fate of former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen is due to a standoff between Uganda and the United States of America, The Observer understands.

 

Ongwen, who surrendered to the Seleka rebel forces in the Central African Republic on January 6, has been in the custody of the Americans since then.

 

The US Special Forces were deployed to help the African Union (AU) troops, who include Ugandans, in tracking down LRA leader Joseph Kony. Ongwen is one of the five LRA commanders indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2005 for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Accordingly, human rights groups have been calling on Uganda and the US to hand over Ongwen to the ICC for trial.

 

“With Ongwen in custody, the door is open for victims of LRA crimes to see some long-awaited justice. He should promptly be transferred to the ICC, which has a warrant for his arrest,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

 

However, Kampala and Washington have over the last one week been involved in a tug- of-war over Ongwen, who at the time of his capture was the LRA’s second-in-command.

 

On January 7, UPDF Spokesman Paddy Ankunda told journalists that the US military had handed Ongwen over to Ugandan authorities. A day later, US embassy officials in Kampala disputed that, saying they were still in talks with the relevant parties in the anti-LRA operation. The Observer has now learnt that the delay is due to a standoff. Uganda, sources said, demanded Ongwen, but the Americans would not hand him over yet.

 

Point of departure

Sources privy to ongoing high-level negotiations believe that both sides are trying to make political capital out of Ongwen. Ugandan authorities believe Ongwen should be brought and tried in the war crimes division of the High court. This move, according to our sources, would be in keeping with President Museveni’s recent resentment towards the ICC.

 

The president said while in Kenya recently, that he would ask African Union (AU) member states to pull out of the ICC en masse due to its perceived persecution of African leaders. In addition, according to our sources, the move would also help Museveni to assuage sentiments in northern Uganda, where voices calling for Ongwen to be tried within the country, or even pardoned altogether because he was abducted as a child, are growing ever louder.

 

On the other hand, the US is trying to use Ongwen for accountability purposes to its electorate. Since deploying some 100 soldiers a few years ago, this is the first major success in the hunt for Kony and his guerrillas, and so the US is keen to drum it up. This explains why, shortly after Ongwen surrendered, it was the US State Department rather than the Defence Department that was at the forefront of making announcements.

 

While the US wants to see Ongwen handed over to The Hague, they would not want to do it by themselves since they are not signatories to the Rome Statute that resulted in the formation of the ICC.

 

Hence it has taken the US and Uganda more than a week to agree on the next course of action, even if both armies share nearly the same compound at Obo and Nzara in the Central African Republic.

 

Win-win deal

 

While the US is hamstrung by legal and political hurdles, sources said the American government has spent the last week contemplating whether to hand Ongwen over to authorities in the Central African Republic, a member of the ICC. According to our sources, although Ugandan authorities were not keen on Ongwen going to the ICC, they were at least receptive to the idea of having CAR hand him over since it would also help Museveni save face.

 

“By handing over Ongwen to the ICC, the US would have indirectly helped Museveni from a possible diplomatic embarrassment of being accused of referring LRA leaders to the ICC in 2005 and after one was arrested on foreign territory, failing to hand him over, or of attacking the ICC in recent months and then turning around to hand over Ongwen,” explained a source privy to the top level negotiations.

 

In the end, the CAR route seemed to have been agreeable to both Uganda and the US. Yesterday afternoon, Lt Col Ankunda tweeted that Ongwen would eventually end up at The Hague after all.

 

“Finally it has been decided. Dominic Ongwen will be tried at the ICC in The Hague,” Ankunda wrote on the official ministry of defence website.

 

“Dominic Ongwen will be conveyed to The Hague by CAR authorities.”

However, when contacted by The Observer for details, Ankunda said he did not have any.

 

“You wait for a statement from government,” he said. “What I tweeted was said by [UPDF Chief of Defence Forces] Gen Katumba Wamala in Gulu at a function. The government will make a formal statement.”

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Joseph Kabila: The Young  leader of the  Democratic Republic of the Congo trying his luck with his dictatorial rule on the people of the Congo:

Publish Date: Jan 22, 2015

 
       

PROPELLED to power by the 2001 murder of his father, Congolese President Joseph Kabila has since struggled with the challenge of ruling a vast mineral-rich nation ravaged by incessant conflict.

 

But the deadly violence this week sparked by an electoral reform bill which would extend his hold on power, has revived claims Kabila is more intent on prolonging his own reign than unifying the nation.

 

The Democratic Republic of Congo was being riven by "Africa's Great War", in which up to five million people would die, when Kabila's father -- longtime rebel commander and president Laurent Kabila -- was assassinated by a bodyguard in 2001.

 

His son, then a general, was summoned to take up the reins of state, and on January 26, 2001, aged just 29, was sworn in as Africa's youngest leader.

 

Taking charge of a country half the size of western Europe, plagued by the worst war in modern African history and weakened by decades of ineffectual governance, Kabila embraced international moves to end the conflicts that had brought at least six foreign armies onto Congolese soil since 1998.

 

Alongside deals for the withdrawal of foreign troops, an agreement was signed in December 2002 among rival Congolese parties that launched a transition process towards democracy in the former Belgian colony, once known as Zaire.

 

'Surrounded by hardliners'

But while a large UN mission helped prepare for free elections, the outgoing British ambassador, James Atkinson, alleged in a leaked 2004 diplomatic cable that "Kabila is surrounded by hardliners using him as a front...(and) serves the interests of those who (probably) killed his father."

 

A series of peace accords retained Kabila in power until he was voted into office in the 2006 general election -- the country's first free ballot in 41 years.

 

However, eastern provinces bordering Rwanda and Uganda remain embroiled in conflict, with soldiers and numerous armed movements terrorising villagers and fighting for control of mineral resources. Widespread atrocities including rape and massacres have left hundreds of thousands displaced to this day.

 

With the help of UN troops given a special mandate to take the offensive against armed movements, the Congolese army defeated the M23 rebels, who were said by the United Nations to have Rwandan and Ugandan backing, an allegation denied in Kigali and Kampala.

 

Accounts vary as to when and where Joseph Kabila came into the world, but the accepted version holds that he was born on June 4, 1971 in the Fizi territory of South Kivu province in the east of the country, where his father based his rebellion to topple dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.

 

When the family was pursued by Mobutu's forces, the young Joseph went into exile in Tanzania at the age of five, and in 1996 travelled to Uganda to begin law studies.

 

After his father took power, Kabila was sent to China for further military training, but was called home after a new rebellion backed by Rwanda and Uganda broke out in 1998. He was given the rank of general.

 

Since assuming the presidency after his father's death, Kabila has proved a stern and steely leader, but he seldom seems at ease during official events.

 

Both his presidential election victories, in 2006 and 2011, led to unrest and cries of electoral fraud, and foes have also accused him of running a "parallel government" -- allegations his many supporters refute.

 

'He loves discretion'

During his 14 years in power Kabila has cultivated an air of mystery about himself. In rare interviews, he comes across as a soft-spoken leader who modestly tries to govern a war-scarred and under-developed state.

 

"He has an introverted personality, he's disciplined and he loves discretion," according to a member of his inner circle, yet Kabila often drives his bullet-proof 4x4 through Kinshasa, stopping pedestrians in their tracks at the sight of his motorcade.

 

Rebutting charges that he has given foreign mining firms juicy contracts to exploit vast mineral resources at the cost of stable development plans, Kabila insists he has acted for the good of Congo's 66 million people, who were bled dry during the 1965-97 reign of the kleptocratic Mobutu.

 

Kabila, an Anglican, is married to Marie Olive Lembe di Sita, and they have a 14-year-old daughter Sifa, and a son Laurent-Desire Junior, aged six.

 

 

166,000 displaced in Sudan's Darfur in 2015:

Publish Date: Nov 17, 2015
 
KHARTOUM - As many as 166,000 people have been displaced by conflict and tribal violence in Sudan's strife-hit Darfur region since January, the United Nations said on Monday, fewer than in 2014.


The western region has been mired in conflict since 2003, when ethnic insurgents rebelled against President Omar al-Bashir's Arab-dominated regime, complaining of marginalisation.

"The net displacement figure for Darfur since January 2015 is up to 166,000, nearly 100,000 confirmed and some 66,000 reported to have been displaced," said Ivo Freijsen, head of the UN's Khartoum Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Freijsen said the UN had been unable to fully verify the figure of 66,000, but was trying to check the number.

The figure for 2015 so far is smaller than that for 2014, when tribal violence and fighting between troops and rebels displaced a net figure of 286,000 people.

But Freijsen warned that the humanitarian situation in the region is still "a very mixed picture".

He said the UN is still concerned about the 2.5 million internally displaced people in the region who have fled their homes since the outbreak of the conflict, and is working with Khartoum to find long-term solutions for them.

West Darfur is also facing an outbreak of dengue fever, with 244 reported cases and 110 fatalities since late August, Freijsen said.

Conflict over land and resources between Darfur's many ethnic groups has further destabilised the region since 2003.

Sudan's Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges over his alleged role in the brutal counter-insurgency unleashed to crush the rebels.

In September, Bashir announced a two-month ceasefire in a bid to encourage the rebels to join national dialogue talks.

The talks began last month and are aimed at resolving the conflict in Darfur as well as those in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states, where the Sudan People Liberation Movement-North is also battling Bashir.

In turn, Darfur-based rebels who are part of the Sudan Revolutionary Front alliance announced a six-month halt in fighting in October.

But the SPLM-N, which is also part of the alliance, did not confirm this, and said Sudanese warplanes had carried out raids in South Kordofan after the government announced its ceasefire.

The UN says some 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur since 2003, while Khartoum puts the toll at 10,000.

 

Bazillio Okello, a war monger's remains, arrive, to be buried today: 

Senior UPDF officers wheel a casket containing the remains

Senior UPDF officers wheel a casket containing the remains of Lt Gen Bazillio Olara Okello at

Entebbe International Airport yesterday morning.

Gen Olara Okello (Insert) succumbed to diabetes in exile in 1990 in Sudan and was buried in

Omdurman in Sudan.

PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA

 

By FREDERIC MUSISI

 

Posted  Saturday, February 14  2015 
 

 

ENTEBBE- The ground handling staff at the airport looked on puzzled as a unit of about 20 UPDF servicemen mounted a guard-of-honour to receive the remains of former UNLA commander, Lt Gen Bazillio Olara Okello, at Entebbe International Airport yesterday morning.

All the Entebbe airport staff saw from a distance, was a big casket draped with the Uganda national flag, brought out from a Kenya Airways flight number KQ-416 that had touched down at exactly 12am on Friday.

It was the remains of Lt Gen Olara Okello, the late former commander of the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA), brought back into the country after nearly 25 years since his death.

Lt Gen Olara Okello had a mixed reputation as both a feared and charismatic figure, perhaps even, few still recall, the role he played in Uganda’s liberation history.

Present at the airport were a small group of the deceased’s relatives led by Dr Saverio Pido, a family elder and Olara-Okello’s son Phillip Ocan Olara.

The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) was represented by Brig Gen Charles Otema Awanyi, the Chief of Logistics and Engineering, Brig Gen Joseph Musanyufu, Chief of Personnel and Administration, Brig Gen Wills Byarugaba, Chief of Training and Recruitment, and Col Dan Opita, a Garrison Commander in the UPDF Airforce.

Others included Col Mubarak Nkutu from the Airforce and Col Innocent Oula, an army representative in Parliament.

Gen Olara Okello succumbed to diabetes in exile on January 9, 1990, in Omdurman hospital in Sudan and was buried in Omdurman, near Khartoum.

Burial is scheduled today in Madi-Opei Sub-county, Lamwo District, according to relatives and the UDPF which took over the burial arrangements.

Brig Gen Awanyi explained to Saturday Monitor that the army, through the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala, had received a directive from President Museveni to take over burial arrangements.

However, the family says the traditional rites will be performed as planned even as the army conducts the ceremonial military sendoff.

“The Commander in Chief, the President, wanted the late to be given a State burial and he reserves the right to decide on who should be given an official sendoff,” he said. But above all, he added, “Gen Okello, remains a historical figure in the history of our country so we think he deserves it.”

The deceased’s son, Mr Ocan, said it is a good gesture by the government to have agreed to return the remains of their father because they felt that over a long period of time, he was never appreciated and under looked.

Lt Gen Olara Okello was a former UNLA Northern Brigade commander and later member of the Military Council that ran government for six months following the second overthrow of President Milton Obote in 1985, with Lt Gen Okello as the commander of the UNLA.

Lt Gen Okello was exiled to Sudan and sought asylum in January 1986 when the National Resistance Army under the command of President Museveni toppled the Gen Tito Okello Lutwa government.

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Uganda's Islamic children under Military Police arrest with their Moslem parents.

 

               Some of the arrested children at Kira Division Police Station in Wakiso.

Photo by Abubaker Lubowa

 
By Stephen Kafeero

 

Posted  Thursday, March 19  2015 
 

IN SUMMARY

Last year, Police raided several Madarasas which they said were indoctrinating children in the guise of teaching them Islam

 
Kampala. Six days since 24 children between two and 12 years were rescued from suspected terror cells, no one has come out to claim them.

Addressing journalists at Kira Divisional Police headquarters, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga appealed to the public to provide information, if any, so that the children can be reunited with their families.

“We want the public to identify these children because their parents have not claimed them to-date. The children are very young, they are missing their childhood and are already detached from the love and care of their parents.”

On March 13, Mr Enanga says police officers raided the home of Hajati Mariam Uthman in Mpoma, Mukono District, and recovered nine children.

The following day, Mr Enanga adds, police raided the home of former ADF operative Hajji Abdul Rashid Mbaziira in Namawojolo, Mukono District, where they recovered 14 children. The children claimed Mbaziira is their father. Police later rescued another child from Namayingo District. They suspect that all the 24 children were being radicalised.

“They were being taught under facilities which are not recognised or licensed. The children were also hardened and indoctrinated by being told who their enemies are,” Mr Enanga says. Both Mbazira, who was granted amnesty in the past when it emerged that he had been part of the ADF and Uthman together with two others are detained in Nalufenya Police Station, in Jinja District for questioning.

Mr Enanga said police was able to recover valuable evidence from the two crime scenes but could not divulge more information citing that the case is under investigation

However, one of the children Daily Monitor interviewed said Mr Mbaziira was their father although they have different mothers.

By age 14, Enanga said the children disappear mysteriously but an investigation was underway to find out their destination.

“We discovered that they are taken out through Buvuma Island to an unknown destination and our investigators are looking into it already.”

Enanga also observed that investigations were still ongoing to find out if the parents of the children were either complicit or turned a blind eye to events that got their children here.

Last year, Police raided several Madarasas which they said were indoctrinating children in the guise of teaching them Islam.

 

United States envoy urges unemployed youth in Uganda to to work in peasantry agriculture:
 
Publish Date: Apr 23, 2015
 
Grace Asio, a farmer from Soroti interacts with the US Ambassador to Uganda,
Scott Delisi during the touring of the agriculture value chain summit and expo at
Uganda Management Association.
 
Photo by Juliet Kasirye 

 

By Billy Rwothungeyo

 

THE United States ambassador to Uganda Scott DeLisi has called upon youth to embrace agriculture as a pound-for-pound answer to the biting unemployment in the country.

 

“And, unfortunately, at present many of these young people either do not think of agriculture as an option or, when they do, they think their family’s small plots of land are not worth working, offer no potential for the future or for profit, and they are convinced they will be better off selling their land, buying a boda boda and going to the city.  They're wrong. That’s not a future.  It is just a dead-end on wheels,” he said.

 

DeLisi made the remarks yesterday while closing the first ever Generation Agripreneur Expo and Summit at Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) main hall in Kampala.

 

“They (youth) forget, or they don’t know, that it is agriculture that offers livelihoods to about three quarters of Uganda’s workforce and it is agriculture that accounts for about half of the country’s exports.  Agriculture matters,” he said.

 

“We need young people, with all of their talents and energy and innovative spirit, to commit to agriculture and to help Uganda realize the potential for greater production, and even greater profit.”

 

The ambassador was accompanied by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to the two day event which was chiefly organised by the U.S Mission in Uganda and the American Chamber of Commerce.

 

Rugunda also urged farmers to do more to earn more from agriculture which for long was the backbone of Uganda’s economy.

 

“Our country has enormous opportunity for agro-processing. Uganda also has opportunities for agribusiness…the country will earn more by adding value to what we are producing. There is a rapidly increasingly regional and international market for food,” he said

 

The Forgotten Girls Who Left the South just after the end of  International Slavery and Changed History in the United States of America:

 
© Provided by Time Article African American Migrants 1917

 

A “Northern Invasion” was coming, the Chicago Defender declared in early 1917: that spring, specifically May 15, would begin the Great Northern Drive. Southern blacks would abandon Jim Crow’s regime and seek their economic and social freedoms in the North. And Chicago was waiting for them.

The Defender, which was founded 110 years ago this month, was the most influential African American newspaper of the 20th century, not least because its entrepreneurial founder and editor, Robert Sengstacke Abbott, used it as a catalyst for the Great Migration, a movement that would change the color and composition of American cities.

Some of the littlest members of this invasion were girls and teenage women, whose stories have yet to be fully told. Reaching across a century, their tale draws a direct line from the desperate denizens of the Jim Crow South to the striving residents of Northern cities—and all the way to the White House.

Luckily, their stories have been preserved, and in their own words. In response to Abbott’s call, thousands of letters poured into the Defender’s South Side Chicago office. Would-be migrants sought employment connections, train tickets, and any form of confirmation that 'up North' would be everything Abbott promised and more.

Among these dream-seekers who put pen to paper to plan their great escapes were scores of girls and teenage women. These letters, printed in the pages of the Defender, and other reflections from African American girls who settled on Chicago’s South Side, fueled my scholarly search to understand how girls experienced, shaped and understood the mass exodus that roughly spanned 1917 to 1970, during which an estimated 7 million blacks settled in urban corridors.

Girls’ letters to Abbott spoke volumes of the struggles of everyday life. Girls revealed the poignancy of being a child while confronting the very adult economic pressures families endured. Girls labored as sharecroppers, domestics and low-wage workers in the post-Reconstruction South, and they hoped Chicago could provide better paying jobs.

Older teenage girls shouldered the responsibility of supporting families at the expense of their education. Girls also hoped that they could use the beauty products or attend the dance venues that the Defender advertised. They wanted to remake themselves into city girls—modern, stylish and in control of their futures.

Ten days before Abbot’s Northern Migration Day, a girl from Port Arthur, Tex., asked him for money for transportation and ultimately a pathway to transform her life.

“Dear Sir: I am a reader of the Chicago Defender I think it is one of the Most Wonderful Papers of our race printed. Sirs I am writeing to see if You all will please get me a job. And Sir I can wash dishes, wash iron nursing work in groceries and dry good stores. Just any of these I can do. Sir, who so ever you get the job from please tell them to send me a ticket and I will pay them. When I get their as I have not got enough money to pay my way. I am a girl of 17 years old and in the 8 grade at Knox Academy School. But on account of not having money enough I had to stop school. Sir I will thank you all with all my heart. May God Bless you all.”

That same summer, in August, a 15-year old girl from New Orleans pleaded with Abbott:

“Dear sir: i am wrighting you for help I haird of you by telling my troble I was to to right you. I wont to come ther and work I have ben looking for work here for three month…i am 15teen…if you will sin me a pass you will not be sorry I am not no lazy girl i am smart I have got very much learning but I can do any work that come to my hand.”

Some girls sought advice about migration without their parents’ consent, believing that they knew what was best for their families. A teenager from Alexandria, La., risked angering her father by seeking advice about Chicago.

“There isnt a thing for me to do, the wages here is from a dollar and a half a week. What could I earn Nothing…I have and a mother and a father my father do all he can for me but it is so hard. A child with any respect about her self or his self wouldn’t like to see there mother and father work so hard and earn nothing I feel it my duty to help…father seem to care and then again don’t seem to but Mother and I am tired tired of all of this. I wrote to you all because I believe you will help.”

Mothers also wrote to Abbott hoping to create better opportunities for their daughters, many of whom began working as domestics in white households before they had their tenth birthdays and rarely attended their one-room schoolhouse during the cotton harvest season.

One mother wrote:

“Gentlemen: I want to get in tuch with you in regard of good location & a job i am for race elevation every way. I want a job in a small town some where in north where I can receive verry good wages and where I can educate my 3 little girls and demand respect of intelegence.”

It’s hard to track what happened to those specific writers, but few, if any, may have imagined that their journey would lead to the monumental demographic shifts that globalized black culture and would yield a black First Lady, the granddaughter of a migrant, who proudly called herself a "South Side Girl" while campaigning for her husband.

Nearly a century after the initial call for blacks to seek their destiny in the industrial centers of the nation, the Great Migration’s complicated legacy continues to shape dialogue about race relations and the broad scope of topics now called ‘urban,’ from housing to employment to education.

As producer Shonda Rhimes prepares to bring Isabel Wilkerson’s Great Migration story The Warmth of Other Suns to television audiences and as art lovers flock to New York’s Museum of Modern Art to catch the rare display of all of Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Seriespaintings together, we have to remember that we have much more to learn, see and hear from the Great Migration.

Girls’ stories, especially their letters, make real the urgency and the hope of the domestic migration that changed the world.

 

"The United States will not  back President M7 this time or any other Presidential candidate in the coming National Election of 2016." US Ambassador DeLisi has said.
 
Publish Date: Jul 08, 2015
 
By Charles Etukuri

 

THE United States embassy has spoken out about the 2016 national elections after reports indicated that it had threatened to withdraw aid to the country and that it had a preferred candidate in the 2016 elections.

 

In a strong statement, the US Ambassador to Uganda Scott DeLisi said that the US did not have any preferred candidate neither did it intend withdraw any assistance it had provided to the country.

 

"Any online rumors or other assertions that the United States has a preferred candidate in the ‪‎Ugandan elections, or has threatened to withdraw assistance to the government and the people of ‪‎Uganda over any individual’s candidacy, is simply not true,” DeLisi said in a statement.

 

The Ambassador also said that whoever followed the US engagements in the country knew that they actively support the development of all political parties in Uganda because of their ability to represent a range of views which was central to a robust democratic process in which citizens are informed and free to make choices on key issues.

 

“However, we have not, and we will not, support any particular candidate either now or in the future. Those who suggest that we seek to play such a role betray their fundamental lack of understanding of the United States and of our unwavering belief that the people of Uganda, and no one else, must choose their candidates and, ultimately, their elected leaders,” he noted.

 

The US ambassador said his country hoped that, in the months ahead, diverse viewpoints will be heard in a vigorous democratic debate that would conclude with a free, fair, and transparent election.

 

The US warning comes in the wake of an announcement by former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi that he would seek nomination for the position of the National Resistance Movement flag bearer for the 2016 elections.

 

His announcement and planned tour across the country has met stiff opposition from his party, the Electoral Commission and the Uganda Police Force. Police has warned that they will not allow him start his national consultations scheduled for Thursday in Mbale but he has insisted he will go.

 

Earlier on his team circulated reports that he had been cleared by his party chairman Yoweri Kaguta Museveni however , the President’s office and police issued a statement stating that no clearance had been given and that the laid down laws must be followed.

 

 

 

Obama demands new approaches to Africa

US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the African Union Headquarters in

Addis Ababa yesterday as he made the first address to the African Union by a US leader. AFP PHOTO

 
By Agencies

Posted  Wednesday, July 29  2015 

 

Addis Ababa. US President Barack Obama said yesterday it was time for the world to change its approach to Africa, as he made the first address to the African Union (AU) by a US leader.

“As Africa changes, I have called for the world to change its approach to Africa,” Mr Obama said in a speech at the AU’s headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital.
“A half century into this independence era, it is long past time to put aside old stereotypes of an Africa forever mired in poverty and conflict. The world must recognise Africa’s extraordinary progress.”
Mr Obama said Africa needed more trade, and that the United States was stepping up its business ties with the continent.
“So many Africans have told me: we don’t just want aid, we want trade that fuels our progress. We don’t want patrons, we want partners who help us build our own capacity to grow. We don’t want the indignity of dependence, we want to make our own choices and determine our own future,” he said.
President Obama said the United States was a trusted partner of the continent, and took a veiled swipe at resource-hungry China, which has massively stepped up its presence on the continent.
“Economic relationships cannot simply be about other countries building infrastructure with foreign labour or extracting Africa’s natural resources,” Mr Obama said.
Mr Obama said the United States stood with Africa to defeat terrorism and end conflict, warning that the continent’s progress will “depend on security and peace”.
“As Africa stands against terror and conflict, I want you to know the United States stands with you,” Mr Obama said, highlighting threats ranging from Somalia’s al-Shabaab, Boko Haram in Nigeria, insurgents in Mali and Tunisia, and the Uganda-led Lord’s Resistance Army rebels in central Africa.
He said the United States was backing AU military efforts and saluting the “brave African peacekeepers” battling militants.
“From Somalia and Nigeria, to Mali and Tunisia, terrorists continue to target innocent civilians,” he said at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.
“Many of these groups claim the banner of religion, but hundreds of millions of African Muslims know that Islam means peace. We must call groups like Al-Qaeda, ISIL (Islamic State), al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, we must call them what they are — murderers.”
But he also said that progress was being made.
“Because of the AU force in Somalia, al-Shabaab controls less territory, and the Somali government is growing stronger. In central Africa, the AU-led mission continues to degrade the Lord’s Resistance Army,” he said.
Mr Obama at the same time called on Africa to end “the cancer of corruption” and embrace democracy to ensure continued progress.
“Nothing will unlock Africa’s economic potential more than ending the cancer of corruption,” Mr Obama said, warning that it drained “billions of dollars” from economies that could be used for health systems or creating employment.
“Africa’s progress will also depend on democracy, because Africans, like people everywhere, deserve the dignity of being in control of their own lives,” he said, in a speech that closes his two-nation tour of Kenya and Ethiopia.
“Yet at this very moment, these same freedoms are denied to many Africans. I have to proclaim, democracy is not just formal elections,” he added, to cheers from the packed hall, with all its 2,500 seats taken by AU officials as well as civil society representatives.
“When journalists are put behind bars for doing their jobs, or activists are threatened as governments crack down on civil society, then you may have democracy in name, but not in substance.
“I am convinced that nations cannot realise the full promise of independence until they fully protect the rights of their people.”

African leaders Condemned

The US leader also condemned African leaders who refuse to give up power. “Africa’s democratic progress is also at risk when leaders refuse to step aside when their terms end,” Mr Obama said in a speech at the AU’s headquarters in the Ethiopian capital.
“No one should be president for life,” he said, adding that he himself was looking forward to handing over to his successor.
“I have to be honest with you: I just do not understand this. Under our Constitution, I cannot run again. There is still so much I want to get done to keep America moving forward. But the law is the law and no one is above it, not even presidents,” he said.
“And, frankly, I am looking forward to life after being president. It will mean more time with my family, new ways to serve, and more visits to Africa.” President Obama singled out Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose re-election to a third term provoked weeks of unrest in the small central African nation, as an example of the dangers of trying to stay put.
“When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife, as we have seen in Burundi.”
He said clinging to power was “often just a first step down a perilous path.” “If a leader thinks they’re the only person who can hold their nation together, then that leader has failed to truly build their country,” Mr Obama said, hailing Nelson Mandela as an example for the continent.

 

 

President Museveni of Uganda at the recently concluded US-Africa summit in Washington DC

 

By Eric Kashambuzi

 

When Museveni became president of Uganda in 1986 riding on the crest of a guerrilla victory, he was showered with praise as an intellectual that had picked up the gun to save Uganda and her people. He soon became the blue-eyed boy and darling of the West, especially of the United States of America.

He was showered with money and invitation to attend the annual G8 Summits of industrialized countries for boldly launching “shock therapy” stabilization and a structural adjustment programme (SAP) that was shunned or amended by governments including Chile, Ghana and Tanzania. Against this backdrop, Museveni began to speak and write with confidence without realizing that a spoken or written word never dies; to make and break promises without worrying about the repercussions and to behave as though he had won permanent glory no matter what he subsequently committed or omitted.

Sadly, while recently attending the historic U.S. – Africa Leaders’ Summit, Museveni got a rude shock of his life. He was marginalized and even attacked for his reckless remarks and broken promises that did not sit down well with many people in the United States. People who had followed Museveni develop a special relationship with the United States of America especially the anti-terrorism collaboration, expected a warm welcome notwithstanding signing the anti-gay bill. Museveni’s actions had gone against American values in some respects.

Early in his administration, Museveni was interviewed by an American reporter. During that interview Museveni made a statement to the effect that he did not blame whites for enslaving Africans, adding that if you are stupid you should be taken a slave, implying that Africans were taken slaves because they were stupid. As expected this statement did not go down well with African Americans. In preparation for Museveni visit, the statement was dag up and published. An African-American Congressman in the United States House of Representatives picked it up and used it to discredit Museveni. The same representative had written to stop Sam Kutesa from becoming president of the United Nations General Assembly. That was the first blow.
On April 4, 1997, Museveni made a statement about bringing states in the Great Lakes Region and in the Horn of Africa into a federation. He said that he was following in the footsteps of Hitler who had tried to bring together the German people. He described Hitler as a smart man. This statement like the one on slave trade did not go down well with American people especially those who lost their loved ones during the Second World War including six million Jews. This statement was dag up and published before Museveni arrived in the United States, adding an injury to a wound.

Shortly after becoming president, Museveni made a solemn promise, underscoring that he had accepted leadership of Uganda to clean up the mess, restore security and democracy and then retire. He emphasized that he was one of those fellows not very keen to remain in public life for a long time. When his term was up in 1990, he appealed for an extension because more work remained to be done under his leadership. The public and parliament objected. He was saved by Cardinal Emmanuel Nsubuga who pleaded to Ugandans to give Museveni an extra five years to stabilize the country and arrange an orderly succession. That was 1990: it is now 2014 and Museveni has not been able to arrange a succession. He broke his promise.

When President Obama became president, he advised that leaders that had stayed in power too long needed to retire. Museveni did not accept this advice. Accordingly the United States was not able to extend a warm welcome to a leader that has been in power continuously since 1986 and still counting. The US-Africa Leaders’ Summit was primarily about strengthening trade and investment between America and Africa. Therefore for panel discussions, the organizers picked African leaders that had created conditions for stimulating investments including in the manufacturing sectors. The record from Uganda was one of broken promises.

In an interview he gave in 1991, Museveni stressed that Uganda would be industrialized within 15 years, insisting that he had no doubt about that because nothing could stop him. This promise has been broken. Not only has industrialization not taken place, but the country is de-industrializing. Some manufacturing enterprises have been closed including an AGOA factory, the Tri-Star Apparel plant, Uganda Bata factory, Steel Rolling Mills. Other factories have relocated outside Uganda and yet others are operating below installed capacity. Some Americans that have tried to invest in Uganda are complaining about lack of infrastructure, institutions, skilled human power and rampant corruption. Accordingly, Museveni could not be selected as one of the African panellists because there are no good lessons to offer.

Not least, although the anti-gay bill which Museveni signed into law against objections of many at home and abroad was annulled a few days before Museveni arrived in the United States, damage had already been done to his reputation. Thus, singly or in concert Museveni’s reckless statements, broken promises, corruption, sectarianism and cronyism undermined his credibility and visibility during his visit to the United States. Whatever corrective measures he undertakes, it will likely be difficult to restore the glory he enjoyed before the start of the 21st century. To save the little credibility he still enjoys, it is advisable that Museveni steps down without further delay so that a transitional government is formed to rebuild the country.