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

February 8, 2017

Written by BAMUTURAKI MUSINGUZI

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Dr Mungherera supervising work at Mulago hospital in 2014

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

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

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

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


UP TO THE TASK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


A MEDICAL LETTER FOR AMAMA MBABAZI

January 6, 2017

Written by MOSES KHISA

Mr Amama Mbabazzi


Dear Ndugu Amama,

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

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

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

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

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







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


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

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

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










NRM swimming in cash money.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I thank you!

moses.khisa@

gmail.com

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


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

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

yuganda bwe batafa ku byabwe

May 31, 2014

Eddwaaliro ly’e Kawolo bwe lifaanana.


Broken Down Ambulance



Dodgy mud and wattle

Latrine in Jinja City

Broken down bathroom

Mu 2012, abayimbi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Naye ebibiina ebimu nga Eagles bisasika?

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

Eno ye ambyulensi y’eddwaaliro.

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

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

Kiki kye mufunye mu kweyubula kwe mukoze?

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

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

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

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

Condoms block Masaka munici
pality sewerage plant

Publish Date: Feb 21, 2015

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


MASAKA,BUGANDA, UGANDA -

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


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


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


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


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


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


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



A team of MPs inspected the plant on Friday. 

Workers always unblock the sewerage pipes. 


The sewerage plant was built 63 years ago. 

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

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


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


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


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


She asked the district authorities to prioritise sanitation and hygiene.


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


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


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

tional price of oil tumbles

By Agencies

Posted  Thursday, May 7  2015

 

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

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

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

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

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

Lungubanguba,


o- no plur.(lu/n) strength, energy; good health.


Okuddamu olungubanguba, to regain one’s strength,


recover one’s health. Ndimu olungubanguba. I am in good health.


 


Lumya (-lumizza) v. Tr. Appl. 2 caus. Cause to bite/hurt, etc.; hurt with/by;injure; worry; disappoint. Ekyo kinumya nnyo omwoyo. This worries me a great deal. Ebigezo ebyalumya buli omu ogw’engulu, very difficult examinations, lit. Which made everyone bite the upper (lip, omumwa implied).

 

 


Kuluggusa (-kuluggusizza) v. Tr. Caus. Cause to flow away, wash away. Okukuluggusibwa kw’ettaka, erosion of the soil.

 

 

 


Lala (-laze) v.i.be in anguish, suffer Omwoyo gundaze. I am in anguish.

 


Laza (-lazizza) v,i, cause to be in anguish. Kiraza mwoyo ng’ebbwa eridda mu nkovu. (prov.) It causes anguish to the heart, like a sore recurring in a scar.

 

 

lalusa (-lalusizza) v,tr, caus.madden, craze.

 

 

Lubanga pr,n, the name of Lubaale associated with the Gray Monkey Clan and the Oribi Antelope Clan.

 

 

Guluba (-gulubye) v.i. gallop, trot; skip cavort about, frolic cf. Kannagguluba.

 

 

Gulugulu also gguluggulu ideo. Commonly used with nywera and its derivatives. Very firmly, very tightly. Eccupa nnywevu be gulugulu. The bottle is tightly sealed. Kino kyange gulugulu. This is my very own.

 

 

Gulirira (-guliridde) v.tr. appl. 2 keep buying, buy constantly; hire; bribe.

 

 

Gulaana (-gulaanye) v.i. recip. Buy from one another, barter, bargain.

 

 

Guba (-gubye) v.i be or become dirty/filthy/stained; be stunted; grow poorly; be badly cooked; become hardened/inured; be re-sistant to cleaning; become worn (e.g., of a path).

 

 

Gubira (-gubidde) v.i. & tr. Appl. Become dirty in, etc.; be hardened/inured to.

Nze emiggo nnagigubira dda. I have long since become accustomed to/ inured to beatings. Obudde bungubiridde. I am in trouble/difficulties/a trying situation.

 

 

Gubaasiira (-gubaasidde) v.i be dirty/filthy; look dirtyi. Cf.-gubaasiivu; guba.

 

 

Kikudumu, e- also ekikudumo ki/bi dregs in unstrained beer.

 

 

Kikufiri, e- (ki/bi) rare small tuft of hair.

 

 

Kikujjuko, e- (ki/bi) marvel, wonder, wonderful thing.

 

 

Kikukku adv. Alone.



The Uganda housing Slams in the city of Kampla
The chief of defence
forces, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, sent a card late last month inviting me to the 34th anniversary of the founding of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces.

 

It was a patriotic act to invite an opposition MP to a military function. In my last years in the media, I, together with Andrew Mwenda and Frank Nyakairu, had been barred from attending any military function or visit a military installation. That is how I did not cover the passing out, (or was it a graduation?) of generals Salim Saleh, Elly Tumwine, David Tinyefuza, and Noble Mayombo (RIP) from the UPDF Senior Command and Staff College, Kimaka in 2005.

 

The UPDF spokesman then, Col Shaban Bantariza, turned down my request, saying he had been instructed not to allow me even near the function. Apart from Mayombo, who died shortly after the course, don’t ask me whether the others have added any value to the institution of the UPDF.

 

Therefore, by Katumba Wamala inviting me, I think the expressed mission of turning UPDF into a national army has not been after all lost. I guess every MP was issued with this invitation. But I think there was an extra motivation to invite me because I sit on the parliamentary committee on defence and internal affairs that supervises UPDF. 

 

Unfortunately for Katumba Wamala, celebrating the 34th anniversary of founding the UPDF, the so-called Tarehe Sita, negates the very purpose for which this invitation was issued to me and all other opposition MPs. I have extensively written about this subject in an earlier article.

 

February 6, 1981, is the day Museveni, together with Tumwine, Julius Chihandae, Fred Rwigyema and others attacked Kabamba barracks to loot guns so they could begin a war to remove Milton Obote from power. This UPDF that Katumba Wamala heads is a creation of the 1995 Constitution. It is, therefore, 20 years old and not 34. What is 34 years old is the guerilla outfit called National Resistance Army (NRA) that is no longer in existence.

 

It is through questioning the marking of days like this that one will understand the mindset of our revolutionary leader. He has denied us a chance to transit from the Luweero jungle mentality to a new order. I raised this matter in parliament last week and Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga summarily ruled me out of order. On that same day, parliament, for the first time I think in its history, refused to grant an MP a chance to introduce a private member’s bill.

 

The procedure is, you get parliament’s staff to help you print a bill, then you officially notify parliament by way of asking for what they call “leave” to prepare the bill.

 

That is what Dr Michael Lulume Bayiga did when he asked parliament to allow him prepare a bill called Presidential Transition. The NRM, led by new kid on the block Peter Ogwang, shouted a big no. Kadaga attempted to explain that this was more or less a ceremony. She noted that real work would begin when Bayiga tabled the bill to no avail.

 

That is how polarized this country has become.  I hear in Kyankwanzi, Kasule Lumumba, the new NRM secretary general, has vowed to fail the Bayiga bill because for them they have a “sole candidate.”

 

According to Lumumba, thinking or imagining another president other than Museveni is now criminal in the NRM. We are in for interesting times. Don’t blame Katumba Wamala, a former UNLA soldier, when he invites people to celebrate the formation of a guerilla outfit. The most important issue for the citizens is to continue noting incidents of looting and abuses going on under this regime.

 

I hope you have not forgotten that we officially spend Shs 8.5 billion every month on the war in South Sudan. This amount doesn’t include the wear and tear of our military equipment and the loss of soldiers deployed to keep a weak government in power. Mind you, we don’t have Shs 4 billion to repair scan and ultrasound machines in public hospitals!

 

Our army went to South Sudan in December 2013. It is now about 14 months since that deployment. This, by the way, means we have so far spent Shs 119 billion executing a war on behalf of a weak leader.

 

That is why our expenditure on the military has hit a Shs 1.1 trillion mark. Out of this, Shs 342 billion is classified expenditure. The ordinary soldier continues to languish in ramshackle structures as the bosses ride in the latest state-of-the-art Land Cruisers. The ordinary soldier continues to live in the Luweero jungle as the bosses enjoy the ‘heaven’.

 

Harnessing the collective strength of everybody suffering under this regime is what has eluded us these three decades. This is not the opposition’s sole responsibility; church leaders, Muslim leaders and civil society must all act. That is what should occupy us; but unfortunately, the media is feeding us on the Kyankwanzi menu.


semugs@yahoo.com



One

of the Govern

ment Aided Schools in Lwengo District


Uganda is moving in a reverse gear but the driver thinks he is doing great. 

On Mon, Mar 30, 2015
M, Afuwa Kasule  
This is the teacher' s toilet facility 


One of the Government Aided Schools in Lwengo District.
Iam informed the school is within 2km radius to the MP's residence!
Even with the constituency development fund one could change that image.


 

 

  

The European Union backs the lame duck government of Uganda on Land Amendment Bill so that land owners are quickly compesated:

 

Mr Attilio Pacifici (L), the new European Union Head of

Mr Attilio Pacifici (L), the new European Union Head of Delegation greets  Transport Minister Monica Azuba Ntege at the Ministry headquarters on Port Bell Road. PHOTO BY STEPHEN OTAGE   

The European Union (EU) has said they support President Yoweri Museveni’s stand on the planned amendment of the land law because there is need for a serious regulation to govern land use and acquisition.

Speaking during a courtesy call to Ministry of Works and Transport on Tuesday, the new EU Head of Delegation, Mr  Attilio Pacifici, said he is irritated that the cost of constructing the  Northern Bypass doubled since land owners inflated the amount of money they were supposed to get.

 “I think what the President [Museveni] is doing to sensitise people is very important. There is need for a strong law to allow government acquires land for projects of national strategic importance,” he said.

He said such a law would not provide room for discussions with land owners because it caters for adequate compensation and where some of the land is not utilized, it reverts to the owner because most times, its value appreciates when the project is complete.

The ambassador, who is a month old in the Kampala office, was paying a courtesy call to ministry officials to evaluate projects that are funded by the EU.

The proposal to amend Article 26 of the 1995 Constitution to allow government take over private land before compensation has met opposition from some members of the civil society, church leaders, Members of Parliament, ordinary people and a section of politicians.

The critics of the plan argue that if land is acquired before compensation, owners may not get proportionate payment from the government.

President Museveni says amending the article is not intended to steal people’s land but to hasten government projects that have been stalling as a result of court cases arising from compensation disputes.

Subsequently, President Museveni embarked on a countrywide tour to explain the plan to Ugandans on various radio stations.

EU funds among other projects, the Masaka--Mbarara--Katuna, Mbarara bypass, the Kampala-Jinja Expressway and the Southern bypass.

Ms Monica Ntege Azuba, the Transport minister said the EU has also earmarked funds for the Lake Victoria Transport System specifically to improve infrastructure in Port Bell as well as rehabilitation of the Tororo-Gulu Railway line.

“We appreciate your courtesy call. It is very rare that we get visitors who come to give us support where we find challenges,” she said.

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The European Union is well aware of the corruption that is going on concerning who exactly owns the land on the African Continent and therefore needs some sort of compesation!  The days seem to have gone when on this continent all sorts of people walked in and out and made claims of ownership on any thing that existed on this continent. Local African communities can and are well educated to give for free land for the common good of their peaciful communities.

 

The State of Buganda is strugling with about 17,000 temporary settled families that could lose land in Nakaseke:

 


In dilemma. Some of the residents of Naluvule village in Nakaseke District who have been threatened with eviction, gather for a land meeting recently. PHOTOS BY DAN WANDERA.  

The State of Buganda, Nakaseke.

Mr John Bahigi, 68, a resident of Kinyogoga Sub-county in Nakaseke District, owns more than 80 acres of land with a lease title. His family has stayed on this land since 1961.
He was, however, shocked after strangers turned up from nowhere in 2016, to claim ownership of his land. They confronted him with instructions to survey the land his family had occupied for 55 years.
The suspicious people, in 2016, displayed a land title similar to the one in his possession, claiming ownership of his land.

“After cross-checking that the land title I had was the genuine one from the office of the registrar, I walked up to the office of the Commissioner of Lands to register my complaint. I was tossed around for more than six months,” Mr Bahigi narrates to Daily Monitor.
“Lucky enough, the registrar had already verified within the Lands ministry system that the title I possessed was genuine. When they turned up for surveying for the second time, I alerted other residents and we arrested them and handed them over to the police. This was the last time I heard about them,” Mr Bahigi further narrates.
Mr Bahigi said he suspected connivance from the Ministry of Lands for the double issuance of two land tittles on the same piece of land.
Mr Joseph Ssentamu, 55, another resident of Nabbika village re-echoes a slightly similar challenge.
He claims his family has settled on land measuring 100 acres since 1948, only to receive an eviction notice from Buganda Land Board Ltd, a corporate body mandated by the Kabaka to manage the Buganda Kingdom land.

Shocker
“I was surprised when people claiming to be agents from Buganda Land Board told us to vacate the land, claiming that it had been leased out. Surprisingly, the 100-acre land on Plot 1,029, Nabbika Estate, is also claimed by Nakaseke District Land Board. We are surprised that Mengo does not know where their land ends. Our relief is that Nakaseke District Land Board has taken over the matter. We also recently received a message from Mengo disassociating themselves from eviction threats on this land. We are left with unanswered questions about who was behind the destruction of our property, including food in an effort to force us off this land,” Mr Ssentamu said in an interview.
But the Buganda Kingdom information minister, Mr Nuwa Kiyimba, told Daily Monitor in an interview on Friday that whatever interventions Buganda has made regarding land registration and management programmes is in the best interest of the people of Buganda.

Two months ago, Nakaseke South MP Ssemakula Lutamaguzi raised a red flag in Parliament. He said more than 20,000 people had been evicted from five villages in Nakaseke South and many others were living under fear of eviction from their land.
He claimed that well connected people, whom he did not name, were behind the evictions and called on government to investigate the claims.
Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana, however, denied involvement of “big shots” in government in land grabbing.
Local leaders have stepped up advocacy about their plight but feel government has turned a deaf ear.
Like Mr Lutamaguzi, they point to some powerful officials, including soldiers who have made it a habit to evict bona fide tenants from their land with impunity and without following the law.

Analysts say...
Analysts attribute the problem to the fact that there is vast idle land available in areas such as Nakaseke, which attracts people from other parts of the country to settle on it thinking it is vacant land. But local leaders claim the problem is a result of speculators, especially those in government, who buy huge pieces of land with a plan to sell it in future at a higher price, but the land has sitting tenants and they fail to compensate them.
Mr Johnson Kamuhangire, district councillor representing people with disability, said: “We are puzzled with the land eviction problem in Nakaseke District. We have about 17,000 families which face eviction in different parts of the district.”

Mr Fred Rwabirinda, the Nakaseke District councillor representing Kinyogoga Sub-county, claims senior government officials working with top security agencies, have fenced off vast areas in the district, leaving residents without land for farming and grazing.

The most affected areas include Nabbika village, where 200 families are threatened with eviction, Naluvule village, where 400 families face eviction and hundreds of others have already been pushed off their land.
In the neigbouring Luweero District, the situation is not different. A total of 2,000 families were also recently issued with an eviction notice to vacate a piece of land measuring 14 square miles in Kakulubita Sub-county.
Recently, President Museveni instituted a commission of inquiry into land matters led by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.

Background

Nakaseke District is a hotbed for land disputes. The district sits on 3,477.3 square kilometres of land, according to Mr Kato Ramathan, the district information officer.
The district has an estimated population of 208,000 people, according to the 2016 District statistics, although the 2014 Population and Housing Census put the population at 197,369.
The population in Nakaseke depends on farming and cattle keeping for a livelihood.

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EKIBIINA KYA ---BATAKA UNION(BU)....NO.8

 

 

Ate waaliwo n'ekibiina ky'Abataka ekyayitibwanga BATAKA UNION (BU) nga kikulemberwa Omutaka Semakula Mulumba. Kino nga kiri wamu n'Abataka abatali batongole mu Lukiiko lwa Buganda nga baateranga okulumba Kabaka Muteesa II  ne governmenti ye ku buli nsonga yonna gye bayagalanga okukolako n'okusingira ddala okwefuga kwa Buganda. Nga bwekimanyiddwa mubyafaayo bya Buganda, ekibiina kino kyakola nnyo okusooka okulwanirira Muteesa II bwe yali awaggangusibbwa ate era ne Uganda okutuuka okufuna okwefuga kwayo bwe yetakkuluza ku Bungereza.

Nga 24, April 1949 abantu bangi nnyo baava wonna mu masaza ga Buganda. abasajja n'abakazi, ne bagumba ku nnyanja ya Kabaka awo okumpi n'essomero lya Aggrey Primary School. Ekyali kibaleese awo nga we baagala okuva okugenda okulaba Kabaka bamutegeeze ebibaluma era abibakolereko.

Bajja beetegese okubeera awo okutuusa lwe baliraba Kabaka kubanga baalina buli kye balyetaaze gamba ng'emmere n'ebyo'kufumbiramu. Baali bawera nga 5000 obungi era nga kirabika abakulembeze baabwe baali bamaze ekiseera nga beetegekera olugendo luno.

Baali tebajja kutiisibwatisibwa okuva mu kifo ekyo okutuusa nga Kabaka amaze okubakolera ku nsonga ezaali zibaluma.

 

 

Governmenti Enkuumi eya Bungereza bwe yalaba embeera eyo ng'abantu bazze gawanye n'ewereza police okukuuma olubiri. Enkeera nga 25, April 1949, abantu abo abaali basuze awo ku nnyanja ne bagumbulukuka ne bagenda mu maaso g'olubiri okutandika okukola ku kyabaleese. Baatumira Kattikiro agende ayite Kabaka ajje bamutegeeze ebibaluma. Kabaka Muteesa II yali nga bayinza okumukola akabi. Abakulu abamu baali bawadde Kabaka amagezi abantu abagobe aleme kubalabira ddala naye n'agaana nga bw'agamba nti, BWE BABA  BAAGALA KULABA KABAKA WAABWE BAJJA KUMULABA. MUBAGAMBE BALEME BONNA KWEYIWA MU LUBIRI WABULA BALONDE (ABABAKA) MUNAANA BAJJE BANTEGEEZE KYE BEETAAGA.

 

Bakkiriza ne balonda ababaka abajja n'ekiwandiiko ekyalimu ensonga ttaano:

 

1. Ssaabasajja akkirize abantu baweebwe obuyinza okwerondera abaami babwe.

 

2.Gavumenti ya Kabaka eriko yonna eggibweko.

 

3.Abalimi bakkirizibwe okwesunsulira pamba wabwe.

 

4. Abalimi baweebwe eddembe okwetundira ebirime byabwe mu butale ebweru.

 

Kabaka Muteesa II yabaddamu bwati:

Ensonga 1,2, 3, zaali nzibu okukolako amangu kubanga zaali zeekuusa ku Ndagaano eya 1900 eyaliwo wakati wa Buganda ne Bungereza. Naye ensonga ezisigaddewo nja kwebuuza ku bampa amagezi nga sinnaba kuziddamu. Kabaka Muteesa bweyasubiza bwatyo.

 

Bwe yamala okkubaddamu n'abagamba baddeyo mu maka gabwe ng'ensonga ezo bwe zikolebwako. Ababaka b'abantu baava ewa Kabaka nga bamatidde n'okuddamu kwa Kabaka. Bagenda okunnyonnyola bannabwe n'okubasaba bagumbulukuke. Abantuuze ba Buganda bano baagaana okuvaawo.

 

Ebiddako bya Kabaka wa Buganda kufuuka NKATA NNYIGWA WABIRI.

Eno nga abantu be balowooza nti Kabaka ne governmenti ye tabaliko era nti ali nabano abajja bazunga(Abangereza), ate nga yo gavumenti ya bazunga enkumi ng'erowooza nti Kabaka Muteesa tagiyamba nga yekkubira nnyo ku Lukiiko n'abantu be natayamba mu nteekateeka zankulakulana z'ensi bannamawanga bano(abagenyi) zebaali bakolera ensi Buganda ne Uganda.

 

BUGERERE: NO 8:

 

 

Anti olutalo lwe Bugerere tewali atalujjukira.

 

 

The Kabaka of Buganda's government clash with the Baganda organisers of Ttabamiruka Convention of 2014 in New Jersey, United States of America:

 

 

         

Katikkiro Charles Mayiga (left) with the King of Buganda (right)

 

FRIDAY, 15 AUGUST 2014 01:11 WRITTEN BY EDRIS KIGGUNDU

 

Disillusionment with Mengo rarely gets voiced publicly among Buganda’s clan heads (Bataka).

 

But a decision by Buganda kingdom to stop them from attending this year’s Ttabamiruka convention in New Jersey, United States, is meeting strong opposition.

The controversy was triggered by an August 8, 2014 letter reportedly signed by Kabaka Ronald Mutebi, urging the clan heads to cancel their trip until certain issues have been ironed out.

“It would have been good for these issues to be handled with care until there is mutual agreement. For this reason, I request you not to travel for this year’s Ttabamiruka. You will go next year,” reads the letter addressed to Kayiira Gajuule, the speaker of the council of Bataka.

The contentious issues are not mentioned in the letter but insider sources say they centre on disagreements between the organisers of the convention and some Mengo officials. Our sources say Mengo accuses the organisers of turning the convention into a political forum dominated by opposition politicians. Mengo claims the convention does not advance Buganda’s real interests anymore.

Last year, Mengo officials skipped the convention over similar disagreements. Denis Walusimbi, Buganda kingdom’s spokesman, told The Observer yesterday that the kingdom would not take part in this year’s convention.

Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga, however, is expected to tour parts of Canada, Chicago and Boston between August 31 and September 8.

Bataka rebel

But the Bataka are not backing down. During their meeting at Bulange on August 12, our sources indicate, the clan heads said they did not want to be used as pawns in the fight between Mengo and organisers of the convention.

They also doubted whether the Kabaka indeed authored the said letter. When they met the Kabaka recently and reportedly told him about their plans to attend the convention, he did not raise any objections, they said.

The clan heads argued that the decision to bar them from attending the Ttabamiruka was not different from the central government’s decision in 2009 to block the Kabaka from touring Bugerere.

“Mengo has never looked after any of us and therefore they have no authority to direct us on what we can or cannot do,” one clan head who attended the Tuesday meeting but declined to be named, told The Observer yesterday.

He added that the convention organisers had promised them some perks and some had already processed their visas. At least 14 clan heads are scheduled to attend this year’s convention to be held from August 30 to September 1, 2014 at the Renaissance Woodbridge hotel in New Jersey, New York.

The organisers, sources said, hope to use the convention to recognise the clan heads for keeping Buganda united during the time kingdoms were abolished between 1966 and 1993. Walusimbi said the decision to cancel the Bataka’s Ttabamiruka participation had been exhaustively handled.

“They know the reason which we raised with them. I do not see the reason why they should go on and on complaining,” Walusimbi said.

Meanwhile, with two weeks left to the convention, disagreements between two senior representatives of Baganda living in the United States have deepened. We have seen email exchanges between Wycliffe Lule-Mukasa, the Kabaka’s representative in New York, and Joshua Sekamwa, president of Ggwanga Mujje in New York, each accusing the other of perpetuating divisions among Baganda in the diaspora.

In an August 7email, Sekamwa accuses Lule-Mukasa of being a government spy and of secretly mobilising people not to attend this year’s Ttabamiruka, which is being organised by Ggwanga Mujje.

“We are aware that you secretly listen in to some of the telephone conversations between senior Buganda officials here and in Mengo. We are fearful that this could be harmful to the security of our kabaka and the katikkiro,” Sekamwa wrote.

This email followed one written by Lule-Mukasa on July 2, in which he accused Sekamwa and other officials of building factions among Baganda in the diaspora.

Lule-Mukasa accused Sekamwa of doing nothing to heal the divisions.

“For me, you will forgive me. I will not go against the Kabaka’s counsel and be part of the people who want to foster divisions among the Baganda,” Lule-Mukasa wrote.

ekiggundu@observer.ug

 

 

 

A dispute between the ministry of Defence and Finance over a 16-acre piece of land in Mbuya has become the focus of a parliamentary probe.

The committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) last Thursday launched the investigation into the dispute that pits the ministry of Defence and the ministry of Finance-supervised.

National Housing and Construction Company (NHCC). Both ministries claim ownership of the land, which houses Mbuya barracks and the ministry of defence headquarters. When NHCC officials, led by the Chief Executive Officer Parity Twinomujuni, appeared before the committee last week chaired by Bugweri MP Abdu Katuntu, they said the two ministries are currently in court.

NHCC officials appeared before the committee to answer queries raised by the auditor general’s report relating to land in Kireka and Mbuya among other issues, for the financial year ending December 2014.

Since the two ministries are both under government, it implies that government has sued itself and two ministries are represented by the attorney general. Twinomujuni however, told the committee that the different ministries have since opted for private lawyers after they failed to settle the land dispute out of court.


The Uganda Army officers and their spouses at Mbuya Hill

NHCC is a part privately and publicly owned entity with government owning a 51% stake while the Libyan African Investment Company (LAICo), a private investor, owns 49%. Twinomujuni said that after an out-of-court settlement failed and since each ministry has a land title for the same land, the ministry of finance instructed NHCC to go to court.

“We want it [Mbuya land] back. We have tried to settle outside court in vain. By the time you go to court you have failed but with [MPs’] your assistance, we can still start afresh. Nobody wants to be in court for sure,” Twinomujuni said.

But members on the committee argued that it is a waste of government resources to keep in court since the two are government entities.Save

“You [NHCC] now go to court because there is a dispute of ownership of land with the ministry of defence: We find that very, very strange. There should be no circumstances under which government ministries sue each other. That should not arise under any circumstances,” Katuntu said.

Bukedea woman MP Annita Among added: “We have to bring together the ministry of defence, Uganda Land Commission and ministry of Finance and we see how to settle that because they are wasting government resources.”
:You cannot sue yourself. They have hired lawyers at government’s expenditure that is why we are saying we want to reduce that expenditure by bringing the two bodies together and then we get advice from the attorney general.”

COMMITTEE ACTION

The committee plans to summon the ministers of Defence, Finance and the Uganda Land Commission boss Baguma Isoke to appear and ascertain who the rightful owner of the Mbuya land is.

Ministers Adolf Mwesige (Defence) and Matia Kasaijja (Finace) will have to pinpoint the rightful owner of that land and the Uganda Land Commission boss Baguma Isoke will tell the committee why his office sanctioned the issuance of two land titles for one piece land to two ministries.

“So you have two ministries both with land titles. That, we have been hearing in the private sector where we have conmen that produce two land titles for one piece of land but now even in government itself,” Katuntu said, adding:

“I think one department is becoming a conman which is very, very dangerous and I think we will have to eventually talk to the ministry of defence and ministry of finance. They are embarrassing us. The committee is going to invite both of them and put them to task why they cannot resolve the matter and end up going to court,” said Katuntu.

 

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How come some stranger guys match in like Christopher Columbus did and say all those beautiful mountains are mine and on behalf of my King!

 

In Uganda the Colonial State House is failing to pay rent to its Housing Corporation:

FRIDAY AUGUST 5 2016

By NELSON WESONGA

KAMPALA.

State House is one of the government departments that owe the National Housing and Construction Company (NHCC) Shs20 billion for rent.
The others are the Ministry of Defence and the Uganda Land Commission (ULC), according to NHCC’s chief executive officer Parity Twinomujuni.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       The expensive former colonial State House at Entebbe International Airport                        

 

 

“They stay in our houses in Entebbe and one house that is in State House [precincts],” Mr Twinomujuni said during an interview on Wednesday, adding: “It is a problem that has persisted for 15 years.”
This newspaper was not immediately able to establish how much each of them owes NHCC.

Mr Twinomujuni said once NHCC receives the rent, it would channel it to low–cost housing.

Attempts to reach the senior presidential press secretary, Mr Don Wanyama, and Mr Baguma Isoke, the chairperson of the Uganda Land Commission, were futile. Whereas Mr Wanyama is reportedly out of the country on official duty, Mr Isoke neither picked nor returned our calls.

When contacted, Mr Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, said he could not authenticate NHCC’s claim.
He was not privy to its claim documents, he said.

He added that each of the government ministries being demanded money knows and has capacity to know the truth a bout the claims of the company.
“If the claims are genuine, it’s the responsibility of the affected agencies to settle their liabilities. If the claims are not genuine, the concerned ministries and agencies can dispute them. There must be a documented process of how those liabilities were incurred,” Mr Tumwebaze said via email on Thursday.

He added, “The current standing directive of Cabinet and of the President, however, is that government bodies must pay adequately and promptly for the services they consume. It’s only fair that way and beneficial to the economy.”

The State minister for Housing Chris Baryomunsi, who affirmed some government department’s owe NHCC money, said he would see to it that the departments pay.

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