The government of Uganda has procured armoured police vehicles for the 2016 General Elections.
 

For whom are the youths in UGANDA trained in Masindi at,

 08 SEPTEMBER 2014

In January, about 700 Makerere University students were trained as crime preventers at the same school. The criterion used to select these students is not elaborate and is exclusive to those who are either in the patriotic clubs or the youth league of the National Resistance Movement (NRM).

Several student groups have attended these courses at Kabalye. Another one of about 2,400 students from several universities and tertiary institution was passed out last week.

We are told the course content includes ideological orientation, self-defence, martial arts, and security skills, among others. I am not sure of how this programme is supposed to add value onto the lives of students, and Ugandans as a whole! Further, I don’t know whether the police budget should be diverted to this kind of exercise.

What exactly does a crime preventer do? Is he/she a security operative who gathers information on certain offenders and then confront them? Is this a voluntary exercise or it is a paid- for, job? If so, it, therefore, calls for certain regulations, obligations and responsibilities.

Is this an auxiliary group to the security organs? Are these students specifically trained to prevent crimes in universities or in the entire country? Sometimes, armed people commit crimes. So, will the crime preventer be armed in order to counter any armed attack?  It is not clear whether all the national tertiary institutions will be equipped with crime preventers. Once, the dubious Kiboko squad described itself as crime preventers.

So, should Ugandans worry that another dodgy group is being prepared, perhaps for the expected intense political activity in 2016?

What is the relationship between these crime preventers and the police, army, and other security agencies in the country? Many of these questions still remain unanswered.  Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura says the course is good because it has equipped the young people with ideological direction.

The Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary defines ideology as a system of ideas and ideals, especially one that forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy. It further defines it as the ideas and manner of thinking characteristic of a group, social class, or individual. So, if the course is supposed to orientate the students in ideology, in whose ideology are they inculcated? Who determines the correct ideology, and anyway, what ideology was being marketed to these students?

Again, there is a trend that one cannot be a complete cadre or patriot without being equipped with military skills. Everything in Uganda is being militarised. Agriculture has to be run by the military. The police have to be steered by a military man. The immigration and national identification process has to be conducted by the military. A military man runs the highest office in the land.

Ruling party MPs have to conduct their annual retreat in a semi-military camp. Early this year, they (MPs) were all clad in attires that resembled military uniforms! Even the beauty contest is a candidate for military takeover! At their pass-out, the youths gleefully displayed their skills of dismantling and assembling guns. Others performed martial art drills.

Some of these youths are, actually, mere opportunists. They are using this training as a pedestal to clutch on better things in future. Many of them have realised that keeping closer to the party means instant wealth. They have seen how those youths who originally backed Amama Mbabazi for president, but later crossed to President Museveni’s camp, have become instant millionaires.

They know that when time comes for recruiting mobilisers for votes in 2016, priority will be given to those who trained at Kabalye.  Instant, and sometimes unexplained, wealth has become the major motivation of joining NRM programmes. I don’t know the exact ideological direction of the NRM. Even if one asked these youths what NRM’s ideology is, the likelihood is that the answer would not be given. And if it is given, the one who asks the question would remain uninformed.

This exercise in Kabalye is as inoperable as the youth representation in Parliament. The lives of the youth in Uganda have not improved as a consequence of being represented in Parliament. I have not seen bills being sponsored by youth MPs, specifically targeting issues that youths grapple with.

The irony is that the very youths who have trained in crime prevention may be the harbingers of crime. There is a temptation to look at crime as mainly a physical thing such as murder, treason, theft and rape. We forget that there is an unemployed youth likely to engage in forgery in order to access someone else’s account in the bank.

And more threatening is the fact that honesty is no longer something taken seriously, as the strength of youths. So, the economic pressures, which Kabalye never addressed, may turn these cadres of crime prevention into victims of the very mischief they intended to cure. It would be stretching the restraint of a hungry hyena to entrust it with the servicing of a loaded butchery. 


pmkatunzi@

observer.

ug

Twitter: @piuskm

 

I'm lucky to be alive - Ongwen

Publish Date: Jan 15, 2015

Dominic Ongwen 


The captured Lord's Resistance (LRA) commander, Dominic Ongwen, revealed to the African Union contingency in the Central Republic of Africa (CAR) that he is lucky to be alive, according to army spokesperson, Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda.


Ankunda has told New Vision that Ongwen looks psychologically settled for being in safe hands now and assured of justice at the International Criminal Court (ICC).


"The man has been in the bush for most of his life fighting and eating rats but now he is in our (UPDF) custody eating chicken. He is happy that he will get justice at the ICC," said Ankunda when asked about Ongwen's situation.


"What we are waiting for now is for the CAR government to hand him over to the ICC. When they (CAR Government) ready, they will let us (UPDF) know," added Ankunda.


Ongwen was handed to the AU contingency in CAR by the US Special Forces on Wednesday and he was received by UPDF CAR contingent commander, Col .Michael Kabango, at Obo.


In the picture taken with Kabango, Ongwen is seen in a jolly mood, not reminiscent of a man who has been through thick and thin of Africa's jungles fighting for most of his life.

 

Kasibante

Member of Parliament on tension over Beti Kamya's return for the 2016 national election:

Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante.

 

By Monitor Reporter


Posted  Tuesday, January 27  2015 

 
Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA) leader Beti Kamya is plotting to return to Parliament in 2016. Political Xtra understands that Ms Kamya, who is also the former Rubaga North MP, took the decision after her supporters reportedly advised her against “chasing shadows”. 

They reportedly told her to admit that she miscalculated when she took the decision to contest for the highest office and asked her not to waste time again. Ms Kamya was a contestant in the 2011 Ugandan presidential elections.

However, Ms Kamya, who accepted to contest for Parliament next year, is said to have told her supporters that she participated in the 2011 elections not to win but to launch the federal ideology outside Buganda; she calls it ‘Ugandanisation’ of federo. 

Apparently, Ms Kamya’s return has taken current Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante by surprise since he thought the former FDC strong lady would contest for presidency again.

‘Sleepless nights’

Sources close to Mr Kasibante told Political Extra that the UFA leader is giving him sleepless nights. The MP nowadays frequents his constituency and quietly meets voters in order to galvanise his support and has reportedly vowed to give Ms Kamya “a bloody nose” in next year’s parliamentary contest. 

Following the 2011 elections, the former journalist with the help of Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and other Opposition sympathisers went to court, challenging NRM candidate Singh Katongole’s disputed win. Mr Katongole, who won the seat through a disputed re-counting process, was ejected by court, allowing Mr Kasibante to reclaim what belonged to him. But it appears what belonged to Mr Kasibante, once belonged to Ms Kamya and she is determined to have it back.

 

America advises Uganda on oil refinery deal with a Russian trade company. 

  Mr Scott De Lisi 

 

By FREDERIC MUSISI


Posted  March 1   2015 

 
KAMPALA, UGANDA:

The US Ambassador to Uganda Scott DeLisi last week expressed disapproval of the awarding of $4b (about Shs11.5 trillion) oil refinery project to the subsidiary of a Russian state conglomerate that also deals in arms and whose chief executive is under heavy US and EU sanctions. He warned that this venture is “not a done deal.”

“On the issue of the sanctions, these are issues I am sure the government will have to look at carefully. They have designated a Russian company as the first on the list, absolutely, but they still have to negotiate a variety of issues that will go to financing and the rest. I would suggest that you wait and see how that all plays out,”

DeLisi was speaking during a 45-minute interface with selected journalists at the US embassy in Nsambya, Kampala, on Wednesday. 

“They [problems] maybe because of the sanctions imposed upon the parent company.

“There may be problems in terms of financing, inability to operate but we will see how all that plays out,” he added.

Last week, the Uganda government awarded the contract for the refinery project to RT Global Resources, a consortium managed by Russia’s Rostec, a defence and technology corporation whose businesses include manufacturing and selling weapons such as the AK-47/Kalashnikov rifles.

In 2013, the government started the search process for a lead investor to undertake construction of the 60,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) oil refinery. About 75 companies picked the Request for Qualification documents and only eight made it to the last submission round. Later, four companies pulled out for diverse reasons.

The four that reached the last round included, RT Global Resources, Japan’s Maruben Corporation, China’s Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPPB), and the South Korean SK Group.

Mr Sergei Chemezov, Rostec’s chief executive, is a former officer in the Russian spy agency KGB and close ally of President Vladimir Putin. He has US sanctions on him, which include freezing his assets and barring US companies from dealing with him since 2014.

The sanctions are in response to Russia’s annexation and military adventures in Ukraine.

“It is not my job to tell the government of Uganda with whom they can engage but it is my job to share with the government the US policy, its concerns if there is any and to define the nature of our partnership. So that is what we focus on, but I wish them well even in other dealings but we will see how that all plays out,” said Ambassador Mr DeLisi

The refinery project manager Robert Kasande told Sunday Monitor that they are cognizant of the sanctions against Sergei Chemezov but added that these are issues he cannot comment about or are rather beyond him.

He however revealed that they finalised the issues of financing with the Russian company.

President Museveni has in the recent past scolded Western countries for what he called arrogance, and said China and Russia were available as alternatives because they do not meddle in internal politics of other countries.

musisif@

ug.nationmedia.

com

 

Abavubuka abatalina mirimu mu kibuga Kampala babona bona nokweyiya:
Kampala, Uganda
Mar 11, 2015
 
Bya MARTIN NDIJJO NEJOSEPH MAKUMBI

LABA jjaamu wa Kampala watutuusiza!

Jjaamu kye kimu ku bizibu ebikyabobbya Bannakampala omutwe.

Abantu abamu ne batuuka n’okwenyiwa ekibuga ky’eggwanga ekikulu.

Buli ku makya abantu abangi ekibuga bakiyingira balajaana olwajjaamu abaleetera okukeerewa ku mirimu ate bwe ziwera ssaawa 11:00 ez’akawungeezi emitima ne giddamu okubewaanika ng’abalina ebidduka beebuuza waakuyita okudda eka ate abalinnya takisi balowooza ku budde bwe bagenda okumala ku nguudo .

Wadde aba KCCA bagezezzako okulwanyisa omugotteko gw’ebidduka mu Kampala, bamenya n’okugaziya enguudo wamu n’okukola agamu ku makubo agabadde mu mbeera embi nga bayambibwako n’ebintongole ebirala nga poliisi ebibeera ku nguudo okulaba ng’abantu n’emmotoka zitambula bulungi.

Bano bakyalina omulimu munene olw’akalippagano k’ebidduka akalemedde ku nguudo z’omu Kampala eziyingira n’ezifuluma nga Jinja Road, Ntebe Road, Bombo Road, Nateete n’enddala. Jjaamu ono avaako ebizibu bingi eri abantu

baabulijjo olwo abakedde n’essanyu ne batuuka okudda eka nga banyiivu.

OKUKONKOMALIRA KU NGUUDO

Buli lwe ziwera ssaawa 11:00 ez’akawungezi abantu abalinnya takisi ne kosita ng’emitima gibeewanika. olwa jjaamu ku nguudo.

Baddereeva abamu basalawo okusimba mmotoka ne bawummuliramu nga bwe balinda n’omugotteko gw’ebidduka okukendeera ku nguudo.

Ate abamu batya okutuuka mu ppaaka ne mu bitundu by’ekibuga ebimu olw’abasaabaze ababa babalindiridde ne bakonkomalira ku nguudo ne mu ppaaka ssaako okulwanira ezo mmotoka entono eziriwo

Wano aba takisi abamu bagufuula mugano okwongeza ebisale okugeza emisana w’otambulira 1,000/- akawungeezi oba ku makya basaba 1,500/- oba 2,000/- embeera eno y’evaako abantu abamu okubuukira mmotoka za kabangali, loole n’abamu

okwegayirira ab’obumotoka obutono okubatwalako ssaako okulinnya ‘bodaboda oba boda ggaali. Olw’obukoowu okuva ku mirimu ssaako okuyimira okumala ebbanga nga balindiridde mmotoka kivaako abantu abamu okwetamwa ekibuga n’abamu okuggyamu obulwadde n’abalala okuzirika.


OBUBBI

Abamenyi b’amateeka naddala ababbi mu bitundu ebimu beeyambisa embeera ya jjaamu okutuukiriza ebigendererwa byabwe.

Waliwo abavubuka abamanyi okubaza mmotoka bw’oba togisibye ne bagigula naddala mu jjaamu ne bakusikako ensawo, essimu, laputoopu n’ebintu by’omugaso ebirala ne babitwala. Waliwo abeefuula abasabiriza ku nguudo kyokka nga bakola kimu kya kubaza abatudde ku madirisa oba ebintu ebiri okumpi ne ddirisa okubinyakula.

OBUBENJE BWA BODABODA

Olw’akalippagano ate ng’ abantu abamu bali mu bwangu bangi basalawo okulinnya bodaboda ezaakazibwako erya ‘boda takisi’. Zino zisiweka abasaabaze abasuukka mw’omu kyokka nga zidduka kubanga baba ku mugano ng’ayagala okutuusa amangu batwala asobole okudda atwale n’abalala era embeera eno evuddeko obubenje bwa bodaboda ng’abagoba baazo nga bawaganya n’okuyita mu bifo ebikyamu. N’emisana bangi

bettanira bodaboda olwa jjaamu.

Mmotoka zifuna ebizibu. Mu jjaamu abavuzi b’emmotoka bangi bafuniddemu ebizibu omuli okukola obubenje nga bakooye, mmotoka ezimu zigaana okusiba ate abalala amafuuta bateekamu ‘bwendo’ era olugwa mu jjaamu avugamu wano ne wali nga mmotoka esika.

POLIISI EYOGEDDE

Omwogezi wa poliisi mu Kampala n’emiriraano, Patrick Onyango agamba nti nga poliisi, egezezaako okulwanyisa ababbira mu kalippagano k’ebidduka n’okulaba ng’abantu batambula bulungi, bwe batadde abaserikale kumpi buli kafo akabeeramu akalippagano ne mu makoona mu Kampala n’emiriraano.

Onyango yagasseeko nti, kino baakikoze okulaba nga akalippagano k’ebidduka kaggwawo ku nguudo zonna

eziyingira n’okufuluma ekibuga.


Ku nsonga y’ababbira mu jjaamu, Onyango yategeezezza nti bano bamazeeko abasaabaze emirembe era bakoze ebikwekweto mu bitundu bya Kampala okuli Kibuye ne Nsambya ne bakwata abavubuka abawerako ababadde bateega abantu mu jjaamu ne bababbako obusawo, emikuufu, essimu n’ebirala.

“Tubamanyi bulungi ababba abantu mu jjaamu era ebikwekweto byaffe bikyagenda mu maaso mu kaseera katono tujja kuba tubamazeewo bonna.” Onyango bwe yagasseeko.

Abakyala nga basindika mmotoka eweddemu amafuta mu Kampala.

KCCA ereeta bbaasi ne tuleyini

OMWOGEZI wa KCCA, Peter Kaujju ategeezezza nti, pulaani yaabwe ey’okumalawo akalippagano k’ebidduka teri mu

Kampala wakati mwokka wabula mu kibuga wonna nga muno mwe muli okuleeta bbaasi ne tuleyini egenda okutandika okukola mu mwezi guno.

Agattako nti baatandika dda ku kaweefube ono era nga mu bye baasookerako mulimu okutereeza enguudo, okutereeza

entambula ey’olukale omuli bbaasi ne tuleyini egenda okuvanga e Namanve okutuuka ku kitebe ky’eggaali y’omukka mu Kampala wakati n’oluvannyuma bakwate ku luguudo lw’eggaali olugendaokudda e Kyengera ne Portbell.

“Tuleyini ne bbaasi bwe zinaaba zitandise okukola, tujja kuba tukendeezezza ku muwendo gw’emmotoka eziyingira mu

Kampala ne bodaboda nazo twaziwandiisa buli emu ne tugissa gy’erina okukolera era nga tuli mu nteekateeka okukakasa nti gye twabateeka gye bakolera.” Kaujju bwe yategeezezza.

Agattako nti, bakoze enguudo okwetooloola Kampala era mu bbanga ttono, ebyentambula bigenda kugojoolwa mu Kampala yenna.



The Electoral Commis

sion begs the media not to incite violence as the 2016 National elections approach


By Fred Muzaale

Posted  Thursday, April 2  2015

Luweero in the State of Buganda, Uganda.

The Electoral Commission (EC) chairman, Mr Badru Kiggundu, has cautioned the media to desist from reporting sensational and unbalanced stories that can instigate violence.

In a speech read for him by the EC director of finance and administration, Ms Jovita Byamugisha, during a regional media workshop on the 2016 general elections, in Luweero Town on Monday, Mr Kiggundu said the media should promote peaceful campaigns and support conflict prevention.

“You should study the road map and internalise its content so that you are able to follow the progress and report from a point of knowledge,” the EC boss said.

Study the road map

He added that journalists should acquaint themselves with the EC’s road map for the various electoral activities so that they report from an informed point of view.

The workshop was attended by journalists from Kayunga, Mityana, Luweero, Nakaseke and Kiboga districts.

The EC senior public relations officer, Mr Paul Bukenya, said the 2016 general election will not be free and fair if it does not receive a free and fair media coverage.

fmuzaale@ug.

nationmedia.com


Health workers at Lyatonde Hospital have gone on strike protesting nonpayment of salaries for five months now.


The strike has left hundreds of patients stranded without any assistance. The most affected departments include; surgery, children's, maternity and causality wards.


The health workers are demanding for at least a package to take them through the Christmas season if their salaries of five months are to delay further.


The strike began this morning after receiving communication from Christopher Okumu the Chief Administrative Officer that their accounts would be credited after Christmas or in January 2016.

Stranded patients at Lyantonde hospital

Led by the hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Billy Ssebunya, the health workers stormed the CAO's office after receiving the communication but found it locked.


As a result, they stormed RDC Sulaiman Tiguragara Matojo's office seeking an explanation. Matojo held a closed door meeting with the aggrieved health workers but the meeting did not yielded any positive results.


The health workers stormed out in protest accusing Matojo of being incompetent in managing the affairs of the district including issues of health workers.


Dr Ssebunya says his staff has often complained about the lack of payment and have lost the morale to attend to the patients.


According to Ssebunya the CAO earlier claimed that a cheque was banked in November this year and that all their accounts were to be credited but that has not happened.


When contacted, Okumu said that his office was handling the matter and the workers would get their salary by the first week of January. He however could not explain the delay.

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 Arua Earth Satellite Station in Uganda has been abandoned by the NRM government:

                Site technician Yoram Badang in front of the earth satellite station in Arua District, Uganda, East Africa

 

BY  FELIX WAROM OKELLO

 

Posted  Tuesday, October 15   2013 at  01:00

Arua- The destruction of the only earth satellite station and medium wave station in Arua District in 1979 has left scars on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the region.

Though Idi Amin was said to be illiterate, he realised the importance of the facilities and ordered for their establishment. The satellite was used for military communication and television while the medium wave was strictly for radio.

After the war that ousted Amin, the earth satellite located in Ombaci, about 4KM north-west of Arua Town, and the 10KW medium wave transmitter in Giligili in Ediofe, were vandalised and abandoned. The satellite station sits on 12 acres of land while the one at Giligili sits on five acres. The facilities were constructed by Harris Company, a US firm, in 1976.

The stations are now bushy. They provide palatable grass for rearing animals and have also been turned into farms by residents who encroach on the government land. Security at the multi-million facilities remains lax.

According to Mr Yoram Badang, a technician at the site, the satellite was used for military communication and also to relay television stations from the outside world.

Live images

Ugandan Television viewers at the time watched live for the very first time the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Infrastructural investment as part of media development began after independence and continued with successive post-independence governments.

Soon after its construction, the now abandoned station was used to broadcast to North America and Europe. After the fall of President Idi Amin, it was taken up by Uganda Post and Telecommunications Corporation. The 150 meters-tall tower, said to be tallest in East Africa, is now being used by BBC and UBC.

However, the unprotected satellite lays run-down with most of its valuable components looted and vandalised.

“If power is off, then BBC goes off since there is no standby generator. We only receive power from Wenreco and the place has not been used for television broadcasting. Communication can be made easier if these sites are revived since the world is globalised with improvement in ICT,” Mr Badang said.

Between 2004 and 2009, Bonfree Television Network (BTN) and Nile FM hired the satellite antenna at Shs2 million per month, but where forced to relocate since it had become expensive for them.

The former President’s son, Mr Jaffar Amin, said: “Idi Amin should be remembered for linking Uganda directly to the rest of the world by putting up earth satellite stations at Mpoma in Mukono District and Ombaci in Arua District.”

“Sadly, the 1979 liberation forces from Tanzania decided to bomb the Arua earth satellite station, apparently because they saw it as an extension of Idi Amin Dada who had eluded them. Today, 2013, no signals reach or leave Ombaci Satellite Station but the huge dish is still there for all to see and remember as another momentous legacy to the positive side of Idi Amin Dada.”

In a 2008 visit to the defunct sites, the chairman Parliamentary Committee on ICT then, Mr Edward Baliddawa, said the government must refurbish the satellite and MW transmitters to improve communication that is crucial in boosting trade across the district and neighbouring countries.

“It is disheartening to see these valuable assets wasted yet we have a government in place. People can use this for internet services and start radio and television stations to improve on their income,” he said. Mr Baliddawa said vibrant ICT must propel all stakeholders to rejuvenate the existing crumbling structures. He also added that revitalisation of ICT related tools can make institutions and markets productive, enhance skills and learning, improve governance and make it easier for the poor to access services and make their voices heard.

“This is wastage of government wealth which could see Ugandans reap benefit from it,” the MP added.

Billions lost

Mr Baliddawa said there was need to revitalise the ICT industry in the district through the existing structures. He said the government loses billions of income from such abandoned structures, which the trend has to be reversed.

The chairperson Parliamentary Committee on ICT, Ms Paula Turyahikayo, said the status of the satellite should be studied to in-depth so that the government could be asked to revive it. “Satellite is a very expensive venture to set up, but if the equipment could be replaced with modern ones to fit into the digital world, it would be good because satellite offers broad communication opportunities,” she said.

Former Arua District chairman Richard Andama Ferua said the local community suffers with high rate of internet services, which could be made cheaper if the dishes and masts are refurbished. For instance, internet rates are now at Shs50 per minute in places in the town.

In 2002, the government announced plans to install new transmitters at a cost of $3.4 million (about Shs8.4 billion) through a World Bank-funded project. The project kicked off simultaneously at Arua and Lira stations and it was supposed to be carried out at 10 stations across the country.

So far transmitters at Kabale and Mawaga have been installed, but the residents are asking when the one in Arua, that would serve the north and eastern regions, will be installed.

Importance of satellites

Satellite communications links add capacity to existing communications capabilities and provide additional alternate routings for communications traffic. Satellite links, as one of several kinds of long-distance links, interconnect switching centres located strategically around the world.

They are part of the defence communication systems (DCS) network. One important aspect of the satellite communications network is that it continues in operation under conditions that sometimes render other methods of communications inoperable.

Because of this, satellites make a significant contribution to improved reliability of Navy communications. The reliability of satellite communications systems is limited only by the equipment reliability and the skill of operating and maintenance personnel.

There are also nine types of satellites that perform different functions. This include, astronomy, atmospheric studies satellite, navigation, communications, reconnaissance, remote sensing satellite, search and rescue, space exploration and weather satellite.

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Omukungu wa Uganda Communication Commision alambuludde enkola ya Digital:
Amagezi gano gatuuka dda munsi nyingi eziwa ekitiibwa eddembe lyobuntu mubyempuliziganya:
 
Kampala | Jun 11, 2015
 
EBULA ennaku mbale okutuuka ku lunaku lwa June 17, 2015, ttivvi zonna ezinaasangibwa nga tezinnaba kugula Set Top Boxes oba ezimanyiddwa nga dikooda ziggyibweko.

Luno lwe lunaku Gavumenti lwe yasalawo okusalirako ttivvi ezitannayungibwa ku Digito, olwo nsalessale w’olukiiko lw’ensi yonna owa June 30, 2015 lugende okutuuka nga mu Uganda kiri mulaala.

Omuwandiisi waffe Kizito Musoke yasisinkanye Ying. Godfrey Mutabaazi, akulira ekitongole kya Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Gavumenti ky’eyitamu okussa mu nkola okukyusa ttivvi zonna zidde ku digito n’alambulula enteekateeka eno.

 

Empeereza ya digito y’etya era lwaki tusazeewo okugigendako mu kiseera kino?

Enkola eno eya digito, omuntu abeera alina okufuna dikooda, ng’eno erimu ebyuma ebigisobozesa okuyunga ku ttivvi yo n’efuna ekifaananyi.

Enkola eno yakkaanyizibwako wakati w’ebintongole okuli; Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC), National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) n’ababaka ba palamenti abatuula ku kakiiko akavunaanyizibwa ku byempuliziganya n’ebiweerezebwa awamu ne nsonga z’obwapulezidenti.

Kyokka era olunaku luno olwa June 17, ye nsalessale eyakkaanyizibwako ensi yonna okubeera nga tuvudde ku nkola enkadde.

Miganyulo ki egiri mu nkola ya digito?

Omulabi ajja kuba afuna ekifaananyi ekirabika obulungi nga tekiriimu muzira, wadde oluceereceere, era ttivvi ejja kuba yeeyagaza okutunulako.

Omulabi ajja kubeera n’omukisa okulaba emikutu gya ttivvi egiwera, nga kwe kuli egya wano n’egy’ebweru bw’abeera ayagadde.

Omuzadde era kijja kuba kikwanguyira okulondoola ebirabibwa ku ttivvi yo, ng’okufuna emikutu gy’owulira nti ogyetaaga. Kuno era kujja kubeerako n’okugaziya ebiweerezebwa era nga kino kijja kutondawo n’emirimu emiggya.

Nkola ntya okweyunga ku mpeereza ya digito?

Waliwo enkola za mirundi esatu omuntu mw’asobola okuyita okweyunga ku nkola ya digito. Osobola okugula ‘Set Top Box’ (STB), abamu gye bamanyi nga dikooda. Eno ogigula lumu, era nga tekikwetaagisa kuteekako ssente za buli mwezi.

Eyookubiri osobola okugula ttivvi ng’erimu empeereza ya digito munda. Zino baziyita ‘Integrated Digital Television Set’.

Enkola eyookusatu kwe kugula dikooda ey’okusasulira buli mwezi. Empeereza eno esangibwa mu makampuni ga bwannannyini agatuusa kuno dikooda.

Olwo dikooda ezitali za kusasulira buli mwezi ne ttivvi eza digito zisangibwa wa?

Waliwo amakampuni agaaweebwa olukusa ekitongole kya UCC, okutunda dikooda eziteetaaga kusasulira buli mwezi, era nga zino zirina ne satifikeeti ya UCC etimbiddwa mu matundiro gaazo.

Mu zino mulimu Brivid Uganda Limited, Widestar Digital (U) Limited, Icomsys Africa Limited, Kagadi Technical Services, eWorld Technologies Limited, Roise de Classe, Future Electronics (Hisense) ne Trans-African Container Transport Limited.

Waliwo engeri yonna Gavumenti gy’eteereddewo abantu akabega, okulaba nga bafuna dikooda zino ku bbeeyi eteri ya buseere?

Enkola y’okutunda dikooda si mulimu gwa Gavumenti, era kimanyiddwa bulungi nti bizinensi eno ya bantu ba bulijjo. Abantu kye balina okumanya nti eringa bizinensi endala, kye balina okukola kwe kulamuzaganya obulungi ne basobola okukusalirako. Kino Gavumenti tejja kukiyingiramu.

Bannayuganda bajjumbidde batya enkola eno?

Bannayuganda kye balina okumanya nti enkyukakyuka yazze mu nsi yonna, nga tewali ngeri gye tukyasobola kugyebalama. Ensi zonna n’ezituli ku muliraano tuli mu kisinde kye kimu. Kiringa bwe banaaleeta emmotoka nga za kika kya otomatiki, tolina ngeri gy’oyinza kugamba nti nze njagala nnyo ‘manual’. Tulina kutuukiriza buvunaanyizibwa bwaffe buli omu yeeyungeko.

Kusoomoozebwa ki kwe musanze era mukusalidde magezi ki?

Tewali kusoomoozebwa kwe twasanze, kuba Bannayuganda bangi bategedde era bafuddeyo okugula dikooda. Kati okusoomoozebwa kubadde kwaffe , kyokka mu bbanga lya myezi ebiri, tujja kuba tumaze okubuna eggwanga lyonna, ng’abantu basobola okukozesa dikooda ezitali za kusasulira.

Olwo omuntu ayawula atya nti ddala dikooda eno y’entuufu, eyakkirizibwa okukozesa? 

Dikooda zonna ezakkirizibwa ekitongole kya UCCA nga si za kusasulira buli mwezi, ziriko akalambe ka UCC ku maaso.

Nsobola kulaba emikutu emeka ku dikooda eno eteri ya kusasulira buli mwezi?

Ojja kuba osobola okulaba emikutu egiri wakati wa 12 ne 24 okuli gino wammanga okugeza; Bukedde 1, UBC, STAR TV, UBC 24, UBC Magic, NTV, NBS, WBS, LTV, Miracle, Al-Jezira, BBC, CCTV, CITIZEN, EATV, CAPITAL, TOP TV, Record TV, Urban TV n’endala.

Ojja kuba tosasula buli mwezi, kyokka ekyenjawulo ng’olaba mikutu gya wano gyokka, era nga bw’obeera oyagala okulaba egy’ebweru, olina kumala kugisasulira.

Mu kiseera kino buli kitundu kya Uganda, ttivvi esobola okusikira ne mu dikooda ezitali za kusasulira buli mwezi?

We twatuukira nga October 31,2014, nga dikooda za digito zikola mu kitundu ekyesudde kiromita 60 zokka okuva ku mulongooti gw’e Kololo.

Ebimu ku bitundu bino mulimu; amasekkati g’ekibuga, Kawempe, Lubaga, Busega, Wakiso, Bombo, Wobulenzi, Luweero, Mawagga, Mityana, Nakawa, Nakawa, Makindye, Mukono, Lugazi, Lugalambo, Ntebe, Kigungu, Kammengo, Mpigi ne Mbizzinya.

Kyokka mu kiseera kino tukoze nnyo era nga mu bbanga lya myezi ebiri, buli wantu bajja kuba basobola okusika ttivvi ne dikooda ezitali za kusasulira buli mwezi mu Uganda yonna.

Bwe mbeera nga nnina ttivvi esukka ku emu, kibeera kinneetaagisa okubeera ne dikooda esukka ku emu, okusobola okuziraba zonna?

Kibeera kikwetaagisa okubeera ne dikooda endala, kuba buli ttivvi erina kubeera ne dikooda eyaayo.

Mmanya ntya nti ttivvi gye nguze ya digito?

Olina okunoonya obulambe awamu ne bikwata ku ttivvi okuva mu katabo ke bakuweereddeko.

Osobola okugenda mu seetingi ya ttivvi yo, n’okebera nga waakagigula.

Oba osobola okukebera akalambe akateekeddwaako ekitongole kya UCC, okukakasa nti ddala ya digito.

Kyokka oteekeddwa okukimanya nti bw’obeera oguze ttivvi ya digito ate tekikwetaagisa kugula STB oba giyite dikooda, kuba obeera wayungibwa dda.

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Buno bwe buzibu obuli mubakulembeze oba abafuzi banaffe abaddugavu. Okunyumya kwomukungu ono kwoleka bulungi governmenti ye bwerina omululu gwokufuna sente enyingi mu Technology omupya owenaku zino. Governmenti eno emaze enaku enyingi mu bufuzi ebadde ekamula omusolo omuyitirivu mu Analogue TV ezibadde ziyingira munsi eno. Kakati ekiriza nti Technology wa Digito alina okutuuka ne mu Uganda. Omukungu abyejeeko obyokuyamba abasobola okwegulira TV(Digito ne Analogue) ezebbeyi bwezityo.  Abalimbira ku byakuzinunula na kukozesa Decoders nazo governmenti zegyako omusolo omuyitirivu. Oba oli awo abaggagga bagule Digito TV ate nga nazo governmenti eno ezigyako omusolo nagwo muyitirivu okukamala. Tugambe tutya. Lwaki gwe ofuna sente nyingi mukintu kyotasobola nakuweesa nosinga noli eyakiweesa. Ensi nyingi ebiro bino omuntu wabulijjo alina TV ne Radio(mass communications), ne computer ate mpozzi ne ssimu okusobola okufuna empuliziganya, namagezi, ate nobuyigirize obungi ddala. Lwaki mu nsi Uganda omuntu wabulijjo tasaana kuba nabyo olwebbeyi ennene enyo ddala ebitekebwaako? Ye singa TV Technology ono akolebwa wano e Buganda nga nabakozi bawano  bafuna sente entono okuyunga TV zino olwo governmenti eno eba ejja kufiirwa omusimbi gwefuna okuzijja ebweru wensi eno?

Kakati no tunulira omuvuyo oguli mu kuteeka munkola Digito TV wano e Kampala, Buganda.

 

 

Okulaba ttivvi ya Digito mu Uganda kulemaganye. Abakugu ba Digito bisobye anti TV yafuuka dda COMPUTER:
 
Kampala | Jun 17, 2015
 
 
Ttivvi nyingi kakati mu Buganda bweziti bweziraga ekifananyi kya Digito okuva
17 July 2015 ekifananyi kya analogue bwekyagiddwa mu broadcasting service.
 

 

Bya DICKSON KULUMBA

 

OKUSIKA omuguwa wakati w’abaddukanya emikutu gya Ttivvi ne Gavumenti kweyongedde ng’entabwe eva ku kusalako mikutu egy’enjawulo mu nteekateeka y’okugenda ku Digito nga Gavumenti bye yabadde erina okukola temaze kubituukiriza.

Bannannyini Ttivvi batadde ekitongole ky’ebyempuliziganya ekya Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) ku nninga nga bagamba nti kyatandise okussa mu nkola nga tekimaze kussaawo byuma byonna ebyetaagisa era kino ky’ekiremesezza ne Bukedde TV okulabibwa abatalina Dikooda n’abalala abazirina ne balemwa okugifuna ne basigala mu kiwuubaalo okuva ku Mmande ya wiiki eno lwe yaggyiddwa ku mpewo.

Abantu bangi bayomba olwa Bukedde ne ttivvi ezimu obutabeera ku mpewo nga kino kiva ku kkampuni eyitibwa Complant ey’e China eyaweebwa ttenda okuleeta ebyuma ebisika ebifaananyi okuva ku bitebe bya Ttivvi eby’enjawulo okubikanyuga ku mirongooti e Kololo, obutakola mulimu gwayo.

Kkampuni eno yapatanibwa ekitongole kya gavumenti eky’ebyempuliziganya (UCC) ekikulirwa Godfrey Mutabaazi. Omulimu gw’okuyunga abantu ku Digito gukwanaganyizibwa kkampuni endala eyitibwa Signet, abaddukanya Ttivvi gye bagamba nti terina busobozi.

Palamenti nayo yatankana obusobozi bwa Signet ng’ababaka bagamba nti eri mu nkwawa za UBC eddukanyizibwa mu ngeri etatuukana na mutindo.

Mutabaazi yagambye nti basuubira nti wiiki eno w’enaggweerako nga kampuni ya Complant etuusizza ebyuma ebyo, wabula mu kiseera kino bagezaako okulaba bwe bakolagana n’abaddukanya emikutu gya ttivvi bagire nga bassaawo ebyuma ebyabwe nga ne Complant bw’etuukiriza obuvunaanyizibwa bwayo.

Mu kiseera kino, abalaba Bukedde TV1 be bali ku Dstv, GOtv era bano baakozesezza mayengo gaabwe okusika ‘ssigino’ okugiggya mu Industrial Area ku kitebe kya Bukedde TV butereevu.

Mark Walungama akulira Ttivvi za Vision Group omuli ne Bukedde TV1 yagambye nti abaddukanya Ttivvi be basinga okwagala enkola ya Digito kubanga erinnyisa omutindo gw’ekifaananyi ekituuka mu bantu, kyokka baagala UCC etuukirize obuvunaanyizibwa obuli mu ndagaano wamu n’okuwuliriza okulumwa kw’abantu baabulijjo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                              Mr Mark Walungama

 

ABANTU BAKAABA BBEEYI YA DIKOODA ESUSSE:

Abantu baabulijjo bangi balaze okunyolwa olwa Dikooda eziri ku buseere ng’ezimu zitundibwa emitwalo 20 be ddu!

Omwezi oguwedde, UCC yayanjula kkampuni 14 ze yatongoza okusuubula n’okusaasaanya, Dikooda ez’okusasula omulundi gumu ( Free-To-Air Set Top Box) nga kuliko Widestar Digital ( U) Ltd ng’eno etunda Dikooda 165,000/- World Technologies Limited- 150,000/-, Green Power Solutions batunda wakati wa 150,000/- ne 130,000/- wamu n’endala ezitunda wakati wa 170,000/- ne 200,000/-.

Oluvannyuma lw’abalabi ba Bukedde TV okwemulugunya nti bbeeyi esusse, Vision Group yatuusa okusaba kwayo eweebwe olukusa okutuusa Dikooda eziguze abalabi baayo ku bbeeyi ensaamusaamu kubanga ekimanyi nti mu mbeera y’ebyenfuna enzibu, balina okuyambibwako. Okusaba kuno ekitongole kya UCC tekyakuyisaamu.

Mutabaazi yategeezezza Bukedde eggulo nti oluvannyuma lw’enkiiko ez’enjawulo baatuuse ku nzikkiriziganya okuwa kampuni nyingi olukusa okutuusa Dikooda ez’okugula omulundi ogumu n’otaddamu kusasula za mwezi, kiyambe okukendeeza emiwendo. Asuubira nti kino kyakussa emiwendo gituuke ne ku mitwalo 5 gyokka.

Walungama yagambye nti baagala UCC ekkirize enkola ya Digito egende mu maaso, kyokka n’abakyali ku nkola enkadde eya ‘Analogue’ (Ttivvi ezitalina Dikooda) baleme kusalibwako nga bwe bamulungula ebizibu ebiriwo naddala eky’okutuusa Dikooda eza ssente entono bamufunampola ze basobola. Kino ky’ekikyaliko enkalu era we bwazibidde eggulo ng’enteeseganya zigenda mu maaso.

Akulira Signet Sam Batanda yagam¬bye nti enkola ya Analogue mu Kam-pala baagiggaddewo era kati bazzaako ebitundu ebirala 7 okuli Masaka ne Mbarara nga July 31, 2015 terunnayita olwo basembyeyo ebitundu ebirala 10 okuli Jinja , Kiboga n’ebirala.

Abamu ku baddukanya Ttivvi balina okwemulugunya nti Signet ne UCC bazze n’enkola ey’okupaaza emiwendo gye basolooza ku buli mukutu gwa Ttivvi give ku ddoola 3,000 buli mwezi (mu Kampala) ne 1,500 (ebweru wa Kampala) gidde ku ddoola 45,000 buli mwaka mu buli kitundu kya ggwanga; ze bagamba nti zisusse obungi.

Mu nteekateeka empya, Ttivvi okusaasaanira Uganda yonna erina okusasula ddoola emitwalo 18 (obukadde 558 buli mwaka) ez’ebitundu 4 ekitongole kya UCC bye kikutudde mu Uganda mu nkola empya.

Minisita omubeezi owa Tekinologiya ne kompyuta Nyombi Thembo yagambye nti abantu okwewala okutaataaganyizibwa, alina okugula dikooda kubanga gavumenti ky’essa mu nkola kyakkaanyizibwako amawanga mu nsi yonna era ne bassaawo nsalesale wa leero nga June 17, 2015.

Yagambye nti balumirwa wamu n’abalabi ba Bukedde TV ne Ttivvi endala ezitali ku mpewo era bali mu nteeseganya okukakasa nti zidda ku mpewo mu bwangu abantu balemwe okusubwa pulogulaamu ezibanyumira, okubayigiriza n’ezirwanyisa obwavu.

 

 

 

 

 

RADIO NE TELEVISION

 

 Ensi ya Buganda erina obuzibu bungi ddala ebiro bino. Kakati wayisewo emyaka 50 nga tewali kusubira kwona nti Buganda eva mubuzibu bwerimu.  Ensi nyingi ddala zirina empuliziganya za TV ate era ne Radio. Naye nga yo Buganda terina nakamu. Obukugu bwokumanya okuddukanya empuliziganya zino webuli. Era bwotunulira radio ne TV ezikola mu nsi ya Buganda mpozzi era ne Uganda nga za bagagga olaba nga kisoboka abantu ba Buganda okuddukanya emirimu gino kulwensi yabwe. Ate no Technology naye siwa sente nyingi nyo nti tasoboka kugulwa. Ebiseera byedda byali byetagisa studio nnene nyo okutambuza emirimu gyempuliziganya zino. Sibwekiri kakano. Era ndowooza ettaka lya TV ne Radio awo e Nakasero kyelyava litundibwa nga lyonna terikyetagibwa okuddukanyizako emirimu gino.

Kaleno twetaga okumanya kiki ekilemesezza ensi yaffe eno okuteka munkola obuvunanyizibwa buno. Bwetunafuna ensonga eziganye  Buganda okwekolera kunsonga zino kisoboka okusala amagezi.

 

Wano wenyongera okuwa Abaganda amagezi okweyigiriza mweka amagezi:

 

Okukozesa Radio za INTERNET kirungi ddala:

 

www.ababaka.com

www.radiomunansi.com

 

Ekizibu kyabawereza ba internet radio zino zombi, bawereza  ebiseera byebimu ku week-ends:

 

Saturday    Eggulo ku ssawa  bbiri eze kiro e Buganda

                  okutuka ku  ssawa ttaano ezekiro oba mukaga                       ogwekiro. ...........................................

 

Sunday       Essawa zezimu nga bwebakola ku Saturday.

 

 

Waliwo ennaku zino bwebawereza nemunnimi endala eza Uganda  nga Olunyankore, Oluzungu, nendala.

Kumukutu guno ogwa radiomunansi batandika mangu nga ku ssawa kkumi aba kkumi nemu eze ggulo era ku week-ends.

 

Waliwo n'omukutu gwa internet omulala:

 

 

Buganda Nation has been restored on 1-1-2015  be patient and listen to the entire video for more details.

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sheVXV6BF4s

 

www.bugandanation.com  

 

Professor Radical. Ekikute obudde bwekilibuta; KIBUTADDE nga 1-1-2015

 

spread the good News.

 

 

Omutindo nomugaso gwa Internet ebiro bino tekyetaaga kuyigiriza nakamu abantu ba Buganda ate era na ba Uganda. Tetuyinza kulowooza nti NRM yeyigiriza abantu ba Uganda omulembe gwe ssimu zo mungalo eziyinze e nnaku zino.

Obusuubuzi bw'ensi nyingi ddala bwebulese technology ono. Kibi nyo nti governmenti ya Uganda omusimbi gwayo omungi eggumalira nyo kubyakwegula mu kulonda abafuzi bayo mukalulu.

 

 

 

 

Olwaleero mu Bungereza mu British Library Newsroom, London, St Pancras.

 

E Bungereza Culture Secretary, Mr Sajid Javid, olwaleero aguddewo Ebyafaayo bya Bungereza okuva Entalo zensi eno lwezatandikawo emyaka nemyaka emabega.

 

Empapula za mawulire kubyafaayo bino ziwera million 750.

Empapula zino zimalawo shelf space (cupboards) 20km (12 miles) okuzitambula okuzimalayo.

Websites ziwera million 4.8 ezirina amagezi gano mu computer kumukutu gwa World Wide Web internet.....

 

by Metro Underground newspaper 28 April 2014

 

 

 

A private firm owns Uganda’s Internet domain name -Members of Parliament are calling for Investigation: 

By Yasin Mugerwa

Posted  Wednesday, August 27  2014

 

A private firm owns Uganda’s Internet domain name — co.ug, a code reserved for a country, a glitch that could endanger national security. 

This revelation was made at a Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday where MPs pressed ICT minister John Nasasira to explain how a private company, i3c, formerly, known as Computer Frontiers, came to own the country’s domain name. 

“We cannot afford to leave our domain in private hands when there are criminals in nearly 200 countries lurking online – plotting large-scale attacks as well as smaller attacks aimed at stealing personal information from unsuspecting citizens’ home computers,” Mr Xavier Kyooma (Ibanda North, NRM) said.

 

In February 2007, Parliament was stunned to learn that Uganda Telecom had secretly given a communication freeway to Gemtel Ltd, a Sudanese company, to use Uganda’s dialing code (+256). 

Parliament asked the government to deal with the matter before it went to court. Mr Patrick Masambu, the former Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) boss, told Parliament then that Mr Nasasira, who Minister for Works and Transport under whose portfolio communication previously was, had introduced UCC to Gemtel seeking technical advice.

Domain names are allocated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a US-based not-for-profit public-benefit corporation dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers. 

However, Mr Vincent Bagiire (Bunya West, NRM), the ICT Committee chair, told Daily Monitor that on the African continent, the allocation of domains by ICANN is done in conjunction with AFRINIC, a regional registry for Internet number resources serving the African Internet community.

“The .ug domain is a national resource, and the world over, governments manage the country code top level domain name,” Mr Bagiire said. “At the minimum, there should be a Public Private Partnership so that government can be held accountable on matters of cyber security. Otherwise, in case of any problem, we run a risk because sensitive government agencies like Bank of Uganda and Uganda Revenue Authority are using a domain which is controlled by a private operator.” 

Mr Saaka said negotiations were in advanced stages for government to reclaim the domain name.

“The thing is that there are people who rushed and obtained the domain name. But we went to Cabinet and a policy on the domain name was approved. We have engaged the company [to relinquish] the top level domain. There is also go.ug which must be purely government,” Mr Saaka said.

As legislators called for an investigation, Mr Saaka said as technology evolved, the company helped the government to run the domain. “They have done a good job, we cannot just disregard them. We can only discuss with them to see how we can own the domain,” he said.

The MPs resolved to contact the registrar of companies to furnish them with the details of the proprietors of i3c and asked the minister to explain the circumstances under which the company took over the domain.

Meanwhile the committee asked the minister to provide specifics on the Shs80 billion UCC is reportedly holding on a fixed deposit account. However, officials from UCC told the committee that the only money on a fixed account is Shs15 billion.

Mr Nandala Mafabi (Budadiri West, FDC) and other MPs also criticised the minister for delaying to appoint a new board at UCC. The committee heard that for two years, the corporation has “limped” without a board. The minster indicated that in September, UCC will have a new board.

 

 

Analogue TVs to be switched off in 3 months
 
Publish Date: Jan 28, 2015
 

By Faridah Kulabako

 

HOUSEHOLDS which are still using analogue television sets have barely three months to upgrade to digital if they are to continue watching television.

 

This after the Uganda Communications Commission indicated that it plans to switch the whole country from analogue to digital broadcasting in the next three months, as it races to beat the June 30, 2015 global digital migration deadline.

 

Acknowledging that Uganda is behind schedule, the UCC executive director Godfrey Mutabazi toldNew Vision that all the necessary digital equipment has been procured, and the necessary digital signal infrastructure is being laid out across the country, ready for the switch.

 

Mutabazi further noted that UCC will on Wednesday meet the parliamentary committee of Information and Communications Technology to agree on the actual date when the switching off should begin.

 

Digital broadcasting will offer television viewers better quality pictures, improve TV reception signals, and also free the spectrum for other users.

 

Rolling out digital migration, however, will require broadcasters to shut down their analogue TV transmitters and adopt digital TV signals.

 

Although the initial target for UCC to switch-off analogue broadcasting was December 2012, it was pushed 2013 and later December 2014, citing a number of technical and operational hiccups.

 

The early migration was meant to mitigate any challenges that may arise before the deadline.

 

But even then, the country failed to beat the 2014 deadline, and it is now rushing to meet the global deadline.

 

Mutabazi said: “We decided to have duo-elimination where both digital and analogue broadcasting platforms run concurrently because we wanted to allow people without DVB-T2 decoders enough time to acquire them.”

 

It should, however, be noted that majority of Ugandans still use analogue television, with majority citing the high cost as the biggest barrier to accessing digital television.

 

It is estimated that although there are about five million television sets in Uganda, only about 300,000 are digital.

 

The initial charge for installing a PayTV that uses a dish for instance ranges between Shs120,000 and Shs300,000 depending on the service provider while the Digital Terrestrial Transmission (antenna powered) service providers charge between Shs65,000 and Shs80,000.

 

This is not to mention the high monthly subscription charges that range between sh25,000 and sh250,000, which is too expensive to most Ugandans, whose population of low income earners is estimated at over 80%.

 

To facilitate the migration process, however, StarTimes launched a cheaper decoder that costs sh8,000.

 

However, potential buyers have to pay an initial subscription fee of shs41,500, which entitles them to 7 months of digital television services on a Nova bouquet, whose monthly subscription is shs6,000, or for 2 and a half months TV if they opt for a Basic bouquet.

 

Speaking at the launch of the decoder, StarTimes marketing director Aldrine Nsubuga said the move seeks to increase affordability and enable more Ugandans to enjoy digital pay television services.

 

According to Christine Nagujja, StarTimes public relations officer added that the launch of the decoder seeks to facilitate the digital migration process through affordability.

 

“We are not looking at profits now; we want to first grow the subscriber numbers by getting as many people as we can on board and money will come later. For pay TV, money is not in the initial access fee, it’s from the monthly subscription fee and the more the people the better,” she said.

 

Pay television services providers in Uganda have always attributed the high initial installation costs to high taxes, which they say stifle penetration.

 

Pay TV service providers say they pay 49% of revenue in taxes that include 25% import duty on dishes, 6% withholding tax and 18% Value Added Tax.

 

It should be noted that a few African countries including Tanzania, Rwanda and Mauritius have completed the transition to digital while Tunisia, Zambia, Morocco, South Africa, Ghana and Kenya among others are also said to be in the process of transitioning.

 

A parliamentary committee has made startling revelations in the Parliament of Uganda:

 

A voluminous parliamentary report on the performance of public enterprises has found that the manner in which some of them are run is appalling, leading to losses amounting to billions of shillings annually.

An analysis of the report written by the Committee of Parliament on Commissions, Statutory Authorities, and State Enterprises (Cocase), found that the largest losses arise from sheer negligence, fraud and mismanagement. The report reviewed the financial years ending in June of 2011, 2012, and 2013.

It found that several public entities are grappling with management issues, gross procurement irregularities, and suspicious transactions involving millions. Some entities have been making losses for years, while others have not been paying taxes or remitting NSSF deductions on their employees, and yet others are grossly understaffed.

 

PERSONAL FIEFDOMS

The committee observed that some enterprises are run by individuals as though they were their personal fiefdoms. In such cases, bosses are not shy to employ their children and relatives. At Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) for instance, the executive director, Dr Frank Sebbowa, reportedly took over active supervision of interns from his juniors at some point and extended their stay at the workplace beyond what was stipulated.

Though interns at UIA are paid Shs 100,000 a month, Sebbowa reportedly ordered that they be paid Shs 300,000. Asked by the committee why he had accorded the interns special treatment, Sebbowa answered that as a “former lecturer, he was keen on interns.”

The committee found his conduct “strange,” according to their report. The report also noted that Mandela National stadium paid Shs 114.2m to undisclosed individuals as commission for getting business for the stadium but there were no receipts to show that the money had been received.

At the National Forestry Authority, Shs 19.6m was paid in cash to staff to install garden lights and repair transport units. NFA officials argued that the installations were minor and did not require procurement.

The committee actually found what it described as procurement irregularities in least 13 government entities, including National Planning Authority, New Vision, Dairy Development Authority (DDA), PPDA, Ubos, Uganda Land Commission, and Kilembe Mines Ltd.

Some entities, the report found, have failed to protect or secure their land titles. Others have the land housing their headquarters being claimed by some people. For instance, the report found that the title of NFA’s plots 4 and 5 in Bugolobi, where the body has its headquarters, was transferred by Uganda Land Commission to RARA Info Tech Ltd, a firm owned by one Rajan, a moneylender.

At least nine other entities were found to have no titles for their land or their leases secured. The report notes that in such cases, they are at risk of losing the land.

 

NO BOARDS

Some entities have operated without boards for more than three years, the committee noted. The board’s role in such cases has been usurped by either management or the line minister, who often abuse or overstep their mandate. To function effectively, public entities are required to have boards of directors, who, among other things, appoint the top management and oversee the overall running of the entities.

But as many as 27 government entities were found to operate without a board of directors or an internal audit function. Entities that have operated without a board for more than a year include National Drug Authority (NDA), Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC), Uganda Industrial Research Institute, Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF), Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC), UIA and National Animal Genetic Resource Centre & Data Bank (NAGRC & DB).

Others have boards but still the committee found irregularities in the way they work.  At UIA, the minister of state for Investment, Ajedra Aridru, disagreed with the management and technical team on who should be given land in the industrial park at Namanve and who should or shouldn’t pay the premium.

When the UIA executive allocated 10 acres to Picfare Industries Ltd and the firm instead surveyed 11.6 acres, the authority protested. But the minister directed that “Picfare should be left alone.”

The minister also waived the premium payable by Picfare, yet the firm doesn’t fall in the waiver-qualifying categories of ICT, tourism and hospitality, mineral beneficiation, and agro-processing.

Asked about his interest in Picfare, the minister told the committee that he had “Googled and found that processing stationery or paper was indeed agro-processing”. This, he said, was justification enough for Picfare to get a waiver.

On another occasion, the same minister directed that Bugembe Real Estate Developers be given land without paying a premium since the firm would use the land for agro-processing. The committee wondered how Bugembe, a real estate firm, had suddenly become an agro-processing enterprise.

“The minister took it upon himself to expand the definition of the word agro-processing to help the companies escape paying premium,” the report says.

Bugembe received 3.6 hectares and, according to the report, it wants to parcel it and sell it. The committee estimates that the government could have lost Shs 700m through the minister’s arbitrary actions.

 

NO STAFF

The committee further found that more than 16 entities had critical staff missing, which derailed their performance. Of the entities analysed, the report says, 39.3 per cent (540) of the vacancies were not filled. At the Uganda National Bureau of Standards, for instance, of the 457 approved staff structure, 223 slots remain vacant.

At Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 75 places are not filled; 55 are unfilled at National Planning Authority, 42 at UCDA, and 38 at PPDA; 27 at UIA and 22 at Uganda Wildlife Training Institute. Yet on top of understaffing, there are huge salary disparities across the board.

“Officers in some entities are paid half or a quarter of the salary of their colleagues elsewhere to perform similar or same functions,” the report says.

“The committee does not understand whether remuneration is determined by the size of the budget, negotiating skills of the staff, benevolence of board/minister or industry practice.”

 

MISSING FUNDS

The committee found that in the period reviewed, Shs 1.1bn spent by eleven entities remained unaccounted for. The funds were advances to individuals, fuel expenses, and utility bills lacking supporting documents.

For instance, Dairy Development Authority (DDA) failed to account for Shs 405.5m in procurements and an additional Shs 25m in advances to staff. UIA could not account for fuel expenditure worth Shs 191.5m and workshop expenses to the tune of Shs 91.9m.

The Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) could not explain unaccounted-for advances to the tune of Shs 140.9m. Management Training and Advisory Center (MTAC) has a doubtful expenditure of Shs 19.3m and Shs 33m in fuel expenses.

National Planning Authority (NPA) failed to account for Shs 29m. Insurance Regulatory Authority couldn’t explain Shs 40m in fuel expenditure. Rural Communication Development Fund spent Shs 52m on trainings ICT but lacked support documents; NAGRC&DB in Entebbe couldn’t explain the loss of Shs 8m, Nakivubo War Memorial stadium Shs 19.5m, and Uganda National Council for Science & Technology (UNCST) Shs 20.4m.

 

UNCOLLECTED DEBTS

The report also shows that as many as 10 government entities had failed to collect money from debtors. Some 67 per cent (Shs 136bn) of the money is owed to Bank of Uganda.

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) can’t collect Shs 48bn so far, National Medical Stores Shs 12bn, UBC Shs 3.3bn, and NSSF Shs 1.1bn. Others that have failed to collect debts between Shs 15m and Shs 400m are: Allied Health Professionals Council, Nakivubo Stadium, Uganda Development Bank, DDA, and NEMA.

 

UNREMITTED MONEY

As many as seven entities did not remit statutory deductions relating to PAYE, withholding tax, and NSSF contributions. Shs 5.3bn in taxes was not remitted in 2013 as well as Shs 1.2bn in workers’ savings to NSSF.

Entities with outstanding amounts for taxes are Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium (Shs 805m), Uganda Post Ltd (Shs 3.1bn in 2012) and (Shs 83 in 2013), UNCC (Shs 110m), and UNBS (Shs 1.8bn).

 

NO DIVIDENDS

Several entities have failed to pay government outstanding dividends to the tune of Shs 4bn. As at 2011, National Housing owed government Shs 2.3bn, Uganda Property Holdings Ltd Shs 200m in 2010, and Shs 300m in 2013. New Vision is yet to pay Shs 1.2bn in dividends to the government.

The New Vision management told the committee that the dividends had been “swapped with outstanding debts accruing from various government entities with permission from ministry of Finance.”

The committee said this was irregular as the funds ought to have been remitted to the consolidated fund before expenditure was allowed.

“It is only parliament through the Appropriation Act that can authorize expenditure of government revenues,” the committee said in its report.

  • 27 have no boards of directors
  • 16 have critical staff missing
  • 10 have failed to collect debts
  • 09 have no land titles for their headquarters
  • 07 did not remit PAYE and NSSF