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 Uganda Army and the police have cordoned off The Parliament of Uganda:

September 20, 2017

Written by Sadab Kitatta Kaaya

Unnerved by the escalating political tensions, authorities have thrown a heavy security blanket around the parliamentary buildings to stave off possible clashes between the promoters of the lifting of the presidential age limit and those opposed to it.

Large numbers of armed, watchful civil and military police, backed by covert surveillance personnel patrolled the grounds as well as Parliament and Nile Avenues yesterday.

Positioned at strategic points were water cannon trucks among other crowd control gear, bringing a warzone feel to the House precincts and surrounding areas.

Police deployment around parliament

Their presence has been interpreted as a not-so-subtle show of force by elements of the security forces, that those opposed to the lifting of the presidential age limit say is meant to intimidate them.

At the end of back-to-back meetings, which drew in Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah, Clerk of Parliament Jane Kibirige and police chiefs, it was resolved that access to Parliament be restricted to the public.

A day earlier, the two Parliament heads met Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Frank Mwesigwa as security agencies increased their presence around Parliament.

On Tuesday morning, the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura also went to Parliament for a closed door meeting with the parliamentary leadership, further heightening the siege mentality.

Kayihura arrived shortly after 10am and hurried into Oulanyah’s office on the 5th floor of the Eastern wing of the parliament buildings. He emerged an hour later to talk to his troops deployed around Parliament even as spontaneous acts of civil disobedience played out around the legislature.

These security meetings were held in anticipation of the tabling of a motion seeking to amend the Constitution and removal of the presidential age limit – a hugely divisive proposal.

UPDF soldiers at Constitutional Square (City Square)

The proposed amendment has stoked anxieties at a Parliament where some MPs, especially those opposed to it, are inviting the public to pour into the House to follow the proceedings live. In a brief chat with journalists, Kayihura defended the heavy deployments.

“The deployments are because some people want to disrupt the peace of Parliament, Parliament must transact business in peace [but] everybody is marching. They want to march on Parliament without even clearance from Parliament and police,” Kayihura said.

He did not take any questions. The Observer, however, understood that in his meeting with Oulanyah, it was decided that the public gallery be closed to the public.

This was part of the instructions that Kayihura was overheard giving to his commanders at Parliament. The police have since become very suspicious of people standing in groups anywhere near Parliament.

THREATS

On Monday, four MPs opposed to the lifting of the constitutional presidential age limit were summoned to record statements at police over statements they made last week.

The MPs; Muhammad Nsereko (Independent, Kampala Central), Theodore Ssekikubo (NRM, Lwemiyaga), Allan Ssewanyana (DP, Makindye West) and Barnabas Tinkasiimire (NRM, Buyaga West) were required to report to the Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Directorate (CIID) Kibuli yesterday.

Mark Paul Odong of the police’s directorate of criminal investigations said in the letters that the MPs are accused of offensive communication.

Ssekikubo and Tinkasiimire skipped their appointment with the police because they had “more important issues to attend to at Parliament” leaving only Nsereko and Ssewanyana to go to Kibuli for interrogation. They were later released without charge.

Opposition MPs criticised the police summons, arguing that they are unlawful since what MPs say within the precincts of Parliament is privileged and protected by guarantees of immunity under Chapter 6 of the Constitution.

“The arrest of MPs can’t be accepted, no amount of intimidation, no level of deployment shall scare us,” Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa said at an opposition press conference.

“I want to tell my NRM colleagues who are pushing for this amendment; if you don’t trust your martial arts tactics, better get off this campaign. We are serious about this, we shall sort ourselves out one on one should that bill be tabled. You defeat us on the floor, we shall follow you, we know where you sleep,” Munyagwa said.

The opposition caucus questioned the heavy deployment around Parliament.

“We are disappointed that the police is being used to address these political issues. In my constituency, a young man has died in police cells because he was opposed to the amendment. When I was walking into Parliament, I saw another man chained to the fence being brutalised by the police,” Denis Lee Onguzu, the Maracha South MP, said.

At a parallel press conference yesterday, Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi, the designated mover of the anti-age limit bill, told journalists that the police came in after he filed a complaint.

“I was receiving text messages threatening me and my family, so, I ran to police and reported the case,” Magyezi said.

The Igara West legislator, a ruling party member, is the chief mover of the controversial amendment, which once passed will clear the way for President Museveni to cling onto power after he tops the current age limit of 75 year ahead of the next election in 2021.

“This is not a Magyezi motion...I hear threats left and right but I would rather hear the arguments; I would love to see Ugandans move away from the culture of threats and insults,” Magyezi said.

KABAKA WA BUGANDA NGA OKOMAWO MUBUWANGANGUSE OMULUNDI OGUSOOKA NGA BASSELWAJJA OKUKYALA MUNSI YE BAMUWAMBYE ATE OLUVANYUMA NEBAMUTA:

   

Kabaka Muteesa II ku kisaawe kye nyonyi Entebbe nga  akomawo mubuwanganguse obusooka 1955.

 Kabaka Muteesa II nga ali ku mikolo e Bulange okwaniriza Obwetwaze bwa Buganda nga 8 May 1962.

SSEKABAKA:

EDWARD FREDRICK WALUGEMBE MUTEBI MUTEESA II.

Bannalinnya be ba Lwantale ne Nakabiri Elizabeesi

Omulongo we ayitibwa Musajjatawutta

Ennyumba ye eyitibwa Muzibwazaalampanga

Ejjembe lye liyitibwa Siimuwuune

Bassaabalangira be baaali Kayima e Kkaaliiti, Kayima Mpadwa, Lukongwa ne Kayima.

Bakatikkiro be, be baali Wamala wa Mmamba, Nsibirwa wa Nvuma, Mikayiri Kawalya Kaggwa mutabani wa Sir Apollo wa Nseenene, Paulo Kavuma wa Ngo, Mikayiri Kintu wa Ngo ne Jowaasi Mayanja Nkangi wa Mutima.

Bakadde be, be baali Daudi Ccwa II ne Irene Drussila Namaganda wa Nte. Abe Ngabi bamukaayanira era bagamba nti Rev. Kayizzi yafuuka kitaawe lwa kumutwala Gayaza okusoma. Kabaka bweyamulonda okumuwasa, Rev. Yali takyayinza kukyusa kyama ekyo. Kyokka Natoolo eyadda mu bigere bya Namasole ye mwaana wa Rev. Kayizzi ggeregere.

Emyaka gyeyafugira 22/11/1939-19/11/1969. Yazaalibwa 11/9/1924. Yasabirwa mu Kkanisa e Buddo so si Nagalabi mu 1940. Yalayizibwa n’atuuzibwa ku Namulondo nga 19/11/1942. Era gwe mwaka gweyaviira e Budo. Yaggya omukono mu ngabo nga 19/11/1969 e Bungereza nga wa myaka 45. Naye bamuwa butwa.

Amasiro ge gali Kasubi Nabulagala Kyaddondo

Abazaana be, be bano:

1) Damali Kisosonkole wa Nkima. Yazaala Dorosi Nnaamukaabya Nassolo ne Katabaazi, ne Henry Kalemeera.

2) Sarah Kisosonkole wa Nkima. Yazaala Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, ne Richard Walugembe Bamweyana. Damali ne Sarah baaluganda, baana ba Ssekkuuma Kisosonkole.

3) Keeti Kamulegeya, wa Nkima. Yazaala Sarah Kagere ne Agnesi Nabaloga.

4) Catherine Karungu, Munyankole. Yazaala Dayana Teyeggala.

5) Winnie Keyihangwe, Mumbejja wa Nkole. Yazaala David Kintu Wasajja.

6) Eseza Nambi wa Mmamba. Yazaala Kimera Mutebi Boogere ne Zaalwango Stiva.

7) Luankyamagulu wa Mpeewo. Yazaala Kateregga Habati.

8) Eseza Bummenya wa Mpologoma. Yazaala Alice Zaalwango, Patrick Nakibinge ne Fred Ssuuna

9) Kagodo yazaala Naabanaakulya.

10) Omumbejja w’e Tooro Kaako Rwanchwende yazaala Dinah Kigga Mukalukidi.

11) Omkutooro Nesta Rugumayo, yazaala Robert Kiweewa, ne Kimera Masamba.

12) Lubuga yazaala George Ggolooba.

13) Lubuga yazaala Masembe.

14) Eriyosi Nalwoga wa Mmamba, yazaala George Micheal Ndawula.

Muteesa yalya Obwakabaka nga 22/11/1939 ng’ akyasoma Buddo nga wa myaka 15. Baalonda ba Regents basatu: Martin Luther Nsibirwa, Katikkiro, Lawuli Kiwanuka, Mulamuzi, ne Serwano Woofunira Kkulubya, Omuwanika. Oluvanyuma Kawalya Kaggwa yalya Obwakatikkiro era naye n’afuulibwa Regent okuva 1945 okutuuka 1948.

 Muteesa II ayimiridde kumukono ogwa kkono 1963.

Obutafaanana kitaawe. Muteesa yagaana okussa omukono gwe ku kiwndiiko ky’ateetabaamu kukola. Ekyo kye kyamuleetera omuttawaana. Olutalo lwa Muteesa luno lwatandikira ku kijjulo ky’amatikkira ga Queen nga 2/6/1953 mu East African Dinner Club.

Omukulu w’Amatwale Oliver Lyttelton bwe yakyatula nti bagenda kugatta ensi za East Africa ebeere ensi emu. Muteesa bwe yadda kuno nga 10/7/1953 yasanga abantu bamulinze nga bonna bawakanya ebigambo ebyo. Nga 6/8/1953 Muteesa yawandiikira Colonial secretary, nga Gavana amuwaddeko kkoppi, ng’amulaga ekyeraliikiriza Buganda. Bye bino:

1. Mu 1948 East African High Commission yatondebwawo ng’Olukiiko lwa Buganda terutegeezebbwa.

2. Ensi ya Nyasaland yakakibwa mu Federation nga tebagyeyagalidde..

Muteesa yamaliriza ebbaluuwa ye nti, “N’olwekyo ffe obutafuna bizibu ebyo, twagala olunaku lw’okwefuga lulondebwe, naye nga tukolagana na Foreign Office gye twakola nayo endagaano eya 1900, so si Colonial Office gye twawalirizibwa okudda mu 1902. Ffe tetubangako Colony”.

Mmeeya wa Lubaga abuuzizza Gavumenti ya NRM  ekibuuzo nga okulonda kwa 2016 kumaze okuggwa:


                                                  Mmeeya wa Lubaga Mukyala Nabbosa Ssebuggwawo

 

14 May, 2016

 

MEEYA WA MUNISIPAALI Y’E LUBAGA JOYCE NABBOSA SSEBUGGWAWO; Kye tuliko sikitenda. Abantu baffe babaggalidde mu mayumba, ekitebe kyaffe ekya FDC kyawambibwa ate n’ebimu ku bintu byaffe byatwalibwa.

Gavumenti egamba nti yawangula lwaki etuuka mu mbeera y’okussa abakulembeze b’olowooza nti tebalina buwagizi mu mbeera y’okubaggalira!

Tusaba twewale embeera eyaliwo ku Gavumenti ezizze zivaako. Ebiseera ebyayita ng’abantu babaggalira Karamoja, ne kati ekiriwo kifaanana n’ebyaliwo. Tusaba embeera eno ekome.

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Gwe nga Omukazi Omuganda okimanyi nti ensi Buganda terina Ndagaano na muntu yena oba ensi yonna kugifuga. Nga efugirwa mukalulu, oba mumagye, oba mukutegeera enyo okusinga Abaganda (backwardness).....nebilala. Gwe number emu, kubanabyabufuzi abaliwo ennaku zino, alina kampeyini nti gundi nawe gundi muje mutufuge e Buganda. Buganda mwajifuula Mukazi Omwenzi Anonya Bba Nga Tamalaako.

Ne Mulwanyammuli Ssemwogerere awadde Gavumenti ya NRM amagezi:

By Musasi wa Bukedde

Added 14th May 2016


Joseph Mulwanyammuli Ssemwogerere

EYALI KATIKKIRO WA BUGANDA JOSEPH MULWANYAMMULI SSEMWOGERERE;

Embeera eriwo yeetaaga kuteesa.

Gavumenti eteese n’abooludda oluvuganya. Tosobola kumalako ng’okuumira abantu mu mayumba, okubagaana okulinnya ennyonyi, wadde okutambula okugenda okugula ebintu. Eggwanga terisaana kudda mu mbeera ya Gavumenti ezaaliwo emabega.

Poliisi ya Republic ya Uganda egudewo emisango emirala ku mukulembeze we Rwenzururu, Charles Mumbere:

By Eria Luyimbazi

Added 6th December 2016


Omukulembeze we nsi ya Rwenzururu, Charles Wesley Mumbere.

POLIISI eyongedde okuggula emisango emirala ku Charles Wesley Mumbere, Omusinga wa Rwenzururu nga bagyongera ku gw’obutemu ogwamuvunaaniddwa wiiki ewedde mu kkooti e Jinja.

Omwogezi wa poliisi mu ggwanga, Andrew Felix Kaweesi yagambye nti yadde Mumbere yatwalibwa mu kkooti ku musango gw’obutemu n’asindikibwa ku limanda mu kkomera e Kirinnya, wakyaliyo emisango emirala nga n’egimu gyazziddwa ng’akasambattuko akaabaddewo omwafiiridde abantu abasoba mu 70 tekannabaawo.

Yagambye nti egimu ku misango emirala egigenda okuvunaanibwa Omusinga Mumbere kuliko okugezaako okutta, obutujju n’okwonoona ebintu.

Kaweesi yategeezezza nti emirambo egyaziikiddwa ng’abooluganda balemeddwa okugyawula baasoose kugiggyako butoffaali (DNA) obugenda okugeraageranyizibwa ku booluganda era abanaaba bagyetaaze giziikulwe mu limbo y’enkambi y’amagye e Kasese gibaweebwe.

Yagambye nti emirambo egimu okubulwako abantu abagitwala kyandiba ng’abattibwa baali bapangisiddwa okujja okulwana nga bateeberezebwa nti abamu baava mu DR Congo nga n’abalala baava mu disitulikiti eziri ewala ne Kasese ne bayingizibwa mu lubiri lw’Omusinga.

Bannaddiini abeegattira mu Inter- Religious Council nabo baayingidde mu nteekateeka ey’okutabaganya Abakonjo ne Gavumenti, obutebenkevu e Kasese bukomewo.

Eggulo embeera mu kibuga Kasese yabadde nzikakkamu era n’akatale akakulu akayitibwa Central Market ne kaggulwawo abasuubuzi ne baddamu okukola.

Ssentebe w’eggombolola y’e Nyamwamba, Saidi Muhindo yagambye nti ng’oggyeeko omusaayi ogwayiise mu busambattuko, bafiiriddwa ebintu bingi omuli emisolo, bizinensi okwesiba n’obulambuzi okukosebwa.

- See more at: http://www.bukedde.co.ug/bukedde/ag%E2%80%99eggwanga/1441459/poliisi-eggudde-emisango-emirala-ku-mumbere#sthash.JwXdyn4L.dpuf

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Mbadde akola obutunju bwentalo nawangula yasinga okwonona ebintu, okutta abantu abangi era oluvanyuma nawamba governmenti nensi. Kibi nyo nti bwotawangula bwotyo gwe omanya nti okwatibwa nowozesebwa omusango negukutuuka ne munvi. Treason nottibwa.