GO FOR THE PRESIDENCY AND STOP BEGGING FOR CABINET POSTS

Hajji Abdu-Nadduli

Hajji Abdu-Nadduli

Dear brothers and sisters,

Assalamu Alaikum. Ramandhan Kareem. We pray that Allah forgives us for our past sins and those we will intentionally and unintentionally commit in future. Hope everyone is doing a lot of ‘astaghfirullahs’ during this month, and praying for our sick brothers and sisters, such as Prof Abassi Kiyimba. Anyway, I just wanted to make a few comments on the debate on Museveni’s new cabinet.

First,to be hateful and Islamophobic has become so common that it is proudly displayed all around us, online, on the news, and in politics. It is dehumanizing and it hurts.The term Muslim is being thrown out so often so cheaply. Just look at what’s happening in USA politics right now.For someone who seems to have had the best education Donald Trump lacks culture sensitivity and understanding. He evokes fear in people over his own ideology. He says Muslims did this and did that but there are people who are Muslims being murdered by people who say they are doing it for God.

Always remember this line “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Nobody is gonna change your life for the better unless you wake up and do it yourself. Democracy is saturated with differing opinions and views, and it is the democratic majority of those views that decide what is legal and acceptable in Uganda, not the foot that stomps the hardest or voice that yells the loudest. Its the presidency that now decides everything in Uganda. So, little by little Muslims should target the presidency. They should be aspiring to become presidents. They should be a program helping in identifying and supporting Muslims interested in the presidency. Muslims should not beg favors from the presidency but they should be an influence on the presidency whether one of them is in the office or not. Learn from our Catholic brothers and sisters, and their organisational abilities.

Because there’s likely no such a system or thoughts in place, you find a few Muslims in high positions in government all running to the presidency to determine their next step in life. For instance, If someone has been appointed the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, you’d expect that person to use that position to: 1- do their duties diligently; 2- sell yourself, your good nature, your good character, e.t.c to the public; 3- use that office to take you to the next level, and that level should be the presidency or something more important(not retirement, come on, unless if you have got healthy or family related issues). You only choose to retire if you feel you have not performed to your expectations or to the expectations of the people of Uganda.

The few years Idi Amin spent as president ARGUABLY benefited Uganda Muslims and Ugandans in general more than the last 30 years of Museveni’s leadership.Museveni does not need to change,in fact he will never change but Muslims need to change their reluctance to be fully involved in politics.

MPs

The few Muslim MPs aren’t impressive, I don’t care what your party is, have the damn backbone to stand up to any injustice by the government. I’m aware that an individual who belongs to a party isn’t actually allowed to vote the way he wants, nor the way the people who vote him in want. They always have to vote according to the party’s platform. But come on,guys, this is Uganda where everything is damn possible. All you need is to grind your teeth, look the speaker in the eyes, and say ‘that’s my position. Like it or stuff it’!

I know that many consider this view unrealistic and narrow, but I feel more comfortable supporting nonMuslim politicians than Muslim politicians who remain silent or wishy washy on issues affecting Muslims and the whole country. We like to support Muslims in politics, but how effective are they in matters that seriously affect us and matter as a community?

Brother Hajji Nadduli:

If Hajji Nadduli accepts the position of the minister without Portfolio(MWP), it will be just another example of Muslims embarrassing themselves in politics and not actually being particularly helpful. Its not that i’m not happy for our brother but ,goodness me, what’s he gonna do at the age of 74 that he has not done in the last 30 years? What do MWP exactly do? What’s the point of being in politics if you’re not going to do anything bloody useful? I’m yet to see a Muslim politician take a strong principled stand on matters relevant to the Muslim community, other than very minor matters.

Disunity costing our place in politics:

As a whole we have no unity as an Ummah and its a bit Pathetic because some politicians use it to further divide us.The strategy feeds on itself. Turning us against each other has become easier because of the economic stresses most Ugandans feel. Economic insecurity is rampant. Most Ugandans worry about their futures. That insecurity and anger is easily manipulated — channeled into a politics of one Muslim faction fighting the other, one Muslim allied to Statehouse and another to the opposition, but should it be like this? Really?

This disunity, in turn, serves those in power because it distracts Muslims from what’s should benefit them as a community. The greatest fear of any non-Muslim president is that a majority of Muslims would otherwise join together politically and demand a country organized for the many, not the few.

In this way, “divide and distract” is a winning strategy for them. But it is a losing strategy for Muslims who want to fundamentally change things in Uganda. We must not let them succeed.We should,therefore, be working together on issues that benefit the Ummah whether you are a Muslim in opposition or government.

Byebyo enbyange banange!



*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

Stalk my blog at: https://semuwemba.com/

“My journey is long and my preparation is so little, and weakness has gripped me and death is chasing me!”

Hitler and Stalin were two sides of the same coin!

ALLEGORYHere we go again with silly “……I am willing to go to hell and ally with the devil to defeat the extremism and intolerance of the radical faction of FDC.” This statement, once again, refers to an enlightened intelligentsia who presumably read and still think for themselves, but when you look deep into it, it sounds like someone who wanted to find a way of letting the world know that he’s now officially working for a certain ‘devil’. A worse case allegory would be ‘I don’t give a damn about the FDC radicals as long as I somehow get paid’.

Unfortunately, high-profile historical personalities (such as Hitler, Churchill, Stalin,e.t.c) are easy targets for PR people and there is much around on which to base solid arguments without rambling on about ‘FDC’. By the way, I had promised myself not to respond to anything ‘MWENDA’ but for him to ally himself publically with the really revolutionary ‘revolutionaries’ in Uganda might not have been such a wise political move.There is no such thing as “worse” dictator. Any and all of them represent evil in the same measure regardless of how many crimes they committed.

Hitler only gets the worst rap in the history curriculum because Stalin indirectly aided the allied forces in overthrowing Nazi Germany. If it was the other way around the same would be said for Stalin who killed millions more of his own people and the Ukrainian famine instigated by Stalin killed over 7 million people alone.See Timothy Snyder’s “Bloodland” and study the section on Stalin’s starvation of Ukraine. To ringfence whole towns in order to let the inhabitants starve to death is fairly equal to a death camp in my mind.

Hitler and Stalin were two sides of the same coin.All too easily did we forget these two men were allies complicit to a joint crime before their greedy scuffle years after they got started. Stalin was the first to join the Nazi Germany in fight in September 1939 attacking Poland and having a combined German Soviet victory parade.Stalin was invading left and right, took the Baltic states in a pact with Hitler, Eastern-Poland and Moldova too.

Therefore, there is no point in trying to put a human face on Stalin( Mwenda’s ally). Hitler is considered pure evil and so should be Stalin. If you just add up body count, he was far worse than Hitler. Of course, using the same measure, Mao is the champion homicidal maniac of the 20th century.

What I don’t understand is how anybody would equate ‘extremists’ or ‘radicals’ in the FDC to Hitler unless something has totally gone haywire. Anyway,the history is written by winners. Now, there’s one supposedly calling himself a ‘Churchill’ in the above mentioned allegory. But then again, most of the problems we are having around the world today are in former British colonies or territories, Israel, Iraq Syria, Afghanistan, China, Egypt, India, most of Africa, now America, and the UN have to clean up their mess,…… but Churchill had a say in the whole process.

We all try to read the future when we make our political decisions. Amazingly, we usually get it wrong. I onetime looked at Museveni as the Messiah of Uganda but he changed to a ‘devil’ or ‘Stalin'(to borrow from one of his supporters). Now, what if the people you are calling ‘radicals'(opposing your ‘Stalin’) today end up being in power tomorrow, what do you do?

Don’t Feel Betrayed by Beti Kamya!

ALLEGORYFor the record, I do not feel betrayed by Ms.Beti Kamya! Calling her out for being a sellout to Museveni and rarely going out on a limb for common people unless it suits her own agenda of advancement is not something I feel betrayed by. Most Uganda politicians are all like that.i.e. most are pretenders.

1.I feel betrayed by the Electoral Commission for failure to conduct free and fair elections;
2.I feel betrayed by the opposition for wasting everyone’s time.I feel more betrayed by the parties than an individual.I have no trust in the integrity of any other major political party;
3.I feel betrayed by the media for failure to stand with the people of Uganda when they need them most;
4.I feel betrayed by my government, police forces that no longer protect, and countless other things.

I DO NOT feel betrayed by Ms.Kamya. I feel she has pulled the curtain back on all that has betrayed my trust.She has given us a glimpse of what Uganda politics is mainly about–eating. I even don’t believe the nonsense that she has been working for Museveni all along. I’m sure she was approached at some point before or after the presidential elections.

Abbey Semuwemba
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Beti Olive Namisango Kamya-Turomwe, also known as Betty Kamya and Beti Kamya, is a businesswoman and politician in Uganda, the third-largest economy in the East African Community. She is the Minister for Kampala Capital City Authority in the Cabinet of Uganda. She was named to that position on 6 June 2016.

She is the founder and president of the Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA), one of the registered political parties in the country.[2][3] She was a candidate in the 2011 Ugandan presidential elections, coming in fifth with 52,782 votes. She previously served as the Member of Parliament representing Lubaga North Constituency on the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) ticket from 2006 until 2010.

She was born in Nakuru, Kenya on 30 November 1955 to George Wilson Kamya, a Ugandan, and Margaret Wairimu Kamya, a Kenyan. Beti was the fourth born of nine children. In 1961, when Beti was six years old, the family relocated to Uganda.

She attended McKay Memorial School in Kampala and Saint Hellen’s Primary School in western Uganda for her primary education. She then attended Wanyange Girls’ School for her O-Level education and Kings College Budo for her A-Level education. She studied at Makerere University, the oldest and largest public university in the country, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in marketing.

In the mid 1980s, she joined Uganda Leather and Tanning Industries Limited in Jinja in the sales department, working there until 1988. She then joined Nyanza Textiles Industries Limited, working there as a sales executive until 1992. She then relocated to Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city with her husband.

From 1996 until 1999, she worked as the marketing manager at Uganda Breweries Limited in Port Bell, a Kampala suburb. From 1999 until 2004, she was the executive director of the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) in Entebbe, about 36 kilometres (22 mi), by road, south of Kampala on the northern shores of Lake Victoria.

SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

Peter Ssematimba was unfairly ‘hanged’!

ALLEGORYBetter than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, too, but I think its unfair to disqualify someone from parliament over academic qualifications.What MPs do in the house is what is really important. In any case, most of them with degrees or PHDs, if scratched, will admit to being bilge(rubbish), albeit cleverly produced bilge. Our education system regularly produces O’ and A’ levels who are functionally illiterate…university students too. How well is all that for a necessity before one becomes a MP?

If parliament is to survive and flourish, we must stop being so elitist and start trying to “reach the masses”. It can be done, you know.It’s not a formal academic thing, and that’s the last thing it should be.Parliament is about representing people in your constituency. The minimum qualification should not be A Levels but the ability to understand people’s concerns, and to represent their interests. What matters is whether s/he is able to fully voice out the issues,complaints and views of thousands or millions of people s/he is representing. Actually,there is no relation between an educational qualification and being a good member of parliament.Lots of people without A Levels or that degree have plenty of experience, and many of those know much more than anybody just coming out of grad school.

Disqualify someone over rigging but not academics. No wonder our 1995 constitution has had more reviews than any other Africa constitution…Jesus Christ!

Abbey Semuwemba
UK

GREED MAY BE KILLING MUSLIM FOUNDED SCHOOLS!

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Reports from Uganda newspapers show that our traditional Muslim founded schools such as Kibuli S.S, Kawempe Muslim, Nabisunsa, e.t.c, aren’t doing as well as they used to in the past. I’m a little conflicted about the whole issue but part of the problem has allegedly been put on the teachers who teach there and at the same time own and teach in private schools elsewhere. They(teachers and headteachers) reportedly use our public foundation schools as recruitment centers for potential students and teachers. Yes, every school needs good teachers but that’s not the point. Our schools once did a better job than they do now, and something deep is happening in our Muslim schools as compared to Christian foundation schools.

Basically our teachers are in business, not teaching. Students are a cost.Businesses are service-motivated ONLY to the extent that it serves their deeper motive, which is, of course, profit. Profit is the end, the “service-motive” is the means.

Nearly all our headteachers own private schools, and it is suspected that they aren’t putting as much effort in our public schools as their private schools. For instance, Kibuli’s reputation as a successful school in the past is enough for a lot of parents to try to get a place there, but not everyone does get a place. So, they are recommended to the private school owned by the head teacher somewhere.It is a “bait and switch” tactic and its effective.On the surface, it shouldn’t be a problem at all but it becomes a problem if the headteacher becomes more committed to his private school than the school he’s heading.

While these teachers have strong financial motives to admit unsuccessful students in their private schools, for failing students the experience can be devastating.There is possibly trauma and poor self-esteem for having failed, and perhaps embarrassment for their families and friends. I remember the ‘KABAZI’ at Kibuli S.S. made us lose friends forever.

Either way, Private schools make money whether students learn or not.Problem is that concentrating education at the end of one set of purse-strings includes NO checks and balances. Meanwhile, we are all watching and literally doing nothing about it.Obviously,the profit-motive is instinctive, we all have the craving to own property, and thrive and prosper, but It needs to regulated.

The idea of “taking away resources” and ‘sharing the same teachers’ between foundation schools and private schools is actually quite dangerous.Dangerous because the foundation school budgets are stretched and the teachers concentration is so divided,and in the end it will come back to bite us, as it always does.

It is said that capitalism civilizes greed as marriage civilizes lust. I don’t think the kind of capitalism we are entrenched in now is civilizing greed–I think it is applauding it, relishing in it and holding it up as an aim to strive for. Every teacher wants to start up a school to be considered successful. Imagine owning 3-5 private schools but you are still a head teacher of a foundation school, where do you commit your energy more? By the way,this has nothing to do with so-called “laws” of supply and demand, this has to do with the application of greed at the expense of the many.

Sorry to ramble for so long with so little in conclusions.As I said much earlier, I am still very conflicted about this whole issue. Perhaps this will give a little food for thought as this thread continues.

I apologize in advance if I have rubbed anybody’s feathers but I consider this a very important issue that requires people on the ground to advance their thoughts. Hello UMTA?????

Stalk my blog at: https://semuwemba.com/

“My journey is long and my preparation is so little, and weakness has gripped me and death is chasing me!”

Please Ignore Andrew Mwenda for now!

Andrew Mwenda (born 1972) is a Ugandan journalist, founder and owner of The Independent, a current affairs newsmagazine. He was previously the political editor of The Daily Monitor, a Ugandan daily newspaper and was the presenter of Andrew Mwenda Live on the KFM Radio in Kampala

Andrew Mwenda (born 1972) is a Ugandan journalist, founder and owner of The Independent, a current affairs newsmagazine. He was previously the political editor of The Daily Monitor, a Ugandan daily newspaper and was the presenter of Andrew Mwenda Live on the KFM Radio in Kampala

People. I love you but please stop making Mr. Andrew Mwenda famous again. He comes up with these shenanigans (simanyi ‘I’m here in Kigali’, ‘Winnie Byanyima slept with……. blah blah) so he can make some headlines, maybe get him to instead love Uganda again. Don’t feed him your time anymore. Don’t share his articles; don’t give them the honour of his face being all over social media again. Every time someone posts something w/ his name it gives him attention. If ppl keep this up he’ll be trending soon. I only refer to him as the man I once admired so much, and that’s all. Some people do great things for the right reasons, and in the process become well-known. Others try to become well-known by bringing down the people who are doing great things. I’m afraid Mr. Mwenda is now the latter. We should instead use this as an opportunity to pray for Dr.Besigye and all the unarmed people who continue to be killed, tortured or arrested by law enforcement with impunity.

Don’t be distracted. Keep doing you!

Abbey

It doesnt matter anymore if Trump becomes the next USA president

Amazing how Islamophobia and appropriation occur simultaneously – just listen to the conversations around us at our typical ‘Katogo’ joint or on this very forum by supposedly very educated people. It’s not that Islam isn’t a balance (between extremes), and therefore is essentially a moderate path. It isnt that Islam supports terrorism. The problem is the endorsed conjunction of “moderate” and “Muslim”, as if to imply that “Muslim” alone is by default a problem, which it isn’t and shouldn’t be for Muslims to show that they too are not a problem simply because they identify as followers of Islam.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump


Personally, I’m no longer bothered if Trump or Hilary wins the presidency.Trumpomonia and Islamophobia will keep going.Every step forward in American history has been followed by a reactionary racist backlash. The election of Obama set the stage for Trump.

I would make an important addition here in regards to the KKK. This group came up after the emancipation of slaves and reconstructionist era as a REACTION to these changes to restore the old order, i.e, to make America great again. And is it any surprise they have been on the rise again since the election of Obama?

Technically Hillary is probably more islamophobe than Trump, Hillary voted for the Iraq war, while trump opposed it and he was the only guy to oppose it because he had concerns with Iraqi civilians, while everyone was only concerned with the money and us soldiers.

I actually don’t think that Trump hates Muslims, he is just skilfully riding the wave of Islamophobia to his advantage. Cruz could have ended his candidacy on a classy, conciliatory note towards Muslims, or at least not mention them, but he didn’t want to miss the opportunity to, once again, repeat his assertion that “radical Islam” is America’s worst enemy. He must’ve been hanging out a lot with his adviser, Frank Gaffney. May be they had dinner together.

Trump has at least considered defunding Israel. Hilary is totally one sided. Surveillance of Muslims won’t change under Hillary, and very likely, would be protracted with her presidency.

In addition, Hilary isn’t even a candidate for immigrants. She keeps repeating that “I had to baby sit immigrant kids” line and I’m like, “what is that supposed to prove?”

Hillary Clinton supported the US PATRIOT ACT – sweeping post-9/11 legislation that enabled profiling and surveillance of Muslim Americans.

I think someone mentioned the term politricks recently, I can’t remember who… clinton’s are all about politricks. What Bill did in the name of “welfare reform” had/has a strong negative impact on low income communities and communities of color. Not to mention the increase in the prison population under the Clinton administration.

Islam plays a central part in the history of enslaved Africans in the Americas. In fact it was in direct relation to Islam that Christian colonial powers (Spain and Portugal) attempted to carve up Africa with their theo-political and geographic distinctions though slaving. The exclusive/homogenous notions of sub-Saharan Africa as Black/not Muslim and North and East Africa as Muslim rooted in Early Modern Western Christian imperialism still hold sway. Even over fair and balanced journalists. Eurocentrism is a helluva drug.

In fact if you ask me,Bernie Sanders is the only ideal presidential candidate for Muslims:

– He opposed the US PATRIOT ACT
– He opposed the War in Iraq
– Is keen on creating a pathway for citizenship for immigrants
– Condemned surveillance of mosques and Muslim households
– Fights for free tuition at public universities
– Values the rights of the poor and working class over corporations
– Explicitly condemns Islamophobia

He really understands the struggle and concerns of Muslim Americans! Granted,no candidate is perfect. Bernie surely isn’t, and his shortcomings are many. However, his track record and policy positions align most with the interests of Muslim Americans. By a long shot. Especially Muslims in working class, immigrant, indigent, and concentrated communities like Dearborn and Flint, Hamtramck and throughout Detroit.

Muslims don’t deserve all the shit being thrown at them but it takes a very open mind to see it that way. Muslims are being discrimated by both their leaders and those they run to for help and support. Muslims are now officially among the most discriminated group in the world, and that’s where we should direct more discussion.

I think discussions on Islamic terrorism have unfairly superseded discussions on poverty and Muslim discrimination , to be frank, although the two overlap, the coverage on Muslim discrimination is non-existent. My impression is that it is our insufficient discussions on religious discrimination that mask disparities in income and specifically, poverty within our communities. That’s why the article written by Prof Mukwanason is handy at this point.

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

Stalk my blog at: https://semuwemba.com/

“My journey is long and my preparation is so little, and weakness has gripped me and death is chasing me!”

THE UNUSUAL OPPOSITION LEADER!

ALLEGORYWarren Kizza Besigye Kifefe is now in Luzira prison after the controversial 2016 presidential elections. Besigye who is widely credited with being a co-author of the defiance campaign, is to go on trial on treason charges.If convicted, he faces decades in prison or death penalty.

Reform is like the heat devil on a hot desert road and Besigye is a demonstration of the reformation and evolution of a human life. He’s a vivid illustration of how an individual can completely revolutionize himself with nothing aside from will power, work, and belief.He’s has been opposing Mr.Museveni since the 1990s and he has not relented in his efforts to get rid of his government at all. He has never been convicted of anything but he has been arrested more times than any other person in Uganda’s history.

He resonates with the school children, poor, market traders, business men, prisoners, unemployed, the sick, criminals and nihilists because they see him as their would be savior. But, with his own hands, drive and mind, he has remodeled himself into the type of leader Uganda needs and has not yet seen. And even while holding that perch, he has never been heard under minding publicly any of the other leaders in the opposition. He respects them because he is one of them. And understands their struggle because that very struggle has shaped him into the most powerful voice in this century.No other opposition leader stands a chance in an election right now as long as Besigye is a candidate. He even seems to be more powerful than the FDC itself where he holds no official executive position.

A lot of people have learned tremendously from his unyielding commitment to social justice, how he has fought for democracy since the bush war in Luwero, and the depth of his personal sacrifice to advance the interests of the marginalized. I have never met nor spoken to him but am awed by the transformative power of his otherworldly will. You have to salute a man who is arrested day in day out while his supporters are watching and doing nothing, but then he gets the guts to continue with the struggle.

The ‘Ugandans-will-walk-with-swag’ comment during the presidential debates is still giving millions hope that change is coming as it did when he first made it. Our domestic political system is built so that the government is rather like a one-legged dog(one-man running the show), operating and carrying the weight of the whole body, so that the dog is always stumbling and going in circles; and our public life consists largely of gathering in the streets or social media to watch the dog stumble about and sometimes biting us helplessly, and of pointing at him, and laughing, and making unpleasant jokes, and blaming the opposition whenever the dog falls on his face. Unfortunately, one could easily be labelled an enemy of the state if you keep pointing and laughing at the stumbling one-legged dog on a street!

OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM NEEDS ANNUAL REVIEW!

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The British left behind an education system that everybody has been following since independence, but few people have bothered to review it to see if it still fits our needs. Theoretically there’s a saturation point that shows that the system is still good for us but in reality it’s not. Kids are mainly being taught to get jobs after studies.We aren’t taught to think outside the box on our own. Besides, most of our role models today I know who are doing well for themselves didn’t get As at school, their education came through commitment, street-smartness and experience.

Regarding our poor reading culture, how about offering reading classes where the students have the option of being graded or not graded at all.This way, the motivated students will work hard to get top grades. But everyone else can relax and have a good time, just like physical education.Even if they don’t invest their energies into the class, they’ll gain something by being exposed to knowledge about different stuff.

Let’s create required reading classes where the students are not required to do homework or take tests unless they want to. All they have to do is show up and relax and do some loud reading in turns about: religion, politics, culture or great personalities. At the very least, even the unmotivated kids will learn something; certain seeds will be planted in their souls that may sprout and flower. And motivated students will really get something out of it.

Kids who aren’t good in English should also be encouraged to read stories in the language that they are comfortable with. Speaking English fluently doesn’t make anyone more intelligent than others. Besides, having an additional means of expressing oneself, regardless of the level or quality of expression, is a value that should by no means be underestimated.

Here in the UK, kids are encouraged to read books right from the nursery stage, and a parent is required to sign in the diary to confirm that your kid has read while at home. The diary is always in the kid’s school bag along with other books.As a teacher, what you get from home schooling is that you get exposed to all the individual, different, parochial cultural bases. It gives you an insight about the parent of the kid.

As an example, there is a guy I work with but he narrates World war 11 and everything about Hitler from his finger tips. He told me that the story got patched on his brain forever because his mum used to read it for him as a kid. I felt like smacking myself because the history I learned at Kibuli S.S. was all about marks and grading. Nobody ever created a relaxing atmosphere for us to talk about these things as students in a way we want, without the fear of a cane or grades or being embarrassed by a mate. Now, all that stuff has got out of my head, and I have to teach myself again.

Perhaps the problem is that there is a phobia about textbooks, homework and tests.Young kids start out curious & eager to learn about everything around them.It’s sad that school seems to kill that spirit, and they become focused on memorizing the correct answers to get high marks on tests. Learning is supposed to be fun, and tests are useful as feedback on how well you understand the new things, but marks shouldn’t be the main thing.

The big thing I would like to see is for the schools to spend less time feeding kids facts to memorize and more time making sure they understand why some of them are important.This is a good topic, and I would love to read an input from various academicians on this forum. Thank you!

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba Via the UMBS forum

God is the only one best creator.

Allaah is the only one best creator..........Not to mention that the patient in dialysis has to go at least 3 times a week to a dialysis unit

Allaah is the only one best creator……….Not to mention that the patient in dialysis has to go at least 3 times a week to a dialysis unit

Our heart beats around 100,000 times every day.

Our blood is On A 60,000-mile journey.

Our eyes can distinguish up to 1,000,000 colour surfaces and take in more information than the largest telescope known to man.

Our lungs inhale over two million litres of air every day, without even thinking. They are large enough to cover a tennis court.

Our hearing is so sensitive it can distinguish between hundreds of thousands of different sounds.

Our sense of touch is more refined than any device ever created.

Our brain is more complex than the most powerful computer and has over 100 billion nerve cells.

We give birth to 100 billion red cells every day.

When we touch something, we send a message to our brain at 124 mph.

We have over 600 muscles.

We exercise at least 30 muscles when we smile.

We are about 70 percent water.

We make one litre of saliva a day.

Our nose is our personal air-conditioning system:
It warms cold air, cools hot air and filters impurities.

In one square inch of our hand we have nine feet of blood vessels, 600 pain sensors, 9000 nerve endings, 36 heat sensors and 75 pressure sensors.

We have copper, zinc, cobalt, calcium, manganese, phosphates, nickel and silicon in our bodies.

Apparently Lemons could cure loads of cancers…..U don’t lose anything by trying!

Everyone should plant lemon trees...

Everyone should plant lemon trees…

This is something that we should all take seriously – just had a recent test myself that sent shivers up my spine – or near by – Even doctors are now saying that there is value in trying “LEMON”

So, a tablespoon of “real lemon” (the concentrate in a bottle) in a glass of water every morning. What can it hurt?

Institute of Health Sciences, 819 N. L.L.C. Charles Street Baltimore , MD 1201. This is the latest in medicine, effective for cancer! Read carefully and you be the judge.

Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.

Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits.

You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy.

How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial multi-millionaires large corporations? As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes. You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc…

It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors. This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer. It is considered also as an anti-microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high and as an antidepressant, combats stress and nervous disorders.

The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that: It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas … The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemo-therapeutically in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells. And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells.

Imagine spending shs.2.6b on a pornography machine when the only radiography machine at the cancer Institute is down?

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I think phrenology( the relationship of the shape of the head to intelligence) should be brought back into our main stream debates to see if there’s a correlation between a certain Uganda’s minister head shape and his intelligence. Imagine spending shs.2.6b on a pornography machine when the only radiography machine at the cancer Institute is down. Where is a Tamale Mirundi when u need one!

Katikkiro Mayiga ‘s exact words on the 2016 elections

Katikkiro Mayiga 's exact words on the 2016 elections

Katikkiro Mayiga ‘s exact words on the 2016 elections

Mwenda’s views on social media were disappointing!

I read Andrew Mwenda’s negative views on social media, and I couldn’t believe that this was the same Andrew who once upon a time was fighting for ‘all’ views to be heard. Now, he’s preaching censorship of the social media as probably what his editors do at his magazine. Yes, it is censorship every time a newspaper decides not to print a letter to the editor.Simple factual reporting has disappeared from most of our media, and most statements of “fact” are corrupted by adjectives that “slant” the article to mirror the publisher’s viewpoint. Andrew himself has got a page in his paper:the Last Word’ purposely to portray himself as the ‘king of opinions’. Most Ugandans are so accustomed to this sort of “reporting” they aren’t even aware their opinions are being manipulated.

Most newspapers no longer operate on the basis of a Fairness Doctrine yet It should be possible to present whatever views one wants to present regardless of whether the views are ‘stupid and incoherent, uninformed and ridiculous,(to quote Mr.Mwenda). When you own the media, you can MANIPULATE the “customer base” in any way it suits you. Most of the editors now place inflated profits ahead of the principles that built fair journalism, and that’s the gap that has been filled in by the social media. I honestly don’t know when I last read an article from the Newvision as everything I need is on Facebook and UAH.

“Free speech” is most certainly at issue if the speaker is denied a forum in which to express unpopular views. (I’m sure Germans in the 1930’s could speak against Hitler among like-minded friends, if they were cautious about it – that isn’t quite the same thing as “free speech”!). Freedom of speech is just that: freedom to speak. Let people write whatever they want on social media, no one is required to listen.

By the way,censorship is not inherently bad; it’s necessary to a certain extent. If you’re a parent,you censor what your young children watch, hear, and do. But when the kids have become adults, the approach changes, and I believe most of the people using social media are adults. As a moderator, I only censor ‘adults’ who are behaving as little children, but I have no right to call anybody’s opinion ‘stupid’ because it may not be to some people.
By Abbey Semuwemba.

Abbey Semuwemba is a Ugandan based in the UK ; A Human Rights Activist and blogger -the founder and chief administrator of Ugandans at Heart (UAH)
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Social media has killed the brains of many young people. In the olden days, to publish an opinion you needed to convince editors with the intellectual rigor of your argument. So you had to back your argument with facts, tone your language and improve your writing style.

With social media, anyone with an idea, however, stupid and incoherent, however, uninformed and ridiculous, however, uncouth and insulting, can post it on social media and get their voice heard – if anyone hears them at all.

While this may have “democratized” public discourse, it has also adulterated it. Just imagine if all you needed to get a Ph.D. was to write 300 pages of whatever came to your mind. What would happen to academia? That is what has happened to public debate.

Andrew M. Mwenda

Please don’t under-look any job if you plan to live abroad

Friends,Please don’t underlook any job if you plan to live abroad. Temunyoma mirimu especially if you are a Ugandan in diaspora. Every job is respectable as long as it brings food to your table and pays your bills.This reminds me of the old joke:

A doctor’s basement is flooded and he calls a plumber to fix it. The plumber arrives, spends about 15 minutes fixing everything, and presents a bill for $300.

The doctor says, “$300 for 15 minutes? That’s more than I make, and I’m a doctor!”

The plumber replies, “That’s more than I made when I was a doctor, too.”

Not necessarily a joke.The odd thing is, these seem like relatively minor things. But maybe not. A lot of people working in offices here in the UK earn less than those doing what in Uganda would be categorized as ‘quack’ jobs. You aren’t respected any less here because of the job you’re doing, and that’s how it should be, anyway!

Byebyo ebyange!

Abbey.K.S
UK

MPs should be allowed to express themselves in Kasavu-Kanyama (aka English-Luganda)!

MPs should be allowed to express themselves in Kasavu-Kanyama (aka English-Luganda)!

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THIS IS WHY I’VE NEVER TRUSTED ANYTHING CHINESE. THERE’S ALWAYS A CATCH!

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”Hi,The issue of the Chinese in Africa is a very serious one and every African country needs to be aware of what is going on.

I am reading a very interesting book, which I can recommend, (Africa) China ’s Second Continent – How a million migrants are building a new Empire in Africa . By Howard W. French who speaks Mandarin, Portuguese, French and English amongst other languagesHe was a foreign correspondent for the New York Times before travelling the length and breadth of Africa researching for this book.

One-two million Chinese have immigrated to Africa . French travelled through 15 countries: including Mozambique , Tanzania , Liberia , Mali , Ghana , Sierra Leone , Namibia , Botswana , Zambia .The story is the same everywhere.The Chinese come in and offer to build things (roads, hospitals, palaces, stadiums, mines etc and in return they want access to, and control, of the countries raw materials and want special treatment for their immigrants and want to waive local labour laws (what they pay the locals).

No Chinese will take orders from an African. They bring in their own experts and don’t pass on their skills. They regards with amazement the resources of Africa – the fertile lands, the forests, the resources – compared to what is left in China.Their ability to pay their way into favoured status with government is apparent time and time again.

The resources of Africa are being harvested and mined at an amazing rate. It’s a cash crop that is not benefiting the local people; French recounts the terrible poverty he sees in his travels. This is a sobering and sad story for Africa.”

Anne M. Chappel
chappels@bigpound.net.au

Mobile 0413 466 181

PROF.MAMDAN RESPONDS TO SOME OF STELLA’S ALLEGATIONS

PROF.MAMDAN RESPONDS TO SOME OF STELLA’S ALLEGATIONS:
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A lot of disinformation has been spread about management practices at MISR. Among these is the claim that I gave Mira Nair, my wife, preferential access to two rooms at MISR. Here are the facts:
1. When I took office as director of MISR in March 2010, I found a lot of built space rented to outsiders. Among these was a two-room block rented to a Kenyan company. This company was using the rooms as a warehouse. Opened once every few months, it was visibly deteriorating.
2. I asked the staff the rationale for renting. The answer was the rent: US $900 a month.
3. After a full discussion, the administrator, accountant and I agreed on the following: that the contract of the Kenyan company be terminated and that we look for a new tenant. That search would be guided by the following criteria: (a) there should be no financial loss to MISR; (b) the new tenant should not be a commercial concern; (c) its objectives should be complementary to those of MISR.
4. The new tenant was Maisha Arts and Culture Centre (a non profit film school whose director was and is Mira Nair). They accepted the following conditions: (a) rent at US $900 a month; (b) renovate and paint the facility at their own cost; (c) provide all MISR students and academic staff, including the MISR Film Club, free access to their film and documentary library, considered one of the best in the region; (d) free technical advice to MISR in its endeavor to set up a documentary film unit in the Cultural Studies Program.
5.Maisha Arts and Culture Centre was a tenant at MISR for two years, from 2010 to 2012, when we asked them to leave because MISR staff and activities were expanding and the space was needed. That space was converted into (a) an office for two researchers, and (b) premise for our new Publication and Communication Unit.
6. The above arrangement proved beneficial to MISR in every way.
7. Full details of the above will be provided to the Committee of Inquiry set in place by the Appointments Board yesterday, April 22, 2016.

Mahmood Mamdani
Executive Director
MISR

EU referendum is probably most important decision for Brits since world war 11

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This is for Ugandans living in the UK and plan to vote in the EU referendum. I bet most people will vote with their heart on this but I will vote to stay in Europe……This graphic is the best debunking of bad arguments against the EU that I’ve seen yet! EU referendum is probably most important decision for Brits since world war 11.

If you aren’t in the UK, just look at this as a referendum on the East Africa Community as or when Besigye becomes the president.

Stella’s Facebook posts will most likely land her in more trouble!

The eviction notice.

The eviction notice.


Friends,
First. People, get a grip! All of this bickering over Dr. Stella Nyanzi’s ‘breast’ show is getting out of hand. It’s killing our debates on forums. I enjoy a good discussion but all this ranting about whether she’s right or wrong is a bit tiresome.

In my opinion,Dr.Nyanzi is awesome in her writings but I will never be on the side of a naked woman unless if either I really really want something from her or she is mentally ill.Unfortunately, I get the feeling I’m in the minority with my thoughts. And please, I’m not saying that Dr.Nyanzi is mentally ill because I’ve no qualifications for that field to diagnose her, but undressing in public was just bang out of order, man!

The stuff she writes(minus ‘kuwemula’) sometimes sounds like Uganda’s Shakespeare discovered. As you may know,Shakespeare wrote in the style of his time. and yet with his brilliant ability to use language to paint his stories and ideas those words are just as relevant now as they were then.That’s why he(Shakespeare) is still inspiring audiences 400 years later. But his writings didnt make sense to a lot of people then, just as Dr.Nyanzi’s.

Second.One of the things that bothers me most about this latest Stella show is the fact that some people are making fun of her breasts.You may argue that she brought it on herself but I find it so uncomfortable on so many levels. Look,Some guys prefer big ones, some prefer small ones, some are relatively indifferent and prefer legs instead. It’s a simple enough matter to ask a sample what they feel, and conclude on that basis that an intrinsic quality like bigness produces such-and-such an effect in the subject.An alien scientist like our minister,Lokodo, possibly studying his first human beings might then put forth a controversial theory — that there is an intrinsic parameter, breast size, that tends to such-and-such a degree to produce sexual attraction in the human male. He might then go on to study the factors that he believes may lead to that response, such as infantile imprinting, culture, and instinct. And voila, we have an objective explanation for his assessment that so-and-so deserves to be arrested for exposing something that causes discomfort in men.

Finally. Its in Dr.Nyanzi’s interests to be careful with her words from today on wards because some people are turning screws on her. They not only want her out of Makerere University, but also want to see her life difficult. She needs to lay off Facebook and TV interviews for a bit. She just keeps embarrassing herself. Have you ever heard the expression “When you’re in a hole, stop digging”?

Abbey Semuwemba
UK

My Simple advise to Dr.Stella Nyanzi!

opprobriumHi Stella,

I’m glad your office has been reopened. I heard that when you delivered the special,the chicken fried steak was naked and there was no gravy! Well,you sound like you’re having a rough week and sorry for that.You’ve been dealt the bad hand at the table.

However,attitude is the best weapon in your arsenal not stripping naked please. And please delete that crazy ‘naked’ video in your profile because its disgusting, and it has changed the parameters of the discussion. Everybody gets in a funk once in a while. Snap out of it! Humans can survive without electricity, running water, clothing, offices and sex, but I’m not about to live naked in a forest. One thing that helps me get through tough times is to remember God.Yes, there are bad days but try to remember all the other days when you are on top of things. That’s got to count for something and it should!

As far as Makerere University politics are concerned take a day off but don’t go nuts with Facebook and giving media interviews or you’ll just feel worse, and who needs that? Hang in there, though, and try to get back on track, just in case you’ll be around for the next few decades, okay? So, chin up and ‘fuckmamdani’ (whatever that means) and remember that a path of a thousand steps is formed by placing one stone at a time. Nothing is too big to handle if you just take it step by step.I hope and sure it will be OK,mukwano!

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UK

STELLA ‘BREASTS’ SHOW DEBATE ISN’T GOING AWAY?

Friends,

The Stella ‘breasts’ show debate should be about responsibility and conscience.I think in public, nudity is disgusting,shameful and damaging to all things Ugandan.We much rather like clothing and fashion on people, and this doesn’t mean that we don’t appreciate the beauty of a human body.

Profanity and nudity are barred from media (apart from obviously Bukedde) primarily because although it is used in the real world, there is an attempt to shield kids from it and protect sensibilities.The argument runs along the lines of “its not necessary”.

Dr.Stella Nyanzi has dyed her hair red, and also threatens to go nude again if Prof.Mamdan isnt suspended too.

Dr.Stella Nyanzi has dyed her hair red, and also threatens to go nude again if Prof.Mamdan isnt suspended too.


And now this is painful but I must say it that we should also generally hold public protests to the same standards of decency we hold to others.There is nothing sacred about public protests such that a person finds it necessary to go nude. Some of you may not agree with or like such standards but we shouldnt lower them just because all institutions in the country are dead. All men are made of the same dirt, have like passions. A nude photo of a woman does not cause a man to reflect on what a wonderful personality she has and how great it would be to discuss ‘dictatorship’ with her. It causes men to see women as sex objects pure and simple. Saying ‘fuck you Mamdani’ or rolling in mud while naked(as the Amuru ladies did) does not change this.Boys are much more susceptible to this. It harms their ability to later form more meaningful relationships with women. For these and other reasons I’m all for promoting shame at public nudity. Those who are alarmed at this needn’t worry. I know I am in a shrinking minority. When I was in my early 20s, I would have been in the solid majority. But I am alarmed at the rapid escalating breakdown of social mores and attitudes in our society and I also don’t mind taking the ridicule for my stand.

I would say that Europeans are much more tolerant of nudity than we are in the Uganda, but what Dr.Stella Nyanzi did could have serious repercussions for her if she had done it anywhere in Europe. In ancient Greece it was clearly acceptable to have youths- male or female- march/ dance/ compete naked, but they also moved away from all that.

On the good side, at least now we know that Dr.Stella Nyanzi is indeed a woman. It’s a pity her nudity and profanity(‘kuwemula’) is attracting so much attention when it’s the administrative problems at Makerere University that should really matter.Or, to put it yet another way, if somebody named a composition “Genocide,” that I’d want to see more about what motivated such a scary choice of title, and not that “I’d instantly jump to the conclusion that the composer was a genocidal maniac”. So, I really hope as a way forward that we discuss the reasons that led to this Stella nudity rather than the ‘breast’ show itself. It would also help if Stella finds a way of not distracting us anymore with her ‘dirty’ media interviews, as like the one I watched on NTV-Youtube.

To always agree is fantasy; To argue out a disagreement is human, To agree to disagree is civilized.But that’s just my opinion.

Abbey

“In tribute to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Uganda, two bastions of strength in a world filled with strife, discrimination and terrorism.”

Kangulumira mosque repairs are now done and the mosque is now colorful!

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philistineSubhana allah……..That’s the new exterior design of the Kangulumira city main masjid. All repairs inside and outside, including the windows, have now been completed. May Allah reward the sister on the Uganda Muslim Brothers and Sisters(UMBS) forum who listened to our cries and agreed to support this project financially. She has spent over 28 millions on this project. She prefers to remain anonymous as he only wants the biggest reward from Allah!

Thank you

Abbey Semuwemba
UMBS administrator

please help me to raise shs.32m for the renovation of Kamuli UMEA

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philistineFriends: please help me to raise shs.32m for the renovation of Kamuli UMEA primary school in Bugerere, Kayunga district. I have spoken to the headmistress,Mrs.Lubwama(in one of the the pictures), and their biggest problems at the moment are: 1-the iron sheets that are leaking; 2- the unfinished classroom block; 3- the toilet. We can do more for them depending on how much we get. This is a school that has been in existence for over 50 years,………so, it needs a lot of repairing.

For contributions, please send them to Ms.Rashidah Mukwanga ;MOBILE MONEY:TELL:0757521376, Kampala, Uganda. Thanks.

ISN’T IT DANGEROUS TO HATE MUSEVENI AS A PERSON?

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Hating any president in Uganda is almost as old as the republic itself. The people, or various factions among them, have indulged in Mutesa 11 hatred, Obote hatred, Amin hatred, Lule hatred, Binaisa hatred, Paulo Muwanga hatred, and Tito Okello hatred.But Museveni hatred is a bit different as it is distinguished by a silenced population that’s incapable of engaging him through demonstrations or any other means. Basically, the people in Uganda just feel helpless right now. The few intellectuals are openly endorsing it as a virtue and enthusiastically proclaiming that their hatred is not only a rational response to the president and his administration but a mark of good moral hygiene.
This distinguishing feature of Museveni hatred was brought home to me on 26th March in Leeds when I saw a quiet Ugandan paying 200 pounds of his own money to have well decorated posters for the rally. Attached are some of the copies I managed to photograph before the rally. I asked him why he was spending all this money yet people may not turn up in big numbers, his response was simple, he said ”you should ask all patriots on Facebook to use them as their profile pictures if they really want to silently protest.’

The day before, I had picked up a journalist mate of mine, and our conversation while were seated at the back of the cab, was naturally about Museveni.To get the conversation rolling– and perhaps mischievously — I wondered aloud whether Museveni hatred had not made rational discussion of politics on social media all but impossible. He responded in a loud, seething, in-your-face voice, “What’s irrational about hating Museveni? Did you watch that video of kids stoning his campaign poster? The whole new generation is going to hate him forever”.
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On the day of the rally itself, i brought up the same topic in front of someone I had long respected, an incisive thinker and a political moderate. He cleared his throat, and I welcomed his intervention, confident that he would ease the feelings people have for Museveni as a person, rather than what he has done to our country, by lending his authority in support of the sole claim that I was defending, namely, that Museveni hatred subverted sound thinking.

He cleared his throat for a second time. Then, with all eyes on him, and measuring every word, he proclaimed, ” Abbey, first of all, don’t put my picture among the protesters because I don’t want the dictator to have me arrested at the airport. If he can steal Besigye’s victory in broad day light and then turn his house into a prison, what would stop him from arresting or killing any of us protesting abroad?’, he asked……’I hate him and the problem is that the Musevenis live longer. His mother just died in her 90s.So, he wont die anytime sooner unless a miracle happens’, he added.

At that point, I just gave up my side of the argument and proceeded to render my support for the rally. For the record, all the Ugandans that attended the Leeds rally are British citizens with responsible jobs.They don’t go looking for honey to pollinate in it.These guys do not just yell like some of you often do.They found an item that will influence others into action, then needled them carefully.
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One of the reasons why demonstrations abroad get fewer numbers is because there aren’t ‘mob demonstrations”—this is where most of them are followers that really haven’t a clue as to what’s going on. They’re just following the leaders who incite them with vitrol and mostly inflated claims (if not outright lies) and who will disappear at the first sign of a riot control officer. Ugandans abroad, on the other hand, join demos out of their own conviction, and they aren’t so many Africans like that abroad. Most would rather shun them and then criticise those that have participated in them.

It doesn’t matter if rallies had already been held in London, Toronto, Boston, Washington or elsewhere. As far as I’m concerned, the whole point of demonstrating anywhere outside your country of origin is to alert the rest of the world on what’s happening, and then persuade them to intervene. You want crowds? Order a ticket to Uganda itself.

Just mere writing in social media forums usually backfires. Opinions are not worth much to dictators.With two bucks and my opinion I can still get a cup of coffee. But then opinions are like noses: we all have on and most of them smell.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UK

A FEW HOURS NOW TO THE ‘KATULABE'( KATULEEBE) RULING

I’m not that fastidious when it comes to court details and arguments. So, I wouldn’t base on the arguments made by Mbabazi’s or EC/Museveni lawyers to determine anything. Let’s just say that there’s too much reliance on ‘Case Law’ in Uganda courts for anyone to know that the judges are gonna rule in the same way as was the case in both 2001 and 2006 petitions.

Mbabazi’s petition is meant to add to the records that Mr.Museveni has rigged again for the third time, but it wont change anything.Yes, rigging took place in 1996 and 2011 but nobody went to court over it to put it on records. So, it becomes very hard to prove without court records, you see.

Also,basing on testimonials from different sources, it’s widely believed that the 1980 elections were rigged though our mate, Joseph Ochieno, will disagree on this one. As you may know, unverified testimonials dont constitute evidence.They are called testimonials because they are, at best, testimony. They can be used to introduce evidence, but are not evidence themselves. That’s why going to the court in case of rigging is a very important step for the country. We get to verify things!

However, Whatever happens in three days, we should not hate the Supreme court or its existence.If you follow out the logic that the supreme court should never overrule any law voted on by a majority of representatives or people, then it would be perfectly OK for a majority of Ugandans to vote to have homosexuals taken out and shot. This is where that idea goes when taken to the end. The supreme court was intended to stop legislation that was unconstitutional. If you eliminate the supreme court, then any law passed can be enforced. Even when that law violates the civil rights of minorities or even the majority. Uganda Legislators are famous for their love of facilitation ‘money’ from the executive branch of the govt. So, we could arguably say that parliament is now in the hands of president Museveni. Whatever he wants to pass there, he will get it, and especially if a certain Samuel Kutesa becomes the ‘head’ speaker.

Abbey Semuwemba

I suspect that Ms.Maureen Kyalya Waluube gets nearly all of her political education from mindlessly vegetating in front of the TV!

No offence, but I suspect that Ms.Maureen Kyalya Waluube gets nearly all of her political education from mindlessly vegetating in front of the TV to YouTube. First, she called Besigye a member of the first family during the presidential debates. Now, she’s calling Besigye’s wife Museveni’s too. I would wager that her attacks on FDC are meant to get somebody’s attention!

We risk looking like fools again if Some changes in our electoral laws aren’t made after Mbabazi’s Electoral Petition!

Judgement to be delivered on the 31st of March as required by law

Judgement to be delivered on the 31st of March as required by law

There are many things that make us a bit safer that one takes for granted that are the direct result from law suits and election petitions. But what’s the purpose of having a lawsuit or election petition which doesn’t result into any positive changes. Besigye went to court in 2001 and 2006 and now we have another one in 2016, but we are so likely to find ourselves with similar loopholes in 2021.

Law suits have provided incentive for a lot of safety improvements, and that is good. It becomes a problem for one to argue that you did everything you could to prevent something from happening yet the same problems resurface every time you do something. If you build a six-foot high fence, and someone climbs over, gets in your pool and drowns, then obviously the fence didn’t work. But for us, we do nothing in Uganda even if someone points out that ‘A’ led to the rigging of ‘B’…..’A’ will still be around several years later.

The point is going to court should always result in some positive changes, but in the case of Uganda’s so many election petitions, we have turned out to be a laughing-stock globally several times. I bet a ‘muzungu’ seeing the Mbabazi petition on TV said:’There they go again doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. This is the classic definition of stupidity’.

For instance, there was a guy who won a judgement against a bicycle manufacturer. He was hit by a car while riding at night without a light. The suit was based on the fact that he had no warning that he needed a light at night. Now the bike company has a warning on the bike. I think the article was in bicycle mag years ago.

Garbage trucks used to not beep, until there were too many expensive cases with plaintiffs who were crushed garbage men.You can look it up in Bock Industries.

Even the lawsuit over McDonald’s selling hot coffee makes more sense than Uganda’s election petitions, as some people might not have realized that the coffee was hot enough to cause serious burns and that it didn’t have to be that hot.

Counsel Byamukama has been the star of the show

Counsel Byamukama has been the star of the show


McDonald had had several thousand small claims (and a few fairly large ones,with confidentially agreements as part of the settlement) previously for scalding due to excessively hot coffee.

You see, coffee has to be brewed around 180-190 degrees. The coffee makers at McDonald’s had routinely had their temperature regulators disabled so that the brewing could take place at 205 or thereabouts.This allowed them to extract more coffee from the beans, and use cheaper beans.

There had been scaldings of kids where a cup had inadvertently knocked over. Some serious facial scarring had occurred and McD paid for it.However, they still continued the practice of disabling temperature regulators.

Then, this woman goes through the drive through and gets a cup and places it between her legs. Not all cars have cup holders. This turns it into a foreseeable occurrence.

Next, she spills the cup in her groin while wearing sweat pants. This allowed the scalding liquid to stay in contact with her genitalia for a long period,thus resulting in serious burns(she ended up looking like that lady black recently released from Luzira), not just a scalding, that required reconstructive plastic surgery.

Granted she was not too bright, but there is no IQ test to buy coffee under the circumstances she did. It was foreseeable that there would be a spill of extremely hot coffee in a car.

The jury heard that McDonald’s had this long history of claims, and that they had done nothing to prevent more. Since the state allowed for punitive damages,the jury hit McDonald’s in the pocketbook, right from where the decision making process came.Now, McDonald’s has better coffee, and it is not as hot as it had been.

And here’s the ‘delightful’ bit.The jury decided the amount of the award (which was later reduced) by considering the profit McDonald’s makes on coffee.Something like “their profit from coffee sales for a day”. McDonald’s made a marketing decision to make more money on their coffee; when that decision caused damage to someone, the jury thought that they should lose some of that extra money they were trying to make.To me, it showed good, fair thinking on the jurors’ parts. (There are those who argue otherwise; I don’t dispute them, though I disagree with them.)

They changed the way. All temperature regulators must be connected and, now disconnecting one is ground for firing. Remember, McDonald had paid on thousands of claims before. The issue is not what happened to the woman, but what the potential was for future injury. Since many of the prior victims were kids, the jury ruled for punitive damages. Punitive damages are the little guys ways at making big corporation blink.

Counsel Kiryowa Kiwanuka addresses compilation of National Voters Register, use of national ID Vs voter's card, alleged illegal Museveni nomination, late delivery of polling materials on polling day, tallying and declaration of results.

Counsel Kiryowa Kiwanuka addresses compilation of National Voters Register, use of national ID Vs voter’s card, alleged illegal Museveni nomination, late delivery of polling materials on polling day, tallying and declaration of results.


But in Uganda, Besigye went to court again in 2006 but i bet he wasn’t even paid anything after that case. Hopefully, Mbabazi will make some money out of this one if the judges’ brains go awol again, as expected, and rule in favour of Museveni and the Electoral Commission.

There should be an immediate public discussion and engagement after the final ruling by the judges, and eventually a political decision that a fence more than 6’6″ is safe, less than 5’6″ is dangerous and in the middle we will give it to the jury. Whatever Mr. Bart Katurebe and his team come out with on 31st March, society should be able to say, “this is the kind of dangerous thing for our elections” and “this is what we need to do to prove you are taking adequate measures against rigging”.

These things should be written down, discussed to death in the legislature, radio stations, and social media, and finally written into law so that everyone knows the rules.

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

Stalk my blog at: https://semuwemba.com/

“My journey is long and my preparation is so little, and weakness has gripped me and death is chasing me!”

Somebody should make a film out of the 2016 Election Petition!

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It may seem like a bother but,somebody should seriously consider making a film out of the 2016 petition, Besigye’s House arrest and the breaking into the Mbabazi lawyer’s offices. This is stuff right out of the neighborhood watch manifesto. You’d be surprised at the number of good things that can happen. I know everyone’s first reaction is to think that “oh it’s not going to change anything” BUT, it establishes a pattern and many times that can lead to action. What if somebody had made a film out of the 2006 elections featuring the ‘black mambas’ and Tinyefunza as the General who used not to respect judges. That is a pattern, and it leads to increased awareness on the part of the population.

But more to the point,I promise you that I’m convinced of what I’m saying, and I’m not trying to be part of some new scam. There is a lot to gain by someone being involved in this. For instance, Late Charles Chaplin’s anti-Hitler film somehow contributed to the propaganda that portrayed Hitler as a monster before the war.He criticized not only fascism in ”The Great Dictator”, he also criticized the growing capitalism in “Modern Times”. In reality, the Nazis were a lot worse than they were portrayed in film. Hitler watched it twice and I believe it gave him a certain perspective on things or what was awaiting him.

When I had just moved to the UK, I once borrowed a film from that blockbuster (sp) in Sutton,South London, about General Antonio Noriega of Panama, and it was brilliant. I think the title goes by something like ‘God’s man’ or ‘God’s favourite’. Actually, this one fits exactly with what’s happened in Uganda in this year’s elections. It skips over Noriega’s rise to power, concentrating instead on his last several years as Panama’s despotic ruler.

Such films are great tools in educating the world and the people of Uganda about Uganda, and I think it is a shame that nobody has so far thought about doing this because we are wasting our potential as a group. There are a lot of economic benefits, obviously, attached to this from movie sales and all that. Such a film would probably now do better than a Bebe Cool show anywhere in Uganda.The technical/financial problems shouldn’t be a problem if one has the right data for such a film.

BTW,I wouldn’t mind being an actor in this film as long as I play the role of General Kayihura as IGP………It must be fun ordering the blocking of all social networks and beating the crap out of those ‘rats’ in the opposition! However, my acting experience is so limited as I last did something like that in a play at university(post graduate studies) about female genital mutilation–where we dressed as women from Kenya.

Suggestions for the Movie Title are welcome!

Abbey.K.Semuwemba
UK

Mwenda’s PR on Kasese police murders is disgusting…. Utterly disgusting!

Prejudice can be divided into pre-judgments (easier than thinking) and bigotry (easier to feel good about oneself when one can push down another group). There is tangible anger in Uganda about the Kasese killings and some of the messages from elites justifying this are so disappointing, to say the least. For instance,virtually every statement Andrew Mwenda has made since 18th Feb 2016 is specious nonsense, devoid of facts and paraded endlessly without the benefit of reason and logic. Its just calculated PR meant to excite the media rather than revealing facts, but for some reason, he always ends up with people ‘clapping’ for him.

A professional soldier is trained to kill with a gun,stones, knife and bare hands. He’s also trained to defend himself against a gun, stones, knife and bare hands. Its just unprofessional to shoot someone attempting to attack you with a stone, and its simply called murder.

At the moment, all PR people have found suitable labels for Besigye and all those facing oppression, and this isn’t new to mankind.The FBI labeled Martin Luther King the greatest threat to the U.S. After he was assassinated that title went to the Black Panthers, not because they were openly armed, no, it was because they provided free breakfast and free health care. The FBI and local police departments sabotaged, arrested and assassinated the people who worked to uplift ghettoized people. Museveni himself was labeled a ‘munyarwanda’ by Obote whom he would find and kill in the bush, but he’s now the president. Mandela was called a terrorist but he died a hero. So, no situation is permanent!

Abbey

Objectively speaking, extending the presidential term of office from 5 to 7 years is cool!

Objectively speaking, extending the presidential term of office from 5 to 7 years is cool, and I have been thinking about it for a while,……I know it sounds like a cliché, but there’s not much one could do as a president in just 5 years, but there’s much one could and should do for his country in 30 years plus. That’s why I really cant see Mr.Museveni changing Uganda for better even if he’s given 7-20 more years. He just wants to die as a president…simple. Therefore, I suggest that the Fanatical fundies in Kyankwanzi retreat should push to drop the presidential elections and age limits, so we can have a super dictator who doesn’t pretend anymore.

Oh, well. Museveni is a different dictator: He is kind-hearted, doesn’t kill people, allows protests and freedoms of speech, allows social media to buzz in his ears 24/7, keeps the army in barracks, and reasonably priced – I heard. So, why not? ……..In any case,such proposals will also help people to psychologically start accepting him as their president(at least for 7 more years), forget about the rigging, Besigye’s house arrest and Mbabazi’s petition. Minds are like umbrellas, they function best while open, you know!

Abbey

PLEASE STOP UNDRESSING THIEVES OR JILTS IN PUBLIC!

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Friends,

Hear me out now. Please don’t undress a woman or man in public just because they’ve stolen something from you or someone else (as I’ve seen in some videos from Uganda). This could be someone’s mother, sister, daughter or wife, and that someone may be a good person who doesn’t deserve to share the embarrassment.

Mob justice is a characteristic of a failed state but the people doing it just make things worse. A nation which prides itself on laws, rationale and evidence has no room for acts such as: undressing women in public, torching thieves on streets, killing protesters in broad day light,e.t.c, and, individually, we all have a responsibility of stopping all these things from happening. The sooner we realise the levels of evils within our own communities the better. Just because you might be young, cool and clever doesn’t mean you don’t have a huge responsibility to guide your family and local elders.

Undressing and killing of petty thieves is something that has been going for a while, and I think a lot of sensitization needs to be done, as I see a lot of people just cheering and looking on while such evilness is taking place.

I am not a thief, though I am guilty of a few peccadilloes when I was so young, but not enough to send me to the Islamic/Catholic version of hell, if we ignore a few philosophical differences, and especially if I repent for my sins before death. However, if you look real close you may find that defining one’s self as a thief and defining others as a thief is merely a matter of degrees in interpretation. Almost everybody commits crimes to some degree, opportunistic or deliberate. Let’s forget the election thieves for now, but how many people do you know that haven’t padded a tax return to their advantage? That is a crime. How many people speed when they think that no one is looking? That is a crime. How many people commit adultery? How many people use facilities provided by their employer, phone, computer, stationery, etc. These are crimes. I see no difference in a woman stealing food and a businessman lying about a product and charging excess prices. The woman is undressed and possibly goes to jail but the businessman remains free. So basically, people are criminals, it is just a matter of risk and degree. Take away the risk and the degree will immediately increase.

What we must understand is that people do things during bad times that they would never do, or even consider, during good times. The bad guy will take at any and all times, and never feel a hint of remorse. I bet the majority of the people who steal petty things on streets and markets feel extremely guilty about it. And no, I am not saying they do the right thing. Too many are put in circumstances through no fault of their own, that cause them to do things they wouldn’t normally do. I still condemn the thief, but I understand the “why”.

Personally, I believe most people are good at heart at the very least, and they should be given a chance to rehabilitate themselves. If you take away fear of lawful retribution, the fear of personal retribution, then what remains is just conscience. I think that far more people would commit crimes if conscience was their only deterrent. Sometimes at our lowest moments when we feel most helpless, we need a hand to help in guiding us to the truth, and that hand could be you. Today’s thief may turn out to be a respectable member of the society tomorrow by the grace of God. If you can treat wrong doers with dignity, please do; it doesn’t matter if others approve it or not and it doesn’t matter if you are praised or not.

Byebyo ebyange

ABBEY SEMUWEMBA
UK

Three ways Museveni could resolve the impasse between him and the opposition

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We all need and pray for peace in our country but i think its the govt letting us down on this. It’s a fact that the elections were rigged and Its also true a lot of people are angry with Dr.Kiggundu and his EC.Jailing people and keeping the army on Kampala streets wont bring any sustainable results, as its a short term fix for a bigger problem. President Museveni needs to find a way of resolving the impasse between him and the opposition to achieve long term peaceful objectives(for everybody’s sake). There’re several ways he could do this:
1- Reach a power sharing agreement with FDC and Go-forward;
2- Form a transitional govt and organize presidential elections again after 2-3 years, under an independent EC; or
3- Resign over probably healthy grounds and hand over power to his Vice president.Then new elections are organized after a year.

FDC CAMPAIGN AGAINST ‘TUBONGE’ MUSICIANS IS OK BUT NOT THE ‘NO-WORK’ THINGY

While I have big reservations about the FDC defiance campaign of ‘No work on Thursdays’, because I doubt if many people would endorse that, I support their campaign against ‘Tubonge’ musicians. There’s no doubt that the role models today are the blustery big mouth know it alls on TV, and they’ve got a role to play in shaping the society. You’ve got to stand for something Or you will fall for anything. It’s never right for a hero to let himself be used to make a bad leader look respectable.

For example, Richard Strauss ended up being isolated after the fall of Hitler because of his association to neo Nazis.The issue, however, is not whether Strauss literally had blood on his hands (the evidence says he did not). The issue is what Strauss thought of the Nazis. He didn’t care if the world went to hell, as long as he was treated OK, and as long as he could do his work. All of this is extensively documented and you can find the information in your libraries.

Joseph Mengelberg is also said to have been very pro-Nazi and as a result lost his post at the Consertgebow in Amsterdam. He never made his German sympathies a secret, but they were mostly cultural rather than political. Whatever he thought of the Nazis he didn’t use politics to further his career. He also did not mix politics with music and kept the Concertgebow playing music banned in Germany throughout the war – Mahler included.He lost the Concertgebow directorship after the war because the Dutch branded him a collaborator.

Then, there were others such as Furtwangler who apparently tried to keep one foot in each camp, or to try to rise above “politics”. He often tried to intervene when musicians were persecuted (because they were Jews, or because their music was considered ‘decadent’). I don’t know who’s playing this role in Uganda but its sometimes dangerous.

The list of famous European musicians, other than Jewish musicians, who actively opposed German and Italian Fascism seems to be very short, as membership to Nazism was made compulsory to all musicians at the time.

Yes you have a right to do anything you want within reason,but it’s words like ‘reason’ and ‘decent’ and ‘right’ that is always going to be in the eyes of the beholder or listener in this case. MY WHOLE POINT, however, is that tastes differ – but not to the degree of accepting manure. Unfortunately while we do not all share taste in politics, we all somehow get screwed up by bad leadership one way or the other.

The worst way to pick a president is having him appointed by the army or Supreme Court, which is how we got Museveni in 2001, 2006 and so likely in 2016. In all those cases, the election was decided by a bunch of unelected old people, appointed by Museveni himself, hardly a factor in their decision to appoint Museveni (sarcasm). In 1996 and 2011, the election was again decided by a Commission whose chairman was/is appointed by Museveni himself.

This nation couldn’t sink any lower if it really tried, because whether you want to face facts or not, this is what Uganda has become, and you can thank Mr.Museveni, who is responsible for everything in the first place. I’m quite sure my not voting didnt cause a problem with tampering with the election, just as your voting didnt change the expected results of the elections.

Oh, well. That is life. This is just my decent opinion.

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

Stalk my blog at: https://semuwemba.com/

WHY WORRY ABOUT THE BOYCOTT IF YOU’VE THE MAJORITY SUPPORT?

nnBebe Cool and Jose Chameleon have undoubtedly had an enormous influence on music and art in Uganda for which they sacrificed most of their lives, but they chose a path in the elections that ,I’m afraid, will lead them to hell. Associating oneself with Museveni is now widely regarded with moral opprobrium but I find it difficult to believe that anyone who is a true Artist would decide to ignore the duo, because to me that is fundamentally a philistine position.

So, it’s really a mammoth intellectual task to ask people to stop listening to their music in cars or anywhere else, but its justfiable for people to boycott their concerts if they want to. The NRM philosophy or to be precise the Museveni philosophy, is different from the music the duo have been singing for years, but their participation in the TUBONGE-NAWE song somehow changes the objectivity of their music completely in the sense that both endorsed and continue to endorse the promotion of what many perceive as ‘bad leadership’ by Mr.Museveni.

The boycott has nothing to do with their songs before the elections or their right to chose a candidate of their choice, but it has everything to do with the duo promoting a leadership perceived by those in opposition to be harmful to the majority of Ugandans.Well, if you’re willing to view Mr.Museveni as a bad leader, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take it upon yourself,if you think its right, to boycott any individual or company that promoted or sponsored him during the campaigns. I think the issues raised by FDC should not be trivialized or dismissed as ‘cheap politics’ as some have done, because If implemented, it marks the transition from presidential power to people power.

Yes, its possible that someone may compensate Bebe Cool for the income lost.Let’s hope that Mr.Museveni doesn’t do to him what Bismark did to Wagner. His(Wagner’s) politics were always politics of convenience. He began to soft-pedal his francophobia when he thought he might have to settle permanently in Paris! He supported Bismarckian militarism, thinking that he might get hefty grants from the Bismarck administration, which didn’t happen, so went off Bismarck.

Basically, the oath of office is probably the only aspect of today that has anything to do with the Constitution, and since that oath is supposed to be a sincere pledge uttered by a legitimately elected President, we can safely say this boycott has a Constitutional connection as a lot of people believe that the elections were rigged.By singing they(Tubonge-nawe guys) were endorsing an administration that is crapping on all that. Obviously, to someone who cares little about the issues and the actual freedoms we wish to enjoy in Uganda, this seems strange and truculent, but that’s how it’s now. You either support FDC position or certain aspects of it or not….no two ways about it. In any case, why worry about the boycott if you have got the majority behind you in the country? Byebyo ebyange ba muna!

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

Stalk my blog at: https://semuwemba.com/

Men have always been the biggest problem for Women!

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-In America and Britain women are forced into prostitution or raped on camera in the name of Pornography (Considered a form of ‘entertainment’). Many suffer from depression and commit suicide.
-In India, females are aborted or raped as women if they make it.
-In Pakistan, they are subdued as house-slaves of men or killed as part of ‘honour killings’.
-In Arabia, women are stoned to death or forced to cover against their will. They’re not allowed to drive.
-In Iran, it is a similar situation as Arabia.
-In Uganda and other parts of Africa, females suffer from female genital mutilation and are often raped or married off as children.
-In Syria, innocent women are killed by western governments in the name of ‘War on terror’ just as they were in Iraq.
The problem is not religion or atheism. The problem is not even cultural, although the type of method to abuse women is cultural. The problem is men. It always has been.

If you’re interested in looking at this issue past the traditional man-bashing, I’d like to recommend an excellent book, “Gyn/Ecology: The Meta-Ethics of Radical Feminism” by Mary Daly. Ms. Daly explores oppression against women throughout history (genital mutilation, European witchburnings, Chinese footbinding, Indian suttee, and modern American psychiatry and gynecological surgery) and how women have been complicit in perpetuating oppression on each other. This also explains why women have a deep distrust of each other, passed down thru the centuries in every culture. Mary Daly was a theology professor at Yale…and this book was written in the late 70s…so it’s very well researched and annotated with a healthy splash of 70s weirdness.

TIPS ON CHILD CARE FOR DIASPORAS!

An unsettling majority of Black children born into middle-class families will drop down into a poorer income bracket as adults

An unsettling majority of Black children born into middle-class families will drop down into a poorer income bracket as adults


Friends,
Last year (2015), the Uganda Community in Leeds received visitors from the Uganda Community in Manchester (UCOMM), among them was a very humble beautiful lady called Mrs.Jemba who gave us good tips on ‘Girl Child’ upbringing. She’s actually taking a leading role in grooming kids for the UCOMM…..something we are yet to achieve in Leeds as we are short of female volunteers for this role. Nonetheless, I would like to add my own thoughts to what she(Mrs.Jemba) taught us, but not as a replacement for the other suggestions, but rather as an adjunct.

Here is a summary (in no particular order):

1. One of the biggest challenges today is fathers not stepping up to the role of fatherhood. Parents (especially fathers) need to get involved in their children’s lives. If we don’t know their best friends names, favourite sporting clubs, teacher’s names, etc., then we aren’t paying enough attention to our children

2. Know your children’s circle of friends. Know their names, their parent’s names, their hang out locations, etc. Know who is influencing your children and how they are doing so. Take a proactive approach from a young age by controlling their circle of influences.

Mrs.Jemba at her office in Manchester.

Mrs.Jemba at her office in Manchester.

3. Kids doing things we think are annoying to us at a young age is them trying to connect with us. If we ignore them or shut them down, then we are shutting down the important connections between parent and child. As painful as it may seem to listen to incoherent stories from our children with no foreseeable conclusions, we must listen attentively because they are relaying not just the events in their life but there thinking relating to it.

4. If we don’t fulfil our role as fathers, then we are inviting others to step in and fill this void. This can be an older sibling, peers or worse. But we shouldn’t be surprised our kids don’t respect us if we haven’t given them what they need from us as parents.

5. It is not fair of us to force our wives to do our job as fathers. They have enough challenges of their own as wives, mothers, sisters and daughters. But if it happens out of our own negligence, then don’t be surprised when she starts behaving towards you as a husband, and not a wife. Don’t complain she then oversteps her mark as a wife, you have forced this on her as a matter of survival.

6. We need to engage our children in an age appropriate manner. Be careful what you expose your children to as they may not necessarily have the ability to make sense of such exposure.

7. If we do choose to expose our children to geo-political questions, then don’t base it on hate or frustrations alone. Offer them a positive means of channelling these frustrations so it does not result in destructive and counter-productive behaviour.

8. Don’t crush the hopes of our children. Despite the ugliness of the world at the moment, connect our kids to something positive and hopeful. Don’t crush their dreams or aspirations and paint the world as one of never ending gloom. Without hope, despair will overcome us, and this will impact every aspect of our lives.

9. The internet has exposed our children to much more than the parents were ever exposed to as children. Parents need to appreciate the world has changed, and approaches to parenting need to change too. The nature and scale of the challenges facing our children today are far more profound than anything before it. We must understand the world our children live in today.

10. Smart phones … get rid of them for your children if you can. Whilst you can’t isolate your kid from the world (their peers will still have phones or there will be other avenues of exposure), it would be better to teach our kids resilience and confidence instead. Standard parent justifications for giving our kids web based devices are not difficult to challenge. Teaching our kids independence by finding their own way home, for example, is better for our children than the parent taking comfort in knowing they can track their kids movements via a smartphone.

11. Exposure to the internet. Understand the nature of the beast. Be proactive in your response. Devices in common rooms only, internet filters where possible, for example, but ultimately, teach your kids resilience and effective decision making tools. You cannot shun them from the world, best to prepare them to engage it confidently.

12. Teach your kids confidence and a desire to positively impact the world. It shouldn’t just be about self-preservation. Build resilience in your children PLUS a desire to positively influence their surroundings.

13. Question the measure of success we apply to our children. Is it academic, financial, social, etc.? What of Islam and their Islamic activism. Easy to offer lip service to Islam, but how would we react if our intelligent children chose a ‘lesser’ career path because they wished to use their time for community work?

14. Reward generously and punish fairly. Don’t overdo it on either front. Kids need structure and discipline, but they also need mercy and reward. Kids should be comfortable with their parents in both scenarios. For example, if our kids do something wrong, they should be concerned about the parent’s response. At the same time, if our children so something well, they should be equally eager to share this experience with their parents too.

15. Set a culture of collective rewards to encourage sibling support, not rivalry. If a child does something well, give that child the individual recognition they deserve, but find a way every child can share in that reward. That way our children encourage each other to do good knowing full well they will all get rewarded for such behaviour.

16. Community needs to get its priorities right. We are facing unprecedented challenges and the support services required to combat these scourges either do not exist or are wholly inadequate. We need to direct money, effort and expertise to desperately needed services such as drug rehabilitation clinics, woman’s refuges, youth centres, nursing homes etc. We can’t wait for others to fix our problems, we need to take personal responsibility. It is costing lives and destroying homes.

Raising kids abroad is a different ball game for most Africans as it involves a lot of challenges, but we’ve got to do it at the best of our abilities. May Allah (swt) bless and protect all our children, and strengthen all those working tirelessly to preserve them.

Abbey.K.SEMUWEMBA
UK

JOKE: WHO ELSE WAS DOZING AT THE NRM/NRA CELEBRATIONS IN KABALORE?

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Gladys Dunn recently moved from the UK to Uganda in Kabarole in the greater Tooro sub region

One beautiful Tuesday morning on 26th January she walked to the a celebration not far from her apartment. She was in awe of the lovely structure, as well as music from the police band.

She wasn’t too impressed, however, with the president’s speech. She thought it was rather uninspiring, and as she looked around the hall, she noticed many of the invited guests nodding off.

When the president finished he encouraged the congregation to greet those sitting next to them.

Gladys turned toward the man on her left, who had fallen asleep and was stretching trying to wake up. He smiled at her, and Gladys returned the smile.

She politely offered her hand and said, “I’m Gladys Dunn.”

“You and me both!” the man replied.

YOUR CHOICE TO REPLACE ALLAN KASUJJA AS A MODERATOR?

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Charles

The moderators are human with biases, beliefs,feelings, and opinions but I suppose we all agree that Mr.Allan Kasujja did poorly in our first presidential debate. I think in some cases he acted improperly, but I am not angered over this. I chalk it up to experience.

Now,this one is not a game, this is a survey.The simple question is:

”Who do you think is the best moderator to replace Allan Kasujja in the next debate?”

And if you can give a reason for your choice, that would be also appreciated. Please suggest someone else as a moderator who would be fair, impartial, and add more balance to the moderation process.

My own personal choice is Mr.Charles Mwanguhya.The excitement, humor, intellect, and color he brings to the ‘FOURTH ESTATE’ is certainly appreciated.


*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

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WHY MANY LAW ABIDING UGANDANS ARE LESS ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE ELECTIONS!

Friends,
It’s sad what’s being reported about the head of Mbabazi’s security, Aine Christopher. Since his case is now a serious legal matter, I won’t comment on that conjecture that much. But I’m still surprised that the Museveni govt are still underestimating the power of the social media. It took the police almost 24 hours to respond to Charles Rwomushana’s photo of a dead Aine. If anything happens to anybody even in the remotest of areas, the whole world would get to know about it in just seconds. All one needs is a camera phone, internet, and bang. And I think arresting Rwomushana and the Redpepper journalists has given this issue more international negative publicity than the govt needed during elections.

By the way,where in the Constitution does it give the police the authority to suspend the writ of habeas corpus(HP), because I understand a HP was produced by JPAM’s lawyers as soon as Aine was arrested?

Generally speaking,It’s clear as a bright summer day that Uganda wont be the same regardless of who wins this year’s elections. I subscribe to the fact that government exists for me; if I don’t like it, I have my elected representatives and my vote.But a lot of Ugandans I have spoken to believe that the winner of the elections has already been predetermined because he controls the whole electioneering process. And that’s not a good feeling to be harboured by the majority of Ugandans( going by Besigye’s crowds especially the latest in Mbale).

The Constitution is supposed to be the Supreme Law of the Land. If simple legislation runs afoul of the Constitution, it is negated. I have been reading in the newspapers reports of the incumbent and some of his supporters breaking election laws but the sheeple Electoral Commission and police just look on.

Uganda, like any other country, is not an entity. It is a collection of individuals, who have rights. When their collective rights are abridged, as a collection of many, by the “rights” of one, then that is a perversion and it has serious consequences. For instance, most believe they can get away with crime/s if they’re Museveni supporters. Most in the opposition believe: if you’re accused of a crime,you must be guilty…the trial, no matter the outcome, cannot affect that.It appears that majority of Ugandans have run out of arguments supporting the police and president Museveni. No wonder he’s chickening out of the presidential debate: too many questions being asked and he can only give few answers!

Therefore,I don’t think it’s going too far to say that these kinds of things are the first straws in the wind of a coming revolution in the Uganda politics.Not sure ‘revolution’ is the right word because we have had it before in 1986, but when people start fearing to report anything to the police, then it all spills trouble for everybody.

Just sayin’ for those who can read with eyes. Byebyo ebyange!

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

Stalk my blog at: https://semuwemba.com/

WAY FORWARD:NRM SHOULD APOLOGISE TO MBABAZI FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE!

President Museveni has apparently paid money as compensation to victims of the Ntungamo clashes where NRM supporters were brutally beaten up by Amama Mbabazi’s alleged Kiboko squad. Each of the 12 victims that were airlifted by a police chopper to Mbarara regional referral hospital were given Shs 1.5m as compensation upon return to Ntungamo, while the others that suffered minor injuries were given Shs 500,000 each.

President Museveni has apparently paid money as compensation to victims of the Ntungamo clashes where NRM supporters were brutally beaten up by Amama Mbabazi’s alleged Kiboko squad.
Each of the 12 victims that were airlifted by a police chopper to Mbarara regional referral hospital were given Shs 1.5m as compensation upon return to Ntungamo, while the others that suffered minor injuries were given Shs 500,000 each.


Friends,

According to Watchdog, ‘election violence took out its ugly head in Ntungamo as supporters of NRM attempted to disrupt Amama Mbabazi’s rally.’ This is something that should be condemned by both the opposition and NRM, and every sane Ugandan out there. The EC, the NRM, and security organs should ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

Mr.Museveni Yoweri’s supporters should know that nobody has monopoly over violence, and if they do what they did again, things will probably not be pretty again for them.The trouble with throwing rocks is that you give your enemy the same rocks to throw back at you.

Mr.Museveni should also do the honorable thing and apologize to the GO-FORWARD team. There was no need to make the ‘leopard-anus’ statements he made, or later on, arresting Mbabazi’s people randomly. That was wrong,Mr, president, and I hope you do some kind of self reflection and put everything right soon.

If its difficult for the president to apologise, let us get someone like Ms.Justine Lumumba to do the honors on behalf of the NRM. We shouldn’t let this situation get out of control, please!

A very wise man by the name of C.S. Lewis once said “What is the fault that we quickly recognise in another, but hardly ever in ourselves?” “Pride”

Let us all be honest and admit to being guilty. If one can’t be humble, let’s at least be honest with ourselves, and keep our peace. Byebyo banange, and happy new year!

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

Stalk my blog at: https://semuwemba.com/

“These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about death and the hereafter… I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I’m here after.”

Story: Kalyasausage tricks the Leopard twice!

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A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet, Kalyasausage, along for company. One day, Kalyasausage starts chasing butterflies and before long Kalyasausage discovers that he is lost.

While wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the obvious intention of having lunch. Kalyasausage thinks,”OK, ..I’m in deep trouble now!”

Then he noticed some bones on the ground close by, and immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat.

Just as the leopard is about to leap, Kalyasausage exclaims loudly, “Boy, that was one delicious leopard. I wonder if there are any more around here?”

Hearing this, the leopard halts his attack in mid-stride, as a look of terror comes over him, and slinks away into the trees. “Whew,” says the leopard. “That was close. Kalyasausage nearly had me.”

Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So, off he goes.

But Kalyasausage saw him heading after the leopard with great speed, and figured that something must be up.

The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard. The leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, “Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine.

Now Kalyasausage sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back, and thinks, “What am I going to do now?” But instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn’t seen them yet.

And just when they get close enough to hear, Kalyasausage says, “Where the hell is that monkey? I sent him off half an hour ago to bring me another leopard with a bigger bum.”

IF YOU CAN’T DAZZLE THEM WITH BRILLIANCE, THEN BAFFLE THEM WITH B.S.!!

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

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Congratulations to Sheikh Siliman Kasule Ndirangwa!

Sheikh Kasule being sworn in by Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa

Sheikh Kasule being sworn in by Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa


Salam everyone!

First, I want to offer sincere, heartfelt congratulations to Sheikh Siliman Kasule Ndirangwa for becoming the new Supreme Mufti.Mashallah. May Allah bless you!

For the brothers and sisters talking about Muslim disunity because of this appointment, you’re looking at one thing & comparing it to another thing. There are many different ways to look at the different facets of disunity. You’re applying Method A to look at Method B. Or, another way to put it would be that you’re looking at one side of the elephant while others are describing another. Don’t judge side A against side B by seeing negativity only. You must see the Positive side too !!

You’re trying to make it about blame, and you’re, therefore, blaming the Kibuli side for getting a new Mufti. We should try not to make it about blame, and instead all work towards bringing the two sides together. Basically, we should be friends to both sides as we pray to Allah. We don’t need to find someone or something to blame for our differences that we have the capacity for both good & evil within us from beginning to end.To me, that’s life. And, life is good. God created it.He set it in motion. There’s a reason why Muslims are what they are, and He alone can help us out of this situation.

We can never be separated from God anymore than we can live without breathing.If I remember correctly, it was also Einstein that said something to the effect, how can man look at the universe and not believe in God. Am I correct on that? I think so.

We should not judge anybody in these situations. We, human beings, all have within us the capacity for good & the capacity for bad. That is the duality of our nature – godliness and sinfulness & it is our natural state, the one we are all born into. I’m getting a bit philosophical here, and I apologise to those left behind, but I think its high time for us to stop solving the problem of disunity among Muslims in Uganda by only pointing to out the bad side only.

I would like to see at least one day, just one day where we all refrain from saying hurtful and nasty things to one another because of the differences between Old Kampala and Kibuli. There is so much sorrow in the Muslim community in Uganda and we need not add to it by our remarks to each other.

Again, congratulations to the Sheikh Kasule Ndirangwa, and good luck with the new challenges you will face! I have picked some bit of interest in knowing the background of the name ‘Ndirangwa’,though. It sounds a bit unique and ‘magufulish'(hardworking and honest)! Again out of curiosity, what’s the difference between ‘siliman’ and ‘Sulaiman’?

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UK

Till we meet again, Rest in Peace,Grandpa!

Hajji Hassan Kibirige was a resident of both Kawempe and Kangulumira(Bugerere)

Hajji Hassan Kibirige was a resident of both Kawempe and Kangulumira(Bugerere)


BY ABBEY KIBIRIGE SEMUWEMBA
UNITED KINGDOM

Friends,
Writing about my grandfather would be like writing about all my life in this world because he has been part of it since I was i was a baby. That’s why I started writing about him even before his death on 22nd November, 2015.

I started living with him after the death of my father when I was just 7 months old. At first, I thought that him and my grand mum(Hajjati Mayimuna Kibirige) were my biological parents as I used to spend some nights in their bed. As I started growing up a little bit, they understandably started making a bed for me on the floor in their bedroom such that I don’t sleep in their bed.He helped keep a roof over my head when I was a child/ an orphan.

Historical passport photo of Hajji Kibirige(R.I.P) when he went for pilgrimage to Mecca in 1950.

Historical passport photo of Hajji Kibirige(R.I.P) when he went for pilgrimage to Mecca in 1950.

Of all the forces exerted in our short lifetimes, love is the most powerful of all. This man loved almost everybody in his family(in and outside Uganda), and cared for all those he met in his life. Though I was nicknamed ‘SUKALI WA HAJJI'(Hajji’s sugar) by our grand mum, I believe Hajji loved all of us equally. I only had a special connection with him because i saw him as my model in everything.

We grand kids relished every single minute.He’d tell us stories about himself, some of our aunties and uncles. He knew each and every weakness and strengths of his sons and daughters.For instance, there’s one auntie(name withheld) who he jokingly said would have made a good lawyer because she sometimes tells lies.And he never had to tell us anything twice.He was a man you could always take at his word,and he never had to speak loud to be heard.

His speeches and stories after the morning prayers(Subuhi) were so educative. Everybody had to be awake by 05:30 a.m whether you liked it or not.His practical advice was always grounded in experience. He always stated his case without embellishment or obfuscation. Everything he argued was the product of reasoning, much of it moral. His instructions, too, were moral.

I learned a very valuable lesson from him when I ,one time, asked him if he had any enemies he’s aware of in his life. His answer was always simple:’I’m a human being; as defined by God.You cannot be liked by everybody however much you try’, and then he went on to narrate a story about a man(whose name he never revealed ) who maliciously accused him of something nasty that kept him in prison overnight, only for the police to find out the following morning that he was so innocent.

He then concluded this bit of our conversation by saying:’there are many ways to live life on this earth, just as there are many people in this world, but you must always have trust in Allah to protect you against your enemies…………..’.

His story of how him and a group of friends founded Kamuli UMEA primary school is a valuable lesson to us, young Muslims, about community development and involvement.Basically, they didnt wait for government help or donor funds to start up something. All they needed was commitment and determination(C &M) to get things started. One of his friends, Ali Musisi(R.I.P) provided the land; Hajji Asuman Machie Adam agreed to give them cement and iron sheets on credit,and then bang—-a primary school was built……a school that educated almost all his children and grand children.

The same formula(C &M) was used to start up the technical school,Seguya Memorial, some years later in the same place, and Kangulumira Coffee Growers(KCG). He worked as the managing Director for 35 years at KCG. Among other directors included: Mr.Nakumanyanga, Dr.Chris Kiwanuka, Mr.Katweere, Mr.Semakula, and several others. These were outstanding men as I met all of them, and Muslims and Non-Muslims got along fine in Kangulumira. Nobody was suspicious of the other as it is today in most parts of the world.We used to have our lunches at the KCG factory from school(Kamuli), and I used to sometimes eat with the directors.

He was a Muslim and never shied away from it privately or publicly. He went for Hajji to Mecca in 1950 when he was just 32 years old. Most of the people that shaped his life were mainly fellow Muslims, and that included: All-Hajji Musa Kasule(Wandegeya); Sheikh Kasim Ssemwanje(who was his best man at his first wedding in 1943), Prince Badru Kakungulu(who donated land to him in Kawempe after winning quranic competitions), Sheikh Islam Kulumba(arguably his best friend), Hajji Ramandhan Gava(worked together on issues of education); Eriasafi Kiguba( his brother-in-law who influenced him to educate his children in formal education), and Hajji Sherali Bandaali Jaffer( fellow co- guardian of the Kasule Wandegeya family).

One other thing: he used to sit at the front in every car because he liked directing drivers on how to drive safely to avoid accidents. He also believed that was the probable way of avoiding catching colds and flu. I remember he onetime got off from taxi at Bwaise on our way to the city, because the woman who had sat in the middle at the front had a strong cold. He told me:’Omukyala gwembade ntude naye abade nekasenyiga munange. kasita driver tumusasude. Naye senyiga bwakukwata osasula nezisingawo awo.‘ meaning ‘the woman I have been seated with had a cold.So, I had to get off but we have paid the driver. If you catch the cold, you pay more money to treat it yet you would have prevented it in the first place’

To those who know and love him like we still do,his memory will warm our hearts till we go to join him in the next life too.He was a man who gave constantly to his children and grandchildren: his sweat, his knowledge(taught us Islam), his patience, his time, his morals and his considerable expertise. A man who loved us and whom we loved back, through joy and difficulty and time and pain.

As for me, I have lost three people in one: my grandfather, my ‘father’, and my best friend. His last phone call to me was about 6 months ago. He called me in the morning here in the UK to say hello and ask about my kids. I never got a chance to bury him but he will always be in my prayers,God willing!

May Allah forgive him for whatever that went wrong,bless him with light and grant him paradise. To Allah we come and to Him we shall return!

Gold allegation scandal by Daudi Ochienge was “kiwanyi”

Bob Astles

Bob Astles


Friends,
I’m reading Bob Astles’ book and it looks like Daudi Ochieng got it wrong on both Obote and Amin when in 1965 and later on February 4th 1966, he accused them of helping themselves to gold and ivory from Congo.

This is Bob Astles account of the ‘gold allegation’ scandal. In his book, he says that the money Amin banked belonged to the Congolese rebels whom he was officially working for, and it was meant to buy them radios.It was probably just in the same spirit money has seemingly exchanged hands every time Museveni has helped out in Rwanda(1994), Sudan, Somalia and DRC!
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He further explains that Daudi Ochieng just wanted to use Amin as a proxy to bring down Obote to further his leadership ambitions. He contends that Ochieng onetime confided in him that he was gonna become PM one day whether Obote liked it or not, but unfortunately he never put KANKYA(cancer) in the equation!

May be, and this a strong MAY BE,…….One needs to be closer to a situation, like being in govt, to know exactly what’s happening. There’s a possibility that a lot of decisions leaders make, or things happen, and the public never gets the true picture simply because somethings aren’t meant for public consumption!

It looks like one needs to get all the facts right before one starts throwing accusations around. The thing is I don’t find it well read or literate to make a glaring misinterpretation of facts. That’s why I will never be part of those that accuse JPAM of being corrupt when Museveni himself cleared him publicly! Interestingly, those (NRMs) that continue to bring up all his past aren’t angels themselves. It’s bad form to expect more from other people than you are willing to do yourself.

BTW, I’m looking for testimonials from actually people who knew something about Bob Astles who surprisingly had a low opinion of Idi Amin. He thought Amin was mentally Ill and vengeful! He also clearly admired Obote as a leader and person, and he hated the Baganda for frustrating the later.

One thing is for sure, there is some heavy handed stuff in his book that runs counter to what the traditional books have told us.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

KADONGO-KAMUS ARE PROPER UAHs COMPARED TO CONTEMPORARY MUSICIANS!

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Everybody,

This is Fred Ssebaale, the singer of ‘Akalulu ka Retired Colonel’, and one of the stars in Kadongo-Kamu! First of all, I sure as hell don’t consider Fred Ssebale, a modern musician as much as I agree with many things he sings about! He sounds more like Uganda musicians of the 1950-60s, such as Mbaki-Katana, Kyagambiddwa, Ahmed Oduka, e.t.c, who sang from their heart(with brain-touching words) rather than for money. Oduka was also director of the Uganda Police Band in the 1950s and was trained at London’s Royal Millitary school of Music.

Then In the 1960s, we had musicians such as Fred Sonko, Billy Mbowa, Eli Wamala, Fred Masagazi, The early 1980s era mainly produced Phil Bongole Lutaya who made us tremendously proud.

1990s produced mainly Godfrey Oryema with songs such as: EXILE, Beat the Border, Night to Night, e.t.c

I’m not Simon Cowel or an expert on music but I think the Kadongo-Kamu guys have done this country a real service compared to contemporary Uganda musicians. Guys like Bernard Kabanda, Paul Kafeero, e.t.c sang songs with proper meaning compared to Bbebe Cool and Chameleon who just make us a bit mad on the floor as if we’re on drugs. I didn’t realize one could make money with that sort of thing.They(Kadongo-kamus) are very very accomplished musicians and that it takes a very talented person to do what they do.

Having said that, I would pay anything to hug Iryn Namubiru despite her huge involvement in the ‘Tubonge’ song nonsense.She was huge back in their hay day but somebody in the NRM confused her, and she’s soon gonna be forgotten.

Songs can be a powerful political force if musicians could only find full agreement. His song managed to get Besigye to shake it like me on a good day. You see, I’m a good dancer if the song hits me in the right spot, and I liked Besigye’s moves in Mukono with a combination of a static neck and back dancing Nankasa. He made modern (c)rap dancers look pretty ordinary:https://youtu.be/QAdU-_H51M8

It does take a while to get rid of misconceptions that lead to failures. But most of all, it takes lots of determination.I’m sure as hell that every Ugandan, including Mbabazi and Museveni, knows that Besigye has got massive support all over the country, and Ugandans expect bigger things from him. Unfortunately, Museveni is determined to deny him and the majority of Ugandans of what they want.

Just my opinion!

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

Stalk my blog at: https://semuwemba.com/

HILARIOUS VIRUS WARNING TO ALL UGANDANS

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If you receive an e-mail entitled “71- year- old- Magufuli” delete it IMMEDIATELY.Do not open it. Apparently this one is pretty nasty. It will not only erase everything on your hard drive, but it will also delete anything on disks within 20 feet of your computer.

1.It demagnetizes the strips on ALL of your credit cards.

2.It deprograms your ATM access code, screws up the tracking on your VCR and uses subspace field harmonics to scratch any CD’s you attempt to play.

3.It will program your phone auto dial to call only 900 numbers.

4.This virus will stay in your computer for 30 more years before it’s taken out.

5.It will cause roads to flood when it rains.

6.It will cause Besigye to be arrested 49 times a year.

7.It may cause Mbabazi to be arrested as soon as the Pope leaves the country.

FOR GOD’S SAKE, ARE YOU LISTENING??

8.It will stop Mao from registering for MP when he least expects it.

9.It will replace Hon.Nantaba with a land grabber in Kayunga.

If the “71- year- old- Magufuli” message is opened in a Windows 95/98 environment, it will leave all state corporations in a mess and blame other viruses for the it.

If opened in a Macintosh environment it will give you immeasurable pleasure the level of which you could only dream — plus two dozen Tamare Mirundis! (Mac OS 10.2.6 only).

It will not only remove the forbidden ‘independence’ tags from Badru Kiggundu’s mattresses and pillows.

It will also start a war with another neighboring country soon.

******* WARN AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN. *******

And if you don’t send this to 5000 people in 20 seconds, you’ll fart so hard that your right leg will spasm and shoot straight out in front of you, sending sparks that will ignite the person nearest you.

Send to everyone. ….if you are a NRM, this is a joke.

Has the Pope said anything about Museveni’s authoritarian rule?

Besigye and Museveni shake hands during the Pope’s visit to Uganda!

Besigye and Museveni shake hands during the Pope’s visit to Uganda!


Friends,
I can only assume living in the UK has spared me this but I would be very disappointed if the Pope leaves Uganda without CRITICIZING the human rights abuses that have been going on in the country for decades.No religious leader has more authority than the Pope. No other religious organization controls more money than Vatican.

The Pope shouldn’t make the same mistake Vatican made when Hitler was slaughtering the Jews.Some believe, that if the church had denounced Hitler as soon as it learned of what he and the rest of the Nazis were doing, that Hitler could have been ousted. By that time the Catholic church was turning a blind eye to the activities of the Nazis so that they would not loose control of all their assets. In the end though, the decisions of the pope failed to protect the assets of the church. Many churches were destroyed in the conflict, but most were looted by the Nazis long before any fighting got close enough to cause any damage. It did take decades before the Catholics leaders in Rome including the pope apologized for their collusion with the Nazis.

One German Archbishop in Rome, Hudal, or Hudol, or something like that, that was an actual party member. The Bishop of Vienna colluded early on until he found what the Nazis were actually up to.Ever watch the movie
Martin Luther which is about the vannesse documents? Very chilling and it clearly discusses the Bishop’s role.

Mankind still repeats the mistakes of it’s past basically because human beings have never acknowledged their limitations. If a leader is bad and oppressing his own people, please speak out like our Rev.Amos Kasibante is doing, because injustice to one is injustice to the rest of us.A woman that just points a gun is much more dangerous than one who stands with it.

Though it remains my choice to refrain from judging others as my Lord has a bit instructed me (Matt 7:1-3),the church has a big role to play in politics nationally and internationally. For instance,Pope John Paul was credited with being an instrument of God in the downfall of communism in many countries.

That said, I’m happy that both Besigye and Mbabazi have attended the mass at Namugongo. I’m also glad that even Muslims are welcoming the Pope to Uganda. As you may know,the Qu’ran and the Bible aren’t implacably opposed to each other.The Jews, Christians and the followers of Islam are all brothers in the search for enlightenment,we are all on the same path.

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

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THANK YOU ALL THAT ESCORTED HAJJI KIBIRIGE

Late Hajji Hassan Kibirige of Kawempe, Kampala

Late Hajji Hassan Kibirige of Kawempe, Kampala

Friends,

Death is just a fact of life:everyone will die of something.Some of us get used it, some of us do not.But when it happens to someone close to you, it hurts like hell. I lost my grandfather on 22nd November, 2015, and right now I feel life has handed me a bummer. He was an old man but a very beautiful human being and friend, who will be incredibly missed. I hope we remember him always by praying for him, continuing his work and the immense contribution he made to his country.He was and will continue to be our mentor in the family.

And finally, and really very importantly, I want to thank the many posters of both UAH and UMBS who have been so thoughtful and kind and generous to us. The condolences to me from different people, including the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago , Imam Kasozi, and several others, are really appreciated.

I would like to thank the people of Kangulumira for the love you’ve showed Hajji Hassan Kibirige. I’m sure mobilizing three mini-buses and two coasters to transport people for burial wasn’t an easy task.

I would like to thank Kibuli Muslim Hospital for providing the ambulance that transported the body to both Bwaise and Wandegeya mosques for prayers.

I would like to thank sister Nalunkuuma who works at Dr.Kasawuli’s clinic for briefing me about my grandfather’s last moments.

Again, thank you, our so many friends in and outside Uganda, who have helped in so many ways and escorted him to his last place of rest at Kawempe-Mbogo. It means life and death to all of the Kibirige family. Thank you and Wasalam!

Regards,

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
Residing in the UK

IS OTTO PATRICK REALLY DEAD OR IT WAS A JOKE BY MR.ATUHAIRWE ROBERT?

Friends,
I’m still concerned that one of the UAH members ‘jokingly’ pronounced dead a few days ago is still elusive. I sent him an email but I never got a response. I have called his mobile number and its ringing but no answer. I have left a voicemail message there with the hope that he will get back to me.

Please, if anybody on this forum is close to Mr.Otto Patrick(Pseudo name) in London, please let us know if he is OK. I kind of like this gentleman despite the fact that he at some point gave me a hard time on the forum with his ‘LUGEZIGEZI’, but he is so gifted and It kind of hurts to see such people all being wasted in diaspora, as most of us, I guess!

Despite our political differences, we are here on UAH and we have been for a long time. We are one community with one thing in common for most of us: a desire to see the restoration of the true ideals of Uganda. A Uganda where fundamental rights to vote, speak, and democracy mean something.Otto was rumored to be Major Sabiiti Mutengensa and I’m requesting all those that know this gentleman to confirm to us if he is dead or alive, such that we, atleast, pray for his body before he meets his creator. Thanks!

WHY WASN’T PROF.MAMDAN SUSPENDED TOO?

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The fact that Prof.MM was not suspended when he’s a party to the investigations casts doubt on the impartiality of the committee in place. This Stella Vs MM problem is generally about the errors in departmental administration. It’s not going to go away with the suspension or eventual dismissal of Dr. Stella. The problem is like a frozen shoulder (SHOULDER PAIN) in one’s body. It’s not treated with just one method. Frozen shoulder is also known as adhesive capsulitis. Surrounding the bones at the shoulder joint is a “capsule” which resembles a deflated balloon. The capsule has many folds in it to accommodate the shoulder movement. The capsule gets inflamed (capsulitis) and the “folds” adhere together(adhesive). You cannot move the arm above the shoulder and or behind the back without excruciating pain. One of the most bothersome times is when you try to sleep. The arm tends to slump down towards your body and the pain will wake you every 2 hours or so. To help relieve but not eliminate the pain a pillow is placed in the armpit. But different doctors will recommend different solutions,……some work, some don’t.

Similarly, MM and his friends may celebrate what’s happening to Stella but I’m afraid the problems at Makerere wont go away if the committee just concentrates on Stella’s nudity and profanity, and its implications to the university, instead of the underlying problems.

Dr.Stella Nyanzi was suspended pending an investigation (obviously the university had no choice). She may eventually be cleared, but it looks so unlikely at this point considering where this is going, and she isn’t doing herself any favours. Very sad to see a seemingly clever woman go down the gurgler like this,but that is unfortunately the nature of university politics. MM should also be suspended pending an investigation into his dept.

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

Stalk my blog at: https://semuwemba.com/

“My journey is long and my preparation is so little, and weakness has gripped me and death is chasing me!”

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