Sunday, March 18, 2018

UGANDA: X-Files from the village

By DENIS WABUYI, March 18, 2018


Libutsye is a big rat that is known for opulence and love for good things. It is very common for neighbors to accuse one another of theft only to learn that it was libutsye which was actually taking the items. It can collect money, clothes, food and any other movable item for their bed normally in holes in houses or antihills.

It is Mayi U'muganda who started this habit of rats giving money to children. Since then, many children claim that rats give them money in exchange for their milk teeth and it is common for young kids to try forcing their teeth out so that a rat can give him money. So, Filex also placed his tooth behind the water pot known as isongo, where we draw our drinking. The beauty about isongo is its natural coolant that keeps the water cold for drinking, even in the hottest of months. Filex chose this place because rats have dug a hole just behind the pot and expected the rats to pass by before going on any other of their errands.


Then money got lost in the house, it was a 50 shillings note. Filex was spotted at school buying "bolingo". Asked where he got the money, the rat had given him out of his tooth. He found the money exactly where he had put his tooth, he alleged. For stealing his mother's money, he received some beatings. "Rats can't


It was surprising however that even after this, money continued disappearing from their house. What had started as a family affair now spread to the neighborhood especially after other valuables such as watches, half-petty and other clothes started disappearing. U'muganda as we called her started accusing the neighbor's children but the accusation later graduated to the elders. Someone is surely stealing the clothes to bewitch her. The next illness or misfortune will be attached to this and kukhu umushende was the probable suspect in all this.


This afternoon, with us seated in the mango tree, U'muganda picked her jerrycan to go and fetch water. U'muganda brews waragi for sale. We therefore gather around her home to have a taste before it is put to the market. Sometimes you just keep around so that his son, Shibila can steal and share with you. So when she left for water, Shibila went directly for the Jerrycan containing inguli and poured out a full gama (metallic cup) and brought for us to share.


To our surprise, U'muganda returned in very few minutes than we expect. We did not expect her to return so soon. I picked the metallic cup and ran into the house. "Put that gama back to the drinking water pot" Shibila called to me. But the cup was still full of the waragi. I also placed it atop pot cover with all its content. Whoever wanted to taste the liquor could go as is they are going to drink water and gallop the waragi. U'muganda later became suspicious. She asked why suddenly we are taking a lot of water and in turns. Shibila alone had gone there 3 times in 10 minutes and I have been there twice. As Wetuya rose to go the third time, U'muganda followed him. Poor boy decided to gallop the whole content at once.


Shortly after him galloping inguli signs started showing on Wetuya. The liquor had gotten to his head. When such happens, the best remedy is a woman's urine. It is the best prescription for one under the intoxication of alcohol. Wemesa was the only girl nearby and she was immediately asked to get us some liquid excreta which came in handy as fast as requested. After the urine was poured down Wetuya's throat, he slowly started regaining consciously and thereafter started throwing. That is the magic of a woman’s urine. However as U'muganda was going to get drinking water for Wetuya, she felt the strong smell of liquor come off the "gama".


Out of curiosity, she moved the pot and saw her long lost petty peeping from the assumed rat hole. She called the boys who came to help her remove the pot completely. It was then that they were treated to a surprise

Till then we shall keep you posted

UGANDA: Stupidity overtakes nation as another legislator Nankabirwa claims Museveni is like Jesus with God’s IQ

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) - Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa, says President Museveni is like Jesus Christ in his deeds and next to God when it comes to intelligence.

An Intelligence Quotient [IQ] is a total score derived from several standardized tests designed to assess human intelligence.

Nankabirwa made the remarks Friday while presiding over Women’s Day celebrations for Rukiga district at Nyeikunama Primary School playground in Muhanga town council.

She started by warning Ugandans against pressurising Members of Parliament yet they are busy delivering their national duties.

“There is a time for politicking and campaigning, where we run through looking for votes,” she stated, adding, “When one is elected, they are expected to serve the nation as assigned by Parliament.”

She asked Ugandans to give their representatives in parliament liberty to explore avenues available for national development.

Museveni is like Jesus with an IQ next to that of God

She urged voters to embrace the forthcoming referendum, which seeks to revise the presidential term of office from five to seven years, according to the recent constitutional amendments.

“President Museveni is a special gift to Ugandan women. We must fight hard to ensure that he stays our leader,” said Nankabirwa.

She believes when asked to stand again in 2023, Museveni will not betray the women as well as Ugandans.

“He is devoted like Jesus. He has given his life to help Ugandans out of poverty,” she went on.

Nankabirwa said Ugandan women believe that Museveni is God-sent and his intellect “is beyond human understanding and perhaps next to God’s”.

She said opposition members who are always criticising Museveni are mere witchdoctors who don’t appreciate good things.

In response, former presidential candidate Kizza-Besigye said: ““Hon” Nankabirwa (NRM Whip), speaking on behalf of Ugandan women, must believe that women are “high” like her. Decadence!”

“Hon” Nankabirwa (NRM Whip), speaking on behalf of Ugandan women, must believe that women are “high” like her. Decadence! #TUBALEMESE @PGovUg @Parliament_UG @irc_uganda @uwonet @ntvuganda @nbstv @bbstvug @DailyMonitor @observerug @newvisionwire @892cbsFm

— Kifefe Kizza-Besigye (@kizzabesigye1) March 17, 2018

@ruthnankabirwa1 must know that the punishment which God reserves for those who commit blasphemy will only be given while thunder strikes her or she gets involved in a scientific accident. It is preposterous to reduce the nation to this new low. Plesae say Hi to Aronda, Kaweeesi

— MarthaLeah Nangalama (@mlnangalama) March 18, 2018

UGANDA: Rukungiri laughs at @KagutaMuseveni, calls him names, mocks him.


Video from SPAN. Rukungiri laughs at @KagutaMuseveni, calls him names, mocks him.

Never mess around with Bakiga. He told them they would die of poverty if they do not support him.

"I am the only person in Uganda who owns the treasury". They laughed very loud.

The thief is looting the country and impoverishing the masses so they should roll over and thank him.
Expect a Kasese in Rukungiri. However, I heard that the elders are prepared.

Dude who beat up Besigye in Wandegeya and got transferred by Chemical Ali to go brutalize Rukungiri is very silent these days. Akule abone.

Martha Leah Nangalama

TRUMP: U.S. ends formal economic talks with China as relations sour

Wilbur Ross attends a reception ahead of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue meeting in Washington in 2017. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

BLOOMBERG - The Trump administration ended a decade-old formal economic dialogue with China because it believes the country is moving backward on opening its markets to foreign competition, a top Treasury Department official said Sunday.

David Malpass Photographer: Sarah Pabst/Bloomberg

The administration is “disappointed” with China and “because there wasn’t a path back toward a market orientation, I discontinued the China economic dialogue,” said David Malpass, Treasury’s undersecretary for international affairs. Rather than holding formal discussions, Secretary Steven Mnuchin has frequent private talks with senior-level officials in China to bring back focus to free-market capitalism, he said.

“One of the things we are doing is trying to keep open lines of communication with them even as we express concern” about the growing influence of China’s state-owned enterprises, Malpass said, speaking in Buenos Aires ahead of the Group of 20 finance ministers meeting.

Mnuchin’s halting of the main economic channel between the U.S. and China -- known as the Comprehensive Economic Dialogue -- ends conversations started under one of his predecessors, Hank Paulson, during the George W. Bush administration. Paulson singled out an economic track for the Treasury Department to lead, becoming the point-person on all such matters between the nations.
Fell Apart

The first Comprehensive Economic Dialogue during the Trump administration fell apart in July 2017. The two super-powers were unable to produce a joint statement after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross scolded China over its trade imbalance with the U.S. in his opening remarks. Both sides canceled a planned closing news conference.

“After 10 years of discussions, certainly the U.S. has grown frustrated with the lack of progress” that resulted from the Comprehensive Economic Dialogue, said Timothy Adams, president of the Washington-based Institute of International Finance and a former Treasury undersecretary in the George W. Bush administration.

“I don’t fault them for their frustration, they’re looking for different ways of bringing about change of Chinese behavior,” he said in an interview earlier this month.

President Xi Jinping in recent weeks sent his top economic adviser, Liu He, to meet with Mnuchin. In that meeting, Liu is said to have asked Mnuchin for a point-person to provide a list of specific demands from China, a sign that Treasury’s shuttering of the formal dialogue process may be hampering the process. Liu pointed out that different U.S. administrations have wanted various things, the person said, with Bush focused on monetary policy and Obama emphasizing investment.
United Response

Malpass said on Sunday the U.S. wants to work with other nations to come up with a united response to what America sees as China’s foot dragging on economic changes, ranging from reforming state-owned enterprises to curbing the ruling party’s role in the economy.

“Above all, their markets are not reciprocal in the sense that there’s not an ability for other countries to work in China the way that China works in elsewhere,” Malpass said later Sunday in a Bloomberg TV interview. He highlighted a risk for the world from China’s autocratic rule.

The new rhetoric contrasts with the more collaborative approach of both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, who courted China as an economic partner even as the U.S. asserted its military power in Asia.

See here: Trump’s Rivalry With China Overlooks U.S. Economic Reliance

President Donald Trump has broken with recent U.S. convention by portraying China as a rival that wants to undermine American prosperity. The administration is considering clamping down on Chinese investments in the U.S. and imposing tariffs on a broad range of its imports to punish Beijing for its alleged theft of intellectual property.
Primary Aims

One of Mnuchin’s primary aims at the G-20 this week is to gain greater visibility into loans China has made to developing countries. The Trump administration is concerned that the U.S.’s top strategic rival is attempting to extend its influence with the loans while moving away from opening its markets to American goods.

“On the positive side, the world is recognizing that and beginning to work together. Recognizing that having such a big economy in the world move away from markets has not been good for us, for the world,” Malpass said.

UGANDA: A genocide is underway as regime injects millions with fake Hep B vaccines

A health worker takes blood samples from residents during the launch of the emergency vaccination campaign against Hepatitis B in Dokolo Town recently. PHOTO BY BILL OKETCH 

KAMPALA (DAILY MONITOR) - Univic Medical Centre commonly known as UMC Victoria Hospital, a health facility in Kampala, has refuted the claim by the National Drug Authority (NDA) that they were administering fake Hepatitis B vaccines to clients.

On Tuesday, NDA warned that there were fake Hepatitis B vaccines on the market and are being administered in the immunisation camps.

The NDA’s director of product safety, Ms Helen Ndagi, said the fake products were found in eight hospitals and clinics in Kampala, Mbale, Entebbe and Mbarara towns.
According to Ms Ndagi, the affected facilities are Mbarara Community Hospital, Devine Mercy Clinic, UMC hospital-(Bukoto), Malcolm Health Care (Kisaasi) and Kampala Medical Chambers.

UMC defends self
However, in a statement issued on March 13, by Dr Edrin Jjuuko, the chief medical officer at UMC Victoria Hospital, said their drugs and vaccines are of international standards, authentic and properly procured. “Our services are to international standards therefore all medicines dispensed at our hospitals are rigorously pre-tested for authenticity and effectiveness as we strive to deliver internationally bench-marked health services to our customers,” he said.
He added: “While it is unfortunate that we have recently been misrepresented on some media platforms, we wish to reassure the general public that all drugs & vaccines that are used by UMC Victoria Hospital are authentic, procured through the right channels and approved by the relevant authorities.”

Dr Jjuuko said the hospital uses internationally approved parameters for verifying the effectiveness of the vaccine. “UMC Victoria Hospital remains steadfast in its objective to delivering quality health services,” he said. Meanwhile, the Anti-Counterfeit Network (ACN) Africa has tasked government to explain the source of the fake Hepatitis B vaccines and how they were imported into the country.

Speaking at Protea Hotel in Kampala on Friday during a workshop on the withdraw of the Anti-Counterfeit Bill from Parliament, Mr Fred Muwema, the ACN legal and corporate Affairs director, said the Health ministry and different agencies charged with clearing of imported drugs owe Ugandans an answer on the fake vaccines.
“The fake Hepatitis B vaccines scandal places the government in the middle of promotion and fight of counterfeits. If government and its agencies don’t come out to inform us on the matters concerning procurement of the fake vaccines, we shall seek legal redress not only but also on international level,” Mr Muwema said.

He said ACN wants government to explain how many people had been vaccinated with the fake product, how will be monitored for likely side effects and what will be done for the individuals that played part in the procurement and distribution of the vaccines.
Mr Muwema warned that ACN is collecting evidence from across the country and would go to court if the government fails to explain how itself on the matter.

In a related development the Joint Medical Store (JMS) on Friday issued a statement clarifying that Mayanja Memorial Hospital did not buy the Hepatitis B vaccines in question (10mls from Serum Institute) from their store.

Following guidelines. The JMS statement signed by the executive director, Dr Bildard Baguma, indicated that they purchase their products from suppliers and manufacturers duly authorised by NDA.

Government tasked to explain source of fake Hepatitis B vaccines

KAMPALA (DAILY MONITOR) - The Anti-Counterfeit Network (ACN) has tasked government to explain how fake Hepatitis B vaccines entered the country because it has caused anxiety in the population especially those that have been immunized against the deadly virus.

The National Drug Authority on Tuesday warned that there are fake Hepatitis B vaccines on the market and are being administered in immunization camps.

Speaking to Journalists at Protea Hotel in Kampala during a workshop on the withdraw of the Anti-Counterfeit Bill from parliament, Mr Fred Muwema the ACN Legal and Corporate Affairs Manager said that the ministry of health and different agencies charged with clearing of imported drugs owes Ugandans an answer on the fake vaccines.

Mr Muwema said that ACN is collecting evidence from different parts of Uganda on which they would base to lodge a suit against the government if it does not come out to clarify on the source of the fake vaccines and the remedy to the people that might have been immunized with it.

“The fake Hepatitis B vaccines scandal places the government in the middle of promotion and fight of counterfeits. If government and its agencies don’t come out to inform Ugandans on the matters concerning procurement of the fake vaccines, we shall seek legal redress,” Mr Muwema said.

The ACN wants the Joint Medical Stores, National Drug Authority, the Customs Authorities and the health Ministry to clarify on how many Ugandans have been vaccinated with fake products, who was in charge of procuring the said vaccines and what will be done to them.

They also want the government avail measures on protecting the remaining population.

On Tuesday, the NDA’s director of product safety Ms Helen Ndagi said the fake products were found in eight hospitals and clinics in Kampala, Mbale, Entebbe and Mbarara towns.

She named the affected facilities as; Mbarara Community Hospital, Devine Mercy Clinic, UMC hospital-(Bukoto), Malcolm Health Care (Kisaasi) and Kampala Medical Chambers.

Mr Amos Natumanya, the NDA regulatory officer said the genuine Hepatitis B vaccine being recommended for use in Uganda is manufactured by Serum Institute of India. The 10 ml vial has a batch number, manufacturing and expiry dates with a shelf-life of three years, two purple bands (top and bottom) on the label and only available in government health facilities.

RUSSIA: Election Commission is under cyber attack from 15 countries

Russian Central Election Commission comes under cyberattack
RT - There is an ongoing cyberattack on Russia’s Central Election Commission, targeting its information center, the body’s secretary has said. The commission’s website earlier came under a DDoS attack from 15 countries.

“We are registering what is in fact a cyberattack on our information center,” the commission’s secretary, Maya Grishina, said.

The Civic Chamber’s website observing the election was down after a DDoS attack, RIA reported, adding the problem is now over.

© Evgenya Novozhenina

The commission’s website was also attacked soon after voting began. A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack peaked between 2am and 5am on Sunday, chairperson Ella Pamfilova said.

The attack originated from 15 countries, according to Pamfilova.

The State Automated System Vybory (‘Elections’) cannot, however, be exposed to any cyberattacks, since it’s not connected to the global network, Pamfilova said. “It’s impossible to reach it,” she added. When all the ballots have been counted after polling stations close, the data will be punched into the system, along with the information from the ballot boxes with scanners and fully electronic voting devices.

The head of the state corporation Rostelecom, Mikhail Oseyevsky, earlier said that cyberattacks on various Russian websites surged in the days prior to the election. On Saturday, Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor and online news outlet Lenta were attacked.

SEX: Low sperm count can mean shorter lifespan, study finds

RT - A new study of over 5,000 men has found those with a low sperm count are more likely to suffer from a number of health issues and have an overall increased risk of illness.

The study analysed men in infertile couples in Italy to find out if those with a lower semen quality were in poor health in general. The analysis of 5,177 men found a low sperm count meant participants were 20 percent more likely to have higher body fat, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Humanity at risk as sperm levels among Western men plummet to record low

"Men of couples having difficulties achieving pregnancy should be correctly diagnosed, and followed up by their fertility specialists and primary care doctor because they could have an increased chance of morbidity and mortality," said Dr Alberto Ferlin, leader of the study, which is being presented at ENDO 2018, the Endocrine Society's 100th annual meeting in Chicago, to the BBC.

The men were also 12 times more likely to have low levels of testosterone, which can reduce muscle mass and bone density, possibly leading to osteoporosis in later life, making bones more brittle.

The results also suggest those with low sperm counts should undergo further testing as they are more susceptible to developing various health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, according to the study’s authors.

Health issues aside, a low sperm count can greatly affect fertility and is the main cause for one in three couples who are struggling to get pregnant. The scientists behind the study, however, say fertility testing has helped many men gain control of their health and start taking preventative measures to extend their life.

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"Infertile men are likely to have important co-existing health problems or risk factors that can impair quality of life and shorten their lives. Fertility evaluation gives men the unique opportunity for health assessment and disease prevention," said Dr Ferlin.

He stressed that the study doesn’t prove metabolic health problems are triggered by a low sperm count, but rather the two are linked and further study is needed to determine a possible common cause between the two.