TALK ABOUT MONEY WASTING. EXACTLY WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME GHANA HAD TO DEAL WITH TERRORISM? HELLO? ARE YOU NUTS? AT LEAST YOU SHOULD HAVE CONSULTED THEM ON THE GMO BILL THEY PASSED IN MARCH 2015 TO FORCE ALL THE FARMERS TO ONLY USE GMO SEEDS. Damn it people, you are sucking the life out of #Ugandan tax payers. You want to know about terrorism, I have some great ideas. AND my ideas are top of the line so you cannot argue. Go into Egypt (Sinai). Go into Iraq / Syria /Yemen, Saudi (ISIS). What do you mean that those places are too far? Okay, then go into Busoga or Busia (Uganda), there are are some ADF people there. I am not so sure though. How about we try CAR for Kony and DRC for ADF bin M23? The imminent danger according to your police terrorist alerts is Al shabaranking... Somalia, Kampala (they killed our prosecutor) and they could even be in Mbale (they killed our Sheikh Wafula). One moment please.. aha, Wafula was killed by one annoying Doctor Kiyingi aka ADF boss since the one dude in TZ was arrested before this murder so of course only Kiyingi could pull off such a move. I am also curious about this man though. How do you manage to kill so many clerics one continent away? I was a poor physics student so I am certainly missing some things here. BANG, I finally got it. It is called 14, 14, 14, 14. Mind Your Own Business. There is a reason why you must wrestle the pen out of the hands of your kids. The author of the article which follows proves why.
For God and My Country
Born and Raised in Uganda (Bududa District)
Martha Leah Zesaguli (Nangalama)
BELIEVE! I wept because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet." Ancient Persian saying I am a Social Justice and Human Rights Activist. Find me on Face Book. All my opinions are mine and do not reflect on any employer or organisation.
By Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda
On Thursday last week, five MPs on the defence committee and I returned from a week-long study tour in Ghana. The chairperson of the committee, Ms Benny Bugembe, led our delegation.
The committee on defence is currently considering amendments to the Anti-Terrorism Act. Financing terrorism, seizure of property and defining terrorism are some of the areas being considered for amendment. The government thinks the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Acts don't deal with these two evils sufficiently.
The trip to Ghana was mainly on learning how to tighten the noose so we can protect Uganda's financial sector. Apart from transferring power from one democratically-elected president to another and from one political party to another, Ghana can offer many lessons to Uganda. Not surprisingly, receiving Ugandan delegations is about to cause fatigue in Accra.
I have in past articles expressed my opinion on public expenditure on travels - inland and abroad - consultancy and seminars. Yes, I am a beneficiary but won't mourn when these areas are starved of public resources.
The six days in Accra and Koforidua (capital of eastern province) certainly can't make me an expert on Ghana but I picked memorable lessons. Most memorable is the independence and sincerity of some of the leaders that we met. The minister of defence, Dr Benjamin Bewa-Nyog Kunbuor, was the most intriguing. When considering terrorism laws, he advised "not to categorize people fighting for self-determination."
He also advised that armed forces who commit acts of terror outside their normal activities should be classified as terrorists and accordingly charged. And on politics, he said the armed forces have no role to play at all. If the politicians mismanage the country, it is them that were given the mandate. The military should be concerned with territorial integrity. And territorial integrity means the people of Ghana as well.
I hope you still remember what Gen Aronda Nyakairima said in 2012 during a standoff between the president and parliament. He threatened that the military could take over. We had just lost our colleague Cerinah Nebanda, whose death has never been resolved, and we wanted parliament to convene to discuss the conduct of the president.
In Ghana, I almost abandoned the terrorism law to concentrate on the role of the military in a democracy. The good thing is that the Ghanaian defence minister holds a PhD in law and has taught at universities. He said excesses of the state must also be criminalized.
"You shouldn't attempt to fight terrorism by breaching fundamental human rights," he advised.
He said many African states were not innocent actors. Such states, he said, are weak at providing social services and very strong at proposing and enforcing sanctions on their citizens. These states don't discuss how much they should punish themselves for failure to deliver social services but spend most of the time discussing how to punish citizens.
And in Ghana, not a single penny is ring-fenced as 'classified' expenditure. Ghana's GDP - monetary value of goods and services produced within a country - is two to three times bigger than Uganda's, yet they have 10 million people less.
Because I am not an economist, I attach less value to figures. I like to see development with my naked eyes. Ghana is not a Dubai with several skyscrapers in one place to admire but certainly it is not a Uganda.
Their road network is much more developed but of course some parts of Accra are not well planned. During our visit, there was a protest in town over load shedding. The noise of the generators is just as we experienced here two years ago. But at night, Accra is better lit than Kampala and many other African capitals.
This interaction reinforced my earlier view on the war in Somalia. Uganda was deployed in Somalia in March 2007 to fight, initially, the Union of Islamic Courts. It is these courts that metamorphosed into al-Shabab. In about a year, Uganda will have operated in Somalia for a full decade.
The mandate of this so-called Amisom was to secure structures of a transitional government, implement a national security plan, train Somali forces and assist in creating a secure environment for the delivery of humanitarian aid.
Results on the ground, I think, suggest something different. There are more Somalis in and going into exile. The transitional government will never be secured by foreign forces. Even the training has failed. Imagine, Shs 254bn is spent on Ugandan troops in Somalia every year. In 10 years, that will be Shs 2.54 trillion! And Somalis are some of the refugees dying on seas fleeing to Europe.
What will come out of this will be an Islamic sort of outfit and all the menace it is unleashing in Iraq and Syria. Somalis fighting for self-determination should never have been classified as terrorists. For me, that is what is fuelling terrorism - criminalization of the fight for freedom. And that is why we are enacting one law after another and spending all these billions.
The author is MP for Kyadondo East.