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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Turn out for #Uganda #Dictator #Museveni #NewYear Lies speech was bad



#UgandaNewsBriefing group on WhatsApp tried to cover the 4hr speech by President Yoweri Museveni. That was a total fail. At one point in time, it got very frustrating because the group went quiet so someone had to tell them that they were being lazy!

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BUT some of you guys are jokers. Do you know that we only got about 45 minutes of Museveni speech? BUT that is his problem for choosing to talk when we were clubbing. You would think he would know better. BUT exactly why does Museveni think that he is so important that we shall cancel our evening of New Year's Eve to listen to his bullshit?

This is one thing that still bufles me. There is no leader in the world, no one. NO one that forced their media to broadcast a speech from a leech. WORSE... no president or prime minister or dictator even made a speech for New Year’s Eve.

Those who did, wrote it and likely none of us even read the trash politicians say. BUT you are looking at a crappy country that used to be the Pearl of Africa which is involved in gross human rights abuses and keeps invading countries and just invaded DRC before Christmas...saying. YA gonna have to watch and listen to the speech.

At first, I thought that maybe he was gonna announce that he had found the cure for cancer or Ebola or he was stepping down and then he started to talk things that even a kid can laugh at. WAIT, WHAT DID HE SAY AGAIN? I need to look at what I shared earlier?

NUL. Il a dit nul. Les mensonges comme toujours. Lies. AND more lies. But if any of you good people find that part where he says I WAS ONLY JOKING WHEN I SAID I ONLY WORK FOR MY FAMILY AND I AM NOT YOUR SERVANT... or maybe the part where he says I AM RETIRING JEEPERS UGANDANS REALLY HATE ME... please wake me up.

I think this deserves a beer. We are off the champagne for now. Kisaja gwe tuli bakoowu. Genda gye wava. Tuli bakoowu nyo nyo. #MuseveniMustGo!

This message is authorised by Martha Leah Nangalama

We do not need that curse of you muyaye gwe.

#SPAN wants to remove #Museveni from #Uganda in 2018



2018 IS THE YEAR TO FORCEFULLY REMOVE DICTATOR MUSEVENI

Forget about our donor partners. There is no partnership between the people and donor nations. The partnership is between them and respective dictators they help stay in power. We should take a different look at our so called donor partners in 2018.

There is a schocking aspect of donor money that help perpetuate Museveni to stay in power even support his life presidency scheme. Most of Africa’s top recipients countries are ruled by authoritarian one party state for decades. To what extent are foreign aid programs actually perpetuate authoritarian rule in Uganda?

Museveni has changed the constitution numerous times to fit his own lust for power and our so called donor partners have kept quite. When Museveni hinted on making homosexuality an illegal act in Uganda, our so called donor partners went into a frenzy of condemnations of Museveni and sanctions were threatened to be imposed on Museveni’s regime and Museveni backed off.

Now all attentions by our donor partners are focused on Iran as demonstrators wage a war to have regime change in Iran, and our donor partners have not disappointed us and are condemning Iran right and left as Iranians have the right to demonstrate. Biya of Cameron, Museveni of Uganda just to mention a few have brutally suppressed demonstrators in their respective countries and no single word came from our so called donor partners. Africans are also humans and we need freedom we are not animals.

This year we the people should become our donor partners and donate for our freedom. You’re part of our reliable donor partners not USAID or EU. Those are dictator Museveni’s donor partners.

We need to get busy if we are to become a free nation and stop looking for others to solve our problems. By asking you to donate for PROJECT FREEDOM 2018 doesn’t mean that you must contribute beyond your means or that your contribution must be monetary. We can indeed become our best donor partners in 2018.

Nathan Span
nathanspan@yahoo.com

#WhatsApp resurrects after a global outage



(Reuters) - WhatsApp, a popular messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, suffered a global outage for about an hour on Sunday before the problem was fixed.

“WhatsApp users around the world experienced a brief outage today that has now been resolved”, a WhatsApp spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. The cause of the outage, about an hour long, was not immediately known.

In India, its biggest market with about 200 million of its billion-plus users, the app was down just a few minutes past midnight into the new year.

Users in other countries also complained of outages on social media.

How #DRCongo lost control of its #textile industry to #China


The cloth a country was built on. (Quartz/Lynsey Chutel)

China in Africa

Quartz Africa - Lubumbashi, DR Congo - Positioning a stand at the entrance to one of Lubumbashi’s largest breweries is part entrepreneurial savvy, part defiance by Mwehu Kashala. Each day he sells mobile phone airtime vouchers under a large umbrella, displaying the disposable vouchers on a rickety table. It’s been his main source of income since he lost his job a decade ago from the textile factory that used to operate from the same large industrial complex that is now a brewery.

The Syntexkin textile factory was the economic heart and cultural soul of Lubumbashi. The Democratic Republic of Congo was known for its intricate fabrics, and this is one of the factories that produced them for decades. Syntexkin would produce thousands of rectangles of cotton cloth with myriad designs from patterns made of everyday objects to swirls that are almost abstract. The cloth is often brightly colored, always bold, and instantly recognizable as uniquely African.

Then in the early 2000s production buckled and eventually collapsed under an influx of cheap imports from China, unravelling the local economy. The cultural significance of these prints was not enough to save the factory or the jobs of hundreds of family breadwinners.

Chinese market entry in DRC was subtle. At first, they only supplied cotton bales. Then came the printed fabric. Then the quality improved. The fabric known as kangas are everywhere, even today. Their cuts have evolved, from simple wraps to tailored suits—the matching of their graphic print along a modern seam is no easy task. It is also what springs to mind when people from outside the country and continent think of when they hear the generic words “African print,” or Ankara.

Similar prints are worn in other African countries, and increasingly by a diaspora trying to reconnect with an African aesthetic. In the DRC, these printed fabrics about a yard wide and one and a half yards long have been a way of life for generations. It is why the loss of the commercial control of this print is so great.Mwehu Kashala sells airtime outs what used to be Lubumbashi’s textile fabric. (Quartz/Lynsey Chutel)

Kashala, now 58, started working in the textile factory at 17, after lying about his age so that he could support his family. He spent his days working on the sewing machines, making sure that the industrial-sized bobbin never got stuck and that reams of fabric always ran through as smoothly.

By the 1990s, he’d worked his way up to a line manager of sorts, overseeing about 30 people in a factory of about 1,300 workers. The factory floor was a hive of activity, Kashala remembers. In one section workers mixed the inks that would dye the fabrics, in another they set the intricate design to a template, and in another they stamped the pattern onto fabric by hand, meticulously matching the lines and shapes with the naked eye. Kashala, a stern man who rarely smiles and always shines his shoes, ran a tight ship. Even today, his stall is never unmanned, with his unemployed son stepping in when necessary.

Years ago on the factory floor, there were whole teams responsible for applying specific families of color tones and others, like Kashala, who made sure the levers, gears and bobbins of the large sewing machines were always in perfect working condition. As the eldest of 17 orphaned children, Kashala made enough to feed his siblings, and then his own family, taking a second wife as the factory thrived.

Then the machines began to slow as demand for the textiles dropped. Kashala and other workers formed something of a civilian consumer watchdog group, checking local markets and shops to get to the bottom of why fewer Congolese were buying their fabrics. They inspected the hem of the cloth for the code that each factory prints as its signature, and interrogated vendors until they learned China had entered Lubumbashi’s markets.

The Chinese entry was subtle, despite the large volumes of cloth that came to the Congo. At first they only supplied the bales of plain cotton fabric, according to Kashala. Then printed fabric began to arrive, the quality seeming to improve with every run until they were able to mimic the Congolese designs. Soon, it required a meticulous eye to notice the difference.

“We started changing our patterns and hiding them away from the Chinese,” he said. “At one point we changed the sticker the Chinese had been mimicking so that we could check in the shops to see who was selling which one.”

The subtle change of a number or letter in the code at the hem of the cloth was not enough. Each time the factory workers changed it, they would soon find a cheaper copy flooding the market. The unique designs they’d created were duplicated and printed in China on thinner fabric and brought back to the DRC and other African nations and sold for a lower price.

Syntexkin sold its fabrics for about 2000 Congolese francs (just over $1) for a piece of cloth measuring less than three yards, says Kashala. The Chinese sold theirs at about half that, and even the government took their business to Chinese dealers.Wa Mwenze in better days.(Quartz/Lynsey Chutel)

“I was a specialist, I could tell which was good or not,” said Ngoyi wa Mwenze, a designer who has fallen on hard times since Syntexkin shut down. The home he built for his family has no roof because salaried work ran out before he could finish it. Instead he and his family live in a shack on the property, welcoming guests into the empty red-earthed shell what should have been the living room.

He holds dear the stained memories of better days: photographs of the models who showed off his designs and sported his creations in local beauty pageants. He is especially proud of images of himself at his work station: clean cut with pen in hand, proof of the man he once was.

Nowadays his art is confined the colorful shopfronts he is sometimes commissioned to paint. The rest of the time he brews and sells liquor, a meager source of income that his former colleague and friend Kashala says fuels his alcoholism.

Wa Mwenze’s love of art and patterns came from his grandfather who designed ceramics. He joined Syntexin in 1987 and quickly gained a reputation for his textile designs. His colours and patterns were bright and bold and were worn by Lubumbashi’s most stylish, wa Mwenze recalls as he eagerly thumbs through the photos. There’s a whiff of stale beer about him, even as the day has only begun.

He excelled at making cloth for special occasions, knowing just what symbol to use for events like Easter, Christmas and significant days on the Catholic calendar. He also had a knack for the more political themes like independence celebrations or local political campaigns. Politicians who wanted their candidates face emblazoned on a kanga or shirt would come to him from as far as neighboring Tanzania and Zambia to commission his work, he recalls. In the Congo and elsewhere in the Great Lakes region, cloth is not just covering but a means of communication and at times sloganeering.

“I was very proud and happy,” he says, looking at his wife who is wrapped in her own faded cloth. “I remember my wife wearing it. I was beyond happy.”

Wa Mwenze also blames the Chinese for his fate today: “Because things in Congo are bad, and people are suffering they settle for the Chinese products,” he says. “I criticize the Chinese product because it is not good, I’m not impressed. The Chinese copied my designs.”The designer’s memories of some of his best work. (Quartz/Lynsey Chutel)

In 1990, the then Zaire had seven textile factories around the country, but cotton production had virtually stalled as armies and militia groups targeted cotton farms. Farms became collateral damage as Congo’s longtime rule Mobutu Sese Seko struggled to maintain his decades-long rule, the Zaire he held onto crumbling around him.

Textile production decreased by 83% (link in French) in the chaos of Sese Seko’s last years in power, dropping from 70 million meters in 1990 to just 12 million in 1996. The economy was further battered by looting and country-wide riots in 1991 and 1993, which destroyed small to medium-sized businesses and disrupted distribution networks. The civil war that followed Sese Seko’s demise obliterated any chance of a peaceful farm life, much less commercial crops.


By the time relative peace returned, the Congo’s textile industry had seen little investment, made worse by aging machines and workers who were now less efficient than their Asian competitors. Despite the beliefs of workers like Kashala and wa Mwenze, some argued (pdf) that the quality of Congolese products simply could not keep up.

China’s textile sector was industrialized during the first Five Year Plan in 1955 (pdf). The state continued to devote resources to a sector that was labor intensive and required little technology, so that by the 1979 it was one of the domestic industries China was keen to expose to the world as it opened its economy.

In 2005, the Multifiber Agreement expired, ending global quotas on the textile and garment sectors and opening the world to Chinese textile manufacturers, including the DRC. Until then, China only made up 20% of the global market as the World Trade Organization tried to protect domestic textile industries. The DRC’s textile industry was already on its knees by then. China, it seems, was merely taking advantage of an opportunity, and became the scapegoat for internal troubles.

One after the other, the factories began to close. A merger between the Chinese Cha Textile and Belgian-headquartered Texaf that created Congote in 2005 was supposed to herald a turnaround but failed after only two years, citing the lack of locally produced cotton and the inability to compete with foreign producers.


What’s more, the age-old model of selling in local markets by informal traders was hurting the formal industry. Tax collection is difficult to enforce with vendors, so their returns are their own, with little incentive to stock the more expensive local brands over the international imports.

It’s a trend that continues today in Lubumbashi’s markets, even though high-end wax fabrics like Vlisco can be found in more affluent parts of the DRC’s economic capital. The presence of the well-known Dutch fabric company that has made a name for itself printing African designs shows that there could have been a market for higher quality, albeit more expensive fabrics, here and in neighboring countries.

Elvine Mbombo, makes her living selling fabrics in one of Lubumbashi’s local markets. (Quartz/Lynsey Chutel)

“For now the material is down,” says Elvine Mbombo, a trader in her 60s who has made peace with selling poorer quality fabric. “Money is difficult these days.”

Since Syntexkin shut down, she and other traders club together as an informal cooperative and send money via Western Union to Kinshasa and Brazzaville, in the neighboring Republic of Congo, where fabrics enter the market from the Indian Ocean, she explains. Good wax print, and the few designs that are still made in the country, sell for 20,000 congolese francs ($13). She says she sells the Chinese-made fabric to students and trainee tailors at a negotiable 12,000 congolese francs, or $7,50. On a good day she makes about $20, on a bad day nothing.

The government’s attempts to protect certain brands and locally designed patterns through an inter-ministerial decree in March 2002 proved too little, too late. Today, La Societe Textile de Kisangani (Sotexki) in northern Kisangani is the only surviving textile factory (pdf), working at only 15% of its capacity.

Syntexkin went under in 2008, having stopped designing any new patterns in 2007, said Christian Mwando, assistant general manager at Syntexkin for 10 years. Like Kashala and wa Mwenze, he also blames the Chinese for stealing local designs but he also blames the government for failing to put in place copyright laws.

The government should have protected the cloth not just as a business investment, but to protect Congolese cultural heritage, he told Quartz in a telephone interview from Kinshasa. Instead, corruption scuppered any attempts to implement the inter-ministerial decree, while customs authorities looked away as imports flooded the market.

About 600 people lost their jobs, adding to the thousands already unemployed by the collapse of the cotton industry, all further adding to Lubumbashi’s unemployed masses. Kashala launched a labor dispute in the local courts that has dragged on for nearly a decade. He has stacks of paperwork that he says prove corruption and unfair dismissal as the factory was on its last legs. Judging from the throngs of people milling about the Lubumbashi courthouse on any given day, and the stacks of yellowed precariously piled files from the floor to the ceiling of the clerk’s office, Kashala and others are unlikely to get justice.

The textile industry itself and the government failed to turn a lucrative domestic sector into a globally competitive industry by not investing in the industry. They could have created higher value by placing an emphasis on the specialized skills and cultural significance of a product that has been a part of the country’s fabric through much of the twentieth century.

In the factory’s shadow, workers like Kashala, wa Mwenze and hundreds of others struggle to survive. The brewery that has recently opened there has not yet had the social impact the factory once did. Vendors like Mbombo make do with poorer products and lower profits. Lubumbashi, the commercial capital, and the DRC as a whole, lost a significant part of its social and economic fabric the day the machines stopped printing.

Reporting for this story was supported by the International Women’s Media Foundation.

How DR Congo lost control of the fabric of its culture and economy

Lubumbashi, DR Congo Positioning a stand at the entrance to one of Lubumbashi's largest breweries is part entrepreneurial savvy, part defiance by Mwehu Kashala. Each day he sells mobile phone airtime vouchers under a large umbrella, displaying the disposable vouchers on a rickety table. It's been his main source of income since he lost his...

China imposes total ban on elephant ivory sales -#WildLife #GameReserve

480kg of ivory for sale in Vietnam - File photo WJC

IBTIMES - China, the world's largest consumer of ivory, has now imposed a blanket ban on the sale of elephant ivory and its products from 31 December to make good on its earlier promise towards protecting the lives of endangered animals.

In what has been hailed as a major push towards combatting the poaching of African elephants, the ban comes into effect in the largest ivory market in the world. "The Chinese authorities will continue to clamp down on [the] ivory collection as well as processing, sales, transportation and smuggling of elephant tusks," said China's State Forestry Administration.

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China, where items such as chopsticks made of ivory hold an iconic status among the elite, is thought to be majorly responsible for nearly 30,000 African elephants being slaughtered every year by poachers.

In order save African elephants, China had announced that it would implement a total ban of ivory in late 2016.

Earlier, in 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping and then US President Barack Obama signed a landmark deal, agreeing on a "near-complete" ban on ivory products. While the prohibition in the US came into effect in June 2016, China is enforcing the ban from the last day of 2017, with dozens of businesses engaged in the ivory trade shut down.

"From today... the buying and selling of elephant ivory and goods by any market, shop or vendor is against the law," the forestry ministry said in a statement via its social media account. "From now on, if a merchant tells you 'this is a state-approved ivory dealer'... he is duping you and knowingly violating the law."

Though the poaching of African elephants has dropped from its peak in 2011, it is still alarmingly high. According to the International Union for Conversation of Nature, the population of African elephants has reduced by 111,000 in the last 10 years.

There are also concerns that China's latest crackdown, though widely welcomed, might push the illegal ivory trade to other parts of Asia, such as Hong Kong and Laos. Reducing the demand for products made of ivory is the only effective way to push ahead with conservation measures, say wildlife experts.

Top quotes to ring in your #NewYear courtesy of @IBTimes


Top Inspirational quotes for New Year

1. "From New Year's on the outlook brightens; good humor lost in a mood of failure returns. I resolve to stop complaining." — Leonard Bernstein, American conductor, composer and author

2. "New Year's Day... now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual." — Mark Twain, American author and humorist

3. "As we count down to the New Year, we get to reflect and prepare for what's ahead. For all the bad news that seemed to dominate our collective consciousness, there are countless stories from this year that remind us what's best about America." — Barack Obama, former president of the US

4. "Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." — Oprah Winfrey, talk show host, actress, producer and philanthropist

5. "May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue so that I triumph even when I fall!" ― Aleister Crowley, Moonchild

6. "We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential." ― Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist

8. "For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice." ― TS Eliot, British essayist and poet

9. "We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." — Edith Lovejoy Pierce, American poet and pacifist

10. "The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year's Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you're married to." — PJ O'Rourke, American political satirist
Top New Year messages

1. Hope these good wishes help you to celebrate an exciting and magical New Year. Wishing you a very Happy New Year.

2. May you have a great year filled with immense happiness and luck! Stay in good health and achieve greater heights of success. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

3. Let us celebrate this aggravating, poetic, magnificent, magical New Year 2018 with a great smile. Wishing you a year full of pleasure and prosperity.

4. Here's your chance to turn over a new leaf. May you have a successful journey ahead. Happy New Year.

5. Having you in my life assures me that I have someone to depend upon and call up in times of need. As this year comes to an end, we see another year settling into our lives giving us another chance to be there for each other. Happy New Year!

6. All through the previous years I have bugged and irritated the hell out of you. Today, at the beginning of a new year I want to promise you that I am going to continue doing it this year too. Good luck with that!

7. There's an unbolted door awaiting you with heaps of opportunities on the other side of it. Grab hold of those this New Year and have a successful year ahead.

8. May God shower you with 12 months of happiness, 52 weeks of enjoyment, 365 days of achievements, 8760 hours of good luck, 52600 minutes of good health and 31536000 seconds of ecstasy and bliss! Happy New Year!

9. Here is a gift of love, wrapped with care, tied with good faith and sealed with heartfelt wishes. Happy New Year!

10. May you be blessed this New Year with inner peace, true love and unconditioned joy! Happy New Year 2018!

New Year 2018: Top quotes and messages to celebrate the special day with friends and family

The year 2017, a witness to major political events, natural and man-made disasters, scientific discoveries and many more landmark incidents is coming to an end. It's almost time to welcome another year with new hope to erase the unfortunate memories, preserve the beautiful moments and bring optimism in life with renewed resolutions, love and enthusiasm.

Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why #Writing Well Matters by Harold Evans


AMAZON BOOK Review
"Sir Harold Evans' memoir-cum-craft manual in which he rollicks - with all the joy and adventurousness of a rock 'n' roll tell-all...Of the truly silly number of hours I've spent with my nose in the binding of books on the craft of writing, those I spent with Do I Make Myself Clear? were the only I spent smiling, in search of someone I could read aloud to."―NPR

"Mr. Evans's skills are on display on nearly every page of "Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters." Writing a book about writing well can be hazardous for the author-reviewing one is risky, too-but in this case at least the author and his readers have nothing to fear."―Edward Kosner, Wall Street Journal

"Have you heard of Harold Evans? Sir Harold Evans? Of course you have. He is one of the greatest and most garlanded editors alive....As a master editor and distinguished author, Evans is well qualified to instruct us on how to write well. But can he delight us in the process? After reading this book, I can affirm the answer is yes."―Jim Holt, New York Times Book Review

"A writing manual so smart and incisive that it could surely benefit anyone-journalist, student, business executive, legislator-who has ever tried to craft an English sentence and fallen short."―Malcolm Jones, Daily Beast

"Going well beyond the typical style guide's proscriptions against the passive voice, cliché, and so on, this polemic on writing takes the view that "the oppressive opaqueness" of much contemporary prose "is a moral issue."―New Yorker

"Evans's book offers plenty of practical advice for those seeking to improve their writing skills, with a 10-point checklist to encourage a clear approach."―Financial Times

"In the tradition of George Orwell, who said that political language is designed to make lies sound truthful, Harry Evans reminds us how important it is to write clearly. Then he shows how. Those of us who have been edited by Harry marvel at his dexterity in unclogging dense prose, and in this book he reveals his secrets."―Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution


"A timely reminder that precision of language is the writer's greatest weapon. Harry Evans' methodical research and wry eye provide an entertaining lesson in intent, measured and exacting. At a time when public debate is shrill and filled by the overly assertive, Evans gives us a treat of a book that, through the use of practical examples, allows us to bathe in a language of clarity. Do I Make Myself Clear? shows that writing remains the gift of the ultimate explorer. Make more time for the journey."―David Walmsley, Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail

Harry Evans is one of the great -- indeed legendary -- editors of our time. Over the course of his career, he has edited newspapers, books and magazines, which surely qualifies as a publishing trifecta. All his talents -- and irresistible charm -- are on display in Do I Make Myself Clear? It's much more than a guide to English usage -- it's a companion: informative, delightful and indispensable. Do not hit INT or SEND without it!―Christopher Buckley author of Thank You For Smoking

"Read this book before you write another word. As original as it is entertaining, Harold Evans' guided tour of every nuance of our language amounts to a masterly reappraisal of English usage for our times by a consummate editor turned writer."―Anthony Holden editor of Poems that Make Grown Men Cry

Product Description
*New York Times Bestseller *

One of NPR's Best Books of 2017

A wise and entertaining guide to writing English the proper way by one of the greatest newspaper editors of our time.

Harry Evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger. He's even been knighted for his services to journalism. In DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR?, he brings his indispensable insight to us all in his definite guide to writing well.

The right words are oxygen to our ideas, but the digital era, with all of its TTYL, LMK, and WTF, has been cutting off that oxygen flow. The compulsion to be precise has vanished from our culture, and in writing of every kind we see a trend towards more--more speed and more information but far less clarity.

Evans provides practical examples of how editing and rewriting can make for better communication, even in the digital age. DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR? is an essential text, and one that will provide every writer an editor at his shoulder.

About the Author
Harold Evans is a British-born journalist and writer who was editor of the Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981. A graduate of Durham University, he has written a number of bestselling histories. He followed the late Alistair Cooke in commentaries on America for the BBC. An American citizen since 1993, he has held positions as editor-in-chief of the Atlantic Monthly Press, founding editor of the prize-winning Conde Nast Traveler; editorial director of the Atlantic and US News and the New York Daily News; and president and publisher of Random House. He holds the British Press Awards' Gold Award for Lifetime Achievement of Journalists. In 2001 British journalists voted him the all-time greatest British newspaper editor, and in 2004 he was knighted. Since 2011, he has been editor-at-large for Reuters.

#Ugandans defy #Museveni order to watch his 2018 New Year Message lies


#UgandaNewsBriefing #Dictator #Museveni lies were shared this WhatsApp group.  This is what I posted on Facebook and kept updating until the members of the forum decided to go clubbing for their President Yoweri Museveni was talking for 4hrs.  A whole 4hrs.  Ugandans are bakoowu!

Likely, all the media in Uganda who get paid to sing praises of the failed State will publish glorious things.  However for clarity, below is exactly what was put on Facebook for Ugandans and the world entire.  Museveni is a liar.  Those who think otherwise, will pay a very big price when they wake up one day and realise that he sells air or the youth into Modern Slavery.  Do not trust him.  EVER.
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Will keep updating here. One of my frenemies joined my group yesterday.  I told him our group is anti regime.  He is very cute. Replies BUT I Love Museveni. So I added him. So we can kill his Tutsi kabina.  So I told him none of us are watching.

PLEASE WILLIAM, WATCH AND UPDATE HERE!  Like MeneJa.. William is super smart.  He does not get into pissing matches but just states his point and we get along fine. Otherwise, I would kick him out of our groups. 

All timestamps are AST (Atlantic Halifax Canada time) which is GMT minus 4 and GMT +3 for Uganda. AST is an HR ahead of EST (Toronto, NYC, Washington DC) who are 8hrs behind Uganda and Martha is 7hrs behind Uganda.  HEY, excercise your additions and subtractions.  Seattle, LA, San Diego, Vancouver are 11hrs behind Uganda so they are likely just finishing their breakfast.
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[12-31, 1:13 PM] Wiliam: Ugandans should be rest assured of their security. If Congolese government asks, Uganda can assist them uproot ADF.  Sevo
[12-31, 1:14 PM] Wiliam: I directly began model parishes once leaders didn't preach my social-economic transformation message. The parishes are Ruharo in Bushenyi, Kisozi in Gomba, Kisozi in Ntungamo, Ndagaro in Rubirizi, Rwengajo in Kabarole. Sevo
[12-31, 1:14 PM] Wiliam: Ugandans are rich. We spend $7b annually on imports of carpets, curtains, furniture, electronics, etc. This means we're giving out wealth and jobs. In 1986, this spending on exports was only $92.28m. Sevo
[12-31, 1:16 PM] Wiliam: Imports was only $92.28m*
[12-31, 1:16 PM] Wiliam: Govt will organize urban youth to help stop this financial hemorrhage of wealth and jobs. Skilling will be intensified. Scientists will be supported and an artisanship park built. Sevo.

Given what NRM govt has done, and what God gave us, Uganda's future is very bright despite what enemies say. Strangers called Harvard Centre for International Devpt recently put out a study showing that by 2025 Uganda will be fastest growing economy in the world. Sevo 

In health, Ugandans are now dying more of non-communicable diseases like cancers, diabetes, etc not communicable ones. It means govts preventive measures, though incomplete, are working. Sevo 



[1:30 PM, 12/31/2017] Achilla: 2017 REVIEW

Somebody should tell Museveni to address the nation on these issues if he wants to get the attention of the whole nation. This business of talking about GDP, Km of roads tarmacked, our oil, security, OWC etc does not make sense any more.

1. The Kasese Massacre.

2. Constitution Amendment.

3. Death of Moslem Clerics.

4. Media Freedom, that is closure of the Mighty Red pepper.

5. High unemployment rates.

6. Unending strikes by Teachers.

7. Wakiso district women murders

8. Kawesi murder

8. Sironko district landslides.

9. GMO bill signed

10. Judicial officers strike.

11. Medical workers strike.

[1:30 PM, 12/31/2017] Wiliam: some elements in opposition spend a lot of time on term limits, agelimits instead of core issues.

 Term Limits Age Limits are not core. The core is that all power belongs to the people and it is them to decide their destiny thru elections or through their elected representatives

The Church of Uganda Prayer Book on page... has got a good piece of quotation.  It says “they do not do what they ought to do and do what they ought not to do and there is no truth in them
[1:31 PM, 12/31/2017] Omar Kalinge Nyago: Good one from a guy in Kampala:

Iam in Bunga busy watching Arsenal vs WBA. I began the match analysis at exactly 7.00pm.Now waiting for second half.I hope the most unpopular speech is done

[1:33 PM, 12/31/2017] Achilla: 🤣
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[1:33 PM, 12/31/2017] Wiliam: For NRMcadres being attacked and maligned, remember Matthew 5:11-12, "Blessed are you when they revile and persecute and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake..."  NRM transcended firing squads of Amin, extra-judicial killings, etc

[1:34 PM, 12/31/2017] Martin: I've been following The Carbonero effects since 6.30pm

The 2017  challenge was crime.

23 young women were killed,  2018 will see govt close policing gaps'.

[1:50 PM, 12/31/2017] Nsubuga: "Uganda's bright is future".
Sevo once made that statement☝🏿

[1:53 PM, 12/31/2017] Wiliam: ..Africa's traditional leadership. Other people who were colonized never survived. The Red Indians, Aztecs, Incas, Aborigines, etc

The 5 strategic goals of our contemporary elders led by ANC were: regain independence, attain democracy, work for prosperity of our people, guarante our strategic security and guarantee survival of our identity

Elements working with foreigners have tried to impose pseudo-democracy where power of people is constrained by term limits, age limits, even education qualifications

These false prophets never talk of economic integration or political integration of Africa. On issue of our identity, I don't even know where they stand.

[2:02 PM, 12/31/2017] Wiliam: To Ugandans, young and old, I propose that we discuss the five strategic goals of Africa seriously: independence, real democracy, economic integration, political integration of Africa and safeguarding our heritage

I salute the 317 MPs who defied intimidation, malignment, and blackmail and opted for a flexible Constitution to deal with destiny issues of Africa. The 317 are like the 28 cadres of Montepuez, 43 fighters who attacked Kabamba, 232 MPs who opened up term limits

The 317 MPs should deepen their understanding of NRM ideology, get out of careerism and become durable soldiers of African Revolution. They should boldly and persistently mobilize the masses to get out of poverty.

[2:04 PM, 12/31/2017] Wiliam: I end by urging media to be relevant in Africa's struggle for survival. They can talk about sports clubs, gambling but also talk about strategic goals of Africa, independence, democracy, economic integration, political integration, preserving African identity. Sevo

The Police - Every Breath You Take #Uganda #Museveni





In 2018, every breath that Uganda's dictator President Yoweri Museveni takes, I will be watching him. 



This song by the POLICE is powerful song that means, never again will my people be deceived and led astray.  Every step he takes and every move he makes and every promise he breaks... I will be watching him.



For decades, Ugandans have been fed on lies by the regime, their representatives, their MPs, their Civil Society, their opposition leaders, their journalists, their activists.  My people have been deceived for decades.



Our elites and yIntelleketchos have lead Ugandans astray and far too many have promised paradise to an impoverished population.



The jokes have to end at one point in time.  Who is watching out for the future? You have 30 million unemployed or under employed or semi slaves or full fledged slaves all wanting to know, who is the Police?  Exactly who even cares about the ills of Uganda?



I read some news stories from Media in Uganda and realised very quickly that not even the media which is supposed to inform the masses is doing a half ass job of it.  Consequently, the country needs a rescue mission.  Where people can use DRONE technology to blow up buildings or kill civilians, this new war needs no guns nor drones.  IT IS ALL IN THE MIND.  What some experts call PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE.  Psychology games have been used for centuries and centuries.



WE wanna know and we will know.  Exactly where is this liar some call Honourable president taking the country?  NO where.  No where at all.  Mark my words.  WHEN a nation kills off its elders and sells its young into slavery, that nation is doomed.  Uganda is doomed.  The ER treatment is urgent but must be decisive and well planned or else they will get away.



Martha Leah Nangalama

#Uganda has minimal healtchare for citizens, children - #Parenting

Momo wearing his Grandma's glasses and now talking after surgery




One thing which has always frightened me about Uganda is the gross negligence to health care for the entire nation.  For our elders.  Our civil servants.  Our police.  Our army.  Our people in other secutiry organisations.  Our teachers.  Our doctors.  Our nurses... nabalala nabalala.

You name anyone in Uganda and for a fact, their family has lost some relative or friend for lack of medical care.  THINGS which  Dr. Milton Obote and Gen. Iddi Amin ensured that all Ugandans had.

As a matter of fact, neither Obote nor Amin had their children born abroad, their grand children or any of that circus of STUPID you now see in Uganda.

Both presidents, sijui Anyanyas or dictators what ma call them, always went to Mulago for treatment.  It was unheard of for them to kill the National Airline so that only they would use their private Gulf Stream to fly their family to Germany (Hamburg) to born a little future dictator brat.  I cannot even begin to explain how selfish this is.

We had a great well respected University in the whole world.  It used to be called The Ivory Tower.  Makerere University.  It is now just a shadow of its former glory.

Doctors came from around the world to train in Mulago Referral hospital, teach there, perform miracles.  Mulago was the IT.  Actually, I was rather stunned when my specialist in Moncton City Hospital told me he taught at Makerere and at Mulago... THIS was of course only after I had told him that he knew nothing about Africa.  I am from Uganda.  AND that operation I had back home was performed in Bududa Hospital and my brother is ENT at Mulago...

This story is going somewhere.

BASICALLY, this doctor who knows everything was trying to keep me in hospital for 48hrs but I had homework.  My kids..they need me to help them with their homework.  So this dude had to go one way or the other.  THEN...holly crap.  I am feeding him "THIS LEAH IS SO TOUGH SHE WILL NOT STAY IN THIS HOSPITAL"... "I have taught in the medical school in Makerere.  I have also done some teaching in Mulago.  You will not be going anywyere".

NOW, THAT IS CLASS!  So basically, my life sucks.  Even the doctors here have worked in my country or in other parts of Africa.  So one cannot get away with much.

BUT what is interesting about that unclear video.  I was babysitting my little Momo (grandson Alheri-Moses).  He kept crying.  It was gonna be a looong weekend.  Normally kids calm down when you play music or when you sing.  He just would not stop.  AND for over a year, we noticed he was different a bit but a baby is a baby.

IMAGINE our shock.  The baby was deaf. TWO months ago, he had surgery and they put tubes in his ears.  The doctors said we would see a difference after 48hrs.  I swear to God..3 days later, the baby was like BORN AGAIN.  Born again.  He was happy.  Talking.  Playing. Not crying. Not screaming.  Paying attention.  Just a brand new kid. BUT all this time we did not know the baby could not hear?  Now Momo is all over the place.  Thank heaven for great doctors.  There was nothing wrong with Momo.  He just could not hear so he did not have a clue of anything at all.

AT WHAT POINT IN TIME do we make available mile stone medical checks for babies?  I also have no idea.

Martha Leah Nangalama
Moncton, Canada
Proud grandmother of Momo (he calls me Mima)..

#Uganda completes first withdrawal of troops from #Somalia in time to invade #DRCongo


KAMPALA, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Ugandan military said on Saturday it had completed the first withdrawal of 281 peacekeepers as part of condition-based drawdown of its over 6,000 troops deployed in volatile Somalia.

Ugandan military spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire told Xinhua that withdrawal of the troops is in compliance with the African Union and United Nations approved reduction of 1,000 uniformed personnel serving under African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) by the Dec. 31 deadline.

Uganda early this month begun the phased withdrawal the peacekeepers.

"We have already fulfilled our requirement as per the United Nations Security Council resolution. We have already reduced our troops there [Somalia] by 281 in compliance with the Dec. 31 deadline," said Karemire.

The UN Security Council in August 2017 extended the mandate of AMISOM until May 31, 2018, and approved a reduction of its uniformed personnel to a maximum 21,626 men by Dec. 31, with an eye toward the gradual handover of responsibilities to Somali National Security Forces.

Special Representative of the African Union Chairperson for Somalia, Francisco Madeira announced last month that some 1,000 soldiers from the 22,000 strong regional force will be withdrawn from the war torn country by Dec. 31.

AMISOM is comprised of troops drawn from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti who are deployed in six sectors covering south and central Somalia.

The phased withdrawal of troops and gradual handover of security responsibilities will be based on the ability of the Somali National Security Forces to ably take over the country's security, according to AMISOM exit strategy.

As part of the military drawdown, the pan-African body will deploy an extra 500 police officers to strengthen training and mentoring for Somali police.

Growing up in a family of #Teachers in #Uganda is not a treat - #Parenting


This is a feel good story despite the title.

Some of you have read the stories I write about some of my favourite teachers.  I have not written anything about my worstest teachers because maybe they knew something which I did not comprehend.

When Rebecca was 3yrs old and in school (junior kindergarten. In Ontario kids start school the year they turn age 4 and Becky is born end of year), I got a note from her teacher Mrs. ColaÇo saying "Rebecca is behind other kids.  She leaves her boots, mittens, hat and jacket lying all over the place. We need to teach her to pick up after herself and hang up everything in her cubical".

I wrote back "she is only 3 years old in case you did not notice.  She turns age 4 end of year".

Following week "Rebecca is not doing her homework.  It is only maximum 30 minutes daily".

REPLY "that kid still bites her sister.  Teach her to stop biting before you send her home with homework of 30 minutes.  AND if you send home any homework, I will storm the school".

REPLY "All the Chinese parents ask why I send home such little homework and you do not want Rebecca to be as smart as them and read and write like them?"

REPLY "Does Becky look Chinese to you?  Send the homework to all those parents who want their kids to be geniuses at age 4yrs old.  Mine still bites and I need her to learn to play with other kids her age instead of biting them".

Mrs. ColaÇo turned out to be the best teacher a child can have in kindergarten. She stopped sending home notes.  She was very frustrated and I too was frustrated because why must a 3yr old child have all this drama around her?

So for her 4th year birthday, my friend Sophie bought Rebecca a book.  A very big book.  A really big book.  I asked Sophie why she bought that book.  Sophie and Annie have known that kid she was born.  Sophie said, try it...she might read it.

So Mrs. ColaÇo tells the kids that next week is Show and Tell (Canada gets kids doing Public Speaking from Kindergarten) and so all kids have to bring their favourite thing and stand in front of their peers and talk about it.  Everyone is usually comfortable talking about what they love.  So kids take their teddy bears, turtles, fish, etc.. and are so in love with their thing and put on a great performance of Public Speaking.  AND they do not even know they are doing Public Speaking.

Ours took ASTERIX & OBELIX to school.  The big book.  She then proceeded to talk about why she loves the book.  Did not talk.  Just flipped a page and read some of the things Asterix says.

Mrs. Mrs. ColaÇo asked her if she understood what she had just read.  It is all in strange Aramaic Roman speak.  Kid proceeds to translate for the teacher and her classmates.

IMAGINE THE SHOCK... that thing alone made Mrs. Mrs. ColaÇo now pay attention to the kid.  Rebecca was dyslexic.  Mrs. Mrs. ColaÇo used to teach special needs children in Guyana and specialised in the ones who are dyslexic.  All of a sudden, she understood why Rebecca always acted frustrated. By the way, TISH was also dyslexic.  Mrs. Mrs. ColaÇo said that by grade 3 (P3), most kids adjust if their teachers understand and help them.  So basically, for the future of the kid, one does not know if the kid will be a slow learner or not. But many dyslexic kids and ADHD / ADD kids need a different learning environment.  OR they learn very fast and get bored and move around a lot in class and disturb other kids and piss off the teachers and they end up on medication to dumb their brains.

What Mrs. Mrs. ColaÇo did with Rebecca was go to the next grade and bring back lessons for the class ahead and give it to Becky.  Rebecca would breeze through it.  But since a child must stay with her age group for social skills, none of my kids skipped a grade.  Only had great teachers who would always challenge them and give them work from a class ahead of them.

FAST forward.  We are in Shediac. TISH was insanely "I know this. That is too boring.. Non..I hate school".  Her first teacher Mrs. Rose used to go to the next class and bring back work for her.
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Backforward...while in P2 in Bududa Primary School, the teacher for P3 (my relative, yaya Wakoma), came into P2 and asked Mrs. Joyce Masette if she could borrow me for one day.  Mrs. Masette was very glad to get rid of me for a day.

My sister sits me up front in the class room and says words, names, people, cities, towns, countries...and keeps saying I walk up to the black board and write each word she calls out.

Masaka -- well that is very stupid because it is in the telephone directory.
Kampala - that is silly because it is the capital.
Namanve -- this was very hard.  So it had to be phonetics.  Got it right.
Banyankole -- this was also tough.  But Namanve had taught me to sound out words so I got it right.
Finally, she said Afghanistan.--- Who even does this?  It had to be a trick question. So I sound it out in my head Afganistan..but I am thinking, there must be a trick.  AND by this time I am so angry I am thinking she is gonna punish my brother James and my sister Rebecca if she had asked them these things and they had gotten them wrong. SO TO save my siblings and also to spite her, I write AFGHANISTAN on the board and return to my seat to be sent back to P2.

THE HORROR --- My sister went ahead and punished my siblings.  I became personne non grata at home. AND all this time, not even Leah knew it was a trick by Wakoma.

Afghanistan was spelled as a mistake by intention.  So you see, sometimes in our anger, we might intentionally screw up and then if the planets and stars are aligned, we might have the right answer.

May all your mistakes turn out to be the solutions earth needs.  If you are gonna fuck up, please ensure that it turns out to be a good mistake.

Martha Leah Nangalama
PS:  Tasha (Tish) got mad at her teacher for asking her to read out things.  DOCUMENTARY.  Kid told Mrs. Rose "that is a very big word. I am gonna kill it because it is too big for me (age 5)".  She proceeded to read it perfectly.  She was immediately promoted to Grade 1 (P1) as the class had to ditch 4 kids for being too full. Intended mistake that pays off.  Of course she had to do Grade 1 twice because she was also slapping her sister and father and needed to learn social skills.

Officers shot in #Colorado #Denver - #USA


UPDATE: 14:48 AST

DENVER (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy was killed and four others were wounded Sunday in a shooting in suburban Denver that capped a year of deadly attacks in the United States. Two civilians were also injured.

The shooting happened after deputies were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance in Highlands Ranch, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter. The suspected gunman was also shot and is believed to be dead and “no longer a threat.”


Shots were fired in the course of the investigation at the Copper Canyon Apartments, a landscaped complex 16 miles (28 kilometers) south of Denver, the sheriff’s office said. Residents in the vicinity were advised to stay inside and avoid exterior walls and windows.

A hospital where three people were taken for treatment says those people suffered noncritical injuries. Another nearby hospital said it received four patients but wouldn’t release their conditions.

The shooting occurred on the final day of a year that saw the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas.


DENVER (AP) — A number of deputies were wounded after being called to the scene of a domestic disturbance in suburban Denver on Sunday, authorities said.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said via its Twitter account that shots were fired in the course of the investigation and “multiple” deputies were injured. The shooting happened at the Copper Canyon Apartments in Highlands Ranch. The landscaped apartment complex is 16 miles (28 kilometers) south of Denver.

Residents in the vicinity were advised to stay inside and avoid exterior walls and windows.

“During the Investigation, shots were fired and multiple deputies were injured. No status on the deputies and no status on civilian injuries. Please avoid this area,” the sheriff’s office said in a terse tweet.

Law enforcement agencies including the Parker Police Department, the Lone Tree Police Department, the Castle Rock Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol were lending assistance.

Museveni Presser on Bahima and Bairu Sectarianism


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#Toronto #Canada shortens New Year's Eve party due to coldest weather in over 100 years


Where is the famous Global Warming? Canada and USA are experiencing very extreme cold weather. So is Europe. Just to give you an idea, here is what CBC (Canada Broadcasting Corporation is saying):

The party meant to ring in 2018 in downtown Toronto has been shortened due to record-setting extreme cold, city officials announced on Friday.

Nathan Phillips Square was poised to send off Canada's 150th year on Sunday night with a big bash. The city put a freeze on some of the events that feature public skating, live music and a fireworks display after the stroke of midnight over concerns for public health in the frigid temperatures.
Extreme cold puts a freeze on multiple NYE events throughout Canada

"The city is taking all measures to protect the health and safety of the public, artists, volunteers and event staff," a news release issued on Friday said.

The city says the party will now begin at 11:30 p.m. and will include live music, a countdown until midnight, followed by a fireworks display.
Cold to smash 119-year-old temperature record

Although a high of -8 C is expected Saturday, the brief respite from the cold won't last long. A high of -16 C is in store Sunday and a wind chill of -30 will make it feel much colder, according to Environment Canada.

Peter Kimbell, warning preparedness meteorologist for Environment Canada, predicts Sunday night's cold snap will edge into record-breaking territory bottoming out at -23 C. The previous record for this date was set in 1899, when it hit -21.1 C.


Officials are asking people to bundle up for the New Year's Eve celebrations at Nathan Philips Square. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

The federal weather agency also predicts an extreme cold warning will be issued Sunday morning as another blast of Arctic air moves across the province plummeting temperatures well below the seasonal mark.

"The city will continue to monitor weather conditions over the next 48 hours and make further adjustments if necessary," the release read.

But officials told reporters on Friday afternoon they will cancel the celebration if the temperature hits -20 C or colder, or if the wind picks up.

Party pooper: Extreme cold cancels some NYE events on Parliament Hill
Charlottetown cancels New Year's Eve celebration due to cold weather

The move comes Friday after Ottawa announced some of Parliament Hill's events will been cancelled due to the deep freeze that's gripping the province and much of Canada. Charlottetown also won't host its New Year's Eve celebrations.

Toronto, Ontario is central but even other places across Canada are experiencing this deep freeze from Vancouver on the West Coast to Halifax on the East Coast.  Below is a picture from Moncton (Shediac which is close to Halifax) and we are really freezing.

The problem with this is we live in the moment.  Most of us.  So when some scientists say we have Global Warming...like seriously?

Martha Leah Nangalama
Moncton, Canada

Saturday, December 30, 2017

What is secret about #Museveni's military GAO in #Uganda?


WHAT IS SECRET ABOUT MUSEVENI'S MILITARY GAO?

Last week Museveni's military tribunal convicted six junior officers for leaking classified information and they were sentenced to two months’ imprisonment. They were accused of conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline. That they used social media to download and share classified military documents referred to as General Administrative Order (GAO) that contained instructions and names of promoted officers.

Within the military there are ways of communicating administrative orders and instructions to all soldiers. There is the Part Two Orders at company level. Part One Orders (POO) at battalion level, Brigade Orders, Garrison Orders and Division Orders. Such orders which can be on a daily, monthly or yearly basis contain announcements of special incidents, functions, or instructions issued out to servicemen. They are printed, signed by the head of that particular unit and posted on notice boards.

At army headquarters level, the Commander in Chief (CIC) gives administrative orders and instructions through the General Administrative Orders (GAO). Since it is only the CIC who commissions, promotes, demotes, appoints, and deploys gazetted officers, such instructions come through the GAO. Such documents containing administrative instructions are not secret since they don’t concern security operations.

At most, they can be classified as "restricted" to members of the military but even they reach the public domain, there would be not any breach of security. This particular promotion exercise was hastily arranged around late November 2017 just four days after the army in Zimbabwe had moved against the 37 years old dictatorship of Museveni's mentor, Robert Mugabe.

Museveni who developed a cold, as usual moved very fast to hoodwink his soldiers with ceremonial promotions and promises of a pay rise. He elevated five Brigadiers to the rank of Maj. Gen., 25 Colonels to the rank of Brigadier and two Lt Cols to Colonel. This category of senior officers, most of whom hold no significant assignment in active military service was designed to provide a smokescreen for the 300 officers from CMI and SFC who were also promoted. The uniqueness of this particular promotion is that the rest of the army departments and units were not considered.

The six charged who included one Captain and five Lieutenants appeared before the Unit Disciplinary Committee (UDC) under the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) chaired by Col. Tom Kabuye. They are Capt. Kyamwiru, Lt. Nakora, Lt. Kahamba, Lt. Asiimwe, Lt. Kabagambe, and Lt. Watwaluma. The mother units of all the accused are SFC, Armoured Welfare Training School Kalama and Oliver Tambo Leadership School Kaweweta and non of them is from CMI. Being the lowest level military tribunal, the UDC is mandated to try personnel who belong to that particular mother Unit. The fact is that the six officers were tried by the UDC of CMI instead of their mother units and more so from where the alleged crime was committed, reveals a lot more serious background to the disciplinary action other than what has been disclosed to the public.

To fully understand the argument, one needs to examine the identities of the six junior officers and the sensitivity of their mother units. They are 98% westerners and Hima by ethnicity who exclusively serve under the SFC and its sub-units including Armoured Warfare.

In July 2016, Museveni's General Court Martial (GCM) convicted six soldiers over treason linked to Gen. Ssejusa. All the six are ethnic Hima of which two were from SFC's Task Force Battalion and Tank Battalion respectively while the rest had been aides to Gen. Ssejusa. They were Rwakyozi, Mwebaze, Ninsiima, Nayebare, Kakarugahi and Rubanuuma. Therefore, ever since that incident which was the first of its kind for ethnic Hima army officers to plot against Museveni, the situation never remained the same within the SFC.

There is a lot of suspicion and sidelining thus a high possibility that the recently accused officers were motivated by the fact that they had unfairly and unreasonably missed out on promotions. By their own confessions, they pleaded that "it was out of ignorance and excitement over the promotion of their colleagues."

The tone of the statement impliedly reveals that their action was driven by anger, despair, frustration and disappointment. The sharing of the list on social media must have been construed by Museveni and his Intelligence apparatus to mean act of disgruntlement thus treated as rebellious. That is why CMI swung into action to pick the six junior officers from their different mother units, interrogate them, brief Museveni of its findings who in turn must have decided their fate.

There is no doubt therefore, after serving their sentence, the six soldiers will not rejoin their mother units but will be referred to the General Headquarters for redeployment to their less significant units while CMI will keep constant watch on them. The little known CMI's Col. Tom Kabuye who chaired the trial UDC is a veteran of the Luwero Bush War who was seriously wounded and remained with a paralysed right hand and leg.

For some years he was the Intelligence Officer for the army General Headquarters until in the early 1990s when he was involved in abuse of office by way of aiding 'supply of air' together with among others now Brig. Sam Nakuru who had been the Administrative Officer. The matter was swept under the carpet and then Capt. Tom Kabuye was grounded at the then DMI headquarters.

Since Baganda have no top space in Museveni's intelligence machinery, ever since, he has continued to linger around CMI without being involved in mainstream intelligence handling but simple administrative functions of support staff. He was only dragged into presiding over this particular illegal and repressive act by the so called UDC. Actually, CMI being a mere department of the army under General Headquarters, can not constitute a UDC.

It is for the same reason that even its own personnel have always been taken before the UDC of the army General Headquarters (GHQS). The case in point is of a one Capt. Godfrey Barigye of CMI who was recently charged before the GHQS UDC for theft of gold before the matter was referred to the General Court Martial. This was the first time that CMI was convening a UDC and the move was designed to cover-up some mischief.

Owing to the absence of clear guidelines on promotions and appointments in Museveni's army, officers rely on patronage and luck to be elevated or to have their services recognized and rewarded in form of promotion and appointment. As such documents like the GAO are treated like top secret military documents yet the contents are officially shares by the same authorities with the media. Therefore, the six junior officers are victims of a repressive and paranoid establishment.

INFORMATION IS POWER AND "HITTING ON THE HEAD" IS THE WAY TO GO
change of guards blog





#Uganda's president #Museveni has ordered all TV, Radio stations to broadcast his 2018 New Year message



All is good in Uganda.  The UCC (Uganda Communications Control) can suspend your license or arrest you or shut you down or all the above if you ignore a directive from President General Yoweri Museveni.

Consequently, the entire nation of 40.5 million people must stop what they are doing and all switch on their Television sets and watch their beloved leader deliver to them a message of how he is gonna end poverty in 2018.

Alternatively, the ones with no TV sets or electricity, they must buy batteries and put in their radios and listen to the Museveni's 4hr address to the Nation about the good times ahead in 2018 where Uganda will get many investors, build its own Social Media network and pump Museveni's oil.

This country must also know that Museveni intends to address the daily killings, kidnappings, torture and tear gas that are dumping the mood of the nation.  BUT BUT, what if he is to say that screw the life presidency, he is stepping down?  FOR SURE, this is not a State of the Nation address you wanna miss.

Alternatively, instead of the 4hrs, you could also listen to the 10 minutes attached here. AND no one is gonna shut off your phone for not listening.  Some of us tetulina MAGYE!

This is too much fun.

Happy New Year Uganda!
Martha Leah Nangalama

#Chiwenga the force behind #Zimbabwe's "Crocodile" president #Mnangagwa


HARARE (Reuters) - His wife is a beauty queen, his troops unseated Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, and his motorcade is fit for a president. General Constantino Chiwenga, head of the armed forces until earlier this month, is on a roll.

On Dec. 15 his 10-vehicle convoy, complete with soldiers toting AK-47 assault rifles, roared into a congress of the ruling ZANU-PF party. It was one of several displays of power by Zimbabwe’s generals since they helped oust Mugabe, the southern African nation’s ruler of 37 years, on Nov. 21.

Ostensibly Chiwenga, 61, is subordinate to the veteran politician who replaced Mugabe as president: Emmerson Mnangagwa, nicknamed the Crocodile. Mnangagwa, 75, was sworn in on Nov. 24 and promised to hold elections in 2018.

But since Mugabe was deposed and Mnangagwa installed, moves by senior military men have suggested the president is the junior partner in an army-dominated administration. Following a month of speculation about his role in Mnangagwa’s government, Chiwenga was named vice president on Dec. 23. He was also appointed defense minister on Dec. 29, so retaining control of the military.

That perception of Mnangagwa’s disempowerment is buttressed by reports seen by Reuters from inside Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO). “The generals have tasted power and they are not willing to let it go,” reads one intelligence report, dated Nov. 29. “They want to enjoy the fruits of removing Mugabe from power.”

Another report, from Nov. 22, described the backroom negotiations to form a post-Mugabe government. “Chiwenga is the one going to have final say as power is in his hands. He is now the most feared man in government and party as well as the whole country,” it said.

The documents reviewed by Reuters are the latest installments in a series of hundreds of intelligence reports the news agency has seen from inside the CIO dating back to 2009. Reuters has not been able to determine their intended audience, but the documents cover every aspect of Zimbabwean political life over the last eight years - Mugabe, the top echelons of his ZANU-PF party, the military, opposition parties and the white business community.

In the dying days of Mugabe’s regime, the CIO – the principal organ of Mugabe’s police state – split into two factions. One served the interests of Mnangagwa, the other those of his main political rival, Grace Mugabe, the president’s 52-year-old wife, according to several Zimbabwean intelligence sources.

Much of the content of the CIO reports has turned out to be correct, including an intelligence finding reported by Reuters in September that the army was backing then vice-president Mnangagwa to take over from Mugabe.

Army spokesman Overson Mugwisi did not respond to requests for comment on behalf of Chiwenga. However, a senior general appointed to Mnangagwa’s post-Mugabe cabinet, Air Force chief Perrance Shiri, said there was nothing wrong in having military men in government.

“Who says military people should never be politicians?” he told reporters at a lunch to celebrate the cabinet’s inauguration on Dec. 4. “I am a Zimbabwean. I’ve got every right to participate in the country’s politics.”

Mnangagwa did not reply to an interview request for this article and his spokesman, George Charamba, did not respond to a request for comment. Mnangagwa’s lawyer, Edwin Manikai, said the president wanted to “work with anybody who adds value to the economy,” in line with the new leader’s stated desire to halt Zimbabwe’s precipitous economic decline under Mugabe.



“DEMOCRATIC CORRECTION”

Mugabe’s removal started with soldiers entering Harare on Nov. 14 and announcing in the early hours of Nov. 15 that they had taken control. Military vehicles took to the streets and gunfire and explosions were heard in parts of the capital. “It is not a military takeover of government,” said General Sibusiso Moyo, reading a statement on TV.

The generals dubbed their project “Operation Restore Legacy.” They called the move a “democratic correction” against a 93-year-old leader whose decisions, they alleged, were being manipulated by an ambitious wife half his age. Reuters was unable to contact Grace Mugabe for comment.

Since his appointment, Mnangagwa has promised to rebuild relations with the West, to protect foreign investors and to hold elections.

“I intend, nay, am required, to serve our country as the president of all citizens, regardless of color, creed, religion, tribe or political affiliation,” he said after being sworn in. The voice of the people was the “voice of God.”

But for many Zimbabweans, actions speak louder than words.

On Dec. 4, Mnangagwa appointed Shiri, the Air Force chief, to the post of minister of agriculture. Moyo, the general who had announced the military’s intervention, became foreign minister.

“Mnangagwa has got the reins but he cannot operate outside the generals that put him in office,” said Martin Rupiya, a Zimbabwean professor at the University of South Africa in Pretoria and an expert on the Zimbabwe military.

On Dec. 6, Foreign Minister Moyo publicly overruled Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa, a civilian lawyer, as he outlined the financial terms of a Chinese loan for Harare airport.

“You should tell the reporters not to include the terms,” Moyo told Chinamasa, wagging his finger at him and the reporters gathered at the finance ministry for the announcement.

Chinamasa said the incident was the result of a misunderstanding and did not reflect military muscle-flexing. Moyo did not respond to a request for comment.

Ever since a guerrilla war against colonial Britain and white-minority rule in the 1960s and 1970s, Zimbabweans have been used to the army and intelligence services playing a covert role in politics. But to many Zimbabweans, the appointment of military men to the cabinet was a shock.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change reminded the ruling party in a statement on Dec. 18 that “members of the security services are bound by the Constitution not to operate as political activists of any political party.”

Tendai Biti, finance minister in a 2009-2013 unity government, expressed concern at “the obvious militarization” of the Zimbabwean state. “You cannot make a direct transition from the barracks to public office. We believe citizens should have that right to choose their representatives,” he said.

International Crisis Group analyst Piers Pigou said the “deployment of serving senior military officers removes the last pretence of non-military bias in Zimbabwe’s politics. This is vintage wine in a camouflage decanter.”
AMERICA AND CHINA

If there were overt military rule, it could complicate Mnangagwa’s efforts to get Zimbabwe’s economy back on its feet, some Western diplomats say. Since the seizure by the Mugabe regime of thousands of white-owned commercial farms after 2000, Zimbabwe’s GDP has almost halved and the banking system has endured a meltdown that saw inflation top out at 500 billion percent in 2008. To kick-start growth, Mnangagwa will need to clear $1.8 billion of arrears with multilateral lenders such as the World Bank. He will also have to attract private investors.

“These things don’t happen overnight, and they have to really show they will implement what they say they will do. That is key,” said Christian Beddes, the Zimbabwe representative of the International Monetary Fund.

Britain’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, told Reuters on Nov. 29 that Britain could extend a bridging loan to help Zimbabwe clear World Bank and African Development Bank arrears, but such support would depend on “democratic progress.”

U.S. Ambassador Harry Thomas avoided the term “coup” to describe Mugabe’s overthrow, referring to it as a “military intervention.” Thomas said Mnangagwa’s administration should be judged by its performance - most notably whether it manages to hold credible elections next year. He was speaking on Dec. 6, two days after the cabinet was sworn in.

China too is an interested party. It has significant investments and loans outstanding in Zimbabwe and long ties to Mugabe, Mnangagwa and Chiwenga.

In early November, after Mugabe had sacked Mnangagwa for plotting against him, Mnangagwa met Chiwenga in China, said two sources familiar with the general’s movements. Chiwenga also met Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan, and the pair even discussed tactics to be used in the coup, according to two sources familiar with the talks. Beijing did not respond to a request for comment. Its Foreign Ministry has previously described Chiwenga’s visit as a “normal military exchange mutually agreed upon by China and Zimbabwe.”

Speaking at a signing ceremony for the Harare airport loan in December, Chinese ambassador Huang Ping said China’s government would “continue to support the Zimbabwean government in their economic development.”
GOLFING GENERAL

For Chiwenga, quitting as armed forces chief on Dec. 18 was the first time he had stepped out of uniform in more than four decades.

An ethnic Karanga like Mnangagwa, Chiwenga joined Mugabe’s Chinese-backed ZANLA guerrilla army in the early 1970s. He received his training in Mozambique, where he learned Portuguese, as well as in Tanzania and China. As part of Mugabe’s close-protection unit in Mozambique, Chiwenga had regular exposure to Zimbabwe’s fiercely intellectual future leader, from whom the soldier acquired a respect for education and a keen nose for politics, according to a senior regional intelligence source who knows Chiwenga.

After independence in 1980, Chiwenga managed to thrive in the dangerous world of Zimbabwe’s security forces.

According to a 2014 domestic media report of his divorce settlement with his first wife, Jocelyn, he owned, among other things, properties in Harare’s exclusive Borrowdale Brooke neighborhood, an apartment in Malaysia, a safari company, a fleet of luxury vehicles and a jewelry collection that included 40 gold watches, 45 sets of diamond earrings and a tiara. Chjiwenga has not commented on the report, which Reuters was unable to verify independently, and an army spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. Asked about the report, Chiwenga’s ex-wife Jocelyn said, “You seem to have all the information already so what more do you want?”

Chiwenga’s name has been linked to several of the darkest chapters of Zimbabwe’s history. In 2003 he, Mnangagwa and Mugabe were among 77 Zimbabweans sanctioned by the United States for allegedly undermining “democratic processes” and causing “politically motivated violence” in elections the previous year. Mugabe’s administration denied committing human rights violations and rejected the sanctions as an example of international bias against his rule.

Chiwenga was also a senior figure in the western region of Matabeleland in 1983 during the so-called Gukurahundi massacres, in which the army’s North Korean-trained 5 Brigade cracked down on supporters of Mugabe’s liberation war era rival, Joshua Nkomo. An estimated 20,000 ethnic Ndebele, including women and children, were killed. Chiwenga was not directly involved, but as commander of 1 Brigade in the city of Bulawayo, he provided “logistical support” to the operation, according to the 2017 book Kingdom, Power, Glory by Australian researcher Stuart Doran that draws on recently declassified diplomatic and defense archives. Shiri, now minister of land and agriculture, was 5 Brigade’s commander at the time; Mnangagwa was minister of state security.

In a 2016 interview with Britain’s New Statesman magazine, Mnangagwa dismissed allegations he was a Gukurahundi “enforcer,” saying these were smears peddled by political opponents. An army spokesman did not respond to a request for comment by Chiwenga or Shiri about their role in Gukurahundi. As career military officers, they have rarely given interviews and are not known to have commented on the massacres.

Chiwenga was head of the army in 2008 when troops removed thousands of artisanal miners from the Chiadzwa diamond fields in the eastern district of Marange. Before the army moved in, Marange had been open to small-scale local operators. According to Human Rights Watch, at least 200 people were killed, and the army then went on to use forced child labor and torture in running the fields for its own benefit. An army spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

In Mnangagwa, most of whose career has also been spent in security or intelligence, Chiwenga has a formidable rival. But - at 14 years Mnangagwa’s junior – Chiwenga has time to play the long game for himself and his comrades in arms.

“The generals want Mnangagwa to run for one or two terms before handing over to Chiwenga,” the Nov. 29 intelligence report reads. “They want Chiwenga to be in power for two terms before handing over to the next general to be announced.”