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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Guidelines on being a Justice Activist for #Uganda

So you got your law degree from Naseero RD University and you want to join the fight to free Uganda from bondage. Thanks for dreaming.

It is noble to fight for your people. Prepare to get scars.

Of all the private messages one stands out. "I wnt 2 b lyk U". First of all I want you to be better when you grow up and join the lion den.

Second of all, Unglish is not an International language so learn to write the Queen's language.

"Bt am gud in Inglish".  Eyes rolling up!  I hope Naseero RD has a refund program for your tuition.

Third of all, do you have sources of income which will pay your bills so that you do not get bought out?

"My dad is going to be an MP so I will be okay".

Exactly what makes you think a job in Uganda parliament will help you to become an activist?

Most Activists, the few of us, have qualifications which can get us jobs outside of the regime.  Incidentally we are all good candidates for high end jobs for the regime.

It is possible that I will be sacked but will likely walk away with $500,000 and go to the beach.

When you choose to fight for Uganda, ensure that you cannot be bought for then you would never raise your voice.

So you hate reading and writing!  Activism involves a lot of reading and writing.  But you are welcome to the club.

Martha Leah Nangalama
My voice is not for sale. I will never betray my people. Twitter allows 140 characters. I am the 141st char. @mlnangalama.  I keep things real.

PICTURES: #Kenya elections - why #Museveni is stuck between a rock and a hard place


When Museveni came to power in 1986, Kenya was the first victim of his regional military aggression.  Kenya was suspicious of Museveni's association with Gadaffi and Museveni's links with the communist block. With the insurgency in the north and northeastern Uganda, about 2000 Ugandan refugees fled to Kenya. Ugandan dissidents based in Kenya carried out attacks on Local Council officials in the areas of Busia and Tororo. Dissident groups like FOBA and individuals like Aggrey Awori were identified by the Kampala regime as being behind the attacks.
Museveni amassed troops along the border and around December 1987 the tensions escalated into a three days military confrontation. Uganda troops overpowered Kenya Police and GSU and attacked Adongosi police station, two kms inside Kenya from Busia border post.  Consequently, Uganda's trade, transport and communication links were temporarily disrupted.  Uganda cut off electricity supply to Kenya.  Kenya imprisoned and sentenced to nine years a Kenyan Journalist on charges of spying for Uganda. The standoff was resolved through talks between Museveni and Moi but it was not yet over.
In Early 1990s, Kenya accused MUSEVENI of harboring and facilitating the military training of Kenyan dissidents. Uganda hosted a Kenyan dissident, self styled Brig. John Steven Ochieng Amoke alias Brig. John Odong.  Kenya alleged that he was the head of the rebel group, February Eighteenth Revolutionary Army (FERA).  
Kenya went ahead to allege that with Uganda's assistance, over 1,000 Kenyans had had military training in both Libya and the then SPLA controlled territory in Southern Sudan. Museveni turned down Kenya's request to have Brig. Odong extradited to Kenya to stand trial.  Museveni cited international law since Odong was a recognised refugee. Note:  If it had been now, under the EAC and in particular the Coalition of the Willing (COWI) and its defence and security pact, he would just hand over the victim to be slaughtered.
Museveni went ahead to claim that he had personally known John Odong since 1972. Twenty Kenyans were charged with treason related to FERA and sentenced to ten years imprisonment. The tension was put down by relocating John Odong to Ghana. It is a fact that Museveni had zeroed in on John Odong after a prominent politician, Kijana Wa Wamalwa proved incapable while Railla Oding refused straight away.
In August 1993, former Obote II Cabinet Minister and Deputy Director of NASA, Amon Baziira was gunned down along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.  It is said that he was on his way from meeting President Moi at Eldoret State Lodge.  Baziira had fled to Kenya after putting in place an armed rebel group, NALU around the Congo side of the Rwenzori mountain.  Baziira who hailed from Kasese is suspected to have been gunned down by Uganda's ESO agents under Kahinda Otafiire who was its Director General at the time.
It was around the same time that Lt. Col. Ronald Kawuma was deployed by ESO to infiltrate suspected dissident groups based in Kenya.  However, after Kawuma publicly declared war against Museveni he was arrested and incarcerated in the Makindye dungeons from where he died.
Museveni's military adventures in Rwanda and the Congo helped to redirect his focus from Kenya. From the experience in Rwanda and Congo, Museveni came up with the idea of securing a regional security alliance through the revival of the defunct East African Community (EAC).
In 1917 the British colonial authority had established a Customs Union between Kenya and Uganda.  In 1927 Tanzania joined the union which transformed into the East African High Commission in 1948.  In 1961 it transformed into East African Common Services Organisation (EACSO).  It provided for a customs union, external tariff, currency, postal and common service in transport and communications, research and education. 
In 1967 the EAC was born out of the EACSO until 1977 when it disintegrated. The causes of the disintegration is a subject of discussion. Uganda had Iddi Amin who was not seeing eye to eye with Tanzania's Nyerere. Kenya was aligned to the west and pursuing capitalist policies while Tanzania was close to China and pursuing communist policies. However, Kenya is alleged to have grabbed much of the community assets.
Museveni saw a regional integration as a strategic security measure against his political opponents establishing bases in neighboring countries. He also saw it as an opportunity for him to become the leader of the EAC political federation. That is partly why he has continued to hold on power in Uganda. At home he was facing an armed rebellion from the predominantly Luo ethnic group whom he had dislodged from power a decade ago.
He had been engaged with the South Sudanese SPLA so as to detach it from its Luo cousins of Northern Uganda. Kenya's Western region has a number of ethnic communities whose populations are a spillover from Uganda -the Luo, Luhya, Kalenjin, Iteso etc. In 2007 a prominent Luo, Raila Odinga contested for the Presidency in Kenya.  Fearing a Luo victory in Kenya for the above stated reasons, Museveni favoured Mwai Kibaki, a Kikuyu.
During the bloody election violence, the section of the Uganda Railway in Raila Odinga's constituency was uprooted by angry mobs in protest for Museveni's alleged involvement in elections.  Raila Odinga had called in during a live radio talk show, KFM in Kampala and alleged that Ugandan troops were sighted in Kisumu, Eldoret and the other border areas. It was also alleged that Kenyan residents of Malaba had intercepted a lorry full of Uganda army uniforms destined for Kenya.
Uganda bound goods trucks were attacked thus paralysing flow of essential commodities like fuel and other goods into Uganda. Uganda denied its involvement but recently Gen. Ssejusa confirmed that Museveni had sent security forces into Kenya during the 2007 election violence. Later, at Mweya, Museveni admitted his role thus; "Recently there was election in one country. As usual, some people wanted to reject results and cause trouble. Someone who knew our experience in dealing with trouble makers approached us and we rented them equipment. We helped them."
As usual, after pouring fuel into the volatile situation, the panicky Museveni rushed to Kenya pretending to mediate between the warring parties. Raila Odinga out rightly rejected Museveni's mediation and he bowed out.  It was former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, who secured a power sharing deal that saw the aggrieved Railla Odinga become the Prime Minister.  In a turn of events, during Museveni's election campaigns in 2010, then Prime Minister Railla Odinga came to Uganda and boosted Museveni's campaign trail.
Interestingly, in the same contest was for UN undersecretary, Olara Otunu, a Luo, who was rumored to have been partly sponsored by Railla Odinga who accused the opposition for failing to unite under a joint candidate. Museveni capitalised on the help he had extended to Railla Odinga when he was fleeing the Moi regime to Norway.  Later at a function in Dar Es Salaam, while commenting on the disputed Mgingo Island, Museveni said that the Luos of Kenya were mad. He was speaking in reference to the 2007 uprooting of the railway in Kibera during the riots.
When the ICC indicted Uhuru Kenyata over the 2007 election violence, Museveni opportunistically jumped in to attack it as an imperialist tool against African leaders.  He supported Uhuru Kenyata's presidential bid against Railla Odinga. During Kenya's 50th independence anniversary in Nairobi in December 2013, Museveni thanked Kenyans for voting against 'the wishes of western imperialists." He unsuccessfully tried to dissuade President Uhuru Kenyatta from going to the Hague claiming that he had credible intelligence that that they were to be retained there. In September 2014, the ICC dropped charges against Uhuru Kenyatta.  In December 2014, during the AU Peace and Security Council summit on terrorism in Nairobi, Museveni opportunistically called upon African states to get out of the ICC.
All along, Museveni had been pushing for the fast-tracking of the EAC and in Uhuru Kenyatta he found a partner of convenience.  However, Museveni had problems with Tanzania's cautious approach to EAC affairs that was being mistaken for 'slow pace'.  Matters were made worse when Tanzania expelled illegal immigrants from Uganda and Rwanda.  
Earlier, President Kikwete had had problems with Rwanda's Paulo Kagame and Museveni after he advised them to talk to their armed groups.  Museveni rallied Rwanda's Kagame and Kenya's Uhuru into the Coalition of the Willing (COWI) that excluded Burundi and Tanzania.  COWI resolved to fast-track the political integration with or without Tanzania by 2016. This was during the so called Northern Corridor Heads of State summit in Kigali where Tanzania was not invited. COWI went ahead to put in place a single tourist visa and free movement of nationals using national IDs.
In January 2014 COWI Defence and Security Ministers and security chiefs met in Kigali and signed Museveni's most cherished a Defence an security pact under the guise of fighting terrorism and other transnational crimes.  In early 2015, then Tanzania's President Kikwete addressed a parliamentary session in which he assured his country that it was still a strong member and advocate of EAC. He said; "....they are calling themselves the Coalition of the Willing with intentions to isolate us. They are in some conspiracy to put us aside."
Burundi sided with Tanzania before causing Rwanda of supporting its enemies.  In the meantime, around late 2015, Uganda and Kenya settled on construction of a K shs 400b oil pipeline from Hoima to to Lamu via Turkanaland. Uhuru Kenyatta visited Uganda and even addressed parliament. In August 2015, Museveni accused Railla Odinga of being against regional integration owing to the latter's opposition to Uganda sugar being exported to Kenya.
On September 3rd 2015, the ODM Secretary General, Ababu Nawamba while addressing students at Strathmore University said; ".....Ugandan dictatorship and prevention of freedoms of expression can not be allowed in Kenya.  Let Museveni do that in his country.  He has the tendency of brainwashing the people's minds and enticing them with niceties in the guise of initiating developmental projects."
In February 2016 while on a campaign trail in Nakasongola, Museveni asked Uhuru Kenyatta to control 'his people' campaigning for his opponent, Dr. Besigye. He said; " I would like to ask Railla Odinga to control his supporters more so those Luos that are campaigning for my opponent especially on Facebook. Those people are influencing Ugandans so much and I will not take it anymore. I don't know what they are gaining from trying to bring me down by poisoning the minds of Ugandans but their campaign seems to succeed among the elites."
Museveni also visited Nairobi in March 2016 to follow up on the oil pipeline project but the opposition ODM lambasted the visit arguing that it was wrong for Uhuru to host Museveni without discussing the controversial Mgingo Island issue. At the same time, Museveni was having parallel discussion with Tanzania over an alternative oil pipeline route.  Kenya was displeased with this development. Eventually Museveni settled for the Tanzania route thus dumping the Kenyan one on flimsy grounds of insecurity and cost of land compensation.
During the same month while in Mbale, Museveni attacked Railla Odinga thus; ....if Railla loses the elections in 2017, which I am sure President Uhuru will beat him, Luos will vandalize our pipeline just like they vandalised the railway in Kibera.  These Jaluos of Kenya are very mad and that is why we can not risk investing in Kenya.  That is why most of them make a lot of noise and die poor because they don't think development. In fact, even President Uhuru is so patient."
When Museveni militarily intervened in the South Sudan conflict, Railla Odinga said that "Museveni is an opportunist and should withdraw from Migingo Island before deploying in South Sudan."
The truth is that after realising that his schemes can't do without Tanzania and more so, President Magufuli had mended fences with Kagame, he had to move very fast to get hooked to Tanzania through the oil pipeline. Tanzania's Magufuli and Rwanda's Kagame had jointly launched a One-Stop-Border-Post at Rusumo.
On the Kenyan border, Magufuli and Uhuru had launched construction of a number of road linking their two countries.  Moreover, he was already done with Kenya when it was duped into the Coalition of the Willing (COWI), the SGR project, the Defence and Security Pact, free tourism and travel zone etc.
Museveni did not like Kenya's involvement in Somalia yet it was directly affected by the Alshabaab militants. He had wanted to remain the only player in Somalia so as to blackmail the West.  It was until Kenyan troops entered Somalia and swiftly took over the strategic post of Kisimayo, that Museveni's troops also moved out of the Airport and State House and took over all the districts of the Capital Mogadishu.
You recall what happened in the Congolese city of Kisangani when the Uganda and Rwanda troops clashed over influence. In August 2012 Uganda lost three of its combat helicopters in Kenya enroute to Somalia. It is most likely even the delay to start the construction of the Malaba - Kampala Standard Guage Railway (SGR) section is because Museveni is eyeing the much anticipated Dar EsSalaam - Mwanza SGR where Tanzania has promised to construct an inland port at Mwanza to cater for Uganda.
Kenya has completed its first phase of Mombasa-nairobi while Uganda has not yet started.
In Tanzania the main opposition, CHADEMA has declared its intentions to support Uhuru Kenyatta in the upcoming August Kenya polls. It argues that President Uhuru has excelled in promoting democracy and has not arrested and persecuted the opposition in Kenya. It further argues that the opposition candidate Railla Odinga is a traitor – in the 2012 Kenya elections, CHADEMA supported Odinga but in 2015 Tanzania elections Odinga supported Magufuli who trounces the CHADEMA candidate, Edward Lowasa.

Earlier in May, Tanzania's Foreign Affairs Minister, Augustine Mahiga refuted claims by sections of Kenya media that Tanzania was facilitating Odinga's National Supper Alliance plots to hack into the Electoral Commission's system during the upcoming August polls. The allegations further disclosed that the Odinga camp was to set up a Tallying Centre in Tanzania for this purpose. President Magufuli is said to be a close friend of Railla Odinga. Earlier on even before Magufuli was elected as President, Kenya had developed skepticism. In his farewell address to parliament, then President Kikwete had this to say; "....only some crazy person can contemplate shift of policy as far as good relations with Kenya is concerned.  Let nobody have any misgivings about relations with Kenya in case the CCM candidate wins the elections."
Later on, in Nairobi, Kikwete assured Kenyans thus; "......it is true Magufuli and Railla are good friends just like I am a good friend of Kalonzo Musyoka.  But being friends with Kenyan opposition leaders does not and can not affect our good relations with the Kenyan government." President Magjfuli's friendship with Railla Odinga date back to the days when both of them were Ministers of Works in their respective countries.
In 2012 Magufuli attended an ODM event at Kasarani stadium where he expresses support for then Presidential candidate, Railla Odinga. Back in Tanzania, the opposition protested over Magufuli's open support for Railla. In January 2015, then Minister Magufuli attended the burial of Railla's son, Fidel in Kisumu. During President Magufuli's swearing in ceremony, Railla Odinga was accorded almost an equall reception with President Uhuru.

In April 2016, now President Magufuli hosted Railla Odinga, his wife and daughter at his upcountry home in Geita for three days. Now, Kenya's Starehe M.P, Maina Kamanda has publicly issued a statement to the effect that Railla Odinga is being funded by Ma Presidents Magufuli, South Sudan's Silva Kiir and other unnamed foreign powers to destablise Kenya. Much earlier, there had been an incident where Tanzania banned Kenyan tourist vans from ferrying tourists to Serengeti National Park. In retaliation, Kenya banned Tanzanian tourist vans from accessing Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Kenya went ahead to reduce its airway flights between the two. countries. However, such minor contradictions were resolved amicably.
Museveni is a sworn enemy of Railla Odinga but is currently trying to win over Tanzania's Magufuli who is a close friend of Railla Odinga. He fears that if he openly supports Uhuru Kenyatta or decampaigns Railla Odinga, he may lose out on his new found strategic friendship with President Magufuli. That is the precarious situation that the Ugandan military dictator created for himself - caught between a rock and a hard place.
INFORMATION IS POWER AND DEFIANCE IS THE WAY TO GO
change of guards blog

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

#Iganda army @UPDF dragged to court with no show @UPDFspokesman @USAmbUg @Potus @Potus44 @JustinTrudeau @KagutaMuseveni


Major Ronald Iduuli used to be a JAG.  I knew nothing about this gentleman but had been reading about UPDF tortured of our men and women in Uniform.

The job of a Justice Advocate General (JAG) is not easy.  I shpuld know.  One of my childhood friends is a JAG for DND in Ottawa.  They fight hard for justice for the soldiers.  Most are well accomplished lawyers.  In fact my friend closed her law firm after 11 years to go into the Navy and become a JAG.  They are incorruptible. They pass highest security clearance.  They are very brilliant.  They have integrity.  They never compromise justice.  They fight for good for the people in Uniform.

But in Canada, JAGs do not live in fear and are respected and very much loved.  You know that even if they leave the forces, they can return to private practice.  But what about the ones who wanna stay and fight for the people who are marginalized?  Major Iduuli is one of those. "My people need me.  I must stay and work for them".

I shared an article about him which I did not even write myself and then some fools threatened me over a man I did not even know. I guess UPDF is untouchable.  But for how long given that they do not even pay the soldiers for up to 11 months?

Did you even know that they even torture their own?  There is this officer Ssebyala who was tortured to near death.  They flew him to Somalia and court martialed him and jailed him in Somalia for 20+ years.  If you want to know how Uganda bosses kill and torture their own, jump to www.changeOfGuards.blogspot.com.  I am not a contributor.

Hold onto that blog for it has stories on the wars in The Great Lakes.

The United States of Africa (USA) is aware of how many people in UPDF die while fighting your wars in Africa.

Why do you even fight in Africa?  You fund killers of my people.

Did you know that UN/EU sijui Amisom pays $50,000 to families of those who die in peace keeping missions in Somalia and those other cursed African countries?  Uganda pays the families $5,000 which is cool cash for the impoverished families.  One would have to be terribly impoverished to allow their kid to join UPDF.

For a fact, you all know that even the $50,000 if it was paid, it is a pitance and money cannot bring back your child.  You pay the families monthly dollars, kids' education and medical.  But Ugandans only get $5,000 to bury their child.

Where was this story going anywhere?

Major Ronald Iduuli is not suing Uganda government for him.  He is setting a precendent for the men and women in Uniform.  You might remember that Gen. Sejusa walked down this path before of forced retirement.  Gen. Katumba Wamala ruled that it was a no go.  Where is Katumba Wamala anyway?

Replaced. Always read the label.  DISCARD AFTER USE.

Martha Leah Nangalama
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    By: Michael Ntezza

    Brigadier George Igumba , the Chief of Personnel and Administration of the UPDF who was yesterday  expected before High Court judge Justice Oumo Oguli for cross examination, was a no show.

The brigadier was scheduled to be cross examined by defense on his affidavit in the case where Major Ronald Iduuli, a former Defense counsel at Makindye General Court Martial accuses his bosses of forceful retirement from the army.
Last week witness summons were issued to Brig Igumba requiring him to attend court on 29th May 2017, but he instead wrote back saying he was away on official duties, requesting an adjournment to  29thor 30th June when he will be available.
In court on Monday, the other respondents, theAttorney General, Major General JB Musanyufu and Colonel Gordard Busingye were represented by Kyampiire Genevive and Lt Achilles Bwete while the applicant Retired Major Ronald was represented by counsel Noel Nuwe.
Justice Oguli adjourned the matter to Friday when she will rule on the objections filed in court by both theapplicants and respondents in this case
The respondent (Iduuli) wants court to strike off record the affidavit in reply deponed by Brig Igumba on grounds that it was filed after the expiry of the mandatory 15 days period required for the respondent to reply after being served.
Iduuli also argues that Brig Igumba was not among the people sued and he didn’t produce proof that he had been instructed by one of the respondents.
The respondents on the other hand argue that Iduuli’s petition had to be filed to the constitutional court for legal interpretation not High court.
In the main application before Court, Major Iduli is seeking compensation of up to Shs.1.2 billion for being forcefully pushed out of office and from the army without his knowledge.
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#Uganda's @IGPUganda apologizes for @PoliceUg brutality @USAmbUg @EuAmbSchmidt @KagutaMuseveni @BBC @WSJ @VOA @Aljazeera @CBC @SputnikInt


Let me on record to say that I do not trust the Uganda Police Chief IGP Gen. Kalekyezi Kayihura.

I also do not trust President Yoweri Museveni.  This is a work in progress.  Let all of you demand for an independent forensic team to unearth the #Kasese mass graves.  Let you also ask that Museveni allows a forensic team to study the skulls in Luwero.

Ambassador Debrah Malac and EU Ambassafor Kristian Shmidt are in possession of a document that is about 748 pages of which I have a copy.  It was a commission of inquiry into the high profile assassinations during President Gen. Idi Amin and Dr. Milton Obotte.  It was paid for by Museveni.  A report was sent to Washington DC and to Scotland Yard.

I have never shared that report because I am waiting for time but it is in the cloud with a Kill Switch. Even if you kill me, the information will live forevermore.  You will not continue killing my people with impunity.  History will judge you very harshly.

Martha Leah Nangalama
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Police chief Kale Kayihura has for the first time publicly apologised over police brutality against civilians after publication of gruesome photos of suspects tortured in custody sparked a political firestorm and wide condemnation.

“I ask people to forgive police for using excessive force sometimes when they execute their duties,” Gen Kayihura said, attributing the abuses to some of the officers not being up to policing task.

This is the Inspector General of Police’s (IGP) first contrite remarks on the reported cruel treatment of people detained in connection with the March 17 assassination of police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his driver and bodyguard in a Kampala suburb.

The first batch of the suspects limped to court with open wounds and, with blistered palms in the air, pleaded with the presiding magistrate to order their immediate relocation from Nalufenya detention facility in Jinja District, where they said they were tortured, to Luzira Maximum Security Prison.

Weeks after, photographs were published by mainstream media and widely circulated on social media showing Kamwenge Mayor Geoffrey Byamukama crippled at Nakasero Hospital by septic wounds to the knees and ankles, which he said detectives inflicted on him.

Speaking on Sunday at celebrations to mark his re-appointment for a fifth three-year term as police chief, Gen Kayihura told Mbale residents that he had “forgiven” individuals maligning him and the police on social media.

“Let me pray for people who are against Uganda police to turn from hate to love. I have forgiven them,” he said.

Reported torture of suspects at Nalufenya, which the statutory Uganda Human Rights Commission in a report released last week, said involved plucking off of nails, mock executions and administering of electrical shocks on suspects, prompted Parliament to call for a closure of the facility all together.

Gen Kayihura, without directly addressing the Nalufenya situation or alleged recent torture incidents, however, acknowledged that “many mistakes are made by police because they are not well trained”.

“Police should protect the wanainchi (ordinary citizens), but not harass them,” he said, but took no command responsibility for the alleged violations that wayward elements in the Force perpetrate.

The fête at Nauyo Primary School in Mbale, the police chief said, had been organised not by himself as initially reported but by his admirers in political circles and police in the Mt Elgon region.
“What you have done; it’s not a small thing. I am like a born-again now and I thank God. I now know the reason why President Museveni started fighting [against] the bad government of Idi Amin from here,” he said.

His claim received endorsement from Mbale District chairperson Bernard Mujaasi and Mr Brian Mauso, the deputy national chairperson of crime preventers, a paramilitary police affiliate that Gen Kayihura created and superintends.

“I have seen a number of Inspector Generals of Police in Uganda, but Kayihura you are a different IGP; you have made Uganda proud,” Mr Mujaasi said, citing community policing as essential to declining crime in the country.

Police have for three years failed to release nation-wide crime statistics, making it difficult to discern with precision whether crime is on the rise or not. A spate of unexplained killings and burglaries in Kampala, Wakiso, Masaka and other districts have alarmed the population that human security - a key achievement of President Museveni’s government - is waning.

Uganda’s Constitution imposes on police the responsibility to protect life and property.
Speaking at a vigil for the slain police spokesman Kaweesi in March, President Museveni said criminals had infiltrated police and he asked Gen Kayihura to “clean up” the Force.

“Peace and stability should be available in this country. We don’t care about [what] the people [are] talking about you [Kayihura]. For us, we know you as a performer,” Mr Mauso, said.

Http://mobile.monitor.co.ug/News/Sorry-police-brutality-Kayihura/2466686-3947334-format-xhtml-3hht7/index.html

@KCCAUG, @KCCAED wants to levy taxes on residential homes in #Uganda @StateHouseUG @KagutaMuseveni

Flooded streets
Slums
Fecal matter in the water
Tsetse flies (they ought to be somewhere there)
Fish ponds in the roads (people in Bwaise should go into the fish business)
Iron bars
Uncovered manholes (some lady fell into one and drowned)
Trash all over
Hospitals with no medicine or blood sets
Fire brigade for the rich and famous while you burn down markets
School delomitions to give land to rif rafs you call investors...those leeches that suck every last drop of blood out of the masses. By the way, how is Cairo Bank, Crane Bank and UTL?

Here is a story of why residential property tax is justified:

Because we have to pay for roads, schools and school buses and get mail delivered to the house, a property tax is levied each year on everyone who owns a house and or with land.

The property tax is often incorporated in the mortgage and the bank holding the mortgage then sends the tax assessment to the province.  The province then sends to the city its own portion.  Most of Canada and USA works like this.

In Toronto, we were  always billed directly and we would write a cheque for the province of Ontario.  Apparently some people in the province of New Brunswick elect to also pay taxes directly to the province.  We chose for the bank to add it onto the mortgage.

What KCCA is proposing is very dangerous.  Does KCCA pay for school buses, water, sewer and road repairs in all the KCCA zone?  Do they have ambulances for everyone?  Does the fire truck show up in minutes when you dial 999?  Do the metro police keep Kampala safe?  Does KCCA collect garbage from every house?

KCCA should not be allowed to levy taxes on residential property simply because KCCA ran the vendors off the streets and demolished markets.  That Betti Kamya better be saying the Rosary daily but Musisi also ensured many schools got closed.

How could you put 100,000+ people out of work and expect to balance your budget?  Even a kindergarten kid has more common sense than that.  Go ahead and levy taxes.  After all, you made them pay for putting street numbers and they said nothing.  You gave them Wifi located in people's apartments and they said nothing.

You made them pay for Sim Card registration and they said nothing.  They will say nothing.  Were they to talk, the whole city would have had an Arab Spring when you killed #BabyRyan.  Worse..when you arrested that mother with 2 babies.  I am gonna play that song again.

Awangale Ssabalwanyi awamgale.  Whatever that even means!  Damn...I should have been adopted.  I come from a nation of wimps.

We can learn from other countries.  I would not fear to tell our property tax levy but the services we get are amazing.  KCCA wants to tax everyone out of Kampala.  Be very careful.

Martha Leah Nangalama
Moncton, Canada

Monday, May 29, 2017

PROF. PLO #GREATEST SPEECH -THE TRAGEDY OF #AFRICA by @ItsElijahMw...

VIDEO: #Africa’s worst tragedy: Economic Disorientation – #SouthSudan case



This is a speech by Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, commonly referred to as Prof. PLO Lumumba, a Kenyan national and a former Director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission from September 2010 to August 2011. He is currently the Director of The Kenya School of Law. Extracted by Deng Lueth Yuang for general information purpose ONLY.
Africa’s Worst Tragedy: Economic Disorientation – A Case of South Sudan! When I look at Africa,
Many times, I ask myself, “What would happen if Mwalimu were to rise up and see what is happening?”
Many times, I would ask myself, “What would happen if Kwame Nkruma and Patrice Lomumba were to rise up and see what is happening?”
Because what they would be confronted with is an Africa where the Democratic Republic of Congo is unsettled. There is a war going on there. But is not on the front pages of our newspapers, because we don’t even control our newspapers and the media. As I speak to you, the Central African Republic is at war. But we talk of it only mutedly. As I speak to you now, in South Sudan, the youngest nation in Africa, the Nuers have risen against the Dinka. As I speak to you now, Eritrea is unsettled. As I speak to you now, there is unease in Egypt and there is unease in Libya, in Niger it is no better, in Senegal in the Casamance. In Somalia, is no better. Africa is at war with herself. This is what they would be confronted with.
They would be confronted with an Africa which statisticians and romantic economists said it is growing but which in truth is stagnated. That is the Africa they would be confronted with.
They would be confronted with an Africa, which Prof Mulama intimated in her presentation here is an Africa, which is suffering from Schizophrenia. It does not know herself. They would be confronted with an Africa whose young men and women have no interest and no love for their continent.
They would be confronted with an Africa where a young man and young woman are constantly humiliated at the embassies of European countries and at the United States of America as they seek the almighty green card.
They would be confronted with an Africa where young men and women from Niger, Nigeria Senegal, Mali and Mauritania drown in the Mediterranean as they seek to be enslaved in Europe. This time around, Africans are not wailing and kicking as they are being taken away to be enslaved. They are being seen wailing and kicking as they seek to be enslaved in Europe and America.
This is the tragedy of Africa. They would be confronted with an Africa where people have lost their self-pride. An Africa where Africans are not proud of their things.
An Africa where in the hotels of Dar es Salaam or Nairobi, even food has foreign names. When we fry potatoes, we call them French fries even when they are fried in Dar es Salaam. That is the Africa that they would be confronted with. They would be confronted with another Africa , an Africa that does not tell her histories. An Africa whose story is told by Europe and America – the CNN, Radio deutsche welle, radio France. That is the Africa they would be confronted with.
They would be confronted with young men and women who have no pride in Africa. When they want to enjoy themselves, they sing the praises of football teams from Europe and America – it is Manchester United; it is Arsenal; it is Real Madrid and Barcelona!
Not Yanga, not Mvulira Wanderers, not GorMaiah, not FC Leopards. Nooo. That is an Africa they would be confronted with.
They would be confronted with an Africa which does not enjoy its theatres and dramas. An Africa that celebrates Leorando DiCaprio
It Celebrates AnelinaJoli and Brad Pitt. An Africa that does not celebrate Genevieve Naiji of Nigeria, or Isa Dominic or Olou Jacobs of Nigeria.
It does not celebrate Bongowood, or Nollywood, or Riverwood. It celebrates Hollywood. That is the Africa with which they would be confronted. They would be confronted with African women whose greatest source of joy is cheap great been Mexican bean soap opera – la Fatrona, la merdamivena, the de rich de la cray.
Why must we remind ourselves of these realities? Because throughout out the ages, the battle has been always the battle of the mind. And if your mind is conquered, then you are going nowhere. And that is why in the ages of enlightenment, the great Rene Descartes said “Kijitohigo sum’ – I think therefore I am;
And therefore if Africans are to begin to make a contribution in their affairs, Africans must begin to think. But the question is: are we thinking?
We have universities in their numbers. Tanzania has universities including Dar es Salamm. Nairobi has universities as indeed Kampala as indeed South Africa, Johannesburg.
We have all these universities.
We have engineers. But our roads are not being made by Tanzanian civil engineers. It is the Chinese who are present in this assembly who are making our roads. So we have engineers who cannot even make roads. We have doctors whom we have trained. But when we are sick, particularly if we are of the political class, depending on who colonized you – if you are colonized by the United Kingdom, you rush to London. If the French colonizes you, you rush to Paris, if you are colonized by the Portuguese, you rush to Lisbon and if you are colonized by Spaniard, you rush to Madrid, Spain.
And recently because the Asians are beginning to get their act together, we run to India. And very lately because the Arabs are also beginning to get their act together, we run to Dubai; not withstanding that we have the Kenyattas hospitals of this country, the Mwimbilis of Tanzania, the Kiris-Honeys-Baragwonats of South Africa, and the Mama Yemos of Kinshasa in Zaire or Democratic Republic of the Congo. But we have no faith in our doctors. In the area of education, we also don’t have faith.
Our political class introduced something that they call free education.
But it is free indeed, free of knowledge.
Because they are so suspicious of those institutions, the typical African politician would not dare take their children to those schools.
Their children will be educated in the British System, in the America system so that when they graduate they go to the united kingdom, to the united states; not that there is anything wrong with those institutions but their agenda is wrong because our leaders long lost the script and often describe for whom they are, our misleaders.
But we are co-authors of our own misfortunes.
Whenever we are given an opportunity to elect our leaders, we are given a blank cheque. And if you permit me a little latitude, and if you give me a blanket cheque and you allow me to analogise and you say that I am given the blanket cheque to buy a Mercedes Benz, what we do is that when we are called upon having been so empowered, we buy what one calls a ‘tutktuk’ from India and expect it to behave like a Mercedes Benz!
How does that happen? Because what we do is to elect thieves; we elect hyenas to take care of goats; and when the goats are consumed, we wonder “why?”

#Uganda #DottServices was not re-instated by @KagutaMuseveni @UNRA_UG



I shared an article from The Observer that President Yoweri Museveni had reversed his decision banning Dott Services so that this company could now get contracts from UNRA for road construction.

Please consider this as a public apology.

I shared The Observer article because I have no doubt that they lied.  In fact, their informers might also be my informers.

In media, we make mistakes and we apologize when we are corrected.  UNRA is on Twitter telling me there was no such a deal.  All my Tweets, reTweets and what I share myself are written in a spreadsheet on Google Drive.

I was a bit surprised that UNRA came out saying it was not true but Observer hardly ever publishes lies and while I live in Canada, I also ensure to check with contacts in Uganda so on this one, I do not understand how Observer failed and I failed.

Dott Services was rightly banned because their shoddy work on roads has caused many deaths.  At the same time, you must know that Gen. Salim Saleh owns 45% of Dott Services.  He is the younger brother to our president Museveni.  He gets away with a lot and on this one, keep watching.

Why Dott Services will never get banned from major contracts is because the majority shareholder is Indian and Indians have been in Uganda longer than the Chinese.  It has become very easy to steal via Chinese companies and you can only recall the dams but when it comes to Indians, they screw up sometimes but they are vested in Uganda.  Perhaps they just need good project managers.

This apology is half hearted becacuse I am 98% sure that Dott will be back and you will all go eat a monkey.  Dott is not going anywhere and the best we can do is to work with them to provide accountability and build better roads now that they are in the lime light.  It could work and sometimes all we need are customers who say ENOUGH.  Even if you choose a Chinese firm to do the work and do not demand for accountability, you will end up at where you started off.

Martha Leah Nangalama
Not a Road engineer but IT is close enough.

#Uganda opposition infighting turns us back to @KagutaMuseveni @FDCOfficial1 @MugishaMuntu @KizzaBesigye1 @NandalaMafabi @KaijaHarold @AmamaMbabazi


Awangale Ssebalwanya Yoweri Museveni.  Owangale Tata Waife.

Whatever that means.

Why a revolution eats its own. Uganda opposition are too slow.

Why even bother to fight President Yoweri Museveni as opposition when his own do a better job of fighting him?

Mayombo was NRM.
Kazini was NRM.
Kagezi was NRM.
Aronda was NRM.
Kiggundu was NRM.
Kaweesi was NRM.

Did opposition kill them?  NRM killed them all.  So why fight a losing war when their own prized people are the ones they kill themselves.

Was not Gen. Sejusa not NRM?
Besigye was also NRM.
Mugisha Muntu was NRM.
Amama Mbabazi is NRM.

It becomes a kindergarten game to watch opposition fight among themselves instead of fighting Jarukanga.

Museveni has his immediate in his circle so just make love instead of war among yourselves.

Do not fight each other.  In fact in war, when you see your enemy fighting an enemy you both are against, give that perceived enemy a jerry can of petrol and matches to help them burn the common enemy for you both.

Where was this story even going?

Uganda opposition has become a joke.  They are in media fighting each other and we are left wondering who the enemy is. It still breaks my heart how to see FDC diehards attacking JPAM and they cannot pull up any information that he is not opposition.   It stunned me when a close FDC friend flew off the hook about sh.470M for Mrs. Mbabazi's medical treatment.  I asked him to tell me what the constitution says about a former PM and benefits, he had no idea but insisted it was wrong.

Till I asked him to send me the cost of medical treatment for a hematology illiness in UK for a month.  He could not give me any numbers. Be assured that Hon. Mbabazi paid way way more than that money which Uganda media was flaunting.  Just because you have never held $10,000 in your hand does not mean it is a fortune.  This insult is intended.

FDC has done severe damage.  They have never gone to Kasese but will trash Mugisha Muntu daily on Facebook.  There ought to be some civility about attacking the president of the party you belong to.  Museveni would put you on Katebe for attacking the leader of NRM.

FDC on the other hand thinks that free reign of their members on Social Media is democracy.  It is not and you make a very big mistake to have your leaders attack the president on global forums.

Sure, you hate Gen. Mugisha Muntu but have you ever wondered why Nandala Mafabi and Dr. Besigye do not complain about Muntu?

Well, I have wondered.  I have wondered why Nathan and Besigye do not come out and speak out against the attacks on Muntu.  I have wondered why they remain silent when the president of FDC is constantly attacked by even half imbeciles who are little informed about Muntu's record.  Are they also sitting back to watch Muntu burn?

I have lost great friends for standing up for Muntu and will lose more.  Do you know how disciplined Muntu is? That man rejected opportunities big time.

To know how self serving FDC can be.  WhatsApp and Facebook was awash with KB being appointed by Museveni for the UN.  You could have heard a pin drop.  Looks like you all want it one way.  Why did you not stand up and say it was fake news because we know KB would never accept such a post.

Please stop the double standards.  What is good for the gander ought to be good for the goose.

Martha Leah Nangalama
#TeamOpposition

People who walk on water cannot swim - #Business #NB411


Humans are a bit funny.  When you do something worth anything, they will say "you walk on water because you do not know how to swim".

We all know people who walk on water but cannot swim.  Welcome to life.

So this one time, I was teaching our first born to swim so that when she was older and could talk no one could accuse Becky on walking on water because she could not swim.

The father had a rudimentary idea of teaching kids how to swim.

So we go to the recreation centre in Scarborough Ontario to teach bambina how to swim.

The man tosses the baby into thr deep end of the pool.  This is when I first learned that people from France are ruthless.  I had only passed swimming lessons and was scared of the deep end.

Thierry tosses his first born on the deep end and then dives in to get her above water.  Holds her saying "mais papa est ici.  Faut pas avoir peur".

He looks at me saying his parents tossed him into the ocean so he could swim or sink.

So it turns out that life is swim or sink.  But with a gentle teacher, you learn to swim.

Tasha was not tossed into a swimming pool.  She was tossed into the ocean in Shediac.  Thierry was watching and diving in in case she could not swim.

Both girls are great swimmers because they were tossed into pools and oceans.

It was terrifying to watch a man toss his kids into deep waters and then dive in to rescue them in case they could not swim with the tides.

There is something about Shediac.  We have a wharf at Pointe Du Chene.  As soon as the ocean warms up, most kids get driven to the Wharf to jump into the ocean.

Pointe Du Chene has ambulances, fire brigade and rescuers who sit by the bay to watch each kid dive into the ocean.  They will dive in and fish kids whose limbs are half frozen if they do not bop out of the water.

No kid drowns.  You have people watching kid diving into cold water.  When the kids climb up back on the dock, people will wrap them in blankets and give them hot chocolate.  Community raises kids.

With such caring, kids learn about community and caring.  They grow into young adults who care.

Shediac has great beaches at Pointe Du Chene and Parlee Beach and all adults watch out for all the kids.

Come visit us in Moncton / Shediac and you will discover Canada through the eyes of our community.  You will love it here.

Martha Leah Nangalama

Proud parent and community person.

Canada is accepting immigrants. www.cic.gc.ca

#Uganda #Namugongo bus accident from #Tanzania @ObserverUG via @DailyMoniitor

#UgandaNewsBriefing group on WhatsApp just got an update from Daily Monitor.
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MASAKA. At least 27 out of 45 Tanzanian pilgrims heading for Uganda Martyrs Day festivities in Kampala have been injured, some seriously, in an accident on Masaka highway.
Police say the Falcon Bus, Registration T967-BTA, rolled on its left side after the brakes failed while ascending a hilly stretch between Kyotera and Masaka town.
Three sustained limp fractures or “serious head injuries”, says Dr Charles Kajoba of Masaka Regional Referral Hospital where the victims were booked for treatment.

Among the injured are septuagenarian Maria Ngonyari, 40-year-old Robert Imman, Alex Rono, 64; Angela Kigulwe Biringi, 65; Gloria Mwisa, 29; Emiyana Babweiga, 65; and, Julliet Arshdes, 40.
Witnesses say the unnamed driver unsuccessfully tried to control the bus as it jerked backwards before rolling on its side.


Police breakdown truck tows away the bus that was involved in the accident. Photo by Gertrude Mutyaba


Mr Rogers Nandege, the officer in charge of traffic, tells Daily Monitor that preliminary investigations show mechanical failure as likely cause of the 6:30pm accident. Police towed the bus shortly after the crash, roughly two kilometres to Masaka town.
Tanzania each year has a substantial representation at the Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations, which falls on June 3, with Maria; the widow of the country’s founding President Julius Nyerere, always attending.

It is an important day on the Catholic calendar worldwide and Pope Francis celebrated a mass attended by thousands at Uganda Martyrs Shrine Namugongo during his November 2015 visit to the country.


Police and the accident survivors at the accident scene. Photos by Gertrude Mutyaba


The Tanzanians involved in the Monday accident were heading to the Namugongo Shrine ahead of the Martyrs Day observance due this Saturday.
Majority of the victims sustained minor injuries and are out of danger, according to police and doctors at Masaka Hospital.

 -  http://mobile.monitor.co.ug/News/Tanzanian-pilgrims-injured-Masaka-bus-crash/2466686-3947302-format-xhtml-slg2m5z/index.html

#Uganda to privatize national referral hospital @KagutaMuseveni @StatehouseUG @USAmbUganda @EUAmbSchmidt


Uganda politicians fly abroad for treatment forgetting that most sick people in Uganda do not even hold passports.

Karma is paying them all back.  They fly abroad for treatment and return in Belly cargo dead.

The politicians need to fix medical care in Uganda.  The only national referral hospital must not be privatised.  It is also the main medical teaxhing hospital so by allowing it to be privatised, you are saying the multitudes do not matter.

Go ahead and privatise it and then we shall put a curse on you to drop dead after you return from your treatment in India, South Africa or Hamburg.

The ghosts of our ancestors will ensure that you do not live after you killed public health care.  It is a curse.

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OPINIONBy William G Naggaga

The new Mulago Hospital was built by the British government just before independence and handed over to Uganda as a 'gift'. It was not actually a gift since it was built using money belonging to Ugandans but kept by Britain as part of the coffee price stabilisation fund set up to ensure that coffee farmers did not suffer any losses in income due to volatility of coffee prices on the world market.

Farmers were paid fix prices which were far below the international market prices, leaving the balance to help run the protectorate while a portion went to the price stabilisation fund mentioned above.

The other reason why farmers were paid less than the prevailing market prices was because of the perceived low "absorption capacity" of the peasants. The British believed that pumping too much money in the hands of people whose tastes and needs were considered to be 'rudimentary' would tempt them to over indulge in alcohol and other vices and make them lazy and unproductive. Both assumptions have questionable validity, but in the end it was colonial administration.

Mulago hospital like many other institutions in Uganda such as the Uganda Development Bank, were hence built from the sweat of the peasants. Mulago hospital, once the best national referral hospital in the region, was allowed to waste away into dilapidation, especially in the last 20 years. Its recent renovation using a loan of $28 million from the African Development Bank plus funds from other sources has gotten high ranking officials in the Ministry of Health and Mulago hospital excited. They are now telling Ugandans that Mulago will be run as a private self-accounting institution and patients will be required to pay! In other words, the vast majority of Ugandans would be locked out. I applaud the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, for vowing to have this proposal rejected by Parliament.

The government of Uganda did not borrow money from ADB to build a private hospital for the rich but to renovate and equip a national referral hospital, the only one in the country. This loan as far as I know, will be repaid by Ugandan taxpayers, irrespective of their standing in society and not by the administrators of Mulago from payments made by patients.

We understand Uganda spends $150m per annum on medical treatment abroad for a privileged few, which can now be channelled to Mulago. I am sure, using that money, Mulago will treat many more patients than the few who have accessed it in the past. Besides, a lot of Ugandans pay for their treatment abroad and these too will not need to fly out of the country anymore, making another $200 million or so available to Mulago.

The congestion in Mulago over the years was a direct result of the collapse of the district referral hospitals, which were built during the first post-independence government due to negligence and failure to fully operationalise the health centres built by the current government.

DAILY MONITOR

http://perilofafrica.com/privatizing-mulago-hospital-nothing-short-criminal/

Tiny #Uganda with a wealth of dictators


If we are to be relevant, we must act like we own a nation but not live our lives as if we rent a country from somebody. For some reasons, we are more known for manufacturing dictators than developing our country.
Uganda is most known about the late Idi Amin and over thirty years now Uganda is most known by Yoweri Kaguta Museveni's overstay and dictatorship, and endless sufferings in the Great Lakes Region. Amazingly now Uganda has added another milestone to its achievements and that is inventing the word BODA-BODA and according to most accounts boda-boda is in the world dictionary now.
Our country is famous worldwide for the wrong reasons and its time we changed this. Why should we support a government that its leader goes abroad to look for jobs of baby sitting and house cleaning for our graduates? Which other government do you know of, that has spent over $130,000 on presidential expenses to travel abroad to solicit such jobs for its best and brightest to do household work?
After his trip from Qatar, Museveni was given a hero’s welcome with a red carpet for a job well done. The last time we know of, Africans were forced into slavery by Europeans and Arabs but now African leaders go back to the same Europeans and Arabs to solicit African slavery back into modern slavery aboard presidential jets.
How did we get here and why are in such a situation? Forget Pan-Africanism and all this East African integration because it will never be realized if we cannot put our house in order first. Charity begins home and if this is the best our visionary leader can do, we as a nation are in deep trouble.  Sadly, young Ugandans that you may expect to know better are supporting this type of leadership in Uganda.
We need to look deeper into our souls and come up with a better solution of why Uganda is always known for the wrong reasons. Most Ugandans especially the youth admire Tamale Mirundi who is given endless appearances on TVs displaying his drunkenness and many of our young children want to grow up and be like Tamale Mirundi.
Museveni got into power through chaos and he has ruled the country through chaos as witnessed in Kampala, the African capital city of chaos.
STOP THE MADNESS
Nathan Span

#Uganda sanitary pad war takes on a new twist @IGPKayihura @KagutaMuseveni @aKasingye


Thugs have strangled a security guard and broken into offices of two non-governmental organisations and a firm in a Kampala suburb, taking several office equipment and merchandise. 
“We came in this morning and found our offices broken into by people we do not know. They have taken two laptops, a desktop, a scanner and several boxes of sanitary pads. They also broke into the safe, making off with some money,” Ms Lucy Athieno, the chief executive officer of Eco Pad, told journalists on Monday.
To make matters worse they went ahead and even killed our security guard, Ms Athieno noted. She only identified the guard as Sam who had his legs and hands tied with a rope and his mouth stuffed with sanitary pads to choke him.
The premises in the Ministers’ Village in Ntinda, a city suburb, also housed the offices of Mifumi and Kadama Widows Association, both organisations working on mainly women rights issues. Police recorded statements of the workers and later took the body to Mulago Hospital for post-mortem. Last year, thugs also broke into Mifumi Office twice, stealing similar property after sedating security guards.
“Unlike this time when our guard has been killed, the last two times we found them asleep,” she added. Ms Athieno said they have beefed up security to ensure that they do not fall victims again.
Since 2013 past, there has been increasing cases at burglaries at offices of NGOs, particularly those working on human rights issues, both in the capital Kampala and upcountry. The attackers target specific computers and data storage facilities and cash. In almost all cases, police have failed to trace the suspects, including when they were given a CCTV footage clearly showing faces of the intruders. 
Mifumi gained fame as an NGO when it launched a spirited campaign, including a court petition, to have bride price scrapped. It argued that bride price enslaves women to their husbands who consider them as personal property.
DAILY MONITOR

Butabika lives on WhatsApp in #Uganda


It is said that the goodness of a gun depends on its holder. Rather a truism, this can be said of many other things around us. 
Like other social media, WhatsApp is one of the tools that can either be very helpful in our lives or utterly destructive. With it today, information flow between family, friends, colleagues and total strangers is almost getting faster than light.
Geographical boundaries are not as big a barrier as they used to be. Families that would hardly ever find time to physically meet can now have some semblance of a group conversation where they plan together, feed each other on jokes, and get updated about each other’s goings-on. Mobilisation has been made much easier – in politics, religion, business, office work, fundraising, name it.
I am reminded of how word about death of a village-mate (in a very wide sense) used to move around in our village in Masaka. A piece of paper carrying the unfortunate news would be passed from one home to another until it reached the farthest end of the village – sometimes carrying disease along with it.
Today, where smartphones have infiltrated, blue ticks are enough to show you that the message has reached and been read. Never mind that some of us deactivate the blue-ticking to have some fresh breath away from nagging ‘friends’. Eish!
And now the madness! The possibility of creating a group where you could virtually interact, exchange vital information, and kill boredom came with much excitement. So, we formed family WhatsApp groups, work groups, club groups, political groups, motivation groups, health groups, devotion groups, etc.
And, in most cases, the creators of the groups do not find the need to ask us for permission before adding us to whatever they deem worthy of grouping about! It is, nevertheless, consoling that, today, even a jobless person can at least have an online title of administrator.
So, before you know it, you have been added to some ‘Bakoowu group’ (a group of the ‘tired’!) You wake up to find 300 unread messages on a wide range of nothings. Curiosity may not always allow us to immediately dismiss them and quit; so, you find the urge to scan through. And, oh dear!
This one has forwarded a picture of a corpse; the other one is idly asking if anyone has a small pin charger; then the strangers break into a random argument over who truly owns Aya hotel... You exit the group and sigh in relief. Returning on your next check, you find that they stubbornly added you again and there are 900 unread messages!
In his book ‘The Digital Turn: How the Internet Transforms our Existence’ (2015), Wim Westera observes that the successes of social media are rooted in the human tendency to gossip. Gossip is explained by evolutionary biologists as important in preserving and amplifying solidarity in groups.
Little wonder that many WhatsApp groups that start as information-exchange forums often degenerate into yapping spaces preoccupied with ‘much ado about nothing’. It gets worse when a group has attention-seekers. They want to be the first to break all shades of news – of death, disaster, scandal, pregnancy, rain...
Even in a family group, there will always be that odd fella whose main business is forwarding all tribes of junk, constantly filling up others’ phones and wasting their time in deleting.
There is the self-exhibitionist who kills you with selfies in all angles and colour varieties; as if they think that their face is of some therapeutic value.
Then the creepy one who is obsessed with dead bodies, making you wake up to images of headless accident victims!
On a few occasions, conversation normalizes. You start talking serious business, imagining that the group is finally sanitized. Then, boom!
Someone’s porn intended for elsewhere strays into the group! “Sorry guys, someone was using my phone”, they dress up their embarrassed self with transparent rags. Silence engulfs the group. The picture came from the least expected member, the one who has always been sending prayers!
For some groups, it is too easy to end the pain; you just leave. For others, you are held captive by close attachment and politeness. You don’t want to offend the (mis)administrator and other members. Oh, damn you politeness! I sometimes wish I could respond bluntly: “thanks, but I found that joke in four other groups. It must be fatigued”.
But politeness sends us into simply ignoring. Yet still they pull our ears out of hiding, asking if we haven’t seen their message. We thus get cornered in this immense social pressure to be online all the time. “Hello, check your WhatsApp... I have sent you something”!
The solution to what used to be a challenge is fast turning into a problem. We found difficulty in communicating and finding information. Now there is too much of it, more than we ever needed. One has to literally dig through heaps of junk and disconnected fragments to find something useful.
Facts and opinions, fiction and reality, posturing and ideology get so mixed up, often producing a thick cocktail of nonsense.
In this wild wide web of groups around every imaginable identity and cause, everyone wants to add the other because they think you belong there. ‘Married talks’ added me the other day. All they talk about are problems and sex.
A soon-wedding friend has started a fundraising group, which has been discussing torture at Nalufenya in graphic detail for three days! Our LC-I chairman has also initiated a group for residents and is now choking us on pictures of his family!
Too bad that I need WhatsApp; I would have quit yesterday. Now they will ‘kill’ me for writing on this. I hope they delete me in anger.
DR JIMMY SPIRE SSENTONGO

The author works with the Center for African Studies at Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi.
THE OBSERVER

#Bitcoin roars to new heights then drops like a hot potato


Nearly $4 billion has been wiped off of the value of bitcoin in the past four days after a correction that has seen the cryptocurrency's price fall almost 19 percent from its recent record high.
On May 24, bitcoin hit an all-time high of $2.791.69. But on Monday, the digital currency was trading at an intra-day high of $2,267.73, marking a more than $520 drop or 18.7 percent decline since the record high, according to data from CoinDesk.
"The correction was actually quite brief, the prices today are still higher than that of a week ago," Bobby Lee, CEO of BTCC, a major bitcoin exchange, told CNBC by phone.
"I think the pullback was just a profit taking, a correction from the skyrocketing prices of last week."
Bitcoin's market cap fell from $40.49 billion on Thursday to around $37.08 billion on Monday, a roughly $3.4 billion decline in value.
Last week, Nicola Duke, a technical analyst at analysis platform Forex Analytix, told CNBC that $2,800 could mark a level of resistance where bitcoin pulls back. The analysis appeared to be correct with bitcoin reaching within $9 of the price before falling to the lower levels on Monday. 
People attend a Bitcoin conference in New York. (File photo).

Still, Lee thinks the correction is temporary and the price rise will continue because "the macro situation hasn't changed".
Some major factors have been supporting bitcoin's major rally this year including:
Longer term, proponents of the digital currency are excited about the prospect of the broader sector which could potentially rival fiat currencies.
Investors appear to currently be positioning for another price rise in bitcoin. Total active margin trading long positions have risen from 18,576.54 bitcoin on Thursday, to 21,168.90 bitcoin on Monday, according to data from CryptoCompare. Margin trading involves borrowing funds in order to buy or sell bitcoin. The rise in long positions shows that traders are expecting a rise in the cryptocurrency.
There is still a lot of bullishness in the market with some calls for the price to reach as high as $6,000 this year.
"There is a lot of fresh liquidity flowing into bitcoin, thanks to a surge in interest among investors in Asia, notably Japan and Korea, coupled with a resolution to the scaling debate. I would not be surprised to see the bitcoin price doubling again to around $6000 by the end of the year," Aurelien Menant, CEO of Gatecoin, a regulated cryptocurrency exchange, told CNBC in a recent interview.
CNBC

Random thoughts on #Uganda traffic


In my random thoughts I remembered something funny that happened last year.
We were travelling to Kampala for Wandukwa Gerald's introduction but some of us had to go by public means till we could connect with a convoy at Nakawa which was waiting for us. We boarded a taxi from Mbale and the other guys in private cars had chosen to set off at the same time as this matatu that we had boarded.
The journey was interactive; thanks to the WhatsApp group that we had created for the function and it all felt like we were moving in the same car. However when we reached a certain place; I think Seeta or Namanve we got stuck in the traffic jam and with maneuvering of the matatu driver, we were able to leap ahead of Peter who was driving the private vehicle and of course we teased them over that.
A few meters ahead, our expert driver did the unthinkable or whatever it was, he branched off to a feeder road which had no traffic but a good measure of dust though with the promise that we shall now reach earlier.
After going for close to 10 kilometers our colleagues who had used private had reached Banda, for us we were still in the bush on a bumpy, dusty road. We reconnected from somewhere but there was no doubt that trying to beat the traffic jam meant that we traveled a longer distance, spent more time and we arrived with dust clogged all over our suits.
We reached 30 minutes later than the others who kept in line and endured the jam, they were cleaner and had not suffered any bumps along the road. I wondered whether there was any worth in trying to beat the jam.
I also remembered my argument with one genius who keeps texting me in gibberish English. I asked her why and her answer; I have no time for full words. I however noted that instead using the word "no" she uses "nara" which is two letters more. I then concluded that this must be a disability.
Back to the matatu driver. I know that many a time not only matatus but even buses and private vehicles choose to use the feeder roads to beat jam.
In trying to beat traffic jam by taking a long route, what is always on our minds?
And in saying "waya se" instead of hello, who do you think you're fooling?
DENIS WABUYI