Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Bellísimo: 50 suspected ISIS land in Italy

50 suspected Isis fighters have landed in Italy, Interpol warns.

IBTIMES - With Isis all but wiped out in the region, the fighters may have slipped into Italy via the Mediterranean sea to instigate reprisal attacks on European soil.

Interpol has compiled a list identifying the suspected terrorists, which has since been passed to national police forces around the continent, according to The Guardian, which claims to have seen the document.

"According to the information obtained in the field of international cooperation, the Tunisian citizens are linked to Isis/Daesh and would have reached Europe aboard unidentified boats," the report states.

Each of the suspects is identified by their first name, surname and date of birth. Four of them are already known to European intelligence services.

The Interpol report notes that one of the suspects may already have reached the Occitanie region in southern France.

More than 5,000 Tunisians are thought to have joined the so-called "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq during the recent conflicts – more individuals than from any other nation.

The Guardian disclosed an Interpol counter-terror list less than a year ago, which purported to identify 173 suspected Isis fighters with the requisite skill-set to launch an attack on a major European city.

An Isis fighter in Iraq, before the terror group was routed

At the time, there was no evidence that any of those named had entered Europe.

Since then, Isis has seen its territories in Iraq and Syria – where it once ruled over millions of people – all but disappear.

A counterterror officer told the newspaper that the Tunisians who have made it to Europe were believed to have crossed the Mediterranean in the summer and autumn of last year.

They most likely made the trip on small fishing boats arriving in Sicily in the dead of night. Many Tunisian migrants begin typical journeys from Ben Guerdane, a city near the country's border with Libya.

Boats containing 20 or 30 land on Sicilian beaches at night and the passengers disperse into the countryside, avoiding any attention.

These so-called "ghost landings" are a great concern for the Italian authorities. Prosecutor Luigi Patronaggio said: "Investigators cannot exclude that, behind these ghost journeys, there may be jihadi loyalists hidden amongst the people travelling into Sicily."

A spokesman for Interpol said: "Interpol regularly sends alerts and updates to its National Central Bureaus on wanted terrorists and criminals via the agency's secure global police communications network."

UGANDA: God created heaven and earth, China created the rest

Chinese-built expressway divides Uganda as debts mount

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Traffic will soar above the muddy swamp between Uganda’s capital and its international airport when a new Chinese-built highway opens in a few months time, but the road itself is mired in controversy.

The government has partly funded the 51-km (30-mile) $580 million expressway with a loan, part of $11 billion in borrowings in the decade since the World Bank canceled debts about a third that size as part of debt relief for poor states.

Uganda says the four-lane road is the jewel in the crown of an infrastructure program that will boost economic growth; critics accuse President Yoweri Museveni, in power for 32 years, of squandering debt relief and mortgaging much-anticipated oil revenues before crude starts to flow in 2020.

China alone has loaned the east African nation nearly $3 billion and is in talks for $2.3 billion more as part of its vast overseas development Belt and Road scheme.

“Uganda will grind to a halt as a country because of Museveni’s reckless borrowing. We’re like a patient on life support,” said opposition lawmaker Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, alluding to a debt warning from the central bank last year.

The government says the criticism is misplaced.

“We’re not borrowing for consumption and luxury, we are investing,” said Finance Ministry spokesman Jim Mugunga. “The heightened borrowing is deliberate, it’s to put up modern infrastructure and push up economic growth.”
THE ROAD

Uganda’s first expressway should trim the two-hour trip between the capital and international airport to 30 minutes.

Begun in 2012, construction should end in May, missing the initial target by a year. But it is the price, rather than the delays, that has alarmed Uganda’s auditor general, John Muwanga.

In a 2015 report, he noted the new road’s cost per lane per kilometer was double Ethiopia’s six-lane Addis-Adama Expressway, a road built by the same company -- the China Communications Construction Co. Ltd -- with more features like underpasses and link roads.

“The project costs could have been much lower if the contractor had been procured through competitive bidding,” said the report.

The company did not respond to queries and the Chinese embassy in Kampala was not immediately available for comment.

Patrick Muleme, head of design at state-run Uganda National Roads Authority, said single-sourcing was a requirement for China providing a $350 million Exim bank loan for the road.

Muleme said challenges like a 1.6 kilometer bridge over a vast swamp had driven up the cost.
A vehicle drives on the new Chinese-built 51-kilometer (31 miles) four-lane expressway connecting Uganda's capital Kampala to Entebbe International Airport, in Kampala, Uganda January 29, 2018. REUTERS/James Akena

“When you just see two projects and you compare costs it’s misleading because it doesn’t take into account the peculiarities and the unique features,” he said.

Other differences included variations in cost of materials, topography and land tenure systems, he said.

The auditor general’s report compared only the costs of construction between the two roads, not including $100 million Uganda spent on acquiring the land. Fred Muhumuza, a lecturer at Makerere University who helped carry out initial economic studies for the road, said the price was “insane”.

The expressway is designed as a self-financing toll road, but Muhumuza said there is not enough traffic to Entebbe, a staid, colonial-era lakeside town, that will pay tolls to avoid the more circuitous route. The Uganda National Roads Authority said charges have not yet been determined.
THE DEBT

Slowing exports, declining agricultural output and bureaucratic dysfunction have all taken a toll on Uganda, along with what critics say is rampant corruption.

Economic growth slowed to 3.9 percent in the latest financial year from 4.8 percent the year before. This year, the central bank projects 5 percent growth, still below the 7 percent needed to absorb new entrants to the job market in the youthful nation of 29 million.

Twelve years after the World Bank forgave $3.5 billion, nearly all Uganda’s debt, external debt is now at $11.2 billion, according to figures from the central bank.

“Uganda’s debt may be moving from a level of low to moderate risk of distress,” the bank warned last year.

Ratings agency Moody’s said in August that Uganda faced “deteriorating debt affordability, in part due to growth in non-concessional borrowing.” The warning followed Moody’s downgrade of Uganda’s long-term debt eight months earlier.

In the 2018/19 budget, interest repayments - at 17.3 percent - will consume the largest chunk of domestic revenues.

The climbing repayments come as public hospitals suffer shortages of basic drugs and supplies. Teachers, doctors and other public servants have gone on strike over low and unpaid salaries.

Other mega-projects funded by Chinese loans include two new hydropower dams on the River Nile worth about $2 billion and a $325 million expansion of Entebbe Airport. Talks are ongoing to fund a railway at $2.3 billion.

Auditor General Muwanga has said one of the two dams under construction used “poor quality of concrete” and had “cracks in some sections.”

Yusuf Masaba, spokesman for ministry of energy and minerals, said any problems had been identified and corrected. He said, “cracks or any minor defects do not mean that we’re not getting value for money”.




ASMRtist: Word of the day for February 1, 2018

ASMRtist , n :
(informal, neologism) A person who creates audiovisual material designed to induce an autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR; a claimed biological phenomenon involving a pleasurable tingling in response to a stimulus).

Wikipedia article of the day for February 1, 2018

The Wikipedia article of the day for February 1, 2018 is 250t-class torpedo boat.
Eight 250t-class torpedo boats were built by Stabilimento Tecnico Triestino for the Austro-Hungarian Navy between 1913 and 1916 for service in World War I. They were among 27 high-seas torpedo boats that undertook anti-submarine operations in the Adriatic Sea, shore bombardment missions along its Italian coastline, and convoy, and escort and minesweeping tasks. Under the terms of the post-war Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the boats were surrendered to Romania, Portugal, Greece, and the newly created Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later Yugoslavia). By 1940, 13 torpedo boats had been lost or scrapped. During World War II, the five remaining Greek boats were sunk by Axis aircraft during the German-led invasion of Greece in April 1941. The two Romanian boats that survived the war performed escort tasks in the Black Sea before being taken over by the Soviet Navy for service in the Black Sea Fleet. The six surviving Yugoslav boats were captured by the Italians during the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941, and were operated by the Italian navy in coastal and second-line escort roles. The last of the Yugoslav boats was withdrawn from service in 1962.

RWANDA: Another Rwandese businessman arrested, detained, deported from Uganda


NEW TIMES - Ugandan authorities have deported another Rwandan businessman who was picked from his place of work in western Uganda by operatives attached to Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence.

He was dumped at Gatuna border post Monday night before he was picked up by Rwandan authorities.

Speaking from Kigali, Emmanuel Cyemayire said he was arrested on January 4 from his workplace in Mbarara town in western Uganda.

In Mbarara town, he said he operated an electronics shop with stock worth over UGX 20 million (approximately Rwf5m).

Rwandan Emmanuel Cyemayire speaks to the media in Kigali (Sam Ngendahimana)

He said he was first detained at Makenke Barracks in Mbarara where he spent a night before being transferred to Kampala where he was tortured.

“While in Makenke Barracks, a soldier who was interrogating me presented to me two documents, one of them a statement by Deo Nyirigira, who happens to be my local pastor, accusing me of being a “a Kagame agent”,” he said.

Nyirigira is the lead pastor of Agape, a pentacostal church located in Mbarara town which has been linked to the terrorist network by Rwandan dissidents, that calls itself Rwanda National Congress.

He identified the officer who interrogated him in Mbarara as Major Fred Mushambo, who heads the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence in Mbarara.

Looking frail, 40-year old Cyemayire narrated that from the time of his arrest, he was kept blindfolded, saying that in Mbarara, he was kept tied up in a room whose floor was littered with stagnant water.

From Mbarara, he driven, again blindfolded, to another destination, which he later discovered to be Mbuya Military Barracks in Kampala.

“I spent about eight days being tortured, spent much of that time with hands and legs tied on the stairway and several officers were asking me why I frequently travelled to Rwanda,” he narrated.

“I was at first told that I was illegally staying in Uganda but when I told them to check my passport and presented my trading license, I was told that my release was at the discretion of their boss one Abel Kandiho.”

Brigadier General Kandiho is the Director of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence in the Uganda People’s Defence Force.

Following his ordeal, Cyemayire said that after getting medical attention, he would approach Rwandan authorities to help him secure his property back in Uganda.

Genesis

According to Cyemayire, he has been peacefully operating his business in Mbarara until after the Presidential Elections held in Rwanda last year.

He said that some individuals, including his pastor, Deo Nyirigira, were opposed his drive to encourage members of the Rwandan community in western Uganda to participate in the presidential elections that were held last year in August.

“Nyirigira openly preached to the congregation – mainly composed of Rwandans – not to participate in the elections. Actually I am certain it is him who masterminded my arrest,” he said.

Cyemayire is not the first Rwandan to suffer at the hands of Ugandan security operatives.

Late last year, five Rwandan business operators were dumped at the border after enduring torture for several days.

They all left their businesses when they were eventually deported.

Before them, another Rwandan, Fidele Gatsinzi, who lives in Rwanda but was in Uganda to visit his son studying university there, said he was picked up in broad day light by Rwandan dissidents before he was handed over to CMI.

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COMMENT ON POSTMwene Kalinda • a day ago

I never thought I would see the day when security in Museveni’s Uganda would be so infiltrated by Kayumba Nyamwasa’s terrorist thugs that the country’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and his RNC would virtually merge. It is obvious the dogs have now been set loose against innocent Rwandans within that country.

Any Rwandan in Uganda should start seriously considering whether they are safe from arrest, harassment or worse, and draw the appropriate conclusions. Those Rwandans who were contemplating any new investments in that country should ask themselves whether it is really prudent to risk their hard-earned resources to invest in an environment that has been made so toxic and hostile to them, and where the ability to operate their business will be seriously constrained by fear of their personal security and possible illegal expropriation of assets. This is not as far-fetched as one might think; Uganda already has a history of expropriating entire communities, e.g. the Ugandan Asians in August 1972. Those who already have investments in the country should explore ways of reducing their exposure to the minimum possible and seek more favourable alternative climes.

It is better to be safe than end up like all these other compatriots being disappeared, illegally detained in torture dumps by RNC thugs and their CMI associates that have been loosed by their masters on innocent Rwandans. No matter the potential profits, these are all negated by the officially instigated anti-Rwanda and anti-Banyarwanda atmosphere.

KENYA: Celebrating BABA Raila Amolo Odinga


This piece from Ngugi on Odinga's Birthday deserves endless revisit... ;
ON THIS DAY, I CELEBRATE ODINGA!
~Ngugi wa Thiong'o

As an African Saint. As a servant to all. We celebrate you today. Its your day. I am not planning to publicize my political stand, but that should not be the reason to privatize my personal opinion.
This man Odinga will one day be no more. Just like Steve Biko and Martin Luther King Jr, he will leave his people in the dark. Totally paralyzed and in the cold.The news will be flying in the air. The headlines will be bold and clear. The winds will blow in halves and the trees will be shy to sway. The air will be moist and heavy. We shall celebrate the life of a man. We shall be joined by the people. These people he treasured most. These people he lived and fought for.

On this day, the big day. Senior heads of states shall be invited, but they shall take the back seat. To be seen but not heard . They will not be allowed to speak. Speeches will be reserved to two groups. The African economic freedom fighters and the people. The masses of the people.

Any food or snacks shall be served first to the people. Then to the people and the leftovers to the people again. The guests shall take a seat at the back at this point.

The nation will be an orphan. Struggling to breathe but dying slowly. The democratic space will be squeezed and suffocated.It will be no more.This man will not be able talk anymore. He will leave his people in the hands of 'them'. He will not be able to guide them anymore. Not be able to tell them who stole their money. Who grabbed their land...

The nation will go silent. On this evening, I will call all my grandchildren and great grandchildren. I will remove his portrait on my wall and walk down to the river. With my offsprings, we shall sit down on the ground by the side of the beautiful river. I will tell his story. A man of our own time.The struggles, the arrests ,the humiliations and the torture.

So if we cannot recognize, appreciate and respect this man in his present. Let us be humble enough to honour his days in the past. This is your day Odinga. On this day you were born. HAPPY

Lifted from people's Parliament forum of Kenya--shared by Dr. Achilla (the Luo one).

LAND: Africans to reject forceful land grabbing

Dr. Kizza Besigye intercepted by heavy security while telling Ugandans to fight for their land

South Africa: Land – not simply for the taking
The ANC would hold a conference in March to discuss expropriation without compensation
PRETORIA, South Africa, January 31, 2018/ -- Deputy Minister Mcebisi Skwatsha reportedly said yesterday during a meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Land Reform that the ANC would hold a conference in March to discuss expropriation without compensation and that the decision would afterwards be implemented by all relevant state departments. He was cited as saying that the ANC would determine whose land to take and how it would be done. However, Mr Ernest Pringle, chair of Agri SA’s land centre of excellence, said land would not be simply for the taking. This was also not a decision that the ANC can take unilaterally and simply start implementing.

No expropriation without compensation can take place unless the Constitution is amended, said Pringle. This will be a time-consuming process during which wide consultation must take place and which would require the necessary majority of votes in Parliament in favour thereof. Private property rights are an internationally recognised principle that is protected by international human rights instruments, such as article 17 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Moreover, the treats of expropriation without compensation is contrary to the policies adopted by vital international agencies such as the World Bank and the IMF. The economic impact of “taking” land will be catastrophic, as already pointed out by various economists. The poor will be affected worst by the outcome of such an irresponsible step, added Pringle.

“This type of statement issued by politicians plays into the hands of opportunists who want to use it as an excuse to invade land. It is extremely dangerous.”

Pringle also pointed out that enormous expectations were being created around the issue of land reform without compensation, which could also boomerang politically. “Has anyone thought what would happen after land has been taken? To whom will it be given; who will be denied access, and where will the capacity suddenly come from to assist those who receive land to use it productively?”

Agri SA called on Mr Ramaphosa to take the organisation and the public into his confidence as soon as possible regarding what exactly is being envisaged. “Agri SA has not received an invitation to attend the conference in March, although it is a critical role player in the matter and would like to debate with the ANC leadership in this regard,” said Pringle.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Agri SA.

UGANDA: Entire cabinet of Republic of Kawempe is now in jail


This is very devastating news to some of us who had applied for Ministry positions for UK.

The GODS are not pleased as our very own president and his ministers are in jail except two who are yet to be grabbed.  That is Drake, Minister of Energy and Martha, Minister of ICT.  We are elusive.

Here is the news off the hot press in Uganda. AND those who abducted our president and cabinet need to know that it is against International Laws to jail our people in a foreign country.  So we expect all International Convention Laws to be used for the Prisoners of War.  WAIT, we are not even at war so why did you abduct our people and take them to your country (Uganda is a foreign country) and now hold them to break us.  Tebigyakukola.  Atte temunaba.  #LetMyPeopleGO Or else... Let me work on the ELSE!

Joachim Buwembo
13 hrs · Kampala, Uganda ·

Bambi His Excellency President Hamidu Luutu Walakira (wide eyed in brown t-shirt) of the Kawempe Republic being charged with assault and conducting an unlawful assembly in LDC court on Makerere hill in Uganda.

Also charged with him is Kawempe Republic chief of intelligence (blue shirt). The president's other co-accused is the Inspector General of Police (purple shirt). The top leadership of the neighbouring state have been sent on remand despite the protests of their lawyer Mr Gawaya Tegulle.
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It might be because we told the outgoing government that we are going to charge rent for all our properties and take back our land.

We also told them that they cannot fly into our Air Space.  AND we will charge for the airport of Entebbe, Mulago Hospital, Makerere University, both State Houses and even Parliament and all the markets.

Maybe that was not a good plan to tell them that we are gonna make them pay.  But this Uganda.  Who will save us when even our own new president now, self appointed mind you, has been jailed?  

WANO wafila muloge.

Martha Leah Nangalama
Moncton, Canada
Future ICT Minister of a yet to be established Republic of Zamunda Banana.

UPDATE JUST NOW

Kawempe forces threatening attack on Uganda within 72 hours unless their leaders are freed unconditionally. Tensions high on Uganda Kawempe Border. Curfew declared in central Kawempe. Security at Kawempe Embassy in South Africa under has just foiled an attack on Ambassador's Residence by Lingala Speaking armed men. Details coming.

Unconditional love is a fallacy



The only person I know, and I have never met Him is the Christ.  Apparently He loves unconditionally.

Then why is it that He also left rules such as "Love one another as I have loved you"?

One would think that your parents love you unconditionally because they brought you into this world.  But they then go and put up rules like, and their rules always start with BUT, "if you clean your room, if you do your chores, if you do well at school".

All us Christians hear our preachers, pastors and fake prophets say "you are loved unconditionally" but then proceed to tell you about hell (gayena), purgatory (the people where some of you will end up while in transition before heaven) or what you must do on earth to end up in heaven (when you meet St. Peter and he opens the gates).

How about work?  Your employer loves you only if you are a good performer so this has conditions. For no employer loves without conditions.

How about school.  You are a teacher's pet.  But does that teacher love you if you flank quizes, tests and exams or do not do your assignments?

What about the politician whose ideology you are vested in and you are on his or her team. Try to challenge the ideology one time and you will see love die a fast death.

What about the elders and neighbours and community who raised you.  They only love you because you are an obedient child of the village or clan.

We must stop pretending and saying that unconditional love exists.  It does not exist.  Time to face truth.  No one gives you love without you giving something first.  Or they give it but you must soon after also give either via obedience or doing a service that is approved of.

Because no love is unconditional, we need to be realistic and realise that there is nothing like a free lunch.

As parents, we face daily battles.  Your kid will ask "but will you love me no matter what?".  The answer should always be "I will love you forever no matter what".

But will you follow the rules?  Will you stop misbehaving at school?  Will you be nice to your peers?  Will you stop acting like the world owes you?  Sure I will love you forever.  Now do your part kid!

Because not too soon after, that kid will meet her future husband who will say "I love you because you are very smart".

Martha Leah Nangalama
Raised by parents who loved me unconditionally if I obeyed the rules and brought home best grades.

New Yorker Satire: Trump collapses after faking empathy

Photograph by Jim Lo Scalzo / Pool / Getty


Trump Collapses From Exhaustion After Ninety Minutes of Faking Empathy.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump collapsed from exhaustion after approximately ninety minutes of pretending to be a human being with empathy, the White House doctor has confirmed.

“In all my years of practicing medicine, I have never met a patient as healthy and vigorous as President Trump,” Dr. Ronny Jackson said. “But the sustained effort of simulating compassion proved too much for someone who has never exercised that part of his brain before.”

Shortly after Trump spent a gruelling ninety minutes pretending to care about immigrants, the unemployed, and other people whom he normally dismisses as losers, aides noticed that he was turning from a bright orange to a slightly paler orange before crumpling to the ground in a giant heap.

“If you have never spent a moment thinking about a human being besides yourself, imagine trying to pretend you are doing that for a solid ninety minutes,” Jackson said. “It’s physically punishing.”

Immediately following his collapse, Trump was rushed to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where a brain scan showed that his brush with human feelings did no permanent damage.

“I just visited with him, and he was sitting up in his bed, trashing Jay-Z on Twitter,” Dr. Jackson said. “It was such a relief to see that.”

Vice-President Mike Pence, who reportedly reacted to Trump’s collapse by leaping to his feet and exclaiming, “Am I President now?,” was not available for comment.



Andy Borowitz is the New York Times best-selling author of “The 50 Funniest American Writers,” and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. He writes theBorowitz Report, a satirical column on the news, for newyorker.com.

KENYA: Updates on current arrests and more to come


Ktn, Citizen Tv and NTV remain closed.

Plans are underway to shut social media platforms  for the next 72hrs in order to arrest Raila.

Plainclothes officers reportedly outside Nation Center, allegedly to arrest NTV's Linus Kaikai, Larry Madowo and Ken Mijungu for unclear reasons
@NtvKenya

Our friends and family in Kenya, please install VPN on all your phones to bypass the likely blocking of Social Media.

Activists who want to stay in touch with your people to keep informing them, please set up lists using Google so that you can send mass SMS messages to their phones.  This is what we did in Uganda in 2016.  We did not only get people to install VPN but we also set up lists to send mass SMS messages to their phone numbers.

<< Kenya Police: Mr. Miguna Miguna you are under arrest.

Miguna Miguna : Respect boundaries, go and arrest people from your country.>>

Martha Leah Nangalama
Moncton, Canada
Born and raised in SHITHOLE Uganda

THIS ONE IS KEY.  PLEASE READ IT. https://qz.com/878823/a-guide-to-staying-online-if-the-internet-or-social-media-has-been-blocked-in-your-country/

http://nangalama.blogspot.com/2018/01/kenya-updates-on-current-arrests-and.html
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Below is what I wrote about the Uganda social media ban during the February 2016 elections.  I did not include the mass SMS messages but all you need is a Google account.  You put the list of phone numbers in an Excel (or CSV file) and use Publisher to broadcast messages with MERGE to the list of phone numbers.  Check on how this works using GOOGLE (of course).  Good luck.

http://nangalama.blogspot.com/2016/02/how-ugandans-beat-ban-on-social-media.html

Most of the country is still off social media and it has been hard for people to communicate with each other to instruct what to do.It was very simple to do.
The first message I got was at 2:00am AST (9am Uganda time).  “Leah, wake up, this is not a day for sleeping”.
The next message was “social media was cut off till after voting ends”.
Then “many polling stations have not received the ballot papers”.
In all this time one would be thinking, “I need to talk to some people to verify this information”.
Pick up the land line and call phone to phone and it is true, social media has gone to the dogs.
HOW THEY BROKE IT
Some phones in Uganda were still accessing social media (at least Facebook).  Some of you might know which phones they are.
Some people quickly found Apps to download to unblock themselves.
Some people used Phone to Phone texting.
Some called.  Do you have any idea how much it costs for someone in Uganda to call Canada.  However some friends called because information was not flowing.
Everyone who called me has been getting updates via Phone Text since I have unlimited international texting.
The real nerds are using VPN.
It looks like EC and UCC might need to shut off the IP address for Uganda completely in order to put through the gag order completely.  I bet some geeks will still find ways.
I hear UCC is thinking of shutting down Media Houses.  Great because I have previously written about how Print Media is going out of business.  Go ahead.  Shut them down.  Put people out of work and you will never recover from it.  If you read HuffingtonPost, you will know how media has moved away from a physical location.
Martha Leah Nangalama
Moncton, Canada
mlnangalama@gmail.com WhatsApp / Mobile +15068716371. 
The writer is an IT analyst and follows Ugandan politics.

South Africa. Cape Town runs dry April 2018. Climate change is a hoax though.


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South Africa. Cape Town runs dry April 2018.

Climate change is a hoax though.

https://youtu.be/iHpQtCC1p1I

#Uganda @PoliceUg @Upf_Spokesman @IGPUGANDA on a serious note. Kirumira simusanyufu. Mumuleke agende


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#Uganda @PoliceUg @Upf_Spokesman @IGPUGANDA on a serious note. Kirumira simusanyufu. Mumuleke agende.

You have Ssobi and Kitata.

https://youtu.be/jrwOfhmCwGg

#Uganda @PoliceUg @Upf_Spokesman @IGPUGANDA ebya Kirumira bikambwe. Mpoozi simwe abateka agabi ku TV


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#Uganda @PoliceUg @Upf_Spokesman @IGPUGANDA ebya Kirumira bikambwe.

Mpoozi simwe abateka agabbi nagatemu ku TV nemwetuwulilako nti mulina bamaliyamungu.

Olwaleero namwe tubazulidde.

Ye kakati munamukolakyi nga Ssobi atambula ne Mzee atte ne Kitata mugenda kumeleka afulume?

https://youtu.be/aTabN8F3FG0

Kid needs new parents. Her own have gone vegetarian!


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UGANDA: What you need to know about the current land grabbing, upcoming land bill



#UGANDA - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LAND GRABBING IS CONTAINED IN A SERIES OF ARTICLES WE PUBLISHED PREVIOUSLY.

This is a link to the ones that really matter. However, note that the issue of land in Uganda is very expansive and you can always check on this Political blog for all we know so far about the land grabbing. It will greatly help you to understand how the Future will not be the Bright.

LET ME TRIGGER ALL THE 5 STORIES TO LAND ON FACEBOOK WITH FULL TEXT. It will take about 3 minutes for each to drop, one after the other.

Martha Leah Nangalama

https://changeofguards.blogspot.ca/search?q=land+committee+probe

https://changeofguards.blogspot.ca/2017/12/musevenis-land-probe-committee-is.html

https://changeofguards.blogspot.ca/2017/11/uganda-land-probe-committee-crosses.html

https://changeofguards.blogspot.ca/2017/07/musevenis-forced-rural-urban-migration.html

https://changeofguards.blogspot.ca/2017/06/how-acholi-madi-bloodbath-plays-into.html

https://changeofguards.blogspot.ca/2017/10/why-jackson-kafuuzi-is-lead-proponent.html

UGANDA: News round up for January 31, 2018


IN CASE YOU MISSED THESE headlines. Dr. Achilla just posted them in our #GlobalNewsBriefing group on WhatsApp. We have 3 groups:

#UgandaNewsBriefing
#GlobalNewsBriefing
#SocccerChat256. You can join any of them anytime by sending a request via WhatsApp to MeneJa at +15068716371. Or just continue checking on the page where you are reading this. Our groups just add a bit more by discussing the news and sharing some jokes like Kataha travelled with the UACE results and that is why the results could not be released when she was out of the country!
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NEWS UPDATES

1. African free trade area to start in March - President Museveni #NTVNews.The president said actualising the free trade area will solve the problem of fragmentation

2. Mbarara Mayor Kakyebezi Defies Museveni Directive On Taxis – [ChimpReports]
3. MTN has today fulfilled the shs1 billion pledge made at the Solidarity Summit on Refugees in June 2017 to support the Uganda government efforts to deal with the influx of refugees.Rob Shuter, the President and CEO of the MTN Group, while meeting Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, the Prime... https://goo.gl/ZTHdjh
4. Celebrated Brig. Kasirye Gwanga says wishes he was among the team that arrested Boda Boda 2010's Kitatta. Notes that he would have regretted the day he was born.[The insider.Ug].
5.Government through Education Ministry has entered into a formal agreement with six vocational colleges to be turned into centres of excellence[D.monitor].
6. Makerere University school of journalism lecturers snub classes over pay#NTVNews A notice signed by the Acting Head of the Mass Communication Department, Dr William Tayeebwa said the teaching staff had withdrawn their services over non-payment of incentives http://bit.ly/2E0Cu1Q
7. Odinga TAKES OATH AS PEOPLE'S PRESIDENT.After days of anxiety and a postponement in December 12, 2017, Raila Odinga has taken ‘oath’ as the People’s President of the Republic of Kenya.
8.As a way of enabling Ugandans to tap into the oil and gas sector, the government of Uganda through the ministry of Education and Sports has signed a partnership with the Coventry University in the United Kingdom to train Ugandans in oil-related courses.[Nile Post]
9. Newly elected Ruhama County MP Moses Kahima has been sworn in as a member of parliament, he took the oath of allegiance today morning. #NTVNews
10. Coca-Cola to bring World Cup trophy to Uganda.[Eagle online].

11.CDF Muhoozi appears before land probe
The CDF's appearance at the land probe was in-camera -- see more at: https://tinyurl.com/yad3fkwq
12. New Liberian President George Weah cuts his salary in his first State of the Republic address
13.South Sudan, the world’s ‘youngest’ country gained Independence in 2011, but two years later, in 2013, descended into a civil war ignited by differences between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his erstwhile Vice President Riek Machar.[Eagle online].

14. Gov't Suspends 31 Suppliers over Forgery, Contractual Breaches[N.vision].
15. Museveni Meets Kagame Again Amid Tense Relations – [ChimpReports]
16. Boda Boda 2010 boss Abdallah Kitatta slapped with charges that attract the death penalty #NTVNews Kitatta was arrested on January 20, a day after CMI had apprehended his young brother, Huzairu Kiwalabye over the kidnap and killing of Case Hospital accountant, Francis Ekalungar. http://bit.ly/2EnQEI1
17. However, according to the Director Uganda Blood Transfusion Service, Dr Dorothy Kyeyune, Ugandans should worry no more because currently there's enough blood to supply all hospitals and the crisis has been handled. https://goo.gl/x2mzTN

18. Kenya Government switches off Media houses .Kenya Communications Authority puts off air NTV, Citizen TV & radio as opposition insists on swearing in[N.vision]
19. Woman Found with Shs32m Ivory Remanded to Luzira – [ChimpReports]
20. NRM activists who were arrested last week, charged with unlawful assembly. The men were arrested on 23rd January, charged with unlawful assembly and remanded to Kigo prison #NTVNews
21. Zambia ordered to pay US$380m to Libyan investment arm for repossessing telecom.[Eagle online].
22.Tension as Crime Preventers are Demanded to ‘Denounce’ Kayihura[ChimpReports]
23. President Museveni has stopped government from recovering more than Shs200b from Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) and instead directed that the debts be converted into shares in the debt-ridden telecommunication company.[D.monitor].
24. Kagame takes over as president of AU
https://goo.gl/DQV3Qb
25. Nakumatt Put under New Administration – [ChimpReports]
26. Kampala Capital City Authority - KCCA seals off Wink Lounge and Restaurant for allegedly selling Shisha.
27. FDC blasts Otto over 'Tubalemese' campaign“He is a misguided missile, very inconsistent, unworthy any attention Some MPs are paid by [President Yoweri] Museveni whenever they abuse FDC or Dr.Besigye," says the FDC women’s league spokesperson, Sarah Eperu https://goo.gl/8RojAe
28. According to UPDF Deputy Spokesperson Lt Col Deo Akiiki, the four criminal offences attract a maximum sentence of death while one attracts life imprisonment respectively. https://goo.gl/rEXx3F
29. Speaker Kadaga warns Judges not to usurp Parliament's powers#NTVNews Kadaga, who was speaking at an event to mark the launch of the new law year, said that recently various courts and judicial officers had issued rulings and sermons which in effect undermined the separation of powers between the two arms of government. http://bit.ly/2DMzQta
30. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni donates his book 'sowing the mustard seed' to African leaders, holds regional peace, security talks.[The insider.Ug].

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Today in History - January 31

Today in History - January 31

Major John C. Frémont, popularly admired for his mapmaking expeditions to the West, was court-martialed on grounds of mutiny and disobeying orders on January 31, 1848. Continue reading.

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Quote of the Day

"We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided." - Clarence Day

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UGANDA: Court orders Mwenda to pay Kazibwe UGX200M for defamation


CEO.CO.UG - Former vice president Specioza Kazibwe will be Shs200 richer if Mwenda is compelled to pay the damages.

Dr Specioza Wandira Kazibwe prayed for Shs600 million. Judge Stephen Musota awarded her Shs200 million. Andrew Mwenda will pay. And the Independent magazine must delete all ‘libelous’ articles about Dr Kazibwe from its website.

That’s the price for an article published by Mwenda’s Independent magazine in April 2010 that Judge Musota, of the Civil Division of the High Court, ruled had defamed Dr Kazibwe and injured her reputation.

In the ruling on the High Court civil case number 105 of 2010, Judge Musota awarded the former vice president Shs150 million as general damages and another Shs50 million as exemplary damages, permanent injunction restraining the magazine from future publication of defamatory articles about her person as well as removal of all libelous articles from the Independent website.




Andrew Mwenda’s Independent magazine ordered to pay Shs200 to Dr Kazibwe.

It’s the kind of ruling that press freedom advocates, which ironically was Mwenda’s forte in the yesteryear, will protest against given the controversies that have dogged Dr Kazibwe’s life while she still held public office.

The former VP, whose name will forever be pasted alongside a controversial valley dams construction in Karamoja that never was, dragged the Independent Publications Limited to court, claiming the article it had published had defamed her person.

The said article was published in the magazine issue number 105 on April 28, 2010. The article in question carried a story under headline, “Kazibwe squanders Sacco’s Shs300 million leaving Busoga region poor.”

Sacco is one of the many initiatives started by President Museveni in his Prosperity for All projects over the years.

The story, which was carried on the front page of the magazine in full colour with Kazibwe’s portrait, further exposed her alleged wrong deeds while holding different public offices, particularly in 2003 when she was a minister in-charge of agriculture and she caused a loss of Shs4 billion to taxpayers in the failed Valley Dam project.

According to the Independent article, the Shs300 million allegedly embezzled was meant for raising standards of the People with Disabilities (PWDs) in Busoga region.

Dr Kazibwe, a surgeon cum politician, hails from the same region and represented her home district of Iganga as MP for Kigulu South as well as during the Constituent Assembly that drafted the Constitution.

Through her lawyer, Nile Law Chambers Advocates and Solicitors, Kazibwe argued that the story portrayed her as a corrupt, dishonest, and incompetent person who is unfit to head the Microfinance Support Project–an agency she briefly led.

She also argued that the article accused her of frustrating President Museveni’s Prosperity for All programme.

Earlier in 2000, Kazibwe was paid Shs2.5 billion to pursue further studies at the prestigious Harvard University, a bounty from taxpayers money as a compensation for being dropped from Cabinet.

In an interview with Sunday Monitor, Dr Kazibwe claimed she was falsely accused, targeted because she had become powerful and that being the almost indelible label of corruption that has had to live with since shooting to political fame in 1994 when she became the first woman to hold the office of vice president on the continent, are wrongly thrown at her.

Whether Judge Musota agrees with her claim of innocence in entirety or not is another matter. But to Mwenda, it is a big loss.

This news website could not readily establish whether Mwenda will appeal the ruling.

The Independent Publications Limited was started by Andrew Mwenda, a former fierce critic turned ally of President Museveni, in 2008 after the journalist left Monitor Publications Limited where he had earned a reputation for both exposing corruption and abuse of office and criticising Museveni’s government.

UGANDA: Kifesi's Ssobi is now Kampala boss mafia killer squad promoted by Museveni


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Ssobi is now boss of Kampala mafia killer squad.

Kifesi promoted as BodaBoda2010 gets pudged.

Quelle difference? Both are confessed killers of Ugandans but Kifesi is now President Museveni's man.

Kifesi travels with state provided security in state provided vehicles now telling everyone Team Yoweri is here. Team Yoweri is here.

One can infer from this that the suffering of Ugandans is just in its infancy.  Many do not understand how Museveni works but they will see soon enough.

deep state: Word of the day for January 31, 2018

deep state , n :
(politics, conspiracy theories) A large group of people, typically members of government agencies and the military, believed to have long-lasting political influence that is difficult for an administration voted into power to counter.

Wikipedia article of the day for January 31, 2018

The Wikipedia article of the day for January 31, 2018 is Cape sparrow.
The Cape sparrow (Passer melanurus) is a southern African bird. A medium-sized sparrow at 14–16 centimetres (5.5–6.3 in), it has distinctive grey, brown, and chestnut plumage, with large pale head stripes in both sexes. The male has some bold black and white markings on its head and neck. The species inhabits semi-arid savannah, cultivated areas, and towns, from the central coast of Angola to eastern South Africa and Swaziland. Cape sparrows primarily eat seeds, along with soft plant parts and insects. They typically breed in colonies, and search for food in large nomadic flocks. The nest can be constructed in a tree, bush, cavity, or disused nest of another species. A typical clutch contains three or four eggs, and both parents are involved, from nest building to feeding the young. The species is common in most of its range and coexists successfully in urban habitats with two of its relatives, the native southern grey-headed sparrow and the house sparrow, an introduced species. The Cape sparrow's population has not decreased significantly, and is not seriously threatened by human activities.

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GMO: Proposed changes to Ugandan Biosafety Act threaten scientists with 10-year jail terms


ALLIANCE FOR SCIENCE - Ugandan plant scientists face severe financial penalties and decade-long jail terms if proposed changes to the recently passed Biosafety Act 2017 are adopted, experts say.

The draft changes also would undermine several important crop breeding programs intended to reduce pesticide use and boost food security in the East African country.

The Ugandan scientific establishment and its international partners are extremely concerned about the proposed changes to the legislation, which were drafted after Uganda’s President questioned the more moderate, science-based act that Parliament passed in October 2017.

A draft of the new bill states that any “person who carries out genetic engineering shall prevent any contamination or commingling of the genetically engineered organism with any non-genetically engineered organisms” indefinitely.

Experts are concerned that this language could work to prevent genetically improved crops from being used anywhere in the country, as neither farmers nor breeders would be able to prove that commingling would never take place in the field or the marketplace.

The penalties for anyone found in breach of this clause are drastic. A scientist accused of such an offense would be “liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding two hundred and forty currency points [equivalent to US$1,300] or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or to both.”

Senior scientists at plant breeding institutions in Uganda, several of which are using genetic engineering techniques to improve staple crops in an effort to reduce rural poverty and pesticide use, fear that the legislation would leave most of their staff vulnerable to being thrown into jail.

Threats to Uganda’s staple crops, which are currently being addressed by the use of plant genetic engineering, include corn stem borer, cassava viruses, banana bacterial wilt and an invasion of the voracious, maize-consuming fall armyworm caterpillar.

In all three programs, “confined field trials” are now underway and plant breeders had hoped the first resistant varieties would be released to farmers as early as next year. Instead, many years of work could be lost before a single crop is ever released to a Ugandan farmer.

In his letter to Parliament, President Museveni wrote: “To be on the safe-side, the genetically modified seeds should never be randomly mixed with our indigenous seeds just in case they turn out to have a problem” and insisted that “green houses” should be used to “imprison the pollen of the GMO seeds.”

The President also wrote that “effluent from the GMO material should never mix with our organic materials” and that the “use of poisons and dangerous bacteria as the inputs in genetic engineering must never be allowed.”

However, virtually all laboratory genetic engineering over the last 30 years has used a plant pathogenic bacterium called Agrobacterium tumefaciens to shuttle genes into the target plant cell. The President’s stipulation calls this proven technique into question, and could also apply to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), legal experts told the Alliance for Science.

Bt is widely used around the world to protect organic and conventional crops against pests, and would be the centerpiece of efforts to combat the fall armyworm, which has recently been devastating maize crops throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa.

The proposed changes to the law, if accepted, could result in shutting down several crop breeding programs intended to benefit the subsistence small-holder farmers who produce most of Uganda’s food. Many of the scientists involved, who now work in internationally-coordinated programs, might end up working in other countries instead.

In recent years, anti-GMO activists aligned with NGOs based in the capital Kampala — many funded from sources in Europe — have spread baseless fears that GMOs cause cancer or could result in the elimination of “indigenous” crops. The group ActionAid had to apologize two years ago after airing national radio adverts falsely claiming GMOs could cause cancer or infertility, and the government shut down its operations.

The influence of anti-GMO activists can be seen in the new proposals that introduce so-called “strict liability” into crop breeding regulations. The concept of strict liability, which was first introduced to Africa by European activist groups over a decade ago, has been used elsewhere on the continent to de-facto prohibit any use of genetic engineering, even in research.

Tanzania recently relaxed “strict liability” due to fears that its crop breeding programs were falling behind the rest of the world, and because scientists were unable to adequately tackle problems such as cassava brown streak virus and banana bacterial wilt without the tools of genetic engineering. Ethiopia has also followed suit.

Under the draft legislation seen by the Alliance for Science, “any person seeking redress for any damage or harm arising from a GMO activity” may take a scientist to court. In addition, new clauses implicate all senior members of staff in the targeted institution, opening the door for anti-science groups to seek to criminalize numerous staff members at entire plant science institutions.

Specifically, the draft introduces an extremely punitive “offense by body corporate,” where “every director and office of that body corporate shall be taken to have committed that offense.” This would potentially threaten jail terms for multiple members of senior staff at any scientific institution in Uganda where a single researcher has been using genetic engineering.

The new draft further states that a “body corporate which commits an offense under this act and is found liable, shall be strictly held liable and adequately compensate for any damage, harm, inconvenience or loss caused to the environment, biodiversity, the ecosystem, species of flora and fauna or human and animal health”— language that experts fear is so broad and all-encompassing as to effectively prohibit the use of genetic engineering in its entirety.

African biotechnology stakeholders say that President Museveni, who openly supports the use of genetic engineering to improve crops’ resilience against diseases, pests and impacts of climate change and previously condemned misinformation about the techology, should be made aware that such changes would only end up curtailing halting the very breeding programs he supports.

The Parliamentary sectoral committee on science technology and innovations, which must now consider whether to reject or accept the cabinet proposals, might just be the savior of the technology, observers say.

Whether the committee adopts the current language in its report to Parliament for debate and voting will likely depend on the ability of the wider scientific community to mobilize and defend plant scientists from this unexpected new threat.

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