Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Wikipedia's Article of the Day August 21, 2019: Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton (born 1947) is an American politician, diplomat, lawyer, and writer.

She was First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001, a U.S. senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, and the 67th secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

As a Democrat running in the 2016 presidential election, she became the first woman to receive the nomination of a major U.S. political party. Clinton was raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. She graduated from Wellesley College, and in 1973 earned a law degree from Yale, where she met future president Bill Clinton; they married in 1975.

She was appointed the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978. As U.S. secretary of state in the Obama administration, Clinton helped organize international sanctions against Iran in an effort to curtail that country's nuclear program, leading to the multinational Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement in 2015.


Australian court upholds Cardinal Pell child sex convictions

Cardinal George Pell arrives at the Supreme Court in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
MELBOURNE, Australia (Associated Press) — An Australian court by a 2-1 majority ruling Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of children sex abuse.

The Victoria state Court of Appeal rejected Cardinal George Pell’s appeal of the unanimous verdicts a jury issued in December finding Pope Francis’ former finance minister guilty of molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996 and 1997.

At the time, Pell had just become archbishop of Australia’s second largest city and had set up a world-first compensation arrangement for victims of clergy sexual abuse.

His lawyers are expected to appeal the decision in the High Court, Australia’s final arbiter.

Pell, 78, showed no emotion when Chief Justice Anne Ferguson read the verdict to a packed courtroom but bowed his head moments later. He wore a cleric’s collar but not his cardinal’s ring. Pell had arrived at the court in a prison van and was handcuffed as he was led away by a guard.

The Vatican, which is conducting its own investigation into sex abuse allegations against Pell, is expected to comment on the court’s ruling later Wednesday.

Pell is no longer a member of Pope Francis’ council of cardinals or a Vatican official.

Clerical sexual abuse and the Catholic church’s handling of such cases worldwide have thrown Francis’ papacy into turmoil.

In a little more than a year, the pope has acknowledged he made “grave errors” in Chile’s worst cover-up, Pell was convicted of abuse, a French cardinal was convicted of failing to report a pedophile, and a third cardinal, former U.S. church leader Theodore McCarrick, was defrocked after a Vatican investigation determined he molested children and adults.

Pell’s lawyers had to prove to the appeals court that the jury that unanimously convicted him in December must have held a reasonable doubt about his guilt. An earlier trial had ended in a deadlocked jury. An 11-to-1 majority decision to either convict or acquit could have been accepted, but at least two jurors held out.

Prosecutors replied that the evidence of more than 20 priests, choristers, altar servers and church officials showed there were “possible hindrances” to the prosecution case, but did not preclude the jury from being satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt of Pell’s guilt.

Pell’s lawyers argue the events in 1996 as described in the prosecution case were “improbable and even impossible” to have happened quickly and in part of the cathedral where altar servers and priests were likely to walk in at any moment.

One of the choirboys, identified by the sentencing judge as J.J., was the key prosecution witness. His friend, identified as M.R., died of a heroin overdose in 2014 at the age of 31 without ever complaining he had been abused.

The father of the dead choirboy, neither of whom can be named, attended the court hearing on Wednesday, the father lawyer’s Lisa Flynn said before the hearing.

Flynn said a Pell win would be “devastating” for the father, but the father would continue with a civil suit against Pell and the church regardless of the outcome.

“Survivors and victims of child sex abuse all over the world will be watching with bated breath this morning as this decision is handed down,” Flynn told Nine Network television outside court.

“I do think it’s one of the most important legal outcomes for survivors of abuse in recent history and I think that the outcome will have an impact right around the world,” she added.

Pell did not testify at either of his trials. But both juries saw a video of a police interview of him in Rome in 2016 in which Pell rejected the allegations as “absolutely disgraceful rubbish” and a “deranged falsehood.”

When sentencing Pell to six years in prison in March, the trial judge accused Pell of showing “staggering arrogance” in his crimes.

Pell was ordered to serve a minimum of 3 years and 8 months before he was eligible for parole.

Kenya's First Football Team of People Living with Albinism (VIDEO)

NAIROBI - Growing up with albinism, 24-year-old Allan Herbert, a Kenyan journalism graduate, knew he was different. While he did not experience the same stigmatism and discrimination of his peers living with albinism, he had to be shielded from the sun by his peers. It is this special treatment and media stories of the brutal attacks suffered against albinos that made Herbert start a football team — his way of helping people with the genetic disorder fight for their space in Kenya. This past weekend, the team won its debut match in what Herbert says he hopes is a first of many.

Herbert, founder and team captain of Black Albinism Football Club, Kenya’s first football team made up entirely of young people living with albinism, says the sport brings people together.

“Football brings people of different diversity together, and when we decided on a sport, we said football is the easiest, and it is also in the school curriculum so people relate with it easier,” Herbert said.

Across East Africa, people with albinism have been targeted in brutal ritual killings for their body parts to be used in witchcraft, mainly due to their white skin — a condition that is caused by lack of pigmentation. Isaac Mwaura, a senator in Kenya, has been campaigning for the rights of people with albinism. He is Kenya’s first and only lawmaker living with albinism.

"People with albinism really suffer because they are black but not black enough, white but not white enough, disabled but not disabled enough. So, we are caught in between. And when you are caught in between it, you really don’t belong. So, we have to self-define. These are self-definition activities,” Mwaura said.

In their debut match, the 6-month-old team carries the day 4 to 2 in a penalty shootout.

“Once we fight the discrimination, once we beat the stigmatization, then we can see the greatness in us. We have won fair and square,” Herbert said.

As the match comes to an end, and Herbert celebrates with his teammates, the journalism graduate says there is no turning back on the dream of one day playing in the Kenyan premier league, and hopefully representing his country on the international stage.

"We are not different in any way. The only thing is our skin is a bit pale and we have issues with our eyesight. But that does not make us less as people,” Herbert said.

Burkina Faso Leader Laments 'Dark Stain' After Attack Kills 24 Soldiers

FILE - Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore speaks during a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, May 1, 2019.
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters)  - Gunmen killed 24 soldiers in an attack on an army unit in Burkina Faso, the deadliest yet in the West African nation's fight against Islamist militants, which the president on Tuesday called a "dark stain" on the country's history.

Seven other soldiers were wounded in the attack on Monday and five are still missing, the military and President Roch Marc Kabore said in separate statements.

The army, which earlier put the death toll at 10, said it had launched a land and air operation in response to the attack in Koutougou, in northern Burkina Faso's Soum province.

"August 19th is a dark stain on the life of our national army," Kabore said in the statement posted on the presidency website. "It is a heavy toll, which ... saddens us."

Once a pocket of relative calm in the Sahel, Burkina has suffered a homegrown insurgency for the past three years, which has been amplified by a spillover of jihadist violence and criminality from its chaotic neighbor Mali.

Large swathes of Burkina's north are now out of control, and France's military Sahel mission began limited operations there earlier this year.

The main opposition party, the Union for Progress and Change (UPC), called for the government to step down, accusing it of failing to counter a jihadist threat which has killed hundreds of civilians and caused more than 150,000 to flee.

"It's a team overwhelmed by the turn of events, which is currently crossing its arms, waiting for how fate will play them and the Burkinabes," UPC said in a statement.

Deteriorating security prompted the Ouagadougou government to declare in December a state of emergency in several northern provinces bordering Mali, including Soum.

Sudan forms 11-member sovereign council, headed by military leader

CAIRO (Reuters) - Sudan on Tuesday completed the formation of an 11-member sovereign council that will run the country for a three-year transitional period until elections, a spokesman for the ruling military council told a news conference.

The sovereign council will be led by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who is the head of the transitional military council (TMC), which has ruled Sudan since April, when the military deposed veteran leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

Members of the sovereign council and the prime minister will be sworn in on Wednesday.

Last week Sudan’s main opposition alliance nominated economist Abdalla Hamdok to serve as prime minister in the country’s transitional government.

A power-sharing agreement signed on Saturday paves the way for a transitional government and eventual elections. It provides for a sovereign council as the highest authority in the country but largely delegates executive powers to the cabinet of ministers.

According to the agreement, the opposition coalition is allowed to choose five members of the council and the military another five, with the two sides jointly choosing a civilian as an eleventh member.

The agreement also provides for a 300-member legislative assembly to serve during the transitional period and a cabinet of technocrats.

The main challenge for the new government will be an economic crisis stemming from a shortage of foreign currency, resulting in a cash crunch and long lines for fuel and bread.

UGANDA: Opposition parties need to learn from ANT - @HeBobiWine @MugishaMuntu @KizzaBesigye1 @FDCofficial1 @SejuDav

I will just put down some few points for opposition including links from prior posts. LONG POST ALERT.

It is a fact that Military Dictator Yoweri Museveni will never hand over power to any opposition party in Uganda unless mandated by the money givers. Museveni will never lose an election and elections only legitimize him.

However, what Dr. Kizza Besigye has been doing since 2001 has been exposing the Museveni regime and awakening Ugandans.  This work cannot be despised and we owe him a lot. The only thing that happened to FDC while they were fighting to...liberate us... is they became a monopoly.  NO OTHER PARTY EXISTS IN UGANDA EXCEPT NRM AND FDC.  Such arrogance.  You will all remember how some FDC diehards beat the crap out of all opposition and then Gen. Mugisha Muntu even when he was president of FDC.

Then shit hit the fan.  Bobi Wine campaigns for Kyandondo East and there is when FDC lost it.  For the fact that Dr. Kizza Besigye never distanced himself from the attacks and slander of Gen. Mugisha Muntu, then never distanced himself from the attacks on Bobi Wine. To this day. DIGITAL FOOTPRINTS.

We must not be so naive as to think that the elections of 2021 will usher in Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) as president.  We have walked this path before with Dr. Kizza Besigye who has been trying since 2001 and has never been declared a winner even when he won.

Now we have Bobi Wine whom some innocents think will be declared a winner in 2021 (or 2023 depending).

It is naive of all of us who call ourselves opposition and activists for change not to say these historical facts to People Power. To say that People Power needs to take all the lessons from FDC / KB and make plans, it is not to attack People Power.  UGANDANS ARE HUNGRY FOR CHANGE. Let us give them something worth fighting for because so far, who is giving them anything to fight for. These FDC diehards have sucked the life out of us because some of us do not consider Besigye a messiah.  Then the People Power just shoot off with..we have the numbers, Bobi Wine will win in 2021 and be president. ARE YOU SURE.... HOW SURE ARE YOU....

Now, go look at ANT.  ANT has not stated that Gen. Mugisha Muntu (RTD) will run for President of Uganda.  We have seen pundits say he will not run and will support Bobi Wine.  Sometimes I wanna smoke the shit you are smoking.  MM is on record for saying that ANT will work with other opposition to front only one candidate for every election including for president.  But then these UPE USE illiterate school drop outs from some schools like Bufumbo PS or Busitema University have the audacity to claim that MUGISHA MUNTU WILL NOT STAND FOR PRESIDENT IN 2021.

I think we need to revamp our education system.  Our kids are graduating with full degrees and have ZERO common sense and you want some of these kids want to be your future MPs.  I think this is very Tupid.

Back to why MM is being coy about declaring that he will run for president.  He is much smarter than most of you people.  MM puts the country before self.  AND to think that at this early phase in electineering he will put his name across then scare some of you off.  PERHAPS HE SHOULD.  then we will not have to read your rubbish with your FB live, Youtube live, Twitter live, WhatsApp...nawalala nawalala.  We have to at least get serious you people.

Moncton, Canada
Bududa, Uganda



The amount of time we wasted labelling, blackmailing and calling Gen. Mugisha Muntu a mole, we could have done so much better.  NOW YOU ALL KNOW.


Tuesday, 28 October 2014


At the tender age of 23 years, Muntu left Makerere University after doing his last paper for his political science course to join Museveni's bush war. He was driven by the urge to restore rule of law and human rights to Uganda that had broken down at the time courtesy of Yoweri Museveni who had created a situation to justify his bush war. Being a son of a prominent UPC leader (Enock Muntuoyera) who was a personal friend of the then President Obote, Muntu would have been given a better job in government but his resolute character and urge for the freedom of others took him to the bush. Initially, in the bush he was placed under close watch on suspicion that possibly the UPC government had sent him to spy on guerrillas.

In the bush Muntu belonged to the category of 'intellectuals' whom the senior Commanders majority of whom were non university graduates so much detested and harassed. Because of the greed mentality of these commanders at one time Muntu together with other NCOs and led by Enock Mondo at one time planned to escape from the Museveni's NRA and form their own fighting group. In the bush he was shot in the leg and chest and was smuggled to Kampala for treatment. Upon recovery, he rejoined the bush war. During the same time the remains of his father who had died in exile during Iddi Amin's regime were brought back and accorded a state funeral that was graced by the then President Milton Obote who used the occasion to call on the young Mugisha Muntu to abandon the bush and return home but to no avail.

In the bush Muntu rose through the ranks to become first the Director of Civil Intelligence and later Director of Military Intelligence (DMI) - a position he held even during and after capturing power. As a DMI Muntu is re-known for living a very simple life while his colleagues rushed for the spoils of war that went with victory. His Aides would face difficulty in explaining the source of expensive house items that they would get for him from the army headquarters. His official car was an old blue Land Rover that he would use to carry any junior staff member that he would find on the war to and from work. This vehicle remained a  property of DMI/CMI until recently when it was stolen by Charles Tumusiime Rutarago. In one of the interviews this is what Muntu had to say about grabs "....as the war progressed, we were sure we could take over power people started talking about what they were planning, where they wanted to live,or saying I will be this, I will live in this neighborhood. It became intense when we took overpower. After taking over our intentions were to all go into the barracks but that was heavily resisted as soon as we arrived here. People started running to live in Kololo, Nakasero and I think that is where we lost it. This started creating the sense of acquisition and that went into business of and the feeling of everyone getting in to get something for himself. It has now gone into what we see today." 

As a senior officer at the timeof taking over government, Muntu was made a Lt. Col when formal ranks were introduced. He was moved from DMI and appointed as the the army's Chief Political Commissar (CPC) before appointing him as the Division Commander of one of the NRA Divisions. Within less than a year Muntu was elevated to the rank of Maj. Gen and assigned to take charge of of the NRA as the Army Commander. Museveni's choice of Muntu at the time was not in good faith but was meant to promote his usual divide and rule policy. While Muntu was capable of being the Army Commander, there were other more senior officers at the time who would have been elevated to the same position. The likes of Joram Mugume, Cheif Ali, Tinyefuza, Kyaligonza a.k.a Kumanyoko, Ivan Koreta, Okecho, Maruru, Nanyumba and a few others would have as well served in that capacity.As a result, there are some senior officers who vowed never to salute Mugisha Muntu as a sign of disapproval. 

Through Mugisha Muntu, Museveni embarked and implemented his designs of purging certain army officers. It was during Muntu's time that the practice of Katebe (rendering redundant) started. As a result, some unsuspecting senior officers petitioned Museveni through Gen. Saleh but to no avail. The cool headed Mugisha Muntu sailed though the rough storm. The army laid a foundation for professionalism, estalishment of terms and conditions of service, accounting systems, procurement of equipments etc. Its during Muntus time that the army faced seven internal rebel groups and three cross border conflicts (Rwanda, Sudan and Kenya) but by the time he left office only one (LRA) was thriving with total victory in Rwanda while diplomatic means took care of Sudan and Kenya. 

Muntu's tenure of office failed to get a partner in Museveni his Commander in Chief to fight abuse of office by senior officers who were all out to grab for personal resources that were meant to improve the welfare of ordinary soldiers. Creation of ghost soldiers and outright theft and diversion of army supplies intensified during Muntu's tenure. In the early 90s, Muntu took the initiative to stamp it out by instituting a team headed by Serwanga Lwanga, Ivan Koreta and Fred Bogere. The team started from the eastern region to physically identify, photograph and document every member of the NRA and auxiliary forces. From the eastern region, the team proceeded to the northern region but half way into the exercise, Museveni called it off. Even in the units that had already been covered, Museveni blocked arrests and prosecution of the suspects arguing that it is the same commanders that were fighting the insurgency that were about to be punished. Since then vice took root and has become a traditional measure of personal loyalty and allegiance to Museveni. Unknown to Muntu at the time was the fact that thieving by army officers was Museveni's weapon of ensuring loyalty. In aninterview this is what Muntu had to stay "....a kind of warlord mentality emerged - that you fight to take over power ; you must be recognised for it. As we moved on President Museveni's long term plans and the warlord mentality found a meeting point. He found it difficult to deal with or punish those that participated. Eventually he became a key representative of that very mentality. He says he killed his animal......." Muntu is one of the many people who followed Museveni to Luwero without realising that his intention was gain and hold the presidency till death.

However, the practice of Museveni purging officers whom he suspected of disloyalty flourished under Muntu's tenure. Rendering officers redundant (Katebe) and arbitrary arrest and detention without trial took its toll. The affected officers unsuspectingly mistook Muntu to be the architect of their woes thus developing personal hatred. At one time during the funeral vigil of the late Col. Kyatuka in Old Kampala where Mugisha Muntu was among the mourners, a number of junior army officers led by Rwashande openly attacked Muntu accusing him of complicity in the death of senior officers by rendering them redundant and dying from deprivation. They openly and publicly insulted him by calling him names like 'Omwiru'. The incident sent shook waves within the army but no disciplinary action was taken against the said junior officers who are now very Senior officersunder the Muhoozi project.  Years after he had retired from the army, during a rally in Kamuli district Muntu broke down and cried mid sentence thus "When I recall the times I was forced to arrest my friends and relatives........" Who was forcing him and who were those friends and relatives?

After serving for nine stormy years as army commander, Muntu got the rare opportunity to see tfrom the inside and grasp Museveni's hidden intents. When Muntu decided to quit the army Museveni offered him the position  of Minister of Defence which the former rejected. Museveni ordered the army to give him fifty million shillings to boost his(Muntu) stone quarry business - the only private economic means he had acquired from his earnings in army. Muntu is the only NRA officer who never stole or illegally acquired any personal wealth by virtue of his position. He is a poor man by all standards. However, it is said that his property on 10 Kyandondo Road houses the NRM headquarters. 

When Muntu the former Army Commander joined the opposition, desperate Ugandans who have lost all hope of democratic change of government saw a messiah in him. They anticipated an army man who would employ militaristic approach to the sitting military government under Gen. Museveni. At worst they anticipated Gen. Mugisha Muntu to eat into Musevei's power base - the military and run him down. Instead, Mugisha Muntu embarked on building and strengthening the leading opposition party. Some sections of Ugandans who don't fully understand Muntu think that he is a Museveni sympathiser. Ugandans should not be fooled that Mugisha Muntu is not fully aware that Museveni can not accept to loose power through democratic means. In the current efforts to rescue the country, Muntu's role and method of work should be compared with DP's Paul Ssemogerere who led his party to form the opposition during the 2nd UPC government. Let us not underrate the role that was played by DP's Ssemogere to check the excesses of the UPC government which role in turn afforded breathing space and survival of the NRA fighters. There were democratic institutions during the 2nd UPC government unlike the current military dictatorship under Museveni. The other difference is that Muntu has bullet wounds in his chest and leg. Does he fear to be shot again? For those who doubt Muntu's capability, ask Museveni and you will be surprised. No amount of money, intimidation, blackmail or offer of top position can buy off Mugisha Muntu.


ENERGY: Oil report for August 20, 2019 (CHARTS)


- The volume of natural gas that is flowing to export terminals in the U.S. reached a record high in July, hitting 6 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d), or 7 percent of total U.S. natural gas production, according to the EIA.

- U.S. LNG exports reached a record high 5.2 bcf/d in July.

- Two more LNG export facilities – Elba Island LNG in Georgia and Freeport LNG in Texas – are set to begin operations within the next two months.

Market Movers

- Chevron (NYSE: CVX) has an edge over ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) because of its “superior” cash position, according to Barclays.

- Range Resources (NYSE: RRC) rose more than 8 percent on Monday after it wasupgraded to a “Buy” rating by MKM Partners. Range Resources’ stock was at a year-to-date low prior to Monday, down two-thirds since January.

- Hess (NYSE: HES) has been the best performing oil and gas company this year, gaining 57 percent year-to-date. The company’s discoveries in Guyana, rather than its U.S. shale footprint, have much to do with the success.

Tuesday August 20, 2019

Oil prices rose slightly on Monday after a Houthi drone attack on a Saudi oil field led toconcerns about geopolitical unrest. That trend reversed on Tuesday however after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued harsh comments about Huawei and the threat of China.

Oil CEOs sell their own stock. An analysis from Raymond James found that top CEOs at U.S. oil and gas firms have sold an average of $4 million worth of stock in their own companies over the past five years, at a time when they talk up their stocks to investors.

Bakken flaring rises to 24 percent. Bakken flaring has spiked as production of both oil and gas rises amid a pipeline bottleneck. Drillers are now flaring roughly 24 percent of the gas produced in the Bakken, which is twice as high as state limits.

CNPC suspends purchases from Venezuela. China’s CNPC suspended oil purchases in August from Venezuela following stricter U.S. sanctions. “We were told that China oil will not load any oil in August. We don’t know what will happen after,” a source toldReuters.

Aramco to select Lazard Ltd. and Moelis & Co. Bloomberg reports that Saudi Aramco has picked Lazard Ltd. and Moelis & Co. to advise the company on its IPO.

Mercedes-Benz to join California on fuel economy. In a blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to slash fuel economy standards, Mercedes-Benz is preparing to join four other automakers in agreeing to the stricter fuel economy standards laid out by California. The New York Times also reported that the policy process within the Trump administration is in disarray. The balking of top automakers and the internal disorder could imperil the deregulation effort.

U.S. shows signs of easing off trade war. The U.S. government extended waivers on sanctions on companies doing business with Huawei, viewed as a conciliatory gesture towards China. Fears of an economic recession seem to have the Trump administration concerned, and top U.S. officials have talked up trade negotiations. The Trump administration is also reportedly exploring a payroll tax amid growing concerns about the economy.

Dakota Access draws fire. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has asked a judge to toss out a federal permit for the Dakota Access pipeline, due to lack of consultation. The issue comes as the pipeline’s owner, Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE: ETP), hopes to double the pipeline’s capacity. Meanwhile, several Democratic presidential candidates vowed to revoke the pipeline’s permits if they became president.

Texas well completions decline by 12 percent. The number of oil and gas wells completed in Texas declined by 12 percent in the first 7 months of 2019 compared to the same period a year earlier. Permits to drill new wells also declined by 14 percent. Slower activity has been a blow for oilfield services companies.

YPF cuts spending after price controls. Argentine President Mauricio Macri unveiled a series of stimulus measures last week in response to a shockingly bad performance in the nation’s primary. The package also came in the wake of market gyrations that saw the peso lose roughly 25 percent. President Macri froze fuel prices for three months, a move that is a huge setback for the oil industry. YPF (NYSE: YPF) said that it would slash spending by $100-$120 million per month as long as the price controls remain in effect. 

Hi-Crush idles mine amid poor sand prices. Hi-Crush (NYSE: HCR) announced plans to halt production at one of its frac-sand operations in Wisconsin because of decreasing profitability.

Iranian tanker heads for Greece. Gibraltar decided to release the seized Iranian tanker, despite efforts by the U.S., easing some tension between Iran and the UK. The tanker is destined for Greece. The U.S. warned Greece not to assist the tanker.

Oil industry succeeds in criminalizing protest. Several oil companies behind the Dakota Access Pipeline and other pipeline projects have succeeded in pushing through laws at the state level to make pipeline protests a felony, according to Bloomberg. “Oil refiners, especially Koch Industries and Marathon Petroleum, orchestrated this unholy alliance of oil, gas, chemical, and electric utility companies to crush resistance to polluting industries,” Connor Gibson, an investigator with Greenpeace who has tracked the efforts, told Bloomberg.

Fighting climate change good for economy. A new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that slashing greenhouse gases will be significantly better for global GDP than inaction. The paper estimates that abiding by the Paris Climate agreement will keep GDP losses at 1.07 percent by 2100, while faster warming could slash global GDP by 7.22 percent.

Trump admin secretly negotiating with Venezuela. The Trump administration has held secret talks with powerful members of the Venezuela government. Some officials are seeking assurances that they won’t face retribution if they allow Maduro to be removed from power. Venezuelan officials deny the report.

Sales of diesel cars in freefall in Norway. EVs are eating into the market share of diesel vehicles in Norway, which are in freefall. Sales of diesel vehicles have fallen 95 percent over the last six years.

UGANDA: Unemployed youth entitlement, what to do - @LokomoPeter @RugyendoQuotes

Some of you may have seen TVO posts of a Ugandan conning unemployed youth for millions of UGX promising them jobs in Canada.

What I found interesting is that the guy can hardly write English and all the people he is promising jobs must pass the IELTS.

After I shared that conman story in many social media groups, a young gentleman I have known for a while said this:

1. Most Ugandan youth only buy social bundles and cannot open the links you share.
2. Internet is limited in Uganda
3. The youth are desperate and that is why they fall for SCAMS.

I am now looking at this kid:

A) Why do they buy social bundles when the real information is on opening links and using Google
B) If Internet is limited, why are they online because Social Media is part of the Internet
4) The youth are desperate and pay UGX 3.5mln to 14mln for fake visas to Canada... There is no way in hell they are desperate. Some of us, when we were DESPERATE, we only asked for information and then READ.  We read as if our lives depended on READING.  Because life does now depend on reading.  You are very mistaken to think that you do not need to read and some god out there will just arrange a miracle for you. ''Poor reading habits are the enemy of civilisation""...QUOTE.

WHAT IS IT THAT WE MUST DO TO HELP OUR UNEMPLOYED YOUTH.  I am at a loss for a solution.  The unemployed youth hate reading.  And many write atrociously.  But to say that you cannot read because you have no internet on your kathupuli when you are always online.  Why not just buy 5 gigs of data monthly from MTN or Airtel and use them to read the things which matter.

I read a post of scholarships you shared, give me the link again.  WHY IS IT THAT I walk around with pen and paper to write everything I see of interest AND you do not.  You make no notes. You expect to be served freely by even volunteers.

I was on a 2hr phone with one of the New Brunswick service agencies.  She started to talk.  I told her ..let me grab my book and make notes.  She then talked as I was writing down while on the computer noting everything she was referring to on the govt website with my phone also checking what was going on about news.  But a kid in Uganda says .... I did not write that down.  Gimme.  OR the worst thing is .... you once shared a Business Plan, Project Proposal template, gimme me.  Why did you not write it down or book mark it.

Ugandans need to stop taking people for granted. Most of the information we share for free is being sold in Uganda.  PLEASE help us to help you.

Moncton, Uganda
Bududa, Canada

NTVUganda has added Proline contingent to depart for ,Malawi on Wednesday video

Proline contingent to depart for ,Malawi on Wednesday

it’s been confirmed that a 25-strong contingent from Proline Football Club departs for Malawi tomorrow. This ahead of a Caf Confederation Cup preliminary round return leg against Masters Security. Now while Proline hold a three-nil advantage from the first leg, players will have little or no time to adjust to the tactics of new head coach, Matia Lule. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added Mbarara tie down third place at Onduparaka’s expense video

Mbarara tie down third place at Onduparaka’s expense

Mbarara City have used goals from Paul Mucureezi and Jasper Aheebwa either side of half time to beat Onduparaka two-nil at Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium. Now the result ensured that Mbarara City finished third in the season opening Pilsner Super Eight tournament. Onduparaka never recovered after giving away a goal as early as the fifth minute. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

NTVUganda has added African Stars check in ahead of Friday clash with KCCA FC video

African Stars check in ahead of Friday clash with KCCA FC

KCCA FC’s opponents in this weekend’s Caf Champions League preliminary round tie are in the country ahead of Friday’s return leg at Lugogo. Namibian champions African Stars hold a 3-2 first leg advantage and are in the country early to acclimatise to Ugandan conditions as they look to reach the final qualifying round. Ibroihim Youssouf, who netted a brace in the first leg is part of the 30-strong African Stars contingent. The five-time Namibian champions will have Muhammad Fargo call the shots from the dugout. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

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Chief finance officers have to be prepared for the changing business environment with enterprises now focused more on the future rather than the past with the use of technology now central to operations. Accountants say harnessing automation is the nearest route to enterprise growth given the changing and emerging market demands. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

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New report shows possibility of violence in 2021 elections

New research suggests that the 2021 general election will be more violent than 2016’s unless mitigation measures are put in place. The report titled “early warning signs for violence in Uganda's 2021 elections”, puts youth, police and NRM party agents as the main actors of violence. In their recommendations, the researchers want perpetrators of election violence banned from taking part in at least two subsequent polls. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

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Education experts want government to establish policies to promote literacy in the education sector. Whereas they acknowledge that the universal education system has provided much needed education to many Ugandans, the experts fear that this system is not providing enough literacy to the beneficiaries. This was part of what was discussed at the start of 11th Pan African Literacy for All conference in Kampala. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

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West Nile MPs come to the support of minister Anite

Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has blocked any debate on claims by Members of parliament from West Nile who have sided with State Minister Evelyn Anite in woes against what she called mafias fighting her with in government.The MPs have requested government to beef up her security after she claimed that some people were after her life. Anite is the Woman Member of parliament of Koboko District in West Nile. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

Russell Peters Indian Vs Chinese

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Russel Peters talks about Indians trying to savemoney and chinese trying to get money funny

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Just like Uganda, Mozambique pushes for SIM card registration, raising privacy concerns

mCel, is one of Mozambique's three mobile operators ordered by the government to register SIM cards. Photo: Dércio Tsandzana, July 16, 2019. Used with permission.
SIM card registration 'facilitates surveillance'


Mozambique is pushing for the registration of prepaid SIM cards despite concerns related to privacy and the measure's potential interference with election monitoring efforts.

On 28 June 2019, the Mozambican Communications Authority (ARECOM), a public entity that regulates the postal and telecommunications sectors and manages the radio frequency spectrum, launched a 10-day ultimatum for operators to urgently register all users of prepaid SIM cards. According to the newspaper O País:

In three letters sent by the Mozambican Communications Authority to Vodacom, TmCel and Movitel, the regulator accused the mobile operators of violating the regulations for registration and activation of the SIM card subscriber identification modules, approved by Decree No. 18/2015, of August 28.

In the letters, the regulator issued five notes to the operators, through complaints from customers and the Defense and Security Forces that there are unregistered and/or irregularly registered SIM cards in the market.

1-Block all unregistered and irregularly registered numbers within 10 days from the date of receipt of this letter, according to the Article 6 (a) and (b) of the above mentioned Regulation.

2 – Ensure compliance with Article 11 (1) which stipulates that “operators and providers of public telecommunications services, as well as sales agents or distributors are authorized to register SIM cards”.

3 – Collect all SIM cards that are outside the official establishments of the operators, agents and distributors, because they are not under the conditions set out in paragraph 2 of the regulation.

4- Block all numbers that violate the recommended in paragraph 3 of article 10, of the above mentioned legislation.

5- Inform subscribers to regularize their situations.

This push dates back to 2010 when the government led by then-President Armando Guebuza approved a ministerial decree that required users of mobile phones to register their SIM cards within a month.

The decree came in the aftermath of violent demonstrations that took place in the capital Maputo against high living costs. The protests caused at least 13 deaths, as well as a scenario of destruction in the Mozambican capital city.

During those demonstrations, protesters used mobile phones and social networks to invite people to the streets.

At the time, concerned bloggers and netizens viewed the decision as an intimidation attempt, as referenced in the blog entitled Reflectindo sobre Moçambique (reflecting about Mozambique, in Portuguese):

We want to ask why only after a demonstration, promoted by sms, the government want to block the services of mobile communication? Why they did not do it when the Deputy José Mascarenhas was threatened by sms and later and then assassinated?

Mozambique's three mobile operators

A subsidiary of Vodacom Group, which is partially owned by the multinational corporation Vodafone, Vodacom Mozambique provides voice and internet services in Mozambique since December 2003.

TmCel or Moçambique Celular is a state-owned company that was founded in November 1997. It was the first mobile communications company to operate in Mozambique.

Movitel is a joint venture between the Vietnamese company Viettel and Mozambique's SPI (Management and Investment), which the Mozambican market in 2010

Although the initial deadline to register the SIM cards was extended by one month to January 7, 2011, and a second ministerial decree was issued in 2015, none of Mozambique's three telephone operators, namely Vodacom, TmCel and Movitel, canceled the unregistered SIM cards, prompting the government to issue its June 2019 ultimatum.

TmCel and Movitel accepted the ARECOM ultimatum to block the unregistered numbers, as reported by O País.

On July 15, the electronic newspaper A Carta revealed that all three operators were the target of a hearing by the National Criminal Investigation Service in the northern city of Nampula to investigate irregularities in SIM card registrations.

The Mozambican government maintains that the registration of SIM cards will help it fight crime and fraud. However, privacy groups view the registration of these cards as an infringement on users’ right to communicate privately.

According to the Privacy International, SIM card registration ”undermines the ability of users to communicate anonymously and one’s right to privacy”:

This poses a threat to vulnerable groups, and facilitates surveillance by making tracking and monitoring of users easier for law enforcement authorities.
Mobile phone use in election monitoring

The Mozambican government's latest ultimatum came just a few months before the country's general elections this year, scheduled for October 15. Mobile phones have proved to be an essential tool for election monitoring in Mozambique, where citizen observers use them to send photos and videos that can illustrate issues on election day as well as contribute to the transparency of the voting process.

As a result, measures aimed at blocking unregistered prepaid SIM cards could affect citizen participation during the elections. Authorities will be able to identify owners of registered SIM cards as well as infer or trace whoever is making a call or sending an SMS.

In 2014, the use of mobile phones enabled electoral observation through digital and mobile platforms such as Citizen's Eye and Txeka-lá. In the 2018 municipal elections, the Votar Moçambique web platform and its mobile app were used by electoral observers to monitor the election in many cities of the country.

This year, a number of civil society organizations are also preparing to monitor the elections through digital platforms, including the Center for Democracy and Development, the Citizen's Eye and the Center for Public Integrity.

The Eye of the Citizen and Txeka-lá use the Ushahidi platform (meaning “testimony” in Swahili), which allows citizens to send alerts about elections, as well as voice and SMS messages, to the ”situation room”. Most recently, the Center of Support on Information and Community Communication (CAICC) — a civil society organization, based in Maputo, launched a designated platform called Othanla (“choose”, in English). The platform, which is designed entirely for Android mobile devices, will enable its users to share and receive real-time information related to the upcoming elections, including the voting process and the results.

Even though in the last few years there has been an increase in the use of internet in Mozambique, according to the National Statistical Institute (INE, 2017), internet penetration remains low at 6.6 percent, trailing behind Southern Africa's average internet penetration of 51 percent, the region with the highest internet penetration rate in the entire continent according to the Hootsuite 2018 report.

However, the number of mobile phone users in Mozambique continues to grow. According to Hootsuite, mobile phone penetration was estimated at 46 percent (14 million of the total population) in January 2019. According to the same source, in January, ninety-four percent of mobile internet connections were prepaid, and of Mozambique’s 2,5 million active social media users, 2,20 million were mobile social media users.

DR Congo to give cross-border traders Ebola vaccines

A woman gets her temperature measured at an Ebola screening station as she enters the Democratic Republic of the Congo from Rwanda on July 16, 2019 in Goma. PHOTO | JOHN WESSELS | AFP 

More than 60,000 traders in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo who cross the border regularly into Rwanda and Uganda are to be vaccinated to curb an Ebola outbreak.

Cases recorded recently in the Congolese trading hub of Goma, which is on Rwanda’s border, and have raised concerns of cross-border spread.

According to Jean Jacques Muyembe, the co-ordinator of the Ebola response in DR Congo - where the virus has killed more than 1,900 in the last year - the health authorities in Rwanda have also ordered 100,000 doses of the vaccine for a similar campaign targeting traders.

Over the last month, Rwandan border officials have been limiting the number of traders they allow over to Goma each day.

It is not clear when the mass vaccination campaign will start.

Dr Muyembe said after vaccinating cross-border traders, response teams would then expand vaccination to whole villages where Ebola cases are confirmed.

The experimental vaccine to be used is backed by several international health experts, including the WHO, but has sparked some controversy in DR Congo.

The vaccine is produced by Johnson & Johnson and is different from the single dose Merck vaccine that has been used over the past year in DR Congo.

Sources within the response team told the BBC they were concerned about that fact that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires two doses given 50 days apart for it to be effective.

That could be challenging in eastern DR Congo, where people move around quite a lot and misinformation and distrust have already slowed down Ebola response efforts.

Burkina Faso’s military says extremists kill 10 soldiers

DAKAR, Senegal (Associated Press) — Burkina Faso’s military says extremists have killed at least 10 soldiers in the country’s north.

The military said in a statement that several more soldiers were wounded in Monday’s attack in Soum Province near Mali’s border. The military said an air and land operation has been launched “in reaction to the barbaric attack” to “neutralize” the assailants.

Violence by Islamic extremists has been increasing in Burkina Faso’s north and east. Attacks have already killed hundreds and thousands have fled the violence in the country.

Burkina Faso’s government last year declared a state of emergency in many of the country’s northern regions. Burkina Faso’s foreign minister in May warned that extremist violence is gaining ground in the Sahel region, including in Mali, Niger and Chad, and could destabilize West Africa.

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Today in History - August 20 -- Library of Congress

Today in History - August 20

On August 20, 1866, the newly organized National Labor Union called on Congress to mandate an eight-hour workday.  Continue reading.

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New report shows possibility of violence in 2021 elections

A new report has suggested that the 2021 election might be more violent unless mitigation measures are put in place by the various stake holders. The report recommend implementation of real electoral reforms and penalties against perpetuators of election violence among other measures.#NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm

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Speaker Kadaga tips Basoga on Avocado growing

The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has told the people of Busoga to embrace avocado planting which is easy to handle and one starts earning after a period of three years. She spoke at the launch of the commercial growing of Hass Avocado in Uganda at Musubi farm in Mayuge district.#NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit http://www.ntv.co.ug Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ntvuganda Like our Facebook page https://ift.tt/1bbEIWm



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Tanzania to sell crocodiles

Tanzania will sell 10% of its crocodile population as a way of dealing with increasing human-wildlife conflict, the Citizen newspaper reports quoting the country's tourism minister.


“There are many cases of people being attacked by the crocodiles and hippos in several areas besides destruction of crops and other properties, but we have come up with a plan, which we believe will reduce such incidents,” said Hamisi Kigwangwala.

“We have decided to sell 10% of all the crocodiles in the country,” he added.

He said that the government will announce the plan to sell the animals this week.

The minister also said special permits will be used to allow people to hunt and skin the animals before they are sold in local and international markets.

Monday, August 19, 2019

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US prisons chief removed from position after Epstein’s death

FILE - In this July 19, 2019, file photo, acting Director of the Bureau of Prisons Hugh Hurwitz speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. Hurwitz has been removed from his post more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody. Attorney General William Barr announced Hugh Hurwitz’s termination Monday, Aug. 19. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
WASHINGTON (Associated Press) — Attorney General William Barr removed the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons from his position Monday, more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody.

Hugh Hurwitz’s reassignment comes amid mounting evidence that guards at the chronically understaffed Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York abdicated their responsibility to keep the 66-year-old Epstein from killing himself while he awaited trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls. The FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general are investigating his death.

Barr named Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, the prison agency’s director from 1992 until 2003, to replace Hurwitz. Hurwitz is moving to a role as an assistant director in charge of the bureau’s reentry programs, where he will work with Barr on putting in place the First Step Act, a criminal justice overhaul.

The bureau has come under intense scrutiny since Epstein’s death, with lawmakers and Barr demanding answers about how Epstein was left unsupervised and able to take his own life on Aug. 10 while held at one of the most secure federal jails in America.

A statement from Barr gave no specific reason for the reassignment. But Barr said last week that officials had uncovered “serious irregularities” and was angry that staff members at the jail had failed to “adequately secure this prisoner.”

He ordered the bureau last Tuesday to temporarily reassign the warden , Lamine N’Diaye, to a regional office and the two guards who were supposed to be watching Epstein were placed on administrative leave.

“This is a good start, but it’s not the end,” Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement. “Attorney General Barr did the right thing by removing the head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and he ought to make every effort to prosecute every one of Epstein’s co-conspirators to the fullest extent of the law.”

The guards on Epstein’s unit failed to check on him every half hour, as required, and are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they had, according to several people familiar with the matter. Both guards were working overtime because of staffing shortages, the people said.

Multiple people familiar with operations at the jail say Epstein was taken off suicide watch about a week after he was found on his cell floor July 23 with bruises around his neck, and put back in a high-security housing unit where he was less closely monitored but still supposed to be checked on every 30 minutes.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation.

Hurwitz is a longtime bureaucrat who joined the bureau in 1998. He had also served in the Education Department and the Food and Drug Administration and worked for NASA’s office of inspector general. He returned to the prison agency in 2015 and was appointed acting director by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in 2018.

He also weathered through the death of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, who was killed in a federal prison in West Virginia in October, just after he was transferred there. Lawmakers, advocates and even prison guards had been sounding the alarm about dangerous conditions there for years, but there has been no public indication that federal prison officials took any action to address the safety concerns. Bulger’s killing was the third at the facility within six months.

As director of the bureau, Hurwitz was responsible for overseeing 122 facilities, 37,000 staff members and about 184,000 inmates.

Hawk Sawyer was the first woman to lead the agency and held a number of jobs during nearly 27 years there. She worked as a psychologist at a federal correctional facility in West Virginia, served as an associate warden and then a warden at other facilities, and ultimately was nominated to lead the agency during Barr’s first stint as attorney general in the early 1990s.

“Under Dr. Hawk Sawyer’s previous tenure at the Bureau, she led the agency with excellence, innovation, and efficiency, receiving numerous awards for her outstanding leadership,” Barr said in a statement.

Barr also named Thomas Kane, a longtime bureau employee who has held a variety of leadership roles, as the deputy director. Kane worked at the agency from 1977 to 2018, under four attorneys general, and has previously served as the bureau’s acting director, chief of staff, assistant director and deputy director.

“During this critical juncture, I am confident Dr. Hawk Sawyer and Dr. Kane will lead BOP with the competence, skill, and resourcefulness they have embodied throughout their government careers,” Barr said.

Botswana University to offer Brexit course


A course about Brexit, the UK's plan to leave the European Union, is to be offered as an option by the University of Botswana's history department.

The course, called Modern Britain, will "study the crisis" as it happens, a notice shared on Twitter said.

Students will, however, not sit for an exam.

Bruce Bennett from the university confirmed to the BBC that the course will be offered.

"[It] is intended to link the present crisis, which is of interest to many people, to the historical background," he said.

He said that as an elective course students from other departments would be able to take it:

"There has been interest from students from across the university, including of course political science but not limited to them."

John McDermott

Advert for a special elective course in Brexit at the University of Botswana. 'This course will have no final exam', appropriately enough.

He added that other major events in British history would also be covered:
Quote Message: This semester the British history course will focus on the Brexit crisis, as it happens, in combination with relevant British history. This historical background includes both relatively recent events such as the Northern Irish Troubles and the Good Friday agreement, and the deeper background."

This semester the British history course will focus on the Brexit crisis, as it happens, in combination with relevant British history. This historical background includes both relatively recent events such as the Northern Irish Troubles and the Good Friday agreement, and the deeper background."

Relationship between China and Uganda continues to deepen - XINUHUA

Chinese heavy machinery firm opens center in Uganda in African expansion move

WAKISO, Uganda, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- China's heavy construction machinery company Sany Heavy Industry on Sunday opened an operation center here as the company seeks inroads into Africa.

The company through its local dealer Pearltrac (U) Ltd, a subsidiary of Tian Tang Group, opened the center at Namanve Industrial Park, in the central Ugandan district of Wakiso.

The operation center has a showroom, service center, maintenance workshop and spare parts warehouse.

Zhou Wanchun, vice president of Sany Heavy Industry, said the company has plans of making Uganda a launch pad to the rest of Africa.

"This a very important step forward in course of Sany's internationalization and its development in Africa," Zhou said.

Evelyn Anite, Minister of State for Investment and Privatization, said Uganda would give support to Sany and other Chinese companies in the country.

Anite assured Sany of a readily available market for its products.

Zhao Xiufen, economic and commercial counselor at the Chinese embassy in Uganda, said the relation between the two countries continues to deepen.

She said Uganda in 2018 ranked the third in Africa as a destination of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The FDI from China to Uganda in 2018 was over 270 million U.S. dollars.

UGANDA: Behind Museveni's tactical withdraw from Lukwago bill


CHANGE OF GUARDS - Uganda's capital city of Kampala is the country's commercial center (65% of the GDP), the administrative headquarters and the seat of the economically and politically influential Buganda kingdom.  In his agenda of destroying Buganda, Museveni has always effected an ill agenda of suppressing Buganda's economic and political muscle starting with Kampala city. 

Initially, he pushed for a constitutional provision that made Kampala not part of Buganda.  Since the introduction of the sham multiparty politics, Kampala city has persistently voted for the opposition.  In particular, Museveni has always been irked by the elective office of the Lord Mayor who is the political beat has since time immemorial gone to the opposition.  Amidst heavy bribery, violence and outright rigging, Kampala residents have consistently voted for the opposition strongman, Erias Lukwago as the Mayor.

It was out of desperation that Museveni moved to undermine the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago's administration.  Museveni enacted the Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) disbanding the former Kampala City Council (KCC).  He created the office of his appointed Executive Director for KCCA.  He went ahead to create the office of the Minister and Minister of State for Kampala city.  The KCCA Act provided for the creation of the Kampala Metropolitan Area that was supposed to include the adjacent districts of Wakiso and Kampala in order to further chase Buganda Kingdom from position.

Inspite of all the above mentioned manoeuvres, Kampala residents have defiantly stuck to their guns by voting for the opposition.  The latest election was in 2016 when almost all the MPs and Councilors were swept by the opposition while at the same time overwhelmingly returning the defiant, Erias Lukwago as the Lord Mayor. The polling trend extends to the adjoining districts of Wakiso and Mukono. It was against this background that out of frustration he initiated the KCCA Amendment Bill.

Among other amendments, the said bill sought to have the Lord Mayor elected by councillors instead of the traditionally majority opposition leaning Kampala residents. That was when he thought that it would be easy to bribe a dozen elected councillors into rejecting Erias Lukwago.  The bill sought to deny the Lord Mayor from being the Political head of Kampala city. Further, the bill sought to effect the creation of the Kampala Metropolitan Area in order to annex Wakiso and Mukono from Buganda Kingdom. 

The said bill went through all the legislative stages and was tabled before Parliament.  Museveni is renown for having his bills passed through numbers, blackmail, intimidation and outright bribery. However, mid way into the debate, Ugandans witnessed a surprise abrupt U-turn whereby the regime backed off and gave concessions that saw the said amendments being dropped.  Many gullible Ugandans and the opposition leaders rejoiced over what they termed as a "good bill and a score for the Lord Mayor and the opposition."

The magic is very simple; midway into the process, the Museveni regime's top cohort and his brother-in-law, Gen. Henry Tumukunde was earmarked for Kampala city mayorship come 2021.  In fact Tumukunde has publicly declared his intention and is busy mobilising,uninterrupted.  The regime that is very sure that Gen. Tumukunde will be the next Lord Mayor for Kampala at all cost had to withdraw from passing the draconian and punitive amendments that targeted the opposition.  On the contrary, obviously such amendments would negatively impact on the Gen. Tumukunde's reign as Lord Mayor.

Therefore, that is the reason the regime made a last minute tactical withdraw that has left the gullible citizens jubilant without realizing what awaits them.  Instead, Kampala residents and opposition players should get ready for a bloody showdown for Gen. Tumukunde's mayorship bid.


Sudan's ex-president al-Bashir 'received $90m from Saudi Arabia'

Sudan's deposed ruler Omar al-Bashir sits in a defendant's cage during the opening of his corruption trial in Khartoum [Ebrahim Hamid/AFP]
At the start of al-Bashir's corruption trial, investigator tells court the sum included $25m from Saudi crown prince.


Omar al-Bashir received millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, a police investigator has told a court in Sudan's capital at the start of the former president's corruption trial months after he was toppled by the military in the wake of mass protests against his autocratic rule.

Al-Bashir, who is charged with illicit possession of foreign currency and accepting gifts in an unofficial manner, admitted to receiving the $90m in cash from Saudi royals, Brigadier General Ahmed Ali testified on Monday.

Nearly seven million euros ($7.8m) was found at al-Bashir's residence, as well as smaller amounts in US dollars and Sudanese pounds, he said.

"The accused told us that the money was part of a sum of $25m sent to him by Prince Mohammed bin Salman to be used outside of the state budget," Ali said, referring to the powerful crown prince of Saudi Arabia.

The investigator said al-Bashir had said he also received two previous payments of $35m and $30m from Saudi Arabia's former King Abdullah, who died in 2015.

"This money was not part of the state budget and I was the one who authorised its spending," Ali quoted al-Bashir as saying. The former president told investigators that the Saudi money was exchanged and spent but he could not remember how, according to Ali. He added that the former president did not have documents providing further details.

Al-Bashir, who was forced from office by months of protests in April, listened to the testimony without commenting as he sat in a metal cage.

He spoke at the beginning of the hearing to confirm his name and age.

When asked about his residence, the 75-year-old laughed and said, "formerly the airport district, at army headquarters but now Kobar prison," referring to the detention complex where he sent thousands of opponents during his 30-year rule.
'Heinous crimes'

After the nearly three-hour hearing, al-Bashir's lawyer Ahmed Ibrahim al-Tahir dismissed the accusations, telling reporters it was usual for leaders to hold amounts of foreign currency.

Speaking from Khartoum, Al Jazeera's Hiba Morgan said al-Bashir's lawyers claim the charges against him were not "legitimate because he received the money that was found in his house after he was ousted as president".

"His defence team says the fact that there is a trial against the former president proves that the judiciary is independent, but they are sure he will come out innocent," Morgan added.

The Saudi government communications office did not immediately comment on the testimony.

The next hearing was scheduled for Saturday.

Al-Bashir's trial comes against the backdrop of the country's struggle to form a sovereign council, the first step after the landmark adoption of a transitional constitution.

On Saturday, protest leaders and the military that seized power from al-Bashir signed a final power-sharing deal, paving the way for a transition to a civilian-led government.

Al-Bashir took power in a military coup on June 30, 1989, and stayed in office until April 11, 2019, when he was overthrown and arrested by the armed forces.

His downfall was brought about by thousands of Sudanese from all walks of life who took to the streets for four months to demand an end to his rule.

The demonstrations erupted over rising food prices before morphing into broader demands for political change, the culmination of years of anger over long-standing corruption and repression.

Prosecutors have also opened other criminal investigations against al-Bashir, including on charges of money laundering, financing "terrorism" and "ordering the killing of protesters" - the latter is an offence that carries the death penalty in Sudan.

Before Monday's trial, Amnesty International's Director for East Africa Joan Nyanyuki said in a statement: "While this trial is a positive step towards accountability for some of his alleged crimes, he remains wanted for heinous crimes committed against the Sudanese people."

Over the course of his time in office, al-Bashir led Sudan through several conflicts and is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged atrocities in the western Darfur region more than a decade ago, in a war that killed an estimated 300,000 people and forced 2.7 million from their homes.

The conflict broke out in 2003 when ethnic minority groups took up arms against al-Bashir's Arab-dominated government, accusing it of discrimination and neglect.

Al-Bashir was also the last man to lead a united Sudan, prior to South Sudan's independence in 2011.