Monday, February 29, 2016



Unknown rebels attacked Fort portal killing 13 civilians.

The rebel group entered Uganda from Ituri region from DRC.

This area has been a thorn of insurgences under Museveni's regime.

In 2003 Kayihura was captured in Ituri and kept for a number days until the government of Uganda paid a ransom.

Fort portal region is known for insurgence and this time the invaders have said that their mission is to remove the government of Uganda as it cannot be removed through elections.

The unidentified rebel group accused UPDF of killing civilians and blaming it on the insurgence.

The dead bodies included young children and older women.

Some of the victim's lips and heads were cut off.

Heavy UPDF deployment in Fort portal is reported as residences are scared for their lives.

More information will be posted as we get more news.

Video: Spiderman spices up diaspora anti-Museveni protests - #Uganda

[The pictures are to die for.  Just open the link where you will also find it.  You can also find it on Youtube called Ugandans Demonstrate after elections. Thank you Canada and Toronto (home away from home). ]
Mid last month, police in the United Kingdom intercepted a group of Ugandans when they attempted to forcefully hold a demonstration in front of Ugandan Embassy.
Ms. Esther Nankya, one of the organisers, says they [diasporans] were decrying the level of repression meted unto their relatives back home in Uganda.
However, they were not allowed by police to peacefully address the journalists and carry their placards which described president Museveni’s 30-year rule as “total dictatorship that needs to be nailed out”.
The electoral commission chairman, Badru Kiggundu, said there is no provision apparently that enables diasporans to vote from their respective countries unless they return home.
Protest spiced up by spiderman in Canada
Over the weekend, Ugandans living in Canada held a similar anti-Museveni protest.
The protest was held in downtown Toronto to raise more awareness castigating the just concluded Uganda elections as a “sham”.
Boston protest underway
Meanwhile, Ugandans living in Boston USA will also hold a demonstration to protest what they termed as “impunity of Museveni’s government”.
The Ugandan community in Boston is organising a peaceful demonstration to denounce what they call “the continued hijacking of our country” by the NRM government.
The demonstration is slated for May 3, 2016 at Harvard Square Cambridge from 8 am to 2pm.
“All peace loving Ugandans are encouraged to come in big numbers and participate. Let us show the world that Ugandans are tired of Museveni and his bunch of goons who have held us hostage for 30 years,” reads their statement.

#Besigye petition disabled as witnesses ‘disappear’ - #Uganda

[The super powers can never say we did not warn them of what was going on in Uganda.  Now sit back and pass the buck.]
Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] agents and witnesses have reportedly either been arrested and imprisoned or are being hunted down by police.
This was disclosed by Kizza Besigye’s lawyer, Yusuf Nsibambi.
Nsibambi whose home was over the weekend taken over by security agents, told NTV that it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to gather evidence to challenge the 2016 Presidential results.
“Presenting a presidential petition is not an ordinary thing. We need evidence,” he told the television.
Besigye got 35% in the general election against President Yoweri Museveni’s 60%.
“Most of our agents are on the run while others are in prison. Declaration forms were also confiscated.”
He said the police has ably disabled the entire process.
“It is now difficult for us to put up a case,” Nsibambi added.
Meanwhile, Besigye has petitioned court to seek orders to evict police officers and other security personnel besieging his home.
Besigye’s lawyers last Friday petitioned Kasangati Magistrates’ Court protesting the continued presence of police.
They demand the police withdrawal with immediate effect.
After the 2011 general election, police also laid siege at Besigye’s residence for one week claiming he was under ‘preventive arrest’.
Besigye petitioned court upon which Grade One Magistrate Jessica Chemeri declared police occupation of his home as unlawful.

Tororo women 'go naked' over vote recount - #Uganda

[Yeah, I was also expecting some nudity here but wapi!  In any case, when we are in France, we go to clothes optional beaches so Uganda's obsession with nudity is beyond my family.  Dude, you were born naked!]
Reports from Tororo district indicate that a group of women Monday stripped naked in a protest of election results.
The women were reportedly protesting the recount of votes in the Tororo MP race won by Yeri Apollo who beat incumbent Sanjay Tanna.
Ofwono was declared winner after he polled 7, 149 against Tanna’s 7, 045 votes.
Tanna disputed his loss to NRM’s Ofwono and successfully petitioned Tororo chief magistrates court through his lawyer, Yusuf Mutembule, demanding for a recount.
There was heavy police deployment at Tororo magistrates court on Monday ahead of the recount.
Meanwhile, NBS TV reported that women stripped naked in protest forcing the process to be cancelled.
Tororo chief magistrate, Esther Nakadama Mubiru, called off the vote recount after finding out that some ballot boxes had been opened.
The three ballots boxes were from Water Village O-Z, Agururu ‘B’ and Amagoro ‘A’ polling stations.
Nakadama said she couldn’t proceed with a recount on the ballot boxes that have already been tempered with.


1)  A friend calls me at 2am my time.  "Leah, wake up".
2) Dr. #Besigye (main opposition leader) just got arrested. Aha.  Not only him but 4 journalists too who were trying to film the goons.
3)  Election appeal is under the bridge.  Well it is not like he can meet his voters and compile info to go to court. Jesus needs to return to Uganda.
4)  Some foreign journalists have fled the country for safety.
5) Court petition due on Mar. 1, 2016. No hope.  The man is arrested daily.
6)  Biggest investor and funder to Uganda (aka China, did you know Uganda is a province of China?) has not congratulated.  Must be those anti corruption laws but I guess a lot.
7)  Kiggundu (Electoral Commissioner) finally published the polls per station.  Even my kids can fudge better than him.  This is a good one.  He listed most polls as 100% turnout and 100% vote for our dictator. Poor guy does not know we unblocked social media when it was banned and we have the info.
8) 12 people were hacked to death.  Apparently post election violence. Figure this out. One family. 3yr old, 8yr old, 12yr old, 14yr old,
pregnant mother and dad who runs a medical clinic.  Came as a shock to me too because I did not know kids as young as 3 vote!
9) Global news.
Canada fulfilled its mandate of bringing in 25,000 Syrian refugees. The final one arrived yesterday.  Our cousins in USA claim that we endanger them and bring in ISIS.  Then let them not cross over our borders.
10) Coordinated bombs in Baghdad killed 73. Funerals were today.
11) Hollande facing challenges.  People are fed up with him. But I like him.
12) Cameron still working on keeping UK in EU.
13) I have no idea why some people are mad at North Korea.  Must be the hair cut.
14) USA republicans not happy about the tramp winning.  Might also be the hair.
15) Stock markets look like they will need a breather.  Could be the oil!
16) The AU thugs are sending fellow thugs to monitor thug in Burundi.  Could be bed fellows.
17) Women and girls do not get same opportunities as men and boys.  And someone paid for this research.
18) Tesla is making some people rich. Electric car.
19)  Mandela said "the biggest war you can wage on a population is poverty".  Guess some African leaders paid attention.
20) If you compare yourself to others, you undermine yourself.  Had no idea Bill Gates took Philosophy.
Now you are up todate.
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Mabirizi asks Kiggundu to annul #Museveni win & resign - #Uganda

The Independent Coalition flag bearer, Elton Joseph Mabirizi, has congratulated the people of Uganda for turning up in large numbers to vote on February 18, 2016.
In a statement issued Monday, Mabirizi also saluted the 23 former presidential aspirants “who put Uganda first” and backed his candidature.
“Through their individual and collective effort, we were able to present our campaign messages and to receive votes from every single district of Uganda. We ran a very challenging campaign that lacked equipment and money. But we were efficient. We completed the race with honour.”
Mabirizi says although they didn’t win the election, his group instead proved itslef as frontline stakeholders in Uganda’s democratic struggle.
“It is in this capacity that I issue this statement. We are not spectators. TIC and I are actors, and will continue to be, in the struggle for true democracy, justice and the rule of law to be established in Uganda.”
On February 20, 2016, the Chairman of the Electoral commission declared Mr. Yoweri Museveni winner of the 2016 presidential elections, Mabirizi points, noting that “this is a shame”.
“Mr. Museveni did not win this election. Besides, Dr. Badru Kiggundu, as all reports from local and international observers have indicated, presided over an election that was neither free, fair not credible.”
Mabirizi says his records obtained from agents countrywide and from colleagues with whom he cooperated in vote protection attest to the sad fact that the results announced by Dr. Kiggundu were and are a deplorable forgery.
“The Independent Coalition and I reject these results. We consequently demand the immediate resignation of Chairman Kiggundu and his commissioners.”
“Working with our colleagues and partners, we shall challenge this result using all constitutional means available to us, until the stolen victory is reversed and handed back to the true winner of this election. In doing so, we shall not allow ourselves to be intimidated, coerced or blackmailed.”
Mabirizi agrees the nation is at cross roads and that something must be done quickly.
Mabirizi’s proposals
He proposes an annulment of the declaration of Mr. Museveni as winner and for the avoidance of doubt, a vote recount be conducted, as national demand, as there was no tallying worth its name at the national tally center at Nambole, but periodic announcements of forged results.
Results from at least 1700 polling stations were selectively not tallied, he points out.
To save the country and petitioners from the huge expenses of a court petition whose outcome is not likely to be different from that of 2001 and 2006, Mabirizi proposes an out of court settlement that involves a public hearing on the conduct of the 2016 Presidential election, during which all evidence of electoral irregularities will be presented and analysed.
“To halt preparations for the swearing in of the winner that never was; To seek interpretation and guidance from the constitutional court on the matter of the likely event that the public hearing may not have been complete by May 2016 and Return of the Army to barracks and to substantially reduce the presence of other armed personnel from the streets and some villages, which has created an atmosphere of intimidation, fear and siege.”
He also proposes the release all persons arrested on election related offences. Many of these have not been produced in court.
Those that are already remanded through the court system should be produced in court as soon as possible and granted court bond.
He also proposes the immediate removal of the siege on Dr. Kizza Besigye residence and to guarantee his right of free movement within Uganda and abroad.
“Establish a Contact Group on the Post-Election Situation comprising at least two representatives from each presidential candidate’s camp, Uganda Police Force, other security agencies, civil society, faith communities and other stakeholders to take care of emerging conflicts and security issues on a daily basis, during this period of uncertainty.”
He also suggests that the Elders Forum, Inter Religious Council of Uganda, National Consultative Forum, and Interparty Organization for Dialogue jointly convene an urgent meeting of stakeholders to agree a minimum agenda for diffusion of tension.
“All stakeholders meeting should sign a declaration pledging peaceful resolution of the ongoing conflict and desist from inciting the public into actions that could lead to break down of law and order, as an amicable solution is being sought.”

Video: Priest suggests #Uganda is the sick man of Africa

A priest, in his sanctified vision, believes Uganda as a country is dead and all its systems sick.
In 1853 Tsar Nicholas I of Russia is reputed to have called Turkey “The Sick Man of Europe” while the phrase “sick man of Asia” or “sick man of East Asia” referred to China in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when it was riven by internal divisions.
Rev Dr. Medard Birungi made the remarks on Sunday while leading a service at All Saints Cathedral Nakasero.
The service was attended by opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, who would later be arrested and detained at Kira road police station.
“Uganda is going to be a nation of one Uganda one people moving forward in steady progress,” the priest told his audience.
He said most state institutions were sick and could only be healed by Jesus’ intervention.
“Sick political system, sick financial system, sick education system. Infact some systems are not only sick but they are in a comma while others are on oxygen.”
The priest threatened that God was going to punish the country which, according to his description would fit the title ‘sick man of Africa’.
“Because what is going on in Uganda is against God’s will. All institutions are dead. Hospitals are dead, school system is dead…”
He lacked the right words to describe the Uganda Electoral Commission.
“The Uganda electoral commission…how can people go to a polling station, they vote for a person but EC declares a different person. What is going on is treating symptoms.”
“This nation is dead, it needs to raise again.”
He said beating demonstrators is not a solution to Uganda.
“You need to ask yourself why people are demonstrating then solve the problems. God is weeping over this nation. He is weeping over Kampala today. Jesus will never leave u alone.”
He said there are people who celebrated when Jesus died on Friday but on the 3rd day, they melted like ice.
“Those who had put a big stone on the grave could not understand what happened.”
The reverend then told a story of the disaster he went through when his team Liverpool was playing the Champions League final against AC Millan.
“The first half was a disaster. Liverpool had been beaten 3:0. But then the 2nd half started and Liverpool charged. At the end of it Liverpool was champion.”
He asked Ugandans to stay focused and steadfast.
“I tell you my brothers and sisters your second half is coming. You are going to be the champion.”
Earlier, priests led by led by Bishop Ochola, Rev Fr Masembe, Imam Kasozi, Sheik Katuramu, Rev Dr Omona and Bishop Zac Niringiye, went to Kasangati and secured his temporary release from house arrest.
“We offered to pray for the Police. They accepted!” Zac says.
“We prayed with them and for them, for Dr Besigye and family, for our country at this difficult time, that justice may prevail. We left after that.”

Bwanika proposes unity gov’t to end #Museveni, #Besigye row - #Uganda

Three-time presidential candidate, Abed Bwanika, has asked President Yoweri Museveni and his bitterest rival, Kizza Besigye, to treat each other with respect.
“It doesn’t matter whether I agree with him or not, President Museveni should be treated with respect. Kizza Besigye, too,” the People’s Development Party [PDP] president said Monday morning while appearing on NBS TV.
Bwanika said he also had a plan to visit Besigye’s house because “he deserves to be listened to”.
Bwanika also noted that while he is not pushing to meet president Museveni, “he too deserves a chance to be listened to, given his role”.
Asked whether he would consider working with President Museveni, Bwanika said if there is a framework that benefits Uganda, he would consider.
“I’m not looking for a job,” he hastily added.
Unity government  
According to Bwanika, if nothing is done to restore faith in the system, the 2016 elections will lead to voter apathy in the future.
He said currently, there are no new investors coming to Uganda.
“Last year, we lost 5% of our direct foreign investment. No investor wants to invest in a country whose political future is uncertain.”
He further observed that Besigye’s arrests are a negative branding of the nation that keep investors away while Kenya is building Africa’s biggest mall.
“Dr Kizza Besigye is sometimes treated as though he is not a human being.”
Bwanika re-echoed candidate, Maj Gen Benon Biraaro’s words, saying a unity government should be an option if Uganda is to heal.
“We can borrow a leaf from Kenya where Koffi Annan [former UN secretary General] played a key role. We need credible mediators.”
Bwanika said the purpose of observers in the elections is to help improve the process hence the need to sit down and examine their reports.
The Electoral Commission, he noted, needs to admit that the elections were not free and fair “if we want to start on the road to healing”.
“Dialogue will not be possible unless we ask and answer the question on whether the elections were free and fair.”
Bwanika said the biggest problem is that few religious leaders can stand up while many were “stained during this election”.
He added that the few “credible” religious leaders in Uganda might be silent because they are ashamed of the actions of their colleagues.
“We are demanding for proof on results read by Mr. Badru Kiggundu [EC boss]. We should pressure Electoral Commission into availing DR [declaration forms].”
Article 56 clearly says Electoral Commission (EC) shall derive results from a Declaration of Results forms. EC should avail them as proof.
Bwanika said he was meeting some of the people who have decided to contest the results in court.
“I am taking time to reflect. I am using 2016 to reflect on my direction. Come 2017, I will pronounce myself,” Bwanika said on his losing elections thrice.
He said his capacity in 2016 was stronger than the last two attempts at the presidency. This is the first time he contested results.
“Whatever went wrong in this election is largely the fault of Electoral Commission. We started by questioning the voters’ register.”
Uganda had 15 million registered voters but only 10 participated. “We should all be asking, “What happened to the 5 million?”
Bwanika revealed that he is still tallying own results and will pronounce himself at a later stage.
He says the loud silence after the results were announced indicates that Ugandans didn’t agree with what was announced.
“After the post-Museveni victory silence, we saw a low voter turnout in the Local Government elections. Going to court to contest is feasible but whether justice will be served is another issue.”
“The election was not free and fair and that rests entirely on Electoral Commission incompetence.”
He cited the late arrival of voting materials in opposition strongholds Kampala and Wakiso districts claiming it was “deliberate”.

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Gate Keepers - #Uganda

I learned about Gate Keepers in Business School.  Love them and treat them nice and you will
get somewhere. Uganda is a treat for this one.
These young kids walk into a firm and demand to meet Engineer Namalwa.
The young lady is filling in for the receptionist at lunch time and tells them to hand in their papers.
The brats were from some universities in Uganda applying for Internships.
They refused to give their documents to the receptionist and insisted on only talking to Engineer Namalwa.
She jumped on her bicycle the minute the receptionist returned.
“Wow, Madam, we have been here waiting to meet Engineer Namalwa”.  The wonderful lady replies “you just missed her, she was here all this time”.  EPIC.
Gate Keeper man, even if you are driving a porsche, he can ensure that your car does not go through the gate.
The receptionist might be the Engineer who is training you for your internship.
The secretary might be the one who books your appointment with the boss or shreds your CV.
The boss always asks the secretary about you, secretary asks the receptionist about you, receptionist asks the man at the gate “how was this one when he came through the gate?”.
Respect the Gate Keepers.  They can keep you from meeting the big boss.
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By Martha Leah Nangalama (with Engineer Namalwa)
Moncton, Canada

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ps: Namalwa is taking an Executive MBA in Canada



As #Ugandans decry the theft of their patriotic votes by dictator #Museveni  Kiggundu akuzze and he has the last laugh all the way to the bank.

After the rigged results of the election were announced,  Sudhir instead of congratulating Ali Baba the vote thief Museveni he called Kiggundu for a good job well done.

That phone call was worth 2 billion shillings as a thank you for standing with Museveni.
Many Indians, Somalians and Sudanese who are not Ugandans were allowed to vote and almost 100% voted for Ali Baba Museveni.

After the announcement, Museveni was advised to take to the airwaves and thank the people of Uganda for re-electing him.

In order to calm down Baganda, Museveni used a Muganda person to interpret his congratulation message into Luganda hoping that the Baganda will not take to the streets.  Byoya byanswa as he always says Museveni.

After the rigged election, the rejected Ali Baba Museveni has turned his guns on the Europeans for putting their noses in Uganda's internal affairs.

In 1986 Museveni castigated the Europeans for not helping Ugandans get rid of Amin hiding behind not getting involved in Uganda's internal affairs and now Ali Baba the reject or the vote thief Museveni is calling on the Europeans not to involve themselves in Uganda's internal affairs.

Museveni is a REJECT and we wish our president Elect Dr. Kiza Besigye peace and prosperity so that he can rescue our economy that is in free fall motion.

World time zones - #Uganda

Please please. Just because you have someone's mobile or cellphone does not mean you have to call them.

Some of us remain logged in 24 by 7 in case of emergency.  At 2am my time you video call because you just saw me post something.  My editor at The Insider tends to be in the field a lot and usually calls my landline if there is a breaking story so I can crawl out of bed and grab a laptop.  He does not even video call me.

When a family member is sick, my sister only calls me daytime my time unless there is someone dying.  She also does not video call.

What posesses casual friends and strangers to video call me when I am in bed?  I have been polite recently and tell people the time difference or the fact that I hate chatting and video calls which are not pre-arranged.  Seriously at 2am, 3 or 4am you think Canada is in Uganda?  Stop this insanity.
This might sound useless to you but not so useless to others.
Knowing Time Zones is very important.  The main reason for it is you need to be able to convert the time from where you are to where the other person is.  This will save you from some errors (which you might think are minute) and might get you that job or that help you need.
Ugandans have a habit of calling people as soon as they wake up or sending them messages and then getting annoyed for not being answered promptly.
On the image above, look for London UK.  It is about the middle of the picture.  That is the Great Meridian Time (GMT).  You have to use this is as your bearing.  Then move to the left of it and it shows how many hours are negative, meaning these people are likely sleeping when you are awake the more bars to the left the more likely.
Then move to the right, they are positive meaning they are awake before you (think China and Japan).  Each bar is an hour.
For example California is at Midnight when Uganda is at 10am.
Picture this, you are waiting for an interview via Skype.  The line rings. You say “Good Evening madam”. You are in Uganda, it is 7pm your time.  The interviewer is in Seattle and the time there is 9am.  Do you see how this will work out?  You are at evening time and the interviewer is morning time.
Stick to “Hello, how are you?”.
The other thing is many of us on social media leave our accounts logged in and our phones on full volume in case there is an emergency from home.  Please use inboxing and beeping discreetly because that too wakes up people.
The other thing is seeing someone online and assuming they are there for you to say “hia, hz dea”.
In the olden days, we were never allowed to call anyone past 8pm or earlier than 9am.  Social media needs to be treated as the good old phone.  Do not call people at 3am your time just because you are awake.  You should not also call them in their night time when they are sleeping.
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Moncton, Canada is 7hrs behind Uganda.  Canada has 6 timezones.

POLITICS Mwenda: Besigye did not win this election - #Uganda

[I would not put too much weight on him though.  He criticized Obama and then said corruption is great for the economy of Uganda.  One day he will meet his former self that used to attack dictator #Museveni a lot.]
Senior journalist, Andrew Mwenda, is convinced FDC presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, did not win the 2016 presidential elections.
Besigye was defeated by incumbent President Yoweri Museveni for the fourth time in a row.
Besigye picked 35% of the total votes cast while Museveni garnered a 60% although he insists he should have got 80%.
The opposition leader contested the results and even tried to storm electoral commission offices to compare notes, only to be placed under house arrest.
“Besigye did not win this election,” writes Mwenda.
“But I agree he won the propaganda war and successfully shaped perception of the election outcome.”
Mwenda says even the FDC party has failed to provide evidence to confirm their candidate won the polls.
“FDC supporters think they can insult their way out of arguments. You can’t win an argument with insult but by counter argument.”
According to Mwenda, FDC should by now have built capacity to protect its vote.
“If it can’t protect its vote, how will it protect Uganda?”
FDC had mobilised its P10 group to protect their votes but most of these were arrested and detained by military police.
“They claim to have been rigged out of victory four times. What have they learnt from that?” Mwenda continues.
He concluded that FDC supporters cannot debate because they don’t have facts but emotions.
“That is why they insult and abuse their critics.”
FDC lawyers have been blocked from meeting Besigye and threatened with arrest while other opposition agents were arrested.
In his article titled: “Why I prayed for Besigye to win” and published by his Independent Magazine on Monday, 29 February 2016 , Mwenda says Besigye’s defeat is also his greatest triumph.
“It has saved him from confronting the reality of managing a poor country, a factor that would have humbled Besigye and quieted his unthinking and often, unruly supporters.”
He continues: “Let us assume a Besigye victory where Museveni would have conceded defeat, called the retired colonel, and congratulated him upon his victory. In one stroke, Museveni would have delivered unto his main rival a devastating knockout blow. Besigye has always claimed that Museveni is a power-hungry maniac determined to cling to power as all costs. In conceding defeat, the president would have made Besigye’s accusation lose meaning.”
Mwenda says the promise of restocking hospitals, giving students laptops, tarmacking roads, banishing corruption and greed of politicians is mere “rhetoric”.
“Yet upon entering State House, Besigye would realise that a budget of Shs 20 trillion for 36 million citizens next Financial Year translates to Shs555,000 ($160) per person.”
In such fiscal circumstances, the journalist writes, President Besigye would realise he is unable to pay for his ambitious agriculture plans, finance his youth unemployment program, build or repair roads and dams, stock hospitals with drugs, buy laptops for secondary schools pupils, etc.
“Three years into his presidency,” concludes Mwenda, “President Besigye would not have tarmacked even 5% of Uganda’s 64,000 kilometers of road network. He would not have repaired many hospitals or schools.  Abim would still be Abim. His planned savings on public sector corruption would have ground to almost nothing since his people want to line their pockets as fast as possible before the 2021 election. Sitting back in State House Entebbe, Besigye would realise that all the accusations he made against Museveni were not well founded.”
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POLITICS Protest in Masaka as youth boycott polls - #Uganda

Police has deployed heavily at Patel Shamji hall in Masaka town to quell a protest staged by youth delegates.
The youth were supposed to vote for the central youth Member of Parliament.
Daniel Lumansi, the youth chairperson for Kakiri town council, claims that the electoral commission “cheated them” and instead of paying Shs1m as promised earlier, EC gave them a miserable Shs400,000.
“We shall not participate in this election unless we are given all our money,” Lumansi who led the group, told journalists at the scene.
He claims those in special interest groups category [People With Disabilities (PWDS)] were given Shs1.2m.
According to Emmanuel Matisko, the Masaka returning officer, the youth are being used by some politicians to cause chaos.

Over the weekend, chaos also brewed in Fort Portal town as Kasese youth delegates turned rowdy.
Over 800 youth delegates from Western region gathered at Kagote SDA hall in Fort Portal municipality to vote for the Western Youth MP.
The seat is contested by the NRM flag bearer, Mwine Mpaka Rwamirama [son to state minister for animal husbandry Bright Rwamirama] and Nduhura Amanya Tumukunde who is an independent candidate [son to Lt. General Henry Tumukunde].
Whoever wins will replace Gerald Karuhanga.

Video: Journalist reports his own arrest live on TV - #Uganda

The journalist was cornered while reporting live and forced into a police van.
His cameraman Wasswa Hassan was not spared either.
Also picked were journalists; Dean Lubowa Saava and Kiwanuka Stephen.
According to the video released by the Kamwokya based television, Turyagumanawe kept reporting his own arrest and that of his colleagues until they were whisked away to Kasangati police station.
Hours later, they were released from detention.
On Saturday, NTV cameraman Abubaker Zirabamuzaale and reporter Suhail Mugabi, Daily Monitor’s Eriasa Mukiibi and Abubaker Lubowa, were arrested on orders of Kasangati district police commander, James Kawalya.
NBS TV’s Moses Namayo, Jordan Mubangizi and NTV driver Fred Bwanika, were also detained on orders of police human resources director, Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
They were arrested while waiting for former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi who was also blocked from seeing Besigye.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Migrant departures stir new concern in Europe

[Europe made an express decision to support despots and murderers in Africa.  Now let them face the consequences while our people die at sea to escape the poverty and persecution for having voices.  Ugandans will be visiting you soon too.  You do not want us to wash up on your shores, stop giving money to our killers.]
The European Union fears Mediterranean migrant smuggling gangs are reviving a route from Egypt, officials told Reuters, putting thousands of people to sea in recent months as they face problems in Libya and Turkey.
“It’s an increasing issue,” an EU official said of increased activity after a quiet year among smugglers around Alexandria that has raised particular concerns in Europe about Islamist militants from Sinai using the route to reach Greece or Italy.
Departures from Egypt were a tiny part of the million people who arrived in Europe by sea last year; more than 80 percent came from Turkey to Greece and most others from Libya to Italy. Detailed figures on Egypt are not available.
But as security in anarchic Libya has worsened, EU officials say, more smugglers are choosing to bring African and Middle East refugees and migrants to the Egyptian coast.
Voyages from Egypt are long, but smugglers mainly count on people being rescued once in international shipping lanes.
Brussels, engaged in delicate bargaining with Turkey to try and stem the flow of migrants from there, is concerned that the Egyptian authorities are not stopping smugglers. But it is reluctant to use aid and trade ties to pressure Cairo to do more when Egypt remains an ally in an increasingly troubled region.
“Our major concern is that among smugglers and migrants there may also be militants from the Sinai, affiliated to al Qaeda or Islamic State,” a second EU official said.
“Controls in Egypt are strict, which limit the activities of smugglers … But sometimes we suspect that they turn a blind eye to let migrants go somewhere else.”
 An Egyptian security official told Reuters that Cairo had more pressing concerns, limiting resources to control migrants.
“Human smuggling is on the rise in Egypt,” he said. “The authorities are too busy with other issues to deal with this.”
A spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini declined comment.

AU sending monitors to Burundi - Zuma

[Oh look at that.  Those thugs in the AU are sending some of their thugs to go supervise one of their thugs.  We are tired.  Jesus, please return.  This time bring your mommy, daddy and the other daddy and all your brothers and sisters.]
The African Union will send 100 human rights monitors and 100 military monitors to Burundi, South Africa’s president said on Saturday, after a trip to the tiny nation that is facing its worst crisis since a civil war ended a decade ago.
Jacob Zuma, delivering a statement by a delegation of African leaders that he led, did not say when the monitors would arrive or start work in the country, where more than 400 people have been killed since April. Zuma left Bujumbura after the remarks.
The violence has rattled a region with a history of ethnic conflict. Burundi’s civil war, that ended in 2005, largely pitted two ethnic groups against each other. Neighbouring Rwanda was torn apart by genocide in 1994.
Western powers have urged Africans to act. The United States and European nations have withheld some aid to poor Burundi and taken other steps to try to put pressure on the government to resolve the crisis, but they say it has had little impact.
“We believe strongly that the solution to Burundi’s political problems can be attained only through inclusive and peaceful dialogue,” Zuma said in the statement, which also expressed “concerns” about the level of violence and killings.
The decision to send monitors suggests a compromise had been reached with Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza, who triggered the crisis in April when he announced a bid for a third term. He went on to win a disputed election in July, in the face of street protests and violent clashes.
The new initiative falls far short of the African Union’s plan announced in December to send a 5,000-strong peacekeeping force, which Nkurunziza’s government rejected.
Details about the new mission were not immediately clear. Diplomats said other African monitors that had been sent to Bujumbura last year had been stuck in their hotel unable to work because Burundi refused to sign a memorandum allowing them to operate.
Burundi’s government has previously said it was ready to for dialogue, but opponents say it has always set preconditions on who would attend and what could be discussed that made such discussions pointless.
Talks sponsored by nearby Uganda in December had been planned to continue in Tanzania in January. But the initiative stumbled at the start of the year when the government said it would not attend as some participants had been behind violence.
For their part, opponents accuse government forces of targeting and killing members of the opposition.
The statement by African leaders said Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni would convene dialogue with “all important stakeholders as soon as possible.” It did not say when.

Kenya-Israel partnership to make country water secure

[All this time, I thought that Kenya had lakes and rivers.  But I guess the map was changed and someone forgot to send me a memo.  So now a desert country is going to help them develop their water!  Dr. Ddungu, you owe me an explanation!]
Over 3,000 years ago not many kilometres from West of Kibbutz Kalia near the Dead Sea, the Children of Israel crossed River Jordan into the promised Land”, a land flowing with milk and honey but not water where rainfall is about 40 mm a year.
These are the words of Amb Gil Haskel, the former Israeli Ambassador to Kenya as he addressed the Kenyan delegation led by President Uhuru Kenyatta as we visited Kenyan students in the desert.
But over the years, the Israelis have turned Israel from chronically water insecure country to a water/food secure and surplus country exporting water and food to Jordan and Palestine.
Amb Gil, who is also the Head of MASHAV that is in charge of Foreign Aid, and Hon Uri Ariel, the Israeli Minister for Agriculture, told us that Israel changed its water and food fortunes after realising that rain-fed agriculture was not sustainable and turned to irrigated agriculture.
Israel stopped waiting for rain and water from the Sea of Galilee and turned salty water of the Mediterranean Sea and through desalination plants at Sorek, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Hadeira, Palmichim and waste-water re-cycling gave its citizens millions of cubic metres of water in excess of their needs.
With enough water for domestic and industrial use, Israel pumped millions of cubic metres of water into its dry lands and through irrigation, turned the desert green and produced enough food for its national consumption as well as export.
It invested in and developed technology and human resources to a higher degree than many countries and today, boasts of being the water and irrigation superpower of the world and the No. 1 country in the world in waste-water managed at 90 per cent.
On behalf of the Kenyan delegation, President Uhuru Kenyatta made a promise of bringing about a paradigm shift from rain-fed agriculture to irrigated agriculture that will remove Kenya from the yoke of food and water insecurity by rapidly increasing the acreage under irrigation to over a million acres while equally building local capacity through technical training in collaboration with Israel through MASHAV in line with Vision 2030.
In this regard, Kenya has entered into a pact with Israel to double the intake of Kenyan students under this programme from the current 600 to 1,200 over the next six years. On its part, Israel promised to provide assistance through:
i) Doubling the number of Kenyans training in Israel and also establishing the Irrigation and Water Engineering Institute in Kenya to give the country technical capability as its increases its acreage under irrigation to over a million;
ii) Transferring Israeli technology and knowledge to Kenya and giving financial and logistical support as well as direct Israeli investment by Private Sector in the Galana Project;
iii) Continuing to support small-holder irrigation schemes and reviving some that had collapsed like the one in Kibwezi and new ones in Ukambani and other semi-arid areas;
iv) Providing technical support to the recently-established Category 2 Groundwater Centre for Regional Studies to enhance access to clean water for all Kenyans through exploiting the great groundwater potential that Kenya has;
v) Partnering with Kenya in developing the great potential that Kenya has on its 500km Coast from Vanga to Kiunga turning the salty sea waters of the Indian Ocean through desalination into millions of cubic metres of fresh water;
vi) Supporting Kenya’s new Water for Schools Programme that will soon be launched to connect all our public schools to water;
To this end, Kenya and Israel signed a 10-point Declaration that will see the two countries deepen and widen their cooperation in the water and irrigation sector, dubbed the Jerusalem Declaration. To ensure the implementation of the Jerusalem Declaration, a joint steering committee was formed.
The committee was given until July 2016 to ensure implementation of the same before the expected historic visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in July this year.
Standard Media

Tanzania ministers to be sacked if they do not sign anti-graft pledge

[For news from the Great lakes region, check out The Insider on the World News section as I am not sharing every article I am putting there or what the other writers put there.]
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has threatened to sack cabinet ministers who do not declare their assets or fail to sign an integrity pledge on Saturday, part of his anti-corruption drive.
Magufuli launched several initiatives to clamp down on corruption since winning an election in November.
Businesses have long said corruption was a major obstacle to working in the east African nation and a deterrent to investment. Tanzania is ranked 117th out of 168 countries in Transparency International’s 2015 corruption perception index where No. 1 is least corrupt.
“The president’s instructions that all ministers who were yet to declare their assets and liabilities should do so before 6pm (on Saturday) has been implemented,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement. It said those who did not would be fired.
Earlier this week, a body that monitors civil servants said four senior ministers and one junior minister had yet to sign.
Cabinet ministers and other public officials are required by law to declare their assets and liabilities at the country’s ethics secretariat by Dec. 31 each year, but in the past this has often been ignored. The integrity pledge is new.
Magufuli, who took office late last year, has pledged to root out corruption and government inefficiency. He has sacked several senior officials, including the head of the government’s anti-graft body, the chief taxman, a senior rail official and the head of the country’s port authority.
Tanzania is one of Africa’s biggest per capita aid recipients, but payments have often been delayed because donors said they were concerned about corruption, poor governance and the slow pace of reforms.
In 2014, a group of donors withheld nearly $500 million in budget support to Tanzania over corruption allegations in the energy industry after a scandal led to the resignations of three cabinet ministers.