Monday, December 31, 2018

Shakira - Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Song)

Shakira - Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Song)

Shakira's official music video for 'Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)'. Click to listen to Shakira on Spotify: As featured on Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) - Single. Click to buy the track or album via iTunes: Google Play: Amazon: More from Shakira La Tortura: La La La (Brazil 2014): Hips Don't Lie: More great Global Hits videos here: Follow Shakira Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Tumblr: Subscribe to Shakira on YouTube: #Shakira #WakaWaka #Vevo #LatinPop #OfficialMusicVideo #ThisTimeForAfrica #FIFAWorldCup --------- Lyrics: You're a good soldier Choosing your battles Pick yourself up And dust yourself off Get back in the saddle You're on the front line Everyone's watching You know it's serious We're getting closer This isn't over The pressure's on You feel it But you got it all Believe it When you fall get up, oh oh If you fall get up, eh eh Tsamina mina zangalewa 'Cause this is Africa Tsamina mina, eh eh Waka waka, eh eh Tsamina mina zangalewa This time for Africa"

Carry Me By Chris De Burgh ( With Lyrics)

Carry Me By Chris De Burgh ( With Lyrics)

There is an answer, some day we will know, And you will ask her, why she had to go, We live and die, we laugh and we cry, And you must take away the pain, Before you can begin to live again, So let it start, my friend, let it start, Let the tears come rolling from your heart, And when you need a light in the lonely nights, Carry me like a fire in your heart, Carry me like a fire in your heart, There is a river rolling to the sea, You will be with her for all eternity, But we that remain need you here again, So hold her in your memory, And begin to make the shadows disappear, Yes let it start, my friend, let it start, Let the love come rolling from your heart, And when you need a light in the lonely nights, Carry me like a fire in your heart, Carry me like a fire in your heart, So let it start, my friend, let it start, Let the love come rolling from your heart, And when you need a light in the lonely nights, Carry me like a fire in your heart, Carry me like a fire in your heart, Carry me like a fire in your heart, Carry me like a fire in your heart

House Democrats unveil measure to re-open government

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a package of bills Monday that would re-open the federal government without approving funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico, establishing an early confrontation that will test the new power dynamic in Washington.
The House is preparing to vote as soon as the new Congress convenes Thursday, as one of the first acts after Democrats take control, according to an aide who was not authorized to discuss the plan and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Democrats under Nancy Pelosi are all but certain to swiftly approve the two bills, making good on their pledge to try to quickly resolve the partial government shutdown that’s now in its second week. What’s unclear is whether the Republican-led Senate, under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will consider either measure — or if Trump would sign them into law.
“It would be the height of irresponsibility and political cynicism for Senate Republicans to now reject the same legislation they have already supported,” Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement late Monday.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The package does not include the $5 billion Trump wants for the wall on the southern border.
The president told Fox News Channel in an interview Monday that he was “ready, willing and able” to negotiate. He added: “No, we are not giving up. We have to have border security and the wall is a big part of border security.”
McConnell spokesman Donald Stewart made it clear Senate Republicans will not take action without Trump’s backing. “It’s simple: The Senate is not going to send something to the president that he won’t sign,” he said.
Republican senators are refusing to vote on any bills until all sides, including Trump, are in agreement. Senators were frustrated that Trump had dismissed their earlier legislation to avert the shutdown.
House Democrats did not confer with Senate Republicans on the package, but the bills are expected to have some bipartisan support because they reflect earlier spending measures already hashed out between the parties and chambers.
One bill will temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels, with $1.3 billion for border security, through Feb. 8, while talks continue.


The other will be on a measure made up of six other bipartisan bills — some that have already passed the Senate — to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown. They would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to Sept. 30.
The House is planning two separate votes for Thursday. If approved, the bills would go to the Senate.
Senate Democrats support the measures, according to a senior aide who was unauthorized to discuss the plan and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, tweeted that without funding for Trump’s wall, the package is a “nonstarter.” He said it “will not be a legitimate answer to this impasse.”
But as the shutdown drags on, pressure is expected to build on all sides for a resolution, as public parks and museums close, and some 800,000 federal workers are going without pay.
Trump could accept or reject either bill, and it’s unclear how he would respond. The president continued to insist Monday he wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, despite assertions otherwise of three confidants.
“An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED,” Trump tweeted Monday. “Some areas will be all concrete but the experts at Border Patrol prefer a Wall that is see through (thereby making it possible to see what is happening on both sides).”
Later Monday, Trump tweeted, “The Democrats will probably submit a Bill, being cute as always, which gives everything away but gives NOTHING to Border Security, namely the Wall.”
Trump’s comments came after officials, including his departing chief of staff, indicated that the president’s signature campaign pledge to build the wall would not be fulfilled as advertised. White House chief of staff John Kelly told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Sunday that Trump abandoned the notion of “a solid concrete wall early on in the administration.”
“To be honest, it’s not a wall,” Kelly said, adding that the mix of technological enhancements and “steel slat” barriers the president now wants along the border resulted from conversations with law enforcement professionals.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., emerged from a Sunday lunch at the White House to tell reporters that “the wall has become a metaphor for border security” and referred to “a physical barrier along the border.”
Graham said Trump was “open-minded” about a broader immigration agreement, saying the budget impasse presented an opportunity to address issues beyond the border wall. But a previous attempt to reach a compromise that addressed the status of “Dreamers” — young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children — broke down last year as a result of escalating White House demands.
Graham told CNN before his lunch with Trump that “there will never be a deal without wall funding.”
The partial government shutdown began Dec. 22 after Trump bowed to conservative demands that he fight to make good on his vow and secure funding for the wall before Republicans lose control of the House on Wednesday. Democrats have remained committed to blocking any funding for the wall, and with neither side engaging in substantive negotiation, the effect of the partial shutdown was set to spread and to extend into the new year.

UGANDA: The choo choo train by Kireka

Uganda used to have one of the most amazing public transportation systems before the dogs took over.

While living in Kireka (just a short drive from Kampala Centre), we had a garden. It was a rather big garden.

Daily, we skipped naps. Oh, how we hated those naps. But it was okay if we went to the garden to pull weeds. Which we loved.

Around 3pm, instead of taking a nap, we were in the "garden" pulling weeds.

It also happened to be the same time the train was passing through. Okay, maybe it was bigger than a garden. The train passed through the garden daily.

We would wave at the train the whole long and feel like in charge of the train. It used to pass us as we waved. It would go to Jinja, Tororo, pass Mbale then proceed to Soroti then Gulu. We loved that train. We would make up stories about each stop that train made.

Until one time, one brat decided that we should make a fire in the garden and roast lumonde (sweet potatoes). It was not our first time but this time, our brother was daring us. LIGHT A FIRE SO HIGH SO THE WORLD WILL KNOW.

There was a great gentleman who used to keep an eye on us as we played in the wild. He also used to bring a sack of charcoal home daily.

OMG! When we had the fire, gentleman brings charcoal and asks which kid is bad so he can take the kid and cook kid.

Who even does that? We all then proceeded to take our naps and avoided the "garden".

Sometimes, I wonder. Did people on that train think? We were the only brats waving at that train. Do you think they ever stopped to think why 6 kids were always there waving?

Did it make a difference?

Fast forward 25yrs. I am standing at the driveway to put Mini on the yellow bus. She was 5yrs old. We live by an industrial parc. She keeps flenching her fist every time a truck passes. Then the truck blasts its horn.

I do not know the kid truck salute. The kid stands by the road, lifts up hand forming a fist then moves it up and down signalling for the truck driver to blow the horn.

The truck drivers love this. Most of them work long hours. When they are on the road and see little brats begging for the horn? These are parents too. So, the gentleman who used to bring charcoal, he threatened us because kids need a nap.

Martha Leah Nangalama
I refuse to nap

RDC : l’association des médias en ligne dénonce la coupure d’Internet

La connexion internet des téléphones portables n’est toujours pas rétablie le 27/01/2015 à Kinshasa. Radio Okapi/Ph. John Bompengo


L’association des médias en ligne de la RDC dénonce la coupure d’Internet décidé lundi 31 décembre par le gouvernement. Son président, Israël Mutala, parle d’une décision regrettable et liberticide.

« C’est une grande déception, parce que nous couper Internet, c’est nous priver d’un instrument de travail. C’est nous mettre en chômage technique, pour la plupart de nos travailleurs », a déclaré Israël Mutala.

D’après lui, la décision gouvernementale porte « un coup dur sur le plan économique. Mais, c’est aussi un coup dur sur le plan de la liberté d’expression, de la liberté d’opinion. »

L'accès à internet et aux réseaux sociaux a été coupé "sur instruction du gouvernement" en République démocratique du Congo lundi 31 décembre au lendemain des élections générales, ont indiqué des opérateurs à l'AFP.

La coupure est intervenue au moment où les internautes commençaient à diffuser sur Twitter et WhatsApp les résultats de dépouillement de vote de certains bureaux, faisant des projections sur la victoire de leurs candidats. La CENI prévoit de publier les résultats provisoires des élections dimanche 6 janvier prochain.

Wikipedia article of the day for January 1, 2019 Die Zeit, die Tag und Jahre macht, BWV 134a

The Wikipedia article of the day for January 1, 2019 is Die Zeit, die Tag und Jahre macht, BWV 134a.
Die Zeit, die Tag und Jahre macht (Time, which day and year doth make), BWV 134a, is a secular cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach for a celebration of New Year's Day in 1719 at the court of Leopold, Prince of Anhalt-Köthen (hall in the palace pictured). The libretto by the author Christian Friedrich Hunold portrays a dialogue between two allegorical figures, Time (representing the past) and Divine Providence (the future). Bach set the words to eight movements consisting of alternating recitatives and arias, culminating in a choral finale. Most movements are duets for alto and tenor, supported by a Baroque instrumental ensemble of two oboes, strings and continuo. The character of the music is close to Baroque opera, including its French dances. In Leipzig in 1724, Bach used this secular work as the basis for a church cantata for the Third Day of Easter, omitting two movements and changing only the text.

UGANDA: Museveni frustratig speaker Kadaga's self cleansing


CHANGE OF GUARDS - Museveni is fond of pulling down outstanding national leaders who try to exhibit any kind of independence and excellence in the execution of their mandate.  One such national leader is the firebrand Speaker of Parliament, Rebbeca Kadaga.  A well crafted scheme to have her replaced by Jacob Oulanya suffered a terrible setback in 2006 when she rallied majority parliamentarians behind her fight.

However, in September 2018 she fell into Museveni's trap when she connived with the army to invade parliament and  beat up parliamentarians before arresting them. A section of disappointed parliamentarians and the general public accused her of connivance and demanded for an apology.  She was quick to vehemently disassociate herself from the fracas thus;
        "I did not invite any security organ to Parliament and did not command any security organ to take any action in Parliament. I am surprised that me, a civilian, is being accused of commanding security agents. I don’t know how a civilian can command.

My record on the protection, rights and privileges of MPs is very clear. Let me remind you that in the 9th Parliament, I took issue with my party, the NRM and upheld the constitutional rights of MPs in this House and that protection became the protection of all members in this House. No party can now withdraw a member from this House and it was upheld by the Supreme court. So those who are running Parliament from the street can forget about it.".

She was referring to the infamous Rebel M.Ps whom Museveni chased from the party and had also wanted to eject them from parliament.

Shortly after,  Speaker Kadaga realized how Museveni had entrapped her and embarked on a self cleansing drive.  She has been trying to regain the confidence of not only the parliamentarians but the general public too.  She has stepped up efforts to attend to matters affecting the general public through a series of petitions.

Unlike in the past when she would deliberately absent herself from Parliament whenever a controversial matter came up for debate, this time round she is always present to steer debates.  She is often finding time to visit and inspect both private and government developmental projects in the county.

In January 2018 she received a petition by owners of pharmacies over unfair operations of the National Drug Authority (NDA).  She gave them assurance thus;
       “I want to know why NDA is not being funded and why this is being transferred to the public. I am busy fighting for business people to get their space, we shall fight this one as well."

In February 2018 she ordered for a special audit of the Treasury's accounts over USD 200M (700b shillings) unaccounted for that was supposed to fund the National Medical Stores.

In May 2018 about 400 farmers from Amuru petitioned the Speaker over an outstanding 47b shillings that was meant to boost their sugarcane outgrowing for the Amuru Sugar factory.

During the same month the Speaker ordered the Security Minister Gen Tumwine to quit Nomo Gallery and pay the outstanding billions in rent arrears.  She strongly argued that;
      "I think it is a serious indictment on this House that we have been budgeting for Nommo gallery and when it has been appropriated by an individual. If we don’t check this impunity, one day someone will come here, take over this Parliament and say this is my house, I fought in the bush.  This House directs Tumwine to pay the rent and also vacate because it is a public facility. I don’t think we want to be associated with this type of impunity, no. I don’t want to be associated with it.”

With the strong backing of Museveni, Gen. Tumwine publicly belittled the speaker thus;
     “When we came from the bush, I organized artists and we began using it, I appointed a Director.  The Speaker doesn’t understand these things. Unlike Kadaga, I don’t fight to be heard speaking. I fight for the truth. If they built it, let them evict me. They don’t understand what they are saying. I liberated my country. I am using the property genuinely”.

In June 2018, environmentalists  petitioned the Speaker over 10,000 hectares of forest land that was being destroyed by a palm oil investor on Buvuma Island.

In July 2018, fish traders petitioned the Speaker over torture, arrests and destruction of their equipments by soldiers on Lake Victoria.  She promised to arrange a meeting between them and Museveni.

In July 2018 women activists under the banner of "Women Lives Matter" protested and petitioned the Speaker over rampant kidnappings and murder of women

Car importers petitioned the Speaker over exorbitant car import inspection fees by UNBS.  Earlier on, Parliament had suspended the operations of foreign companies that had been contracted to inspect vehicles for conformity to standards.

In October 2018, following the brutal arrest, kidnap and torture of 36 people including some parliamentarians in Arua, Speaker Kadaga instituted a probe committee and demanded for action by Museveni thus;
       "Your Excellency I am concerned that no effort has been made to arrest security officers from the SFC, Military Police and Uganda police force who were involved in the violent actions against unarmed civilians.  This is therefore to demand that the officers concerned be apprehended at the earliest opportunity and presented in court. Unless this is done, it will be very difficult to conduct government business in Parliament. The Uganda Parliament will not condone acquiesce in acts of torture."

The panicky Museveni in his usual style convened the regime parliamentary caucus where he threatened to disolve Parliament thus;
        "Between 1971 and 1979 (Idi Amin dictatorship - Ed), there was no parliament…Don’t think that you are in heaven; do what took you there. You should know where the power of that parliament comes from… in fact, I can do away with that parliament.....and we brought it [parliament] back, so do whatever you are doing knowing….....I  have seen that parliament set up a committee to investigate what happened in Arua.  Suppose you summon the soldiers and they don’t come, what will you do?”

Museveni who suspected that it was Kadaga who had cleared the European Union Ambassadors to visit the barracks where the parliamentarians had been detained vowed to find out who had authorised them.

On August 30, 2018 Museveni wrote a five page formal response to the Speaker thus;
"I would like to advise that that we await the outcome of the investigations (into the allegations of wrong if any) currently being carried out under the leadership of the Chief of Defense Forces and the Inspector General of Police and refrain from use of the word “torture” until we establish the full facts of the events of that day.  I am sure you are aware that Security Forces are entitled to use reasonable force while dealing with a suspect who is resisting arrest in the execution of their mandate to protect civilians under threat by rioters or terrorists or even threat to property.”

In September 2018 a group of  " concerned citizens" petitioned the Speaker calling for a public hearing inquiry into the failing banking industry.  She complied and the probe by COSACE is on going.  Recently Museveni expressed his displeasure at the public conduct of the inquiry.

In September 2018 residents of Bukoli petitioned the Speaker over destruction of their boats and fishing gear by soldiers.  Speaker Kadaga expressed her solidarity thus;
      "If the conduct of the security operatives is to prevent you from earning your living, it is a violation of your rights under Article 40 of the Constitution..........I will brief the House about it and follow up with the President,” she added.

During the same month more fishermen from other parts of Lake Victoria petitioned the Speaker over torture, killing and destruction of their fishing equipments and houses by the same soldiers.  Speaker Kadaga brought the matter to the floor of Parliament where she tasked the Prime Minister to give a full explanation thus:
        "We want action. Last week, I invited UPDF, Finance Minister, Minister of Agriculture and the fishing traders to discuss the conduct of UPDF against the population but when the people went back, 9 of them were arrested for having come here to speak.”

In October 2018 facilitated by leading civil society groups, over 300 youth staged a moot parliamentary session where they petitioned the Speaker over the mobile money tax.

In November 2018, fruit farmers from Teso petitioned the Speaker seeking compensation for losses incurred as a result of growing fruits when there is no factory to process them.

In December 2018, the 350 people illegally evicted from their land and houses destroyed petitioned the Speaker.  Parliament moved and passed a motion for government to reinstate and compensate the victims and punish those responsible.  During the debate, Speaker Kadaga excelled when she did not spare the Chief Magistrate Esther Nasambu and the Court Broker Kirunda Moses a.k.a Musoga who are her fellow ethnic Basoga.

Around late December 2018  Speaker Kadaga presided over a parliamentary session that debated the banning on Musician and Legislator, Hon. Bobi Wine's concerts by the police.  Before ordering that police relaxes on their stringent conditions and allow the shows, she argued against the harassment thus
           "The organisers invest money in the bookings, events, hiring the musicians and therefore stopping a show or concert affects them gravely.  How do you expect an ordinary organiser to know the expected number that will turn up; to control traffic flow and set up routes; and to avail sniffer dogs?”

Instead a week later Museveni ordered his security agencies to deploy the heaviest armaments at the said Musician's beach to stop his December 26th concert.  Live bullets and tear gas were used to scare off revellers.

On 22nd December 2018, Speaker Kadaga visited Jinja, Luzira and Kigo Prisons where she delivered some gifts to inmates before listening to their sorrows and promising to find solutions.

Speaker Kadaga is successfully  re-eventing her image.  It is an open secret that she is the only remaining hope for the downtrodden citizens.  Though Parliament's resolutions are ignored by Museveni and his executive, at least the Speaker is providing the much needed consolation. However, Museveni is also determined to bring her down.  As we start 2019, we need to watch the space as to where the fight will end up.


UGANDA: @HeBobiWine Kyarenga

This is a song which has caused immense headaches in Uganda.

Have you ever been in so much pain and yelled out "my headache is paining?"
Bosco Katala had it coming. Many people outside of Ugamda had never heard of KYARENGA.

Personally, despite coming from Uganda, I had never listened to amy song by Bobi Wine.

My youth followers were all over Bobi. I never took the bite.
Then August 2018 happened. Super quick. He is the same age as my oldest daughter. WHAT?

I saw my own child. It hurt terribly. I then listened to his music. It hurt worser than bad.

Every song Bobi Wine has written and sung is a testament of Uganda.
How is it posdible to ignore tje lamantation in every song?

Military Dictator Yoweri Museveni is mal advised to hound Bobi Wine. The more tye regime persecutes Bobi, the more he becomes popular.

THANK YOU BOBI. Your supporters did well to bet on you.

Martha Leah Nangalama
Moncton Canada / Bududa Uganda

DRC: Congo Internet shut down after presidential vote

Image copyrightAFPImage captionVoters had to use their mobile phone lights to find their names at some polling stations


The internet has been shut down in key cities in the Democratic Republic of Congo a day after the much-delayed presidential election.
Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu's campaign team accused the government of ordering the shut down to avoid broadcasting his "overwhelming victory" in Sunday's poll.
Telecoms minister Emery Okundji said he was unaware of the situation.
Observers have complained of widespread irregularities during the poll.

Counting is under way, but provisional results are not expected until 6 January.

President Joseph Kabila is stepping down after 17 years in office. He has promised DR Congo's first orderly transfer of power since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.

Mr Kabila is backing his former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, who is the ruling party's candidate.
The two main opposition candidates are Mr Fayulu, a former oil executive, and Felix Tshisekedi, the son of the late veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi.

What do we know about the shutdown?

In the capital Kinshasa, the internet has not been working since the morning while it is also down in the key eastern cities of Goma and Lubumbashi, which are seen as opposition strongholds.
Internet provider Global said in text messages to customers that the government had ordered the shut down, AFP news agency reports.
Image copyright REUTERS Image caption

Nearly 40 million people were eligible to vote in the election
A representative from the Vodacom mobile phone network also said that the government ordered them to shut the internet down, AFP reports.

How was the election conducted?

The Roman Catholic Church's observer team reported more than 100 cases of election monitors being denied access to polling stations.
It added that around 20% of polling stations opened late, and there were reports of polling stations being moved at the last minute.
Another local observer group, Symocel, said some of its 20,000 agents were subjected to intimidation.
Many of those who cast their votes could not do so in secret, it added.

Media caption What you need to know about the election

In a BBC interview Mr Fayulu accused the military of "pushing" voters in some areas to cast their ballots for Mr Shadary.
Mr Tshisekedi accused Mr Kabila's government of creating a "mess" on election day in order to trigger legal challenges that would help the president remain in power.

President Kabila has insisted the election was free and fair.
Mr Shadary told the BBC that he had won the poll because "I'm the only one who's been campaigning in each of the 25 provinces of the country".

What's the background?

Mr Kabila took over from his assassinated father Laurent in 2001, but he was barred from running for another term under the constitution.
He was supposed to step down two years ago, but the election was postponed after the electoral commission said it needed more time to register voters.
Image copyright AFP Image captionPresident Joseph Kabila is stepping down after 17 years in power
The decision triggered violent clashes, as the opposition accused Mr Kabila of trying to cling on to power.
The run-up to the poll was also hit by controversy over the exclusion of some 1.26 million out of an electorate of nearly 40 million from voting.

The electoral commission said voting could not take place in the eastern cities of Beni and Butembo because of a deadly Ebola outbreak in the region. Voting was also called off in the western city of Yumbi because of insecurity there.
Image copyrightAFP/REUTERSImage captionOpposition candidates Martin Fayulu (L) and Felix Tshisekedi (R) face Emmanuel Shadary (C), the former interior minister

UGANDA: This is @PoliceUg talking about arrest of DEM Opondo - @OfwonoOpondo

UGANDA: This is @PoliceUg talking about arrest of DEM Opondo - @OfwonoOpondo

Video from Kampala. Copyright NBS. Things are insane. Uganda Media Center spokesman Ofwono Opondo got hid little brother arrested? HOW? DEM is just a youth who speaks for #PeoplePower. Does this mean all the 35mln youth who want power to the people will get arrested? What kind of rubbish is this? #FreeDemGasterOpondo MLN

Martha Leah Nangalama

UGANDA: Regime @ PoliceUG arrests my friend Dem Opondo - @ OfwonoOpondo ordered it

The military dictatorship of Brutal Yoweri Museveni will hold nothing back.

Dem Gaster Opondo is a younger brother to Uganda Media Centre govt mouth piece Ofwono Opondo.

Both Opondos were in the village for Xmas in Tororo. DEM is kind of a wild spirit spitting #PeoplePower on every breath.

Ofwono Opondo is Museveni's mouth piece and condom.

Ofwono Opondo had his baby brother DEM arrested in Tororo and taken to Kampala.

What I know so far is Dem had been beaten, tortured and is being held incommunicado. Thanks to his older brother regime sycophant who has threatened police to not allow family or friends to see Dem. AND Dem has not been allowed to see a lawyer.

Apparently, DEM had posted some things on Facebook attacking the regime. Like why not? This is a despotic regime and many of us complain daily.

It used to be that blood is thicker than water. Not in this case. Ofwono Opondo sold out his own baby brother.

Martha Leah Nangalama
Moncton Canada / Bududa Uganda

The vehicle is Ofwono Opondo's car.

DEM threw his phone out of the car in Tororo. One person got his phone and I am chatting with him.


[12-31, 15:40] DemAgain: DEM is now detained at kabalagala police station [12-

31, 15:41] DemAgain: If you want to see him they tell you to go to kibuli CID head quarters

[12-31, 15:48] Martha Leah Nangalama: That nonsense will not work for me. Iam not gonna fly from Canada to Kibuli. They will release him. They will also allow him a lawyer. I have lawyer friends. This regime must stop taking us for stupid. Rubbish.

[12-31, 15:48] Martha Leah Nangalama: And tell them that I wanna see the charge sheet.

[12-31, 15:49] DemAgain: NBS TV ran a story of his arrest on Saturday live at9 news however the reporter who worked on the story just called me and told me that OO called the ceo of NBS complaining why he allowed his reporter to broadcast that news

[12-31, 15:57] Martha Leah Nangalama: Rubbish again. I will deal with Ofwono Opondo. I am gonna show the world how the regime works. I will meet Ofwono Opondo at his watering hole and ask him face to face why he got his baby brother arrested. I am waiting for my passport with visa from the Uganda embassy in Ottawa. I only travel on my Canadian passport and so I need a visa to fly home.

UGANDA: NTVUganda has added Part 1: Bobi Wine and Uganda's songs of resistance video

Part 1: Bobi Wine and Uganda's songs of resistance

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UGANDA: NTVUganda has added Uganda's economy is on track - Museveni video

Uganda's economy is on track - Museveni

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UGANDA: NTVUganda has added Family of five killed in Lwengo motor accident video

Family of five killed in Lwengo motor accident

Five members of the same family that was travelling to Rwanda for the new year festivities have perished in a motor accident that occurred last night near Kyazanga in Lwengo district. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit Follow us on Twitter Like our Facebook page

UGANDA: NTVUganda has added 2018; The rise of Bobi Wine 2.0, and Kale Kayihura's fall video

2018; The rise of Bobi Wine 2.0, and Kale Kayihura's fall

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UGANDA: NTVUganda has added 2018 12 31 Vipers name technical team video

2018 12 31 Vipers name technical team

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UGANDA: NTVUganda has added How Ndejje University became a sports powerhouse video

How Ndejje University became a sports powerhouse

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UGANDA: NTVUganda has added 14 years later, LRA survivors still struggling with trauma video

14 years later, LRA survivors still struggling with trauma

It's now 14 years since the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) rebels attacked Abia Internally Displaced Peoples Camp in present day Alebtong district, but Evaline Akullu who survived with severe burns is still struggling with trauma… #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit Follow us on Twitter Like our Facebook page

UGANDA: NTVUganda has added SAFARI IN UGANDA: Exploring the Katonga Wildlife Reserve video

SAFARI IN UGANDA: Exploring the Katonga Wildlife Reserve

According to National Geographic Traveller, the World's premium destination for science, exploration and adventure reviews, Uganda is among the cool places to visit on earth in 2019. We set off to explore some of Uganda's treasured bio-diversity this December and this episode, we visit Katonga Wildlife Reserve in western Uganda. It's teeming with a wide range of wildlife, rolling vegetation, imposing hills and various tributaries of the expansive Katonga River shoreline that stretches for over 220km. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit Follow us on Twitter Like our Facebook page

UGANDA: NTVUganda has added NEW YEAR MESSAGE: President Yoweri Museveni makes annual address video

NEW YEAR MESSAGE: President Yoweri Museveni makes annual address

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Uchaguzi DRC: Wagombea Felix Tshisekedi na Martin Fayulu walalamikia dosari uchaguzi wa urais

Haki miliki ya pichaAFPImage captionKulikuwa na majina ya wagombea 21 wa urais kwenye karatasi ya kura

Wagombea wa upinzani nchini Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Congo wamelalamikia dosari nyingi wanazosema zilitokea wakati wa uchaguzi wa urais uliofanyika Jumapili.

Milolongo mirefu ya wapiga kura ilishuhudiwa katika vituo vingi na mitambo ikafeli kwenye baadhi ya vituo.
Aidha, upigaji kura uliathiriwa katika baadhi ya maeneo baada ya mvua kubwa kunyesha, huku baadhi ya wapiga kura wakilalamikia majina yao kutokuwepo kwenye sajili katika baadhi ya vituo.

Mmoja wa wagombea wa urais wanaotaka kumrithi Rais Joseph Kabila anayeondoka baada ya kuongoza kwa miaka 17, Felix Tshisekedi, amesema anahofia kwamba huenda hitilafu hizo zilipangwa ndipo kutoa sababu za uchaguzi kufutwa na kumuwezesha Bw Kabila kusalia madarakani.

EU yalaani balozi wake kufurushwa DRC

Uchaguzi DRC wazidi kuingia dosari

Mgombea mkuu wa upinzani DRC Martin Fayulu ni nani?

Wengi wa wapiga kura walitatizika kutokana na hali kwamba mashine zilitumiwa kwa mara ya kwanza kupigia kura.
Aidha, baadhi ya mashine zilifeli.
Bw John Tendwa, ambaye ni jaji mstaafu nchini Tanzania na aliwahi kuhudumu kama Msajili mstaafu wa Vyama vya Siasa nchini humo amesema iliwachukua baadhi ya wapiga kura hadi dakika saba kupiga kura kituoni.
Shughuli ya kuhesabu kura zilizopigwa inaendelea baada ya vituo kufungwa Jumapili jioni na matokeo rasmi yanatarajiwa kutangazwa katika kipindi cha wiki moja.
Uchaguzi wa sasa ulifaa kufanyika miaka miwili iliyopita lakini uliahirishwa mara kadha kutokana na kutokamilika kwa maandalizi.
Kabla ya uchaguzi, kulitokea utata baada ya uchaguzi kuahirishwa katika maeneo yaliyoathiriwa na Ebola yakiwemo miji ya Beni na Butembo mashariki mwa nchi hiyo, na pia katika jiji la Yumbi magharibi mwa nchi hiyo.
Hatua hiyo iliathiri takriban wapiga kura 1.26 milioni kati ya jumla ya wapiga kura 40 milioni. Uchaguzi katika maeneo hayo uliahirishwa hadi Machi.
Uamuzi huo ulizua utata ikizingatiwa kwamba rais mpya anafaa kuapishwa kufikia katikati mwa Januari.
Baadhi ya wanaharakati waliandaa uchaguzi wa mwisho uliopewa jina 'uchaguzi wa raia' katika mji wa Goma, mojawapo wa miji iliyoathiriwa, anasema mwandishi wa BBC Gaius Kowene.
Haki miliki ya pichaAFPImage captionWanaharakati walitumia vifaa vya uchaguzi kutoka kwa uchaguzi wa awali kuandaa uchaguzi wa uigizaji
Vituo vya kupigia kura vilifungwa saa kumi na moja jioni, lakini watu waliokuwa kwenye foleni waliruhusiwa kupiga kura.

Kabila amesemaje?
Rais Kabila alipiga kura mapema asubuhi mjini Kinshasa katika shule ambayo mgombea anayemuunga mkono, waziri wa zamani wa mambo ya ndani Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary alikuwa pia anapiga kura.
Baada ya kupiga kura, aliambia wanahabari: "Ni wazi kwamba uchaguzi huu ni huru na wa haki, na bila shaka utakuwa huru na wa haki."
Alisema wasiwasi wake pekee ulikuwa kwamba mvua ingeathiri idadi ya watu ambao wangejitokeza kupiga kura.

Makundi mawili ya upinzani yaliyoibuka uchaguzi DRC

Baraza kuu la maaskofu wa kanisa Katoliki (CENCO) lilisema mashine za kupigia kura zilikumbwa na hitilafu katika takriban vituo 544 kati ya 12,300 katika maeneo ambayo walifuatilia upigaji kura.
Baadhi ya wapiga kura walilalamika kwamba majina yao hayakupatikana kwenye sajili ya wapiga kura.

PM Modi Plays Traditional Tanzanian Drums Like A Pro

PM Modi Plays Traditional Tanzanian Drums Like A Pro

Life is not just all about hard work, but also about having fun, and this seems to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mantra. He indulged in a jugalbandi of sorts on traditional drums with Tanzanian President Dr. John Magufuli in Dar es Salaam on Sunday. Modi initially observed Magufuli while trying his hand at the drums, but within a few seconds he caught the rhythm and then belted it out like a pro. The duo even played off each other in the latter part of the video, before receiving a huge applause from the audience. Subscribe Here for More News & Updates: Follow us on Facebook : Twitter : For Updates on your Phone download our app from Playstore :

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Jimmy Cliff - I Can See Clearly Now (Video Version)

Jimmy Cliff - I Can See Clearly Now (Video Version)

Music video by Jimmy Cliff performing I Can See Clearly Now. (C) 1993 Sony BMG Music Entertainment

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POEM: “June 11” by David Lehman

Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003

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June 11

It's my birthday I've got an empty stomach and the desire to be lazy in the hammock and maybe go for a cool swim on a hot day with the trombone in Sinatra's "I've Got You Under My Skin" in my head and then to break for lunch a corned-beef sandwich and Pepsi with plenty of ice cubes unlike France where they put one measly ice cube in your expensive Coke and when you ask for more they argue with you they say this way you get more Coke for the money showing they completely misunderstand the nature of American soft drinks which are an excuse for ice cubes still I wouldn't mind being there for a couple of days Philip Larkin's attitude toward China comes to mind when asked if he'd like to go there he said yes if he could return the same day

—David Lehman

About the Poet

One of the foremost editors, literary critics, and anthologists of contemporary American literature, David Lehman (1948 - ) is also one of its most accomplished poets. Born in New York City in 1948, Lehman earned a PhD from Columbia University and attended the University of Cambridge as a Kellett Fellow. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Yeshiva Boys (2009), When a Woman Loves a Man (2005); and The Evening Sun (2002) and The Daily Mirror: A Journal in Poetry (1998), two collections of poems culled from Lehman’s five-year long project of writing a poem a day.

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AFRICA: Vote for the best presidents and the worst

#Tanzania presidenr #Magufuli playing drums

Video from #UgandaNewsBriefing group. Copyright unknown

MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA - I go first since it is my thread.

Number one is Hon. Dr. John Pombe Magufuli. Tanzania. JPM can play drums. He never sells his country for pittance. God bless you. Mungu atabariku.

Number two is Hon. Dr. Abiy Ahmed. Ethopia. Thank you for bringing a peace Africa has been craving for and securing it for the horn. Your work is immense but we look to you. Que le bon Dieu vous benisse profondement. Your designer should fly to Uganda. We need fashion.

Number three Hon. President Uhuru Kenyatta. Thanks for allowing institutions to function. But I am still annoyed about my fellow Canadian Miguna Miguna. You work under tough conditions but yet, Kenya is now a Tech hub. Well done. Mungu akubairiki.

The worst president on the African continent is Bosco Katala. He sold Uganda for pittance. Why do the top 3 presidents not help us in Uganda get rid of Military Dictator Yoweri Museveni? Be sure of this, Kenya and Tanzania. The flu we have in Uganda will give pneumonia to EAC. Museveni fights his own grand children. It is a lost cause. Pray for Uganda.

Happy New Year.

Today in History - December 31 December 31, 2018 at 09:00AM -- Library of Congress

Today in History - December 31

On December 31, 1837, Democrat Amasa J. Parker, congressman from New York, sat down in his quarters in Mrs. Pittman’s boarding house in Washington, D.C., to write a letter to his wife, miles away at their Catskills home in Delhi, New York. Continue reading.

On December 31, 1881, Charles J. Guiteau, the assassin of President James Garfield, wrote a New Year’s greeting to his jailer. Continue reading.

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Rais Magufuli alivyopiga tumba na bendi ya msondo ngoma

Rais Magufuli alivyopiga tumba na bendi ya msondo ngoma

Rais Magufuli alivyopiga tumba na bendi ya msondo ngoma

#Tanzania presidenr #Magufuli playing drums

#Tanzania presidenr #Magufuli playing drums

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PARACHUTE: Happy New Year

MLN - Well, one of my brothers in Uganda just forwarded me the message which follows. Francis is a bit tricky. You think you know a guy. Then he totally takes you out of your comfort zone. And then some. THANK YOU.

Air Commodore James Aseidu Aniagye was a Jet Pilot. In a combat mission his fighter plane was destroyed by a missile. He however ejected himself & parachuted safely. He won acclaims & appreciation from many.

After five (5) years, one day he was sitting with his wife in a restaurant. A man from another table came and said. You are Captain Asiedu! You flew Jet fighters, you were shot down.

How in the world did you know that? asked Asiedu.
I packed your parachute "the man smile and replied" Asiedu gasped in suprise and gratitude and thought if parachute hadnt worked, i wouldnt be here today.

Asiedu couldnt sleep that night, thinking about that man, he wondered how many times he might have seen him and not even said, Goodmorning, how are you? or anything because he was a fighter pilot and that person was just a safety worker.

So comrades, who is packing your parachute? Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day.

We need many kinds of parachutes when our plane is shot down-  we need the physical parachute, the mental parachute, the emotional parachute, the spiritual parachute and the financial parachute. We call on all these supports before reaching safety.

Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important, or just do something nice for no reason.

As you go through this last hours of the year, recognize the people who packed your parachute.

I just want to THANK EVERYONE who packed my parachute this 2018, one way or the other - through your words, deeds, prayers.

CHEERS for 2019, Hope to get more of your prayers, love, care and support in 2019.

Thank you all and God bless you. Wish you all a very bless and blissful celebration.... God  bless you richly in  Jesus Name.

Francis - Do you know why Ugandans do not read, write or follow simple instructions? Our curriculum. Uganda's education curriculum is exam-driven and does not support creativity, innovativeness as well as reading and writing. On exporting Ugandans as slaves, there's already slavery in Uganda. A visit to any home of a highly placed Ugandan, you will be shocked at the way their house helps are being treated. There cases of Government officers keeping Government drivers beyond 10.00 p.m.waiting for them while drinking in bars. If that is not slavery, then what is it?

Fireworks bring in the New Year in New Zealand

Fireworks bring in the New Year in New Zealand

Fireworks bring in the New Year in Auckland, New Zealand, shot from the top of the Sky Tower in central Auckland. IMAGES

Africa's year in pictures 2018 - via BBC

A selection of the best photos from across and about Africa this year:

Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionThe New Year started with celebrations and these children see-sawing in a park in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionA Kenyan slum was engulfed by fire later in January as residents used sewage water in a desperate attempt to douse the flames.Image copyrightAFPImage captionEx-football star George Weah was sworn in as Liberia's president in January, the country's first transition between democratically elected leaders since 1944.Image copyrightAFPImage captionThese pillow lips were for sale in a market in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan in the run-up to Valentine's Day.Image copyrightAFPImage captionSupporters of Zimbabwe's veteran opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai mourned his death at the age of 65 in February.Image copyrightAFPImage captionPeople dressed up as Black Panther characters in Kenya watched a screening of the Marvel blockbuster that grossed $1bn (£787m) in 26 days in March.Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionA sheep was honoured in March with a medal after winning a prize at a three-day auction in the Libyan city of Misrata.Image copyrightAFPImage captionThe next month, a group of young Somali women joked together in Kenya's vast Dadaab refugee camp.Image copyrightAFPImage captionAlso in April, South African schoolgirls were pictured at the Soweto home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a day after the anti-apartheid activist died aged 81.Image copyrightAFPImage captionLater in the month, soldiers were on patrol in one of Cameroon's two English-speaking regions as the campaign for independence turned violent.Image copyrightAFPImage captionActresses Sheila Munyiva (L) and Samantha Mugatsia were at the Cannes Film Festival in May for Rafiki, the Kenyan film that was banned at home because of its lesbian storyline.Image copyrightAFPImage captionA South African man smoked cannabis at a protest in May to demand its legalisation - which was granted in September for use by adults in private places.Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionIn June, football took over with the World Cup in Russia. This fan from Cameroon entertained metro commuters in Moscow...Image copyrightAFPImage captionLater in the month, Kenyans watched Nigeria take on Argentina at the World Cup on a screen installed on a truck in Nairobi…Image copyrightAFPImage captionBut this Lagos fan's devastation after Argentina scored to win 2-1 summed up the feeling of many African fans...Image copyrightAFPImage captionAnd in Senegal thousands watched the Lions of Taranga on a giant screen during a failed attempt to beat Colombia.Image copyrightAFPImage captionIn July, cavalry horsemen participated in a Berber festival in Tan-Tan in western Morocco.Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionLater that month, an Ethiopian journalist met his daughters in Eritrea for the first time in 16 years. He flew in the first commercial flight between the two nations in 20 years.Image copyrightAFPImage captionEthiopia's new prime minister has been behind some dizzying reforms this year, including the unbanning of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). This woman was among thousands to welcome back its exiled leadership to Addis Ababa.Image copyrightAFPImage captionSix people were killed in August after Zimbabwean soldiers intervened to curb opposition protests two days after elections.Image copyrightAFPImage captionIt was the first vote since long-time leader Robert Mugabe was forced to resign. His successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was declared the outright winner.Image copyrightAFPImage captionUgandan opposition MP and musician Bobi Wine appeared in court on treason charges in August. He alleged he was badly beaten by soldiers during his time in custody.Image copyrightAFPImage captionTowards the end of August, the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha was celebrated. This Nigerian girl kneeled next to her father during prayers in Ogun state.Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionAlso in August, a South Sudanese girl played in a swamp near Nyal, where her family now live having fled their home in the five-year civil war.Image copyrightAFPImage captionIn September, rival leaders in South Sudan signed what they said was a "final final" peace deal. This photo shows child soldiers being disarmed earlier in the year.Image copyrightEPAImage captionGhana bid farewell to Kofi Annan, the former UN boss who died aged 80, amid elaborate funeral ceremonies in the capital, Accra, in September.Image copyright