Wednesday, February 28, 2018

UGANDA: 5 life skills that will make life easier for you

1. The Ability to Move On: Nothing gives more peace to a human being like being able to let go and move on. One of the greatest causes of unhappiness for most people is "attachement" to things that no longer make sense. These could be relationships, friendships, career, job or even church. Holding on to something that clearly makes no sense anymore will make life hard and difficult for you. Learn to let go and move on like it never happened. Some things are dead, and if you stay long with them, you begin to smell.... Let go and move on...
2. The Ability to Click "Ignore": Not everything deserves your attention. There is too many things happening in this world and you just can't be involved in everything. You can't solve all the world's problem, you are not the village headman. Sometimes, it is ok to simply click 'ignore' and 'next'. The world will still continue. Trying to focus and get involved in everything and everyone's business will mess you up. Also, not everything about you deserves your attention. Sometimes just let people talk and click 'ignore'.... The more unconcerned you are, the less concerned about you they become...
3. The Ability to Laugh: Don't take yourself too seriously in this world. No one comes out of this world alive. You can't be so serious all the time like you are the one holding the Kariba Dam from collapsing. Learn to laugh at some things and just have fun. You can't be all serious about everything you end up looking like an army commander announcing a military coup. Laughter is good medicine. Laught at life, laugh at failed relationships and even laugh more at your exes... Laugh at your past mistakes.. Sometimes I look at people I once went out with and really loved, but today I just laugh.. "What on earth was I thinking, was I under a spell or something"... Laughing will ease a lot of pain from your life... Don't be too serious, you are not Kim Jong Um.
4. The Ability to Learn: Lets face it, no one knows everything. If you are not ready to learn, you are as good as the dead sea. Most people are stuck in their own wisdom & knowledge, and they wonder why things are not changing... Because you are still working with the same data you had since Romeo and Juliet were singing love songs to each other. The world has moved on, but you are not ready to learn anything new. Learn to learn, to be open to new ideas, philosophies and theories. A lot of relationships are struggling because the two love birds have refused to learn new things....
5. The Ability to Make Love: I know some crazy mind is like "the ability to what....?" Yes, even what you are thinking, because some people think its just a thrusting game and boom, we are done, leaving the other frustrated... Awe mukwai... Anyway, thats not what I mean here. I mean the ability to create love based interactions with all people. You dont only have to love people you like. Love must be extended to all humanity and all being... If we could all interact based on love, this world will be a much better place. By the commmadment of love, I don't need to like someone to love them... And I wont treat them well because we are alike. I will love all humanity no matter who they are. When you learn to love, you let go of a lot of pressure that even has the ability to cause illnesses. Learn to make love.

FINLAND: Patria reorganises after sales man killed in Uganda

Patria reorganizes sales division following consultant’s death in Uganda

The Finnish state holds a controlling 50.1 percent shareholding in Patria.
DEFENCE NEWS - Finland’s minister of economic affairs has instructed Patria’s management to present a report on the death, which reportedly occurred in Kampala, Uganda. (dk_photos/Getty Images)

HELSINKI — Patria Group has moved to overhaul its core global marketing and sales functions in the wake of the death, under suspicious circumstances, of a business consultant authorized by the state defense company to negotiate new business in Uganda.

Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Mika Lintilä, has instructed Patria’s management to present a report on the death, in Kampala, of Finnish business consultant Tuomas Teräsvuori.

The event has already resulted in the resignation of three executives, including two senior managers at Patria Land Systems, Patria’s land business division.

Group CEO Olli Isotalo said management was unaware that Teräsvuori was in Uganda to represent Patria in sales talks.

“A letter, written in very general terms, was issued by a low-level sales executive to the consultant. Discussions with Uganda would have been rejected from the very start had the matter been known by senior management,” Isotalo said.

The letter from Patria’s sales and marketing division had authorized Teräsvuori to represent the company in arms sales talks both in Uganda and Mozambique.

Why is the death suspicious?

The consultant’s body was found in his hotel room in the Pearl of Africa Hotel on Feb. 6. Three women, all Ugandan nationals, have been arrested by police in connection with Teräsvuori’s death.

Teräsvuori had traveled to Uganda to discuss a possible weapons contract with government and military officials. He was scheduled to meet with Col. Frank Kaka Bagyenda, the director general of the Internal Security Organisation, Uganda’s counterintelligence agency.

A toxicology report released to police investigators indicated that Teräsvuori had cocaine dosed with pesticides and herbicides in his body at the time of death. The forensic autopsy found traces of the substances in the liver, kidneys and urine of the deceased.

The investigation into the Finnish business consultant’s death continues. Police have not ruled out foul play.

What is Patria changing?

The overhaul to Patria’s sales and marketing organization will focus on creating greater transparency around how Patria recruits and works with external consultants in the pursuit of new business and contracts.

Isotalo said “corrective measures” are being implemented to ensure senior management in the company is aware at all times of contract talks planned between its sales and marketing division and foreign governments.

Moreover, Patria’s sales and marketing chiefs will be prohibited from opening new business talks with countries and governments without prior authorization from the company’s senior management team.

All new sales talks with countries will also require the division to conduct a risk-assessment analysis.

“We don’t want our sales teams to make decisions about whether to enter these kinds of new markets. All such decisions will now go through the executive board,” Isotalo said.

Compliance training, focusing on Patria’s corporate values and code-of-conduct issues, is being rolled out across all core divisions in the company, the CEO added.

Finland’s economic affairs minister noted that information around the event had so far indicated neither the Patria CEO nor his management team were aware of Teräsvuori’s visit to Uganda.

“According to the information I have at this point, the CEO has my confidence. It is clear that mistakes were made, and this is why I have asked for a case report from Patria,” Lintilä said.

Lintilä also holds ministerial oversight over the Finnish government’s ownership steering office, which manages the state’s equity-linked investments in various private and public enterprises.

The Finnish state holds a controlling 50.1 percent shareholding in Patria.

bork: Word of the day for March 1, 2018

bork , v :
(transitive, intransitive, US, politics, often pejorative) To defeat a person's appointment or election, judicial nomination, etc., through a concerted attack on the person's character, background, and philosophy. […] (transitive, slang) To misconfigure, break, or damage, especially a computer or other complex device. […] Robert Bork, a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and legal scholar, whose last name gave rise to the word, was born on this day in 1927.

Wikipedia article of the day for March 1, 2018

The Wikipedia article of the day for March 1, 2018 is Sheshi.
Sheshi was a ruler of parts of Ancient Egypt sometime between 1800 and 1550 BC, near the end of the Middle Kingdom or during the Second Intermediate Period. Based on the archaeological evidence, he is the best attested king in this timeframe; hundreds of scaraboid seals bearing his name have been found as far away as Carthage and throughout Canaan, Egypt, and Nubia. Nevertheless, historians cannot pin down basic facts about this ruler, such as his dynasty or the duration and extent of his reign. Three competing hypotheses have been put forth: he may have been Salitis, founder of the 15th Dynasty and king of the invading Hyksos, or a later Hyksos king or vassal of the second half of the 15th Dynasty, or a ruler of the 14th Dynasty, a line of kings of Canaanite descent ruling over the Eastern Nile Delta immediately before the arrival of the Hyksos.

RUSSIA MEDDLING: Trump communications director Hope Hicks resigns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hope Hicks, one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s longest-serving, most trusted aides, is resigning from her job as White House communications director.

The White House announced she was leaving a day after Hicks, 29, spent nine hours in a closed hearing of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Hicks’ decision to leave was not related to her appearance before the panel. Lawmakers said Hicks, Trump’s spokeswoman during the election campaign, declined to answer questions about the administration.

Hicks’ exact departure was unclear but is expected to be sometime over the next few weeks.

Hicks was caught up in a controversy surrounding former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, whom she had been dating. She worked to defend him when charges of domestic abuse against his two former wives emerged. Porter was ultimately forced to resign.

A one-time aide to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and with no previous experience in politics, Hicks was one of the first people hired by the then-New York businessman when he began his campaign for the presidency.

She has developed into one of his most trusted advisers. Aides said she had approached the president and told him she wanted to leave so she could start exploring opportunities outside of the White House.

Her departure will deprive Trump of an important confidant and adviser, someone who knows his likes and dislikes through more than three years of experience.

“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years. She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House. “I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future.”

Robert Trout, a lawyer for Hicks, declined comment. Hicks said in her own statement that “there are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump. I wish the president and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country.”

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said in a statement of Hicks: “To say that she will be missed, is an understatement.”

Hicks took over as communications director in September after the difficult, 11-day tenure of Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired. She is credited behind the scenes for stabilizing the communications operation.

UGANDA: Boda boda kill 7 people daily according to official statistics

Uganda's boda boda operators are not only above the law, they are a sacrilegious lot!

THE EAST AFRICAN - There is something about Christianity and the number seven. It features in a number of biblical stories. Even the sins of Uganda’s dreadful boda bodas come in sevens.
Cardinal sin number one is killing. Boda boda kill seven people in Uganda everyday according to official statistics. This number according to the police, is of those who die on the spot and rarely include those who die after prolonged hospitalisation following boda boda accidents.
Cardinal sin number two is murder; boda boda are used in hit jobs. They were used in killing Muslim clerics, mobile money operators and to stamp their impunity, in last year’s murder of the very force of law and order, the police spokesman.
Cardinal sin number three is immorality; boda bodas have been cited in reports as leading in making schoolgirls pregnant. This doesn’t need elaboration.
Cardinal sin number four is impersonation; boda bodas pose as members of security agents. It is even predictable that once you board a boda boda, the rider starts telling you how bad the government is and starts soliciting your views.
Cardinal sin number five is environmental degradation; boda boda riders’ groups grab wetlands and even allocate plots in wetlands near the city. The public was recently shocked to learn of a boda boda stage management group that had “issued” a title deed to a businessman.
Such exaggerated sinning is called sacrilege.
Cardinal sin number six is tax evasion; man, these guys don’t even pay tax! If the only two certainties are death and taxes, then these guys are above such.
Cardinal sin number seven is economic sabotage; boda bodas are the lead smugglers. Parliament was last week told that the country’s sugar industry, which has been growing steadily over a decade is now being crippled by boda bodas who are being used in the sugar smuggling racket.
Minor sins
In addition, boda bodas also have seven minor sins: Minor sin number one; they don't obey any traffic rule, making driving in Kampala a nightmare.
Minor sin number two; they mess up rural economies as boys sell their parent’s land to buy motorcycles.
Minor sin number three; they delay the growth of mass transport. A country that embraces boda boda undermines the development of rapid mass conveyance.
Minor sin number four; they make boys drop out of school prematurely.
Minor sin number five; they nurture the culture of impunity. Whoever breaks the law daily by ignoring all the traffic codes and not paying tax feels he can get away with anything.
Minor sin number six; boda boda peddle minor and grand rumours. They tell their passenger which military general or politician bought that big house for his girlfriend and such stuff.
Minor sin number seven; boda boda also kill boda boda riders. This often happens when they don’t wear helmets yet they are required to do so.

UGANDA: News round up via #UgandaNewsBriefing group


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Wednesday  28/02/2018

1. President Museveni Condemn “Pigs” that Killed Magara; Wants Gov’t to Have DNA Record of Every Ugandan  [ChimpReports].
2. Son to late former energy minister, Kayiira to revive political party UFM. David Kayiira told journalists in Kampala that the new party would be called the Uganda Foundations Monument.
3. Isingiro professionals turn to WhatsApp to promote region’s education.A WhatsApp group launched a campaign  which  raised over 3,000,000shs for Agaba  Angelina the best student in Isingiro District with 11aggregates and what made his success story worth  to my attention is that he studied his entire O-Level in what we call a Third World school called Kisyoro S.S in the deep villages of Kabuyanda in Isingiro District.
The campaign was sparked from a challenge within the group go move beyond rhetoric to having tangible solutions for the problems in the district. The campaign moved from the group to other social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook.
“Isingiro is faced with very problems; in education in particular, some schools don’t have teachers. Some don’t have classrooms. But we have chosen to start with the low hanging fruits.
4.President Yoweri Museveni has held talks with investors from Kazakhstan who called on him at State House, Entebbe.[].
5. Mbarara Councilors Storm Ambassador Rukaari’s Business Premises Over Debt.[ChimpReports].
6. Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) has said they will delete all companies, which have not been filing annual returns with them, this is to clean up the company register
7. 14 missing after boats sink in River Congo - Congo's Interior Minister.Local fisherman Leon Bateko revealed on phone that weather conditions on the powerful river "were extremely bad", hampering the rescue efforts.
8. Hon Sekikubo: How call Abiriga a hero yet is being chased like a chicken thief?
“Now they went to Kiboga to celebrate what and whom did they win?"[The insider.Ug].
9. Journalists Drag Government to Court over Red Pepper Raid.[ChimpReports]
10. Barbara Kasekende appointed Stanbic Bank’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Manager.[The insider.Ug].
11. North Korea told a United Nations disarmament forum on Tuesday that sanctions over its nuclear programme would "never work", as it voiced further defiance against President Donald Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign. .[].
12. Gen Muhoozi: ADF Recruiting from All Over Africa.[ ChimpReports]
13. BET award winner Eddy Kenzo has been nominated in the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in the Favourite African star category. Nickelodeon is an American basic cable and satellite
television network for children. .[].
14. Kabale University In Shs. 6Billion Crisis.[ChimpReports ]
15. Re-branded Lawmaker Hon. Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine back home, given heroic welcome.[The insider.Ug].
16. Land commission visits Mubuku irrigation scheme in Kasese district.
The commission was shocked to find out that the dam from which the irrigation water comes, was grabbed and titled by Rukooki Bataka community group
17. SHAME: Energy ministry officials fail to account for Ushs1.2 billion meant for compensating persons affected by the ongoing site preparation for oil exploration.[The insider.Ug].
18.Uganda to Host International Fertility Symposium.[ChimpReports ]
19. Cabinet orders UCC to investigate telecom companies over unregistered Simcards.Cabinet has directed the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to urgently institute an investigation aimed at ascertaining telecom companies whose customers are still using unregistered Simcards.
20. Mulago women’s fertility hospital to start operations soon is hospital will provide assisted reproductive technologies to enable infertile women bear children through a process known as In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) -- see more at:
21. Gen Kahinda Otafiire Denies Awarding Monopoly Powers to Car Inspection Company.[ChimpReports].
22. UPDF Chief: ‘Magara Killers will Pay a Huge Price’. Former Uganda People’s Defence Spokesman Col. Paddy Ankunda added a tough voice to the already intensified efforts to hunt for the killers of Susan Magara, who was recovered dead on Tuesday.
23. Seven Headteachers demoted over poor PLE results[Uganda Radio network].
24. Another Ugandan goes missing in Rwanda.[Eagle online].
25. President Kiir Meets Peace Monitoring Chief.[ChimpReports]


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ANIMAL CRUELTY: New Zealand to infect rabbits with plague, Australia to infect fish with herpes


New Zealand to Unleash Population Control Plague on Rabbit Population

Lord Frith wasn’t kidding when he told the Prince of Rabbits El-ahrairah that all the world would be his people's’ enemy. New Zealand has announced that they will be unleashing a hemorrhagic fever plague on the nation’s out-of-control rabbit population.

The plague in question is a new variant of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV1) called RHDV1-K5. The plague, which only affects European rabbits, is to be released in March.

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) estimates that rabbits cost the New Zealand economy an average of $36 million a year in lost production and another $18 million in pest control.

The rabbits compete with livestock for pasture, damage the land through their burrows and breed like, well, you know. Ordinarily, farmers must fight them with shooting, poisoning, fumigation, the dreaded General Woundwort and rabbit fences.

New Zealand farming groups have welcomed the move. New Zealand's Federated Farmers spokesman Andrew Simpson called the move was a "huge relief."

"There are some desperate farmers out there," he told the BBC. "If another year goes by without [the] virus, the ecological damage to some properties would be mind-numbing."

But animal protection advocates were unsurprisingly displeased about the prospect of unleashing biological weapons against Hazel, Bigwig and Fiver. Arnja Dale, from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), said that "the suffering it will cause affected rabbits and the potential risk to companion rabbits" makes RHDV1-K5 an unacceptable choice.

"[We] advocate for the use of more humane methods," she said, adding that the vaccine that would purportedly protect domestically-owned rabbits from the plague has not been "adequately tested…[with] not yet sufficient evidence that it will provide sufficient protection."

The Rabbit Council of New Zealand, a real organization, concurred with the SPCA's assessment, reporting over 100 deaths from RHDV1's more benign natural variant, calicivirus, in 2017.

However, no pet deaths were reported when RHDV1-K5 was released in Australia last year to great success.

You may be surprised to learn that the European rabbit is not a native to New Zealand. It was instead brought over by British colonists to as livestock and hunting animals. As a result, they have no natural predators.

In neighboring Australia, 24 rabbits brought over by English settler Thomas Austin in 1859 exploded to 600 million bunnies less than a century later. The Australian government responded in 1950 by unleashing a biological plague of their own, the infamous myxoma virus decimated the rabbit population down to 100 million, but the survivors were resistant to the disease and the population has since rebounded. Australia unleashed their own hemorrhagic fever disease on the rabbit population by accident in 1991.

However, the plague mutated into two forms: the deadly RHDV1, and the typically benign calicivirus, which eventually immunised Australian rabbits against the deadly strain. RHDV1-K5 is a South Korean modification of the strain that is reportedly able to overcome the immunisation brought on by calicivirus.

Myxomatosis is infamous for killing in a fairly horrific way: it riddles the infected rabbit with tumors, killing it over the course of two weeks and leaving behind misshapen and lumpy corpses. RHDV1-K5 is comparatively humane: it kills within four days of developing from rapid onset of organ failure, with the cause of death as typically respiratory failure.

Australia to infect fish with herpes virus

What Can Go Wrong? Australia Plans to Control Carp Population Using 

Herpes Virus
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What Can Go Wrong? Australia Plans to Control Carp Population Using Herpes Virus
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Australia’s plans to release a herpes virus into the nation’s largest river system to control the carp population has divided the scientific community. The $15-million program could endanger global food security and cause “catastrophic ecosystem crashes,” according to British environmental scientists.

To reduce carp overpopulation in the Murray-Darling river system, which provides water to nearly 60 percent of Australians, the Canberra government introduced the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP), and enlisted the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to identify a solution. After seven years of research, CSIRO concluded that a koi herpes virus would effectively reduce the carp population, without endangering other animals in the Murray-Darling network of waterways.

But a team of University of East Anglia researchers strongly disagree. Dr Jackie Lighten and Professor Cock van Oosterhout say the "irreversible high-risk proposal" could have "serious ecological, environmental, and economic ramifications." They also do not agree with the assertion that the use of a disease vector to control overpopulation will be an effective long-term solution.

No amount of laboratory testing can "rule out the possibility of cross-infection," they stated in Nature Ecology and Evolution. Furthermore, it is likely that the koi herpes will rapidly mutate, evolving to infect additional species that are presently immune.

There is also a risk of the disease spreading elsewhere in the world, which would impact the global food supply. Carp is the most-farmed fish in the world, with 4.4 million tons farmed for human consumption in 2013.

Notoriously, Australia used a myxomatosis disease to control the country's rabbit population in the 1950s. The population shrank from 600 to 100 million in just two years. Australia would later introduce another disease, the rabbit calicivirus, to further reduce the population in the 1990s.

Lighten and van Oosterhout say that such measures are far riskier to use against carp. "Compared with the biocontrol of terrestrial vertebrates, the biocontrol of large, highly fecund aquatic animals such as carp adds novel risks," the East Anglia team wrote.

NCCP coordinator Matt Barwick, affectionately nicknamed "The Carpinator" by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, said that the concerns of Lighten and van Oosterhout are under examination. He claimed that they would continue to test to see if the virus affects other species, arguing that the spread of koi herpes would not endanger other carp populations because the disease was already present elsewhere in the world.

"This virus is now found in almost every river and lake system in Japan, and in another 32 countries," he told The Guardian Australia. "Despite that, the only species that this virus has been detected to cause disease in is the common carp. In these countries they are sharing a waterway with other species of koi, very closely related to the common carp, and those other species haven't contracted the virus."

Something both Barwick and the East Anglia team do agree on is that the hundreds of billions of carp killed by the virus would taint the water supply and destroy aquatic ecosystems with their rotting flesh. Barwick said the NCCP is searching for a solution to this problem. "There will be no release of the virus by government agencies until this work has been completed," Barwick said.

The program might need an additional $50 million to clean up the results of the solution, he said, but asserted that it would be worth the expense. "Carp can cause damage of up to $500 million per year by lowering water quality of water supplies, damaging wetlands, impacting upon agriculture, commercial and recreational fisheries, regional tourism industries, and harming native fish populations and river health," Barwick told Adelaide newspaper The Advertiser.

When Europeans arrived on the Australian continent, they brought several species from their home countries. One species was the common carp, a diet staple. Omnivorous, fast to reproduce, and growing to impressive sizes, carp now make up 90 percent of biomass in the Murray-Darling river system. Not only are the carp driving native species to extinction, they are damaging the entire river system.

Ecologist Dr. Susan Lawler, with Latrobe University and an expert on the Murray River, said that native fish populations are doomed if nothing is done, so the risks of releasing the virus are necessary. Drastic measures, she says, are needed to put an end to what she says is an "ecological disaster."

British researchers "don't understand the Australian perspective," she told the South China Morning Post.

UGANDA: But the country with kidnapping people! Congolese found safe

Kampala (DAILY MONITOR) -  Ms. Nganga Bibiche Bola, the Congolese lady who was allegedly kidnapped from her construction site in Lower Konge, Makindye Division has surfaced.
Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima said in a statement that Nganga had been held by the Internal Security Organization (ISO). Kayima gave no reason as to why Nganga had been held.

Nganga who was kidnapped on February 23, resurfaced Wednesday afternoon at her home in Lukuli, Makindye Division and went to the area police post and recorded a statement.
Nganga's resurfacing comes just a day after police discovered the body of Susan Magara a cashier with Bwendero Dairy farm. Magara was kidnapped on February 7 along Kabaka Anjagala Road in Kampala.
Nganga told police that she was kidnapped by unknown people dressed in military fatigue with assault rifles and was in detention since then till February 28.

Kayima said in a statement that police in the area is investigating this kidnap to establish who was behind it.

"We shall continue to work closely to stamp out such acts and all acts of criminality to guarantee citizens' safety and security," Kayima said in a statement late on Wednesday evening.

SOUTH AFRICA: Government mulls forceful land seizure

South Africa Explores Constitutional Change to Allow Land Seizures

JOHANNESBURG (VOA)  — South Africa's parliament voted Tuesday to examine how to amend the constitution to allow land seizures without compensation, a move that resonates deeply in a nation where the white minority still controls much of the farmland.

But the strongest proponent of the motion immediately sought to reassure the nation that nothing too drastic would come of it.

"No one is going to lose his or her house, no one is going to lose his or her flat, no one is going to lose his or her factory or industry," Julius Malema, who leads the far-left Economic Freedom Fighters party, said immediately following the vote. "All we are saying is they will not have the ownership of the land, they will have a lease, depending on what is the arrangement, particularly as it relates to the outcome of the Constitutional review process."

​Another Zimbabwe?

There are fears the vote will put South Africa on the same path as neighboring Zimbabwe, where forceful, violent seizures of white-owned farms in the early 2000s were blamed for the nation's economic freefall and political instability.

The ruling African National Congress also supported Tuesday's motion, but with the provision that land seizures cannot hurt agricultural production, economic stability or political stability — a fairly large and vague loophole, analysts say.

Black First Land First activists gather in Pretoria, South Africa, to demand that land be given to black South Africans as compensation for colonial-era land seizures, in February 2017. (A. Powell/VOA)

​The loudest group in support of land seizures, the Black First Land First Movement, has denounced the motion as nothing but an "electioneering gimmick" by the ANC.

"Black First Land First is concerned that the Economic Freedom Fighters and the African National Congress are not serious about land expropriation without compensation," the group said in a statement.

Painful history

But as Malema knows, South Africa's soil is stained by hundreds of years of colonial exploitation, by the blood and sweat shed by underpaid, mostly black laborers working for white bosses. Today, black South Africans, who are the majority of the population, remain on average significantly poorer than white South Africans.

With a critical national election looming, Malema used this emotional pull to full effect when arguing in favor of the motion in parliament:

"The time for reconciliation is over," he said. "Now is the time for justice. If the grandchildren of [early Dutch settler] Jan van Riebeeck have not understood that we need our land, that over and above it is about our humanity, then they have failed to receive the gift of humanity."

The opposition Democratic Alliance voted against the measure, and blames the slow pace of land redistribution on the ANC, which has ruled since the end of apartheid in 1994, but now faces a tough election next year as it has slowly lost ground to the opposition.

FILE - Julius Malema, leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, speaks during a media briefing at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Feb. 12, 2018.

Democratic Alliance Shadow Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Ken Robertson, began his speech by exhorting in Zulu, "People are suffering."

"The ANC government does not have a land problem, we have a problem with the way the ANC are handling land," he said. "People were dispossessed of their land and their dignity by the discriminatory laws of the past, the painful past that can never be forgotten. The ANC's call for expropriation without compensation is a lazy attempt to divert attention away from the real reasons that lie at the heart of the slow pace of meaningful land reform and restitution."

​Missing facts

While this debate has no shortage of fiery rhetoric, what it lacks, says analyst Ebrahim Fakir, is any concrete details.

Because of a general lack of facts and an abundance of rhetoric, Fakir was one of several analysts who told VOA that recent developments have left them confused.

"At present, all bets are off," he said. "No one knows how and what this could mean. Theoretically, it could even mean that it does actually end up denying a regime of protection of private property."

No reliable figures on land ownership in South Africa exist, although a recent government study found that only a third of the nation's land is privately owned.

Furthermore, it's unclear how the constitution would be changed, if at all. Tuesday's vote mobilized parliament's Constitutional Review Committee to deliver a report on the topic by August 30. Any changes to the constitution require a 75 percent vote.

UGANDA: "Poor reading habits are the enemy of civilisation"

By Prof. Abdu Kasozi

Uganda suffers from a low reading culture. A reading culture is a set of behavior where reading is not only part of people’s way of life but is also constantly used by a good number of the population to read in order to search for information, seek the truth,  look for intellectual pleasure and for the sake of reading as a hobby.

A poor reading culture, where people do not value or do not do any reading except to look for a few necessary items, is harmful to the development of the individual and nation.

 Low levels of reading limit innovative and entrepreneurial minds from accessing cutting age information which they need to realise their ambitions, and indirectly through them, those of the given nation they happen to live in. The low level of reading that many Ugandan suffer from is an indicator of the quality of education our nation has, and is giving us.

 Yet quality education, which must include both Arts/Humanities and Science, precedes development. In the early 1960s, the countries that are now called Asian giants invested in education, particularly tertiary science and technology, while the petro states, especially those of the Middle East, invested mainly in conspicuous infrastructure and consumption (including huge military expenditures). They did not prioritise education. Today, 50 years later, most petro states are consumed by social inequality, conflicts and oppressive dictatorial regimes.

The Asian giants on the other hand, without oil or extensive mineral wealth, have joined the clubs of developed high income and well governed nations. Their secret was the polishing of the greatest developmental agents God has given planet earth - human minds. Through well-funded and therefore quality education, the Asian giants created nations of people who could read and access cutting edge information from all corners of the earth. Knowledge is power, as Plato wrote, and these countries have demonstrated the truth of that observation.

The low reading culture in Uganda is characterised by first, the disinterest of students to read beyond what they need for examinations in order to get the magic papers, the certificates. Secondly, the inability of most of our “educated” people to read for pleasure before and after graduation is indicative of a low reading culture.

Thirdly, the few libraries we have in Uganda report low levels of visitations and use. A comparison of a bar located in the same geographical area as a library indicated that the drinking place received far more people a month that the reading one. Fourthly, the majority of those who visit libraries check out easy to read materials like newspapers and dictionaries. Fourthly, the book to student ratios in all levels of our education system is very low. Headmasters, principals and vice chancellors think of purchasing motorcycles, cars and other big items before they spend on books.

Currently the Uganda book to student ratio for the primary level is about one book to 13 students, at the secondary level it is about two books for each student while at the tertiary level (in universities) there are 10 books per student. Most of these are textbooks or religious treatises. In my period as Executive Director of NCHE (2002-2012), only one or two institutions had the required ratio of forty books to one student.

More so, the daily circulation of both the English and African languages newspapers does not exceed two million in a population of some 30 million people. It means that only about 6 % of the population can directly access written information in the print media. The others get it second hand or though audios like TV and Radio.

It should also be noted that a number of reports including UWEZO, UNESCO, World Bank and UPE/USE report of 2012 have indicated that our pupils do not learn basic skills in reading and mathematics. Lastly, listening to discussions by a number of Ugandans on Radio and TV talk shows, seminars and conferences, one is embarrassed on how the majority of those participating are uninformed on basic scientific and social issues.

To cure the problem, we must know the causes, at least the major ones. I feel that some of the causes include the following. First, the increasing enrolment in our education institutions that is unmatched by education facilities at all levels of our education system (primary, secondary and tertiary) robs educators the ability to deliver quality education.

Secondly, the over-emphasis on centralised examinations by our education system means that our children are conditioned to read only what they need to pass examinations. They do not enjoy the pleasure to search for, and appreciate knowledge for its own sake or to use it for other purposes. Indeed, many of the so-called first world schools are called so because they pack students with materials likely to be examined by external examination bodies. Few teach for general knowledge or character formation.

The traditional chalk-and-talk method of instruction where the teacher or lecturer is the colossus of knowledge and all students bow to him or her does not create the desire for students to seek knowledge from alternative sources like books.

A secondary school student should read at least one novel whose content is outside what is taught in class each week. An undergraduate student should read at least three hundred pages of materials that are outside his or her curriculum for general knowledge each week.

It should also be noted that early specialisation into Arts/Humanities and Science has become poisonous because it streams and compacts the intellectual conceptions of our children in lockers they cannot get out and which are not reflective of the lives human beings live.

We must rethink our education system if we are to move forward as a nation. We must break the shackles of specialisation into arts or sciences. Each of the disciplines compliments the other to constitute knowledge for life and development.

The writer is the former executive director of the National Council for Higher Education.

Uganda's poor reading culture worrying, needs quick attention

A poor reading culture, where people do not value or do not do any reading except to look for a few necessary items, is harmful to the development of the individual and nation. A poor reading culture, where people do not value or do not do any reading except to look for a few necessary items, is harmful to the development of the individual and nation.

REFUGEES: German town wins right not to accept any more refugees

German town successfully pleads for no more refugees

DEUTSCHE WELLE - The small, economically depressed town of Pirmasens saw more than a 1,000 refugees move into its many empty apartments. But opposition politicians argue that only looking at one town's plight is not enough.

The town of Pirmasens will not have to take in any more refugees, the Interior Ministry of the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate said on Wednesday. The move came after a meeting of the state government and community leaders, who have been saying for months that their town's economic situation was too precarious to expend resources on integrating accepted asylum-seekers.

"We are ready to provide short-term help to Pirmasens, as the town is in a special situation," said state Integration Minister Anne Spiegel.

Mayor Berhard Mathies told French news agency AFP that he welcomed the move, thanking the state government "for giving us a breather."

After World War II, Pirmasens found itself near several US army stations. When the soldiers left in the 1970s, many jobs in the city were lost and its number of inhabitants dropped dramatically

Refugees were not sent to Pirmasens for any particular work or social reasons but because it had a large number of empty apartments. The town's troubled economic situation, which was among the reasons for the empty apartments, made providing refugees the services they need difficult.

The town of about 40,000 took in about 1,300 refugees, most of whom have had their applications for asylum accepted by Germany. Mathies said he began to notice "alarm signals" in the past year that the city's volunteers and teachers really needed help dealing with the number of refugees in town.

Minister Spiegel said that Pirmasens was a "special case," but several towns across Germany have successfully appealed to have the influx of refugees stopped.

Opposition politicians in the state legislature accused Spiegel of being half-hearted in her assistance to struggling Pirmasens and demanded that a state-wide survey be conducted to make sure other towns were not similarly suffering.

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban becomes recognised as political party

Afghanistan: Taliban offered status as political party

AL JAZEERA - The offer was made during the Kabul Process peace conference, where 25 countries were meeting to try and initiate a meaningful process aimed at ending the 16-year-long war.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered to recognise the Taliban as a legitimate political party. The offer was made during the Kabul Process peace conference, where 25 countries were meeting to try and initiate a meaningful process aimed at ending the 16-year-long war.

AFRICA: Trade and Investment Global Summit in Washington DC announced

Over 150 High-Level Speakers to Grace the Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit (ATIGS) 2018 in Washington, D.C
“Driving Trade, Unleashing Investment and Enhancing Economic Development: the Gateway to African Markets”
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, February 28, 2018/ -- Business leaders and prominent personalities are expected to speak at the Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit (ATIGS) 2018 ( to be held on June 24 to June 26 at World Trade Center – Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. The prestigious biennial business conference and exhibition will bring together delegates from more than 70 countries including government delegations, high-profile African leaders, project developers, and international investors. The event has a well-structured format for facilitating direct peer engagement, for more advanced deal-making, showcasing fundable companies, co-investments and financing engagements, strategic partnerships, and business networking.

The 2018 Summit will feature as panelist and speakers a wide array of senior officials and distinguished personalities including, Hon Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu, Deputy Senate President of Nigeria; H.E. Adonia Ayebare, Uganda's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations; H.E.Clyde Rivers Ph.D. Ambassador of Republic of Burundi, and Advisor to the President of Burundi; Hon Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, former Minister for Trade & Industry, and former Ambassador of Ghana to the USA; Hon. Ibrahim Awaal Mohammed, Minister for Business Development in Ghana; Hon. Sebastian Kopulande, CEO, Zambian International Trade and Investment Centre (ZITIC) in Zambia; Andrew Herscowit, Coordinator, Power Africa - U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in USA; Asma ALAOU, CEO, Africa Key Partners in Morocco; Arnon Rosenbaum, VP Global Projects, Netafim in Israel; Belarmino Van-Dúnem, Chairman of Angola's Investment and Exports Promotion Agency (APIEX); Maria Goravanchi, Director, Overseas Private Investment Corporation in USA; Dr. Mohamed Doumbouya,Minister of Budget, Republic of GuineaRaj Kumar, Founding President of Devex in United States, Dr. Belachew Mekuria, Industrial Park Division Deputy Commissioner of Ethiopian Investment CommissionDr. Mima S. Nedelcovych, President & CEO of Initiative for Global Development in USA; Pablo Martín Carbajal, Deputy head for African Affairs, and CEO of Proexca, Government of the Canary Islands; Bernadette Fernandes, Founder of The Varanda Network in Canada; Chris Kirubi, Director, Centum Investment in Kenya; Chris Knight, Global Commercial Director for fDi Intelligence, Financial Times Group in UK; Dr. Richmond Annan, President, iRichie Group Inc in USA; Dr. Munir Ahmad Ch, President,Aspire World Investments LLC - United Arab EmiratesDr. Mima S. Nedelcovych, President & CEO of Initiative for Global Development in USA; Joseph Lititiyo, Deputy Executive Secretary of Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries in Rwanda; Matthew Downing, Chairman & CEO, Ethium Group in Australia; Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Nigeria; Vanessa Adams, Director of Strategic Partnerships of DAI in France; Walid Loukil, Deputy Managing Director of Loukil Group in Tunisia; Xoliswa Daku, Founder & CEO, Daku Group of Companies in South Africa; Zekarias Amsalu, Founder and MD of IBEX Frontier, IBEX Financial Consultancy Ltd in Ethiopia, and many more.

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UGANDA: Museveni called Susan Magara's dad to announce her death

Magara narrates how daughter Susan met her gruesome death


The father of murdered 28-year-old Susan Magara, John Fitzgerald Magara says he now somehow feels relieved that his daughter's anguish has finally come to an end.

Susan, a cashier with Bwendero Dairy Farm was kidnapped on February 7 and later found dead 21 days later on February 27.

Speaking at her requiem mass today at Our Lady of Africa Catholic Church Mbuya presided over by Rev. Father John Mungereza, Magara said ever since his daughter was kidnapped on the February 7, he has done everything within his means to have her returned alive.

John Magara with wife Immaculate Magara and their children. Photo: Nicholas Bamulanzeki

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Magara said on the second day that Susan was kidnapped, her captors contacted Immaculate Magara, Susan’s step mother demanding for ransom; an amount he did not disclose. But according to audio recordings on social media purported to be negotiations between the family and the captors, the ransom was about Shs 3bn or $1m.

The captors also demanded that the family stops involving police and other security agencies in the matter. While addressing the press yesterday, Assistant Inspector of Police Abbas Byakagaba said that the police got involved in the matter on the very day Susan was kidnapped.

A case of a missing person was opened up at Old Kampala police station. Magara said seeing that his wife wasn’t making headways with the captors, he took over the negotiations.

“At first, I thought I was talking to cheap criminals whose motive was money…” Magara said.

He said he started carrying with him not less than four mobile telephones to be able to communicate with the captors who used more than 17 sim-cards during that period. 10 days after Susan went missing, her captors called her father and directed him to go and pick a package along the under construction Southern bypass.

On checking the said package, it was two of Susan’s fingers and a memory card containing a video recording they called ‘a must-see.’

Magara couldn’t bring himself to watching the video. He instead forwarded it to police who told him that it was Susan pleading to him to give her captors everything they wanted so she gets freed.

The video also detailed that how Susan had lost two of her fingers. At this point Magara had already established contact with President Yoweri Museveni who would call him at least twice a day to find out the progress of the rescue efforts.

Magara was also able to see Museveni at State House in an interface that lasted about two hours and pleaded with him to allow the family deal with Susan’s captors without involving security agencies.

On Saturday last week the family delivered the ransom money that the captors had asked for. Magara did not reveal how much was paid as ransom but it is said the captors had demanded for $1 million (Shs 3.6 billion). However, according to people familiar with the transaction, only about Shs 700 million was paid. After paying the ransom, Magara hoped Susan would be released on Saturday.

“We gave them what they had asked for and we kept it a secret among ourselves hoping to surprise people but this did not happen on Saturday, and Sunday. On Monday, I started feeling something was wrong,” Magara said sending gasps among the mourners who filled to capacity the Mbuya church.

Yesterday, Monday morning, Magara received a call from Museveni saying, “Mutabani omwana bamwisire,” [my son, your daughter has been killed] Magara quotes Museveni as saying.

He added that Museveni told him that his people had indeed confirmed that the body that had been dumped along the Southern bypass was that of Susan. He nevertheless went to confirm and at the scene, he met with police chief Kale Kayihura.

“I looked at the body and it was very fresh; she had been killed that night,” Magara says. “We don’t know what happened, we are waiting for answers.”

Cindy Magara Lukwago, a sister to Suzan but currently in Australia said in an eulogy read for her by her husband Daniel Lukwago that government must come out and explain the rampant killings and kidnap of Ugandans.

“The question now is; who is next,” Lukwago said. “We ask UCC [Uganda Communication Commission] and telecom companies to do their jobs. How come numbers that are not registered are in use? We need answers. We want Suzan and all other people who have been killed in the last one year to get justice,” Lukwago said.

Suzan Magara was born January 20 1989 in Hoima where she started her schooling at St Christina Kindergarten, St Jude primary school, completing P7 in 2001.

She later joined Mariam high school Ntinda for O-level, and St Lawrence Citizen Paris Palace for A-level completing in 2008. She had a bachelors’ degree in Ethics and Development from Nkozi University and a master’s degree in Accounting from India.

She has been a member of the Rotaract Club of Bugolobi. Her mother Mary Maureen Kabayanja passed on about 15 years ago.

The comments on what this same writer wrote earlier say it all.  Ugandans must realise that no one is safe. Imagine even you have a direct link to Jarukanga and the thugs still kill your kid. AND even Jarukanga is the one who calls you to tell you that your kid is dead. 

BUT you see, some pigs are more equal than others. In her death she is worth UGX 800M (700M from family, 100M from us suckers). Meanwhile, Rashid Ssemugenyi was only begging for UGX 25M for a kidney transplant in India. 

He was ASP UPF with Mitoomo.  May neither of them rest in peace. Till their deaths are avenged. AND Ugandans must know that the killings are state sanctioned to instill fear so that the gullible beg M7 to rule forever and beg for Kayihura to protect them.  DAMN!

A broken country affects all.  RICH or Poor. Connected or not connected.  In a hungry where people with guns now no longer have food or money for fees or medicine or rent or clothing or all the above, watch out. No one shall be spared.  #MpawoAtalikaba!

Did anyone think that after killing all those women who "do not matter" the thugs would come for one of your own PRINCESSES?  MLN

OLYMPICS: IOC lifts suspension on Russian Olympic Committee

RT - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has lifted its suspension on the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), which was imposed prior to the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

“We received a letter from the IOC, regarding the reinstatement of the ROC. As you know, the IOC Executive Board convened on February 25. In the meeting, important decisions were made with regard to the reinstatement of the ROC’s status," ROC president Alexander Zhukov told journalists Wednesday.

"This corresponded with the final doping test [of an Olympic athlete of Russia] at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics. The letter confirmed the remaining doping probe results were negative. As such, the ROC has been reinstated.”

The Olympic governing body had voted to uphold the ban on Russia, citing two positive doping tests from Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) - bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva and curler Alexander Krushelnitsky - during the Games.

The pair have since been disqualified and stripped of their results. In Krushelnitsky's case, he was forced to hand back a bronze medal.

Following its refusal to reinstate the ROC, the Olympic governing body recommended lifting the disqualification on the condition the remainder of the doping probes of Russian athletes came out clean.

The IOC also stated that Russian anti-doping rules violations (ADRV) during PyeongChang did not reflect any pattern and were committed individually.

In December, the IOC ruled to suspend the ROC and banned more than 50 Russian team members from competing at PyeongChang. In addition, some leading Russian athletes in several sports were not invited to the Games, despite never having been involved in doping.

Those who approved for the PyeongChang Games were obliged to perform under a neutral banner and without their national flag and anthem.

UGANDA: Minister Pornography Mini-Skirt Lokodo airlifted to Kampala from Kalangala

DAILY MONITOR - Ethics and Integrity minister, Rev Fr Simon Lokodo has this afternoon been airlifted in a UPDF helicopter from Kalangala District to Kampala for attention after he collapsed.

He was airlifted to Kololo Airstrip from where he was driven to Uganda Heart Institute for further management.

Fr Lokodo was scheduled to open an anti-corruption workshop organised by the ministry at Ssese Islands Beach Hotel in Kalangala town. However he was unable to do so as he collapsed before getting to the venue. He was rushed to Kalangala Health Center IV but his handlers found the wards were full.

Mr Caleb Tukaikiriza, the Kalangala Resident District Commissioner later confirmed that the minister was “in a sorry” state and they were organising to see that the minister is airlifted to a better health facility.

A medical officer at Kalangala health Center IV who asked not to be named said Fr Lokodo was hypertensive.

“His problem is that he is hypertensive. His blood pressure has risen,” he said.

However, state minister of Health for General Duties, Sarah Opendi, said Fr. Lokodo is “out of danger and the cause of his illness is being investigated.”

WATCH VIDEO: Fr Lokodo being driven to Uganda Heart Institute after developing stroke while in Kalangala

“Let’s instead pray for him to stabilise,” Mr Tukaikiriza said declining to divulge more details.
Local residents who witnessed the incident asked government to provide Kalangala’s main health facility with enough equipment to handle such emergencies.

Herbert Mugambe, a health rights advocate under the advocacy for better health program in Kalangala District said the ministers’ incident would be a wakeup call for government to upgrade Kalangala Health Center IV, the district’s main health facility into a modern hospital with enough equipment to handle all illnesses.

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UGANDA: Who is charge with daily gruesome murders of innocents?

RIP: Susan Magara

Magara body found 21 days after kidnap


Last evening, police described the cold-blooded killers of the most recent kidnap victim, Susan Magara, as “terrorists”.

Assistant Inspector General of Police Abasi Byakagaba, former head of counter terrorism and current police director for oil and gas security, suggested to journalists that Susan met a horrific death.

“She was gruesomely murdered by yet-to-be identified criminals. The body of the late Susan Magara was recovered [a few metres off the road] at Kitiko between Kigo and Kajjansi along Entebbe highway. The body has been taken to Mulago for postmortem,” Byakagaba said during a media briefing at police headquarters in Naguru, Kampala.

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“In the course of the investigation, the Uganda police now has in its possession a voice recording of one of the suspected murderers,” he said, before playing back the recording.

A man’s voice, speaking in Runyoro (the local language in Hoima where Susan’s dad has a farm for which she worked), can be heard giving directions of where to find her body:

“You go to Namasuba… come to Bata Bata, branch off …,” the voice says.

Police refused to say who this person was talking to when the recording was made. Byakagaba is leading investigations. He said the police has placed a Shs 100 million bounty for anyone with information leading to the identity or capture of the killers.

The bounty sum is unprecedented, five times higher than the Shs 20 million placed for information leading to the capture of whoever assassinated the flamboyant AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his bodyguard and driver last year.

When asked why this huge sum in relation to the Kaweesi offer, Byakagaba said: “That time was that time, this time we have offered Shs 100m and that is it. I beg that we stick to the efforts to get these terrorists who carried out this murder.”

Several times, Byakagaba avoided answering follow-up questions. He neither confirmed nor denied talk that the family had paid Susan’s tormentors half of the alleged $1 million ransom they had demanded.

Byakagaba had a similar response to one claim that the police may have advised the family against paying the ransom.

He rejected reports that the family declined to involve police in the matter, saying that they have been involved since February 7 when Susan’s disappearance was reported at Old Kampala police stations.

As the hunt for the perpetrators of this most callous, though growing menace, of kidnap-for-ransom proceeds, the police released toll-free lines yesterday through which information can be passed: 0800 199 044 and 0800 199 045.

The 28-year-old Susan Magara was kidnapped three weeks ago. She had been working as a cashier with Bwendero Dairy Farm Hoima at its Kabakanjagala procurement office in Kampala. The farm belongs to her father, John Magara.

She was snatched not very far away from her Lungujja home in Lubaga division where her car, together with hand bag and cellphone, were recovered.

Some relatives have been quoted saying that they were still trying to raise the ransom money by the time the chilling news trickled in that her life had been so cruelly and violently ended by this faceless terror.

The murder of Susan will show just how tightly the country is in the grip of a silent but vicious criminal element. Kidnaps, disappearances and unexplained killings, some of which police theorists attribute to crimes of passion, are on the rise.

At the same time, there has been a spate of politically-motivated kidnaps like the astonishing cases involving New Vision journalist Charles Etukuri, and the freelance radio correspondent Reverend Isaac Bakka who were grabbed by suspected state security forces.

Etukuri was snatched by men dressed in military uniform right outside the New Vision head office in Kampala at lunch time and bundled off. He was held in a safe house for about a week before being released without charge.

Bakka simply vanished and was neither seen nor heard from for over two months. One can only imagine the consternation of his family and friends when the reverend’s whereabouts recently became apparent upon his being quietly slipped before a magistrate, charged with treason and remanded to Luzira Maximum Security prison

In January, Francis Ekalungar, an accountant at Case hospital, was kidnapped, tortured to death and his body burnt beyond recognition.

A number of suspects have been charged with the Ekalungar crime. Among them is one Huzairu Kyewalabye, brother to Abdallah Kitatta, the patron of the notorious Boda Boda 2010 gang, at whose home the deceased’s car was found.

Kitatta was charged in the General Court Martial with six counts of possession of military equipment. According to police records, 24 cases of kidnap were reported last year. Of these, one person was discovered dead, police rescued 15 alive while eight of those reported missing are yet to be recovered either dead or alive.


+1#1 Ugthinker 2018-02-28 12:49
I won’t be surprised if KAIHURA blames the deceased! It’s everyone else to blame apart from the police!

The police is hellbent on regime survival as citizens are decimated by all sorts of criminality.

UGANDANS MUST BE VERY WORRIED. We either say no to this unending Museveni anarchy, or bury our dear ones day in, dayout.Quote | Report to administrator

+1#2 Wooden K. 2018-02-28 13:24
Hello Uganda , here we go again !!!!

Another murder ? No news there really.

The only news for me is that NRM has 317 NEW HISTORICALS

As Susan Magara faced her brutal death , them so called LEADERS were feasting and dancing in Kiboga. Some of them are CATHOLICS who ignored the time of LENT and shook their bellies like follow fat monkeys

To hell with this shithole !!!

Nobody cares anymore . In a matter of days , someone will show up to collect those 100 million , fake arrests will be staged and Suzan Magara will be forgotten like Akena .

If God exists , HE must send us a mad man who can shake up this hell a little bit.Quote | Report to administrator

0#3 Ugthinker 2018-02-28 13:37
My only worry in this is why if it was Atim, Namaganda, Eperu etc, the Police, the army doesn’t come out so blowing you! Is Uganda now reduced just to the Magaras?

That’s the biggest mistake of the Musevenis regime and its apologists. What they forget is, when systems break down, everything and everyone gets affected.

That’s why we advocate for a uganda that works for everyone, foreigners inclusive.Quote | Report to administrator

0#4 David Kayumba 2018-02-28 13:46
It is time that ugandans should take stock of their decisions which have facilitated the continued ecistance of a failed state in Uganda.

Corruption in high places facilitates corruption.

No end in sight of murders in Uganda. You saw to the wind you reap a whirlwind.Quote | Report to administrator

0#5 Odongkara 2018-02-28 14:01
With this level of insecurity gripping the whole country the NRM government still has the guts to celebrate the callous removal of the age limit bill in the constitution and award themselves the "eternal" status in power.

The blood of all these victims is crying out and those with the power in their hands will be accountable come the day of reckoning.

To the Magara family be assured the whole country is mourning with you, Susan was for all Ugandans.Quote | Report to administrator

0#6 Odongkara 2018-02-28 14:54
Is there nobody to be held accountable for all the insecurity in the country?

Why is it difficult to interdict the IGP who has failed to protect Ugandans and their properties?

How many more souls be taken before anything is done? Or is Uganda ruled by foreigners?Quote | Report to administrator

0#7 ejakait engoraton 2018-02-28 15:08
VERY sad for the death of this lady.Can not imagine what the family went through during the time their daughter was missing , living in despair but holding onto faint hope.

Only for her to turn up dead. The perpetrators of this crime should be arrested and brought to book.

This is the wish , not only of the MAGARA family, but all who have lost their loved ones. IT is therefore some form of injustice that this murder is being treated as a special case( which it certainly is to the MAGARAS}.

FOR all the women who were killed, for EKALUNGAR and other countless people, how come that the police, which has no money to finance some of its most basic of operations, now has 100m.

IS it money from the parents, because there is no harm and not a crime for a family to offer such a prize in such a case.

IN addition to our police force being accused of having most officers from one region, now you have money being offered because, people will assume, of the region the victim comes from.

Today in History - February 28

Today in History - February 28

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TANZANIA: Diamond Trust Bank to issue loans in 5 days

Dar es Salaam (The Citizen) — Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) Tanzania plans to issue credit to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) within five days as it launches a new promotional campaign.

A maximum of Sh500 million will be issued to an eligible applicant through DTB's "Chakarika 2 Campaign", according to bank's chief executive officer Viju Cherian.

The aim, he said, would be to promote the bank's current account services to SMEs, especially those that were currently using the savings account for business transactions.

"Since our bank's core business is lending, especially to SMEs, a maximum of Sh500 million will be issued to an SME within 5 days of request as long as they meet all the necessary conditions," said Mr Cherian.

The campaign will be conducted for two months from March 1 across the bank's 28 branches in the country.

"Customers who open business accounts during the two months of Chakarika 2 Campaign will automatically win point of entry gifts and will also receive invitations to SMEs workshop within their localities," said Mr Cherian.

Chakarika 1 Campaign took place last year, with the same aim of offering current accounts at competitive rates, including opening balance of only Sh50,000 with the a monthly ledger fee of just Sh12,000.

According to DTB's Products and Marketing head Sylvester Bahati, the bank plans to open two new branches by the end of this year of which one will be in Singida Region and another in Bukoba District, Kagera Region by the end of this year.