Sunday, September 30, 2018

KENYA: Prince William visits British troops in Kenya, trains with them - PHOTOS

NNANYUKI, Kenya(Reuters) - Prince William visited British troops in Kenya on Sunday, participating in a training exercise north of the capital Nairobi.

The second in the line to the throne - who served in the British military from 2006-2013 ending his career as a Royal Air Force rescue helicopter pilot - visited in combat fatigues in his role as Colonel General of the Irish Guards, a British Army infantry unit.

He joined more than 100 soldiers in the bush for military drills.

“For us today is really about an Irish guards officer visiting the Irish guards in his capacity as colonel of the regiment. He’s always welcome and its lovely when he comes to see us,” said Lt. Col Jonathan Palmer, commander of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, stationed in Nanyuki, some 200 km from Nairobi.

William also met Kenyan military officials, local politicians and ranchers. He visited a school where he was greeted by dancing schoolchildren and played soccer with pupils.

Kenya is the last stop of a tour of Africa for William, which also included visits to Tanzania and Namibia.

TRUMP: Kavanaugh case unfolds as DeVos readies sexual assault rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — Choking back tears, she testified that he sexually assaulted her. Defensive and angry and choking back tears, he swore that he did not.

The dramatic Senate testimony last week by Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh came as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos considers new guidelines that could drastically change the way allegations of sexual violence are investigated on college campuses.

Brett Sokolow, a lawyer who heads an association of sexual harassment investigators on campuses, said his colleagues closely watched the hearing and may use it for future trainings.

“If this was a student, would I believe them, would I not?” Sokolow said. “Who comes out being credible?”

DeVos has argued that the policy put in place under President Barack Obama is skewed against the accused. She is expected to issue new rules in the near future.

At stake is whether schools should require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints and whether both parties should have access to that evidence. Also under review is the use of mediators and the possibility of the accuser and the accused cross-examining each other.

DeVos’ new guidelines are expected to address whether schools should have to investigate as soon as they are aware of alleged misconduct or only after a student files a formal complaint.

Many victims of sexual violence never take that step. Ford didn’t, and only acted decades later when she learned that Kavanaugh was on a short list for the Supreme Court.

Advocates point to the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal at Michigan State University and say that victims are shocked and unwilling to relive their traumatic experience. They say it should be the school’s responsibility to investigate.

“It is the debate that we are having about how to handle these allegations on high school and college campuses,” said Mike Petrilli, president of the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

A Senate vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination was delayed for a week so the FBI could investigate after GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a pivotal vote, called for further investigation. A few hours earlier on Friday, Flake had said he would support Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge.

Ford, a California psychology professor, has accused Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed while he was intoxicated, trying to remove her clothes and placing a hand over her mouth as she tried to yell for help. Ford says the incident took place more than 35 years ago when they both were in high school.

Kavanaugh adamantly denies the accusations and says he has never sexually attacked any one. He accuses Democratic senators of seeking to derail his nomination at all costs.

The Department of Education declined to comment Friday about DeVos’ plans for revising the sexual assault rules. But when issuing temporary guidance last year, DeVos said she was looking for a more balanced approach.

“Every survivor of sexual misconduct must be taken seriously. Every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined,” she said in September 2017. “These are non-negotiable principles.”

Sejal Singh with the advocacy group Know Your IX, which refers to a federal anti-discrimination law, said the Senate testimony should compel DeVos to boost protections for the victims of sexual harassment, not the perpetrators.

“Betsy DeVos should consider how to interrupt sexual violence when the people who commit it are in school and before they are nominated to the Supreme court,” Singh said.

But Petrilli predicted that DeVos will now see more reason to roll back the Obama guidance and bolster the rights of the accused.

In conservative circles, “the sympathy right now is very strong with the concern that some men are wrongly accused,” Petrilli said. “This is an administration that cares about its base.”

A student may choose whether to report an assault to police or to have it investigated by a university under Title IX. Some students choose not to report attacks in part because police and the courts require higher standards of evidence. Students also may feel more comfortable dealing with university investigators than with police following a trauma.

Petrilli said the Senate hearing demonstrated that universities, like Congress, are ill equipped to handle such cases.

“If people were faulted, that should be handled by the justice system rather than asking universities to create some shadow system themselves,” he said.

Cynthia Garett, who heads Families Advocating for Campus Equality, said one false accusation can ruin a student’s life. She said many of the accused students she represents experienced traumatic flashbacks when they watched Kavanaugh testify. Garett said she supports DeVos’ plan to give a greater voice to the accused.

“It is no longer going to be easy to find someone guilty,” Garett said. “But justice has never been easy and it shouldn’t be easy to ruin someone’s life.”

But Noreen Farrell, director of Equal Rights Advocates, said the Kavanaugh hearing demonstrated what happens when the rights of sexual assault victims are ignored.

“It is a particularly dangerous moment to be a young woman trying to be educated and heard,” she said.

COLUMBIA: Scores of social activists being killed

Screenshot of the video “No están solos” (You're not alone) with images of the protests in Colombia in defense of social activists. Video and images shared by Contagio Radio, a Colombian local independent radio station devoted to human rights.

GLOBAL VOICES - Colombia, one of the most dangerous nations for human rights activists, has attempted to halt its 50-year armed conflict through a complex peace process that began in 2012. As this peace process falters, social activists including local community leaders, land defenders, gender and sexuality rights protectors, teachers and journalists are being targeted and killed at an alarming rate, and the numbers continue to rise.

Recently-elected president Ivan Duque’s government is slow to respond to these killings and sometimes denies the systematic nature of the violence, making it difficult to track and monitor these cases.

In a special report by the newspaper El Tiempo, a map of the killings reveals vulnerable areas where the armed conflict has been most active. The non-governmental organization Indepaz (“Institute of Peace and Development”) calculates that in 2018 alone, around 124 social activists have been killed, and approximately 300 social activists have been killed since the peace agreements began in 2012.
No land, no peace

Colombia’s deeply-rooted land rights conflict stems from the country's extremely unequal land distribution. The evolving and ongoing violence is the direct result of complications from poorly implemented peace agreements that were partly designed to protect land rights.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the main rebel group, has agreed to demobilize and surrender arms, but this has left a power vacuum in which some members who abandoned FARC still remain active in the conflict. Perhaps some are motivated by economic interests while others refuse to accept the uncertainties of civilian life. In fact, a number of ex-FARC members have been targeted and killed as they try to reintegrate into society. Other illegal armed groups, notably the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC), are attempting to gain territorial control in the regions that were FARC strongholds.

Some civil society groups are certain that corporate entities may be behind the attacks, not just illegal armed groups. President Duque’s plans to further develop an extractive economy leaves social activists fearing for their safety as larger international corporations take a vested interest in contested lands.

In December 2017, leaders from Bajo Atrato, a northern Colombian region hardest hit by the violence, visited Congress with their faces covered with white masks after two of their leaders were killed while defending their land from palm oil and banana farming investors:

We're the families of the leaders who have been killed in the region. We've all been threatened with death as a strategy put together by corporations that have already been charged by different legal institutions and business people who have already been denounced. How much longer [will this go on] and how many more [will die]?
“It's all happening before our eyes…”

La Pulla, an opinion-focused Youtube channel, produced “I've just heard about it” (Me acabo de enterar) to explain the context of these killings using some characteristically dark humor. They describe the murdered social activists as people who “demanded a few basic little things: land to farm, schools, medical centers, potable water, roads…Oh! And peace…”

The presenter continues:
These people are the thorn in the flesh for the armed groups’ interests: the control of the land, illegal mining and drug trafficking routes. These have a lot of consequences; when they kill a social activist they're killing the possibilities of change in that community, because the projects that this person was in charge of are abandoned and people are scared to continue. Often times people leave town, in fear of having the same fate, or because they've been threatened already. The message is well understood. That way, any opposition is eliminated and everything remains untouched. The ones who are screwed, are even more screwed, and the warlords remain the owners of everything. All of this is happening before our eyes, while the government comes up with just band-aid solutions and even dare to suggest that some of the victims are criminals.

Father Alberto Franco, from the Inter-Church Commission of Peace and Justice (Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz), also worries about these new uncertainties, saying that President Duque:

represents a group that has historically opposed peace processes, land restitution and the modernization of Colombian democracy.

In July 2018, thousands of Colombian citizens took to the streets to show solidarity with social activists and human rights defenders, recognizing the need to protest loudly against extrajudicial killings.

Most of their activities, petitions, documentaries, and news can be followed through #NosEstánMatando (#They'reKillingUs) and #NoEstánSolos(“You'reNotAlone), trending hashtags devoted to denouncing the killings and telling the stories of victims to keep their memory and hard work alive.

CANADA: Fall is coming in our province of New Brunswick

I took this picture this evening while telling off a few people on social media to bug off.

It is incomprehensible to know why total strangers attack a person they know nothing about.

You live in a SHITHOLE.  I live in God's country.  We have nothing in common.


Liked on YouTube: Preview of Anthony Bourdain's new episode - Kenya with Kamau Bell

Preview of Anthony Bourdain's new episode - Kenya with Kamau Bell

The Peabody and Emmy® Award winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown will premiere its final episodes beginning on Sunday, September 23, with a tour of Kenya, featuring W. Kamau Bell in an extended episode. Dive into Bourdain's world: Following are the locations and episode descriptions for the new season: Kenya (season 12 premiere: September 23 – special extended episode 9pm-10:15pm ET) Bourdain introduces his fellow CNN Original Series host W. Kamau Bell (United Shades of America) to the distinctive sights, tastes, and sounds of Kenya. It is Bell’s first trip to the African continent, and to a country that holds a personal connection for him. In Nairobi, they talk to locals about the country’s growth and economic challenges, as well as the continual fight for identity and self-definition of Kenyans. Bourdain and Bell also take a Matatu party bus ride, share a meal of goat’s head soup and visit a boxing academy devoted to teaching young women, and promoting female empowerment. Leaving Nairobi the pair travel to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and visit with a Maasai community actively engaged in conservation. Through the eyes of Bourdain and Bell, and their first experiences with this highly dynamic deeply, soulful and beautiful country we ask, what will a future Kenya… for Kenyans…. by Kenyans…look like? Asturias, Spain (September 30) Bourdain travels to the enchanted region of Asturias, Spain with chef and humanitarian Jose Andres, as he makes a return to his homeland. The people of Asturias embody the rugged environment of the region with a hard working ‘do it yourself’ spirit. Bourdain and Andres hike to a remote village in the mountains for traditional fabada, ocean cliffs for gooseneck barnacles, and secret cheese caves in undisclosed locations. Bourdain also enjoys pitu de caleya with local musician Pablo Und Destruktion while he’s served on the last worker’s class movement. And in true Jose Andres form, he saves a special surprise for the end. Indonesia (October 7 ) A shadow puppet performance provides an entry into understanding Indonesia, a country comprised of thousands of islands whose people endured political turmoil, and one in which, Bourdain discovers, food is the great unifier. In this fourth largest country in the world, every area has it’s own unique traditions. In Jakarta, Bourdain eats at a Padang Restaurant where nearly every menu item comes to the table; while in Bali he visits the beach, commenting on yoga before joining in a traditional Balinese Funeral ceremony. Bourdain’s Impact (October 14) This episode explores how Anthony Bourdain’s unique perspective and voice altered the world of food, travel and culture and in the process reinvented how audiences watched television and engaged intimately and actively with the world around them. Far West Texas (October 21) Bourdain travels to the untamed land of Big Bend, Texas near the Mexican border; an area that pits man against nature and in which the land usually wins. Bourdain shares meals with working cowboys who have made peace with the rough terrain, and meets with an anthropologist who decoded prehistoric landmark, the White Shaman wall painting. Behind the Scenes (October 28) Bourdain’s relationship with his crew, the team that traveled with him and slogged through the trenches, was like no other in his life. In this episode the people who made Parts Unknown select moments from their episodes and pull back the curtain, to talk about collaboration, creative freedom, moments when Bourdain had their back or called them out, the times when he was caught off guard or forgot the cameras were even there. Lower East Side (November 11 special extended episode 9pm-10:15pm ET) Bourdain takes a personal journey through this formerly bohemian New York City neighborhood, as he meets, shares meals and reflects with music, film and art trailblazers including Richard Hell, Deborah Harry and Chris Stein, Lydia Lunch, Fab 5 Freddy, Danny Fields, Amos Poe, Jim Jarmusch, Kembra Pfahler, John Lurie, Clayton Patterson and Harley Flanagan, whose collective cultural impact in the 1970’s and ’80’s has sustained through the decades.

KENYA: Anthony Bourdain last episode in Africa - VIDEO

The Kenyan cuisine and history I would have shared with Anthony Bourdain if we met as planned
By Abdi Latif Dahir, September 30, 2018, QUARTZ AFRICA

The world will never hear Anthony Bourdain’s growling, amiable voice ever again. The last show to feature his trademark narration aired in the US last Sunday (Sept. 23) on CNN, where the celebrity chef and storyteller visited Kenya as part of his food and travel program Parts Unknown. The episode was a fitting tribute to the east African nation’s dynamism—and marked the end of an era of the 61-year-old’s journey unpacking and revering eclectic banquets from across the world.

I was supposed to feature in that episode. Earlier this year, a fixer for the show, who also happens to be a friend, reached out to ask if I would meet with the producers in Nairobi. They wanted someone to introduce Bourdain to Somali cuisine and to talk about the long history of repression and discrimination the community has faced in Kenya. Much more than just a food show, Parts Unknown was loved because it was a geopolitical act too, delving into the local art, political and socioeconomic scenes of these destinations.

Goat meat with rice SOMALI SUBLIME
I obliged and met with the producers at a swanky hotel in the Westlands area in the Kenyan capital. There we discussed different types of Somali food, and the various restaurants the legendary host could visit. We also conversed about my liminality as both a Kenyan (by birth) and Somali (by ethnicity and upbringing), and the questions of estrangement and belonging that come with that.
SCREENGRAB FROM CNN TRAILERAnthony Bourdain in Kenya with W Kamau Bell
Kenya and Somalia share a 700-kilometer border (434 miles), yet a chasm of suspicion has separated the two nations for decades. In recent years, the Kenyan governments’ ostracizing of its own ethnic Somali citizens, its maltreatment of tens of thousands of refugees from Somalia residing within its borders, and the deadly terrorist attacks stemming from its army’s invasion of Somalia in 2011 have also worked to widen this level of mistrust.

All was good to go with Bourdain’s team until, a few days afterwards, the producers called to cancel the segment because of timing and scheduling issues. I was disappointed but totally understood. Yet when the news of Bourdain’s death came in June, I felt a particular sadness at not having had the chance to take him around to eat Somali food.
EPA/DANIEL IRUNGUEastleigh is a bustling commercial hub.
“Little Mogadishu”

If we had met, we would definitely have visited Eastleigh, the bustling global commercial hub of Somali entrepreneurship. Known as “Little Mogadishu” after Somalia’s capital, the area is home to dozens of malls that are host to numerous Somali restaurants that feature all-rounded menus. Most likely, we would have hit up Kilimanjaro Food Court (KFC), one of my favorite Somali eateries.

Somali food served across the Horn of Africa draws influences from across the world, fusing culinary traditions from India, Italy, and the Arabian Sea. The diet is, however, high on carbohydrates, low on vegetables and fruits, and given the abundance of livestock, big on meat.
MOHAMED ABDULRAHMAN/QUARTZ Liver served with a crepe
To begin our exploration, I would have suggested Bourdain try sukhaar, tender beef chunks sautéed with onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes, and served with chapati. Another option might have been to start with liver and anjera flatbread. This would be followed by having copious amounts of rice served either with tender and succulent aroosto (baby lamb), dhaylo (baby goat) or camel meat. The meals are always served and eaten with bananas, a sacred rule that if broken could merit serious repercussions.
MOHAMED ABDULRAHMAN/QUARTZ Tender beef chunks “sukhaar” and chapati
This dining session would have ended by drinking a cup—or two or five—of very sweet, milky tea redolent with spices including cardamom or cloves. I would also have suggested he gulp down a glass of camel milk, long a popular practice in the Middle East and Africa and slowly catching on across the world. I would have cautioned that camel milk can make your stomach queasy and lead to some bathroom drama—but again, I suspect his adventurous streakwould have won the day.
MOHAMED ABDULRAHMAN/QUARTZ Camel milk: Drink at your own risk
As a TV ambassador to global eating, Anthony Bourdain would have been happy to know that Somali food in Kenya was helping lessen antagonism towards the community. This is especially true as Somali restaurants like KFC, Al-Yusra, Hamdi, and others open more branches in Nairobi and beyond, inviting more eaters to explore their appetizing meals.

Bourdain taught us how to celebrate the world’s diversity through food. I only wish I took him around to see and taste mine.

SOMALIA: Uganda warns UN on troops cut in Somalia - ONLY BECAUSE REGIME IS BROKE & NEEDS UPDF TO REMAIN IN SOMALIA, you want peace in Somalia, kick out Uganda forces

Dr Ruhakana Rugunda
Uganda warns UN on troops cut in Somalia

Kampala (DAILY MONITOR) - Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda on Thursday warned world leaders gathered for the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York that any reduction of peacekeeping troops in Somalia should match the strengthening of the country’s security forces.

In a speech he delivered on Friday, Dr Rugunda said the security situation in Somalia has improved significantly since African countries deployed troops under the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) 11 years ago.

Strengthening Somali security
But Dr Rugunda warned the UN on its push for gradual reduction in number of Amisom troops and channeling most efforts to strengthening Somali security setup.

“The failure to carefully manage the process could imperil the political and security gains that have been made in Somalia,” he warned.
Uganda, with more than 6,000 troops in Somalia, is the largest contributor to the 10-year-old African Union-led mission.

Contributing countries
Other troop contributing countries include Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi, and Djibouti.
The 15-member UN Security Council, the world body’s most powerful organ, in August 2016 adopted a resolution to channel most efforts to strengthening the Somali National Army as a long-term objective.

Dr Rugunda said currently 80 per cent of the once Al-shabaab dominated territory has been liberated and both the Somali government and foreign missions which used to operate from outside countries are now based in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, which gains should be strengthened.
He cited Somalia as the ideal example of collaboration between the UN and African Union on African problems.

“In Africa, the evidence has been that where the cooperation has happened the results have been positive,” he said.

This year’s UNGA, which ends tomorrow, centred on global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies.

BUSINESS: New Tesla chair must rein in CEO Musk at key moment

WASHINGTON (AP) — It won’t be an easy job.

Whoever becomes the new chairman of Tesla Motors will face the formidable task of reining in Elon Musk, the charismatic, visionary chief executive with an impulsive streak, while also helping Musk achieve his dream of turning Tesla into a profitable, mass-market producer of environmental-friendly electric cars.

Musk is giving up the chairman’s role under a settlement announced Saturday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Besides a new chairman, Tesla was also ordered to appoint two new, independent members to its board. A more assertive board could provide the kind of tighter oversight that many legal experts, and Tesla investors, say is overdue for a company of Tesla’s market value.

The settlement stemmed from a lawsuit the SEC filed charging Musk with misleading investors in August with a tweet that said he had “funding secured” for taking the company private.

Yet a more forceful board, coupled with a domineering CEO like Musk, could create conflicts at a risky time for the company. Company founders such as Apple’s Steve Jobs and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey have been forced out by strong boards of directors, though both eventually returned to their companies. Musk did not found Tesla but provided early financing.

Even with the settlement, Tesla faces a daunting array of challenges.

The Justice Department has opened its own investigation into Musk’s Aug. 7 tweet, in which he said he would take the company private at $420 a share. The SEC’s lawsuit charged that the tweet, which caused Tesla’s shares to jump, was misleading because he did not actually have the funding lined up for such a move.

Tesla is also under heavy pressure to turn a profit because it is burning through $1 billion in cash every three months and, as of the end of June, had just $2.2 billion in the bank.

Musk has said the company needs to produce 7,000 cars a week to make money, a target he aimed to reach in the July-September quarter. The company is likely to report production numbers this week and financial results from that quarter in early November.

Wikipedia article of the day for October 1, 2018

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 1, 2018 is Duncan Edwards.
Duncan Edwards (1 October 1936 – 21 February 1958) was an English footballer who played for Manchester United and the England national team. He played 151 matches as one of the Busby Babes, the young United team formed under manager Matt Busby in the mid-1950s. Born in Woodside, Dudley, Worcestershire, Edwards signed for Manchester United as a teenager and went on to become the youngest player to play in the Football League First Division. As the youngest England player since the Second World War, he played 18 times for his country at top level. In a professional career of less than five years he helped United win two Football League championships and two FA Charity Shields, and reached the semi-finals of the European Cup. He was one of eight United players who died as a result of the Munich air disaster; he survived initially but succumbed to his injuries in hospital two weeks later.

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There was a fire incident at Toyota Uganda on First Street Industrial Area. Police said its Fire Brigade did a splendid job in managing the situation.

The damage was limited to one vehicle in the show room. The cause of the fire in the Toyota showroom, next to the MTN Uganda warehouse, is still being investigated.


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UGANDA: Phaneroo Ministries issues statement on fake pastor preaching against #PeoplePower - @Phanerookampala

MLN - students of theology and current religion know for a fact that no religious organisation which has never fought for justice is placed to condemn those who fight.

In Philip Yancey's book "What is so Amazing about Grace", Yancey talks about when he ran into a single mother who was also a prostitute and had kids.  He asked her "but why do you not go to church?". She replied "church! That would be the last place.  They judge you from the minute you walk in".

Now you wonder why many stay away from church.

Many years ago when Mother Theresa was in the slums of Calcutta, she hosted Ghandi.  Ghandi was passionate about Jesus.  Mother Theresa asked him "if you love Jesus that much, why do you not convert to Christianity?"

Ghandi's reply is something all of us Christians must remember. He said "If Christians lived as Jesus taught, there would be no need for any other religion".

Truth is that Christians judge harshly.  They condemn you before they even know what journey you are on.  In fact, Christianity has been dying because of how harshly we judge people. A religious sect which is littered with murder, persecutions, martyrs, injustice and for Uganda, the Christians accept money from the regime and never speak up against injustice (read up on North Uganda insurgency, #Kasese Massacre, etc.) They never say a word.

"Christians" are the reason why Christians is dying. PRETENTIOUS HYPOCRITES.

Then here comes one of your so-called pastors preaching hell and fire because he knows well that when #PeoplePower takes down the Museveni regime, he will no longer get money, cars and security.

Worse, how his congregation believe that Jesus died and made Apostle Grace Lubega the Preacher is scary.  Your apology is too little too late.  We will now work on educating and informing your congregation to know that you are just a mafia waiting for money to speak against any change we propose for Uganda.  AND you will be judged in hell too.  We will be on the shores of the great beaches of the Lakes of Uganda looking at you all trying to attract followers!

If your apology was sincere, you would boot Apostle Grace Lubega from your ministries yesterday.


We take this opportunity to write to those we owe an accountability to and those who seek to know the truth pertaining the recent and ongoing attacks, and false accusations on Phaneroo ministries and the person of Apostle Grace Lubega.

The public has been given the impression that the ministry is fighting some political individuals and siding with others.

 As a ministry, we owe it to the moral conscience of our nation to clarify on this matter for the purpose of setting the record straight because this deliberate attack is terribly contrary to our convictions, integrity, moral code, ethics and values.

On 6th September 2018 Apostle Grace Lubega, in a Phaneroo sermon on the critical issue of inheritance and the birth right addressed believers on their responsibility to not only pray for their nation but also take up critical offices for the noble purpose of Godly leadership.

It was spoken in a spirit of love, and humility without necessarily finding fault with one or blaming another.

However, like all information, there is no control of what one could make it say or imply, and for such we find ourselves in circumstances of being misunderstood.

In making this statement, we are cognisant of the sensitivity of the issues at hand, the volatile political atmosphere of our nation and the strong undercurrents that are driving the issues in contention.

We deeply respect the inherent human right of freedom of speech of all peoples and that the same ought to be exercised with wisdom, responsibility and a sense of accountability to the conscience of the wider society in which we live.

And thus we state these facts.

1. A video clip of the service was created out of context by propagandists and posted on social media. This short video clip was not prepared or sent by Phaneroo ministries, and neither exists on any of our media platforms.

This was done by some unknown individuals, who for their personal motives intentionally cut out of a full sermon, what worked for their benefit.

The clip has been used to provoke harsh sentiments, propagate misunderstandings and discredit some political individuals and thus the ministry and its Vision Bearer.

2. Secondly, we wish to pronounce that as a ministry we are non-partisan and have no political agenda or interest. We are neither for the present establishment nor for any anti-establishment— we are for and of God.

We do not condone violence, and the shedding of innocent blood to achieve political objectives. Neither do we judge any man for we are not God, and if this was the impression given, we choose to turn the right cheek and apologise for that.

Our gospel is of peace, love, forgiveness and reconciliation.

3. The message was not in any way meant as an attack on any specific individual as was implied, it sought to emphasise the fact that the heart of any leader who pursues any office should seek divine wisdom and purpose, not just ride on emotions.      

Getting emotional happens to all men whether for or against any idea, but at the end of the day we hope beyond pain and find answers. Hence, the call by the man of God, for Christians to pray for this land.

We do not in any way undermine the sentiments of those that believe that our nation deserves positive progress, but we are also aware that this can only be by the hand of God.

It is this very deep sense of responsibility that informs the context of the sermon from which the video clip was extracted.

The message of this particular sermon was on the principles by which one builds a legacy; the importance of what you live IN your children over what you live FOR your children (Proverbs 13:22); the infallible truth that Christ, who is called the First Born is our standard and that by Him, Christians have been made partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light (Colossians 1:12).

Ultimately, the very gist of it is that the true and sincere Christian believer has a greater advantage if elevated to any position of responsibility because of God’s grace at work in them.

It is from this very context that Apostle Grace Lubega strongly emphasised the need for any leader to have a genuine personal relationship with God.

Like he vehemently pronounced, “God give us Godly leaders in this nation, Men and women who fear your name. Men and women who bow to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. People who understand their responsibility.”

In a world vying for liberalisations that water down the fundamentals of authentic Christian belief and the principles by which stable cultures ought to exist, it is important that the Church of Christ pledge to prayer, truth and love. History should never judge us for silence in the times when we had the choice to speak, only God will judge our hearts and know we were not against men and that we loved our country.

We commit to continue to preach truth with the great mandate of drawing the lost to Christ with God as our aide and guide.

We choose to forgive those that were quick to judge without asking the right questions, and those who used our ministry to further their personal objectives.

We continue to pray for our land and believe for Godly wisdom and direction.

Our future is in God’s hand and with His mercy, this nation shall soar towards greatness.

God bless Uganda.

Phaneroo Public Relations Office

UGANDA: NTVUganda has added PWJK: How do you choose from the many family planning methods? video

PWJK: How do you choose from the many family planning methods?

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UGANDA: NTVUganda has added NTV PANORAMA: We analyse the genesis and possible solutions to the Apaa land conflict video

NTV PANORAMA: We analyse the genesis and possible solutions to the Apaa land conflict

A border row in the drab village of Apaa has spawned hostilities between two communities that previously lived in harmony. The Acholi and Madi communities have been wrangling over this strip of land, which lies between Amuru and Adjumani districts. With a conflict peppered with tribal overtones, there are fears that without a peaceful solution, Apaa could slide back into chaos. Gillian Nantume filed this report for Panorama. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit Follow us on Twitter Like our Facebook page

UGANDA: NTVUganda has added SUPA JACK POT SHOW 7 video


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EBOLA: Uganda needs to do what Nigeria did when the biggest ebola outbreak hit West Africa

If memory serves me right, the last outbreak killed over 10,000 in West Africa.

It is interesting that only 3 people died in Nigeria. The Chief Medical Officer who was caring for the diplomat who had flown in for an ECOWAS conference.  She refused for anyone to care for that man.

Later, she got sick.  She died. May the angels surround her.

Then there was a nurse who cared for the Chief Medical Officer.  She died.

In such a big epidemic, a country as large as Nigeria had only 3 deaths.

Some of you will remember that around 14,000 medical interns were on strike when Ebola surfaced in Nigeria.  Yet, not the massive deaths.

One of my friends from Nigeria who is a virologist taught me something.  She kept posting information.

Nigeria had hand washing stations all over the place. Uganda needs to consider this.

Dr. Asojo something like "do not shake hands. Bow your head to greet people". I thought it was silly but  to this day, I do not shake hands when I have a cold or flu.

Toyin (Dr. Asojo) then opened up her Facebook posts to be public. She kept sharing everything about Ebola public.

Uganda and DRC have had past epidemics of Ebola which killed many.  We are now more knowledgeable but our medical systems are terribly broken.  To help a patient with Ebola to survive, you need excellent medical facilities.  Uganda has none. In fact, all Big people fly abroad for health care.

We need to look at containing and prevention.  Wash your hands a lot with soap and water.

Two weeks ago, some 10 buses brought Congolese from Kivu and Ituri to Uganda. Yesterday, we have 3 cases of suspected Ebola in Bundibugyo. Since we move back and forth to DRC and Uganda, we might have Ebola on our hands.

WHO issued a warning that the possibility of Ebola coming into Uganda is very high. Are you smarter than WHO?  This is a disease which can decimate entire communities. WASH YOUR HANDS.  Read about it daily. Keep your community safe. Wash your hands. All countries which border with DRC need to be careful.

Know the symptoms. Contact your nearest health centre.

ps: Ebola medication was invented in Canada - FYI

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MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Local riders battle foreign competition

A guest rider has upset Uganda defending champion Maxim Van Pee in round six of the 85cc category motocross championships held early today in Busika. Van Pee, lost to American national Preston Boespflug. However, Van Pee finished ahead of Fortune Ssentamu and Malcom Lubega. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit Follow us on Twitter Like our Facebook page

UGANDA: NTVUganda has added Toyota showroom gutted by fire video

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UGANDA: NTVUganda has added EAC countries losing billions importing basic foods video

EAC countries losing billions importing basic foods

East African Community member states lose close to two billion US dollars (approximately 7.6 trillion Uganda shillings) through importing food stuffs like Wheat, Rice and Maize into the region. According to Mathias Kasamba, Uganda’s representative to the East African Legislative Assembly, who is also chairman of the agricultural committee, the region has the capacity to apply import substitution strategies that can reverse this trend of cash outflows and begin growing Wheat, Rice and Maize. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit Follow us on Twitter Like our Facebook page

UGANDA: NTVUganda has added NTV PANORAMA: We analyse the genesis and possible solutions to the Apaa land conflict video

NTV PANORAMA: We analyse the genesis and possible solutions to the Apaa land conflict

A border row in the drab village of Apaa has spawned hostilities between two communities that previously lived in harmony. The Acholi and Madi communities have been wrangling over this strip of land, which lies between Amuru and Adjumani districts. With a conflict peppered with tribal overtones, there are fears that without a peaceful solution, Apaa could slide back into chaos. Gillian Nantume filed this report for Panorama. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit Follow us on Twitter Like our Facebook page

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UGANDA: Stella Nyanzi, PhD is a power to reckon with

I have never really liked Stella much.  She uses words like "F this", "are you stupid?" "are you an idiot?" Nebilala.  Words I have never used in my entire life and those words infuriate people.

This woman has the nerve to get under your skin. You will hate her until you read what she writes. Then you will fall in love with her.

Next thing you know, she will be calling Dictator Museveni a pair of buttocks.  Now you are wondering "did she really mean that?"

It then goes down hill.  She soon calls The First Lady an Airhead. is this possible.

Be very careful with women who read.  They hold nothing back from attacking hypocrisy, idiocy and impunity.

Her challenges and fights are global.  This Stella Nyanzi, PhD fights for truth.  Love her or hate her but she is always right.

If Uganda had 1000 Stellas, this regime would be down and gone in like FOREVER!

We are working for the future of Uganda and we do not accept MEDIOCRITY.  Hallelujah!

Today was a bad day. This dumb fuck moronic idiot fake pastor attacked Bobi Wine. I was like "fuck you idiot!" Everyone that Bosco funds those pentecostal things.  So on your Statehouse money from Museveni, you will come here preaching to us about hell and fire!  May that fire burn you for talking like eyasomeera my kyalo.  We have an eye on you and even St, Peter will turn you away at the Gate!


UGANDA: NTVUganda has added Former NRM defender criticizes Museveni’s leadership video

Former NRM defender criticizes Museveni’s leadership

Former Resident City Commissioner of Kampala Aisha Kabanda has criticized her former boss, President Yoweri Museveni, saying he has lost touch with the people he leads. In an exclusive interview with NTV, Kabanda says the government is becoming unpopular because it is no longer mindful of the needs of the people. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit Follow us on Twitter Like our Facebook page

UGANDA: NTVUganda has added HEALTH FOCUS: Dealing with the rise in Cardio-Vascular diseases video

HEALTH FOCUS: Dealing with the rise in Cardio-Vascular diseases

Nine out of every 10 Ugandans suffer heart attacks, stroke or chest pains due to heart diseases. Studies show that the majority of these are women aged between 50 to 69. Uganda, also has a high burden of heart diseases amongst children. In fact, sixteen thousand babies are born with heart complications and eight thousand of these require an operation. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit Follow us on Twitter Like our Facebook page

UGANDA: NTVUganda has added President vows to fire officials who frustrate investors video

President vows to fire officials who frustrate investors

President Yoweri Museveni has restated his resolve to fire corrupt government officials who delay investment projects that would benefit Ugandans. The visibly irritated president made these remarks while commissioning a ceramic-making factory in Nakaseke District. The factory, known as Goodwill factory, is expected to create 2,000 jobs. #NTVNews Subscribe to Our Channel For more news visit Follow us on Twitter Like our Facebook page

UGANDA: Behind Museveni's hypocrisy on killings in National Parks


"I got annoyed to hear that park officials killed four people. Those who go for poachers, you are doing wrong. A thief is not supposed to be killed, rather is supposed to be arrested and imprisoned. That is how NRM works,”

The four people from Kicwamba and Magambo Sub-counties had gone to Queen Elizabeth National Park on June 25 to poach animals before they were reportedly shot dead by game rangers.
Their relatives disclosed that their loved ones had gone to the park to inspect their traps. Other reports indicate that the four people were shot as they skinned a buffalo.

In 2014, Museveni directed the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and Game Rangers to shoot on sight any armed poacher found in game parks. He issued the decree in Kidepo National Park during the ceremony to mark 50 years of that park. At the time, his army had taken over security in the national parks and since then incidents of arbitrary killing of poachers and other wildlife related crime have been on the rise to correspond with the army's doubled presence.

However, Museveni's hypocritical condemnation was as usual meant to hoodwink the aggrieved locals but more so to counter his Chief Justice's condemnation of the same matter when he publicly addressed the locals on 30th August 2018 thus;
“I fought poaching when I was still the Member of Parliament up to now people from here still go to hunt in the national park; it is against the law to go and poach.” He said. “But to arrest someone and even kill them that is totally unacceptable.”
Chief Justice Katurebe hails from the same area.

Otherwise, Museveni's 2014 decree still stands because for him its not about community conservation where local communities have a stake in national parks or promotion of the tourism sector but his regime security. He fears that some Ugandans may opt to take up arms and establish bases in the park to fight his military dictatorship. During his Bush War, Semuliki and Rwenzori National Parks were the training bases for his guerrilla army.

His approach is not driven by the dominant perceptions of poaching and wildlife trafficking as threats to human security, as drivers of conflict, as funders of terrorism and as revenue streams for organised crime. He is not looking to respond to the global threat posed not only to endangered species, but also to the security and well being of human beings. On the contrary, it is his security officers who have been facilitating direct theft of ivory from government strongrooms, aiding of wildlife and products trafficking, armed robbery, theft and physical harm on foreign tourists. Let alone the mismanagement of public security hence undermining the tourism sector.

If his security officers can maim and shoot Ugandans on camera in the middle of the capital, Kampala, what would you expect if you come face to face with them inside the park!!!

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UGANDA: Stella says Apostle Pastor Grace Lubega of Phaneroo Ministries is diabolical! - 100% TRUE

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) - Makerere researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi has lashed out at Apostle Pastor Grace Lubega of Phaneroo Ministries for attacking Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine during service.

According to Nyanzi, Lubega is a ‘diabolical agent of Satan masquerading as a child of God’.

She attacked the man of God after he referred to Bobi Wine as ‘a drug addict’, ‘a ganja man’ who is “not fit to lead Uganda”.

“If you have not changed the ghetto, you are not going to change a nation!” Lubega told Bobi Wine who was not present in the congregation/

He added: “Stop selling your nation, your nation deserves better. Africa will rise through men and women of God. The answer is somewhere but not in you.”

The pastor was accused on social media of performing fake miracles.

Nyanzi lashes out

Last night my lover sent me this video of Pastor Grace Lubega of Phaneroo dissing Bobi Wine at the pulpit. I shuddered with pain and disappointment as I watched many Ugandan believers swallowing wholesale the hateful and highly judgemental message. For a moment, I regretted belonging to the church in Uganda. I was ashamed by the levels of dogma in church today. I felt sorry for the manifest ignorance.

I took time to transcribe the sermon. As I wrote down this hateful gossip's message, I unpacked the many erroneous assumptions. Pastor Grace Lubega must be a diaolical agent of Satan masquerading as a child of God! Ushindwe Sheitwani wewe, ushindwe!

Firstly, the pastor refers to Bobi as 'a drug addict', 'a ganja man', 'a fellow of side B', 'a man with a side B', and 'a man whose God is weed'. These names allude to Bobi being hooked onto drugs, smoking weed, having anal sex, and being either homosexual or bisexual. Huh!

Where is the proof that Bobi Wine is addicted to drugs? What drugs? Where is the proof that he is hooked onto ganja? Where is the evidence that Bobi has anal sex? Does he fuck butts or is his butt fucked? Or in fact does Bobi enjoy a bit of both, in addition to fucking vaginas? Did Bobi fuck this pastor's anus or did Pastor Grace Lubega fuck Bobi's anus? Where is the proof that Bobi Wine is a drug-addicted ganja-smoking butt-fucking gay man? Without proof, this Phaneroo pastor is a deluded naysayer abusing the pulpit to mudsling, ridicule, insult, incriminate smear shit and spread hearsay upon an innocent Ugandan leader. What a shame, shame, shame!

Secondly, this Phaneroo Pastor desecrates the Constitution of Uganda. Similar to Museveni and his gang-bangers who raped important articles out of our Constitution, Pastor Grace Lubega makes another fallacious assertion. He says that "Uganda cannot be secular. Africa cannot be secular. Europe cannot be secular..." What a dumbass fucker this ignoramus is!

Article 7 of the Constitution clearly states that "Uganda shall not adopt a state religion." Uganda is a secular country. We have no state religion. This is the supreme law of the land. What sort of criminal is this pastor? Why is he preaching against the supreme law of Uganda? Why is his church spreading crime and criminality from the pulpit? Shouldn't the police be investigating the crimes preached and practised by the pastors and members of this Phaneroo Ministries? Why is this pastor shitting in our constitution? What false teaching is this guy dishing out? What does he smoke in his pipe before pouncing onto that pulpit? Is he a ganja man too?

Thirdly, just like the loose cannon that he is, this pastor erroneously blames Bobi Wine for failing to change the ghetto. He maliciously states, "If you have not changed the ghetto, you are not gonna change a nation!" Is this idiot of a Phaneroo pastor so blind that he cannot see how much Bobi has already changed the ghetto? Bobi carried the ghetto on his youthful shoulders and took it right into the heart of the Parliament of Uganda. Bobi took the ghetto from the margins of society and thrust it center-stage into the pulsing heartbeat of Uganda's politics. Bobi took the ghetto from invisibility and plastered it all over local, regional and global news.

By mobilising throngs upon throngs of ghetto people into a huge chunk of the People Power movement, Bobi Wine invited the ghetto onto the powerful political stage where their masses come in as powerful contenders. Bobi changed the ghetto by empowering its people to reclaim and use their power to grab power back from the militant elitist dictatorship. Bobi changed the ghetto by making it the exemplar, the cool place, the home of powerful political players, the birth place of freedom fighters. We all now think it's cool to be a ghetto person. We all now want to come from the ghetto. We all now dream and desire about getting lovers from the ghetto. Bobi made the ghetto the bestest happening place in UG. What is this foolishly blind Pastor Grace Lubega yapping?

Fourthly, the lying spirits in this pastor are manifest when he makes heavy assertions about Bobi Wine not being a believer. The pastor repeatedly asks the congregation to pray that God raises a believer to lead the nation instead of Uganda. He repeatedly issues his rejection of Bobi Wine on the basis of a doubtable projection that Bobi is a godless non-believer. Sheitwani ashindwe kabisa!

Who said that Bobi Wine is not a believer? Why does this pastor assume that Bobi does not believe in God? When did this shithead of a pastor sit with God to cross-check Bobi's state of godliness or lack thereof. Man looks on the outside but God looks at the heart. Besides, I have witnessed Bobi humbly praying in different church buildings. I have watched him receiving prayers from intercessors of diverse faiths. Why is Judge Grace Lubega unjustly judging Bobi Wine from hearsay and envy?

Fifthly, this pastor inaccurately believes that only holy saints attend the church he preaches in at Lugogo. How foolish! How blase! How naive! How pedestrian a thinker Grace Lubega is. Doesn't he know that the church is full of sick sinners? Doesn't he know that Jesus did not come for perfect saints but for sinners? Doesn't he know that his congregation is full of many weed smoking, drug taking, butt fucking people or else sinners of diverse means?

If this Phaneroo pastor cannot vote for Bobi because of Bobi's assumed sinfulness, then the pastor cannot vote for any other human being. The Bible clearly says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. All have sinned. Look at holier than thou Janet Museveni who masquerades around as the holiest believer in Jesus Christ. How much sin does she drag around? Shall I count her innumerable sins? Look at all the Born Again or religious MPs, ministers, public officers, business people, and armed officers. How deeply scarlet are their sins?

Sixthly, this Pastor repeatedly fakes an apology. Lying about being remorseful for offending his audience, he speaks like a mukopi Muganda woman faking an orgasm. Ensikina mbi ajitutte ku kituuti alowoza tetumulaba bweyesikinyasikinya ku kituuti. Mbu, "I am sorry if I have offended you!"

Of course we are offended and insulted. We are insulted that he takes us for ignorant fools. We are insulted that he clearly does not respect our constitution. We are insulted that he assumes to be holier than both God and the holy scriptures. We are insulted that he chooses to sit in the throne of judgement and just Bobi Wine. We are insulted that he is deeply homophobic. We are insulted that he stigmatises and maligns mentally ill people who are battling with drug addictions. We are insulted that he rejects and criminalises the ghetto simply because it is the ghetto. We are insulted that he refuses to acknowledge the enormous multifarious changes that Bobi Wine has brought to the ghettos of Uganda.

Seventhly, the idiot of a pastor rebukes his congregation for being emotional. What the fuck is this sort of preaching. God created us as emotional beings. It is in our human nature to be emotional about those things we hold dear. Women may be more emotional than men, but all humans are emotional beings. How on Earth can we not be emotional about Uganda our motherland? How can we not be emotional about the political, economic, and social crises in our country resulting from bad leadership? This pastor is absolutely repulsive.

From scripture, it is clear that God often chooses the most unlikely candidates to be the leaders of great nations facing crisis. Bobi may indeed be a 'drug addict', 'ganja man', and a 'man of side B' as accused. God is no respector of persons. If the people of the ghetto chose him for Ghetto President, the people of Magere chose him as Empologoma ye Magere, the people of Kyaddondo East chose him as their Honourable Member of Parliament, and the people of Uganda have faith in him as the leader of the People Power movement, why hate on his anointing to lead? Why preach hatred for a man on a mission from God in consortium with all the good God's and goddesses of Uganda? Pastor Grace Lubega, ushindwe sheitwani wewe!

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KENYA: Some of you will go to hell, get burnt by hottest flames - Ezekiel Mutua

KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua. [Courtesy]
Ezekiel Mutua: Some Kenyans will go to hell, get burnt by hottest flames

STANDARD MEDIA - Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua is a man under fire for remaining unmoved and unshaken about his push for clean content and upholding the moral standards in the country

Mutua, often labelled as ‘moral police’, has reiterated that he had no apologies to make for his firm stand on lesbianism, gay culture and other vices in society

Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua is a man under fire for remaining unmoved and unshaken about his push for clean content and upholding moral standards in the country.

Mutua, often labelled as ‘moral police’, stressed on Saturday, September 30, that he had no apologies to make for his firm stand on lesbianism, gay culture and other vices in society.​

"Someone said: 'The hottest places in hell are reserved for people who, at a time of moral crisis, choose to be neutral.' I refuse to be neutral when the moral fibre of the country is at stake. I have no apologies for my stand. I believe I am doing God's will. I am saving lives," Mutua wrote on Twitter.
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Mutua’s stand did not sit well with Economist David Ndii over his continued watch over the Kenyan moral set up.

Ndii pointed out Mutua’s Christian life guides his decision-making in critical areas on the Kenyan creative industry.
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"Morality is not synonymous with Christianity. Kenya is a secular State and your religion should have no influence on your job. You continue to demonstrate that education was wasted on you," Ndii reacted to the KFCB boss's remarks on Twitter.

Mutua recently banned a movie dubbed Rafiki over content that KFCB deemed as a threat to societal morals.
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The High Court on Friday temporarily lifted the ban imposed by KFCB on Rafiki film to allow it be considered for an award at the Oscars.

The producer of the movie, Wanuri Kahiu, sued KFCB on Tuesday (11/09/18).

Through lawyers Sofia Leteipan and Waikwa Wanyoike, Ms Kahiu argued that the Mutua-led board limited her freedom of expression and adjudged her creativity.

The movie tells a story of two girls who fall in love and struggle to navigate their newfound romance in a society that frowns on same-sex relationships.
Ziki and Kena (centre), the lead actors in Rafiki. [Courtesy]
Rafiki missed out on Oscar nominations on Friday.

The controversial movie had been submitted for an Oscar nomination under the Best Foreign Language Film category.

“At that time it remained banned, therefore presenting a challenge as it failed to meet the Oscar Academy requirements,” a statement read.

However, one Kenyan film, Supa Modo, was selected for the Oscars.

Supa Modo is a film highlighting the challenges faced by a single mother and her family dealing with a terminally ill child.

RWANDA: Kagame bans cartoons, slaps huge fine or 7 years in jail

Rwanda bans cartoons, puts FRW 7m fine or 7 years in jail

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) - On Thursday this week, a law took effect in Rwanda banning the drawing of cartoons targeting government officials.

Article 233 prohibits writings or cartoons that humiliate Members of Parliament, ministers, other government authorities and security agencies “when they are exercising their mandate.”

Insults or defamation against the President of the Republic

Any person who insults or defames the President of the Republic, commits an offence.

Upon conviction, he/she is liable to a term imprisonment of not less than five (5) years and not more than seven (7) years and a fine of more than five million (FRW 5,000,000) Rwandan francs and not more than seven million (FRW 7,000,000) Rwandan francs.

Humiliation of national authorities and persons in charge of public service

Any person who, verbally, by gestures or threats, in writings or cartoons, humiliates a member of Parliament when exercising his/her mandate, a member of the Cabinet, security officers or any other person in charge of a public service in the performance or in connection with the performance of his/her duties, commits an offence.

Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than one (1) year and less than two (2) years and a fine of not less than five hundred thousand Rwandan francs (FRW 500,000) and not more than one million(FRW 1,000,000) Rwandan francs.

UGANDA: Muntu tells BBC: I'll work with Bobi Wine to remove Museveni

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) - General Mugisha Muntu has spoken to Alan Kasujja, host of BBC Newsday about his "New Formation" party.

Muntu used to be President of the Forum of Democratic Change - the main opposition party in Uganda.

He quit days ago and has now unveiled his own political party called the "New Formation".

He said FDC believed opposition cannot take out the regime unless they use civil disobedience but Muntu believed it was necessary to build party structures first.

“We need to concentrate on building capabilities of the party so that we take out the regime in elections in case it survives,” Muntu told Kasujja.

He said FDC leadership and himself could not reconcile on these two positions. so, he decided to form his own party.

“We are working MPs in parliament. They will continue serving as FDC MPs but we are working with them until the law allows them to cross to our party,” he said.

On being credible having served Museveni, Muntu said all people move out and form their own programmes hence the population will decide on who to follow.


“We are collaborating with Bobi Wine, DP and JEEMA. We will build a coalition of political parties,” he said when asked if he was willing to work with the Kyadondo East legislator.

Muntu had earlier described Bobi Wine as an intelligent man saying he would work him to unite all forces against President Museveni.

On whether he will do things differently from other politicians, Muntu said he believes that the only effective method is to go to grassroots and build from the ground.

“We will build the capability as an alternative political force.”

UGANDA: The thriving business of slave trade, human trafficking of Museveni regime

How Ugandan workers in Middle East are cheated

The commissioner of police Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, Mr Moses Binoga, addresses some of the 52 Ugandan females who were suspected to have been smuggled into Kenya with the intention of trafficking them to the Middle East. PHOTO BY BY ALEX ESAGALA

DAILY MONITOR - As unemployment bites in the country, thousands of Ugandans have found their way to the Middle East, where they do odd jobs ranging from being housemaids to porters and watchmen, among others.

It has, therefore, become a lucrative business to set up companies that export this labour.

As of August 6, there were 101 registered companies allowed to export labour to the Middle East, united under their umbrella organisation Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agency (UAREA).

Apart from the registered companies, a number of individuals and unregistered companies also deal in the export of labour the Middle East.

Many of the workers end up in the United Arab Emirates (especially Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Qatar and Oman, although Ms Enid Nambuya, the executive director of UAREA, says Uganda has so far signed bilateral agreements for the export of labour with only Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Companies and individuals continue to smuggle Ugandans, especially those intending to work as housemaids, to destinations where a number of the workers get into trouble because it is lucrative for those who deal in the trade.

On Tuesday, September 25, for instance, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) at Entebbe airport stopped 29 females and one male from flying out to Oman, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Mr Kenneth Otim, the CAA principal public affairs officer, told Sunday Monitor that security at the airport, working with Fly Dubai airline, intercepted the group during the check-in process.

On being interviewed, Mr Otim said, many of the females claimed that they were travelling to meet close relatives working in the Middle East.

“Each of the girls used private means to the airport and they were travelling to the same destination. The racket behind their travel secretly processed passports and visas for their victims, luring them with promises of lucrative jobs in the Middle East,” Mr Otim said.

Ms Norah Amito, the officer-in-charge of criminal investigations at Entebbe Aviation Police, said the females were between the ages of 20 and 30 years, and had been drawn from the districts of Kampala, Wakiso, Jinja, Masaka, Kayunga, Buikwe, Nakaseke, Lwengo, Luwero, Kamuli, Rakai and Isingiro. Some had been sent their e-tickets and visas on WhatsApp and were to go and work as domestic servants.
About two weeks earlier, 52 Ugandan females who were suspected to have been smuggled into Kenya with the intention of trafficking them to Middle East countries were intercepted at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and handed over to the Ugandan authorities.

Manipulating the fees
To understand how labour agencies recruit workers and what they charge, we went undercover through a female we asked to present herself to different agencies as someone looking for an opportunity to work in the Middle East.

From our findings, many agencies overcharge the prospective employees and in some cases make them pay for things they shouldn’t be paying for.
The directorate of labour at the Ministry of Labour, Gender and Social Development, which licenses the agencies, for example, only permits a charge of Shs50,000 as registration fees.

However, some of the agencies our undercover female visited asked for Shs80,000 as registration fees.

At some of the agencies she visited, she was asked to pay Shs5,000 to have a CV that suits the requirements of the placement agency written for her.

Then the prospective employee is required to present a certificate of good conduct from Interpol before she is allowed to travel. The certificate officially costs Shs65,000, but all the agencies we visited charge Shs120,000.

The prospective migrant worker is then required to undergo medical tests, for which different agencies charge differently. The charges range between Shs160,000 and Shs212,500.

However, UAREA says that this is one of the fees that are already catered for by the agency in the Middle East, which are seeking to recruit the worker.

Our undercover female asked at the agencies which tests are required. The agents at the recruitment agencies said that is confidential information.
“You just go to the bank and pay, the doctor will come here and conduct the medical tests,” an employee at an agency in Rubaga on the outskirts of Kampala, said.

However, according to UAREA, the two official destinations Jordan and Saudi Arabia have designated facilities where the tests have to be carried out, one of them being Nakasero Hospital where scans are supposed to be done.

Connected to medical test is the Yellow Fever vaccination card. All the agencies our person visited charge Shs80,000 for it, but the official fee from Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is Shs102,000. When we asked a woman already working in Oman where she got her Yellow Fever vaccination card from, she said: “I paid the money and received the book from the agencies’ office. I didn’t know I had to be injected to get the book (she did not receive the vaccination).”

The intending migrant worker is then required to present citizenship letters, starting from LCI all the way to the district level.
The agencies ask for Shs50,000 to provide the letters, never mind where they come from. One need not present the letters. The money suffices and the agencies come up with the letters.

If one does not have a passport, the agencies our person visited ask for Shs350,000 to help the applicant acquire one. A passport officially costs Shs150,000.

These costs, we established, only apply to those who intend to work as maids. Maids are supposed to get paid between Shs800,000 and Shs850,000 a month when they get to their destinations.

For those who intend to do higher-paying jobs in the Middle East, the costs are significantly higher, although we were unable to get a breakdown.

A cleaner is required to invest at least Shs3.8m to get a job paying between Shs1m to Shs1.2m a month, while a waitress needs to inject in Shs5m to get a job paying Shs1.8 a month.

A cictim’s experience

We spoke to a woman who was taken to work in Oman by a recruiting agency based in Rubaga, Kampala, on a two-year contract but returned home after one year. She said:
“What I expected is not what I found. Maybe it is because I and other girls were just sneaked out of the country. In Oman where I was, Ugandan maids are at the mercy of their employers as there is no Ugandan diplomatic representation. I think they use that understanding to mistreat us. I was in a group of six girls and we went through Kenya. Most, if not all those who go to Oman and Qatar are smuggled out through Kenya.

Leaving Kampala
We left Kampala for Busia in a taxi, from where we used boda boda to enter Kenya through village paths, avoiding the boarder point. In Kenya, there was someone waiting to receive us.

They put us at some place and gave us food. As it was getting dark, we got ready to move but they first briefed us not to sit together or talk to each other. They brought a taxi and we boarded. We went and got other passengers on the way. We reached Nairobi in the early hours of the morning.

In Kenya
We went straight to the airport. At the airport, they seemed to have insiders. Our passports had been taken away from us before crossing into Kenya. At the airport, we were not like any other passengers. We were told to wait not to join the queue of passengers. Although there were other free counters, they waited for a counter manned by a particular person, who signaled and they took our passports to him.

Our passports were not handled in the open like for other passengers. They were checked from under the desk, perhaps to avoid cameras.

In Oman
When we got to Oman airport, someone was again waiting for us and took us to the company offices. Even there, we were not allowed to talk.
We were being rushed out of the car into the building as we were being told to hurry and avoid people seeing us.

From the office, we were picked one by one. I thought the man who picked me would be my boss, but after driving me for about six hours, he handed me over to my boss.

I was taken to a storied house in which lived eight people. The lady of the house was the worst.

She used to beat me and deny me breakfast. I was eating leftovers.
I resorted to stealing the food to eat.

My day would start when they woke up for the morning prayers around 4:30am and it would end at 1am, although most times it ended at 3am.

Desperate for home
Due to the mistreatment, I asked several times to be returned home but they refused. Then one day, I had just gone to bed when I was woken up that I was to be taken home.

I was scared, thinking they wanted to kill me because earlier on, I had had misunderstandings with my female boss because of the mistreatment.
They had my passport and had not paid me for some time. I demanded for my pay before I could leave the house. I was given less than I had worked for.

They said I had not completed the contract and they had to deduct the ticket fee. I was driven to the airport in the clothes I was sleeping in and was not allowed to pack anything.

While I was still in Oman, the agency that took me kept calling my mother, asking for money. They wanted a full month’s salary as their commission, and they kept telling her lies that they checked on me regularly and that I was fine.

Even the day before I returned, they had told her that I had sent her greetings and that I was fine.

But they had never talked to me since I had left. I didn’t go to complain to them when I returned as all they wanted was money.

The companies taking us to work in the Middle East are very deceptive.

The contracts we sign are not implemented. I signed to work for Shs800,000, but I was receiving Shs600,000. When I complained, my boss told me he bought me. I believed him because the agency asks for full size photos, which are sent to Oman for the employers to make a choice of which person they want and then pay for her to go. They consider height, weight and size of the person.
I got no day off or sick leave contrary to what the contract said. Unless you are very sick, they will not take you to hospital.
The only time I was allowed out of the compound was when I was taking out garbage.

The one year I was there was wasted because on return, I was very sick and spent four months on treatment and all the money I had saved was spent on medical bills.”