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October 1, 2020 at 10:05 am in reply to: Uganda Politicians Spend more time indulging in Petty issues #48579
Sam Kutesa’s daughter Musherure rejects Mawogola North results.
Musherure: “I would like to inform my supporters that we were not won, we were just cheated. I have always heard people saying that there is vote rigging in NRM but I thought they were just lies. I have now accepted, You can’t separate Vote rigging and NRM party. In Kikoma we got 345 and Sodo got 50 but Tanga Odoi came back and nullified the results. You can’t say that in 6 villages I got no any single vote.”May 1, 2020 at 1:16 pm in reply to: Uganda Politicians Spend more time indulging in Petty issues #48477
1. Don’t advertise your happy marriage on social media.
2. Do not advertise pregnancy on social media.
3 .Don’t advertise your kids achievements on social media.
4. Don’t advertise your expensive buys on social media.
UNDERSTAND THIS ABOUT LIFE…
1. Not everyone is going to be happy for you.
2. Most of the “nice” comments you get are just fake.
3.You just attracting the evil eye on you & your family.
4. You just attracting jealous people into your life.
5. You don’t know who’s saving your pictures & checking your updates.
6.You really need to stop this as because it may ruin your life, family, marriage and career.
BELIEVE ME – Social media sometimes is the devils eyes, ears & mouth, don’t fall into the devils trap. Let a part of your life remain private please..
Hope I make some sense to someone?.
Good morning and enjoy your day!
We live in a country where truth is mistaken for bitterness and hate, where people are afraid to speak their mind hence burying the truth rendering the Nation into a moral dilemma. But in the end, silence must be broken and truth spoken. When you speak the truth against a regime, you become an enemy of the state, if you have a big following like some musicians, you end up being bought like a cow, plot of land or a house to keep quite forever. If you speak about unemployment, endemic corruption, deteriorating health facilities & crossover to NRM, you become rich with rewards like, cows, jobs, land, cars at the cost of tax Payer’s money in an overnight and start deleting statements that you had earlier spoken about. This is envisaged by some of our “leaders” like Betty Kamya, Beatrice Anywar, Betty Amongi & Nakiwala Kiyingi. Some of the “religious leaders” have also been compromised with vehicles and church contributions to keep silent forever amidst absolute poverty biting majority of Ugandans. President Museveni has built NRM on hypocrisy and dishonesty by creating a sense of belief among some Ugandans that he is a demi god who will not die, he is omni-present hence killing nearly all public institutions like UPTC, URC, Uganda Airlines, Uganda Dairy Corporations, CMB, Govt Ministries and other public and private parastatals.
This has further given him a firm grip to preside over a nation that has lost all its resources with impunity, plunder of public assets shall take generations to redeem. The evil of corruption has eaten the Country to the borne marrow by allowing cronies to grab public land, forests, play ground, parks and even cemeteries under the watchful eye of the army. The looting of minerals perpetrated by “his army” and some senior officials has taken all gold in Mubende, oil in Buliisa, Sand from Lwera and fish across the Lakes turning the Nation into the mouth of a shark. If any of you thinks that praising Museveni will fight Corruption and redeem Uganda, it’s a pity.
He has turned some Asians and Chinese as “disguised investors”/business partners” a channel for looting and extorting the Country without paying taxes hence, becoming a conduit in funding his political campaigns. (Oil concessions, SGR, Isimba dam & Lubowa Hospital) are some of the projects that have unleashed a lot of dirty linen under NRM leadership. This economic burden shall be felt many more generations to come with a huge debt burden.
The destruction of environment will never go un punished by the so called invisibles taking away Uganda’s beauty (wetlands) turning some cities like Kampala a from green city to a garbage waste it is today.
The rate of tribalism especially in the police is alarming, if one is not mistaken, he/she might be tempted to think that Uganda has got one tribe eligible to enrol into a police force thus quantifying it to be one of the most corrupt institutions since post independence Uganda.
Esteri Akandwanaho, General Salim Saleh’s daughter has filed an application in court, seeking an order for her former husband Eng. Ronald Ndizeeye to be subjected to a psychiatric examination.
Esteri, though her lawyer of Kashilingi Rugaba and Associates on Tuesday asked the Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court to order for Ndizeeye’s medical examination as a result of his conduct.
“In the circumstances, we humbly seek that the matter be fixed and Your Worship proceeds to have the Respondent (Ndizeeye) undergo a mental psychological evaluation by a professional,” reads in part the letter.
Esteri filed for Divorce in 2017 at the High Court Family Division seeking sole custody of the three children.
Lady Justice Alexandra Nkonge Rugadya granted the Divorce petition, but ordered for joint custody of the children.
Unhappy with court’s decision, Esteri petitioned against the ruling.
The High Court referred her to Nakawa Chief Magistrates’ court and the Magistrate directed that the couple goes for mediation as is the practice for all Civil Matters.
Esteri says however that Ndizeye refused to participate in mediation and eventually the process collapsed.
She says in the meantime, her ex-husband has continued in an irrational and provocative manner, to visit their three daughters at school with strangers.
This she says is the reason she wants her former husband to undergo mental examination.
The letter was served to Ndizeye’s lawyers of Bowmans/AF Mpanga Advocates and they acknowledged its receipt on the same date.February 13, 2020 at 11:41 am in reply to: Uganda Flip F loping in the East African Community #48408
The Ministry of Works and Transport has selected Profiles International to undertake the search process for the chief executive officer of the Uganda Airlines.
Cornwell Muleya a Zambian National is currently Uganda Airlines acting CEO.
Ministry of Works and Transport that last year called for bids of competent firms to undertake the search process, has chosen Profiles International, subject to vetting by the Solicitor General before it can sign the contract.
Profiles International Uganda Limited (PIUL) is an affiliate of Profiles International Inc. (PII), a Waco, Texas, USA-based firm that provides solutions to a wide range of Human Resource challenges.
The firm beat three others in a process that the procurement and disposable unit of the Works Ministry started last month.
The CEO position is open to foreigners to allow a wide range of talent to sustain the recently revived Uganda Airlines.
Before the launch of the airline, Mr Muleya had been serving as a technical adviser with Mr Ephraim Bagenda,an aeronautical engineer, holding the managing director’s role..
However, Mr Bagenda has since been moved to a new position of director of engineering and maintenance.
Ministers in charge of the Labour and Security have been tasked by parliament to present a status update on the exact number of Ugandan security guards serving in the Middle East.
This directive from Speaker Rebecca Kadaga followed concerns about the safety of these Ugandans, after it emerged that some were involved in the riotous scenes that played out early this month in Baghdad.
Different media outlets reported that guards that were filmed trying to fend off supporters of Iranian backed Kataib Hezbollah were of Ugandan origin.
These were reportedly guarding the United States Embassy in the zone when protests broke out over the USs military attack on neighboring Iran.
The issue was resurrected yesterday by Rukungiri Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Roland Kaginda while speaking on the floor of parliament.
Kaginda, who claims to have some of his constituents in the Arabian Peninsula pointed out that at the beginning of the American invasion in Iraq 2003, there were 6000 Ugandans. However, he expressed deep concern that government had not made efforts to ascertain the real number in the face of similar incidents.
“I want the government of Uganda to inform us about the safety of Ugandans who are there and how many they are. Two; what plans does the government have to evacuate those security guards who are working there because the situation in Iraq is not good for them,” he stated.
On his part, Ibrahim Semujju Nganda the Kira Municipality MP asked whether government was keeping tabs on this militaristic migrant force saying it has capability of stirring trouble.
“It is estimated that about 10,000 Ugandans are working as guards, they are armed people,” Semujju noted.
Responding, State Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi acknowledged their fears. However, Nakiwala stated that she was preparing a report on Labour externalization before asking to be given time to liaise with the security ministry to this effect.
Speaker Kadaga while ruling on the matter cautioned members to focus on the safety of these guards primarily and leave other complicated questions to deal with evacuation and resettlement aside.
“First of all these people went to Iraq, they signed contracts. No one sent them. They are coming back. I think let’s concentrate on the safety of Ugandan guards in Iraq which the minister is going to answer,” she advised.
Last year while presenting a statement to parliament, Peace Mutuuzo the State Minister for Gender and Culture indicated that the number of Ugandan laborers in Middle East countries had risen to 83,328.
Leading the pack was United Arab Emirates (UAE) with close to 30,000 followed by Iraq with 19,719 although it is not clear what type of work they are engaged in.
Total SA has suspended its planned $3.5 billion crude export pipeline from Uganda to Tanzania after the collapse of a deal to buy a stake in Tullow Oil Plc’s oil fields in Uganda.
By Fred Ojambo and Paul Burkhardt
The French oil major has terminated all activities related to the 1,445-kilometer (898-mile) conduit from its crude fields in Uganda to Tanga in Tanzania because shared ownership in the project was to be determined upon the completion of the Tullow deal, an official familiar with the project at Total’s Ugandan office said.
Last week, Tullow Oil was forced to abandon plans to sell a stake in its Ugandan project to Total and China’s Cnooc Ltd. and restart the process from scratch after tax negotiations stymied the deal. The termination of the agreement was a blow to Tullow, which had sought partners to help it develop about 1.5 billion barrels of recoverable oil in its Ugandan fields.
After Tullow discovered oil in landlocked Uganda in 2006, the country made ambitious plans to construct a 216,000-barrel-a-day pipeline and a refinery. Its anticipated time line for delivering first oil from the project was adjusted multiple times. A recent government estimate stated that it would come online in 2022. A final investment decision on the project was targeted for the end of this year.
The project’s partners and Uganda’s government will have to come up with a “sensible new target” to give it the green light, Tullow Chief Executive Officer Paul McDade said after the company announced it planned to scrap the stake sale.
Total E&P Uganda, which was leading the pipeline project, dismissed employees who were set to undertake works on it, the official said. The explorer was involved in initial land acquisition in both countries, the official said.
Cnooc Uganda Ltd., which is jointly developing the country’s crude finds, suspended at least 12 employees following delays on the project, a company official familiar with the matter said by phone without providing further details.June 29, 2019 at 1:01 pm in reply to: Uganda Politicians Spend more time indulging in Petty issues #48347
The State Minister of Finance in charge of Privatisation and Investments, Evelyn Anite has written to Yoweri Museveni to intervene in the inevitable removal of Uganda Telecom Administrator, Bemanya Twebaze.
Anite in her letter said the need to audit UTL, which is strategic national asset, is in public interest and the refusal of Bemanya is against a noble cause.
She also accused the Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana for misinterpreting the law and intentionally smuggling opinion meant to shield Mr. Bemanya.
REMOVAL OF MR. BEMANYA TWEBAZE, OFFICIAL RECEIVER AS ADMINISTRATOR OF UGANDA TELECOM LIMITED (UTL)
Your Excellency, following your Directive to me to ask the Attorney General to take immediate action regarding the replacement of the Administrator of Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL), Mr. Bemanya Twebaze, Official Receiver, I formally wrote to the Attorney General on 26th June 2019 (copy attached) in which I tasked him to urgently petition the High Court to effect a replacement.
Your guidance on this matter followed my update in which I pointed out the difficulty we have experienced dealing with the current Administrator, Mr. Bemanya who is unwilling to permit the Auditor General to audit UTL as per his letter dated to me dated 18th June 2019. Whereas Mr. Bemanya availed progress reports on the Administration, he has not availed us with an update for over 8 months, and today, I do not know what is happening in the Company.
The progress reports provided by the Administrator informed the update I provided to you and Cabinet.
The Regulator, Uganda Communications Commission has also raised related concerns including failure to connect UTL to the Intelligence Network Monitoring System (UCC), which can make the UTL a potential conduit for all fraudulent calls, transactions in the sector and could expose the country to security risks. A copy of the UCC letter to UTL dated 29th April 2019 is attached.
It should be noted further that the Board of Trustees of Uganda Communications Employees Contributory Pension Scheme have written to the Administrator threatening to sue him for breach of the Deed of Administration and trust, and have also indicated their loss of confidence in him.
I have been providing you and Cabinet with regular updates on the progress of the UTL recovery efforts, from the time we sought a Protective Order of the High Court that put UTL into Administration effective from 29 April 2017.
As political leaders responsible and answerable for the activities of UTL, we consulted you and Cabinet following which the Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development and the only available shareholder agreed to taking the Company into Administration to protect it from imminent liquidation.
I have received with profound shock a response from the Deputy Attorney General dated 28th June 2019 (copy attached) in which he (the Deputy Attorney General) indicated that the effect of the Administration Deed executed on 22nd May 2017 is that shareholders, ceded their powers to manage all the affairs of the Company to facilitate settlement of creditors’ claims.
Whereas Government has not attempted to control the work of the Administrator as suggested by the Deputy Attorney General, it is true that the Administrator’s appointment was endorsed by ourselves as the only shareholders available to lawfully sign shareholders’ resolution, which further explains why the Administrator is required under the Insolvency Act and Regulations to obtain the consent of the Company. The Hon. Minister of Finance has issued those consents without any reservations in order to facilitate the ongoing process of Administration.
The success of the Administration cannot be guaranteed without the support of Government which is the lone shareholder authorized to lawfully sign resolutions on behalf of the Company.
I have noted the guidance of the Deputy Attorney General ( copy attached) but I respectfully disagree with his proposition in so far as he indicated that –
1) “The Minister of Finance, Planning & Economic Development has no locus to apply to Court to remove the Administrator, and that any such application is bound to fail Section 174 (1) (c) of the Insolvency Act, 2011 provides that:
A provisional administrator, administrator, creditor of the company or liquidators or provisional liquidators of the company may apply to court for an order removing the provisional administrator from office and appoint someone else as provisional administrator where the provisional administrator or administrator fails to comply with the duty under the arrangement, this Act or any other law or any order or direction of the court other than an order to comply made under this section.
Government/Ministry of Finance is the biggest UTL creditor and it is in that capacity that we instructed the Attorney General to initiate proceedings for the removal of the current Administrator.
2) ”Relatedly, the Minister of Finance, Planning & Economic Development has no supervisory powers over the Administrator.”
Your Excellency, I have failed to understand the source of this allegation by the Deputy Attorney General especially since it was never contained in my letter of 26th June 2019. We have not sought to supervise the work of the Administrator although I must emphasize that he has availed progress reports on his work which he no longer considers necessary for reasons that have not been explained.
In our letter dated 28 November 2018, the Hon. Minister of Finance, Planning & Economic Development requested the Auditor General to conduct an audit on UTL’s activities which is justifiable under the Constitution of Uganda, 2005, the National Audit Act, 2008 and the Public Finance Management Act, 2015. This has met strict resistance by Administrator, who has not been cooperative while insisting without lawful justification that the timing of the Audit is not prudent.
I am baffled as to why the Administrator would want to deny the Auditor General from fulfilling a constitutional mandate and the law, whose purpose is to ensure good governance, transparency and accountability.
3) “Even if he had locus, there are no grounds to remove the Administrator’~ The grounds for removal of the Administrator are premised on his refusal to comply with the constitutional requirement to audit UTL. This is coupled with a complete breakdown on communication exacerbated by the refusal of the Administrator to avail regular progress reports to the Ministry of Finance, in the capacity of the largest creditor representing Government, which initiated the process of Administration.
4) “In light of Rt. Hon. Speaker’s Ruling on this matter, your instructions to me may be perceived as Contempt of Parliament’~ We have not questioned the Ruling of the Rt. Hon. Speaker who rightfully concluded that the High Court is the supervisor of the Administrator until November 2019 when the period ends. The decision to remove the Administrator is provided for under the law as cited above, and does not in any way contradict the Ruling of the Rt. Hon. Speaker nor would it amount to Contempt as alleged.
5) ”Interference in the Administration process might curtail the process of sourcing for a strategic investor which is one of the duties of the Administrator. If the Company /Shareholders frustrate the efforts of the Administrator to achieve the purpose of the Administration Deed, the process may be challenged by the Creditors and the other shareholders and the Company may end up in liquidation. Continued interference in the Administration of UTL may attract liability on Government and you are also advised to refrain from it.”
Your Excellency, the suggestion by the Deputy Attorney General that Government’s request to the Administrator to comply with the law amounts to interference with Administration is misconceived and does not amount to interference. In fact what may be construed as interference as suggested may be used by those he has cited to unfairly accuse Government. There is no basis for this assertion and the Deputy General is arming potential plaintiffs to sue Government without cause, and yet his office should know better since he is constitutionally obliged to defend the Government.
6) “Lastly as advised by the Auditor General in his letter of April 2019, I agree that it would not be prudent to commence audits on UTL since the Administrator is trying to identify an investor for the Company. Such audits can be undertaken once the Administrator process is concluded. We finally agree on one thing! There is no law that stops the Auditor General from auditing the Company because this is good for the Company and the Country.
The insinuation by the Administrator that UTL cannot be audited by virtue of being in Administration is wrong and not supported by any law. The Hon. Minister of Finance, Planning & Economic Development sought a legal opinion of the Attorney General on this subject, but clearly that has not been given any due attention. Instead, the Deputy Attorney General is quoting the views of the Auditor General which we find inappropriate.
Your Excellency, whereas Government is enjoined to follow the advice of the Attorney General, we are disturbed that his conclusions on this matter raise more questions, and especially contradict the policy guidance I received from you regarding the removal of Mr. Bemanya, as UTL Administrator.
We have lost confidence in the current Administrator, and I am convinced that he can no longer effectively perform the role. We have identified potential replacements one of whom can see through the process, including advising Government on finalizing with the process of identifying a potential investor.
The Attorney General should therefore heed to our request to promptly file the relevant petition, without further delay. My conviction is further fortified by the guidance contained in your letter to the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister dated 9th January 2018, which I am enclosing for your ease of reference.
The purpose of this letter, Your Excellency, is to bring the above developments to your attention, and to seek your further guidance considering that I am convinced that the opinion of the Deputy Attorney General is fundamentally flawed and a misinterpretation of the law. Your timely intervention in the affairs of UTL is what effectively saved the Company from being liquidated at a time when many critics were advocating for liquidation of the Company.
I have appealed to the Attorney General to review the position and will seek your audience on the matter.June 29, 2019 at 9:02 am in reply to: Uganda Politicians Spend more time indulging in Petty issues #48346
Former Supreme Court Justice Prof George Wilson Kanyeihamba is once again clashing with Police on matters pertaining to his personal security.
Justice Kanyeihamba, 79, who weeks ago was accused by police of trying to take a firearm from his guard, is now accusing the Police of withdrawing guards from his residence.
The judge told his lawyers of Kiiza and Mugisha Advocates yesterday evening that his police guards had been unceremoniously withdrawn.
“The police management has also not been paying the police guards of Prof. Kanyeihamba all their legal entitlements in accordance with our client’s written advice,” said the lawyers in a statement.
Police hadn’t commented on these accusations by Saturday morning.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire said only the Police Headquarters could comment about the matter.
The Police publicist Fred Enanga didn’t return our calls while his deputy Polly Namaye said she was in a meeting.
According to Justice Kanyeihamba, his security was withdrawn at a time he started receiving threats from a UPDF general.
He claims the General on Thursday this week told him that he was a few minutes from arrest, due to his continuous attack on the image of the government through his publications.
“The condition outlined by the General for freedom is for him to immediately stop all anti government publications or writings especially those that tell Ugandans that President Museveni always loses elections and his opponents always win; and comparing Museveni with ousted leaders like Gaddafi, Ben Ali of Tunisia, Mubarak of Egypt and their ilk who had a talent for manufacturing consent, popularity and electoral victories only to exposed by revolutions led by the very masses they used oppress and dupe,” said the Kanyeihamba’s lawyers.
Counsel Eron Kiiza told us he wasn’t at liberty to disclose the names of the said general at the moment.
Kiiza says with no security at his home, his client decided to seek refuge in church at Namirembe C. O. U headquarters, but was not welcomed.
Ultimately, he says, Kanyeihamba elected to turn to his old friend, the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi.
“Our client ran to Bulange, Mengo, where he was properly received and given directions to the palace where the Kabaka was.”
“Our client shared his security fears with the Kabaka of Buganda – a personal friend of Prof. Dr. G. W. Kanyeihamba since their days in exile. The Kabaka is in the meantime giving emergency security our client until the situation normalizes.”
Asked what kind of security was provided by the king, — who is guarded by the UPDF –, Counsel Kiiza told us the security officials from the palace “are not deployed 24/7 at the judge’s house, but they keep monitoring the situation, and since yesterday but one, they have been doing a great job.”
The lawyer says Justice Kanyeihamba has not reported the threats to the Police “because the police are part of the problem.”
“This is why were decided to appeal to the public first. We are also considering legal options at our disposal,” he added.
From Ssebalwanyi to Ssebafere! The tortured transfiguration of Son of Kaguta: 33 years of Darwinian environmental adaption permanently damages Yoweri Museveni. If the Yoweri of 1986 met the Yoweri of 2018; he would just shoot him😂😂😂😂
Museveni can not muzzle any Ugandan who tells the truth about his corrupt government. What Bobi Wine said is the truth. I think President Museveni should resign because he still does not understand what Presidents do for their countries. Why can’t he learn something from Magufuli. Over 30 years and education system led by his wife is not only a mess but a massive failure. The Foreign Ministry led by his in law Kutesa is a system of contempt at an international level. The Ministry could have failed completely if it was not for the hard working Ugandans in some Embassies around the world. The Foreign Ministry is led by a crook.
Now President Museveni wants BOU inquiries done in secrecy. This is very suspect of the man who said that he tried to stop the collapse of Banks but the officials did not listen to his advice. If he has nothing against him as this matter is concerned, why is he worried for the proceedings to be public??
President Museveni can not stop Ugandans to question his behaviour because he holds the keys of Ugandans in his hands. If he misuses the keys, then Ugandans have the right to ask him for accountability. If he has nothing to hide, then even the crook who collapsed Banks must be in prison not guarded by the army and special forces using Ugandans money.
Ugandans can not be taken for a ride any more Mr President. Swallow your pride and accept that you have handled our country wrongly on many issues for so many years.
The question of threatening young politicians and taking away their freedoms when your own children and grand children move freely around the country is unacceptable. Uganda is their country too. Why stop other peoples children from progressing while yours are free?
The other day, you told Ugandans to be patient with you. Mr President, that can be said to your children and relatives too. How many could go to Mbale referral Hospital for treatment? You would fly your children to Germany for treatment. Can other Ugandans do the same? Can you send your children to Nabumali High School or Majansi, Kiira college in their present state? If you can’t do that, why do you think other Ugandans are that inferior? Or Is it because of the simple fact that they are not presidents children?
And after 30 years, what patience do you really want from Ugandans?? Is there anything new you will do that you have failed to do in the past 30 years??
Holding on power when you have nothing new to add to the country is in itself not fair for Ugandans. And this is not talking too much or being big mouthed. It is expressing PEOPLE POWER that is found in Ugandans Constitution article one. Instead of tear gassing and beating Ugandans up, give them the same freedom you enjoy. Oh do you think they are not Ugandan enough to be free in their own country??
NO WEAPON BOUGHT BY UGANDANS MONEY SHOULD BE USED AGAINST UNARMED INNOCENT CIVILIANS FOR DENYING THEM THEIR FREEDOM.
PEOPLE POWER OUR POWER
For The Future Of a Better and harmonious Uganda
David Wangusi Masinde
Can someone send me a contact of the responsible person at ministry of internal affairs…..
This morning we arrived from Nairobi a plane full and only one counter out of 22 counters was working
The lady in the picture had paid for a visa online which is a good thing for Uganda but spent over 45 minutes with an empty booth. This lady was so angry and I apologised on behalf of Uganda.
There were over 6 officers hanging around and I therefore engaged them and shocked by the response and simply walked out.
Under PIRT, we advocated for many stations and expected that this rubbish wouldn’t happen! I was one of the last persons on the line but left her behind.
But I know it’s not always like this though this must be sorted out. There are some very good immigration officers at that airport but these ones must be told how their actions affect the country.
Countries like Singapore we so admire, it will take you 15 minutes from the time from the time you leave your plane to your waiting car.
There are countries which afford this kind of service because they have lots of traffic and people will endure but we can’t be poor and have a bad attitude.
There are so many young people looking for jobs, why keep the bad ones? How can we claim we want investors and tourists so we earn?December 11, 2018 at 2:59 pm in reply to: Uganda Flip F loping in the East African Community #48276
Before you wonder whether Patrick Ho bribed Kutesa and Yoweri Museveni, let’s refresh our memories and possibly come to a conclusion that to believe or support Yoweri Museveni, you have to be either stupid or brave.
In 1998 Parliament stopped the sale of 49 per cent shares of the Uganda Commercial Bank, then the biggest bank in the country and entirely government-owned, to a Malaysian company. Then Maj. Gen. Salim Saleh resigned as defence adviser, after admitting a role in brokering the deal with Westmont Land Asia, the successful bidder, which had been found to be a “briefcase company” with no banking experience. Gen. Saleh was later alleged to be the majority shareholder in Westmont and soon after the purchase, he sold its shares to Green Land Investments, another company in which he was also a shareholder. In his defence before Chief Magistrate Catherine Bamugemereire over the mismanagement of the now defunct Greenland Bank, Sulaiman Kiggundu, who was the bank’s managing director, named Yoweri Museveni as the “key person” behind the irregular purchase of the UCB shares by Greenland Bank.
A few years back, in 1995, world Bank had recapitalised UCB with USD 60M.
During the 1990s, the army was involved in a number of procurement scandals. Undersize uniforms from China, not-up-to-standard food rations from South Africa and 90 second-hand tanks, several unserviceable, from Belarus, were procured. But probably the most famous of the scandals was what came to be known as the junk helicopter scandal, in which two out of four unserviceable Mi-24 helicopters were procured. Four of the MiGs were modified in Israel and delivered in the country but two of them could not fly. The deal to supply the helicopters, which was brokered by Emma Katto, then a race-car driver, was aided by Gen. Salim Saleh, who “convinced” Museveni to okay the deal. Gen. Saleh was as a result to bag a commission of $200,000 off each of the four helicopters. He would later tell a commission of inquiry into the matter in 2001 that he had informed the President of the “commission” he had been promised and Yoweri Museveni had allowed him to use it in the war against Joseph Kony’s rebels in northern Uganda.
Muhwezi, Kutesa were censured in1998.
Then Brig. Jim Muhwezi, the minister of education, was forced to resign by the Sixth Parliament due to alleged mismanagement of the then newly-established Universal Primary Education. The Sixth Parliament, reputed as probably the most independent and vibrant during Museveni’s presidency, also forced Sam Kuteesa to resign, accusing him of benefiting from the sale of the former Uganda Airlines. The two, who were forced to resign over alleged abuse of office, were never prosecuted and bounced back into Cabinet in 2001, when Mr Museveni was re-elected. The government took the view that their censure was “unfair”. Muhwezi, particularly argued further that by having stayed off Cabinet for years, he had been punished enough. Later, he was again dropped from Cabinet over the Global Fund scandal.
The Valley Dam Scandal 2003 followed . Shs3.5 billion meant to build valley dams to trap water in the semi-arid areas of eastern Uganda disappeared with no visible valley dams to show for it. It became the talk of town that Dr Specioza Kazibwe, whose Agriculture ministry was supposed to supervise the dam construction, said the valley dams had been built but those who did not want to see them did not see them.
It emerged in 1996 that Danze, a company that belonged to the National Resistance Movement with Museveni as its chairman, had been evading taxes for over a decade. Investigations by the Anti-Smuggling Unit found, for example, that over Shs6b (about $3.4m) had been smuggled over a one-year period. The company, which had been managed by some of the key NRM leaders, including First Deputy Prime Minister Eriya Kategaya, was accordingly disbanded.
During investigations into the Danze issues, M7 was asked about the same. He denied out right. several years later during fundraising for the NRM house, he accused Besigye and Nandala of failing his company that might have generated funds for the party house.
In 2003 Complaints of money meant for soldiers who did not exist had been popping up often in earlier years, but in 2003, what came to be known as the ghost soldier scandal clearly unfolded. It emerged that units, especially in northern Uganda where the war against Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army was raging, had their numbers exaggerated so that commanders would make a difference off the salaries. The same problem also afflicted military units that operated in the Congo and western Uganda against the Allied Democratic Forces rebels. Some estimates show that Uganda lost about $324 million in 20 years through ghost soldiers.
My friend just hinted that even the budget for the function that was talking about corruption was exaggerated.December 11, 2018 at 2:52 pm in reply to: Uganda Flip F loping in the East African Community #48275
Corruption has a disproportionate impact on the poor and most vulnerable, increasing costs and reducing access to services, including health, education and justice. Think, for example, of the effect of counterfeit drugs or vaccinations on the health outcomes of children and the life-long impacts that may have on them.
Empirical studies have shown that the poor pay the highest percentage of their income in bribes. Every stolen dollar, euro, peso, yuan, rupee, or rouble robs the poor of an equal opportunity in life and prevents governments from investing in their human capital
Corruption erodes trust in government and undermines the social contract, particularly in contexts of fragility and violence, as corruption fuels and perpetuates the inequalities and discontent that lead to fragility, violent extremism, and conflict.
Corruption impedes investment, with consequent effects on growth and jobs. Countries capable of confronting corruption use their human and financial resources more efficiently, attract more investment, and grow more rapidly.
Corruption comes in different forms. It might impact service delivery, such as when police officers ask for bribes to perform routine services. Corruption might unfairly determine the winners of government contracts, with awards favouring friends or relatives of government officials. Or it might affect more fundamental issues of capture, such as how institutions work and who controls them, a form of corruption that is often the costliest in terms of overall economic impact. Each type of corruption is important and tackling all of them is critical to achieving progress and sustainable change.
It is December 1969, and an assassination attempt is made on the then President of Uganda, Apollo Milton Obote.
According to The Daily Monitor of June 17, 2018, the police investigations and interrogations of the culprits, Benedicto Kiwanuka – a lawyer, Uganda’s first prime minister and then president-general of the Democratic Party (DP) – was the chief architect of the plot to assassinate Obote.
Earlier, in the May 1962 general elections, Obote had defeated Kiwanuka. And so it would seem that Kiwanuka had a personal vendetta against the man who denied him the opportunity to lead Uganda to independence. Later, Kiwanuka involved Princess Ndagire of Buganda kingdom, who enthusiastically bought the idea.
The then CID boss, Mohamed Hassan, who testified in court in Kampala, said from Masaka District, Kiwanuka recruited a one Yusuf Kisule, who in turn recruited Mohamed Sebaduka, a Kampala-based taxi driver and a Muganda Muslim radical to be the assassin, and another Muganda Yowana Wamala. Sebaduka had also been dismissed from the Uganda Army after the 1966 crisis. In all, about six men were involved in the assassination plot.
While testifying before the High Court Judge in Kampala, CID chief Hassan claimed Kiwanuka had imported firearms from Soviet Union purposely to assassinate Obote. Once the firearms arrived into the country, they were kept in Masaka by Mzee Kisule, 67. Hassan further told court that six men, including Sebaduka, the would-be assassin, had during interrogation, revealed just as they confessed to court that the DP president-general met Sebaduka, Wamala and Princess Ndagire – one of Kabaka Mutesa’s daughters – at her home in Kampala for the last briefing on the execution of the mission. The last meeting was held in the morning of December 19, 1969.
The day before, Mzee Kisule had managed to bring the firearms and a hand grenade from Masaka to Kampala undetected, in spite of the military roadblocks staged in Buganda since 1966. The day chosen was December 19, 1969. It was chosen because it would be the last day of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) annual conference at Lugogo Indoor Stadium. The conference had lasted three days. Presidents Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Mubutu Sese Seko of then Zaire [now DR Congo] and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, had graced the opening of the function but had all left a day before the closure of the function. The function had also attracted the big-shots of the ruling UPC party, as well as ordinary supporters.
Thus, the plotters saw a loophole where they would beat security and hang about the premises disguised as party supporters dressed in party colours. The plot had started in June 1969. By December, Sebaduka and Wamala had secured party cards and on that day, they were dressed in UPC party shirts. The trick worked.
The mission was suicidal, but Sebaduka and Wamala were determined to execute it. At about 9:30pm, the assassin-to be and the driver of the getaway car arrived at Lugogo. They parked among the other vehicles in the parking area. Armed with a Czechoslovakia-made pistol and a Chinese made-hand grenade, Sebaduka spotted a Cypress tree as the best cover.
Time check was about 9.45pm. Amid blaring music from the army band, without anyone suspecting anything, President Obote came out of the hall and straight into the would-be assassin’s target. Everyone was busy clapping and singing the new UPC song, “Uganda is moving forward” along with the army band. It was then the would-be first assassination of an African leader was about to happen. But like the African saying goes; “when your time has not come, you will jump your grave”, and because Obote’s time had not come, he jumped his grave – though not without injuries and permanent physical and psychological scar.
From behind the cypress tree, about 10 metres from Obote, with maximum precision, Sebaduka aimed and fired his pistol. It is not clear how many bullets were in the pistol and how many he intended to pump into Obote’s head, but during the interrogation and before the court, Sebaduka said after the first bullet, the pistol changed firing angle. The single bullet that went through Obote’s mouth broke two teeth and went through the cheek.
Determined to execute the mission, another would-be assassin standing nearby hurled a grenade at the President – but it did not explode.
Meanwhile, as the Obote’s bodyguard flung him down in protection from any other bullets, Sebadaka dropped his pistol and attempted to run away. Someone grabbed him and handed him to security. It is said one of the infuriated Obote’s bodyguard shot Sebaduka twice. Henry Kyemba, who was then the principal private secretary to the president, told the Sunday Monitor that he recalls security personnel wanted to kill Sebaduka, but he stopped them because they needed him as a culprit to tell it all to the authority.
In panic, the security personnel went into a random shooting, which caused astampede; and in the fracas, Sebaduka escaped.
Meanwhile, Wamala, who was standing by Sebaduka, had picked the pistol and hid it in the branches of the cypress tree. Later, when investigators came to the scene, they picked the gun. It was Wamala’s finger prints that incriminated the assassins. Because Sebaduka had been bleeding from the gun wounds, it left a trail from the scene of crime to the stolen-getaway Ford Anglia car. Although Sebaduka had been wounded, he managed to drive the car from Lugogo to Nateete, a Kampala suburb. In an attempt to destroy evidence, the would-be assassins burnt the car. But still, police was able to trace it and finally, Sebaduka and others were arrested; incredibly in less than 24 hours.
After interrogation, they revealed that Benedicto Kiwanuka was the chief architect of the attempted assassination plot. On December 20, 1969, Kiwanuka and others were arrested and the following day, DP was banned as a political party.
The trial court handed a three years imprisonment sentence to the accused including Ben Kiwanuka. If it had been the Museveni era, the accused would have been charged with terrorism before the military Court Martial and detained without trial for decades until they would either die or ask for amnesty. Less than two years later, President Obote was overthrown by Iddi Amin.
Ben Kiwanuka was released from detention and one year later appointed Chief Justice. The appointment did not please the exiles who were opposing Iddi Amin because it was rightly construed as rallying the DP supporters and the Baganda in particular behind Iddi Amin. The exiles kidnapped and killed him and his body was never seen. This took place five days after the exiles from Tanzania had overrun Mutukula border post but only to be defeated in Mbarara and Kalisizo.
It is almost 50 years now but the DP is still stuck with TRUTH AND JUSTICE when its founding father, Ben Kiwanuka had resorted to using the gun.