April 29, 2017 at 4:54 pm #27300
The Pathetic Situation in Uganda
The Survival of the fittest, Suffering and Dying of the Vulnerable in Uganda!
The Rich are willing to Pay to be Alive and Protected in Power! Sponsored Terrorism on Rampage to cause Fear in the Country. It has nothing to do with Government or Security of All Ugandans!
Just a matter of few Insecure Criminals willing to do anything to Protect themselves and their ill gotten Properties. We pay Taxes so they can afford to Kill us all.April 29, 2017 at 5:05 pm #27301
UGANDA INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE SHOULD RESIGN AND BE CHARGED OF MURDER
Over a dozen Muslim clerics have been murdered in cold blood under the stewardship of Kale Kayihura even with security personnel given to them by the same man.
Villages have been terrorised and people abandoned their homes for safe custody despite the presence of police on very village.
The Kasese massacre carried out by chief executioner-Gen. Peter Elwelu was closely supervised by the police headed by Kale Kayihura. The people they’re supposed to protect they instead killed them. If they were criminals and you knew their place of residences, why didn’t you arrest and charge them? How can you oversee the death of your brothers and sisters?
You fake suspects to cover up criminal activities you sponsor in order threaten and deter opposition from citing the state of quagmire you run.
Killing people has never been a method to consolidate power. Kayihura you’re a serial killer and you will be charged in the international criminal court one time and the fake suspects you parade before the media will be key witnesses in your trial.
We have seen criminal state machinery and mercenaries perish in thin air far better than you in assassination strategies. The people you terrorise are the stake holders of this great nation Uganda.
Widows and orphans of your making are crying to God.April 30, 2017 at 12:13 pm #27305
Booma in mbarara is a black spot,,, and as you read this, the unidentified police officers have been seen dressed up police combat robbed and stubbed one of the radio presenter at greater Africa and this shocking incident happened at 04am today morning, he was on the way going to attend his morning show,,, the fortunate or luck he had, he did not die and the tym he reached at the police to report the case,,, police officers threatened him not to say that police officers are the ones stubbed him or wanted to kill him in a written Statement,,,, the mbarara DPC Jafari Magezi what’s wrong, can’t you control your officers by chairing meetings nga they are leaving their duty and resort to rob subjects? Should I think that they are not paid by the Government? As a concerned Ugandan, I call upon all of you out there to amplify on ur voices to condemn this thing in our society,,,,April 30, 2017 at 12:16 pm #27306
Museveni and Kayihura are one and the same
Its like asking the very thief who stole your property”, I thought Ndawula knew how this govt operates, if he never knew then he should know that everything that happens here is engineered.
Why should we think he (M7) is not part of this with all his intelligence and public out cry yet he keeps telling us he knows the bad elements in police.
What we have here is the opposite of democracy call it MUSEVENOCRACY.May 9, 2017 at 11:30 am #27310
U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Deborah Malac
Restrictions on Media Threaten Uganda’s Development
By: H.E Deborah Malac
Good afternoon, and thank you for that warm welcome. I am pleased to join you all today as we mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day.
This is a great opportunity to re-dedicate ourselves to protecting the rights and freedoms of journalists here in Uganda and around the world – and to ensure all citizens enjoy the right to express their ideas and opinions openly and freely.
As I find myself in front of a room full of journalists, it’s only fitting that I begin my remarks this afternoon by telling a story – a true one – that I think is relevant in light of today’s discussions.
More than a century ago, the American media was filled with a peculiar specimen called the “muckraker” – a somewhat pejorative term used to describe reform-minded journalists who attacked political leaders, usually in stories about corruption.
Today, we label such characters as “investigative journalists,” but at the time, the public considered muckrakers to be gossip-mongers, and not serious, upstanding members of the media profession.
That is, until a man by the name of Upton Sinclair came along. Many of you may not know or have heard of him, but he became one of the most notable American authors in the first half of the 20th Century, eventually winning the Pulitzer Prize.
But Sinclair’s real claim to fame arrived in 1906, when he published the classic muckraking novel, The Jungle – an examination of the harsh lives and working conditions of exploited immigrants in Chicago.
The novel depicted massive health violations and unsanitary conditions in the city’s meatpacking industry, then among the country’s largest and most profitable.
Needless to say, the book’s damaging portrayal – following six months of investigation – created significant controversy. Domestic and foreign purchases of US meat fell 50 per cent, threatening a growing industry and the American economy.
The US president at the time, Theodore Roosevelt, declared Sinclair a “crackpot,” “unbalanced,” and “untruthful.” What Sinclair had published was vulgar to some and shocking to many, but that’s not the end of the story.
Rather than try and ban Sinclair’s work, destroy his reputation, or throw the author in jail, American officials and the public alike asked themselves a question: Is this the kind of country in which we want to live? The answer very clearly was no.
The book galvanised public opinion, spurring calls for labour reforms and efforts to enhance food safety. That pressure ultimately pushed the US Congress to enact new legislation that improved sanitary conditions in meat processing plants and created the predecessor of today’s Food and Drug Administration.
The Jungle was certainly damaging, an embarrassment to the country that could jeopardise jobs and economic growth.
But without Sinclair’s reporting, and without the public knowing what conditions were like in those Chicago meatpacking plants, there may not have been reform. Workers may have continued to operate in unsafe conditions for years. Congress may not have acted to make food safer, or created a federal agency to ensure medicine was properly tested before being given to patients.
In short, Sinclair’s book – protected by the US constitution and laws guaranteeing freedom of the press – directly contributed to America’s development at a critical time.
This story is really just a long way of saying that freedom of the press and freedom of expression are not just fundamental human rights, they are also vital contributors to development. That brings us to the theme of this year’s press freedom celebrations: how the media contributes to the creation of peaceful, just, and inclusive societies.
In my mind the correlation is obvious: a free press encourages the open exchange of competing opinions, promoting dialogue over conflict. A media that operates without constraints exposes corruption and mismanagement, thereby contributing to transparency and good governance.
Journalists allowed to speak with anyone at any time give a voice to every citizen, ensuring all views are heard and represented. These freedoms are the hallmarks of a developed country and a vibrant democracy.
Today, unfortunately, these freedoms are increasingly under attack – around the world and here in Uganda. We all know the story of Dr Stella Nyanzi. Whether or not you agree with her message or her tactics – and certainly, many do not – she is still entitled to express her opinion. As Uganda’s Constitution states, every person shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression, as well as the right to freedom of thought, conscience and belief.
Dr Nyanzi’s case, however, shows that such constitutional rights and freedoms apparently have limits, particularly when those opinions are critical of the country’s leaders. And when a government constricts the rights and freedoms of its citizens, the future and the development of the country suffer as well.
Freedom of speech and expression can be difficult to tolerate.
For example, in my country, burning the American flag is legal, as our supreme court has upheld flag burning is freedom of expression. Now, I personally find burning our flag offensive. But I don’t have to like it, or agree. I must tolerate it as a fundamental right, because when rights begin to be limited, democracy is limited too.
Sadly, Dr Nyanzi’s case is just the latest of serious and growing constraints the media is facing in Uganda. In the past year alone, authorities have obtained court orders to ban reporting on matters of public interest, like the murder of Felix Kaweesi.
The offices of The Observer have been ransacked twice in the past year, threatening its ability to operate. A local journalist was kidnapped in broad daylight last month. Media professionals have had their houses broken into, their possessions stolen, their phones monitored, and their lives routinely threatened. One was charged with “abetting terrorism” for simply reporting on the events in Kasese last year.
Despite what some officials may claim, these events are not fabrications. They are not cries for attention, or the result of personal disputes. These are real threats, putting real lives and livelihoods at risk. They undermine those constitutional rights to a free press and free expression. And they ultimately threaten Uganda’s development.
Now, we all know the counter-arguments. An irresponsible press corps stokes ethnic tensions and endangers Uganda’s security. The media is biased and appears intent on embarrassing the government, contributing to public mistrust.
The constant stream of reporting about corruption, violence, and political infighting paints a negative picture of the country and scares away potential investors, threatening Uganda’s development and growth.
Allow me to address each of these points. Many members of Uganda’s media fraternity, I think we can agree, do not have a solid foundation in basic reporting skills or journalistic ethics. Too many fail to check the facts or to quote officials accurately.
Yes, we’ve all seen lies, rumours, and other fabrications make their way into print, onto the air, or online. I have frequently been the target of such sensationalism and misreporting myself. And so the press corps – reporters and editors alike – must take more responsibility to ensure reporting is fair and factual. But at the same time, it is a leap to say the press is responsible for sectarianism and insecurity in the country.
On charges of media bias, let me just say this: Nowhere is it written that the press – in any country – must serve as the government’s cheerleader-in-chief. Certainly, there have been many times in my career when I thought the press was unfair or pushing a particular story to generate controversy.
But really, so what? I can complain about it, but negative press doesn’t give me the right to close down a newspaper or shut down social media.
This issue of negative press – whether you want to call it “fake news” or “biased journalism” – is not new. Governments and the media have had an adversarial relationship for generations. This has certainly been the case in the United States. Both Democratic and Republican presidents have had contentious relationships with the press.
Such tension is a normal and necessary element of democracy, because it promotes transparency and encourages good governance. We’re all aware of the verbal assaults launched against the media by politicians who don’t like how they’re portrayed in the press, who claim the media does nothing but lie and distort the facts.
But while bad press may be irritating, and can certainly warrant criticism, it does not justify physical attacks, threats, or harassment against journalists.
The press has a responsibility to report the facts as they are, not how government officials might wish them to be. And if those facts prove embarrassing to certain officials… well, that’s the fault of no one but the official who did something wrong in the first place.
The press should be biased – biased in favour of the public interest – because it is the media’s responsibility to serve as a watchdog and ensure a country’s leaders are doing the work they were elected to do. That is true in Uganda, in the United States, and around the world.
As for the litany of negative stories, let me repeat what I just said: Journalists should report the facts. And if the facts are that there is violence occurring, or corruption is rampant, or that patients aren’t getting their medicine, that’s all information worth making public.
While the media certainly should highlight the positive accomplishments of Ugandans and the country, it is not the media’s job to play the role of public relations officers for the government. It is not their job to hide negative stories and only position the country in the best light possible.
In the US we have an annual tradition called the White House Correspondent’s dinner. The most recent was just a few days ago. This year, the host of the event stood in front of hundreds of journalists and poked fun at the president, crossing the line into insult. Some of the humour was not funny, and some remarks were cruel.
However, as the host noted at the end, the US is a stronger nation because we have the right to stand up and say what we think, even about our president.
Those who disagree have a right to say their piece too, and as citizens, it is up to all of us to form our own opinions, based on the information presented.
When the press is harassed and restricted, journalists practice self-censorship. Citizens are afraid to express their opinions. These are conditions that prevent development, that make a country less diverse and less democratic. A free press that can give a voice to every citizen helps make this a better country for everyone. A free press is a champion for Uganda, not its enemy.
There are those who think that by eliminating opposing voices, their ideas will simply vanish. But in the words of slain American civil rights activist Medgar Evers, “You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.”
Attempts to make government critics disappear will not make the problems go away; it will only make them worse by sowing further mistrust, alienating the public, and undermining the rule of law. That is not the kind of development Uganda needs, or the kind of development Ugandans want.
So Uganda – especially its journalists – now faces a difficult choice. To you, the journalists – I realise that for many of you, your profession is increasingly dangerous. It may no longer be worth it to face the constant harassment, the low pay, or the poor working conditions. And there would be little shame if some of you decided to follow another path.
But I would ask all of you to try and remember why you became journalists in the first place. It certainly wasn’t for the money or the fame. More likely it was because you wanted to make a difference, to help make Uganda a better country, to tell the story of Uganda as it should be told.
If these are your reasons, I encourage you to stay in the fight, because your work, your profession, your rights and freedoms, are all key to Uganda’s continued development.
Which of you might be the next Upton Sinclair? Which of you might write the story that catapults Uganda’s growth and development, making this country more peaceful, more just, and more inclusive? That person may be here today, but only if we dedicate ourselves to ensuring free speech, a free press, and free expression.
I want all of you to know that the US Mission in Kampala will be your biggest champion. We may disagree with you, grumble about one story or another, but we believe in your rights and your profession.
We will continue to support programmes that improve your capabilities and skills. We believe you should be free to practice journalism, responsibly, without fear or constraint.September 9, 2017 at 12:48 pm #27330
Museveni has been president for over 3 decades, it is not by chance
Written By: Ian Ortega Ian
Jacqueline Mbabazi was dying. The hospital bill had gone out of the roof. Amama Mbabazi had vowed never to meet up with Museveni and stoop so low to request for his help. The family was divided. Leave the mother to die or run to a man with whom they had fallen out with?
In the end, one of the daughters Rachael Mbabazi stripped herself of the ego and ran to State House. Museveni was shocked to see her. She broke down with these words; “Mzee, mummy is dying. There is no money. Please help.” Museveni immediately gave an order and asked that Jacqueline’s hospital bills be covered. Even then, Amama being the Mukiga he is, he never called, he never exchanged any words with Museveni.
Museveni has done these for many of his political opponents such as Amanya Mushega, Norbert Mao just to mention but a few.
The personality of Museveni is one that is intriguing. He seems to be too merciful but also too cruel when need arises. That he could help a lady who had convinced his man to run against him is shocking.
But also more shocking is how public money is given out to private individuals without outlined procedures. That Museveni runs Uganda like a small chiefdom while enclosing it in democratic veils.
The more you learn about the stories in the corridors of power, the more you just stand aside and enjoy Swengere and Taata Sam. I pity people who take Uganda’s politics and politicians serious. It all begins and ends with one man, he is the Alpha and the omega. And the reason he is that way is because it is what works. Obote failed to understand this and twice he lost power. Obote was not practical. Museveni is.
Finally, in comes the Uganda election petitions.
In 2001, CJ Benjamin Odoki calls Museveni to inform him that they were going to annul the election. It was a 4 to 1 in favour of annuling the election. Odoki calls Museveni and informs him of how they were going to rule. Museveni picked up the phone and called up everyone of the 4 judges. His words were clear; “go ahead and annul the election, I will be in Rwakitura and the army will take over and we shall see what shall become of your ruling.”
He called each of them once again and apologised for his outburst. “Forgive my words, please go ahead and rule how you find right.” Two of the judges crossed over and it became a 3 to 2 decision. The story was similar in 2006.
The judges perhaps later understood that even if they annulled the election, it would still be the same system administering the election. For most change, it is always slow, an evolution of institutions and structures. Rarely does change come out of revolutions and even when it does, it is always short lived and destructive.
The conclusion here is, what we see on the surface is not the actual power dynamics of a country. Power is much more than that. It is a complex puzzle, a game show, going on and forth about decisions. Young people tend to be theoretical about power and how governments work. Only for them to get power and fall in an abyss. And the only way to understand power is to be close to it. Be there in the late nights when decisions are made, you will learn a thing or two and you will come out humbled and refined.
And if Museveni has been president for over 3 decades, it is not by chance. He knows which compromises to make, where to crack the whip, which things to turn a blind eye to. Uganda is not incompetent because Museveni is. Rather Museveni is incompetent because poor countries like Uganda require such a character. In such a country where a ministerial position is looked at as an opportunity for a son of the soil to kusaaka for his tribe or clan, you can understand why Museveni has ran this country in this fashion. The Gaps between theory and practice are the quarrels of governance.September 9, 2017 at 12:54 pm #27331
That’s complete nonsense: Uganda is not incompetent because of Museveni. How can you possibly have all the power and none of the responsibility? The quarrels of government is not between practice and reality. The challenge in African public affairs today, is between old tribalism and accountability in governance. What we need in Africa is to let go of tribalism in the favour of the nation-state. Decentralised national government with a centralised planing and even stronger laws. Those laws were we are all equal. This is not only right due to human rights concerns. This is right for concerns regarding development. These African dictatorial systems do not favour competition. Look at Rwanda for example, where crystal venture owns everything. Well written laws, equality before the law, these are the things that will be the bedrock of prosperity. Because they will protect investments and nurture a climate that is open to growth.January 14, 2020 at 2:32 pm #27791
Yoweri Museveni cancer on a state of no recovery
Janet Kataha Mwesigwa Museveni has lured everyone around the state and will soon call for the whole Uganda into overdrive of prayers for some kind of miracle as Mafia Yoweri Museveni stage two cancer hit a state of no recovery.
Together with her daughter, the pseudo pastor Patience Rwabwogwo, the epilepsy patient Janet Kataha Museveni have called for a family crisis meeting on the way forward as Mafia Jajja will need a lot of prayers, family presence, consolation and sympathy.
It is heard that German doctors regularly fly-in to give Mafia Museveni chemotherapy sessions and have secretly advised him to consider relinquish of power since he will need more time to rest and get treated, if he is to live a bit long.
According to those who participated in the infamous trekking, which may be his final trip, Mafia Museveni looked even more frail, dehydrated and cold, he was kept under the sun shade to avoid radius which affects the skin badly and spread cancer cells.
On the other hand, not everyone is sympathetic with Mafia Museveni’s aggravating cancer, some are biting their tongues that the old man gets completely incapacitated so they can go on with their plans.
While Janet Mwesigwa Museveni is busy calling people to join her in endless prayers, she should understand that many families have lost their loved ones not by prostate cancer but at the orders of her husband.
Epileptic Janet Museveni never even bothered to call or check on their families but now she wants the entire nation to understand her situation. A new born baby was tear gassed and lost sight but to such a baby her half divorced husband’s life is more important.
We should remember that your are all in transit on this earth to unknown destination and it doesn’t make any sense to kill another human being while forgetting that your next flight out of this world is scheduled already and you just don’t know when that flight will arrive.
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