Ugandans want a country in which we are all equal under the law to enjoy our civil liberties, dignity and contributing to our collective advancement and national defense. It is the basic function of the State to preserve and protect.

Your partisan efforts in building a terror machine however clearly are for a Uganda in which a small minority have crowned themselves LORDS and exclusive owners of the Uganda estate and the rest of us taking on the role of powerless SUBJECTS with no rights of protection from your KIFEESI police, Sir.

Ugandan is not cowards as many of your friends have chosen to assume & test fate. They will NOT beg you or your friends in treating them with dignity. They demand and will continue to demand that you do because they have paid you and continue to pay you to protect them. So the people you perceive as weak are resilient Ugandans who love their country. Their patience with you and your friends testing fate abusing them with impunity is rooted in their love for country.

They are warning you to stop killing their children with impunity. Women are crying for their children you cripple through torture. The wanton abuse of citizens rights is now unacceptable. Yet they are still hopeful that someone will listen and change course. They still believe in their country bequeathed to them by their forefathers. Ugandans know the country belongs to them. The Lords whom you serve as guarantor are just mere custodians.

The moment they are convinced by your actions that the country no longer belongs to them; then their patience will have run out. Unfortunately, you and I don’t know when this will happen. It is the reason why I refer your actions and arrogance to testing fate.

The “law” you are “protecting” is the walking STICK of the “LORDS” against the SUBJECTS who form the majority aching for a livelihood and paying taxes to the oppressor you serve. Before you forget, the current LORDS today you are working overtime to protect were SUBJECTS a few years ago and did not even own a bicycle. As recent as 1986, most of them were hapless poor citizens(subjects) demanding the same protection from another group of state operatives who controlled the state of the time.

When Gen.Sejusa was still perceived to be powerful holding some levers of state power in Kampala, it was thought he was the architect and anchor of violence against the population. Ugandans have overcome many despots over the years. And quite honestly, Ugandans are not afraid of you or your friends with whom you are consumed by a false sense of security.

In trying so hard to protect Mr.Museveni’s power schemes, Gen.Kaihura you are trying so hard to be the guarantor of a rotten regime by building a criminal anti-people kifeesi police. How do you turn a police force into a criminal gang for terrorizing the very people they are supposed to protect? Stop planting fat seeds of destruction of what remains of the nation called Uganda. Uganda must be for all Ugandans not a protectorate of a chosen few.

The methods being deployed in Kampala against the population we have seen before in Libya. The reason Libyans burnt down their country is because the dictator abused them so much that they wanted nothing to do with him in their lives. So the seeds of destruction of Libya were planted exactly by people like Kaihura who thought they loved Libya more than other Libyans.

Two years ago Mr.Museveni during one of his many State of the nation’s addresses applauded IGP.Gen.Kale Kaihura for a job well done calling him an NRM cadre.

Since 2009, from the Kayunga riots, security operatives have gunned down unarmed civilians in cold blood in many parts of the country with no accountability. This explains the recent tacit endorsement from the IGP that police brutality is now part an official cookbook of the Uganda Police Force.

The options for Gen.Kale Kaihura and those he thinks he serves are very limited. The country is tired and increasingly impatient with Mr.Museveni. And there is no doubt after 30 years in power the man had to wear down and his popularity too. The data available on the inhuman treatment of Ugandans by security forces is glaringly unacceptable and a recipe for instability. The people can only hold on so much for sanity to prevail. The anger simmering in the population will be sparked by just one more event and Kaihura will never ever want to wear a Police or Military uniform again.

Gen.Kaihura you are a small pawn in the whole grand scheme of things. When everything is removed from you, you will be shocked how light you are in the public space. You were not bigger than Gen.Sejusa during his hay days. You will get off this stage badly. We know you are just a front like Gen.Sejusa was back in the days. You are the bad cop while Muhoozi is acting the good cop in the background. We know Gen.Muhoozi whom you claim to be your “friend” is the author of this violence against civilians. You are the poor executioner and the man supposed to speak and defend all this police brutality against Ugandans.

Recently you blamed the media for reporting against Police brutality. Why blame the media for reporting what your criminal institution is doing to civilians? You have assassinated Ugandans calling it SELF DEFENSE. You have ABDUCTED Ugandans calling it police work. You have tortured suspects in detention calling it INVESTIGATIONS and intelligence gathering. You have been heard on audio recording actively undermining political opponents of your benefactor contrary to your constitutional mandate.

There is a problem. Mr.Museveni is an old man and some of us respect him for just that. He has done his modest bit. He would wish to do much more. But his son Gen.Muhoozi who many of you are now working for to extend his father’s stay in power is going to cause Uganda problems. The seeds for the destruction of Uganda to uproot this “Museveni” and anything associated with it have been planted and you are holding the small hole.

Either we build a Uganda of shared dreams for all of us to live comfortably or we shall have to destroy it completely for everybody so we rebuild something that we all can live in share comfortably.


Kabulasoke veterans are warning all forces of evil in Uganda.

By Maverick Shaka Robert



In 2005, in Masindi Stadium when I was asked to deliver a speech by the R.D.C and his team that organised behind me to throw dried banana leaves on my shoulders; that I had deserted Reform Agenda; my message to the president was simple. ‘The primary economic duty of the state is to promote moral economy and to enable citizens to escape absolute poverty. It was, therefore wrong, escapist and irresponsible to have sold off public corporations and destroyed cooperatives’. I had seen something sinister in the whole project, and I think my suspicion that a few individual were actually transferring public assets and businesses away from public responsibility and scrutiny in order to ensure self-aggrandisement was right; and I want to believe I was right unless proved wrong.

The recent crisis and public outcry regarding the 65 companies listed for government intended bailout took me straight into a reflection on the overriding concerns of Adam Smith’s philosophy of ‘moral economy’. Smith believed that there is no nation that could be great and prosperous if the majority of its people were poor and miserable; hence, it is the primary duty of a state in a ‘moral economy’ to enable the citizens to escape from what is called ‘absolute poverty’.

Unfortunately, what we are witnessing in Uganda today is very similar to the moral distaste for what seems to be collusive entrepreneurs’ behaviour, which epitomises (represents) self-enrichment and economic power clusters turning the state of Uganda into their tool in almost a cartel or a syndicate of robbers. We see this starting way back with privatisation and the Public-Private partnership in service delivery that was introduced in the 1980s, service delivery has virtually collapsed and no benefit has been realised from the much-coveted efficiency from privatisation for more than 20 years now, and now open theft of public funds disguised as bailouts.

The so-called association between the private sector and efficiency and public sector and inefficiency remains just fanciful thinking and, was clearly escapist. Whereas the public sector was accused of being wasteful and inefficient, a lot of studies, same as the 65 listed companies in Uganda today, indicate that even large private sector firms can be vast, slow-moving bureaucracies and creating innumerable opportunities for self-aggrandizement. They can equally have very destructive rivalries, cheating their public and are very wasteful, as we are witnessing today.

Besides , talking about efficiency basing on the western notion of liberalisation remains a very complex terminology that should have never been limited to profits only in a poor country like Uganda. It was an error on the part of this government, to forget that, there are many forms of efficiency, especially relating to meeting certain objectives like; eliminating poverty, evils of private monopolies , creating employment, controlling inflation , social security to the people and welfare. See, now how UMEMEs, Yakas or telecommunication companies of this world etc, are robbing citizens left and right without any protection?

People’s welfare can never be quantified in monetary terms or profits. Development objectives can never be guaranteed by the mere fact that companies in the country make a lot of profit! Whether public or private sector, the issue should be; the ability to function ethically and with integrity; in order to ensure proper working capacities, compensations, meeting incentives, actors standing by acceptable regulatory and institutional climate in which they operate, and the broader political and judicial context in which their tasks are accomplished.

The misplaced attitude that, all politicians and government employees are untrustworthy, and therefore the public sector cannot deliver was just aimed at running away from the duties of the state. It was cheap and very simplistic to just conclude that, politicians and government employees typically manipulate the policy tools and resources at their disposal, in order to maintain or expand their power, rather than work for the interests of the broader society.
Otherwise, the only way to ensure government accountability is to create an institutional structure that puts such tendencies in check/or rewards appropriate behaviour- or simply what is called good governance: not privatising public assets.

Otherwise, my experience with the public, private and civil society, in Uganda in my career for 20 years plus, makes me agree with, Jon-Chang Hoo et al (2016), who observes that; the virulent (very hostile) distrust and denigration (undermining) of government and civil servants is not going to take us anywhere. The systematically created negative public view of government officials makes everybody work rather uneasily and under uncalled for suspicion, thinking of the bad historical image/record they are associated with all the time, and full of uncertainty. Such sense of insecurity only fuels corruption in the end. Yet, in many countries, the public sector and institutions have played an essential, positive role in the development process, for example in Singapore, Botswana or the even UK. To me, this government cultivated the bad image in order to undermine good system as a venue for theft and robbery; economic theories notwithstanding.

After all, we know that there is no scientific, social or moral proof that public officials are inherently more corrupt, ambitious of position, or less efficient than are their counterparts in the private sector. Nor does the private sector do a better job of preventing the socially harmful behaviour, than the public sector. In any case corruption scandals in our country have occurred with equal frequency in public, private and civil society sectors. It could even be worse in the private sector as they are insulated from public scrutiny ( I implore you to read-Ha-Joo Chang on reclaiming Development (2016: pg 46-51); and CATO, 2014; on the Entrepreneurial State). That states should not trade is a white lie.

After all, it is now a public secret that, since the government of Uganda chose to liberalise the economy and privatise all the public sector corporations, service delivery become even worse! Yet, all the arguments then were that the private sector was the exemplar of sound business practices and that has an internal monitoring system motivated by profit incentives, which makes them more vigilant against malfeasance.

Since the 1980s, under the NRM regime, Uganda has witnessed numerous or countless corporation scandals closely backed by the state. The recent list of 65 companies waiting to be bailed for bad debts or financial challenges are just the latest examples of a long history of the private sector corruption in our country. The problem in our country is much deeper than these companies. It is the problem of bad governance, the monopoly of power, lack of transparency, collusion, bribery and tendency towards business concentration and monopolisation in the hands of favoured and nepotistic syndicates, protected or veiled in the private sector. The contractually led PPP service delivery, under the Public-Private Sector Partnership arrangement only analogues to nothing but the self-aggrandisement action of selfish individuals in both public and the private sector-typical of the rentier state-cartel type regime constructed from the start in the 1980s. Therefore, in my opinion, the 65 companies bailout will be an open robbery of public funds a clear and shameless maturation of leadership by the worst citizens in the country (Kakistocracy).


Thank you for giving this some time and thought.

Steven Birija

Is a former LC5 Chairman for Masindi district and the current Secretary General for UG-DP10.

Everything that has a beginning has an End

Everything that has a beginning has an End. The impending trial of former Burkina Faso dictator Blaise Compaoré is a sure warning to Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni that his own days are numbered.






Museveni and other African dictators will be defeated by People Power Revolutions. And they will have nowhere to hide. As the saying goes, “Everything that has a beginning has an End.”


Follow this link to see the fate of Burkina Faso’s former Dictator, Blaise Compaoré, the man who was behind the brutal murder of the Great African revolutionary, Thomas Sankara.

  • http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/Date-set-for-ex-Burkinabe-leader-trial-over-Sankara/688324-3308702-qsxjsx/index.html


When he was in power in Burkina Faso, from 1987, when he assassinated Thomas Sankara, to 2014, when he himself was forced to flee for his dear life after a successful People Power uprising, Blaise Compaoré falsely believed that there would never be an end to his iron-fist rule and brutality against the people of Burkina Faso.


Just like Museveni in Uganda, Blaise Compaoré continually rigged his way back to power in sham elections, in 1991, 1998, 2005, and 2010, and spared no effort in terrorizing and dehumanizing the People of Burkina Faso, especially those who campaigned for democratic change in the country.


Innocent citizens were murdered, tortured and brutalized en masse, and thousands were arrested or kidnapped never to be seen again. Opposition politicians had no breathing space, and their leaders were kept behind bars indefinitely.


Blaise Compaoré assumed that the nation of Burkina Faso was his personal property and that he could pry on the riches of the country as he wished. For Blaise Compaoré, the Burkinabe constitution was for systemic and endless raping, changing it whenever he wanted to consolidate his brutal rule.


Little did he know that one day the very act of raping and adulterating the country’s constitution for purely selfish ends would bring his abrupt downfall. And so it did – Blaise Compaoré’s attempt to amend the constitution to extend his 27-year term caused the 2014 Burkinabe uprising, which saw the deluded dictator running for his life into neighboring Ivory Coast.


And now his home country, Burkina Faso, has decided to put him on a try in November 2016 over his role in the assassination of the popular African Revolutionary, Thomas Sankara. There is little doubt that once the Sankara case is out of the way, Blaise Compaoré will have to answer for the barbaric violations of the constitutional rights and freedoms of Burkinabe people as a whole.


Is Mr Yoweri Museveni aware of what is happening around the African continent? Is he aware of the evolving struggle for freedom in Uganda?


Does Museveni realize that “Everything that has a beginning has an End”?


The Struggle for Free Uganda continues unabated.


For further reading follow this link:



By Dr Vincent Magombe, Secretary Free Uganda Leadership Committee and Press Secretary FU – 25/07/2016






The continental seat wasn’t the just small thing for Uganda’s political agenda to strengthen its roots on the continent , it thus didn’t need to be taken lightly . As a people, it’s time we start looking at “a bigger us” not “a smaller we”… Trust me ,We had the chance , we needed an unchallenged and unequalled candidate for this continental seat at AU . Political patronage is one thing killing this nation Uganda. I don’t have to be your friend or an ally to know what Uganda as a nation wants … I just have to be a good Citizen and patriotic enough to know I have an obligation irrespective of our differences in politics…I can assure you we have better and excellent brains in NRM, FDC, UPC, PPP, UFA, The Farmers party , independent citizens, et al who can represent us fairly on the continent and our objectives can always be achieved on the side of women representation …

As a teacher I worked in some of the worst districts in this country , among them is my second home-Kiruhura where water is literally a dream … What would have saved us were the valley dams at the time and she (Dr Kazibwe Naigaga) heartlessly mismanaged the whole multimillion project and most of us missed on the water including our animals ? She didn’t care because as a VP then she had all the luxury to enjoy and ride on tax payers money … Maybe I shouldn’t even talk to her hand in the Credit scheme “SACCO” money … Did the intended beneficiaries go home smiling ? I walked me and my students in Kikatsi-RwandaRwera , with my students in Kaaro Highschool sadly which happens to be the nearest Secondary school to the President of Uganda and the oldest in the place, long distances in search of water just because Dr. Kazibwe didn’t see the importance of people having water … Let me say back then we didn’t matter … But what about now that she needed everyone’s prayer including us who didn’t matter ? She forgot we didn’t die because God still kept us alive?. Karma played its role …Public offices are a serious responsibility that needs to be executed rightly lest it comes to haunt your future ambitions .

I RESPECT HER PERSONAL LIFE , HER ACADEMICS WHICH MAKES ME PROUD OF HER AS A WOMAN AND A MOTHER , but when it comes to her role in public office, that becomes my business and I despise her and specifically on that ground, I can’t honestly have my arms together to pray for her to have another office especially a continental office at AU… That’s doing myself a disservice , the country, and the continent … Much as 2/3 of the total vote to declare a winner wasn’t gotten by the candidate from Botswana , it’s clear that come Jan 2017 when another AU summit will sit in Addis Ababa , Dr. Kazibwe will still find it hard to climb the mountain because this time, East Africa may have more strong competitors like Former ADB Director Dr. Donald Kaberuka of Rwanda and Tanzanian Ex-President Mrisho Jakaya Kikwete if he’s still interested . WAHENGA : “Uzuri wa mkakasi ndani kipande cha mti”. “Kizuri cha jiuza,kibaya cha jitembeza”. Moral Lesson : RESPECT PUBLIC OFFICES WHEN YOU’RE APPOINTED IN ONE. EXECUTE YOUR DUTIES LIKE ITS THE LAST


Written by Mwalimu Tahakabar 

 Is a Ugandan & humanitarian with the ideals of PanAfricanism.




Continued defiance by all Ugandans is what will end police brutality.




Only when Museveni and his repressive gangs are gone, will Ugandans be able to put a stop to the road-side beatings, the chemical sprays, and the rampant arrests of pro-democracy struggle leaders and activists.

The people of Uganda must therefore continue to defy and resist Museveni repression in all its manifestations. All supposed reports of “…police investigating police over beating of Besigye supporters…” are nothing but empty and diversionary rhetoric that must not be believed– See story at these links: http://eagle.co.ug/2016/07/13/police-to-investigate-police-over-beating-of-besigye-supporters.html and http://observer.ug/news-headlines/45355-kayihura-orders-probe-into-besigye-beatings

There is no doubt that the two men, Museveni and Kayihura, together with Museveni’s own son Muhoozi, are happily issuing orders to various gangs of marauding terrorists togo out on the streets and brutalise and dehumanise innocent citizens. They have ordered masked and unmasked goons to go on the rampage, beating any one in sight for no reason whatsoever. Follow this link to read about these goons – http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Police-commanders-goons-stick-scandal-/-/688334/3296602/-/fbem0v/-/index.html

These same goons are behind the kidnappings and abductions of pro-democracy activists, and the recurrent arrests and detentions of pro-democracy activists.

And so, when you hear or read about how Museveni and Kayihura are supposedly criticizing“…police brutality against innocent civilians…”, DO NOT BELIEVE IT. It crocodile tears. It is empty and sick demagoguery that is beyond the abhorrent.

Mr Museveni and Mr Kale Kayihura, no amount of crocodile tears from the two of you… and no amount of pretentiousness… and of utterly naked lies about your supposed “…unhappiness with police brutality” will erase the factuality of the pain and injustice being experienced by the Ugandan people at the hands of your repressive machine.

Mr Yoweri Museveni and Mr Kale Kayihura, have you ever heard of this saying – “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”?

Ugandan people are not fools! They are fully awake and, increasingly, they are becoming actively involved in the struggle for a Free Uganda.

A Luta Continua!

For further reading and viewing of Museveni’s brutal repression of the Ugandan people, follow these links:

Police commanders, goons in stick scandal named



Mr President, Ugandans are not cows to be flogged


Shock as Uganda Police Mercilessly Cane Besigye Supporters Again –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXCR_xi57E4

Police caning Besigye supporters – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85LVcHd6SPg

How Besisigye traveled from Nakawa court to FDC headquarters Najanankumbi- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYoToMlhTT4

Kayihura orders probe into Besigye beatings


Police to investigate police over beating of Besigye supporters


We have also accompanied this with a letter of petition to INTERPOL.




Reference is made to the above captioned matter wherein we represent the citizens who are tortured, murdered and made unemployed by taking their business facilities. We converge as FDC, The Jobless Brotherhood, NRM poor youth, Sauti ya Vijana, DP, UPC..to petition the British High Commission

Uganda is a member of INTERPOL which has 190 member countries. As the World’s largest international police organization with a role “to enable police around the world to work together to make the world a safer place”. We hope your high tech is not promoting the way Ugandan citizens are ruthlessly beaten by the terror police.

Remembering that the vision of Ugandan police is to provide an enlightened and motivated police force that is efficient and accountable. It’s unfortunate that we can never receive or hear of police reports on the brutalities proving their inefficient tendencies and sense of not being accountable on whatever they do.

Further, the Uganda police have the mission to secure life and property in partnership with the public in a committed and professional manner aimed at promoting development.

The citizens of Uganda have become cattle to be grazed by the herdsmen, and you the proposers of peace and security protocols are silently looking on.

A police responsible for protecting life and property now terrorize, murder, kill and destroy property. A police responsible to maintain law and order creates lawlessness and disorder. A police responsible for cooperating with civilians now kills and creates rifts among citizens.

We appreciate that what Mr. Museveni did not find in Uganda was relative peace but as we write this document the peace in Uganda today is long gone and Ugandans are sitting on a time bomb.

Well aware of the police directorate of traffic and road safety headed by Assistant Inspector General of police Dr. KASIMA STEPHEN, their function is to enforce traffic and road safety laws with a view of enhancing safety for all road users.

As well, there is a directorate of human rights and legal services within police headed by Assistant inspector General of Police ERASMUS TWARUKUHWA. The department is supposed to advise police management and other officers on legal issues, initiate police related legislations guiding the police disciplinary process. It’s unfortunate that the Uganda police are not professional yet the lives and businesses of the Ugandans are at stake,

We are flabbergasted by the police behavior, silence of international bodies and donors who have left no option to the citizens who are peacefully saddened by the way issues unfold in their country. We therefore hope that if police does not change, then international bodies should stop offering arms and financial donations to the police and declare police operations illegal and life threatening.

Considering the view of police behavior under IGP Kayihura, we demand for his resignation to be safe and respected towards the development of Uganda or else we shall protect ourselves.

Yours faithfully

Ojobile Augustine — 0704171529 Coordinator

CC: UN Security Council CC: The US Embassy

CC: The Ireland Republic Embassy

CC: East African Legislative Assembly

By Dr. Vincent Magombe, Secretary Free Uganda Leadership Committee and Press Secretary FU [16/07/2016]

Kazibwe Corruption Wandera


The African Union is expected to name a successor to Dlamini-Zuma as the head of the commission at heads of state gathering in the Rwandan capital Kigali in July. And in that slot, Uganda has nominated a very controversial candidate to contest for the post.

The candidate is Dr. Specioza Naigaga Wandira Kazibwe, a Ugandan surgeon , politician and a former Vice President of Uganda from 1994 to 2003 a position she was dropped from in a very mysterious circumstance. The name Wandira Kazibwe is synonymous with grand scale corruption in Uganda to such an extent that she is referred as the midwife of corruption. The scandals tagged on her head should morally and naturally disqualify her for vying for the prestigious position of the AU chair, this position needs characters with integrity which she lacks.

Kazibwe has been implicated in numerous financial scandals in Uganda, a few of the scandals forced the executive to institute a commission of inquiry but as usual, it was a political gimmick from Mr. Museveni, to find a way out to shield her from prosecution. Therefore it’s not by default that most corrupt cabinet ministers of the Museveni administration get his nod to occupy top international positions.

Hon Sam Kutesa the minister of Foreign affairs was censored by the parliament of Uganda in the late 1990`s for corruption and incidentally he was Musevenìs choice for the coveted position of the president general of the UN general assembly, a choice Ugandans home and abroad vehemently opposed.
Come to Dr. Wandira Kazibwe, way back as a minister of agriculture,she was found to have mismanaged a project to build valley dams in the cattle grazing regions of Uganda. It’s alleged the scandal was estimated to have cost Ugandan taxpayers 5 Billion shillings ($1.5 M).

Let me shade a light on the scales of corruption involving Dr. Wandira:

  1. 5bn Uganda shilling ($1.5M) she personally misappropriated in the valley dam project.
  2. 2.5bn Uganda shillings ($ 750.000) forked by the taxpayer to educate her in Harvard School of Medicine in the United States.
  3. 60bn Uganda shillings ($17.5M) was mismanaged from Microfinance Support Centre in a record three months.Wandira Kazibwe, was the board chairperson, was subsequently suspended over allegations of abuse of office and mismanagement in the office she assumed in 2008.

    4. 3.5bn Uganda shillings ($1M) have been recently allocated to her to promote her candidature.

  4. Besides the financial mess, she is cited in many immorality related scandals.

    Her kind of management is very suspect, it’s alleged by her former subordinates that she was financially indiscipline at the Microfinance support centre and unethical in the way she managed the microfinance company. She actually managed the company like her personal shop and liked to direct things to be done her way in total contempt of policy and procedure.

Therefore Kazibwe, like Hon Sam Kutesa who exported corruption to UN during his tenure as the president general of the UN general assembly.Kutesa was strategically placed in the UN , to illegally use his position to gain access to multi-million dollar contracts, he profited $30 million in revenue from UN contracts in a job which he should not have gotten in the first place. Both these individuals have a tainted past in governance issue and thus they are an embarrassment to the continent compared to Madam Zuma`s stellar record.

I join other Ugandans to divorce ourselves from her and her masters. Ugandans have had enough of thieves representing them in international organs. Museveni is positioning them in these bodies to export graft and all sorts of malpractices, she doesn’t represent the interests of the citizens of Uganda and we the Ugandans deserves better leaders the AU position requires even more .



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This article is worth investing your time to read it!!



They call the Third World the lazy man’s purview; the sluggishly slothful and languorous prefecture. In this realm people are sleepy, dreamy, torpid, lethargic, and therefore indigent—totally penniless, needy, destitute, poverty-stricken, disfavored, and impoverished. In this demesne, as they call it, there are hardly any discoveries, inventions, and innovations. Africa is the trailblazer. Some still call it “the dark continent” for the light that flickers under the tunnel is not that of hope, but an approaching train. And because countless keep waiting in the way of the train, millions die and much more remain decapitated by the day.


“It’s amazing how you all sit there and watch yourselves die,” the man next to me said. “Get up and do something about it.”


Brawny, fully bald-headed, with intense, steely eyes, he was as cold as they come. When I first discovered I was going to spend my New Year’s Eve next to him on a non-stop JetBlue flight from Los Angeles to Boston I was angst-ridden. I associate marble-shaven Caucasians with iconoclastic skin-heads, most of who are racist.


“My name is Walter,” he extended his hand as soon as I settled in my seat.


I told him mine with a precautious smile.


“Where are you from?” he asked.


Uganda .”


“Uganda!” he exclaimed, “Museveni’s country.”


“Yes,” I said,


“But of course,” he responded. “You just elected King Cobra as your president.”


My face lit up at the mention of this. Walter smiled, and in those cold eyes, I saw an amenable fellow, one of those American highbrows who shuttle between Africa and the U.S.


“I spent three years in Uganda in the 1980s,” he continued. “I wined and dined with Charles Mbire , Elly Karuhanga , Dr. Martin Aliker , and many other highly intelligent Ugandans.” He lowered his voice. “I was part of the IMF group that came to rip you guys off.” He smirked. “Your government put me in a million dollar mansion overlooking a shanty called Namuwongo. From my patio, I saw it all—the rich and the poor, the ailing, the dead, and the healthy.”



“Are you still with the IMF?” I asked.


“I have since moved to yet another group with similar intentions. In the next few months, my colleagues and I will be in Kampala to hypnotize the cobra. I work for the broker that has acquired a chunk of your debt. Your government owes not the World Bank, but us millions of dollars. We’ll be in Kampala to offer your president a couple of millions and fly back with a check twenty times greater.”


“No, you won’t,” I said. “King Cobra is incorruptible. He is …”


He was laughing. “Says who? Give me an African president, just one, who has not fallen for the carrot and stick.”


Emmanuel Mutebile’s name popped up.d7a1e811a26207e9c74d215e29919c94


“Oh, him, well, we never got to him because he turned down the IMF and the World Bank. It was perhaps the smartest thing for him to do.”


At midnight we were airborne. The captain wished us a happy 2012 and urged us to watch the fireworks across Los Angeles.


“Isn’t that beautiful,” Walter said looking down.


From my middle seat, I took a glance and nodded admirably.


“That’s white man’s country,” he said. “We came here on Mayflower and turned Indian land into a paradise and now the most powerful nation on earth. We discovered the bulb, and built this aircraft to fly us to pleasure resorts like Lake Uganda.”


I grinned. “There is no Lake Uganda.”


He curled his lips into a smug smile. “That’s what we call your country. You guys are as stagnant as the water in the lake. We come in with our large boats and fish your minerals and your wildlife and leave morsels—crumbs. That’s your staple food, crumbs. That corn-meal you eat, that’s crumbs, the small Tilapia fish you call Ngege is crumbs. We the Bwanas (whites) take the catfish. I am the Bwana and you are the Muntu. I get what I want and you get what you deserve, crumbs. That’s what lazy people get—Ugandans , Africans, the

entire Third World.”


The smile vanished from my face.


“I see you are getting pissed off,” Walter said and lowered his voice. “You are thinking this Bwana is a racist. That’s how most Ugandans respond when I tell them the truth. They go ballistic. Okay. Let’s for a moment put our skin pigmentations, this black and white crap, aside. Tell me, my friend, what is the difference between you and me?”


“There’s no difference.”


“Absolutely none,” he exclaimed. “Scientists in the Human Genome Project have proved that. It took them thirteen years to determine the complete sequence of the three billion DNA subunits. After they


were all done it was clear that 99.9% nucleotide bases were exactly the same in you and me. We are the same people. All white, Asian, Latino, and black people on this aircraft are the same.”


I gladly nodded.


“And yet I feel superior,” he smiled fatalistically. “Every white person on this plane feels superior to a black person. The white guy who picks up garbage, the homeless white trash on drugs, feels superior to you no matter his status or education. I can pick up a nincompoop from the New York streets, clean him up, and take him to Kampala  and you all be crowding around him chanting muzungu, muzungu and yet he’s a riffraff. Tell me why my angry friend.”


For a moment I was wordless.


“Please don’t blame it on slavery like the African Americans do, or colonialism, or some psychological impact or some kind of stigmatization. And don’t give me the brainwash poppycock. Give me a better answer.”


I was thinking.


He continued. “Excuse what I am about to say. Please do not take offense.”


I felt a slap of blood rush to my head and prepared for the worst.


“You my friend flying with me and all your kind are lazy,” he said. “When you rest your head on the pillow you don’t dream big. You and other so-called African intellectuals are damn lazy, each one of you. It is you, and not those poor starving people, who are the reason Africa is in such a deplorable state.”


“That’s not a nice thing to say,” I protested.


He was implacable. “Oh yes it is and I will say it again, you are lazy. Poor and uneducated Africans are the most hardworking people on earth. I saw them in the Kampala  markets and on the street selling merchandise. I saw them in villages toiling away. I saw women in Entebbe  crushing stones for sell and I wept. Did I say to myself where are the Ugandans  intellectuals ? Are the Ugandan  engineers so imperceptive they cannot invent a simple stone crusher, or a simple water filter to purify well water for those poor villagers? Are you telling me that after 52 years of independence your university school of engineering has not produced a scientist or an engineer who can make simple small machines for mass use? What is the school there for?”


I held my breath.


“Do you know where I found your intellectuals? They were in bars quaffing. They were at the kitante Golf Club, Speke Hotel, Equator bar, and Guvnor . I saw with my own eyes a bunch of alcoholic graduates. Ugandan  intellectuals work from eight to five and spend the evening drinking. We don’t. We reserve the evening for brainstorming.”


He looked me in the eye.


“And you flying to Boston and all of you Ugandans  in the Diaspora are just as lazy and apathetic to your country. You don’t care about your country and yet your very own parents, brothers, and sisters are in Gulu , Masaka , and in villages, all of them living in squalor. Many have died or are dying of neglect by you. They are dying of AIDS because you cannot come up with your own cure. You are here calling yourselves graduates, researchers, and scientists and are fast at articulating your credentials once asked—oh, I have a Ph.D. in this and that—PhD my foot!”


I was deflated.


“Wake up you all!” he exclaimed, attracting the attention of nearby passengers. “You should be busy lifting ideas, formulae, recipes, and diagrams from American manufacturing factories and sending them to your own factories. All those dissertation papers you compile should be your country’s treasure. Why do you think the Asians are a force to reckon with? They stole our ideas and turned them into their own. Look at Japan, China, India, just look at them.”


He paused. “The Bwana has spoken,” he said and grinned. “As long as you are dependent on my plane, I shall feel superior and you my friend shall remain inferior, how about that? The Chinese, Japanese, Indians, even Latinos are a notch better. You Africans are at the bottom of the totem pole.”


He tempered his voice. “Get over this white skin syndrome and begin to feel confident. Become innovative and make your  own stuff for god’s sake.”


At 8 a.m. the plane touched down at Boston’s Logan International Airport. Walter reached for my hand.


“I know I was too strong, but I don’t give it a damn. I have been to Uganda and have seen too much poverty.” He pulled out a piece of paper and scribbled something. “Here, read this. It was written by a friend.”


He had written only the title: “Lords of Poverty.”


Thunderstruck, I had a sinking feeling. I watched Walter walk through the airport doors to a waiting car. He had left a huge dust devil twirling in my mind, stirring up sad memories of home. I could see Uganda’s literati—the cognoscente, intelligentsia, academics, highbrows, and scholars in the places he had mentioned guzzling and talking irrelevancies. I remembered some who have since passed—how they got the highest grades in mathematics and the sciences and attained the highest education on the planet. They had been to Harvard, Oxford, Yale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), only to leave us with not a single invention or discovery. I knew some by name and drunk with them at Legends and Kyadondo rugby club.


Walter is right. It is true that since independence we have failed to nurture creativity and collective orientations. We as a nation lack a workhorse mentality and behave like 13 million civil servants dependent on a government pay cheque. We believe that development is generated 8-to-5 behind a desk wearing a tie with our degrees hanging on the wall. Such a working environment does not offer the opportunity for fellowship, the excitement of competition, and the spectacle of innovative rituals.


But the intelligentsia is not solely, or even mainly, to blame. The larger failure is due to political circumstances over which they have had little control. The past governments failed to create an environment of possibility that fosters camaraderie, rewards innovative ideas and encourages resilience.Mutesa, Obote , and Amin  embraced colonial  ideas and therefore failed to offer many opportunities for drawing outside the line.


I believe King Cobra’s reset has been cast in the same faculties as those of his predecessors. If today I told him that we can build our own car, he would throw me out.


(Are you mad? Get out of here)


Knowing well that King Cobra will not embody innovation at Walter’s level let’s begin to look for a technologically active-positive leader who can succeed him after a term or two. That way we can make our own stone crushers, water filters, water pumps, razor blades, and harvesters. Let’s dream big and make tractors, cars, and planes, or, like Walter said, forever remain inferior.


A fundamental transformation of our country from what is essentially non-innovative to a strategic superior African country requires a bold risk-taking educated leader with a triumphalist attitude and we have one in YOU. Don’t be highly strung and feel insulted by Walter. Take a moment and think about our country. Our journey from 1964 has been marked by tears. It has been an emotionally overwhelming experience. Each one of us has lost a loved one to poverty, hunger, and disease. The number of graves is catching up with the population. It’s time to change our political culture. It’s time for Ugandan  intellectuals to cultivate an active-positive progressive movement that will change our lives forever. Don’t be afraid or dispirited, rise to the challenge and salvage the remaining….


Use Nigeria/Nigerian, Kenya/Kenyan, etc. to substitute Uganda/Ugandan in the article and it holds true for all African.


By UG-DP10



The Ugandan Resistance Landscape is Good. The struggle for freedom is progressing not regressing – RABBA NAGA.


There is a good reason for the good people desiring change to lose hope and morale and pull inward or even be tempted to turn to the enemy. Such reaction is absolutely normal. But is it justifiable in the circumstances? The answer is no.
The struggle for freedom is progressing not regressing. This is clearly manifested in several areas. Firstly, you can see it from the panic of the regime, the arrests of politicians etc.,
Secondly, the disintegration of the Museveni security system as you see the rampant arrests of soldiers and policemen and the purging of the security services as a whole. The confusion in command and control, promotions and deployments in UPDF, UPF and security services. These are causing tensions within the armed forces and can be seen through increased tensions now characterized by the rampant murders in the services etc.
Thirdly, more people are joining the liberation crusade than ever before. There is no longer any doubt now, here or abroad that the NRM and Museveni are a failed project. Even for those who were really supporting the dictatorship, they are becoming alarmed and no longer sure of the sustainability of the corrupt system.
The dictatorship has no economy to talk about. You can see this through the contraction in growth, production halting to zero, national reserves depleted, public debt soaring to unsustainable levels and the chaos the financial sector leading the defaulting in payments by business people, non-payment of workers including security services and collapse of local businesses and flight of foreign companies and collapse of investor confidence.
Then with a more political clamp down, expect more destruction of the economy. Political instability leads to economic collapse. That is the way it works.
Fourthly, the total collapse of the social services sector.
The fifth pointer that the struggle is gaining momentum is in the arrests the government is making of people it alleges are involved in plotting to overthrow it. Never before have we seen rebellions stretching beyond regional bigotry. It has always been north or central or Kasese but never a national resistance situation. You find Kabazigiruka, forget whether it is true or not, but it is instructive that he is alleged to be working with people from the north. In addition, never before have we seen the struggle emanating from within the armed forces, the mainstream itself, not the defeated groups trying a counterattack like was the case with all those northern rebellions. This is vital in understanding the new dynamics.
There is more as I will post in my subsequent postings, but for now, leaders of all shades need to assure the people that the struggle is of the course. Explain explain explain.
Secondly, we all need to intensify our efforts no matter how small, one by one makes a bundle.
Lastly, even when mistakes are made by leaders in the parties etc., we should try to minimize the fallouts, you may not agree with the approach by some of these leaders, but open warfare against them do not help the struggle. So we need to engage more not less.

But overall, the resistance landscape is good.