When Prophets speak, no one listens to them because of their very nature of modesty as the messenger.

See, the moment we failed to build a society of shared dreams then we implicitly, each one of us was motivated to want to go it alone.(individual merit)

We lost appetite for ORGANIZATION. Cooperatives which were the nerve center of citizen participation and production organization were dismantled. This disrupted commodity chains hoping markets were perfect solutions. We woke to the reality that individual markets access and linkages were tall order. Farmer retreated to subsistence agriculture as the motivation to produce for markets was no longer viable.

Everybody was made to think they alone, can go up to the “economic moon” through political galaxies of SIASA or AIR SUPPLY. All little young people joining University were taken to play with guns in a program whose results to date are not here nor there.

A poor country cannot develop without the charisma and foresight of its leaders. The people need direction to lessen the burden without taking away their individual responsibility. Policy & structural direction & institutionalized discipline to follow through strategic plans(National Development Plans).

38million poor are a serious problem. In 20 years they will be 70million poor people. You might think this is far fetched but 30 years ago, many young people in their 30s were sold hope and today in their 60s are scratching their gray-haired scalp watching their educated children jobless and in despair. Many of them had hoped their children to be their “insurance” policy but alas the children are stuck in their “economic pampers” in their 30s.

I have written many times about a military program that has bled many economic opportunities grinding our economy to a halt. You can go on mountaintops and shout how things are okay but the truth is it is horrible. In fact, those shouting everything is okay are individuals with questionable ambition.

In 2002, at the small join in Tororo, I shared my insights about the economy and the way it is being governed and I argued then and now that unless there is discipline from the top all the way down, Ugandans are floating on water like a water cabbage.

I know my old man Mr.Museveni is very physically exhausted now and certainly still hoping to be the ONLY man who will take Uganda to middle-income status in 2017 as he promised.

But we have systematically decimated the few nascent institutions and failed to build and strengthen others. We have created more enemies in the region than economic frontiers to expand regional trade.

Instead of regional countries coming together to help Congo develop her energy potential for export to power up smaller economies, they have been militarily attacking and raping. Unlike R.Nile constantly creating headache between upstream countries with Egypt, R.Congo with over 200,000MW of energy potential has no quarrels. Who would attack and rape Congo if they have invested money to generate electricity in Zaire? Instead for donkey years rather export economic diplomacy, they have been exporting wars.

During a cabinet meeting Kyankwazi after the stolen sham election, the Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo was born. From the retreat, news came out that a Malaysian Minister of Transformation informed the cabinet to their shock that:

1) It is good to have PLANS

2) It is even better to ensure the plans are IMPLEMENTED for results.

What he meant was that PLANNING is a building block, EXECUTING the plan and having the commitment to be held ACCOUNTABLE the results is part of the competitive advantage process which keeps high performing teams and organizations at the top.

I am not writing this for politics. I have always been a PATRIOT who believes in building a vibrant society in which every young man and woman can unleash his/her talent for our collective benefit.

The economy of Uganda will not grow through prayer and worship. God will not drop mana from heaven. Uganda has been given all the tools and resources to be successful and the people have to make choices.

The leaders are very clueless. The people have run low on ambition and everyone including Sudhir Ruparelia now shaking his head.

Don’t say I did not warn you. You keep defending your corrupt relatives stealing public money but the moment age catches up with you when you have no social base to rely on for your old frame, ask your parents what they would do different if their age was run back to 30.

Shaka Robert also was known as Gen. Maverick.





“I thank the government of North Korea. They always give us technical support. There are people who are happy with them but I have not seen any problem with them. They trained our first tank crew, they trained our Special Forces, …..”(Museveni: during the pass out of North Korea trained Police at Masindi, April 2014.)


North Korea’s relations with Uganda date as far back as the early 1960s when diplomatic ties were established immediately after independence. At the time, North Korea was offering free higher technical and specialist education, arms and finance to a number of African countries like Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, etc who were struggling for their independence and the fight against Apartheid in South Africa. Museveni while in exile in Tanzania in the early 1979s traveled to North Korea for guerrilla training. Milton Obote’s 1st and 2nd governments received military support from North Korea. In 1981, Obote made a goodwill visit to North Korea where he signed cooperation agreements in technology, economy and cultural areas. North Korea agreed to deploy a military team of 30 military officers to manage the equipment maintenance project and infantry training based in Gulu. These experts trained a specialized unit of the UNLA dubbed Crack Unit based at Nakasongola. In November 1984, 200 North Korean troops arrived in Uganda to boost the UNLA’s Crack Unit. It carried out combat operations against Museveni’s NRA insurgents in the Luwero triangle. It gave the NRA a rough time and 3 Koreans lost their lives in action. They left Uganda in September 1985 following the overthrow of Obote by the Okellos in July 1985.

When Museveni took over in January 1986, he adopted quite a number of military equipments that had been supplied by North Korea to the UNLA thus he had to request for experts from North Korea to come and train his men on this machines. In 1987, Museveni made his first official visit to North Korea. Following the visit, North Korea provided Uganda with a military loan worth US$ 4M, 40 military advisors, and 150 NRA military personnel participated in a joint military exercise with North Korea. A consignment of weapons consisting of Surface to Air Missiles, eight truck mounted rocket launchers, sixty Anti-Aircraft guns, ten Armored Personnel Carriers (APC), unknown amount of ammunitions was despatched from North Korea and offloaded at Dar Is Salaam port before being transported to Uganda. Korean experts conducted the first formal Military Intelligence course at Kireka barracks during that same period. The graduates of that course are currently the senior military and intelligence officers in both Rwanda and Uganda. In 1989, a batter trade deal worth US$4.2M of military weapons and clothing in exchange for coffee beans and cotton from Uganda was signed. DDelivery of military equipments and clothing from North Korea continued into the early 1990s. North Korea has been assisting the Uganda Police with training in martial arts, specialised units and martial arts since 1988.

Since coming to power, Museveni has visited North Korea for three times. In June 2013, a high delegation from North Korea led by the Deputy Minister of People’s Security visited Uganda. They inspected the Police training that was being conducted by the North Koreans where the visiting Deputy Minister was photographed holding a tear gas canister launcher in the company of Police Chief, Kayihura. During the same visit, mutual cooperation agreements were signed for among others, the construction of housing units for the Police. In October 2014, North Korea’s ceremonial leader, Kim Yong Nam visited Uganda and during the State banquet, Museveni praised North Korea for its “prominent role in fighting imperialism.” He added that North Korea had helped by training Uganda’s Mechanized Units and Air force. During the four days visit, the two countries signed an MOU on bilateral cooperation. In the same year, Museveni hypocritically refused the International Kim Il Sung Award that North Korea had offered him.


Since 2005, Uganda had abstained from voting against all the nine UN General Assembly resolutions over North Korea’s poor human rights record. The UN eventually imposed sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear test and ballistic missile launch. Despite the sanctions, Uganda continued with its military dealings with Uganda – military and police training, weapon transfer, weapon repair and servicing, establishment of a small arms factory at Nakasongola, supplying of repressive police equipments, etc. 45 North Korea security experts are training the Police in Masindi. Until 2007, Uganda had refused to have its Nakasongo Army Factory to be inspected by international experts and even when it did its only the ammunitions production line that was viewed. Uganda is suspected to have acquired man portable air defense system from North Korea. In April 2016, a report by a global think tank, USIDS listed Uganda as one of the six countries that seemed not to be ready to cut military ties with North Korea.


Besides training with the military, North Korea also trains Ugandan Police officers. Recent reports suggested that Uganda was buying anti-riot gas and gear from the Asian country.In 2013 North Korea provided military support to Uganda in terms of both loans and ammunition. In 1987, it gave the military a $4 million loan and also sent 40 military advisers to Uganda, according to a recent report by the East African.Also in 1989, President Museveni exchanged coffee and cotton for weapons from DPRK.

The Museveni regime has a special bond with North Korea that can not be easily done away with. The two regines share all the characteristics of a military dictatorship, despotic leadership, political repression, totalitarianism, worst abuse of human rights, ecc. All the repressive schemes that have kept his regime in power have been supported by North Korea. Given the current political situation in Uganda, Museveni needs North Korea now more than ever before. Its newfound friendship in the South Korea comes at a time when Museveni is all out to fight the so called “western imperialism” and North Korea is his No. 1 ally in this war. Therefore, Museveni is at his survival games once again and this time around adding South Korea on the list of countries that he has always blackmailed. In his estimates, he thinks that by declaring a hoax disengagement with North Korea and engaging with South Korea, he will win back favors from the West. There is no doubt Museveni will secretly continue to to get military aid from North Korea. South Korea only needs to watch its back.


By Sarah Nalukenge