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Pepsi Challenge of 2014 in Norway: How to be Insulting to its own product but also its competitors!

The Pepsico Company has a new campaign that insults its own normal Pepsi and also ordinary Coca-Cola. The issue is that the Pepsi Challenge of 2014 is that it’s saying that it has more taste then the ones with sugar. Then it’s saying that Pepsi MAX has more flavor then Pepsi and also Coca-Cola which is the main idea for the campaign.

It is true that the sale of Pepsi MAX in Norway is the biggest seller of sodas in recent years. It’s about 30% of the market share alone. So not like the competitors in sales really has a shot on the Norwegian market. The Coca Cola has a big share as well, but the numbers aren’t as big as the Pepsi. Coca Cola had the giant campaign about a year ago on “share a coke with…” somebody. It was a gimmick which was a passing flue that was to play on sharing the coke on social media.

The difference between that and the one now from Pepsi is that they are claiming a lot, that their product is superior and also better than their original Pepsi because their Pepsi MAX is supposed to have more flavor then all sugar based Cola’s. That means that Pepsi, Coke, First Price Cola, RC Cola etc. The supposed taste of sweat drink would not be as good as MAX. Something that is insulting to the competitors, but also its main product Pepsi Cola.

Last time Pepsi did this Coke made the ‘New Coke’ which was a disaster. People wanted the traditional one and therefore it today says ‘Classic’ on the label to ensure the consumer that you is drinking the old sugar based soda that always.

That was in 80s and times have changed. The Coke Company has different diet based cokes on the market. Even ones that have left the market as well like TAB Extra. Today Coke has Light version and also Zero. Which they both market to different crowds: the Light to the woman and Zero for the men. Therefore this challenge of 2014 is supposed to both handle this and the ‘classic’ coke.

If they will earn anything on it, I am sure they will. Even if they somehow already ‘own’ the market for sodas here in Norway, if they have the same campaign other places I am not sure. But here it’s all over the place in the capitol and I am sure in all urban areas. The same way kiosk-chain 7eleven proclaimed for a year ago the taste test of their coffee and if it didn’t taste better than other places you could get your money back or something. Sure somebody bought into that. If people buy that Pepsi MAX has more flavors then the sugar-based ones, I doubt it! We all should know that it’s about preferences and not the actual taste. Because even the cult like fan-base of Dr. Pepper will say that the other sodas just taste bitter sugar-water compared to their favorite soda.

So please stop with nonsense. We’re not buying it! If I was a five year old naïve country boy again instead of a grown ass man, I might get caught in the gimmick, but I am too old and seen enough to know by now what it means. The answer is then, what do you think about it? Or am I walking alone, YNWA right? YOLO, Peace.

If you can’t get enough though! Check this old John Pilger documentary ‘Buurp’:

Discussion: Top ten % usage of GDP on Armies in the African nations – discussing the main use of those armies.

(Angolian Army picture from EUCom)

This is little piece will be about the irony of how we spend our money. It will also address how the ten African countries spend their money.

List of Top ten African countries with highest military spending with % of GDP:

1. Eritrea – 6.30%

2. Burundi – 5.90%

3. Mauritania – 5.50%

4. Madagascar – 5.10%

5. Morocco – 4.80%

6. Algeria – 4.30%

7. Guinea-Bissau – 4.30%

8. Sudan – 4.20%

9. Zimbabwe – 3.80%

10. Namibia – 3.70%

(Source: Daily Monitor Uganda)

Number 1: Eritrea

Isaias Afewerki the Eritrean president, who has run the country since 1993.That after being the boss of the independence against Ethiopia. So that he is paranoid of the big brother in Addis Adeba isn’t surprising at all, especially since there is still border conflicts between them. Also Afeweki isn’t famous for neither democratic rulings nor elections so a dictator or totalitarian leadership style sure need some more then meagerly coins to suppress its citizens.

Number 2: Burundi

Pierre Nkurunziza the Burundian president has been in charge since 2005. He is of for his third term and not careering about limits to the stay power. So I am sure that he needs some forces to keep his company to continue to be commander and chief. In 2010 most parties boycotted the elections which gave Nkurunziza a second term. Also, Pierre is famously having a regime that is interrogating, harassing and tales about ghosting journalist. That Human Rights Watch has addressed with a lot of instances. They have parts of the army in Somalia as AMISOM; the forces of Nkurunziza aren’t just to tangle his own citizens. Some do other stuff also it seems.

Number 3: Mauritania  

Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz the Mauritanian president who has been that since 2009. After the election the man hasn’t been the most popular president. The unemployed youth isn’t supporting him anymore. I am sure it’s helps to become the Chairman of AU in 2014. The most embarrassing moment in his own career was while in France in 2012: That he was shot in the stomach and had to go to the hospital in Paris. Mauritania has had issues with the military groups that comes from Northern Mail, so that has to one of many reasons why the country is using such much resources on the army!

Number 4: Madagascar

Hery Rajaonarimampianina 25. January of 2014 he became the president of this island republic. He took over after the famous DJ Andry Rajoelina who took over in the coup of 2009. So that the army has monies to spend to keep things in order is understandable. The army has proven to be a bit unstable, especially in 2012 when there was a mutiny at an army-base outside of the airport in the capitol of Antananarivo. That is when the army used it force and shut the mutiny down. Also the same year the military forces used aggressive means to shut down teacher strikes in 2012. So what is up next for them in Madagascar and Mr Rajaonarimampianina doing with it…? Time will tell.

Number 5: Morocco

Abdelilah Benkirane was appointed by the Moroccan King in 29. November 2011. Morocco has reasons to be armed up – first is the control over Western Sahara and the citizens there who is struggling for their independence. Secondly is the armed race between Morocco and Algeria. Morocco has been a part of the peace mission in Kosovo until 2014. Where the forces will do missions now is something I don’t know.

Number 6: Algeria

Abdelaziz Bouteflika has ruled the country since 27. April 1999. In 2011 the country was finally out of state of emergency. Even though the country has after the Arabian Spring seen more outside guerrillas whom is connected to Al-Qaeda. The oil rich country has been in armed race with Morocco for a while even had some shooting on the border crossings with the neighbor. The other uses for the army have also taken 40 missiles near the border to Libya. So the use is there, also to keep control over the citizens like all strong forced governments.

Number 7: Guinea-Bissau

Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo has acted as president since 11. May of 2012. The president who has had a tough stay in charge that being said: the month long treatment in Germany in 2013. The incidents of the military chief of staff General Jose Americo Babu Na Tchucu arrested in USA for drugs. That other military learders is being accused of trafficking drugs as well. So the army isn’t just shooting, they are travelling with powder. Usually the troops has been used for coup d’etat at many times like in 1980s, 1998,1999, 2003, 2005(2 coups), 2009, 2010 and yet again in 2011 and 2012. The Government and army is tangled together. Time will tell before the next coup d’etat is happening!

Number 8: Sudan

Omar Al-Bashir the man who took charge of the big country through a coup d’etat in 1989. He has been elected 3 times after that, I am sure they been rigged and secured to get more than 51 % of the vote to secure him the seat. The civil war between the North and South lasted for 19 years from 1983 – 2005. That led to the South becoming a independence state out of the government of Khartoum. The Bashir government has supported the LRA against the Ugandan government because President Museveni supported the rebellion army of SPLA who fought for sovereign South-Sudan. The Janjaweed has also made issues in Darfur and made it a bigger crisis. The last one is in the border regions towards South Sudan. Because hey, Al-Bashir misses all that oil money, secondly if he can establish anarchy in the regions, he can regain control! That is what he wishes and he is using all of the military power that he has and wants to.

Number 9: Zimbabwe

President Robert Mugabe has been in charge since 1987. He was the shiny light of independence struggle from British colonial powers and making Rhodesia to what is todays Zimbabwe. He used the forces to initially get Zapu and PF into Zanu-PF. This is where Mugabe has made the country his. He runs it and controls it. Ever since that he had used the force to keep his power in a way of rigging elections and destroying the powers of those who oppose him. The army was also used for a time during the wars in the 90s in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the support of the deceased Laurent Kabila. So it’s no surprise that the army is on a certain level to both control his citizens and also do business where ever that makes money for the chief!

Number 10: Namibia

Hifikepunye Pohamba has been the ruler of the country since 21. March 2005. He has claimed that the civil servants have issues with the government projects therefore he surely needs an army to shut that down. During the great struggles Nambian forces have had bases in Angola. That was while they were shooting at the UNITAS to get rebel forces done and out of Angola. The Namibian army was also involved in the diamond trade of war in Democratic Republic of Congo so they sure has had the need for a great army. So they have had their uses outside the borders and sure the government of Namibia is happy for that. The army chiefs of Namibia have promised to use their forces to help Zimbabwe to fight of imperialist – that is in 2014. So they sure need a big sized army.

As we see they are using the armies and monies being used. Sure it’s all necessary! Peace.

Throwback Classic #13 – Tony Yayo ft 50 Cent – So Seductive

This is a song that made me get a album that really wasn’t all that in 2005. Still a good track though? The Tony Yayo dance with the hands is still a funny sight! An we understand why he became lazy, he lived of 50 Cent. Tony Yayo didn’t need a solo career, he had a amazing G Unit track record and hot mixtapes. Then the tours with Fif secured the cake! Peace.

Uganda – Dr. Kizza Besigye: Naked Rogue Regime – No more pretence of multiparty system of Rule of Law.

From Col Dr. KIzza Besigye:

NAKED ROGUE REGIME- No more pretence of multiparty system or Rule of Law:

This weekend (Friday and Saturday 28th/29th March 2014), I planned to join the Political Party and Civil Society leaders in Kabale and Kasese to launch the “Call for Free and Fair Elections Now”.

After what happened in Mbale and Soroti last weekend and the Statements that were being made by the “Police” Chiefs in Kampala, Kabale and Kasese during the week, I knew that we would be facing stiff challenges in our tasks.

I suspected that I would be blocked en-route to Kabale; so, I first evaded the 24/7 police surveillance around me and drove to Kabale while my “guards” were vigilantly guarding a house in Kampala, where they expected me to be.

At about 8 pm (Thursday), we passed by two Police Patrol Vehicles about 30 kms to Kabale. Soon, it became clear that they were chasing after us and our driver (Mr. Fred Kato) did the needful to keep ahead of them. As we entered Kabale town, the patrol vehicles were quite close behind us. We drove very first up the hill overlooking the town centre and were able to elude our pursuers.

We had already organised a “hideout” to stay overnight and managed to get there without being noticed. As we settled in to have a much-needed meal, we received the news of our colleagues being evicted by “Police” from a radio talk-show.

FDC President, Maj Gen (rtd) Mugisha Muntu and Bishop (rtd) Zac Niringiye had been invited to radio Voice of Kigezi (VOK) to discuss the electoral reforms we intended to launch and other political issues.

By the time of the talk-show, it was clear that the “Police” was up to no good. Heavily armed policemen had surrounded all the 3 FM stations in Kabale town. I understand that Zac and Muntu had to use creative means to get into the VOK unnoticed.

Twenty minutes into the program, the Kabale District Police Commander (DPC) Bosco Arop stormed into the Station with his forces and ordered the program to close immediately and the visitors to leave at once! The host of the program had no choice but to close the program and to ask their visitors to leave as ordered.

I also learnt that a public lecture that was to be delivered by Bishop Zac Niringiye to students of Kabale University on Thursday 27th March was unceremoniously stopped. The Regional Police Commander (RPC), the DPC, the DISO and a heavily armed police squad had arrived at the University shortly before the lecture was due to start and ordered the Vice Chancellor to call it off.

On the same Thursday, the “Police” ordered the owner of the venue booked for our Friday meeting to cancel the booking. Rev Fr Gaetano Tibanyenda (Parish Priest of Kitanga Catholic Parish) and his organising team quickly secured another venue at a downtown hotel.

Vehicle and foot police patrols were reported all over Kabale municipality throughout Thursday night. To the foot policemen’s anguish, a very heavy downpour of rain started at about 5.30am and continued throughout the morning and early afternoon.

As I settled in my Kabale “hideout”, it was clear that we would not be able to hold our meeting as planned. I did not emerge from my “hideout” until about 2 pm, the time of our planned meeting. I was able to reach the venue, the Hill Top Hotel without being noticed.

Expectedly, “riot policemen” had surrounded the Hotel. A crowd of people who had gathered for the meeting was throwing curses at the policemen. Rev Fr Gaetano and Gen Mugisha Muntu were standing by the entrance of the Hotel.

I waved to the crowd through the sunroof; triggering frenzied police activity around us. The notorious police van that permanently tails me had, apparently arrived early in the morning. It’s goons were on rampage around us; trying to clear the gathered people and to force us to leave. The goons were pepper-spraying into any possible opening to our locked vehicle’s cabin.

Gen Muntu informed me that before we arrived, they had told the people to disperse and return to their chores since the police had blocked our meeting. However, a large crowd was still gathered there and we chose to remain there too.

After a while, a recovery vehicle (breakdown) was brought to tow my vehicle away. That’s when we decided to leave the venue and proceed to my home in Rukungiri, about 115 km north of Kabale. The Police van and two patrol vehicles pursued us.

At Kisiizi, midway between Kabale and Rukungiri, we found a large market, where people cheered us wildly and about 20 boda-bodas followed us hooting and cheering.

Shortly after Kisizi Hospital, the police van overtook us and blocked the road. It’s occupants jumped out with batons and guns and viciously attacked the boda-bodas. Others tried to break into our vehicle. We drove through the bush; bypassing the van and speeding onto Rukungiri. I understand some of the boda-bodas were badly injured and are being treated at Kisizi Hospital.

Shortly after getting to my Rukungiri home, the police van arrived with three patrol vehicles (re-enforced by Rukungiri Police) and policemen were deployed all around the home.

It was at this point that I learnt of the arrest of Gen Mugisha Muntu and Rev Fr Gaetano. They were apparently arrested shortly after we left Kabale. They were briefly detained at Kabale Police Station, and then transferred to Ntungamo Police Station (80 km) North East of Kabale. Later in the evening, they were released without any charge.

While in Rukungiri last night, I was informed by our leaders in Kasese (our next stop after Kabale) that police had succeeded in intimidating the owner of booked venue to cancel the booking. It had become difficult to secure another booking, for the same reason. Our meeting was being postponed for week to reorganise.

In spite of this, “Police” blocked DP President General, Mr Norbert Mao, and other DP leaders (who were already on the way to Kasese), at Katunguru brigde. DPC of Kasese informed them that he had instructions not to allow them beyond that point. He ordered them to return to Kampla.

As all this was going on, the High Court in Kampala was once again giving a ruling re-stating that Ssalongo Elias Lukwago was still the Lord Mayor of Kampala. There had been two other similar ruling on the same issue.
The Judge ordered a stop of the elections the Electoral Commission was purporting to organise to fill the office of Lord Mayor. The Judge castigated the Attorney General and Minister for Kampala for contempt of court. We all know that in spite of all this, Mayor Lukwago will not be entering his office because soldiers to stop him from doing so surround it.

The Museveni/ NRM regime has worked hard over the last 28 years to manufacture covers for their brand of military dictatorship. All covers are now gone. I never cease to be amazed by the similarity of the “NRM revolution” and the revolution of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

In the end, “Animal Farm” was re-named “Manor Farm”; Napolean (the pig), the head of the Animal revolution was wining, dining and playing cards with Mr. Pilkington (man of Foxwood farm). The Animals that carried out the revolution had long been marginalised and terrorised beyond what their original master (Mr. Jones) did.

Peeping through the window, the Animals could no longer see the difference between the Napoleon or the other pigs, and their former masters, the men. I am sure that if all the former dictators were back in State House, dining with Mr. Museveni, we would not tell who was who!

The rogue regime is now as naked as they come. Let’s be under no illusion, we must stand together again and eject all the pigs and the Pilkingtons. This time, we must keep our eyes open and defend the revolution.
WE SHALL OVERCOME!!

Pimp C last interview (Unreleased)

UGK4Life!

UGK documentary – All-Star Tribute to them

A nice to watch documentary where the other rappers tell how they got to listen to UGK. UGK4Life! Peace

Mack the more – Grammy’s 2014 (mine kommentar til tragedien)

Ikke ofte gidder jeg å kommentere eller skrive om Grammys eller Oscar utdelinger. De er så betente og politiske at det halve kunne ha vært nok! Idag gjør jeg en liten helomvending. Ikke fordi det er overraskende hvem som vant i de fleste delene av Hip Hop sjangeren på Grammy’s 2014. Det var forventet når du så på de utvalgte låtene og album.

Best Performance – “That’s right, O Kay Kay!”

Jeg er langt fra fan av disse som vant 3 av 4 Grammyer. At Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vant for Beste Performance foran Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Swimming Pool’ er uforståelig. Ikke minst også låtene Eminem’s ‘Bezerk’ som viser råheten til Em, produksjon av Rick Rubin og gjennomtenkthet med inspirasjon fra Beastie Boys! Uforståelig, at Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Thrift Shop’ blir ansett som en bedre låt! Det er bare helt banalt. ‘Thrift Shop’ har sin greie og den slo sabla godt an, men alle vet at det var bedre ifjor? Til å med de som tildelte prisen vet dette innerst inne.

Beste Rap-låt: “Fuck You Pay Me”

At Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vant over disse sangene er også uforståelig. Coup d’etat er det blitt! Drake ble som også i forrige Beste Perfomance nominert med ‘Started from the Bottom’. Ikke at jeg er fan av Drake heller, selv denne låten synes jeg faktisk er god! Den viser talentet til Drake. En annen låt som laget til Asap Rocky – ‘Fucking Problems’ som også er med 2Chainz, Drake og Kendrick Lamar. Denne låten er også slagferdig og en god radiolåt. Den var også utslagsgivnde igjennom for Asap Rocky! Jay-Z ‘Holy Grail’ og Kanye West ‘ New Slaves’ var også nominert. Disse viser bare enda mer hvor feil det var å gi Grammyen til Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Thrift Shop’.

Beste Rap-Album: “Lost Ones”

Her er den siste og mest tragiske som skjedde på Grammy’s 2014 at Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘The Heist’vant for beste Rap-Album! Noe så tragisk. Tragikomisk. Urovekkende og helt feil! Drake var også nominert her med albumet: ‘Nothing Was The Same’. Som var bedre album enn debuten. Så fortjent kunne dette ha vært og det mer enn Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Drake var bare ikke hvit nok, selv om han var tidligere en skuespiller fra Toronto. Jay-Z med ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ måtte også falle, dette er mer forståelig. Hadde ikke forventet dette albumet på listen. Derimot så forventet jeg at Kanye West og ‘Yeezus’ skulle være der! Ikke at jeg kjøpte albummet, men at det var spesielt for musikkåret 2013. Det var den definitivt. Det mest sjokkerende var at Kendrick Lamar og ‘Good Kid M.A.A.D City’ – GKMC er en klassiker. Er sikker på at sammenligne album om ti år vil Kendricks debut album på TDE/Aftermath/Interscope med Dr.Dre bak spakene. Det er helt utrolig at dette albumet ikke vant en Grammy!

Unnlatte album og låter: “Forgot about Dre”. 

At J.Cole både album ‘Born Sinner’ og låtene ‘Crooked Smile’ ft TLC og ‘Power Trip’ ft Miguel. Burde ha vært med på de tre listene. Pusha T en del av Clipse som gav ut sin første solo skulle lett ha overskygget flere av de nominerte album – dette med tanke på hvor bra albumet ‘My Name Is My Name’. Låtene ‘Sweet Serenade’ ft Chris Brown og ’30 Acres’ ft The Dream. Skulle let vært med på nominasjonslisten til Grammy! Bubba Sparxx kom ut med nytt album i året som var ‘Pain Management’. Der han gikk tilbake til røttene, men med independent realese istedenfor stort plateselskap ble utgivelsen forbi i stillhet. Selv om den selvskreven for min del. Også Cory Mo sitt album ‘Take it or Leave it’ burde ha vært med og låten ‘Hold up’. Chamillionaire med ‘Reignfall’ burde ha vært blant låtene som skulle ha vært nominert. Kanskje også sammen med DJ Khaled sin låt – ‘Never Surrender’. Talib Kweli’s album ‘Gravitas’ burde også heller gjemmes vekk. Man kan vel ikke forvente annet.

Takk for meg. Peace.

Dagen derpå og forsatt i lykkerus(og tenker igjennom mine egne minner som Strømsgodset supporter!).

Idag er det dagen derpå. Igår var det lykkerus. Glede. Galskap. Råskap! 43 års ventetid over for den klubben jeg har følgt så lenge jeg har fulgt sporten fotball. Jeg var ikke født eller påtenkt sist gang klubben hadde storhetstid eller vant dengang da eliteserien eller Tippeligaen.

Jeg husker siste store periode under Dag Vidar Kristoffersen. De først klarte 3. i serien 1997 og vant cupen! Dette ende med cup-vinner-cupen! O så stort det var. Laget trakk Aston Villa. 15.09.1998 Da var det kampen jeg husker mest! Det var bortekampen som Strømsgodset tapte 3-2. For en kamp! Litt av en spenning. Christer George enorm på midtbanen og Glenn Andre Hansen tok av i buret. Thomas Wæhler som overbeviste i forsvar. Det var en fenomal sensasjon! Dagen etter trakk han seg.. Etter murring i troppen.

Dette var 1998. Den sesongen endte 10 plass og slått ut tidlig i cupen. Jens Martin Støten tok over og 1999 og da var det kvalikplass på 12 plass og nedrykk etter tap mot Start! Arne Dokken tok over, fikk laget tilbake til Tippeligaen etter en sesong nede i 1. Divisjon, men rykket direkte ned på 13. plass.

Fra 2002 til 2005 var klubben middelshavsfarer i 1. divisjon under ledelse av Arne Dokkens siste år i 2002. Fra 2003-2004 erfarne treneren Vidar Davidsen. 2005 var det Anders Jacobsen uten noe nytt og forsatt første divisjon. Da var på bortekamp mellom Løv-Ham og Strømsgodset. Det var en kamp Løv-Ham styrte, Strømsgodset kontret, og fikk mål 21 minutt med Nyan. Deretter lå de bakpå og hadde kontroll. Selv om Løv-Ham styrte kampen.

2006 tok Dag Eilev Fagermo over, sammen med Ronny Deila som assistent. Fagermo fikk tak i Kovacs. Dette gjorde at laget kom opp i Tippeligaen. 2007 ble det en 10 plass. Før 2008 gikk Fagermo til Odd. Da tok Ronny Deila over. Ett lag som var med mange ex-Rosenborg spillere og nesten ferdige med deres karrierer. Det var to harde sesonger hvor laget akkurat klarte seg i ligaen og ikke akkurat overbevisende i cupen. Styret fornyet tilliten til Deila. 2010 kom det en 7 plass. Laget hadde begynte med det som kan kalles «Fort Marinlyst», på gamle gress skulle ingen andre vinne eller få poeng utenom Godset! I samme sesong var jeg på Sør-Arena og så klubben i mitt hjerte. Det var hjerteskjærende. Satt med en kamerat som hadde sesongkort. Eneste Godset supportere i havet nesten ved menigheden! Så bort på unionen og i de øyeblikkene følte man seg ikke så ensom. Kampen begynte med mål av Kamara. Kameraten min var skuffet. Litt senere kom Start tilbake. Aarst scoret. Det var 1-1 til pause. Jeg hadde håp! Rett etter pausen kom Goodson med mål. Litt senere kom Aarst igjen. Kampen døde litt hend, men så kom kjapt spill til Aarst og drepte kampen med 4-1 i 70 minuett. Når alt håp var ute, og alt var trist. Kom Kamara tilbake med 4-2 i 90 minutt. Heldigvis, endte det med cup-gull! De slo 1. Divisjonsklubben Follo 2-0 på Ullevål Stadioen.

Da tenkte personer som meg. Dette er det høyeste klubben kan oppnå. Så kom 2011 og 2012. Ble laget sikrere på tabellen. 2012 kom det fantastiske fram. Begynte å vinne bortekamper og flere uavgjorte. Dette endte med 2 plass og sølv. Ledet sesongen så sykt lenge. Kovacs kom tilbake og scoret 14 mål. 4 poeng bak Molde.

Bare med slike resultat så jeg fram til denne sesongen. Hvordan Ronny Deila har styrt laget med stødig hånd. Skaffet og tillit i tropp og hele klubben som sådan. Så når Rosenborg ledet med 5 poeng ikke mange rundene før sesong slutt så det trist ut. Derimot når Molde slo Roseborg og Godset slo Start hjemme. Så kom håpet og 3 poeng foran. 2 runder før slutt. Det ble enda mer heseblesende! Spesielt med å sitte å følge.. Ikke nok! Få sms’r sier at nå er enden gått ut igjen. Spør om jeg har forsatt håp om 43 år med venting? Svaret er forsatt i håp..

Målene kom etter pausen, rødt kort til Haugesund FK. Dermed dør kampen og laget 4-0. Rosenborgs 3-0 borte på Åråsen mot Lillestrøm. Betyr lite. Sølv til Rosenborg. 3 Sesonger uten gull. Godset sitt første på 43 år. Blir ikke lei å skrive dette. Jeg er ikke en gang 30. Har opplevd nedrykk. Historien til klubben og gullet, tittelen er sikret. 10.11.2013 på Marinlyst stadion. Gamle gress. Ble det historie skrevet. På gamle gress, slik gjør at en mann som meg ble i lykke rus. Ikke minst også tenke tilbake på alle de tunge periodene i 1. divisjon.

På dagen derpå, betyr det så lite, alle meldingene. Alle glede. Æren av å gå med drakten fra 2001. Se på den signerte drakten 2012. Gamle vimpelen. Vite at alle kødding og mobbing for å heie på laget. Har vært verdt det. Alle tålmodighet og lojalitet har betalt seg. Vite at å holde seg til hjerte og ikke hode kan tilslutt – overvinne. Ikke minst bevise at det er budsjett som styrer norsk fotball, men tålmodighet, styrke, lojalitet, samarbeid og ikke minst ekte kjærlighet!!!

Peace

(Bilde er tatt fra Godset.no)

Blå-mandag, min skepsis til nye regjerningens planer

Vi lever i en tid hvor ting er flyktige og hastige avgjørelser blir tatt. Fremskrittspartiet og Høyre er en mindre-talls regjering som får støtte via en erklæring fra Venstre og Kristlig Folkeparti. Noe som gjør at det er relativt skjørt grunnlag. Derfor er Sundvoll erklæringen og regjeringssamarbeidet går på kompromisser.

Det som er spennende å se er hvordan de forskjellige fløyene i partiene vil ta til ordet når avgjørelser blir tatt innen spørsmål som skattelette eller innvandringspolitkk. Man kan drømme og være idealistiske. Likvel konsekvente nok til å ta ansvar for de avgjørelser som man tar. Når man hører hvilke ideer partiene har. Så er ikke Stageway eller lovliggjøring av pokerturneringer som får meg til å gå av skaftet. Ikke at jeg tar av å gleder meg til å kunne kjøpe Tine-smør og lammelår på Coop Mega på en søndag.

Det som får meg til å tenke over hvordan de konservative Høyre og rebelske FRP’ere som vil motsi hverandre. Spesielt med tanke på innvandring. De ideene som jeg har hørt det de tenkte å spesial lagde fengsler for innvandrere som snart skulle sendes ut. Noe som for meg høres feil ut.

Hvis vi skal kalle oss et visst demokrati. Demokratisk og menneskevennlig. Vi skal såkalt ha «nye løsninger» for «nye problemer». Den nye regjerningen. De blå har en luksus. Høye oljepriser og budsjett-overskudd. Passe fungerende byråkrati. Selv om forrige regjeringen levde ok med en dårlig NAV reform. Selv om tankene bak den var gode, så funker ikke alltid teorier likt i praksis. Nå har mange av problemene med reformen blitt forbedret og erfaringene fra denne reformen bør den nye regjerningen tenke på.

Når de planer om gjøre oss mindre byråkratiske. Prøve å få antall kommuner ned til 25  % av dagens kommuner. 1970 talls kommune-reform er den vi lever under idag. Når ting ble slått i sammen sist. Dette har gjort at kommunesentraene er lengre unna ytterpunktene enn de var før. Når kommunene er enda mindre. Den kommunen jeg var oppvokst i var tidligere en kystkommune, en by-kommune og to «indre-bygder» kommuner. Disse fire ble til en. Idag er det enda problemer mellom byen og de andre når det kommer til budsjettet, fokuset på hvor pengene skal brukes. Dette gjør at de pengene som skal fordeles ofte ender sentralt. Ikke i bygdene eller ved kysten. Så når veiene er blitt bygd, tar det nesten 20 år etter med patching av veiene eller bare sette opp ett skilt som sier det er farlig for motorsykkel å kjøre der fordi det er svære hål i veien. Slik blir det bra distriktspolitikk.

Så hvis du skjønner min skepsis til mer sammenslåing av kommuner. Da forstår du hvorfor jeg stiller spørsmål til det nå. Fordi det er ok teori at mindre byråkrati vill være bedre for oss alle. Samfunnskritiske og reformering av systemet. De systemkritiske. Fordi tanken på større enheter er beregnet til å minske utgiftene. Men tanken på å kutte ut og minske byråkrati om kommuner skal være billig. Har jeg tvil til. Det koster å omgjøre og lage nye enheter. Vil ta lang tid før de sparer noe. Om de hele tatt vil tjene annet enn ære for å ha kuttet ned antall kommuner.

Å om dette vil bli enklere og løsere for oss med mindre kommuner. Kutte ut fylkeskommunene og flytte ansvaret mer sentralt. Slippe å ha makten til fylkesmannen som overser fylket, at de skal følge regelverket og de etablerte lover, lokale forskrifter og ikke bare populistiske ideer til ordførere og lokal-politikere som tenker på kortsiktige og på stemmer mer enn på hva som er deres representative og rolle som lokal-politiker.

En grunn til jeg er skeptisk har jeg allerede vist. Da de har andre ideer som å ha større åpenhet med alkohol politikken, å i små kommuner ha «pol» i butikk akkurat som posten i butikk. At man kan kunne kjøpe alkohol før helligdager, på valgdagen osv.

Så om du forstår min skepsis og nyansering av framtiden til landet vårt med den blåe regjeringen. Om det vil bli fruktbart eller bli en realitet er usikkert. Det er bare hvordan mandat de vil bruke og hva som vil virkelig bli prioriteten. De har satt opp 8 punkter. Disse punktene har mangler. Alle regjeringer har mangler og utilstrekkelig-heter. Dette er bare noe vi må leve med. Det vi bare for håpe uansett hva denne regjeringen setter som mål å gjøre. Er at de setter oss borgere før havresekken, skattepenger og oljefondet kommer etter folket vilje og vel. Hvis noe annet er målet. Så får vi bytte de ut om 4 år eller håper på mistillitsforslag slik at vi kan få en annen mindretallsregjering. Det har skjedd før og kan skje igjen. God søndag! Ikke minst imorgen god blå-mandag. Peace.

President of Uganda: Yoweri K. Museveni – State of Nation Adress. (Tenker dette er spennende lesing!)

H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni,
President of the Republic of Uganda,

At the Uganda International Conference Centre, Serena, Kampala, 6th June, 2013.

His Excellency the Vice President,

Rt. Hon. Speaker,
The Rt. Hon. The Chief Justice,
Rt. Hon. Speaker of EALA,
Rt. Hon. Prime Minister,
The Leader of the Opposition,
Hon. Ministers,
Hon. Members of Parliament
Hon. Members of EALA,
Members of the Diplomatic Corp,
Ladies and Gentlemen.

I greet you and thank you for all the positive things you have been doing since I last addressed you on the 13th December 2012, at the Special sitting of Parliament when I was talking about the Oil Industry.

My main concerns, as you may by now know, apart from peace, are socio-economic transformation of our society and economy and the integration (both economic and political) of the African continent.

In the battle for socio-economic transformation, I have identified the ten (10) strategic bottlenecks that I have been repeatedly talking about. Even yesterday, I repeated them to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

They are: ending ideological disorientation; building the State pillars to ensure that the State is capable of governing people and protecting them; developing the human resource through education and the improved health for all; promoting the Private Sector, which is a more efficient vehicle for enterprise identification and growth rather than persecuting them as used to happen in the past; developing the infrastructure (especially electricity, the railways, the roads, ICT, etc); modernizing agriculture; modernizing services; integrating the African market to assist the Private Sector; and ensuring democracy.

As you can see, integrating the African market is part of removing the strategic bottlenecks that I, normally, talk about. The East African Community (EAC) broke down in 1977 because of the incompatibility between the principled Mwalimu Nyerere and Idi Amin. Investors, however, cannot invest if they are not sure of the market.

As soon as we had a chance to lead Uganda, along with Presidents Mwinyi and Moi, we revived the EAC in 1999. The EAC does not only aim at Economic Integration, it also aims at Political Integration leading to the creation of the Federation of East Africa. This is a commendable step. Rwanda and Burundi have also joined the EAC, thereby expanding the Union. We (Uganda) are also members of COMESA and we are working for the Common Market of the whole of Africa. A federated East Africa will belong to those wider markets as one Political Unit. Therefore, on the bottleneck of fragmented markets, on account of colonialism, we are moving well. We could have moved much faster but, nevertheless, this is good enough.

Since 1987, we started tackling the issue of the human resource development when we launched Universal Immunization with vaccines against six preventable diseases. These were: measles, polio, tuberculosis, tetanus, whooping cough and diphtheria. We have recently broadened the list to eight (8) vaccines, by adding the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine and Pneumoccal vaccine (PCV). The additional diseases to be prevented by immunization are pneumonia, diarrhea, meningitis, human papilloma virus (HPV). If the Ugandans, individually and/or collectively, could add hygiene, nutrition and personal discipline (e.g. avoiding umalaya, alcohol, smoking and obesity), the total disease burden eliminated would amount to 80%. We would only remain with 20% of diseases and traumas to deal with.

Nevertheless, that residual percentage of diseases and traumas include accidents. These accidents are caused by reckless driving which contributes 20% to the hospital cases. I do not know where the water-borne diseases belong. Do they belong to hygiene or do they belong to their own category? The Ministry of Health will have to help me on this.

These contribute 20% of the sicknesses. Therefore, continued programme of providing safe water is a crucial element in disease elimination.

The district of Mukono recently came up with a good idea of buying its own borehole drilling equipment. This would enable them to make a borehole at a less cost compared to the money they spend when they private contractors. Even before borehole water is available, let everybody boil all the water that he/she uses. It is as effective as borehole water.

In 1997, we introduced Universal Primary Education (UPE), in 2007 we introduced Universal Secondary Education (USE) and we have now introduced free education for A-level as well as for vocational schools. In the coming budget we are going to introduce the Student Loans Scheme on top of the free education for the top 4,000 best performers admitted to Government Universities. The challenge, then, will remain, first of all, the diligent implementation of these schemes, eliminating all the corruption – especially the enforced collection of school fees. If you want voluntary contribution to the school, let the community contribute to the building of the school through labour. Then, those who are able to contribute in cash voluntarily could do so. Non of that should affect the student’s attendance.

The issue of lunch should also be handled in a voluntary manner – although my preference has always been for the parents to provide packed lunch in their own way (entaanda, peke, etc).

The second challenge with universal education is, then, giving the students vocational skills – technical skills as well as science education. One issue that is still lagging behind is the issue of maternal mortality. It is still 438 per 100,000. It must be brought down. What are the causes of this level of maternal mortality when we have got a health unit at every sub-county? When I was growing up in the entire district of Ntungamo plus Rwampara, there were only four Health Units at: Kinoni, Rubaare, Rwashamaire and, in 1959, Rwenyangyi or Kitwe, as I hear the present groups calling it, was added. In spite of these huge distances, I was born in the hospital in 1944 (at Mbarara), My sister Dr. Kajubiri, was born at Rubaare in 1949, etc.

That same area now has the following Health Units:

HC IVs 3

HC IIIs 11

HC IIs 25

Plus Itojo district Hospital.

All these total to 40 Health Centres in Ntungamo alone which in my time had only four Health units.

Therefore, the hardware facilities are there. What is not adequate are the soft-ware facilities; full staffing which we dealt with the other time. We decided that 19 health personnel be put at HCIV and 39 health personnel be at HCIII; female midwives instead of having men delivering women on account of our culture; underage marriages and pregnancies that turn children (abaana) into mothers (abazaire); etc. Let the Ministry of Health sensitize the population on these issues using the radios that spend endless time talking lies. The radios could be used positively to educate people about these challenges.

The remaining big health challenge is malaria. Malaria accounts for 40-50% of out patients and 20% of the inpatients of all the deaths in Uganda. We must get rid of the mosquitoes. There is the effort of bed-nets distribution. This is good. However, the real answer is to get rid of the mosquitoes through the use of larvicides. Our scientists are working on this.

I am, therefore, proud that the NRM has expended quite a bit of energy on the issue of human resource development – education and health – the very low base we started with notwithstanding.

Let everybody else do their assignment. Results will be much better. Even, however, with the failure of some of the actors doing their assignments, the results are good. That is why the population has grown from 14 million people in 1986 to 35 million now. That is why you can hardly see a youth or child below the age of 26 years crippled by polio. These are not mean achievements.

The other big bottleneck is infrastructure (electricity, the roads, the railways, water works and ICT). The issue of the underground and undersea cables has been handled. Telephones should become cheaper in time especially the international calls.

We are working aggressively on electricity, the railways and the roads. Karuma will be built. There is even the possibility that we may get good and cheap funding for it so that we can switch our own money to something else – e.g. the roads.

Karuma (600 mgws)
Ayago will be built (600 mgws),
Oryang will be built (392 mgws),
Kiba will be built (288 mgws),
Isimba will be built (188 mgws) etc.

We have got good offers for all these.

The railway will be built. We have got good offers from some reliable financiers. Besides, we have trained the UPDF Engineering Brigade to build the railways.

Some of the roads will be built by the use of our own money and others by financing from outside. The Minister of finance in her budget speech will give the details. I am, however, very confident that the infrastructure envisaged in the 2040 Vision will be built.

Then, there is our oil and gas. It has taken long because we have been haggling with the oil companies. Our plan is clear and unequivocal – it must include a right sized refinery of 60,000 barrels per day, built in two phases according to the dictates of the market.

When more reserves are discovered, provided the internal market so dictates, this refinery will be expanded. Although we did not, initially, have interest in a pipeline, our commercial Partners, the Oil Companies seem to have a big interest in it as do their financiers we are told. Their position seems to be based on their failure to understand the new dynamics in Africa and what was, previously, called the Third World. 

The groups in the West should know that this category of people categorized as Third World are an endangered species. In the next 50 years, certainly, Uganda will be a First World Country and a middle income country by 2017. You cannot have a country with 10 million of its children in schools continuing to be a Third World country for long. On account of their fundamental misunderstanding, they under estimate the consumption level of the Ugandans and their purchasing power. That is why they are desperate for a pipeline to insure their investments. They fear that they may invest and, then, nobody buys the finished oil products in Uganda.

Hence, the desperation for a pipeline. I have agreed to this re-packaging because, whatever the packaging, much of the money is ours – whether it goes through the refinery or through the pipeline. Of course, with this pipeline, the coastal countries deduct some money for transit and there is the fee for the use of the pipeline. Nevertheless, paralysis is also costly. We need the money to build our infrastructure and to do other important things.

I recommend that we all support the addition of the pipeline provided the refinery gets the first call on the crude oil if the internal and the regional market justify it. A number of groups have shown interest in building and financing the refinery.

Of course, oil and gas will also contribute to the electricity generating capacity of Uganda. These infrastructure projects will boost our growth and expand our GDP by a factor of 9%.

With the battle for an integrated market, for a developed human resource and for infrastructure going well as shown above, we need to conclude the battle on another front – a conducive atmosphere for the Private Sector-led growth. I call this concluding because we long ago started this battle in 1987 when we liberalized, de-regulated and privatized many activities in the economy. We put in place a Code of Investment and a one-stop-centre for registering and enabling investments to be implemented. The one-stop-centre has, however, never worked properly. I will insist that this Investment Authority becomes a real one-stop-centre. I will also bring amendments to the Investment Code to criminalize malicious sabotage of investments in Uganda.

The achievements and struggles enumerated above will be in vain if we do not attract and retain private investments. Nobody should obstruct private investments out of malice with impunity. A request for an investment should not take more than three days. Why? It is because these processes are well known. They are not new science for most of the time. What does a leather processing plant need, for instance? What does a maize milling machine need? Etc. Does it have those requirements or does it not? UIA, NEMA, should have these standard requirements and should be able to approve or disapprove quickly.

While market integration, the human resource development and the infrastructure development are enablers, the real wealth creation is effected and created by the Private Sector investing in real estate, services, manufacturing, agriculture, ICT, etc. Everybody must promote this and not obstruct or delay investment. It is the Private Sector that will create jobs, produce more goods and services for domestic consumption as well as exports and expand the tax base. The investors may be local or outsiders. They are all, however, doing one job of expanding the GDP of Uganda.

The ignorant but really subversive talk I normally hear must stop. You hear people talking of “factory y’omuyindi” – an Indian’s factory; or “factory y’omuzungu” – the European’s factory. When I was commissioning Coca Cola factory in Namanve recently, I told those present that there is not a single Muyindi’s factory or Muzungu’s factory in Uganda. All the factories in Uganda are Ugandan whether they are owned by Ugandan citizens or outsiders. If a Ugandan African built a factory in India, that factory would not be Ugandan, it would be Indian. Sometime ago, we had a Ugandan that was getting wealthy, the Late Chris Mboijana. He had businesses and properties in Kenya, in Mombasa. Those properties were Kenyan and not Ugandan. To prove they were Kenyan, when he died suddenly, I heard some wrangles about those properties but I could not easily follow up precisely because they were in Kenya and not in Uganda.

Apart from the small investments that will be attracted by the conducive atmosphere created by us, especially if UIA and NEMA correct their ways, there are big projects that we have for long been promoting without success. There are two in particular – the Phosphates factory in Tororo which will also produce Sulphuric acid and iron ore and the Muko iron ore near Kabaale. We seem to have, finally, identified capable investors who can get these huge projects going. These will add significantly to the size of our GDP and also feed into the other sectors of the economy – fertilizers into agriculture and iron ore and steel into construction, dam building, manufacturing, etc.

The sector that can reach many Ugandans and quickly is agriculture. Let us work on the 68% of the homesteads that were found by 2002 census to still be in subsistence agriculture. What is amazing is the lack of seriousness by many of our actors. Since 1996, we talked of a cluster of enterprises per household per zone – the 18 zones of Uganda. Where this has been implemented, the results have been dramatic – in the Bundibugyo area, in the Kanungu area, in the Kiruhuura area, in the Kapchorwa area. Yet the other day, when I was in Asia, I heard some of our people talking of Asian Model of “one product per village”!!! Maybe that is a good model. However, before you go for that model, what about our own model of several products per zone? Where it has been implemented, it has done miracles. Why not implement it elsewhere? Let each home of 4 acres of land do the following according to the respective zones: an acre of coffee, an acre of fruits, an acre of bananas and an acre of elephant grass or other pasture. In some variations, you can plant cassava, Irish potatoes or rice instead of bananas or you could have two acres of fruits instead of giving one acre to coffee. At the level of processing, you will then have all those products to deal with. In the courtyard, behind the house, you will, then, add chicken as layers, Pigs, Improved goats, apiary in one corner of the land and fish farming in the valley. Then, there are the six or so cows fed by animal fodder in the shelters (what we call zero grazing). This will work. It has already worked in some parts of the country.

There are two disappointments in the sector of agriculture and fisheries. One is the problem of over fishing on Lake Victoria and the other is the mismanagement of tick control in Uganda. African communities have been specializing in their respective activities over the millennia – crops, livestock, fishing etc. Normally, these specialized communities develop conservation practices that ensure sustainable use of these resources even in very difficult circumstances. These practices get ingrained in the culture. Banyankore, being cattle-keepers and crop people, have practices that have preserved certain activities, the neglect and discouragement by the colonial and subsequent governments notwithstanding. That is why the Ankore cattle, this bananas and the millet, for instance have been preserved. A Munyankore will, for instance, never slaughter a female young cow (enyena) under any circumstances. Even today, in spite of the commercialization of the economy that has forced Banyakore to sell female cattle, they still sell the middle aged ones (ejigija) and not the young ones (enyena).

I was sure that the Bassese and other fishing communities of Lake Victoria had such deeply ingrained cultural practices to preserve the resources of the lake. Who, then, was destroying the resources of the lake by eating the young fish? It is called mudeeke in Lussesse dialect. If only you allow the fish to survive for 9 months, it will have laid many millions of eggs. The lake will always be well stocked. Who, then, is so uncivilized, so unconcerned that he/she eats the mudeeke? I am beginning to get information that the people causing destruction to the resources off the lakes are not indigenous people around the Lake. That it is immigrants who come from other areas of Uganda and/or other parts of East Africa, push aside the locals and inflict such damage to our heritage. One thing I cannot compromise on is our heritage. Those who do not respect our heritage should not be tolerated. What should we do with this situation? We are going to discuss it in the cabinet and in the NRM Caucus and find a radical solution.

In the meantime, the many factories we attracted on Lake Victoria, 21 of them in number are closed or are operating far below capacity. This is not acceptable. Our earnings from fish had gone to US$ 196 million in 2005/2006, they have now declined to US$ 142.6 million in 2012/2013 because of these parasites. This is not acceptable. The Banyakore have a superstition regarding preventing lightening strikes (enkuba). It is called okugangahura. When the lightening damages something, the most indigenous resident of the area is the one that can perform the ceremony and rites that will stop the lightening from causing damage again. Riding rough against indigenous practices can sometimes, lead to serious mistakes. We should all assist the Minister Nankabirwa to solve this problem. It is a big shame. It is a type of suicide. Polluting the Lakes must also stop. People who dig gardens up to the edge of the lakes or the rivers should be stopped. The Minister of Environment should ensure that. I flew over Luzira Bay the other day. The whole lake is full of algae, a sign of pollution. This should also be addressed by the Minister of the Environment.

The other bad phenomenon is drug resistant ticks because of the laxity of the veterinary department. There are four categories or classes of acaricides. These are: Pyrethroids, the amidines, the organophosphates and the co-formulations. Each class kills ticks in specific ways. However, ticks develop resistance after about three years. The correct thing is to change to a different class after three years. Unfortunately, the technical staff never told us about this. We, therefore, ended up, including myself, using the same class of drugs for up to 15 years, in my case. When the ticks became resistant to the drugs, recently, the cattle started dying. Although the good news here is that the Ankore cattle and the other indigenous cattle are still immune to the tick-borne diseases. One of my cattle, Kiremba, was found with 154 drug resistant ticks and it was still up ticking and kicking. Anyway, I have moved from pyrethroids to the amidines and all the ticks have disappeared. We have instructed the veterinary people to sensitize the farmers on this issue. I, recently, went to Ireland (UK) specifically on this issue and the drug manufacturers have solution to these drug resistant ticks.

In any case, we are also working on vaccines with other African countries – such as Kenya and Malawi.

Yesterday, I read the malicious self-deception of the Daily Monitor. I am told that the so-called “The East African newspaper”, which is a sister to the Daily Monitor, was similarly jubilating that Museveni will have a hard time making the State of the Nation Address this year, because the things he talked about last year were not fulfilled. Of course, not all the things I talked about last year have been fulfilled because many of them take time and, in any case, the resources are limited. Does the Daily Monitor and the East African paper and some members of the opposition in the Ugandan Parliament, think that Ugandans cannot understand that? Mao Tse Tung once said: “It is still better if the enemy attacks us wildly and paints us as utterly black and without a single virtue; it demonstrates that we have not only drawn a clear line of demarcation between the enemy and ourselves but achieved a great deal in our work.” Therefore, it is a compliment when the Daily Monitor and the East African paper attacks us because it means we are right. However, unfortunately for the anti-NRM groups, Uganda is moving forward. The performance of the economy this year has been as follows:

GDP rate of growth is 5.1%;
Inflation rate is 3.6%;
Foreign exchange Reserves are US$ 3.3 billion;
Export earnings are US$ 4.9 billion;
Remittances from Ugandans abroad are US$ 767.26 million;
The total size of GDP of Uganda is 54.7 trillion shillings;
The total size of GDP in US$ (exchange rate) is US$ 21.2 billion;

This is reasonable given the difficult situation created by the past mistakes caused by the anti-NRM elements prior to 2011, when inflation went up to 30%. I said that the difficult situation will be reversed and it has been reversed. We are also resolved to resist firmly those who block investment programmes, delay development and when difficulties arise they turn round to criticize. The bottlenecks are clear to us. They will be solved partly using our money, partly using money from our Partners outside or through a sovereign bond using regular financial sources because Uganda’s credit rating is good at B+. Besides, our oil money is not very far off.

The evil of corruption is being handled. You saw what happened to the officers who were accused of stealing money in the office the Prime Minister and in the Ministry of Public service by holding ghost seminars, in 2011. In the past, NRM has handled bigger problems than bunches of thieving public servants. These are easier to handle. I promise to give a special address on corruption.

Madam Speaker, it will be recalled that the Second Session of the Ninth Parliament commenced on 7th June 2012. As at 14th February 2013, Parliament had been able to transact business as follows:

Bills passed – 11
Motions passed – 12
Reports considered and concluded by Parliament – 6
Petitions considered and concluded by Parliament – 5
Ministerial Statements presented to Parliament – 13
Other statements – 2
Questions for oral answer presented – 3

Among the Bills which Parliament has passed are the following:
The National Council for Older Persons Bill, 2010;
The Finance Act 2006 (Amendment) Bill, 2012;
The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2012;
The Excise Tariff (Amendment) Bill, 2012;
The Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2012;
The East African Excise Management (Amendment) Bill, 2012;
The Uganda Communications Regulatory Authority Bill, 2012;
The Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2012;
The Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill, 2012;
The Accountants Bill, 2011;
The Geographical Indications for Bill, 2008;

In the coming session, the Government will present a number of Bills including the following anti money laundering Bill, Public Finance Bill, etc. The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister will communicate these Bills to you.

I thank you very much.

6th June 2013 – UICC, Serena

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