Makerere’s Ivory Tower burned

There are now was speculations going on as the Makerere University Ivory Tower started to burn and several departments of the University was caught on fire. This is just happening as the Makerere University was hit with a 8 billion shilling financial scandal. The evidence just vanished and the financial records just disappeared in the flames.

It is just so convenient that it happen now. Now that there was supposed to be an investigation into the lost funds of the University. That the fire just happen where the paperwork and the paper-trail was left behind. Just to ensure, that they cannot find the evidence and the proof of the mismanagement and loss of funds.

What is more striking is that the old building, the historical building, the UNESCO site burned yesterday. The building which was started on in 1939, but finished in 1942. A building with rich history. We can wonder what sort of documents, historical artefacts and other things that went into the flames yesterday. Things and papers, which cannot be replicated, unless they were digitally stored on some cloud server. Alas, that we don’t know at this point.

What we do know is that it’s fitting the fire happens now. It is just in time and with the spirit of a cover-up. Where the leadership, the ones who has a oversight of the University suddenly lost the proof of their misdeeds and misuse of funds. These documents that just went missing in a fire. So, that the investigation have to be halted. As there are no proof of the acts and the deeds done by University leadership.

That is how this is looking to the blind eye. Where the University just looses its face. Where they have to restore and rebuild the famous building. The Ivory Tower, who just happens to burn when a financial scandal hits it.

What will also happen, the 8 billions lost in the scandal will be nothing in comparison to rebuilding this structure. Ensure the building is intact and built on the principals of the early 1940s. Now there will expeditions to the senate building of University of London. As this building and architecture was build to resemble.

Therefore, this is a tragedy and it strikes when the University is rocked with a scandal. That is why it’s to easy to the motives behind it. Though, we know there will be no one taken into custody as culprits. The fire was done and ones behind it will walk free.

We can just wonder what is up next. The aftermath will show, but for now… we have to dwell on the fires and wonder what went lost. Other than the financial records, which just happens to there. Because, Makerere have no lost something. Uganda have lost something. Yet again. While the leadership is acting like they can just rebuild it like nothing. Well, it won’t be that easy. This will take time and will cost a fortune. While trying to hold onto the remains of the past. That will not be easy. Peace.

Opinion: If you want Jim Muhwezi back as an MP [then don’t cry if his involved in a grand corruption scandal]

I don’t know about you, but there are some individuals who has shown what they are worth and has misused their office. One of these men are Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi. The In-Law of the President and therefore, has gotten of the hook. Because, the President cannot punish his own family.

That is even has stolen funds from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), involved in scheming funds in the program of Universal Primary Education program. Under both times he served as minister of either Health or Education. He saw an opportunity to steal funds. Still, he was acquitted and not serving time. However, he lost the status of being a minister. But for a man of his cadre, that is just a slap of a wrist and moves on.

He has even bought junk helicopters and been known for robbing resources from the Democratic Republic of Congo during the wars, which Museveni approved off. Where Muhwezi could enjoy the spoils without any consequences. Alas, the reputation lingers on.

This sort of man, that is a walking scandal. A man who is willing to find any way possible to embezzle, steal and corrupt a situation. The Republic is better off, that his lingering and pounding on the loss of power. Instead of giving this man yet another chance to become a lawmaker and government official.

That would only be because of his relations. He has a name, his known, but not for the reasons a man should. Muhwezi and Mbabazi is known for the same reasons. They can land-grab, corrupt deals and take kick-backs to the oblivion. That is what they do. Its not me just saying that. This is something they had done all by themselves.

Jim, Jimmy or whatever have even a questionable past from the beginning of the NRM government. As the man in charge of Intelligence Services, as the Director General. Who was in-charge of the death of a witness or a person connected to the assassination of Andrew Kayiira in 1987. As he condemned the action of the ISO Officers, however, he still let the death of Kasirye in 1988 and a number of other prisoners died too. This all happened on his watch, as the Director General. It should not be forgotten.

With the knowledge of all this. Muhwezi shouldn’t be suited for another term in Parliament. There are so much he has done. When you have a public record and known for certain things. Know that it will haunt you.

Muhwezi your ills, your plundering and your corrupt behaviour should catch up with you. It should not be a trait that get you re-elected. Neither, should be an in-law to the President be a secure way of getting a ticket and become a returning MP.

Jim should answer for his old crimes and connection to shady activities. This should not be glossed over or forgotten. He can pay some ignorant influencers now, but his past will haunt him. We all has to ensure these old acts get in the spotlight again. So, that the ones voting in his constituency chooses differently. Peace.

Opinion: I don’t know why “mama” Janet is acting like a pastor…

Today, First Lady Janet Museveni dropped a four page sermon called: “To those who call me mama”. Where she dropped three biblical scriptures and also started the document like this:

Let me begin by thanking all those who agreed with me especially our religious leaders, the mothers of Uganda and all the young army of intercessors who have been praying, fasting and believing God to give us a Passover” (Museveni, 23.04.2020).

If you thought the Pastor would let you down, your wrong. She is maybe addressing the leaders and mothers who didn’t participate in the services in the midsts of lockdown. There was some of them and even pastors arrested for doing it.

She even goes full-blasted Magufuli as she states this:

Uganda has not lost even one person in the country to COVID-19 and it is not because we are better than others, it is not because we have done what others did not do but God is faithful to His word when He says as He did in Jeremiah 29:13, “And you will seek me and find me when you search f or me with all your heart” (Museveni, 23.04.2020).

it is true that there is no reported COVID-19 death in the Republic. However, there been killings of citizens because of the lockdown. That has been reported, also death of other diseased people as a result. As the public is not allowed to embark and go to the hospital. This has ensured that even pregnant woman feared going out and get valid transportation.

That is why Pastor Janet is speaking the truth, but also letting some facts go mist. That is not truthful from her. However, she has learned these techniques from her husband or such. Janet knows how this works. Mama knows this, but thinks that is a nice idea apparently.

When the Pastor goes wrong, it is with this:

It is amazing that the Corona Virus which other nations seemed to think would decimate our population and destroy the African Continent as we know it, instead it has brought back that compassionate heart typical of the African people, and it has again made us our “brother’s keeper” as God would have us be. Therefore, dear Ugandans, I thank you with all my heart and please know I am so proud of you!” (Museveni, 23.04.2020).

The Pastor speaks of brothers keepers, but has the state allowed them to be so? No, only in the NRM MPs are allowed to deliver food to the public. If a government critique or opposition MP tries to do it. Than they end behind bars and tortured like Francis Zaake MP. They are allowing NRM MPs to this, there been three instances. The likes are Anifa Kawooya and Haruna Kasolo, who didn’t meet the authorities, but Zaake did. Bobi Wine had to also deliver his food and donations directly to the OPM COVID-19 Fund. So, there is an open standard.

The “Brothers Keepers” are a shallow and hallow grave to dig at this point. There is only a small fringe and a few whose allowed to be it. Unless, they are giving to the COVID-19 Fund. Than, the husband wants 4WD and possibly some fancy cars to solve it. The President wants more than beans, rice and posho. That is not good enough. So, the “Brothers Keepers” are a lie from her. They want to read up the donations, but they are still ungrateful, because they are used to eat of the plate the public.

Pastor Janet needs a prayer, needs salvation and needs mercy. There is enough nonsense in a day, but she’s not this holy. Because, if your in the Republic and you insult her. You got months in the slammer like Dr. Stella Nyanzi. Peace.

Obwakabaka Bwa Buganda: Woofisi Ya Katikkiro Mayiga letter to Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni – RE: New Lower Secondary Curriculum (04.03.2020)

Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde letter to the Electoral Commission – Re: Presidential Aspirat Consultations (28.02.2020)

Janet Museveni: A familiar family affair

President Museveni today morning summoned Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga to State House ahead of the appearance of the first lady, Janet Kataha Museveni, before Parliament. Janet Museveni, who is the minister of Education and Sports, is scheduled to appear before Parliament to explain why cabinet ignored a resolution of parliament regarding the implementation of the new lower secondary school curriculum” (Amon Katongulu – ‘Museveni “summons” Kadaga hours to wife’s appearance before Parliament’ 20.01.2020, Nilepost.ug).

When your reading things like this, it should boggle your mind. It shouldn’t be like this, first and foremost, any minister should answer for their work in Parliament and accept scrutiny of it. Any minister should be accountable to the parliament and be asked in a plenary session about the work been done in any given ministry. However, because of her peculiar position and placement in the world, Janet Museveni can get off the hook.

Instead, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has to answer the call of the husband and President Yoweri Kaguta Musveni. She got to show up, when the “high above” calls her. Kadaga was summoned and had to answer it, if not she would be in big trouble. Even if Janet never has to answer to anybody and only dwell about the troubles inside the Kitchen Cabinet at the State House.

At this point, Janet can act like “Gucci Grace” or Grace Mugabe could in her hey-day. Because, as long as her man, Yoweri is in power. She can do whatever and get away with it. She can get people in prison, sentence and be the most insulting character in the public. Still, no one will dare to push her limits.

That is why Kadaga has to answer; she’s in that place because of loyalty and need. Janet will live on in power and maybe change a post, but will not without power as long as the husband has it. Yoweri want to give her anything. Last time it was ability to squander Karamoja funds, now it is education funds instead. A different ministry, but still the same outcome.

Janet might look supreme and act supreme, but she’s not. She’s part of the household of the President and reign because of it. However, she has no grounds for it. She could be on the pedestal and do the acts of VP Ssekandi as the First Lady, but instead she wants actual power and that been granted by the husband. There is no initial merit to her position nor her skill set. Except for being the bedmate of the head of state.

So, if your insulting her intelligence, which I am sure not so hard to do. You can get summoned and get into legal trouble even. Because, no one should dare too do that. She’s a Museveni and the second in line of the First family. No one should even question them and that’s why she never answers to calls of the Parliament. Nevertheless, the Speaker got to run like Usain Bolt to the State House, when they summon her.

Yes, the First Lady and Minister after the summons of Kadaga showed up finally in Parliament, but after ditching previous attempts to get her there. Clearly, indicating more to this. However, don’t be fooled. The Janet and Yoweri doesn’t thread this lightly, they have some ammo behind their movements.

Herein, lay the problem, the issues of having your wife in government. Herein, lay the grounds for mismanagement and lack of oversight, which can only be stated repeatedly. Peace.

Makerere University: Parliament Report strikes hard at the authorities

The Parliament made a report into last year’s violence and demonstrations at the Makerere University. The Report was made in December 2019, but only released in public now in February 2020. Therefore, I got it in hand today and will dwell on some aspects of it. As it shows what sort of fashion that went down and what the MPs see as vital information for the public to know after the deeds was done at the campus.

As the report states: “the demonstration led by the 85t1, Female Caucus was legitimate in nature [Article 29 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda] and did not merit the brutal conduct of the University administration and the security operatives in managing the protests” (..) “there was lack of evidence to suggest that the University Students’ Disciplinary Committee headed by Justice Precious Ngabirano had convened meetings to hear and determine allegations levelled against the affected students. The Committee notes that it is now coming to two months without any report from the University Disciplinary Committee” (Parliament Report, 2019).

Just by these simple paragraphs shows the extent of force used to a demonstrations that had merit, which the University combined with the authorities escalated. As we known by following the events to a violent path.

As it further states: “The Committee observes that the deployment of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces [UPDF] to participate in the management of the protests at the University were not justifiable” (Parliament Report, 2019). With these words in mind, it is not strange that the UPDF and the authorities, which was not justified, misused their means on civilians and students alike. The acts of ill towards citizens and students demonstrating at unfair raise of student fees. Which is a natural reaction to sudden change of livelihood.

While the minority report stated this for instance: “the senior Minister of Education and Sports makes a public apology in light of the statement she made depicting Makerere University as a drug infested institution. We presume the statement is an indictment to the students and the university at large, and her apology would restore confidence and trust on Makerere University” (Parliament report, 2019).

Also, states a reason why there was no evidence in the majority report of sexual harassment: “The Committee on Education and Sports did not spare time to specifically inquire and interface with alleged victims of sexual harassment at the Campus of Makerere University” (…) “One female student [names uithheld] testified that she was subjected to verbal sexual insults inside the hostel and at Wandegeya Police Station after her arrest. Among the insults, a uniformed security officer threatened called her a prostitute and threatened to put his genitalia in her mouth” (Parliament Report, 2019). Therefore, the concerns of these actions made by security personnel, neither police nor soldiers on the ground. Show, that there was no actions being done to ensure their hurt nor their stories to collaborate with the alleged sexual harassment. This could have further shown the ills that were done and the amount of pain the students went through those weeks of last year.

Let me end with a final statement from the Minority report: “The recent students’ demonstration at Makerere was indicative of the fact that some interests were ignored by the University authorities” (Parliament Report, 2019). That is enough. Peace.

Opinion: DP Ruto immortalized at Makerere University, why?

Truth is hard, propaganda is cheap.”DaShanne Stokes

What has the Deputy President of Kenya, William Ruto done, which is so noble and such to get an own institute named after him at Makerere University? I am asking this and would like to know. Since, I don’t get it and seems like a bought space.

Not like the DP haven’t started ghost projects and hopefully this is one too. Since, his the hustler, who has created massive fortunes while being in-office and being broke before entering it. His the most corrupt DP in memory. Land-grabber and government tender eating. The scale of corruption under him and Kenyatta is outrages.

Makerere University clearly doesn’t care about the reputation of the University anymore. Maybe, the assaults from the army has hit the administration and their will power has dwindled. This seems more like an investment made by the President, as a token of a promising relations between him and Ruto.

Museveni wants to be the kingmaker and wants loyal cadres within the East African Community. That’s why his kept Ruto close and they have met in past too. Therefore, in that sense, it seems like a pay-off to give Ruto the honour at Makerere. However, it is still ill of doing this way.

Since, most institutes are usually named after legendary figure, people to look up-to, even the halls of Makerere are named Lumumba and Mitchell. Also, the three institutes already there isn’t named after anyone, like IDI, MISR and MUARIK. None of them is named after anyone, but their field. Just like all the colleges at the University too.

That Ruto will get this is boggling me: “Makerere University will on Saturday, 21st December 2019 at 10:30am host His Excellency the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya – William Samoei Arap Ruto as Chief Guest at the ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the William S. Ruto Institute of African Studies” (Makerere University – ‘Launch of the William S. Ruto Institute of African Studies’ 20.12.2019).

So, he gets an institute, but his known for graft, corruption and scandals, not for great leadership, even if he has a loyal following in the Tanga-Tanga and the ones whose inter-connected with his way of kickbacks. Therefore, many will praise this, but without considering the implications. As there are plenty of foundation stones on ghost projects all-over Kenya with the DP Ruto name on it.

Surely, we can hope this fails and become as non-existent as them, as the President Museveni and his party have never built their NRM headquarters of 26 storeys. That has never materialized over the “wedding-meetings” collecting funds.

I cannot understand why DP Ruto get this honour, except if Museveni wants to buy a friend in Kenya. That would make sense, but doesn’t make it righteous. Since, it seems he does it to have a loyal ally after 2021. That is if, the President gets his wish.

Than he can point at, see what I did for you in 2019, now “love me, love me” do my bidding and help me succeed as the King of East Africa. That is the sort of man President Museveni is and DP plays along, because the DP wants to big-man. He want to eventually try to point of things he did and achieved. However, that will be hard to do with time. As the Jubilee and himself, is more known for their looting, than their proper governing.

Enough nonsense, right? Time to open a book and gain some more wisdom. Peace.

Makerere University: Press Statement of Suspended Students on the #MAKFeesMustFall Protest (09.12.2019)

Opinion: Mwiru’s motion to seek an inquiry of the UPDF involvement in civil matters is a righteous one

Hon. Paul Mwiru, the MP whose behind the motion: “MOTION TOR A RESOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT TO INQUIRE INTO THE RECENT REPORTED MISCONDUCT OF THE UGANDA PEOPLE’S DEFENCE FORCES DURING DEPLOYMENT IN CIVIL MATTERS”, which was in the plenary on the 21st November 2019.

This motion is important, also for the matter that its seconded by Christopher Kalemba, Anthony Okello and Noah Wanzala Mutebi. All four of them, these MPs are acting on their right instinct on the matter of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), the army. The army isn’t supposed to be involved directly in civil manners, but of late and recent years, the UPDF have done more and more state functions. They are entangled in things where the army got nothing with it. That’s why the Motion moved by Hon. Mwiru is the good one.

Not because the motion is perfect. Not because the motion has the answers nor the results we want to hear. No, it is the right one, because the UPDF and the NRM needs to be challenged on this. The President who likes to be the general and warrior. Got to be questioned for the involvement of the UPDF in other things, than defending the border and securing the territory of the Republic.

The piece that is good from the motion is this:

FURTHER AWARE that in the recent post there hos been increased intervention of UPDF in civil matters notably regulation of the fishing industry and quelling protests by students of Makerere University, NOTING THAT gross violations of human and people rights have reportedly marred the intervention of the UPDF in civil matters, which ordinarily should be a preserve of the Uganda Police Force as commended by Article 212 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda” (Motion, 21.11.2019).

The final important piece of the motion is this:

AND FURTHER COGNIZANT of the importance of duly holding public officials and institutions to account for their actions and inactions as on integral canon of good governance and a possible deterrent from repetitive transgressions, Now THEREFORE it be resolved by this August House that; Parliament institutes a Select Committee to inquire. Within 45 days of approval of this Motion, into the reported violations of human and people rights by the UPDF with a view of establishing and apportioning culpability” (Motion, 21.11.2019).

This is why this motion is good. Because, it asks the Select Committee to inquire and directly investigate into the matters. This is to reveal and gain documentation on the matters, where the army has been used in civilian matters, which is wrong. Where the army has intervened and used force against civilians. That’s why this sort of motion will show who did what and who has to answer for what they did. Who did the ordering and who actually was behind the mess of misusing the army to settle civilian problems. Instead of going the proper ways or going the whole due process.

The legality of it, the challenge with the law and the constitution is another matter too. Which makes this even a bigger question, as to where it might be fitting to solve the resolving issues after collecting the report from the authorities, the Ministry of Security, the Ministry of Defence and the other ones. Where they do have the documents and the paper-trail to prove the acts, which has been made. The ones whose secret, the ones whose confidential and the ones the army and neither the “high above” wants the Republic to see.

Therefore, this motion is needed. What it grants is important. It will not reveal everything, but if a select committee gets to work, gets into discovery and get to collect data. They might discover something unseen and show us the whole picture. Instead of the little fragments we have today. Peace.