Citizen Concerns about Uganda’s Security Top Organs Even with the Recent Changes

The President made a huge decision after the shocking dropping of Rt. Hon Amama Mbabazi; he finally replaced Gen. Kale Kayihura (KK) now former Inspector General of Police with Mr. Okoth Ochola a career police officer. However, what still runs in the minds of fellow Ugandans including me, will this change things? There are five areas to gather our thoughts around, and I hope the forces would have chance to take some of these concerns into consideration; Insecurity in the country We recently lost our very own young Susan who was kidnapped and killed after, we all saw the failure of intelligence offices to work together in preventing what happened. Could this have been the spark the president needed having attracted a lot of media tension? Kampala and Uganda at large once peaceful now leaves us the wanainchi (citizens) in fear of either being gunned down, kidnapped or worse as witnessed in the unsolved murders in Entebbe and other parts of the country. Clearly, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) revealed many dark secrets of police’s dirty games and involvement with criminals I will not mention at diplomatic, local and international drug level. Will the change of these leaders bring security? Indiscipline and wars between the forces Of late, many have suffered due to the wars between the former police boss and minister of security. We saw revealing of classified information, security secret informants exposed, and indiscipline in senior police officers. Is the appointing of the new IGP come with the same powers the former one had? Because that is the only way, actual discipline will be restored. As for the UPDF, am still confident they can back off under orders and work as instructed, I am still not sure about police. Crime preventers Wow! It was a good creation…

My Account on How does Climate Change Affect Uganda Nowadays

On my way to Nebbi district in northern Uganda, a land commonly known as West Nile (named after River Nile) earlier this year, I was terrified. Once covered with green and moisturized air suddenly overtaken by dry fields accompanied by discomforting warm air; for it had not rained for the past three months and a half. As soon as we arrived, got off the car, a cheering group of mothers whom we had come to train in business skills with joy received us. Listening to them tell their stories of how the drought has led to famine hence claiming lives of loved young ones and the elderly. How the change in climate has crippled the agricultural production sector; as a result, causing increasing poverty levels. “What was going so wrong in this place that could be fixed?” I asked myself. Because of poverty, Nebbi resorted to the cutting-down of trees for charcoal burning to earn a living. Hence, farther reduce any possible chances of them getting rain. Just as Nebbi, so is the rest of Uganda. Our behaviors towards the environment have yielded to harsh climatic conditions. Swamp reclamation for industrialization or infrastructure development. In central region trees destroyed to create room for sugar production; swamps are reclaimed and replaced with factories of other forms of infrastructure. What we do not seem to realize is that with every swamp we have reclaimed, we have lengthened the dry season a little bit longer. With every tree we have cut, we have exposed ourselves to floods or even worse contributed to the expanse of the Sahara desert. With every omission or pollution into the atmosphere from our old vehicles, factories and so on, we destroy our ozone layer, worse still increasing levels of global warming in Uganda. What used to be the…

Open Letter To Mobile Money Service Providers, Stake Holders & Users

By this time round, 10 years and more ago, we would all be at either the post office or the taxi park trying to send money to our loved ones in the village. If I remember correctly, it cost my Father 500ugx shillings for a Post office Stamp to send money from Kampala to Mbale in an envelop which took a week to reach and even sometimes lost along the way. During emergencies and urgent times, he always sent money through a Taxi at the cost of 5000ugx shillings with assurance of her getting the money only if she is at the Mbale taxi part or slated stage at the time. Note, at this time around phones where scarce. To pass a message to the village, one either had to travel or visit. At this point, we also had banks, but people did not really feel comfortable using them for many reasons which at a time required one to know how to write, have identification and so on, which wasn’t a strong pursuit for many. Farther more, it was expensive and intimidating for the local community to use. (Still is today for some people) Hence people resorted to the alternatives at the time. The introduction of MOBILE BANKING however, it has greatly improved the exchange and transfer of money from one place to another. Dropping costs on communication and accessories such as phones, airtime and much more encouraged many to buy phones. Two years ago alone, over 18 million sim cards were registered to Ugandans cutting across all networks. This is mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, a region with the most Mobile Banking users in the entire Africa. Sending money to the village unlike before is at the comfort of the sender especially with wide spread Mobile Banking agents of the…

8 Messages to President Elect @KagutaMuseveni #UgandaDecides

It is with great pleasure that I congratulate the 8.6 million Ugandans who managed to participate in this election and all the candidates who gave their time and effort during the campaign. Without either of you, the democratic process would not have been as vibrant or as vigorous. I would also like to congratulate his excellency, The President, Mr Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on winning the election. The people have given you a mandate, and on their behalf I would like to pass on a few messages to you: 1. Your Excellency, ‘Hongera’ (Bravo). It is not easy to be President for so long and still be loved by a majority of Ugandans. 2. Secondly, please restore social media and promise never to deny your people the right to internet, speech or communication. If we are going to have faith in you, show some good will too. 3. You have been voted by people who largely hate the government, but love peace. That is why your ministers were kicked out. Tangible qualitative, quantitative and sustainable development should be your number one agenda. No more Corruption! Get rid of all these self-oriented thugs in office. 4. Please don’t run again in 2021. You are mzee, the great mentor and father of this country. Isn’t it time you groomed new leaders outside your family to continue your good works? 5. Several Presidential candidates in the race had great ideas, for example, FDC’s plan for employment was on point. Just as enriching was the Go Forward plan for education. Pick and implement the best of your opponents ideas for the benefit of the country. 6. Restore National Service for Youth. In this way we can unify our country. There is no need to implement the policy of divide and conquer which is only an…

We are co-authors of Africa’s problems!

When I look at Africa, many questions come to mind. Many times I ask my self, “What would happen if Mwalimu where to Rise up and see what’s happening? Many times I would ask my self what would happen if Kwame Nkrumah, Lumumba, Mandela were to rise up and see what’s happening. Because what they would be confronted with is an Africa, where the Democratic Republic of Congo is Unsettled, there is a War going on there but is not on the front pages of our News Papers because we don’t even control over our newspapers and the media. As we speak to you, the Central African Republic is at War but we talk of it only mutedly, as I speak to you now, Kenya is at war based on religion and terrorism, young men and women are victims. In South Sudan the youngest nation in Africa, the Nuwera have risen against the Dinkas, as I speak to you now, Eritrea is unsettled, as I speak to you now…there is unease in Egypt as there is unease in Libya, in Niger its no better, in Senegal in the Kasamanzi is no better, Africa is at War with her self, this is what they would be confronted with. They would be confronted with an Africa which statisticians and romantic economics say is growing but which in truth is stagnated, that is the Africa they would be confronted with. They would be confronted with an Africa which as Prof. Mulama intimated in a presentation, “an Africa which is suffering from no self-awareness”, it does not know her self. They would be confronted with an Africa whose young men and women have no interest and no love for her continent. They would be confronted by an Africa where young men and women are…