Opinion Posts

ABRASIVE JUSTICE JULIA SEBUTINDE COULD BE OVERRATED

Justice Julia Sebutinde returned to the Uganda media spotlight but only briefly this week when she joined Israeli Judge, Aharon Barak to dissent on a case before the International Criminal Court (ICC) by South Africa against the State of Israel for its ongoing near-genocidal war on Palestinians in Gaza Strip most of them children, women and male civilians, and destruction of hospitals, schools and energy. 

CECILIA OGWAL’S BLUSTER GOES PERMANENTLY SILENT AS NRM TRUDGES ON

Nigerians say, “No matter how hot your anger is, it cannot cook yams.” Cecilia Atim Barbara Ogwal, the estranged former Assistant Secretary General of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), turned FDC honcho and Dakolo Woman MP being buried today was nasty and had hot anger toward the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and President Yoweri Museveni.

MPUUGA, LATIGO, MAFABI, WINNIE KIIZA, AND WAFULA OGUTTU; THE CURSE IN LOP

This week power changed at the National Unity Platform (NUP party with Mathias Mpuuga, the Nyendo-Mukungwe MP, former Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP) handing over to Journalist-turned politician Joel Ssenyonyi, 37. Mpuuga limped off as LoP after two and a half years without much to show in policy initiative or achievement except flourish language at the dispatch box. In fact, even his principal, Robert Kagulanyi a.k.a.

HOSTING CSPOC, NAM, AND G77 PLUS CHINA: COUNTING UGANDA’S BLESSINGS

Alexander Graham Bell, the Scot, turned Canadian-American inventor of the first practical telephone is quoted to have said many decades ago that “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” An African proverb too says, “He who chases you gives you a way out of troubles”, to show that life is a series of open doors with opportunities, not just one offered by the United States of America.

2023 OF THE MABATI SLEAZE AND FDC TURMOIL ENDS ON A GENTLE BREEZE

The last months of 2023 have been grey as rains pounded the ground soaking soils and wreaking havoc on infrastructure across Uganda as if to clean up stench from the now almost forgotten mabati scandal that had engulfed the country since February to end the year on a gentle breeze. When the putrid storm blew up putting a noose around over forty top politicians mostly ministers and MPs, many thought that the end of times written in the Bible had come. 

 

US CYNICAL VETO OF GAZA CEASEFIRE ON THE EVE OF HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

Last week on the 75th Human Rights Day, US embassy in Uganda on its X account, @usmissionuganda, formerly twitter, bragged; “In Uganda and around the region we have seen the brave work of human rights defenders everyday advocating for the most vulnerable, fighting in the courts, and championing the safety and wellbeing of those in need. We support you. As we mark 75 years of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, let us reaffirm our commitment to advancing human rights for all people, in every region of the world.”-AmbPopp.

A SHOUT OUT TO CJ OWINY-DOLLO, NORBERT MAO OVER BALAALO PARANOIA

Nomadic pastoralists christened ‘Balaalo’, originally from the Ankore cattle corridor have been with Uganda for ages especially when rinderpest and tsetse flies ravaged them forcing their herds and forced them to look for new areas to graze.  Then came draught which caused pasture and water shortage which blew them further to Bukedi, Busoga, Teso and Lango in mid-1970s. And then the ranching scheme of the 1960s that was meant to modernize livestock farming irrationally dispossessed many who remained in Ankore.

MAKING SENSE OF THE POLITICAL SHENANIGANS IN PARLIAMENT

Providing Members of Parliament (MPs) with advise on being wise when picking a fight, will be construed an unwelcome interference, or as Speaker Anita Annet Among likes to say, ‘poking your noses’ in other peoples’ private affairs because you ‘think you know it all’. On 23 January 2023, 348 of 356 MPs present, resoundingly passed a bogus censure resolution against state minister Persis Namuganza over a matter that occurred outside parliament in the futile hope that President Yoweri Museveni would sack her, yet they haven’t learnt eating humble pies. 

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