Two weeks ago all the two hundred and four Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and their deputies who were appointed in mid 2018 completed their induction at the National Leadership Institute (NALI), Kyankwanzi into government service with expectations that their individual and collective performance will be better, much more visible and consistent with the laws. In addition, the ministry for the presidency has embarked on regional joint engagements with district leaders to deepen their appreciation of the key priorities of government.
When Government of Uganda finally confirmed that Pope Francis will be coming to Uganda, it was thrilling and all Ugandans were looking forward to the historic visit and being part of it. By virtue of my job, I knew I would be heavily involved especially when it comes to Publicity and media management. This was another chance to be involved in facilitating a big event, the first one being CHOGM in 2007. I am always heavily involved in government events but I knew that the Pope’s visit would be special.
Uganda’s education sector suffered devastation in the 1970’s owing to civil war and unrest that characterized the country at the time. School infrastructure was run down; man power was lost mainly due to brain drain, combined with neglect.
Shortly after the NRM government came to power, reforms were suggested to revamp the education system and the programmes that the system came up with were mainly to address issues of access, equality and sustainability.
Women’s struggle for equality has been a long battle that still continues into the present day. All over the world, there is a natural order that places women in a different bubble from men. This of course disadvantages the woman, who ideally is supposed to be submissive to the man, be obedient and in some cases the woman is not allowed to make decisions that affect her livelihood.
In 2003, the US and its European allies got away with a massive global disinformation against Saddam Hussein and his alleged weapons of mass destruction which sixteen years after Iraq’s conquest haven’t been found. The cabal then descended on Syria, and Libya, both now destroyed under the same guise, but fortunately, today the jackals are beating a humiliating retreat in Syria, thanks to Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.
Last week, the often colourful opposition politician, Kizza Besigye in yet another besmirched ceremony, unveiled what he described as a ‘peoples government and assembly’, with himself atop as the ‘peoples’ president. It is worth remembering that in 2016, soon after the elections, Besigye secretly took a fictitious ‘oath’ as the ‘peoples’ president complete with ‘cabinet ministers’. He then vowed that he would cause an international audit to the election results claiming had been stolen from him.
Sometime back, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II placed a courtesy telephone call requesting a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni, perhaps in Rwakitura, Nakasero or Entebbe.
Lawyers of old, used to say “He who comes to the temple of justice should do so with a clean pair of hands,” but perhaps not anymore, because, today the path to justice is littered more by fraudulent behaviour, where genuine counsel to clients are rarely offered, and consequently many people think that substantive justice is being subverted.
African countries continue to be rated very low in regard to freedom of expression, media freedom, safety and protection, and ending impunity against journalists. According to Press Freedom Index Report by Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda, a local advocacy group, at least 113 cases of violations and abuses were reported in 2017. The report highlights laws it describes as draconian laws that still remain in force, and restricting press freedom in Uganda, among them, the Penal Code Act, Anti-Terrorism Act (2002), and Computer Misuse Act (2013).