By Ofwono Opondo

KYANKWANZI NRM MPS RETREAT: AVOIDING THE POISONED CHALICE

National Resistance Movement (NRM) members of parliament are concluding a ten-day retreat at the National Leadership Institute (NALI), Kyankwanzi under the theme “Increasing Household incomes and wealth creation: the critical role of the leader”. To contextualize, in April 2021 after elections a retreat was held for the new MPs to calm down individual wild expectations, shape convergence on policy priorities and work methods. 

 

RUSSIA-UKRAINE CONFLICT: INTERNATIONAL MEDIA PROPAGANDA, DEATH IN JOURNALISM

It is almost 500 days since Russia launched “Special military operations” against Ukraine to rid it of what it described as “neo-Nazi fascists”, and hopefully stops them from joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), a 1949 western military alliance seeking to expand into the borders of the Russian Federation.

MINISTER’S ASSASSINATION MOST FOUL; KING CHARLES III STAIN, AND US BULLYING

Shock, outrage, tragedy, the feelings of helplessness at the hands of personal armed guards and yet none cannot accurately describe murder most foul of Minister Col (Rtd) Charles Engola Mac Odwogo in cold blood by his UPDF military guard who was supposed to protect him. Then the marauding conspiracy theorists of ill-intent spewing political sewage.

SUDAN CONFLICT, CEASEFIRE AND A CRUEL FUTURE FOR THE REGION

As powerful countries evacuated first, their diplomatic staff, then citizens, and reluctantly nationals from other countries from Sudan conflict, the 72-hour ceasefire agreed upon by the fighting Generals, those left behind face grim prospects, and is a tragedy for Africa. The overwhelming majority of Sudanese civilian citizens cannot flee beyond their country’s borders.

HARD TIMES AHEAD; DROP EXCESS POLITICAL BAGGAGE AND OPULENCE

The noose is gradually but surely tightening around the neck of several ministers and we sympathise. Mary Goretti Kitutu, Amos Lugolobi, and Agnes Nanduttu have now been charged in the Anti-Corruption for their involvement in the diversion of mabati meant for Karamoja region. Former television journalist, turned MP and State Minister Nanduttu ran until her energy got sapped, then in vain hid from police investigators but dejectedly discovered that Uganda was too small.

THE READINGS ON THE WALL FOR KARAMOJA MABATI MINISTERS

The political and legal reading now appears evidently on the wall, and some of the ministers prominently cited in the diversion, receipt and putting to personal use the roofing sheets meant for the vulnerable people in Karamoja need to jump and not wait to be pushed. Carry your own crosses, and we thank The New Vision newspaper for breaking the story, being bold, firm and vigorously exposing the suspects.

MINISTER KITUTU, RAILA ODINGA, DONALD TRUMP, AND THE LAW OF GRAVITY

Finally, Karamoja affairs minister Mary Goretti Kitutu fell to her greed and sloppiness. Kitutu, her brother and personal assistant were this week arraigned before the Anti-Corruption Court for abuse of office in relation to the diversion of relief items for the economically stressed Karamoja region instead benefiting some ministerial colleagues.  Since the scandal broke out in late January Kitutu has been elusive including evading the police in a futile hope she would find a political round-about.

JOHN NAGENDA, PAULO MUWANGA, AMIN AND MILTON OBOTE AT A GRAVEYARD

John Nagenda, of One Man’s Week column is gone and with him, the flourish style. Nagenda died 4, March, 2023, aged 84, and as he would say “never throw away old pantyhose. Use the old ones to tie gutters, child-proof cabinets, tie toilet flappers, or hang Christmas ornaments.” He could have added “if a possum takes up residence in your shed, grab a barbecue brush to coax him out. If he doesn’t leave, brush him for twenty minutes and let him stay.” Beginning today, I will replace his column. 

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