SDA world Leader Lauds Freedom Of Worship in Uganda




Dr Ted Wilson, the world leader of Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church, has commended President Museveni’s administration for enabling freedom of worship to thrive in Uganda, an East African Country.

Dr Ted made the remarks while meeting the President of Uganda at State House in Entebbe in Wakiso District on Friday. Ted was flanked by his wife Nancy.

Pastor Dr Blasious Ruguri the East Central Africa Division President of the SDA, Pastor Daniel Matte the Uganda Union president, Pastor Samuel Kajjoba the Central Uganda conference President and Uganda’s minister of State for ICT and Communication, Ms Aidah Nantaba, among other laity, accompanied the SDA world leader at the meeting.

Ted, who was driven to state house in a VIP motorcade under heavy security, commended Museveni for his great role in promoting Christianity and religious freedom in the country.

This, he said has encouraged and made it possible for leaders of prominent religions in the world to visit Uganda during his leadership.

“I urge you to pray for President Yoweri Museveni so that God can continue guiding him in his leadership and pray for this country so that you continue enjoying the present peace,” he said, adding that, “People in other countries are suffering and crying for peace, so continue praying to God so that peace can prevail.”

Dr.Ted prayed for President Museveni and later presented him with two Christian books including Ministry of Healing, and Steps to Christ; together with a Pen bearing a Seventh day Adventist Church log and the word Sabbath.

For his part President Yoweri Museveni hailed the SDA church for teaching him the alphabet way back in 1952, which he recited to Dr.Ted and the accompanying delegation & also praised the church followers for being law abiding and strict Christians.

He also presented Dr.Ted and wife Nancy, with two Copies of his famous book titled;”sowing the Mastard seed,” to which he later put his autograph.

Mr.Museveni called on the visiting SDA President to emphasize to the members of the faith the responsibility bestowed upon them by God to establish dominion over nature.

Dr Ted and his wife Nancy have on a four day pastoral visit to Uganda.

By:Justus Headrix Mwesige


Journalist Isaac Bakka Sent Back to Luzira Prison



Nakawa Chief Magistrate Jameson Karemani has further remanded veteran Journalist Rev Captain Isaac Bakka to Luzira Upper Prison. The pronouncement came after State Prosecutor Anne Ntimba requested for more time to complete investigations into charges of Treason and Misprision of treason filed against Bakka and three others.

Rev. Captain Bakka, formerly an employee of the Arua based Born Free Technologies Network-BTN TV, is charged alongside an electrician Godfrey Asea, a civil Engineer Innocent Mawa, and George Nekyona alias Ngungu-Ngungu, a casino attendant.

The prosecution alleges that the four connived with others to overthrow the government of Uganda between January 2017 and January 2018 in various places in Arua, Kampala, Wakiso, and Teso Region.

It is also alleged that Bakka and others still at large expressed an overt act by recruiting individuals to join armed insurrection against the government of Uganda. The 68-year-old allegedly expressed support by participating in Military training as well as the acquisition of satellite phones.

Rev. Captain Bakka went missing about four months ago and his whereabouts remained unknown for some time. His wife, Sylvia Nalubowa is reported saying that she last saw her husband on October 8, 2017. In a recent interview, Bakka narrated how he had been blindfolded from an unknown place throughout the time.

He was later presented before Nakawa Chief Magistrate Jameson Karemani and charged with Treason and Misprision of Treason, an offense, committed where someone conceals knowledge of the mission of any treason against the state. It attracts a life sentence upon conviction.


I Remain a Loyal Soldier - General Kayihura




General Kale Kayihura has today officially handed over the office of Inspector General of Police to his successor, Martin Okoth Ochola.

At a ceremony at the Uganda Police Force headquarters in Naguru, Kampala, the curtain came down on Kayihura's over 12 years as the head of Uganda's law enforcement agency. He said he will remain a loyal soldier of the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) and a cadre in the struggle to liberate Uganda.

He thanked President Yoweri Museveni for trusting him and elevating him to the top, not just in the police, but in the army where he rose through the ranks to become a General.

President Museveni on March 4 replaced Kayihura with his deputy, Okoth Ochola.

Gen. Elly Tumwine took over as Minister for security, replacing Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde. The former military Police commandant, Brig. Sabiiti Muzeei takes over as deputy Inspector General of Police.

Kayihura regretted his failures during the last 12 years as the head of the Police Force, but spoke confidently about his tenure as the police boss noting that he leaves behind a better force than what he inherited in November 2005.

"During my tenure as IGP, I may have fallen short in my assignment and that I deeply regret. But that is human and it is not due to lack of trying.

Perhaps to signal that he's out of the police force, Kayihura turned up dressed in his full military General's uniform.

Despite his expression of regret, he outlined his achievements with confidence, only attributing his failure to the bad image in the force over the "last one year or so."

"Apart from the recent bad image which I will not be tempted to speak about its source, I am leaving a better police than I found," Kayihura said.

As he summarised his 20-paged handover report, the incoming IGP and his deputy Brigadier Sabiiti Muzeei looked on.

At some statements, Okoth Ochola laughed heartily while Sabiiti Muzeei maintained a serious face and made note of all key issues in his diary.

Kayihura apologised to whoever he may have hurt or wronged during his time as IGP, but noted that he did that in his line of duty, not personally. He thanked all the people he worked with from the ministers and senior civil servants to cleaners and those who served him tea.

All the other police directors watched on as Kayihura made a 30-minute statement.

The handover ceremony began in a closed-door session at the IGP's office wing with only the Ministers, General Odong and State Minister Obiga Kania, witnessing the handover from Kayihura to Okoth Ochola and Brigadier Sabiiti.

Like has been his culture, once the first session was over and all others joined the waiting officers in the main boardroom, Kayihura kept them waiting for about five minutes before he majestically marched through the corridors greeting people.

In a light mood, he asked journalists who had stood to take his pictures how he looked in his military attire.


EC Disowns Pre-ticked Ballot Papers in Jinja East Polls




The Electoral Commission has disowned the pre-ticked ballot papers found hidden in the ongoing Jinja East parliamentary by-election.

Out of 47 polling stations, rampant cases of violence have been reported at Main Street primary school Polling Station, where NRM and FDC party candidates are trading allegations of attempted ballot stuffing.

Thousands of pre-ticked ballot papers in favour of the NRM candidate, Nathan Igeme Nabeta, were discovered from Iganga Road Junction Polling Station, according to election watchdog, Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU).

And now Jotham Talemwa, the EC spokesperson, says in a statement the ballot papers do not belong to the electoral body.

"We have verified the serial numbers of these ballot papers and found out that they are not EC ballot papers. Security has been requested to follow up on this and arrest the culprits. The good news is that each candidate was supplied with a file containing serial numbers of the ballots in this by election," he says.

The EC statement urges both sides to exercise vigilance during the Electoral process but restrain against violence.

Earlier in the day, voters unearthed an un-gazetted polling station at Main street Primary School in Jinja town

EC's Talemwa admits there have been attempts to stuff which have not succeeded. "The copies intercepted carry serial numbers that are not ours," he says.

Despite heavy down pour, voters turned up in big numbers to vote in a by-election occasioned by a court ruling nullifying Nabeta's 2016 election victory on grounds that he connived with EC to alter results at Danida A-D polling station which put him at an advantage.

The by-election has attracted eight candidates but the real contest is between NRM's Nabeta and Paul Mwiru of the Forum for Democratice Change (FDC). Other candidates include Faisal Mayemba, Francis Wakabi, Christine Monica Abuze, Paul Mugaya and Hatim Isabirye Mugendi.


Andrew Kayiira's Son in Politics




Andrew Lutaakome Kayiira's son says his father's 'bravery' is a major factor in his move to register a political party.

David Kayiira last month announced he is in final stages of registering a political party named the Uganda Foundations Monument (UFM). The acronym of the party is same as that of the Uganda Freedom Movement (UFM), a rebel group headed by Andrew Lutaakome Kayiira in the 1980s.

"Just like a lion gives birth to a lion and duck gives birth to a duck," David Kayiira says referring to his father who was gunned down in Kampala 31 years ago this month. David was only three years old when his father died. His death at a friend's place in Lukuli, Makindye, is still shrouded in mystery as the official investigations report produced by the Scotland Yard detectives has never been made public.

Uganda Freedom Movement was birthed by Professor Yusuf Lule's leaning ministers in June 1979, shortly after he was deposed as president after only 68 days in the seat. Led by Andrew Kayiira, the ministers were persuading Lule to resist decisions by Military Council to oust him from chairmanship of the Uganda National Liberation Front (UNLF) and therefore President of Uganda. Their urge never yielded positive results.

UFM morphed into a rebel movement a year later after the disputed 1980 elections that saw Dr. Apollo Milton Obote of Uganda Peoples' Congress (UPC) return to power after nine years in exile following the 1971 military coup by General Idi Amin Dada. The aftermath of this election also gave birth to the Popular Resistance Army rebel group under Yoweri Museveni, which morphed into the National Resistance Movement/Army (NRM/A).

UFM rebels came second in strength and popularity to Museveni's NRA in the nascence years of rebel activities from 1981 until 1986. UFM operated as an urban guerrilla movement based in Kampala, Mukono and Mpigi districts. It registered minimal successes between February 1981 and September 1982. The group believed in a philosophy of quick change of government through a coup d'tat and not an armed struggle.

And on February 9, 1981, they attacked Lubiri Barracks, the biggest military installation at the time, in attempt to overthrow the Obote regime, but the attack was repulsed. Just three days earlier, the NRA rebels had attacked Kabamba Barracks in Mubende district to launch what would become a five-year guerrilla war that climaxed with the rebel take over of government in January 1986.

UFM's weaponries were seized in the Lubiri Barracks attack. Kayiira is said to have abandoned the group in September 1982 and went into exile in Kenya as UFM was defeated by government forces.

Kayiira returned to join the General Tito Okello Lutwa's government in August 1985 when UFM was given a seat on the Military Council. Lutwa's government, which had overthrown Obote in July 1985, was overthrown by Museveni's NRA seven months later.

Kayira was incorporated into Museveni's government and appointed Energy Minister, only to lose his seat within months and be jailed for treason alongside three other ministers. He was murdered on March 7, 1987 at the home of the then BBC correspondent, Henry Gombya, just days after he had been released from Luzira Prison.

Uganda Radio Network interviewed David Kayiira as he prepares to walk into politics, a path his father once walked but ended up dead.

Politicians are habitually talkative but Kayiira junior is a reticent, introvert and calm lad who prefers to speak less and less. In a one-hour interview, Kayiira left reporters in an information asymmetrical position because he simply preferred to give less information. "Who is David Kayiira?" We asked. "David is a Ugandan," came the answer.

Why enter politics now?

The Kayiira's lineage, he said, has always participated in trying to promote justice and fairness in Uganda. He says that the 31-year silence after the death of his father was meant to give the NRM government a benefit of doubt, trying to see whether what was fought for during the liberation war, in which his father participated, would be fulfilled.

However, Kayiira says they have come to realise that after 31 years, the NRM government has derailed from the basics of the liberation war. "We realised that if we don't come out now, many people will fall victims of this regime, just like the previous regimes," he says.

Silence, he argues, has been a strategy because they wanted to observe and take to detail what is actually required to enter politics. He describes NRM as a neo-kondoism regime. Kondoism was a term used to refer to armed robberies and smuggling in the 1970s and 1980s during Amin and Obote regimes. "We stand in solidarity with all the men and women who sacrificed their lives, lost property and resources to fight kondoism…the re-occurrence of neo-kondoism by the NRM government demands no less sacrifice," he says.

The spate of mysterious murders that have been occurring in Uganda, Kayiira says, is a manifestation of NRM neo-kondoism.

He says the Uganda Foundations Monument (UFM) has blessings and backing of Uganda Freedom Movement veterans. Kayiira says most UFM fighters are unhappy with whatever is happening in the country. He boasted of over 2,000 UFM veterans but when pressed, he refused to divulge a single name of these veterans because of what he called "security reasons." Kayiira says most of these veterans are living under threat, afraid that if they come out, they will be murdered like their colleagues, including Dr Lutaakome Kayiira.

On why he has waited for so long to join other opposition politicians to fight the injustice, David Kayiira says that it's hard for individuals to make a difference. He argues the group needed to make prior preparations to ensure that their influence is visible and can reach out to all Ugandans once rolled out.

"My impact would be very minimal as an individual; however we had to work as a team to ensure that we can be visible and useful to the people of Uganda rather than an individual, David."

Who is in UFM?

Intriguingly, Uganda Foundations Monument is overtly a three-man party, but Kayiira says they have thousands of supporters who will be unveiled at a later time. He was only contented to name Tayebwa Freeman, the interim General Secretary and Peter Mukiibi, the interim spokesperson.

"These are the only people I can reveal currently. I am comfortable citing names of people involved and not the ones in the background because at the moment, for security reasons, we can't reveal all of them," he argued.

Kayiira says the Uganda Foundations Monument's acronym - UFM - is the same as that of Uganda Freedom Movement because the latter has roots in the former. He says the original name was dropped because they don't want to be branded as guerillas, since the original UFM was a rebel group. However, like the origin organisation, he says the new breed is made up of freedom fighters under a registered and a legal entity. Members of the monument draw blood and inspiration from the Uganda Freedom Movement fighters.

Drawing a distinction between the two parties, Kayiira says they share the same cause of justice and freedom for all Ugandans.

What are UFM chances?

Kayiira opines that every party has a right to participate in the daily affairs of the country.

Most of the existing political parties have been penetrated and influenced by the government. Government has an upper hand in their operations and omissions. We believe that if we come out as a fresh unit, we can try to defer from the existing parties or entities," he says.

Who is David Kayiira

Aged 34, Kayiira studied primary education at St. Peter's Primary School Nsambya, attained Uganda Certificate of Education and Uganda Advanced Certificate Education at St. Lawrence Citizens in Mpigi. He joined Uganda Christian University where he pursued a Bachelor's Degree in Law though he hasn't practiced law.

At the end of the interview, Kayiira was unwilling to share his personal contacts, telling these reporters to contact him through Peter Mukiibi, the interim UFM spokesperson.

What a difference from Dr Lutaakome Kayiira, who loved the media attention and would try to influence it in his favour!


Professor Walusimbi's Heart Beat Was Local Languages- Ndolerire




Prof. Oswald Ndolerire, the Director of Confucius Institute at Makerere University has praised the works of renowned linguistics professor, Livingstone Walusimbi, who died on Tuesday.

Prof Walusimbi, who is well known in Makerere University for his introduction, support and nationwide promotion of local languages, lost a long battle to eye and leg complications.

Prominent among his achievements, Prof. Walusimbi is known to have spearheaded the teaching of Luganda, Ateso and Runyakitara at Makerere's School of Languages, Literature and Communication, formerly Institute of Languages.

Speaking to PRIME RADIO, Ndolerire a professor of Linguistics and French, described Prof. Walusimbi as a person who was enthusiastic about promoting African languages.

He says when he returned from Kenya where he had lived for 19 years in 1987; Prof. Walusimbi recommended his employment to Makerere University as a senior lecturer.

"At that time he was the head of the Department of Languages when I came here. I was coming from Kenyatta University and he is the one who recommended my employment," Prof. Ndolerire said.

Ndolerire would go on to serve as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Principal of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS).

Ndolerire describes Prof Walusimbi as a prominent linguist who did a lot to promote the teaching of Luganda and other languages at university level.

According to Prof. Ndolerire, while in charge of the department, Prof Walusimbi enthusiastically supported the commencement and introduction of Runyakitara and Ateso at a degree level, which he credits him for supporting African language.

"He was also as a cultural man and he served Buganda Kingdom in different capacities," he says.

When he left Makerere, Prof Walusimbi went on to become the pioneer Vice Chancellor of Ndejje University.

In terms of training, Prof. Walusimbi has left behind a rich list of linguistic scholars he touched including Dr. Sauda Namyalo, and Dr. Merit Ronald Kabugo, the current head of Linguistics Studies at Makerere University. Others are Dr. Anatoli Kirigwajjo, Dr. Samuel Sekiziyivu, John Leonard Mulindwa and several others whom he has inspired.

Prof. Ndolerire says that Ugandans should emulate Prof. Walusimbi by taking local languages seriously. He argues in order for African countries to develop, there is need to develop mastery of local languages.

He notes that Ugandans cannot be creative in a language which they have not mastered. He describes as 'disastrous' a tendency for children and teachers not to grasp properly the concepts they are being taught due to lack of mastery of the language.

As a result, Prof. Ndolerire says pupils end up forgeting things they have studied.

Who was Professor Walusimbi?

Born to a peasant family of Laban Sekasi and Eva Nagujja of Nakaseke in March 23, 1935, Prof. Walusimbi is believed to have been the first Ugandan to get a professorship in linguistics.

He was married Nightingale Erunensi Nampeera Nkoyooyo and left behind eleven children.

He went to Timiina Primary School, Gayaza Primary School, Wampewo and Degeya Seventh Day School, where he completed junior secondary.

He later joined Aggrey Memorial Secondary School and Busoga College Mwiri, where he got a school certificate in 1956.

His academic journey later took him to the Institute of Teacher Education, Kyambogo, where he graduated with a Grade Three teacher's certificate in 1958. He earned another certificate in English teaching from Leicester University, in England in 1962.

In 1969, he went to the University of California, Los Angeles where he completed a master's degree in linguistics in 1971 and a PhD in 1976.

He joined Makerere University as a tutorial fellow from 1972 to 1975 when he was made a lecturer in the department of languages.

A year later, he would pioneer the teaching of Luganda at the university, setting the stage for the introduction of other languages in future. At the time Luganda teaching started, there were no Africans teaching at the department and no African languages were taught.

Walusimbi was promoted to a senior lecturer in 1977, Associate Professor in 1985 and full professor of Linguistics in 1992.

His academic journey did not stop him from trying his hands at politics, serving as Chairman Resistance Council Three (RC III) for Nangabo Sub-county in Wakiso district, between 1986 and 1991.

He was Chair of language sub-committee of the UNESCO in 1994 and Member Buganda Kingdom Parliament, the Lukiiko in 1997.



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