A collection of views,ideas about Uganda's politics,lifestyle!


The journalism department is the oldest of its kind in the Eastern Africa Region.Like many of the oldest courses offered at Makerere University, it has gone through some changes.

My admission to Journalism school was a cocktail of excitement and sadness, the happiness was because it seemed to fall in line with my love for writing, frustrated because, law school would have to be put on hold.

The real shock came in when one of the lecturers entered class and asked, “ How many of you wanted to offer Journalism and communication? ” A few students shot their arms in the air. She then asked the rest of the class to list their preferred courses and with a sarcastic tone, she said, ” I hope you are ready for four years”.

Four years?! many of us cursed in union, while others thought it to be a prank,then it hit me, I was in Journalism school for four years, it seemed like a terrible decision at that point, the extra year came off as a waste of my years.

Besides the raised eyebrows i would always get from other students that were in a class below me in secondary, many would ask, ” I thought you had finished school” and i would always be forced to explain myself, informing them that journalism was four years, some believed, others seemed to think i was covering a year of retakes.

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Google map to Journalism Department.

Now that the four years are over, i still think journalism should be 3 years, there seemed to be so much focus on the theoretical part of the course and less on the practical aspect. The last year, is where all major practical skills are now thrust upon the students.

The first year should focus on the theory, then second and third year focuses on the practical aspect, because knows we need to change the breed of journalists, produce more ethical and able to deliver kind of Journalism.

All in all,the fours in Journalism have been the experience.   Below are some views from other finalists.


A collection of different videos on various topics, from Corruption in Uganda, to the Marriage and Divorce Bill, to the an unexpected return of Sejusa.

 


If you are a Ugandan, then you have definitely heard of Dr. Kizza Besigye and if you are not a Ugandan , kindly google him.

A little more than a decade ago Kizza Besigye was fondly called the “hammer” by many of hiKizza-Besigye-being-arresteds supporters.
Uganda’s leading opposition figure earned the nickname after he traversed the country on the campaign trail in 2001, saying his opponent was a bit like a cotter pin and that dislodging him from office would need a candidate with the strength of a hammer.

Many refer to him as the people’s president.

I did not fully understand his character or his deeds, until I landed on “the Unfinished revolution” by Daniel Kalinaki, it helped answer some of the questions on:  Where did he come from? How did he rise through the ranks to make it into Government? What was the catalyst that led him, a man who was once the personal physician to the President, to desert those in power?

why, when so many of his peers were willing to turn a blind eye to the deficiencies of the ruling party so they could enjoy the spoils on offer? Was he not seduced? All these were questions that Kalinaki’s book put to rest.

There are two major questions which most Ugandans have long asked when it comes to Besigye; what exactly led to Besigye’s fall out with President Museveni and what was the real story behind that alleged love triangle involving him, his wife Winnie Byanyima and the President.

Kizza Besigye and Uganda’s Unfinished Revolution. After reading the book, I was angry, mad, irritated by the Government, cursed fellow Ugandans for leaving the struggle to one person.

During the bScreen Shot 2015-05-27 at 9.31.06 PMook launch, that included a question and answer from the author Daniel Kalinaki , to the subject of the Book, Dr. Kizza Besige, the colonel answer whether he is disappointed with Ugandans, his reply is one of the things I will go to my grave with.

And I vowed to next time march along side a man who I not only greatly admire but have massive respect for.

Below is a link to a collection of pictures and videos on Besigye.

https://projeqt.com/embed/v2/108696-6a0c3a61953705a134fc02d91720e175/

With the craziness going around in our politics, the recent announcements, I still think that all the excitement deserves to go to Besigye and I hope some day he finishes Our revolution.


After attending the #Midwives4all campaign, focusing on youths, and how the midwifery profession is under looked.

some reasons why many of us did not give the  midwifery profession a thought while filling in the Joint admission Board (JAB forms) made more sense.midwives

Memories of filling in the JAB form,  we must have paid extra money for this form, but as an art  student, medicine wasn’t an option, Law and Journalism seemed more attractive

We were in the same hall as the science students, i cannot remember even one them offering midwifery or even thinking of becoming one. To revisit that memory, it would have sounded odd, if any student wanted to be a midwife. My expression would have been” As in “?

The idea that one would choose a certificate course over an undergraduate degree in either medicine or pharmacy was not only absurd but also under valuing parents’ money. (To many of my classmates)

However the discussion and fact sheets about how many children and mothers die in Uganda, did change my mind, some of these statistics had my mouth dropping:

  • The situation in Uganda
    • Every day, 20 women die during pregnancy and child-birth in Uganda
    • The maternal mortality rate increased from 435/100,000 in 2009 to 438/100,000 in 2014
    • 42% of the maternal deaths occur among young women
    • In addition to the maternal deaths, many more women suffer from maternal morbidity – obstetric fistula is among the most severe
    • 57% of Ugandan women deliver in a health facility
    • The required number of trained midwives in public health facilities in Uganda is 6,061, however only 76% (4,607) of the positions are filled
    • There are great disparities across regions. Overall, 40% of the country’s midwifes serve the rural population
    • On average, a Ugandan midwife delivers between 350-500 babies each year. This is more than double the number recommended by WHO (175 births per year per midwife)
    • For every 1,000 children born in Uganda, 90 die within their first year of living

 

The figures are alarming, could they be exact? I asked about 20 of my friends if they knew anyone who had died from child-birth, and they all had a definitive no.

But never the less, i am still convinced that we need more midwives in Uganda

Our education system teaches us to aim for the highest, if you do sciences, there are outlined professions, the choice of branching off after senior four to focus on the technical institutions is alway portrayed as a last resort and not the ideal of putting one’s skills to use.

Listening to the discussion the main points that seemed to transcend through, were the “cultural aspect” and then the education system.Many young men present said it was just odd to be a male midwife. Others laughed at the shocking idea that a male midwife would be even considered.

I guess our generation could use more sex education, that were young womyn and men are aware of their bodies and needs, there should be a crack on the sex as myth, that way we prevent the ridiculous teenage pregnancies that are killing many of the young womyn.

Lastly we need all the midwives we can get as a country, more hospitals and health care service centres brought nearer to the people.



If there was an artist that made Luguanda beautiful and worthy listening to, it is Maddox for me. As an early 90’s born child, the music i grew up listening was the cocktail, but mostly western and Congolese, until Maddox, whose music i still enjoy with the same intensity.

Ssematimba was born in Kampala in 1971. He attended Makonzi Boarding Primary School and Busoga College Mwiri. Before choosing a path in music, Ssematimba worked as amaddox primary school teacher. He relocated to Stockholm, Sweden in 1991, when he was 21 years old. While performing in night-clubs to pay for his computer studies, he met Kenneth “Mafo” Ssejjemba Magoye, a fellow musician, who introduced him to Aggrey Ssembatya, the proprietor of Small Axe Productions.

He moved to Göteborg where he eventually began work on his albums at Small Axe Studios. He wrote, composed, arranged, programmed, performed, co-mixed and produced all the songs on the albums while Aggrey engineered and co-mixed the albums.

His music tells about love, unity, social justice, peace and everyday issues in songs such as Irene, Tukolagane, Omwami N’omukyala, Kampala, Come Let’s Rock. In the same songs, the feel-good factor comes out strongly. If you have seen him perform, you will appreciate the psyche he puts in his delivery and presence that naturally pulls an emotional chord with the audience, thanks to his good guitar skills and commanding lyrics.

I had a chance to watch live him at crock and rhyme , a 40-40 Charity concert, his voice has the ability to transform and dead audience and take it to church and back to the club. (now you can imagine how confusing that would be for anyone)

As a loyal fun, i hope someone re-discovers a great talent that Uganda has before it is too late.

PS: This was a class assignment I enjoyed writing.


Deputy Speaker Oulanyah and Speaker Kadaga

Deputy Speaker Oulanyah and Speaker Kadaga

Game of thrones, should have focused an episode on Ugandan parliament. Only difference is that our speakers fight sometimes for the “right thing” but the end game is promotion, popularity and little concern of the public or taxpayers money, we are collateral damage.

Deputy Speaker Oulanyah made the first move this year as he reversed the decision to expel senior journalists from parliament. The ‘evil letter’ written by Clerk to Parliament, an order from parliamentary commission headed by Kadaga expelling all senior journalists from parliament.

Speaker Kadaga reacted by calling for an editor’s meeting, sticking to her guns, asking them to change the journalists covering parliament, although she had valid reasons, she has no authority to tell editors who to assign what beats and who to pull out.

Kadaga hit below the belt as she made history setting into motion a process that could put her on a collision course with her Deputy Jacob Oulanyah after she controversially overturned his decision that Parliament would not handle issues about KCCA before a definitive resolution is made over the Lord Mayor’s fate. Speaker Kadaga ruled that her deputy’s decision was “personal”.

Deputy Speaker Oulanyah in December last year ruled that Parliament would not handle business about City Hall unless the government decisively settles the disputes surrounding the contested impeachment of city Mayor Erias Lukwago. A Ministerial committee led by the Premier Ruhakana Rugunda was set up to handle the matter amid skepticism from the Opposition.

However-matters about KCCA were again on the floor as the Junior Finance Minister Fred Omach rose to present budget estimates for the City Authorities for the 2015/16 financial year.

MPs’led by the Leader of opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu brought the matter of Parliament’s position to Ms Kadaga’s attention warning that handling KCCA issues violates procedural rules as the House had committed not to handle KCCA issues.

I have extracts of the Hansard. On that day the [Deputy] Speaker advised government that we would not entertain any mater from KCCA until the political problems were solved. I would like to draw your attention to this and to ask this Parliament that we should respect our own decisions so that we are not a laughing-stock out there—when we say something let us respect it,” Mr Oguttu said.

What the Rules of procedure say:

Rule 78: “Decision of the Speaker or Chairperson” plainly instructs that the Speaker’s decision cannot be reviewed without a motion. Rule 78(2) states that: “The decision of the Speaker or Chairperson upon any point shall not be open to appeal and shall not be reviewed by the House except upon a substantive motion made after notice.

What happened was not a decision of the [Deputy] Speaker but also a decision of the House. If as legislators, we are to observe our own rules of procedure, a matter to do with KCCA cannot be dealt with until a substantive motion has been moved,” Mr Nuwagaba argued.

But Ms Kadaga ignoring all the opposition’s concerns ruled saying that Oulanyah had taken the initiative not to preside over matters about KCCA.

“The issue the Deputy Speaker was talking about was his personal decision not to preside over any matter on KCCA until the issues of governance were resolved.I want us to be realistic-what if the [impeding KCCA] Bill was brought for First Reading today, will he then say we shall not consider it. Where else would we have the Bill done other than this House? The Deputy Speaker said in his own words, in his own name. He said Jacob Oulanyah would not preside over KCCA issues, “MS Kadaga ruled.

Extract from Hansard on 19th Dec

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Honourable members, this issue of KCCA has posed a difficult situation in this House not only once, but many times and for some reason it happens when I am in the Chair. (Laughter) It is not a good situation to chair when outstanding matters that are easy to solve continue to be a problem and pose a threat to the progress of debate in the House.

I had earlier made a directive to the government side that this matter of KCCA should be resolved so that when matters come from KCCA we are able to, in a bipartisan manner, handle them expeditiously. Today, I will state again that personally, – and this is for the record – if these matters of governance in KCCA are not resolved with finality, I will not be ready to preside over a matter involving KCCA again. (Applause)

This is because it is a stressful experience, there are legitimate concerns being raised and these concerns are genuine. We requested that the matters be resolved and they are not. Each time I sit here, I get headaches about these matters. So, whether the loan is approved or not, if by the time we resume in February next year, the matter of administration and governance in KCCA is not resolved, no matter should be brought to this House that has anything to do with KCCA and the House expects that Jacob Oulanyah will be presiding; I will not. (Applause) I will not, because I am only a human being and I cannot preside over the same thing over and over.

Rt Hon. Prime Minister, I urge you that by the time we resume in February next year, if you will not have resolved this matter of governance in KCCA, be put on notice; Jacob Oulanyah will not preside over any matter involving KCCA if these governance issues in KCCA remain outstanding

I would like your commitment that you will adhere to what I have just said.

The leader of Opposition sarcastically asked Speaker Kadaga to state the right time, when the speakers preside over the house as people and when they are speakers of Parliament n your Kadaga.

“I seek clarification Madam speaker, when are you Kadaga the person and when are you the speaker of Parliament while seated in that chair? “ asked LOP Oguttu.

As if that wasn’t enough Kadaga last week tasked the Rules Committee to check the Hansard there by reviewing Deputy speaker Oulanyah ‘s ruling on the report on a petition. Oulanyah had ruled adopting the committee report on a petition on Land eviction of people of Lwemiyaga after no MP rose to debate the report, it was then adopted. After the adoption, MPs’Nzoghu, Ssekikubo seek to review ‪Parliament’s decision on its petition by Lwemiyaga County of Mar 3, 2015. MP Nzough and Ssekikubo, responsible for the monitory report begged the speaker to go back on his ruling to which Oulanyah rightly rejected, reminding them of time keeping.

The clash of the puppet masters continues, Deputy Speaker Oulanyah, your move!

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