Category: Chairman’s Word

#BREAKING: NOT YET OVER! Museveni stops RDC transfers!

The newly appointed RDCs and their deputies will have to wait and continue to endure joblessness up to September which is roughly three months away.

This was one of the many decisions arrived at during a stormy planning meeting President YK Museveni convened today Sunday at State Lodge Nakasero. The meeting started midmorning and ended at 2pm. In attendance was President Minister Ester Mbulakubuza Mbayo, RDC’ Secretariat head Martha Asiimwe, PPS Molly Kamukama and Museveni who chaired the meeting. A few other State House departmental heads attended it too. On the agenda was the embarrassment the presidency endured a few days ago when it emerged that some dead NRM cadres had been appointed and their names included on list of new RDCs. This caused the presidency to be ridiculed on social media with many wondering if this wasn’t proof of a fatigued Museveni presidency.

During the Sunday meeting at Nakasero State Lodge, a furious Museveni sought to understand what happened and his handlers, specifically PPS Kamukama and belligerent Minister Mbayo, had to explain. It emerged that, despite being the line minister, Mbayo hadn’t made adequate input in the list as many of the cadres she considered to be very good mobilizers were left out. Examples include outgoing Butaleja RDC Richard Gulume and Luuka RDC Steven Bewayo. Coincidentally Mbayo, who is widely understood not to be doing well on the ground as MP, is the legislator representing Luuka as District Woman Representative. Many factors have eroded her popularity including her failure to concede Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s political supremacy and submit to her as a senior figure from Busoga. This has rapidly emboldened her political adversaries in Luuka where Bewayo has always been perceived to be the one holding forte for Mbayo in her absence as she serves nationally in Kampala. This is why Bewayo’s dropping from the RDCs’ list is taken to be something that has greatly injured her politically in her Luuka backyard. So during the Sunday meeting, Mbayo implored the President to permit her to revisit the list and come up with comprehensive proposals on how to strengthen it. Her argument was that many experienced cadres had been left out because of her ministry’s inadequate input yet she is the line minister. “That won’t happen. I’m the President of Uganda and I’m standing my ground. That list isn’t going to be recalled. If there are mobilizers that you say were inadvertently left out, let’s have them on the waiting list.

We shall consider them for the new districts that are going to be created. If not we shall find for them something else,” sources quoted Museveni as firmly saying during the State House meeting. Having heard from Mbayo clearly saying she didn’t have much input in the list, attention shifted to Molly Kamukama who members tasked to explain and account for the public embarrassment the Presidency suffered as a result of dead persons being appointed RDCs. “Your excellence we have been having a very long list of people who you have been promising deployment over the years. Their records have been with us for long.

Everything is on file and what we did was to get names of those you had promised jobs and we put it together. We didn’t know who had died and who hadn’t. That is how it happened,” sources quoted Kamukama as explaining. Some members felt it was improper for the Presidency Minister not to have had the last word on the RDCs’ list and consensus at the meeting was that this should never happen again.

Museveni decreed that members move on and the RDCs’ list be left the way it is. In what betrayed his anxiety regarding the possibility of NRM being trounced by the opposition groups in the upcoming LC1 elections, Museveni said any confusion engulfing the Presidency at this time would be very bad because it’s supposed to coordinate political mobilization to ensure majority LC1 chairpersons elected in the more than 60,000 villages are NRM. He referred to intelligence reports which show that the opposition has quietly been mobilizing and NRM shouldn’t take things lightly lest they get humiliated in the 10th July polls.

“In fact that’s why I’m directing that let all those newly appointed RDCs wait. We can’t have new people taking charge in the districts on the eve of such a very important election. It’s too near and by the time the voting day comes, those new RDCs will still be on orientation still learning the geography of those districts and that is why I’m directing you [Mbayo] to ensure that the incumbent RDCs occupy office until the LC1 elections are over. Let them [new RDCs] be doing voluntary mobilization wherever they are and prepare to report for work in September,”

Museveni reportedly directed bringing what had started as a very stormy meeting to an end. Sources maintained that Mbayo, who came expecting the President to be very furious at his PPS Molly Kamukama, left the meeting very much subdued after her expectations weren’t met.

President woos Chinese investors, “The potential for cooperation between China, …

President Yoweri Museveni has said that the potential for cooperation between China and Uganda is so vast with many investment opportunities in agro-processing, mining and industrialization sectors.

The President made the remarks in a meeting with the visiting Chinese Hunan Province Governor Xu Dazhe and his delegation that called on him last evening at State House, Entebbe.

He informed his guests that Uganda produces a lot of coffee, fruits, cassava and sim-sim and wants to set up industries to process the food products to add value and create job employment opportunities.

“The potential for cooperation between China and Uganda is big. What we want is a reliable market for agro-products. Once we have the demand, we can produce whatever is needed,” he said.

Citing coffee, the President said its production has grown from 2.8 million bags to 5 million bags today with an aim of producing 20 million bags in the near future. He, therefore, urged the Chinese investors to set up factories that make machine tools needed by other factories. “We need to produce machines for different factories here and for the region,” he said.

According to Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) statistics, national coffee production increased by 1.3 million bags in 2017 compared to 2016. Uganda is second largest coffee producer after Ethiopia in Africa.

On mining, the President said that government was in the process of modernizing its mineral laboratory so as to supply the local industries.

“We used to produce copper here during the British times but it was processed only up to 94% and the copper ingots would not be used in our transformers. We would end up exporting copper ingots and importing more processed copper to come back to our factories,” he said.

Governor Dazhe said that like Uganda, Hunan Province is very strong in agriculture and presents many opportunities for cooperation with Uganda in that sector in order to achieve a win-win result for the two countries. State Minister for Planning, David Bahati, of State for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda, Uganda’s Ambassador to China, Crispus Kiyonga, among other officials, attended the meeting.

I have walked a long journey which has been perfected over time

Speaker Rebecca AlitwalaKadaga is the first female speaker of parliament of Uganda. She punched her way to politics on the affirmative card when she contested forMember of Parliament representing the women of Kamuliin 1989 (NRC) to date. She has been at the forefront of championing gender equality andwomen empowerment. The Public Lens’ Stephen Bwire caught up with her in a no-holds-barred interview. Excerpts;-

You have been in the corridors of power for quite long, serving in the various portfolios. How would you describe your experience of being in government?
Well, first the arrival of women has been gradual. If you look at the structure of government over many years, we had no women ministers. Among the first female ministers we had Hon. Bagaya and Mrs.Senkatuka then after that followed by Mrs.Bitamazire, and then the numbers kept growing. But we have to lead in order to open doors because the structure of our society did not acknowledge the leadership of women; so patriarchy still exists, and one has to navigate that journey through patriarchy to be able to do work.Secondly, you have to be exceedingly good so that no questions are asked about your capacity. So, it has been an interesting journey.

How have you broken-through the barriers to scale to the top in a male-dominated world, considering the positions you have held locally and internationally?
First, it requires a lot of preparation and it didn’t just happen, I have been consistently attending the meetings, but also I have taken many leadership positions both in the Commonwealth and the IPU [Inter-Parliamentary Union]. In the Commonwealth, I started as a branch representative, then I became the chair of the CWP [Commonwealth Parliamentarians] Africa, so I worked on programs that no other Chair had done, and no other region in the Commonwealth had done except Africa. So my work was outstanding. Because of the work I had done in Africa, they thought I should also support them to do the international work and build the women parliamentarians which I did quite well. within the IPUI started as a member and then I became a chair of a standing committee, later I became a member of the executive committee, where I represented the East African region; and forinstance when I was in the regional executive, we brought in south Sudan, we brought in Somalia, we brought in new members to the IPU through my leadership in the executive committee. So it has been a journey, but it has been perfected overtime.

As a champion of women empowerment, what are some of the initiatives you have undertaken as Speaker of Parliament to improve the lives of women?
Within Parliament, we have advocated to have daycare facility for the children so that mothers who come there are comfortable. And this applies to all public places, for instance now all the new markets must have a daycare facility so that women in the market can have their children playing while they are doing their work. We have also advocated for other facilities for instance we have proposed that all new roads which are being built should have positions for resting so that if you have been travelling with a small child in a bus, you don’t have to go and take the child to the bush to urinate. We have proposed that all the roads should have those rest areas where there’s a bathroom, there’s a small restaurant, where people can sit, or change the children or something like that, so those are some of the things on infrastructure. Of course we have discussed the buildings for some of the women who are disabled and so on, so we have discussed all those. We have been advocating hard for the people with disabilities, and we recently wrote to the President that the people in the judiciary should be trainedin sign language so that they are able to communicate with the people with disabilities.Those are some of the areas we are working on;but on education, we have worked on reduction of taxes on many items that the women use for instance the sanitary towels we removed the taxes that had been re-introduced. At a different level, personally I have worked on the issue of water, in my constituency there’s a lot more water than many other places because the women spend so much time and the children spend so much time walking to look for the water, if there’s a water point, you have thousands of Jerrycans who could stay there day and night, so one of the things we need to do to help the rural woman is to make sure she has water so that she can collect quickly and do her work. There used to be a program on cooking stoves which would enable the people to cook very quickly, I don’t know how far it has spread- it used to be in the ministry of energy, but I don’t hear much about it though this is one of the interventions that would help the rural woman to be able to cook quickly and get time to do other things and maybe to even go and do business. So, also to take their medical services nearer, we still have a challenge on schools. The distances that the children have to walk, sometimes they really have to walk very many miles, so it’s risky for them because they have to start walking early in the morning, they have got to come back late in the night, so all those risks we need to address so that facilities are put nearer where the children can access them quickly maybe 1km or something so that they don’t have to walk long distances. And then of course we have been discussing and trying to improve on the household income, we are trying really hard to ensure that there are more economic activities which women can do in order to earn a living.

Day by day, you have been seen to push for the independence of the Legislature in accordance with the doctrine of separation of powers. Are you satisfied that the institution which you superintend is somewhat independent?
I think we have made progress, you know before the1995 constitution, the powers heavily gravitated towards the Executive, the Legislature and Judiciary were like small brothers of the Executive, but the Constitution has given us some autonomy,but I have learnt that it’s a constant battle to remind the other branches that don’t step on my feet. This is my parameter, and this is your parameter, don’t step on my feet. So we have made progress because I have been continuously talking about it, and we are gaining ground.

We witnessed a huge storm in parliament during the debate to amend the Constitution to lift presidential age limits. How did you manage to steer through this chaotic process and restore the House to normalcy?
One of the things I did was to give people time to talk, so that those who were in favour of the amendment spoke, but also those who were not in favour had an opportunity to speak, and for me I wanted to give them an opportunity to convince their colleagues. If they believe you, they will vote with you. For me the important thing was to be able to table the positions of all the sides and then reach and take a vote. You know if I have ten votes and you have one it means I have got more people on my side than you. So for me it was really allowing them to speak and it was one of the longest sittings we had because I think we were sitting up to eleven almost every day .We were sitting the whole day. More than 150 members spoke, so in the end all those who had the issues that they wanted to air were able to speak and finally when the vote came, they were able to vote. But it requires some skills to manage the sitting.

As a senior national NRM party leader, what do you have to say about the current squabbles in the party where some of our leaders are pulling ropes?
I think the main problem is that we don’t meet as a party. We don’t meet. For instance the Central Executive Committee has not sat for several months. If we were meeting, we would probably listen to what is happening in our departments. So for me the failure to meet is a big hindrance to the work of the party. Actually I can’t tell you that I know what is happening. I don’t know why the people were dismissed [party secretariat staff were summarily sacked], so the absence of meeting is a big problem.

The question of gender parity has lingered on for long. In your tenure in parliament, what have you done to answer this question of gender parity especially in leadership positions?
Other than the constitutional provisions, during my tenure, we were able to amend the rules of procedure to ensure that 40% of the leadership positions in the House are held by women. It was a long struggle, it took us about four years but eventually it was achieved. Now we have 42% and I hope it can grow to equality. The idea is to go 50:50.

Are there women leaders you would look at and feel proud of their achievements?

Within parliament, there have been some, but also out there, there are women who continue to inspire;people like Grace Mpanga, Rhoda Kalema, Victoria Sekitoleko, Dr. Kazibwe, they have been many. Especially the ones with whom we joined in 1989, People like Roy Nkwasibwe. And then of course now we have more people like Doris Akol of URA, AllenKagina at UNRA, Jennifer Musisiat the KCCA, in the UIA there is JollyKamuhangire. We also have a number of accounting officers who are ladies.

What would think of as most memorable event during the time you have been in public service?
I think the real memorable one would be, that in 2012 we were able to host for the first time and probably the only time in the next 50 years the Inter Parliamentary Union, it was part of our golden jubilee celebrations. The last international meeting of parliament was in 1967 during Obote 1. It was the Commonwealth. After that there has been no international meetings of parliament so IPU was really the big one, with the golden jubilee but also an opportunity to market Uganda and even now some of the people who came, now come back for holidays, many of the delegates come back here for holidays so I thing that’s the big one. Maybe I can tell you that in 2019, we are going to now host the international Common wealth since 1967.

President Museveni addresses the Nation on the State of Security

While ddressing a special sitting of Parliament this afternoon on the question of security, the President announced 10 measures the government will undertake to check insecurity in the country.

1. All legally held guns will be finger-printed. When this happens, once a cartridge is fired, we shall be able to tell which gun discharged the bullet. If any legally-held gun is used in crime, we shall trace it, this includes guns in private hands but licensed by the police.

2. Every vehicle and motorcycle will be required to have electronic number plates with an electronic signal, installed at cost of the owner. However, we shall protect people’s privacy.

Our concern will only be with vehicles or pikipikis seen in an area where crime is committed. If one attempts to interfere with the number plate, the central monitoring unit will be notified.

3. Hoods for motorcycle riders is banned. Police will charge anybody covering themselves that way. Riders will also have to wear helmets with illuminated numbers both at the front and back.

These helmets will be registered and details captured in the central monitoring hub. I encourage the National Enterprises Corporation and our private sector here to manufacture these helmets here. We should not spend money importing them.

4. Installation of cameras on town roads and streets and along highways. Potentially the criminal or enemy can evade other forms of detection except the optical; eye, camera and telescope.

If necessary, the cameras will have thermal sensors. If criminals try childish games of covering their heads, they will be seen at the command post.

5. Modern foresinc laboratory. I thought the national ID project should have done this. We shall capture thumb prints and DNA of criminals so that we can trace once blood is left at the crime scene.

Even other elements like sweat, saliva, hair will also be analysed. If you want our country to be peaceful, why fear to offer DNA for storage. Support me so that we stabilize our country.

6. Speed of response and how quickly we arrive at the scene. I have directed the police to revive the 999 and reform the Flying Squad. It should be a real flying squad. We are providing UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones) and light helicopters.

7. The enemy can also use drones to promote crime. The defence committee has authorised 30 UAVs. We have 130 applications while 500 have been impounded. They were being smuggled into the country. The responsible minister will bring a law to regulate use of these drones.

8. Misuse of social media. Criminals use social media to threaten violence and create panic. We are going to acquire capacity to quickly locate criminals abusing social media. The government does not want to block these sites but we shall pick out the jiggers. We won’t cut the entire foot.

9. Acquire more scanners under the Uganda Revenue Authority to check all containers coming into and exiting the country. Criminals hiding guns as cargo will be grabbed. The Era of weak or non-existent state authority ended.

10. Back to the army. Our strategy is a small, professional, well-equipped army, backed with a large reserve force. Our military capacity is robust created over last 50 years. We have capacity to defend Uganda.

President tours Buremba and Kazo counties – speaks out on environmental degradation

Yesterday in Kazo County of Kiruhura District, I laid a foundation stone for construction of St Andrew’s Church, Buremba and broke ground for construction of science laboratories at St Catherine’s Girls SS.

I also unveiled the foundation stone for St John’s Church of Uganda office block and launched 600 Saccos before addressing a rally at Kazo Town Council.

St Andrew’s Church, Buremba is important for me because it is where I prayed in 1981 shortly before I left for the Bush to start an armed resistance against the Obote government.

I went to see Mzee Christopher Rubarenzya, an elder, as a way of bidding him farewell even if I did not tell him the purpose of my visit. Later, he brought me to this church and we prayed.

Later, I again came to check on him and we still prayed at this church. I however realised that the sanctuary was still in the same state that I had left it. I resolved to join the Christians to rehabilitate it. I am happy that we now have a renovated church.

I am also happy to notice that Buremba, which for a long time was underdeveloped, is now a developed area with electricity and a good road network.

I thank the elders in this area like Mzee Rubarenzya for pioneering in many things and setting a good example and foundation for other residents. I also thank the Christians for using the church to spread gospel of development.

On my way to Buremba, I noticed that some people are establishing gardens and planting trees in swamps. I want all of them to vacate, and the Chief Administrative Officer should enforce this. When you drain swamps you interfere with the rain formation cycle which leads to drought.

At the launch of the Saccos and the subsequent rally at Kazo Town Council, I commended the wanainchi for taking the initiative to develop themselves through co-operative movements.

Government has a lot of interventions for organised groups and Saccos should be able to benefit. For example, the women and youth funds plus micro finance support to saccos.

Members of Parliament should help you with information concerning these and the district leadership should ensure that money allocated for such ventures reaches the intended groups.

Touring the exhibition, I noticed some people have taken to apiary, honey making and fruit farming. This shows that the people here have woken up. Working with the MP, we shall support these initiatives.

Museveni orders quick compensation for Atiak Massacre victims

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is regretting delays in compensating families of 300 victims of the 1995 Atiak Massacre.
Speaking during a fundraiser in Atiak Technical School last week, Museveni said there should be no debate about the need to compensate the families of the victims. He directed state house officials to coordinate with the office of the Attorney General in ensuring that the families are compensated with immediate effect.
The President had visited the institute to commission a fundraising drive for Shs2 billion for reconstruction of the institute. He pledged to contribute 400 million shillings towards the project in July this year.
The massacre perpetrated by combatants of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) allegedly commanded by former deputy commander, Vincent Otti happened on April 20th. Huts were burnt down and several children abducted, many of whom are still missing to date.
Vincent Otti, himself born in Atiak sub county was reportedly killed by his boss Joseph Kony following disagreement over the direction of the rebel group during the botched Juba Peace process.

Anthony Akol, the Kilak North County Member of Parliament had asked the President to consider the plight of the victims as critical among other pressing issues. He also said Atiak Technical School which lost its lorry and other properties to soldiers of National Resistance Army (NRA) during the 1986 bush war is yet to receive its share of compensation.

Fred Okot, a member of Ataik Massacre Survivors Association told this reporter that Atiak Technical School lost 48 students and staff members during the massacre.
Outstanding war compensation claims

It should be remembered that this is not the first war compensation decree the President has directed following the end of the Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

In Namokora Sub County in Kitgum District where soldiers of 35th Battalion of National Resistance Army shot and killed 78 people at Wii Geng village in 1986, the President’s repeated directives for compensation are yet to be honoured.

The families and relatives of those killed are demanding compensation in accordance to the Acholi traditional justice system in which a human life is paid with 10 heads of cattle and 3 goats.

According to Museveni, Uganda has built a strong army capable of preventing a repeat of some of the atrocities the nation suffered in its post-independence era. He said the army is planning to secure Uganda’s borderline with volatile South Sudan with Local Defence Unit (LDUs) to prevent violence in the country spilling over to Uganda.

President’s Statement on Torture, to The Chief of Defence Forces


15th May, 2017

The Chief of Defence Forces

UPDF Headquarters


The Inspector General of Police

Police Headquarters


Director General of Intelligence Services


This is in order to enlighten you about the use of torture on suspected criminals (okutatsya) in the fight against crime.

In our traditional societies, torture was commonly used and it was not only accepted but, actually, encouraged. Hence, the proverbs like: “Akabwa kaiba kaihura omugoongo gwaako” in Runyankore and “Akabwa kabbi, kasasula mugoongo” in Luganda. In both dialects, it means that “a stealing dog pays with its back”, i.e. by being struck with sticks (enkoni, emiggo) on the back.

Traditional ideas, however, had their own mistakes in many instances. That is why, those ideas that are not consonant with logic should be abandoned. To take one example, in many of the African Societies, marriages were arranged by parents for the young couples. The couples had no say in the matter. This was because in the no nonsense traditional society, marriage was a strictly scientific matter designed to produce off-springs that had no emize (hereditary defects physiologically and behavior wise). These would be defects like asthma, epilepsy and behavioural weaknesses like cowardice, greed, spendthrifts (ababagyi) etc. The idea of love among the intended couples never entered the equation. There was okurigyira (to appreciate the beauty of) or okusiima (to appreciate the qualities of). This was, however, by the parents or persons deployed by them.

Today, however, all enlightened people know that the traditional concerns notwithstanding, love among the couple is paramount. It is, therefore, clear that torture in order to extract confessions (okutatsya) has three possible mistakes that may even interfere with the fight against crime. Number one, you may torture the wrong person, somebody who is totally innocent. This is very unfair. Secondly, somebody may admit guilt when he is innocent in order to be spared being tortured. This will make the real criminal escape in order to commit more crimes later. Thirdly, confessions by the criminals are not necessary. Even if the suspects do not admit their guilt, if the investigators do their work well (finger-prints, photo-graphs, DNA tests, eye-witnesses, the use of other scientific methods, the use of dogs etc), the criminals can get convicted.

Therefore, the use of torture is unnecessary and wrong and must not be used again if it was being used as I see some groups claiming in the media. Of course, the criminals are most annoying by using the cowardly but shallow methods of the boda bodas, taking advantage of the large number of vehicles and people in order to commit crime and hide. That, however, should not make us panic and go back to the defective traditional methods of okutatsya. We defeated Lakwena, we defeated Kony who was being heavily supported by external elements, we defeated the ADF that was, again, being heavily supported by foreigners, we defeated the UPA of Teso and disarmed the Karimojong cattle-rustlers by removing 40,000 rifles from them. We cannot fail to cope with cowards using boda bodas to kill people who are peacefully sitting in their cars or walking along the streets. With a little adjustment, we shall avenge the deaths of:

Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga, Prosecutor Kagezi, Hajji Daktur Muwaya, Sheik Jowat Madangu, Sheikh Yusuf Ssentamu, Sheik Yunis Sentuga, Hajji Mohammed Sebagala, Tito Okware, Constable Driver Wambewo Godfrey, Cpl Erau Kenneth, No. 1404 SPC Karim Tenywa, No. 54812 PC Babale Muzamiro, Owori John Steven, No. 44957 Cpl Owori Julius, SPC Isiko, Macho Steven, Okumu Ronald, Sheik Rashid Wafula, Major Kiggundu and AIGP Kawesi. Our annoyance with these criminals should not make us opt for defective short-cuts. These are hardened criminals by default who think that by denying they can kill and escape accountability. However, we shall get them using patient means of evidence but not through torture because evidence through torture is not reliable.

Yoweri K. Museveni


Copy to: H.E. the Vice President

Rt. Hon. Prime Minister

Minister of Internal Affairs

Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs

Minister for the Presidency

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Minister of Information, Communication and Technology

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