Since Friday I have been engaged in a series of meeting about the forthcoming general elections. Continue reading My Take on This Campaign I choose Peace
Police spokes person Fred Enanga has confirmed this evening that their fellow police officer Gilbert Arinaitwe Bwana has gone mad. Continue reading Besigye Tormentor Goes Mad
I did not want to say it publicly because I thought many of you would think I am a Witch.
I didn’t want to blow the trumpet publicly that Mowzey Radio’s death was a matter of when because only God knows the endtime for each one of us.
But when I heard Radio was a deep injuries victim, I told my peers that he may not make it out alive, I said it would take a miracle, the same thing I said of Dans Kumapeesa, not long ago.
Once you hear someone is in ICU in Uganda – friends pray hard, and YES call upon God for divine intervention. But Pray first that neither you, nor your loved ones end up needing ICU services in Uganda.
For me I have lived it, I have seen it. I have never recovered or forgotten. In 2014, I painfully watched how my nephew died in one top private ICU facility. And they all want cash down! Its like 1.5 m per night.
He had injuries you would call “not so badly off.” A minor septic infection from a falling accident but a deep cut. In that hospital, the doctors did so much with very little capacity. Like you can see medics struggle when handling critical cases with your own eyes. From lack of blood, drugs, supplies, Oxygen etc…
We should be grateful for the service of many dedicated health personnel, who work in very tough settings. By the way, many experts say it has nothing to do with human resource as half of Uganda’s 40,000 trained health workers have gone to practice abroad because of poor management, lack of work tools, supplies and poor pay.
Anyhow, ICU facilities in Uganda are death beds rather than cure beds.
Almost half of those admitted don’t make it out alive according to published studies. Check, there are about only 33 “functional ICU beds” for our entire country of 40 Million people.
Today its a wealthy celebrity with all the connections, the resources and public sympathy. A country’s top facility wouldn’t manage his wounds. The cost of treatment is too high to afford, a service that should be first available in all public facilities, then affordable to all citizens just like in other African countries like Botswana with caring governments where Ugandan doctors are treating their citizens and running their health system.
I kid you not, during that very sad unforgettable time in 2014, we moved with our sick and dying nephew in an ambulance that we fueled to every major hospital in Kampala that I was directed to. Nsambya, Mengo, Nakasero, Case, Novik, Mulago (these are the ones doctors will instruct you to try first). And please don’t try Mulago, I repeat: don’t try the country’s National Referral Hospital if you still have options. Mulago has only SIX ICU beds. We were literally told that: “You need to wait for someone to die to take the bed.” And there was a long-line of dying patients waiting on queue; and as expected, the physical conditions were not very pleasant.
The day you or your loved one is a victim of an accident and in need of ICU services is when you will understand the pain many have gone through. Said lets pray hard this time never comes. Something seriously needs to be done about our ailing health system (and gov’t if that is what it will take), a total overhaul.
Kati we hear that Gundi gave the Lovely Celeb 30M UShs to cover his medical bills, and that we should clap for Gundi now?? Eh
Too little too late; the Gundis are squarely responsible for this sorry state of our healthcare system.
Every year government spends at least $150 million (about Shs 500 billion) abroad on treatment of mostly top government officials, their family and relatives, in a leaked report to the Daily Monitor.
Only a Shithole government allocates 950 billion for its countries’ entire health budget and uses 500 Billion Shs abroad on themselves instead of investing it in its own health system to save its citizens.
Fare thy well Mwozey Radio, another young Ugandan gone too soon, one of the many every day.
“Alone” the Legend Philly Lutaaya sang it all way back… Today is me, tomorrow someone else…
“Jealous is the route cause of hatred”
With due respect to Dr Miria Matembe,allow me madam to register my disappointment with your submission last night on NBS program the front line especially the last part:
.As members of the opposition we need to pull together.
.We need each other
.We do not need back stabbers like Dr Matembe
.We remember when Dr Kizza Besigye was arrested on 14/11/2005 by his competitor dictator Museveni, traitors within the opposition decided to connive with the dictator Museveni to front another Presidential candidate and leave Dr Besigye to rot alone in Luzira Upper Prison,Many thanks go to late Hon Njuba, Hon Winnie Byanyima,Hon Jack Sabiti,Hon Ekanya,Hon Reagan Okumu, and then still Hon Betty Kamya and many others who failed the Mushegas attempts to write off Dr Kizza Besigye by substituting Besigye with another FDC Presidential candidate while Dr Besigye was in Luzira Prison.
.The above attempts by Dr Kizza Besigye’s detractors were failed and Dr Kizza Besigye was nominated while in Prison.
. Mr Museveni became both national and international embarrassment and out of that shame of competing with Dr Kizza Besigye’s effigy and the both National and international pressure led to release of DR Besigye from prison on 2nd Jan,2006 for him to be able to effectively run his campaign.
. Dr Matembe,FDC, the party you refused to subscribe to has been Democratically electing and changing leaders and it has a constitution that has been respected by all political players.How has Dr Besigye stood on the way for others? Dr Besigye twice cut short his tenure and resigned in his second term where he served only 2years to give chance to the new people. Has such a person failed to give a chance to others?
.Mr Museveni fears a contest where he has DR Kizza Besigye as a compeitor, because he knows him as a formidable force.We only get disappointed when hear our own members of opposition wanting us to substitute a strong candidate, the crowd puller with people who have never held any single meaningful rally despite having been given an opportunity to do so and miserably failed.
.What is wrong with someone aspiring to be what he has never been before?
.We know Presidential aspirants in Africa who have been able to make it to state house at the 5th attempt and more.
.There is a clique of Matembes and Company who regard themselves as most senior to Dr Kizza Besigye and are jealous and envious of Dr Kizza Besigye’s Popularity!
.Dr Matembe, who has stopped anybody that you know including yourself from coming up with different strategies,approaches, and let alone standing against the Dictator?
.Dr Matembe,by attacking Dr Kizza Besigye, in whose hands are you playing? and whom are you annoying? Whom do you intend to please?
.Dr Matembe, why join Ofondo Opondo an underwear and Pen ……., and the likes of Andrew Mwenda in attacking The Peoples President Dr Kizza Besigye who has sacrificed anything to fight the dictator?
.Dr Matembe and your company, you vigorously campaigned for Former Prime Minister Amaama Mbabazi against Dr Kizza Besigye,did you exactly know what you were up to? Where is Amaama Mbabazi? That is the type of opposition leader you want the Ugandan opposition to have?
.FDC delegates made a choice which choice seems to have annoyed Matembe,this was clearly seen when Matembe openly attacked the then FDC presidential candidate Engineer Patrick Oboi Amuriat by calling him a muyaye on NBS front line program 2 days to FDC presidential polls: That the current FDC President led a group of hooligans to get DR Besigye out of TDA(I think whoever got Dr Besigye out of TDA whether hooligan or gentle did a commendable job)
.Dr Matembe and any other opposition member, kindly take my advise if you can,let us join hands and confront the dictator when we are
.Divided we fall,united we stand
. Let us not force our fellow activists to retire when the war is not yet over
By Tweyambe Robert Darius Baguma
DNA is a natural part of our diet being present in foods which either
retain or are derived from whole cells (fruits, vegetables, meat etc.).
This being the case it would be expected that we would also digest the DNA
from Genetically engineered foods without any health problems. It would therefore appear that
the mere presence of genetic material in GE food only poses a danger in
certain special cases as, for example, where antibiotic resistance genes
persist in a product. However, the main hazards that result from the use of
genetic engineering in food production stem from the fact that (i) genetic
engineering brings about combinations of genes that would never occur
naturally and (ii), in the case of plants and animals, genetic engineering
is an imprecise technology resulting in the random incorporation of the new
genes into the host DNA. These two effects always combine to produce a totally unpredictable disturbance in host genetic function as well as in that of the introduced gene. The resulting disturbance in the biochemistry of the host can unexpectedly produce novel toxins, allergens and reduced nutritional value. Therefore, it is quite possible for a processed food in which the DNA has been destroyed or removed to still possess potentially harmful substances. A few examples will help to illustrate this point.
In the USA in 1989 a total of 5000 individuals became ill after consuming
an amino acid tryptophan health food supplement derived from Genetically engineered bacteria. Out of these, 37 died and 1500 became permanently disabled with sickness.
It is still debated as to whether the presence of the toxin was a direct
result of the genetic engineering or due to sloppy manufacturing procedures. Nevertheless, if this product was produced today it would be subject to health risk assessment since it is derived from a novel process; that is, Genetically engineered bacteria. Since this tryptophan was greater than 99% pure and devoid of DNA, it would be passed as substantially equivalent to the same substance obtained from non-engineered organisms. In other words if it was marketed today, the same tragedy would result as the pre-clinical and carefully monitored clinical type trials that are required to detect novel toxins of the type that was produced would be seen as unnecessary and no labelling would be required. It is also important to note that the suspected novel toxin which caused all the problems was present at less
than 0.1% of the final product that went on sale. Interestingly, in 1996 the ACNFP approved the marketing of riboflavin (vitamin B2) derived from Genetically Engineered bacteria with only contaminants present at greater than 0.1% being required to be identified. Therefore, by these criteria the toxin present in the
tryptophan would not have attracted any attention or concern.
Many yeast strains are being engineered to have a higher metabolism and as
a result, enhanced fermentation properties in processes such as bread
baking and beer production. However, an investigation of Genetically Engineered yeast containing extra copies of genes involved in the metabolism of glucose, found that they also accumulate a highly toxic and mutagenic substance known as methylglyoxal. The authors of this study warn that careful thought should be given to the nature and safety of metabolic products when Genetically Engineered yeast are used in food-related fermentation processes especially since
current risk assessments based upon the principle of substantial equivalence are unlikely to detect any harmful substances.
A number of oil seed crops (especially oilseed rape), are being engineered
to have an altered oil composition for either “enhanced nutritional value”
or industrial use. Genetically Engineered oilseed rape, for example, with a high lauric acid content is being grown in North America and is currently being reviewed by the EU for cultivation in Europe. Oil from this crop will end up in a diverse range of products such as soap and confectionery.
In a research study where a bacterial gene (6-esaturase) had been inserted into tobacco plants, not only was the desired and nutritionally important gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) produced but also octadecatetraenoic acid (OTA).
Although OTA is useful in a number of industrial processes (e.g. wax and plastic manufacture), it is highly toxic.
A large percentage of the porcine and bovine growth hormone produced from
GE bacteria was found to possess an amino acid modification (?-N-acetyllysine ), which not only rendered it useless but potentially
harmful if injected into pigs or cattle.
Finally, there is also one indirect health risk that arises from herbicide and pest resistant Genetically Engineered crops which must be taken into account but which has not adequately been addressed by the regulators. There is no data presented as to the fate of the herbicide or pesticide within the plant. Does it remain stable within the plant tissues? If it is degraded, what are the products that are produced and what health risks do they pose? Higher levels of herbicide are clearly expected to be present since Monsanto applied (and was granted both in the USA and Europe), that the permitted residual levels of Roundup in their Roundup Ready range of GE crops (soya,
maize, sugar beet, oilseed rape) be increased from 6mg to 20mg per kilogram
The inadequacy of substantial equivalence
These examples illustrate the fact that a product derived from a Genetically Engineered organism (bacteria, yeast or plant), can be devoid of genetic material but can still unexpectedly contain potentially harmful alterations to a Genetically Engineered product, a novel toxin or elevated levels of a known hazardous substance.
The current systems for assessing the health risks of Genetically engineered foods do not appear to have fully taken into account this unpredictability of genetic engineering technology. At present it is only required that the amounts of
a few known components (nutrients, allergens and natural toxins) be
measured in order for substantial equivalence to be established. When
viewed from a fundamental genetics standpoint, the manner in which the
principle of substantial equivalence is being applied would appear to be
conceptually flawed. Since genetic engineering has the potential to
unexpectedly produce novel toxins and allergens, the assessment of only
known constituents is insufficient.
This problem is further compounded by the fact that each analytical technique that is used possesses it’s own limitations. Unless one fortuitously chose an analytical method that happened to detect a novel compound in the Genetically Engineered food, it can quite easily be missed even if present in abundance. As a result, since one cannot specifically test for an unknown health hazard, it is clear that only by applying pharmacological-type
toxicity testing can the risks of Genetically Engineered foods be adequately assessed. If a new drug is produced via genetically engineered organisms then it must quite
rightly go through pre-clinical tests in animals to assess acute toxicity
and, more importantly, extensive clinical trials in human volunteers to not
only determine efficacy, but also to detect any unexpected effects of the product including unknown toxins resulting from the production process.
Given that the same imprecise technology is used to produce Genetically Engineered foods in general then surely the same rules should apply for both. Clearly a double
standards situation exists which needs rectifying.
Pharmacological toxicity testing is designed to assess adverse effects of a
product in a very general manner regardless of whether it is a single
substance or a complex mixture and can therefore equally be applied to Genetically Engineered
foods as well as drugs.
Fellow country men today 9th octob/ er 2017 marks 55 years since Uganda the pearl of Africa became independent as a country.
The people of Tooro region want to thank God for bringing us this far, And more importantly thank each one person who was involved in the struggle for our independence, the people who composed the national anthem and our motto ‛ FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY’ respectively👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿 R.I.P.
Today Tooro is “Mourning” and as leaders youth and concerned citizens of this region feel too much pain in our hearts because our leaders at national lever are repeating the very mistakes that were made during our time, our generation has been locked up in waiting room/ mode since 2006 when the president museveni promised to retire Peacefully to give a way for a peaceful transition of power from one president to another which has been a dream to all to all ugandans but all in vain.
Our economy is bleeding seriously, and its a miracle to find and Government institution that is independent but only hijacked by mafias , systems breakdown at all levels is the order of the day.
The question is how long shall we keep waiting?
Promises broken time and again.
Article one of the constitution of power being with the people and the preamble to the constitution recalls the history of Uganda being characterized by tyranny and bad Governance and that’s what the 1995 constitution came to cure.
Article 3. Of our constitution gives every ugandan a right to protect and defend the constitution and its upon this background that we stand with both our religious leaders Rt Rev Bishop kisembo Reuben Amooti, Rt Rev Bishop muhiirwa Robert Akiiki and political leaders Hon Alex Ruhunda , Hon Abaas Agaba, Hon Rwabwogo sylivia to safeguard the constitution of the republic of uganda not to be raped again.
Let’s keep the only safety valve 102 (b) in our beloved constitution .
We call upon every peace loving citizen of Tooro and uganda as a whole, other religious leaders , Elders , senior citizens , University and tertiary institutions to come out in big numbers and defend our constitution jealously.
Our generation is not going to run to the bush with guns let’s save Uganda from shading blood again.
Age limit removal is a national issue above our political parties so let’s not look at party colours but rather National Flag colours🇺🇬🇺🇬🇺🇬🇺🇬🇺🇬🇺🇬. We therefore declare every Friday a Red Ribbon day for Tooro!!!! Put on Red Ribbons
Red Neck tie
To show solidarity in this nobel cause
TOORO NTUGAMBA OTAGIKWATAHO 👌
It should be noted that Plans to create a new constitution under NRM leadership started with the establishment of a Ministry of Constitutional Affairs in 1986. The ministry did very little until 1989, when a constitutional commission was formed. So instead of such a ministry doing groundwork and preparing citizens they simply kept very silent on the matters they were supposed to work on. This was intended to keep the citizens with hope when there was nothing because what was the reason to of having a ministry to keep the constitution and the law when literally decrees were the ones working!
The appointment of members of the constitutional commission is another factor to look into for it was ad hoc and done in batches. Some members who were appointed by the minister for constitutional affairs were not approved by the president, and some were appointed by the president without approval of the minister, as the Uganda Constitutional Commission Act of 1988 required. Therefore Museveni bleached rules for self interest during the early stages of the process. This was done for he wanted control over the commission to do for him anything he wanted
The composition of the commission is also questioned because it simply had one DP member (most probably he was the founder of good DP) but otherwise the body was made up of strong supporters of the Movement system. It included both the political commissar of the NRM and his counterpart in the National Resistance Army (NRA). The commission was headed by Justice Ben Odoki, under the direction of the minister of constitutional affairs, and was financed by the government, which gave the executive additional leverage in running the commission. Those who cannot pay for their operation and week institution can never have sovereign decisions and such was the commission we expected to have and give us fairness.
The Constituency Assembly (CA) composition, while composing the CA Museveni made sure that he had control over the assembly such that anything could pass that he wanted and he insured it through the following measures;
Women representatives In the name of emancipating women during the elections of members every district in Uganda was to send one representative to the CA. These women were elected by electoral colleges that were closely associated with the NRM (Resistance Council Veterans). I can’t and no one should ever see these members seen as having the mandate of the people. This was a machination to have women representatives that would stamp his requests. These are the days ‘all women belonged to Museveni’
Museveni also got other 10 members who were simply presidential nominees these were NRM members who were given parliamentary seats most likely in recognition of their role in the guerrilla war that brought Museveni into power.
Army representatives; the army became special interest group and were allowed to enter parliament as law makers during the constituency assembly the method of choosing was also a funny one because the NRA didn’t vote. The representatives were given marks basing almost on their history not to allow trouble causers in the CA. The militarisation therefore is not is not in the enforcements of our constitution but rather its part of it since its formation.
The last blow is when the remainder of the delegates that were to be chosen were to chosen without a party while the Movement had a fully fledged secretariat that tagged people movement and partysts, these were harassed and rigged by the Akabwayi electoral commission. There was massive bribery and the partysts were defeated leaving the CA in the hands of the dictator. Therefore from this composition anyone who would expect a working constitution long lost the script.
Finally after Museveni doing all this, he further went ahead to control debate in the CA and the final outcome therefore. To me this was a personal document that had an architect who would demolish at anytime he wants and that’s what we have!
In conclusion therefore knowing that there was no time Uganda’s constitution making exercise was a neutral and open process, free of manipulation; the entire exercise was part of a broader political agenda of those in power who sought to use the new constitution to remain in power at all costs I would advise the young people not to only reform this house on the bad foundation. The only solution being to demolish the bad house and build using metals and the right rations of cement for however much we remain with this foundation we can never have what the people of this country owns of course in the meantime we should continue to push for reforms but at the back of your minds you should know we are rather working for a constitutional overhaul.
My leadership will be on four issues.
1.Party cohesion reason is that I have not conflicted with anybody. Because I come with clean hands I will be speaking to everybody. Conflicts are going to be the matters of the party. I will resolve rather than fuel conflicts.
2. Reclaiming our victory. We have oriented people to put pressure on the regime change. We have chances with the age limit. We are going to do This through defiance. Museveni is is going to cause himself trouble when he tries to remove age limit. Go energized for I will lead you from the front and I won’t let you down.
3. Women and youth. We must go for the women and youth and give them hope and empower them. We are going to have a leadership Academy to skill our people mostly youth and women into leadership
4. Vibrant structures. In my time no branch office will be closed for even a single minute in my leadership. I will move and I will be a people’s party president and I will leave amongst you. I will be a president of the party who will be amongst you. I will take three years instead of five because it’s expensive to host them. That’s 400m shillings savings. Our party district party branches will be commercial centres to promote the branches. I will use my professional knowledge to develop a business center at Najjanankumbi.
I am not contesting to remove muntu I am contesting to bring a new ideology that general muntu doesn’t believe in. As I stand I have one vote what I request you is to see my program and I request that you will give me that one vote each of you. We stand as the most credible opposition. It’s us that Ugandans have hope in. Other parties have died. If you don’t vote well on that well you would have betrayed Uganda not only the FDC. #POA4FDC #POA17 talking to the Ankole delegates