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
Yesterday as others lacked the confidence to break the news that some of the people who were appointed RDCs are dead I decided to take the pill and break it. I had some clues and evidence that showed that one at least of the RDCs appointed was dead. However faced with shock I went to investigate and my fast source of the sham was Museveni’s official face book account as he appointed some of the dead RDCs using a wrong law he started by writing ‘’In the excise of powers confirmed on the president of Uganda by articles 108(1), 108(2)113(1) and article 99(1) of the 1995 constitution of Uganda…..’’
The laws quoted as the basis for the appointment are wrong laws for example 99(1) is for the executive powers of the president, 108 (1 &2) are on the appointment of the vice president not RDCs, and 113 is for the appointment of cabinet ministers. Unfortunately for our country Uganda the media carried the same wrong constitutional citations copied and pasted! We are simply living in the Mugabe years in Uganda
The technical team at the ministry of presidency wasn’t involved in this appointment because of the war between PPS and the minster of presidency as a result all Basoga RDCs were dropped because of their loyalty to Kasule Lumumba and the Minister of presidency.
A one Ayaa William the appointed RDC Pader is dead and was buried in December of 2016 while Napaija Andrew appointed RDC Kabongo is the chairperson LC5 Moroto and can’t leaveis seat to go to be RDC, the RDC Lira Lutukomoi, resigned is now lecturing in the US and critical of the Museveni junta. As we get more clues lets share
special greetings to the under rated General Sphiwe Nyanda,
Cde President Manamela Cyril Ramaphosa
Salutations to fellow South Africans, Africans and peoples of the world,
Program directors, I am here to speak on behalf of the Economic Freedom Fighters, the daughters and sons of Mama Nomzamo Madikizela Mandela.
Those prodigal kids, isolated and banished by the liberation movement for asking for land expropriation without compensation, nationalisation of mines and banks, free education and economic freedom in our lifetime
I’m here to speak on behalf of the the dejected masses of our people, I speak on behalf of the landless people, the unemployed youth, the fees must fall generation, the security guards, domestic workers, farmworkers, cleaners, waiters and waitresses, the shop keepers,
Petrol attendants, teachers,nurses, soldiers, police, government employees, the black middle class working in the racist white firms and all those who are paid lower salaries.
I am here not so much to burry Mama, because Queen Mothers do not die, they multiply into a million red flowers of love and freedom.
I am here to pick up her spear, and make my vows that I will continue to fight for a mission of restoring the dignity of black people through attainment of economic freedom in our lifetime.
I am here Mama to express my condolences to your biological children whom I know, and the rest of Madikizela and Mandela family. I am here to look at your grandchildren in the eyes and tell them that they will never be treated like they have leprosy as long am still alive
Im here to evoke the spirit of the one who put the country first, above her own personal safety, when it was not fashionable to do so. Many youth activists were personally released by Winnie Mandela from the custody vans of the apartheid military.
She confronted gun-carrying white men who were sworn killers of the apartheid defence force throughout the long years of the state of emergency in the 1980s.
Here, she lived in constant naked contact with danger, prepared to lose her life, even the life of her own children who were put into danger by her political activities.
You trusted that your mission of putting the country first was embraced by an organization you loved but Mama you did not know that your organization had been rendered incapable of loving you back.
You fought for what you believed was right, possessed only by your love for our people and the restoration of their dignity. In this fight you were persecuted by the apartheid regime and disowned by your own.
Malema: Fellow South Africans, I am comforted by the fact that Mama died a perfect death; a death of a revolutionary because she never sold out. We should all be happy because her name will be written in the eternal book of life -the book of all who died for the betterment of all
The people of Soweto please never forget the name of Mama Nomzamo and the best way to remember her is to continue the struggle against corruption and for Economic Freedom in Our Lifetime.
Mama some of the Winnie Mandela support committee members are here to bid farewell to you, the committee which was formed to support you during the Stompie’s trial.
We take this opportunity to thank these selfless fighters, cde Cyril Jantjies, Dr Abe Nkomo and Ma nkomo, Aubrey Mokoena, Rapu Molekane, Gwen Ramokgopha, Mahomed Dangor, Moss Chikane and Dali Mpofu.
The people of Winnie Mandela’s squatter camp are here in their numbers because they knew your worth when you were still alive by naming their place after you as their hero.
The entire leadership of the EFF is here because they proudly and unashamedly associated with you and what you stood for while you were still alive,they looked for solutions and guidance from you.
Equally big Mama, some of those who sold you to the regime are here and are crying louder than all of us who stood by you. The UDF cabal that distance itself from you is here crying crocodile tears after disowning you at a critical moment hoping the regime will finish off
All those who resigned from the NEC of the women’s league because they said they can’t be led by a criminal they are here playing all important roles at your funeral, can we trust them or should we treat them with suspicion cde Winnie?
They prevented you from addressing Peter Mokaba’s funeral despite the fact that you were the President of the ANC Women’s League and the women’s league was on the program, and our cries as young activists for you to speak fell on deaf ears.
If it is true that the ANC want to honor you, let them name Cape Town Airport after Winnie Mandela.
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.