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Happy Fathers Day To Mzee Batenda Geoffrey

Father’s Day is not as respected and popularly observed as Mother’s Day. There is a simple reason for this. Although almost everyone has difficult issues with their mothers, there is no doubt as to their mother’s love. The same is not true for fathers. Because men have a more difficult time expressing their feelings to their children, many children go through life with the mistaken notion that their fathers don’t love them. This is a tragedy because fathers generally love their children dearly and often work long hours so that they can raise their children in comfort.

However in my case this is different for I enjoyed my father’s love more than other ordinary kids the fun, the laughter, the hope, and the inquisitive nature of exploring my world was a journey my father guided me through.

You taught me new words; you made me learn and practice reading both silently and aloud with expression, and made me get exposed to rhymes taught me storytelling and singing. (Remember my father is an old school teacher). How about eating with you on the same plate a virtue that African men don’t cherish, you are a different dad very liberal and accommodating to the core!

There is what I can’t forget that as a teenager I would fall sick quite often and I feel that without my father may be I wouldn’t have grown up to be a man I have grown up to be. I remember I would wake up on my hospital beds and my father was like the fresh air that I breathe in for he would protect me like flesh and blood protected by skin, and the heart that beats deep within, he was by my side through my problems, thick and thin. How about the counsel that he gives me up to date! Including those when I am down and have lost he tells me that moments of sorrow are few And each of them teaches us a chapter that is new and that’s life.

When I was a kid, you would hold me in your arms. I felt the love and tenderness,
keeping me safe from harm. I would look up into your eyes, and all the love I would see. I got so lucky to get our love which is so everlasting;

As a kid when I watched you walk, leaving behind your foot mark, I leaped and jumped to match that stride, never succeeded however hard I tried. I still struggle every moment every single day to stick to your path, no matter come what may, what I can promise is that I have unbounded faith and principles to lead the way. For I remember that after every fall of mine you made me stand up right, wiping away my tears and making me smile bright (a genuine character I have learnt to give to those I love,)
Inspiring me not to lose my heart in the moments of fright, telling me the real meaning of life is to fight. No matter how serious it is, you always seem prepared. You are the greatest dad have the best father’s day.

THE LEADERS LEADING KANUNGU DEMONSTRATIONS LONG LOST THE SCRIPT

Last week the youth councillor for Kanungu district (Mr. Nasasira Eliab) led a demonstration complaining against power blackouts that have been in Kanungu for now close to four months. True this young man has a right cause but good causes led by dishonest leaders can never hold, a cause must be led by a clean leader if the cause is to be followed by many and therefore liberating. In my understanding of leadership a leader is supposed to be like a giraffe in a jungle and I think our leaders have lost their long necks so they are at the same level with the led or the ones the ones they lead are even better.
While I was young my father used to tell me that while eating with Satan you use a radar not a spoon for whenever there is a chance for Satan it would attack you and grab you hand. Our leaders haven’t used this tactic they have dinned with the NRM/A junta led by Gen. Yoweri Museveni using teaspoons. The Kanungu leaders are further very petty to claim that there are other leaders like MP. Kaberuka James (Kinkizi West), Chris Baryomunsi Kinkizi East and chairperson LCV madam Josephine Kasya and some councillors who are responsible for this mess . It’s not my intent at anyone point to support the blamed misleaders but I will heap the protesting misleaders with the ones they are accusing for they are the same and are simply playing to the scenes to simply cast themselves as different and pro people which they are not .
Both those in support of the demonstration and those against are again misleading the people they lead, and using our experience with people like Chris Baryomunsi who at one point was shouting and claiming to be pro people claiming to fight for better roads health services etc
It should be noted that I have attempted to be an Mp. In Kinkiizi west and I am the chairperson of the FDC youth league Kanungu district. In my trial I was very clear that the problems of Kanungu would be solved by leaders who are were able to work against the dictatorship of Museveni. My argument was very clear and it still stands, I had noticed Amaama Mbabazi and Chris Baryomunsi fight (then Mbabazi claiming to fight the NRM rebel Baryomunsi) later Baryomunsi fought Mbabazi for also being a rebel and as a result Chris forgot the shooting and tear gassing of his supporters in January 2013 after he had talked about Nebanda’s death, he has since sold his conscious to join and serve the dictator without questioning. He was always articulate on the Kanungu Road matters he has since kept silent with a broke ministry as his share. He simply remains boosting in a sectarian way by telling people in the catholic gatherings on how he is the only catholic minister from Kabale Dioceses (he said this on a gathering where I was part in the organisation that brings Banyakigezi Catholics together who stay in Kampala in Nakawa at their monthly mass that was presided over by the priest of Rutenga). The same applies to Kaberuka who shouted while as a councillor and after getting to office forgot to fight for those he claimed to represent. Therefore Mr. Nasasira Eliab can’t again hoodwink our people when he might simply be using this platform to get to where Kaberuka and Chris Baryomunsi are.
This is because last year all those involved led our people in Kanungu district to promote a non working manifesto of Mr. Museveni and his NRM junta. The campaign was that poor services in the district were going to be improved. Instead of these misleaders aprogizing to the people they are fronting the common phenomenon that Museveni is a pro people person but he is let down by those near him as if he hasn’t had eyes for the last 31 years. They campaigned their hearts out on the ticket of this platform including Mr. Eliab who is the youth councillor on the NRM ticket. He decampaigned other parties and other independent candidates in preference for the Junta. Those of us who said that the promises of the NRM were lies as it has been for the last 31 years were castigated.
What people of Kanungu should be told is that the whole country is in blackout there is no electricity, no health services, no good schools, no good roads as it is in Kanungu and therefore fight are a national struggle where they have to fight from where they are knowing that they are contributing to the national agenda than think that they will be worked upon in this failed regime. To be precise Kanungu is part of Uganda and therefore it has to suffer like other parts of the country that s why when Katakwi people are eating leaves as food Soroti people eating aunts the Kanungu people can’t be spared that’s why our people are eating spear grass. So if our leaders think that Kanungu is going to be well when the whole country is limping it’s like expecting blood to run when the heart has started are than deceive them that it’s about their leaders who misled them long time.
What hurts me more is that these misleaders have petitioned Gen. Museveni to intervene in the situation of power outage, but then have they forgotten the road isues, how about the hunger ravaging the district, what’s more immediate power or saving our hungry people who are dying, many questions arise.
Let’s not be deceived people of Kanungu that Museveni can rescue anything in this country, you should be hopeful in your power to bring Museveni and his junta as we prepare to stop the abuse than running to a man who has raped the country to save Kanungu. I think we need to tell people the truth than lead them to more abuse.

ATUHEIRE BRIAN BATENDA
CHAIRPERSON FDC YOUTH LEAGUE KANUNGU DISTRICT

The fight and Stigmatisation of Bakiga foods and our cultural erosion.

There is a tendency by my Bakiga brothers and sisters ordering for chips and chicken when they eneter restaurants. They are gullible Bakiga who don’t know how their culture is been eroded overtime. It was done by our first grandfathers. Bakiga should not that the pre-colonial food crops (in Kigezi) included sorghum, millet, beans, peas, and sweet potatoes. The newly introduced ones include solanum potatoes (emondi), bananas, and the daily intake of meat and other animal products. … The war against indigenous foods came into the open when children who had been sent to colonial boarding schools became alienated from their cultures, ways of life, foods and feeding habits. They began by despising and rejecting their traditional foods. The first victim was local sorghum bread (obuhemba). They. through their limited acquired foreign language named it derogatorily as John kyankarata wanyiha ahabi – meaning that obuhemba was an unpalatable food only eaten as a last resort by desperate people. This war spread like wild fire among the young generation and they abandoned obuhemba and enkumba. (Enkumba is porridge prepared from raw sorghum.) The elite transformed the two types of food into curses. The stigmatisation of local food helped to create a reliable market for European wheat bread. And so graduates of colonial education and modernity were pitted against African Kiga culture and foods. This resulted in cultural conflicts and confusion. Those who ought to have saved their areas from imperialism transformed their people into haters of their own products and consumers of imported foods. This confirms the dependency discourse which argued that imperialism transformed the colonised people into producers of what they did not consume and consumers of what they did not produce. Unfortunately we have continued to do this as Banyakigezi we must try and put our house in order.

Today is World Water Day

I write this blog to add my voice to other global citizens to note that one in four children will live with water scarcity by 2040. I will write about children because last year I wrote about women. And below are the facts
Climate change and conflict are intensifying risks to children of living without enough water, and that the poorest will suffer most, one in four of the world’s children will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040 as a result of climate change, the UN has warned.
Within two decades, 600 million children will be in regions enduring extreme water stress, with a great deal of competition for the available supply. The poorest and most disadvantaged will suffer most, according to research published by the children’s agency, Unicef, to mark World water day.
Drought conditions and conflict are driving deadly water scarcity in parts of Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Unicef anticipates that more than 9 million people will be without safe drinking water this year in Ethiopia alone. Nearly 1.4 million children face imminent risk of death from acute malnutrition in south Sudan Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.
The report, Thirsting for a Future: Water and Children in a Changing Climate looked at the threats to children’s lives and wellbeing caused by depleted sources of safe water and the ways in which climate change will intensify these risks.
As industrialisation and demographic shifts increase consumption, areas of south Asia and the Middle East will be particularly affected, according to one of the report’s authors, Nicholas Rees. “Where demand is extremely high then water stress will increase. It will go up in areas of rapid urbanisation, and we are already seeing that throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Asia,” he said.
Another report published on warned that Iran is grappling with an unprecedented water crisis, and faces a greater threat from its environmental challenges than those arising from regional political issues or terrorism. The study, from London-based NGO Small Media, said that short ages could transform vast swaths of the country into near-uninhabitable areas in the coming decades.
“Iran is facing a water crisis that is unparalleled in its modern history. Lakes and rivers are dying, droughts are increasing in frequency, and even Iran’s deepest groundwater reserves are being sucked dry by Iran’s growing population and its thirsty agricultural sector,” the report said.
Across the world, the UN’s report says that 36 countries are facing extremely high levels of water stress, which occurs when demand far exceeds the renewable supply available. Warmer temperatures, rising sea levels, increased floods, droughts and melting ice affect the quality and availability of water, as do sanitation systems.
The impact of climate change on water sources is not inevitable, according to the report, which made a series of recommendations designed to help curb the impact of climate change on the lives of children. These include calls for governments to prioritise access to safe water for the most vulnerable children above other water needs, and for communities to diversify water sources.
“We want to reduce child deaths. That is the goal. But we are not going to end child deaths without addressing environmental threats that they face,” said Rees. The NGO WaterAid published of how vulnerable rural communities’ struggles to access clean water were being compounded by extreme weather events and climate change.
India, one of the fastest growing economies and home to almost a fifth of the world’s population, was ranked in an annual WaterAid survey as having the greatest number of people living rurally without access to clean water: 63 million.
In terms of those making progress, the report said, Paraguay has achieved the biggest improvements in getting water to rural dwellers. More than 94% of its rural population now has access to safe water, compared with 51.6% in 2000. Papua New Guinea, Madagascar and Mozambique were among the worst performing countries for rural access to clean water.
WaterAid’s chief executive, Barbara Frost, said many of the countries featured in the report were already being hit regularly by severe cyclones, floods and drought. “Rural communities – which are marginalised by their remote location and a continued lack of funding for basic services – often bear the greatest burden of these events,” she said.
Water Aid is calling on international and national leaders to deliver on promises to meet the sustainable development goals, including a goal to ensure access to safe water and sanitation.

THE NEXT WAR WILL BE FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE

Some people are discussing petty issues but climate change that affects food aviability and species diversity inst a joke. Climate change leads to declining wildlife populations. Preserving species is an important concern for human populations. Wildlife drives economies around the world. About 15 percent of the world’s population is dependent on wildlife in order to survive. For the extremely poor and the bushmen and women meat from animals is the main source of protein. When climate change disrupts wildlife, there is an overwhelming impact on those who rely on it for economic and social purposes.
People might not know but Climate change triggers conflicts. climate change causes unrest between people who are competing for food and resources. It can lead to groups such as Boko Haram, the Lord’s Resistance Army and Janjaweed, exploiting declining species through poaching. It can also lead to other conflicts such as piracy and illegal trade therefore for those who like peace forget about it with such issues on table.
The other issue is that Production becomes less predictable. Many farmers in developing countries depend on rainfall for their crops. In some areas of the world, rainfall has decreased due to climate change, and thus crops have failed. In other regions, climate change has caused the rainy season to change, which means farmers are planting their crops too early or too late and thus missing the most rainfall the reason crop failure and animal failure is high leaving dying populations.
So if we can’t know when to produce then Supplies to markets may not be predictable. As production levels decrease, the market supply also falls. This affects prices for crops and livestock that consume those crops
The women activists should also know that there are greater risks to those less able to be sustainable Women are often at risk because they tend to be the least educated, own fewer assets and are not as wealthy. When storms destroy livelihoods, crops and homes, people with a higher education and thus more assets and capabilities, can often cope more quickly with the devastating impact.
Lastly traditional agriculture is dying out. In many developing countries and regions, farmers depend entirely on their livestock for sustenance. Farmers are unfortunately losing their animals to droughts and diseases that have come about due to climate change. Unpredictable rainfall patterns also make it problematic. This way of life is becoming more difficult to sustain a living. Therefore its important that we start fighting this war before it’s too late it’s a noble war to fight than fighting a jihad for a religion. This war is holly you can take it serious now or it will sweep you for its unstoppable.

Presidential handshakes since 1986 blogs 3. #Kahinda Otafire

Kahinda Otafire though the allegations leveled on him are not always in lime light but he is a member of this regime so the hands he uses are shaped by the Luwero triangle war, at one time he bought 1000 galvanized sheets at accost of 86m shillings using acheque that later bounced he had bought the iron sheets from the central purchasing co-operation. But of course the NRM doesn’t take on its reputation this man has severally been made the chairperson Bushenyi district as reward however they have always said that we have mere allegations but with Otafire court proved this and as we speak such a man is the minister for justice so what should we expect?
He was also named in those individuals that that were involved in the taking away of the resources from Congo and when asked to comment about the UN report he referred to it as hoax. However denouncing that doesn’t save Ugandans to pay what allegedly went into his pockets.
In Uganda, Otafiire is routinely accused of abusing power. Fourteen years ago, he was dragged to a parliamentary probe committee for allegedly stealing copper rivets worth billions of shillings from an Asian businessman. In 2007, Kahinda Otafiire abused his office as minister of local government when he fraudulently allocated the Nakawa-Naguru estate redevelopment project to Opec Prime Properties Ltd, according to a 2008 report of the Inspector General of Government.
The IGG had earlier, in 2006, accused the same person of violating procurement procedures when he granted the tender of computerizing the lands registry to a little-known company, Steward’s Net Technologies.
Otafiire reacted by accusing the then IGG, Faith Mondha, of writing reports when she was under the influence of alcohol. To this attack, Mondha – according to the New Vision – responded, “He (Kahinda Otafiire) is corrupt and he is not fit to be minister.”

And when asked on some of these matters he laughs and then sees the ones who didn’t partake in the bush war’ not worthy to speak because they don’t understand the power of gun powder. That’s why he says that citizens should leave the issues of the generals to the generals.

Presidential handshakes since 1986 blogs 2. #Sam Kutesa

Sam Kutesa is one of the individuals that has surfaced in the lime light because of mainly being in corruption scandals, he was first mentioned in the sixth parliament in the scandals where he was involved in the sale of Uganda Airlines and censured on corruption allegations but was later received and appointed back to the cabinet showing that what parliament had done was not only baseless but also useless as he continues to enjoy the fruits of being in scandals parliament then requested that these individuals be prosecuted but this has never happened as he continues to enjoy the shelter and immunity from the corrupt regime headed by patriotic robbers.
Where he has been mentioned in the scandals for several times including the oil scandal that they have always claimed it was a forgery but then the question is why does smoke and fire always rotate on him and his friends in every scandal including the CHOGM scandal where the washing of the cars alone as reported by the PAC costed sh.150, 000/= which by then was almost a police man’s salary, a teacher’s salary the ones in the prison service meaning the person to wash one car would earn what a teacher would earn a month by then so if such exploitation continues to happen in the hands of these men then what do the nation expect?
It should be noted that a person who would therefore wash 12 cars would have earned what a teacher is capable of earning in a full year something that is unfortunate for our country and it should also be noted that by then the price of washing a car at a washing bay was sh.5000 only meaning the washing of the car was inflated by thirty times the real price this shows how much they had to stole only during CHOGM period since only one activity could show such a rot.
And this man has many other scandals that this man who had promised to quite politics, with Museveni in 2006. He has always remained to be seen as a liability in the cabinet, by most anti-corruption crusaders. They have always been in courts putting their case as the not innocent but as being tried in courts by the IGG who doesn’t have the authority to try them which is like when a Christian steals when the Muslim gets him he advises the Muslim to wait for the Christian to be the one to blame him something I have only seen as the weakness of the law. To me all his appointments and the subsequent stealing can be regarded as presidential handshakes