How Low Must Uganda Sink Before Hitting Rock Bottom?

[Monitor] After reading my opinion bearing the above title, published in the Sunday Monitor of January 22, a friend sent me feedback to say the question posed begs an answer. Well, looks like the answer came sooner than we expected.

[Monitor] After reading my opinion bearing the above title, published in the Sunday Monitor of January 22, a friend sent me feedback to say the question posed begs an answer. Well, looks like the answer came sooner than we expected.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Eala Elections Have Exposed Uganda’s Political Battle Lines

[Monitor] There has been drama (to put it mildly) around the election of political party candidates to be nominated for the nine Ugandan Eala seats. Of the current nine Eala members all the six who went on the NRM ticket have served two terms and are t…

[Monitor] There has been drama (to put it mildly) around the election of political party candidates to be nominated for the nine Ugandan Eala seats. Of the current nine Eala members all the six who went on the NRM ticket have served two terms and are thus barred from seeking another term. The only incumbents eligible to contest are Fred Mukasa Mbidde (DP), Chris Opoka Okumu (UPC) and Susan Nakawuki (Independent). At the time of this writing, all three have presented their nominations and await the MPs who constitute

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

BBC to Appeal Orders Barring It From Airing Report on Wetan’gula

[Nation] British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has filed a notice to appeal a High Court decision stopping the broadcaster from airing a report linking presidential aspirant Moses Wetang’ula to corrupt deals with a tobacco company.

[Nation] British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has filed a notice to appeal a High Court decision stopping the broadcaster from airing a report linking presidential aspirant Moses Wetang'ula to corrupt deals with a tobacco company.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Antonio Mwanza Says “We Are In Trouble”

Opposition FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza has detailed statements suggesting President Edgar Lungu is running a visionless government. BELOW IS MWANZA’S COMPILATION 1. Two months ago, President Edgar Lungu informed the nation that some of his cabinet Ministers are corrupt thieves … Continued

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Opposition FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza has detailed statements suggesting President Edgar Lungu is running a visionless government. BELOW IS MWANZA’S COMPILATION 1. Two months ago, President Edgar Lungu informed the nation that some of his cabinet Ministers are corrupt thieves who are embezzling huge sums of taxpayers’ money. The president said that he could not take the corruption and theft within his cabinet anymore and assured the nation that he would soon fire those thieves. It’s now over two months and nothing has happened, yet the theft and corruption has continued unabated. It was all woof woof woof and no bite. 2. The other week and this last one, the President travelled to Luapula and Eastern Provinces. There, he expressed displeasure that up to now many farmers have not yet received farming inputs. He lumped the blame on banks and agro-dealers for this catastrophic delay. It’s sad that the President is playing politics with people’s lives when he knows so well that farmers have not received inputs because his Government has failed to pay the agro-dealers for the farming inputs hence these suppliers have refused to supply farming inputs to farmers. Why not raise the money and pay the suppliers rather than moving up and down talking to desperate farmers and pretend that you are unaware of the causes of this debacle? The President and his Ministers have been singing that they will priotise Agriculture as the main hub for economic recovery and national prosperity but they have completely neglected Agriculture. They have failed to put money in Agriculture. There is no money for inputs, mechanised production, irrigation, agro-processing and diversification. It’s been all woof woof woof and no action. 3. While in Luapula, the President threatened to fire his cabinet Ministers who have neglected their constituencies. Really? Firstly this is the same President who rejected the people’s submissions that Ministers should be appointed from outside Parliament to ensure among other things, the separation of powers and efficiency so that MPs concentrate on their primary responsibility of legislating and Ministers concentrate on their primary responsibility of policy formulation. Why is the President failing to act on incompetent Ministers and instead he is always threatening to fire them but he has no courage to act. Again it’s woof woof woof and no bite. 4. Last month, Government went to town announcing that Mealie Meal prices will be reduced by 2nd February. Today is 12th February. Even a child who is doing Shosho Studies oh sorry Social Studies knows that prices of goods and services are influenced by market forces and not propaganda. This Government is well aware that we are in this mess because of their own actions and policies: how can the price of Mealie Meal go down when the cost of production has skyrocketed? How can Mealie Meal prices go down when we have a shortfall of over 200, 000 metric tonnes from our target strategic reserves of 500, 000 and mealers are not accessing cheap maize from FRA as a result of this shortage. We corruptly exported 100, 000 metric tonnes of maize to Malawi when we had not met our reserves. Why is Government failing to concentrate on finding lasting solutions to the ever rising cost of doing business instead of feeding us this hogwash? 5. In this country it seems elections don’t end. If we are not talking about the 2016 elections then we are talking about the 2021 elections. We have serious socio-economic challenges that needs our conceited effort and attention but we are all spending immense periods of time talking elections. There is a time for everything. 6. It is abundantly evident that Government is in total disarray, it’s pure Chipante-pante. It seems that our brothers and sisters in the corridors of power have neither the clue nor the acumen to formulate and implement sound policies. With the current fiscal deficits, power deficits, high cost of production, rising national debt, dwindling revenue collections, a valueless Kwacha we need a cadre of men and women who can formulate and implement sound policies. We need to cut down on unnecessary government expenditure and concentrate on production. The President must take a serious self introspection and evaluate and access his team. We have no shortage of brains and patriots in this country. The President has four years to turn things around and he can do it if he can commit himself. Antonio Mwanza, FDD Spokesperson The post Antonio Mwanza Says “We Are In Trouble” appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Elizabeth Bwamimpeke Acts the Witch in Second Chance

[Monitor] One of the characters in NTV’s Ugandan version of Second Chance is Ganyana. Second Chance is a replica of the Telemundo series, El Cuerpo del Deseo, a Spanish telenovela that aired on the same television station in 2009.

[Monitor] One of the characters in NTV's Ugandan version of Second Chance is Ganyana. Second Chance is a replica of the Telemundo series, El Cuerpo del Deseo, a Spanish telenovela that aired on the same television station in 2009.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

#sonamustfall – Don’t Normalise Zuma’s Security Creep

[Daily Maverick] The annual Opening of Parliament has gone from an event of national pride and pageantry to an undignified fiasco. It is just another thing that the wrecking ball that is the Jacob Zuma presidency has ruined. If a president has to hide …

[Daily Maverick] The annual Opening of Parliament has gone from an event of national pride and pageantry to an undignified fiasco. It is just another thing that the wrecking ball that is the Jacob Zuma presidency has ruined. If a president has to hide behind armed troops in order to face the nation, perhaps he should not be doing so at all. At this rate Zuma could roll up to the entrance of the National Assembly in a military tank next year and, perhaps the year after, the Special Forces will do an aerial manoeuvre to drop

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Clearest Sign Yet Kanu Backing Nasa

[Nation] Kanu on Saturday showed the clearest indication of backing the National Super Alliance (Nasa) in the August election by urging the opposition chiefs to remain united and dislodge Jubilee Party from power.

[Nation] Kanu on Saturday showed the clearest indication of backing the National Super Alliance (Nasa) in the August election by urging the opposition chiefs to remain united and dislodge Jubilee Party from power.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Will Pastors Bewitch Museveni, or Witchdoctors Save Him?

[Monitor] When Maj Muhammad Kiggundu was shot dead last year, his body reportedly remained at the scene of the crime for quite a while. In the Islamic tradition, the dead are handled respectfully and swiftly. A Moslem is often buried on the day of thei…

[Monitor] When Maj Muhammad Kiggundu was shot dead last year, his body reportedly remained at the scene of the crime for quite a while. In the Islamic tradition, the dead are handled respectfully and swiftly. A Moslem is often buried on the day of their death.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Hidden Hand Seen in Plot to Block NYS Probe Report

[Nation] The release of an explosive report on the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal is facing strong resistance as the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee races against time to complete it.

[Nation] The release of an explosive report on the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal is facing strong resistance as the National Assembly's Public Accounts Committee races against time to complete it.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya