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Museveni deserves a good send-off

By Twinoburyo-Omwanawomuntu

In my article “The trials of life experience” which preceeded my book, “My antic life and miraculous survival in tyranny”, both posted on my Facebook page, I gave attributes to President Museveni, the army and other security agencies for generally maintaining peace in Uganda. In that regard, I support Maria Bisaso for commending President Museveni for performing better than both Obote and Amin as reflected on Twino Speaks on January 23, 2011: “good send – off”, 14 comments.

Museveni has generally maintained peace and economy, but as I have always expressed that overstaying in power is a source of restlessness. Inflation is now at 18.7%, from 6.1% in about a period of 3 months, Mabira Forest give-away is an issue and with a bill removing bail for offences such as rioting and ‘economic sabotage’, President Museven’s 25 year -achievements could be harmed.

Thus, as Bisaso says, let Museveni be given a befitting send – off as now there are indications that he might not seek a re-election after 2016.

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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Stephen Twinoburyo's blogs

 

Mabira Issue: Amuru Not Alone (Research)

By Twinoburyo-Omwanawomuntu

Author: Is Uganda mortgaged?

The evening UBC-TV News (26:11:2008) indicated that due to the public outcry, President Museveni had appointed a committee to establish whether a religious cult, Ssesamirembe, should be granted a 200 square mile land to create a free trade zone.

In my article “ is OUR COUNTRY BEING MORTAGAGED?” Sunday vision January 14,2007, I indicated that several press articles had queried the validity of the creation of the autonomous 200 square mile free trade zone to Ssesamirembe state without explanation to Ugandans or appropriate legislations or consultations with the public, say, through a referendum.

The same article quoted Moses male’s article, “Freezone Dangerous”, Sunday vision, January 19,2006. It stated this state would have authority to enact its own laws, maintain judiciary, immigration department etc, besides having a government headed by a governor despite expository warnings by the press, with emphasis that this state could become a haven for criminals trying to escape justice.

Moses further referred to the January 18,2006 decision by the Government, through the state Minister for investments Prof. Ssemakula Kiwanuka to grant permission to Sseruland spiritual foundation through its front organization, Kagera ECO-cities Ltd, promoted by Mrs Getrude Njuba (a prominent NRM politician) and Mr. Benunura Evenunura Nunumisa, to operate an autonomous200sqare mile lake Victoria free Tradezone- Ssesamirembe city state within the boundaries of the Republic of Uganda.

According to daily monitor January 30,2006, the authority for such state had already been granted and the promoters were busy implementing their proposal. In 2006 UBC TV news showed a giant international airport being constructed in Rakai.

Going by a straight line on the eastern axis, 200 miles from Rakai you could reach the River Nile Jinja, down the River through the Lake Kyoga up to Masindi; on the Western axis, up to Kisoro, down Northwards up to lake Albert covering the oil rich Bunyoro.

If these allegations are true, it is absurd and outrageous for individuals to undermine the ability and sovereignty of Ugandans by entering such agreements without consultations.

 IS UGANDA MORTGAGED?

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2011 in Stephen Twinoburyo's blogs

 

African Parliaments Are The Causes Of Dictatorship

By Twinoburyo-Omwanawomuntu

Author: African parliaments are failing us.

Most of the African problems are attributed to the inability of parliaments in Africa to play their role within the principles of the doctrine of separation of powers. They are easily compromised by the Executive in their respective countries.

The Executive uses the party caucuses and cabinet to frame repugnant legislations that are easily and overwhelmingly passed by the party majority in parliament, thus causing problems to their communities.

Africa is composed of states of more than 50, but many of these are ruled under the dictatorship arrangements under which the citizens have lost their constitutional liberties. Some of these countries come under the leaderships of the following leaders who have overstayed in power as follows;

1. Gabon’s Omar Bongo since 1967.

2. Exit-pending Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi since 1969.

3. Angola’s Edwards dos Sentos since 1979

4. Equatorial Guinea’s Theodoro Bianga since 1979

5. Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe since 1980

6. Imprisoned Egyptian’s Hoshi Mubarak since 1981

7. Cameroon’s Paul Biya since 1982

8. Congo Republic’s Denis Sassou Nguesso Zeized power in a coup in 1979 lost in elections in 1997 and regained power in a bloody civil war in 1997.

9. Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni came into power in 1986 through a five – year protracted bloody civil war and immediately castigated African leaders who overstayed in power.

10. Tunisia’s Zine al-Abine Ben Ali since 1987 was booted in February 2011 in a people’s popular revolution.

The Uganda 9th Parliament is now seriously agitating to urgently reinstitute presidential term limits after realizing that overstaying in power by our leaders has contributed to the present heinous problems in the country.

With vibrant parliaments and uncompromised cabinets in Africa, the ray of hope could appear where overstaying in power by leaders could be curtailed dramatically in pursuit of the rule of law.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2011 in Stephen Twinoburyo's blogs

 

South Sudan Progress and Challenges: Mr Peter Bior Alier

By Stephen Twinoburyo

On the morning of Friday, 05 August 2011, I attended a morning briefing at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria at which the Information Officer of the South Sudan embassy, Mr Peter Bior Alier, gave a briefing about their country. Apart from researchers and officials of the ISS, there were officials of other embassies in Pretoria.

As somebody from Uganda, this was an interesting discussion seeing that South Sudan and Uganda are so intertwined in many ways, spanning from struggle for the independence of South Sudan to economic interdepence. Many Ugandans identify a lot with South Sudan and are very knowledgeable in the events leading to its creation as well as the challenges it faces. So for me, this briefing was very enlightening.

Mr Alier discussed the matters of South Sudan very eloquently and in the short time we had, he was able to explain a lot.

He said now that the country has been formed, the task is to create a working state that is able to cater for her people. One of the key issues now is the managing of the dynamics surrounding oil in the country. Oil is produced in the south but it has to be delivered in the north. The current infrastructure, for instance pipelines, was built for one country but it’s now shared by two. Northern Sudan wants levies on South Sudan for use of pipelines that pass through its territory. There are discussions on this but it’s a thorny issue.

There is also the issue of the people of the Abie region and their concern of where they belong needs to be addressed. He said that former South African president, Thabo Mbeki, is working tirelessly in this area as he has been in the whole issue of Sudan.

Mr Alier said the country faces enormous infrastructural challenges. However a lot is being invested in agriculture to boost economic growth. The country spans a water-rich region and has conducive conditions for agriculture.

On the issue of security, which many people would definitely be interested in, he said that much of the original security challenges that the country faced have been reduced. He said most militias have joined the new government after President Salva Kiir extended amnesty to all former fighters. The return of militia leader, Gen Peter Gadet, to Juba recently is a significant development and it is hoped that he will throw his weight behind the new government. Answering a question about the threat of other forces like the Lord’s Resistance Army LRA), he said the LRA was a largely spent force and the last he heard of them was that they had moved to the Darfur region but even if they were to attempt any destabilisation acts, the forces of South Sudan are ready to deal with them.

He said having fought a 50-year war of independence, South Sudan faces challenges of rule of law and indiscipline among some of the forces but these are matters they are working on. He said these are government priorities. Also now that the war is over, they need to downsize and streamline their fighting forces. There are also some places that need demining.

Answering various questions from participants, these were his responses:

On a concern that the constitution of South Sudan gives the president so much powers including the firing elected governors, Mr Alier said this is not a big issue because the president won’t use some of those powers. He said however, looking at the fragility of the country at the moment, Juba needs to exert some control over the provinces, for instance people may elect a non-military governor that may not be able to handle volatile situations.

On the relationship with the north, he said they share a lot and the north remains a very crucial partner to South Sudan. He added that they’ve also shared a lot with countries in the region and these relationships will continue to be enhanced.

Asked about factions due to previously rumoured rivalries between current president, Salva Kiir, and the late John Garang, he said that was externally-created propaganda and nothing of the sort existed. He said even Dr Riek Machar is now with President Salva Kiir in the government of South Sudanto strengthen the country.

On the question of some people beginning to talk of the Nile republic, combining the Luo speaking tribes in South Sudan, northern Uganda and some parts of Kenya, he said it was the first time he was hearing of a Nile republic. He said, however, people are free to have their own individual relationships due to their common cultures but this does not amount to a republic.

Asked whether they plan to join the East African Community, he said that may be a long term objective, seeing that they’ve shared a lot leading to the formation of South Sudan. He said joining IGAD may be a very near possibility because of the role the organisation has played in combating the challenges facing the region.

Being quoted a statement by a US based African economist that “The biggest problem facing South Sudan is the influx of advice”, he said getting a lot information is good but they will have to sift out what is important for the country.

He said they are planning an investment conference to attract investment to their country. He said so far, many South Africa companies have expressed interest in investing in South Sudan.

 

Knowing that the matters of South Sudan have been of much interest to the people of the East African region, I throw this to you for your analysis of the issues discussed above.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2011 in Stephen Twinoburyo's blogs