Archive for November, 2013

This is according to Steve Harley, President of the Energy Sector, for DHL Customer Solutions & Innovations (http://www.dhl.com). Harley says that these energy finds provide many possibilities for local businesses, to echo the express operator’s own marked increase in the transportation of energy-related material in the region.

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Harley says that forecasts expect African oil supply growth to continue over the next 25 years, with predicted ranges of growth over the period of between 0.5 million and 2.0 million barrels per day. “Africa will need to adapt in order to keep up with the demand, as well as evolving trends in this highly competitive sector.”

He says that globally, the steady and reliable supply of energy is critical to economic activity, and due to Africa’s availability of the resource, it is expected that the continent will see continued and steady economic growth.

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Bukanga might have been ignored by our media houses but one female journalist was there to see all the developments and just like it is in Kampala, the people of Bukanga got their equal share of the roguishness that comes with electoral violence, they got a gift of beating. Of course the Kigundu electoral commission will report and record a free and fair election done just like they have done in the past their job lies in ticking boxes. Below here is the tale of a brave journalist on Bukanga by-elections.

…there’s a war going on here in Bukanga,” her audibly shaken voice whispered. My reflex questions came out a tad tougher than I intended: “are you safe? Where are you?

at this rate, there’s no need for Nathan’s polling agents to do any counting, tallying or reporting to the final tallying centre at the district…he has lost…two of his polling agents have been arrested and brutally beaten; my battery is low and has been warning all evening…so before it goes off, I called to tell you to check your email for the details of what has happened here. Sula bulungi (good night)!

Below is the email (her name has been omitted for security reasons).

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Uganda is exactly in the same period of time where United States was 50 years ago. In the house of a slave master lived a “House Negro” who cared a lot about his master than his fellow slave.

The Master made the house negro feel almost as though he was white. The house negro felt as though he had a duty to act the part of the Master when he wasn’t around. Even though the house negroes would get more expensive and fancy foods, field negroes would actually eat a healthier diet.

For example, field negroes would never get white potatoes and were forced to eat sweet potatoes; however, we now know that sweet potatoes are more nutritious.

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Candidates must have extensive experience dealing with issues of governance, transparency, access to information and related-matters

TUNIS, Tunisia, November 22, 2013/ — The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org) is calling for nominations of suitably qualified individuals to serve on the Appeals Panel of the Bank Group’s Disclosure and Access to Information (DAI) Policy.

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Kampala Capital City Authority Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago

Kampala Capital City Authority Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago

Following Lord Lukwago’s Judicial review on the tribunal judgment that was submitted to the High Court has sent many into panic.

The Authority chambers are part of the Lord Mayor’s office and this means that they are in control of his office. In order for anyone to access them, they must seek the consent and authority of the Lord Mayor.

News coming in indicates that the Lord Mayor’s adversaries have used unlawful means to access the chambers. Yes! They have broken into the Authority chambers because they want to throw him out of office as early as Monday at 9:00am. This is so because the hearing of the judicial review will take place on Monday. Initially their meeting had been scheduled for Monday at 11:00am but hearing that the court session was going to be held at 9:00am they have moved to hasten their moves including breaking into the chambers because they cannot go to the Lord Mayor and ask for the keys.

If Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago’s adversaries can engage in such activities that are illegal, how sure are we that they have not been engaging in the same kind of means to falsify activities in order to do many other things that are not legal for their benefit.

Uganda’s problem is in the quality of the people; We have a population that is lazy to read, research but quick to jump on band wagons. I have seen, read the report of ‪‎KCCA‬ Tribunal. But the whole report seems not to answer the real questions Erias Lukwago the Lord Mayor is asking. And behind Lukwago there are many other Lukwago asking the same questions so throwing Lukwago under the bus will not answer those questions but breed a monster that will send many KCCA employee in the gallows of Luzira due to the real abuse of office and theft. The earlier the better we need to institute these mechanisms in place rather than using excuses and covering up for the technical wing. If NRM campaigned telling Ugandans that it emphasizes Zero Tolerance to corruption then why are they finding it a problem to fully instituted the authority as required by law?

Tell me of a competent manager that hates transparency and accountability and i will tell that one is a thief.

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By Alston C. Armah, Africa Alliance of YMCAs S2C Ambassador

In all of my work with young people, this is one question I have found most outstanding and thought provoking. It came from a teenage girl who is a student at the D. Twe Memorial High School. She was one of several young people attending a Hi-Y leadership workshop.

Probably, the most potent way to answer the question is to ask “How do people become corrupt?” The Holy Bible says “Bribery corrupts the heart and extortion turns a wise man into a fool” (Ecclesiastes 7:7). From this verse, it can be inferred that corruption is a habit that can be learned and developed. It starts with smaller acts of dishonesty and then grows over many years to become a habit and a culture, encompassing the lives of individuals and entire communities. And like a cankerworm that eats up striving plants, corruption – if left unchecked – grows teeth and eats through the society to its very core.

Some 32 high school students in Liberia know this very well, and through the YMCA S2C philosophy, many more young people are being conscientised to develop better character and adopt values that will prepare them to assume leadership and make meaningful contributions to the development of Liberia. As one student put it, “If we, students, do not change our minds and adopt the values of honesty, hard work, integrity and love for country, our generation will be more corrupt than the generation before us.”

The students gathered at the St. Mary Catholic School on Friday on 1st November to discuss leadership skills, civic engagement, and membership in the YMCA among other issues. In a session on “subjects and citizens”, the students pointed out so many situations that put young people in subservient positions thus making them less than citizens who should be concerned about the greater good and actively participating in change processes. The students listed their individual and collective choices as being a critical force in determining their roles and responses to issues around them. For example, there is an emerging subculture of fun and outing among students, sometimes at the expense of their own development. This is known as “Super Friday”, a practice for some high school students to boycott classes on Friday to go out on the beach or to entertainment places where they are alleged to consume cigarettes and alcohol. Students who miss tests or some major evaluations will resort to bribing unprincipled minded teachers to make up for their absence and deficiency. This is a corrupt practice and it is seriously hampering learning and development of future leaders.

A student leader from the Greater Vision High School made the following observation: “We who have served as class leaders have been corrupt in some ways. For instance, if I were in charge of a class and required to write the names of noise makers for punishment, I would write the names of people who are not my friends; I wouldn’t write the names of my friends, no matter how much noise and disturbance they made. This is injustice and an act of corruption. If we continue it, and eventually we find ourselves in leadership positions, we are likely to be even more corrupt. If we continue in this way, we will always be subjects.”

Nyankun Togba, a Vice Principal at one of the high schools was in attendance. He made the following input. “Young people are made subjects based on how they carry themselves. If I, your teacher, come to class and begin to solicit money in exchange for grades, some of you students will comply and some will refuse and even condemn the act of soliciting bribes from students. Those of you who comply will oppose those who refuse and you will say all sorts of derogatory and spiteful things about them. Consider these two groups – those who comply and those who do not comply. Who are the subjects? You students must develop confidence in yourselves and strive for excellence in pursuits to acquire education and skills. Do not allow yourselves to be used as subjects.”

He praised the students to have a burning desire for education and self improvement. He said S2C is such an important development philosophy and students must get actively involved with the YMCA Hi-Y programs.

The Hi-Y is the extension of the YMCA and brings the organisation into the various schools. Boys and girls join the Hi-Y for fellowship and to develop their leadership skills. The Hi-Y has as its principal objective the development of young people in mind, body, and spirit. Five principles govern the Hi-Y: clean speech, clean scholarship, clean sportsmanship, clean job, and clean living.