leadership is in a crisis from the united states to anywhere…even Uganda


POLITICAL Leadership the world over is taking a hit.

The Leader of the world’s Super Power is a petulant, foul-mouthed, misogynistic character whose ascendence to the top seat in the world’s so-called bastion of ‘freedom’ appalled the most idealistic of us out there.

Despicable Donald Trump
From http://www.businessinsider.com 

 

 

 

It was simply a sign of the times to come. There are many words we employ to describe people who behave the way this world leader does; some polite yet very apt – like ‘despicable’ – while others are too rude to be put into print.

For a long time, closer to home, we have seen these signs manifesting themselves mostly because of the activity that has taken centre stage for long years of political campaigning.

 

Sadly for us, the political activity and campaigns continue to focus more on the campaigns and attainment of positions and titles of ‘leadership’ rather than the results of that leadership.

This Tuesday was less surprising than disappointing, and not because of the usual reasons.

Having been locked up in a Leadership Retreat to discuss matters of seeming importance that would not be affected by the lifting or not of Age Limits anywhere in the world, I emerged from the Board Room in the evening to an amazing array of astonishing videos and social media messages.

The first stood out because of the vivid colour involved. Initially I took it to be some masterful disinformation and sabotage; how could I just believe that an adult who is currently in the public eye could dress up all in bright yellow and drive a bright yellow vehicle of a distinct make and model, then park it by the roadside and not expect to be recognized?

Abiriga Peeing
Someone urinating against a wall in public (From http://www.newvision.co.ug)

Even more, would I not be intellectually careless to simply accept it to be true that the brightly-clad adult would then stop close to the Parliament building where the world’s eyes are focused for the nonce, and still not think that someone would notice them?

More to that, in this day and age of frantic and ubiquitous social media activity and heavy smart phone penetration, what self-respecting grown person would stand up against the wall and engage in a spot of public urination?

Before passing verdict, I trawled through my messages for important ones and was flabbergasted to get to a video clip that purported (I use this word very carefully, because I must tell the children that all this is made up fiction) to be an interview with the same yellow-clad gentlemen suspected of public urination.

I watched the video once and decided that the words could have been doctored, even though the phrase “I was badly off” sounded authentic. I even found a Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Ordinance 6 of 2006 that read that any person who “commits a nuisance by easing himself or herself in any street or place of public resort…where he or she may be seen by the public…” commits an offence.

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Abiriga Criminal Summons

A short while later, I realized that I was subconsciously trying to avoid addressing the images and footage of Representatives of the Ugandan population engaged in a scuffle that involved hurling chairs about the ‘august’ House. That word ‘august’ means “respected and impressive”.

One person on Twitter lamented at the possibility of the children of any of the people in the Parliamentary fight footage seeing their parents fighting with their workmates, in suits and ties.

Two other video clips depicted other national leaders running from security officials, and others involved insults and disparagements befitting of an American President.

Here’s the one of Odonga Otto being chased by Parliamentary security officials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go2GNg0bEj4

Here’s the one of Moses Kasibante being chased by a policeman after jumping off a police pick-up truck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvIeob4oUxA

There was no salvaging the day, in general, and I urged my phone battery to die quietly so I could rest.

The next morning, a friend of mine expressed his dismay over a snafu with an Operation Wealth Creation project upcountry that meant his mother was going to lose an investment worth Ushs100million.

See, the rains have started and she is ready to plant crops but…and as we were chatting I quickly checked to find out whether any Leader has recently given guidance to the Ugandan populace on agriculture, agribusiness, investment or any other ‘developmental’ issue.

Even though just six months ago we were talking about the drought being a national disaster, we are into the wet season and there is no noise being made about growing food crops and other such unimportant matters. We are all about ‘Politics’.

Finding that the Age Limit debate has dominated the conversation, I checked for a copy of the Bill that is causing so much national excitement that we have lost control of our adrenaline and bladders. All the intellectuals out there should surely have dissected it quite considerably left, right and centre?

Like most of you out there, I couldn’t find it, and I am not interested enough to really chase it down because supporting it is the least of my worries and has not been made desirable in any way, while opposing it appears both cliched and just as distasteful in action, as evidenced on Tuesday.

Indeed, today most everything to do with Politics (not Uganda, yet) is as undesirable and distasteful as finding old men engaged in public urination. In terms of Leadership, we are really badly off right now.

take up opportunities in tourism NOW, since Uganda has signed up international PR firms to promote our tourism


AS our Members of Parliament made their vows at the start of the week my mind was on two unrelated events on either side of their solemn activity, creating a sandwich of thoughts that I am quite happy to share here.
The MPs have sworn to work for us with the help of God.
Their combined job, as the Legislature, is to be representative of the people of Uganda; make the laws that we want to be used to govern us; and check the Executive we have chosen to come up with policies under which our society will be managed in a manner that will enable us to prosper.
Some of these Parliamentarians will be asked to join the Executive, while most will stay in the House where they will meet regularly to consider the affairs of the Nation in Plenary, through Committees, Caucuses, and getting feedback directly from us, their employers, directly or indirectly through the media and other channels.
For the next five years we will keep reminding the Parliamentarians of the humility they showed us during the campaigns and the ‘down-to-earth’ antics they adopted to convince us they are “of the people”, so that they don’t go off on lofty tangents that have nothing to do with us.
We will bring many issues before them and push them to deliver on them within their mandate. My first issue for them is what, for me, sandwiched their swearing-in – and it is an issue all Ugandans need to take up in whatever way they can.
Rewind to the first event: Over the weekend I was in Adjumani to pay my last respects at the burial of the wife of Mohammed Kabba, a friend and colleague. In the midst of his anguish and grief, Mohammed, a passionate Patriot with surprisingly diverse interests, took the opportunity to show us the ‘Adjumani Tree’.
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The ‘Adjumani Tree’. Photo by Simon Kaheru
He said the tree, a Tamarind, was many decades old, and it stood grandly in the courtyard of the Adjumani mosque providing shade to the mourners and a nice stand for a number of bicycles. The legend in Adjumani is that the tree marks the spot where, back in the day, the Madi (I believe they were) who had serious disagreements with each other would congregate to reconcile.
Whereas normally the Madi walked around holding axes, when they got to the Adjumani tree for a reconciliation ceremony they were required to take spears with them – the purpose for which I have not yet established.
In the backdrop of this little tale and its location was Deputy Prime Minister and one-time Minister of Tourism, Gen. Moses Ali. I walked over to him to make the appropriately respectful sounds, and mentioned that that spot could easily be turned into a tourism attraction. I left that thought there to proceed with the solemn issues at hand.
Had I more time on my hands I would have spent it going into some detail over the missed opportunities in Adjumani just because they had not recognised this tree as a potential tourism attraction.
On our drive up to the district we took the first of two turns left to Adjumani. We eventually discovered that this was a “security road” and is not generally in use now that the Atiak road is so well-tarmacked and the road from there to Adjumani is a much better grade of murram (laterite).
The thick, bushy vegetation beside this disused road keeps you searching hopefully for the sight of wildlife, and wistfully at possible forest trails that would be full of thrills and adventure, a massive campsite just waiting for tents, campfires and people.
Cue to the second event, two days later, sandwiching the MPs oaths – Uganda signing contracts with international Tourism Public Relations firms.
I was part of the process, in some small way, and proudly so because I believe strongly in the power of communication and the need for appropriate marketing. As the ceremony was taking place, I fielded a few questions from friends within the travel industry who were concerned that the US$1.5million was going elsewhere rather than to firms such as my own.
The firms, which my partners have written about here, are Kamageo, KPRN Networks, and PHG Consulting. Each is handling a different market, respectively: the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland; Germany, Austria and Switzerland; and North America. (I suspect I will be talking or writing more about this later on, judging from some of the comments I’ve seen on various platforms elsewhere).
The fears were besides the point, I explained, because the work to be done by the foreign marketing and PR firms is specifically within the realm of tourism and travel in those markets where they operate for the cardinal objective of increasing the number of tourists coming to Uganda.
That doesn’t leave us helpless or in a sitting position waiting for tourists to arrive; if we all identify tourist attractions and opportunities such as the Adjumani tree, and get our respective local leaders and entrepreneurs to develop them, then we will give these PR firms a lot more to work with as they storm the travel industry and media in Europe and the United States.
On the Adjumani Tree alone, if we can unearth the legend of reconciliation and, perhaps, get a few warring politicians to meet at that tree and emerge as best of friends, perhaps we can convince thousands or millions of unhappy siblings, couples and politicians to make reconciliation pilgrimages there?
Every district, Constituency and probably village has a likely tourism attraction that needs to be identified, developed, and then promoted – which is exactly what the foreign marketing and PR firms need in order to give us more value for the dollars being spent.
As the MPs take up their seats in those pews, have them think of this so they make it government policy and ensure it is implemented, just as we all should wherever we are in Uganda.
Find your spot in this tourism sector and occupy it.

it’s never rocket science


Since we have now officially began the season of political campaigns, we must brace ourselves for even more political commentary and discussion within our homes, other social settings and in the media.
All the commentary is going to be made with serious looks on our faces and delivered in deep, quasi-intellectual tones wrapping collections of words into phrases presented as wise gifts from all directions, not just the East. And this is just the political commentary, hovering above all the promises the actual politicians are making.
Sadly, a lot of it will be nonsense and if we swallow it down without thinking then we will deserve the intellectual indigestion later on.
In the past two weeks alone, for instance, I have heard and read the phrase, “It’s not rocket science…” from more than six different and unrelated people on different platforms.
This phrase is presumed to mean that rocket science is very difficult and that therefore any issue that is rocket science would confound the ordinary person such as myself.
It is true, but in reality I have never come across anything to do with rocket science.
The only people who actually attempt rocket science are people who have studied it in school at an advanced level. Those are people who are so intelligent that they actually apply for the courses required to get into rocket science classrooms and lecture theatres, and learn well enough to advance to become rocket scientists.
A rocket scientist does not find rocket science to be difficult; which means that just before you (if you’re an ordinary non-scientist like me) walked into a room full of rocket scientists the general consensus in the room would be that rocket science is easy, straightforward stuff.
For most of us ordinary people, an ordinary car engine is even more confounding than rocket science, because we have no idea what all those cables, pipes, rubber bits and canisters represent or do yet we have to deal with them regularly.
Instead of saying, “It’s not rocket science”, therefore, we could say, “It’s not a car engine” and achieve the very same meaning.
But also, two brilliant rocket scientists might be equally confounded if they were placed in front of a pile of matooke, banana leaves and bits of firewood, then told to make matooke.
See, because it’s not rocket science.
Phrases like those that go over our heads and are easily accepted but have much less of an impact than the political statements themselves do, even though they deprive us of the more in-depth analysis that sensible political commentary should give us.
The politicians may and can say just about anything they want to – since they say all’s fair in love and war, but the political analysts owe us much more.
Political analysts should dissect the promises that the candidates are making, the viability of their statements and the veracity of the claims spoken at podiums. Political analysts should use the luxury they have of conducting research into the issues and topics that the candidates address, to present to us well-filtered views and opinions.
Unlike the politicians who operate in conditions of campaign heat and excitement, political analysts should think and speak in the calmness of their rooms, offices, libraries and studios, then clarify matters for the general public.
And the media houses that host these analysts, also known as commentators, should begin to apply some standards that spare us rocket scientists trying to make matooke, just as we ourselves should do as we hold these discussions within our homes and other social settings.

#UGcabinet2015


1. H.E. the Vice President – KIWANUKA
EDWARD SSEKANDI
2. Rt. Hon. Prime Minister – DR. RUHAKANA RUGUNDA
3. 1st Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Public Service – HENRY MUGANWA KAJURA
4. 2nd Deputy Prime Minister & Deputy Leader of Gov’t Business in Parliament – GEN. MOSES ALI
5. 3rd Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of East African Affairs – Vacant
6. Minister for Karamoja Affairs –
JANET KATAHA MUSEVENI
7. Minister In-charge of the Presidency – FRANK TUMWEBAZE
8. Minister in Charge of General Duties/Office of the Prime Minister PROF. TARSIS KABWEGYERE
9. Minister of Disaster Preparedness & Refugees – HILARY ONEK
10. Minister of Security – MARY BUSINGYE KARORO OKURUT
11. Minister of Information & National Guidance – JIM MUHWEZI
12. Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries – TRESS BUCANAYANDI
13. Minister of Defence – DR. CRISPUS KIYONGA
14. Minister of Education, – Science, Technology and Sports – MAJ. JESSICA ALUPO
15. Minister of Energy and
Minerals – MULONI IRENE
16. Minister of Finance and
Economic Planning – MATIA KASAIJA
17. Minister of Works and
Transport – JOHN BYABAGAMBI
18. Minister of Justice – KAHINDA OTAFIIRE
& Constitutional Affairs
19. Attorney General – FRED RUHINDI
20. Minister of Gender, Labour
& Social affairs – MURULI MUKASA
21. Minister of Trade,
Industry & Cooperatives – AMELIA ANNE KYAMBADDE
22. Minister of Water & Environment EPHRAIM KAMUNTU
23. Minister of Lands,
Housing & Urban
Development – DAUDI MIGEREKO
24. Minister of Health – ELIODA TUMWESIGYE
25. Minister of Foreign Affairs – SAM KAHAMBA KUTESA
26. Minister of Information Communications Technology – JOHN MWOONO NASAASIRA
27. Minister of Local
Government – ADOLF MWESIGE
28. Minister without Portfolio – ABRAHAM BYANDALA
29. Government Chief Whip – RUTH SENTAMU NANKABIRWA
30. Minister of Tourism – Wildlife & Antiquities MARIA MUTAGAMBA
31. Minister of Internal Affairs – ARONDA NYAKAIRIMA

MINISTERS OF STATE:
Office of the President:
1. Minister of State for Economic Monitoring – HENRY BANYENZAKI
2. Minister of State for
Ethics and Integrity – LOKODO SIMON

Office of the Vice President:
3. Minister of State Vice President’s Office – VINCENT NYANZI

Office of the Prime Minister:
4. Minister of State for
Relief and Disaster
Preparedness – FRANCIS ECWERU MUSA
5. Minister of State for Northern Uganda – REBECCA AMUGE OTENGO
6. Minister of State for
Karamoja – BARBARA OUNDO NEKESA
7. Minister of State for Luwero Triangle – SARAH NDOBOLI KATAIKE
8. Minister of State for Teso Affairs – CHRISTINE HELLEN AMONGIN APORU
9. Minister of State for Bunyoro Affairs – ERNEST KIIZA

Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
10. Minister of State for
International Affairs – HENRY ORYEM OKELLO
11. Minister of State for – Regional Affairs – PHILEMON MATEKE

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
12. Minister of State for Agriculture – VINCENT SEMPIIJA
13. Minister of State for Fisheries – ZERUBABEL MIJUMBI NYIIRA
14. Minister of State for Animal Industry – BRIGHT RWAMIRAMA

Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports
15. Minister of State for Sports – CHARLES BAKABULINDI
16. Minister of State for Primary Education – JOHN CHRYSOSTOM MUYINGO
17. Minister of State for
Higher Education, Science and Technology – PROF. TOKODRI TAGBOA

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development:
18. Minister of State for Energy – SIMON D’UJANGA
19. Minister of State for Minerals – PETER AIMAT LOKERIS

Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development:
20. Minister of State for Finance
(General) – JACAN (JALONYO)
FRED MANDIR OMACH
21. Minister of State for Planning – DAVID BAHATI
22. Minister of State for Investment GABRIEL GADISON ARIDRU AJEDRA
23. Minister of State for Privatization – ASTON PETERSON KAJARA
24. Minister of State for Micro-Finance – CAROLINE AMALI OKAO

Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development:
25. Minister of State for Gender
and Culture – LUKIA ISANGA
NAKADAMA
26. Minister of State for Youth and
Children Affairs – EVELYN ANITE
27. Minister of State for Labour,
Employment and Industrial Relations – KAMANDA BATARINGAYA
28. Minister of State for the Elderly and Disability: SULAIMAN MADADA

Ministry of Health:
29. Minister of State for Health (General) CHRIS BARYOMUNSI
30. Minister of State for Primary Health Care – SARAH OPENDI OCHIENG

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban
Development:
31. Minister of State for
Housing – SAM ENGOLA
32. Minister of State for Urban Development – ROSEMARY NAJJEMBA
33. Minister of State for Lands – AIDAH NANTABA
Ministry of Trade and Industry:
34. Minister of State for Trade – DAVID WAKIKONA
35. Minister of State for Industry – JAMES SHINYABULO MUTENDE

Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities:
36. Minister of State for
Tourism – AGNES AKIROR
Ministry of Water and Environment:
37. Minister of State for Water – RONALD KIBUULE
38. Minister of State for Environment – FLAVIA NABUGERA MUNAABA

Ministry of Works and Transport:
39. Minister of State for Transport – STEPHEN CHEMOIKO CHEBROT
40. Minister of State for Works – ASUMAN KIYINGI

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs
41. Deputy Attorney General – MWESIGWA RUKUTANA
Ministry of Defence
42. Minister of State for Defence – GEN. JEJE ODONGO

Ministry of Internal Affairs
43. Minister of State for
Internal Affairs – JAMES BABA

Ministry of ICT
44. Minister of State for ICT and
Communications – NYOMBI TEMBO

Ministry of Local Government
45. Minister of State for Local Government – ALEX ONZIMA AADROA
Ministry of Public Service
46. Minister of State for Public Service – PRISCA SSEZI MBAGUTA

Ministry of East African Affairs
47. Minister of State for
East African Affairs – SHEM BAGEINE

SENIOR PRESIDENTIAL ADVISER FOR FINANCE
(Bretton Woods Institutions) – MARIA KIWANUKA

Uganda’s Cabinet List as circulated officially from State House on March 1, 2015.

Farewell, Spain, we are now very much both World Cup-less even though #SpainIsNotUganda


Dear Spain,

No hard feelings, right? If there are any, then tough. We are not the ones who scored those goals or failed to stop them going into the nets.

But at least you guys have photos with the World Cup in your cabinet, so kudos (clap, clap).

And since there must be space in your album, here are a few more photos to throw into the mix – kind of like making a Spanish Omelette…speaking of which:

Spanish Omelette

But if you’re not that hungry, then perhaps you can eat Ugandan (I sense a sneer on the face of the Spanish Prime Minister, but he would be pleasantly surprised after the first bite into this):

Spanish Rolex

He’d look a lot less grumpy after one of these, I’m sure; and hopefully he’ll share it with Vicente, del Bosque, who as he reads this blog must be thinking:

del Bosque & Rajoy

 

He probably didn’t get audience with the Prime Minister earlier otherwise like many other Spaniards:

Just Apologise

 

Anyway, last night we watched the game on channels such as UBC.

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It wasn’t an easy game at all for our ‘brothers’ and we felt genuinely sorry even though we ribbed them to no end…all unnecessary if Rajoy had only apologised as frequently advised from all corners.

Mama Fiina

We talked about a lot while watching the game, but kept a certain focus running.

Spanner

 

And also made it clear where we stood:

Spain Supporter...Not

 

So the inevitable happened, for reasons that had nothing to do with #SpainIsNotUganda – it was all practical:

Casillas

Before long:

Waiting for Casillas

 

Taxi

The options began to open up:

Visa Application

Either way, there was just one option left (besides the apology for saying #SpainIsNotUganda):

KEEP CALM

Ka-Jambo