A frank memo to Bobi Wine supporters

By Andrew M. Mwenda

Since I posted my criticism of your hero, Bobi Wine, you have been hurling insults and abuses at me.

You have devoted all your emotional energy for an entire week in a vain effort to respond to me. It is clear the sting of my post was deeply felt.

You are angry, not because you think I am wrong, but because my truths about your hero is very painful to bear. That is why I haven’t read anything that really answers the issues I raised.

I care only in passing what you think of me in large part because most of it is fiction. I am not looking for your votes.

I write what I believe. If you don’t like what I write, just quit this page. But of course you will stay because you know multitudes of Ugandans follow me and trust what I say. Otherwise you would not be responding to me.

Andrew M. Mwenda

Very few of you responded with the most rudimentary arguments to the issues I raised against Bobi Wine or the facts I adduce against his empty political slogans.

I only criticized his lack of historic and contemporary facts. Criticism of his person was only incidental. Your responses proved more that Bobi Wine and you his supporters reflect the crisis of Uganda not a solution to its challenges.

One of his admirers, a one Henry Mutebi, wrote a long dissertation of 2,257 words to reply to my post of only 542 words.

He devoted his considerable intellectual talent in dissecting my personality, even claiming I am mentally ill and need psychotherapy. Perhaps I am. I will check at Butabika.

I read his piece to the end.

In spite of it being entirely an attack on my character, he sounded intelligent.

What a waste of brains! Like most of my critics, and typical of Uganda’s opposition “intellectuals,” he did not contest a single argument I made or debunk a single fact I adduced against his hero, Bobi Wine. Instead he made my character the centerpiece of his letter.

Bobi Wine

Let me address myself to my relationship with President Yoweri Museveni.

I deal with him, when necessary, often. I have found him, in spite of all his faults, a much more liberal, tolerant and open-minded person than you his opponents.

I only go to see him when there is an issue I consider of serious national concern. And I go with well-researched facts.

And to his credit, each time I have gone seeking a particular decision, Museveni has always listened carefully to the facts I present to him and he has always accepted my recommendations.

Where he has disagreed with a particular recommendation, he has explained to me the basis of his disagreement and in most cases I have always found his counter argument convincing.

If there is any bribe he has given me therefore, it is this expression of maturity in leadership. Hence unlike his opponents who rely on rumors and hallucinations to inform their opinions on public policy, Museveni is scientific.

That is why he is president and they are activists and singers.

I admit I find most public debate in Uganda emotional and ill informed. This is a statement of fact not a moral judgment.

People have a right to their ignorance and to express their frustrations emotionally. I don’t blame them even though I despise it.

Secondly most Ugandan elites I encounter online are lazy, intellectually dull, always thinking within the box and taking no lessons from history.

Many feel the sting of my attitude and mistake my irreverence for arrogance. I have no apologies for this.

In an ideal world, I would like to see Uganda develop a serious opposition that can challenge Museveni’s hold on power.

The problem is that most of those who pose as the alternative are worse – uncouth, intolerant, anti-democratic, uninformed and angry. And I know most of you will mistake “most” for “all.” The opposition lack alternative ideas and believe their anger is sufficient to cause change.

Look here friends. You are angry and I share many of your frustrations. But anger does not make history. Power does.

And power may be supplemented with anger, but it relies on much more fundamental realities – organization, strategy, social networking etc. Only organisation and strategy can convert anger into purposeful political action.

Otherwise anger leads to mob action. Mobs don’t get things done. They destroy things. If you removed Museveni as a mob, Uganda would go the way of Somalia.

None of you wants (or needs) that. You and your cult leaders need to learn this lesson. You may hate me for telling you this basic truth. I don’t like being hated. However, if it is the price I have to pay, I am will willingly do so.

You want power. But your cult leaders don’t understand its dynamics. Power is not something you find and just pick and take.

Power (especially Museveni’s power that you want to wrestle from him) is cultivated, accumulated, harnessed and consolidated.

To take it from him, you have to evolve superior organization and strategy, better social networks and a broader vision for our country than simply pointing at his weaknesses and mistakes, real and perceived.

Incidentally I think you constitute a majority. But you are deluded to believe you have ever won a presidential election.

I agree Museveni’s system fiddles with votes in some areas. But this is because they are strong and better organized.

And such fiddling is not the reason you lose. He would win without it. You are not organized to turn your numbers into an effective political force. And the trick of Museveni’s victories is simple: look at voter turnout.

In 2011, Museveni got 5.4m votes (68%) and voter turnout was 58%. That translates to about 38% of registered voters. So 62% of Ugandans, a huge majority, didn’t vote for him.

Besigye got 2m votes (26%). But he has never asked himself why 42% of Ugandans, more than those who voted Museveni, did not vote. Instead he has deluded himself into the belief that he won and his votes were stolen. This is tragic.

I thought 2016 results would teach him something. Alas they didn’t.

Last year, Museveni got nearly 6m votes (an increase of only 500,000 or 8% growth). Controlling for the increase in registered voters, Museveni got no growth at all.

He declined by 8.2%. Besigye got 3.5m votes (an increase of 1.5m votes or growth of 75% in absolute votes). Besigye’s growth was largely, if not entirely, because of a 10% increase in voter turnout from 58% in 2011 to 68%.

All these voters showed up not because of improved FDC organization but greater passion to get rid of Museveni.

You need to supplement passion with organization and the results will be bountiful. But you are too angry and emotional to listen.

The facts are obvious. If more of you showed up to vote, you have a chance at winning. But to get so many of your potential supporters to the polling booth requires organization, something your cult leaders ignore and that you don’t understand.

The fact that you and your cult leader cannot see this simple fact is certainly tragic for your cause but obviously makes Museveni a very happy man. You are not the enemy he hates. You are the enemy he loves and enjoys to have.

Right now you are under organized, disorganized or unorganized. You can act, but only as a mob.

As I have already pointed out above, mobs don’t get things done. They destroy things. Majorities don’t rule. Well-organized minorities do.

To convert your numbers into an effective political force, you need two things: organization and strategy. Unfortunately your leaders lack both. Museveni is not in power by accident.

So your Bobi Wine and his rants against Museveni can give you psychological comfort that someone cares and is fighting for your interests.

It is also possible he is well intentioned. I know you will ignore the fact that he is ignorant, emotional and lacking in an alternative vision for our country and strategy to get rid of Museveni.

So you will choose psychological comfort over painful truths. But if I have to die for telling you this painful truth, it will be a happy death.

‘Stellah is beautiful inside and out’ – Sylvia

City makeup artist and stylist Sylvia Kawalya has described Stellah Nantumbwe aka Ellah as beautiful both inside and outside.

Kawalya said Stellah is real every time they talk and that it is easy to makeup on her because she is naturally beautiful.

“This Gal is very real with me every time we talk! Her Makeup is always so easy to Apply because she is Naturally Beautiful! – Happy Birthday!! Stellah Reever Nsereko – Thank You for being Beautiful both Inside and Out,” Sylvia Kawalya.

Stellah Nantumbwe

Janzi Band to perform at Max Lounge

Janzi Band and new posh hangout in town Max Lounge have reached an agreement to work together. Info reaching our desk confirms to us that Janzi Band will be performing at Max Lounge every Tuesday evening.

The band will kick off their night on 31st October 2017. Max Lounge is the latest posh bar to enter into the competitive entertainment and bar business in Kampala and surrounding areas and is located along Kyaliwajjala–Kira Road next to Total Petrol station. Go catch live music every Tuesday!! No cover charges.

Max Lounge

Don Bahat is high spirits ahead of Money and Power party

Rich Niggaz boss Don Bahat Lubega has said he is in high spirits ahead of his Money and Power party at Guvnor on 28th December 2017.

The loaded fella has promised an open bar and rainfall patterns of money all night long during the party.

“Your life is the message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring “sometimes it’s the princess who kills the dragon and saves the prince “open bar and rainfall patterns of money!!!! moto to keep legacy. 28th December Club Guvnor,” Don said. The party will also feature M Julio. Entrance fee is 50k.

‘Suudi I am coming for you’ – Don Zella

Socialite Don Zella has described promoter Suudi Lukwago aka Suudiman as a ‘fool’ and again warned that she is coming for him cum December this year.

Don Zella

Don Zella was responding to Suudi’s claims that he didn’t con her.

Posting on her wall, the socialite has vowed the jail the fading promoter who she accuses of conning her of $30,000 that was meant to buy Busy Signal beach show.

Suudi Lukwago

“Look at this fool i didn’t know that when people get deported, they ran mad but this time you will rot in jail. You can run but you can’t hide. December isn’t far am coming for you, you will vomit my money,” Don Zella posted.

Meanwhile Don Zella is set to host her charity show dubbed Gal Power Party on 21st December at Club Play. The party will feature top celebrities and singers. Entrance fee is 30k per head.

Singers Karitas, Ronald Mayinja too close

Upcoming singer Karitas Kario and Golden Production Band boss Ronald Mayinja are an item, we can reveal.

For a long time now, word has been circulating around town telling how Mayinja is so deeply involved with Karitas to the extent that early this year he allegedly organized for her a lavish birthday bash at a bar in Munyonyo, Kampala, during which they fervently enjoyed themselves, something that didn’t go down well with his wife Aisha Mayinja.

Karitas and Mayinja

Spies reveal that the two are getting closers each that passes by and according to Karitas’ recent post on Facebook confirms it.

“When two hearts are meant for each other, no distance is too far, no time too long and no other love can break them apart. #NJAGAZA KAJANJA my new audio with Ronald Mayinja. To all those in love. Hope you love it. Straight outta golden production,” Karitas posted.

It should be noted Mayinja and Karitas did a love duet titled ‘Njagaza Kajanja’, which she was alluding to in her post, although the message about her love for him is clearly seen in the post. Watch the space!!

Sources say Mayinja’s wife Aisha Kyomuhangi is not happy with her hubby’s behavior of late putting their marriage in jeopardy.

NWSC to connect new Masaka Referral Hospital

National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) continues to promote hygiene and sanitation across the country.

Latest info reaching our desk has it the water body is set to connect the new Masaka Referral Hospital on the national grid. The management of NWSC has confirmed to us that plans are underway to connect the hospital.

“Promoting Sanitation and health, Plans are underway to connect the new Masaka referral hospital onto the NWSC Sewer network,” NWSC.

South African Fashion designer David Tlale to produce the ASFAS

The Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards (ASFAS) are reputed for their production. Since inception in 2013, the awards shows have progressed in leaps and bounds. Creating something new to the fashion and entertainment industry with every ceremony. A reason they are reputed as the most anticipated show of the year.

This year is not any different. The management of ASFAs have handed South African Fashion designer, David Tlale to produce the show. To confirm what started out as mere hearsay, David Tlale was in Uganda last week to finalize the details of the show.

The organizing team of the ASFAs met with David Tlale, Fenon Events and the proprietor of the ASFA’s Brian Ahumuza at Kampala Serena Hotel Victoria Hall, where the event is set to take place to kick start the production process.

Proprietor of the ASFAS Brian Ahumuza and David Tlale when he visited

David Tlale is a South African fashion designer whose work has been showcased at the Cape Town Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, and Paris Fashion Week and who has also designed collections for major retailers like Edgars. Tlale was a semifinalist at the South African Fashion Week Elle New Talent Show Competition in 2002. In May 2003, Tlale started working from home running a design studio and has studios in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Airtel Uganda hands over UGX 100,000,000 for the 2017 Airtel-FUFA Awards

Airtel’s Kisakye calls upon Ugandans to vote as many times as possible for their favorite players in the 4 awards that are SMS based

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations, this morning, officially launched the 2017 Airtel-FUFA Awards scheduled for 1st December 2017 at Speke Resort hotel, Munyonyo in Kampala.

Launched in 2014, the Airtel-FUFA awards are held every year with a goal of honoring and recognizing the excellence of Ugandan footballers throughout the year regardless of their team or club performance. The awards also aim to encourage players to remain disciplined and focused throughout the year.

This year, the awards will see Geoffrey Sserunkuuma, Muzamil Mutyaba and Tadeo Lwanga battle for the honor of being awarded Airtel – FUFA male footballer of the year while Hasifah Nasuuna, Vannesa Kalungi and Fazila Ikwaput are the nominees for the Airtel – FUFA female footballer of the year.

Speaking on behalf of the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo, Mr. Rogers Byamukama thanked all the sponsors for their contributions that have been instrumental in planning these awards; specifically, Airtel Uganda for standing with FUFA and believing in Ugandan football. “Our objective is to bring these outstanding players to the front, recognize them and award them for their efforts as well as the entertainment throughout the year. This year we will have 11 awards given out,” Byamukama commented.

Speaking on behalf of main sponsor Airtel Uganda, Mrs. Remmie Kisakye Kakuru, the Head – Brand and Communication, commended the awards organizing committee for the consistency in holding the awards as well as the media for the job well done in the past and encouraged them to keep it up.  She appealed to the public to vote as many times as possible in the 4 award categories that are SMS based as winners will be chosen according to the votes they received. “On behalf of Airtel Uganda, I would like to pledge our commitment to continue supporting football in Uganda at all levels,” she concluded, thereafter handing over a cheque of UGX 100,000,000 to the organizing committee.

The 4 sms based awards include the ; Airtel-FUFA Male player of the year, Airtel-FUFA Female player of the year, Fans’ Favorite Ugandan player of the year, Fans favorite player in Other Leagues- outside Uganda. To vote, type FUFA (space) Code of the player and send to 8888.

NSSF Deputy MD Geraldine Ssali’s tenure ends amidst controversy

The current National Social Security Fund (NSSF) act which allows the Minister for Finance to appoint the Fund’s board could be the cause of potential clashes among employees. This is according to an analyst who asked to remain anonymous while commenting on the recent firing of the NSSF Deputy Managing Director Geraldine Ssali Busuulwa by the Fund’s board. The analyst believes there are legal gaps that could have led to Ssali’s insubordination thinking she was not accountable to the Managing Director (MD) Richard Byarugaba.

Geraldine Ssali

“The law needs to be revised to allow the board to appoint both the MD and the Deputy Managing Director (DMD) and thus keep them in check. You cannot effectively supervise someone you did not hire or cannot fire. There is an urgent need to address the administrative gap because both MD and DMD are appointed by the Finance Minister. For this reason, the DMD finds it convenient to disrespect the board and the MD. This needs to be addressed,” said the analyst.

NSSF Uganda MD Richard Byarugaba

Early this month, the NSSF board voted to not renew Ssali’s contract which expires on 29th October 2017.

Her performance had been deemed “unsatisfactory” over the three years she had been with the Fund.

In 2016, Ssali was suspended by the NSSF board on grounds of indiscipline. She sued NSSF, the board chairman Kaberenge and Byarugaba and the courts cancelled her suspension and reinstated her in office pending investigations into her alleged insubordination. However, two days after the court order, the security guards at Workers House, blocked her from entering her office forcing her to go to court and sue the Byarugaba and Kaberenge over contempt of a court.

NSSF board members

She later held a meeting with Finance Minister Kasaijja and some members of the board and it was resolved that she be reinstated but on condition that she withdraws all the cases against NSSF in the High Court.

Kasaijja is yet to approve the board’s recommendation to not renew her contract since he has the last word.