The Forum for Democratic Change will not be taking punitive action against the party’s Mobilization Secretary Ingrid Turinawe for her wayward behavior this week, President Mugisha Muntu has hinted.
Muntu today termed Mrs. Ingrid’s disobedience of the party’s decision to withdraw her from the contest for the East African Legislative Assembly as a “secondary contradiction.”
Mrs. Turinawe on Thursday openly challenged a letter by President Muntu to Parliament withdrawing her from the race. She said on social media that the decision was taken without her knowledge and consent and insisted she was still in the race.
Muntu and the FDC whip Semujju Nganda claimed the decision was taken by party structures, (which is being contested by the FDC secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi) according to reports.
While the standoff persists, Gen Muntu has said the party will not be taking any disciplinary action against Mrs. Turinawe.
Muntu told the Capital Gang radio show on Saturday that he is trying to build an environment in FDC that doesn’t rush to punish errant behavior but encourages dissenting views.
He went on to categorize the current stand off as secondary in nature, which he said should only be ignored.
“There are primary and secondary contradictions, and you must learn how to manage both,” he said.
“You must build an environment where you don’t go punitive on a person who might be involved in a secondary contradiction. If you go punitive to this person, what is secondary might now become primary; so you ignore that. You continue to do things which are right…that is where we are focused.”
This according to the FDC president is how he has managed most of the serous disagreements within the party, during his tenure.
“I am glad that four years under my leadership, we have gone though turbulence almost every other time. But as we go through turbulence, we learn.
“We have created this culture because the moment we take power, it is this culture that will determine how we will manage the country. If you build a culture of fear and intolerance, once you get into power and you have weapons and money it will be worse.”
Without referring directly to Mrs. Turinawe, Gen Muntu highlighted a problem in Uganda of people with no qualities rushing to take up important leadership positions.
This he said has been exacerbated under President Museveni’s regime.
“We have lowered the bar of leadership to the lowest level possible. It now seems that anybody can become a leader at any level,” said Muntu.
But under these circumstances he noted, these unqualified and inexperienced leaders must be afforded an opportunity to learn especially those that are able and willing to.
He however warned, “Those who are unable to learn, time is ruthless in terms of phasing out people who are incapable of learning.”
As a fresh student at university, you will often be told by lecturers that ‘First Class Degrees are acquired in first year’. And the phrase is not a mere pep talk, it is true in every sense. Reason being – the university grading system is set up in a way that every mark throughout the course contributes to one’s final results and consequently their Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).
For this very reason, students who are dedicated to get a First Class will work by all means to avoid retakes and low grades right from the time they are introduced to the course.
Such was the case for Rogers Mukalele, 30 who emerged as the second best overall student during Makerere University’s 67th graduation this week. Mukalele, a student of Information Science from the Jinja campus was the top science performer with a CGPA of 4.91.
As such, he was recognized with an Award and a Ush 500,000 cash prize on Wednesday by the Makerere University Convocation for his distinguished performance. However, his, like many other success stories never came through sitting and wishing, as he revealed to ChimpReports in an interview.
His hardwork and determination was inspired by the fact that he was individually raising his tuition fees.
“In the first year, I was working while I studied. So, because I was paying my own money I put in much determination and did all I could,” he said.
Prior to joining university, Mukalele was a secondary school teacher of Computer Studies and Mathematics which he proceeded to do on a part time basis when he enrolled at Makerere.
He holds another Bachelors Degree in Education (Science) from Busitema University in 2010 which he also acquired through a government scholarship.
As a teacher, he says he earned Ush 600,000 as a monthly salary which he saved for 2 years before reporting to campus.
“Since I was teaching computer studies, I had some good understanding of Information Technology (IT). Right from the first day of the semester I would look at the course outline and then do enough research even before the lecturer comes.”
He said his knowledge of the basics given his prior training gave him the luxury of time to alternate between teaching and studying during his first and second year.
To majority of the students at university, scoring above the average mark (50%) in an examination is always the ultimate goal. Below this mark, one must re sit the exam lest they don’t graduate. However, Mukalele’s pre-determined resolve for excellence made him pursue more than an average mark.
He told us that at some point, he had to re-do an exam in which he had scored a 60% mark.
“There’s a paper in which I got a 60 and I decided to re-do it so as to improve it since the university policy provides for this. I don’t have any 60s. I mostly have 80s and a few 70s,” he said.
But scoring better grades wasn’t the only huddle that Mukalele had to prevail over. Raising his rather costly tuition fees was another challenge but fortunately, teaching wasn’t the only window for him to gather resources.
He revealed to us that part of the money came from book sales for a book he authored titled ‘Computer Studies for Uganda’. The book is currently in major book stores including Aristock.
He told ChimpReports that his love for ICT had everything to do with the fact that we live in an era where information and technology are central in everyday life. His dream is to innovate solutions that will impact people’s lives.
“I aspire to do a Masters Degree and coming up with an innovation that will impact lives of Ugandans and the world. I already have some projects am working on so for me this Award wasn’t just out of cramming but also the skills I have acquired,” Mukalele explained.
Among some of the projects the IT graduate has so far worked on is ‘Sharability’, a web based system that schools are using to share digital learning resources. He did this as his final year project and currently, about 200 schools across Uganda are using the platform.
“These days, schools are increasingly using electronic resources like power point slides, electronic notes and videos but those in the rural areas are still disadvantaged. The Sharability platform connects teachers to develop and share these resources,” he said.
While he built the platform as a purely academic project, he says it has been able to earn him some money especially from some teachers who appreciate the service.
He looks to boost ‘Sharability’ through the Annual Communications Innovation Awards (ACIA) an initiative that recognizes and supports outstanding ICT innovations in Uganda.
His academic accomplishments aside, Mukalele still holds bigger future plans including inspiring young innovators.
“The field of education is one where I have strong passion. So I look at my self-progressing and becoming a lecturer. I hope to use this Award to inspire my students,” he said.
Following the loss of an Election petition by the former Kamuli Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Hajati Rhema Wetongola to FDC’s Salaamu Musumba, the NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr. TangaOdoi has revealed that the commission will subject her to disciplinary actions.
During the 2016 general elections, Dr. Tanga warned all NRM candidates against use of forged academic papers noting that whoever found would face disciplinary actions for shaming the party.
Tanga was asked by the media to explain the next action against Hajati Wetongola after Court faulted her academic documents.
“Candidates who use the party flag but don’t have papers are presented to the Central Executive Committee of the party. When the committee meets next time, we shall actually present this case,” Dr. Tanga responded.
“If CEC decides to keep quite over the matter, so be it.”
On accusation that NRM EC failed to scrutinize Wetongola’s papers, Tanga responded, “Like you know, once we tried to do it, UNEB told us it is not our task and indeed we don’t have the facilities to verify one’s academic documents.”
Tanga added, “It will be up to the Central Executive Committee to decide what to do with the candidate of that nature, it really defeats my understanding that someone knows that she doesn’t have the required qualifications but goes ahead and subject himself to this public scrutiny.”
Uganda Premier League
KCCA vs Onduparaka
Phillip Omondi stadium 4pm
After eliminating Angola’s CD Primeiro de Agosto in the CAF champions league last week, KCCA FC shift focus to the league.
They resume league action against Onduparaka this Saturday at the Phillip Omondi stadium in an epic showdown.
KCCA FC assistant manager Morley Byekwaso, already put it straight that they will be seeking for revenge for the first leg loss in Arua where Onduparaka won 2-1.
“We respect Onduparaka, they are a good team and have a big following but we are ready to take them on and revenge for the game we lost to them in Arua,” he said.
Byekwaso believes the team has fully recovered from fatigue of the champions league and now the focus is now on making sure they maintain their stay at the top.
Meanwhile, Benjamin Ochan, the KCCA FC first choice goalkeeper believes the perfect home record at this season will help them overcome Onduparaka.
“It will not be an easy game, they have a good team with talented players but we are motivated by the fact that we haven’t lost a game at home this season,” said Ochan.
On the other hand, Leo Ardra is confident they have a team that can hurt KCCA FC.
“The fact that we managed to beat them in the first leg, we have all it takes to get another win on Saturday,” he said.
About failing to play well at the astro turf, Ardra indicated they have analysed how best they can come up with a perfect solution.
“We lost to Proline on this very ground but I think we have come up with a strategy of how best we can play,” Ardra added.
Mike Mutebi will be without striker Derrick Nsibambi who is out with Malaria but the rest of the players are fully fit.
Towering defender Rashid Toha returns after recovering from a knee injury and will be expected to partner Akram Kakembo at the heart of defence.
However, sharp striker and team captain Muhammad Shaban is suspended due to card accumulation and either Mohammad Toko or Dickens Okwir are expected to fill his void.
KCCA FC lead the Uganda premier league with 35 points in 16 games while Onduparaka occupy third spot on 29 points.
The Kampala – Entebbe Expressway project is nearing completion with physical works hitting 75 percent progress as of February 2017.
“This is especially for areas where the contractor has good space to work. We still have a few compensation delays around ‘Abaita Ababiri’ section which we are trying to expedite and ensure works are not delayed,” Allan Ssempebwa Kyobe, the Manager Media Relations at the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) told ChimpReports.
The highway project comprises a four-lane thirty seven kilometer express dual carriage and a thirteen kilometer spur connection to Munyonyo from Lweza.
It was started in 2012, funded jointly by the Government of Uganda, a soft loan from the EXIM bank of China totaling to US$470 million and according to Ssempebwa all works will be 100 percent complete by the end of 2017.
The project is part of the measures to decongest the Kampala Central Business District and enhance trade movement through, within and out of the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area.
Ferry services along Wanseko-Panyimur route in Buliisa and Nebbi Districts have resumed, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has revealed.
The services had been temporarily suspended for about two weeks back after a reported Cholera Outbreak at Panyimur landing site in Nebbi District.
According to Allan Ssempebwa Kyobe, the Manager for Media Relations at UNRA, Health officials in the area have cleared the restoration of ferry services and the flow is now on.
The Wanseko-Panyimur ferry is the main connection route between Buliisa and Nebbi, aiding trade between the residents of the two districts across the Albert Nile.
UNRA is the body charged with the management and operation of ferries across the country.