Coach Hugo Broos has blamed Cameroon’s inept striking force for the draw in their opening 2017 Afcon group A clash against Burkina Faso.
Though the coach is optimistic the team’s tactical display can lift the team past group stages, he understands well that the goals count to win games.
“I think I saw a Cameroon team that played well and had qualities,” Hugo Broos said.
“We will need this level to qualify for the quarterfinals. We dominated the opponent, we created opportunities. The only thing we need is someone who puts the chances in.”
Captain Mounkandjo floated in a freekick in the 35th minute but laxity in attack especially Clinton Njie made it impossible for the former champions to consolidate their lead. Dayo Issoufou equalized midway through the second period.
“If you do not know how to score with such chances, it’s hard to win matches. I pulled out the two wide players (Njie and Bassogog) because they were tired. Salli, the substitute, did not give what I expected of him in the last 20 minutes.”
The indomitable lions face debutants Guinea Bissau at the same venue on Wednesday in the second group game.
By Serestino Tusingwire
Members of Parliament from Rwenzori Region have condemned the re-arrest of Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere.
Mumbere who had just been released on bail by High court in Jinja on Friday, was re-arrested by police and is currently detained at Nalufenya police station in Jinja.
MPs led by the leader of opposition in parliament and Kasese Woman representative Winnie Kiiza say this was unlawful.
According to the Kasese Municipality MP, Robert Centinary, the king’s re-arrest was a betrayal of the entire kingdom by the president.
He based his statement on an agreement that he says the kingdom officials reached with the president against interfering with court proceedings.
“He really assured us that the court process must take route without impunity and all parties agreed not to interfere with the court process, but now you can see what the state has done, we are really disappointed.” Centinary said.
Police said Mumbere was re-arrested because the latest investigations discovered other charges which he individually committed during the clash.
It should be noted that Mumbere and over 150 Rwenzururu royal guards are battling charges not limited to murder, treason, aggravated robbery and terrorism which they allegedly committed in November last year in a clash with government forces.
By: Boaz Byayesu
Unlike many questionable and largely critiqued NRA/UPDF reshuffles in the past, this time the Commander-in-Chief strictly meant merit and performance in the just concluded army reshuffle.
With clear indicators that President Museveni is not only preparing but ready for either succession or continued grip on power, his current changes in military leadership that point to that anticipation, is also an act worth credit and observation.
Here is why:
1. His action rhymes with his decades-old slogan of professionalizing the army.
2. This confirms the much suspected and anticipated take-over of the young guys relieving the bush war heroes of the tasks of command and leadership responsibilities.
All in all, this reshuffle was largely credited by many Ugandans with varying and opposing opinions on numerous issues including the army.
For the first time since 1986, the CIC has appointed six high profile top military leaders with the best professional qualifications and qualities of good leadership including character.
These are: Gen. David Muhoozi, the now Chief of defence forces, Lt. Gen. Mbadi, the Deputy Chief of Defence forces, Maj. Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the senior presidential advisor on special operations, Maj. Gen Musanyufu, the joint Chief of staff, Maj. Gen Richard Karemire, the army spokesman and Col. Henry Matsiko, the Chief political Commissar.
No doubt, these guys are well qualified. These are the typical 21st Century military leaders of a modern professional national force. They are intellectually competent, ethically upright, and very disciplined army generals.
As for Maj. Gen Kainerugaba, the only obvious difference is that he is the center of scrutiny and target of criticism and opposition. Simply because he is the son of the sitting president who has been in power for 30 years.
However, Gen. Muhoozi has handled the pressure of critics and opponents with humbleness, calmness and professionalism. This man is irrefutably a humble and disciplined army officer as well as an enlightened military professional.
Then comes the battle-hardened Maj. Gen Elwelu whom I think is being overly, unfairly attacked. I think that critics and opponents of the government should differentiate politics from military service.
Gen. Elwelu is strictly a soldier, and actually a battlefield commander who understands better the language of the gun but not a politician, and thus the raid on the Omusinga residence was not a cocktail party.
I also somehow share the view that as a well- trained and battle-hardened commander, he should have done some smart strategic planning of the attack and better combat operational tactics hence avoiding massive killings at the royal residence.
However, his onetime shortcomings in a single combat operation shouldn’t have blocked his promotion based on numerous achievements executing military duty and defending the interests of our country with stellar performance.
And by the way, I thought that Mr. Mumbere ought to be a cultural leader or a King of a tribe as opposed to being a rebellious political warrior fighting the government and killing innocent citizens.
Let us face the truth, which sane citizen with no criminal mind would support such a criminal act all that associated nonsense aside?
As a matter of fact, Mumbere is playing all these ugly games because he knows that President Museveni is a very lenient, forgiving and tolerant leader. Can he try this in Congo where he is believed to have support?
The annoying problem with the Ugandan opposition politicians is that they criticize every action of the government with lack of reason and logic as they seek to make political capital out of anything.
That fails to give credence to productive and constructive criticism that calls for correction with checks and balances on the performance of the government.
I, personally, am a critic of the government on issues like ignoring or condoning corruption plus president Museveni’s failure to relinquish power willingly, peacefully and democratically and set a good precedent for Uganda and Africa. This, however, doesn’t necessarily mean to engage in partisan politicking and hogwash criticism with vague reasons that defy reason and logic. It makes no good difference.
Anyway, as we embrace these changes in military leadership of today, we should also recognize and cherish the great historical contribution of the bush war revolutionary combatants and post bush war commanders and military leaders to this day.
These heroes made the history whose fruits we are now witnessing and enjoying so as to forge an equitably appreciated future together.
Therefore, to recognize, appreciate and thank every Ugandan man and woman in combat uniform taking very risky endeavors to liberate, protect and defend our country, let me mention some of the most daring and distinguished army darlings with extraordinary combat and leadership qualities.
These warriors have served our country in the NRA/UPDF patriotically, equitably and incorruptibly.
STELLAR FRONTLINE COMMAND AND PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP
Gen. Salim Saleh
Gen. David Sejusa
Maj. Gen Matayo Kyaligonza
Lt.Gen. Joram Mugume
Lt.Gen Ivan Koreta
Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu
Gen. Wamala Katumba
Late Brig Chefe Ali
Maj. Gen Pecos Kutesa
Brig. Stephen Kashaka
Late Col Patrick Lumumba
Lt. Gen Andrew Guti
Lt. Gen Charles Angina
Late Maj. Gen Julius Oketa
Late Col Sula Semakula
TERRIFIC CADRES AND MASTERS OF IDEOLOGY-SIASA NZULI
Col. Sserwanga Lwanga
Col. Kizza Besigye
Gen. Kale Kayihura
Late Brig. Noble Mayombo
Col. Shaban Bantariza
Brig. Phenehas katirima. That is to mention but only a few.
It is imperative that we recognize and appreciate the exemplary service and extraordinary contribution of our Ugandan heroes in various capacities and sectors so as to promote great national service by motivating the younger generation to rise to those dreams and similar expectations.
The writer lives in Virginia, United States of America.
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News reaching our desk indicates that former pearl petroleum proprietor and gay suspect, Robert Kityo Sengooba has lost a petition where he was challenging the Anti-homosexuality Act 2014.
Through his Human Rights Lawyer Patricia Kimera, Sengooba had petitioned East African Court of Human Rights (EACJ) in Arusha-Tanzania (No 6 of 2014) challenging the legality of Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014.
Sengooba, was arrested by Old Kampala police and dragged to Kololo Summit View Police post on suspicions of sodomy and sodomizing a one Eddie Semaganda. He was part of large group of homos who were rounded up by police in November 2011. In the hearing process, Police Criminal Investigation Department presented before the Makindye Court Martial all the necessary evidence pining him being a gay.
The evidence included determatological creams that are used by homos to ease their Anal penetration, pain killers and a bottle of chloroform that were recovered from his home in Old Kampala. He was also found to be having carnal knowledge of victim, Semaganda.
Being his constitutional right as a Uganda, Sengooba was granted bail by High Court. He however used that chance to flee the country in fear of facing the wrath of the law. According to section 145 (a) of penal code act, an offender of gay law faces life imprisonment.
After the escape, his lawyer petitioned EACJ contending that the passing of Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014 particularly articles 6(d) 7(2) was in violation of the treaty in the establishment of East African Community (EAC).
He also wanted this law scrapped off from Ugandan constitution on reasons that it infringes the human right freedom of citizens.
However all the efforts to have the judgment decreased or quashed were futile after EACJ recently ruled to maintain the anti-gay law.
Sengooba, is a son to ex local government Permanent Secretary, Ms Florence Kityo Birungi and Ex Ugandan envoy at Ugandan Missions in Italy and Japan; and late Bakayana Kityo.
Sengooba, was the coordinator of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) in Uganda and in some European-countries like Iceland, Switzerland, Germany and Finland among others.
Burkina Faso Head coach Paulo Duarte has said that his players failed to follow his instructions as they came from behind to hold Cameroon in a match day one fixture.
The Portuguese coach also admitted that the Indomitable Lions were tactically better and deployed a different formation to what he had anticipated.
“Cameroon surprised us with their 4-3-3 plan while we were expecting a 4-4-2 formation,” Duarte said adding that “Too bad my strategy in the first half did not work. My attackers did not quite understand the strategy I wanted.”
Cameroon Captain Benjamin Mounkandjo fired the team into an early 35 minute lead after connecting a freekick but Issoufou Dayo levelled with eighteen minutes left on the clock.
“The first period was not controlled, but we corrected at half-time. We are in a process of building our team. I think we can play better in the next match in four days.”
The stallions’ next assignment is on Wednesday 18th against the hosts Gabon.
National Basketball League
Betway Power vs City Oilers
MTN Arena Lugogo 7:30pm
Betway Power’s life in the 2016 National Basketball League series hugely depends on game five.
Power trail 3-1 in the best of seven series and Sunday’s game against City Oilers is a do or die affair.
A win for the five time champions will resuscitate their title chances. However the game is equally a championship decider. Oilers need victory in today’s game to claim their fourth successive title.
Despite trailing 3-1, the numbers don’t paint the exact picture about the series. Power have given Oilers a run for their money.
Power’s only undoing has been lack of depth in squad which has seen them do limited rotation.
The starting five of Joseph Ikong, Brian Odong, Isaac Afidra, Mike Makiadi and Michael Kojjo hardly rest out of the games.
In all the games that Power have lost, they have always had a perfect start but break down in the fourth quarter after running out of steam.
City Oilers have not played to their lofty abilities the entire series but seem to get it perfect especially at crucial moments.
Jimmy Enabu arguably won Oilers game four after scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter as Mande Juruni’s charges put up an incredible comeback.
By: Morris DC Komakech
Ugandan businesspersons are in awe as to why foreigners – Chinese, Indians and Nigerians, among many – have flooded the streets to sell petty goods such as razor blades, Mandazi, Chapatti, Sandals, Padlocks, Bicycle spokes, mingling sticks, and so forth. These, they contend, should be the enterprise, ring-fenced for indigenous traders. Locals feel, and have been conditioned to think, that foreigners are big time investors – bankers, industrialists, importers and exporters, Hoteliers, and so forth.
The New Vision of December of December 13, 2016 reported an explanation from Trade and Industry Minister, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, stating that the presence of foreigners at every facet of the economy is because of the liberalization policy that Uganda has pursued since 1992. Ms Kyambadde needed not to explain further. One of my contentions is that as Ugandans, and more so, for our Uganda’s inattentive elites, learning and understanding the way our economy is organized and operationalized, is an utmost imperative.
Liberalization in Uganda has matured, and we can only ignore its hegemony at our own detriment. Uganda operates an open-ended capitalist economy where there is no definition of “investor” to start with. Further, there is no control of what comes in and go out of the economy. In that way, our economy is like a two open-ended pipe carrying floodwater of “investors”. Whatever can come in, comes in; whatever can get out, gets out. In between the entrance and exit, there are multiple holes through which leakages occur; corruption, manipulation, state mafia, obscurantist, and so forth.
Ugandans who do not strive to understand the way our economy is organized and operationalized will continue to blame government for not doing what it should do. They will blame the Parliament for extravagance, accuse the Judiciary and the Police of being corrupt; and blame the media for being a propaganda tool, devoid of objectivity and pursuit of “truth”; Blame public servants of apathetic performances, curse the high cost of services, kill each other of scarce resources, etc
By nature, neoliberalism is a dangerous stage of capitalism. Some clever economies have long established welfare system to counter the potential failures of the neoliberal markets. Here, strict measures are in place to ensure that leakages are minimized, “Investors” are defined, laws are adhered to, individualism prevails over community, individuals held strictly accountable, individual rights to partake in the economy is standardized, profits and spoils of the market are shared with the unfortunate, and that mechanisms of accountability is buttressed at the centre of existence of the nation. We have none of that!
By design, liberalization of the economy for Uganda means anyone, from any part of the world, can walk into Uganda and into our markets. Government scales back, so that it spends less on critical services, as we have seen the projection of 2017/2018 budget where both health and education will face budgetary reduction. Those are the most critical aspects of our economy and fundamental social services needed to prepare indigenous Ugandans to compete in the economy.
In the wake of government retreating from funding these social services, it creates a market niche for “investors”, and calls for private-public partnership where possible to fill in that gap. Government creates these markets – or service gaps – by withdrawing funding. In the bigger picture of things, international philanthropists and NGOs have taken over a large percentage of health service delivery in such economies. The advantage is, people will see NGOs coming to issue them healthcare services, and private schools propping up everywhere. The danger is compromised quality of service, sustainability, and costs (access).
Traders are informed therefore that liberalization does not favour local traders and they must form a co-operation or Union to protect their interests in the market. Strong Unions are very critical in this stage of our capitalist market development to lead and regulate the market, as well as protect the rights, privileges and interests of local traders by keeping away Chinese, Indians and Nigerians from vending in petty goods on our streets.
The writer is a Ugandan Health Intervention Specialist, Health Policy Analyst, and Public Health Leader.
The Minister of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Hon Vincent Ssempijja has Sunday morning confirmed reports of the break out of the deadly, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (Bird flu) in the districts of Entebbe and Masaka.
The disease cases, according to Hon Ssempijja were first reported by the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) on January 2nd after mass deaths of wild birds seen by fishermen at Lutembe beach at the shores of Lake Victoria near Entebbe.
Other reports would later come in on January 13th indicating death of domesticated birds in Masaka District.
“After consultations with the Government Chemist and the Commissioner of Animal Health (CAH) in the Ministry, samples were taken from the dead birds and their stool all of which tested positive with Avian Influenza,” said Ssempijja.
Avian Influenza, is a viral infection affecting both humans and birds although the species that are so far affected are white winged black tern birds and domestic ducks and chicken.
Ssempijja said that a National Task Force made of both human and animal experts from government, agencies and NGO has been put in place adding that the condition is under control.
“There is a National Task Force (NTF) which is multi-disciplinary with human and animal experts that is usually called upon to handle outbreaks of diseases that affect both humans and animals. The NTF is anchored at OPM and is co-chaired by MAAIF and MOH,” he said.
“The NTF has experience and has competence to handle such outbreaks, and therefore the situation is under control.”
The minister advises the public to report any new cases of deaths of birds (both domestic and wild) and any human sicknesses to veterinary authority and health centres.