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    FULL SPEECH: Kings Made Human Sacrifices To Appease The  Gods, The Burning  Of The  Uganda Martyrs To  Death Was  Not  An Exception – President Museveni’s Martyr’s Day Message…

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    Pilgrims gathered at Namugongo Catholic martyrs shrine

    President Museveni has expressed his gratitude to God for shielding Uganda from what he called a nightmare of mass deaths as was sadly witnessed in some parts of the globe.

    In his Martyrs’ Day speech, Museveni expressed his gratitude to God for shielding Uganda from what he called a nightmare of mass deaths as was sadly witnessed in some parts of the globe.

    He saluted the martyrs for their steadfastness, despite being new converts to the Christian faith.

    “They paid  the  ultimate  price  of  death  at  the hands  of  an  insecure  and paranoid Monarch,” he noted.

    The President added, “These Kings  were  also  fond  of carrying  human  sacrifices  in  the  name  of  appeasing the  gods. Therefore, the burning  of the  Uganda Martyrs to  death was  not  an exception. The unique element in their death is that it was related to their faith.”

    Below is the President’s speech verbatim:

    I congratulate all the Balamazi (Pilgrims) who have trekked long and short  distances to the Namugongo Shrines, for this year’s Martyrs Day.

    I want to welcome the visitors to Uganda, among the pilgrims, who have come to  enjoy  the  blessings  of  this  day  with  us.  I  wish you  a memorable stay in Uganda.

    After two difficult years of battling with the Coronavirus disease and other natural hazards like the locust invasion, floods etc., we have every reason to thank the Almighty God, the anchor of our faith, for shielding Uganda from the nightmare of mass deaths, as was sadly witnessed in some parts of the globe.

    During the Covid pandemic, all gatherings were stopped  to  contain  the  spread  of  the  virus;  but, nevertheless,  because  God  is  omnipresent, believers continued worshiping and praying in their respective homes. Indeed, the Lord heard our humble prayers and spared our lives. If you remember, I encouraged you  during  the  lockdown  to  read  Isaiah, Chapter  26: Verse 20, which says: “Go home my people and lock your doors! Hide yourselves  for  a little  while  until  the  Lord’s anger has passed”.

    Now that the Lord’s anger has passed and the virus has  been  defeated, believers are again at liberty to congregate and worship the Almighty God. Martyrdom is a death that one suffers because of his or her beliefs or stand on an issue. These beliefs can be religious, political, intellectual etc.

    For instance, in Ancient  Greece,  we  are  told  that  Socrates,  an independent  thinker and  ardent  seeker  after truth, was  made  to drink a poisonous substance called hemlock, because he challenged the dogmas of his time. Even Christianity is built on the martyrdom of Jesus Christ. He was subjected to a trial for saying that he was God and sentenced to death by hanging on a cross. The African   freedom   fighters,   such   as Eduardo   Mondlane of Mozambique; Amilcar  Cabral of  Guinea  Bissau; Herbert  Chitepo  of Zimbabwe, Patrice Lumumba of the Congo etc. were killed because they believed and worked for the liberation of Africa from the shackles of colonialism. They were political martyrs.

    The  Uganda  Martyrs,  in  particular, were  killed  on  account  of  their religious beliefs. They were executed on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga because they refused to renounce their faith in Christianity. The fact that   they   were   killed   for   believing   in   Jesus   Christ   is   the distinguishing factor; otherwise, mass executions on the orders of the King were common.

    The tribal Kings and Chiefs, who ruled Africa in the pre-colonial era, had  little  regard  for  the  worth  and  sanctity  of  human  life. Human beings  were  mere play things in  their  hands.  Kabaka  Mutesa  I,  for example,  was known  as Mukaabya-“a  causer  of  tears.” The Kings and Chiefs, who were evidently cruel glory-seekers clothed in animal skins and accustomed to being  addressed  in high-sounding  titles, had little regard for human life. This is why they permitted slave trade to flourish on African soil in exchange of trivial articles like mirrors, swords, cloths, plates, cups, guns etc. from the Arabs. This evil trade depleted the  African  population.

    These Kings  were  also  fond  of carrying  human  sacrifices  in  the  name  of  appeasing the  gods. Therefore, the burning  of the  Uganda Martyrs to  death was  not  an exception. The unique element in their death is that it was related to their faith. Muslims were the first religious martyrs at Namugongo-a traditional execution ground. An estimated 200 Muslims were killed under the reign of Mutesa I; before the explorer Henry Morton Stanley arrived at his Court in 1875. Kabaka Mutesa is said to have fallen under the influence of Arab traders. He embraced Islam and learnt some Arabic. However, when a group of Muslim converts at the palace refused to eat the King’s meat because it had been slaughtered by non-Muslims (Kaffirs),  Mutesa was  infuriated  and  ordered  for  their  death.

    He feared that the exclusive tendencies among the Muslims would saw seeds of rebellion. Mutesa also refused to undergo circumcision, as is required of a Muslim man. Mutesa’s refusal to completely convert to Islam meant that Muslim Egypt, with its expansionist ambitions to annex the territories along the  head-waters  of  the  River Nile,  would  remain a  hostile  threat  to Buganda. He had to seek allies elsewhere to build military capacity to counter this real threat.

    Therefore, when Henry Stanley arrived in Buganda, Mutesa  viewed  him  as  a  potential  ally  against  the Egyptians. He was not looking for missionaries, as was later misrepresented in Stanley’s letter to the Daily Telegraph in Britain. This  is  a  crucial point because it created a mismatch in expectations between Mutesa and  the  missionaries,  when  they  finally  arrived  in  Uganda. The memoir  of  Alexander  Mackay,  who  was  an  agent  of  the  Church Missionary Society, exemplifies this point. He writes: “I was asked why we came here, and what we came to do. I replied that  we  came  in  response  to  his  (Mutesa’s)  own  request  to  Stanley, that he  wished  white men to come and stop with him, and teach his people the knowledge of God. He said that he understood that we came to  teach  them  how  to  make  powder and  guns,  and  what he  wanted was men who would do so.”(A.M. MACKAY Pioneer Missionary of the Church Missionary Society to Uganda-1893).

    It is clear from the above quotation that missionaries (teachers of the gospel) were not the group which Mutesa anticipated to be sent from Europe. In addition to  the  mismatch in  expectations,  as  seen above,  the rivalry   between the Protestants   (Wangeleza)and the French (Wanfransa)was viewed with disdain by Mutesa. Besides  the  tension  between  Christians  and  Moslems,  Christianity was divided between Catholics and Protestants. Mutesa saw this as a danger to the unity of Buganda. Again, Alexander Mackay helps us to see Mutesa’s understanding of this danger.

    He wondered: “Every nation of white men has another religion?” Therefore, by the time Mwanga ascended the throne, after the death of his father, Mutesa I, in 1884, Buganda was at crossroads.

    First of all,  the  growing influence  of  Christianity  was  viewed as  a  threat  to the  traditional  norms  and  practices  (e.g. polygamy, lubare worship etc.); Christianity  and  Islam  were  at  loggerheads;  furthermore, the contradictions between the two Christian sects-i.e. Protestants and Catholics, were   seen   as   a   recipe   for   disunity; the   European missionaries were  suspected  of  spying  on  behalf of their  respective countries,  they  were  viewed  as pioneers  of  conquest; the  German annexation of territory at the Coast strengthened the suspicions; and the entry of  Bishop  Hannington into  Uganda  through  Busoga, confirmed  another  long-held  suspicion  that Buganda’s  enemies would use the “back door” –Eastern route to conquer her. This was a very complex situation for the young and inexperienced Mwanga.

    In an  attempt  to  stamp  his  authority  among  his  subjects and thwart foreign influences in his domain, he chose the reactionary path  of  persecution  and mass killings. Bishop James Hannington became  one  of  the  first  victims  of  these murders  on  22nd October, 1885; the missionaries were also subjected to constant harassment and scores of Christians converts were captured and massacred in June, 1886. However, these killings weakened Mwanga’s grip on Buganda; the hitherto  divided  camps  of  Christians  versus  Muslims,  Protestants versus  Catholics,  were  united  by  their  common  persecution  and fought Mwanga with foreign backing.

    The  Muslims  emerged  powerful  and  enthroned  Mwanga’s  brother Kiwewe as a Muslim King. However, like Mutesa I, Kiwewe refused to be circumcised. The Muslims forced him to relinquish the throne in favor of his brother Kalema, who embraced Islam. Under Kalema, the Muslims  sought  to  Islamize  the  whole  of  Buganda  and  wave  of persecution against Christians swept across the country.

    This fostered temporary unity between the Protestants and Catholics. Ironically, the defeated  Mwanga appealed  to  the  Christians  to  help him regain his throne with the promise of reformation from his old ways. In  a  letter  addressed  to  the  missionary  Mackay  and  Colonel Macdonald, Mwanga makes an earnest plea as follows: “I,  Mwanga,  beg  of  you  to  help  me.  Do not remember bygone matters… restore me  to  my  kingdom,  you  will  be  at  liberty  to  do whatever you like…Mr. Mackay, do help me; I have no strength, but if you are with me I shall be strong. Sir, do not imagine that if you restore Mwanga to Uganda, he will become bad again. If you find me become bad, then you may drive me from the throne; but I have given up my former  ways,  and  I  only  wish  now  to  follow  your  advice.” (A.M. MACKAY  Pioneer  Missionary  of  the  Church  Missionary  Society  to Uganda-1893)In 1890, the Christians fought the Muslims and restored Mwanga to his throne. This is a brief sketch of the circumstances under which the   Uganda   Martyrs   were   killed.

    We   salute   them   for   their steadfastness, despite being new converts to the Christian faith. They paid  the  ultimate  price  of  death  at  the hands  of  an  insecure  and paranoid Monarch.

    They did  not  die  in  vain. Their fortitude and endurance continue to win souls for the Kingdom of God. This  is  why,  every  year,  thousands  of  pilgrims  trek  to Namugongo from every corner of Uganda and outside our borders to emulate the Uganda Martyrs’ spirit of sacrifice and total surrender to God. Finally, I wish you all a blessed Martyrs Day and safe travel to your respective homes.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Medipal Hospital In Trouble: Female Doctor Narrates How Male Boss Harassed And Discriminated Her….

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    Medipal Hospital's chief Medical Director, Dr. Adnan Khan

    Kololo based Medipal International Hospital Kampala is in trouble over harassing, discriminating and failing to pay a female medical doctor.

    On 22nd June, 2022, Dr. Asiimwe Kemigisha petitioned the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Labour Office accusing the management of the Medipal of discriminating her, maligning and mistreating her.

    Kemigisha filed her complaint through her lawyers of Bluebell Legal Advocates.
    She particularly singled out Dr. Adnan Khan, the Hospital’s Medical Director, as the second respondent and the hospital management as the first respondent.
    According to the documents seen by the mighty Grapevine, Dr. Kemigisha claims that Dr. Khan, a Pakistan native has bias against women and it is the reason why she has been discriminated against.

    She said that at one point, he castigated her simply for hugging male colleagues while running up the stairs. Dr. Kemigisha explained in her complaint that she sensed insincerity and foul play when none of the male Colleagues she hugged were tasked to explain.

    “The male colleagues I hugged were never apprehended which flagged early signs of discrimination and bias against women by the 2nd Respondent (Dr. Khan).

    “ I requested for a fair hearing and asked for the warning letter together with the evidence related thereto from the 1st Respondent’s Human Resource Manager but shockingly, she informed me that the same could not be availed,” Kemigisha’s statement reads.

    She revealed to Court that in November 2019, she commenced employment at the facility as a Medical Officer.

    However, she was never given a formal contract of Employment.
    In February 2022, she was promoted to Senior House Officer (SHO.). This did not go well with Dr. Adnan who refused to acknowledge her promotion to date.

    Unfortunately, the promotion was not in writing but it is buttressed by the switch in her log-ins and the duty rota. Dr. Kemigisha said that she attempted to seek Dr. Khan’s audience to find a lasting solution but he was dismissive.

    “I approached the 2nd Respondent (Dr. Khan) in his office for a discussion about the issue but he shrugged it off and angrily shouted at me” she said.

    She emphasised that despite the non-stop harassment, she acted professionally and executed her duties as assigned on the duty rota.
    But that the persecution from Dr. Khan was relentless.

    “The harassment and discrimination from the 2nd Respondent didn’t stop after my promotion as Senior House Officer because circumstantial evidence shows that the 2nd Respondent refused to acknowledge my promotion and made sure that I neither gets a written contract nor payment for my services as SHO and yet my peers had written contracts and have at all material times received payment,” she added in her statement.

    She claims that after being promoted, she was not paid until when she requested for a conflict resolution meeting. Dr. Kemigisha asserts that whenever she would seek clarification from the HR manager about her pay, the response was that Dr. Khan was still processing her documents.

    She laments that her incessant troubles compelled her to professionally opt for a conflict resolution meeting with Dr. Khan on 29th April 2022 as a first step towards conflict management. Subsequently, Dr Khan convened a meeting on 13th May 2022.

    The attendees were Dr. Khan, Dr. Kemigisha, Dr. Lisa Numusiima (Supervisor Medical Officer), Dr. Richard Lukandwa (Medical Director), Ms. Hussein Alishba (the HR manager) and a gentleman who identified himself as Henry, a lawyer for the hospital.

    She explains that in the meeting, the hospital lawyer stated that he was a neutral party who heads the facility’s harassment committee. But she later discovered that his name is Henry Nyegenye, an advocate attached to the law firm of Arcadia Advocates, which represents the facility.

    Dr. Kemigisha notes that during the meeting, blame was placed on different departments, mainly the HR department for not having formalised her SHO contract.

    She notes that Dr Khan, who is the facility’s accounting officer, vehemently feigned ignorance of the anomalies. Dr. Kemigisha adds that the Respondents insisted that her promotion to SHO was never a promotion, and that it was not within the facility’s employment structure. The Respondents termed her relationship with the facility as a consultancy engagement.

    She says that she never received any written communication for the terms before transitioning into the SHO role and that it is not her duty to presume her terms of engagement.

    She explains that in any case, she should have availed the terms of the engagement instead of forcing her to resign from employment. Dr. Kemigisha says several futile maneuvers were made to persuade her to retract the letter containing her grievances of harassment by Dr. Khan.

    She claims that she was even rebuked for requesting for a direct conflict resolution meeting with Dr. Khan instead of following a harassment policy by the hospital which has never been disclosed to her.

    Dr. Kemigisha believes that Dr. Khan’s action of inviting a lawyer to the conflict resolution meeting without giving her notice to invite her own lawyer and having the lawyer interrogating her in the said meeting in itself was harassment.

    She claims Nyegenye has since then played an integral role in covering up the harassment on behalf of the Respondents.

    Dr. Kemigisha says in due course, she will provide a transcript of the audio recording of the conflict resolution meeting. She states that on 17th May 2022, the HR Manager Alishba asked her to write a letter clarifying her harassment claims so that the SHO contract could be processed. She says she declined to do so because it was wrong since the two were mutually exclusive.

    She says more misery was piled on her, and in an email sent by Dr. Lukandwa on 25th May, she was inform that since she had not subjected herself to a formal recruitment process to transition to SHO, she could no longer execute the duties of SHO.

    She noted that subsequently, she was struck off the SHO duty rota. She said that the hospital’s lawyers asked her to resign from her position of Medical Officer, to enable formalisation of her promotion to SHO.
    She declined to do so, as she believed it was irregular.

    On 10th June 2022, another meeting was held at the hospital’s office, which was attended by Dr. Kemigisha’s lawyer, Mr. Isaac Ssali Mugerwa.
    However, the Respondents were adamant, and claimed they were unable to pay her salary arrears because they were gripped with financial strife.
    The petition further reveals that Nyegenye made a phone call to Dr. Kemigisha’s lawyer, and conceded that she had pertinent grievances.

    Documents seen by the mighty Grapevine show that on 13th June 2022, Nyegenye communicated to Mr. Mugerwa and reiterated the Hospital’s position that the Complainant should provide both an Application letter for the SHO appointment and a resignation letter as MO so that the Respondents could process the transition from M.O to SHO.

    Dr. Kemigisha says the incessant persecution, compelled her to write a letter dated 15th June 2022, informing the Respondents that she had been constructively dismissed from her employment.
    She emphasised that interestingly on 16th June 2022, after the Respondents had achieved their objective of terminating her, they remitted her two months salary as medical officer on her account.

    Dr. Kemigisha notes that on 20th day June 2022, the Respondents sent an email, asking her to apply for the position of SHO in which she had already served for over 4 months.
    “As a result of the aforementioned wrongful, discriminative actions of the Respondents, I have suffered unemployment, psychological stress and strain, financial constraints for which I shall seek recompose in general, aggravated and punitive damages” she prayed to Court.

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    How I Saved Gen Saleh From Being Punched By Dr. Kiggundu Over Greenland Bank Closure And Why M7 Banned Mambo Bado – Veteran Radio Talk show Host Nsereko Narrates …

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    Radio talk show host Meddie Nsereko. Inset is Gen. Saleh (top L) and President Museveni (bottom L)

    Veteran radio talk show host Meddie Nsereko Ssebuliba has narrated how he saved now Operation Wealth Creation boss Gen. Salim Saleh from being punched by the late Dr. Suleiman Kiggundu over the Greenland bank closure.

    The CBS FM Radio presenter disclosed that, “For the last 26 years which I have spent here moderating political talk shows, I have seen a lot of things that have surprised me, but I will never forget the two talk shows which put me in tension. One was when I hosted late Dr. Kiggundu and Gen. Salim Saleh over the closure of Greenland bank, and another is when I hosted President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Mambo Bado.”

    He revealed that in the early 2000s, the closure of Greenland bank was a very big topic of discussion since many business people both big and small were customers to the bank.

    Nsereko re-counted that as words filled with bitterness and anger were being exchanged between Dr. Kiggundu and Gen. Saleh’s camps, he was forced with approval from the producers of ‘Kkiriza oba ggana’ talk show to invite both Saleh and Kiggundu to a debate live on radio to explain their issues.

    Nsereko related that Gen. Saleh was the first to arrive at Bulange Mengo, the headquarters of CBS radio. A few minutes to 7pm, Dr. Kiggundu also arrived. But when he looked at Gen. Saleh he quickly lost his temper and started throwing strong abusive words at him.

    “Kigundu told me, Nsereko, I cannot sit in the same room with that man who has double standards, let me go. The man was very bitter and I understood his bitterness but to calm him down, I greeted him in Islam. I said, Dr. Salaam-Alaikum, let us enter the studio, he accepted and we entered the studio. We found Gen. Saleh already seated inside,” he said.

    He narrated that when Dr. Kiggundu looked at Saleh he lost his temper again and tried to punch him.

    “He grabbed him but I pleaded with him not to fight. When the talk show started, Dr. Kiggundu accused Gen. Saleh of betraying his loyalty because he supported them in the bush and even when they had just captured power, he kept on financially supporting them but it’s a pity that they paid him by taking his bank,” Nsereko divulged.

    Nsereko said that Dr. Kiggundu also accused Gen. Saleh of being bad hearted especially towards Baganda and that’s why he spearheaded the move to impoverish him and fraudulently took his bank.

    Nsereko said that in his defense, Gen. Saleh denied all the allegations insisting that it was Bank of Uganda that sold Greenland bank not him.

    Nsereko asserted that the second show that put him on tension was during the 2006 election.

    He narrated that because Besigye was breathing down President Museveni’s neck, towards the 2006 presidential elections, Museveni decided to appear on CBS’s Mambo Bado political talk show.

    By then, Mambo Bado was the hottest and most listened to political talk show in the country.

    Museveni complained that the show was full of opposition supporters who use the platform to abuse him. However, CBS radio management told him that they are not against him but his people don’t want to appear on talk shows to counteract opposition’s allegations.

    “President Museveni told me, ‘You have been telling me that my people fear these opposition people, now I have come to talk for myself’,” Nsereko quoted Museveni’s opening remarks.

    He said that after Museveni’s long submissions, he invited other people to counter his submissions and among them was a one Nakunda Muwanga who told the president that he is a dictator who is competing for president after tying the hands and legs of those competing against him.

    Nsereko narrated that Museveni was very bitter with Muwanga’s submission and a few days later, Mambo Bado talk show was banned by the Uganda Communication Commission.

    He added that Dr. Kizza Besigye, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, Gen. David Sejusa are the other prominent people who put him in a difficult position behind the microphone.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    EC’s Justice Byabakama Accused Of Meeting Bobi Wine’s NUP Leaders At Night…

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    NUP leader Bobi Wine (R) and EC boss Byabakama (L)

    Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) has been accused of meeting Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine’s top National Unity Platform (NUP) Leadership at night.

    Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo disclosed that EC should be investigated over allegation that on Tuesday this week, Byabakama met a team from Kamwokya led by David Lewis Rubongoya, the Secretary General.

    Ofwono added that EC’s behaviour in the ongoing fight between Bobi Wine’s Kamwokya based NUP and Moses Nkonge Kibalama’s Lubaga base over the ownership of the party is questionable and should be probed.

    He wondered why EC bosses were very fast to respond to Kibalama’s letter written to them over the new changes in the leadership of their party when it takes them years to respond to other political parties’ letters.

    Opondo was emphasising allegations made by Gideon Tugume, the Kibalama faction secretary for information on NBS tv’s frontline talkshow.

    Tugume claimed that they have enough evidence that before EC responded to their letter, they first met Rubongoya’s team at night.

    “The Electoral Commission acted on forgeries; we know the things that happened before that letter was released.

    “The good thing cameras are installed at EC, we challenge them to retrieve the footage captured on Tuesday night to dispel rumours that Rubongoya was not at their offices. What did they discuss at night?” Tugume challenged Justice Byabakama.

    He further challenged Justice Byabakama to make NUP’s constitution public like they do to other parties’ constitutions instead of hiding it.

    In defence of Bobi Wine’s NUP faction, Busiro East Member of Parliament, Medard Lubega Ssegona rubbished Tugume’s allegations and branded him a state mercenary.

    He explained that the only route Kibalama can use to take over NUP leadership is through a petition in Court which he vowed to challenge as a lawyer with the help of other party legal brains.

    On Wednesday, EC disowned Kibalama’s NUP faction insisting that Bobi Wine’s faction is the one that is legally recognised.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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