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    OPINION: Speaker Oulanyah’s Death And The Need For Mentorship …

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    “Conventional wisdom is that great leadership is in short supply today” according to Alan Stoga of the Tällberg Foundation.

    The Tällberg Foundation is a forum for constant debate and the exchange of ideas and experiences on critical global issues. Among other programmes, the organisation runs the Tälberg Foundation Leadership Award through which it identifies emerging leaders in the world. Each year, it places calls for nominees who go to win awards and get mentored to become responsible leaders in their countries of origin.

    Programmes such as the one run by Tallberg are much needed in Africa and Uganda, in particular. I belong in the school of thought which believes that leaders emerge by themselves. However, as they emerge, they require mentors to help them realise their full potential faster. Without mentorship, a leader, even a talented one soon or later hits a rock. Most of them end up badly because they think that they are who they are of their own making.

    Exceptional cases exist but those are hard to come by.

    At last year’s elections, we had many young people taking up top positions for the first time. They were just lucky. However, the reality of the demands of true leadership when accorded lofty positions was always going to be a big challenge that would test them to the limit. If some don’t end up in a bad, irreparable mess, they won’t survive the next round of elections.

    It is of great national importance that all political parties activate leadership mentorship activities starting from the grassroots. It starts with the ordinary member, then on to those who aim to participate in leadership at a higher level. In leadership, many are called but few are chosen. Uganda has 42million people but only the few chosen ones, with the right attitude and mindset will emerge as rightful favourites to lead.

    When you observe the conduct of some of our leaders, how they fight over nonissues and generally miss the beat of Uganda’s drum, then consider the loss of experienced, well calibrated leaders like the deceased Speaker of Parliament, Rt, Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, you realise how critically short of talent to take the country forward we are unless the fresh generation rises to the occasion and seeks to be guided by those who have been there, seen things and built notable profiles in leadership.

    Uganda’s democratic environment permits one to rise from a “nobody” to “someone” almost out of the blue. We have many examples of people who have suddenly found themselves in the thick of things. By the time they realise that they are on a weighing scale, it is too late. They are overwhelmed and that becomes their waterloo.

    The liberation generation of leaders, those who struggled through the hardships of yesteryears and those who fought through the jaws of lions to emerge on the national scene were nurtured by difficult circumstances.

    We are now in modern times where nothing should be left to chance. As we aspire to push Uganda to achieve milestones in transformation, young leaders must pull up their socks. First, they should best understand the national agenda and aims. It doesn’t matter what politics they subscribe to; all minds must resonate, all tongues should speak the same language.

    When it comes to conceptualising policy and development programmes, they must all move together. Unity of purpose is a basic tenet of leadership. That means being perceptive enough to know when to build bridges, when to talk and how, when to keep mum or to keep a distance.

    When leaders have been sharpened, it becomes easier to interest their masses in issues that matter.

    It’s unfortunate that Uganda is still short of leadership potential despite the fertile environment created over time. But all that is part of nation building processes. It takes time. And that is why we need senior and experienced figures to remain in charge and impart their knowledge to the young generation. Those who are willing to learn from the best will grow, while those who feel that they have reached their limit will stunt and drop off.

    The latter include leaders who are failing to fit in their shoes and, as a result, risk ruining their careers. A basic trait that a leader should have is emotional intelligence, the skill of knowing how to behave in given circumstances.

    There are things many of us would want to do or say but because of how we are brought up, our values derived from culture, faith in God and the spirit of Ubuntu, we rein ourselves in. Other moderating factors are the human relationships we are in and how the future will judge us when we have grown to a ripe age of our revered seniors like President Museveni.

    Even a seemingly small thing like what we post on social media counts.

    Some social media users do not realise that whatever one posts on the internet leaves a digital trail. In the future, someone can dig up whatever has been posted and use it against them. People are losing opportunities because of what they posted on social media in the past. Recruiters, suitors, immigration, among others, are using what they discover on social media accounts to vet candidates.

    Leaders should be an example on how to be people and how to speak using whatever platform they are privileged to access. These platforms should be used to advocate causes that will stand the test of time and those that contribute to delivering the grand transformation agenda. They should be used to deliver mentorship beyond the cream of Kampala to reach everyone all the way to Napak and Bundibugyo.

    Everybody needs mentorship on how to become better citizens, how to emerge into the opportunities available and how to manage relations with other people. The overall goal is to progress together. Despite the differences in backgrounds and persuasions, there are always those things that unite us or connect us or that affect us equally. Let us all aspire to be leaders in identifying those things and embracing or overcoming them, depending on their form.

    Failure of the new generation to seek and pick lessons from those who know better means that the transition so much agitated for would be a recipe for disaster and regret.

    Rest in peace, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah!

     

    Faruk Kirunda is the Deputy Presidential Press Secretary

    Contact: faruk.kirunda@statehouse.go.ug

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    Kabaka Mutebi, Tycoon Ham Kiggundu Kigo Land War Deepens As BLB Boss Faces Prosecution Over Conflict Of Interest …

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    Tycoon Ham Kiggundu (L) and Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi (R). Inset is Bashir Juma

    Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s Kigo Land war with city tycoon Hamis Kiggundu, the proprietor of the Ham Enterprises Limited has deepened after Ham’s lawyers called for the prosecution of Buganda Land Board (BLB) boss Bashir Kizito Juma over conflict of interest.

    Kabaka through his lawyers led by Buganda Attorney Christopher Bwanika, lawyers from K&K Advocates and S&L Advocates petitioned the registrar Land Registration John Karuhanga seeking the cancellation of land titles Comprised on Kyadondo Block 273 plot 23974, 23976, 23975, 23977 and Kyadondo Block 273 plot 87,99, 110 situated at Kigo in Wakiso district.

    Kabaka asserted that he is the rightful owner of the land and accused Ham of fraudulently conniving with officers at Wakiso district land board to grab his land which he inherited from his father and grandfathers.

    He added that Ham admitted that he illegally obtained the land and accepted the cancellation which he strongly objected to in his defense before Karuhanga.

    In his defense, Ham, through his lawyers led by Fred Muwema contended that he is the owner of the land after he legally obtained it from Wakiso district land board.

    He claimed that the survey report which Kabaka Mutebi based on to argue his case is fake since it is not even dated and that’s the reason why he appointed a private surveyor William Matovu to conduct another survey report which contradicted with that of the Kabaka. He promised to present it to the registrar.

    He pleaded to the registrar not to base on the testimony of Bashir Kizito Juma, the legal Attorney to Kabaka because he has a conflict of interest in the matter.

    “Our contention is that there is an actual conflict of interest in the duties of Bashir Kizito Juma acting both as a public officer and a private officer of the complainant,” Ham’s lawyers said.

    They added, “This type of conduct by Bashir Kizito Juma is against the Code of Conduct and Ethics of Public Service issued under the Public Standing Orders 2010.”

    They divulged that conflict of interest is a punishable crime in Uganda especially where a public officer holds a position in a private body whose operations are in conflict with his official duties.

    He added that the irony of the matter is that the freehold titles were granted by the Wakiso District Land, which employs Bashir Kizito Juma which means that he is both a witness and the architect of the complaint.

    “This tribunal can therefore not entertain this conflict of public officers to pursue a conflicted complaint which derogates all best practice in public law. In our considered view, entertaining this complaint as presently filed is to perpetuate illegality and a constitutionally prohibited act,” they stated.

    Ham pleaded with Karuhanga’s tribunal to dismiss the complaint and declare him the rightful owner of the said land.

    Bashir Kizito Juma is the head Corporate affairs, operations and business development at Buganda Land Board (BLB), a corporate body that runs the kingdom’s land.

    Karuhanga is set to declare his team’s decision this week.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Dr. Musenero’s Troubles Escalate As Parliament Gives IGG Three Months Ultimatum To Investigate Her Over Alleged Mismanagement Of Covid-19 Funds…

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    IGG Betty Kamya (R) and Minister Musenero (L)

    Parliament has given the Inspector General of Government (IGG), Beti Kamya three months to carry out further investigations into allegations of financial mismanagement against the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Monica Musenero.

    “We have agreed as a House that there are some burning issues such as abuse of office, money that has been lost, that we refer this and give the IGG three months to report back on the action taken,” Speaker Anita Among said yesterday.

    The resolution was reached during a plenary session when the parliament adopted amendments from the select committee report tabled on May 11 that was first tasked to investigate the alleged mismanagement of Covid-19 funds.

    According to the report, there were gross irregularities, including Shs. 2.6b that was unaccounted for that is why members recommended for the disbandment of the Presidential Scientific Initiative on Epidemics (PRESIDE) and that Dr. Musenero be personally held accountable for the alleged mismanagement.

    Kazo County Member of Parliament, Dan Kimosho who moved the motion to amend the report has thus called upon Dr. Musenero to step down from her office as investigations into her case continue.

    In response, however, Dr. Musenero who has since denied all the allegations told parliament that “If there is in any way, in my work and in the way I handled things, offended anybody, I regret those things and I will work to build a reputation and to build the science.”

    “The report refers to money which was lost but that money never left the Ministry of Science to go to PRESIDE scientists, because PRESIDE itself didn’t receive any money. There was no money lost and Musenero never touched any money.

    “Now, when you go to a technical institution like IGG, which is okay because we will sit and analyze the evidence. I am happy with the recommendations of the committee report, although they have some things which were not very accurate. We shall be telling the public what those facts are,”  Dr. Musenero added.

    Since last year, Dr. Musenero has been reporting to the committee to respond to a wide range of issues linked to the development of the Covid-19 drug of which the project is registering significant progress.

    President Museveni on several occasions publicly applauded Dr. Musenero with a vote warning all her perceived detractors that he would die with them should they continue attacking “his scientists.”

    Museveni recently even cautioned that the unwarranted fights would derail the projects of developing numerous virus vaccines.

    The President on many occasions has said that Uganda is likely to be the first African country to develop a Covid-19 vaccine.

     

    By Kobusiinge Monica

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    End Of Operation Shujaa: UPDF To Withdraw Troops From DR Congo In Two Weeks Unless M7 And Tshisekedi Agree On Extension…

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    Commander Operation Shujaa, Maj. Gen. Kayanja Muhanga (with walking stick) in DRC

    The Commander of Land Forces Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba has announced that Uganda will remove its troops from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in two weeks after months of massive fights and bombings in a fight against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorists.

    According to Lt. Gen. Muhoozi, Operation Shujaa will officially cease in about two weeks.

    “Operation Shujaa will officially cease in about two weeks according to our original agreement. It was supposed to last for 6 months. Unless I get further instructions from our Commander in Chief or CDF, I will withdraw all our troops from DRC in two weeks,” Lt. Gen. Kainerugaba revealed on Tuesday.

    Muhoozi however added that Operation Shujaa will only continue if President Museveni and President Tshisekedi agree to extend it.

    “To be clear Operation Shujaa will continue even for another 6 months if the two Presidents, Kaguta Museveni and H.E. Tshisekedi decide to extend it. The two of them are the ultimate authorities. The Joint Forces of UPDF and FARDC are happy to keep eliminating ADF,” he added.

    Under the command of Maj. Gen. Kayanja Muhanga, Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) in November last year launched an operation code-named operation Shujaa with air, artillery and ground attacks against ADF rebels in eastern DR Congo in a move to eliminate the Islamist militants who had allegedly launched terror attacks on Uganda.

    Maj. Gen. Kayanja Muhanga, celebrating Women’s Day with Congolese women in Kainama trading centre.

    The ADF has for several years operated in the volatile North Kivu which borders other provinces including Ituri to the north and South Kivu to the South and has been a battleground for a number of rival armed ethnic groups since 1998.

    The province consists of three cities including; Goma, Butembo and Beni as well as six territories Beni, Lubero, Masisi, and Rutshuru.

    According to the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, the ADF which was designated as a terrorist group by the US government has used the name Madina at Tauheed Wau Mujahedeen (City of Monotheism and Holy Warriors (MTM) to refer to emphasize its links to the Islamic State.

    In 2019, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for an ADF attack and first referenced a “Central Africa Province.”

    The organization is allegedly led by Musa Baluku, who served as a senior ADF Islamic legal official before consolidating power following Mukulu’s arrest in 2015.

    The group has been blamed for last year’s bomb attacks in Kampala which killed over seven people and left others with severe injuries.

    Following the launch of an operation against the group in the thick DRC forests by a joint force of the UPDF and Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FADRC), the ADF rebels were said to have fled their hideouts and were roaming in the thick jungles after their lives were made difficult.

    Consequently, the group has been carrying out attacks on several villages and towns where they know the joint forces are not present and looting food and animals.

     

    By Kobusiinge Monica

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