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Stop Hoodwinking Ugandans With Lies And Propaganda , Ugandans Will Foot The Bills For Dams And Roads – FDC’s Kaija To Museveni



Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) deputy secretary Mr. Harod Kaija has asked the president  Yoweri Museveni and his publicists to stop telling Ugandans lies on how they have constructed the Entebbe Expressway, Karuma and Isimba dams and now the Source of The Nile bridge. In a letter that he shared with the grapevine, Kaija said that in future Ugandans would foot the heavy bills of these big sums of money that were invested in these projects against their will.

In his letter, Kaija says: Mr. Yoweri Museveni and his publicists are telling Ugandans how they have constructed the Entebbe Expressway, Karuma and Isimba dams and now the Source of The Nile bridge.

What they do not say is that all these projects are funded by loans, which will have to be paid back by Ugandans, not Mr. Museveni and his NRM party. If Ugandans used a “value for money audit” to evaluate the cost of these projects, they would pick sticks and flog the politicians.

Comparative economics requires that we compare our projects with similar projects in other countries. Karuma and Isimba dams are estimated to produce 780MW at a cost of $2.8 million per megawatt, making a total of $2.2bn.

Lesotho constructed a dam of 6,000MW at a cost of $800,000 per MW, totaling to $4.8bn. Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance dam, the largest dam in Africa, produces 6,450MW costing $991,633 per MW, totaling $6.4bn.


If Uganda used the ($800,000) unit cost of Lesotho to produce the 780MW, we would only pay $624m and save $1.57 billion (this is assumed to be eaten). We would even double our production to 1,560MW and still have a balance.

If we used the higher unit cost of Ethiopia ($991,633), the 780MW would cost Ugandans only $773.4 million and save $1.4 billion (assumed eaten). If Uganda was to construct the Lesotho dam of 6,000MW using the Ugandan cost, it would cost the taxpayers about $17 billion instead of the $4.8bn the Lesotho taxpayers parted with.

If Uganda was to produce Ethiopia’s 6,450MW using the Ugandan cost, taxpayers would pay about $18.2 billion instead of the $6.4bn the Ethiopians paid. Let’s look at how much is paid in the roads.

Entebbe Expressway is 53km with four lanes. About $9 million was spent per kilometer, which brought the total cost to $476 million. Kenya’s Thika Highway is 50km long, eight lanes costing about $7.2m per kilometer, with a total cost $360 million.

If we used the assumed balance, we got from using the Lesotho cost of constructing a dam ($1,576bn), we would have another four-lane highway of 174.9 kilometers. That is the road distance from Entebbe to Bugiri.

If we used the balance from the Ethiopia cost, $1.426bn, we would have another four-lane highway of 159km. That is the distance from Kampala to Kalisizo towards Mutukula. If we decided to use the Thika highway cost of eight lanes costing $7.2 million and factor in our Lesotho unit cost balance of $1.576bn, we would have a 220km eight-lane highway.

If we used the Ethiopia balance of $1.426bn, we would have a 200km eight-lane highway. These distances would cover Kampala – Gulu highway. If Kenyans were given the money spent on the 53km four-lane Entebbe Expressway of $476m, they would have constructed a 66.1km, eight-lane highway!

If they were to have a four-lane, they would have 120.2km instead of Uganda’s 53km! As Ugandans struggle with skyrocketing Yaka bills, Ethiopian domestic consumers will not pay for the power they use. The majority of Ugandans will not be able to drive on the “pay as you drive” Entebbe Expressway, while Kenyans will drive for free on the Thika highway in Kenya.

One wonders why the Shs 2.5bn Luweero-Rwenzori project is supervised at a cost of Shs 33bn. The other day, Mr Museveni opened the $125m four-lane Source of the Nile bridge ($100m loan from Japan). It is 525 metres long and 52.9m wide.

Shanghai’s Napu bridge costs $119m. It’s a six-lane highway, 8,346m long and 46m wide. Nigeria’s Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge in Lagos is a four-lane dual carriageway highway, 1,357 metres long, 8.0mx2 carriageway (width) bridge and 2.3mx 2 walkway, streetlights. It cost $79 million.

In all these countries, where the above bridges are constructed, there are reports of corruption. The difference here is how much is stolen vis-a-viz the quantity of work done.

Museveni’s told Ugandans that about 90 per cent and 67 per cent labour and supervisors respectively who worked on the project were Ugandan. Most raw materials were sourced locally. At least $25 million from Uganda’s government was to compensate those whose land the bridge was to occupy. Who owns land on River Nile?

He also talked about the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), but this too is another expensive white elephant. Railway engineers inform us that it would be much cheaper to upgrade the existing rail tracks from British standard to German standard, replace bends with longer curves (to allow for higher train speeds) and upgrade rolling stock (locomotives). This would achieve the SGR objectives of carrying heavier cargo in a shorter time over the same distance at a much reduced cost.

What is unfortunate is that most of these projects are financed by poorly negotiated loans. Generations will hustle to pay back these loans yet most of the money is eaten by the “fat cats.”




I Hope You Are Not Jealous and Envious Of Bobi Wine, The Kid Is A Talent – StarTimes Boss Aldrine Nsubuga Stings Pastor Sempa



StarTimes boss Aldrine Nsubuga has warned Makerere Community Church pastor Martin Sempa to stop judging Bobi Wine over his new ‘Tuliyambala Engule’ song.
In a post on his facebook page, Aldrine asked Sempa what he has been doing for the past 30+ years of his ministry life if his version of Tuliyambala Engule is as old as christian tradition.

He cautioned him to stop being envious of the kid’s (Bobi Wine) talent. Below is his post verbatim:

Hello musumba Martin Sempa (a friend of mine from old days by the way) ….I’ve learnt that you are up in arms with a certain song called ‘Tuliyambala Engule’ by BW. You may ignore others but I know you can’t ignore me..we come a long way.

A couple of questions for you.

1) Were the words ‘Tuliyambala Engule’ invented by the church? Aren’t those Luganda words just put together to mean something? If so, are they worldly or christian?

2) Did God write the so called ‘original’ christian version of ‘Tuliyambala Engule?’ I ask this because you used the word ‘blasphemy’

3) Bobi Wine’s ‘Tuliyambala Engule’ is his original version.True or false?

4) What have you been doing for the past 30+ years of your ministry life ….if your version of Tuliyambala Engule is as old as christian tradition and you are so passionate about the ministry, how come you didn’t make it a personal mission to popularise it to the extent that by now it should have become a national anthem?

You wait until BW creates his original version , he lauches it, it sounds so beautiful in your ears and then you wish you had done this 2000 years ago??

My message to you my old friend;

1) Stick to the message of the gospel. It doesn’t include judging or planting seeds of hatred.

2) I hope jealousy or envy is not playing a part here. It’s the same God who gave this kid talent. Incredible talent of creativity. Praise God for it instead.

3) This season Liverpool will win the Premier League and am already writing the ‘Tuliyambala Engule’ version for Liverpool for use later this season. Where do you place me in the line of blasphemous humans? Where do you place Liverpool fans around the world already humming to the tune?

4) Out there people dont know what a talented artist you are…musician, dancer, of the best I’ve ever worked with in the business and ministry. You surely know talent when you meet one especially when it is music talent….Martin!!! Try listening to Liverpool’s ‘ You Will Never Walk Alone’ anthem..the lyrics…you will swear they were taken straight from the bible and the director was God. The words are all spiritually inspiring. But that’s just a football club….It’s called creativity.

Finally pastor, a piece of advise. Don’t retract your statements, I know you can’t….but try taking your original christian version (not BW original version) to a new level and re-launch it. Give it the spiritual tonality and pray for it. Do clips and share them across the spectrum. Give copies to FM stations and Tv stations..rally christians behind it and push…..soon Ugandans will be listening to 2 versions and believe me, they will each choose which version to relate with. Its called competition. The same thing churches are doing…each putting out a different message and waiting for christians to decide which church..

God remains the same.

Stay away from this business of judging a young man whose only problem is excess creativity. I think this is the calling for everyone…make use of the talent that God gave you. We shall all be held accountable. Isn’t there a particular scripture for this in the new testament? Talent is biblical. Its Godly.

The kid is a talent. Hold your hands up pastor Martin and say Amen.

I love you pastor. Remember our good old days when we celebrated our talents. You the dancer, jaw dropping actor and director. Me…the magical footballer and song bird. That’s what I remember….the you I know. COME ALIVE …is what we called ourselves. That talented group. Our group name.

Let this BW kid be. He’s just got a bigger platform. Not a crime, is it?


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I Got To Know About Facebook This Week, Is UCC the Mzungu Who Owns Facebook – MP Kato Lubwama Asks



Wonders shall never end. Lubega South MP Kato Lubwama says he just got to know about Facebook This Week.
In a Facebook post on one of his pages, the actor cum politician, Who was among the MPs who recently debated and passed OTT tax, revealed that his son has educated him about Facebook.
“I got to know about Facebook this week from my son. When I asked for the owner to whom rent is paid, I was told it’s a Mzungu, a billionaire who lives in the US while the platform is free of charge. But any person of my age knows there is nothing for free. I was already suspicious and true to my fears, when I tried to access the service today, I failed. On inquiring, I was told I had to pay to UCC something called OTT. Kati friends, I want to knows, Is UCC the Mzungu owner who lives in the US that I was told about? Somebody fill me in,” the legislator asked.

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Bobi Wine Is Not Fighting For Anyone’s Freedom But For Personal Power So That He Too Can Establish His Own Dictatorship – Andrew Mwenda



Political commentator Andrew Mwenda has warned that Kyodondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine is fighting to establish his dictatorship.
In a message on his Facebook page, Mwenda disclosed that Bobi and his fans are a radical extremist group intolerant of dissent, and always willing to employ physical and psychological terror on their opponents.
Below is his post verbatim:
Yesterday police in heavily armored vehicles blocked a music concert by singer turned politician, Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine. I feel a lot of sympathy with Bobi Wine because concerts are the way he earns a living. Blocking him from hosting them is literally denying him the right to live. In an ideal world, this is unacceptable. It is therefore understandable that many people would be angry.

Across social media, Uganda’s pseudo democrats rallied in defense of Bobi Wine’s “right” to host a concert. It is a right I am willing to defend even with my own life. However Bobi Wine is himself not respectful of the freedom of those who disagree with him. Bobi Wine wants power to do onto his opponents exactly what President Yoweri Museveni does to him.

Therefore the defense of Bobi Wine’s right to host concerts is not a defense of his right to freedom and liberty as many may think. Rather it is a defense of the right of a radical extremist group intolerant of dissent, and always willing to employ physical and psychological terror on its opponents, to also capture power and load it over others. I find it difficult to defend the right of this neo-nazi cult to organize for power.

For the most part, the African intellectual elite is a lost human soul. He/she has a view of liberal democracy that is rooted in hallucinations, not reality. He/she treats struggles for power as if they were struggles for democracy, freedom and liberty. As a result the nations on Africa have been clutching from one tyranny to another, causing the same intellectuals to keep blaming leaders, not recognizing their own role in propping up these leaders.

In 1971, these Ugandan intellectuals supported, helped and welcomed Idi Amin’s overthrow of the Milton Obote government. Obote’s administration had many problems but it was a much more benign authoritarian government than Idi Amin’s murderous regime. I have many disagreements with Museveni’s rule but these cannot blind me the dangers evident in the forces propelling Bobi Wine most especially their total, absolute and complete intolerance of divergent views and disregard for the rights of others!

Bobi Wine can only replace Museveni’s enlightened authoritarian administration with an anarchist, chaotic and tyrannical tinpot dictatorship! The evidence of this is so overwhelming that even the blind can see it. Why some of our enlightened intellectuals are blind to such obvious dangers is itself blinding. Just visit social media and see what they say and do. If these social media bullies do not stand for what Bobi Wine stands for, he has all the freedom to condemn them. He has never and will never! Why? Because he shares their values.

The liberal democratic ethos is very weak on our continent. Consequently, our elites mistakes struggles for power for struggles for freedom and liberty. Even Adolf Hitler would would find mass support among our “democratic elites” if he stood against an incumbent even though his personal views and the conduct of his nazi party were clearly antithetical to liberal democracy. That is the tragedy of Africa.

‪Bobi Wine is not fighting for anyone’s freedom but for personal power so that he too can establish his own dictatorship. I find it hard to defend the rights of one potential tyrant to usurp power from an incumbent one. If Bobi Wine believes in freedom, he must first defend the freedom of those who criticize him from the cyber bullying of his social media terrorists! Give him power and his army cyber bullies will act like Museveni’s police or even worse. Why then do so many of Uganda’s elites rally around him with claims that they are defending the cause of freedom and liberty? ‬

‪I have just been watching a BBC Hard Talk interview of Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) of Zimbabwe. I was impressed because throughout the interview Chamisa condemned those of his supporters who exhibit intolerance and employ both physical and psychological violence against people who disagree with them. He even claimed he had reported to police some of his supporters who use physical and cyber violence against opponents. ‬

‪Now Chamisa could have been lying. But the fact that he found it important to distance himself from the violence and intolerance of some of his supporters reflect a mind conscious of democratic ideals. Bobi Wine and Kizza Besigye make no effort at all to distance themselves from those of their supporters who employ cyber bullying and physical violence against opponents. They remain silent when their supporters launch petitions against television panelists who express views they do not like. They keep silent when their supporters hurl insults and abuses against their critics. Will they, if in power, respect the rights of their opponents to host concerts, speak on radio and television and hold rallies? ‬

‪These Ugandan “intellectuals” support Bobi Wine only and only because he stands in opposition to Museveni. They do not care what values he stands for and what forces are propelling him to power. They do this largely because in Uganda’s current situation, it is cool to be opposed to Museveni. To be seen to be against Museveni is equal to being on the side of the down trodden. This is the real tragedy of Uganda and Africa. Anybody and anyone can claim to be a democrat just by shouting slogans, however empty, against an incumbent. ‬

‪If Bobi Wine came to power, it is these, his fanatical supporters, that will be in control of the state with power to decide who should appear on television or radio, write in newspapers, hold a rally or host a concert! If they cannot tolerate dissent out of power, what will happen when they get hold of the state’s instruments of coercion and repression – the army, police and their tanks and APCs? ‬

‪I see the US embassy along with EU ambassadors in bed with Bobi Wine oblivious of his demonstrated disregard for liberal democratic ideals. Western diplomats bring only prejudice to their work, hence their constant support of every upstart who shouts dictatorship at the incumbent.‬

‪I urge Bobi Wine and Besigye to watch the Chamisa interview on BBC and hopefully to pick one lesson or two. For now, only naive and pseudo democrats shopping for cheap popularity can stand in honest defense of Bobi Wine and his desire to grab power to establish his own dictatorship! ‬


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