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    WORLD AIDS DAY: Because Of The Music He Wanted To Create, He Did Not Mind About His Life – Philly Lutaaya’s Daughter On Her Father’s Legacy Over 30 Years On….

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    The late Philly Bongoley Lutaaya

    It’s the 1st of December, a day dedicated to creating global awareness and reflecting on the sad reality of the deadly HIV virus.

    In Uganda, Philly Bongoley Lutaaya has definitely dominated the whole month of December for a record period over 30 years now.

    The artist who wrote ‘Alone and Frightened’ grossly graces the airwaves at least more than once daily whenever the last month of the year kicks in.

    Lutaaya is remembered as the very first prominent Ugandans to publicly declare his HIV status.

    When Lutaaya came back to Uganda from Sweden a few months into 1989. On April 13, during a press conference at the Sheraton Hotel, he declared his status at a crucial time when the disease had ravaged the country, and people did not talk about their positive status openly, for fear of being segregated.

    He said, “Fellow comrades of Uganda, it is with utmost regret that today I inform you that the sickness bothering me has been diagnosed as Aids.”

    Lutaaya’s courage evidently changed how Ugandans viewed HIV/Aids, an influence that spread beyond Uganda.

    Lutaaya supplemented his heroic announcement with an iconic song which has since become an AIDS anthem of sorts, Alone and Frightened, inspired by Swedish band Roxette’s It Must Have Been Love.

    During the 1980s, also christened as the “plague years” for HIV/AIDS, the disease was considered a death sentence. There was no known treatment for the virus and HIV/AIDS was negatively stigmatized by the spreading of disinformation and heightened media propaganda, only causing more confusion and fear about the virus. In Uganda, it was linked to witchcraft.

    Lutaaya said that on knowing he did not have enough time to live, he felt he wanted to leave a legacy. He thus, spent a big part of 1989 doing advocacy work as well as recording new music.

    Tezra Lutaaya, one of his daughters in a 2010 interview intimated that the period wore him down; “Because of the music he wanted to release, he did not mind his life anymore; he missed his appointments with the doctors and even his medication.”

    While he recorded his albums Alone and Tumusinze, his hair had started falling off. A relative intervened by making him a dreadlocks wig.

    It was mainly because of his family and music that he was in and out of Uganda all the time.

    Artists have been ideally regarded as the gatekeepers of truth. Today, artists are a civilization’s radical voice, and the proposition is no exaggeration.

    As for music’s impact on HIV/AIDS, it’s biggest push forward has come in the form of speaking out and spreading awareness.

    World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988.

    We at theGrapevine have endeavored to increase HIV awareness and knowledge by speaking out against HIV stigma, and call for an increased response to move toward.

    HIV AIDS DATA IN UGANDA
    According to UNAIDS data released recently on the prevelance of HIV/AIDS in Uganda, an estimated 1.4 million people were living with HIV in 2018, and an estimated 23,000 Ugandans died of AIDS-related illnesses.

    The epidemic is firmly established in the general population. As of 2018, the estimated HIV prevalence among adults (aged 15 to 49) stood at 5.7%.2 Women are disproportionately affected, with 8.8% of adult women living with HIV compared to 4.3% of men.

    Other groups particularly affected by HIV in Uganda are sex workers, young girls and adolescent women, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs and people from Uganda’s transient fishing communities.

    There has been a gradual increase in the number of people living with HIV accessing treatment. In 2013, Uganda reached a tipping point whereby the number of new infections per year was less than the number of people beginning to receive antiretroviral treatment.

    However, as of 2018 around 27% of adults living with HIV and 33% of children living with HIV were still not on treatment. Persistent disparities remain around who is accessing treatment and many people living with HIV experience stigma and discrimination.

     

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    THIS IS WAR! Don’t Think You Are Big Because You Are Wearing A Colonial Wig On Your Head – Bobi Wine Stings D/Speaker Tayebwa, Applauds Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (R) and D/Speaker Thomas Tayebwa (L)

    National Unity Platform (NUP) leaders have stung Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa noting that he is seated with his ‘idiotism and emptiness.’

    Their statements follow a scuffle that happened on Tuesday, 29th, November during plenary where Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament, Francis Zaake fell out with Tayebwa.

    Appearing at the party headquarters in Kamwokya, Kampala, NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine furiously noted that they are not stupid and that history will tell.

    “Hon.Zaake, wherever you are I want you to know that me as an individual am proud of you, NUP is proud of you and all Ugandans. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of Parliament. Thank you for not shutting up. Thank you doing what exactly you were elected to do,” he said.

    Bobi Wine added, “To all of you leaders, we are elected to represent our people, stop this nonsense of talking about policy, there is no policy in Uganda. The only policy is to maintain the freedom of our people. We have been reduced to seeking rights to be human beings. We don’t have the right to be a human beings.

    “To you leaders, before you discuss anything else, before you talk about how much money they are going to give to Roko, before you discuss how much money is going to be stolen, before you discuss the increment of the Members of Parliament, let us discuss about the liberty and freedom and the human rights of our people.”

    Bobi Wine adduced that he was in shock of how he saw Tayebwa respond to Zaake’s issue that he raised during plenary.

    He divulged, “But on the other side, I shouldn’t have been shocked because this very Tayebwa Thomas, on the 28th, August, 2020, he was filmed torturing an employee of UMEME who caught him stealing power.

    “So to you Mr.Tayebwa wherever you are, we are not fools, you can pose off, you can feel so powerful, with that stupid colonial wig on your head. But we want to tell you that you are being watched and history will treat you exactly the way you treated Ugandans.

    “To all our fellow leaders, what should be priority now, are our leaders, they are abducting our people and killing them and you know that, that should be on your lips and all TV stations and radios.

    NUP deputy spokesperson, Waiswa Mufumbiro also sarcastically noted that now that Tayebwa is happy, he should take his family for holiday.

    “Some of you behave like you have habits of eating dead people. People like Tayebwa, I think you find fun because you beat up a person, I think you even eat dead bodies,” he said.

    Mufumbiro contended, “You give ultimatums because you are working for someone who compelled to cross from your former ideologies to necessitate yourself to feel comfortable in that small position of robbery and thuggery where you are seated with comfort of maximum idiotism and you think that your going to shape this country with your emptiness, Mr.Tayebwa. We know you have no respect for humanity but it is very unfortunate.”

    TAYEBWA SCOFFS AT ZAAKE

    During plenary yesterday, Zaake raised an issue of increased abductions where he cited Rule 78B and C, Rule 85 and part 5 of Appendix F of the Rules of Procedure.

    He said, “Mr.Speaker I raise on a procedurial matter under Rule 78B and C, Rule 85 and part 5 of Appendix F of the Rules of Procedure which requires us as MPs to base our conduct on full publication of the public interest.

    “The abduction of citizens especially here in the Central Region has reached a crisis level. The victims are mostly supporters of the Opposition.”

    He further cited cases of former presidential candidate, Joseph Kabuleta and Sheikh Ramathan Yahaya who were arrested on Monday in broad daylight by armed men.

    He added, “For 24 days now, NUP supporter, Kavuma Jamshid who also doubles as my president’s bodyguard was also abducted with three other youths and only this month alone, 100s of youths have been abducted and are nowhere to be seen.”

    It is here that Tayebwa stopped Zaake from speaking and asked him to sit down so he could be guided.

    Zaake however insisted and kept speaking until the microphone was turned off. He later caused commotion in Parliament.

    “If you (Zaake) want to do drama, go and do it in your constituency, you can’t do it on this floor. If you want pictures of people holding you up and how you were arrested to use during campaigns, we can organise for you, we are near national theatre,” Tayebwa warned.

    The Deputy Speaker later adjourned the session and ordered it to resume after 30 minutes.

     

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    Parliament To Censure Minister Namuganza On Grounds Of Indiscipline…

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    The Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline Hon. Charles Onen (L) tables the committee report on Hon. Persis Namuganza (R)

    Parliament is set to censure State Minister, for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Persis Namuganza on grounds of indiscipline.

    Appearing before plenary today, the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline, Charles Onen tabled a committee report on the alleged misconduct and misbehaviour of Persis Namuganza.

    This comes after reports from the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline indicating that Namuganza attacked Parliament that it is powerless and does not have the powers to censure her.

    Namuganza’s attack came in relation to her involvement in the Naguru-Nakawa land allocations.

    Parliament indicted Namuganza in May 2022 following a report by the Adhoc Committee on Naguru-Nakawa land where she was faulted for falsifying a presidential directive that saw Uganda Land Commission allocate land to certain entities.

    MPs during the plenary that sat on 13th, July 2022, noted that Namuganza went on and ridiculed Parliament and its leadership in relation to the findings of the committee.

    Bukooli County Central MP, Hon. Solomon Silwany however noted that such an attack on the leaders of Parliament affects the integrity of Parliament.

    “She should explain her conduct to us on why she would go out on social media and TV and bash the way Parliament is working,” he added.

    Namuganza however denied allegations and tasked her accusers to table evidence pinning her.

    Mr.Onen informed Parliament today that it is alleged that Hon Namuganza also went on media questioning the powers and integrity of the presiding officers to form Adhoc Committees to investigate the Nakawa-Naguru land allocation.

    “In its observation, the Committee found that the conduct and behaviour of Hon Namuganza constitutes gross misconduct and misbehaviour and is not befitting of a Member of Parliament, more so a Minister,” he said.

    Mr.Onen further revealed that the Committee on Rules, Privileges, and Discipline recommended that the House invokes Article 118(1) (b) of the Constitution and Rule 106 of the Rules of Procedure to censure Hon Persis Namuganza.

    Efforts to reach Namuganza were futile as she failed to pick up our phone calls.

     

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    KEEP YOUR MONEY; We Shall Not Accept Homosexuality, Lesbianism And Abortion – First Lady Slams European Funders Over LGBT…

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    Minister Kataha Museveni (L) and deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa (R)

    First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni has slammed European funders over LGBT and asked them to keep their money if it is one of the conditions to fund Uganda.

    It should be remembered that during the recent 61st session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States Parliamentary Assembly and 42nd Session of the ACP-European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU JPA) in Maputo, Mozambique on 31st October 2022, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, who represented Uganda warned delegates that there is need for the Contonou Agreement to broadly define human rights in relation to homosexuality.

    Tayebwa told members who attended that the agreement contained clauses promoting homosexuality and abortion, a practice he said Uganda will vehemently oppose.

    “We have discovered that with the Post Cotonou agreement, there are hidden clauses concerning human rights. Clauses to do with sexuality, promotion of LGBT/homosexuality and clauses to do with abortion,” he said.

    He insisted, “We are a society that is not ready for homosexuality and we are a society that is not ready for abortion. As Africa, we believe that the institution of the family is at the core of whatever we are doing.”

    Appearing at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds today, as the chief guest at the National Conference on Ethics and Morality, Hon. Janet Museveni noted that they must stand up and let the world know who their God is, what determines their perspectives and who they follow.

    She revealed, “Why do we say we will not allow homosexuality and lesbianism in our society, we follow a living God who gives us the moral perspectives to live by.

    “It does not matter, those who threaten us that they won’t give us money can keep their money, God will provide for us.”

    At the same conference today, Tayebwa recalled the contentious discussion on LGBT at the recent Joint Parliamentary Assembly of African, Caribbean and Pacific states and European Union (ACP-EU) in Maputo.

    He disclosed that when he went to Maputo, he was shocked to find all kinds of people from everywhere, private jets had landed, the issue was to lobby ACP-EU to pass a resolution that to access the next European funding to African, Caribbean and Pacific states, they must acknowledge LGBT.

    Tayebwa propounded, “They were saying we must acknowledge LGBT and also amend our laws to allow it, they were also saying we must provide money for abortion in the budget, that if you don’t have money we shall provide it to you. That’s when some of us said no.

    “What is unfortunate is that some people look at our stand on LGBT as abnormal, a certain European MP said to me ‘we can see you are spreading hatred’. Then we have the problem of fear, some people warned me that I could be denied Visa to certain countries,” Tayebwa said.

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