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OPINION: Katikkiro Mayiga Scores High against Cyber Tormentors



By Najib N. Ssekikubo

For the past week, social media, and the mushrooming online publications have been awash with rumors; initially indicating that His Royal Highness Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, is ill and hospitalized, and later announced the demise of the crown!

This far fake news has gone! This far hate speech has taken us! For the record, the Kingdom swiftly communicated to clear the air and released the subjects of the Kabaka from this sinister cyber-attack on the Kingdom.

The Katikkiro and his entire team, held a press conference and delivered the good news. His Majesty is well and reigning. This was enough for the subjects of the Kabaka to quash and discard the rumors and go about their usual service to the Ssaabasajja.

I was convinced that the official communication would reverse the viral rumor (Kabaka being ill & hospitalized) which didn’t yield. The orchestrators went ahead and ‘killed the Kabaka’, for reasons well known to them. It is unfortunate that a large section of the naïve subjects of the Kabaka were caught off guard and sent into great shock.

Only clear-sighted individuals and those that understand the conspiracy to overwhelm Buganda and her transformational leaders, most especially the person of the Katikkiro, would tell that this was premeditated.

I wish to categorically state, that my only interest in this matter, is my loyalty to the Kabaka (as his subject) and Buganda (the land I have inhabited for my entire life). I thus believe that educated and highly read subjects of the Kabaka, irrespective of their origins, have an obligation to safeguard and protect Buganda (the land that shelters and feeds us), for her continuity.

I thus feel obliged to enlighten those that are easily swayed by propaganda and well packaged messages of hate speech, aimed at gratifying selfish interests of a small group of people masquerading as Baganda patriots.

The greatest weapon of the digital cyber age is information. The dissemination of well packaged and highly targeted information has inter alia; led to the downfall of strong governments and leaders, the success in elections of less meaning candidates and the accumulation of whooping amounts of money by individuals.

These scenarios should be pondered by Kabaka’s subjects that have hitherto regarded information a usual happening.

Rumors were spread by a highly coordinated conspiracy, using both real and parody accounts. Like the Katikkiro mentioned, it is unfortunate that some social media users and online publications choose to spread such information without verification, for the sake of breaking a story; to accumulate likes and followers for their sites.

Ignorance! Media scholars and those that labor to read further, understand the gravity and effect of media messages.

The posts wherever they are, attracted a spiral of comments reflecting two varying categories; the first represents the mournful loyal subjects shocked by the news, and the second represents baneful dissidents that tactfully attributed the demise of the Kabaka to his most trusted subject, the person of the Katikkiro.

It is paradoxical that, a big percentage of the Buganda cyber community (including highly educated people), has for a long time been hoodwinked to believe that the Katikkiro is anti-Buganda, a green snake in the grass, a secret agent employed to finish off the Kingdom, and the greatest enemy of the Kabaka.

The culprits present themselves as Buganda diehards, and thus in a struggle to help the Kingdom and the Kabaka realise the dreadfulness of his right-hand servant (external monarch Kamalabyonna).

Kabaka’s subjects should be reintroduced to their relationship with the crown. As the “Maaso Moogi” (one with extreme sightedness), the Kabaka appoints those he’s well conversant with and sure they would stir the Kingdom to greater heights (Buganda Ku Ntikko).

It is therefore sinful and insubordination for a subject to publicly tell the Kabaka (okulaba Kabaka mu kamwa) on social media, that he appointed a wrong person. In addition, it wouldn’t take the Kabaka this long before dislodging him if indeed he’s a mole.

I was also surprised to see meaning people ordering the Kabaka to present himself to prove he’s alive!

The plotters therefore, were convinced that associating the Katikkiro to the murder of crown would incite the gullible loyal subjects to rampage against the Katikkiro and consequently, either; force him to throw in the towel (okukuba Kabaka obwami) which is sinful or be attacked by the mob to waste and ruin his achievements!

The land and system they intend to ramshackle are primordial efforts of Buganda’s ancestors.

Like other transformational leaders, Katikkiro Mayiga has been fought from the onset of his tenure. Persevering through ridicule, direct forged accusations and personal attacks have not deterred him from implementing royal directives.

His achievements greatly surpass those of his immediate predecessors. Isn’t it illogical for us to fight such a leader? When did Buganda lose her shrewdness? To the extent of fighting a leader we all believe has put the Kingdom to a level higher than where he found it.

This is not an accident! This is not the usual fake news intended for fun! The people of Buganda should have realized that this is a conspiracy, a personal attack that is capable of ruining the land. Personal selfish interests aimed at failing C. P. Mayiga have capacity to take Buganda to the dogs.

Like any other human, I’m convinced that the Katikkiro has personal flaws. However, there are better ways of telling the “Kamalabyonna” to work on his relationship with his subordinates.

There’s evidence that a number of big names could be behind this drama, resulting from personal misunderstandings with the person of the Katikkiro. Majority are fighting for a share of the Mengo bread they had illegally enjoyed for ages until the current leadership streamlined the Kingdom operations, yet the others are envious of the achievements of Mayiga.

The Kabaka’s subjects need to look at these issues with an extra eye. And I think it would be better if those behind the curtain come to the light and publicly argue their case against the Katikkiro.

We are much willing to listen to them and judge accordingly. It is high time they realized that their shadows have failed. Let them embrace transparency (obwerufu). There’s no doubt that this incident has greatly exposed the cocoon and gives the Katikkiro an extra mileage away from his tormentors, at the red carpet, sliding to the hall of fame and greatness.

I strongly believe that a man like C. P. Mayiga that has dedicated the greatest part of his professional service to the Kabaka and Buganda should not be ridiculed to such extent, should not be falsely accused of the highest criminal offence in the Kingdom the murder of his King.

The people of Buganda should always rise to disregard such mischievous propaganda against the Kingdom. These are tricks of modern fraudsters and ill-mannered individuals seeking to destroy your most treasured motherland Buganda.  Awangaale Ssaabasajja.

The writer is a loyal servant of the Kabaka from his county Butambala


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Charles Mbire gains $1.2 million as stake in MTN Uganda rises above $51 million



Ugandan businessman and MTN Uganda Chairman Charles Mbire has seen the market value of his stake in MTN Uganda surge above $51 million in just two days, as the share price in the leading teleco company increased by a single digit.

The single-digit bump in the share price caused the market value of Mbire’s stake to gain UGX4.42 billion ($1.24 million) in less than two days.

The million-dollar increase in the value of his stake came after Uganda’s largest telecom company delivered the country’s largest-ever IPO through the listing of 22.4 billion ordinary shares on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE).

Upon completing the largest IPO in Uganda’s history, MTN Uganda raised a record UGX535 billion ($150.4 million) from the applications that it received for a total of 2.9 billion shares, including incentive shares.

As of press time, Dec. 7, shares in the company were trading at UGX204.95 ($0.0574), down six basis points from their opening price this morning.

Data gathered by Billionaires.Africa revealed that since the telecom company registered its shares on the Ugandan bourse on Mon., Dec. 6, its share price has increased by 2.5 percent from UGX200 ($0.056) to UGX204.95 ($0.0574) as of the time of writing, as retail investors sustained buying interest long after the public offering.

The increase in the company’s share price caused the market value of Mbire’s 3.98-percent stake to rise from UGX178.45 billion ($49.96 million) to UGX182.86 billion ($51.2 million).

In less than two days, his stake gained more than UGX4.42 billion ($1.24 million).

In a statement after the successful listing of MTN Uganda’s shares, Mbire said the IPO shows the confidence that Ugandans and other investors have in the company, its brand and strategic intent.

“We commend all the regulators for their support in our work to become a USE-listed company and to comply in a timely manner with the listing provisions of the national telecommunications operators’ license,” he said.

Steady but sure-MBIRE who is the biggest investor on Ugandas Stock exchange with stocks valued at more than $55 million is laughing all the way to the bank after MTN declared the latest dividend payout.He has steadily grown his business empire which is believed to be more that $350 million (debt free).

Steady but sure-MBIRE who is the biggest investor on Ugandas Stock exchange with stocks valued at more than $55 million is laughing all the way to the bank after MTN declared the latest dividend payout.He has steadily grown his business empire which is believed to be more that $350. ( debt free).

He is into communications-revenue assurance-cement-distribution-oil services-real estate-oil exploration and logistics.

Source: Billionaires Africa

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2-year-old dies at Arua hospital as nurse demands Shs 210,000 bribe




A two-year-old child died at Arua Regional Referral hospital after a nurse, Paul Wamala demanded a bribe amounting to Shs 210,000 before carrying out an operation. 

The incident happened on Saturday, after Aron Nabil, a two-year-old child was referred to the hospital for an operation after he was diagnosed with intestinal obstruction, a medical emergency caused by a blockage that keeps food or liquid from passing through the small intestine or large intestine.

According to the relatives of the child, Wamala allegedly asked them to initially give him Shs 30,000 to buy medicines to commence the procedure. He however returned shortly asking for an additional Shs 180,000 from the relatives.

Emily Adiru, a resident of Osu cell, in Bazar Ward, Central Division, and a relative of the child says although they paid money to Wamala, he abandoned the child without carrying out the operation. According to Adiru, Wamala later refunded Shs 200,000 through mobile money, after she threatened to report him to the police.

“They told us this boy needs an operation which was supposed to be done in the morning on Sunday at around 7 am. They took him inside there, some doctor came from the theatre, he called one of us and said, we should pay Shs 70,000 for buying medicine to start the operation. We paid the Shs 30,000 [but] after paying the Shs 30,000, after some minutes, the same man came and opened the door and called us again, and told us we should pay another Shs 100,000. We also paid the Shs 100,000 and we thought it is finished. We were outside there waiting for our patient to come out [but] then this man came back again and said we should pay another Shs 80,000,” said Adiru.

Although the operation was later carried out after a 7-hour delay, the child didn’t make it, and relatives attribute the death to negligence. Miria Ahmed, a concerned resident wonders why such incidents have persisted at the facility which is supposed to service the citizens.

“Is the problem the hospital, is it the management or it is the human resource that is the problem in the hospital? A small child like this you demand Shs 210,000 for the operation? Well, if the money was taken and the operation is done, I would say anything bad but this money was taken and the small boy was abandoned in the theatre,” she said. 

When contacted Wamala refused to comment on the allegations. Dr Gilbert Aniku, the acting hospital director says that the hospital will issue an official statement later since consultations about the matter are ongoing.

Arua City resident district commissioner, Alice Akello has condemned the actions of the nurse saying she has ordered his arrest so as to set an example to the rest. The case has been reported to Arua regional referral hospital police post under SD reference No:05/30/05/2022.

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Mexican president’s Mayan Train dealt new legal setback | Tourism News




Activists say the planned tourist train will harm the wildlife and natural features of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been dealt the latest setback to an ambitious plan to create a tourist train to connect the country’s southern Yucatan Peninsula.

On Monday, a judge indefinitely suspended construction on a portion of the project, known as the Mayan Train, saying the plans currently do not comply “with the proceedings of the environmental impact evaluation”.

The ruling follows a legal challenge by activists who said they were concerned the 60km (37 mile) portion of the train that would connect the resorts of Playa del Carmen and Tulum would adversely affect the area’s wildlife, as well as its caves and water-filled sinkholes known as cenotes.

The original plan for the disputed section was for an overpass over a highway, but the route was modified early this year to go through jungle at ground level.

The federal judge cited the “imminent danger” of causing “irreversible damage” to ecosystems, according to one of the plaintiffs, the non-governmental group Defending the Right to a Healthy Environment. In a statement, the group said that authorities had failed to carry out the necessary environmental impact studies before starting construction of the section.

Lopez Obrador had announced the ambitious project in 2018, with construction beginning in 2020. The roughly 1,500km (930 mile) cargo and passenger rail loop was presented as a cornerstone of a wider plan to develop the poorer states and remote towns throughout the about 181,000sq km (70,000sq mile) Yucatan Peninsula.

The railway is set to connect Caribbean beach resorts with Mayan archaeological ruins, with authorities aiming to complete the project by the end of 2023. The plan is estimated to cost about $16bn.

The project has split communities across the region, with some welcoming the economic development and connectivity it would bring. Others, including some local Indigenous communities, have challenged the project, saying it could not only disrupt the migratory routes of endangered species, including jaguars, tapirs and ocelots, but could also potentially damage centuries-old Mayan archaeological sites.

The National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism, the government agency overseeing the project, has said that it expects to “overcome” the latest challenge and that work should continue after an environmental impact statement is finalised. It said the Environment Ministry was currently reviewing its environmental application for the project.

For his part, Lopez Obrador has insisted the railway will not have a significant environmental effect and has accused activists of being infiltrated by “impostors”.

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