October 9th, Uganda marks its Diamond Independence anniversary, The country as well commemorates its relations with the Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC), established on 18th October 1962 which have run uninterrupted, and especially since 1986 growing in leap and bounds.
By Ofwono Opondo
By last Thursday, 22, Aug 2022, the reported EU parliament resolution on EACOP hadn’t been formally transmitted to Uganda or Tanzanian governments either by Brussels or diplomatic missions here. Their dispute, therefore, is less about protecting nature, tourism, human and economic rights, or democratic governance. Racist Europeans oppose our black skin colour.
In today’s increasingly scientific and meritocratic world, we now know that kings and queens are not chosen by God, don’t have blue blood or two umbilical cords. The differential mood is also producing angry people in bigger numbers and widespread, the age of satire and internet are making global transfer of knowledge much easier.
Members of Parliament (MPs) need some breaks. Nyege Nyege isn’t quite the topic that parliament should be spending days on, considering the post-Covid grief Ugandans are going through at the moment. Armed with convenient moral righteousness, a large coterie of MPs spent time in self-delusion and some quite thrilled to lead the charge. Small mercies on the public, then you notice that sometimes with MPs you have to learn to take what you get.
President Yoweri Museveni this week eulogized departed Gen. Elly Tuhirirwe Tumwine as a pillar in the “NRM-NRA-UPDF,” which some critics in the media found that linkage odd apparently because they don’t know the history of the ongoing revolution stretching five decades back.
In the past two weeks some fickle Ugandans have outdone themselves trying to discredit Uganda’s elections almost in its entirety comparing to Kenya where they have given a full clean bill of health, which shouldn’t pass unquestioned. Both Uganda and Kenya use similar laws and procedures for transparency and accountability in voter registration, polling, vote counting, tallying and declaration.
This week, William Samoei Arap Ruto, a self-claimed former roadside chicken seller, in a ‘hustler nation’, ended Raila Amolo Odinga a.k.a. Baba’s teary career in elective politics spanning four decades since Daniel Toroitich arap Moi’s iron fist KANU era of 24 years, mostly as a one-party state then fashionable in Africa. Agwambo, in Dholou, means a person who causes unexpected charming turn of events.
In the current political trends of our local by-elections the NRM again blunted the boisterous opposition groups in Gogonyo (Pallisa) where Derrick Orone and Eddie Kwizera Wa-Gahungu in Bukimbiri (Kisoro) regained their parliamentary seats, and close shave polls in Kenya, it’s understandable if people got carried away by the euphoria for which, congratulations are in order for the winners as we console the unsuccessful.
The US media is having major fun at US President Joe Biden for stumbling in speech and movement at many public events on account of his age of 79 years. Many aren’t sure if the Speaker of House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is that stable either, but regardless, they’re the leaders of the most powerful country militarily, scientifically, technologically, economically and socially in the world. So, some pundits think that when they’re stumbling in Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Ukraine, Hong Kong and now Taiwan, it’s almost a natural phenomenon.
The Omoro parliamentary by-election in June, occasioned by the sudden death of former Speaker Jacob Oulanyah L’Okori in mid March where Justine Odonga Obiya, candidate for the diminished Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) scored 525 votes out of 20,000 is still so fresh. Then last week the ever jocular Norbert Mao, president General of what remains of the Democratic Party (DP) entered a written ‘cooperation’ agreement with NRM, got appointed and sworn-in into cabinet as Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs leaving echoes behind him.