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Why we must support Muzaata’s war on Mengo’s excesses

By MUKIIBI YUSUFU Jr. AL-KIBIBI

Busitema University

All praise is due to Allah (s.w), the Cherisher and Exalter. May peace and blessings be bestowed upon the seal of prophet hood, Muhammad (saw).

Allow me commence by extending my sincere gratitude towards the work done by Shaykhul Kubraa, the Grand Imaam, Nuuhu Muzaata Batte to address critical issues devouring the Ugandan Ummah. More so to do with Shirk. I call upon all Muslims to join hands with Muzaata and we fight this beast called Shirk. Recently, Muzaata happened to blast the “Ettofaali” project and many people, Muslims inclusive  despised him on social media networks and other platforms.

However, I want to make this point absolutely clear that, ‘Scolding Muzaata, using thousands of words ,does not necessarily mean you are right.’ You are not new to this scandal, even those before you fought prophets. You are rebelling against the heirs of the prophets.  Declaring my stance on this, hate Muzaata or appreciate him, no way shall Muslims be left to assist in the uplifting of typical signs and symbols of Shirk (masiro). This was the battle fought by the prophet (saw), his companions  and prominent  scholars like Shaykh Muhammad bin AbdulWahhab (Rah) in the Arab land, Uthmaan dan Fodio (Rah) in West Africa, etc.

 In one hadith, under the authority of Abu Sa'id al-Khudri (RA), the prophet (saw) said, “Whoever of you sees something wrong should change it with his hand; if he cannot, then with his tongue; if he cannot, then with his heart, and that is the weakest form of belief” [Muslim].

Muslims do not only solicit funds for masiro but themselves engage in Shirk acts (visiting sooth tellers and socerers), commit major sins like Ribba and adultery. ‘ Kwagmatic’ ruqyqa therapists are mainly visited by muslims despite several cautions from the Ulama. What kind of ruqyqa has ever made one fall during the prophets reign? Then there comes a weed smoker known for obscene words in his lyrics, instructing Muzaata to apologise. This keeps me wondering how people who are faasiq (wrongdoers) and Jaahil (ignorant) can collect the courage of lecturing Muzaata on how to execute his work.

People undermine major sins and exaggerate minor sins, branding them as outrageous. Shirk takes one out of the fold of Islam and no mischief is greater than it. The Mushrikun must be rebuked wherever they are. Why impress a fellow creature but annoying your Creator?

Here comes Butambala, a county with majority being Muslims but contributing millions to masiro renovation! This is the county I know from the ground level and have a right to condemn  it.  Thus, I will describe a spade as a spade and not a big spoon. A county characterized by Miraa (Mayirungi) as the major cash crop. It even sounds vulgar, how cam Muslims be the key producers of intoxicants? Mosques like that of Kabasanda are in a dilapidated state though painted to mimic those in good states.  Muslim schools in the county like those of Lukalu, Kabasanda, Kikunyu, Buyenga, Kaggulwe, Kitimba, Nsozibirye, Kibibi, record the highest failure rate. How far would these schools be if you were contributing to them like that?

Why don’t you construct classrooms and set up projects for these schools? All that you do is to send your children to school without upkeep and expect government to provide lunch. You always claim that government should intervene and help. How did you collect all the money that you gave to the Katikkiro? Was government part of it? What kind of people spend millions on tombs but not minding about the education of the Muslim children?

Whoever feels sorry for these miserable people in Butambala should add a voice to that of Muzaata. Long live Muzaata, I salute you sir.

I pray that Allah grants us understanding and blesses us all. Aamin, Aamin, Aamin.

Our leaders are guilty of severe breaches of discipline

By NNYOMBI MOHAMOOD

ARTICLE SUMMARY: They have betrayed their country and they have gone from fame to shame!

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Nnyombi Mohamood is a journalist.

My work as a journalist right away from school, I believe, has had a significant contribution to this great nation. Throughout my entire journey, I have had a promise to fulfill, and that is being part of the few people who impart, educate and disseminate knowledge to this noble country.

What we share with our readers is knowledge, skills and constructive ideas. And this has demonstrated us as great leaders whose impact is felt for the good of the country. We have therefore done what our people expect of us – something that cannot be said of many of today’s leaders.

Leadership is all about being exemplary and fostering change. It is about speaking the truth. Genuine leaders are different. They consistently talk the truth.  It is, however, a public secret that our leaders frequently 'swallow their truth’. They say things to please others and to look good in front of The Crowd; they betray themselves by using words that are not aligned with who they are! Speaking the truth is simply about being clear, being honest, and being authentic. I was raised up told that a leader is always a servant of those he leads. With servant leadership, a leader’s primary role is to serve people –everyone from young to old. Why, then, is this style so rare among our leaders today?

We have a trend of leaders whose mandate is not to serve but rather create and gather wealth without any sense of remorse!  So long as they are satisfied, their peoples’ economic and social concerns make no sense. It is of little or no wonder that recently Councilors in Lwengo District refused to convey and attend Council meetings because their sitting allowance was not yet processed.

Instead of concentrating on creating jobs and fostering an atmosphere of confidence and surety in our economy, our leaders are busy creating their own wealth and stealing from the public. Very few are able to fulfill the promises they made to their voters. Little do they know that the voters’ strength will always remain paramount and compelling. Our leaders have neglected their moral obligations and responsibilities to their people. They are instead enriching themselves and asking for more privileges.

Media recently reported that our Members of Parliament got a secret pay rise. In addition to their salaries, the MPs are currently entitled to a number of allowances, including mileage facilitation of Shs 4.5m and constituency facilitation of Shs 3.2m. Other entitlements include town-running allowance, committee sitting allowance, honoraria for committee chairpersons and vice chairpersons, contribution to vehicle purchase, medical allowance, etc. On average, each MP earns about Shs 20m per month. Recently, each of the 386 MPs was paid Shs 103m for the purchase of a personal vehicle amid public uproar.

Recently Kenya's new MPs wanted a pay rise before they had even taken office, protesting that their £51,000 salary was too low to live on in a country where average income is less than £100 a month.  Local politicians also joined the call for more cash, despite Kenya's £3.5 billion public sector wage bill doubling in the last four years and now consuming half of domestic revenue.

I have always been telling you in these pages that the problems in Uganda’s health care system and the shortages of the anti-malarial drug grow out of the country’s corruption-wracked leaders. The list of corruption scandals in malaria and child health programs alone is formidable. The stream of officials facing similar charges of corruption and graft has prompted most European countries to withdraw their support to Uganda’s government for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Our leaders have been charged with corruption and theft of public wealth. The very people we expect to protect them. Last month former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was acquitted of corruption. The original corruption charges were based on allegations that Mubarak and his sons embezzled money to fund presidential palaces. Former German President Christian Wulff will go on trial in November on corruption charges, more than 18 months after the politician once tipped as a successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel resigned in disgrace from the largely ceremonial role of president. Wulff, who served just 20 months as president, will face charges of receiving favors.

Rod Blagojevich, former Governor of Illinois, is an American politician under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 2005 for corruption. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff John Harris were charged with corruption by federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. As a result of the scandal, Blagojevich was impeached by the Illinois General Assembly and removed from office by the Illinois Senate in January 2009. The federal investigation continued after his removal, and Blagojevich was indicted on corruption charges in April 2009.

Dear our leaders, I would like to bring to your attention that great leaders inspire. They inspire everyone in their personal and professional lives. They act exemplary and focus on the future and well being of their people; they protect their fame and keep away from shame. You should therefore understand that the key to building a great nation is to be great leaders.

Great leaders are in the making, moving from a good leader to a great leader. Your greatness is only seen with your readiness to handle and make good of the demands of your people and nations.  As for the citizens, your MPs fail to come back to their constituencies and yet you consistently re-elect them to the august House! That’s why we shall never change our political leaders until we – the people who elect them – change our own selves.

                        

 

 

 



 

 

America goes to the dogs

By YAHYA SSEREMBA

For the past twenty years, since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, America’s power has grown beyond comparison and has been felt even in the remotest enclaves of planet earth. The two decades have constituted the golden age of a power that started ascending to dominance at the dawn of the 20th Century and asserted its military supremacy towards the end of the Second World War.

The war washed away all the remaining doubts on the military superiority of the United States, instilling long-lasting fear in the hearts of open and subtle enemies. The enormous economy that America became created puppet states, often flattered as allies, in many parts of the world.

The US developed global institutions – from financial bodies to civil society organizations, from the mass media to watchdogs – that helped American values, traditions, ideals, beliefs, and arts to spread like cholera in a flood-ravaged population. To cement its cultural influence, the US invented and propagated a fundamentalist version of Christianity – Pentecostalism – that has shaken the fabric of the traditional Church in sub-Saharan Africa and in parts of Asia.

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Gen. Sejusa has a point

By BRIAN EDWARD K. KAITARE

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Gen. Sejusa speaks for all of us who have experienced and endured physical torture, inhumane interrogations and humiliation in safe houses for voicing our opinions on the ‘Muhoozi Project’.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Brian Edward K. Kaitare is a Ugandan living in Canada.  

I agree with Gen. David Sejusa on most of the issues and points he has raised (see article: Enough is enough, Gen. Sejusa tells Museveni). The issues he has raised have actually given us a credible voice of reality for those of us who have experienced and endured the physical torture, inhumane interrogations and humiliation in the various non-gazetted Ugandan detention centers for voicing our political opinions on the Muhoozi Kainerugaba succession issue, even for statements and commentaries we make while out of Uganda.

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And Then They Came For Me

Lasantha Wickrematunge knew he would be killed anytime for consistently writing stories critical of the government. He thus wrote his farewell article that was published shortly after he was shot in the head in the Sri Lankan capital in 2009. This article has come to be one of our greatest inspirations Editor.

By LASANTHA WICKREMATUNGE

No other profession calls on its practitioners to lay down their lives for their art save the armed forces and, in Sri Lanka, journalism. In the course of the past few years, the independent media have increasingly come under attack. Electronic and print-media institutions have been burnt, bombed, sealed and coerced. Countless journalists have been harassed, threatened and killed. It has been my honour to belong to all those categories and now especially the last.

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