The Trump Therapy: Inside the confusion, ingratitude and the danger of Western Liberals

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Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni. Photo: Forbes.com

BY YOWERI KAGUTA MUSEVENI

President of the Republic of Uganda

 

I have been either closely following or actively involved in World and African political events for the last 56 years.  In those 56 years, I have noticed many happenings, behaviours, etc.

One of the groups that I have observed with interest are the Western “Liberals”,“Leftists”, etc.  In particular, I have noticed the confusion, ingratitude and, therefore, danger of these groups.

Liberals are supposed to be people who are not conservative and hardliners in economic, political and social issues.  Leftists are supposed to be progressive as far as the same issues are concerned. In order to keep this piece brief, I will not go into the history and details of Western Liberalism and Leftism.  That should be for another day.

Suffice it to say that the freedom fighters from Africa, who have been fighting colonialism, neo-colonialism, slave trade and marginalization for the last 500 years, would have counted the Westerns Liberals and Leftists among our automatic allies because these should be people that should be fighting for freedom and justice for all peoples, including the formerly Colonized Peoples.

 

Instead, we notice confusion, ingratitude and, therefore, danger from these liberals and leftists.  Let us start with the confusion.

During the US campaign, I noticed President Trump using the words: “convergence rather than divergence”, while handling international affairs.  That is exactly what the Western Liberals and Leftists should have been looking for.  Instead, we would spend endless hours arguing with the Western Liberals on matters on which we cannot have convergence bearing in mind that our societies were still pre-capitalist and traditional while theirs have been industrial for centuries now.

These are issues to do with family, forms of democracy, homo-sexuals, central planning versus economic liberalisation, etc. One had to control irritation to politely get through these meetings.

Yet matters of convergence were there and uncontested: fighting extremism and terrorism (narrow-mindedness and indiscriminate use of violence); modern education in natural sciences and social sciences; the emancipation of women; trade; democracy; etc.

This is what, in brief, I regard as the confusion of the Western Liberals and Leftists.  I do not want to say much on this because I want to get to the next two points and space is limited.

Nevertheless, by the Western Liberals trying to impose all their views and values on everybody in the World, they generate not convergence but divergence and even conflict. Owing to the confusion of these actors, it leads them to two other mistakes: ingratitude and, therefore, a danger to peace in the World.

As colonized Peoples, the Africans were greatly assisted by two earth-shaking events in the last century: the October Communist Revolution of 1917 in the Soviet Union (Russia) and the Victory of the Communists in China in 1949.

 

You should remember that by 1900, the whole of Africa had been colonized except for Ethiopia which Musolini would soon add on the list (in 1935).  Colonized by whom?  By the Western Countries (Britain, France, Portugal, Germany and Spain).  

 

The Communists, on the other hand, in both Russia and China, were totally opposed to Western Imperialism and were for de-colonization.  They opposed Imperialism by word and action (support for the Liberation Movements).

The greed and flawed logic of the Western Imperialists soon led to two World Wars (the 1st and the second ─ 1914–18 and 1939 – 45).  How? In 1453, the Ottoman Turks captured Constantinople (Istanbul) and, therefore, blocked the overland trade route opened by Marco-Polo in the years 1272 – 1275.  The trade was mainly in silk and spices – very much in demand in Europe at that time. Now, the Ottoman Turks cut off this route.

The Europeans had, therefore, to look for sea routes either around the massive African Continent or through the unknown Western Oceans ─ the Atlantic and the Pacific.  Frantic efforts by Western rulers to go by sea around Africa and over the Western Oceans, were soon rewarded.

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Vasco de Gama. During his voyage to India, Vasco de Gama landed at Malindi, on the coast of what became Kenya. Here, early in 1498, he managed to obtain a pilot to guide his fleet across the sea to his goal – the trading port of Calicut. Original artwork

In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in Cuba, discovering for the Europeans a new continent occupied by the American Indians.  This new continent was North and South America.  In 1498, Vasco Da Gama went around the Cape of Good Hope and spent the Christmas day at Natal.

These two events should have been very beneficial to humanity if it was not for two weaknesses: the greed of the Europeans and the bankruptcy of the African Chiefs as well as the under-development of the indigenous Peoples of the Americans.

The bankrupt African Chiefs would not organize us to resist slave trade and colonialism.  In fact, many of them actually assisted both. Especially for Africa, both slave trade and colonialism would not have been possible, if it was not for the collaboration and bankruptcy of the African Chiefs.

Owing to the social under-development of the Indigenous Americans (the American Indians), they were exterminated by “the Christians” from Europe, using war and disease.

It is an amazing miracle of God when I go to the UN and see the very American – Indian face of Evo Morales, the President of Bolivia. So, some American – Indians survived in sufficient numbers to generate a President from among themselves!!  How great God is even in the face of evil!!  I have never had a chance to talk to him.

What language do these Indians speak?   Do they still speak their indigenous languages?

Therefore, in the four centuries between Columbus landing in Cuba and 1900, three most terrible things had happened to the non-European children of God: the indigenous People of the Americas had been exterminated and their land had been taken over by “the Christian” Europeans; millions of Africans had been up-rooted, taken into slavery in the Americas or perished in the process; and the whole of Africa (except for Ethiopia) and much of Asia had been colonized by European Countries (Britain, France, Spain, Holland, Portugal, etc.).

The Europeans had polluted the efforts of the explorers that were looking for the sea routes to the East.  Unlike Marco Polo who opened a trade route to the East for the flow of silk and spices, the Europeans now unleashed conquest, slave trade and even extermination on the People of the three continents: Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Nevertheless, the Colonized Peoples, initially betrayed by their bankrupt chiefs, were beginning to organize themselves.  The ANC of South Africa was, indeed, founded in 1912.  I attended their Centenary celebrations in Bloemfontein in 2012.

In the USA, by around 1905, people like Du Bois, later on joined by George Padmore, started agitating for Pan-Africanist ideas.  It is this re-invigorated resistance by the African and other colonized peoples that formed the first pillar of our ability to regain our freedom. Indeed, Mahtma Ghandi was also in South Africa as a young lawyer when this awakening was taking place.

It is at this stage that the 2nd pillar of our freedom took shape: the sparking of the inter-imperialist war of 1914-1918.  What were these imperialists fighting for?

They were fighting over us ─ we the Colonized Peoples ─ the property of the imperialists. The Germanic tribes inhabiting the forests of Northern Europe, had defied the Roman Empire and contributed to its decline and collapse in 450 AD.

By 1870, these tribes were still governed under 39 Kingdoms, Principalities etc.  On account of the growing Junker pressure in one of the Kingdoms, Prussia, a war took place between Prussia and France in 1870.

France was defeated by Bismarck and the German Kingdoms were united.  A United Germany now cried foul on account of being “cheated” by the other European countries in the enterprise of having “Colonial possessions” – i.e. us.

Germany demanded a “fairer” redivision of the World Colonies. That is how Bismark organized the Congress of Berlin in 1884 – 85 to solve this “problem” ─ the problem of being “cheated” as far as we the “possessions” were concerned.  That is how Germany now joined the League of the Imperialists by being awarded: Tanganyika, Rwanda, Burundi, Cameroon, Namibia, Togo, etc.

It seems, however, that Germany was not happy with the redivision. That is how, eventually, the 1st World War broke out in 1914. The results of the 1st World War did not please Germany and Germany, now under Hitler, started the 2ndWorld War.

The good thing was that the Imperialist Countries had been so weakened by their criminal wars, that the anti-colonial movement grew in strength.

The Imperialists tried to re-establish control, but they were defeated in Indonesia, Indo-China, Kenya etc.  This, therefore, was the second pillar that enabled our emancipation.

The third pillar was the emergence of Communists in the Soviet Union in 1917 and in China in 1949.  These groups were anti-capitalist but also anti-colonialist.

To the advantage of the Colonized Peoples, a big anti-imperialist camp had emerged by 1950.  They opposed imperialism morally and also gave material support to the liberation Movements.

Genuine freedom fighters in Africa can, therefore, never forget this history changing solidarity.  When “Christian” countries from the West were enslaving us, these atheist communists supported our freedom and they never interfere in our affairs even today.

These communists, especially the Soviet Union, did not only support our freedom, they also defended, at a great cost to themselves, the freedom of the imperialist countries themselves.

Although the imperialist countries had intervened in the Soviet Union so as to defeat the new communist power, which efforts had failed between 1918 and 1920, by 1938, the pragmatic Stalin was calling on the West to form an Alliance with him to oppose German aggression.

The Western leaders, on account of their narrow interests and myopia, refused. Soon Hitler attacked Poland and overrun it; he had gobbled up Czechoslovakia in March 1939.  He overran the whole of Western Europe except for Britain and Sweden.

Spain, Portugal and Italy were Hitler’s allies.  Fortunately for the West and for us all, Hitler made the mistake of attacking the Soviet Union on the 22nd of June, 1941. It is the Soviet Union that defeated Hitler after alot of sacrifices with over 60 million people dead etc.

Hitler, had to deploy 195 Army divisions against the Soviet Union compared to only 75 divisions in the West against the Western allies ─ the USA, Britain, France’s De-Gaulle, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, South Africa, not forgetting the hundreds of thousands of African soldiers fighting for the Colonial Masters.

The Western countries only opened the second front with the landings in Sicily in July 1943.This was after the defeat of the Germans by the Russians at Moscow (1941 – December), Stalingrad (1942-43) and Kursk (July, 1943).

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The Battle of Stalingrad was one of the most important battles of the Second World War.

It is this Soviet Union, that did not only support the freedom of us, the Colonized Peoples of the World, but saved the whole of humanity by defeating Hitler, that is ever the target of the ungrateful, confused and, therefore, dangerous groups in the West.
These groups were against the Soviet Union after the October Revolution in 1917, throughout the inter-war period (1918 – 1939), during the Cold War and even after the Cold War.  It is unfair, it is wrong and it is dangerous for World Peace.True, the Soviets made their own mistakes.  Why did they occupy Western Europe after the defeat of Hitler?  Would the mighty Red Army not have earned more admiration from the Peoples of the World if they had withdrawn from Eastern Europe in 1946 and left those People’s to shape their own destinies?

They would not have, then, involved themselves in Hungary in 1956, Czechoslovakia in 1968 and there would have been no Berlin Wall.  Why did Brezhnev invade Afghanistan in 1979?  I was part of the massive anti-Soviet demonstration in Dar-es-salaam in 1968 following their invasion of Czechoslovakia.

However, to me, who is not biased, those mistakes neither compare with the mistakes of the West, past and present, nor do they deem the great historic contributions of both the USSR and China to the cause of humanity in general and the African Peoples in particular.

The Soviet Union broke up to the wild acclamation of the groups in the West.  They welcomed the break up but did not bother about the how.  You, therefore, had residual and consequent issues to the break-up.

If the old internal borders of the USSR were now to become the new international borders of Sovereign Countries that were successors to the old Russian Czarist Empire and the USSR, was it not necessary to discuss that phenomenon frankly and fairly?  How about the mixed populations ─ Russian and Non-Russian?  How were they to live thereafter?

No, all that was none of the business of the Western governing circles.  What was crucial was that the “enemy” was down. Moreover, all the positive contributions Russia made to global peace or can make now are of no consequence to these Western circles.

Russia must submit to the dictates of the West.  This is where the danger of these groups comes in.  Russia is a very powerful country even after the break-up of the USSR.  It is (17,021,900 km²) seventeen million square kilometers in land area ─ that is like almost combining the USA and China.

The Communists developed Russian technology and it can develop more.  To think that you can trample on Russia like they have been trampling on other unfortunate Peoples, is to be very reckless and dangerous to World peace.

Yet there are so many issues on which all of us (Africa, the West, Russia, China, India, Brazil, etc.) agree: universal education; improved health; industrialization; freedom of Peoples; the emancipation of women; anti-terrorism; etc.  Why not take advantage of these convergences?

We who were colonized and brutalized by the Western Countries forgot and forgave those mistakes.  Why can’t these countries of the West have a just and balanced attitude to the countries of the East that are growing in capability and getting millions of Peoples out of poverty?

This is where Mr. Trump comes in.  He says: “Why do we not examine the possibility of working with Russia against common threats, such as terrorism?”  The liberals then shout that Mr. Trump must be having a secret agenda with Mr. Putin etc.  This is why we could think of looking into the possibility of talking about the Trump Therapy for strategic myopia and recklessness in the West.

President Museveni announces new Cabinet

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In the new changes, Nothern Youth MP Ms Evelyn Anite has been named Minister of State for Youth and Children, Muruli Mukasa is now the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Affairs, a position previously held by Okurut.

In a detailed list of the new Cabinet 2015, President Museveni wrote: “I have appointed and re-appointed the Vice President, Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and Ministers.

“I have also restructured the Ministry of Education and Sports to the Ministry of Education, Sports, Science and Technology.”

Here’s the Full List:

1. H.E. the Vice President -KIWANUKA EDWARD SSEKANDI

2. Rt. Hon. Prime Minister – RUHAKANA RUGUNDA

3. 1st Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Public Service HENRY MUGANWA KAJURA

4. 2nd Deputy Prime Minister & Deputy Leader of Gov’t Business in Parliament – GEN MOSES ALI

5. 3rd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Affairs – VACANT

6. Minister for Karamoja Affairs – JANET KATAHA MUSEVENI

7. Minister In-charge of the Presidency FRANK TUMWEBAZE

8. Minister in Charge of General Duties OPM – PROF. TARSIS KABWEGYERE

9. Minister of Disaster Preparedness & Refugees – ONEK HILARY

10. Minister of Security – BUSINGYE MARY KARORO OKURUT

11. Minister of Information & National Guidance – MAJ GEN JIM MUHWEZI

12. Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries TRACY BUCHANAYANDI

13. Minister of Defence – KIYONGA CRISPUS

14. Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Sports – MAJ JESSICA EPEL ALUPO

15. Minister of Energy and Minerals – MULONI IRENE

16. Minister of Finance and Economic Planning – KASAIJA MATIA

17. Minister of Works and Transport – BYABAGAMBI JOHN

18. Minister of Justice &Constitutional Affairs MAJ GEN KAHINDA OTAFIIRE

19. Attorney General – RUHINDI FRED

20. Minister of Gender, Labour & Social affairs – MURULI MUKASA

21. Minister of Trade, Industry & Cooperatives – KYAMBADDE AMELIA ANNE

22. Minister of Water & Environment EPHRAIM KAMUNTU

23. Minister of Lands, Housing & Urban Development -MIGEREKO DAUDI

24. Minister of Health -TUMWESIGYE ELIODA

25. Minister of Foreign Affairs KAHAMBA SAM KUTESA

26. Minister of Information & Communications Technology – JOHN MWOONO NASASIRA

27. Minister of Local Government – MWESIGE ADOLF

28. Minister without Portfolio ABRAHAM BYANDALA

29. Government Chief Whip – NANKABIRWA SENTAMU RUTH

30. Minister of Tourism Wildlife & Antiquities MARIA MUTAGAMBA

31. Minister of Internal Affairs – GEN NYAKAIRIMA ARONDA

MINISTERS OF STATE:

Office of the President:

1. Minister of State for Economic Monitoring HENRY BANYENZAKI

2. Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity – LOKODO SIMON

Office of the Vice President:

3. Minister of State Vice President’s Office – NYANZI VINCENT

Office of the Prime Minister:

4. Minister of State for Relief and Disaster Preparedness – ECWERU MUSA FRANCIS

5. Minister of State for Northern Uganda – AMUGE OTENGO REBECCA

6. Minister of State for Karamoja – OUNDO NEKESA BARBARA

7. Minister of State for Luwero Triangle – KATAIKE SARAH NDOBOLI

8. Minister of State for Teso Affairs – AMONGIN APORU CHRISTINE HELLEN

9. Minister of State for Bunyoro Affairs – KIIZA ERNEST

Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

10. Minister of State for International Affairs – ORYEM OKELLO

11. Minister of State for Regional Cooperation – MATEKE PHELEMON

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and
Fisheries

12. Minister of State for Agriculture – SSEMPIJA VINCENT

13. Minister of State for Fisheries – NYIIRA ZERUBABEL MIJUMBI

14. Minister of State for Animal Industry – RWAMIRAMA K. BRIGHT

Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and
Sports

15. Minister of State for Sports – BAKABULINDI CHARLES

16. Minister of State for Primary Education- MUYINGO JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

17. Minister of State for Higher Education, Science and Technology – TOKODRI TAGBOA

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development:

18. Minister of State for Energy – D’UJANGA SIMON

19. Minister of State for Minerals – LOKERIS AIMAT PETER

Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development:

20. Minister of State for Finance (General ) – JACAN (JALONYO) OMACH FRED MANDIR

21. Minister of State for Planning – BAHATI DAVID

22. Minister of State for Investment- AJEDRA GABRIEL GADISON ARIDRU

23. Minister of State for Privatisation- KAJARA ASTON PETERSON

24. Minister of State for Micro-Finance – AMALI OKAO CAROLINE

Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development:

25. Minister of State for Gender and Culture – ISANGA LUKIA NAKADAMA

26. Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs – ANITE EVELYN

27. Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Industrial – Relations KAMANDA BATARINGAYA

28. Minister of State for the Elderly and Disability- MADADA SULAIMAN

Ministry of Health:

29. Minister of State for Health (General Duties) – BARYOMUNSI CHRIS

30. Minister of State for Primary Health Care- OPENDI OCHIENG SARAH

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development:

31. Minister of State for Housing – ENGOLA SAM

32. Minister of State for Urban Development -NAJJEMBA ROSEMARY

33. Minister of State for Lands – NANTABA AIDAH

Ministry of Trade and Industry:

34. Minister of State for Trade- WAKIKOONA DAVID

35. Minister of State for Industry- MUTENDE SHINYABULO JAMES

Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities:

36. Minister of State for Tourism – AKIROR AGNES

Ministry of Water and Environment:

37. Minister of State for Water – KIBUULE RONALD

38. Minister of State for Environment – NABUGERA MUNAABA FLAVIA

Ministry of Works and Transport:

39: Minister of State for Transport – CHEBROT STEPHEN
CHEMOIKO

40. Minister of State for Works – KIYINGI ASUMAN

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs:

41. Deputy Attorney General – MWESIGWA RUKUTANA

Ministry of Defence:

42. Minister of State for Defence – ODONGO JEJE

Ministry of Internal Affairs

43. Minister of State for Internal Affairs – BABA JAMES

Ministry of ICT:

44. Minister of State for ICT and Communications – NYOMBI TEMBO

Ministry of Local Government:

45. Minister of State for Local Government – AADROA ALEX ONZIMA

Ministry of Public Service:

46. Minister of State for Public Service – SSEZI PRISCA MBAGUTA

Ministry of East African Affairs:

47. Minister of State for East African Affairs – SHEM BAGAINE

SENIOR PRESIDENTIAL ADVISER FOR FINANCE (Bretton Woods Institutions) – KIWANUKA MARIA

SIGNED this 1st day of March in the Year of our Lord Two Thousand Fifteen.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

He has served the country for 32 years BUTstill wants in

Ex-RDC Kasibante addressing resident while still serving as RDC Apac District.

Ex-RDC Kasibante addressing resident while still serving as RDC Apac District.

 

In 1973, Yasin Dauda Kasibante started his service to the country in then Uganda’s Air force of under the late President Idi Amin Dada. He had a jig to fly helicopters but after diagnosis with a heart problem, he was advised to restrict himself only to mechanics given the fact that he held a Diploma in Civil Engineering (Aviation) from the Ethiopian School of Aviation.

His service however was cut short following the overthrow of President Idi Amin and Yasin was put in detention in Luzira Prison for 4 years from 1979 to 1984 and it was in prison that he met and associated with other political detainees who were being accused of undermining the Uganda People’s Congress government.

“I later realised that they had been recruited by a man called Museveni and had been trained in Munduli (Tanzania) and Oyite Ojok had suspected them and thus had them arrested. They included the Late Lt. Col Frank Guma, the Late Lt. Col Napoleon Rutambika, and Col. Sam Kakuru among others,” he recalled.

Following his association with these political detainees, Yasin later joined them upon his release in 1984 though he didn’t join the army. He was appointed an NRA/M mobiliser Mbarara in 1987 under the very first Special District Administrator Mr Sarapio Karashani but reporting to the National Political Commissar then Dr Kiiza Besigye.

Two years later in 1989, Yasin was transferred to Kalangala District as the In charge of Ssese Islands before he was again returned to Mbarara in 1991 where he trained the first group of the Local Defence Units (LDUs) together with the then District Internal Security Officer (DISO) Major. Rubaramira Ruranga.

In 1994, Yasin Dauda Kasibante contested in a 9 man race to represent Mbarara in the Constituent Assembly Delegation; a race the Eng. Winnie Byanyima won. Other contestants included Asuman Tibesigwa who was Mbarara Municipality’s first Mayor, Hon. John Ntimbo; and then State Minister for Education, a UPC stalwart Abbas Balinda among others.

Still nursing his loss, Yasin met an old Schoolmate from Nyakasura Maj. Gen Benon Biraaro who apparently “recommended” him to the President and I was appointed Assistant Special District Administrator Ntungamo in charge of Rubaare Sub-District.

“I served there for only four months before President Museveni promoted & transferred me now as Central Government Representative to Mubende District to man Mityana Sub-district and here I served for 3 years.”

Yasin continued his service in Mpigi District as an Assistant District Administrator in charge of Kasangati present day Wakiso district before he was shifted now as Deputy Resident District Commissioner to Kabarole District specifically to man Kitagwenda currently Kamwenge District and it was then that the President approved Yasin as full RDC and moved him to Rakai District in 2005 later to Tororo and Apac Districts where he was relieved of his duties in the recently RDC reshuffles.

Key Achievements/highlights from his service:

Alongside UPC’s Woman Member of Parliament for Apac Hon.Lucy Ajok, Yasin managed to improve on the state of roads in Apac District. The duo held a meeting with the then Executive Director of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Mr Peter Selibakita who released resources to the tune of Shs80million through the Northern Uganda regional Offices in Lira under Eng. Sam Muhoozi to work on the roads.

The roads aside, Apac Hospital which was constructed by the Late President Milton Obote in the 1960s had been in a desperate state for a long time but after a meeting with Officials from the Ministry of Health specifically the Permanent Secretary Dr. Asuman Lukwago and the Director Medical Services Ms Ruth Achieng, Apac hospital made it to the list approved for rehabilitation with funding from the African Development Bank.

“I want to brag a little that while I was in Tororo, I led to the first security delegation to Eldoret, Kenya where several matters of national importance were discussed. That should qualify as a highlight.”

Together with the MP for Maruzi county Hon Maxwell Akora, Yasin managed to lobby for investment from Saudi Arabia that will help develop the 68 Square mile Maruzi ranch where they intend to do practice commercial beef farming and exportation. The ranch has been abandoned “redundant” for a long period of time.

Lessons Learnt:

In issues of corruption, Yasin discovered that resources meant for service delivery are often mismanaged by those meant to provide the services themselves. In addition to this observation, government has taken no steps whatsoever to clean up the civil service where corruption is “deeply rooted.”

“The money meant for schools, roads, hospitals is stolen through procurement procedures by some selfish politicians in connivance with some district technical staff and they walk free,” Yasin added.

Having cooperated with several members of the opposition to accomplish some of the projects mentioned above, Yasin says that not all members of the opposition are “anti-development” like many politicians like to put it.

Advices:

“Being in the opposition doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be blind of whatever good the Government has done,” he says emphasizing the need for the Opposition to appreciate what the NRM has achieved for Uganda in order to critically restrain themselves from propagating unachievable philosophies.

He appeals to the incumbent government to understand the need for political dialogue with the opposition parties if meaningful democracy is to be achieved.

We the relieved RDC’s are hoping for the timelypayments of our ex-gratia to enable us start a new livelihood.

 About Yasin Dauda Kasibante:

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Born on the 24th of December 1956 in Nyamitanga Division, Yasin currently leaves in Isingiro District. He is widowed with four Children. He attended Nyakasura School and after O’level, he was enticed by the lifestyle of his brother the Late Warrant Officer Twaha Bukenya of Para School present day Mengo Lubiri who was a Sergeant Major. His life philosophy is that there’s no loss if you entrust your destiny with God and he believes this is what has kept him going in life.

He holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the Ethiopian School of Aviation in Addis Ababa and is said to have had a stint to fly helicopters until when doctors recommended that he remains in the mechanical wing following a heart problem which had earlier seen him taken to India for two years of treatment funded by the President of Uganda; Yoweri Museveni.

He regrets having had to join Amin’s Army yet had successfully passed his O’level with a clear dream to be a surveyor; a childhood dream he perceived from his Late Father who was an Engineer in the then Works Ministry. He thinks if he hadn’t joined the army, then he wouldn’t have been arrested and detained for four years of his youthful life.

Yasin insists that he is still fit and if he is called from retirement back to active duty, he would continue his diligent service. For a small-scale farmer, he says it is difficult to join active politics following their recent commercialisation of politics but in the future, he may consider the option.

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