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Your Mail: Otunnu is seen as paper tiger

When Olara Otunnu returned to Uganda from exile spanning over two decades, some analysts argued that he was a paper tiger not to be taken seriously.

And the NRM was smart enough not to generate for him any kind of publicity, by arrest or something of the sort, for example.

Since setting foot back in Uganda, Ambassador Otunnu has been shifting from one position to another, a clear sign of political naivety on his part. Everything he’s doing is only indicating to Ugandans that he’s simply ‘out-of-touch’!

He even chose a poor slogan for his poster, something which goes like: ‘We must take our country back...’ I am wondering whether Otunnu wants to take Uganda back to 1985 when its citizens saved the country from the jaws of UPC.

I believe Ugandans have nothing to pride in history and are looking ahead!

Ronald Leonard Egesa,

Otunnu has explained his slogan before to mean that UPC wants Ugandans to regain possession of their country, which he says has been hijacked by the current establishment - Editor

Barclays must check ATM notes

On December 1, 2010, I withdrew Shs 200,000 from a Barclays Bank ATM at Garden City branch. Out of the three notes of Shs 50,000 issued to me, one was a fake. I didn’t detect it until December 2 when a trader rejected it.

I went back to the bank to voice my complaint and one Duncan who is in charge of the ATM wondered how this could happen since the money comes sealed from Bank of Uganda.

He referred the matter to a lady who bluntly told me that if I had detected the note at the time I got the money from the ATM, the bank would have refunded it, but not after a day.
I, therefore, ask the bank management to clarify the following:

Is it Bank of Uganda which is responsible for the fake notes in ATM machines since they supposedly come sealed?

Is it a policy at Barclays Bank to refund fake notes if detected immediately at the ATM?
Does the bank expect us to move with money detecting machines at ATMs?

If the bank scrutinises the notes as we deposit, why don’t they do the same for ATM cash?
Could this be a racket in banks to defraud customers by unethical bank staff?

What measures is the bank putting in place to restore the trust we had in them in safeguarding our savings?

Dativa Nabimanya,

Centenary Bank  ATMs are a pain

The ATMs of Centenary Bank are often out of service for long hours at a time. They are shut down for “servicing” at 9am to 10am in the mornings, and then 7pm to 7.30pm in the evenings everyday.

But then again, it’s not unusual to find messages like: “ATM shut down; try again later” at any time of the day. On December 3, 2010, I wanted to make a quick withdrawal from the Nakivubo and Namirembe Road branches but failed due to queues at both the teller counters and ATMs.

So, I decided to drive to the Nakawa ATM where I realised only depositing was permitted, forcing me to try the Bweyogerere ATM which was shut down.

Because it was the only ATM card on me then, I headed to the Mukono branch, but still I had to wait for another 30 minutes!

Frederick Dongo, dongo.


President brought peace to Acholi

Just when I thought Norbert Mao was the fairest and most objective opposition candidate, his remarks that President Museveni took the war to northern Uganda killed my faith in him.

I thought he was a politician with noble ideas but it seems, like all his counterparts in the presidential race, he has chosen to conduct gutter politics. He is the same person who once praised President Museveni for bringing peace to the war-torn region after many years of armed conflict.

He has now done an about-face and accused Museveni of bringing war to the Acholi people!
I am quite sure the Acholi are not interested in accusations and finger pointing because that has been done many times.

They, instead, want to hear how Mao will consolidate the peace won by the NRM government, should he win the 2011 general elections.

Gorretti Namatovu,

Museveni showed leadership at Ntare

While addressing a rally in Tororo on November 22, 2010, Bidandi Ssali, the People’s Progressive Party presidential candidate, questioned President Museveni’s leadership abilities, claiming that the incumbent has no people’s mandate to govern.

Bidandi Ssali said: “Mr Museveni, from school went to the bush and from the bush to power using the gun. The way he is managing this country shows that he may never even have been a class monitor in a primary school.”

If Bidandi Ssali had read President Museveni’s Sowing the Mustard Seed, he would have discovered that Museveni, while a student at Ntare School, was elected secretary of the Debating Club.

Again, while a student at Ntare, Museveni led the school’s Scripture Union Fellowship - exhibiting leadership abilities, even at a young age.

By his own admission, Bidandi has served as a minister for 22 years in various governments. Therefore, as a mature politician (at 73, he is the oldest presidential candidate in the race), Bidandi should know that using belittling language against a fellow competitor, especially when that competitor has led this country for 24 years, is not the best way to conduct a presidential campaign.

Josepha Jabo,

If things are better, then why poverty?

The cameras have been exposing different faces of the countryside during the ongoing presidential campaigns.

Some in the NRM would refer to it as ‘progress’, others describe it as ‘development’, and many say it is ‘improvement.’

Whatever it is, the fact remains that a country’s progress is measured by the living standards of her people.

If, as some in the system say, Uganda is developing, then we need to put a few questions to them. For example, why are cameras exposing Ugandans everywhere in abject poverty while those in the NRM stockpile dime under their mattresses?

Why can’t the fertile ‘Pearl of Africa’ feed her population adequately? Why are many street lights not working? Why are city roads filled with potholes? Why the constant electricity load shedding after 24 years of NRM rule? Why are the drainages in the city clogged and stinking?

Where else in the world is corruption fought by giving political promotions to the culprits? Why are we having a host of presidential advisors who hardly do any advising?

Why are our hospitals lacking medicines? If the regime in Kampala is really visionary as it claims to be, why is it looking at –‘You want another rap’ as a way of pleasing the youth instead of creating jobs?

The above questions clearly prove that things in Uganda are improving but only for a few Ugandans while for others, things are getting tougher by the day.

Wangija J. Omugijja,


Uganda an investment goldmine

Uganda, once described as the “Pearl of Africa” by Sir Winston Churchill, is right now ripe and open for tourism and other business.

With 10 national parks and 13 wildlife reserves for amazing safari and game drives that include gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking, sport fishing, water rafting, mountain climbing, sky blue lakes and rivers, a favourable climate, sun and sand, as well as the most friendly people you can ever meet on the continent, no country in Africa can compare with Uganda.

Apart from tourism, Uganda is open for business opportunities like in the newly emerging oil industry and also businesses like agro-processing, infrastructure development, energy, hospitality and social service sectors.

The country’s investment policies and laws are quite business friendly and workable.
I would urge investors to give Uganda a more serious consideration. The government fully supports all kinds of investments. Uganda is green, safe and peaceful.

Godfrey Katongole,

Uganda has led way on Somalia

President Yoweri Museveni’s surprise visit to Somalia on November 28, 2010 made him the first sitting head of state in about 21 years to visit this war-shattered country.

Somalia has not had any central government to talk about since President Mohamed Siad Barre fled the country in 1991.

The United Nations Security Council recently commended Uganda for the stabilising role played by the UPDF currently deployed in Somalia.

Several countries are yet to fulfill their pledges for military and financial support, leaving Uganda and Burundi alone in the mix. Whereas the world is a global village, one wonders why this part of the village has been completely ignored.

President Museveni has set the pace for other world leaders to follow in expressing solidarity with the people of Somalia.

Jimmy Alemiga,


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