Abavubuka mwenyigire mu bulimi - Kabaka awadde amagezi.

Dec 08, 2014

Kabaka ng’awuubira ku bantu be ku mbuga y’eggombolola y’e Buwama mu ssaza ly’e Mawokota e Mpigi ku Lwomukaaga ku mikolo gy’Abavubuka mu Buganda.


KABAKA Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II alagidde abavubuka okwongera okwegatta 

beenyigire mu bulimi nga balima ebirime eby’ettunzi okusobola okwekulaakulanya.

Omutanda ng’ali ku mikolo gy’abavubuka mu Buganda ku mbuga y’eggombolola y’e Buwama mu ssaza lya Mawokota mu disitulikiti y’e Mpigi ku Lwomukaaga, yawadde abavubuka amagezi okukozesa ebifo ku masaza ne ku magombolola okukolerako emirimu egy’enjawulo egy’enkulaakulana

n’asiima abatandiseewo emirimu ne bayambako n’abalala okwebeezaawo.


Ente Omubaka Kenneth Kiyingi Bbosa (Mawokota South) gye yatonedde 

Ssaabasajja ku Lwomukaaga. 

Kabaka alagidde abavubuka okwekebeza Kabaka yakubirizza abavubuka okwekuuma:

“Omwaka guno tujjukiziddwa ensonga y’ebyobulamu. Abavubuka tusaanye okwekuuma nga tuli balamu, okwekebeza buli mwaka kubanga si kirungi okugenda mu ddwaaliro nga tumaze okugonda ate omuvubuka alina okulya obulungi.”

Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga yakunze abavubuka okukozesa emikisa Kabaka gy’abatee

reddewo; mu by’obulimi beekwate BUCADEF n’okuyingira Ssuubiryo Zambogo SACCO.

Omulamwa gwabadde; Omuvubuka omulamu ate nga mukozi ye nnamuziga w’enku

laakulana mu Buganda, era wano Minisita w’abavubuka e Mmengo, Henry Ssekabembe, we yategeerezza nga bammemba ba Ssuubiryo Zambogo SACCO bwe batuuse ku 1,500 nga kati balinawo n’obukadde 285.


Abamu ku Baamasaza ku mukolo gw’Abavubuka mu Buganda e Mawokota ku Lwomukaaga.

Omukolo gwetabyeko; ssentebe w’abavubuka mu Buganda, Richard Kabanda, Kayima David Ssekyeru, Katikkiro eyawummula Dan Mulika, sipiika wa Buganda Nelson Kawalya n’omumyuka we Ahmed Lwasa, Minisita Amelia Kyambadde, Omubaka Kenneth Kiyingi Bbosa (Mawokota South) ssaako baminisita b’e Mmengo, abakulu b’ebika n’Abaamasaza.

Abayimbi; Mathias Walukagga ne Fred Ssebbale be baasanyusiza abantu ba Kabaka.


The first bank in The Ganda Kingdom

By Henry Lubega

Posted  Sunday, March 1  2015 


Before 1906, there was no banking institution in Uganda until November of the same year when the national Bank of India opened its first branch in Entebbe, and four years later it opened the first bank in Kampala, although it was later taken up to become Grindlys Bank.

The National Bank of India was followed by Standard Bank of South Africa Limited when on September 19, 1912, it opened its first branch in Kampala. And a few years later it opened another branch in Jinja.


Barclays followed in 1927 when it opened two branches in Kampala and Jinja. In 1954 three more banks; Bank of Baroda, Bank of India and The Nedelandsche Handel-Maatschappij M.V (Netherlands Trading Society) opened in Uganda.

According to Saben’s commercial directory and handbook of Uganda, as early as 1949 the banking system had been established in Uganda but did not control much of the financial liquidity that was in circulation across the board in the country.

“Much of the money was controlled in the bazaars and other channels which were predominantly controlled by people of the Asian origin. These people played a key role in the buying of cotton.

However, areas where banks were non-existent, merchants in those areas played the part of the banks. This was through taking drafts in exchange for cash or physical items in exchange for hard cash,” Saben wrote.

By 1950, it was realised that to bring more Africans into the business there was need to provide them with credit. Unfortunately, the commercial banks at the time would not extend credit to Africans because of the nature of their securities.

Under Ordinance number 20 of 1950 the Uganda Credit and Saving Bank was created purposely to extend credit facilities to Africans with the aim of furthering agriculture, commercial building and co-operative society purposes.

On October 2, 1950, the bank was opened and by 1961 it had spread to places like Arua, Fort Portal, Jinja, Soroti, Gulu, Masaka and Mbale, taking only African deposits.

Building Society

Two years later, the first Building Society in Uganda was opened as a subsidiary of a Kenyan owned firm Savings and Loans Society Limited. 

More financial institutions continued to open up in Uganda with Lombard Bank from Kenya, in partnership with Uganda Development Corporation, opening the Lombank Uganda Limited in 1958. It was this bank which first introduced the hire purchase system of shopping in Uganda.

It was not until 1966 that through an act of Parliament that Bank of Uganda was created. Prior to this, issues to do with money were handled by the East African currency board which had its head offices in Kenya.

In daddy’s scientific footsteps: With her 5th degree, Butambala girl lives the American dream:

Written by Joseph W. Kamugisha & Ronnie Mayanja

 Created: 29 May 2012


PhD Holder: Dr Sala Nanyanzi Senkayi(centre) and mother(right) and supervising Professor(left)

   Sala and her Daddy.

It is every parent’s dream to see their children grow up and graduate from university.

But often do you meet a five-degree holder, topped off with a Doctorate degree or PhD?

Well, recently the Ugandan community in Dallas Fort Worth not only embraced one, they also welcomed their community’s first and youngest female PhD holder in the names of Dr Sala Nanyanzi Senkayi. It has been a long time coming for the young lady, the daughter of Dr Abu Senkayi (PhD) and Sunajeh Senkayi, having began her humble journey at Texas A&M University, with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree.

She would later pick up two other B.Sc degrees and a Master of Science degree) from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). And then came her PhD in environmental science from the same University of Texas at Arlington, for which she wrote a dissertation on “Proximity to Airport and Cancer Incidences in Texas”.

Many people will be familiar with the adage that it takes a village to raise a child; that is what many friends and well wishers of the Senkayi family said during Sala’s graduation party. The proud parents could be seen beaming with excitement as speaker after speaker, spoke about their daughter’s achievement.

Emcee Frank Sentamu, added excitement to the evening when he suggested that the two doctors should change their names to Dr Senkayi Senior and Dr Senkayi Junior as a way of separating father and daughter.

The journey that first inspired the young Sala could be traced back to her childhood. According to her father, on the day he got his PhD, Sala ran to the stage, grabbed her Dad’s hat and put it on her own head, as if to suggest that one day she would wear her own. Several years passed but Dr Abu Senkayi did not imagine ever having the pleasure of participating in the hooding process of his only daughter.

The hooding process is normally reserved for the graduate’s major professor, but in one of those rare occasions when a parent of the student is a Doctorate degree holder, the pleasure and opportunity of carrying out this exercise is often passed on to the parent, which in this case was Dr Abu Senkayi an environmental scientist himself.

Sala owes her success to the inspiration and support of her parents, and brother Ali Senkayi, an electrical engineer. She is also quick to mention the collective effort of many other community friends and relatives who encouraged her along her academic journey.

Dr Abu Senkayi, an official Buganda Kingdom representative in North America, also mentioned that Sala had been involved in planning for Buganda cultural activities in Dallas. In 2001, young as she was, Sala played a prominent role during Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s, visit to Dallas. The same was the case when the Nnabagereka of Buganda, Sylvia Nnaginda, visited in 2005.

The Senkayi family, originally from Kibibi in Butambala, left Uganda in the 1970s and settled in the United States. They visit Uganda regularly and were here only last December, to participate in the Ugandan Diaspora conference the Serena Hotel. Dr Sala is also an active community organizer who spends time going to schools and colleges to talk about Environmental protection.

Besides her commitment to the community, Sala maintains a full time job in the same office block and department with her father, at the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Her EPA mentor proudly noted, during the evening graduation dinner, that Sala is “a very dedicated girl, who takes her job very seriously and devotes a lot of time into everything she does.”

Before Sala joined her father as an EPA employee, the father remembers bringing her to the office on special days when employees are allowed to bring their children to the office. One could say that all this gave the little girl some early inspiration to follow in her dad’s footsteps.

But when asked why she chose environmental science Sala said: “I’m not trying to follow my dad’s footsteps per se, because I like Biology and my dad is a soil scientist. But I also like my dad because he is a cool guy!”

Sala says she enjoys her work environmental protection, and her fellowship in the Ugandan community. “Getting a degree is just part of the story” she says. “Making friends, helping each other, as Ugandan community members to advance each other, is what will help us succeed here in the Diaspora.”

With her five degrees, the single Dr Sala intends to keep her job at EPA, although she could go into academia; and she still cherishes working with children on environment-related programmes.

“I can now say that I’m free at last,” she says. “I have all the time I need to live and enjoy my life.”

Pulezidenti Museveni atunze ente 400 mu lufula y’e Luweero

By Musasi wa Bukedde

Added 15th August 2016

 Pulezidebti ( mu byeru) ng’aggulawo lufula.

PULEZIDENTI Museveni mulunzi era mu kiseera kino agamba nti alina ennume 400 ze yamaze okufunira akatale mu lufula y’Abamisiri ey’omulembe gye yagguddewo e Luweero. Lufula eno yagguddwaawo ku Lwokuna lwa wiiki ewedde.

Pulezidenti yagambye nti ennume zino bagenda kuziggya ku ffaamu ye, bazitwale bazirunde zisobole okutuuka ku mutindo oguvaamu ennyama etundibwa ebweru w’eggwanga. Lufula eno ey’omulembe eyitibwa “Egypt Uganda Food Security Ltd “ ng’esangibwa ku kyalo Nyimbwa mu Luweero, yeesudde kiromita 30 okuva mu Kampala.

Erimu ebyuma ebiri ku mulembe ebikozesebwa okulongoosa ennyama y’ente nga bitandikira mu kusalako omutwe, okubaagako eddiba n’okusala amagumba mu bwangu. Mulimu ebyuma ebiyonja ennyama n’ebyenda n’ebitundu ebirala mu ngeri ey’omulembe . Oluvannyuma ennyama eno egenda kutundibwa ku katale k’ensi yonna .

Lufula eno egenda kusala ente 400 buli lunaku ng’ennyama etwalibwa bweru w’eggwanga. Pulezidenti Museveni we yasinzidde okukunga abalunzi abalina ennume bazirunde mu ngeri esingayo okuba ennungi basobole okuziguza Abamisiri bafunemu ssente eziwera.

Bannannyini lufula eno baatandiseewo ekifo eky’enjawulo mwe bagenda okutendekera abalunzi ku mutindo gw’obulunzi bw’ente ogw’enjawulo ezituukana n’akatale kano.

Lufula eno yaakugaziyizibwa epakirenga ennyama mu mikebe gattako okulongoosa amaliba gakolebwemu ebintu ebiralaDayirekita w’ekifo kino, Sherif El Kallini yagambye nti bagula ekika ky’ente zonna omuli maleeto n’ez’olulyo lwa wano. “Wabula tusinga kwagala ente eriko ebiwandiiko ebiraga ebyafaayo byayo nga birungi era nga tesukka myaka esatu wabula ng’erina obuzito bwa kkiro 300 n’okusingawo.

Zino zivaamu ennyama egonda eyeetaagibwa ku katale k’ensi yonna . Buli kkiro tugigula wakati wa 3,500 /- ne 4,000/.,” bwe yagambye. Omukugu okuva mu yunivasite e Makerere, Denis Asizua yagambye nti ente erundibwa mu ngeri ey’omulembe nga ya nnyama, omulunzi alina okugirabirira obulungi.

African Traditional Revenue and Taxation:

Money in dollar bills seized from a home of the Commissioner General of the Tanzania Revenue Authority is pictured down: Over 20 bags of it:




Oluguudo Lwa Kabaka Njagala, Mubweenyi

bw'enju ya Kisingiri ewa Musolooza.




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Kikirikisi-Mmese etera okuzimba mu kitooke.








Nkerebwe nkulu esima nga eggalira

Olukiiko lwa Buganda lwanjudde embalirira ya buwumbi 7

The Kabaka of Buganda launches a book on Ssekabaka Muteesa II struggles:

Kabaka Mutebi (centre) with Mr Patrick Makumbi (right) and Dr

Kabaka Mutebi (centre) with Mr Patrick Makumbi (right) and Dr Colin Sentongo (left) at the book launch at Bulange in Mengo, Kampala.



Posted  Friday, May 27  2016

Kampala in the State of Buganda:
Kabaka Ronald Mutebi on Wednesday, 25th May 2016,  launched a book about the struggles of his late father and former Buganda king, Edward Muteesa II, touching on Uganda’s history before and after independence.

The book titled The Brave King, revisits the stories of Muteesa’s exiling, first between 1953 and 1955, and again from 1966 to 1969 when he died in London. The author, Mr Patrick Makumbi, drew from the documents preserved by his father, 99-year-old Thomas Makumbi, who was an official at Mengo, Buganda’s power capital.

“I was very happy to write the preface to this book,” Kabaka Mutebi said, adding: “It will help the readers understand what Kabaka Muteesa went through in those days.”

When Mutesa was exiled in 1953, the older Makumbi, the father of the author, led a team of six Buganda officials to negotiate with the British about the king’s return to Buganda, which was secured in 1955. The other members of the team were Mr Apollo Kironde, Mr Matayo Mugwanya, Mr Amos Sempa, Mr Eridadi Mulira and Mr Ernest Kalibbala.

Kabaka Mutebi, while officiating at the function, called on more people to document what they saw during those days, saying “it is a good thing” that some of those who witnessed or participated in the events are still alive. Muteesa himself wrote about the period in question in his autobiography, The Desecration of my Kingdom, and Kabaka Mutebi’s endorsement of Mr Makumbi’s new book will be seen as an extension of the kingdom’s bid to manage the narrative.

Mr Apollo Makubuya, Buganda’s third deputy Katikkiro, at the launch held at Bulange-Mengo said there have been attempts to misrepresent history by “those who do not like us”.

Accusations and counter accusations of betrayal between Buganda Kingdom and Obote are rooted in a rather happy start, when Buganda’s party Kabaka Yekka (KY) teamed up with Obote’s Uganda People’s Congress to defeat the Democratic Party and form government at independence in 1962.

But the two centres of power soon quarrelled violently and were involved in what many have regarded as a critical turning point in Uganda’s history. The army, on Obote’s orders, stormed Muteesa’s palace on May 24, 1966, killing multitudes and forcing the king-president into exile.

Mr Makubuya said his grandfather was among those killed during the attack, an occasion the kingdom commemorates yearly on May 24. He said in addition to explaining how Buganda and Muteesa suffered during that period, Mr Makumbi’s book will clarify a number of other issues, including how colonialism thwarted Buganda’s development efforts.

He said Buganda stiffly resisted colonialism and the demands of colonial governor Andrew Cohen in particular, to the extent of winning a court case in London against the exiling of Muteesa. In all its efforts, Mr Makubuya said, Buganda was consistently seeking autonomy, and that the kingdom can “never” lose sight of this objective.

Mr Makumbi, the author, said his father could not attend the launch due to old age.

The publication of the book was financed by Dr Colin Sentongo, who said at the launch that KY, which ceased to exist in the 1960s, is the only political party he has ever belonged to.

The fathers of Mr Makumbi and Dr Sentongo met with Muteesa as students at Kings College Budo, from where, Mr Sentongo said, the three men forged a life-long friendship. It is probably much for this reason that Kabaka Mutebi warmed up to Mr Sentongo and Mr Makumbi at the launch.


Fiscal Budget y'Ensi Buganda ebiro bino

Jul 07, 2014



OMUWANIKA wa Buganda, Eve Nagawa Mukasa

asomye embalirira y’Obwakabaka bwa Buganda eya 2014/2015 ya buwumbi 7 (7,411,638,600/-) .


Embalirira eno eri wansi w’omulamwa 'Okwolesebwa n’Ebigendererwa' egendereddwamu okutumbula enkulaakulana okuli; okumaliriza Amasiro g’e Kasubi ne Wamala, Masengere, okulongoosa Ennyanja ya Kabaka, okussawo etterekero ly’ebyedda, okukulaakulanya ettaka ly’e Kigo ne Makindye 'State Lodge', okuzimba olubiri lw’omulangira Juma Katebe, okuzimba olubiri lwa Namasole, okuddaabiriza embuga z’Amasaza wamu n’okuzimba eddwaliro ly’abakyala.


Nagawa yagambye nti ensimbi zino zisuubirwa okuva mu Buganda Land Board, Amasomero, Minisitule ez’enjawulo, mu bupangisa, amakampuni g’Obwakabaka, ebitongole ebigaba obuyambi n’obuwumbi buna okuva mu Gavumenti eya wakati.


Ng’ayogera mu lukiiko luno, Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga yasabye abantu okutambulira ku kiragiro kya Kabaka eky’abantu okujjumbiro ebifo by’obulambuzi era n'ategeza nti pulojekiti zonna Obwakabaka ze butandiseeko ssi zaakukoma mu kkubo, zirina okumalirizibwa n’olwekyo enkola y’okunoonya Ettoffaali ekyagenda mu maaso kubanga Kabaka ayitibwa mufumbya Gganda n'antabalirira batyabi- ensimbi zikyetaagisa.


Olukiiko luno lwetabiddwamu abakiise bangi ddala ne baminisita ba Kabaka nga lwakubiriziddwa, Sipiika Nelson Kawalya eyagambye nti embalirira eno abakiise basaanye okugenda n’ekiwandiiko kino, bwe banakomawo mu lukiiko luno basobole okugiyisa.


Omusujja gw’omu byenda
(Typhoid fever) gwesibye mu Kampala, Uganda.
Feb 25, 2015

Bo abantu mu kibuga Kampala besombye bangi ddala.


OMUWENDO gw'abalwadde b'omusujja gwa Typhoid ogw'omu byenda] oguzinze Kampala n'emiriraano gweyongera buli lunaku.

Ku nkomerero ya wiiki ewedde abaakebeddwa ne basangibwa n'akawuka k'omusujja guno baweze 170 naye olwa Mmande we lwazibidde nga basoba mu 365.

Kino kitiisizza baddereeva, bakondakita, abasuubuzi n'abasaabaze ne bagamba nti wadde Gavumenti evuddeyo ku bulwadde buno naye tennakola kimala. Abalala balina okutya nti ebyokulya, okunywa n'ebifo bye bagendamu ebyobuyonjo tebinnaba kukyuka bikyali nga bwe bibadde era obulwadde bukyayinza okweyongera.


Ssentebe wa baddereeva e Nakivubo, Mustafa Mayambala yagambye nti gavumenti egezezzaako okulwanyisa obulwadde naye tennakola kimala.

“twetaaga emisomo, mmotoka ya ambulensi okuba okumpi ne ppaaka era bwe kiba kisoboka n'abasawo babasembeze ku ppaaka zaffe balwanyise obulwadde buno.Kizuuse ng'abamu ku baddereeva tebaagala kugenda mu malwaliro era omulala yafudde eggulo,” Mayambala bwe yagambye.

wabula baddereeva bakyagenda mu maaso n'okulya emmere etambuzibwa mu ppaaka, ebibala ebitundibwa, okunywa amazzi agatambuzibwa mu bucupa. Obulwadde buno bwatandikira mu ppaaka ya takisi enkadde ne busaasaanira mu ppaaka endala okuli eya USAFI, Kisenyi, ppaaka empya, mu kizimbe kya Qualicel mu basuubuzi b'omu luggya lwa ppaaka ne mu butale naddala aka Nakasero ne St. Balikuddembe.

Baddereeva be baasooka okutegeera obulwadde buno era we baabumanyira nga bannaabwe bataano bubasse ate ng'abalala 30 bapooca.

Abamu ku baddereeva n'abasuubuzi baasooka kwerumaaluma nga balowooza nti bayinza bannaabwe be babaloga.


Amyuka omwogezi wa KCCA, Robert Kalumba yagambye nti nga bakolagana ne minisitule y'ebyobulamu, basobodde okwanguyira obulwadde.

‘tutaddewo mmotoka ya ambulansi ku malwaliro ag'enjawulo naddala mu Kisenyi okuyamba abantu abafuna obuzibu. Tuyungudde abasawo abenjawulo okuwa abasangibwa n'akawuka k'obulwadde buno eddagala amangu ddala era bangi balifuna ne bawona,’ Kalumba bwe yagambye.

Yategeezezza nti balondoola nnyo ebyokulya n'okunywa ebitundibwa mu bifo omukolera abantu abangi naddala mu ppaaka za takisi n'obutale. Yagambye nti baludde nga bategeeza bannakampala okwegendereza ebyokunywa n'okulya mu Kampala naye nga tebawulira.

"ebifo bingi omuli kiyosiki tuzze tubiggala naye ng'abamu balowooza nti tubatulugunya kyokka nga tutangira mbeera ya bulwadde ebadde eyinza okugwawo,” Kalumba bwe yagambye.


Ssentebe w'ekibiina ekirwanirira eddembe ly'abasaabaze ekya Passengers Protection association Badru Nyenje yatidde nti embeera y'obulwadde eyinza obutataliza basaabaze. Abamu ku basaabaze bava mu bitundu bya byalo nti bwe batuuka mu ppaaka nabo baagala okugula ebyokunywa n'okulya.

"Abakola ku mutindo batuyambe bakebere amazzi gonna ag'obucupa agatundibwa mu bifo byonna okwetoloola ppaaka n'obutale kubanga agasiga galabika mafu. Bangi bajingirira amazzi ne balowoozesa abaguzi nti malungi ate nga majama. Batuyambe bagakebere ate amalala kkampuni ezimu baziwere" Nyenje bwe yagambye.


Abasawo abasinga babasindise mu ddwaaliro lya Kisenyi Health Centre.

Waliwo erya Kisugu. Naggulu. Kawaala , Kitebi. Kawempe ne Komamboga.


Fred Kato eyali akolera ku siteegi y'e Luzira. 

Jimmy Olando ku Ssembule siteegi.

Diriisa Ssemakula.

Meddie Mutebi ku Bweyogerere.

Jimmy Kijjambu ku paaka enkadde.


Bweyogerere, Luzira, Ssembuule, Kasubi, Namuwongo, Mengo , Nateete, Wakaliga, Nakulabye , Bwaise, Ntebe, Kamwokya, Kikono ne Makindye.

Omusawo ayogedde ku musujja guno

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng Dayirekita w’ekitongole ekikola ku byobulamu ategeeza nti  “omusujja gw’omu byenda buba bulwadde nga bwegaseemu omusujja naye nga guva ku buwuka obusirikitu obuyitibwa ‘Salmonella Tyhi’. Era buyinza okuva ku kawuka akasirikitu akatera okuleeta omusujja ogwamaanyi. Obuwuka buno buteekebwa mu mazzi oba mu mmere nga muntu yabusaasaanya mu bubi bwe.

Bukwata butya?

Obulwadde busaasaana nga buyita mu kulya emmere oba okunywa amazzi agalimu obubi. Kyandibadde kirungi abantu ne bajjanjabibwa mu bwangu okwewala okusaasaana.

Kiki gavumenti ky’esobodde okukolawo

Waliwo ttiimu y’abantu eteekeddwaawo KCCA wamu ne Minisitule y’ebyobulamu okudduukirira omulanga guno. 

KCCA etaddewo ekifo eky’okufuniramu obujjanjabi ku ddwaaliro lya Kisenyi Health Center IV okukola ku balwadde abakakasiddwa nti babulina

. Era abalwadde abasinga bakolwako ne badda awaka era tebaweereddwa bitanda. 

Ekitongole ekibunyisa eddagala ekya National Medical Stores (NMS) kitadde eddagala lyonna eryetaagisa mu kifo okusobola okukola ku balwadde mu bwangu.

Abasawo ku ddwaaliro lya Kisenyi Health Center IV baatendekeddwa okusobola okukola ku bateeberezebwa okuba abalwadde n’abakakasiddwa okuba abalwadde.

Gavumenti esaba abantu bonna okuteeka mu nkola bino wammanga;

Abantu bonna abalina obubonero bw’omusujja naye ng’eddagala ly’omusujja gw’ensiri teribawonya batuukirire eddwaaliro Kisenyi Health Center IV okufuna obujanjabi okusingawo.

Minisitule y’ebyobulamu eri mu kulaba embeera mu disitulikiti endala bwe kiba kyetaagisa bateekewo ekifo ekirala eky’obujjanjabi.

Abantu bonna basabibwa okukuuma obuyonjo okutangira okusaasaanya. 

Abantu bonna balina okubeera abeegendereza okumanya ensibuko y’amazzi ge banywa n’ebyokunywa. Abantu bakubirizibwa okufumba amazzi ge banywa oba okugateekamu ‘water guard’, n’ebintu ebirala ebyakakasibw

okulongoosa amazzi

Abantu bakubirizibwa okwewala okulya emmere ennyogoga, enva endiirwa zirina okufumbibwa obulungi n’ebibala okubyoza ne bitukula bulungi n’amazzi amalungi.

Abasawo bakubirizibwa okutwala obulwadde bwa Typhoid ng’obumu ku bulwadde obusumbuwa abantu. 

Ennamba z’essimu bbiri ziteekeddwawo okuloopa ensonga eno okuli 0794661095 oba 0794661128 mu KCCA.

Abantu bafuna batya obulwadde buno?

Typhoid musujja gwa mu byenda ogufunibwa oluvannyuma lw’okuywa amazzi oba okulya emmere erimu obuwuka oba enjama.

Abantu abalwadde ennyo basobola okubusaasaanya nga bugenda mu mazzi agaliraanyewo nga buyita mu bubi bwabwe obulimu obuwuka obungi.

Omuntu okulya emmere ennyogoga.

Okulya ebintu nga bijama.

Obubonero bw’omusujja gw’omu byenda

Obulwadde busobola okumala ebbanga lya wiiki 3-4 era ng’obubonero bwe buno; 

•Obutayagala kulya

•Okulumwa omutwe

•Obulumi mu mubiri gwonna

•Omusujja nga guweza 104

•Obukoowu oba obunafu


•Okulumwa mu kifuba/ ekifuba 


•Obulumi mu lubuto

Bujjanjabibwa butya?

Obulwadde buno bujjanjabwa ne n’eddagala eritta obuwuka buno.

Waliwo n’eddagala erigema abo abatambula. Obujjanjabi bumala wakati wa wiiki bbiri n’omwezi era ng’omulwadde ayinza okusaasaanya wakati wa 50,000/- ne 300,000/- okusinziira ku ddwaaliri ly’aba agenzeemu. 

Amataba gagobye ssentebe mu maka ge
Apr 01, 2015

Era emirimu gy’ekyalo n’abagenyi be abalabira wabweru wa nnyumba anti gy’asiiba. Nobala ssentebe wa Central zooni mu Ndeeba.

Twamuguddeko nga bali mu kaweefube wa kusena mazzi nga bagaggya mu nju ne famire ye.

Agamba nti abantu abatadde ebigoma ebitono mu mwala be baleetedde amazzi okwanjaala mu maka ge.

Okulonda obukiiko bwa LC1 ne LC2 kuli mu lusuubo: Tewali ssente
Dec 23, 2015
Eno ye nonda eya bafuzi, Omufuzi ava e Ruanda owa NRM gyeyaleeta mu Ssemmatteeka gweyateeka mu Uganda.

Bya Muwanga Kakooza

OKULONDA obukiiko bwa LC1 ne LC2  omwaka ogujja kuli mu lusuubo oluvannyuma lwa gavumenti okulemwa okussa mu bajeti y’akakiiko k’ebyokulonda ssente ezimala okukola omulimu guno.

Akakiiko k’ebyokulonda keetaaga obuwumbi 44 okutegeka okulonda kw’obukiiko bwa LC kyokka mu bajeti mulimu obuwumbi musanvu zokka!.

Ssentebe w’akakiiko ka palamenti ak’ebyamateeka, Steven Tashobya (mu katono) ye yategeezezza bino mu lipooti y’akakiiko ke  ekakwata ku bajeti y’omwaka ogujja (2016/17) gye yayanjulidde akakiiko ka palamenti eggulo.

Yasabye wabeewo ekikolebwa okulaba nga gavumenti ewaayo ssente z’okutegeka okulonda kuno kuba ensimbi ezeetaagisa bwe zitaweebwayo eby’okulonda obukiiko bwa LC1 ne LC2 tebijja kusoboka.

 Obukiiko bwa LC buludde nga tebukola kuba abamu ku baabuliko baafa, abalala ne bakyusa ebyalo ng’ate n’obuliwo kigambibwa nti bumenya mateeka kuba buli luvannyuma lwa myaka etaano waliwo okubaawo okulonda ku mitendera gyonna egya gavumenti. Kyokka bwo bumaze emyaka egisoba mu kkumi nga tebulondebwa.

Ebyo nga biri awo n’ensimbi  obuwumbi 12 ez’okusasula emisaala gy’ababaka ba palamenti abapya 70 abagenda okwegatta ku palamenti egenda okulondebwa omwaka ogujja emisaala gyabwe tegiri mu bajeti. Palamenti empya egenda kubaamu ababaka 459. Eriwo erimu ababaka 265.

At least 79 dead in Lake Nalubaale(Victoria) ferry disaster – Tanzania state media has stated:

With a surface area of 70,000 square kilometres (27,000 square miles), oval-shaped Lake Victoria is roughly the size of Ireland and is shared by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

It is not uncommon for ferries to capsize on the lake and the number of fatalities is often high due to a shortage of life jackets and the fact that many local people cannot afford living on the lake safely.

During 21 May, 1996 more than 800 people lost their lives on Lake Victoria when the MV Bukoba sank off the mainland town of Mwanza, according to the Red Cross.




21 September, 2018


By the Monitor, Uganda


The old ferry as it was during sailing on the famous African fresh water Lake


MV Nyerere capsizes in Lake Victoria on

MV Nyerere capsizes in Lake Victoria on September 20, 2018. COURTESY PHOTO 

The number of those found alive after Thursday's disaster remains 37, with no more survivors found since rescue operations resumed Friday morning.

The MV Nyerere may have been carrying as many as 200 passengers -- double the ferry's capacity - when it capsized close to the pier at Ukara Island on Thursday afternoon, according to state media.

Tanzania's Electrical, Mechanical and Services Agency, which is responsible for ferry services, said it was unknown how many passengers were aboard the MV Nyerere.

The ageing ferry was also carrying cargo, including sacks of maize, bananas and cement, when it overturned and then sank around 50 metres (55 yards) from Ukara dock.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, but overloading is frequently to blame for such disasters.


Such life saving marine equipments must not be taxed for some years if this lake is not to continue being blamed unnecessarily for such fatalities. 






Omuyaga gukubye Abamerika ne gubafukamiza


By Musasi wa Bukedde


Added 6th September 2017



ABAMERIKA mu ssaza ly’e Texas ne Louisiana, ge bakaaba ge bakomba olw’omuyaga ogw’amaanyi ogubagoyerezza wiiki bbiri ne gubaleka nga bafumbya miyagi.

Omuyaga guno ‘Hurricane Harvey’, ogufukamizza Abamerika ku maviivi gwatandika nga August 13, 2017 nga gwasimbuka ku lubalama lw’oguyanja Atlantic mu West Afrika okumpi ne Senegal.


Amataba nga ganjadde mu nguudo ng’abantu bakozesa maato okutuuka mu mayumba gaabwe.


Gwatandiikiriza mpolampola nga gukunta ku sipiidi ya mayiro 40 buli ssaawa ne guyita mu mawanga ag’ebizinga eby’e St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent Grenadines ne gutuuka mu Caribbean Sea ne Gulf of Mexico nga August 22, 2017 nga gwongeddemu sipiidi.

Nga August 23, 2017 lwe gwatuuka mu ssaza ly’e Texas. Gwali gwongeddemu amaanyi mu kukunta nga guli ku sipiidi ey’obulabe ya mayiro 130 buli ssaawa era bwe gwegattamu enkuba ekyaludde okutonnya mu Amerika, ne gujabagira!



Okuva August 23, n’okutuuka eggulo ku Lwokubiri, ze wiiki nga bbiri, omuyaga Harvey kye gukoze Abamerika mu ssaza ly’e Texas ne Louisiana, nkoko baana.

Ebibuga eby’omulembe, eby’ebbeeyi era ebiyooyoote obulungi byonna byabulidde mu mazzi, amayumba g’abantu ago gaakulukuse n’enkuba ey’amaanyi ennyo ebadde telabwangako mu Amerika mu myaka 12 egiyise.



Ebintu ebyayonooneddwa omuyaga Hurricane Harvey bibalirirwamu doola obuwumbi 75 eza Uganda obuwumbi 270,000.

Amaka agasoba mu 20,000 gaasanyiziddwawo ng’abantu nga 30,000 baasigadde tebalina we beegeka luba.


Abantu abaafa bali 66 kyokka omuwendo gusuubirwa okulinnya olw’omuyaga omulala ogujja oguyitibwa ‘ Hurricane Irma’.

Omuyaga Hurricane Irma gusuubirwa okugoyagoya amasaza okuli Florida , North Carolina n’amalala mu nnaku ntono ezijja era abantu baatandise okwetegula amaka gaabwe olwekyo kye baalabye e Texas ne Louisiana.

Pulezidenti Donald Trump yasabye Palamenti ya Amerika ddoola obuwumbi 7 n’obukadde 900 (eza Uganda obuwumbi 28,440) , zisooke zeeyambisibwe mu kudduukirira abantu abaakoseddwa omuyaga e Texas ne Louisiana .


Omuyaga oguzze gugoya ensi


April 30-31, 1991.

Omuyaga ogw’amaanyi ogwakunta e Bangladesh okumala ennaku bbiri gwatta abantu 131,000 n’okutaataaganya abalala obukadde mwenda ne gusaanyaawo n’amayumba gaabwe.

Bangi ku bantu obukadde omwenda abaawona okuttibwa ate baafa ndwadde nga kkolera n’ekiddukano.



August 29, 2005:

Omuyaga ‘Hurricane Katrina’ gwagoya essaza ly’e New Orleans mu Amerika ne gutta abantu 1,833 n’okutaataaganya 500,000 abaasigala nga bafumbya miyagi

March 27, 2011;

Omuyaga nga gulimu ne musisi oguyitibwa Tsunami gwayita e Japan abantu kumpi 30,000 ne bafa e Fukushima.

Emirambo 10,668 gye gyazuulibwa, abantu 16,574 n’okutuusa kati tebamanyiddwaako mayitire

 mataba nga gasazeeko ekibuga nenguudo zonna zijjudde amazzi Amataba nga gasazeeko ekibuga n’enguudo zonna zijjudde amazzi.


December 18, 2012:

Omuyaga gwayita mu Philippines ne gutta abantu 1,987 n’okusengula abasoba mu 100,000 .

December 26, 2004:

Omuyaga Ssemayaga nga gulimu ne musisi gwakunta okuva mu Gguyanja Indian Ocean ne gukuba amawanga 14 okuli: Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Buyindi, Thailand, Maldives, Malaysia, Madagascar, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania ne South Afrika ne gutta abantu abasoba 280,000 n’okusaanyawo ebintu ebibalirirwa mu butitimbe bwa ssente.



  • Bo mubuyindi naddala mu Bangladesh ensi eri wansi ate oguyanja ogubaliranye gwo negubeera waggulu nenkulabira amazzi bwegagenda okubagoba kulukalu lwabwe. Kigambibwa nti mumyaka 50 Bangladesh egyakubeera munyanja.

  • Bukedde webale kulaga obuzibu obuli mu America. Bazimbye mu ntobazzi zonna eziriko emigga enkulakulana gyebayita suburbia homes. Emiyaga egiva muguyanja atlantic bwegubakuba ate nga nebibira baabitema nyo, amazzi negabayitirirako. Tekako nenkuba okutonya. Entobazzi nebibira byaaali bimanyi okunywa amazzi ago amangi. Kibi nti naffe wano mu Africa twesimira bunya mungeri yemu. Ate President wa America naggagga nyo, embeera zensi nga zino tayagala kumanya.








The International Botanical Gardens in the United Kingdom, has discovered about 9,600 tree species that are at risk of extinction on the planet:



Added 6th April 2017



This number includes over 300 species that are critically endangered


The first ever global database of trees on Wednesday revealed that 9,600 tree species are threatened with extinction and identified a total of 60,065 in existence.


Brazil is the country with the most diverse tree population, with 8,715 species, according to the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) group.


It also has the largest number of tree species -- 4,333 -- that only exist there.


In total 58 percent of trees are so-called single country endemics, with 2,991 species only found in Madagascar and 2,584 only found in Australia.


After Brazil, Colombia is the second most diverse country, with 5,776 different tree species, followed by Indonesia, with 5,142.


The London-based BGCI, which represents an estimated 2,500 botanic gardens around the world, used data from more than 500 published sources to create the list.


Of the 60,065 tree species, only around 20,000 have been assessed for their conservation status -- of which 9,600 are threatened with extinction.


"BGCI's main reason for publishing the list is to provide a tool for people trying to conserve rare and threatened tree species," the organisation said in a statement.


"Currently, around 10,000 tree species are known to be threatened with extinction, largely by deforestation and over-exploitation.


"This number includes over 300 species that are critically endangered with fewer than 50 individuals remaining in the wild."


Aside from the Arctic and the Antarctic where there are no trees, the Nearctic region -- comprising most of North America -- has the lowest diversity, with less than 1,400 tree species.


The database will be continually updated, as around 2,000 new plants are discovered and described each year.







Ennyanja Nalubaale ebooze e Kiyindi, Buganda State:
6 August, 2015
                       Obumu ku buyumba n’emidaala ebisaliddwaako amazzi ku mwalo e Kiyindi.
Bya Henry Nsubuga


Emirimu ku mwalo gw’e Kiyindi mu ggombolola y’e Najja mu disitulikiti y’e Buikwe gyesibye oluvannyuma lw’amazzi g’ennyanja Nalubaale okugenda nga gasensera omwalo guno.

Okuva mu mwezi gwa February ow’omwaka guno, amazzi g’ennyanja Nalubaale gagenda geeyongerako ne gagenda nga galya olubalama okutwaliramu n’ebitundu abasuubuzi mwe bakolera.

Perusi Logose, ow’ebyenvuba ku mwalo gw’e Kiyindi agamba nti abasuubuzi abaali bakolera ku lubalama abasinga bawaliriziddwa okusenguka olw’okuba teri kye basobola kukolera mu kifo kino olw’amazzi agaayingira edda mu buyumba n’emidaala gyabwe.

“Tusanze obuzibu nti n’amaato tegakyalina we gasimba olw’amazzi. Tufuba okufuna ekifo amaato we gasimba kuba kati bwe gajja gatomera obuyumba obwaliibwa edda amazzi ekivaako entambula y’oku mazzi okusikattira,” Logose bwe yagambye.

Obuyumba bw’abasuubuzi mwe baali bakolera obuwerako amazzi gaabuyiwa ate awalala gakoma ku miryango kwennyini era mu biseera eby’amayengo amangi, amazzi gasibira mu maduuka ne mu buyumba bw’abasuubuzi.

Abalala abakoseddwa embeera eno be bakanyama abatikkula ebintu n’okusitula abantu okuva mu maato abagamba nti batandise okuvunda ebigere olw’amazzi.

Abakyala abafumba emmere eyaliibwanga ennyo abantu abava mu maato n’abakolera ku mwalo guno tebakyakola kuba ebifo byabwe bicaafuwadde nnyo olw’ennyanja ebooze ate ne bakasitoma tebakyajja.

Agnes Kyaterekera, agamba nti amazzi baagasanga gali wala ne babaguza ebifo ebyo mwe bakolera.

Abasuubuzi abamu bagamba nti ennyanja ebooze olw’amazzi g’omugga Kiyira agaazibibwa nga tegakyatambula olw’Abajapan abakyakola olutindo olupya e Jinja ssaako enkuba eyeeyongedde.

Abavubi abakulembeddwa Fred Kaggwa batandise okugenda nga bajjuza ettaka mu bimu ku bifo awatuukirwa eby’ennyanja okugezaako okutaasa embeera.

Kaggwa agamba nti ebyennyanja ebimu bitwalibwa ebweru era nga ssinga we bakolera wanaaba wacaafu, kijja kuba kibaviirako obuzibu mu katale k’ebyennyanja.

Ye ssentebe wa disitulikiti y’e Buikwe, Mathias Kigongo yagambye nti embeera eno ebeerawo buli mwaka gw’enkuba ng’entabwe eva ku basuubuzi abaazimba okuyita we balina okukoma ne batwaliramu n’aw’ennyanja.

“Ekyeya bwe kijja, amazzi ne gakendeera ng’olwo bagenda bazimba mu musenyu awaba wavudde amazzi. NEMA yasuubiza n’okujja okubaggyawo ate nga nabo bamanyidde ddala nti ekifo mwe bakolera ‘lizaavu’ ya nnyanja,” Kigongo bwe yagambye.



Ensi nyingi nyo ddala zitawana namataba nga bifubutuka kunyanja nemigga:


Ebeera ze nsi zo zeyongera okukyuka  munsi yonna:


27 December, 2015




Wano Bungereza Omugga Ouze gwabise olwenkuba enyingi mubiro bya

Ssekkukulu n' Omwaka nga guggwako.







Ekiragiro kya RDC kumbeera yo budde ku nnyanja Nalubaale kitabudde abavubi ba Mukenne n'Empuuta:

By Musasi wa Bukedde


Added 7th July 2016


Abavubi nga bali ku mwalo gw’e Kiyindi.



EKIRAGIRO omubaka wa Gavumenti (RDC), ow’e Buvuma kye yawadde abavubi ku nnyanja kibatabudde abamu ne bawalirizibwa okuyimiriza okuvuba nga bagamba nti ekyakoleddwa kibanyigiriza.

Abavubi ba mukene ku mwalo gw’e Kiyindi mu disitulikiti y’e Buikwe bagamba nti RDC, okubalagira okusooka okuva ku ky’okugenda mu mazzi ageewala okuvubirayo, okutuukira ddala ku bizinga by’e Lyabaana wasinga okuva empuuta okumala ebbanga lya myezi esatu bakiraba ng’okubalemesa okukola omulimu gwabwe kwe kusalawo okuyimiriza okuvuba okutuusa ng’ensonga zaabwe zitunuddwaamu.

Embeera eno emaze wiiki ssatu yajjawo oluvannyuma lwa RDC Kyeyune Ssenyonjo okuyingira mu nkaayana wakati w’abavubi ba mukene n’abavuba empuuta ezirudde nga ziremeddwa okugonjoolwa.

Mu lukiiko Ssenyonjo lwe yayita olwatuulamu abavuba mukene n’ab’empuuta ku kitebe kya disitulikiti e Buvuma, enjuyi zombi zaavaawo tezikkaanyizza kyokka RDC n’assaawo ekiragiro kye baalina okugoberera ng’abavuba mukene baakiraba ng’okubanyigiriza.

Bagamba nti Ssenyonjo okuwa ensala ye yali akolera ku ntoli z’abavubi b’empuuta nabo kwe kugaana okukkiriza ekiragiro kye. Ssenyonjo yategeezezza nti abavubi ba mukene e Kiyindi balabika balina bye beenoonyeza.

“Ensalawo yange nagyesigamya ku kukuuma obutebenkevu ku nnyanja, abavuba empuuta basigale ewaabwe n’abavuba mukene bwe batyo ng’ensonga zaabwe bwe zongera okwetegerezebwa.

Kino kijja kutwala emyezi esatu gyokka tuddemu tusisinkane tuveeyo n’amagezi ag’enkomeredde,” Ssenyonjo bwe yagambye. Omubaka w’e Buvuma mu Palamenti, Robert Migadde Ndugwa yategeezezza nti enjawukana z’abavubi bano zibadde zisajjuse ne batuuka n’okugenda okuvuba nga bakutte amajambiya n’emiggo nga wabaddewo okutya nti bakyayinza okutihhana.

Migadde yagasseeko nti embeera eyasalibwawo olw’obulungi n’obutebenkevu bw’abavubi ab’enjuyi zombi waliwo abagezigenzi abaagala okugifunamu nga bawubisa abavuba mukene ne babagaana n’okuvuba kye yagambye nti kikyamu.

“Mmaze okukitegeerako nti abagezigezi abo abasinziira ebweru wa Buvuma bagaanye n’abavubi ba mukene okuvuba era babasoloozaamu ssente nga basussizza ne mu bukadde 70 mbu bagenda kuwawaabira RDC olw’okubagaana okuvuba. Nze nsaba abavubi e Buvuma okuwa obudde n’okuteeka mu nkola ekiragiro kya RDC kuba kiriwo ku lwa bulungi bwaffe ffenna okutwalira awamu,” Migadde bwe yagambye.

Abavuba mukene baasabye Gavumenti eyingire mu nsonga zaabwe kuba embeera eyassibwaawo RDC bagiraba nga ey’okubanyigiriza. Bagamba nti si be bafiirwa bokka wabula abasuubuzi naddala ababadde bamutwala ebweru. Gavumenti efiiriddwa omusolo mungi gw’ebadde efuna ng’ate ekyagufiirwa singa tewabaawo kikolebwa mu bwangu.



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In Uganda, the Minister of Transport has defended the high cost of Shs 45.6 trillion that will be used to build a Standard Gauge modern Railway without the building-cost of the stop over stations:

There are about 20 major railway stations through which this railway will service the various African communities: 

Left to right: Dr Dorothy Okello, the president Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers, Eng Proscovia Njuki Uganda’s first female engineer and Eng Monica Azuba Ntege, the Minister of Works and Transport during the Female Engineers registration enhancement conference in Kampala last week. PHOTO BY STEPHEN OTAGE


7 April, 2017


By Nelson Wesonga


Uganda Parliament - Works and Transport minister Monica Azuba, has refuted a Parliamentary report that indicates that Uganda’s planned Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), is overpriced.

Ms Azuba in a rejoinder to report of Parliament   says the $12.8 billion (Shs45.6 trillion) that has got many Ugandans hot under the collar is merely a planning estimate.

“It is not the construction price,” Ms Azuba, an engineer, said in a February 14 rejoinder to the House’s Physical Infrastructure Committee December report on the SGR.

“In engineering projects, the planning estimates are refined by feasibility studies, culminating into feasibility estimates,” she said.

She says the feasibility estimates are further refined during design or engineering to arrive at the engineer’s estimates.

“The engineer’s estimates, guides in the bidding, but varies from the final contractor’s price and, therefore, construction price,” Ms Azuba said.

Ms Azuba’s rejoinder comes after the tabling of a report on the project by the Physical Infrastructure Committee to the House on Wednesday.

Among other conclusions, the committee says the cost of the project is very high.

To arrive at the conclusion, the committee based on its findings during benchmarking trips to Ethiopia and Kenya.

While in the two countries, the committee established  that Ethiopia constructed its rail track at the cost of $5 million (17.8 billion) per kilometre, Kenya at $6.23 million (Shs22.2 billion) yet Uganda’s planning estimates each kilometre will be Shs8.42 million (Shs30 billion) per kilometre.

Furthermore, the committee accuses the SGR team passing off a Class 1 SGR as a Class 2 SGR, a charge Ms Azuba rejected.

The committee’s report says whereas Class 1 SGR allows a maximum speed of 100 kilometres per hour (km/h) for the cargo train, the maximum speed for the one Uganda will construct is 80km/h – the latter a feature of Class 2 SGRs.

A Class 1 SGR annual haulage tonnage is at least 25 million tonnes.

But Uganda’s SGR annual tonnage is 20 million tonnes.

The report adds that the [SGR] management team “deliberately misguided and misled the country”.

“Punitive action should be taken against any officials who might be culpable of making misleading claims of the actual work that is going to be done,” the MPs recommended in the report.

They suggested that government should renegotiate the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC).

In reference to classification, Ms Azuba says there is no universally agreed classification.

“Each country has its own classification. American classification, for example, is based on annual revenue it generates...” she said. “China Class 1 is determined based on role of network, annual freight volume, speed, carvatures, among others. Any information contrary to the above facts, therefore, is misleading.”


Posted on 21st April, 2016

The Government of Uganda must own up its share of the many boat disasters happening on Lake Nalubaale (Victoria):

November 28, 2018

Written by Editorial of the

Lake Nalubaale (Victoria)



One of the largest Lakes in Africa living in so many mountains




The location of Lake Nalubaale (Victoria) in East Africa


Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones on Saturday night in what would have been an avoidable boat cruise mishap on Lake Victoria. At least over 50 people perished.

This is a steeper loss shared not only by the families but also by the country and economy as well. Unfortunately disasters such as this have become commonplace on our lakes and rivers.

How many must die on the waters to jolt government into serious action! The absurd statement made by the minister of state for Transport, Aggrey Bagire that the ill-fated boat was not licensed to carry passengers because it was in poor mechanical condition and that the owner had hidden it from authorities, just underscores government’s bizarre attitude towards enforcing regulations and laws.

It is also strange that government has been very vigilant in its crackdown on fishing of immature fish; using all manner of force to stop the errant fishermen, but remained a reluctant player when it comes to enforcement of safety standards on passenger boats until a disaster happens!

Inland water transport in Uganda is basically governed by a number of laws and regulations which include; The Ferries Act of 1905 Cap 335, The Lake Victoria Transport Act, The Rivers Act of 1907, The Vessel Registration Act cap 349, The Lake Victoria Transport (Marine Safety) Regulation 2010, The In Land Water Transport (safety navigation) rules of 1959, The Fish ( Beach Management) Rules 2003, The Traffic and Road Safety Act, among others.

Unfortunately most of these laws are obsolete in the sense that to be enforced, a lot things have to be put in place including amending the laws themselves! For instance, none of these laws provide for regulation of cruise vessel voyages, which lean more on providing pleasure rather than transportation. The ill-fated boat was on a pleasure voyage on the lake. What does the law say about such voyages?

How are they regulated in terms of sitting capacity, safety standards and the mechanical status of the vessels etc. The Inland Water Transport Act provides for mainly issuance and revocation of licenses by the Transport Licensing Board (TLB).

No provision is made for the mandatory use of life jackets, or the carrying capacity of the vessels. The enforcement mechanisms of these regulations are also doubted because the ministry lacks trained, experienced manpower and technology to ensure these measures are followed.

In that way, the safety of those who rely on water for economic activities, transport and pleasure is compromised. One would have thought that the vigilance government has infused in ensuring safety on the roads and air should be same for the water. And the solution is not in the knee jerk government response nor is it in introducing strict regulations! A holistic approach is needed.

Lakes and rivers are littered with vessels packed with people but without any emergence rescue facilities. Like the case is always when rescue efforts are called in, teams take too long to respond due to a lack of efficient communication infrastructure on the waters.

To ensure a safe and reliable water transport system in Uganda, government needs to bring strict laws and regulations along with efficient infrastructure.






In the fresh water lake Kingdom of Buganda, officials are waking up to try and improve the environment:

The district officials of Masaka are planning to stop all activities on wetlands and to cancel land ownership titles:


Masaka halts activities wetlands cancel titles

Degraded. A section of Nakayiba Swamp in Nyendo Town, Masaka District, which a private developer has filled with murrum in preparation for construction of permanent structures. PHOTO BY IVAN KIMBOWA.  

By Ivan Kimbowa and Al-Mahd Ssenkabirwa

In a bid to restore depleted wetlands in Masaka Municipality, authorities have halted all activities taking place on them.

The next step, according to municipal leaders, will be to cancel all land titles developers acquired in wetlands and evicting those carrying out activities in the water catchment areas.

The most depleted wetlands include Nakayiba in Nyendo, a Masaka Town suburb and Nabajjuzi on the Masaka-Mbarara Highway.

Nakayiba wetland forms part of Nabajjuzi wetland system, which is a tributary of Katonga River basin that drains into Lake Victoria.

Nabajjuzi, where National Water and Sewerage Corporation draws water it supplies in Masaka Town, is also a protected Ramsar Site due to its importance for people and animals. A Ramsar Site is a wetland site designated to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

Heath risk

Nakayiba wetland is also being polluted by wastes from car garages around Nyendo Town. 

A 2007 UN Habitat showed that crops grown in polluted wetlands pose a health threat to the consumers.

Encroachers on both wetlands have built houses, as well as grown crops such as sugarcane, sweet potatoes and yams on the land.

In August, private developers had started filling soil in Nakayiba wetland, but were stopped by Masaka District chairperson Jude Mbabaali, who questioned how they acquired plots in a wetland.

“We cannot destroy their [developers] properties since they own land titles, but we are in touch with the new district land board to pursue the cancellation of their titles in the catchment area, then we shall restore the area and also change the municipality plan,” Mr Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo, the Masaka mayor, said in an interview on Monday.

He revealed that at least 20 land titles would be cancelled.

Mr Kayemba added that car washing bays, fuel stations and industries constructed in wetlands will be closed.

Masaka Municipal planner Martin Kigozi said they had asked some developers whose plots are not within Nakayiba wetland, but bordering natural resource to erect a retaining wall to block soil from running into the wetland, but they refused to comply.

One of the owners of plots in Nakayiba wetland, who only identified himself as Edward declined to comment on the matter, referring Daily Monitor to National Environment Management Authority (Nema).

During a stakeholders’ meeting between Nema officials and district leaders from Masaka sub-region last month, local leaders accused officers from Nema of allowing companies and powerful individuals to destroy wetlands in the area.

Mr Mbabaali said all their efforts to save the remaining wetlands in their areas have been frustrated by Nema officials.

Mr Mbabaali cited several wetlands which have been destroyed as result of sand mining and another wetland around Lake Birinzi, a satellite of Lake Victoria in Masaka District, which is being claimed by an individual.

However, Dr Jerome Ssebadduka Lugumira, the Nema natural resources manager in charge of soils and land use, said sand mining companies whose licences were renewed follow the guidelines issued by Nema.

He said their research had revealed that sand mining causes no danger to the environment once the miners strictly follow the guidelines.

State of wetlands

Depletion. Ministry of Environment statistics show that Uganda has lost more than 30 per cent of the wetlands in the last 23 years.

The law. Section 36 of the National Environment Act provides for the protection of wetlands and prohibits reclamation, erection of illegal structures and empowers authorities to demolish any structure that is fixed in, on, under or above any wetland. The Act also empowers districts to manage wetlands within their jurisdictions and ensure that their boundaries are clearly demarcated so that even as water levels and wetland vegetation recedes, the communities are clear on where the boundaries lie.






Omugga Nabajjuzi gubooze ne gusalako amakubo gonna agayingira disitulikiti y'e Sembabule:

BY Vivien Nakitende


Added 21st April 2016




Posted on 6th August, 2015

Biibino ebitundu ebirala ebyefudde mmo mu kumira amaato n’ennyonyi:

By Musasi wa Bukedde


Added 21st November 2019


NE WANKUBADDE ng’abantu abasinga Bermuda Triangle bamumanyi ng’ekifo ekibuzaawo abasaabaze ababeera mu nnyonyi ne ku mmeeri, ebifo ebirala bingi ebikakasiddwa okumira abantu ebirina okwewalibwa.


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‘Akazimu’ nga kasituse mu kitundu kye Bermuda weemirira amaato n’ennyonyi.


Bermuda Triangle kisangibwa mu liyanja lya Atlantic wakati w’essaza lya Amerika ery’e Florida n’ebizinga by’e Bahamas ne Puerto Rico. Ekitundu ekyo katukiyite ssebuufu bwa ngo obutasaalimbwamu mbwa.

Lwaki? Emmeeri n’ennyonyi byonna ebiyitawo ka kubeere okumpi n’ekitundu ekyo, bibbira mu mazzi obutaddamu kulabikako. Emu ku nsonga ennyingi ezivaako kino okubaawo g’emazzi mu kitundu ekyo obutazitowa ng’ebitundu ebirala ekigalemesa okuwanirira emmeeri enzito.

Kyokka bannassaayansi abamu kino bakiwakanya nga bagamba nti wadde amaato gonna gawanirirwa mazzi okusigala nga tegabbidde, n’agalimu omuntu omu nga gawewuka nnyo nago bagamira kasita gayita mu kitundu ekyo.

Bannassaayansi bongerako nti kibuyaga omungi mu kitundu ekyo y’asika ennyonyi ne zibulwa amakubo ne zikka ne zibbira.

Abaganda abamu ekyo bakiyita liiso lya nnyanja eryetooloola buli kadde nga bw’otabula sukaali mu kikopo nga bw’oggyamu ekijiiko caayi n’asigala nga yeetooloola bw’omusuulamu ekintu awetooloola wennyini we kitandikira okukka.

Bermuda Triangle yasooka kwogerwako omuvumbuzi Christopher Columbus bwe yali ava mu Bulaaya okuzuula Amerika mu 1492 n’awulira ekitundu ekyo nga si kya bulijjo.

kulabikako mu 1937 n’ennyonyi ya Northwest Flight 2501 mu 1950, bannassaayansi bagamba nti kyava ku mazzi kubimba ne gasukka we gaali gakoma. Nti emyaka nga 10,000 okudda emabega mu kitundu ekyo, amazzi gaali matono olw’omuzira ogwali omungi.

Abantu bwe baagendanga batema emiti n’okukola ebirala ebyonoona obutonde bw’ensi ekyayongera ebbugumu ku nsi, omuzira gwasaanuuka amazzi ne gabimba.

nnyonyi eri okumpi namazzi ngeno neri ewala zonna zisobola okumiribwaEnnyonyi eri okumpi n’amazzi ng’eno n’eri ewala zonna zisobola okumiribwa.

Waliwo ejjinja eddene abantu lye baakolerangako emirimu ng’okubumba, okuwagala ebissi, okwanika ebintu ng’ekyalo kyonna we kikung’aanira era gatandika okusongolerera.

Amaato agayitawo naddala amazito beekanga gakubye olwazi ne lyatika olwo amazzi ne gayingira n’ekyaddiriranga lyato kubbira.









 nnyonyi eri okumpi namazzi ngeno neri ewala zonna zisobola okumiribwa Ennyonyi eri okumpi n’amazzi ng’eno n’eri ewala zonna zisobola okumiribwa.


SSEBUUFU BWA NGO OBUTASAALIMBWAMU MBWA. Bukedde nawe otiisa abantu nokamala. Abakugu bangi munsi ekitundu kyenyanja eno eya Western Atlantic Ocean tebakikakasa nti kirina omutawana. Ekitundu ekyo ekyamazzi kiriko nga square miles million emu nomusobyo era enyonyi namaato mangi nyo ddala agakifuula ekkubo buli ssawa. Enyonyi n'Amaato biyitamu nga bidduka emisinde okukamala. Okukka wansi wa mazzi gano gakumira miles 2 nokka kuntobo ebyenyanja nelukwata nebikumira nga olalidde mubuwengula bwamazzi. Omuwendo gw'bantu abafudde bwebatyo kyenkana bebamu nga banaffe wano e Buganda abasiiba bafiira munyanja Nalubaale. Ate no Nalubaale okukka wansi mumazi fuuti ziri 130 zokka era Nalubaale talina zi Lukwaata ezisobola okukumira. Nebwobulira mu nyanja Nalubaale, abantubo bakusanga nebwewayitawo ennaku kubanga oli kumpi.


Era banaffe abafiira mulyaato wano omwaka oguwede mu November 2018, singa baali bambade life jackets, nga ekifo ekyo bwekitaliimu nyo Gonya, abantu baabwe bandibasanze nekumakya, nga balamu era nga baseeyeya kumazzi. Enfumo ya Bajajja egamba nti amazzi gakumira nawe ogamira technology emugyewo ebiro bino!






How the Lake Victoria environment project came to be dead in the water:


By Erst Lutz


FRIDAY OCTOBER 5 2018 and Reproduced 30 January, 2019




Fishermen at Lake Victoria in Homa Bay on September 11, 2018. Water hyacinth has chocked the lake and interfered with fishing and transport activities. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NMG 

In Summary

  • The water hyacinth harvester costing around $1m has been sitting unused in the harbour of Kisumu for three years.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya recently “issued a directive freezing all new government projects until ongoing ones are completed… the directive is aimed at stopping wastage of resources and the habit of government agencies abandoning incomplete projects and starting others” (Daily Nation, July 20).

Using the example of the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project Phase 2 (LVEMP2), this commentary suggests that projects not only need to be completed, but also need to be completed well. LVEMP2 did no baseline work and hardly any substantive monitoring.

Therefore, claims of satisfactory achievements in the five governments’ completion reports are not credible, given the limited factual basis.

Since international development loans must eventually be repaid, it would be in the countries’ best interest to make sure that there are good payoffs for the funds invested.

The Lake Victoria Programme started out in 1997 with good intentions. Phase 1 was assessed as marginally satisfactory, and in Phase 2, achievements were modest, considering the facts on the ground.

The project implementation performance between 2009 and 2012 was unsatisfactory as

(i) actions on pollution control, sustainable land management, and the fishery were marginal during the first three years,

(ii) none of the seven dated covenants were adhered to, and

(iii) fraud was committed in Uganda between 2010 and 2012, followed by a suspension of disbursements till September 2013.

There were also limited achievements between 2012 and 2017. During the 2012 restructuring, the results framework, along with its indicators, was revised and downgraded. Examples:

(i) The indicator for pollution was “hotspots addressed” but no measurements were taken on how much sewage was reduced or how water quality improved;

(ii) Another key indicator was “hectares of sustainable land management” but incremental productivity or environmental benefits were not monitored.

Also, with two extensions, this originally 4.5-year project became an 8.75-year project, implying low implementation efficiency. For Rwanda and Burundi – with a restructuring and a closing date extension – this was 6.5 years.

Progress on regional harmonisation work was unsatisfactory. Joint management of common resources would make sense. It would, however, require a common incentive framework so that individual countries would be persuaded to undertake jointly agreed work.

But such a framework was not agreed, the Lake Victoria Basin Commission was ineffective, and EAC procedures prevented acceptable progress, such as on adopting and implementing water and fisheries policies or a data-sharing protocol.

Other selected concerns include:

(a) The water hyacinth harvester costing around $1 million has been sitting unused in the harbour of Kisumu for three years now, representing a significant waste of funds;

(b) The combination of the World Bank emphasising disbursements, and the weak capacity of low-level teams in environment or water ministries to manage multi-sectoral work, has been a systemic issue under LVEMP2. One example of this is the purchase of goats in November 2017 and the associated goat disease outbreak in Burundi caused by the project, with losses of a large number of goats and sheep;

(c) The large Lake Victoria fishery was neglected and continues to decline; this may also be applicable for Lake Rweru;

(d) The Lake Victoria Programme is now in its 21st year, but there is limited clarity about which environmental issues should be addressed, how, and what specific productivity and environmental benefits can be expected;

(e) The emphasis on disbursements as compared with outputs, outcomes and estimated benefits to communities;

(f) Given the strain in relations, teams from Burundi and Rwanda are not collaborating or even communicating within the same WB project!;

(g) The negligible relevance of actions by upstream countries on Lake Victoria via the Kagera River. No measurements were taken, but even if these had been taken, one can hypothesise that specific project actions in the two upstream countries do not show up in terms of improved Kagera water quality; and

(h) Wastage of funds does not necessarily involve corruption since independent annual audits are undertaken.

But one can observe high travel and other operational costs by national and regional teams with limited results and little permanent institutional capacity built.

There are incentives at work in national teams for high-grading.

Therefore, aside from Rwanda’s action as good stewards of their International Development Assistance allocation, Kenya’s, Tanzania’s, Uganda’s, and Burundi’s ministries of finance should reconsider their preliminary commitments to Phase 3 in order to reduce inefficiency of IDA resources and invest these more effectively in single-sector projects where implementation capacities may be stronger and where better payoffs can be expected.

Ernst Lutz holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and is a former senior economist at the World Bank. E-mail:








In Uganda, 905 billion Uganda shillings (240 million dollars) is a good budget every year to look after Lake Nalubaale (Victoria) existing in the middle of the African vast continent: 


Encroached. A man collects garbage at Lambu Landing Site in Bukakata Sub-county in Masaka District last Saturday. PHOTO BY ALI MAMBULE.


Dastan Onyango, 53, says: “I should have left this area long time ago. The conditions just keep getting worse. When it starts shining, it is like God is punishing us, and when it starts raining, it is a story of its own. But at this age where can I go? Where can I start from?”

A resident of Kowuor Village in Homa Bay County in Western Kenya, Onyango was still reeling from effects of the severe drought that affected parts of eastern and western Kenya between last November and June this year. From owning 35 head of cattle, he is down to six.

Homa Bay and the neighbouring Kisumu County, which ironically are on the shores of Lake Victoria, and parts of Vihiga and Kakamega counties in western Kenya, have since the beginning of the year been on a drought alert — with little or no rain at all, leading to rivers, boreholes and ponds drying up, and no pastures for animals.

This year’s drought was, ostensibly, an extension of last year’s dry spell which the Food and Agriculture’s Organisation (FAO) declared a “national disaster”. It put some 2.7 million people in dire need — the most vulnerable being the elderly, sick, mothers and children under five.

For Onyango, the rain even did worse. As soon as it started, he turned focus to tilling his 5-acre farm but the floods nearly swept away everything. In October, he was not so sure of what to do next. 

“You cannot plant during the dry season. You cannot plant during the rainy season. It is like some of us are cursed,” he says as we walk around his shattered farm.

Officials say for rivers such as Mirui, Kuja, Awach, Mirui, and Nyando that run across the Kisumu and Homa Bay counties and other parts of western and central/rift valley regions of Kenya, some of which drain into Lake Victoria, drying up has become an annual routine.

“…but it is increasingly becoming complex and generating confusion,” says Leonard Omondi Akwany, a coordinator at Ecofinder Kenya, a civil society organisation trying to drum up advocacy to save part of Dunga beach wetland in Kisumu.

“If the rivers are not drying up, they are flooding,” Mr Akwany says, adding: “Extreme weather events such as floods and drought have become prevalent. Previously, communities thought that floods were the most serious but now, the drought is.”

Mr Akwany says when the rivers draining into the lake dry up, the focus turns to the lake.

The causes of the rivers drying up range from encroachment of the river catchment areas for crop cultivation or human settlement to massive deforestation, and changing weather patterns.

Fifteen years ago, 45-year-old Adam Kidega recalls returning to the lake shores at Dunga, a longtime fishing village south of Kisumu Town, after a night fishing with his boat full of fish. 

“It was always a bonanza. Today, it is a very different story,” he recalls.

Despite spending a whole night out there on the lake, Kidega says like several other fishermen, one returns to the shore, with a handful of fish if lucky. If you want to be very lucky with the catch, you have to wander a little deeper into the lake, which is problematic, especially at night.

Both Onyango and Kidega’s accounts point to one thing — human activity is squarely to blame for the ever-changing climate. 

The Dunga Beach area, like most parts of Kisumu Town bordering Lake Victoria, is heavily colonised by water hyacinth, putrid algae and other invasive aquatic plant that won’t let the fish breed. And they flourish due to the organic pollutant material that are carried by the rivers draining into the lake from near and far in western and central Kenya.

Removing, controlling or even killing the water hyacinth is not an easy process. In fact, in Kavirondo Gulf, which neighbours Dunga Beach to the north, the expanse colonised by water weeds can be easily mistaken for a green park.

The invasive water weeds form a thick green carpet-like layer covering a wider area crippling every activity around, from fishing to transportation.

Uganda has tried to manage its spread over the years, including through the previous LVEMP project in areas such as Kasensero in Rakai District and Port Bell in Luzira in Kampala, which were said to be the worst affected but other menacing activities such as sand mining that also threatens the lake materialised.

Wider water woes

Lake Victoria is considered one of the most important shared natural resources by regional countries; draining an expanse estimated at 194,200 square miles. The lake’s basin is home to more than 40 million people who draw livelihoods directly from the lake, according to the World Bank.

The lake is the main source of water for domestic, industrial, and hydro power generation. It is a climate regulator, a reservoir of biodiversity and a medium for transport across three main basin countries — Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

Lake Victoria is also the main surface outflow for the world’s longest river, the Nile. According to the 2017 Lake Victoria Basin Atlas, the largest portion of the lake basin, 44 per cent, lies in Tanzania, followed by Kenya with 22 per cent, while Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi make 16 per cent, 11 per cent, and 7 per cent, respectively. However, only Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania share the lake’s 3,460 km shoreline.

Of the 40 million people estimated by the World Bank to be living in the basin, Kenya, according to the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC), has the highest population of 15 million in the lake’s catchment area, followed by Tanzania with the main portion of the basin with 7.5 million, and Uganda with 7 million.

The LVBC is an organ of the regional grouping, East African Community, mandated to coordinate sustainable development and management of the Lake Victoria basin.

“The higher the number of people you have in a catchment area, the more the pollution and the more problems you get,” Dr Ally Said Matano, the LVBC executive secretary, says.

“Kenya, with 6 per cent of the lake and a catchment area of 22 per cent, has a population of 15 million. If you take the size of the catchment area, then take the size of the population therein and the extent of socio-economic activities, and also look at the topography of Kenya (mainly hilly catchment areas) and several rivers draining into the lake, which come with a lot of drainage and sewerage, that is why you find that this part of the lake on the Kenyan side is highly polluted,” he says.

Dr Matano reveals that degradation, especially on the lake’s catchment areas and riparian zones, and pollution are the two main challenges threatening the lake, throwing in others such as climate variability, which he said has been materialising intermittently.

“99 per cent of the challenges the lake’s basin face are not lake-based problems. They are problems in the catchment areas, and the drivers of those problems are people — whether the red soils flowing into the lake as a result of improper family methods, sewerage being drained into the lake, open defecating on river banks, name it,” Dr Matano says.

Effects on the lake

In Kavirondo Gulf, for example, studies show that the levels of oxygen in the water is about 3.5 per cent against the normal oxygen levels of 8.6 per cent for fish to breed and survive.

The primary reason is the high concentration of pollutants, including sewerage of all substances carried into area by Kisati river stream that stretches through Ubungo slum, thus making the area highly conducive for water hyacinth.

“So really, there is a big connection between the catchment area and the lake. If we are to save the lake we cannot save the lake from the lake; we have to save the lake from the catchment area,” Dr Matano adds.

According to the atlas, the basin consists of rivers, streams and wetlands. River Kagera, stretching from Burundi and Rwanda, provides the largest inflow into the lake, contributing up to 33 per cent of surface water inflow.

Other major rivers draining into the lake include Bukora and Katonga in Uganda; the Nzoia, Sio Mara, Yala, Awach, Gucha, Migori and Sondu, in Kenya; and the Mori, Simiyu, Grumeti, Mbalageti and Magogo-Moame in Tanzania.

According to the UN Environment Programme, inland freshwater ecosystems or terrestrial water ecosystems provide our water for drinking, food, industry and energy. In addition to their productive uses, freshwater bodies are also essential habitats for biodiversity. Although freshwater makes up only 0.01 per cent of the world’s water, it supports almost 6 per cent of all of its described species.

“Their essential role in society and multiple uses mean freshwater ecosystems are disproportionately important,” says Lis Mullin Bernhardt, freshwater ecosystems expert at UN Environment Programme. 

“But unfortunately, they are also disproportionately under threat in that they bear the brunt of human activity, climate changes and a number of other factors,” she says.

Over the past 40 years, freshwater species populations, according to the UN, have declined by 81 per cent – more than double the rates seen in species both on land and in the oceans. At the same time, it is estimated that since 1900, around 70 per cent of inland water bodies have disappeared, with even higher numbers in some regions such as Asia.

The Lake Victoria basin atlas indicates that the entire basin’s ecosystem continues to undergo substantial changes as a result of pollution from industry and agriculture, the proliferation of waterweeds, over-fishing, the introduction of invasive alien species and land degradation.

“Algal blooms are prevalent in the lake to the extent that water transparency declined from five metres in the 1930s to less than one metre in the 1990s. The proliferation of the water hyacinth weed impedes the flow of water for irrigation, hinders navigation and interferes with hydropower schemes. The introduction of the Nile Perch is blamed for the decline in the number of fish species from more than 400 to about 200,” the atlas report notes.

Highly threatened

The Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in a 2018 study titled Freshwater biodiversity in the Lake Victoria basin shows that freshwater ecosystems within the region are highly threatened, with current safeguards proving inadequate. The focus of much past and ongoing conservation work in the region is on terrestrial ecosystems.

“Freshwater biodiversity in the Lake Victoria Basin is in decline and the risk of species extinctions is increasing, with the major drivers of threat identified as pollution, biological resource use, primarily overfishing, agriculture, and invasive species, particularly Nile Perch and water hyacinth,” the IUCN study notes.

Climate change is an ongoing and future threat to freshwater species, especially fish, which are shown to be particularly vulnerable, the report indicates.

On the Ugandan side of the lake, the permanent secretary in the ministry of Water and Environment, Mr Alfred Okot Okidi, says the Katonga and Kagera swamps are the most degraded and urgent efforts are needed to “save the situation”.

Out of the $240m (Shs905b), at least $60m (Shs226b) is earmarked for interventions in Uganda, including among others, evicting people from the lake’s key catchment areas and giving them alternative livelihoods in part of south western and eastern Uganda.

The programme is expected to kick off next year in September. However, Mr Okidi reveals that current projections show the situation is worse on the Kenyan side.







Uganda has again lost more of its people dead in Lake Nalubaale (Victoria)due to a boat accident:

Modern marine investment and management on this Lake is still lacking in this country:


November 25, 2018

Written by The Observer Team


The ill-fated boat that capsized


The ill-fated boat that capsized


Several people have perished in a Saturday ferry accident that occurred in the waters of Lake Victoria in Mpatta sub-county, Mukono district. 

Although police spokesperson Emilian Kayima yesterday said marine police had rescued 40 people who were on board, deputy army spokesperson Lt Col. Deo Akiki today said only 27 people were rescued alive. 30 bodies have so far been retrieved from the waters. Police has indeed revised its figures and confirmed that only 27 people were rescued last night. 

Akiiki said the chances of finding any more survivors are diminishing after being in the waters for over 12 hours and counting. The ferry reportedly had more than than 100 people on board according to some of the survivors. 

Approximately 120 people are said to have been on the boat and some survivors said it was overloaded although the registration list had only 104 names. It's possible that some passengers may not have registered while boarding. According to police sources, more than 70 people are still missing.

The blue boat that capsized belongs to the management of KK Palm beach on Mpatta island in Mukono district. The boat usually docks at Ggaba landing site to take partiers to KK Palm beach every weekend. This particular cruise had been marketed as an end of year boat cruise and attracted several middle class passengers, socialites and celebrities including Buganda kingdom prince David Wasajja, artists Iryn Namubiru, The Mith among others.

Among the dead are local fishermen who rushed to rescue people from the sinking ferry that was reportedly taking in water through a hole at the base after it was perforated by the tractor that was used to 'push' the ferry into the waters from it's repair centre. One rescue boat reportedly got overloaded by the survivors who were by now fighting for the few available life jackets. The rescue boat also sank, drowning more people.  

According to accounts by some of the survivors, the ferry started sipping in water through  hole and although passengers were told to spread out so as to 'balance' the ferry, they were too drunk and in party mood to listen to the warnings. Also, videos and pictures posted on social media by the revelers before the accident show several people without life jackets.

According to some survivors, the captain of the ship reportedly warned the passengers that the boat had a mechanical fault and wanted to cancel the cruise and dock near a rock for the passengers to get as they waited for rescuers. Rescue boats were reportedly dispatched but turned back after seeing that the ferry was continuing with its voyage after passengers insisted on first getting to their destination.


The celebration of the passengers as they enjoyed sailing on the Ancient African Lake before the tragic end of it all, Saturday, 24 November, 2018.

Meanwhile, the police and the army marine units have located the wreckage of the ferry and Akiiki said some nine bodies have been retrieved with many more still trapped inside the old fashioned wooden boat. 


Of recent in this paper 22 September, 2018, some of us warned this Great Lake region that the Uganda Revenue Authority policy of taxation was discouraging formal investment in the public use of this lake. Such single bow wooden boats are very much out of use. It is two strong plastic boats that are adjacent to each other that are joined up to make some sort of a raft that would make an economic passenger load with better health and safety controls. There were not enough life jackets because they are expensive in Uganda and passengers are encouraged to board the boats anyhow.







The lack of modern international investment in the great inland lake of Nalubaale(Victoria):

That sinking feeling; More African citizens are dead in one of the largest fresh water Lakes in the world, Lake Nalubaale(Victoria):



A picture of MV Nyerere at the dock in Bugolora, Ukerewe Island, taken in October 2015 before it sank.

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The uncomplicated Search and rescue after the Tanzanian MV Nyerere ferry capsized in Lake Victoria. PHOTO | COURTESY 


By The EastAfrican

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For a fleeting few days, perhaps even weeks, the mounting body count from the MV Nyerere disaster – officially more than 200 – is likely to focus attention of the lack of maritime safety in East Africa.

Because of their carrying capacity – which means shocking numbers of dead – vessels such as MV Nyerere, which capsized off Mwanza on September 20 and the MV Bukoba, which went down with more than 800 people in May 1996, draw attention to the reality that death is routine in East Africa’s inland waters.

At one point, Lake Rescue, a volunteer group that has been trying to promote a safety culture on Lake Victoria, put the annual loss of life there in excess of 5,000.

Most of these deaths occur on small passenger and fishing vessels that barely make a headline, perhaps because they are so frequent that they are no longer seen as an abnormal event.

But death on regulated water transport such as happened in the MV Nyerere and MV Bukoba cases, reveals disturbing gaps in the region’s maritime regime.

One area of weakness is search and rescue, the other is regulation. In both events, the number of victims remained fluid to the extent that the final toll figures are mere estimates. This is because is no robust system for ensuring that operators stay faithful to the manufacturer’s recommended carrying capacity, hence the routine overloading.

The question of numbers featured prominently in this past week’s tragedy as the death toll quickly passed the vessel’s design capacity and yet there were survivors.

Designed to carry just 430 passengers, when the counting stopped, 894 passengers died when MV Bukoba went down in 25 metres of water within sight of the shore. Yet despite remaining buoyant for more than 24 hours, all those lives were lost because there was no way to achieve a safe rescue.

Although it did not involve loss of life, the loss of MV Kabalega, a Uganda wagon ferry, after a collision with sister ship MV Kaawa in May 2005, offers insights into what ails maritime management in East Africa.

An inquiry later established that both Ugandan vessels were at the time of the incident being manned by untrained crew, lacked working communication gear and valid marine insurance.

Regional governments obviously place a higher value on money than human life. Hence while they all jealously guard their fishing zones in the lake, there is no comparable lifeguard service active in any of the three countries.

The colonial-era navigation infrastructure has long been non-functional and moving about the lake is largely a matter of trial and error.

The latest tragedy is an appropriate starting point for the search for accountability for what happens in the lake. At some point, the Lake Victoria Basin Commission said it had secured a $35.8 million grant to improve safety.

Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are supposed to establish a Lake Victoria Maritime Communications and Transport System that would include regional maritime rescue communication centres in Mwanza, Kisumu and Entebbe.

The centres are to be supported by 22 emergency search and rescue stations distributed around the lake, equipped with fast rescue boats and trained crews. What progress has been made towards this?








City dwellers of Kampala, Uganda have been asked to store water ahead of a planned shutdown of Ggaba plant for engineering maintainance: 

Ggaba water treatment plant. Courtesy photo

Ggaba water treatment plant. Courtesy photo 

Residents of Kampala and surrounding areas have been cautioned to store enough water and use it sparingly ahead of the planned plant shut down at Ggaba water works.

The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) said on Thursday that it would shut down the plant on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 8am to 7pm.

The NWSC Water production manager, Mr Andrew Muhwezi said all machinery, heavy duty water pumps and the various water treatment stages will be shutdown down to allow UMEME Engineers carry out routine maintenance works at the Ggaba Power Substation.

Kampala water general manager, Eng Andrew Sekayizzi said the works when completed will improve power supply at the treatment plant and subsequently improve water production and supply reliability in Kampala city.

“The works will affect customers in Kampala Service area, Mukono, Wakiso and the surroundings,” he said before listing some of the areas to be affected as;

City centre, Rubaga, Mengo, Nakulabye, Kasubi, Nansana, Nateete, Bulenga, Buloba, Kyengera, Nsanji, Nalumunye, Nyanama, Namasuba, Lubowa, Seguku, Bunamwaya, Makindye, Lukuli, Gaba, Buziga, Salaama, Munyonyo, Bunga, Kawuku, Muyenga, Bugolobi, Mutungo, Nakawa, Ntinda, Kireka, Seeta, Bweyogere, Mukono, Kyaliwajjala and Mbalwa.

Others are; Mulaawa, Namugongo, Kiira, Nsasa, Buwaate, Kungu, Kyanja, Kisaasi, Najeera, Kiwatule, Naguru, Kololo, Bwaise, Kawempe, Maganjo, Matuga, Kawanda, Kasangati, Makerere, Kasubi, Kawaala, Masanafu,

Kalerwe, Kyebando, Mpererwe, Nammere, Kiteezi Gayaza, Kungu, Kulambiro, Komamboga, Luteete, Masooli, Kiteetika and the surrounding areas.


An ariel view of part of the water treatment system on Lake Nalubaale(Victoria), Uganda


"It takes time for the system/pipe network to stabilise after a total plant shutdown. Customers are therefore advised to store water and use it sparingly during this time," he added

NWSC director engineering services, Eng Alex Gisagara said that the water supply interruptions during system upgrade works will be mitigated upon completion of the new Katosi water works.

He noted that the new 240million litres per day (design capacity) water treatment plant will push over 160million litres of water per day to Kampala and supplement Ggaba water works.

The additional 160 million litres of water from the Katosi plant will serve the growing clean safe water needs of more than 7.5million people in Kampala Metropolitan up to 2040.






Rakai forests supervisor suspended in Uganda:



Minister Cheptoris (left) supervises the loading of illegal timber impounded from Malabigambo Forest last weekend. Photo by Al-Mahdi Ssenkabirwa 


RAKAI- Minister for Water and Environment Sam Cheptoris has suspended the National Forest Authority supervisor in charge of Maramagambo Forest Reserve, Kyebe Sub-county, in Rakai District, over allegedly abetting illegal logging activities in the area.

The ministerial directive followed complaints from residents that Mr Richard Ssentulo was colluding with local police officials to clear truck-loads of illegal timber, with some crossing to neighbouring Tanzania.

“Our forests are disappearing and the President is bitter. These are the people who are letting us down,” he said

The minister issued the directive while meeting residents of Minziro village near Mutukula border last weekend. The minister had rushed to the area on the orders of President Museveni to assess the extent of the destruction in the forest.

While meeting victims of the September 10 earthquake which shook parts of Rakai last month, residents complained to Mr Museveni that the forest reserve was being cut down and NFA officials and police were doing nothing to address the problem.

The minister also tasked the district police commander, Mr Julius Gobolo, to take action against all police officers accused of providing security to trucks ferrying illegal timber out of the forest reserve.

“The district CIID department should investigate and find out the culprits behind the forest destruction and submit a report to my office in one week,” Mr Cheptoris said.

The minister said if NFA officials and police have failed to protect the forest reserve, he will ask the President to deploy soldiers.

Mr Cheptoris later visited the forest and impounded 200 pieces of illegal timber. However, no one was arrested from the forest. The minister donated the impounded timber to Kapangi Primary School which was affected by the earthquake.

NFA executive director Michael Mugisha said no timber dealer was licensed to cut trees in the forest and halted all the activities in the forest.

Mr Reuben Arinaitwe, the NFA manager in charge of Sango Bay Range, said most of the timber is cut at night and smuggled to Tanzania through porous border points.

The 11,173-hectare Maramagambo Forest Reserve borders Kyebe and Kakuuto sub-counties. It is endowed with tree species like measopsis emini (Musizi) and podo which have high demand both in Uganda and Tanzania.

Recent data estimates Uganda’s current forest cover to be at 10 per cent which is worrying and recently Mr Cheptoris revealed that the depletion level had reached 120,000 hectares up from 90,000 in the recent past.


In Uganda President Museveni's unfulfilled pledges need Shs 13 trillion for his 2016 General Election:


As President Yoweri Museveni traverses the country seeking a fifth elective term in office, he is making many promises to the voters. But there are some unfulfilled promises that date as far back as 1986 when he assumed office. Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo says corruption and failure by State House officials to have a proper monitoring system have left many these promises unattended to. President Museveni has made 12.9 trillion shillings worth of pledges and promises.


What Rwanda war cost Uganda

Last Updated: 01 November 2015

RPA fighters in Gishuro commune of northern Rwanda in 1991

Although it has never been officially admitted, the RPA war had a very big financial impact on the Ugandan government coffers, especially on the part of its military budget.

It is suspected that the National Resistance Army’s arsenal of guns nearly got depleted when thousands of men and officers of Rwandese origin ‘abandoned ship’ and carried along the NRA’s army ware and vehicles.

But the apparent silence on the part of the Ugandan government has since, according to military and political pundits, given credence to the suspicion that the government may have been rewarding the Rwandese  men and officers who formerly formed the rank and file of the NRA for their contribution during the bush war.

Be as it may, the RPA invasion of Rwanda created a number of problems for the Kampala establishment. Uganda’s international and diplomatic relations became a subject of debate when President Habyarimana insisted that his enemy had a command centre in Uganda.

And when the RPA adopted a guerrilla war fare, the Rwandan troops pointed their artillery guns into Uganda, where they claimed their enemy had bases and camps. The sad bit about this was that it was the innocent Ugandan villages that were turned into cannon fodder.

The spilling of the war into Uganda was another indirect cost to the Ugandan government. The affected districts (Kisoro, Kabale and Ntungamo) had to contend with the subsequent problems of internally-displaced persons (IDPs) and security issues of abductions and killings by the Rwandan troops.

On November 13, 1990, I got a telephone call from a local contact in Kisoro, who told me that the place was under heavy shelling from Rwanda.

He sounded very worried and I could tell from the way he was heaving that there were, indeed, intermittent thunderbolts, which I suspect to be sound from artillery shells exploding.

“Kisoro town and the surrounding areas have since last night been under heavy artillery bombing. Most people’s lives and properties have been destroyed and people are fleeing with whatever they can pick,” he said.

After replacing my telephone receiver, I decided  to rush to the office/residence  of the then NRA 2nd  division commander,  Col Geoffrey Taban in Kamukuzi to get more information about the Kisoro attack by Rwandan troops.

It was coming to midday when I arrived at Col Taban’s gate which was manned like a quarter guard of sorts and I was told to wait as he was still in an urgent security meeting. I came to learn later that particular meeting was about what was happening in Kisoro.

I finally met him after another hour of waiting; before I could say anything, he said: “If you want any news about the Kisoro attack from me, you will be disappointed because I cannot talk about something I have not personally verified.”

Taban, who is by character  soft-spoken and had been known to me since the NRA bush war days, looked me in the face and read the disappointment I had registered.

To my relief, he added: “If you cannot wait for me to travel to Kisoro first before I give you the updates, let us go together now and you get first-hand information.  Let us meet at the Boma ground in the next 30 minutes and we go to Kisoro.”

Within twenty minutes, I had rushed to my home and picked a few belongings before I went to office and picked my pinhole camera and rushed to the RDC’s building thinking that we were travelling by road. I knew I was  going to spend  several days away but on arrival at the  RDC’s office I noticed that a military helicopter was ‘perching’ on the golf course pitch, on standby to fly us to Kisoro.

I had to abandon my bag at the district information office after being told that we were going to return after all. Our first stop was in Kabale where our chopper landed at the golf course near the administration buildings where Taban had a briefing from the then district internal security officer, Hannington Kakura.

Although I never heard what the discussion was all about, I suspect it was about what was happening in Kisoro, given the body language and movement of their pointing fingers.

When we finally reached Kisoro, we landed at Nyakabande airstrip where we noticed an IDP was in the making. At the airstrip, we were received by Lt Col Anthony Kyakabale who was then second-in-command (NRA 2nd division) to Col Taban and was in charge of operations. When the war broke out in Rwanda, it was Lt Kyakabale who was responsible for the respective deployment and establishment of NRA detaches along the border areas with Rwanda.

Flanked by the then Kisoro district administrator (now known as RDC), Hajji Assad Lutare, Lt Kyakabale later briefed his boss (Col Taban) behind closed doors. It was after that meeting that I was called to join the group for a guided tour of the areas which had been affected by the indiscriminate artillery shelling.

As we drove in a convoy of three four-wheel-drive vehicles around Kisoro town towards the border area of Chanika, we were cautioned about the likelihood of becoming targets of artillery guns. We quickly heeded and with the assistance of a local council official, we abandoned the cars and started walking using  footpaths.

As we walked on, we started to witness the wanton destruction of property (houses and gardens) caused by the shelling. We also got harrowing accounts from the victims and witnesses of the attack.

We visited a primary school where one of the buildings had been shelled but we were told nobody had been injured except for shock and fear that sent the pupils stampeding for safety. The unfortunate thing was that on the fateful day, the primary seven pupils were sitting their primary leaving examinations.

A few minutes later, our tour was abruptly interrupted when one of the military escorts in our group whispered to his boss  that he had heard a sound of gunfire from across the border.

It was at this point that Hajji Assad Lutare advised the group to hurriedly return to Kisoro town for safety in case the Rwandan troops resumed the shelling. On arrival in Kisoro, it was reported that two Ugandan male adults had been abducted by armed Rwandan troops from the border village of Chahafi, just a few kilometres from where we were.

A brief impromptu security meeting in the district administrator’s office was the last business we had in Kisoro before our helicopter returned to Mbarara after another brief stopover in Kabale.

As we flew back to Mbarara, I asked Col Taban what they had resolved to do in respect of the attack during that closed-door security meeting with his commanders and the RDC. Speaking with confidence, he said: “We are going to handle the situation decisively. This will not happen again.”

But as things turned out later, these incursions by the Rwandese troops into Uganda became a common occurrence as the Ugandan government, just like the case of Rwanda, started ‘crying foul’ although no one listened or sympathized.

Interestingly, it was Rwanda’s allegations about Uganda’s complicity in RPA that attracted the attention of the international community. Several days after the Kisoro attack, a high-powered delegation of co-presidents of the then ACP/EEC joint assembly jetted into Uganda and headed to Kisoro to verify the Rwandan allegations that the RPA were operating from bases located within.

This put the Uganda government on the defensive. When he met the team, Kisoro administrator Lutale roundly dismissed Rwanda’s allegations as ‘wild and baseless.’

He instead told the verification team that it was Ugandan civilian population that was bearing the brunt of Rwanda’s ‘unprovoked’ incursions into Uganda. 

He presented documentary evidence to prove his case in a voluminous report in which he reported more than 80 civilian deaths and 125 serious injuries (maimed).

Lutale’s report also said that more than 60 per cent of the residents living in the six counties in Kisoro were affected by the war and  a total of 1,145 homes had been destroyed, leaving about 1,000 people in dire need of resettlement.

But the most intriguing revelation I personally found in Lutale’s report was the adverse effect on   Kisoro district administration’s budget. Later on, as I was writing the story about the ACP/EEC delegation visit to Kisoro, it again dawned on me how costly the RPA war was becoming on the part of Ugandan government.

It  lost trillions of shillings in terms of the military equipment and army ware that the RPA took with them at the time of the invasion. But what was more intriguing was that on top of the financial loss, Uganda  lost innocent lives and properties. 

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