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  • Learn to talk to a Ugandan girl

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    Shyness can be a very annoying disability to most people. Shyness can mean missing out on good and beautiful things. Alchoholics and drug users are a classical example of being shy and needing a fix to overcome that disability. Most women are very shy and have to use make-up to camourflage their shyness. Many people miss-out on great love because they're shy and can't make that first move. Traditionally, Ugandan men had to fight for them or show off agreat talent like hunting the best Beast!

    Make sure you are alone or at least not as likely to be disturbed.

    Don't let the conversation die down!Do not ever, ever, insult her in any way. Also, do not ever ask her why she is so quiet/shy. There is no answer to that question, and the shy girl will feel uncomfortable.

    Get up the courage to go and ask for her name if you don't already know it. If you do then either pretend you don't, or say something on the lines of 'you must be....'

    Keep the conversation going. Ask various things like: 'you must be new here', 'do you know many people here?', 'would you like to go for a drink at dinner, as my plans have got cancelled etc.

    Don't ask too much questions, but tell her other things too, like say some things about yourself and most likely she will either reply to the things you said or make a comment about it. She might even say something about herself.

    Don't act too nervous or the conversation will seem very awkward.
    Act natural. When you're acting natural, it will be easier to keep the conversation flowing, and maybe you will even say something funny.

    Things You'll Need: Courage, a few topics to talk about, possibly money,funny public figures and maybe some of your music collection

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  • Uganda needs Real Change and not Kizza Besigye!

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    Why do Ugandans have to put up with a rotten government made of thieves and proffesional criminals, are soldiers today cowards to topple such a regime, or has UPDF become an Army of cowards[girls] and they fear to die? Cowards will never be known by anyone because they will die losers!

    Fellow Ugandans, if you're waiting for Kizza Besigye and his FDC to liberate you, just continue sleeping and dreaming because Besigye and Museveni are the same people[sadists]: The GAVI thief "Gen" Jim Muhwezi, Chats with Besigye three times in a week. FDC are left-overs of museveni and their chief mobilisers, Mugisha Muntu, murdered many Ugandans in Cold Blood and he enjoys breaking people's knee-caps.That's why many young people went into exile during 1989 & 1990, to escape his brutality,[he suffocated many ugandans of Rwandese and Luo Origin] Do we really want to go backward or forwards? Fellow Ugandans, think about it!!

    We call upon the Female Gold-diggers Brigade, to start being active...the holiday is over, Saa ya Kazi!
    How to exploit politicians

    How to exploit politicians

    How to exploit politicians

    Don't forget to memorise his Debit card numbers, both in the front and back[the 4 digits]!!

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  • Yoweri Museveni is Ready for CHOGM 2007

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    Yoweri Museveni
    Uganda Critical Media
    Tyrant Yoweri Museveni the Darling of Western imperialism, has been asked to celebrate Colonialism[CHOGM] in Uganda as a gesture for his genocidal activities around the continent of Africa[5million dead in Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and Sudan]. Children denied the right to be immunised because of greed, etc.
    Yes, in the New world of Genocidals, the people don't matter anymore but corporations and War Crime dividends is the norm. Today, you might have the might to manipulate the world with mis-information but you'll never have the capacity to wipe our pain!

    May The Souls of those Children, Mothers, Sons, Daughters, Brothers, Fathers, etc. that have been Murdered in cold blood in the name of Profit, Rest in Peace!!

    Uganda Critical Media

    Tyrant Museveni can just let you die a slow death in one of the infamous "safe houses" [Political prisoners under museveni die a very slow and painful death because he does not believe in the Judicial system]
    Yoweri Museveni is Ready for CHOGM 2007

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  • Uganda Live internet Radio

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    Radio Alluta

    Uganda internet Live Radio is back on the Air!!

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  • African Classical Music by Joram jojo

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    This is a track "Gorillas of the Mist" from the album- Beautiful Africa. I've been compiling this album for the last 6 months.


    I grew up around Gorillas of the Mist(Virunga Mountains slopes) in Congo DRC and If you're around those slopes, you can hear the mountains singing-that's where the inspiration comes from.


    I'll be dedicating the entire album to those Brothers and Sisters in KIvu ...this is a one man's band, thanks to new media!!


    The music set has 200 tracks that have been developed primarily for film and computer gaming.



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  • Uganda army(UPDF) goes on a raping spree

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    People's Media:

    ..the soldiers who found people asleep, started raping women and schoolgirls.Some of the women were reported to have been taken out of beds then shared with their husband at gun point.."one soldier forced the muzzel of his AK47 in my anus"

    When people were trying to forget this sad drama, 15 women are once abused by soldiers of the Uganda People's Defence Forces.

    Kitgum Woman MP Jane Akwero told Parliament that on March 25, soldiers from the 91st battalion attacked a camp in Padibe sub-county where they beat up men, raped women and robbed them of money and property.

    She read names of 18 victims including a woman (names withheld), who she said was raped by seven soldiers. The soldiers also stole sh10,000 from her.

    Akwero said another woman, Betty Achola, was reportedly beaten and robbed of sh15,000.

    Nsibambi said, “I am saddened by what I have heard and I have no hesitation to direct the minister of defence to investigate the matter and report back within 10 days. It is a serious matter.”

    Akwero said the soldiers were from an operation in Larach hills when they went on rampage and pulled out women, some pregnant and others with their husbands, and took them on a raping spree.

    She said two soldiers were arrested and the rape victims were able to identify them from the barracks.

    The House burst into laughter when she said the soldiers also carried away a man wrapped in a kikooyi (cloth) thinking he was woman and beat him up when they realised he was a man.

    “When the battlefield turns to be the women’s bodies, where will the women turn to?” Akwero asked.

    “Many women said they were raped. Some are now being rejected by their husbands,” she said amid murmurs.

    Defence minister Amama Mbabazi and his deputy Ruth Nankabirwa were not in the House at the time.

    The Chief war criminal was seen last weekend thanking his fellow criminals for the dirty work they are doing and encouraged them to continue doing the same when no one is seeing..

    Akwero said the following morning all soldiers of the 91st battalion were transferred to Lukwiny.
    The MP said the Chairman of the Disaster Management Committee wrote, Mr Alexessius Bongomin, had written to the area Resident District Commissioner on March 26 saying, "It was quite a sad moment to the people of Padibe when our own UPDF beat, raped and forcefully took property of women, school girls and men."
    Akwero said such acts were known to be committed by the Lord's Resistance Army rebels.

    "For our own forces to go on rampage is disturbing and uncalled for," she said. "For some elements of the army to turn their vengeance on civilians is unfortunate."
    She said she took long to report the incident because she wanted to first verify the information.

    This is the first time such claims of abuses by the UPDF are being brought out in the open in Parliament.
    The army has been accused by several rights groups including Amnesty International and New York based Human Rights Watch of carrying out severe human rights abuses on the civilian population in the north of the country.

    The rights organisations through several reports have accused the army and other government-related military security agencies of committing multiple abuses including summary execution, torture, rape and child recruitment.

    UPDF Potifolio

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  • Uganda to explain killings and invasion of Congo DRC in the Hague

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    joram jojo:

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN's highest legal body, has started two weeks of hearings to hear a 1999 complaint filed by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) accusing Uganda of invading its territory and massacring Congolese civilians.The DRC accuses Uganda of violating its territorial sovereignty, violating international humanitarian law and committing massive human rights violations. It is demanding reparations for destruction and looting allegedly carried out by Ugandan troops and "the restitution of national property and resources appropriated for the benefit of Uganda.

    "Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo
    (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Uganda)

    The Court will hold public hearings from 11 to 29 April 2005

    THE HAGUE, 6 December 2004. The International Court of Justice (ICJ), principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will hold public hearings in the case concerning Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Uganda) from Monday 11 to Friday 29 April 2005 at the Peace Palace in The Hague, seat of the Court.

    The precise schedule for those hearings will be announced later.

    History of the proceedings

    On 23 June 1999 the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) filed in the Registry of the Court an Application instituting proceedings against Uganda for “acts of armed aggression perpetrated in flagrant violation of the United Nations Charter and of the Charter of the OAU”.

    In its Application, the DRC contended that “such armed aggression . . . [had] involved inter alia violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the [DRC], violations of international humanitarian law and massive human rights violations”. The DRC sought “to secure the cessation of the acts of aggression directed against it, which constitute a serious threat to peace and security in central Africa in general and in the Great Lakes region in particular”; it also sought “compensation from Uganda in respect of all acts of looting, destruction, removal of property and persons and other unlawful acts attributable to [it], in respect of which the [DRC] reserves the right to determine at a later date the precise amount of the damage suffered, in addition to its claim for the restitution of all property removed”.

    Read the drama
    Dictator Yoweri Museveni has consistently denied the claims and said "uganda only acted to protect national security".

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  • Donors and their bloody life

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    Why donors fear Kagame’s war on graft

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    By: Andrew M Mwenda

    Last week I was in Kigali, this time at the heels of a cabinet decision to impound all luxurious four wheel drive vehicles bought at government expense and driven by ministers, security and military chiefs, "foreign experts" and their local handlers. In a morning crackdown, all the big men and women of this republic woke up to find that police constables along the main roads were stopping and taking away their vehicles and leaving them to walk to office.

    The international donor community, known all over Africa for its corrupt and profligate life styles which they indulge in the name of fighting poverty, was this time caught with their pants down. They claim to fight poverty while riding in luxurious four-wheel drive vehicles, sitting in opulently furnished offices, earning obscene salaries and living in executive mansions. In a bold act of defiance, Rwanda impounded even those vehicles belonging to donor projects. After cleaning his own government of corruption, he has now taken on the profligacy of the international aid industry and its experts are now scared.

    In a discussion with President Paul Kagame, he told me that he had looked at some of the "poverty reduction" projects and they smelt bad. "There are projects here worth only $5m and when I looked at their expenses, I found that $1m was going into buying these cars, each one of them at $70,000. Another $1m goes to buy office furniture, more $1m for meetings and entertainment, yet another $1m as salaries for technical experts, leaving only $1m for the actual expenditure on a poverty reducing activity. Is this the way to fight poverty?" he asked as I shifted with glee in my chair.

    Already, the government is auctioning these vehicles and so far has gotten over $3m from the sales. Mr Kagame has now issued a new directive, saying government should not purchase cars for its officials with more than 2,500cc. But there is more: the government has placed a ceiling on mobile telephone expenses for all its ministers, military and security chiefs to 50,000 Rwanda Francs (Shs150,000), and also ordered MTN Rwanda to cut off their international roaming access.

    The directive also stops the holding of workshops, seminars and conferences on poverty reduction in posh hotels like the Intercontinental, Mille Collins etc, insisting they should be in government owned buildings at no cost. The order also requires all government ministries, departments and agencies to move from privately owned buildings where they pay high rents to government owned buildings.

    I told Kagame that whereas some of the most highly skilled Africans are going to Europe and North America to clean streets and toilets, our ‘development partners’ send us ‘technical experts’ on these projects at indvidual monthly salaries of between $10,000 and $20,000 a salary that could pay 12 Africans of better training and experience and save this continent from severe brain drain. In fact, most of these so-called ‘experts’ are a miserable, career-stranded lot in their own countries, but are dumped in Africa and other poor countries through foreign aid protocols.

    Donors never shy from lecturing our governments on fiscal frugality yet their aid driven projects are the most profligate. Of total project aid to Uganda's ministry of Health, 93 percent of it goes into technical assistance (i.e. salaries and allowances for the experts) and overheads (i.e. four wheel drive vehicles, opulent office furniture, computers, stationary, tea and cakes).

    Only a miserable 7 percent of this aid goes into purchase of drugs. Now you understand why, in spite of a huge health budget, our people cannot find drugs in hospitals. We in the media have been shouting ourselves hoarse against government corruption. It is time to expose the worse forms of profligacy which forces our governments to pile up huge sums in debt.

    In fact, of the total money from the Uganda government budget to the ministry of Health, 98 percent reaches its intended beneficiaries, clearly showing that inspite of its corrupt ways, the government of Uganda is a better evil than donors. Of total project aid to Uganda, 68 percent goes into overheads and technical assistance. Only 32 percent to its intended beneficiaries.

    A few weeks ago I presented the above facts to President Yoweri Museveni and asked him to act. My heart bleeds to say he is so deeply discredited by his inability to tackle corruption in his government, and his own profligate public administration expenditure that he lacks moral authority to take on donors.

    The other reason is that his regime lives off this coalition of mutual deceit with donors that both are fighting to eradicate poverty in Uganda. Kagame, however, is able to act boldly because he occupies a moral high ground in fighting corruption, has ensured fiscal frugality and also because his government pursues strategies of survival - not necessarily dependant on donor approval.

    In Rwanda, ministers and other high ranking public officials resign and or are fired by the week because of allegations of corruption. From the lowest clerk in a government office to the most powerful minister or military or security chief, no one is immune to jail when they steal; none close to the president, none distant from him. You steal, you get jailed.

    If there is some prima facie case that you stole, but there isn’t not enough evidence to convict you in a court of law, then you are asked to resign or get fired. What a tough guy this Kagame man is!!

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  • Yoweri Museveni's Spokesman Caught shoplifting a pen & a pair of underware

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    By Simon Kasyate

    State House yesterday got involved in the case in which the Director of Information at the Movement Secretariat, Mr Ofwono Opondo, was reported to have shoplifted two items from Uchumi Supermarket at Garden City mall in Kampala.

    Sources at Garden City revealed that three plain-clothed intelligence officers from State House and one officer from the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) visited the Uchumi premises and took down statements.

    "They asked to take the statement of our country manager, the security personnel that handled Ofwono and also took a copy of Ofwono's statement," said a source who preferred anonymity.

    However the Presidential Guard Brigade (PGB) has denied any involvement in the case. Lt. Edson Kwesisa, the PGB spokesman, said he was not aware of any officers of the Brigade investigating the matter.

    "PGB does not investigate matters that are committed outside our jurisdiction," he said.

    Opondo is suspected to have shoplifted a pair of underwear and a Bic pen from the supermarket. He was reportedly fined after recording a statement with the store's security department under a false name.

    In a letter to The Monitor yesterday, Opondo said the paper's story, "which hit me a little below the belt, was exaggerated and generally tried to scandalise my names before my family, friends, and right thinking people."

    He said he had only forgotten to pay for a Bic pen, but denied that any other items were involved. Opondo added that he neither recorded a statement nor got fined.

    But The Monitor saw a copy of the Uchumi statement purportedly signed under the name John Richard Okello, 39. It read in part: "I got these items in shelf but put the pen in pocket and a loose under pant together with my handkerchief. I am sorry for the mishap."

    Uchumi management was tightlipped on the presence of the intelligence officers at their premises yesterday and declined to comment on the shoplifting incidence.

    "Shoplifting is part of the supermarket business and as far as we are concerned, this is no special case," Uchumi country manager David Njenga said. "Our interest in such a matter is recovery of the goods and payment of the fine which was done, so what is the big deal?"

    Sources at the same supermarket said cases of shoplifting are recorded daily. "Some do it deliberately, but others simply forget to pay and then pay the fine and it ends there," said an attendant who declined to be named.

    The Spokesman Money Scum

    By Lominda Afedraru

    The Commercial Court has ordered the Director of Information at the Movement Secretariat, Mr Ofwono Opondo, to pay over Shs6.5 million he owes a money lending firm, Kenroy Investment Ltd.

    The Deputy Court Registrar, Mr John Keitirima, made the order recently following Opondo's failure to appear in court to defend a suit the firm filed against him for recovery of the money.

    "Summary judgment is hereby entered against the defendant in default of appearance in court as provided for in the law," Keitirima ruled.

    Earlier on, Mr Evans Tusiime, the lawyer representing Kenroy, had asked court to enter a judgment against Opondo because he had failed to appear in court to seek leave and defend the case.

    Tusiime argued that his office served Opondo with the court summons on February 3 to defend the matter within 10 days but he failed.

    He said Opondo refused to sign the consent agreement with them.

    Court heard that in 2002, Kenroy Investment Ltd gave Opondo a Shs3 million loan.

    The management of the firm reached an agreement with Opondo to pay back the money with in 15 months with an interest of 5 percent per month.

    It is alleged that Opondo paid part of the loan leaving a balance that accumulated to Shs6.5 million including unpaid interest.

    Court heard that Opondo gave the firm a Barclays Bank cheque that bounced.

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