Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

MAJOR KULAYIGYE DOES NOT SPEAK HIS VOICE

I respond to the Uganda People’s Defence Forces’ Spokesman Major Felix Kulayigye’s article published in THE SPY newspaper of 9th -15th November, 2007 titled “Civil Authority Is Supreme.”
I was amazed by the rosy picture which the eloquent Major painted of the U.P.D.F complemented by spicy language to drive his point home.
On the other hand, I was disgusted with Kulayigye’s article because of his hypocrisy. He is officially a spokesman of the U.P.D.F as a whole but from what he does, it is clear that he only speaks the voice of a few.
He begins by quoting His Excellency the President warning the army against abuse of civilians and goes on to say that respect for civilians has been the living legend of the U.P.D.F which remains the very reason of their existence. Whereas I do not generally disbelieve that, I totally do when it is said of Kulayigye and others who think like him.
In March 2007, Major Kulayigye drew his gun on a civilian and threatened to kill him. This is none other than my neighbour called Joram. The whole incident resulted from a domestic wrangle between Joram and his wife called Brenda to whom Kulayigye is an uncle. Brenda disagreed with Joram and reported the matter to Kulayigye. They came together with armed men in police uniform and started packing household items like beds, sofa sets and utensils. Joram inquired to know what was happening and that is when Kulayigye pointed his gun at him warning him not to get in his way.
Upon seeing that guns were involved, Joram kept his cool and gave him a lee way to load whatever properties they wanted. Thereafter Kulayigye gave Joram a document to sign as someone who had witnessed what Brenda had taken but he declined saying that he cannot sign for his property.
Kulayigye explained that the men in police uniform were meant to witness the property taken before he drove off with Brenda. Almost all of us Joram’s neighbours had gathered outside his gate and were watching in disbelief the commotion he had caused.
My concern however is not the feud between Joram and his wife but the uncouth act of Kulayigye’s pointing a gun at a civilian whom he claims to respect as a U.P.D.F soldier.
He says that in third world politics different groups employ means which reflect their peculiar nature and capabilities. He defines “group” according to Vladimir Lenin as a class of “people with a common interest in regard to life and opportunities for individual and collective survival.”
Indeed Kulayigye belongs to one of such groups. That is the group of the likes of Lt. Magara, Major Kakooza Mutale, Major Henry Matsiko and Rtd Lt. Col. Bugingo whose interest is to have everyone succumb to their will. They have opportunities to guarantee their survival like the gun and proximity to managers of public affairs.
They throw away all rationality to the wind resorting to extremism. Their peculiar nature and capability is reflected in their opportunities and interests. That is why people like Magara can indiscriminately shoot at a public gathering killing some people and when they are arrested and charged and given bail, they are left to go but when others like the P.R.A suspects who have never been reported to have killed anyone are arrested, charged and later given bail, they are swiftly rearrested by the army which Kulayigye speaks for. They are the least fortunate who have no opportunities to guarantee their survival.
Kulayigye speaks the voice of those in the U.P.D.F who have no opportunities to commit crimes and get away with them and not those of his group who have opportunities to commit crimes and get away with them.
He makes a commendable statement when he implores those elected to appoint professionals who are committed to government policies at the highest levels of the military. For that matter therefore, I call upon those responsible for his appointment especially the President to relieve him of his duties because he is not professional. He lacks discipline essential for professionalism and is therefore not fit for a high level like that of Spokesman of a national army.
He says that subjecting the military to civil control means integrating it in such a way that it remains compatible to democracy which is true but soldiers of his like have totally failed to accommodate democratic principles which explains the rampant military’s involvement in election rigging.