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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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Leaders Should Respect Public Property

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma
bsaint3@gmail.com; www.bbbakampa.blogspot.com

The news that former Kampala Mayor, Mr. Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala, has insisted on occupying the house belonging to Kampala Capital City Authority (K.C.C.A.) is extremely perturbing. Mr. Ssebaggala was evicted from this very house on Friday, 24th June, 2011, but is reported to have sneaked back over the weekend. This time round, he gathered several of his supporters (probably to serve as a human shield) to settle on the premises in order to resist eviction.

The house is the registered property of a local government body (K.C.C.A.), meant to serve as the official residence of the Kampala Town Clerk. In other words, it is public property held on trust by those entrusted with the management of public affairs. In law, this constitutes the public trust doctrine or principle. It is expected that upon the lapse of their term of office, public officers should return all public property that was under their care to new entrants.

It is therefore, unfortunate and rather ridiculous that Mr. Ssebaggala had sought to illegally take possession of the Town Clerk’s residential house. This is abuse of office and is tantamount to theft and corruption. Mr. Ssebaggala has evidently breached the public trust principle.

His argument that the President authorised him to take it is untenable, to say the least. This is utter disrespect of public property and is co-extensive with violation of public confidence and trust. Such ill conduct should be condemned as regrettable, ignorant and foolish. It is indeed very disgraceful of a man that is vying for ministerial appointment.

Uganda has clear laws, establishing elaborate procedures governing the mode of acquiring land and other properties (whether public or private) which should be followed by all those interested in owning the relevant property. Under the law, the President has no authority whatsoever to give away any public property.

This matter could be a tip of the iceberg. It must be indicative of rampant grabbing and misappropriation of public assets like computers, vehicles and land, by outgoing public officials. Hence, this case should not be taken lightly. It should be investigated thoroughly well.

I appeal to the newly elected Lord Mayor of Kampala, Mr. Elias Lukwago together with the K.C.C.A. Executive Director, Madam Jennifer Musisi, to ensure that all the properties of the authority that were fraudulently appropriated by past leaders should be recovered as soon as possible. This should be part of the exercise to clean up our capital city. All forms of corrupt tendencies should be weeded out of Kampala.

I also implore His Excellency President Museveni to discipline his cadres and other public officers who violate their duties expecting to plead presidential authority. In so doing, they think that they can commit crimes with impunity. Article 98 of the Constitution provides that the President shall be head of state, government and fountain of honour, and as such therefore, I doubt that Mr. Museveni would like to be associated with such people.

Perhaps it is also important to remind all our leaders that impunity cannot last forever. One day, after the fall of their protectors, they may be called upon to account and answer for their wrongful actions. As it is said, every dog has its own day.