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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Friday, July 22, 2011

General Tinyefuza Should Vacate K.C.C.A. House

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

Information that General David Tinyefuza has vowed not to leave the house belonging to Kampala Capital City Authority is extremely annoying and disappointing. The house is meant to serve as the official residence of the Kampala mayor, not the coordinator of intelligence agencies, which General Tinyefuza is.

As a senior decorated army officer, moreover serving as an honourable member of parliament representing the army, General Tinyefuza’s conduct is disgraceful. Such behaviour puts the reputation of the U.P.D.F. into question and casts doubt upon this institution as a professional one.

General Tinyefuza’s insistence on occupying the K.C.C.A. house at all cost, even in manifest contravention of the law, is reminiscent of the dark days of dictator Idi Amin, where soldiers misbehaved and committed crimes with impunity. At that time, the gun was symbolic of might and he who had it had the unfettered power to do as he pleased. Unfortunately, as history has it, this power was grossly abused thereby plunging Uganda into a state of anarchy and lawlessness.

Thanks to the efforts of various players, including General Tinyefuza’s boss President Museveni, this despicable state of affairs was brought to an end and a sense of sanity and order re-established. The power of the gun was replaced with the power of the law before an under which all Ugandans must be treated equal as enshrined in article 21 of our constitution. Being a holder of a master of laws degree, I expect General Tinyefuza to know and understand this very well.

Therefore, General Tinyefuza’s conduct potentially threatens to take us back to the dirty past which this country has impressively tried to avoid and overcome in the last 25 years. If President Museveni’s promises of “a fundamental change” and taming the army to build a truly professional force that is loyal to Ugandans and civil authority are to have any significant meaning, then errant military officers and men like General Tinyefuza should be brought to order and disciplined.

It is unacceptable that General Tinyefuza can threaten the K.C.C.A. Executive Director with arrest, after being asked to vacate the Authority’s house or else face eviction. This should be condemned in the strongest terms possible and treated with the contempt that it deserves. Army spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Felix Kulayigye preaches that civil authority is supreme in this country. But, we should see this being reflected in the deeds of his colleagues.

If General Tinyefuza expects to blatantly violate our legal system and intimidate our legitimate authorities, then he should prepare to go to jail. He shouldn’t think that the position and power he holds now will last and protect him forever. Others before him have had even more power, several have it now and definitely many more will hold it in the future. So, he is not indispensable.

Kampala City Lord Mayor, His Worship Elias Lukwago, has intimated before that Kampala’s administration is a den of thieves. Apparently, his views are vindicated by the conduct of General Tinyefuza and former mayor Mr. Nasser Ssebaggala who also attempted to seize the town clerk’s official residence sometime back.

This shows that there is a steadily growing culture of theft and plunder in this country’s public administration, where elected leaders like Mr. Ssebaggala preside over a corrupt system of deliberate and systematic misallocation of public resources in liaison with the likes of General Tinyefuza, in total breach of public trust. I advise General Tinyefuza to peacefully and honourably vacate the K.C.C.A. house so that the right person can occupy it.