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Liberate Us from Land Grabbers – Luweero Residents

Museveni in Luweero

As the NRM marks 37 years in power, residents of greater Luweero; Nakasongola, Luweero and Nakaseke complain that the rampant land disputes and the corruption in the area has rendered the day meaningless.

Speaking to this publication on Tuesday, the residents said hundreds of people in the greater Luweero sub-region have been illegally evicted by well-connected land grabbers.

They said if the land grabbing and corruption left unchecked, it will lead to NRM losing support in the sub-region. The areas, also known as Luweero Triangle, is where President Museveni launched the five-year Bus War that propelled him into power in 1986.

January 26, the day the Museveni-led National Resistance Army/Movement took over power, was designated liberation day.

However, residents of the area, which bore the brunt of Bush war, complain that rheir sacrifice was in vain owing to what they termed as rampant land grabbing and corruption.

Ma Agnes Nalwadda [76], a resident of Makulubita sun-county in Luweero District, said: “I have spent more than 10 years fighting the land grabbers on land that i inherited from my father. Our family has owned it since the early 1940s but the land grabbers want to take it away. The different government offices have failed to stop the land grabbers.”

She claimed that land grabbers have connection at the land offices and all government departments including the police.

“I have been arrested for allegedly trespassing on my own land. As a civilian, NRM veteran, the only Liberation Day gift for our people is land question,” Ms Nalwadda said.

Mr. Steven Mugambwa, a resident of Kimegere Villege in Semuto sub-county, Nakaseke District, said while president Museveni has a will to fight the ongoing injustice, his subordinates are letting him down.

“As a victim of the land grabbing syndicate that has left my family homeless, the only gift that the people of Nakaseke and the greater Luweero can get from the NRM government is resettlement of people who have lost their land to the land grabbers,” he added.

Mr. Mugambwa his house was demolished by a land grabber claiming to be a Bush War veteran and an NRM ideals, adding that the government should ensure that they are cubed.

“My case is even known to the president after news got to him that my house has been demolished by a suspected land grabber. While the president has promised to have mty problem resolved, many other people in our area are becoming landless each day,” Mr Mugambwa said.

Mr. Sperito Kirori, the Zirobwe sub-county; LC3 chairperson, the rampant land disputes stand in the way of different development projects including the Parish Development Model [PDM] because a landless population cannot initiate money generating projects.

“We have land ownership challenges that are at times fueled by government agents within the land registry offices and the security organs. More than 600 residents of Bubuubi Village are threatened with eviction by an individual whose land tittle was recently found to be illegal by the State House Land Directorate. The residents have lost properties and many have been arrested by the police on charges of trespass,” he said.

The Luweero Resident District Commissioner, Mr. Richard Bwabye,said his office is overwhelmed by cases of land disputes.

“It is true that the land ownership challenge threatens several development programs. Land problems demand a concerted effort that will try to address the main issue. I also believe that the land fund will help resolve some of these challenges,” he said.

NRM response

The NRM party Director for communication and mobilization, Mr. Emmanuel Dombo, said the top party organ is deliberating on the matter

“The NRM party is law a binding and has tried to allow the lawful government organs to exercise their duty by ensuring that all people enjoy their right to own land, among other rights. It is unfortunate that particular offices including the land office, the police and Judiciary have, at times, been used to execute illegalities,” he said. adding, “The Central Executive Committee under the guidance of the NRM party chairperson is planning measures to ensure that the people repossess land grabbed by selfish individuals. We understand the pain of our people and are determined to resolve the land problem in Uganda.

Children are Out of your Hair but do you know what they have been up to?

Children Hair

After next Monday, I believe many a parent will take a breather. It has been a long holiday, and if you have teenage children, that holiday must have been fraught with worry because it is not easy to keep such children occupied.

If you are lucky, they will spend the entire day in their bedrooms as opposed to going out every day to look for “plot”. But then, that anti-social behaviour is something you must tackle before it gets out of hand. One lady was complaining about how she is forced to quarrel every weekend because she never gets to see her children.

“They only leave their rooms when it is their turn to cook. I spend the entire weekend lying on the sitting room sofa because there is no one to talk to. When I complain a lot, they come out of their rooms and join me, but each of them has earphones in their ears.”

Not only that. Her daughter also monopolised her phone, and every time this happens, it is inevitable that the screen gets broken. “I had to fork out Shs800,000 to repair the screen. When she came back in December, she took the phone and within two days, the screen had shattered. Every time I ask for the phone, she barks at me.”

This is a mother who will sit back with a glass of wine and celebrate the fact that she does not have to deal with her children for the next three months.

For Mona Kagaba*, the worry just got a notch higher. Last week, when she entered the bathroom after her daughter had taken a bath, she was shocked to find a stick of marijuana on the sink. The girl must have been in such a hurry that she forgot to remove it. It was also clear that the smoking sessions took place in the bathroom.

If you were in Kagaba’s situation what would you do? In a panic, she drove her daughter to a psychiatrist to get her to stop smoking the drug, instead of dealing with the root cause. Why is she on drugs? Who supplies her? Is the school aware?

On second thought, never let your children lock themselves in their bedrooms for more than an hour at a time. Teenagers can be difficult, but you have to find a way into their lives. Try to be their friend; instead of just sending money make it a point to visit them at their schools. And during the holidays, find activities at home and out of home for them to engage in. Nowadays, churches have rigorous programmes for their youth. I am always amazed at the number of dance groups in my church. It is one of the ways youth can expend that energy they have.

If you are breathing a sigh of relief because school is starting soon, do not make it too long; begin planning for what those children will do in the next holiday before they are snatched away from you by the bad vices floating around.

I love Social Media, but will my kids love it too?

I love Social Media

I love social media. I’m on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, telegram, WhatsApp, and literally actively participate in conversations on all these platforms. In fact, I respond to my LinkedIn messages instantaneously. I mean, who even bothers to check LinkedIn, save for when they see an email requesting for their approval.

Apart from talking to God and thanking him for the wonderful night, WhatsApp is the other thing I do as soon as I open my eyes; then Facebook for a weather update.

Let’s just say, I love to be in touch with my people. I share my pictures once in a while, and I rant a lot… I love to see people like, comment and share my posts. When you visit my Facebook profile, you will know that I used a taxi and had an argument with the taxi conductor, that I got stuck somewhere in the middle of the night. Yes, I am one of those people.

And I always looked forward to the day I get a child, so I can write their story daily and share a photo a day on average.

I dreamt of the day I would hold a baby in my hands, in the labour room and post a photo on Whatsapp status, for people to congratulate me and send all the love emojis… It was my dream and my plan.

But then something life changing happened! A friend of mine gave birth to a not so nice looking baby, and posted the photo on a certain Facebook page with the caption; “Hey people, my little sunshine made a month today. She is so pretty, please congratulate us.” Of course, being a photo of a baby, most of the comments were sweet. I’m sure the mother got convinced after that post that the baby was really beautiful… Then came this heartless soul. God forgive you. I mean, who reacts like that to a baby’s photo… poor innocent thing.! The person wrote; “I have been looking at this photo from the moment it was posted, but I don’t understand why people are not being honest with themselves. This baby is not pretty. The mother should just keep her out of social media.” Then I received a message from a friend in our circles, asking why ‘gundi’ posted her baby’s picture on Facebook, “yet she doesn’t look that good.”

Parents all over the world put their children on Facebook, some even create accounts for their babies as soon as they are born. I understand that it is the easiest way to share our babies’ pictures with friends and family, and with the increasing brain drain, most of the people we care about are abroad, and that is how we connect with them, but then, is it worth it?

On my part, I do not want my children on social media, until they are old enough to make that decision on their own… I don’t know what effect that will have in the long run, so I would rather keep away…

Uganda Bags Shs 219b From December Coffee Exports

Uganda Coffee

Uganda’s coffee exports in December 2022 amounted to 418,829 60-kilibags worth US$59.54 million {shs 219bn},Uganda  Coffee Development Authority{UCDA} has revealed in its recently  released monthly reports for December 2022.This comprised 331,476 bags of Robusta valued at US$ 18.99 million.This was  a decrease of 22,o5% and 20,99% in quantity and value respectively compared to the same month last year.

By comparing quantity of coffee exported by type in the same month of last coffee year {December 2021}Robusta decreased by 26.81% and 26,66% in quantity and value respectively,while Arabica exports increased by 3.5% in quantity but decreased by 5.37% in value.

“The decrease in Exports was mainly attributed to lower yields this  year and that were characterized by drought in most regions.This led to a shorter main harvest season in central and EAastern regions  from greater Masaka and South western regions .”the report says.

However,it  adds,despite being an off-year of biennial cycle characteristic of Arabica coffee, cofffee exports increased compared  to the same month last year.

Coffee exports for 12 months {January-December 2022} tottale 5.63 million bags worth US$ 718.71 Millions the previous year{January-December 2022}. This represents a decrease of 16.79% in quantity but an increase of 19.65% in value.

Exports by Type and Grade.

According to the report,the average export price was US$ 2.37 per kilo,2 U.S cent lower than US$ 2.39 per kilo realized in November 2022.It was 3 US cents higher than in December 2021{US $ 2.234/Kilo}.Robusta coffee accounted for 79% of total exports lower than 82% in November 2022.

The average Robusta price was US$ 2.04 per kilo, US Cents 3 lower than the previous months.Washed Robusta fetched the higher price of US$ 2.29 per kilo.It was followed by screen 14 Fair Trade at US$ 2.27 per kilo.This share of sustainable/washed coffee to total Robusta exports was only 2,55% higher than 0.93% in November 2022.

Arabica fetched an average price of US$ 3,62 per kilo ,18 cents lower than US$ 3,80 per kilo in october 2022.The highest price was  Mt. Elgon A+ sold at US$ 5.10 per kio a premium of  US$ 1.19 over conventional Bugisu AA.

It was followed by Mt, Elgon AA sold at US$ 4.78 per kilo, a premium of US cents 88 over conventional Bugisu AA. Drugar was sold at US$  3.4O per kilo, a discount of US cents  50 from Bugisu AA.Drugar exports were 39% of total Arabica exports compared to 38% the previous month.The share of sustainable Arabica exports to total Arabica exports was 8% compared to 17% last month.

Individual Exporteer Performance..

The report shows that Ugacof{U} LTD had the highest market share  of 18.35% compared to 16.66% in November 2o22.It was followed by Olam  Uganda ltd 8.36%{7.91} ;Ideal Quality Commodities [U] ltd  8.02% [10.42%] Kawacom [U] Ltd 7.72% [6,69%];Export Trading Company [U] Ltd 7.01%[4.76%, Kyagalanyi Coffee Ltd 5.56% [470%];Ibero[U] Ltd 4.77%[5.18%];Touton Uganda ltd 4.43% [8.92%]; JBER Coffee Ltd 3……26% [0.58];and Louis Dreyfus Company [U] Ltd 2.46% [9.20%]

Note:The figures in brackets represent percentage market share held in November 2022.The top 10 Exporters held a market share of 71% lower than 77%  the previous month reflecting reduced concentration.

“Changes in export positions compared to last month show competition at this level.Out of the 55 exporters that performed,21 exported Robusta coffee only  while 12  exported Arabica coffee only,” the report says.

Coffee Exports by destination Itary maintained the highest market share  with 38.47% compared with 34.40% last month.It was followed by Sudan 16.63% [10.04%]. Germany 11.67%[10.04%],India 7.71% [9.93%] and Belgium 6.20% [5,45%].

NOTE: The figures in brackets represents percentage market share held in November 2022.

Coffee exports to Africa amounted to 85.044 bags, a market share of 20% compared to 83,187 bags [19%] the previous month.African countries that imported Uganda coffee included Sudan,Morocco,South Africa,Kenya, and Somalia

“This reflects considerable exports to the MAGREB region,Europe remained the destination for Uganda’s coffee with  a 64% imports share, higher than 63% in November 2022,”the report says.

Foreign buyers of Uganda Coffee.

The top 10 buyers held a market share of 60% of total exports lower than 67% the previous month reflecting reduced concentration. Sucafina led with a market share of 16.43% compared to 15.27% in November 2022.

It was followed by Olam international 8.60%[8.56%];Ecom Agro Industrialist 8.13%[7.15%];Hamberg coffee 4.92%[1.96%]Bernhard Rothfos 4.77%[5.18%]; Touton Geneva 4.43% [8.92%];Jacobs Douwe Egberts 3.61%[1.93%] Louis Dreyfus 3.38%[9.20%], Cofftea {sudan} 3.18%[1.17%] and DLF for complete solutions 2.84%.

NOTE: The figures in brackets represents percentage performance in the previous month-November 2022.There were changes in relative position of the first ten major buyers reflecting increasing demand  for Uganda coffee abroad.

Global outlook.

World coffee production for 2022/23 is forecast to rebound 6.6 million bags from the previous year to  172.8 million due primarily to Brazil’s Arabica crop entering the one year of the biennial production cycle.

Global consumption is expected to rise by 800,000 bags to 167.9 million,with the largest gains i n  the European  Union,the United States,and Brazil. World coffee bean exports  are forecast 3.0 million bags lower to 116.1 million as losses in Brazil,Vietnam and India  more than offset gains in Honduras and Columbia.

Ending stocks are expected 1.5 million bags higher to 34.1 million {United States Department of Agriculture,Coffee: World markets and Trade reports}

Location situation.

During the month of November 2022, UCDA says, farm gate prices ranged from sh. 2,300-2,600/=  per kilo of kibooko{Robusta dry cherries}; shs. 5,800-6,500/= for FAQ{Fair Average Quality}; sh.9,000-10,000/= for Arabica parchment; and sh. 8,000-9,000/= per kilo  for Druger from kasese .Robusta kiboko averaged UGX 2,450/= per kilo FAQ UGX 6,150/= per kilo  Arabica perchment  UGX 9,500/= per kilo and Druger UGX 8,500/= per kilo.

Outlook for january 2023

UCDA says coffee exports are projected to be 400,000 bags.The main harvesting season in central and Eastern regions  started in November is likely to begin tailing off in February due to a short main harvest.

“Exporters are likely to draw down on their stocks to fulfill contractual obligations with buyers abroad,” UCDA says.

Government May Ban Christmas Travels Due to Ebola

Dr. Jane Ruth Achieng

The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, has warned that the government may be forced to ban travelling upcountry for Christmas should the Ebola cases increase.

Dr Aceng said her ministry is closely monitoring the Ebola infection rates and that at an appropriate time, they will advise on whether it is prudent to ban the public from travelling upcountry for Christmas.

“We are moving into a festive season. All of you know what happens during the festive season, you see how vehicles move. Ebola moves by foot, road, buses whatever, any means of transport, and Ebola moves with it. So as we move towards the festive season, Ebola will move from wherever it is,” Dr Aceng said

Dr Aceng said this while meeting media editors of selected media houses in Kampala last Friday.

She confirmed that the ministry is continuing to watch the evolution of the epidemic. When you hear us saying, please don’t go to your homes for Christmas, stand with us because if Ebola is taken to your grandparents.

“It’s not that we’re saying we are going to do that, we are watching evolution, so don’t misquote me. We are watching, every day, that is why we give statistics.” She said.

Dr Aceng appealed to the editors to ensure that correct information is reported to the public. She warned that once wrong information is published, the country could be put under lockdown.

“Right now, we seem to be making headway in Mubende and Kassanda in spite of some wrong messages because wrong messages when propagated, the population believes it,” the minister said.

“To us, the lockdown is not important, the most important thing is life. We might lose lives. That is why we humbly request for correct reporting. When you tell the truth, the population will say there’s actually Ebola,” she added.

The meeting was organized by African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) to equip editors with basic information on the Ebola virus to enable accurate, responsible, and ethical reporting on the outbreak; to curb the spread of fake news and misinformation.

Attorney General Asks Court to Dismiss Computer Misuse Act petition

AG Kiryowa Kiwanuka

The Attorney General has asked the Constitutional Court to dismiss with costs a petition challenging the new amendments in the Computer Misuse Act of 2022.

The response which has been filed before the Constitutional Court is in respect to a petition filed by 13 petitioners on October 17th, 2022.   The petitioners are, Norman Tumuhimbise, Arnold Mukose, Farida Bikobere, Jeremiah Mukiibi, Kato Tumusiime, Lillian Luwedde, Rogers Tulyahabwe, Teangel Teddy Nabukeera, Nixon Segawa together with their employer Alternative Digitalk Limited, an Online Television, Activist Angella Namirembe and lawyers Simon Peter Esomu and Anthony Odur.

They petitioned Court challenging the decision taken on September 8th, 2022 by the Parliament to pass the Computer Misuse (Amendment Act), 2022 which was subsequently assented to by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on October 13th, 2022.

It was tabled by the Kampala Central Member of Parliament Muhammad Nsereko. The law makes it a crime to write, send or share hateful, unsolicited, misleading, or malicious information online. It also criminalizes the use of photos on social media without the express permission of the owners.

Further, it prohibits sharing information that is likely to degrade or ridicule another person, group of persons, tribe, religion, ethnicity, or gender, and children without the consent of their parents or guardians.

The Act also creates a punishment ranging between five to 10 years or 10 million shillings or both for people found in breach, and it further criminalizes recording another person’s voice or video without their consent and unauthorized access to personal information.

The petitioners argue that the amendments are overly broad, imprecise, and unjustifiably limit the freedom of expression and the right to practice one’s profession and carry on any lawful occupation, trade, or business and access to information.

They asked the Constitutional Court to nullify the amendments and declare them null and void on grounds that they contravene several constitutional provisions.

The Attorney General who is listed as the only respondent to the petition wants the case dismissed saying the petition is misconceived and lacks merit.

Relying on an affidavit of Adolf Mwesige Kasaija the Clerk to Parliament, the Attorney General says the Act was premised on the need to enhance the enjoyment of the right to privacy which is being affected by the abuse of online and social media platforms through authorized access, sharing unsolicited, malicious, hateful and unwarranted information and to further address new and emerging threats to the enjoyment of the right to privacy guaranteed under the constitution.

“That I know that the Members of Parliament debated the advancement of technology, especially computer-generated technology, and noted that the internet had become a platform for misuse and abuse which called for the strengthening of the existing legal framework”, reads the affidavit.

Mwesige adds that the law was also passed to protect the right of privacy for children in the digital age in their best interest due to increased abuse of their rights and it was further done to limit hate speech in the interest of the community.

“That I know the Members of Parliament also appreciated the advancement in information technology which now offers a massive range of new products and services which are being abused by users through illegitimate unsolicited messages and there was no existing legal framework to regulate the same”, reads Mwesige‘s affidavit.

According to Mwesige, he has been advised by his lawyers in the Attorney General’s chambers whose advice he believes to be true that the contentious sections of the Computer Misuse Act are demonstrably justifiable restrictions in a free and democratic society and do not contravene any provisions of the constitution.

The Attorney General wants the petition to be thrown out because the petitioners are not entitled to the prayers, orders, and declarations sought.

The case is yet to be fixed for hearing before the Constitutional Court Justices.

There is also a related case filed by the Legal Brains Trust, a non-profit organization also challenging the Act in the East African Court of Justice on grounds that the law infringes on several provisions enshrined in the East African Community treaty where Uganda is a signatory.  The Attorney General is yet to respond to this matter.

A similar petition pending in the Constitutional Court was also filed in 2019 by the Uganda Law Society challenging specifically the sections of the Computer Misuse Act which create the offenses of offensive communication and cyber harassment on grounds that they violate freedom of expression.

Kampala: William Street, Where Sex Workers Loot Their Clients

Sex Workers in Kampala

Prostitution is one of the many booming trades in Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

It is rapidly changing players’ lives. The risky business has become an open enterprise in most parts of Kampala metropolitan areas – especially at night where sellers feel it’s a better hour for them.

Tightly dressed or dressed in enticing attires with thighs and breasts at display   – the traders sit or stand at a right posture next or near lodges’ doors waiting for their male customers.

At this moment, many of them are looking from left to right and fore in order not to miss any chance of a man passing by.

They also battle it out should a man stop. Nice words, soft touches are key element one uses to win that particular man. The other option is fee to be paid, the investigations reveal.

Another interesting thing is that they very well know who wants a short [quickie] or long hour session, and once they detect, they call on you with a “killer smile”.

Whereas common language used is local parlance [Luganda, Lunyakore, among others] – there are those [many] that are fluent in English!

“Oh sweet heart, can we go for some short! You’re looking awesome – baby,” they use this statement to entice men; a sex worker tries it out to this reporter.

“You want it quick yet hotter? I can make it better,” one adds.

But why sex trade?

Anita Nuzh [her moniker] told our investigative journalist that: “I’m now 25 with one fatherless child. The father died immediately I gave birth and it was difficult for me to survive without him.”

“Now, I’m making money here and it’s giving me hope since on daily basis, I go home with not less than 200, 000 Uganda shilling.”

“This is my lifetime trade. It’s profitable,” she added.

According to Nuzh, she disciplined one of her clients – a man she detected had a lot of money with on one day.

“Early this year, with help of friends in the same business, there came a man who stopped upon seeing me. He asked me for sex and I said, okay – we go. He paid shilling 10,000 for a room [within trade zone] and gave me shilling 20,000 for 30 minute session. After nearly 5 minutes into the game and I was screaming louder in enjoyment, the door was opened and he noticed, when he asked me what the matter was, I told him nothing – do me. My friends had entered in and took his wallet which later we found had 500, 000 Uganda shilling,” she narrated.

With tremor, and sweats all over his body, Nuzh said she told the man ‘let me come back’ and that was the end of their sexual intercourse.

The young beautiful looking mother of one says stealing from their clients is a daily practice since most of them do not want to be used for more than 30 minutes – a duration one can earn between Uganda shilling 10,000 to shilling 30,000.

“Some of the men who approached us bargain a lot – most of them even stake from Uganda shilling 5,000 and agree to pay for room themselves. These are men we just know have money,” she added.

Asked what other benefits she has or got from selling herself, the 25 year old says: “I have five motorcycles which I have hired out for boda-boda business. I’m getting richer and richer and I don’t regret what I’m doing or done.”

She says her next plan is to develop half an acre land she bought in Nansana Municipality – north of capital Kampala.

“I’m soon being a landlady. I want the dream possible in the next 2 years and it’s coming to pass,” the 25 year old added.

One interesting thing about this group of sex workers is that they are well organized as far as development and change of their livelihoods is concerned.

They are into saving association and according to many who interacted with this reporter, savings are made every Sundays. They have elected leaders; from chairperson to disciplinary officer and loan officers.

“Every Sunday evening each of us according to our constitution must save Uganda shilling 50,000 and there is a fine of shilling 10,000 for anybody who defaults,” sex workers’ saving group treasurer who preferred anonymity told this author.

“We’re 100 members trading from William Street. By first week of December, we have a meeting where members will be disbursed money [their savings] for the last twelve months,” she added.

According to her, members will receive between Uganda shilling 500,000 to 6,000,000 [Five hundred thousand shillings to six million shillings] depending on how one was able to commit to saving.

About the legality of their trade, she opened: “We’re registered as Village Savings and Loan Association [VSLA], we have legal documents and we save our money in a bank.”

According to her, sex trade is not a crime as long as it does not hurt those interested, as long as it’s done indoor, adding: “I have sold myself for 20 years now and I have built a permanent home – my first born graduated from the university last year.”

From all the interactions we have had with some of the sex traders attached to William Street – Kampala – prostitution is a lucrative business. Also, this group of women mind seriously about their health and without condom ON, “No Sex”.

“For the 20 years, no single day have I ever allowed a man to enter me minus putting on condom. I’m mindful about my health and as friends, we always emphasize among ourselves during meetings to always demand for protection,” she reveals.

Doreen Agatha Lukome, a businesswoman in Down Town Kampala says her current business was able to take off with capital she generated from sex trade.

She says life was too hard for her to settle in Kampala after leaving their village in Western part of Uganda in 2010.

“I expected to have a better living, better life at my uncle’s home. I never had such dreams. My aunt would harass me, abuse me and sometimes beat me up. I later took to the street – accepted to do prostitution and now I’m a born-again Christian,” Ms narrates her story.

A mother of three children, two boys and a girl, added that her husband –a  one Lukome, when they just met in early 2011accepted to be with [marry] her regardless of what she was doing.

“He was my customer twice. When we met at some restaurant in town – he proposed to me and told me that “I want you as my wife”. He was such a humble man but initially I thought he was teasing me. He told me and left. The following day he asked for my audience and we met again, and this time – he came with a flower,” now a powerful businesswoman added.

It was from that year, around August that the pair had their traditional marriage followed by Church wedding.

“From selling myself on the streets of Kampala to a housewife and a mother, a businessman whose story make you shade tears, won’t look back” she added.

James Bakama [sir name not real for privacy], a boda boda rider in Kampala says prostitution is one ways they boda boda riders are surviving. Mr. Bakama added that, with his stage near William Street – prostitution “supermarket”, they are first to be considered.

“Some men prefer to go and enjoy themselves from another hotel because of security reason, and in this case, we carry them at a good price because it’s a night,” he revealed.

On transporting sex traders alone daily, the 35 year old boda rider says he mints between Uganda shilling 40,000 to 60,000.

This he says amounts to between Uganda shilling 1,200, 000 to 1,800,000 monthly.

“We make real money, clean money that what our customers make,” Bakama said with happiness.

Legality in Uganda.

According to the 1950 Penal Code of Uganda, prostitution is illegal despite its widespread. Many Ugandan youth have turned to prostitution because of poverty and lack of other opportunities, especially in government.

Article 167 of Uganda Penal Code says, [a] any person who being a prostitute, behaves in a disorderly or indecent manner in any public place; wanders or places him or herself in any public place to beg or gather alms, [b] or causes or procures or encourages any child to do so; [c] plays at any game of chance for money or money’s worth in any public place; [d] [publicly conducts him or herself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the place; [e] without lawful excuse, publicly does indecent act; [f] in any public place solicits or loiters for immoral purposes; [g] wanders about and endeavors by the exposure of wounds or deformation to obtain or gather alms, shall be deemed an idle and disorderly person, and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for three months or to a fine not exceeding three thousands shillings or to both such fine and imprisonment, but in case of an offence contrary to paragraph [a], [e] or [f] that person is liable to imprisonment for seven years.

However, with all those legal provisions in place, and with many often arrested by government security forces, none has been convicted to prison. In fact, many have been subjected to community services and acquitted.

It has become a source of income even when its risks are high. While it’s an open business, numbers of females are quite visible compared to buyers [males] who often remain wary.

And from the investigations done, most men don’t want to be noticed, many of them bargain on phone or call a woman he wants to have sex with to his car, a restaurant and talk about terms and condition.

“It’s shameful seeing a man bargain for sex, extremely shameful but there are many men who cheat on their wives in Kampala,” Aggrey Kirundu tells this news website.

Government to take actions.

Often, Ethics and Integrity Minister Fr. Simon Lokodo has decried increased immorality among people living in urban areas.

He notes that many of these young people are recklessly engaging in sexual acts from anywhere, anyhow, anytime with anybody.

To him, it’s increasing the spread of HIV/Aids not only in Uganda but in the entire great lakes region.

“They are doing it secretly not openly but that’s criminal,” Fr. Simon Lokodo told TND News Uganda on Wednesday morning.

“Government is not condoning that. It’s unlawful and you must have heard me arresting them in Kampala, especially those operating from Speke Street and Kabalagala,” Minister Lokodo also said when asked on what government has put in place to restrict sex trade in Kampala and Uganda.

Popular arrest.

The popular arrest of these traders was way back in March 2015 when Uganda’s Ethic and Integrity Minister, Fr. Simon Peter Lokodo says government’s pledge to work with responsible institutions to curb the ever increasing practice of prostitution and pornography was reaching success end.

Calling it evil act, Fr. Minister Lokodo says prostitution is the sexual relations in exchange for payment or some other benefit – describing it also as “commercial sex”.

“The latest incidence is the arrest of men and women in a Brothel in Bakuli, a Kampala Surburb yesterday Thursday 5th March 2015. The culprits are under custody at the Central Police Station, Kampala for further interrogation and charge by the Police and other responsible institutions,” Minister said at that time.

“Government remains committed to curbing the ever-increasing immorality in Uganda through enforcement of the law, prosecution, courts. This will also require concerted efforts with; nonprofit organizations, service providers, women, child and youth advocates, schools, survivors, legislators, faith and business communities, labor, and health. We call upon all stakeholders and right thinking citizens of Uganda to cooperate in all programs to curb this,” he added.

In 2015, Uganda’s Parliament discussed the matter of prostitution where it referred to prostitutes as sex workers. By such reference though, parliament found there was no such term ‘sex worker’ under Uganda law.

This popular practice is not only limited to most streets but can be executed or in bars, restaurant and other private places.


In 2003, Ugandan government ordered sex workers to pay a tax of 9,000 Uganda shilling in order to operate in Malaba. Also in 2003, Ugandan MPs met sex workers who were concerned about police brutality and claiming that it was unfair that police officers were arresting sex workers while they waited for their clients.

Ahead of the 2007 Commonwealth leaders’ meeting in Kampala, the prostitutes were moved out of the city centre to designated zones in the suburbs.

“Great Lakes” sex workers disagree.

In 2016, aggression emerged in Kampala between Ugandan and Kenyan prostitutes. The Kenyan prostitutes were charging incredibly low fee and the Ugandans were angry that the Kenyans were taking their entire venture.

Local leaders intervened to stop the fighting, and the Kenyans agreed to charge the same price as the Ugandans.

Two Kenyan prostitutes were injured. In an attempt to stop the influx of Kenyan prostitutes, the authorities planned to charge a registration fees.

CEWIGO adds voice.

Noreen Nampewo – Program Officer with Centre for Women in Governance [CEWIGO], a Ugandan organization known for promoting peace and security of women, says they have lobbied, and advocated for increased awareness on women peace and security in the country.

She notes that they work with refugees’ women, leaders, common woman, Gender Base Violence Survivors from any women groups like sex workers.

This, she says sex workers under their umbrella body Women’s Organization Network for Human Rights Advocacy [WONETH]

“We reach out to girls in higher institutions of learning through planned outreaches, empowerment skills, mentor-ship training among others,” Ms Noreen added.

Prostitution at public Universities.

 Evelyn Natasha [sir name not real one], a university student at Kyambogo University in Kampala says she has been able to meet other basic needs because of prostitution.

Natahsa, 26, and a second year student of Business Administration [bachelors degree] added she doesn’t regret selling herself for extra money.

“I come from a poor family and it’s my uncle paying my tuition. During my first year at campus, I had a roommate who taught me to do it. We would go to different clubs in Kampala like Club Ambiance, dance and hook loaded men. I became addicted to it,” she told our journalist.

Like any other women feeling stressed because she can’t live without enough money, the 26 year old university student encourages her sex mate to fear nothing.

“As long as you’re ready to tell him “put the condom on”, do not shy. This is risky but I believe I have kept myself and I’m safe with no virus,” she comfortably says.

And whereas she has said she can’t be enjoyed without condom on, Natasha reveals that in early 2018 she conceived and on realization she had to abort.

To her, it was not possible to study, carry on with prostitution and take care of the baby at the same time.

“I had a lengthy deep thought whether it was possible to keep the pregnancy. But on the contrary, I would lose money for the period of about 9 months,” she said.

For her, her customers are Kampala elite men, most of them she says work for big companies, government ministries, NGOs, among companies.

Kizito Anthony, 28, a student in his final year at Makerere University says he was poverty prompted him to look for sugar mummies in Kampala to sponsor his education; this was after he lost his only uncle who was taking care of him.

Kizito revealed that in 2016, second year semester, his uncle died in a road accident and it was from there that his hopes got lost. Asked why, he said his uncle initially faced pressure from his wife not to pay his tuition.

“My aunt was against me. She often told my uncle I would be of no help to their family once I get job, every semester I would report two or three weeks into official reporting date,” he recalled.

“When he passed on untimely, I had it in my mind that was the end of my studies and indeed it was. I had to take a risk that I never wanted or thought about while growing. I became paralyzed in my heart, nobody was there to help me – I approached a friend who introduced me to some loaded businesswoman in Wandegeya, Kampala and from there we grew intimacy,” he added.

Finishing his studies next year, Kizito added that he’s now guilty of what to do, revealing that his “wife” wants him to concentrate on her, something he’s now against.

“I’ve now a big task on what to do, who to be with as my woman. This woman of mine is on my neck,” he said with signs of confusion.

The 28 year old orphan reveals that what is left of him is to decide on if he must marry a woman who paid his university tuition for two years or to abandon her for a young but learned partner, in whom he can start a fresh life.

Having left a girl he was dating in his native home, he says that could be an option, adding, “she has been my best girlfriend and stood with me at difficult times besides being jobless.”

HIV prevalence in Uganda.

 On February 23, 2017, United Nations in Uganda says HIV situation in the country needed renewed and urgent action.

In their report – young girls between the ages of 15 to 24 were already affected by HIV and that every single hour; two young girls were getting infected with the deadly virus.

The report further unveiled a shocking date, indicating that HIV prevalence among adolescent females stood at 9.1 percent, 1.8 percent above entire national percentage of 7.1.

The country loses 76 people to AIDS related illnesses daily and 230 get infected with the deadly virus each day. About 83260 die of it annually as per 2017 statistics.

“The work of the Global Review Panel cannot be carried out in Geneva alone; hence I am grateful that partners engaged in this inclusive consultation. Uganda has an important story to tell. Country perspectives need to be better understood in order to refine and reinforce the work of the unique Joint Programme on AIDS,” Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, Lennarth Hjelmaker said.

“Uganda as a country is committed to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 and we welcome action taken to review and re-invigorate the joint UN family to support us and realize this goal at the country level,” Professor Vinand Nantulya, Chairman Uganda AIDS Commission said.

Uganda Furious Over EU Parliament Call to Postpone Oil Megaprojects

Uganda Parliament

Uganda’s parliament has lashed out at European lawmakers over a resolution condemning a massive East African oil project and calling for it to be delayed.

France’s TotalEnergies and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation signed a $10-billion agreement earlier this year to develop Ugandan oilfields and ship the crude through a 1,445-kilometre pipeline to Tanzania’s Indian Ocean port of Tanga.

The scheme has run into strong opposition from rights activists and environmental groups that say it threatens the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people and fragile ecosystems in the region.

The European Parliament resolution adopted on Thursday voiced concern over “human rights violations” in Uganda and Tanzania linked to investments in fossil fuel projects.

These included “wrongful imprisonment of human rights defenders, the arbitrary suspension of NGOs, arbitrary prison sentences and the eviction of hundreds of people from their land without fair and adequate compensation”.

It said more than 100,000 people were at risk of being displaced by the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) and called for them to be adequately compensated.

It also urged TotalEnergies to take a year before launching the project to study the feasibility of an alternative route “to better safeguard protected and sensitive ecosystems and the water resources of Uganda and Tanzania”.


The project aims to extract the huge crude reserves under Lake Albert, a 160-kilometre-long natural border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and ship the oil through what would become the world’s longest heated pipeline.

Lake Albert lies atop an estimated 6.5 billion barrels of crude, of which about 1.4 billion barrels are currently considered recoverable.

Uganda’s deputy speaker, Thomas Tayebwa, reacted angrily to the EU parliament resolution. “These are projects which were approved by the parliament of Uganda, the parliament of a sovereign country and anything to do with challenging their approval is an affront to the independence of this house and we cannot take it lightly,” he said on Thursday.

But environmental group Friends of the Earth France welcomed the MEPs’ stance. “It sends a strong political message against the Tilenga and EACOP projects, whose human, environmental and climate costs are undeniable and simply unacceptable,” senior campaigner Juliette Renaud said in a statement.

Tilenga is the oilfield development project operated by TotalEnergies in the Lake Albert region of northwestern Uganda. The company has insisted it has taken steps to reduce the overall scheme’s impact on people and the environment.

“We are doing everything we can to make it an exemplary project in terms of transparency, shared prosperity, economic and social progress, sustainable development, with environmental consideration and respect for human rights,” it said in reaction to the EU parliament resolution.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has in the past hailed the project as a major economic boost for the landlocked country, where many live in poverty.

European Parliament slams two TotalEnergies Oil Projects in Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda

On Thursday, September 15, the European Parliament passed an emergency resolution by a large majority denouncing the consequences of oil mega projects in Uganda and Tanzania, particularly two projects from French multinational TotalEnergies: Tilenga and EACOP. The resolution referred to “human rights violations”, “acts of intimidation”, “judicial harassment”, and “immense” risks and impacts on local communities, the environment and the climate.

TotalEnergies hopes to exploit the oil lying beneath Lake Albert in western Uganda. More than 400 wells are to be drilled from December onwards, including 132 in the protected natural area of Murchison Falls National Park. Production from the Tilenga project (190,000 barrels per day), together with another area operated by the Chinese oil giant CNOOC, will be exported to Tanzania through a 1,445-kilometer buried pipeline called the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). It will be the longest heated pipeline in the world. In total, these two projects represent an investment of $10 billion, and production is scheduled to begin in 2025 for a period of 25 years.

The European Parliament is calling for a halt to drilling in the “protected and sensitive” ecosystems and postponement of work on EACOP for a year to “study the feasibility of an alternative route” that would preserve the environment and “consider other projects based on renewable energy.” The MEPs also call for an end to human rights violations, including the “immediate release” of human rights defenders arrested in an “arbitrary” manner. And they call for “prompt, fair and adequate” compensation for those expropriated or deprived of access to their land by the Eacop project.

Expropriated people waiting for compensation

The resolution, which is non-binding but politically significant, includes the conclusions from various independent experts. It describes a danger for the environment and water resources, with inevitable oil spills and risks at EACOP’s offshore installations, which will be built “in a high tsunami-risk zone.” It also points out that the two projects could emit up to 34 million tons of CO2 per year, more than 30 times the current annual emissions of Uganda and Tanzania combined.

Besides the environment, MEPs are concerned about the fate of the 118,000 partially or totally expropriated residents, who have lost the free use of all or part of their land for three years. The promised compensation has often arrived late if at all, and is often insufficient, so that “many farmers can no longer make a living,” explained French MEP Pierre Larrouturou (Socialists and Democrats, S&D), who wrote the motion together with three other members of his group. According to figures from Friends of the Earth, based on data from TotalEnergies, 84,500 people are still waiting for compensation.

European Parliament Pass Resolutions Concerning Violation of Human Rights and Climate Linked to EACOP

EU Parliament

The European parliament on Thursday, 15, September, 2022, made resolutions that would guide to cab the disastrous results of human right violation and climate change due to the construction of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).

The EACOP construction is championed by French oil brand TotalEnergies as the main investor, together with the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, the Uganda National Oil Company, and the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation.

The EACOP pipeline project is to stretch from Lake Albert in western Uganda to Tanzania at Tanga where the crude will be delivered for refining. Total has started two major oil exploration projects in Uganda, one of which is the Tilenga project, which will involve drilling for oil within the Murchison Falls natural protected area.

When the projected is completed, the Pipeline would generate over 34 million tons of CO2 emission every year, and threaten protected wildlife.

The EU Parliament resolutions call for the end to the extractive activities in the protected and sensitive ecosystems. These include the shores of Lake Albert to the 132 wells that Total plans to construct into the Murchison Falls National Park and to the numerous protected systems which the 500C heated EACOP pipeline will cross.

The parliament also urges TotalEnergies to take one year before launching the project to explore alternative projects based on renewable energies for better economic development.

The EU resolution insert more pressure on the financiers and corporations behind EACOP that are already facing sustained resistance from local communities and millions of people around the world.

The resolution comes against the background of recent protests by communities in parts of Uganda, which are citing failure by Total to mitigate against the impacts they have felt from the Tilenga project.

About 20 banks around the world have made clear they will not finance the EACOP, European financiers including Standard Chartered, BBVA, Santander, and Natixis have not yet distanced themselves from the project.

Clémence Dubois, France Team Lead at 350.org, says: “This is an important step forward in the fight against EACOP. The pressure is growing daily against Total and this project at all levels of society and throughout the world. We won’t stop until the project is stopped. No banks or financers who currently fund Total can ignore their responsibility, and they should be prepared to meet increasing pressure too, until they stop financing climate bombs like this around the world.”

Omar Elmawi, Coordinator at Stop EACOP campaign, says: “By denouncing the persecution and intimidation of human rights defenders who dare to criticize the project – several of whom have been arbitrarily arrested in the past – the resolution by the European parliament is sending a clear message that the rights of the people in Uganda and Tanzania should come before the interests of corporations and governments out to enrich themselves.

“The resolution however urges Total to study the feasibility of an alternative road but if we want to safeguard the environment and water resources, there’s only one road – ending this project that violates human rights and our environment. Communities and climate activists have already expressed their concerns and continued resistance to EACOP. The responsibility lies with the financiers to take a stand against this project.”


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