All posts by Michael Kivumbi

Michael is currently the Managing Editor of Kivumbi Press.

PRESS STATEMENT KCCA @ 5

FEBRUARY 2016

KCCA marks its fifth year at the helm of City management this coming April 2016. We look back to the past years with gratefulness and are humbled to see the big strides made in the transformation of this City. Continue reading PRESS STATEMENT KCCA @ 5

How KCCA Is Tackling The Hitches While Modernizing The City

In April, 2016, KCCA marked its fifth year at the helm of Kampala City management. The last five years of the constitutionally rebranded version of City Hall structures have been reviewed with mixed feelings from a cross section of city dwellers, including the rest of the Ugandans who merely sprint through as they run their day-to-day activities. Pundits have even asserted that the recent landslide triumph of the Opposition leaders in Kampala vis-à-vis the ruling NRM, hugely had a bearing on how the city had been managed or mismanaged in the last few years.

The five year mark commemoration, however, also comes with an air of praise as well – Continue reading How KCCA Is Tackling The Hitches While Modernizing The City

Jesus’ High Priesthood Is Forever

Hebrews 6:20

…Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

Jesus is our High Priest forever. This “forever” aspect changes the way we are blessed and how we receive our blessings from God. As our High Priest, Jesus represents us before God. Since His priesthood is after the order of Melchizedek, which is one of righteousness, His righteousness becomes our righteousness forever. This means that we are forever righteous in God’s eyes!

And because He will never die, but continue as our High Priest forever, we have an everlasting righteousness, not merely a here-today-gone-tomorrow righteousness based on our works. No, we have a perpetual and everlasting righteousness because Jesus is our High Priest forever.

This also means that blessings are perpetually on your head because the Bible says that blessings are on the head of the righteous (Proverbs 10:6), and you are righteous forever! Continue reading Jesus’ High Priesthood Is Forever

How Immigrant Turned Himself Into Tanzania’s Richest Man

On his website, Mohammed Dewji wrote, “I have been blessed and I am very proud of the success of my company, MeTL, but with this success and the subsequent wealth comes responsibility. God blesses some people with wealth and it is the duty of these people to redistribute this wealth to less fortunate people and contribute to humanity. I have great pride in being able to say through both MeTL and the Mo Dewji Foundation, we are achieving this. I believe in putting money back into my country first and foremost. Tanzania is where I make my money, it is my home and Tanzanians are my people and therefore my priority.” It speaks volumes about what kind of man Dewji is, yet it still is just a tip of the iceberg. Continue reading How Immigrant Turned Himself Into Tanzania’s Richest Man

Rev. Daniel Tegule, Jesus Is King Church, Banda

Pastors cannot be turned into villains for rightly putting their hand where they put their labor.

Michael KivumbiShepherding is a calling but it is also a job. Is it strange that when I pray for my people to get successful, they bless me in turn.

Nigeria’s Folorunsho Alakija Is World’s Third Richest Black Woman

“I never went to a University and I am proud to say so because I don’t think I have done too badly,” said Folorunsho Alakija during a motivational talk.

Alakija, who, according to Forbes is one of the most powerful women in the world, apparently made the disclosure while addressing students at the University of Lagos during a ceremony to mark the 2014 UN International Youths Day.

“You do not have to have a university education to be able to make it; so count yourselves privileged to have that education as part of the feather in your cap,” she continued.

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In fact, Alakija pursued secretarial studies and fashion design as a young woman.  But she did not ever despise her days of small beginnings – because this is exactly where her journey would begin. Today, this mother of four is the richest self-made woman in Africa and one of just two female billionaires on the continent.

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The Rationale of Beef In Uganda’s Music Industry

The exact cause of the endless fights and bickering(s) in Uganda’s music circles is hard to put your hands on. What we know for sure, however, is that it always revolves about how the superstars – “music stakeholders” – tend to zealously mark [and hold on to] their territories, so to speak — to make it deliberately impossible for [their] competition to supplant them.

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How Tanzania’s Reginald Mengi Survived Hunger To Become His Country’s Top Philanthropist

Reginald Abraham Mengi is considered a pioneer of corporate social responsibility in Tanzania. He contributes his time and resources to poverty eradication and economic empowerment schemes for youths, women, and other disadvantaged members of society, including the disabled. For more than 18 years he has hosted luncheons for over 5,000 people with disabilities. In his capacity as a United Nations World Food Programme “End Hunger” Ambassador in Tanzania, Mr. Mengi has successfully supported a national scheme to provide school children with free meals. The initiative has enhanced school enrollment and attendance. Also an environmentalist, since 1987, Mr. Mengi has supported a campaign to reforest Mount Kilimanjaro. The initiative has led to over twenty four million trees being planted on the slopes of Africa’s tallest peak.

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Reginand Mengi

As a matter of fact, in 2012, The Dar es Salaam Religious Leaders Committee granted him The Business for Peace Award for his support of a society without religious, racial or ethnic discrimination. This is exactly how to define the man in the person of Reginald Abraham Mengi. He has lived his life with such immense humility notwithstanding that he is reputed to be one of the richest men in East Africa.

In 2013, Forbes magazine ranked Dr. Mengi as the 34th richest man in all of Africa [in 2014 he was the 45th richest]. The unique part in all this is the fact that to the tycoon himself is the fact that money is not all that matters. Continue reading How Tanzania’s Reginald Mengi Survived Hunger To Become His Country’s Top Philanthropist

Sudhir Ruparelia Is East Africa’s Richest Man

According to Forbes Magazine, he is the wealthiest individual in Uganda and the East African Community and he does admit to owning at least a quarter of the buildings in Kampala’s Central Business District. In November 2013, he was reported to be the 24th wealthiest individual in Africa. But as of February 2015, Forbes magazine reckons him a prestigious 1638th billionaire of the World’s richest men, with an estimated net worth of US$1.12 billion.

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Forbes talks of Ruparelia as one of Uganda’s largest property owners through his Ruparelia Group which he chairs, being the majority shareholder in the companies of the group.

His status today is, in fact, worlds apart from the days when he lived in a refugee camp and made a living driving a taxicab on the streets of London.

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A little ambition…

A little ambition…
Michael P. Kivumbi (michaelprince51@ymail.com)
Many things have gone wrong in our country and the problem has not always been the lack of aptitude as is with way of thinking that is rather primitive and detached. It is just appalling how many of our politicians never have any real motivation for working for the good of the nation.
What we see nowadays is a scenario of “status” outbalancing “purpose” of the government officials. It is unreservedly ludicrous because the phenomenon is a prototype of conceit where a patriotic service to the country for ever and a day comes in only as an inescapable appendage [which also goes to explain the shoddiness of the various works of government]. Forget the love affair between Uganda and these politicians: much less that they look forward to a nation that is all prosperous and first-world in a few years’ time. That’s gibberish, coming from the consequentialists we have today and when they claim it, it is because that rhetoric of patriotism is never unavoidable as it happens to be the most plausible apparatus to make a political case with.
When you hear [most] Opposition politicians speak, you can’t help but perceive innuendos of “me-too”. It is an attitude of entitlement. They work in the regime for some time and come to a level where they think; they have grown, worked hard enough and reimbursement should be coming and it should not be less than the best there is. Irrespective of who’s vulnerable. It’s how Obote rose himself to power, and then came Amin after the self-same precedent… and the rest is history. This pattern is recurrent and apparent even today. It has deplorably always been the country exposed to so much distress.
Do I have to be more blunt, mention word “gluttony” itself to get this point across? By the way; is it uncalled for? It’s the root for dishonesty upon which all potential renegades perch. No one is virtually as corrupt as most politicians of Uganda. And they think they have a touch-not decree on them as if they were the anointed ones.
It is an absurdity because these culprits never think it’s an indiscretion to bag public money. Even those caught red handed and had up have never thought that they deserved reproof more than they did applause for having been smart enough to cart off their share first. They think it is justified as in one of the local dialects it’s put thus: omugabiteyeseera. It’s a Ugandan vice and all these “I-am-witch hunted” propagandists are simply self absorbed “scavengers” exposed. They think they brought this “thing” and worked for the “thing” and should not be chased off their “thing”.
Prof. Bukenya is a well learned man and he’s certainly far away from silliness but until recently he did not realize that he had not been on contract to work for President Museveni’s yoghurt firm. Here are the Ugandans holding him accountable and he begins by frowning at the President! What!
He got really ahead of himself daring to think that involving himself in underhanded tendencies is the least he could do and be protected by the President. This is why these days he laments of being ekyanainstead of omwana. He’d like us to think he’s the good kid just out of the blue as if it shouldn’t be his integrity standing the test of time! It does not even extenuate him from the fact that he was involved in fraud; rather it sells him away. Moreover, we’re not unaware that his newly found rage springs from not having been immune from the law.
And he has the audacity to think that he should be our president so that he can protect himself! I don’t know but that sounds like anything but the former Vice President of Uganda–outstandingly egotistical. If he is ever elected, which I hope not, he’d make the worst President ever next to Amin Dada who had no regard for constitutionalism. Mr. Bukenya is unequivocally bad for Uganda.
We still have so many of a kind though and what’s clear is that they are out of touch. And they don’t even blush at their going too far in order to reach their goal.
They never move unless to strike for something in their exclusive favor. Bukenya, Ssejjusa, Besigye have not all pulled political stunts for nothing. Is it not rather too coincidental that they all covet their former boss’s seat!
What should be their credibility now, besides ambition? No wonder they all would rather make their most pertinent case for the International media where no one knows the ugly skeletons in their closets.
A little ambition does not hurt though but what one makes their “capital”! Why should a wanna-be president of a great country like Uganda someday have to embezzle, tell lies, be disrespectful, disparage people, government agencies and on top of which, impenitent… what happened to conviction? Is colorlessness all that praiseworthy? And which side accommodates patriotism?

© 2013

Our weird political embroidery

Our weird political embroidery
Michael P. Kivumbi (loadedmicheal@gmail.com)
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996’s Peace, Unity, Democracy and Modernization campaign message had such a great appeal to Ugandans, coming from all the embittering tyrannies that ever trailed the 1966 precedents. By the end of the polls, Yoweri K. Museveni had on merit basketed for himself a 75% landslide – Quite an exposé of how badly Ugandans wanted a mettlesome makeover of their brand, not only politically, but socially and economically as well.
This election was such a milestone upon which Uganda’s politics would hinge from nearly less than infancy to a rock-solid power-belongs-to-the-people adjunct in the constitution. This is apparent today. Some, nonetheless, still reckon it hypothetical to disanchor other Afro-centric prognostics who think Uganda should be excused from all such denigration having been downrightly an exemplary work in progress not after so long.
Personally, I am a maverick, but I can’t agree more with the optimists this time. There has forever been a feasibility question on the working of all these democracy ideologies in the African setting.
This continent is a kings’ world and the subjects are almost instinctively attuned to decrees. It’s a heritage thing – One was either making demands or obeying them.
Pretty authoritative, if you will call it, but it was availing because of its “discipline”; until colonialism changed everything when with it crept in the White-man’s liberalism as if to menace all African political sanity and serenity.
While many Africans figured it was hijack, at the same time it turned out too alluring for them to flout. They got themselves entangled, and consequently, the classroom system bred a pseudo-royalty in the minds of these African elites and whence came it for Western Education to be perceived as an earned receipt of a license for non-royal “blood” to unprecedentedly rise to be crowned chiefs, and kings as well: It was the genesis of the apparent jungle-like political-field of today. The educated class made adversaries out of each other over who was better deserved for the roles in government. Why not: after all there was an influx – no more was there shortage of legibility or aptitude.
It would then be the “cake” problem to stray us from the real substance of our political conversation.
Whether it’d manifest as individualism, or tribal sentimentality, just the rendition of this imported pragmatism, separate from what it pitches, is literally polarization; considering we are barely fully a civilized society. And I put it to the radical progressives for having fostered the perpetual unrests and unconstructive bickering that inundates Africa of this political era.
Uganda clearly, is walking away from all these trends of political ignorance. The pace is simply acceptable. If any politician therefore is claiming to be “honest” as they assess the state of our political sphere in this country, or an analyst for that matter is citing a case of not-good-enough vis-à-vis literature-made-in-London, I feel compelled to remind them of how they may end up at a lesser speed because of an overly ambitious haste. For instance, if we were to take the Arab spring for precedence, as previously referenced by some, by now we would be hiding our faces in dismay. Egypt is not better off now! Neither is Syria.
And just for what so heavenly a change in this world would the Kenyans rather sacrifice so much blood for as in 2007? Raila Odinga? And in 2013, he’s not the guy they want! Ironic indeed.
We don’t want to be on some sort of roller-coaster because of some individuals’ ambition.
I know how realistic I may not sound for many Political Scientists but practicability be given chance: the elementary concepts such as compromise and concession of defeat in an election, typical of a genuine democracy, in 2012, in this black man’s land was still simply alien. Even in FDC. Malignment and ambition-motivated pursuits inundate our political sphere today instead; only to suggest amateurism. And we have to agree to this – we are politically not marched to USA.
Otherwise we’d appreciate that fondness is just not as mandatory as you do not lack grace when you want to rise to the top. The word “opposition” came in rather handy for our political immaturity. Parties have obliterated a middle course from their platforms to assume some kind of pertinence just by behaving too extreme against those “guys” yonder, in the state house – actually the election winners.
                                                                                                
It begins with frustration, but it does not rationalize one even having to assassinate the character of fellow compatriots. Before you tell, personal feud has eclipsed national interest. We live with this mess everyday in Uganda though; even when we know it’s hardly where we want to be as a country.
Dismay has clouded many hearts and it’s with the abject failure of politicians to act more nationalistically than conceitedly.
And that NRM’s favorable ratings soared in 2011 surprise me? Not a chance. Just what philosophy was Museveni running against? Besigye?
Upon such as I-am-as-good attitudes, the Opposition front-runner premised what we know now as the second largest political party in the country. Deplorably, FDC is not exactly uncomfortable with its deficiency of the “issues-morale”. Such a party’s foundation couldn’t be groggier.
Counting one’s weaknesses too does not automatically make you a solution. Precisely why I squarely disagree also with the notion that newly elected leadership of this party could be a game-changer come any national polls that may involve President Museveni.
We keep on doing these rounds of this idle talk not unaware that structurally everything remains compliant with the status quo – rhetoric and nothing more. Serious about taking power, FDC would not be flirting with Mugisha Muntu. So many questions never got asked before these self-professed reformers enthroned another 1986 war-veteran; a former NRM cadre for that matter and a “Westerner”! Straight down another “NRM-aggrieved” fellow who leans much of his political deductions on the bush-time tutorage of YKM. Truth be told; this is not what change looks like.
I could perhaps be over-stating it, but I want to find one aspect that separates Mugisha Muntu from his predecessor, I can’t find it. His quest-strengthener is as much Dr. Besigye’s. It’s a soldier thing–A gutsy thing–A Museveni-can’t-be-that-hard thing. It puts country second and it’s preposterous. It’s a Ugandan vice though that we ought to evolve from.
Getting defensive against this fact would itself be in vain, as I insinuated not that the opposition politics is to compromise its customary objective. All I am saying is that anyone would be disgruntled that they are unconstructively too reactionary, which I realize comes in very convenient when there’s no other justification for being the opposing side besides ambition.
It was just too whimsical to think that transitioning Africa would be an overnight job. We had no background of a government of the people by the people for the people. The role of the people here is clearly not sabotage or clamoring for power. It is simply participation and compromise. If we have finally had some peace and ultimately a lead down this path, we don’t need as much pressure as we do poise. Even when we want to change leaders.
©2014