Is Busoga Tourism Initiative Failing Tourism In Busoga?

Busoga Tourism Initiative was recently named the most active tourism cluster by the organizers of this year’s Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards. This however surprised many industry players who believe the tourism cluster has hardly been active ever since it burnt its fingers with everything it touches crumbling as soon as it opens.

Busoga Tourism Initiative has kick started tourism projects like Busoga tourism expo, Kagulu rock climbing challenge and Bishop Hannington Kyando martyrs day celebrations. All these projects died in their infant stages.

When BTI’s inaugural activity, the 2012 Busoga tourism expo, failed to have its second baby step before eventually going into limbo, some gave the cluster a benefit of doubt, thinking it was just a failure on its part to attract back its sponsors.

Indeed, BTI bounced back in 2013 with the Kagulu rock climbing challenge, which was massively attended but went down after its second edition of 2014, which was embroiled in a cash bonanza fight.

This followed President Yoweri Museveni’s pledge of Shs100m, which money was handed over to Mr. Edward Kafufu Baliddawa, BTI’s chairman. The money, which was meant to develop Kagulu, apparently was diverted into other ‘things’, sparking off fights that saw the climbing challenge paused to this date. And Mr. Baliddawa’s BTI has never accounted to the people of Busoga how he spent this money.

Edward Kafufu Baliddawa, BTI’s chairman

Amidst strong criticism, BTI was able to soldier on by organizing the 2014 Bishop Hannington, Kyando, which was the second martyrs’ celebrations organized by the cluster. However, even this hit a dead end that very year when it was discovered that Mr. Baliddawa had allegedly forged a land title for Kyando in the names of BTI. There are similar claims about Kagulu.

Insiders at Busoga Kingdom say Mr Baliddawa was chased from Kyando.  The same people have threatened to take the former MP to court over Kagulu forged land title. This was unearthed after it was discovered that Mr. Baliddawa had clandestinely registered BTI as a personal company.

Previously, BTI had been started as an association that brings together parliamentarians from Busoga to promote their area as a tourism destination. Its leadership had Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga as the Patron and Mr. Baliddawa, who was the Kigulu North MP, as the chairman.

However, without the knowledge of the Speaker and Busoga parliamentarians, Mr. Baliddawa went ahead to register BTI as a personal company, adding relatives as other directors.

 According to the company file with the registrar of companies, BTI’s directors include Mr. Baliddawa, John Wamulo (Mr. Baliddawa’s uncle), Margret Nandhase (Mr. Baliddawa’s relative), Mawazi Bulagala (Mr. Baliddawa’s relative), Symphony Tours & Travel Ltd (Baliddawa’s company registered with his wife) and Advanced Tours & Travel Ltd (another of Baliddawa’s companies).

This perhaps explains why there has always been a rift between Busoga tourism officials and BTI, with the former preferring to work parallel to BTI activities. In fact, in 2015, when Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) was focused on partnering with regional tourism clusters to develop and promote domestic tourism in the country, it got stuck in Busoga in that an urgent meeting was held on October 21, 2015.

“During the consultative meeting held at Jinja Nile Resort, all stakeholders acknowledged all the work done by BTI and agreed to join this tourism cluster for the development of tourism in the whole of Busoga region, and also endorsed the patron and the chairperson of BTI Hon. Edward Baliddawa.

They made special recommendations as well which included:-

  • Choosing an interim committee ofBTI with a representative from each of the following groups (cultural leaders, district leaders, site owners, hotel owners, tour operators, youths, NGOs & women plus Media). Attached is a list of the said committee.
  • Holding an annual general meeting so that they stakeholders are officially initiated into BTI.
  • Change of the Constitution ofBTI to be all inclusive • They endorsed all the founding members as well.
  • All matters concerning tourism development and promotion in Busoga sub region should be channelled to BTI,” reads a letter written by UTB CEO Stephen Asiimwe to the Speaker and BTI Patron.

“This is therefore to request you Rt. Hon to champion streamline the underlying factors so that we can make budgets and work plans for the next financial year 2016 / 2017.”

BTI’s Baliddawa launched a book but some journalists dragged him to court saying he stole their work

Members of the interim committee included; Simon Kaita, the Jinja tourism officer to represent district leaders, James M. Mbatia, the manager Mada hotels Uganda to represent hoteliers, Nyesigawe R. Johns of Crater Lakes Safaris to represent tour operators, Bulagala Mawazi, to represent the youth, Namansa Juliet Faith to represent NGOs and women, Moses Zikusoka to represent the media, Chief Waguma Yasin to represent cultural leaders, and Godfrey Yuwju to represent tourism site owners.

The committee managed to have its first two meetings at Nile Resort hotel but after they lost enthusiasm after it became clear to them that Mr. Baliddawa wasn’t willing to change BTI’s constitution and make the cluster all embracing. Instead, he was bent on discussing what activities they can do together. Eventually, members lost morale and began boycotting the meetings.

Since the 2014 Bishop Hannington celebrations, BTI has never held any tourism activity while tourism clusters like that of Buganda, Lango and Ankole have been so active.

BTI’s awarding comes at a time when it just recently undusted itself to launch a travel book called the Best of Busoga. But even the book is under contestation after two Ugandan journalists sued Mr. Baliddawa and BTI for copyright infringement.

Details.In their suit filed on January 24 in the Commercial court, Simon Musasizi and Edward Echwalu claim that Baliddawa didn’t write the book, Best of Busoga, as he claims.

Strengthen Agricultural Extension Workers, Leaders In Bunyoro Ask Government

Bunyoro leaders have called on Government to strengthen agricultural extension workers country wide if Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) to make an impact in communities. They claim that OWC workers only distribute seeds and inputs without giving farmers extension guidance.

OWC replaced National Agricultural Advisory Services Organization-NAADS. It was established by President Museveni in July 2013 with a view to eradicate poverty and facilitate growth of household income, mainly through agriculture.

A report on the progress of the program for Bunyoro region presented by the Kibaale district production officer Peter Ssetayi, indicates that the program is facing a lot of challenges which include delayed delivery of inputs, planting of inputs in wetland, lack facilitation and transport for extension workers, inadequate extension works and supply of poor quality inputs among others.

Ssettayi said extension workers are crucial in assisting farmers to make right choices on top of learning new technologies.  The report also indicates that farmers receive little inputs while others do not utilize the inputs they receive.

It further indicates that instead of supplying the inputs to parishes were farmers can easily access them, the inputs are delivered to farmers at the sub county headquarters which are located at a far distance from the beneficiaries.

However, Ethel Bakisula the NAADS senior procurement officer admitted to the challenges but promised that government is working had to address them. She urged different stakeholders monitor and advocate for the program to ensure its progress.

Hoima Residents Irked By Continued Arrest Of Missile Man

By George Busiinge

30-year-old Anatoli Kiiza, a resident of Kiryangobe village in Kitoba sub-county, Hoima district was arrested almost two weeks ago by security operatives in Hoima.Albertine region Police spokesperson, Julius Hakiza told the media that the suspect was detained at Hoima Central Police Station to ascertain the motive behind the manufacture of the said missile.

According to sources, Kiiza was later transferred to the anti-terrorism unit in Naguru, Kampala. This is the second weapon to be invented by Kiiza. The first missile allegedly made by Kiiza was confiscated by police in 2012 as he was planning to test it at Lake Albert.

His mother, Margaret Biferamunda says this was the seventh time his son has been arrested. James Mugenyi Mulindambura, the district councilor for Kigorobya Sub-county and Jackson Wabyona, the Hoima district FDC Chairman, want government to take on Kiiza such that he develops his innovations.

They say that Banyoro used to be inventors but were disorganized by the British colonialists adding that arresting Kiiza signifies that government is not ready to help Banyoro to restore their inventions.

Mulindambura explains that Kiiza is not the first Munyoro to invent such weapons, disclosing that in 1980s one Mwesigwa Mutarama of Kigorobya sub-county in Hoima district was killed by the Milton Obote government after they found him making landmines to support President Museveni’s NRA struggle.

They demanded the Minister of Bunyoro affairs Earnest Kiiza and otherleaders to intervene and help Anatoli meet the president.

Sugar Cane Poaching Threatens Masindi

By George Busiinge

Poaching has traditionally meant the illegal capture of wild animals,but it is now a new word in the sugar industry. Sugar cane poaching has emerged among big sugar millers. It refers to a practice in which emerging millers target established factories by buying sugar cane from out-growers supported by established factories.

Competition over sugar cane had in the past been limited to Busoga region in eastern Uganda where Kakira Sugar Works complained about new millers eating intoits 8,500 out-growers.But other big factories such as Kinyara Sugar in Masindi, western Uganda, face a similar challenge.

The competition has been extended to Masindi with sugar cane beinghauled all the way to sugar mills in Buganda and Busoga. The millers exploiting Kakira, Lugazi and Kinyara factories' out-grower system are reportedly paying morefor sugar cane hauled from Masindi.

It is common for travelers to northern Uganda to encounter long haulage trucks loaded with sugar cane from Masindi. Earthfinds could not reach Kinyara Sugar Limited's Corporate Affairs Manager, Kirunda Magoola, for a comment about the threat to their out-growers. 

But Masindi Resident district Commissioner, Godfrey Nyakuhuma has in the past called for an end to sugar cane poaching. Nyakuhuma said the practice could be a recipe for disaster for Masindi if Kinyara Sugar operations were affected.

Sudhir, Parents Agree On Future Of Kampala Parents School

In an assessment meeting with parents of Kampala Parents School, a primary school based in Naguru, renowned businessman Sudhir Ruparelia, the owner of the school, said the school is focused on maintaining and improving on its performance and is not being swayed by malicious rumors on social media platforms that the school is going to close.

Unverified news on different social media suggested that Sudhir Ruparelia, whose bank, Crane Bank, was sold to dfcu after Bank of Uganda took it over last year, was selling the school due to financial hardships. The businessman in the same meeting told parents that “social media doesn’t run the school” and asked them to only trust “formal memos” from school management.

The businessman who owns Kampala Parents School, Delhi International Public School, Kampala International School and Victoria University Kampala explained that the primary school is managed independently and is in sound health. He asked parents to stop listening and fueling rumors.

“It will go on for many years to come; parents should not be alarmed,” the businessman assured parents whose were concerned that the school is closing at a time when the first term of the year was just commencing. The businessman assured parents that everything is being done to maintain and improve the school academic performance.

How Sudhir acquired Kampala Parents School

Kampala Parents School was the first private school in Uganda according to KasoleBwerere the man who started the school on Namirembe road, Old Kampala. Bwerere started the school in 1975 during the tumultuous days of President Idi Amin. He many years later sold the now prospering and famous school to Sudhir Ruparelia in 2004.

The manner in which Sudhir Ruparelia acquired the school has been questioned over the years with many people suggesting that Ruparelia grabbed the vibrant school when Bwerere failed to pay a loan he had acquired in Crane Bank.

But Bwerere in an interview with EagleOnline explains that it was a mutual transaction for which he was paid fully and in cash.  He denied ever talking to journalists or anybody complaining that Sudhir Ruparelia stole or grabbed his school. He says that he was a willing seller to a willing buyer.

“I went out as a willing seller and Mr. Sudhir (Ruparelia) came out as a willing buyer. Among the three possible buyers, Sudhir had the best offer. He was to pay all the money at once unlike the other two who wanted to complete payment after years; possibly from the fees from my pupils. We sat down (myself and Sudhir) and agreed on terms. He paid me cash… cash down. So all these saying that Sudhir grabbed my school I just don’t have any idea of where they are getting that from.

I never had any loan with Sudhir nor did I own any account in his bank at the time. I only got to know Sudhir through Kasagga who brought him to me as a buyer of the school and he fully paid me. Unfortunately the key witness (the late Zzimwe) is no longer around. However, his friends; Kirumira (Godffrey), Mudunga is close friends are all aware. I don’t demand anything from him. In fact he saved me because I had loans that I had failed to pay the loans.” Bwerere said clearing the air surrounding the transaction.

Gadgets Every Traveler Needs In 2017

There are people that were blessed with intellect that surpasses the ordinary, people that easily see through how something works and create an even better accessory. These very people create gadgets that will make traveling such an easy breezy hat you even forget the fatigue that comes after; some of these gadgets are very important especially when it comes to long journeys. 

Fitness Tracker

You love traveling but also are a regular gym buddy which makes it hard to keep up with your exercise regiment; not all the places you will travel to will have gym access meaning you will need something to keep you on track. Gadgets like fitbit, samsung’s smartwatch, and Apple’s 8th generation iPod Nano are among some of those gadgets fitted with fitness apps which can help you stay on track while traveling. 

Smart Suitcase

Its 2017 so forget about losing your luggage or being told that you over packed your way beyond the flight limit. Of course it being a smart suitcase doesn't mean it will carry itself through the check in section at the airport but it means it will help you charge your phone, tell you what your luggage limit is, only be unlocked by your phone and even make it easy for you to track your property whilst on your journey. You can find these smart suitcases on Amazon. 

Solar Charger

This one of the best inventions one can have especially when traveling to remote areas where it will be hard for you to charge your other vital gadgets such as phones and laptops. Solar chargers are not as new but because very few people realise how important they are. All you need is to put it in the sun for a day and you have charging power for almost a day depending on how many gadgets you have. Be careful not to purchase the roadside ones, look through tech shops and solar energy centers for genuine products. 

E- Readers and Tablets

For anyone who loves reading books, you can go through a 600 page in hours meaning you are going to need a new book to replace the excitement of the previous, so you will need to carry your “preciouses” wherever you go and they can be quite many. E- readers like Kindle can give you over a 1000 books all easily accessible whilst your Tablet can act as a surrogate laptop, camera worktop and phone for any urgent business ideas. These can be easily found in gadget shops around Uganda at variable prices. 

Unlocked Mifi

The growth of social media and other modern communication tools makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your family even if you a thousands of miles away from them. All that needs internet connections and with so many service providers who can avail you with portable mifis, it makes it easy for you to get in touch. It is only easier to move with one across borders if you unlock it. 

Portable Bluetooth Speakers and Headphones

Everyone needs music in their life wherever they go. So why not get yourself portable speakers/ headphones for the time when you need a theme song, maybe going for a run or when you are watching a good movie and need good sound. Check Jumia for the best prices. 

Solar LED Lights

These are so easy to find around Kampala so you do not have to stress yourself on where to find these since they are almost available at every petrol station. These lights can shine can last up to 16 hours if fully charged. 

Smart Padlock

All it needs is an app on your phone and you will be able to secure your luggage as well as track it through the journey. 



Victoria University Focused On Pertinent Knowledge And Skills Transfer, Says Dean Science And Technology

Not many people know Dr. Terry Kahuma as a teacher and academician having rose to national fame as the executive director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), a government agency mandated with ensuring that products and services offered to Ugandans are of the right usable quality.

He has however worked with defunct Uganda Electricity Board (UEB) and Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) as an engineer in different capacities including taking on managerial roles.

Dr. Kahuma who holds a PHD in engineering started as an assistant lecturer before moving to Nigerian Universities as a lecturer. He now takes on his new role at Dean Faculty Science and Technology at Jinja Road based Victoria University. In the the below he explains his plans for the university and Uganda as a nation. Read on. 

Dr Kahuma, It’s indeed an honour to meet you today. It’s also interesting to know that you are now working with Victoria University. Please share with our readers what you do at Victoria University.

 I am Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology at Victoria University. My responsibility is to ensure that there is efficient and timely transfer of pertinent knowledge and skills to the students to enable them contribute to national growth, while earning themselves a decent livelihood through gainful employment or entrepreneurship and economic self-sufficiency.

I must also ensure that the university obtains value to enable the investment grow steadily, as well as looking after the provision of adequate facilities and remuneration for genuine work performed by the teaching and support staff in accordance to approved policies. My position seeks to build professionalism in the students and an early linkage to industry through internship, as well as supporting research and innovation in the development of viable social, commercial and industrial applications.

What excites you about being at Victoria University?

The university has an excellent location in the Central Business District, making access by students and stakeholders easy using the cheapest means of transport. The building currently hosting the university is beautiful, spacious, meticulously finished with state-of –the –art materials and features, and the overall working environment is lovely and enabling while being secure and modern with appealing décor and upholstery.

It has an enormous underground parking together with clean and functional lifts. In addition, the university has friendly and co-operative staff,  well - equipped laboratories, well-stocked library with ICT operating systems, lecture rooms and offices all of which are essential for serious work and research. All this is exciting as a workplace.

What uniqueness do you bring to the leadership at Victoria University?

A record of work at four universities outside Uganda, field experience in electrical engineering of 10 years in a major parastatal, managerial experience of 10 years as Executive Director of a government agency, and private consulting work of five years. This is a unique mix which give balance between theory, practice and managerial experience at a top level. It will definitely enrich my classroom interaction with my students and my contributions in administrative work towards the growth of the university.

There are a number of other colleges and institutions that offer Computer science and IT. Why should a parent send their child to do the programme at Victoria University

Victoria University has a competitive edge over other universities in three key areas in teaching IT.

Firstly the IT infrastructure is quite extensive, modern and used on a low student ratio, mostly one to one usage mapping, so there is intensive, personalized full-time availability of well-networked and administered computers, which enables quick learning and more complete grasp by the student.

Secondly, the callibre of lecturers is well trained and experienced to deliver the courses, which are IEEE compliant, based on the latest guidelines for degree programmes, developed and agreed by the joint task force on computing curricula within the IEEE computer society. The lectures are delivered in a hassle-free environment using smartboards. All students have a free laptop provided by the university.

Thirdly,  there is a programme of internship under which students are attached to the IT sections of serious enterprises to acquire field experience. This enables our students to appreciate industrial application of systems and software covered in class, and they move on to innovation of more advanced applications due to contact with such experts.

What is the future of ICT?

ICT as a field of study is very secure, and it will gain relevance in all fields of human endeavor in the future. All machinery, manufacturing processes, media systems, health programmes and procedures, entertainment, transport, engineering, warfare, mining, agro-processing, education, sports, communication, supermarkets, policing, research, social interaction, banking, advertising, film  etc are underpinned by systems using ICT to control, protect, calculate, compare, tabulate, synchronise, determine, regulate, report,  etc. Thus a student with qualifications and competence in ICT is assured of opportunities for employment or self-employment for a long time ahead.

Do you have any hopes of offering certified programmes in ICT?

Certainly. Victoria University is determined to equip its students with necessary specialized skills in the ICT and other areas to the highest level in keeping with the needs of industry and the job market.

Share some tips for success for prospective students and their parents

The key to success is realizing the existence of opportunity, and then moving in to grab that opportunity through the acquisition of the following: knowledge, capacity to analyse correctly,  skills, discipline, contacts, exposure, determination, doggedness, broad vision to expand means of attaining objective and avoiding tunnel vision, networking, capacity to bear setbacks and move on, capacity to raise performance targets, keeping with the leading pack.

What is in store for 2017?

2017 will see a broadening of our course coverage to embark on engineering programmes, particularly electrical engineering and telecommunications engineering. The aim of this initiative is to enable Victoria University to enlarge the skills base of our students to serve in wider sectors of the economy where opportunities exist for practical engineering professionals.

We would like our graduates to have skills that remain pertinent to the economic broadening of the economy and to participate in engineering design, operation, construction, repair, installation, maintenance, power system control, generation, transmission, distribution etc. This expansion will happen in other disciplines like health sciences, humanities and business studies as well.

Any closing remarks for our readers?

Victoria University is your university. It shares your vision of a growing and developing nation, and its duty is to train the required manpower for this development. The efforts taken in constructing, manning and equipping this university goes beyond the profit motive. It is an overriding desire to contribute in the development of our country. So I appeal to students and parents to join the VU family, participate in our programmes and together we move the nation forward. Thank you.

We Will Focus On Research - New Victoria University Dean, Faculty Of Health Sciences

Dr. Krishna N. Sharma- New Dean - Faculty of health sciences, Victoria University, Kampala is a renowned academician, celebrity physiotherapist and prolific author. He travels across the world to teach. He is the youngest author to write 120+ books (20+ bestsellers) and holds 3 world records. To know more about him, visit- 

You are new to Uganda tell us about yourself?

Well! I am an academician from India. I am basically a physiotherapist who did his Masters and PhD in India. I have been working in Africa for more than three years.

I served as the Dean at St. Louis University, Cameroon and Vice Principal at Jeevan Jyoti Institute of Medical Sciences, India. I joined Victoria University, Kampala Uganda as the Dean- faculty of health sciences.

I have keen interest in teaching, research and writing. I teach in many countries and hold 3 world records for writing more than 120 books and more than 20 bestsellers. My books are available worldwide on various bookstores and online stores like, Barnes & Noble etc. 

What excites you about being at Victoria University?

Academic Freedom and a chance to be a part of history! See… Victoria University has a lot of potential. We have one of the best infrastructures and human resource. I hope you have already visited it… and if have not, you must. You will be surprised to experience an international structure right in the heart of the Kampala city. Infact I sent some pictures to my friends abroad and they could not believe that it’s Africa.

So if I am associated with such a university which doesn’t compromise with the quality and gives you an academic freedom to bring up new ideas and allows you to go as far as possible in terms of quality assurance… what else does an academician want? 

What uniqueness do you bring to the leadership at Victoria University?

We are going to work a lot on research and publications. We are upgrading the teaching methodology with the latest schools of thoughts in pedagogy. We will focus on the fruitful research… the research that will bring positive change in Uganda and abroad. This year we will have our own journal and publication so once the students graduate from here, they will already have their published research paper and book. These will give an added value and recognition to them. Apart from this, we are going to move towards online education through our e-academy. We are planning to offer many free courses too as a part of our corporate social responsibility. 

Why should someone study Nursing, Midwifery at Victoria University not elsewhere?  

Instead of telling you why someone shouldn’t study elsewhere, I would rather prefer to tell you why you should study at Victoria University.

When you send your kids to our university, we act like guardians. By the time you leave them on campus, they become our kids and we do everything to shape them from all the aspects. We don’t teach students just to pass the exams or score well, but we prepare them to compete in their field. Honestly speaking, we academicians are not the real evaluators of the student. The real evaluators are the employers. When a student goes in the field to work, at that moment what matters is the performance and not the scores or grade.

Here at Victoria University, we provide quality education in high-tech classes. We provide them free laptops and free internet to experience the international standard and work culture. As I said earlier, our focus is to build up student’s skills and profile to above standard. Imagine a student from elsewhere with just a degree; and a student from Victoria University with a degree, published research papers, published book on his or her name, and couple of international workshops/ seminars/ conferences. I hope, in this case even you yourself would choose Victoria University. 

Is a career in Environmental Health necessary?

This question is like “is a career in military necessary?” See… no matter who we are, the fact is that we all have to live in an environment. As far as we are alive, whatever we touch, breath, eat or drink may bring us trouble. So a healthy environment is our need… we don’t have a choice.  Here come the environmental health experts. They monitor the environment and make sure that it is healthy. Their job includes protecting the environment and community health, testing water and air pollution, inspecting the restaurants and public places, do researches and everything that may concern our environment one way or the other.

The demand for environmental health experts is increasing at the speed of development and urbanization due to the increase in health threats that come with urbanization. At this time, more than 54% of the world population lives in urban areas.  In fact even in Uganda, the level of urbanization last year was 18% and it might increase to 30% by 2030. It is estimated that about 50% of the total Ugandan population will be living in urban areas by 2050. So if you look at these statistics, you will get a broader picture and understand how the demand for environmental health experts is increasing rapidly and how brighter the career in this field is. 

Share some tips for success for prospective students and their parents?

My advice to Students!

Scope is not in the field but in the person. So choose a profession that attracts you and dedicate yourself. Manage your time, forget everything except education for the next few years and trust me, when you finally leave the university… a very bright future would be waiting for you with open arms. So start right now. In West African Pidgin English we say “Today na today”. If you don’t work on your dream today… your dream is not realistic.

For Parents! I would request you to keep your eyes open and spend some time with your kids. Dedicate yourself for their future and don’t compromise in their quality of education. Remember! There is lot of bad influence in society and a quality education is the solution. So if you don’t become your children’s partner in their good dreams… they will be partners in your bad dreams.

What is in store for 2017?

Hard work! This year will have many good and positive activities and achievements. So stay tuned and you will listen our hard work speaking. 

Any closing remarks for our Readers.

I would like to thank them for reading it till the end. At the same time, I would like to cease this opportunity to invite them to the Victoria University campus for a visit and free career counseling. We are currently recruiting for the Jan-Feb so please apply online




Mother Of Hoima Missile Maker Demands For Release Of Son

By George Busiinge

Margret Nferamunda, the mother of Bunyoro missile manufacturer is requesting for the release of his son, Kiiza Anatoli, being held by police in Hoima. Anatoli was this week arrested after Hoima Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Isaac Kawooya requested to meet him. The invitation to meet and discuss the matter was a bait.

Now, Anatoli’s mother, Nferamunda, who has been camping at Hoima police begging for the release of his crafty innovative son, told journalists that Kawooya deceived Anatoli that he wanted to take him to President Museveni to see how he can be helped with his innovation. “Instead he was arrested and they are refusing to release him,” Nferamunda told journalists. 


Margret Nferamunda, the mother of Kiiza Anatoli, while talking to journalists

She explained that when Anatoli reached RDC’s office he was arrested and taken to Hoima police where he has been kept in custody since Tuesday. “Am worried about my son because he is no longer eating. They have not told me the case they have arrested him for because the missile he manufactured was taken by police,” Nferamunda said.

Nferamunda is now appealing to President Museveni to allow Kiiza continue manufacturing his missile. “Alternatively, if they can’t help him improve on his innovation, let them prosecute him and they keep him in prison instead of torturing him all the time,” he argued. Anatoli has been arrested seven times ever since he embarked on the missile making mission in 2012.

Anatoli presented his innovation to the media last week at his home in Hoima

The mid-western police Public Relations Officer Julius Hakiza says that they are keeping Kiiza Anatoli for general inquiry. Police fears Anatoli might end up testing his missile in public which is not good. Hakiza however refused to reveal their next move as far as Anatoli’s case is concerned. He added that so far police hasn’t opened any case against him, three days after his arrest.

Anatoli paraded his missile before journalists in Hoima last week at his home village in Kitoba. Police and the RDC have been hunting for him until Tuesday when the RDC called him for a meeting and thereafter arrested him.



Man Making Missile In Hoima Wants To Meet Museveni

By George Busiinge

A 29 year old man is making a name and getting famous in Hoima district making military hardware. Anatoli Kiiza, a resident of Kiryangobe village in Kitoba Sub County claims that he has manufactured a missile which can fire 450 miles away. He has named it Sam Missile African Made In Uganda.

Kiiza’s attempt to fabricate one of the world’s most feared and deadly military equipment started in June 2012. This however did not go down well with Uganda police who arrested him at his workshop in Kiryatete suburb in Hoima municipality. He was freed without being charged in courts of law.

Ever since that time he has continued to research and improved on his innovation. He now wants to meet President Yoweri Museveni so that he can sell to him the idea and further improve it. He reveals that police has sabotaged him on several occasions and efforts to meet the president have yielded no success.

Kiiza, who has been arrested seven times since 2012 without prosecution told journalists in Hoima that Uganda can save money it spends on buying military weapons if it invests in innovative people like him. He has used the internet to know how missiles are made and work. He gets inspiration from countries like USA, China and North Korea that are manufacturing missiles.  

The Hoima district Resident District Commission (RDC), who is the administrative representative of the president at the district, Isaac Kawooya, said what Kiiza is doing is illegal and will be charged for several cases. He didn’t breakdown what cases that will be preferred against Kiiza when asked.

Kawooya questioned Kiiza’s motives if he continues to hide from security authorities. “If he is doing the right thing why is he hiding from security? He should come out and at least approach the office of RDC because we don’t know him,” the RDC, who heads and coordinates security agencies in the district, said in a telephone interview.

But Kizza explains that after being arrested by police on numerous occasions, he has lost faith in them preferring to meet the president. Kiiza’s missile has a war head section, a radar fuse, payload compartments, instrument compartments, skirt compartments and air vanes.

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