Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cookie Thief!

It will certainly make you stop and think! I am ashamed to say that this sounds just like something I would do!

The woman arrived
At an airport one night
With several long hours
Before her flight.

She hunted for a book
In the airport shop,
Bought a bag of cookies
And found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book
But happened to see,
That the man sitting beside her,
As bold as could be,
Grabbed a cookie or two
From the bag in between,
Which she tried to ignore
To avoid a scene.

So she munched the cookies
And watched the clock,
As the gutsy cookie thief
Diminished her stock.

She was getting more irritated
As the minutes ticked by,
Thinking, "If I wasn't so nice,
I would blacken his eye."

With each cookie she took,
He took one too,
When only one was left,
She wondered what he would do.
With a smile on his face
And a nervous laugh,
He took the last cookie
And broke it in half.

He offered her half,
As he ate the other,
She snatched it from him
And thought... ooh, brother!

This guy has some nerve
And he's also rude,
Why he didn't even show
Any gratitude!

She had never known
When she had been so galled,
And sighed with relief
When her flight was called.

She gathered her belongings
And headed to the gate,
Refusing to look back
At the thieving ingrate.

She boarded the plane,
And sank in her seat,
Then she sought her book,
Which was almost complete.

As she reached in her baggage,
She gasped with surprise,
There was her bag of cookies,
In front of her eyes.

If mine are here,
She moaned in despair,
The others were his,
And he tried to share.
Too late to apologize
She realized with grief,
That she was the rude one,
The ingrate, the thief!

How many times have we absolutely known that something was a certain way, only to discover later that what we believed to be true...was not?

Keep An Open Mind And An Open Heart, Because...... You Just Never Know...... Ya might be eating someone else's cookies!"

Confessions of a Married Couple

Once there was a couple in their mid forties walking through a
bush path and they came across a patch of Mushroom-Husband insisted it was
the non poisonous one while the wife was adamant this was the lethal stuff.

Husband carried on to pick the mushroom and consoled the wife: "What we
will do is we will cook the stuff and feed it to the dog if the dog dies then we throw it away but if the dog is ok then we will also eat it. They got home and fed the mushroom after cooking it to the dog, it was the happiest dog in the village for a full four hours. They then proceeded to eat the mushroom themselves.

Just as they finished, their son run into the room and announced in a hurry the death of the dog and he ran out. The two parents looked at each other and tears rolled down their cheeks, the husband then announced:

"My wife I should have listened to you, anyway seeing we are going to die I need to rest in peace and make sure I have been honest with you. You see that lady from next door has been my part time since we moved in and we meet in the garden every Sunday, when your sister came for x-mas and you had too much wine and passed out I slept with her too, your mother too but only once last year on new year's eve."

With tears in her eyes the wife says, "Its ok my darling that was all weaknesses of the flesh I have forgiven you, but you must listen to me too, each time I go to the butchery I always bring a lot of meat, well its because our second son is the butcher's child, as much as you have slept with the lady next door I also sleep with the husband on Saturday evenings when you are out with the boys, and lastly since we got married 20 years ago I have never had an orgasm from you. Both had mixed emotions hatred, regret but their consolation was they were dying without any secrets so the tears flowed as thy awaited their end......

Their son then run into the room again and looked at the parents weeping he then commented: "My God!!, I didn't realise the two of you loved the dog that much, anyway the guy whose car ran over the dog says he can buy us another one!!!!!!!!!!!"


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Uganda’s non Coffee Drinking Culture

According to Apollo Kamugisha, the principal development officer of Uganda Coffee Development Authority, Uganda is the lead producer of high quality Robusta beans in the world. Indigenous to Uganda and the Congo, Robusta coffee is grown at high altitude in volcanic soil and wet climates.

Uganda exported about 2.7 million bags of coffee worth US$257 million in 2007, which was about $87 million more than the previous year (2006).

When we were growing up during the Amin’s regime, coffee was fetching 10 times as much. If I remember right Uganda was officially exporting around 1.5 million bags of coffee per year and earning over US $ 1.5billion! Note that nearly twice the production now is earning the country one sixth of what half the production was earning 30 years ago.

No wonder that time, there was coffee smuggling. Peasants in Busoga and other eastern Uganda districts used to smuggle coffee to Kenya and earn millions of shillings. We actually used to admire our former schoolmates who dropped out of school. They could afford radio cassettes, several wives and magendo (smuggled) beer! They used to dress in the latest bell-bottom trousers, slim fit shirts and platform (then called bongo) shoes. Meanwhile, we were slaving away at school!

Uganda is Africa’s leading producer of coffee, and among the leading 10 producers worldwide. However, coffee drinkers in Uganda are minimal. I remember, while in secondary school and university, my friends and I used it to keep us awake as we revised.

After university, coffee was completely forgotten. While at the Weekly Topic, my first and only employer, only Tea was served. When I broke off, to start my own company, I continued with the habit of serving tea.

When I migrated to the Netherlands, I continued my tea drinking habits, but somewhere along the way, coffee became part of me. Now, I can’t begin a day without a cup of coffee.

Recently, when I was in Uganda, I was glad to see that the Uganda Coffee Development Authority was encouraging wanainchi (citizens) to drink coffee. Posters were put up at leading supermarkets and other public places depicting the advantages of drinking coffee.

Personally, I think this effort will not bare fruit unless the coffee is brewed and served free to the people in the traditional way. We don’t have to re-invent the wheel, but when you look at the way the Ethiopians market their traditional coffee you get embarrassed convincing people to drink Uganda coffee.

We have now gone a long way in producing exportable coffee through Good African Coffee and other exporters. One can now get internationally recognized imported or local coffee flavors. Personally, I changed from a tea drinking to a coffee drinking culture.

I would be lost without a cup of coffee; I love a cappuccino first thing in the morning, followed by fruits like pears, kiwis and bananas. I drink coffee the rest of the day endlessly. I am now impressed by the government efforts to promote a coffee drinking culture.

Thus I do support the government initiative to promote a coffee drinking culture in Uganda.

Human sacrifice cases 2007 - 2009

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Many children in Uganda are being murdered and used as human sacrifice in wichcraft. It is believed that fgor one to get riches, human sacrifice is a requirement. It is now common in Uganda for parents and/or relatives to abduct children including their own to be used by witchdoctors to create wealth. Children are known to go missing on the way from or to school or a well. Sometimes, their remains are found without a head, breasts, tongue and or private parts.

Almost all the cases of child sacrifice have revolved around witchcraft. The child sacrifices were carried out by witchdoctors or by their clients who have been advised or ordered to do so by witchdoctors, traditional healers, astrologists, traditional medicine men or cult leaders. (It is important to note that all witchdoctors are traditional healers but NOT all traditional healers or herbalists are witchdoctors and many of them do not sacrifice children).

Such sacrifices are purportedly to appease and invoke gods or spirits or ancestors to use their supernatural abilities to carry out the wishes of the witchdoctor or his or her clients. Such wishes could be the need for healing, protection against enemies or calamities or for riches, prosperity and success. (

Below the New Vision ( of 30 January 2010 gives examples.

Busala village, Iganga District, August 12, 2007: Mackline Namukose, aged two and a half years, was murdered and her body found in a nearby maize garden with her private parts, tongue, liver and kidney missing.

Kakira, Jinja District, October 13, 2008:
The body of Vincent Samanya, aged 10 years, was recovered from Kakira sugar cane plantation with some parts missing.

Kayugi village, Masaka district, October 28, 2008:
Joseph Kasirye (12) disappeared from the home of his grandfather. Umaru Katerega and his wife were arrested after behaving suspiciously. On interrogation they confessed that they had been given sh360,000 as part payment by Kampala businessman Godfrey Kato-Kajubi to get him a head of a human being for rituals.

Koma village, Oyam District, December 15, 2008:
The decomposing body of Christopher Okello, aged three, the son of Peter Odongo, was recovered at a bush near his parent’s home with the liver, heart and pancreases missing.

Mbale Municipal Council, April 25, 2008:
Joseph Nasima, a 19-year-old student of Mbale SS, went missing and has never been seen again. He is suspected to have been sacrificed by one of his relatives.

Kisalosalo, Kawempe division, Kampala, December 28, 2008:
Shafiq Mugombe, aged nine, was abducted by Mugambwa Paul on a motorcycle and taken to the shrine of Semisambwa in Bweyogerere, Mukono district. The boy was rejected by Semisambwa’s wife, Harriet Nanteza, because he was circumcised.

Bulenga, Wakiso district, January 8, 2009:
Muhammed Kayanja, the 3-weeks-old son of Naume Kagwesigye, was kidnapped by some people, including Fandha, in a suspected ritual sacrifice case.

Kitenga sub-county, Mubende district, January 26, 2009:
Florence Nyamwiza, a 23-years-old Rwandan woman, was arrested on information that she was looking for a buyer for her six-months-old baby, Kyasimire.

Nsambya, Kampala, January 27, 2009:
Prudence Kisakye, aged six, was abducted by her house maid, Babra Nakigude.

Kawempe, Kampala, January 29, 2009:
The head of an unidentified man was recovered from a rubbish pit near Avis Industries in Bwaise, a Kampala suburb.

Kayonza sub-county, Ntungamo district, February 5, 2009:
The body of Bernard Byaruhanga, a 30-year-old casual worker, was recovered with no head and private parts. The head was found two weeks later from a garden near the scene.

Kawempe, Kampala, February 9, 2009:
Human body parts, including two legs and a trunk, were recovered from a pit latrine and a bush. According to the Government chemist, the body parts belonged to the same person.

Makenke, Mubende town, February 12, 2009: At Kanalongo stream, a decomposing body of a boy estimated to be about 10 years old was recovered with the tip of the tongue and part of the lips cut off.

Namawombe village, Bugiri district, February 15, 2009:
George Mukisa, the 3-year-old son of Wanyama, was found in a bush near a residence of a traditional doctor with his penis and testicles cut off.

Bubugo village, Bugiri district, February 21, 2009: Tefula Ali Bagaya, alias Nambiro, a native doctor, and Moses Bateganya, both from Busowa in Bugiri district, were arrested for trespassing at the grave of the late Egesa with intent to remove the head of the dead for ritual purposes.

Kaliro district, February 22, 2009: Seven native doctors were arrested in Kaliro district on information that they were in possession of human body parts. They included Franco Baliza (32), Charles Tigawalan (46), David Kisembe (32), Eriasafu Kiige (36), William Zironda (35), Ahmed Mubinge and Hanning Tusherio (35). Among the items recovered from their shrines were suspected human bones and blood.

Nsambya West, Kampala, February 23, 2009:
A beheaded body of a few weeks old baby was recovered with the head separated from the trunk and the tongue cut out.

Kyeibara, Bushenyi district, February 27, 2009: The naked body of an unidentified man was found in the middle of the road, without the head.

Angagura, Pader district, March 10, 2009:
A decomposing body of an unidentified girl said to be around 18 years was recovered in a rubbish pit. Postmortem results indicate that the breasts and the private parts were cut off. The local authorities temporarily buried the body.

Muhanga village, Kabale, January 24, 2009:
The body of Muhammed Sipusuni Byabagambe was found with the head cut off.

Ntunda B Village, Kiboga, March 21, 2009:
The body of Sylvia Kangime (12) was found in the bush about 150 meters away from her parents’ home with parts of the private parts cut off.

Kinoni, Masaka, August 26, 2009:
The body of Benadette “jjaja Bena”, who was a common lunatic in Kinoni trading centre, was found in Njagalakasaaye swamp. Her head was cut off and all viscera removed from the abdomen. Pieces of tissue were cut from the liver, kidneys and intestines, and blood was tapped for suspected ritual purposes.

Kimaka camp, Jinja, May 13, 2009:
The body of five-year-old Jerome Mukwaya, son of Andrew Mukwana, a resident of Kimaka camp in a sugar plantation, was discovered with the private parts cut off and the stomach split open.

Paromo village, Gulu, April 14, 2009:
The body of one-year-old Moses Ogen was traced from Abera stream, Paromo village in Gulu district without the tongue, lips, part of the nose and eyes. The deceased had disappeared on 14/04/09 from home.

Kakira town council, Jinja, June 25, 2009:
Mustafa Said, the LC1 chairman L.C.I, reported the disappearance of Edein Kiiza (25). His body was found in his house with the private parts missing and the tongue removed.

Njeru town council, Mukono district, July 16, 2009:
Tapenensi Nambogwe, aged 57, a resident of Njeru town council in Mukono district, reported the disappearance of her grandson, Emmanuel Kironde (6), a pupil at Beneas Primary School. The body of the child was later found in a nearby cassava plantation with the head cut off.

Alidi “A” Village, Oyam district, July 4, 2009:
A body of one-and-half-years-old Robina Atino, daughter of Geoffrey Ogwal, was recovered from the bush 200 metres a way from the parents’ home with her neck slit.

Apac, August 23, 2009:
Solomon Otiti, aged three, the son of Denis Otiti and Christine Awor, went missing. The body was later recovered with the penis and testicles cut.

Bugembe town council, Jinja, August 26, 2009:
The body of Swaliki Sajjabi (25), a cobbler and resident of Bugembe town council, was found in his house with the head cut off

Madi Opei trading centre, Kitgum, August 17, 2009:
Rose Atim reported disappearance of her son Ayaa Kevin aged two years on 27/08/09 and later on the body was recovered with the private parts, eyebrows and eyelids cut.

Kyamusi village, Mityana district, September 21, 2009:
A body of one Byaruhanga Godfrey from Rakai, a herdsman to one Lutaya Serwanga, was found beheaded in a farm at Kyamusi village, Bulela Sub-county, Mityana District with a head and hands cut off. The deceased went missing on 18/09/09 when he had gone to graze cows.

Kahoko Cell, Ibanda district, September 25, 2009:
At around 1200 hours the body of a male juvenile aged about one and half years was discovered buried in a banana plantation belonging to his father, one Alinitwe Andrew, aged 21 years. The head was cut off. The deceased went missing a day earlier when the mother left him at home together with his father as she went to fetch water.

Gwatiiro village, Mpigi district, September 15, 2009:
The body of one Nakanwagi Rita was recovered without the upper part of the body. It is suspected she was sacrificed to the spirits of a nearby stone quarry. Nakanwagi, aged six years, staying with relatives, had gone missing a week earlier.

Kitete Village, Mukono district, November 17, 2009:
At around 3pm a decomposing body of an unidentified female juvenile of about three years was found along the roadside with the private parts cut off. Alongside the body was a dead calf whose eyes had been removed.

Kamusu trading centre, Kabarole district, November 29, 2009: A body of one Rwijja Patrick, aged 33, unemployed street man, was found with private parts and the tongue cut off.

Bwaise, Kampala, December 21, 2009: The body of a four months old baby girl, daughter of one Asiimwe and Ssenabulya Joseph Kityo, was recovered with the head cut off and buried under the bed and the remaining body part was buried in a garden.

Kibuye village, Nakasongola district, December 9, 2009: At 10am a decomposing body of Loruku Furub, son of Lometo Peter, a peasant, was found with the head cut off and lying besides the body, the tongue and the heart missing, suspected to have been used in ritual sacrifice.

Colored or Not?

A black man walks into a cafe one early morning and noticed that he was the only black man there.

As he sat down, he noticed a white man behind him.

The white man said, "Colored people are not allowed here."

The black man turned around and stood up. He then said:

"When I was born I was black,"

"When I grew up I was black,"

"When I'm sick I'm black,"

"When I go in the sun I'm black,"

"When I'm cold I'm black,"

"When I die I'll be black."

"But you sir..."

"When you're born you're pink,"

"When you grow up you're white,"

"When you're sick, you're green,"

"When you go in the sun you turn red,"

"When you're cold you turn blue,"

"And when you die you turn purple."

"And you have the nerve to call me colored"

The black man then sat back down and the white man walked away embarressed...

Pass this on and help erase racism

Friday, January 29, 2010


To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or is something to make you chuckle.
Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to His own children. After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing he said was "DON'T!"  "Don't what?" Adam replied. "Don't eat the  forbidden fruit." God said.
"Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey Eve..we have forbidden fruit!"
"No Way!"
 "Yes way!"

"Do NOT eat the fruit! "said God.
"Because I am your Father and I said so!"
God replied, wondering why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants.
A few minutes later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked!
"Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit?" God asked.
"Uh huh," Adam replied.
"Then why did you?" said the Father.
"I don't know," said Eve.
"She started it!" Adam said.
"Did not!"
"Did too!"
Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve
 should have children of their own.
 Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.
 If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom 
 and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself.
 If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would 
 be a piece of cake for you?
 1. You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to 
 walk and talk. Then you spend the next sixteen telling them to sit 
down and shut up.
2. Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your own children.
3. Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.
4. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.
5. The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own. 
6. We childproofed our homes, but they are still getting in.
 Be nice to your kids.
 They will choose your nursing home one day.

Netherlands importing flowers from firm whose staff’s human rights are abused?

Uganda police answer to striking workers (Daily Monitor photo)

According to The Monitor newspaper of 29 January 2009, Police in Entebbe on Wednesday battled Rosebud flower firm workers who had staged a strike protesting poor pay. The workers insist they get little pay and work without protective clothing. They claim recently a colleague of theirs died from inhalation of chemicals. Rosebud Ltd is the largest exporter of flowers in Uganda and commands around 35% of all the country's rose exports

According to the Rosebud website:

The company values its employees and it is committed to continuous training and investment in personnel development. It has created direct employment to over 900 staff and supports tens of thousands indirectly in the form of dependants. We strive to empower women and they constitute over 60% of our employees. In addition our employees are given house allowances, medical care and other welfare facilities. The staff also has the use of a modern canteen where meals are free of charge.

Below; Uganda Opposition women with anti riot police before being arrested. (Daily Monitor Photo)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Maid who wanted a salary raise

When Akinyi, a maid in Kampala asked her mistress for a salary increment, the Madam was very upset and asked: "Now Akinyi, why do you want a raise?"

Akinyi: "Well Madam, there are three reasons why I want an increase.

The first is that I iron better than you."

Madam: "Who said you iron better than me?"

Akinyi: "Mzee said so."

Madam: "Oh"

Akinyi: "The second reason is that I am a better cook than you."

Madam: "Nonsense! Who said you were a better cook than me?"

Akinyi: "Mzee did."

Madam: "Ooh oh"

Akinyi: "My third reason is that I am a better lover than you."

Madam (very upset now): "Did Mzee say so as well??!

Akinyi: "No madam, the gardener did."

Akinyi got an even bigger raise than she had asked for. To keep her
mouth shut.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Watch Daudi Mukasa celebrating 47 years

Ethiopia manufacturing cars

Displacement 1600 cc
Transmission Model 5MT F5M41


Displacement 1299 cc
Valve Structure SOCH

TEKEZE 1299cc
Model TEKEZE Hatchback
Displacement 1299 cc
Valve Structure SOCH


ABAY. 1299cc
Model ABAY
Displacement 1299 cc
Engine Model LF479Q3


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Based on the high demand from customers, Holland Car plc, the first car assembly in Ethiopia, has announced that it is going to assemble a second model and named after the great Abay (Blue Nile). Holland Car is also discussing with a company in Sudan to supply them up to 1,000 Abays every year, according to Tadesse. In about six months, the company plans to assemble four-wheel drives and pick ups.

For further information visit: http://www.holland-

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