In no particular order, we compile for you the list of the top movers and shakers of 2016.
This was an election year. We cannot run away from the fact that most political battles have been drawn from the manner Mr Kiggundu organized the February and March General Elections.
Although Engineer Kiggundu’s term expired so much to his relief, the effects of his decisions or manipulations still live with us. Of course we cannot forget how he delivered voting materials late in Kampala and Wakiso areas which the state thought were Kizza Besigye’s strongholds. Badru Kiggundu belongs to this list.
Museveni Yoweri Kaguta
Don’t mind the order of his name, after all, he himself keeps rotating them around. The president of Uganda has for 30 years been the main man in Uganda. And like New Vision would do later, he will be voted man of the year. Museveni has influenced Ugandan politics for now forty years. And we cannot wish him away. Almost, many decisions he makes, deliberatively or unconsciously, affect how life goes on in Uganda, politically, businesswise, socially, etc. At this point, Ugandans might seem stuck with Museveni, and the truth of the matter is; only Museveni and God can remove the man from us.
Besigye will be Uganda’s opposition leader whether he leads a party or not. The man captured the imagination and mind of those who oppose Museveni, and has won the admiration even of his critics.
Besigye has suffered under Museveni more abuses than any opposition leader in the history of Uganda. And still, he can manage to smile. This year, he came second after Museveni in contest the incumbent gave Besigye enough legroom to campaign than previous years. However, Besigye suffered more after elections including being detained at home for 40 days, and is facing charges of treason for swearing in himself in video a charge he doesn’t deny but the state has failed to prosecute him.
Many people are wondering about Amama’s silence after his supreme court challenge to the election of Museveni was thrown into the basket. There is however talk that Amama is negotiating his way back into Museveni’s fold. However, the former prime minister and secretary general of the National Resistance Movement was seen as a the man who would give Museveni a run for his money, only to be take the cautious route after he realized the state would not spare its energies to destroy him if he insisted on being stubborn.
Omusinga Charles Mumbere
Mumbeere is the king of the Rwenzururu, the people of living in the mountains of Rwenzori. He was arrested on November 27 after a confrontation between his royal guards and security forces, which culminated in the death of almost 100 people and 150 men and women in detention. It is the first time Museveni was arresting a traditional leader for the confrontation.
If there was anything good in Parliament this year, thank Katuntu. The legislator through his committee, have unearthed rot in various organization including UNRA and UBC. The CoSASE has brought back the land title for UBC land from MP Margaret Muhanga who had fraudulently acquired it and has ensured Chinese who siphoned money meant for Ugandan roads returns to the national coffers.
If there is a single woman on Besigye’s side, it is Ingrid. The self professed internal affairs minister is the chief woman activist in Uganda. She will not shy away from any war, whether is a war of words, or, a striptease. Ingrid is a woman who won’t lie low when her rights being trampled upon.
Winnie has been all over the world representing her organizing Oxfam. We think, Winnie has represented Uganda well internationally. And we thank her. She has been on major global events as a panelist flying the Ugandan flag. Recently, she was rumoured planning to rejoin United Nations and also, word had it that she wants to challenge for Uganda’s presidency.
The National Resistance Movement secretary general has asserted herself on Uganda’s political happening even after elections. While her colleagues at the NRM secretariat went to sleep after elections, Kasule has for good or bad reasons, also returned to show she was in charge of the ruling party. However, the SG’s critics especially Dr Tanga Odoi and youth leader Robert Rutaro have continued to accuse her leading a broke organization, and overseeing corruption and favoritism at the NRM Secretariat.
Gen Salim Saleh
Gen Saleh is the silent man of works. He is a smooth operator, always doing things under the table. Before elections, Saleh took over Kampala city security, as the state anticipated riots and protests after a shambolic election. Saleh started doing his homework, meeting leading opinion leaders and neutralizing the stubborn ones. If it were not for Saleh, violence was inevitable in Kampala.
Saleh is also the brain behind now the government’s biggest fund, The Operation Wealth Creation, which touches a common man. OWC is the flagship project of President Museveni now, and its success or failure has repercussion on the politics of the country.
The Lubaga South MP defeated one of the most dramatic politicians in the country, Ken Lukyamuzi the man. However Lubwama didn’t help matters to show himself any better than Ken, instead, he has come has worse than any comedian who has ever graced parliament with his picking fights with fellow people in opposition and in his insults to poor people who criticize him. Now, Lubwama faces a course challenge to his political career as having no academic qualification for a member of parliament despite obtaining a diploma in drama from Makerere University. The case is in court.
MP Muhanga Margret
Nothing horrified the country in parliament than when MP Muhanga Margaret told parliament that he sold goats and cows to get over Sh10 billion to buy UBC land. For us, it is the time the country saw how farming can be a lucrative. But well, Muhanga return the UBC land title she had in her possession and the story good a decent burial.
Justice James Ogoola and the inter religious council
Justice Ogoola helped Ugandans when he worked with the elders forum and the inter religious council to organize the political debates which brought all candidates to one stage. It was such a show when Museveni met and debated his rivals especially in Kizza Besigye and Amama Mbabazi. It was also an opportunity for candidates like Abed Bwanika and Gen Benon Biraalo to show the country they had better ideas for running the country.
Justice Bart Katureebe
In Katureebe’s appointment the country said we have a chief justice at last. And his moment of truth came when presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi brought to him a challenge to the election of President Museveni. Katureebe ensured justice was served to everyone who was in court, and when his judgement came out, no one said it was political. Justice had been served. And recommendations for healing the nation were in his verdict together with the bench that agreed entirely without a dissenting voice.
The Nakifuma county MP came to parliament proposing for the lifting of age limits for Judges and Civil servants. The proposal was thrown out of the window largely because it was seen as a precursor to the lifting of the age cap in the constitution for presidents and President Museveni is seen as the main beneficiary to the clause.
The Mukono Municipality MP who has spent most of the year on a sickbed, came to parliament with the Alcohol control Bill which hit the dead end. Nambooze made several proposals including keeping bars and alcohol shops far away from schools and hospitals and ensuring that alcohol makers pay for illnesses that affect the consumers of their products. However, the alcohol lobby group in parliament stood in her way, and mobilized the masses to conclude that the MP was legislating time to drink or not. As we conclude the year, a number of local governments have picked on Nambooze’s proposal and banned irresponsible sale of alcohol to minors and near sensitive places, limited time for drinking and the minister of trade Amelia Kyambadde has banned sale of alcohol packaged in kaveera.Nambooze as Local government shadow minister has also been instrumental in pushing the government to accept organising local council elections due next year.
Gen Kale Kayihura
Of course Kayihura is a powerful man in Uganda. He and Museveni rule the country. This year however has seen the greatest challenge to his job. After Kizza Besigye was released from jail, police men were seen beating up people along Gayaza road, an act the police chief applauded. Independent lawyers took him to court, and demanded that he appeared in person.
Kayihura responded by refusing to go to court and the day he was supposed to appear before the chief magistrate in Makindye, rowdy youth turned up with sticks. They attacked the court and lawyers and magistrate ran for dear life. It took police again to rescue the scared lawyers. The actions of the youth group commonly referred to as Kifeesi, and boda boda groups, were condemned and almost took the IGP down with him.
Brig Peter Elwelu
Elwelu was a successful war general in Somalia. His bravery is commanding the first soldiers who set up base in dangerous Mogadishu is well detailed. He is a courage soldier and commander.
However, Ugandans will remember Elwelu not for his Mogadishu exploits, but, his involvement in the attack on Omusinga Charles Mumbeere’s palace in Kasese which left over 100 people dead. Elwelu has been critized by several people including fellow generals like Kasirye Gwanga who insist he had several other options other than killing poor peasants.
Kyanda has been safely packed to India for training. However, his departure from command as chief of staff Lands was unceremonial. Kyanda found himself entangled in fake arms deal with polish arms merchants which never materialized since it was outside procurement procedures. The case hangs around Kyanda’s neck as he would not get away with it. However, the army command gave him a soft landing with a training opportunity to keep him away from public scrutiny.
Andrew Felix Kaweesi
Kaweesi has been Kayihura’s blueyed boy. When spokesman Fred Enanga was unable to control the fire that was consuming the IGP’s seat, he sent Fred to training, and added on Kaweesi additional responsibilities of a spokesman as well as director for personnel in the UPF. Kaweesi has therefore found himself both spokesman and a very senior officer who had to represent the IGP when Kayihura was out of the country. That was seen largely at the shooting to death of Major Mohammed Kiggundu and Kaseese massacres.
The Uganda Cranes is the single most best achieving group in UGANDA. After 38 years, the Cranes qualified for Africa Cup of Nations, a tournament that had eluded the country for that long. Our flags and national anthem will play in Gabon in January because of the Cranes. It is a moment of pride.
Individually, Onyango has achieved so much with his club in South Africa and Uganda Cranes. He is been picked as the best goalkeeper on the continent and competing for African player of the year.
Miya scored the goal that sent The Cranes to the African Cup of Nations. For individual brilliance, Miya should be celebrated.
The FUFA boss is a controversial man. There are many people who think he has run down football, yet, there are those that defend him. It is said it is because of Magogo that Cranes qualified for Gabon, yet, his critics say the engineer is petty and has failed to be accountable.
Tubonga nawe artists,
Bebe Cool, Jose Chameleone, Juliana Kanyamozi, and others, will regret the year. Having taken the busy of singing Rubonga song, the artists came at the centre of national debate when their fans especially the urbanites that support Kizza Besigye refused to support their music, saying they are helping in entrenching the dictatorship of President Museveni. Artists like the Gudlyf have really had a hard year.
Someone say, Andew! Mwenda loves to court controversy, or rather, controversy follows him. The propagandist for Museveni and Paul Kagame has suffered so much criticism that today fewer people read his intelligent articles apart from commenting to insult him. Actually, anyone looking for insult lines, should do a good research on comments below Mwenda’s articles.
This girl has risen from nothing to the biggest artist in Uganda and she is showing no signs of slowing down. sheba is getting a following of her generation that cares less of what anyone else thinks of them. She is a free spirit and she has a generation in her hands. However in her words, she doesn’t want anyone to take her for a role model as she is not their mother, she only does what she loves.
Who has the power to bring more than 20, 000 children together? Joseph Masembe the boss my Little Hands Go Green and Superstar Kids. Masembe is also NBS TV chief commercial Officer organizes kids’ events at Kololo airstrip every year and it seems he knows the children’s language.
Joseph is one of Uganda’s most formidable and easily recognized Marketers. A lawyer by profession and training, his passion for Marketing and Events far surpassed his love of the law and he has since been at the forefront of some of the country’s most exciting and biggest
Events and marketing campaigns, product launches and events not least the launches of such
big multinational companies as MTN Uganda, Uganda Breweries, Pepsi as well as events for
other companies like SBI, Marie Stopes International, NBS TV etc. Joseph possesses great cross
functional capabilities in Marketing, Events Management and Coordination, Environmental
Conservation Education and Public Relations.
You might call her the wife of Prof Mamdani Mahmood. However Mira Nair brought Hollywood to Uganda. The movie director of Queen of Katwe got Ugandans and the world talking about Uganda. The Ugandan stars acting alongside Kenyan heartthrob Lupita Nyongo, now a big name in Hollywood, and the premier in the heart of Kampala, made Mira Nair deserve to be on this list.
Tom Voltaire Okwalinga
TVO, a social media page that publishes some state secrets and allegations that no newspaper would dare say continues to get followers. Before the year closed, TVO got their 90,000 followers which makes the page one of the most followed in the country.
Whereas TVO gets many things wrong, he has managed to reveal some things, or, getting to the nerve of the powerful, making them look ordinary. In March, he alleged that Lawyer Fred Muwema had received a bribe in exchange for information about Amama Mbabazi’s case which was before the supreme court, and later faked a break at his law firm in Kololo. Muwema moved to get Facebook reveal the identity of TVO to no success. Well, the state operatives are still looking for the person behind the page in vain.
It is enough to say Sudhir lost Crane bank the fourth biggest bank in Uganda. That made him news enough. However, most people indebted to the bank and who go loans largely through their connection with the businessman, are about to face serious consequences, especially if they cannot finance the loans. Sudhir lost the bank after he failed to recapitalize it forcing the central bank to pounce on its and throwing him out and his management. The move has hurt Sudhir’s standing financially and could affect his other investments especially in education and hotels.
Bitature is foresighted. He realized that the economy was in trouble and wanted indebted businesses bailed out by government. However, Ugandans poured cold on the proposal. The repercussion was the bank which lent them the most going down, and left other bank’s foundations shaking. Butature who sits on several boards in town knew something many people didn’t know that if the government doesn’t stand assurance for businesses, jobs, companies and taxes were being threatened. With other businesses feeling the pitch top crop felt at the beginning of the year, as the year closes, Bitature has been vindicated.
Amos Wekesa, Godfrey Kiwanda
Wekesa has made himself synonymous with tourism. The great lakes safaris boss is one of the key promoters of Ugandan tourism. He and new state minister for tourism Godfrey Kiwanda have made common people start talking tourism in their small talk. Kiwanda broke the ice when he declared the rolex a tourism attraction sending Ugandans to start debating what constituted tourism or not, which was a healthy debate. Wekesa on the other hand, is the voice that panel beats the excesses of his peers in the industry by reminding them what they ought to do to make tourism indeed be Uganda’s bread basket.
Ggoobi is youthful economist who preaches frugality of bureaucrats and investment in key areas Uganda is advantaged by nature. Whereas Ggoobi has dedicated his time to preaching economics and making it simple to many audiences, it seems the people at the top are not hearing him. All the same, like a teacher, he never gives up to talk about the fundamentals of Uganda’s economics.