The minister of Health (MoH) Ruth Aceng, while speaking to the media recently, branded all those children under the age of 15 who were not vaccinated against measles and rubella as a threat to those vaccinated.
She is seeking to compel parents of the unvaccinated children to have them vaccinated as the official position of government!
The MoH’s attempt to brand our children as a threat to those vaccinated is an imperial, colonial and dangerous abuse of government position.
In 1972, the Rockefeller Foundation partnered the US Department of Agriculture and some health institutions to market a ‘vaccine’ to WHO meant to ‘protect Negro girls from the tetanus contracted from rusty nails’.
Independent forensic tests on the ‘vaccine’ (the capacity we do not have in Uganda) revealed that it contained a notorious abortion toxin inserted in the tetanus carrier. None of the Negro girls ‘vaccinated’ had a successful pregnancy!
These same sterilisation ‘vaccines’ were also administered on black girls in Brazil, a country second only to Nigeria in population of Blacks.
On November 10, 2016, New Vision published an article titled “Uganda to host maiden biosafety conference”.
The boss of these conference was Ruth Aceng and the theme was ‘Bioterrorism in East Africa region; Are we ready? Examining strategies for biosafety and biosecurity multi-sectoral collaboration.’
The focus of this conference was to develop mechanisms to counter bioterrorism amidst disease outbreaks in East Africa. Ebola, Marbug and Anthrax were among the agents of bioterrorism cited in this article.
We can only hope that she is also aware of the [failed] experiments that were conducted between 1980 and 1987 in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Zimbabwe, among other African countries to engineer Ebola and other notorious pathogens as agents of bioterrorism.
The minister needs to be helped to know how dangerous the ground she is treading on is, unless she is part and a beneficiary of this racket which has more to do with the power of money than with the power of science and technology.
Handle Makerere strike with care
A lot has been said about Makerere University students having a sense of entitlement that drives them to cause trouble whenever they feel unfairly treated. Sometimes what we see as a strike is an outburst that results from restriction of discussion of issues that matter to the staff and students.
For the first time, security personnel are alleged to have entered student rooms, clobbered them including the ones with disabilities, and destroyed their property.
Whereas previous strikes were more of a cat-and-mouse chase with the police, invading halls of residence may result in students becoming more militant as it may become normal for them to rub shoulders with the military police.
There is a theory that Kisekka market riots are hard to control because the dealers there are used to seeing the military police personnel everyday they report to work, making the latter’s ability to quell riots complicated.
This is because Kisekka market vendors have demystified the military police. In the same manner, Makerere university students see the army everyday on the university premises, which could still their fears of the men in uniform. This is something we cannot risk when the country is already having issues tackling violent criminal gangs.
Why we should reject the RFOs Policy
It is a straight-faced deception that the observance of religious freedom, as a constitutional right, has been a given in Uganda.
Yet the deception aside, the National Religious and Faith Organisations (RFOs) policy 2019 is worth all individual and institutional rejection, not because its bone lacks any meat but because this meat is a more poisonous substance.
Framed as a regulatory policy, the document gets the questions somewhat right, but intentionally sets the answers rather vaguely.
It is irrefutable that religious leaders and institutions have fleeced masses of all ages, classes and genders but to claim that there is “manipulation of flock through un-ethical behaviour of the RFO leaders” is to both ignore the complicity of the masses, and also feign a definite understanding of what is ethical and unethical. In fact, the relevancy of the Directorate (Ministry) of Ethics and Integrity is a conversation that we need to have soon.
Nonetheless, as the policy admits, there has been a failed working relationship between the state and the spiritualities. However, instead of seeking an engagement with all the stakeholders, the policy pretentiously assumes that the government has a clear pro-people national development agenda that the RFO leaders need to aid it achieve.
Undeniable is the urgent mass desire for democratic operation of religious and faith organisations but the means to that reality should remain as democratic as the dream itself.
The language of the policy, which provides for the retainment of several liberties such as self-regulation, is bait for the unsuspecting subject. That accountability from the RFO leaders is again placed into the hands of “God and the people” makes one wonder why then the state is intervening.
What is changing about whom the religious institutions and leaders are accountable to? If nothing is changing, what then is the aim of the policy?
Precisely put, the policy seeks to legitimate another pickpocket – the state. The only difference is that the state’s form of fleecing the masses shall be better structured, giving it a legal mandate to take from the loot of the notorious religious and faith organisations. The RFOs shall be tax collectors for the state. The victim/survivor of the manipulation shall remain one – the locals.
Condemn revenge pornography
In 2017, a man allegedly made numerous copies of DVDs of his ex-girlfriend performing sex and distributed them on random car windshields along with the woman’s name, address and phone number. He was angry that the woman had broken off their relationship.
The woman, who had not known the intimate acts had been recorded, began receiving visits and phone calls from strange men who took the video as a sexual proposition.
Today, intimate photos are increasingly being distributed online, potentially reaching thousands, even millions of people, with a click of a mouse.
A person’s nude photo can be uploaded to a website where thousands of people can view and repost it. In short order, the image appears prominently in a search of the victim’s name.
It can be emailed or otherwise exhibited to the victim’s family, employers, co-workers and friends. The internet provides staggering means of amplification, extending the reach of content in unimaginable ways.
Revenge pornography’s serious consequences warrant its condemnation. Nonconsensual pornography raises the risk of offline stalking and physical attack.
In a study of 1,244 individuals, over 50 per cent of victims reported that their naked photos appeared next to their full name and social profile, while more than 20 per cent of the victims reported that their email addresses and telephone numbers appeared next to their naked photos.
Many revenge porn victims worry that anonymous callers and emailers would follow up on their sexual demands in person.
Victims’ fear can be profound. They do not feel free leaving their home. Jane for example, did not go to work for days after she discovered the postings.
Victims struggle especially with anxiety and some suffer panic attacks. Anorexia nervosa and depression are common ailments for individuals who are harassed online.
Researchers have found that cyber harassment victims’ anxiety grows more severe over time. Victims have difficulty thinking positively. According to a study conducted by the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, over 80 per cent of revenge porn victims experience severe emotional distress and anxiety.
Victims may be unable to find work at all. Most employers rely on candidates’ online reputation as an employment screen.
According to a 2009 study commissioned by Microsoft, nearly 80 per cent of employers consult search engines to collect intelligence on job applicants and about 70 per cent of the time, they reject applicants due to their findings. Common reasons for not interviewing and hiring applicants include concerns about their lifestyle, inappropriate online comments, photographs, videos and information about them.
In a 2013 study conducted by the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, 90 per cent of those victimized by revenge porn were female. Majority of Ugandans implicated under the Anti-Pornography Act are women. As a society, we should stand together with victims and condemn revenge porn.