Wild animals leaving gazetted areas! Who’s responsible?

In a wake of Life

I remember the very first day I visited Queen Elizabeth National park, the joy I felt watching Hippos at Kazinga channel, the impalas, buffaloes and elephants but seeing a lion was more special. I felt it! And not even seeing one a year later at Entebbe wildlife conservation center could match the shivers and electrifying moments I had seeing a lion fighting a leopard live in queen Elizabeth national park.

However this was not the first time I was visiting the national park as the first came in 2000 when I was ten years old. I remember the anticipation when my dad told me I was going to Lake Mburo National park. There I fell in love with zebras, and antelopes though the animal that everyone made fun of and liked was a warthog. Since then I have been a candid admirer of wild animals especially Lions and elephants. Next…

View original post 516 more words


Petr Cech stands tall as Arsenal beat Bayern Munich, Teaches Opsina a lesson

By Augustine Arinabo

Few expected Arsenal to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and even fewer would have predicted the game would hinge on an error from goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Although there were some tremendous performances from outfield players, this match will be remembered for the contribution of the two goalkeepers. Both Neuer and Petr Cech made some stunning saves over the course of the game, but the German’s second-half error allowed Olivier Giroud to nudge the ball over the line and give Arsenal the lead. Arsenal’s second goal, in stoppage time and scored by Mesut Ozil, merely rubbed salt into Neuer’s considerable wounds.

Peter Cech was exceptional
Peter Cech was exceptional

For Arsenal, this was a superb victory against one of Europe’s best teams. Having appeared on the brink of a Champions League exit, this win will restore hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage.


Player Ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):

GK Petr Cech, 9 — This was a match distinguished by two world-class goalkeepers operating at the top of their game — right up until Neuer’s error. Although the German’s wonder-save to deny Theo Walcott might take more plaudits, Cech made a similarly important save to prevent Thiago Alcantara from giving Bayern the lead. A second-half stop against Robert Lewandowski was arguably as good. On his Champions League debut for the club, Cech was assured throughout. It’s safe to say that David Ospina was not missed.

Wenger delighted after Mesut Ozil goal
Wenger delighted after Mesut Ozil goal

DF Hector Bellerin, 8 — Bayern seemed to target Bellerin’s inexperience, with Xabi Alonso frequently hitting cross-field passes over his head to Douglas Costa. However, as the Spaniard grew into the game, the Brazilian’s presence in the match waned. His part in the second goal was his most eye-catching contribution, but emerging from a match of this magnitude with a clean sheet is another big leap forward for Bellerin in his development.

DF Per Mertesacker, 8 — With Gabriel Paulista fit to start, some wondered whether Mertesacker might find himself surplus to requirements against his countrymen. But the German produced a solid display to halt the goal scoring form of Lewandowski.

DF Laurent Koscielny, 8 — On a night when Arsenal were visited by arguably the most potent attacking force on the continent, manager Arsene Wenger needed a solid display from his two most experienced centre-halves. He got it, with Koscielny making a reliable foil for Mertesacker. The Frenchman produced an excellent recovery challenge to deny Lewandowski an equaliser in stoppage time.

DF Nacho Monreal, 8 — Up against the intelligent movement of Thomas Muller, Monreal could not afford even a momentary lapse in concentration. Fortunately he was on his toes throughout the match to keep Bayern at bay. Monreal continues to impress and must be a contender for Arsenal’s most consistent player of the season thus far.

MF Francis Coquelin, 7 — With Pep Guardiola’s men playing pretty triangles in the middle of the park, Coquelin certainly had his work cut out for him. He wasn’t quite able to dominate the midfield battle as he is in some Premier League games, but he worked tirelessly to help Arsenal win the ball back and launch counterattacks.

MF Santi Cazorla, 7 — With Arsenal being short on possession, their primary playmaker was quieter than usual. When Arsenal control the ball, it is Cazorla who operates as arch-conductor. But in this match he rarely got the opportunity to set the tempo for the Gunners. He did, however, provide the free kick from which Giroud bundled home Arsenal’s first goal.

MF Mesut Ozil, 8 — Like Cazorla, Ozil is a player who is at his best when Arsenal have the majority of possession. In this game he was forced to feed off scraps but did manage to knock home the second goal to achieve a measure of redemption after missing a penalty in this fixture back in 2014. Goals against Manchester United and Munich in a matter of weeks suggest he is finally beginning to make an impact in the biggest games.

FW Aaron Ramsey, 7 — After finally opening his account for the season in the last Premier League match at Watford, Ramsey will be devastated to have been withdrawn with what looked like a hamstring tear. Thigh problems have plagued the Welshman in recent seasons, and Arsenal fans will have to hope this particular injury is not too serious.

FW Alexis Sanchez, 8 — Arsenal’s game plan was built around Sanchez’s ability to hurt Bayern on the break. There were a couple of scary moments when the Chilean misplaced passes to Bayern players inside his own half, but there’s always an element of risk involved when you have a player so consistently determined to take the game to the opposition.

FW Theo Walcott, 7 — This was so nearly Walcott’s night. When Monreal clipped a cross into the box, Walcott met it with a header that he must have thought would find the net. Instead, Neuer produced a memorable piece of acrobatics to keep the ball out. While it was a wondrous save, it was also a bad miss — more power and direction in the header would have guaranteed a goal. That sums up Walcott’s night: he threatened throughout but struggled to provide end product.


MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 6 — After replacing Ramsey in the 57th minute, Oxlade-Chamberlain was not particularly involved in the game.

FW Olivier Giroud, NR — The Frenchman is making a name for himself as a “super sub”. After coming off the bench to score against Watford at the weekend, he replicated the feat on the European stage after replacing Walcott in the 74th minute. The ball might have come off his hand, but irrespective Giroud did well to gamble on Neuer’s error and meet the lofted cross.

MF Kieran Gibbs, NR — The England international was brought on to afford Sanchez some rest in the 82nd minute and brought energy and discipline to the left-hand side.

Arsenal Clobbers Manchester United, Van Gaal in tears!

By Augustine Arinabo

Manchester United suffered a considerable blow away at the Emirates on Sunday, losing 3-0 to Arsenal in a defeat every bit as comprehensive as the scoreline suggests. The Gunners scored all three goals in the game’s opening quarter, and had little difficulty keeping their visitors at bay for the remainder of the match.

aresnal's Skipper, Mesut Ozil was oustanding in the 3:0 demolishing of Manchester United
aresnal’s Skipper, Mesut Ozil was oustanding in the 3:0 demolishing of Manchester United

United could have hardly made a worse start to the match, with Arsenal able to dominate possession from the first whistle. Morgan Schneiderlin’s absence in the centre of midfield left Michael Carrick struggling to stem the tide alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger and laid bare the continued weakness of Louis van Gaal’s entire back four. If you thought Chris Smalling and Daley Blind were good enough for United to get back to the top, think again.

The opening goal came when Alexis Sánchez tapped Mesut Özil’s low cross into the back of the net after just six minutes; seconds later the German turned scorer when he stroked a smart Theo Walcott layoff beyond David de Gea for 2-0. United looked shellshocked, and though they subsequently had their first sustained spell of possession in the match, they were unable to do anything with it.

Within 20 minutes it was 3-0, with Sánchez skipping past Matteo Darmian and lashing a spectacular shot into the top corner. By then the game was all but over, and slipping into damage limitation looked a fairly sensible option. But still United continued to look poor, and their only real chance of the first half came when Anthony Martial was denied by Petr Čech.

Alex Sanchez netted twice to end Manchester United's dominance
Alex Sanchez netted twice to end Manchester United’s dominance

Marouane Fellaini came on for the anonymous Memphis Depay for the second half, while Darmian was punished for another inexplicably poor performance by once again being replaced by Antonio Valencia. United saw more of the ball, but still struggled to do anything with it: save for a snapshot from Wayne Rooney and a close-range poke from Schweinsteiger, Čech was almost entirely untested, and Arsenal ran out comfortable winners.

A video of the goals

The blame game on missing marks, who is responsible?

By Augustine Arinabo

There is drama in the department of journalism and communication regarding the issue of missing marks as the people responsible are not giving articulate answers and solutions to this problem.

Students, most of them in their final year of Journalism and Communication have lodged complaints regarding their missing marks but it seems this landed in deaf ears.

Mr. Joesph Okurut The Examinations Coordinator at the Department of Journalism and Communication
Mr. Joesph Okurut
The Examinations Coordinator at the Department of Journalism and Communication

In an exclusive interview conducted yesterday afternoon from his office, Mr. Joseph Okurut, the examinations coordinator at the Department of Journalism and Communication, the issue of missing marks takes different forms; “Some complain that they sat for exams but cannot see their marks, others claim that the marks have never been displayed online while others claim to have missing course works and test”, he explains.

Whereas, many claim that the problem of missing marks is widespread and often exaggerated, Dr. Umaru Bagampadde, the dean of the School of Engineering at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology, says that such cases are minimal. “For our college, we have fewer cases of missing marks. The most disturbing cases that we have are students complaining that the marks they have (scored) do not meet their expectations,” he explains. Students blame lecturers while lecturers blame students for missing marks. “It’s the lecturers who lose students’ marks. Its neither the student nor data entrants at the examinations office,” says Bernard Okot , a fourth year student of Journalism and Communication. Mr. Okurut disagrees with Okot and is careful not to blame either party. He advises students who have missing marks to go trace them from examination coordinators. “I can not blame one factor or one person. There are so many factors, sometimes combined to create missing marks,” he says. “Students should go to the examination coordinators who will then look through the system and see where the problem is, either the marks have not been delivered to the unit (in case of electives outside departments) or there was a human error somewhere,” he advises.

The issue of missing marks is one of those that have left question marks on the academic image of Makerere University.  Last year students stormed the administration block in protest of missing marks and other related issues and demanded an explanation as to why the problem is persistent in Makerere University (pic of protesters).

Makerere students protest over missing marks last year
Makerere students protest over missing marks last year

What is most irking, however, is the fact that most finalists are likely to miss out on graduation come January 2016 hence frustrating their four solid years.

According to Gerald Walurya,a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Communication,  the problem of missing marks cannot be singularly solved. There has to be cooperation from the respective units. Mr. Gerald explains that although they collect results, they are not responsible for updating their online testimonials. “This is done by the office of the academic register who has a representative in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences who sits in room 2”,he says.

However, all the people responsible in the department tend to shun the question of missing marks leaving students in horns of dilemma. This is why most of the students in the final year of Journalism and Communication have dubbed the last year as a forced year rather than fourth year.

students graduating last year. this year many students in the department may miss out  if the issue of missing marks is not addressed
students graduating last year. this year many students in the department may miss out if the issue of missing marks is not addressed

Students decry missing marks 

After Indicting 14, U.S. Vows to End Graft in FIFA

By Augustine A.

AG Loretta announcing
AG Loretta announcing

With billions of dollars at stake, Morocco, Egypt and South Africa jockeyed in 2004 for the privilege of hosting soccer’s most prestigious tournament, the World Cup. The outcome hinged on a decision by the executive committee of FIFA, soccer’s governing body, and a single vote could tip the decision.

And at least one vote, prosecutors said Wednesday, was for sale.

Jack Warner, a committee member from Trinidad and Tobago, shopped his ballot to the highest bidder, federal prosecutors said. In early 2004, he flew to Morocco, where a member of that country’s bid committee offered him $1 million. But South Africa had a sweeter deal, offering
$10 million to a group that Mr. Warner controlled, prosecutors said. He voted for South Africa. South Africa got the 2010 World Cup. And Mr. Warner got his
$10 million payout, much of which prosecutors said he diverted for his personal use.


FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures as he attends a news conference after a meeting of the FIFA executive committee in Zurich in this September 26, 2014 file picture. Swiss authorities have opened criminal proceedings against individuals on suspicion of mismanagement and money laundering related to the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA soccer World Cups in Russia and Qatar.  Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann/Files
FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures as he attends a news conference after a meeting of the FIFA executive committee in Zurich in this September 26, 2014 file picture.
Jack Warner an official among the indicted
Jack Warner an official among the indicted

For decades, that was how business was done in international soccer, American officials said Wednesday as they announced a sweeping indictment against 14 soccer officials and marketing executives who they said had corrupted the sport through two decades of shadowy dealing and $150 million in bribes. Authorities described international soccer in terms normally reserved for Mafia families or drug cartels, and brought charges under racketeering laws usually applied to such criminal organizations

officials speaking on Graft in FIFA


By Augustine A.

Students who sat for the Makerere University law pre-entry examinations should look for other courses to apply for as most of them didn’t get the required pass mark,  50%.

Out of the 12,254 candidates who sat for the exams,  only 468 got the pass mark. The remaining 11,786 failed to reach the pass mark.


Gayaza High School and St. Mary’s College Kisubi had the best candidates.

Candidates who applied for government sponsorship in November and passed the examinations will be considered depending on one’s performance and slots available. The others who got the pass mark and didn’t apply or won’t be allocated a government slot can apply for private sponsorship.

students preparing for the exams
students preparing for the exams

The examinations were in four categories,  A Level leavers,  Diploma holders,  Mature Entry and Degree holders.

Aheebwa Marjiri Samantha from Gayaza High School was the overall best candidate with 78%. The other best A level candidates were:

  • Okoth Victor,  St. Mary’s College Kisubi,  71%
  • Lamwaka Patricia, Gayaza High, 70%
  • Okutu Patience Spinoza,  St. Mary’s College Kisubi,  70%

Out of the 2082 A Level candidates,  397 passed the exams.

Kato Lynn Peter from LDC led the Diploma holders with 65%.  Kyangwa Jeremiah,  Kyambogo Universityscored 61%

Out of the 63 students,  only 13 passed the exam.

studnets cross checking their names at the Faculty of LAW, Makerere University
studnets cross checking their names at the Faculty of LAW, Makerere University

Under the mature age entry,  Kabuuka Michael and Mwase Allan led,  72 and 71% respectively.

15 of the 34 students passed the exams.

The degree category had the best candidates from Makerere University. Aryee Edgar and Mukasa Siraje all scored 69%

43 of the 75 candidates passed the exam.

Janet Museveni quits politics

By Augustine A.

The First Lady and Ruhaama County MP, Ms Janet Kataaha Museveni, has explained why she has decided to retire from politics and rejected passionate calls for her to stay and seek a third term in 2016.

She told her political assistants, confidants and elders on Wednesday that she will not stand for re-election in 2016 because she has accomplished her duties.


Saturday Monitor has established that Ms Museveni first disclosed her retirement from politics to her close confidants at her home in Irenga village, Kikoni parish, Ntungamo Sub-county on Wednesday morning.

She later announced publicly at a meeting with LC3 chairpersons, NRM party chairpersons, elders and opinion leaders from Ruhaama County on Thursday.

Sources who attended the meeting at her home said the First Lady rejected impassioned pleas by some of the leaders urging her to stay on in politics.

The sources said Ms Museveni stood her ground and told them she would not reverse her decision.

“I made a decision before I invited you here; I knew you would say this and that, but I am not coming to stand again. I know you still like me, but I do not reverse my decisions because you have said I should do,” a source quoted Ms Museveni as telling the meeting.

Refuses to name successor
Some leaders asked her to name her successor but she rejected this request too. She told them she wanted to leave that decision to the people of Ruhaama to make.

“I can’t come here to tell you who to elect. If I do that, people will say ‘this is the person she left us!’ But I believe the one chosen will be the representative for Ruhaama that you would have chosen,” Ms Museveni is quoted to have said.

Janet speaking
Janet speaking

However, she agreed to a call by Ruhaama Sub-county chairman, Mr Tom Rwomushana, to have another meeting to discuss qualities of a person to succeed her and that the successor would keep in touch with her for greater benefit of the constituents.

“I thanked her for leading well and not leaving like some other leaders (who are forced out); leaving when you still have a strong reputation,” Mr Rwomushana told Saturday Monitor after the meeting.

The sources said Ms Museveni told the meeting that she would send out a press statement and announce on radio her departure from politics.

Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke could give Arsenal FA Cup final fright

By Augustine A.

Arsenal’s defenders will have sleepless nights about facing Christian Benteke in the FA Cup final and should prepare to be bullied – that is the verdict of Aston Villa’s Ashley Westwood, who is confident Tim Sherwood’s side can spring another surprise at Wembley.

Christian Benteke, Aston Villa's foward
Christian Benteke, Aston Villa’s foward

The bookmakers had Villa down as 5-1 outsiders to beat Liverpool in the semi-final but they were outstanding on the day and went on to reach their first FA Cup final in 15 years after outplaying Brendan Rodgers’ side. Few, however, expect Villa to triumph again – their odds have lengthened for the final, making Arsenaloverwhelming favourites to retain the trophy.

Westwood respects Arsenal and described the holders as the best footballing team in the Premier League. But the former Crewe midfielder also believes there is enough attacking talent within Villa’s ranks to cause an upset. Fabian Delph, Tom Cleverley and Jack Grealish have all caught the eye over the final couple of months of the season but it is Benteke who carries the greatest threat for Villa.

The Belgium international finished the campaign with 12 goals in his last 12 games for the club and Arsène Wenger will need no reminding that the striker has caused Arsenal problems in the past, scoring three times against them last season. Villa’s hopes could well hinge on whether the 24-year-old is able to reproduce his best form at Wembley.

Westwood said: “We believe [we can do it all over again]. We’ve got a real good team in there, the last two results have been poor [defeats against Southampton and QPR] but we’ll bounce back, I’m sure. We know how good we are. If we play like we can do, then we can match anyone. The pace we’ve got in our team is frightening, the likes of Fab breaking from midfield, Clevs is adding goals to his game now, I’m sure Arsenal will be wary of that, and Christian is a real handful for anyone.

pcitured, Benteke
pcitured, Benteke

“I think he’s back to full fitness now. He was struggling with his achilles early on and people didn’t see that, they just expected him to walk back in and fire in the goals. But he’s back to his best now, bullying defenders, and I’m sure they’ll have sleepless nights. They won’t want to be playing against him.”

Grealish offers an entirely different attacking outlet. The 19-year-old has been a revelation under Sherwood, who has deployed him as a No10 behind Benteke and has encouraged the teenager to express himself. “He brings something different to the team, the way he plays with his socks at half mast. He plays it like he’s in the streets and that’s why he’s a special talent,” Westwood said.

Arsene Wenger speaking on the clash

“In that FA Cup semi-final the whole world was watching him and I thought he was man of the match that day. For a 19-year-old lad to do that just shows what character and ability he’s got. He’s got the world at his feet and, if he can keep playing like that, he can go anywhere. He’s a great lad and I’m sure he could be our matchwinner.”

Mukula quits…what next?

Mukula quits… what next? By Augustine A.

Soroti Member of Parliament Capt Mike Mukula has retired from Politics. Mukula will not be seeking another term from his constituents after representing them in parliament for 15 years.

Mike Mukula waving to supporters Soroti Municipality MP
Soroti Municipality MP Mike Mukula waving to supporters

The former State Minister of Health announced yesterday that he had taken a decision to throw in the towel. He however did not delve into the whys and what direction he will be taking thereafter.

On Saturday he held a big rally in Soroti town to say goodbye. Thousands turned up at the rally that was characterised by dancing and performances from top artists led by Bebe Cool.

“Grassroots support for me has been humbling. ….but I bid them farewell today,” announced Mukula in a tweet.

       You can watch the video about Mukula speaks out on quitting politics 

Mukula’s political career has been marked with ups and downs. In 2006 he was implicated in a serious scandal that involved misuse of millions Global Fund money that was meant for the fight against AIDS, Malaria and TB.

He subsequently lost his job in cabinet in the next reshuffle. He was arrested in 2007 by Police and the UPDF, and thrown behind bars at Luzira Prison. He went on trial and in January 2013 was found guilty of embezzling Shs 210 million. He was handed a four year jail term which he challenged and was acquitted two months later.

Through his political career, Mukula has been a central figure and played a huge role in mobilizing his constituents for his ruling NRM party and President Yoweri Museveni.mukula 1

Born in Soroti, in Eastern Uganda, on 27 August 1956, Mukula  attended local schools before he was admitted to Kenya School of Flying, at Wilson Airport  in Nairobi. He completed his pilot’s training in the United States. In 2009, He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Latin University of Theology, based in Torrance, California USA. In the late 1980s Mike Mukula worked as a personal pilot to President Yoweri Museveni. Mukula owned a fleet of Cessna aircraft which he leased out. He would personally pilot the president in one of those planes. He entered politics in 2001, when he successfully contested for Soroti Municipality parliamentary seat.

Makerere begins recieving applications for the 2015/2016 academic year

Makerere begins recieving applications for the 2015/2016 academic year, student collapses

By Augustine Arinabo

A student intending to join Makerere University, Africa’s 4th finest university well known as the “Harvard of Africa” was on Monday 11, 2015  rushed to the university hospital after fainting as a result of taking long in the queue.

The queues for completing the application process are such long that one is most likely to spend the whole day standing before handing in their application form. This ranges from queuing up to pay the application fee in the bank, verifying the bank slips at the main building, picking the application form from the tent at the senate and finally handing in the completed form in the very tent.

students in a queue

However, there are some students who are smart at beating the attention of the security and can have their applications submitted in in less than two hours. This process will go on for the next two weeks.