Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Commission of Inquiry Report is Opportune

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma

On 2nd May, 2009, the Makerere Law Society organized the Annual Law Dinner and Awards Night at Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala. This event doubles as the farewell dinner for the fourth year students in their final year of study and this is also when talent and hard work is rewarded and appreciated. This function attracts high attention and curiosity and therefore the public expectation is quite high. I closely followed the organization of the dinner and was impressed by my colleagues’ enthusiasm to pay the charges (55,000/= for couples and 30,000/= for singles), in spite of the financial crisis­.
Those who came early were given coupons at the hotel’s entrance permitting them to enter. Unfortunately, many others who came later couldn’t enter because they lacked coupons whose distribution had been halted only to be allowed in towards the end yet they had invitation cards! They missed the festivities they had paid for. To them, this was grave injustice and their subsequent step attests to this. About 30 students petitioned the Speaker to investigate this matter contending that their money had been swindled. They implored him to establish a tribunal in order to discipline three suspected members of the MLS Executive namely, Kamau Simon (President), Sebuufu Usama (Organising Secretary) and Kiwanda Yusuf (Treaurer), whom they alleged were responsible for this anomaly. The Speaker first established a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the truthfulness of the allegations made. Thereafter, the trio acting in consonance with the Inspector General of Government (Wasswa Bengo) attempted to sabotage this process. The IGG purported to suspend the constitutional requirement for accountability of funds received!
The Commission comprising Brian Bwesigye (Chairperson), Amoko Ivy (Secretary) and Black Moses Nyeko (Lead Investigator), presented its findings on Friday, 4th September, 2009 to the Speaker. The report vindicates the petitioners as evidence was found to the effect that a lot of money was collected both from student payments and donations from well wishers most of which was unaccounted for in contravention of Chapter 8 of the MLS Constitution. It made several recommendations including requiring the implicated trio to accept responsibility and apologize to the injured parties. In the event that they remain adamant, that the petitioners’ prayer to establish a tribunal to try them be granted. It also recommended that the IGG be impeached for being an accomplice in illegal transactions.
The victims and the other right thinking members of the society are awaiting the Speakers’ action. Their petition was a loud cry for justice which must not only be done but also be seen to be done. I remember one finalist who seriously negotiated for a discount for a couple card but was unsuccessful. At last she paid the amount so as to attend with her partner but was among those who missed the function. Her disappointment was deeply etched on her face even for the blind to see. People like her deserve to see justice being done. The lesson to be learnt is that impunity, arrogance and disdain by our leaders cannot be tolerated. This has come at a time when we are about to elect another team in office which makes it opportune.