The summit of the Democratic Alliance convenes at Eureka Hotel in Ntinda, Kampala. Photo by Ivan Okuda

Fellow Ugandans Members of the press Introduction

We are delighted to address to you this morning. At this moment, the country is aware that leaders of political parties, pro-democracy pressure groups and eminent Ugandan citizens met on June 4-7, 2015 at Katomi Kingdom Resort. The purpose of the consultation was to agree on a grand political alliance that will shape the future of governance and development in our country. The Consultation follows a series of informal consultations held over the last two months, which enabled us to identify and agree on the goals and details of the alliance. The purpose of inviting you here this morning is to brief you on the details and conclusions from the consultation process.


 As you are aware, the entire country has been involved in a major campaign to demand for the reform of our electoral system. The goal of this Campaign is to ensure the establishment of a credible electoral management system for our country and create the necessary conditions for free and fair elections. A Free and fair election is a promise of our constitution. However, the Museveni regime has betrayed that promise and remains obstinate in refusing to undertake the desired citizens reforms as proposed by the citizens through the Citizens Compact on Free and Fair Elections.

Indeed, in spite of the consistent calls to reform our distorted electoral management system towards and after 2011 general elections, and after five years of running government, the regime is now scampering and stampeding our parliament with last minute proposed reforms that do not meet the aspirations of Ugandans. So far, the incumbent government shows no commitment to honor the reforms proposed and favored by the citizens as outlined in the Citizens Compact on Free and Fair Elections and other proposed reforms advanced by other interest groups. The arrogance with which the incumbent regime treats citizens’ opinion has reached its highest limits and we will spare no effort in working all Ugandans and other democracy seeking forces in stopping such arrogance.

 Formation of The Democratic Alliance

We have resolved to form ourselves into The Democratic Alliance (TDA). The main goal of The Democratic Alliance is to win power and form government in order to build a Uganda where there is equal opportunity and shared prosperity for all citizens. Our objectives are:

 a) To build the necessary mobilization capabilities and organizational infrastructure of the Alliance and its members in order to win powe

  1. b) To develop and present a common policy and governance agenda for electi
  2. c) Ensure the attainment of an electoral majority by fielding candidates for all electoral positions across the country.
  1. d) To field joint candidates for electoral offices as set out in the TDA Protoco
  1. e) To Constitute a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU) with the purpose of implementing appropriate political and economic reforms to build a strong and durable foundation for democracy, rule of law and economic jus

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Prioritize health, rights, and the full participation of women, adolescent girls and young people in public life in order for community transformation; Leaders told

Last Saturday 11th July 2015, Uganda joined the rest of the world to commemorate the World population Day 2015 in Sembabule district. The commemoration activities organised by the Population Secretariat in partnership with United Nations Population Fund brought together leaders from every shade of the population to celebrate this important activity on the world calendar. This year’s global theme focused on Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies, whilst in Uganda it was localised to Prioritizing Community Transformation: Addressing the needs of Vulnerable Populations 11694861_1100188630010723_1940605875846421538_n

This momentous day came at time when, many youths in Uganda, including refugees, most of whom are adolescents face numerous challenges related to their individual health, including STIs, HIV/AIDS, sexual violence which leads to unwanted pregnancy, and drug abuse. It is reported that by the age of 18, over 62% of young women and almost 48% of young men in Uganda have already had their first sexual encounter (UBOS and ICF International, 2012).

According to the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey Report (2011), GBV against women (15-49 years) and girls (15-24 years) is high at 64% and 56% respectively compared to 59% against all men and 55% against boys (15-24years). Similarly, Sexual violence is also higher at 22.8% among girls (15-24 years) than among boys (8.8%). The Police Annual Crime report 2013indicates defilement as the leading sex related crime reported in the country with a total of 9,598 cases reported compared to 8,076 cases registered in 2012 and 7,690 reported in 2011.


From L to R: Mrs. Kutesa, The President of the UN General Assembly Hon. Sam Kutesa, President of Uganda H.E. Yoweri Museveni, State Minister of Finance for Planning Hon. David Bahati, UNFPA Representative Ms. Esperance Fundira, Sembabule Woman MP Hon. Hanifah Kawooye Photo credit UNFPA

This implies that nearly 26 girls most of them adolescents are defiled every day in this country which further translates into two to three girls every hour that goes by. Many children in Uganda, including refugee children are victims of defilement, child prostitution and early marriages due various reasons such as lack of proof of age, conflict, cultural practices, poverty etc.


The President of the UN General Assembly Hon. Sam Kutesa Photo Credit UNFPA

While on his official visit, the area MP and also the president of the UN General assembly Mr. Sam Kutesa thanked the organizers population secretariat and UNFPA for choosing Sembabule as the venue to celebrate the day. He called for young people’s inclusion into key government programmes. “Today 70% of our population is below 25 years. This must not be seen as a challenge but rather an opportunity. we should plan for them through enhancing their skills and build their technical capacity in order to build a strong generation” Continue reading

Ali Kaviri’s inspiring story of community change

aliAli Kaviri is a DOT Uganda Intern Alumni who has led great change since completing his Internship. In this blog post, he talks about why he wanted to get involved with DOT Uganda in the first place, and how he’s helping other youth in Uganda become leaders of change.

Prior to joining the DOT Uganda Internship program, I was actively engaged in civil society organizations as a volunteer. I had a great passion for community development, a factor that greatly inspired me to apply for the DOT Uganda Internship. As a youth leader with great passion for inspiring and building a better world for girls, youth, and women, I found the DOT placement such a golden opportunity to lead change, acquire new knowledge, skills, networks, and further be exposed to diversity. I faced many challenges growing up. Raised by my grandmother in an impoverished village, I dreamed of attaining an education but lacked the funds to actualize this …Read more at:



Serena International Conference Centre, Kampala: March, 9, 2015 FDC PIC

Your Excellencies

Invited Guests

Ladies and gentlemen in your respective capacities

On behalf of the members and supporters of the Forum for Democratic

Change and many Ugandans across this country who share the values and

aspirations that we stand for, I welcome you to this historic event when we

launch our policy agenda for triggering Uganda’s Leap Forward.

Let me first of all acknowledge with gratitude and respect the distinguished

service of my predecessor Col.(Rtd) Dr. Kizza Besigye and all of you

leaders of our party for your collective and individual contribution in building

our Party.

Party Chairperson, Madam Joyce Sebugwawo, thank you for your

continued leadership and stewardship.

Thank you Madam Secretary General and your team and everybody else

that has worked tirelessly to organize this event.

Yesterday March 8, 2015 was the International Women’s Day. As a Party,

we celebrate the great contributions of all Ugandan women.

Those who till our farmlands, those who teach our children, those who

spend sleepless nights looking after the sick, those who serve in our

military, at home and abroad, those who serve in our police, prisons and

intelligence services and all those running businesses, or work in our public

service and the mothers of the Nation.

The values that I espouse are an outcome of the nurturing of my mother. I

would not be what I am if it was not for the sacrifices and huge influence


that my mother had on shaping my character. A tough disciplinarian, hard

working woman of impeccable values, she was. May God rest her soul in

eternal peace.

Thank you Anna Adeke for honoring this occasion and for your wonderful

speech. There perhaps could be no better way to celebrate the Ugandan

women and our young people than listening to you share their dreams and



Today, I am profoundly humbled and honored to present to you our Party

policy agenda for triggering Uganda’s Leap Forward.

Uganda’s Leap Forward is our contract with you the people. It is a contract

to create a new dispensation and build a new foundation for creating

opportunities for all and bring about boundless opportunities and shared


Today’s challenges are clear and we are conscious of the burden and task

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National Cohesion

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Political overview of Uganda over the last 50 years; the challenges and strategies for National Cohesion.


Political overview of Uganda over the last 50 years; the challenges and strategies for National Cohesion.

The management of Uganda’s diversity since independence in 1962 has espoused various challenges to enhancing national cohesion. The single major impediment to the achievement of national cohesion has been the colonial legacy of divide and rule and the precedent set in defining which regions provide labor for particular professions, the northerners for example were the ones recruited into the army because of their height and heavily built bodies while some sections of the population were relegated to porters and other looked at as administrators. These colonial precedents were maintained by the independence leaders and they had created a society defined by profession and therefore created levels of despise amongst the Ugandans as the leaders started using these colonial divisions to their political advantage.

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Girl summit drums up support for fighting FGM and child marriages in Uganda

The fight to alleviate female Genital Mutilation and child marriages received a boost on 22nd January, 2015 when UNFPA in Uganda together with DFID jointly organized a post girl summit at YES centre in Nsambya. The summit came as a follow up onto the first girl summit held in London in July last year which aimed at mobilizing domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriages.

In Uganda, the rate of child marriage, 40%, is higher than the African average of 39%. A number of factors contribute to this high rate, including poverty, gender norms and expectations, culture and tradition. It is reported that many poor parents see their daughters as a means for getting dowry and a source of income once married off.

The Kampala summit thus sought to consolidate some of the achievement and commitments made while in London by world leaders as well as draw participant’s views on issues that affect the girl child and enlist views of young people on the prevailing realities surrounding the girl child in our society. The dialogue was grounded on the leading causes of child marriages and issues such as culture, poverty and domestic violence, harmful practices such as FGM and parental negligence were highlighted as conduits for child marriages and teen pregnancies. Pics


Photp Credit UNFPA

As a typical dialogue, there were heartbreaking back and forth discussions as girls from mostly affected communities including Karamoja region, Sebei, and central regions shared shocking revelations of what they experience in their daily lives.  Girls from Karamoja region revealed how their peers are forced into marriages as young as 12 years. It was shocking to learn that many girls who find themselves in early marriages also see marriage as the only option for survival after they have dropped out of schools. It is further mentioned by many Girls who testified that they hardly have any opportunities of getting assertive because in the rural areas they are only prepared for marriage and looking after their men as well as producing children. Heated views on sexuality, preferential treatment of girls, dowry, defilement, violence and heavy domestic responsibilities offered to the girls by their parents arose from the audience and panelists.

Many girls also confessed to be be treated as inferior compared to the boys and that in some societies like in Sebei many have been forced into marriages with elderly men as some parents give them away for marriage. Worse still that is in Sebei region female Genital mutilation is highly practiced which put many girls lives at risk especially during child birth. It was also further echoed at the event that men also largely use materials to appease the girl’s parents and due to poverty, most parents willingly send their daughters even without her consent. The denial of educating of the girl child is another common practice in Uganda communities due to arrogance and selfishness of some parents,who do not see the value of educating a girl child. It is rather unfortunate that parents believe that girls are a waste of resources as they prepare them for marriage roles.

Speaking at the same event, the Resident Director General for country programmes of the UK’s DFID Ms Joy Hutchison noted that FGM and child, early or forced marriages are two harmful practices which stand in the way of girls’ potentials affecting millions of girls every year. One in three girls in developing countries including Uganda is married by the age of 18. “Girls who marry young are at a higher risk of death during child birth. They are also likely to have fewer economic opportunities and are vulnerable to poverty due to time and financial expenses on child care”. Said Hutchison. She further castigated gender related stereo-typing and violence towards girls and challenged the young people to fight it. She also explained why girls need to get involved in the decision making spaces on issues that affect them.

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On Tuesday12th August 2014, Uganda will join the rest of the world to commemorate the International Youth day. This day meant to bring to the attention youth issues, is used to celebrate the potential of youth as partners in development. This year’s celebrations will carry the theme “Youth and Mental Health” under the slogan ‘Mental Health Matters’. The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

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Photo Credit BUTABIKKA HOSPITAL-20131217-084826

The International Youth Day comes at a time when there are numerous media reports of increasing cases of mental illnesses in youth mainly attributed to the growing abuse of drugs. Health reports indicate that close to 20 percent (6.8 million) out of an estimated 34m Ugandans have some degrees of mental illness ranging from anxiety at 20-62%, depression at 12-68% to severe disorders (Mental Health Policy, 2007). Sadly, half of those affected do not seek medical treatment from medical facilities for fear of discrimination and isolation from their communities. Butabika the only National referral hospital for mental cases records at least 28 cases every month, majority being youth (World Health Organization, 2012). The National youth policy also puts the number of youth inmates at 63% with unemployment; poverty and redundancy as the main causes of this custody. Continue reading