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BREAKING! Uganda confirms first case of coronavirus – health ministry

Uganda has confirmed her first case of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the health minister Jane Ruth Aceng has announced.

Dr Aceng said the confirmed case is a 36 year old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai, on Saturday March 21 2020 aboard Ethiopian Airlines at 2:00am.

During the screening process at the airport, Dr Aceng said the patient’s temperature was 38.7— prompting the health teams to isolate him at the airport for further follow up.

Subsequent temperatures taken at intervals of 30 minutes and one hour remained the same.

He was evacuated to Entebbe Grade B Hospital for further follow up where a nasal swab was taken for analysis.

Passengers arriving on international flights leave the international arrivals lobby after they have been screened and cleared for any symptoms of the novel coronavirus at Entebbe Airport on March 3, 2020. – The deadly virus has marched well beyond China’s borders, spreading across Asia and Europe and into Latin America, Africa and the United States. More than 90,000 people have been infected and 3,100 killed since the virus first emerged in China’s Hubei province late last year. (Photo by SUMY SADURNI / AFP) (Photo by SUMY SADURNI/AFP via Getty Images)

“The confirmed case presented with high fever and poor appetite. He is not coughing neither did he have flu. However, the persistent fever prompted the health workers to isolate him.”

“His nasal swab samples was sent to Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) for analysis. Results from UVRI showed the sample is positive for COVID-19.”

The patient has had travelled to Dubai on the March 17, 2020 for business purposes.

At the time of his travel, he was in good health. He is a resident of Kibuli, Kagungulu zone, Kampala.

To date, Dr.Aceng said a total of 1,827 travelers including Ugandans and others travelling back home have been identified as coming from high-risk countries for purposes of follow up.

About 827 are completing self-quarantine while about 1,000 are under quarantine.

She reassured the general public that all measures were undertaken to identify this case at the airport and isolate him in a timely manner.

“The passenger manifest has been retrieved and all contacts are known as we are in position of the passports of all the travelers that came on that plane.”

Uganda has suspended all incoming and outbound commercial passenger flights effective Sunday, March 22 at midnight for at least 30 days.

Addressing the country, President Yoweri Museveni said starting 12:00 am on Sunday 22 March 2020, no passenger planes or human movement will be allowed into or out of the country.

He said only Cargo planes and their crew will be allowed in Uganda as the country gets into total shutdown to prevent the Coronavirus.

Uganda is yet to record any case, with neigbhours Kenya, Tanzania, DR Congo and Rwanda all already fighting to contain the spread.

“Due to the indiscipline of certain people in our efforts to curb COVID-19, we have decided to prohibit all incoming passengers into the country by air, water or road,” Mr. Museveni said.

He added that: “No person Ugandan or otherwise will be allowed to enter Uganda by land, water – except drivers of cargo vehicles. No buses minibusses, salon cars, boda boda, pedestrians on foot, people on bicycles. Nor will they be allowed to exit by these means.”

The ban, to begin on 22nd March also applies to Ugandan citizens trying to return home.

The disruption to air travel is also certain to ripple through economies, causing widespread damage to hotels, car rental companies, and restaurants.

Kamuli Based DJ arrested for playing Bobiwine songs.

Yesterday very many people were truly disappointed by the security officers in Kamuli town. Just because a DJ in one of the clubs was playing Bobi Wine music….

He was taken away for almost two hours and the all club was surrounded and I together with my pals were asked to vacate the place. This is so sad that even simple songs are becoming a threat to the regime. But all in we shall over come.




She has now remembered her God añd run to Him. She has now remembered her people and has run to them. She has, for obvious reasons, forgotten about the ‘Maje’ and she has shunned them. What an amazing twist!

Indeed like we always say ” East or West, home is the best”. The power of the people, our own people, so to speak ,at times is our only source of deliverance when tribulations visit us. How powerful they are!

It’s annoying though seeing how quickly we forget about our people when selfishness and greed blurs our vision. Suddenly, out of excitement, we become insensitive to the plight and cries of our people. We tell Mzee how our people are very happy and contended with his ‘excellent administration’, and why he should reign for eternity.

However, in all this hullabaloo, I would not like anybody to overlook or under look the key issues that this Anite of a girl raises: The impunity with which public servants abuse their offices, and embezzle public funds. And above all, the illicit and awkward manner in which all the other public assets were grabbed by private individuals. We should not chase the shadow, and end up missing the substance.

The Nigerians do have a saying that ” if a fox is found trying to eat the chicken, it’s only wise to first chase the fox away, and then warn the chicken against wandering into the bush”. We can and should deal with the ‘thieves’ first and then later we can lambast sister Evelyne for associating with them. The Mafia thieves, the cabals and the cartels in her beloved NRM government are as real as reality can be. They aren’t just imaginary as honourable Rugunda would like us to believe. He may even be one of them.

Our anger against a ‘kinsman’ should be felt in the flesh, and not in the marrows.


The 100 Best Leadership Quotes of All Time

Sometimes the most powerful and meaningful things come from words that touch our heart and lead us forward to our potential.

Life is about discovering who we are; leading is about striving to become better than we are, and helping everything and everyone around us to become better too.

Let these words inspire you, motivate you, encourage you and empower you to be the best you can be.

1. “Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership.” –James Humes

2. “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” —Woodrow Wilson

3.”A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.”–M. D. Arnold

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 20: Bobi Wine (R) speaks at Goalkeepers 2017, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on September 20, 2017 in New York City. Goalkeepers is organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to highlight progress against global poverty and disease, showcase solutions to help advance the Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals) and foster bold leadership to help accelerate the path to a more prosperous, healthy and just future. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

4. “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.” —Margaret Thatcher

5. “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” —Kurt Vonnegut

6. “Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.” –Seth Godin

7. “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” —Ronald Reagan

8. “To add value to others, one must first value others.” –John Maxwell

9. “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” –Douglas MacArthur

10. “The task of the leader is to get their people from where they are to where they have not been.” –Henry Kissinger

11. “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

12. “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” –Mahatma Gandhi

13. “There are no office hours for leaders.” –Cardinal J. Gibbons

14. “When people talk, listen completely.” –Ernest Hemingway

15. “I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through–then follow through.” –Edward Rickenbacker

16. “One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” –Arnold Glasow

17. “The important thing is this: to be able to give up in any given moment all that we are for what we can become.” –DeSeaux

18. “The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.” –Ray Kroc

19. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

20. “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” –Herbert Swope

21. “True leadership lies in guiding others to success–in ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well.” –Bill Owens

22. “Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.” –Warren Bennis

23. “Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.” –David Star Jordan

24. “Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50 percent of your time in leading yourself–your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20 percent leading those with authority over you and 15 percent leading your peers.” –Dee Hock

25. “Leaders don’t inflict pain, they share pain.” –Max Depree

26. “Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.” –Diogenes of Sinope

27. “The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” –Harvey S. Firestone

28. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right thing.” –Peter F. Drucker

29. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” –Ralph Nader

30. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” –Warren G. Bennis

31. “There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.” —Charles F. Kettering

32. “A leader is a person you will follow to a place you would not go by yourself.” –Joel Barker

33. “A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” –Arnold Glasow

34. “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.” –Peter F. Drucker

35. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” –John Maxwell

36. “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” –Brian Tracy

37. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower

38. “The things we fear most in organizations–fluctuations, distubances, imbalances–are the primary sources of creativity.” Margaret Wheatley

39. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” –Lao Tzu

40. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” –Rosalynn Carter

41. “The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.” –Tony Blair

42. “The price of greatness is responsibility.” –Winston Churchill

43. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” –Martin Luther King Jr.

44. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” –Margaret Fuller

45. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead

46. “The highest of distinctions is service to others.” –King George VI

47. “If you’re not sure where you are going, you’re liable to end up someplace else.” –Robert F. Mager

48. “Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” –Publilius Syrus

49. “Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position.” –Brian Tracy

50. “You manage things; you lead people.” –Grace Murray Hopper


51. “A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.” — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

52. “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” –John C. Maxwell

53. “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” –John C. Maxwell

54. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” –Jack Welch

55. “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” –Peter F. Drucker

56. “Doing what is right isn’t the problem. It is knowing what is right.” –Lyndon B Johnson

57. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” –Winston Churchill

58. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” –Harold R. McAlindon

59. “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” –Robert Louis Stevenson

60. “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” –Edith Wharton

61. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” —William Arthur Ward

62. “Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.”–Vince Lombardi

63. “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” —Andrew Carnegie

64. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

65. “You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.” –Jeanette Rankin

66. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” –John F. Kennedy

67. “The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them.” –Carlos Ghosn

68. “Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead.” –Pete Hoekstra

69. “Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.” –Orrin Woodward

70. “To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

71. “Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.”–Dianne Feinstein

72. “Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” –Stephen Covey

73. “All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.” –John Kenneth Galbraith

74. “The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.” –John Buchan

75. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower

76. “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” –Colin Powell

77. “A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others, but someone who carries water for his people so that they can get on with their jobs.” –Robert Townsend

78. “Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.” –Harold Geneen

79. “Look over your shoulder now and then to be sure someone’s following you.” –Henry Gilmer

80. “Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people,’ that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” –Peter F. Drucker

81. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” –Steve Jobs

82. “Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths.” –John Zenger

83. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” –John D. Rockefeller

84. “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” –Bill Bradley

85. “The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision.” –Ken Blanchard

86. “The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower

87. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” -Ralph Nader

88. “Earn your leadership every day.” –Michael Jordan

89. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” –Bill Gates

90. “You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.” —Sam Rayburn

91. “Those who let things happen usually lose to those who make things happen.” –Dave Weinbaum

92. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

93. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”–Abraham Lincoln

94. “Leadership is an ever-evolving position.” –Mike Krzyzewski

95. “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” –Nancy D. Solomon

96. “Leadership is an action, not a position.” –Donald McGannon

97. “Don’t tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” —George S. Patton Jr.

98. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” –Abraham Lincoln

99. “A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see.” –Leroy Eimes

100. “The most effective way to lead is to lead from within.” –(could not help myself) Lolly Daskal 

The pain of being Bobiwine

It must be extremely stressing to be Bobi Wine. Not so many Ugandans can stand a single day of a purely Bobi Wine livelihood.

Imagine seeing newspapers like the New_Vision selling millions of copies off your pain, they write all negative stories about you and make billions of money from your brand but can never highlight any of your achievement as ‘kickbacks’.

Imagine the likes of Baby cool and Kusaasira getting billions from the state to blackmail you…..meanwhile yo not allowed to perform anywhere in your country.

Imagine people like NBS’s Canary_Mugume, Andrew Mwenda, Rwomushana, and all regime apologists paid heavily just to attack and through insults to tarnish your otherwise good name.

As if that is not enough, ‘fellow opposition’ leaders get billions just disorganise your liberation efforts and strategies.

Such is a life of a true opposition leader. The dictator will go an extra mile frustrating your every move and most of all, they will try to incapacitate your economic survival…

The good news however is, with Bobi all this was expected. He unmoved, he only gets strong by the ever increasing support across the country…

Just like Joseph Starlin, Muamar Gaddif, Adolf Hitler (Who to me are the biggest 20th century dictators), what we are witnessing are all signs marking the end of the tyranny.

We all know for a fact that these tests despite the bad intentions of the perpetuators, are making us stronger…Teri kuzikiza.

Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobiwine