How Mbabazi Once Turned to Islam

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi

In a joint effort to address the growing problem of numerous unemployable graduates being churned out from institutions of higher learning, prescription BrighterMonday, viagra dosage Uganda’s largest job website in partnership with other institutions, sick has launched a one-month-long training platform dubbed ‘The BrighterMonday Graduate Program’ under the theme ‘Defining your next step.’

Speaking during the launch Press conference recently, Joshua Mugisha, Country Manager BrighterMonday said, “A survey conducted by the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) in 2014 found that over 63 percent of youth in Uganda lack employability skills, technical mastery and basic work-related capabilities.”

Informed by such statistics as well as the World Bank report 2014 that suggests that over 70 percent of an approximated 400,000 fresh graduates in Uganda are unemployable, BrighterMonday saw the need to train and impart practical skills to over 1,000 graduates during The Brighter Monday Graduate Program scheduled to take place from 6th to 31st July 2016.

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Mugisha added that as thousands of job seekers are created every year, the burden to train and prepare them for the working environment has been left to the employer because many of the Degrees or Diplomas awarded are not adequately tailored to match Uganda’s job market.

Nicholas J Okwir, Chairman Federation of Uganda Employers, a body that brings together employers in Uganda, applauded the Graduate Program saying it is in line with FUE’s mission of “enhancing employers’ competitiveness through policy advocacy, fostering best employment relations and provision of business development services.”

Ebraheem Ssali, Managing Director, Exquisite Solutions said, “Through our Human Resource practice, we have encountered Information Technology graduates who cannot install anti-virus onto a computer or Bachelor of Commerce graduates that cannot prepare a balance sheet.”

“With this, we have realized that our graduates in Uganda today lack drive, focus and ambition, making them some of the least employable graduates in the region. It is a gap we have tried to close during our Grad Fairs that have been held during our 10 years of existence as a company. With our new partnership with the Graduate Program, we hope that young professionals’ dreams will no longer be blown away in thin air.’

Tom Tumwesige, Head of Service Delivery Boston Enterprises – Raises who are the facilitators of the training explained that rate of change in the job market in the 21st Century has been so rapid that formal education is failing to keep pace.

“Graduates from both high school and University are inadequately prepared for the world of work. Employers today require employees who can source and analyze information in an unsupervised manner and then be able to report their findings to various stakeholders. Employees have to be personally responsible with strong skills in technology, critical thinking, time management and communication.’

Tumwesige said the Program will be preceded by a professional team of trainers working alongside business leaders and teams, with a core focus on tutorials aimed at unlocking talent, driving productivity and improving performance.

This unique training solution focuses on five core areas in employment such as personal development, professional development, communication Technology and Career planning.

“We believe that these solutions will go a long-way in helping employers and employees to not only grow market share, improve customer care but also create systems that will ultimately allow businesses to attain their competitive advantage,” added Tumwesige.
Former Prime Minister of Uganda Hon John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, order in the past one and a half decades prior to the 1986 advent of the current NRM regime, made a number of sacrifices that saw him among others turn momentarily into Islam.

A staunch Protestant from Kanungu, Mbabazi, who recently embarked on chronicling some of his recollections from childhood to the peak of his political career, says he was at one point forced to take up a Muslim name Ahmed, to conceal himself and his wife Jacqueline from the Amin Intelligence officers.

This was back in 1974 when he was compelled to cut short his Law course at Makerere University thanks to the fast deteriorating political conditions at the campus.

“It was impossible to not notice Amin’s state operatives at every corner. At social events, the students loved to talk about Pan-Africanism and a transformed Africa, but I learned not to say much in order to determine whom I could trust,” he says.

Earlier in 1972 when Mbabazi joined Makerere, the national army had just defeated the splinter Kikosi Malum and FRONASA guerrilla groups, which forced leader Yoweri Museveni to give up his armed struggle.

Mbabazi, a vibrant FRONASA mobilizer however, did not lose heart and he continued to spread politics of resistance against the Idi Amin regime using the Makerere Guild platform where he was a member on the GRC.

He also recalls campaigning for now outgoing UPC President Dr Olara Otunnu to become its president, who was later to flee the country due to state harassment.

“The next year (1973), I competed for the Guild Presidency but members took a collective decision to shut the guild down in protest at the prevailing political conditions which were fast deteriorating,” he says.

Amama Mbabazi in the 1970s

Amama Mbabazi in the 1970s

“Teachers and students were leaving campus; some were even abducted and never seen again. Together with a few other students who were also members of FRONASA, I decided to focus all my energies on taking down the regime.”

It was at this point the Mbabazi left Makerere and moved to Kitante with his new wife Jacqueline in 1974.

He recounts that the State soon received reports of an “enemy” living in that area but were unable to locate him as at this time he had taken up a new persona as, Ahmed Mbayo.”

It was Mbabazi stealth mobilization activities that later encouraged Museveni to re-organize and revive the FRONASA into a more effective guerrilla force, setting up cells in many parts of Uganda.

While Museveni and other FRONASA leaders were in Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Lusaka, Mbabazi remained behind in Uganda, running almost single-handedly the secret FRONASA activities.

Later when he went to Nairobi, Mbabazi created an intelligence network for the NRM and at the same time coordinated the settlement of NRM families in exile, finding them homes and schools for their children.

He also coordinated the NRM’s contact with foreign governments and is the man who created the structures of what is now known as the NRA/NRM.

While handing over instruments of power as Prime Minister late last year, Mr Mbabazi recalled how he once helped conceal his successor Dr Ruhakana Rugunda’s by shaving off his thicket-like beard.

With all his abundant wealth of organization and intelligence skills, it was no surprise that in January 1986, when the NRM came to power,  Mr Mbabazi  was named the first director-general of the new foreign intelligence agency [ESO].




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