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Former KCCA FC assistant head coach, buy http://cfbtoman.com/wp-includes/class-wp-theme.php Abdallah Mubiru has been confirmed as the new head coach of the club taking over from George ‘Best’ Nsimbe.

This was revealed by officials in the aftermath of KCCA’s 2-1 win over Kira Young FC which was ironically Nsimbe’s last game in charge.

Nsimbe who guided the club to back to back league titles (2012/13 & 2013/14) agreed to join Tanzania’s Azam FC on a two year deal as assistant to Cameroonian John Omog starting February next year and has been offered leave by the club before embarking on the new task.

“This club is all about continuity and as a result, decease http://charadas.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-twitter-cards.php we have decided to elevate Mubiru to the head coaching role, viagra approved http://chuckatuckhistory.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-post-type-taxonomies-endpoint.php ” manager, Ahmed Kabuye said.

KCCA Deputy Director of treasury Julius Kabugo affirmed that Mubiru had the full backing of the club in his new role.

Mubiru joined KCCA in the 2012/13 campaign and has worked as Nsimbe’s assistant since. Before that, he was head coach of Proline FC. 

John Luyinda and Richard Malinga will work as first and second assistant Head coaches respectively while David Lumu is goal keeping coach. 

The Special Forces Command (SFC) carried out an unprecedented drill competition among its units on Tuesday at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds, thumb http://cnsawdust.com/components/com_k2/views/latest/tmpl/latest_item.php Chimp Corps report.

Military drills are usually aimed at instilling discipline and encouraging the efficiency of troops while doing their duties.

Sera Kasenyi Training School based near Entebbe Town emerged the winners of the coveted trophy in the competition.

4 other units participated in the finals of this competition that has involved all units of SFC.

The UPDF Joint Chief of Staff, ask Maj. General Wilson Mbadi presided over the finals and hailed the SFC leadership for the initiative.

He described it as a huge and “important milestone” in the professionalization of the military. He urged other units of the Defense Forces to emulate this kind of competition in their areas of responsibility.

“This is a big achievement because drills are very important for the military. They are a basis for team work and with drill comes increased control over your body and mind especially in tactical situations, check ” said Maj. General Mbadi.

The Special Forces Commander, Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, attended the event. He said he was impressed by the performance of the soldiers despite the short preparation time that they had.

“Drill relates to discipline; and discipline is one of our most important values. Drill also helps you to keep fit therefore you should always treat it as an important aspect of your work,” said Brig. Muhoozi.

The Special Forces Deputy Commander, Col. Sabiiti Muzeyi, other commanders and directors in the Special Forces were among some of the guests that graced the exciting military event. UPDF Sergeant Major Charles Onyutha was also in attendance.

Such inter-unit drill competitions are the first of their kind in the history of the UPDF and its predecessor the National Resistance Army (NRA).

According to SFC spokesperson, Maj Chris Magezi, military drills have been employed and practiced by armies since ancient times.

“Drills are used in the preparation of soldiers for performance of their duties in peace and war through the practice and rehearsal of prescribed movements,” says Magezi.

Special Forces commanders at Tuesday's surprise drills

Special Forces commanders at Tuesday’s surprise drills

“In a practical sense, drill consolidates soldiers into battle formations and familiarizes them with their weapons. Psychologically, it develops a sense of team work, discipline, attention to detail and self control.”

He says rudimentary drill first appeared in ancient Sumer and Egypt at the dawn of civilization where it was used to assemble and move large numbers of men for battle.

Magezi further states drill in the modern sense was introduced by the Greeks, who “periodically practiced the manoeuvres of the phalanx; the Spartans carried disciplined drill to a whole new level that was unequalled in the classical world.”

He said Philip II of Macedon and his son Alexander the Great further improved the tactics and drills of the Greek Phalanx and that the careful drilling of the Roman Legions contributed largely to Rome’s centuries long domination of the Mediterranean world.
The Secretary General of the East African Community, capsule http://clearskinconcierge.com/acne/wp-includes/random_compat/byte_safe_strings.php Dr. Richard Sezibera has written a ‘letter from the future’ to the late former Tanzanian president, case Julius Nyerere ahead of the upcoming EAC Heads of State summit due to take place in Nairobi next week.

FULL LETTER

Shikamoo Mwalimu. Next week, the Summit of Heads of State of the East African Community will take place in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Community is currently chaired by Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya. Yes sir, you may share this news with Mzee Kenyatta and Mzee Milton Obote when you see them. The East African Community did not die permanently in 1977; it has been resurrected and is thriving.

I am writing to seek your wisdom and blessings. You see, when the Summit meets, they will be deliberating, among other things, on the best way to start a constitution-making process for the Federation of East Africa! Yes, the debate is back.

You remember those many years ago, in 1963, when you offered to delay Tanganyika’s Independence to give chance to East Africa to get its Independence as a federal entity?

You feared that entrenched sovereignty and the trappings of national authority would blind us to the strategic imperatives of building a united East Africa capable of harnessing all its resources for the socio-economic development of its citizens.

You were worried that narrow parochial concerns would lead to the marginalisation of our continent. You saw clearly that Independence within the borders of colonial constructs would simply reinforce the colonial enterprise, marginally tweaking the relationship between the former colonies and the metropole, while leaving the colonial enterprise intact. Well sir, you were right.

Can you imagine that by 2005, the entire GDP of East Africa was only $40 billion — the wealth of one modern high net worth individual?
That our fragmented economies remained stuck in the mud for decades, trying to produce more cotton, coffee, and raw minerals for the consumption of the Western world?

The harder we worked, the poorer we became, until we were told that the only solution was to reduce our investments in health, education, infrastructure and energy.

We did need macroeconomic discipline, Mwalimu, but we balanced our books on the backs of the poor. We were too weak to resist, our valiant struggle against apartheid notwithstanding. We all agreed to take the medicine.

Our current leaders have decided to reverse the trend. They have decided to go back to the future. And they are succeeding. East Africa is now a Customs Union, and we are slowly turning it into a Single Customs Territory.

Beyond the free movement of goods, the region is now slowly but surely turning into a Common Market, and plans are underway to build a Monetary Union. Shared investments in infrastructure are gaining momentum. Remember when you decided to invest in the Tazara railway against all opposition?

You may be saddened to hear that line now carries less than 10 per cent of what it did in its heyday. I am glad to report however that for the first time in over 100 years, Kenya and Uganda are beginning to lay a new, modern railway line. Rwanda and Burundi are determined to follow suit. Investments in energy generation are on the rise. East Africa is determined not be a dark region, both figuratively and literally.

Do you know, Mwalimu, that since East Africa decided to deepen and widen its integration, its GDP is now over $100 billion and growing? Over 700,000 students are enrolled in 344 institutions of higher education including 161 universities.

This is a sharp rise from the 160,000 enrolled in the 1990s. They pay local fees across the region, and 2015 is the target year for turning East Africa into a Common Higher Education Area.

There were those who kept telling you that East African integration would benefit Kenya to the detriment of Tanzania and Uganda. Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose… Yes, we do speak French and Chinese, in addition to Kiswahili, our lingua franca.

But my apologies Mwalimu. I forgot to inform you that Burundi and Rwanda are now members of the Community. You remember the pan-African discussions you used to have with Prince Louis Rwagasore of Burundi and Mwami Mutara Rudahigwa of Rwanda? The pan African seeds they planted have come to fruition.

But I digress. There still are some people who are fixated on intra-EAC competition rather than co-operation. They would like to see more barriers to trade.

The naysayers refuse to see, for example, that Tanzania has recorded the fastest growth in intra-EAC exports, that Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi have all seen their exports to Kenya and the rest of East Africa grow.

They fail to appreciate that Kenya is now a major source of “foreign” direct investment in the EAC, displacing the Western powers of yesteryear. That intra-EAC trade has risen to over 26 per cent from less than 10 per cent a decade ago — and that it is qualitatively better than trade with the rest of the world, consisting of trade in value added products, and not the raw materials we export to the West, the East, the North and the South.

When we show them the data, they change the terms of the debate, raising the bogey of land. Do you know, Mwalimu, that in recognition of the sensitivity of land ownership, use and management, the East African Common Market Protocol has made it very clear that land is a national and not an East African issue?

Yet, merchants of fear whip up the peoples’ emotions, that other East Africans are only interested in taking over their land. They refuse to see it as a factor of production, derailing all attempts at making it produce wealth for their nations or the region. They get dizzy, trying to walk backwards on a fast moving economic escalator.

They are so fearful that they want to hinder the free movement of people. Do you know it still is more difficult for Africans to move, live and work in Africa than for non-Africans?

So, this is the context in which the Heads of State Summit will meet this coming week. They refuse to simply accept what is, and want to invest in what can be. They want to turn East Africa into a federal entity, believing that economic integration is not enough.

They want to follow in your footsteps, Mwalimu.

 

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