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Who scooped the best and worst position?

By Vision Reporter

Added 31st December 2000 03:00 AM

Every year has its good and bad, sad and happy moments and even the best and worst people. So who are Uganda's best and worst of the year 2000?

Every year has its good and bad, sad and happy moments and even the best and worst people. So who are Uganda's best and worst of the year 2000?

Every year has its good and bad, sad and happy moments and even the best and worst people. So who are Uganda's best and worst of the year 2000? The New Vision readers have answers. A reader's survey reveals the best and worst of last year. 1843 responses were received. 250 of them were not analysed for failing the one-person one vote principle. However, all entries were included in the draw for the lucky 10 winners of sh50,000 each. David Mukholi compiled the results. Man of the year: President Yoweri Museveni is voted man of the year for his good leadership. Some of the 616 readers who chose him observed that during his reign Uganda has been politically stable and democracy and the rule of law have been restored. They also commended him for good governance. Others pointed out the economic progress and Universal Primary Education (UPE) as strong points that merit him being man of the year. There were 50 candidates in this slot out of whom the late Dr. Matthew Lukwiya was runner up with 384 votes. Readers credit him for his distinguished service at Lacor hospital where he was the medical superintendent. He was especially remembered for his fight against Ebola fever which in the end claimed his life. Apart from Col. (rtd) Dr Kiiza Besigye, other presidential hopefuls in this year elections did not fare well in the contest for the man of the year, they scored under 20 votes. Col. Besigye emerged third with 225 votes. He was picked for particularly standing up to contest against president Museveni in the forthcoming elections. Some readers were also happy with him for revealing the inside intrigue and politics of the Movement government. Woman of the year: Out of 45 candidates, Justice Julia Ssebutinde was picked as the woman of the year. Readers did not forget her performance as the chairperson of the Judicial Inquiry into corruption in the police force. According to some readers she demonstrated that women have the potential even to deal with complex issues like probing corruption. To several readers she is a brilliant judge and chaired the inquiry without fear or favour, and came up with report that will eventually eradicate the rot in the police. The commission's report was handed to government in June 2000. Nabagereka Sylvia Nagginda is runner up with 176 votes. Her role as the Nabagereka (Queen) of Buganda was the vote winner. Several pointed out that she is reaching out to the poor children and women in Buganda. The First Lady Janet Museveni follows with 167 votes for her contribution to widows and orphans in Uganda. Some readers commended her for making significant contribution to President Museveni's good leadership. Hence the saying for every great man there is a great woman behind him. Worst woman: 248 voted Hon. Winnie Byanyima the worst woman of 2000. Several readers were enraged that she was against President Museveni's government. Some linked her to Col. Besigye's bid to stand against Museveni as a Movement candidate. This is in sharp contrast to 1997 and 1998, when she scooped the best woman slot. Although Byanyima emerges top in this slot, she managed to secure fourth position for best woman with 158 votes. Twenty women competed in this abhored slot. Cledonia Mwerinde, one of the leaders of the Restoration of the Ten Commandments Cult of Kanungu is runner up with 220 votes. The Kanungu tragedy where she had a hand in killing innocent people, under the guise of worshipping God, earned her a place in the worst woman category. Vice President Specioza Kazibwe came third in this less prestigious slot. Her crime is supporting prostitution, according to several readers. 207 think the vice president fit to be the worst woman. Regina Nabakooza, step mother of Enock Ssebanga, the boy who was heartlessly tortured by her, gets 163 votes for worst woman. Worst man: Joseph Kibwetere according to 441 readers is the worst man of the year. The reason for the vote is unanimous, Kanungu killings. There were 57 contestants for worst man position including four presidential aspirants. Kiiza Besigye is runner up for worst man even when he was the 3rd for best man slot. 194 picked him for attacking president Museveni and the movement Government. Some of the readers voted him in this slot for the mere fact that he declared to stand for presidency in the next elections. Joseph Kony who for several years has been voted worst man is relegated to third position with 170 votes. The shift signals that in 2000 Joseph Kony's atrocities have been on decline as his Lords Resistance Army continues to lose strength. Nevertheless, his activities place him as worst. Capt. Dan Byakutaga, the UPDF paymaster who vanished with soldiers' salaries amounting to sh 1.6b got 68 votes for it. Among the presidential aspirants who featured in this slot are Hon. Aggrey Awori, Haji Nasser Sebaggala and Yoweri Museveni scooping 15, 18 and 33 votes respectively. Best dressed woman - 589 voted Nabagereka Sylvia Nagginda the Best dressed woman in 2000. She was closely followed by the first Lady Janet Museveni with 462 voters. While 55 and 30 thought Hon Winnie Byanyima and Vice President Specioza Kazibwe respectively, deserve to be best dressed. The competition was among 33 women. Best dressed man: Hon. Mike Mukula (MP Soroti Municipality) was best dressed man of 2000. 446 voted him. Runner up is Yoweri Museveni with 171. Peter Ssematimba of Central Broadcasting Service (CBS) wins 71 votes, while the Kabaka of Buganda His Highness Ronald Mutebi comes next with 66. Worst dressed woman: The worst dressed woman is Vice President Specioza Kazibwe 419, readers say so. 45 women competed for this slot. One reader raised the sole vote of none, meaning there is no worst dressed woman. Fashion model Eva Mbabazi and Hon Miria Matembe took runner up position with 144 each for worst dressed. The Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) lady Cecilia Ogwal got 90 votes. Worst dressed man: 78 were nominated and Hon Ken Lukyamuzi (MP Rubaga South) beat them with 135 votes. While 104 say it is Hon. Kibirige Ssebunya Minister of State Agriculture and fisheries is worst dressed, some 59 pick on Wasswa Lule (MP Rubaga North). Hon Aggrey Awori gets 55 votes in this slot. Best TV presenter: the title goes to Yusuf Kalyango Junior formerly of WBS TV. 232 voted him the best. And runner up is Irene Kulabako of UTV she emerges with 180 votes. 32 competed for Best TV presenter. WBS's John Bigyemano came third with 105 votes, and UTV's Patrick Andrew Luwandaga secured 55. Radio presenter/DJ: Alex Ndaula of Capital FM is the best presenter/DJ of the year. 551 voted him. Mulindwa Muwonge of CBS was picked by 84. While 78 readers chose Capital radio's Allan Mugisha (cantankerous) as the best DJ. Peter Sematimba followed with 75. The race for the title was among 55 presenters. Best news reader (radio): Francis Bbale of Radio Uganda is the best news reader (radio) 371 readers say so. Next is Kaddu Mukasa of CBS with 144. Aisha Ssematiko closely follows with 141 voted. There were over 30 competitors. Best News reader (TV): 1091 say Francis Bbale of UTV is the best news reader. He thoroughly trounces the 15 in the race by a margin of over 900 votes. It is worth noting that Bbale Francis got the highest votes during the survey, which were over 1000 votes. The runner up, Beatrice Akello is of UTV 109 votes. Another UTV news reader Owen Kibenge takes 3rd position with 54 votes. Best footballer of the year: Hassan Mubiru formerly of SC Villa, presently signed for Express was overwhelming picked by 801 as the player of 2000. Andrew Mukasa who was top scorer in 2000 failed to take this slot, but was nevertheless picked by 244 to become runner up. Best Musician (international): South African Lucky Dube takes the lead with 320, followed by Celine Dion carrying 222 votes. The British Britney Spears polled 107. Best Musician (local): Paulo Kafeero is the best with 281 picking him. Chance Nalubega got 275 and Lord Fred Sebatta follows closely with 272. Business personality: Out of 44 nominated James Mulwana emerged the best business person with 348 votes. 256 preferred Sudhir Ruparelia and 170 decided on Karim Hirji. Journalist: Again it was the Monitor's Charles Onyango Obbo who carried the day. Out of 84 nominated, Onyango Obbo was voted by 264. Following him closely is Yusuf Kalyango Jnr, formerly with WBS TV, picked by 225. New Vision's Lilianne Barenzi followed with 62. Newspaper columnist: Over 50 were nominated for this slot, and The New Vision's Paul Waibale Snr emerged top with 142. John Nagenda was runner up with 113 votes. It was a New Vision contest here. Lilianne Barenzi was picked by 102 and 95 decided on FDR Gureme. Best in the Army: Over 30 officers were nominated. The top two who emerged the best and runner up are Major General Jeje Odong, the Army commander with 316 votes and Brig. Katumba Wamala in charge of UPDF in Democratic Republic of Congo had 202 votes. Best in the Police: The three policemen who emerged top include the Inspector General of Police John Kisembo with 258 votes, Grace Turyagumanawe Commissioner of Traffic picked by 257 and the Deputy Spokesman of police Eric Naigambi chosen by 107. Over 40 policemen were nominated. Sports personality: The Sports person of the year is Dorcus Inzikulu, gold winner of the world junior athletic championship, 517 voted her. This slot attracted over 30 from different sports disciplines. Express Football Club's Hassan Mubiru was picked by 175, while 70 thought Andrew Mukasa is fit to be Sports person of the year. Two football coaches also complete for the position but flopped. SC Villa's Paul Hasule collected 41 votes and the Cranes Harrison Okagbue got 58. Best person in arts: This slot attracted a wide range of artist including actors, writers and five artist. Over 60 nominations came. The overall best person in arts Sam Bagenda of the Ebonies commonly known as Dr. Bossa. 197 voted him. While fine artist Maj. Gen. Elly Tumwine closely followed with 196 votes. Alex Mukulu got 160 and Ebonies Harriet Nakawunde got 135 votes. Radio station: 13 radio stations were nominated. The Best stations of the year is Capital Radio FM; 526 voted it. Runner up is Simba FM with 189 votes. CBS picked 165, 151 were for Radio One and Sanyu FM 2000, had 92. Best television station: The favourite is WBS according to 510 readers. Next, Sanyu TV had 313 votes closely followed by Uganda Television (UTV) with 307. Radio programmes: Over 50 programmes were nominated in this slot and capital Gang (Capital Fm's) took the lead with 322. Spectrum featuring on Radio One was picked by 263 and Kalisoliso on CBS had 75 votes. Best TV programmes: That is Life Mwatu that appears on UTV and WBS TV was picked as the best of the year. 215 voted it . Over 40 programmes were nominated and Sanyu's Sunset Beach, UTV's Generations and WBS' Issues at Hand got 181, 141 and 94 votes respectively. Best drama group: The Ebonies emerged the best with 613 votes. 30 Drama groups were nominated including the Bakayimbira Dramactors, Diamond Ensemble and Ndere Troupe, they got 218, 46 and 44 votes respectively. Best local song: Over 200 songs were nominated for this slot. Rachael Magoola's Obangaina emerged best with 221 votes. Halima Namakula's two songs Tonkutula kutula and Ekimbeewo got 100 and 88 votes respectively. Best foreign song: Over 200 songs were nominated. The songs that managed to scrap through with significant votes were Celine Dion's That's The Way It Is with 95 votes. Following closely is Shaggy's It Was Not Me with 70 votes. Another Dion's song My Heart Will Go On came third with 50 votes. Best performing minister: 159 readers picked on the Prime Minister Apollo Nsibambi as the best. Nearly all ministers were in the race. Dr Crispus Kiyonga, the Minister of Health is runner up with 129 votes. Bidandi Ssali, the Local Government minister got 112. The Worst performing minister: Nearly all ministers featured here but a consensus among The New Vision readers zeros in on two ministers. Steven Kavuma, the Minister of Defence is worst with 125 votes. Followed by Gerald Sendaula, Finance Minister with 57 votes. Best performing MP: There were over 100 nominated, those who managed to get significant votes are Ken Lukyamuzi, Winnie Byanyima and Nobert Mao. Ken Lukyamuzi who emerged as worst dressed man has reason to smile, because 260 New Vision readers think he is the best performing MP. Similarly although Winnie Byanyima was picked as the worst woman, she featured as a good MP. 198 think she deserves to be best performing MP. Nobert Mao dismally featured for best man and best dressed gets 95 as best performing MP. Worst performing MP: Over 100 were nominated. Adome Lokwii got 188 as worst performing MP. Aggrey Awori, a presidential hopeful, is seen by 67 as a non performing MP. It is a twist for Ken Lukyamuzi even when he convincingly emerges as best performing MP, 69 think otherwise, they say he is the worst. Government blunder: Over 100 issues were nominated for this slot. The top three included the Congo War, the junk helicopter saga and the referendum. 288 think Uganda's continued involvement in the DRC conflict is a blunder. While 113 say failure to probe and end the junk helicopter deal is the blunder of the year. Then 111 came up to say it was a blunder to hold the referendum on political system. Government's achievements: Several achievements were proposed spilling over 90. UPE attracted most applause with 298 votes. Others that attracted significant votes are extension of the Owen falls dam and repossession of UCB with 148 and 99 respectively. National shame: The Kanungu massacre is voted by 294 as the national shame of the year. While 109 say it was the UPDF clash with RPF in Kisangani. National Achievement: 222 think it is UPE. Over 70 issues were put forward among these that gathered significant votes are war against HIV/AIDS 149 and the extension of the Owen Falls Dam 68. And 38 say it is the fight against the Ebola fever that is the national achievement of the year. Ends

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