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One South Africa (OSA): Angie Motshekga is unfit for office and must be removed as Basic Education Minister (31.05.2020)

One South Africa: One South Africa Movement heads to court to ensure safe reopening of schools (27.05.2020)

Kenya: Joint CSOs & Unions – Executive Brief – Media & Public (27 May 2020)

One South Africa (OSA): Minister Motshekga’s decision to reopen all schools on 1 June is dangerous gamble with our children’s lives (19.05.2020)

Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU): Message from UNATU National Chairperson to the entire leadership, membership and staff of UNATU on 27th March 2020 (27.03.2020)

South Sudan: Communication from the Presidency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic (20.03.2020)

Zimbabawe: President Emmerson Mnangagwa – Press Statement – New Dates for Closing of Schools and Teritary Institutions (19.03.2020)

Opinion: The “Zaake Parliamentary Report” reads like a hit-job

After reading the bleak 23 pages report on the “misconduct” of Hon. Francis Zaake during a meeting of the Committee on Educations and Sports, as they were investigating into the violence, the army presence and the raising intuition at Makerere University. This report was made in January 2020, but was published now recently.

What is striking is that everything is pointed at Zaake from the get-go. There is no denying in it. You can read that this was pre-programmed. Even if there was questions into the manner and ways Professor Nawangwe as well. Still, his all of the hook, no questions into his lacking will to answer or even say what really was going on there.

This was at the heights of it all with all the massive reports, speculations and even the horror viral videos of what was happening at the halls of Makerere University. While the Professor didn’t want to answer to this. That is why the Parliamentary Report on the actions done is toothless too. Just like the Professor said the MPs where. They are spineless and won’t have the ability shift the power, which is from “high above”. That evident with this report too.

Because, it points to Zaake. Not the reason behind it all, the stress of an MP who is in direct connection with the youths and students of Makerere. A man who cares and who isn’t ruthless. This is how it all seems now.

Zaake is the fall-guy. The guy to pin blame on for shouting, interrupting and questioning the Professor. As he was supposed to be accountable and transparent.

It is funny that the recommendations speaks of the integrity, decorum and manner of which a committee should work. They are pinning blame on Zaake without any consideration. Even when there are other allegations put on him with no evidence and not even captured on CCTV cameras. This all seems more like they had a pre-disposal and planned effort. That Zaake was a bad boy and need to punished.

While they can so easily do this to him, they didn’t do anything and haven’t pushed for the Recommendations in the Parliamentary Reports on the strikes and violence at Makerere University. These are just briefcase reports, but when it hits an opposition character like Zaake. Than, he will be muted and silenced by some manner. Because, protocol and decorum matters in the likes of him, but expect that a NRM MP can scream and shout. Expect a Cabinet member being allowed to go all “gung-ho” and “an-march”.

Yes, there’s is a need in a meeting for protocol, respect and manner. This is well-known, but that is from both parties. And the other MPs should know the invested interest for Zaake in this matter. It is not like his a total outsider and activists he knew was in trouble there. That is why, the army acting out and speculations into the vile activity would make anyone spark at a leader of the institution deflecting the questions.

Zaake might be wrong, but at the same time. He has done it with a purpose, which the report never states. Neither does the Vice-Chancellor or Professor deserve to let of the hook. Because of his reluctance to answer the committee and the allegations against him. What is striking is that the other members didn’t address that, but asked for human treatment. Meaning they are really weak and not bothering about gathering evidence towards Makerere. When they are just addressing Zaake and not even considering the actions that triggered him.

That is why this Report is a hit-job. It was meant from the get-go. There was no other meaning of this one. To censor or to give Zaake a message. That he got to relax, be more chill and just watch Netflix. Peace.

Obwakabaka Bwa Buganda: Woofisi Ya Katikkiro Mayiga letter to Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni – RE: New Lower Secondary Curriculum (04.03.2020)

Janet Museveni: A familiar family affair

President Museveni today morning summoned Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga to State House ahead of the appearance of the first lady, Janet Kataha Museveni, before Parliament. Janet Museveni, who is the minister of Education and Sports, is scheduled to appear before Parliament to explain why cabinet ignored a resolution of parliament regarding the implementation of the new lower secondary school curriculum” (Amon Katongulu – ‘Museveni “summons” Kadaga hours to wife’s appearance before Parliament’ 20.01.2020, Nilepost.ug).

When your reading things like this, it should boggle your mind. It shouldn’t be like this, first and foremost, any minister should answer for their work in Parliament and accept scrutiny of it. Any minister should be accountable to the parliament and be asked in a plenary session about the work been done in any given ministry. However, because of her peculiar position and placement in the world, Janet Museveni can get off the hook.

Instead, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has to answer the call of the husband and President Yoweri Kaguta Musveni. She got to show up, when the “high above” calls her. Kadaga was summoned and had to answer it, if not she would be in big trouble. Even if Janet never has to answer to anybody and only dwell about the troubles inside the Kitchen Cabinet at the State House.

At this point, Janet can act like “Gucci Grace” or Grace Mugabe could in her hey-day. Because, as long as her man, Yoweri is in power. She can do whatever and get away with it. She can get people in prison, sentence and be the most insulting character in the public. Still, no one will dare to push her limits.

That is why Kadaga has to answer; she’s in that place because of loyalty and need. Janet will live on in power and maybe change a post, but will not without power as long as the husband has it. Yoweri want to give her anything. Last time it was ability to squander Karamoja funds, now it is education funds instead. A different ministry, but still the same outcome.

Janet might look supreme and act supreme, but she’s not. She’s part of the household of the President and reign because of it. However, she has no grounds for it. She could be on the pedestal and do the acts of VP Ssekandi as the First Lady, but instead she wants actual power and that been granted by the husband. There is no initial merit to her position nor her skill set. Except for being the bedmate of the head of state.

So, if your insulting her intelligence, which I am sure not so hard to do. You can get summoned and get into legal trouble even. Because, no one should dare too do that. She’s a Museveni and the second in line of the First family. No one should even question them and that’s why she never answers to calls of the Parliament. Nevertheless, the Speaker got to run like Usain Bolt to the State House, when they summon her.

Yes, the First Lady and Minister after the summons of Kadaga showed up finally in Parliament, but after ditching previous attempts to get her there. Clearly, indicating more to this. However, don’t be fooled. The Janet and Yoweri doesn’t thread this lightly, they have some ammo behind their movements.

Herein, lay the problem, the issues of having your wife in government. Herein, lay the grounds for mismanagement and lack of oversight, which can only be stated repeatedly. Peace.

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