Opinion: Are you ready for recycled pledges?

The National Resistance Movement (NRM), the ruling regime and the party of government. Are rolling out in fashion. They will come with blazing statements, digital brigades and use all platforms for their causes. As they are going for another General Election in 2021. However, they are in the same space as before and there is not much more they can do.

The NRM and the President since 1986. Cannot continue to revise and reuse same pledges. They can talk about sensitizing the electorate. They can’t continue to say they promote anti-tribalism, when the President says certain institutions and parts of government shouldn’t be questioned. Like the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) can be filled with tribes of Western Uganda. Which isn’t shocking, neither is his top picks for ministries either.

The President and Party cannot profess to great riches or wealth creation. As they have to re-issue and re-use same strategy over- and over again. Which they have been doing for decades now. These sort of projects are short-term gains and patching of the wounds, but not systemic changes. Which implies more investment and also more policies to drive economic growth. Something, this government, this party haven’t favoured. They are instead using their time on the quickest scheme to get rich for the cronies and let everyone else fend for themselves.

This Party and President cannot speak well of industrial growth or infrastructure. Yes, they rebuilt a bridge, which they are so proud of. They have had road-projects, which is infused either by expensive loans or grants from Multi-National Organizations. These loans and such will be repaid. By that time, someone else has use funds to keep the upkeep of the same roads. That is why it isn’t a big deal, but more what a government should do.

They cannot speak well of the status of schools, educational institutions and such. As these have defaulted, lacked investment and not done due diligence. The ones who are not funded by MPs or elite is depleted. They cannot even afford lightbulbs and teachers salaries. As the teachers are having side-gigs to survive up-country. Because, the salaries are so late and they are not taken care off. These are the ones that is educating the future of the Republic and they are forgotten.

The hospitals are lacking, the health-centres doesn’t have equipment. Even some doesn’t even have money to pay the bills for electricity for months. The nurses are not equipped and the doctors doesn’t have the tools. This was an issue before the pandemic, but haven’t become better after that. The state is busy buying cars and pick-ups, but not picking up medical equipment or PPE. They are using it on the RDCs and Village Chiefs. Because, these pick-ups is saving lives.

This is just a few of the issues at hand. The NRM will pledge, recycle old ones. They will come with funding. They will revive the old Universal Primary Education. The NRM will finalize the 10 Point Programme. Lira district will become the next Metropolis and so fourth. That is what they do in the election cycle. They will say the schools, the roads and the hospitals will be bang on. But with time, they have not invested or used time on it. From a government who has had the chance for over 3 decades to fix it.

If someone had the time and opportunity it was Museveni. The whole regime has had the time and even had the goodwill of the donors to adjust the situation. They could have made strides and made significant changes. Alas, that wasn’t their deal. Their deal was to get-rich by being in office. If they cared, it would have been done.

So, don’t eat out of their hands. They have said it all before and it will not change tomorrow. Peace.

Opinion: NUP blocked Chameleone, so they should block Naggayi Sempala too!

In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.”Napoleon Bonaparte

I find the stages of the second round of aspirants for the Lord Mayoral position Kampala to be obnoxious already. This is the second party to make a fool out of itself by the first round about it. Dodging several of candidates and having the main candidate Latif Ssebagala dropping out of the race to favour Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Erias Lukwago.

Nabilah Naggayi Sempala shouldn’t get this National Unity Platform ticket. She has already gone for it in the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). Already, dropped out her incumbent-seat of Kampala Woman MP. Where she would meet head-on with Dr. Stella Nyanzi. A race she knew would be tougher than ever before. Therefore, dropping out before even trying.

In that regard, she has been fishing for relevance after losing both the option of becoming the Lord Mayoral Aspirant in the FDC and losing the Kampala Woman MP candidacy too. This while she has been throwing shade against her party since 2018.

In the previous election cycle she was also fishing a secure ticket and party. She was running around with Go-Forward one day and the day after running back to the FDC. That happen in 2015. Not a to far distance time, but enough that people have forgotten that.

So, Nabilah is clearly shopping a seat. She is fixated in being in this race. Even, if by most margins and levels of trust. The way she has used her platform and her political games. We can see, that she is savvy, but only for personal gains. She is not there for service delivery or pushing any agenda.

That is why she can cry havoc and bring all the tears. As she was out manoeuvred in the FDC earlier in the year. However, now in the second round of nominations for Lord Mayoral Aspirants. She suddenly shows up…

We know she has been vying for this for months. Alas, it is because her own seat was suddenly contested and she wouldn’t even try to face Dr. Nyanzi. Nevertheless, the same person thinks she’s capable of bringing down incumbent Lukwago. Which is foolish to begin with.

Nabilah’s case within the NUP is as strong as Jose Chamelone was. They are both in it for the same. These people are not in it for the struggle nor the betterment of the Republic. They are there for their livelihood and their own pockets. Chameleone was shopping the best ticket for success. The same is Nabilah now.

That is why Nabilah was waving between Go Forward and FDC in 2015. She wouldn’t be like this, unless she tried to fish in every pond. Hoping people wouldn’t catch onto her game. Alas, we do and the game is getting old.

The reasons for failing to be viable for Chameleone should be nearly the same reasons Naggayi Sempala wouldn’t be up to par. She isn’t it and isn’t even the second best. Neither is she the third best. It would be better to follow Latif example and back Lukwago. Than, send a false prophet. A meal-ticket politician and an empty shell of an politician.

She isn’t in this for the NUP. The NUP is only a platform and a ticket to give her hope. It isn’t done for Kampala. Neither is it done to help the opposition. She just needs a home and fast. Suddenly, ditched the FDC and became NUP overnight.

Nabilah is cutting it, unless the NUP is fine with a sell-out. However, then they could have just settled with Chameleone in the first place. Peace.

Opinion: Kibalama’s story is a twisted tale of a failed enterprise

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni are working on overtime to dismiss, discredit and destroy Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine political career. Also, destroy his People Power Movement (PPM) and his newly acquired National Unity Platform (NUP) Party.

Because, Bobi Wine is the new arch-enemy of the regime. They have used all means to go after it. Arresting activists, political leaders and such. They have blocked meetings, radio-shows, concerts and rallies. The PPM and NUP are blocked on all levels.

The People Power have gotten into issues and they tried to block the usage of the Red Beret. As the symbol of the movement. They have also used the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) as a shield to block the red colour, which is also a symbol of the movement. Now, within the recent weeks. Suddenly, the regime are using the former leaders of the NUP to “arbitrary” or “unreasonably” lost their party to the People Power Movement.

Now, after the last few weeks and today’s statement by former leader Moses Kibalama. The contradiction of him shows why the Court Case happened in the first place. As the CDF David Muhoozi pressured him in combination with other state security antagonized him to do it.

Therefore, the stories and the discrediting of NUP new leadership have sort of failed. Kibalama, the former leader … who had to first make a statement of a missing payment of millions of dollars for the party. Now, that has been redacted and the pressure from the state made him say this.

That is why Bobi Wine have won and the regime have lost. Now Kibalama have lost all credibility, instead of “winning” back his old party. The army is supposed to be party partisan and not working for one party. In this regard, it is working for the NRM and their goals to destroy Bobi Wine’s chances. This after the NUP and Bobi Wine was able to get the party registered by the Electoral Commission.

The NRM have really tried to use all tricks and this one failed as well. They have now tried to use Kibalama to undermine the NUP without success. The attempt has only showed that they are forcing citizens to make false testimonies, which have backfired. It has undermined the character of Kibalama and the methods of the NRM. All showing what was the purpose and motives from the get-go.

This was a ploy of the NRM to crack the NUP. They even used the former leadership as a tool to question the party itself.

Bobi Wine and his team has proven to be righteous, as the NRM and the State Security used their force to intimidate Kibalama. This was done to put the NUP in trouble, but now they have lost it. That is even before the ruling of the Court. Since, the stories doesn’t add-up.

Kibalama has lost it. The NUP has won and the case isn’t finished. That is really humiliating and shows their real intentions, which wasn’t a good look. Peace.

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Opinion: AgaNaga sings for Jajja now!

Sadat Mukiibi also known as Khalifah Aganaga is in his feelings. He got turned down from becoming a Member of Parliament or a flag-bearer for the National Unity Platform for Rubaga South in Kampala.

The NUP nominated Zacchy Mberaaze Mawula for this seat, while also dismissing other candidates as well. Not only Aganaga for the MP seat. They blocked others too, who was dismissed on the reasons for also vying for the position on the Democratic Party (DP) ticket. They we’re trying to be on both sides of the fence. Being both DP and NUP or People Power at the same time. That is why Mawula won this ticket through the party vetting. However, this is clearly unfair for Aganaga.

Aganaga, who could within 48 hours or less than that release a song with the President and become a National Resistance Movement member. Because, he felt humiliated to not be picked as the NUP Flag-bearer.

That shows how entitlement and arrogance reigns in the new candidates in the “newly minted” party of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine. As there have been many new faces and aspirants within the NUP. That is causing friction and also tensions, as everyone wants to be on top and be the one holding the party down.

It is natural that there will actions after a vetting process and the ones not deemed fit feels betrayed or let down. Because, someone has to get on top. That is just fine and shouldn’t be dismissed. This is why we are used with friction and “independent” candidates coming out of the woodwork. Who was people contending in the NRM Primaries, but loosing. Therefore, running as “independents” in the General Election.

So, if this happens to the ones who loses in the NUP. The same might happen to a few there as well. That is all natural and shouldn’t shock anyone. If you first vie for office, you can expect to loose, but also win. There is a chance for both. No one is automatically getting in-office. Even if the likes of Aganaga thinks so, apparently. There is a process from a party to be registered and later being on the ballots for an election. Seemingly, that is just hogwash in the eyes of Aganaga.

That is why Aganaga could go from being a “big investor” in the NUP to suddenly turn to NRM. He could do it so swiftly, have a public meeting and dropping a song with President. This all happening within few days and nearly 48 hours. Where his now dismissing Bobi Wine and praising the government. If it was that easy, then the NUP did a good decision not picking him. As he could so easily sell out.

Aganaga isn’t strengthening his cause or his ideals. When he does this and will now sing for the Jajja. He is the man for Bosco and Mr. Sunday. That just days after being turned down. If cannot manage the biting fall and lack of credentials to stand as the candidate for Rubaga South MP.

Sadat should know all of this, but instead he uses now his platform to attack Bobi Wine. Ironically, his dropping the song on “Bad Character”. Which is fitting, as this isn’t a sign of reasonable or decent character, but a bad one. As he goes in on the deep end, instead of being humble after loosing out.

Aganaga should know that could happen to anyone. There shouldn’t be automatic ticketed people within parties. Even if with career and long-term incumbents. There should be primaries and test if they still have members of the constituencies trust. If they don’t, then they are picking someone else to represent them. That is also what should happen somewhere within a party. Alas, this seems like fictional ideas for Aganaga. Who because of his stature and his “bad character” should just get the ticket on a whim. A man who could betray the cause within a hot minute.

It seems like the NUP did a good vetting here. When someone can turn against within no time. Then, they are really not fighting for the cause, but there for personal gains. If it wasn’t that. He would have stood behind the cause and cheered for the winning one in NUP. We know that this is not the case.

As he is now a man of the NRM and ditched the cause before the milk went bad. I have had cartons of milk longer in my fridge, than the amount of time between him loosing out in the NUP and him becoming a NRM member. That shows how little that mattered to him. Because, he could so easily trade it away.

This is not a winning hand. That is a losing hand. He might not see it himself, because of his ego and his “bad character”. However, with time he might see it. Aganaga is blazing through right now. The singer is not singing anthems, but a requiem for his soul. Peace.

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Opinion: The US election needs EOMs [ASAP]

The United States of America seems like it needs Election Observation Missions to give an oversight and look into the election process. Especially, since the US administration and the Trump Administration isn’t in the space of wanting free and fair elections. The democratic values is dying. The ability to use foreign actors and rig elections is getting more rampant.

The way the money are commercialized the elections and the PACs who are used to promote candidates. The way industries and donors are swaying parties not only one policies, but also how they gearing into certain type of candidates. This is already disfranchising big parts of the electorate. Just by knowing this, there should be asking questions of how “free” the elections are, when the candidates and parties needs to millions of dollars to be able to field candidates in the first place.

The other worry is how states are disfranchising voters from voting. Blocking people from the polls. Making it harder for people to vote. Putting in place laws that blocks certain parts of the demographics and also gerrymandering too. This is all done deliberately to ensure one party get automatic seats. That is all done in ways to ensure one party get their ticket through in that state.

In the United States with the Republican Party and the Trump Administration. There is now proof, that he wants to be a big man. He is sowing doubt about mail-in-ballots or Absentee-Voting. Something the President and his allies has done several of times. This will issue that voting will take longer time, but it will still be valid ballots. However, with this the results will be monitored in another way then before. The polls and the declared results will be later. Nevertheless, it is only a different change of method, but not changing the fact.

The US has also a President that has repeatedly wanted to rule forever and stating that he will not make a peaceful transition if he looses. That is a warning sign of weak “big-man” who doesn’t respect democratic values. However, there have never been any signals of that from the Head of State. He wants to rule on decree and be accountable.

When we know all this, the African Union (AU), Organization of American States (OAS), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Commonwealth and the European Union should all send Election Observer Missions to the United States Presidential Elections before November 2020 polls.

Something got to happen. To ensure the ballots are verified. Before the voter registered are bugged, all technical staff and such. There need to be an Memorandum of Understanding between the US and alternatives EOMs. They need to travel across the Republic and check it out. The US needs several EOMs to ensure they are doing things correctly. Because, they need outsiders monitoring and reporting on what’s happening.

The US have pushed this on others. They have sent the Carter Center and others to overlook others when they are going to the polls. However, with the history of questionable results and vote rigging for instance in Florida like in 2000. There is a need for EOMs to overlook everything and could be a driving force to secure the elections. So, they can either verify or write condemnations of how they are doing things wrongly.

They can also see the malfunctions, the possible rigging and the possible disfranchising of citizens from the polls. The EOMs can prove this and report it. They will follow the Constitution and the Election statutes. They will sign-off to International Standards and will state what they are seeing. They will not be partisan and be for one party.

The chaos and the way the President is putting things in a tail-spin. The way his allies, cronies and appointed leaders are making things worse. The way his party is not supporting the core values of the Republic.

It shows the needs for a EOMs to the U.S. they are in dire need for it. We the world need to secure this election. Unless, we’re cool with Russian interference and others swaying the elections in their favours. So, if we don’t care. Then they can swim alone in their own big sea. However, it looks like they need some oversight and transparency from outsiders.

I never expect it to happen, but it would be a healthy vibe. The US seems on a path of self-destruction and need the world to give them notes on how to do it. Since, they have forgotten how they do it and need observers and experts from the outside. To ensure they are doing the right thing and are holding credible elections. This, because the President and his allies are creating doubt… also they are doing what they can to hack and seemingly “rig” in their favour. When you do this all to distrust a process and election. Then its really a need for someone to spell it out and report on it.

Who better, then to get the AU, OAS and ASEAN to the bid? They can all have some former Presidents as the leaders of the teams with bunch of former MPs and such. These will all be based across the Republic. One team in the West, one in the East and another in the Mid-West. Also, even Commonwealth based in the South. Just so all of them have their bases and can do their thing. That seems like something the world can do.

We know it will never happen… but it would be a healthy and ensure credibility. The US needs it these days and that says a lot about the fall of the Republic. Peace.

Msambweni By-Election: The DP versus the Handshake

The Jubilee Party have been adamant and even in a statement proclaimed that it will not field any candidates in the Msambweni By-Election. This means the governing party have said it would give way to its allies in the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). That is an signal of faith between the Jubilee and ODM. A reaction and a move done in fate of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and the Presidential Handshake. That it has a good working relations between the President Kenyatta and the ODM leader Odinga.

Feisal Abdallah Bader is now the fielded candidate by Deputy President Ruto. Who didn’t accept that his party didn’t field any candidate in the By-Election. That is why his backing this man.

There is also the unexpected candidate who has moved between parties, which is Sharlet Mariam. Who went from ODM to Jubilee and now is uncertain, as the Jubilee is not fielding candidates. Therefore, who knows who ODM will field. A candidate who is most likely winning this election.

That is why the two people mentioned will only be smaller players in this. As the person vouched for by Odinga and Kenyatta will have the power behind it. It will have the whole government and the ODM behind him. That should seal it from the get-go.

The hustler nation can behind Bader, but his still not recognized and representing the ones who has a say. The DP is already sidelined within his own ranks. That is why his doing this as a power move. Alas, it might only sting him back. As his moves backfires.

While running to the Headquarters and trying to get an explanation. Hours later after the fact fielding an independent. It just shows the rifts within the Jubilee. That the DP isn’t on accord with the President and his agenda. His sidelines and hasn’t any favours. Though his still the second most powerful in the land, which is very ironic. While Odinga who is unofficial government spokesperson and fixer. Has more of a standing and even gets his way.

That is why the ODM gets to have a candidate in this By-Election, while the Jubilee ditches the race. If there ever is a sign of co-operation and togetherness. This sort of acts speaks volumes of it.

We are now seeing it in-front of our eyes. Yes, this is a ODM stronghold and been for years. Alas, Jubilee could easily loose here. However, the giving way and saying they are doing it in solidarity. This shows their intentions and its blatant.

The candidates who is not ODM will go into a hard battle and near impossible to win. They have both the government and the ODM behind them. That is a winning ticket, also in a stronghold already. Therefore, the independents going after that seat has a mountain to move.

The DP knows this, but this is ego speaking. The DP wants to be the Kingmaker and the magician who can use his wand to someone elected. He needs to prove this now. However, I only see tears coming his way.

This is all for the ODM to loose, they got all the cards. They only got to play them. Peace.

Opinion: Is Barrow trying to Nkurunziza himself to an “erased” term?

Just as the news that the National Assembly and the Members of Parliament in The Gambia have voted down the draft constitution. This because one cause or one article would state that a President can only have two terms or 10 years in office. That was clearly not feasible for the current Head of State Adama Barrow.

Barrow, a man who was elected in 2017 and the man who took over power after dictator Yahya Jammeh who are living in exile. That happen after the ECOWAS and Senegal intervened. Barrow was even sworn-in Senegal and transported in by armed forces of Senegal to Gambia. That was a sign of international support of his candidacy and voice for change.

Alas, now he seems to following the footsteps of previous leaders in Gambia. Where they are willing to cling onto power. Until their demise is sealed and the arms have turned against them. Instead of leaving a memory of peace and of development. Instead, remember the looting, the corruption and the impunity in office. This from a President who has tried to clean up bureaucracy, have a commission into the previous administration and getting back stolen assets to the Republic.

Still, that man doesn’t want to be any different. There was supposed to only be an transition period onto January 2020. A period and a term, which Barrow already have served. He intends to hold elections in 2021. Meaning, that he gets a full term. While doing so, he intends to make that one “invalid” or “not count”.

That is just the late Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza did as well. While he did the deal after serving two terms. Deeming the first term not counting, as it was an “election” from Parliament and not from the public. The Constitutional Court made a verdict, which accepted this argument and that was the legal justification for Nkurunziza to have his third term in 2015.

Alas, Barrow is trying something similar. Using the transitional period and claiming it as non-starter. It wasn’t “official”. Even after he won and the coalition gave him power. This will be an insult to the contested elections of late 2016 and the intervention to get him in office in early 2017.

Still, this shows the greed of Barrow to be in power. As he intends to “erase” the first years in power. Therefore, ensure longevity and secure a prolonged stay in office. While, this man shouldn’t do that and become the same as his predecessor. Being a man who promised first three years, than a second term and then a third term. Because, if he does so… he is just lingering in office like Jammeh did. Maybe, not as brutal and despicable as his reign, but still a man who didn’t leave in peace.

Also, worrying that he doesn’t want to count the years he has already served. That proves that he has no real intention of leaving. At least, if he intends to make the current term as “invalid” or “not count”. 

Even, if the man said this in the start of his reign:

Gambia has changed forever. The people are fully conscious that they can put government in office as well as remove it. No government will ever be able to entrench itself against the will of the Gambian people. This is the lesson we must draw from the change that has been brought by the people” (Adama Barrow – ‘My Vision for Gambia’ 20.02.2017).

He should know perfectly well, that someone can overstay their welcome and that its the people who decide if your serving them or not. Still, he intends to stay now. That is why he has dismissed the Constitutional Draft and gotten the MPs to vote it down. This is a sign of what to come.

Barrow intends to following the program of the ones overstaying in office. He got no plan to leave or say “bye”. This man will find all the means to stay and never leave. If he was holding his words. He would have left already and secured a successor. Then he would have written himself as a legend of a sort. Someone who had the character to be in the highest office and step-down. That would be epic, but not a possibility.

Barrow have disappointed here. Proving himself to not be that different and let power corrupt himself. He is just another man high on power and wants another fix. Peace.