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Bobi Wine arrested on the way to hold a Presser at One Love Beach, Busabala!

As we knew yesterday, that the concert scheduled today on the One Love Beach at Busabala, or the Kyarenga Extra Concert was blocked. Early this morning the Police Force had put up road-blocks and massive amount of police officers at the venue. They didn’t have the manpower for the concert to be held, but enough to close-off the venue. Shows the priority of the state.

In that manner, as they have blocked the up-coming Kyarenga Concerts as well, as the one tonight. The man behind it, Roberty Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, the MP and singer was trying to access his property and hold a press conference there. However, the authorities are in acceptance mode.

The road-block was put in place as the convoy of Bobi Wine was passing to his property. However, the Police Force broke a window on his car, forcefully arrested him and even threw tear-gas at him. The Police did the same at the public and the crowds around the car. They used water-canons on the public, as well as tear-gas, also using live-bullets.

Bobi Wine wasn’t the only arrested today, also his promoters Andrew Mukasa and Abbey Musinguzi were taken in custody. At this point of time, we don’t know where they are detained. The same can be said about Francis Zaake MP. Whose also was arrested as he was supposed to go there too. Nubian Li is the only one who walked away without being arrested.

We know after all the fuzz, the Police have driven Bobi Wine directly to his home in Magere. So, that he cannot address the public or be at his other property. Because, that is decided from high above.

Surely, this was well planned manoeuvrer to stop it from ever happening. As they were there from early on today and had all equipment, manpower and the means to stop it. They knew that Bobi Wine and friends could try to access his own land. Still, they wouldn’t let him. Even as they had already blocked the event from happening through letters.

Therefore, the actions was in ordinary fashion of the Police Force. With violence and arrests. This is just what they do. Pre-emptive strikes and attacks on the public. That is just what they do. The Police Force use all means to silence the opposition. They have done it again and surely can report giddy to Okello House. That they have saluted Bosco with a mission accomplished. Peace.

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Sudan: The Joint Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change have suspended the negotiations with the Transitional Military Council!

As the sit-in demonstrations continues, as the riots and the protest around the Sudanese Republic continues. Even as the International Community is embracing the remains of the National Congress Party and leadership around former President Omar Al-Bashir. The Joint Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change isn’t having that. This is the Sudanese Professional Authority (SPA) and allies, who are all working to dismantling the Al-Bashir dictatorship, bit by bit. Not just the head, but rock the whole system.

This is the next step, as a part of a revolution. Where plenty in the proximity of Al-Bashir is behind bars, awaiting trials, while others are lingering and trying to salvage their positions in the new Republic.

Certainly, for a little while the SPA and allies have negotiated with the new governing body, the Transitional Military Council. Today, they went in a Press Conference clearing the air and saying they have suspended the talks. Surely, the progress have been to abysmal or not noteworthy to trust the keepers of the state. Since, they might or most likely works to keep status quo and not really deliver the civilian government the demonstrators are working for. As the TMC are taking slow mediocre baby-steps towards something and just doing what is needed. To show that they have some intent of change.

The SPA and allies are certain of what they want in this game, as they distrust the TMC and with reason. As this is military men who wants power and continue with the former military rule over the Republic. Not having elected officials representing the public and following orders from representatives of the public.

Surely, the progress is now stopping. The buck is also stopping with the TMC. The SPA and allies are showing quick resolve, when they are suspending talks with the TMC. As they are not seeing the vision or they willing to give way, other than just mere icing on the cake. The hard piece is to destroy to rebuild. That is what the SPA and allies wants, to ensure another type of governance and government.

Instead, they are at the boiling point seeing not enough. That is why the SPA and allies are initiating a civilian government on their own without the TMC. This will be established now and at the end have an election after 4 years. This will consist of 3 parts.

1st National Supreme Council of State (a three person, rotating President)

2nd National Council of Ministers (at least 16 members), this will consist of technocrats and nominated from the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change.

3rd Interim National Parliament representing the current constituencies of Sudan. Lists and nominations by the regions, which have to be approved by the Supreme Council of State.

Surely, these names and individuals who was supposed to fill in the roles of three branches is not yet known. Still, the SPA and allies are carefully planning their next steps. As the TMC will postpone or ensure all changes takes time or maybe not happen at all. Since, they are all of the guard of Al-Bashir and seen his moves. Therefore, they might hope this demonstrations and these sit-in will eventually stop.

However, the works since Mid-December 2018 is still continuing. The SPA and allies seems ready, they are resilient and working towards their goal. The people in Post Al-Bashir should worry about their past and what hurt they have put on the people. Because, they are not having it. That is why they are persisting to work like this. Not accepting a half-way deal, but want the public to get what is justifiably theirs, not the military leaders or one dictator, but their own. Peace.

Communiqué on the visit of the Chairperson of the Commission to Sudan (21.04.2019)

Addis Abeba, 21 April 2019: As a follow-up to the communiqué on the situation in the Sudan adopted by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union on 15 April 2019, the Chairperson of the Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, concluded, today, a 48 hours working visit to Khartoum.

During his visit, the Chairperson held extensive consultations with the Transitional Military Council, political parties and personalities, and civil society organizations, as well with members of the international community in Khartoum, including the African diplomatic corps, the United Nations, the European Union and bilateral partners.

The Chairperson took the opportunity of his visit to reiterate the African Union solidarity with the people of Sudan and support to their yearning for democracy, good governance and well-being. He stressed the need for all Sudanese stakeholders, in this particular juncture, to continue to show a high sense of responsibility and to place the interests of Sudan above any other consideration.

The Chairperson urged all concerned stakeholders to agree on earnest on a civilian-led and consensual transition that would pave the way for the holding of free, fair and transparent elections and mark a turning point in the democratic transformation of their country. He also stressed the need for sustained efforts to advance peace in Sudan, promote reconciliation among all its components, and ensure stability, as key to creating conditions conducive to the fulfillment of the aspirations of all the Sudanese people. He assured his interlocutors of the African Union commitment to supporting them in that endeavor in whatever way possible, building on its longstanding and multifaceted involvement in Sudan.

All the political, military and civil society stakeholders welcomed the the Chairperson’s visit, and looked forward to the continued accompaniment of the African Union. The Chairperson was impressed by the determination of the Sudanese stakeholders to successfully tackle the challenges at hand and reach a consensus on the way forward, so as to seize the unique opportunity availed by the changes that took place in the past days to open a new and hopeful chapter in their country’s troubled history.

The Chairperson will continue to closely monitor the evolution of the situation in Sudan and to avail support as may be required to the Sudanese stakeholders. He looks forward to a successful outcome of their ongoing consultations, as he prepares his report to the Peace and Security Council on the evolution of the situation in Sudan, to be submitted by the end of this month, as per the Council’s communiqué of 15 April 2019.

Ebba Kalondo
Spokesperson to the Chairperson
African Union Commission
Addis Abeba

RDC: Alternance pour la Republique “AR” – “Concerne: Marche de soutieu au Chef de l’Etat” (19.04.2019)

Uganda Police Force: Statement on Kyarenga Extra Concert (21.04.2019)

Bobi Wine’s Kyarenga Extra Easter Monday Concert: Blocked!

Bobi Wine is an artiste. This [politics] isn’t singing. If you are an artiste, go to Suzanna and Nakulabye” – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on the 15th March 2019

Again and again, the ones who oppose the Presidency and his reign are blocked from their functions. After the Athens Promotions have been informed by the authorities on the 19th April 2019, two days ahead of the scheduled Kyarenga Extra Concert on the 22nd April at One Love Beach, Busalaba. If you ever thought the authorities would relent and make it possible for Bobi Wine aka Robert Kyagulanyi to keep his career. Your wrong. This is continuing to stop him performing. So, in the end, he just have to become a full-time politician and fight with legislation.

This has been a persisting problem, which have occurred again and again. This is what the Police Force does, as they have rules and regulations that is used to stop the Opposition from gathering. While the President can stop at a round-about without any pre-warning and make a rally. While his opposition will be forced with tear-gas and arrests. If not, they are not allowed to entertain the idea of meeting up. That is why they are blocking the Kyarenga Extra at his own property. An property, they have previously allowed it and there was no insecurity or violence there.

It doesn’t matter how much the Athens Promotions, the Firebase Entertainment and the rest of the team around Bobi Wine are applying. They will fall short, because they are on the wrong side of the aisle.

This is the misuse of the Public Order Management Act (POMA) as they can portray it whichever way they want. But the reality is that they are stifling the opposition and their possible ways of earning a living. For a President just last month, saying that Bobi Wine should stick to singing. Kinda hard to that, if your concerts are most likely blocked or suspended? If they are not allowed to happen or the authorities blocking the venues?

Therefore, the President should be warned that the political musician, might turn into a full-time politician and become even more savvy in that field. As your blocking his revenue stream. He will hit harder at you, the cattle-rancher turned self-styled life-President. Maybe, he should go there and hang-out with his favourite cows? Instead of silencing the Republic where his been reigning over for 33 years?

Well, this is just one of plenty of problems in the Republic. Just the proof of how vindictive and aggressive the Police Force and authorities are against their dissidents. That they are not even accepting a concert on your own land. This is the sort of thing that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) have normalized. They are continuing to do it and surely thinks its cool. While the reality will sooner or later hit them. When they have blocked enough political gatherings, enough political actors and also their inner-party work. When the people think its enough…

When that time comes, I don’t know, but this sort of actions. Will cause an effect, as people can react to the continues attack on their freedom and liberty to even participate or have leaders who can be leaders for them. They are awaiting the blessing of the Republic to build their political parties and engage the public. Because, if they start to hold rallies, radio-interviews, concerts, inner-party meetings or even party conferences. They can all be shut-down, either will on-air or before it even happening. This is just what the Police Force is up-to.

Therefore, Bobi Wine isn’t an exemption, but yet another Prime-Example of how the NRM and their Police Force is operating. Peace.

Letter from the Police:

RDC: Foundation Katangaise – ASBL – Communique de Presse (20.04.2019)

Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL): New owner, clearly disconnected

Since March 2017, the Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) have been struggling, it started even before then, but at that time. The state started to intervene, by the next month in April 2017. The state had already put the company under provincial ownership. Meaning, that the state took it over and has tried to find new ownership of this company. Something it hasn’t succeeded in. This all happened because of the Libyan crisis in 2011 and the frozen accounts of Libya Post Telecommunications & IT Company (LPTIC), which had a majority ownership in the UTL until that point. However, they didn’t get all out before March 2017. Even as there was a set-up a new board in the Company in fall of 2016. Even, with all of this, the UTL continues to live, but by mere state injections and not because it is viable for business.

Even after a year in May 2018, the Cabinet announced that they were looking for new owners, alas, meaning that the state wouldn’t have the major stake in the company. Why I am saying all this? Well, the news this week that Minister Evelyn Anite and government sources states this:

The source added that the government had created incentives to make the company more attractive. They include managing the backbone, wiping all the liabilities off the balance sheet, and that the government would take responsibility for the pension liability of more than Shs 30 billion to former UTL employees. Other liabilities that the government would take care of include the regulator’s fees and taxes. “All these wipe off the balance sheet and handed it [UTL] to you, clearly you can start from a clean slate.” the source said” (URN – ‘Gov’t offers to pay Shs 500bn UTL liabilities’ 20.04.2019, link: https://observer.ug/news/headlines/60467-gov-t-offers-to-pay-shs-500bn-utl-liabilities).

With this in mind, the state would clean the slate of the company, an embattled one who is fighting in a competitive market. Where it is directly competing against the mighty MTN and Airtel. Therefore, the UTL needs an decent upgrade, as it has been in a stalemate for years now. Where the lack of investment in the company and the debt it have already.

We can clearly see that the company is not so viable. The lack of interest and value is shown as the President even needed to direct the state ministries to use the UTL Internet Services and mobile phone services by a letter in January 2018. That is why, a year after that, the government sources are trying to connect it even more and juice it up. Even if it has little to offer.

The UTL doesn’t look solid or offering something of strong value for a buyer. As it has a strong competition and they are on point when concerning the telecom infrastructure, which the UTL haven’t the ability to afford to do or invest in. Therefore, the next owner has to pick up, where the Libyan owners left off. Since, the state haven’t done anything else, than keeping it alive. Peace.

RDC: Le directeur de cabinet – Declaration (20.04.2019)

Opinion: Al-Bashir had the “State Reserves” at his Palace!

I’m laughing straight to the bank with this

(Ha, ha ha ha ha ha, ha, ha ha ha ha ha)” 50 Cent . ‘Straight to the Bank’ (Released: 26.06.2009)

Now were in the days of Post Al-Bashir in the Republic of Sudan. Where the public and revolution continues, even as the Transitional Council are continuing their rule. Two days ago his fate is getting sealed and detained at the Kober Maximum Prison. That the man of 30 years in power is now undergoing investigation by the same authorities that he controlled for so long. This must be a turn of events no-one expected. Certainly, the previous dictator didn’t anticipate this, because why else. Would he have such vast amounts of cash in his Presidential Palace.

Not that I am shocked that from the same authority, that made it illegal to have cash-in-your-home, the mastermind behind that policy and that state of emergency law had millions upon millions in his own estate/palace. Therefore, it is vindication, that the state get these funds returned from a President for Life. Whose got cut short by a military coup d’etat and later detained. Which is in the end, meaning he is losing all his privileges and entitlements. Now, the authorities are emptying his palace and while doing so, they found a treasure chest with massive amounts of cash.

As reported by Dabanga:

In a statement, the Senior Public Prosecutor Mutasim Mahmoud announced the seizure of $351 million, €6,7 million, and SDG 5 billion ($105 million*) at the residence of deposed President Omar Al Bashir. Mahmoud confirmed that the cash is secure within the vaults of the Bank of Sudan, and that charges will be investigated against former President Al Bashir under the foreign exchange law and money laundering” (Dabanga – ‘Sudan authorities seize Al Bashir cash stash’ 19.04.2019).

We can now see, in a Republic, which was in a fiscal jeopardy, in a state of lacking foreign currency and hyper-inflation. Where the prices of bread and others needed commodities where rising. In this manner, the findings are really showing the selfish and the abundantly clear memo of what sort of leader Al-Bashir was. As he could own the State Reserves or even the total Foreign Exchange, he could have on his own spiced up the whole economy. He could have infused the funds and helped to stop the fiscal instability of the Republic. Instead his greed and his vicious heart didn’t want to give way.

That a dictator of 30 years are capable of doing this, while the common man is struggling to buy bread. Shows what sort of leadership it was in the Republic. They really started the demonstrations in the middle of December 2018, because of tiredness of the dictatorship. Which went from weeks of protests into a sit-in demonstrations at the Army Headquarters. That turned into a revolution that ended this, but they are still working to dismantling the military dictatorship of Al-Bashir; As they are working on the transition to a civilian government.

As we see with the massive amounts cash been stored in the palace of the President. It shows his intent and his actions as a President. That he had the ability to have a personal bank in his home. He didn’t need to go to the bank or even have a bank-account. Al-Bashir had enough to travel to or to live lavish until infinity. Peace.

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