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Lukwago statement after being free’d after being detained for going to the FDC Tuesday Prayers (04.05.2016)

Lukwago 04.05.2016

It’s a great pleasure that am finally out of those dingy, filthy and mosquito infested police dungeons in Naggalama, where I spent a long night with my brother, Pastor Ngabo and others. Am ready to stand trial on the vexatious charges of disobeying Justice Kavuma’s Interim order, which have been preferred against us before Makindye Magistrate’s court this evening and this will only serve to rekindle our spirit and resolve to fight for the restoration of Rule of Law and constitutionalism in our country. Am extremely grateful for your prayers and support.

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Statement of Uganda Law Society on Interim Ex Parte Orders in AG V. Besigye (Constitutional Petition No. 13 of 2016) – (04.05.2016)

ULS 04.05.2016 Press Release

‘We Need More Freedom of Expression’ – Ogola (Youtube-Clip)

“The chairperson of the Elders Forum, Rtd Justice James Ogola says Uganda still faces major challenges with freedom of expression.  According to him, the just concluded presidential elections had major incidents that showed the country was not enjoying the Freedom of expression as enshrined in the constitution. Justice Ogola was speaking as Chief Guest at the 2016 Journalism Awards gala, where he was the chief guest” (NTV Uganda, 2016)

NRM MPs wants to secure an extended term from 5 to 7 years for President Museveni; fits the Modus Operandi of Museveni; As Mzee seeks to stay in power forever!

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There are stories that are breaking, stories that are strange, stories that are surprising, what I write you today are the new normal and the Modus Operandi of the NRM-Regime and the NRM party. As there been a pattern when it comes to President Museveni, as his grips of power and continues to be the Executive. This he has done deliberately since 1986. Or since after the rigged election of 1980; a history most that has followed the Uganda President should know by now, and should be part of their knowledge.

In the beginning he stated that the Movement System would continuation of the African democratic model as the constituencies would pick their men, than through Multi-Party System, he hold on to it as long as he could. And he kept it until second voting on a referendum that leads into the 2006 elections with the Multi-Party system, and not only NRM party as it had been since 1986. Before 1986 there been other parties that long had been in shadow or worked under the system and being imbedded in the Movement System to sustain positions, but not free-parties to hold their own consultations and own meetings. As the referendum opened up for; just with this proves how little he works for the dissidents or other views in the country, as it is the NRM who matters as that is his Party!

What I will discuss today is how he has used laws both inner-party of the NRM and the deepest in the general law to keep the laws that fits him. Such it was in beginning of the Constitution, who also gained him credit abroad and made him a donor-friendly destination. I will take the amendment, sole-candidacy of 2014 and now the longer terms for him. Take a look!

In 1995 the new constitution gave the President or the Executive power under the Article 105 a basis of two terms, which each term would last 5 years. That was the basis of the new constitution that NRM and President Museveni made during the first period of his presidency.

The Original constitution states this:

“105.  Tenure of office of a President.

(1)       A person elected President under this Constitution shall, subject to clause (3) of this article, hold office for a term of five years.

(2)       A person shall not be elected under this Constitution to hold office as President for more than two terms as prescribed by this article”

But in 2005 he had changed his mind as he wanted to keep power in the country even if he had been elected twice in presidential elections in 1996 and in 2001. So when 2006 elections were coming, he had together with his party change the law to fit him.

As the Constitution Amendment Act 2005 which states:

“28. Amendment of article 105 of the Constitution Article 105 is amended by repealing clause (2) and substituting for it the following—“(2)A person may be elected under this Constitution to hold office as President for one or more terms as prescribed by this article.”

That got voted in Parliament and lead to the general election in 2006, where President Museveni also won the election and took a landslide of MPs in Parliament, as he has always done. This has continued into a single spiral of his strengthen power of the NRM, while cutting ties with men inside the party wishing to take his place in the party, as with Gilbert Bukenya and Amama Mbabazi at times.

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So to solidify his position he made this happen on a Party Retreat or Conference at Kyankawanzi and the words express the readiness for yet another term and rule under President Museveni and not have a new leader controlling the ruling party. As it says here:

The Kyankwanzi Resolution of 2014 – President Museveni’s right for Sole Candidacy in the NRM:

“RESOLUTION ON PARTY COHESION AND GOVERNANCE

We, the undersigned members of the NRM Caucus attending a retreat at the National Leadership Institute(NALI) Kyankwanzi (6,February 2014); Fully aware of our Country’s historical  past and the need to consolidate and sustain the Milestones registered over the years since 1986; Cognizant of the fact that there is still a lot more to be done in order to realize our ideological vision of uniting Uganda(Nationalism), Pan-africanism, transforming our country from a poor peasantry society to a modern economy and upholding democracy; Conscious of the fact that what has been so far achieved over the last 28 years needs to be guarded jealously and improved upon to realize our vision; Aware  that when individuals engage in personal scheming, party cohesion is undermined, development efforts aredistracted and the population is diverted from work to early politicking;

DO here by resolve;

To support H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to continue leading and facilitating our country on its take off journey to transformation”.

As we seen that the President Museveni together with Parliament in 1994 before introduction of the Constitution of 1995. Where it stated certain limits for the president, meaning two periods for the actual president and that was that. After and near the end of the official two periods as presidents the constitutional amendment abolished that in 2005. Later he continued to rewrite the NRM Party guidelines and got the resolution of 2014, where they rewrote it so that he is the Sole Candidacy of him as a presidential candidate for the party and be the president of NRM at the same time, as he has been for decades.

So now the news of a new resolution from yet another conference or retreat at Kankwanzi, that will give the Presidency more Power and for longer time!

Today the 14th March 2016 at another NRM MPs retreat at Kyankwanzi:

“Live in Kyankwanzi where the NRM orientation and retreat is on going! Resolution has been passed to extend the term limit from 5 years to 7 years!” (The Inspector, 2016).

This is an amendment that supposed to the same that the MP James Kakooza the MP for Kabula County in Lyantonde District initiated in 2010. The Kyankwanzi resolution for the longer term length is on the precedence of the Rwandan Presidents who have 7 year terms already and the idea of MP Hon. Kakooza want to emulate that. What the NRM MPs does not is copying and also doing this to show support to the President for their ability to be MPs in the 10th Parliament. They should initially give thanks to once they represent (the people) and not the President, they serve him, but they in theory represent the people first. This kind of law and resolution does not give more power to the people or represent them better. On the other hand it gives longer staying power for President Museveni and nothing else. As his next term would be extended with two more years not the 2016-2021, but now would be 2016-2023. That is massive difference and giving him more time to make more laws fitting him.

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As I am sure we will see more of this and make sure the laws that fit the NRM-Regime and the longevity of President Museveni and his presidency. That is the only certainty as the opposition gets worse treatment and the laws made to suit the Executive and not the people. As it come more and more to forefront and becomes the reality. Last time at Kyankwanzi resolution gave carte blanche for a sole candidacy, now in a similar fashion they want to give him two more years as head of state, as he already embarks on the 30th year in power. And with the new term system the nedt tenure would total 37 years! That is like fish out of the water, and surely is not just an idea from a MP, I am sure this seems like a tactic from the Presidency to do it now after the polls; to justify his extended time in Power.

I don’t believe that this all of sudden happen out of the nowhere. As the other extensions have happen deliberately and through steady choices of the executive, he has made choices and decisions how to manipulate the electorate, the parliament and the laws to fit his way. That has been strength of him and as long as that gave positivity in the county, the people didn’t mind. Now it is not positivity as at the beginning of the presidency, instead the totalitarian power who keeps the power to himself and using all methods to keep it.

This here today is yet another method and another way of securing the power for the presidency, the extension of the term is just the next step for him and his rule. Peace.    

Mzee blames everybody and everything for failing campaign pledges; it’s never his fault!

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This is hard to not write with a witty tone. Even though what I will write about is at about serious matters. Mzee did the other complain and blame the Constitution for stifling his work.Mzee is the man who made constitution or rewrote it in 1995; Later made amendment to it so he could continue to run as a president in Uganda.

So there we are the man who made the Constitution of Uganda of 1995 is his in a way and blaming it for stifling his work; that is so honorable. Honorable that the man who made the new one and rewritten it and made it one of his accomplishments, that accomplishment actually is a problem in 2015. Mzee have also claimed the laws are making it hard to achieve his goals and make a difference. The President is supposed to be in charge and change the systems and fix them is they are in the way. As he have been able to do before as long as it have fitted his NRM-Regime. Mzee made first the Public Finance Management Act of 2015, months later he got it amendment so that Mzee’s government could easily take out short-time loans without consent of the Parliament. That should make it easier.

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Mzee have also claimed that the Opposition Members of Parliament is stopping the progress of his work. The Opposition is the Opposition for a reason Mzee, they are not there to serve you and work for you. Mzee the opposition works for their parties or if independent for their beliefs and even codes they have, even the program that they we’re elected for and not your program. That means Mzee that the opposition can do as they please and your anger and frustration shows lack of mentality to democratic functions, but hey your police wind-up opposition daily now! So it is not strange you have issues when it comes opposition you have struggles to understand the values of democracy.

Mzee also complains that Member of Parliament for the areas where he is suddenly campaigning for not informing him well or doing their job. That is why there haven’t been accomplished more in the district his currently campaigning in. I know if feels a bit repetitive, but this is the men that your party have handpicked and your together with the party decide what is important to do. Mzee you can get them to focus and do what need to be done and you have had the time to insert that into the programs of the districts and MPs could have done so. But we know that they have voted for programs that have given them cars and extra pocket money. So that the monies for programs have to their votes to stipulate them to follow your programs and other projects the government you’re happening to run.

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Mzee, the irony in this is since 1986, you have had power your NRM have had majority and could initially do what you saw fit. So you’re complaining and whining shows that you’re trying to clean your hands instead of taking responsibility for not following through. Like you’re hands are not involved in the element or clean from the element that you’re touching. Well, the citizens and public should be able to see through this. The anomaly of it all is that it happens just 44 or 45 days before the general election. So Mzee must be woundable or feeling weak. Since he can’t claim control over his own MPs or his own men. Not to mention the Constitution of 1995 that he himself crafted and also made into effect.

Mzee, you’re loose cannon at this point; shooting wildly to lose your grief of supposable programs and projects that have been stifled by your own men. That said it’s your handpicked men and loyal cronies who haven’t done their duty if your whining is correct. Still seems a bit foolish. Mzee, you can if you wanted to do even pay them to change laws in the direction your needed as you have done so often. Mzee, really you could have made institutions strong enough to fulfil the pledges and programs you had in the districts your campaigning in. Mzee, you have made more districts and sub-counties for more control of the areas, right? Or we’re it just to pay more people and create loyalty. Mzee, you are unjustly not followed your own promises and pledges since you taking power. Well, you should maybe even think of new promises in the districts, it isn’t only me seeing through your repeat of promises. Mzee even claiming the same wrong doing from your men and therefore I could write this so easily. Peace.

EALS/UG/10/15 – Re: Call on Your Excellency to Reign in State Sanctioned Police Brutality that is stiffling the enjoyment of Democratic Rights and Freedoms in Uganda (22.10.2015)

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