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Opinion: Mbidde hopes people are so forgetful!

The folding his hands like “birdman” is Mbidde on the NRM Celebration of their 31st year in Masindi (January 2017).

This is not a written defense of Abed Bwanika, I have always found his ways weird and suspicious, as he turns up to Presidential Elections for a non-existent party, which amount of members and representatives are not really rewarding any politician who has been part of it for so long. If he was serious about it and had a plan, he wouldn’t walk around like he is hungry everyday and do what he does.

However, he moves in all sorts of circles, even joined the Democratic Party Reunion in Masaka on the 28th September 2018. Where many opposition leaders from various parties showed up in solidarity for the DP Party.

While that was happening, Fred Mukasa Mbidde have really spread the word and called Bwanika a Bosco mole in the opposition yesterday. As he claims Bwanika does his bidding and his works to participate and report to Bosco. That wouldn’t surprise anyone.

But, Mbidde shouldn’t speak so loud, as he did whatever he could to please Bosco in 2017, as he couldn’t win inside the DP or in the Masaka Municipality MP elections in 2016, as Mathias Mpuuga won over him. Mbidde have even threaten him too and promised to challenge him again in 2021. That is maybe why he is vocal now, to act out to have a place possibly by then.

However, people shouldn’t trust Mbidde, he would marry the enemy if that fits his narrative and his needs. As he even kicked it at the 31st Celebration of the National Resistance Movement in Masindi on the 26th January 2017. That was done so he showed Bosco loyalty. Just so he could be on the ticket for the Ugandan delegation to the 3rd Assembly of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

With the knowledge of that, as he himself has a cozy relationship with the NRM and Bosco. That for his own need of a meal-ticket. Because Mbidde wouldn’t have the EALA spot if he wasn’t a “Good DP”. Therefore, he shouldn’t be the first to throw a stone at Bwanika. Yest, Bwanika is a character that is hard to trust, because of his activity and his sudden rise, whenever it is needed. But is gone in the wind, the next movement.

Mbidde might be true, but people have the right to ask about him too, as Mbidde has done deals all the way back to 2010 for Norbert Mao with the NRM. Therefore, the reason for him being the “Good DP”. He should maybe not be the biggest voices of moles, as he has questionable relationship with ruling regime and Bosco. As he has made deals to twice be parts of the EALA in Arusha. Peace.

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President Museveni says: “he can get rid of Parliament,” so he wants to rule by military decree, then.

“Between 1971 and 1979 (Idi Amin dictatorship – Ed), there was no parliament…Don’t think that you are in heaven; do what took you there. You should know where the power of that parliament comes from… in fact, I can do away with that parliament,” Museveni, also a retired army general, is quoted to have said. “And we brought it [parliament] back, so do whatever you are doing knowing…” Museveni reportedly said” (Sadab Kitatta Kaaya – ‘Museveni: I can do away with parliament’ 05.09.2018, link: https://www.observer.ug/news/headlines/58601-museveni-i-can-do-away-with-parliament).

President Museveni have told the Members of Parliament, that he can abolish the Parliament, if he wants too. Museveni said on the 27th August 2018 at Entebbe State House to the National Resistance Movement Caucus, that he can get rid of the Parliament and be the sole confined power in the Republic. He has said he can take it away and rule supreme.

If you thought that the man wasn’t serious, it took ages before ushered in Multi-Party elections, he took power in 1986, but the first election with that was in 2006. Therefore, he shown in the past, he only does “democratic” incentives, when he really has too. Not on his own merry, but by default.

Now, he says he can bring back military decrees and rule from up high, without any consideration of representatives of the people or MPs. As they are just questioning his reasoning and use of the military. This being in Arua and with the tortured MPs in question. That is why he is like this now. He wants to rule over the people without question, because he owns it.

In the same regard, people should stop paying taxes to him. Since he eats it anyways and shouldn’t care for paying OTT, VAT or anything as long as he don’t want to represent other than himself. He wants to be the kingpin, the almighty, who rules without questions. That is who is now. There isn’t anything he wants to control and if you question the military, than he brings the guns and suppress those ideas. That is why the Presidential Guards are in Kamwokya after arresting Bobi Wine. Because, he needs his sharp-shooters to send the message. That no one else has the power he does, because of the weapons, not because he has the support of the people in general.

That he now wants to talk like Amin and act like him, rule on military decree, shows how he lack fundamental understanding of all branches of state and how he wants to stifle it. He only opened up for things when it was beneficial, but now he wants to abolish it and take it away. He will soon wish back to Resistance Councils and the Movement System instead of the Multi-Party model, as that way he can monitor and control it in-house. That is who he is. However, will the people accept that in 2018?

This is not the same people as in 1986 or in 1996. This are doing this to people who never seen or touched the bush-war, the post-generation of that. He speaks of as it was his gift to give back parliament, soon he does the same with the kingdoms and whatever else he returned. As the pawns on his chess-set, as long as anyone obey it cool, but when they question him; your out of line!

Therefore, we now see how belittling and how hungry for the power the old man has. That he will even go to the levels of the ones he overthrow, just to prove a point. He already use the tactics of military courts, soldiers against civilians and torture like the ones before him. Now he wants to copy their military decree too. Soon there is no difference between him and the ones he liberated people from, its just like a mere façade and not reality. As he himself is as vindictive and horrific as them. Only he had more time using harm against people, then they ever could. Peace.

Opinion: Bobi Wine have more coming for him in 2018, than Museveni ever did in 1980!

Well, I wasn’t even born in 1980, I came into this blue-plant in 1985, the year before the final coup d’etat of 1986. Therefore, I am not supposed to be the guy who writes this. Because reading and hearing the hearsay from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and NRM apologist who says Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine haven’t done enough or have the capabilities to become President. However, they forget a dozens of things with their own master.

It was okay, that he was a part of Milton Obote government, a Defense Minister in the Military Council before starting his own party the Uganda People’s Movement (UPM). The establishment of this was just in the months before the 1980 election. That party tanked in the General Elections of 1980. An election that Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) won and Obote got his second term. Even the Democratic Party under Chairman Dr. Paul Ssemogerere satirized Museveni, that the UPM leaders could join the DP, if they we’re not able to trust the ability of their own party. Therefore, Museveni wasn’t always the most eligible himself.

President Museveni lost his seat to Democratic Party MP candidate Sam Kuteesa. Which today is his Foreign Minister. That shows how times are changing, but also that the NRM shouldn’t underestimate Bobi Wine. Bobi Wine have already won one election. That is more than Musveni ever did, before he did a coup d’etat.

The ones saying he doesn’t have the ability, who really believed in Museveni in 1980? After everyone saw how the Uganda People’s Congress rigged the elections and secured majority. Just like Museveni have done again and again since they took power. Therefore, his lack of promise and misuse of power, are seen as he made no significant change on this manner. More of the same really.

I am sure most of the UPC leaders and DP leaders in 1980 would say that Museveni was just an opportunistic and finding his way to power. If they believed so, they were right. The UPM, now NRM promised and pledged many things, but have offered militarism and not the offering of a promising democracy. As they are using same tactics as the previous regimes to control and intimidate the population.

That Bobi Wine has promise is clear, people wouldn’t create riots for someone, if he wasn’t inspiring them. Kyagulanyi have shown character and given a clear message, that the People’s Power is the strongest and deserves to be listening to, as well as there is time to topple the President, whose has overstayed and acting as tyrant. That is why people are saying he has no message beyond this. But the same people said the same about Dr. Kizza Besigye too. Who they also said could never become a President like Museveni.

Everyone who challenges the President, doesn’t have it in them. But even Ssemogerere mocked Museveni and his leaders in 1980 before he went to Bush for the Second time. Museveni could never win in a fair fight by the ballot. That is why he has rigged himself and his party in ever since.

That is why NRM people are talking trash about Bobi Wine, because they are forgetting how dire straits and weak Museveni was before the 1986. Not like he was the kingpin or had it in him. Not until he consolidated and secured Libyan arms, before he made a deal with Gen. Moses Ali and outplayed the Nairobi Talks of 1985, before he brought down Tito Okello. All of that is forgotten. These people thinks he was the golden mind to rule forever. That was not the deal in 1980s, but has become so.

I am starting to have more and more faith in Bobi Wine, as his strength and his will, is there. He has still a lot to learn, but who doesn’t?

Museveni has learned with time and used his position to trick and manipulate the power. That is why people don’t think others can rule. However, that is not true, that is a trick and a lie. Besigye, Mbabazi or Kyagulanyi could have capabilities to reign as well. Therefore, the NRM has to make sure people thinks otherwise. Because no one isn’t supposed to challenge him. That is a cardinal sin in the NRM.

So, it is time to put some faith into Bobi Wine and not believe in the men and woman, who says the only leader who can rule the Republic is the tyrant, the President and for life ruler Museveni. Peace.

Otafiire is wrong on Museveni: He will not leave by the ballot, but when he dies!

“President Museveni will only go when you stop voting him not shouting. Nobody will shout Museveni out of office. The only way that you can remove Museveni from office is when you stop voting him” says Maj.Gen. Kahinda Otafiire in Ibanda” (Daily Monitor, 31.08.2018).

This is not a positive message, because there are really no narrative in this manner and with the times that can be like this. If President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni had shown any signs of giving way or even planning succession, the words of an election would have sounded real. However, for someone saying that knows perfectly well how the President is, Otafiire knows his words isn’t true.

Otafiire says Museveni will only leave if he voted out of office! How is that even possible? The Presidential Elections are filled with intimidation, rigging and securing the President by any means. There are no math, no possibility that Museveni will ever run a free and fair election. He will not let the people decide, he has already made his decision and the result is well-known, year in advance. Museveni has run the Republic since 1986.

He lost an election in 1980 and have never lost one since, the first one in 1996 and since then had total control. There haven’t been much change or significant changes since Multi-Party Elections happened in 2006. Which was something Museveni was against, he wanted everything in-house and under his umbrella. That is something he still wants and therefore, wants everyone to get people who will follow his guidelines and his vision from the State House. That is why he is saying people are misguided and wrong, when they pick leaders that he cannot order directly around.

Otafiire knows all this and has to change the narrative, because any government who meets to much internal pressure will fall. You are able to detain people, but not have the power to arrest the whole population. You might have the ability to torture the leaders and key activists, but you cannot torture all people. You cannot kill all opposition or everyone standing in the way of the King, but you can take out the chosen few who challenge the leadership. That is all well-known things for Otafiire. That is what the NRM has done since inception in the 1980s. One-by-One as it has been needed. The difference, is that now the news isn’t only in print, but the words and reactions from the oppression hits the web in minutes.

NO ELECTION will ever change the throne. That is not how to dismantle the rule of Museveni, if so, then there would have been a possibility in 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016. Neither of them, there was any chances for anyone else to win. Even as the decades has gone and the time of liberation has shown to be the same as the tyrants before. Museveni was supposed to bring progress, but bringing more regress.

Otafiire knows, this the people should know too, as the military and army are in the streets. Because Museveni and NRM doesn’t have the love of the people, if they did, why do they need to guard the streets? They should secure the sovereign state’s borders and not occupy their own territory. That is what Museveni does and Otafiire knows that too.

Otafiire might have a blurred vision or is so loyal, that he have to spin it. Since he wouldn’t be relevant or even have Cabinet Post. If it wasn’t for the brownie points he has already scored with the President, he wouldn’t be there today.

The NRM apologists can lie to the public, but some of us has to address it, because we knows better. Peace.

If Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine would die at the Barracks? – Could he become the “Ninoy” of Uganda?

It is reasonable to ask this as the health condition of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, whose in detention at the Makindye Military Barrack. This is happening after he is charged with treason, awaiting trial. Why I am asking this question, because will the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni risk the life of the young politician and kingmaker?

Because he has risked other people’s life of late. This being in September 2015, when General Aronda Nyakairima died of a mysterious illness while visiting South Korea. There was an assassination of AIGP Andrew Kaweesi on the 17th March 2017. Also, the recent assassination of Ibrahim Abiriga on the 8th June 2018. There are others too who has died in this period. Other MPs that has died during this term of the 10th Parliament are William Zinkuratir, Annie Logiel(Moroto), Cyrus Amodoi (Toroma county) and Grace Khauda (Jinja). Therefore, there are enough people who are dying in and around the President. This are not all crimes, but some has been by suspicious illness. Other by traffic-accidents. Its a lot of deaths. Also, some who has seen the barrel of a gun.

If it wasn’t for these and all the other unanswered deaths during the Presidency of Museveni. We wouldn’t even dare to ask this question. But now that the darkness is here, the kidneys are possibly failing, the internal bleeding and lack of x-ray of his damaged head. As of the deteriorating health condition isn’t how it supposed to be. This is the hurt that the Special Force Command and the authorities have done to his body. Therefore, the responsibility is on the President and the ones in high-command that ordered it.

Therefore, what will happen if his body start to fail, as the condition of kidneys are worsening, as their no dialysis or treatment at the barracks. As the reports of only a hot-towel on the tummy. If that is true than, his special medical condition and possible hurt isn’t taken care off. What if the damage become much worse and the lack of bodily function stops him totally? What will happen then?

A mockery salvage of a day of silence within the chambers of parliament, a government burial and an empty speech of democracy and buying CCTV cameras from the President? Is that what awaits us, if he dies?

At this rate, the state isn’t caring for their MPs nor the health of its citizens. They have made life worse for Hon. Betty Nambooze, who was charged for her social media postings after the assassination of Abiriga. She could nearly not leave for needed treatment in India earlier in the year. Now, Bobi Wine is in a similar state. As he is charged with treatment, but pure torture and now continued ones, as the state is not giving him needed health care at either Mulago “the Kings Hospital” or at Katabi Military Hospital. That is where Bobi Wine should have gotten treatment, not linger at the barracks in uncertainty. Especially after the Special Force Command has tortured and hurt the man. This shows how little humanity the NRM has for the people in the Republic. If they truly cared, they wouldn’t have done this to him and continued his pains.

Bobi Wine are now in dire straits, but what the authorities should worry about:

What if he stops breathing?

Will, there be more than mere riots in Kamwokya, Gyaza of Kyadondo East and possible marches in Mukono. The Kingmaker might create more problems dead, than alive. As his spirit and the youths might rise up because he becomes their martyr. He becomes the embodiment of the fight against the tyranny and the leader who the NRM took away from them. The ghettos, the youth and the ones who is not in the lingo of 1986ers will react and take the republic back.

Museveni should consider this, that the Walk to Work, the Action for Change and all the other rallying of the past. Might be small-fry, if they have a high level, national martyr. They might have the battle-cry, to avenge the lost Bobi Wine. Would the NRM risk that?

A beloved, a hero and a well-spoken new generation of politician. The new face for liberation of the tyranny of the Museveni era. The three decades long control of the politics. Which has just taken the state and sold away their values for short term gains for the elites of Bugolobi and Kololo. There is time for fresh ideas and true liberation. Not from Bush-War legends, but from the children of the ghettos.

If they killed him. I think it would spark a possible fire, that Museveni never has seen before. A sort of attitude and martyrdom, which he could never anticipate. Because the ripple effect by just have him in detention at the barracks is creating an international reaction. However, if there is chain-reaction of protests, riots and even rallies, than the army couldn’t quell it all. That because he didn’t give the needed health care and special medical treatment. Which is insane, to risk ones man life, just because he bothers you and has the ability to gain grass-root political changes.

Would he risk that over the one life?

The ways revolutions starts are usually over one special assassination or death by authorities. Which they didn’t prepare. The one that triggered the People’s Power Revolution in the Philippines was the killing of Bengino “Ninoy” Aquino, which was the final nail in the coffin for the Marcos dictatorship. If Museveni will do the same. Then, the one that might trigger his downfall would be the death of Bobi Wine. Because of rising popularity and his message. Which the state couldn’t anticipate and now has to maneuver.

This is all just in our minds, I wish Bobi Wine speedy recovery and get acquitted, the cases against him dismissed and him back as the whirlwind in politics. Not being in the sick-bed at the military barrack without special medical treatment. That should happen as soon as possible and before his return to the Court Martial at the Gulu Military Court on the 23rd August 2018. Now he will await to that time before he can get medical treatment. That’s why we worry about it all and hope for the best. 

Is it worth risking losing his life over the forged charges put on Mr. President? Really?

Would you risk that he would be the “Ninoy” of Uganda and be the final nail in coffin for your Presidency?

Peace.

Lukwago & Co Advocates letter to Uganda Human Rights Commission: “Re: Deteriorating Health of Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu A.K.A. Bobi Wine” (18.08.2018)

We need Joint Forces against President Museveni: Not a Besigye Vs Bobi Wine!

 

The late Paulo Muwanga in 1990, while appearing before Human Rights Commission, said: “Ugandans are jubilating over Museveni’s rise to power, although they have no idea of what awaits them. I know President Museveni inside-out and I can even tell from his sitting posture or how he blinks, what he is thinking or plotting. By the time Museveni’s rule ends in 2060, the country will have lost all its possessions and national assets, the political class will divided one against the other and Uganda will be ruins”.

As the days goes by, the mission to disenfranchise the opposition lingers, as the Bobi Wine supporters question the legitimacy of Forum for Democratic Change and Dr. Kizza Besigye. They should all join forces to dismantle the dictatorship and the tyranny. Not let the guards down and try on smaller pieces of the puzzle. Besigye have himself been charged with treason and lived in exile because of the works for the cause. Robert Kyagulanyi are just starting his race against the oppressive machine.

What everyone who cares and are involved should think of is ways to stop the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the President from functioning. As long as he can loot, demote and destroy, he will continue to prosper. His use of militarism and armed forces to control the public, he will not need popular support or the population behind him. Because what he needs is the army and presidential guards to do his bidding.

That is what should be focus of the opposition, to unite and understand, that this regime will not be beaten by ballots or elections. They are doing the same strategy as the previous ones, rigging and intimidation to settle the score.

The people who cares about the cause, should unite and finds ways to conquer and show the NRM. That they cannot hold them down anymore. Not by compliance, but by defiance and actual resistance against the state. I don’t know how, but in ways that hurt the economy and the foreign exchange, so that the militaristic government cannot afford salaries to their soldiers. In that way, with time they might show lack of loyalty, as the state cannot afford the upkeep of the army and mutiny and desertion from the barracks might be in order.

Museveni have for long, played the long game and used all lies and deception. Now is the time, to uproot and show the true reflection of people’s power.

If Besigye’s face is the problem in the struggle, let us put another face and we move on. Its urgent that we recover this country!! I will not allow my face to be a problem; not an obstacle to the liberation of this country. What I will only do is wake up every day to do my best to reclaim our country” Dr. Kizza Besigye at the Press Conference today on the 18th August 2018.

There isn’t a need for bickering inside the block between the opposition, they should use all their methods to dismantle it and show will to overthrow Museveni by the will of the people. They all need to combine themselves and their strengths, all tactics and use, to secure a future. Where the people are represented and not the mere dictatorship.

If the people want another face than Besigye, that is fine, but he has fought for ages for this. The public should see that. His party that was formed while back are run in another manner, than the NRM. That should be seen. Bobi Wine is a lone soldier for the cause, but has backers on all sides of the spectrum. Therefore, how does they plan to fight this and organize the breakdown of the NRM?

That is why, all forces needs to unite, to join forces and see a way out. Not bicker between Besigye and Bobi Wine. We saw how Museveni was able to twist the opposition against each other with the The Democratic Alliance (TDA) and the FDC before and during the campaigns before the General Election of 2016. That time has to move on, as Amama Mbabazi was there splitting the Democratic Party, Uganda Federal Alliance, Uganda People’s Congress and Forum for Democratic Change. All of these split between Mbabazi and Besigye.

If we don’t, than we are living up to the prediction of Paolo Muwanga, we should take that warning and think what we want to achieve. We don’t want Museveni and his kind to win. He has won long enough and his tyranny has taken to many lives. His works has already destroyed enough lives and disenfranchised so many people. There is time to rekindle, retake and finds way to maneuver the regime. So, that it cannot destroy for the next generation. Peace.

Mwenda’s illusions continues to spawn as he defends Museveni over Bobi Wine and Besigye!

Never ever take the words of Andrew Mwenda as a lecture on democracy or on development on a fair society anymore. The insane rhetoric and decisiveness is evident over how he has discussed and argued over Besigye and his supporters. Now he does the same with Bobi Wine. As he is in shackles and tortured. He speaks ill of torturing in his post today. But at the same time, expect people to validate and accept that the Special Force Command defended the Presidential Convoy with live-bullets. That is just insane and show how the apologists of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni are. They are accepting that war-zones are created because of opposition supporters. How ill isn’t society then?

I am just taking a small piece of the text, because it is insulting to our intelligence, to read to much of political voodoo, but it is needed. To show how rare and how foolish it is. Look!

Let me make on thing clear: I do not agree that civilians, however angry they may feel, should pelt stones at the president’s convoy. Leaders like Bobi Wine need to tell their supporters this in plain language. Indeed I call upon Bobi Wine, Mugisha Muntu, Kizza Besigye, Kasiano Wadri and others to condemn those of their supporters who threw stones at the president’s convoy. If SFC soldiers shot and killed 20 civilians throwing stones at the president’s car, I would defend them. I would risk the wrath of the mobs that Bobi Wine leads even if they threatened to lynched me, which is what I expect of them. When someone is guarding a president, and they have a split second to make a decision, they cannot assume someone throwing something at the president’s car is holding a stone, which is harmless. They must assume it is a grenade and should shoot such a person immediately. This is not about Museveni but the president of Uganda. Bobi Wine has potential (and God forbid) to become president. His bodyguards would act exactly like that. He should therefore tell his supporters how to behave or condemn their actions when they don’t listen to him. This is critical for him to distance himself from their hooliganism” (Andrew M. Mwenda – ‘Why we must all condemn the brutal arrest and torture of Bobi Wine’ 18.08.2018).

That this is not about President Museveni, who orders and has Presidential Guards shooting at civilians is beyond me. That Mwenda doesn’t address how perfectly the stones touched the Presidential Convoy, because there are no evident of scratches or dents on the paint. Stones thrown by random civilians doesn’t just hit the windshield, but the whole damn vehicle, have Mwenda looked the photos of how the car of Besigye have looked like after rampage of the police in recent years? If it looked something like that, then it would be believable.

However, Bobi Wine and his supporters shouldn’t throw stones. I don’t think they did. But the State, the President and his forces, shouldn’t shoot to kill, torture, arbitrary arrest, forge evidence and put people’s lives in limbo. Because that is what they have done with plenty of Members of Parliament. Dropping of an ill Francis Zaake at Rubaga Hospital like bad Irish Potatoes. After torturing him nearly to death. Is that justice Mr. Mwenda?

If the supporters of Bobi Wine and Opposition was the extremists he says they are, why are the ones in the riots in Kampala only arrested and not hurting police officers and soldiers. It is the soldiers and police officers who are hurting the civilians. I wonder if Mwenda has stepped out for his office and had taken a brief moment. Instead of just posing his propaganda to people.

As we take the second extract of his post today: “I am also aware that if Bobi Wine and his radical extremists captured power they would not allow me the freedom to criticize them. Him and his supporters don’t stand for anything. They stand against Museveni. They are an intolerant and uncouth group seeking power to settle scores with their opponents. I must make clear that when I talk of his supporters, I am referring to those I encounter online. If he has enlightened supporters they should come out consistently and loudly to denounce and condemn those of their colleagues who employ cyber bullying as a political strategy. To this extent and in spite of his dictatorial tendencies and the occasional brutality of his security apparatus, I find Museveni a more liberal minded, enlightened person under whose leadership dissent against his government has to a large degree been allowed some space” (Andrew M. Mwenda – ‘Why we must all condemn the brutal arrest and torture of Bobi Wine’ 18.08.2018).

Mr. Mwenda, where is Museveni liberal-minded, when he asks everyone to follow his guidelines and visions? Is it liberal, when he went to Bush to fight for his own liberty and take away everyone’s freedom? Please enlighten us! We need it, because I cannot see it or feel it. As the public either meet live-bullet, tear-gas or arrest if they are opposing Museveni. So if it is liberal to detain opposition, than Museveni is that. But I beg to differ. If he was truly liberal, Bobi Wine and fellow MPs wouldn’t be detained. Because they are a threat to Museveni and you. You have a career now because of Museveni. That is why you defend him, with you lack of integrity and lack of understanding.

You are saying the fans of Bobi Wine lacks tolerance, what does Museveni do then, he shoots, kills and destroys, he detains and torture opposition. How much pain has the Bobi Wine supporters done? They have gone to rallies and spoken of freedom from the oppression you support vigorously. What is striking, you have problem with cyber-bullying, but not a big issue of actual torture. Do you hear yourself when you write these texts?

You call other people extremist and hooligans, but the way you defend oppression is into the insane. You talk of liberal ideas and democracy, like it is Monopoly board for Museveni to rule over. But doesn’t accept that Besigye and Bobi Wine might have a path to unlock it. Because right now, everyone have to follow the State House and Museveni.

Would you prefer actual torture Mr. Mwenda, be arrested and put on an unknown location and hurt nearly to death. Or have a friendly reminder online, that your a NRM apologist? I think you prefer the last one. No one want to bodily damaged by someone else, we all want to live in peace and develop ourselves. However, you think the free minded and the ones wishing for a real democracy is threats to your existence, but they are really not.

You are what you are and your trying to put a blindfold on people. They are smarter than you think. Your magazine might be named “independent” but your spirit is not. Bobi Wine and Besigye, have captured something you cannot grasp, because your have swallowed the kool-aid of Museveni. Hope some day you see it, but I think it is too late. Peace.

Will Bobi Wine share the same fate as Gen. Moses Ali did in 1990s?

Back in the day, just years into the National Resistance Movement, there was this General Moses Ali, whose now Deputy Prime Minister. In April 1990 he was charged with treason, for illegal fire-arm and possible rebellion to overthrow the NRM. This was happening as he was a Cabinet Minister and his rebel group had joined the National Resistance Army in the Bush. Therefore, we should remember the story of Gen. Moses Ali, today.

Gen. Moses Ali was supposed to meet President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at the State House on the 7th April 1990. However, his case would spawn a lot of time, the charges being carrying of various arsenal of weapons and ammunition. There after he was held in Lubiri Barracks, as the case got investigations. While the case into the charges was prolonged through the year and his final verdict was done by the magistrate on the 7th January 1991.

December 1991:

He was acquitted of all charges except treason, a capital offense. Ali was granted a $833 bail and ordered to surrender his passport to the state, according to the official at the Luzira prison in Kampala” (AP – ‘Former Minister Facing Treason Charges Freed on Bail’ 14.12.1991). He was later finally released in June 1992.

Why I am telling this story this way?

Well, right now, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, is charged with illegal firearm and treason against the President. This happen in the Gulu Court Martial on the 16th August 2018. He is right now in detention in the Makindye Military Barracks. Therefore, the case for his and fellow Members of Parliament. Is in the similar fashion, as it was for Gen. Moses Ali on the 1980. While he was charged to overthrow Museveni with a rebellion across in Zaire, Bobi Wine is doing so with his allies in Arua, as the Presidential Convoy was stoned. The similarities are still there. Though, the popularity of Bobi Wine is another fashion.

We can see, how the NRM will prolong the sentence and the courts. Just as it has done already with Bobi Wine and fellow MPs, like Mubarak Munyagwa, Francis Zaake, Kassiano Wadri, Gerald Karuhanga and Paul Mwiru. As Bobi Wine will be remanded to the Gulu Court Martial on the 30th August 2018. This case will be prolonged and will not dismissed in the first few days. The NRM will use this and play this one out. Even if the guns are fabricated, as people are thinking they are, because they are guns and ammunition, which the military have monopoly on. Therefore, the charges seems forged and also the destroyed windshield of the car in the Presidential Convoy. The actions of the state, seems to making the opposition criminalized, while making sure the state gets away with killings themselves.

Even if there was nobody dying over the arrest of Gen. Moses Ali. We expect similar prolonged court case over the treason charge towards the ones in this case after the Arua By-Election. Bobi Wine and the MPs whose been charged and arrested since. They will all be in legal jeopardy for months now. The NRM will not give in and the President has usually done this. The same for the treason charges put on Besigye. Therefore, not expect this to be over soon.

Bobi Wine deserves justice, as he and several MPs are delivered injustice. We can hope that the story of Moses Ali doesn’t return, but by the look of things. It seems like the President and NRM will repeat it. Peace.

Statement from Barbie Kyagulanyi after visiting husband Robert Kyagulanyi at Makindye Barrack earlier today (17.08.2018)

Family, friends and well-wishers,

Today I went with lawyers and members of the Uganda Human Rights Commission to Makindye military prisons, and after many days I was able to see my husband with my own eyes. I am first of all thankful to God that he is still alive! Let’s continue to pray for him.
Bobi is in pain. Bobi is hurting EVERYWHERE. We nearly lost him! He wonders how he is still alive after such treatment.

Bobi cannot stand on his own. He has a swollen face- very deformed. At first sight, it is very unlikely that you would recognize him. You may not understand this unless if you see him. His forehead is bruised and his eyes are red. He has many wounds including one on his ear. He seems to have been punched many times on the face. He cannot walk. He was carried into the room where we saw him. He cannot sit straight. He speaks with difficulty and has a lot of pain breathing. He has great pain in the left side ribs and hip. He bled a lot through the ears and through the nose. Blood stains are still visible! He is in such a terrible state and in need of urgent medical attention. I could not believe that an innocent man can be taken through all this because he has a different political opinion.

According to his story, he was not even at the scene where chaos allegedly took place in Arua. He was with friends watching news at a restaurant when news came out that his driver had been shot dead. He quickly went into his room as gun shots raged on, and for many hours throughout the night, he kept hearing soldiers banging doors and breaking into rooms of the hotel. Later, the soldiers came to his room and broke into it. They found him standing in the room and the soldiers immediately ordered him to kneel down. Before he could reach the floor, one soldier hit his head with an iron bar and he fell down. They all descended on him, stepping on his head with boots and hitting him everywhere. He became unconscious thereafter and after so many hours, he realized that he was at the Arua airfield on handcuffs. He can’t tell what they might have done to him during that time. After gaining consciousness, he was given many injections and has no idea what they were for. They took him to Gulu where he was detained. He can hardly remember what took place in court yesterday as he was only regaining consciousness. He was later airlifted to Makindye where he is being detained. I have seen many victims of torture- never have I seen anyone in the state which Bobi is in! When he narrates these stories, you see the kind of trauma he is going through. When you set your eyes on him, you cannot help but wonder what kind of human beings can do such things to a fellow human being.

Here is the good news- Bobi is strong at heart. His resolve has not diminished. His bones have been broken, but his spirit has not been crushed. He is still the husband I met many years ago. He knows that he is innocent of all that he is being accused of. His only crime is standing for justice and for trying to speak for the common person. He was surprised when we told him that he is accused of possessing firearms- he was hearing about this for the first time. Instead, the soldiers who arrested him took away his wallet and the money he had on him. He wonders why he is being tried by military courts! But he knows that this is part of the price he has to pay for what he believes in. He asks Ugandans to remain firm, even in the face of such repression.

He is deeply hurt by his driver, Yasin Kawuma’s death and very sad that he was not allowed to bury him! We told him about the dire health condition of Hon. Francis Zaake and others, and he sent sympathies.

He asked me to be strong for the sake of our children and I promised him that I am strong and I will remain strong. I told him how many people in Uganda and abroad are very concerned about him and he asked me to appreciate you all on his behalf.

Our request is that he is urgently allowed to access his doctors so that he gets the much needed medical attention. Especially since he highly suspects that he underwent internal bleeding.

May God’s angels be with you Bobi in that military facility where I am not. May the God of heaven fight this battle for you and for all of us.

Barbie Kyagulanyi
17th August, 2018

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