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Tired of President Museveni’s “1986”!

I know I am born in 1985, but I am tired of the year of 1986 and the year National Resistance Army (NRA). The now National Resistance Movement (NRM) and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The liberation movement that has run the republic since 1986. This war lasted from 1981 to 1986, the NRA went out of the Milton Obote II government after the illegitimate election of 1980s. Which from then on has been used as the scapegoat and the ones to put to blame for ever since.

The 1986 is the magical year that Museveni entered into supremacy. The Supreme kingpin and mastermind of all it. Sowing the mustard seed and creating a newer safer Republic. The one time the peasants was supposed to have their say in government and make the republic a democracy. The Republic of Uganda was going from strong-men and big-men to run the Republic. Instead, it has been now three decades with manufactured democracy in-line with the vision of Museveni.

President Museveni have used all techniques to fix election results, paying villagers and making new government forms to fit his paradigm. Instead of releasing his promises he has built elite around him that is loyal to his brown envelopes or public fearing his security organizations. This is a special coming from the man promises all the possible governance and government structures needed, if he got into power. Instead, he has done the opposite.

It was supposed to get into a middle-Income Country instead of the Less Developed Country, which is the state is in now. The LDC that Uganda now is because of the state of government that President Museveni has created around him. That can be seen with amounts of debt, the massive overspending on the State House and the pledges around the President. Government of Uganda, GoU have been built around Museveni, instead of institutions and procedures. Therefore, the state are following the orders of the President and his Presidential Handshakes.

That is why, every-time in a speech at any sort of occasion the President will mention 1986 and how the state used to be. As of today 1 out of 5 in the Republic or 21% are between 15 to 24 year old. And by 2016 there we’re only 2% who are older than 65 years old. Which means that the President are part of a minority age bracket. President Museveni 30 years old rule are older than many of the youths in the Republic. They should also wonder what is so special about the years they never we’re living and about governments they never lived under. There are big proportions of the population who cannot remember or has been apart of the first years of the NRA or the civil-war during the 1980s.

They would be like me, they would feel the same fatigue of the NRA and Museveni rule, the extension of the liberation from Obote and Amin. The ones that Museveni mention whenever he needs someone or somebody to blame. Certainly mention 1986. The 1986 that are the most important year since independence, therefore, the NRM Day, the 26th January 1986, liberation day. Instead of the Independence Day 9th October 1962. That one is not so often mentioned by the President, since he didn’t get them out of the British Empire and not be a British Protectorate anymore.

Still, the 9th October 1962 doesn’t seem to be important for Museveni, the 26th January 1986 is the most vital one. The one that sets the standard, the day that changed everything and gave him total access. Therefore, the celebration of 1986 is so key and be levied at any occasion, and at any speech. President Museveni praises his overthrow of Amin, Obote, Okello and Biniasa.

They all just had to be overthrown, he had to make coup d’etat and make folklore out of it. So his name can ring out and be praised. Let it be clear, the President sings 1986… 1986… 1986… like a jingle never stopping. Peace.

Opinion: President Museveni said “I am tired” and want to indirectly reinstate the Movement System!

It is just one of these days when the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni reveals that he wasn’t in favor of the Multi-Party Democracy, even if he claims to be elected and have credible elections abroad. It is always his vision and his perspective that matters, the others should just follow and listen to the high and mighty Musveni. No-one else has a vision like him and his party, which bow their knees, gets Presidential Handshakes and also kisses ring when they have too. That is something the Opposition MP’s doesn’t do, except for the “Good DPs” and the level-headed UPC MP’s. Still, he has something obvious to say today!

President Museveni addressing Bulago Primary School in Buyengo Sub-County in Jinja District:

I am tired of wars. I want you to vote for pro-NRM members of parliament like our party flag-bearer, Mr Moses Walyomu.” (…) “I don’t want to go back to the bush to fight again. Don’t send me people who will disagree with me in parliament. I fought in 1986 and I am tired.” (…) “He said people who are not of his party fear to discuss with him matters that are pertinent to the development of the country. And for that to be avoided, he will need Members of Parliament who share his ideals and vision for the country” (…) “He threatened that should Kagoma voters vote for an opposition candidate, their wish for good roads and other crucial utilities such as power will be no more”(Kirunda, Nakato & Katabulawo, 2017)

He is clear, if you disagree, that means war, not negotiations or discussions to find a level middle-ground. Since it is only one-man with a vision in Uganda, and that is the President. The Wonderful Dictator who is on his 7th Term, not 5th, even if he is rigged in 5 times in row. There was still a decade that gets shaved off in the calculation. I will write that until my ending. Since he deserves to count all years from 1986 and not only from 1995. While we are on that. Under President Museveni, there wasn’t always Multi-Party Democracy.

Three years after the Coup d’etat:

As already noted, the 1989 elections were held under strict anti-party rules since the NRM government had suspended all political party activities. Indeed, the Resistance Councils and Committees Elections Regulations, 1989, forbade all use of party symbols, sectarian appeals, and threats of force, the offer of food or drinks and the display of candidates’ posters. The absence of open campaigning made it impossible to discuss policies” (Bwana, 2009).

So as President Museveni forbade other parties and their political parties after taking power. He created together with the NRM/A a Movement System to control the local party politics and have structures that he could have oversight of from the State House. This was not a Multi-Party System. A special system that are now overturned into the Local Government system, still it is inherited by the RC system, that the party unleashed in the end of 1980s and tried for a long while. Explained by this Scottish student in 1993!

Importance of Movement System:

Two statutes, the Resistance Councils and Committees Statutes 9 (1987) and the Resistance Committees’ Judicial Power Statute 1 (1988), codified and expanded the system of local Resistance Committees that had sustained the NRA in its war against the second Obote regime. The genesis of the Resistance Committee system can be traced to the Mayumba Kumi (or ‘Ten Houses’) experiment of the UNLF in the early 1980s, which in turn was linked with the Tanzanian Ujamaa philosophy (Oloka-Onyango, 1989; Baringo, n.d.).” (…) “The RC statutes divided each of Uganda’s 34 (now 38) districts into 5 administrative zones; village (or ward in towns and cities), parish, sub-county, county and districts” (…) “The extent to which the RC system offers the levels of popular participation claimed by the NRM/A also requires consideration. The RC Electoral system operated in 1987, 1989 and 1992 of direct elections only at RC1 level means that the population is excluded at every stage from choosing candidates for higher office. This limitation on direct popular participation in the RC system recurs at a higher level where the links between RC4/RC5 and the NRC and government ministries become rather uncertain. By 1992, there existed no power of recall for members of the NRC beyond elections day itself” (Smith, 1993).

With all this in mind, the tiredness of having opposition. It seems that the President is ready to control the Parliament, the Local Government and have only local cadres that are his. The ones that he knows he can bribe and have under his structure. That means he wants to back to late 1980s and early 1990s when the Movement System and Resistance Councils were the thing. Where the Ministry of Local Government could fire a Resistance Councilor or others, if they didn’t follow the direct orders of the President and his State House. This seems real now.

This seems like the thing, as he wants to take away development and public service if they doesn’t follow his orders in the By-Election in the Jinja District. That proves the lack of democratic values and wish to honor the ballot. But hey, he has for 30 years rigged himself in and made sure his cadres has gotten positions, why else would Gen. Kahinda Otafiire still be a Minister? Not because of his brilliant intellect, but for his loyal assets and following orders of the President.

That President Museveni wants to have men and woman who listens to him and doesn’t challenge him. Therefore, he is telling in Jinja District, that he didn’t go to war in 1986 to have people questioning his rule. His legacy now will not be that he re-released the Multi-Party System, neither that he Constitution delivered a fresh start, as his lingering time in power. Proves that he has gone backwards and become alike the men he overthrew. There isn’t anything different between Dr. Milton Obote distrust in Institutions and Political Affiliations, the only difference is the names and the times. The misuse of army and police to harass the opposition is not different either. The use of government resource in elections are also facilitated for the Movement to counter the opposition. Therefore, the wonderful dictator is alike predecessors, only difference is his ability to overstay!

President Museveni is tired, because he cannot understand that people still question him. That people still doesn’t believe in his vision. That is because he forgot to deliver, he didn’t care to deliver and wanted all along to control it all from the Okello House. There wasn’t with prompt and glory that the Multi-Party Democracy became law, it was two elections and amendment of the constitution that the President didn’t want to deliver. President Museveni wanted it all inside the Movement and the Resistance Councils, which he could assess and control. So now he had to allow other people create their own parties, where they have their own guidelines and programs, not his! They doesn’t have his vision. That is so tiring for him. Therefore, he now want to return back in time, to the Movement System and the Resistance Councils.

He wants total control and he says it, because he is tired of men and woman who doesn’t accept his vision. The vision of looting, dismantling and disorienting the citizens for the wealth of the Museveni family. The rest is history, as the value of currency, the added state debt, the lacking of transparency and patronage is extensive. Therefore, he doesn’t want it question of his state and his system. It is all what he created and made over the decades as the supreme executive. Certainly, the glory days and the days of hope is gone. Just like the days stalwart Besigye would help the old-man creating the Resistance Councils as well. Peace.

Reference:

Bwana, Charles – ‘Voting Patterns in Uganda’s Elections: Could it be the end of the National Resistance Movement’s (NRM) domination in Uganda’s politics?’ (2009) – LES CAHIERS D’AFRIQUE DE L’ N° 41

Kirunda, Abubaker; Nakato, Tausi & Katabulawo, Andrew – ‘I don’t want opposition in parliament, says President Museveni’ (09.05.2017) link: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/I-don-t-want-opposition-in-parliament–says-President-Museveni/688334-3919496-71atniz/index.html

Smith, Justin McKenzi – ‘Breaking with the Past – A Consideration of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s National Resistance Movement, and of social and Political action in Uganda during its government’ (1993) University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Cash Money Records have a broken record when it comes to coughing-up the Cash Money to their artists/producers/sampled-artist… Sounds not like a record business, but instead very close to a racket from Birdman and Slim by now…

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“[Birdman] doesn’t need any more money” (…)”I tease him about it. It’s not about the money for them. For them, it’s about success. It’s about proving, ‘Yes, we’ve done this, but guess what: not only can we maintain this, we can beat this” – Jay Sean in 2013 (Greenburg, 2013).

The Birdman aka Baby aka Bryan Willams, the entrepreneur of Cash Money Records which have made genuine deals with Universal Media Group (UMG). The Company he have run and with the deals done with Lil Wayne’s aka Dwayne Michael Carter’s Young Money which is a business branch of the Cash Money. So there been a long rate of artists under these recording companies and businesses that have had issues with Cash Money. As the men and woman who have had contracts in the company been far from straight. Even if the contracts have been straight, the practice of following up on the contracted payments have been shallow or little to be gentle. All of the recents issues between Cash Money Records and both former Artists and Producers says itself. Right?

There been surrounded of controversy with back-payments, royalties and contracts disputes that been frequent from the record label that Birdman have been running. It’s not like the world haven’t discussed that matter of fact and that are bases into the alleged laundering of money from the artist to the grand wealth of the label head. As there are from time to time new allegations and new artists either trying to get a settlement or be released from Cash Money rooster.

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So the way the business been driven have been in a way it seems that the head is getting wealth while starving the artists and trying to hide the fact. The reason why it is touchy for Birdman is that the gig is up and he can’t hide the fact. As nearly all of the original “Hot Boyz” have left the fold. Juvenile went and came back. B.G. is independent and was for a hot-minute on Atlantic before the current jail-time. Turk have left the fold. The main producer Mannie Fresh left the fold to after reaching a settlement. The only original artist left at Cash Money is Lil Wayne who also “runs” the Young Money Recording Company under Cash Money. So an artist who signs to Young Money will split the money through the UMG/Cash Money and then Young Money. So there are lots of label heads who earns capital on the produced music from Young Money before the initial artist get their check. In midst of this, there is also the reluctant accountability from the central leadership of Cash Money. As the information from Birdman and others are nearly non-existence and that breach of public trust shows the reason for why the Breakfast Club and their radio hosts can question the companies approach and the dealings of Birdman. As I will some former issues between Birdman and his artists. As there been a few over the years; and it does not stop and can’t stop Birdman he is a Bad Boy for life. Pardon the pun, but couldn’t help myself!

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Just like Juvenile of the original crew who have gone back and forth have done this:

In 2004: “I am thrilled that we were able to bring Juvenile and UTP into the Atlantic fold” (…)”Atlantic Records Group Co-Chairman/COO Craig Kallman told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “Juvenile is the real deal – an uncompromising artist of phenomenal talent who has only scratched the surface of his creative potential. A pioneer in the fertile southern Hip-Hop movement, Juvenile put New Orleans on the national rap map. Now, with these companion deals, we not only welcome Juvenile to Atlantic, but we have the great bonus of bringing his whole crew on board through his own UTP label. Juvenile has long been a signature artist in the Hip-Hop community, and he now becomes the latest high-profile artist to join Atlantic’s rapidly burgeoning urban roster.”(AllHiphop, 2004). In 2012:“I am truly excited to say that it’s a new day. There are a lot of old interviews out there that can reflect old negativity. Luckily, in recent months, circumstances brought me and Cash Money back together and I was able to re-unite with members of my original crew,” Juvenile says in a recent statement” (…)”That’s why we all have decided to leave negativity in the past. I am truly looking forward to the future and to my future work with Baby, Lil Wayne , YMCMB and Cash Money. “Picture Perfect” is the beginning and we have a lot more to come. Get ready!” (Platon, 2012).

He has gone so much back and forth between the Cash Money and spoken so madly about the practices that its weird that he has returned again. As the Cash Money records can pawn him when needed. This because he doesn’t have the traction or the play that he used to. When was the last relevant track from Juvenile we’re “Slow Motion” featuring Soulja Slim in 2004? It’s a decade ago and by now his bad deals and settlements with Cash Money does not give the returns he wished by the former results and sales in the starting stages of the Cash Money Records. Juvenile and Lil Wayne are the ones from the original crew that is left there. So that says a lot. Will go through bunch of court decisions and shows the level of foul play from the management towards their own Recording Artist, Producers and Sampling Artists. That shows the tracks and the road that the Cash Money Records do. If they didn’t then they wouldn’t get into all these court cases to fix the money issue between fellow artists and other needed personnel for their success. Take a look! 

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Mannie Fresh Settlement:

“Producer Mannie Fresh and Cash Money Records have reached an out of court settlement. A representative for Universal Records, Cash Money’s distributor, said, “Cash Money Records has reached an amicable agreement with former in-house producer Mannie Fresh. Per the agreement, neither party can discuss the terms.” Fresh, who provided the musical backdrop for a large percentage of Cash Money Records’ hits, left the label last year over a financial dispute” (Artisan News Service, 2006).

As you see even in 2005 the in-house producer and the one who has produced most of the first hits of the Recording Company needed to come to settlement before release as the shady dealings are evident. Especially since the Recording Company and Former Artist have undisclosed the agreement and cannot discuss the terms of the settlement. The grey dealings like this are why people have lots of questions to Birdman and the Cash Money Records for their deals with their employees or their artists. In a sense that is reasonable!

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Jay Sean leaves and settles with Cash Money on royalties’ dispute:

OFM: I’ve always had a good relationship with Slim and Baby. Slim always liked that we always gave them high energy records. I called Slim and told him how we had this kid that we was working with, he just sold 150 thousand units worldwide, 20 million views on his lead single. At the time, I had taken Jay to all the major labels, Def Jam, Epic, Columbia, Capitol, they all turned him down. I figured, who else would understand an underdog like Slim and Baby. So took him to Slim and Baby and they loved him. Next thing you know, they flew him down to Miami and the rest is history” (Jeremiah, 2012). He leaves Cash Money and said this in an interview: “It wasn’t! It wasn’t a decision at all – it was something I had to do. All of those kind of decisions I’ve made in my life have never been daunting. Walking away from medicine, walking away from Virgin records, moving to America, walking away from Cash Money – I don’t really over think these things. I firmly believe that everything is written. That’s how I look at things in life, so when something is going to happen it will happen, and that’s why I don’t really fear anything anymore. When I feel something in my gut and something tells me to get out I don’t even think about it” (Combo-Kainth, 2014).  Later this happen: “Hip-hop mogul Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams has been ordered to pay $1.1 million (£785,000) to the producers behind a string of songs recorded by his former artist Jay Sean” (…)”The case went to court this week (begs22Feb16) and a judge has since ruled in Orange Factory Music bosses’ favour, awarding them compensation for producing songs including Down, Do You Remember, Fire, and Lights Off” (WENN, 2016).

When Jay Sean the RnB singer and Recording Artist together with Orange Factory Music had to get the Cash Money Records to cough up royalties proves how the company is structured and how the demean the artist. To such a level that the artist themselves says straight away in the interview that there we’re no choice, but to leave. That must be hurting for Birdman, that is his company and the former employee saying it was no choice and decisions, but to leave the company. So the company also get ordered to back-pay both Jay Sean and the producers of hits that made profits for Cash Money in 2008 and 2009 proves the ability of stifling the ones that creates wealth. As the hits and profits on Jay Sean happen years ago and the court judgement happen in 2016. So the money have been stalled and the promised through agreements between the artist, the producers and the Cash Money have not been straight!

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JAS Prince Sues Drake Management/Young Money:

“Drake into entering an exclusive recording agreement and an exclusive management agreement (hereinafter “the agreement”) with the two of them and Defendant Bryant was to use his influence to compel Lil Wayne to sign and promote Drake to and through Lil Wayne’s record company YME, once Drake had signed the agreements. They also agreed to develop and exploit Drake’s entertainment services together and split profits therefrom accordingly. Furthermore, in defense and acknowledgement to Plaintiff Jas Prince father, James Prince Sr’s long-standing relationship with CMR, the distributor of YME, it was agreed that plaintiff Jas Prince and James Prince Sr. would consult with them and take the lead on their business dealings with YME and CMR” (…)”Upon learning about these events, in or around July 2009, it became immediately apparent that Defendant Bryant had no intention of honoring his agreement with Plaintiffs, but instead intended to oust Plaintiffs from the Drake business” (…)”Despite numerous verbal promises and Defendants express promises in the Settlement Agreement to use their “best efforts” to do so, Defendants have refused to execute the letter of direction that would allow Plaintiffs to be paid and accounted directly from YME/CMR” (…)”To date, Defendants have failed to pay Plaintiffs their share of the Profits in accordance with the Settlement Agreement” (McMilian, 2012).

As we can see here is more shady dealings between Young Money and its management that also is close connected to Lil Wayne. So the Cash Money Records dealings are shown to disrespect the long-term relationship between J. Prince and the Houston, Texas music recording family that had an Management Contract with Drake before he was entering an agreement with Young Money/Cash Money Records. Therefore stifling Jas Prince and his management company seems to be the business-model of Cash Money as they are third partner who does not get what the agreed fees between the companies. Therefore the suit from Jas as he wanted his cut as the agreement from Drake was viable and agreed on before going into the Young Money Entertainment.

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Soundkillers LLC sues Cash Money in 2014:

“On and around August 26, 2011, Plaintiff entered into and executed a written agreement (the “Producers Agreement”) with Defendant Young Money to furnish Mr. Owen’s Production Services to Defendant Young Money on a non-exclusive basis in connection with producing one master sound recording title “Mirror” (the “Master Recording”), embodying the performance in Young Money’s recording artist Dwayne Carter professionally known as “Lil Wayne” (…)”In fact, in August 2011, Defendants released the “Carter IV” album (the “Album”) embodying the Master Recording, which was produced by Plaintiff for Defendants under the terms of the Producer Agreement” (…)”In short, Defendants owe Plaintiff significant sums of money stemming from the Producer Agreement and Master Recording” (…)”Despite demand, Defendants have failed and/or refused to pay Plaintiff the Plaintiff’s share of the royalties stemming from the exploitation of the Master Recording and the underlying composition thereof” (Judge Freeman, 2014).

As you can see even a producer have not gotten the accounted royalties that stemmed from a successful recording sold through the Cash Money/Young Money/Universal Company as it was a single on the highly profitable Album Carter IV; and surely was after the agreement deemed for royalties that was entitled in the pre-made contract. Another proof of how Birdman is stifling the ones making him money. As even a not-well-known producer have to sue him and the companies that are run by him to get the royalties for his work and his production to the credited song from the successful album.

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Turk sues Cash Money in 2015:

“Plaintiff has not been paid any artist royalties and music publishing royalties, leaving substantial amounts due and owing by Defendants in accordance with the terms and conditions of the foregoing agreements. No accountings of artist royalties or music publishing royalties have ever been rendered by Defendants to Plaintiff” (…)”his Court has subject matter jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332 because Virgil and Defendants reside in different states and the amount in controversy in this action, exclusive of interest and costs, exceeds the sum or value of $75,000.00” (…)”Upon information and belief, under the terms of the Exclusive Artist Recording Agreements, Cash Money agreed to pay to Plaintiff (a) artist advances, (b) artist royalties, (c)  publishing advances, and (d) music publishing royalties, all pursuant to the terms and conditions contained in the Exclusive Artist Recording Agreements” (…)”Upon information and belief, Defendants have received millions of dollars in advances and revenues from UMG, and other third party licensees, from the sound recordings and musical compositions created in whole or in part by Plaintiff” (…)”Plaintiff is entitled to an accounting from Defendants to ascertain the damages suffered by Plaintiff resulting from Defendants’ breach of their fiduciary obligations, and to determine the amounts owed to Plaintiff in advances, artist royalties and music publishing royalties from the sale and licensing of albums, the master recordings embodied upon the albums, and the musical compositions embodied upon the master recordings contained on the albums and singles, inclusive of all digital download and ringtone sales, released or otherwise exploited by Defendants” (…)”Defendants have thereby breached the Exclusive Artist Recording Agreements causing damage to Plaintiff in an amount to be determined at trial, not less than $1,300,000.00” (Patrick E. Costello, 2015).

Here is one of the first Markie artist that established the Cash Money Records, one of them that was vital for the existence of the Cash Money records that Birdman holds so dear and is his “creation” and his business. Certainly without the Hot Boyz and their success the money train would not have come. But when Turk as a significant artist on the label comes with this sue and court order towards the Cash Money Records and Birdman it shows how the riches have been spoilt. Instead of paying Turk for his music, his composure and his parts of being a member in the Hot Boyz; instead the management and company spend the money away. That shows that ability of shady business agreements that the company has. As we could see with Mannie Fresh’s the in-house producer, and now Turk gone through the same thing and had to sue to get their royalties and their deserved compensation for their work.

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Not paying for sampling for single of Drake under Cash Money/Young Money:

“On October 20, 2011, DMG Clearances, Inc., a music clearance and licensing company, on behalf of Defendants, entered into written sample clearance agreements with recording artist Cedric Hill (the Sample Agreements ) whereby Mr. Hill agreed to license his interests in recordings that he owned entitled “Swanging and Banging”and “Sailing Da South” (collectively, the Sampled Recordings ) for inclusion in the new sound recordings entitled “Over My Dead Body” and “H.Y.F.R. (Hell Yeah Fucking Right)” (collectively, the New Recordings ) that were originally recorded and performed by the recording artist Aubrey “Drake” Graham professionally known as Drake ( Artist )” (…)”The Sampled Recordings licensed by Mr. Hill were used directly or indirectly by the Defendants and their affiliates in the creation of the New Recordings, which were thereafter exploited and sold by Defendants when in November 2011, Defendants Young Money and Cash Money, Republic Records a/k/a Universal Republic, and Universal Records a division of UMG Recordings Inc, commercially released artist’s “Take Care” album (the “Album”); embodying the New Recordings containing samples of the Sampled Recording” (…)”Defendant Cash Money expressly agreed to remunerate Mr. Hill with a two and a half percent (2.5%) royalty “price per dealers”(pro-rated by the numbers of tracks on particular configuration) on exploitations of the New Recordings in physical products, digital downloads and ringtones in all media or configurations now known or hereinafter devised, which applies on both audio and audio visual use of the New Recordings (the “Second Royalty”)” (…)”Pursuant to the Assignment Agreement Mr. Hill granted to Plaintiff the sole and exclusive right, throughout the Territory, to collect all monies earned with respect to the First Royalty and Second Royalty, and all monies that Mr. Hill is eligible to receive and under the terms of the Sample Agreement” (…)”As result of failing to respond  to the Cure Notice, Defendant Cash Money was in material breach of the Sample Agreements under the terms of the same. Counsel for Plaintiff sent counsel for Defendant Cash Money confirmation of the material breach on November 13, 2013 (the “Confirmation of Material Breach,” Exhibit D hereto)” (MFMnG, 2015).

Here is another recent story of a single used to gain sales for Cash Money and the usage of another man’s property under agreement with the management of another artist. This was to salvage most as possible from Cash Money who has already made profits by using the sampling of another artists songs onto a single for Album of Drake. This proof how shady the agreements are as they don’t even pay-up for services to sample tracks from other artist to make their own songs. That is belittling and proves the detailed practices of Cash Money.

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Lil Wayne sues Cash Money in 2015:

“Demand $ 51,000,000” (…)”On or about February 20, 2003, Carter and Cash Money entered into a self-styled “Memorandum of Agreement” (the “2003 Label Agreement) for the creation of Young Money Label joint venture for the common purpose of the manufacture, distribution, promotion and exploitation of recordings containing the performances of new recordings artists who would be signed by the Young Money Label following approval by Carter and Cash Money, the sole owner of the joint venture” (…)”Beginning at latest in 2013, Cash Money failed to provide proper monthly accounting to Carter and/or Young Money LLC and failed to make timely accounting and/or payments of net profits due  to Carter and/or Young Money LLC pursuant the 2003 Label Agreement, as amended. In addition, Cash Money failed to make required overhead payments of Two Hundred Thousand ($200,000.00) per calendar quarter to the Young Money and also failed to maintain to escrow account funded with one million dollar ($1,000,000.00) for overhead payment for the Young Money Label” (…)”With regard to the 2009 Drake Letter Agreement, Cash Money, since at latest early 2012, has failed to account to Young Money LLC on a monthly basis and has failed to pay Young Money LLC its share of net receipts with regard to solo recording of Drake released by the Young Money Label. Cash Money have failed to provide a single accounting in respect of the exploitation of the Drake recordings, despite Drake being one of the bestselling recording artists in the recent years” (…)”Cash Money also failed to properly register the copyright in the Young Money Label recordings as jointly owned by Cash Money and Carter/Young Money LLC. Cash Money refused to accept artist’s submitted by Carter to join the Young Money Label. Cash Money failed to account and pay monies due to various third parties involved with recording artists signed to the Young Money Label. Such failures have resulted in legal actions against the Young Money Label and/or Plaintiff and additional financial losses for plaintiff” (…)”Despite being obligated to do so, as of the date of this complaint, Cash Money has not registered Carter as co-owner of the sound recordings contained in the album entitled “I Am Not A Human Being II”, which was delivered for the fourth option period. Upon information and belief, in breach of the 2008 amendment, Cash Money registered the copyright in such sound recordings solely in the name of Cash Money” (Michael B. Kramer & Associates, 2015).

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Cash Money versus WIMP/TIDAL:

“Defendants have been, and are continuing to, feature and promote Carter’s recordings throughout the world via Defendants’ fledgling digital streaming music service known as “Tidal,” all in brazen defiance of CMR’s exclusive rights under the exclusive recording agreement” (…)”Defendants have induced Carter to breach CMR’s exclusive recording agreement, by, among other things, purporting to acquire CMR’s exclusive rights to exploit sound recordings performed and recorded by Carter. CMR has paid Carter tens of millions of dollars pursuant to the terms of its Recording Agreement with Carter and, accordingly, CMR has a substantial investment and interest in the manner in which Carter Recordings are exploited” (…)”Specifically, beginning on or about July 3, 2015, Tidal began streaming Carter’s FWA  album which includes sixteen Carter Recordings (the “Unauthorized Recordings”)” (…)”Defendants have touted their “exclusive” release of the FWA album. The image below shows Tidal’s webpage on or about July 9, 2015” (…)”As a result of Defendants’ improper conduct, CMR has suffered significant damages, including but not limited to lost revenues and loss of control over the content of its artist, Carter, and the resulting diminution in value of Carter’s work” (Alan R. Friedman, 2015).

There been talking settlements on both Lil Wayne cases both with Tidal and between Cash Money Records and the Young Money Artist, and label head. But the time will tell if the companies combined does themselves well, as the open friction have occurred not only in the court-room and in suits against each other. That is the reason for the “Free Wayne Album” at Tidal and the mess it made for Birdman and Cash Money. As this proved the ability for Lil Wayne to counter the management and leadership of his CEO Bryant Williams as proven in the inaction of releasing a album from him.

The determination and the digression and the attitude to the coming cases upon case coming with the demeanor of suits from producers, artists, sampling and fellow builders of the company as Mannie Fresh and Turk. Says a lot of the model of unpaid for services rendered the Cash Money Records and their Label Young Money Entertainment. As the Copyright issues, misuse of sampling or even not paying of royalties set the figures and gives us questions to the savvy business practice of the Recording Company and their use of employees or giving the fixed fees as set in the contracts. Since they don’t do that; that in away set precedence for how Birdman aka Baby aka Bryan Williams shady dealing and stifling the artist, the producers and the ones they sample music from even. That is not business, but nearly a racket. A conspiracy to contractual deceive and steal other people’s work for own gain. While selling the stolen property for own monetary gain for Williams and Cash Money and not the ones initially producing or having the copyrights to the music that Cash Money/Young Money/ Universal is selling. That is exploitation and not honoring the fellow signed members of either parts of the business, but taking their work and thieving. Therefore having to go to court to get what is yours instead of being paid for service rendered. That would be proper way, like ordinary men and woman get paid for working hours, the sales and distribution of the music from Cash Money should give royalties and payments that was offered in their initial contracts and not the ones that saves the Cash Money Record Company in their settlements.

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Birdman can muffle an interview at the Breakfast Club in New York, but the systematic practice towards own musicians and producers cannot be forgiven. The reason for fellow men and woman who have worked and made massive profits for Birdman should get their returns and ends. As Birdman tries the Ruthless Records, the Death Row and the other back-ways to paying their “ends” to the artist while flying high on the profits and hoping that the artist doesn’t understand the thieving from CEO and Bosses of Cash Money Records; that is what it is as the systematic taking away from royalties and contractual payment. It think that is enough for today. Peace.

Reference:

AllHipHop – ‘Juve Leaves Cash Money… Again’ (13.07.2004) link: http://www.rapbasement.com/juvenile/juve-leaves-cash-money-again.html

Artisan News Service – ‘MANNIE FRESH SETTLES WITH CASH MONEY RECORDS’ (16.06.2006) link: http://www.artisannews.com/mannie-fresh-settles-with-cash-money-records/

Platon, Adelle – ‘Juvenile Releases Statement About His Future With Cash Money/YMCMB’ (06.11.2012) link: http://www.vibe.com/2012/11/juvenile-releases-statement-about-his-future-cash-moneyymcmb/

Cash Money Records V. Aspiro AB, WIMP Music AS and WIMP INC (16.07.2015) – Alan R. Friedman

Combo-Kainith, Reena – ‘EXCLUSIVE!! JAY SEAN INTERVIEW’ (22.11.2014) link: http://www.ikonzmag.co.uk/exclusive-jay-seans-interview/

Greenburg, Zack O’Malley – ‘The Cash Money Way: Drake, Jay Sean And Birdman Explain’ (27.03.2013) link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2013/03/27/the-cash-money-way-drake-jay-sean-and-birdman-explain/#65d47f7a3a57

James (JAS) Prince and Young Empire Music Group LLC V. Aspire Music Group LLC, Cortez Bryant, Laurent Management LLC, Three Kings LLC, Gerald Roberson and Derrick Lawerence  – James E. McMilan (Attorney) –  (23.07.2012)

Jeremiah – ‘Behind the music: Orange Factory Music speaks on Jay Sean, Cash Money, licensing and more.’ (29.06.2012) link: http://istandardproducers.com/behind-the-music-orange-factory-music-speaks-on-jay-sean-cash-money-licensing-and-more/

Lil Wayne V. Cash Money – 28.01.2015, New York – Michael B. Kramer & Associates

MFMnG Production LLC V. Young Money Entertainment (15.03.2015) – New York

Soundkiller V. Cash Money – 30.09.2014, Manhatten, New York – Magistrate Judge Freeman

Tab Vigril Jr. aka “Turk” V. Cash Money Records (05.02.2015) – Patrick E. Costello

WENN – ‘Judge Orders Cash Money Bosses To Pay Up In Jay Sean Royalties Dispute’ (24.02.2016),  Link: http://www.contactmusic.com/jay-sean/news/judge-orders-cash-money-bosses-to-pay-up-in-jay-sean-royalties-dispute_5147855#zzfv55ftAm1dh0Gl.99

Supreme Court dismissial of the Election Petition No. 1. of Amama Mbabazi; As expected they would validate the votes for Mzee

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Chief Justice (CJ) Bart Katureebe: “1st respondent (Museveni) was validly elected. This petition is dismissed. We make no orders for costs”.

It is not that I wanted to say this, but I had as little faith in the Ugandan Supreme Court as much the two dancing dolphins cares about Shakespeare or as much Donald Trump cares about his own integrity. Not much.

On the 30th March there been rumors and speculated that the Supreme Court Justices happened to visit the Entebbe Statehouse, the day before the Final Grand Judgement of the First Election Petition and the only one on the matter. Seems strange right? The day before in the middle of the process that the Supreme Court Judges ferries to the Executive or the President Museveni’s State House, Who happens to be the respondent or Defendant for the Electoral Process, is shipping the men to his hollow chambers the day before. Surely not for cooling chat with his loyal men, but securing the Power of his ruling power.

The Court case is supposed to be dismissed on the grounds of not valid evidence of bribing, pre-ticketing the ballots, re-writing the Candidates DR Forms from the Polling Stations, the later arrival of Polling Material, Discontinued or even dismissal of large amount of voters in Wakiso or Kampala, none of these evidence are credible or just mere rumors; barely mere speculations that cannot be the narrative of an election said to be credible by the East African Community (EAC), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) who them all said they we’re “free and fair”; and since all of them came to that conclusion it has to be true!

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As I have been listening to the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, my thoughts of yesterday were actually true. They have only given in on some demands, but have no plans of annulment of the Presidential Elections, as the affidavits was usually not taken in and the statements of the incumbent was the ones that we’re valid. The blatant lies of the Public Officials not campaigning for the Executive, but on their own capacity seems to be another way of cleaning their hands instead of looking into it. For instance of Frank Tumbewaze was not the campaigning on his own accord, but to be there to spread the news of the NRM.

The whole Supreme Court had not seen evidence or reasons for the annulment of the Presidential Election and therefore handing the announcement of President Museveni his seventh term. I know it is officially his fifth, but that is another lie that the NRM-Regime. The Declaration of the Supreme Court dismissed the case. We can now the Electoral Commission has been validate and the justices have been served for the Executive, but not respecting the people and the actual votes.

I will discuss more when the Supreme Court Documents are actually leaked to the public and discuss the so called missing evidence and the reasons for the validating the elections. Proves that the visit at Entebbe State House have given way for the Court Justices or Judges to oversee the compliance of evidence.

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Hon. Amama Mbabazi the Presidential Candidate have now gone through the same dismissial in the Supreme Court as Dr. Kizza Besigye twice had gotten dismissed. That the Chief Justice talks about Substantial or sufficient amounts of voters not respected their ballots.

So the NRM have maybe won through total intimidation and thieving the election as the Executive is making himself ready for the sworn-in-ceremony together with the loyal presidents from abroad. While the will only be hired crowds and guns on the street; not a legitimate celebration; as there hasn’t been any good public relation between the opposition and the continuation of the ruling-party.

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“We are satisfied that the results used to declare Museveni winner were valid. The petitioner did not produce any evidence against this. We also found that there was non compliance but we are not satisfied that the non compliance affected the results announced”Chief Justice Bart Katureebe

The Executive proves he does not care about the integrity and honoring of the public will. As the Police have taken the opposition hostage and taken their votes away; now together with the Supreme Court ruling and dismissing of the elections. There been to many Electoral Frauds, the Supreme Court does not see merits, because their payed puppets of the ruling regime, and those who thought they would give a different verdict; have lived in an alternative world where the dancing dolphins rules the world. Something it is not.

There will be more to come… as I myself can read the documents and the affidavits, and the unproved allegations have been dismissed by the court; therefore the Court Ruling have dismissed the people and their will, the case for court as long as the NRM-Regime and their Electoral laws are there, they are mended and tailor-made for the Executive. Peace.   

Laywer Muwema letter to Facebook on Disinformation (22.03.2016)

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President Museveni is not running for his 5th term, but he is running for the 7th! Proving it by going through his previous terms

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I know for some of you people this will blow your mind; some of you will tell I told you so. Other people will be like? How dare you insult my intelligence, well it depends on how you deem history and how you let the victors rewrite it. As President Museveni has been a victor and won over his predecessors like Yusuf Lule, Tito Okello and Milton Obote, even Idi Amin together with Milton Obote and the Tanzanian Army in late 1970s. So President Museveni has won the power through guns. At the same time as he has lingers he has tried to rewrite history as the people neglect certain fact.

We are supposed to see the people of Uganda to elect the 10th Parliament as this is the end of the 9th Parliament. I will not discuss that matter, as that is not important me. We could discuss if there only been 9 functional Parliament and representative government since independence in 1962, or should we also count the ones that we’re before this since the British introduced Parliamentarism in Uganda in 1882. Then it is with certainty more than 10 of them. If so is that based on the new constitution after independence or the newly written to fit NRA/NRM in 1995? Then so I understand the coming 10th Parliament. Still, this is also worth discussing and the matter of how we value the predecessors and the tools they left behind for the men of today who rule. Feel me?

This here is not a reflection on how Uganda Patriotic Movement (UPM) lost and got 4% in the 1980s and 1 seat in Parliament, as this was the first outfit for President Museveni. Museveni didn’t even get a seat as he lost to Sam Kutesa in the distric he was running in; that is a worthy side-note!

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His first term – Overthrowing Okello in 1986:

But his first term started as he was sworn in and the New York Times described it like this:

“KAMPALA, Uganda, Jan. 29Yoweri Museveni, whose National Resistance Army descended on this battered capital city last week and overthrew the military Government of Gen. Tito Okello, was sworn in today as the new President of Uganda” (Rule, 1986). Here is in my opinion his start of first term, as he took it by the gun. As he was sworn in as President of Uganda, which initial means he got the appointment of rule as he defeated his opposition at that time.

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 His Second Term – Election in 1989:

“The elections in 1989 also included elections for the majority of seats in parliament. Candidates for all these elections stood strictly as individuals and not as representatives for a party although several of them publicly were known supporters for one of the older parties – including the UPC. The Ugandan constitution was abolished in 1966, and no basic consensus has ever since appeared on the most basic issues like: how to elect a President and whether the country should be an unitary state or a federation including several kingdoms” (P: 40, 1994, Tidemand). “As already noted, the 1989 elections were held under strict anti-party rules since the NRM government had suspended all political party activities. Indeed, the Resistance Councils and Committees Elections Regulations, 1989, forbade all use of party symbols, sectarian appeals, and threats of force, the offer of food or drinks and the display of candidates’ posters. The absence of open campaigning made it impossible to discuss policies” (Bwana, 2009). “Out of a total of 278 seats, 210 members were elected without party affiliation” (African Elections).

This here election was one, and gave NRM time to rebuild and rewrite a new constitution. So this gave way for his second term in my opinion. Since the first term was from 1986 – 1989. From 1989 to 1996 is his second as there weren’t elections towards the parliament and presidential candidates, which means that the country was still controlled tightly by the NRM. Before the 1996 election there was election a Council for writing the new Constitution. That was put into place in 1995.

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His Third term – 1996 elections:

“The presidential election was preceded by an aggressive electoral campaign which was dominated by intimidation, vote buying, bribery and promises of material benefits. These methods were employed by both the opposition and the incumbent government during the 39 days which were allowed for presidential campaigns. It would seem that the aggressiveness of the campaign was dictated to some extent by the limited time allowed for each candidate to cover all of the country’s 39 districts, which meant that candidates were allowed one day of campaigning in each district. Again, this arrangement favoured the incumbent, President Museveni who had been in power for 10 years and was therefore well known to the electorate, compared to his challengers. Moreover, the electoral law allowed him the continued use of his presidential privileges which made the 39 campaign days less problematic” (Muhumaza, 1997). “The I996 presidential election was deemed a ‘step forward’ by many Western diplomats, although before the election some diplomats privately questioned how the election could be fair because of the fact that political parties were not able to organise to compete with the political machinery of the NRM (Reuters, 6 May I996). Despite private reservations, the official donor attitude was that the losers of the election should not contest the results. When Paul Ssemogerere went to the European Union Parliamentary Committee on Development to complain about the unfairness of the election, the committee told him to accept his defeat (The New Vision, 3 June I996)” (Hauser, 1999).

Interesting allegation about campaign money to Museveni in 1996:

It was for instance alleged that one presidential candidate received funds equivalent to 600 million shillings (US$600,000) from certain foreign organisations while on a pre-election visit to Europe; and that another candidate had been funded certain Islamic countries. Similar insinuations were hurled against President Museveni who was alleged to have got financial contributions from the Indian community in Uganda” (Muhumaza, 1997).

The election results from the 9th of May 1996:

The results was: “Yoweri Kaguta Museveni: 74.33 %, Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere: 23.61 % and Muhammad Kibirige Mayanja: 2.06 %” (African Election Database).

This here was the official first term as he was this one. Even if he had already been ten years in power, that is why I am saying this is his third term, as he had the first one from 1986 to 1989, when the overthrow Okello, second after the parliamentary elections to the first presidential election in 1996. That lasted to the 2001.

Before the next election this was reports on the great democratic environment President Museveni was building:

“Political parties are prohibited from holding party conferences, a ban which severely hampers their own internal reform. Since this ban has been in place since 1986, reform in the structure and leadership of political parties has been virtually impossible. Attempts to hold party conferences have been met with strong and unambiguous warnings from the Ugandan government that they would prevent such meetings” (…)”Since coming to power, the NRM has used a state-funded program of political and military education called chaka-mchaka to spread its message that political parties are destructive sectarian organizations responsible for Uganda’s past woes, an argument that resonates given Uganda’s recent political history. Chaka-mchaka thus serves to rationalize the NRM’s denial of political rights of freedom of expression, association, and assembly. Government leaders, including President Museveni, often refer to advocates of democratic reform as their “enemies.” Other structures of local government such as the local councils (LC) and the Resident District Commissioners (RDC) serve to ensure support for the NRM, and often create a hostile climate for advocates of pluralism” (Human Rights Watch, 1999).

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Fourth Term – General Election in 2001:

KAMPALA, Uganda, March 14— President Yoweri Museveni swept the hard-fought elections here today, in a victory that he called an acclamation of 15 years of peaceful rule but that his main opponent said was won only by extensive cheating” (…)”My votes are like Lake Victoria,” Mr. Museveni told tens of thousands of supporters this afternoon who marched to an airstrip downtown after the results were announced. ”They never dry up.” (…)”The main election monitors in Uganda said, however, that most allegations of cheating appeared to be against forces loyal to Mr. Museveni, estimating preliminarily that between 5 and 15 percent of the vote may have been won fraudulently. The fraud included people being forced or influenced to vote by election officials, intimidation and people being denied the right to vote” (Fisher, 2001).

The Election results from the 12th March 2001:

The results are: “Yoweri Kaguta Museveni: 69.33 %, Kizza Besigye: 27.82 %, Aggrey Awori: 1.41 %, Muhammad Kibirige Mayanja: 1.00%, Francis Bwengye: 31 % and Karuhanga Chapaa: 0.14 % (African Election Database).

Reactions to the election:

“Amnesty International (AI) agrees with the Besigye opposition that “the Presidential elections in Uganda have been marred by allegations of human rights abuses, both before and after the elections on 12 March 2001. An increasing number of human rights violations against opposition supporters, including illegal arrests and detention without charge, ill-treatment in detention, and alleged unlawful killings were reported by the Ugandan press in the weeks leading up to the elections. In some instances, supporters of President Museveni were also targetted.” (Afrol.com, 2001).

This here was the official second term, while I am saying it is the fourth one, that lead to him opening the Multi-Party elections in 2005. Also the referendum on term limits came into force in 2005. As the constitution made in 1995 gave the limit of the Executive Power and President had the ability to be elect twice. As he wasn’t elected in between 1986 to 1996; 10 years without accountability and still becoming a donor pleasant government as Structural Adjustment Program got eaten up by the Government of Uganda in that period. As President Museveni even met with U.S. President Clinton; as he was the new future leader of the “third world” development.

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Here are the issues in 2005 with the abolishment of term limits:

“Museveni and his supporters, who pushed a controversial constitutional amendment rescinding presidential term limits through Parliament this month, are urging an overwhelming “yes” vote while the weak and fractured opposition want the country’s 8,9-million eligible voters to boycott the polls” (…)”Under current rules, political parties are allowed to exist but may not have branch offices and may not field candidates in elections. The only fully-functioning political entity is Museveni’s own “Movement” organisation to which all Ugandans theoretically belong” (Mayanja, 2005).

As it was voted in by the public he was allowed to be the Presidential candidate in yet another election. The one that happen in 2006!

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Fifth term – 23rd February 2006 Presidential Election:

As some context and pretext over the other issues written in between 2001 and 2006; this here is following the close and tense contest that was held in 2006; as the NRM was weaken over time, as the fatigue of running the country since 1986. As the fourth term was already showing how much they tried to continue to work under the Movement System, instead of giving way to Multi-Party Democracy, as people voted in the second referendum poll. Here is some things happening right before:

“A spokesman for the ruling National Resistance Movement told New Vision that the government had complained to the U.S.-based Web server which hosts Radio Katwe, Brinkster Communications Corporation, claiming that the site was publishing “malicious and false information against the party and its presidential candidate. (…)”Local journalists have expressed fears that the government could similarly block The Monitor’s Web site on election day, when the newspaper plans to keep a running tally of votes from across the country. “Our Web site has been going offline every day for the last three days” for several hours at a time, Monitor Group Managing Director Conrad Nkutu told CPJ. He added that while the problem appeared be a technical glitch, “we are also suspicious it might not be.” (CPJ, 2006).

Election results from 2006:

The results are:


Number of Votes
% of Votes
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (NRM) 4,109,449 59.26%
Kizza Besigye (FDC) 2,592,954 37.39%
John Ssebaana Kizito (DP) 109,583 1.58%
Abed Bwanika 65,874 0.95%
Miria Obote (UPC) 57,071 0.82%

(African Election Database)

Aftermath after the first Multi-Party after NRM got into Power:

“The multi-party elections of 2006 saw only slight improvements from 2001, notably in the area of media freedom. Dr Besigye ran against President Museveni for the second time, but now as the leader of a new political party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), and garnered 37.39% of the votes, as against Museveni’s 59.26% majority. Dr Besigye’s Supreme Court case regarding the 2006 elections has become famous due to the ruling that Museveni was the rightful winner despite the Court’s acknowledgement of widespread electoral malpractices and vote rigging which were considered not to have substantially affected the results of the elections” (…)”For any engagement with these political parties a number of issues need to be taken into consideration, these include the multi-party system and the fact that the political playing field remains un-levelled in favour of the NRM. As such, donors operating in Uganda need to be cognisant of the implications of this, for the ruling party and for opposition parties. International donors have and continue to play a significant role in financing and monitoring Uganda’s elections. In the 1990s, the UNDP was the lead institution for donors who wanted to co-finance Uganda’s elections. The UNDP’s mandate involved managing a donors’ basket fund, and recruiting and supervising specialised technical assistance to support the EC and civil-society organisations to carry out tasks allocated to them” (Sekaggya, 2010).

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Sixth Term – General Election in 2011:

Some Pretext: “The 2011 Uganda elections have attracted a record 8 Presidential candidates from seven political parties and one Independent candidate. All the Presidential Candidates have been on the campaign trail marketing their manifestos to Ugandans and have dispelled earlier assertions that some of them, seen as weak, will pull out of the campaigns that like in 2006 were expected to majorly be between incumbent Yoweri Museveni of the National Resistance Movement and Dr. Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change” (Rulekere, 2011). “FGD respondents said that this happens mainly on the election eve whereby candidates and/or their agents carry gifts and money in vehicles which have had number plates removed and they pack somewhere in the village and then walk from door to door giving money and/or gifts” (…)”Daily Monitor of Friday 7, January 2011 carried a lead story that President Museveni gave out $2.15 million (USh5 billion) in cash and pledges between July and October 2010 but the opposition is charging that such patronage is giving the incumbent an unfair advantage in the February 18, 2011 vote. Mr Museveni always conducts a countrywide tour before each election, during which he makes pledges and donations Critics say this is a disguised campaign that allows him to offer inducements to potential voters out of the public purse, a privilege unavailable to other candidates” (…)”Incumbent candidates have readily used their access to state resources to provide an unfair edge when running for re-election. This includes cash payments from the state treasury, use of state owned property and vehicles, as well as the fulfilment of campaign pledges during the campaign period. Voter have given up on their elected officials to fulfil campaign promises and seek to extract as much benefit as they can around the campaign period” (DMG, 2011)

The results are:

Candidate (Party) [Coalition] Number of Votes % of Votes
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (NRM) 5,428,369 68.38%
Kizza Besigye (FDC) [IPC] 2,064,963 26.01%
Norbert Mao (DP) 147,917 1.86%
Olara Otunnu (UPC) 125,059 1.58%
Beti Kamya (UFA) 52,782 0.66%
Abed Bwanika (PDP) 51,708 0.65%
Jaberi Bidandi Ssali (PPP) 34,688 0.44%
Samuel Lubega 32,726 0.41%

(African Election Database)

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The Commonwealth Observation Group noted this:

“The main concern regarding the campaign, and indeed regarding the overall character of the election, was the lack of a level playing field, the use of money and abuse of incumbency in the process. The magnitude of resources that was deployed by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), its huge level of funding and overwhelming advantage of incumbency, once again, challenged the notion of a level playing field in the entire process. Media monitoring reports also indicated that the ruling party enjoyed a large advantage in coverage by state-owned radio and TV. The ruling party in Uganda is by far the largest and best-resourced party and following many years in power, elements of the state structure are synonymous with the party. Further, reports regarding the “commercialisation of politics” by the distribution of vast amounts of money and gifts were most disturbing. Indeed, the „money factor‟ and widespread allegations of bribery and other more subtle forms of buying allegiance were key features of the political campaign by some, if not all, the parties. By all accounts, the 2011 elections were Uganda‟s most expensive ever. It is therefore important that for the future serious thought be given to election campaign financing and political party fundraising. This is more so given that there are virtually no checks on the levels of campaign financing and expenditure due to the cash-based nature of the campaign and the lack of stringent campaign financing regulations, both of which facilitate the use of illicit payments to voters as inducements and has the potential to undermine their free will” (Commonwealth Observers Group, 2011).

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Important how President Museveni could run in the 2016 Election:

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;

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

Afterthought –Run in to General Election 2016.

1986-1996: First and Second Term!

So I have now gone through the Elections since 1986 until today in 2016. That is thirty years in Power for the Executive Power and being President Museveni. 1986 to 1996, he didn’t really become elected as President as he did a coup d’état in 1986 to bring down regime at the current time. So the period from 1986 to 1996, there was an election in 1989 a Resistance Council elections which barred the Parliament with elected men and woman from the NRM/A, but was not an ordinary election to bring the people’s will in full effect and not even electing President Museveni, but securing polls to validate the rule of NRM at the time, also in my consideration to shut-up the donor-community; so they see the “democratic” vision of President Museveni. He even made a stunning Constitution in 1995. President Museveni had set the standard with two term limits and other regulatory tools to secure accountability that was new in Uganda, together with swallowing the Structural Adjustment Program to secure massive amount of funding to rebuild the country and secure Universal Preliminary Education. Something the citizens of Uganda got excited about and also gave him praise abroad.

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Third Term 1996-2001:

After the 1996 Presidential Election was his third term elections, and the official first term (which I can’t take serious) as he had already ruled for a decade, and you can’t shuffle that off that easy. Even with the bodies and violence to get the power in 1986, it cost so much suffering to gain that power; so to eradicate that and call this his first term, is to neglect the first ten years of power. Something we should be to damn wise to not. There we’re still not a Multi-Party Democracy or Elections as President Museveni doesn’t really believe in that; as the nation had to after this go through two referendum polls before initiating the hassle of letting people be controlled by other party functions then the NRM.

Fourth Term 2001-2006:

So when the fourth term came in 2001, he had already been long enough in power to already using up the constitutional rights as the Executive Power and President of the land. He was still popular and gained a lot of support. Even if the election was rigged and had a massive malpractices; the initial issues is how he pleaded and mixed up with referendum terminating presidential term limits to fit himself and rewriting the constitution of 1995 in 2005, so he could run off a third time. The second score of joy for the people was the second vote of the polls for Multi-Party Democracy, meant that the public could vote for other parties then the NRM during the 2006, as much as they could still as ever; vote for the old man with the hat! After 20 years in power he still used sufficient tools to be able to get voted in. And also stifle the completion in his favor, as the man who took power himself in 1986.

Fifth Term 2006-2011:

Set for the fifth term in 2006. The NRM and President Museveni at the time was re-introducing of multi-party election and continuing to go as the candidate, to secure the total tally of 25 years; when the term would be done.  He fixed the 1995 constitution one year advanced so he could run again! This time the third official campaign and polls, though still, with the 10 year as ruler before an election means, initially fifth. This here was the start of the down-turn as he now showed more and more the authoritarian leader and totalitarian state, compared to donor-friendly character he was when he first was sworn in 1986 and steady ship he hold while elected in 1996.

Sixth Term 2011- 2016:

As his sixth term in 2011, there was already starting to crack with the NRM leadership and the people, as they we’re ready for new leaders and a new executive. As the Kampala Riots and ‘Walk to Work’ demonstrations; proves that the leadership is in a fatigue state where the public is tired of the NRM and their ring leader President Museveni. Even still with well rigged machinery the NRM “won” again the election. To finish of this one, he had to swallow a few scalps to secure his sole candidacy, he had to break of Gilbert Bukenya his loyal fellow, he had to push of cliff Amama Mbabazi who wished to take his seat in the NRM, which is not a possibility unless you are the clone of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni; something Amama Mbabazi is not! In early 2014 he had to set up his machinery ready and get his party in line so that he could get the spot again with the Kyankwanzi Resolution in February 2014 and set his goals on the 7th Term as the Executive and President of Uganda, in the 10th Parliament. That is another timeline I am not sure of, I am sure there are more then 10 elected or appointed Parliaments and sessions in the great republic of Uganda. It is just a a way of rewriting history as the NRM is famous for.

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That rewriting history comes in the sense of saying NRM and President Museveni is contesting for the 5th Term, I am saying his fifth term was between 2006-2011 his most turbulent ruling period after his first term in 1986-1989 when he still struggled to keep the whole country into peace, as there was still guerrillas and militias wanting to unsettle the new regime in Kampala. As we have seen, and we can see, there is a pattern and there is a reason why I am saying “we could really see his democratic wish” as the elections and malpractices seems like the same as when he took power. The rigging he claimed he wanted in the 1980s and why he lost as the UPM front-man, it seems to be same as it was under Dr. Milton Obote, the only difference is that he has been able to be stable and keep a strong army to spread the fear so that nobody has tried to really use a coup d’état against him. There been allegations in the past, and even persons been alleged in court for treason against the state, but they have been more political motivated then actual forces or militias in the sense they went to the bush to get rid of President Museveni. Though LRA and ADF has gone after his head, but failed.

President Museveni is now trying his best to get into his 7th Term, and we should not be surprised by election rigging, malpractices to destroy level playing-grounds for political parties, paying for votes and using both government institutions and government funds to be re-elected; Even supress the court to secure the validation or dismiss the allegation of election fraud in the 2016 election. I fear for the public response this time and how the security agents of the state will address them. As the Gen. Katumba Wamala of the UPDF will surely do what he can to impress President Museveni and Police Boss IGP Gen. Kale Kayihura follows orders blindly made by the Executive, as if he wants to shut down demonstrations and revolts against the totalitarian regime that the NRM has evolved into. As they are used to stealing the elections and taking the people for ransom to gain riches while the average people toil in poverty. There is time for change with a government with transparency, accountability and good governance; as the government now is famous for not caring about this issues and becoming dependent on feeding the cronies and loyal men of Museveni instead of serving the people. Peace.

Reference:

African Elections Database – ‘Elections in Uganda’ link: http://africanelections.tripod.com/ug.html

Afrol.com – ‘”Uganda needs to re-affirm human rights commitment” (17.03.2001) link: http://www.afrol.com/News2001/uga006_hrights_reaffirm.htm

Bwana, Charles – ‘Voting Patterns in Uganda’s Elections: Could it be the end of the National Resistance Movement’s (NRM) domination in Uganda’s politics?’ (2009) – LES CAHIERS D’AFRIQUE DE L’ N° 41

Commonwealth Observer Group – ‘UGANDA PRESIDENTIAL AND

PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS’ (24.02.2011)

Committee to Protect Jorunalist (CPJ) – ‘Critical website Radio Katwe blocked on eve of presidential election’ (23.02.2006) link: http://www.ifex.org/uganda/2006/02/23/critical_website_radio_katwe_blocked/

Democracy Monitoring Group (DMG) – ‘Report on Money in Politics – Pervasive vote buying in Ugandan Election’ (January 2011)

Fisher, Ian – ‘Final Count Has Uganda President Winning 69% of Vote’ (15.03.2001) link: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/15/world/final-count-has-uganda-president-winning-69-of-vote.html

Hauser, Ellen – ‘Ugandan Relations with Western Donors in the 1990s: What Impact on Democratisation?’ (Dec. 1999) link: http://www.constitutionnet.org/files/Hauser%20Uganda%20donors.pdf

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My letter to the Minister of Interior Affairs of Kenya Hon. Joseph Nkaissery on detaining John Ngirachu

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Dear Sir Honorable Joseph Nkaissery!

You did say this yesterday!

To the whole world you said this:

 “Listen there is way, to tell you, You cannot get AWAY with allegation. So it is up to you, if you don’t want to relieve the sources, then you’ll fry Alone! It is…It begins today, if you’re telling the truth. Don’t worry if our friend will be saved. So long as he is telling the truth. If anybody, if you understand ENGLISH, anybody, except two people; the president and his deputy; anybody will be writing statement if you make an allegation, beginning today!”

We know the man frying at that moment  is John Ngirachu; the journalist of the Daily Nation; who was at a Police Station detained by the CID, after writing a story about your Ministry, which you runs honorable Nkaissery. There was to other journalist involved in the stories and not detained yet James Mbaka of the Daily Star and Alphonce Skiundu of the Standard.

This after your Ministry had questioned by the Auditor Generals query on the usage of funds and the use of total Ksh. 3,8 billion in a single day. Honorable Nkaissery you was even questioned on this matter by the Public Accounts Committee in the Parliament.

Your life doesn’t seem easy right now Mr. Nkaissery! You are a public person right? You’re an elected official who are in charge of a government ministry and the funds that brings. Journalist are tiring people, anybody who knows the ways of Daniel Arap Moi; was teaching you this right? Or was it anybody elese?

You sure learned by this history, isn’t that right Honorable Nkaissery?

The Nation has been the subject of frequent government attacks over the past 18 months. Joseph Ngugi, a Nakuru-based correspondent, was one of the first journalists charged in October 1993 with breach of security regulations for attempting to report on political violence in Molo” (…)”Mutegi Njau, the news editor of the Daily Nation, was arrested in April 1994, along with the paper’s Eldoret correspondent, and charged with subversion. The paper had run two stories on official involvement in political violence in the Burnt Forest area of the Rift Valley” (…) “In early January 1995, two Nation reporters were summarily dismissed in circumstances which caused many observers to believe this was a result of official pressure on the company” (Article 19, 1995).

Anybody who knows English and has heard it, remember this one, right?

“Paul Amina was previously arrested in August 1987 (see UA 214/87, AI Index AFR 32/29/87, dated 11 August 1981) and detained under Kenya’s public security regulations, which provide for the indefinite detention without charge or trial of those held to be endangering public security. No reason was given for his arrest in 1987, but it is believed that he was detained because of his reporting of politically sensitive court cases” (…)”Paul Amina, freelance journalist and former prisoner of conscience, was arrested by security police at the International Press Centre in Nairobi on Friday 16 August 1991. He was taken to an unknown destination where he is believed to be held incommunicado. He has not yet been brought to court to be charged with any offence” (AFR 31/26/91, 1991).

Seems like Joseph Nkaissery has learned well, though he needed to teach John Ngirachu a lesson not to make allegations that hurts you. You’re supposed to be Teflon. Anybody should know that! You have only two persons above you and that is The President and his Deputy; therefore detaining a simple little journalist shouldn’t be an issue. You run the Interior Ministry. He only has some Secret Informants and get some leaked information at the Parliament. That bastard!  

The Auditor General shouldn’t even have questioned your for the extra high spending in one day. That is your business, not anybody else, especially not somebody who check society and if there is check and balance. The coverage damage you, therefore it is damaging all of society. Because you’re a pinnacle in society while the Journalist is just a pencil pusher who never couldn’t even have teach the kids of today ENGLISH in Eldoret. You must forgive us. We don’t know English as you honorable Nkaissery.

Honorable Nkaissery you can see from Daniel Arap Moi as your lecturer, he was that also, so you must be one of his noble student. I write this to you because detaining somebody for not giving you the sources of their story on your ministry and monies you’re in charge of. I am sure you wished Ngirachu the treatment of Mr. Njau or Amina of the 90s Kenya. Since you think that is such a proud part of the political heritage! Since you trying to copy it and wish every allegation have to write a statement proving where they got the intelligence. You must be such a noble man Honorable Nkaissery who wishes to have all of this into your ministry. Honarable Nkaissery you must be great fan of extra paperwork to shut down your enemies. And they can’t be trustworthy people if they keep their sources to themselves. They should have Informers in Parliament. That is not noble like you. Anybody would know that.

Honorable Nkaissery what is the truth? What is the honest truth about the monies and your ministry? Why would anybody like the men of the Public Account Committee ask you questions? And why didn’t they ask you directly for statements instead of getting it from informants. You who are such a noble man Nkaissery! Anybody can see that.

I don’t want to to leave you alone or fry you Honorable Nkaissery! But I want to ask how come there was spent so much shillings in your ministry in one day? And why did you detain and ask the two other journalists to be detained for the story? Anybody who has heard the story, wonder about that!

They can’t be saying stuff like they do. Anybody should know the truth. The honest truth from a honorable man like you Joseph Nkaissery! CID got a statement and detained a journalist for an article. That the journalist himself said he got the intel from the Hansard. The Hansard is public property or is there something hidden in the English language that makes them not legal for journalist to read these?

I just want to know the truth Honorable Joseph Nkaissery for why anybody like Ngirachu was detained. That is a statement I want to see and also the reason for why since you have to power over the CID with your station at the ministry honorable Nkaissery. Can you tell that to anybody? I am sure you’re the best source of it. This cannot be seen as political insensitive. It’s just rational sir. So please if you understand my ENGLISH. Please tell this to anybody, the truth in a statement, your allegations of Ngirachu and his colleagues.

John Ngirachu 121115

Sincerely yours

Writer of Minbane.

Reference:

Article 19 –‘Censorship in Kenya: Government critics face the death sentence’ (May 1995) link:   https://www.article19.org/data/files/pdfs/publications/kenya-censorship-in-kenya.pdf

Letter from 1991 – ‘Fear of Torture/Legal Concern’ (19.08.1991) – AFR 31/26/91

Endgame:

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