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President Duterte will take responsibility for the Martial Law in Mindanao!

Acts of violence– Whether on a large or a small scale, the bitter paradox: the meaningfulness of death–and the meaninglessness of killing.”Dag Hammarskjöld

The declared martial law in Mindanao and the repression of the Maute Group in Lanao del Sur and in the city of Marawi. The official date for the Martial Law were on the 24th May 2017. This after the Maute group really went in and created havoc in the city. Therefore the speech President Rodrigo Duterte had to the army in Lanao del Norte as he wanted to show his presence and his support to the soldiers who are fighting the terrorist group. Even though like normal, the language and rhetoric is harsh and rough, but to inspire and give hope. He showed courage as he take it all on him and says so. There would be many leaders who would flip the blame to someone else. The President said the things very clear, the Marial Law is suspending many civil functions, but it is done so the state have power to stop the guerrilla and militants can be stopped by force.

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, May 26, rallied government troops to win the war against terrorists in Mindanao, and assured them that he “alone” would be responsible for the “consequences” of his martial law declaration in the region” (…) “Sasamahan ko kayo (I’ll be with you all the way). If you go down, I go down. But for this martial law and the consequences of martial law, and the ramifications of martial law, I and I alone would be responsible. Trabaho lang [kayo]. Ako na bahala (Just do your job. I have your back),” he said” (…) “”Ang utos ko sa tropa, lahat ng tao na hindi authorized ng gobyerno na magdala ng baril at lumaban, patayin ninyo; ubusin na lang ninyo. Kasi ganoon din ang laban (My order to the troops is to kill all those who are not authorized by the government to carry firearms, who fight back; kill them all. Because that’s what’s going to happen anyway). They will come back to fight for another day,” he said” (…) “Go for it, at may full support kayo sa akin (and you have my full support),” the President added” (Rappler, 2017).

That President Duterte takes responsibility is a clear indication of how he acts, as the representative he is of the people and not someone above the law. Even if he suspends it for the cause of fighting terrorism in Mindanao. Therefore, the public should rest assure. His support of the soldiers in this critical time is also positive as the results and the ending of the Maute Group is now main priority, as the troubles their previous activity and now also all the destruction and killings do in Marawi City.

Though, as the long-gone United Secretary Dag Hammerskjold said.. all killings are meaningless, the deaths of Marawi is the same, all of the men and woman on both sides of battles dies over nothing. They die over pride and wanting to occupy already established territory of the Republic of the Philippines. So the deaths these days are all victims of the pointless death. Even if I support the Martial law and support the attempt to stop the ones creating anarchy and destroying society in Lanao Del Sur. Still, the killings will only hurt the loved ones and the people who shared their lives.

We can hope that the Philippine Army can take the militants down and stop their vicious attempt of trying to force their caliphate in the Mindanao. That is why the army has to address it by guns and arms to make sure their legitimate and righteous rule continue. So that the Republic still has control and has peace inside their borders. This is the main objective and also to gain control of Mindanao and not having insurgency there. That is why the Martial Law and its objective is important to support, even as the killings are all pointless. Though some are needed to secure daily life and the rights of the people. Even with the sudden suspension of many of the common liberties. That is the price to pay to get rid of militants.

The ones going against the Martial law in this effort, is not living in the area or wanting to understand the massive assault on the Marawi City that has been done. As the technical operations and planned skirmish to really take control and install fear that the Maute Group did. That is why the army has to answer and also the state. Even if it cost a bit of liberties and also makes sure the civilians get to flee from the battle-zones of the Mindanao. Peace.

Reference:

Rappler – ‘Duterte: ‘I alone’ responsible for martial law aftermath’ (26.05.2017) link: http://www.rappler.com/nation/171019-duterte-responsible-martial-law-aftermath

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Opinion: Time to support the Martial Law in Mindanao!

If you feel worried and wonder why the reasons for a Martial Law in the Mindanao in the Philippines, than your not trusting the central government and President Rodrigo Duterte. It is time to so, because this is the last measure of the government. Since the Maute Group, a Militant Islamic group who started their violence in 2016 in Butig town in Lanao Del Sur part of Mindanao.

Maute Group:

The group is named after its leaders, the Maute brothers, both Filipinos with extensive ties to the Middle East, according to the military” (…) “Military intelligence said the Maute brothers also had links to two of the region’s most dangerous militants – Indonesian Ustadz Sanusi and Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan. Both were killed by Philippine security forces, Sanusi in 2012 and bin Hir in 2015” (Mogato, 2017).

So it is not like the Maute group who has already besieged Butig in 2016 was unknown to the President. The militants was known, but the sudden attack and clashes in Marawi over the last days has been massive. The burning of state buildings, kidnapping of several key figures in the city, as well as beheading the city Police Commander. Therefore, this weeks assault on the Marawi city is really disturbing and should be worry.

There are the ones that are addressing the Martial Law and saying it is wrong. Well, it should be wrong to totally to besiege Marawi City. That is what is happening and the Philippine National Army are now trying to fight back the Maute Group. The pictures leaked of the militants as they went into the city. They had modern military equipment as they took the town. The clips of the actions and skirmishes in town proves the army doing what they can to battle them back. That can also be seen with the 13 militants defeated in the latest day.

That President Duterte has delivered the Martial Law to the two houses in Parliament proves that he is following the procedure of the constitution. As well as other things are working like normal, not only Finance Minister Carlos Dominguez saying the business will go as normal. Even the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) is supporting it. So it is not controversial everywhere, it is in the states and parts of the Republic, which isn’t affected by the Marital Law. The people of Mindanao are supporting it.

That is because the insurgency and the violence are happening around their homes and close to their friends and family. If they doesn’t give away some freedoms and liberties, than the state might not get a chance to weaken and get rid of militants in the area. That the public has to wear-ID and has to cross dozens of checkpoints on their way. Is a little price to pay to give the army and their intelligence needed space to defeat the Maute Group. The deaths and destruction in Marawi is proof of the cure of terrorism.

That Martial Law is taking away ordinary liberties and freedoms is expected, that the public has less power and cannot walk around as free as normal. Is the price that the government needs to stop the Maute group from growing and also create more havoc in Lanao Del Sur in Mindanao. There are guidelines and advice for citizens to follow under Martial Law. As the extensive force for the army and less ordinary capacity for justice, as the Martial law suspends the normal courts in away.

The Martial Law is not controversial in Mindanao, but in Luzon and Metro Manila. Therefore, the ones that get their freedoms taken away and see the value is accepting it. They give the state and the army more freedoms so they fight the Maute group. As they are destroying and continuing to destabilize the Mindanao island. This should been seen as why we should support the Martial Law. Not because the state should sanction this for longer time needed, but as long as the militants kills, destroys and create havoc for ordinary people. As long as Maute guerrilla warfare continues to cause nothing but bloodshed and destruction. President Duterte is reacting to it with force of his arm and the tools at his disposal. 

If you want a peaceful Mindanao, you need to support the Martial Law, as it might sanction and also take away basic freedoms, but it gives the army needed space to battle with the Maute group. That should be enough reason to stand behind it and with the knowledge that the citizens of Mindanao, also supports it! Should also be a secondary reason for being behind it. If the Luzon and Metro Manila is fearing the Martial law, they should know that the people of Mindanao fears the militants. They do not fear the army and their protecting force. Peace.

Reference:

Mogato, Manuel – ‘Maute background, links: Little-known group becomes formidable force in PH’ (25.05.2017) link: http://www.interaksyon.com/maute-bakground-links-little-known-group-becomes-formidable-force-in-ph/

Philippines: Declaring a State of Martial Law and Suspending the Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus in the Whole of Mindanao (24.05.2017)

Philippines: Mindanao – Guidelines for Davaoenos covering the period of Martial Law (24.05.2017)

#UGDebate16 the Second Presidential Debate at Serena Hotel; Even the His Exellency graced the Debate; and so much more!

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The Special Forces Command was early around Serena Hotel to secure the premise before the debate happened as pictures of them walking around the premise from early morning. This here piece will be certain quotes and not every ones as the debate is like a long book. I have taken the ones I have though is worthy of compelling and thinking of. This here will be different then my first debate coverage as President Museveni, the ghost of Bushenyi was at the event; even if Shaka Ssali was mediator somebody who was under fire from NRM before the event as he has been forceful as a journalist under Voice of America African desk and channel.

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It seemed like the famous show-up of the Yellow booklet of the President as every time he was hit with “facts” he lifted in the air as he had answers of the other candidates; like he is only one who knows and have the arguments. The worrying part was that the moderator’s was that Shaka Ssali was not asking question to the President, but to everybody else, check the footage again; if I am wrong! The other ones gave lot of more time to the candidates even if certain got less, but they gave more freedom then in the first one as Allan Kasajja was not a part of the team now.

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I will start with a few fun quotes from Museveni, as I don’t fell taking the Mabirizi jokes, as they will you know get spread online by other people anyway; as he came late as he was eating Rollex at Kawempe and forgot time. Mbabazi was deflecting and diplomatic again, without saying much, but this time not sounding like NRM imposter which was refreshing as he promised a change with his manifesto this time. Prof. Baryamureeba was just talking education and wondered if he would show some more character as a man and a leader, which took too long time, so he didn’t make any progress from last time. Bwanika and Biraaro continue to sound like exiting outsiders. But they were not really rebuttal by Museveni, Mbabazi or Besigye. The trio was the Markie and especially Museveni. What angered me was his arrogance in the beginning; it was like he was mumbling when Kyayla had her opening statement. As he was not used that people questioned his leadership. He never got used to it or appreciated it as he had to use long time answer everybody; more than anybody else! I know I am not wrong in that assessment.

Top Quotes of the Debate – That we’re unnecessary:

Museveni: “Problem with this debate is that we don’t have enough time to exhaust the many points raised”. Second one from Museveni: “If you want good accountability don’t make false accusations. There is no government that is accountable like the NRM”.

I will now take the best Opening statements as I see it. They speak for themselves!

Bwanika Opening Statement: “30 years ago I went to Kabale to get into high school. I saw a group of men pull a young lady to rape her. With the help of1 man we rescued her. That’s why I am in politics. I cannot continue to watch while our country goes down the drain. I believe I can help this country to move forward our economy”.

Dr. Kizza Besigye opening statement: “Serena Conference Center has profound influence on his being here tonight. 1981, I was incarcerated in this building. Actually, in the direction where candidate Museveni came from, In Feb1981 I was incarcerated in this building (Serena hotel). In1980 I supported Museveni; when he was running for Uganda Patriotic Movement We fought a war because of rigged elections. But we disagreed later. I’m here because off mismanagement of our politics. I am here to help in any way to set that foundations for our country. Museveni spoke about the problems of Africa is leaders who don’t want to leave”.

Museveni Opening Statement: “Other time I did not come because I was far away. I am here to talk about Uganda, not fiction. In 1900, Uganda was made up of different kingdoms. In 1962, it became an enclave economy. In 1962, Uganda was hinged on 3 Cs (cotton, copper and copper) & 3 Ts (tobacco, tourism and tea). NRM has revived economy. I’m glad I came here to talk to you directly. I’m not sure about mode of debate because it doesn’t give enough time. Talk about Uganda as it is, not as it should have been because it wasn’t”.

1986 Joke

Now I will show the basic different views on certain cases and themes of the evening; as the Debate took a lot of the many topics that was hard and also very specific. The candidates had different view on the matters and how they think of solving or the natural answer to the topic. The most highlighted for me was ICC and DRC/Somalia. Or the Army in the politics and the army abroad as a tool for the government, the important issue of accountability in any issue; while certain candidates fixed on that; the other ones deflected that one.

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On Insecurity:

Kyalya: “I would make sure there’s total peace among the kingdoms”.

Museveni: “On regional insecurity, insecurity is ideological, sectarianism, religion or tribe. It is a step forward that we no longer have wars in Uganda”.

Mbabazi: “Democracy can thrive in Uganda; Ugandans are free to vote whoever they like”.

Biraro: “Ugandans don’t need to go to Somalia to develop it, Somalia should develop itself”.

Besigye: “You can only go to a country to support it if they already have stability but if it doesn’t have it, then you can’t add value”.

Baryamureeba: “Involving ourselves in other countries’ matters, we will raise more enemies thus creating terrorism”.

Bwanika: “Uganda should have pulled out of ICC yesterday, it doesn’t show any fairness, we should build our own African systems”.

More on ICC:

Museveni;A founding signatory of the Rome Statute, on ICC: Yes we should be out of the ICC. ICC is not serious. It is partisan. There are so many people who should have been tried if they were serious. The way to go is to have our own African Criminal Court. Trying to work with ICC was a mistake” .

Here we see the different approach on the matter as the candidates see different reasons for the insecurity. The strangest thing was Bwanika and Museveni totally agreed on something and had an accord. It was a miracle that even Justice Ogola could not have for-seen!  

When it comes to the basics of insecurity their approach either seemed to be on the rights of Ugandans and their life would not be safe if they was not taken cared of; as if the borders and army is strong, but not food on the table what is the value. And certain like Kyalya was putting it in the hands of having peace in between the kingdoms as they have been pushed together by the British colonial power and now has to be sorted out to generate security in the country. This here was not the most heated piece of the evening that came when they started to discuss the exploitations and army invasion of Democratic Republic of Congo.

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On the DRC and Somalia:

Biraaro: “The UPDF’s continued role in Somalia is not a threat to stability in Uganda.

The only weakness with UPDF in Somalia is that it has no end. We need to put a time limits to operations”.

Besigye: “It is not a bad idea to send UPDF to help other countries. The problem is how it is done. Not only did we go into Congo without consensus but our mission was also contentious.

Deploying of UPDF must only be to support a political process. Going to enforce a political solution is reckless”.

Museveni rebuttled: “I object to Besigye’s stand. We intervened in Congo to defend ourselves. Congo was harboring rebels who were killing our people. We couldn’t accept that. Rwenzori is now peaceful. We defeated ADF and Rwenzori is now peaceful. Nobody can play with the security of Uganda when I am president”.

Besigye: “Unconstitutional behaviour of our government in Congo led to unpaid reparations worth $10bn. Ugandans are as aggrieved as the people of Congo as per the actions of our government”.

Mbabazi: “as an authority on the DRC matter, the ICC decision wasn’t based on the presence on Ugandan troops in Congo. He went to defend the Ugandan stance in the Hauge”.

While this question and topic was heated and made reasonable depth to the occasion as President Museveni was really irritated with Besigye questions on the actions done in the DRC, and also the way UPDF has been a part of the AMISOM mission in Somalia. While Museveni more said was a self-defense, though getting rid of two DRC presidents in short amount of time, doesn’t seem like self-defense for His Excellency, you would not just get rid of Mobutu, but also Laurent Kabila after that, that was not to destroy ADF and LRA, that was more and an government enterprise. But dear President, please continue to lie to yourself and your cronies. Mbabazi knows this an was very silent on the matter, nearly defending Museveni in a rare banter and tone, as if he tried to prove his loyalty towards him. Not being an alternative to him in a way; and a dangerous stance to do so if you supposed to candidate in contrast to another one, right?

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Later the President had to say this:

“When I listen to the talk here, it confirms that there is one person who can manage Uganda”.

This one here is just classic Museveni as he want to confirm for himself that he can only run Uganda, that he believes as he eats of everybody in the country and want to continue the party that he has had since 1986. I expected him to say 1986 a little more than did, though he had to be a history teacher and count back to Amin and Obote, as he can’t counter to other presidents, as there been none other in the last 30 years.

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On the Economic Prosperity:

Bwanika: “”Uganda’s economy is only $27b. It cannot even attract McDonalds”.

Kyayla: “”Ugandans have not endeavored to even learn Swahili yet it is a and official East African language, how do we expect to get jobs in Kenya and Tanzania?”

Besigye: “”If you have a corrupt system you cannot attract genuine investors, Ugandans should be helped to invest in their country.”

Barymueeba: “”If you go to our supermarkets here you will find mango juice manufactured in Cairo,We need to look at global competitiveness indicators. Rwanda beats us. So we do not compete”

Museveni: “Tax collection has gone up because of the investment. Indians are very dynamic business people… The talk here confirms that it is only me who can manage Uganda. These candidates want ready-made things”.

The issue here is the way Museveni thinks that his tax-collection is the basis of the investment climate, as if the stability and added workforce that does not add to the statics. The system need an overhaul as the State is not prioritizing or sufficient has mechanisms in place to generate the added value or regenerate the economy as it stagnates. Even if the corn or maize production has tripled since 1986, that does still not tell enough consider all the unemployed youth and little industry that are existing. That Uganda export is true and the country has ability to do so much more if the infrastructure and roads network had been a priority. The EAC is weak since the states has not used it well, or wanted to use it well, since they all have agendas. Nobody want to be the weak one. I was surprised by Prof. Barya as he proclaim that Rwanda has a better state then Uganda, as if the coffee export there is on the same level as Uganda and as the economy is better? That is a fiction as the size of the Rwandan economy is smaller and more fixed towards the government then in Uganda, as in Uganda it is a single elite who controls the economy and the materials that are exported. Something that need accountability and look into as the Kenyan need to look into the Tea and Sugar Cartels!

Albertine Graben

On Oil:

Mabirizi: “We need to invest more money in agriculture and tourism,  Oil can spoil our environment. When you go to the international market oil is going down. So we should invest in agriculture”.

Bwanika: “Oil does not belong to anyone. It belongs to the people of Uganda” Abed Bwanika This notion that oil belongs to individuals should never be heard of. Oil belongs to Ugandans and not individuals”

Besigye:Oil is certainly a curse in the hands of an unaccountable and corrupt regime. Oil can create complications including environmental disaster when mismanaged. In our plans, we think oil should be given specific attention and should have an authority. part of oil revenue should be saved for future generations”

Museveni: “The oil was discovered by the NRM… under my leadership and direct command. Uganda is now an exporter of human resource in terms of petroleum experts. Oil money will be used for infrastructure, science and innovation. It will not be used to import perfumes. I don’t think there is anybody who can be more accountable on oil revenue… we have a law passed by a multiparty Parliament”.

Besigye Rebuttled: “Oil was known to be in Albertine, even before Independence. He says NRM caucus was ‘ferried to Kyankwazi, drilled and came back to Parliament & reversed resolutions on oil law”.

Museveni: “”The British looked for between 1920 and 1956 and wrote a report that there was no oil”.

This here topic got heated as did the DRC adventure. The issue was how the Oil and what the oil-money can do. As the accountability is not there, as the WikiLeaks have shown and also how the Government has courted Tullow and sold the operations to other companies after that; there certainly some stories that is not told in the saga of Oil in Uganda. That I am sure of since Museveni want to eat that money, since he has been waiting on the operations of the oil-industry. The lie from Museveni was about the British as he want accept it wasn’t found before him. Since he is the man knows everything in Uganda and can assess anything; especially if he can earn money on it while the people or citizens will not. That is why he had to address Besigye and say he was wrong, as Besigye could never be right on any topic as he is not the man with the hat or the Museveni. Because Museveni is the only one who understands Uganda, you see how stupid that is Museveni? I don’t think so, because you were lying to your citizens on live-TV yesterday and without any scruples, you who started the evening as the history teacher and ended with lies!

Let me take the lie for what it is:

“In 1925, E.J. Wayland, director of the Geological Survey for the Uganda protectorate, mapped out indications of oil in the country to help re-spark exploration interest. In 1938, the Johannesburg-based African European Investment Company drilled the first exploration well, Butiaba Waki” (Oxfort Institute for Energy Studies, 2015).

I rest my case. 1925 and 1938 is ages before NRM even was birthed by President Museveni, even decades before he started Uganda Patriotic Movement. Get real or go home Museveni!

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On the Age and longevity in Power towards the end for President Museveni:

“I think this is a wrong argument. It’s a diversion. People need to be given the right to choose”.

Well that is all you as you cannot see other people then yourself Mr. President. It is not a diversion. Your former self mister President said it was problem with African leaders that they overstayed in Power! Therefore you became what you claimed was an issue. Therefore it is not a diversion except you want to deflect it as you never seem to want to leave power as you see yourself the one fit. I am sure there are more people who can be fit as President as they can either be able or live into the position. As you weren’t born a President Museveni, you took the power with arms and rifles mister President! The People can choose you or not. But the way you play around with it is to keep the guns and rise fear to continue to stay in power. Which is not letting the people choose, but your choosing for them. And when you go to your farm, please take with you the Yellow Booklet or binder; enjoy the cows and calls to Daniel Arap Moi! Peace.

Reference:

Oxford Institute for Energy Studies – ‘Oil in Uganda: Hard bargaining and complex politics in East Africa’ (Ocotber 2015).

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