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A Message to the UPF: You won’t solve Abiriga’s murder by arresting MPs!

I don’t know if this is the remedy, the Uganda Police Force has or the National Resistance Movement (NRM) have to secure their existence, because at some point of time. They just have to arrest some Members of Parliament on some fraudulent charges. This time it hon. Hassan Fungaroo Kaps, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) the Obangi County MP and also Betty Nambooze Bakireke, the Democratic Party (DP), the Mukono Municipality MP.

Today, the Police Force first took Nambooze from her home in Mukono, than she was put in Jinja Road Police Station before taken to Naggalama Police Station. Where she after a whole day was released. This after producing a statement and let out on bond until Friday, as the probe on Abiriga continues. That is because the Police says the MP has delivered “Offensive Communications”. Meaning, she said something profound online or in a broadcast. Which was insulting the intelligence of the NRM.

Certainly, the same must have been done by Fungaroo too. Both of them have to show up on Friday as the Police are investigating them. This is all a charade, where they are used as pawns to create chaos. Certainly, the UPF and UPDF don’t want people to look into the cover-ups and the sudden arrests surrounding Gen. Kale Kayihura, also the strange events around his airlift. Nothing seems like the statement the UPDF said. Neither, the changing narrative. They are doing that, as people are worked-up of the assassination of Abiriga.

Therefore, because these MP’s was speaking out, writing their heart out and actually taking a stand. The Police are shielding the state arresting them and trying to stop them from questioning the death of Abiriga. That is why the Uganda Communication Commission are also explaining how people should communicate about the investigation into Abiriga, because the state doesn’t like thinkers. The NRM Regime need loyal followers, everything else is sectarianism.

That is why this arrests and this threats against to MPs is just sad. They are used as tool from the state. Their arrests and their investigations into the words they said, won’t bear fruit and create any changes of the cause. This sort of investigation is more a public mirage, than actually making a difference. The investigation should be into the motorcycle killers and the leads from the murder-scene. Not if an MP wrote something on Facebook or talked on NTV. That is just nonsense and the world knows that.

What is saddest is that the state use these tools, instead of solving the murder. They are misusing the state resources on mirages on forgery and not on the initial investigation into who actually killed Abiriga. Because they are more preoccupied playing with these MPs and their lives. Using their time and spirit. This is not making the Republic better. Just hurting it instead and also the integrity of the Parliament. As again MPs are suddenly made criminals for speaking their mind. Peace.

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Uganda Communications Commission: Warning Against Promotion of Hate Speech and Incitement to Violence (13.06.2018)

Uganda Police Force: Update on Hon. Ibrahim Yusuf Abiriga’s murder investigation (12.06.2018)

Uganda Law Society: Statement on Hon. Ibrahim Abiriga’s Murder and the Deteriorating Security Condition (11.06.2018)

Locals sings ‘Ale leleko’ on Abiriga’s return to Arua: The Army in return answered with bullets!

Ale leleko” – translated to “We don’t Want Yellow!”.

Today, the casket of Hon. Ibrahim Abiriga arrived to Arua Airfield and was ready for the citizens to have the public burial of their Member of Parliament. This is just mere days after the assassination of him. Therefore, the public was tense before his casket came there. The public is mourning and worried as their MP came home.

What was sad that the army sent 10 trucks of soldiers from Bondo Army Barracks, who where there to takeover Arua town before the ceremony. There is no redemption from this, as the burial became bloody. Not only destruction of plastic chairs. But the soldiers shot bullet into the air. That in a burial of an MP ended up in more dead. That is really just sad, that in Arua two more people is reported dead. Two more people died because of the burial of Abiriga.

The people of Arua chased away possibly Funeral Workers from Kampala who spoke Luganda. Also beat on Journalists. These was tense youth, who struggles with the death of their MP. They didn’t even want to see the Yellow Color and anything associated with it. There is reports that Abiriga’s relatives have seek refuge at the Arua Police Station.

As reported from Arua:

We the Arua people don’t move the bodies of our loved ones in cars,we carry them and walk wherever we have to go,it took them too long to realise,that van would reach the venue at midnight” (…) “He has always been a hero to Arua people, HATE is an understatement for what they feel for NRM, but Abiriga has always won the votes despite being NRM because he loved his people more than the money”.

This is sentiment from Arua itself. Not just some random person saying it. The mourners did take the casket out of the car. Because they wanted a walking procession, not a slow-downed drive to the funeral. The locals wanted to celebrate their hero and pay their respects properly. They are also tense, because the NRM would destroy the affair. There is also reports that the A-Persons Funeral Services got the other bodies taken away from them too. That is why the army and the violence appeared.

Yellow cars got burned, everything yellow burned in Arua. Motorcycles everything. The youth have really showed their anger and reacted to the affair.

They don’t want yellow now and is tired of it, as they didn’t take care of their representative.

So what we know after today’s violence. We can wonder if the Security and Army will act as swiftly tomorrow. As they went on rampage and the locals chased the police and journalists away. The affair went from celebrating their slain hero, into sad tragic event, no one worthy. The saddest part is that the public have even more people to mourn. As people got shot and killed by soldiers today.

This is a sad way of ending a life and the day before the burial. As the people wanted to celebrate the end of their MP’s life. Abiriga really got the people’s heart, more than we the outsider could understand.

Therefore – Ale leleko. Peace.

Sudden deaths: The Lack of Security!

I would like to distinguish my use of violence from other dictators used the gun to put an end to the use of the gun. There was no and other way”Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at Campaign Rally in 1996.

The story of Ibrahim Abiriga, the story of Andrew Kaweesi and all the sudden deaths in Uganda follows a pattern. This isn’t about their initial rise to power. More its on the lack of security, the rise of insecurity, as so many sudden deaths goes untraceable and without concern of the state. They just vanish, disappear and get no further notice. The stories of all the woman kidnapped and killed, all the innocent woman in last year taken in and around Entebbe. All of this people got the same fate.

They all suddenly get taken away without any warning, certain killers roam the streets and take people away. Certain set of criminals are taken the Republic and they know they will not get caught. Because the Police doesn’t have the ability and neither has the state resources to capture them. That is the sadness. That the state should have the ability and the capabilities to solve this. Find the culprits and let them meet the court of law for prosecution. However, at this point, if we would ever get the real murderer of Kaweesi, that would be a miracle. The same can be said of the Entebbe murders and the mafia’s kidnapping woman. Either ever thinking of getting the killers of Abiriga.

This here is a sad moment, another reflection of the failed state, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has created. Over so many decades and over so long time. The President, the almighty incarnation of power, the big-man of the Republic has promised and said that during his time. That insecurity would be gone and the security was the first priority. However, with time that has dwindled. Especially when cases like this come.

When the similarities of motorcycle groups coming with guns and ambushing high-ranking officials, before assassinating them. This is not a joke, that they can come on motorcycle, storm the cars and shot people into oblivion in the midst of early morning or late afternoon. Says it all, that the state is lacking the need of security and safety net to even secure the highest people of the Republic. What about the run of the mill citizen. Shouldn’t they worry that suddenly someone will make them stop. Someone would come for them and make them stop breathing.

That is random story, a random fantasy. That is the reality, the sad grim reality of the Republic. The NRM and the Police are not capable of securing their own, the high ranking individuals, and the ones that loyal to the state. They are sudden taken away and gotten rid of like garbage. Just shoot down and left to rot on the street. If that isn’t heartbreaking, nothing is. This here is failing of a state.

There is nothing else to say. Nothing can top that. This here is the failing of a state, they cannot even secure the people of the highest rank. Anyone in the state can be touched and be taken away. No one has the power to stop this or have the ability defend themselves against it.

This is ruthless, senseless and the true devastation of society. When random killers can roam the streets and the Police is hunting like headless chickens after them. There is nothing to redeem or give hope. The silence and the pledges is pointless. The lives cannot be resurrected. They are already dead and gone.

While the state didn’t deliver, what it was supposed to do. It was supposed to have the used the guns to end the need for guns. However, Museveni haven’t delivered the security, this rise of fatal crimes is proof of the lack of security of the territory. Everyone can be touched at this current state, not that Police has the capacity or ability to even catch the killers. They are just walking away scotch-free. Peace.

Abiriga assassinated on the way home!

Two unknown men on a motorcycle went an assassinated Ibrahim Abiriga, the Arua Member of Parliament for the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and his bodyguard. As they have shot bullets into his car as he was on his way on this Friday the 8th June 2018. Again, another big-man get taken out by motorcyclists with guns ambushing someone on the way home. They killed him on the Gulu Highway on the way home to his Kawanda home in Wakiso District. This time it was a prominent MP and who was a vocal supporter of the Movement. But, alas something is wrong when people like this get taken away.

Not that support any of the ideas or ideals that Abiriga stands for, still I never wants his kind to die. That is not the just way. This is just wrong. Period. That someone fires bullets at a politician and a representative is wrong. To kill his guard is wrong. Everything about this tale is wrong. Thou shall not kill. It is a very simple commandment, but for some hard to follow.

Abiriga is the Yellow Man, the Yellow Fellow. The big-man and the voice of Museveni for many. He was so pro, that he was having a yellow car and all yellow clothes. As he was one of the noisy supporters of the cause. Now he is shot dead and gone.

That this can happen and usually get unresolved, the same happen to former AIGP Andrew Kaweesi and to this day. We still have no clear answers or indication into who ordered, payed and did the deed back-then. Now we have similar affair, but instead of leaving his home for duty. Someone went for Abiriga on his way home. This is just sad. The deteriorating state of security. The lack of safety and the opportunity to get rid of someone like this.

However, this here is deliberate killings, there we’re two hooded persons, who was motorcycle driving with the intent to assassinate Abiriga. You don’t do this sort of thing without careful planning. Therefore, someone knew of this and knew his car well. His yellow suits, so if someone wanted to carry this out. They would easily spot him and being able to follow him. They must have monitored him, before they ended his life.

What can for certainly know is that the NRM and the President is going to use this, to again proclaim CCTV Cameras and other bold statements to secure the investigation. But when coming to delivering that. It will be lackluster and lack of delivering up to promise. Neither have I faith that the investigation or individuals behind the murder will get caught. Since other killers has gotten away with it, just like the kidnappers do too.

These senseless killings, the sudden end of life and the death of the innocent is just sad. We might disagree with the NRM and their ways, but we don’t want them dead. We want to seek other means to get a peaceful transition in the future. This here is just wrong on all levels. All assassinations like these are wrong. You cannot say otherwise.

That unknown men on motorcycles can ambush and assassinate someone is a worrying sign. That they can get away and not be caught is also worrying. All of this is just the meager state of security, that even MPs can be touched and taken away. They can be left astray and left in limbo. The state doesn’t have the ability to secure their passage and their lives.

Abiriga, I disagreed on almost everything you stand-for and everything you did. But you didn’t deserve to end this way. This is a betrayal of the state and their institutions, that you ended this way. No one should get this final goodbye. No one should get this final goodbye. This is not the way to do it. Peace.

Uganda: MoDVA – Supplementary Expenditure Schedule No. 3 for the FY 2017/18 Budget (22.05.2018)

Greed 101: The 10th Parliament MPs are doubling their own salaries!

“They have plundered the world, stripping naked the land in their hunger… they are driven by greed, if their enemy be rich; by ambition, if poor… They ravage, they slaughter, they seize by false pretenses, and all of this they hail as the construction of empire. And when in their wake nothing remains but a desert, they call that peace.” – Tacitus

These Members of Parliament is are the definition of greed. They already have cars paid by the government, and then not some off-back neck-in-the-woods ones, but something with 4 Wheel Drive and usually a SUV. These same MPs got tax exempt in 2016, that gotten suits, foods and other benefits in their salaries, they are so caked up with funds for themselves, it isn’t funny. And comparing these fellow brothers and sisters to average salary rate in the Republic. Would be an insult to salary rate in the Republic.

They are now in 2018 trying to get their salary doubled from 11 million shillings to 24 shillings. When they are already paid hefty sums for the cars, the monthly gratuity, medical expenses covered through insurance, wardrobe grants, furnished offices, mileage facilitation, constituency facilitations, sitting fees, allowances for plenary sittings and airtime allowances as well. There is nothing that is already covered, expect for the side-dish allowance, so if they have a man or woman on the side, the state will cover that too!

Because this is an insult to the state, the whole republic. They are already the special class who has a salary, which is tax-exempt, that they fixed for themselves in 2016. They have added and added for every Parliament, added more perks and more covering of their expenses, while their own salary has sky-rocketed.

It is a reason why they are unaccountable and not trusted, its because they are eating, while so many and plenty are living hand to mouth. While the state is figuring out more loans and added debt, these people are topping off on the loads of cash borrowed or donated. They are taking the aid and donations, the squeezing of every buck from the Republic as God-given right. They continue to do so.

So these subject isn’t new, at every twist and turn, these MPs are trying to hash out more funds from the public. Because of any reason within here and the moon. Let’s just be clear, this isn’t fair salary, this is a theft of a nation and the MPs are the embodiment of it. If they weren’t thieving like this, they are still getting kickbacks, grabbing land and also getting paid to vote in favour of the Presidents bills. That is known as the handshakes and “suits” has been given in the past for favourable bills.

This is the National Resistance Movement paradigm, we eat and the rest of you starve, because we need everything and deserve everything. We liberated you so we could eat off your plate and everyone else too. Because we deserve that, while the rest of you fork-up the money, so we can represent you. That is what they are saying and continue saying, without showing any signs of accountability or responsibility to their constituents, because they don’t matter anyway.

As long as they are paid, and paid-in-full. Peace.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees steps up support for Uganda’s refugee programme (20.02.2018)

The data verification exercise is scheduled to be completed by September 2018 – including introduction of biometric checks at food distribution sites.

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 20, 2018/APO Group/ —

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today new measures to support the government of Uganda’s refugee programme, including through a major biometric data verification exercise.
“We are taking extremely seriously recent developments in Uganda. The refugee programme in this country is of critical importance, given the scale of the emergency and the role model played by Uganda in welcoming and receiving so many people seeking international protection,” said UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, George Okoth-Obbo.

“On 1 March, in support of the Ugandan government, we together with our partners are launching a massive biometric verification exercise of all refugees in Uganda. This nation-wide re-enrolment and verification process will be key to help the government in fixing discrepancies in refugee data,” added Okoth-Obbo.

UNHCR has already deployed staff, with partner emergency teams, to start the exercise. In total, more than 400 staff will register refugees.

The data verification exercise is scheduled to be completed by September 2018 – including introduction of biometric checks at food distribution sites. The tried and tested UNHCR biometric system has already been used in 48 countries across the world and helped register some 4.4 million refugees.

In parallel, UNHCR’s independent Inspector General’s Office is rigorously pursuing its own oversight and due diligence measures, including investigations of several serious allegations received in 2017 on fuel embezzlement, one allegation of sexual exploitation and abuse, irregular tendering of water trucking, and fraud in procurement and food distribution.

Uganda initiated a probe in January after reports received by UNHCR and the World Food Programme (WFP) alleged corruption and grave misconduct by government officials involved in refugee assistance.

“Let me be crystal clear: the allegations reported so far are not focused on UNHCR. Our investigations aim at supporting the recently launched probe by the Ugandan prime minister to fight corruption and grave misconduct by its officials,” said UNHCR’s Okoth-Obbo.

“At UNHCR, we have zero tolerance for misconduct, abuse and exploitation. Every possible report or allegation is thoroughly assessed,” stressed Okoth-Obbo.

Allegations concerning other UN agencies or implementing partners have been referred to the respective organizations for internal investigation, and those concerning government staff or entities have been referred to authorities in Uganda. UNHCR is closely monitoring the outcomes of these investigations and is closely cooperating with the Ugandan authorities and other partners.

UNHCR is also strengthening its monitoring and oversight to prevent a reoccurrence of the events, including the deployment of more senior staff to help put in place additional safeguards.

These new measures are being implemented as the current Representative is reaching the end of his term and a more senior replacement is about to arrive.

“Throughout his time in Uganda, Mr Bornwell Kantande has demonstrated deep commitment, steering the UNHCR operation in a particularly challenging environment characterized by multiple refugee influxes, with Uganda now hosting the largest number of refugees of any country in Africa. After almost three years as Representative, he will shortly move to a new assignment and in the meantime continues to enjoy my full support and trust,” said UN High Commissionner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

Uganda provides protection to well over one million refugees, keeping an open-door policy for people fleeing conflict and persecution.

“We need a strong and collective response which aims at strengthening the refugee programmes in Uganda, while drawing lessons from the current situation,” concluded UNHCR’s Okoth-Obbo.

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