Its been a week where the Democratic Party MP for Mukono Betty Nambooze has been charged and arrested for offensive communications in the case of deceased politician Abiriga. So since 13th June 2018, the troubles has been heavy for the Member of Parliament, she was even taken from her home and dispatched between police stations before she was supposed to be allowed on bond. However, she has been buried in cases.
Where she with her heart condition has not gotten the needed treatment, even seen enough doctors and be to the hospital. So her condition is deteriorating. Not that it matters to the law and the authorities. They don’t care if her body and mind is failing, if the sickness are creating more weakness for the MP. Because they are building a case and showing force.
So finally, yesterday, because what she wrote after Abiriga was assassinated. She has deserved treatment and if she had violated any law. It could be postponed until her health was better. That she would be normal and not bed-ridden in uncertainty like now. This is really showing the lack of understanding and needs of the citizen.
That on top of this, they are now ceasing her phones, tablets and computers to be used in investigation as per Court Order on the 20th June, as well as prolonging the investigation by 14 more days. That means the state will use in the first part of the discovery and to investigate the matter, a total of 22 days or a little over 3 weeks. This while her heart condition is making her life worse. That is punishment in itself and harming her.
The Police have even used Court Order to storm the Kirudu Hospital where she is bedridden to get the collect the evidence, as she was for over 48 hours in Police Stations. Before she was taken to the Hospital by the lawyers and also with help from the Uganda Human Rights Commission. Clearly, this shouldn’t be this hard and the state should be ashamed of how they are charging and investigating a fellow citizen.
It is like Nambooze is the biggest terrorist and the one that is the biggest threat to the state. With the acts of the Police, you would think that she was cousin of Kony and if she was the offspring of the ADF. Because that would make sense. However, common sense is that she is pinned and a picked victim of the failing insecurity in Uganda. They are pinning her and using her statements to show the people what is justice. Instead of actually considering her words, they are detaining and ready to suffer for her comments.
The state is ready to violate human beings and misuse their powers, that is the signal of the activity and oppression that the MP is going through. This will not bring Abiriga back and she is not the killer. There is someone out there laughing at this and thinking how foolish the Police are, as they are pinning offensive communications on someone as they please. Even Museveni has said much worse about random state subject since 14th June 2018. Therefore, the law is justified. Peace.
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.
Sometimes, you wonder if all the payments from the big-man has deluded someones mind and vision. Like he has to call hardliners in the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) extremists, because supporters of FDC are vicious people in his eyes. That is because they don’t pay him to spread their vision. The more Andrew Mwenda speak, the more he sounds like the brethren of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Today is no different. He speaks of the beautiful rain-man style voodoo of the National Resistance Movement (NRM). Take a look!
“Lessons for Besigye from Kyadondo East
So yesterday the state deployed its full military might on display like it has never done before. The aim? To win in Kyadondo East. In spite of the deployment (and perhaps because of it) the NRM candidate lost. Bobi Wine won. First lesson: no amount of rigging can stop people power. Second lesson: Kizza Besigye and his hooligans have no people power. Third lesson: FDC extremists claiming anyone stole their votes are deluded. Advice to FDC extremists: Go to the people and get their support first. Stop lying to yourselves that someone steals your votes” (Andrew Mwenda, 30.06.2017).
I don’t know if Mwenda was considering that if it was the same with Presidential Elections compared to the a smaller By-Election. He should think of it differently. There was play of Police Officers and Military Police in the Kyadondo East polls. But they we’re not as significant as during the General Election of 2016. When the whole militarized politics and the police interference in politics was into another level. Yesterday, the only thing IGP Kale Kayihura did was smiling and not calling all his brigades, neither all of the RDC or DPC to act upon the promise to cherish the Presidents vision.
That is what happens, all of the state are in the works during a Presidential Election, where the State are already using all their methods and all organizations to take control. They use even fighter planes to fly over Kampala to spread the fear and stop people from demonstrating. They used all sorts of policing to barricade and stop party works of the FDC. They imprisoned major parts of the FDC leadership, activists all over the country and there wasn’t any sort of momentum to gain. The public couldn’t be engaged when they are fighting court-battles and not have the time to significantly move them.
It wasn’t like in February 2016 the team around Dr. Kizza Besigye and Gen. Mugisha Muntu was chilling it on Lake Victoria on the beach with a Nile Brew. Certainly, the state was using all tactics to stop the movement and possible demonstrations, they we’re even more eager to arrest, detain and silence the opposition FDC and others. They were more vigilant. Not like in Kyadondo East where 10 people we’re arrest at Kasangati, if it was in and around February, there were dozens of people arrested, the we’re people shot and killed during demonstrations. The police was using tear-gas and ensuring massive amounts of fear. Not like yesterday, they we’re really just barricading and driving around compared to the Presidential Election.
That the people’s power in the General Election would means that the engagement of the Bobi Wine style in whole of Uganda. The difference is that the NRM regime wouldn’t allow that. If the locals in every village and every town, than Mwenda’s people would have reacted and called in uncivilized, not called it people’s power. They would claim that people had lost their marbles and should trust in the NRM. Because people like Mwenda praises and lives of the NRM. Mwenda doesn’t want the public to take control of the National Talley Centre where the Electoral Commission together with their officers we’re rigging the election. That one was close guarded and would need an army to stop it.
That the Opposition party officials and the ones with the copies of the Declaration Forms, they we’re hold at gun-point, their houses raided and the offices cleared as well. This was not how they did it at the By-Election. They acted more peaceful for a simple reason. The NRM didn’t need this one… If they needed it they would acted like they did during the General Election of 2016. The NRM already owns the Parliament, owns the State and controls the Security Organization. This is just formalities at this point, the Parliament are a majority of NRM MPs. These are all men and woman loyal to the crony system of the President.
There is a vast difference and if Mwenda’s vision would be real, as the ones around Kasangati Resort, he would like the people to rise-up, walk together towards Okello House and throw the President in Lake Victoria, leave his Presidential Lodges and Farms burning across the land. See citizens on every corner throw stones at the Police Officers. Act up on the Military and Soldiers, stop paying VAT and really not act as a citizens. Stop the whole system, revolt and act with true resistance and defiance against the NRM regime. Be worse than Walk to Work, be more vigilant than the Action 4 Change and get all sorts of demonstrations against the system.
If this happen, he would call of them extremist, but that is what the Kyadondo really did. They closed off and stopped the rigging inside the Kasangati Resort. If this would have stopped during the election, the Police had be taken hostage by the public, the Talley Center’s had been taken by the public and the Electoral Officials would been followed by the public every moment. Not had the capacity to rig the numbers and give the polling stations different numbers. They would have made issues in every town, every village and in every parish. The Police would have to act upon it and the military too. There wouldn’t be breathing place and a place of ordinary peace.
I want to wish you good luck Mr. Mwenda, if the FDC are radicals or extremists, than his wish of Kyadondo East election, means that he wishes true defiance, true resistance and expression towards the Electoral Commission in unprecedented levels. Such that the NRM never seen and we can only hope happens. But Mwenda seems to forget the legacy of how the Police and military attacks the FDC in the hour of dire need and how the leadership are taken behind bars in and around the polls. But hey, Mwenda has forgotten how it is to be a voice against the NRM, when your could suddenly be silenced and be taken behind bars. For any sort of speech and acts against the regime. This he shouldn’t forget, but the paychecks from them, let is dementia hit early. Peace.
All provisional results from the current tallies are in favor of Robert Kyagulanyi, the other two main candidates like Forum for Democratic Change Apollo Kitinti and National Resistance Movement Sitenda Ssebula, seems like they have to consed to the Independent Candidate Kyagulanyi. The By-Election in Kyadondo East have been a special by-election by all means.
Especially knowing that the Military Police arrived in the Constituency today, together with mambas and a 1000 Police Officers. All squaring of Kasangati Resort, reports earlier of staff doing the NRM bidding. Therefore, the NRM candidate after voting today, proclaimed that the Bobi Wine should call him and sing at his victory party. This all seems like a far fetched dream. The musician turned politician, proves his capacity, but how smart and wise he will be in parliament. That is time to tell. He knows how to gain crowds and sell his story and vision, but will that create policy. More important the vital step away from dictatorship and oppression. That is why himself was even detained for a hot-minute at Kiira Road Police Station before the final rallies.
The NRM was lost, unless they wanted to use Police Force and Military Police to change the result, cook the books like they did during the General Election 2016. No-one with a little heart or understanding believes the result of the Presidential Election in 2016. That is lie and even Ofwono Opondo knows so, but he has to say otherwise to get his paycheck. Why I mention him, because he says Bobi Wine already are beating the FDC and NRM.
That the Police had to shoot wild in Kasangati, had to throw tear-gas and the supporters throwing stones at the barricades of Police Officers at Kasangati Resort, proves the little trust in Electoral Commission, the Police and the State in general. Therefore, the rallies with President Museveni didn’t help much. Not even the reports of bribing voters with little tokens of joy and pleasures to buy a term in office. The rigging have clearly not worked or been stopped, if the preliminary results are real. Because a normal tally score is 50 % to Bobi Wine and about 25% for Kantinti and Ssebula. This proves their face value and the recognition of the new force.
That Bobi Wine has endured and been part of the struggles of Besigye is clear, he has been in the Court-Room, been at his house and asked for courtesy when running, he even went to the home of “Bad DP” Betty Nambooze and asked her guidance too. So he proves he is savvy in forging relationship among the opposition. This will be needed in Parliament. Not only his vision and what he want to stand for.
You know times has changed when the Police Spokesperson and AIGP Asan Kasingye at the tally-center where congratulating Bobi Wine on the victory, just like Besigye and others has done with pride on Twitter. Clearly, this election in Kyadondo East is moving. That the Wakiso District is answering with special ballot. The pure result, that is hard to interfere and get away with, even as the numbers of security personnel is out of bound. Still, they didn’t have it in them, though the Tear-Gas has rocked Kasangati today!
And you know, their short-shortsightedness when the NRM wanted to rig in Kasangati, the homestead of Besigye, the place and friend of Bobi Wine, there would not be anyone accepting it there. That is why the place has been filled with officers, live bullets and tears, barricades at the Kasangati Resort and the Crime Preventers that we’re rumored to be in the constituency didn’t even help Pre-Ticketing ballots. This was a landslide and the NRM couldn’t handle the wind of Dembe and the Bobi Wine.
Because the Police did set up all sort road blocks, they had the Mambas and had their presence in the constituency, but with no luck. Clearly, the supporters and people around Bobi Wine has been clear, that they will not give this one away. The amounts of Military Police didn’t even do the NRM any good. So their intimidation and their bribes didn’t turn it, not even their plans to rig the stuffed ballots, didn’t work either. This is how the game in a dictatorship should be played.
Take your ear to the ground and learn. This is maybe one MP to the 10th Parliament, but also a sign of the efforts to stifle the game for the NRM and their vicious attempt of thieving the National Assembly and the whole state. Peace.
“I know victory is mine. I have already called Bobi Wine to come and entertain my voters” – Sitenda Sebalu.
In Kasangati the Independent Candidate Muwada Nkunyingi got detained today at Kasangati Police Station. The candidate was also severely beaten into unconscious by the well-known DPC James Patrick Kawalya, before taken into custody, no backing down from the National Resistance Movement on election da in Kyadondo East By-Election. Even his lawyer Abdul Lubega is down at the Police Station trying to iron out the differences between the Police and his candidate. They even arrested the Local Councilor Abas Kiyimba, he is even an NRM guy himself, but while the votes are happening, that doesn’t matter.
At Kasangati Resort, the supporters of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has been at, is where the supposed rigging of the election is happening. Therefore, the Police Officers and NRM Mobilisers has told the media to step-off. That can been seen as a provocation, as people are being arrested. The Mambas and the Anti-Riot Police Officers are also being dispatched to the Hotel in Kasangati. The Police has also barricaded the premises with bunch of Police Officers. Many of the Supporters of Bobi Wine has been arrested on the spot, as they have tried to defend their votes from rigging. The Supporters started to throw stones, while the police has answered with canisters of tear-gas. Clearly,
The are even reports that the NRM Chairman of Wakiso District Abdul Kiyimba held voters at gun-point to pressure voters, apparently, the NRM has their stash-house which is alleged at Kasangati Restort, but also needs their henchmen to spread fear directly at the Polling stations. The NRM are not playing around this time.
Clearly, there will be happening more around the next hours, as Benghazi or Kasangati are in the middle of this By-Election, the Wakiso District that the President didn’t care about in General Election 2016, but he has put up the Ante this time!
This is just the beginning of the day and while the polling is still going-on. We can just wait and see when the counting and the issues around the Electoral procedures with forms and final numbers. That will clearly be tense, as the Police Force are deliberately defending the NRM and their practices, even as they are arresting their own. Which is rare, as the epic show-down in Kasangati is happening. Peace.