The dead silence: Otafiire cannot help himself

“You forget that when the NRM dominated Masaka, there were no killings. Someone else is in charge of Masaka politically”Kahinda Otafiire (09.09.2021).

The murders and killings in the Greater Masaka region must be used as a ploy and a decoy. Instead of taking responsibility and go after the culprits. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) and its regime is on high alert to implicate the National Unity Platform (NUP). Which is obvious.

This is not a new tactic to implicate opposition and activists who are dissidents of the state in serious matters. No, that has been going as long as I can remember. The opposition and its leaders can easily become targets and become enemies of the state. That’s why they are aimed at and accused of the murders now.

We have been here before, the names and the party has changed, but the objective is the same. Implicate leaders and affiliates, claim the party is ill-advised and vilify it. While never ever going after the killers and assassins in question. No they are roaming free without any hesitation and can move to the next target. The ones with machetes and weapons to kill can buzz of into darkness. That what they do… while the NUP is blamed.

Kahinda Otafiire and the politicians blaming the NUP directly better come clear with evidence and proof. As Ofwono Opondo couldn’t help himself either on NBS Frontline yesterday. They were both implicating the NUP and doing a blatant attempt of criminalizing the opposition party and its members. That says it all really.

Not that I am shocked by this, but it shows what the state actors and high ranking officials are willing to do. They are doing this for the whole nation and republic to see. While there is no proof and it is deliberate to make a narrative to implicate innocent people in murders in Masaka.

What is tragic about yesterday is that we are supposed to forget when the NRM was running Masaka and when the opposition was campaigning that the Police Force or the army killed civilians following the opposition convoy. The NRM have killed and continues to do so. They don’t spare a life, but rather take it. This is at least how it seems to the naked eye. While they always blame the enemy. If it is Amin, Obote or now Bobi Wine, because it is never the Movement. Well, if it continues to happen… then it must be you!

This isn’t funny but injustice in action. Its obscene and outrageous. A clear aim at a political gain on another people’s tragedy. Instead of taking action to stop it or find the killers. You are making a political stand and assaulting a third party, which wasn’t involved in it in the first place.

We can act a fool, but this is just getting stupid. There is no redeeming factor in this. Only a sinister move to make the NUP the villain. That is the mere reality of this. The NRM isn’t any better and this is what they do. We could wish for better, but that is too much to ask. Peace.

The dead silence: Terrorism charges on the horizon for the two “suspected” opposition MPs

“Murder (Huh), mur—

Murder (Talkin’ ’bout a murder), mur—

Murder (Huh), mur— mur—

Murder (Check it out)” – UGK – ‘Murder’ 1996

We knew already last week that the gig was up. The state had already found their targets and the fall men. They just happened to be National Unity Platform (NUP) Members of Parliament. These are just framed for crimes they have not committed, and the Police Force just found the perfect excuse.

Because of the seriousness of the crimes, these will not be able to be out on bail or avoid prosecution. Even if it is all pinning crimes on innocent civilians like these gentlemen. This is the state using crimes they cannot solve to get dissident behind bars. That is all it is and it is just fitting. That’s why opposition leaders have been charged with treason and other serious counts of crimes. Alas, there has never been any resolve or proof of that matter. Still, the state has used its powers and kept them under leash with the charges pinned on them.

That why we know the drill and here is the latest:

“ Police have said some of the suspects arrested recently over the gruesome murders in Masaka sub-region have implicated MPs Muhammad Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana of planning the terrorism acts” (…) ““The suspects indicated to us how they were promised wealth and this was under the command of the two politicians. We are going to record statements from the two MPs who are behind the murders,”Enanga said.“The statements from suspects indicate that in a meeting at Ndeeba, they were recruited and all was done under the command of the two politicians. We want explanation from them.”” (Kenneth Kazibwe – ‘MPs Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana planned Masaka murders in Kampala, says Police’ 06.09.2021, Nile Post).

This here shows that the Police and the Authorities was predetermined to pin the crimes on the individuals in question. Doesn’t matter, if it is true or not. What matters is to get them behind bars and that they must fight for their freedom. Even when there is no proof or evidence of their involvement in the matter. It is just hearsay and rubbish, which the state uses to forge it all. They are creating more injustice, instead of finding the culprits and the ones who are behind the murders. That says something about the current affairs and what the state is willing to do.

They are willing to create political prisoners out of a tragedy and a massacre. The state is willing to pin these murders and call them conspirators of it. While the men and leaders behind it is roaming free. They rather shield the assassins and killers, than capture them. That’s what the state is doing and show how sinister it is. This is no joke and all the victims are mocked by this. The trial, the charges and the whole charade is a mockery of rule of law. As it is penalizing innocent men to damage the hurt of a state who cannot capture the real criminals.

They rather let the gangs of machetes, the gang on the boda-boda’s and the mercenaries of the state run free. Than actually try to find  them and put them behind bars. It is easier to take down two MPs who are dissidents and make them felons. That says a lot about how far the state goes and how little it takes to become a criminal in the state. When you are a target and it’s justified to arrest you over nothing. Just because you associate and work for the opposition. That is enough grounds to pin other people’s crimes on you. The murders of Masaka is now on these gentlemen. Even when they got nothing to do with it. It really says it all about the lack of professionalism and care for the law within the ranks of authority. When they are willing to do this and use their force in this manner. It isn’t shocking, but a tragic result nevertheless.

The ones that has died and their remaining families are also insulted in this. As they remain and lives are connected to innocent civilians who shouldn’t answer for the crimes committed against them. The dead cannot speak and neither has the families of the deceased any resolve to make a difference. Alas, this is a farce and forgery. It is targeted ploy to get two MPs behind bars. Nothing else and the dead is served even more injustice, as the culprits and the ones who sanctioned their demise is running free. Peace.

The dead silence: DCI summons Ssegirinya and Sssewanyana MP for the Greater Masaka murders [a fiasco finds two fall men]

The murders of Greater Masaka area have gone on for over a month. The state and authorities has issued their stances. The Uganda Police Force and even the army have been deployed. They have suddenly been out and guarded parts of the region. However, there haven’t any official statement or proof of finding evidence or the culprits of all the murders in the Greater Masaka Area.

Now it’s all official, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have summoned two National Unity Platform (NUP) MPs. These are the high profiled individuals of Kawempe North MP Mohammad Ssegirinya and Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana. It is striking that it’s them and just shows what the state does.

The MPs have to both appear at Masaka Police Station on Monday 6th September 2021, as the DCI is investigating the murders in Greater Masaka during August 2021. So, this is the state pinning popular and dissenting MPs. These are not involved or implicated in any way or fashion in the murders of Greater Masaka. However, that is perfect sort of way of maliciously finding means to charge and sentence them.

This is the Police Force trying to frame these two MPs for the murders. They are trying to make these as masterminds. What is striking about Mr. Updates is that he was in the Netherlands working for his constituency while they summoned him. That shows how stupid the whole thing. It just shows what the state is willing to do.

We know this is political prosecution and not actually finding the killers or gangs with machetes going on a rampage in Greater Masaka region. No, they are just making a mockery of the law and trying to implicate some opposition leaders. There is nothing else to this and it’s not even funny. It just shows how naked the system is.

As their “investigation” goes suddenly to two Kampala NUP MPs. This is just hogwash and rubbish. Everyone know this and they are just trying to find someone to pin it on. These are not criminal masterminds, but Kampala legislators. They are not hoodlums or gangsters. No, they are just vocal dissidents of the regime and this regime is now haunting them for no apparent reason.

Instead of actually going after the ones that is killing, the groups with machete and finding the killers. They are targeting innocent civilians and MPs who has nothing to do with it. That says a lot about the waste of resources and use of police officers in this investigation. They could have tried find and look after the evidence. However, that is out of the picture and they rather just make it a farce.

The DCI isn’t serious with this. They are used as a political weapon to destroy and find means of silencing the opposition. The authorities are using the murders now to implicate dissidents. While they should go after killers and the ones who issued the orders. That they are not doing, which just happens to be their original job. This is their mandate, but they prefers being a tool for oppression. Peace.

The dead silence: The murder sprees of Greater Masaka Region

Fear has increased in Masaka region after the panga-wielding assailants killed another man in Sembabule district. His death brings the number of murder victims to 18 in Greater Masaka Region in one month” (Urban Television, 27.08.2021).

At this current time and age it is not like the authorities or the government has the trust of the Republic. To the contrary they despise and distrust them. The Uganda Police Force and all other state organized security organization can be put into question. As their main interests isn’t securing the general public’s safety, but keeping the system and regime alive.

That’s why so many murder cases are cold. There are so many who is supposed to be resolved and answered. However, they are all left in a office and forgotten in a folder there. The police isn’t investigating or finding the needed evidence to solve the cases. No, these murders and killings are happening with no consequences.

This has happened over the years. There been both high ranking officials and known leaders who has been killed. When these are not solved or answered for. Then what the ordinary or innocent civilians dying as well this way? Well, they are just collected as numbers and forgotten eventually. As there is one outrage to another outrage. It is from one scandal to another.

One month it is boxers and another Muslim clerics. Right now its people living in the Greater Masaka region. Before it was woman who was kidnapped and killed in Entebbe town. In between that the ones associated with National Unity Platform (NUP) and People Power Movement was targeted. Just like the ones who was part of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) was taken in and extra judicially killed too. Therefore, this isn’t new…

What is happening in the Greater Masaka Region is tragic. That 20 lives has been taken within a month. We cannot expect these to be solved or the families knowing who killed their family member. That is too much to ask. When MPs and High Ranking Officials are dead with no trace too. If the gangs or on motorcycles or using machetes. It doesn’t matter. They are allowed to roam around and do their bidding.

These sorts of gangs has been allowed to this before without any retaliation. There been blazing words and promises. However, they have been allowed to go to the next target and promised to be silent for a hot minute. Because, the outrage and the fear has to die down. Before they find the next victim and kills more. That is how it looks and these folks never serve time or is charged in the courts.

They can go around and make people suffer. If they we’re part of BodaBoda2010 or the Flying Squad. If these are LDUs or Crime Preventers in the past. God knows… but what we do know is that they are allowed and they can kill. They are assassins and murdering civilians without any consequences.

That’s why suddenly like the murders was happening in the Greater Masaka Region. These will stop as well. Just like they stopped over night targeting Muslim clerics and Woman in Entebbe. The same will happen in Masaka. As the group will leave and their job was done.

The same gentlemen who killed will be able to find work and operate elsewhere. These will find another safe-haven and a den of thieves to enjoy their spoils. While they are awaiting orders of more executions and murders. That is how these things goes and it seems to be legit for them. They know the drill and await their turn.

It is tragic and sinister… but that is how it seems and it’s not looking good. The murders after curfew seems to continue. Lives is at stake and these are untouchable assassins. Peace.

Buganda Youth Council: Condemnation of Tribal Segregation and Disrespect of Cultural Leaders (22.05.2020)

Obwakabaka Bwa Buganda letter to the Daily Monitor – Re: False Allegations About Kingdom of Buganda and Demands for Damages For Libel A Prominent Public Apology and Withdrawal of the False article (22.04.2020)

Obwakabaka Bwa Buganda: Woofisi Ya Katikkiro Mayiga letter to Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni – RE: New Lower Secondary Curriculum (04.03.2020)

Apparently, the Katikkiro snubbed Museveni!

Rumors are ripe that am going to be appointed VP; that that’s the reason Pres M7 was hosted by Kabaka Mutebi at Banda Palace so the President might brief the King. I am not the next VP. Iam carrying out my duties as entrusted to me by the Kabaka. I don’t do under table deals. CPM” (Charles Peter Mayiga, 11.02.2019).

Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga has shown finesse and also strength. There been speculations in what was happening within the meeting between Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The meeting was held this 5th February 2019, it is seen as event , that is happening because of the upcoming General Election in 2021. As the President wants to ensure all his allies are with him and that powerful ones on his side. This is typical him, as he offers money, pledge land-back and whatever else. As it is a trade for loyalty.

Therefore, there are known of some financial implications of the meetings, as the grievances of the theft of Kingdom’s land and other aspects. Has made the President work hasty, as he wants to settle it and look good in the eyes of the Kingdom. Yoweri wants Ronald to not be a voice or renegade against him. Since, he is one who gotten his place back because of him and also his lost titles. If not compensation of the lost land titles. That is if, the NRM and the Ministry of Finance can find the funds to do so.

Whatever this shows is the way that the government manoeuvrer in the time before an election. Try to reign in all, to get all the ducks in a row and make the roads shine. In the meantime, the President can let everything go and eat. While right before an election, he needs to show effort and let other get some scraps too.

What has been special is the rumours and promise of giving the Buganda Prime Minister or Katikkiro Mayiga the role as Vice-President beneath himself. That the President might appoint him, as a token of loyalty to the Kingdom, as the special place it has in the Republic.

If the Katikkiro would get this role, he would be sort of like King Freddie, who was President between October 9, 1962 to March 2, 1966. By all means, King Freddie had actual power in his office as President and King. While, the Katikkiro would be a noble-men, with a high-office, but we all know. That Vice-President Edward Ssekandi is an important as a grape-fruit. He is a nice trophy, but not something you take utter seriously or of vast importance. There are usually more swagger in the Prime Ministers, that the President has appointed. Therefore, the Katikkiro would be a big-man with a office, but not doing anything profound. Because, when did Ssekandi do something magnificent or revolutionary, did something or said something that was worth damn? Well, that never happen. The same would be the role of the Katikkiro.

Katikkiro would play second fiddle and be one of the cronies within the administration of Museveni. He would be nothing else. So, if this was offered to him, it would have been done to show loyalty to the Kingdom and the King. As his men would be directly in the sphere of power. As the President needs the support of this, as the President knows the growing dissidents within the Kingdom against him. The opposition and the ones behind Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine are from this. Therefore, it would been a smart move of the President. He is conning enough to do this.

What we can take from this, that the Kabaka has a loyal servant, who he has appointed and the President got snubbed. Peace.

NRA/M gone full circle: Demoting 27 rebel MPs!

“The power stays in the hands of the people. . . . I don’t see what opponents are so panicky about.”Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in 2005

There are sometimes some ironies, some reflective notes and historical facts, that is just to big to overshadow. That yesterday for instance many of the rebel Members of Parliament, who happen to National Resistance Movement. Was demoted for their non-vote against the life presidency, the age limit amendment to the 1995 Constitution. Clearly, that hurt the feelings and the honour of his excellency at the State House. Since months after, the NRM are now punishing the NRM Rebels MPs.

What is striking is that it took 27 guns to start the Bush-War of the NRA, the now NRM. There were 27 Rebel MPs in 2017 against the Age Limit bill, which give life President to Museveni. That should be a warning, and that is maybe why Museveni is striking so hard against them. Because he knows how many he needed to topple Obote and Okello back-in-the-day.

In 1984:

“Museveni says he took to the bush and began armed resistance in l980, after Obote’s followers allegedly rigged elections. He suggests that the proposed elections in 1985 will be a sham. My estimate is that there are about 6,000 well-armed and well-disciplined rebels, up from 27 at the NRA’s inception. Other exile sources say there are 7, 000 or 8,000 rebels. In most of its confrontations in this area, the NRA seems to come out on top in battles with the Army” (Pike, 1984).

So, a man of a rebellion, should understand others who rebel, even or especially against himself. However, he is so short sighted and thinking he is overpowerful, that even his allies within his own party. Who just differed on the life-presidency, are now people who deserve to be sanctioned and lose privileges. That is just weird, and what is weirder is the amount of MPs, which co-incidentally the same amount he claims he started his rebellion with.

These days:

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) has reshuffled its leadership of sectorial committees and dropped all MPs who last year opposed the passing of the controversial Constitutional Amendment Act that removed age limit from the Constitution. On the other hand, NRM lawmakers who supported the removal of age limit have been rewarded with appointments to committee leadership positions. Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa tabled the new names in Parliament for approval, a formality that was done without much trouble” (Arinaitwe, 2018).

Among the 27 NRM MPs that opposed last year’s Constitutional Amendment that scrapped presidential age limits and extended the tenure of Parliament and Local governments to seven years, were MPs who held leadership positions as committee chairpersons and vice chairpersons” (Kabuubi, 2018).

The message of the 1980s have clearly died down, the party of born out of rebellion are now supposed to be into submission and nothing else. The Saga Continues. Peace.

Reference:

Arinaitwe, Solomon – ‘NRM fires, rewards MPs over age limit’ 26.07.2018, link: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/NRM-fires-rewards-MPs-over-age-limit/688334-4679926-lfa46g/index.html

Kabuubi, Gyagenda – ‘NRM cracks the whip, drops ‘rebel’ MPs from leadership positions’ 24.07.2018 link: https://intelpostug.com/2018/07/24/nrm-cracks-the-whip-drops-rebel-mps-from-leadership-positions/

 

Pike, William – ‘Uganda can’t seem to crush guerrilla leader Museveni’ 20.09.1984 link: https://www.csmonitor.com/1984/0920/092044.html