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Police uses teargas to disperse Mbabazi supporters in Sembabule (Youtube-Clip)

Mateete trading centre in Sembabule district was rocked by gun shots and teargas as the police dispersed the supporters of Presidential candidates Amama Mbabazi and Col Kiiza Besigye allegedly found defacing posters of President Museveni the NRM presidential candidate. The angry opposition youth leaders were protesting against the security agents and NRM supporters whom they accused of defacing the posters of Besigye and Mbabazi” (NTV Uganda, 2016).

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KCCA banning Besigye’s Posters in the City; KCCA have a Campaign Poster Paranoia that is on another level!

KCCA Poster Ban 23.01.2016

We are at a day where a poster from the KCCA is been released. Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is becoming more and more a NRM Unit as we speak. They have already been hard to their DP elected Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago. This here is on the same level.

Jennifer Musisi and Frank Tumbawaze have their own mood-swings to show loyalty to their master. Mzee must enjoy the news and the order from KCCA. This here is in the 25 or 26 days of the Campaign Trail. KCCA can’t be seen as impartial organization or governmental organization that runs Kampala. They have also another character to help running KCCA which is the Presidential Advisor for Kampala Affairs. I am still not sure what he is supposed to do, but that is case and scenario that needs deep brief because of the NRM like to run and shield itself instead of telling their story.

KCCA have breached and become so impartial that their level is sky high and the Campaign Poster Paranoia, is just to an extent that is made of baboons. Singing jiggly and acting  with jiggy people in Kabalagala, instead they show no institutional integrity of a government outfit. It proves how the people who are hired of the NRM are not working for the people, but for the political party. This here is a breach of the ethical actions from the KCCA. They are the right-hand for the Mzee instead of working for the people of Kampala. As they show with this action as they proclaim their allegiance to the NRM. Not, being their for any kind of party or having the same rules and regulation for all of the citizens of Kampala. Because that would not be JUSTICE in the eyes of KCCA for the moment. There is a difference between the men who support Dr. Kizza Besigye and President Museveni. that is why his posters can hang and be pinned on the wall. While the FDC poster will be taken down! 

They should either take down that foolish nonsense regulations of taking pay for the posters or and at once stop the ignorance of KCCA to expel FDC and Dr. Kizza Besigye posters from being pinned in the City. Because this leaves NRM with full-fledges of the walls in Kampala. The City can even have UPC and DP poster, and whatever else until Musisi and Tumbawaze can run the city like wild-west in the mercy of Mzee.

There is something wrong with this. Another tale of BS from the NRM-Regime; I wonder who rubberstamped this?

Like in Bugolobi, Kampala the 6th January 2016:

Bugologi, Kampala 06.01.2016 KCCA

Think that was enough for today. Peace.

NRM Papal Poster; And other victorious ideas from Mzee’s team!

Papal Poster NRM Campaign

NRM has so little to show that they have to use the powers and goodwill of the Papal Visit in November to look good. NRM Campaign Team must have lost the plot, but Mike Sebalu is not the smartest trickster or campaign manager in the world, but the here take the Cake!

Uganda Campaign Poster 2016 Funny

This here is also so Priceless! Wonder if the candidates feels the same?

NRM Dumpster Posters

Wonder if Mzee feels that this is a perfect spot to pin the posters up? 

Well, there been more, but this the ones I could find now. Peace.

 

 

Political Parties spending during campaigns in November and December 2015; NRM buying shirts and ferrying crowds; while the others Parties use meager funds their campaigns

NRM Pakwach 14.11.15

This here has been address by others, but this is my view on the report released by NGOs recently. So here is my view on how the parties have spent on the two months, and the issue is that is very important to discuss. Since this is use of money to gain power or to shape the political landscape. The use of moneys and what you use it on show the values and to what extend you will pay to either continue or get power. The pages are after the counting system of Acrobat document, the official document will have different numbers because Acrobat count the empty pages in the beginning also. Therefore the numbers are higher then what it is in the report and don’t get that confused. I just do it to make it easy.

“The minimum amount of money observed to have been spent by parties and their flag bearers in the observed districts was UGX 49.6 billion in November and 88.1 billion in December representing an increase of 77% over the two months. This increase is largely attributed to the commencement of member or parliament campaigns having been nominated on the 3rd and 4th of December 2015” (…)”ACFIM observers reported use of motorcades, bodabodas cyclists, entertainers; and provided transport refund, food and drinks for supporters that accompanied them to nomination and attended the nomination rallies” (P: 8, 2016).

“Assessment of Minimum Expenses by Party:

According to ACFIM observers, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party candidates are leading by far terms of campaign spending. The party accounts for 87% of the total minimum observed expenditures reported by ACFIM Research Assistants/Observers in the months of November and December. NRM is trailed by Independent Candidates who have spent 7.9%, FDC (2.1%), Go Forward political group (1.1%), DP (0.5%), UPC (0.3%) and other parties (0.3%)” (P: 10, 2016).

Yellow Buses Luweero 081115 NRM

NRM Minimum costs:

There has been observed how the NRM have been using funds on their candidates and campaigning from June 2015 to December 2015. This here proves yet again to what extent the ruling parties secure loyalty and MPs. Every NRM Village has spent minimum UGX 15m. The delegates conference for the constitutional amendment they spent UGX 19M. The Second delegate’s conference to elect Flag-Bearer UGX 20M; then it’s the monies spent to MPs to secure the vote for sole-candidacy that was UGX 6M. They also spent money for Posh Cars for party officials UGX 10M. Last was paying for the NRM Primaries which cost about UGX 30M. That means the minimum cost for NRM we’re UGX 100M (P: 12, 2016). That is before you really start to campaign!

Page 12 Expenses FDC June - December 2015

Expenses of Presidential Candidates in November and December:

“The candidate Yoweri Museveni accounts for majority of the total minimum expenditure with 91.6% of the total minimum expenses recorded. Candidate Museveni is followed by Amama Mbabazi whose expenditure accounts for 4.6% and Kizza Besigye (3.3%). The rest of the candidates spent less than 1.0% combined” (P: 16, 2016).

NRM giving money away to gain support:

“The Money Man”; He is retired Leut. Gen. Henry Tumukunde. He was handing over UGX 20million to an association of vendors in Entebbe Market in December. He has been leading the advance party of candidate Yoweri Museveni. Observers in Arua reported that he handed out UGX 50,000 to 400 voters who claimed to have converted from FDC – they met him at White Castle Hotel in Arua” (P: 19, 2016).

Elton Joseph Mabirizi 17.11.15

Expenses on Journalists by Presidential Candidate (Nov & Dec):

“Yoweri Museveni outstrips his competitors in terms of expenditure on facilitation of Journalists on campaign trail. Observers report that candidate Yoweri Museveni has a team on 20 local journalists (electronic and print) that are covering his campaign trail, each of these journalists receives daily upkeep (per diem and incidentals) of UGX 150,000 from the candidate’s campaign coordination team. In addition when the candidate conducts regional press conferences, the facilitation for journalists attending the press conference rises to UGX 500,000 and about 50 journalists can be in attendance (i.e. the 20 on campaign trail are joined by 20-30 others from the region). Journalists on candidate Amama Mbabazi campaign trail get up a reported minimum of UGX 40,000 while journalists covering candidate Kizza Besigye and others get much less or nothing” (P: 31, 2016).

Starlink Buses for NRM 06.01.2016 P1

Voter Tourism:

“Voter tourism as the practice by candidates where voters are provided with buses, trucks, minibuses or cars and driven from their homes to campaign rallies or around the constituency as an inducement to voters in return for their support come polling day. Clearly a poor voter who has not sat in an automobile for a year or more will be more than excited to enjoy the ride provided by the political candidate free of charge. Voter tourism has been prevalent in November and December with candidates of the NRM party most commonly observed engaging in this campaign tactic. Voter hospitality on the other hand is a situation where political candidate host voters to a banquet or party or meal or retreat where are treated to a good meal, animals slaughtered and cooked or roasted, lots of drinks including booze, music/disco, live entertainment and sometimes lodging in a comfortable hotel, motel or lodge. Voter tourism and voter hospitality were prevalent in November and December with majority of candidates across political parties complicity to this” (P: 41, 2016). To continue why the candidates use this tactic; “Political candidates that have been observed to engage in campaign tactics like voter tourism and voter hospitality in November and December, do not do so because they are generous, but because they expect recipients to return the favour. The timing of these offers in the middle of an election campaign and the nature of intended beneficiaries for this generosity is clear manifestation that the aim is to induce voters in return for their support on February 18th, 2016. This clearly is voter bribery” (P: 43, 2016)

Handouts During Campaigns 2015 Uganda

Misuse of Government Resources:

“On the 9th of November 2015 a number of government vehicles were used on candidate Museveni’s rally held at Kasana Play Ground. Some of the vehicle registration plates observed in action at the rally include: UG2183C, UG 0178H, UG1427W, UG 0187D, UG 2688D, UG 2183C, UG 2043C, UG 2405C. UG 1832S, UG1768C. Observers in Katikamu report that on the same day government vehicle number UG 2708R was used to transport supporters to Kasana playground” (P: 44, 2016). “Similarly on December 3rd 2015 dependent candidate for Katikamu South Member of Parliament Patricia Magara was observed using a bus with government number plates to ferry campaign attendees from different sub counties to her nomination rally in Bulakasa” (P: 45, 2016).

Gen Tukumunde Entebbe Dec 2015 - Money Man for NRM

The minimum NRM expenses of only November 2015 are 125,219,922,000! (P: 50, 2016) That is a lot’s of money. I will point out some special expenses that the NRM party has used this giant UGX 125bn on campaign for November 2015! That is lots of lots money! For Voter Tourism they have used UGX 140m in November alone. Allowances for 500 Special Force Command men as Campaign Security total pay cost UGX 300m in November alone. On Yellow T-shirts the NRM party used UGX 15,806bn that is a lot on type of item, it surely is to sprite up those campaign rallies and Yellow crowds! After quick calculations they used close to UGX 1,4bn on media advertisements on TV, Radio and Newspapers. On campaign posters the hefty sum of UGX 1,7bn (P: 49-50, 2016).

Though FDC used a UGX 1bn as the biggest opposition party, it still proves the total use of funds from NRM. I am not surprised with all the knowledge of voter tourism and also giving away foods and items at their campaign venues. The tally has to get big for the ruling party with all the hiring of buses and such proves how much their viable to use to get the perfect crowds and pictures to the press. Like yesterday there we’re reports of a village that was the size of 500 people, the NRM had a campaign rally of 20,000. Surely they had some buses and shipped them to that venue as they have done before and hired bus-companies to travel and pay to get crowds. Something FDC and the other parties does not do.

NRM Terego East 17.11.15

The NRM proves to be the big-spender and would be surprised if the result from a NGO would be different, maybe if Ofwono Opondo would describe it differently.  He said this recently: “It is true that NRM is outspending other parties. It is true that we spent over UGX32b during NRM primaries” (…)”We are spending the money locally. We are buying t-shirts, water, paying musicians, hire cars from Ugandans” (…)”There’s no evidence that money being spent by political parties is causing inflation pressure” (TheInsider, 2016).

Mr Opondo is not a giant economic sense of a guy, the extended monies into use without monetary policy can lead into higher inflations, that is why the two recent elections periods in Uganda in 2006 and 2001 that the inflations rate we’re escalating and also led to higher prices on the household commodities. But Mr. Opondo has a way of forgetting such while his party is big spending. As they have their own “Money Man” during the campaign and continue to support the level of Voter Tourism. I am surely they have an own warehouse just for Yellow T-Shirts near a Headquarter of the NRM. They should they have used such a fortune on it and the ones they haven’t given away should be stored well.

The war-chest of NRM must be huge. As the reports before November was expected that NRM would use UGX 500bn, and by seeing the results of November alone in this report proves that those estimations was spot-on. If you can calculate the same amount for December and January; then you get up to the estimated usage of NRM party. Mzee surely like to make blast and bang while using spin-doctors to portray him as the national father of the country. While the other parties can nearly scrap enough funding for their own campaigns! And the other parties can’t use government equipment like the NRM does once in a while. As this report has pointed out and none of us who follows the NRM should be shocked and awe, it’s more the same old story. Well, that was enough for today. Peace!

Reference:

Alliance for Campaign – ‘MONITORING CAMPAIGN EXPENSES DURING

THE PRE-ELECTION PERIOD’ – PROGRESS REPORT NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2015

The Insider – ‘Opondo: NRM money won’t cause inflation’ (23.01.2016) link: http://www.theinsider.ug/opondo-nrm-money-wont-cause-inflation/

Today the FDC campaigns in Hoima; The Calvary had to act foolish; but with negations the activist was freed

FDC 22.01.2016 P6 Begining of Campaign in Hoima

Hoima starts off so well! FDC Convoy had their first stop-over at Katanga in Bugambe sub-county. Buhaguzi constituency in Hoima District. The fact that People’s President Dr. Kizza Besigye is addressing his people here in kiswahili points to changing demographics. Thanks to FDC Hoima leaders led by chairman Jackson Wabyona and candidates aspiring on FDC ticket on various positions for the good mobilization.

FDC 22.01.2016 P4

A police man at Kyarushesha police post threatened to shot at Journalists; who were covering the arrest of FDC supporters who were pinning Kizza Besigy’s posters at the venue where Besigye was scheduled to hold a rally there. The police man fired two bullets!

FDC 22.01.2016 P3

As he (the Police Man) contantly yells at journalists stoping them from capturing his actions. All the shootings happened in the presence of Kizza Bessigye before he start addresing the rally.

FDC 22.01.2016 P1

Defiance in action. We have held our rally at Kyarushesha Police Station; as we demanded the release of our mobilisers; who apparently were arrested by police for putting up Kizza Besigye posters. They fired bullets to chase the crowd away but nobody is moved and instead people continued to come.

FDC 22.01.2016 P2

By the time Kizza Besigye finished addressing the swelling crowd, our mobilisers had already been released! The power of numbers! #WesigeBesigye!

FDC 22.01.2016 P5 Hoima Main Rally

I think this was enough for today! Peace.

The People’s President successful campaign in Kiboga district; He got a injured man in the middle of the campaign trail into the local Hospital; Even when the Calvary was barricading the hospital

This is the story of how Dr. Kizza Besigye saved yet another traffic accident victim on his campaign trail in Kiboga. Showing yet again through character. As a leader should do and also showing humbleness towards the police in a incident where they could have made the event turned sour. He didn’t visit the hospital to show the world the state of the hospital, but to help the citizen in need. See what the reports said!

Kiboga Accident and Save - Kizza Besigye

Dr. Kizza Besigye has rushed a man involved in a nasty accident to Kiboga hospital. The accident happened in Kiboga town when two bodas collided. Dr. Besigye surrendered his car to rush the injured to the nearest hospital.

The hospital was found manned by police as always but Kizza Besigye had no time to negotiate with them.
He entered the hospital and witnessed how the injured was given the first aid. Police was seen perplexed but the DPC later gathered some courage and greeted Dr. Besigye with a firm handshake.

Health workers,Patients and care takers immediatly gathered and surrounded Dr. Besigye and demanded that he greets them as police helplessly looked on.

After delivering the injured man: 

Dr. Kizza Besigye addresses hia supporters right at the entrance of Kiboga hospital shortly after dropping a man who had got an accident in Kiboga town. Police men were just looking on in astonishment.

Kiboga Hospital Rally 21.01.2016

Rest of the Campaign trail:

FDC Lwamata 21.01.2016

Lwamata, Kiboga district. The People’s President making a conversation with voters about equal opportunities and shared prosperity.

Kiboga Town Rally 21.01.2016

He contined the campaigns. As follows: Kizza Besigye arrives in Kiboga town play ground. Kiboga has also made its statement. Residents here reported to him the problems in the district which include among others land grabing and illegal evictions from land. From here Team Kizza Besigye is to resume campaigns in Kyankwazi district.

 

NTV crew barred by UPDF soldier from Museveni rally in Kagadi (Youtube-Clip)

“UPDF soldier telling NTV crew that they have been suspended from covering Museveni rallies” (NTV Uganda, 2016)

The People’s President campaigns in Wakiso

FDC 20.01.2016 P

The People’s President Dr. Kizza Besigye sets fire in Gayaza in Wakiso district. Besigye is today combing all corners of district of Wakiso. In the district he himself live in and the masses greeted him!

FDC Gayaza 20.01.2016 P1

Dr. Kizza Besigye’s message after the rallies in Wakiso:
Abe Wakiso Mwebale Nyo obuwagizi! People of Wakiso thank you very for the support. We were welcomed from all corners of Wakiso. We appreciate the love, generosity from our brothers and sisters. Wakiso is my home and I am resident there, this was the first round of Wakiso we will be back for a second leg. We might the family of the Dr. Andrew Lutakome Kayiira and they pledge support to the support of our liberation. Many of you in Wakiso you made a bold statement that you want change. Our message: We will reduce the power of presidency and have it handed down to the people to determine how they want to use it. Thank you all for coming and for making it memorable”

This is enough from the campaign today! Peace.

FDC had massive campaign rallies in Tororo today; also the display of the dire situation of Paya Primary School

FDC had massive campaigns in Tororo, while travelling with the successive rallies in the area. They had a stop at schools and looked at the situation the NRM-Regime has kept. This here is one of the schools in the area. The police did not stop this visit because they we’re situated at some referal hospital in Tororo.

Tororo FDC 19.01.2016 School P2 Paya

That is Paya primary school in Tororo District, Eastern Uganda. It was built in 1971 by Amin-government but it has collapsed in NRM-Regime.“If Mr Museveni was talking about a UPE where, in a Kisoko school, teachers cannot ‘bend’ because of being surrounded by 150 children in a class; that is not what UPC was talking about in 1962. In Paya Primary School where Museveni was a couple of years ago – built in 1960s; the roofs are off and the latrines flow; that was not UPC’s idea in 1962” (Ochieno, 2013).

Tororo FDC 19.01.2016 School P1

The early Amoni stop-over in Tororo after many road-blocks mounted by our supporters demanding to atleast see their candidate and contribute to their freedom with the little they have.

Tororo FDC 19.01.2016 School P4 Amoni

The People’s President at a stopover in Kirewa Sub-County in West Budama North, Tororo.

Dr. Kizza Besigye message after the rallies:
“Thank you Tororo for welcoming us and coming in big numbers today we come to the end of our third leg of the Eastern campaign trail and we will be in Wakiso, Buganda tomorrow”.

Tororo FDC 19.01.2016 School P5 Main Rally

That’s enough for today. Peace.

BTW, interesting site review of the school in 2011:

Paya Primary School: Amount of teachers was 5. The amount of school-children: 345 boys and girls 405. There supposed to been Parent-Teachers Meeting in the recent 4 months when the check-up from the government. There was reported to be situated with latrines for both genders, and that there was a safe water-source at the school.

Budget for 2015/16:

“Shs 94.0 million were allocated by Paya to fund costs of running the Primary School July 2015 and June 2016” (…)”Shs 0.0 million were spent by Paya to fund costs of running the Primary School July 2015 and September 2015” (Budget,go.ug, 2016).

Link:

http://budget.go.ug/index.php?p=data-srch-top&flag=1

Ochieno, Joseph – ‘Museveni was wrong on UPC’s record in education’ (17.02.2013) link: http://mobile.monitor.co.ug/-/691260/1696678/-/format/xhtml/-/6fx42q/-/index.html

The People’s President campaigns in Namayingo and Bugiri; looking quickly at good governance level in Namayingo

Namayingo 16.01.2016 FDC P1

Today is the first day after the live TV debate and the campaign trail continues. Even if Mzee does his business as usual; the FDC campaign convoy trvels to Namayingo and Bugiri to follow-up on the performance of yesterday. Take look! And by the way have some governance issues from the district. And not on the gold-rush of Namayingo; that should get a separate piece.

Message from Team Kizza Besigye 2016:

“Namayingo district has emphatically welcomed Dr Besigye, congratulating him on his good performance during the presidential debate. We are winning. #WesigeBesigye”.

Bugiri Village 16.01.2016 FDC

At one town where Dr. Kizza Besigye and FDC campaign convoy was supposed to pass by the Namayemba village in Bugiri district. The villagers cleans the road for the coming FDC convoy.

Bugiri Town Center 16.01.2016 FDC Campaign Rally

Dr. Kizza Besigye message after the rallies today:

“Thank you Namayingo and Bugiri for the massive support. ‪#‎VoteBesigye on 18th February and all FDC flag bearers. ‪#‎WesigeBesigye”

Good Governance in the Namayingo:

Police for in the district:

“The police disciplinary court has found three top police officers in Namayingo District guilty of negligence of duty and recommended their dismissal from the Force” (91.2 Crooze FM, 14.02.2015).

Voter’s reacts in the districts:

“Voters in Namayingo district are up in arms against the arrest of Stephen Dede, the Bukhooli South legislator and Namayingo town council LC 3 chairman Dan Wanyama for their alleged connection to the Busoga murders” (Radiocity 97FM, 09.03.2015).

Little payment to locals for roadwork:

“Casual workers mainly locals from the eastern districts of Namayingo, Jinja, Mayuge, Busia are decrying the very little pay they are subjected to by the Chinese company constructing the road from Musita to Majanji. Reporting to the works and transport minister this problem today, the Namayingo RDC revealed that a casual worker at the road construction site is paid UGX.3000 per day something the residents and their leaders are strongly complaining about” (Radio Buddu 98.8 and 95.5, 24.04.2016).

Health situation in the district:

“Namayingo District had the highest HIV prevalence at 10 per cent, while Kaliro and Buyende districts had the lowest prevalence at 0.2 per cent and 0.1 per cent respectively. This implies that for Namayingo District, 100 out of every 1,000 adults are infected; while for Kaliro and Buyende districts it is two and one out of every 1,000 adults respectively. This information to the public means that there are many infected people in Namayingo, while there are almost no infections in Kaliro and Buyende!”  (Health and Care Foundation Uganda, 12.06.2015).

 

Electricity news:

“Mounting the first-ever transformer in Namayingo District” This happened apparently on the 23 July 2015, take a look:   

Transformer Electricity Namayingo 2015

Think that should open your mind a little for now. Peace.

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