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As the canisters of tear-gas lays in the street; remembering the day I first felt the fear of speaking against Mzee; I Still have hope for political change in Uganda!

Entebbe 11.02.2016 FDC Campaign Rally

“I will not say the fact that there are no European Union observers at an election means that it will not be fair and free” – Olesegun Obasanjo

In the midst of and in the end of the pre-election period 2016; the town of Kampala went into turmoil. The Military Police and ordinary Police went into a violent streak. That manifested itself at Jinja Road which turned into a war-zone like scenario; as in the aftermath the blood of the hurt and the diseased. Visible was the empty shells, the dust and dirt, even metal-boxes as murals of the tear-gas.

As the Police used force and hurt people to the extent that some blood touched the scorched earth and dust; the people in the area scattering in fear while the police continue to push them away as the resilience to the violence committed by the state. The sounds of bullets and metal hits the ground makes the tarmac shake. People we’re running; mixed sounds of shoes knocking grounds while the sounds of gas flowing into the air as the area goes from being casual to pink.

Wandegye Kampala 15.02.2016 FDC P2

This is the signs and scenes of the 15th February in Kampala. The reactions and chaos as the Police went into the procession of Forum for Democratic Change to the planned rally at Wandegye and Makerere. So the continuation of violence from the state security outfits as the military, the police and the military police; as they have been tools in the machine hurting the public as they want to greet the opposition leaders in the sub-counties, towns and districts. There been steady violence against from the Police as the execution of the Public Order Management Act is more used then paper-towels at the Police Headquarters in Kampala. The sadness is all the hurt people and shot people during the pre-election period.

The reason why I got into Ugandan Politics was because I became a board-member or council member in a project supporting and building a library in the town Uvira in Southern Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Later I became an exchange student to Uganda. Where I read the Daily Monitor and the New Vision Daily; that together with the books I had read about the adventures of UPDF in DRC, I was still ignorant about the politics there. But the moment after staying in Uganda for month changed it for me.

Mbale Gas-Station

What changed me:

I was on the way with a group going for a training conference in Mbale. On the way we stopped at a Total or any gas-station. While the Hiace we’re getting fuel. I was looking around the area as I lived in Kampala was curious about the environment. This was on the road and no big place. We had passed Mabira forest, but were not too far on the road to the bigger Eastern town. As I was looking it was this GIANT ad for NEW VISON. And saying something similar to this: “‘I am the only one with a vision” and “Publishing the Vision every day”. When I saw that and hadn’t thought well about it. I asked polity with a grin: “Are they serious, only one man with a vision?” The little moment of silence before he answered me: “You can say that, but I can’t; and please not speak about it”. That ate me and made me wonder; why we couldn’t speak about the wonders of the” man with a vision” in public by a gas-station. And why he wouldn’t’ say anything and asked me to not speak about it. On the broad daylight without anybody near us; hours later on the same day we would be stopped by Police and had to convoy to nearest police station; reason missing valid insurance card in the window. The same brother who wouldn’t want to speak about politics gave the Police men some money because of the hunger of the Police men. The first introduction to the bribery culture of East Africa! This day was an eye opener for me. How he could not speak his mind and question the one man with the vision that The New Vision printed his Vision every single day. I started to questioned the vision that they printed every single day.

Mbarara Police 02.02.2016 FDC Campaign Convoy

The election violence in Uganda is massive and has been in all corners of Uganda. In Kabale, Soroti, Jinja, Maska, Ntungamo, Rukungiri, Bukwo and so on. More than twice in Kampala as when Hon. Erias Lukwago started his campaign the Police shot a Journalist when he was planning to campaign. Later was the election violence ushered in by the Police before FDC campaign convoy could come to Makerere Rally on 15th February. The was violence at Jinja Road and at Wandegeya as they demonstrated that Dr. Kizza Besigye wasn’t allowed to campaign there. There been so many times during the calendar-year as the consultation meetings and also campaign rallies has been shut down by the Police and Army. Even campaign venues has been closed for the opposition leaders, while days before been open for NRM and President Museveni as Makerere, Kyambogo and Lira where opposition leaders at one point was not allowed to take part.

There is so many malfunctions and hurt people by the way the government security outfits has hurt both emotionally and bodily hurt that they have inflicted during the recent time. As the canisters and the left clothes is still lying in the corners of the streets. As they did in days after the Rukungiri where the FDC cars was demolished and the police shredded a woman’s respect.

The bullets and the tear-gas towards the general public is not an security issue, but an democracy issue, freedom of speech issue, and issue of trust between the public and the security organs. As the Electoral Commission is not trusted as the high payed leadership prays on the loyalty towards the regime. The NRM electoral Commission is highly flawed and the reactions to the primaries has been burning offices and membership cards, that was even happening in Nakawa Division as the Police turned against the happy celebrating people looking forward to be parts of Besigye’s rally that day. The result of the tear-gas and dispersing of the public instead of proving any steady progress! So the certified message is the tarnishing the venues of opposition while the ruling party keeps up as business as usual.

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As my brother told me that day, that I should be silent and not talk about; I feel it still is the same and the reports make it feel the same; as the opposition has not the same rights as the ruling party. The violence ensures the fear and insecurity of a volatile state instead of bringing the positive changes the government might already have brought. Without the Police State and the Militarization of the Politics it might even brought in other type of investments that could have raised the economic climate in the country. As the export of natural resources and natural products instead of finished products and industry; as the assembled industry happens in other parts of the world, it could been in Uganda if the Government tried to pull that in and facilitate it or even used stronger Co-Operations between farmers to bring educating to earn more and yield better quality agricultural output instead of ending struggling to get the maize and matooke to the market. That is not bringing the men with cash-money in (to invest).

Certainly the fear and semi-democratic environment isn’t making the bargain, the talk I had with my brother; I am sure people are still having today even in the midst of the polls that starts in hours-time. As the conversation stays put in my mind and still eats my heart out. The issue of not letting the truth out or speaking their mind out; as the people has to stay put and silent as the ruling regime does as it please. Only giving away money to the villagers in pre-elections period to buy the votes, but when the ballots are gone, the representatives are long gone and forgotten the promises like old-sweethearts who never got the ring. The same seem to be with the talk of choice of the people and the right to speak your mind.

NRM UPF 07.01.16 Mbale Clock Tower

My brother and the conversation is why I am focused on Uganda Politics, as I can’t help that he didn’t have the ability to even comment the “only one man with a vision” paradigm in the country. The canisters and the shattered metal should not be stories. The blood and the toil of the people should not be story of the elections. The story shouldn’t be sad as the violence and spoken fear from the ruling party as they have the only man who can control the army and run the government; as the opposition doesn’t have the manpower to do so; which is lie the ruling party lives on. The ruling party uses security outfits to hurt the public and blame the opposition parties for their activities to deflect the issues of the campaign. Christopher Aine the diseased security agent for Hon. Amama Mbabazi the now opposition leader is the epitome and manifestation of government violence against civilians together with the one that lost his life on the streets of Kampala on the 15th February. Two people who have lost their life for a struggle that is far from over. The Democratic values is rendered down by time and cronies that has spoiled the potential as the movement system turned into the big-man system built with the head-of-state deciding it all; while giving when needed and taken the rest for himself or to his loyal fellows. This here together with the semi-autonomous and militarized politics as there so many former military men in the parliament the public knows the value of the elected or hand-picked men from on top is on the scale they can follow the chain-of-command instead of delivering the pledges and governmental service they deserves.

As it ate my heart out when my brother said he couldn’t talk about it years ago. It hurts to see the same state of affairs and struggles still, and it continues. It is time to let it pass and move to the next level of democratic values; and also good governance with state institutions serving the public instead of making the government officials fat and rich. That is not why the state and government exists; they exist because they supposed to serve the public, not for the governmental officials to take the money supposed to go. The same with the Security Organization as the Police and the Army, they follow the orders up high instead of serving the people and generating peace. As we saw on 15th February Kampala the Military Police didn’t secure the public, but made the citizen in fear and hurting them instead. That is the hurting to hear again and again, as the day is different, the place is different, but the opposition party and supporters are the ones in the cross-fire getting hurt for supporting the leaders of opposition instead of the old-man with the hat.

I never want to hear in any state that you can’t comment towards a ruling party, when that happens I know something is wrong. And knowing it still is like that with the canisters in the streets, the burned yellow membership cards in the bins and the people getting healed after police violence. The families losing their loved ones during the calendar year should not only vote, but only mourn the loss of the valuable people who was a part of the struggle to gain true freedom and respect for the people; as they now are now in invisible chains as the government keeps them tight knit in fear and in a police state using the militarized politics that ate my heart that day and haven’t let go. As I also understand is that the people who has lost their family members because of political affiliation; I understand if they don’t want to do their civic duty, still we all should and shall not forget the people who died for the cause. As we should not forget the people who are jailed and detained for following a political belief that counter the ruling-party and the NRM-Regime. And it wont until change that gives progression and let the accountability; the true transparency and let the will of the people shine as the template of the representatives that deserve to work-hard to be there for the citizens. Something that not been important, what has been is to be loyal to cadre-line and to Mzee! Peace.

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Court asks MTN and Airtel to release details of Aine’s phone usage (Youtube-Clip)

“High Court has began hearing an application by a team of lawyers and the relatives of Christopher Aine who want police to be compelled to produce him. The court has ordered MTN and Airtel Telecommunication service providers to avail recordings on two phone lines for the period 14th to 17th December 2015. The lines belong to Aine, who is an aide of presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi’s, and his cousin Ezra Kabugo” (NTV Uganda, 2016)

Rwomushana says: “Aine a Symbol of Violence in the Elections” (Youtube-Clip)

“Rwomushana says police does not have power to censure him. He says he is monitoring the Leopard” (NBS TV Uganda, 2016).

Kale Kayihura: “Aine’s Family Being Dramatic” (Youtube-Clip)

“Following a press conference that was slated for today, Aine’s brother who was going to the venue was whisked away. Kayihura has come out to dismiss the allegations that the police is behind this” (NBS TV Uganda, 2016).

More sadness to the story of Christopher Aine; the Brother of Christopher Aine goes missing; Charles Rwomusushana still detained

Go Forward 17.12.15 Free Aine

The story unfolds as the two detained journalist from Red Pepper has been released about the 48 hours of questions from the police. Also Charles Rwomushana have been detained or arrested over the weekend and since Friday 8th January. He has still have not been released for his involvement in dropping the picture online.

CP Fred Enanga later in the day stated this:

“The police have meanwhile arrested Charles Rwomushana, on credible information that the dangerous and questionable pictures of a “dead Aine” were widely circulated by him online”.

Press Conferance Aine SV 11.01.2016

Earlier this morning 11th January 2017 Christopher Aine’s uncle (in striped shirt) together with Sauti ya vijana jobless brotherhood and unemployed youth hold a press conference…”Our concern is for police to produce Aine either dead or alive, if he is dead we put him to rest culturally.”

More reports today of “decent” Police work:

Mr. Christopher Aine’s brother, Moses Musasizi Aine has been arrested by unknown persons on his way to the press conference that was starting 5 minutes. It was a Noah that picked him up along Lumumba Avenue. ©Sauti ya Vijana

Also reported today:

“Relatives of Christopher Aine, the missing aide to Independent Presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi have decided to hire foreign investigators to gather evidence surrounding his disappearance” (88,2 Sanyu FM).

Charles Rwomushana

While more reports on Charles Rwomushana this morning:

“The whereabouts of Mr Charles Rwomushana, a former ISO intelligence operative turned political analyst, remain unknown after his friends and lawyers failed to trace him in any of the police facilities in Kampala”.

So there is the case right now and the tally off missing persons is Charles Rwomushana, Christopher Aine and earlier today Moses Musasizi Aine. People of both Aine family members don’t know where they are. The same goes to the people and lawyers of Rwomushana who still don’t have any idea where he is. So there are families out there who miss their loved ones. Christopher Aine has been missing since 17th December 2015 and this does not look good on the Police. Since they have gone on jailing everybody with a little inch of information instead of showing progress to where he might be. The starting spin-control in the end of December 2015; show’s a man like me that they know more then what they are telling the public. So we can question what is happening, I don’t have the answers, it just don’t add up. The Police know more then what they release, the Go-Forward team comments are direct, and the family of Aine has been upfront from the get-go since it their son and family member. They are the only ones in this who has been totally truthful and saying how they feel. Something they are entitled to and they should be the first ones to gain information on the matter.

This here is a reaction to the Ntungamo clashes and it hasn’t been silence since. Shows how much it can cost to have a conflict with Mzee. I feel the sorrow for the family of Aine who has yet another family member that has gone missing. This from a family who was heavily involved in the NRA bush-war where Christopher Aine’s father was Lieutenant Colonol Julius Aine a historical fighter in the Luweero in the 1980s. So NRM can easily forget its historical persons and the ones who fought for them. Not to forget how they might be treating their kids of the men who took to arms to give them power. Especially the President Museveni who has earned the most of on the Luweero warfare of old, which he brings up with pride every-time he can.

Well, this is it for now, more than enough of this sadness today. Peace.  

 

Press Release: Missing Aine Christopher still wanted by Police (Published 08.01.2016)

Go Forward 17.12.15 Free Aine

This is to inform the public that the police are still actively looking for Aine Christopher, who remains missing, but believed to be in hiding, over his alleged involvement and connectivity to acts of assault occasioning bodily and grievous harm, to several victims in Ntungamo District, and also, in response to the criminal summons issued against him by the Chief Magistrates Court, in Jinja.

We want to reiterate that despite the fact that questionable images of a “dead photo”, were published and also posted in the print and social media, we highly believe the suspect is alive, and our police notice for his arrest remain valid. We therefore, call upon members of the public who may be having knowledge of his whereabouts to provide it, so as to enable us establish the circumstances surrounding his alleged disappearance.

We are also calling upon Aine Christopher to come forward and hand himself over to the police for statement recording that would be beneficial to him as an individual, his immediate family, the public that has very keen interest in this matter and for criminal justice.

The police have meanwhile arrested Charles Rwomushana, on credible information that the dangerous and questionable pictures of a “dead Aine” were widely circulated by him online. He is now assisting police with investigations. The two others who published the photos without verifying their correctness and authenticity were released on police bond upon recording their statements.

CP Fred Enanga

Press and Public Relations Officer

Uganda Police

8.01.2016

Press Release: UPF statement on the allegation of brutalization of the Go-Forward Team by the Police (07.01.2015)

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The sad story of Christopher Aine

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We live in times where the regime has gone further and made moves that is just unjustified. Hon. Amama Mbabazi the former PM of Uganda and one of the independent presidential candidates in the general election of February 2016; have strong issues with the ruling NRM-Regime he we’re a former member of and in the inner circles of.

Hon. Amama Mbabazi is running and has a campaign team under the Go-Forward Group and The Democratic Alliance (TDA). Parts of that is a security detail that is restricted under the Electoral Commission under guidelines of the Uganda Police Force. Dr. Badru M. Kiggundu should know about this because he verifies and validates the running sheets and applications. IGP Gen. Kale Kayihura has knowledge of the security detail and usually adding people and weapons to secure the presidential candidate.

Go Forward 17.12.15 Free Aine

In this picture we’re the Security Detail of Amama Mbabazi where a brother who run it and we’re the aid of him, Christopher Aine. He is now a pivotal man and also a part of the struggle that Mbabazi had with the government. On the 13th December 2015 the election-violence that we’re sponsored by NRM and showed with cars of Sarah Kaglingo; this is where the local Regional District Police Commander helping to facilitate the Crime Preventers to make it happen!

The aftermath have been Go-Forward Security Team have been jailed. Christopher Aine went missing from around 17th December 2015 and never really surfaced since then. Mr Aine was picked up on December 17th at a round 6:00am by security officers from Bbunga, a Kampala suburb and taken to unknown destination along Luwero.

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On 20th December 2015 Mzee said this:

“If you put your hands in the anus of a leopard, you are in trouble” (…)“Thugs attacked NRM supporters. They are being rounded up, you cannot attack Ugandans. How can you attack NRM supporters in Uganda?  They’ll regret it”. He surely meant somebody in general that day.

The rest of the Go-Forward Security Team went to jail and other people involved in the campaign of Amama Mbabazi went to jail in the two weeks after Ntungamo clashes and election-violence. There we’re 17 people arrested at the Headquarter in Kampala on the 21st December; on the same day at the residence of JPAM four people we’re jailed. But still at this time there we’re no proof of Christopher Aine.

IGP Kale Kayihura Quote

1st January 2016 IGP Kale Kayihura went public with this:

“Police has issued notice to the public appealing for any information as to his whereabouts so that we apprehend him to answer charges relating to the incidents of beatings in Ntungamo district” (…)”We have put a reward of Shs 20 million for anyone who can help Police with information leading to his arrest and prosecution”.

2nd January 2016 IGP Kale Kayihura said this:

“Aine is the key suspect in the Ntungamo incident but he has not yet been apprehended, as he is on the run or in hiding. As police, we are offering a Shs20m reward for anyone who will tell us where he is hiding”.

On the early 6th January IGP Kale Kayihura have asked the Go-Forward Camp to bring forward Christopher Aine. Since they must be hiding him somewhere; Kayihura accuses the camp of hiding Aine, who is wanted for participating in clashes between National Resistance Movement (NRM) and Go-Forward supporters in Ntungamo district.

On the late night 6th January the photos of a deceased Christopher Aine arrived online. I will not show it. This photos we’re released by Charles Rwomushana. They we’re later released on the 7th January in the Daily Monitor and Red Paper newspapers this have led to the editors being jailed for showing them to the public, which we’re already floating online for close to 24 hours. Here is the letter that the Police sent to Red Pepper today.

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Also on the 6th January 2016:

“Youth activists led by Norman Tumuhimbise, the National coordinator of the Jobless Brotherhood launched a manhunt for Aine at the home of his mother Jennifer Namuleme in Katale zone in Semuto town council in Nakaseke district. According to Tumuhimbise, they intend to raise Shillings 40 million to reward whoever will provide information on Aine’s whereabouts”.

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On the 7th January 2016 CP Fred Enanga has claimed the photo circulated where manipulated. While the sister of Christopher Aine and brother has claimed it to be him and have visited the Kampala Capital City Authority Mortuary to find the body and collect the remains of their deceased brother. Relatives of missing independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi’s aide Christopher Aine, have failed to trace his body at the mortuary, where they had gone to check for the reported dead body this morning. So after this the have claimed again that the family and Go-Forward are hiding Aine somewhere.

Also today the sister of Aine want’s the police to issue an warrant on the media who have published the photos, while CP Fred Enanga want the Jinja Road Magistrate to issue an warrant for the missing Christopher Aine. Later in the day today we’re just one editor of Red Pepper Newspaper who had to give statements to the Police. Now hours after three editors are detained from the paper is under arrest for releasing the story to the press. Police claims they know where he is missing.

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This here is starting to seem like UPF need better spin-doctors because nothing fits, I am just waiting for them to detain the sister for false-claim of picture in the media. The Ntungamo Clashes that we’re NRM’s fault have proven the issues of the one-man rule and their way of vengeance. Live free or die harder!

IGP Kale Kayihura tries to look good and make his men look wise. The same with CP Fed Enanga they might trick the die-hard illiterate hillbilly who hasn’t got their mind of their own. The rest of us see through it. There are too many loose points to the story and the police have a violent record that is longer than the hospital records at the Kings Hospital Mulago in Kampala.

That the UPF is after such a long while UGX 20m proves that there is something missing; it must be because he we’re an aide to the Go-Forward Presidential Candidate Amama Mbabazi. If he we’re one of the kids or people being washed on the shore at Lake Victoria during late-December 2015. Then we would know they we’re extra serious, that was a big group of people who lost their lives. Christopher Aine is important and the trust issues between Police Force and the people of Uganda they are supposed to serve. It proves that the Aine case is special and that it wouldn’t be weird if Special Forces Command is behind the abduction and made-him-go-missing. Later letting him loses his life. Uganda Police Force have taken people in the night and after social media and other people react they surface like Norman Tumuhimbise and Vincent Kaggwa we’re missing for two days in July 2015 and the family had to task the Police to release his all of a sudden with bruises and such. There is something wrong with Police and their actions toward opposition members and leaders in Uganda. Christopher Aine’s story is a sad one and he seems like he is deceased and hurt by the Police of Uganda by the Photos released online and published by the Red Paper Newspaper. I am just sad for the family, the Go-Forward Team and the election in general since this a useless death. A person is more valuable than power, money or elections.

That the Police can that easy take a life and get rid-off opposition figures brings worry of the state of rights in Uganda. The Police is not serving the people if they are killing the aid of Amama Mbabazi. That proves the issues between Amama Mbabazi and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni are too deep. Something is missing and this can’t be joked about. Christopher Aine did not live to die for nothing. Nothing is an election that President Museveni rigged, that he rigged yet again. Like he has done before; Christopher Aine was a supporter of Mbabazi. General Election of 2016 is so close and the killing seems forced by the power to sprint fear in the Go-Forward/TDA Camp to intimidate them from delivering and making the election harder for Mzee.

Mzee and his henchmen have gone too far. Mzee and his police have not told anything meaningful on the people on the shore of Lake Victoria. They might not be political killings like Christopher Aine. Aine is a manifestation of political violence and the deepest tragedy in this part of the campaign trail. That is a senseless murder of an innocent guard of a Presidential Candidate after the Ntungamo clashes. The Ntungamo clashes that Mzee claimes is Go-Forward supporters fault; which by now have to be credited NRM and their Police, who is clearing their name by killing Aine. The truth will come out; the worst is that this is just one out of many suspicious deaths. So many cars and automobile accidents with important people dies and election violence from the NRM-Regime will be tainted by this. If the international media catch-on, I doubt that, they only care if it is a gay brother who dies, because they matter more than political-killings for the moment. I don’t know why, but Christopher Aine should matter as much as David Kato, but trust me for the international media; they doesn’t see that way, even if I wish it be different. Aine deserves to be the crown-example of the violence in the name of National Resistance Movements Police Force in Uganda. Surely he is! Though the outcome is sad and that the UPF does what it can to spin-it differently. The world need to know the truth and the world want to know what really happened.

The loss of life that is Christopher Aine for being the aide of Amama Mbabazi in this time and day make me sad and furious. The way CP Enanga and IGP Kayihura tries to pin it differently is to wash their hands clean. Still, there are too many plots moving and the violence of the police and following the Uganda Police Force this seems likely. IGP Kayihura told the press earlier in the timeline that he just follows orders. Mzee can snap his mind and could have ordered it like Pizza and IGP Kayihura would say “Kale Ssebo”. So the life of Aine and his life will be remembered for the way the NRM-Regime acts towards the public and hurts the opposition, not serving them or giving them any steady-progress! Peace.  

UPF Press-release: Don’t Use the Photograph on Red Pepper today 7th January 2016 caption “Aine Body Emerges” – They are investigating it!

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Statement to the press and public on brutalisation of ‪#‎GoForward‬ team (07.01.2016)

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Good Afternoon,

This is to inform Ugandans, both at home and abroad, that an offensive is presently being waged against my supporters, as well as those who volunteer their time to work as coordinators and/or mobilisers for my campaign. In the last month alone, dozens who identify with the Go Forward campaign in one way or another, have been assaulted, arrested, “disappeared” and even killed.

The killings and the imprisonments (which are both illegal and absurd) are not new, having begun the day I announced my intentions to run for president. But as the pressure of the campaigns is mounting, so are the continual attempts to intimidate and subdue my support base.

In late November 2015, Daniel Ayugi of Abim was picked up by security operatives at Uganda House. He was blindfolded, driven to an unknown location and tortured for a number of days. He was later on dumped back at Uganda House and made his way to Central Police Station for help. He required surgery to recover from his injuries.

In Lira district, one of our supporters Mr. Okello, whose story was covered by the media, was harassed and similarly assaulted. He suffered serious body injuries.

In Bukedea district, there are the two cases of Mr. James Aogon and Mr. Okwii Isaac. Mr. Aogon was severely beaten up and then dragged along the tarmac road, resulting in the loss of skin on his face. Mr. Okwii’s house was burned down whilst his four-year-old son slept. The toddler died in that fire.
Ms Tumwebaze, our supporter, was murdered in Mbarara and her body dumped in the river.

In mid-December, the police rounded up and arrested a number of my supporters whom, they purport, had engaged in an overwhelming assault of innocent NRM supporters in Ntungamo. This is, of course, entirely false. Any of my supporters who were part of the Ntungamo incident engaged solely in acts of self-defence.

They are now facing trumped up charges in court. Shortly after this incident, the head of my security detail Christopher Aine disappeared. He is yet to be found. Yesterday, our lawyers successfully lodged a habeas corpus order with the High Court of Uganda for Aine. We will find him.

This past Monday, on the eve of my visit to Kotido, four Kadodi drummers who were mobilising for me, were arrested and imprisoned by police together with the drums they were using to mobilise for my planned public rally. By the time I finished my rally they were still in this illegal detention. The pickup truck
with the public address system I was to use at the rally was, together with the PA, impounded. They were still in police custody by the time I left Kotido.

These incidents are but a few examples of the violence this government is daily meting out on those who believe the time has come for Uganda to experience peaceful transition and a change of government. This belief has been portrayed by the state as a desire to create chaos and instability within Uganda.

Let me be clear: TDA(U)/Go Forward has neither plans of using violence as a means of attaining electoral victory nor of getting into power in order to dispense violence against Ugandan citizens. Those who might suggest otherwise are merely those who have reached the end of their rope.

Let me also state that these cruel acts tantamount to gross human rights abuse. We have documented them and will pursue redress through courts of law up to the highest level. Those perpetuating these crimes need to remember that these are your brothers and sisters. After the elections, you all have to face and live with each other.

As we approach the last 40 days of this campaign, the tempo is growing and the people are becoming more decisive. The tensions may rise, but I appeal to those in authority to exercise fairness, restraint and better judgement for the sake of our children, our neighbours and our country, Uganda. This is what we deserve as a nation- peaceful transition of power. It starts now.

For God and My Country,
Amama Mbabazi
Presidential Candidate,
TDA(U) Go Forward

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