Second Footage from Kampala:
“Is there anyone who thinks Besigye is right to operate outside the law? If you do… you must be sick” – Hon. Jim Muhwezi
Hon. Jim Muhwezi the Minster of Information and National Guidance follows the Party line of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura who has gone out and told media not cover the “Defiance Campaign” and the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in Uganda. This happens on the 5th May National Demonstrations for a International Audit of General Election of 2016. Something the Ruling Party NRM has no interest of letting happen. The Ones that does live broadcast of the demonstrations and Defiance campaign might lose their license and lose their ability to broadcast anything at all; so to follow advise of the President to write about and broadcast the empty hospitals who doesn’t have medicine as he wanted the other day to focus on the Health Care.
And if you do care about that there is a running Yellow Fever Vaccine Scandal at the moment in Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) between them and the National Medical Stores (NMS). Where the Vaccines are getting sold or gone in the wind as teh KCCA have one claim, while the NMS have proof of delivering it. Can please Hon. Jim Muhwezi speak about that, so he does as his master commands him?
“UCC: We can control TV and radio but if you must go ahead and use social media for defiance, the government will control it”.
On Social Media:
“Government bans live broadcast of FDC’s defiance campaign, vows to shut social media: “We know about VPN but if we have to shut down social media completely, we will. We constantly communicate with Facebook and Twitter. We can shut down social media platforms if we have to,” government roars” (Daily Monitor, 05.05.2016).
“I had planned to travel to North Korea and China to see how it’s done. I don’t have to anymore, thanks to you know who” – Andrew Mwanguhya (Daily Monitor Journalist).
As of this morning Dr. Kizza Besigye the leader of the FDC is on the second day of House Arrest. MP Elect Francis Mwijuke has been put under same arrest this morning. Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago is also put under house arrest today. The Kabarole Chairperson Nyakato Ruasoke has been arrested in Fort Portal.
There been demonstrations at Makerere University and Kyambogo University in Kampala. They have both been dispersed by the Police with tear-gas and anti-riot police squad cars. By all means so that means throwing tear-gas at the students!
There been grand demonstrations in Busia where the Police Force went in heavy and dispersed the demonstrators in the town.
Shops have been closed in Rukungiri where there we’re reports of live fire in the early morning. The shops closing been verified, but the shooting has not been.
More from Kampala:
“Situation check in Kampala. Mother nature has brought a truce , we have retreated for shelter services to be resumed. Meanwhile we shall wear the military down. They can’t eat on the guard so by 5 pm they will be worn out” (Moses Atocon Atyekwo, 2016).
As the demonstrations continues and resumes. Even if new ones comes; the Defiance continues even if President Museveni and the men of Resistance doesn’t see the problem with resistance and resisting authority as that was the way they came to power. They resisted Obote, and now the Opposition and their supporters defy them. Civil disobedience not committing a crime; as the court order is flawed and can be countered by what is written in the 1995 constitution. By my reckoning that constitution is supposed to be the standard law of the land where the Resistance is the ruling party who has trouble with Defiance. Long live the National Resistance Movement and their foolish poetic injustice that manifested yet another day in Uganda. Peace.
“Police maintain heavy deployment outside Kizza Besigye’s Kasangati home, journalists not allowed access” (NBS TV Uganda, 05.05.2016).
This is just the early morning. Just think about with the already house-arrests and the Army deployment in Kampala. There will be actions done by this day and as the day goes by there will reactions to it. Let’s see and wonder how it all will go down. Not to talk about how the Uganda Police Force and Uganda People’s Defense Force will act towards fellow citizens. Peace.
Nationwide protests, a test of Government’s commitment to civil and political rights.
Tens of thousands of Ugandans, from all walks of life, will be gathering in cities and towns across the country this Today in peaceful protest against the government’s persistent violation of their basic civil and political rights.
Organised by the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) to oppose the planned inauguration of Mr. Yoweri Museveni after fraudulent elections, the protests have taken on new urgency after many Ugandans were arrested or otherwise prevented from gathering to pray for a peaceful resolution to the political crisis gripping the country. The government’s move to prevent its citizens from gathering to pray is extraordinary and unprecedented.
Uganda held presidential and parliamentary elections on 18th February, 2016 that EU observers found to be “eclipsed by an atmosphere of intimidation”. Despite widespread evidence of fraud and mounting international criticism, the government has resisted calls by Rt. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye to resolve the disputed vote through an independent audit of the electoral process.
Earlier this week, that resistance turned into outright panic when police enforced a cadre Judge’s outrageous judgement banning protesters from meeting to pray for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing dispute. The Lord Mayor of Kampala, Erias Lukwago, several religious leaders and ordinary citizens were arrested for no offence other than seeking to exercise their fundamental religious rights.
Mr. Museveni’s regime has thus escalated the conflict from one of electoral rights to basic freedom of religion. This is likely to backfire: Ugandans are a deeply religious people. The FDC and its pro-democratic allies will stay the course, peacefully insisting upon their constitutional rights to determine their own future and that of their country.
We can only hope that the regime will take this opportunity to pull back and seek a peaceful resolution to a conflict of its own creation. One way or another, Ugandans, and only Ugandans, will determine who leads their country. We pray that today, Mr. Museveni and his associates choose a path of peace and respect for the people they purport to govern.
“Military patrols on Entebbe road ahead of the FDC demonstration. They are guarding places like Petrol Stations. Reports by Stephen Kafeero” (Daily Monitor, 05.05.2016).
Dear FDC members, leaders, supporters, colleague political parties, peace Lovers, citizens and all Ugandans. Tomorrow 5th May, is a day when we start County wide peaceful demonstrations. Converge at nearby FDC Offices, March to the Rally venue as we call for an Independent audit of the 2016 elections. In Kampala, we gather at Najjanankumbi at 10am, then march to Nakivubo blue for a RALLY. We defy the Kavuma Historical illegal order. Defiance in action! NO TURNING BACK.
“The former Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate, Dr.Kizza Besigye, has spoken out in defence of his campaign of defiance after the police moved to block him from going to the opposition party’s offices at Najjankankumbi to attended prayers organised as part of protest against the results of February Presidential elections” (NTV Uganda, 2016).
“What is the mental state of someone who is called to acquire capacity to defend his or her job and they don’t show up? Those who did not attend must answer,” IGP Kale Kayihura.
On this World Press Freedom Day the Uganda Police Force have reminded the Journalist that it is illegal to cover or covering the Opposition. IT IS A CRIME to write about the Opposition and their demonstrations in Uganda. That is what the Uganda Police Force have told the journalists.
Just as expected the Ugandan Police Force would act out the Interim Order with Impunity and no honour. Today a man named Journalist Ronald Muhinda (Radio One FM 90) took this photo(the first photo); this photo in Kasangati on the first day the Interim Order of last Friday comes into effect as the FDC usually have prayers at their headquarters as a peaceful step to #FreeMyVote. Something the Deputy Justice Stephen Kavuma has seen as a malice attempt to undermine the rule of law, so apparently taking photos in Kasangati is illegal and is now the state of affairs.
“By press time, unspecified number of people including Daily Monitor reporter Stephen Kafeero had been arrested by police at FDC head offices in Najjanankumbi and Kasangati. However, Mr Kafeero was later released” (Daily Monitor, 03.05.2016).
This happens as early this morning as the news of Police Force have in deployed heavy guarded police at the FDC Headquarter of Najjankumbi in Kampala. So they wasted no time to use their force. The operation is under the command of the deputy RPC Kampala South Kaheebwa Geoffrey.
Even Pastor David Ngabo has been detained on the road towards the Najjankumbi to attend prayers. He has honoured his words last week where he said he would have no trouble being detained as a result of fighting the oppression. Also the other parts of Pastor Ngabo pastoral team have been detained. Another man on the road who is detained is also Sheik Katende.
As we see with the journalist photo of Kasangati and with the state of Najjankumbi. There will be more arrests as I expected as the FDC leadership and FDC Youth Members will be picked up the Police Force. Early this morning Councillor Elect of Kawempe, Kampala Muhammad Ssegirinya got the call from DPC Kawempe and was told not to attend the prayers at the FDC Headquarters! Dr. Stella Nyanzi have also been detained on the road towards Najjankumbi to attend the prayers.
Good news from Gulu:
“Gulu municipality citizens are holding prayers at Gulu Woman MP Betty Awol’s office in Tegwana”.
More Pictures from the FDC Headquarters where the Police Force is busy detaining FDC Members today.
There will be to come as the events unfold and as the information on how the Uganda Police Force detain the oppostion who just trying to assemble for prayers as a civil disobidience towards the Government who has stolen their votes in the General Election 2016 and their Presidential election 2016.
Party president General Muntu arrives followed by Pastor Ngabo amidst the police and military siege around the offices.
Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago have been detained and taken away at FDC Headquarters in Najjankumbi and taken into the Black Van that have followed the Ugandan General Election and been the famous car driving Besigye to Naggalama thorugh whole of February 2016.
This here violates all democratic values and proves to what extent President Museveni and IGP Kale Kayihura works to keep themselves in power. Peace.
Last Friday ‘Justice’ Steven Kavuma issued a so called interim order banning FDC’s planned peaceful protests, the Tuesday prayer and other such activities.
Most of us have focused on banning prayer. However, in its true form, this order is just one step towards banning FDC, and eventually all opposition parties and organised political groups in Uganda. This is why we should firmly resist this unlawful order.
It is likely that Col. Besigye will be put under house arrest again. If this happens, we appeal to the FDC President, Gen Mugisha Muntu and the party leadership to step in boldly to provide direction.
We also believe that FDC, being the party that won the presidential election, should FORMALLY seek the active cooperation of other like minded political parties, organised pressure groups and prominent individuals in society. This will give the struggle a more national and inclusive character. We hope that this will result into the formation of a solid “Alliance for Change”.
For us at The Independent Coalition, TIC, which fronted me as Presidential candidate, we unconditionally support the planned peaceful protests commencing on May 5th, 2016.
We shall make our humble contribution to this effort, which we anticipate to be long and tough. May 5, to us at TIC, is just the first day of the journey to the restoration of true democracy, rule of law and the dignity of our people.
For God and my Country.