On the gazetted Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) dress code of 18th September 2019, the red berets, which has been associated with the People Power Movement and Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine. It is now banned from wearing them, except if your part of the UPDF. The same with the rest of the attires, which is gazetted.
This is limiting clothing, but also banning a sort of cloth, a headwear, which has been directly the image of the opposition movement. The UPDF again being used politically to ban. Not only is the army used to intimidate and to control the public. They are not only defending the territory of the Republic, but also used as a tool of oppression. That is why, special units of the UPDF have been used to arrest and detain civilian leaders, like even taking the Arua 26 and the Kizza Besigye to Military Court.
Therefore, this is not shocking. This is following a pattern, like when the Interim Order of 5th May 2016 banned all demonstrations and the defiance campaign. In addition, this means that the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) was officially by the state not allowed to demonstrate nor use defiance. That is why we have been here before.
The UPDF is used as a tool this time. To stop people from wearing a certain head-gear. They want to monopolize this headwear. Apparently, they can do that, even after the state known the public and the opposition has used this. This is a direct ban of wearing something of the opposition.
If the National Resistance Movement (NRM), the ones running the government wants a multi-party democracy or act like its there. Maybe not ban their gear in general. Because, it proves again, that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his minions in acts won’t a one-party state. That is why he was so reluctant to let go of the movement system in the past. This is a history we cannot forget.
In this instance, it is repetition of the past. The NRM and Museveni uses the state as a oppressive machine. Finds some significant faults with the opposition bans it. That is not new.
This is the red berets, which is now a cardinal sin, unless your part of the UPDF. Together with the other hand-picked attire, which they see fit. We can await the radios to ban Bobi Wine songs, we can await to see more of these issues. Just like the bans of concerts of Bobi Wine too. Therefore, this is following a common pattern.
This is not happening to the DP Block or the UPC for that matter. No, its happens to the Opposition that the President fears. That is why he can use the military, which the militarised politics of the NRM has personalized over the years.
This will be controversial, there will be arrests, the police force will enforce this and we will see an outcry. However, will this show the public how far the NRM does to control them? Is this enough or will laws of draconian acts continue without any actions against it. Will the public accept this and move-on, as the state again tell them how to think, act and how to be?
This is what the NRM does, just another proof. Peace.
This week in Zambia, you have arrest of opposition leader and also claim that another ppposition leader is in-charge of the rising prices, the inflation and the overall added expenses on the staple food: Maize.
However, we all know that is rubbish. Because, UPND Hichilema isn’t in-charge of any ministry or government portfolio. It is the Patriotic Front (PF) and President Edgar Lungu whose in charge of the mess created. It is his people whose not on guard and fixing the issues within the Republic. That is why the issues are there, because there is a need for basis and control from the state.
In addition, that the PF is attacking others and claiming their faults for their mismanagement. It is easier to point the finger at HH and UPND. Instead of acting reasonable and finding out why there is a growing inflation on staple-food and the need for price cap on Maize.
“On Sunday, the 25th of August 2019, the Agriculture Minister of Zambia, one of the most highly urbanized countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Michael Katambo said following a meet with millers, chain stores, stockfeed manufacturers and grain traders that they all had agreed to put a cap on maize price in order to keep the nation’s staple food affordable. On top of that, the Agricultural Ministry had also added in a statement that a ton of maize could be sold at a maximum price of $198.93 or 2,600 Kwacha ($1= 13.07 Kwacha)” (Sourav D. – ‘Zambia introduces price cap on maize (corn) amid farmers’ protest’ 27.08.2019, Financial-World.Org).
“Zambia’s headline inflation accelerates for sixth consecutive month in August, jumping to new multi-year high as food price pressures weigh. Despite the reintroduction of maize price caps, surging food prices may steer inflation to breach double-digit territory by end-Q3” (NKC African Economics, 30.08.2019).
“Lusaka Province secretary Kennedy Kamba told journalists yesterday the two directors recently invited United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema to coerce him into petitioning the Commission over alleged corruption in the government. Mr Kamba said those were some of the clandestine tactics the opposition and some public servants were using to discredit President Edgar Lungu and his government because they had nothing else to talk about as the government had delivered in all sectors. At the same briefing, Lusaka Province PF chairman Paul Moonga warned millers against conniving with the opposition to create artificial mealie meal prices and commodity shortages” (Charles Musonda – ‘ACC BOSSES EXPOSED’ 30.08.2019, Daily Nation)
The PF should consider their actions, because it is their lack of actions in time. That is the reason for the inflation on the staple food. If not their inside dealings, which has told stories to HH. It is not that he gets the truth from directors of millers.
Therefore, the state and the PF needs to look into itself and its shortcomings. If they want it for the better. PF needs to act upon that, not that HH or anyone else is questioning their actions. Since, his just doing his duty as an opposition. HH is not governing, that is what the PF does, if not they are not doing it well enough. That is why HH and the opposition is the scapegoats for the lack of due diligence from the government itself.
Seriously, something is up. I don’t know what it is or the reason for it. But there is something not sorted out. Because, an inflation and a price-cap on maize doesn’t come over night. Peace.
Well, the Alliance of National Transformation (ANT), the newly minted party from former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) rt. Gen. Mugisha Muntu has today shown sign of weakness. As his party is nearly launched and having consultation meetings across the Republic.
Still ANT is in the beginning face and now seeking alliance with Democratic Party Block or DP Block. Which is already filled one-man band parties of Social Democratic Party (SDP) of Michael Mabikke and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Abed Bwanika. These was the key patrons behind the DP Block. Now its revealed, that the party registered in January of 2019. Are now a part of the DP Block too.
That is sign of strength and broaden perspective for Norbert Mao, whose not has had many friends since he was a part of The Democratic Alliance (TDA). Surely, this makes him look important and that he got good opposition backers behind him. Even as the FDC and People Power Movement are moving on their own.
The DP Block doesn’t get more viable, even if it has Muntu. As his speaks of “country before self”, but his own agenda seems to be finding a space for him to shine. There isn’t anything that resembles strength or uniqueness in the ways Muntu has manoeuvred. Neither in anything Mao has been doing, except for his power-play some-days on NBS TV.
Let’s be clear, ANT is showing not their capabilities or their message by being part of the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), the one that was supposed to reign in Robert Kyagulanyi and his brigades. Alas, that didn’t happen. It has only brought Mabbike, Bwanika and now Muntu. Is he awaiting someone else to so they can actually drive somewhere?
Because, at this point, this is still a TDA-Lite, even without the head honco of a Amama Mbabazi, a score and sore point to address the struggles and the big-man to have any appeal. With the cadres around the table, the measure of scope isn’t strong. Unless, they suddenly are able to show finesse and be political savvy to actually be relevant. This is not something you should anticipate from Mao, neither Bwanika nor Muntu. If so, why would they be there?
Unity isn’t bad, but this is like the losers club. Where the ones who couldn’t be a big-man, want to act like big-men, but is all dancing midgets. Well, its cruel, but a fact. They all want to be viable and express the concern of the public like Besigye, want the outreach and popularity like Bobi Wine. If not be unpopular, but still have the army like Anite. But, they have neither and acts like they can get it all by the half-baked measures they are doing.
As shown by the Democratic Party statement on the meeting today: “Next steps include the urgent declaration of our position on minimum reforms before the next elections. This doesn’t require the SPV as a precondition” (DP, 23.08.2019).
Because, if they wanted people to really join and follow the SPV, it should be able to function for the purposes of not only reforms, but basic governing. It is clearly lacking that, as it seems only to function as basis for the men to seem important. Which is by all means, a lot work to waste time. Peace.
PS: Bwanika hasn’t been so vocal lately, maybe he had a pay-off since last time we saw him.
“Bobi Wine you made a major mistake to self-proclaim that you will lead people without peoples participation and endorsement” – Abed Bwanika
It seems that Abed Bwanika wants to be important. He want to be the central part of the opposition. Bwanika wants to be the kingmaker, the one that is behind the ones coming up. Abed wants to be the one whose the man behind the scene and get seen as the chief.
There is signs that People’s Development Party (PDP) and Democratic Party Block leader Bwanika thinks highly of himself. That Bwanika and others in the DP Block think they invented and ushered in People Power. Like the phenomenon was his and his allies to control and muffle with. That they should be able to run it. Because, his been meeting and greeting Bobi Wine on several of occasions.
This is how it seems, that Bwanika wants to be a kingpin, he wants to be the steers and offers positions. He feels he deserves credit and should be honoured for his work. Instead, he was left behind and feels like a sore looser. That is why Bwanika now says Bobi Wine is wrong, picking the wrong people and is the worst. Since, he was left out of the picture, a picture and a organization he should have some sort of central position in.
Instead, the DP Block leader is lost, his not a kingmaker and not as big as he thinks he is. Bobi Wine is so much more than Bwanika. That is visible by the structure and by the reach he has. That is why the NRM is worried about the popular rise of People Power. This is something Bwanika knows, but he wants to act like he was a vital part in it. Which I have hard time to believe.
Bwanika wants to be around kings, but the only way he can get there right now. Is if he dances, making jokes and make his court laugh. Right now, that is all he does. Abed has forgotten his role and thinks too highly of himself.
It is maybe time for Bwanika to reflect on his self-importance, before his totally undressed by the public. Which is happening in rapid speed, no to be accurate near amp-speed. That is how impressively self-inflected damage and self-destruction.
That is why he isn’t an kingmaker, but an jester. That must be sad, but Bwanika at this moment, it is what it is. He wants to vital, important and looking like he makes a difference, except for losing face. That’s not a good look, but put up a skit for all of us! That is what a jester is supposed to do. Peace.
Well, it is about that time, just mere days after the launch of the structure and coordination team of the Political Pressure Group called People Power run by Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine. That the politicians friendly to the regime is answering it. There is already calls for legislation directed to ban these sort of outfits and associations with them. Therefore, what is happening now is deliberate. It’s kind of ordinary, as everytime real opposition comes along. The state and their allies jumps on guard to attack, undermine and belittle the acts of it.
This time the DP Block, Norbert Mao and the his closest associate Bwanika has both coordinated attacks and play forward. To ensure, that they are undermining both Bobi Wine and the PPM. This isn’t shocking, as they wanted him as a loyal subject within the DP Block and didn’t want him to run on his own. Alas, to keep him in a TDA light box, which the state wouldn’t ban or address in any fashion. Because, what danger to the regime does Mabikke of the SDP, Bwanika of the PDP and Mao of DP, made their alliance, but not that they have any fire-power.
That is why today, the acts of devious attempts to undermine comes at bay. The DP own ending of their Press Release, says it all. As they try in the long statement to sound cool about it, but the last paragraph. Really says it all, that people need to know. Bwanika seems like a kid, who didn’t get his wish and Beti Kamya, well, she is showing her loyalty to the NRM and the President. As she had no issues with the The Democratic Alliance in the previous election, but now its all wrong. Surely, since it is not her part in the PPM on the line, but she can say they are unworthy and claim they cause havoc. When we know the authorities that brings the weapons, the tear-gas and the mambas to the public gatherings of the opposition, or has she forgot that?
Well, here is the statements.
DP distance its members from PPM:
“We shall issue further directions to our members after the consultative meeting with top leaders and MPs. In the meantime, we don’t expect any of our leaders particularly at the grassroots to deal with any one purpoting to be Cordinator of People Power until a formal pact is reached between DP and all other political actors. We cannot allow other people to dig their foundation in our compound without a negotiated settlement properly reached” (Democratic Party, 27.07.2019).
Abed Bwanika attacks PPM:
“We the DP bloc/People power as the architects of the movement shall sit and look into many aspects including whether he can remain the leading figure of the people power movement. He may be left with no alternative but to form his own party and leave the architects of people power to move. We don’t even want to think that our brother Bobi was under the influence of any intoxicant while doing such but we may be tempted to think so.” said by Abed Bwanika
Beti Kamya attack PPM too:
“Bobi Wine is running an unregistered political organization. People Power and People’s Government are non existent in our laws. As a country, we went into multiparty dispensation, but these people are undermining it. Unregistered political organizations like People’s Government and People Power should be banned since their leadership uses them to incite violence” (Softpower – ‘Betty Kamya: Bobi Wine’s ‘People Power’ should be banned, 27.07.2019).
As we are seeing, the DP Block, Bwainka and Kamya are all addressing the same thing and saying the PPM is wrong. In all their different ways, but all done to ensure that the PPM look illegal and acts illegal.
It is either, that the DP Block members and MPs shouldn’t be associated with the PPM. They shouldn’t do so, before the DP Block have an agreement. Bwanika want to take credit for the PPM, like his the grandfather of the struggle and deserves to control it. Abed thinks so highly of himself, that if he looks further, I think he started the UPC and DP party. Its just that he doesn’t know it yet. Just kidding, but his the sort of character, that tries to be King Kong, but is only a random fellow playing ping-pong.
Kamya has given up her own party for the loyalty of the NRM. She has given up opposition and now tries to add conflicts and annoy the opposition. This is all to show her master and pay respects for appointing her role as a Minister. That is who she is now and shows it again and again. She could herself be a part of the TDA, as a UFA leader and MP candidate. But, she cannot accept the PPM. That is because, it works against her place in the world. Because she needs the President and his brown envelopes.
This is all coordinated attacks of the PPM and Bobi Wine. This is not new, but done before and they will do whatever to ban, cease and crush the organization. The PPM will be under-fire and they will always be scrutinized. That is just the way it is. Peace.
So, just one day after we officially declared our intentions to challenge President Museveni in 2021, he tabled amendments to election laws before Parliament. Even a baby can see that most of the proposed amendments are a desperate attempt by his panicky regime to counter the #PeoplePower wave.
First they ignored us. Then they dismissed us as mere hooligans. Then they lied against us and framed us with all sorts of cases. Then they unleashed terror on us. But to their disappointment, no matter what they have done, we have only grown stronger- by the help of the almighty God.
Gripped by fear of what awaits them come 2021, they are now bringing laws to stop us from uniting with other forces of change, raising campaign funds, and reaching out to the people! They are even shamelessly banning people from going with cameras and phones to polling stations to capture the evidence of rigging. Knowing that majority of the soldiers and police officers support us, they want them to vote five days before everyone else so that they can intimidate them properly as opposed to when they cast ballots in the same ballot boxes with other citizens. BANO BAATIDDE NNYO!
Can we all see how much ofp a coward Museveni is?? As I have told the nation time and again, the day the dictator realises that our eyes have been opened, he will be cornered with no where to turn to! These are clear signs.
Let me repeat this message which I have been sending to President Museveni- if he thinks he is popular as he claims to be, I CHALLENGE HIM TO A FREE AND FAIR ELECTION!