Shiish, there are just some news that doesn’t capture your eyes quick enough. I have read the letter, but didn’t capture all the details, neither the costs. However, there was several of gentleman at the Daily Monitor, that did. Therefore, I am writing here today, because of the possible cost of buying cars for MPs new security detail. This has been ordered by the President and his words is law. No matter how expensive or how insane it is.
Here is the case from today:
“On June 29, President Museveni ordered Finance minister Matia Kasaija to urgently procure bullet-proof cars with “sharp shooters” from the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) to protect lives of the MPs against what he termed “terrorists”. However, he did not give specifics on the cost of the vehicles and other related expenditures. Daily Monitor interviews with car manufacturers revealed that a 2017/18 model bullet-proof Land Cruiser pick-up costs about $520,000 (about Shs1.9b) while a 2017/18 model bullet-proof Hilux pick-up costs about $166,000 (Shs630m). Therefore to procure bullet-proof Land Cruisers for the 456 MPs at Shs1.9b each, the government would pay out Shs866b while to acquire 2017/18 bullet-proof Hilux model at Shs630m, it would cost government Shs287b” (Solomon Arinaitwe & Moses Kyeyune – ‘MPs security cars to cost Shs1 trillion’ 13.07.2018 link: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/MPs-security-cars-cost-Shs1-trillion/688334-4660322-shcp27z/index.html).
This here deal is made for corruption and for ghost costs appearing out of nowhere. This here is just built for that. It is amazing if the government starts procuring, knowing with its history and misuse of state funds. This is the perfect blend, buying vehicles and add-ons on the spread-sheet, claim later added cost without explaining where the funds went. If not order things that never appear. That is also a beauty.
With this in mind, here is the old story that could be re-produced by buying the security detail:
“However, in mid-1988 when Balaki Kirya, minister of state in office of the President in charge of security went to Spain to sign an agreement, he found 260 Santana ‘Land-rovers’ valued at $6.1 million had already been shipped while the agents/lobbyists were negotiating for the importation of another 260 ‘Land-rovers’ now valued at $8 million. The saga leaked to the press. The Weekly Topic of May 3, 1989 had a lead story: ‘Old schemers at their game again, STOP MISUSING PRESIDENT OFFICE’. When contacted, officials from the National Treasury said the purchase was done without the knowledge of the Bank of Uganda (BoU). However, from the BoU archives, on April 8, 1988, a memorandum on the foreign exchange position, by the governor indicated among other payments to be made in the year was for the 260 Land-rovers from Spain for the President’s office and 600 Land-rovers for the ministry of Defence as well as the army uniform from Spain” (Eriasa Mukiibi Sserunjogi – ‘High-profile corruption scandals registered under NRM’ 24.02.2013 link: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/High-profile-corruption-scandals-registered-under-NRM/688334-1702448-ndh6w6z/index.html).
I wouldn’t be amazed if the Ministry of Defence, the Minister of Finance and the Prime Minister would make a scheme worth paying off for. They would secure kick-backs and additional funds, this is a too important project and the safety of the MPs is the highest priority. Everyone knows that. Not that this is misusing of funds and making sure the MPs are driving around like hostages in their Republic. Nah, that is not important at all.
That the 456 MPs who already are allocated money for cars and upkeep of them. Still, they need a second one, with specialized produced safety gear, seems more like they are traveling past war-zones, than friendly neighbourhoods, what about the actual people that live there, are they safe?
Well, that was bit of subject. However, the reality is that this is made for corruption. Someone in the regime will eat and use this as package to get loaded. We can just wonder who and who will be put in charge, who will fake needed equipment and who will give away knock-offs instead of the real deal.
This MPs security deal can be a gold-mine to the right individual. However, whoever that might be, he has to remember to give the king his cut. That meaning the President in the State House, if not your see quickly the other side of the barrel. He has no issues getting rid of people. That is proven in history too.
I wish I could be hopeful, but to me, they are cooking another Santana Scandal. This time it might be the Hilux Scandal or the Land Cruiser Scandal of 2018.
I just know we will get there, but how, that is up to the magicians within the Kings court. Peace.
“You have plowed evil; you have reaped unrighteousness; you have eaten the fruit of hypocrisy; because you trusted in your own direction, and in the number of your mighty forces” – Hosea 10:13 (International Standard Version).
It is weird that Raphael Magyezi now months after the launch of Constitutional Amendment has been passed and the months of tension is sort-of-over. Now the MP comes with blazing guns to the public. Like he didn’t know what he did, when he unleashed this law, as a Private MP. Didn’t he think he would get reactions? When he was the most loyal of MP of the President. It is weird the way he defends himself. Because that counter everything he did while defending the bill in 2017.
“Igara West member of parliament Raphael Magyezi has revealed that his life has been turned upside down since the debate on the removal of age limits and he now receives constant death threats. Magyezi is among the MPs whose security has been boosted by the UPDF after their police guards ran away for fear of their lives. Magyezi has told NTV that he is among the five MPs who have been singled out has targets after the killing of Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga” (Daily Monitor – ‘MP Raphael Magyezi decries intolerance in politics’ 01.07.2018).
It is wrong to get death threats, even killing someone because of differing opinions. Me and the MP agree upon that. But there is natural reactions to his actions last year. That has ushered in a President for Life, by legal means and now the President will rule indefinitely. Therefore, people are going to be angry, because people are tired Mr. 1986 already, he has served his time and there is need for fresh hands in the place of the Presidency. However, that is something Magyezi and I differ on.
What I do not get, is that he pledges intolerance, when he wanted to abolish the Legal Committee over the Opposition questioning his law, that he wanted to threaten the ones rebelling to the law and had no issues with the Special Forces Command (SFC) clearing the chambers, as the law was read and tabled. That all of that isn’t political intolerance, than nothing is.
The political intolerance is created by the NRM and the head-honchos Magyezi serves. It is not the opposition, who already despise the attitude and the ways things are done in the dictatorship. There isn’t much other to say about that. The military and the control done by the State House is the issue. The whole rule of Museveni and the fatigue is evident. Magyezi has been supporter of the whole arrangement, but is defending it in a way that is absurd. Especially, when he has used all methods to defend his law and his Constitutional Amendment.
He should have seen this coming, no one, except the elite and the NRM Cronies liked the Age Limit law. They are still fed by the kingpin and accept his controlling ways, because they are getting paid. However, the rest is tired of the charade and the occupying bush-war and warlord residing in Entebbe. They are ready for someone else.
Magyezi are trying to say that the opposition is intolerant. That the people are too, but his whole defense of the age limit was based on the hostile removal of provisions made to safeguard the people from a power-hungry cunt. However, that was not important for Magyezi and his kind. He needs to safeguarded, his views are perfection and the NRM can do no wrong.
Nevertheless, his views are distorted, as he during the time of tabling the law, reading it and getting it passed. He acted as a brat and proud cock, not having no quarrels using force to get rid of opposition and even banning them from the chambers for resisting/defying the codes of conduct at the Parliament.
Still, he now give the public another rap, but not a fun one. Just intolerant rant of nothing. Peace.
Danger, danger, be alert, this here will be sinful text. As the sins of the minds and spirit is shown again and again. By the same system and the same lord, nothing is changing only the names on the boards and on the appointments, but the same insignificant attributes continues. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has during the last appointed and re-appointed twice Residential District Commanders, he has also redirected appointments directly at Makerere University and to top it off, he has sacked and re-appointed a Executive Director and board for Uganda Investment Authority (UIA). All of these within days.
What is striking is how the State House is all involved in these matters, how connected the actions of the President and his will is the main factor in the decision made by the state. The government is de facto the President, we all knew this, but with the RDCs, UIA and Makerere, the Ministers and the Ministries, the experts and whatnot’s all have to wait for the blessing from Museveni.
It isn’t weird things are going slow, as the rubber-stamping son-of-a-gun in Entebbe has to deliver the verdict and put his seal on the matter, as he has to validate and secure every single appointment, even the janitors are surely hand-picked by the President. This is the proof of cronyism if there ever is one. The way he has to single-handedly decide and give people merits. After a month of speculation and a claim from Hon. Evelyn Anite that the Executive Director of UIA was corrupt and now the President has re-appointed someone else, while the former ED is challenging the merits of the case. It is really astonishing.
Just like the one day, a new batch of appointments and redeployment of RDCs came about, a day later revealed that some had been dead, one all the way back to 2014. Therefore, kind of hard to be a RDC when your deceased. That is why, on the 15th June 2018 the new list came into circulation and people started to speculate. However, by 24th June 2018, the RDCs fraternity had to be calm down await new orders, as the list was changed and by 25th June 2018, Uganda Media Centre had to write similar to calm it down. It just shows the madness in system and the erratic behaviour has consequences on the ground.
Jolly Kaguhangire, the now former ED of UIA is the crown-example of cronyism in the time of Museveni. The relative of the First Lady Janet Museveni. Who has been the ED since 2017 and now fired in mid-2018. Certainly, the stand-off, the whistleblower to the IGG and the whole farce will continue and persist as the family squabble will hit the headlines. There aren’t anything, which that will stop that at this point. The UIA is used as pawn in a game and the reality is that the Musevenism is the end-game.
This here will not end with the squabble between the board of directors, neither the IGG or even the Minister Anite who has used her role as the one with oversight to look into the activity of the UIA. But this will end with either ruthless activity, re-appointment or even being posted somewhere else, the ED of UIA is a family member, she will in the end be shielded. However, this shows why the family sagas and the interference are dropping the level of integrity and transparency, as they are obliged to be in-charge. Not on merits or skills, but because of their entitlement to the first family.
This is cronyism at its worst, where the ones either in family or loyal to the President get favours, either as RDCs or as Executive Director of some sort of government Authority. It is just a play of games with the taxpayers, with the citizens and the ones hurt is the innocent, while the elites created by the President continues to merge and surge. There isn’t anything that they will not do to get the cash-in-full. Peace.
“A coward dies a thousand times, a soldier dies but once.” – Tupac Shakur
Today on the 27th June 2018 after the recent assassinations of AIGP Andrew Kaweesi and former MP Ibrahim Abiriga, the President had to have a special meeting with the Members of Parliament, because of international travel and meetings in Khartoum. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni had its postponed second meeting on security. This time not in a speech of lecture for the whole world to hear his vision, but a closed session in Parliament, which even the Opposition MPs was shunning.
Therefore, the reports coming from this meeting is interesting, as the MPs have told they are afraid and also their police officers, which are in the car with them. The guards of the MPs are afraid of cross-fire and taking a bullet like the recent bodyguards and drivers of Kaweesi and Abiriga. That is natural, no one in their right mind wants to lose their lives on a job.
That is why the report from the meeting is not only saying the MPs own police officers are afraid and not wanting to stay in the cars. The MPs feels insecure with the Police and therefore, Museveni has ordered soldiers to guard the MPs.
The Members of Parliament will get soldiers around them, because they are insecure. There we’re earlier this month reports, that the Age Limit supporting MPs gotten the Special Force Command aka Presidential Guards to follow them. Now, the rest of the National Resistance Movement (NRM). Will have soldiers guarding them and driving in own cars. They are shadowed and monitored by the army.
The people’s representatives, the ones who are supposed to be supported by the people and be in the hands of the people. Are needing the army, because they are afraid of the society they represent. They are so important, that the UPDF needs to be stripped and have own operation covering MPs.
Resurrection of the National Resistance Army (NRA) is in full affect. Because who needs the support of the people, when you can grab 27 guns and takeover with a bush-war. That is how the President did.
The NRM MPs are really showing their fear, the mediocre attitude, as their high importance are so staggering, that the citizens are lucky to even get their police report investigated if their has happen anything. While they are getting all the perks of the state and now also soldiers securing them. That shows the weakness of the state. When the NRM MPs needs this and wants this. That Museveni and the NRM cannot claim to live in a peaceful society, when the soldiers are following and monitoring the MPs.
It isn’t just in spirit and in actions from the State House, even the MPs knows this. Everything is solved with guns, therefore, stay loyal with the people’s with the biggest guns. That happens to be army and the soldiers.
It is really weak and forgetting who they represent. They think they represent the President, but they represent the people. They shouldn’t be afraid of the people, but apparently they are. MPs whose afraid of their own society isn’t a sign of strength. However, it is a proof of insecurity and lackluster institutions, who is supposed to control the safety and rule of law.
Who need the people, when you have soldiers, right? Peace.
The newly created district Butebo district out of Pallisa district, where the boundaries was even contested in Parliament before the creation of it in November 2017. Therefore, the coming election for 28th June will be with National Resistance Movement MP Flag-bearer Samuel Keddi. You know the district is poor, when the district itself only have one car, this is owned by Butebo Sub-County District Councilor Gabriel Enyaru. That is why this By-Election is showing how unfavorable the wealth is shared in the Republic.
So, the NRM today came out with Press Release mocking the Opposition for not fielding a candidate, however, that is untrue. With the creation of the Butebo District. Forum for Democratic Change was ready to field their candidates in the district, by they were all disqualified by the Electoral Commission. This was preliminary precaution of the NRM. To secure a victory without any real contest. The biggest losers here is the residents of Butebo and Pallisa, who doesn’t have real competition for their voters for their new District Chairman and Woman MP.
The reason we know this is because: “there is an affidavit certified by URSB and in The Uganda Gazette clarifying on the issue of names but the Mr. Museveni has still insisted on disqualifying the FDC candidate by Monday 18th June 2018” (Harold Kaija, 15.06.2018).
That is why the NRM regime is securing the Butebo MP without really trying and fixing the results before it begins. The NRM is afraid of any real effort. The Bugiri By-Election is already heavy contested and is a worry, combined with the Jinja East, Kyadondo East and Rukungiri By-Elections. The NRM doesn’t want the Butebo District and Pallisa District to become another win for the Opposition. It has been insulting enough. That is why Museveni have ordered the EC to deliver the results on a silver plate. That is why they have also disqualified Pallisa Woman MP Candidate Achola Catherine Osupelem from the FDC.
Seems like Museveni gets his will, the FDC will not be allowed to run their Chairperson Flag-bearer Sam Khalwa against Keddi. That is weak-tea. When the NRM claims there was no opposition candidate for that role, when Khalwa was ready.
How stupid does the NRM think the people are?
They have disqualified the FDC candidates in the Butembo and Pallisa Districts. Therefore, the retribution from the public, should be defy the polls and not show up on 28th June 2018 in Butebo, as the NRM has fixed the result in their favor already! Both Woman MP and District Chairperson have been barred from the race. Peace.