“Dr. Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change has described 2016 as a very difficult year. The former party president says he remains optimistic about 2017. He spoke to NTV from his home in kasangati, Wakiso District” (NTV Uganda, 2016).
“FDC cannot foster accountability in government when they are not accountable themselves” – Andrew Mwenda (29.12.2016 on NBS TV – NBSFrontline).
Forum for Democratic Change Dr. Kizza Besigye is always on the NBSFrontline without showing up, just like his nemesis President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. It’s always make me giggle when people says that Besigye lost four elections and isn’t a credible opposition. Well, to the pundits, the monitoring of Besigye by the Police Force and the harassment of Opposition is why Hon. Norbert Mao from the Democratic Party is also always sitting in the studio speaking his wisdom to the masses. Like it is forgotten the way he was stopped from running as MP in his district during the General Election in 2016. Short term memory is a tricky thing.
Let’s be clear. The Opposition in Uganda isn’t without faults or without deficiency. The Movement have clearly by all means meant for no other ruler than Museveni. Somebody who thinks otherwise is naïve or on the movements payroll. There are clear indications and fantastic results of every single election that massively gives an edge and popularity that even could give way for dead-people to vote for the moment when needed be. Because how is possible to have so many 100% votes and also 100% of all eligible voters in the polling stations. They all like magic shows up, even as the neither death nor sickness stopped anyone in the constituencies to show up and vote for their beloved President.
So that rare coincidence that a certain man, who lost his own credibility and has to clear his own house. Mwenda has been battling the FDC like he has done on Social Media for over 48 hours attacking Besigye with all cylinders, instead of seeing the inevitable. The continued attempts to alter the conversation and blatantly attack FDC for their role in the opposition is a meagre attempt to smear them, instead of asking why the Movement has made it like this!
It’s true that LoP Winnie Kiiza is a fish out of water running wild in dialogue with the President in Kasese, as the man behind the plot is walking scotch free threatening all reports and people asking questions as the decomposed bodies are in the soil. The families without loved ones and the Security Organization, their brigades walk like free-men controlling the district. As the king are behind bar as a common terrorist. So the FDC is the problem and not the Movement who has a militarized attitude of the Central Government itself.
So when Mwenda and other’s says that the FDC isn’t real opposition and really accountable because of the many attempts of Besigye at becoming the President. It’s just wondered how he can try to alter history in this way. That Mao is all smiles and giggles are also weird when his party are weaken and also instead of being a national party has turned more regional over the years.
“Besigye’s tone is of violence, I think that’s why he has failed to get votes from old people” – Ofwono Opondo
Well, Honourable Opondo, tones doesn’t kill people, the guns of the army and Special Force Command can shoot people into silence and into submission. Just like the monies has done to the Electoral Commission who fixed the results together with the default rigging of leaving ballots behind in districts and all other issues during the Election Road Map of 2016. This is known knowledge still he uses sly tactics to sound smart and useful. Because the Hon. Opondo doesn’t know what defiance means or couldn’t care – he is resisting the knowledge as he only see brown envelopes and bowing his knee to his master Museveni.
The most insulting words of the day we’re demeaning Mwenda saying: “why replace a Museveni you know with a Museveni you don’t know”. Moment of Nostalgia, reminding myself of not being to rash, but this is an insult to Museveni and Besigye. Museveni is the kingpin! He has ruled with iron fist and brutally stomped on anyone with ambition. Sole candidate and unquestioned leader of the Movement; in the deluded mind an elected and team-building candidate in Besigye is the same as the other. That is disrespectful and a disgrace to them both.
Museveni is a militarized political juggernaut who doesn’t gives to crap about anyone’s existence except if his movement can capitalise or use it. Besigye has had dialogue and let the party he was part of creating having two clear fractions. There are no talks and no clear leadership under Museveni has and do controls the NRM Party, without question; whatever Hon. Opondo is just puppet hire to make Museveni look nice. But Mwenda are supposed to be Independent, but is more and more sounding like apologist for the Movement. Which isn’t a great look on the fellow commentator more like stressed phone-calling son of bitch who can’t stall the conversation.
So the insults of FDC should be done with tact, but that isn’t the way of the Movement, neither of any of the apologists if it is the AIGP Andrew Kaweesi, Army Spokesman Lt. Paddy Akunda and Uganda Media Centre leader Ofwono Opondo are all spreading the message of submission to the mighty and tries to do with all force, because their master will send the soldiers to the streets and social media blackouts; Museveni uses them if needed to silence the population in the media. Trying to spin the news and waves as needed be.
As now their tactic as their ways are not steady, their mediocre, even weaker than a twice used tea-bag of Mukwano tea. Bitter water with a little ounces of flavour, but you need to pounds of sugar to be able to drink it. The same is with the words of disarray from the Movement speakers. Don’t be fooled. Don’t buy the ticket to the gig.
Besigye is different, not because I say so, it’s because of the way he is and how he carry himself in the tribulations and the troubles, in the torture and in the massive amounts of arrest that is nearly all unaccounted for by the authorities, where most of them without reasons, without warrants and without charges that could stick in any court. Besigye has had turmoil before because of his stance against Museveni. Still, he continues and wanting to see good governance. It’s a just cause especially the wish for a peaceful transition without guns, coup d’état and without use of any sort of force.
That Besigye is a hot topic is understandable. When you have an unaccountable and walking ATM for President, the discussion about the accountability should be first and foremost be questioned to the one in charge and the one rigged to be there. As Besigye has never ruled or had the ability of the Executive. That has all been Museveni.
As Marie Matembe said so beautifully tonight: “There is no state in Uganda. State is equal to Museveni and Museveni is equal to the state” (NBS TV on NBSFrontline, 29.12.2016).
“Dr. Kizza Besigye talks about his experience under house arrest by Uganda police, his typical day, way forward for his supporters” (Uganda Live TV, 2016)
On March 10th 2016, civil society organisations filed an amicus curie motion to join the presidential election petition. The organisations have interest in the petition because it raises important questions of public interest; whether the general elections were conducted in a manner representative of the will of the people.
The admission as amicus curiae will serve the interest of justice and enhance participation of people of Uganda not otherwise represented. The civic duty to engage in matters of public interest is enshrined in the 1995 Constitution; civic organizations are especially charged with the responsibility to engage to protect constitutionalism, human rights and democracy.
The organizations that join this application are mandated by their missions to do civic engagement on matters of interest to citizens. As organizations working on human rights, their responsibility extends to matters of the rule of law and accountability to citizens of Uganda who are the voters in every election.
The applicants are members of the civil society coalition that was accredited as election observers in the 2016 general election under the framework of the Citizens Election Observers Network (CEON-U) and the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU).
Civil society organisations observed electoral processes prior during and after the Presidential elections along side convening voter mobilization campaigns. The organisations therefore possess valuable, credible and verifiable information on the elections, which will enrich the Court’s consideration of the presidential election petition.
The organisations include: Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), the Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA Uganda), Chapter Four Uganda, Human Rights Network Uganda (HURINET), Centre for Constitutional Governance (CCG), Kituo cha Katiba (KcK), Legal Aid Services Providers Network Uganda (LASPNET), and Transparency International (TI).
Contact for more information:
Dr. Livingstone Ssewanyana, FHRI: 0752791963
Hon. Irene Ovonji-Odida, FIDA Uganda: 0772701488
Mr. Crispy Kaheru, CCEDU: 079444401 or 0772332747
Despite the continuous claims by the former Go Forward Presidential Candidate, Hon. Amama Mbabazi and his legal team, that police officers were involved in the double office break-ins, during which sensitive documents of evidential value were stolen on the eve of their next appearance before the Supreme Court, from a supposedly secure office, with all round security protection.
What’s interesting is the ease with which the Go Forward team concluded that men in police uniform jumped over the wall fence and broke into the offices of the lawyers representing former Presidential Candidate Hon. Amama Mbabazi, without any forensic linkage.
To put things straight, the Police registered an alleged case of abduction from Wasswa Nicholas, a company driver of Protectorate SPC Company Ltd, to the prejudice of Okello Francis the car commander, at Wandegeya Police Station, under case Ref: SD 05/09/03/2016 by unknown persons at around 3.55 am. It was not a case of Office Breaking and Theft. In his account he clearly states how they got an alert at the Protectorate SPC Headquarters, from their guard at Counsel Mohammed Mbabazi’s premises, to which they were dispatched with him as the driver and Okello Francis as the car commander. He adds that they drove unknowingly straight into the premises located about 300 meters behind Wandegeya Police Station, and fell into the ambush.
During the process, the car commander who had jumped out of the car to establish what was wrong was instead abducted together with the guard, bundled into a waiting car, driven around till when the two were allegedly abandoned by the alleged kidnappers at Kyebando, a city suburb. The driver, Wasswa Nicholas, who had remained in the company car, took cover, and after the disappearance of the alleged abductors, proceeded to report a case of alleged abduction at Wandegeya Police Station. He did not indicate the abductors as men in police uniform.
It was in the morning that Counsel Mohammed Mbabazi, upon learning about the alleged Office Breaking and Theft, chose not to report the case at Police and instead widely publicized the alleged incident in the media. He even blocked the Police from accessing and documenting the scene, before he diluted it by tampering with the remaining office items which he removed, cleaned and replaced. The team of investigators went to Kololo and documented the crime scene at Fred Muwema and Company Associates, where fingerprints were lifted from the doors for further forensic analysis.
The incidents remain one of the most interesting, since those involved displayed utmost courage and a detailed knowledge of the office premises, targeted materials of evidential value on the eve of the Supreme Court hearing, and beat the security detail at the two premises with ease.
We want to make it very clear, that until the Police is forensically linked to the double Office break-ins and theft, it has nothing to do with the offence. The fact that the Go Forward team openly chose to accuse the police of responsibility, clearly conveys the “dirty tricks” by them. The Police will not be used as a scapegoat and will not accept responsibility for the working out of the Go Forward Agenda.
CP Fred Enanga
Press and Public Relations Officer