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Kampala Woman MP Race: One hot-seat!

It is established in the last few days that the contestants for the Kampala Woman MP seat will be a battle. There will be real issues and candidates. The incumbent is not automatic to this slot for MP in 2021.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Kampala Woman MP Nabilah Nagayi Sempala. Nabilah has been an MP for two terms. She won the 2011 elections and the 2016. The second one, she was bickering between the NRM and the FDC. She has already dismissed the People Power Movement, the movement Besigye has gone in alliance with. Therefore, her standing and her part in the up-coming election is up for grabs.

As Nabilah is challenged in her own party by the Makerere lecturer and activist, Dr. Stella Nyanzi has come forward as the FDC Kampala Woman MP. This means Nabilah isn’t directly entitled to her place, even as an incumbent. There is direct competition just there. No sole candidacy there.

That was just the FDC. There are plenty of others coming up trying to grab this slot.

In the National Resistance Movement (NRM) the ruling party is sending their Presidential Advisor and musician Jennifer Full Figure or Jennifer Nakangubi. It was just last year she got promoted from nothing as an activist within the People Power Movement and went to the NRM. Now, she wants to contest for something. Where there is real competition. Not only the two mentioned, but more as well.

From the People Power Movement, you have the lawyer Shamim Malende, the head of the Woman’s League and Head of Legal for the Movement. She is also putting forward her credentials for the race. After my findings she has been practising law since around 2008.

This is the contestants for the seat before you look into if the Democratic Party will have anyone, if the Uganda Peoples’ Congress will have one too. They might have, the DP had one in 2016, but she became a NRM Member and part of the cabinet after loosing to Nabilah. Who knows what’s their plan this time.

Kampala have been a stronghold for the opposition. The expectations for a FDC MP or People Power MP should be on the horizon here. It just depends on Nyanzi or Malende. Sempala and Full Figure will play second fiddle to those two. I know that will hurt the pride of Sempala especially, since she regards herself highly. Not to talk about the ego and attitude of Full Figure. We know she will cry havoc, if she looses, which she most likely will do.

If Nyanzi get the slot in the FDC this time around. Then we can wonder what plan Sempala have. Secondly, Malende will be hot contestant in consideration with the rise of People Power. Full Figure will be the Ragga Dee of this competition. She might not like that, but just like Ragga she will loose. It just depends how much. Peace.

Opinion: Muntu is the Sole-ANT

I want to operate in an environment where I feel I am trusted by those that I am working with. So colleagues, I don’t want to be unfair to you nor do I want to say that you are being unfair to me” – Gen. Mugisha Muntu on the 25th November 2017

We knew this day was coming when he was tooling around with his “Third Force”. Then months later after consultations launching the Alliance of National Transformation or the ANT. The New Formation or the Third Force, the ANT was launched in March 2019. All the cards was stacked for Muntu. This was Muntu’s team and his allies.

That is why today on the 1st July 2020 the revelation that Muntu would be their flag-bearer was the only way out. There was no other candidate or person who could do this. The National Coordinator. The reason for the founding and launching of the party, Muntu had to be the anointed one.

Not like the renegade MPs supporting him in the launch would dare to challenge Muntu. He left the FDC to be the King. Where he could be trusted, where he wasn’t treated unfair and everyone was listening to him. A place where he could be the MAN and everyone looking up to him. The Fountain of Honour and our dear leader.

Muntu was set to be unveiled for this. Be the Presidential Candidate. That was inevitable. There was no other way out. The National Coordinator and Founder had to go for the prestige and honour. He couldn’t do anything else.

We knew he would be the sole candidate. He will continue his mantra “Country Before Self”, but this enterprise the ANT. Is his sole raid. It is expedition into the unknown. Deep down he knows he cannot win. It is just a matter of how much he looses. However, he will play it out like that, because that is his dream.

Muntu wants to be the MAN. He want it so badly and cannot help himself. Wants the respect and the rank. We could see this from miles away. When he ditched FDC this was the expected outcome.

Now Muntu is the Third Force, the New Formation and the ANT. The man, the myth and the finally the head honcho. However will it be worth it? No, not really. It just matters how much he will patch up the hurt and what he will risk ahead of the 2021 elections. Nevertheless, don’t expect it to be much. His so pragmatic and so careful. Muntu will look at all sides more than twice before he even considers to cross the street. Because the might a cat, a mosquito or a boda-boda passing by. The man don’t want to offend them. Peace.

Opinion: Bobi Wine’s Mission is to end the reign of Museveni

Ugandans need to understand what their Electoral Commission is. They need to know that in this situation, we have a dictator who has been playing around. President Museveni is now facing a generation and dynamics he has never faced before. This is close to a coup” Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine on NBS Morning Breeze (01.07.2020).

Well, this has been stated many times before, but the old man with the hat, the only man with a vision and self-styled President for Life. The Grand Dictator and ruler for Life is curbing the public. The President is putting himself in first before the Republic. That shouldn’t be shocked.

President Museveni will rig 2021 elections. As long as his one the ballot there will be other outcome than victory for him. Bobi Wine can challenge him, but this will not change the end result. The results was prepared and manufactured since 1986. That is just the reality on the ground. Yes, there is a new generation, but are they willing to take the cost or will they take a selfie? Will they go behind the banners and barricade the government buildings? Because that is the need. A revolution like the Republic never seen before. That is what the state needs and they needs leaders to inspire that.

Are you Bobi Wine ready to lead that revolt, stand on the barricades, be in the frontline and risk yourself again? Are you ready? Because, being on the ballot will not give you victory over Museveni. The Chief Rigger and Pre-Ticked Ballots Headmaster since the 1980s. That man will not loose in the polls. He will ridicule you and humiliate you. He will do what he can to bury your cause.

Museveni is at his weakest point. I dare him to a real election. Any candidate comfortable with this joke of a scientific election is working with him. Our mission is to take off Museveni. We are not joking” – Bobi Wine (01.07.2020).

The President might be weak, scared and afraid of the situation his in. Still, he has the military, the authorities and the bank to carry a load. The foreign backers are still doling out money to him to bankroll his operations. He got the guns, the appointed cronies and the greedy zealots will still be behind him. They will be there until they cannot skim the public anymore. This is the reality. Yes, I know the People Power and other opposition are not joking about taking Museveni out.

But you need more than the right words and the will to speak. This has been done plenty of times. The lessons of the past are not reignited. If the President was to weak, he would loose hold of the army, the pseudo army outfits and the Police Force. When he has lost them and the ones bailing him out. Then his on a fishing expedition and not knowing what to catch. Right now, that’s not the drill. His maybe afraid of the virus and catching COVID-19. However, that doesn’t make him reckless, it just makes him strategic and finding reasons to pull social distancing moves to save his grace.

I am here to put an end to the dictatorship. I have no business staying MP when Uganda is still under a dictatorship. This is not about me, Kyadondo was there before I was born. I just have to accomplish my mission now. I am here for a purpose” – Bobi Wine (01.07.2020).

That mission have to be amplified and harden its manners. To just be complicit in the activities of the state will not work. That behaviour has not won any favours in the past and will not challenge the President yet. Bobi Wine need to defy, civil disobedience and use other tools to beat the oppressive government. To be in the polls, on the ballot and campaign will not significantly change it. If that had been the cure, then Besigye would have secured the bill in either 2011 or in 2016. However, he didn’t and the “winner” was Museveni by the hook or by the crook.

The same will happen in 2021. To think otherwise is naive. It will be rigged and it will be a farce, all supported by the “high above” and Bobi Wine will be in the trenches seeking shelter from the rain of bullets. That is the reality and its coming for him quick. Peace.

Opinion: Bobi Wine will enter Luzira before 2021

“What we are going for are elections provided for within the law. We shall hold public rallies, talk to the people and move from district to another because there is no reason whatsoever for us to hold scientific elections”Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine at Press Conference on the 24th June 2020

I don’t want anyone pain, harm or suffering. I don’t, but still I can see on the horizon that Bobi Wine challenging the Self-Styled President for Life, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni only going to end one way. That way is being in bracelets and behind bars.

Not because Bobi Wine is a criminal. Not that his actions deemed fit to be in the pen. No, its just a matter of principal and modus operandi of the state. If you challenge the King, his Court and his Vision. Your practically an outlaw and a outcast. Someone who you can easily arrest, detain and block. That is just how things are.

Not that these ideas, ideals of the state are justified. Hell no, they are just methods of fighting dissidents and silence the opposition. We can all see this and feel it. We have all seen it happen, again and again. The return of the wagon, of the tear-gas, of the anti-riot police and the whole brigade to stop the opposition. Sometimes even barricade their homes, make them a makeshift prison and house-arrest without any warrants. That is just what this state does to its self-created enemies.

Bobi Wine is one of them. His aiming at the throne. He got vast part of the public behind him. A force to be reckoned with by now. That he even dares to do this.

If he does act upon his words. Mark my words. His going to Luzira Prison at one point. He is going there and staying there for a long time. Bobi Wine will be charged with treason, malicious attempts, dismay to public order and such such. That is just what state does. It is inevitable.

Not that I want the man to get this toll, to bear this pain and to carry this load. No, its unjust and unfair. Its injustice in nature and in spirit. The man only causes harm to himself, but further his cause. It’s a justified cause, but its costs. The cost is time and suffering. Something this man has already been through. The same with his ally Dr. Kizza Besigye. He has also gone through this more than once.

If Bobi Wine moves on this. The authorities, the police and army will be on his tail, asap. There will be no redeeming factor there, only begging for mercy. While being in a wagon on the way to Luzira.

The ironic part about this is that Museveni promised a fundamental change when he came to power. However, with time that change has withered, there is no change. Just another head of state who is willing to break the bones of the ones going against him. Peace.

“Scientific” Elections with 15 new counties: These MPs are touched by the changes

The second document released today on the matter

This is common at this day and age, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) is carving out new districts and constituencies at a rate where the state functions are not in place. Neither the designated government services either. The only thing that get in place is the high ranking officials for the Parliament. The rest is left hanging and the district, sub-counties and parishes are left alone. Only the big-men eating in the capitol, while the province is starving.

This is the steady business model. Before every election this is happening. There is swift changes of constituencies and sub-counties. In a manner, where the electoral history of the area vanishes and the amount of voters gets squandered. It is all made to ensure possible rigging and tricking with the ballots.

What is interesting that the Cabinet are hitting certain areas. Where the MPs are less popular or where the President the constituency was erased from the map (Buhweju county). We have seen that in our day and now his carving that one out too. Just to secure a possible NRM MPs instead of opposition ones. That is just what he does.

MP Party Constituency
Keefa Kiwanuka NRM Kiboga East
Francis Mwijukye

Oliver Katwesigye Koyekyenga

FDC

Independent

Buhweju County
Hilary Obaloker Onek NRM Lamwo County
Baltazar Kasirivu Atwooki Kyamanywa

Onesimus Twinamasiko

NRM

Independent

Bugangaizi West

Bugangaizi East

Peter Lokeris Teko Aimat NRM Chekwi County
Jacob Oboth Marksons Independent West Budama County South (Mulanda Sub-County)
Nelson Lufafa NRM Buwekula South (Jinja Northern Division)
Tonny Ayoo NRM Kwania (Kwania North)
Moses Walyomu Muwanika NRM Kagoma County (Jinja district)
Matia Kasaija NRM Buyanja County (Buyanja East)
Peter Ogwang NRM Usuk County (Ngariam Sub-County)
Otto Edward Makmot NRM Agogo County (Agogo West)
Stephen Kangwagye Rwakanuma NRM Bukhanga County (Bukhanga North)
John Kamara Nizeyimana NRM Bukimbiri (Bufumbira North County, Kisoro District).

This here is my quick fix list of people hurt by the changes. This is the key MPs who will have changed constituencies or counties, which implicates their voter mass and their reach for ballot in the up-coming elections. Incumbents can struggle with the changes of carved districts. That has been proven before and could easily happen again in 2021. As the Parliament is ushering these in from next year. Just in time for the 2021 General Elections. Peace.

The first document released today…

Opinion: Here we go again, it’s not the tormentors fault, but the ones tortured

We have been here before, this story isn’t new. Just like suddenly a shell of a man comes out from one of the ungazetted safe-houses and has to sue the state to get some compensation for the hurt. This has happen with several of people with this regime. They have continued this practice and never let anyone has any oversight over this. Only continued the same regime as the ones they overthrow with several of security organization doing the bidding of the “high above” and ensuring they are intimidating the ones who challenge the throne and its rights.

With this in mind, there are big-men and high ranking opposition figures who suddenly fall into the demise of these security organizations. These are just the few ones I can remember and can reflect upon. There is surely more of these.

Than, you have the arrest in march 2001 of Major Okwir Rabwoni.MP Who was arrested by military police and alleged torture of himself before going into exile. Something the authorities back then denied.

It could be the likes of Dr. Kizza Besigye, who in 2011 was shot with a rubber-bullet and destroyed his finger. He travelled to Nairobi to get treatment. While the Army Spokesman, Lt. Col. Felix Kulayigye said that he wasn’t “hurt at all”. Claiming, indirectly, that Besigye travelled abroad for treatment just on a whim.

You have the likes of Betty Bakireke Nambooze MP, who in march 2018 dared to insult the authorities, therefore got into an “accident” while in custody. Prolonged detention before allowed to be released to India for future treatment.

Later in 2018, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine was tortured and kept at a secret location after the Arua By-Election. Which damaged his feet and other parts of his body. Where it is still not to this day verified what sort of actions they did. But after a long time awaiting, he was allowed to fly for the US for treatment.

In the same year and after the by-election in Arua. Francis Zaake MP in late 2018 was arrested, taken to a secret location and was tortured. He was suddenly dropped from detention and left at the gates of a hospital. A hospital he was not allowed to leave, because he was a “fugitive”. At this point he wanted to get treatment in India, which his lawyers and fellow MPs fought for.

Now in 2020 since April, Francis Zaake MP has been through this ordeal again. He has been beaten and hurt during detention with the authorities. Just been released yesterday from the hospital. That from being transferred and been between the Courts. The MP has proven his illness and the damage done to him. Therefore, it is very unique, when the minister claims he did damage on his own.

These is just a mere reflection, I am sure there plenty of more stories that could be told. Because, with what happen to Zaake over the recent month. I just felt the need to drop these stories. To show how this is something the state does.

Right now its Zaake whose in the spotlight. A man who has been through this before and gotten similar returns from the state. It is sad, but that is the reality. Again, the state will deflect and say its self-created, which would be a miracle. Just like the other cases or stories, which I have put together here today.

These are just a few and quickly mashed together. Not even that deep. It however, gives an insight and show over the years what the state has done to MPs and leaders of the Opposition. Peace.

Opinion: Matsiko, it would have been better if you remained silent…

Here we go again; Dan Matsiko of NFT (New Form of Thinking) Uganda is at it again. This time really out of line with both the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), which his supposed to be part off and also People Power Movement head Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine. The attempt to sway opinion and dropping a statement on Facebook. Only shows his intent, which isn’t for the good, but for his own pockets.

Why do I say that? This man remains silent and dubiously away in the times of hardships. His gone missing, nowhere to be found, but when Campaign season hits the fan. His suddenly everywhere and trying to inject himself to the public sphere. Like his a phenomenon worth following. That’s why his insulting Besigye and Bobi Wine, also POA while his at it. Just take a look at this mess.

Matsiko Statement:

Though NFT Uganda was privy to Muntu ‘s fall at FDC we didn’t takeup the FDC headquarters, supporters of Kizza Besigye shared the spoils amongst themselves. Went public chest thumping forgetting their victory was partly engineered by other two party presidential candidates who criss – crossed the country decampaigning Mugisha Muntu” (…) “Our presidential bid in 2020 -2021 is a vote of no confidence in the Amuriat run FDC, Besigye controlled FDC headquarters and Katonga group and above all to the entire class members of 1986, Museveni, Muntu and Tumukunde are all part of the class and mere pretenders in the politics of Uganda. We don’t expect much from Robert Kyagulanyi because he was part of IGP Kale Kayihura’s brutality machinery in the Uganda police force” (Dan Matsiko – Special Update, 06.03.2020).

Bobi Wine statement after the sacking of Kayihura:

Unfortunately, it seems he wants to hold on until he too is showed the exit door, and that day will surely come. I am sure Kayihura didn’t think he would wake up sacked and Ugandans celebrating his exit. Another thing here is that unfortunately these people never learn. President Museveni has mastered the art of using them and dropping them when they have served his purpose but also turned themselves against the population. No one has harassed the opposition and worked hard to entrench this dictatorship than Kayihura. Today, after serving the purpose and turning himself into possibly one of the most hated Ugandans, he has been dropped” (Bobi Wine, 05.03.2018).

Why I am dropping this today, because of his reckless statement. That will be shared on various of social media groups and finally end up shared on WhatsApp. This is why it needs to be dismissed as hogwash. His insinuating things and massaging his message in a fashion that is disrespectful. Not only to Besigye and Bobi Wnie, but also to everyone involved in the manners.

When Matsiko says he has a presidential bid, he said the same in 2016, but didn’t stand up for the bill or even run. People was actually waiting for the man to be certified and ready to run. Something he never did. Therefore, his really brave now in 2020 speaking like a big-shot, when he hasn’t even proven his paperwork with the Electoral Commission like other Presidential aspirants.

Secondly and last. His lies about Bobi Wine is just outrages. It is insincere and ill minded. The same about his attempt to discredit Besigye, a man whose taken the cost to stand up against the junta and the dictatorship, more than anyone and more than Matsiko could ever pull off. Therefore, Dan, back-off, be silent and shut-up. Unless, you got something positive or constructive to do. Because, this is not it. Peace.

4th Time in 2020 at Nalufenya: Besigye preventative arrested today in Jinja

Police and Army officers have towed Dr Kizza Besigye’s car moments after blocking him from leaving Sunset Hotel International in Jinja where he spent a night. After towing Dr Kizza Besigye’s car from Sunset Hotel International in Jinja, Police have arrested him and is currently detained at Nalufenye Police Station” (91.2 Crooze FM, 26.02.2020).

On the 20th January 2020 Besigye was detained at Nalufenya Police Station. Also on the 22nd January he was detained again at Nalufenya Police Station. For the third time he was detained at Nalufenya Police Station on Monday 24th February 2020.

Today, it has happen again. After my calculation that Besigye have been detained only in 2020 4 times at Nalufenya. A place that was supposed to be history. A palace which was supposed to be closed in 2018 and late 2017. However, that has never happen.

That is why his been detained there four times there already this year (after my calculation). Now, he was detained before he even went to planned rally. This is what you deem as a preventative arrest of sorts. Which isn’t new for Besigye either.

This is just a continued impunity in concern with Besigye. He was able not to be arrested yesterday, but that happen today. Peace.

FDC 15 Years Anniversary rally in Buikwe: Blocked like always! [Kato and Besigye arrested]

Police today impounded Dr Kizza Besigye’s car REG NO. UAN 661V ahead of the opposition leader’s anticipated visit to Njeru Municipality in Buikwe District. Dr Besigye was expected in Buikwe to address an FDC rally as part of the party celebrations to mark 15 years” (91.2 Crooze FM, 24.02.2020).

Dr. Kizza Besigye wasn’t allowed to get to te Buikwe district today. The Police Force was waiting from orders from above or the “Emperor”. While in Njeru Municipality the police force used tear-gas to disperse the public from being a part of the 15 Year Anniversary celebration there. The LDUs was also used to get the public away from the area.

The car of Besigye was impounded. However, David Kato the driver was arrested and is detained as we speak at Kayunga Police Station. We know that the rally didn’t appear or happen, because of the blocking of it from the Police Force. NBS Television have later reported that Besigye was whisked away from the area around Jinja to Nalufenya Police Station. Therefore, his in a familiar place, as it is not like he hasn’t been detained there before. He has spent plenty of hours in that prison.

This is just like every other 15 Year Anniversary rallies, they are blocked and met with police violence. Today was nothing new. Just another location. This is a continuation. A never ending battle between the FDC and the authorities. Peace.

Opinion: Muntu’s Grand Illusion

We have no illusions that we or any other opposition actor can stop General Museveni from the abuse of national resources during the electoral process. He is already doing so. We also have no illusions that there will be a level playing ground in the 2021 electoral process. Our understanding is that no dictatorial regime ever creates a level playing field. Our participation in 2021 is therefore not going to be based on any expectation that the political playing ground is going to be level. That there will be a transparent, free and fair election. Our participation will be from the understanding that we can only overwhelm the regime from a position of superior organization. That is why we focus all our efforts on getting well organized. We know for sure that when you are well organized and disciplined you can overwhelm such a regime in spite of all the odds ranged against you” – Mugisha Muntu (Black Star News publisher Milton Allimadi’s Q-and-A with Mugisha Muntu – ‘Mugisha Muntu’s Beyond Regime-Change Vision: How ANT Wants to transform political culture in Uganda’ 31.01.2020).

By all means, there is a need for a change in the Republic. No one would deny that. Not a single soul would deny the need or hesitate to pursuit that mission. However, the National Coordinator and the founder of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) Mugisha Muntu hollow point is coming across.

His been a political operative for so long. He knows this game, his been through his share of elections. Therefore, him speaking about it, he has the authority. However, the hollow points and the lacklustre ideals has to be addressed. Because, does he believe it himself? That he got the spirit, the drive and the vision to build this from the ground up?

What difference will his organizational skills be from Amama Mbabazi? Why will ANT matter more than Go-Forward. Not like he has had decades building a team, hold meetings and consult across the Republic. Not like ANT has an office space in every major town or has the ability to spread their message to every single individual. No, its like wishing for greatness, but not having the ability.

Muntu wants the change, he speaks of it, but only wants it his way. A mediocre and a lack of courage. He thinks building his own entity and his own brand will change the day. The “Country Before Self”. Even if he himself was himself before party. It’s a reason the whole operation is hallow just by that alone.

Mugisha Muntu might speak game, but if he really believed in this, why isn’t ANT everywhere and that his delegations on rotation to every single district of the Republic? Why are they not speaking loudly?

Why isn’t Muntu on Frontline or NTV Uganda more often? Showing his face and speaking his message of change through his operation and his party? Seemingly, he should be in people’s faces and on the radio. However, his a ghost and the machinery he has is like it too.

That is why its a grand illusion, that his ANTs will do it. It might be a clever to make Muntu relevant and has a new day job. But, for now he will not be the microphone that catch the attention nor spark fury for change. His more of the weak tea moderate, who would wait to trade favours for a pot of gold. Peace.

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