This here is not shocking, but this is the state of control the National Resistance Movement has and are controlling the other parts of society. It is not enough that 25 Members of Parliament was suspended from taking part in the Plenary Session on Wednesday 27th September 2017. That they we’re taking out by force and violence inside the Parliament. This should be enough of oppression and proving how far the NRM goes to own the Republic. Clearly that was not enough as the MPs had to show up at Central Investigation Division at Kireka. There they we’re interrogated on the 28th September 2017. All of this should be enough as the Age Limit Motion got passed on the 27th and the praise of Parliamentary Speaker Rebecca Kadaga happen on the 28th. All of this proves how belittling the NRM are to voice of opposition and dissidents.
Today, it is proven even worse, as the NTV Uganda Reporter Sudir Byaruhanga spelled out this: “No media house is allowed to host the 25 suspended MPs according to the new UCC guidelines” (Byaruhanga, 30.09.2017). This proves to what extent the NRM goes to silence the message and the ones wanting to stop the Age Limit Bill. That the ones who are defying and speaking ill of the possible bill. Is not allowed on the airways, on live broadcast or expressing their concern.
He was not alone to reveal the controlling efforts of the state. Oskar Semweya-Musoka, the ones running the favorite political radio talkshow ‘The Capital Gang’ reveled: “We received phone calls that stopped us from hosting Bobi Wine on The Capital Gang today” (Semweya-Musoka, 30.09.2017). Both of them is media personalities and has knowledge of how it is.
That NTV and radio stations are silenced, that has happen when radios has shows with Dr. Kizza Besigye, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has ordered direct orders to stop transmitter s and closing stations for not complying. They also stopped the live-broadcast from the Parliament on the Age Limit Motion on Wednesday. Clearly, they know the toils of oppression and is complying with orders from above. They know that they have the obligation to comply and put in the sanctions. If not the NRM will find other heads to run the UCC.
But we now know the extend, the manner in which the NRM state are ruling. We know now that the democratic values is dying, freedom of expression is getting shrunk in everyday. The longer Museveni rules, the state wants to control it more. The possible closure of newspapers like Daily Monitor and Red Pepper might happen too. The Independent Magazine will live, because Mwenda and Museveni is as close as kin these days. The Observer might be raided, but the wealth of the owners might make it stick for a while longer, as long as they are not pushing their message to far south.
The NRM can clearly not accept defiance, the civil disobedience and the belittlement of the cause, the cause being life-presidency for Museveni. Since he can acts as he pleases go on radio and lie until his lips goes dry, while people questioning his right rule, get silenced or stopped from doing so. That is why the 25 MPs are now stopped from taking part of the conversation. Being in the public sphere by the media and their channels of information. This is vital for discussion and debating the Age Limit. The NRM and Museveni wants to control the debate in their favor and therefore blocking the rest. If people do act outside the spectrum of the NRM, there will be sanctions as seen earlier this month. Freedom FM in Kabale, know whats happen if you do.
It means these are not allowed, as reported on 27th:
“The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has named 25 Members of Parliament who have been suspended and asked them to exit the Chambers. The suspended MPs are; Kibuule, Ssewanyana, Amoding, Lyomoki, Kasibante, Nambooze, Kyagulanyi, Zaake, Kasozi, Nzohgu &Olanya. The other suspended MPs are; Osegge, Niwagaba, Odonga Otto, Mafabi, Munyangwa, Nambeshe, Mbwatekamwa & Mugume. Ssewungu, Tinkasiimire, Muwanga Kivumbi and Medard Ssegona are the others suspended. The Speaker has suspended the sitting to allow the MPs exit the House or be evicted by the Sergeant at Arms” (New Vision, 27.09.2017).
All of these MPs are now banned from shows and media houses. If the media comply with these sanctions and these acts of excessive breach of freedom of speech. You know that the debates and the stories that are told will be one sided. It will never be the whole story, neither the factual or critical thinking towards the Age Limit. Not that Museveni wants that, because if you look critical at him, you will finds sculls and blood. Stories that’s not reflect the so-called “statesman” like story he wants portrayed of himself.
But you the NRM are weak, when they cannot carry discussions and debates of opposition. When they don’t have the arguments and the reasoning to let them go-on. Since Museveni knows his weakness and he cannot stomach it. That is why the orders from above was to clear the Parliament Plenary Sitting, since he couldn’t manage to humiliated, even if it meant destroying the sanctity of it.
Now they are proving their lack of tolerance and understanding of need of an open media that discuss this vital matters. That the representatives should be allowed to talk and debate the manner. Not only looking and listening to the brilliant mind of Ofwono Opondo and his NRM defense no matter what or other loyal cronies. That will all be sounding the same and saying nearly the same. Defending the NRM and the President without concern that its burning, they see the smoke, but they will not talk about it like it doesn’t exists. Not until themselves are burnt by it, than their acts might change. Until then, they are accepting the republic is burning, but they don’t want to say it! Peace.
“The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.” – Leon Trotsky
A day after the chaos, the melee and the suspended Members of Parliament at the Plenary Session in Uganda. There are many questions and many been answered. As there is clear reports of orders from above high for the whole ordeal. Not that its surprising since the whole events was as he wished. That the President wanted and got in favor. Since the 25 suspended MPs didn’t walk-out or sing the National Anthem.
The Special Forces Command and Police Officers violently got them and dragged them out. Before sending them to Police Stations allover the greater Kampala area and also in Wakiso and Mukono Districts. Clearly, this was well-planned and that was evident as IGP Kale Kayihura was walking around smiling. The grim smile on his and his smirk should been a warning. As well as Francis Mwjikye facebook post about being directly followed by Police towards the gates of Parliament.
It is obnoxious to know that the day after that IGP Kale Kayihura goes out to the press, says he ordered the eviction and he did the detaining of the MPs. Like he is proud of his achievement, that he was able to go into parliament and use SFC in plain clothes to empty the chambers. So that in the hours after the violent eruptions there. The National Resistance Movement MPs and the lack-luster so-called Opposition MPs could vote and say “Aye” to the Age Limit Motion. If it was progress or regress, it is most likely the last. Since it had to use foreign, alien and strangers in Parliament to get the votes passed for the Motion.
There was nothing righteous, nothing right about yesterday, still the IGP Kayihura take the blame and want honor for his achievement yesterday. He gets nothing and should get none. The same should be said about Parliamentary Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, even if she was praised to the moon by the NRM MPs today. Not that they should share her glory of getting within reach of using military and special trained security officers to get rid of the opposition representatives. She actually breached the Parliament (Privileges and Power) Act of 1955. Since she assigned strangers to enter the chambers and do violence. Kadaga has no been in contempt of Parliamentary law. She has rights to suspend and get parliamentary guards and officers to bring them out if they create insecurity at the Parliament, but she is not allowed to bring in foreign and strangers into the mix; which she did and has been praised for.
Neither Kadaga or Kayihura should be remembered with greatness after yesterday, they should be remembered with horror and their will to destroy the institution. Destroy the Parliament and its values. Demean and belittle the Constitution in favor of the President. That is what they did, they made narrow road to justice and freedom even smaller. They have shrunk the place for liberty and rule of law. Both of them has now tarnished key principals on the altar of life-presidency for one man.
Kadaga and Kayihura for their acceptance of Special Force Command commanding the space and letting go of important principals. Even if the orders came from above. They are proven that they don’t care about the injustice and impunity done on their watch. That they have no honor and no deep understanding of their efforts to eradicate the state and republic. Clearly, this is in continuation of the rigged elections and control of the institutions by the State House. Still, these persons should know better, but they don’t. The NRM MPs are just interested in quick pay-off of for their support of the bill. They have no heart or soul, just another tool for Museveni to get his will.
Therefore, Kadaga and Kayihura should have acted differently, not be proud of yesterdays acts. Not accepted the fate they have put the Republic in. Their names will forever be connected with the violent oppression of the Opposition MPs and destruction of the Parliament. If they will use similar tricks to get it passed, you know there is nothing left to trust. Nothing left of the state to hold high. There will only be the Presidential Decrees and orders, nothing else, since that what matters. The rest will be a facade and the ones working there or representing it will all be props for his agenda.
There is now nothing left, unless people stand up against it and show defiance in all parts of society. If not they let him win and let him eat of all. Eat it all up so he can destroy and turn it in his favor. Just like he has done with everything else, with force and without mercy. Museveni will do so again, if it is with the hands of Kayihura or the orders of Kadaga. Peace.
The Special Forces Command, some call the Presidential Guards, but their mission is: “to develop and operate a powerful and versatile special operations force that is situated within the unique Ugandan way of war and is responsive to the requirements of the UPDF and the nation”. This is taken from their web-page that introduce them. SFC, the group that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni son Maj. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga was running and leading. Clearly, this one SFC is specialized and well-trained group that been known for their brutal and direct attacks on targets.
So that the SFC today we’re inside the Parliament Chamber should worry anyone. That the soldiers we’re on the gates of Parliament and barricading in town. Also that the Police Officers was on targets, barricading places and making sure that the motion would got through. No one would think the state would go this far. That the President would send his favorite armed group and the most loyal to his cause. To make sure the National Resistance Movement, the Speaker Kagada and Deputy Speaker Oulanyah got the message. That this motion where the age-limit should be lifted today and not prolong this any longer.
Special Forces Command where wearing plain-clothes and was ready from the moment they entered the chamber. There wasn’t any question. They had gotten the order and was on the go. The SFC knew when Kadaga announced and told the chamber at the start of the plenary session that the opposition and independent Members of Parliaments was suspended from taking part. Then they came an assaulted MPs and used violence. The hostile takeover happen. Nothing else. There wasn’t anything poetic, anything wonderful to say. Any speech or any words that covers the breach of trust. The breach of law and the massive hostile takeover of the Parliament.
It will be sad if the NRM defenders today will use the ‘Parliament (Powers and Privileges) Act 1955’, which is still in-force. And will use: “27. Power of arrest.
An officer of Parliament may arrest without warrant—
any person who commits in his or her presence any offence contrary to section 17 or 18;
any person within the precincts of Parliament whom he or she reasonably suspects of having committed, or being about to commit, an offence contrary to either of those sections” (Parliament (Powers and Privileges) Act 1955).
This law gives the Speaker the right after the suspension to do so. But if you look into Section 17 and 18 of the law. You can question if singing the National Anthem is the reason for the arrest inside the chambers. This law says officers, these officers are usually in uniform and displayed for safety. Not there for being ready – set and go!
Therefore parts of Section says this: “attends any sitting of Parliament as the representative of any journal after the general permission granted under any order made under this Act or under the standing orders to the representative or representatives of that journal has been revoked,
commits an offence and is liable on conviction before a court to a fine not exceeding five hundred shillings or to imprisonment for any term not exceeding three months or to both such fine and imprisonment” (Parliament (Powers and Privileges) Act 1955).
This proves that the Parliament has the rights, but still, most of the section is about if a stranger, someone who wasn’t there on business. The MPs today are elected into Parliament and where there doing their duty. There was no justification for their removal. Unless, they sing badly and should pick another trade, but Bobi Wine already did that. I am sure his voice is gentle in the ears of Kadaga. Even put a smile on that grim face she showed the world today.
From a part of Section 18: “assaults, obstructs, molests or insults any member coming to, being within, or going from the precincts of Parliament, or endeavours to compel any member by force, insult or menace to declare himself or herself in favour of or against any proposition or matter pending or expected to be brought before Parliament or a committee; assaults, interferes with, molests, resists or obstructs any officer of Parliament while in the execution of his or her duty or while proceeding to or from Parliament; creates or joins in any disturbance which interrupts or is likely to interrupt the proceedings of Parliament or a committee while Parliament or the committee is sitting” (Parliament (Power and Privileges) Act 1955).
Here the Speaker Kadaga is within law to suspend them, but the assaults was not done by the men and woman who we’re assaulted by the SFC. Who came in and was ready to get them out by force. It wasn’t a peaceful suspension. Yes, they have disturbed the proceedings of the Plenary Sitting, but that gives no reason for the Specialized Operations from the Special Forces Command to breach the chambers of Parliament. The assaults was not done first, the SFC was ready to attack and get rid of the problem within the chambers.
If the SFC had been officers as a part of the Parliament they could have arrested fellow MPs. They are allowed to do so without warrants, but as long as they have done what was pointed out in Section 17 and 18.
The Speaker Kadaga actually let in strangers into the chambers, to clear the court and let it go. So she could follow procedure and make sure the motion got into force. That the sponsor of the motion can work on it, before he comes back to Parliament with a text for the first reading. Therefore, the SFC Strangers, who isn’t officers who has rights of the Parliament to arrest, did so. This is a breach of law! That is illegal to make ready for strangers within the Parliament and a sitting. Proves the contempt of the Parliament. If you thought the Opposition and their antics was bad enough, even as the provisions give the Speaker rights to do so. The Speaker has no rights in the laws to bring in strangers there. That is what she did and she accepted their violence and their arbitrary arrests. It proves that the strangers and the military has now gotten power from within. There is nowhere the army and SFC cannot intervene. Even if its breaching the laws themselves.
That should be a warning about the extent of the NRM these day, they don’t care about the laws that are in-force, they can breach them, but use the same against opposition. That is striking and worrying, but not surprising. Now that the military and soldiers can do operations from within, nothing can be left untouched, until the will of the President is done. Peace.
Today after the chaos in Parliament, it’s wasn’t just chaos, it was worse. It was the near death of the Parliamentarism and Constitutionalism. This can be said after the suspension of Opposition MPs, up to 35 MPs who was escorted in different ways away from the Plenary Session. This as the Parliament Avenue was filled with Police Officers and the Soldiers. This was all happening a few hours ago.
Because Hon. Raphael Magyezi has filled in a motion that was the number 4th on the Plenary Paper. It took over 45 minutes before the Parliamentary Session happen. That was because of the violent approach of military personnel who went in with a purpose. The Special Force Command (SFC) went in to pick up the opposition and independent Members of Parliament. So they could be taken to Police Vans. If they didn’t volunteer to go. This made some of the Opposition MPs into battle-mode and actual fights occurred. Other MPs fainted by the violence happening inside the chamber.
This all because of the Motion and the Proposed Constitutional Amendment written by Magyezi. The important part of the bill he has written in the bill:
“Amendment of Article 102 of the Constitution.
Article 102 of the Constitution is amended by deleting paragraph (b).” (Constitution (Amendment) Bill of 2017).
After all the trouble and only with President friendly members inside the Chambers. They voted for the Motion of Hon. Magyezi was passed. But after that sort actions done by SFC… It should not feel like a victory or passing it in style. Its more a threat of justice and rule of law. SFC had to do the argument and the procedures of the parliament. The motion should have gone through reading and been passed, by the matter of numbers in the Parliament. Even if the public and all citizens hate the bill. Most of them does, unless they are getting contribution from the NRM elite.
The most likely use of text is “deleting” or “removing” the Article 102(b), this will also go through Parliament. You can expect that the Police Force and the SFC will take away the same people. That the SFC had to take them away and detain them. Shows the contempt of the chambers and the National Assembly. That the NRM don’t care about the Parliament and about the ethical value of the legal assembly. It is just a tool to make sure the President can rule for life.
This is a downer, that it went through and the way the Motion was passed. That the NRM and the Government used SFC to silence the Opposition. Also that Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga suspended them, because of singing National Anthem. It proves how little it takes to do something “illegal”. But was it justified to bring the SFC to takeover the chambers? You really know now that the Military are running the state. The evidence was inside the Chambers of Parliament, it was outside in the streets and the Police was quelling possible demonstrations where they was happening! Peace.
This is surreal, but is the reality of the weakness of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and their will of power. AS they are using the security forces, the Police and Soldiers to escort the Opposition MPs out of the Parliament, as the Motion for the Age Limit as about to erupt. It is like a very bad political movie.
Here is how New Vision reported it on twitter:
“The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has named 25 Members of Parliament who have been suspended and asked them to exit the Chambers. The suspended MPs are; Kibuule, Ssewanyana, Amoding, Lyomoki, Kasibante, Nambooze, Kyagulanyi, Zaake, Kasozi, Nzohgu &Olanya. The other suspended MPs are; Osegge, Niwagaba, Odonga Otto, Mafabi, Munyangwa, Nambeshe, Mbwatekamwa & Mugume. Ssewungu, Tinkasiimire, Muwanga Kivumbi and Medard Ssegona are the others suspended. The Speaker has suspended the sitting to allow the MPs exit the House or be evicted by the Sergeant at Arms” (New Vision, 27.09.2017)
You know your system is wrong and fraudulent, when you have to expose the nightmare by evicting Members of Parliament for their peaceful protest in earlier sessions. You know your Parliament and the rule of law is dying. When the MPs are now banned and suspended from the legal assembly, the supposed representatives of the people as the Special Force Command are taken them all out. This is the guards and the brigades that are trained by Maj. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga, the son of Museveni. It is ironic and sad that these men are the ones who are dispatching the suspended like smelly fish.
If you still, believe that the NRM and the President has your interests. You are wrong and soon your ideals are dead wrong. Since the initial acts of oppression is now everywhere, not even the chambers of Parliament are far-fetched from the aggressive rule of the President. Since these civil disobedient citizens are also leaving the last stand.
That the Age Limit bill and motion is vital for the President with the concern and expenses put to secure it all. That the Parliament is a fortress and the broadcast suspended, except for Bukedde and some other who apparently still has capacity to show it.
That the Special Forces Command or the Flying Squad is in the building is a coup d’état in itself. SFC are in charge of evicting and securing the Plenary Session proves the volatile situation and problems that are happening for the President. Since he cannot trust anyone else than the guns of the SFC.
The Security Operatives of the SFC has beaten, lifted and even taken one of the female MPs by the hair out of the chambers. There are nothing left holy and sacred for the NRM and their ruler. They will eat and destroy even the legacy with simplistic acts like this. Others of the MPs that has been suspended and taken out has been put into Police Vans.
The SFC and Police was ready to act and done so swiftly, they most likely had orders to do so by the man up high. He wanted them to stop singing the anthem and let it go on. So he could rule for life. The SFC are grabbing all cameras as they are trying to stop any footage or picture of the chaotic environment. MPs clothes are torn and the chaos has a boiling point. Clearly, the staged nightmare has arrived and its ugly! Peace.