“It has emerged that the president may re-appoint some of the ministers who were dropped by Parliament’s Appointments Committee last week over concerns about their competence. The Government Chief Whip, confirmed the development to NTV’s” (NTV Uganda, 2016).
“I understand government agents are starting to kill civilians and turning round to claim that these killings are being done by groups they claim to be terrorists, tribal militias or other incredible, and even laughable labels that they are manufacturing by the day. This is intended to scare the population so that it can be mobilised against the rebellion now mushrooming around the country. This is not only diversionary, but also criminal” – Gen. David Sejusa aka Tinyefuza (07.07.2014).
As CP Fred Enaga of the Uganda Police Force have claimed about the recent so-called rebellion from certain army men and mutiny in the Uganda People’s Defense Force, as they must surely have reacted to their lieutenants and colonels being all of sudden gone and away.
IGP Kale Kayihura – “Attackers left behind 6 AK47s,1 machine gun, more than 200 rounds of ammunition plus bows and arrows” (13.06.2016)
This is what the Police wrote yesterday:
The planned that the Police thinking happened was that Hon. Michael Kabaziguka of Forum for Democratic Change, that have been recently both house-arrested and questioned at SIU Kireka. They are supposed to be behind the atrocities as they have gotten the army men to submission together with Dr. Kizza Besigye into a plot. Therefore the Police have detained 30 army men, also the leader of the group that supposed to be Col. Dan Opit Odwee. That they have also worked with intelligence of Gen. David Sejusa, though that is what the investigation from the Police have so far (Eagle.co.ug, 12.06.2016).
Also this been reported from the first actions in Gulu:
“Family members of Col. Opito told ChimpReports on Sunday morning that he disappeared on Friday from his office in Entebbe and no one has heard from him since then.“Dan (Col. Opito) was taken from his office on Friday. We don’t know where he is now and all our efforts to locate him have been fruitless,” a family member who asked not to be named said” (…) ”The developments follow the attack on a Gulu barracks armory and theft of guns by unknown assailants” (Okello, 2016).
If you feel that this is flying like the eagle it is and has little feathers you smell the same as I do, I smell a hoax and a grand lie somewhere. As the Dr. Kizza Besigye has been defiant, but not violent, Gen. David Sejusa has not as an outsider chosen violence. They are picking on Hon. Kabaziguka, because of his strength and loyalty. Captain Ojara has been kidnapped by the authorities, but knowledge of his whereabouts certainly not at his day-job. This is happening as the same Police Force has taken FDC Blue Friday activist Babi Kahemba from Rubaga Division of Kampala to an undisclosed location.
As there are more to that is for diversion from the authorities:
“Intelligence officials told ChimpReports on Monday that an attack was thwarted at Mbuya barracks “and the situation remains precarious.” (…) ”Mbuya hill is home to the Ministry of Defence and headquarters of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence” (Aine, 2016).
If you feel you have read similar actions from the National Resistance Movement after a General Election, you are sadly not wrong, it works perfectly with their M.O. their Modus Operandi, as they are working this way to silence the opposition and spread fear in the population.
In a Press Conference with IGP Kale Kayihura and Army Spokesperson Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, they claimed that 1 UPDF Soldier died, 4 Soldiers where hurt and 2 Police Officers was injured as well; they we’re all attacked by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the new rebel outfit apparently!
This is as disputed as the 2005 invention of a another coup d’état against the Government of Uganda, and this happen to happen while Kizza Besigye lingers in jail, like he did last time as well for treason. This resembles is a bit alike, it’s like they have copy-written a blue-print to fit the new day and switched names and group, but the UPDF connection and the Besigye function is the same.
That is if you forgot this report from back in the day:
“The murder trial of two suspected members of the People’s Redemption Army (PRA) failed to take off at the Bushenyi Chief Magistrate’s Court today because two of the accused were ill. Joseph Musasizi Kifefe, brother of opposition leader Kizza Besigye and Darious Tweyambe said they were unwell and not able to defend themselves in court. Attempts by the prisons authorities to woo them out of their cells at Nyamushekyera government prison failed. Only Kizza Besigye was allowed access to the prisoners. He said Tweyambe claimed not to have been given access to a doctor and refused to appear in court until he receives a medical check up. It is not clear what is ailing Tweyambe or Kifefe. Kifefe reportedly said that even if he was well, he would not appear in court because the hearings are being held at the prison premises. He said it was illegal for his case to be heard in a court that restricted public access. The Bushenyi Grade One Magistrate, Herbert Birungi, made the decision to hear the murder case at the prisons premises last year. He did not explain his decision, saying only that the court could be convened anywhere as long as a magistrate is present for the hearing. He said it wasn’t the first time a case was heard inside the prison. Birungi adjourned the murder to case to April 25th. Joseph Musasizi Kifefe, Darious Tweyambe and Frank Atukunda were remanded in jail on February 1st a day after the High Court in Kampala granted them bail for separate charges of treason. They are accused of murdering John Byarugaba at Imaramagambo Forest in July 2002” (Musinguzi, 2007).
As the diversion goes there was the attack in Kapchorwa on the 5th March of 2016, where the Police Station was attacked by a unknown group called SUN or known as “We, Save Uganda Now!” Uganda Saving Force (USF) have also taken responsibility… but none of they have never resurfaced or been a solid force of some kind.
Their leader ‘Mali Mato’ have no resurfaced or been any kind of obstacle to the Ugandan Government ever since. The same with the Kasese Attacks and the Bundibugyo sub-region and in Rwenzori have been under fire since the General Election of February 2016, there been talk of both rebels, ‘Kirumamutima’; strong hearted men who fights the authorities, though both local politicians and the Rwenzururu Kingdom have said they are not a thing. March of 2016 have been violent there as the Flying Squad and Police officers have killed Royal Guards of Rwenzururu, as well as civilians that also reacted to the rigged local elections as the houses and villages have been burned and left right after. While the UPDF in the put a stamp and promised ot hunt for the rebels and the President followed them with his gun, but nothing have really happen since, so the created fuzz seems to be a Central Government conspiracy in a diversion from the broke State House of Entebbe, or something else he wanted silent before his Swearing-In to the 7th Term.
On this day IGP Kayihura had to tell that Media was misleading the public on the Gulu Shootings, as they question the validity and credentials, as their information and truths are not deep, as their intelligence on Kasese we’re surely misdemeanor in public disinformation and fraud, as the authorities have not taken credit for going directly and killing villagers to silence the region as they had voted against the long-serving President Museveni, who Kayihura listen and follows like a guard-dog. I am paraphrasing but he has said that he follows the orders from “above high”, which means Mzee himself.
So in the year and we are still only in June 2016, we have had the SUN, USF and now NDA, will soon the PDF, JPEG and GIF also attack a government institution based on intelligence and wise words from CP Fred Enaga and IGP Kayihura in defense of the diversion and misinform the public, and not tell the true story. The true story is that the Uganda Police Force is kidnapping and detaining opposition and men who are affiliated with opposition parties, who are either not in the branches positive towards the NRM like UPC-Akena or the UFA, whatever or even the DP-Florence line. We all should know that now and they trying to fix a conspiracy to be able to find a flaw or a plot that can stick.
They need to stick the FDC Presidential Candidate Besigye to something and make a solid assumption of crime, something they don’t really have, other than he has for a long-long decade and a bit longer spoke against and worked to oust the NRM-Regime peacefully, the newly tendered ideas from the UPF, is the Modus Operandi and the names are new. So time for the Not Really Moving (NRM) to step their game up and No Reasoning Mentioned (NRM) for their activity and aggression towards the Opposition this time around! Peace.
Aine, Kim – ‘Mbuya Attack ‘Thwarted by Security’ (13.06.2016) link: http://www.chimpreports.com/mbuya-attack-thwarted-by-security/
Okello, Dickens H – ‘Entebbe Garrison Commander Among Arrested ‘Coup Plotters’’ (12.06.2016) link: http://linkis.com/www.chimpreports.com/UnGir
Musinguzi, Goodluck – ‘PRA Suspects’ Murder Case Flops Again’ (10.04.2007) link: http://ugandaradionetwork.com.dedi3883.your-server.de/a/story.php?s=10784
Kampala June 7, 2016.
The long awaited cabinet list is finally out. If Ugandans expected something different from business as usual they were badly disappointed. True to its dominant nature of putting partisan loyalty above the public spirit and competence, the cabinet is another dose of more of the same. Apart from the laudable gesture of retiring those who were long overdue for retirement like Henry Kajura, Tarsis Kabwegyere and Dr. Nyiira, the cabinet doesn’t represent any change in political path. The tendency to entrench family rule and hegemony in our polity is still visible no matter the efforts to disguise it.
To the politically gullible, the inclusion of some members of opposition parties in the cabinet may appear to represent a spirit of inclusion. However to the adept and keen observers, the inclusion of people like Betty Amongi (UPC), Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi (DP) and Beti Kamya (UFA) in the cabinet is nothing but despicable tokenism and falls far short of any expectation Ugandans may have had that following a disputed election marred with unprecedented rigging and post election brutality and continued repression, an inclusive government based on a consensus reached through a national dialogue process. In a dialogue process, the direction of the country would be negotiated. We reject tokenism because it simply means trading a few crumbs for a fair share of the loaf of political power. As the Igbo of Nigeria say “No one gets a mouthful of food by picking between another person’s teeth”.
Uganda is a country that is deeply divided and hurting. The nation is badly in need of healing. Museveni’s one man rule ensures that no alternative voice will be heard in cabinet, parliament, the judiciary or even the streets. In terms of democracy, Uganda in the next five years will be nothing more than a political graveyard.
We therefore denounce the new cabinet as yet another lever in Museveni’s power arsenal. Museveni and his cabal are presiding over a malevolent and capricious state capture which is clearly seen in the tyranny of the majority in parliament, the elevation of so called cadre judges in the judiciary and the suppression of civil dissent. This cabinet therefore doesn’t represent a new direction. You cannot make an omelette by shuffling around rotten eggs.
On the State of the Nation Address delivered on 31 May, 2016, we await the National Budget. That is when we will give a comprehensive response. But we have something to say in the meantime. As expected the address skirted around the issue of governance without acknowledging the political logjam we have in Uganda today with an illegitimate government in place led by a person whose victory will continue to be questioned for ages. With characteristic arrogance Mr. Museveni declared, “Having followed closely world and historical events over the last 50 years, I am not aware of any society anywhere in the world that is more democratic than Uganda as far as the forms and structures of democracy are concerned….Democracy is one area where we do not need aid”. We note that this is a qualified statement. It is an admission that Uganda Is democratic only in form. In essence and substance Uganda is a totalitarian state.
The heart of the address was the economy. Mr. Museveni assured Ugandans that by 2020, that is in four years time, Uganda will be a middle income country. This may be an impressive jargon but let’s unpack it. That term is based on the so called Atlas Method that the World Bank uses to rank the economy of countries. Low Income countries where Uganda falls have a Gross National Income per capita of US$1,045 or less. Middle income countries have a Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of between US$1,045 and US$12,736. (Of course middle income countries are further subdivided into lower middle income and upper middle income countries. Lower middle income countries have a GNI per capita of between US$1,046 – US$4,125. Upper middle income countries have a GNI per capita of US$4,126 – 12,735). High income countries have a Gross National Income per capita above US$12,735.
Even without waiting for the National Budget we can say for certain that the absurd proclamation that Uganda will be a middle income country by 2020 is a political hoax smacking of deception and gimmickry. With a balance of trade of minus US$164.6 million, global business confidence of only 54 percent, military expenditure of US$340 million, inflation of over 6 percent and growth at only less than 4 percent, Uganda’s ambition of attaining middle income status under the current NRM economic framework is a pathetic pipe dream that no one can take seriously. This is coupled with an unsustainably high external debt of over 14 Trillion Uganda shillings which costs Uganda a lot of money to service. Then there is the lack of fiscal discipline, high military expenditure, unattractive wages that fuel brain drain, high unemployment of over 60 percent and the run away corruption. This is what constitutes the hemorrhage that Museveni dwelt on during his dull and unimaginative address to a demoralized nation. It is this hemorrhage that is responsible for the heavy tax burden under which Ugandans agonize. What the Uganda Revenue Authority is attempting to do is thus akin to a person collecting water using a basket. Unless the leakages are plugged the whole thing is an exercise in futility. The strategy of fighting corruption using the methods he used to fight indiscipline in the army will not work against corruption. It will be like treating a cancer using Vaseline. While indiscipline in the army is not profitable, corruption has grown into an institutionalized and highly profitable activity. Museveni will not win the war against corruption unless he becomes born again and offer leadership by example. You cannot exhort your flock to drink water while you gorge yourself on wine! Sooner or later the flock will follow your bad example. Therefore the fight against corruption requires a level of moral authority that Museveni lacks. He cannot point out the splinter in the eyes of his followers because he has a log in his eyes. As I have stated before, fish rots from the head. Today, I wish to advise Museveni that when you are sweeping a staircase you start from the top. Let him start from himself and those closest to him then move downwards. Fighting corruption is the one thing in which the bottom up approach cannot work because the bottlenecks in the war against corruption are in the top of the table.
Fortunately, for Ugandans there is a political party called the DP which shuns corruption, violence, dictatorship and militarism. We shall continue to illuminate our political space with viable alternative policies that shall be cogently presented in all platforms. Our impact shall not depend on our numbers but rather by the superior quality of our ideas and the firm foundation on which we stand.
We call upon Ugandans not to lose hope. We shall work hand in hand with other democracy seeking forces in our motherland to see that the NRM, like all totalitarian regimes that have persecuted and oppressed people throughout the ages, ends up in the dustbin of history. We will continue to speak out without fear or favor against all ills that afflict our country and continue to keep hope alive that we shall overcome. The darkest part of the night is just before dawn. Let that hope for a better future keep us focused on the tasks of the present.
Hon. Norbert Mao
“Our loyalty to NRM shouldn’t be mistaken for stupidity” – Hon. Simon Aleper
As well as he has taken old friends and foes from the National Resistance Movement, there are some moves that proves the Mzee are now involving the others parties and does that to control more of the Parliament, as they even have a place in 80-81 Ministerial Cabinet, in the newly sworn-in 10th Parliament.
You have Hon. Beti Kamya (Betty Kamya) that comes from the Opposition party of Uganda Federal Alliance, she have been strong opponent and dragged and attacked the Forum for Democratic Change of late, and because of that gotten the joy of being minster. And some old quotes from Hon. Kamya: “He has approached me many times” (…)”I think I can manage the vice-president office in the Museveni cabinet. I would surely serve under that capacity” (New Vision, 2014). So two years down, and now it was okay with a Ministerial Post in the Museveni Cabinet.
Another one is Hon Betty Amongi, the wife of hon. Jimmy Akena, the President of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC). This must be the payback for agreement between the NRM and UPC during the Campaigning period. So this must be part of the agreement between Mzee and Akena, right? Even if she is a NRM MP, she is married to an UPC President, it is like that was given because that.
Then you have also Hon. Joy Ruth Aceng; she is a UPC MP becoming the Minister. During the Campaign in November 2015, who even praised and said also that the voters of her region to Vote Museveni. Have people forgotten that? So it is not a weird choice for Mzee, to pick her into the swollen cabinet of his.
Another halfway UPC is the oldest serving cabinet minister Philemon Mateke, he was a member of the UPC until NRM took power, then he became overnight NRM.
Democratic Party, President Norbert Mao have today gone out and said that it is not a Party move that a certain Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, who has become a minister in the cabinet yesterday, she was even at one point a “Go-Forward”, but she went into the election one a DP ticket. So she certainly can work with whoever who gets her place in Parliament and now will easily work with NRM.
With the knowledge of having a DP MP, UFA MP and a UPC MP in the Cabinet, the only party left without a MP in the cabinet is FDC, though I would not be surprised if Hon. Nabilah Naggayi Sempala of the FDC would have said yes to become a State Minister in the Cabinet, she would been the obvious choice from the FDC, who isn’t a die-hard and really wanting change in the Parliament. And she is so devious to be able to jump camps to get political gain. I am right, right?
And then some stray thoughts. With ancient history of Mobutu and the two that was not in the giant cabinet of Museveni this time. They being Mbabazi and Bukenya…
Here is some old reports on Mobutu first:
““I have no comment to make,” Tshisekedi, interior minister before he split with Mobutu, said as he left the talks. Aides said he had accepted the challenge of trying to steer Zaire through the crisis in an uneasy tandem with Mobutu. Mobutu, engaged in a determined fight to prolong his rule, emerged into a crowd of reporters looking impassive. Asked if the negotiations with a score of opposition leaders had gone well, the 60-year-old president replied: “I think so.” (Washington Post, 1991). “What are Tshisekedi’s credentia.s as an opposition leader? He helped form and run the Popular Movement for the Revolution, the single party with which Mobutu has ruled Zaire for 26 years. While castigating! his former ally Mobutu for getting rich at the expense of the country’s poor, he himself drives a Jaguar. Mobutu’s biggest crime, accordiing to the European and American powers that run the world’s financial system, is not that he oppressed his people and kept them poor, but that he would not put the screws on them enough (what Cohen called “economic indiscipline”) behalf of the IMF’s structural adjustment programs” (Scanlon, 1991). “The opposition announcement of a new government came as the new administration of Prime Minister Mungul Diaka faced a major crisis. Two newly appointed ministers resigned from the government that he appointed only Wednesday. Mobutu sacked Tshisekedi from the post of prime minister 12 days ago. Diaka has said that his government to be sworn in Friday balances opinion and regional representation. However, Tshisekedi denied the prime minister’s claim that 40 percent of the 27 ministerial posts had gone to members of the Sacred Union. Key posts in the Diaka government, notably the defense portfolio, have been retained by pro-Mobutu appointees” (Hub, 1991). So Mobutu tried to wind the opposition in his last decade of his regime, even not working well, he made it even bigger than Museveni, Mzee, does not want to give away to much. But Mobutu surely gave some lessons to Mzee; as the Kinshasa government was after rebellion from the opposition. So with that he took some of them in, to silence them and continue to have control.
Somewhere is Hon. Amama Mbabazi and Gilbert Bukenya, wondering how come they wasn’t one out of the 80-81 Cabinet or hired as one of the 141 Presidential Advisors, they could be the ones that get the places that are still occupied by the “dead-ones”. Well, surely Mbabazi is now DP, Gilbert Bukenya was promised after going back from Independent Candidate in the TDA, to become a part of NRM-CEC. While so many others of the loyalist to Museveni is hired in the Cabinet and even the twice loser in the election, Otafiire got a spot to continue to serve Mzee.
I think that is enough for now. Peace.
Washington Post – ‘MOBUTU SHARES POWER WITH ZAIRE’S OPPOSITION’ (29.09.1991) link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1991/09/30/mobutu-shares-power-with-zaires-opposition/2a6536ae-e7e4-488e-ae0f-2652e8e27067/
New Vision – ‘I can be VP in Museveni’s cabinet – Beti Kamya’ (13.08.2014) link: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1306914/vp-museveni-cabinet-beti-kamya
Scanlon, Dana S. – ‘Zaire, Zambia: IMF moves in for the kill’ (22.11.1991) – EIR Volume 18.
Hub, Mark – ‘ZAIRE OPPOSITION FORMS ‘GOVERNMENT’ (01.11.1991) link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1991/11/01/zaire-opposition-forms-government/23f3dc58-e4a6-4aba-b86a-5b8a2ad5eb21/