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Arua demonstrators charged with ‘Insulting Violence’; What does that mean?

Ever since demonstrators has been arrested for ‘Insulting Violence’ in Arua on the 21st September and released on the 22nd September 2017. To be Insulting is define by the Oxford Dictionary as: “Disrespectful or scornfully abusive” (Oxford Living Dictionary – ‘Insulting’). So the person was disrespectful or abusive to violence. Violence is defined as: “Law The unlawful exercise of physical force or intimidation by the exhibition of such force” (Oxford Living Dictionary – ‘Violence’).

So I don’t know what the Uganda Police Force or the Police Officers in Arua was trying to say the two gentlemen who was released on bond where doing. If they we’re disrespectful to intimidation or they we’re scornfully abusive by physical force against someone. Both doesn’t make sense. There are no common sense in this charge.

That the suspects who are charged has to return to the Arua Police Station on the 28th September 2017 and answer to these charges should have fun with the dictionary, since it has no deep meaning. As if violent behavior can be abused, that intimidation can be disrespected. It is all made for a sham and mockery, since the law took them as they we’re most likely peacefully demonstrating against the lifting of the Age Limit in the 1995 Constitution.

Certainly, the whole thing is proving how the UPF and Police Officers are holding guard for the National Resistance Movement. They are not really serving the people, but serving the President. The loyalty from Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura is now proven. As his officers are even admitting their lacking understanding of words. They are actually misusing words.

Because who disrespect unlawful exercise of physical force… I know it seems like nonsense and it is. The proof is in the pudding, it is either caramel or chocolate. If you are lucky duck, you find some inches of flavor of vanilla. The reality is that the Police are using all tools of oppression into the levels of stupidity, because they have to show their quota to Kayihura. So he again can report to Museveni and he can get a pat on his back. If not, who else would charge a brother for ‘Insulting Violence’! Peace.


Age Limit: Two Police Bonds – One for Lord Mayor Lukwago for charged with ‘Unlawful Activity’ and from Arua it was charged with ‘Insulting Violence’ (21.09.2017 & 22.09.2017)

Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine arrested for ‘inciting violence’ but was just coming home from United States!

Kayima: The Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine, wants to address gatherings and come in a procession. The Police are having a conversation with him to defer that. We hope he will see our point of view and comply to avoid unnecessary & unplanned traffic management. Which can result in chaos and disorder plus crime from other characters than might exploit that loophole” (Uganda Police Force, 22.09.2017)

So the arrested him for driving, just like they have done to Dr. Kizza Besigye dozens of time. Some people can just arrive on Entebbe and get detained. Now the same is happening to him. The independent Member of Parliament, the man who just recently won a by-election against a sponsored NRM Candidate. He is clearly becoming a torn in the flesh of the NRM.

Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, is well-spoken and articulate, he can be direct and doesn’t care of repercussions from the Police Force. Just like Besigye. It seems like Bobi Wine has learned and studied him. As he acts and maneuver the political landscape. Therefore, before he traveled to take part of an international conference in the United States, he released a dossier of a message to the Ugandan Citizens on the lifting of the Age Limit. As he could still spread his message, while being away. The same way the interviews and the spreading the word of Besigye. Seems like he has learned the ways of keeping interest and keeping his supporters at bay.

Therefore, as he arrived in Entebbe and crossing from the Airport, the Police Force was waiting his return. They we’re there for his so-called incite of violence through audio message. That is the excuse of the Police to arrest him and the later release him. Which is the reason for why he could later in the day be on NBS TV and have an interview.

As he is interviewed the Police says they want a Statement with him in Entebbe, while Bobi Wine, says he is not going to Entebbe Police Station, that is reported by the NTV Uganda.

What all of this proves is the danger of speaking against his lordship, the excellence, His Excellency and the Executive of the Republic President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Now Bobi Wine feels like Besigye, he might even be house-arrested if he continues to shoot from the hip. Even if he is totally right, since the NRM and Museveni doesn’t care. They just want to secure their future and stop the others.

If the NRM continues what they usually do, than he will be arrested at his home and later be charged with treason. Have a prolonged case and it will never be solved, fellow friends and independent minded souls will be put on trial and be called in question. All of this try to bend Bobi Wine in favor of the current paradigm. Peace.

Age Limit: Two Motions of Private Bills from Dr. Sam Lyomoki (22.09.2017)

Uganda Police Force Press Statement on their “Crack-Down” on Civil Society and Lord Mayor Lukwago (22.09.2017)

The Uganda Law Society Statement Regarding the Age Limit Debate (21.09.2017)

Uganda Media Centre: “Response to the US Ambassador Deborah Malac’s Concern Over Civil and Political Rights in Uganda (21.09.2017)

Opinion: It is time for DEFIANCE, now more than ever! #AgeLimit

It is time to bring back the slogan and the act of defying in the face of oppression. It is not the time to cease the acts against oppression. The time for actual defying of the draconian and Orwellian behavior of National Resistance Movement. The Uganda Police Force and Uganda People’s Defense Force are acting brutality and without justification to quell and silence all parts of society, in favor of thieving and brutal regime, who do not care about the safety of the citizens, but of the security of the NRM elite and the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is more important than anything else!

Oxford Dictionary says Defiance is: “Open resistance; bold disobedience: an act of defiance the demonstration was held in defiance of official warnings” (Oxford Dictionaries – ‘Defiance’)” (…) “Origin: Middle English (denoting the renunciation of an allegiance or friendship): from Old French, from defier ‘defy’” (Oxford Dictionaries – ‘Defiance’).

Let’s be clear wearing red bandanna on the steps of Parliament is not bold disobedience, neither is singing the National Anthem during the plenary session. It is defying, but not bold. It is obvious and in the public space, but the ones really defying. Is the ones breaking the bans and laws, who we’re out in the streets. Demonstrating in Bushenyi, Arua and Lira. The ones demonstrating at Makerere and Mbarara University, where the Police where detaining and throwing tear-gas.

The defiance that matters and makes it expensive to up-keep is the ones that breaks the system. The ones actually defies and the system. Not the ones sponsoring it and legitimizing it. Like the Opposition MPs did and the Shadow Government did after the General Election of 2016. They gave way for the NRM and the President to continue as normal. None of them gave him reason to change or to give-in. Since he saw they became weak and could get bought by a title and allowances.

Defiance has to capture the spirit and give hope to organizations and movements who actually defies the system. The underground activity and the possible defiance could hurt the government. Instead, they have now postponed the debate, but that is only making the troubles come back to haunt them. Not stop them! It will return like any sequel, like any Hollywood remake of a franchise. It just keep on returning. The lifting of the Presidential Age Limit will not leave the scene. Neither will other laws made for securing the life Presidency of Museveni.

Therefore, more than ever it is important to defy the system. Stand up against it and not accept it. Stop buying from companies that are connected with the NRM elite, stop registering and being connected with NRM affiliated organizations and avoid all sort of legitimizing the current government. That meaning, being bold and brave. Actually, show your disregard to the current leadership. T-Shirt, Campaigns and Open dialogue in the public sphere, that will hurt the government. Make sure they will lose their arguments and ideals to upkeep the Presidency.

Besigye himself gave this advice in July 2017:

The following needs to be done to terminate the Junta’s control of our country:

1) Intensify the “awakening campaign”, for most Ugandans to become active in the processes of achieving a transition. Everyone has a role to play in achieving this.

2) Forming activist networks to make it possible to act together and to be coordinated.

3)Everyone seeking a democratic transition should take deliberate actions, individually or in concert with others to disempower and break down the Junta. Each one’s actions, however small, contribute significantly towards the desired change.

4) Public servants, including those in the security and military are called upon to join the struggle for democratic transition.

5) In coordination with other political and civil society formations, we’ll soon start various activities that will disempower and bring the, now fragile, Junta to an end” (Dr. Kizza Besigye, 11.07.2017).

The words Besigye are relevant for DEFIANCE. It is the making of shaking the system. Give the Oppressor a kick where it hurts, but with bold actions. Not dancing like hooligans on the outside of the Parliament. These acts would actually hurt the government. The public would really defy the government with this acts. It is time to activate and listen to Besigye. So that the NRM can be taken down, by peaceful means and a meaningful transition of power. Since it doesn’t belong to Museveni alone. But all citizens of Uganda.

It is time not accept official warnings and protocol. The Public Order Management Act (POMA) should cease to matter, the notification of demonstrations and processions should not happen from the defiant organizers. The defiant organizers should focus on the cause, not respect the laws that are there to uphold the government. They should step up their activity and not fear the government. But disrespect it and make it on edge. It should start to shake and wonder what is the next move. Not be able to anticipate or expect the next move. The POMA makes it easy for the Police Force to block and throw tear-gas. The informing of the planned defying acts should stop. The CSOs and the Opposition Parties should start with actions that are in the shadow and out of reach of the government. Go into the “black” and sudden appear as unknown force of loyal subjects to the cause.

If the ones in the deep darkness of oppression actually acted in defiance, defied the law and the state, as it has turned to be oppressing instead being their to serve. Therefore, the citizens has the right and is justified to defy the laws, who are there for the emperor and his court; it is not there for serving the people. It’s time to listen Besigye as the brutality and the crack-down shows the true heart of the government. Peace.

Gen. Mugisha Muntu: Statement on Police Brutality, Arrests and Siege on Parliament (21.09.2017)

Age Limit Debate Postpone and the Plenary Session in Parliament Adjourned after tension and demonstrations!

Clearly, the crisis meeting earlier today between Parliamentary Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has resulted that even as the nation in the grips of the army and the police. They are still postponing the outcome of the discussion of the motion to lift article 102(b) of the Constitution, the Age Limit bill inside the State legislation.

Just as the Police Officers are rounding up fellow Makerere Students, anti-Constitutional Amendments Supports and other random civilians who have been showing their dissatisfaction with the whole idea.

The Police has busy stopping peaceful demonstrations in Lira, Arua, Bushenyi and all over the place. They have silenced the critiques with house arrests, detained at random and even tear-gassed. Clearly, the state knows better than their citizens do. There are now reports that Patrick Amuriat as he delivered a petition to the Parliament; he was also arrested for his acts against the state. Therefore, no one is whom stand up against the will of the state get free from the oppression today!

Today, I don’t care what the European Union or United States of America has condemn the activity of the army or the police in Uganda, since they are paying to keep the government afloat and support their activity years upon end, and even surprisingly not trying support regime change. Therefore, their concern is not believable at this point of history. Just like in the end of 1980s, no one would believe the concern of Americans who had Mobutu as their puppet in Democratic Republic of Congo. The same can now be said of Museveni in Uganda.

There are even reports that UMEME has trouble with their power-lines as many places been in the black. Some not verified reports that NTV and NBS has been stopped or has no signal.

As the hours has gone and the plenary sitting started, with all the ambushes and silence of demonstrations. The streets of Kampala is silent. Just like the President wants it. He want utter indifference to his continued rule. Not that is continued rule of law, since he is the law. Apparently so, since he has to besiege many vital parts of city and houses of opposition voices. Since he is afraid of their voice as dissidents to his pro-longed rule.

This combined with demonstrations in and about, this with the tear-gas and the detaining of youth at Makerere and soldiers. Clearly, the President is afraid of Coup d’état. If not, why do the man need the army on the steps of the August House? Is he afraid of bogeymen appearing from the deep forest of Mabira to eat his soul?

Also because of the chaos in Parliament, with Opposition singing the National Anthem, the NRM MPs wanting Evelyn Anite possibly disciplined for her comments during the week and all the other mess. Deputy Speaker Oulanyah adjourned the sitting to next week. This being proof of the whole embargoed and botched day. That has not delivered what the NRM Caucus wanted to give their master. Neither what the Opposition wanted with a debate, that proving the vital points of the amendments and the reality that is all to extent and give the President the opportunity to rule for life.

This whole day has proven the ill will of the regime and government, that they have intent, but has to silence anyone into submission. There are no-way back, since the President needs it. His own existence hangs on it weak thread. The demonstrations and clear evidence of the fear of the opposition voices. Since they have been detained and arrested. That shows the fear the state has for these individuals and their power within the communities.

This saga is not over. However, the toils, the tears, the wounds and corrupt police only working directly for the President is even more evident, than ever. It was like this during campaigns and during elections, but now, they are back to same old game. We can just wonder how far they will take it and what sort charges they will put on the people. Peace.


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