Besigye was charged for treason for about 1977 days!

Just as I’ve been out on bail since 2019 on the treason case, I wake up to a newspaper article claiming my case has been dropped,” Besigye stated. “I have not been served, neither has any of my lawyers. It appears that the regime wants to propagate their narrative that I work with them,” he added. He has since vowed to seek legal action with his lawyers for malicious prosecution since the state has now retreated from the case” (Emmanuel Businye – ‘Besigye says treason charge is dropped to show him as ‘M7 Agent’ 11.10.2021).

Since the February 2016 General Election in the Republic. Dr. Kizza Besigye, the Presidential Candidate for the main opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). Besigye sworn himself in as President on the 11th May 2016. After that he was arrested and airlifted to Moroto prison. Within 48 hours after the arrest and being detained in Moroto. He was charged for treason on the 13th May 2016.

It is not shocking that the charges are dropped in 2021. It took 1977 days. That is prolonging the agony for too long. Besigye also proves how “cold” the case was, as he haven’t had a bail hearing for 2 years as well. It took over 5 years, 4 months and 28 days before it got dropped.

Neither, did the state produce any evidence and witness statements to keep the case alive. The state had the time to do this. However, it was just a ploy to keep Besigye busy with trails and bail-hearings. So, that he couldn’t do proper activism or revolt even against the rigged election. He was stuck fighting the case and the pending court trial, which never really happened.

We know that Besigye is not a Museveni agent. He has worked tirelessly to topple or have a peaceful transition. Nobody has a similar record like Besigye. As an politician and activist he has been arrested countless of times, thousands of charges and detained as well. Therefore, with the treatment and the way his been targeted. It is foolish to think he has been used by the state as a pawn. He and his family wouldn’t have been touched in the way they have. Neither how his allies have been taken out over the years. So, to sell that story now is unbelievable.

It is injustice to keep this case alive for so long. Especially, since it was nothing and had no reasons to charge him with it. The state didn’t even produce anything. That’s why we know it is just a technique to harass and target their dissidents. They are not charging someone, because they endangered the state or its highest ranking officials to coup d’etat it. No, they are just using it as a political weapon to silence the ones who challenge the President politically. Peace.

Opinion: Besigye’s words of enlightenment cannot be forgotten

The struggle I know and understand is that we are looking for a country and first mission should be to recapture the country and then once we reclaim the country and have power over it, then we can choose and leaders and create rules how to choose leaders” (Dr. Kizza Besigye, 16.10.2019).

As time goes by and the dwindling efforts of previous leaders on the frontline. It is important to not forget them and what they stood for. Now, that the National Unity Platform and Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine is the main opposition party.

We cannot forget what Dr. Kizza Besigye Kifefe fought for and what he stood for. It wasn’t just defiance and public display of resilience. The founder of Reform Agenda and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) deserves credit for his work. He is still a vital voice of reason and shouldn’t be shunned.

Besigye will have a legacy worth remembering. Yes, he participated and at one point had faith in Museveni. He was appointed and took part in the early years of the regime. However, he saw what it turned into and shunned it. Because he made that decision… he has paid a hefty price. The countless arrests, days behind bars, house-arrests or charges on the man. No one in living memory has been politically targeted by the authorities like this man.

That’s why know he is the arch nemesis of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Besigye is the man that made Museveni boil and he ordered the state to go after him. That’s why Besigye has been charged with treason and whatever else they could find in the penal codes. The law-book has been used to maximum extent against him.

Besigye has fought for a peaceful transition. Where the grass-roots and the whole system has turned against the current regime. In a way where everyone is involved and weaken the centres of it. That is a revolution and a mass activism on a scale that haven’t been seen. Though he was close to managing that in 2011 with the “Walk to Work”. He was really getting the riots and demonstrations to a level. Where the authorities and state was on edge. If it had gotten further and run even more rampant. Than the centre might not have hold, but that is just theoretical assumption in 2021.

We know Besigye have the ambition and the means to govern. Besigye have the ability to organize and structure people around him. If he didn’t the FDC wouldn’t be as strong after all these years under the tyranny. The FDC wouldn’t have such a political body and measured policies ahead. They would have been a shell and a briefcase party, if others had run it. However, Besigye and his tireless work has paid off in this regard. He has been able to build a party like this and getting trusted individuals to carrying on his legacy. That says a lot about him and his drive.

Besigye deserves credit and people should study his lessons. Where he tells how to dismantle the regime and how to organize to ensure the end of Museveni. If there is anyone who has said what is needed and explained the necessities of a public uprising. Where everyone goes collectively together and forms entities to strengthen the cause. It is wise and adjusted.

What Besigye have proposed isn’t a cheap trick or a simple plan. No, it is what is needed to do, if you are not using weapons or a coup d’etat against a military dictatorship. He believes in the power of the people and what they can do, if they go together in doing it. Besigye could never do this alone and never did he say so. That is why the only way to aspire and wanting to fulfil his legacy. Would be to revolt, organize revolutionary groups and read upon his texts.

One that is forever relevant until it happens is this one:

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.

The transition:

A transition process will start when the Junta ceases the control of the state- either, through popular actions or a dialogue process.

The key activities of the transition period are:

1) Government of National Unity.

2) A comprehensive review of the Constitution.

3) Rebuilding State institutions to ensure transparency in recruitment and a national character, a high standard of performance and public accountability; non-partisan character; high standard of discipline and professionalism etc.

4) Truth telling, justice and reconciliation.

5) Free and Fair elections” (Dr. Kizza Besigye, 11.07.2017).

This just proves what has to happen and Besigye has spoken these words out again and again. While it has not gotten into good soil. It is time for it bear fruits. Besigye might never get to the promised land himself. However, the Republic deserves it and Besigye should forever get credit for his work. Not that his done or a silent man. No, his still speaking his peace and hopefully reigniting new people along his way.

That is necessary… the FDC cannot do this alone and neither can Besigye. There is a need for a united front. Just like Besigye said in his text from 2017. It is also a need to not only remembering Besigye’s “lectures” but to be used as inspiration for a peaceful transition. These words and articles needs to spread again. So, that they get re-issued and re-distributed. As they can get people to organize and maybe act upon it. Not just in campaign season, but in ordinary days. As the regime isn’t slowing down with it’s oppression against it’s dissidents. That is as rampant and grave as always. Injustice which is served on a daily basis. Peace.

Opinion: Oulanyah should address his master

There were accusations of repressive police action against these people who are calling for violence. The people who call for these have taken it publicly not privately in the media and in the newspapers. Nobody is talking about them. It is possible for us to weigh the whole picture and say anybody who calls for violence must be reprimanded?” – Speaker Jacob Oulanyah

The 11th Parliament Speaker Oulanyah lashed out at the European Union (EU) delegation at a meeting recently. The speaker must take the EU for fools and the whole Republic as well. The monopoly of violence is controlled by the state. The state has the security agencies, the army and the police force at it’s beacon.

It was the state that ordered the soldiers on the streets. Oulanyah knows this and he can blame the opposition. Like he does here and think the unarmed civilians are calling for “violence”. That is neither here nor there. In the matter of this republic, the one man who calls and address things with vengeance are the President.

President Museveni speaks ill and viciously about destroying his opponents. The President isn’t a man of peace, but another war-lord. The EU should know this and if they don’t… they should research about his history and CV. Museveni and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) lives on intimidation, fear and using the arms against dissidents. That’s why they have to vilify them and make them evil. Even when it’s the state that is abducting, arresting, torturing and extra judicial-killing them. Still, the EU should believe that this isn’t the whole picture.

In the last two elections it has been enough to be either associated with the “Defiance” or be for the “We are Removing a Dictator”. If you participated, was active or a member of either campaigns… you would be met with force or possibly loose everything. The authorities will go after you and everyone in your near proximity if they have too. That’s why Oulanyah must think the world is stupid at this point.

The state has used ungazetted safe-houses,Nalufenya and SIU Kireka to mention a few over the years to oppress the opposition. These locations and institutions would exist, if the state didn’t value them. Neither would it be to build anotehr maximum prison to ensure more people can be detained. As Luzira wasn’t big enough. That’s why the authorities are made to silence critics and they do it with huge enforcement.

The speaker can claim the others speaks of violence, but it’s not proven. When the main objective of the previous big opposition leaders has been a “peaceful transition” from the current one. That is not a violent revolution or anarchy. No, they are seeking peace and the aftermath of the ones in-charge now.

It is like Oulanyah and the Movement is so busy scheming. That they cannot hold their ducks in a row. They know these sorts of stories is not true. The EU should just read upon and seek guidance elsewhere. Because, this is just false. Violence just appear when the government entities are involved or ambushing opposition gatherings/meetings and such. It is not like it happens on it’s own. That violence are ordered from the high above and the ones in command. Not some random stranger or citizens from the ghetto. No, this is the Movement and all of the gentlemen in power.

Oulanyah is a loyal soldier for the cause and for His Excellency (H.E.). That why he speaks like this, but doesn’t make it true. It only shows that he serves a purpose and his a useful tool for his majesty. Peace.

Opinion: IPOD is officially dead

The Interparty Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) was rejected by the largest opposition party the National Unity Platform (NUP). The IPOD was just set-up in 2010 even if it felt like it has been there forever.

IPOD haven’t lived up to its potential and neither is the organization at any use at this stage. Unless, the President and his regime wants positive publicity. If not he tries to intervene and participate to get his will. He has also used to seek opposition and undermine their efforts as well. Where he has tried to find the “Good DP” and the “Good FDC” as well. That is what he does and the manner of which this works is futile now.

That’s why its healthy that NUP isn’t becoming a member of IPOD or participate in the Summits/Councils, which isn’t delivering anything worthwhile. Not at this point in time and been nothing substantial to show for either.

We know Museveni is hurt that the party of Bobi Wine and with a massive mandate in the Parliament isn’t showing up. He is playing with the older parties and the ones who doesn’t have the same relevance as before. This is showing that the IPOD is fading…

IPOD haven’t been a tangible asset or a enterprise for good dialogue either. The President has shown up late and the Summits hasn’t showed any progress. The last thing that happened was that the President promised billions of shillings to party coffers and nothing else.

The IPOD haven’t been used for electoral legislation or reform. Neither has it been used to ensure a level playing-field for campaigns or party work. No, it is only used for a decoy and buying the President time. For some strange reason the Dutch is willing to pay for the parties and meetings. They hopefully enjoy the empty slogans and statements, because it hasn’t paid-off.

The time of the IPOD is over. The IPOD is overrated and it isn’t working. So the Dutch should stop wasting their time and money. The IPOD is just a tool to legitimize the President and his regime. It can look like he has dialogue and a drive for “multi-party” democracy. When in reality he would crash and destroy them at any given moment.

Therefore, someone should do the IPOD a favour and hold a final ceremony. Now that the NUP isn’t part of it. The signal of it’s death bed is final. It should have been the times when FDC in the past boycotted it. However, they always returned …

IPOD should be buried and the casket of IPOD should be held in the halls of Parliament for a week to mourn the deceased. Nevertheless, there shouldn’t be any sorrow or pain in it’s demise. The IPOD never served it’s purpose or objective. It became a wastage of time and funds. This is why the burial would be a nice ending to a tragic story of a futile organization. Peace.

National Unity Platform (NUP) letter to Interparty Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) – National Unity Platform Eligibility to Join IPOD (02.09.2021)

Opinion: Greetings Mwenda

It’s been a while since the Independent Editor and Magazine owner Andrew Mwenda has written a “Last Word” and on the 5th September 2021 he released another edition in this series called “To Whom It May Concern”. Fittingly I feel the need to respond to this.

In the starting paragraph, he really sets the tone for the article: “section of the Ugandan talking heads have made a fetish of “credibility”, particularly the sort of “credibility” purchased by denouncing President Yoweri Museveni as a murderous tyrant who has destroyed Uganda. To preserve such “credibility”, opposition leaders like Dr. Kizza Besigye and now Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine), take very extreme positions that make it difficult for them to grow their political appeal beyond a significant and loud but, numerically, a minority of opposition activists” (Mwenda, 05.09.2021).

Well, where do I begin. It is just like Mwenda doesn’t want to go to the heart or the cause of the problem. Only reflect on the opposition and deflect from the creator of the current affairs. That’s because his carrying the water of his master and wants to salvage his legacy. Therefore, he demeans and distort the pleas and the causes of the opposition. Calling it a minority and saying it has lack of appeal. While there is no dancing in the streets or jubilation for the lifelong Presidency of Museveni.

First: “It should therefore be obvious that if any politician wants to command a political majority, they need to build a supra partisan base who appeal is trans-group.  I think this has been Museveni’s greatest strength. He appreciates that you cannot seek any form of purity in a diverse country in Uganda and succeed. He has, therefore, made himself flexible and adaptable. He does not demand purity – whether of ethnic, religious, ideological or policy nature. Instead, he is willing to work with anyone even when they don’t agree on many things” (Mwenda, 05.09.2021).

It is just like we don’t know the man he speaks of or what he has done in office. Yes, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) is across the Republic and has members from everywhere. However, the base and the ones in-charge are from one tribe and one ethnic group. That’s why the President has his family all close-knit and a kitchen cabinet, which rules beyond the powers of the offices in government. We are just supposed to forget that and think, because the NRM has a representative from Karamoja. That it is a national party and for everyone. This is just a place and a façade… not the mere reality as the NRM CEC and anyone with power comes from one area. If they differ with him or his ideals, which is changing after what is profitable can easily be expelled or lose their offices. That has happened to, everyone is supposed to follow the “correct line”.

Second: “For someone interested in influencing public policy, whether through mass media or private meetings, there is more to be achieved engaging Museveni than in denouncing him. In my engagements with him I have been impressed by how open-minded Museveni is; he is always willing to listen and to take advice; especially when backed by facts and based on sound research” (Mwenda, 05.09.2021).

When the personification of the state is supreme it all has to go through one man. In this instance, it just happens to be Museveni. That is the only truth Mwenda spills here. However, for the only man with a vision and self-serving individual like Museveni will not change his mind. It is only changed when he sees no benefit or profit out of the policy or order. Therefore, believing in sitting with him and discussing will bear fruits are naïve. It is like thinking you can sway a stubborn and self-righteous man. Well, that won’t happen and it’s a delusion. If you work with Museveni, you are willing to compromise and play into his games. Then there is no difference between you and the other foes his connected too. That is where Mwenda is wrong.

Third: “I believe that Museveni, like many of his contemporaries in Africa, is genuinely committed to transforming Uganda, just like Besigye and Bobi Wine are genuinely committed to liberating it. For Museveni to achieve his goal, he needs power – he cannot transform Uganda when he has been overthrown (and therefore in jail or exile) or been defeated in an election (and therefore in Rwakitura grazing cows). However, retaining power involves navigating a treacherous terrain of coup plots, internal intrigues, making compromises and giving concessions; especially in an ethnically diverse society, that often undermine the pace at which leaders can realise their goals” (Mwenda, 05.09.2021).

If Museveni would “transform” Uganda that would have happened ages ago. There is no reason to believe that now. He is not interested and not serving even the ideals of his 10-point programme. Yet along any of the other fancy development programmes he has unleashed on the general public over the years. These are just cannon-fodders to the UN organizations and multi-national development organizations to find ways to get grants and donations.

Yes, nobody can “transform” anything when they are overthrown. That is a bargain that Museveni has asked for, since he doesn’t believe anyone else can run the Republic. He has retained power, but not built structures or institutions worthy of their names. It is all a reflection of his hackwork and lack of statesmanship. Museveni rather spoil and grind every dime out of a project, than build something sustainable. If he wasn’t the personification of the state… he wouldn’t worry about treason or compromise. Because, all politics and politicking are to one extent compromise between two parties seeking their objective goals. Alas, Museveni rather destroy the other party, than working with them, unless he has corrupted them.

Fourth: “Neither Besigye nor Bobi Wine is a radical extremist by character. But to keep their base happy they have to act as radical extremists; using language uncharacteristic of them. They are strategic radical extremists” (Mwenda, 05.09.2021).

He has called both People Power/National Unity Platform (NUP) and the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) all sorts of name. Andrew has called the supporters extremists, hoodlums and other derogatory names. That’s why this is no shocker at this point. Just a mere reflection of Mwenda is. Because, he cannot understand the activists, members and whatnot who wants to end the Museveni era. They are “militant” and maybe willing to use defiance as a means to an end. Since, Museveni and his regime gives no way to other ways of a peaceful transition. Not, like the NRM or Museveni has offered any other way out or bargained to secure the future. No, his just lingering in power by the gun, using the authorities and even killing the opposition, if he has the opportunity too. And Mwenda wonder why people get “radical” or get organized in various of ways. Museveni is lucky that his opposition haven’t started their own bush-wars, because they have had the same reasons to retort, in the same fashion as Museveni did in the early 1980s. Not that I want that, but Mwenda is surely not selling his point. With the knowledge of the system, the militarization of politics and the usage of arms to bend the will for one man.

He ends with: “I am not willing to purchase “credibility” by mutilating myself. Besigye and/or Bobi Wine can afford to because the price of self-mutilation is the presidency. So, to the many people that write to me or about me almost demanding that I become a spokesperson of their grievances, with the hidden blackmail that I have changed, and therefore not what they knew, here is my message: I do not want to be anyone else’s version of Andrew Mwenda. I want to be Andrew Mwenda’s version of Andrew Mwenda” (Mwenda, 05.09.2021).

It is funny and tragicomically way of ending this article. As he speaks of selling itself for the Presidency. While Mwenda is trading his own name and reputation to safeguard the current status quo. He rather defends the tyrant and the tyranny, than oppose the oppression. Mwenda calling them “sell-outs” for the Presidency. Because, they dare challenge the man who charges, kidnaps, detains, attacks with weapons and even kill their supporters.

We know Mwenda changed, alas he will not resemble the man who was a speaking fire at the KFM Radio days. Maybe, that was just a front and he was faking it. If that is true, then a sorry excuse of a man. More than just trading off his career to be a spokesperson for this presidency. His just a “finessed” OO and that’s not a good look by the way. Well, we can never know, but what we do know. Is what he has said and done over the years. That is already been published and therefore recorded too. Therefore, he can never save or return to the promise, which his career looked like in the past.

That’s why he must undermine and mock the opposition. These folks still have some resemble of hope, which he doesn’t have. They can speak the truth and be blunt about it. While Mwenda got to trade carefully and mind his manners. Because, he can never challenge the Throne again. Peace.

Opinion: Oulanyah forgot the role of the opposition

Honourable Members, let’s keep our eyes on the ball. The ball is this country and its people. The ball is not the regime. A focus on the regime is a narrow and a wrong focus. Put your focus and interests on the people who elected you to Parliament rather than on trivial issues like regime change” – Speaker Jacob Oulanyah (27.08.2021).

It is easy being a token soldier, being a loyal cadre and running up the ranks in the established system underneath the high above. That’s why you don’t have to be bright or smart. You just have to show-up and follow the commands. The orders are straight, unforgiving and you just have to enact it. That’s Oulanyah has risen to prominence and gotten to this stage. Not because his a wise-guy, street-smart or has any worthwhile skills. No, his just a pawn and a useful loyalist for now.

Speak Oulanyah should know all that, but he rather speak of hubris to the opposition. Mock them even and play around like it was a fair competition in the recent election. When everyone know the game was rigged. The whole system was controlled and there was not other objective. Than the Movement and the President to get the majority. Either by the hook or by the crook. The winner took it all and left breadcrumbs to the dissidents. This election was rigged and done systematically. So, Oulanyah should know this when he addresses people, but it seems like he doesn’t know that.

That’s why it’s striking when he says the focus isn’t on the regime. Like the Opposition isn’t there to keep the state alert and question their moves. That is what they are doing for the betterment of the republic. The opposition is there to check and balance. Call out the Movement for their scheming ways, injustice and impunity. They are supposed to call the NRM out for their mischief and grand corruption scandals. They are there to be thorns and spiteful challenges in the public. That’s to show what the government and the Movement should be doing, which it doesn’t… not just be another group of “yes-men” and “praise the lord” anytime the President kisses someone’s asses. That is for the internal Central Executive Committee of the NRM to do by itself.

The speaker further insults our intelligence that we shouldn’t focus or try to think of a peaceful transition. It is only necessary and needed to focus on the future. A future without Museveni and the NRM at the helm. When someone else is the President and His Excellency. That time will come eventually, either if you like it or not. The NRM has already reigned for over 3 decades and this era will end at one point or another.

That’s why the opposition should prepare and plan for a possible takeover. The NRM and Museveni cannot contain that and the will of the people forever. They cannot trick and lie indefinitely. At one point, the last straw and final nail in coffin is put. The treasure-chest is empty and the soldiers are starving. Everything that keeps this regime is gone, as the bank-accounts are empty and donors are not serving aid. There is no more schemes to get-rich-quick or fix some more bottlenecks. No, all of that will go south and there will be no redemption.

That’s why Oulanyah wants this era to last forever. He has the power and the station. The Speaker doesn’t want to loose it. Now that he got it and with someone else in power. He wouldn’t be as useful or have any value to them. He would just be a loyal cadre to godforsaken cause, which should have buried a long time ago. However, it has been persistent and never ending. That’s why we are here in the first place.

Oulanyah can call it trivial to ask for regime change. However, if it was so… why was newspapers closed and ceased over “Project Muhoozi” and why is it dangerous to utter out words of Post-Museveni? Why is it bad to have ambition and seek the place of H.E.? If it is trivial?

Also, to end this on a high note. Why was it needed to change the Constitution twice for one to rule? Why did the Parliament need to first abolish term limits before later stage abolish the age limit? If it is trivial. Shouldn’t the law or the constitution been intact?

That’s what bugging me… when men of his rank and stature calls it trivial. He should look into himself and his own role in all of that. The Movement has made this bed and they got to sleep in it. However, the opposition is within rights and should do their bidding. The opposition needs to keep account and question the NRM. The opposition needs to plan for a peaceful transition and work to topple this regime. That is if they are an honest opposition and wanting to end the dictatorship.

Oulanyah doesn’t want to hear any of that. That’s to be expected, because the end of the tyranny and regime would mean the end of his meal-ticket. The Speaker cannot risk that and rather want a mediocre and lacking opposition. Which he don’t have to fear or have issues with. This is why he speaks like this. However, the opposition has to enforce and be on the barricades to make life a living hell for the Speaker and his tribe. That is their duty and their role as opposition.

Hope they will act upon this and show their character in the 11th Parliament. Time will tell, but Oulanyah hope he can get a forgetful group of MPs and get an easy ride in office. Peace.

Opinion: There is no reason to re-elect Odonga Otto

Just let me say this about tearing papers in Parliament. I have no regrets whatsoever for doing what I did. The only regrets I have in relation to the event of tearing or destroying papers in Parliament is that I should have eaten those torn papers, If I had a second chance, I would have eaten and swallowed them so that it goes into the Guinness book of Records. I am a no nonsense person. I did that very deliberately and I have no regrets”Odonga Otto MP (August 2013).

There should be more to say about Odonga Otto. The man who has been a Member of Parliament for over 2 decades. He has served in the Aruu County for 20 years and lost in 2021. A man of town should have more to show for himself. However, there is little to none and that’s just tragic.

It is not like your thinking of a brilliant, smart or hard-working legislator when you think of the likes of Odonga Otto. No, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leaning politician instead joined the political organizations, the Uganda Economic Party (UEP) ahead of the 2021 elections.

I am sure he made better scores of his pool games than his actual work at the Parliament. As over the years… I cannot remember him doing anything significant. Yes, he has been arrested several of times. Like he was arrested for participating in demonstrations against the land grab in Amuru district and Apaa village. So, it is not like he haven’t had his issues and that because he has taken a stance against the regime. However, there still haven’t been ever whining MP.

That’s why the By-Election of Aruu County should be about other candidates and not Odonga Otto. This OO has had his time and he wasted it. Not that I want a Movement MP from the County, but this man will not do any favours. It will be a lot of headlines and noise. However, nothing substantial has been served and neither any legislation worth mentioning.

In 2020 when he left the FDC he said this: “Many people have not yet reached the level where they see Opposition as those that check the ruling government when it is not doing enough for the people. My being in FDC was blocking me from many opportunities” (Odonga, August 2020).

Clearly, him leaving the FDC didn’t help his campaign or his ability to get into the Parliament. As a man who had been a legislator for 20 years. He should have the support and the love of his county. However, the MP is clearly out of his league and in an up-coming by-election. Not expect him to win or be a viable candidate. He has already lost earlier in this year. So, expect him to loose again.

The Aruu County should get rid of him. His all talk and no action. Only for the publicity and be like a commoner, but he isn’t delivering anything. Why have a man like this in your ranks? Why have a man like this to represent you? When you can have someone who actually cares and possibly would serve the county. That would try to legislate or even produce something, which can make a difference.

Odonga Otto isn’t a vibrant or a personality. Neither is he a charismatic leader. No, his just another one and he has shown what he does. Which isn’t much. He has opposed and been dissenting. As an MP has been vocal and direct, arrested and detained. However, he has not tried or used his terms in office to build anything.

That’s why he should reside to play pool and act like commoner on these here streets. His not bound to return. Unless, people vote him on a familiar name and hope he will change after losing earlier this year. That isn’t a viable idea and is flawed from the get-go.

This man has had his time and he spoiled it. Why give him another chance? So he can waste more time and money? Isn’t it better to see if some new-blood and a new character maybe amount to something? You have nothing to loose. Because, this gig is up. Peace.

Opinion: Owek. Joyce – “The Ex to the Next”

You and I are the past c’est la vie, much respect girl

But now you’re my ex-girl and I’m out with the next girl” (Gang Starr – ‘The Ex to the Next Girl’ from Daily Operation LP, 1992)

Owek. Joyce Ssebugwawo took the ministerial office and the Forum for Democratic Change has now expelled her. That is bitter battle and a loss for the FDC. They have lost a founding member of the party, a former Buganda Kingdom Minister and an ex-Mayor of Rubaga division of Kampala. Until now, she’s been a trusted party member and been the Deputy Party President. Therefore, she has been important for the opposition.

That’s why it was shocking that she would accept the appointment of State Minister for ICT and National Guidance. That is the propaganda arm of the state. The one ministry, which has the mandate over the UCC, GCIC and Uganda Media Centre. All of them are all part of her new office.

It is really strange, but it’s been disclosed that Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda have had meetings with Owek. Joyce. If that has happened, it would all make sense. That he has discussed and maybe proposed a preposition she couldn’t refuse. Because, the ability to get a office and become a minister would be a dream. Especially, when she lost the race for Mayor in Rubaga Division and had nothing except for the ones in the party offices at Najjakumbi.

She has now later said as a result of taking the Ministerial Office. Joyce had to relinquish her position as Deputy President and ceases to be a member of the FDC. This says a lot and also shows what the politician is willing to do for a high ranking office.

Owek. Joyce have been willing to give up her whole career and the hardships of building up a party. That she has left behind the ones who gave her a role and made it possible to be respected there. She just dropped that and didn’t look back.

The FDC has already lost members to this before. There been deflections and people ceasing their membership for a role elsewhere. The party is allowing that in their constitution. Still, the strength and the loyalty to party is dwindling. The FDC has already lost plenty to the Alliance of National Transformation (ANT). Other has created their own ways like Beti Kamya and Beatrice Anywar. They are now also gone yellow from blue. Just like Owek. Joyce is doing too.

It seems like Museveni is able to offer them a safe-haven and fill their pockets. That’s why the previous ones left everything behind as well. Kamya even dropped her own party to become a yellow. Now, Owek. Joyce does it too.

Owek. Joyce knows the FDC. She has been building it and seen how things are going. Museveni must be grinning. His getting a big-shot and a trusted leader from the opposition. He just offered a minor ministerial post and she lost her credibility there.

That is really heartbreaking. This must shatter some souls in the FDC. To see a person who stood on the barricades and been so involved. Take the fist envelope she is offered. Owek. Joyce have accepted to become a sell-out and lose her standing. That comes with the title and the new pay-grade.

She might want to think otherwise, but she has sold her soul. Instead of continuing and finding new ways of being credible opposition. Owek. Joyce prefers the easy way out and wants to pampered after all the years of hardship. That is how it seems.

I don’t want to blame her. It is a cost and struggle to be in a direct opposition of a tyrant and a dictator. However, going into bed with him and betraying your spouse says a lot. She was in a long-term relationship. A sort of marriage, but she’s now divorcing and getting a new hubby. The one hubby she said she was never interested in and was the opposite of what attracted her. Still, she has now left the old love behind for the new flame.

I understand if that hurts some and feel torn about her decision. However, don’t expect a beautiful love-child and a fascinating romance. What you should expect is someone who will work tirelessly to prove herself for her new lover. While sometimes throwing stings at her ex. That is to come. Especially, when the leaders of FDC will speak their minds about the ruling regime. Peace.

Opinion: Ssemujju is clearly not that bright

On the 24th May 2021 Jacob Oulanyah was voted in as the Speaker of the 11th Parliament with the incumbent Rebecca Kadaga becoming the first loser. The second loser of the vote in the plenary session was Forum for Democratic Change own MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda. What is striking is that Ssemujju is going hardball on the National Unity Platform MPs for not supporting his case. That where I will play and deliberate my peace, because this is going nowhere.

Until now, I have had a feeling that MP Ssemujju was bright, but the light-bulb isn’t that shiny anymore. His going after the NUPs MPs votes for Kadaga. Instead of even looking first at his own home. He should look at his fellow party MPs who betrayed him first. If FDC is such a strong and independent machine as it has claimed for years. Why are there so little loyalty for him?

He got 15 votes out of 32 MPs. The MP lost 17 MPs from his own party. That should hurt him. These FDC MPs rather vote for a NRM MP for speaker than for him. Ssemujju should keeps his ducks in a row and speak to the leadership of FDC. He needs to settle the score at Najjakumbi and maybe hold a prayer. Since his current prayers haven’t been answered.

That his targeting the NUP is childish. The 57 MPs are free to act as they see fit or after the strategy of which the party has decided. The NUP have tried to be cordial and work with the FDC before the first plenary session. However, the FDC didn’t want to meet.

While several of FDC MPs have gone after the NUP before hand. They are now targeting the NUP again. It is like a war of hogwash where Ssemujju is following Nandala-Mafabi and Salaamu Musumba. Therefore, why should NUP shield and support a party who is speaking ill of them?

The FDC is no difference to NRM at this point. The NUP might have voted for Kadaga in spite. However, that was in their interest and their choice. That Ssemujju was the only real “opposition” candidate. His still not a uniting figure or a voice of reason here. He cannot even galvanize the FDC behind him. Why should the NUP break their back for him? Why?

The FDC hasn’t been co-operative and in favour of joint ventures since 2011s Inter-Party Coalition (IPC). They haven’t really been sincere and dropped righteously out of The Democratic Alliance (TDA). Neither was there any sense or work within the United Forces for Change (UFC). The UFC didn’t even do anything in regards to the 2021 elections. It was a document and presser between Bobi Wine and Besigye. However, it was a wasted opportunity.

This is nothing new, but it is a pattern. The FDC is really attacking the NUP. The newcomer who has taken their place. It is like its an unfavourable position to get into. The FDC had no issues being the big-shot over the Democratic Party (DP) and Uganda People’s Congress (UPC). Now the biggest opposition party happens to be the NUP. Alas, that not counting all the independent MPs who can lean where-ever way they feel is right at any moment. The independents are the biggest party except for the NRM, but still the NUP is the one counted. That says a lot.

The FDC wants to be the governing party and be the big-men in Parliament. That is understandable. They have fought, fought and not gotten any real credit. That is understandable. It is reasonable that they want money, power and respect. However, that is given and not taken. The FDC should act with more sense.

Ssemujju should be more wise than this. He should know that the NUP can do whatever they feel. Even if it is foolish, obnoxious or not making sense. He should have his mind correct here. The FDC MP should speak of his own before going after the NUP.

Ssemujju should write his first passages of a prayer before going on national TV. The sermon should be scheduled and be delivered. He should summon the FDC Pastor and get the reverend to hymn in.

Just like I told Nambooze was wrong the other day, because she wanted Ssemujju to warn everyone else about his candidacy. Well, Ssemujju should first alert his party, before having talks with others ahead of the vote. There been enough trouble in the waters in the stages ahead of the polls. That is proven now in the aftermath.

Nevertheless, the FDC seems to be on a warpath and on the barricades. They are doing that instead of being humble. The FDC could show courage and greatness to the 11th Parliament. Instead they are showing entitlement. For a party that has fought. I would think they would be happy to see a new generation coming in and a new party rising up. Instead, they are directly assaulting it.

Ssemujju could get allies and partners within the NUP. However, by acting like this. Why would they work with him? When his not addressing the lost boys or lost causes within his own party? That’s where he should start. After that maybe cordial address the matter and what happened.

Ssemujju should know this and would expect that of others. Not just go all out and trying to mock the NUP. That is to be anticipated by the NRM and their handlers. They are mocking for voting a NRM candidate (Kadaga). That is righteous to do, but Ssemujju needs figure his way. He should know better, but that’s too much to ask.

It is clearly easier to cane the new kid on the block. Going out kicking and screaming, instead of speaking ill of your own. Ssemujju do yourself a favour and stop. This is amounting to nothing. There is nothing to win here. You were the second loser and there is no way to turn the tables around. Even with 57 more votes, you wouldn’t have more than about 70 voters. Which would still be pointless. So, what was there to gain for the NUP?

Would they have a friendly face in the press? Or would you think some more independents throwing their ballots your way?

I doubt it, you would cause a fit no matter what. Ssemujju isn’t looking smart, but acting a fool. You can do better, but clearly that’s too much to ask. Peace.