Opinion: The EC is trying to pull a trick

The Electoral Commission Commissioner Simon Byabakama written a letter called “Re: Alleged Blocking and Disrupting Scheduled Candidates’ Campaign Meetings’ the Inspector General of Police Okoth-Ochola today on the 26th November 2020.

This letter is supposed to get the directions and reasoning behind the blocked rallies, campaign meetings and so fourth. However, we all know that Uganda Police Force, Uganda People’s Defence Force, Special Force Command, Internal Security Organization and so fourth will not cease their operations. Just because a letter like this.

The matters are coming from high above and this is only happening to shield the pain. The Police Force and the other law enforcement will not cease their activities. They will pursuit the same means and shut down venues. They will block radio appearances and so fourth. These folk will block the roads and districts too. On the orders from the various of authorities and local leaders like RDCs and RPCs.

That is why this letter will not be taken serious. The opposition candidates will still meet the same authorities today, tomorrow and beyond the polls. This letter is a smoke-screen. A way of showing grace and humility. However, it will not mount to anything.

It is not like the Police Force will stop or any other law enforcement. Not even the army or its outfits will not stop their activities. The letter from the Electoral Commission will not stop it. The police brutality and the extra judicial killings will not stop. The state will still make the supporters, bystanders and innocent civilians get caught in the cross-fire or stray bullets. There will be more tragedies ahead of the January 2021.

To think otherwise at this point is naive. The IGP and EC Commissioner will not change that. They are working on orders and command from the high above. These folks cannot stop their duty to serve the State House. That is what they are doing.

That is why I have no faith in this letter. IGP Okoth-Ochola will not change it. Neither will army commanders change their ways. It is not happening. Let me repeat, it is not happening. Peace.

Opinion: Museveni seems to forget the role of a viable opposition [colour me not suprised]

There is no opposition in Uganda I can’t defeat because they have no logic. What are they opposing? There is no ground for opposition in any part of Uganda. They are discredited. They have no track record of what they have done on national issues”Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on the 25th November 2020

The role of a functioning opposition in a democracy is to check the government and keep their powers accountable. Their main duty is usually to criticise and critique the policies of the government. Put forward legislation to counter the governments own policy and get the press to report about it. Question and check the budget, the use of expenditure and criticise the government during plenary session in Parliament. These are the main things a function opposition should do.

That is the role of the UPC, DP, FDC, JEEMA and NUP who are the main parties in the Republic. The President talks of them like they are supposed to deliver on things. No, they are not in government, but in opposition. These are not the ones that needs be held to account. They are the ones that’s keeping you in check and order.

It is weird that the President of 35 years. A man who has served in politics in various of positions since he was a part of the Military Council in the late 1970s. Doesn’t have the mental stimuli to get the daft idea of what the opposition does.

There will always be grounds for opposition for any government. People will always disagree. Some wants chocolate- and others wants vanilla ice-cream. No sensible person doesn’t see that. We know that Museveni never wanted a Multi-Party democracy and only did it to get more donor aid. He wouldn’t have held two referendums, if there wasn’t external pressure. The old man would prefer everything being in-house and ordered beneath him.

That is why his talking like this. In a manner, which is very futile and make him sound deluded. Like he doesn’t know what the opposition is supposed to do. They are not supposed to be “Yes-Men”. That for his appointees and cadres within his own party.

What are they supposed to do? They are not governing! You are Mr. President, that’s why they are wondering about your “classified expenditure” and the massive budgets for security or ministry of Defence. However, there isn’t enough funds for local government or education. Still, you say they are discredited, Because they are not following your correct line. That is the reality.

You want everyone to be blind as bat and follow you without questioning your reign. Then they would fine to exist and be there. However, that is not their role and you got to keep up with it.

And if you can’t handle that. Do yourself a favour old man and retire. Which you promised several of times to by now. I will not have more than two terms and I will retire by the age of 75. Nevertheless, you never did and your promises is worthless. Just like your manifestos and pledges. Recycled ideas with no grounds for development. Only for your cronies and cadres within a small elite who eat it all. While the public only gets scraps. Peace.

Opinion: NRM lacks 336 billion shillings for Village Radios

The government plan for long-distance learning through the provision of the 9 million radios sets is on course, the money is available and those radios will be provided” Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (20.09.2020).

In the upcoming Budget Supplementary No. 3 of the Financial Year of 2020/2021. In the 19th edition of the COVID-19 Speeches this year on the 20th September 2020. In the supplementary budget however, they are stating the troubles with both the procurement and the timeline of offering the village radios to the general public.

First of Orion Transformers & Electrics, the producer doesn’t even make radios of yet. They are making electrical transformers. The company needs a lot of training to shift their production. It will take up to 6 months before starting the production at OTE. The planning from Ministry of Education is already have an impossible timeline. As the state is supposed to be able to give 2 million radios in January 2021 and February 2021. So, that the radio learning program can start in March 2021. However, that is impossible, as we are in November 2020 and with the timeline of 6 months means OTE could earliest start production in May 2021. Which means the whole project is futile.

The other things is that this would cost 336.8 billion shillings to make the radios locally. The Ministry have also found no funds to make it possible to procure the radios. This means, the whole thing is impossible. Just like everyone of us said in September after the promise was made by the President.

A big big promise, but no execution or idea on how to actually do it. The only way the Government of Uganda could have made it happen. Was if they we’re able to get some of the United Nations Organizations hooked on the idea and they are covering the funds for the procurement. After that their logistics and such are able to transfer the radios across the Republic. That would be imported goods or radios. Not Build Uganda Buy Ugandan (BUBU). Still, it would benefit the general public and the needs for long distance learning. Which was the idea in the first place.

Just that the Supplementary Budget had the post in the paper shows how much work they put into this foolish enterprise. As everyone knew it wouldn’t stick. The government wouldn’t have the funds or capabilities to handle this. They are still lacking funds to keep old promises and funds to cover those as well.

The GoU with the NRM at the helm isn’t ready for this sort of affair. It is just to much work and needs a team who knows logistics, electronics and has the capability to use funds wisely. Not just handpick one company and hope they can solve the whole issue.

It is easily to see that this was bound to fail. The whole promise was empty hubris with no sort of idea how to implement it. The President wanted to talk big-game, but have no cards on his hands to win. Therefore, he hope the bluff would work. However, we all should see how his failing and how his government is pathetic.

Instead of promising within its means and acting fiscal responsible. The Presidential idea of greatness isn’t working. That is why this was bound to fail… Village radios won’t happen on the government dime. They will not invest and neither act upon it. These folk cannot manage it or have the funds to pay the engineers and technicians to fix it. Peace.

Opinion: This is what Museveni didn’t learn from the assassination of Rev. Luwum

During the last week there was protests and riots in the Republic after the authorities arrested Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine in Luuka District on Thursday 19th November 2020. These demonstrations has cost over 50 people’s lives and more than 100 people injured.

The President and his party National Resistance Movement (NRM) haven’t acted righteous towards the dead, neither have shown any sorrow for all the deceased these days. Bobi Wine did after his release from Nalufenya Police Station. Show some concern and later hold a presser where he mourned the victims of the protests. That is more than what the government and the authorities did. Which has come with a lot of conspiracy and hoax to cover-up their actions towards the citizens.

This remind us about what former President Idi Amin Dada did to Reverend Janani Luwum assassination and how the state played that out. The state is repeating the sins of these acts. An government ironically claiming to be different then the ones running the governments in the past. However, it copies the lack of remorse and the active conspiracies without evidence to haunt for “criminals”.

President Museveni is repeating sins of the past. It is not a sign of strength … but of weakness. A sign that the Fundamental Change, which never appeared. As the state could again easily take lives, but don’t account or even care about the loss. Only finding others to pinned for their deaths. Instead of taking some responsibility for using soldiers, armed men in plained cloths and law enforcement shooting at civilians during the riots. Which in the end … caused the loss of a lot of lives and injured a lot more.

In 1977:

Washington Post Reported:

The prodecessor of the Anglican archbishop who died last week in Uganda said yesterday he has evidence that the archbishop. Janani Luwum, was shot to death, not killed in an automobile crash as Ugandan President Idi Amin has said” (…) “Amin’s message said he would welcome a delegation from any government to investigate the situation in Uganda. He said the country was calm after surviving a “dangerous situation” during which armed raiders entered the country” (Washington Post – ‘British Bishop Says Ugandan Was Murdered’ 22.02.1977).

New York Times Reported:

The turbulence, according to reports from refugees, has included the purging from the army of more than 2,000 members of these tribes, the power base of former President Milton Obote, whom Field Marshal Idi Amin overthrew six years ago. According to President Amin, the unrest has consisted of brief mutinies in the last few days by tribesmen in the army and also a coup attempt plotted by the late Anglican Archbishop, Janani Luwum, and others. The Archbishop, an Acholi, was officially said to have died in a car accident Feb. 16, but churchmen and others have charged that he was murdered. The church sources said that the campaign against churchmen and Lango and Acholi tribes began on Jan. 25, the sixth anniversary of Field Marshal Amin’s coup against President. Obote. Tribesmen were arrested, the sources said, and Christian churchmen interrogated” (Michael T. Kaufman – ‘(Churchmen Say Amin Is Carrying Out Drive Against 2 Uganda Tribes)’ 25.02.1977, The New York Times).

In 2020:

““Some of these groups are being used by outsiders, homosexuals, and others who don’t like the stability and independence of Uganda, but they will discover what they are looking for,” Museveni said. Museveni said those who started riots will ‘regret” because they are entering a terrain that is reserved for the NRM government” (Crispus Mugisha – ‘Museveni attacks homosexuals, foreign groups, says they are sponsoring opposition protests’ 20.11.2020, Nile Post)

In a statement signed by the deputy spokesperson of the UPDF Lt. Col Deo Akiiki, the UPDF last week noted, “Following the lawlessness that broke out following the arrest by police of NUP (National Unity Platform) leader and credible intelligence about groups and individuals planning to plunge the country into chaos, UPDF will carry out extensive pre-emptive and decisive operations to deal with planned and premeditated designs of criminal elements.”” (Conan Businge – ‘Police steps up operations over riots, looting’ 23.11.2020, New Vision).

End note:

This is tragic that we are repeating ourselves. That history is repeated. Especially by someone like President Museveni who has history lessons on live performances all the time. The President uses so much of the speech to remind what he brought since 1986. The peace, the change and such.

However, what value has that peace, if you can die without any accountability and anyone taking responsibility? What value has life in the Republic if you can die, just for protesting for the leader you believe in?

The President should answer that, as he can so easily say he will crash and destroy others. Incite violence himself and use law enforcement for his own gains. However, these authorities are supposed to shield the citizens from people who actually kill and steal. They are not the ones who are supposed to be violating these law and committing these crimes in broad-daylight.

The UPDF and UPF are using conspiracies. The same does the President without proof. The UPF coming with shoddy investigations and cannot hold water. The UPF will not look at the Police Officers killing civilians and neither will the army.

The rioters was supposed to plunge the Republic into chaos in 2020. Just like the Reverend was supposed to do a coup d’etat against Amin. None of that would happen, but the authorities in both times wants to make true.

The NRM is not acting any different than Amin. That says a lot. This shows again how the whole Bush-War was wasted and a false liberation. Peace.

Opinion: Mr. Museveni you have achieved to keep the Republic poor

You may say it is politics but politics without God is failure and God commands us to accept the truth. If you see people who can’t accept facts you feel sorry for them”Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Saturday 21st November 2020

I know this is a story, which you will never tell or any of your apologists. You easily take credit for small treats and achievements. Like they are so magnificent. However, deep inside your heart and mind. You know you have failed. Because, all the issues that was there when you came to office. Is there now, but the difference is that you let it happen.

You can speak game of numbers, but we all know the fact. If it wasn’t for donor money or loans. The Government of Uganda would struggle to run. Since, the tax-base is bare minimum and the average citizen isn’t benefiting from your reign. They are still living in poverty, in a gig-economy and living hand-to-mouth. That is something you cannot deny, but you will deflect that.

The state is living in infamy. You are seeking another term. Your 8 term and has little to show from it. Other than an excessive patronage, a cult following and tribal appointments within the armed forces. Your government is corrupt, the deals with investors and back-channels is done in secrecy and God knows how much your earning on every transaction. Therefore, the truth is dire and a truth you will never reveal.

The county is running in a cycle of debt. As you are issuing new loans to cover the old ones. Which will be a bill for the future generations to pay. Who knows of the oil money will even be able to spend, as the state as has cough up dough to pay creditors with interests. If not sell assets and lose enterprises and infrastructure that is generating income to cover the collateral damage.

You want to speak well about a few roads and bridges. That is because the education, the economy and everything is tired. It is in fatigue, the state cannot even pay salaries for most of its civil servants in November and December. Still, you are speaking of achievements. Mr. President, you cannot even stomach the basics. How dare you expect the opposition to glorify you?

The government who was supposed to deliver radios, food and other supplies during the lockdowns, but bearly did that. Only a few small runs of supplies and then it couldn’t stomach it. That just shows how much the governments or are capable of delivering to the ones in need. The only way the public could have gotten it during lockdown would be if a UN Organization or NGOs went together with donors to spread the needed food and goods. Alas, that didn’t happen, because the state doesn’t have the capability or ability to this. Not even after 35 years governing, having Disaster Preparedness and Management under the office of the Prime Minister.

Now NRM has been here for 34 years and so much has been achieved. The changes and stability we have had must have a reason behind it” – Museveni, 21.11.2020

Mr. President you can speak of stability, but a stability for who? For you it has been stable. You have gotten planes, choppers, military outfits and eaten of the government plate. However, the public isn’t feeling that. A small elite is eating with you and cheering you on. Nevertheless, the majority of the general public is hurting. While you want to credit for their steady hurt and your schemes aren’t working.

We know you and your party is the reason behind it. A party and president that is living on the poverty of others. Using it to get donors, but not building institutions strong enough to shelter and make it possible to come out of it. Because, if they did and became like that. They wouldn’t need your leadership and wouldn’t be forced to subscribe to your message. Alas, that is default setting you have put in place. As long as this game continues. As long as you can be the Lord of Poverty. There will be no real substantial change. Only a few nice glossy stories. However, the reality will remain the same.

If you would have achieved something. Then you wouldn’t need to borrow money to build roads after 30 years in office. No, you would have created a bigger market and opportunities for the general public. Which had created the tax-base to actually pay for these roads. Alas, that you haven’t created or made possible.

It seems like you never intended too. As you are more concern with your pocket, than with the pockets of others. Peace.

Opinion: Museveni “owns” the airwaves

The ones who believes the campaigns or the rallies or anything associated with the 2021 General Elections will be free and fair? Who are we kidding here. The National Association of Broadcasters sent a letter to the Uganda Communication Commission on the 20th November 2020 because of the announcement of a National Address every Sunday by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Therefore, announcing that he would have the whole broadcast and all channels with his speeches.

The letter from NAB is fine by itself. However, it will not amount to anything. The ideals behind is fine. Nevertheless, the system is for Museveni and Museveni alone. To think otherwise in 2020 is naive. The UCC and Radio Stations have been cut mid-broadcast because an opposition candidate is speaking. Radios have blocked and not been allowed to air opposition candidates. Secondly, the UCC have sent out Memo’s warning people for having Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine on air. Therefore, this enterprise futile.

NAB means well and the ideal is good. Still, we know it won’t amount to anything. The UCC and the other authorities will digress and configure, mellow the reason and find a short-cut to make sound reasonable. When we all know that this is only to batter his message. No matter if it is profound, sincere or real at all.

Museveni and the National Resistance Movement aren’t even trying to play fair. They are not even faking fairness in campaigns. They are upper blocking, rigging and ensuring the opposition doesn’t have the abilities or the option to campaign like they do. The President can smile and grin. He can be all hospitable. While his law enforcement and soldiers are killing people in the streets. Therefore, the man that doesn’t bat an eye over the deaths.

Do you think he will care about fairness in the media and in publications?

This man will use all tools. No matter what. The man will use force, take the opportunity and have long speeches. He had the COVID-19 speeches. Several of them. Actually, he had around 20 of them. It was a running series. The old man miss it so much. That he has to reinvent it.

The lectures of old. The fear and intimidation, every single Sunday. The old man will be on the screens, on the radios and online. Speaking his ruthless and reckless behaviour. Expecting to be honoured like a Statesman, but acting like mobster. He easily get hostile and grabs the guns. So, don’t expect positive messaging.

The man need to show that he has the guns, the authorities and the total power. Yes, he does “own” the airwaves. However, he doesn’t own people’s mind. This is why we don’t have to listen. Don’t even have to turn it on. Just let it all go. He has said everything before… it is recycling and repetition. The boring lecturer that makes you fall asleep in class. That is the sort of affair and the spectacle his serving. Only his minions will sprinkle some additional spices and call it feast. Even when know its not worthy the price.

The old man would be better just being on the campaign trail and being amongst his own. Instead, of spewing garbage every Sunday. However, the broadcasters has no choice. Because, if they defy the man. He will revoke their license and their doors will be bolted shut. That is the game he plays and he doesn’t care. Peace.

6 Briefcase parties supports Museveni

Under the “six friendly political parties” alliance, the leaders told journalists in Kampala that the decision to back the NRM candidate was not for selfish financial gains as they may be perceived, but to ensure their own growth. The political parties are; the Liberal Democratic Transparency (LDT), Revolutionary People’s Party (RPP), People’s United Movement (PUM), National Peasants’ Party (NPP), Green Partisan Party (GPP) and Society for Peace and Development (SDP)” (Nelson Kiva – ‘Opposition parties back Museveni’ 20.11.2020, New Vision).

In the midst of riots and demonstrations, the state and ruling regime needs to show that it has support from a wide spectrum of people. This is why the New Vision came with an article showing that six parties are under the banner of the President. That is done to show solidarity to the project of the President.

The ones taking serious… well, it is not a big deal. Mukasa Zaidi of LDT , if you wonder who he is. Well, your not alone. The party is most known for using AL-Hajji Nasser Ntege Sebaggala as the Presidential Candidate in 2016. Other than that … I cannot think of anything it has done.

The same can be said RPP’s Kaswabuli Joshua Clinton who started the party in 2014 to oust Museveni. Now 6 years later is supporting the man they supposed work against. Ironic, right?

After that you PUM’s Shadrack Ogemba is supporting Museveni this year, but that’s not something. Since, the party haven’t fielded an Presidential Candidate ever. As even back to 2006 they went behind the President and his camapaign.

Also, the NPP who was registered in 2004 and is represented with Segujja Wamala. NPP is like PUM who has supported the President since 2006. Not really been established or done anything significant.

You have GPP and Sentongo Muzafalu who was registered in 2010. If you haven’t heard about the party. I don’t blame you. It is a fringes and has nearly no wordings anywhere. So, throwing behind the President now. Makes sense… as they are not really anywhere.

Last party is the SDP who is the represented by Charles Adiaka. Who was registered in 2006. There is really nothing to mention about this party either.

So, when you see the NRM celebrates these ones. You know its all brief-case parties. It is not worthy of your time. It is really nothing to celebrate. These parties have no real structure or fan-base, supporters or people behind them. They are less relevant than many of the Presidential Candidates who runs as Independents. That says it all. Peace.

The Correct Way: Museveni’s crudeness towards Mbabazi

If you want to lead people for a long time, never eat when they (followers) have not eaten. My experience is that if you eat alone, it is very risky. I managed to destroy Mbabazi in 2016 that way. He went and gave money to some leaders and I got the information. I went and told their followers that these people have gotten money and are eating it alone. That was the end of Mbabazi. Be careful on that line. The correct way is you to be part of your people” Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to NRM Youth Leaders in Kitgum (17.11.2020)

Now that there is stories out that Amama Mbabazi might return back to National Resistance Movement (NRM). As the President is able to retain on the Most Valuable Players (MVP) at the party. He also have to nurture his brilliance and his schemes. This by sowing his manipulation and his utter wisdom.

This here will fall flat within the headlines, as they will focus on the sheer brutality on the opposition. Rightfully so, as the numbers of deceased is rising and the amounts of injured as well. Therefore, this story in hindsight is small, but proves a very important thing.

President Museveni is not only gathering direct intelligence on his opponents. Using that intelligence to get a upper-hand. He does that to crush them. Something he has promised. Ahead of 2016. Amama Mbabazi had the Pressure Group of Go Forward and was the Presidential Candidate in the Opposition Coalition – The Democratic Alliance (TDA). However, that all fall flat and he didn’t create a huge spark.

Still, Mbabazi was seen as wise man and a leader who was capable of organizing and getting things done. That is why Museveni have trusted him countless of times and been a loyal cadre through thick and thin. Until, he jumped ship. Tried to aim for the throne and got kicked out. Therefore, running as an independent.

What we are seeing though. Is interesting as this is what he surely have tried to do elsewhere as well. Surely, he has tried to hook-up and ensure loyalty by feeding some FDC sympathizers and activists. Now, his surely trying to inflict damage and hurt the campaign of Bobi Wine. Just like he has taken away Ashburg Katto, Jenifer Full Figure and others who was associated with People Power. Sure that was in the same way he did with Go Forward. However, it didn’t work out with Bobi Wine. It didn’t cause so much harm. Since the idea and the organization was more vital, than the Presidency maybe has anticipated.

The way Museveni speaks of Mbabazi shows that he believes he can pay everyone off. That he can pay the ones he need and they will loose. This is the long-con. That he can pay-off individuals and destroy campaigns and parties. The President can infiltrate and create a self-destruction from within, because of the common greed. That is why he wants to ensure everyone eats.

This is very telling. A very simple story. Not a beautiful one. Neither, a proof of good leadership. But a self help book to cronies and patronage. This is not proper guidance of a leader. It proves his conning ways. This here is a lesson on how he uses people and tricks their followers to change their ways. Peace.

Opinion: Museveni celebrates mediocrity in Gulu

NRM has done its work well. Talk about it proudly. We had shortages of sugar, soap, beer, sodas, cement and all other essential goods. Today we are talking of surplus of all those and our problem is marketing them. How can you say NRM has done nothing when shops are full of products?(manufactured here)” Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in Gulu (16.11.2020)

For being a man of so many promises, pledges, programs and development schemes. Him celebrating that there is goods in the shops and filled with localized products. Like that shows the growth, the greatness and the affirm leadership under him. That is just like Mwenda counting cars. It is the same sort of empty, wokoloso “hot-air” argument.

Banage, bambi… I would think a President of 35 years would have more to give. That a man who has run a Republic since 1986 would have more than soap, sugar and cement. If that was the industrial enterprises he would have offered. The man should surely have privatized most businesses, stopped the government control of produce and also industries themselves. This to get foreign investors, but also to get a hand in the pocket in any business deal there is. Therefore, to celebrate that shops has products is just weak tea.

The President could have said that he delivered things, but saying he brought maize flour and rice to the shops isn’t great, but expected. That the shops has air-time, bottled Rwenzori Water and Garden Tea shouldn’t be seen as superior, but that is normal trading. This isn’t something to scream of joy.

To celebrate this … is to celebrate bear-minimum and nothing else. It is like celebrating that people aren’t starving and are able to have nutritious diets. That should also be ensured and that nobody goes hungry. People should have food, shelter and water. Also, the opportunity to work and able to assemble political, religiously and get entertained, if possible. Therefore, to celebrate that there are units of goods in the stores isn’t a sign of a victor.

That is mediocrity. That is just not it. If that is what he says is good governing. He has lost the plot and lost his mind. This is not it. Unless, he wants to skate between the various of state lodges and State Houses to chill. That makes sense, because if his a lazy bugger in his advanced age. I don’t blame him. The man should have been retired already, just like the average civil servant. However, this man thinks his special.

Even if his offerings and his time in office hasn’t delivered. If having a Coke and Pepsi is a sign of what he has achieved. He surely have achieved little to nothing. The man should aim better and should have delivered much greater to the public. Especially considering the years and time he has had. Alas, that hasn’t been the priority, but everything else has been.

The President cannot bash himself in glory over this. That just shows his fatigue and his lack of concern of the people. He is just going through the motions and hope nobody breaks things down.

Well, what else could we expect? It is not like he has built a grand empire or a legacy worth a damn. No, it is all a game of longevity and surviving in power. It is not about delivery and being the best statesman ever. That ship has sailed and he gave up on that. The Self-Styled President for Life wouldn’t share, but prefer to eat all by himself. Peace.

Foreign Corrospondents’ Association of Uganda (FCAU) letter to Minister Judith Nabakooba – Re: Threats and Attacks on International Journalists (16.11.2020)