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UNSC: Security Council Press Statement on Sudan (21.08.2019)

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Opinion: The fall of Evelyn Anite

She had it all, she was a golden child of the President, the former radio presenter from Koboko, who became the Youth Representative MP for the Northern Uganda in 2011 and became the incumbent winner in 2016. Evelyn Anite in her second term became also a State Minister for Investment & Privatization. Where she has now shown force, but maybe she’s aiming to high, a bit to fast.

That is why the recent months, she has both expressed pressure on the clean-up for ownership, audit of and transparency surrounding Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL). A company the government had sold to Libyan owners, but had to re-corporate and restructure after the fall of Gadaffi. Now, this has turned a bitter pill for the loyal subject and minister. She has lashed out and said the mafia is out after her.

Certainly, she has ruffed some feathers, she has questioned some big-men, which will not accept to be hassled with. Anite has with her quest to clear the slate of the UTL, she has surely gone into the hidden secrets within the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the government itself. Where she should have stayed away. As the ones who does that, is the likes of Muhammad Kirumira, Andrew Felix Kaweesi and so on.

They did all say similar things like Anite. They were on the rise and was also saying there would be a moment of silence, if you pushed the forces of power in the Republic. That is what Anite now is stating too. She calls it a mafia running the government, that means she is directly a part of racket herself. Meaning, it was cool, when she was a “made man” within it, until she crossed within the boundaries and codes within the mafia. This is what it seems, because, why else would she blast and rant like this in the public?

Anite is now going far, but sounding more like the opposition, than someone who is government. She could be mixed with Besigye or Bobi Wine in this matter. There is similarities in the usage of words. Because, the tale of going after the walking dead within the UTL is to costly. That the NRM doesn’t want to show the dark-side of the business and how its done. This is why, she suddenly shouldn’t continue to pursuit it.

Anite is therefore, receiving the hardship, which is usually intended on the dissidents and not the ones whose loyal to the projects of the President and his cronies. Evelyn though she was made and part of the inner-circle. Instead, she has crossed a path, which the NRM doesn’t accept. That is why Ante is in trouble and shouts out so loud.

Instead of winning, she’s continue to loose. Anite isn’t succeeding …. she is failing and not finding her way out of the trouble that she has put herself in. She could have let it all go, because this is more a ego-boost and to prove her place within the hierarchy.

She was a soldier, a loyal subject and a “made-man” but not one of them. An outsider, who got a big position. Now she is afraid of the enforcers, as the confidants and the consigliere advice behind closed chambers, maybe has aimed at her. Because, she broken a secret code and added pressure on something she shouldn’t have.

That is why she has fallen, why she’s trailing. She hasn’t resigned or even backed away from the mafia. She’s still there and trying to get through. But will she? Will she end up like others whose been taken out or is she another Abiriga in the waiting?

We don’t know, but she surely has fallen from the pedestal and is now a commoner with a fancy title. Peace.

Chief Justice Inaugurates Taskforce on Corruption (19.08.2019)

Sudan: A long journey ahead, even with the signed agreement

I want to be hopeful and see the best results, as the Transitional Military Council and the Forces for Freedom the Declaration of Change (FFC) signed a constitutional agreement. Which entails stipulated codes, power-sharing and timeline for a possible peaceful transition post Omar Al-Bashir.

However, the generals and warlords of the military, the ones who has been the henchmen of the 30 year old dictatorship still lingers in power. They will still have seats and command authority in the Sovereign Council. This being the likes of Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo aka Hemiti. The man whose been in-charge of Janjaweed or the Rapid Support Force. Which is known for its brutality and senseless killings in several of states in Sudan. Therefore, with the likes of him around, he will surely not give way easy to any civilian.

That’s why I am afraid that the ones in the TMC and the ones whose close allies to Al-Bashir, see this transition period and this temporary council as a bargain-chip, also the key thing. It buying time and legitimacy. As the African Union, European Union, Arabian allies and others are supporting the Constitutional Declaration and the transitional period. Without any consequences to the old guard, that did all the shady work for the previous leader. They get away with it, without even costing them anything.

So, yesterday was the signing, the handshakes, the beautiful speeches and the glimmers of hope. What time will show, if these people actually will usher in civilian rule or configure ways to takeover. The generals, the warlords of the TMC will surely use all their tricks in their possession to get the upper-hand. It would be shocking if otherwise.

Let me be clear, I hope for peace and civilian rule, where the justice prevails, where the liberty and freedom of the citizens are there. I really do, but with certain elements still lingering around. I am not sure if they want that to succeed. Because, that initially means they will loose power and have to listen to civilians telling them how to move. I am not sure if they want to shaken by them or even questioned by them. Especially, since they been allowed by previous leadership to roam around without any fear or intimidation. As long as they are loyal to the President.

That is why I am worried and hopeful. I hope for a better tomorrow. A place within the timeline of the agreement. That military becomes a tool of securing the territory and not a tool of oppression. I hope that the allies in the FFC with other units of civilian organizations gets the opportunity to run a civilian run government. However, that is a long-shot, it is built in the hope, that the henchmen and the warlords, actually stick this to agreement. That is what I am not so certain about, but I hope I am wrong. Peace.

Opinion: Yoweri, isn’t it weird that a “fresher” could afford of to buy a farm?

If my memory servers me correctly, the year of 1967. President Yoweri Kagute Museveni started his studies in Dar Es Salaam, in the United Republic of Tanzania. Me as a student myself, wasn’t right nor wealthy. Unless, you had some relatives donating you a farm or giving you land.

However, you say as a new student and as a youth. Your where capable of buying a farm. Sorry, brother, but I am not buying it.

Horan Nsubuga is saying my clansmen have grown wealthy by stealing and not by engaging in wealth creation through commercial agriculture, industry, services, ICT. Mr. Nsubuga, I bought Rwakitura in 1967. Whose money could I have stolen then? What power did I have” – Yoweri Kagtua Museveni (17.08.2019).

One thing not adding up:

His new palatial home at Rwakitura is seen as his castle. And he certainly treats it like one. He makes a point of inviting foreign royalty, while they are visiting Uganda, to meet him there” (GRACE PATRICK KARAMURA – ‘THE INTERPLAY OF CHRISTIANITY, ETHNICITY AND POLITICS IN ANKOLE, UGANDA, 1953-1993’ December 1998).

Hope Kivengere reports: “Kampala — In his article “Paying For Africa’s Presidential Home” (The Monitor, Nov. 27), Abel Munanura wanted to know whether Rwakitura, President Yoweri Museveni’s home, was a state lodge or a state country home like Chequers in Britain or Camp David in the US. He also wanted to know who maintains Rwakitura and who feeds visitors who go there. Munanura also wondered why there is security maintenance at Rwakitura even when the President is not there” (Kiyengere – ‘Uganda: Government owns latrines only in Rwakitura’ 11.12.1999, Daily Monitor).

Secondly after his time at the Dar Es Salaam University, he got the job as Assistant Secretary at Research at the Office of the President, where he joined the General Service Unit, which was a part of the Intelligence Community until the coup of 1971. This means he had the job for briefly over a year from 1970-71, as he studied in Dar from 1967-70. The same time he should have the capacity to pay off the farm. Secondly, he also only had a minor job in the Foreign Affairs, before Obote gave him a better job in 1970 after graduating.

Therefore, with all of this mine, I will debunk this. I don’t see how a student, who got the scholarship thanks to the goodwill of Obote sending letters to Nyerere. Secondly, how he would manage to get the funds to purchase it, while pursuing his studies. Where he started law, but ended up with political science instead.

We only got words, but its all a bit sketchy at best, that a new fresher, a student of Suubi kind get the ability to buy a farm at this time. That’s just me though. Unless he inherited it from his family or grabbed the land. That seems more likely, than a poor student buying a farm. Peace.

Opinion: Will the 64th CPC have a similar aftermath as the CHOGM in 2007?

Now that there is a month or so away from the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Kampala. When the 500 delegates from all the Commonwealth member states are coming to the Republic of Uganda. To be part of conference and work for a week.

By all means, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and its handlers see this a opportunity to spread the good news, to show the grand side of the Republic and its nation. However, why I am writing is that I fear this will be another Commonwealth scandal.

Last time was the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Kampala a few days in November 2007. Which in retrospect was a graft-party for the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and Vice-President Gilbert Bukenya, also Foreign Minister Sam Kuteesa. Who all were implicated in millions of dollars gone missing on tenders and spending on the CHOGM conference that year.

As we know that the same people and organizers were around. The same people running the ministries and having vital roles. We know, that the NRM and its high ranking officials might see a new opportunity to eat. Don’t be shocked if the CPC becomes a modern day CHOGM. It is 12 years apart, but the same President and his party at the helm.

I would not be shocked if the Office of the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Foreign Minister Sam Kuteesa, Gen. Salim Selah and someone implicated in the State House would suddenly misuse allocated funds, which Keith Muhakanizi can explain nor anyone else. They will vanish in a tender, fake tent or even some VIP cars whose never gotten imported through a shell-company owned by high ranking officials. The IGG, Auditor General or Attorney General can implicate any of them, as they cannot find the paperwork, which also happen to go missing. As the state prosecutors doesn’t have enough evidence to produce a case against them. Don’t be shocked, it is just business as usual.

This is just me thinking loud. I wouldn’t be shocked or surprised if the CHOGM scandal in a new version for the CPC would happen. If it appear for us in late 2019 or in 2020 as the revision of budgets, the value of money reports and whatnot. They will reveal that some company, which happens to be in connection with high ranking officials, suddenly have vanished government funds.

Let’s wait and see. I hope I am wrong, but don’t be surprised if suddenly we have modern day version of CHOGM scandal. Don’t be amazed if the 46th CPC suddenly turned into a goldmine for the big-men at the NRM. Peace.

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132 Sub-Counties without Health Centres, that’s a sign of mismanaged priorities (!)

Map from 2016 and there has come some new districts that is not added on this one!

Rt. Hon. Speaker whereas the Ministry of Health policy is to have a functional Health Centre III in every Sub-county / Town Council / Division in a Municipality, the 2017 Master Health Facility List showed that there were 93 Sub-counties / Town Councils / Divisions without any health facility and with the creation of new administrative units the number has increased to 132” (Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng – ‘RE: MINISTERIAL RESPONSE TO THE PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA ON LACK OF HEALTH CENTRE IIIs IN ALL THE THREE DIVISIONS OF NEBBI MUNICIPALITY’ 06.08.2019).

Now its revealed in the statement of the Minister for Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng is deliberately stating, what many was anticipating as a problem, when the administration and regime is cutting the districts into smaller and smaller units. That the pledges and need of more buildings, hired staff and added costs to state will be on overdrive. Especially, when the National Resistance Movement have pledged to have a Health Centre III in every single, Sub-County/Town Council or Division in a Municipality.

Surely, the state have not been able to find the funding, find the raised concerns nor the priorities of this pledge. As the Health Care status is already insignificant compared to what it should be with big population of the Republic. Nevertheless, it doesn’t make it any better, that the new districts, sub-counties and Town Councils doesn’t have the basic health care units needed. This is a sign of weakness and that the state doesn’t have the ability to follow the new jurisdictions and regulations put forward. That is why they have between 2017 and 2019 gone from 93 to 132 without the needed Health Centre III. Which is all-impressive. The numbers are worsening and no remedy in sight.

This is the NRM fault, this is the state fault for using the deliberate politics to split divisions and districts, carve as many as possible. Create new units before every election and trying to configure the same arrangements, as when they had bigger functions and was more manoeuvrable. Now, the NRM cannot even keep up with the scheduled programming and has to cancel stuff, because they cannot pay the suppliers, the costs of buildings and the staff to make it work.

This the reality of the district politics of the NRM. That they are failing, only doing it to give the patronage more funds, not to deliver needed service more locally, if so than the schools and health centres would be going from day-one. Which they are not and won’t be, unless some donors drops some funds its way. Than, the state might build something and later ask for more funding to actually run the place.

That is what they do. Don’t expect that the massive amount of 132 sub-counties without Health Centres III will change things. Unless, there is a godly intervention of epic proportion, that sends the Holy Spirit into the President and his wife. Than, there might be some changes, but unless that happens. Nothing will happen. The rotten core will not be healed over night, it needs a repair and new priorities before add-ons. Peace.

Opinion: Must be boring to fight the same fight for over 3 decades and fail!

The NRM struggled to usher peace in the country. Peace ignited infrastructure development. The remaining task is wealth creation mobilisation at household level. A person with a reasonable piece of land is able to handle any agricultural practice” – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on the 5th August 2019 in Bundibugyo district

If there is anyone who promotes steady progress, must see the last three months as free-fall and as a weakness. The Museveni Wealth Creation Tour, which needed billions upon billions extra paid for, as he opened municipal roads built on donor funds and other projects, which is minor. But big enough for photo-ops.

The President usually came with the same swagger and talking-points, its sort of the same statements, as the citizens will create wealth on small farming with the usage of the right cash-crops. This has been spread to all sorts of initiatives and state sponsored agricultural benefits. Not that they have worked and have failed, one after another. Just like it was meant to be, than the state launches another one battling rural poverty, another donor funded enterprise and gets seedlings, tractors and whatnot to Gulu/Lira. Two years later, the whole cooperation is dead and the President has to come a revive the dead.

This is happening again and again. He comes with small donations, some insignificant changes, promise challenging different. Blames leaders, the Residential District Commanders, the Opposition politicians and even some of the locals ones get caught in the blender too. Until it makes a badly tasting stew, that he serves with a little bit of ignorance of the actual needs. Because, if he had cared about that, the President would have served that a long time ago.

The state has enough schemes, Operation Wealth Creations, NAADs and SACCOs, but none of these is cutting the chase. They are just not up to it and it seems they are there to create a money laundering operation. Because, the state is never up to it and seems to be keen to deliver. They don’t have the needed expertise, the allocations in time or even ordering the right type of crop for the right soil/climate or historical production in that area. It seems something fails, neither the hook or by the crook.

Therefore, it must be boring to scream the same message, that he has spoken of for 3 decades, the message and the promise of greener pasture. The promise, that if you follow me and plant these green seeds, your will grow profits. You grandchildren will eat and they will be able to sell. But we have seen how the state functions.

As the state supported the Soroti Fruit Factory, however, the local farmers produced the right type of fruits, but the factory couldn’t handle the amount and the fruits got wasted. Therefore, the state cannot manage to deliver or even compensate the lost investments of the farmers. Still, he comes around like a King and promises golden roads to heaven. If you follows him.

The same message, that if you grow the right thing as he says, it will pay off. That is his way of fighting poverty. Not educating their kids, not enlighten them with knowledge or skills for the future. No, plant the right type of coffee or sorghum and vote the NRM. This is what the President has spoken of, again and again.

It must be so sad. So brilliantly waste of time. That he speaks of the same, promise the same deliverance from poverty. Pledges the same sort of stories and with the same punchline. And don’t see the foolishness of it. That he has failed, time and time again. The President has had 33 years to fix this. Still, he hasn’t achieved it. His fighting the same fight, as he started in the Bush.

Clearly, the President haven’t managed, haven’t been as visionary or carefully crafting the ministries, the districts, the sub-counties and the agricultural welfare, to be able to follow up, upon the message that he spread since the inception of the NRA. The man of the mustard seed, the man who could conclusively state all the ills of the leadership in Africa. Has clearly lost his touch, his supposed brilliance and uniqueness.

Since, he got to recycle, got to go in circle and never ever win. He has got to use the same methods, the same sort of fight and not winning. Surely, his failed and a giant failure. The peasants are still peasants, they are not middle-class, they cannot afford Benz’s and Lexus, they can barely afford millet and matooki. That is how it is. Utter total failure of policy, of implementation and revision of it.

That can be said, because his track-record says so. If it was working so well, why would he bring the same remedy and same message all-over again? Peace.

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