Opinion: Nothing is more endearing than NRM Rebels!

No matter how you look at it, it is just sweet and cuddly, the ideas of National Resistance Movement (NRM) rebels. They are just a rare breed of people. Their persistence on the ethical backbone, the narrative, that they are fighting a just cause, while still being tied directly to the oppressor. Is just unique, it is just amazing. That they are supposed to be cherished and become so special.

What is always so striking about the rebels in this party, which was based on rebellion and even a bush-war. Is that, they will be hunt down and strike back hard, against the ones that counters party line. It is so novel in their approach. It is deep and the surge usually uses all the tricks in the book. There is nothing left to chance, they are getting demoted, kicked out of the party and sometimes if lucky. If they repent, they can enter again. That is the road ahead, which is far from open to anyone. Who has already crossed the army-fatigued party line.

Why am I writing this? Today and in the coming days, there will be some NRM rebels coming forward for reasons of disloyalty or even trying to gain popularity, as the NRM CEC have endorsed the President. Not that it was a shocker or a misconception that he would run in 2021. It is just that, the NRM rebels would think the process should be done differently and they should have a voice. Not just the highest body in the party delegating whose the main candidate. However, Museveni wouldn’t do that, he leaves nothing to chance when it comes to his livelihood. That is just well known facts and the insiders, these rebels should know it best.

That is why it just seems like a play for the stage, they are just playing out their grievances, like married men who still not being laid. They have to complain and get annoyed, that their wife isn’t doing it anymore. Not that their breath doesn’t stink or their pockets are empty. That the wife is tired after working. No, it is all the wife’s fault, because they have done nothing wrong. The wifey will think otherwise.

It is the same sentiment I get out a NRM rebel. They knew this going in. The main rebel, the resistance captain, the chairman and the supposed liberator is not someone you should challenge. That is known since 1980, because he couldn’t manage to loose, even back then.

Therefore, NRM Rebels might defy, they might resist, even go in with words of fire and fury. However, they knew when they became flag-bearers and honourables, that they would play a secondary role to the Master.

That is why the rebels who went against the abolishment of the Age Limit lost the privilege of the trips to the State House, to be part of the NRM Caucus before the voting of vital bills. Some has been outcast and become “independent” MPs whose sole cause is themselves and own agenda. Even if they still are voting with the NRM on most things. That is why, the rebellions are quickly squashed.

Not only because the NRM rebels are fighting themselves, but because they are needing the pay-check and making their ends meet. They are really trying to figure out ways to get into the fold and kiss the ring. That is why these rebels are so endearing. Because, at one moment, they are defying the king. In the next moment, they are invited to the king and bowing their knees in loyalty. It is just a matter of time.

Unless, they are some resilient fellows, who got balls of steel and is ready to push the envelope. If so, they got some character, but usually, they give way and give in. They just tried to play to the popular stance, but in the end had to give up. They gave up because knew their fight was ill conceived and wouldn’t bear fruits.

That why I salute their hustle, but don’t anticipate a revolution or a true rebellion, because they will in the end. Give way to their master, yet again. Peace.

NRM CEC Retreat Concludes with Directives to Government to Effect Urgent Changes (19.02.2019)

The Forever Young: Jajja Museveni will run again!

Mr. I Never Run Out of Age. Mr. Sunday, Bosco/Bosiko or even Jajja. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is now officially the sole candidate of the National Resistance Movement. Not that is surprising to anyone. Because, Mr. President have been running for highest office since 1980 failed elections and took power by force in 1986. Since then, he has never left. He is officially on his 5 term, but we all know its his 7th and from 2021 – 2026 would be his 8th Term.

Therefore, when the NRM Central Executive Committee resolved, whatever they needed to resolve today. They surely fattened their own pockets or are ensuring someone is paid off. So, that all eyes will be on Mr. President since 1986. The man of the enclave, bottlenecks and forever promising to take the Republic to a First Nation/Middle Income Country. However, never succeed doing so, because him and his cronies are steady eating. If it is breadcrumbs or if it Toyota Prado’s, they are surely taking a mouth full.

That is why this was anticipated, as the NRM Roadmap for 2020-21 have already been launched. The plan for the NRM Primaries are soon put into print and the budgets for the coming time is also put through parliament. As the stages of General Elections and Campaigning is soon arriving.

The Old Man with the Hat has to re-engage and ensure his stamina. That the people inside the party is following his vision, whatever that is at this stage and time. If he goes yellow, mellow or just saying “Hello”. Whatever it is, isn’t trying to succeed the initiated 10 Point Programme, the Vision 2020 or 2040, but something else of his own fan fiction. Because at this point, that is what his plans are.

The President is only working for himself and not for the Republic. The party is filled with stooges and he is only looking for ways to keep people preoccupied or happy. As long as he stays in power, while his son Muhoozi is higher ranking and prepared as final heir. When the old man finally succumb to final destination. Natural death, which seems like the only likely way out of office. If the Ugandans will accept a dynasty, that is time to tell, but at the moment. No one will conquer, the President in an unfair challenge at polls. That is because, everyone is owned and controlled by the puppet master and Commander-in-Chief. The almighty Bosco, the Jajja Bings of Politics and mockery of democracy.

That is Yoweri for you, the one who thinks his supreme and the overlord of the Republic. The man entitled to rule, the one entitled to teach and to lecture, the one whose decree and word is law. The man who uses scriptures and uses medieval tactics against his opposition. There are no hope of a positive or change. Only more self-styled dictatorship and self centred laws in the time ahead.

The NRM CEC gave the public and the world, what it anticipated, because they are blind sheep, whose only destiny was to continue to milk this dying cow. To get the last pieces of milk and hopefully not spoil it.

Congrats Yoseri of Kaguta, you got this one, you carried it, but if it was wise. That is another question. Your apparently not following your own words. As Africa’s Problem was that People Overstay in Power. But these words wasn’t meant for you, but for Mobutu and the likes. You Museveni are supreme and people like shouldn’t address you. However, we do, because the Ugandan people deserves better than you. Peace.

NRM Primaries in 2020 will be like the Resistance Councils election in 1989!

All our politics must be development oriented” Yoweri Kagtua Museveni on 11th April 1989

We know that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) is a big organization and run by the President himself. He has never let his hand out of the cookie jar. Especially now, as the NRM Electoral Commission and the whole NRM are planning their Roadmap for General Elections of 2020/21. However, the President and his CEC has decided that they are copying the LC1 Elections for the Primaries.

Not t that its shocking, as the NRM Primaries of late, has been tragic and so rigged, that even NRM Party Offices gets burned by angry party members. Therefore, the NRM Primaries of the 2015, was even described by Gen. Kahinda Otafiire as a Circus at one point. Surely, because he lost his Primaries. There was so much shocking nonsense happening, that NRM CEC wants the NRM EC to have a easier job and secure the elections being held like kids does when picking their team captain or class-captain. Not for picking candidates as legislators or their representatives. It was done in the recent LC1 Elections in 2018,

What was done in 2018 was ordinary procedure in the 1980s and 1990s, as the people was lining behind the candidate they favoured. Therefore, the NRM is re-issuing the method that was done by the predecessors, instead of ensuring the secret ballot is respected. As they want the peer-pressure to reign in the Republic. So, they can secure the candidates, that the NRM CEC has selected, because no one wants to be foolish standing behind the wrong person.

Report from the NRM CEC:

From their deliberations this Saturday 16th February 2019, the members of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) have agreed to recommend to members and other organs the amendment of the Party Constitution to provide for lining-up as a mode for all internal elections. CEC has also set up a Sub committee to enhance resource mobilisation for the party and its expected to report back to CEC within a period not exceeding one month. The Committe will be chaired by the 1st National Vice Chairman of NRM Hajji Moses Kigongo with the National Treasurer Hon Rose Namayanja Nsereko as its Secretary. Other members on the committe are Hon. Sam Engola (Northern), Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi (Veterans), Hon. Mike Mukula (Eastern), Dr. Robert Rukari (Entreprenuers) and the Deputy National Treasurer Dr. Kenneth Omona” (Rogers Mulindwa – ‘NRM: CEC APPROVES LINING-UP FOR INTERNAL ELECTIONS’ 16.02.2019).

What the NRM are proposing are going back in history, not only doing it like the LC1 Elections in 2018. This is a practice the NRM did the first time in 1989 for the Resistance Councils back-then. Where they we’re lining up behind the candidate of choice. Therefore, the NRM are not moving forward, but moving backwards. They are using techniques and methods of old, instead of innovating or even trying to fulfil the possibility of a secret ballot.

Therefore, the NRM CEC is going for old trick in the NRM Primaries. They are entrusting themselves in old methods. Instead of trying to go digital or even configure the measures of the 2015 Primaries. They are doubting Dr. Tanga Odoi and the whole NRM EC. The NRM CEC is initially saying, the party is not able to run an election as professional or sincere as others. They have to use school-kid, UPE ways of picking the class captain. They are not able to create the environment to ensure the ballots, that is why they are going back to lining up behind their candidate of choice. This is in the end, a way of defeat. Where there isn’t steady progress, but more steady regress, because the NRM Primaries are becoming like the first Resistance Councils was elected in 1989.

That is why Museveni is securing his legacy, that he is showing the world. That instead of going into the future, he is going into his past. Instead of delivering and securing the future, he is just securing himself. The President is more keen on consolidating power and his cronies, than genuinely offering a democratic model. As he has even by this means, scrapped the secret ballot internally within the ruling party. That is how weak his ideas of democracy and his lack of concern of privacy of the voters. As it will be all in the open, instead of being a secret choice.

They will stand upright like school-kids voting for their candidate of choice. Instead of getting the ability to honour their candidate in secrecy. The choice they do will be public, where the possible fear, intimidation and even peer-pressure will be more prominent. As if the NRM selected candidate for the constituency will maybe gain more, than a upcoming candidate, which is not the favourable one. Peace.

The Presidential Handshake lives on!

You would think certain scandals and certain ways of thieving the public funds would be died down. The stories would end and the beneficiary of these scandals want it to go away, as it taints their legacy and remaining words about their time as Public Officials, as Clerics and Civil Servants within the State. However, in the matter of the Presidential Handshake, this whole thing just getting more legs and doesn’t die. It is like the President is proud of his bribing ways and proving a point today.

As the NBS TV reports:

“The High Court in Kampala has issued an interim order stopping the Inspector General of Government (IGG) from investigating and forcing beneficiaries of the 6 billion shillings presidential handshake to refund the money” (…) “The public officials had received the money as a token for their role in the 400-million-dollar Heritage Oil arbitration case which Uganda won” (NBS Television, 13.07.2018).

It is like the whole charade was mocked by the legendary report calling it an ‘error’ but not a crime. To give away public funds to civil servants and public officials, as a handshake after winning a court case. It is like the state doesn’t care about their lack of transparency, as long as the cronies are funded.

My favourite quotes from the report published in May 2017 says:

“This “handshake” expenditure was not budgeted URA activity and therefore, a diversion of the UGX 6 Billion without lawful authority was contrary to the PFMA” (…) “H.E. The President’s approval of this “handshake” was bonafide. However, it was an error of judgement” (…) “That all funds paid out of URA account to the beneficiaries of the “handshake” should be refunded” (…) “The Executive should come up with a Bill within 90 days to regulate and streamline the Presidential Donations Budget” (COSASE, P: 45, 2017).

After my calculation were all well beyong 90 days and nothing fruitful has happen, except now the High Court are saying the non-budgeted and the error of judgement by the President is “okay”. They don’t even have to refund, while there is no bill to regulate or streamline any Presidential Donations Budget, because who would dare to cross the authority of the State House and President at this point of time. No one with a clear mind, who will not end up in prison or lose his or her livelihood.

This is a proof of how little power the Parliament have in the current state, as they cannot even look into or question the Presidential Handshake. They cannot even check into the sudden gifts and donations made by the President. Which is a substantial part of the State House yearly budget.

This isn’t funny, this is a mockery of all the ones paying added taxes and paying for state services, as they are being hold in contempt, where a certain amount of big-men and cronies within the state can eat directly of it, without any consequence. Who knows what else the President misuse funds on, right now? Peace.

Reference:

The Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and the State Enterprises (Cosase) – ‘Report of the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and the State Enterprises (COSASE) on the Investigations into the Circumstances under which the reward of UGX 6 BN was given to 42 Public Officers who participated in the Heritage Oil and Gas Arbitration Case’ (May, 2017)

Uganda: Press Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the UN Decision on Regional Service Center Entebbe (07.07.2018)

The NRM have fixed Butebo and Pallisa District By-Elections before the polls starts!

The newly created district Butebo district out of Pallisa district, where the boundaries was even contested in Parliament before the creation of it in November 2017. Therefore, the coming election for 28th June will be with National Resistance Movement MP Flag-bearer Samuel Keddi. You know the district is poor, when the district itself only have one car, this is owned by Butebo Sub-County District Councilor Gabriel Enyaru. That is why this By-Election is showing how unfavorable the wealth is shared in the Republic.

So, the NRM today came out with Press Release mocking the Opposition for not fielding a candidate, however, that is untrue. With the creation of the Butebo District. Forum for Democratic Change was ready to field their candidates in the district, by they were all disqualified by the Electoral Commission. This was preliminary precaution of the NRM. To secure a victory without any real contest. The biggest losers here is the residents of Butebo and Pallisa, who doesn’t have real competition for their voters for their new District Chairman and Woman MP.

The reason we know this is because: “there is an affidavit certified by URSB and in The Uganda Gazette clarifying on the issue of names but the Mr. Museveni has still insisted on disqualifying the FDC candidate by Monday 18th June 2018” (Harold Kaija, 15.06.2018).

That is why the NRM regime is securing the Butebo MP without really trying and fixing the results before it begins. The NRM is afraid of any real effort. The Bugiri By-Election is already heavy contested and is a worry, combined with the Jinja East, Kyadondo East and Rukungiri By-Elections. The NRM doesn’t want the Butebo District and Pallisa District to become another win for the Opposition. It has been insulting enough. That is why Museveni have ordered the EC to deliver the results on a silver plate. That is why they have also disqualified Pallisa Woman MP Candidate Achola Catherine Osupelem from the FDC.

Seems like Museveni gets his will, the FDC will not be allowed to run their Chairperson Flag-bearer Sam Khalwa against Keddi. That is weak-tea. When the NRM claims there was no opposition candidate for that role, when Khalwa was ready.

How stupid does the NRM think the people are?

They have disqualified the FDC candidates in the Butembo and Pallisa Districts. Therefore, the retribution from the public, should be defy the polls and not show up on 28th June 2018 in Butebo, as the NRM has fixed the result in their favor already! Both Woman MP and District Chairperson have been barred from the race. Peace.

NRM Secretariat – Re: SG Lumumba in Butebo Today (23.06.2018)

Opinion: Museveni and his four excuses for losing the recent by-elections!

We can just wonder, when this grows old, kinda like the 1986ing the issues, and saying he has solved issues ever since then. Therefore, he has the answers and no one else. They are just not listening to him and his ways. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni have now written an analyzes of the losses of the recent losses in Rukingiri, Jinja-East and Kyadondo East. Three contested By-Election that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has lost. In all of them, the NRM has used their machinery and the acts ruling party to get their candidate through. Even without achieving it. They haven’t had the plan or the message that could gain the ballots. They are tired of the regime and of the President. Who is all ruling on borrowed time, as he uses all times to put blame on others. Like he has done today in his statement on the By-Election. I will take on excuse after another. He says its the four mistakes, I would say it his four excuses for losing.

First Excuse:

Leaders not linking with the economic interests of the Local people in a systematic way. The People need clear examples, in each area, of how they can get out of poverty by implementing our 4 acres plan model, or the different variations of it” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni – ‘Full Statement: Museveni Analyses Parliamentary By-elections’ 16.06.2018).

It isn’t like he didn’t try, he came with bashing glory of all sort of gifts and funds for the youth, the NAADs and the SACCO’s. Therefore, the NRM did this and at the blessing of Museveni. It wouldn’t be that sort of rally without him. You should wonder if he should have explained the use of the motorcycles and the gifts to the business-groups better himself? Since he as the President is nearly there just for show-off and also PR Stunt to show the greatness of the NRM. As the gifts are pouring into the region, when the By-Election is going on.

Second Excuse:

The lack of organisational linkages with the grass roots is the next problem. In the case of Rukungiri, in spite of some elements using crude sectarianism, the people could not be swayed. What, then, did the opposition do? Use manipulation taking advantage of the lack of linkages between the Local people and the NRM leadership that was directly managing the operation. One of the rumours they started was that the FDCs had been given money by the NRM. They said: “Itwe nitutuunga sente, Imwe muteera oburuuru mutaine ekimutungire”. This could be translated as: “for you, you vote for the NRM, while for us the NRM leaders give us money even when we vote against them!” With our fast communication with our mobile phones, this would have been detected by our grass-root groups and counter-acted with SMSs. After campaigning very successfully on the 28thand 29th of May, 2018, holding 9 big or very big rallies at the Sub-county levels except for Nyakagyeme, I did not follow up again and I shouldn’t have done so because there are people to do that. Only to find out later that, that was one of the problems” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni – ‘Full Statement: Museveni Analyses Parliamentary By-elections’ 16.06.2018).

This excuse is because of how the party and the leadership of Museveni has been. Everything has to sanctioned and accepted from the State House. All and everyone who matters are decided from the State House. If there is anything happening, the orders has been from the State House and with the blessing of the State House. Therefore, the lack of grassroot organization is a systemic issue that Museveni himself has created. Because of his obsession with power, that is the reason for this. This is not the local leadership issue, the excuse is worthless at best. The President knows this and said it in the end. “I did not follow up”, that shows the initial problem with his leadership style and organizational focus, as he has to follow up and he has to guide, he has to delegate and control. That is the reality and he says it himself. Like he admits his excuse, but still blames the local leaders, when he himself didn’t follow up on it.

Third Excuse:

The third mistake appears to be some of the NRM Leaders taking sides in the intra –NRM competitions. When, some weeks ago, I met the confused Catholic Priests, led by one Katsigaire, they were bitterly complaining about Major General Jim Muhwezi’s bias, or opposition to, Hon. Paula Turyahikayo and yet she was the Movement flag bearer. Apparently, Jim fought her in the primaries and, even after she won the primaries, the priests were alleging that the Jims promoted an Independent against her. When I met Leaders at Ntungamo, I criticized this. I had criticized this tendency in the past. When Hon. Janet K. Museveni developed interests in competing in Ruhaama, I first opposed the idea totally until the Local elders insisted” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni – ‘Full Statement: Museveni Analyses Parliamentary By-elections’ 16.06.2018).

When Museveni says someone is confused politically, it is always, that they are not in accordance or within his camp. They are usually a problem or someone who is thinking freely outside the borderline crazy control freak of Museveni. That is why Katsigaire are getting called that and told-off like that. This is just standard by him and his excuses. That he defends his loyal cadre Muhwezi is natural and had to show loyalty to his wife Janet. Because both of them cannot do anything wrong. What the President wants is that he wants all of NRM to follow his favorable NRM Flag-Bearers and his candidates. So that the party continues on his line and his vision under him. No one else understands, if they oppose that. Then they are confused. That is why he is a borderline crazy control freak.

Fourth Excuse:

Finally, the problem of lack of thorough preparation. Rukungiri has got 16sub-counties, 75 parishes and 280 polling stations. Surely, the NRM leaders should have had their agents per polling station to, first of all, verify the voters on the register. Are they the true voters known in the area? Secondly, ensuring that, through cheap means, you keep in touch with the 30 leaders per village, who also keep in contact, by word of mouth, with the NRM members in the village. Thirdly, when it comes to the voting day, we should have our own hard cover book where everybody that comes to vote will be recorded, so that we guard against votes stuffing” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni – ‘Full Statement: Museveni Analyses Parliamentary By-elections’ 16.06.2018).

This here is just insulting and insinuating that the opposition are stuffing ballots and rigging. As the NRM has to prepare to secure the vote. It is like he doesn’t know what his party does and the fantastic levels of rigging the NRM are doing. That is why Pre-Ticked Ballots and marked ballots are common place in the police stations and with the NRM leaders in the elections. Therefore, writing like this is to shelter his own, when he certainly knows what the NRM leaders does. He even sends the army to intimidate and harass the locals to vote in his favor. He uses the police to detain and take away the polling agents of other parties. Uses all sorts of methods to intimidate the opposition. That is why the preparation excuse is just insulting our intelligence. It is like he says his democratic, when he really uses all tricks to get his way.

This is the short commentary to the nonsense of the day. It isn’t the last time Museveni will come with excuses. That is something he could do all day, he will complain even back to the enclave and the British arriving in Uganda. He expect the Ugandans to be like Tippu Tip who left everything for Stanley to explore the DRC. The same Museveni expects of his people, that they leave everything behind and follows his lead. Peace.

Opinion: Not surprised Hon. Kutesa is implicated in an FBI bribing case; He is one of the untouchable in the Kitchen Cabinet!

Well, when the news broke that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) of the United States of America, actually had a case implicating a “Ugandan Scheme” involving Honourable Sam Kahamba Kutesa, the current Minister of Foreign Affairs and previous President of the United Nations General Assembly. So clearly, even with all of these titles it is not enough for the brother-in-law to the President Museveni. As he wants more funds and more money without any consideration of the implications behind it.

The recent developments shouldn’t shock anyone. Kutesa has been in the rear-view of the corruption for decades, sometimes riding on a red-light for long, you wonder when the car was about crash into something. He has been walking on the edge and proves again to use his title and status, to again bribe and soliciting money without have proper guidelines behind it. So that the “investor” actually corrupted to get better deals in Uganda. It happen within 2016, but Kutesa has done similar within the energy and oil industry in 2012 and it goes beyond that too. Therefore, the breaking news this week, is that the U.S. Court are implicating Kutesa. Not that Kutesa is corrupt, that is open non-secret for the ones following Ugandan politics. Therefore, Kutesa or Kuteesa himself are part of an untouchable group of people, that has even been reflected upon in the past. Just take a look at the information, that fits the paradigm of what the FBI is investigating these days.

Allegedly, there is an established cartel of untouchable individuals whose business is the president and who use his name to seek business opportunities for their gratification while at the same time seeking to perpetuate the regime that provides them with the opportunity to enrich themselves. A list that includes some of the president’s relatives and close friends would include, Sam Kuteesa, Salim Saleh, Odrek Rwabwogo (who is married to one of the president’s daughters), Moses Byaruhanga (who is married to a relative of the first lady), Bob Kabonero (the proprietor of Kampala casino), Haji Habib Kagimu (a business man and close friend to President Qadaffi), Noble Mayonbo, Jim Muhwezi and a few others. These people practically decide what to do, and then the president calls in the ministers to sign. These people constitute part of the group that is commonly referred to as the kitchen cabinet. It could actually be possible to do a power mapping in Uganda that identifies the power brokers in the country. (Interview with the Director for Economic Affairs at ISO, Mr. Cheeye, October 2005)” (Amundsen, 2006).

ENHAS Part I:

For example, Museveni refused to take action against Sam Kutesa who had been accused in a parliamentary report, of using his position to defraud Uganda Airlines Corporation. The President said the evidence against Kutesa was not conclusive. However, many people attributed Museveni’s defense of Kutesa to their joint family connections. Kutesa’s wife is a sister to the First Lady, and Museveni’s eldest son, Muhoozi Keinerugaba, is expected to marry Kutesa’s daughter. (Keinerugaba was, until recently, the manager of his uncle Salim Saleh’s business empire). The damning parliamentary report on privatisation was released in December last year while a meeting of European donors was taking place in Kampala. The public expected Museveni to take tough action against the ministers and other government officials implicated, if only to demonstrate to the donors that he was serious about fighting corruption. Instead, he told the donors that those shouting about corruption were «malicious and opportunistic,» trying to settle personal scores or gain political advancement. The censure motion against Kutesa is expected to be tabled shortly. Museveni is quick to enumerate the various institutions set up under his government to deal with corruption, including the inspectorate of government, the Public Accounts Committee, the vice-president’s office, and the Ministry of Ethics and Integrity” (Kirungi, 1999).

ENHAS Part II:

Muhwezi’s counterpart and Minister of State for Finance in charge of Privatization, Kutesa, was charged with overseeing the divestiture of the cargo-handling operation of the Uganda Airlines Corporation (UAC). UAC had a 50 percent stake in Entebbe Handling Services (ENHAS), the company that handled its cargo operations, while Kutesa—in an apparent conflict of interest—owned the rest of the shares in the same company. In addition to being a shareholder, Kutesa was also chairman of the board of directors of ENHAS. This conflict of interest was contrary to clause 8(1-3) of the Leadership Code. A Parliamentary select committee, charged with investigating the privatization process, produced a lengthy report accusing Kutesa of directly influencing the decision to sell the airline’s 50 percent share to ENHAS, falsifying the company’s accounts, and evading taxes” (Smith, 2006).

ENHAS Part III:

The Paradise Papers has already proven that ENHAS profits has been tax evaded again as it has gone to a Shell Company in the Seychelles, which was a deal agreed upon in 2012. This was from ENHAS to Katonga Investment. We do not know much funds that is sent between them, but the reporting of the agreement and deals. Show that the ENHAS is a key component in the shady dealing Kutesa does. As he has previously used it to get ill-gotten gains.

As Global Witness is reporting it as: “Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s foreign minister, set up a discretionary trust in the Seychelles in 2012. Appley identified Kutesa’s companies a “high risk,” given his political role and media reports of alleged corruption and bribery involving Kutesa, during a routine review in 2015. In his response to ICIJ’s partner in Uganda, the Daily Monitor, Kutesa said “I don’t have anything to hide…”and that he established the companies, but “I have never done anything with it at all. I told Appleby to close it many years ago.” (Global Witness, 2017).

From Dorsey and Whitey Corruption Digest of January 2012:

President Museveni has announced to members of the National Resistance Movement’s Central Executive Committee that he is investigating Justice Minister Kahinda Otafiire following an intelligence briefing that the minister masterminded the leaked oil bribery documents which accused Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and ministers Mr Sam Kutesa and Mr Hilary Onek of taking bribes to influence the award of oil deals. As reported in the November edition of the Corruption Digest, the ministers maintain their innocence. However, Parliament has resolved that those involved step aside until the validity of the documents has been investigated. According to President Museveni, the intelligence report accuses Mr Ottafiire of masterminding the oil bribery scandal to disorganise perceived detractors in government. President Museveni has vowed to investigate the matter in his own capacity before briefing the National Resistance Movement Central Executive Committee”(Dorsey and Whitey Corruption Digest, January 2012).

Recent Bribe for Energy Deal:

In or about February 2016 – after the Ugandan Foreign Minister had resumed his role as Foreign Minister of Uganda, and his in-law had been reelected as the President of Uganda – the Ugandan Foreign Minister solicited a payment from HO, purportedly for a charitable foundation that he wished to launch. HO caused a $500,000 payment to be wired to an account in Uganda designated by the Ugandan Foreign Minister, through a bank in New York, New York. In his communications, HO variously referred to this payment as a “donation” to the reelection campaign of the President of Uganda (who had already been reelected) and as a “donation” to “support” the Ugandan Foreign Minister. In fact, this payment was a bribe to obtain business advantages for the Energy Company in its efforts to secure contracts and ventures in Uganda’s financial and energy sectors. HO also provided the Ugandan Foreign Minister, as well as the President of Uganda, with promises of future benefits, including proposing to partner with both officials’ family businesses in potential joint ventures. In exchange, the Ugandan Foreign Minister assisted the Energy Company in obtaining business in Uganda, including by facilitating the Energy Company’s interest in potentially acquiring a bank” (DoJ, 2017).

The Foundation that Kutesa used the bribe through from the HO has no headquarters, no email and is not registered. So the bribe was fueled through an organization not existing in 2016. That is solicited through the checks by the investigators from the United States in November 2017. It was Special Agent Thomas P. McNulty who was looking into the case concerning Kutesa.

Clearly, there are enough scandals involving the Kitchen Cabinet Member Kutesa or Kuteesa. He has a history of corruption and misusing his position for monetary gains. He is one of them and will be surely continue to do so. Even if the United States charges him with money laundering and soliciting ill-gained funds or bribes for energy deals within Uganda. That is not surprising, as he has done that not only in 2016, but back in 2012, as well as other speculative deals getting state reserves and other funds to put in his own pocket.

If we really took a deep dive into his estates, his businesses and into his accounts. I am sure we would find more shadow agreements and more questionable money that has been earned by him and others. A man who has been used to getting bribes, surely, will appreciate it and expect so. Since the power is within reach and he can grate favors for the investors. Therefore, better pay up to get license and possible markets for their trade. This is done by paying in advance the Minister and secure profitable resources and advantages, that others wouldn’t. While also getting an okay and giving a call to the President. To make sure this is okay. Certainly, Kutesa could have maneuvered this way, all along. Peace.

Reference:

Amundsen, Inge – ‘Political corruption and the role of donors (in Uganda)’(January, 2006) – CMI Commissioned Report

Department of Justice – ‘Head Of Organization Backed By Chinese Energy Conglomerate, And Former Foreign Minister Of Senegal, Charged With Bribing High-Level African Officials’ (20.11.2017) link: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/head-organization-backed-chinese-energy-conglomerate-and-former-foreign-minister

Kirungi, Fred – ‘Uganda – The fight against corruption at a crossroads’ ANB-BIA Supplement (March 1999) link: http://ospiti.peacelink.it/anb-bia/nr367/e06.html

Global Witness – ‘THE PARADISE PAPERS: TRUST TRANSPARENCY IN THE EU’ (November 2017)

Smith, John – ‘Case Study on the Role of Parliament and the Media in the Fight against Corruption’ (2006)