Opinion: Captain Lubeere is the fall-guy

After two weeks of heavy military presence and raids at the halls and campus of Makerere University. This comes after international community outcry as well, as Mastercard Foundation statement as well. The army reacts and suddenly let one of their men go. This happens as the state has violated the turf of the students, they have raided their homes, hurt people with violent acts, harmed their lives and assaulted them. They have used tear-gas and live-bullets in and around the halls. Clearly doing it while looking for the ones initiating the demonstrations.

Therefore, when the news struck yesterday, that the army is probing one guy. I am just asking myself. Isn’t that a nice goat, to be precise, a fabulous scapegoat.

Look at this:

UPDF army has arrested the officer who commanded military into Makerere University protest over the 15% tuition increment. Army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire has ordered for the arrest of Capt Richard Lubeere” (Delta TV Uganda, 01.11.2019).

Well, what can I say, he was not alone doing this. His a captain, he didn’t do this with the chain-in-command, neither without instructions what to do and what to look for. The Captain didn’t walk blindly into Lumumba or Mitchell and considered the implication of life, faith and possible horrific events that would transpire. No, most likely he followed command and ordered it accordingly. Just like all fellow officers of the police, and the soldiers on campus.

All of them was following orders from above. They were all liable for their actions still, but this doesn’t mean that one man is the only culprit. All of the soldiers who violated the students should answer for their deeds. All of the officers/soldiers who has hurt, hospitalized and raped students. Should answer for their crimes, as they targeted innocent civilians, some who just happen to live their and reside on campus. They were not even participating in the demonstrations. Still, they did this.

It is not like the commander is innocent. His not, he should answer for the deeds done at Makerere. But he shouldn’t do it alone. The ones ordering him and directing him should also answer, together with the ones shooting the live-bullet,s the one throwing the tear-gas, the ones beating and arresting students. The ones raping students and so-on. All of them are liable for the crimes committed. The destruction of property, the breach of trust between the security officials and the students. Should all answer for this.

However, the state thinks the public are stupid enough to just let one man take the blame. It’s like they are following this hook from Akon:

I understand that there are some problems

And I’m not too blind to know

All the pain you kept inside you

Even though you might not show

If I can apologize for being wrong

Then it’s just a shame on me

I’ll be the reason for your pain

And you can put the blame on me

You could put the blame on me” (Akon – ‘Sorry, blame it on me’ 2007).

Still, as stated earlier, the captain is a beautiful goat, a fine specimen, his the well-rounded scapegoat. Peace.

European Union – Delegation to the Republic of Uganda: Local Statement on the situation at Makerere University (01.11.2019)

Makerere University: Management Statement on Current Situation at Makerere University Campus (31.10.2019)

Uganda Journalists Association: UJA condemns security brutality against journalists (30.10.2019)

Makerere University: More depressing news…

Well, it is not enough that the authorities said they were redeploying the army elsewhere. The Council added news and resolutions yesterday. That the Management have decided to suspended nine students and warned 26 others, while the Guild President Julius Kateregga. The man who talked to the President yesterday, but apparently a criminal today.

We can see how the authorities are acting, as they are criminalizing the students, but not looking in the acts of the soldiers, the Special Forces Command or the Police Force. Whose despicable acts has continued for over two weeks now. As off today, they tear-gassed the library too. Because, why not? The halls of Mitchell and Lumumba have already been filled with the gas. So now lets take another building too.

The Guild President was first actually on the NBS Television Breeze show, before apprehended by the police. They knew he was attending before they arrested him. That is how the state operates at this very moment.

This is what the University itself posted earlier today:

“Management has taken disciplinary action on students who have destroyed University property, injured fellow students & property for businesses operating outside. The involved students have been Suspended & others warned. The list will shortly be shared on the University website” (Makerere University, 30.10.2019).

This is just showing how insincere, how blatant disregard of the students the management has. As they are targeted, even after their own industrial action to unfair tuition fees. Therefore, the management should answer to the student for why they had a barrack on campus and why the let them assault, hurt and arrest students. Why the management let the halls and homes of the students get destroyed and vandalized by outside armed personnel, while they lived lavish on expensive tea. Because, that is the truth. A truth, that the acting VC and others doesn’t accept. Since, that means they are culpable for hiring and ordering the army on the premises of their students.

The students also tried to assemble further demonstrations today at Freedom Square, but that was ambushed by the authorities with more tear-gas to disperse the ones attending this. Therefore, the state continues with their same ways. To break up dissent and silence the ones who tries to defy the authorities.

What we do know is that these strikes are not over. The torment and horrors at the halls are neither. Expect more raids at night from either soldiers or police officers. As the state retaliates with brutality. Even if the leadership is arrested and even kidnapped. That is what they will do now. Peace.

Makerere University: Resolutions of the Emergency Meeting of the University Council held on 29th October 2019

Joint Statement: Call for Respect of Human Rights at Makerere University (29.10.2019)

Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Uganda (FCAU): Statement from FCAU on press freedom and the Makerere University protests (29.10.2019)

Makerere University: It would have been better if Mama Janet didn’t say a thing…

The Minister of Education and First Lady Janet Museveni after three evening raids with horror, violence and arrests. Even revealed deaths has occurred because of the actions made b the Special Force Command, soldiers and Police Force during the raids. Still, the First Lady blame “outside” forces meddling in the student life and “non-students” attending the riots.

This is really rich, this is really insulting and insinuating a lot of things. Reverend Lokodo should teach this Minister a lesson in ethics, because this scriptural usage is bonkers at best. When, she defends the army attacking civilian citizens at night and comes with claims of opposition support. At best, that is not illegal, they are allowed to demonstrate and industrial produce for their own livelihood and student body. Unless everyone supposed to bow-down to the Queen and King like peasants, right?

However, she just shows her ignorance of the pleas of the students with her statement. I have only taken parts of it. Because, discussing it to broadly is not worthy of my time.

Just look!

“That notwithstanding, I have learned with dismay that some of the people involved in this “demonstration” are not students from Makerere University or any other university for that matter. They are people who have made it there way of life to be paid to joint any riot wherever it is happening. Apparently, the political opposition in this country – who are well funded “somehow” by some “unknown sources” – find it useful to pay unemployed young people to riot wherever and whenever they believe they see a viable opportunity” (Janet Museveni, 29.10.2019).

“For these vulnerable young people and the adults who pay them it seems as if nothing else matters – not these young people whose minds are distorted early in life; not the fact that the resources used to replace destroyed University property could have solved another problem somewhere; not the consideration that this is very wrong instruction to students of how problems are solved in life without confrontation and destruction of life and property. Nothing constructive or educational at all is achieved. Instead, the public is misled through there skewed propaganda as to what is really happening” (Janet Museveni, 29.10.2019).

The insults to injury to the side. Is that she has baseless claims, where she knows that the students and the Guild President is behind it. The raids yesterday was after 7 more ring leaders, where the live-bullets, tear-gas and violence occurred again. Just as the other nights, one has passed on from the violence done to her. She died in the hospital after the treatment and the suffering, which was not enough. After all, of that, she continues shifting blame.

The Minister of Education speaks of nothing constructive being made. Well, the state haven’t produced anything constructive or cared for the students life itself, when they raid with soldiers at night. When they barrage and besiege the campus with an army barrack. She speaks of knowledge, but this sort of action speaks of oppression and autocratic behaviour.

As this is happening, three journalists are arrested for reporting on campus. Two journalists was kicked-out by the students for pushing the state agenda. Lastly, the realities remain, that the state investigate the students and the funding of the demonstrations, but not looking in the hurt they have put the student through the last two weeks. It is outrageous and no-one want to see their kids live through this. No one in his or her right mind will defend making the army invade a campus, right?

Still, she was very silent about that, but targeting the students for their activity. Because, they are all to blame. They ordered the soldiers, they ordered the SFC, they bought the tear-gas and they wanted to see the live-bullets hit the halls at night. Let’s be serious, she cannot be this shallow, but then again. We know from the past that she got thin-skin and lack moral codes, that’s why she uses the bible as she see fit. Even when defending the indefensible. Peace.

Makerere University: Sound the alarm for more horror, not the bell for dialogue

Even as the Acting Vice Chancellor Umar Kakumba and Police Force earlier in the day called for dialogue. As the media houses are still in darkness on the acts done on campus. The little we do know is through the grapevine and through the leaks of the students with data-bundles and topping off airtime.

What we do know is that armed forces are again raiding the Lumumba Hall and Micthell Hall too. There are gunshots, live-bullets and tear-gas. That is done inside the halls as we speak at night. Students are targeted by armed personnel. Some says its the Special Force Command (SFC), others are saying military men in plain clothes. We cannot be certain, its not like the commander of these operations has gone public and taken credit for this assault on the student.

Its on its second week of assault, raids and violent oppression of the students at the campus of Makerere. The government persist with this and acts of indifference to the pleas of the student guild, the leadership and the needs of the students. As they want to violently overturn their voices.

They are torturing, making their homes as students into war-zones as the armed personnel barge into their lives with weapons and ammunition. We cannot know the possible damage nor the hurt this causes. Both the hurt of the flesh, but also the damage it does on the mental stability of these young students as their lives are shaken by the military presence in their homes.

This is the third raid, there are already plenty reporting on the amount of people already hospitalized and raped by the armed forces. With yet another night like this. We cannot rest assure, knowing that there will be more. Because, these men and these commander spear no-one apparently. They besiege and attack everyone into submission.

If this is what the NRA fought for, than they fought for nothing. Because this is the same old regime they overthrow. This is the same acts of brutality and insincere statehood, which the previous predecessors was known for. That is the memo the public gets from this, that the revolution eats its kids. In this instance, the youth studying at the prestigious Makerere University.

What is not yet verified is that the one leaked the video of tonight’s raid was shot and killed by the armed personnel there. We don’t know, but that is latest report on the matter. Also, that the raid is done to find the 7 ring leaders of the strike, but they cannot find them. Surely, this is a sinister act where the industrial action is not allowed and has to be treated like enemies of the state. That is the message the state is sending to these students and everyone living on campus. Peace.