Opinion: Otafiire, the Movement is a reflection of its head [and not its origin]

“The NRM of 1986 and the NRM now are not the same. If the two were to meet, they wouldn’t recognize each other. There are many things that as pioneers we believed in an held dear but have now changed”Kahinda Otafiire (23rd September 2021).

Some bush-war generals like Otafiire never learns or acts ignorant. It is hard to know of the boosting of ego is sincere or not. However, it is still done on public display and his has no nerve speaking about it.

It is just like we don’t know the history of National Resistance Movement (NRM). How it changed from the moment it got power and how people started to eat. It was not like the NRM have always followed its core principals. The NRM have gone far from them and never been truly honest.

The bush-war general can act like it was a holy and well-organized outfit, which kept its norms and ideals close to its chest. When we all know the greed, the misuse and the total consolidation of power. Which was the main objective in the end and to solidify Museveni’s reign. Therefore, the Movement from one point to another is very futile.

The 10-point program is the proof of the mismanaged priorities and lack of concern for governing. It has been more important to rule, than to deliver policies or government services. That’s why NGOs and UN Organizations still cover the basics and functions of the state. Since, the Movement is more preoccupied with eating.

Otafiire can act a fool. He can act like the NRM isn’t a body built for one man and his mind. It was the vehicle to get Museveni in office and keep him there. The NRA was the means to an end and all excuses to exhaust that was striking. That’s why the government is so self-centred around him and his the personification of the stat.

Not because the NRM is great, but because Museveni is directly involved in every aspect of the state. He orders, directs and decrees everything from road-tenders to who is fit to be a judge. There is no middle ground and everyone is his puppets.

That’s why you know the likes of Otafiire wants the legacy of the party to be different. He wants it to be noble and grand. However, that is a lie and that’s partly because of the reflection of Yoweri himself.

The bush-war general should maybe know better. The pioneers who is still there know the gist and the deception. That’s why they are still around and know Museveni is the reason why they are still relevant. Not because the NRM is a outfit worth mentioning or has the ability to make a difference. No, they are there because the pay-off is promised from the most high.

We can act like it is different, but it isn’t and it’s a tiresome lie.

Otafiire is however right about one thing yesterday: “Those of us in leadership have allowed these things to happen but soon the NRM will be like KANU in Kenya. When a party lacks ideological grounding, it is like a house built on sand that is soon swept away by water. When we came from the bush where our thinking was ideologically homogenous but it seems the thinking changed. We will soon end up like KANU, Mobutu’s MPR and the United Independence Party of Zambia” (Otafiire, 23.09.2021).

NRM will be irrelevant and die out when Museveni isn’t there anymore. Because it was his vehicle and when his time is up. Then nobody wants to associate or stand by the relic of the past. It will be a dead briefcase party. It will only family and relatives of Museveni wants to revive it. Since it is from the heyday of the mighty himself.

Museveni is NRM and NRM is Museveni. That’s because it’s built on him and his image. There is no NRM without Museveni. There will not be a NRM without him either. That will die, because the roots and the remains are empty. We can act indifference about that, but the truth is still that. Peace.

The dead silence: Otafiire cannot help himself

“You forget that when the NRM dominated Masaka, there were no killings. Someone else is in charge of Masaka politically”Kahinda Otafiire (09.09.2021).

The murders and killings in the Greater Masaka region must be used as a ploy and a decoy. Instead of taking responsibility and go after the culprits. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) and its regime is on high alert to implicate the National Unity Platform (NUP). Which is obvious.

This is not a new tactic to implicate opposition and activists who are dissidents of the state in serious matters. No, that has been going as long as I can remember. The opposition and its leaders can easily become targets and become enemies of the state. That’s why they are aimed at and accused of the murders now.

We have been here before, the names and the party has changed, but the objective is the same. Implicate leaders and affiliates, claim the party is ill-advised and vilify it. While never ever going after the killers and assassins in question. No they are roaming free without any hesitation and can move to the next target. The ones with machetes and weapons to kill can buzz of into darkness. That what they do… while the NUP is blamed.

Kahinda Otafiire and the politicians blaming the NUP directly better come clear with evidence and proof. As Ofwono Opondo couldn’t help himself either on NBS Frontline yesterday. They were both implicating the NUP and doing a blatant attempt of criminalizing the opposition party and its members. That says it all really.

Not that I am shocked by this, but it shows what the state actors and high ranking officials are willing to do. They are doing this for the whole nation and republic to see. While there is no proof and it is deliberate to make a narrative to implicate innocent people in murders in Masaka.

What is tragic about yesterday is that we are supposed to forget when the NRM was running Masaka and when the opposition was campaigning that the Police Force or the army killed civilians following the opposition convoy. The NRM have killed and continues to do so. They don’t spare a life, but rather take it. This is at least how it seems to the naked eye. While they always blame the enemy. If it is Amin, Obote or now Bobi Wine, because it is never the Movement. Well, if it continues to happen… then it must be you!

This isn’t funny but injustice in action. Its obscene and outrageous. A clear aim at a political gain on another people’s tragedy. Instead of taking action to stop it or find the killers. You are making a political stand and assaulting a third party, which wasn’t involved in it in the first place.

We can act a fool, but this is just getting stupid. There is no redeeming factor in this. Only a sinister move to make the NUP the villain. That is the mere reality of this. The NRM isn’t any better and this is what they do. We could wish for better, but that is too much to ask. Peace.

Bushwhacked Otafiire uses “We Fought” against Bobi Wine

I like Kyagulanyi’s songs, but Kyagulanyi can’t lead me. I did not fight in Luweero for Kyagulanyi to lead me. We went to Luweero and fought, then now you tell me to be ruled by Kyagulanyi! No! Can he take us anywhere?” – Gen. Kahinda Otafiire on the 8th December 2020 (Kelvin Atuhaire – ‘I didn’t fight in Luweero for Bobi to be president, says Otafiire’, Daily Monitor).

Some things should get old. Especially playing this narrative about the Bush-War to the younger generation. That was either born after or in the early 2000s. They will not even consider or think high- and mighty about the National Resistance Army (NRA). The inception and the rigged 1980 election.

However, it has been the bread and butter for the National Resistance Movement. Which have used it fuel the fire, again and again. The “We Fought” paradox that enters the building at any election and at any time. Always to undermine the opponents and opposition. Because, your only good enough if you fought. Some who even fought isn’t good enough because they came late or was a doctor. That is stories we have heard in the past.

So, that Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine isn’t credible, of the good LUWEERO stock… We shouldn’t be surprised. No one is… and what they fought is long deceased. The ideals and the Republic, which the NRA promised is far-fetched. These folks and “leaders” will never deliver that. If that did, they wouldn’t still hang around in the high offices and be appointed at any given time.

Not they would have ushered in successions, plans for the future and re-established the 10 Point Programme. However, that was never the dream or the real ideal. It was meal-ticket politicians and misuse of office, which was the drive. That is what has been catapulted to the main “staple-food”. They are eating, so if you oppose that, you better watch yourself, because this plate is all for the NRM to eat.

The NRA/NRM fought so they deserve to eat. This buffet and this feast is all theirs. They were in the bush. They went to battle and sacrificed. So, they can eat plenty and get fat. That is the reason for all of this.

And an upstart like Bobi Wine should make his songs and sing a few anthems. However, he should walk the tight-rope and pledge allegiance to the party. He shouldn’t think or consider himself ready to lead. He didn’t fight or fought for the cause. His not man enough, because he didn’t carry a rifle in the bush.

That is the insane thing. That the NRM is still sloganeering on this. As their liberation battle is only beneficial for a chosen few. The rest is still not seeing the benefits after three decades ruling supreme. They are still not tasting the fruits of “we fought”. No, that is only for the patronage and the cronies. Who are still bashing in glory.

That is why they have to undermine Bobi Wine. Even when the argument is flawed. For one simple reason: His not one of the anointed and one of them. Therefore, they cannot phantom his reign. However, even if it was one of them. Nobody dares to challenge the head or the “high above”. Since, they are all eating because of him. That menu and those tasty slices of meat is for them get. They fought for that and shouldn’t share the spoils. No, that is their privilege and nobody should dare to question that. Peace.

The UTL Saga: The state salvages the debt to resurrect the Walking Dead

This Mango has gone through a lot. A former state company sold to Libyan investors and after the Libyan credit started to fail. The Ugandan Telecom Company (UTL) or Mango started to suffer too. The Telecom have been so hard hit that three years ago the state had to take it over.

There been so many twists and turns, where the company have been rumoured and speculations. Even the Minister and owners was speculated to moved to a shell company in Mauritius. Therefore, today’s sudden windfall and paying off debts. Is only bailing out a sinking ship and hoping it still doesn’t sink.

The UGX 45.6 Billions to the TDB (Eastern & Southern Trade & Development Bank). With this payment of this debt. The state is initially taking over UTL. This as they plans to make the UTL attractive to investors again. Mango haven’t been viable for years…

The Libyan Post ditched in March 2017 and since then it has struggled. The Libyans said the Government of Uganda needed to figure out a transformation plan for the UTL. It has clearly taken three years to figure this out. That nobody wanted to takeover the loans of a company, which haven’t invested in Telecommunications in years. Where the changes of mobile data, 3G and 4G networks for smartphones. The UTL haven’t had the funds or the ability to change with the times.

UTL is struggling because the state haven’t been able to save it before now. The regime needed over three years to figure this out. This with the steady leadership of Evelyn Anite, Frank Tumwebaze and Gen. Kahinda Otafiire interfering all at different times. While they have all done their part … it still took the Committee until now to secure payment for the debts. This should have been resolved earlier, if they intended to make it viable business.

In 2017, Anite even wanted all Ugandans for Patriotic reasons should have one UTL line. Maybe, she thinks everyone has a Airtel, MTN and could have UTL sim-cards in their phones. As the usual person should have at least double or dual sim-cards.

This all been a long lasting saga, which shouldn’t take this long. It is a fledging company. A former state corporation privatized and sold for scraps to Libya investors. Who earned on it in the good times, but ditched it when it got hot. Because, it been years since the UTL been viable and been a commodity.

This Mango is rotten. The Mango tree isn’t yielding any fruits anymore. This is a Walking Dead Enterprise. A Telecom who has no traction and is only throwing good money for bad investments. The money could have been burned in a street or thrown down a storm-drain, and it would still have more sense then investing it here.

UTL is being saved, but was it worth saving? Does it have any assets or financial liabilities worth mentioning? The competitors are miles ahead and the UTL needs huge investments to be in the same arena. Do they think another investor will spend money like a drunk uncle in a market, which is already filled with big companies. Who has small margins and higher taxes.

Therefore, the ones doing it … has to be regime “friendly” and willing to throw away good money for a bad investment. Peace.

Opinion: Reminiscing about Maj. Gen. Kazini [and will Museveni launch a “new breed” of military entrepreneurialism in North Kivu?]

This isn’t a far fetched, ancient history and such. Many of the men behind the ills of the past is still lingering around. They are in the chambers of powers, having titles and being called “honourable”. These men used their opportunities in the past to earn fortunes on the misery of others. They created massive networks, supported local militias and forged companies to ensure wealth. These was Generals, High Ranking Officials and Associates of the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

This they did across the Democratic Republic of Congo. These men in question was Gen. Salim Selah, Gen. Kahinda Otafiire and Maj. Gen. James Kazini. They we’re all participating in the plundering, the looting and the illicit resource flight from the DRC to Uganda. They ensured the military presence and their allies could extract, steal and operate illegal businesses to profit out of. That was all done with the blessing of the “High Above” in Kampala.

Today, I started to reminiscing about Maj. Gen. James Kazini, the late General who was killed by his girlfriend in 2009. That was year after the war in the DRC ended. The man who had together with various of factions, barriers to market and usage of force made it possible to enrich himself on the conflict. He together with Gen. Salim Selah secured companies like Victoria Group. Victoria Group even had as one of their shareholders being Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga. That’s why this enterprise was supported, all from the top!

The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) used the power they had in the region to exploit the mineral resource and re-export it. Like selling diamonds, gold and coffee as Ugandan, but it origins was from the DRC.

Therefore, knowing all this, as the news of the Cabinet Meeting in Entebbe on Monday this week. Which stated building road-network in the North Kivu Province. I cannot help to think, that it’s not only a wet-dream for road-scandal with tenders, lost funds and ghosts. Also with the history of the UPDF. The history of men like Maj. Gen. Kazini. There could be people willing to profit from the sins of the past again. Especially, profitable mineral resources as cobalt and others, which happens to be in North Kivu.

So, if Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is building the roads in North Kivu. Then, the President and his team will come excuses that the UPDF need a battalion to ensure the safety of contractors and engineers. While, the same army will also configure ways to participate in more military entrepreneurialism in the province. That would be a way to kick-back and make it profitable.

That the UPDF and UNRA would do this wouldn’t be shocking. There is to much resources and possible exploits for them to not grab it. Even if it is a illicit business and illegal. Still, to this day the Ugandan government is exploiting Congolese gold as they are minting it at the Gold Refinery in Entebbe. Which is why, I am thinking there is more plans ahead in North Kivu.

They are not just going there to tarmac some roads and build a bridge or two. No, they are not compensation for the past hurt and looting. No, these men are finding a new way to exploit and profit of the situation. This is the same government that has used Kisoro as a base and supported para-military groups in the DRC. The same government that was a safe-haven for M-23 soldiers. Therefore, I have little trust of the goodwill…

Until proven otherwise. Peace.

Ahead of 2021: The NRM repeats itself in true NRM fashion

We are soon in 2021 and the General Elections is upon us again. The new word “Scientific” is the new idea or subject of controversy. However, there are plenty of staples.

Just like President since 1986 picked up nomination forms and paid a few millions to his party. This is so steady and random. We knew this was happening since abolishing term limits in 2005. We all knew this was happening after he abolished age limit in 2017. It was written in stone. This was written in the stars and there was no way a meteor would hit Okello House in Entebbe and stop this from happening.

We are now seeing battles for the National Vice Chairman, which happens every time. This being in the North being the incumbent versus the deputy speaker. In Western someone whose either a relative of the President or the possible elevation of his Muhoozi. In the East being Mukula, Tanna or someone else whose loyal to the cause no matter what. Then in the Central its a free for all and former Lord Mayors or Presidential Advisors wanting this.

We are now also seeing the NRM Electoral Commission doing the ordinary warning to both members and candidates. That they need to run a free and fair election, where they will be victors, as this is the mass party. The party for the ones aiming at the stars, but hitting the moons. The pop-stars of the Republic.

We are also seeing old heads returning to campaign for the party. Even after they lost in the previous election in 2016. This being Kahinda Otafiire or Jim Muhwezi. These are the sort of NRA historicals who cannot step back and lead the youth from behind. They have to be in the front-line act like big-men. Be generals who has to be in the spotlight and be giants. Instead of giving and educating the next generation. No, they are just in it to eat in yet another term. However, these gentlemen who does that follows the sole candidate on top.

The race for 2021 is following a normal pattern. The NRM tries to show off amount of members. It is trying to make headlines with new deflections and MPs going from the Opposition. They want to have positive publicity, even if doesn’t make sense.

We can expect nice SUVs for RDCs and Chiefs, Pastors getting sudden funds and NRM Village Fund will resurface. The NRM will drop the shillings around like beers in and around alcoholics. That’s what the ruling regime will do. As soon as they can campaign now. They will drop facemasks, sanitizers and whatnot. Soap and smaller things to get the voters greased for the polls.

This is what we know. This has been played out for us so many times. The internal “drama” and knifing over smaller positions from the NRM Central Executive Committee to the rest of the Party. To even be flag-bearer in a newly minted district. That just happens every time. There will be former MPs who was disqualified in the Courts return to the polls claiming to have the academic credentials and needs to stand as a candidate in 2021. This will all appear in front of our eyes.

The NRM will repeat itself. It is doing it. Following standards, protocol and the whole thing. The structure is moving and they have the same story. Even the same actors acting up and wanting your attention. They want to suddenly sound democratic and sincere. When the rest of the time they are muffling the opposition and uses the police to policing them.

While they are free campaigning and using the state as a tool for their benefit. That is what they do and the continuation of the Movement continues. It is not cool, but a repetition of the same old thing. Peace.

Opinion: Will Kahinda Otafiire be elected this time? [Or will he loose to a “jailbird” again?]

Back in the day in the year of 2015 there was this National Resistance Movement Primaries ahead of the General Elections in 2016. However in the constituency of Ruhinda, the NRM Members elected Captain Mugabe Dononzio Kahonda. They elected him over the NRA historical and Museveni loyalist , Major General Kahinda Otafiire.

As the times went on and the loyalist couldn’t stand as a candidate for the ruling party. He decided to run as an Independent Candidate, as he had already lost the primaries. During the Primaries the Captain was behind bars. Which says a lot about how the Ruhinda County looks at Otafiire at that point.

Right before the General Election in early February 2016, Otafiire and his campaign team tried to bribe the Captain to step down from his candidacy. So that he could win a walkover by paying him 500m shillings to back-down. However, the captain and his team didn’t agree to do that and exposed the tape of the call from Otafiire instead.

In the General Election, again the NRM Flag-Bearer was behind bars. Still, the honourable Minister and big-man of the ages Otafiire couldn’t win over Kahonda. That is how much people wants to support someone else.

In 2017 the embattled captain was again arrested with new charges. This time forgery and fraud. However, those cases haven’t been resolved nor followed through. The state just pinned this on the man as his a clear enemy of Otafiire. The man who has run the Ministry of Justice for years during the reign of Museveni.

Now in 2020. The Poster for Kahinda Otafiire the upcoming campaigns and will to stand again as the MP for Ruhinda County. It has been released this week, at least on social media. This shows that the man who couldn’t get the popularity within his own party. The man who couldn’t beat a jailbird and someone who was practically unknown. Still could beat him two times within two years. That he intends to stand again.

Otafiire still have to beat the incumbent MP Captain Kahonda. It is proven that he doesn’t have a popular standing in the county or in his home district. If he did, then he would have beaten him in the General Election too. Not only lost in the inner-party race in the primaries. He lost them both to the same man. That says it all.

Therefore, his blind ambition to try again in 2020 and in 2021 after the utter disgraceful failure of last time is beyond me. As long as the President is in Office he will offer him a noble position and get the envelopes to live the high life. The NRA historical don’t need to work for it and he just get it anyway. The loyalty to the NRM and the President is what feeds him.

This is well known and this man shouldn’t be concerned with campaigning or even trying to get elected. The public has already shunned him. I’m sure there are other big-men like Otafiire who thinks they are entitled to be in Parliament. However, that is not the case. That is why he cannot rig his own county and the will of the public there.

He still have to beat the same captain for the candidacy and for the possibility to be an MP in the 11th Parliament. These stories is the sort you cannot make up, but is sadly true. The indifference and the arrogance is strong with this one.

Otafiire should know better, but who are we kidding, right? Peace.

Opinion: Lt. Col. Nakalema aim wrong with her 4th December march

Lt. Colonel Edith Nakalema has today launched the first public march sponsored by the outfit she’s running. That will be a state owned march on the 4th December 2019 with the special guest, His Excellency, the Fountain of Honour, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

What is really colourful about this enterprise is the message and the slogan of it all. That is the beautiful wording of “A Corruption-Free Uganda: It Starts With Me”. It is really rich coming from the State House. Really ironic and special, that the unique Anti-Corruption Unit of the State House are usually catching the small fishes, but not touching the kitchen cabinet nor anyone in close association with the President.

That’s why its very rich of the State House and its outfit to have a theme like this. Like the people don’t know whose doing it and whose letting the grand corruption happen. The President has even accepted the Presidential Handshake. He has accepted that businesses get started, get tax-holidays as long as he gets kickbacks. Not like he will let any opportunity of a short-sighted funds go away. Even if it means selling the most prominent building in Kampala, Mabira Forest or anything else. As long as he can get something out of a deal, he will do it eventually.

President Museveni and his handlers will secure that, that’s why his not touched, even with abundance of agencies combatting and securing the government tenders, procurement and budget. However, none of them have ever had the capacity to arrest or charge Amama Mbabazi, Sam Kuteesa, Kahinda Otafiire, Elly Tumwiine and so-on. They are all living lavish, but came out of the bush-war piss-poor. You go figure how their wealth got started.

With this all in mind, the theme should be rewrote, “It Starts with the President”. That would have been accurate. It would have targeted the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and their cronies. Instead, they go after the chicken-thieves and the ones that has no power, no suction or connection within the deep administration. The ones who are rightfully wrong in their actions, misusing local government tenders, creating ghost teachers and whatnot. Still, the biggest culprits, the ones who does it on large scale, the ones who has made and forged the system. They are walking beside the President, they are appointed by him and are untouchables.

That’s why, if the Anti Corruption Unit was sincere, they would have targeted not “me” but the President, Museveni himself. But she did so, she wouldn’t see another day in her office. So, we do understand. She doesn’t want to bite the hand that feed her. We all get that, but if they wanted to be honest. The aim should be at the King, then you best not miss. Peace.

Opinion: Otafiire better line-up a viable argument next time

I have heard all this noise about People Power, which power do you represent, where all these people? The one we know is the LC 1 Chairperson, People Power is exercised by LC1 chairpersons through the ballot box and we will guard this power using the army and air force. Whoever tries to disrupt this power, you are welcome but what will come next don’t regret”Kahinda Otafiire on the 28th October 2019

First and foremost, it is rich and funny that the Minister of Justice Kahinda Otafiire speaks of the value of the ballot box in concern of the LC1 Chairperson elections of 2018 wasn’t done through the secret ballot, but through the art of peer pressure or should I say by lining up behind the one the village or town wanted to have to represent themselves. Therefore, the Honourable clearly have forgotten how the state and the Electoral Commission did their work in 60800 villages last year.

Secondly, that he will guard the lining up of villagers for an election is showing that the backwardness of the National Resistance Movement (NRM). Instead of moving forward and doing elections with secret ballots, the Minister of Justice wants to defend the ideal of school-yard picking football captains in the villages. He will go so far to send the army against the ones going against that. That is loyalty towards the President and his self-styled President for life.

Well, thirdly, the Minister of Justice really thinks his smart, but I have already destroyed his arguments before he started. Because, the People Power is the power of the people. That they are stronger together and has the initial power of the government. Because the government is supposed to represent the people. As they are representatives of the people. Therefore, it is rich that that army has to defend that and not defend the people from enemies invading the territory of the people.

That is why you know the former NRA fighter and for life loyalist of Museveni sounds like this. His trying to sound wise, but instead sounds stupid. He sounds ignorant and dumb. That is a feat in itself.

But we can never take away this from him: “I can’t be a Minister for Crocodiles” and in the same regard. He cannot be the Minister for a Good Memory either. Peace.

Uganda: Letter to Dr. Rose N. Lukwago – Interdiction from Exercising the duties and functions of your office (11.10.2019)