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A look into the new URA Commissioner General John Musinguzi Rujoki

Today its official that John Musinguzi Rujoki is appointed as the Commissioner General for Uganda Revenue Authority. He takns now over after 5 years and 5 months of Doris Akol at the helm.

So, the appointed Commissioner General has been the Head of Finance and Audit at the Special Revenue Protection Services under the wings of IGP Kale Kayihura. That’s something he was until he became the Senior Presidential Advisor for ICT. Last year he was appointed the Chairman for NITA-Uganda. Therefore, this man has risen to the upper echelon. His now switching boards and chairs to the liking of the President.

Musinguzi has shown his loyalty in the past as a false witness in the rape case against Besigye in January 2006.

At the rape trial he said this:

DM: At 27, you were heading the department of audit and finance?

MJ: Yes

DM: To whom were you answerable?

MJ: Head of the unit.

DM: Who was this?

MJ: The current inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura.

DM: In your report line, did you have to report to the President?

MJ: Yes.

DM: Did you know the President before?

MJ: Yes.

DM: Prior to working with SRPS, were you known to the President personally or your family?

MJ: Yes.

DM: Was he known to your family?

MJ: He must be knowing the family because we come from the same county” (New Vision – ‘Details of Besigye rape case. DAY FOUR: Jan. 11, 2006’ 31.01.2006).

So, we know why his picked for the URA Commissioner General, as his a loyal waterboy of the President. Who the President knows and trust. That is why his been a Presidential Advisor and held responsibility for so long. His one of the cadre that will be used and also learned from Kayihura. Therefore, he has the qualities that the President looks for.

The appointment comes from the quasi-military outfit SRPS, which was important and lucrative. As it did cease contraband and smuggled goods. This was goods and valuables that could get “lost” and suddenly vanish. That is why there was questions about how the accounting about the SRPS and the “lost” billions shillings too. Also, how ceased goods like cars, tobacco and other valuables disappeared. Surely, these stories should haunt a former head like Rujoki. Not only his false testimony, which he did out of loyalty.

We can anticipate a loyal cadre, someone who will not even dare to insult the mind of the President. He follows the orders from above and will not question the President. He knows what happens if he does and he knows, if he stays loyal he will be compensated. Just like his been paid respectfully for the deed of being a false witness years ago.

Being the Chairman of NITA and now Commissioner General of URA. Surely, loyalty pays off. Gone from a hack inside SRPS to become a big-man in URA. If you know, now you know. Peace.

Opinion: Section 8 of POMA is Null- and Void, what does that mean?

Well, now the Constitutional Court came today with a striking judgment. That the Section 8 of the Public Order Management Act of 2013 is unconstitutional. Section 8 of the POMA is very clear. That gives the powers to officers and give the police the authority to block any meeting. It also gives the powers to the Police to disperse a meeting. Also, finally the sub-section also issues the officers in question the powers to assess if a person is disobeying the law or unlawfully assembles. Which makes that person liable for sentencing according to the Penal Code section 117.

Therefore, today’s judgment is vital, as the Police Force by definition now doesn’t have the authority to block any gathering. Neither disperse it or issue an order to stop the public from participate in any public meeting/gathering. This here is an direct consequence of the judgment today.

We knew this law was draconian. The whole law isn’t null and void, just one part of it, but it takes away the powers to enforce it. The Police Force, the authorities is limited by this. This law has banned concerts, public gatherings, consultation meetings, anniversary rallies, opening of political party offices and so fourth. The state has given all sorts of orders and usage of the law to an extent, where the opposition is futile. They couldn’t conduct either internal party organizations nor actually try to gain new followers, since the state stopped it or never allowed them to publicly to gather in the first place.

This law was deemed the Anti-Besigye Act, ABA, the act against Besigye and his political effort to undermine the regime. This came after the Walk to Work. Now, the opposition has one an important battle in the Courts.

There was on judge who didn’t see it like this, that was Stephen Musota. Remember that man, because he stated this, he was the one voting in favour of Section 8 of POMA. Because, there was 4-1 and therefore, it was null and void. However, Stephen stated this: “The limits are now cast in stone and are no longer at the whims or imagination of the Inspector General of Police or his authorized officers”. That is why the whims of the IGP shouldn’t be the factor to allow people to assemble or not. This is why its unconstitutional, which is stated by the other judges on this matter.

What I am suspecting will happen is that the National Resistance Movement will revise and amend this bill. To ensure they have the powers to stop meetings and such before the General Elections 2021. They have had the good need of this bill for years. This will not go away without a blast. I don’t believe the NRM will concede and give way that easily. Not when the rise of Bobi Wine and Besigye is now allowed and cannot be stopped. That is what the NRM worried about and will find new ways to silence it. Especially, when the Police Force has been preoccupied with this partisan politicking for years. Peace.

Opinion: Nangalama forgets the grim reaper

There are one of those days, when you let your anger strike you too hard and you write something in an infuriating state. Where you mind boggles the facts and deeper understanding of the things. What the Ugandan blogger based in Canada did was very easy microwaving the message without considering the implications of it. Like, the Opposition should react, instead she said it shouldn’t campaign or shouldn’t even try create change. If she got her will, the demolition of opposition would be fixed. Mzee, Bosco or Mr. Sunday would be very happy, because people listened to Nangalama. They put down their swords and became silent like graves. 

Here is an out-take from Red Pepper, which has resurfaced on social media:

Ugandans should be demanding from their opposition leaders why their kids are being killed. Opposition leaders should not be taking the killings as political capital. They should suspend all their rallies, consultations and kwekalakasa to demand justice for the dead and imprisoned. You surely do not think we have opposition in Uganda. Here is the BIG News, there is no opposition in Uganda” (Martha Leah Nangalama – ‘People Power Movement Should Not Use Death for Cheap Political Capital’ 29.02.2020).

All of this happens because People Power Movement (PPM) are seeing their activists killed and associates being murdered. She is initially stating that Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine is wrong and doing it badly.

As she started her piece like this: “Bobi Wine should sack his media team and hire a professional.  Capitalizing on the death of two young people is not my cup of tea. Those two kids are in the same age group as my kids so I fly to Toronto, Canada to capitalize on deaths!! With a poster like this. Who is gonna raise their kids? The opposition needs to learn from Gen. Mugisha Muntu” (Martha Leah Nangalama – ‘People Power Movement Should Not Use Death for Cheap Political Capital’ 29.02.2020).

It is like this have never been done before, all political movements has had their martyrs, especially the ones who fought against a junta or a miltiary dictatorship. Because, the junta will use their force, because they have no other methods of control of dissidents. That is why the opposition is so split and attacked by the authorities. All means are used against them, even killing by trying to stop the opposition from gathering or even assemble in public. This is something Nangalama knows, but doesn’t care to dig into. Maybe, that isn’t important to her?

She just want friend sheep like Mugisha Muntu, whose loved by the NRM and whose so pragmatic, that he cannot even pass a street without asking authorization by the local RDC. That is how it seems. This from the lady from ‘Peril of Africa’, the lady who always goes hard. However, here she went a bit left. Especially, if she yearns for change or more of the same?

It is like she wrote in rage, I understand and we both agree. That no one should die because of politics. Each life taken is one to much. However, the brutal reality is that the army, all security agencies and so-on use all means to shut-down the opposition. They know everything, because the opposition needs to notify and spell out their activity to the authorities. Therefore, they got no way to hide or escape the armed forces, either if they like it or not.

In that reality. She wants a compromised leader, a leader who doesn’t dare the authorities nor the structure itself. A man whose not honest in his approach to his start-up party Alliance of National Transformation (ANT). She accepts this, because, she wants that easy-picking approach. Not even use the ills against you. However, Muntu like anyone else uses burials and funerals as rally grounds for political messages, but that is cool right?

I understand her frustration, as the dead is named and put on like martyrs. No one wants to have that. No movement wants that, but when your fighting the powers to be with all their forces. They use all means to stay in power. They are not redeeming or a forgiving organization. No, they come with bullets, tear-gas and prison. This she knows, but wants them to silent and not speak up about it.

Only lay-down and die. Not speak out, not address it or continue. She wants suspensions and not civil disobedience. If you think that works, then you will give life to the Movement for a few more decades and a Muhoozi Presidency when Yoweri “calls it a day”. Because, why fight them or undress them at all?

When you want men like Muntu? Why even use time to blog or speak of the ills of society? Only when it doesn’t cost? Should the opposition suspend it all and really die? In your eyes, they are dead anyway?

I am sure Kizza Besigye and POA will disagree with that. The same will Bobi Wine, who you disagree with. There are opposition, but nearly impossible to do party work or assemble. If they do so, there is costs, there is pain and suffering. Unless, people stand up against that. The cycle of violence, arrests and misuse of power will continue. However, the stance in her piece. Isn’t creating anything positive. It is neither showing any will of stopping of it, but instead giving ways to the authorities who is sanctions this actions towards the youths who dies for their political affiliation.

Even if I believe it comes from a true place, that Nangalama means well. It doesn’t serve anyone. Except for the ANT and Muntu. Who easily speaks with everyone, but is of no concern to the State House. That is why his out there. However, the ones who is a of a concern and who creates fire is dismissed and said to lay their tools down.

How will that generate change? It will not, especially, if the ones whose new and who has the youth behind them. Suddenly, supposed to suspend their actions and be silent. Not even try to be relevant. That is reality of what she wrote. Because, of the deaths and the usage in public. The PPM and Bobi Wine should lay their tools down and not do anything.

With that sort of thinking, Bobi Wine is never winning. It is just the matter of which ways he looses. He looses if he acts and looses if he stands down. He cannot even participate without someone saying his actions are wrong.

Wonder if Nangalama thought of that? I didn’t think so. Peace.

Opinion: Matsiko, it would have been better if you remained silent…

Here we go again; Dan Matsiko of NFT (New Form of Thinking) Uganda is at it again. This time really out of line with both the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), which his supposed to be part off and also People Power Movement head Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine. The attempt to sway opinion and dropping a statement on Facebook. Only shows his intent, which isn’t for the good, but for his own pockets.

Why do I say that? This man remains silent and dubiously away in the times of hardships. His gone missing, nowhere to be found, but when Campaign season hits the fan. His suddenly everywhere and trying to inject himself to the public sphere. Like his a phenomenon worth following. That’s why his insulting Besigye and Bobi Wine, also POA while his at it. Just take a look at this mess.

Matsiko Statement:

Though NFT Uganda was privy to Muntu ‘s fall at FDC we didn’t takeup the FDC headquarters, supporters of Kizza Besigye shared the spoils amongst themselves. Went public chest thumping forgetting their victory was partly engineered by other two party presidential candidates who criss – crossed the country decampaigning Mugisha Muntu” (…) “Our presidential bid in 2020 -2021 is a vote of no confidence in the Amuriat run FDC, Besigye controlled FDC headquarters and Katonga group and above all to the entire class members of 1986, Museveni, Muntu and Tumukunde are all part of the class and mere pretenders in the politics of Uganda. We don’t expect much from Robert Kyagulanyi because he was part of IGP Kale Kayihura’s brutality machinery in the Uganda police force” (Dan Matsiko – Special Update, 06.03.2020).

Bobi Wine statement after the sacking of Kayihura:

Unfortunately, it seems he wants to hold on until he too is showed the exit door, and that day will surely come. I am sure Kayihura didn’t think he would wake up sacked and Ugandans celebrating his exit. Another thing here is that unfortunately these people never learn. President Museveni has mastered the art of using them and dropping them when they have served his purpose but also turned themselves against the population. No one has harassed the opposition and worked hard to entrench this dictatorship than Kayihura. Today, after serving the purpose and turning himself into possibly one of the most hated Ugandans, he has been dropped” (Bobi Wine, 05.03.2018).

Why I am dropping this today, because of his reckless statement. That will be shared on various of social media groups and finally end up shared on WhatsApp. This is why it needs to be dismissed as hogwash. His insinuating things and massaging his message in a fashion that is disrespectful. Not only to Besigye and Bobi Wnie, but also to everyone involved in the manners.

When Matsiko says he has a presidential bid, he said the same in 2016, but didn’t stand up for the bill or even run. People was actually waiting for the man to be certified and ready to run. Something he never did. Therefore, his really brave now in 2020 speaking like a big-shot, when he hasn’t even proven his paperwork with the Electoral Commission like other Presidential aspirants.

Secondly and last. His lies about Bobi Wine is just outrages. It is insincere and ill minded. The same about his attempt to discredit Besigye, a man whose taken the cost to stand up against the junta and the dictatorship, more than anyone and more than Matsiko could ever pull off. Therefore, Dan, back-off, be silent and shut-up. Unless, you got something positive or constructive to do. Because, this is not it. Peace.

Opinion: The key ingredients to why burials have become political

There are usually some components in play when things change. There are certain stimuli or even ingredients that changes the flavour. It could be to much salt, pepper or even chilli. Even the idea of putting some sugar or milk like liquid in the sauce and the whole flavour profile changes.

The same way the political landscape changes. It does so over time. The main reason is that the state, the authorities and the ones in-charge are making other ways of gathering or assembling possible. There are reasons why the main big speeches and meeting places for opposition leaders in the republic is at burials or vigils of deceased activists and forefathers of political dynasties. That’s because the state barres them from gathering with consultation meetings, rallies or even celebrate their anniversaries. Even opening up local offices and spaces for building up the party can be shut-down by the authorities. There is no political event of the opposition without the police, the soldiers or other outfits to silent them.

What is even more striking is that the activists, the youth and the ones that gather around these consultations, meetings and such. Are the ones that is taken down and out. The police, LDUs, Crime Preventers and whatnot has assaulted, arrested, detained and killed civilians in the mercy to stop opposition leaders from “inciting violence”. Instead they are using violence to disperse and stop the public to assemble.

Because of this, the politicians, if they want to have any place to speak to strangers. They are not allowed to rally, meetings or even operate as a party. They use the Public Order and Management Act (POMA) and the Penal Code. Where there are pieces of legislations that is used to stop and measure the opposition. However, the same legislation seems to never be used to the governing party nor its associates. That is why they operate like a “normal party”, even if they have the sole-candidacy sickness, which has given the whole party a Stockholm syndrome as hostages under one man and his vision.

With all of this in mind. It is not strange, that the oppositions are using their best speeches, their best political work at burials and funerals. As this is the one moment, which the police force will not attend and block. The authorities will not throw tear-gas and close of a church or public space, as the casket and undertakers in attendance.

It is easy to understand this and why it turns this way. This is because of the state and their actions. That makes it the only path to generate support and attendance without fear of repercussions. That is why opposition leaders uses those gatherings for this. Because they can and they will.

It is not fair that it is this way, but as long as the path is made while walking along it. There will more functions used like this. Expect weddings and others to become it as well. Since, there is so narrow avenues and limited space. That is why burials and funerals are the place of political messages get across. It is not intended like that, but the orders from high above demands that. Peace.

4th Time in 2020 at Nalufenya: Besigye preventative arrested today in Jinja

Police and Army officers have towed Dr Kizza Besigye’s car moments after blocking him from leaving Sunset Hotel International in Jinja where he spent a night. After towing Dr Kizza Besigye’s car from Sunset Hotel International in Jinja, Police have arrested him and is currently detained at Nalufenye Police Station” (91.2 Crooze FM, 26.02.2020).

On the 20th January 2020 Besigye was detained at Nalufenya Police Station. Also on the 22nd January he was detained again at Nalufenya Police Station. For the third time he was detained at Nalufenya Police Station on Monday 24th February 2020.

Today, it has happen again. After my calculation that Besigye have been detained only in 2020 4 times at Nalufenya. A place that was supposed to be history. A palace which was supposed to be closed in 2018 and late 2017. However, that has never happen.

That is why his been detained there four times there already this year (after my calculation). Now, he was detained before he even went to planned rally. This is what you deem as a preventative arrest of sorts. Which isn’t new for Besigye either.

This is just a continued impunity in concern with Besigye. He was able not to be arrested yesterday, but that happen today. Peace.

FDC 15 Years Anniversary rally in Buikwe: Blocked like always! [Kato and Besigye arrested]

Police today impounded Dr Kizza Besigye’s car REG NO. UAN 661V ahead of the opposition leader’s anticipated visit to Njeru Municipality in Buikwe District. Dr Besigye was expected in Buikwe to address an FDC rally as part of the party celebrations to mark 15 years” (91.2 Crooze FM, 24.02.2020).

Dr. Kizza Besigye wasn’t allowed to get to te Buikwe district today. The Police Force was waiting from orders from above or the “Emperor”. While in Njeru Municipality the police force used tear-gas to disperse the public from being a part of the 15 Year Anniversary celebration there. The LDUs was also used to get the public away from the area.

The car of Besigye was impounded. However, David Kato the driver was arrested and is detained as we speak at Kayunga Police Station. We know that the rally didn’t appear or happen, because of the blocking of it from the Police Force. NBS Television have later reported that Besigye was whisked away from the area around Jinja to Nalufenya Police Station. Therefore, his in a familiar place, as it is not like he hasn’t been detained there before. He has spent plenty of hours in that prison.

This is just like every other 15 Year Anniversary rallies, they are blocked and met with police violence. Today was nothing new. Just another location. This is a continuation. A never ending battle between the FDC and the authorities. Peace.

Opinion: Does the POMA only apply to the Opposition?

Why do I ask this question to myself? Why does ask it all?

Well, the circumstance of the Public Order Management Act of 2013 was designated to control and monitor the actions of Dr. Kizza Beisgye. That’s why it came to existence in the first place. We all should know that by now, but for the ones who didn’t, I was glad to inform you.

With this in regard, as the Police Force issued a statement of monitoring consultation meetings and claiming threats of public safety. While at the same time, the President held campaign meetings and long walks. Either there was no issues where he was, but everywhere else where the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) did party works or where Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine did their thing.

So in regards to that, it seems like the POMA is targeting only the opposition like Besigye and Bobi Wine. Muntu is walking free and also Moses Byamugisha, but they are not a threat to anyone. Mugisha Muntu wouldn’t even touch a grasshopper if it was in his way. He would try to reason with it to let him pass. While seemingly Besigye and Bobi Wine are dangerous, like they are carrying diseases and nuclear weapons, as they are passing the republic trying to gather people around them.

Because, no matter what they do, they get into legal trouble. Neither missing the mark on the venue, not enough toilets, not enough sniffer-dogs, not enough paperwork and not enough windows to escape from the locations. There is always misgivings and reasons to shut it down. Take up the tear-gas, send the mambas, drag the cars, abduct the leadership to unknown locations. Like no matter what these men does, they will get into trouble.

I am sure they could have smallest gathering in the vaults of a bank and it would still be deemed unsafe. Even if that vault was built for a nuclear holocaust and the biblical apocalypse. It wouldn’t have enough doors, enough air or space for the Police Officers to secure the venue. They would block it and take the leaders to nearest prison anyhow.

It doesn’t matter if the People Power or FDC complies with the EC Guidelines and the POMA. The Police and the Army going to go all in. They will show no mercy and make excuses afterwards. Surely, the was something in the air, on the ground or intel that told that a grand macho narcissist of a terrorist would attend. That is why they had to block the venue, even if there is no proof of the existence of the terrorist. Still, the UPF and other agencies will claim so, until Jesus returns.

And as always, we can be rest assured that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) can hold rallies, processions and whatnot without any issues. There is never any issues with the NRM. They can just spontaneously put a tent in any town at any given time and call it rally without anyone bothering them. They can auction goats, cows and their souls without any consideration of POMA. Because, why bother right? They are the rulers, they reign supreme, the others should beg them.

That is how it seems, because the NRM can hold any kind of function without any police interference. Without the army bamboozling the crowds and tear-gas hurting toddlers. Well, that is because they rule the Republic, the others are dissidents.

As long as they are dissidents, the monitoring and the demands will follow. Because they are not following the paradigm of the NRM. That’s why it is like it is. We could laugh about it, but to many have been hurt by this policy. To many whose just by-standers and happen to be in town when the political actors are having their gatherings. So, many have been caught in this web and the ones to blame is the state authorities and their weapons. Since, the opposition didn’t come with guns, but came in SUVs to planned venues, no with intent of violence, but the violence that came was from the state. Peace.

Uganda Police Force: Police Closely Monitoring Consultative Preparations (27.01.2020)

Kizza Besigye arrested for the second time in three days!

Former FDC party president Dr. Kizza Besigye has been arrested & detained at Nalufenya unit.This comes after police blocked Dr. Besigye at Nile bridge on his way to one of the radio stations he had been invited to for a political radio show” (Capital FM Uganda, 22.01.2020).

There is something that is right on schedule, just like taxes there comes the newsflash that Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader and former Presidential Candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye is intercepted, towed to another location, stopped from performing his role as political operative and detained somewhere.

Today he was only supposed to participate on a scheduled radio show at the Busoga Radio One. Even the presenter of the radio got arrested too by the Police Force. Therefore, the ones that associate with him is still in trouble. Who knows what charges they will pin on them both, but expect something out of the Public Order Management Act (POMA) and h the Penal Code.

This is just yet another day. Only two days ago he was detained and arrested. Than, also taken to Nalufenya Police Station. To be hidden away in the murky police station, which is known for torture and the like. It is interesting and shows their intent when they take him there, yet again.

Besigye is not allowed to be a active politician. His muffled, arrested and taken to prison at any given day. It is clockwork. You can promise that it will happen. The Police Force is ready to incept the White SUV and impound him. Tear-gas him and detain him. That is what they are doing and continues to do so.

It was when the party was trying to celebrate its 15 Years Anniversary of the FDC on the 20th January 2020, that Besigye was arrested last time. Then also taken away, impounding his car and detaining him at Nalufenya.

If your thinking the General Elections of 2021 will be fair. You should forget about that. Because, there are no shadow of a doubt of the rigging, the intimidation and the usage of force to tame the opposition. The likes of Besigye and Bobi Wine will be in legal jeopardy. They will be behind bars. Will face charges and be “criminals” because they face the “high above” and the one nobody supposed to dare. However, they do and therefore, they have to face the consequences.

If that maybe Nalufenya or Luzira. They will be there at any given time. If not the Police will preventative house-arrest them and make their homes a prison. Peace.

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