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Kayihura warns the Opposition that the Demonstrations will not be like in 2011; and they will stand down until the country is “safe” in the “new” government!

Kayihura Kasese Bundibugyo 24.03.2016

As we could predicate like clockwork is that the Police Force would enforce the banning and interim orders of the Constitutional Court from Deputy Justice Stephen Kavuma yesterday. So since the clock is ticking… the IGP Kayihura had to speak his peace, and his Peace is not peace for anybody else then the NRM regime and the NRM cronies. As proven with his rhetoric today. Take a look yourself!

Kale Kayihura says this today:

“We were able to have peaceful elections contrary to what had been anticipated by many people. It was a big achievement and something you cannot take lightly because had we not done it, it would now be a different story” (…)”We can’t allow something similar to what happened in 2011 during the swearing in ceremony. Our main mission (of securing elections) was done but we can’t stand down until the country is safe and secure with the new government” (…)”There were predictions of violence before, during and after elections but thanks to the security forces that ensured this did not happen. The future of our country is very bright as people live in peace and happiness” (Kazibwe, 2016).

Besigye 2011 W2W Arrest

This is might what he is afraid of:

“Cheers of excitement turned to eerie silence as the police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds. Protesters scattered and made their way to a soccer field, where they held a mock swearing-in of Mr. Besigye” (…)”But in recent weeks, the protests’ narrative and political momentum have built as the government has mounted a brutal and at times fatal response, making many Ugandans rethink the extent of the nation’s democracy” (…)”On Tuesday, the police used water cannons to disperse a group of six people, some of them political leaders, who were huddled against a building. Another opposition leader was whisked away in a police van” (…)”Lots of this anger is being vented at Museveni as he is sworn in, both because of widespread belief of fraud in the election and because of the way the government has handled Besigye,” said Elliott Green, a specialist on Uganda at the London School of Economics. “The next question is where things might go from here.” (Kron, 2011).

But last time it was the Police who came with brutality and used all force, dispersed and detained the opposition. Therefore Dr. Kizza Besigye had to go to hospital in Kenya before arriving back in Uganda. The Post-Election violence was massive in the last go-around.

Bukwo FDC Campaign Trail 060116 P3

This just had to happen the day after the Deputy Justice Stephen Kavuma who made the Interim Order of banning the Defiance Campaign. So that he comes with warnings is just a sensational as the sunrise every morning. It just have to occur; the issue is with the favour and extent he goes in. As he claims that the FDC and their campaign is to destroy the peace and the happiness of the country. That says that in his mind only NRM can bring peace, and if other disobey then they creating havoc and chaos. Initially saying so, but the words of non-violence during, under and after the elections of 2016 is a lie. He must have forgotten the pre-election violence of Rukungiri, Jinja and other. During the Campaign trail of Bukwo district, Ntungamo and the state of the violence before the Makerere Rally in February; then after that there been steady violence in the country. Something that IGP Kayihura knows as the army has been deployed in Kasese and Rwenzori. The Bundibugyo and Kapchorwa killings combined with the Kasese and Rwenzururu Kingdom killings proves the levels of blood that have been taken after the election. So a real it is not.

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Combined with the connection of the Police Force enforcing preventative arrests, detaining, stopping demonstrations, applying detaining for unlawful behaviour even when they just trying to do party work. The other is the monitoring and spying on the opposition even when they have to comply for their actions to the Police as the POMA act says. And the Parties have obliges with that, even when he ruling party together with the Police have used all force to oppress them.

So I have trouble with the simplistic view of the acts of his Police Force towards fellow country-men and how he target fellow citizens who happens to be Opposition as enemies and with Anti-Riot Police Force. So the Peace he speaks is a forced peace. A Peace that is forced by fear and by tear-gas and detaining the opposition, not creating a space for dialogue or real peace in the country; because the Police Force does not hesitate to act upon the men and woman who might counter to the NRM, as they did to the people who closed their shops as a demonstration to the rigged election.

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So his precaution of the 2011 Walk To Work is the statement as he has moved certain men who was involved like Andrew Felix Kaweesi and I am sure others are moved to the Kampala Metropolitan. Because they want to be sure that they can dissolve any demonstration as they want the perfect day for the 7th Term of President Museveni and his NRM that the Police Force is loyal too!

So we can be assured that the Police Force is ready to follow the words of the interim orders of the judge of 29th April 2016. Because he will use any excuse to extend the Police State of NRM and their thieving of power. Since the legitimate leader is not in the NRM, if it was so then they would not need to threaten the public. The Legitimacy is certainly bubbled down and cracked, therefore the silence and non-celebration except for the people of Uganda Media Centre who is paid men of the Ruling Party. So long behold the Swearing-In at Kololo Independence Ground on the 12th May. The reality is that the Police Force will use force on the 5th May, but if the Opposition able to mobilize as they did during campaign and Nomination day of the November 2015. Something I hope, and pray for, because if so the Police Force will be a small minority who should not hurt that big of a crowd and certainly that amount of people would monitor and share footage of the havoc so the media of the world would condemn the violent actions of the Police as they harass the Opposition with a steady pace. Peace.

Reference:

Kazibwe, Kenneth – ‘Gen. Kayihura Warns FDC on Inauguration Demo’ (30.04.2016) link: http://www.chimpreports.com/kayihura-speaks-out-on-fdc-inauguration-demo/

Kron, Josh – ‘Protests Overshadow Inauguration in Uganda’ (12.05.2011) link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/13/world/africa/13uganda.html?_r=0

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Military Police creates havoc in Kampala; As FDC Convoy was supposed to travel through central Kampala; The People’s President had plans of Addressing rally in Makerere; but the Calvary wanted it otherwise!

Mambas 15.02.2016

Yesterday even late President Museveni held a rally in the midst of the stars and moon with a dimming light lightening his presence the day after the #UGDebate16. Today is two days after, the evening rallies are supposed to be illegal by the Electoral Commission, but the Uganda Police Force and their Inspector General Police Kayihura doesn’t mind his leader doing as he please while telling the public that Dr. Kizza Besigye is not allowed to have night campaigns.

“There will be peaceful elections in Uganda. Nobody will disturb our peace. Nobody will threaten us. We cannot allow anyone to disrupt and threaten people.” – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni during the #UGDebate on 13.02.2016.

Kiira Road Police 15.02.2016 FDC

The Police would not stop with words, not even in the days before polls on the 18th February. Today on the 15th on February have yet another days of rallies in the glorious land of Uganda. There been steady campaigning in the country since November in 2015. As we speak the Police used tear-gas and live ammunition in Wandegye in Kampala as students during the day has reacted to the demonstrations.

A scuffle has ensued at Jinja road traffic lights where police commanded by Aaron Baguma, DPC, Central Police Station has arrested FDC’s Kizza Besigye barring him from proceeding to Nakasero Market in the heart of Kampala and Arua Park in downtown Kampala. Tear gas fired in the process.

Jinja Road 15.02.2015

The Reaction to this:

As in between rallies and after arresting the Opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye was traversing through Kampala supposed to have rallies in parts of it. As also the citizens and publics was celebrating around the man who comes with the message of defiance; caring and wanting to have a government who delivers with accountability. This is a message that resounds with the public as they surround him. The Police started throwing tear-gas and dispersing the crowds.

Jinja Road 15.02.2015 P2

Not only Dr. Kizza Besigye was arrested, he was arrest alongside Kampala District Woman Member of Parliament Naggayi and she was also taken to Kampala Central Police Station.

Jinja Road 15.02.2015 P3

As the issues continues and Dr. Kizza Besigye was taken from Kampala Central Police Station moved to Kiira Road Police Station. As he was taken for travelling through the center of Kampala; the public used tear-gas and shot in the public. As this happen the loyal FDC supporters was on the outside of the Police Station singing towards the Police men who kept Dr. Kizza Besigye and Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

This did not end at the Old Kiira Road Police Station as the Police after while considered their situation as the media and social media took off after the armed Police reacting to the Public demonstrations around town as the news of the arrest spread quickly from Jinja Road. Dr. Kizza Besigye was then moved again this time to Kasangati to his home in Wakiso.

Even later in the day as Dr. Kizza Besigye was supposed to held a rally at Makerere University.

Kampala Unrest 15.02.2016

An eye witness tells the state of affairs there is like this:

“At Makerere University where thousands of students had anticipated his rally; angry students are up to now 19.20 PM battling with police from the institution’s main gate”.

The Police stopped the traversing through town as the FDC Convoy and supporters would be a conflict for the local business. As the Police coming with Mambas, tear-gas and dispersing is healthy for the same business, I think really it destruction of it as the fear spread doesn’t make it happen. The Peaceful campaigning is certainly over as the Kampala Metropolitan Police is heading in for creating violence in central parts of Kampala.

Wandegye Kampala 15.02.2016 FDC P2

As he planned to arriving back in Kampala for more rallies Dr. Kizza Besigye has said this:

“What is happening was expected; the regime is panicking given its lack of support. My request is that our people should remain firm and vote out this regime. What the regime is doing is simply intimidating our people. Intimidation keeps dictatorships in power” (…)”Let us be strong, resolute, firm and also law abiding. We have not broken any law. We are doing what we are doing lawfully and will assert our right against law breakers. Our campaign is one of defiance. We defy law breaking by the regime which is what happened today”.

Wandegye Kampala 15.02.2016 FDC

However Dr. Kizza Besigye has left his home in Kasangati headed back to Kampala for the rest of his rallies claiming he will attempt to today. The Police was waiting for his return as on the round-about before Wandegye the Police was stationed with 40 Police men and 2 armed trucks.

Dr. Kizza Besigye car was also towed as the Police have trowed tear-gas in Wandegye as Supporters has followed him today and demonstrated; as he was headed for a campaign rally in Makerere University outside Wandegye in Kampala. The tear-gas was even spread on Bombo-Road towards Wandegye as the Police had a hard stance against Dr. Kizza Besigye rallies supposed to happen at Makerere. Even DPC Wandegye Brian Ampaire said to him: “the official campaigning time is up!” well, if they didn’t shot, tear-gas and detain the man nicknamed the People’s President; he might have entered Makerere University Grounds around the promised time! That is just me though! Mr. DPC you arrogant bastard!   

As the violence has erupted the news of that Dr. Kizza Besigye is safe and sound in Kasangati, but the party has not been allowed to follow the people’s will and campaign in Kampala, as President Museveni did recently before travelling Northern Uganda. This sends a clear message of the dual laws of Uganda. As the FDC and Oppositions parties are second class citizens; also the public is a equally not important to the Police or Security Organs as they threaten the citizens of Kampala with tear-gas and bullets.

One quote from the Police after today’s rallies was this:

“The police did not arrest Besigye, we took him to his home to freshen up for his rally” – Abas Byakagaba, Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander.

See what his boss said:

UPF Press Release 15.02.2016

You know there is something wrong with this. While President Museveni is travelling and enjoy life in presidency his own capital town is under siege of his Military Police and his loyal cronies working to destroy the opposition and their rallies. The violence and attack on the local people is a sad view and a picture destroys the view of the campaign rallies. There is no justice in this. While Museveni wrote this to Social Media this evening:

“I want to remind Ugandans that only the NRM can assure them of peace and stability and therefore ask that you vote for us. I thank you” (15.02.2016).

Earlier today around Mulago Round-About before the violence arupted the city!

Earlier today around Mulago Round-About before the violence arupted the city!

To write that today as Kampala turned militarized and tear-gas with public fear and demonstrations. As the left over cans of tear-gas and bullets lay in the street; as people are hurt and people scattered by the Military Police and the Police Force while them defend themselves in a way that is disrespectful to the agents of opponents.

As today it was not FDC or Dr. Kizza Besigye who travelled through town in a car, not a Personal Armored Carrier (PAC) or rifles still. Just himself and his team being part of the town and as scheduled with the Electoral Commission travel in between mini-rallies before the main in the evening as he has done since early November 2015. Today the Kampala Metropolitan Police and the above would not have that. The Military Police is acting and shooting at citizens is so far from justice, as they want to see and be a part of rallies of Dr. Kizza Besigye. This here is a sad day. As the NRM and their ignorance as they set the standard for the Uganda Police Force, Military Police and the Army as they has acted in violence and spread; pain and suffering; as this campaign did not need. The FDC has seen violence in Northern Uganda and other places. But today the NRM-Regime put themselves in high-gear and showed their ugly truth as the words of Peace from President Museveni is meaningless as long as his Police attacks innocent civilians as they we’re ready to greet Besigye; follow his convoy or being part of the rally in Makerere! Peace.  

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