Makerere’s Ivory Tower burned

There are now was speculations going on as the Makerere University Ivory Tower started to burn and several departments of the University was caught on fire. This is just happening as the Makerere University was hit with a 8 billion shilling financial scandal. The evidence just vanished and the financial records just disappeared in the flames.

It is just so convenient that it happen now. Now that there was supposed to be an investigation into the lost funds of the University. That the fire just happen where the paperwork and the paper-trail was left behind. Just to ensure, that they cannot find the evidence and the proof of the mismanagement and loss of funds.

What is more striking is that the old building, the historical building, the UNESCO site burned yesterday. The building which was started on in 1939, but finished in 1942. A building with rich history. We can wonder what sort of documents, historical artefacts and other things that went into the flames yesterday. Things and papers, which cannot be replicated, unless they were digitally stored on some cloud server. Alas, that we don’t know at this point.

What we do know is that it’s fitting the fire happens now. It is just in time and with the spirit of a cover-up. Where the leadership, the ones who has a oversight of the University suddenly lost the proof of their misdeeds and misuse of funds. These documents that just went missing in a fire. So, that the investigation have to be halted. As there are no proof of the acts and the deeds done by University leadership.

That is how this is looking to the blind eye. Where the University just looses its face. Where they have to restore and rebuild the famous building. The Ivory Tower, who just happens to burn when a financial scandal hits it.

What will also happen, the 8 billions lost in the scandal will be nothing in comparison to rebuilding this structure. Ensure the building is intact and built on the principals of the early 1940s. Now there will expeditions to the senate building of University of London. As this building and architecture was build to resemble.

Therefore, this is a tragedy and it strikes when the University is rocked with a scandal. That is why it’s to easy to the motives behind it. Though, we know there will be no one taken into custody as culprits. The fire was done and ones behind it will walk free.

We can just wonder what is up next. The aftermath will show, but for now… we have to dwell on the fires and wonder what went lost. Other than the financial records, which just happens to there. Because, Makerere have no lost something. Uganda have lost something. Yet again. While the leadership is acting like they can just rebuild it like nothing. Well, it won’t be that easy. This will take time and will cost a fortune. While trying to hold onto the remains of the past. That will not be easy. Peace.

Opinion: The “Zaake Parliamentary Report” reads like a hit-job

After reading the bleak 23 pages report on the “misconduct” of Hon. Francis Zaake during a meeting of the Committee on Educations and Sports, as they were investigating into the violence, the army presence and the raising intuition at Makerere University. This report was made in January 2020, but was published now recently.

What is striking is that everything is pointed at Zaake from the get-go. There is no denying in it. You can read that this was pre-programmed. Even if there was questions into the manner and ways Professor Nawangwe as well. Still, his all of the hook, no questions into his lacking will to answer or even say what really was going on there.

This was at the heights of it all with all the massive reports, speculations and even the horror viral videos of what was happening at the halls of Makerere University. While the Professor didn’t want to answer to this. That is why the Parliamentary Report on the actions done is toothless too. Just like the Professor said the MPs where. They are spineless and won’t have the ability shift the power, which is from “high above”. That evident with this report too.

Because, it points to Zaake. Not the reason behind it all, the stress of an MP who is in direct connection with the youths and students of Makerere. A man who cares and who isn’t ruthless. This is how it all seems now.

Zaake is the fall-guy. The guy to pin blame on for shouting, interrupting and questioning the Professor. As he was supposed to be accountable and transparent.

It is funny that the recommendations speaks of the integrity, decorum and manner of which a committee should work. They are pinning blame on Zaake without any consideration. Even when there are other allegations put on him with no evidence and not even captured on CCTV cameras. This all seems more like they had a pre-disposal and planned effort. That Zaake was a bad boy and need to punished.

While they can so easily do this to him, they didn’t do anything and haven’t pushed for the Recommendations in the Parliamentary Reports on the strikes and violence at Makerere University. These are just briefcase reports, but when it hits an opposition character like Zaake. Than, he will be muted and silenced by some manner. Because, protocol and decorum matters in the likes of him, but expect that a NRM MP can scream and shout. Expect a Cabinet member being allowed to go all “gung-ho” and “an-march”.

Yes, there’s is a need in a meeting for protocol, respect and manner. This is well-known, but that is from both parties. And the other MPs should know the invested interest for Zaake in this matter. It is not like his a total outsider and activists he knew was in trouble there. That is why, the army acting out and speculations into the vile activity would make anyone spark at a leader of the institution deflecting the questions.

Zaake might be wrong, but at the same time. He has done it with a purpose, which the report never states. Neither does the Vice-Chancellor or Professor deserve to let of the hook. Because of his reluctance to answer the committee and the allegations against him. What is striking is that the other members didn’t address that, but asked for human treatment. Meaning they are really weak and not bothering about gathering evidence towards Makerere. When they are just addressing Zaake and not even considering the actions that triggered him.

That is why this Report is a hit-job. It was meant from the get-go. There was no other meaning of this one. To censor or to give Zaake a message. That he got to relax, be more chill and just watch Netflix. Peace.

Makerere University: Parliament Report strikes hard at the authorities

The Parliament made a report into last year’s violence and demonstrations at the Makerere University. The Report was made in December 2019, but only released in public now in February 2020. Therefore, I got it in hand today and will dwell on some aspects of it. As it shows what sort of fashion that went down and what the MPs see as vital information for the public to know after the deeds was done at the campus.

As the report states: “the demonstration led by the 85t1, Female Caucus was legitimate in nature [Article 29 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda] and did not merit the brutal conduct of the University administration and the security operatives in managing the protests” (..) “there was lack of evidence to suggest that the University Students’ Disciplinary Committee headed by Justice Precious Ngabirano had convened meetings to hear and determine allegations levelled against the affected students. The Committee notes that it is now coming to two months without any report from the University Disciplinary Committee” (Parliament Report, 2019).

Just by these simple paragraphs shows the extent of force used to a demonstrations that had merit, which the University combined with the authorities escalated. As we known by following the events to a violent path.

As it further states: “The Committee observes that the deployment of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces [UPDF] to participate in the management of the protests at the University were not justifiable” (Parliament Report, 2019). With these words in mind, it is not strange that the UPDF and the authorities, which was not justified, misused their means on civilians and students alike. The acts of ill towards citizens and students demonstrating at unfair raise of student fees. Which is a natural reaction to sudden change of livelihood.

While the minority report stated this for instance: “the senior Minister of Education and Sports makes a public apology in light of the statement she made depicting Makerere University as a drug infested institution. We presume the statement is an indictment to the students and the university at large, and her apology would restore confidence and trust on Makerere University” (Parliament report, 2019).

Also, states a reason why there was no evidence in the majority report of sexual harassment: “The Committee on Education and Sports did not spare time to specifically inquire and interface with alleged victims of sexual harassment at the Campus of Makerere University” (…) “One female student [names uithheld] testified that she was subjected to verbal sexual insults inside the hostel and at Wandegeya Police Station after her arrest. Among the insults, a uniformed security officer threatened called her a prostitute and threatened to put his genitalia in her mouth” (Parliament Report, 2019). Therefore, the concerns of these actions made by security personnel, neither police nor soldiers on the ground. Show, that there was no actions being done to ensure their hurt nor their stories to collaborate with the alleged sexual harassment. This could have further shown the ills that were done and the amount of pain the students went through those weeks of last year.

Let me end with a final statement from the Minority report: “The recent students’ demonstration at Makerere was indicative of the fact that some interests were ignored by the University authorities” (Parliament Report, 2019). That is enough. Peace.

Opinion: DP Ruto immortalized at Makerere University, why?

Truth is hard, propaganda is cheap.”DaShanne Stokes

What has the Deputy President of Kenya, William Ruto done, which is so noble and such to get an own institute named after him at Makerere University? I am asking this and would like to know. Since, I don’t get it and seems like a bought space.

Not like the DP haven’t started ghost projects and hopefully this is one too. Since, his the hustler, who has created massive fortunes while being in-office and being broke before entering it. His the most corrupt DP in memory. Land-grabber and government tender eating. The scale of corruption under him and Kenyatta is outrages.

Makerere University clearly doesn’t care about the reputation of the University anymore. Maybe, the assaults from the army has hit the administration and their will power has dwindled. This seems more like an investment made by the President, as a token of a promising relations between him and Ruto.

Museveni wants to be the kingmaker and wants loyal cadres within the East African Community. That’s why his kept Ruto close and they have met in past too. Therefore, in that sense, it seems like a pay-off to give Ruto the honour at Makerere. However, it is still ill of doing this way.

Since, most institutes are usually named after legendary figure, people to look up-to, even the halls of Makerere are named Lumumba and Mitchell. Also, the three institutes already there isn’t named after anyone, like IDI, MISR and MUARIK. None of them is named after anyone, but their field. Just like all the colleges at the University too.

That Ruto will get this is boggling me: “Makerere University will on Saturday, 21st December 2019 at 10:30am host His Excellency the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya – William Samoei Arap Ruto as Chief Guest at the ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the William S. Ruto Institute of African Studies” (Makerere University – ‘Launch of the William S. Ruto Institute of African Studies’ 20.12.2019).

So, he gets an institute, but his known for graft, corruption and scandals, not for great leadership, even if he has a loyal following in the Tanga-Tanga and the ones whose inter-connected with his way of kickbacks. Therefore, many will praise this, but without considering the implications. As there are plenty of foundation stones on ghost projects all-over Kenya with the DP Ruto name on it.

Surely, we can hope this fails and become as non-existent as them, as the President Museveni and his party have never built their NRM headquarters of 26 storeys. That has never materialized over the “wedding-meetings” collecting funds.

I cannot understand why DP Ruto get this honour, except if Museveni wants to buy a friend in Kenya. That would make sense, but doesn’t make it righteous. Since, it seems he does it to have a loyal ally after 2021. That is if, the President gets his wish.

Than he can point at, see what I did for you in 2019, now “love me, love me” do my bidding and help me succeed as the King of East Africa. That is the sort of man President Museveni is and DP plays along, because the DP wants to big-man. He want to eventually try to point of things he did and achieved. However, that will be hard to do with time. As the Jubilee and himself, is more known for their looting, than their proper governing.

Enough nonsense, right? Time to open a book and gain some more wisdom. Peace.

Makerere University: Press Statement of Suspended Students on the #MAKFeesMustFall Protest (09.12.2019)

Opinion: Mwiru’s motion to seek an inquiry of the UPDF involvement in civil matters is a righteous one

Hon. Paul Mwiru, the MP whose behind the motion: “MOTION TOR A RESOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT TO INQUIRE INTO THE RECENT REPORTED MISCONDUCT OF THE UGANDA PEOPLE’S DEFENCE FORCES DURING DEPLOYMENT IN CIVIL MATTERS”, which was in the plenary on the 21st November 2019.

This motion is important, also for the matter that its seconded by Christopher Kalemba, Anthony Okello and Noah Wanzala Mutebi. All four of them, these MPs are acting on their right instinct on the matter of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), the army. The army isn’t supposed to be involved directly in civil manners, but of late and recent years, the UPDF have done more and more state functions. They are entangled in things where the army got nothing with it. That’s why the Motion moved by Hon. Mwiru is the good one.

Not because the motion is perfect. Not because the motion has the answers nor the results we want to hear. No, it is the right one, because the UPDF and the NRM needs to be challenged on this. The President who likes to be the general and warrior. Got to be questioned for the involvement of the UPDF in other things, than defending the border and securing the territory of the Republic.

The piece that is good from the motion is this:

FURTHER AWARE that in the recent post there hos been increased intervention of UPDF in civil matters notably regulation of the fishing industry and quelling protests by students of Makerere University, NOTING THAT gross violations of human and people rights have reportedly marred the intervention of the UPDF in civil matters, which ordinarily should be a preserve of the Uganda Police Force as commended by Article 212 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda” (Motion, 21.11.2019).

The final important piece of the motion is this:

AND FURTHER COGNIZANT of the importance of duly holding public officials and institutions to account for their actions and inactions as on integral canon of good governance and a possible deterrent from repetitive transgressions, Now THEREFORE it be resolved by this August House that; Parliament institutes a Select Committee to inquire. Within 45 days of approval of this Motion, into the reported violations of human and people rights by the UPDF with a view of establishing and apportioning culpability” (Motion, 21.11.2019).

This is why this motion is good. Because, it asks the Select Committee to inquire and directly investigate into the matters. This is to reveal and gain documentation on the matters, where the army has been used in civilian matters, which is wrong. Where the army has intervened and used force against civilians. That’s why this sort of motion will show who did what and who has to answer for what they did. Who did the ordering and who actually was behind the mess of misusing the army to settle civilian problems. Instead of going the proper ways or going the whole due process.

The legality of it, the challenge with the law and the constitution is another matter too. Which makes this even a bigger question, as to where it might be fitting to solve the resolving issues after collecting the report from the authorities, the Ministry of Security, the Ministry of Defence and the other ones. Where they do have the documents and the paper-trail to prove the acts, which has been made. The ones whose secret, the ones whose confidential and the ones the army and neither the “high above” wants the Republic to see.

Therefore, this motion is needed. What it grants is important. It will not reveal everything, but if a select committee gets to work, gets into discovery and get to collect data. They might discover something unseen and show us the whole picture. Instead of the little fragments we have today. Peace.

Uganda Episcopal Conference: Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Uganda on recent episodes of excessive use of Force and Brutality by Security Agents (08.11.2019)

Economic Fighters League: Stop Brutalising Makerere University Students in Uganda (10.11.2019)

EFF Condems Police Brutality in Uganda, Makerere University (06.11.2019)

Makerere University: Students Guild – Office of the Guild President – Press Release on the Status Quo on our Demands and a Call for an Extraordinary Students Assembly (03.11.2019)