NRM Primaries proves the deficiencies within the party… [and ministers are losing]

It is not shocking that Ministers are losing their seats in the National Resistance Movement Primaries. That has happen before, where NRA Historicals have lost favours after prolonged time in office and nothing to show for it. In 2020 that is no difference.

We are also seeing people who has moved from being Anti-Museveni and harsh opponents turned ministers failing to win. Beatrice Anywar and Beti Kamya being two of them. They have both lost their spots after moving to the Movement. They have to run as Independents. As they don’t have any favours where they fled from either.

That Elioda Tumwesigye lost for instance in Sheema, where he has run several of elections and one. Even a By-Election mid-term in this term. Therefore, it is a shocking enterprise to see him bow out in an inside party election.

In Bushenyi, Mary Karooro Okurut also lost out. In Nyabushozi, there is reports that Fred Mwesigye is loosing too. Evelyn Anite lost in Koboko as well.

There are reports of deaths in three districts. Where family members of the President is for instance fighting over a position like in Mawongola North, where the daughter of Kuteesa is battling the son of Museveni Sado. Clearly it turned violent and the elections was suspended. Similar things happen in Tororo and in Sheema as well.

In Rakai, five boda-boda’s have been burned. One candidates supporter beaten into a comma.

From the NRM Youth League, the leader Gadaffi Nassur for Katikamu North has won and Lillian Arber won in Kitgum.

Even with the voting in line, as in the 1980s elections. The NRM Electoral Commission cannot be proud of the hectic mess. They are not able to keep all the ducks in a row and has to manoeuvre things by the State House to solve the chaos committed. The stakes are so high and therefore, the fall is so massive.

There are reports of 33 or 43 MPs going in unopposed. Alas, there are sole-candidates in the party. That is why these districts and counties are not creating issues.

In 2015 someone called the NRM Primaries a circus. The same could maybe be said this year as well. There are always internal conflict, death, destruction and problems created by the polls. Nothing was different this time.

The NRM are creating havoc over seats in Parliament and the other positions as well. Peace.

Opinion: Mzee donates some beans, but should have slaughterted some cows…

President, Yoweri Museveni, through the first lady, Janet Museveni, has delivered his contribution to the National Task Force against COVID-19 and its effects. The President has donated UGX 1.4 Million which is part of his salary” (SpyReports, 30.04.2020).

For a big-man and a President for 34 years, giving a half-month salary is only symbolic. It is trying to make a statement, but not a for-real. It is not like this will hurt the pocket of the President or even matter to him. His not afraid of that this will be detrimental for him nor his family. If it would, he wouldn’t do this now.

Why do I say this? Well, the President is estimated worth of USD $4 billion. Not like he needs help financially. He owns big farms, has state houses all across the Republic. The President owns hotels and other businesses. So, does the rest of his family. They are owning everything from Garden City to other well-known businesses. Not like the donation will hit them at all.

Plus, the President is covered by the funds spent on the State House budget, Office of the President and Classified Expenditure. There is always an escrow account or other measures to secure that the bills will be paid and expenses will be covered. It is just another scheme to get things out of the way.

I’m sure a man with a ranch and 1000 cows can afford more than a million shillings. Especially, if he do care and wants to be noble. Some will cry foul for me. Because, the gesture is on his own. However, when your know his richer than God and has more money than most will see in their lifetime. To be honest, the amount of money we would have the ability to run through if we was incarnated a 1000 times. We might be lucky to get close to a billion dollars. Until then, the President is giving away breadcrumbs and expecting praise.

The President has had the ability to get businesses, ownership of hotels, malls and whatnot. Factories and ranches. Not like the President doesn’t have the opportunity to spend more on the COVID-19 Fund if he wanted too. The President could cover the whole thing, but his not doing so. This is “his money” and only previously been state funds to enrich himself.

If he was an up-and-comer, who rose like a phoenix out of the ashes. However, the President is far from that. His the socialite and big-man of Kampala. The almighty kingpin of the Republic. The man who runs by decree and by his words. Not like he doesn’t have enough cash to double or triple the COVID-19 Fund. If he did that, he would have shown some sacrifice. Nevertheless, the act made by him is only a symbolic affair.

This is a PR Stunt. Not a big deal. That would be if he sold one of the estates he owns or donated a hotel to it. Even if he slaughtered a few cows and gave some of the Sameer Dairy Corporation milk to the COVID-19 Fund. However, he didn’t do that. Because, that would have hurt his pocket and he doesn’t want to do that.

He could even donate one of his cars from his convoy, maybe the luggage car? Show a little flex. That would have shown something. Until then, his only given breadcrumbs and wants praise. Who are you kidding?

He has billions of dollars and only gives a 1 million shillings? It is good, but not real. Only a tear-drop into the giant ocean. Peace.

Bank of Uganda: Credit Relief Measures to Mitigate the Economic Impact of COVID-19 (17.04.2020)

A look into the Mzee super-loyalist who got appointed as Political Head for the COVID-19 Fundraising Effort

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has appointed Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut(the Minister in charge of General Duties-Office of the Prime Minister and Bushenyi District Woman MP) as the Political Head of the Government Fundraising Efforts/Activities towards COVID-19/Corona Virus.

Mary Karooro Okurut has been appointed today, but she has held various roles in government. She’s an MP for the National Resistance Movement and been in Parliament since 2004. Mary been the Minister of Information and National Guidance, where she really showed finesse in the arts of praising the President and his family. This was something she was doing between 2011 to 2013.

Mary has written and used every instance in promoting the message that the President deems fit. This being his ghetto vision in 2019. That being the 10 Point Programme, the supposed democratic achievement, the donor friendly enterprise of the government and so-on. She’s always defended the government, even when the contrary would make sense. But she is so die hard loyalist, that she would never offend the Don.

She is formerly the Press Secretary of the President and has defended him before getting into Parliament. So, her whole career or the political one has been under the wings of the President. Defending, working and serving the President. That is why she suddenly get this appointment, that’s because she will work tirelessly and defend the actions of the state in this concern. She will clean the hands of the President and his handlers, they will be defended and he can rest assure that he has friendly voice on his side.

Okurut MP is the token of a former worker turned high ranking officials. She has risen among the ranks from the State House into Parliament, into the Cabinet and now with additional role for some time.

Just like she defended fiercely the appointment of the First Lady and Wife Janet to the Ministry of Karamoja, as it is was a selfless act and she was supposed to be qualified for it. Not only as the bedmate and part of the household of the Head of State, but she had the ability to run it too. That is what sort of words Okurut wrote in the Independent in 2009.

So, we know what sort of character she is. She will defend the Government and their efforts, she will wash them clean and use her skills to make it look good.

That why she was put there now. The golden voice of positivity and making the efforts look like the best enterprise ever thought of. Mary will be there to ensure the President and his men gets the validation and the praise it needs. So that the work and the operation is getting the right amount of good reporting. They know she can twist things and make sure the COVID-19 fundraising will look like a successful operation from the government side.

I cannot see it any other way. Because, the way she’s gone through the ranks and defend stuff over the years. This seems so fitting as the perfect storm to have her to handle. As she can condition the message and secure the right lenses on it. Ofwono can only get you so far, neither can Canary or Mwenda too. That is why Okurut MP was handed this job. Peace.

Breaking down Okurut’s Ghetto gimmic

It is that season again, especially in concern that National Resistance Movement (NRM) is trying its best to fit a new demographic and look like its sincere with their policies towards them. That’s what they do, when a new front and a opposition is fielded. This time the NRM and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni are working hard to be viable for the Ghetto.

The Minister in Charge of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister Mary Karooro Okurut have written the piece in New Vision Newspaper, which was published yesterday. Today, I am breaking down the vital parts of this. As I have done similar in the past.

On the Ten-Point Programme:

These are the very same issues that motivated NRM’s liberation struggle, and formed the original blue-print of its governance agenda once it emerged victorious in 1986. Indeed, the restoration of democracy to enable popular political participation, the building of an inclusive, integrated self-sustaining economy to enable equitable access to economic opportunities for all, and the fight against of all forms of corruption that eat away at the State’s ability to provide social services were all high-ranking action points on the NRM 10-point programme” (Mary Karooro Okurut, 2020).

The first breakdown can be read in my old piece from 2014:

https://minbane.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/dismantling-the-ten-point-program/

This one here describe the shortcomings of the NRM and their lacking results in concern of that. The sort of issues, the NRM will never tell. A year later I made a newer and a fresher edition.

This is the second breakdown of the Ten Point Programme:

https://minbane.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/dismantling-the-ten-point-program-2015-edition-uganda/

Here I could easily assess that the NRM only could after 29 years in power say they had achieved 2,5 points. Which is a disgraceful attempt of doing their flag-ship operation and their mission for governing.

Now, I will go off on two themes from the Minister and address them. First her statement in the piece, than some evidence and my little comment. After those, I will end with a short final thought. Just take a look.

Statement today on HIV/AIDS:

In terms of social outreach, the biggest beneficiaries of President Museveni’s bold awareness campaign against HIV/AIDs in the early 90s that won him international acclaim were the poor and uneducated, who were either ignorant about the causes of the disease or unable to afford the scarce and expensive treatment at the time” (Mary Karooro Okurut, 2020)

On HIV/AIDS:

The severity of HIV/AIDS was driven home to Museveni even before he came to power in 1986.50 Within months of taking power in Kampala, Museveni’s first Minister of Health, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, was sent to the World Health Assembly in Geneva where he announced the HIV epidemic facing the country.51 This was in marked contrast to the attitude of other African leaders when confronted with the first hard evidence that HIV/AIDS threatened an epidemic” (…) “The donor community clearly played a role in this process. UNICEF was present at the inauguration of the NCPA and, in January 1987, the World Health Organisation sent a mission to lay the groundwork for cooperation with the government. In February, an issue of the Health Information Quarterly was published documenting the severity of the epidemic, which was followed by the publication of articles in the international press. That month, a second WHO team arrived, including Robert Downing who had played a role in identifying the presence of HIV/AIDS in the country, which assisted in drawing up a five-year action plan, published on 2 April 1987. This formed the basis for a donor conference organised by the Ministry of Health and WHO in May 1987 and the launching of the first AIDS Control Programme in Africa, which was based within the Ministry of Health. Donors pledged $6.9 million to fund it through its first year, with $14 million for the following four year” (Dr. James Putzel – ‘‘HIV/AIDS and Governance in Uganda and Senegal’ May 2003).

Comment: The donors brought this, the donors paid for the HIV/AIDS. Yes, the state was positive to do it and tried to forge a plan. So, the NRM has done a lot here and the numbers are getting better. Both with the amount of people dying per year and the progress of more people getting the treatment they need. But that would not be possible if the donor community, Multi-National Aid Organizations and the UN stepped in to intervene. The NRM would never say that, they would take the whole credit. Just like the Minister is doing and that is insincere. Like the GoU footed the whole bill. PREFAR states this: “Uganda has almost met its HIV resource need for the current (2014/15) fiscal year, with an estimated resource gap of only US$10-12 million (not including household financing sources). Under both scenarios, where the value of estimated available resources is assumed as constant over the next five years, the financial gap grows steadily over that period. By FY 2019/20, the resource gap under the NSP scenario is US$346 million, or an additional 60 percent of total estimated available resources (Figure 7). For the same year, the resource gap for the 90-90-90 scenario is US$409 million. In other words, the total value of committed resources for FY 2014/15 will only meet 62 percent of the total resource need under the NSP scenario and 58 percent under the 90-90-90 scenario by FY 2019/20. Over five years, the total resource gap will amount to US$964 million under the NSP and US$1.09 billion under the 90-90-90 scenario“ (Koseki, S., T. Fagan, and V. Menon. 2015. Sustainable HIV Financing in Uganda. Washington, DC: Futures Group, Health Policy Project, P: 9). So, we can see the lack of funds needed to fund the works still are coming elsewhere from. The state still lack it, but the Minister wants to take the credit for that.

Today’s UPE statement:

So were the beneficiaries of Universal Primary Education. In spite of the challenges, the now more than two-decade policy has been able to grow literacy levels in the country, from about 57% in 1997 when it was introduced to now an impressive 76%, according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics” (Mary Karooro Okurut, 2020).

On UPE:

In the Ministry of Education, early NRM it was 13,7%, while the rise in budget facilitation in 1998 it became 24,7%. By the time of 2017/18 it turned down to 11,37% and by 2018/19 it declined to 10,87%. While UBOS claimed this not so far ago: “However, the education facilities including classrooms, teachers’ houses and libraries have not matched the upsurge in the number of pupils. In 2004, provision of classroom space remained an enormous challenge. Table 2.2.2 shows that, only about half of the pupils had adequate sitting space” (UBOS, 2006).

Will not dig deep into this one. Even at one point during the last two years, the President said. If you wanted your kids to succeed with their education, send them to private school. Therefore, the state has given up this project. It is to costly and the state doesn’t want to invest in it. They tried to a point, but somewhere they didn’t want to foot the bill or continue to fund the expensive school programme for all citizens. She cherry picks the good numbers, but not showing the reality of what the state has done. It is like they are living on past glories. Because that makes the NRM look better today. Which it doesn’t, because it has given up on the UPE. At least not worked sincerely to deliver it.

Final thought:

Enough of this nonsense from the NRM. Therefore, do yourself a favour and aluta continua. Peace.

Reference:

Mary Karooro Okurut – ’The NRM is no stranger to the Ghetto’ 27.01.2020 link: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1514072/nrm-stranger-ghetto

FDC Statement on the Uganda Police Rigging Operation and Illegal Tally Centre at Naguru (19.02.2016)

FDC 19.02.2016 P1FDC 19.02.2016 P2FDC 19.02.2016 P3FDC 19.02.2016 P4

Update on the Death of Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, Minister of Internal Affairs

Update Aronda 140915

Letter from MP Mary Karooro Okurut on Cultural Leaders (Uganda Gazette 303 of 2014)

Museveni 4. August

 

Sagaen om Prosjekt Muhoozi forsetter (og noen Press releases og andre nyheter)

Jeg har venner i FDC og A4C. Via disse har jeg disse nyhetene. Ikke at dette er interesant for Norsk presse. Av den enkle grunnen til de kjenner ikke til historien til personene som er i sentrum av sagaen. Idag har det blitt gitt beskjed at Kale Kayihura er blitt general, og han er allerede overhode over politiet i Uganda.

Daily Monitor, Red Pepper og 2 radio stasjoner ryktes forsatt å være lukket. Gaten rundt Monitor Media er stengt. Samtidig er det blitt rokkeringer i hæren. General Katumba etter at Sejusa er borte.

Muhoozi project har kommet til pressen og presidenten vil ikke ha noe slikt. Daily Monitor sendte klage til retten, den ble forkastet. Det skal bli satt opp ny høring den 30 Mai. Inntil da ser det kanskje ut som kontorene til avisen vil være stengte – samtidig er statspressen i New Vision i full vigør. Her er offisielle Press-release om saken:

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE SEARCH OF THE NATION MEDIA GROUP AND PEPPER PUBLICATIONS

Members of the Uganda Police Force this morning cordoned off the premises of the Nation Media Group in Namuwongo and Pepper Publications in Namanve. The FM radio stations – K FM and Dembe FM were taken off-air.

This is to reassure Ugandans that the government is not interfering with press freedom.

The search of the above premises comes on the heels of the utterances made by Gen.David Sejusa, aka Tinyefuza which have caused undue excitement. This is being treated as a matter of national security.

However the police is working within the parameters of the law, specifically, section 37 of the Penal Code which bars the publication of information prejudicial to national security.The Police went through the due legal process and secured a court order

which was issued by a court of competent jurisdiction (Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court).There is therefore nothing untoward or surprising about the procedures used, as great care has been taken to follow the law to the letter. For the time being the premises in question are being treated as crime scenes.

As soon as investigations are over

which will be very soon as police is under instructions to handle the matter expeditiously

the premises will be duly handed back to the owners.

About social media

This is also to quash rumours going round that Social Media has been banned or that the platforms are about to be closed. This is not true. There is no plan to switch off or disconnect Social Media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut (Mrs)

Minister of Information and National Guidance

Min kommentar på Press release:
For å kommentere dette brevet fra ministeren av Informasjon og nasjonens veiledning. Man kan si at det er en hyggelig form for overtakelse av mediahuset Monitor Media Uganda. Så man kan bare si at hvis man skal kunne påstå at det er relativ media frihet i landet. Da skulle man kunne påstå at slike handlinger er uverdig. President Museveni kunne kanskje på 80 tallet og begynnelsen av 90 tallet å være en man med ønske om demokratiske og frihetstanker til folket. Selv etter å kuppet dette fra Obote II og Yusuf Lule. Derfor kan man lure hva som har skjedd siden 1986 til idag, annet enn at makten har korrupert. For å vise mer galskapen, her er press release fra Politiet:

UGANDA POLICE FORCE
20 May 2013
PRESS RELEASE

Uganda Police, on May 15, 2013, received a Court Order, from the Chief Magistrates Court Nakawa, requiring Daily Monitor journalists to avail and provide the original copy of a letter and other related documents, purportedly authored by Gen. David Sejusa (a.k.a.Tinyefuza), and the source of the said missive. The said documents are to help police investigate criminal offences.Daily Monitor Publications was duly served with the Court Order and confirmed receipt by signature.Though multiple requests were made, the organization has adamantly refused to comply with the Court Order leading to issuance of a search warrant by the same Nakawa Magistrates Court.Today, May 20, 2013, in pursuance of the search warrant Daily Monitor premises have been cordoned off in accordance with the Laws of Uganda. In particular, Section 27 of the Police Act.Similarly a search warrant has been secured for Red Pepper premises in respect of the three press releases allegedly authored by Gen. Sejusa. Uganda Police is currently searching the premises to recover the said press releases.Uganda Police shall continue to occupy and search the two premises until the said documents are retrieved to assist with ongoing investigations.Uganda Police further requests that all concerned parties cooperate with the police in the execution of the search warrant.
Judith Nabakooba
Police Spokesperson
20/05/2013

Kommentar på denne:
Her forsetter man å forsvare angrepet og hvorfor man gjør det. Man kan si hva man vil. Men vil det forsvare det. Her er det en statement fra den ene avisen Red pepper:

STATEMENT ON CURRENT SITUATION AT RED PEPPER
May 21, 2013
Yesterday morning, we received a search warrant from Magistrate’s Court in Nakawa requiring us to hand over to the police a Press Release that we had received from Gen. David Sejusa’s lawyers and published in the Red Pepper on May 15th 2013.
After consulting with our lawyers, we proceeded to hand over to the police a copy of this same Press Release. The police went ahead and carried out a search of our offices and cordoned of the area. Because of this, we have not been able to publish an edition of Red Pepper and it’s sister papers today.
We are saddened and disappointed that despite us complying with the court’s request, the police have refused to vacate our premises and to allow us to carry on with our work. They insist that they are carrying out more search for documents which they neither told us nor the magistrate who gave them the search warrant.
We have since been informed by our friends in government that this is not about just a Press Release which was distributed to all media in Uganda, but a long term plan orchestrated to cripple Red Pepper economically and disable its capacity to do business in Uganda anymore. We have been informed that the plan is to keep our offices closed for as long as they like, dismantle our new printing press, destroy our computers and servers by installing malicious malware and then hand over the junk when they are satisfied that we have been taken back to the stone age.
We need to remind all Ugandans and the international community that this is not the first time a raid of this nature is happening to Red Pepper. In 2008, men with guns, dressed in military uniform and riding government pick up trucks bombed this same printing press and burnt it down.
The act was captured on CCTV and despite a police investigation; none of the culprits has ever been brought to justice. This latest invasion is therefore another attempt to whet their long held desire to cripple an investment that is employing hundreds of Ugandans. This is a classic case of economic sabotage in which the government turns against a business owned by its citizens.
The Red Pepper is a law-abiding company. We respect the police and the courts of law. But we demand that the police and the courts of law do the same of law adding businesses in this country. There is no justifiable reason why the police and the courts should deny the hundreds of innocent Ugandans who work at The Red Pepper an opportunity to continue earning a living. If there’s a criminal case to pursue, we believe the process can go on without necessarily disabling the operations of a legally established company in Uganda.
We ask that the police and the courts to do their job without interfering with the freedom of the press as enshrined in the Constitution of Uganda.
Richard Tusiime
CEO
The Pepper Publications Limited

Siste Kommentar:
Yes, her er min siste kommentar. Dette viser hvor alvorlig det hele er. Og ikke minst hvor seriøst det hele er. Hvis ikke bildene på forrige bloggen fortalte sitt språk. Burde disse virkelig fortelle en viss sannhet og løgner. Som ikke kan kommenteres. Ikke minst hvor langt en autoritær stat gjør for å bevare sannheter og prosjekter unna sin befolkning. Håper dette var god lesning. Hvis ikke kanskje det åpnet dine øyne litt. Du kan si hva du vil. Men dette er ikke gjort korrekt ei eller av et statsapperat som virkelig vil ha fri presse. Peace.