In a Police Circular of 16th May 2018, the Inspector General of the Police Okoth Ochola has ordered a shift of policy towards the media. This is a change, but if we only see it on paper or in reality. Time will tell, because the laws that the Police use are still the same, they still have the Public Order Management Act (POMA), which has been used as a tool to oppress and silence opposition. Where the Police has interfered in journalistic endevours and political party works all across the Republic. All of that is well-known, as the Police needs to engage and give consent if anyone is gathering. That is so they can either stop it before it happens or have knowledge of any activity of any party, that is happening in public.
What is key from the message from the IGP was this:
“Unit commanders must observe the safety of journalists very critically and no journalist or citizen should ever be abused or tortured. Torture is a criminal offence according to the law and whoever will be found to be involved in the crime shall be expeditiously investigated and prosecuted. The constitution calls upon us all to preserve, protect and promote media freedoms” (IGP Okoth Ochola, 16.05.2018).
CEON-U reported this from the General Election and Campaigning in 2016:
“At the (media content) producer level, journalists reported pressure from government, security and ruling party officials, which sometimes saw the cancellation of critical radio programmes as well as suspension of presenters and talk show hosts for entertaining opposition candidates, especially Besigye. There were also increased cases of assaults and intimidation of journalists, self-censorship, and bribery” (CEON-U – ‘UGANDA GENERAL ELECTIONS 2016: REVISITING THE DEMOCRACY CONSTRUCT’ P:76, 2016).
It is not long ago, when Besigye was planning to hold a Radio Tour all-around Uganda, but the State sanctioned the radios holding him, but at the same period in time, the President could do the same and on the same topic, as Besigye was planning too. It is not many months ago. Therefore, the state is continuing to oppress and silence the other voices, than of the President.
Museveni likes to own the media, own the message and control it, therefore, he has lecture anyone to follow his voice and pattern, not question it, because then your not patriotic. That is what is well-known, so it is good idea that the Police are supposed to respect the covering of the journalists and their work. However, if they start to be to critical or get sources, which is questioning the Musevenisms, then know they will be besieged, be detained and lose their license. That is what Museveni does, so even if the journalist wouldn’t be arrested while on Live-Broadcast, like the police did in Kasangati in the recent year. Still, the NRM and Uganda Police Force has a long walk ahead.
It is nice that the IGP wants things to change, but they should also abolish POMA, so people are allowed to participate and be political active, without having the police breathing down their necks or coming with tear-gas, every time they congregate. This will certainly his a journalist, a camera-man or anyone covering it. They will not be totally shielded, I doubt the Police would do so. They usually cover all angles and anyone in the nearby passage get touched.
The Police can order and say they will leave the journalists be, but will they really follow through, when there are laws like the POMA in affect. That will not change the dynamics, unless, the Parliament makes other laws, that gives the provisions to the Police to act differently. Peace.
Here is the circular:
Well, again the lectures has to start, as the man whose says he is about free press and democracy, he has to call in a meeting to lecture them how to cover him. Not to attend a meeting of sorts, where the standing of the nation, no no, that is another bargain for another day. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, will tell stories of bravery from 1986 and beyond. He will express discontent, where his own words are taken out of proportion, because his erratic mind and his stances is changing with the wind. It would have been better to just drop a report and show the reality, however, the President wants positive spin ala Softpower or Chimpreports and so on. He doesn’t want media who questions and finds faults. Because the President is never wrong, everyone else is!
“President Yoweri Museveni has summoned all media owners and managers in Uganda for a meeting at State House Entebbe. The meeting was confirmed by the presidency in a brief message to journalists. “HE the President is due to meet media owners and managers today at Entebbe State House,” reads a message from Museveni’s press handlers. Accordingly, the agenda of the meeting is not yet clear, but inside sources hint on the fact that Museveni wants to dissuade the media from fanning conflicts between him and religious leaders as well as request for better coverage regarding the rampant cases of kidnap in the country” (Moses Namayo – ‘Museveni summons media owners’ 11.05.2018, Nilepost.co.ug).
Museveni has had a hard time with the media, he has closed radios, bullied newspapers and editors. That is why some of the most prominent reporters and notable writers are still in exile, not in Uganda anymore. Because they cannot stay there in fright of the penalties their writings will have. Everyone is supposed to praise every word coming out of the President mouth. Even when he is one week saying the priest and clergy are good folks, next week bashing them for connecting with politics and thirdly wondering why the clergy is silent doing nothing during the celebration of the martyrs?
That is just how the days goes by, and he expect everyone to tune into his message and his deluded beliefs. As he is the master and chief, the mastermind and the inventor of liberation, even as he keeps the whole republic as hostages to his rule. That is the magician who thinks he tricks everyone, but only tricks himself. President Museveni isn’t that bright or that smart, even the street smart, non-educated and the villager can see through it. That is why his own party officials was rebuked recently in Rukungiri.
So, don’t expect the fountain of honour to be regarding the media. It is all about himself and his agenda. That he needs to massage the message. There aren’t anything new, just that they need guidance to follow his memo and not think for themselves. That is the patriotic stance of the republic, to be on guard and follow the leader. If you don’t then your rights can be revoked. Peace.
Today another report have arrived in my hand that NRM and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is tired of yet another media station. This time it is the radio station Kagadi Broadcasting Services (KBS) Radio in Kagadi Town in Kibaale District.
The Radio Station owned by MP Barnibas Tinkasimiire for Bugyaga West. Who actually are a NRM MP. It is the State House officer that has revealed it and now it spreading like wild-fire in social media. In Kibaale District the Radio Station is not allowed to attend the rallies of the President. The Radio Stations is no longer accredited to cover him and his rallies, as they cannot be a part of the rallies the President will have in Kakumiro Town Council. The issues Mzee have with the radio is that yesterday the radio sent programs exposing the failures of the NRM-Regime. The State House said even that the radio can’t send journalist to the campaign venue and surface there.
Seems like the issues with Media Coverage is grows on “the old man with the hat” as he can’t even handle a little radio station in Kibaale District. They did something as foolish right before him campaigning in the district told about the mismanagement of the nearly 30-year rule. That can’t be easy to hear as you are set in your ways. Mzee is literally again stopping the freedom of speech because it doesn’t fit his modus operandi. The President is more and more limiting the movement of the people around him and if you don’t speak his tune, he turn you away.
I am sure he would have a add-block on words I am writing about him. Not that I think he reads it, as I am teasing the leopard too much. As now the KBS Radio did as well. They are now banned and can’t listen in or broadcast the rally in Kakumiro. So the people in Kagadi get shunned from listening to Mzee as a result. I am sure they are listening to Bebe Cool’s Dembe instead of the old man’s speech with recycled pledges and wishes of loyalty to the local public and voter tourism to Kakumiro town. This is something that the radio listeners don’t really need. KBS radio will be Mzee free because of this and get other views and voices.
On the 15th of January there were two people who was setting up signs in Kagadi town, they we’re setting up signs that was “anti-Museveni” a week before Mzee himself was supposed to have rally in town. The Police did detain the activists and jailing them for putting up the banner in town. The message they had put up was: “Kidaga Town is the only town with no piped water, Tarmac streets, among others”. That was to violent message for NRM to have on the roadside while campaigning and also to violent. They breached the social contract between the public and police, therefore they was detained. It was so dangerous for society to read such a banner. They even threw tear-gas towards them who as setting it up! This here is yet another proof of the detail control the police and NRM have on the society, that hanging a banner in town that are soon having campaigns. When that report came out; I knew that the KBS report was true, because it is in the same line as NTV and wouldn’t be surprised at this point; Because the NRM have big issues with the media now-a-days! And when two men can put up a sign like that and be detained at the Kagadi Police Station, then you know something is wrong. They cannot help themselves!
Think that is enough of this today. Peace.
Mzee had today a Press Conference at the Masindi State Lodge in between campaign rallies. He has had issues with the press recently and this here is the memorable quotes from it!
The memorable quote worth taking from Today’s Press Conference:
“Is it not abuse of power to go in public and talk about something you don’t know?” Mzee continued saying this: “Daily Monitor is also bad paper. Some of these groups like Monitor and NTV don’t know there is a God. They just tell lies. They think that they are the end of the world but God is there looking. You wait. NTV is bad television. NTV is an enemy television”. He continued to say this at the press conference:“Have I wasted my two hours talking since I have not bribed you? Will you air this program?” Also said: “Why do you publish naked women? Why don’t you publish the wealth creation message?”
Mzee doesn’t have it easy lately especially how he looks like a coward after not participating in the debate. A debate for schoolchildren where the other Presidential Candidates was speaking on live TV and discussing governmental matters; that is abuse Mzee that is democratic development where you try to find solutions and explain how they would run their government. As you did in 1980 as a UPM leader and failed. I am sure Milton Obote didn’t call out foul for how he was addressing the papers and radios at that present time. When you did go to the bush, didn’t really know how to run the government because you had run it for a hot minute and been part of Obote’s second term in charge. But is just me right?
Well, this here is pre-bush-war and liberation struggle of President Museveni. Who did what he had to do to reach power. He can’t help himself. Then he has be pastoral again, be preachy as Pentecostal pastor as God being mixed into the freedom of the press and the free speech scenario. NTV and Daily Monitor is now bad paper and telling lies. If so, why does New Vision come with the same poll 5 years apart mister Mzee?
His Excellency is proclaiming they are so bad that their bringing back the end of the world with their reporting. That is what he is initially saying to the other press today. That they have become his enemies; that NTV is about partisan politics towards him and also creating bad programs. As they don’t know they don’t know about the almighty lord. He is calling them bad and atheist! Since NTV is bad and doesn’t see God who is looking at their work.
The worst part of this address is that Daily Monitor and NTV is bad, and doesn’t know God. Mzee has lost the plot. This here is another level of harassment on the media from the President. The ban of NTV has burned like fire in dry grass and that is for reason. Nobody else then Mzee has had the media coverage or control of the media as him. Right now the Media isn’t telling the stories he want them tell. The adventures and fairytales of the NRM are not being portrayed in the Daily Monitor or on NTV. They ask questions to his reign, not as UBC and New Vision who process the stories of Ofwono Opondo or Mike Sebula without questioning it. Just like they did when they published the recent 71% lead to Mzee, the same lead he apparently had in 2011. We can’t help to question that or the motivation to get the same coverage in all parts of the media.
That an President proclaims in the end of the campaign period and at the same time says as it the end of the world; also that the media who address the world different than his party are enemies! Surely that is not democratic or justified. Sure he could use some drones to fill in the voter tourism at his campaign rallies or have less UPDF people to keep the people at the rally. So they can’t leave until they are told so.
The programming of the TV Station is for the TV Station or Radio Station to decide depending on what they see as relevant to their schedule and their viewers wish to see it or enjoy it. That is just rude from the President to tell the journalist: that he nearly decree them show his press conference without questioning if they have something else to show. I am sure because he moves his brain and mouth everywhere, so it not literally news anymore. Yeah, I know me playing with the leopard’s anus. But next time maybe not ban a TV Stations before telling the ones showing up their thinking of airing it that is just disrespectful!
Then you tell Red Pepper what to address in the paper, especially not write about human rights violations of the Police, which it is when an opposition woman get undressed in public while travelling to an opposition rally. Instead you want to them to write about your pyramid scheme called the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), that does not prove any yield yet, that is why I call it a pyramid scheme. You have come up similar programs since taking power in 1986. They have a saying if you lie enough times you believe it as truth. You, Mzee have told the stories on how you will make the country prosperous, instead you have gotten wealthy, while the country you been running is not. That is the reason why Red Pepper writes about Human Rights violations instead of OWC.
Your address the journalist and media as underlings and people, who don’t understand anything, while wanting them to broadcast your stories. You don’t see the misconception in that? This here press conference proves the vile attempt of self-rule and justifications on his own behalf, instead of coming with the tone and gentleman’s approach to the media. Instead he goes gung-ho and address them in a manner that no statesmen would do. Neglecting the fact of how journalism works and that his dedication and presence does not entail a special treatment. You can talk for as many hours as you please and continue with your rallies, but as long as your progress is to stifle media, tell media what to broadcast and also put God into the mix; your losing the basics of news. Media would address you and describe your things if they we’re worthy, or if they we’re paid to do so, as your press are doing constantly like UBC and New Vision. They will have special reports on you and pieces on the achievements of the NRM if you order it. That will not happen from your so-called enemies. If you make them your enemies, then you expect them address your properly? Do you expect people to show you appreciation if you discuss them in volatile way instead being in dialogue? You’re even saying they doesn’t know the almighty God and his overview of the situation, something that you’re implying that your seeing. Isn’t that being a bit naïve and also telling your enemies to be unholy to clean your own hands?
Why should we trust your stories when you tell them the way it makes you look great at any given time, instead of giving the same story! That your implying that you speak the truth while NTV and Daily Monitor tells the opposite. Proves that he has already decided that they are evil and lying to the public, because they don’t tell his stories anymore in the reflection that he wants; because if you don’t tell a story as Mzee then you’re lying; that is my public announcement and keep that in your mind when writing about him. That is what he wants to control your mind so you write the stories he wants; so please Red Pepper, Daily Monitor and NTV address the Operation Wealth Creation, forget the woman of the country and human rights, that doesn’t matter, that is if: Mzee still have the authority to control the creative control of the media and take away the freedom of speech and freedom of the press. That is what he fought for in Luweero in 1980s so he could run the country, not have a free the press or freedom to the people, or have I lost the plot? Peace.