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The NRM have fixed Butebo and Pallisa District By-Elections before the polls starts!

The newly created district Butebo district out of Pallisa district, where the boundaries was even contested in Parliament before the creation of it in November 2017. Therefore, the coming election for 28th June will be with National Resistance Movement MP Flag-bearer Samuel Keddi. You know the district is poor, when the district itself only have one car, this is owned by Butebo Sub-County District Councilor Gabriel Enyaru. That is why this By-Election is showing how unfavorable the wealth is shared in the Republic.

So, the NRM today came out with Press Release mocking the Opposition for not fielding a candidate, however, that is untrue. With the creation of the Butebo District. Forum for Democratic Change was ready to field their candidates in the district, by they were all disqualified by the Electoral Commission. This was preliminary precaution of the NRM. To secure a victory without any real contest. The biggest losers here is the residents of Butebo and Pallisa, who doesn’t have real competition for their voters for their new District Chairman and Woman MP.

The reason we know this is because: “there is an affidavit certified by URSB and in The Uganda Gazette clarifying on the issue of names but the Mr. Museveni has still insisted on disqualifying the FDC candidate by Monday 18th June 2018” (Harold Kaija, 15.06.2018).

That is why the NRM regime is securing the Butebo MP without really trying and fixing the results before it begins. The NRM is afraid of any real effort. The Bugiri By-Election is already heavy contested and is a worry, combined with the Jinja East, Kyadondo East and Rukungiri By-Elections. The NRM doesn’t want the Butebo District and Pallisa District to become another win for the Opposition. It has been insulting enough. That is why Museveni have ordered the EC to deliver the results on a silver plate. That is why they have also disqualified Pallisa Woman MP Candidate Achola Catherine Osupelem from the FDC.

Seems like Museveni gets his will, the FDC will not be allowed to run their Chairperson Flag-bearer Sam Khalwa against Keddi. That is weak-tea. When the NRM claims there was no opposition candidate for that role, when Khalwa was ready.

How stupid does the NRM think the people are?

They have disqualified the FDC candidates in the Butembo and Pallisa Districts. Therefore, the retribution from the public, should be defy the polls and not show up on 28th June 2018 in Butebo, as the NRM has fixed the result in their favor already! Both Woman MP and District Chairperson have been barred from the race. Peace.

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NRM Secretariat – Re: SG Lumumba in Butebo Today (23.06.2018)

Age Limit Petition: Asking for a Court Judgement (20.06.2018)

Uganda Human Rights Commission – Re: Detention of Hon. Betty Bakireke Nambooze, MP. Mukono Muncipality (21.06.2018)

Another look into the Mobile Money Tax!

Yet again, more things are revealing the dire consequences of the new Exercise Duty tax that the Parliament voted through. This time it shows the significant amount of money that is already exchanged through the Mobile Money, as this is the sole way of transferring it without having bank-accounts or being involved with banking sector in general. This is made for the ones who doesn’t have a local bank and needs to transfer money to relatives, friends or even to pay-off bills through the phone. Therefore, these services are vital.

This is numbers taken from the Bank of Uganda, in their fresh Annual Supervision Report. Where the rates and usage nation-wide is presented. It shows significance. Also, the massive amount of taxation it really is.

“Mobile money services

As at end-December 2017, there were seven mobile money service providers and these included; MTN, Airtel, Uganda Telecom, Africell, M-Cash, EzeeMoney and Micropay. The number of registered customers across the networks increased by 8.4 percent, from 21.6 million as at December 2016 to 23.4 million as at December 2017. Mobile money activity continued its growth, during 2017. Transaction values increased by 44.0 percent to USh.63.1 trillion in 2017, up from USh.43.8 trillion recorded in 2016. The number of transactions rose by 23.8 percent over the same period” (Annual Supervision Report December 2017 | Bank Of Uganda).

Because if the whole you of 2017, the total mass of funds transferring through Mobile Money are on the levels of 63 trillion shillings, that means that if this was taxed with the new Exercise Duties, it would be about 630 billion shillings in direct taxes on the money. That is because the new tax is 1% on every transaction. That means that the total value being delivered from one to another is slimmer, as the one percentage of the transmitted funds will be collected as direct tax. That means if someone is sending a 1000 shillings somewhere, that means 10 shillings are directly taxed and leaves behind 990 shillings to the ones receiving it. There are also other taxes, but on this alone, there is certain amounts to be eaten by the state.

If this amount of tax doesn’t stop the growth nothing will. This is sort of amount will stop the amounts, maybe even people will send less times than before. Because they have to consider the added taxes on every single transaction. They want to make sure their money goes where it is supposed to and not give a too big of a slice to the government for the usage of the mobile money services.

Clearly, the state has hit a growing industry, but instead of making it increase, these sort of measures make it decrease and the cost will be carried by the consumers and not by the banks. They are still amassing in profits and taking their costs for the services as it is. Not like the consumer is transferring the money for free. They are not in it for charity, but for profits.

So just think about the massive cost it will be with the transactions and the lack of consideration the state had when they voted it through parliament with lack of due diligence. It wasn’t only the expensive social media tax, but it is this on top of it. To earn revenue on the hard earn cash that people are transferring through their phones. Peace.

Opinion: You know your Constitutional Amendment Sucks, when the Presidential Guards need to be your safety afterwards!

You know that the repercussions of the activity from last year is now in full affect. When the Members of Parliament, the staunch supporters and ones who was the mega-phones for the will of the President. Needs the added security because they are afraid of their lives. They know that the people are not in favour of a President for life. That is why they are now encircled with the Presidential Guards.

“According to sources, the MPs and government officials’ security was enhanced last Friday. They each got additional soldiers from the Special Forces Command, an elite presidential protection unit. The beneficiaries include; Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa, State minister for Privatization Evelyn Anite, MPs; Raphael Magyezi (Igara West), Jacob Oboth-Oboth (West Budama South), Grace Balyeku (Jinja West), Simeo Nsubuga (Kassanda South), Peter Ogwang (Usuk) and Doreen Amule (Amolator)” (Namuloki, 2018).

Clearly, the Movement MPs are feeling the hatred and the local dismay over the decision to make the President for Life. They have tarnished the Constitution in favour of one man and his lifestyle. They have given the NRM regime the life-line by a thread and is now afraid of meeting the people. That is what this is all about. All of them knew what they we’re up to in the end of 2017, when they we’re ushering this and their legacy will be remembered for this. They cannot run away from the status quo they have created.

The Movement are fixated and doing the bidding of the President, the most loyal now needs the Presidential Guards to shield them from the people. A real sign of the state of affairs, how they are not the people’s candidates and their flag-bearers, but instead the King’s Men. They are the loyal servants of the President and is part of his court. That is the reality and they cannot run away from that.

The Movement MPs have to responsible for their actions, they have to able to go to the Constituents and answer for what they did. They are in charge and threw behind their names in the name of abolishing age limit for the Presidency, and that is why they have to answer for that as well. Therefore, they should man-up and set it straight.

This is the aftermath and this MPs are afraid of their own community, that says more about their behaviour, than the community itself. The Community are just addressing their disbelief that the so-called representatives are opposing what the people want. That is why they are angry and displeased when they meet. Clearly, this is now addressed.

That is why they are hiding behind the Presidential Guards, since he sends them that as a token of their loyalty to him. Peace.

Reference:

Namuloki, Josephine – ‘Age-Limit MPs get more SFC guards’ 20.06.2018 link: http://www.observer.ug/news/headlines/57990-age-limit-mps-get-more-sfc-guards.html

Opinion: Is Hon. Nambooze a terrorist? Since she is investigated as her condition is worsening!

Its been a week where the Democratic Party MP for Mukono Betty Nambooze has been charged and arrested for offensive communications in the case of deceased politician Abiriga. So since 13th June 2018, the troubles has been heavy for the Member of Parliament, she was even taken from her home and dispatched between police stations before she was supposed to be allowed on bond. However, she has been buried in cases.

Where she with her heart condition has not gotten the needed treatment, even seen enough doctors and be to the hospital. So her condition is deteriorating. Not that it matters to the law and the authorities. They don’t care if her body and mind is failing, if the sickness are creating more weakness for the MP. Because they are building a case and showing force.

So finally, yesterday, because what she wrote after Abiriga was assassinated. She has deserved treatment and if she had violated any law. It could be postponed until her health was better. That she would be normal and not bed-ridden in uncertainty like now. This is really showing the lack of understanding and needs of the citizen.

That on top of this, they are now ceasing her phones, tablets and computers to be used in investigation as per Court Order on the 20th June, as well as prolonging the investigation by 14 more days. That means the state will use in the first part of the discovery and to investigate the matter, a total of 22 days or a little over 3 weeks. This while her heart condition is making her life worse. That is punishment in itself and harming her.

The Police have even used Court Order to storm the Kirudu Hospital where she is bedridden to get the collect the evidence, as she was for over 48 hours in Police Stations. Before she was taken to the Hospital by the lawyers and also with help from the Uganda Human Rights Commission. Clearly, this shouldn’t be this hard and the state should be ashamed of how they are charging and investigating a fellow citizen.

It is like Nambooze is the biggest terrorist and the one that is the biggest threat to the state. With the acts of the Police, you would think that she was cousin of Kony and if she was the offspring of the ADF. Because that would make sense. However, common sense is that she is pinned and a picked victim of the failing insecurity in Uganda. They are pinning her and using her statements to show the people what is justice. Instead of actually considering her words, they are detaining and ready to suffer for her comments.

The state is ready to violate human beings and misuse their powers, that is the signal of the activity and oppression that the MP is going through. This will not bring Abiriga back and she is not the killer. There is someone out there laughing at this and thinking how foolish the Police are, as they are pinning offensive communications on someone as they please. Even Museveni has said much worse about random state subject since 14th June 2018. Therefore, the law is justified. Peace.

#SecurityUG: Museveni repeats himself, again!

For someone who has said everything and commented about everyone. You would think he would look into advice and policies before opening his mouth, alas that is not the case. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, addressed the Parliament like an open book and without any hesitation. None idea to stupid or to hard to achieve. There we’re no person whose place in the state couldn’t be addressed by him either. As his achievements and his works shouldn’t be shattered even. There is always root causes back to colonial times and because of the British. It is not him and his works behind no, no, that is lie in the eyes of Museveni.

He promised again CCTV Camera’s that is a promise that reappear every time some significant dies or assassinated. Because that is a costly budget post and eats of the bribes needed for the constant cronyism. A new one was the Fingerprinted ID Guns, that is a good idea, but with Forensic Laboratory, does the state has enough resources or even digital structure to pull it off?

He again promised registered number-plated helmets which is processed and in the registry. Who will actually do it and what it will cost. Who knows at this point, but some nut-job in the civil service will in the end crunch the numbers. Alas, the magical enterprise is also banning hoodies, and hoods from drivers of boda-boda and vehicles in general. Because you become a villain and a gangster for wearing one. Wonder if he will ban the burka’s and other head-wear like hats? Since the law should be equal, that everything covering the eyes should be illegal and when you cannot recognize the person. It is a no-go as the driver of the moving object.

As he continues the assault on boda-boda’s he wanted them to have specialized digital number-plates. So if the owner did something, they could easily find it in the registry. However, does this solve it if they tries to cover the plate or even take them off before the deed. Therefore, the exercise itself might futile, even some criminals might interchange number-plates so they can pin the crime on someone else. That is why the possible use of this is questionable at best. But having a registry for ownership of boda-boda is good in all sense and purpose of a state.

You know he really has thought through a new idea when he the name of the Canine Unit is being established to hunt for the criminals stealing produce like Coffee and Tea in the rural areas. This means a separate police unit with dogs will sniff after possible produce stolen from farmers. Instead of looking into the gangs or the ones trading-off the ill-gotten goods, they are looking into minor offenses with a new mighty barking unit. Such a Noble idea!

Therefore, listening to Museveni for advice at this point is hard. Because he has said and pledged the same sort of stuff before. Like the CCTV and the massive registration of anything considering Boda-Boda’s. Not thinking of the implications, neither of the cost or whose job it is book-keeping it. That always comes in the aftermath and is the Ministries problem. Not his problem.

Secondly he comes with the weird as topics of a Canine Unit for the Police Force to sniff out agricultural produce. Not having dogs to sniff out cocaine or illegal drugs. No, sniff after coffee and cash-crops in the villages and in rural areas. They will have killer and kick-ass dogs sniffing into oblivion.

There is never a dull day in the mind of Museveni. It cannot be and neither anything spotted in his mind, that is dumb. Because his solutions is always golden. He is like MIDAS. Everything turns to gold.

Are you ready for dogs sniffing after coffee in Ibanda? Museveni is… Peace.

2 Weeks 2 Go: Let’s add a Supplementary Schedule No. 3 for the Financial Year 2017/18!

Today, the Parliament approved a Supplementary Schedule No. 3. for the Financial Year of 2017/2018, which is ending in eleven days or 30th June. That means the Parliament approved a new added funds to needed government expenditure and spending between 19th June to 30th June 2018. This means this funds that are approved are supposed to cover until the Financial Year of 2018/2019. That budget wasn’t approved long ago either. Therefore, it is hard to take this sort of business serious.

That the Parliament has accepted a third supplementary schedule for covering expenses until the next Financial Year. This was accepting 377bn shillings or $ 97m United States Dollars. If you shouldn’t question this, then you shouldn’t question anything the state does. Because this is really questionable activity.

How come the need of these amounts of money? Why wasn’t this covered on the Supplementary Schedule No. 2 for the Financial Year? Because if the Ministry of Defense and others who needs the added funds was serious. They would have covered this and made sure to have the funds. This is making the daily supplement 34 billion shillings for whatever purpose they professed. But it is fishy this late to add. Especially this big amount of money. Are they trying to cover the expenses for the recent by-elections?

It is hard to believe the necessity, unless they have trouble with the water at the State House. Needs more Presidential Handshakes and secure other private deals of the President. Because they need to cover 34 billion shillings each day. That should boggle your mind.

This is on top of the 1.3 trillion shillings that was put in the budget. Meaning the 1.3 billion shillings wasn’t enough. They we’re not able to plan the spend of defense in the FY 2017/18. Does that mean the recently established Budget for Financial Year of 2018/19 needs to billions too? Because the state didn’t have the capacity to plan or reconfigure the spending of other sectors?

This means the state needs the 1,677 billion shillings on the Defense in this Financial Year. That should also show how much of the state spends on this.

But I feel I am naive if these Number 3 funds getting used for food and other needed equipment for the military. Would be less shocked if it went to a By-Election or even bill collectors, that are knocking on the State House doors. Since they have been waiting for their invoice to be accepted and get a payout on the outstanding debt of the state towards them.

This here is just weird adding a supplementary funds just mere two weeks before the Financial Year end. That would be like adding more funds for Christmas Bonus just mere last Sunday before Christmas Eve. That is what they are doing. It is weird and cannot stop saying it. Peace.

Uganda: Press Statement by Mrs Angela Kayihura (18.06.2018)

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