Opinion: Museveni can only fool the blind…

No one can teach me about the subject of human rights because that is what I fought for, to have a democratic society in Uganda. I spent sixteen solid years of my life putting in place human rights observance and correcting what the regime of Idi Amin distorted. When handling human rights issues, be careful, cases of illegal detention, torture, and human rights violations will end, and will not be tolerated” – President Yoweri Tibuhurwa Kaguta Museveni (30.06.2022).

Sometimes… the delusion and the deluded mind thinks they are always correct. Especially, someone who has been in power without any significant challenge or without a proper contest. The elections and the rally for power after January 1986 has been based on who got the guns and the authority. Not on which brother or sister who has the best skills, attributes or policies to change the status quo of the Republic. Because, Museveni has held the army, the police and the judiciary. He could easily navigate and get his will into policy. Therefore, his words to Ken Roth, the Executive Officer of Human Rights Watch (HRW) means squat or nothing.

We know the authorities, the police force and all other security agencies uses means, which violates with human rights. It is common knowledge of the practices performed by the state. The abductions, the illegally detentions and the torture of dissidents. That is well-known, as much as the drones and the usage of army courts to charge and sentence civilians. This is why the President knows perfectly well how his in the wrong.

Museveni continues to speak ill of Amin. However, they are genuinely alike in many aspects. They are using the law to stranglehold the opposition. The authorities are used to arrest, detain and keep people incommunicado. People who defies and resist the pressure of state can easily be found dead after being kept at unknown locations. The state uses ungazetted safe-houses, the army and security details to apprehend and assault civilians who dares to question the legitimacy of the rulers of the republic.

That’s why anyone with a working marble and a little wisdom. Knows that the state apparatus, the imprint of the guards of the republic is to directly violate the human rights. They are proudly following orders, which circumvent their own constitution and principals of equal before the law. However, in the republic you are proven guilty before your proven innocent. This is why people can be behind bars without being produced in court. Neither are there any warrants, indictments or any production of evidence in the cases. The activists, citizens or opposition leaders are just barred from ordinary life. Because they dared to question and stand up for justice.

This injustice is known and shouldn’t shock anyone. The Safe-Houses, the practice of the Special Forces Command (SFC), Internal Security Organization (ISO) or the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) are capable of despicable things and acts, which are wrongly conducted in favour of the state.

The National Resistance Movement has used these techniques since it’s inception. The usage of torture and illegal arrests has been common practice. It has never ceased and the operations has only changed in the nature or by the way the interpret it. That’s why cases are pending in the courts and people challenge the treatment at government facilities, which caused them harm and made them scorned for life.

So, when President Museveni speaks of never doing or will not tolerate it. That is just nonsense and empty words. It is as meaningful as his words about combatting corruption. This is not really happening either and we all know. The President is keeping the fear and intimidation alive. His signalling anyone who dares to oppose him. That they can be touched and be violated. So, that they know who is in-charge and who is staying there.

The anointed one, the high above and the eternal prince of Rwakitura. Peace.

The Dead Silence: The two MPs – Sseginya and Ssewanyana – Bail dismissed after nearly 300 days in prison

UPDATE: The Court of Appeal has dismissed the bail appeal of Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya and Makindye West MP Allan Sewanyana. Instead, the court has directed that the state expeditiously fixes their capital offences for trial” (NTV Uganda, 29.06.2022)

UPDATE: Court of Appeal has dismissed the bail application of Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya and Makindye West MP Allan Sewanyana. The Court has instead directed the State to expeditiously fix their capital offences for trial” (Daily Monitor, 29.06.2022).

The Two MPs has been in the spotlight and behind bars for close to 300 (296 days since the summons of the DCI) days now. As the DCI summoned them in September 2021. Now in end of June 2022 the MPs are far from freed and the case is still pending. This shows how it is botched case and a political one, which nobody wants to touch.

The National Unity Platform (NUP) MPs are targeted and charged for involvement in the Masaka murders last year. The panga or machete murders, which went on for a month and killed 18 people. The killers and the ones who was behind it was never taken in. However, the NUP MPs has become the scapegoats, because there is no proof or evidence of involvement. If the state or the prosecution had proof of the allegations and the charges. The state would have produced witnesses, affidavits and shown the conspiracy to a court. However, no one is doing anything about it.

This is just a travesty and injustice. The victims and their families isn’t getting justice served either. The ones that was murdered are used as a shield to keep these MPs behind bars. They are detained and charged for something I doubt that can ever prove, because I have a hard time believing these men would ever conspire to do such a thing.

Heck, Mr. Update was busy finding donors and help in the Netherlands to upgrade the hospital and medical equipment in his district. At the time of the murders. He tweeted about that and his dreams for the hospital. So, if you have forgotten about that. It is time to revisit the timelines and the stories around the time.

That’s why I know this case, which has soon been pending since September 2021 and is still ongoing. Seemingly there is no way out. It just shows how the state is going after its dissidents and pinning crimes on them, which they didn’t do. Peace.

Opinion: Makerere University VC is as rogue as it gets…

If you thought someone would open the doors or show any sort of liberty. Don’t ever, ever expect that from the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University Barnabas Nawangwe. The Guild President elections shouldn’t have direct interference from the leadership of MUK. However, in the instance of this year’s election. The VC is involving himself and ensuring a fixed result before the polls.

He has called the National Unity Platform (NUP) aspirants for “indiscipline” and has suspended them. You just know why, because the VC is bleeding yellow, and his mind is corrected by the movement. He is partisan and isn’t even concealing it.

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) just proves the point that they cannot win in a fair fight or election. When the VC and operatives of the state must act with vicious interference and tarnishing an institution. Just so a brother or a sister can get the title. Secondly, it just shows how far the Makerere has fallen from the renegade and the bastion of free speech. As you just supposed to nod along and be a servant of the state.

Because the VC is just a client of the state and a puppet. He cannot even think straight on his own and has to be directed. The VC don’t have the character or the mind capacity to think of the consequences of this. It is a short-sighted attempt of appeasing the regime and their connected officials. However, that will not serve him well in the long run.

We are just seeing what sort of shady character he is. A puppet and a voice of the Movement. Not a man of the people or respecting the institution itself. The VC is just digging his own grave. Because sooner or later the partisanship will lose value. It is not like he can prove the “indiscipline” and it’s only a temporary measure.

The VC should know all of this, but even if he is nearly the head of the educational institution. Don’t expect him to be so bright or understand the long-term consequences of this. Yes, he gets a NRM loyalist elected to the guild. Not on the merits or within the qualifications of the title. No, his there because he wears the right insignia and praises the same overlord.

When that gravy-train has stopped. We can rest assure that the likes of the VC will feel threatened. Since he don’t have the masters or the culprits to support his partisan mission. He isn’t here to make the campus or the university more peaceful. No, his there to serve the purpose of the regime.

This VC isn’t a free thinker or an academic who can hold his own. No, his a just a court jester wanting for the next circus to arrive in town. That’s the sort of fella he is and it’s tragic. The VC is singlehandedly tarnishing the name of Makerere, and it deserves better. However, we cannot expect much when the likes of the VC is reigning supreme. Peace.

Opinion: The GoU isn’t the owner of the DGF

Today, I hosted the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation. We discussed a number of bilateral issues. I also agreed to lift the ban on Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), to run till December 2022, with Government represented in the decision-making structures. I shall formally communicate our position to the relevant government departments” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, 22.06.2022).

You know that someone has ruled for too long when you think donor funds are for you to toy around with and decide. President Yoweri Tibuhurwa Kaguta Museveni has been running the Republic since January 1986 and it shows. The audacity of this man…

Yes, his a real life villain and he thrives on that. He was able to hoodwink people for a generation, but the truth of his actions is catching up to people slowly. The ones funding the DGF should have all ears and listen to the dissidents. Because, there is sinister and dark scheming behind the scenes, which we know the National Resistance Movement (NRM) nor the President want out on blast.

That’s why when his doing this putting condition and stings on “free money”. You just know it’s off the hook. It isn’t for the President nor his state to decide what the donors want it spent on. They can spend how they deem fit and what sort of governance, organizations or state institutions they deem fit. Because, it is their monies and their tax-payers funds, which they have to be accountable for. Therefore, after 18 months suspension and giving nearly 6 months more run-time. It is really showing that the President is tired and cannot manage to not micro-manage everything single thing in the Republic. He needs to know and it bugs him like crazy. That someone else has a vision and an idea in the nation of which he reside and happens to be the Head of State off.

Who are the DGF and why does it exist:

The Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) was initially established in July 2011 by eight Development Partners (DPs) as a five-year governance programme aimed at providing harmonised, coherent and well-coordinated support to state and non-state entities to strengthen democratisation, protect human rights, improve access to justice and enhance accountability in Uganda. The Programme goal was to contribute to equitable growth, poverty eradication, rule of law and long term stability in Uganda. This programme marked the first phase of DGF that ended in June 2016. A transitional period of 18 months was implemented from July 2016 to December 2017. Currently the DGF is implementing its second 5-year phase (January 2018 – December 2022) with support from seven DPs: Austria, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the European Union, to build on the achievements of the first phase, address the continuing democratic deficits, and consolidate peace and stability in the country” (Democratic Governance Facility – What is DGF).

The board of the DGF is also the ambassadors of the respective donor nations and the head of delegation of the European Union as well. So, it has already 6 board members, which represents the ones who is funding the DGF. That is the vital part here. The DGF wouldn’t exist and be an entity without the funding and the operational funds of the donors.

That’s why the President directing and pinning in the ministries to intervene and partake in it is infuriating. This is insulting the donors and their worthiness. It is like the President and his associates believes it’s their birthright to donations and funds of which these nations are bringing. Which couldn’t be further from the truth. They are lucky to receive it in the first place. Why shouldn’t Austria just invest in health care in Vienna? Or the Sweden in Stockholm, Norway in Oslo, Ireland in Dublin, Netherlands in Amsterdam or the EU in Brussels? They are not owing Museveni or the NRM anything. No, this is “free” money and they are lucky to get it and the arrogance of the President shows.

These ambassadors and the board of the DGF isn’t his minions and senior presidential advisors. No, they are there to promote the interests of their respective nations and find good partnership in Uganda. Not being told what to do and whatnot. That is what the President did here and this is how his used to running the Republic. Directing, decreeing and ordering from the “high above”. That mentality shows here after 18 month suspension ahead of the January 2021 polls. Which was supposed to fund opposition activity, a sort of activity he can never prove or show any evidence of. Therefore, the suspension was hostile in the first place.

Yes, the Government of Uganda is sovereign is deemed to do what is see as fit. That I’m not questioning, but the act of suspending this was done in bad faith and the arrogance of him while lifting it. Just shows his true intentions and that he wants to control the DGF directly, which isn’t for him to “own” or “run”. That’s what it seems like he really intends to do. By putting in a crony in the board and such.

Museveni is just showing his dictatorial tendencies. His now telling what the donors should do and direct their funding. It isn’t enough that they are donating and supporting the development of the republic. No, they have to be told what to do. This should be amplified, because this insulting the donors and their respective will to give.

Why should they give to nation that does this? What value is the currency and the will of helping of others, if they are putting rigid stings before getting the money. It is the donors that should decide the spending and where they want the money to go. Since, they are the ones supplying it and funding the DGF. Until, Museveni and his cronies invests in it and actually put the work in. Then they can talk, but for now… the NRM and Museveni should be happy that people and nations are still willing to fund these sorts of organizations, civil society and even government entities through the DGF.

There is enough other places the nations can fund and help out people in need. It isn’t only in Kampala and across the Republic. No, there is plenty of other places with the lack of good governance and other issues, which a sort of DGF could be positive contribution. Therefore, the President should be lucky that this exist. Instead… his targeting it and showing his total disregard for the donors. His just continuing to bite the hand that feeds him. Peace.

Opinion: Acheng should explain the allegations against NUP SG Rubongoya…

Police in Kampala have today arrested Mr. David L. Rubongoya, General Secretary of NUP

and his Driver Agaba Godwin Joseph on allegations of threatening violence. It’s alleged that on 26/05/2022 at about 1200 hrs while in Omoro County Mr Rubongoya using Motor vehicle reg. no.UAS 490Z Toyota land cruiser white in colour threatened Hon. Acheng Ruth vide Omoro SD reference 19/26/5/2022. They are pending transfer to Omoro” (100.2 Galaxy FM Zzina!, 22.06.2022).

Today there was news that National Unity Platform (NUP) Secretary General David Lewis Rubongoya was first arrested around Wandegeya and later re-arrested on new charges, which is alleging him to threaten Minister of Health, Ruth Acheng. Therefore, after being released on bonds or bail this evening.

The Minister of Health should explain herself. Even release an affidavit. Since, this seems like a political charge and nor a sincere. The Minister has a heavy security detail around her. She is never travelling alone. While the NUP SG doesn’t have it similar. That’s why his easily to arrest across the city. Which is why the authorities could arrest him and keep him detained so easy.

This just shows what the state is capable of doing. They can easily arrest high ranking officials in the opposition and they don’t even need proof of the allegations. Not that this is anything new. That’s why people are lingering behind bars for “inciting violence” and such. This is what the authorities does and it clear. It is open intimidation and crack-down on the opposition.

What we should need to know is what the Minister has done and why the charges is suddenly pinned on the NUP SG. That is needed now and she should address the allegations to the public. Because, the opposition leader shouldn’t be charged willy-nilly. Neither should anyone else be apprehended or charged without proof. This is why the Minister needs to explain it to the public. I have feeling she feels above that or any critique.

However, that he was taken into custody and so suddenly. Make you wonder what’s the reason and why the state did it today. Certainly, this tale is far from over. As the NUP SG was released hours later, but the case will now be pending. However, we should never expect anything to be address or any substantial trial. Since, it is all a mockery and an attempt to silence an opposition leader. Peace.

Opinion: Kibalama and company is outsmarted yet again

You cannot break a man’s hustle. The former leadership of the National Unity Reconciliation and Development Party (NURP) is trying to hijack the current National Unity Platform (NUP). The other so called fraction of the party has built a new headquarters in Rubaga (Lubaga) but the official one of the party is in Kamwokya. Therefore, the stalemate is there and now the NUP – Rubaga isn’t only acting in contempt of the courts, but also the Electoral Commission.

Both the High Court and the Electoral Commission states that the current leadership of the NUP in Kamwokya is the righteous ones. This means that whatever mission Moses Nkonge Kibalama and Paul Ssimbwa Kagombe is a flawed and an epic failure. They can go on TV and NBS Television to cry out loud. However, their party and what was in the past is now gone. That was done before the General Elections of 2021 and registered as a new party.

The old guard of the NURP could possibly start another party or another venture. However, they cannot hijack or try to forge their way into controlling the current NUP. That is already sealed and was done wisely. For all matters and sake, the coordination and the manner of which it was done. Was done in a way of ensuring that no one could suddenly ambush it.

Yes, the system and the other parties has tried to soften the blow. They have gone after everything and the party has been targeted. It has been tested in the courts and now with the recent developments. This is only showing how futile the mission or enterprise of Kibalama is… his hungry and got nowhere to go. Heck, his house is lacking windows… it is leaking just like his plans or his new organization.

They are acting all out and the newest reports is that the NUP Kamwokya is planning legal action against Kibalama. This time the Kibalama fraction has to answer the Kamwokya and not the other way around.

The ones calling this is a hurdle, it could turn into a tailspin for Kibalama. As the things seems iron-tight. For a moment, I was worried that this could become a MDC-Alliance sort of tale. Where the one fraction would undermine with the help of the junta. However, at this very moment and after the letter of EC. Things seems secured and all legit. That’s why Bobi Wine and associates can all muscle up.

Certainly this tale is far from over. The NUP of Kamwokya has the upper hand. We just have to see how this pans out. Kibalama is playing a loosing game. Looking more and more foolish by the day. That is certain… and it’s tragic really.

He and his company should just start a new chapter and new body. Instead of trying to act like they lead what they lost. The ones following and in the circle of Kibalama should know that. However, ego and pride plus the ability to see the relevance is maybe a reason why Kibalama is doing this. Nevertheless, his losing more and more. Not regaining or winning by any stretch of the imagination. That is obvious.

No matter how dubious or how clever you are. The team around you and how you operate will expose you. This second edition of using means to destroy the NUP. Is only showing that Kibalama could never leave it alone or let it go. He wants it back, but it isn’t his anymore. Peace.

Uganda: The Electoral Commission letter to Nkonge Moses Kibalama – Re: Returns on the Delegates’ Conference submitted to Electoral Commission (21.06.2022)

National Unity Platform (NUP): Press Statement (21.06.2022)

Kibalama trying to revive the lost…

The former President the former president of National Unity Reconciliation and Development Party (NURP), Moses Kibalama is trying to make himself relevant again. This after losing in the courts, which dismissed his petition in October 21 2020. As he sought to regain the lost party called NURP, which was rebranded to the National Unity Platform (NUP), the political party of the People Power Movement and run under a new leadership of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.

It reminds of a quotation from the judgement in the High Court from 2020, which says this:

The applicant in this case ought to have applied for judicial review within 3 months after the change of name of the party from NURP to NUP i.e by 6th June2019 but instead the applicants filed this application on 24th August 2020 after over one year. This application was made with a view of making some money during the election season and the applicants have no genuine grievance but rather want to be relevant and make some quick cash” (High Court, 21.10.2020).

So, seeing Kibalama building and rebranding a “new” headquarter in Lubaga is just nonsense at best. That’s just toying around with a ship that has sailed. The deal and agreement is sealed. Even the courts didn’t entertain him. Therefore, this gig is over and the show is over.

Kibalama wants to be in the spotlight and his party, which he founded back in the day became relevant. Heck, it became viable because the People Power Movement and Bobi Wine infused enthusiasm and a red wave, which Kibalama never would have achieved or dreamed off.

This is a Moses that never got enter Canaan and Joshua came into it instead. That’s why Kibalama is acting like this. He know he lost and has no real ownership of it anymore. It is really tragic that he does this… but he has no leverage or option to recover ownership of it either. That’s why he lost and was dismissed.

Certainly, no one should ever take this man serious again. He even made up and had talks after the case with Bobi Wine. So, this man knows the gist.

Well, just to show how quickly the man changes his mind. Only in February this year. Bobi Wine visited him and wrote this: “We spent part of today visiting mzee Moses Nkonge Kibalama, the former NUP President. Despite the challenges we had in the past, we have continued to be in touch with him and to offer support to him and his colleagues in their different endeavours. We are glad to see that his health has greatly improved.” (Bobi Wine, 22.02.2022).

Now, the same man is now trying revive himself and become the leader of the lost. However, the party he founded isn’t the same as the one running now. It is another machine and with another Party President, which is more successful. Bobi Wine has achieved something Kibalama never could or had the ability too.

That’s why he wants it back now. Because the NUP matters now is in Kamwokya and has a seat at the table. The NUP that means someone has MPs and a leader who faces off with the ones in charge. Maybe he wants another additional 5 million shillings or whatnot. Since the money-pit dried up and his not getting serviced like in the past.

Kibalama is a just a tragic figure. The “new” HQ is just a proof of that. He should rest and retire. This man will not be resurrected on the third day. The NUP he once knew is long gone and no way he can return to it. The only thing he can is to talk and have moments of nostalgia. Peace.

National Unity Platform (NUP): Statement on the 40m Uganda Shillings given illegally to Members of Parliament (14.06.2022)

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