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Age Limit: PM Rugunda uses senility, but it is okay that its the age of an average older care recipient!

When you become senile, you won’t know it.”Bill Cosby

Another day in the Parliamentary Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in the Parliament, as the discussed Raphael Magyezi Constitutional Amendment Number 2 are under review. This while many stakeholders are coming by, this time, the NRM could actually give some arguments for themselves. Not that they are any good or proper, because we all know the reason for the proposed amendment. Which is to spring to life, a life presidency for the long serving President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. To say otherwise should be treasonous or criminal, because we all know that the ones who doesn’t have positive consultation or helpful meetings with the public are either detained, tear-gassed or having trouble with the law like in Soroti or Lira.

Dr. Ruhakana Ruganda defense of the Constitutional Amendment today:

My opinion is that many things changed both in the NRM and politics. Views change, thinking changes, people’s age changes, and, therefore, it is not a surprise that after 20 year of the constitution, there is consideration and reconsideration of some of these situation” the Prime Minister told the Committee” (…) “Rugunda went on to say that,: “So, I think in this particular issue of age limit, it would be unfair to country to say somebody should not stand for President because he or she is 35 years and below” (…) “Age is not the best determinant for performance. People are able to perform differently. One can make a general statement that one becomes senile at old age, but some start at a young age” (Gyagenda, 2017).

Because of his mention in the end of senile age. I have to bring common knowledge of aging and what it does to your body and need for special care, when coming to advanced age. There for instance numbers from the United States, from the Health in Aging Foundation that says: “The average age of older care recipients is 75 years” (Health in Aging Foundation). That means the Age Limit is set on fixed age paradigm, that is ordinary in the West and also proves the need of more care to average human beings. Even if President Museveni is the only man with a vision in the Republic, he still is just made out of flesh and blood. With his aging and his hectic scheduled for the last three decades must have taken lots of his strength, but also made his body fatigued, since he hasn’t had months upon months end at luxurious hotels in Switzerland like his fellow Cameroonian dictator-buddy President Paul Biya. Therefore, the articles on old-age should be more fitting to paradigm of changing the constitution for this man himself.

Here is some quick brief article on the average age of 75 years:

As people age, they tend to deal with multiple medical conditions. According to the Alliance for Aging Research, the average 75-year old person has three chronic medical conditions and uses five prescription drugs, as well as multiple over-the-counter remedies. For many older people, the incidence of depression, incontinence, and memory loss are a direct threat to their ability to live independently. “Careful management of these conditions by a multi-disciplinary team becomes paramount to maintaining long-term health, vigor, and the capacity for personal growth and independence,” the AAR said in a report critical of current medical staffing ratios” (O’Boyle, 2003).

Therefore, it is strange that the NRM and their government want to open for people with more depressions, incontinence and memory loss. That is clearly neglect of the state and also of a transparent government. Museveni could have been biggest genius the world has ever since, but alas that is not the case. This is self-serving mission for himself and his family, the party is just puppets on the ride of it all.

So what I am hearing, is that the NRM want the average older-care patient as their President, I don’t know if I should be sad or shock and awe. But the latter is to depressing and I am only in 30s. I need to get to 70 years old myself and become generally depressed about the political affairs of the day.

Let’s be clear and know the reality. That the NRM will not open up or let any contest when they are 16 years or 18 years, because Museveni isn’t that age now. But he is soon clocking in 75 years and therefore, they need the sudden change within time. To say something else is lie.

The power lies all in the Executive, in the President, but that doesn’t mean it is rightfully his. Museveni has no plan to go, or leave or even be a farmer in his elderly years. Even if it means he will be travel more abroad for treatment. Since he has not built good health-care system in the republic. Therefore, he will be at the average of an older care recipient. That is what is waiting, not that it is humbling or justified. But there should be someone more sound and with vigor in the Republic, than a person who possible are becoming an older care recipient. This is just to be frank, since the PM Rugunda spelled out the senility bravado earlier today.

What do you think? Peace.

Reference:

O’Boyle, Richard – ‘When Do You Need a Geriatrician?’ (2003) link: http://www.ec-online.net/Knowledge/Articles/geriatrician.html

Gyagenda, Mivule – ‘Rugunda Refutes His Party’s Claims That Article 102(B) Was Smuggled Into Constitution’ (07.11.2017) link:http://www.softpower.ug/rugunda-refutes-his-partys-claims-that-article-102b-was-smuggled-into-constitution/

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#ParadisePapers: MoFA Sam Kuteesa has moved his profits to the Seychelles (ENHAS to Katonga Investment)

It is now revealed that Foreign Minister Sam Kahamba Kuteesa, the former United Nations President for the General Assembly of 69th Session are now involved in the midst of the newest Paradise Papers, which is a continuation of the Panama Papers. These are revelation that shows how the wealthy are spreading their wealth to tax-havens.

The newest revelations inside the National Resistance Movement and the MoFA Kuteesa, who has been a loyal minister and NRM crony to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. He through help of Appleby started a holding company, that being Katonga Investment Limited. The funds came ENHAS, which is the Entebbe Handling Services. The document revealed in the transaction was signed by fellow employees of Appleby, this being Malcolm Moller and Patrick Lee Mohin, they signed the company through 30th November 2012. Kuteesa was introduced by Justin Dibb. Dibb is a financial juggernaut who has taken part in deals on the African continent, as Chief Executive Officer of Allied Resources Limited and Managing Director of Dominion Petroleum Limited. So he has clearly made friends in and around the circles Kuteesa. Clearly the Petroleum based financier and director had some good advice for him.

This for a deal made in 2012 to make sure the funds for ENHAS are secured on a holding company or a shell company in Seychelles. Appleby Company even wrote a guide called ‘GUIDE TO INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES IN SEYCHELLES’ which states this: “An IBC (or a shareholder thereof) is not subject to any tax or duty on income or profits accruing to or deriving from such IBC or in connection with any transaction to which the IBC (or shareholder, as the case may be), is a party (§109(1)). Notwithstanding any provision of the Stamp Duty Act 1975, (a) all transfers of property to or by an IBC; (b) all transactions in respect of the shares, debt obligations or other securities of an IBC; and (c) all other transactions relating to the business of an IBC, are exempt from the payment of stamp duty (§109(2)). The Exchange Control Act does not apply to an IBC or to any transactions relating to the securities of or in the IBC between the holders of such securities (§109(3)). The exemptions above are expressed to remain in force for a period of twenty years from the date of incorporation of a company under the IBC Act (§109(4))” (Appleby, 2014).

That would mean that Appleby Company combined with the agreements and tax exemptions in the Seychelles must surely be lucrative for ENHAS and Kuteesa. The UN Global Compact introduction of the company through the May 2013 and the words of Chief Executive Officer Georges Tytens said: “Entebbe Handling Services Limited (ENHAS) is a Ground Handling Company, handling over 20 scheduled flights at Entebbe International Airport, Uganda. We have a workforce of 729 staff. ENHAS is a registered member of UN Global Compact and we support and comply with the principles of the Global Compact” (Georges Tytens, May 2013). So the Kuteesa company are working directly on the airport and it is profitable, since it can extend their monies to secure accounts in the Seychelles.

So whatever the Foreign Minister earns on the business and ENHAS could practically go abroad and not pay taxes in Uganda. Clearly, the Appleby guidance of 20 years without paying tax as a IBC through them must have been good business for him. That is why he has done so. Peace.

Opinion: Kadaga is trying to clean her hands from the ruthless days of eviction at the Parliament!

The Parliamentary Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has written letters in the end of the October to both Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura and to the State House, meaning a letter to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Both letters trying to clean her hands of the shady affair and clean of the dirt of her own actions. Even if everyone with a clear mind knows there are enough reports of her actions in the days ahead and after.

Because Kadaga was in-charge of suspending 25 Members of Parliament and they we’re cleared out of the Parliament by the Special Force Command on the 27th September 2017 after days of in-actions and noisy opposition members, stopping the proceedings. The IGP Kayihura was even at the Parliament at a meeting with Kadaga making sure the proceedings happen as it is. Therefore, the answer from President Museveni on the letter is revealing as the security officials combined with Members of Parliament, and Kadaga was a special security meeting at the State House on the 25th September 2017. This is just days ahead of the clearing the Parliament.

This was all done so the Raphael Magyezi, the Constitutional Amendment No. 2. of 2017, the amendment that will lift or remove the Age Limit for any President and in particular the President Museveni. Which Kayihura and Kadaga has been really loyal too, so the letters that are sent is just showing deflection of what really happen. That Kadaga doesn’t want to be in charge of letting strangers into the court and wants to deflect it on other people. While the President doesn’t take responsibility and neither does Kayihura. They feel safe in their positions, while Kadaga used their hands to stop the opposition MPs.

So I have a hard time believing that she knew nothing, since the reports of a meeting on the 27th September together with the IGP Kayihura, this was all to settle the score and clear the Parliament. Especially know that people knows about the planned meeting on the 25th September at the State House. All of the timeline proves that the Speaker Kadaga wanted to use her power and connections to silence the opposition. Also to make sure they were arrested by Special Forces Command and detained at random locations in and around Kampala.

We know now that President Museveni will not take direct responsibility, since he went away from the meeting, but clearly Kadaga knew what happen there and also at the meeting. Something that doesn’t comply with her letters and the time before the sanctity of the Parliament was destroyed by the one in charge. One of them was Kadage, this letters was her trying to forge her public display and not involved, while the two meetings one in State House day ahead and another one earlier in the day before the Plenary Session on the 27th September proves the involvement of Kadaga.

This is just the start of the revelation, if not Kayihura or others from the meeting at State House starts to speak as well. Then the revelations will spark more fire and might even damage Kadaga more, as she is the one in-charge of protocol and clearly knew that sending in strangers into the Plenary Session are a violation of the code of conduct within the Parliament. This is someone anybody knows and has respected, but clearly, that message or memo from above. Certainly, someone needs to teach her this, since she is the Parliamentary Speaker. Kadaga should have known this. Peace.

Age Limit: Rebecca Kadaga’s letter to President Museveni on the 23rd October 2017 and Museveni’s answer today by Parliament Telegram (03.11.2017)

Age Limit: Rebecca Kadaga letter to President Museveni – “Re: Invasion of the Parliament Precints by Security Agencies on the 27th September 2017” (23.10.2017)

Opinion: President Museveni wants to go Total Recall!

OPINION POLL: Museveni asks voters to recall indisciplined MPs. Should indisciplined MPs be recalled?” (New Vision, 05.10.2017).

The man who always strive for power and control is at it again. As the days are soon numbered for any provisions stopping him for being the Executive, the President for life. It is soon numbered and gone with the wind. The basics and understandings of his office is soon thrown out the window, in the projections of life presidency. Why should he care about service delivery? When he get to stay in office no matter what he do, but he can put orders and get people worked-up over small things, like now he wants the suspended Opposition MPs recalled! What does that mean? Let me spell it out for you.

The Constitution of 1995, article 84 states this:

“(1)       Subject to the provisions of this article, the electorate of any constituency and of any interest group referred to in article 78 of this Constitution have the right to recall their member of Parliament before the expiry of the term of Parliament.

(2)       A member of Parliament may be recalled from that office on any of the following grounds—

(a)       physical or mental incapacity rendering that member incapable of performing the functions of the office; (b)       misconduct or misbehaviour likely to bring hatred, ridicule, contempt or disrepute to the office; or (c)       persistent deserting of the electorate without reasonable cause.

(3) The recall of a member of Parliament shall be initiated by a petition in writing setting out the grounds relied on and signed by at least two-thirds of the registered voters of the constituency or of the interest group referred to in clause (l) of this article, and shall be delivered to the Speaker.

(4)       On receipt of the petition referred to in clause (3) of this article, the Speaker shall, within seven days require the Electoral Commission to conduct a public inquiry into the matters alleged in the petition and the Electoral Commission shall expeditiously conduct the necessary inquiry and report its findings to the Speaker.

(5)       The Speaker shall—

(a)       declare the seat vacant, if the Electoral Commission reports that it is satisfied from the inquiry, with the genuineness of the petition; or (b) declare immediately that the petition was unjustified, if the commission reports that it is not satisfied with the genuineness of the petition.

(6)     Subject to the provisions of clauses (2), (3), (4) and (5) of this article, Parliament shall, by law prescribe the procedure to be followed for the recall of a member of Parliament” (The Constitution 1995).

That the President wants to use this legal gymnastics now shows his weakness and mind control. That he wants the locals to get rid of the Members of Parliament and subscribe new. To secure the whole Parliament for him, so that he can rig in favorable MPs who actually does his bidding. Clearly, he don’t want the MPs to go through the medical and mental capacity of the individual MPs. They will quickly be able to point back at him for his soon advanced age (learned that term from Botswana government, sue me).

The misbehavior that they did in Parliament has already been sanctioned, they have even served time in various correctional facilities, to pull this off, should be a feat, even for Museveni who has used all sort of tools and even taken away the people’s favorite in Kampala, the Lord Mayor in last term. Now he wants to do the same, but in larger scale. He wants the MPs recalled on the manner they acted in Parliament. Even if it was either self-defense after a breach of Parliamentary codes, to let strangers in clear the Plenary Session. Secondly, to sing the National Anthem in the National Assembly, that should not be crime, because what is a crime then. Third, if wearing red ribbons and red hats is such a big issue, maybe yellow suits also be illegal for disrespecting the world of fashion.

President Museveni must really rig this if he wants the Constituencies and citizens of the sub-counties and districts to register their dissatisfaction with the 25 suspended MPs, and the 35 MPs that was on Police Force list of misbehaviors of 28th September 2017. Clearly, he wants mobilization for his cause, by any means. Not only pay every MP 20 Million Shillings in Consultation Fees, but also spread the message. I will use the Constitution against you, if you do not let me change for my benefit.

That the Electoral Commission and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga will comply with the Petition and request is natural. Since the Electoral Commission is his favorite lap dog and Kadaga is the one who follows his orders, even speaks like him defending her recent actions. So if Museveni get a strong enough petition to recall a Member of Parliament. He will do it and the Electoral Commission and Kadaga will comply, the will declare the MP unfit for his role and dismiss the elections done in 2016 on these grounds.

He would be coward if he did this, but he does not have the grounds to use Article 84, unless he bribes all of the citizens in the sub-counties that they represent to get them to register a valid petition to get rid of them. They misconduct, if it really is that. Clearly, states not to the punishment. Because they have not shown contempt or disrepute of the office they have. Neither have them been deserting the role in Parliament. They have been there and been vocal. If that is illegal to sing the National Anthem, someone please show me that code in reference for future proceedings.

For now, the President wants to go TOTAL RECALL! Will the people of these sub-counties and districts do the same? Should the ones carry guns inside the chambers, also be recalled? The military MPs sending fellow MPs to the hospital, be recalled? Should, the other unruly and unjust MPs who call them drunk, be recalled? I am just asking, because many could fit the bill. Not the one singing during a Plenary Session, but they are not of the loyalist tribe that the President wants. Therefore, in his mind, he should silence them and for good. Peace.

Age Limit: NRM Youth League (NRMYL) – “Extra Ordinary NRM Youth League National Delegates Conference” (03.10.2017)

Opinion: The people has to get out of the Stockholm syndrome and become disobedient to the NRM!

That the Opposition MPs wearing red-suits or coming with public stances on the steps of the Parliament is fine. That is dandy, but not bloody brilliant. If the President have not been, threaten by it in the past. Why would he be now? Why would he entertain foreign envoys and leaders at his various State Houses, while the suspended MPs is trying to lick their wounds! Because he can and he will, he have no need to fear them and why should he?

It is fine to wear a red-ribbon stand in public, gather for a Press Conference, but if it is, only a tightknit of leaders who oppose and the public does not support it in action. The National Resistance Movement will brush it off and spin the wheels of fortunes again. There will be no aftermath, the only thing that will be, is the sealing of life presidency for Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. No heroics, no glory, just the sad realization that the tide has not turned, not yet.

This entitlement does not stop with a few shouts and few hollering, the need for the community and the people to stand. It is about the time; if not the whole population seems like it is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, which has three main characteristics: “The hostages have negative feelings about the police or other authorities. The hostages have positive feelings toward their captor(s).The captors develop positive feelings toward the hostages” (Medical Dictionary – ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ link: http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Stockholm+syndrome).

The hostage being the Ugandan population, who has been captive since early 1986 and is stuck in the limbo of the captors, the NRM and their President. Clearly, the vision and prospects of getting into relationship was with the best of intentions, but with the serving of the times. The proof of the vile attempt of fraud and forged manifestoes should have shown the true colors of the Yellow brigade. However, none of that stopped the strange relationship between the public and the NRM. The hostages has been able to create an environment where the captors have sympathy and positive feelings, even when the hostages are stuck in this situation and cannot get anywhere else.

I know at one point he really got your trust, he created the Constitution, came with a nice-easy delivery sheet called the Ten Point Program, even at some point he even strived to deliver Universal Primary Education (UPE). However, the glories of the past cannot save today’s hardships. Not when schools have no equipment, even roofs that is tight, when roads either a pothole, sinking to ground when it rains. Not like service-delivery has been a key aspect of government the last decade. More paying for family members of the NRM and the President to foreign lands and trading of land for a quick buck. Why else is the National Theater all of sudden for sale?

So when the lifting of the age limit comes, do not be surprised of the different issues opening up. That the NRM will have consultation meetings and have NRM Caucuses where they discuss the tab and the possible arrangement of facilitation funds. Do not be surprised if the President can foot the whole bill, but could not deliver promised sanitary pads or garden hoes. Because when it comes to his well-being and security, there is abundantly with funds, like a mirage and a fountain of cash spent directly from the state reserves. It is as if he can just walk into the vault of Bank of Uganda and spill out the needed sums for the transactions. Do not be shocked and awe, it is the reality and the Stockholm syndrome as made the people entrenched and beneath their normal reactions to this sort of play. That is because they have caught positive feelings and accepted it is not such a bad captor after all. He gives us a shilling and a piece of food now and then, but do not over extend his courtesy call.

If the opposition and the civilians, the citizens who are hostages to the will of the President and they want real change. It has to happen with thought true and eruptions of demonstrations, which hits the markets, stops the cash flow and hurt the basic needs of government. It cannot be some cute arrangement and notification to the authorities, it cannot be some short-term. Once every blue moon and hope that the leadership gets the message. Trust me, it do not!

If the people want to get rid of Stockholm syndrome and stop the Age Limit bill. They have to act and together, it has to swift and be with force people’s power. Not some sugarcoated manufactured stonewalling, but really big demonstrations, that hurts the economy and hurt the state. At a mere size that the state has enough security forces and details, has not enough intelligence to scatter the demonstrations and see the true spirit from within. The state cannot make everyone criminal, the state cannot arrest every single demonstrator, but it can keep you hostage.

For the moment, that is what the state is doing and if you do not act, it will not bother to give you freedom, liberty or justice. Why bother? You do not care anyway. The NRM and Museveni can take that away and you do not care. You just sit here silently and let it happen. You pay it no mind and want it to be like that. Because that just the way it is.

I believe the time and that the spirit it there, the republic should not accept to taken for granted and used as pawn by the President. However, that is what is at stake and it will not become better anytime soon! Peace.

Age Limit: The Constitution (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2017 (03.10.2017) – The Parliament Library Version

Opinion: There is only dark days ahead, unless something changes rapidly!

I wish I could be more hopeful, have more swagger and be jubilant, but I can’t not in these days and times. There isn’t a dim light of better prospects, unless the winds decides to turn or the forces of good actually moves at light speed. At this moment, this very moment, its dark as night. The night is upon us and the sun is dwelling far beyond the clouds.

The light and hope is dimming down, not that I wish for this, but the energy and the fatigue is there. The prospects of pure civil disobedience isn’t there. Like the lack of care, because the state and the authorities seems to overpower with the Special Forces Command, Uganda People’s Defense Force and even M23. The Police Force is busy taking the leaders and scheming the next charges against innocent leaders, who only try to defend the citizens. While the citizens are listening to radio and TV. Hope that change will fall in their lap. I hate to break it too you, I won’t unless you fight for it.

Museveni and his clan will not give it up, Mobutu would not give it up and Kabila has no plan either. Museveni has stayed longer than Kabila, so just imagine his will to stay. The change of Age Limit in the Constitution at this point, is formalities, which is why he is travelling speaking on land issues. Museveni see this as solved and soon proper fixed. So that the state is properly screwed. No way back, only Musevenism, Militarism and Oppression ahead!

That is why the light isn’t only dim, the only one giving little bit of hope is the dozens of stars that shines lightly on the road ahead. The eternal light that hits the sand-corns and reflects so we don’t walk into the abyss. The NRM has the power, they have the army and the police. They have the state reserves and the resources to crack down on mobilization and demonstrations, but if it is done at a scale and with the people’s power. That could overturn it. Then the people need to show will, show character and organize in a manner that makes civil obedience the only way out.

You can’t be half gangster, you are either a crook or you’re a citizen. The same manner is about standing up to a government. You can’t be half-way demonstrating the oppression and harassment, the belittlement of rights and justice, rule of law for every single citizen. It has to be done with style and fineness. The arrests, detaining and the humiliation of the opposition should be warning, but it seems like society has gotten accustomed with their fate. There isn’t even shock and awe, when Civil-Society Organization are raided and blamed for political interference in internal-matters. It’s just another Monday or Tuesday. No worry, it wouldn’t happen to us.

Neither is the blocking of roads, barricades of the Parliament, soldiers interfering in clearing the Plenary Session. The silence and the misrepresentation inside the National Assembly, shows that the President using guns to sway opinion into the midst of the highest legal assembly. There isn’t anything he will not touch with force and fear. That is the darkness, the bitter fruit of oppression.

This should be the last part of the narrative, it should be last step of harassment and intimidation, but its not, grenades at MPs houses and charges of treason. On-going cases for years upon end, like the Walk-To-Work Cases pending in Kabale for Lukwago and Besigye, that still isn’t settled in court.

Therefore, the darkest hour is here, the only left isn’t detaining MPs or charging the MPs. The end of this is political assassinations! Is that the way it has to go before the light bulbs shatter and so that the people see how dark it really it is outside?

If there will be hope for another morning of glory, another cup of coffee or chai. It is time to wake up and organize, not accept the turn of events. Time to step and bring courage around your people and around your clan. Not accept that the village are taken for granted, that the cash crop are sold on the market in Kampala. That your assets are easily up for grabs and your voice is silenced by the state. Because that benefits Museveni and he knows it!

The light feels very far, the prospects are dim, but if the people start to renegade, resist and show civil disobedience, then there is hope. However, right now, the darkest hour. There are very little, but a few renegades, the rest are in submission. They are wandering and letting it go. But you never know when you are the victim. Innocent citizens has died because of this oppressive regime, Sam Mugumya is lingering in jail in Democratic Republic of Congo. For being a voice against the NRM. The next one could be one of us, who knows, but if we are silent.

If we are silent and let the oppressor continue, we are at fault for the darkness for letting the forces of oppression rule and indefinite take total control of our lives. That should be unacceptable, but it cost to fight totalitarian dictatorship. It cost, Francis Mwjikye has spent countless nights in prison before becoming MP. Dr. Kizze Besigye has spent his time in the prisons as well for the cause of liberation. There might be more, but there need men and woman. Who don’t accept being taken for granted and letting the NRM do as they like.

That meaning, serving Museveni and cater to him for life. Uganda isn’t only for MUSEVENI. It is all for UGANDANS. That should be mandatory, but the NRM MPs thinks otherwise. Peace.

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