Opinion: If you want Jim Muhwezi back as an MP [then don’t cry if his involved in a grand corruption scandal]

I don’t know about you, but there are some individuals who has shown what they are worth and has misused their office. One of these men are Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi. The In-Law of the President and therefore, has gotten of the hook. Because, the President cannot punish his own family.

That is even has stolen funds from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), involved in scheming funds in the program of Universal Primary Education program. Under both times he served as minister of either Health or Education. He saw an opportunity to steal funds. Still, he was acquitted and not serving time. However, he lost the status of being a minister. But for a man of his cadre, that is just a slap of a wrist and moves on.

He has even bought junk helicopters and been known for robbing resources from the Democratic Republic of Congo during the wars, which Museveni approved off. Where Muhwezi could enjoy the spoils without any consequences. Alas, the reputation lingers on.

This sort of man, that is a walking scandal. A man who is willing to find any way possible to embezzle, steal and corrupt a situation. The Republic is better off, that his lingering and pounding on the loss of power. Instead of giving this man yet another chance to become a lawmaker and government official.

That would only be because of his relations. He has a name, his known, but not for the reasons a man should. Muhwezi and Mbabazi is known for the same reasons. They can land-grab, corrupt deals and take kick-backs to the oblivion. That is what they do. Its not me just saying that. This is something they had done all by themselves.

Jim, Jimmy or whatever have even a questionable past from the beginning of the NRM government. As the man in charge of Intelligence Services, as the Director General. Who was in-charge of the death of a witness or a person connected to the assassination of Andrew Kayiira in 1987. As he condemned the action of the ISO Officers, however, he still let the death of Kasirye in 1988 and a number of other prisoners died too. This all happened on his watch, as the Director General. It should not be forgotten.

With the knowledge of all this. Muhwezi shouldn’t be suited for another term in Parliament. There are so much he has done. When you have a public record and known for certain things. Know that it will haunt you.

Muhwezi your ills, your plundering and your corrupt behaviour should catch up with you. It should not be a trait that get you re-elected. Neither, should be an in-law to the President be a secure way of getting a ticket and become a returning MP.

Jim should answer for his old crimes and connection to shady activities. This should not be glossed over or forgotten. He can pay some ignorant influencers now, but his past will haunt him. We all has to ensure these old acts get in the spotlight again. So, that the ones voting in his constituency chooses differently. Peace.

Opinion: Tumukunde is in for a rocky ride

Lt. Henry Tumukunde who have recently worked to get a party ticked and failed. Have now come out officially this week as an Independent Candidate. This is not shocking or a big reveal. It is a loss, as the man couldn’t sway fringe parties to let him be the big man ahead of the elections.

Tumukunde who is often praised for this works in government. This man has been a go to guy, but also been sacked for wrecking things. Wants now to be IT. The dude, the grand old man and the chief. At least he wants to look like that.

I am sure his trying to sell himself in the same stature and leading ability like Amama Mbabazi did. While Mbabazi was able to takeover the TDA last time. Tumukunde would be lucky if they ever considered him into the DP Block of Mao. However, that will not happen.

Tumukunde might act like a big shot and talk like a big shot. However, the reality is that his game is smaller than he thinks. People talk that he got support within the NRM. But, wasn’t that the game of Mbabazi too? And that amounted to nearly nothing in the last go around?

Who will think it will be different in 2021, then it was in 2016? They are all blind followers of Museveni. They will not shift their gear, because suddenly one of the big men turns into a renegade. If so, Amama would have a much bigger team with him in the last election.

Tumukunde is playing this one out. It will fail, it is just a matter of how much. We can wonder how he will growl and beg after the polls. How much he will bend his knees and kiss the ring?

That time will tell. The damage and the hurt will depend on how much the man will risk. Nevertheless, expect him to return to the NRM and asking for appointments. He will, because he needs to eat. There will be pictures and there will be stories.

Indeed, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Peace.

Museveni: How many times can you sell the same dream?

These things appear to be happening quick. Todays launch of his candidacy as President and Chairman of the National Resistance Movement (NRM). It is just all protocol and more of the same. It is neither funny nor insightful. Just another day in the Republic.

That Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is a Presidential Candidate was written in stone. It was in the hieroglyphics and in the ancient scrolls long before we were born. This is a way of life and how it treats us.

The removal of both term limits and age limits has all been in favour of one man. The man who proudly put these mechanisms in the new Constitution but deleted it when it didn’t fit him anymore. He didn’t change the law for the betterment of the Republic, but for his own selfish gain.

We can act like today is special, that the announcement is shocking. Breaking news. Read all about it. Well, we knew this was happening. Only the blindfolded, the ones with naïve thought someone else would pass the throne. That would be a miracle and a sensation. This would have sparked amusing tones and wonders. Because, it would not concur with the legends of ancient times.

This has been the case since the takeover of Kampala, 26th January 1986. Since then it has been all Museveni. He has ruled supreme. Been the Don and the Kingpin. The man in-charge and the only man with a vision. The one who is only fit to rule, and the rest must beg for mercy. That is what it is.

That’s why today isn’t special. His been selling the same story since that day. The day of fundamental change, the correct line and all of that. It has been his mustard seed of hope, which has turned into despair. We can act like everything is cool, but the man who will drop a manifesto for his 8th Term. Will most likely promise similar things of the past. The same sort of promises and possibly new lingo, but still the same tools from the shed.

It is a revised 10-point programme. The same sort of pledges and promises of a dream never succeeded. Because, he never intended to put the work in or deliver any of those. Just by mere luck that donors paid the duties and costs for a while. To keep the charade going.

Now, we are in 2020. In a time where his preparing for 2021. Alas his legacy is distorted, as people are arrested for poems, Facebook posts and jokes. There is no bottom, only an endless pit of suffering for the ones who oppose this man. Sooner or later the law catches up with you and give you a phony charge. A charge that you will keep and will haunt you.

So, will you believe in the man that has given out promises all his career and all his life? Only to determine or not even prioritize them. A man who has decided his own reign counters all other obligations of the state. Everyone must be jolly that he rules, and that his words are divine.

Today, was all ready prepared. Everything was aligned with it, the stars, the moons and the nsenene. Everyone was ready for this. It was inevitable. This wasn’t a journey; it was a road already taken. We have been here before and we just repeating the same thing over, and over again. Peace.

Opinion: You can’t 1986 everything…

I don’t know if the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and its self-styled President for life Yoweri Kaguta Museveni thinks its a wise move to always point at the state of affairs in 1986.

How many pupils who went to school in the 1980s? How many cars on the roads in 1980s? How many bureaucrats who was paid in the 1980s?

Is that viable as a argument for how things are today?

If so, why in a Republic filled with youth under 30s years old. In a republic run by an administration living a bubble of the year of salvation in 1986. Where all results are in comparison to the incept of power. The day of the Coup d’etat in 1986 and everything circles back to this. Using the liberation and taking control of the Republic.

It is really unique that 34 years in power, you have to look at the starting point to show your greatness. All the pendulums points back to 1986. Which is such a magical year when everything started.

The NRM continues to spawn out how much more roads they have built since 1986. It is how you prove your governance. The amount of gravel you have carried and put on the ground. Not like there is other ways to prove it. For instance, if the roads adds value and the costs of keeping them operational or built to the needs. That is an issue that is never released, neither is the loans for building the roads and how much of it was paid by grants.

The NRM and the President can drop comparison numbers. However, they will do that every day with some glossy pictures of infrastructure and propaganda postures. That’s what they do. If it is Uganda Media Centre, Government Citizen Interaction Centre, NRM SOMA and the State House. This is what they do. Making mediocre results looking brilliant.

They will pin point back to 1986 as the proof of the amount of work they have put in. Not like they are just showing what they did in the 10th Parliament. No, they will go back to Obote and Okello. They need to bring back Idi Amin Dada and the whole brigade of dead people to show the living their greatness.

This is why they should find new ways of proving their achievements. Because, how relevant can it to go back close to 4 decades to prove your worth? How great are you, when you look two generations back?

Also, the reality is that most of the people living in the republic is born since 1986. They are the youth of the generation who did the bush-war. These are not familiar with that time and therefore, wouldn’t be touched by this. They are only seeing what they are living in now and hopes for a promising future. Not repeating the past, but instead building for the future.

Going back to 1986 is just a grave the NRM doesn’t need to dig. If they do, then they are putting up tombstones and praising weak results. If the NRM was sincere they would prove their abilities and use of time. Instead, they are going historical and bringing back nostalgia.

A nostalgia that isn’t for the times of today. Unless, Mzee plans to drop a few history lessons and mesmerising the past. Peace.

Opinion: Museveni, running for his eight term… [1986-2026]

Well, the scholars will say its his 6th Term, which I defiantly says “no” too. That is not true. They are currently saying his on his fifth term. That he was elected in 2016 for his 5th. However, if you do that, then your taking away his first 10 years in power. You are initially deleting the years between 1986 to 1996 and that is not fair. That is unjustified behaviour and rewriting history. The Republic of Uganda doesn’t deserve that.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is currently in his Seventh Term. You can calculate the 5 times and see that I am onto something. That the man who has run the Republic are in his 34 years in power and by 2021 is at his 35th. By the end of the next term he will be close to 40 years. Which by dividing 40 by 5 turns into 8. It is every simple Math.

I know, I will read in the big-media houses like BBC, AP News and others where it will say that his going for his 6th Term. These fellas who write that doesn’t care that he went a decade in power without any elections. That he suspended it and didn’t want to hold any. No, they are just making click-bait and not holding the President accountable. He should be counted for the first years of his presidency. Even if his achievements from those years are long forgotten and his killing of enemies those years. Are also long time buried and dead.

Never the less. Let me just reissue this short time. So, that everyone understands my equation and how I get to 8th Term for Museveni. This here should be the gist, but I am sad to say. The international media will say its 6th because they don’t know better.

Short Timeline:

1986-1991 First Term by seizing power/coup d’etat,

1991-1996 Second Term by suspending elections.

1996-2001 Third Term by First Election after the coup d’etat.

2001-2006 Fourth Term, Second Election. Abolishing Presidential Term Limits.

2006-2011 Fifth Term, Third Election – First Multi-Party Elections since the Coup d’etat.

2011-2016 Sixth Term – Fourth Election.

2016-2021 Seventh Term – Fifth Election  -Abolishing Presidential Age Limits.

2021-2026 Eight Term –Sixth Election

This is just my gist of it and how easily it can be calculated. Something, I find important, because all years should count. Not only the timeline from the election in 1996 until now. Than the same media houses should say he has ruled for 24 years, instead of 34. Why?

They are not counting it in the sense of terms, when they are accepting not to count the 10 years of suspended elections and coup d’etat. If your straight about, be straight forward and not glean in the middle.

Take the whole account, the whole time served and not just from the first election. That is just fair. This President has rigged elections and will rig the upcoming one in 2021 too. It is just a matter of levels and to what extent. Also, what sort of play he wants to do. He decides. His legacy is already tarnished and this election will not make it better.

His the soon, eight term president. Remember that. It is insane, but still true. Peace.

Opinion: Tumukunde’s One Opposition Candidate to beat Mzee [set to fail from the get-go]

If you want to hear about a curveball or you believe in oddballs, then maybe Lieutenant General Henry Tumukunde is your thing. It has been reported in the Daily Monitor today that he suggested to field only one opposition Presidential Candidate to beat incumbent and self-styled President for Life Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

I don’t know if Tumukunde is high on his own supply and believes only one man is enough to beat Museveni at this point. However, something must give. There is a sort of extract, flavour or mix in his drink to believe that is the part missing to beat the old man. It is like he hasn’t seen the system. That he doesn’t know what the President does and what his regime does. Like his oblivious to the whole drill and farce that is up-coming in 2021.

The former insider, the smooth-operator and the leader with National Resistance Movement (NRM) knows perfectly well how everything works there. He has had several of roles and been in the inner-circle of power. Tumukunde knows this and the response to beat Museveni is foolish at best.

Why?

Well, nobody beats Museveni at the ballots. That is impossible. The results are rigged. The social media blackouts is prepared. The military choppers will fly over Kampala. The pre-ticked ballots will fly in and the tally centres will serve their mission to deliver the supposed results to its master. That is the reality and Tumukunde knows this well.

The way of a peaceful transfer from someone who doesn’t want to step down isn’t through the polls or an election. It is through a revolution. The unfinished revolution from a military government to a civilian one. The NRM masks as civilian, but is filled with generals in all institutions. All are loyal to the President and they are awaiting orders.

Tumukunde knows that one single candidate cannot beat Museveni. He knows this and the whole Republic knows this. In an election. NOBODY CAN WIN BUT THE PRESIDENT. That is written in the stars, on the dark side of the moon and asteroids spelling it out on the horizon too.

There is no way anyone can beat him on the ballot. That will not happen. It’s impossible as long as his on the ballot. We could lie and say its possible, but the system is rigged this way. There is no other outcome in an election at this point.

Unless, people wants to use defiance, civil disobedience and start a revolution. That is the only way out. There is no way in an election that the President backs down. He hasn’t done that since 1986 and I doubt he will suddenly change in 2021.

Nedda sssevo, do you want another rap? Nedda Sssevo. Peace.

Chapter Four: Continued detention of Tumukunde & others is a violation of personal liberty (17.03.2020)

Lt. Gen. Tumukunde: Another NRM big-man aiming at the throne

Today, Lieutenant General Henry Tumukunde has unleashed his will and determination to stand as a Presidential aspirant in the upcoming election of 2021. This is not new that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) have some big-men falling out. However, they have usually gotten back into the fold and gotten new chairs to fill.. 

Lt. Gen. Tumukunde is a long-term NRA/M, who has served in various of positions and held a high regard in the circles around the President. He has failed, gotten sacked and gotten into trouble. However, always had the ability to return and get in the good graces. In May 2018 with his latest role was being the Minister of Security. Also, we know something is up, when the aide to Tumukunde is releasing the information of him loosing military guards at his house in Kololo. That happened about a week ahead of the letter to the Electoral Commission on the 28th February 2020.

With regards to this, I’m not fooled. There been plenty of decoys in the past too. Even NRA historical of John Nagenda have been critical of the President, but still in good graces in the end. Surely, Tumukunde following a long line of Presidential candidates, who in the end looking for a new avenue for work after the elections. We are even seeing Amama Mbabazi returning to Museveni and getting closer like kin. Surely, Tumukunde wants those perks too.

In 2011, the former Local Government Minister Jaberi Bidandi Ssali was a Presidential Candidate as an opposition candidate. His the father of Bebe Cool, so we know that the NRM loyalties aren’t far from each other. Even as Ssali was known for talking against Museveni for never retiring, still he wasn’t anything the President feared in the polls. He was a former Minister who wouldn’t dare to insult his former master.

In 2015, there was two former high ranking NRM leaders who suddenly stood as Independents. This being Gilbert Bukenya and Amama Mbabazi. Both of these we’re high ranking officials. Bukenya went straight independent and even tried to swing the The Democratic Alliance (TDA) his way. Mbabazi tried to get a position in the Primaries in 2015. However, that is not how the game in the NRM works. That is why Mbabazi was clipped of his wings, both as the Secretary General of the NRM and also of his powerful role as the Prime Minister.

Now, Tumukunde is doing the same, as Ssali, Bukenya and Mbabazi has done. Some says its daring and inspiring. Some says its special for these men to aim at the king. Well, there is no succession and no parts to play internally. So, they got to be loose canons to ever try. However, these gentlemen knows that the President rigs and they will never achieve the goal. It is a battle they are bound to loose.

So, why do it? Is it to get the attention and possible be a part of the NRM NEC or something? Do they want a perky position and get back in the good graces? Is that it all?

Does Tumukunde want the cool headlines, that he visited the President at his farm? Is that all he wants out of life?

We all know, he has no shot to win. There is no winning in this, unless he wants to become the next Beti Kamya or something. If he wants a minor role in a mushrooming cabinet after 2021 elections. To be paid-off handsomely…

Well, this is not a drill, but is a curiosity. It will be bloody, it will be tested and he will be in trouble. However, in the end, he will kiss the ring and go back to his master. That is what they do.

Lt. Gen. will need to eat after 2021. He will return, it is just a matter of time and what he is on the menu. Peace.

Gen. Benon Biraaro the loyal cadre of the NRM

“In 1996 I told President Museveni that the 10 years he had been in leadership were enough and advised him to leave power for others” – Gen. Benon Biraaro in November 2016

Maj. Gen. Benon Biraaro is one of those guys whose loyalty is not questioned. As he joined the Bush-War in 1982 and stayed the course. He has served several of high ranking positions, even as the Chief of Staff in the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) and been in the inner-circle of military commando, both as a rebel and as an armed commander.

The man of honour, the man who served so diligently for so long. Still, had one more rebellion in him to defy the bush-war General he previously served. As the Luweero Triangle Medal and others faded. Retired from the army in 2008 after serving it since 1982. He started the armed service after finishing studies at Makerere University. He formed in 2014, the Peace and National Unity (PNU) before relaunching himself again with the Farmers Party ahead of the General Election in 2016. Which was the party he used to stand as a Presidential Candidate in the last election.

The man who is now deceased. Claimed he opposed Museveni before Besigye. However, that doesn’t add up, as the man claimed he was against Museveni in 1996, but he was promoted several of times since then. Therefore, the man was clearly not that vocal before he retired. That is evident, because if he were. He wouldn’t gotten higher ranks and been promoted like he did. President Museveni wouldn’t have done that.

Some are claiming he was a syncopate and a stooge as an opposition candidate. As he didn’t have the recognition nor the flair to stand-up to Museveni. Only empty words, but not like crowds would surge around him. Therefore, Benon was a former Bush-War Veteran who seemed like a possible catch, but not of something that would aim for the stars as a candidate in the 2016 elections. The man who has held lectures for armed personnel, been a teacher and one whose loyalty haven’t been questioned.

Not like he ran against Museveni like Gen. David Sejusa aka Tinyefuza, who had to go to exile because he wanted to retire. No, Benon could just retire and start his own party without any interference or big question. That’s because Biraaro wasn’t anything Museveni feared nor had any issues with. Even if Benon during the campaigns and after it, as warned the President and the NRM of a possible Zimbabwe moment. In regards, that Museveni might get the same treatment, as Mugabe did in his final stages. However, that has happen without any fanfare.

What we do know, is that Benon Biraaro is now deceased. His no longer among us. A man who fought, who started on its own and is no longer amongst us. What he leaves behind is a fringe party, which is the Farmers Party. He leaves behind a weak attempt for a peaceful transition and post-Museveni.

He leaves behind a life in the armed forces, in the higher ranking position and where he was loyal to the core. Biraaro might wanted more for his legacy, but this is what it is.  We know he went together with others after the General Elections in 2016 to the house-arrested Dr. Kizza Besigye and tried to offer a power-sharing agreement, where Besigye would be Museveni’s VP. But we know that this was dismissed in February 2016. Therefore, the General wasn’t always able to serve, even when he was trying his hardest.

Benon might want to remembered for more, there isn’t more I can say. He trained people in the Bush-War, he did it after the Bush-War and was a high-ranking official, and gotten medals for his service. Therefore, its not like he didn’t get accolades while living. Now, he is gone, but his legacy is loyalty, but not greatness. That is more than what some will be remembered for. He was loyal to the NRA and the NRM, to the President and to that cause. Peace.