The NRM are preparing to scrap bail permanently

Cabinet queues behind President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as they heed to his call for the lifting of the right to bail. Lawyers want wider public consultation on the same & strengthening of investigations by the security agencies rather than scraping off the right to bail” (Red Pepper Uganda, 16.10.2021).

The National Resistance Movement and President Yoweri Tibuhurwa Kaguta Museveni is all out and against the opportunity for bail before release of criminals in the Republic. This is clearly a plan to reform and again change the 1995 Constitution. However, this is setting a dangerous precedence, which could inflict harm on the ones enacting it.

What is striking here that one key principal of law is abolished by doing this. The state is practically implicating a person and saying they are guilty before trial. They are not innocent before proven guilty. The state can pin and put on charges on political prisoners and activists, which fits the penal code. Where the application for bail after per review of a judge isn’t needed. Alas, meaning the person is seen as a criminal and felon before even tested in the judiciary system. That is neglect of rule of law and injustice.

This is an deliberate act and a sinister one at it. The NRM and the President will with this have yet another legal tool to keep people indefinitely behind bars. As they can be charged with serious crimes of murder, manslaughter or treason. While being behind bars and not able to challenge it in the free world. They will be behind bars and not have access to attorneys or help. That will help the government to silence dissidents and the ones who are vocal against it.

We should be worried about it. The Constitution has been revised after wishes from the President before. That has been directly for selfish reasons and for his own benefit. Now, it is to prove his power and his whims. The Cabinet has no balls or ability to say “no”. They cannot say this wrong or even not right. These folks doesn’t have the spine, as they are “yes men” for the President. While these people could easily when fallen out of favour with the President be charged and taken to cout. They could suffer the consequences of this law. That wouldn’t be shocking. Neither would it be, if Odrek, Muhoozi or even Salim Selah could be touched by this one. They could all be victims of it and justifiably so.

The NRM is playing with fire. The state is already misusing the penal code and the justice system to crackdown on the opposition. It is already violating the Constitution and keeping people detained without trial, sentencing and tortured in ungazetted safe-houses. Political prisoners are kept for a year and even longer behind bars without any proof of their alleged crime. They were punished for insulting the Don. That’s all really and now they will have legal intent to keep it that way. This is really at a dire stage. There is no jokes here and only no mercy.

Museveni and the NRM have no heart. This sort of enacted law and change of constitution shows their way of governing. There is no middle-ground or concern, only the vision of man and his every wish. Museveni clearly cannot foresee the future and what this can cause. He can ensure innocent civilians are behind bars without proper procedure. Manufactured charges and they have no remedy to challenge the system. That’s what he wants and it’s tragic.

This is disgusting and disgraceful. Nobody should accept this. The NRM should know better, but clearly they don’t. The Cabinet is filled of cronies and puppets who dances to whatever song Museveni sings. That’s so sad and at this point it’s inevitable.

I just wonder, in his after life and Muhoozi Kainerubaga is behind bars on phony charges. Will he cry river from the clouds or will be giddy? Because, his manner and ways punished his son… that could easily happen as a retribution to all the years of tyranny of the father. Don’t be shocked if these things happen. That is how mankind is and revenge is a powerful sentiment. Never underestimate what people are willing to do after being scorned for years.

I know Museveni doesn’t consider that. His in advanced age and thinks his a demigod. However, he should reconsider this stance. We know that will not happen, but it would be refreshing. Peace.

Opinion: The Movement Aspirants states a bitter fact [about the ‘Art of Peer Pressure’]

Members of the ruling National Resistance Movement who contested and failed in the previous party primary elections have formed an association to stop future ‘sham elections. The association dubbed Action for Transformation and Sustainable Development also seeks to help members recover from the loss and strategize for the 2026 election” (Gerald Matembu – ‘NRM losers form Association to stop electoral malpractice’ 13.10.2021, Nile Post).

We are used too that National Resistant Movement aspirants or members who loses their primaries stands as “independents”. That is very common with this party and is common at the last elections. The NRM Electoral Commission haven’t been able to handle or had the manpower to secure it either. Neither does the party suspend or sends letter of expulsion to the former aspirants either. Therefore, today’s new association is really inspiring.

This must be insulting to the Chairman, the NRM Central Executive Committee and the NRM EC. All of the heads who vouch for the system and has created it this way. The President and every single Minister must feel insulted. They have all been elected through the system.

These are the new stock of NRM Rebels and that’s not the ‘Correct Line’. With that in mind, we can wonder what is the next step? What will they do? How will they plea or have their cases heard?

Not like Secretary General Richard Todwong will have a listen. He is a loyal cadre of the President and cannot handle this. This man will not accept the scrutiny or allegations. The former SG Justine Kasule-Lumumba was hostile towards to the NRM EC Chairman Dr. Tanga Odoi. The internal elections has been an issue, but not properly resolved.

What is striking is that this is happening after NRM Primaries was held with voting in line. They were standing behind the candidate they did prefer. Now the aspirants are saying this isn’t fair. Which is striking, since this was changed between the 2015 and 2020 after wishes of the President. They are saying his voting system isn’t fair. That must infuriate him when he gets the call or the memo.

We were plenty of outsiders saying this and called it the ‘Art of Peer Pressure’ as it was a clear signal of popularity and not a secret ballot. This was clear from the get-go, but the aspirants accept this school-yard way of challenging the polls. So, in their regards its a bit late. They can hope for a better way of running it next time. However, that is all up to the President and the NRM CEC. Peace.

Opinion: Awaiting either a private bill or a constitutional amendment to abolish bail

We have been here before… the National Resistance Movement (NRM) have twice altered the 1995 Constitution to favour or personally help the will of the President. Now, the President is on another war-path. As he wants to have all legality to keep people in prison and not free them. Since, he believes killers and the ones doing serious crimes deserves to behind bars without the constitutional right for bail or be temporary freed until trial or sentencing.

This is showing the viciousness of the state. A state that already uses the authorities, security organizations and law enforcement to target and detain the opponents of the state. This state uses Panda Gari’s or “drones” to pick-up, abduct, kidnap and keep civilians incommunicado for days. These people are not produced in court within the 48 hours timeline. Neither is there a trial or proof of guilt for their supposed crimes. Many has been tortured or extra-judicially killed by the authorities. That has happen during the reign of Museveni and how he operates.

Those actions is clearly not sinister enough. The state who already uses the Chieftain of Military Intelligence (CMI), Internal Security Organization (ISO) and Uganda Police Force (UPF) for their own gains. This is done to intimidate and make it impossible for dissidents and activists to organize. They are blocking and finding ways to silence the main opposition too.

That is why the President wants to take away the ability to get bail. The courts are issuing this and they are tending to come with conditions and the “culprit” or alleged criminal has to appear before the courts. This is happening while the investigation and the case is pending. However, when it comes to political active and opposition members. They are arrested for charges, which the state never proves or produce evidence. The state is prolonging the cases and never stopping them. The criminal cases against an opposition can last for many years and never been closed or dismissed. It can take a decade or even longer. Therefore, if the bail goes away. In practically for cases like these. The person charged could be behind bars for a decade without sentencing or proper case work. That is detaining innocent civilians and non-criminal without prejudice. This is making the citizen guilty before proven innocent. That isn’t rule of law, but lawlessness.

If the NRM does this… they do that to please their master and his whims. It will be a practical issue and assure the President that he can punish his enemies without any court order or a sentence. He can keep them detained and they don’t have the right to be released pending trial and sentencing. The state doesn’t need to produce evidence or witnesses to build cases. That is the evil side of this.

It wouldn’t be shocking, if the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Kahinda Otafiire or a private bill from a loyal cadre within the NRM caucus. They would do that to abolish the article 23(6) or amend it. The NRM did that with the term limits and the age limit as well. So, this wouldn’t shock anyone if they did.

However, the previous articles was directly about the Presidency and his office. This can be a legal jeopardy for citizens in general. Taking away bail means the citizens looses their rights and if they are arrested. Nobody can bail them out or pay bond to get them out. That is injustice and shows what the regime is willing to do.

Yes, the regime and the President is already serving the public injustice with the “drones” and ungazetted safe-houses. The state is already misusing it’s power by re-arresting people released on bail. Taking them to a new prison and a new incarceration facility elsewhere. While they are adding new charges or pinning it on the citizen. That is what the state is doing towards two NUP MPs these days and these tricks has been used before.

So, am awaiting two types of legislation delivered in Parliament. That is done to secure the ambition of the President. Either the Minister coming with his testing of the popularity of it or a private bill to do it in favour of the will of the President. Because, the NRM and Museveni is willing to alter the Constitution and this is the manner the state does it. Peace.

Ssegirinya MP is detained at SIU Kireka [and faces treason charges]

Fred Enanga: “We want to inform the public that Hon Ssegirinya Mohammad has also been rearrested on fresh charges of treason and incitement to violence by the joint security task team of investigators” (…) He has been transferred to the Special Investigations Division, in Kireka for further statement recording and action” (Uganda Police Force, 27.09.2021).

The MP isn’t only facing the charges in the murders of Masaka. Now, the Uganda Police Force is saying his facing treason charges as well. The state is clearly using all means against him. The National Unity Platform (NUP) MP is a target and that is evident. As there is no proof or evidence for it.

The UPF Spokesperson shows that the authorities had it all planned. As he was released on-bail and the first second of “freedom”. They arrested him again and now they are detaining him at the SIU Kireka. This will prolong his agony and lack of freedom.

The state is still not producing any proof, evidence or affidavits in-concern to the MP. Ssegirinya MP will face long time and more trials. The state is really pushing him. They didn’t Court Martial him, but this is evident that the state is making new charges and “treason” is something that keep him behind bars for a long time. In a way, where he is seen as a danger to society and that’s why they keep him without producing anything.

This is tragic, but how they do. A Joint Security Task Team had a plan and this is how they execute it. Instead of finding or investigating real criminals. They are using the authorities as means to politically intervene and make Ssegirinya MP an example of their impunity. Peace.

Ssegirinya MP kidnapped by a “drone” [and kept at a unknown location]

MP Mohammad Ssegirinya rearrested moments after being released from prison after being granted bail by court. Accused of murder, attempted murder and terrorism in relation to mysterious murders in Masaka. President Museveni on Sat said it is not right to release murder suspects” (Radio 4/103.3 FM, 27.09.2021).

Again and again, the authorities and security organization takes their freedom to obvious levels of impunity and injustice in the republic. This tends to happen to a chosen few and Members of Parliament who happens to big-deal opposition members. Therefore, Kawempe North MP Ssegirinya are now not only charged for murders in Masaka. He will be arraigned elsewhere as well.

That is why he was arrested by yet another security organization. If it is Chieftain of Military Intelligence (CMI) or Internal Security Organization (ISO). Heck, one of the army units could have done this today. Because, this are just preparing the MP to be arraigned before the Court Martial. As an excuse to keep him detained without any need to produce evidence or affidavits to prove his guilt or that he even committed crime in question.

The civilian courts cannot keep the “alleged” criminal forever without production of evidence or proof. The investigation has prove their crimes and not just keep them detained. This just proves how wrongly this is done.

The Police Force and the authorities are catching “criminals” but have no proof or evidence. Heck, their investigations are non-existent. Because, everyone knows these are just political ploys to hit one of their enemies. This is not the mastermind of the murders or behind the murders of Masaka. He was busy getting medical equipment in the Netherlands and upgrade the ambulances there. Therefore, the authorities and law enforcement is blind obedient bureaucrats with no functioning brains. Because, everyone knows what is going on and if their knobs are put together. They might able to pull a trick or two, but this isn’t it.

We have seen this game being played out before. The injustice and injustice is systematic. This was prepared and planned. As the state couldn’t keep him illegally detained in prison. They needed an excuse and the bail made it possible to re-arrest him. Therefore, this vicious means are how the state works.

This is putting the cart before the horse. They are making someone criminal before they have done the crime. By doing that… they are doing something illegal. Simply arresting and taking away someone’s freedom and liberty. Just because they have the authority and ability to do so. Still, that isn’t rule of law or justice. No, this is injustice and nothing else.

The Police and authorities aren’t catching the killers or assassins of Masaka. Instead they are keeping two MPs implicated for existing. This tragedy doesn’t seem to end. The tale for these two will last for months and there will plenty of trials. If not also lots of charges that the state cannot prove. Because it is taken out of thin-air and is as valuable as any of the President’s recent promises during the campaign. Peace.

Mr. Updates aka Ssegirinya MP still behind bars in Kigo Prison

The absence of Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Zaake has caused his Kawempe North counterpart Muhammad Ssegirinya to stay in jail. This is because Zaake committed himself to stand surety for Ssegirinya who is facing murder and terrorism charges but today, he was not available to append his signature on the release form such that Ssegirinya can gain temporary freedom. Ssegirinya was jointly arrested together with Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana on September 7th 2021 and taken to Masaka Magistrates Court on charges of murder and terrorism arising from the recent killings of people using machetes in Masaka. They were remanded to Kigo Prison” (97.8 Kazo FM Omushomesa, 23.09.2021).

We should worry that Muhammad Ssegirinya MP has been behind bars for over two weeks. The MP has been behind bars for 16 days. The MP was also allowed bail or temporary freedom in the Courts on the 20th September 2021. This means he could have produced and freed three days ago.

Who knows why his mate and MP Francis Zaake haven’t showed up today. We could worry that Ssegirinya would have suffered the same fate as Ssewanyana today. As he was picked up by a “drone” and taken to an unknown location.

For now we know where Mr. Updates resides. Yes, this is impunity and injustice at it’s highest order. The state is keeping him detained with no burden of proof of his guilt. There is no strong or credible evidence pinning the MP in the crimes charged against him. That’s why we know this is a political motivated case and not a “criminal” matter. He is just a victim of his allegiance and what he represents, which is differing from the ruling regime.

In some concern it is better to know that Ssegirinya is in Kigo Prison. That knowing he could be picked up by random authorities to unknown locations. He could be taken to ungazetted safe-houses and be tortured. Which is something the MP has suffered from before. Therefore, it is maybe even a sad relief that he is left behind today.

Both MPs will not get a fair trial and neither any serious case against them. This a political hackwork to keep them behind bars. They are falsely charged and the state will prolong the agony of the dissenting MPs. Peace.

Opinion: Nabbanja is carrying on the tradition

“Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has reportedly filled her office with relatives” (Daily Monitor, 20.09.2021).

That the Prime Minister has appointed or recruited her own family to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) isn’t shocking. She is just following party protocol and what the Movement stands for at this given time. You don’t need credentials or qualifications to be part of the civil service or high ranking official. What you need is a connect and a person who knows someone within the parameter of the one running the office.

That is why the revelations of the Daily Monitor in the end of last week wasn’t shocking, but a continuation of it. This is the same Movement where the First Lady is a Minister and the son is a Commander of the Land Forces. Where son-in-law and other family ties has ensured high ranking official appointments and permanent secretaries as well. If not, they have gotten plum jobs in other government entities. Just because they are blood and relatives of the President and his extended family.

That’s why I am not surprised or shocked by what has happened with the PM. She is just following the teachings and the actions of her President. Nabbanja is a fellow of nepotism. Yes, this is worrisome, but she just follows a pattern, which is from the high above. It is not like she hasn’t seen or heard anything about this before. No, no this is systemic thing and that out of the world.

The Movement does this and that ‘s why Gen. Salim Selah is a unofficial minister and with government contracts. Not because his appointed, but his related to the President. Sam Kuteesa have gotten his fair tenders and deals over the years. The same has others who is associated and married into the family. That’s why the PM is just following their example.

We shouldn’t cry havoc here… as this is part of their program and how they run government. Nepotism and corruption are going hand-in-hand. It is giving them life and hope, while other fights for breadcrumbs in desperation.

The PM should lead by example, but she is just one of Museveni’s fishermen and that is evident. She is instead following him and doing his bidding. That’s why she will not challenge him or be an actor of good governance. Instead she will be as corrupt and malignant as possible. Because, she knows that this is her moment to eat and she should enjoy the spoils. While she is at it, she can also assist fellow family members and ensure they get a cut too.

That’s why this is happening, and it is tragic. It is a waste of government resources, but also expected at this point. It is not like the Movement have been sincere about these things. They have it in their slogans and programs, but never act upon it. That’s why this happens, and life moves on. Peace.

Pastor “Mama” Janet Returns: The Honourable Minister is asking for too much…

Therefore, if you would have a little faith in your government and trust that it cares about your well-being, you would know that Government has not left schools closed to punish you, but rather, to protect you from harm” (Janet Museveni – ‘Reopening of Education Institutions’ 13.09.2021).

The First Lady, Pastorpreneur and Minister of Sports and Education, Janet Museveni really shows her lack of skill and understanding of her role. Not like that is new… because she is the royal highness and the first lady. If she wasn’t any of the above… Janet wouldn’t have been considered or even appointed in the first place.

However, here we are and she continues. This time it’s a less of holy text. Neither is it anything profound or a stark message. The writing isn’t inspiring or hopeful. That’s why we should trust her government. A government who uses drones, captives political prisoners and easily sends the army against it’s dissidents. Still, you are supposed to believe that this government would protect you and not harm you. Well, that is easy to say when your in the inner-circle… and not living in the real world. Where the state can send the authorities and kidnap you just for your association with dissidents. That’s enough of probable cause and the state is allowed to charge them without any questions asked.

So, it is really insulting writing what she wrote in that one passage. However, her lack of tact and understanding is also in another passage of her. Where she is boldly saying: “Sometimes, I see the very rude insinuations you send to me in our dialogue, like, “just open schools” etc. Well, when you put a lot of thinking in this puzzle, if it is even a puzzle at all, you can see that opening schools is the easiest thing to do. After all, that is what many of you seem to really want and I can also understand your thinking. So, why then have we kept schools closed?” (Janet Museveni – ‘Reopening of Education Institutions’ 13.09.2021).

It is not rude to want the schools and educational insinuations open. That is a sincere wish, as the years of COVID-19 is fallout time and also lost learning period for massive amount of students. While the state haven’t solved or found proper solutions to home-schooling or educational curriculum to spread to the masses in new ways. Yes, the President has promised village tv’s and radios, but they haven’t been procured and neither delivered. Secondly, the teachers and lectures haven’t been helped or had any sort government programme to save the lost year.

However, she is still the preacher and had to say stuff like this: We are confident that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who is our God will bless the education sector in this unprecedented season” (Janet Museveni – ‘Reopening of Education Institutions’ 13.09.2021).

She is the Minister of Sports and Education. Janet is in-charge and has the responsibility. It is healthy to have faith in higher powers and believe in spiritual beings. However, if we believe those things and still have a sound mind. We know that God has given us a brain and intelligence to serve and also follow the mandates of our roles in society. Therefore, Janet should make sure the people succeed and not just spread hope.

Janet has the ability and the power to get the funding, the equipment and the additional training the teachers might need at any given time. She can order and secure this for everyone involved. That is, if she cares or have the manpower around her. However, she is just saying “put it all to God” and “have faith in the government”.

That is not how things works. The state should deliver and God can intervene, but he has given us wisdom for a reason. So, the honourable minister should do us a service and actually use any, if she possess it. Because, it is about time to stop preaching and actually work. Even the scripture says your faith is dead, if you have no action. Therefore, for someone quoting God on the regular. She better get to work and open them schools. It doesn’t matter if she finds it insulting or not. That’s her job and she’s mandated to do so. Peace.

The dead silence: Otafiire cannot help himself

“You forget that when the NRM dominated Masaka, there were no killings. Someone else is in charge of Masaka politically”Kahinda Otafiire (09.09.2021).

The murders and killings in the Greater Masaka region must be used as a ploy and a decoy. Instead of taking responsibility and go after the culprits. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) and its regime is on high alert to implicate the National Unity Platform (NUP). Which is obvious.

This is not a new tactic to implicate opposition and activists who are dissidents of the state in serious matters. No, that has been going as long as I can remember. The opposition and its leaders can easily become targets and become enemies of the state. That’s why they are aimed at and accused of the murders now.

We have been here before, the names and the party has changed, but the objective is the same. Implicate leaders and affiliates, claim the party is ill-advised and vilify it. While never ever going after the killers and assassins in question. No they are roaming free without any hesitation and can move to the next target. The ones with machetes and weapons to kill can buzz of into darkness. That what they do… while the NUP is blamed.

Kahinda Otafiire and the politicians blaming the NUP directly better come clear with evidence and proof. As Ofwono Opondo couldn’t help himself either on NBS Frontline yesterday. They were both implicating the NUP and doing a blatant attempt of criminalizing the opposition party and its members. That says it all really.

Not that I am shocked by this, but it shows what the state actors and high ranking officials are willing to do. They are doing this for the whole nation and republic to see. While there is no proof and it is deliberate to make a narrative to implicate innocent people in murders in Masaka.

What is tragic about yesterday is that we are supposed to forget when the NRM was running Masaka and when the opposition was campaigning that the Police Force or the army killed civilians following the opposition convoy. The NRM have killed and continues to do so. They don’t spare a life, but rather take it. This is at least how it seems to the naked eye. While they always blame the enemy. If it is Amin, Obote or now Bobi Wine, because it is never the Movement. Well, if it continues to happen… then it must be you!

This isn’t funny but injustice in action. Its obscene and outrageous. A clear aim at a political gain on another people’s tragedy. Instead of taking action to stop it or find the killers. You are making a political stand and assaulting a third party, which wasn’t involved in it in the first place.

We can act a fool, but this is just getting stupid. There is no redeeming factor in this. Only a sinister move to make the NUP the villain. That is the mere reality of this. The NRM isn’t any better and this is what they do. We could wish for better, but that is too much to ask. Peace.

Opinion: IPOD is officially dead

The Interparty Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) was rejected by the largest opposition party the National Unity Platform (NUP). The IPOD was just set-up in 2010 even if it felt like it has been there forever.

IPOD haven’t lived up to its potential and neither is the organization at any use at this stage. Unless, the President and his regime wants positive publicity. If not he tries to intervene and participate to get his will. He has also used to seek opposition and undermine their efforts as well. Where he has tried to find the “Good DP” and the “Good FDC” as well. That is what he does and the manner of which this works is futile now.

That’s why its healthy that NUP isn’t becoming a member of IPOD or participate in the Summits/Councils, which isn’t delivering anything worthwhile. Not at this point in time and been nothing substantial to show for either.

We know Museveni is hurt that the party of Bobi Wine and with a massive mandate in the Parliament isn’t showing up. He is playing with the older parties and the ones who doesn’t have the same relevance as before. This is showing that the IPOD is fading…

IPOD haven’t been a tangible asset or a enterprise for good dialogue either. The President has shown up late and the Summits hasn’t showed any progress. The last thing that happened was that the President promised billions of shillings to party coffers and nothing else.

The IPOD haven’t been used for electoral legislation or reform. Neither has it been used to ensure a level playing-field for campaigns or party work. No, it is only used for a decoy and buying the President time. For some strange reason the Dutch is willing to pay for the parties and meetings. They hopefully enjoy the empty slogans and statements, because it hasn’t paid-off.

The time of the IPOD is over. The IPOD is overrated and it isn’t working. So the Dutch should stop wasting their time and money. The IPOD is just a tool to legitimize the President and his regime. It can look like he has dialogue and a drive for “multi-party” democracy. When in reality he would crash and destroy them at any given moment.

Therefore, someone should do the IPOD a favour and hold a final ceremony. Now that the NUP isn’t part of it. The signal of it’s death bed is final. It should have been the times when FDC in the past boycotted it. However, they always returned …

IPOD should be buried and the casket of IPOD should be held in the halls of Parliament for a week to mourn the deceased. Nevertheless, there shouldn’t be any sorrow or pain in it’s demise. The IPOD never served it’s purpose or objective. It became a wastage of time and funds. This is why the burial would be a nice ending to a tragic story of a futile organization. Peace.