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Uganda Police Force: Police Dismantles Additional Criminal Gangs (21.10.2019)

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Opinion: DIGP Sabiiti’s security plan is basic policing!

Okay The point I’m making is this: Soldiering and policing, they ain’t the same thing. And before we went and took the wrong turn and start up with these war games, the cop walked a beat, and he learned that post. And if there were things that happened on that post, where there be a rape, a robbery, or a shooting, he had people out there helping him, feeding him information. But every time I came to you, my DEU sergeant, for information, to find out what’s going on out on them streets… all that came back was some bullshit. You had your stats, your arrests, your seizures, but don’t none of that amount to shit when it comes to protecting the neighborhood, now do it? [sighs] You know, he worst thing about this, so-called drug war, to my mind…it just, it ruined this job” – Howard “Bunny” Colvin – The Wire Season 3:10 (2004).

What Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Sabiiti Muzeyi wrote and spelled out to the media in this weeks “Enhanced Security Plan to Curb Violent Crimes”. It was basically spelling out what policing is all about. Not strange it is like this, when the army is more involved, the leadership is patriotic, loyal cadres of the army and leaders from with the Police Force itself.

That is why these fellows could have been re-watching The Wire or any other Police TV-Series, which has been known for a while. Even Pacific Blue, Luther, NYPD Blue, Colombo and all the editions of Law & Order. All of these could say about the same thing.

What the DIGP did launch was more surveillance and investigation capacities, fingerprinting firearms, improving forensics department and more visible police officers in the traffic. This is all steps of ordinary policing. That is not re-inventing an art-form. Alas, this is not changing the ways of doing work.

That is why what they are wanting to do. Is to directly wire-tap gangs, follow-up on CCTV Cameras and investigations itself. So, that they can follow-up on suspects and find proper evidence to link possible criminals. This should be their works, follow leads and breadcrumbs, even have proper detectives, that detect things and solves cases. That shouldn’t so hard, but you cannot anticipate soldiers and the army men to get this. They are securing a territory, they are in the line-of-fire, they are not getting affidavits, finding the motives and the evidence. The Army will use force to keep safety, they will guard a perimeter and secure a venue. They will not find a person with a guilty conscience and ID a suspect with fingerprints and so-on. This they could have learned from watching TV.

Therefore, this sort of enhanced plan to crack down on gangs isn’t that substantial. It shows more the lack of finesse, the lack of protocol and the lack of work ethic within the force. They are just soldiers on the beat and not doing policing. That is why they are not able to stop the gangs from existing. This is how it seems.

This report and PR hasn’t shown strength or ability to restructure. Instead, it has shown weakness and that they have been focused on other work. The Police is known for monitoring opposition leaders, their gatherings and such, but not handling actual criminals. This is maybe why it has to learn basic policing. Which is a sad sight.

Maybe, the UPF should hold seminars, hold course and even have bonus evenings in the police stations with talking points and questions after watching the Wire or anyone else. To see, if there are anything they could learn to do their actual job. Peace.

Opinion: Bobi Wine, apparently, the Enemy of the State!

Bobi Wine went to America and said that people should not come invest in Uganda. That means he is an enemy of progress in Uganda. In the 1960s, I was a member of DP but when I couldn’t say, ‘don’t build the Masaka-Kabale Road because I am not in the government, because that road is my road –it’s not for the government. When you go and tell foreigners that they should not come and invest in our country, you are waging war on our prosperity. So why then do you want to come and take advantage of that prosperity? (…) “That may be one of the reasons [for cancellation of Bobi Wine’s concerts] I suspect, I have not talked to the police in details” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on BBC News Africa, 18.10.2019).

It is now evident that the Uganda Police Force and the authorities has blocked a total of 156 concerts, which Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has tried to do. Also, in consideration the various of charges pinned on him. From being charged with treason, inciting violence and so-on. Like a common criminal not allowed to do his profession on the side of being a Member of Parliament. It would be like killing the cows and impounding, grabbing the land and expropriate the land to foreign investor to start ranching on one of the farms the President owns.

Because, what the state has done, is effectively stopping his other career and political messages through music. The have blocked him and his fellow artist to express themselves. There been all sorts of requirements, but the state has in the end blocked it.

If it is not a big enough venue, not enough toilets, not enough officers or the ability safeguard the venue in question. The Police Force will say that, as the artist and MP has to by law, notify the authorities and get rights to perform. This is what the laws are saying and he has complied to this.

Still, the state has blocked him and silenced him this way. It really shows how the state are using their power. Because, the state has an enemy and that is Bobi Wine. His now not allowed to pursuit his career, since he shouldn’t advantage of the prosperity of the nation.

Still, the President and his men can do that, all the time. The President can siphon, steal, land-grab or do whatever. Even spend the fortunes of the future, take out loans on the future and expect people to praise him for tarmacking roads.

Therefore, we know know the the enemy of the state. Even if it has been public knowledge for a while. Since, the MP and artist cannot move without getting into trouble. That is because the state are awaiting around the corner, if not they are trying to house-arrest him like other opposition leaders in the past. Peace.

The Hoes of 2015 comes to haunt the NRM in 2021!

The distribution of hoes to the communities as promised by President Museveni has divided members of Parliament with sections of the legislators saying it will cost them votes in 2021” (NBS Television 18.10.2019).

On the 20th November 2015 before the General Election and within the campaign period, the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ordered the Prime Minister and his office to purchase 18 million hoes to 6 million households. With the estimate of 44,700,000 population in the republic and the Uganda Bureau of Statistics Household Survey of 2016/17 said the average amount of people a household was about 5. This means statistically, that there are about 8,940,000 households. This is mere numbers and not the whole package, but it gives you feeling of how many.

Therefore, when the MPs are complaining, the OPM have surely not bought all the promised 18 million hoes. Because, that mean most of them would have been covered, just nearly 3 million household without any. However, there must be short-fall in the amount, as the state cannot deliver to enough regions or district to matter. That is why the MPs are afraid of this.

I can ask like Jajja did in November 2015: “What happened?”.

Because, that this story continues to haunt us in 2019. On the stages and preparations for rallies in 2020 for the General Election in 2021. Surely, this is pure fiction, but sadly our reality. As the Devine powers doesn’t want things to work or succeed. It is a repetition of the mediocre and lazy, lackluster approach to governing. Which is staple with the National Resistance Movement. The party that promise middle-income status and steady progress. But cannot even drop some promised tool on the population.

Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has had 4 years to deliver 18 millions hoes and still hasn’t finished the task. There been four budgets and four planning stages. Still, it seems like it needs a fifth to get to the finish line. Even with this, there will not hoes for every household nor all families who needs them. As the statistics are not counting the ones living single, the one who has their left the nest and so-on. Therefore, the statistics is lying a bit and just giving a feeling of the state of affairs.

The President and PM has failed. They can come with arguments, but we should ask them: “What Happened?”. Peace.

Opinion: Mzee, what progress has Bobi Wine stopped?

Bobi Wine went to America and said that people should not come invest in Uganda. That means he is an enemy of progress in Uganda. In the 1960s, I was a member of DP but when I couldn’t say, ‘don’t build the Masaka-Kabale Road because I am not in the government, because that road is my road –it’s not for the government. When you go and tell foreigners that they should not come and invest in our country, you are waging war on our prosperity. So why then do you want to come and take advantage of that prosperity? (…) “That may be one of the reasons [for cancellation of Bobi Wine’s concerts] I suspect, I have not talked to the police in details” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on BBC News Africa, 18.10.2019).

Since June 2017, as he won the Kyadondo East By-Election his been an active troublemaker for the President, because he has stood up to him and his causes. That is why, the President tries to deflect and put blame on the MP, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine. Instead of looking into own acts and mischief made.

It is not as if the MP tortured himself after the Arua By-Election in 2018. Not like him made the headlines of not being allowed to leave the country for treatment. It is not like its his fault, that the Police Force and their brigades are blocking every avenue and venue for his concerts. That is the state apparatus. Therefore, the enemy of prosperity and the enemy of good political PR is the state.

That’s why its insulting what the President is saying on BBC News Africa. Like he thinks that people are this damp. That he thinks people are not seeing through the shades of grey, that they cannot configure the ordeal and see the reasons for all of it.

This is like the evangelical prosperity gospel kind of nonsense too. You know, if you don’t follow the teaching of the pastor and his church. Your whole business will fail, your whole family will be deceased, and God forbid, if you’re a farmer your crops will not grow. So, with that in mind. The President is pin-pointing wrong.

If it wasn’t for Americans, many government programs wouldn’t have funding, lots of the UPDF equipment and training wouldn’t be there. The list goes on. Therefore, the man should come down about that. After his rise to power, he shake hands with Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Therefore, be at ease, Mzee, take it easy.

I don’t see that Bobi Wine has stopped any progress, but instead shed light on some of the businesses. That the President doesn’t want light shed on. Because, you just want to rule indefinitely without any question or bargain. That is just the way it is.

His a threat to you, that is why his an enemy. Not because his a severe danger to the Republic. Nevertheless, you thinks the Republic will not stand the day you cease to hold the keys to power. We know that, but you can act as if we don’t already know. Peace.

Opinion: How many Besigye lessons do we need before we listen?

You are talking about 2021 elections, I was a candidate in 2016, and after elections, I was charged with TREASON for declaring myself winner. We are going into 2021 and that case has not been heard” Dr. Kizza Besigye (on NBS Breeze, 16.10.2019)

Well, there has been plenty of this, where Dr. Kizza Besigye the People’s President has spoken on these matters. This is not brand new, neither is it unique. However, his analysis is still as vibrant as before. The need for this clearly there. As the National Resistance Movement and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni continuing their reign without question. Even, if there are major issues with his rule and the methods done to continue his self-styled President for Life project.

Therefore, the excerpts of the NBS Breeze Programme on the 16th October 2019 was a breath of fresh air. His saying what his said before, as stated, but still. These things doesn’t seem to sink in. Like people are brushing it off, instead of understanding why he says it.

Then there is a question of legitimacy. One, we have an illegitimate person who violated the Constitution by detaining his opponent to declare himself. Two, a person who is in office illegitimately, he has already illegitimately appointed the new Electoral Commission headed by Simon Byabakama. By the way, Byabakama was my prosecutor on very funny cases. Thirdly, this illegitimate president violently destroyed the Constitution and invaded Parliament with his troops in order to procure an amendment to allow him contest beyond 75 years. Of all the people who have so far shown interest to contest for the presidency, only Museveni is already 75 years. Museveni would not have been a candidate if he had not destroyed the Constitution” (Dr. Kizza Besigye on NBS Morning Breeze on the 16th October 2019).

This is all well-known now, the things that Besigye is stating is facts. It is mere view of what Museveni has done. How his used his state power and control to secure his future. While that has happen, his also ensured that the opposition got into trouble. So that the issues would go away. However, breaches of legality and the violations of rule of law doesn’t go away. Even if all the courts of the Republic has accepted this. Still, we are supposed to believe that 2021 will be different , than 2016?

Who are we kidding?

Well, let me say it like this. A man whose made his life a con. A man that has rigged every single election his been in-charge off. Would you expect that man not to rig the up-coming one? Do you expect him to be honest? A man who constantly has made every single By-Election into a War-Zone and rigging competition of sorts. There is so much trouble ahead. That legitimacy is only the first bargain of the upcoming election.

That Besigye is still on bail three years after and not had to answer. Proves the ordinary troubles of a real opposition. As suddenly the Court will call trial and continue the case. However, the will not be produced affidavits or witnesses to ever create a viable case. Alas, this is being used to make it harder for someone to campaign and such. Just like all the old court cases coming and happening in the campaign period for Besigye in 2015 and 2016. This will most likely happen in 2020 and 2021.

We know the game. It is rigged, but people will not take the lesson. Getting National IDs and going into an Election. Bobi Wine and People Power means well, their reigniting flames and showing positive flair.

But, we all should remind ourselves of these words:

The struggle I know and understand is that we are looking for a country and first mission should be to recapture the country and then once we reclaim the country and have power over it, then we can choose and leaders and create rules how to choose leaders” (Dr. Kizza Besigye, 16.10.2019).

Because, right now Museveni decides and makes the changes. No one else does, except if they are his straw-men like Raphael Magyezi. There been others who carried the load of the President, but later are lost sheep without any office. That might happen to him, because he was useful to him that given year.

Museveni right now has all the cards, which he has kept close since 1986. That is why the struggle is the same. Just listen. Peace.

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Opinion: Mzee made a 9 Point Plan to end insecurity last year, now his giving DIGP Sabiiti 48 hours to solve it!

I have given 2 days to Commander Sabiiti of the Police to come out with a plan to combat these gangs. The IGP is away in Peru for a meeting. I will look at that plan, comment on it and it will, then, be communicated to all of you. It is easy to defeat these gangs. Their crimes will only add to the credit of the NRM because we are going to defeat them. Yet, the People have already seen the bankruptcy and the criminality of these groups and those who back them” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, 15.10.2019).

Well, Deputy IGP Steven Sabiiti Muzeyi has really only about 24 hours to finish the plan to challenge gangs as a Police Officer, a high ranking security official and a former Major General in the army. This on orders and by commands put on Social Media yesterday by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Who should have just sent him the package of already well-written ideas from last year. Unless, these are already fixed.

Because on the 20th June 2018, the President dropped his 9 Point Plan to end insecurity. Which was an extensive plan, but you can bug now 1 ½ year later if the Uganda Police Force and the other agencies did comply to this. Even if the magical plan of last year was implemented and put into action.

Like are the police able to collect fingerprints and ID guns? Are the police able to find out by register of boda-boda’s? How is it going with those specialized helmets for boda-boda drivers? Haven’t the CCTV’s done anything, now that they are actually up and going? How is it going with the building of that forensic laboratory? What is going on wit the Flying Squad? Are the any regulation of drones? How is it going with the thieves den on WhatsApp and on Social Media, any signals of catching up on that? Finally, have the Police and Customs acquired any scanners to secure transit of cargo?

This is brief and quick asking of the 9 Point Programme, as the DIGP Sabiiti only has one more day left. But if felt I left out the breadcrumbs of the DIGP to follow, as he stated earlier in his text: “However, for today, I will only comment on the pigs that are attacking People with pangas and mitayimbwa (steel- bars) and robbing them” (Museveni, 15.10.2019). Not that he has to register or look for lost pigs. No, that he has to register pangas, get people to them illuminated numbers in a registry and also combat illegal imports of steal bars. Maybe even, secure previous 9 point plan and actually enforce it.

Who knows, maybe the bans of hoods wasn’t an bad idea, since the Police Force neither has capacity or resources to follow up on previous orders above high. DIGP Sabiiti won’t say that, because than he might be forced to resign or get assigned to a foot-post in Kotido district or something.

If the President was serious he would have given him more time. As he himself hasn’t finished any of his previously made plans, starting all the way back to the 10-Point Programme, before the Vision 2020 or 2040, even the National Development Plan I and II. Therefore, the man should be a bit more patient with his technocrat or civil servant. However, don’t anticipate that. But just like the 9 Pointer of last year.

The additions made by the DIGP will be put in a stacks of paper and forgotten. That is just the way it is, because the funds are only for monitoring opposition and not fight actual crime. Peace.

Opinion: Muntu’s mellow approach to end Musevenism…

Once upon a time, there was a bush-war NRA who became an opposition. Who went from having aspirations of being an journalists to become a full-time engaging opposition. However, in his quest to uproot the master he helped putting into power. He has never significantly been able to address to how to change this.

Even to this day, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu, the former Party President of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and now Coordinator of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) seems like a lost puppy on quest to nowhere. Before I continue. Let me take a snippet of yesterday’s speech from the man.

Ugandans could take to the streets one day and eventually drive Gen. Yoweri Museveni from power or he could fail to rig the next election and be gone. Unfortunately all of the problems that Uganda is enduring today will remain with us the day after Museveni is out of office. The most intractable problem is the lack of political engagement at the grassroots. That is why dictatorships have flourished, leading to political violence, deaths, corruption and economic destruction. There has never been a peaceful handover of power from one president to the next one in Uganda in our 57 years of independence. Yet the right of citizens to determine who governs them is a fundamental and universal human right. Those who govern must obtain the consent of those on whose behalf they exercise political power” (Mugisha Muntu 11.10.2019).

I don’t know about you, but this sort of address fails the parameter of a real change. This is the soft approach and the reason why NRM has said they are open for a return of this man. Because, his manner and ways are so smooth, that you cannot fix it all.

It is true, the dynamics and the state apparatus will need time to be rebuilt and institutionalized in a manner, where the orders from above doesn’t control it all. However, the approach of Muntu is weak, bitterly so. Like he wants to await the final destination and said his education of the grassroots is the way to solve it all. Which is really an insincere approach, considering how the other parties has tried to educate and operate within the limited space the state has given them.

If there is a election with Museveni on the ballot, he will not fail in rigging it. That is what his been doing ever since 1996. Not kid ourselves, no one can conquer him on a ballot. As long as Yoweri breathes, no win will win in a contest. Even if the tides are turning and the state has no support other than the army. Still, he will not loose. Because of the fear of opposing Mr. Incumbent President.

Once people are truly empowered at the grassroots they will be the guarantors against future dictatorships. We do not believe in replacing guns with guns” (Muntu, 11.10.2019).

Therefore, if Muntu was sincere, he would promise more than civic education to over win the dictatorship. Because, he wants a soft teachings and lessons for the public. So, that they can deep into their mind know what is just and what is their right. However, they most likely know this already, as it is basic and understandably so. Nevertheless, when risking life or arrests for questioning the actions of the state, they rather stay silent; which I don’t blame them. Everyone is not built for getting in trouble.

Just like, Muntu knows he cannot preach defiance or resistance against the state. He cannot, because than he sounds like the ones he lost in the FDC. He needs to preach another gospel. Though, it falls short. Because, we all know that educating isn’t enough. Action is needed too, even though it costs.

I’ll end with wise words of Dr. Kizza Besigye: “I am very alive to the fact that: no freedom, no political changes, comes without a cost” (June 2011). Peace.

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