Opininon: The Ghost of Kantinti should haunt the FDC [and the rise of Bobi Wine]

That the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) nominated the nullified MP Apollo Kantinti to stand as a Flag-Bearer in the Kyadondo East By-Election in 2017 should be a friendly reminder what the FDC leadership did wrong. What has transpired since, has been a growing momentum and popularity politically towards the Independent MP and Opposition Leader Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine. Who won the By-Election in 2017 over Kantinti. The loser has since then needed to go to court over bankruptcy.

We all know what has happen since and the groundwork the MP has done with his People Power Movement. A rising movement that even the People’s Government and Dr. Kizza Besigye have gone in coalition in. Which is just a small time ago that Bobi Wine and Besigye formed the United Forces for Change (UFC).

The FDC is really not pulling their weight, when the Party President Patrick Oboi Amuriat (POA) is saying this in a interview these day:

It is very early to say that. What if Bobi Wine joins FDC tomorrow? For us we maintain an open door policy, he may change his mind and say I think I want a home. He is welcome to join FDC any time he wants and then he will be weighed against the other candidates” (Derrick Wandera – ‘Uganda: Bobi Should Join FDC If He Wants Coalition With Us, Says Amuriat’ 12.07.2020, Daily Monitor).

This is a bit late. The tea is freezing. To open the door for Bobi Wine now that he is in the upper echelon. When Bobi Wine get the same treatment by the authorities like Besigye. Than you want him to become part of the FDC? Also weigh him with others? Seriously?

Why should he step down and await vetting in the FDC? When he can run on own platform and own merit?

Because the same FDC said this before the Kyadondo East By-Election:

Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] will not support popular musician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine in the yet-to-be scheduled Kyadondo East by-election, party officials have said. The party said it will instead support Apollo Kantinti, its flag bearer in 2016, whose election was nullified by the High court and the nullification upheld by the Court of Appeal last week” (Baker Batte Lule – ‘FDC to Bobi Wine: wait for 2021’ 05.05.2017, Observer).

With this in mind, the party followed party protocol and let Kantinti stand again. However, with that they lost Bobi Wine too. As someone who has shown political finesse and ability beyond Wakiso district and Kyadondo East.

Bobi Wine is so big, that the President has tried to sing Elvis “In the Ghetto” to the public at times. That is why the FDC did wrong and should be humble in concern of Bobi Wine. They are the ones that lost out. That they are having talks and a coalition is showing progress in concern of results together as opposition. However, POA is not showing grace and demeanour, which understands what the People Power are brining right now.

The momentum isn’t on Besigye. It is on Bobi Wine. Nothing wrong with Besigye. He has carried the mantle, been the man in the line of fire and deserves credit for his hard labour. However, FDC doesn’t have Bobi Wine, because they played him wrong. That’s why the Party President of FDC acts like this. He wants to be the giant, but forgetting what they did themselves. It is not like he needed a party in the last election and he has only grown stronger since then. That is just common sense by now.

POA could have had the courage to show some humility, but instead he wants to bamboozle others. Hoping nobody see the game his playing. FDC is fighting for the good cause, so is the People Power Movement and they can do it together. However, that should be done by consensus and fair game. Not walking over one party and expecting it to roll over.

The FDC could have done better, hindsight 20/20 is always easier, than actually making good decisions in the moment of time. Still, the FDC is haunted by the ghost of Kantinti. He follows them and that’s why they cannot steer the conversation or get Bobi Wine totally on board. Instead, they have to talk and negotiate with him. This because of a simple mistake in 2017. Peace.

Opinion: It’s not REA’s fault, but the NRM [meanwhile REA is a useful scapegoat…]

An agency made by the National Resistance Movement (NRM), enacted by law in 1999 and operative agency from 2001. The NRM is all to blame for the failures of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA). They might want to get rid of the head of the agency for 14 years in the campaign season to look better, but the same rot is there as in the ruling regime.

So, when the Minister of Energy and Development Grace Kitutu blames the REA for bad service deliver and the percentages of progress with it. That is a result of what the government wanted with it. The blame for all of this is the government.

The Minister putting the blame now is very convenient. That they are doing this in 2020. The REA has been working for 19 years. The government been in-charge since 1986. That’s why the Minister blaming the REA for back track-record is a bit half-baked.

The people who makes the policies, funding and votes for projects it wants. They are working with stakeholders, donors and others to build these projects. Also together with private companies and foreign investors.

Still, with all the time and the ability. The lack of results is staggering. When the minister outcries only 7% electric coverage to rural communities. Well, with the amount spent and what was their goals. It isn’t that shady, but its abundantly heart-wrecking knowing all the time spent on this.

It is easy to blame REA now. Not like they are working in a vacuum. It is the typical game-plan. Shift focus from one, instead of the others. We know it really sucks, when the President promises 26% electric coverage by 2024. He did that in 2014, but the Minister say they are at 7% and it’s only at a third of what is promised. Which is really not something to praise anyway.

If you would feel entitled to have used 3 decades in power to give such little power. You know why there are surplus electricity. Since there are no lines to take it on anyway.

That the NRM now pin-points one of these agencies it has created, instead of looking into themselves. The NRM will do this now to clean their slate. While they are the ones writing the plans, creating the agencies and not implementing it. They are allocating funds, which is going to ghosts, lost or forgotten about. Suddenly, when the Auditor General or someone looking over the paper-trail, the ducks start quacking.

Minister Kitutu might scream and shout. Blame REA. It is so damn easy… Instead of trying to be accountable. Being really accountable and taking responsibility would have been healthy. Not that we can expect they to do so.

It is easier to make someone a scapegoat, than actually do something. That’s the lesson from all of this. Peace.

If Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng was an Opposition: She would be in bracelets …

Yesterday, there been leaked pictures and footage of early campaigning for the National Resistance Movement member, cabinet member Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng that has ambition to get the seat of Lira Woman MP. That’s why the Minister of Health is under fire, because she has differed from her own regulations and guidance around social distancing, processions and wearing masks. As it supposed to be “scientific” elections and not ordinary campaigning.

If Aceng hadn’t been an NRM. If she haven’t had the police behind her and had the support of the state. The processions would have been tear-gassed, the venue where she was greeting and talking would have been blocked. The doctor would have been arrested, also several of activists and helpers in her team would be taken into custody as well. They would have been in breach of the COVID-19 guidelines and Presidential Directives. This would be deemed unlawful assembly and causing chaos in the streets of Amoro district.

That she wants to be called “mama Corona” and said they showed up in glee to see her. To be educated by her and how to use masks. Seems very useful as an explanation. Because it was just a minute ago, Ibrahim Nganda Ssemujju of the FDC was arrested for just participating in party organization and a meeting up-country. Also, only a day since the police officers besieged the radio station where Bobi Wine was speaking and wanting to convoy his ass home. The opposition couldn’t have done half of what the “good” doctor did.

When the FDC cannot operate without the police presence. When Bobi Wine cannot even criss-cross the country without some sort of agency on his ass. You just know there is something that gives. The doctor, the Minister, the NRM could do her “education” in public, but Bobi Wine couldn’t even speak to the public of Jinja on the radio without trouble. Then you know what is wrong with the Republic.

The stunt that Dr. Aceng did in Amoro District is a sign, that the rules doesn’t matter for the NRM. They can do as they please. There is no need for regulations, both in public and in general. The laws, the regulations are forfeited when it concerns them. However, if someone of the opposition sneezes. You going to get tested.

She was just being pleasant in Aromo Sub-County, part of Lira district. The Doctor claims this wasn’t campaigning. However, how dumb does she thinks the public is? Mere days after launching your campaign in Kampala. Your travel the country, hold a procession and greets the public. It is just so convenient, aye?

If the Doctor and Minister was an opposition. She wouldn’t be out and addressing the public with a simple statement on Facebook. No, the doctor would have been behind bars and the attorneys would work for bail. There would some charges like “inciting violence” and “illegal assembly”. Surely, somebody wasn’t notified in Amoro sub-county. Either the RDC or the Police Commander of the District would hunt her down. They would even besiege the hotel or hostel of her team. Everyone would be taken into custody. The venue could be sealed off too, if the opposition got the extra bonus work from the authorities.

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng is showing she is not political savvy. She is a cheap trick. Trying to trick it all, when the other ones are not allowed to play. She has even made up this “scientific” game of the Republic. If someone should sing and dance to that tune. It should have been her. She should be on the Frontline, as an example. However, she wants to be an MP so badly. That she breeches her own regulations. Peace.

Uganda: Ministry of ICT and National Guidance – Let us keep Calm and Peaceful (12.07.2020)

A quick look into Mzee’s Speech on World Population Day 2020

There are sometimes level to this. Sometimes there are some sort of way things goes. That President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has hold speeches like this forever. He follows a pattern and trying to overlook certain things, but now and then he slips off. In this speech he did one big bummer. Which proves his neglect. For a man that has always praised the capacity and abilities of the Republic to be self-sufficient and produce food.

It is amazing that one of his first points was this:

We in Uganda have also realized that food security is key for the population during a crisis like this pandemic but also in any other crisis, be it locusts, floods, etc” (Museveni, 11.07.2020).

I don’t know if this was his Freudian slip. That this was his moment of clarity, but for a man praising the farming, the agriculture and the growth of this sector. For a man professing to the importance of this field. It is really special that he said this. In the sense, that this means the state isn’t prepared. The state doesn’t have the means or the systems to safeguard food. To have warehouses, storage or ensure capacity in a sudden crisis. That means, the state needs to make this happen. From a man who has had all his grown up life. From about his mid-30 or mid-40s in power to secure this and ensure the public. However, that haven’t been a priority.

One thing a population always needs is food and it needs shelter. To basic things. That the state needs to provide to the ones in need and he has clearly failed the first one.

And in typical fashion, the Republic was hell-on-earth before he took power:

Ugandans will recall that when NRM came to power, we had many unfavorable indicators within the population. However, since then, we have turned things round and we have made a number of gains. For examples; Before 1986, there was low immunization, poor hygiene, high rates of malnutrition, infectious diseases, limited access to health services. All these led to high levels of sickness and death” (Museveni, 11.07.2020).

When you gloss over the facts of the civil war, the tyranny and the weak state after the independence. There are reasons why things wasn’t great before 1986. Not like the state has a perfect health care system. That’s why all high ranking officials, MPs and whatnot tries to get health care abroad. Even the daughters of the President tries to give birth in Germany or abroad. That’s just the system of the state.

So to praise his own game is a bit far fetched. The mortality rates are still high. The lack of capacity. The lack of places of treatment. The private insurance costs of private hospitals and the system at large isn’t for the population, but a small elite. The same elite before COVID-19 would fly many hours for treatment elsewhere. There been gains, but forgetting to mention this fact is beyond me. It is like glossing over the problems. Looking back in time and always ending up on top. Every nation will look better most likely statistically, than how they looked during a civil war. That should be easy Math, not like it was a priority to save children of measles. When two forces was battling out in the Luweero triangle.

Let me end with the last slip of the tongue of His Excellency:

the challenge we are now addressing is the 68% of households which are still stuck in the subsistence economy” (Museveni, 11.07.2020).

It is really showing the neglect. That if over half of the population or near ¾ of them is struggling in subsistence. That says you have not delivered. Your work haven’t been proper or done well. The President is saying his policies, legislation and monetary plans haven’t worked. The man has used three decades in power and still saying close to 70% isn’t part of the economy. That’s why they are in a subsistence. If that isn’t saying something about his track-record. He has had the time to challenge this, but part of me thinks he never wanted this to go. If it went away and such. He wouldn’t get free donor-money to development projects. It is easier to eat money from others, than the money earned from domestic revenue. That is just a sad reality.

If the President thought this was a good look. It wasn’t. The numbers game he drops has been done so many times. That I don’t even care. Its his ego boost of the week. Enough nonsense. Peace.

Opinion: Expect the Movement to celebrate mediocrity ahead of 2021

It isn’t enough that socialites like Zari Hassan is steering the conversation. That Bad Black switches camp and Jennifer Full Figure is all in this game. That Jose Chameleone trying to play both defence with the Democratic Party and offence with People Power Ticket. Meanwhile, Muntu and Mao will play second fiddle to Bobi Wine and Besigye. That is just the ways things are in the opposition ahead of 2021.

We all see this coming. But, expect one thing. The mediocre results will be cooked into greatness. The results since 1986 will be served like Michelin Star meal on high street. While the reality its a knock-off steak with very burned fries. Not really the high appeal nor the class its supposed to have.

The National Resistance Movement will use all its channels. Their Social Media Warriors, the media personnel they have hired. The UBC/NBS will be full fledged propaganda channel. Radios owned by sympathizers and own MPs will spread the message. All tarmac, all policies and pledges will be served like hot lava.

The NRM wants to look like the golden goose. They want to look like they did something. That they were meaningful and made a difference. These people will proclaim to be democratic, but the first moment a real opposition put its feet out. He or she will be arrested like a chicken thief.

The NRM will speak of infrastructure and rising development projects. However, they will not speak of foreign loans, grants and donors paying the high price of spiked prices. The most expensive road in the world nor the quality of tarmac or the work done by Chinese contractors. No, they will spread the message of the most tarmacked roads in the Republic. Because, who needs a functioning railway, who needs roads built for the rain or the upgrade of ferries. No, that is just hogwash.

The NRM will speak of its agriculture exports. Which it has amassed. Like it isn’t Nespresso and other foreign companies doing the bidding. Like the coffee exports before its time was good too. Not like the output didn’t matter in the past and the cash-crop idea is an old gift that keeps giving. No, they will profess magic. Even if the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), the NAADs, SACCOs and now Emyooga are all ugly ducklings of spawned projects waiting for a corruption scandal to come. Like there been no ghosts, bad seedlings and public wasted funds to pay the invisible piper.

The NRM will talk big game on their programs, which haven’t been properly implemented. We can go back to the 10 Point Programme. One of the National Development Programmes, the third edition is coming soon. The Uganda Vision 2020, 2030 or 2030. There are so many plans, but so little will to follow it. Seems like a cash-cow awaiting its next prey to get funding from abroad. You needs some visionary skits to get the comedians from afar paying for dreams.

The NRM will never say all of this. They won’t, because they don’t have a heart. They will come with polished pictures, fine and dandy statements. All sort of numbers. Take the most beautiful schools or hospitals. We did this bitches, but they will not look into depleted ones. The schools forgotten in rural district. They will not care that a hospital haven’t paid its nurses or have cash to pay for electricity. No, they will not speak of that. Neither that teachers are boda-boda drivers on the side, because the salary from the state takes months to come.

The NRM will praise its efforts, its greatness. Yes, the State House is a fortress. The President has a few Presidential Jets. Has a giant convoy of SUVs, even a car for luggage. The man owns the state and they are following his every whim. However, they cannot come with as a slogan or a party program. They have to look smooth, collective and grand. Nevertheless, that doesn’t make it true.

That’s why the drama of the opposition. The entertainment factor, the singers singing songs and the entitlement comes to forefront. That’s why Bebe Cool and Jose Chameleone is on one side. Why Bad Black and Zari is on another. That is why the NRM is using Bebe and Ragga Dee, also Full Figure just smash it all together. So, that people forget the mediocrity and life moves on.

Since, everything is about nonsense, about characters who doesn’t carry their weight, but expect the leadership to do so. The Red Pepper Politics, the Onion and the mashed potatoes. Not the reality, the deception and the lackluster offerings of the state.

The NRM hopes their mediocre delivery can be turned to gold. They hope the public adores that and praises their game. Even if they are returning with roots and not with lions. Peace.

Opinion: Lord Mayoral canddiate Chameleone [want to act green and red, but smells yellow]

Dr Jose Chameleone aka Joseph Mayanja are officially nominating himself as the candidate for Lord Mayor of Kampala on a People Power ticket. Surely combined with the Democratic Party, where his a member and been a National Mobilizer.

I don’t know if I can trust Chameleone. His been loyal to the President and campaigned for the National Resistance Movement (NRM) for years. Yes, a man can switch and change his allegiance. That is all natural, but don’t expect it to not follow him blindly either.

He wants to act all opposition, even picking the safe bet of being both part of the Democratic Party under the guidance of Mao and ticket on People Power Movement with the boost of Bobi Wine. It seems like a positive political bingo. Getting both the facade of a political party and support of the growing movement around Bobi Wine.

Chameleone might be able to trick a few as an entertainer, but I have hard time seeing him as a trusted candidate. He cannot even pay taxes on his cars. The man has plenty of times forgotten or deliberately not paid taxes on his SUVs. That has been an issue since 2012. If it is a Cadillac or Toyota. The musician have struggled to pay for it.

His possibly a legend in the field of music. A pop star and a man with many top singles. Chameleone have conquered that field, but as a politician his a start-up. With his past love and association with the NRM. I have question his sudden character of the opposition.

That his both with Mao and Bobi Wine shows that he wants to finesse this game. I don’t doubt him. Last campaign and after the General Election in 2016. The man defended the President, the whole “Tubonga Naawe” song and sends his congratulatory message after the rigged enterprise.

It is like the man now wants to forget all this. That the drive for campaign-money and support of the State House.

It is weird how quickly he went from being Yellow to Red or Green for that matter. That it was that simple. Chameleone just switched camps all over night. It is hard to figure out.

Now he wants to become the Lord Mayor of Kampala. Challenge the two term incumbent Erias Lukwago who went from DP to create his own party. Chameleone is overtaking the slot of Lukwago in the DP. Also, making himself more relevant by joining the PP. There is no other way to look at it. If he had done this for 2016, Jose would have used the TDA for his benefit.

I have little faith in Chameleone. Until he proves me otherwise, but I don’t want to be naive. Believe his words and “sudden” change of heart. It just seems like his put there to make the race harder for Lukwago. As the NRM cannot field any sensible candidate in Kampala. Peace.

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