Opinion: H.E. calling the “Free Bobi Wine” riots…. nonsense

“I was going for a meeting like this, they told me that something (protests) was happening in Kampala and that I should ring there and also stop my campaigns. I said I won’t interrupt my plans with that nonsense. I said they will handle them………I was sure no one can disorganise Uganda because I know we have a strong army” – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in Kapchorwa in Sebei Sub Region (27.11.2020).

The President sends a clear message to the grand public. That their grievances and their suffering isn’t important part of his plans. They are just nonsense and an interference to his plans. This says a lot about how he values the citizens and the civilians.

When a man in power, who is the commander-in-chief and the head of state can say this about the civilians protesting. You know that he doesn’t see the public as important. They are just useful pawns and underlings to him. These are the peasants that are supposed serve him and acknowledge the big-man. They are not supposed to raise their voice or even question his orders.. Since his the colonial overlord currently reigning over this enclave.

The President who is in-charge of the army and police. The ones taking up weapons, using tear-gas and directly ordering law enforcement on the streets to quell the riots and demonstrations. That man calls the expression and frustration with the system “nonsense”.

The old man with the hat still doesn’t send condolences or any sort of grief to all the families that lost their loved ones during those days. Not, these deaths and extra judicial killings by the state isn’t worth his time. These lives could just die, because they interfered with his plans…

Does this old man hear himself and talk to his handlers before he speaks at all?

This is garbage. This is actually hot-garbage. The sort of infuriating and insulting attitude that only serves his own agenda not the betterment of the Republic. A sort of arrogance, that isn’t worthy of his office. No accountability or acceptance of blame for what went down. Where he doesn’t care about the voices or the reason for why it happened.

Just calling it nonsense. Shows his hubris… which is always important to show. Never show any humility or grace towards the ones who got caught in the cross-fire, hit by a stay-bullet or was directly aimed at during the riots. No, these people are worthy of his time. They are just nonsense anyway and the army can handle them. Because, who needs to have their civil rights and their rights to demonstrate. No…

Civilians and peasants needs to extend their tax-base, earn money to feed the army, but not be shielded from that same army. No, that is nonsense. This army isn’t there to protect the civilians, no it is there to protect the elite and the President. The people should know that and it is clearly evident by how they have acted during the recent days.

It is not the Republic for all the people, but a Republic serving Museveni. Peace.

Bobi Wine blocked in Migyera from accessing the Hotels [forced to be sleeping by the roadside tonight]

“The DPC Nakasongola Patience Namara and a one OC Byaruhanga have blocked Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine from accessing a hotel which he earlier booked in Migyera” (Uganda Diaspora Eye, 26.11.2020)

Just as a long and terrible day on the campaign trail is over. The National Unity Platform who has been blocked from entering towns and campaign venues.

There has been reports that the Presidential Candidate and his team tried to get a place at any hotel in Migyera in Nakasongola District. However, the got blocked from doing so.

Just like I wondered yesterday. What laws are stopping Bobi Wine from riding his convoy on the main roads to Hoima. Which laws said he needed to travel on the feeder roads?

Also, what law is stopping him from participating and talking on Spice FM earlier in the day?

Is there a law and any legalities can be reasonable to stop Bobi Wine finding shelter and sleep on the road for the campaigns?

On our way to Kyankwanzi via Hoima, all roads were blocked by police saying they had orders not to allow us through. We decided to spend the night in Migera but DPC Patience Namara and OC Byarugaba ordered all hotels not to host us. We’re now stuck and sleeping by the roadside” (Bobi Wine, 26.11.2020).

I know, the authorities cannot find any law, which is directly making it legal to block the roads for Bobi Wine and his team. Neither, can there be any wisdom in the blocking him for accessing and sleeping in hotels.

I wonder, what sort of law does the DPC and OC have and how can they defend doing this? Since, I doubt there is any sort of justice behind this. This is just more impunity and injustice.

The authorities are really foolish with this. Letting a Presidential Candidate sleep roadside. Block the roads so he can travel across the Republic and also blocking all his engagements. They stops his radio shows and stop his venues.

There is nothing in his way that is allowed. That is evident. They are now doing everything, but arresting him. Peace.

Opinion: The EC is trying to pull a trick

The Electoral Commission Commissioner Simon Byabakama written a letter called “Re: Alleged Blocking and Disrupting Scheduled Candidates’ Campaign Meetings’ the Inspector General of Police Okoth-Ochola today on the 26th November 2020.

This letter is supposed to get the directions and reasoning behind the blocked rallies, campaign meetings and so fourth. However, we all know that Uganda Police Force, Uganda People’s Defence Force, Special Force Command, Internal Security Organization and so fourth will not cease their operations. Just because a letter like this.

The matters are coming from high above and this is only happening to shield the pain. The Police Force and the other law enforcement will not cease their activities. They will pursuit the same means and shut down venues. They will block radio appearances and so fourth. These folk will block the roads and districts too. On the orders from the various of authorities and local leaders like RDCs and RPCs.

That is why this letter will not be taken serious. The opposition candidates will still meet the same authorities today, tomorrow and beyond the polls. This letter is a smoke-screen. A way of showing grace and humility. However, it will not mount to anything.

It is not like the Police Force will stop or any other law enforcement. Not even the army or its outfits will not stop their activities. The letter from the Electoral Commission will not stop it. The police brutality and the extra judicial killings will not stop. The state will still make the supporters, bystanders and innocent civilians get caught in the cross-fire or stray bullets. There will be more tragedies ahead of the January 2021.

To think otherwise at this point is naive. The IGP and EC Commissioner will not change that. They are working on orders and command from the high above. These folks cannot stop their duty to serve the State House. That is what they are doing.

That is why I have no faith in this letter. IGP Okoth-Ochola will not change it. Neither will army commanders change their ways. It is not happening. Let me repeat, it is not happening. Peace.

Opinion: Museveni seems to forget the role of a viable opposition [colour me not suprised]

There is no opposition in Uganda I can’t defeat because they have no logic. What are they opposing? There is no ground for opposition in any part of Uganda. They are discredited. They have no track record of what they have done on national issues”Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on the 25th November 2020

The role of a functioning opposition in a democracy is to check the government and keep their powers accountable. Their main duty is usually to criticise and critique the policies of the government. Put forward legislation to counter the governments own policy and get the press to report about it. Question and check the budget, the use of expenditure and criticise the government during plenary session in Parliament. These are the main things a function opposition should do.

That is the role of the UPC, DP, FDC, JEEMA and NUP who are the main parties in the Republic. The President talks of them like they are supposed to deliver on things. No, they are not in government, but in opposition. These are not the ones that needs be held to account. They are the ones that’s keeping you in check and order.

It is weird that the President of 35 years. A man who has served in politics in various of positions since he was a part of the Military Council in the late 1970s. Doesn’t have the mental stimuli to get the daft idea of what the opposition does.

There will always be grounds for opposition for any government. People will always disagree. Some wants chocolate- and others wants vanilla ice-cream. No sensible person doesn’t see that. We know that Museveni never wanted a Multi-Party democracy and only did it to get more donor aid. He wouldn’t have held two referendums, if there wasn’t external pressure. The old man would prefer everything being in-house and ordered beneath him.

That is why his talking like this. In a manner, which is very futile and make him sound deluded. Like he doesn’t know what the opposition is supposed to do. They are not supposed to be “Yes-Men”. That for his appointees and cadres within his own party.

What are they supposed to do? They are not governing! You are Mr. President, that’s why they are wondering about your “classified expenditure” and the massive budgets for security or ministry of Defence. However, there isn’t enough funds for local government or education. Still, you say they are discredited, Because they are not following your correct line. That is the reality.

You want everyone to be blind as bat and follow you without questioning your reign. Then they would fine to exist and be there. However, that is not their role and you got to keep up with it.

And if you can’t handle that. Do yourself a favour old man and retire. Which you promised several of times to by now. I will not have more than two terms and I will retire by the age of 75. Nevertheless, you never did and your promises is worthless. Just like your manifestos and pledges. Recycled ideas with no grounds for development. Only for your cronies and cadres within a small elite who eat it all. While the public only gets scraps. Peace.

Bobi Wine is besieged at the Double Dream Guest House in Hoima

Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has earlier in the day taken the feeder roads from Kibaale District to Hoima. As the Police and Army blocked the main roads. They did this to stop the convoy from passing by the populous areas and seal the National Unity Platform (NUP) Presidential Candidate. They we’re also blocked from campaigning in Kibaale district earlier in the day too.

So, because of this… the Campaign convoy used much longer time to reach Hoima than anticipated. The authorities blocked him from campaigning in Hoima as well. Outside his hotel in there sparking difficulties. This being at the Dream Hotel in Kinubi village in Hoima district. Where there is reported law enforcement from ISO, SFC, plain-clothed armed men and police officers. All enclosing the hotel. Some speculate in the arrest of Bobi Wine. It is hard to know.

As the cars of Bobi Wine hasn’t been allowed to the enter the hotel and the pictures surfacing from Hoima. Is at night with very little information. Ghetto TV have followed the convoy and shown it live through the day. But who knows if these reports has been chased away from the hotel.

Bobi Wine states:

In Hoima, after the military and police blocked us, they trailed us up to the hotel at which we plan to send the night. Heavily armed military personnel have surrounded the hotel. Some are moving in a numberless military van. Some operatives are non-uniformed yet armed. They’ve assaulted journalists and chased them away from the hotel” (Bobi Wine, 25.11.2020).

There are unverified reports that the hotel rooms have been stormed and knocked by the armed law enforcement of various kind. That they have arrested Bobi Wine. However, that is yet known. The armed law enforcement of all kind of outfits has clearly besieged the place and taken the hideout. We can wonder under what warrant and law. Just like the law that Bobi Wine cannot drive on the main-roads as he campaigns the region.

So, we don’t know the whole situation and what is reason for all of the commotion. Why the army, police officers and other outfits are there. They are clearly interfering and intimidating. The authorities are also said to have blocked all roads around the Double Dream Guest House (Hotel). So, who knows what their plan is… other than shielding and pre-emptive striking at Bobi Wine.

This here is the rules and the game that the regime plays with the opposition. It is no middle-ground. Just impunity and injustice. In a manner, which shows no reason. Only police brutality and taking away the freedom from one man and all of his team. This is not new. Will follow and bring further updates as it comes. Peace.

Opinion: Did AIGP Kasingye have a Freudian slip?

The police is in charge of elections. All other agencies are just assisting. I don’t like the sight of non-uniformed men and women shooting on the streets, but these are still officers if something is spontaneous” – AIGP Asan Kasingye on NBS Television (24.11.2020)

We should not be surprised. The Uganda Police Force has at the Central Investigation Division (CID) has the Electoral and Political Offences Department. They are clearly involved in monitoring the Political players of the Republic. That has been known for years and was perfected under the previous IGP Kale Kayihura.

The UPF isn’t slowing down this campaign season. No, they are turning up the volume and striking even harder ahead of the polls. So, when AIGP Kasingye says on TV that they are in-charge. It is either a moment of flexing or a Freudian slip. Meaning he either tries to boost the role the UPF has or he told the truth.

However, the Police is interfering in political activity to an extent that they monitor and ensure all gatherings. In such a manner, that they deem what is righteous or not. They allow or crack-down whatever they deem fit. They can charge someone with the Penal Codes without any legal proof and do it on the spot. As the investigation happens after the fact and the cases last forever.

AIGP Kasingye knows all this. What is weird is that the Electoral Commission should be in-charge of the election and set the guidelines. It shouldn’t the police, which is there to ensure safety for the citizens and safeguard them. The Police is not a party or a stakeholder in the elections. They are supposed to be non-partisan and not directly involved. Even though in the case here. They are indirectly setting a standard of blocking candidates, arresting activists and creating hardships for opposition candidates. That they do to such a degree that its obnoxious.

As well, as the usage of vile force on civilians, not only tear-gas, but live-bullets, which has taken over 50 people’s lives and over a 100 injured during the “Free Bobi Wine riots”. Therefore, the Police should answer to the extra-judicial killings. As they are only looking for civilians to arrest and not handle anyone of their own. Who became not only the officer, but also the judge and hangman on the spot on the streets of Kampala recently.

That Kasingye says this. It reflects what they are thinking and how they operate. This has been their modus operandi for years. Even if the Public Order Management Act (POMA) was wing-clipped in court. The UPF still uses this and these techniques to stop gatherings and assembly of political operatives. They are involved and doing this to shut down the operations of dissidents and opposition of the regime. It is so clear as day and it’s not a joke. It is so deliberate and conning. That their badge and their supposed service is mockery.

This isn’t policing… it is oppression and impunity. The law isn’t a guideline or the ones biding the Police. It is their orders and the command from “high above”. They are allowed to act like mob serving judgement to the ones who isn’t made. That is how it seems these days. There is no honour among these men in uniform. They have license to kill and can serve these orders with no condemnation or retribution. While the rioters and civilians on the streets got no one defending them. Since, the ones supposed to defend are the ones who actually carry arms and aims at them.

So, the ones who thought it would get better without Kayihura. Well, the next man is more of the same and less subtle about it too. IGP Okoth-Ochola doesn’t care and isn’t concerned. He operates and makes the Police Force work likes this. Because that serves the purpose from “on high”.

Now, we just have to wait and see when the Police Officers will count the ballots and announce the results in 2021. Since they are in-charge and the EC Commissioner can just cool his head and drink a brew. Because, the police will serve the verdict anyway. Peace.

The Bad Man from Kamwokya is shocking the Movement

It is about that time. Everything is pinning this way. Just like things was pinning in the right directions with Dr. Paul Ssemogerere in 1996 and Dr. Kizza Besigye in 2011 or in 2016. These two seemed to be on rise and have the power to finesse the political game of the Republic. To ensure the system got cracked enough so that the President and his National Resistance Movement (NRM) would lose the elections. However, the extensive rigging and control of all authorities ensured that the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni never let go. The same will happen in 2021.

However, there is a difference. A new generation is entering the battle of peaceful transition. It isn’t the NRA Historicals who are on the battlefield or going for the polls. No, its the sons and daughters of the ghettos, the youths and the marginalized in society. Finally has the spirit and have leaders to look up too. Not only the Presidential Candidate of the National Unity Platform (NUP) Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine, but others who are fielded for his party too. It is the party of elites or status-quo. It is for change.

Besigye has been close and have amplified the masses. The man is an inspiration and shown how to galvanize his position. In such a manner that Bobi Wine is following that. Bobi Wine is using the knowledge and the some of the tricks of Besigye. That is just a mere fact. It is not an insult to Besigye, but honouring him. As Bobi Wine follows the same struggle and acts to defeat the regime.

The NRM have worked tirelessly to undermine the NUP and Bobi Wine. Not only arresting him and stifling him every step of the way. They have said his just a musician, the Generals saying he could never lead the army and so fourth. The Courts have piled cases on him. The army and police is monitoring his every move and making it hard for him to actually campaign. The NUP candidates and activists are arrested at night. They are taken away and without warrants ahead of rallies and just to intimidate the party.

Therefore, the NRM knows all of this. They are systemically working to distress and discontinue the campaign of Bobi Wine. The state and the authorities are working so closely that they only show their true heart. It is to silence and stop Bobi Wine.

The old man with the hat wants the Bad Man from Kamwokya to move-on. The President wants the NUP to give up and give way. They are blocking roads and arresting people associated with the party. The NRM thinks this method will hold water, but it only implicates the impunity and the lack of democratic credentials with the regime. If it was truly democratic, the NUP and others shouldn’t have trouble to party work and mobilize the masses during campaigns. Alas, that is the case… and what they do with such manner that anyone shouldn’t be shocked.

Bobi Wine is challenging the President and his cronies in manner they are not used too. He speaks and acts in ways, which isn’t a typical of a politician. That is why his a man of the people. A man voicing their concerns and what the regime isn’t offering. The tiredness and prolonged stalemate, which is only hurting the state of affairs.

Bobi Wine won’t get there easily. He knows that and he has already paid a huge price challenging the Presidency. There will more pain and suffering. As the state doesn’t intend to make it happen or give anyone else the mantle. There is no plan of peaceful transition of power. This is election is just an rubber-stamp exercise for the President to continue his reign.

The President knows and the Bad Man from Kamwokya knows this. The whole population knows this as well. It is a repetition of the same old story. However, Bobi Wine is still stirring up more energy and will. That might be a turning point. Because, the ballots will be rigged, the system is rigged and nothing on the horizon says otherwise. However, we don’t know how the public will react to be taken for granted again. If it will be more riots, demonstrations and other means of defiance against the state. Nevertheless, that is just mere speculation into the future.

What we do know today is that Bobi Wine has shocked the system. The man continues and as long he continues his mission. He will cause trouble and havoc. Because, the state will not answer with peaceful means, but with force. The only way they know how. Peace.

Opinion: NRM lacks 336 billion shillings for Village Radios

The government plan for long-distance learning through the provision of the 9 million radios sets is on course, the money is available and those radios will be provided” Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (20.09.2020).

In the upcoming Budget Supplementary No. 3 of the Financial Year of 2020/2021. In the 19th edition of the COVID-19 Speeches this year on the 20th September 2020. In the supplementary budget however, they are stating the troubles with both the procurement and the timeline of offering the village radios to the general public.

First of Orion Transformers & Electrics, the producer doesn’t even make radios of yet. They are making electrical transformers. The company needs a lot of training to shift their production. It will take up to 6 months before starting the production at OTE. The planning from Ministry of Education is already have an impossible timeline. As the state is supposed to be able to give 2 million radios in January 2021 and February 2021. So, that the radio learning program can start in March 2021. However, that is impossible, as we are in November 2020 and with the timeline of 6 months means OTE could earliest start production in May 2021. Which means the whole project is futile.

The other things is that this would cost 336.8 billion shillings to make the radios locally. The Ministry have also found no funds to make it possible to procure the radios. This means, the whole thing is impossible. Just like everyone of us said in September after the promise was made by the President.

A big big promise, but no execution or idea on how to actually do it. The only way the Government of Uganda could have made it happen. Was if they we’re able to get some of the United Nations Organizations hooked on the idea and they are covering the funds for the procurement. After that their logistics and such are able to transfer the radios across the Republic. That would be imported goods or radios. Not Build Uganda Buy Ugandan (BUBU). Still, it would benefit the general public and the needs for long distance learning. Which was the idea in the first place.

Just that the Supplementary Budget had the post in the paper shows how much work they put into this foolish enterprise. As everyone knew it wouldn’t stick. The government wouldn’t have the funds or capabilities to handle this. They are still lacking funds to keep old promises and funds to cover those as well.

The GoU with the NRM at the helm isn’t ready for this sort of affair. It is just to much work and needs a team who knows logistics, electronics and has the capability to use funds wisely. Not just handpick one company and hope they can solve the whole issue.

It is easily to see that this was bound to fail. The whole promise was empty hubris with no sort of idea how to implement it. The President wanted to talk big-game, but have no cards on his hands to win. Therefore, he hope the bluff would work. However, we all should see how his failing and how his government is pathetic.

Instead of promising within its means and acting fiscal responsible. The Presidential idea of greatness isn’t working. That is why this was bound to fail… Village radios won’t happen on the government dime. They will not invest and neither act upon it. These folk cannot manage it or have the funds to pay the engineers and technicians to fix it. Peace.

Mzee plans to spend 2,6 billion shillings for Col. Kaka’s Angola gig

The former International Security Organization (ISO) Director General Kaka Bagyenda who got appointed mid-October to a non-existent embassy in Angola as the Ambassador there. Now, in mid-November the release of the Third Supplementary Budget of state.

The state puts forward many other reasons tor the establishment of the embassy. As the usage of the recent meetings with Angola in concern to the dialogue with Rwanda there. Also, the joint co-operation in combatants in the region. So, the state makes reasonable assessments for the establishment, but that happens after the appointment.

This is all an Ad-Hoc management by the President to have one of his cronies on the payroll of the state. In a way to get him away from the scrutiny and investigations into the legal jeopardy of Col. Kaka and how he ran the ISO. Where he could get procedures and Parliament oversight into the operation of ISO. However, if the man is in Angola, the those troubles are sort of gone for the minute. And when he returns he can be used for similar services again.

Col. Kaka is just following orders of the “high above” and does what his told to do. Therefore, the appointment here isn’t forever, but until his reputation is forgotten about. So, that the government can rehire him somewhere within the various security outfits of state.

Museveni needs men like Kaka to work for him. He switches them from time to time, but they often return after being in the wilderness a little bit. After they are wondering the earth. They return to office and continues where they left off.

Don’t expect Kaka to be forgotten and not get a juicy security job in the long-term. As long as Museveni reigns supreme. He needs personalities and characters like Kaka.

That is why Museveni creates a job for Kaka in the meanwhile. As he knows and we should know. This is only a temporary junction before the stage in his works for this government. Not like he will be gone long and will not be needed at a later stage.

It costs 2,6 billions to make it happen, but that isn’t important for Museveni. That is a bill the state takes and usage of public funds. It is just a way of creating a job and office to have him in the rotation until the windows opens up again.

Col. Kaka might go to Angola for now and the establishment of an embassy there is on the way. However, he will not be gone forever. They wouldn’t use this much energy and money, if there wasn’t a long-term plan for him.

Kaka is a favoured crony and loyal cadre. That is why his getting an embassy created for him. Seriously, I wonder when he will returns and what sort of plans the President has for him. Since, he goes this far to keep him around and have him on his payroll. Peace.

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