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An FDC Leadership Conference in Jinja: Ends with the Calvary causing havoc!

This is not surprising. This is steady business for the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) as they where scheduled to meet the FDC leaders of Busoga region in Jinja. To hold a FDC Leadership Conference there, as a part of the ACTION2019 campaign. We know that the Police Force is attacking this party directly, as they have done over years.

Today, the Police Force arrested Dr. Kizza Besigye as he was trying to address the public on-air on the Radio Kira. Where they took him out and also switched off the signal of the radio station. This is what the authorities does to the FDC.

Today was filled with running battles between them, while the Police Force used weapons and tear-gas. The public stood behind the FDC. In a manner, that people could admire. As the Police tried to take the car of Besigye and tow it away. However, the supporters actually took it away from the Police.

What the Police succeeding in doing in Jinja, other than hurting innocent civilians, stopping ordinary business order of the town and ensuring the continued hardships of the FDC. They initially stopped Besigye and blocking many of the FDC central leadership from meeting the leaders of Busoga as scheduled today. And hold the FDC Conference as planned ahead of time.

However, to do internal party conference in Uganda shouldn’t be this hard. The FDC cannot even do internal party work without meeting the Police Force or getting arrested.

This shows the intent of the authorities and how they behave. Even the President can start a rally without any forewarning in a round-about in Kampala, while the opposition parties have to beg to meet or even greet the public on local radios. That is evident yet again.

The is democracy, the NRM Way. Peace.

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Opinion: Is the FDC breaching the article 71& 72 in the Constitution by its mere existence?

Justice looks for no prize and no price; it is sought for itself, and is at once the cause and meaning of all the virtues. . . . The worst kind of injustice is to look for profit from injustice.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Pardon me, but I got to ask a foolish question. Just to prove a point. It is tiring to know, that every single time the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is trying to convene their party, hold rallies or even meet up. The Police Force is on their tail. The Calvary is hidden behind the bushes, ambushes them with tear-gas, arresting key people and as scheduled programming. Arresting FDC Party President Patrick Oboi Amuriat. As well, as silencing the meetings between the Central Leadership of the Party and Local Leadership.

The Democratic Principle from the 1995 Constitution:

II. Democratic principles.

(i) The State shall be based on democratic principles which empower and encourage the active participation of all citizens at all levels in their own governance”

This is so common, that I got to ask, because the Republic, still has laws. More laws, than just the Public Order Management Act, even if that is more used or accessible, than the Penal Codes. Alas, the Political Parties Act of 2005 article 10 states:

(1) A political party or organisation shall, in its internal organisation, comply with the provisions of the Constitution, in particular articles 71 and 72 of the Constitution”.

So, as the law states that, the key paragraphs of the Constitution is as follows:

71. Multiparty political system.

A political party in the multiparty political system shall conform to the following principles—

(a) every political party shall have a national character;

(b) membership of a political party shall not be based on sex, ethnicity, religion or other sectional division;

(c) the internal organisation of a political party shall conform to the democratic principles enshrined in this Constitution;

(d) members of the national organs of a political party shall be regularly elected from citizens of Uganda in conformity with the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of this article and with due consideration for gender;

(e) political parties shall be required by law to account for the sources and use of their funds and assets;

(f) no person shall be compelled to join a particular party by virtue of belonging to an organisation or interest group.

72. Right to form political organisations.

(1) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the right to form political parties and any other political organisations is guaranteed.

(2) An organisation shall not operate as a political party or organisation unless it conforms to the principles laid down in this Constitution and it is registered.

(3) Parliament shall by law regulate the financing and functioning of political organisations”

Why do I mention all, this, well, the FDC cannot convene or meet. They cannot even hold a meaningful meeting in nearly any parts of the Republic without any interference or legal blockade from the state. Today, was just another day of that in Tororo. This is getting old, as these laws I am reciting is the basics. It is the mere justification of this Republic. The Constitution of 1995 and its words of wisdom. It isn’t me as foreigner explaining common sense. This is the laws of the land.

If rule of law mattered to the National Resistance Movement, if the laws had any values, the FDC would have been allowed to meet, greet and strategies. However, that is merely impossible. As every step of the way, the Police is following, the ISO and Flying Squad is on tight leach. Awaiting orders to block, depose and destroy the venue. That is just what they do. All over the Republic.

The NRM wouldn’t do this, if this was a friendly and a party they didn’t see as a threat. Because the NRM and the Police Force, apparently fears the FDC. That is why they have no issues stopping the internal works of the FDC. They are really just disembarking from the Constitution and making their own justifications with the use of the Penal Code and the POMA. At all means, to silence and oppress dissidents.

The Constitution of 1995 with the articles 71 & 72 is fine on paper, the Political Parties Act 2005 article 10 is perfection too, but what has the power to superseded these ones is the POMA. It is evident, again and again.

That is why the FDC must have violated the 71 & 72, because if they haven’t, why is it so darn hard for them to do internal party politics without the coppers knocking on their door?

Peace.

Opinion: The Police Force shows Democracy the “Ugandan Way” in Mbarara!

Now, today on the 5th April 2019 in Mbarara, as the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) was holding a meeting with the leaders of the FDC in Kiruhura, Ibanda, Isingiro, Ntungamo and Mbarara.

The Police Force again shown no mercy in the streets of town in Uganda. As Dr. Kizza Besigye and his team entered Mbarara. They used enough water-cannon to make the streets look like it been raining earlier in the day. This was done to get the people away from the convoy of FDC. The Police Force used also live-bullets and threw tear-gas at the public too.

In Kabale, Besigye was yesterday scheduled for a Talk Show on Hope FM. However, the Security Agents cut of the signal and switched off the radio. So, that the FDC leader couldn’t attend the radio show as scheduled. Besigye was meet by the public in Kabale, even as the radio show didn’t go as it was supposed too.

Besigye continued from Kabale to Mbarara today. Where the state continued to follow him and his party, they continue to use violence and methods of oppression against them. Just for showing up and waving hands to a leader like Besigye. Because, the same machinery wouldn’t do this if Bosco or any of his kind stepping up without authorization in Mbarara. We just know that.

Therefore, as the FDC and Besigye was entering Mbarara, the whole chaos, which is very common in the Republic. This together with the rest of the central leadership, who was there to meet the leaders of Greater Mbarara Districts.

Because of the hardships of just holding these meetings. Shows there is a double standard and misgivings. As there never an issue, if the President or his party are holding party functions, alas, if the FDC are doing the same. The tear-gas, water-canons and mambas are directly in the close proximity of the opposition leaders.

This is the democracy, the Ugandan Way, in the image, which the President has set forth over the years in power. Where the other political parties are lucky to hold a meeting, consultation meetings, party work or opening party offices without meeting police officers or security agents of the state. That is how they are and operating. Peace.

Kaliro District: FDC Rallies Ambushed by the Police Force, as usual!

Well, this a common trend and its been going on for years. The Police Force shows up with barbed wires, mambas and tear-gas. To ensure that whatever the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) are planning in town and district will not go down.

This being especially around the Party President Patrick Oboi Amuriat and Dr. Kizza Besigye. Who both usually engaged in legal battles, because of the hardships of their political work. Today is not breaking news, it is common to common. Which is just sad knowledge of how much desperation and how much pain, just to do political rallies and campaigns.

Today, it is ACTION2019 Campaign that Besigye and the whole of FDC had planned an event in Lugonyola Landing site in Nawampiti, which later in the day got moved to Bulumba Town Council. In both places the Police Force came with Water-Canons and Tear-Gas to disperse the public gathering around FDC rally.

The Police had put on Road-Blocks and tried to block the roads in the district. Which is also common practice of the force. This is not new either. What was rare, was that the Police Force didn’t arrest them nor do that with any of the local leadership of the Party too.

Therefore, we have seen this all before and the NRM continues their persistent hunt for Besigye and his party fellows. They are not allowed to do party work or even campaign. They are trying to silence the ACTION2019. Just like they have done with everything else the FDC or Besigye have tried to do. That is just what they do.

That saddest thing is not only the stoppage of ordinary party work of an opposition party, but the innocent public of Kaliro District. Which is caught in the cross-fire between the FDC and the state apparatus under orders of the Police Force.

That is just the costs of doing business and the price, everyone has to pay. That is the Multi-Party Democracy, Museveni-Style. Peace.

Opinion: Muntu’s ANT(s) start building!

Even the sharpest ear cannot hear an ant singing. Sudanese Proverb

Today, the New Formation, the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) is unleashed, as the Party Name and certainly a logo/sign will come. Therefore, the awaiting new party of the retired general and former Forum for Democratic Change President, Mugisha Muntu is happening. This has been something in the works and been a slow reform.

However, we have really waited since Gen. Muntu left the FDC after he lost the FDC Presidency to Patrick Oboi Amuriat (POA) in November 2017. Clearly, he couldn’t manage to be uprooted and be lesser of a person, he wanted to lead himself and not be a part of a party. That is why he has used this time since he held a presser with several MPs in the end of September 2018. We can wonder if these MPs still will leave their parties and their stations to join this ANT.

These being Paul Mwiru, Herbert Ariko, Elijah Okupa, Angeline Osegge, Gaffa Mbwatekamwa, John Baptist Nambashe, Anna Andeke and Gerald Karuhanga. We can wonder if these ones are ready to be under the umbrella of ANT or if they just thought it was a good idea last September.

We can also wonder, if there are more NRM rebels joining or even people from the UPC/DP to go with Muntu. Not only a bunch of FDC MPs whose already been speculated joining him. We are even wondering if the ones close and the ones appointed him in the Shadow Cabinet like Winnie Kiiza and others would also jump ship. That they would do it in time before the General Election of 2021. To all show the strength of ANT.

At least, the ANT would have more force, than the Go-Forward of Amama Mbabazi had in 2016 Election, even as the political pressure group did have the The Democratic Alliance (TDA), but still not as plenty of regional and representatives like the ANT could have. Even before starting to recruit or becoming viable.

Even so, the ANT or the New Formation has to sing, it has to dance and it has to build a party in the climate of nothing accepted, unless the Police Force is knowing it in advance. Therefore, even putting up a Party Office can be a criminal affair. This is something Muntu knows well, that is why he really has to work hard. Since, there is no supporting structures, only himself and his close associates.

That already, by the slow time coming, people has been awaiting the official ANT since 29th November 2017. This is 475 days from losing in Party Presidency to get the Electoral Commission to accept his new party. Clearly, he has ensured funding and enough stakeholders to get a party. Since, he should have that done by now. That is why his been so silent and slowly working.

We are now awaiting more information about this infamous party, this new formation, this new breed into the politics. Even if it is with old faces and we can wonder, what Muntu means with Country Before Self, when he couldn’t even demean himself and be humble after the loss in the biggest opposition party. Alas, he couldn’t manage to be second fiddle, that is why his running around on his own.

Certainly he wants his ends. He wants his paycheck and his respect. Who would deny him of that. He has struggled with the FDC and before that the NRM. Now he has to struggle again with the ANT. Who knows if it will be successful. If not, he can do like Beti Kamya, bail on his own party and ask to be in the good graces again.

Nobody hears the ants sing, we can wonder if we will really hear Muntu scream as well. Peace.

New Formation: Press Statement (19.03.2019)

New Formation: New Year’s Message (31.12.2018)

New Formation: Press Statement on Registration and Unveiling of New Party (12.12.2018)

New Formation: Remarks to University Student Leaders during the Inter-University leadership Dialogue Organized by Nkumba University Guild on the 9/11/2018

New Formation Statement (01.11.2018)

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