The police at Nagalama are investigating circumstances under which two men dressed in black leather suits and riding a silver grey Suzuki sports motorcycle Reg No.UDL 822A, allegedly trailed, The Hon. Aida Nantaba Erios, The Hon. Minister of State for ICT and Woman Member of Parliament Kayunga District, in a threatening manner over a distance of 40 kms, from Sezibwa bridge up to Nagalama trading centre. It is alleged that two riders today 24th.March 2019 at around 11:00am rode past The Hon. Minsters official vehicle after, made a U-turn, drove back and pulled alongside the roadside market after Sezibwa bridge. One of them came to the stall where she was buying fruits and pretended to seek for the direction to Kabimbiri trading centre . His suspicious conduct prompted her bodyguard to respond and they drove off.
The Hon. Minister upon realizing that she was being trailed, branched and alerted the police at Nagalama, about the suspicious conduct of the riders.
The two suspicious riders, upon noticing that the Hon. minister had branched and alerted the police at Nagalama , diverted and attempted to escape in the direction of Kimenyede – Mayangayanga Road .
The response teams at Nagalama, pursued them, and after a long chase forced them to abandon their sports motorcycle at Nagojje trading centre, several shots were fired in their direction, to cause them to surrender, but all in vain. In the process, Sebbulime Ronald a resident of Nakabugo Village, Nakabugo Parish, Pakiso Sub County, and Busiro County in Wakiso District was shot dead during the pursuit. The police is still searching the area with canine dogs for the second suspect, who is feared armed and dangerous.
We want to inform the public that The Hon. Minister, despite the scare is very safe and was not attacked at any stage as alleged in the media. Due to the signature technique of attacks from assailants perched on the back of moving motorcycles, the police is taking keen interest, in this investigation, to establish the motive of the suspects. The mobile phone to the deceased, the motorcycle and identification documents recovered are essential leads in our investigation.
CP Enanga Fred
24th March 2019
Today there is news on one of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s favourite ministers, the State Minister for ICT Aidah Nantaba, whose been an Member of Parliament since 2011. Whose lost in the recent National Resistance Movement Primaries, even as she tried to scam herself in for a second term as the NRM MP Flagbearer for Kayunga District. Instead was one of the former NRM MPs who ran as a Independent and actually won in 2015.
She has been called untouchable, a favourite, because of close relations with the President. As she has been calling the President “Daddy” and him calling her “Daughter”. Who knows why, but something must give to get into that close proximity of His Excellency.
Alas, now as there been speculation of a relations with the People Power Deputy Francis Zaake during 2018, which is unverified, but the pictures of them to together went viral online. Whatever it is, she surely knows how to stir the public speculation. Just like it has done in the past with the President too.
However, because of everything. She is clearly not untouchable anymore, as she was in the spotlight for the wrong reasons today.
“Minister Aidah Nantaba says she’s “traumatized” but “grateful to God” following an apparent assassination attempt today; assailants riding on a sport bike reportedly opened fire on her car in Naggalama prompting her security to respond, killing one of the gunmen” (NBS Television, 24.03.2019).
“Aidah Nantaba (Nrm) Woman MP for Kayunga District has cheated death after an assassination attempt by unknown assailants that were following Her Today morning . However , One of the Gunmen was shot dead by Nantaba’s escorts” (87.7 Kampala FM, 24.03.2019).
Who knows why this is happening today? Is it because she is slowly moving away from the President and gets enlighten by the People Power Movement or is that she’s getting truly independent, but still knows she needs the pay-check of the Ministerial Position.
Because, who knows, but there been other assassination in the mere past, political and where the MP or high ranking security official just been killed by unknown motorcycle killers on the streets of Kampala. This isn’t a new feature in politics in Uganda. This is a mere reflection of how brutal and sinister the political life is.
She cheated death and a direct planned attempt on her life today. Its a sign that she has been to vocal or considered her place, in a manner, where the high-above doesn’t accept. Even as she has been a loyal cadre, a two time minister and run for the cause of the NRM. Still, that is not enough, as might even be questioning the reasons to stay on this path. Because, something is up, when suddenly the same kind of killers, that gotten rid of Abiriga and Kaweesi is turning up and pulling up to her.
We can just question this, as there been plenty of these, the regime is keeping their hands close and the wisdom, even closer. But this is yet another sign of how far the mobsters of the government take it. Because, this sort of crime will not be solved, just be buried in bunch of papers in the Central Police Station or at CMI, Kireka.
Don’t expect to know who ordered the hit, but certainly someone did. Peace.
This upcoming election isn’t about reforms, isn’t about progress or about the ability to go forward. This up-coming election isn’t about the legacy nor the options or selections of candidates. That sort of ship has sailed, as the Age Limit bill enacted into law. Fixing the 1995 Constitution into the image, which the President needed.
We can all fool say, that Robert Kyagulanyi or Dr. Kizza Besigye have a shot this time. We can all joke around and think that the Forum for Democratic Change, Uganda People’s Congress, Justice Forum or the Democratic Party have a possible outreach to challenge the Movement. We can all mock ourselves, thinking that Norbert Mao, Asuman Basalirwa and James Akena will push the boundaries for this up-coming election. However, we all know that is a lie.
It is not that I am again change, not that I am against any of the opposition parties. I am not, but the cynical and free thinking spirit in me is saying, that this election is already pre-rigged, prepared and settled. There are no bounds for victory elsewhere. That is false-hope, which is fiction. It is political suicide to think that you can conquer or even beat Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in 2021.
The only thing that can conquer him at this point is either that the military, the generals and the ones closest to the army are turning against him. If not its his age and his health that will go into default stages because of his advanced age. Therefore, when concerning ballots, campaigning and all the rest is a farce for the façade.
The façade of a democracy and an election of some sense. That the public are in-line awaiting their turn to throw their ballot into the boxes. Where the party and candidates hold rallies and come with manifestoes and pledges. They all can promise new and fresh days, all new roses and chapattis, not to talk about working out the bottlenecks and getting the country into a middle-income nation. However, how much of a mirage that is at this point.
We know they will do this, will come out, guns blazing and fuming with fire. They all will come as statesmen and nobles, stand up tall and smile, glace at the crowds and mysteriously be gone in the next hot-minute after the polls. Because, that is just what they do. They came all in, but forgotten the next moment.
As that is happening, as the 2021 elections are getting prepared. Let us not fool ourselves. We already knows who wins, who will have the margin in the Parliament and who will have the elective officials behind him. Not because he is the best candidate, neither the second best either, but he is the only alternative, because he cannot lose. Since the system is built on his image and his vision. It is all him and everyone else is supposed to bow down to his majesty, the royal king and this is his domain. The Republic and its citizens are his servants and they should be humble and oblige him for another term. Even if that means his eight shot to strike Royal Flush.
Clearly, the Movement, the President and the whole state apparatus will act like it is a fair game, when its not. It’s rigged and settled before even the ballots are procured. This game isn’t changing anything. This election could have been similar in 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 or 2015. Even in 1980, but then there was another master who rigged that election. Now, it’s his time, yet again. Peace.
Clearly, the President and his cronies. Will celebrate, they will make it really festive, in yet another of supremacy, where they are residing in power and has the control of the Republic. But not let the President speech nor his tales fool you. The public is still under siege from him and his vision. His people are silencing and control the political sphere.
Therefore, I cannot look at this day and celebrate. Because there is plenty who has suffered, who has gotten ill and who is exile because of the National Resistance Movement (NRM). The NRM, the National Resistance Army (NRA) that took power in 1986 and beyond. Have clearly focused their vision, kept a tight rope and is already preparing for 2020/21 General Elections. Just like in previous times.
That is why the slogans, the heavy measure of accomplishments and the steady progress is coming out. When really, the NRM and the cronies are finding new ways of control. New IDs, new deportations of the Telecom Managers, banning clothing of opposition wear, new laws to restrict musical performance and continue the usage of Public Order Management Act or the Penal Code to assault the freedom of the dissidents.
That is why even NBS Frontline has lost a vital voice in Mira Matembe and others, whose been forced out. Just like the Radios whose been suspended for having Kizza Besigye on or even Bobi Wine. Where even his most recent singles has been banned from being played. Also his concerts has been cancelled for various of reasons, even run-away brides can apparently stop a show.
With this in mind, the NRM are working on overtime to finds way to silence, and still keep the Multi-Party Democracy alive. Because they need that to still be viable to donors. They still need to sugar-coat the reality to make it look real.
There will always be bottlenecks, always be things they are working on. Even if it is the same issues as in the last decade. The NRM and the President always needs more time to fix it. Even if he has had 33 years of fixing the issues. Who knows where the money or time goes, but certainly not to whatever he has promised or planned to do. Because, there are not enough funds for upkeep or the cronies to ever be satisfied.
The NRM and the liberation are at this point, not for the peasants, not for the citizens, but only for the 27 Guns. It is only for the little clique, the little brigade of close associates who stood by and who are related to the President. Because that is the way it is. To say something at this point is a bit of stretch. Since, if you try to challenge or even question the people in power. You get into trouble, get arrested, charged for inciting violence, tortured or charged with treason.
The NRM are using all tools at their disposal. All tricks of the book to cover over the reality. To show another story, than what it is. Since, they got to make themselves heroes. Liberators, which they were at one point, but ever since they have grabbed everything and embezzled the rest. Who knows, how this will end. Certainly, not as glorious as it started, because the roots are rotten and lack of bearing fruits.
Instead of ushering a stable peace, it will usher in uncertainty when the Bush Generation is gone. Sooner or later they will vanish to, because of ageing and natural deaths.
Therefore on this liberation day, it is just for the few to feel liberated. The bleak, but true picture of what has transpired. Since, you can fool it for a while, give hope for the next, but by the end of it all. The true acts of deception and lies comes to surface and you cannot hide from the fact. That this regime uses the army, the authorities and everything of the state disposal to take care of its own and let the rest succumb to luck to succeed. Peace.
“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.” – Euripides
Today, was the day where the extension of the IPOD Summit 2018 was launched with brazen words from the President and the other partners around the table. Where the glowing lights and media houses was welcomed for the new initiative and the new committee, which is placed under the wings of the State House. As most things this day, another parastatal closely connected with the President.
The Republic has already the aforementioned Inter Party Organization for Dialogue or the IPOD. Which will by next year, been there and going in whatever pace it is since 2009. That is decade and the first summit was this year. So, when Mr. President says he is all about Dialogue, he is lying, but that is tradition in his blurred vision.
That the President proclaims dialogue and talks now, is that he see that his figure abroad is distorted and that his allies is starting to question him. Not only that he is a weapon-brother, but that he keeps shady friends. The President is scheming with Sudan, North Korea and anyone coming his way. As long as he gets the cash, even Equatorial Guinea is a friendly haven.
That is why the dialogue is so important, because when he was opposition himself. It wasn’t vital or important. It was even needed, the other parties was criminals and looters. Now he is the one who has eaten and ate for so long, he forgotten the time he even was freed by soldiers in prison in 1980. However, at this point, that is water under the bridge.
That the President is starting a National Dialogue Committee at the State House in 2019. Is a bit late, is very late in the time of the Presidency, it is too late to be serious from someone who never retires. Never gives way or even surrender to his own narratives and going against his vision. The President has always to get on top and win. The others has to be his minions, if not they have to be useful tools in the box. That fix his issues and get it done. So he can bask in the glory. This would certainly be wish of this committee.
That I have little faith is that the IPOD has done little or anything. The coalitions of the opposition has done nothing to overcome the hardships of political landscape. None of their actions, none of their partnership into the elections has made significant progress. Not that their partnership or coalitions would matter, when you have an Electoral Commission and ruling regime rigging the results for their benefit.
If the President had cared about the IPOD, which has been there since 2009, than he would have looked into the The Democratic Alliance (TDA) in 2015/2016 or the Inter-Party Cooperation (IPC) in 2010/2011, also the Group of Six (G6) from about 2004 to 2006. That is three Opposition Coalition, who haven’t feared well, as the NRM has done it their way.
The Forum for Democratic Change has done more dialogue and talks, than the NRM has. As they haven’t been interested in that, they we’re never interested in Multi-Party Democracy in the first place. Therefore, Museveni is lying saying he has done talks since back-when. That was to solidify his position and strengthen the Movement System. He didn’t want anything else. Because he couldn’t control the outer bodies. That is why he has made laws he gets notified of other parties activity and public meetings. So, that they have to get verified and allowed to do so. If not they are breaking the law of the Republic, if they are crossing his laws.That is the initial act of the Public Order Management Act of 2010. That was a year after the 2009 launch of IPOD.
Now in 2018, he launches a National Dialogue Committee at the State House, like it will make a difference. As the IPOD never has achieved that, neither has the G6, IPC and the TDA. None of them have made enough progress or had the ability to make anything fruitful. Even if their initial idea or message was good. That because Museveni never been honest about elections or dialogue, as it has to only benefit him. If it doesn’t he will tarnish and destroy you. Don’t expect the new committee makes significant steps, they are a front and the wold should know it. Peace.
Sometimes, you wonder if the big-men think they are fooling themselves, with grandeur, with splendid facilities, with amazing statements, but however, there are no fruitful declaration or anything significant to prove of the gathering. Other than a few photo-ops and smiles from the attendees.
The IPOD Summit on the 12th December 2018 seems like that today. As there are no concessions, no proof of any movement, the Movement is at a standstill and the Opposition Parties that did show up. Was seemingly there for leverage and not for any political gains. As there are none to prove after mere hours of attending.
That James Akena of the Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) hailed the process, is fine in itself, but what use has process, when there is no outcome? Why was Norbert Mao blazing at the FDC, when his Democratic Party (DP) is split between the “Good DP” and “Bad DP”. Who knows what Asuman Basalirwa (Justice Forum) was up to really, other than switching sides from People Power to align himself with the NRM.
The only one earing on this affair is the National Resistance Movement and the President himself. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who got them on a string. He got most of the opposition at his bay and playing by his rules, without giving away anything. That is the reality of yesterday. There was nothing given by the NRM.
He held a meeting, hold a Presser and spoke about his vision as he usually does without an proper outcome. That is how empty the affair was, that is why the NRM and his minions are attacking the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) for not attending. What was it to attend? To show loyalty to Bosco? To show that he matters and rules supreme. Because he has no plan of stopping to rule.
I find it amusing that the talk of the town is that FDC didn’t show up. Since that shows the weakness of the process, of the delivery and of the platform created by this Summit. If the summit had mattered, if it had any consequences or any sort of result. They would have shown that, that would have been manifested. Instead, they doing the opposite. Blaming the fella that stood them up. Because he knew this was fake dialogue and knew there was nothing real to talk about. As proven with the insults and statements thrown that way.
Why was there none about the Farmers Party, People’s Progressive Party, Conservative Party, Uganda Federal Alliance or the People’s Development Party, because none of them was attending or said to show up with delegates? Is it because they are irrelevant at this point? One Man shows with no standing?
Because they bitch about the FDC, but doesn’t comment about the five parties also missing at the Summit. They gathered the big-shots, but the biggest opposition didn’t show. As there was no reasons to be there and that is now proven.
Time for the Movement to reconnect and digress their deceptions. It is time for the public to open their minds and asks questions. Because they have been, spoon-feed by the NRM. They continue to that, but the Movement are not proving anything. Especially, this IPOD Summit is a proof of that. Since they cannot even show a Joint Declaration or a MoU of some kind. Because there were none in the first place. Peace.
“Arrested 1,023 times.
Incarcerated 217 times.
Indicted of 894 offenses.
Never convicted of any
Seemingly abandoned at the last minute.
The futility of trying to serve Ugandans.
” (Chris Mwesigye Bishaka, 04.12.2018).
There is a cost fighting dictatorship, there is cost fighting a tyrant and military government, that is something someone like Dr. Kizza Besigye knows. He doesn’t just know, but he has meet the force, been house-arrested, been detained, been indicted and charged. Besigye have meet everything, seen any prison-cell and been in any kind of trial. Therefore, nothing is new to Besigye, he has been there and tried. He has taken the pain, the cost and torture, he has been mentally challenged and physical by the authorities. However, that haven’t stopped his attitude and will to continue the struggle.
This is a man who has battled the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ever since he left the party, ever since the cabinet and the government position. As one of them who rebelled against the Resistance Party. He rebelled against the NRM and President, who he considered to forget his place and his mission, as it became self-serving and self-interest, not being a government by and for the people.
That is why he has to pay the price of being arrested over a 1000 times, incarcerated 217 times and indicted for 814 offenses. If this isn’t seen as a massive number, than nothing is. What is more striking is that Besigye have achieved this by leaving the NRM by 1999.
That is only 19 years to be in legal trouble. By this rate he has been arrested 53 times each year. Incarcerated 11 times each year and indicted 47 times each year. If you don’t find this stats staggering. I don’t know what will.
What is more special, is that he isn’t a criminal or felon of petty crimes. He isn’t a pickpocket or a terrorist. Even if he has numbers that would seem so. He is just the arch-nemesis of the President. The man who has gotten into trouble, by being the total opposite of the President. That is why he has landed in so much legal trouble and the state has used all tools to suppress his voice and work. Therefore, expect more to come.
This is a proof of what extent the NRM regime and state does to one person. How much of the freedom, liberty and lack of justice there is.
Besigye is the proof of that. Just look at the numbers alone. They have been created by a margin of 19 years. That is surely some amazing stats. But also sad too, as this is one mans life and his cause. To rebel not only against a dictatorship, but also being a political operative in the midst of tyranny. Where people are even mocking for being detained and house-arrested, because it is so common.
They should understand it and swallow the idea. See the amount and wonder if this could happen to them. Sadly it could, but would they dare to stand beside Besigye in the fight? Would they? Or are they leaving him be in the fight against oppression?
Seemingly, the People Power are working for the same, hopefully Besigye and Bobi Wine can work together, dismantling this oppressive regime. Because all forces of hope needs to work together to reach the destination. But will they and are they ready for the cost?
Besigye has already paid the dividend for years, are other people ready to follow suit? Peace.