Opinion: Revisiting the TDA [and where are they now?]

5. The goal of The Democratic Alliance shall be achieved through the pursuance of the following objectives:

a) Building the necessary mobilization capabilities and organizational infrastructure of the Alliance and its members in order to win power;

b) Developing and presenting a common policy and governance agenda for elections;

c) Ensuring the attainment of an electoral majority by fielding candidates for all electoral positions across the country;

d) Fielding of joint candidates for electoral offices as set out in this Protocol;

e) Constituting a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU) with the purpose of implementing appropriate political and economic reforms to build a strong and durable foundation for democracy, rule of law and economic justice” (Protocol of the Democratic Alliance, June 2015).

Because of the recent cooperation agreement between the Democratic Party (DP) and the National Resistance Movement (NRM). This has started questions about the legitimacy of the coalition that was one part of the opposition ahead of the General Elections in 2016. It is striking that this is happening now and it’s worth to look into what has happened ever since.

The TDA was a coalition made by a various set of parties. The two parties that directly went out of the coalition early was Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) and the Forum for Democratic of Change (FDC). However, the others stayed behind and they went ahead to stand behind the former Prime Minister and Secretary General of the NRM, Amama Mbabazi. He became the Joint Presidential Candidate of the TDA and the Pressure Group of “Go Forward”.

The TDA was much larger than Mbabazi alone. It was the Conservative Party (CP), Democratic Party (DP), Justice Forum (JEEMA), Pressure for National Unity (PNU), People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA). So, there were a handful of leaders in and around the TDA. There was also Olara Otunnu from the UPC and Dr. Kizza Besigye from the FDC. The UPC as a party left, but Otunnu stayed on, if I remember correctly.

The leaders who are vital part of TDA was Amama Mbabazi, Ken Lukyamuzi, Norbert Mao, Asuman Basalirwa, Beti Kamya, Gilbert Bukenya aka Mahogany and Dick Odur. There was also others associated and part of the proceedings like Mugisha Muntu and others. Therefore, it was a team of the opposition at the time who at certain points did their part here.

However, as time has shown us. Plenty of these people has sided with the NRM or returned to the NRM. The Presidential Flag-Bearer Mbabazi was a NRM Member and hadn’t revoked his membership as he was standing up against Museveni. So, that he returned and is in the good graces with the President is just natural. The stage of Go Forward was only a short sighted project and was over the moment the election was over.

Bukenya has also returned and is living the good life. His living large and having perks with titles and being part of the elite. The Former Vice President has no worries and was only for a minute or less an “opposition”. I doubt we will ever see anything of the PNU ever again.

Mao has just become the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. His working in cooperation with the government. Still part of the DP but he has a hectic period ahead of him. As insiders in the party wants him out and ousted. Since, this agreement wasn’t signed of from the party or the members. The DP Block has even dismissed him too.

Kamya has gone from being appointed Minister of Kampala. To lose her leadership of her party the UFA. Later becoming a NRM Member and changing Ministry. Now she’s the IGG but certainly not electable or viable candidate. She has become a typical crony of Museveni over the years.

Basalirwa has been close to the People Power Movement and the National Unity Platform. He has ensured popularity and gotten elected into Parliament as the only JEEMA MP. Therefore, his the first man here who is actual opposition from the TDA still.

Lukyamuzi has on the other hand lost his constituency and not become a third time re-elected to Rubaga South MP. He instead focused on finishing his degree, which he did in 2017. The Party President and former MP has been a vocal critic of the government. Even made a case against the Age Limit in the courts, which was dismissed. So, he is an actual man in the opposition. “The Man” is true to his missions and his goals.

Otunnu has been resigned from politics. He also lost the Party Presidency. The UPC has since then signed a secret agreement with the NRM. That’s why the UPC haven’t fielded a Presidential Candidate for two elections in a row. Otunnu has kept himself in the background and you can wonder if he will resurface or do anything for that matter.

Muntu also lost the Party Presidency. He lost to another candidate within the FDC. This made him create a New Formation, which is now known as the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT). That party was launched in time for the 2021 General Elections and he ran as President.

Besigye ran a the Presidential Flag-Bearer for the FDC and created the People’s Government after swearing himself in after the General Elections in 2016. Since then he has launched several of campaigns and the latest after the 2021 elections is the Red Card Front. A voice of the opposition still.

There are several of other leaders who are in the opposition that was a part of the TDA in 2015/2016. These could be Mathias Mpuuga (former DP now NUP), Betty Nambooze (former DP now NUP) and so fourth. There are more people that has been involved and could be mentioned, but that would make this piece to long.

However, a huge pattern are still there. Plenty of the TDA high ranking leadership went either back to NRM or has found a home in government. That is really happening on a larger scale. We shouldn’t be surprised that Mbabazi and Bukenya went back home. However, the others should really be questioned…

This was a short revising of the TDA. An alliance built quickly and seemingly destroyed. It wasn’t meant to be. We shouldn’t expect the Go Forward or the PNU to be returning either. The era of the TDA is gone and it’s for a reason. The TDA was built on sand and not on mountain. If it had been real and a sincere enterprise. So many of these leaders wouldn’t have sought shelter under the wings of the man who they were promised to create a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU).

Obviously… things didn’t pan out, but it is a picture, which shows how the times are changing. Peace.

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Opinion: Mr. Mahogany is back-at-it again

The former Vice-President of the Republic. The former the Democratic Alliance (TDA) Presidential Candidate Contender and one of the heads of the CHOGM Corruption Scandal is back at it again. This time running for MP in Busiro County North.

Gilbert Bukenya, The National Resistance Movement Central Executive Committee (NRM CEC) Member is clearly eyeing the price in 2021. Not that its shocking. The NRM are pulling all the grandeur old class to ensure they have enough representatives with advanced age. Bukenya is one of them, who wants to represent the elderly so badly this time around.

Bukenya aka Mr. Mahogany is known for being corrupt. His known for having very little morals. Even as a married man. He has cheated on his wife with singers, sugarbabies and students on the low. It has been leaked in Scoop and The Local. Where they have even called it “orgies”. Clearly, all of this has not stopped him returning to the NRM.

Nothing ever stops him. Mr. Mahogany is getting away with whatever really and still ending on top. It is one of them gifts the likes of him has. It is just like the High Above have pity with the man and wants him to succeed. If not, he must have something damaging on the President and therefore, is left off the hook.

Just like the man is owning taxis and they are impounded this year. As the man cannot handle time without the spotlight at him. He just have to create a scandal. Just like the public split with his wife. It is not strange, as the man like to connect with strangers.

Mr. Mahogany can seem like a man of wealth, but it is more of the new-money, but no class. That is why his racing to the bottom. You can wonder what objective or reason he has to run. Other than his awaiting his next pay-check and wanting to indulge more on the public’s expense.

It is not like he some secret formula or has anything to offer. Except, if he plans to fill the headlines of the Observer, Daily Monitor and New Vision. Maybe even take a few pages of the Red Pepper to juice up the publication for a while.

We know this man is something else too. He has toyed around Social Democratic Party (SDP) mocking Michael Mabikke. Who knows, if he bought the party or not. In 2015 he had his briefcase party the Pressure for National Unity (PNU). Who has not been revived since then or had significant activity. As he returned to the fold after the General Elections in 2016. Even if he has claimed like two years ago to have no political ambition or will to run again.

Today, that is proven to be false or just a short-sighted statement fitting the days of no elections. He was just waiting for the Election Road Map and Nominations papers to run again. This is what he does and his principals are non-existing. As long as he can eat and have a chair near His Excellency his moment is golden.

Mr. Mahogany isn’t here to play fair. His not there to win the hearts of the people. No his there to eat. Either by the hook or by the crook. He will pay non-existing companies money, overprice cars and do whatever it takes to get illegal tenders thrown his way. This man is there to get-rich.

Bukenya might act differently, but we all know his game. If you didn’t? Now you know. Peace.

WikiLeaks: The Kenyan leak [If it is from 2013 or today] is still bloody

The Wikileaks release today is kind of weird and a spectacle at once. The documents are both old reports, internal confidential documents, inner-party strategies and whatnot from years already passed. These documents are clearly leaked for a reason. That is to hurt the candidacy of Raila Odinga.

Not that Odinga needs anyone to destroy his career or his own campaigns. His in the limbo as it is and his own tactical movements are now so self-centred that these documents will not challenge it. That this shows how the politicians in Kenya operates. Is just an important insight. That it also drops documents like the leak of John Githongo on Anglo Leasing from back-in-the-day.

That people are saying these documents are vindicating William Ruto, I would beg to differ. There is still the list of his planned violence and execution of it in the post-election violence. The case that ceased and was suspended in the International Criminal Court (ICC). His named a problem by the ODM, while he was at ODM. Which is really a weird stance, but maybe they knew he was a renegade and only there on borrowed time?

Well, these documents are not good for anyone involved. None is coming scratched free. It is showing how to get away with murder, land-grabbing and rigging elections. There is nothing here that is positive or shed a light of hope. These documents are just damaging. No mater what date they are made and prefixed for.

It is not like these documents are good for the President either. None of the power trio of Kenyatta, Ruto or Odinga gets a stellar performance out of this. Yes, Odinga is in the front and centre of this leak. The documents are showing his plans and such. The Kibaki documents shows their plans as well ahead. Not like these are shedding lights on things that usually would have been hidden or not discussed in the open. Just like some of the leaks from Cambridge Analytica during the last General Election. There would have been more if the opposition had pushed and pressured for the release from the IEBC. However, they settled and that’s why the Jubilee is having a field-day in office.

All of this should be a lesson, that the game of politics for some is either for the long-con or the short-con. Some its for the greater good and for some its just personal gain. These documents proves that Baba isn’t the ultimate statesmen, but just another hustler. Ruto is a corrupt man. That’s not news, but the reality is that Odinga and Kenyatta has enough fatalities to answer for themselves too.

Odinga and the ODM had clearly plans. They wanted to achieve certain goals by all means. Just like the PNU and the Jubilee now. Yes, this leak shows how Odinga and the ODM was bankrolled by the Republican Party, people behind the Anglo Leasing and Goldberg scandal. So his crying loud against corruption. His money is tainted too. That just for the record now. We can wonder who else has given him cash to campaign in the past.

Therefore, this leak is vital and important. Yes, it has its eyes on Odinga. You can really wonder how this would look if it was aimed at Kenyatta or Ruto. What sort of detail, documents and information that would have been leaked. Then their secrets, their trade-offs and shunning details which has transpired in the past. Ruto and Kenyatta has much more hidden, which would have been explosive too.

Some ODM supporters are playing the dates, the supposed leak of 2013 on this one. I wonder if they would have had such questions, if this was about Ruto or Kenyatta? You go figure, right?

Well, this WikiLeaks are important, because it shows some insights. It breaks down a few barriers. It shows some dirty laundry. However, it is not the full picture, but it gives way to us. It shows sides to people, which we wouldn’t have gotten on the traditional way. No way in hell the ODM or the other political actors would have released this. They would have kept this hidden or hoped it was destroyed already. Peace.

Opinion: Chebukati and Chiloba ate the funds of the Fresh Presidential Elections in 2017!

If you we’re thinking the levels of rigging was bad last year. Your was wrong, the whole operations was a fraud. Not only did they rig the numbers and the ballots, they rigged the business deals in their favor. Meaning that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) wasn’t only set up to secure the Jubilee administration and the President. It was also made to enrich the IEBC Secretariat.

This being Wafula Chebukati and Ezra Chiloba, who was using the rigging machine as a gravy-train. They tenderized and sensitized the deals, in a sway-way of gaining funds in their pockets. As they overpaid for the services rendered for the elections in 2017. This is not the only thing and the public knows this, as the boycott proved it was ghosts electing the President and Deputy. Since, the IEBC was a tool to get the President re-elected, not to be a proper independent organization, which was there to serve the public. No matter who the public wanted to get elected.

Therefore, IEBC Misused tenders:

IEBC acquired Sh127.6 million worth of data bundles (149,640GB or 149TB) from Safaricom, Telkom and Airtel. Yet when the Auditor General analysed Internet use on the SIM cards, only 605.3GB of bundles worth Sh515,269 had been used — a mere 0.4 per cent of the acquisition” (…) “Consequently, Sh127.08 million went to waste or was misappropriated” (…) “The IBM infrastructure contract awarded on July 17, 2017 and scheduled to run through to June 2018, was given out for Sh425 million yet the evaluation committee had recommended that it be procured at Sh75 million” (…) “Fourth, the Commission’s ICT department had requisitioned purchase of Oracle database solutions and licences at Sh80 million but it was awarded for Sh273 million” (…) “IEBC contracted Africa Neurotech Systems Ltd to supply, install, implement, and commission and support its primary and secondary data centre equipment. It was paid Sh249.3 million against contract budget of Sh130 million.” (Ken Opala – ‘Impunity reigned at IEBC in tenders scam whose ‘theft was beyond the imaginable’ 17.12.2018, link: https://www.nation.co.ke/news/IEBC-in-tenders-scam-whose—theft-was-beyond-the-imaginable-/1056-4898274-grmjsq/index.html).

We are here seeing at what extent the IEBC Secretariat was misusing the funds, it was their time to eat on the public dime. The IEBC Secretariat was ready to use their tenders and their contracts to fix the budgets to secure themselves.

If it was ordering and overspending of funds concerning the Mobile Data. Which seems like rouse, as I can remember several of polling stations was not connected, but still the IEBC paid for it. They also did similar to the IBM and Africa Neurotech Systems Limited. Therefore, it is several tenders and companies, that was used by the IEBC, but not properly used and overpaid for. That is a sign of fraud and graft done directly by the IEBC Secretariat.

Chebukati and Chiloba must have worked close on this, knowing the finer details and agreeing on the use of funds, as well as the lack of transparency on it. The IEBC Secretariat planned this and misused it for a purpose. Who knows where their went, but most likely went into their pockets. As they could trick the public and also able to spend the extra funds on themselves. Like all gentlemen of the government, who has the ability to steal and think no one will ever notice.

The IEBC had enough lies and deceptions, there are already known, but that they we’re looting the state reserves in their favors wasn’t known. But that they rigged the elections in 2017. That we all know, but stopped talking about. Because we are all building bridges and not solving old problems. Peace.

Opinion: Don’t let Ezra Chiloba be the fall guy for the rigging machine of IEBC!

Some are giddy and happy about the termination of employment of IEBC’s Ezra Chiloba this week. However, people shouldn’t jump of joy, as there have been changes in the leadership of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Just as the newly appointed IEBC leadership of 2011 with Chairman Hassan Isaack and change in 2016. When Wafula Chebukati got appointed in his stead in 2016. Still, inside the IEBC as before was Chiloba just working in the background as before.

That he got terminated over tenders and contracts are foolish at this point. As we all know the questionable behavior of the IEBC during the Presidential Elections in 2017. We can also wonder what Chiloba did with the previous leadership and elections of 2013, as there was speculations then also of rigging too. Therefore, the relevance of position and of what he did during his tenure there.

However, Chiloba shouldn’t be the fall guy. Chiloba didn’t do this acts alone and did answer to someone above. He didn’t go like an empty drone into this and do this only on his own merry. That wouldn’t believe, as someone ordered him around and asked him to fix. This was known by his previous boss and the current one.

That Chebukati and the rest of the Commissioners should be put in doubt too. Because all of them was in-charge and fixed the contracts with OT-Morpho, Cambridge Analytica and the printing companies. This wasn’t just done by one, neither was the assassination of ICT Expert and Manager Chris Msando and the assassination of CS Joseph Nkaissery. All of this happen days before the elections and even in relation to the polls. That is why these memories will still linger on, as the questions of what happen and who ordered it. The Ghost of Jacob Juma will also follow the organization and the ruling regime, as his words has happen as he said and what he expected from the authorities. Therefore, the IEBC are not alone in this and the truth of the matter, is that Chiloba wouldn’t able to all of this on his own.

Chiloba is one of many to blame, it was organized and was done with a purpose, it was all done to secure the tenure of Kenyatta and Ruto. It was done to secure the Jubilee and their established power. It wasn’t done to secure the votes of the people and neither legitimacy of a supposed credible vote. That went down the storm-drain with the rain-water.

So, the ones thinking the termination of Chiloba will fix it all. I doubt it. It didn’t change with the changes of chairmen either. If it was Hassan Isaack or Wafula Chebukati. The Kenyan election experience was as hostile and lack of transparency as usual. For the single purpose of securing the elite and their need of all power.

Chiloba did that, but not alone. He did it as per orders and per request. By both all Commissioners did so. Not only single individual. If it was only his way and his methods was behind this, than the change of Chairmen should have mattered, but it didn’t. That is why there is a need of change within the IEBC and also reforms of the organization. Not just make Chiloba jump on the sword, he is far from innocent, but he didn’t act alone. Peace.

IEBC: Statement on the Termination of the contract of Ezra Chiloba (12.10.2018)

IEBC: Statement by Ezra Chiloba on Termination of Service – 12th October 2018

Opinion: Why isn’t Chiloba in more trouble?

We can start to wonder, what does it take to go from an internal audit of tenders and files within the Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (IEBC) after the General Election and Fresh Presidential Elections of 2017 to go into a real inquiry and direct investigations into the manners of what really was done during that period?

Because now in 2018, there been internal problems and deflections, as the IEBC has tried to shield themselves and tried to make themselves clean without even during cleaning. They have tried to fix things, without doing anything else, but for appearances sake.

Today’s news:

POLICE ARREST Chiloba PA Abednego Ominde and acting IEBC Finance director Agatha Wahome after attempt to sneak out 14 procurement files” (NationBreakingNews, 13.09.2018).

The suspension of Ezra Chiloba haven’t changed anything, there are Commissioners who has returned as they was even paid while they had quit their offices. Therefore, the whole IEBC seems shady as it is and Wafula Chebukati doesn’t seem to handle it very well. As the trust of the organization is lack-luster already and today’s activity is just a long string of ill-activity from the government organization.

Chiloba must really be shielded by the high-above, Chiloba have to be connected up-high and gotten suction from either the DP or the President. Because Chiloba are suspended, but still pulling strings within the organization. The Internal Audit which is continuing, are not seemingly addressing the manners of 2017 or anything that glaces trust towards the electorate. There are just more mere saga of drama, without any smoking gun.

Chiloba can act all out and play innocent in these manners, but we know there are more to it. As the rigged elections, lack of transparency and lack of electoral reforms are the reasons for the issues that are there today. That Chiloba continued and Chebukati, as well as the rest of team, expect for Roselyn Akombe who has left the scene. The rest have returned and the reality right now is that IEBC can do whatever and get away with it. As the IEBC gave the results the Jubilee needed and now they just need to make a circus so that it seems to changes of guards, but the reality is they are gearing up to do more of the same later. Without anyone looking into the servers, the connections to Cambridge Analytica or the OT Morpho. Everything are just moving like nothing.

Chiloba is just half-stepping and gets away, the IEBC does the same. There is no promise. Chiloba are just acting out and so does the organization. Chebukati doesn’t feel this or acts stressed. They are just playing the public without any smoke or fire. It is just acting out, but no real change. That should worry Kenyans, but they have more dire needs with more cost of life, more taxes and a broke state with growing debts. Peace.

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