Opinion: Electoral Commission is in a pickle [since it still hasn’t released the “declared results”]

The Electoral Commission in 2021 is doing itself a disservice, as it is has no released or made the declared Presidential and Parliamentary Results public on its page. Just as the polls of 14th January 2021 is “contested” but more “rigged” than truthful. It is not like the public can trust these results, when the main contender is house-arrested and his allies is rounded up and detained indefinitely. It is not like the state or the ruling regime wants it to be legitimately at all. Their actions speaks of rigging, injustice and impunity.

The EC could have been transparent and the authorities could have acted like that. They National Talley Centre could have been sincere and open, but it wasn’t. It doesn’t help that law enforcement and soldiers are doing what they can to get their hands of Declarations Forms from the opposition. Just so the opposition doesn’t have the first declared results from their polling agents. While the state also arrested so many polling agents from the opposition the day before the polls itself. Therefore, the state does what it can and deliberately make it all go into the dark.

Now that we are on the 24th January 2021 and the announced results was on the 16th January 2021. The amount of days makes people question it even more. The secretive measures, keeping the declared results under wraps. Uploading and later deleting it too. Doesn’t make someone trust the EC more. It makes you wonder, if they found issues in the algorithms that made the “results” possible.

The EC is showing its a heist. Because, if the numbers and percentages of a victory was real. They would have released the results as soon as possible. The EC is quickly releasing By-Election results when its in favour of the state. The same should be possible here. However, the DR Forms uploaded to the UVote App and that will distort the possible breaches. Just like the results first dropped proved some polling stations had more voters, than registered voters there.

This is why the EC is still keeping it under wraps, even when the President has “won” and its over with. If it was already fixed and done. It should be in the public domain. As the NBS Television and NTV Uganda proclaimed it. The EC had their presser and announced it. Still, the lack of transparency and accountability proves they are neglecting their mission. They are not counting the initial votes, but is fixing the results in favour of man. That is why its hard to jumble the results and get it correctly to what they said.

When you do fraud at least try to make it seem legit. However, the EC cannot even do that. They have stolen the money from the bank, but they are not even willing to spend the money. They are not buying flashing cars and expensive meals. No, they are keeping it in another vault and hidden. These folks did the robbery, but will not prove their heist. Because, if they did. The ones looking through UVote results versus EC announced results would get two different outcomes. Which we know will happen, but they are just postponing the inevitable. Peace.

Opinion: Kutesa aims at Besigye for election violence

Today the Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa made a statement and this one is aiming directly at ‘Plan B’. In late August 2020 Dr. Kizza Besigye launched the ‘Plan B’ to counter a rigged election and galvanize the opposition.

It is very ironic that in a 14th January 2021 election statement. The Foreign Minister is addressing a non-candidate. Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine hada campaign: “We Are Removing a Dictator” and not ‘Plan B’. Neither did the villager, Patrick Oboi Amuriat who was the barefoot villager representing the public in general. So, the man has clearly been focused on Besigye, which haven’t directly campaigned or only been a supporting political operative in the opposition.

The Foreign Minister also missed the mark on what the ‘Plan B’ was about. Because, he associates it with violence and insurgency. ‘Plan B’ is a continuation of the liberation struggle, a non-violent measure for a peaceful transition of power. Maybe, the NRM feels that is violent. Since, this means the likes of Kutesa have to be removed. However, that is natural in every transition of power from to the next.

So, the man is clearly jaded and adding values, which isn’t represented in the ‘Plan B’. Maybe like Defiance campaign it hits the heart of lack of democratic values within the NRM. If they had a understanding of boycott and demonstrations against it. Because, everyone is supposed to automatically supporting the NRM.

What is very ironic too. Is that the NRM and the Government is really into democracy, but demonstrations or riots is disturbing the peace. If it is a democratic nation and has value of free speech. Then the public should be allowed to demonstrate and riot.

It is not really a unique take and understanding of democracy. When you don’t dare people to speak up against the oppression and regime itself. That is apparently the proud democratic values of the NRM. We shouldn’t be shocked, but it shows their true sentiment at this point.

This only proves what extent the government does to defend its actions. They are willing to defend the killing of civilians and blaming it on them. That is what the Minister indirectly did. As the people didn’t listen to the warning and therefore, their fatal acts was justified. The public should have known better and not gone out on those streets. So, if they does it again. Expect it to happen again, as long as they are in power. They don’t care or value the life of the citizens. If they did, they wouldn’t take their lives for demonstrating. That is the bleak reality here.

Still, its amazing that ‘Plan B’ was such a big issue. When Besigye wasn’t even running. That shows how powerful and dangerous Besigye is in 2021. The NRM and Kutesa is still worried about his moves and ideas. They know he can spread a powerful message and give people hope. That says a lot. Peace.

Opinion: The FDC didn’t loose, but they got viable competition now

There are some ripple effects of the 2021 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections of 2021. Not only that they we’re rigged and questionable at best. That is common knowledge for most of us and the state haven’t even tried to hide it that well. Even with the social media, internet blockade and media censorship. Still, with all of that… the are some other factors at play too.

Which is more interesting than President Museveni thieving another election. Something he has done with a steady pace since 1996. So, that 2021 would be any different would be naive. The President can only win by forgery. That is why he used all of the campaigns to spread fear and say he would use violence if anybody stood in his way.

That is why the maturity of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is more interesting topic. The first election since the start of the party with someone else than Dr. Kizza Besigye as Presidential Candidate. Nevertheless, the resolve of the party haven’t stopped and it’s still reaching the masses. The party is still feared and their new Presidential Candidate and Party President Patrick Oboi Amuriat. He has been arrested, charged and harmed on his travels as the main contender of FDC.

Still, the results shows that the party is at a rate of status quo. In that I mean the amount of MPs is abruptly the same. The new party National Unity Platform have done a grand-slam and gotten to be the biggest opposition party. While the FDC got 28 MPs in the 11th Parliament. This seems like a small movement. While the new party got 61 MPs. That is why people are claiming the FDC is losing steam and relevance.

However, they are a mature party and the opposition for so long. It was a matter of time before someone else would catch up where the FDC left off and continue the struggle. It is not like the FDC is done and over with. The ones saying it will be as relevant as Uganda People’s Congress or Democratic Party. Well, I think that burial is a bit early yet.

The FDC has shown fierce force and resolve. They have dared to challenge and use their platform for change. The lessons of Besigye should be legendary and be used to inspire the next generation of freedom fighters. Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine seems to follow that paradigm shift and follow where Besigye left off.

That is why I will not say FDC is falling, but they have a new road ahead. They are suddenly not the majority or leaders of the opposition. That means they can forge a new road ahead and decide their path even more. They have less to risk and can use the momentum of NUP to address why they didn’t grab the masses or change in such a way.

The FDC is far from falling off. They have shown again and again to be a viable party. Still to this day there is very few who has dared as much and stood in the middle of the political warfare as the FDC. That is why it’s easy to say it was a downer to become second in opposition and third in the presidential race. A Presidential Race rigged out of proportions to make the numbers legit. That is why the true spirit of the public is hard to know.

What we do know is that the FDC will continue to inspire and spread the message for change. That is inevitable. Their mission is not over and at this point. They need to persist to be viable. The FDC has no serious competition. That means they have to proof their existence and their value as an opposition. Not just another ticket and another four years in limbo.

No, the FDC have to show it and prove it more. The NUP has shown they are worth their weight. The messaging and the political savvy new-comber will be a contrast to FDC. Even if part of their program and their means is to an end the same. Still, it is a generational change and a significant one. Where one has been doing it and the other is arriving where they left off.

That is why the FDC needs to show it and be more in the face. Not expect people to just eat out of their hands. They got to be there and be resilient. It is an unforgiving mission. That is something the FDC knows more then most. It is not like they have gotten many favours or flowers for their hard earned place. No, they have gotten arrests, tear-gas and harassment.

Now, the FDC can be a joint party for change and be there as an older brother to NUP. That shows their strength and humility. Something that is a sign of progress. FDC isn’t over, but is just participating and evolving as a mature party in a new era. Peace.

My Honest Letter to President Museveni: Congratulation, you have created your own 1980 Election in 2021!

18th January 2021.

Dear Sir, His Excellency (H.E.) President Yoweri Tibuhurwa Kaguta Museveni!

Congratulations on repeating the sins of our forefathers. Congratulations on repeating the ills of former rulers and ensuring the world a repetition of the pains of the past in our current time. You should be proud that you are repeating the violations of the ones you toppled to get in office. That must surely be a sweet feeling at your estate or farm.

Mr. President, you must be proud of the soldiers and law enforcement who has killed on your orders. That police officers and armed officers has unwarranted abducted, detained and murdered civilians who dared to associate themselves with others than you.

Mr. President, you must be proud of having ghost voters, blocking citizens from voting and having rigged this election. You must be so proud of the achievement of disfranchising and making the process of election into a farce. That must make you so giddy. Knowing that polling stations isn’t counted. Polling stations not open on time or having enough equipment. Ensuring the public not ready or not caring if they voted at all. As the pre-ticked ballots in your favour was the key aspect of it all.

Mr. President, you must be so proud that the authorities has gone after and is hunting down opposition polling agents and mobilizers. Since they have DR Forms from Polling Stations, which will reveal the trick of the trade and why you are a “victor”. The way you are ordering and securing your own future. That must the aspiration of these days. Keeping alive the throne and the powers all in your hands.

Mr. President, you must be so proud of keeping people in the dark. Only having a mass media spreading your words and your propaganda. That you have all ears and all eyes on the game. You have the people spreading the news you want and the reports of your wish.

Mr. President, you must be so proud of the willingness of the public to succumb to your tactics. To fear you and your army. That the public is fearing you and your intimidation tactics. That must make you so proud. That you act like a mob-boss and collect taxes for their safety. If someone turns on you or your made men you get rid of them. The same you do Mr. President in this election. It must make you so proud.

You must be so happy and refreshed. That you have the whole thing in your hand. You are targeting the opposition. Getting the fixed results from your appointed people within the Electoral Commission. If there will be en Electoral Petition or Constitutional Court Petition. The ones you have appointed there will answer you pleas and ensure nothing real happens. It will be another way of legitimize this election. Which you know perfectly well is a fraud and a fake.

That is why you should be so proud. Your giving the world and Uganda a taste of 1980 election. You are serving the public the same reasons for why you went to the bush. Mr. President, you have giving the world a lesson in how to rig an election to perfection. Nobody has done it as bold and brazen like you. The man who went to war over a rigged election. You must be so proud and I’m sure your mocking Tito Okello, Milton Obote and Idi Amin right now. Because, you beat them and now you have tricked Bobi Wine too.

Mr. President you must be so proud of your work. You have done it again. What you should ask yourself, Mr. President. How long do you think the soldiers and law enforcement accept living in poverty fighting for you? How long do think the public accept being taken for fools? How long do you think the donors and military suppliers will support your missions? How long do you think the elites and politicians will accept these sort of games?

At one point or another, Mr. President, the centre will not hold. At one point, there will be things giving and hurting you, Mr. President. That is just a natural fact and you cannot bribe and pay everyone off. There is people who is not corruptible and who is your adversaries. These will stand in your way and those folks will not go away. No matter what you do. Their ideas is bigger than you and your cause.

Mr. President in your moment of “victory” knows that the truth is out. You have made your own 1980 election. Given people all the reasons to call you out and say that your a thief. Mr. President, you might have a office, but there is no difference between you and a chicken thief. The only difference is that the chicken thief stole a chicken, Mr. President, you stole a nation.

Best Regards

Writer of MinBane

Uganda Media Centre: Media Statement on Uganda General Elections January 2021 (18.01.2021)

Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC): Press Release on the Ugandan Elections (17.01.2021)

Operation “Enzikiza eyitiridde” in Kampala Part II: A 1000 NUP Polling Agents kidnapped!

Reports coming through Lina Zedriga Abaku is on the run. 1000 NUP polling agents have been kidnapped and others missing. What a shame that some countries are already legitimising this sham election” (Ekyooto, 17.01.2021).

The ones that followed the campaign and the polls of 14th January 2021 knows that there was several reports of abductions, arrests and kidnapping of National Unity Platform (NUP) Polling Agents. Now, we have a number, as there was reports of soldiers hunting down registered mobilizers and polling agents of NUP across several districts of the Republic.

Therefore, the report of Ekyooto isn’t shocking. We have already heard of extra judicial killings and people gone missing. This states however the extent and what sort of manner the army and law enforcement has gone too. They are willing to take most of ones parties eyes away from the polling stations. Just so they can rig the election and make it in their favour. As they cannot stomach to let them see the affairs.

This here shows what sort of regime President Museveni is promoting and sort of “democracy” which is his game. The National Resistance Movement and the soldiers are clearly violating the rights of its citizens. They are using the violations of human rights and the arrests without warrants, because of their political affiliation.

The state have already arrested so many of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine Campaign Team. There been so many who has died within the NUP and we are now hearing about what extent the authorities are willing to go too. Just to rig and “win” an election. Peace.

Uganda Decides: IGAD EOM Preliminary Report is hot garbage

The 14th January 2021 is sort of concluded, even though we are in early stages of the post-election and between the 10th Parliament and the 11th Parliament. The drill is the new ones are sworn-in and a massive show of power at Kololo before the President is sworn-in himself. Therefore, the whole parade of glory is soon upon us and with that the mediocre and lacking reports of the Election Observation Missions (EOMs).

This election was only the toothless and spinless organizations allowed to watch. The continents own IGAD EOMs, EAC EOM and AU EOM. These are usually rubber-stamping any event or election in favour of the regime currently reigning. They are not composed to tell or expose the realities on the ground. These are just there to legitimize the affairs and do the bidding of the member state. In this regard today. Yesterday’s released IGAD EOM Preliminary Report on the Uganda Elections of 2021.

The 7 page leaflet isn’t giving you any insights or deeper understanding. Just a poor excuse for someone to have a journey to Kampala and eat matooki. The IGAD sent 22 observers and was led by Siraj Fegessa and he would not really say much about what went down.

Like you know they are not all that. When they were not observing the voter registration process. Neither was the EOM following the campaign process. That means whatever happened before the 14th January. They we’re not participating or even seeing. This really limits their scope and what can really say.

The limited mission was able to say that the election was “conducted in an orderly and peaceful manner”. Even when they we’re stating some minor grievances at the polling stations, the material and such. However, they we’re not indulging in that. Neither was that stated in the conclusions. Only that the Internet shutdown “affected coordination” made it for the EOM to operate.

The IGAD had a few recommendations, but we know by history that Museveni and NRM will bin these. They only wants the statement of “orderly and peaceful manner”. Which they will use for headlines and seal the deal of the polls. So, that they can move on and crown themselves kings again. Peace.

Gen. Museveni returns triumphantly after rigging his sixth election

I am not going to be polite to people anymore. I normally show politeness but people don’t pick up” – Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Musveni (16.01.2021)

Yet again, another day and another National Address by General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Since his wearing military fatigue. I anticipate his in the role of General and not as President. This must be to intimidate even further. As his main opponent is under House-Arrest. Most of the opposition activists and mobilizers are behind bars. Therefore, the victory of 14th January 2021 is as hallow as it can be. Because, what sort of victory can you proclaim. When you have directly arrested, harassed and brutally attacked during the campaign period.

There is nothing today that makes this process legit or make it seem credible. This is an election heist. Because the President appoints the Electoral Commission, the authorities and has the armed forces behind him. If he didn’t appoint or command all parts of government these sorts of schemes would work. However, since its so embedded and the President can touch all parts of government and order it. That is why today happened and his glorious televised is happening during a internet, social media and media black-out. Which is vicious attempt to stop information from flowing and the sad reality of a stolen election.

If you cannot go down and know the problems of the people then you cannot be a leader on our side. I have been following what has been happening. There is nothing I don’t know. I know who has been giving money to who. They were talking of a new Uganda and yet they wanted to bring back an old Uganda that failed. The Uganda of tribalism” – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (16.01.2021)

This is the sort of man he is. He speaks for instance of politeness. However, calling people parasites and insects isn’t a man who is polite. Neither is a man who uses the guns, the authorities and the state to oppress, arrest and torture civilians for their political affiliation. There is nowhere in the last few years where he has shown humility or even care for the general public. No, he rather see villages burn and people get destroyed for standing in his way. It is not like General Museveni is caring or even showing any sort of grace. He even getting old people on their knees while they beg to give him money. Was that polite of him? No, it wasn’t, but that’s who he is.

Again, he speaks also that his the oracle of the Republic. The man who knows everything. The only man with a vision. “There is nothing I don’t know”. Apparently, he has eyes and ears everywhere. The man who knows the insights to everyone and can assess their thoughts. However, if that was so. Maybe, he would have won an election and not rigged it. Maybe, if that was true. Maybe he would be smart enough to retire. If the old man knew everything. He wouldn’t still be running this charade and act a fool in a military fatigue.

You know his not a favourable person or a man of the people. When he had to state this: “ I told you that the riots will not happen and if they did try, they will be dealt with. Not like the other time when the police was caught by surprise” (Museveni, 16.01.2021).

Instead of understanding or taking accountability for the riots. As it was per his orders and his law enforcement that made it happen. His again going after the victims and the possible future victims. Because, it is never his fault that his overstaying in power and isn’t the popular leader anymore. His just another tyrant who disrespect his population, again and again.

In the end he ends with this nonsense: “The important thing is to maintain peace so that any dialogue is peaceful and meaningful. If anybody tries to disrupt our peace, we shall deal with them decisively” (Museveni, 16.01.2021).

A man who chooses the gun and use lethal means to settle the score. He speaks of dialogue, but that is the same man detains, torture and kills his enemies. It sort of hard to have dialogue when you using vile force. Your the sort of man who only uses dialogue to find the ones who can be compromised and paid-off. Not, using dialogue to build a broader platform or fight the injustice. An injustice, which is promoted and embedded in this government.

Again, he ends with a warning. That is directed at the opposition. The ones scorn and beaten by the authorities. They have no legal remedies or place to settle grievances. The state only assaults them and violates their rights as citizens. So, if they do riot or demonstrate. The state will answer with fierce and lethal force. Therefore, there is no way this can end well. Peace.

African Election Watch (AEW): The European Union must not endorse Military Coronation in the name of Elections (16.01.2021)