After yet another hectic day, as the police force arrested Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine. As he attempted for the third time to hold his consultation meetings. This time it was in Lira, but the RDC and the Police Force didn’t allow him. Instead, they blocked the venue, tear-gassed Lira and used live-bullet too. While whisking away the MPs and Bobi Wine.
Therefore, for most of the day. We had no idea where Bobi Wine nor his comrades was at. Finally as the day closes and its been long. His been dropped at Karuma bridge, which is on the end of Murchinson Falls National Park and close to the Bobi-Masindi road or the Kampala-Gulu Highway. So, as a landing site for him to go back to Magere and Wakiso its golden one. However, this is not the way he wanted to return.
As of today, his been blocked in Wakiso district and Kasangati. His been blocked in Gulu and in Lira. Also, tomorrows consultation meeting in Adjumani has been blocked, as the venue has been intimidated and has denied Bobi Wine entry just like they did in Gulu the other day. Therefore, the events unfolding shows a pattern. As in three days his been arrested twice by the Police. By trying to facilitate and plan his own campaign for 2021. Which is practically impossible, even as he follows the guidelines and the codes.
It is ironic and sad, that his summoned to the Electoral Commission tomorrow, as his fourth attempt of consultation meetings is thwarted. It is like they are doing it all on purpose. There is always something wrong, the air is to tight, the flexing of MPs and the red berets are not correctly put on their heads. They got dress smart, look like gentlemen before entering a town and village. The police are saying they are savages and unkind people. At least that is how they are acting towards them. Like the People Power and associates are hoodlums and gangsters peddling crystal meth and heroine. When all they are trying to do is talk and meet. Exercising their rights to plan their campaign. Which is Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible franchise on steroids.
I’m sure at this point, the only way he can get into a venue to hold consultation meetings is being an action hero. Jumping directly from helicopters through the windows and barricades. Be a little bit of John Rambo, John McClane, Stacker Pentecost, John Shaft, Mace Windu and Chev Chelios. He got to be adventurous and show his flair. Poke the dragons and bite at the tigers. Because, it is not like they letting him enter into the front-door of any house of God or Hotel at this point. They are making places into war-zones and silencing the owners. Which the “Team Robert Kyagulanyi for 2021” have booked time and place for him.
That is why, the cowardice and the lack of rule of law in his concern is striking. Bobi Wine isn’t alone, his not the first, but the orders are clear as day. The actions of all public officers and police is evidently, make it impossible and stop his politicking. His not allowed, he doesn’t have the visa nor the blessing from “high above”. Bobi Wine hasn’t the powers of the anointed ones and neither their backing too. Because, his the stark contrast to the State House and the NRM. That is why they block him and detain him.
Even as of today, they used most of the day wasting time. Instead of having a certain plan of the drive and such. They used all day driving from one place to another and suddenly dropping off without any knowledge of the media and such at Karuma Bridge. Which by some calculations, if driven straight with no traffic is about 1 hour 15 minutes to reach from Lira. We know, that they took other routes than that. Since, Bobi Wine and associates was gone for hours. Who know what they could have done and such.
But this is the third day was useful for one single thing. It exposed again, the truth about the “democratic values” of the NRM and Museveni. Peace.
Today, the People Power Movement and Bobi Wine with associates was supposed to hold an Consultation meeting in Lira. However, the RDC and the whole brigade of the state was adamant that wouldn’t happen on their watch. Nevertheless, the MP and his colleges showed up and was prepared to hold their “first” consultation.
That was not happening, as the venue was sealed off, the RDC of Lira had already ordered it to not happen and the Police Force was in town. Where they intercepted Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and others. They used live-bullets and tear-gas to disperse the crowds in the streets.
We know that other than the arrest of Bobi Wine, Mathias Mpuga, Francis Zaake and Muwanga Kivumbi has all been forced out from their cars and instantly arrested by the Police. Also, the People Power spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi have been arrested. Where they are now on a journey in detention to an unknown location. Who knows where this is going and how long this arrest will last.
This is one of the “pre-emptive arrests” and where the Penal Code comes in-handy for the Police Force. You could think on the third day, that the authorities would let-go and give-way. However, they are pushing up the ante, yet again.
This is the second time in a short while, where Bobi Wine MP have been arrested. Now with other associates than in the past, but both mentioned are MPs respectfully. So, its not like they are some random people catched by the Police. There is a media-blackout, as there was no one to monitor or able to follow the officers and it happen in a remote part of Lira, apparently.
What we do see, yet again is what the state does and how it appear ruthless in concern to the People Power and Bobi Wine. There is no mercy, no opportunity to even meet and greet. As the state is armed to their teeth and using their authority to arrest and detain the leadership at minute. Who knows why it didn’t happen in Gulu yesterday, but maybe the People Power wanted to take it slow after the arrested in Kasangati the day before.
We are just seeing an endless repetition of impunity and misuse of the law in favour of the state and use the law as a tool to oppress. The police isn’t there safeguarding the public, they are there to silence the critics of the state. Nothing else. They will use any excuse about the venue, about the paperwork and every code they can imagine. However, this sort of thing would never ever happen to loyalists or people regarded by the government. They can walk on water, while the People Power have to run through fire.
This isn’t an joke, but an continuation of what has happen in the past. The tools of silencing the opposition in favour of the President and his comrades. The rest got to listen and abide, while he can do his thing. The rest either have to bow their knees or suffer. Now, we see the ones suffering for standing up against the old man with the hat. It costs, second day of arrests, tear-gas and live-bullets. Last time in Kasangati, now in Lira.
Who knows where next, but this shows the lack of heart from this government. Which isn’t surprising, since it got none. Peace.
After what happened in Gyaza and Kasangati in Wakiso District yesterday and today in Gulu. We can clearly see what the Police Force and Army are up too. They are closing the venues and blocking the People Power Movement from organizing itself ahead of the 2021 General Elections, as their consultation meetings are blocked.
It is two days in a row, after several arrests yesterday, several of leaders and today many activists in Gulu was arrested too. If this the “Democracy” President Museveni ushered in with his Bush-War it is totally futile and worthless. Since, the people cannot meet and greet with one of their candidates, the authorities will not allow it.
We see that the Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine is the enemy of state. The state see him as an enemy. Because, every avenue, every place he goes things getting blocked. If it is concerts and now consultation meetings. This just the second type of gatherings the state is blocking in his concern. While, they can easily arrest him and his associates. Even with this news, the syncopates and cadres loyal to the President still praises his every word, but his actions are malicious.
This is a vicious attempt, as they know where Bobi Wine plans to schedule every single meeting, as he has to comply with the laws and also state many factors of it too. People Power Movement has to follow codes, while no matter what they do. The state will charge them or pre-emptive arrest them ahead of a gathering. Because that is what they do.
The state continues to misuse its power. The army and the Police Force are violating their role, as they are supposed to either secure the territory (army) and the police (fight crime and secure the public). However, they are instead being partisan political tools in stopping the opposition. In this regard, they are blocking the People Power and Bobi Wine from meeting and greeting like they are supposed to able too. Especially, if they are supposed to get organized and be able to campaign on a proper manifesto in the future.
We can see more districts closing the venues of People Power, more police presence and army being ordered to be there too. No matter what Bobi Wine does or acts, they will pinpoint one thing he didn’t do. It can always be a mobile-toilet, a specialised closed venue, call private homes, but the police might raid them too. Like there is no tomorrow, because Bobi Wine isn’t supposed to be able to show-up anyhow.
That is why his the enemy of the state. They are not saying it, but their actions are telling. The story is being told. The saga continues and the empire did strike back. Peace.
This here should be common knowledge, many anticipated this today, but the brutality of it and the determination to defend shows what extent the state does. The Uganda Police Force and its authorities plan to anyway undermine the efforts of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine to be a viable Presidential Candidate in 2021. This is just like they have done plenty of times with Dr. Kizza Besigye in the past, and for those that forgotten Dr. Paul Ssemogerere. Both of these gentlemen has been through the line of fire and in legal jeopardy because they choose to oppose the incumbent President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Now, it just happens to be Bobi Wine.
What we saw today in Kasangati, Wakiso District isn’t a new tactic. It is the same procedure as last year and the decades before. The same old blocking of the venue, the road-blocks, the tear-gas and the live-bullets. The machinery of oppression and the arrests of the high ranking officials of the opposition too. Even the journalists get taken brutally away, whisked away, as the Police Force doesn’t want their injustice broadcast. Still, they will defend their actions and say it was legal to this.
They are using the penal codes, the public order management act and the presidential elections act. All of these have various codes and statutes, used to hurt the civilians, who stands as a candidate and his team. They are inciting violence, not following guidelines of the Electoral Commission, they didn’t write the right signature on the forms, didn’t have enough dots. All of it gets put into a blender, squeezed and then the public is supposed to drink the juice. Its the taste of impunity and its sold regularly in the Republic and its on sale during election season.
What Bobi Wine and his associates are doing is just politicking, trying to configure their plans and organize ahead of 2021 elections. That is apparently an cardinal sin. The pope, the bishops and priests are calling them sinners and they got to ask the heavenly father for forgiveness. Because, the state is unforgiving for their sinner, unless they are anointed and one of their own. Than, you can steal from the offerings and donations. Even impregnate a nun and call it a bloody Sunday.
That is the reality of it all. It is tedious and boring. Its like a repeating drama, which never ends. Like I told previously, the acts of the Police. The movements of prisoners, the attack on civilians, media and whatnot is scheduled programming. Just like NBS Television and NTV Uganda is ready for boosting ratings, as they miss Fabiola on prime-time. That is just the way it is.
We have seen this before, its getting stale and old. Sort of like seeing the face of the President. The youth and positive spirit is sprinting out of our bodies, as the dire expression, the token of impunity get blended to the public, once again. This repetition and reoccurrence is nearly blinding. The empty hope and total destruction of hope. Since, the state, the Police and everyone always get away with it. It is like they never get hurt, bound or even have to answer for their misuse of power and lack of civility. However, the opposition has to act accordingly and follow the codes.
We can all grin and wonder, but this doesn’t cease here. It is only the start of the things ahead of 2021. This is only the beginning. The false start. The buck-shot has already happen. Now the reality hits the fan and it’s not beautiful. Its a disgraceful mix, the sort of upstart fiasco and total flop. Not because of Bobi Wine. He did his thing, but because of the state and their actions towards him. It might seems like he lost today. But actually, the state did. They shown their true heart, yet again and that is obvious.
They got no heart and didn’t have one to begin with. That is why its so easy for them to silence critics and members of the opposition. Peace.
“Police spokesman Fred Enanga confirmed that Mr Kyagulanyi and members of his entourage had been arrested. “We are temporarily holding them in our police station. We shall have to release them at some later stage but we are looking at charges of holding an unlawful assembly and disobedience of lawful orders,” (…) ““The meetings are supposed to be in enclosed venues as guided by the Electoral Commission,” Mr Enanga added on Monday” (Derrick Wandera – ‘Bobi Wine transferred to Nagalama Police station’ 06.01.2020, Daily Monitor).
Is there any help in complying with the Public Order and Management Act of 2013 and the Presidential Elections Act of 2005? After today, the whole public and everyone whose a stakeholder should scream: “NO”. No sir, there is no way you can get cleared or fixated without meeting the Police Force and they finding something to pinpoint. Because, that is what they did in concern of the People Power Movement and Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine today.
Because the laws itself is screwed that way, they can nearly interpret anything as a Public Meeting, a gathering and then use their authorization to deny the meeting, block the venue and call it unlawful. Since, that is what they do. There is no denying in that either, as that what happens and on a regular basis from the Police Force.
Even one of the laws states this.
Presidential Elections Act of 2005:
“3. Aspirant consultations
(1) An aspirant may consult in preparation for his or her nomination as a presidential candidate within twelve months before the nomination date.
(2) While consulting under subsection (1), a presidential aspirant may—
(a) carry out nation-wide consultations;
(b) prepare his or her manifesto and other campaign materials;
(c) raise funds for his or her campaign through lawful means;
(d) convene meetings of national delegates.
(3) While consulting, the aspirant shall introduce himself or herself to the Commission and notify the relevant local council and the police of the area to which he or she goes” (Presidential Elections Act of 2005).
What you can say about this is that its not specific about what consultations is. That is why the Police Force uses the means and laws of the Penal Code and the POMA. This is why the Police Force uses unlawful assembly and preventative arrests, instead of shielding the venue and actually safeguarding the participants for the Presidential Candidate. It is very rich of the state to do this, but by this point its their modus operandi.
We knew this would happen, this is the sort of things that at this point is written in the stars, that is carved into stone and a natural reflex of the state to flex upon the opposition and use their force to block and stop the activities of them. That is just the way it is. Not that its wise nor brilliant. However, it sends a signal and shows their contempt of assembly and consultations in general. Peace.
Today, the police arrested Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, Joel Ssenyonyi , Asuman Basalirwa, Latif Ssebagala, Benjamin Katana and Lewis Rubongoya at Kasangati police station. This as the opposition MP, Bobi Wine planned to follow up his first scheduled and announced consultation meetings ahead of his Presidential bid in 2021.
This shows that the notifications, that the letters to both the Police Force and the Parliament is useless. As the tear-gas, the blocked venue in in Gayaza, at the Our Lady of Good church.
If the Police Force, the authorities thinks this is big business, which this is efforts well made. They are very wrong. They are just showing their impunity and their oppressive behaviour. By first mandating the opposition to follow protocol, notify and follow the laws. While doing so, prepare to block the venues, arrest the leaders and stop the meeting from ever happening. That is just wrong.
The Police has said the organizers didn’t secure the security for the participants and also lacking toilets at the location. Nevertheless, the Police had enough security to block of the venue, put roadblocks all-over and arrest the leadership. You go figure, what the priorities where, it wasn’t for the opposition to meet and greet, but it was to detain the leadership and seal off the venue.
The media also got to pay for their monitoring of the unfolding events:
“JUST IN: Police has arrested NBS reporter Edward Kisekka, Radio Simba’s Ssematimba Bwejiire and NTV’s Arnold Sseremba. This as they covered the arrest of presidential hopeful Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi” (NBS Television, 06.01.2020).
What has happen to the politicians they have been detained for a few hours at Kasangati Police Station, but now its reported that they are being moved to Naggalama Police Station for further arrest, where they will be behind bars for longer. Who knows for what charges or for what reason they all got arrested. It will surely be in the bounds of inciting violence or unlawful assembly. We don’t know yet, but this is another misuse of preventative arrests, which have done before by the authorities in concern with opposition leaders and MPs.
All of this happening in Gyaza in Wakiso district isn’t new. That opposition leaders getting detained in Kasangati isn’t new either. This is ordinary, scheduled programming, but the intent is shown and the force of the state is there. That the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and their authorities does this. Only further proves, their liberation struggle was for a handpicked few, but not the for public at large. Because, if so, why cannot a man who has followed all procedure get to hold consultation meetings ahead of presidential candidacy in the upcoming election?
That just doesn’t make sense.
That’s why the authorities says things like these: “They should have requested for security of their participants which they have not done – Edson Muhangi, Kasangati DPC on why Bobi Wine’s consultative meeting has been blocked” (NTV Uganda, 06.01.2020).
When a man has done everything in advance and the authorities knows about it. Why not offer security? You got manpower to detain, block and put up roadblocks. In regards to not being informed or not having capacity to secure the venue. If the authorities really minded it. They would have all resources to secure them and the public to participate. However, they were predetermined to seal it off and arrest the opposition leaders. Which isn’t shocking, but yet another story in how the Police Force and the government handles opposition in the Republic at the stage. Peace.
“Besigye was relevant then because he came from the NRM with some people and indeed it happened. On the percentage of opposition then, Besigye came with an addition, but is he still able to add more support, NO, he does not have the capacity” – Charles Rwomushana
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) and its shadow backers will always dismiss Dr. Kizza Besigye and the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). If this is the “independent” MP Mohammed Nsereko or political analyst Charles Rwomushana. Even the ilk of Andrew Mwenda, Bebe Cool and all the others will all throw shade at Besigye, like its their meal ticket.
Now, that the 2021 elections are up on the horizon. The People Power Movement is growing and the anxious, passengers on the bus are awaiting their destination. The NRM are trying not only to deflect harm at Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, but also the relentless and never ending story of fight against dictatorship Besigye.
It is like people are complaining that Besigye is not stopping. But, has his battles been won? Has his struggle finished? No, Museveni is still there and bus is still knocking everyone else on the way. One of them is Besigye. That is why the enriched and the ones closely associated with the bus is bitching about Besigye. Like they cannot see, that their should focus on Museveni and how he plays the game of chess. They are his pawns and they accept that fate.
It wouldn’t be shocking if former Presidential Press Secretary Tamale Mirundi was still getting pay-checks from the State House, as his day-in and day-out in NBS Television talking non-stop ill of the opposition. As his wearing yellow. We see you, we have seen you and its obvious.
That Charles is aiming Besigye isn’t shocking, his done this for years. The same with Nsereko who wants to be relevant too and in that regard. Doing the bidding of the bus, while acting like a renegade, which his really not. If he was, he wouldn’t be in the good graces and be able to rotate like he does.
Therefore, this is the first of plenty of shots ahead of 2021. The aim is to weaken the opposition. Is to put sour taste between Bobi Wine and Besigye. To make the enemies, so that they are fighting each other, instead of finding avenues for a peaceful transition of power. Not, that Museveni will let them or give way. Nowhere is there any visible signs.
So, the ones driving the bus is telling the direction and guiding the ones there. They are passengers, whose grateful to participate and be there. Since it is like that, they have to show tokens of loyalty and say these things about Besigye. Because that cleans the hands of the driver and his ills get forgotten. As everyone is discussing why Besigye is still around and his motivations. While everyone is forgetting, the same machinery, the same state of affairs and control over everything is still there.
Not Besigye have won yet, not like the FDC has fulfilled its mission nor its reason for being founded. The issues are still there. It has just moved for over 2 decades and still have to ignite a flame. Not that its easier now, as there are new faces, there are new platforms, but the aim should still be same.
That is why people are blaming and aiming at Besigye. His the easy target. Not like these people are afraid of Nobert Mao or Mugisha Muntu. Both of them are to pragmatic to even spark any fire. That is why they either aim at Besigye or at Bobi Wine. Because, they can awake the people and get them woke. Peace.