Opinion: Nabbanja’s Faultline

 

Well, after reading the depressing statement “on alleged abductions” from Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja. We can clearly estimate and assess that the government is cleaning their hands or taking a blind eye to the fact. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) and their allies are not clever enough or wise to bring forth a proper statement. Neither able to articulate or make their statement believable. However, then again, the President appointed fishermen and not brilliant technocrats.

Like the PM stated in her statement:

“To say that Government abducts people, Rt. Hon. Speaker, is to impute that the Government leads someone away by force or fraudulent persuasion. Rt Hon Speaker, Government cannot rule out the fact that the word “abduction” is being maliciously used by the opposition for purposes of blackmailing us, and we highly condemn this act. The opposition are deliberately referring to arrests as abductions. An arrest done by a Police officer cannot in any way turn into an abduction. Rt. Hon. Speaker, I want to categorically state that Government arrests suspected criminals and has not abducted or does not abduct anybody” (Nabbanja, 02.02.2023).

With these sorts of words in early February 2023 makes it unbelievable. The person who says and print it cannot believe it herself. These words are just obnoxious and sincerely troublesome. It is saying that the opposition is “crying wolf” and stating it doesn’t happen. However, there are enough reports and enough people pleading for their loved ones. Who has been taken away, arbitrary arrested, abducted, kept incommunicado and later arraigned in courts after the fact. Therefore, the PM hope people are naïve or stupid. I don’t know which, but one of them is what she’s aiming for.

Without a doubt, the PM explained the nature of the “drones” by default too:

“Indeed, due to the evolving nature of crime to sophisticated levels owing to technological advancement, sometimes the Government may be compelled to effect arrests using plain clothed oflicers and vehicles with civilian registration number plates and other unconventional methods of arrest to keep pace with the ever changing criminal tactics” (Nabbanja, 02.02.2023).

While she claims this is ways to capture and arrest sophisticated criminals. We know these tactics and means to an end is to take in opposition, activists and other people who defies the government. That is an deliberate act by the security organizations and the “drones” are used frequently. The news of abductions and arbitrary arrests are common placed. That’s because of how these state security organizations are operating without fear or consequences. They are doing it and with the blessings of the “high above”. Which is why some civilians are arraigned in military courts to answer for their “alleged crimes” too. It’s a scheme to deter and silence critics. The PM is clear about the activity but claims the victims’ fault for being “criminals” without any facts or evidence of any criminal acts. That just proves the fault-lines of the PM.

The PM ends with some utter baffling response:

“Sharing information on the particulars of an arrest, that is to say who has been arrested, from where, by who and how, will go a long way to not only assist the Government to explain the whereabouts of the arrested persons but also determine whether the arrest was conducted by authorised persons or whether indeed it is a kidnap by criminal elements. Like I stated earlier, the leader of Opposition has not positively responded to the Rt. Hon Deputy Speaker’s request to furnish Government with adequate details/particulars of persons allegedly abducted such as Village of residence, place of work, next of kin, telephone contact, police reference of reports of missing persons, among others yet they are very important for investigation purposes. This has made it difficult for our security teams to trace for these persons” Nabbanja, 02.02.2023).

This is like the right thing to say, but the PM knows better. That’s if she wanted to be sincere. However, we know that she is a part of the problem and a figure head of the state. Which is why she’s undermining and acting “holier than thou”. The PM is just showing how the state neglects the victims of abduction and acts like it got the laws on its side. That the mere gist of the whole statement. She is denying and acting surprised that the Opposition is coming with lists of missing people. Like it never appeared and didn’t really happen. If it did happen, then they were sophisticated “criminals” to begin with. Therefore, we know the malice and the malicious attempts of cleaning the slate for own personal benefits.

We can with certainty say that the Government and the NRM will not take responsibility. It will act like it never happened. They will state the Constitution and the laws, but not say that it acts beyond that. Which is something we already knows, because we heard the stories and read the pleas of the families who has abducted family members. Therefore, the impunity and saga is far from over.

This is the liberty and freedom, the fundamental change Museveni promised in the 1980s. No, I was wrong. He said the opposite, but he stays in power by taking away liberty from the ones who stands in his way. Peace.

Teso Affairs: The failure of Soroti Fruit Factory Part II – (2-year-old orange concentrate stored without a plan)

“Soroti Fruits Limited was incorporated to add value to fruits that were abundantly underutilised; to address the high post-harvest losses, provide market for the farmers produce, and create employment opportunities along the value chain, thus increased and diversified household incomes within the greater Teso Sub-region” (February, 2022).

The Auditor General Report of December 2022 isn’t spelling out a better story either. The Soroti Fruits Limited is a proof of mismanagement, lack of survey and planning. It is picking the wrong fruit, the wrong type of production and even not considering the markets itself. Nothing has been checked for feasibility or value for money.

That’s why the December 2022 report says this:

“I inspected the inventory stores at the facility and established huge volumes of orange concentrate in the cold room stores. The factory did not have a recognizable packaging line for ready-to-drink juices in PET bottles leading to choking in the Cooling Rooms. The inability to transform Concentrate into marketable juice because of lack of a commercial packaging line for Ready to Drink Juice, has meant that the company keeps huge volumes of Concentrate which are kept in cold rooms, thus increasing costs of production and inadequate products in the market” (OAG, 2022).

He further explains:

“I noted that the factory still had, in store, concentrate and pulp that had been produced close to two years ago and indication of limited market for the juice produced” (OAG, 2022).

If you ever needed a proof of how little viable the production, the factory and the lines made in Soroti. These sorts of statements say it. You don’t need the financial understanding or the liquidity of the company to understand it. It’s expensive to keep such inventory and to use electricity to keep it well. Secondly, the orange concentrate won’t last forever either. Therefore, there are risks involved.

The Soroti Fruit Factory, which was built for the wrong fruit and now also lacks the ability to tap or utilize the concentrate. Because, it doesn’t have the production facilities to bottle or can the goods. That means the State or Government must spend even more on the failure of a project.

This story is a tale of losses, lack of proper consultation and using local knowledge to benefit the famers in Teso. Instead, it has become a money-pit and a loss-loss project. You can certainly wonder who has benefited from this and why it happened in the first place. Because the famers and the ones who was supposed to be the beneficiary ones aren’t. They are the losing end, and neither is the consumer getting viable products to consume. This isn’t value addition, but expenses upon expenses without any sort of revenue. Peace.

Opinion: Muhoozi can act the way he does because his father carries his load…

Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba is now preparing himself for the bigtimes. He is holding rallies and have started his mission with he MK Army/Movement. In that regard, he has also appointed a long-time ally and associate Andrew Mwenda to be his spokesperson. The circle has ended, and the “Project Muhoozi” is now a main stay.

Media is hyping the man up. Even when he has no charisma, no flair, and no message. It is a shallow and braggadocios man. Who has never been accountable in his life, whatsoever…? A man who has never stood tall on his own. The only reason why he became a General and a Senior Presidential Advisor. Was for one sole fact – flesh and blood. It wasn’t because of a particular skill or education. No, just because he happens to be the son of his father.

The General do have the options and abilities others don’t have. He could hold birthday bashes, tournaments and now rallies. While the opposition cannot pray, hold conferences, or even visit fellow MPs in the hospital. No, they are blocked from accessing their own or even capable of running their own organizations. While the First Son, the Son of the President can early start with his “campaign” for Presidency with his boosted-up ego.

General Kainerugaba is clearly not that clever. When he uses voter tourism and ferrying crowds to his rallies. Just like his father does because he knows he cannot get them there on default. He must use buses and spend fortunes of getting them. While he does the same mistake to not take care of them. Only have them there for photo-ops and leaving them behind. Meaning, they are without food, shelter, or ability to return home. That’s the vibe over the weekend and we seen that too.

It is obvious that the General have started his MK Army or MK Movement now. He wants to be the NEXT. Though he has no birth right or ability to be there. The man only thinks so, because he has sat at the table of the State House since a child. True that he hasn’t seen anything else, but that doesn’t mean his fit for it either. Especially, considering his brutal and ignorant ways.

I just wonder how Mwenda will spin this, because he has been “Mao” guy and his now in the Cabinet. The editor of the Independent has traded all integrity for the quick buck. No one is shocked, but for someone calling out Bobi Wine and Besigye over the years. He surely needs to muster all of his intelligence to sell Muhoozi.

Why?

He isn’t a bargain and isn’t a winner from the beginning. The General is only high ranking and a man of the town, because of family ties. There is not substantial or unique about his character. He could just be a butcher or a tiny dancer in one of those nightclubs. It is nothing there and it must be artificially created around him. Since there is no justification or sort of persona to be inspired by. That’s why anyone who has the gig or the appointment to MK Army / Movement should feel blessed. They have an empty canvass and can paint whatever picture they want. Except for the brutal brute, which we know from the days of Special Forces Command and the Army Commander ways. That is a story they never want to tell. The stories of murder, torture, and kidnappings. No, that is fort others to tell.

Some says: “Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown”. The crown is carried by the father and the son doesn’t feel that weight. That is why his so nonchalant about it all. He knows he can get rid of someone, and he has no burden to carry. That’s because of his father and the reign, which he has uphold for so long. Gen. Muhoozi is just the proof of how the elite and how they consider themselves above the average citizens. He just thinks so, by the simple of reason of his name and where he has resided. That’s all that matters to him.

The General just want power and be the next in line. Even if he was never fit for it or had the humility to be in that office. No, he just wants to be there… because he wants to continue where his father left off. That’s it and that’s not a winning formula. There is no service, no programme or ideology. Just an egotistic brat who wants to be crowned “King”. Peace.

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Opinion: Tayebwa defends protocol over injustice…

Colleagues, whether you are who or who, no one will be allowed to blackmail this House because I have seen now where we are going. You have started a very dangerous game” (…) “Not any single day will a member come, undress here, try even to commit suicide here. If you are doing it for your constituency and you want to appease your constituency to show you are the one who has worked, do it, but it will never influence any decision I make here” (…) “Started that issue without honourable Zaake being here. Honourable Zaake has not been in this House for over 10 sittings and without my permission, but I have never spoken about him because he is a brother. You leave a colleague, maybe he is in a constituency, but I want to caution you…” (…) “If you ( Zaake) want to do drama, go and do it in your constituency, you can’t do it on this floor. If you want pictures of people holding you up and how you were arrested to use during campaigns, we can organise for you, we are near national theatre” – Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa (29.11.2022).

The Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa is more into protocol and plenary rules, than into the plights of the people. That is obvious after the recent actions. His acting high and mighty, but he will fall like the rest of them.

Right now Tayebwa is useful. His a loyal subject and one of them who is eating. Nevertheless, when you fall out of favour or do one big miss. You will fall and never return to good graces. It is easy to be boastful and entitled when you have everything.

Zaake might have been out of order. He might have broken a rule or too. However, who would have believed or given him any time of day. Zaake MP has already lost privileges and been scorned in Parliament. It isn’t like his a big-man or a person of vast influence. No, his a renegade MP who fights for his causes. Maybe not doing it by the book.

What he did though, was to infuriate the Deputy Speaker and many others in such a fashion. That the people have to speak out about the kidnapping, abductions, the political prisoners and the “drones” which are used by the authorities. That’s what Zaake did and it’s clever that way.

Maybe Zaake will be punished or get violated in the Parliament. That will not be anywhere near as damaging as the torture he has felt or the injustice the authorities has served him in the past. Zaake MP knows the pain of the opposition leaders, activists and anyone who dares to question the government of the day. He knows the cost and that’s why his vocal about it. No one should blame him for that. He knows better than most how painful and what sort of suffering people are going through.

That’s why the Deputy Speaker can ridicule and mock him. Nevertheless, it doesn’t make the case less important. We know the Government and the Authorities has no interest in investigating or showing the real numbers of the ones suffering injustice. No, they rather act like it doesn’t really happen or is just an anomaly.

We know now that the Deputy Speaker will defend rules, but not have anyone speak out on the injustice done by the state. That is the message. The Parliament isn’t the place for grievances and it will only be Ministerial Statements from the likes of Muhwezi, which will not bring the truth to the table. Because, the authorities would never give a full picture and only small fragments of what is going on.

The kidnappings, the abductions, the keeping people incommunicado and without trial continues. The torturing and the extra judicial killings. That is all done on behalf of the government and the Deputy Speaker honourably represents that… he honours that and he will not have anyone crying out loud. No, he prefers silence and once in a while condoning it. Peace.

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Opinion: Endorsing Mzee in 2022 is the same as supporting a relic…

1

a: an object esteemed and venerated because of association with a saint or martyr

b: SOUVENIR, MEMENTO

2 relics plural : REMAINS, CORPSE

3: a survivor or remnant left after decay, disintegration, or disappearance

4: a trace of some past or outmoded practice, custom, or belief” (Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Relic. In Merriam-Webster.com dictionary. Retrieved November 20, 2022, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relic).

The ones that are busy semi-campaigning and making endorsements ahead of 2026 is only doing it, because they are hungry and wants to be seen. They are showing their support and using their time to vouch for an election, which is far from happening and years in advance. It is really just a pity, but that’s what they are doing.

In 2022, a year after the General Elections of 2021. The National Resistance Movement and the Government at large is having scheduled meetings or rallies across the Republic. Just to show the support and supporters of the President. That there are people still believing in him and want him to continue to be in office. Which is very rare… and unique in 2022. Especially, considering that his been in office since January 1986.

At this point and time… President Museveni has done everything he can achieve. The President have nothing to prove and doesn’t care. His just going through the motions and excelling at status quo. There is nothing that is triggering him or making him better at governing. No, his just enjoying the spoils, enlarging his entourage and creating more government entities. That’s what his doing while his often scheming, finding tricks and ways to siphoned funds from various government projects or whatnot.

That’s why it’s really blatant and out of touch to vouch for the man in 2022. His a the epitome of the past, neither the present or the future belongs to Museveni. He is the past and that’s why he always encircles it. It is for a reason why 1986 is so important and why he mentions all the predecessors too. That’s because it’s all he got and he has little to show for it. The rising debt, the lack of democratic credentials and the tumbling civil society. In combination of the deficit and lack of tolerance. It is giving him a jaded-vision and not helping the nation forward.

This is why it’s striking seeing supposed youths or other officials throwing weight behind Museveni. That’s because they need to be seen and show loyalty. Since everyone knows that Museveni isn’t serving the public anymore. No, his not a man of the people and the ones defying him is in danger. The ones that opposes him or leaves him… they can easily be accessed and be silenced. That’s happening on the regular and this is why they got to show him love.

Even when Museveni is a relic. He is an item of the past. Even if his living in the present. The bush-war legends aren’t that relevant. Neither is the 1990s wonder-kid and new-breed leadership the saviour of the era. No, the NRM and Museveni are a proof that some things aren’t for 2022. If it was… these sorts of events wouldn’t be necessary so many years ahead of the Election Road Map. The Electoral Commission is usually issuing that and the NRM or the Government is far to early to do this now. Because, there is no way the NUP, UPC or anyone else could pull of these sorts of stunts in 2022. We just know it and it’s clear what the message is…

The message is that Museveni is the one to come, the one that has been and will not change. He will come with “No Change” which he promised the public back in 1990s. That’s all his giving them and no one should expect anything else. Peace.

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