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Makerere University: Parliament Report strikes hard at the authorities

The Parliament made a report into last year’s violence and demonstrations at the Makerere University. The Report was made in December 2019, but only released in public now in February 2020. Therefore, I got it in hand today and will dwell on some aspects of it. As it shows what sort of fashion that went down and what the MPs see as vital information for the public to know after the deeds was done at the campus.

As the report states: “the demonstration led by the 85t1, Female Caucus was legitimate in nature [Article 29 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda] and did not merit the brutal conduct of the University administration and the security operatives in managing the protests” (..) “there was lack of evidence to suggest that the University Students’ Disciplinary Committee headed by Justice Precious Ngabirano had convened meetings to hear and determine allegations levelled against the affected students. The Committee notes that it is now coming to two months without any report from the University Disciplinary Committee” (Parliament Report, 2019).

Just by these simple paragraphs shows the extent of force used to a demonstrations that had merit, which the University combined with the authorities escalated. As we known by following the events to a violent path.

As it further states: “The Committee observes that the deployment of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces [UPDF] to participate in the management of the protests at the University were not justifiable” (Parliament Report, 2019). With these words in mind, it is not strange that the UPDF and the authorities, which was not justified, misused their means on civilians and students alike. The acts of ill towards citizens and students demonstrating at unfair raise of student fees. Which is a natural reaction to sudden change of livelihood.

While the minority report stated this for instance: “the senior Minister of Education and Sports makes a public apology in light of the statement she made depicting Makerere University as a drug infested institution. We presume the statement is an indictment to the students and the university at large, and her apology would restore confidence and trust on Makerere University” (Parliament report, 2019).

Also, states a reason why there was no evidence in the majority report of sexual harassment: “The Committee on Education and Sports did not spare time to specifically inquire and interface with alleged victims of sexual harassment at the Campus of Makerere University” (…) “One female student [names uithheld] testified that she was subjected to verbal sexual insults inside the hostel and at Wandegeya Police Station after her arrest. Among the insults, a uniformed security officer threatened called her a prostitute and threatened to put his genitalia in her mouth” (Parliament Report, 2019). Therefore, the concerns of these actions made by security personnel, neither police nor soldiers on the ground. Show, that there was no actions being done to ensure their hurt nor their stories to collaborate with the alleged sexual harassment. This could have further shown the ills that were done and the amount of pain the students went through those weeks of last year.

Let me end with a final statement from the Minority report: “The recent students’ demonstration at Makerere was indicative of the fact that some interests were ignored by the University authorities” (Parliament Report, 2019). That is enough. Peace.

Opinion: DP Ruto immortalized at Makerere University, why?

Truth is hard, propaganda is cheap.”DaShanne Stokes

What has the Deputy President of Kenya, William Ruto done, which is so noble and such to get an own institute named after him at Makerere University? I am asking this and would like to know. Since, I don’t get it and seems like a bought space.

Not like the DP haven’t started ghost projects and hopefully this is one too. Since, his the hustler, who has created massive fortunes while being in-office and being broke before entering it. His the most corrupt DP in memory. Land-grabber and government tender eating. The scale of corruption under him and Kenyatta is outrages.

Makerere University clearly doesn’t care about the reputation of the University anymore. Maybe, the assaults from the army has hit the administration and their will power has dwindled. This seems more like an investment made by the President, as a token of a promising relations between him and Ruto.

Museveni wants to be the kingmaker and wants loyal cadres within the East African Community. That’s why his kept Ruto close and they have met in past too. Therefore, in that sense, it seems like a pay-off to give Ruto the honour at Makerere. However, it is still ill of doing this way.

Since, most institutes are usually named after legendary figure, people to look up-to, even the halls of Makerere are named Lumumba and Mitchell. Also, the three institutes already there isn’t named after anyone, like IDI, MISR and MUARIK. None of them is named after anyone, but their field. Just like all the colleges at the University too.

That Ruto will get this is boggling me: “Makerere University will on Saturday, 21st December 2019 at 10:30am host His Excellency the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya – William Samoei Arap Ruto as Chief Guest at the ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the William S. Ruto Institute of African Studies” (Makerere University – ‘Launch of the William S. Ruto Institute of African Studies’ 20.12.2019).

So, he gets an institute, but his known for graft, corruption and scandals, not for great leadership, even if he has a loyal following in the Tanga-Tanga and the ones whose inter-connected with his way of kickbacks. Therefore, many will praise this, but without considering the implications. As there are plenty of foundation stones on ghost projects all-over Kenya with the DP Ruto name on it.

Surely, we can hope this fails and become as non-existent as them, as the President Museveni and his party have never built their NRM headquarters of 26 storeys. That has never materialized over the “wedding-meetings” collecting funds.

I cannot understand why DP Ruto get this honour, except if Museveni wants to buy a friend in Kenya. That would make sense, but doesn’t make it righteous. Since, it seems he does it to have a loyal ally after 2021. That is if, the President gets his wish.

Than he can point at, see what I did for you in 2019, now “love me, love me” do my bidding and help me succeed as the King of East Africa. That is the sort of man President Museveni is and DP plays along, because the DP wants to big-man. He want to eventually try to point of things he did and achieved. However, that will be hard to do with time. As the Jubilee and himself, is more known for their looting, than their proper governing.

Enough nonsense, right? Time to open a book and gain some more wisdom. Peace.

Makerere University: Press Statement of Suspended Students on the #MAKFeesMustFall Protest (09.12.2019)

Opinion: Mwiru’s motion to seek an inquiry of the UPDF involvement in civil matters is a righteous one

Hon. Paul Mwiru, the MP whose behind the motion: “MOTION TOR A RESOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT TO INQUIRE INTO THE RECENT REPORTED MISCONDUCT OF THE UGANDA PEOPLE’S DEFENCE FORCES DURING DEPLOYMENT IN CIVIL MATTERS”, which was in the plenary on the 21st November 2019.

This motion is important, also for the matter that its seconded by Christopher Kalemba, Anthony Okello and Noah Wanzala Mutebi. All four of them, these MPs are acting on their right instinct on the matter of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), the army. The army isn’t supposed to be involved directly in civil manners, but of late and recent years, the UPDF have done more and more state functions. They are entangled in things where the army got nothing with it. That’s why the Motion moved by Hon. Mwiru is the good one.

Not because the motion is perfect. Not because the motion has the answers nor the results we want to hear. No, it is the right one, because the UPDF and the NRM needs to be challenged on this. The President who likes to be the general and warrior. Got to be questioned for the involvement of the UPDF in other things, than defending the border and securing the territory of the Republic.

The piece that is good from the motion is this:

FURTHER AWARE that in the recent post there hos been increased intervention of UPDF in civil matters notably regulation of the fishing industry and quelling protests by students of Makerere University, NOTING THAT gross violations of human and people rights have reportedly marred the intervention of the UPDF in civil matters, which ordinarily should be a preserve of the Uganda Police Force as commended by Article 212 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda” (Motion, 21.11.2019).

The final important piece of the motion is this:

AND FURTHER COGNIZANT of the importance of duly holding public officials and institutions to account for their actions and inactions as on integral canon of good governance and a possible deterrent from repetitive transgressions, Now THEREFORE it be resolved by this August House that; Parliament institutes a Select Committee to inquire. Within 45 days of approval of this Motion, into the reported violations of human and people rights by the UPDF with a view of establishing and apportioning culpability” (Motion, 21.11.2019).

This is why this motion is good. Because, it asks the Select Committee to inquire and directly investigate into the matters. This is to reveal and gain documentation on the matters, where the army has been used in civilian matters, which is wrong. Where the army has intervened and used force against civilians. That’s why this sort of motion will show who did what and who has to answer for what they did. Who did the ordering and who actually was behind the mess of misusing the army to settle civilian problems. Instead of going the proper ways or going the whole due process.

The legality of it, the challenge with the law and the constitution is another matter too. Which makes this even a bigger question, as to where it might be fitting to solve the resolving issues after collecting the report from the authorities, the Ministry of Security, the Ministry of Defence and the other ones. Where they do have the documents and the paper-trail to prove the acts, which has been made. The ones whose secret, the ones whose confidential and the ones the army and neither the “high above” wants the Republic to see.

Therefore, this motion is needed. What it grants is important. It will not reveal everything, but if a select committee gets to work, gets into discovery and get to collect data. They might discover something unseen and show us the whole picture. Instead of the little fragments we have today. Peace.

Uganda Episcopal Conference: Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Uganda on recent episodes of excessive use of Force and Brutality by Security Agents (08.11.2019)

Economic Fighters League: Stop Brutalising Makerere University Students in Uganda (10.11.2019)

EFF Condems Police Brutality in Uganda, Makerere University (06.11.2019)

Makerere University: Students Guild – Office of the Guild President – Press Release on the Status Quo on our Demands and a Call for an Extraordinary Students Assembly (03.11.2019)

Opinion: Captain Lubeere is the fall-guy

After two weeks of heavy military presence and raids at the halls and campus of Makerere University. This comes after international community outcry as well, as Mastercard Foundation statement as well. The army reacts and suddenly let one of their men go. This happens as the state has violated the turf of the students, they have raided their homes, hurt people with violent acts, harmed their lives and assaulted them. They have used tear-gas and live-bullets in and around the halls. Clearly doing it while looking for the ones initiating the demonstrations.

Therefore, when the news struck yesterday, that the army is probing one guy. I am just asking myself. Isn’t that a nice goat, to be precise, a fabulous scapegoat.

Look at this:

UPDF army has arrested the officer who commanded military into Makerere University protest over the 15% tuition increment. Army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire has ordered for the arrest of Capt Richard Lubeere” (Delta TV Uganda, 01.11.2019).

Well, what can I say, he was not alone doing this. His a captain, he didn’t do this with the chain-in-command, neither without instructions what to do and what to look for. The Captain didn’t walk blindly into Lumumba or Mitchell and considered the implication of life, faith and possible horrific events that would transpire. No, most likely he followed command and ordered it accordingly. Just like all fellow officers of the police, and the soldiers on campus.

All of them was following orders from above. They were all liable for their actions still, but this doesn’t mean that one man is the only culprit. All of the soldiers who violated the students should answer for their deeds. All of the officers/soldiers who has hurt, hospitalized and raped students. Should answer for their crimes, as they targeted innocent civilians, some who just happen to live their and reside on campus. They were not even participating in the demonstrations. Still, they did this.

It is not like the commander is innocent. His not, he should answer for the deeds done at Makerere. But he shouldn’t do it alone. The ones ordering him and directing him should also answer, together with the ones shooting the live-bullet,s the one throwing the tear-gas, the ones beating and arresting students. The ones raping students and so-on. All of them are liable for the crimes committed. The destruction of property, the breach of trust between the security officials and the students. Should all answer for this.

However, the state thinks the public are stupid enough to just let one man take the blame. It’s like they are following this hook from Akon:

I understand that there are some problems

And I’m not too blind to know

All the pain you kept inside you

Even though you might not show

If I can apologize for being wrong

Then it’s just a shame on me

I’ll be the reason for your pain

And you can put the blame on me

You could put the blame on me” (Akon – ‘Sorry, blame it on me’ 2007).

Still, as stated earlier, the captain is a beautiful goat, a fine specimen, his the well-rounded scapegoat. Peace.

European Union – Delegation to the Republic of Uganda: Local Statement on the situation at Makerere University (01.11.2019)

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