Opinion: The battle for speaker is a futile enterprise

This happened in 2016..

Been reading comments by opposition supporters and others who is suddenly addressing the National Unity Platform plan to field a speaker in the race for the 11th Parliament. They are the biggest opposition party and have a loyal following. So, I don’t see a problem with them doing so.

While Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) supporters are calling foul and saying the opposition should support their candidate Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the Opposition Whip in the 10th Parliament.

Because the FDC supporters are now calling the NUP meal-ticket and only thinking about their stomachs for not supporting Ssemujju Nganda. Don’t they see their twisted tongues with this?

They are the ones that is always talking about multi-party elections and having more challengers to have a real choice. Why not have it in the Speakership race this time around?

We know the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and their Special Groups MPs will vote in unison for the NRM candidate and the ones decided to be picked by NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC). That wouldn’t be shocking at all and would be mandatory at this point.

There is nothing wrong with Ssemujju Nganda. He has experience and is a bright fella. I would not deny him that. However, the other opposition parties should field their candidates the way they see fit. It is not like the FDC is not running candidates everywhere they can at any given time. The FDC have run in every by-election they can and rarely run joint-candidates with the opposition. Therefore, it is a bit hypocritical to blame the NUP at this point for fielding their if they do.

This race is already won by the NRM. No matter who the opposition is fielding…. It will end nowhere. Just like the “independent” MP Muhammed Nsereko after the previous election tried to become speaker as well. Ssemujju Nganda will end up with the same results. The NRM will not let the Opposition have this privilege and this high office. I doubt that and it would be a shock if that would ever happen.

Therefore, when I read FDC supporters calling the idea of seeking office of other automatically “meal-ticket” and only feeding their own tummy. Maybe they should do some soul searching and look at their own. They are the ones who field candidates at any By-Election possible and rarely seek for joint candidates. The FDC have usually, if possible fielded their own. So, that there are one from them and from others. Which the FDC should, but then they shouldn’t attack the NUP for doing thing.

The FDC have been vital and been the biggest opposition party. They have been on the frontline an fought for a good cause for so long. That is undeniable. They have been a party, that can still inspire and be important in the times ahead. However, they should also show some humility and grace towards the newcomer.

Bobi Wine and NUP should show their strength and use their place in parliament. Not only be friendly cousin and await what the FDC does. The NUP runs on their own agenda, just like the FDC does. They are maybe in some respects working for the same ends, but they trying different approaches to it.

This is why. When I am reading dismissing and arrogant stances towards the NUP possibly fielding someone in this race. I am in sorrow and disbelief. The same party never really gave way to anyone or only did so… when they candidate was the top notch. The Besigye was in the IPC Alliance (2011). FDC was wise enough not to joint the TDA (2016) and neither did they have joint candidates in 2021. So, why should NUP just bow down to the FDC? Who are they kidding here?

Ssemujju Nganda might be the best speaker in the whole wide world. He might be a great narrator and have a beautiful mind. Still, his the FDC candidate and rightfully so. The NUP can decide either their own or not. Just like the FDC could choose another path as well, if they pleases to do so.

There got to be some sense to these proceedings and some justification. I am just disgusted by reading the disregard for NUP’s own way here. They should choose their path, just like the FDC does. That is only fair. Unless, the FDC has now a new plan of more joint work and actually forge alliance for the betterment with others. I am looking forward to be seeing that. Since it’s a decade ago since the IPC was a thing and the United Forces of Change (UFC) ahead of 2021 haven’t done anything useful. Peace.

Opinion: Kadaga says what everyone knew [A Ugandan VP is useless]

“The Vice Presidency Seat is not a position of decision making, that is why they want me to be appointed there”Rebecca Kadaga (Crispus Mugisha – ‘Kadaga refuses VP job as Museveni calls for meeting’ 29.03.2021, Nilepost.ug).

The truth usually sets you free. The truth can unleash huge potential and change things. Now the speaker of 10 years in the Ugandan Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has told the truth to the public. Not that it’s shocking or anything. No, we knew this, but its nice that the ones holding office feels the same.

The Speaker of 10 years, Kadaga is saying the Vice President is not worth anything. Rebecca is stating that its not a place worthy of being. Since she wants to be at a place where she has some sort of influence and power. A Vice President at this time and age lacks both.

Yes, a VP is the second of government, but we all know that this person at this point is the master of ceremonies and nothing else. The VP can look good on paper and be honourable subject. Even if the VP has no direct influence of parliament, cabinet or even in the NRM CEC. The person is just a token leader and a figurehead of the government without any sort mandate or ability sway lawmakers.

No, the VP in her eyes is a useless and redundant appointment. Where you are just a high ranking official, but with no initial power. That is sort of the dream and been the motivation for appointing Vice President Edward Ssekandi, which has held the office for two term and lost the MP’s election this time around.

VP Ssekandi will not be remembered for legislative victories nor his strides in office. No, he has been ghosting with a fancy convoy. He has been busy tearing up venues and showing his face. To prove that the office exists, but for no apparent reason. The VP has been selected as well, because he has no ambition to overcome or become the heir to the throne. No, his just there to officiate at weddings, burials and openings of roads.

That is all happening, because that is the role assigned by the President. The President could give the person of the VP a more powerful role and have bigger tasks. However, that is not what he has done. The President have given more prestige and more assignments to the Office of the Prime Minister. The OPM have a bigger function in todays cabinet and have more of powerful portfolio in comparison to the VP. That is why Kadaga doesn’t want to become the next VP. As she knows that role is worthless. She has seen it for years and doesn’t want to be in docket with no influence and mandate to her name. Especially, after having the mantle of the Parliament as the speaker for so long.

This is all a reflection of the manner of which Museveni is ruling. If he had faith in his deputies and in his second in command. He would have assigned them with a broader mandate and given them hurdles to pass. However, he rather takes it on himself or if not give it further down the chain-of-command. As they have a longer line to pass to get to him.

Kadaga is just stating the bitter truth and a simple reflection of the reign of Museveni. Museveni have made it like this. It is his decision to make it a Ministry/Office without a Portfolio or a Ministry aka Vice Presidency.

That is the making of Museveni and is in his image. If you know, now you know. Peace.

Opinion: Bobi Wine shouldn’t go too Yellow

NUP Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Bobi Wine has asked the people of Koboko to vote for NRM’s Dr. Charles Ayume as Koboko Municipality MP, saying that he has been following him for some long time and he is a good person” (91.8. Boona FM, 08.12.2020).

Just mere days after he anointed Rebecca Kadaga, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) loyalist and two term Speaker of the Parliament in Kamuli district. He has now in Koboko vouched for Dr. Charles Ayume.

Yes, he does this deliberately and yes it’s sending the wrong message. Yes, his peers and allies say he vouches for independents and FDC candidates too. Because, the National Unity Platform (NUP) isn’t able to field candidates for MP everywhere.

However, this political gambit is only limiting the space between him and the President. The change his supposed to happen. Yes, some can say this is a sign of unity and working together. Nevertheless, has the NRM worked that together? They have only worked to weaken the opposition and their parties!

That’s why the Democratic Party (DP) and Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) have made arrangements and had their MPs taken by the NRM. These have been in cabinet positions as members of the other parties. Still, after a term they have gone yellow. So, it is all beneficial for the NRM.

Now that Bobi Wine is speaking well of NRM. He is initially vouching for the incumbent by doing this. He can speak well and endorse whoever he pleases. The message he sends by doing it isn’t all about unity, but more a mixed message.

As he speak of delivering the removal of the dictator, but accepting his comrades and vouching for them. The ones who are abiding the dictator and being vocal supporters. These folks are working for the party and for the President. Therefore, cheering them on isn’t a good look.

Even if the NUP or the allies aren’t able to field candidates in the districts his holding rallies and campaigning in. Since, the opposition and NUP has a disadvantage from the get-go. They have less time, less resources and structures to compete. They cannot canvass or organize without meeting the Police or the army. Therefore, the opposition are bound to fail and lose by mere participating.

Now, we know this and the NRM has rigged the game this way. That still doesn’t justify and gives reasons for him to support NRM candidates. Because, if his removing the bead. He should also seek to remove the system that keeps it alive. The MPs and the candidates beneath the President is enablers and the ones keeping it at bay. They are interested in seeing NRM succeed and not seeing Bobi Wine winning. Feel me?

The ideals of Dr. Ayume might be fine. We all enjoyed to see Hon. Anite loose in the primaries. However, that isn’t enough to give him credit. His still apart of the unholy alliance of people sucking up and abiding the principals of the dictatorship. Have a hard time seeing this making a difference.

The only thing this does is to spark confusion and also wondering how deep his will of change is. Which it shouldn’t be… it is unnecessary and only causes “propaganda” victories for the NRM. As they are seeing the rising star is endorsing their candidates. That is not the look he intends or are interested in.

Mr. Bobi Wine aka Robert Kyagulanyi … please for the love of God not support men like these. Then your tricked by the hustle of Tinkasmire and others who only uses the NUP and People Power as meal-tickets. These folks are only getting the bashing glory, but singing songs with Jajja/Bosco/Mzee at the first given moment. They are even awaiting their next envelope and suit. That is what they does…

Be smart and think ahead. These cheap stunts will not cover in the long run. Its a Segway, but not a solution. It is giving gifts to the dictator and he doesn’t deserve a damn thing. Peace.

State of the Nation Address 2020: 10 Points of Misbelief

We have actually continued to be in the bush even when we are in the Government and have continued to wage guerrilla warfare against the neo-colonial and colonial interests in Uganda” Yoweri Kaguta Museveni SONA 2020

That its yet another of year of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is beyond me. However, at this point he will still be there when I am at advanced age. Since his been all through my life and only the first year of my life he wasn’t in power. Mr. 1986 still addressing the Parliament, acting like “Captain Save a Hoe” and such. That’s who he is now, even if the words doesn’t inspire and as prolonged as reign. It is all getting old and that is happening quick.

This is his station, but his speeches and the scheme of things. It just become foolish. That he even mentioned the 10 Point Programme of the Bush. The long forgotten plan, which he hasn’t kept up with. A plan I have two pieces on to show how little his done with it. As he has embarked on the journey in power, the further he got from the goal-post. The more dire it has been needed for him to turn back to start. Which his doing now.

In spite of the obstructions by the neo-colonial actors and foreign backers, Uganda is able to stand up today and weather this storm because of the correct actions we took” Museveni (04.06.2020).

I wonder what he means here, as his been one of the donor darling like most part of his reign. So, if their was obstructing anything directly, why did he take their money and follow their guidelines for their grants and loans? That doesn’t make sense to me, unless his scapegoating outsiders. Because that is easier and more feasible in 2020.

Even uranium, I rejected the plans of the neo-colonial agents of exporting uranium so that others use it to generate electricity when Uganda has only a total potential of 4000mgwts on all the River Nile sites and those of its tributaries. A country like Japan generates a total of 298,350mgwts. Where will Uganda get all the power it needs if hydro-power is not enough? Or has it been biologically proven that Africans do not need electricity? As long as I am in charge of the country, no uranium will ever be exported from Uganda. Let it remain in the ground. When solar-power becomes as cheap as hydro-power, then the politics and economics of energy will change. Until then, sita-kange (I do not give up what is mine)” – Museveni (04.06.2020).

This passage of the SONA is very telling of what is happening. What sort of man Museveni is and how he behaves. He believes the Uranium is his, just its his oil in Lake Albert. It’s not the resources of the whole Republic, and therefore, should be treated as a commodity for all. Alas, it should be traded for the gains of the President and on his terms. That’s why the outsiders aren’t paying him correctly or giving him the right incentives to extract uranium. Because he doesn’t give up what is mine. That is a selfish statement … and nothing else.

The economics of Africa are correctly described as under-developed because, indeed, they have alot of potential which is not fully utilized. It is under-utilized, under-developed. We are going to fully develop that potential and become developed countries” Museveni (04.06.2020).

I understand what the President said here and the honesty is fine, but the last part is insincere. If he had wished to do so and willingly wanted it. Than he would have managed it long time ago. The President has had 34 years to finish his pledges and his work. Still not arrived there. He has promised Uganda to become a middle-Income country for ages now. Therefore, this sort of statement is more repetition of previous works of the President than actually a profound message.

This President is proving that his not up for the part. He even had to make up economic mumbo jumbo with Vulnerable and Real Economy. Both parts are direct part of the economy and non-of-these are disconnected. They are all balancing acts, as the economy and financial liquidity is only there because everyone playing their parts. That is why his jargon is only playing for keeps and that’s why I didn’t care for touching on that.

Enough nonsense in one day. Peace.

President Museveni letter: The Shs. 20M Diverted from the Government Plan by Parliament (28.04.2020)

Opinion: Omonya forgot the duties of the citizens

Lawyer Rama Omonya failed in his article today in New Vision. As his trying to use the Constitution to point that there is only way to criticize the President and his actions. That the public are only legally allowed to go after the Member of Parliament. This is all because of the 10 billion shared to all MPs as part of the Supplementary Budget

Especially this part triggered me:

Our constitution does not provide the citizens with such profound powers over the executive. The social accountability mechanisms for citizens to hold the Executive accountable only come in a general election after every five years or a referendum” (Omonya, 2020).

I am not a citizen of the Republic, but can read the Constitution of 1995 myself and know there is a article number 17(d) and 17(i), which states:

17. Duties of a citizen.

(1) It is the duty of every citizen of Uganda—

(d) to protect and preserve public property;

(i) to combat corruption and misuse or wastage of public property” (Constitution 1995).

To top it all off, there is article 107(b) which states:

(1) The President may be removed from office in accordance with

this article on any of the following grounds—

(b) misconduct or misbehaviour— (I) that he or she has conducted himself or herself in a manner which brings or is likely to bring the office of President into hatred, ridicule, contempt or disrepute; or (ii) that he or she has dishonestly done any act or omission which is prejudicial or inimical to the economy or security of Uganda” (Constitution 1995).

Yes, that removal can only happen, if there is a motion from the MPs and the Speaker has put forward a tribunal for the inquiry and investigation in the allegations of the President. So, the Lawyer is right on the money there.

Still, if the citizens are supposed to follow the duty, they are supposed to be angry at both the MPs for the usage of 20 million shillings on themselves and cuss out the President for his Classified Expenditure, the State House and the Office of the President. All of these funds needs to checked and balanced. Not only the MPs, unless their duty is only to lower-ranking officials. Which the duties of the citizens doesn’t state. Unless, the lawyer can elaborate that for me?

He also wrote this: “In summary, the citizens have every iota of rights to the bay for the blood of the MPs over the sh10b and it is for the MPs to the bay for the blood for members of the executives who are mismanaging the “other” trillions as our laws dictate” (Omanya, 2020).

It’s the duty to combat corruption and misuse or wastage of public property. This is not based on where it happen, as long as it happens within the Republic. It does not state who is acting corrupt, who is misusing the power or wasting the public property. That is all fair game, if this article has value and not only symbolic. Because, Omonya make it seem that way.

Because, there is nothing stating in the duties of the citizens to only look into the Local Councillors, Mayors or Members of Parliament, but not the President. The duties are very clear and the citizens are righteous to do so. Even if they don’t have direct powers, but they can push their MPs to petition a motion for a tribunal. That would be justified to investigate the classified expenditure and other questionable use of public resources. So, there is also oversight of the President, not only in the General Election like lawyer states. Since, the duties are there as citizens. That should be fundamental. Therefore, the citizens should push on the buttons of the MPs to look into the Executive. Not only call fire for the little burning bush of 10 billion shillings, but also the trillions of shillings in questionable allocations. Peace.

Reference:

Rama Omonya – ‘Why the public must be mad with the MPs and not the executive’ 01.05.2020, link: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1518425/public-mad-mps-executive

Opinion: Kadaga’s 20 million shillings conundrum

It is hard to see what Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga can get out this situation. She’s defending the 10 billion shillings to Members of Parliament to fight COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. Rebecca has attacked the MPs returning the money. Address Bobi Wine and wanted him to inquired by a Parliamentary Committee for calling it a bribe. They are just rewriting the 20 million shillings.

While the Courts have blocked the transfer of the funds and later gotten an account to return the 20 million shillings. Who knows if the MPs has it or not. Some has given it to charitable causes in their districts. While others who knows what they are spending it on. The 10 billions are surely haunting them and hurting the pride of the Speaker of Parliament.

As Government Spokesperson and Executive Director Ofwono Opondo is attacking the MPs. The President did so in his latest COVID-19 address. They are blasting it, while Andrew Mwenda is defending it. Meanwhile, Kadaga is acting all out. It seems like these funds is saving her home, her livelihood and gasoline of her cars. Since, she’s so defensive.

Speaker Kadaga has acted vile, she is now wanting to inquire and look into the Executive and his expenditure. However, that shouldn’t be threat, but the job of the whole Parliament. Now the puppeteers suddenly show some flex, when their meals and additional pocket-money is suspended or taken away. Not like there isn’t any measures to look into the President. You got the Auditor General, the PPDA, State House – Anti Corruption Unit and whatever else. However, they are not acting upon the man, because they are all appointed by him and having titles because of him.

Kadaga knows this. It might look cool now defending the MPs. 10 billion shillings in the scheme of things isn’t big. Nevertheless, it is the message it sends. The give-away. The misuse of state funds for personal gains. When you can take some sugar-canes from the farm today, tomorrow you can take a goat or cow. You start small and later take the whole land. It is just common greed.

When it is budget 45 trillion in the next financial year. You know 10 billion shillings isn’t all that. But its still important because it shows the intent. It shows their true heart and the ability to get paid for doing their job. When they already has allowance, fees and plenty of benefits in office. The MPs has paid cars, salaries and whatnot all the time. They are pocketing funds all the time. So, not like the MPs needs the 20 million shillings.

Unless, this is start-up fund for the General Election of 2021. That would make sense, as the MPs are spending fortunes on re-election bids and expensive campaigns. This is why the first thing they do in office is giving themselves suits and cars. So, they can pay off their debts for the election season.

That is maybe why Kadaga is so adamant about these millions. She need them herself to be able to campaign. Well, that is just mere speculation, but you go figure. Why else would she want no oversight, changing the usage of the funds and argument for it. Until now, actually going against her boss over it. It’s like she needs this cash and its her way out.

Kadaga, what is up? Why are you like this?

You know, you represent the public and their interests, right? Not your own. In that regard, you should be a bit more humble and considerate. As the plight of the ordinary citizen is so much more at these troubling times. Than crying over a 20 million handouts. While others get lacking food parcels or nothing at all. Peace.

Uganda Law Society: ULS’ Statement on the Reaction by Parliament of Uganda to the Opinion of the Learned Attorney General on the Court Order (24.04.2020)

Francis Zaake MP letter to the Parliamentary Commission: Rejection of the UGX. 20,000,00/= COVID-19 Payment (16.04.2020)

20 million shilling question: Is greed Kadaga’s virtue?

Now speaker Rebecca Kadaga warns MPs against speaking about the Shs 10bn they allocated themselves to fight #COVID19. She says, only her, and the parliamentary commission, understand it and are permitted to speak about it #Uganda” (The Observer, 16.04.2020)

We can ask ourselves, as the public is starving, the state is asking for funds from the European Union (EU). The state is getting debt relief from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and so forth. As the Republic is living through a second round of lockdowns.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has strongly defended the 20 million shilling handouts to the Members of Parliament or the 10 billion shilling allocations of such. This is a part of a “advocacy fund”, whatever that means. This is at the same time, they are open with plenary session in the midst of lockdown. Meaning they are getting sitting allowances and wages as usual. Not like the MPs are hit by the crisis directly or indirectly. They are still getting paid by the end of the day.

Kadaga knows this and still defends the extravagant spending. The 20 million question is how unaccountable does this woman want to be? At what point is the ridiculous levels taken to far? Or is this a favour of the State House and insurance of loyalty ahead of the 2021 Elections? As they are getting funds directly to them without any opportunity to check what it was used for.

These 20 million shillings can be used on side-dishes, gasoline, house-loans, second-wives or whatever the MPs feel like. They can spend it on the ambulances or whatnot, but also just import chicken from Kenya for all we know. They can invest in their businesses or build another shower in their village home. We don’t know, because its not like they can educate the public or hold rallies of sensitizing the public. There are no drills, no public displays nor education of sanitary efforts towards the COVID-19 within these funds.

This is just a direct bribe. Advocacy to praise the running man and fake Usain Bolt at the State House. That is what it is. 20 millions shillings wasted in the mist of a crisis. To buy loyalty, so they can fresh up their suites and ties. They can look slick and get another side-chick. Hey, when they are not allowed to speak about it. It has to be wasted funds. When it cannot be traced or do reviews of the procurement. It can go to whatever, without question and the MPs can either send it to their slay-queens or not. Because, we don’t know. They are the only ones who knows.

What is striking is how foolish the Speaker is looking and acting. The Parliament whose supposed to be representative of the Republic and be the ones ensuring the funds of the state is spent properly. Are now supposed to be a silent group, only letting her speak on the matter and silently enrich themselves. Where they are getting the money, but they are not understanding the reason for why they are even getting it. That shows even how dumb this whole thing is.

That only the speaker understand, not the MPs who has allocated these funds and who are cashing out. They surely can enjoy the spoils, while the public are eating on Aponye Limited posho and awaiting more food to survive the days in quarantine. Peace.