#FreeBobiWine Riots: What Museveni didn’t learn from the assassination of Rev. Luwum

During the last week there was protests and riots in the Republic after the authorities arrested Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine in Luuka District on Thursday 19th November 2020. These demonstrations has cost over 50 people’s lives and more than 100 people injured.

The President and his party National Resistance Movement (NRM) haven’t acted righteous towards the dead, neither have shown any sorrow for all the deceased these days. Bobi Wine did after his release from Nalufenya Police Station. Show some concern and later hold a presser where he mourned the victims of the protests. That is more than what the government and the authorities did. Which has come with a lot of conspiracy and hoax to cover-up their actions towards the citizens.

This remind us about what former President Idi Amin Dada did to Reverend Janani Luwum assassination and how the state played that out. The state is repeating the sins of these acts. An government ironically claiming to be different then the ones running the governments in the past. However, it copies the lack of remorse and the active conspiracies without evidence to haunt for “criminals”.

President Museveni is repeating sins of the past. It is not a sign of strength … but of weakness. A sign that the Fundamental Change, which never appeared. As the state could again easily take lives, but don’t account or even care about the loss. Only finding others to pinned for their deaths. Instead of taking some responsibility for using soldiers, armed men in plained cloths and law enforcement shooting at civilians during the riots. Which in the end … caused the loss of a lot of lives and injured a lot more.

In 1977:

Washington Post Reported:

The prodecessor of the Anglican archbishop who died last week in Uganda said yesterday he has evidence that the archbishop. Janani Luwum, was shot to death, not killed in an automobile crash as Ugandan President Idi Amin has said” (…) “Amin’s message said he would welcome a delegation from any government to investigate the situation in Uganda. He said the country was calm after surviving a “dangerous situation” during which armed raiders entered the country” (Washington Post – ‘British Bishop Says Ugandan Was Murdered’ 22.02.1977).

New York Times Reported:

The turbulence, according to reports from refugees, has included the purging from the army of more than 2,000 members of these tribes, the power base of former President Milton Obote, whom Field Marshal Idi Amin overthrew six years ago. According to President Amin, the unrest has consisted of brief mutinies in the last few days by tribesmen in the army and also a coup attempt plotted by the late Anglican Archbishop, Janani Luwum, and others. The Archbishop, an Acholi, was officially said to have died in a car accident Feb. 16, but churchmen and others have charged that he was murdered. The church sources said that the campaign against churchmen and Lango and Acholi tribes began on Jan. 25, the sixth anniversary of Field Marshal Amin’s coup against President. Obote. Tribesmen were arrested, the sources said, and Christian churchmen interrogated” (Michael T. Kaufman – ‘(Churchmen Say Amin Is Carrying Out Drive Against 2 Uganda Tribes)’ 25.02.1977, The New York Times).

In 2020:

““Some of these groups are being used by outsiders, homosexuals, and others who don’t like the stability and independence of Uganda, but they will discover what they are looking for,” Museveni said. Museveni said those who started riots will ‘regret” because they are entering a terrain that is reserved for the NRM government” (Crispus Mugisha – ‘Museveni attacks homosexuals, foreign groups, says they are sponsoring opposition protests’ 20.11.2020, Nile Post)

In a statement signed by the deputy spokesperson of the UPDF Lt. Col Deo Akiiki, the UPDF last week noted, “Following the lawlessness that broke out following the arrest by police of NUP (National Unity Platform) leader and credible intelligence about groups and individuals planning to plunge the country into chaos, UPDF will carry out extensive pre-emptive and decisive operations to deal with planned and premeditated designs of criminal elements.”” (Conan Businge – ‘Police steps up operations over riots, looting’ 23.11.2020, New Vision).

End note:

This is tragic that we are repeating ourselves. That history is repeated. Especially by someone like President Museveni who has history lessons on live performances all the time. The President uses so much of the speech to remind what he brought since 1986. The peace, the change and such.

However, what value has that peace, if you can die without any accountability and anyone taking responsibility? What value has life in the Republic if you can die, just for protesting for the leader you believe in?

The President should answer that, as he can so easily say he will crash and destroy others. Incite violence himself and use law enforcement for his own gains. However, these authorities are supposed to shield the citizens from people who actually kill and steal. They are not the ones who are supposed to be violating these law and committing these crimes in broad-daylight.

The UPDF and UPF are using conspiracies. The same does the President without proof. The UPF coming with shoddy investigations and cannot hold water. The UPF will not look at the Police Officers killing civilians and neither will the army.

The rioters was supposed to plunge the Republic into chaos in 2020. Just like the Reverend was supposed to do a coup d’etat against Amin. None of that would happen, but the authorities in both times wants to make true.

The NRM is not acting any different than Amin. That says a lot. This shows again how the whole Bush-War was wasted and a false liberation. Peace.

MDC Alliance Statment on State-Sponsored Violence in Uganda (23.11.2020)

One Republic for Museveni and another for his opponents…

It is evident for every single day. That the Republic isn’t the same for the opposition in comparison to the National Resistance Movement (NRM). It is two separate entities, as the rules are not the same for one party versus the others. That is really proven by the actions made by the state in recent days.

A few times now, a Presidential Candidate, I don’t take seriously, but the state does. Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde has been blocked from campaigning several of places. The local authorities have blocked him.

Also, a lot of tear-gas and blocking of rallies towards Patrick Oboi Amuriat. The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Presidential Candidate is also seeing the blunt force of the authorities. They are coming with weapons, tear-gas and using all tools to stop the campaign of the FDC front-runner.

They you have Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, the National Unity Platform (NUP). The Presidential Candidate who are always under fire. Bobi Wine cannot do anything without being followed by both Police and army. The police has already arrested him and he spent two days in jail for trying to campaign. His Presidential Advance Team was arrested yesterday. Several of the Aspirants for MP has been behind bars in the recent days too. Therefore, know that the NUP and Bobi Wine is challenged at every single move.

So, today’s tear-gas and blocking Bobi Wine from accessing a town isn’t new. However, it shows how the state operates. Because, the state and the ones aligned with the President can breach the COVID-19 regulations, they hold processions and have giant rallies in their campaigns. As long as your Yellow. The sickness and COVID-19 doesn’t affect the politics. Nevertheless, it is easily spreading when the Opposition candidates shows up. Then its a danger and read-all-about-it.

Not like the President and his candidates isn’t breaching it. They will claim they have smaller rallies for the photo-ops of the H.E. Nevertheless we are seeing the pictures of Bebe Cool and others waving on the roadside with several of people. Far reaching the levels of appreciated crowds for the opposition.

That is why there is one Republic for the NRM and the President. Where certain rules and regulations doesn’t matter. It hasn’t any consequences…

Still, the same laws and regulations are applied totally differently for Bobi Wine and the rest of the Opposition. These are living in a different Republic…

It cannot be the same place or with the same rules. As it isn’t applied in the same manner. It got to be the same place. If it was, why do they at all crazy and violent when the opposition shows up? But is all at ease on the crowds with the NRM?

This is why it cannot be the same place, the same Republic and with the same government. It cannot be and it shouldn’t be. One is Uganda and the Wakanda. The NRM cannot defend this and it is impunity. It is injustice and unfair. However, that is what the NRM does and we know it is the same place. Even if it shouldn’t be. These two actions under the same regime shouldn’t be possible, but it is. Since, the army and police is only honouring the President and not the general public. Peace.

Opinion: Museveni “owns” the airwaves

The ones who believes the campaigns or the rallies or anything associated with the 2021 General Elections will be free and fair? Who are we kidding here. The National Association of Broadcasters sent a letter to the Uganda Communication Commission on the 20th November 2020 because of the announcement of a National Address every Sunday by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Therefore, announcing that he would have the whole broadcast and all channels with his speeches.

The letter from NAB is fine by itself. However, it will not amount to anything. The ideals behind is fine. Nevertheless, the system is for Museveni and Museveni alone. To think otherwise in 2020 is naive. The UCC and Radio Stations have been cut mid-broadcast because an opposition candidate is speaking. Radios have blocked and not been allowed to air opposition candidates. Secondly, the UCC have sent out Memo’s warning people for having Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine on air. Therefore, this enterprise futile.

NAB means well and the ideal is good. Still, we know it won’t amount to anything. The UCC and the other authorities will digress and configure, mellow the reason and find a short-cut to make sound reasonable. When we all know that this is only to batter his message. No matter if it is profound, sincere or real at all.

Museveni and the National Resistance Movement aren’t even trying to play fair. They are not even faking fairness in campaigns. They are upper blocking, rigging and ensuring the opposition doesn’t have the abilities or the option to campaign like they do. The President can smile and grin. He can be all hospitable. While his law enforcement and soldiers are killing people in the streets. Therefore, the man that doesn’t bat an eye over the deaths.

Do you think he will care about fairness in the media and in publications?

This man will use all tools. No matter what. The man will use force, take the opportunity and have long speeches. He had the COVID-19 speeches. Several of them. Actually, he had around 20 of them. It was a running series. The old man miss it so much. That he has to reinvent it.

The lectures of old. The fear and intimidation, every single Sunday. The old man will be on the screens, on the radios and online. Speaking his ruthless and reckless behaviour. Expecting to be honoured like a Statesman, but acting like mobster. He easily get hostile and grabs the guns. So, don’t expect positive messaging.

The man need to show that he has the guns, the authorities and the total power. Yes, he does “own” the airwaves. However, he doesn’t own people’s mind. This is why we don’t have to listen. Don’t even have to turn it on. Just let it all go. He has said everything before… it is recycling and repetition. The boring lecturer that makes you fall asleep in class. That is the sort of affair and the spectacle his serving. Only his minions will sprinkle some additional spices and call it feast. Even when know its not worthy the price.

The old man would be better just being on the campaign trail and being amongst his own. Instead, of spewing garbage every Sunday. However, the broadcasters has no choice. Because, if they defy the man. He will revoke their license and their doors will be bolted shut. That is the game he plays and he doesn’t care. Peace.

Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) – DSP Media Brief (20.11.2020)

Bobi Wine is on bail: Thou his not yet free

I’m not here because I committed a crime. I’m here because I offered myself to lead Ugandans into ending 35 years of dictatorship” Robert Kyagulanyi in trial at Iganga Magistrate Court (20.11.2020)

Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine is now on a non-cash bail after the arrest in Luuka district on the 18th November 2020. After 48 hours he was taken to court and is now officially charged by the authorities. This is as scheduled and has been done to opposition leaders plenty of times. Especially, the ones that gains popularity and recognition beyond what the President is ever getting.

Bobi Wine is a man that hits a nerve with the President and his men. His a man who has the ability to strike a cord with the youth, the unemployed and beyond the ghettos of Kampala and Wakiso district. This man is feared by them and this is why they are punishing him everytime they can.

That is why he was after 2 days detained at Nalufenya Police Station. He was sent to Iganga Magistrate Court to be charged and released on this bail. This means the case will linger and be used when the authorities needs it. Just like old cases has haunted other opposition leaders in the midsts of campaigns. While the state never release any evidence or affidavits to fit the charges. They are still prolonging the cases indefinitely. It is like they never end. As long as they have gotten touched by the state. It will follow you no matter where you go.

The Uganda Police Force will be on his tail. Whatever units they have will follow him. The Internal Security Organization (ISO) will monitor him. The Special Force Command (SFC) will be after him too. Everyone will try to pin something on him. The Regional Police Commanders and Residential District Commanders will also make life hard for Bobi Wine and the National Unity Platform.

That is why Police Spokesperson Fred Enaga is coming out with a Press Statement and a Presser too. Where he shows evidence and calls the NUP to action for the riots and demonstrations. While not taking any accountability for having men shooting at civilians and issuing tear-gas at any given moment. The authorities never does anything wrong, but always the opposition. They will never look into the reasons for why the official death-toll of 37. While it wouldn’t be shocking to speculate that the actual numbers are much worse. Because, there is some who isn’t considered and some whose never reported. However, the state would never ever take credit or see this. They want the numbers to be as low as possible, instead of dropping the actual truth.

This is why we know Bobi Wine isn’t free, neither are his associates or anyone else around him. They are a criminal enterprise in the eyes of the state and all their institution. They have targeted the NUP and everything associated with it since the inception and beginning of it. This is why people have been arrested for wearing berets, red-clothes and merchandise from the party. The police have crack-down and raided the offices of the party.

The recent action is just amping it up and showing violent force against it. Bobi Wine will not be free. Neither will the ones around him. They are in the aim of the state and it is ruthless. It isn’t free or fair, it is injustice and impunity. However, that is what they subscribe too.

We could wish and be more hopeful. However, his just on bail. They will arrest him again. They will use force and arbitrary arrest him. Bobi Wine will get into jeopardy and pay a hefty price. The ones supporting him. Will be degraded to hoodlums and hooligans. The state will give retribution, because the correct line is only to have one master and that is Museveni. Peace.

Uganda: Joint Statement by Presidential Candidates (20.11.2020)

National Youth Council: Press Statement by the National Youth Council Elect on Recent Events in Uganda (20.11.2020)

The 2021 Elections can be Museveni’s final 1980 Election

On the 14th January 2021 is the Presidential Election in the Republic. As things states the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is automatically winning. That is why the election is continuing. Because, he has put everything forward for a total victory. The rest is just procedure and pawns on his chess-set. His waiting to take everyone out, one by one and in the end up as the victor.

In regard to the 2021 elections nothing seems out of the ordinary in this fashion. Just like Dr. Milton Obote ordered full loyalty from all civil servants to his party. He appointed the Electoral Commission and District Commissioners. There was clear indication of gerrymandering, shut down public counting of the votes and suddenly announced the results over the radio.

Some of these things are not yet to happen, but knowingly how the National Resistance Movement (NRM) is working. We shouldn’t be shocked if some things are bound to happen in 2021.

First, the President has appointed loyalist and cronies into all institutions. They are directly involved in all government organizations. This being the Electoral Commission, Residential District Commanders, Judiciary, Police, Army and all other security organizations. Therefore, the President’s Men will be loyal and serve all his wishes.

Secondly, the state has been busy gerrymandering. That is why the extension of MPs never been higher between the 10th Parliament to the 11th Parliament. This is clearly done to able to fixate the voter registry and secure incumbent NRM friendly MPs. Just like the gerrymandering under Obote was to secure more UPC MPs in the Parliament.

Now, the President these days are offering a febrile and violent atmosphere, which could describe the days now. Museveni controls it all and orders everyone to his bidding. There is no difference from 1980 election. The election that brought him to the bush and made him overthrow the government at the time.

He is using the force to silence opposition. Using techniques of intimidation. His even arresting his main competitors. Like he arrested Patrick Oboi Amuriat and has still Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine behind bars as we speak. Therefore, the rules are rigged. The man does it differently. The names has changed, but the end-game is the same.

President Museveni is pushing on. Even as the army is on the streets. The scores of dead citizens is rising, the amounts of injured is on the rise too. This is the game the President is playing.

The 1980 election can teach us something. President Museveni felt scorned and was bitter. He felt cheated and used that as a reason for war. Now, his using the same means again. However, his the culprit and the head who spoils the polls in his favour.

That is the act that Obote did with the use of the mechanisms left behind by the colonial administration. Where the “administration” appointed the Electoral Commission, which is the same practice done today. This is why its loyal to the President and not to the public. Like so many of the other institutions who serves him, but not the public. They are all in the working for his end game. This is why there are MPs going directly into the next election without any polls. These are given the advantage before things are really starting.

That is why Museveni wants another 1980 election. The one reason for his reign and why “they fought”. When he has to rehash the sins of the past to get into power. In spite of giving reasons for others to become like he did. He walks into the same pitfalls, which he was supposed to liberate the people. An assertion we can all with time dismiss and know that he clearly haven’t regarded to fix. As that would make it impossible for him to win.

It is just a mere fact. In a free and fair election, where all candidates has a shot of winning. Museveni would never win. He wouldn’t have a half-chance. The old man wouldn’t even be reckoned with. So, if it wasn’t for all of his appointees, control of the state and intimidation. The man would have nothing and even less than Norbert Mao. Just think about that. Nobody in their right mind would elect that man can easily order the death or your son, daughter or nephew without a flinch of an eye.

That’s what he does and this is why the deaths of citizens doesn’t face him. Because, if it did. He would have acted differently. Like most of the time to show power he got to intimidate the public. Not that its enough with soldiers on the streets, para-military groups around and even armed people in plain clothes.

The 1980 election should be our lesson. As it shows where he gets the flair and bravado from. Museveni knows the Commonwealth and United Kingdom signed off the rigged election. There will be someone else doing his bidding this time. To ensure the election is legitimized in favour Obote. Now, in 2021 there will be someone else doing the bidding of Museveni. Surely we can expect Museveni wins by secure numbers and have total control of Parliament. Anything else is a shocker and a result the President wouldn’t accept.

Museveni doesn’t win elections, but he rigs them. Peace.

Electoral Commission: Statement on the Arrest of Presidential Candidate Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu (NUP) Party (19.11.2020)