Opinion: I’m sorry Lumumba, I don’t believe you…

Yesterday, National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretary General Justine Lumumba held a press conference ahead of delegation conference of the party and the road-map for the elections. This being in general campaigning and such.

On key point stood out to me and it was this one:

6. On the 7th August 2020, CEC sat to consider and approve the regulations that will be used during the Extraordinary Meeting of the 3rd National Conference, including the related NEC and CEC Meetings. Some have been mentioned above. Others include:

a). CEC directed that the Ministry of Health SOPs should seriously be observed to throughout the conduct of all political and electoral activities of the NRM. This shall be done in order to ensure that we protect the population from the risk of infection of the COVID-19 virus.

b). CEC directed that there should video recording of the entire Meetings of NEC and the National Conference, to ensure maximum transparency.

c). CEC has strongly emphasized that any form of bribery, utterance of any sectarian statements and use of inappropriate language, are unacceptable. Such practices are contrary to the values and principles of the NRM (please see Code of Conduct in the Fourth Schedule of the NRM Constitution), and the laws of Uganda. Any breach any shall have dire consequences. I therefore wish to call upon all NRM members to be law abiding, and to also strictly adhere to the MOH SOPs. The law enforcement officers are hereby called upon to ensure members comply with the law” (National Resistance Movement – ‘Media briefing by the Secretary General’ (9th august 2020).

As we see here, the highest organ of the ruling party have directed the party. A party which has flaunted, forgotten or not cared about the presidential directives and guidelines in concern to the spread of COVID-19. That is why the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health have landed on strict guidelines, which made certain types of gathering illegal, this being processions, rallies and bigger meetings in general.

I doubt that Captain Mike Mukula, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, Evelyn Anite, Haruna Kasolo, Frank Tumwebaze or Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng will face the law. I really do, these people combined with the Flag-Bearers to be will be able to get away with rallies and processions. That has happen all across the Republic.

We know this, even sons-of-bush-warriors who is running for Parliament can have rallies. These are all okay in Up-Country. They are either doing supposed launches of government programs or internal party elections. However, these sort of activities would be blocked in a heart-beat with tear-gas, arrests and anti-riot police on the beckon-call of the RDCs. We know this treatment is only for the opposition, the NRM are above that and will not be touched.

That is why Mukula, Kamuntu, Anite, Kasolo, Tumwebaze and Aceng could all during the COVID-19 have rallies and similar types of activities. They can say, its something else, but all is bathed in yellow.

We could laugh about it and just say its a misfortunate affair. However, I don’t believe … the Police Force’s, ISO, CMI or the LDUs will crackdown on the NRM. That is not happening. It haven’t happen in the past neither in the near future. Not as long as the King stays the King.

These are untouchable. The SG of NRM said the right thing, but I don’t believe it. Until I see the bracelets and the charges done in Court. Which we will not see, because that will not be a good look ahead of the elections. Peace.

Opinion: Operation “Scientific” elections begins with ‘Violence Suppression Unit’

Well, this wasn’t shocking, neither surprising. The state have already Local Defence Unit (LDUs) ready like the Crime Preventers in 2016. The latest edition is an systematic organization inside the Police Force. Therefore, to the General Elections in 2021. The Republic will have two units made for the elections. The LDUs and the Violence Suppression Unit (VSU) both to create “public order” and intimidate the public in the right direction.

The President who is running for his eight term has done to every single election. What is new that its mandated to secure the radios and media houses. That the Police can clear politicians and secure crowd control outside the “venues” or the media houses. This is deliberate.

Just like the Public Order Management Act and its control of gatherings and rallies. The VSU comes like a gift plated with gold. The golden goose of joy for the authorities, that can block and make excuses for politicians to not be on the airwaves and on air in general. It is a gift to control and systemic oppress the dissent.

We can lie, but that is their game. Just like the POMA made it impossible for the opposition to properly campaign, hold rallies, concerts and public gatherings. Without the proper clearance, the police and their units could crack-down quickly. As well, as having all knowledge of the planned meetings and gatherings. Because, the opposition needs to apply to be allowed to meet and greet.

In the same manner this will go. The usage of COVID-19 and the Coronavirus to make it nearly impossible for the opposition to do it. They need a go from the radio and media houses. In addition, they need the go from the VSU too. If the VSU doesn’t see it fit, they can dismiss it or come to barge in besiege the “venue”. Be sure the UCC will also come knocking and revoke licenses to the ones who dares.

Can we expect similar efforts like the Violent Crime Crack Unit (VCCU), which got renamed to Rapid Response Unit (RRU). The RRU or VSU, which was a directed from the Central Investigation Division (CID). Should we expect the VSU to be the same in 2020 and 2021?

I wouldn’t be shocked if similar men took charge and ran wild with it. As they mandate are fluid and objective is to intimidate and scare politicians from perform during elections. These are not terrorist or violent crime offenders, but people vying for public office. They want to look good and electable. Not look like hoodlums or gangsters.

Maybe this is the ‘Operation Wembly’ of the campaigns. We have seen the Special Force Command, the Black Mambas, the Flying Squad, ISO and CMI tail-gating politicians in the past. They have all followed and done the bidding of the state. The VSU will be no different. It is only a name-change, but the same objective.

This VSU will not stop the Movement nor its associates from campaigning or holding rallies. However, it will stop opposition from showing up at radio stations and gathering around these. As the opposition cannot “scientifically” hold rallies, but the regime can and they are currently doing so.

We know the drill and this will cause havoc, tear-gas, arbitrary arrests and so fourth. That comes with the scheduled programming. Also some stray-bullets and some innocent lives lost because of it all. That is just what the state does to it own.

The VSU will be no different. It is more of the same. Just another name and another, but the objective is the same. Make it nearly impossible for the opposition to do politicking and spreading their message. While its a free-for-all on the side of the Movement. They are birds chirping everywhere, while the opposition cannot even come out of their cages. Peace.

Mr. 1986 won’t play fair for 2021 [and the Movement continues to hold rallies]

For the ones thinking social distancing, lockdown measures and COVID-19 isn’t a nice sideshow for a “Scientific” election. Sorry brother, you were wrong. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) and its allies can campaign in the villages, towns, give away gear and even occupy churches for rallies.

That is now proven over the last two weeks. Several of ministers has been busy “campaigning” using government programs. Suddenly speaker Kadaga is in her district giving away masks. Minister of Justice Kamuntu holding rally in a church and in a yard. A State Minister for Health Aceng holding a rally in a sub-county in district, where she the flag-bearer in the election. Also, Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development Tumwebaze held a rally for SAGE too. Minister Kasolo have been holding rallies in the name “Emyooga” too. All of this is happening and we are supposed to believe this all part public official work.

However, the opposition can nearly participate on radio shows. Without the police officers coming barging in. Opposition parties cannot hold press conferences at their offices without being raided. Opposition parties cannot met activists at own party offices up-country without getting their MPs arrested. This is all things that happen in the same window of the Ministers holding rallies.

Meanwhile, we are supposed to cheer and joy for the Movements opportunity to campaign. They are using all tricks of the trade. While the policing of the opposition continues. The opposition cannot do anything without meeting police officers. This is a renewed Public Order Management Act (POMA) just under Presidential Guidelines of Lockdown during COVID-19. Which is supposed to be supported by scientists.

However, the same people who are running the guidelines are breeching it and not begging for mercy. The same folk who are closing venues, churches and public rallies are holding the exact same thing. This is really showing how blind-sided the Movement is.

They are thinking people are so stupid, that they are not understanding or grasping the issues at hand.

This is electioneering before the Elections Road Map and scientific measures that was put in. Therefore, the concern for spreading COVID-19 cannot be that big. When the Ministers are all up in people’s faces and holding rallies. While, they are closing everything else for everyone else. Unless, they are immortal and super-humans, the sort who cannot spread the virus nor be asymptomatic. These MPs and Ministers are so special, that they are above the law and above the fear of the coronavirus.

Everyone else has to be frightened and are in danger. They are not like these people and they are unique, they are special and true VIPs. These folks would usually have the ability to travel abroad for healing. The rest have to go to a hospital with lacking equipment, staff and enough ICU beds. That is just the mere reality.

If the state was worried about the COVID-19. Its high ranking officials wouldn’t campaign on a regular. If the state was holding free and fair elections. The opposition would be able to do internal party works and also prepare for 2021 in a fair manner. However, that is not true. The opposition cannot hold rallies or do their thing. Nevertheless, the Movement can do whatever it want.

That shows the injustice and impunity of the state. They are just misusing their power and reign. It is so obvious, that’s its foolish at best. Peace.

Opinion: The NRM is busy campaigning under “government” program launches

Today, State Minister Evelyn Anite held a sensitization program in Koboko Municipality. Seemingly, just like State Minister Haruna Kasolo holding Emyooga launching all around the Republic too. Minister Frank Tumwebaze launching SAGE system across the Republic. There is also the likes of State Minister Professor Ephraim Kamuntu holding a rally in Sheema district. Also, the State Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng in Aromo sub-county in Lira District.

You can see the scheme, the State Ministers has all recently held rallies, meetings and been in public. While holding public gatherings, when the campaigning is supposed to be digital and “scientific”. However, that hasn’t mattered for the Emyooga, SAGE or whatever else these people been doing.

They are using the banner of government programs to campaign. These Ministers are using their roles as government officials to hold rallies. While telling the public that they are doing something else.

We are seeing Ministers doing the public gatherings, while citizens are arrested in Kampala for watching Premier League matches. 32 citizens in a small space was moved from a pub showing the matches to a crowded prison without any social distancing. This is happening, while the Ministers are allowed to hold gatherings in public without thinking about this. They have tents and closed venues, but for political reasons.

If people wants to watch Premier League or be gathering in public. They should invite a Minister from the Cabinet. Sensitize or learn about something useful. If not invite them to shed some knowledge about a government scheme and then put on a match on the big-screen. To ensure the legality of the event.

Because, the Minister can hold rallies, campaign rallies and use their ministries, their platform to practically campaign. Just like the President used the Operation Wealth Creation tour to campaign last year. This is copy of that, but using other means to do so. They are doing this in their own districts, across the Republic. All wearing yellow, spreading positive messages about the Movement and doing it ahead of elections. Instead of being scientific and following guidelines of the same government they represent.

That is just insulting common sense. The Movement, the Ministers can act a fool, but it doesn’t make it true. They can act like this is government business, but it seems like rallies. That’s why its deceiving. Especially, when these people are entitled to do so. While opposition and people cannot gather like this without getting arrested. That’s why its insulting to act this way. When others are silenced from doing the same. Peace.

Opinion: Minster Aceng, humility is clearly not your thing

“Should I request the police to push or arrest them? That would not be nice. If am vying for a political position, I have to handle people nicely” – Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng (15.07.2020)

The viral video clips and the pictures of the event on social media has created havoc and for a reason. She is one of the technocrats, one of the scientists who has gone in the front-line for the “Scientific” elections ahead of 2021 General Elections.

That your in the streets and roadside with fans in Aromo Sub-County in Lira District. Where you just happen to sort of campaign ahead of elections. Where you as a person is standing as Woman Representative for the National Resistance Movement (NRM). You launched that just mere days ahead of the event in Aromo. Therefore, the critics are allowed to question you.

You are talking about arrests, but people are dying in the streets for not wearing masks. While you hold a “training” and didn’t wear one. The public rallied with a procession, when opposition candidates cannot even go to Party Offices up-country or visit radio-stations. Therefore, the angle of humility is out of the window.

It is the entitlement and justification of it all. Thinking people are stupid. Thinking people are ignorant and blind. That we cannot see through the shades of grey. That we cannot grasp the reality of your actions.

That just days after launching your campaign in Kampala, you went to Lira district just to train people, but not caring about social distancing or masks. Just standing around with a bunch of people and being jolly.

She knows deep in her heart that others would have been arrested in the same situation. Jane Ruth knows that people have died in action because of similar events. The Minister knows all this. Know that the LDUs have taken lives for the simple fact, the brother or sister wasn’t wearing a mask. That’s why they deserved to die.

Therefore, humility would be fine. Would be swell and great. Instead, the Minister is showing her entitlement and lack of gratitude that her office and allegiance bring.

“I did a good job in my opinion but of course it is time of politics and any political opponent will pick that and flash it around” – Dr. Jane Ruth Acent (15.07.2020).

She has done a good job spelling out the guidelines and the needs to things from afar. However, when she went to Lira district. Jane Ruth became an operative politician searching for political gains. She is trying to cover that and all her bases. However, its not working.

All she could have done was to show some humility. Show some grace and understanding for the outrage. Alas, that is not the case. She is instead defending her actions and doing it with intent. An intent that only shows her entitlement, which would for others be in prison and answer charges. If she was just a random peasant, she would have been dead in the ditch. Peace.

If Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng was an Opposition: She would be in bracelets …

Yesterday, there been leaked pictures and footage of early campaigning for the National Resistance Movement member, cabinet member Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng that has ambition to get the seat of Lira Woman MP. That’s why the Minister of Health is under fire, because she has differed from her own regulations and guidance around social distancing, processions and wearing masks. As it supposed to be “scientific” elections and not ordinary campaigning.

If Aceng hadn’t been an NRM. If she haven’t had the police behind her and had the support of the state. The processions would have been tear-gassed, the venue where she was greeting and talking would have been blocked. The doctor would have been arrested, also several of activists and helpers in her team would be taken into custody as well. They would have been in breach of the COVID-19 guidelines and Presidential Directives. This would be deemed unlawful assembly and causing chaos in the streets of Amoro sub-county.

That she wants to be called “mama Corona” and said they showed up in glee to see her. To be educated by her and how to use masks. Seems very useful as an explanation. Because it was just a minute ago, Ibrahim Nganda Ssemujju of the FDC was arrested for just participating in party organization and a meeting up-country. Also, only a day since the police officers besieged the radio station where Bobi Wine was speaking and wanting to convoy his ass home. The opposition couldn’t have done half of what the “good” doctor did.

When the FDC cannot operate without the police presence. When Bobi Wine cannot even criss-cross the country without some sort of agency on his ass. You just know there is something that gives. The doctor, the Minister, the NRM could do her “education” in public, but Bobi Wine couldn’t even speak to the public of Jinja on the radio without trouble. Then you know what is wrong with the Republic.

The stunt that Dr. Aceng did in Lira District is a sign, that the rules doesn’t matter for the NRM. They can do as they please. There is no need for regulations, both in public and in general. The laws, the regulations are forfeited when it concerns them. However, if someone of the opposition sneezes. You going to get tested.

She was just being pleasant in Aromo Sub-County, part of Lira district. The Doctor claims this wasn’t campaigning. However, how dumb does she thinks the public is? Mere days after launching your campaign in Kampala. Your travel the country, hold a procession and greets the public. It is just so convenient, aye?

If the Doctor and Minister was an opposition. She wouldn’t be out and addressing the public with a simple statement on Facebook. No, the doctor would have been behind bars and the attorneys would work for bail. There would some charges like “inciting violence” and “illegal assembly”. Surely, somebody wasn’t notified in Amoro sub-county. Either the RDC or the Police Commander of the District would hunt her down. They would even besiege the hotel or hostel of her team. Everyone would be taken into custody. The venue could be sealed off too, if the opposition got the extra bonus work from the authorities.

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng is showing she is not political savvy. She is a cheap trick. Trying to trick it all, when the other ones are not allowed to play. She has even made up this “scientific” game of the Republic. If someone should sing and dance to that tune. It should have been her. She should be on the Frontline, as an example. However, she wants to be an MP so badly. That she breeches her own regulations. Peace.