“The UK and the EU entered uncharted waters Friday after the country voted to leave the bloc. Shortly after the result, Prime Minister David Cameron announced his intention to resign in three months” (France 24 English, 2016)
“EU/ UK split must start as soon as possible, however possible” (Euro News, 2016)
“So it is not in the interest of Britain to get out of this terrible Europe,” (…) ”So by leaving the EU while staying in the Single Market, you’re effectively deferring to an alien force in Brussels which is collapsing because you’ve left. How clever is that?” – Yannis Varoufakis (4th March 2016, yanisvaroufakis.eu).
This is a landmark day in the United Kingdom and Europe. I know the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and the other immigration scaremongers will celebrate their ‘victory’. Let me be clear, I have never liked the European Union or the way it have had the ability to control the Europe from Brussels. So I am far from the men and woman who fears the unknown and the immigrants that are fleeing from war, conflict and economic instability elsewhere, something that has happen all through human history.
I have not enjoyed how the Conservative Party or the Liberal Democratic Party ways of addressing the Brexit either, as they have nearly said in so many words that the United Kingdom if they voted for departure from Brussels they would become a pariah state and closer to closure of the trades between the British Islands and the rest of Europe. Like all of a sudden the Multi-National Companies and the flow of international monies to the City of London would stop overnight… Something I doubt, because the greed of the economy and the international corporations would like to still sell fizzy-water and pre-made stew to the British consumer.
The idea that the Remain was so sure that their tactic of pulling numbers and using the moral high-ground and certainty that the United Kingdom’s population would all follow the line of the current leadership, was a high risk, as there been dissidents and growing insecurity as the NHS and others benefits been cut through austerity and the fear-mongering of European free-riders in the Kingdom have continued. Something that PM David Cameron have known about all-along and accept while Finance Minister George Osborne have smiled and grinned showed stats on Sky News and made assumptions that if UK joins Norway, Iceland and Switzerland they would end up with the Stone Age Economics instead of the hedge-fund infused laisses faire economy of our day.
The Brexit will have ripple-effect and the far-right movements will strive on their recent victory, though the ones like me who stands for Sovereign nations and Sovereign rights. They are another place in reality than the ones who fears the immigrants and eats on it. The vultures and culture fearing people who have then thinking that the Europe will be better with only ‘traditional’ Europeans. They have in my opinion lost the plot and misunderstanding the matters at hand.
“Today, there are speculative forces in the markets much bigger and more powerful. And they will be eager to exploit any miscalculations by the British government or British voters,” – George Soros
The Remain have forced itself with Economic numbers that can be questioned. The matter of the instability and currency of the British Pound, while the voting in different areas proves that the Scotland, Northern Ireland and Scottish Islands voted to Remain, while major areas like Wales and England in majority voted to exit the European Union. So that David Cameron resign with the loss, while waiting for Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party Leader fate is not yet signed.
While Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson will be all giddy. They have a giant victory on their hand, but created a uncertainty about the negotiations between the UK Government and the EU Commissions, EU Parliament and the EU Organizations towards the new positions of being a bystander to the bureaucracies of Brussels.
The ability of independent Islands and the closeness for the British to the continent have always been a strange relationship in their politics, from the far-fetched Tudor dynasties into the modern day, where they want the EU monies, but want to be controlling borders with all kind of tools, instead of the freedom of movement people from the continent towards the British Islands. As the Government of UK have done all kind of investment in Calais to secure that they can find illegal immigrations through the transport there and the UKIP and other have said there no-control of the cars and lorries there. So the scares and fear politics have been staggering.
That U.S. President Obama, which Germany Chancellor Merkel and other heavy-weights have at some point said that the UK should stay in EU, the initial response has been that the UK would be better off in the Union. Something that is expected as the Germany is the one who have had Iron-Fist on Brussels, while taming the Greek counterparts and meddling in their affairs while the Greek country have had to sell their silver for fiscal loans from the EU and IMF. The Grexit would have also caused turmoil, but not in the same level of Brexit.
Brexit is a more central economy in Europe and have a clearer place in the Union, therefore they have special position and also could decide to swallow laws and swallow regulation from Brussels. Now they will be negotiations between the UK and EU as their new role in the Brussels organizations and the EU Parliament.
European Union would not like this and have been expressed that they will not give in to the demands of United Kingdom if they would vote against the Union. That is expected that the Union would play hardball after being stripped of the title and losing one of their high-graded members, as they have all along during the recent years tried to get more on board, now they lost a key-member as the United Kingdom.
The Brexit will create a new Europe, as one of the key political forces and economic centres like London will be left more alone and trade their new reality with the European Union, as they will follow the will of the People, they will be in a place like the Norwegian, Swiss, Icelanders and other smaller nations that are partly in the EU and on the Outside at the same time.
The EU does not want to lose the City of London and the business centres of the United Kingdom, while the UK Government and the Parliament of Whitehall have to respond with cautions and mark the future policies from British and the European Union. European Union have for long acted without honour towards the nations who have struggled after the recession of 2008 and acted with fierce fiscal policies while the German and French have come better out of the negotiations.
This is now the role and the ability of people’s will, together with determined politicians from Britain that can determine the fate of the British Pound, the British Commonwealth and the distance between Britain and the rest of Europe, as they will try to find their path after a critical vote on economics and sovereign questions. The henchmen and the strength of the kingdom can only be clear as long as they restrict their rhetoric and take the high-road.
United Kingdom and the British people together with their relevance on the continent; as United Kingdom will try to find their new place in Europe and in European business, together with the trade-agreements and other allies on the continent as the new day will bring new questions and new forged agreements to settle the disputed withdrawal from the European Union. Peace.
Today is the Liberation day after the Bush-War in 1986. That led to the fall of Milton Obote, Yusuf Lule and Tito Okello. After years in the bush and using the guns and being armed to their teeth and after that actually run Uganda; that happens after losing the election in 1980 as a independent with the Uganda Patriotic Movement. He lost to Sam Kutesa his now Foreign Affairs Minister and loyal ally. Because he claimed the 1980s elections where UPC and Milton Obote won, he went to the bush because the system could not be fixed in peaceful ways. Today is the 26th January in remembrance of this and show respect to the start of 30 year reign of power. Here is a transcript of the speech he had that day. If that is to long I have the cut video clip first that can show the glimpse of what he was trying to say. Take a look and read if you will!
Here is the speech he held on the NRA/M liberation and after the bush-war in front of the Parliament on the 26th January 1986:
NO ONE should think that what is happening today is a mere change of guard: it is a fundamental change in the politics of our country. In Africa, we have seen so many changes that change, as such, is nothing short of mere turmoil. We have had one group getting rid of another one, only for it to turn out to be worse than the group it displaced. Please do not count us in that group of people: the National Resistance Movement is a clear-headed movement with clear objectives and a good membership.
Of course, we may have some bad elements amongst us – this is because we are part and parcel to Ugandan society as it is, and we may, therefore, not be able completely to guard against infiltration by wrong elements.
It is, however, our deliberate policy to ensure that we uplift the quality of politics in our country. We are quite different from the previous people in power who encouraged evil instead of trying to fight it.
You may not be familiar with our program, since you did not have access to it while we were in the bush so I shall outline a few of its salient points;
The first point in our program is the restoration of democracy. The people of Africa-the people of Uganda-are entitled to democratic government. It is not a favour from any government: it is the right of the people of Africa to have democratic government. The sovereign power in the land must be the population, not the government. The government should not be the master, but the servant of the people.
In our liberated zones, the first thing we started with was the election of village Resistance Committees. My mother, for instance, cannot go to parliament; but she can, surely, become a member of a committee so that she, too, can make her views heard. We have, therefore, set up village, muluka, gombolola and district committees.
Later we shall set up a national parliament directly elected by the people. This way we shall have both committee and parliamentary democracy. We don’t want to elect people who will change sides once they are in parliament. If you want to change sides, you must go back and seek the mandate of the people who elected you.
Some of these points are for the future, but right now I want to emphasis that the first point in our political program is democracy for the people of Uganda. It is a birthright to which all the people of Uganda are entitled.
The committees we have set up in these zones have a lot of power. You cannot, for instance, join the army or the police without being cleared by the village committee.
You must get a recommendation from the people in your village to say that you are not a rogue. Hence, the soldiers who are joining us from other armies will have to be referred back to their villages for recommendation. The same applies to the police.
Suppose, for instance, that we want to recruit some 500 soldiers from the District of Rakai and say 10,000 youths in the area apply to join. If 5,000 of those are cleared by their area committees as people of good character, the selecting military team will choose the most physically fit from among those, and we shall end up with an army that is both of good character and in good physical condition. This is an example of some of the work to be done by the village committees.
Another important aspect of the committees is that they should serve as a citizens’ intelligence system. If I go to address a rally in Semuto, Rape-ka or Nakaseke, I shall first meet the muluka and gombolola committees in the area. They will tell me whether the muluka chiefs are thieves, or the hospital personnel are selling drugs, or whether there are soldiers in the area who are misbehaving. They are thus able to act as watchdogs for the population and guard against the misuse of power.
The second point in our program is the security of person and property. Every person in Uganda must be absolutely secure to live wherever he or she wishes. Any individual or any group of persons who threatens the security of our people must be smashed without mercy.
The people of Uganda should only die from natural causes that are beyond our control, but not at the hands of fellow citizens who continue to walk the length and breadth of our land freely. When we were in Nairobi during the peace talks, it was a very painful experience sitting in a room with criminals across the table. 1 was advised that being a leader, you have to be diplomatic.
This prompted me to ask: “But does diplomacy apply to criminals as well?” to which the answer was, “Yes”. I saw then that the whole process was a farce. We tried peacefully to push the case that the Amin elements, and people like Bazilio Okello, who had killed people in broad daylight, must be excluded from government.
Our voice, however, was a lonely one because there were so many pressures from the International community which is interested only in trade. They do not care how many skeletons we have in Uganda: all they care about is for the road to be opened so that their goods can have free passage. We, therefore, made our position very clear: we were not going to take part in any government which included and Involved criminals. Unfortunately these people believed they had tricked us. Tito Okello, for instance, came back saying that my signing the agreement showed that they had removed the teeth from the salambwa (poisonous snake).
Our position, however, has always been very clear. If you play tricks with us, we shall play tricks with you; if you are honest with us, we shall be honest with you; if you are violent against us, we shall be violent against you. We are people who pay others in their own currency and we never use cowardly tactics. When I was in the bush, I had a lot of pressure from people who said that we should assassinate people like Obote, Muwanga and Bazilio.
I disagreed because I argued that when you assassinate people like that, you turn them into martyrs and heroes. What you need is to develop enough strength to enable you to sweep that kind of garbage to where it belongs: on the dung-heap of history. Why should anybody bother to kill small people like Bazilio? You may kill Bazilio Okello but you will be left with many other Bazilios.
Therefore, the security of the people of Uganda is their right and not a favour bestowed by any regime. No regime has a right to kill any citizen of this country, or to beat any citizen at a road block. We make it clear to our soldiers that if they abuse any citizen, the punishment they will receive will teach them a lesson. As for killing people – if you kill a citizen, you yourself will be killed.
During our struggle, we executed five soldiers of the National Resistance Army for killing people in Bulemezi, Ngoma and Fort Portal. One of these soldiers had killed a doctor in order to steal his money.
What, on the other hand, has been happening in Kampala? Recently, people were massacred in Luwero and a high-powered delegation was sent there: you know these so-called high-powered delegations led by Excellency’s and honorables, etc. Personally, I do not like being called ‘Excellency’.
People in Bulemezi call me Yoweri or Mzee wa Kazi. Now, these Excellency’s, and honorable ministers and high-ranking military personnel, and what-have-you went to Luwero. Can you imagine what they did? We were told that they had transferred the person who had killed the people in Luwero to another station! Can you imagine? Someone kills 100, 50 or even two people and you say you have transferred him to another area? It was suggested that the solution to some of our problems would be for Kampala to be completely demilitarized.
So I asked: “Where are you going to take these criminal soldiers? Even if you take them to a national park they will kill the animals there!” The solution, therefore, is to put criminal soldiers where they belong: in prison.
The third point in our program is the question of the unity of our country. Past regimes have used sectarianism to divide people along religious and tribal lines. But why should religion be considered a political matter? Religious matters are between you and your god. Politics is about the provision of roads, water, drugs, in hospitals and schools for children.
Case for unity
Take the road from here, Parliament Buildings, to Republic House. This road is so bad that if a pregnant woman travels on it, I am sure she will have a miscarriage! Now, does that road harm only Catholics and spare Protestants? Is it a bad road only for Moslems and not for Christians, or for Acholis and not for Baganda? That road is bad and it is bad for everyone.
All the users of that road should have one common aspiration: to have it repaired. How do you become divided on the basis of religion or tribe if your interests, problems and aspirations are similar? Don’t you see that people who divide you are only using you for their own interests not connected with that road? They are simply opportunists who have no program and all they do is work on cheap platforms of division because they have nothing constructive to offer the people.
Our Movement is strong because it has solved the problem of division: we do not tolerate religious and tribal divisions in our Movement, or divisions along party lines such as UPC, DP, UPM and the like. Everyone is welcome on an equal basis. That is why you find that when our army goes to Buganda, the people there call it:” amagye gaffe, abaana baffe”. When it goes to the West, it is: “amahe gaitu, abaana baitu”: which means that wherever the NRA goes, it is called ‘our army, our children’. Recently, Buloba was captured by our army, and the commander in charge of the group was an officer called Okecho. He comes from Pakwach in West Nile.
Therefore, the so-called division between the north and south is only in people’s heads. Those who are still hoping to use it are going to be disappointed. They ought to dig a large grave for such aspirations and bury them. Ma-sindi was captured by our soldiers led by Peter Kerim: he, too, is from West Nile. Dr. Ronald Batta here, who is from Madi, has been our Director of Medical Services for all these years in the bush.
Obote tried to propagate the idea that there was a division between the Bantus and the Nilotics and that if the Bantus took over, the Nilotics would be wiped out. We have, however exposed him. Whenever, we captured soldiers from Ac noli, Lango and elsewhere, we would treat them well and then release them.
Obote would be surprised and he would ask: “Were you really captured? Did you see Museveni? Were you really not beaten?” Once we captured the police commander of Masindi, a man called Gala.
I talked to him and another man called Epigo, also from Masindi. When we released them and Epigo got back to Obote, Obote did not like what Epigo had to say: that the National Resistance Army was not a tribal army as the Obote government had been trying to make out. So Obote locked Epigo up in Luzira Maximum Security Prison because he did not want to hear the truth about our Movement and Army.
There is, in philosophy, something called obscurantism, a phenomenon where ideas are deliberately obscured so that what is false appears to be true and vice versa. We in the NRM are not interested in the politics of obscurantism: we want to get to the heart of the matter and find out what the problem is. Being a leader is like being a medical doctor. A medical doctor must diagnose his patient’s disease before he can prescribe treatment.
Similarly, a political leader must diagnose correctly the ills of society. A doctor who does not diagnose his patient’s disease adequately is nothing but a quack.
In politics we have also got quacks – and Uganda has had a lot of political quacks over the past two decades or so. I also want to talk about co-operation with other countries, especially in our region. One of our weaknesses in Africa is a small market because we don’t have enough people to consume what we produce.
Originally we had an East African market but it was messed up by the Excellency’s and Honorable ministers. It will be a cardinal point in our program to ensure that we encourage co-operation in economic matters, especially in transport and communication within the East African region.
This will enable us to develop this area. We want our people to be able to afford shoes. The Honorable Excellency who is going to the United Nations in executive jets, but has a population at home of 90 per cent walking barefoot, is nothing but a pathetic spectacle. Yet this Excellency may be busy trying to compete with Reagan and Gorbachev to show them that he, too, is an Excellency. These are some of the points in our political program. As time goes on, we shall expand more on them.
To conclude, I am appealing to those people who are trying to resist us to come and join us because they will be integrated. They should not waste their time trying to fight us because they cannot defeat us.
If they could not defeat us when there were just 27 of us with 27 guns, how can they defeat this army which you saw here? They cannot defeat us, first of all, because we have a correct line in politics which attracts everyone. Secondly, we have a correct line of organization. Thirdly, our tactics are correct.
We have never made a mistake either in strategy or tactical calculation. I am, therefore, appealing to these people not to spill more blood, especially of the young men who are being misled by older people who should know better.
I think this is enough. And it is celebration of 30 years. I will not be smooth, but rather silent. Because it seems like President Museveni forget his cause, if it ever was his cause and to make a democratic change. Even if he used a long time to give a multi-party system. Still his rigging turns as bad or worse then Obote II. That means that after 30 years they are doing the same thing they fought against. Which must be an ironic way of celebrating 30 years of power, with the same leader that held this speech. A speech that was powerful and if truthful and the power ate the man. Then he forgot why he came to power. There are many theories, but the man who took power talked a way of democratic behaviour, but now is more totalitarian and police-state then the state he wished to build in 1986. Peace.