Second Footage from Kampala:
“Is there anyone who thinks Besigye is right to operate outside the law? If you do… you must be sick” – Hon. Jim Muhwezi
Hon. Jim Muhwezi the Minster of Information and National Guidance follows the Party line of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura who has gone out and told media not cover the “Defiance Campaign” and the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in Uganda. This happens on the 5th May National Demonstrations for a International Audit of General Election of 2016. Something the Ruling Party NRM has no interest of letting happen. The Ones that does live broadcast of the demonstrations and Defiance campaign might lose their license and lose their ability to broadcast anything at all; so to follow advise of the President to write about and broadcast the empty hospitals who doesn’t have medicine as he wanted the other day to focus on the Health Care.
And if you do care about that there is a running Yellow Fever Vaccine Scandal at the moment in Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) between them and the National Medical Stores (NMS). Where the Vaccines are getting sold or gone in the wind as teh KCCA have one claim, while the NMS have proof of delivering it. Can please Hon. Jim Muhwezi speak about that, so he does as his master commands him?
“UCC: We can control TV and radio but if you must go ahead and use social media for defiance, the government will control it”.
On Social Media:
“Government bans live broadcast of FDC’s defiance campaign, vows to shut social media: “We know about VPN but if we have to shut down social media completely, we will. We constantly communicate with Facebook and Twitter. We can shut down social media platforms if we have to,” government roars” (Daily Monitor, 05.05.2016).
“I had planned to travel to North Korea and China to see how it’s done. I don’t have to anymore, thanks to you know who” – Andrew Mwanguhya (Daily Monitor Journalist).
As of this morning Dr. Kizza Besigye the leader of the FDC is on the second day of House Arrest. MP Elect Francis Mwijuke has been put under same arrest this morning. Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago is also put under house arrest today. The Kabarole Chairperson Nyakato Ruasoke has been arrested in Fort Portal.
There been demonstrations at Makerere University and Kyambogo University in Kampala. They have both been dispersed by the Police with tear-gas and anti-riot police squad cars. By all means so that means throwing tear-gas at the students!
There been grand demonstrations in Busia where the Police Force went in heavy and dispersed the demonstrators in the town.
Shops have been closed in Rukungiri where there we’re reports of live fire in the early morning. The shops closing been verified, but the shooting has not been.
More from Kampala:
“Situation check in Kampala. Mother nature has brought a truce , we have retreated for shelter services to be resumed. Meanwhile we shall wear the military down. They can’t eat on the guard so by 5 pm they will be worn out” (Moses Atocon Atyekwo, 2016).
As the demonstrations continues and resumes. Even if new ones comes; the Defiance continues even if President Museveni and the men of Resistance doesn’t see the problem with resistance and resisting authority as that was the way they came to power. They resisted Obote, and now the Opposition and their supporters defy them. Civil disobedience not committing a crime; as the court order is flawed and can be countered by what is written in the 1995 constitution. By my reckoning that constitution is supposed to be the standard law of the land where the Resistance is the ruling party who has trouble with Defiance. Long live the National Resistance Movement and their foolish poetic injustice that manifested yet another day in Uganda. Peace.
“Police maintain heavy deployment outside Kizza Besigye’s Kasangati home, journalists not allowed access” (NBS TV Uganda, 05.05.2016).
This is just the early morning. Just think about with the already house-arrests and the Army deployment in Kampala. There will be actions done by this day and as the day goes by there will reactions to it. Let’s see and wonder how it all will go down. Not to talk about how the Uganda Police Force and Uganda People’s Defense Force will act towards fellow citizens. Peace.
Nationwide protests, a test of Government’s commitment to civil and political rights.
Tens of thousands of Ugandans, from all walks of life, will be gathering in cities and towns across the country this Today in peaceful protest against the government’s persistent violation of their basic civil and political rights.
Organised by the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) to oppose the planned inauguration of Mr. Yoweri Museveni after fraudulent elections, the protests have taken on new urgency after many Ugandans were arrested or otherwise prevented from gathering to pray for a peaceful resolution to the political crisis gripping the country. The government’s move to prevent its citizens from gathering to pray is extraordinary and unprecedented.
Uganda held presidential and parliamentary elections on 18th February, 2016 that EU observers found to be “eclipsed by an atmosphere of intimidation”. Despite widespread evidence of fraud and mounting international criticism, the government has resisted calls by Rt. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye to resolve the disputed vote through an independent audit of the electoral process.
Earlier this week, that resistance turned into outright panic when police enforced a cadre Judge’s outrageous judgement banning protesters from meeting to pray for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing dispute. The Lord Mayor of Kampala, Erias Lukwago, several religious leaders and ordinary citizens were arrested for no offence other than seeking to exercise their fundamental religious rights.
Mr. Museveni’s regime has thus escalated the conflict from one of electoral rights to basic freedom of religion. This is likely to backfire: Ugandans are a deeply religious people. The FDC and its pro-democratic allies will stay the course, peacefully insisting upon their constitutional rights to determine their own future and that of their country.
We can only hope that the regime will take this opportunity to pull back and seek a peaceful resolution to a conflict of its own creation. One way or another, Ugandans, and only Ugandans, will determine who leads their country. We pray that today, Mr. Museveni and his associates choose a path of peace and respect for the people they purport to govern.
Dear FDC members, leaders, supporters, colleague political parties, peace Lovers, citizens and all Ugandans. Tomorrow 5th May, is a day when we start County wide peaceful demonstrations. Converge at nearby FDC Offices, March to the Rally venue as we call for an Independent audit of the 2016 elections. In Kampala, we gather at Najjanankumbi at 10am, then march to Nakivubo blue for a RALLY. We defy the Kavuma Historical illegal order. Defiance in action! NO TURNING BACK.
Let me clear this is my view and not a general view as there might be seen as fellow counterparts have the same. There is hard to have peace, a general peace and neutral peace when fellow citizens are made enemies. You can’t have in a territory both enemies and neutrals. That doesn’t work, as the enemies of the state will be hunted down at one point. Something that happens as the National Security values will counter to bring down the enemies.
When you have come to the Point as you have made the Opposition to the worst enemies in country and therefore want’s to crush them. In a nation where the Ruling Party set the standard and have the rights first, the Human rights will be the norm. As the newest law that strengthen the government power instead of giving more back to the citizens. Citizens get quicker behind bars for nothing with the new laws; also with keeping the old laws from Colonial times gives the Police possibility to Preventative arrests and even detain without court order within 24 hours. Something that the Opposition parties have felt time and time again.
The initial ones that are saying that the National Security goes before the Human Rights are the ruling elite who earn the money by running the system. The Ruling Elite does not want to the system to change as they earn massive profits on it. Why change something that is currently working right? Well, is it? When you have to prosecute and make fellow citizens criminals, opposition members, opposition leaders from Councilors to Members of Parliament, that happens without questions and that is not a healthy society.
This way of working is making the opposition criminal and their activity criminal. That the society nearly or bravely saying assembles them for prayers are illegal says something of what that rule of law in the country. And it is illegal since it is a part of Defiance Campaign of the FDC that is by Interim Order of 29th April 2016 by Deputy Justice Stephen Kavuma.
So that a National Political Party from the Opposition should not be enemy of the state; as they come with peaceful demonstration and disobedience. President Museveni has used guns and fear to keep himself in power. Together with buying alliances and paying to silence the ones who is hungry. Not everybody can be paid for silence as Bishops and Jimmy Akena of the UPC. Therefore he makes the ones enemies as he did with Dr. Milton Obote and Tito Okello. He has done the same with others and people have eaten it up, but now he shows that his colors are the same.
The National Security of the country is now meaning that the President is secure and his ruling elite. Not that the Security of the nation and all citizens of the country. If it was so then that would be different and would make a difference.
Human rights as free movement, demonstrations and free speech shouldn’t be so hard for the National Resistance Movement, but if they we’re a legitimate ruling party they wouldn’t had an issue it with it. They wouldn’t have used the Police to detain peaceful demonstrators in the streets around an Opposition Party Headquarters in Kampala. The Police Force wouldn’t have put the regulatory of who could enter the premises or not. Even detaining fellow staff of the Headquarters… if that is not flabbergasting and boggles your mind then you don’t know to what extent the NRM Regime goes.
The National Security aspect isn’t for securing the safety for the citizens, it is for securing the riches for the elite and their businesses. As they earn monies over fist and have to keep it that way, even meaning that that they earn money on embezzling the government funds here and there. But that is not a value worth to consider. As the human rights and the justice for all men is not considered, only considered when it matters for the NRM elite. That should be a worry for the media, for the state and for the citizens.
Dr. Kizza Besigye and his new house-arrest is not biggest breach of human rights, it is just the epitome of how the government does not care about human rights, justice or rule of law. He is illegally detained by the Police Force as he is a criminal for defending his belief and the judgement of Electoral Commission that was fixed to fit the Ruling Party. So he couldn’t even counter the announcement made by the EC this time around because of the harassment of the opposition from the Police. The reason why Opondo and Museveni have sounded like wounded dogs while defending the announcement and victory. Even the double victory after the Supreme Court ruling on the Election Petition! They did not sound like proud winners, more like they knew what they did and wanted to clean their hands from the dirt.
As said the Human Rights at this point should come first, as the Government and Police Force is used to target fellow citizens, tax-payers who pays money to the Members of Parliament who doesn’t in the near future pay tax. That is not justice or free society. That is “man eats man Society” of late Julius Nyerere. We this with the men who represent the citizens, eats all the money of the citizens as they do this without taking actions to defend the citizens. The Government and the Police should shield the public, not make parts of the public its enemies. That is the idea that National Security goes in the front of the Human rights paradigm.
If you let the Human rights be stepped on, will you step on all liberties; all kinds of justices will be brought away from court to keep the streets clean in the name of the National Security. If the Human Rights are respected then the citizens; would have rights to not have issues in court unless they violate the criminal codes, but otherwise the civil liberties and the freedoms of the people is not worth anything.
The Human Rights of the citizens and the people supposed to have this. So their place in the society is safe and their principal right to live as private persons and not criminals. That the State is making fellow citizens criminals for doing peaceful actions as praying is saying to what kind of a Police State the Ugandan Citizens are under.
But at this day and time the National Security is not for the citizens, but for the ruling elite. Then the obstruction of Human Rights is nonsense and the values of attacking this in the sake of National Security are obsolete. The thought of destroying the freedoms of the citizens and the liberty of the citizens are than gone. Not in the name of National Security, but for the NRM Regime. That is not worthy and not righteous. Peace.
It’s a great pleasure that am finally out of those dingy, filthy and mosquito infested police dungeons in Naggalama, where I spent a long night with my brother, Pastor Ngabo and others. Am ready to stand trial on the vexatious charges of disobeying Justice Kavuma’s Interim order, which have been preferred against us before Makindye Magistrate’s court this evening and this will only serve to rekindle our spirit and resolve to fight for the restoration of Rule of Law and constitutionalism in our country. Am extremely grateful for your prayers and support.
The great news from the Makindye Magistrate Court have finally given a verdict a Non-Cash Bond of 5 Million shillings. So the rumors were wrong even if the ordinary Modus Operandi would be to detain the Fellow FDC Activist.
“Suspects rounded up Tuesday as they attempted to hold FDC prayers granted UGX5 million non-cash and UGX20m non-cash for sureties” (NBS TV Uganda, 04.05. 2016).
Asuman Basalirwa said this in court: “The court needs to protect individual rights and prevent lawlessness. This adversely strains their welfare .Its Ironical that the same state who,s motto is For God and My Country is holdings citizens for praying. Bail should not be refused mechanically”.
So there are hope, but if the demonstrations happen tomorrow, don’t be surprised if the same fellows will be back in custody of the Police. Because they will use all force stop the FDC from demonstrating. Therefore they have house-arrested Dr. Kizza Besigye again! Peace.
The Men and Woman who was detained yesterday for attending the FDC Tuesday Prayers are charged with contempt of Court Order. That Court Order is the Interim Order of banning of the Defiance Campaign of 29th April of Deputy Justice Stephen Kavuma. The 29 Activist have deemed themselves not guilty. Amongst them are Dr. Stella Nyanzi, Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and Pastor Happy David Ngabo.
Here is the charge paper:
Think that is enough for now. It seems like the rumours was justified and that the Opposition activist, Leaders and others was deemed to be detained as the NRM Regime continues to strive for excellence of forging the power. Seeming likely that they will be denied bail and continue to be detained and under Police Custody. Peace.
All six suspects charged in Kiira Court for DEFIANCE have been released after paying UGX 1.8M in bail fees. So the FDC Activists there was atlest released, but the tale of the Campaign of Defiance is not yet over. It is just starting.