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Opinion: Mzee cannot handle real coverage of himself!

Well, again the lectures has to start, as the man whose says he is about free press and democracy, he has to call in a meeting to lecture them how to cover him. Not to attend a meeting of sorts, where the standing of the nation, no no, that is another bargain for another day. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, will tell stories of bravery from 1986 and beyond. He will express discontent, where his own words are taken out of proportion, because his erratic mind and his stances is changing with the wind. It would have been better to just drop a report and show the reality, however, the President wants positive spin ala Softpower or Chimpreports and so on. He doesn’t want media who questions and finds faults. Because the President is never wrong, everyone else is!

“President Yoweri Museveni has summoned all media owners and managers in Uganda for a meeting at State House Entebbe. The meeting was confirmed by the presidency in a brief message to journalists. “HE the President is due to meet media owners and managers today at Entebbe State House,” reads a message from Museveni’s press handlers. Accordingly, the agenda of the meeting is not yet clear, but inside sources hint on the fact that Museveni wants to dissuade the media from fanning conflicts between him and religious leaders as well as request for better coverage regarding the rampant cases of kidnap in the country” (Moses Namayo – ‘Museveni summons media owners’ 11.05.2018, Nilepost.co.ug).

Museveni has had a hard time with the media, he has closed radios, bullied newspapers and editors. That is why some of the most prominent reporters and notable writers are still in exile, not in Uganda anymore. Because they cannot stay there in fright of the penalties their writings will have. Everyone is supposed to praise every word coming out of the President mouth. Even when he is one week saying the priest and clergy are good folks, next week bashing them for connecting with politics and thirdly wondering why the clergy is silent doing nothing during the celebration of the martyrs?

That is just how the days goes by, and he expect everyone to tune into his message and his deluded beliefs. As he is the master and chief, the mastermind and the inventor of liberation, even as he keeps the whole republic as hostages to his rule. That is the magician who thinks he tricks everyone, but only tricks himself. President Museveni isn’t that bright or that smart, even the street smart, non-educated and the villager can see through it. That is why his own party officials was rebuked recently in Rukungiri.

So, don’t expect the fountain of honour to be regarding the media. It is all about himself and his agenda. That he needs to massage the message. There aren’t anything new, just that they need guidance to follow his memo and not think for themselves. That is the patriotic stance of the republic, to be on guard and follow the leader. If you don’t then your rights can be revoked. Peace.

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Stanley Ndawula letter to President Museveni – “Re: Consistent Threats to my Life, Family and Persistent Intimidation by the IGP. Gen. Kale Kayihura” (26.04.2017)

AG Byaruhanga silence several Media Houses on their reporting of the Assassination of AIGP Kaweesi!

Yesterday Attorney General (AG) of Uganda William Byaruhanga decided to take many media houses to court, these are the Red Pepper, Chimp Media, The Ugandan and the Investigator! The ones not taken to court we’re New Vision Group or Monitor Group, so the biggest was not challenged. Still, there are massive charges against 4 media-houses or publications.

The order from the AG is this:

An interim order doth issue restraining the Respondents/Defendants by themselves or through their authorized agents/servants/ employees from publishing the contents or running any series on the investigation into the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi until further orders in this court, pending the disposal of main suit and main application” (Attorney General, 20.01.2017).

The Grounds for it:
“That the publications of the confidential internal correspondences amongst security agencies on the murder investigation of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi in injurious to the ongoing investigations and is bound to jeopardize the Security in Uganda” (…) “That it is just equitable, right and fitting that the investigations into the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi be left unexposed to the public eye until an official report is published by the government” (…) “That the applicant has filed a suit seeking inter alia, a permanent injunction restraining the defendants from publishing any matter relating to the investigation efforts into the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi” (Attorney General, 20.04.2017).

So many media houses and media is muffled with because of the murder and assassination of the then AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi. That the Attorney General Byaruhanga are showing his loyalty to the NRM, this could be out of the Modus Operandi of Deputy Chief Justice Stephen Kavuma playbook. Instead, he chooses to take down internet publications and the ones spreading rumors quickly. Like the Red Pepper who has become better on their investigative reporting. That Chimp Media, the Ugandan And The Investigator are all internet and no paper edition.

That the Attorney General going against them, as they have no quarrel to question the Movement and the National Resistance Movement. Therefore, I am not surprised that they have picked out, as I cannot settle with the relief that the AG didn’t even question the Monitor or the Observer. Which, seem like a strange move and trying to silent opposition voices. Since none of the ones picking are really afraid of picking cherries from the grand issues in the Republic.

That the government and their Attorney General steps this far, can we ask ourselves for real now, is the government and the security organization hiding something? Are the Police Force and the Special Forces Command in the midst of the crime? Are the government themselves the sponsors of the crime?

Why cannot I ask that question, as the revelations put into the public sphere could answer the lingering questions, as the trust between the government, the police and the public isn’t really there. This together with the Police Brutality, therefore the initial questions arising is the faith in the process, but the lingering questions of who inside knows it all. Since the Police could itself turn against the AIGP Kaweesi.

If the AG had trusted the media, the internal investigation inside the security organization who is working on it and might even spread internal secrets to the press. The leaks are now supposed stopped in these publications as they are ordered by him to be silenced on this matter. The government fear their position and weakness. They must be weak and have some tokens of silver coins involved in the sudden death of Kaweesi. Why else would AG order this?

Would he have dared to do so if it wasn’t so? If he would have stopped investigation reporting into the supposed treason charges of opposition party leaders? That should have been stopped as they could have reveled state secrets, since they have supposed done vital crimes against the state to get the charge put on them. Still, that is decent and okay, no issues and just continue to spread the good news of treason. But thinking of digging deep into Kaweesi assassination and your silenced!

So we can by this order know that their something sinister going on and someone has paid the thirty coins of silver to the assassins before the fatal morning of Kaweesi. We are righteous to believe so, if not the digging into the killing wouldn’t be stopped. If the government didn’t fear the revelation of the media, than they wouldn’t have anything to hide. Peace.

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