The more I see, the more vicious, more outrageous and more devastation there is. The Local Defence Unit (LDU) are a paramilitary, trained military outfit in the streets. The thousands of trained soldiers on the beat. Going around “supposedly” to secure the streets and the people in their area.
Instead we are seeing footage, pictures and reports of sudden death. Fatalities, people murdered in cold blood by these LDUs. Old people, students, farmers and roughing up Local Councillors. These LDUs got no nerves and can pop-off at any minute. They can be the judge, the hangman and the undertaker at the same moment.
It is just more of victims of these LDUs across the Republic. From Karamoja to Kampala. There is no place where they don’t kill. Where people are not murdered by the state paramilitary organization. Just within the lockdown there been about 60 people dead by the LDUs. While none has still officially been registered as dead as of COVID-19.
This is in 2020, where the only man with a vision. Where the self-styled President for life. The man who took the mantle and made peace. Inevitably have made his own State Research Bureau (SRB). Maybe Hotel Serena isn’t a torture house or a “safe house”, but there are plenty of other ungazetted “safe houses” throughout the Republic. There is also Nalufenya and Luzira awaiting political criminals any day now.
The LDUs with their potential of death. Could easily be our days SRB, which is profound. As the current day President always claims to be better than Obote and Amin. Still, he commit the same sins as the predecessors. Just think about the killings of Kasese, Muslim Clerics and High Ranking Officials who has died without any follow up in the courts or investigation over the years.
Life was cheap under Amin and Obote, but so it seems also under Museveni. Unless, your part of the Kitchen Cabinet and one of the inner circles. Then your life is more valued the gold minted in Entebbe.
When they easily assault, harm and kill individuals all across the Republic. That sets a bad precedence, but also signals of a starch warning to whom they come across. There is no justification, just being at the wrong place at the wrong time and you life can be ended.
If this so-called revolution of the 1980s was supposed to spark a difference, a fundamental change, why does it smell like the past?
Why does the actions of today’s paramilitary group act like the predecessors did?
Shouldn’t there be a difference and occasionally see significant change?
No, we are at the same junction. If it wasn’t for cellphones and footage of the violence, the extra-judicial killings. We wouldn’t know about it this quickly. It would be later in the bulletin in the Daily Monitor or New Vision. It is now for the world to see and its viral.
The same issues of the past. The ones that this administration, this regime was supposed to be different from. Apparently, it was all a lie. A rouse, a mirage, which triggered donors and believers. However, the innocent still dies on the hand of soldiers. They are named LDU, but could have just been the ugly cousin of the SRB. Peace.
“We have started and you have seen on television. For us we shoot to kill. We are not breaking people’s legs. We shall shoot to kill; the head and the chest are our target. If you play around with our Ugandans, we shall kill you. If you prepare to come and steal at night, you will lay down in your blood…” – Colonel Felix Abucha (01.01.2020)
In the new-years, on the first 1st January 2020 the orders of shoot to kill orders was given to the Local Defence Unit (LDUs). That order has been followed, every month and nearly every week someone dies at the hands of paramilitary fellow in the LDU. It is like the bullets are in for the bulletin. After that the Police Force is ordered to investigate it and it never gets solved. The victim of the extra-judicial killing isn’t returning, but the case is cold.
It is a murder in Oyam. It is a son of a commander in Kampala. A Makerere Student. It is cattle-thieves in Karamoja. Head-teacher in Mukono gets gunned down. Shot an old man in Kakiri Sub-County for playing loud music. They killed one man in Kween district.
People are scorn everywhere. A random bloke breaching the curfew to get some food for his family. His gunned down too. Because no need to reason with him, but shoot to kill. That solves everything. Who can afford “equal before law”, when you can kill people at random.
The army or the UPDF calls their mandate of the LDUs crucial. If killing innocent civilians is a crucial task. Then what is the value of law enforcement and the police? When the LDUs can be the hangman and judge without any just cause to enforce the action towards the citizen. The citizen is judged and hanged or shot before it makes any sense.
The LDUs can act a fool. They can be hasty pulling the trigger and end someone’s lives without any consequence. Someone can just get taken away. The pubic are just living on mercy. Hoping they are not passing by a hungry and ignorant, armed LDU who can pop-off at any minute. The man with a weapon can end you. There is no need for justification or explanation. The victims doesn’t matter and if they do. The LDU might suffer, but that’s because of the rank of the victim. If it is an ordinary citizens. The conspiracies and cold cases is the way to let the deaths be forgotten.
The LDUs can kill. It is not like they are well-paid or anything. They are a paramilitary force trained and to ensure the public is intimidated ahead of the 2021 election. The state needs local armed people to get people sensitized and lectured into patriotism. When they say that, the lingo means: “Loyal to the Movement and its President to death do you apart”.
The LDUs are allowed, there is no cost to kill. The extra-judicial killings can appear anywhere at any given time. The citizens can be killed for any reason. If not the authorities will make up excuses, justifications and merit for the bullets. They will make the victim seem like Bond Villain. While the killers are walking scot-free.
So, who needs courts and the police investigation criminals, when you can just have loose canons shooting random? That seems like the trick. Instead of pulling a “rabbit out of the hat” and the authorities are pulling a man with a gun. The man can use it and end the criminal case before it begun. Since he shot it to pieces. Peace.
A fiscal year in Uganda runs from 1st July 2020 to the 30th June. What is really rare is that the Parliament and the Government gave itself a Supplementary Budget on the 26th June 2020 to cover arrears of supposed 1 trillion shillings. These funds are to paid out in the budget year and cover expenditure not hold. It is really sketchy do that so late in the budget year. As this is the end of the Fiscal Year of 2019/20 and days ahead of the 2020/21.
So in a budget of about 34 trillion shillings, the state needed another 1 trillion in the end. Meaning the budget wasn’t prepared correctly since they needed to amend it to this extend. To add yet another trillion shillings like it was nothing.
What is striking is how easy it is to adjust the cash balance, the fiscal year and the supplement budgets. These are easily voted through and the money doled on whatever. This time it wasn’t paying the water-bills of the State House. However, other random projects of the state. Which suddenly lacking funds. It just appearing right that and just right now. It was needed to be done now. In mind that it wouldn’t look to bad or be able to keep this accountable for later.
That you need a trillion shillings this late in the fiscal financial year is sketchy at best. Especially considering the implication of a new financial years just days ahead. These sort of arrears should be considered into the next financial year. If these numbers are real and have a basis. It could just be taken out of thin-air and cover whatever else the state needs ahead of campaigns and elections. These years are always more expensive and a trillion shillings for the campaigns wouldn’t be far fetched. To cover added expenses, cars for VIPs and such. Which comes with every single election.
The President, the Office of the President, State House and Office of the Prime Minister would suddenly eat more food and expand their organization. As it has to pay off cronies, new allies and ensure the electorate get a pinch of the future middle-income country. They get some soap, food and small tokens to carry them for the next four years. This is what they always do. Some even come with a few thousand or a thousand shillings as a part of the NRM Village Project Outreach, which it also does during elections.
None of the added expenses is cheap. It cost to be king. The king needs to give the public, food and circus. That is what he does and it continues the way it has always done.
The NRM, the President and the whole team passes this along. Knowing there will be no overlook or accountability over the sudden 1 trillion shilling added in the end of this fiscal year. Not like these billions here and there couldn’t end elsewhere. As long as they are voted for and can be used by the state to campaign.
The General Election is coming up and the incumbent needs a treasury chest. If there ever was one. The one trillion shillings would be helpful to run an campaign. I wouldn’t be shocked if it went missing and was used for campaigns. That would be just another day in the Republic. Peace.