“f you are not working for the enemy, you cannot go on the social-media and demand that we publish the names of the personnel of UPDF, their ranks and their jobs. The only thing we can say and what you know is that recruitment into the Police and UPDF is by quota. Beyond that, leave our Army alone and I mean, leave our Army alone” – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (03.09.2020).
In the response the President wrote today. He addressed a lot of matters. That is why I am making a second post on it. This time about the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) or the Army. We are seeing how the President is defending it. As there been inquiries and questions about how the army is a “western” Ugandan enterprise filled with high ranking officials from there. This is something Museveni doesn’t want to properly address.
I’m not shocked he is dismissing it. That his calling people enemies for doing so. Because, if the UPDF isn’t filled with loyal cadres. He would be frightened, as his popularity in the public is frail over the years. The President needs the army and armed forces, because the public isn’t behind him anymore. That is why the President doesn’t accept accountability or transparency in concern with the UPDF.
“Coming to the Armed Forces, especially the Army, my advice to all of you, is that leave your Army out of that nonsense. The NRA, the UPDF are Armies of sacrifice, all the time for no pay or low pay. They (we) put their lives on the line. Therefore, leave UPDF out of the circus of sectarianism. Fighters, real fighters, never have interests in tribes or religious sectarianism; but in comrade-in-arms” – Museveni (03.09.2020).
Because, we know the UPDF have a history of selective recruitment and promotions. If the President wanted to be against sectarianism and be open to all tribes of the Republic. There wouldn’t be an issue, if it wasn’t something there.
This has been known for a long while… the UPDF and the army is filled high ranking officials from Western Uganda. That is not just mere speculation, but facts at this point. If it wasn’t so, the President would say so. However, he doesn’t want people to question the reasons for it.
He wants the people to accept it and leave it alone. It is wrong to look into the armed forces and its structure. That shows that the President fears scrutiny and transparency about this. He wants to stop questions and silence it.
The president knows his only way to keep power is having the loyalty and the control of the army. If he looses that at this point…. he will loose power and it will end his reign. The President needs the soldiers, generals and armed forces all behind him. He needs to have their backs and not loose them.
That is why the President doesn’t want anyone to look into the army and what it does. The UPDF is therefore untouchable… at least in the eyes of the President. However, that is not good. As the UPDF should defend the territory and its citizens. Not be a weapon of intimidation or tactics to scare the public. It is there to defend them.
If the President is that defensive and scared of looking into the army. You know his in trouble and worried about the truth. He should be open, transparent and accountable about it. Alas, his not, because he knows… as we know that its not run like it should. Peace.
It is very simple, that President Museveni and his team of spin-doctors cannot keep their tongues straight. Today, we have caught the President in a little lie. It cannot be true. In 2018, the President claimed the helicopter was used to save people in the midst of fracas and violence happening after the Arua By-Election in August 2018. However, today he said it was used to capture the “ring-leaders”. That is very simple lie to catch someone in.
When a leader can lie about the usage of helicopter. Why aren’t there more lies in his texts? The window was destroyed with perfection. The whole Arua By-Election was state sponsored violence and torture of civilians. Usage of military soldiers to arrest, abduct, torture and harm opposition leaders. That is what is visible after the post Arua By-Election.
The two stories told by the same man… shows that he uses it for political propaganda fitting to his paradigm at any given day. There is no need for truths, because why change the story? Why is it international interference in a by-election in 2020, but not mentioned in 2018? Why is the people so important in 2018, but invisible in 2020? That’s because the vilification of Bobi Wine is more important in 2020, then it was in 2018.
Just look at these passages from two “informative” texts in the different years.
“If the Army had not intervened in Arua, a lot of people would have been killed by this Bobi Wine group. They had gathered stones, knives and there were reports of even guns. Why is it that we have never heard of any incident where the NRM supporters have ever attacked the Opposition supporters? Do you remember how the Bobi Wines were attacking the other MPs in Parliament? Are we to allow them to attack the Wanainchi in similar ways? How about assaulting soldiers or policemen? Do you remember the policeman, Ariong, who died from a stone throw? The security forces should be commended for saving mass deaths in spite of the fact that many of them were not equipped for anti-riot” (…) “His mistake may be to organize and participate in such a violent procession and to import illegal voters. The court will decide according to the evidence. Stop supporting impunity, stop supporting election cheating, stop supporting violence whatever side you are on. As already said above, I am investigating the circumstances of the driver of Bobi Wine who died. Five people were also reported in hospital with gun-wounds. We shall get the circumstances of those cases. In certain circumstances, the Police can use live bullets if they are not equipped with anti-riot equipment and the rioters are on the verge of killing innocent people. That is also possible. The question is: “Why do you riot? Why not use legitimate and peaceful ways of expressing your opinion?” When they stoned my car, what was the reason? If they could be so reckless to attack me, how would they spare the poor Wanainchi? Good enough, my protection force did not respond immediately. They delivered me to the helicopter and went back to rescue the Wanainchi, which they generally did in spite of the circumstances. That is why no local mwanainchi was killed by the hooligans. They did not have enough time to do the damage they intended” (Museveni, 2018).
“Hon. Zaake has been tortured but his torturers were not punished. LDUs are punished. First of all, Zaake and a few others are a misguided group being used by some foreigners to destabilize Uganda and for many months now. You remember their actions in Parliament when they jumped on tables, tore away the microphones of Parliament, beat others. Here is the video. In Arua, they stoned my vehicle and attacked NRM supporters who were coming from my rally. They had even driven a road grader (tinga tinga) all the way from Kampala, I think, to use in ramming our vehicles (kutomera). The SFC soldiers in a disciplined way delivered me to the helicopter first and went looking for the ring-leaders – Bobi Wine, Zaake and others. Eventually, they found them in a hotel. These wonderful gentlemen tried to assault our soldiers with punches. The soldiers punched them back until they subdued them. It is very impressive that the soldiers never used guns against Bobi Wine and Zaake in the hotel rooms where they were making a fool of themselves trying to box soldiers as if they were boxing village thieves. One person died outside the hotel in mysterious circumstances. These groups have been in collusion with foreign enemies to infiltrate groups with guns to kill demonstrators and say that Government is the one killing them. We are patiently following up those. You remember the piki piki riding killers that killed Abiriga, Kirumira, Kiggundu etc.? We have defeated them and we shall unearth them” (Museveni, 2020).
The really rich thing about it all. The guns and ammunition found in the hotel of Bobi Wine was later retracted from the state as it was “evidence” pinned on the politician. There been no proof of the supposed weapons from the “assailants” on the President’s car. Neither, have there been any evidence of a gang going against the President. Instead, the proof is on the side of the state and they are no willingly to see into the state sponsored violence. While trying to make the opposition look like bad-guys.
He is using the violence happening in Parliament as defence. While not condemning the assault on MPs inside the Parliament. As he accepts the ideal of having weaponized strangers to benefit his cause in the Parliament, while dismissing the civilian lawmakers defending themselves. That proves what sort of man the President is.
The helicopter story is twisted now. That really shows that this man cannot keep his stories straight. If he did, he would have said the same, but alas he didn’t. This is why the opposition will be implicated and be the ones to blame. Even if the government and the security organization went full gung-ho and didn’t leave anyone behind.
The stoning of the car is always the pin-point and reason. But wasn’t a old person charged with it and not in association with the Arua 33? If so, why blame Zaake or Bobi Wine, when his not associated with them? That doesn’t make sense, but that doesn’t fit the mind of Bosco.
Well, enough rubbish. There should be a proper investigation into what happen. As there was to much hurt, but the Special Force Command will never get charged. These people will only get promoted and eat at the table of Mayors and the elites. Peace.
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni – ‘Facebook Post on Arua on the 20th August 2018’ (20.08.2018)
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni – ‘reply to comments made by Mityana MP Francis Zaake, where he made several distortions regarding COVID-19 and the Arua Fracas’ (27.08.2020)
This is just like staple food. The President, the Head of State and the Commander-in-Chief Yoweri Kaguta Museveni are always posing with armed personnel, police officers and law enforcement ahead of the polls in 2021.
Soon, he will polish his rifle, wear an AK-47 and say he wants to crush his opponents. That is what this man does. Around the polls, the campaigns and such. He will warn, with stern words and use allegories to explain his position. The old man will use all means to address his opponents. While knowingly scare, intimidate and order force against them.
His allies will call them hoodlums, extremists and rascals. They are the ones who is to blame, when the tear-gas, the arbitrary arrests and extra judicial killings. The armed forces and the law enforcement will go hard towards the citizens who happens to attend or be close to the opposition candidates. That is just the way of life.
So, what the President does with this posing. Is not only to show his army, his soldiers and his police force. But trying to message that your not planning to mess with him and his agenda. You are supposed to listen and obey his command. If you don’t, then expect no mercy.
That is why he has the army, LDUs, ISO, CMI and so fourth to gather intelligence, get the wrong people into safe-houses. Ensure the public are silenced and intimidated. So, he can rule for life. Because, he cannot rule on popularity or love, but he can rule by the iron fist. It is with the power of the arms, the bullets and the possible he can run a nation.
Museveni is making sure of this. That is what he has and what he stands for. This is why his posing. Taking pictures and spreading the news of new enforcements. New trainees and officers to the rescue. To prove that the state is not only safe, but he has the force to combat anyone who pose a challenge. He got the guns, the trained personnel and the will to silence you. That is the message he sends.
He has done this before and now done it again. That is what this man does. Especially, ahead of another election. Just to prove a point. He just have too. He live by the guns and will die by the guns. Peace.
“They[court] actually wanted to punish the boys [SFC] for torturing Bobi Wine. I said no! no! no! This was rubbish. It was the other people [Bobiwine] who were in wrong. This was because the SFC people who are not police minded because they are used to doing other things, went to the room where the MP and other people were,they tried to box them so they boxed them. They acted in self defense and so it was in order” – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on the 21st August 2020
Sometimes I wonder if the President would have accepted the treatment his giving others. Because, if he did. He would accept being sheltered in a safe-house, being abducted, arrested and charged for no other reasons of annoying someone. Not even being a criminal. Robert Kyagulanyi was only arrested, tortured and abducted, because he offended the President and his team. They have served him injustice and his defending it.
For someone dropping bible-verse, saying he was supposed to be a preacher. The President should know a passage from the book of Matthews. He clearly need a fresh reminder. Because, what happened in Arua and in the aftermath. Is something that shouldn’t have happened to the Arua 33 and Bobi Wine. However, he said yesterday it was fine and dandy. That shows that the grand lecturer is cruel human being who wants people ill and not saint like he proclaims to be.
Just look what the words of the scripture says:
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” – Matthew 7,9-12 (New International Version).
Because, when I read the defence of the torture, impunity and cruel arrests of the opposition in the post Arua By-Election. Then you know, that the President has no hear, just like Beti Kamya stated years ago.
We are seeing what Jesus is saying to his disciples in the book of Matthew. It states that you should do unto others as you wish to be treated yourself. In this regard, does the President wants to be abducted, tortured and charged with treason for campaigning in a By-Election. That is what I get from the President.
I don’t want the President to get the treatment Bobi Wine got after Arua. I don’t want a single person to get that. However, if we are learning anything from the scriptures, then he wouldn’t have defended it. It shows a sinister side of the President and his allies. That they will defend it and stand by the torturing of a fellow human being.
So, the President wants to offer someone stones instead of the bread his asking for. He rather give a snake, instead of a fish.
Museveni, would you accept that the Special Force Command would storm one of your homes, raid it and abduct you. Family members, lawyers and such not knowing about your location for hours. Also, tortured and injected with poison by the law enforcement before charged with treason for being part of a by-election. Is that cool to you? Would you accept that?
I’m thinking, you as a man wouldn’t accept this. You would scream “hell no” and move on. Still, a a man you accept the fate of others. As a President you should condemn and charge men who does this to others. Alas, we know you promote those … Peace.
On the 8th August 2020, the Police Force was ready and had besieged BCU Radio in Mbale, Eastern Uganda. Where Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine was scheduled this morning to be on air. Again, the law enforcement has decided to politically engage and block an opposition from entering a media house. As per standard.
We know the drill, they will pin-point the elections road-map and “scientific” elections. We know this. The Police will say they wasn’t informed enough or had the capacity to let him attend. However, they always have enough manpower to block a venue, tear-gas and use live-bullets. Cause a lot of chaos and arrests. Nevertheless, not enough security to ensure the safety of the political opponent of the President. No, that they don’t prioritize. It is less costs to cause possible harm and make arbitrary arrests.
While this is happening to Bobi Wine, we know that the National Resistance Movement are holding rallies, are campaigning in their districts and using their roles as Ministers and MPs to give gifts, donate and start their campaigns for 2021.
So, there is a clear double standard. Where the Movement are above the rest. They are the anointed, who can act above guidelines and the laws of the land, while the opposition have to abide and even when they do. They are not allowed. There voices are silenced and their place to in prison of their own homes. Since, they should not dare to aim at the throne.
Bobi Wine is a prime example of that. A man who tries to campaign, tries to hold radio shows, but is not allowed. Paying to be on-air, but radios are either blocked, authorities saying “no” or his arrested for trying.
Today, he was blocked. God knows what happens tomorrow. But this is a familiar game and its systematic. The political police force is in full effect and today it hit Bobi Wine. Peace.
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.
The people and leadership of Uganda Police Force (UPF) are really foolish, when they have arrested the Bizonto Comedy Group over a skit on sectarianism. It is really unique in the fashion of arresting comedians, people whose putting on a joke and then later arrest them.
Yes, the Bizonto made a viral video, which they joked about government entities was all run from the people who hailed from the same region. Which isn’t just a joke, but partly true too. The government knows and the citizens knows this too. That is why the joke made by the comedy group is gold.
Bizonto only played around with a truth. They made a joke, a skit and mocked the state. This clip went viral on social media and later they met the authorities. These people was just having a little bit of fun. It was not a distasteful chant. This was not to incite violence, even if the Police Force and the authorities are busy scheming over charges on them. There even been talk t hat the police raided the homes of the comedians. Maybe they were looking for more jokes?
Because, who are they kidding here?
Which brilliant minds thought this was a good idea? Is the usage of the police? To arrest people for making jokes? Is that how policing are these days. Sure, everyone publishing content have to be wary. Even mocking or joking about the High Above will land you in prison. If you speak or act like journalist Agnes Nandutu, you should expect bracelets and be behind bars within hours.
I’m sure Teacher Mpamire is frighten right now. If he mocks His Excellency too much. He will be in Luzira in no time. There will be no redemption. Only the blunt force of the state. That is what they do.
Arresting comedians. This should be a skit on NTV or NBS. Not something landing them behind bars. However, we are just seeing how little sense the state has and how little it cares for free speech. Sooner or later, you can be touched if your out of line. You will be taken into custody and they will find some charge to pin on you later.
This is buffoonery at its best. If something was ever fitted for a episode of Point Blank. This is really it. A joke within a joke, a bunch of jesters serving the king and delivering venom. Peace.
There is still an unanswered case in concern with MP Aidah Nantaba and what happened in Naggalama, Kampala on the 24th March 2019. When she claimed she was getting assassinated, but a citizen Robert Ssebulime was killed. The murder charges was dropped on the 9th September 2019 by DPP Mike Chibita. While the family of Ssebulime haven’t gotten any answer and the case is still pending without anyone being arrested and indicted for the murder of Robert. Which is tragic, as it has been a year and still nothing. The typical style of case, where the deceased is forgotten, but the high ranking official can still rule with impunity.
Why do I say this, because this happen:
“Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango confirmed that Kiwewa has been arrested and is currently being interrogated at CID. “We have arrested Gerald Kiwewa because we recorded a complaint from Hon Idah Nantaba saying the lyrics in the song directly attack and defame her,” said Onyango” (The Observer – ‘Musician Gerald Kiwewa arrested over ‘Nantaba’ song’ 23.07.2020, URN).
The MP has said the mafia was after her and she was in danger. However, she has no issues using the police to detain an artist for writing a song. It has hurt her pride, but she was around a possible murder, which has gotten no justice last year. It has just vanished like nothing.
MP Nantaba should secure the family Ssebulime. She should be on the barricades to secure the truth and ensure the kids of the deceased lives in safety. That they have future without their father. This should be a key thing for her, but I doubt she has cared.
Since, her pride and honour is so important that she makes a case and get another citizen arrested for mocking her in song. As a high ranking official. Aidah Nantaba should expect people to mock, ridicule and chants of discontent towards you. The MP shouldn’t just expect praise, glory and tales of wonders.
Maybe, the language of Kiwewa wasn’t that tasteful and even tone, which hurt the MP. That is fine, but then you rebuttal it or argument against it. You don’t send the police on them. If so, then only the MP can speak ill of the mafias, but nobody else can speak about her. She maybe wished Zaake wasn’t married, but be her man. That is why the song hit a nerve. God knows why, but she should be more humble.
Robert is why. Robert and his family still have no answer to what happen. The MP is still walking around with full force and have the probable cause for the arrest of Kiwewa. She should have thought it true.
It just shows how petty she is and she can kick and scream in public. However, when shit hits the fan. She blazing with fierce force. The MP should do something about what happen last year. Not that she cares.
Her ego is more important than justice. That is why a musician is in jail and there is no answer for Robert. The MP have proven yet again what’s her priorities are. Her own self is more important than anything else. Peace.