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Kampala Woman MP Race: One hot-seat!

It is established in the last few days that the contestants for the Kampala Woman MP seat will be a battle. There will be real issues and candidates. The incumbent is not automatic to this slot for MP in 2021.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Kampala Woman MP Nabilah Nagayi Sempala. Nabilah has been an MP for two terms. She won the 2011 elections and the 2016. The second one, she was bickering between the NRM and the FDC. She has already dismissed the People Power Movement, the movement Besigye has gone in alliance with. Therefore, her standing and her part in the up-coming election is up for grabs.

As Nabilah is challenged in her own party by the Makerere lecturer and activist, Dr. Stella Nyanzi has come forward as the FDC Kampala Woman MP. This means Nabilah isn’t directly entitled to her place, even as an incumbent. There is direct competition just there. No sole candidacy there.

That was just the FDC. There are plenty of others coming up trying to grab this slot.

In the National Resistance Movement (NRM) the ruling party is sending their Presidential Advisor and musician Jennifer Full Figure or Jennifer Nakangubi. It was just last year she got promoted from nothing as an activist within the People Power Movement and went to the NRM. Now, she wants to contest for something. Where there is real competition. Not only the two mentioned, but more as well.

From the People Power Movement, you have the lawyer Shamim Malende, the head of the Woman’s League and Head of Legal for the Movement. She is also putting forward her credentials for the race. After my findings she has been practising law since around 2008.

This is the contestants for the seat before you look into if the Democratic Party will have anyone, if the Uganda Peoples’ Congress will have one too. They might have, the DP had one in 2016, but she became a NRM Member and part of the cabinet after loosing to Nabilah. Who knows what’s their plan this time.

Kampala have been a stronghold for the opposition. The expectations for a FDC MP or People Power MP should be on the horizon here. It just depends on Nyanzi or Malende. Sempala and Full Figure will play second fiddle to those two. I know that will hurt the pride of Sempala especially, since she regards herself highly. Not to talk about the ego and attitude of Full Figure. We know she will cry havoc, if she looses, which she most likely will do.

If Nyanzi get the slot in the FDC this time around. Then we can wonder what plan Sempala have. Secondly, Malende will be hot contestant in consideration with the rise of People Power. Full Figure will be the Ragga Dee of this competition. She might not like that, but just like Ragga she will loose. It just depends how much. Peace.

Opinion: Nancy Kalembe, a reality star aiming for the highest office

The favourite daughter of residential district commander (RDC) Patrick Bageya is now seeking the highest office of the Republic. This is Nancy Kalembe, the former Miss Uganda contestant and Miss Sanyu FM. Who participated for 10 weeks at The African Apprentice in 2014.

The businesswoman, the entrepreneur who is running two companies. This being the CEO of Mbalimbali Limited and Spring Clean Limited. So she has leadership experience, but she also have an inkling for the pedestal and being in the spotlight.

If that wasn’t true, she wouldn’t join beauty competitions and participate in the Apprentice. Kalembe has also an news anchor on UBC. For the moment what she is working in and doing is trading jam.

Nothing wrong with trading jam, nothing wrong with her past in the media, reality TV, but it shows something. Also comments about her leadership skills at the Apprentice isn’t flattering. You can easily find commentary about her style and its not singing psalms to the heavens.

We know she has made headlines before, not only that she got proposed to ended up in New Vision, but also that she could swim. We can wonder if these sorts of things will happen now too.

Kalembe now how to stir interest, but will she have a platform or candidacy worth the highest office?

If she would be sincere about herself and anything else. Maybe go for Local Councillor or become a Member of Parliament (MP). I have said that about other Presidential Candidates too. Since, they have no clear mandate, nor any visible popularity.

Nancy is known. She has been in the headlines. As a reality star and Miss Uganda Contestant. However, her political career have been non-existent. At least in the press with headlines like “Nancy can swim!”. That is not a joke, but a reality she was living in.

That is why its a spectacle that she stands as a candidate. Not even aspiring for offices to represent locally or in Parliament. Nancy aims at the top and that without a machinery behind her.

Maybe she hopes this will last longer then the T-E-N weeks on the Apprentice. Peace.

Opinion: Mushrooming the state will not muster progress

This week the Republic got 6 new official cities, towns suddenly turned cities overnight. It hasn’t been overnight, the state has worked with this and pledged to do this. The state, the President and everyone involve is doing this for brownie-points, as the state will not have the funds to facilitate the transition. Neither was there allocated funds to make it feasible.

Just like there been lacking of funds to new districts, been lack of possible accounts and trust to cover the mushroomed sub-counties and municipalities. It is just endless add—ons over the years. The Republic has so many districts, sub-counties and municipalities that you can a headache just thinking about it.

This is what the National Resistance Movement does, they are micro-managing from the State House. Giving hand-outs to cronies, ensuring constituencies for loyalists and adding more MPs. It is cycle of adding more and more expenditure without having the growth of revenue. This is why the state is continuing to deficit finance the budgets. While struggling to cover the added expenditure.

It is like the setting up of new districts is a free-enterprise. Even if each district is supposed to have certain amount of structures, councils and whatnot. There is cost all along the way and not just a pickpocket of MP in Kampala. No, there is costs of civil servants, buildings and promised local government service. Which usually comes long after the choir singed songs on the day of launching any given district.

The same will be with the 6 cities. There will be outcries, as the state haven’t allocated or considered the costs. They just did it to look good ahead of elections. Honour old pledges and give the locals a title. Not ensuring the cities had their city council, had the office of the Lord Mayors and had all the other structures needed to be sufficiently running like one. There aren’t division mayors nor local councillors. This is just the mess. Yes, during the General Elections there might be elected some of those, but do they have anywhere to work from and conduct their operations?

That is what you can wonder about and if the state had thought of it. It is easy to change a title, it is easy give a place a name and call it a city. However, to operate as a city and pay the cost is a whole other animal. Just like sub-county has lesser of structure and promise of local government compared to any given district. That is just the reality.

In the end. This is just a battle of debt, a battle of insufficient funds and deficit financing. Pay for the cleaners and the nurses, but not having the credit to do so. Putting up shelters and housing units, but not giving them electricity. Wonder why everyone is in the dark and why things aren’t happening.

What is striking is the naivety about it. That there wasn’t people warning about it. That people don’t see the burden and problems that will come later. It is fun and games now. However, how will it be for the next man taking over as Head of State trying to rationalize it?

There is no sense to have that many districts, sub-counties and municipalities in the Republic. We all know that and its a political ploy to feed cronies on loaned funds. A bargain for the State House to get loyal pawns all across the Republic. It isn’t to better service delivery nor better governance. It is just adding costs without adding any new revenue. Peace.

Opinion: Muntu is the Sole-ANT

I want to operate in an environment where I feel I am trusted by those that I am working with. So colleagues, I don’t want to be unfair to you nor do I want to say that you are being unfair to me” – Gen. Mugisha Muntu on the 25th November 2017

We knew this day was coming when he was tooling around with his “Third Force”. Then months later after consultations launching the Alliance of National Transformation or the ANT. The New Formation or the Third Force, the ANT was launched in March 2019. All the cards was stacked for Muntu. This was Muntu’s team and his allies.

That is why today on the 1st July 2020 the revelation that Muntu would be their flag-bearer was the only way out. There was no other candidate or person who could do this. The National Coordinator. The reason for the founding and launching of the party, Muntu had to be the anointed one.

Not like the renegade MPs supporting him in the launch would dare to challenge Muntu. He left the FDC to be the King. Where he could be trusted, where he wasn’t treated unfair and everyone was listening to him. A place where he could be the MAN and everyone looking up to him. The Fountain of Honour and our dear leader.

Muntu was set to be unveiled for this. Be the Presidential Candidate. That was inevitable. There was no other way out. The National Coordinator and Founder had to go for the prestige and honour. He couldn’t do anything else.

We knew he would be the sole candidate. He will continue his mantra “Country Before Self”, but this enterprise the ANT. Is his sole raid. It is expedition into the unknown. Deep down he knows he cannot win. It is just a matter of how much he looses. However, he will play it out like that, because that is his dream.

Muntu wants to be the MAN. He want it so badly and cannot help himself. Wants the respect and the rank. We could see this from miles away. When he ditched FDC this was the expected outcome.

Now Muntu is the Third Force, the New Formation and the ANT. The man, the myth and the finally the head honcho. However will it be worth it? No, not really. It just matters how much he will patch up the hurt and what he will risk ahead of the 2021 elections. Nevertheless, don’t expect it to be much. His so pragmatic and so careful. Muntu will look at all sides more than twice before he even considers to cross the street. Because the might a cat, a mosquito or a boda-boda passing by. The man don’t want to offend them. Peace.

Opinion: Bobi Wine’s Mission is to end the reign of Museveni

Ugandans need to understand what their Electoral Commission is. They need to know that in this situation, we have a dictator who has been playing around. President Museveni is now facing a generation and dynamics he has never faced before. This is close to a coup” Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine on NBS Morning Breeze (01.07.2020).

Well, this has been stated many times before, but the old man with the hat, the only man with a vision and self-styled President for Life. The Grand Dictator and ruler for Life is curbing the public. The President is putting himself in first before the Republic. That shouldn’t be shocked.

President Museveni will rig 2021 elections. As long as his one the ballot there will be other outcome than victory for him. Bobi Wine can challenge him, but this will not change the end result. The results was prepared and manufactured since 1986. That is just the reality on the ground. Yes, there is a new generation, but are they willing to take the cost or will they take a selfie? Will they go behind the banners and barricade the government buildings? Because that is the need. A revolution like the Republic never seen before. That is what the state needs and they needs leaders to inspire that.

Are you Bobi Wine ready to lead that revolt, stand on the barricades, be in the frontline and risk yourself again? Are you ready? Because, being on the ballot will not give you victory over Museveni. The Chief Rigger and Pre-Ticked Ballots Headmaster since the 1980s. That man will not loose in the polls. He will ridicule you and humiliate you. He will do what he can to bury your cause.

Museveni is at his weakest point. I dare him to a real election. Any candidate comfortable with this joke of a scientific election is working with him. Our mission is to take off Museveni. We are not joking” – Bobi Wine (01.07.2020).

The President might be weak, scared and afraid of the situation his in. Still, he has the military, the authorities and the bank to carry a load. The foreign backers are still doling out money to him to bankroll his operations. He got the guns, the appointed cronies and the greedy zealots will still be behind him. They will be there until they cannot skim the public anymore. This is the reality. Yes, I know the People Power and other opposition are not joking about taking Museveni out.

But you need more than the right words and the will to speak. This has been done plenty of times. The lessons of the past are not reignited. If the President was to weak, he would loose hold of the army, the pseudo army outfits and the Police Force. When he has lost them and the ones bailing him out. Then his on a fishing expedition and not knowing what to catch. Right now, that’s not the drill. His maybe afraid of the virus and catching COVID-19. However, that doesn’t make him reckless, it just makes him strategic and finding reasons to pull social distancing moves to save his grace.

I am here to put an end to the dictatorship. I have no business staying MP when Uganda is still under a dictatorship. This is not about me, Kyadondo was there before I was born. I just have to accomplish my mission now. I am here for a purpose” – Bobi Wine (01.07.2020).

That mission have to be amplified and harden its manners. To just be complicit in the activities of the state will not work. That behaviour has not won any favours in the past and will not challenge the President yet. Bobi Wine need to defy, civil disobedience and use other tools to beat the oppressive government. To be in the polls, on the ballot and campaign will not significantly change it. If that had been the cure, then Besigye would have secured the bill in either 2011 or in 2016. However, he didn’t and the “winner” was Museveni by the hook or by the crook.

The same will happen in 2021. To think otherwise is naive. It will be rigged and it will be a farce, all supported by the “high above” and Bobi Wine will be in the trenches seeking shelter from the rain of bullets. That is the reality and its coming for him quick. Peace.

Uganda: Reclaiming our County and Kin (ROCK) – Press Statement (01.07.2020)

Opinion: Kabuleta, the Prince without a Kingdom

“I’m the prince of the city, I studied Machiavelli” – J. Cole on ‘Villuminati’ (2013)

Today, the slick city pastor Joseph Kabuleta, the former journalist and now pastor is now becoming a independent presidential candidate in the race for the General Elections in 2021. Kabuleta is known for his writings and his insightful wit. The man knows how to trigger the authorities and went behind bars because of his statements in print on social media.

The pastor knows this game and surely has followed. The man behind the Watchman Ministries, the man who annoyed the President and got charged for doing so.

He has gone from writing in the New Vision as a sports journalist to now become a Presidential Candidate. In the meantime, before he annoyed the President, he kissed the feet of the prophet Elvis Mbonye, so the man knows how to create a show around his persona.

So, what can we expect of Kabuleta?

Well, he can annoy the President and his allies a bit more?

He will put forward petitions and pressure the Electoral Commission. The pastor will be vocal and speak out. This man will not speakeasy. That’s not in him and not his way. I don’t blame him for speaking out. That is all good, but without a constituency and backing. How far will this bring the man?

Yes, Kabuleta is known and his writings on Facebook has been shared. He has poked at the Leopards Anus and went behind bars for doing so. However, is that all it takes to run for the Presidency?

Wouldn’t this man be better off trying to vie for Member of Parliament (MP) or Local Councillor in one of the divisions in Kampala. I know that the prestige and the honourable position is the one of the Presidency. Even if the Pastor wants to be knighted and become the crowned prince.

The man is allowed and can seek the highest office. Kabuleta can do this and as he see fit himself. However, it will humiliate him, and he will suffer. There will be no positive returns and only more pain. He could have taken an easier route to become a representative, but he chooses this one.

I could wish him all the best, but the road his taken will cost. The ones before has seen it and he will get the same. The drill is there, and the challenge is enormous. The man can write and speak, but can he muster support on this scale at this point? I don’t know but doubt that. Unless, he gets divine intervention to saw his soul and his campaign. Peace.

Uganda: Ministry of Health – Update on the COVID-19 Outbreak in Uganda (01.07.2020)

Opinion: Besigye cannot win

We are in 2020 and Dr. Kizza Besigye cannot win… Yes, I said it. It is in this world that some persons are just destined to loose. Not because of their resilience or his vision. Besigye has fought, been in the midst of the battle and never gotten the pay-off.

No one has been arrested as many times as him for the cause of a peaceful transition of power. The fight for liberation from the junta and the military government of the National Resistance Movement (NRM). The government with the sole candidate since 1986.

There will claims there is no difference in the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) if he stands in 2021. Since, he will have been their Presidential Flag-Bearer in 2006, 2011 and 2016. Then suddenly he will return again in 2021.

Yes, Besigye have given away the Party Presidency and haven’t the same role as the President has in the NRM. The President is the Chairman of the Party and the President of the Nation. Not like the Secretary General of NRM has the power to change things, but has to meet the President to ask for the way forward. The same awaiting the decisions of the National Executive Committee (NEC).

Besigye is not in the same league there. Still, there will be questions, if he stands for the same position for the Fifth Time. That is all reasonable. That he is the automatic candidate. This is why Mugisha Muntu had to create the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) to become the King there. Since no-one can pass Besigye in the FDC.

That is not strange. The foundation and party is in his hands. When they are in 2020 asking for him to return. Just like he was forced to return in 2016. The delegates then vouched for him. Now that Muntu is gone. There will surely be the same energy before the 2021 too.

Besigye have deserved a better fate. No one is denying the man that. He has struggled, eaten the humble pie and been beaten so brutally so many times. No one has been arrested, detained and charged for political activism at the level of Besigye. The amount of times is ridiculous and outrageous.

Still with this mind. All the pain and suffering. All the hard work and dedication for the cause seems somehow to backfire. If he will stand again as the FDC Flag-bearer. Then he is automatic or the sole candidate of the FDC. Not by default, but by design. It makes it look similar to NRM. Even if the NRM just have one king no matter what and FDC has the party asking him to resume the situation, yet again.

The NRM diehards attacking Besigye is throwing stones in a glasshouse. The glass and mirrors are breaking right in-front of their eyes. However, Besigye by no default of himself has gotten into this place. As the Self-Styled President for Life has put him into a quagmire.

There is sort of the argument of sole candidacy, which can be put on him as well. Especially, when his the brother standing for the fifth time for the FDC. Yes, Besigye is a force to be reckoned with. That is why his arrested so much and house-arrested for so long for no other reason then his own self. However, that doesn’t beg the question: Is he the only one who can be the Presidential Candidate in the FDC in 2021? Is there no other man who can take up the mantle and finesse this game?

I don’t have the answer. I know that Besigye is unique and has a message for a peaceful transition out of this dictatorship. Still, people haven’t listened or followed suit. He has suffered and paid the price for standing up endlessly. He has paid the price for that, time and time again.

If he becomes the fifth time candidate for the FDC. The question will easily become personal too. Because, then there are similarities in the drive between Museveni and Besigye. Since they both are “owning” their parties as sole candidates. Yes one has all power and can force himself, while the other has delegates giving it to him. Still the perception is key too. The signal it might send. That should worry the FDC.

That should worry Besigye if he does stand. Since he then shows traits of a man, that his supposed to differ from and we know he differs from. Still, the inevitable will come up. That is why Muntu is a sole brigade in ANT. Since he had no shot within FDC to become king and he needed his own outfit to do so.

Now we got to see, if fifth time is the charm. In this regard, Besigye cannot win. If he stands he shows a sign of sole candidacy. If he doesn’t stand he cannot win either. Since his not playing and when your not playing you cannot win. It is the sort of game where it is all rigged for you to loose.

In concern of Besigye, that is his life work and his loosing. Not by default of himself, but by measures of the state working against him. That is why he continue to loose. Just like all opposition, but he has been there the longest and he continue to be there. Besigye cannot win and that is the default setting of the society and the systems around him. Peace.

Uganda: Ministry of Health – Update on the COVID-19 Outbreak in Uganda (30.06.2020)

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