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Uganda Peoples Congress: Press Statement (14.08.2019)

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Opinion: Mwenda must be blind..

I don’t know,when he became a lost one. I don’t what happen or changed Andrew Mwenda, but surely at one point, he gave up and ate the whole plate served in-front of him. Sure, it was more flamboyant, than what he had ever been offered in opposition and as s sceptical human being. Now, his a defender of the indefensible and he continues to run on that path.

We know that his retaliating against the opposition, when his recent piece is named this: Inside Bobby Wine’s crass opportunism in Ziggy Wyne’s death”. That is the headline of the piece he wrote today, he didn’t even care to write Bobi Wine, but Bobby, like Ricky Bobby of Talladega Nights. That’s what’s has become of this man.

People Power is a movement without a cause except to grab power. It seeks so exploit the anger many Ugandans have at the state of affairs of in our country in order to gain power. But it has neither facts not a vision to justify its reckless pursuit of power. So its strategy is to deny all facts and insist that everything is subjective and relative; to dismiss all evidence as forged if it does not promote their political agenda; and to argue that every argument that seems to favor President Yoweri Museveni and his NRM is not based on conviction but has been paid for. It is interesting People Power resembles the Donald Trump movement in the USA although Americans who support it are anti Trump” (Mwenda, 14.08.2019).

We can clearly, see by this paragraph alone where Andrew stands on the issue. It isn’t rocket science, neither is it exceptional. As his rants against Defiance and Besigye will become legendary and age like old open cans of coke. You just know the fuzz, the sugar and the taste will dwindle. The same with this sort of rant is this.

“The aim of this strategy is obvious: bully everyone to believe change is urgently needed to rescue Uganda from catastrophe. They don’t want people to question the change they propose or ask for their alternative policies or even question their intolerant behavior. To question their lack of policy alternatives and the crudeness of their methods is evidence of having been bribed by Museveni” (Mwenda, 14.08.2019).

We shouldn’t even be bothered with the assertions here, as they are like a leaf on the wind. Like he doesn’t the lack of policy, the lack of guidance and even moves ahead from Museveni himself. As, he even needs the Youths of Mbabazi to move forward. The ironies of this statement is so many, plenty even. Mwenda thinks he can turn this around. Since, he knows how Museveni operates and therefore, it is without a doubt he tries to make the new movement looking silly.

Yet Defiance and its bastard child, People Power, have failed to subdue the spirit of our nation. Increasingly many journalists like Canary and many others are finding the courage to stand up for the truths and defend it against this demented cult. The story of Ziggy Wine is one such example. These are the journalists who have chosen to swim against the tide of popular rhetoric and self-righteous indignation common among sections of our society today. They have chosen to defend right when it is miscalled wrong, to fight vices such us intolerance, radical extremism, blackmail, slander etc. that are presented to us as virtues” (Mwenda, 14.08.2019).

Well, he had to take a torch against his arch-nemesis, the defiance campaign and Besigye, because he seems to think the People Power Movement is kid of these actions. They might be inspired, they are even working together towards the same goal. A peaceful transition post-Museveni. We know, that Mwenda see this as a radical idea, because he cannot eat as plenty post-Museveni. Unless, he defer from his stances and tries look more objectively.

Mwenda wants the public to eat of the hand of the government. The hand of the government, that has changed a story and not come forward with binding evidence or even proof of its allegations. That is also questioned by the family of Ziggy Wine himself, the friend and artist, who worked together with Bobi Wine. It seems like Andrew trying to split this and not even considering anything else, than the handpicked assertions put forward, because that cleans the hands of the NRM.

That he calls People Power a bastard and a demented cult. Says more about his own place in the Movement and behind the chambers of Museveni. As he has to undermine and excel utter negligence of the Sole Candidacy and One Man with a Vision narrative of the NRM. Which he so strongly stand by at this point. The words and the rhetoric of this man, shows that his so obsessed defending Museveni and his ways. That he even forgets how the one-man show and self-styled President for life, expect loyalty and to follow his vision. That he is so blind and forgetful. It is a mystery, that he could even see the keyboard, when he was typing his article.

Nevertheless, enough of this nonsense. What a about a cup of tea? Peace.

Opinion: Will the 64th CPC have a similar aftermath as the CHOGM in 2007?

Now that there is a month or so away from the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Kampala. When the 500 delegates from all the Commonwealth member states are coming to the Republic of Uganda. To be part of conference and work for a week.

By all means, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and its handlers see this a opportunity to spread the good news, to show the grand side of the Republic and its nation. However, why I am writing is that I fear this will be another Commonwealth scandal.

Last time was the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Kampala a few days in November 2007. Which in retrospect was a graft-party for the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and Vice-President Gilbert Bukenya, also Foreign Minister Sam Kuteesa. Who all were implicated in millions of dollars gone missing on tenders and spending on the CHOGM conference that year.

As we know that the same people and organizers were around. The same people running the ministries and having vital roles. We know, that the NRM and its high ranking officials might see a new opportunity to eat. Don’t be shocked if the CPC becomes a modern day CHOGM. It is 12 years apart, but the same President and his party at the helm.

I would not be shocked if the Office of the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Foreign Minister Sam Kuteesa, Gen. Salim Selah and someone implicated in the State House would suddenly misuse allocated funds, which Keith Muhakanizi can explain nor anyone else. They will vanish in a tender, fake tent or even some VIP cars whose never gotten imported through a shell-company owned by high ranking officials. The IGG, Auditor General or Attorney General can implicate any of them, as they cannot find the paperwork, which also happen to go missing. As the state prosecutors doesn’t have enough evidence to produce a case against them. Don’t be shocked, it is just business as usual.

This is just me thinking loud. I wouldn’t be shocked or surprised if the CHOGM scandal in a new version for the CPC would happen. If it appear for us in late 2019 or in 2020 as the revision of budgets, the value of money reports and whatnot. They will reveal that some company, which happens to be in connection with high ranking officials, suddenly have vanished government funds.

Let’s wait and see. I hope I am wrong, but don’t be surprised if suddenly we have modern day version of CHOGM scandal. Don’t be amazed if the 46th CPC suddenly turned into a goldmine for the big-men at the NRM. Peace.

Centre for Legal Aid letter to Commissioner General of Uganda Prison Service – “Re: Complaint of Improper Conduct and Abuse of Power by your Officers in charge of Luzira Women & Upper Prison and your Officers in charge of Public Relations (09.08.2019)

Joint Press Release – Weekly Travel Advisory on Ebola Viruse Disease in Uganda (08.08.2019)

The Family of late Ziggy Wine: Press Release – False Investigation Report by Uganda Police and some Media Companies (10.08.2019)

Opinion: Ziggy Wine’s death is a playground for spinning a web of deceit!

In this instance, we urge all political actors who are using this incident for political leverage and propaganda, to refrain from doing so.

May the soul of Michael Alinda aka Ziggy Wine rest in eternal peace.

CP Fred Enanga

Press and Public Relations Officer

Uganda Police Force” (Uganda Police Force, 06.08.2019).

Well, if your telling a lie. Please make it so straight forward, so that the public cannot catch you up in a lie. That seems to be the story of Michael Kalinda aka Ziggy Wine. There are too many fault lines, that has to be shown. To show the magicians of spin, the Andrew Mwenda’s of the world and his ilk like his step-son Canary Mugume. That they should tell the same story and not switch it up.

First, use the right Boda-Boda. They used a wrong colour and with the wrong tags. If Ziggy Wine would drive it, it should be another one.

Secondly, not use one of the same witnesses as before. ASP Hellen Butoto has been the Police witness before, she was said to be a teacher, but apparently she’s a part of the police force. Surely, the other witnesses the state has produced that saw the same thing. Can clearly be put into question too, as the one big-shot in this investigation is a fire-ball in it self.

There are already enough things that put it into question as it is. There isn’t just mere speculation. It is that the family was barred from seeing Ziggy Wine in the hospital. That he was just delivered to the hospital without knowledge of what happened to him. There is alleged damage to his skull in a supposed accident. However, there is also words of losing of fingers and poking out an eye in a torture session done to Firebase Entertainment artist and part of the People Power Movement. This can clearly be true too.

Especially, since there is three different stories and so many factors mismatching. That the spin-doctors has lost their touch. As well, as the words of mouth, that the dying man himself is alleged to have said to his doctors that he was “Bankubye” meaning they have beaten me. This means something totally different than falling off and hitting his from a boda. Neither having an accident with others on a boda.

There are sisters, teacher (happening to be police officer) and so on. Telling different stories. While his death is still a mystery. Like a vanished plot. Where you can wonder if the CMI or anyone else did something. Now CP Fred Enaga and the spin-doctors of the regime tries to polish it. But clearly, they are not matching it.

What is special is that the reports, the post-mortem, the CCTV cameras nor been any accident pictures been leaked. Because, there been sudden witnesses telling different stories, produced eye-witnesses whose not coherent at all. Not even blood on the supposed scene of the accident. That just happen to be spotless, when Canary Mugume did his thing on live-air. Nevertheless, there are enough questions arising.

Why did he die? Who needed him dead? What motive is it to possibly kill him? Last, but not least, who earns on the spin of death of the musician connected to Bobi Wine?

Because there are enough questionable dots. I don’t have the answers, but the stories, the open details and the shown issues. Are putting enough into a questionable stage, making you suspicious, that there is more behind stories told. That there are something sinister going on and someone did something vicious to Ziggy. Since, the state, the state-sponsored media and the handlers of the state tries to wash this sin clean.

Just to finish this one off. To just make it even more rare. Is that Ziggy Wine was first admitted to Hope Clinic Kyebando on the 21st July 2019. Later transferred to Mulago admission number 471567/2019. The family was able to trace him on the 27th July 2019. Dr. Nsambya referred him to Mulago Neurological on the 30th July 2019. Than he later died on the 4th July 2019. Now were at the 7th August 2019 and the stories since haven’t made sense.

It doesn’t make sense to me. What we do know and what has happen is in a murky space. Where there is lacking dots, no matter what the spin-doctors are saying. That differs from the police reports even. Mwenda claims he didn’t eat his pills or take his medicine. Just like that is another smokescreen. If isn’t brain-damage from a boda accident, than its lack of medication so all angles are covered.

So, as I started, next time you lie to the public. Ensure that we cannot spin a web around it and catch you in it. Ensure its so facilitated, that the exhaust will not burn your fingers, your balls and your prefrontal cortex, which you need to function. As the public have seen, heard stories that doesn’t make sense.

Ziggy Wine died, by some means and the Police together with the state media seems to be busy covering it up. If not, why wouldn’t they have a story, evidence and the proof of it at once? Instead of keeping it to themselves and not unleashing to the public. As they are scrambling the stories and not connecting the dots. Peace.

Opinion: Must be boring to fight the same fight for over 3 decades and fail!

The NRM struggled to usher peace in the country. Peace ignited infrastructure development. The remaining task is wealth creation mobilisation at household level. A person with a reasonable piece of land is able to handle any agricultural practice” – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on the 5th August 2019 in Bundibugyo district

If there is anyone who promotes steady progress, must see the last three months as free-fall and as a weakness. The Museveni Wealth Creation Tour, which needed billions upon billions extra paid for, as he opened municipal roads built on donor funds and other projects, which is minor. But big enough for photo-ops.

The President usually came with the same swagger and talking-points, its sort of the same statements, as the citizens will create wealth on small farming with the usage of the right cash-crops. This has been spread to all sorts of initiatives and state sponsored agricultural benefits. Not that they have worked and have failed, one after another. Just like it was meant to be, than the state launches another one battling rural poverty, another donor funded enterprise and gets seedlings, tractors and whatnot to Gulu/Lira. Two years later, the whole cooperation is dead and the President has to come a revive the dead.

This is happening again and again. He comes with small donations, some insignificant changes, promise challenging different. Blames leaders, the Residential District Commanders, the Opposition politicians and even some of the locals ones get caught in the blender too. Until it makes a badly tasting stew, that he serves with a little bit of ignorance of the actual needs. Because, if he had cared about that, the President would have served that a long time ago.

The state has enough schemes, Operation Wealth Creations, NAADs and SACCOs, but none of these is cutting the chase. They are just not up to it and it seems they are there to create a money laundering operation. Because, the state is never up to it and seems to be keen to deliver. They don’t have the needed expertise, the allocations in time or even ordering the right type of crop for the right soil/climate or historical production in that area. It seems something fails, neither the hook or by the crook.

Therefore, it must be boring to scream the same message, that he has spoken of for 3 decades, the message and the promise of greener pasture. The promise, that if you follow me and plant these green seeds, your will grow profits. You grandchildren will eat and they will be able to sell. But we have seen how the state functions.

As the state supported the Soroti Fruit Factory, however, the local farmers produced the right type of fruits, but the factory couldn’t handle the amount and the fruits got wasted. Therefore, the state cannot manage to deliver or even compensate the lost investments of the farmers. Still, he comes around like a King and promises golden roads to heaven. If you follows him.

The same message, that if you grow the right thing as he says, it will pay off. That is his way of fighting poverty. Not educating their kids, not enlighten them with knowledge or skills for the future. No, plant the right type of coffee or sorghum and vote the NRM. This is what the President has spoken of, again and again.

It must be so sad. So brilliantly waste of time. That he speaks of the same, promise the same deliverance from poverty. Pledges the same sort of stories and with the same punchline. And don’t see the foolishness of it. That he has failed, time and time again. The President has had 33 years to fix this. Still, he hasn’t achieved it. His fighting the same fight, as he started in the Bush.

Clearly, the President haven’t managed, haven’t been as visionary or carefully crafting the ministries, the districts, the sub-counties and the agricultural welfare, to be able to follow up, upon the message that he spread since the inception of the NRA. The man of the mustard seed, the man who could conclusively state all the ills of the leadership in Africa. Has clearly lost his touch, his supposed brilliance and uniqueness.

Since, he got to recycle, got to go in circle and never ever win. He has got to use the same methods, the same sort of fight and not winning. Surely, his failed and a giant failure. The peasants are still peasants, they are not middle-class, they cannot afford Benz’s and Lexus, they can barely afford millet and matooki. That is how it is. Utter total failure of policy, of implementation and revision of it.

That can be said, because his track-record says so. If it was working so well, why would he bring the same remedy and same message all-over again? Peace.

Opinion: Whose not annoying and ridiculing President Museveni at this point?

24. Penalty for acts intended to alarm, annoy or ridicule the President:

Any person who, with intent to alarm or annoy or ridicule the President— (c) assaults or wrongfully restrains the person of the President, commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for life” (Penal Code, 15th June 1950).

We know they fought, we know they won and the rest is history. The 1986ers are running the Republic and doesn’t care if their revolution is eating and killing its kids. They just don’t care, everyone is charged with phony charges, taken by the courts in premeditated statutes and usage of colonial laws to pin them as criminals for standing up against the President and his patronage. They own the land, the rest is the peasants, whose lucky enough to live on rented time on the soil of the Republic.

Today, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine is charged with annoying, ridiculing and blocking the road in Arua, as the President was passing with his convoy. The other Arua 37 was charged with this too. This is not new, because anyone can be charged with it these days. These people are still facing treason charges from the same Post Arua By-Election, so what the state put these additional charges on them.

There takes nothing to insult the President, if your Joseph Kabuleta writing about Project Muhoozi. If Bobi Wine tries to use his popularity to win By-Elections, which is demeaning to the almighty President, whose supposed to be the most loved person ever to grace the planet earth. You get charged with cyber harassment, if you just write a poem about you, this is the fate of Dr. Stella Nyanzi. Whose now under more trouble for demonstrating in the midst of sentencing on the last Friday.

So, we know that people are annoying, bugging and has to be charged for doing so. Even if the President says no-one is arrested for annoying him. Apparently, plenty are and in legal jeopardy. If you just spit in the wrong pit, they will charge you for it. However, in this regard, the citizen can just be in wrong place, at the wrong time and the state will capture you. That is what the state is doing.

The state and the authorities are using the Penal Code, Public Order Management Act and Computer Misuse Act to take people away for any reason from her until the sun. There is nothing the state cannot pin on its dissidents. They will create mirages, they will fix the codes and pin it on someone who happens to be the opposition to the regime. This is what they do.

At this moment, anyone can be charged with annoying the President. If you write a poem, if you drive on the wrong road, if you don’t take his biscuits as he doles it out through his aide, or dare to speak ill of him in public.

This shows the foolishness of the state, as they think they are bloody brilliant. The charges are forged, manufactured and if a serious court would look at it. They would dismiss it, because there is no case. If the state was serious, the Treason case against Bobi Wine and the Arua 33 wouldn’t last this long, but these bastards doesn’t care. They have not produced any evidence or affidavit to prove it. Even if their lives depends on it. Because, they know its just playing and misusing the time of the ones charges. So, that Bobi Wine and the rest have less time politicking. That is what the state does.

That is why everyone is annoying the President and he just have to pin something on them. Peace.

The House Always Wins: Turinawe and Nyanzi’s defiance loses!

Today, the authorities are finding way new ways to intimidate and insult intelligence in the Republic. This time its two suspects, whose already in trouble, who gets into trouble and continues to push for the good cause. These two are Dr. Stella Nyanzi and Ingrid Turinawe.

Today, as anticipated Ingrid Turinawe was in-front of Court, as she was produced after the foolish arrest during the weekend. As the only thing she did was to visit activists, who was brutally taken out of Buganda Road Magistrate One on Friday. Where she was just trying to deliver them. This was clearly an act of criminal intent, as she did try to do it twice. Therefore, the arrest and today’s short visit in the Court Room.

Ingrid Turinawe case is adjourned until the 16th August 2019, she is charged with annoyance or inconvenience of the public nuisance and added assault. If anything ever was fabricated, these charges are, because as dumb as the arrest was, the charges are in the same category. The state is clearly pinning whatever they can to its dissidents. When is it annoying to give some prisoners food?

While the state hasn’t enough charges to pin on Dr. Stella Nyanzi, they got to oppress her some more. Just to prove their point. So, today, the NTV Uganda explained this:

Stella Nyanzi faces fresh charges of unacceptable conduct in court. Uganda Prisons Service Spokesperson Frank Baine said the charges relate to Nyanzi baring her breasts as she was sentenced for cyber-harassment on Friday. The court session was held via video conference” (NTV Uganda, 05.08.2019).

The state cannot have the time to find evidence or the even the codes or statutes to pin people on, before they are arresting them and then sentencing them. This is impunity in its highest form. Where all sorts of rebellion are being criminal. Think about about, feeding prisoners and even showing flesh is now illegal? There is nothing that cannot be done, which is again make you a suspect of an offence? The ones throwing the bottles are now facing charges and sentenced too, by the way. They incited violence, Malice Damage and one with Assault (the one throwing the bottle at the magistrate). Clearly, everything that can be used, will be used against you.

The state is showing their finesse in the game of oppression and silencing of dissidents. They are doing this so steady, that you cannot follow up on all the cases. The state is so viscously going against people, that there is no time to rest.

Today, its Turinawe and Nyanzi. Who knows its tomorrow. My best guess is someone either connected to the People Power or someone in the camp of Besigye. The rest are on their merry. Because, the true opposition, the ones fighting for justice and liberty is the ones paying the price. The rest is just silently accepting the dictatorship and its painful exercise of arbitrary arrests, torture and suspension of freedom, liberty and justice. Which supposed to be all, but is apparently for a limited few. Peace.

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