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State Minister Obiga says Bobi Wine “committed some crimes” but we know he offended the Don!

The Police is still at Hon Kyagulanyi’s home who will make a statement at the police tomorrow over a range of charges, and it is improper to make a statement” (…) “Police says Hon Kyagulanyi has committed some crimes, so he has been summoned to make a statement at the CID either today or tomorrow. Because the Police are preferring charges against him, i am unable to make a statement beyond this” – Internal Affairs, State Minister Obiga Mario Kania explaining the House Arrest today in Parliament on the 24th April 2019

There are sometimes things get stupid before they get better. At this moment, we again see how the orders high above makes everyone around seem dumb. Today, the State Minister of Internal Affairs Obiga Mario Kania shown utter ignorance and also showing how little rule of law means to him. As he cannot explain to fellow lawmakers, what supposed laws Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine have broken and what warrants the house-arrest of the MP.

This we already knew yesterday, when the MP was house-arrested, that the Police Force nor the National Resistance Movement (NRM) can directly have evidence of a crime. That is why they still doesn’t have the Arua Stone or evidence on the treason charge put on him from August 2018. However, they are now making up a new case because of he Easter Monday 2019. They will try to make something up, as they we’re the one violently arresting him and tear-gassing the public. While the criminal, is the one who just tried to show-up on his own property. Which is by all means, very impressive even for the Uganda Police Force.

This shows more of the impunity, the lack of the rule of law and the misuse of power. At this very moment, Bobi Wine is the victim of this. His just the latest target of Police Force and the NRM. That is why they are again trying to find fault and make him a criminal. So, that the politician cannot do his work or his profession. That is why they are blocking his concerts and also his ordinary life. This is the cost of standing up against President Museveni and his rule.

President Museveni doesn’t care, as long as his enemies pays or gets intimidated by him. This is done with the Public Order Management Act, the Penal Code or any else breach they can pin on somebody. This time its Bobi Wine. Even if the State Minister Obiga cannot answer the reason for his house-arrest.

It could be anything, but most likely, he has offended the DON and killed his MOJO. He has hit the pride and the arrogant cow-herders buttocks. So, that he cannot stomach it and has to use the law-enforcement against him. Peace.

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What if the Public Order Management Act (POMA) was aimed at the National Resistance Movement?

I wonder, this is an experiment, what if the Public Order Management Act was measured in way, where it didn’t hurt the opposition or any dissidents of the government, the President and the National Resistance Movement, but instead went directly and worked against them. I know, its impossible at this point of time, but that is why this an example. An example that has been running in my mind all day.

Let’s say President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was stopping in a roundabout in the middle of Kampala or even at Owino Market without any prior notification to the authorities. Where he would cease the ordinary life and people would congregate around his Toyato Land Cruiser, but also around the convoy of Special Force Command (SFC) and so-on. Still, because he didn’t apply to be there and hold this meeting.

The authorities would than be sanctioned to send the Police Force, the Residential District Commander together with the Regional Police Commander and the Kampala Metropolitan Police had to intervene. They could even send the Flying Squad there to stop the crowds to gather around the President. Arrest the “ring-leaders”, the people who he was planning to meet. Seal of the venues and tear-gas the crowds. Even put the President in the back of the black-van and drive him back to Okello House. Where he would be in House-Arrest until he followed the Police Order and didn’t incite violence. As he did on that day without notification to have a meeting with random people on the streets of Kampala.

In the same fashion as the National Resistance Movement was planning to hold a Conference and Leadership Training at Kyankwanzi. The Party would have to inform about the planned scheduled program, about the media meetings and the addresses, where the press is supposed to participate at the venue. Where the Police Force would swiftly deny entry because they don’t have manpower to keep the NRM safe or the public. As the NRM would still go ahead on their own property, the Police Force would have to seal of the venue, arrest Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and Dr. Tanga Odoi. As they are parts of this, others that might be picked for rowdy behaviour and inciting violence would be Frank Tumbewaze, Ofwono Opondo, Kahinda Otafiire and Maj. Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza. All of them would be behind bars, awaiting trials for unknown alleged circumstances and the state awaiting to produce the evidence of it.

As those circumstances and contexts seems fine and dandy. There are others, that would seem fitting too. Since the NRM likes to ferry crowds in and around election times. Let say the NRM went around with their gadgets, their little soaps, foods and thousand shillings notes to the villages,as the NRM Village Projects always appear on the Campaign Trail of the Party.

As your playing that in your mind, as the NRM are travelling in the deep villages of Moroto or Adjumani. As the NRM Buses are ferrying crowds to the venues of the nearby stadiums. Where the President, his musicians and the SFC is in and about. The Police Force are coming with their mambas, arresting the coordinators of the Campaign. The driver of the President is taken to unknown location. His Land Cruiser is towed while he is still in it. The shocked NRM Party are following and trying to block the Police from doing this. While Secretary General Lumumba is trying to alarm the press. The NBS and NTV journalists following the Campaign Convoy is arrested and heading by another police van to Arua. The President is landing at the Moroto Magistrate Court, where his charged quickly before his airlifted to Luzira Maximum Security Prison. While the rest of the Campaign Team is either trying to get detained activists out of prison in Moroto Military Prison or awaiting trial themselves. Since, they have all broken the peace and public order by ferrying the crowds to the venue. A venue they hadn’t the clearance of the Police or the Police didn’t care about the notification and stopped it anyhow.

This was just three random scenarios. Very real scenarios, which the Opposition meets every day and all the time. Especially, when trying to gather or do political work. They cannot manage to do it, without the police intervening or being in the way of their work. The Opposition, if they try, they end up house-arrested, detained or charged with a crime. Even if the only thing they tried to do, was to actually do party work.

So, when the likes of Frank Tumwebaze saying the Police have made the Opposition heroes. Well, the Police have made them felons and outlaws, by just doing their duty and to be the checks and balances in the system. In a system that monitor, control and charge them, any time they can. This is the system that is built around the Public Order Management Act, as the Opposition has to beg to gather and do political work. Which is not a given, because the Police can use any reason or any excuse not too. That is just the way it is, but the NRM can do whatever, since the President and NRM has the Police and the Army. That is why the President can make a meeting without any form of notification and doesn’t need to follow the POMA. Even if he should, because he shouldn’t be above the law, but actually abide to it. Like everyone else. Peace.

Bobi Wine is now under House Arrest!

Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine after the violent arrest yesterday, as his Easter Monday Concert was blocked by the authorities, today, the Police Force and the authorities itself have sealed of his home in Magere. His wife Barbie and the kids was stopped at the roadblock nearly not allowed to go out of the home to school.

Clearly, the message of protest against the impunity and lack of freedom is issuing fear within the National Resistance Movement. As they have to go to extreme measures and house arrest Bobi Wine. Without a court order or without any proof of crimes. They are doing a pre-emptive measure, which means they will say his “inciting violence” or destroying “public order” without any proof of it. That is just how they operate.

Bobi Wine isn’t the first nor the last person to get this treatment, as more opposition figures and dissidents will get this treatment from the Police Force. This is the way they are, as the orders from High Above, states this.

Bobi Wine’s own Statement on today:

“Police and the military have been deployed at my residence since yesterday, after the violent arrest. My home is under siege. They have surrounded my fence and installed barricades on all roads leading to my home. It is today when I attempted to move out of my home that the police told me that I am under house arrest. I was headed to Police headquarters in Naguru to deliver a notification about our planned peaceful demonstrations against police brutality, injustice and misuse of authority. When they blocked me, I asked my lawyers to deliver the letter, but they too have been blocked and stopped from accessing the police headquarters. A public office! They were ordered to leave the gate to the police headquarters immediately or face arrest! Since they have refused to receive our notification as commanded by the law, WE SHALL GO AHEAD AND DEMONSTRATE PEACEFULLY AS GUARANTEED BY THE CONSTITUTION. This is our country!” (Bobi Wine, 23.04.2019).

When a Member of Parliament is under house arrest for doing his civic duty. You know something is wrong with the justice system and with the state of affairs. When a MP and a citizen can loose all his rights. He is just one out of plenty, who if they use their voices, it will be shut-down. Just like in the past, it will happen in the present time too.

Bobi Wine is getting the Besigye treatment, the House Arrest without a Court Order or a Warrant. Just a mere reflection if the injustice happening in the Republic. Peace.

Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine: Press Statement (22.04.2019)

Greetings, countrymen and countrywomen.

Yesterday, the 21st day of April, 2019 the Uganda Police Force once again blocked our music concert which had been scheduled to take place today at One Love Beach Busabala. Their letter also indicated that all our other planned shows across the country stand cancelled. For clarity, we have been planning to hold mega music concerts in the districts of Lira, Gulu and Kitgum and police had been duly notified. This brings the total number of our shows which have been blocked by the Police to 124!

Every citizen of Uganda knows what this is about. President Museveni is simply not happy with what I sing. He would simply want me to sing praises for him, and since I have refused, he won’t let me perform anywhere in Uganda. Being the coward he is, his government has even proposed ridiculous regulations that would ensure that I don’t perform outside Uganda without clearance from the government. He simply can’t stand our message being aired out anywhere.

Let me remind the nation that we have so far taken the following steps from the time these violations started in October, 2017. We filed a case in the High Court in 2017. To date, judgement has not been delivered. We petitioned the Uganda Human Rights Commission. We are yet to get a hearing. We petitioned the Parliament. Parliament passed a resolution against the blocking of our concerts and ordered the police and other security agencies to stop this unconstitutional conduct. They totally ignored Parliament’s resolution. We held meetings with the police leadership asking them what law we had violated. All they said was that they were acting on orders from above!

Let me also remind us all that it is not only our music shows that have been illegally blocked- I have on several occasions been barred from moving freely in this country. Several events that planned to host me have been cancelled, including a graduation event in Kasese. A few months ago, police attempted to block me from attending my sister’s wedding in Gomba district- I only eluded them and got to the event. In the recent past, police teargassed a church congregation that I attended in Kayunga. I have been put under 24 hour surveillance as if I am a criminal. People Power activities across the country have been blocked with impunity. Several of our songs have been banned on radio and television Stations. All these illegalities have been orchestrated by a few people in the police leadership, acting on the orders of President Museveni.

While these illegalities have been meted out on me, my family and the People Power movement, our other comrades in the struggle have not been spared. The police has violated clear constitutional provisions and blocked FDC activities across the country. Radio stations have been switched off for hosting comrade Dr. Kizza Besigye. Several events organised by the Democratic Party have been blocked without explanation. Colleague Members of Parliament have been arrested for protesting against evictions of our people in Apaa. Traders in Kampala have been brutalized for trying to peacefully protest against several injustices. Comrades such as Hon. Francis Zaake have in the recent past been violently arrested by the police. Other comrades such as Dr. Stella Nyanzi are being illegally detained. Many political activists are being illegally detained in ‘safe houses’ and being subjected to all manner of torture. Even our Muslim brothers and sisters have been blocked from holding public prayers in protest against the injustices on the muslim community. Journalists have been brutalized by the police and the military for doing their work.

The citizens have been watching all these injustices, and have been asking us- WHAT NEXT?

As I have labored to explain, we have made resort to all lawful avenues to have these illegalities struck down without success.

We have now decided to resort to another lawful avenue to protest against injustice by the leadership of the Uganda Police Force. We are invoking Article 29(1)(d) of the Constitution of Uganda which guarantees every citizen the right to assemble and demonstrate peacefully unarmed, and to petition. We shall hold peaceful demonstrations against the brutality, injustice and misuse of authority by the leadership of the police.

We call upon all those who have been victims of police brutality, injustice and misuse of authority, as well as other well meaning Ugandans to demonstrate peacefully against these illegalities.
We have written to the Police informing them of our intention to protest against the Police, as required by law. On Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019 I will use public transport and if necessary walk to the Police Headquarters in Naguru to deliver the letter notifying them of our intentions. All other Ugandans who wish to protest are also encouraged to write to the police and walk or drive there to deliver the letters of notification. We cannot continue to live as slaves in our own country!
#EnoughIsEnough
#EkimalaKimala
#Tumechoka

Your brother and comrade,

Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert- Bobi Wine

Bobi Wine arrested on the way to hold a Presser at One Love Beach, Busabala!

As we knew yesterday, that the concert scheduled today on the One Love Beach at Busabala, or the Kyarenga Extra Concert was blocked. Early this morning the Police Force had put up road-blocks and massive amount of police officers at the venue. They didn’t have the manpower for the concert to be held, but enough to close-off the venue. Shows the priority of the state.

In that manner, as they have blocked the up-coming Kyarenga Concerts as well, as the one tonight. The man behind it, Roberty Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, the MP and singer was trying to access his property and hold a press conference there. However, the authorities are in acceptance mode.

The road-block was put in place as the convoy of Bobi Wine was passing to his property. However, the Police Force broke a window on his car, forcefully arrested him and even threw tear-gas at him. The Police did the same at the public and the crowds around the car. They used water-canons on the public, as well as tear-gas, also using live-bullets.

Bobi Wine wasn’t the only arrested today, also his promoters Andrew Mukasa and Abbey Musinguzi were taken in custody. At this point of time, we don’t know where they are detained. The same can be said about Francis Zaake MP. Whose also was arrested as he was supposed to go there too. Nubian Li is the only one who walked away without being arrested.

We know after all the fuzz, the Police have driven Bobi Wine directly to his home in Magere. So, that he cannot address the public or be at his other property. Because, that is decided from high above.

Surely, this was well planned manoeuvrer to stop it from ever happening. As they were there from early on today and had all equipment, manpower and the means to stop it. They knew that Bobi Wine and friends could try to access his own land. Still, they wouldn’t let him. Even as they had already blocked the event from happening through letters.

Therefore, the actions was in ordinary fashion of the Police Force. With violence and arrests. This is just what they do. Pre-emptive strikes and attacks on the public. That is just what they do. The Police Force use all means to silence the opposition. They have done it again and surely can report giddy to Okello House. That they have saluted Bosco with a mission accomplished. Peace.

Uganda Police Force: Statement on Kyarenga Extra Concert (21.04.2019)

Bobi Wine’s Kyarenga Extra Easter Monday Concert: Blocked!

Bobi Wine is an artiste. This [politics] isn’t singing. If you are an artiste, go to Suzanna and Nakulabye” – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on the 15th March 2019

Again and again, the ones who oppose the Presidency and his reign are blocked from their functions. After the Athens Promotions have been informed by the authorities on the 19th April 2019, two days ahead of the scheduled Kyarenga Extra Concert on the 22nd April at One Love Beach, Busalaba. If you ever thought the authorities would relent and make it possible for Bobi Wine aka Robert Kyagulanyi to keep his career. Your wrong. This is continuing to stop him performing. So, in the end, he just have to become a full-time politician and fight with legislation.

This has been a persisting problem, which have occurred again and again. This is what the Police Force does, as they have rules and regulations that is used to stop the Opposition from gathering. While the President can stop at a round-about without any pre-warning and make a rally. While his opposition will be forced with tear-gas and arrests. If not, they are not allowed to entertain the idea of meeting up. That is why they are blocking the Kyarenga Extra at his own property. An property, they have previously allowed it and there was no insecurity or violence there.

It doesn’t matter how much the Athens Promotions, the Firebase Entertainment and the rest of the team around Bobi Wine are applying. They will fall short, because they are on the wrong side of the aisle.

This is the misuse of the Public Order Management Act (POMA) as they can portray it whichever way they want. But the reality is that they are stifling the opposition and their possible ways of earning a living. For a President just last month, saying that Bobi Wine should stick to singing. Kinda hard to that, if your concerts are most likely blocked or suspended? If they are not allowed to happen or the authorities blocking the venues?

Therefore, the President should be warned that the political musician, might turn into a full-time politician and become even more savvy in that field. As your blocking his revenue stream. He will hit harder at you, the cattle-rancher turned self-styled life-President. Maybe, he should go there and hang-out with his favourite cows? Instead of silencing the Republic where his been reigning over for 33 years?

Well, this is just one of plenty of problems in the Republic. Just the proof of how vindictive and aggressive the Police Force and authorities are against their dissidents. That they are not even accepting a concert on your own land. This is the sort of thing that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) have normalized. They are continuing to do it and surely thinks its cool. While the reality will sooner or later hit them. When they have blocked enough political gatherings, enough political actors and also their inner-party work. When the people think its enough…

When that time comes, I don’t know, but this sort of actions. Will cause an effect, as people can react to the continues attack on their freedom and liberty to even participate or have leaders who can be leaders for them. They are awaiting the blessing of the Republic to build their political parties and engage the public. Because, if they start to hold rallies, radio-interviews, concerts, inner-party meetings or even party conferences. They can all be shut-down, either will on-air or before it even happening. This is just what the Police Force is up-to.

Therefore, Bobi Wine isn’t an exemption, but yet another Prime-Example of how the NRM and their Police Force is operating. Peace.

Letter from the Police:

Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL): New owner, clearly disconnected

Since March 2017, the Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) have been struggling, it started even before then, but at that time. The state started to intervene, by the next month in April 2017. The state had already put the company under provincial ownership. Meaning, that the state took it over and has tried to find new ownership of this company. Something it hasn’t succeeded in. This all happened because of the Libyan crisis in 2011 and the frozen accounts of Libya Post Telecommunications & IT Company (LPTIC), which had a majority ownership in the UTL until that point. However, they didn’t get all out before March 2017. Even as there was a set-up a new board in the Company in fall of 2016. Even, with all of this, the UTL continues to live, but by mere state injections and not because it is viable for business.

Even after a year in May 2018, the Cabinet announced that they were looking for new owners, alas, meaning that the state wouldn’t have the major stake in the company. Why I am saying all this? Well, the news this week that Minister Evelyn Anite and government sources states this:

The source added that the government had created incentives to make the company more attractive. They include managing the backbone, wiping all the liabilities off the balance sheet, and that the government would take responsibility for the pension liability of more than Shs 30 billion to former UTL employees. Other liabilities that the government would take care of include the regulator’s fees and taxes. “All these wipe off the balance sheet and handed it [UTL] to you, clearly you can start from a clean slate.” the source said” (URN – ‘Gov’t offers to pay Shs 500bn UTL liabilities’ 20.04.2019, link: https://observer.ug/news/headlines/60467-gov-t-offers-to-pay-shs-500bn-utl-liabilities).

With this in mind, the state would clean the slate of the company, an embattled one who is fighting in a competitive market. Where it is directly competing against the mighty MTN and Airtel. Therefore, the UTL needs an decent upgrade, as it has been in a stalemate for years now. Where the lack of investment in the company and the debt it have already.

We can clearly see that the company is not so viable. The lack of interest and value is shown as the President even needed to direct the state ministries to use the UTL Internet Services and mobile phone services by a letter in January 2018. That is why, a year after that, the government sources are trying to connect it even more and juice it up. Even if it has little to offer.

The UTL doesn’t look solid or offering something of strong value for a buyer. As it has a strong competition and they are on point when concerning the telecom infrastructure, which the UTL haven’t the ability to afford to do or invest in. Therefore, the next owner has to pick up, where the Libyan owners left off. Since, the state haven’t done anything else, than keeping it alive. Peace.

Not Breaking News: The Supreme Court Validated the Age Limit Amendment today!

If you ever thought the Supreme Court would allow the appeal on the Age Limit or the abolishment of the Article 102(b) your wrong. The 1995 Constitution is a document that is to change, as the President see fit or as he is in need.

The ones that believed that the Supreme Court would dismiss it. The result 4 Judges to dismiss versus 3 to appeal. Seems more like trying to make it balanced, than it really is. Because, the judges could have just made it 7 to dismiss or even 6, maybe even 5. Since, the result is practically the same. Close, but no cigar.

There are nothing that is changed, only that all legal remedy before the General Election 2021 is gone. The road for the sole candidate of the National Resistance Movement. Nothing will stop him, yet again. Like it is child’s play, which it is. Because, everyone around him plays to his tune. The ones who doesn’t end behind bars for silly reasons like Besigye. That is just life in the republic.

Again, and again, all the remedy, all the legal and Parliamentary steps is taken to secure the Self-Styled dictatorship of the President. In the vision and way of Museveni. If you think it is brilliant. It is not, it is just misuse of state institutions and ensuring one man get everything.

This isn’t validating a constitution or rule of law. This is validating the Presidency and his cronies. There is nothing noble or justification of it. Except keeping the status quo and the misuse of the power, which the NRM and the ones around the President already does.

If you think the verdict of 18th April 2019 is splendid and worth celebrating. Than celebrate the arrests of opposition members, the assaults on civil society organizations, political rallies ambushed, concerts blocked, journalists silenced, radios losing their licenses and everything else that is used to stop the opposition from organizing. It will only get worse, before it gets better.

For one reason, there is less and less reasons for Museveni to play around. He has everything and all laws is in hands. All the security organizations is following his memos and the Parliament is doing as directed. There is no one questioning or stopping him from doing what he says. Even if it failure and foolish.

Don’t anticipate this verdict to make things better. It won’t, it will just give the President all the reasons to continue his run. To continue his persistence of stealing, dealing and killing everyone else seeking office. Ensuring overpower and control. Giving no way. Just being him. There is no other way to look at it.

This is again, giving all the powers to the same man, that has run the republic since 26th January 1986. We could joke, may even say Bosco is out of his mind. But he isn’t, his just using the Supreme Court, like he has used everything else for 3 decades.

He just got the final nudge, the final nail in the coffin. He has abolished the term limits, now he officiated the destruction of the age limit. Who knows what is next, but this man will do whatever it takes to be in power. To think otherwise, is a lie or you haven’t gotten the whole picture. If not you are naive and thinks this is a good. Which is not.

This is validating the corruption, the arrest of democracy and also the ability of others to compete. As it is yet another fixture ready for the victory of Team Museveni. Peace.

President Museveni letter to Speaker Kadaga: Appointment of a Chairperson and Members of the Uganda Land Board (08.04.2019)

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