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Opinion: Muntu’s mellow approach to end Musevenism…

Once upon a time, there was a bush-war NRA who became an opposition. Who went from having aspirations of being an journalists to become a full-time engaging opposition. However, in his quest to uproot the master he helped putting into power. He has never significantly been able to address to how to change this.

Even to this day, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu, the former Party President of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and now Coordinator of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) seems like a lost puppy on quest to nowhere. Before I continue. Let me take a snippet of yesterday’s speech from the man.

Ugandans could take to the streets one day and eventually drive Gen. Yoweri Museveni from power or he could fail to rig the next election and be gone. Unfortunately all of the problems that Uganda is enduring today will remain with us the day after Museveni is out of office. The most intractable problem is the lack of political engagement at the grassroots. That is why dictatorships have flourished, leading to political violence, deaths, corruption and economic destruction. There has never been a peaceful handover of power from one president to the next one in Uganda in our 57 years of independence. Yet the right of citizens to determine who governs them is a fundamental and universal human right. Those who govern must obtain the consent of those on whose behalf they exercise political power” (Mugisha Muntu 11.10.2019).

I don’t know about you, but this sort of address fails the parameter of a real change. This is the soft approach and the reason why NRM has said they are open for a return of this man. Because, his manner and ways are so smooth, that you cannot fix it all.

It is true, the dynamics and the state apparatus will need time to be rebuilt and institutionalized in a manner, where the orders from above doesn’t control it all. However, the approach of Muntu is weak, bitterly so. Like he wants to await the final destination and said his education of the grassroots is the way to solve it all. Which is really an insincere approach, considering how the other parties has tried to educate and operate within the limited space the state has given them.

If there is a election with Museveni on the ballot, he will not fail in rigging it. That is what his been doing ever since 1996. Not kid ourselves, no one can conquer him on a ballot. As long as Yoweri breathes, no win will win in a contest. Even if the tides are turning and the state has no support other than the army. Still, he will not loose. Because of the fear of opposing Mr. Incumbent President.

Once people are truly empowered at the grassroots they will be the guarantors against future dictatorships. We do not believe in replacing guns with guns” (Muntu, 11.10.2019).

Therefore, if Muntu was sincere, he would promise more than civic education to over win the dictatorship. Because, he wants a soft teachings and lessons for the public. So, that they can deep into their mind know what is just and what is their right. However, they most likely know this already, as it is basic and understandably so. Nevertheless, when risking life or arrests for questioning the actions of the state, they rather stay silent; which I don’t blame them. Everyone is not built for getting in trouble.

Just like, Muntu knows he cannot preach defiance or resistance against the state. He cannot, because than he sounds like the ones he lost in the FDC. He needs to preach another gospel. Though, it falls short. Because, we all know that educating isn’t enough. Action is needed too, even though it costs.

I’ll end with wise words of Dr. Kizza Besigye: “I am very alive to the fact that: no freedom, no political changes, comes without a cost” (June 2011). Peace.

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Opinion: A little bit of defiance overpowered the independence celebration!

Let us reject being mere spectators in life, to becoming masters of our own destiny” – Dr. John Garang from the 1990 Torit Speech

Today was supposed to be the day that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni shined in the Bugisu Sub-Region and in Sironko District. Where he together with all the flair, the state machinery, the army and dignitaries. Even Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa was there to bring the festivities to the next.

However, the actions of his state apparatus, the acts of his own security organizations and their compatriots failed. They were supposed to have a smug party and celebrate the spoils of 57 years of independence. Instead, this day will not be remembered for whatever trophy or award Mnangagwa got or the speech of Museveni.

No. Today will be remembered by what happen in Wakiso district and in Kampala. There was another fellow taking the headlines and stealing from the military parades of Sionko. The man who overtook the mantle and the spotlight was Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.

His not the first opposition figure (Dr. Kizza Besigye and Ingrid Turinawe) to sneak out his own home, as it is besieged by police officers and road-blocks. Which was the case today, as the news of Independence and Magere was sealed off. Still, Bobi Wine found away and he took off.

What is even more amazing was that Bobi Wine was able to dip through traffic and pass into Kamwokya. He was able to drive-in convoy during the day and even jump onto a boda-boda while the police tried to arrest him. This all made fuzz and the video-clip of this is online. It went viral. Because, it shows the lack of freedom and how one mad had to defy the authorities.

This is defiance in-action. Where one man took it and showed the world what it means to stand-up against the oppressors. He could have been a defeatists and been behind sealed of premises. Instead, his action showed the public what a little effort can do. He was able to shock and awe, but also show them that they can stand-up towards the people with guns and spike-strip or tire deflation device to stop him from passing.

Still, Bobi Wine did pass his home. He went and became the man about town. Bobi Wine didn’t only show his face, but he showed true defiance. Some calls him a hooligan, but his not a fanatic football support. His a man who stood up for his own freedom and as an example of someone who will not be shackled by an unfair system, which the NRM is putting the public.

A little defiance overpowered the festivities today. Who knew? Nobody did, that’s what defiance does. Peace.

Nathan Nandala-Mafabi MP Statement: Today we welcome Mr. Museveni to Bugisu and Sironko in particular (09.10.2019)

Bugisu region which this government has relegated to the periphery.

41% of people in Bugisu are below the poverty line. Simply put, its more less, for every two people in Bugisu, one is extremely poor.

For the last 33years of the NRM government, the Namagumba, Nalugugu road remains in a sorrow state; for the last 33years of this government, only Mbale Lwahaha road is being tarmacked in Bugisu sub region.

There is no new road that has been opened in the region. Yet, like all Ugandans, every person in Bugisu carries a debt of 1million shillings because of the debt burden, recklessly accumulated by this government.

The people in Bugisu are poor, not because they are lazy. Rather, they are an extremely hardworking and truthful people. They like organised systems where they can diligently serve. They can never thrive under a mafia corrupt system.

In 1962, before the British granted Uganda independence, they questioned whether Ugandans had financial capacity to govern themselves.

To alley British fears and excuse, Bugisu contributed £300,000 and Buganda £500,000 to show we could manage ourselves.

Ideally, it’s Bugisu and Buganda which guaranteed Uganda’s independence. But Bugisu has been sidelined.

The five years Sironko district was under the FDC leadership, it was always ranked amongst the best performing and corruption free districts. Today, the story is different.

That is why, the fanfare in Sironko will not detract some of us, we shall continue to mobilise and educate people about the dangers of a corrupt and disorganised regime.

We shall continue to mobilise people for change, for the liberation and true independence of Uganda.

I welcome everyone to Budadiri West.

Bobi Wine escapes house-arrest on independence day!

Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine released pictures earlier today of a cordoned home, road-blocks and a police siege at his home; and also on the road-blocks to his “One Love Beach”. Where he was supposed to hold an Independence Day concert. A concert that the authorities didn’t have the man-power to secure it.

However, they had the man-power to put up roadblocks, several of them, apparently. Both, in Wakiso District and in the greater Kampala area.

Well, that didn’t work out well for the Police Force. The Police Officers could detain the man in his own home. The artist and politician escaped on a motorcycle or boda-boda. As he was able to cross from Magere in Wakiso district and been able to ride to Kamwokya, Kampala. On route to Busabala, where the beach property is.

Surely, the state is looking foolish in all of this. As the boda-boda’s are even riding convoy with the man across town. As the President of the Republic is presiding over events elsewhere and totally forgotten. It proves his popularity and his rise, why the authorities fear Bobi Wine. Because, the public stand behind him and support him. Stops even police from arresting him again.

Therefore, even as this tale is far from over. The proof of his resilience and will is there. That his not following orders from high above. To silence himself and his comrades in the struggle against oppression. That he takes up the mantle and stands up against it.

By all means, for doing what he did today. He will get new charges where he defied orders, “incited violence” or trespassed Bosco’s mind. But that is something that impossible not to do. When without court orders, warrants or legal justification, they put him under house-arrest, which state did earlier this morning.

Alas, that is the proof of the sinister state and lack of freedoms in the Republic. When a man has to break away from his own home to get freedom on INDEPENDECE day. Not just a random day. BUT ON INDEPENDECE DAY. Just let that pickle cherish for a minute. Peace.

Only Museveni can celebrate Independence Day: Bobi Wine’s concert is blocked!

Besides, police would not be able to fully provide the requested for security as our main effort will be on securing the national Independence Day celebrations in Sironko district,” the letter reads in part” (NBS Television, 08.10.2019)

The Osabala Concert at One Love Beach on the 57th Independence of the Republic has been blocked by the Police Force for their ordinary reason. “Safety” and whatever else concerns the state has, as the musician and politician Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine was prepared to hold a concert at his venue again. Since, everything else is steadily blocked for him during the last two years.

This is the first concert his tried to hold in the Republic in a long while. Not the first nor the last time the National Resistance Movement will close of venues of other people and politicians celebrating independence day. Because, its only an independence celebration if the President and his cronies are there. If not its deemed unfit and dangerous.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) are planning also an event at the FDC Headquarters at Najjankumbi, but don’t expect that to go through either. As the state has a gift of blocking these events.

I didn’t expect Bobi Wine to get this. Just like the other politicians who has tried to celebrate the day without His Excellency. That is just mere impossible in the Republic. The freedom is limited and only the one given by him. Your lucky if your free and have the liberty to celebrate it. Especially if your figure who oppose him. Than, your freedoms are limited and your moves are restricted. Just like in the manner of the concert of Bobi Wine.

He just had to be blocked. Even if there is no evidence, no clues or no intelligence saying it will be an issue. Just that the orders from high above says so. That the President doesn’t want to be outshined or be exposed for his hypocrisy on the 57th Independence Day. That cannot happen and Bobi Wine just have to shut-up.

That is initially what the President is saying. Expect arrests either today or tomorrow. Of fellow peers, of people going towards One Love Beach. Expect FDC leaders in trouble too. They are always in the mix. While President will bless an venue with his deception of freedom, liberty and liberation, which was made for him and his cronies, but not the whole republic. Peace.

Opinion: The inventor of the Presidential Handshake is incorruptible, apparently?

Do not be corrupt. Do not agree to take a bribe. I have never taken or accepted a bribe from anyone”Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at the National Prayer Breakfast (08.10.2019).

The man that has been known for having international investors at his state house before accepting the deals. The man whose accepted the Presidential Handshake as a pay-off for his civil servants. The President who was entangled together with his Foreign Minister in bribe and money laundering scheme landing the Chinese National Patrick Ho, 3 years in prison in the United States.

Suddenly, his a blessed man, whose never been bribed or accepted bribes. I have a hard time believing that. As all micro-managed infrastructure deals, all sorts of agreements are done with him in the picture. He decides if a developer, if a contractor gets their way. The President is connected and somewhere will get a kick-back. To think otherwise is naive.

That President Museveni thinks people are this stupid in the year of 2019. Is very special, it is unique and deliberate lying. A commandment that isn’t important to him, neither is the one about thieving either. Both of them has been done steady in years in office.

Maybe, the NRM and the President should look into their own cadres, should look into the High Command and the National Executive Committee. To see whose is who. This man cannot consider being serious or meaning the words coming out his mouth. Before looking at how he came out of poverty in the bush-war to be one of the richest on the continent three decades later. This being done, while having a don-ditto salary as President, but still eating more than plenty ministries every budget year.

Well, to say it easy this is non-sense. Wonderful and colourful words, which is common-sense. However, his actions over the years combined with the open knowledge. Make it sounds like the wrong person said it. That is it.

Mr. President maybe not accept handshakes, inside-deals and whatnot on your clock. Because, we know they do. Peace.

Opinion: The UCC report on breach of “minimum standard” is the anti-broadcasting Bobi Wine Report!

The Uganda Communication Commission report on the breach of minimum standard is really about the media houses, radios and TV-Stations broadcasting events and court-trials. This investigation report goes on supposed breaches of broadcasting standards.

All observations and affairs in these circumstances just happen to be involving the People Power Movement, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and his affairs with the law. The demonstrations or the return from a police station.

This being the reports from Bukedde TV, BBS, NTV and NBS Television. What is really striking from all of this, is that the UCC recommends actions of “remain impartial and non-partisan in the course of their work”. Still, this whole report itself is only looking to breaches following Bobi Wine and sometimes Dr. Kizza Besigye,

These all stems from the same time and incidents surrounding Bobi Wine on the 29th April 2019. The UCC is all looking into the messages about this. Not about any other instance or investigating how the media houses followed the messages of the state. No, only how it blessed the air-ways with content following an arrest of unlawful assembly, as the politician tried to hold an Kyarenga Extra Concert on East Monday; Which the state blocked.

The report doesn’t look into how the state acted towards him. Neither is the mandate of UCC to do this. But it is interesting that their scope is on this and they are showing loyalty to the “high above” this way. Because, it makes it obvious.

That the reporters, the media houses, the radios and TV-Stations should be “non-partisan” the NRM way and not follow up on arbitrary arrest of opposition figures. Because, that incite violence, startle the public to demonstrate or even can cause “riots”. Since, this will not happen if they just show Museveni in 3D all day or make mash-ups of his latest speeches.

This is an targeted assault on media freedom from the UCC. This is biased attack on these media house. Nothing else too it. Peace.

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Opinion: Did the Anti-Corruption Unit at the State House overtake the IGG?

Irene Mulyagonja, the fourth Inspector General of General (IGG), who was appointed to this position in 2012. Are now six years later appointed to Courts of Appeals as a judge. A position she used to have since 2008, when she appointed as a High Court judge back-then. Therefore, she’s returning to her field of work after 7 years in “absence”.

What is clear is that the IGG has lost the mantle, haven’t been as focused or had the pivotal role as it could have had. However, that is not her fault. The state has established a new Anti-Corruption Unit in the State House. The IGG, had already competition with the Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA), the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) and the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA). Combined with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), the Judiciary and the law-enforcement in general. Therefore, in the field of anti-corruption, there is a bit many chefs to compete with.

So, as an IGG she’s become more of a ghost. But that is because, well, the state has funded and created the State House initiative, which have put the others on the back-burner. Not like they have any prominence or reckoning of late. I cannot even remember a substantial report from either of the authorities in ages. That revealed something substantial or even investigated state owned enterprises nor the government tenders. Its been so little or nothing.

With this in mind, maybe it was a gift from the President to appoint her to the Courts of Appeals. So, she can use her skills, her experience and her knowledge to good use. Since it was wasted at the IGG.

We can hope this is greener pastures, maybe even a relief. Since, the hopelessness and the diverted fight against corruption must be boring. When the ones and cases are directed to the State House and not to the other authorities. Even if their mandate, their mission and their government position is more bearing in law and in print, than the one suddenly created last year.

Well, good luck at a new venture Irene Mulyagonja. We have to see who will be the fifth IGG and who will be the ghost in the machine. Because the role of the IGG has diminished with time. We can just wonder, why they bother even having it at this point and time? Peace.

Opinion: Museveni, the liberator turned oppressor!

I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.”Ernesto “Che” Guevara

Back-in-the-day, in a far-away timeline, early in the mid-80s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was seen as the liberator, the one who bring hope and possible make a transformational change. However, with time his shown that power is more important than results, than achievements and even his own legacy.

The Republic came out of terrible civil-war, a bush-war, depleted and destroyed after several years of bad leadership, corruption, nepotism and all the ills a society can have. There is no doubt about that from Idi Amin, Tito Okello, Godfrey Binaisa, Milton Obote II and so on. However, with time his started to use their tricks and become like the ones he defeated.

What is more striking is that Museveni has taken techniques used by Mobutu and Moi too. Just because he has the hang of it and can use their skill-set locally where he reside. That is just what he does with power.

He strikes with furious anger, he brings his enemies to their knees and he hope that gifts will turn them over on his side. If they don’t, then they will perish, they will suffer and regret that they opposed him. That is just what he does.

Even amongst his own, the ones former allies and people closely connected has perished and vanished. They have died by mysterious ways. Still, people will not address this or hope that people forget they even lived.

That is why it is interesting, that all the yes men, praising tarmac, bridges and vanity projects. Isn’t seeing that his destroying the economy, his enforcing his will onto every breathing person in the Republic and his misusing his power by arresting, detaining and deciding whose legally in trouble.

If your wearing the right hat, if you have broken the right code and if your treacherous. That is all his decision to make. The President that either bless you or disgrace you. The President can either give you a bread or ensure your dead. That is what he does and what paths his walking on.

He overpowers institutions, he silence radios, he stops the broadcast, he ensures loadshedding and he even sends the army to signal his MPs of what is the right direction. That is what he does, and nothing stops him.

That’s the New Vision, that is the future, the past and present. All in the same memo. The President has no trouble house-arresting, detaining and using safe-houses to silence dissidents. He has no trouble scarring people for life for standing up against him. Using military and security organization to stifle the political movements opposing. That is what he does and frequently.

That is why the opposition are evil and dangerous, because they challenge him. They are boggling his mind and his spirit. The eternal overlord spirit of Nakasero and Okello House. The grandest chief and mastermind, the great schemer and autocrat with a flair.

The National Resistance Movement was in its inception made because of one rigged election in 1980. However, they have presided over rigged elections since 1996 and continues to this day. The charade and hoopla happens with every junction. The President whose supposed to make a difference.

Does just the same. His acts are even more despicable because of that, because he knows. In his heart, in his spirit and his mind, he knows all of this. But he will not say that. That he betrayed his mission, his life achievement and the goals of the liberation. If he does, than he says his a failure and with an ego like him. That will never happen.

He rather aim a gun at me and shoot, then saying he was wrong and that betrayed the NRA. Since, that is what his done. They didn’t go to the bush to get wealthier than God and let Karamoja starve. No, it came to power to liberate and make a new Republic. Which it has done, but also continued on the ill behaviours of the past. To say otherwise is naive. The dead doesn’t speak, neither the hurt in the villages. But there are many lives scorn, just so the President can be in power. Don’t doubt that, if you do, than your neglecting the facts.

There will be a day of reckoning. I don’t know when, but it will happen, eventually. Because nothing last forever. At one stage, the house will loose and the people will win. We just don’t know when the central leadership gives way. Peace.

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