Opinion: Have the Ministry of Foreign Affairs lost 160 vehicles in the last few years?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs led by Gen Jeje Odongo is appearing before the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament to answer different questions raised by the committee. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has raised concern over the poor state of fleet vehicle for transporting dignitaries. According to PS Vincent Bagiire, the Ministry is using old fleet from the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which are “Nolonger fit for purpose” (Parliament of Uganda, 13.01.2022).

When reading this from the Parliament of Uganda handle on Twitter. I was boggled, because it was only last year when the Chinese Ambassador in Uganda handed over 70 vehicles to then Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kuteesa. That happened in the end of March ahead of summits, which was supposed to be held later in the year. The Chinese government spent 5 millions United States Dollars on these SUVs last year.

Therefore, when Gen. Odongo says the Foreign Ministry has “ancient” cars from the CHOGM summit. The state also bought another additional 80 vehicles ahead of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in 2020. Therefore, the Ministry and the state should have vehicles in their car-lot. They have not only bought these 80, but gotten donated another additional 70 cars in the year after.

It seems to be the time to re-issue the statement from the Auditor General Report of 2021:

Furthermore, I observed that 38 entities (76.0%) out of the 50 entities did not have a specific policy or guidelines on Motor vehicle management to guide the usage and eliminate theft, losses, wastage and misuse of motor vehicles. This was in addition to the absence of a comprehensive standardized fleet management policy of Government. Different aspects of government vehicles management are found in different policies and guidelines cited in various government documents, such as; the Uganda Public Service Standing Orders 2010, the Public Procurement and Disposal Act, 2014, and Treasury Instructions, 2017. This affects the entities’ ability to address the unique motor vehicle management challenges which may not be envisaged in the standing Orders and Treasury Instructions” (OAG February 2021).

So, it seems like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has no control or policy in concern to their car park. They are one of these entities with no management of the car park. That is very clear by Odongo’s statement. As it is easy to see the Ministry have purchased and gotten donated in total 160 vehicles or cars in the last three years alone. The state and the Ministry be able to keep it up and general up-keep.

Unless, the state has suddenly issued these for others and given them to other state affiliates like appointed district officials or whatnot. That’s how it looks like to me. Because, how do you base you vehicle-park on CHOGM in 2022. When your own Ministry have bought vehicles ahead of the CPC and donated from China the year later?

Are there no accountability for the ministry and could Sam, the man just drive away with all of these to the sun-set and sell them on a car-lot in Mbarara? Because, what happened to all of them or they given to the former Ministers employees at Entebbe International Airport?

Since, cars cannot vanish, unless it is part of a Hollywood script or a car lost at a plot forgotten by the state. In such a manner of which, Mobutu had hidden vehicles and his administration held vehicles in foreign missions, which years later was found in forgotten garage abroad. Therefore, is that the issue of the Ministry in Uganda too?

Because, how do you loose 160 vehicles in the time span of about 3 years? Peace.

The Case of Kakwenza Rukira is a proof that the rule of law is dying

The National Resistance Movement and President Yoweri Tibuhurwa Kaguta Museveni promised a fundamental change and a new state of governance. However, with time those promises has withered and proven to be a fault-line. There is a correct line, but that isn’t the ones of rule of law or justice for that matter. No, it is blind loyalty to one man and his quest for eternal power. The rest is just a game of scandals and spin to forget the injustice and the plights of the population.

The NRM and Museveni just show their sinister attitude towards their civilians and the dissidents when they are keeping a man incommunicado from 28th December 2021 to the 11th January 2022, as his charged in court for disturbing the peace of the President and his son Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga. After the writer insulted and infuriated the ones power. Now, his behind bars and in prison for insulting the President and his Son.

If you thought Museveni brought fundamental change, you are wrong. It is more of the same and his acting just like the ones he “liberated” the people from. There is no difference between him and the ones who fought. The liberation war was for a chosen few and not for the general public. The NRA historicals and the elites, the rest has to beg for mercy it seems. The President wants beggars and people on their knees to get blessings like the former tormentors did to the people in the past.

Museveni and Muhoozi isn’t supposed to be ridiculed or mocked. They are supposed to have fun content and praising texts of glory. These men are supposed to be beloved and cherished. However, these are harming and going after the dissidents, the opposition and the ones who isn’t behind them. They are using the authorities and the law enforcement to silence the ones who dares to defy them. That’s what has happened to Kakwenza Rukira.

The writer dared to call Muhoozi obese and a drunkard. The writer of the Greedy Barbarian dared to question and mock the first family. While he did so in the public and in social media. He did what Dr. Stella Nyanzi has done and others like Pastor Joseph Kabuleta. They have all been taken to court and been detained for their writings. Therefore, the state isn’t acting in a new manner.

They are just resolving it quicker and with more brutality. While not producing him in the courts within 48 hours. Not giving him access to legal representation or having due process. The writer has been gone for days and weeks. The man was missing from 28th December to the 11th January 2022. That’s the sort of act of injustice and impunity. This is not proving the state to be fair or treat their dissidents fairly. It is showing the world that Museveni and Muhoozi bears grudges, they are ruthless and reckless. They don’t mind blood, pain or suffering upon the ones who challenge them. While they don’t have the character to address it back in the written word.

It was God damn tweets with a few words, not a decree or a ill advised speech. No, this was quick remarks and mockery on social media. A public figure of the stature of Muhoozi or Museveni should handle that. They should have the character, not only as public figures, but as army commanders. However, they have thinner skin and bigger egos than movie starts. They are sentencing and charging people, because they cannot manage criticism. Maybe, the words of the writer is true, then? He is obese and a drunkard? Is the Lt. Gen. Mr. Obese? Is he fatty-fat and feels ashamed of it? S

Since he has to order and get daddies to help to arrest, torture and keep someone incommunicado for days. That is maybe even validating the mockery, instead of refuting and rebuking it with simple words. That is what the state should do and it has several of spokespersons, government communications outlets and a few ministers who could do something useful. However, they are instead answering with violence and law enforcement. That is showing what lack of resolve and character the two men has.

They cannot articulate or use their minds. Instead they order guns, glory and pain on a civilian. Muhoozi cannot even defend himself. A man who is boosting himself and his position on social media. A man who can be vile and attack without any hesitation other political leaders like Bobi Wine. Muhoozi can write whatever and say what he feels without any other than positive coverage. However, a civilian must face jail and the courts for doing the same. That shows the discrepancy of the current state.

Museveni didn’t come with real change. Neither will Muhoozi. They are just liberators of their own fate and hopes the naive believes their arrogance and their rash acts of insincerity. Clearly, their egos are fragile and the Leopards Anus needs to save his buttocks from his son obese tummy. Peace.

Opinion: One law for Andrew and another for the brothers of Robert

Through his official Twitter account Kainerugaba, who is also the first son, said that Mwenda is part of the Army’s fan base, which is ‘just an excited’ lot. “My bro Mwenda is part of the massive fan base that UPDF has because of the great work we do. They want to wear our uniforms, hold our guns and even pretend to fly our aircrafts. It means nothing. They are just excited beings. A victorious army like ours is used to such adoration,” he tweeted. Early this week, videos of Mwenda, a media personality and founder of the Independent Magazine, circulated on social media, attracting criticism from the Ugandans online, who quickly pointed out that his actions are criminal and punishable under the Army Law” (Betty Amamukirori – ‘Muhoozi defends Andrew Mwenda on military attire’ 09.01.2022, New Vision).

It is now clear that there is a distinction between the ones who are part of the elite and who is serving the state, which Andrew Mwenda now clearly is. As of last year and since Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine went into the political landscape. He has galvanized youth and used a red beret, which has “illegal” and people have served time in prison for wearing.

That’s why it’s special and unique to see a civilian like Mwenda. The Editor and journalist at The Independent Magazine. Getting all out in military fatigue and being praised by First Son for doing so. The Commander of Land Forces in the UPDF is accepting this and letting him do it. However, we know his same army and state wouldn’t have allowed anyone else do this in the opposition.

We know already that the National Resistance Movement MPs and High Ranking Officials are all in military fatigue when they have lectures and seminars at Kyankwanzi every year. We have seen them gallivanting around with the fatigue. All from Jennifer Full Figure to the former Secretary General Lumumba-Kasule. We have seen it all and it’s not news, but we are seeing the hypocrisy and the use of law applied to one part of society, and easily dismissed in others.

Just read this passage here:

164. Unauthorised sale or wearing of uniforms, etc.

(1)

Any person who, without authority—

(c) wears or uses any decoration supplied to or authorised for use by any member of the Defence Forces or any decoration so nearly resembling that decoration as to be likely to deceive,

commits an offence and is, on conviction, liable to imprisonment not exceeding seven years.

2) Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to any uniform or decoration for the purposes of any bona fide stage, film or television production or military representation.

(3) Any person who by act, words, conduct or otherwise, falsely represents himself or herself to be a person who is or has been entitled to wear or use any uniform or decoration referred to in subsection (1), commits an offence and is, on conviction, liable to imprisonment not exceeding three years” (Uganda People’s Defence Force Act 2005).

We know Mwenda was sitting in the helicopter and being proud-cock of participating with the UPDF. Where he was showing it off to the whole social media as well. He was in military fatigue and wearing the whole uniform for anyone to see. I doubt it was a film-production, television clip or indirectly a military representation. No, it was just a display that his in the anointed elite and “one-of-them”.

I’m looking forward to the display of a movie role or the next UPDF promotion clip with Mwenda acting out his military dream. Where he displays his inner Terminator or Rambo. Because, surely something has to come out of this. It is very clear that the National Unity Platform (NUP) has been violated here. If the ones in the inner-circle can do it, but the ones opposing the government cannot. Then the interpretation of law isn’t justified. Since why should one brother be allowed and another not? The law and the text is the same. The UPDF Act haven’t changed or says, if you are affiliated to government or associated with the National Resistance Movement (NRM), then you are justified wearing military outfits, uniforms and fatigues. No, it states that only UPDF actives are supposed to wear it, unless your doing specific movie or television productions. Therefore, Mwenda should be held under contempt just like the NUP activists, members and leaders who has faced the law for wearing a red beret. That is just fair, if there still is any resemblance of rule of law in the Republic.

As it stands now… there is one law for Andrew and another law for Robert. Peace.

Opinion: Will the NRM and their MPs drop the advice of the Odoki Report?

Ugandans power to vote won’t be taken away by indirect voting. We are saying vote the right Member of Parliament who will vote for the right President. The reform is not for Museveni. It is for all Ugandans. We are the citizens of Uganda thinking for Uganda. If you are popular as a party, send us more Members in the Parliament. In Parliament, things are clear, the strength of your political party in Parliament will be your vote for Presidency. We are spending a lot of money on elections. Let that money be sent back to strengthen the party at grassroots level. We are not a Muhoozi project. Muhoozi is a serving officer in the UPDF and cannot engage in politics”Felix Adupa President Transformer Cadres Association of NRM” (NBS Television, 06.01.2022).

We know there is a cause to take away the popular vote and the universal suffrage as a method of voting in the President in the Republic. This is a clear intention of changing the Constitution and Presidential Elections Act. As the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and President Museveni is gearing up for another constitutional amendment to fit his narrative.

That is very clear, just anyone else done in the past. Now, the President doesn’t want to participate in the general election or be on the ballot. Instead, his selected peers of the Parliament will vote him in. That is the initial trick here.

Here is the recommendation from the Odoki Commission Report, which was made with the initial draft constitution in the 1990s. Where there was certain legal thoughts and ideals, which should be relevant in 2022 or any other year.

Just take a look!

Excessive concentration of power in the executive:

28.27 People agreed almost unanimously that the 1967 Constitution had concentrated far too much power in the hands of the executive arm of government, and in particular in the President. There were no other institutions which could effectively check on executive and presidential power. As a result, those exercising such power had little concern constitutional limits, and tended to feel free to set aside the Constitution or parts of the Constitution which did not suit their interests” (Odoki Report, 1992).

78. Method of Voting

(a) Voting in presidential, parliamentary and district council elections as well as referenda,

should be by secret ballot.

(b) The electoral law should require that the same ballot box is used for all candidates in a

constituency. The box should be placed in the open rather than a closed booth.

(c) There should be clear symbols and/or photographs against each candidate’s name to

assist illiterate voters.(10.143)” (Odoki Report, 1992).

We are seeing the problems of past getting back into order. If the NRM and President are willing to risk everything for one man. The NRM has been risking that twice already and now they will not even make charades of elections, which it has done since 1996.

The President trying to avoid the problems of lack of integrity and legitimacy, as the elections are made and prepared for him to “win”. That is what people know and it’s evident by how they are run by the state. The same about the gerrymandering, the blocking of opposition parties and ensuring several of unopposed candidates across the Republic. In such a fashion, that the NRM will gain a majority no matter what and the President got “yes-men” in the Parliament. The game is rigged and the opposition only gets a small token or parts of the political landscape.

We are clearly seeing that the Odoki Commission is vouching for what the people wants and have a representative democracy. Not having a council sort of system, which is having the President elected in Parliament. Yes, the Local Government and Parliament will be elected by secret ballot still… while the Head of State is hand-picked by a few merry men and woman in the National Assembly. That’s ditching democratic ideals and the trust in the will of the people.

Yes, the rigged elections of January 2021 or any other year isn’t changing things, but it is much harder to cheat the whole system and trick the results in as they do. It is also adding additional stress on a man who is in advanced age. This is changing the laws to fit him again and his pigeon holing his own Constitution for his benefit. Which is the power the Odoki Commission warned us all about and now it is happening right in front of our eyes. Peace.

Opinion: MPs to ditch the popular vote so they can elect the next President!

“The Uganda government is proposing a change in the Constitution to abolish the popular presidential elections by the public, so that the president is being elected by the Members of Parliament. The move is being spearheaded by the Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuuzi under the Constitutional Review Commission. In an audio from CBS radio station, Kafuuzi is quoted saying the government is already mobilizing money to fund the Constitution Review Commission’s nationwide tours” (Eagle Online – ‘MPs to elect President in 2026 under proposed reforms’ 06.01.2022).

Members of Parliament and within the National Resistance Movement is this term floating the idea of the selected President. Meaning the general public will have no direct say in it. As the Parliament and the majority of the Parliament will elect the President. This is clearly indicated and only matters of the President.

The MPs themselves are not selected and elected through the popular vote in their constituencies, while the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief is elected by them. That is how to destroy any belief in any sort of democratic values whatsoever. As the President will be an unelected technocrat, who is hand-picked by the National Assembly. That is really it.

So, it wasn’t enough to defiantly stand against the Multi-Party System, to abolish the term limits and age limits. No, the same President and his party has amended the constitution again. Since, the President knows he cannot lie or can fool the general public anymore. He knows his not beloved or honoured. His convoys are bigger than his gatherings, unless his paying and ferrying poor people promising food and tokens of appreciation. Therefore, this man is just doing what he can to be re-elected.

This is disingenuous and disrespectful to the general public, as they can and will elect one person on their own merit. They are totally disregarding the universal suffrage and the popular vote by doing this. If they start with him and his office. What about the rest of them? What else will be appointed and selected? Will it be MPs themselves and such?

Since, they are opening one door and clearly there is more to come. That’s why with every single other amendment and changes to the law. It is having opened questions of term limits for others or not. The same with retirement of judges and other presidential appointees. As their age doesn’t matter when the head of state can be of advanced age himself.

Everyone should have seen the writing on the wall, as the President didn’t want to hold elections before after being a decade into power. Secondly, he had to pushed through two referendums to return to multi-party democracy. And after all of that… he has revised the term limits and age limits, as it concerned his longevity in power. Now, he got to do it again, because he knows he cannot fool the popular vote or rig without scrutiny as he used too.

That’s why this is happening, and they are also doing this to appease the “Muhoozi Project” and possibly select him as the successor without any prior election. Since, the new amendment and constitutional stipulation allows that. While I still wonder how they will trick the law or the birthplace of Muhoozi. That cannot be revised, unless they allow it somehow.

This is another edition and now Magyezi will be off the hook. Since, it is the next crooks who dismantles the 1995 Constitution, brick by brick. While we are watching and sighing from a distance.  Peace.

Opinion: Todwong’s fool’s errand

The Interparty Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) is still engaging the National Unity Platform (NUP) so that it joins them. In a document released by the IPOD council chairperson who doubles as the National Resistance Movement (NRM) secretary general, Richard Todwong, he said as leaders of different political parties, they are still engaging NUP as to convince them to join IPOD. “We want them to work together towards finding solutions to the governance and political challenges we may experience as a country,” he said” (Simon Peter Tumwine – ‘We are still engaging NUP to join IPOD, says Todwong’ 04.01.2022, New Vision).

The National Resistance Movement Secretary General Richard Todwong and IPOD council chairman has work ahead of him. In the same article the National Unity Platform Secretary General David Lewis Rubongoya says at this point it’s not purposeful to join the IPOD. Where he stated the IPOD has to change and listen to the stipulations the NUP gave, which we know the NRM won’t do.

That is why we know the document and IPOD mission to get the NUP in the fold is a suicide mission. Unless, they are open for a revolution and total changes, as we know the IPOD haven’t dropped anything of sense in ages. The last big conferences or heads of parties has been a big presser and an envelope session.

So, I understand why NUP doesn’t see the relevance to be sitting around with Party Presidents and await for His Excellency to lecture everyone before dipping back to one of the State House’s or ranches. The NRM SG could be honest about it, but don’t expect it.

The IPOD didn’t help the parties in the manner of Public Order Management Act (POMA) and the other means of the state to oppress the opposition. This forum is a wasted forum and an organization who only buys the President time and make him see who he can compromise. The IPOD isn’t all that and I am glad that the NUP see this.

The NUP is just showing it has no intentional works in the future. They just wants everyone on the platform and at the venues when they are gathering. It looks better when all the major parties are at the event and conferences. Just like it looked bad the times Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) boycotted it. Clearly, that wasn’t enough and it wasn’t like that changed things either.

The NRM SG can make it believe that the IPOD has a mission and wants to achieve things. However, that is far and beyond at this point. The ones funding this should see it for themselves. Nevertheless, they are just the credit-card and the bank willing to fund this foolish enterprise, which leads to a road leading to nowhere. There is no end in sight and neither any objectives. It is just existing and become a pathetic organization.

Todwong can act like IPOD is relevant and has a place, but that doesn’t make it true. I cannot remember any achievements or any sort of “governance” changes coming out of IPOD. That is just the mere fact. The NRM Caucus and it’s documents has more value than any of these gatherings… and that says a lot. Even forgotten letters from the President has a significant possibility to change things. But… IPOD… who …. are …. we …. kidding?

Right?

Todwong stop this charade and get out of here. This is nonsense and you know it. Peace.

Uganda: Ministry of Defence & Veterans Affairs – Press Statement (04.01.2022)

Opinion: When you got nothing, you can always point at Kigali

Ugandan intelligence has discovered that Kakwenza Rukirabashaija who has been running a smear campaign against Ugandan government officials is a Rwandan agent. Kakwenza was recently arrested following a number of social media posts in which he was insulting President Museveni and the Commander Land Forces Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba. CID Spokesperson, Charles Twiine, said that for his recent arrest, Kankweza is charged with “insulting President Museveni and Commander of the Land Forces of UPDF Muhoozi Kainerugaba via his Twitter handle.” (The Kampala Post – ‘Ugandan Intelligence Confirm Kakwenza Rukirabashaija is Rwandan Agent’ 04.01.2022).

We have been here before, as critics and people falling out of favours are suddenly arrested or getting into legal jeopardy. In September 2021 Dr. Lawrence Muganga, the Vice Chancellor of Victoria University faced also espionage case concerning Kigali and Rwanda. Alas, there was never any proof of these allegations. Neither has there been produced any evidence or proof of the allegations towards the VC.

Now in January 2022 we are seeing Kakwenza Rukira getting the same treatment by the authorities. As he has been kept incommunicado and haven’t even produced to the courts within the 48 hours. While the law enforcement and authorities are creating more charges on the individual. That is all happening, because Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga is to lazy to go to the gym. The CLF of UPDF cannot stomach criticism… and there is now alleged torture of the writer and critic of the First Family.

However, what is clear is that the state is using all of its resources on this. They are trying to prove a point. While Muhoozi and his buddies are trying to sell him as the second coming of Jesus on social media. That’s why it’s hurting his pride that someone dislodged the majestic persona and image online. This is why Kakwenza Rukira is taken into custody and proving a point off.

The same the state did also with Dr. Stella Nyanzi who wrote about Museveni mother and the saga of “buttocks”. Now, it is about fatigue and health concerns in a colour expressed ways on Twitter. Clearly, the ones in power and a high ranking officials cannot handle their role as public officials. If you cannot handle the heat, you shouldn’t be in the kitchen. The same is to these gentlemen and the whole first family. As no one there has shown to have character to stomach their role. Since, they arrest and detains the ones that humiliate them online.

The President and the First Family should be able to handle words and articles made about them. This is the same family that has a head who calls people for bean-weevil, insects and pigs. There is no short-change of bad words and utterings about others. Therefore, these people should look onto themselves, before they judge and use the state against others. Peace.

Opinion: Orikunda’s Hero is a Zero

Today in the Nile Post, Sam Evidence Orikunda got a piece published called ‘Why President Museveni is my hero of 2021’. These sort of article and think pieces must be written by people who is seeking a higher office or wants to be loyal token soldiers to the President. Because, these sorts of texts doesn’t have the composure or the arguments to back it all up.

It isn’t strange if Orikunda wants a better job, as his currently a Deputy Residential District Commander and that’s an unforgiving office in a district in the republic. As he needs something more to aim for and more fulfilling. I don’t blame Sam for that. This is maybe the reason for the praising of the President. In the hopes that the State House and some of the cronies in the entourage of the President will recognize him. That’s how it looks…

Just read this: “Though some people had predicted doom to befall against our country but they forgot that we had an experienced leader in state house” (Orikunda, 03.01.2022). Nobody with a sincere heart wants doom to befall on anyone or a Republic. However, what people have wanted is to change the leadership and have a peaceful transfer of power. Yes, that will be doom on the current regime and it’s leaders, but the troubles wouldn’t necessary trickle down on the republic. Only the elite and the current cronies who is eating of the plate of the experienced leader in the State House.

He continues: “After completion of the electoral process, the Electoral Commission in accordance with the law, declared President Yoweri Museveni as the winner of the elections and that was the best gift for us since as the movement we believe in the politics of continuity and ideology. The EC and the judiciary conducted the much anticipated swearing in and we have since then focused on service delivery and keeping the country safe for the citizens to work and develop themselves” (Orikunda, 03.01.2021).

Sometimes I wonder, if Museveni and the yellow leaders are able to cast spells or potions on their inner-circle, because this sort of reasoning boggles my mind. Like did the Deputy RDC even see how the elections was orchestrated? Didn’t he see the misuse of power, authorities and total deprecating results that came out of it?

It is like his living in another universe and didn’t see the open rigging. Didn’t catch the misuse of law-enforcement and the total disregard of the will of the people. Where there was no choice and the majority was prepared yet again for the National Resistance Movement (NRM). It is outrageous how quickly we are supposed to forget the arbitrary arrests, extra-judicial killings and misuse of power to get political gains. That’s what’s really frightening and how easily a crony is glossing over everything.

While also acting like it was a continuity and ideology that was the reason for the victory. When we know damn well that it was the guns and glamour. Not the policies or the pledges, manifesto or anything of that sort. Neither was the courts following due process and the Electoral Commission worked on command from “high above”. Therefore, the Deputy RDC lives in an alternative reality, which I cannot recognize.

He continues: “During the campaigns, the opposition went to people and said that the NRM was taking advantage of the lockdown to campaign for themselves and harass the opposition” (Orikunda, 03.01.2021).

The NRM and the President did. There was several of districts and candidates that could mobilize or travel to districts, as RDCs and others blocked them. Heck, authorities barricaded hotels and made it impossible for Bobi Wine to travel into districts. Which never happened to Museveni. He was allowed everywhere and there was never an issue in concern to COVID-19 when the Yellow brigade came to a town near you. The Coronavirus was only a problem when the opposition like Bobi Wine or Partick Oboi Amuriat was near you.

He continues: “Some couldn’t even allow a meeting of five people to take place, however our less caring opposition leaders wanted to go ahead and do rallies so that Ugandans get infected which is inhuman, the president had earlier said that anybody who mobilises crowds in the days of the pandemic is intentionally committing murder. Those who understood remained home, followed campaigns on television and when the voting day reached they voted candidates of their choice” (Orikunda, 03.01.2021).

Here he shows the point again. There is no proof of this and data suggesting this. Yes, COVID-19 and the coronavirus is spreading in public gatherings. However, there is no proof that the opposition spread it or made dangerous mass gatherings. There is no evidence that can be associated with that. Neither is there any relief, as the NRM held massive rallies and primaries with voting in lines, which is gatherings of sorts. Which is as bad as the spontaneous and planned outdoor stadium rallies, which the state blocked from the opposition due to COVID. So, the writer is coming with baseless allegations. While we know the blocking was intentional, as the NRM Primaries had bigger rallies and gatherings than the opposition was allowed to months after. Just to be real.

Secondly, the murder committed was by the authorities and the law-enforcement, which actually killed, abducted and arbitrary arrested opposition candidates, activists and polling agents for that matter. They are the ones that killed and took life. Heck, the authorities even killed civilians in the November Massacre in Kampala. There was murders on the campaign trail in Masaka. There was so many times people died and countless unsolved murders, which implicates state involvement. Therefore, the writer and Deputy RDC should be concerned about that. Not only implicating the opposition with unsubstantiated claims, which he has done recklessly.

The last piece here is really outrageous, as we know the television and radio was functioning fine for the NRM and the Yellow candidates. However, the opposition or independents barely had airtime. The RDCs and others blocked the opposition from local-radio shows and others during the campaign. So, it is not like the home-sitters could get a broad perspective from linear-based media. No, that was all Museven and all NRM with a dose of opposition, now and then.

He continues: “Even in the scaring days of the pandemic the government under the Stewardship of President has come up with new programs of getting Ugandans out of poverty, the NRM principal of social economic transformation will be realised. The Parish Model program which is coming soon with the pre -activities already done in several districts will see a number of focused Ugandans get out of poverty and create incomes for themselves and their families. The mentality of substance agriculture will soon end so that we can have food and also earn some Income. This among many were the promises of the Movement in the recent campaigns” (Orikunda, 03.01.2022).

This is selling the same schemes as it has done since the early 1990s and hoping for different result. The promise of wealth and middle-income country is something Museveni have done endlessly. However, his cows are drinking cleaner water than many citizens. That’s because the citizens isn’t his priority. The Emyooga, the Parish Model, the Operation Wealth Creation and such are just schemes to enrich the leaders and the ones in near proximity of the President. These things will fizzle out and become redundant. Since, there will be lack of results and Gen. Salim Selah needs a new hustle and new reason to live lavish in semi-luxurious hotel in Northern Uganda.

The NRM has promised the change of the economy and such since forever. Just as long as Museveni has been in office. Therefore, I don’t trust him a second. That he will bring changes to that in 2021. Not when he haven’t achieved it in the early 1990s or 2000s. This man has decade and tried every trick in book. So, he clearly don’t mind not to resolve it. If it had been dear to his heart and his pockets. It would have been in order like his farms or like the State House.

He ends with: “President Museveni has made tremendous achievements in 2021 and I think he is the hero of the year” (Orikunda, 03.01.2021).

I do not see the tremendous achievements, neither any positive results or signals. The debt-recycling, the deficits created by this government, the lack of revenue and the current huge patronage will only create more issues ahead. As the pay-roll, the massive local government budgets and the expenditure, which the state cannot carry. Plus the likes of the Deputy RDC who hasn’t a vital or important role. As there are many conflicting offices in each district competing to be relevant. Therefore, this state isn’t growing, but deteriorating. Make bills it cannot pay and the next generation is billed for it.

I don’t see how it did a good job or even achieved anything new. The Nile Bridge was fine, but that’s only one piece of infrastructure and they had to fix the gravel or bitumen on it twice. Nothing is done correctly at once. Just like not keeping Presidential Decrees and paying medical interns on time. Because, that’s how a hero is governing I suppose. While keeping dissidents incommunicado and not producing them in court in time. Since, that is modus operandi in the Republic, as we speak.

I cannot understand how he got to this and how he could write this piece a clear conscience. Is it that easy to lie and deceive when your part of the government? Is that how you get ahead in the NRM these days?

Because, if so… then it makes some sense. Even though that is sad and depressing. Peace.

Opinion: Opposing the NRM is apparently going against God…

Leadership comes from God. All those opposing the government are going against God’s will”Rogers Mulindwa (NBS TV, 02.01.2021).

The National Resistance Movement Spokesperson Rogers Mulindwa on the 2nd Day of 2022 has said these words. He has taken a deity and a using the transcending powers to get people to be loyal to the NRM and the Government of Uganda. I am sure God has bigger worries and better things to do.. than ensure people natural loyalty to any government on planet earth. As God almighty has to listen to all the pleas, prayers and acts of faith from all believers across the world. He should be preoccupied with healing hearts and taking care of the souls who wants to be redeemed. Alas, not worry about about opposition to Museveni or any of his party affiliates.

That’s why I have to drop some wise words from the Proverbs, since it seems a sensible way to prove my argument today:

12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,

from men whose words are perverse,

13 who have left the straight paths

to walk in dark ways,

14 who delight in doing wrong

and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,

15 whose paths are crooked

and who are devious in their ways” (New international Version, Proverbs Chapter 2, 12-15).

It is wicked to think opposition to a tyrant and his tyranny is going against God. That is the wicked men and the false prophets, which Jesus spoke against. As Museveni and his kind speaks of peace, but deliver brutality and death. That’s why you know their acts aren’t sincere or within reason. It is just to stay in power.

We are now seeing NRM Spokesperson saying being in opposition to the government is against the will of God. Isn’t that making God a very tiny person and such? Why should we delight in the people who do us wrong and delivers evil? It shouldn’t be this easy, but the spokesperson is defending a government that uses violence, torture and arbitrary arrests of civilians. A government that plans to stop the opportunity for bail or bonds. So, we know law or justice isn’t a main concern for this government, neither is due process, as several of political prisoners are kept behind bars without any sincere action of the authorities.

That’s why, I feel more sorry for the plights and legal jeopardy the weak, the poor and the ones suffering, because of the government. It gives God more reasons to listen to them and help them. Instead of being there for the wicked, perverse and crooked government, which the spokesperson defends by any means. I am sure God prefers to be there and heal the suffering of which the government put on it’s citizens.

12 I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;

I possess knowledge and discretion.

13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil;

I hate pride and arrogance,

evil behavior and perverse speech.

14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;

I have insight, I have power.

15 By me kings reign

and rulers issue decrees that are just;

16 by me princes govern,

and nobles—all who rule on earth” (New International Version – Proverbs Chapter 8, 12-16).

This proverbs here prove again what is wrong with the NRM and it’s government. As it’s Ministers, Head of State and everyone in office is arrogant. They are so proud and vicious. Yes, to fear the lord is to hate evil. However, what is righteous is to not be evil and participate in all acts, which God doesn’t prefer. Which we know the NRM and their leadership indulge in. Therefore, the bible itself is speaking up against the rulers and the government. The bible is opposing the NRM and it’s leaders. That should be a warning and their wicked ways should be exposed. That’s what the opposition does and it’s not offending God.

The opposition is actually showing it’s wisdom and is not following wicked men. That should be the reality of it all. However, don’t expect a spokesperson or anyone associated saying this. They will dismiss it and find some excuses to defend their actions. These folks don’t mind the civilians dying or the arbitrary arrests. As long as the evil deeds are not happening to them. Peace.

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