WHAT THE ANTI-MUSEVENISM FORCES HAVE FAILED TO EXPLOIT
CHANGE OF GUARDS - On January 25, 1971 the Uganda Army overthrew President Obote. It gave 18 valid reasons for the overthrow which were accepted nationwide and by the international community. Here-below is a summary of the said 18 reasons;
1. Institutionalized politically motivated detention without trial.
2. Indefinite state of emergency.
3. Suppression of freedom of assembly and speech.
4. Rampant and unchecked serious crime dubbed Kondoism.
5. Forced labour in the name of socialism.
6. Institutionalized corruption by public servants.
7. Lack of credible general elections since 1963. Even within the ruling single party (UPC) internal elections were marred by bribery and intimidation.
8. Economic decline.
9. High and unfair tax burden on common people while top government and party officials were evading the same.
10. Decline in price of agricultural produce against rising prices for essential commodities.
11. Creation of disharmony amongst members states of East African Community.
12. Creation of classes within society.
13. Poor welfare of soldiers
14. Creation of tribal forces like the Special Forces and GSU comprising of Langis.
15. The 1968 Lango Master Plan that aimed at placing Langis at the helm of every public leadership position.
16. Factionalism by Obote and Adoko that threatened to tear the army and country apart.
17. Deliberate creation of antagonism within the security forces so as to justify the usurpation of power by the Special Forces and GSU.
18. The military takeover was a preemptive move to avert a potential bloodbath owing to the above stated reasons.
Most oustanding is point No. 5 (stopping socialism) that saved Uganda from taking the destructive path. It saved the economy, education, international standing, and self identity. Otherwise, it wouldn't be what it is now. Museveni is trying to drive the country to that path.
Therefore, from the above 18 points, it can be authoritatively concluded that Museveni is a student of Obote.
Here-below we examine the situation pertaining to the 33 years of the current Museveni military dictatorship.
1. IN POWER FOR 33 YEARS
He took over power 33 years ago in a military coup. He suspended political parties for ten years during which period he infused the state with his regime. Since he allowed parties to operate in 1996, they have been competing against the state. The sham elections are marred by bribery, gruesome violence by his security forces and intimidation.
2. CLAIMING THE FEB 2016 ELECTION VICTORY
Like had been the case in the previous elections, Museveni lost the 2016 presidential elections to Dr. Besigye. Instead he as usual used the security forces to retain his hold on power after violently detaining the winner, Dr. Besigye and suppressing any form of dissent. Ugandans failed to claim their victory.
3. ELECTORAL REFORMS MYSTERY
The Supreme Court in 2016 made strong recommendations for electoral reforms for future credible, free and fair elections. It is just two years to the next elections in 2021 and no single electoral reform has been made. But you see some gullible Ugandans focusing on the 2021 elections as a way of dislodging Museveni from power. Museveni will never implement any tangible electoral reforms as doing so would make it difficult for him to fraudulently retain power.
4. BREAKDOWN IN SERVICE DELIVERY
The situation has moved from poor to appalling. In his deliberate move to impoverish the majority of citizens, Museveni has destroyed education and health services. Quality education and health services are for the few rich. Clean water is for cows.
5. CORRUPTION AND ABUSE OF OFFICE
Institutionalized corruption and abuse of office is irreversible because it is the lifeline of the regime. Museveni who is the patron of corruption has often vigorously defended the corrupt. Currently he has been implicated in a million dollar bribery cade by a Chinese company in a USA court. Patrick Ho who paid bribes to Museveni and Foreign Minister (former UN president) will serve 65 years in prison. The case details are here:
For the last 33 years Museveni has made it no secret for the western region, his Banyankole tribe, his Hima ethnic group, and his home of Kiruhura to dominate all key government political and economic sectors.
7. FUSING OF STATE WITH THE REGIME
For the last 33 years, Museveni destroyed all institutions of government. Actually even the so-called regime is nothing but Museveni as a person such that in case of us abrupt demise, the state collapses.
8. USURPING OF JUDICIAL AND LEGSLATIVE ROLES
He has so much suppressed the judiciary and the legislatures to such an extent that they've totally lost their independence. Parliamentarians are bribed, intimidated and beaten up by soldiers on the floor of parliament in the event he wants to ammend the constitution to suit his personal designs. In that way he has scrapped presidential term limits, age limit and other self centered amendment's.
He has severally sent his security forces to raid the judiciary to reverse court decisions, intimidated and compromised judicial officers.
The military is taking a center stage in every aspect of public life. It is in parliament, runs parallel courts that try civilians, are seconded to public service positions, involved in economic management (OWC), are managing local government, carry out civilian policing, invoved in diplomatic affairs and foreign policy formulation (some serving Amy officers are Ambassadors), it manages national elections and detains civilians on politically motivated concocted charges.
10. WORST HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD
Ever since he assumed office, he has demonstrated a total disregard for human rights. The situation pertaining is irreversibly appalling. Arbitrary violent arrests by security forces and his other paramilitary groups. Violent kidnaps, gruesome torture and detention without trial sometimes in ungazzetted places dubbed Safe Houses and military barracks is the order of the day. Arbitrary killing of the so-called suspects is the order of the day. Commando raid on courts to rearrest victims released by courts is a common occurrence. Freedom of speech, assembly and association is fast disappearing.
11. WAR CRIMES
The war crimes that started during the five years of his Bush War in central region, was extended to the northern and eastern regions giving rise to the 20 years of a bloody insurgency. Later, he extended these war crimes to DRC, Rwanda, South Sudan, Somalia and CAR. Of recent he has turned his war crimes on citizens in Kasese, Arua, Rukungiri, Bugiri and Kampala. His security forces just go on rampage indiscriminately killing unarmed civilians. In particular, the November 2016 coldblooded killing of more than 100 people and gruesome torture of hundreds others shocked the world.
12. LAND GRABBING
The systematic and institutionalized land grabbing targeting certain sections of the population by the privileged regime cadres is aimed at economic deprivation. The scheme is designed to make traditional feudal societies and the general population lose land to an upcoming regime oligarchy. Eventually, big sections of the population will either be enslaved by the few landed regime oligarchy as serfs or move to urban centres to live a life of destitution.
13. REFUGEES - A TRAP FOR DONOR AID
Museveni's military expeditions in the region account for the huge influx of refugees. His hypocritical liberal refugee policy attracts economic immigrants in the name of refugees. That way he hoodwinks the international community into not only turning a blind eye to his military dictatorship but extending huge donor funding which ends up in the regime coffers. The recent scandal of inflating the refugee figures by 0.3m and outrighg theft with impunity of huge donor funds by government officials is testimony to this. The kidnaps and forced return, the targeted killings of individual high profile refugees and the rampant violent riots by refugees protesting appalling welfare contradicts the much hyped liberal refugee policy.
The refugees issue is also used the same way the 16 years old peace keeping mission in Somalia is used to blackmail the west and the international community in general.
14. PERSECUTION OF MUSLIMS
Under the guise of fighting global terrorism, Muslims in Uganda are being systematically persecuted. The problem emanates from their domination of private businesses and commerce, the vast property communially possessed by the Islamic faith, their links with the wealthy Arab world and the armed eastern DRC based rebel ADF group.
15. EAC UNDER THREAT
Museveni is obsessed with an East African Community political federation in the hope that he would become its first president. His main stake is nothing but securing a military alliance that would avert a situation similar to the 1979 invasion and overthrow of Iddi Amin by Tanzania. Consequently, he is the biggest stumbling block to the progress of the EAC. He has been fueling intrigue amongst members. First he isolated Tanzania and Burundi by forming the Coalition of the Willing (COWI). To counter Rwanda's links with Tanzania, the following day he opportunistically grabbed the Oil Pipeline project from Kenya to Tanzania. For the same reasons, the Mombasa - Kampala Standard Railway Gauge project has stalled because he is opportunistically eyeing the Dar Es Salaam Mwanza and Port Bell route. He has now slowed down on Tanzania following its recent strong stand against dumping of smuggled sugar.
Recent times have witnessed a cold war between him and Rwanda's Kagame over the former's support for Rwandese armed dissidents. In this regard he seemed to be in bed with Burundi's Nkurunziza but of late he is shifting away because the latter is pursuing past Tutsi killers who had been facilitated by Museveni.
16. SURGE IN VIOLENT CRIME
In his effort to make it an enforcement arm of his regime, Museveni dismantled and destroyed the professionalism in the traditional police. Eventually the police top command positions came to be dominated by his home boys. This coupled by the mushrooming of different regime militia groups has led to the breakdown of traditional policing and a surge in violent crime. Unfortunately, all such high profile crimes are linked to security agencies and that's why all investigations are not concluded. One can authoritatively contend that there is no viable police in Uganda but a band of armed thugs whose sole mandate is to suppress the political opposition and the opposition in general.
17. A DIVIDED ARMY
The army is historically linked to the regime in that it was created as an armed wing of his Bush War. For the last 30 years it has maintained the same status. Its top command positions have persistently been and continue to be dominated by Museveni's home boys. However, for the past one and a half decades he has been building a more loyal force out of the army. The Special Forces Command (SFC) is an autonomous elite force under the command of his son. Dominated by his home boys and his ethnic Hima in particular, the 10,000+ SFC is structurally comprised of all the vital components of the army - artillery and air defence, mechanised, motorized, marine, military Intelligence, Military Police etc. The SFC is better facilitated in terms of welfare and logistics to the detriment of the rest of the army. As an elite force, its sole mandate is to ensure that Musevenism thrives against any threat that may be posed by the rest of the army. The welfare of the army is only sustained by the Somalia peace keeping mission thus why 16 years down the road he doesn't wish to see an end to the Somalia occupation.
18. REPRESSIVE COMMUNIST INFLUENCE
The Museveni regime's close links with repressive communist Russia, China and North Korea is a cause for concern. China in particular is proving to be Uganda's new economic coloniser. The unchecked corruption oriented borrowing from China is having a heavy toll on the country and future generations.
The above summary of the ugly situation pertaining to the Museveni regime is no doubt far worse than it was by the time the first Obote government was dislodged in 1971. However, what is most intriguing is how Ugandans and more so those who are well positioned have failed to exploit the irreversible ugly situation to dislodge Museveni from power and rescue the country. How does any right thinking person dream of dislodging Museveni from power through the 2021 electoral process!!! The 2021 agenda only serves to buy time for Musevenism to strengthen its repressive capacity.
Which government would intervene to reverse the overthrow of Museveni or condemn such a move??? It was for the same reasons that the international community kept a blind eye when Zimbabweans moved against Mugabe's dictatorship. By comparison, Mugabe was not worse than Museveni because the latter is not only a threat to Uganda but the entire region.
INFORMATION IS POWER AND THE PROBLEM OF UGANDA IS MUSEVENISM.