Tuesday, 31 July 2018

UGANDA: Role of Museveni's FRONASA & NRM in Uganda's independence struggle



THE ROLE OF MUSEVENI'S FRONASA AND NRM IN UGANDA'S INDEPENDENCE STRUGGLE.

CHANGE OF GUARDS - There has been a concerted effort by Museveni to rewrite the history of Uganda. He has endeavoured to portray a picture that Uganda as a nation was born out of the efforts of his briefcase organisation, FRONASA during the struggle to oust the Iddi Amin regime. Museveni has repeatedly demeaned the role of past leaders and is instead bent on replacing Uganda's rich history with his own version of events. In May 2017 he decreed that his autobiograpy, the Mustard Seed must be read in schools.

The Education ministry which is headed by his wife directed head teachers of government-aided secondary schools to get their students to read President Museveni’s book, Sowing the Mustard Seed. It is the first time in recent history that the ministry is asking schools to have their students read a book that was first printed in 1997.

Through a May 2 directive to the school heads, the ministry says availing the books to the schools and thus the students would enlighten the students about Uganda’s history and that would “lay a firm foundation for responsible citizenship”.

“You are required to ensure the book is readily available to students and you are urged to encourage students to read the book.”

That the regime's decision not to stock the libraries of government-aided schools with copies of Uganda’s Constitution but Mr Museveni’s book is telling. Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Mr Museveni rewrote the book, editing out the names and contribution of the people he was with during the bush war but has since fallen out with. He has also been selectively awarding medals to some Ugandans for their contribution in nation building. He has also been pushing for a scheme to systematically destroy the country's once flourishing standard of education. To achieve this, he has reinforced his wife's efforts with the appointment of his sister, Violet Kajubiri as the chairperson of the Education Service Commission, a government body charged with the recruitment of teachers.

The first Uganda Constitutional Conference on the Constitution of an independent Uganda opened on 18 September 1961, at Lancaster House in London. The most important outcome of the Conference was that the parties to the negotiations agreed that Uganda would attain full Independence on 9 October 1962.

The Conference was attended by delegations representing the United Kingdom, the Uganda Government, the Democratic Party, Uganda Peoples’ Congress, and Buganda Kingdom, as well as the Secretary of State for the Colonies, the Right Honourable Ian Macleod, MP; the Minister of State for the Colonies, the Right Honourable Earl of Perth; and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, the Honourable Hugh Fraser, MBE, MP.

The United Kingdom delegation was headed by Sir Hilton Poynton, KCMG; the other delegates were Sir John Martin, KCMG, CB, CVO, Mr W.B.L. Monson, CMG, and Mr. F.D. Webber, CMG. Messrs J.M. Kisch, A.R. Rushford, M.G. Smith and M.G. de Winton, CBE, MC, served as advisers to the delegates.

The Uganda Government delegation was led by Sir Frederick Crawford, GCMG, OBE (Governor) ; the other delegates were Sir Walter Coutts, CMG, MBE (Governor-Designate), the Honourable B.K.M Kiwanuka (Chief Minister), the Honourable R.I.E Dreschfield, CMG, QC (Attorney-General), the Honourable C.G.F.F Melmoth (Minister of Finance), the Honourable B.K. Bataringaya (Minister of Local Government), and the Honourable C. K. Patel, CBE, QC (Minister of Commerce and Industry). Messrs C.P.S. Allen and A.C. Badenoch served as advisers to the delegates.

The Democratic Party delegation was headed by the Hon. R.A. Mbonye Byombi, MP for Bufumbira County, and included the following Honourable Members of Parliament: A.A. Kaduyu, R.B. Bwambale, H.A. Vuciri, J.H. Obonyo, P. Auk, A. Oriekot, N.K. Rugyemwa, P.J. Wilkinson, QC, M.K. Patel and A.W.K. Mukasa.

The Uganda Peoples’ Congress delegation was headed by the Hon. A.M. Obote, MP for Lango (Leader of the Opposition), and included the following Honourable Members of Parliament: J.K. Babiiha, M.L. Choudry, Y.M. Chemonges, G.S.K. Ibingira, S.W. Kulubya, CBE, A.G. Mehta, W.W.K. Nadiope, and M.M. Ngobi. The Honourable I.D. Hunter and the Honourable G.B.K. Magezi served as advisers to the delegates.

The Buganda Kingdom delegation was headed by Mr. M. Kintu (Katikkiro). The other delegates were Mr. A.K. Sempa, Mr. L.N. Basudde, Mr. A.D Lubowa, Dr. E.M.K. Muwazi, and Dr. E.B.S. Lumu. Messrs E.W. Kiggundu, A.F. Mpanga, E.F.N. Gratiaen, CMG, QC, J.G.M. Flegg, Dingle Foot, QC, MP, and D.S. Downs served as advisers to the delegates.
All 13 District Councils were also represented at the Conference, as were the only two Urban Authorities at the time.

The District Council delegates were N. Androvile (West Nile), E. Athiyo (Karamoja), D.K. Baguma (Tooro), J.N. Bikangaga (Kigezi), J.W.R. Kazoora (Ankole), Y.M. Kirya (Bukedi), Z.H. Kwebiiha (Bunyoro), D. Luga (Madi), S.W.M. Wanambwa, MBE (Bugisu), Y.K. Mulondo (Busoga), the Honourable C.J. Obwangor (Teso), T. Okeny (Acholi), and Y.H. Wacha Olwol (Lango).

The District Council delegates were advised by Messrs R. Imalingat (Teso), E. Kasoma (Tooro), D.K. Luboga (Busoga), K.M.S. Kikira (Kigezi), the Honourable S. Mbabi-Katana (Bunyoro), T.K. Mudanye, MBE (Bukedi), and S.K. Mutenyo (Bugisu).

The delegates of the Kampala and Jinja Urban Authorities were Messrs C. Lewis, CBE, and K. Evans; Mr. G.F. Brooks served as their adviser.

From the aforegoing narrating, it is clear that Museveni's FRONASA and NRM was absent at such an important historical event. The only space in our recent history for Museveni's FRONASA and NRM is that of self seeking anarchists who emerged only 35 years ago and is bent on distorting history. All citizens need to jealousy preserve, protect and defend the country's rich history for the current and future generation and fiercely resist any attempt to distort it.

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Friday, 27 July 2018

UGANDA: The bright side of the age limit petition verdict

Man in grey trouser is MUSEVENI, Man in white shirt is COURT 3, Ldy in the middle is an NRM MPig

THE BRIGHT SIDE OF THE AGE LIMIT PETITION VERDICT.

CHANGE OF GUARDS - In 1995, Uganda got a new constitution that provided for two five year term limit for the presidency. It also provided for the presidential age limit of 75 years. As Museveni was approaching the end of his two term limits in 2005, he manipulated Parliament to remove the term limit. Consequently, since then he has been presenting his candidature after every five years. In his estimates, he had thought that it would be that easy for him to become the first head of the political federation of East African Community. He had also been buying time to create an opportune moment for his son to inherit the presidency of Uganda.

Unfortunately, the situation on the ground both at home and at regional level has not been favoring his scheme. As he claims to be 73 years old, the constitutional age limit of 75 years was catching up with him. That is when he schemed to use Parliament to ammend the constitution by removing that age limit. It wasn't easy as he had to use the armed forces who invaded and besieged parliament before beating up opposition M.Ps on the floor of Parliament.

Unlike in 2005 when he bribed each M.P with five million shillings to remove the term limits, this time round he duped M.Ps that they would in return have their term extended from five to seven years starting with the current term. This was after the M.Ps expressed a well founded fear that the aggrieved electorates would not return them at the next elections. In December 2017 the amendment for Museveni's age limit was passed after it went through all the sham processes. Without following the laid down law and procedure, the M.Ps also amended their term limit from five to seven.

That way, they thought they would dodge facing the wrath of the aggrieved voters. Aggrieved Ugandans went to the Constitutional Court to challenge the said amendments. The M.Ps have been expressing fear of threats from aggrieved Ugandans. Already one M.P has been assassinated by unknown gunmen. The police guards are deserting the M.Ps for fear of being caught up in the crossfire. Museveni has promised to provide military guards to these M.Ps. He has even ordered the Ministry of Finance to immediately procure for them pick-up trucks for carrying the military escorts.

The Constitutional Court has nullified the amendment of the M.P's tenure from five to seven years, describing it as an act of greed that had not followed the law. The same court has upheld the age limit amendment in favor of Museveni on grounds that it had been done in accordance with the law. Now, it's as if after being helped by M.Ps to construct a bridge across the river, Museveni destroyed it leaving them stranded on the other side. It's as if after they lifted him into the rescue helicopter in the middle of a jungle, he then told the pilot to take off leaving the M.Ps yelling in anguish. The scenarios are many but the bright side is that experience teaches a fool.

These M.Pigs ought to have asked themselves what happened to all of Museveni's colleagues in FRONASA; where are his Bush War comrades; what happened when he agreed with Kayiira's UFM to carry out a joint attack on government positions; what happened to the Nairobi Peace Talks of 1985; where are the so called Luwero peasants who supported his Bush War; why do they think that they can be more closer to Museveni than Muntu, Besigye, Mbabazi, and others????

All along Museveni knew that he had duped the 317 M.Pigs and that is why he has been soothing them with promises of military bodyguards. He very well knew that court would nullify their amendment. Even before the Constitutional Court delivered its verdict, on top of the usual behind the scenes arm twistings, Museveni had got all the copies of their judgements. That is what ISO and other Secret Service agencies are meant to accomplish as opposed to ensuring the security of Uganda which ceased to exist. That is why there was nothing like the usual terror alert scare, heavy deployment of security forces, and Museveni even had to travel to South Africa at the time the verdict was being delivered.

On the other hand, for those gullible Ugandans who still think that you can politically challenge Museveni through legal means, learn from this development. Like it had been the case for the 2016 Mbabazi election petition, this petition also serves to legitimize Museveni's removal of age limit.

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Thursday, 26 July 2018

UGANDA: Gen. Kalekyezi, the last log in the way for the Muhoozi Project


GEN. KALEKYEZI - THE LAST LOG IN THE WAY FOR THE MUHOOZI PROJECT

CHANGE OF GUARDS - Muhoozi Project is a scheme by Uganda's military dictator, Museveni to have his son, Gen. Muhoozi inherit the presidency. The scheme came to light over a decade ago when then civilian Muhoozi embarked on illegally recruiting some people into the army. When Ugandans raised a red flag, Museveni arrogantly told them that his son was a member of the Local Defence Unit (LDU).

The next time Ugandans heard about Muhoozi, he was attending a Cadet Officer's course at Sandhurst in the UK. Since then, Museveni rushed his son through other military courses and rapid promotions to the rank of General. Muhoozi was also actively involved in the creation of a 10,000+ strong special unit (SFC) whose sole purpose is to keep Museveni in power. Muhoozi took command of this force until recently when Museveni tactfully made Muhoozi Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Operations. Gullible Ugandans credited Museveni for sacking his own son. Instead the truth is that Museveni covertly places Muhoozi at the helm of all the security forces. Since then, other than Gen. Kalekyezi who had direct access to Museveni, all the other security chiefs have been reporting to Gen. Muhoozi.

All along, Museveni had been sidelining army officers who would not offer their loyalty to Muhoozi. This category comprised of mostly those officers who had participated in the Bush War. Currently, the different strategic positions in the security forces and the army in particular are manned by those officers who adore Gen. Muhoozi. The other group that he (Muhoozi) personally recruited into the army has risen and taken up strategic positions in the security forces. One such officer is the current police chief, Brig. Sabiiti Muzeyi; just forget about the figurehead, Okoth Ochola.

However, one Bush War officer who had excelled and remained standing had been the recently sacked former Police chief, Gen. Kalekyezi. His survival lied in his skillful avoidance of clashing with the Muhoozi Project. That is why his alleged scheming for the presidency was so covertly done under the cover of his overwhelming support for Museveni's hold on power. On the other hand, a close scrutiny on the police force reveals that there is a significant new breed of Gen. Muhoozi loyalists within the police force. Actually, among Gen. Kalekyezi faults was the competition for dominance by the pro-Muhoozi young police officers and those pro-Kalekkyezi. The scheme was being hatched at the time of recruitment and post training placement. The IGG is investigating the same. That's why some gullible Ugandans are still wondering why former KMPC, Frank Mwesigwa was spared in the ongoing crackdown on pro-Kalekyezi cadre officers. No wonder, Gen. Muhoozi recently visited Gen. Kalekyezi at the safe house.

There is no doubt, the current police chief, Brig. Sabiiti Muzeyi will not only clean up the mess but ensure that he streamlines the entire force towards loyalty to Gen. Muhoozi. Just forget about the figurehead, Okoth Ochola. Otherwise, the Muhoozi Project is alive and kicking.

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

UGANDA: Why Museveni should give his MPs military training and arms


WHY MUSEVENI SHOULD GIVE HIS MPs MILITARY TRAINING AND ARMS

Museveni has been pushing for an agenda to militarize every sector of Ugandan society. His latest catch is his rubber stamp parliament. Around late last year, he deployed his armed soldiers (See photo) who laid siege to parliament with some entering the floor of parliament and beating up MPs who were opposing his Life Presidency Bill.

Following the assassination of one of the MPs last month by 'sharp Shooters', some MPs complained that they were living in fear over personal security. They went further to claim that their police guards were deserting them. It was also established that by guarding MPs the police guards were putting their lives in line of fire; thus their reluctance. These complaints provided Museveni with an opportunity to not only blackmail but to take the MPs hostage. He hastily ordered for the army to provide armed body guards for the MPs. A week later he ordered the Minister of Finance to quickly procure escort pick-up vehicles with open carriage beds for the MPs's "sharpshooters".

Museveni's rubber stamp parliament has 452 MPs and after the ongoing by-elections, the figure may rise to 460 MPs. Government does not buy reconditioned vehicles thus new brand pick-ups will cost the tax payer about 600b shillings. These pick-up vehicles will be carrying an average of six soldiers including the driver. There is need to also guard the MPs' residence, farm, business premises, parents, wife and children. The driver must also be a soldier who is well versed with defensive driving and general conduct in the event of falling into an ambush or coming under fire. The soldier bodyguards need bullet proof jackets, helmets, tents and other protective gear. They will need special allowances, meals, accommodation, medical, and communication gadgets. The pick-up vehicles will need fuel and general maintenance.

In General, the army will need to raise over 2,000 soldiers for this purpose. Uganda media has already said that 2700 soldiers will be needed. This is the equivalence of 6 battalions which is one and a half brigade. While the procurement of pick-ups will be a capital expenditure, the recurrent expenditure on the aforementioned logistical backup is unsustainable. If such an expenditure was to be directed into procurement of ambulances or police patrol cars for the MPs' constituencies, it would be beneficial to the taxpayer. If granting Museveni a life presidency was in public interest, why should the MPs seek to hide under the boots of the men in uniform? Why don't they just reconcile with Ugandans!!!

On the other hand, it would be cheaper and sustainable if these MPs are given military training and arms to take care of their personal security. Uganda has soldiers in Somalia who are under the threat of Al Shabab militants.  Should UPDF in Somalia also be given bodyguards!!! But again, the slain AIGP Kaweesi, Col. Abiriga, Maj. Kigundu had been militarily trained and guarded by well equipped "sharpshooters" but....

Next, thing we know, these MPs will demand to attend the prestigious British military Academy at Sandhaust. Otherwise, for Museveni, the militarisation scheme fits well into his designs. The MPs are falling for it fully.

INFORMATION IS POWER AND THE PROBLEM OF UGANDA IS MUSEVENISM.




Monday, 23 July 2018

UGANDA: How Museveni has destroyed institution of parliament - VIDEO, PHOTOS


HOW MUSEVENI HAS DESTROYED THE INSTITUTION OF PARLIAMENT

CHANGE OF GUARDS - There is no doubt that under the Museveni military dictatorship, Parliament is just a rubber stamp of his rule by decree. Using the numbers of his regime M.Ps, he is able to have all his decrees rubber stamped by Parliament thus creating a false impression of democracy.

First, he deliberately suffocates social and economic development in a wider scheme to reign over an impoverished population. He then turns around to blackmail the population that it is only when they vote for the regime M.Ps that they will get a share of the national cake. Secondly he blackmails the M.PS by driving them into assigning themselves the task of bringing social and economic development in their constituencies or else they lose the vote at the next election.

In return, the M.Ps abandon their core duty of legislation and concentrate their efforts on soliciting, begging and lobbying for extension of social and economic services to their respective constituencies not from government but from Museveni. In some cases and more especially with opposition leaning constituencies, the respective M.Ps commit their own emoluments into such developmental undertakings. They build schools, health centers, buy ambulances, desks, text books, hospital beds etc.. It is such M.Ps that have been branded 'hardworking' assured of another term.

These M.Ps have assuned the role of central government technocrats at different levels. It's no longer the responsible Minister, RDC, CAO, District Heads of Departments that are held accountable for service delivery in the countryside but the respective M.P. Consequently, there is total breakdown of service delivery throughout the country. It is only in Museveni's Kiruhura district where he often blames the heads if department for the few failures like the veterinary department in the case of persistent tick resistant drugs. In the rest of the country, it is the respective M.Ps who take charge of service delivery.

At parliamentary level, he pays the M.Ps handsomely despite the ailing economy. Whenever there is a controversial bill to pass, he takes the regime M.Ps for retreats in military camps, dresses them in military uniform and intimidates them into swearing allegiance to his ideals. In some cases he simply summons them to State House from where they simply enforce his position before they rubber stamp it on the floor of Parliament. Financial inducements to these M.Ps is no longer a secret. Actually it is this regime caucus that replaced Uganda's Parliament.

But even with the caucus, it is just a formality since there is no debate but just adopting Museveni's predetermined position. The case in point is the recent controversial and uncoordinated passing of the internet and mobile money tax. Those who attempt to raise dissenting voices are simply branded "Rebel M.Ps" and chased from the regime party. This explains the big number of the so called independent M.Ps. It is an open secret that in most cases it's bribery and intimidation by security forces that ensures the success of regime M.Ps at the polls. In order to contain dissent, Museveni has always blackmailed his M.Ps by threatening to deny some individuals the power of cash and security machinery. This was the case with Gen. Otafiire in Mitooma during the last general elections.

Here below, please find the scenarios that clearly illustrate the above arguments:

“Buhweju had a hard working man called Biraro in parliament. That man used to bother me so much with services in his area like roads, water, schools and I could not sleep. But they helped me and voted a person who is not important. I have never seen him and he does not reach where we make appropriations from. So who lost, is it Biraro or it is Buhweju? I even removed Buhweju on the map. So if you want services, give me a person who will always be at my neck not noise makers who just keep there and for us we do everything in our caucus and come to parliament just for formality.”

Museveni telling voters of Sheema last week.

"John Francis Oketcho, will be beneficial to voters once voted because he is in the ruling party - with access to the president".

Regime Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba addressing voters in Bugiri last week.

"There was a possibility of a person from opposition who had planned to contest for Sheema municipality and Museveni would ask me and Prof Ephraim Kamuntu on how we let opposition take Sheema."

Elioda Tumwesigye - the Minister and MP who is vying for the Sheema Municipality seat.

“You are partly to blame for choosing opposition MPs who won’t help you. Mwiru sat in Kampala, got his salary until his five years elapsed,” he said.
“Therefore, know that elections aren’t a joke. It is not just about looking for handouts but people who will lobby for you”.
He explained that it is easier for him to collaborate with an NRM MP than it is when the legislator is from the Opposition, like Mwiru.
“Give me an MP who will remind me and follow up what we shall agree on. I have never seen Mwiru in any meeting yet I am the one in charge of the money,”

Museveni addressing voters at Masese in Jinja East - March 2018.

“You people of Rukungiri you beat yourself, now it’s one or two terms, I have never seen your person (MP), because there is a movement [NRM]caucus where we meet to divide the national cake, some take this others take that… yours is never there,”

Museveni addressing voters in Rukungiri - March 2018.

It is in the same regard that the M.Ps have now developed cold feet to face their constituents and are coiling their tails under Museveni's seat. In return, he is duping them by offering to give them fake military bodyguards. The only hope of Ugandans used to lie in the strength of the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga before she was completely shattered around late last year.

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Friday, 20 July 2018

UGANDA: The hypocrisy of Ugandans in the Gen. Kalekyezi saga


THE HYPOCRISY OF UGANDANS IN THE GEN. KALEKYEZI SAGA

The hypocrisy of some Ugandans is coming to the surface in the Gen. Kalekyezi saga. Many of them publicly and loudly complained over the state inspired atrocities and gross human rights abuses when Gen. Kalekyezi was presiding over the police. They claimed that Museveni was shielding Gen. Kalekyezi from answering for his crimes. They even went to the extent of instituting private prosecutions against Kalekyezi in court. Gen. Kalekyezi used his office and suppressed all such efforts when he organised goons who attacked the presiding Magistrate, petitioners and their Lawyers. Indeed, at that time as it is even now, even Museveni would not have allowed such a move to drag his top cadre to court.

Sometime back, after Gen. Kalekyezi had been sacked, we challenged Ugandans to institute criminal proceedings against him in the article below:

DID GEN . KALEKYEZI OFFEND ONLY RWANDESE DISSIDENTS??? https://changeofguards.blogspot.com/2018/03/uganda-did-gen-kalekyezi-offend-only.html FULL ARTICLE FOLLOWS AT THE END.

Change of Guards | March 12, 2018

“For us we are small people; agents. I work on orders; the Commander-in-chief’s orders. When you are going to war, the Commander-In-Chief gives you instruments of war. He gave me an order ………Do I have a choice? If I don’t do this, he dismisses me, and off course, I like my job. Those people who have been saying Kayihura is militarising the police………. This is an order from the President.”
Gen. Kalekyezi at a public function in Ntungamo – 15/12/2016.

Gen. Kalekyezi is the former police chief who was last week relieved of his duties after 13 years in that position. He was relieved because being a Munyarwanda Tutsi, he was helping Rwanda to gather intelligence on the activities of the Uganda backed Rwandese dissidents. Museveni also feared that Rwanda could help Kale take over government. Kayihura is currently not a subject of any criminal proceedings.

However, a group of Uganda backed Rwandese dissidents led by a one Rugemwa Kayumba the young brother of South Africa based dissident Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa have filed a complaint against Gen. Kalekyezi before the ICC in The Hague. They claim to have failed to get justice in Uganda over crimes against humanity committed by Gen. Kalekyezi against some Rwandese refugees and dissidents in Uganda. The alleged crimes include murder, deportation or forced transfer of populations, torture, and enforced disappearance of persons. Ugandans are as usual jubilating over the move as if Gen. Kalekyezi never offended them to warrant a similar legal redress either locally or before the ICC!!!!
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In August 2016 the Magistrate’s Court at Makindye issued Criminal Summons against Gen. Kalekyezi in relation to his alleged torture of opposition supporters. Instead on 10/8/2016, the same General organised goons who, supported by the police, attacked the Magistrate’s Court and threatened to lynch both the trial Magistrate and the petitioning Lawyers. The matter was swept under the carpet as neither the Chief Justice, the DPP, Museveni or the Speaker of Parliament condemned the act. Now that Gen. Kalekyezi has left office, how far have the Lawyers gone in reinstating the same matter?

In April 2012, during a press conference called by the Speaker after the conclusion of the International Parliamentary Union delegates conference in Uganda, Gen. Kalekyezi accused the opposition of trying to incite the population against the police before declaring that he was ready to go and defend himself against the alleged human rights abuse accusations at the ICC.

On April 28 2011, when Dr. Besigye was attacked by the police to near blindness, the ICC was being hosted in Uganda by CSOs for workshop. The ICC has a Field Outreach Coordinator, Mabinty Kamara based in Uganda. The ICC can initiate investigations and prosecutions even if the respective government does not refer or back the case. It has the mandate to intervene in cases where national courts prove to be unable or unwilling to effectively try these crimes or if the state appears to be shielding perpetrators – including shoddy investigations and sham trials. Ugandan petitioners only need to show that the brutal attack on their members by security agents are either a policy or are tolerated and condoned by the government.

On May 12th 2011, at their extraordinary meeting, the Uganda Law Society resolved to document all incidents of human rights abuses some of which could amount to crimes against humanity. How far have they gone with the exercise seven years down the road? Following the most recent massacre of the Bakonzo people in Kasese by security forces, some people are said to have petitioned the ICC. How far is that petition???

For those gullible Ugandans who are eagerly waiting for Museveni to commence criminal proceedings against Gen. Kalekyezi, you are in for a big disappointment. Much as Museveni is bent on neutralizing Gen. Kalekyezi, criminal proceedings are not among his options. He fears that any criminal proceedings against Gen. Kalekyezi would boomerang to Museveni.

Whatever alleged crime Gen. Kalekyezi may have committed, Museveni is the principal offender thus his (Kalekyezi) good defence lies in the above quoted statement of December 2016. However, should private individuals seriously take the path of instituting criminal proceedings, Museveni will be compelled to charge him before the military court martial. That way he will be able to stall any such privately initiated criminal proceedings. Museveni can even condition the said group of Rwandese dissidents to withdraw their petition from the ICC. In the event that he is to be prosecuted by way of a Court Martial, as usual once the dust will have settled down, the cadre General will be let off the hook.

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That was four months ago and assuming that at the time they feared Gen. Kalekyezi still has the power to block them, it is now over one month since he was caged at a safe house. Interestingly, no Ugandan is contemplating instituting any criminal proceedings against Kayihura or at least lodging a complaint before any competent authority. Instead, we are all at r=the mercy of Museveni who may decide to charge or not to charge Kayihura. 

We are also busy with speculations over the likely charges. Why speculate when apart from those alleged crimes to do with Rwanda, all the other crimes were committed in broad daylight against Ugandans? Apart from those victims who are lying dead in the grave and Hon. Nambooze who is hospitalized in India, the rest of the victims are in Uganda. What happened to all the legal brains including the Lord Mayor of Kampala whose tentacles were almost crushed by the same Police?

What about the civil society, human rights and opposition activists and other concerned citizens? On the contrary, it is the pro-Gen. Kalekyezi groups who are busy lobbying for his freedom. If Museveni sets Kayihura free, which is most likely, that's when we shall double our hypocrisy by shedding crocodile tears.

UGANDANS need to ask why Uganda Human Rights, Opposition, Civil Society are all fighting to get Kayihura to get freed.  Did they fight at all for Rwenzururu or Kasese massacres?  Did they display the same fighting spirit for all the women who were being kidnapped, raped and murdered?  What is it about Gen. Kalekyezi that has all the so-said opposition to President Yoweri Museveni's regime up in arms to get Kayihura freed?

Witchcraft at work indeed.

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Sunday, 11 March 2018


UGANDA: Did Gen. Kalekyezi offend only Rwandese dissidents???


"For us we are small people; agents. I work on orders; the Commander-in-chief's orders. When you are going to war, the Commander-In-Chief gives you instruments of war. He gave me an order .........Do I have a choice? If I don't do this, he dismisses me, and off course, I like my job. Those people who who have been saying Kayihura is militarising the police.......... This is an order from the President."

Gen. Kalekyezi at a public function in Ntungamo - 15/12/2016.

Gen. Kalekyezi is the former police chief who was last week relieved of his duties after 13 years in that position. He was relieved because being a Munyarwanda Tutsi, he was helping Rwanda to gather intelligence on the activities of the Uganda backed Rwandese dissidents. Museveni also feared that Rwanda could help him take over government. He is currently not a subject of any criminal proceedings.

However, a group of Uganda backed Rwandese dissidents led by a one Rugemwa Kayumba the young brother of South Africa based dissident Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa have filed a complaint against Gen. Kalekyezi before the ICC in The Hague. They claim to have failed to get justice in Uganda over crimes against humanity committed by Gen. Kalekyezi against some Rwandese refugees and dissidents in Uganda. The alleged crimes include murder, deportation or forced transfer of populations, torture, and enforces disappearance of persons. Ugandans are as usual jubilating over the move as if Gen. Kalekyezi never offended them to warrant a similar legal redress either locally or before the ICC!!!!

In August 2016 the Magistrate's Court at Makindye issued Criminal Summons against Gen. Kalekyezi in relation to his alleged torture of opposition supporters. Instead on 10/8/2016, the same General organised goons who, supported by the police, attacked the Magistrate's Court and threatened to lynch both the trial Magistrate and the petitioning Lawyers. The matter was swept under the carpet as neither the Chief Justice, the DPP, Museveni or the Speaker of Parliament condemned the act. Now that Gen. Kalekyezi has left office, how far have the Lawyers gone in reinstating the same matter?

In April 2012 during a press conference called by the Speaker after the conclusion of the International Parliamentary Union delegates conference in Uganda, Gen. Kalekyezi accused the opposition of trying to incite the population against the police before declaring that he was ready to go and defend himself against the alleged human rights abuse accusations at the ICC.

On April 28th 2011 when Dr. Besigye was attacked by the police to near blindness, the ICC was being hosted in Uganda by CSOs for workshop. The ICC has a Field Outreach Coordinator, Mabinty Kamara based in Uganda. The ICC can initiate investigations and prosecutions even if the respective government does not refer or back the case. It has the mandate to intervene in cases where national courts prove to be unable or unwilling to effectively try these crimes or if the state appears to be shielding perpetrators - including shoddy investigations and sham trials. Ugandan petitioners only need to show that the brutal attack on their members by security agents are either a policy or are tolerated and condoned by the government.


On May 12th 2011 at their extraordinary meeting, the Uganda Law Society resolved to document all incidents of human rights abuses some of which could amount to crimes against humanity. How far have they gone with the exercise seven years down the road? Following the most recent massacre of the Bakonzo people in Kasese by security forces, some people are said to have petitioned the ICC. How far is that petition???

For those gullible Ugandans who are eagerly waiting for Museveni to commence criminal proceedings against Gen. Kalekyezi, you are in for a big disappointment. Much as Museveni is bent on neutralizing Gen. Kalekyezi, criminal proceedings are not among his options. He fears that any criminal proceedings against Gen. Kalekyezi would boomerang to Museveni. Whatever alleged crime Gen. Kalekyezi may have committed, Museveni is the principal offender thus his good defence lies in the above quoted statement of December 2016. However, should private individuals seriously take the path of instituting criminal proceedings, Museveni will be compelled to charge him before the military court martial. That way he will be able to stall any such privately initiated criminal proceedings. Museveni can even condition the said group of Rwandese dissidents to withdraw their petition from the ICC. In the event that he is to be protected by way of a Court Martial, as usual once the dust will have settled down, the cadre General will be let off the hook.

INFORMATION IS POWER AND DEFIANTLY "HITTING ON THE HEAD" IS THE WAY TO GO.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

UGANDA: Detention Without Trial (DWT) in safe houses is now the accepted norm


DWT IN SAFE HOUSES IS NOW AN ACCEPTABLE NORM

CHANGE OF GUARDS - When the Ugandan dictator's schemes to forcefully hold onto power became more pronounced over a decade ago, he resorted to kidnap and detention of his political opponents in ungazetted secret detention facilities. Security agencies like civil intelligence (ISO), military intelligence (CMI), police and other adhoc intelligence outfits all ran safe houses. The essence was for victims to be subjected to Detention Without Trial (DWT) while undergoing gruesome physical torture aimed at extracting confessions. Safe houses provided an opportunity for the regime to disassociate itself from such a vice in the event the victims died or sued for damages. The global fight against terrorism was used as a cover to suppress internal political dissent. Security operatives used the leverage to even detain and torture for personal reasons i.e extortion, debt collection, business rivalry, power struggles, revenge etc.

Initially the regime denied that it was running any safe houses save for the main one at Kololo that houses the Joint Anti Terrorism Task Force (JATF). At one time it claimed to have closed down all such safe houses but the truth is that they continue to exist to this day. It's only the police that had abandoned the use of safe houses after it established its official DWT and torture facility at the infamous Nalufenya. When it was recently cosmetically closed down, gullible Ugandans celebrated the "end of detention without trial and torture".

With the ongoing crackdown on recently sacked Gen. Kalekyezi's loyalists, ISO and CMI are taking the lead and Ugandans are once again cheering on without questioning or pondering to know where the so called suspects are held. Take the example of Movit proprietor, Simpson Birungi who was kidnapped and held by ISO at a safe house for 45 days. At one time they even arrogantly allowed his wife to visit him; which is a new development in the history of safe houses. I hope Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) picks interest and she leads them to the venue around Kyengera for inspection.

The family petitioned the High Court which issued an order for the Attorney General and DG/ISO to appear and explain the illegal detention of Simpson Birungi. The regime directed the two officials to just ignore the court order. Consequently, the same High Court further issued an order for the unconditional release of Simpson Birungi but was also ignored. It was at this stage that the Uganda Law Society appealed to the DPP to investigate "transgression of the law" by ISO and AG. ULS went further to threaten private prosecution of the two regime officials.

ULS very well knows, and if it didn't know, the DG/ISO and AG could not ignore High Court orders without the approval of Museveni. Similarly, ISO could not have kidnapped and detained Simpson Birungi in a safe house for 45 days without the approval of Museveni. It is the same Museveni who has approved his release from detention and not ULS' empty threats of commencing private prosecution. This also serves to show that even the recent raids on both the MTN servers and Lands office by ISO were fully approved by Museveni. The raiding of Parliament, raiding of courts to reverse court orders and the arrest and detention of M.Ps among other vices, must all be approved by Museveni.

Therefore, kidnappings and detention without trial (DWT) is no longer a secret but an official Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) by the regime security apparatus. The level of arrogance exhibited in allowing even the families of victims to visit them in Safe Houses serves to confirm that it is now an acceptable norm. Not all that are held in these safe houses are lucky enough to come out alive or without any physical scratch like Simpson Birungi. Can anyone still talk about constitutionalism and rule of law?

INFORMATION IS POWER AND THE PROBLEM OF UGANDA IS MUSEVENISM.







Tuesday, 17 July 2018

AFRICA: Looming irreversible security catastrophe in The Great Lakes Region of Africa

LOOMING IRREVERSIBLE SECURITY CATSTROPHE IN THE GREAT LAKES REGION
"RDF is trained and prepared to fight wars but not to start them with others. But if others make us their problem and chose to start a war with us, that is when we use judgement, determination and try to fight and finish it for them."
Rwanda's President, Kagame at a recent public function.

A few days earlier, during the celebration to mark Liberation Day, Rwanda's Ambassador to Uganda publicly asked the Museveni regime to "investigate incidents brought to its (Uganda) attention involving terrorists targeting Rwanda. "

Rwanda which has been and continues to be the center of gravity in both the stability and instability of the Great Lakes Region is under threat of attack by its foreign sponsored armed dissidents. While the 24 years' old Tutsi led RPF regime managed to neutralize the traditional so called Hutu dominated FDRL Genocides through both military force in Congo and a campaign of isolation, the current threat seems to be a force to reckon with. Since the assassination of Col. Patrick Karegyeya, the Tutsi dominated Gen. Kayumba led RNC had kind of slowed down on the military option.

Rwanda's involment in Burundi's bloody protests over Nkurunziza's presidential bid that culminated into the May 2015 foiled coup was for its internal stability. Rwanda feared that its Hutu dominated dissidents could seek the help of the predominantly Hutu led government of Burundi. It wanted to install a friendly government that would not harbour its dissidents. At best, it wanted to reinstate the former Tutsi dominated government in Burundi. Its efforts to reorganize Burundian refugees and dissidents into a formidable force that could destabilize Burundi has not taken root owing to an absence of serious dissent inside Burundi. President Nkurunziza is proving to be in full control.

Instead, Burundi is proving to be moving ahead of Rwanda. There has been incidents of armed incursions into Rwanda by armed dissidents from their hideouts in Burundi. A newly formed armed group, Rwanda Movement for Democratic Change (RMDC) with its armed wing the NLF has emerged and claimed responsibility for the recent incursions. It has gone ahead to disclose its structures and hierarchy with renown Hotel Rwanda Film Star, Paul Rusesabagina as its head. They have gone ahead to release photos of their smartly dressed fighters undergoing military drills in an undisclosed forested environment.

It is not by coincidence that the RMDC/NLF statement has been released by the Museveni regime online mouth piece, Chimpreports. It is not also by coincidence that the NLF is wearing a military uniform that is similar to that of Museveni's UPDF. There is ongoing bad blood between Museveni and Kagame over allegations that the former is harbouring RNC dissidents. Its is further alleged that Rwandese dissident recruits are being sourced, facilitated and transited through Uganda to training bases in Congo. Museveni's close relationship and cooperation with the French army is also another concern for Rwanda.

It is highly likely that Kampala has rebranded the RNC to give birth to RMDC/NLF. Such a move gives the dissident movement a national outlook devoid of ethnic divide. This was the same story during the formation of the RPF in the early 1990s when a Hutu leadership comprised of Alex Kanyarengwe, Faustine Twagiramungu, Pasteur Bizimungu and others were paraded as the top leadership. Once power was captured and consolidated, the above mentioned were humiliatingly kicked out. Museveni had used the same tactic during his Bush War when he strategically placed the Baganda at the top leadership hierarchy of his NRM. Otherwise, if Rusesabagina is the political head of RMCD, then who is the military head of its armed wing, the NLF? Your guess is as good as mine.

On the Uganda front, Rwanda had for long relied on the network headed by the recently sacked and incarcerated Police chief, Gen. kalekyezi. With the dismantling of this Kalekyezi web, Rwanda must be in a total blackout about the activities of its dissidents in Uganda. Through its social media chief propagandist, Sseruga Titus, the RNC has been in a celebratory mood over the sacking of Gen. Kalekyezi. On the Burundi front, the situation seems not to be in RNC's favour. On the Congo front, the only hope is for the new leadership in either Moise Katumbi or Jean Piers Bemba. Rwanda is being careful not to overstretch itself by re-entering Congo to dismantle the dissident training grounds. Doing so would give room for increased incursions from the Burundi side. For now, Museveni can't risk any form of direct incursions by armed dissidents from Uganda but must be in touch with Burundi's Nkurunziza. However, a future direct military confrontation is likely if the two leaders don't resolve their differences. For now what is helping relations from getting worse is the absence of a Rwanda backed Ugandan dissident group.

There is no doubt Rwanda is in a desperate situation. If well coordinated dissident military attacks from Burundi persist, it will have no option but to invade and overthrow the Nkurunziza government. Nkurunziza is very much aware of this but the big question is where does he derive the courage to take the risk of providing bases to Rwanda's dissidents!!! He must have got assurance from some 'big regional power'. On the other hand, Rwanda can't afford to consecutively manage two fronts - Burundi and Uganda. Tanzania is friendly to all the key players - Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Congo. It has strategic economic interests in all these countries. It won't sit back and watch as the region is plunged into another round of chaos. Tanzania will have to take sides since its successful mediation is not likely. It can only take the intervention of a bigger power like the USA to avert the looming regional catastrophe.

In May 1967, Israel was faced with a similar situation when it was simultaneously attacked by Egypt, Jordan and Syria. At by the end of the six days war, Israel came out victorious but Rwanda is not Israel.

Watch the space.

INFORMATION IS POWER AND THE PROBLEM OF UGANDA IS MUSEVENISM.
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Sunday, 15 July 2018

UGANDA: Bunyoro is paying price of not being traditional cattle keepers


BUNYORO - PAYING THE PRICE OF NOT BEING TRADITIONAL CATTLE KEEPERS.

Since Museveni assumed office 32 years ago, a geographical region referred to as the Cattle Corridor has continued to expand to include other regions that were not traditionally part of the original region. The traditional semi-arid cattle corridor stretches from North western Tanzania and parts of Eastern Rwanda, through some parts of Ankole, Buganda, Teso, Lango, to Karamoja in the North Eastern region. Save for Lango, Teso and Karamoja, the traditional cattle keepers in the cattle corridor areas in Buganda and Ankole are predominantly those refered to as the Balaro.

The Museveni regime has facilitated the Balalo to gain economic and military strength that has enabled them to look for more pasture outside their traditional cattle corridor areas in Ankole and Buganda. They have developed a feeling that they have the monopoly of cattle keeping. Bunyoro has not been spared and it has witnessed the worst land grabbing by the economically and militarily powerful Balalo. When Museveni took over power in 1986, Teso and Lango were depleted of cattle stocks. The vigorous attempts by Balaro to make incursions into Teso, Lango, Acholiland and West Nile has been politically resisted. For this action both West Nile and Acholiland are paying the price as armed cattle rustlers from South Sudan are depleting their stocks at a very fast rate unhindered. This implies that the pressure has to revert back to South of the Karuma Bridge. However the bad news is that the Banyoro are also adopting cattle keeping implying they will not part with their land.

To better understand the narrative, just have a look at this story that was run by businesfocus.co.ug on 11th July 2018;


TENSION AS THUGS STEAL OVER 200 COWS IN HOIMA
By Peter Abaanabasazi
Hoima

Unanswered questions are lingering in minds of livestock farmers in Hoima district about who is behind the escalating cases of cattle theft in the area. According to the farmers, robberies of livestock especially cows, goats and sheep which started with negligible cases have turned into serious problems and a security concern.

Over 200 cows are said to have been stolen from different farmers since December 2017 in Sub-Counties of Buseruka, Kyangwali, Bugambe and Hoima Municipality. Some farmers claim that the robbers are armed, creating more tension among cattle farmers. Farmers say the problem turned serious at the beginning of March this year.

Yese Basigaraho, 80, a resident of Bubaale in Bujumbura Division, Hoima Municipality, whose kraal is located in Kyakasekuro village in Bugambe Sub-County, says that he lost 33 Frisian cows to the thieves on the night of July 2nd 2018. He says the theft has left him helpless and unable to look after his family since he has been depending on his cows for survival.

Bernadette Plan, the Councilor for Kohoora Division and the Hoima Secretary for Finance is among the farmers who are shedding tears after the thugs raided her kraal in Bujwahya cell in Hoima Municipality on May 25-2018 and took off with 20 Frisian cows. Bernadette Plan, who lost 20 cows to thugs noted that for the last five months, farmers have been reporting animal theft to Police, but there is no effort put in place to arrest the situation.

She blamed police and other security agencies for not doing enough despite the continued theft of animals in the district that has left many with empty kraals. "We are appealing to government to intervene into this problem; police and other security agencies are aware, but the robberies have continued. We have nowhere to go for help,” Plan said.

Fred Mugasa, a businessman in Hoima town also lost 16 cows after thieves invaded his kraals located in Kayera village in Buseruka Sub-County. He says that since then he has never recovered his cows.
He has now sold off all the remaining animals over fears that they could as well be stolen. He added that security in Hoima have not taken the issues seriously and challenged police and other security agencies to tighten the grip on cattle thieves in the area.

Ali Babi, the President for Hoima Municipal Development Forum, whose family also lost over 20 cows to thieves, alleges that the increasing theft of cows is a clandestine move by highly connected people in government to turn the people of Banyoro poorer.

Baibi said some of the cattle thieves who have been arrested have been released from police custody under unclear circumstances and called farmers to rise up and petition the President over the matter.
Steven Kabagambe, the chairman of Aberwanaho Farmers Association from Kyarushesha parish in Kyangwali says that cattle thieves are known, but even when they report them to police, no action is taken to arrest them.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson says police have launched investigations into the rampant theft of the animals to ensure that the suspects are arrested and prosecuted.
He denied claims that the increasing theft of animals is a result of laxity in security.

COMMENT:
Since when did the Banyoro become cattle keepers!!!! Ask the people of Teso, Lango and Acholi as to what happened to their cattle stocks. Just revert back to your traditional cassava and tobacco growing and the "thugs" will not target you.

INFORMATION IS POWER AND THE PROBLEM OF UGANDA IS MUSEVENISM.

Friday, 13 July 2018

UGANDA: Museveni's "educated" police officers miss out on recovered stolen US dollars


MUSEVENI'S "EDUCATED" POLICE OFFICERS MISS OUT ON RECOVERED STOLEN U.S DOLLARS

CHANGE OF GUARDS - The police has just done a commendable job by quickly arresting some of the real suspects and recovering half of the stolen half a million U.S dollars that had been stolen from a forex bureau by its employees. The police has not used brutal force, torture or cumbersome techniques to make a break through. Special thanks go to the police officer who rejected the big bribe but instead went ahead to use the opportunity as a lead to the breakthrough. The Director of CID, Grace Akullo who had always been sidelined and overshadowed by ragtag criminal investigations outfits has also excelled.

That is how the so called "politically hostile and predominantly non university graduate" police used to act before Museveni brought in his so called "young and educated" boys and girls from western Uganda. I am very sure some police officers are cursing thus; "....mbenu ago amazi ago gashisha diru nungi. Akuro n'embwa (......now, those excreta have spoilt a good deal. Akuro is a dog). Otherwise, the other home boys like Kataratambi, Muhangi, Komurubuga, NATO, Womanya and others would have accused the suspects of financing terrorism, tortured them to the point of death, failed to recover the money and if recovered, they would hide it, kill the suspects or aid them to escape, asked for facilitation in hundreds of millions from both the victim and the state to meet the cost of investigations etc.

 Keep it up Grace Akullo but make sure you keep those scavengers off the investigations. This money, it was to be recovered and stolen by those "young educated" officers, it would lead to eviction of hundreds of citizens from their land by "developers" thus "boosting the economy".  Museveni would commend them for being role models, innovative and exemplary in fighting poverty. The regime Deputy Secretary General Richard Tadwong asked the other day; " we see new buildings all over Kampala everyday. Who are the owners" before he warned against stealing with impunity.


The Observer newspaper story is below:

POLICE RECOVERS $250,000 OF $500,000 STOLEN FROM FOREX BUREAU

Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) detectives have recovered $250,000 (about Shs 933 million), half of the money that was stolen from Metropolitan forex bureau last week.
At least $150,000 (about Shs 560 million) of this had been hidden in Lubowa, at the home of a relative of Joy Katenta, an employee who had been entrusted with $500,000 (Shs 1.8 billion), that was due to be deposited in Bank of Africa. The other $100,000 (about Shs 373 million) was found in Mutungo at the home of another relative.  Katenta was arrested over the weekend after Ali Molib, the general manager of Metropolitan forex bureau reported a case of theft against her and another employee, Lillian Nanyanzi who is still on the run.

Subsequent investigations led detectives to Mutungo, where part of the money had been hidden at a home of a lady who was later identified as a sister-in-law to Katenta. She was arrested and later joined by a 23-year-old man only identified as Brian, a resident of Lubowa, who was trying to bribe detectives with $20,000 (Shs about 74 million) to release his aunt.

The money was stolen from Metropolitan forex bureau last week. CID director Grace Akullo confirmed the recovery but declined to divulge details on the operation. "It's true we have recovered some of the money but the case is still under investigations so I cannot speak about it," Akullo told URN.

Details about the theft
On July 5, 2018, Katenta was sent to Eco bank, Jinja road branch to withdraw $500,000. The money was safely withdrawn and loaded onto the CITI bullion van escorted by Katenta to Bank of Africa where they were supposed to find another employee (name withheld by police for her security).
However, when Katenta arrived at Bank of Africa, she called in, Lillian Nanyanzi, another employee who had been sent to DTB to deposit some cheques and asked the other employee to go to DTB instead.

The CCTV footage shows Katenta signing for the box of money before entering the bank together with Nanyanzi. Instead of going into the banking hall, the two branched into the toilets and divided the money, each moving out with a plastic bag filled with money.

While both Katenta and Nanyanzi switched off their phones, Katenta went ahead to report to police that Nanyanzi had stolen the money and left her with only $100,000 (about Shs 373 million). Police detectives led by the Kampala metropolitan CID commander Johnson Opal went to Mutungo and recovered the $100,000 and released Katenta on police bond that evening.

Katenta was rearrested the next day on the orders of Grace Akullo after Bank of Africa was asked to avail the CCTV videos which ended up implicating the two women.  Call printouts revealed that immediately after stealing the money, Katenta called her sister-in-law whose identity is still being withheld. When police failed to trace for the remaining $150,000 (about Shs 560 million) which Katenta is alleged to have taken home, they arrested the sister-in-law, also a resident of Mutungo.

A search at the sister-in-law's house yielded nothing but police got a breakthrough when she asked the investigating officers to accept a bribe of $20,000 so as to release her on police bond. The officers allowed her to call someone who would bring the money and she called Brian her nephew and asked him to pick $20,000 off the hidden money and meet the detectives at Nandos.

When Brian reached Nandos, the investigating officers took the money and asked him to come to CID headquarters Kibuli with his national I'D and another who would stand surety for his aunt.
Upon reaching Kibuli, Brian was arrested and asked to show where the rest of the money was hidden. He took the detectives to Lubowa where he was staying and gave them a pillowcase holding $130,000.

That's why we have always argued that it takes a minute to realign this country and not those boring ten point security programs that involve multi billion dollars' worth of procurements. Ugandans want to see results and not senseless parading of suspects on TV.

WHERE THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS A WAY.

INFORMATION IS POWER AND THE PROBLEM OF UGANDA IS MUSEVENISM.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

UGANDA: Brian Isiko was accused by police, imprisoned by court; not Hon. Sylvia Rwabogo


BRIAN ISIKO WAS ACCUSED BY THE POLICE AND IMPRISONED BY THE COURT; NOT HON. SYLVIA RWABWOGO

CHANGE OF GUARDS - Around November 2017 a young man, Brian Isiko initiated telephone contact with a female Member of Parliament (M.P), SyLvia Rwabwogo. He expressed his desire to have a love relationship with her. The M.P initially took it lightly but when the young man disclosed to the M.P that "he wanted to protect her after realising that she was in deep trouble, the M.P got concerned and reported to the parliamentary police post.

The parliamentary police is said to have blocked Isiko's phone but he continued texting the M.P. Consequently, the same police organised a trap that netted Brian Isiko. He was taken into custody but interestingly, the M.P continues to receive text messages from Isiko's phone number. How can a detained suspect's phone continue to send text messages to the victim/complainant!!!

Hon. Sylvia revealed that after Brian made several attempts to woo her through Facebook, she was forced to block him. However, Brian was unfazed! He instead resorted to sending text messages and making phone calls.

According to Sylvia, Brian would make these calls late night, day time and early morning hours.
“I am a politician. I got concerned for my life. Imagine somebody you have never met starts calling you in the night, morning and throughout the day. At times, I would be going for work then he would call me just before I left my home. I got scared. It was like he was somewhere monitoring my movements”, she stated.
I hired and borrowed cars
Hon. Sylvia revealed that she was forced to hire and borrow cars to disguise her movements because she felt her life was in danger. I thought it was a normal approach but it was not. I stopped using my car. Whenever I was about to leave my home, he would call and say he was waiting to see me. He would send text messages.I had to hire and borrow cars from friends. I hired private security. I had to cancel those programs for the day. I have not done much because I have cancelled several programs. I am a politician. I have to move!
Don’t judge me.
The suspect was taken to court and accused of sexual harassment and he denied the charge and during the trial, the M.P testified. However, along the way the accused changed his plea and admitted the charges and the Magistrate convicted and sentenced him to two years' imprisonment.

The public reaction has generally been characterized by scolding and condemnation of the M.P whom they accuse of imprisoning the young man for merely expressing his love. The M.P has come out to clarify as to why she reported the matter to police but to no avail. Most disturbing is that among her attackers are some people who are presumed to be right thinking members of the public like the former Presidential aspirant, Maureen Walube Kyalya.

These people are entitled to their opinion and my role is just to point out a few issues. Hon. Sylvia Rwabwogo only reported her security concerns to the police. It's the police and DPP who belong to the executive arm of government that made the decision to arrest, detain and bring up charges against Brian Isiko before presenting him to court. In other words, it's the state that had the mandate to protect its citizens that accused Brian Isiko. Sylvia Rwabwogo remained a complainant and a witness whom the law compels to testify in court. It was Brian Isiko who admitted to the charge and court had no alternative but to convict him.

May be those in defense of Isiko ought to blame court for not simply giving him a caution (never do it again) and set him free instead of imprisoning him. But again, court gave its reasons for arriving at that decision; that the accused had not shown any remorse and that "the intention is only known to him." In criminal cases, establishing motive or intention is very important. In the instant case the police did not disclose the motive thus more cause for worry by Hon. Sylvia Rwabwogo. Can anyone explain why and how the suspect's number continued to send texts even while he was under detention!!!!

Looking at this saga from another angle, it is a fact that the stranger, Brian Isiko initiated telephone contacts around November 2017 during the height of the Age Limit Amendment. Though a member of the regime, Hon. Sylvia Rwabwogo extraordinarily and courageously opposed the amendment. To the regime, this was high treason and any reasonable Ugandan very well knows that as is the norm, at one time she will pay. Intimidation by the regime is the usual practice against opposition and independent minded leaders. Sylvia Rwabwogo must have seen Brian Isiko's offer of "protection against her being in deep trouble" from this angle. As a layman, I feel that Brian Isiko was being used by the state security agencies thus why he changed his plea in the middle of the trial to curtail further probe and that's why he was not remorseful. Someone needs to confirm if he will serve the two years in detention.

To better understand my stupid argument, just look at this extract on Hon. Sylvia Rwabwogo's interview with The Observer of 25th October 2017 below:

Now that the age limit may be removed, what next?

Power belongs to the people and I have listened to people in my area and outside. Those voices should not be ignored because it is about their future. I am not forcing my idea on them but I want their views to come out, unlike the manner in which we are being forced to take a position in NRM.
The consultations are not about convincing people. Some people are paying money to people, sometimes taking people to sign for it like they did with veterans in my district. If the people of Kabarole are left free to decide against my stand, I shall bring their views to Parliament.

Aren’t you afraid that your stand will be used by the party to fight you in the constituency?

Some members of parliament are really scared. I did not know it would come to this and I wished it had come at the end of the term. We are standing at crossroads; the demand from our party; then the fight with our conscience and the will of the people. If I follow my conscience, I will live with it forever. I would not lose it and lose my soul for anything because we are here in parliament in passing.  Maybe I will be here for one term but I would not want to tie my decisions to the interest of coming back to parliament.  Most people are actually afraid and think that if they say something contrary to the party position, they will be fought in the constituencies. Who says that people who have lost elections have been fought by government? We have seen people who have returned to parliament when they have taken decisions contrary to government positions.

So, are you persuading some NRM members you think are quietly opposed to the removal of age limits to join you?

We are talking with these people. We are not enemies and those we are talking to are willing to support us but still fear being torn between listening to their people and listening to the government.
That is the dilemma they are faced with. If we are going to divide ourselves for every decision, at the end of the day Uganda will not be one. We must enjoy our country irrespective of our tribal and political inclinations. I still belong to the NRM party and don’t hate it or my president. When I say this, people think I am trying to hide my decision but it is firm and I am not doing it in hatred.
I am not even looking at any other party but I want to serve NRM objectively, and not against my conscience. I have been in this party for the last 10 years; so, when I disagree with them objectively, I think I have the right to do so.  If you are vulnerable to anything, you will not be able to make a decision. There are many women who think like we do but for one reason or another, they fear to come out. Being a journalist by profession, it is within my training that you have to be objective at all times.

The NRM issued guidelines calling on its members to consult small, carefully chosen groups of people. Is that workable for you?

The regulations we are getting from the party are that we call party and religious leaders. I don’t want to be selective and I am not a delegate. I am a representative of [all] the people, not a selected section of the people. I do not only represent women, but represent all. These are matters for all Ugandans; so, we are going out to consult the general public. I am not campaigning or holding general rallies and speaking against this matter. I will educate them about the advantages of either decision. Depending on the majority’s decision, I will reserve my personal views in their favour.
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#1 saeguya
2017-10-25 08:13
A lady with some balls, dignity intestinal fortitude, patriotism, and pure love for her motherland who should be emulated by peers, the men in Parliament especially.

#2 Magenge
2017-10-25 08:20
This is one of the brightest batooro I have ever known, unlike Mwenda and Kasango who are feasting on pensions money and talking nonesense non stop.

#3 kelem
2017-10-25 08:31
Majority NRM MPs sold their souls to the devil because of selfish motives.
These MPs are supper cheap indeed

#4 Lakwena
2017-10-25 12:09
This is being exceptionally bold and candid for first -timer NRM MP.
But I want caution my young sister, Hon Rwabwogo for loving what (NRM) she does not know. E.g. last week Mr. M7 made it public and in certain term that the NRM is a Master of Violence.
What does this mean? It means, unless Hon Sylvia Rwabwogo denounced and disassociated herself from that Mr. M7's statement; all NRM members are inherently and collectively violent.
Before that, on 26th January 2017, Mr. M7 along the same line, proclaimed from the roof top that, he is in State House fighting only for himself and belief.
Because no NRM MPs or ordinary members condemned denounced Mr. M7, what does this also mean?
It means that all NRM members MPs or riffraff, are where they are; or do what they do only for themselves and not for the people of Uganda.
In other words what then is Hon Sylvia Rwabwogo in love with in the NRM party?

#5 Musana
2017-10-25 13:24
Sylvia and Ruhunda have done Tooro good.
However, we shall thank you after you have gone through all the trials and tribulations you are about to suffer.
Please, remain firm through it all, knowing that when you stand for truth, posterity takes note, and your reward will be great.
A good name is better than riches. Muliinde engeso enungi eza Tooro. May God give you the necessary strength, for courage you have.
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To better understand Hon. SyLvia's situation, you need to receive a text message at midnight from an accused who is presumed to be in police detention.

INFORMATION IS POWER AND THE PROBLEM OF UGANDA IS MUSEVENISM.


Tuesday, 10 July 2018

UGANDA: Can't CCTV cameras and electronic tracking devices save cattle in Mbarara?


CANT CCTV CAMERAS AND ELECTRONIC TRACKING DEVICES SAVE CATTLE IN MBARARA?

CHANGE OF GUARDS - Following a spate of insecurity that has hit the country, Uganda's military dictator ordered for the acquisition and installation of CCTV cameras and electronic tracking devices on vehicles and motorcycle number plates.

Mbarara district has been hit by a wave of attacks by assailants who target cattle that they hack with machetes and leave them to die. For the last three months the district has witnessed the hacking of over 50 cows. The latest attack was on the farm of Col. Titus Muhinda where four of his cows were hacked. The police admit that they have not been able to establish the motive.

Museveni has been promoting his much cherished diary farming at the detriment of crop agriculture. Diary farming is dominated by his ethnic Balalo. This should be the starting point for the police to establish motive.

Obviously, Museveni will order for CCTV cameras and electronic tracking devices to be installed on the farms and cattle respectively. Unfortunately, these devices will be managed by the police which is a prime suspect for conniving with criminals. Just a few days ago a polic truck was intercepted while carrying stolen cattle (pictured). Such trucks are supposed to ease police mobility in protecting the lives and property of citizens. Instead, they are used in furtherance of the commission of crime.

We are likely to see the creation of the Cattle Protection Unit (CPU) to secure cattle in the Cattle Corridor and Mbarara district in particular.

INFORMATION IS POWER AND THE PROBLEM OF UGANDA IS MUSEVENISM