Round 1 of age Limit removal had a heroe!

Forget Bobi Wine, and his excuses for being out of the country,

Forget Hon. Mp Bakireke Nambooze, and her nursery games with Abiriga’s hat,

The real heroe was this guy,Hon. Kabaziguluka…..What does his name mean? The Nakawa people got a real deal here. This was a class act. Get well soon,brother!

FDC members shouldn’t call Ssemujju a mole!

I consider myself to be a super tolerant person. I’m not being an angel. It’s simply my nature … It’s “me”. And I am ASTONISHED as to how easily some FDC members have become trapped and goaded into disliking Hon. Ibrahim Nganda Ssemujju, simply because he is campaigning for Mugisha Muntu.

OK, granted, attacking Besigye as a campaign strategy was, in my opinion, unnecessary. Yeah, i was rolling on the floor laughing my Arse off literally as I read Ssemujju ‘s attack on Besigye, but, God damit, it doesn’t necessarily make him a mole in FDC. He just chose a wrong campaign strategy.

Campaigns seems to make some people ‘forget themselves’. This observation is often made and repeated. In Uganda, for some silly reason, even your own brother is capable of shooting you during campaigns, just to appease someone.

Hey, maybe it’s a bit like driving a car. It is said that when certain people get behind the wheel they consistently turn into a different type of person. Road rage is both dangerous and a big problem. Interestingly, some people miraculously look handsome or beautiful when behind the wheels.

Looking at the people standing against Muntu, I will actually be surprised if he doesn’t win. And if he doesn’t, it will summarise everything I have thought of him: an overrated leader who probably shouldn’t have risen without Museveni handpicking him to lead the army.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

“In tribute to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Uganda, two bastions of strength in a world filled with strife, discrimination and terrorism.”

STOP COMPARING BOBI WINE TO BESIGYE

Bobi wine sung for kizza besigye while at Besigye’s home in Kasangati


I have too much respect for Hon.Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, but, please, for the last time, people should stop equating him or comparing him with Dr.Kiiza Besigye. The reason I respect Bobi is because he has been using his music to speak for the poor, the ghetto, for us.An artist that uses a big soapbox and loudspeaker to push their views, a power the rest of us do not have, deserves respect.When an artist makes a statement that is pro-people,he is sticking his neck out on the line.If a self employed business person makes prominent political statements that upset people, it may hurt his/her business, whether it is organized or not.

By the way, we should also stop ‘punishing’ those artists that ‘offended’ us during the 2016 elections by supporting Mr.Museveni. Let’s just find another way of convicing them to join our line of thinking.Telling you their opinion was actually exercising free speech, telling people not to attend their shows was attempted censorship,boycotting the show’s sponsors is punitive (and an attempt to stifle an opinion you disagree with!).So, my anger with Iryn Namubiru, Kanyomozi, and others is done, apart from Bebe Cool. The later continues to rub it in!

Bobi Wine reminds me of Cardew!

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36 years ago , on 13 Dec 1981, the music industry suffered a terrible loss, when Cornelius Cardew was killed in a mysterious hit-and-run accident in London. The following year, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine was born in Uganda. The first time I watched a video music of Bobi Wine, I told my wife, and my friend Johnson, that the guy was destined for politics at some point in his life, because he had a good mouth on him. So, when he joined the race to stand for MP in Kyadondo East, I wasn’t surprised at all. What surprised me was actually FDC fielding a candidate against him.

Truth be told, Bobi Wine(whatever that means) is more popular than any of his opponents in the Kyadondo East race. A lot of people in Uganda seem to translate their love of music (and the arts more broadly) into “support for anything”, which I would characterize as a liberal instinct.I’m rather moderate on this issue because I don’t listen to music that much, but I like Bobi Wine’s songs in particular. He reminds me of Cardew.

Cornelius Cardew


Cardew is perhaps more interesting for his politics than his compositions. He was the leading composer of the English experimental school in the sixties, and pupil of Stockhausen. His most famous composition is the Great Learning, a setting of Confucius written for the Scratch Orchestra. Many of his works of that period have more in common with “happenings” than traditional composition.

But the really interesting thing about Cardew is that sometime in the seventies, he either was told or realised himself that modern music did not appeal to working class audiences and gave it all up to write revolutionary songs. Cardew was active in various causes in British politics

Finally, in 1981 he was killed by a hit-and-run driver in east London whilst returning from a political meeting.The driver was never found.There are all sorts of rumours that this was a political assassination, possibly by one of the British Fascist parties.

But what’s relevant is to investigate how and if a particular political view of a composer is reflected in his or her music.The fact ‘composer X supports candidate B’ taken on its own doesn’t mean shit.

But if composer X starts composing agitprop-type of music, regardless of whether it is a nazi or commi staff – well, it’s a sell-out.

And then there are those who prostitute themselves like Bidandi Ssali’s son, Bebe Cool. Nobody could ever convince me that Bebe Cool composes songs to praise Museveni because he thinks he is the best leader for Uganda, and that’s because I don’t think he is a dummy. I strongly believe he only does it for money and other privileges that comes with it.

The bottom line is that what someone composes ultimately determines how he or she would be remembered, and not the particular political believe. Interestingly enough, I still log on youtube to watch Iryn Namubiru yet she sold us out too in the last elections, and I could probably be in a sombre mood for days if she dies before me. Good luck to Bobi Wine and other candidates in the race!

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UK

MUSEVENI’S LONG STAY IN POWER HAS KILLED AMBITIONS!

Friends,

According to Hon.Mp Bakireke Nambooze’s online paper, the Spear, FDC’s Dr. Frank Nabwiso will rejoin NRM soon. I dont know how old this gentleman is but I think there is some kind of a ‘death’ of political activism and opposition in the country at the moment, that is causing people to review their political careers.Ten years ago, many young people were idealistic fire brands who wanted to change the country – through revolution and very likely bloodshed. Then those people either lost their enthusiasm, or simply “joined the system”. In the meantime they brought much grief to those who copped their belligerence – people who simply wanted to live in peace.

Frank Nabwiso

Basically, because an old Museveni is showing no signs of giving up on power, or giving anybody a chance to lead, there’s that feeling of ‘what can i do now’ among a lot of people who harboured presidential ambitions, or careers in a new govt. With Besigye now rocking 60 years old and getting tired himself, there’s no visible opposition anymore. So, i’m not surprised when I see especially a 50 year old plus joining the govt.

A lot of young people that had presidential ambitions have also kind of given up. They watch with grief and pain as young leaders, such as Emanuel Macron, take over in France, and yet it looks almost like a dream in Uganda. Now, with the talk of removing age limits, everyone is scracthing their heads for a quick alternative.The opposition has to wake up and go back on the drawing board. A leader who stays long in power kills ambitions and quality for everyone and inhibit progress.

Politicians too often go into Politics with the noblest of ideals. Then they too get corrupted by the wealth to be had – the kickbacks, bribes, etc. and become yet just another politician.

Abbey

FDC is the best political party in Uganda but it needs prayers!

Anybody heading a political party, or even an online forum, under the current political environment in Uganda is a ‘spy’. That’s why FDC needs a lot of prayers.Bali mukiisela kizibu nyo!….. Lots of accusations being thrown around, and to almost everybody.We can never full understand something or access all the information about the ‘moles’ in political parties. Everything we say or do is already based on unintentional bias.We have to go on information we have, while the information we don’t have is a lot more.

FDC actually is an independent beautiful political party, but I suspect some people within kind of look at it as their personal property, and that is a big challenge!

Everybody is a spy, and somebody has intentionally created this bad environment for us.I remember when I had just started UAH, there was this website called Radio Katwe that branded me a Musevenist(museveni’s spy)living in London and working to fight them. But now i’m a Tom Voltaire Okwalinga according to my mate, Andrew M. Mwenda…Yes, he is kind of my mate because we used to get along before he abandoned the Batooro principles of honesty!

Abbey Semuwemba
UK

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The world of politics is always intrigue filled. The truth in politics is subjective and it’s only players active and exposed to the dynamics within political parties that know the truth. But as in all things, the truth is subjective too!

All I can state is that in politics there are no absolute angels and neither are there absolute demons. All politicians are human beings. They are not perfect!

The problem that we have been grappling with for the longest time is that some opposition politicians claim “sainthood” and gullible people believe them. This is the Genesis of altars that name people or brand people moles or saints!

This brand of politics is only in Uganda and no wonder change is happening everywhere in the world with Gambia being the latest! As we watch and participate in the game of “saints” and “demons”!

Until we learn that political ideology/theory vs practice is global and lessons in other countries need to be applied if we are to leave this vicious cycle of the no-change political gimmicks!

Even the Almighty in heaven cautioned us that those that claim uprightness will most likely be the biggest sinners! The list to hell and to Janna or heaven is only privy to God Himself!

But I see some people playing to be “all-knowing” yet all that glitters is not Gold! Many Ugandans had painted “Museveni” in angelic wear! Yet they are now the same people regretting as to why they were taken for a ride!

Let’s learn from our political history and avoid the same pitfalls!

By Hon.Nabilah Naggayi Ssempala

What Next for Ingrid Turinawe??


” Hey Abbey, I know a number of EALA MPs who were rejected at country level but are now serving in Arusha from different countries. Mukasa Mbide was one of them in Uganda. But I think the Iron lady, Ingrid Turinawe, will need to reposition her approach to opposition politics that is awash with intrigue . Aligning with KB alone is not going to be helpful. Muhammad Nsereko is no longer the same man I used to admire when he was still in the group of four.The group of comprised four comprised Theodore Ssekikuubo (Lwemiyaga), Barnabus Tinkasiimire (Buyaga), Mohammed Nsereko (Kampala Central) and Winfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East)…….. I used to be an FDC diehard, but I got demoralised by the behaviour of some of those people. Some of those people are wicked I’m telling you, but such is politics. As for Ingrid again, this business of dropping piglets at Parliament cost her. I think it was a little far stretched considering the people such a practice would offend. My suggestion is that a rediscovery process for FDC is needed.”

Besigye’s shoes are too big for anybody in opposition to fill them at the moment!

Besigye’s shoes are too big for anybody in opposition to fill them. And I think people should just work with him instead of attacking him out of frustration! The argument that Besigye is more of a weakness for the opposition than a strength is so lame!
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Andrew Mwenda is the master of misdirection!

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By Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba, United Kingdom.

Andrew Mwenda is the master of misdirection. Get the focus on himself, “gay” activities, Besigye and FDC , to stop people from talking about: Kasese massacres, Kanyamunyu, crane bank, increasing sugar prices, Muslim murders, Raid on mosques, the other guy who almost lost his balls to UPDF, e.t.c,and he’s by all means succeeding on all fronts. It’s like he has made a promise to somebody that he could make all this disappear from the front pages.Ugandans have even stopped talking about the rigging that took place in this year’s presidential elections despite Besigye’s pleas that “the election isn’t over”.

I hate band-wagaon politics. All of a sudden some people are calling for the opposition to strategise again after reading Andrew Mwenda’s latest ‘attack’ on Besigye. Come on people, Besigye is OK as he is. He doesnt need to change into anything else other than becoming the next president of Uganda. I don’t wish him to change into a Mao(likeable but not for muddy politics), a Mbabazi(strategist but not really a politician), an Olara Otunu( diplomat and that’s all he is), Mugisha Muntu( i dont really know that one), and certainly not an Andrew Mwenda( hypocrite).So I think as long as Besigye’s shoes fit and his feet are well covered, that should suffice. At this point I would be far less concerned about color or or style of the shoes, as long he gets the job done.

Mwenda also has the annoying habit of confusing his opinion with objective fact. In fact, there appears to be a measure of arrogance in some intelligent and highly educated people in Uganda. I don’t mean to generalize this to all, but to some. It is probably easy to feel arrogant when you have such an advantage in education, power connections and high IQ. Some of these arrogant people think they are above the rules of civilized society. I think the Nazi hierarchy is a perfect example. I do remember seeing a documentary on the Nazi hierarchy. In particular the ones being tried at Nuremberg. The majority of these individuals had high IQs. Some like Albert Speer were in the genius category. These so called geniuses helped Hitler make mistakes, just like some of our elites are helping both Museveni and the opposition to make mistakes.

I’m not a connoisseur of journalism but I could point out that there’s a fundamental constraint on its ability to illuminate issues.Election rigging, for instance, can’t be “investigated” in the same sense that corruption and crime can because most journalists tend to have a side they support during elections. Journalists can let the parties speak for themselves, but that’s about all. When journalists do try to go beyond this, they end up investigating things that make their opponents look bad in the eyes of the public. In this case, Mwenda seems to be portraying Besigye as a bad loser, and this all sounds like music to all those in NRM, a reason one ‘NRM-Hajjati-friend’ has excitedly been sending me all Mwenda’s postings on whatsapp. Similarly,a reporter can investigate the background to the election and help his readers or listeners understand what is really going on.Saying that Besigye accuses Museveni of rigging the 2016 elections while Museveni denies doing so is meaningless to anyone who doesn’t know anything about the rigging culture in Uganda elections since 1980, when Obote rigged DP out, and why it has been generally been the case since 1996 when Ssemogere stood again against Museveni.

Well, in a better world the audience would realize that Mwenda is ‘feeding’ them ‘poison'(katwa)(as we used it call it in Kibuli S.S), but Uganda isnt a normal country. Even those who witnessed the mess in our elections, and know our history, are now cheering with Mwenda’s funny ‘evidence’ in his articles.Makes one despair for our country, doesn’t it? But what can one expect, when those who are educated are behaving like headless chicken. Mwenda is certainly polemic and one-sided, but that’s his prerogative; but its upsetting when he does claim to be the keeper of the objective truth. I fail to see how hearing lies,distortions, and propaganda (from him) enable me to home in on the truth about Besigye and the 2016 elections. “Spin” seems to be more important for him than reality,and that’s our most influential journalist in Uganda.Makes one wonder how much more of the news that gets filmed never gets beyond the studio’s vaults, doesn’t it? He’s so egoistic, isnt he? I have a hard enough time not allowing my own ego to control the show. I can’t afford to deal with anyone else’s.

Lastly,successful leaders have supporters willing to call them out,and, unlike Museveni,I believe Besigye would be more than willing to put Mwenda’s input into consideration if he thought he had his interests at heart, but we all know he(Mwenda) doesnt. With Museveni- no matter what he says or does, his surrogates defend him to the max and his base makes excuses for everything. I feel that we as a society are willing to let a lot of serious issues be brushed under the carpet rather than confronting them upfront. This sets us back in our fight for social justice.’

DON’T RUSH TO CALL HON.NABILAH A MOLE IN FDC!

There is plenty of bizarre known-to-be-made-up claims flying from some people that Hon.Nabilah Naggayi Sempala is a spy in FDC. These are extraordinary claims that require extraordinary evidence. I just think that we need to learn to be more tolerant of what others say,obviously apart from Brother Abdu Katuntu who seems a bit weird in his statements.

Just to confuse everybody, I’m not really sure what a mole is here. “Links” don’t prove conspiracy; they just indicate that it’s likely or at least possible. Next you’ll be telling us that Besigye is also working for NRM which, for all practical purposes, it isnt true.

For what it’s worth,It’s not suprising to me that this same message shows up periodically on several forums at about the same time every year after or before presidential elections. And its understandable because there are people who stood on opposition ticket, and trying to build bridges with those in government. Then they are those who ‘accidentally’ stood for presidency, like Mr. Mbabazi, and are now reporedely trying to go back where they have always felt confortable.
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I don’t discount the possibility that there are spies in FDC or any of the political parties, because spies are everywhere. The least person suspected to be a spy actually turns out to be the real one. For instance, there was a British radio producer called Guy Burgess, who was working with the BBC in the 1940s. He was a spy for the British Intelligence but nobody suspected him because he mainly portrayed himself as a POKOPOKO guy, like our Andrew M. Mwenda, who has become famous for making noise on radio and social media attacking Besigye.

I remember when Andrew used to attack the Museveni and his family(1990s-2006), and I thought there’s a man with real balls.Oh God, I liked the guy. I literally became a matching mole fan at that point, and i’m sure a lot of oppositionists fell into his crawls, didnt they? What’s odd is that all this still resonates in my consciousness somewhere, that how come nobody saw this at the time? How come we all concentrated mainly on his ‘attacks’ rather than the people he associated with (Gen.Salim Saleh, Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba,e.t.c)? Is it possible he was already on the payroll then, but most of us didnt know at the time? Well, that’s for Andrew to answer but,it simply just shows that its difficult to pinpoint a spy or mole or whatever, just by ‘links’ or association, unless one has got concrete evidence.

That’s why I think that sister Nabilah’s utterances present a good opportunity for education. Is it that important that the most popular and trusted opposition figure is replaced by anybody right now in the name of building strong parties? Is it really a priority for Ugandans who are fed up of Museveni? Can Nabila explain what mistakes will come out of a continuation of a Besigye candidacy or presidency in FDC, and where it grates on the ear? To my admittedly unsophisticated ear, it sounds better than having another person right now who will end up just being a ‘show’ on a ballot paper or a ‘sell-out’, as we’ve seen in the past.Therefore, FDC members should be careful not to be seen to be directly attacking Besigye, because I dont think he deserves it. This Nabilah Naggayi Sempala’ debate is healthy but it should not be a condemnation of Besigyeism, or his intentions for the country!

Byebyo ebyange banange!

Abbey
UK

FDCs ARE FIDDLING AS THE HOUSE BURNS!

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They’ll jump head-first into moles-in-the-party debates after a Nabila Ssempala interview, and choke completely on the challenges of multi-party politics as they plunge the party into identity crisis.
They’ll debate about Andrew Mwenda and his sexual orientation for hours upon hours, but then choke on Winnie Byanyima’s deep involvement in the Kanyamunyu case as it sweeps the party into oblivion.
The DEFIANCE campaign seems to be going nowhere at the moment, but by all means they will spend hours discussing Besigye’s invitation to Ghana or other countries, to show off and give us a false sense of accomplishment.

Yes, FDC is a party of the ‘big’ and ‘small’, the rich and poor, those in the country and abroad,e.t.c. But when they spend ten times more attention and effort on the ‘small’, and are being trashed and ravaged on the ‘big’, we have a problem.

They must respond in accordance with today’s major challenges; that is what must dominate their attention and resources.We need to focus and prioritise. Let’s not choke so much.All it takes is one pointy little piece going down the wrong way down your throat.

For instance,Mrs.Besigye choked when he stood bail for Kanyamunyu but it can be fixed. It can be fixed with a honest and considerate statement from her or the husband, or joint. And please she shouldnt be compared with whatever Hon.Odonga Otto did in the past(Godi’s bail), because she’s class and of different status.Otto has always been irresponsible with his mouth, and his comments were off the mark, but I don’t think this has got anything to do with Mr.Museveni…….Winnie didn’t think this through very well. Perception is important in politics!

FDC is still a young party in Uganda politics. Its like a small ‘child’ and its being choked by certain ‘peanuts’ especially the big wigs that don’t think before they act or speak.Peanuts, not peanut butter is dangerous for small children because should a kid aspirate a piece of peanut into the lungs it can do permanent damage from some chemical in it.Peanut butter is not likely to be aspirated so can be eaten at younger ages.
Now, behold, I am afraid of [what] may happen to the party in case Besigye is totally out of the picture!

Besigye’s international stars seem to be improving everyday!

Besigye with his wife,Winnie Byanyima, at one of the conferences in London

Besigye with his wife,Winnie Byanyima, at one of the conferences in London


Besigye’s international stars seem to be improving everyday. He started with ‘meetings’ of Ugandans in the UK, then attended the UNAA(USA) convention in Boston before giving a lecture at the New York City Bar Association,then he was hosted at Chatham House and also had a BBC interview. He was also at the UK Convention.

At this rate, we soon gonna see him address the House of Commons and Lords in the UK or the US Congress. And of course, dear Winnie is also smiling everyday seeing her husband,right?

Besigye with other VIPs at the UNAA Conference in Boston

Besigye with other VIPs at the UNAA Conference in Boston


But the sheer energy of the man! I still cant believe he’s just knocked 60 years because he doesn’t look it at all. Just imagine all the preliminary study, the writing of speeches,the traveling, planning, rehearsing, conducting, and, not least, fund-raising.
Besigye at the UK Convention, 2016

Besigye at the UK Convention, 2016


I didnt attended the UK convention but the Besigye’s lectures could be summarized as follows :Under the new Uganda of majoritarianism, the theory is to have enough constraint and checks built into the systems to avoid oppression. People will be empowered to change bad leaders. Leaders will be servants of people they lead not masters!

I know a lot of people are saying,’Screw all this’, but may be the international community will at some point start looking at Museveni differently.May be Besigye will show or tell them something they have never heard before, who knows? Like George Bernard Shaw once said,’If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas’.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
Ugandan in the UK

GUYS; LEAVE ANSELM ALONE!

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Oh boy, am I going to get flamed for this but I think one’s dress has nothing to do with respect to the occasion.Your dress is merely a reflection of your being more relaxed when you interact with others. I would not judge anyone, especially a teenager, by their dress if they’re there for the love of the occasion as I am.

I think we have to be careful not to ascribe attributes such as lack of respect towards people we don’t know, merely by their clothing. I would not want to sit in an auditorium fuming over the dress of others while they are having a perfectly good time. It would accomplish nothing, and only serve to make me upset.

If people are willing to judge what respect Besigye’s son had for the recently concluded UNAA conference (or for himself or his parents) based solely (or even partially) on how he dressed, rather than how he responded, how well he listened, how careful he didnt disturb the speakers or the others in the audience, and what he does with the experience, then that is, IMHO (in my humble opinion), a character flaw within that person.Clothing may or may not be a reflection of personality. It is somewhat prejudicial to say that good clothes make good people and bad clothes make bad people.

IMHO, clothes are first and foremost functional, and I really would prefer not to sacrifice comfort for someone else’s archaic views of respect vs appearance.Basically, if your clothes don’t turn heads outside the conference hall, there’s no reason they should inside.As long as there is no conscious effort to detract attention from the conference to the individual, I don’t see a reason to complain.

Whenever I attend a conference though I rarely do, I’m there to listen to the speakers and interact, not to participate in a rite of veneration, nor to put on a public show (I have a strong suspicion that there’s still a significant fraction of Ugandans who attend such functions to be seen, not to listen). I also feel that the idea that one has to don special clothes to attend a conference sets up needless elitist barriers.

Here’s another opinion, ready for flaming.I think that the concept that there is (or might be) a special code of behavior (including dress code or registration fees) for attending a conference is turning off a lot of potential audience. The last thing we need is people reluctant to go to conventions or conferences because they think they might not know the rules. The coming UK convention this Saturday would have a lot of people attending if the fees were scrapped by my mate, Willy Nsubuga Mutenza. He has already invited the biggest star in Dr.Besigye who is an attraction for people, and that would be enough to fill the damn hall, but the fees are putting people off.

That said, I think I think group performers and choirs invited at conferences should be uniformly dressed, it reflects the fact that they are one unified whole.It could get jarring to the eye seeing a cacophony of dress and interfere in the harmony of the sound.

Byebyo ebyange!

Abbey
UK

CAMPUS JUICE: STOP REPORTING LIES!

Besigye posing with Ugandans in the UK

Besigye posing with Ugandans in the UK


Besigye didnt say,while on BBC, that he’s gonna stand for presidency in 2021, when even the presidential results of the 2016 are still in contention…….wrong headline from Campusjuice aka campuspoison!
Dr Wrn Kizza-Besigye at the BBC studio.

Dr Wrn Kizza-Besigye at the BBC studio.


Besigye said that such discussions, particularly the removal of the age limit from the constitution, are meant to distract people from the rigging that happened during the 2016 elections.

Abbey
UK

HUMOROUS AND BAD BITS OF THE SIMON NJARA -NSEREKO NBS INTERVIEW

Friends,

Attacking Besigye, Ingrid Turinawe,Nyanjura Doreen and Harold Kaija was bad. These women have suffered a lot for Ugandans, and I don’t believe in the negative rumors around them.Let’s face it: the only area where excellence in opposition politics is worshiped in Uganda today is the streets. Besigye and those women have been in trenches, streets and faced all kinds of things. If they get something financial from certain sources(in or outside the country) to reward their efforts, we shouldn’t portray them as ‘double dealers”. In all other spheres of politics a street politician is held to be the best.Besigye has a defacto superiority that even those who do not like him often recognize.

I think Nsereko’s aim in all this is to trigger a debate on Besigye’s dominance of opposition politics, but I think he’s going about it in the wrong way.Sometimes shouting improves the signal-to-noise ratio if you have something worth saying! I do not advocate shouting down one’s opponent. But I do say that if you are being shouted down, the only recourse is to shout back or shut up. I have found that if I believe that I am right about something,I must say so loudly and with conviction, and be prepared to explain why–but only if challenged to do so.This is true regardless of whether it is a technical matter or a personal one.One brings the courage of one’s conviction forward in one’s utterances, both in content and demeanor.

Hon.Semujju’s response to the issues Nsereko raised was not well thought through. He shouldn’t attack Nsereko as a person, but he should concentrate on the issues. The issues Nsereko raised have been just whispers in the corridors of power for a while now, and I think we shouldn’t sweep them under the carpet. It seems as if those who want answers feel very threatened by those who may have a correct answer. And then there are those that cannot handle an opinion that is based in years of experience, education, practice, interactions and study.
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If you don’t know the answer to something then be secure enough to accept the answer from someone who knows. If someone has made an erroneous statement then be humble enough to admit it. If you still do not agree, do some research so you’ll know. If your opinion is based on rumor, innuendo, or lacks insight then you should expect someone who does know the facts to have a differing view. Just because one is knowledgeable, it doesn’t mean they’re snobs.

HUMOUR IN THE INTERVIEW

I like the part where Nsereko asked Simon Kaggwa Njala to answer ‘true’ or ‘false’, and Njala went like:’ you have the flow.Go ahead’. I had not heard such a language for a long time, and I miss it!

And then there is a part Nsereko responded with a prolonged:”I’m cominggggggggggggg”, and indeed he was coming.

Simon Kaggwa Njala: Akembizi kakulumye. That was below the belt

Muhammad Nsereko: Narrated a hadith about the man who used to drop shit in prophet Muhammad’s way to the mosque, though some of his details were false.

And then when Nsereko seemed to be moving away from the main points under discussion,Simon Kaggwa Njala interjected: ‘Tudde kububizi’

Muhammad Nsereko: ‘Anti embizi nze sijidisicasinga’

On a sad note, I’m not happy to see two Muslim brothers(Semujju Nganda and Nsereko) trading insults in public. Ebintu tubikwate mpola!

Abbey

NO LOYALTY IN POLITICS ANYMORE??? LEAVE 1ST WIFE FOR ‘MUGOLE’??

Good Lord! I think there’s no such a thing as loyalty in politics. It seems loyalty in politics lasts only as long as the last election because I have been so disappointed in some of the FDC MPs in their public statements against Besigye. Who the hell do they think they are? I wish their constituencies punish them severely for their childish utterances. They are behaving like a man who abandons his first wife just because he has married a ‘mugole’. The right thing to do would be to get the two women to cooperate with each other for the polygamous marriage to work, instead of getting them to fight each other.

When loyalty is garnered so effortlessly as Mbabazi did through TDA, taking everything for granted is folly. OK, Let’s say Hon.Segona is now loyal to Mbabazi, but are people in his constituency going to follow him? I would like Besigye to work with Mbabazi, and it would be good if they stopped attacking each other and concentrate solely on Museveni, but at the same time, I find it hard to swallow when I see some people attacking Besigye irresponsibly.

JPAM supporters shouldn’t accuse Besigye of thinking small. He casts politics as an existential contest between good and evil, the oppressed and the oppressor, and the invited and gate crushers.He views Mbabazi as a gate-crusher to TDA and he feels betrayed by the people he has always trusted. He has been putting his body online for everybody who believes in democracy in our country for decades. His appetite for democracy is still prodigious and he views this coming election as the one to decide the fate of his revolution and actually that of FDC as a party. Lose, and the revolution may die. Win, and it survives. I actually think Besigye is ready to let somebody else take up the mantles of the revolution but he simply has reservations about Mbabazi and Muntu. He doesn’t want somebody’s sock puppet to take over, and he may be right or wrong, but we cant just blame him.

MY FDC DEBATE VERDICT

The Republic of Uganda is a great country. You can debate absolutely nothing for 30 years, ban debate on radio stations(bimeeza), present yourself as the sole candidate of the party, and keep yourself president whether or not it has merit, and whether or not people like you or not. Many are now rightly wondering how this upcoming presidential election will be different from the past years.

Well, I can tell you right now the first difference has been created, and that was the Kizza Besigye-Kifefe Vs Mugisha Muntu debate last night on NTV. It wasn’t as elegant as the 1960 debate between Kennedy and Nixon but it was the closest to a debate we have ever had in the history of Uganda.

No matter who will finally run as the FDC flag bearer, the debate yesterday gave Ugandans hope that there’s still a party out there, a party of hope.This was a moment for FDC to shine and it indeed shined.Who knows what non FDC members,as myself, saw those questions and candidates and thought, “Maybe I should start taking FDC seriously.They don’t seem to have the crap of sole candidatures in their party!”. It was certainly the first time I can ever remember enjoying watching NTV live-streaming. Took gumption to ask the hard questions though i hated the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question from the moderator.

Verdicts on debates are fickle but Muntu seems to have won the first debate,but who gives a shit anyway? It was obvious that Muntu had prepared more for the debate than Besigye. He took it more seriously than the colonel, but he,Muntu, doesn’t seem to have the ability to galvanize the population behind him. That is why Dr.Besigye rightly said that ‘In every political engagement, the bottom line is you must have support.’

The questions asked came from the NTV team, i guess, but there was also a lot of soul searching and debate about them also. Personally I enjoyed the debate especially the part where Muntu told Besigye and I quote:

”My believe is that the 2. something million people that have been voting for my colleague, Dr Besigye, as a candidate, are not for him as an individual……’, and Wafula Oguttu was caught on the cameras shaking his head in protest. And no, I am not a supporter of the Muntu.

Besigye is definitely more popular than Muntu on the ground.There’s an old saying in marketing that no matter how great your ad campaign or how vast your budget, the product will fail if the dogs won’t eat the dog food. I don’t believe a Besigye supporter will vote for Muntu if Besigye isn’t in the race, and I’m surprised that Muntu cant see this.That’s because you can’t win a gunfight if you’re shooting blanks.

There’s a lot of mould around Muntu that sometimes put people away from him, though he was right when he said: ‘If we don’t build our organisational capability within FDC’, then nothing the opposition can do.

I want everybody to know, there is no debate about Besigye’s heroism. He is a Ugandan hero, and I thought he did admirably with the two or three questions he was given.Besigye also surprised me with really how humorous he is. I believe he handled the question on homosexuality very well. He tactically answered it, and he was aware that the powerful homosexual movements were taking notes.

Besigye also showed a lot of maturity throughout the debate as Muntu’s responses were meant to wind him up a little bit. At some point, I thought he was gonna lose it when he painfully asked Muntu:

‘Are you suggesting that TDA is posturing?……whether indeed FDC has reneged on those positions or there’s another position he is committed to?’

All right, we’ll see. The agendas, they’re all out there. The politicians, they’re all out there.You’re going to be out there.You’re going to be raising heck. FDC delegates are out there and are the ones to decide.You see, If I eat at Nandos and I love Nandos chicken, I don’t judge the food by how many other people eat there. Why do people who don’t have a financial stake in the company care? At all? We now leave the FDC delegates to decide come Wednesday, and I think they will go with the candidate that has already got the population behind him. Might as well get it over with.

Abbey

Where is the FDC iron lady,Hon.Beatrice Anywar?

Betty Anwar Kitgum MP
Friends,
Where is the FDC iron lady,Hon.Beatrice Anywar, who emotionally said the following after Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye’s car and body were vandalised by Gilbert Arinaitwe? She hasn’t yet escorted President Museveni to Italy, has she?

‘Nobody has monopoly over a gun. He dies and everybody must die.What I have seen today…….No, no, no, no, no, no………..God must come down and save this country. I’m so disappointed.If Kizza Besigye-Kifefe dies, everybody must die.He won an election and you stole an election. Now you want to kill him. I saw it…..I can’ttttttttttttt’

Is FDC really better off without Nathan Nandala-Mafabila as LOP?

Congs Hon. Wafula Oguttu! I must confess that I never saw that one coming. Here is the big question: Is Hon. Wafula Ogutu really the fundamental ”change” FDC have been looking for? I guess Wafula is a safe pair of hands- he is less ambitious politically compared to Hon. Nandala Mafabi and Hon.Abdu Katuntu. He is almost everyone’s friend and more approachable compared to the duo. Anyone can crack a joke with him, I guess. More so, he doesn’t seem to be a threat to Muntu’s political ambitions if at all he has got any.

Cecilia Ogwal as chief whip is more like when PM,David Cameron, brought back Conservative party elder, Ken Clarke, as a cabinet minister. Everyone already knows what they gonna get with such a person!

But is FDC really better off without Nathan Nandala-Mafabila as LOP? There’s an old sea story about a ship’s Captain who inspected his sailors, and afterward told the first mate that his men smelled bad..

The Captain suggested perhaps it would help if the sailors would change underwear occasionally.

The first mate responded, “Aye, aye sir, I’ll see to it immediately! ”

The first mate went straight to the sailors berth deck and announced, “The Captain thinks you guys smell bad and wants you to change your underwear.”

He continued, “Pittman, you change with Jones, McCarthy, you change with Witkowski, and Brown, you change with Schultz.”

THE MORAL OF THE STORY:
Someone may come along and promise “Change”, but don’t count on things smelling any better.

WAFULA MAY BE THE NEW ‘IAN DUNCAN SMITH’

Friends,
Wafula may be the new Ian Duncan Smith of Uganda. Ian was actually branded the ” quite” man in UK politics at the time Blair was the PM and he was leader of the opposition. He is now our pension secretary!

Honestly, how many policies has the opposition negotiated with NRM to get their way through parliament. The latest negotiations between the PM and the Nandalla team over the illegal impeachment of Lukwago ended without anything achieved.

Lets wait and see but the truth is that Wafula Oguttu is too nice to be the leader of opposition in Museveni’s Uganda. He’s gonna have to build some muscles to get anything done!

Here is a little story about a Wafdc gentleman and a Genie-M7. A Wafdc gentleman had spent many days crossing the desert without finding a source of water. It got so bad that even his camel died of thirst.

He crawled through the sands, certain that he was breathing his last breath, when suddenly; he saw a shiny object sticking out of the sand several yards ahead of him.

He crawled to the object, pulled it out of the sand, and discovered that he had a Manischewitz wine bottle.

It appeared that there may be a drop or two left in the bottle, so he unscrewed the top, and out popped a genie-M7.

BUT this was no ordinary Genie-M7. This genie-M7 appeared to be bold, wise, tactical,manipulative, complete with its own followers and fighters.
‘Well kid,’ said the genie-M7, ‘you know how it works. You got tree wishes.’

‘I’m not going to trust you,’ says the Wafdc. ‘I’m not going to trust a Rwakitura genie-M7!’

‘Vott you got to lose? Looks at me – you’re a goner anyway!’

The Wafdc thought about this for a minute, and decided that the genie-M7 was right. ‘Okay, I wish I were in a lush oasis, with plentiful food and drink.’

The Wafdc found himself in the most beautiful oasis he had ever seen and he was surrounded with jugs of wine and platters of delicacies.

‘Okee-dokee kiddo, vat’s your second vish?’

‘My second wish is that I were rich beyond my wildest dreams.’

The Wafdc found himself surrounded by treasure chests filled with rare old coins and precious gems.

‘Okay kid, you got just vone more vish. Best you should make it a good vone!’

After thinking for a few minutes, the Wafdc says, ‘I wish that you allow Luks to remain the mayor of Kampala and let Bisigiri enjoy his flat at Kasangati in peace!’

He was turned into a tampon.

THE MORAL OF THE STORY:

If you’re a Wafdc[FDC]doing business with a genie-M7[NRM], there’s going to be a strings attached. So, you go into negotiations while aware of the consequences.Byebyo ebyange.

BESIGYE IS ARGUABLY THE BEST OPPOSITION LEADER SINCE INDEPENDENCE

Dear Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye,

How are you? I just wish to say ‘hello’. How are ‘house arrests’ treating you? I understand they arrested you again recently……charges: knocking a police car? Did you say that you’re two years away to becoming 60 yrs old? You are a liar, aren’t you? Well, you must be the healthiest man in Uganda if you are really 58 years old. Your body can take anything but still remain healthy. I envy you man! Not many young people can go through what you have gone through and remain on ‘ALUTTA CONTINUES’ stuff or be as rich as you are.

By the way, I missed your NRM anniversary message. What happened? I always look forward to reading something from you. You have such a lovely style of writing and you get away with it. You are gifted, Sir! You are arguably the best opposition leader Uganda has ever produced since Independence. Probably DP’s Ben Kiwanuka in the 1960s would be in contention too because of his good brains and what he went through but you are up there with the best, and I guess you don’t want me to tell you this because a lot of people tell you every day!

What you advise (tongue in cheek of course) the government about is in reality. They just don’t want to hear it. I don’t want to talk about the FDC or army stuff as a lot of people have already done so, but there is this issue of Ugandans spending a lot of money on the ‘king, queen, princes and princesses’ in State House. Every time I open up the Daily Monitor website and I see a headline: ‘STATE HOUSE WANTS SHS……B SUPPLEMENTARY BUDGET’, I feel like slapping someone. The operational word here is ‘feel’ because, in all honesty, I’ve never slapped any adult in my life.

Such headlines remind me of the UK’s “Civil List” – a phrase that means UK taxpayers handing over money from the taxes paid for the Royals to do their public duties (such as hard work and the stress of smiling, waving the hand and being diplomatic – although Prince Philip does manage to put his foot in it so often!). The difference here being that UK makes as much as money from the Royals more than what we spend on them!

In the UK, the richest British is arguably the Queen and the second richest is the Anglican Church. But both of them take money regularly from the British taxpayer; our lovely queen gets the Civil List and the church gets the collection (plate being handed around amongst church congregation) at every church service. The church still owns more land than anybody else in the country.

Anyway, like I said, I just wanted to say hello and wishing you a happy new year. Please get your pen again and write something for us in the Daily Monitor or UAH. Those little exchanges you had with president Museveni over the army and recruitment of Mr. Muhoozi Kainerugaba into the UPDF, made my day. Looking forward to more stuff like that, Sir.

Regards

Abbey Semuwemba
CONCERNED CITIZEN IN THE UK

Without Foreign help, Museveni isn’t going anywhere any time soon!

Friends,
I don’t think anybody is in a position to dislodge Museveni militarily without foreign help. It’s just impossible and I’m sure even the Tinyefunzas know it. Museveni is a student of Uganda history and politics. As such he knows exactly what led to the fall of Obote 1 and 2, Amin and others. Their failure to control and strengthen the military was very central to their downfall and Museveni is aware of this. As a result, he (president Museveni) has been directly controlling and strengthening the NRA/ UPDF since 1986. We may call it unprofessional but it’s working out for him.

It’s just common sense that anybody who wishes to engage Museveni militarily must have to seek foreign assistance as unsuccessfully and allegedly PRA did with Rwanda after the 2001 elections. Without that, he will probably last in power as long as Gadafi, and yes, it looks like he has intentions of dying in power.

By the way, Museveni has also arguably got one of the best intelligence systems in Africa. He has got his boys and girls everywhere feeding him the information he needs. I tell you what, I sometimes log on Facebook and log out at the same time if my intention is to make a political comment, because it’s like bathing when you know you are being watched. And trust me, majority of the people doing this kind of work for the president never shit where they eat. They are so determined, focused and dedicated to the president. I don’t know what drugs he gave them but there are certainly working.

His women are everywhere in government institutions and, for some reason, they love him too. I’m not doing an Aroma Patrick (UPC) here but it will be bloody if Museveni is forced out power. Unfortunately, all the signs are that’s where we are heading! A lot of people (both in the opposition and government) are so much interlinked, intertwined, interworking……… with him such that it’s just difficult to separate an enemy from a friend. It’s all bwaise- katogo, you know.

It pains me to say this but there isn’t gonna be a people revolution in Uganda anytime soon. If it was to take place, it would have happened immediately after the 2006 elections because I strongly believe that Besigye won those elections. What we have got in Uganda at the moment is a population that has given up on politics of the country. They don’t know who to trust in terms of leadership. A revolution without a trusted leadership is more like genocide. It cannot be anywhere near the definition of a liberation. People will just kill each other for no reason.

If you send a few Ugandans now on streets with a mission to take out Museveni’s government, trust me, he will not even blink an eye to order the police and army to shoot them, even if the rest of his family were part of the protestors. The Buganda September 2009 riots would be a picnic in comparison. He will order for them to be shot, and if the Nganda Ssemujjus are making too much noise afterwards, he will compensate the families and even give them a state funeral if that’s what they want. I understand some people tried to bring in the ICC after the Sep 2009 riots but we are yet to officially hear from the ICC themselves about this.

Colonel Samson Mande was quoted recently in the London Evening post saying that Museveni can still removed through elections. I laughed my head off when I read this because I didn’t know Mande was this unserious and naive yet he has been talking a lot recently, especially after his reported meeting with Gen Sejusa in London. Which elections was he talking about? To be honest, I pity anybody putting their energy into the 2016 presidential elections. It’s a waste of time and resources, if you ask me.

I believe we’re going to get into this debate about presidential elections more at a later date, but I strongly believe that the electoral system in place let down Besigye in both the 2006 and 2011 elections. Journalist Andrew Mwenda is now a friend of president Museveni but he has written a lot of reliable several articles clearly showing vote rigging as a necessary evil in 2006 elections. Of course, I disagreed with him in some of his analysis but he was OK in others.

The most abominable aspect of the plans to rig the 2006 elections was their intent to keep Museveni in power at all costs. They did everything possible to control the election from the beginning till the end, and that made the whole process so disgusting. They put Dr. Besigye in prison for some good days as if some horrible winter was waiting for him on the outside; judges were threatened as later revealed by Hon.Kanyeihamba; people were being bought left and right with huge sums of money as some people later revealed, e.t.c

Basically, we face a real choice in this country between those who want to believe in elections and those who see them as a waste of time and resources as long as Museveni has the intent to keep power at all costs. It’s a dream for anyone to think that he (Museveni) will keep the playing field level so that everyone with a good idea, a dream of making it big and plenty of determination has a chance to make it.

Once again it seems that there is substantial doubt that the current Electoral Commission will do something any different from what they did in the 2001, 2006 and 2011 elections.

The principal conclusion in all this is that the 2016 elections should not even be in our heads. We should be thinking of other possible things to change the system in Kampala. There are a lot of options here minus the full scale war. I have never been a fun of wars, for some reason, after what I’ve seen of Museveni yet a lot of people sacrificed a lot during the Luwero bush war.

I believe that the Besigyes planned to use the 2011 elections as a platform to mobilise the masses against the government but the experiment was a total failure. In any case, Ugandans are now more hopeless than before. Besigye knew that Museveni wasn’t going to give up power, Museveni knew that he wasn’t gonna give up power, Ugandans knew that Museveni wasn’t going to give up power, but the Besigyes bent on the hope that the population will come in full force to demand for their rights, thus a people revolution. It didn’t happen and it won’t happen any time soon. Walk-to-work shook the government a bit but when they changed the tactics to hooting, I knew that they’d lost the motivation.

I don’t know what they are planning now but it doesn’t take a half brain for anybody to know that they aren’t thinking about elections anymore. Who could blame them, could you?

Abbey

I cannot imagine a single scenario in which Tinyefunza becomes the president of Uganda and gets accepted by Ugandans

TINYEFUNZA INTERVIEW ON STRAIGHT TALK

Friends,
It seems its true that there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics. Most people and countries have their price and will sell out even their own mother if the price is right. They act in way they find to be the best for their own country or themselves. It’s certainly in one’s self-interest that this is not an acceptable definition of friendship or patriotism. Nobody feels good about being betrayed by someone you imagined to be a friend. Trust me, i know the feeling!

Regarding this aspect of international relations, former British PM, Lord Palmerston said: “……….Therefore I say that it is a narrow policy to suppose that this country or that is to be marked out as the eternal ally or the perpetual enemy of England. We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow .”

This is often paraphrased as: “Nations have no permanent friends and no permanent enemies, only permanent interests.” For instance, a capitalist bloc that included the British, the US and France were allies of the communist Soviet Russia in World War II. But, they divided themselves into two rival blocs capitalist bloc and socialist bloc in the cold war period. To be honest, communism as defined by Karl Max is better for all human souls on earth but because of human greed, it couldn’t survive. All these wars by the big nations , including the two world wars, are more about business investment than anything else. On the surface, it looked like the 2nd world war was sparked by Hitler’s invasion of Poland but that is bullshit meant to galvanize every Tom and Dick to feel a bit nationalistic. Actually where the UK economy is going, we may find ourselves with another war soon at our hands because wars are basically about money in the developed world. Anyway, that is for another day……but let me explore the concept of no permanent friends or enemies in politics a bit further.

Between, say, 1989 and 1995 USA was to Russia what Jesus is to Christians: the Messiah. Many Russian scientists shared Russia’s top military inventions thinking that it was like, say, for a Canadian to share his country’s secrets with USA: friend to friend. After what happened to Yugoslavia and UN in 1999, average Russians stopped regarding USA as a responsible and respectable member of the international community, and in 1999-2000 Putin came to power. The only unexpected thing was that he wasn’t nearly as autocratic and out-of-control as we expected/feared the new President would be.

The fact is that all hell is breaking loose in Uganda. It’s just happening very slowly. President Museveni’s former friends are starting to drill the hole into the side of the fish tank and a lot of conspiracy theories are now flying around. For all to break loose, we just need someone who wants the room to be wet and that someone seems to be Gen.Tinyefunza at the moment. One thing for sure is that he seems to be working with some other big fish still in the tank or possibly even some already outside the tank, going by his interviews on BBC and Straight Talk.

Already tyrannous laws are being passed frequently and there have been a lot of changes in the cabinet, intelligence units and UPDF, and that is leading us on the full road to tyranny. The constitution is being played with as we have seen with the appointment of Gen.Aronda Nyakayima as minister of internal Affairs before he has resigned from the army. And if we continue to break our own laws as some MPs in the Appointment Committee have done with this Aronda thingy, the door will be so wide open that you could see it from 10 miles away.

How did Hitler do it? He banned the private ownership of arms. He locked up/killed whoever disagreed with him. Basically, he took the people’s rights away from them. Stalin, Mussolini and others did similar things before their end. Mussolini was reportedly killed by a mob akin to the way Brother Muamah Gaddafi died. Someone allegedly shot Mussolini in the head.

Like i said, I’m still finding it difficult to trust or like Gen.Tinyefunza aka Ssejusa because of his past involvement in crimes against humanity. When he was asked recently on Straight Talk Africa about the 2006 invasion of courts, his defence was to coin the term: ‘occupational hazard’. In other words, he was following orders like his colleagues now still in the govt. Omuntu oyinza okulya enagisi(faeces) just because president Museveni has told you to do so?[ would anyone eat faces just because you have been told to do so by president Museveni?]. Its unfortunate that the moderator, Shaka Ssali, never gave Tinyefunza enough time to explain all these hanging questions because of time. That is why i have nicknamed him: ‘Mr.’time is not our best ally’ with his continues use of the same words in all his shows.

What confused me in these interviews is the moment where he[Ssejusa aka Tinyefunza] said something like:”……. we tried to remove him using the political front and it did not work……….. but we shall remove him, anyway’. What did he mean, exactly…………. because if my memory serves me right, Tinyefunza was never in elective politics, so, who was he working with to remove Museveni politically?

Anyway, when two people, unrelated by history, stop a friendship – that’s natural. However, betraying your traditional friend or benefactor/protector is a very near-sighted act that may bring some extra benefits in the short run but will come back and bite you in the long run. Between the two, it’s difficult for us to know who exactly betrayed the other till when we get all the facts on the table.

For the life of me I cannot imagine a single scenario in which Tinyefunza becomes the president of Uganda and gets accepted by Ugandans even if he helps to remove president Museveni. He stepped on a lot of toes while in government and i dont think anybody is rushing to forgive him yet.

However, I can easily see a scenario in which he helps Ugandans get rid of the tyranny in Kampala and then he allows us to choose our own leaders. More than that, if and when Museveni leaves, it is hard to imagine how Uganda could be run without the guiding hands of Besigye and FDC.

Museveni himself is too big to have protectors but he has friends and has himself committed betrayal to Ugandans that had higher expectations of him in 1986.Most Ugandans are probably like most people here Britain – they listen to or read the news, put it somewhere deep in their scull for future reference if ever needed, and continue discussing football, new cars and big houses on the roads.People fear Museveni in Uganda, people fear his family or those close to him. So, how dare you speak against them if you want to have a peaceful life in the country! A lot of people aren’t even aware that General Ssejusa is no longer a ‘friend’ of Museveni because the media is tightly controlled in Uganda.

When I recently visited Uganda, I saw a few discussions about foreign policies and politics when I spent time with some few people there but you could sense an element of fear and ‘giving up’ amongst the many. Political views, almost like sex, are considered too personal to ask about or to discuss anymore in public unless if one is a supporter of Museveni and NRM. Everyone is paranoid and fears that you may be part of the intelligence system in the country. Some even think that you may be spying on them on behalf of the president which is absolutely not true. So, I kind of left the country without involving myself in any political discussions or saying hello to some ‘political friends’ because nobody trusts anybody anymore.

Abbey

Muntu Must be Surprised by ‘Nandala’ headaches and I dont think he will clinch the FDC ‘Tittle’

I kind of feel sorry for Mr.Mugisha Muntu because he seems a genuine guy but his tribe is gonna work against him for both the FDC presidency and long term political career. President Museveni has ensured that westerners/ Banyarwanda are looked at as devils in politics( which is a shame) yet some are nice guys. I can’t see a westerner, except Besigye, leading Uganda again soon after president Museveni unless through undemocratic means such as the usual rigging of elections or coups.

Because of Muntu’s seemingly good relationship with Museveni and most NRMs despite being in opposition, there are a lot of rumors surrounding his FDC candidature, and i can’t see him winning anything. If he miraculously pulls it off and becomes the new FDC president, both Nandala Mafabi and Besigye Kiiza will have a big job on their hands to help ensure that FDC stays united after the elections.

With a Nandala Mafabi win, FDC will be viewed by outsiders or neutrals as an all accommodating party because he is from Eastern Uganda. This wont be the same if Muntu wins the presidency yet he looks presidential material compared to Nandala Mafabi. So, as things stand now, Nandala may be the best choice for FDC rather than Muntu but that is for FDC delegates to decide not us.

Muntu thought that the FDC presidency will be a walk over when Besigye retires- having stood against Besigye twice and he lost. Where the ‘Mugishu’ gentleman emerged from, i bet most people will never know, but the 2011 FDC wins in Mbale definitely defined Nandalalism in FDC and gave him clout over his opponents in Uganda politics.

Personally, i have refused to move my heart from Dr.Besigye to any other candidate in Uganda politics. I don’t know whether this makes me a very undemocratic guy but that is the way it is. Mao seems to have better ideas but I’m yet to be totally convinced by him, and his tribe is likely to work against him( as Muntu). Olara Ottunu is walking in hell and he doesn’t seem to know his way out. Bidandi Ssali is a genuine man but he should have joined FDC instead of starting his own political party which is likely to die with him. So is Beti Kamya and others in that category!

Look at it this way: What is best for the politicians is rarely what is best for the People. Each must subscribe to one thing that the People actually want/need, in order to get elected. So, i don’t know which game Nandala Mafabi or Muntu or anybody are playing with us to help them get into the presidency, but I’m finding it difficult to trust any of them. They are not like Besigye who earned our trust by the click of his fingers. Oh man, what a guy!

Besigye burst on to a scene in 1990s under extremely difficult conditions and it’s unfortunate that this long journey has not ended with a Besigye presidency. He burst on to the scene with a ‘bang’ as in like the start of a good movie, and it was a surprise to the media and most of the country though It should not have been.

I would have loved to see how Besigye behaves while in Statehouse but Museveni has ensured that it never happens. I have never seen anybody shake president Museveni as Besigye did. He is the most popular grassroots opposition politician of all time. Somebody told me that he has got the same principles as Rwanda’s Paul Kagame such that a Besigye presidency would have been similar to Kagame. But i guess we will never know, will we?

Abbey

Uganda Parties Should Adopt the ‘communist’ ways of Disciplining ‘Rebels’ if they wish to survive

Vladimir Lenin

Vladimir Lenin


Many have written about the chasm between Museveni and NRM ‘rebel’ members yet few seem to fully grasp the nature of their misunderstandings or how best to deal with rebellious activities within an organisation. It is something I have thought about after being a moderator of Ugandans At Heart (UAH) forum for a long time, and seeing some members being intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly ‘indiscipline’ in the way they conduct themselves in our online debates but hate being ‘punished’ or ‘corrected’ in any way. Actually, there is one I banned recently and he threatened to destroy UAH using all means; called me a former NRA ‘kadogo’ and spy(which is not true), e.t.c, and i was left amazed how far people could go with their bad behaviours and poor upbringing.

Unlike the NRM, at UAH- too much power there rests much on the shoulders of the members and it is primarily in their control as to its success. I only come in if I think the member is way out of line too much but i’m not really an interfering cow.

According to the NRM party constitution, house rules say a member should: “ observe discipline, behave honestly and be loyal to the decisions of the majority of the members of the organ where a member belongs and to the decisions of higher organs within the structures of NRM ”.

The same document says a member must : ‘’ refrain from publishing, distributing or making statements to any media house which purports to Rights of be the view or position of NRM without members authorisation of the organ of NRM where the member belongs’’. However, I have been reading reports in the media where Hon Nsereko, Hon Ssekikubo, and others were threatening the positions of their party, and nothing is done to them. May be, the NRM organs are not as functional as they make us believe , because in all honesty, why are these guys still members of a decaying party? That’s why i’m still sceptical of their real intentions to rebelling against their party chairman. I smell fish in their messages though i may be wrong, but we shall wait and see.

At one time I read comments from one gentleman who happens to be the NRM chairman – rhetorically saying that the NRM NEC would consider disciplining rebels, with possible penalties including expulsion, censure, reprimand and fines, but nothing came of it. I thought Museveni was the most powerful man in Uganda; after all, he is insulated by a rabidly partisan parliament with no interest in investigating the executive branch (and little taste for disciplining itself). May be, these so called ‘rebels’ were created by the so called ‘discipliner’ to render the responsibilities of FDC irrelevant. Who knows! May be NRM is already a dead party as ignorant and corrupt people combine their ignorant corruption to steal elections, ignore laws and design bills designed to weaken Uganda. May be the rebels have seen this and don’t want to put the party over their country and corrupting to the duties they swore an oath to. A lot of ‘may bes’……

To some extent, I think FDC are certainly just as tough about party discipline compared to NRM. The difference is that you have a wider range of ideologies in the FDC than the NRM. It’s a lot easier for Museveni, with all the resources and power he has got, to thread the needle than it is for any FDC leader. It seems president Museveni only cares about his survival and he does it by supporting criminality, divisions, fraud, and parasitism within his own party.

Perhaps, respectable religious leaders need to be the nation’s parents and start disciplining these unruly “kids,” forcing some sense of responsibility on them, because I’m really tired of seeing indiscipline within political parties in Uganda. ‘kyaba too much’! The concept that the members should retain the right to self-regulate their behaviour or conduct is entirely misplaced. Some people need to be forcibly guided if they are so big headed as FDC dealt with Beti Kamya and Onzima.

I think political parties in Uganda should take a communist approach to dealing with ‘rebels’ in their parties. The Soviet Communist International (Comintern) was founded in March 1919 at a congress in Moscow by Vladimir Lenin. The international objectives of the Comintern were self-evident from its title. By 1920 Lenin had already left no doubt that he envisioned the Comintern as “a branch of the Russian Communist Party, organized on its model and subject to its orders.” The 1920 Comintern congress made this clear, demanding of its foreign delegates that when they returned home, they would impose “iron military discipline” upon party members in their countries, ensuring fealty to and “the fullest comradely confidence” in the headquarters in Moscow. Beyond the parties, they were to seek to take over mass organizations and especially trade unions in their home countries.

Significantly, the Comintern made clear that members of foreign communist parties—from Europe to America—who did not toe this line, who did not give total subservience to Moscow, “who reject in principle the conditions and theses put forward by the Communist International, are to be expelled from the party.” This was the classic, infamous “party discipline” that was a trademark of communist parties everywhere.

The 1920 congress further added as a condition for admission and membership to the Comintern: “Every party which wishes to join the Communist International is obligated to give unconditional support to any Soviet republic in its struggle against counter-revolutionary forces.”

Personally, I think political parties should be governed by military discipline, and “democratic centralism” where party-membership is tightly controlled and all members must keep party discipline, not contradicting the party-line in public, but only through internal “democratic” debate. All political parties should be allowed to own newspapers, just like they own online forums, to play a central role in communicating the party official positions. A serious party shouldn’t rely heavily on front organizations (as I hear NRM own some organisations in and out of the country), ostensibly independent but actually controlled by president Museveni.

But overall, I think the key to learning and success of political parties is discipline as opposed to letting the wheel drive itself. We try to install ‘discipline’ in our online forums by moderating messages of ‘rebels’ and if possible: throw the bad apples out of the basket to avoid contaminating the good ones.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UNITED KINGDOM

Daily Monitor Should Apologise to Anne Mugisha as she’s done nothing wrong

Anne Mugisha is former FDC envoy( whatever that brings on anyone's bank account)

Anne Mugisha is former FDC envoy( whatever that brings on anyone’s bank account)

I don’t wanna jump on anybody’s horse at the moment before we get all the facts right but i kind of sympathize with Anne Mugisha on the accusations that he used a ‘sweetener’ to get endorsement from Museveni for a UN job in Somalia. First of all, Anne has not rejoined NRM as some people seem to insinuate. She got a job with UN and she needed to be cleared by State House and this is so normal and procedure. What did you,guys, expect her to do? Turn down the job or go on welfare in USA where she used to live? Welfare can give you money but it cannot give you job experience that will move you ahead economically. Selling drugs on the streets can get you more money than welfare but it cannot give you experience that you can put on a job application. And if you decide to sell drugs all your life, that life can be very short. FDC was not gonna pay her bills, was it? She is a single mum, as far as i know, and she needed money to support her family.

She temporarily came back to Uganda to get on a wheel but things did not work out for her as she expected. She gave a shot at a parliamentary seat- first in Nakawa before she moved to Mbarara, and it did not pay off. She then got a job with some law firm in Kampala, i believe, as she was also working for FDC but it seems things did not work out for her. Was she expected to beg on streets or what? It was also obvious that FDC had started looking at her as a liability rather than an asset. You see, Kampala is not a joke! One needs to be street smart to survive there.

Then came Giles Muhame’s Chim- unfair- reports about her going back to NRM because of some disagreements she had had with the founders of the A4C group on Facebook. I think that was the time she decided to tactically cut her loses and decided to get a job with UN. Anyway, the thing about UN jobs is that they are not permanent. So, people should not read much into Anne’s job because i cant see her staying away from politics forever.

May be, if she had been bought shs.400m as Museveni reportedly did with UPCs big 4: Henry Peter Mayega, Hajji Wegulo, Chris Rwakasisi, and someone else whose name has gone out of my head, it would have been fair enough to look at as a traitor. But this is not the case. She applied for a job and she got it on merit. Then came the hurdle of getting clearance from Museveni. She then humbled herself and did what was necessary because she knew there was a possibility of Museveni denying her the chance to get this job, like he did with Olara Otunu( for UN Sec General), Honorable George Kanyeyihamba( for AU job), UAH’s George Okello( for AU job) and several others.

UN jobs have always been controversial especially when famous people apply for them. For instance, Bill Clinton was accused of buying the UN job when his then administration reached an agreement with Congress that would enable USA to pay $1 billion in back dues. Some people said that he was preparing to take over from Kofi Anan who was the Secretary General then. They said that he was doing it the hard way. They said that he could have followed Reagan’s lead and made a $2 million speech to Japan for services rendered. In the end, Bill Clinton also settled for expensive speeches & Bill Clinton Foundation rather than the UN job itself.

Museveni , on the other hand, was quoted by newspapers in Kampala saying that he was not interested in UN jobs and Mo Ibrahim $5m award because he’s so damn rich and also couldn’t identify anyone with a vision to take over from him. He said that he was a revolutionary whose salary is usually collected by his wife, who also happens to be an extremely rich lady. So, i guess they may end up donating it to poor Abbey at some stage.

Personally, i think we should not read so much into Mugisha’s job. I even don’t know why the Daily Monitor decided to make a meal out of it. It is insane! Totally insane!!!! They should apologize to Anne Mugisha immediately for intruding into her personal business, i think. But i think UN and other international organizations should review this policy as it looks like total blackmail to me. Probably, a guy like me don’t stand a chance for such a job because of my patriotic articles against some elements in NRM.

May be, we should move UN headquarters to China if the Americans don’t want to fix this for us when they are still superpower. If the United Nations moves to China, China will reap enormous financial and political power benefits, and will become the communications center and power broker of the future, while. America will become isolated from the rest of the world, and drift into a more agricultural state. How about that for promoting ‘blackmail’? The Americans themselves call this: “giving as much as you get” and sometimes, “if you’re going toss mud pies, don’t whine when you get hit’.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

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Besigye’s FDC is going through similar problems as Chelsea FC

Friends,

FDC is divided because Besigye has lost interest in the whole ‘multiparty’ project thing. Neither Nandala nor Muntu will be able to keep the party together in this transitional period unless Besigye comes on board. FDC are going through the same problems Chelsea will be going through next season.  Even the guy who won both the Champions League and FA cup has not been given the manager’s job on fullt ime. They need a new manager in FDC but I think most of the candidates are weak. How they sort it out, it’s hard to tell.

It seems Besigye has ‘unofficially’ given up on elections because he believed he should have won at least the 2011 elections considering the fact that Museveni’s numbers have been going down since 1996. As you may know, Mr. Museveni got a 75% in 1996, 69% in 2001 and 59% in 2006, but how he got the % of almost a 70% in 2011 elections, it’s anybody’s guess work.

Presidents or leaders normally get a honey moon period and pollsters usually ignore that period when measuring one’s popularity. So, it is possible president Museveni was popular between 1986 and 1996, which explains the 75% of 1996, but it is impossible in any realistic terms for him to get the % he got in 2011 elections. So, why would anybody waste any more money and energy on presidential elections when the man in power is still controlling the election itself?

I don’t know what Besigye’s plans are because, like I keep telling forumists, I have never physically met the man. I have never got any kind of communication (private or public) from him about anything. I doubt that he even knows that I exist. Oh, sorry, that is not true. He knows that I exist because he is a silent member of Ugandans At Heart (UAH. So, I would be happy if he shares his thoughts with us here on UAH one time.

I think what the current political parties should do is to work towards increasing their numbers in parliament in the post Museveni era because it will not be easy to dislodge the ‘rigging’ mechanism that has kept M7 in power – as soon he leaves the presidency(if he leaves the presidency). In Ghana in 2000, Kenya in 2002 and Malawi in 2004, ruling parties did not have large parliamentary majorities to enable incumbent leaders to amend the constitution and remove presidential term limits. So, big numbers in parliament are important. But first, they need to sort out that electoral commission as the Kenyans have sorted out theirs under Kibaki. Uganda does not have an EC that can provide free and fair presidential elections.

It’s good that church leaders have joined the few brave NRM MPs to call for the restoration of term limits. The truth is that even in NRM, they are tired of president Museveni but they don’t know how to get rid of him. They are afraid of him and his rolling eyes.

Why do you think NRM supporters, like Brother Ahmed Katerega(Newvision), are calling for the restoration of term limits but can never openly tell you that the target is ‘Nzee’ Museveni. Everybody is afraid of the guy, for some reason.  Moreover, as in Ghana in 2000 and 2008 and in Kenya in 2002, where the president has respected term limits, the incumbent regime has been voted out of power and been unable to retain the presidency. So, our hope is in the restoration of term limits and God’s plans but not elections.

Anybody who says that FDC is not having problems; he or she is in denial. Even NRM is nothing without Museveni, and he knows it. The reason why I think if he leaves now, and probably, by any chance, Besigye stands in 2016 against someone like Mbabazi, FDC have got a chance to get into power.

Museveni controls the NRM parliamentary committee, the EC and the UPDF. It is almost impossible for anyone to win an election when you stand against him. Museveni is NRM , and he has intentionally kept an unpopular Sec General at the helm of things to avoid NRM becoming stronger than himself. As one commentator said in 2009:‘You cannot claim to be a strong party when the party chairman is stronger than the party structures and operates them in his interests’. This means that Museveni’s succession will not be determined by the NRM organs but by himself. He is the one to choose a successor not NRM organs, and he knows it. NRM as a party are weak, and I think they know it.

UPC have got a good president but they cannot see it. That’s why some are fighting him. They are even in a better situation that Obote is already dead.

DP have also got a good president though i doubted his abilities at the beginning, but he has learned on the job. And i think they should keep Mao as their transitional president.

CP have got a ‘resident’ leader not a ‘president’. I no longer even know what they stand for. I know they stood for federalism in 1980 elections but that has been hijacked by Beti Kamya’s Federal Alliance. So, I really don’t know what they are about at all. I grew up as a kid respecting Abu Mayanja and Mayanja Nkanji such that I started separating the two characters as an adult.

Abbey.K.Semuwemba

Uganda has got a life president but some people still discuss M7’s successor

John Patrick Amama Mbabazi

John Patrick Amama Mbabazi

Folks,

I think it is wrong for some people to measure Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi’s popularity in Uganda on the basis of his winning in one constituency or ‘winning'(‘rigging’) the post of NRM Secretary General. Unless a national poll is run, we cannot know for sure how popular Mbabazi is nationally.

I think Mbabazi is nothing without president Museveni and my assumption still remains:’ he will fall with the big man”. There is too much at stake here to promote Mbabazi as the next president of Uganda. He is undoubtedly an intelligent and serious man but I still cannot imagine Mbabazi as my president, but you never know. Uganda is one country where anything is possible.

Nonetheless, I don’t know what makes some people think that president Museveni is looking for a successor.   There are some NRM guys usually deployed to confuse Ugandans every time they are fed up with the Museveni or some stuff in the government. It was especially NRM journalists and sympathisers that wrote a lot of articles in the media and visited FM stations telling us that there is a succession war in NRM before the 2001 and 2006 elections. Some Ugandans bought it, and it kind of deflated the pressure the church leaders and Makerere students had galvanised against president Museveni. It is all a game to some of them and it is a bad game in my books. They cannot play this game indefinitely.

President Museveni himself has not helped the situation at all as he keeps enjoying this game endlessly, and now some of NRM supporters are at it again. In his 1996 election manifesto Museveni wanted the point inserted that he would only stand for one further term but how many terms has he had since then?

Museveni has never had any intentions to hand over the presidency ever since he came to power. But he knows how to calm down nerves down by telling those close to him every time there is an election- that he’s standing for the last time. He did so in 1996, as I earlier stated. He again did so in 2001 elections. In his 2001 election manifesto, Museveni declared several times that he would contest ‘for a last presidential term’ and also put ‘in place mechanisms for an orderly succession’.

In 2008, Museveni is reported in the press saying ‘I am not going anywhere’. He stopped pretending since 2006. In the same year (2008), he was quoted as saying when asked about stepping down: ‘It’s me who hunted and after killing the animal, they want me to go, where should I go?’

During the 2006 presidential campaign, he had this to say: ‘You don’t just tell the freedom fighter to go like you are chasing a chicken thief out of the house.’

While addressing a meeting of NRM MPs from the western region, Museveni declared firmly ‘If you shy away from me, I will also shy away from you’.

In June 2007, at a major retreat for NRM MPs, a number of MPs wanted to discuss who should be the presidential candidate in 2011. But at Museveni’s insistence debate on the succession question was removed from the agenda.

So, we should not waste any more time on Museveni’s succession project because we have got a life president, and we should come to terms with it.

Jesus, if Museveni is to go, we don’t need people who have been helping him to stay in power indefinitely as if Uganda only belongs to them, and Mr. Mbabazi is certainly one of those that have helped to cement this dictatorship. Why would anyone feel that Mbabazi will do anything different from what his boss has been doing?

By the way, those who think that Mr. Mbabazi can only come in as a stopper waiting for ‘’president’’ Muhoozi to take over, are day dreaming. The moment Museveni helps  Mbabazi to become the president of Uganda, the former will not be going anywhere soon. Who wants to stay in paradise for a short time in Africa unless if one is a prophet, and I think even president Museveni must be thinking about it. Even loyal servants sometimes stab their bosses in the back.

Mbabazi’s popularity VS Besigye’s

Most of the NRM guys despise Besigye but they like using him as the standard to compare other candidates at local level. Which constituency did Museveni win before he became the president of Uganda?  The whole intention of all this is to portray Besigye as a very unpopular man who should have become a MP before he stood for presidency or who ‘jumped the queue’ (to quote from the ‘popular’ Mbabazi). The Norbert Mao supporters tried the same nasty approach in the 2011 presidential campaigns to portray their candidate as already more popular than Besigye because he had been in parliament for ages( 9 years to be exact), but the later still did better than the former.

Besigye may be quitting the FDC presidency but he is not quitting politics, I believe. So, we are likely to see him around for a long time unless the man upstairs calls him. He has done well nationally since he started standing against Museveni in 2001. Museveni’s numbers, on the other hand, have been declining (if we disregard the ‘useless’ 2011 elections). Museveni’s numbers had declined from 5.1 million in 2001 to 4 million in 2006 while those for Besigye had increased from 2 million to 2.4 million over the same period.

There is a belief in some circles in Kampala that Museveni was forced to change the term limits because of Besigye’s popularity in 2001 elections. There is also some unsubstantiated information that Besigye won both the 2001 and 2006 elections despite the results that were officially pronounced by the Electoral Commission.

The way Besigye performed in 2001 elections was an eye opener for Museveni such that he saw no NRM candidate capable of beating him in 2006 other than himself. Yes, ‘popular’ Mbabazi was in government but he wasn’t seen by his boss as more popular than Besigye. Besigye campaigned in 2001 for only 5 months and he did unbelievably well despite the violence and an array of electoral irregularities impeding a fair contest. As such, term limits on presidency were removed in 2005 to prepare for a Museveni presidency in 2006.

In 2006, the judges were intimidated not to order for a re-run. These are now facts and on record. So, how can anybody compare Mbabazi to Besigye in terms of popularity?  By the way, I have got a feeling that Besigye will come back as a presidential candidate in future at some point. It is a just a feeling but worth noting if you are an NRM supporter. And if he stands, Museveni will again have to convince the NRM guys that he is the only one that can take him on. Can you really see Ugandans voting for Mbabazi and discard the man who has been bracing the teargas regularly to change what has gone wrong?

Besigye may have a chance with a ‘popular’ Mbabazi( NRM). You see, it is now a fact that rigging has been part of Uganda elections since 1980s but sometimes it may difficult  to rig and later win an election with a weaker candidate. That’s why NRM has kept Museveni or rather he has kept himself running against Besigye for a long time, because he does not see so many options in his own party.

For instance, in Zambia, Keneth Kaunda was controlling the electoral system  for decades ,as president Museveni has been doing the same in Uganda, but he was eventually defeated because he could not inflate the numbers as much as he wanted in his last election. Similarly, despite his weaknesses, Museveni has got some popularity in rural areas and there are pockets of people in urban centres that still love him, but i cannot see any reason why anybody would want to vote for Mbabazi, for what really?

I may be wrong about this, and I don’t mean to sound like I’m undermining Honorable Mbabazi’s authority or power- because I know he is extremely powerful and all that, but I don’t see him standing a chance, moreover, against a giant Besigye. Phewwwwwwwwwwwww! He can only win if Kiggundu does it like he did it in 2011 and came up with surprising results.

So, Besigye would have a chance to get into that statehouse if NRM presents Mbabazi as their leader. But popularity never takes anybody to statehouse in Uganda. Otherwise, Besigye would be president by now.

I don’t hate Mbabazi at all, and I would probably learn a lot from him if I was working for him because he is an elder with experience. But NRM should also reflect on this:’ would he the best person NRM can offer to replace president Museveni?’ If he is, then NRM does not care what Ugandans think about them and can do anything they want, which begs another question of why we are wasting money on presidential elections.

One of president Museveni’s aides, Aisha Kabanda, wrote: ‘Mbabazi is definitely an outstanding character……..’

Our nation is facing crises on several fronts at the moment, the resolution of which will require the steady hand of a statesman in possession of outstanding character, but I don’t think Mr. Mbabazi is that person. What can he really do which would be any different from president Museveni’s yet he is his close partner in crime? As the Baganda say: ‘Mbulilra gwoyita naye…..’, or ‘birds of the same feathers flock together’.

Look, some Ugandans can say anything they want to support such a character but Mr. Mbabazi’s image is so tainted. Do I need to remind them that in 2008 the parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises probed a controversial UShs.11 billion ($5.5 million) land transaction between the NSSF, and Amama Mbabazi.  The majority report found him guilty of conflict of interest and influence peddling in the NSSF land deal, recommending sanctions against him and other involved officials. President Museveni had to call a special cabinet meeting with intentions of saving Mbabazi from imminent parliamentary censure. NRM MPs were also later summoned in statehouse and given orders on how they were gonna vote on this issue.

As a man with an otherwise’ good’ character and impressive history of employment (as Aisha Kabanda put it), it is little wonder it took the president to persuade the MPs and his cabinet to save his job, right?

Aisha also asked:’ is he worse than any other President Uganda has ever had? ‘. Neither She nor anyone knows what Mbabazi will be like because he is not a president yet. So, I don’t know why she was comparing him to past presidents we have ever had. May be, she meant president Museveni, right?

Anyway, I don’t know why we are even wasting time on him because president Museveni is not going anywhere soon, I guess. That is why I think we are wasting time discussing Museveni succession project- especially Mr. Mbabazi. There is no succession or successor any time soon. Mbabazi will retire with Museveni unless the constitution is changed in 2021 to allow the 70 something old to stand for presidency.

Abbey Semuwemba

Ingrid, Tevez, Torres and Suarez all score a ‘hatrick’ this month for their respective teams

Ingrid Turinawe

Ingrid Turinawe

Friends,
What a month we are having! Uganda Muslims at each other’s throats; Manchester City’s Striker, Tevez, came back and scored a hat trick; Liverpool’s Saurez scored hatrick yesterday and now Torres scoring hatrick as well. To top it all, we watched a YouTube video showing the Uganda police man who later turned out to be a ‘lady ‘ ‘squeezing ‘ FDC Ingrid Turinawe’s breasts for reasons I’m yet to know. I think this is where Kampalans say: ‘Kyaba too much’ meaning ‘it’s too much’, and I think the man upstairs is having fun.

I love Chelsea FC and few things give me joy like watching Chelsea obliterate a team; and I loved it when we broke Barcelona’s heart in the champions league Semi-final. The game had everything but most of all, I never believed that Chelsea had a chance when John Terry was given a red card. I almost called him a moron but then I remembered that I was brought up not to abuse anybody. Lionel Messi remains the best player in the world of football but he looked like a man stuck with a puzzle on a table after a cup of tea at the end of the game.

After Torres hatrick, I listened to Ray Wilkins on Sky sports TV and he said something like:’’… Apparently Fernando Torres has this incredible ability to want to go beyond defenders’’. Then I thought to myself, does this mean that Fernando is likely to get offside most times he gets the ball? But then again, I remembered something else:’’ several brain cells die each time one stay tuned listening to the ‘expert analyses!’. Ray Wilkins in a former Chelsea Assistant coach and he is expected to know a lot about football as we expect General Kayihura Kale to know a lot about security matters. The two have killed a lot of my brain cells this week. Following the torture that Ingrid Turinawe was subjected to, I reluctantly contacted General Kayihura to know his position. He was kind enough to respond to me and I quote:

‘’ We are taking disciplinary action against the officer who by the way is a female officer not a male officer. It is a woman, and we can and shall prove it to you. But that should not be misunderstood to be exoneration of the unlawful activities of Ms Ingrid Turinawe who provokes incidents in which sometimes some police officers make mistakes. It is amazing that not even an iota of outrage is expressed when police officers suffer excesses of rioters and their organizers and sponsors, the last one being the stoning to death of Ariong by rioters when he was carrying out his duty. I have not seen any expression of sympathy to the widow and his children the way you sympathize with Ingrid and her family for a lesser outrage. Remember the other was murder! Police also deserves balanced criticism which we rarely get……..’’

This is an interesting point of view from the General, but how about the point of view of the harassment of people by police officers? We aren’t talking about the rights of the woman here, because those are well established, except when anti-life legislation police officers would take them away. Secondly, the ‘point of view’ of the sex of the police officer concerned is hardly difficult to determine. The voice, muscles or breasts alone cannot prove anything. Even Ingrid, we know that she is a woman because she tells us so and because she is married to a ‘straight’ man, but if she wasn’t married to a man, we would not have known that she’s a woman. Right? So, I’m really wondering how General Kayihura is going to get us believe that it was a woman that sexually harassed and tortured Ingrid. Yes, it was torture as it inflicts “severe physical or mental pain or suffering” to the person. Ingrid is seen in the video with a facial expression of a lady clearly in pain but the police man/woman in question just kept ‘squeezing’ her breasts. It is implausible to believe that s/he didn’t mean to inflict as much damage as possible if given a chance, regardless of General Kayihura’s testimony in this matter. I think we need to redefine “pressure points” and when it is necessary to use them on someone driving on a street, as Ingrid was in the video.

Women have a 'breast day' protesting against police's response to Ingrid

Women have a 'breast day' protesting against police's response to Ingrid

What the Uganda police clearly demonstrated in that video was that they don’t give a damn about the community where they are doing their policing from. How could anybody allow such a horrible thing to be recorded and attributed to a community police officer, and then later come out to defend it? I can’t defend that, can you? This was someone’s wife, sister or daughter, and it could happen to any of our relatives. It is just sickly!

I don’t know why some people are saying that Ingrid’s breasts would require ‘ofwono-sized’ hands for someone to touch them properly. They are basically trying to belittle such a beautiful lady. For a 40 year plus old woman, she looks pretty good to me. Lot better than the muscular young police ‘’woman’’ whose muscular hands are seen in the video ‘squeezing’ Ingrid’s breasts. Whew!

That police man-woman should be sacked from her job, and in case she tries to apply for her next one, she should be subjected to an oral examination on her job interview. S/he should get quizzed on her nipple ‘squeezing’ abilities. Breasts are there to be sucked and pinched a little bit in romantic circumstances but not squeezed.

With due respect to my NRM friends; their views on this issue are mind-boggling! What some of them have written so far about this issue portrays the police as an organisation that follows a certain ‘torture memo’,i.e. there is a law that allows them to kill us, and also use ‘pressure points’ on our body to get us to do whatever they want. I suppose they could view it that way if they wanted to. Of course, they could view it the way I see it as well. But they would be in an extreme minority of experts if that is their view. That said, I’m happy that PM, Amama Mbabazi uncharacteristically came out to apologize for the police behavior in this incident. He beat General Kayihura to it. I think it is now justifiable to say that Ingrid has followed the rest in scoring a hatrick because a lot of people were disturbed by what happened to her.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

M7, the executioner, is now prepared to walk Uganda down the last mile, the green mile, to its execution

In response to a pressure group called the Activists for change (A4C) founded by the opposition in Uganda after the 2011 elections, the government of Uganda has officially banned its activities indefinitely. I was among the people so confused about the sole objective of this organization till when I recently read an anonymous message a few days ago on my blog , presumably from one of the leaders of the A4C, that stated in one of the paragraphs:’ “Museveni must go and this time we shall not use guns, but people power. The government propagandists keep referring to the next elections of 2016, that we should instead plan to defeat Museveni in 2016. This is a joke. The Museveni regime will be overthrown this year (2012), a transitional government will be set up and a truly democratic election will follow”.

‘The press fears to report this message this clearly for fear of economic consequences. But no one attends an A4C rally or town hall meeting leaves with any doubt what the end game is. The removal of the fraudulently installed Museveni government from power, by the (protest) power of the people.’

After reading this message, I thought to myself: ‘how is the government going to deal with A4C if they are determined as they are saying to use people power to get Museveni’s government out?’ The protests have been going for a year now and that is extra ordinary in the history of Uganda but my worry came when the government through its Attorney General (AG) Peter Nyombi on Wednesday declared A4C an “unlawful society”.

The truth is that the existence of the A4C is not in the way about breaking the law or doing anything illegal as any Ugandan has got a right to protest against anything. I believe the law in Uganda does not ban peaceful protests, as they are allowed under the constitution. If this was not the case, I believe the group would have been banned ages ago. What “freedom to peaceably assemble” means is that you can assemble as a group and discuss things, and the government can’t shut you down, somewhere where you don’t infringe upon others. From the few YouTube videos I have watched so far, it looks like the police are the ones that spark up all this ‘kavuyo’( trouble) whenever some people are marching or assembling or protesting somewhere. I believe that poor policeman would not have died if the police had not interfered with the people walking alongside Dr.Besigye and Erias Lukwago.

John hated the bad guys in the Green Mile.So, M7 wouldn't be in his good books

John hated the bad guys in the Green Mile.So, M7 wouldn't be in his good books

What the AG has summarily done is to give A4C free publicity which will recruit more people for their cause. The government decision is also likely to drive some protestors underground to form secret organizations against the government, a situation that could have been avoided if common sense had been allowed to prevail. As they say:’ when a bad person uses a gun for an evil end, the media concentrates on the event, and stays on the story. On the flip side, when a gun is used by a good person for a noble end, it might merit a onetime mention in the local press.

Basically, banning protests or groups such as A4C is not what most people want to see happen in this country. What we need is free and fair elections, proper democracy, free society, no corruption, e.t.c. So the mere fact that the A4C has managed to live for a year should be a reality check for the government that not everything is a bed of roses. NRM as a party is now an intellectually dishonest organization, and this is not good for the country because they are in power. The leading option here would be for president Museveni to form a coalition government with the opposition and then organize fresh presidential elections.

If president Museveni refuses to give in to the protests, then I will start believing what most people have been telling us that he is a bad person. From what I watched from the film called’ ‘The Green Mile’, directed by Frank Darabont and adapted by him from the 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name, all the bad people there had a bad ending. The film tells the story of Paul’s life as a death row corrections officer during the Great Depression in the United States, and the supernatural events he witnessed in prison.

Actually I have a problem with the term ‘bad person’ despite its numerous usage in that film, because it’s far too general. It’s easy to take the term ‘bad person’ and use it to justify one’s own inaction on the suffering of others. Like the whole idea that only ‘bad people’ need to protest as the government is portraying the A4C, or that AIDS is a judgment from God. That’s why this kind of stuff gets tricky if you really want to be fair about it.

Some people say that Museveni is worse than Obote but I’m likely to give him a benefit of doubt and see if he will listen to the cries of the protestors or he will just keep torturing, killing or imprisoning them. Killing or torturing people lives permanent mental scars from that horrible time period. Leaders should not think that people are the enemy. The logic is clear: the people they lead want to have a good, free and stable country.If they don’t get it, they will do something about it.

I want to personally thank Dr.Besigye for taking up the banner of freedom at a time when he ought to be able to enjoy a retirement in freedom and liberty- considering that he already fought for it in the bushes of Luwero against Obote dictatorship. Whoever will become the next FDC president will do no less than he has done, because our very system of government and our essential freedoms and liberties are in serious jeopardy?

Like they say in the ‘Green Mile’, it looks like Museveni, the executioner, is now prepared to walk Uganda down the last mile, the green mile, to its execution. “May God have mercy on Uganda’s soul,………roll on two.”

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

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