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Saturday, 27 August 2016

WHY THE POLICE WILLCONTINUE TO ARREST BEFORE INVESTIGATING


"Most of you are still in the old policing regime, why do you rush to arrest?  First investigate and when you have enough evidence, you can go for the person who committed the crime" 

                        Inspector General of Police addressing Police and residents of Kibuku district last week.

That cosmetic statement followed bitter complaints by locals that the police was rampantly arresting and confining them for days in their cells.  The IGP was as usual trying to hoodwink the population into believing that the police was pro-people.  On the contrary, the regime has an agenda of building a brutal police force whose brutality is that is designed to instill fear, terrorize and subdue the population into submission.  In pursuance of this scheme, the police is supposed to be viewed as the Alpha and Omega of every aspect of life. 

Their mandate extends to both civil and criminal matters - it intervenes in debt collection, settlement of land disputes, resolving family matters of inheritance, administration of estate and child custody, settlement of business disputes, taking sides in political disputes, influence and reverse court decisions etc. 

Save for a few Ugandans, the general population is at an advanced stage of adapting to this situation such that it is very common for them to run to the police for any matter be it civil or criminal and the police just entertains them.  The poorly paid and facilitated police personnel survive on extortion and bribes from members of the public in order to supplement their poor pay.  The rush to arrest and detain is driven by this urge to extort from both the so called complainant and the suspect. 

In some cases they connive with both the Magistrates and the Resident Prosecutors to carry out massive security and Road safety swoops in a particular geographical area whereby the victims pay heavily to regain their freedom.  The proceeds are shared among the three entities and this is very common with the offences of Idle and disorderly and Traffic and Road Safety Act.  At the urging of regime cadres like local political leaders and RDCs, the police carries out arrests of unemployed urban youths whom they suspect to be supportive of the opposition over cooked up charges.

Therefore, for the IGP to order for a stop on arrests before investigations, he is just hoodwinking the helpless members of the public.  That is why during the same meeting he told the youths to make business plans and forward then to his office for funding.  Its only Museveni's Kalekyezi as IGP who handles business plans for unemployed youths. 

Museveni did the same during the last election campaigns when he pretended to scrap off the offence of Being Idle and Disorderly arguing that "...... how can a Ugandan be idle and disorderly in his own country!"  Since then the police has intensified to arrest and detain without trial thousands of unemployed urban youths whom the regime fears that they may be used by the opposition led street demonstrations. 


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PRIVATE PROSECUTION IS THE VOICE OF THE VOICELESS



The Police and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) are constitutionally charged with investigating and prosecuting of criminal offenses respectively.  After he privatized the two institutions, Uganda's Military dictator Museveni all along knew that trough his agents he could commit any crime against Ugandans and get away with it.  However, he was mindful of Article 120 (3) (c) of the constitution that provides for private prosecutions in matters of human rights violations.  Section 11 (1) (c) of the Prohibition and prevention of Torture Act of 2012 also allows a victim of torture or any other person to bring a complaint of torture before a Magistrate.


It is against this background that early this month, a group of private legal practitioners came together and commenced private criminal proceedings against the IGP jointly with a few other senior police officers for torture.  The regime panicked and  resorted to outright blackmail, intimidation and bribery.  From refusing to be served with Criminal Summons to organizing and  facilitating goons to attack courts of law, the regime bought off the 3 complainant victims who had initially swore affidavits in support of their grievances before they later retracted their statements by claiming to have been bribed by opposition activists to implicate the police. 
As if that was not enough, the regime through the DPP took over the prosecution of the matter from the private Lawyers.  It is on  record that all such private prosecutions that the DPP taken over in the past don’t succeed.  Now, the Kavuma Court alias Constitutional Court has issued an order staying the same proceedings in the lower court until the constitutional petition in respect of the same case is disposed off.

All the peace loving Ugandans should rally behind the efforts of these patriotic Ugandans who have volunteered to pursue criminal justice through private prosecution.  The option of private prosecution is coming to light when citizens are at the brink of giving up on Uganda's criminal justice system.  Currently, its the regime through the police and the DPP who decides on who to prosecute and who to shield from prosecution. 


The effect has been for the chosen few security officers and other regime cohorts to act with impunity in violating the human  rights of Ugandans.  Therefore, Ugandans  should dig up all the human rights  violations that have been swept under the carpet and present them before court in form of private prosecutions.  How many cases and for how long will the DPP take over such private criminal proceedings with the aim of frustrating justice.


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HOW AND WHY MUSEVENI THEATENED VIOLENCE ON BISHOPS


HOW
Early this week, the head  of the Anglican Church in Uganda led a team of 38 other Bishops on a tour of the Church's Square mile of land in Mukono that is occupied by about 800 local residents including Water Minister, Kibuule and Brig. Nalweyiso.  As the Bishops left their bus for a walk around the said land, an irate group of residents hurled insults, gathered match boxes and dry grass threatening to burn their bus, and threatened to lynch the Bishops.  They were 'rescued' by the Police after the host Bishop of Mukono diocese made a telephone call to the DPC of Mukono, Fred Ahimbisibwe who rushed to the scene. Sometime back the same residents had threatened violence on the Bishops who had been on a similar tour leaving their car smashed. 

Because of that past experience, this time round the Bishops had written to the DPC of Mukono requesting for security for their intended  tour and he assured them that he would provide it but at the last hour the police was no where.  He only came amidst the fracas pretending to rescue the Bishops and apologizing for his failure to provide security because of other commitments.  This incident was stage-managed by Museveni through his agents and that is why no one will be made to answer for this high profile nasty incident.  In March 2016, at The Way of the Cross ceremony in Mukono, the same DPC apologized to residents for the violence that the police had meted on them during the February 2016 elections.

WHY
 Since coming to power 30 years ago, Uganda's military dictator Museveni has been bent on depriving big landowners of their land more especially in Buganda region whose land is more valuable than in any other region of Uganda.  In this regard after his sinister motives were defeated in the 1995 constitution making process, he has been fidgeting with a number of amendments in the land law and policies all aimed at alienating those individuals and institutions of their land. 

Under the pretense of protecting the poor tenants, he hoodwinked the peasants by assigning the then State Minister of Lands, Aidah Nantaba with an extra task of protecting tenants and creation of a Land Protection Unit under the police force.  Instead, the same Museveni undermined and frustrated her work because the perpetrators of land grabbing are his close cohorts and in particular his top security officers top the list of land grabbers while the police aids the vice. His latest gamble is a scheme to amend the constitution to enable the regime to compulsorily acquire land without compensation as a first step towards nationalization of all land in the country.

It is in this regard that when the Bishops requested the Police to provide them with security, the DPC informed the IGP who in turn consulted with Museveni and they agreed that Minister Kibuule and Brig. Nalweyiso should mobilise the local residents to threaten violence on the Bishops.  That is why the Police did not show up earlier for they very well knew that the Bishops would not be harmed but were to be simply threatened.  By doing so they intended to achieve two objectives:-
1.  The regime to be seen to care for the 800 local residents who are occupying the said land.
2.  To make the Bishops realise and appreciate the relevance of the Police at this time when the entire institution is under public scrutiny for the brutality.

This incident is not different from the one of last week when the IGP stage managed violence at Makindye Court against the Magistrate and the lawyers who were pursuing private prosecution against the same IGP over torture and in the midst of the fracas the Police pretended to rescue them.  In both incidents if the violence had not been state-managed, their victims would have been harmed.  Otherwise, why would the plan to burn the bus of the Bishops need a heap of matchboxes!!!!!

However the good news is that when Museveni was meting out violence against the population, the civil society, the opposition political activists, Lawyers, Judicial Officers and courts; the Church leaders maintained silence because he was bribing them with cash donations and posh cars but now that knocking on their doors, they are yelling loudest.

Watch the space, the worst is in the offing.  When will Ugandans understand Museveni??????


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Monday, 22 August 2016

WHY KIPROTICH LOST AT THE RIO 2016

Uganda's gold champion at the London Marathon 2012, Kiprotich came 14th at the just concluded Rio 2016 Marathon.  Another participant, Kiprop dropped out before finishing while Mutai came eighth.  The poor performance is due to a number of factors but majorly their concentration was distracted by the vast open space along the route in the city of RioDeJaneiro. As they strolled through the marvelous street roads and beautiful vast parks, the Ugandan marathon runners kept wondering why the President of Brazil has not given that land to investors.

In Uganda, Museveni has been giving such land to the so called investors for development in his designs to grab public land. That is why Kiprop had to abandon the race so that he could take a rest in the beautiful
park which he could never get back at home in slum-infested Kampala.

What do you think?

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MIICHAEL OGWAL REMANDED IN PRISON WHILE ARON BAGUMA AND FELIX KAWESI ENJOY MUSEVENI'S PROTECTION


In his efforts to personalize the Uganda Police, Museveni has successfully managed to systematically eliminate personnel from those regions that traditionally dominated it.  To achieve this, he has had to apply broad day nepotism, discrimination, sectarianism, and favoritism in terms of recruitment, specialized training, deployment, promotions, disciplinary action, transfers, and retirement.

Consequently, the entire police top leadership is predominantly comprised of people from one sub-region of the country while regions like Greater Kampala (Kampala, Mukono, Wakiso, Entebbe), the Cattle Corridor and the Oil Region have been ring-fenced against Police Commanders from other regions. Following an outcry from a number of Police Officers over unfair treatment and rampant nepotism.

The Inspector General of Government (IGG) commenced investigations into the matter but unfortunately these inquiries wont produce any tangible outcome owing to interference by 'orders from above'.  What is clear is that the machinations going on in the police force are politically motivated to strengthen the force as the coercive arm of the Museveni regime.

To appreciate the above arguments, take a look at the some of the incidents here-below:

On 18th May 2016 at Kagogo Coffee factory in Rukungiri, Joel Singenda was murdered by a mob after he was suspected to be a thief.  The Police subsequently arrested 13 people in connections with the murder.  The District CID chief Michael Ogwal and the officer investigating the case, Frank Turamye released two of the 16 suspects. 

Michael Ogwal and Frank Turamye were arrested and charged with being Accessory After the Fact to Murder and were put on the same Charge Sheet with the 14 who were facing Murder charges.  On 13th July the Grade One Magistrate in Rukungiri granted bail to Police Officers, Michael Ogwal and Frank Tumuramye but the DPP petitioned the High Court which reversed the Magistrate's decision, cancelled the bail for the two before remanding them in prison.

In February 2012 city businessman Wilberforce Wamala was murdered together with his houseboy. Initial efforts to frustrate the investigation by AIGP Felix Kawesi were frustrated by the widow hired a private detective who arrested a key suspect, Hassim Ssali who in turn provided very vital information.  Ssali recorded an extra judicial statement that incriminated AIGP Felix Kawesi as having acted on behalf of a one Jolly Kasande - an ex girlfriend to the late Wilberforce Wamala with whom they had a daughter. That very evening, Ssali was murdered in a Police cell.



The police initially claimed that Ssali had committed sucide by hanging though there were other suspects in the same cell who did not notice the sucide.  It took the intervention of the Magistrate at Makindye to order for an autopacy that revealed that Ssali had been murdered at his body hanged thereafter.  AIGP Kawesi who is reported to have been a boy friend to  Jolly Kasande it was revealed used the Flying Squad operatives to Murder Wamala, the Houseboy and suspect Hassim Ssali.

The widow appealed to Museveni, the Minister of Internal Affairs, the IGP, the DG-ISO but instead AIGP Kawesi was moved from the Directorate of Operations to Human Resource so as to remove him from the public eye.  Now that the regime feels that the storm had subsided Museveni has elevated him to the responsibility of re-branding the police.

In June 2016, in Isingiro district IGP Kalekyezi connived AIGP Felix Kawesi to deploy Police on a disputed piece of land where four people were shot and injured by the police.  The injured had proprietary interest in the said land but instead their rival who are Banyarwanda - going by their names (Ntambara, Karegyeya, Sebigombe, Karamuzi, Rushaija) had the backing of the police.  Actually, Ntambara ('war' in Kinyarwanda) who is a relative of Kawesa and also an informer to IGP Kalekyezi is the one who contacted IGP Kalekyezi to establish a police post on the disputed land.  The matter was swept under the carpet.

In September 2015 the then Police Commander of Kampala, Aron Baguma together with others Murdered Betty Katusabe. Upon payment of 100M shillings by one of the prime suspects (Mohamad Ssebuwufu) to the Regional CIID Kampala, Rebeca Namugenyi and was not only released but attempts to turn the murder into a mob justice were made.

Rebecca Namugenyi was removed from office yet her case is more grave than that of Michael Ogwal in Rukungiri who is on remand.  Both the DPP and Buganda Road Court have for close to a year now been pleading with the Police to have Aron Baguma arrested for the same murder to no avail and instead Museveni has continued to take him through rapid promotions, training and deployment.

In Mid July KM Police Commander, Godfrey Kahebwa and his Regional CIID, Benon Nayebare acting on orders of the IGP, Gen. Kalekyezi blocked a court's Eviction Order for a piece of land in Bwebajja.  Instead, they arrested, detained for five days and charged the Bailiffs with trumped up charges of malicious damage to property.

The Court Bailiff instituted private criminal proceedings against the two senior police officers before the court issued Criminal Summons over disobedience of lawful orders and obstruction of justice for September 5th, 2016.  Again before the High Court, another Criminal Summons was issued for disobedience of lawful orders for 30th August 2016. Obviously, like is the case with his own case and that of SP Baguma, IGP Kalekyezi will not surrender them for the law to take its course.

On 3rd August, 2016 the Masaka Regional Police Commander, Maxwell Ogwal and his District Police Commander, John Mwaule acting on written orders from State House aided the kidnap of former Masaka Municipality Mayor, John Tebyasa Matovu who is still missing.  The victim's wife rushed to court which in turn ordered the two senior police officers to appear before it with the body of the victim.

The two ignored the court order compelling the court to order the IGP to compel his two subordinate officers to appear before it.  Because the matter involved Ogwal and not Baguma, Kahebwa,Twinamasiko or Mwesigwa, the IGP in his August 18th letter ordered Ogwal to appear before the court.  Ogwal complied and told court that he acted in accordance with the directives contained in the State House letter for police to provide security for the victim's kidnappers which he did.  At the same hearing, Ogwal pleaded with Court to compel the RDC to produce the victim.

In June 2016. the IGP suspended ACP Sam Omalla who had been the Deputy Commander of FFU for Busoga and Masaba region on grounds that during the last NRM primaries in October 2015, the officers under his command had fired live bullets and teargas. Sam Omalla had earlier been the FFU commander for Kampala where he excelled for tormenting the opposition leaders.  This is another classic example of selective reprimand of security officers targeting those from other regions while protecting the 'home boys'. He is still on suspension and crying foul as he gambles with instituting civil proceedings against the IGP which action will obviously earn him the worst wrath.

That is the situation at the Animal Farm.

INFORMATION IS POWER AND DEFIANCE IS THE WAY TO GO

http://changeofguards.blogspot.ca/2016/08/miichael-ogwal-remanded-in-prison-while.html

Saturday, 20 August 2016

LETTER TO GEN. KALEKYEZI FROM KINAWATAKA



Affande Teargas,
We are residents of Cinataka ,Lujira, Buya, Banda, Cireka and Byogerere wish to express our disappointment for having been left out in the group of your supporters who stormed Parliament and the Magistrates Court at Makindye last week to protest against your trial.  Given our awkward economic situation we are envious of the financial facilitation that was extended to that group that was drawn from mainly among your Bafumbira tribesmen and women residing in Kamyokya and Nateete together with some Baganda goons.

Even if your mobilizers could not travel to West Nile, Northern and Eastern regions the way they did in Masaka and Mbarara, we in Kampala represent those regions and if they had taken the trouble to reach to us we would have shown up.  We would have halted our security guard duties, hawking of roasted g/nuts and yellow bananas, and stone querying in Mbuya and Kireka and come to show our support for you.  The owners of the properties of the 'Tuli Mukintus' that we guard wouldn't have reprimanded us because you are championing a noble cause of maintaining the status quo so that their ill-gotten wealth is free from the threat paused by the confused opposition people. Our parents, siblings and relatives tell us stories of how some of those properties that we guard in Nakacero, Kololo, Bigolobi, Tinda,  Indacitro area and Buya used to be their residences and business places. 

Affande Nani Baton, sorry, Teargas,  we commend you for your tireless patriotic efforts in the last ten years for eliminating the rouge  'Os' from the police and we take the opportunity to alert you that there are still a few of them still marauding in there.  Among them is Michael Ogwal who until recently was the O.C CIID of  Rukungiri district and is now on remanded in prison because he had thought that he would enjoy the same protection from State House like is the case with Aron Baguma of CPS.

Actually another charge of Criminal Trespass with intent to annoy should be added on the charge sheet of Michael Ogwal because in the first instance he was not supposed to hold that position. May be he should have changed his name to read Ogwalimaana the same way you changed yours from Kalekyezi to Kale but of course the motive would differ.  You remember how Commander Omara who has strayed in Kampala but was smocked out after he donned a Kanzu and appeared at a public function in Bulange.  

Finally, we kindly appeal to you so that at the next round of demonstrations you should consider involving us also if your support take a national posture.  Am sure you enjoyed the somersaults that the old women of Amuru district displayed to your former Minister, Gen. Aronda some time back and if you need the same it can be arranged with ease.

You can contact your friend Mike Mukula so that he avails his boys from Arrow Security Group for the next show down.  As you are aware these boys are easy to handle financially since even during 'their days' they would demand  for small money for cigarettes and local drinks at roadblocks unlike the current professional security officers who are competing over acquisition of the best cars and mansions in  town.

It our hope that you will take our appeal seriously.

Thank you. 

http://changeofguards.blogspot.ca/2016/08/letter-to-gen-kalekyezi-from-kinawataka.html

Friday, 19 August 2016

SPY CHIEF INCRIMINATES MUSEVENI IN A POSTMORTEM REPORT ON CAUSE OF DEATH OF UGANDA

"Pervasive graft involving bureaucrats coupled by deteriorating public service delivery are a security threat.  Corruption could lead to loss of legitimacy and trust in government because of corruption disenchanted citizens can resort to mass demonstrations, violence, and mob justice in some countries; governments have collapsed because of this.  Corruption makes the government in power irrelevant to the general population.  Corruption undermines service delivery thus facilitates political and economic sabotage of government programs.  Where trust in government institutions is poor, people's willingness and ability to engage in gainful activity also reduces - a recipe for poor sections of society to sink further into poverty since they are highly dependent on services provided by government.  Unchecked corruption can lead to insecurity and uncertainty and undermine democratic and developmental gains of the regime in power.  Corruption leads to elite capture (where technocrats and connected individuals turn institutions, opportunities and resources to their private advantage) and on the other hand, patronage and clientalism entails a situation where a small but highly organised group controls power and uses its influence to benefit from public resources at the cost of the would be beneficiaries.

           This is an extract from a 50 page paper on corruption in Uganda that the Director General of Internal Security Organisation (DG-ISO), Brig. Ronnie Balya presented during a cabinet retreat at the School of Indoctrination, Kyankwanzi. 

"When public officers are implicated in corruption they are simply moved to other offices.  If we are going to keep the bad apples in public service, how are we going to clean out corruption?  We need a strong anti-corruption tone from the top most offices of the land."

           Extract from a paper presented by the Inspector General of Government (IGG) during the same retreat. 
Museveni indicted
Reacting to the submissions of the  two government agencies, the angry, irritated, embarrassed, and cornered Museveni directed that ISO should spearhead the fight against corruption "....ISO, Permanent Secretaries and other Accounting Officers at district level are the ones  who should help us fight corruption because they have a countrywide network."   Obviously the presentation by the two agencies was a joint postmortem report detailing how corruption had killed the Museveni government and that Museveni was responsible for the death.  It was because of fear that the tone of the presentations was in the future tense instead of the past tense.  The NRM and the state of Uganda died a long time ago and Museveni is just presiding on a failed state that is thriving on the power of the gun to contain the effects of institutionalized corruption.  The recent overwhelming vote for the opposition is a clear manifestation of the disenchantment and disillusionment by the population and it is only the barrel of the gun that is containing them from demanding for their victory. 

However, by nature Museveni hates being challenged, outsmarted and exposed.  During his Bush War came a time when the going got tougher and it was evident that continuing with the war was no longer a viable option.  He convened a High Command meeting where the idea of talking to the UPC government for a peaceful surrender was the only item on the agenda.  A good number of members of the High Command were in favor of talks with the UPC government while Museveni who was opposed to the idea had behind him the Banyarwanda and Bahima members.  Sam Katabarwa who was a Mwiru from Bushenyi was the most vocal in favor of the talks. The cornered Museveni adjourned the meeting and only to reconvene it after a few hours.  He told members that he had approved the proposal to talk to government and he announced that Sam Katabarwa was the one to proceed to Kampala and initiate talks.  Sam Katabarwa had planned to contact the powerful Director of Legal Services, Lt. Namiti Kagata with whom they had been together both at Makerere University and Monduli in Tanzania for the Officer Cadet course. Before he left the bush for Kampala, Museveni advised Namiti that one he would be in Kampala he ought to first Contact Bidandi Sali and Kintu Musoke.  Sam Katabarwa complied and reached Kampala and as the saying goes, the rest is history but his dead body was recovered from the NRA territory and buried by the same NRA.  Museveni's opposition to talks took the day and the war continued.  

Role of State Security agencies
A state intelligence agency like ISO is the custodian of national security.  National security can best be described as the capacity to control those domestic and foreign conditions that the public opinion of a given community believes necessary to enjoy its own self determination or autonomy, prosperity and  well-being. Therefore, a state intelligence agency like ISO is responsible for collection, analysis, and exploitation of information and intelligence in support of law enforcement, national security, military and foreign policy objectives.  Within national security there is a component of Economic Security which entails the ability of a nation state to follow its choice of policies to develop the national economy in the desired manner.  Historically, conquest of nations have made conquerors rich through plunder, access to new resources, and enlarged trade through control of the conquered nation's economy.  In the case of Uganda, Museveni feels that he conquered it and he and his cronies have a right to plunder and become rich through access to resources in what Brig. Balya termed as clientalism. Corruption flourishes where the criminal justice system and government is weak, where decision making is unaccountable and access to decision makers is dependent on restricted social networks, where the pay is low and where managerial controls are weak. 
Political corruption
Political corruption is the use of political power by government officials for illegitimate private gains. Within his regime he has created a ruling elite as a cult to be worshiped by a zombified population.  This ruling elite that controls all the means of wealth and resources is what has been baptized at the "Tuli Mukintu".  Those close to power create structures for influence peddling as exemplified by the immense powers wielded by museveni's brother Gen. Saleh, IGP Kalekyezi, some State House workers.  Corruption and ostentation on the part of the elite and government officials is the underlying root cause of the appeal of radicalism due to ack of concern for the increasing economic and social insecurity of its citizens.  Manipulating political institutions and subverting rules in order to achieve an outcome which is not for the common good but which serves porochial interests is political corruption.  Removal of presidential term limits, unholy creation of administrative entities like districts and statutory authorities, and electoral constituencies are the living examples of such vice.  Those who accumulate wealth through corruption are glorified with a lot of endearment and the young are encouraged to emulate them as their role models.  The likes of Gen. Saleh, Gen. Kalekyezi, Gen. Muhweezi, Col. Dick Bugingo, Brig. Mugyenyi, Brig. Otema, Col. Juma Seiko and other wealthy security officers are the role models of young army officers not to mention the civilians who act as fronts for some big fish in the system.  Corruption derails the rules and institutions and stops the later from exercising their constitutional mandates.  Whoever takes the risk of inquiring or reporting about corruption risks being victimized through loss of job and position, being framed with criminal charges, his business sabotaged, being expelled from the party, deviating his/her constituents and many other punitive measures. Museveni chased the likes of Jotham Tumwesigye, Miria matembe, Augustine Ruzindana, Eriya Kategaya and others from government over their principled stand on corruption not mentioning the army officers like Lt. Shalita, Lt. Denis Bataringaya and others who lost their lives for inquiring into political corruption.  Museveni is on record for claiming that those claiming that his cronies are corrupt are simply bent on weakening the regime and that its him that they fight.  He has always gone ahead to recycle them leave alone hiring Lawyers in their defense. That is why by pointing out lack of an anti-corruption tone from the highest office,  IGG was appealing to Museveni to come out and support the fight against corruption.
Human rights abuse and State Security veil
Human rights abuses provide a fertile ground for radicalisation and extremism thus can lead to a failed state and in extreme cases provide safe heavens for 'terrorists' for purposes of fighting tyranny and corruption.  Museveni uses the police as his personal militia that enforces selective arrests and prosecution of the corrupt.  The Auditor General makes reports but no action is taken instead as a way of buying time to hoodwink Ugandans and the donor community, he instead constitutes commissions of inquiry whose reports are never made public leave alone taking action yet such reports contain a lot of evidence. Regulatory agencies like the IGG are incapacitated in terms of performance of their statutory functions while in some instances they are undermined.  'National security concerns' become a veil to hide corrupt activities. High secrecy single source government contracts, procurement, disposal of public assets, uncontrollable and overpaid agents (those with connections to State House, local and international lobby group), obscure  security and defense budgets, unfair appointments and promotions, and many forms of corruption in secretive sections (security agencies, State House, NRM Secretariat etc) waste tax payer's money thus putting the lives of public servants, security officers and citizens in general at risk.  The cost is paid by everyone because what is wasted on corruption through security/defence, State House, NRM Secretariat etc) could be spent on improving schools, healthcare, or infrastructural development.  Corruption destroys trust in security institutions thus risking lives of both security officers and ordinary citizens in the process.
ISO's Directorate of Economic Affairs
Corruption is a vice that is taken care under the Economic Intelligence docket of the ISO.  Since its inception, ISO has had and continues to have a fully fledged Directorate of Economic Affairs.  At one point, it was headed by Dr. Rwekikiga but Museveni kicked him out on allegations that he was a Mbabazi loyalist. ISO's Directorate of Economic Affairs/Intelligence monitors economic performance, vets investors, monitors financial flow and general economic performance, collects information on corruption, monitors performance of government's service delivery programs,  detects money laundering, etc.  Therefore when the DG-ISO prepares a brief to a fully constituted detailing the evils of corruption, he is an authority on that matter and should be  taken seriously.  For the last 30 years Museveni has been receiving such reports on corruption from ISO and deliberately refused to act on them because his political survival is dependent on corruption.  The DG-ISO's brief on corruption was a summary of the 30 years reports that the agency has been giving to Museveni. Museveni must have been infuriated by that brief because it is an indictment that exposes Museveni's culpability by placing him at the scene of crime.  There is no doubt, Brig. Balya will pay heavily with time.  No wonder, Museveni has been shifting from relying on ISO for intelligence but instead relies on the parallel networks under Kayihura and State House.

INFORMATION IS POWER AND DEFIANCE IS THE WAY TO GO



Wednesday, 17 August 2016

WHY AND HOW THE CROCODILE HEARTED POLICE OFFICE BAGUMA WILL GET OFF THE HOOK

SUPERINTENDENT  ARON BAGUMA
Aron Baguma Shillingi joined the police as a cadet in 2012. After the two years basic training, he was attached to Kampala's Central Police Station (CPS).  He was soon confirmed as an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) an appointed the Officer Commanding (O.C) of CPS.  In April 2015, together with other 120 senior officers he was selected to attend a four months military training at the Army's Oliver Tambo School of leadership at Kaweweta in Nakaseke  in preparation for the rigging of the February 2016 general elections. Upon return from that course, he resumed his role as O.C CPS.  In September 2015 he was elevated to the position of Commander of the Kampala Central District.  In November 2015, he was indicted by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for murder but Museveni shielded him from criminal proceedings. Instead in February 2016 Museveni promoted him  from the rank of ASP to Superintendent of Police (SP).  Until late last month when he was selected to attend a senior Staff and Command course, he had excelled in brutalizing the predominantly opposition leaning residents of Kampala city central business district.


KIDNAP WITH INTENT TO MURDER

On October 21, 2015 SP Baguma contracted by a businessman to help him recover his debt, deployed three junior police officers and a crime Preventer/informer Paul Tibisangika to kidnap Betty Latusabe who owned 9M shillings to the said businessman.  She was kidnapped from around Kiseka Market in Kampala from where she was driven to her home in Bwebajja on Entebbe Road for a search.  They booked at Bwebajja Police Post before proceeding to her home. From there she was brought straight to Pine Car Bond on Lumumba Avenue and handed over to its proprietor, Muhamad Ssebuwufu.  Betty Katusabe owned Ssebuwufu 9M that had been the balance of the balance from sale of a car.  Ssebuwufu embarked on assaulting Katusabe as he demanded for his money.  The three police officers who had arrested Katusabe were leaving, Ssebuwufu told them that he would handle the matter.  Ssebuwufu then embarked on assaulting Katusabe with a machete and sticks on the thighs and the back while being assisted by his workers and Paul Tibisangika.  He kept telling his victim that if she does not pay his money, she would be killed.

BAGUMA'S ROLE IN THE MURDER
At around 3.00 p.m on the same day, SP Baguma in the company of other police officers went to Pine Car Bond and found Katusabe being tortured in Ssebuwufu's office.  Baguma asked Katusabe to pay Ssebuwufu's 9M.  After holding a brief discussion with Ssebuwufu, Baguma was set to leave when he told Ssebuwufu to handle the issue of Katusabe and that if he fails he should call him.  As Baguma was leaving the office, Katusabe pleaded with him not to heave her behind because Ssebuwufu and group were determined to kill her but Baguma simply ignored her and left the office.  Ssebuwufu accompanied him to his car where he was seen handing him money.  The torture continued until at 7.00 p.m when Katusabe went into comma and Ssebuwufu called Baguma who sent a Police car to take he to CPS which is a few meters away.  However, before she could be ushered into the main entrance of CPS, she died at the door steps and the police took the body to Mulago Hospital mortuary.  According to the postmortem report, the 42 years old Banker had died due to multiple blunt force trauma.  She was buried at Karambi, in Kasese District.

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS AND BRIBERY
The principal suspect, Ssebuwufu was arrested on murder charges vide CRB/1471/2015 - MURDER. The case was being handled under the supervision of the O.C CID at CPS, J.B Ajugo who was also reporting to the KMP CIID, Rebeca Namugenyi.  However, upon payment of 100M shillings to the same police officers by Ssebuwufu, he was released.  The CIID officers had plotted to make the murder of Katusabe look like it has been a mob justice by unknown people.  When the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen. Kalekyezi learned that the family of the deceased with assistance of big shots like former Defence Minister Kiyonga, he moved very fast to save Baguma by tasking him to prepare a report on the incident.  It was on this report that Kalekyezi sought to exonerate Baguma as Whistle Blower just in the same way Museveni exonerated Gender Ministry permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana from the multi billion financial scum. He suspended the KMP CIID, Rebeca Namugenyi and assigned his Deputy Director CIID, Godfrey Musana to take over the case.  Musana worked with the then KMP Commander, Abas Byakagaba and the Flying Squad to rearrest of Ssebuwufu and his workers.

SP BAGUMA SHIELDED FROM PROSECUTION
In mid December 2015, the Resident State Attorney (RSA) of Buganda sanctioned Murder charges against Ssebuwufu and others and they were remanded to prison.  The DPP directed the RSA to have Baguma and other police officers to be arrested and charged together with Ssebuwufu and others.  His decision was premised on the statement on record that had been recorded in November 2015 by one of the accused, Tibasingika Paulo who had been part of the arresting party.  However, the police top leadership could not afford hearing any of such crap.  In November, 2015, Kalekyezi instructed his D/Director CIID to carry out a joint inquiry together with the Police Professional Standard Unit (PSU) into the alleged involvement of Baguma in the murder.  The Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga told a press conference   ".....the IGP argues that Baguma was the whistle blower against the mismanagement of the same case by SSP Rebeca Namugenyi.  The DPC CPS, Baguma was framed and the IGP wants the evidence disregarded and fresh investigations to be conducted.  The order of the DPP was wrong and based on rumors and intrigue involving police officers at CPS.  It was Baguma who called the IGP and informed him that various officers were trying to kill investigations into the murder of Katusabe.  Baguma never recorded a statement, how can you charge someone whose story you have never heard."

The family of the deceased through their Lawyers wrote a letter to the DPP requesting him to ensure that DPC Baguma and other police officers are charged.  In early January 2016, the DPP directed the RSA Byganda Road to charge Baguma with murder jointly with Ssebuwufu and others. He further directed that they should also be charged with kidnap with intent to murder in alternative.  An Alternative Charge is a charge that is set aside as the likely alternative in case the main charge fails. The RSA is a staff off the DPP who is attached to Buganda Road Court with among other roles to oversee the criminal investigations, advise on investigations and sanction criminal charges by signing charge sheets.  But still the police could not afford to have any of such scrap but instead museveni promoted Baguma to the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP).  In early February 2016, the DPP told the media that SP Baguma was not above the law and that he would be produced in court and charged with murder of Katusabe.  He added that the delay had been due to new information implicating about five more police officers from CPS in the same murder.  He said "....we have received vital clues from people who had previously feared to reveal vital clues from people who had previously feared to reveal vital information.  The same information implicates about five more officers who were present at CPS."

DPP UNRELENTING 
There was a lull in the matter during the pre-election and post election period when the police and Baguma in particular were busy rigging and defending the rigged elections respectively. However, the IGP through his D/DCIID, Godfrey Musana busy attempting to intimidate and blackmail the DPP into dropping  the charges against Baguma.  In late July 2016, the DPP gave the police a two weeks altumatum to produce Baguma in Court or else he would amend the Charge-sheet and apply for criminal summons from Buganda Road Court against SP Baguma.  In his letter, he directed the Director of CIID to sign an amended Charge Sheet that was to include SP Baguma as accused number eight (A8) and return it for sanctioning.  Instead, IGP Kalekyezi moved very fast to save SP Baguma by selecting him for attendance of Senior Staff and Command Course.  Upon expiry of the  two weeks, the DPP addressed a press conference where he disclosed that the RSA of Buganda Road was to amend the Charge Sheet to include SP Baguma and apply to court for Criminal Summons.  During the same press conference, the Deputy DPP, Ogwal expressed the frustrations that the DPP was experiencing from the police ".....this is not an isolated case but such happens usually when we summon people we don't know to be produced in court and it is what we go through each day."  Finally on 12th August 2016, the Resident State Attorney tendered before Buganda Road court an amended charge sheet that included SP Baguma as A8 and in turn court issued Criminal Summons for the police to produce Baguma before it on 18th August 2016.  On 15th August, 2016 the Police Spokesperson acknowledged that they had received the Criminal Summons against Baguma  ".....we received the Criminal Summons but we are in talks with the DPP to have him produced in court at an appropriate time."  On 16th August, the government through the Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. Jeje Odong for the first time said that SP Baguma must appear in court. That is the state of criminal justice in Uganda where all people are presumed to be equal before the law!!!!  You just need to close your eyes and imagine what went through the soul of the deceased as she pleaded with the crocodile hearted SP Baguma not to leave her behind with the killers.  Ancient Banyankole expressed rage by saying "keitwe Abanyarwanda" (be killed by Banyarwanda) in reference to the brutality that was meted on them by victorious Banyarwanda during battle between the two kingdoms. 

ISSUES
-    Who and where are the other police officers who  were sent by SP Baguma to arrest the deceased?
-    Who and where are the other police officers who were in the company of Baguma at scene of crime?
-     How innocent are the CIID officers who took the 100M shs bribe before releasing Ssebufu and mismanaging the case?  How much damage was caused by their actions to the investigation?
-     How safe is the evidence that is in the custody of the police that is opposed to Baguma's prosecution?
-     Which police investigator will come to court to positively incriminate SP Baguma when Kalekyesi is the IGP?
-     How safe are the principal witnesses like Paul Tigisingika, shall we see some of them 'bumped off' or being intimidated and blackmailed to turn into hostile witnesses after retracting their statements while others are made to disappear?
-     Owing to the vested interest already expressed by the police, why cant the IGG take over the criminal investigation of this case?

CONCLUSION
SP Baguma's rapid rise in rank and selective deployment to the strategic command of the central district of Kampala city was because he is a 'home boy'.  Given his 'exemplary performance' in brutalising and suppressing the enemy (political opposition), he is rated highly than Dr. Besigye's contribution in the bush war that brought Museveni to power.  Due to public pressure he may appear in court but as usual once the dust settles, the case will die along the way.  Museveni will do anything to save him for fear that successful criminal proceedings against Baguma would demoralize other officers yet the struggle is still on. This matter is still thriving just because the DPP and IGP disagreed but when Museveni intervenes, the position will be harmonized and Baguma will get off the hook.  What about the earlier Murder case involving IP Kaweesa where the victim was killed in a police custody so as to destroy evidence?

INFORMATION IS POWER AND DEFIANCE IS THE WAY TO GO.



Thursday, 11 August 2016

MUSEVENI RAIDS COURT AGAIN - FROM BLACK MAMBA TO KIFEESI

Uganda's military dictator, Museveni has once again raided courts of law in a wider scheme coerce judicial officers into submission as a judicial arm of his regime.  Unlike the Police and Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) which he has fully incorporated into his dictatorial regime, the judiciary still has some pockets of judicial officers who are determined to act professionally.  Like in any other African dictatorship, the Museveni dictatorship treats members of the legal fraternity are as enemies of the state simply because they 'undermine' his schemes of manipulating the the rule of law.  Like has been the case with Journalists, the legal fraternity under Museveni has borne the brunt of the military dictator.

BLACK MAMBA  
The name Black Mamba was coined by the members of the public following a nasty incident in November 2005 when Museveni deployed hooded commandos donning black T/shirts and wielding Israel made Macro Garill machine guns raided the High Court to reverse a court order.  These were commando soldiers under CMI who had been trained and armed by Israel retired army officers.  It was on November 16th, 2005 when the High Court of Uganda granted bail to 14 civilians whom the Museveni regime had been accusing of treason in connection with the shadow PRA rebel group and linking them to opposition leader, Dr. Besigye.  Before the suspects could regain their freedom, these heavily armed commandos besieged the High Court premises taking hostage all the top brass of the third arm of the state (judiciary), the suspects, their relatives and friends and other innocent people.  The commandos forcefully arrested the 14 suspects and whisked them away before slamming terrorism charges on them before the General Court Martial the following day and remanded.  The act received condemnation from all corners of the globe with the donor community cutting some aid.  Later in Jan 2006 the the Constitutional Court ruled that the continued trial of the 14 suspects in the military court martial was illegal and ordered for their release but Museveni simply ignored the ruling and continued to hold the suspects in detention.  The matter came to pass and it did not take long for Museveni to arrange another raid a year later.

On March 1, 2007, Museveni deployed about 50 plain clothed security officers who raided the same High Court and rearrested five men whom court had just granted bail after they had spent 15 months on remand. During the scuffle, Lawyers, Journalists relatives of suspects and top judicial officers were subjected to a scuffle that left Advocate Kiyemba Mutale seriously assaulted by a senior police officer.  The siege ended at around 8.30 p.m when the five victims attempted to leave the court premises in the company of the Deputy Chief Justice and the Principal Judge were brutally arrested them.  They were taken to Bushenyi and Arua and charged with Murder.  All the top Judicial officers condemned the act before they together with the lawyers went on strike for one week.  The Minister of Internal Affairs, then Hon Rugunda described the strike as "an unwarranted decision" before adding that the government was investigating the matter and that appropriate action was to be taken after the results.  Like had been the case with the 2005 raid by the Black Mambas, this incident was swept under the carpet and no one was made to account.

In July 2013, former Coordinator of Intelligence services, Gen. David Ssejusa while appearing on VOA told the  world that the 2005 invasion of the High Court could not have occurred without the express authority  and instructions of the highest office (Museveni).  The then Chief Justice, Benjamin Odoki in an interview with The Daily Monitor said that ".......if I had been in the country, the situation would have been different.  The precincts of the court are sanctified, they are sacred.  Its like an embassy, you don't go to the American Embassy and arrest anybody".


KIFEESI - is a name coined by the regime to refer to unemployed urban youths in Kampala city that it uses to terrorise residents who are predominantly opposition leaning. The regime organises them to operate alongside the police in brutalising the opposition.   In return they enjoy protection by the police after they are involved in simple robberies, theft, mugging etc as a means of paying themselves for this noble service that they render to the regime.

On 9th July 2016, Museveni deployed the same goons to attack the second arm of government (parliament) in protest against the summoning of his police chief by the parliamentary committee on Defence and Internal Affairs.  As they fiercely fought with a rival faction, the brutal police which is usually brutal against other protesters just looked on because the goons had the express authority and instructions of the highest office (Museveni).  The incident was swept under the carpet and the following day Museveni organised, facilitated and deployed more goons to attack the Chief Magistrates Court at Makindye.  The court was scheduled to hear a matter where Museveni's Police chief was accused of torturing citizens and he refused to appear in court but instead he implemented Museveni's instructions of sending goons to terrorise the trial Magistrate and advocates.  The goons threatened to lynch the advocates who had taken refuge in the Chief Magistrate and had to only be evacuated by the riot police in anti riot police cars amidst manhandling by the goons leaving their personal cars behind.  One Advocate who dared to escape using his personal car had his car stoned and damaged by the same goons.  The police just looked on and no such goon has been arrested.  The Police issued a statement commending those goons for abiding by the law "The Uganda Police Force appreciates the fact that the group of demonstrators at the Grade I Magistrates' Court in Makindye today complied with the requirement of the Public Order Management Act (S.5) of notifying the police so as to obtain guidance and security during the demonstration." The Chief Justice has condemned the raid on Makindye Court ".....whoever is mobilizing supporters to come and disrupt court proceedings should stop".  The Uganda Law Society has also condemned  the act and threatened to compile a list of those who are torturing citizens into the book of shame before calling for an expeditious inquiry into the siege of Makindye court.  As if what continues to happen to lawyers isn't bad enough, its President warned that "....... should anything happen to any Lawyer, then the society would take drastic measures.  These were the best statement Museveni least expected from the legal fraternity as opposed to the much anticipated laying down of tools by officers of court.  The Chairperson of the parliamentary committee on Human Rights, Jovia Kamateneti defended the raid on court "Gen. Kayihura cannot be forced to court like the way it was planned yesterday.  He has foughht for this nation and served above self for this country.  The youths who went to court in support of the IGP had the right to do so.  It was their right prescribed in the constitution to demonstrate."  Good girl! Kalekyezi should recommend her for a cabinet post at the next cabinet reshuffle.  

Whatever the case, Museveni has realized that Ugandans are hopeless, helpless and toothless and can therefore do any mischief with impunity in pursuit of his hold on power.  Forget about this nonsnce of Gen. Kalekyezi, rule of law, separation of powers. no one is above the law, human rights, its just Museveni, the regime, and his close aides.  One fact Ugandans need to appreciate is that like Aron Bagume and group, Gen. Kalekyezi is a Munyarwanda that Museveni can not afford to do away with the same way he has been using and discarding some Bahima army officers.  That is the point of departure between Gen. Kalekyezi and Gen. Tumukunde and their respective followers.  May be you dont know as to why Museveni had to keep  Gen. Kalekyezi off the entire burial of Gen. Aronda.  Fellow country men and women just prepare for more serious mischief as the officers of court continue to prepare more eloquent statements.

INFORMATION IS POWER AND DEFIANCE IS THE WAY TO GO


Tuesday, 9 August 2016

HOW MUSEVENI IS AWARE OF ALL THE POOR SERVICE DELIVERY IN THE COUNTRY

Having started his political career as an intelligence officer and more especially in a communist background and setting, Uganda's military dictator, Museveni values the flow of information on all aspects of public affairs right from the smallest unit at village level to the top at national level.  All his decisions and policies are based on the information generated in such a way. During the Heros Day celebrations in Busoga in 2013, he asserted that he is aware of everything that happens in Uganda. In order of priority, here below are the different structures and sources through which Museveni gets to know all that is happening in the country pertaining to political, economic, social aspects.

1.  Intelligence services
(a)  Internal Security Organisation (ISO) has structures spread throughout the country i.e Parish (PISO), Sub-county (GISO), District (DISO), Region (RISO) and national level (Director General) who feeds Museveni.

(b)  Military Intelligence - The army has units spread in all parts of the country.  Every Unit has an Intelligence Officer and it has even created Zonal Intelligence Officers who man areas that have a small presence of military units.  These Intelligence officers are stationed at independent units,  Battalion, Brigade, Division  up to the headquarters (CMI) who feeds Museveni.  In their respective areas of operation, military intelligence officers gather information of political, economic and social nature on top of their military intelligence gathering role.

(c)  Police-  the police is spread throughout the country.  At every police unit/station/post there is a department Crime Investigations and Intelligence (CIID.  Traditionally, it was only Criminal Investigation Department (CID) but Museveni disbanded the intelligence branch of the police (SB) and gave the extra task of intelligence gathering to CID making CIID.  The police officers in charge of CIID help their commanders to gather intelligence of crime, political, economical and social nature.  This information flows from the remotest police post, to the zones, District, Regional, the police headquarters (IGP) who feeds the Museveni.

(d)  State House Intelligence -  this is an informal intelligence outfit that Museveni personally manages.  It has a wide network and well facilitated both financially and logistically.  It collects intelligence and inquires into any matter in any government sector.

(e)   Army officers under NAADS - under the cover of fighting poverty, Museveni deployed army officers into the agricultural sector under the National Agriculture Advisory Services (NAADS).  The purpose was to widen his intelligence gathering networks.  These army officers who are spread among the population throughout the country gather intelligence of military, political, economic and social aspect. Their reporting structures are Sub-county, District, zones, region, up to the national level to Museveni's brother, Gen. Saleh who in turn reports to Museveni.

(f)  Very soon he will have another intelligence outfit crafted out of his close religious allies - the Born Again Christians. 

All the above outfits gather, compile, make recommendations and submit reports inform of Special Reports, daily Situation Reports, monthly reports, quarterly reports, mid-year reports, annual reports to the sole consumer who is Museveni.  Actually the release of monthly operational funds by the headquarters of the respective organisation is conditioned on submission of these reports.  On the contrary, failure to submit such reports calls for serious reprimand including withholding of funding.  Intelligence gathering and reporting is heightened during the electioneering period where Museveni is briefed on every aspect before he goes for campaigns in any a given area.  The formal of such intelligence reports touches of:
(i)  Security - crime, threats, loopholes, successes etc
(ii) political  - regime performance, opposition, dirty game - sabotaging of opposition, identifying fence sitters,
(ii) social     - operations of NGOs,Civil society, religious organisations, service delivery, complaints from citizens, performance of health, education, agriculture, transport etc.
(iii) Economic -  revenue collection, production, infrastructure, designing sabotages schemes for opposition leaning enterprenures, etc.

2.  Local Government Structures
(a) Local Council (LC) I at the village, L.C II at the Parish, LC III at the Sun-county,  and L.C V at the district all gather, compile and submit information in form of reports bottom-top up to the minister of Local Government who reports to Museveni.


(b) Resident District Commissioners -  are the supervisors of all government programs in the district and get reports from all the sectors in the district and fuse them into one report which is submitted to the Minister In-charge of the presidency who in turn reports either directly to Museveni or through the Prime Minister.

(c)  Chief Administrative Officers (CAO) -  they supervise the different departments of the civil service under that particular district. The heads of different government departments at district level compile reports which they submit to the CAO who in turn also submits to the Minister of Public Service who also submits to the Prime Ministeror and then Museveni.  But even the different heads of departments at district submit reports to their regional heads who in turn submit to their line Ministers and then to the Prime Minister who finally submits to Museveni.  

With the above functioning structures that gather, compile and submit periodic reports on every aspect government operations at every level and from every corner of the country, Museveni is fully aware of the whole situation pertaining to service delivery and by feigning ignorance,Museveni is just playing on the intelligence of Ugandans.   

INFORMATION IS POWER AND DEFIANCE IS THE WAY TO GO



Monday, 8 August 2016

OF MAGUFULI'S TILAPIA AND MUSEVENI'S MUKENE/DAGAA/OMENA

Tilapia is a fresh water fish that inhabits shallow streams, ponds, rivers and lakes and less commonly found living in brackish water (when fresh water meets sea water).  In ancient Egypt Tilapia was said to to accompany and protect the god of the sun on his journey across the sky.  Tilapia is also one of the three main types of fish caught in biblical times from the sea of Galilee.  In Uganda the Nile Tilapia can weigh up to 5.3 Kgs.

Silver Cyprinid is a tiny and fast swimming fish that weighs less than one gram.  It is found in the open waters and it caught during moonless nights using light from lamps at an attraction. It is locally known as Mukene in Uganda, Dagaa in Tanzania and Omena in Kenya.

When Tanzania's President, JP Magufuli was nominated as the flag bearer for the ruling CCM party late last year, his biggest weapon was his 15 years clean track record as a cabinet Minister.  As Minister of Works he excelled as an achiever but more especially being extra ordinarily scandal free inspite of of the fact that in black Africa infrastructural development provides the cover of swindling of billions of tax payer's money by government officials. The choice of Magufuli was a big blow to the opposition which had all along capitalized on poor service delivery, corruption and abuse of office.  Here was a candidate in Magufuli who was not linked at all with any of those vices.  During  the campaigns he coined the slogan of 'Hapa Kazi Tu' (Nothing but work Now).  One day after he was sworn in office he footed through the city center for an impromptu visit to the Ministry of Finance where he found some officials absent.  Next he made an impromptu visit to the National Referral Hospital where he found vital machines not functioning, patients sleeping on the floor, absence of drugs etc.  He did not make a coverup but took photos while kneeling on the floor to shake hands with patients. At the end of the visit he dismissed the hospital Director and the entire Board. He immediately had those machines repaired, stocked drugs, procured and stocked beds and beddings using hundreds of millions that he had saved after cancelling national celebrations. Next he impromptly paid a visit to the revenue body (TRA) where he discovered that some tax officials had been conniving with to dodge payment of taxes.  He dismissed the head of TRA together with some of his commissioner as police took up criminal investigations.  The trend went on to affect the Ports Authority, District Commissioners etc and is still ongoing in all government departments.  There is no doubt he has the moral authority and determination to  to improve the welfare of his people.  Given the time CCM has been in power, it is most likely that those big fish he has netted are CCM cadres but because of his determination and willingness to deal with non performers regardless of their political affiliation, he has to pounce on them.  Even when he fails it will be because of external factor but at least he has the will thus why he is always insisting on his countrymen praying for him.

Uganda's Museveni has been in power for thirty years.  His agenda has been and remains the impoverishment of Ugandans so that he is able to govern a powerless and helpless population for life.  He has achieved this as evidenced by the the total breakdown of health, education, works, agriculture etc while at the same time he has excelled in protecting his corrupt regime cadres.  During the recently concluded sham general election campaigns, the opposition capitalized on the above vices.  When the visits to some of these facilities which are in appalling conditions by the opposition leaders revealed rotting hospital bedings and maggots infested wards, he put a total ban on their access to such facilities.  The main opposition party FDC campaigned on winning by defiance.  Museveni feared that after rigging the elections the population would take to the streets for mass protests.  Despite the intimidation by unleashing his security forces on every inch of the country the threat is still on and Museveni is undertaking a number of measures to avert this.  Among  such measures is his pretense to deal with poor service delivery.  He has promised to fight corruption, negligence of duty and abuse of office.  In an attempt to copy from Tanzania's Magufuli, he has coined the slogan of 'Hakuna Mchezo' (No Jokes).

It is against this background that last week he pretended to make headlines by dismissing some Nurses from a small health facility.  Unlike Magufuli who makes impromptu visits to top government facilities, Museveni had to sit down with his cohorts and identify which health facility he was to use in launching his deceit.  They zeroed on a health centre III in the Nakawuka suburb of Kampala.  His aides arranged his visit to that health centre.  His advance security detail was deployed in the area three days in advance, local leaders, the local residents, and the health workers of that facility mobilized to attend Museveni's visit.  Tents were erected at the facility and Museveni went with his Minister of Health and that of Local Government.  At the rally, Museveni ordered for the confinement of the health workers before he simply asked local  residents to tell him about the problems they were facing in regard to the health facility.  The locals accused the health workers of neglect and absenitsm.  Museveni reacted by pretending to dismiss them straight away.  The ignorant and impoverished locals cheered him, headlines were made and now the facility is being run by military personnel.

This was a stage managed mob justice for purposes of publicity.  Why didn't Museveni inquiry into the presence or absence of drugs, infrastructure, working conditions for these poor chaps, medical equipment, etc???  He couldnt because it is his mismanagement that is responsible for the mess in the health sector.  He fears to go for the big fish in  the health sector because they will challenge him but more so he has no will to address the welbeing of ordinary Ugandans.  That is why his handlers are now fidgeting with whether or not Museveni dismissed these Nurses.  We are yet to see if next week he will go back to the same village to dismiss teachers of the adjacent Mpumude Primary School whose 200 students study under trees after their school collapsed six years ago!!!  Will he go to Busongora North Constituency in Kasese district to dismiss the 17 armed police officers at Buisumbu police post who are operating under a tree and are using a room at the nearby health facility for detaining suspects???   Obviously, he wont but he will accuse the headmaster of Mpumude and the Officer In-charge of Buisumbu police post of being agents of the opposition for having facilitated the NBS TV crew to conduct a tour of their respective facilities.  Nursing Sister Adong of Abim Hospital was threatened with disciplinary action by the CAO for having conducted the opposition leader Dr, Besigye on a tour of the hospital thus making its appalling conditions known to the public. That is the situation in every corner of the country whereby in some places, the situation is worse than what is highlighted above.

On the other hand, Museveni's 'Hakuna Mchezo' is driven by his scheme to rid the public service of all those public servants he feels are opposition leaning.  That is what is going on with the so called cleaning exercise in public service Ministry.  In 2009 he directed the Ministers of Local Government to carry out a countrywide tour to intimidate local government leaders into submitting to the regime ideology.  Then Minister Adolph Mwesigye headed to the northern and eastern regions while his deputy, Pherez Ahabwe headed to central and western region.  At Kolping Hall in Hoima district, Ahabwe assured local government leaders that any one of them who campaigned for Museveni and NRM would earn a promotion while opposition leaning public servants would be fired.  He went ahead to add "If you campaign for us, we shall protect you because we are the ones in power.  How can we arrest you for campaigning for us?  Those who dont want to talk for us should go and hang.  You are either NRM or opposition; if you are in opposition keep quiet and allow NRM civil servants to talk for the government.  We will reward them for their efforts."

In October 2015 the RDC of Kanungu district, Harriet Nakamya addressed BodaBoda raiders and urged them to support Museveni.  Regardless of the Road Safety Act, she allowed them to carry two passengers "....that is the Christmas gift I have given you.  Traffic must allow you to carry two passengers in order to ignore crowds"  During the same meeting she disclosed that Museveni had directed her to weed out the Mbabazi leaning local leaders in the district before describing them as cockroaches. Recently she confessed and appologised for having undermined the Mbabazi leaning local leaders who had been rigged out victory during  elections.

Around late last year, while at Mukono Boarding Primary school, Museveni's Secretary General warned civil servants against opposing government saying that ".....when someone in a leadership position opposes government, that person will not work as expected because his/her aim will be to apportion blame to the government."

On 3rd June 2016,during the swearing in ceremony of the Wakiso Municipality Mayor, the RDC of Wakiso District, Ian Kyeyune blamed civil servants for being corrupt leading to poor performance by Museveni in the district.

MOREOVER, BOTH TILAPIA AND MUKENE ARE ALL FISH!!!

INFORMATION IS POWER AND DEFIANCE IS THE WAY TO GO



Thursday, 4 August 2016

THE ROLE OF MUSEVENI'S ARMY IN 'POLICE' BRUTALITY


Ugandans are up in arms condemning 'Police' brutality.  The current agitation was sparked off by an incident on 12th July 2016 when security personnel indiscriminately beat up harmless civilians who were cheering up the release from detention of the leading opposition figure, Dr. Besigye.  The Police Chief commended his officers for a job well done.  Though parliament was divided on the matter, majority of the regime sycophants defended the police actions.  The army representative in parliament through Gen. Pecos Kutesa contended that ".... the opposition and their followers provoked the police who were carrying out their constitutional duties.  The police should not be blamed."  A few months ago upon being selected as army representative in parliament, the army's political commissar told the media that ".... for us we do not participate in controversial discussions.  When the debate is political, we keep mum."  Civil society and the general public condemned the brutality.  Some of the religious leaders came out to condemn the brutality but majority of them kept mum for fear of loosing out on Museveni's donations of posh cars.

Consequently, the police are pretending to take disciplinary action by charging its junior personnel with a disciplinary offense of conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline before their hastily instituted disciplinary committee dubbed court.  In all fairness, the brutal actions of the police amounted to torture and attempted murder if it had not been for the military dictatorial regime.  The weapons used and the body parts that were being targeted would clearly prove an intention to either kill or cause gravious bodily harm in a formal criminal trial.  Private citizens and victims have commenced private criminal proceedings for vicarious liability and conspiracy in the conduct of his men.  He is busy using tax payer's money to organize goons so that they carry out street protests against those criminal proceedings and to threaten victims and judicial officers.  Using its majority in parliament, the regime blocked the move to institute a special committee of parliament to probe the police brutality.  To crown it all, Museveni has come out to defend the actions of the police officers and instead blaming the leader of the opposition "......otherwise, it would not have been reasonable to charge these young police people for defending themselves against an illegal and violent demonstrators."  Museveni who without shame claimed that he had not had time to meet the police chief to find out what transpired is the same person who was seen seated by the roadside making a call to his security chiefs about Dr. Besigye's release.  Circumstantially, he must have been giving orders on how his police should brutalize cheering crowds.  FDC's Senior Counsel, Wandera Ogalo innocently opined that ".......either the president is not properly briefed or he is just ignoring the briefs on police brutality for political reasons."  Oh, poor Wandera forgets that sometime back while presiding on Heroes day in Iganga, Museveni stated that he knows everything that happens in the country.

It is a fact that the ongoing police brutality is a well set out scheme by the regime designed to instill fear into the population and subdue them into submission to its dictatorship.  Therefore, nothing will but instead Ugandans should expect the worst. he pretense of taking disciplinary action against some of its officers is meant to hoodwink the public just as a mitigating factor against the fear of fueling mass protests which it has been trying to suppress since the rigging of the general election in February 2016. What is special with the incidents of July 2016 when for over a decade now the police has excelled in brutalizing citizens in incidents worse than this most recent one???  From Kiboko Squad, Bodaboda 2010, Team No Sleep and others to the most recent, Kifeesi, why had Ugandans never come out strong?  Anyway, better late than never. What is most intriguing is the fact that a big section of gullible Ugandans has come out to exonerate the army to the extent of branding it as being a friendly force.  True, like is the case with the police, majority in the army do not approve this brutality against citizens but in the absence of an alternative they have no option but to dance to the tune of a small group of mafias that are holding them hostage.

Since coming to power, Museveni set off to destroy by militarizing the traditional police which he considered hostile to his regime.  By deploying army officers to top command positions of the police force he has to a bigger extent succeeded not only in militarizing the police but also in systematically getting rid of the personnel from the 'hostile' regions who used to dominate the traditional police.  Without shame, almost 85% of the strategic command and administrative positions of the police force are headed by personnel from his western region.  He has fused some strategic units of the police with his Special Forces Group under the command of his son, Gen Muhoozi and charged with ensuring that he remains in power at all cost. Police personnel are afforded military training together with the army in military barracks and are now using military combat weapons like motar heavy machineguns.  The camouflage military combat uniform used by the special units of the police is designed to instill fear in the population into submission.  The camouflage leaves one wondering if it matches with the surroundings in the urban setting where they predominantly operate.

More army officers who have no any law enforcement background are being seconded to the police to take over command of its vital units.  Plain clothed but hooded military personnel from the SFG are being used in brutalizing civilians during opposition processions under the cover of being Crime Preventers but are often visibly commanding senior police commanders.  Military intelligence personnel in civilian clothes and hooded take the lead in brutalizing leaders of the opposition and excited onlookers.  A number of illegal detention and torture facilities that double as police stations are manned by military intelligence dressed in police uniform.  The army's Military Police has since 1986 been doing police work under the excuse that the police lacked capacity but its now 30 years and the military police is becoming an acceptable component of the police thus nobody is questioning their role in the so called police brutality.  When and where will they also be subjected to the so called disciplinary action for the recent brutality against civilians??? What about increased military incursions into the police force instead of withdrawing its presence???

Another monster is the so called Joint Security Committee (JIC) and its technical body the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) which are army and intelligence services led respectively.  They are composed of the army, police, intelligence services, SFG and prison services.  It usurped the role of the statutory National Security Council that was enacted by an the NSC Act 2/2000 as an advisory body to the president on matters of national security.  All the evils of the so called police against the opposition and citizens are designed by a secret committee of 'inner people' and rubber stamped by this demonic committee. The following examples are in support of this line of argument:

-   As the campaigns for the last elections gained momentum, the regime put in place a Joint Election Security Committee comprised of all the security agencies with the army being the lead agency.

-   In early December 2015, the army chief, Gen. Katumba Wamala, appeared at the Media Center together with Chiefs of other agencies and disclosed that all security agencies were working together to avert looming election insecurity.

-   In early January 2016 Museveni directed the army chief to prepare for a nationwide deployment of soldiers claiming that he had" got intelligence that Besigye and Mbabazi with support of hostile external elements were planning an insurrection in Uganda if they lose the election."  Katumba Wamala disclosed that the police will keep law and order while the army will manage the general security.  That army officers were to be deployed at every police station to coordinate with other security organs.  Further that the army had created a unique battalion with specialized capabilities to deal with terrorism, kidnap, organized crime and general lawlessness.

-    In early February 2015, the Commanding officer of the Military Police, Col. Kanyesigye while addressing the media at the army headquarters said that:   ".... if anyone tries to destabilize the smooth running of the electoral process, we shall not allow this to happen.  We will definitely take action to return the situation to normal.  We have on many occasions done joint operations together with the police and other sister security organs.  Our comrades - the police and intelligence personnel are on the ground to ensure that peace prevails."

-   In mid February 2016 Military Police was deployed in the whole of Kampala as Dr. Besigye was being arrested from Nasser Road.

-   The Army Spokesperson, Col. Kulaigye during a televised talk show defended the army deployment thus:  "......the police's main role is to maintain law and order but this order has to exist first to be maintained and its us who create it."

-    After the elections, Gen. Katumba Wamala disclosed that Besigye was recruiting expendables to burn Kampala City.  Appearing at Star Television, he disclosed that Besigye was planning a series of riots and was recruiting youth from slums like Kisenyi and others whom he planned to give waragi and marijuana to help them loot shops.  He confirmed that the army had deployed in the city and suburbs. He went ahead to reveal that the army knew in advance and deployed to help the police.  At the same fora, Police's Fred Enanga who represented the Police Chief disclosed that foreigners were funding Besigye to destabilize Uganda.

-    Museveni addressed a press conference at his home in Rwakirura where he emphasized that he would not allow Besigye to burn down Kampala.  He promised to "use both soft and hard means to protect the city and the country."  He concluded by promising to wipe out opposition completely in the next five years.

Fellow Ugandan, are you still sleeping or you now know who and why there is 'Police' brutality more especially in Kampala????  If not, continue sleeping.

The Uganda Law Society has called upon victims to show up for free legal services.  This is very healthy but the regime will use both money and intimidation to dissuade them the same way they are doing with the victims in the private prosecutions against the IGP.  Maybe, if someone could come up with a public inquiry into all the police brutalities or public inquiries are a monopoly of the regime???  What about a newsletter that exposes all those brutalities????


INFORMATION IS POWER AND DEFIANCE IS THE WAY TO GO.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

MUSEVENI IS TO NATIONALIZE ALL LAND IN UGANDA

During the recent retreat of Ministers and Permanent Secretaries at Museveni's Indoctrination Institute in Kyankwanzi, Museveni forced them to adopt a resolution that enables the regime to compulsorily acquire private land for investment, public works and investment. It was resolved that the necessary legal framework be expeditiously put in place to cater for the necessary amendments and other relevant laws.  The whole country is as usual rising alarm bells but as usual Museveni is not bothered as he always says: "Kahendekye Teita Mbogo" (merely wishing a buffalo to break its leg, does not guarantee its death."

Since time in memorial, Museveni has always been envious of Ugandans owning land. His scheme of reigning over an impoverished society has been undermined by private ownership of land.  The population is waking up against land grabbing by his regime cronies who have been targeting land using their ill gotten money.  The Baganda in particular have been targets but are now waking up to defend their remaining land.  During the presidential election campaigns in December 2015 in Namayingo district, he blamed delayed road works in the country on compensation demands.  He singled out the delayed construction of 104 km Murota-Namayingo -Lumino -Busia road stretch.  In Tororo district, the phosphate mining project by Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Ltd of china acquired 1907 hectares of land by displacing 4800 people from two villages.  The locals were told that the company had been given a 21 years lease yet it had been given 99 years lease.  The company used its own rates to compensate the locals instead of those arrived at and approved by the district authorities.  When the locals became bitter, the regime dispatched an interministrial committee led by  the Minister of Energy and comprised of the AG, IGP and State House officials.  The locals preferred compensation instead of being resettled and the committee promised to give them land titles but todate nothing has been issued.  Museveni is also irked by the 23.3b shillings allocated for compensating land owners between Malaba and Torora to give way for the 47km stretch of standard railway line. 

Another sinister design is to deny some specific Ugandan communities/tribes claim geographical territories so that any Ugandan is free to settle in any area in Uganda.  His motives are suspect because he is aiming at resettling certain communities that he granted citizenship while at the same time destroying the unity, culture, traditions and language of certain target indigenous communities. He stated this in Kasese during the security fiasco when he told the locals there that any Ugandan is free to live in any part of Uganda before he dared them to stop him from acquiring land in Kasese.  The scheme is already paying off in Buganda where over ten M.Ps are not Baganda thus throwing the Buganda parliamentary caucus into a big challenge.  Had his sponsored non Baganda parliamentary aspirants made it to parliament, the number would be bigger than that.

Its the above and many more examples more especially land in Buganda that is driving Museveni crazy over compulsory land acquisition by government.  Actually he is only testing the waters for another decree that will put all land in Uganda in  the hands of government.  That way, he will have completed his privatisation of Uganda the same way King Leopold owned Congo.  The Kabaka's palace land in the city center will be taken over by regime thus marking the end of Buganda kingdom in Kampala- moreover, Kampala is not in Buganda.  Watch the space!!!!!

INNFORMATION IS POWER AND DEFIANCE IS THE WAY TO GO.


MUSEVENI'S ROLE IN THE UBC LAND SAGA

Museveni;s rubber stamp parliament and gullible Ugandans are questioning the dubious acquisition of government land by Hon. Margret Muhanga.  They are simply wasting their time because land grabbing is a scheme by the Museveni regime to impoverish Ugandans while creating a small class comprised of its cronies who own everything.

Hon. Margret Muhanga is the Woman Member of Parliament for Kabarole District.  She is a sister to Museveni's boot leaker, Andrew Mwenda, Brig. Kayanja Muhanga - the 4th Div. Commander, and Maj. Henry Baguma - a historical Director under the Internal Security Organisation (ISO).  She is married to Michael Mugisha the former District Chairman Kabarole and now the Executive Director of National Forest Authority (NFA). She is the Spokesperson of the regime's defacto parliament, the NRM caucus.  Before coming to the political limelight, she was a reporter with the regime owned New Vision newspaper in the late 1980s and 1990s.  As a news reporter, she got closer to Gen. Kahinda Otafiire when he was the Director General of External Security Organisation (ESO). Her husband replaced Damiano Akankwasa at NFA, after the later was convicted for abuse of office by causing financial loss of 2.8 billion shillings that came to light following the theft of 900M shillings from his bedroom.  Her brother Andrew Mwenda was linked to Lawyer Bob Kasango's 7.8b pensions scam.  She claims to have raised the 10.2b shillings that she used to buy the UBC land by borrowing from her brothers and selling her cows and goats.

Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) was created by the UBC Act of 2004 following the merger of former Uganda Television and Radio Uganda.  It now boosts of two TV channels and five radio stations. The past "inefficient" governments that Museveni fought failed to put to use the vast property of UBC and as of 2008 it owned only 35 acres of prime land in Bugolobi alone.  Earlier, some of those who has fought the bush like Col. Mushega, Gen. Koreta, Brig. Eric Mukasa and a few others had been given part of the UBC land for free.  The land titles for these properties has been mysteriously missing until in 2006 when the then Secretary to the Land Commission, Elizabeth Laker started creating new titles for the remaining land and giving it away to private developers.  It took the intervention of the then UBC Corporation Secretary, Francis Gimara who placed caveats on the remaining land but at a heavy cost - his was kicked out of UBC. 

In 2009 Minister Karoro Okurut and Margret Muhanga requested Museveni to give them part of the land belonging to UBC so that they could build a gumboot factory that would create 300 jobs for Ugandans.  Museveni gave them the land.  Their company, Extreme Innovations Ltd acquired two acres of UBC land located on Kibira Road in Industrial Area.  Valued at 954M shillings that was supposed to be paid at the signing of the 49 years lease, UBC transferred the said two acres to the two Directors of Extreme Innovations without paying a single cent. In June 2010, Extreme Innovations requested UBC to transfer its (E.I) interests to a Chinese company, Sino East Africa Trading Hub and it was immediately done.  SINO intended to set up an administrative and export development center for displaying Chinese products.  Karoro Okurut and Margret Muhanga walked away with clean billions of shillings without investing anything.  Later on Muhanga claimed that the marshy property that required $500,000 to rehabilitate made no business sense.  E.I Ltd was set up in August 2008, it received the lease for the said UBC land on 7th December, 2009, five days later on December 7th it put the said land on market and sold it in July 2010 to SINO.  Parliament raised up in army and attempted to censure Minister Karoro Okurut.  The Police's CIID also attempted to investigate conspiracy to defraud but Karoro and Muhanga refused to appear before them.  At a caucus meeting in State House, Museveni acknowledged that he had given the two UBC land after they convinced him that they intended to set up a footwear factory.  He soothed MPs into abandoning the censure move claiming that he was to handle the matter through the NRM caucus.  That was the end of the story and the matter died a natural death.  Its this impunity that later lured Muhanga into going for another 18 acres of UBC land that is currently being questioned.

On Farady Road alone in Bugolobi, UBC owned plots 8-10, 12-16 and 18-20 from which it curved out 18 acres that it had earlier intended to use in the construction of the Bugolobi Villa project that would comprise of 89 mansions and a club house.  The project that was flagged off in 2008 was supposed to have been a joint venture between UBC and a certain Kenyan company was anticipated to generate US$13M from sale of the houses.  The project stalled because of failure to secure the critical clearance and also the said Kenyan partner company gave its interest to Hassan Basajabalaba.  In January 2011 Hassan Basajabalabe bought the said UBC 18 acres land though he later claimed to have bought 23.1 acres.  In April 2011 Basajabalaba transferred the said land to his Haba group of companies.  By August 2011 when the new Executive Director of UCB protested the sale by cancelling the sale agreement, the land had in question had already changed hands with new parties such as Deo & Sons, Margret Muhanga and SINBA (K) Ltd.  Consequently, Deo & Sons sued UBC for cancellation of title yet they had brought the land from Haba Group.

The High Court ruled that the sale of land by Haba Group to Deo & Sons was illegal.  Haba and Deo appealed to the Court of Appeal which also upheld the High Court's ruling adding that the same had been illegal and fraudulent.  They went to the Supreme Court but before the matter could be heard, they attempted to withdraw it on grounds that they had agreed on a consent judgement whereby UBC had agreed to pay 35.5b shillings but the Supreme Court rejected the withdraw and went ahead to hear the appeal before upholding the rulings of its subordinate courts and ordering UBC to refund Haba with 11.5b shillings. Margret Muhanga claims that it was after UBC had failed to refund 11.5b shillings that Deo & Sons sold the said land to her at 10.2b shillings.  She went ahead to claim that Deo & Sons belongs to some army officers that she did not name. However, Deo & Sons Properties is a Limited liability company that was incorporated in Uganda in October 2008.  Its Directors are Imam Mwebesa, James Magezi and Deogratius Obeowobusingye.  Haba was incorporated  in June 1996 and its directors are Hassan Basajabalaba, Muzamir Basajabalaba and Aisha Murungi.  Available records show  that UBC sold the land to Haba on 10th January, 2014, Haba in turn sold it to Deo & Sons on the same day at 12.46 p.m  who in turn also sold it to Margret Muhanga two minutes later at 12.48 p.m. 

Whatever the case, Margret Muhanga will retain the land.  The regime Mafias have swung into action and the parliamentary committee will have to back off and they should not expect any further cooperation from the key players.  The little information that they managed to extract from Margret Muhanga in  the heat of passion is all that they will end at.  That is what Museveni's 'Hakuna Mchezo' means.  Grabbing of public land has been and will Continue to take place by regime cronies.  Butabika hospital land was taken by Museveni's children, Nakasero, Kitante, Shimoni, Kololo, Nsambya railway, Naguru KCCA etc was taken then what is special with the ongoing UBC land saga.

INFORMATION IS POWER AND DEFIANCE IS THE WAY TO GO.