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After 35 Years In Power, M7 Is Completely Insensitized To The Suffering Of His People, His Decrees Affect Everybody Else Not Him And His Ruling Class, When Will The Citizens Ever Get A Helping Hand From Their Government – Kabuleta Weighs In On President’s Coronavirus Directives….

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Veteran Jounalist Joseph Kabuleta has decried the rude way in which president Museveni is handing out decrees to the citizens without giving them a helping hand.

In a post on his Facebook page, Kabuleta says that other countries, much as they have put their country on lock down have moved to revise tax regimes to mitigate the financial grief of their most vulnerable citizens, Central Banks have massively slashed interest rates and freed commercial banks to lend at more friendly rates, banks have eased loan repayment schedules and big tech companies have cut fees.

But in Uganda, the president continues to act like Queen Bee; issuing orders for the toiling ants while he remains in his regal comfort.

“When will such people ever get a helping hand from their government, if not at such a time when their fragile livelihood has been shattered?” Kabuleta says.

Kabuleta says that all the President has done thus far is give decrees that will affect everybody else but him and his ruling class.

Below is Kabuleta’s message:

Edward Bernays (1891-1995) is widely acknowledged as the “Father of Public Relations” or, as he was later called, “The Father of Spin” and was named among the 100 most influential Americans in history.

He did extensive research on human behavior and popularized such phrases as ‘the group think’ and ‘the herd instinct’ which have come to define Public Relations. When a herd of animals is moving together and one of them takes a specific direction, the rest of them are likely to follow instinctively. Bernays contended that human beings, as sophisticated as we think we are, are no different from animals in that regard.

The Austrian-born American described masses as irrational and subject to the herd instinct and outlined how skilled practitioners could use crowd psychology and psychoanalysis to control the masses whichever way they desired. His books ‘Crystallizing Public Opinion’ (1926) and ‘Propaganda’ (1929) are the bedrock on which modern PR is built.

In 1929, Bernays was hired by the American Tobacco company which wanted to increase its sales. He realized that the best way to achieve that was to tear down a deeply-ingrained social taboo against women smoking. He knew that human beings have very few basic social needs; security, freedom, acceptance, purpose… and the best way to market a product is by attaching it to one of those needs.

Consequently, he hired a group of skimpily-dressed models to walk the streets of New York smoking cigarettes, which he ingeniously called “Torches of Freedom”. His campaign came at a time when women were pushing for more rights in what was called the First Wave of Feminism. Bernays cunningly linked smoking to the innate desire for freedom and in a few short months lighting a cigarette in public, previously an anathema, became a symbol of women self-determination. Needless to say, the tobacco company became the wealthier for it.

It’s interesting to note that the women who joined the cigarette bandwagon didn’t know that they had been tricked. They truly saw it as a mark of their liberation rather than as the sales gimmick that it was.

Our core desire is for security. When it is threatened, even the most critical or democratic societies gladly surrender their freedoms to anyone who promises to give it back. It’s a tactic that has been used over and over.

For instance, in September 2001, a week after the terrorist attacks on New York, two US Democrat Senators received mail laced with deadly anthrax. Overall, 23 people suffered anthrax poisoning and five died. Amidst all the fear that resulted, the Republican administration of George Bush requested for extra billions in defense spending and it was quickly and quietly passed. At any other time, it might have been hotly contested and even rejected, but when people’s security is threatened, anything passes.

I am not suggesting that the administration engineered the attacks for that purpose (neither am I saying they didn’t), but they definitely took swift advantage of the moment.

This week in America, Democratic Congressman from South Carolina James Clyburn said the coronavirus is a “tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our (Democrat Party) vision”. He is not the only one thinking like that. Former Barack Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, currently Mayor of Chicago, said: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”

So while this pandemic is a real crisis for the majority, it is an opportunity for the minority in power.

I know these are anxious times and fear has burrowed into the marrow of most people. Typically, in times like these, rational arguments are dismissed as selfish, callous or insensitive because the herd (or the group think) demands that we switch off our critical minds and put on the mantle of panic. But I have never been one for the herd.

The measures put in place by President Museveni are commendable only in as far as they might help curb the spread of the disease. But the citizenry should demand a lot more. The first step the government took was to request parliament for permission to take a US$190m (sh700bn) loan (which we or our children must pay). Is it too much to ask that government, at the very least, provides free and safe sanitizers for all public places? That would cost less than 5 percent of those billions, but they cannot even spare that. Taxis (before they were also banned) were using cheap and diluted liquid soap to ‘sanitize’ their passengers, and it looked really ugly. When will such people ever get a helping hand from their government, if not at such a time when their fragile livelihood has been shattered?

Other countries have moved to revise tax regimes to mitigate the financial grief of their most vulnerable citizens. Elsewhere, Central Banks have massively slashed interest rates and freed commercial banks to lend at more friendly rates, banks have eased loan repayment schedules and big tech companies have cut fees.

In Kenya, Presidential addresses have mostly been about what the government is doing to help the most (financially and medically) affected. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy are giving up 80% of their pay and demanding that cabinet ministers give up 30% of theirs to support the cause. The cynical mind will say that’s just tokenism, which it probably is, but at least they are sending a message that the leaders are ready to suffer along with the led.

But in Uganda the president continues to act like Queen Bee; issuing orders for the toiling ants while he remains in his regal comfort. All he has done thus far is give decrees that will affect everybody else but him and his ruling class.

“URA must stay and collect taxes,” he declared yesterday. That’s where his heart is.

The message is clear. “Avoid paper money, use mobile money (but you must still pay our tax). At least Airtel Uganda showed good spirit by removing fees for a month. That’s laudable, and the Ugandan market will remember that when the storm is over.

I am waiting for one step the president will take that directly affects his or government’s coffers — JUST ONE — but none is forthcoming. After 35 years in power, he is completely insensitized to the suffering of his people.

Even after taking billions in loans, all samples of suspected CODIV-19 patients must be ferried by Post Bus to Entebbe for testing. What would it cost to have testing equipment in the five regions of the country? I would say far less than sh700bn.

And yet, in spite of all that, most people seem to be happy just receiving decrees. The Ugandan population is a dictator’s dream. We have been conditioned to expect very little and settle for even less. Those who demand for more are seen as rabble-rousers; not by the politicians but by the herd.

So even though I appreciate the president’s directions and his caution, I believe Ugandans deserve more. Many people have found my cynical comments on his several addresses to be distasteful and even crass, and I totally understand that. Others are angry that I dare to be an Oliver Twist and ask for more at such a time as this. I guess at the end of the day, every society gets the leaders it deserves. If Ugandans see Museveni’s pronouncements that do not even pretend to address the massive financial chasm that will be created hereafter as sufficient, then we don’t deserve a better leader than him.

But I am sorry, I am not going to be a part of the herd. I am not about to switch off my critical mind because of a looming threat. I need it now more than ever. Kenyans have more, Rwandans have more, Tanzanians have more… we deserve more than just decrees banning one thing or the other.

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You Can Quarrel But You Should Never Fight – Muhoozi Advises His Father Museveni And Kagame…

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President Museveni’s son Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba who also doubles as his senior adviser on Special Operations has given him advice never to fight with his former bush war colleague, Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

In a post on his twitter page, Muhoozi told his boss that, “Brothers/Comrades and Revolutionaries can quarrel but they should never fight. We have come from very far. I wish His Excellency General Kagame and the people of Rwanda a solemn and respectful kwibuka.”

Muhoozi was wishing Rwandan president Paul Kagame and the people of Rwanda a respectful Kwibuka. Kwibuka means ‘to remember’ and describes the annual commemoration of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

This year marks the 26th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Kwibuka26 provides an important opportunity to Remember and honour the over one million victims of the genocide, preserve its evidence and educate Rwandans about its history as well as the lessons that Rwanda has learned.

 

By Temuseewo Mpoza

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Govt’ Cannot Poison Its Own People – UPDF Mouthpiece Warns Those Spreading Fake Info On Free Posho And Beans: M7’s Blue Eyed Girl Nakalema Arrests Security Personnel Who Beat Up, Undressed, Forced Women To Roll In Mud…

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President Yoweri Museveni’s blue-eyed girl Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema who doubles as the head of State House anti-corruption unit has started reigning on errant military officers who misinterpreted  President Museveni’s directives.

On Friday evening, president Museveni told Ugandans to report all errant military officers especially Local Defense Unit (LDU) personnel who are abusing their human rights to the extent of entering their houses and beating them up to Lt. Col. Nakalema.

Museveni warned such arrant officers who he branded as pigs to stop exposing their ignorance because his National Resistance Movement (NRM) government will not look on.

On 2nd April 2020, the anti-corruption unit received a call from Beatrice Auma of Lorokwa village Alegu town council in Amuru district reporting military officers who clobbered, undressed and broke people’s bones under the premise of implementing the presidential directives on curfew.

Auma told Nakalema’s detectives that the officers undressed women, beat them and forced them to roll in the mud naked, some were allegedly raped.

Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson said that the victims were found in the bar drinking in the wee hours of night.

“Using a heavy handed approach, to disperse occupants, the patrollers kicked open doors and dragged the occupants and some fell on the muddy surfaces, several vulnerable women and a few men were injured in the process,” Enanga said in a statement.

Charles Kuma Adingoli  one of the victims who suffered major injuries including a broken hand was admitted to 4th Division Hospital in Gulu for further medical attention.

He revealed that the affected people were 38 in number, 31 women and 7 men. He revealed that ten police officers were arrested and these include, ASP Richard Bulenzi, Sgt Charles Musaasiizi, captain Joseph Odong, PC Moses Opado, PC Augustine Opio, PC Bosco Okello, PC Jimmy Okello, PC Richard Sentamu, PC G Byabakama, PC Johnson Fanga, PC Ronald Busingye have been charged. The military officers who were on the patrol included; L/Cpt Constatine Awanyi Abori, PTE Muhammad Makanga, PTE John Ebuku, PTE Robert Mutenge, PTE Silvester Ayo and PTE Eria Ahimbisibwe who were charged in the Court Martial.

In the same development, UPDF spokesman Brig. Richard Karemire warned a section of the public from spreading harmful information that the government is distributing poisoned food to the vulnerable poor to kill them so that they can reduce on the population. He further advised the general public to disregard such fake information on social media because government cannot kill its people.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Security Forces Impounded Two Ambulances Ferrying Passengers After Charging Them Shs.100,000, Man Arrested Selling COVID-19 Cure, Army Warns Rogue Elements Who Are Breaking Into People’s Homes Masquerading As Security Officers…

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LDU officers keeping law and order

Security has impounded two ambulances that were being used to ferry passengers to Kanungu instead of patients.

According to Kampala Metropolitan Police mouthpiece SP Patrick Onyango, the ambulances were impounded at Wandegeya check point after a tip off by intelligence.

“The driver of one ambulance was arrested and detained at Wandegeya Police Station. He is identified as Sserukenya David. The second driver ran away. The ambulances are registration number UAB 355Z and UAH 832W all land cruisers. They belong to Revival Fire Ministries based United Kingdom,” he noted.

He added, “One of the two ambulances had four passengers. On interrogation, the passengers alleged that they had paid the drivers Shs 100,000 each so that they could be transported to Kanungu. The Ambulances had set off for their journey from Katanga, Wandegeya in Kampala. They were yet to agree on the dues for the luggage. On searching the ambulances, bags of rice, sugar, matooke and other items were got inside. Security forces have been directed to keenly monitor the movement of ambulances in their Areas of Responsibility.”

ARMY WARNS THUGS WHO ARE MASQUERADING AS SECURITY OFFICERS

Meanwhile, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces Spokesperson Brig. Gen Richard Karemire has warned Ugandans that there are rogue elements are breaking into people’s homes and beating them up while masquerading as security personnel enforcing the curfew.

“This is not to inform the public that the role of enforcing the curfew lies with the Uganda Police Force (UPF) supported by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and Local Defence Unit (LDUs) in Kampala Metropolitan area covering Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso district,” Karemire said.

He added, “Those being tempted to do so MUST stop forthwith before they are arrested. Security forces on duty have been briefed not to enter people’s homes and compounds purporting to be enforcing the curfew.”

Karemire also warned the public to stop attacking security forces on duty by throwing stones at patrols.

The COVID-19 herbal cure that Lazarus was selling

MAN ARRESTED SELLING HERB THAT CURES COVID-19

Central Police Station in Soroti is also holding a one Kungu Lazarus, aged 24, a self-proclaimed mobile Herbalist, resident of Angopet Village, Amen Parish, Soroti Sub-county, Soroti District.

According to East Kyoga Police spokesperson ASP Ongom David Mudong, Mr. Kungu yesterday 2/4/2020 while at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital with intent to extort money from Patients gave false propaganda that he had discovered local herb for curing COVID-19 by presenting a red liquid in a white container.

However, the police was tipped and he was arrested and charged with spreading false propaganda vide SD Ref. 64/2/4/2020.

Upon conclusion of investigations by our detectives, Mr. kungu wil ll be prosecuted in courts of law should his case file be sanctioned.

 

By Temuseewo Mpoza

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