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If You Want To Hold A Public Meeting Liaise With The Police: M7 Warns Trouble Causers Blames Police For Breaking Bobi Wine’s Car Glass Window

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Article on Legitimate public assemblies
Dear Ugandans and, especially the Bazukulu.

Greetings. I am sure many of you had a happy Easter, except for some incidents of crime like the killing of Doctor Catherine Agaba and some accidents. I am now writing to clarify on the issue of legitimate public Assemblies (rallies, ebivulu-processions, music festivals etc.). The NRM, supported by the ordinary Ugandans organized in Resistance Councils (RCs), fought for and has, ever since, upheld 10 points.

These are:

  • Restoration of Democracy;
  • Restoration of Security of person and property;
  • Consolidation of national unity and elimination of all forms of sectarianism;
  • Defending and consolidating national independence;
  • Building an independent, integrated and self-sustaining national economy;
  • Restoration and improvement of social services and rehabilitation of war–ravaged areas;
  • Elimination of corruption and the misuse of power;
  • Redressing errors that have resulted in the dislocation of some sections of the population;
  • Co-operation with other African countries;
  • Following an economic strategy of a mixed economy.

Point No. 2 was “Security of person and property”.

At a great sacrifice to the freedom fighters (in terms of sweat and blood), we have, largely, achieved, after the more than 50 years of continuous and relentless struggle, security of person and property. Rural terrorism (the Rwenzururu, Kony, ADF, FOBA, UPA, Kirimuttu, Karimojong cattle rustling etc.) has been defeated. You can drive from one end of the country to the other end (North-South, East-West, etc.) on good tarmac roads and in total peace. Meanwhile, on account of immunization, the population of Uganda has jumped from 14 million in 1986 to 41 million today. This at a time when the economy of Uganda had totally collapsed.

In 1986, there was no sugar, soap, salt, clothes, etc. – the so called “essential commodities”. Owing to the skill of the NRM, the economy gained minimum recovery and is on a trajectory of fast growth (one of the fastest in the World), seen by all those whose eyes are not jaundiced by prejudice and ill-motives. This has meant that tax collection has gone up from Ushs. 5billion in 1987 to Ushs. 17,000 billion today. Nevertheless, all this tax money cannot be spent on security and Policing. Otherwise, we shall forget about the roads etc. This, we cannot correctly do. Hence, today we spend as follows:

                                   Ugx. bn

Works (roads)            -      4,786.6      

Energy (electricity)     -      2,438.2

Education                -      2,781.1

Health                   -      2,310.1

Defence                 -      1,967.0

Police                  -      616.3

Water                   -      1,265.8

By prioritizing the roads, electricity, Education, Health, we have had impact as can be seen. The road from Oraba in Koboko to Cyanika – Bunagana in Kisoro on the Congo – Rwanda border is 653 miles – all tarmac. That from Malaba – Busia to Mpondwe in Kasese and Lamia, Busunga in Bundibugyo is 368 miles respectively. All the districts of Uganda today have been reached by electricity – up to the district headquarters, at least.

What does all this mean in terms of policing? With a population of 41 million people, according to World Policing ratios, of one Policeman for every 500 persons, we should be having a Police force of 82,000 policemen. If we do this, where shall we get money to do roads etc.? There is evidence that there is quite a bit of tax evasion assisted by the corrupt elements in URA. That issue will be sorted out. However, until we resolve that issue, we shall have to plan within the Ushs. 17,000 billion that we are collecting today plus the external and internal borrowing that brings our budget to Ushs. 32,000 billion.

The Police force we have now is only 43,000, about half of what we need. It is this gap, plus some corruption within that Police force, that created a window for the spate of unresolved murders of the Sheikhs, Kagezi, Kawesi and Kiggundu. The kidnapers of Susanne Magara were identified, arrested and some were killed in the fight in the Mosque. The Kiddawalime group in Masaka that killed 5 people on New Year’s eve in the Masaka area, were all arrested or killed. Nevertheless, to cover the gaps, we decided to introduce technology – cameras, electronic identification of vehicles etc. This is being implemented. Where it has been implemented, there is no fooling around. Some months ago, those on social media were able to see a cell phone thief who was promptly identified, pursued and arrested. This is a fore-taste of things to come. Crime will be defeated as we defeated rural terrorism.

Coming back to Public assemblies, the original topic of this article. The NRM stand on this is to ensure security of person and property as commanded by point no. 2 of the NRM’s 10 points programme.

If you want to hold a public meeting (olu kungana) or a procession (ekivulu) for a legitimate reason, you should liaise with the Police, so that your public meeting or your procession does not endanger the lives of other Ugandans or the safety of their property. You agree with the Police on the route, if it involves a procession, or the venue if it is an event or a rally. The problem we have with some elements of the opposition is that they ignore this. They want to hold meetings or processions near markets or through crowded streets. This one we cannot allow. It is the core principle of the NRM never to allow the looting or damaging people’s property or endangering their lives. When you do, like some have attempted (the likes of Joseph Kony, Jamil Mukulu, the cattle rustlers in Karamoja etc.), we struggle against you and we shall defeat you. This, of course, is not to speak of the indisciplined Armies of the past regimes that we had to deal with. That is all regarding the issue of Public assemblies. During Easter, I watched on TV numerous processions by Christians in all parts of the country. I do not even know whether they liaised with the Police. I did not hear of any single problem on account of those numerous and big processions. Why? It was because they had no ill-motive (to damage property or attack people) and it was also in holidays with light traffic on the roads. To insist on a procession or an assembly in a market or crowded street is criminal abi initial. This we cannot allow and we have not allowed in the past. That is one of the reasons Uganda is growing at more than 6% per annum. Other parts of the World are growing at 2.3% (World Bank figures). The last looting of People’s property that we had was in 1979. Looting will never happen again, in the towns, under the NRM. With our present capacity, looting cannot happen again even in the rural areas. Looting of people’s property, under the NRM, only happened, on a large scale, in the insurgency areas before we defeated the terrorists.

All this, however, is on assumption that you are rallying, you are processioning for a legitimate reason – a justified reason. You cannot be rallying and processioning for an illegitimate reason – preaching lies, preaching sectarianism, preaching hate. Those who made mistakes to tolerate such bogusness, paid a heavy price. Did you see the massacre in New Zealand? How about the ones in Sri Lanka recently, in France, in Belgium, in Norway etc.? How about the mega problem that occurred in Rwanda? These tragedies in those areas started with pseudo – and bogus preachers.

At the beginning of our Administration, I had to handle the delicate issue of freedom of Worship on the one hand and bogus and dangerous preaching. We handled it correctly and firmly. On the one hand, I found difficulty in agreeing with some in the traditional faiths (the main stream Moslem, Catholics and Protestants) who argued that the new Churches were misleading people etc. I really could not be an arbiter in the issue of who was more-godly than the other. The acid test for me was simply that whatever you preach, do not break the laws of Uganda. These laws are constructed around the legitimate positions, justifiable positions, issue by issue.

The Churches were arguing about performing miracles, about what will happen when we are dead etc. These are matters in which we had no competence to adjudicate. However, there were clear earthly phenomena in which we were over-qualified in terms of competence to handle. When, therefore, Mzee Bishaka of Kibaale preached that people should not go to hospital for treatment and that he will cure them by miracle, I locked him up under one of the relevant laws. Indeed, one person had died on account of listening to that dangerous preaching on matters which were clearly earthly. Thereafter, we became very good friends and he went on with his religion which actually preaches unity because their slogan is: “enyahukana zihwaireho – sectarianism is dust binned – no longer there”.

Therefore, if you want to assemble publically or to procession, it must be for a legitimate reason. If it is to preach hate, to decampaign investments in Uganda etc., then we shall not allow you. Those who have ignored this logic have paid a heavy price.

Besides, it is really criminal to get actors who create unnecessary controversy when Uganda is making so much progress. Of course, there are also problems. However, the problems we have today are problems in progress. The problems we had in the past were problems in decline of the economy and country. Only the enemies or the uninformed can be unhappy with the progress of Uganda. What is legitimate is to say that Uganda can even do better. That is well intentioned criticism. To say that Uganda is collapsing and declining is dishonest or uninformed. I totally reject that dishonest audit and can prove it to the people.

However, I also disapprove of the method the Police used to break the glass of Bobi Wine’s car. They should have towed the vehicle to wherever they wanted him to be. I do not watch TV most of the time because of work.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Gen (Rtd.)
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

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Government Officials Are Stealing Ugandans “Taamu Egenda” – Bobi Wine Responds To Bank Of Uganda Saga

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Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine has warned Ugandans to be careful because government officials are stealing everything “Taamu Egenda” style.
In a post on his Facebook page, the People Power movement boss says that government officials are using their political power to receive kickbacks, bribes, and special favors at the expense of the population.
Below is his post verbatim:

DICTIONARY:
Kleptocracy is a government with corrupt leaders (kleptocrats) who use their power to exploit the people and natural resources of their own territory in order to extend their personal wealth and political powers. It is rule by a class of thieves. This system involves embezzlement of funds at the expense of the wider population. A kleptocracy is a government ruled by corrupt politicians who use their political power to receive kickbacks, bribes, and special favors at the expense of the population. Kleptocrats may use political leverage to pass laws that enrich them and they usually circumvent the rule of law.
NEWS TODAY:
As the vast majority of Ugandan citizens continue to struggle to even afford a decent meal and as poverty levels continue to rise, Bank of Uganda officials printed 90 billion shillings in excess and took it out of Entebbe airport for their personal use.
VERDICT:
After 33 years in power, it is now an understatement to call president Museveni’s government a mere dictatorship. It graduated from that stage a long time ago and is now a fully grown kleptocracy. Like it was in Zaire under Mobutu, government officials are stealing with reckless abandon- ‘taamu egenda’ style! Of course they have learnt from the best- the very head of state who treats the national treasury as his personal property! This is the real state of our nation. Oh Uganda, may God uphold thee!

By Doreen Menezer

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You Cannot Exchange The Current Regime With Hooligans – MP Nsereko Blast Bobi Wine’s People Power

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Kampala Central Member of Parliament (MP) Muhammad Nsereko has branded People Power movement members as hooligans over the way they attack anyone who tries to show them the right path to leadership.

In a heated live chat with music promotor Andrew Bajjo alias Bajjo event, a strong People Power supporter, Nsereko schooled him and all People Power supporters that what Ugandans want right now is a united opposition not one individual.

First, Bajjo revealed that he has spent a week in Kamuli district and established that people are tired of Kadaga because she has over stayed in parliament and failed to change their living conditions.

“Nsereko, I can bet my hand to be chopped off if Kadaga returns to parliament. People in Kamuli are tired of that old woman, they want new blood. I was there recently, people of kamuli are very poor. They cannot even afford to get 4000 shillings to enter a musical show.

I swear Kadaga will not cross that Jinja bridge because people are tired,” the music promotor stated.

He boasted that as People Power movement, they are planning to solve the Kamuli problem by bringing a youthful Moses Bigirwa (DP) to replace Kadaga.

MP Nsereko immediately intervened and educated Bajjo that Bigirwa can’t replace Kadaga in Kamuli because he is not a woman. Nsereko also swore that Kadaga will retain her sit. The outspoken Bajjo boasted that the country is tired of politicians like MP Nsereko who survive on confusion and mismanaging of public affairs and it’s the reason they are yearning for fresh blood like Kyadondo East MP Robert Kaygulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi wine.

Bajjo said that he speaks for the poor Ugandans who cannot afford paying school fees of 20,000 (twenty thousand shillings).

He pleaded with Nsereko to join people power camp instead of undermining MP Kyagulanyi because of his background. Bajjo also wondered why Nsereko from Kkobe clan and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago are fighting Kyagulanyi and supporting Kizza Besigye who he claims is a Museveni project to keep him in power. MP Nsereko rubbished Bajjo’s claims and educated him that leaders are trained, tested and supervised.

He told Bajjo and the people power group must understand what is on the ground and what can help them take power instead of fighting the people they have found in the struggle for change.

“People are asking the opposition to come together, we are not promoting that kind of individualism you want to promote,” MP Nsereko said. He told Bajjo to go and tell his friends in People Power to accept that they need other people to change Uganda’s political situation and that they must accept the debate to choose the person to be fronted for presidency in the next general election.

The Kampala central legislator said that there’s no way you can exchange the current regime with hooligans adding that whoever speaks truth about Bobi Wine becomes a victim of insults and abuses.

“As people in power, I strongly believe that the future of Uganda’s opposition has been buried never to resurrect,” Nsereko added.

He said that he has on several occasions been engaged in a verbal exchange with people power diehards who claim that he is working for president Museveni and they have already chosen Kyagulanyi’s brother Fred Nyanzi to replace him as a MP for Kampala central.

By Jamil Lutakome

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There Are Two Governments Controlling Uganda, Museveni Fears The Inner Government because They Can Overthrow Him – Mirundi Reveals

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President Museveni’s adviser on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi has revealed that there are two governments controlling Uganda’s state affairs.

Mirundi,  who was responding to Buganda King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II’s remarks of failing to accord Masaka Municipality city status  said that the Kabaka’s statement was a sign that Buganda MPs are sleeping and they are not helping Buganda kingdom to develop.

“You know these mafias in government think that in denying Masaka city status, they were humiliating vice president Kiwanuka Ssekandi, but they were even creating trouble for president Museveni in the upcoming general election. Now the Kabaka is asking you Ruth Nakabirwa who sat on the sharing table, how are you helping Buganda.  Now those Buganda caucus MPs are panicking,” Mirundi said.

He boasted that if he was the one behind such a project, he would have used a political criterion and dropped other factors because how can one deny all Buganda municipalities city status and promote others. He argued that the president is likely to lose out in Buganda in the next general election.

He added that, “It’s here in Buganda where fishermen are being killed on the lake by the army, now you are denying them city status, Museveni will find it hard campaigning in these areas because people know that he is the one behind all those atrocities.”

Mirundi revealed that the problem with Museveni’s government is that there are two governments both formidable and Museveni fears the mafias in government who he can’t control because when he tries to discipline them, they will overthrow his government. Mirundi said that the inner government within Museveni’s government are very deadly and sometimes force Museveni to follow their orders and whoever tries to stand in their way he or she has to face it.

Mirundi mentioned the causalities of the inner Museveni’s government. He said they include former Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Executive Director Jennifer Musisi, Inspector General of Government (IGG) justice Irene Mulyagonja, fired Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen Kale Kayihura, land probe boss justice Catherine Bamugemereire and himself. The Kalagala born political analyst revealsed that the inner government within Museveni’s government are very malicious and they destroy everyone who tries to worker for the interests of Museveni because they are after nothing else but Money.

He warned that because Museveni fears them, it’s the reason he is forced to humiliate in public people who try to work for his interest. He predicted that it will be the next government to punish them miserably because Museveni fears them.

Mirundi advised the victims of Museveni’s inner government to leave government and go and do other things like he did because if they decided to work with mafias in the inner government they will also be punished in the next government. He said that mafias are using money to control everything including the next government after the downfall of Museveni’s government. Mirundi said this while appearing on the famous one on one with Tamale Mirundi on NBS TV.

During his official tour of Buddu county, the Kabaka expressed his dissatisfaction at how Masaka municipality failed to pass the city status mark. The King said that it was unfair to leave out Masaka, he promised to hire city experts to analyze the factors that are hindering Masaka municipality from becoming a city and why it was left behind.

By Jamil Lutakome

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