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    OPINION: Why Bobi Wine Is Uganda’s 8th Wonder? A Ghetto Boy, Under Privileged, Denied, Enslaved, Impoverished, Ill Mannered – Rose From The Gutters Against All Odds And Became The Darling Of A Nation…

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    If you are Team Bobi, the wine,  celebrate this latest attempt at propaganda. This picture posted all over Electoral Commission headquarters is the FINAL piece in our victory procession.  It is the proof that Uganda and the world needed to see that Bobi is the 8th wonder of Uganda. Akikola atya??!!!!

    So ba ‘Charlie bange’ as Bobi calls us, share this picture 5000 times. Now turn to your neighbour  and tell them;  “Neyiba nawe gaba ko. Ka pikya kasaasaanye. Kano katukolera. Bano tubasobola. Tebakyabitegela”

    Why the 8th wonder?

    1). They are now doing our campaigns. From day one, brand Bobi has been ‘ghetto boy.’  He took the ghetto to parliament and now, taken the ghetto to state house. This is his signature message. Our message. It’s been the face of his campaign.

    2).  What a powerful, ground shaking living testimony. One that everyone including children and grand parents must listen to otherwise they would think it was fairy tale. That a ghetto boy – under privileged, denied, enslaved, impoverished, ill mannered – rose from the gutters against all odds and became the darling of a nation and international community. The object of their love and adoration.

    Wowwwww…..if Bobi can, anyone can achieve their dreams. No longer can street kids be told that their lives are over, that they are cursed, that they are useless in society. No longer can the weak in society and less privileged be told that they dont deserve to live. That street boy could be president one day.  Treat all humans fairly. Never despise anyone. God raises the wretched of the earth to turn them into Kings!  What a resounding story. It’s a full bible.

    3) From Bobi Wine Naloo…as the pic puts it? To Bobi, the wine : who walks with a spring in his step and bounces as though he was walking on water, dressed resplendently in sharp suits. Liberated and now walking to freedom.

    You look at the difference between the pictures and once again you say ‘surely there’s a God’  This is a message of HOPE not despondency.  It’s the kind of story that will make mothers, women cry. The story is so touching, you cant hold your vote. ANYONE CAN!

    4) Bobi is here for the lowest in society. Every child, teenager or adult who is what Bobi once was, finally has someone to identify with. That they too are Ugandans who deserve policies to address their needs. They are not lesser Ugandans. Rich politicians dressed in splendour have always gone to them for votes to enrich them more. Now Ugandans have seen the difference. Give one of your own.

    5)  What does it take to be president of a country?     This picture directly answers Hon. Mike Mukula.  He recently questioned what an MDD boy was doing seeking the presidency of a nation. Well, it gets worse for him. His own camp has just presented more damning evidence that not only can an MDD graduate be president of  a county, a ganja boy- ghetto boy- street boy CAN. Wowwwww!!!  It’s a blow below the belt for Mike Mukula.

    Give me a pilot, professor, doctor, diplomat,  or any professional in Ugandan history who has ever had the public appeal and popularity of this ganja boy?  Which Ugandan has ever united a country from North to South in the way this ganja boy has? Which professional’s popularity and charm has a sitting government ever attempted to halt without success like this ganja boy?  And lastly, even Mike Mukula had to invoke his name to get into the news. Yes, the name of this ganja boy.

    What next? Way forward.

    Team Bobi, kano kaweddemu. The moment they brought out this poster, I knew kaweddemu. This is Bobi’s entire campaign message in a single picture. He no longer needs to spend hours in a campaign venue. Go re-print millions of these posters and distribute them enmasse.

    All we need is a combined poster of the ganja picture and the bouncing Bobi nga tuli kiliya.

    One poster – with the words ” Uganda’s 8th wonder” nga ffe tulinda bululu.

     

    By Aldrine Nsubuga

    The writer is the Regional Marketing Director,

    East Africa at StarTimes

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    OPINION: Ashraf Shooting And Senteza Death Could Have Been Avoided – Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye’s Strong Dossier On How Violence Can It Be Stopped…

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    Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye

    Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Political Commissar, Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye has revealed that it’s a high time Ugandans tell the architects of violence in the country the truth.

    Below is Brig Gen Kulayigye’s dossier.

    It has taken me close to 48 hours to analyze what was happening, especially the sad events. It takes two to fight, you will not find a fight that has one person fighting against no one but two people are always involved. To stop violence, we must look critically at the cause of violence, we must bring leaders of sober minds to speak the truth without fear to both the NUP and Police.

    The idea of blaming police is just not helping, why, because police work is protected by the law, you cannot win against a law in any courts of law.

    ASHRAF SHOOTING

    This shooting should have been avoided if only we speak the truth to people, Ugandans need to know that police have the mandate to maintain law and order under the laws of Uganda, this is also universal. Police can stop you from proceeding to any area and to challenge their decision you will have to go through the police leadership or courts of law.

    You cannot under any circumstances use force to disobey a police order, no country in the world accepts a civilian to use force while disobeying a police order, unlawful orders can be appealed or challenged in courts but not by use of force. If the NUP understands this fact we shall eliminate the violence.

    In some well-documented cases police has allowed NUP to disorder forcefully, we have seen videos where NUP supporters jump off their cars to make way for Their leader, we have seen videos where police officers are assaulted and insulted, we have seen videos where the leader himself has assaulted police officers at the rank of ASP and SPs these are regional police commanders. These are bad videos for your struggle, to settle this Bobi Wine should come clean about such videos.

    The International community will back the police on this, they will tell you that it’s on record that disobeying police authority is not accepted anywhere. So had Bobi Wine and police engaged themselves into peaceful talks there wouldn’t be such cases of firing rubber bullets, NUP must have disciplined sober people to talk to police, find a way forward and not let everyone shout at police, using force should not be the option because it takes away your right to appeal the matter or even seek justice.

    Ugandans should know that rubber bullets and teargas are widely used worldwide by police to disperse crowds, rubber bullets can be dangerous but accepted. These are the things the international community looks at.

    ON FRANK’S DEATH

    It is Unfortunate, this death would have been avoided, I sympathize with his family, I feel the pain of a loved one dying especially in such a manner. After the Ashraf incident, Bobi Wine rushed Ashraf to a Kako Hospital, they were offered an Ambulance to move to Kampala to a referral hospital, at this point Bobi Wine entered the Ambulance together with Ashraf and they headed to Kampala with a convoy of over 30 cars escorting them, this was not necessary it’s posed a risk to other road users.

    Reaching Kyengera the huge convoy got into a traffic jam, at this point we assume the ambulance was ahead of other cars, NUP says that Frank  got off his transport and decided to clear the way “fungula ekubo” as they call it. This was the second mistake, you can only stop traffic under the law if you are authorized, had he stayed in his transport car we would have avoided this.

    Why did he get off his transport this was uncalled for because the Patient Ashraf was in an ambulance which had the right of way and was ahead. Under Ugandan traffic and road safety laws, only three people have the legal right of way, the President, the Ambulance, and the Police. NUP should be told the truth that unless the police move ahead of you and provide a right of way for you, you can not create it yourself, you do so illegally and the courts can’t protect you, the principle of you can’t seek justice from courts with dirty hands applies here.

    Circumstances under which Frank died are sketchy, the NUP claims he was intentionally knocked by the Army, so to them it’s murder while UPDF says he missed a step and fell down, the moment UDPF denies foul play then the burden of proof shifts to the accuser (NUP) to prove that indeed the Army Intentionally knocked Frank dead.

    I was listening to an eyewitness at NUP headquarters, one speaker said “the army car hit him then reversed back and added him to ensure he was dead” how come we have no recording of this, is it possible that he tried to block army vehicles from moving ahead of their convoy and he was knocked by accident we still don’t know. I want to put my focus on avoiding violence (prevention) if all these would have been avoided since a lot is missing and besides that we can’t turn back the clock but am sure there will be another confrontation if we don’t show people what is acceptable and not.

    We are tired of saying Rest in Peace, let’s take appropriate blame on what happens, let the disobedience stop it’s taking our Youths nowhere, the only people that benefit from this short-lived sympathy are those that get money out of it. The worst will be these youths over powering one police officer and taking possession of his gun then shooting at police or military killing one or two, this will be the end of NUP, police or the Army will shoot back. I have seen incidents that are close to these youths attacking the military like the one at the hospital. These youths should be told that there are clear limits you go beyond, that you are giving police the right to shoot back just because of your actions.

    Religious leaders should talk openly to Bobi Wine, his Friends should do the same, there is no excuse for attacking a police officer, no excuse to attack the army or any other person.

    God Bless Uganda. Stop the Violence

    Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye

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    OPINION: It Will End In Tears! Bobi Wine’s High Expectations Will Greatly Disappoint Him – Andrew Mwenda. 

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    If you cannot count what matters, you make what you count matter! This has been the tragedy of the opposition in Uganda. They have a set of prejudices, biases and beliefs they are married to, and ignore facts and statistics as they exist in reality. This has consistently led them to tears.

    Ten days to the election, let us look at the numbers. Bobi Wine’s biggest source of support are youths, but predominately male youths in urban and semi urban areas. Also, youth (people aged 18-30 years) are the largest segment of our population.

    However, the most critical questions for Bobi Wine and his confederates are two: first, are these youths registered to vote; and second, for those who are registered, how many show up to vote. The answers to these two questions are of decisive importance in determining the fortunes of the opposition’s main candidate.

    The most urbanized part of Uganda is Kampala City and it’s surrounding Wakiso district. If the opposition have any chance of winning, they need to have 80 to 90% voter turnout in this, their stronghold. And if Bobi Wine is to have a chance, he needs youthful voters turning out in massive numbers in Kampala and Wakiso to vote for him. But what is the reality on the ground!?

    According to the Electoral Commission (EC) there are nearly 1.3m registered voters in Kampala. Of these, the youths (18-30) are 41% or 520,000. This is under registration because these age group is 51 of the adult (voting) population of Uganda. So even before votes are case in Kampala, 10% (130,000) of people most likely to vote Bobi Wine are not registered voters in the city.

    The situation is the same in Wakiso district with 2.8m registered voters, only 41% are youths, meaning another 280,000 people most likely to vote for Bobi Wine are not registered voters. Those are 310,000 votes not on the register in the geographical area and the voter demographic where Bobi Wine has the highest support.

    Secondly, polling data shows that President Yoweri Museveni remains competitive among female youths. By competitive I mean that Bobi Wine does not have overwhelming support among female youths compared to male youths, and female youth are 51% of the registered voters.

    Finally is voter turnout. Normally, only 45% of Kampala and Wakiso show up to vote. Although I don’t have the exact numbers I suspect youths, especially male youths, vote less than other demographic groups in the city. This makes potential voting numbers for Bobi Wine even less.

    Besides there are many people above 40 who voted for Besigye and would ideally vote for an opposition presidential consistent but who would not vote for Bobi Wine believing he lacks the pedigree and competence to be president. Discounting this sentiment is to bury one’s head in the proverbial sand.

    Here is the real challenge that has always bedeviled the opposition in Uganda: low voter turnout of their strongest bases of support both geographically and most critically for Bobi Wine, demographically. That is the trick of the Museveni victories that the opposition fail to capture.

    In the 2016 election, voter turnout in Kampala and Wakiso was 45% and Besigye was winning by 64%. Meanwhile in Kiruhura and Karamoja, Museveni’s strong bases, voter turnout was above 80% and the president was getting above 85%.

    Opposition activists can insult those who point out these facts and statistics, they can bury their heads in the sand and refuse to ponder over the significance of these numbers believing that rallies and social media noise is what it takes to win an election. But ignoring these faces will bring them to tears come next week.

     

    The writer, Andrew Mwenda is a veteran investigative journalist,

    Political analyst and founder/owner of The Independent News Magazine.

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    YOU NEED TO READ THIS IF YOU OWN LAND? Top Makerere University Don Wanted Land Issues To Lead Candidate’s Election Manifesto…

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    Counsel Dr. Sam Mayanja

    Top Makerere University don and also a senior pattern at Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA) Dr. Sam Mayanja has said that he wanted land issues to led in all manifestos of candidates in the coming 2021 general elections.

    Dr. Sam Mayanja notes that since 1880’s, land has been the country’s political activities up to now. Below is senior counsel Dr. Sam Mayanja’s opinion:

    LAND AN IMPERATIVE ELECTION MANIFESTO AGENDA ITEM

    Land issues being the mother of all political activism in Uganda since 1900 when the victorious combined forces of Ganda fighters of the religious wars of the 1880’s, and the colonial forces sat down to share the spoils of war.

    That sharing as set out in the 1900 Agreement parceled out land in square miles, to Kabaka, his family, Ministers, County and 1,006 minor Chiefs, creating a landed gentry. In the words of Sir Harry Johnston, the Agreement established a ruling oligarchy which came to be known as the Mengo establishment, which became thoroughly identified with the colonialist.

    Land was not a factor of production but an instrument of political control.

    This land bonanza led to an unprecedented huge movement of large populations of people leading to the restlessness of entire population constituting a revolution of sorts.

    Reflecting on these events, the Provincial Commissioner’s Conference of 1922 concluded that the introduction of landlordism (mailo) caused the social and political troubles in Buganda. That it was a disastrous mistake which should not be perpetuated in other districts.

    The politico-social and economic reality was that the tillers of the soil commonly known as Bakopi were now landless. Also left landless were the Bataka (clan heads) who were branded “pagans” by the new men of power who had carried out the religious revolution of the 1880’s.

    The deprived bakopi joined the Bataka and established an association to demand rights to land, the “Bataka Party”. This party vociferously articulated these grievances. By 1925 it had so destabilized the colonial administration which was forced, to pass the “Busulu and Nvujjo” law giving security of tenure with right of inheritance.

    The passing of the “Busulu and Nvujjo” law deprived the Bataka Party of its main point of rallying the population, and went into hibernation until the 1940’s when it joined other discontented Ugandans to assert their rights this time extending to matters beyond land, to better wages, better prices for their crops and later demanding the rights to process and marked those crops.

    They rioted in 1945 spreading all over the Country forming the first major resistance to British colonial rule. Thus Bataka Party which had only pushed land rights came to be encountered in all sorts of political or social movements connected with the struggle for the rights and freedoms of the common man in Uganda. By 1949 these forces spread all over Uganda demanding to open the rule of democracy giving people the right to choose their chiefs’ and in Buganda additionally Lukiiko members.

    It was therefore off target when one of Uganda’s cultural leaders when calling for a commission of inquiry into the recent election “fujjo” compared it to the riots of 1945. The election “fujjo” were a rebellion to the enforcement of the Covid-19 SOPs which enforcement has enabled Uganda to record some of the lowest death and infection rates globally.

    The 1945 riots forced the colonial Government to start the process of African representatives into the legislative Council (Legco) and eventually leading to the formation of the first national political party by Ignatius Musaazi which drew its

    countrywide membership from the Bataka Party and Uganda Farmers Union which had been banned in 1949.

    It was the Uganda National Congress which gave birth to the Uganda People’s Congress which under Milton Obote formed Uganda’s first independence Government.

    Thus the struggle for Uganda’s independences which begun in the 1920’s under the Bataka party formed to fight for land rights, becoming in 1945 the nucleus of the struggle to independence cannot in any way be a comparison yard stick in attempting an analysis of the October 2020 election “fujjo”.

    The 1945 riots having eventually led to the formation of the Uganda National Congress who’s off suite, the Uganda People’s Congress, led Uganda’s independence inevitably had to correct the land injustice which its mentor the Bataka party had fought for.

    Thus, the independence Constitution protected the bakopi on private mailo by retaining the 1927 Busulu and Nvujjo law and those on official mailo (public land), by putting it’s administration under statutory federal state land boards. When the federal states disappeared in 1966, the official mailo (public land) was preserved in the 1967 Constitution and put under the Administration of the Public Land Commission, with strict public accountability provisions.

    Distortion came in 1993 when traditional rulers claimed that public land under the federal state land boards of the 1966 Constitution, was their land confiscated under the 1967 Constitution and had to be restituted. The distortion has led to a scenario where title deeds of public land (official mailo) is currently held outside the Public Land Commission or District Land Boards as constitutionally mandated and outside the constitutionally imposed accountability provisions.

    The Guidelines on the Administration of land under the Land Act prohibits automatic re-entry of a lessee’s land and further provides for automatic renewal or extension of leases. This is the security of tenure-“ebyaffe”, for all Ugandans to own land in perpetuity.

     

    Dr. Sam Mayanja

    Senior Partner

    Kampala Associated Advocates

    smayanja@kaa.co.ug

    www.kaa.co.ug

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