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What Exactly Did I Do To You? Why Do You Always Persecute And Ridicule Me – Zaake Writes To President Museveni For Calling Him An ‘Idiot’…..

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Youthful Mityana municipality Member of parliament Francis Zaake Butebi has asked President Museveni to tell him what he did to him to always be a target of prosecution and ridicule from him.

In a long post on his page, Zaake said he is determined and ready to pay the price for criticizing the acts of government officials including the President.

Below is Zaake’s letter verbatim:

This is a response to Mr. Museveni who referred to me as an ‘idiot’ and ‘enemy of the people’ during an address he delivered to his NRM party yesterday. Museveni further promised to have me arrested for saying that his regime is exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic for political gain. I stand by that opinion. I am ready to be arrested for it.

I don’t know what exactly I, Zaake, did to Mr. Museveni to routinely be singled out for persecution and ridicule. But I believe that Museveni’s latest outburst against me flows from an interface I recently had with his Minister of Information-cum-Mityana Woman MP Ms. Judith Nabakooba. About four days ago, Ms. Nabakooba and I unexpectedly met in Mityana at the burial ceremony of a longtime friend of mine who had passed on.

When I was given chance to address the mourners, I used that opportunity to question Minister Nabakooba about the regime’s mishandling of the COVID-19 situation in Uganda. I asked her why they tortured me to near death for allegedly distributing food in violation of Covid-19 guidelines yet Museveni’s close associates were distributing it without sanction. She had no answer. I asked her why the regime has never held Policemen who tortured me accountable yet it was quick to prosecute LDUs who manhandled NRM’s LC5 Chairperson in Mityana. She had no answer.

I queried her about why the regime hides behind Covid-19 to block my leader Hon. Kyagulanyi Robert from appearing on TV and Radio shows yet the same restrictions are not subjected to her or other members of Museveni’s party. She had no answer. I asked Ms. Nabakooba why she was attending a crowded burial without putting on a mask, and without observing social distancing yet the regime she serves directed us to do the contrary as a measure to purportedly control COVID-19. She had no answer. I asked her why the regime has never given us masks as it promised. She had no answer! I then turned to the gathering and asked them whether in light of these circumstances they believe there is Coronavirus in Uganda. They unanimously answered in the negative!

I tasked Ms. Nabakooba to inform Mr. Museveni that we are tired of being tortured and intimidated for criticising him. We have no personal differences with him as an individual, but rather with his leadership style and refusal to hand over power democratically. I did not mince my words when I asked her to inform Mr. Museveni that our generation supports Bobi Wine for President, not him. Our choice may hurt his ego, but we are entitled to it as bona-fide citizens of this country.

When Ms. Nabakooba’s turn to speak came, the mourners did not hide their disappointment in her and the oppressive regime she represents. The video that many of you recently watched in which she is seen trying to address a gathering amidst defeaning chants of “twagala Bobi ssi Bosco” (we want Hon. Kyagulanyi for President, not Museveni) was recorded during this burial.

I therefore think Mr. Museveni’s angry outburst against me yesterday was motivated by the unequivocal demand for justice and freedom that I delivered to him through his Minister Nabakooba. It is unfortunate that he conveniently took my legitimate criticism of his leadership for an ‘insult’. That misplaced anger is now driving him to decree that I be prosecuted, as if persecuting me invalidates the legitimate questions that I put before him on behalf of many other suffering Ugandans.

I think that the regime’s conduct towards the COVID-19 situation has been highly suspicious, shrouded in mystery, punctuated by corruption, and calculated to cripple opposition leaders and their supporters under the guise of fighting the virus. As a result, several people have concluded that either there is no Coronavirus in Uganda or the regime is exploiting it for political and financial gain. If this were not so, Museveni’s regime would have taken the lives and livelihoods of Ugandans more seriously during this period than it has pretended to do.

For instance, how many Ugandans have gotten the masks that Mr. Museveni promised more than 2 months ago? If there’s Covid-19 in Uganda, how come the Minister of Health who recently violated her own regulations with impunity has never been sanctioned to date? How come it’s only opposition gatherings that Police keeps dispersing for ‘violating’ Covid-19 guidelines yet gatherings staged by NRM members are left untouched? Are NRM members immune from Covid-19?

Parliament allocated Mr. Museveni UGX 59Bn more than 3 months ago to feed 1.5M citizens during the lockdown. How many of them were actually fed? Where is all the money that the regime has collected from citizens and the international community to purportedly fight Covid-19? How many Ugandans have really died from Covid-19 and why are more people allegedly dying of the disease as we approach political campaigns? These are legitimate questions being asked by ordinary Ugandans out there. They need convincing answers instead of Mr. Museveni’s threats and insults.

Initially, the regime had our trust that it was taking the right steps to contain the pandemic. We believed that Government would handle the pandemic competently, in a transparent and neutral manner. With time, Government has irredeemably squandered our trust. It squandered it the moment it hid behind Covid-19 to settle political scores. It squandered it the moment it started publishing questionable statistics of casualties. It squandered it the moment regime officials started acting as if they’re immune from the virus. Museveni should not use me as a scapegoat when he squandered the opportunity Covid-19 had given him to earn people’s trust again.

The enemy of the people is he who closed their businesses and sent them home into a total lockdown without a coherent plan on how they would sustain their families thereafter, not Zaake. The enemy of the people is he who falsely promised citizens food and masks, not Zaake who was tortured for trying to help them. The enemy of the people is he who has been looking on as his soldiers murder pregnant women for ‘violating’ Covid-19 health guidelines, not Zaake. The enemy of the people is he who has refused to account for resources put at his disposal to fight the virus, not Zaake. The enemy of the people is he who lets his Ministers violate Covid-19 guidelines with impunity while punishing his opponents for allegedly doing the same, not Zaake.

I am simply amplifying the voices of several Ugandans out there who feel that something doesn’t add up. If you Mr. Museveni are going to arrest and kill me this time round after letting your men torture me on 4 previous occasions, I am ready to pay the price. You are not beyond criticism. You are not God.

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Is It Illegal For A Private Citizen To Discuss Political Issues With Veterans: Gen. Tumukunde Runs To Constitutional Court Challenging Judge Ssekaana’s Decision….

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Tumukunde (L) in court today

Former Security Minister Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde has run to the Constitutional Court challenging High Court Civil Division Judge Musa Ssekaana’s decision favoring AIGP Grace Akullo the Director of Criminal Investigations in Uganda police.

Through his lawyers led by Anthony Wameli, Lt. Gen. Tumukunde wants the Constitutional court to interpret whether it was legal for the presiding judge to refuse to remove the Attorney General from his case so that he pursues Akullo in her personal capacity.

He insisted that he also wants court to pronounce itself on whether it is legal for the Attorney General to represent a public servant who has been dragged to court in her personal capacity.

The presidential aspirant also wants court to interpret whether it is illegal for a private citizen to discuss political issues with veterans as Akullo claims in her criminal summons he served him.

The former spy chief based his argument on an affidavit sworn by city lawyer Geoffrey Turyamusima who told court that he was present in court when the Attorney General represented Akullo when she was accused in her personal capacity of violating the human rights of a private citizen.

He added that the presiding judge based on the arguments of the Attorney General to dismiss with costs Lt. Gen. Tumukunde’s application of a temporary injunction stopping the CID from summoning him to record statements on charges related to treason.

Lt. Gen. Tumukunde ran to Court challenging Akullo’s criminal summons issued against him where he is being accused of meeting security veterans and discussing political issues stealthily.

Court has not yet set the date to hear Lt. Gen. Tumukunde’s petition.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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I WILL NOT SPARE ANYONE: Angry Bobi Wine Knifes Top NUP Registrar For Soliciting For Bribe From Party Members Who Wanted Party Flag…

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NUP Principal Bobi Wine

National Unity Platform (NUP) party Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has started biting by knifing party Electoral Commission bosses who have been implicated in bribery.

The first to test Kyagulanyi’s wrath was Saul Nsongambi the NUP Electoral Register Jinja who was accused of asking for a bribe of between Shs500,000 and Shs1m from members who wanted the party flag for various positions in the looming 2021 general elections.

“It’s true Nsongambi was directed to step down after being implicated that he was involved in corruption tendencies as investigations continue. Such acts undermine our core values of Democracy which NUP stands for,” Alex Waiswa, the NUP Electoral Commission Coordinater confirmed the development.

This website has established that Nsongambi was arrested and detained at Jinja Central Police Station on Tuesday on charges of bribery and receiving money by false pretense but he was later released on police bond.

Waiswa further revealed that the party has suspended the screening exercise until all the complaints filed before the party top Electoral Commission are resolved.

This website has also established that over 200 complaints have been filed by disgruntled party members to the party leadership challenging the manner in which the vetting exercise was handled.

Many of the complaints are implicating Kyagulanyi’s family members and his closest friends of influencing the vetting exercise and favoring their friends.

During the Monday meeting held at Kyagulanyi’s home at Magere in Wakiso, the bitter NUP Principal told the top NUP Electoral Commission bosses led by Mercy Walukamba that he is going to take disciplinary action against any person who was involved in illegal acts during the vetting process because it has put him and his party in bad light.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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God Will Ask You How A Good Musician Went Bankrupt – Museveni Launches National Intellectual Property Policy, Inventors To Be Fully Protected By The Law…

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President Yoweri Museveni has today presided over the launch of the National Intellectual Property Policy at State House.

Intellectual Property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. Intellectual Property rights grant the owner of the work exclusive rights to exploit and benefit from his/her creations.

The National Intellectual Property Policy will therefore give Ugandans full protection from the law and enable them to earn from their toil and sweat.

The IP plan is a visionary tool looking forward to a Uganda where innovation and creativity can efficiently stimulate sustainable development.

The strategy is aimed at creating a robust IP value chain that fosters innovation and creativity as pillars of sustainable development in the country.

At the launch, President Museveni commended that it is crucial that individuals are rewarded for their innovations. He however cited that IP rights cannot be talked about without addressing the issue of funding for scientist who are behind most of the innovations.

On the same occasion, Museveni also noted that the National IP Policy doesn’t only cover the work of scientists, but also protects the creative work of artists like songs, paintings, among other artistic works.

“It is also a calling from God because God will ask you how a good musician went bankrupt,” he humorously commented.

“It is not good to betray the people you serve. When you serve, you should make sure there are no stones left unturned,” he added.

“For many years, African literature was oral. We now have an opportunity to preserve our rich African literature through copyright. It is important that the government creates an environment where creativity and innovation can thrive,” Museveni said.

President Museveni said that the NRM is committed to supporting innovations aimed at increasing the profitability of Ugandans engaged in different enterprises because one of the leading factors contributing to effective policy implementation is the political commitment and will from the highest level of government.

 

By Baron Kironde

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