Dr Kizza Besigye’s Passionate Speech In United Kingdom on 24th August 2016


Winnie was in Parliament before me. For the short time Winnie was away I was in prison 7 times.

It is from her that I have learnt. One cannot have a strong and reliable partner in this struggle.

I would like to thank immensely the people that are living out here. Working under difficult circumstances and are making all means possible to make Uganda better. Thank you for that commitment to your country.

I would like to thank all of you that have made a lot of sacrifices.

It has been a long struggle. Many people are happy to celebrate when there’s success. However, when there’s no success many shy away. I would like to thank many of you for standing up and contributing as much as you have for our country including in the last elections.

We went into the last elections in rather a disorganised fashion. We went through turns and twists. Our opponent is an entrenched dictator as described. In the last election we received alot of support from all of you in the diaspora.

Please do not pity me. I am one of the lucky ones. Many of our colleagues left this life long time ago. They died of wanting to have a better Uganda. I cannot complain too much when I am here.

It is an error to pity myself.

My remarks will be limited. I will focus on what we are dealing with and how we can get out of the hole in which we are.

Countries work and serve for those who have power. If you have no power you will not be served. unfortunately in our country the bitter truth is that we live in a country where we have no power. Power belongs to very few people.

This has not just happened because of Museveni. He found them there. Collectively as a country, as Ugandans we lost our power to the British with the force of arms. They came with gun powder. Some of our ancestors put a resistence. We ceased to be citizens of our villages but subjects of England. That situation has not changed till today. We are still under those with guns.

This is why the gun is resident. To take away power from these guns you use guns. The control of the country of resources is in the hands of the very few that control those guns.

My wife and I when we went to the bush we thought there could be bad and good guns. We have all realised that we were wrong. The control of guns is through a disciplined system of orders which come from the top.

When you hear people beaten on the streeets you will hear that they were under orders and the control of guns is under one person from above.

During war the civil institutions, communities are further weakened because they are displaced. The social institutions, clan system break down. In Acholi this has happened as there’s a break down of the community system.

Once war has ended there’s a community that is very weak and cannot check the powerful few that have the guns. Although in the war we thought that there were good and bad guns. Those fighting are also wanting to get the same title as those of the few.

Sitting at the fire place in the bush I would hear some of my colleagues saying that I want to drive that vehicle like the other one whom we are fighting is driving.

One came to me as well he said things seem to be working out and the only thing i want to be is a market master of Owino.

Even the young activists are saying that those malls that they are building will be ours some day.

Many of the people you find that those fighting have been eliminated so they are fighting not because of well intentioned ideas.

After revolutions you hear of coups because people’s needs have not been met. We have power in a few hands and still in a few hands. Countries serve those who have power. If you have no power, your daughter goes to the bush to deliver yet those with power go to Germany.

Money, resources go to those who have power because they control decision making in the country. Do not think you have a Parliament in Uganda.

inspite of the crisis in the country, they are arguing of getting 150m to buy a car. I saw Kato Lubwama “Katemba”. He was elected, thanks to efforts of some of us. he said that those who are feeling jealous can go hang themselves.

Kato Lubwama was elected with nothing. The others get those seats bought. They use like 300Million, use those with kiboko. Seats are procured by the dictator himself. He gives them seats to serve him not people.

The 9th Parliament made very important resolution on oil. Next day they were put on buses to Kyankwanzi and put UPDF uniform. They make them run around. Later they bring them to Parliament and changed all the resolutions they made last week.

The police cannot be a people’s police if they are beating up people. People run away from them. The EC is a walking stick of M7. Institutions serve those who have power.

The good people who are there serve those with power. They tell me whenever i go to the prison that you know we support you but we have to put food on the table.

once you have this situation those with power rule. Our mission is not just about removing M7. How we remove him matters. we must remove the control by guns.

If we wanted to use guns it is not difficult. Many in the forces are with us. This is no longer debatable. In the last election where Military voted we won very well.

M7 started the war with 27 guns and it shows it is not the guns it is the people. If we wanted to take that course we would and win.

Many ask me assure us that you will be different from Museveni.

My MP in my area was confronted why he was not implementing the policies.

At the time of squeezing the bananas not many people come. When one is at the time of collecting the beer the language changes. This MP was saying like that.

The critical thing that we have to address is how these institutions revert to the majority.

The role of elections:

If the dictator controls decision making. Do you think it is realistic expectation that a dictator organises an election to remove him? it is not. Even when we go to the elections you must understand this.

To change this control we are going to need three things. the majority of the people that we want to have the power must themselves know that they do not have the power. Some of them do not know this. When slave trade was being abolished some slaves resisted. Our people have lived with out power for generations now. They think indeed that a leader is their master.

You see them kneeling and clapping…wangala..because he has given them something. Now people treat M7 as a giver.

M7 did not have any property. No money. All the money he has is from those kneeling before him, clapping. when he gives they feel so blessed.

We need to deal with the people’s understanding of the powerlessness, do not complain that you do not have jobs because you will never get it because you do not have power.

What guarantees good governance is the knowledge and assertiveness of the people. You lead knowing that you have masters. If you hire a domestic servant and you have no power over that person. will they work for you?

We have to recover our people’s minds from being masters of the Queen of England.
We must now become citizens and take our responsibilities. Leaders are servants. We must change. If you hire besigye you are hiring a servant. If he does not serve you fire him. M7 says that the ministers are the problem. That is where it starts, recoving our minds and gaining control of our institutions. We must have people’s institutions.

The second thing is to organise. People use guns to take on govts is because they are organised. When we were in the bush we were very few. Our strength was not the guns but the people. People would not talk. if Lutamaguzi had said M7 was under my hut, history would have been different.

When we were in the bush, we had local councils. The LC1 knows who is who on the village. We need to organise for actions. Organise to struggle. The dictator will not go without a push. That is why we said that we shall win by defiance. We won convincingly. That is how we won everything in Kasese. People remained at the polls untill the results were fully announced. You can only win by defiance. This is where everybody comes in.

Once you link up you can sign each other responsibilities. That is why we had P10. If we wanted to the embassy here just texting one of the leaders of the 10 we get 1000 members.

Lastly, defiance actions. It is a struggle like that in the bush. It has dangers. People are going to be killed. This time you are not the one using violence. It is so powerful. You have seen traders in Kampala close their shops, They become cautious that they cannot fight this. They say together that lets challenge this then they organise together and say that from Monday no opening shops. Who will the police teargas. It took three days and the Govt was on its knees.

Defiance are actions of citizens of those who are not using violence. there are three main types of actions. demonstations, taking active dissatification thtough marches, public demonstantration. Two, non, cooperative demonstrations. You are the one that gives power to any leader. If I said please stand up and you do not then it means i have no power. Obedience is the source of power we give. You can withhold it. You can refuse to cooperate. If we all say lets not take any more food to Kampala. What will happen. Can he last a week.

The other day he dismissed health workers and brought soldiers.

Lastly, you have raids of people. Occupation. if it is what people want we can invite every one then we can invite everyone to all come and occupy Parliament. Parliament is a representative organ and if it is not representing us well we can occupy it and represent ourselves.

I can assure that well organised struggle can never fail. More critically, if we organise this time and make sure that those with guns realise that their guns are nothing then no body will ever again use guns to dominate us. They will become surbodinates of people.

The Commander in Chief does not need to be a soldier because the command is of the people. Now you can see that whenever M7 is in trouble he puts on his uniform and very soon we shall show him that his uniform is worthless in terms of controlling power.

In the last election we said that we shall win by defiance and i have not seen the kind of energy and involvement of our people. It is an election where we used less money. M7 said to have spent 800 billion and that was understated. A lot that they spent is as Govt. In 2011 he spent 2trillion.

The message of regaining people’s power has been appreciated. People were saying here it is. Some things were emotional. I was in Pader. A woman kept pulling me..she untied the sash, inside she untied another she pulled out 500 shillings and she spat on it her saliva she handed over the coin to me. That tells you that lady is willing to part everything she had.

This was in the whole country. M7 can say he is the legal president and people tell him no way you are not.

Of course I was imprisoned on the 19th February, I did not come out untill July. They barracked my compound. They think they have forces but…hehe

The reason they behaved like that. They broke the door. they took over the head quarter they arrested our candidates. They did this because the truth had come to them in spite of the cheating.

We have evidence. I told them in court to stop investigating i can tell you here that I won. If it is treason you now have the evidence. If you win you form cabinet. I said this in court. We have evidence that we won by over 52%. We have all this evidence. We did not have the opportunity to go to court. The election is concluded when those who are not satisfied with the results petition.

Every candidate has that right. Museveni is not validly elected. Since he has taken me to court on treason then lets wait what happens. There is no doubt that he did not win.

This is not something that we were surprised with.

The population has remained defiant. M7 now must close roads when he has a visitor as he now sees the public is the enemy. That is why you saw him run away from his car to make a telephone call. He cannot trust his own car.

We believe that we were legitimately elected and the struggle before us is to defend the people’s will. Mr. Museveni has done everything to show that 2016 is done that we look to the gimmicks of 2021. Nothing will change. in 2021.

The whole talk of age limits is now focusing people on what happens in 2021. We do not care what his age is. He lost an election and he just have get out of the office. Whatever his age is he must sort out from his village.

We must not lose the momentum to assert the people’s will. Getting people to understand the need to understand what is at stake, organising and action.

This cannot be a partisan struggle. The divide is very clear. Those that want to regain their country and their institution and those who do not. You just have to choose which side of the divide you are. This is not the time to fly the colours. Let us all build one front. Once we have done that we will need to have a transitional process. Once we regain power over the country we must have have a transitional process that deals with three things. We must have a constitutional review process. I was poking my friend Betty Kamya. She has fought all these years that the main problem is concentrating the power in one person. When I saw here putting on the updf uniform i was intrigued.

We must formally restructure the constitution including land. If we are not careful this will cause real problems as this is the only thing that people are hanging on.

We shall remodel the state institutions so that they reflect the will of the people.

Lastly amongst the cardinal elements is having free and fair elections.

People need to organise themselves in their own respective parties.

This non partisan struggle is crystallizing now. We have a people’s cabinet. A non partisan cabinet.

This time they did not steal the election it was a straight forward coup.

We are having conversations to smoothen ourselves too so that we move as one. And if we all pull together the regime of Museveni is finished. Even before we push the economy is finished. M7 has been reckless on regime survival. In every village there’s a VISO: village intelligent security officer.

We have two ministers for KLA. We have a city mayor, we have the RCC, he is also there in charge of KLA. he has 5 deputies within Kla. All eating alot of money. This is a crisis of the dictatorship. He has been doing this knowing that it is dangerous. He knows this …he was hoping that he was going to get money for oil. unfortunately for him it has remained in the ground when he is about reach it goes the other way.

This year we have a budget of 27, they hope to raise 13, we are no longer even credit worthy. Now in Kla there are money lenders. These are sharks. They lend at 20% per month. And if you are against the wall you say it is all dying.

Now the Gov is also borrowing from money lenders. That is why you hear people are not being paid salaries. There’s an economic crisis now that affects everybody.

The population has remained defiant. If we do what we need to do the dictatorship can collapse any time.

As Winnie told you, some of us are not going to relax, we are going to push without any hesitation. The danger has been that when the leaders are all not moving with the same kind of zeal, assertiveness, it exposes those who are. They are seen as the problem of the dictatorship. That is why it is important that in this final phase all of us should stand up.

Initially when we started the campaign against M7, you would wave at them and they first look around.

Brothers and sisters you have been everywhere and it is not an exaggeration that Uganda is the most endowed. In 2016 our people should not be with jiggers, nodding disease. In the last election i was calling them NRM diseases. Hepatisis B is wiping our people.

Change is coming keep it up.

Thank you so much everyone that is joining us!

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Besigye’s lecture at the New York City Bar Association in New York, United States of America on Thursday

 Wrn Kizza-Besigye after featuring on VOA straight talk Africa hosted by legendary host Shaka Sali.

Wrn Kizza-Besigye after featuring on VOA straight talk Africa hosted by legendary host Shaka Sali.

Opening Remarks

Thank you for the very kind introduction and warm welcome, [Name].
I would like to start by thanking the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice for hosting this historic event.
I would in particular like to thank Mr. Alexander Papachristou for his unwavering dedication to the cause of freedom and democracy in Africa. It’s hard to overstate how important it is to have reliable friends when you are in the trenches fighting for freedom.
Alex has been a source of great inspiration to many of us in Africa. I am particularly grateful to him for his wise counsel and support, always reminding us why democracy and the rule of law matters.
Thank you Alex for your support and friendship to the people of Uganda and Africa. I would also like to thank the staff of the Cyrus R. Vance Center who have worked tirelessly to make this event possible. In particular, I would like to single out Dr. Brenda Kombo for her leadership in organizing this event.
I would also like to extend a special thank you to the African Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar for co-sponsoring this event. I understand from reliable sources that you have been a bulwark supporting the rule of law in Africa. I salute you for your dedication and contributions to a better Africa and a better world.
I see in this audience many friends and familiar faces. Thank you for welcoming me and for making me feel at home. It’s good to be amongst friends. And it’s especially inspiring to be amongst those who labor to promote justice and democracy around the world. Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Begin Speech

Introduction It’s a unique and singular honor to stand here today to address this august institution which represents, in its finest form, the ideals and the pillars of an open, democratic society—the rule of law.
In a democratic society—and in a diverse and pluralistic society—it is to the Temple of Justice that we go for the peaceful and just adjudication of disputes.
It is at The New York State Supreme Court Building that it is written, with good measure, that:
“The True Administration of Justice is the Firmest Pillar of Good Government.”
It is also in the founding document of the modern constitutional government, The Magna Carta of 1215, that is written:
“To no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay right or justice.”
These statements go to the very foundation of the rule of law—Justice.

I am an African
And it is justice, at its core, that is the foundation of democratic government, and without which there can be no open society.
It is with this firm understanding of the rule law that I stand before you today to talk about
“Fighting for Justice, the Rule of law, and Democracy in Africa”
I take my lessons from Uganda—that favored land from which I hail.
Despite our many problems, we still like to call it “The Pearl of Africa.”
Whenever I hear “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika”—God Bless Africa—the anthem of Africa
I think of those rolling hills and the rugged ridges of Rukungiri, where I was born.
I think of the verdant valleys of Northern Uganda
The green pastures of the West Nile Mount Elgon and The Mountain of the Moon
I think of the Nile and Bwindi impenetrable forest
I think of the ancient heritage of Buganda and Bunyoro and the Luo
Then I remember, with no small measure of pride—
That it was my ancestors—our people from all across Africa—
That erected the pyramids and invented the hieroglyphics. That the first footsteps of man is to found in the heart of Africa.
When I remember all these, and the rich culture of our people, and the great civilizations they forged and will continue to forge until the end of time—then I find courage to stand here before you.
I find courage in my past and I am buoyed by hope for the future. As Thabo Mbeki would say, I am, after all, an African! A Ugandan, yes! But above all an African!

Personal Confessions

Let me begin with a personal confession.
I stand before you as a man who has been living under the shadow of the law—not in its brilliant and luminous radiance.
I stand before you as a man charged with treason in his land of birth.
I am here today, outside Uganda, by the permission and grace of the Uganda High court, to which I am very grateful.
What treason means
I will begin by explaining the nature of the treason charges against me. There are, specifically, two charges against me.
During the last presidential campaign in Uganda, which culminated in the February 2016 presidential elections, which I contested and which I believe I won convincingly, I campaigned on one radical and threatening idea:
That all Ugandans—all my compatriots—must be citizens and not subjects. That was the core of my campaign: citizens versus subjects.
To understand the force of my argument and the power of our campaign, we must briefly revisit the political history of Africa.

The Colonial State in Africa.

Colonialism in Africa stood for one radical idea: that no African could be a citizen.
And that by the edict of nature and some inscrutable faith, an African was forever consigned to be a subject. Under apartheid, Africans were “drawers of water and the hewers of woods.”
The colonial state—and the entire edifice of the colonial system—were based on the belief and the simple premise that Africans were inferior human beings—beings destined to be governed by a stern state or a stern master.
This is the colonial idea of tutelage. Africans were projected as naturally backwards and in need of tutoring in the art of modernity and civilized existence.
Upon this ideology was erected the concept of people as subjects. In fact, people as chattels. In colonial Africa, Africans were simply subjects—people to be governed from a distant metropolis by unaccountable but “enlightened” despots. Colonialism meant total domination: No power to decide how and by who people would be governed and no power over their resources (including their labor).

The Neo-Colonial State in Africa

After independence, the African elites inherited the colonial state and hardly buried or interred the colonial ideology that Africans are merely subjects. The African elites have
used the same coercive tools to perpetuate monopolization of decision making, State institutions and resources.
The neo-colonial state –and most states across Africa are neo-colonial state—continue to treat Africans as subjects.
The colonial states turned Africans into subjects and the neo-colonial African states have perpetuated that colonial ideology.
Kwame Nkrumah Patrice Lumumba Steve Biko Nelson Mandela—all the heroes of the pan-African liberation struggles—revolted and waged pitch campaigns of defiance against this racist ideology.
They refused—and defiantly did so—to accept Africans as mere subjects and not citizens. They refused to accept that we, as Africans, are children of a lesser God.

Pan-Africanism Redefined

Thus, at the core of the pan-African liberation ideology is the radical belief that every African is a citizen.
That we are children of a benevolent God just as any other race of this earth. That, my friends, is our campaign in Uganda. That is our campaign of defiance.
The campaign that every woman and man and child in Africa is a citizen. That every African—by birthright—is a citizen of our beloved continent. That we, as citizens, determine how and who governs; that we control State institutions and our national resources.
Masters, not Servants—My Act of Treason
Where there are citizens, the people are the masters and the state is the servant. Where there are subjects, the state is the master and the people are the servants. This distinction—between citizens and subjects—is at the heart of our campaign in Uganda. We are simply seeking to democratize Uganda—to have free and fair elections, and to have basic human rights, including the right to free speech and assembly. That is the profound nature of our struggle.
That is the act of treason I have been charged with—that I dare, in the face of corrupt power, to say that Africans are citizens.
That is my act of treason. And to that I plead guilty. It’s an honor to plead guilty. And I carry that charge, as an African and as a human being, as a badge of honor. In the face of oppression and injustice, one must bear witness. Today in Uganda I am a witness. The second treason charge leveled against me is about the outcome of the February 2016 presidential elections.
With almost no exception, all election observers declared that the elections were deeply flawed and comprehensively rigged. For example, the Commonwealth Observer Group, the European Union Election Observer Mission, and United States Government declared as “deeply inconsistent with international standards and expectations for any democratic process.”
The election returns received by my own party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), show that I won the elections convincingly.
But a thoroughly compromised National Electoral Commission (NEC) declared the loser to be the winner. So I did something entirely radical.
I asked for an independent international audit of the elections.
I said let’s determine the winner of these disputed elections through an impeachable empirical audit.
For that I was charged with treason.
I was charged with treason for questioning the outcome of the rigged elections and for proposing that an objective audit should resolve the dispute.

Free and Fair Elections and the Rule of Law

You might ask, rightfully, what do free and fair elections got to do with the rule of law?
The Rule of Law v. Rule by Law
You can have oppressive laws and you can have undemocratic laws. Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa illustrate why the phrase “the rule of law” can be meaningless, even dangerous, without the constraints or the requirements of justice.
The rule of law alone, in itself, is not sufficient in a democratic society.
The rule of law, to be beneficial and enlightened, must be undergirded by justice. That is, the rule of law must be morally defensible. In modern terms, it must be democratic; it must satisfy certain core requirements of an open and democratic society.
The two—the rule of law and democracy—are inextricably linked. You cannot, in an enlightened society, have the rule of law without democracy; and you cannot have democracy without the rule of law.

Democracy and Citizenship

But what is democracy in the modern context? Simply defined, democracy is rule by the people. It means that the people are the masters. It means that a community of citizens and not a community of subjects.
It means, at its core, universal suffrage and the accountability of the government to the electorate.
But the people cannot govern as a mob. Democracy is not an exercise in mob rule. It must be structured through free and fair elections.
Free and Fair Elections
It means, therefore, that the will of the people must be expressed through regularly scheduled free and fair elections.
So democracy means, in brief, rule by the electorate through universal suffrage expressed through regularly scheduled free and fair elections. That is also the definition of citizenship: the people as the electorates.
For elections are the instruments through which the people—not acting as a mob—exercise their power and will.

Where there are no free and fair elections—the process by which the government is held accountable—there can be no citizenship, and there can be no democracy.
In Uganda, we have not had genuinely free and fair elections since 1963. Democracy and citizenship are inextricably linked. We can therefore redefine and restate what democracy means.
It means government by citizens who exercise their rights of citizenship to hold their government accountable through regularly scheduled free and fair elections based on universal suffrage.
The Rule of Law Restated
Allow me, then, to redefine the rule of law as I understand it. As a civilian.
The rule of law must be based on rules made in a democratic society by citizens who exercise their rights of citizenship through governments that are elected through free and fair election based on universal suffrage.
That is the basic requirement and the foundation of the rule of law: free and fair elections based on universal suffrage.
But our restatement is still incomplete. It is still not sufficient.
The modern rule of law must, at a minimum, have protections of minorities, and must enshrine and respect the freedom of speech and assembly and the free exercise of religious beliefs.
For without these freedoms—freedom of speech, of assembly, and religion—you cannot have free and fair elections or a free society. Without these freedoms you cannot have a government that is accountable to the electorate.
And there is one other requirement: that good laws must be impartially enforced. In our case, we have on several occasions challenged presidential election rigging. Unfortunately, the courts have failed to enforce the law so that the candidate that rigs does not benefit from rigging.

Citizenship and the Rule of Law

We have defined citizenship as the right to hold the government accountable through regularly scheduled free and fair elections based on universal suffrage.
And you cannot have free and fair elections without the basic freedoms that I have just enumerated.
The rule of law, therefore, must be firmly based on the freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion—the pillars and foundations of a free, democratic society. They are also the foundations of citizenship.
Without citizenship you cannot have the rule of law—understood as laws based on substantive justice.
These, then, are the theoretical and ideological foundations of our struggle in Uganda and Africa: the rule of law as the quest for justice and democracy.

The rule of law as the product of citizenship, and as the product of free and fair elections. The problem of democracy in Africa

As I have stated earlier, the problem of democracy in Africa is the problem of elite politics divorced from the masses.
Effectively, in Africa, it often is the rule by minority—family, ethnic, racial, religious, Or a criminal syndicate, that has monopoly of coercive forces.
In Africa, the state has been the master, and the people have been the servants. Instead of citizens, we have subjects. Instead of accountability of government, we have a predatory and parasitic government.
We have had a society of subjects and not citizens. This is the colonial legacy in Africa—a legacy our political elites have heartily embraced.
The people of Africa have, for the most part, remained supplicants to their governments. The strong man owns the country. The resources of the country are his own. “My army”;” my oil.”

Legitimacy and the Rule of Law

In a society of subjects, the concept of legitimacy is reversed. Instead of the government being accountable to the people, it’s the people who are now accountable to the government. It is no longer government of law but government by law. More appropriately, government by fiat and dicta.

The government makes the law as it pleases. It holds the people accountable to its edicts, however grievious, bizarre or oppressive or predatory. Even the constitutions are merely indicative. In a non-democratic society, there is no government of law.
For without citizenship, defined as participation in governance through free and fair elections based on universal suffrage, undergirded by the freedom of speech, assembly, and religion, there can be no rule of law.

Africa, Pan-Africanism, and the Rule of Law

The struggle in Africa is the struggle to reclaim citizenship and, therefore, to develop and enshrine the rule of law.
The colonial powers saw Africans merely as subjects. The African elites have continued that racist ideology of treating Africans as subjects and not citizens.
Let there be no doubt that no one can credibly claim to be a pan-Africanist or a defender of the African people who does not defend the right of every African to citizenship. Please allow me to redefine pan-Africanism.

Pan-Africanism is an ideology which insists that every African is a citizen with indefeasible rights, which must include the rights to free and free and fair elections through universal suffrage, and the freedom of speech, assembly and religion which make possible the rights to free and fair elections.
Let no African dictator claim, therefore, to be a Pan-Africanist.
Lessons from Uganda

Our struggle in Uganda has been singular. How to restore the citizenship of our people. That is my only commitment in politics: to finish the struggle for the African liberation. To allow every African to be a citizenship.

And freedom begins with reclaiming one’s citizenship.
Kwame Nkrumah was right: “seek ye first the political kingdom.”
I say, seek ye first to be a citizen before other blessings can be bestowed upon you. Seek ye first to be free.

That is our campaign of defiance in Uganda—to complete the vision of Kwame Nkrumah and Patrice Lumumba and Steve Biko.
Just as during the struggle against colonialism and apartheid, we do not beg to be free. You must walk for your freedom; you must march for freedom, and you must fight, with every senew, for freedom if you are to be free.
Freedom is not given. Freedom is earned.
You go to jail for it, as did Mahatma Gandhi;
as did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr;
as did Rosa Park;
as did Vaclav Havel;
as did Nelson Mandela;
as did Wangari Maathai;
as did Aung San Suu Kyi; among the great heroes of the universal struggle for freedom.

Totalitarianism and Oppression Require Silence

Totalirarianism and oppression succeed by enforcing silence. ·
They want to silence the victims · They want to silence the people of conscience · They want to silence the witnesses ·
They want no testimony or evidence against their evils
That is why totalitarian regimes and dictators rule by fear. They want to force the victims to police his or her conscience and remain silence.
They oppose freedom of speech and freedom of assembly because they want silence.
They muffle the press and the voices of freedom because oppression can only thrive where there is silence.

They jail their opponents because they want silence. So I refuse to be silent.
Because there is only one moral response to oppression and injustice: you must stand up and bear witness.
The path to serfdom is paved by silence.
We must refuse to remain silent in the face of injustice and oppression.
§ Mahatma Gandhi refused to be silent
§ Kwame Nkrumah refused to be silent
§ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr refused to be silent
§ Jomo Kenyatta refused to be silent
§ Julius Nyerere refused to be silent
§ Jaramogi Oginga Odinga refused to be silent
§ Patrice Lumumba refused to be silent
§ Leopold Senghor refused to be silent
§ Steve Biko refused to be silent § Rosa Park refused to be silent
§ Vaclav Havel refused to be silent
§ Nelson Mandela refused to be silent
§ Elie Wiessel refused to be silent
§ Aung San Suu Kyi refused to be silent
Please stand up and bear witness. Please refuse to be silent in the face of oppression. Refusing to silent is our campaign of defiance in Uganda.

DEFIANCE: This means that our people minds must be freed for them to take on the new status of citizens; they must acquire organizational tools that allow them to speak and act together in challenging domination; and lastly, they must together deny the dictators their cooperation until they concede that people are supreme.

Let me end by quoting a great African hero: “It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees”
That was the late Professor Wangari Maathai.
Please do your little thing. In Uganda, I am doing my little thing by refusing to be silent. And that is how we defend the rule of law and freedom and justice and democracy.

Please do your little thing!
Thank you!

Damian Akankwasa and the 900 million Ugandan shillings under his bed

By John Njoroge

One morning while I was still a reporter at the Independent Magazine, I received a call from a fellow journalist (Name Withheld). My friend asked if I was at work, to which I responded in the affirmative.
He quickly said had a hot story for the Independent publication and that he was driving to my direction.

Within minutes he was outside, asking me to come out with a voice recorder and a notebook (this I guess was for emphasis that we where “going to work”). As was my habit, taught to me by Andrew Mwenda, I told my editors-Charles Odoobo Bichachi and Joseph Were-I was going out, for a “big story” with so and so, who was now outside ready to pick me.

Into his car I went and off we speeded. I was excited.

“So what’s this one now,” I remember asking. My friend was not ready to tell me.

“You will see,” he said.

He lit a cigarette and passed me one as well. We zoomed through the streets of Kamwokya, having small talk, passed down Kira road, up Kabira country club and Cayenne bar and restaurant then, right after, we took a sharp right turn up a small slope to what was then called the Forest Cottages.

Through the gates and into the parking area, he stopped after parking in reverse. He picked his phone and called someone.

“We are here. Yes, I am with him, ok, 10minutes is fine. Ok” he hang up.

He lit another cigarette. Now I was getting worried.

“John, you have heard of this story about a lady who stole money from her husband, the National Forestry Authority Executive Director? You know everybody is looking for him to hear his side of the story. I have found him for you.”


I got excited.

Damian Akankwasa, the man whose wife fled with 900million Ugandan shillings she found under their bed. This man was media hot cake at the time. Every journalist in Kampala wanted to see him.

My mind quickly raced. What questions should I ask? How luck am I? God loves me so much? What will my fellow journalists say? I could already see the praise I would get from my mentor Mr Mwenda. I could already see the headline.

Back then this selfie crazy thing was not there. In fact, we did not know selfies. It had “not yet landed” in Uganda at least.

Thinking back, I wish I had just take a picture with Damian. I had a camera and very nice expensive an back then high tech mobile phone- the Nokia E61i. I think I was one of the few people in this town with that phone.

It was bought for me by my good friend, at the time, Sudhir Ruparelia. But that’s another story.

Soon my friend’s phone rang again and we walked into the restaurant. Seated in a dark blue suit-or was it black- a shirt with no tie, was this humble looking fellow. We walked up to him, my friend introduced me and we sat.

Damian was very soft spoken almost says nothing, Calm, victim-like. Most of the time, he never looked me in the face. I caught him a few times stealing a glance as if to see “is this man getting my lines”

All through the interview, he spoke while closely observing my notebook and my voice recorder.

In short, Damian wanted to clear the air about the source of the money his estranged wife had stolen from under their bed.

He had actually said it before, but I later discovered, he had been persuaded to adopt a “communication strategy” targeting respected publication and give exclusive interviews over that money. Because he was a civil servant and you all know how much they earn.

You see, some of us live in debts. You wake up in the morning and some of the first phone calls you received are from people you either owe money or have to pay for past services rendered. That is if you actually pick those calls. Now when you read or hear that someone had UGX 900 million under his bed, you wonder what God did for him that he has refused to do to you.

Damian made it very vivid and clear to me.

“That money belonged to my brothers. They collected it from sales of matooke, goats, beans, cassava and milk. They brought it to me to buy them land. They wanted to start real estate. They travelled in a bus with that money is suit cases. I put it all in one bag and put it under our bed.”


He continued.

“I had misunderstanding with my wife and she left with only the money and her shoes.”

Only the money?????

He added.

“People say I am building a hotel. But that building behind my house is actually my main house. I am leaving in a boys quarter. It is 5 bedrooms but it is a boys quarter. When I finish my house you will all come and visit.”


All through, I kept looking at my friend, who was very disappointed In how things where unfolding. Not that these things had not been said before but it was in the manner in which they where being said and to what publications. Because at that time Damian Akankwasa was not speaking to John Njoroge but to the Mighty Independent Publications Limited of Andrew Mwenda.

The interview went in circles, about his brothers, traveling with 900 million, in suitcases, in a public bus transport, from Mbarara to Kampala, and then taking bodabodas to his house and counting the money. Really this man must have thought I was on baby fomula.

Once this disaster of an interview was done, my friend and I left. Back to his car, he lit two cigarettes, one for me and one him as we drove out. We did not speak much and I actually did not know where we where going. He did not say and I did not ask.

Down after Kabira country club, my friend expressed his disappointment and asked me to do my job as I saw fit. He told me he had no intention of interfering and that if the interview subject had undressed himself, it was his fault. We agreed to have a beer later in the evening. He took me back where he had picked me.

Damian’s wife allegedly bought cars, land and houses in western uganda with that money. She distributed the cars and land titles to various people who where to pay her slowly.

As NFA director, Damian was allegedly responsible for issuing tree cutting permits. Unconfirmed reports claimed that if you wanted to cut 100 trees, he could give u a permit for 300, 50 extra for you, 150 for himself. All he wanted was his 150trees in cash. So imagine doing that with 2-3 or more people a day.

The biggest scandal or rather money minter was a $13m grant or loan-to the Forestry Authority for 4 projects. In one project alone, $3m vanished and only $50,000 could be accounted for. The documents are public and can be found in court.

Investigations and the courts of law have since cleared Damian of allegations of illicit wealth. His estranged wife was sentence to jail for theft and continues to serve her sentence. Other reports indicate she is a free woman now.

There is however another story for another day.




“……..our Banyarwanda comrades stayed here as refugees for 34 years (1960 – 1994). We gave them all the support we could afford…………through Rwanda Airlines, Uganda is currently contributing about US$24.1M to the prosperity of the people of Rwanda.”

Museveni addressing a cabinet retreat at the Institute of Indoctrination – 26/7/2016

Uganda’s aviation industry dates to the early 1930s when the first flying boat landed around Port Bell on Lake Victoria near Kampala city. Its mission was to deliver mail – a service that had started in Kenya by Wilson Airways and proved to be a vital intercommunication tool in the region’s colonial centers. In 1947 Entebbe was identified as being suitable for Uganda’s future international airport and in 1951, a new Entebbe International Airport was inagurated by the Queen of England. Uganda Aviation Service and United Airways were set up and after independence it became a subsidiary of Uganda Development Corporation (UDC).

Following the collapse of the East African Community (EAC) in 1977, the then President Iddi Amin started the Uganda Airlines from scratch because Kenya had taken all the planes and routes. By 1978, Uganda Airlines had acquired a fleet of 15 fully owned by the government under Uganda Air Cargo. It plied the domestic, regional and international routes to London, Rome, Cologne, Cairo, Brussels and Dubai. It had been created as a strategic entity with the aim of mitigating the impact of sanctions imposed against the Iddi Amin regime and its landlocked Uganda – a task if effectively fulfilled. The 1978/79 war to oust Iddi Amin from power heavily impacted on its operations. After his overthrow its role was changed to profit making but it lacked the technical backup and capitalisation from government.
Its survival depended only on ground handling services and to a lesser extent on royalty fees from third party carriers for designated routes. The ground handling services that covered air cargo, passengers and aircraft handling operations generated 65% of the revenue. Under the guise of privatisation, in 1994, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) by an act of parliament. In mid 1990s, Museveni awarded the ground handling services to his in-law and permanent Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kuteesa. Since then ground handling services for Entebbe Airport is handled by Kutesa’s private company called Entebbe Handling Servicesa (ENHAS). With loss of its vital source of revenue in form of ground handling services, Uganda Airlines which had accumulated a debt of US$ 6M was liquidated in 2001.

By destroying Uganda Airlines, Museveni was extending his wider scheme of destroying whatever had been started by past regimes which he accuses of mismanaging Uganda. More so, he was trying to economically disable those Ugandans more especially those hailing from those regions he considered were politically linked to the past regimes that he had fought and replaced. After over two decades since the death of Uganda Airlines, last month Museveni told his cabinet that lack of a national airline was “a big shame” before criticizing Kenya, Ethiopia, and South African “brothers” for ditching the comradeship and instead opting to exploit Ugandans. He promised to set up a national airline – Uganda Airlines Corporation.

Will Rwanda afford to loose the US$24.1M contribution from Uganda through its Rwanda Airways? An uneducated military dictator in Iddi Amin who faced sanctions managed to build a booming national airline and an educated military dictator in Museveni destroys it!!!!



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.


the upmarket acacia avenue is under deluge.

the upmarket acacia avenue is under deluge.


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.



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.


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”.

On 9th July 2016, Museveni deployed unruly youthful urban goons to attack the second arm of government (parliament) in protest against the summoning of his police chief by the parliamentary committee on Defense 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 organized, 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 terrorize 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. This was the best statement Museveni

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. Fellow country men and women just prepare for more serious mischief as the officers of court prepares more sweet statements.

From riches to rags: the story of Okello and pioneer Buses!

By John Njoroge

The Pioneer Bus service and how one man -Alexander Okello- tears everyday

Few know Alexander Okello but have had the opportunity of riding the pioneer bus service in Kampala.

Minus the thieves and occasional breaking down of buses, the bus service reminds me of my times in Strasbourg-France in 2008.

Alexander Okello is a former multimillionaire. Once a flamboyant businessman and owner of a business empire under the flagship called Moyo hardware. I know him personally. I visit him numerous times at his current residence. He has cried in my presence and told me his problems- at least his version of why he has those problems.

Okello has 19 children with one wife and she looks beautiful and very very young. It is difficult to believe she gave bath to all those children. They are now grown up responsible people. Okello invested in his family in ways many will call extravagance.

When people take themselves and their children abroad for medical care most of you shout. Me I clap. It is a sign of responsibility and love for family. Although I do not support the “eat here and poop there” trend.

Okello’s children all studied abroad. Most still live abroad. Those in Uganda work in reputable companies. He educated them past university level. Unlike some of our prominent leaders, he was very particular with his daughters and made sure not only did they have university degrees, but they where able to get job without his help. He empowered them.

Okello once owned the entire George street- that is the street behind the Buganda road court and the Central Police Station in Kampala.

The Amamu House, on George Street, where the country’s National registry is housed was Mr Okello’s residence. He lived on the last two floors of that building, renting the rest of it to government of Uganda. Before that building had a lift, Okello had his own lift at the back. Okello was so wealthy that all he had to do was call a bank manager and a bullion van would deliver money to his home. All he had to do was sign the cheques from his pent house.

Those of you who know the building called Okello House, in Statehouse Nakasero, Mr Okello is the landlord.

Statehouse pays him a few million dollars every 5 years according to the tenancy agreement. Unfortunately Okello sees little of that money and it is actually purely his fault.

In Gulu, Okello owned many businesses among them, the Viva hotel that was famous for Alobo disco. In 2001 when I was working in Gulu I frequented that bar. It was where I meet the current speaker of the EAC Hon Dan Kidega and the Deputy SG of the NRM party Richard Todwong who later employed me for a year.

Alobo was where I met the late Col Walter Ochora who would flood me with beer and his humour. May he Rest In Peace.

Let me tell you in brief how the pioneer buses came to be in Kampala.

A former high school classmate of Bwana Okello [name withheld] approached him with a proposal. Okello was to give powers of attorney to this classmate for the Okello House. The classmate and other persons would then use the property to get a loan from a bank. The money would be used to purchase buses in a partnership deal with a powerful Kenyan businessman once a first son. Okello would then receive some money every month to keep him afloat.

You may wonder what I mean by “keep him afloat”.

Well, okello went down badly.

At the height of his wealth, he encountered some Nigerians at the Sheraton Hotel, who fed him on lies. They took him on a world wide full expenses paid tour of their “businesses” and convinced him to be their partner for a hefty fee which I will not mention.

Okello could foot that bill. A two figure million dollar figure, he could and very comfortably. His wife told me how she begged Okello not to get involved.

Okello was thinking of the Milky Way, not the sky!

In the end, Okello did that same round the world trip tour, expenses of his own, trying to track down those “business partners” of his and following his money.

All he got was high blood pressure. He is lucky he never ended up in wooden box.

The banks that treated him as king started taking his buildings in the city centre and across the country. His business empire collapsed. He was in and out if courtrooms and boardroom, pleading and negotiating hopelessly.

One top military General and one Asian hotel businessman, all once his drink buddies, where at the forefront of buying off his bank loans and taking his building.

Finally he was humiliated in public.

There is an auctioneer called Kirunda in this town. Very effective man always in a brown Kaunda suit- either he has one or many brown Kaunda suits I don’t know. Kirunda evicted Okello from Amamu house terribly. Okello’s property was literary thrown from the top floor to the grown. He lost so much valuable things that day.

The TV camera never had mercy on Okello. If you can find that clip, it’s on YouTube. White discharge was coming out of Okello’s mouth. He was tearing, sweating and in a panic, pleading with Kirunda. Sincerely Kirunda had no problem. He was doing his job and had no power to stop his own activity. But like a drowning man, who grabs on to a snake, Okello pleaded as his piano hit the ground from the 9th floor.

Fast forward.

Now here comes the classmate, with a “bailout” idea. Okello jumps for it. Signs off powers of attorney giving authority to this gentleman. The man left him, got a two digit million dollar loan and used just a fraction of that money to buy the U2 buses we now call Pioneer bus service.

Okello pursued his classmate for some money in vain. Once I visited the bus offices at the Namboole stadium and money was being counted from the floor. Later, a Newvison reporter also visited the offices and before long we where all writing about Pioneer bus. During my visit, I could not see the feet of those counting the money. I was not quick to write about it because I was looking for the contract. When I got the contract between KCCA and Pioneer bus, my story caused mayhem. I went to Rwanda for a week.

I see Okello once in a while. When he sees those buses, he looses a kilo, and stands Akimbo.

He stays indoors most of the time. He is so heavily in debt but the one thing he is happy about, he invested in his family.

So today I parked my car and I am riding pioneer. Join me upto 1pm.

Love you all!!!



It is interesting to follow how things are unfolding in Turkey. Just a few months ago Turkey’s strongman Erdogan was the bully in the region. But with European’s Union failure to honor her part of the infamous refugee crisis agreement, a coup attempt at home plus ongoing heavy crackdown on the citizens and a growing insurgency, President Erdogan does not only know whom to trust but he does not only know where to from here.

A few days ago President Erdogan did what his colleague did many months ago: visiting Moscow and ask for reassurances if not protection. The smart and yet dishonest and racist people like Netenyahu did exactly that at the dawn of Russia’s intervention in Syria. Netanyahu’s move enabled him keep the absurd Syrian war away from the Israel border while at the same time tried to annex the Golan heights.

Unfortunately, for Erdogan his realization that EU, NATO and USA are unreliable partners to his country has come a little late to save the economy and security if his country. His authoritarian and uncompromising leadership style is totally at odds with that of his partners.

We are just watching the space to see what his new found friendship with Russia’s Putin will lead to. What we know for sure is that things will never be the same in Turkey, thanks to the man who built the strong economy for Turkey and is now on course to ruin it. This is a predictable trait in all dictators. Soon or later Turkey will be looking for economic bail outs. One wonders which country will be next after Turkey. Your guess is as good as mind.


How Dr Besigye survived death thanks to Waragi and fake currency


Many of you remember the 2011 Walk to Work campaign for its drama and chaos. Some of us lived that campaign everyday. Myself and photojournalist Isaac Kasamani swallowed teargas every week as we covered particularly Dr Kizza Besigye. Without medical by the way!!! Hmm
The routine was simple. Every morning by 6am we would find our way to Dr Besigye’s home in Kasangati and waited outside his gate for him to leave. Many times he literary “escaped” from us. We would be waiting outside only to hear he is in Kasangati town centre, yet a few minutes earlier, we had just seen him outside his gate saying good morning to us.
At first I did not understand why he did this. I mean, we, the media, where here to cover him. He had just come out of a heavily contested election which he believed had been stolen. We had heard rumours of how diplomats had been calling him asking him to stop the walk to work campaign but none of us could prove it, so we could not write it.
But what we could prove was that his life was in danger.
As a survival instinct, Kasamani and myself befriended the infamous police van crew UP1926. You all remember them. My best was Musa Walugembe. Musa is a very nice man. Make no mistake. He is very loyal to his country and a very obedient police officer. And a very good human being.
He is a hard worker too. You saw him in action. Many times I have said, that van, may have brutalized Dr Besigye, but taking him away usually saved lives, shockingly including his own as we where to discover.
For the longest time a plan was being cooked and it plotter were always in the walk to work crowds. Problems was how to get close to Dr Besigye because a number of loyal youth usually formed a tight ring around him.

So one morning at 5am I called Dr Besigye. It was part of my routine to call him to find out if he would “be walking” from his home or he would “appear” from somewhere else so that I am there.
I owed my readers to make sure I was at the right place at the right time. My editors at the time Alex Atuhaire, Daniel Kalinaki, Henry Ochieng and Joseph Mazige depended on me for live updates of everything as it unfolded.
We literary had a command centre for walk to work. We had insiders at the FDC who would tell us the campaign strategy of the day. We had “friendlies” within the security system, particularly at the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, who would tell us what intelligence they had gathered and where not to be at what time because several parallel forces where working day and night to ensure Dr Besigye is neutralized.
That 5am call was interesting. Dr Besigye told me he would not be walking. I was shocked. Really! Why? He told me he had a lot of work to catch up on and had decided to take the day off. Then he said something that really shocked me even more.
He said: “John, don’t come here because there is no need. I will not walk today. Please just don’t come.”
I remember these words so vividly. I was seated on my bed. I woke up my wife and told her what Dr Besigye had said. I wondered had I angered him? Did I write something funny? Ok, he says he is not walking but telling me not to go to his home, that is different.
Few journalists at the time had exclusive access to Dr Besigye like I did. It was a time when any association with him meant you are in the opposition. My “Friendship” with General Kale Kayihura ended because I was branded an opposition journalist. At one time I was at the Media Centre and Mr Ofwono Opondo said I had “one leg in an one leg out”.
I told my Mrs that I felt something was a miss. She was happy that I did not have to take that long Boda ride from Naalya to Kasangati in the wee hours. She told me to rest some more. And so I went “into the covers”. It was what I needed.
Hours later my phone rang at 7:45am. It was Mr Atuhaire.
“Where are you Njoroge?”
I told him I was at home. He told me there was a protest taking place at Dr Besigye’s home. I told him I spoke to Dr Besigye but he had told me he was not “going to work” since he had work to catch up on. Mr Atuhaire told me this was another protest, this time by his own FDC supporters.
“Go there now, I am sending a car and Kasamani is on his way”
I jumped out of bed. My son had gone to school and I did not say bye, I was in a panic. I jumped into the shower, madam made me a cup of tea without sugar. Before I went to bed the previous night, I had swallowed a bottle of something bitter-sweet so tea without sugar is magic.
But instead of going to Kasangati, I went to office. When I arrived, Mr Atuhaire nearly hit me with a cup.
“Why are you here? Something is happening at Besigye’s home leave now. Take a car.”
I did not even switch on my computer. I was frog matched to a car and driven to Kasangati. When I got to Dr Besigye’s home, it was calm. Nothing
I called Mr Atuhaire, told him nothing was happening. He was in shock. He told me to hang up and he calls back using the office line. When he called, he told me he was in complete shock because his intelligence sources had told him there was a protest at Dr Besigye’s home.
Alex Atuhaire is one of the most resourceful editors I have ever worked with. He never makes a decision without confirming and trusting but primarily confirming. Now his primary source had lied.
I activated my other source. I called my CMI friend who shockingly told me that same thing. That there was a protest at Dr Besigye’s home. I told him I was standing outside the man’s gate. Actually me and other journalists and there was nothing happening. He too was in shock. He told me to stay there and that he was coming but he would not get near the residence.
I called Dr Besigye. Remember he told me not to go to his home. When I told him I was outside he was enraged.
“I told you not to come here.”
Within minutes he was outside. We all ran to the gate. We told him we had been told there was a protest here. He said “I am not walking please go back to your offices.”
He looked at me and Kasamani and said please leave here. Kasamani and myself where is shock. The man is chasing us. Unaware of what was about to unfold.
I will not mention his name, but he is one of the most dangerous and effective operatives the Uganda Police force has. I saw his car passing at a distance. I know h because we are friends outside out two different jobs. I funny friendship between a killer and a human rights defender of a journalists. Many cannot understand such a friendship. How do you seat and eat with a person who’s daily life is planning death yet you claim to be defending life. We are still friends so I will not mention him here.
Makindye is an interesting place. The night before, a lorry collected men from Makindye and Katwe, gave them FDC membership cards and alcohol. They also gave them SHs 50,000 each.
These men where to arrive at Dr Besigye’s home by 7am, claiming to be polling agents of the just concluded 2011 election who had not been paid. All they where supposed to do is just shout and speak to the media that they had not been paid.
Oh oh….not to forget and also flash their FDC membership cards. 4am the alcohol was flowing for these chaps. Each of them had a 50k note an booze was all over. The person who came up with this idea had another plan. There was another group who’s job was to wait for Dr Besigye. As soon as he came out of his gate, they were to administer something to him.
It was going to look like Dr Besigye was harmed by his own supporters.
Time check 10am, suddenly, groups of youth started emerging at Dr Besigye’s house holding FDC cards and demanding for pay. Small droves, and they where drunk and they shouted “FDC oyee FDC oyee but we want our money we want to speak to Colonel”
Then I saw this Pickup, white in color. Stopped a distanced from DR Besigye’s residence. We all saw the car. Four men got out of it and mixed with the rest.
Dr Besigye suddenly emerged from his residence. As these youth ran towards him, we where shocked to see another group of youth emerging from Dr Besigye’s home.
A standoff.
The drunk youth here scattered. A few caught among them was one of the four men we saw coming out of the white pickup.
Those of you, in the media, who where at Dr Besigye’s home that morning remember what those captured boys said.

For starters they thought they where going to be killed. Dr Besigye however had his boys in control. They narrates where they where got, what they had been given and even showed as money. Then they told us that some of their colleagues had tried to purchase things in the morning but realised the money was fake. That way why they never made it at Dr Besigye’s home by 7am. Because the rest refused after realizing the money was fake.

Yes, nearly 50 youth were fed on alcohol and fake currency to cover up another mission. After they told us all they could, Dr Besigye asked his youth to release them. They ran to the “loving arms” of the police who all this time watched without intervention.
Dr Besigye lived another day thanks to fake currency and waragi. His sources, I later discovered, had briefed him. The master planner was actually this friend of mine. Doctor did not want me, Kasamani and those near him in the event this attempt was executed.
It was a Friday like today.

One can not put anything beyond the Ugandan Police!

I thought Kayihura has all the guns, money and the support of the Appointing Authority. I thought this would be the time to clear his name and clean the image of the police. Although I was disappointed with the way things turned out, I was not surprised. One can not put anything beyond the Ugandan Police. Officer Baguma’s saga tells it all. In the past it was unthinkable that the Police force would do anything to shield somebody suspected of facilitating a murder or being negligent of his duty from prosecution. One wonders why he opted to use the goons or allow the goons invade the court. Anyway he is on record to have applauded the goons and the criminals in the police force he heads for beating up the helpless citizens.

Populist approaches to purely legal matters may not be of any benefit any one. One can never know when the very populist approach will work against such a person. It is a dangerous approach this highly learned friend chose take knowing very well that everyone needs the law to accord him or her a fair hearing. A mob justice does not solve anything. When you allow goons and mobs to work with and even be part of the police force, then you know something has gone totally wrong.

Let us pray for him but most importantly for our country so that we don’t go down that path. We have been there before. And the experience was not a good one. During the Obote’s second regime it were the men in police uniform that would organize “panda gari” raids and send citizens to fields where they were screened, the unlucky ones tortured and others killed. The police force that was supposed to protect people and their lives in the first place was the very force organize for their disappearance and possible death. And after that they would claim to be protecting people and their property. Hope we are not about to witness history repeating its self.

My honest prayers for you all.


Buganda Land Board’s Legal Status explained!



1. BLB is a legal entity that acts as an administrative arm of the Buganda kingdom, which I believe, is a legal entity recognised by the Ugandan Constitution. It is the equivalent of a department or section in a private Company.
2. BLB is agent of Buganda Kingdom and its powers and privileges are limited to the extent that the rights and privileges of the Buganda Kingdom are described in the Uganda Constitution.
3. BLB has no jurisdiction over land in Uganda or any other matter over land outside of those lands designated as property of the Buganda Kingdom.
4. BLB has no locus standing over national land issues, except only to the extent to which it is permitted to do so either by delegated legislation or where it is in conformity with its duties and responsibilities as the agent of the Buganda Kingdom.
5. BLB can sue or be sued in its capacity as agent of the Buganda Kingdom.
6. BLB is mandated to obey national laws regarding ownership, transfer and regulation of land. It must not breach any rights, obligations or privileges granted to it by Stautory land Laws.
7. BLB is subject to both the civil and criminal jurisdiction of the laws of Uganda.


1. The BLB is likely to get into dispute with several lease-holders in the years to come. This partcularly applies to people who obtained leases in the period 1967-1995 when Museveni’s Land Act was passed, the effect of which was to reverse President Obote’s nationalisation of properties previously belonging to Kingdoms and Colonial Chiefs under Colonial arrangements contained in the Buganda Kingdom of 1900, and the Uganda Independence Settlement of 1962.
2. The BLB is likely to get into legal disputes to people who acquired leases, rights or entitlements to Buganda Lands which were sequestrated under Mr Idi Amin’s Land reform Decree of 1975.
5. Of specific interest or concern will be the compensation to be awarded to people who acquired lease, licenses and entitlements in good faith in the period 1967-1999 and who have subsequently made developments on the land worth several millions of dollars in today’s money.


Top: 'President Amin shakes hands with the commandant of Entebbe Airport, Mr Kalembe, at Entebbe Airport before he commissioned the new runway.' Bottom 'General Amin and the crowd stand for the National Anthem shortly after the President arrived to commission the new runway.'

Top: ‘President Amin shakes hands with the commandant of Entebbe Airport, Mr Kalembe, at Entebbe Airport before he commissioned the new runway.’
Bottom ‘General Amin and the crowd stand for the National Anthem shortly after the President arrived to commission the new runway.’

Fellow citizens, fellow Africans.

First I would like to thank God Almighty for this opportunity to write about this difficult issue.

As the 40th anniversary of the famous Entebbe raid is being comemmorated, Ugandans are confused about the event.

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is scheduled to be in Uganda to remember his fallen elder brother who perished in Entebbe.

But with the event has come all sorts of stories about the original incident.

Interestingly all of them point at writing the raid in a manner that puts Israel as the injured hero while demonizing Field Marshal Idi Amin and also ignoring what caused the incident to occur in the first place: The plight of the Palestinians that is today being recognized by the entire international community as an illegal occupation, mistreatment, confinement, land grabbing and indiscriminate bombardment of palestinians including their women and toddlers by an ever more murderous Israeli army.

Let me warn our African youths that politics especially in the international arena, is a sad doctored game.

The western media has done such a good job in manipulating history that todays African can be found celebrating Israeli action’s.

And even when Israel mistreats African refugees, and discriminates against black jews, todays African Union has it’s mouth zipped shut and fails to write even a simple protest note.

In the days following the raid on Entebbe, the entire African continent rose to condemn the attack.

All the African Union member countries (known then as the Organization of African Unity) immediately issued a strong condemnation, and each African president sent their condolences for the soldiers who were killed.

That was the African outrage back then. And that is what the western media has managed to progressively change.

I noticed that there were several telling aspects about the hijacking and the subsequent raid that are also mysteriously missing from their narrative.

So let me try to set the record straight today.

When the plane had just been hijacked after taking off from Athen’s and heading to Paris, all Arab countries had refused the hijackers permission to land on their respective territories.

When Amin narrated to us those events, he mentioned that the Palestinian’s initial intention had been to fly to an arab country.

Uganda had not been anywhere in their plans.

All the Arabs reportedly feared that it was a fake hijacking organized by Israel to get to the Palestinian government and then send a military operation to destroy it and probably kill Yasser Arafat as well.

On June 01 2007, Israels Haaretz newspaper reported this claim saying: “Newly released British documents contain a claim by an unnamed contact that Israel’s Shin Bet security service collaborated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine to hijack the June 1976 flight from Israel that was diverted to Entebbe, Uganda.”

The report had been first aired by the BBC just a few days earlier.

That was what allegedly made the Arabs refuse the plane any landing permission in any Arab country.

It is only then that President Amin was contacted to solve the situation.

The dilemma he found was that the French Airbus would soon crash in the Mediterranean sea killing all passengers.

It was remaining with hardly 30 minutes fuel as it circled above the sea waiting for landing permission.

President Amin then had to first had ask Libya’s Col. Ghaddafi to approve the planes refuelling in so that it could make the 3 hour flight to Uganda.

That intervention probably saved all the hostages and crew from n.imminent plane disaster at sea.

When they finally arrived in Entebbe, the hijackers first refused to anyone to board the plane or anyone to leave.

The plane remained on the tarmac with all the passengers, the crew, and the hijackers for hours.

Idi Amin himself came to the airport and communicated to the hijackers from the control tower. He then managed to convince them to come outvof the plane and move into the old airport lounge which was now the airforce base.

He had to promise them that he would initiate their negotiations with Israeli authoritie, some of whom he knew personally when Israeli’s were training the Ugandan army until 1972 when Amin expelled them with the British.

'President Amin speaking at the commissioning of the new 10,000-ft runway at Entebbe last Monday.'

‘President Amin speaking at the commissioning of the new 10,000-ft runway at Entebbe last Monday.’

Idi Amin is the one who then ensured the hostages comfort and nourishment.

Being a serious security situation on Ugandan soil, he therefore stationed Uganda army soldiers outside the hostage crisis perimeter.

That also kept the situation inside the building in check as he didn’t want the international crisis to enter the country beyond the airport lounge.

He had hopes that the problem would go away peacefully.

Had Amin taken sides, the hostages would have probably been taken to Uganda’s Luzira maximum prison or possibly to the much dreaded State Research bureau where chances for an escape would be almost zero.

Muki ‘Moshe’ Betser, deputy commander of the Sayeret Matkal unit that led Entebbe assault, had trained Ugandan soldiers before Amin expelled the British, and the Israeli’s in 1972.

Talking about Ugandan soldiers in a recent interview with Haaretz newspaper he remarked that “When they are in THEIR wars, they fight like lions. But if it’s not their war, they can be quite indifferent.”

That was the Ugandan public opinion at the time as well on.the crisis: It wasn’t our war. And it is for the same reason that Amin kept the issue at the airport. He then worked hard to get a quick conclusion to a crisis that even him didn’t want.

That is the reality that Israeli politics doesn’t want known because in order for the Israeli action in Entebbe to be considered acceptable under international law, they had to make the false claim that Amin colluded with the hijackers.

Field Marshal Idi Amin is the one who established contact with his old Israeli acquaintances particularly Col. Barlev.

It is then that direct negotiations started between the Palestinians and the Israeli”s.

In a Voice of Uganda report, President Idi Amin clearly stated: “It was not my intention to accept them to land with the hostages in Uganda. I accepted them purely on humanitarian grounds. The hostages were even made quite comfortable. This has never happened anywhere else.”

Meanwhile, Amin would always come and chat with the hostages almost on a daily basis as he was trying to calm their fears and update them about developments.

One thing he made clear to them, the African Union, and the international community from the very beginning, was that this was a crisis between Israel and Palestinians. Not Uganda.

That is what Israel doesn’t want known.

Amin limited Uganda’s role to:

1 – Connecting the two sides to negotiate.

2 – and providing for the hostages immediate needs.

Let it also be clear that Amin’s daily visits and personal concern is what ensured that the hostages were not mistreated by their captors.

The palestinian’s feared how he might react given Amin’s courteous, casual and personal approach in his interaction’s with the hostages.

Even a deadline by the hijackers was a non-starter because then they risked antagonizing themselves directly with the much feared Amin from within his country. They knew that the Ugandan president didn’t want any further escalation or more problems happening on Ugandan soil.

He had insisted on humane treatment and provided the hostages with clean beddings and food that was brought directly from the nearby Lake Victoria Hotel, a popular 4 star government owned tourist hotel.

In fact it is Amin who managed to get the first half of hostages freed after only three days. The Palestinians had insisted that in exchange, they be allowed to bring in 4 more comrades.

Amin obliged for the sake of getting hostages freed and a quick ending.

Has anyone ever heard any recognition from Israel for that important development?

The French government did at least say thank you officially. And one french citizen even wrote to Amin a genuine ‘thank you’ letter.

20-year-old student, Miss Louise Kauvitis was one of the passengers on the hijacked airbus. She wrote: “I am deeply indebted to you for my wellbeing. If not for you, I feel I would not have survived the dramatic experience of the hijack… I hope you will regard this letter as my personal thanks. You are a great man and I am again deeply grateful to you for my being back home in Canada.”

The former french hostage honestly knew that without Amin, the crisis might have had a completely different and disastrous outcome for the hostages from the very beginning and particularly during their stay in Entebbe.

It must have been quite an experience to hear all that the international press was saying about Idi Amin, and then you finally meet the man and find him doing everything possible to make you comfortable, and most importantly trying his level best to ensure that you return home safely.

That was the reality at the time, and both the french authorities and the Israeli’s know this.

If the media was honest, they would for examplr have interviewed the French pilot, inquiring about the initial destination of the hijackers, how all arab countries refused them permission to land, how the plane came to be diverted to Entebbe, and how that was the miracle that saved them from a sure air disaster.

However by the time the crisis was over, Amin had been attacked, his soldiers killed, his jet fighter planes blown, and some people were now celebrating victory over him instead.

This is a good case study about mass manipulation and engineered news politics.

In regards to Entebbe, it must be noted that the British and the Israeli’s were already disgruntled because Amin had expelled them from Uganda 4 years earlier for exploiting the country’s economy and it’s resources.

So the Entebbe event was an opportunity to fight Amin even when he clearly wasn’t fighting them.

As the movie about the Entebbe raid was being made, the Israeli soldier who took over the operation after their commander was shot, was astonished at the inaccuracies.

He then reportedly told Israel’s Haaretz newspaper: “The only thing they got right is the scene of the Mercedes disembarking from the plane.”

When he thought about informing the movie crew about the inaccuracies, the producer one Golan, responded with a reassuring pat on the shoulder and reportedly said: “I’m going to create for you guys an Entebbe you could never have even dreamed of.”

The media in conjunction with the entertainment industry have basically created the public narrative that certain people want the world to have in order to legitimize themselves on stolen Palestinian land.

The information that public opinion reads concerning the Entebbe incident, makes it seem as if Amin was a hostage taker.

They are intentionally silent about any assistance he might have made to the Israeli hostages during that difficult time, and the sacrifices he had to make to satisfy the palestinians wishes.

I have pasted below the most pragmatic article I’ve ever come across about the Entebbe raid. It includes actual quotes from the Voice of Uganda.

Reading through it, one can see the true neutral role that Amin tried to maintain even with his known links to both Israel and the Palestinians.

It also includes the strong condemnation of the attack by the entire African Union.

In a press statement at the time, UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim considered it a “serious violation of the sovereignty of a State Member of the United Nations. An act of direct, flagrant aggression and an outright violation of the Charter, especially of Article 2, paragraph 4, which states: ‘All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations.'”

Kenyan government support for the attack was yet another stab in the back from a fellow East African nation. Their evasive response when asked by the African Union about their involvement says it all about who was guilty. Kenya basically feigned knowledge of the attack when asked by fellow Africans.
(see them also in article link below).

One will also find Amin’s direct request to Israel that they compensate Uganda for the soldiers killed and the military equipment destroyed. He did this because he had been helping resolve THEIR crisis.

Even if Israel claims it had to intervene to save it’s people, Amin offered them a means to make amends by at least paying compensation for the Ugandan losses they caused.

The response he got was pure arrogance from the Israeli side. They decided to mock Amin instead.

Worse still, in an unscrupulous effort to justify their illegal action, they started the claim that Amin was an accomplice to the hijacking.

Idi Amin supported the Palestinian cause. A legitimate grievance as is being recognized by the entire international community today.

And the reason for the Entrbve crisis was that the Palestinians wanted their people freed. Their country as well.

But from the very beginning Amin had been dragged into this incident. And that is the reason why he was completely caught off guard by the assault.

He was genuinely trying his best to end the crisis peacefully and hoping to be there to see the hostages off to their original destination.

A position that he had endeavoured to explain to the African Union summit in Mauritius, and to the continent’s people at large.

And despite everything that Amin did to save the situation, they decided to carry ridicule him and shout victory over him after the raid.

The Ugandan soldier who shot Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s brother at Entebbe was Captain Rafael as we ordinarily called him. I never got to know his family name.

Contrary to what is portrayed in the movies, he shot the Israeli commander dead with one shot from his service pistol and not a sniper rifle.

Capt. Rafael was also the commander of the Ugandan soldiers guarding the hostage perimeter.

So it was literally a cowboy style face-to-face draw between the two commanders when the Israeli’s entered the building.

Captain Rafael was faster.

He was also an Israeli trained commando, the batch that had received extra paratrooper training in Greece. He then did some commando maneouvres that enabled him to literally dodge Israeli fire before jumping from the first floor balcony and escaping with Israeli’s still trying to shoot him.

He died of natural causes around 1995, and it is in his hometown of Tororo, Eastern Uganda where he was quietly laid to rest.

However in 1976 right after the burial ceremonies for the Ugandan soldiers who had died during the Entebbe incident, President Idi Amin awarded Captain Rafael with Uganda’s military cross medal.

That one clean shot which killed the Israeli commander Colonel Yonathan Netanyahu is literally the shot that saved Uganda’s honour, if not the whole of Africa’s at the time.

As an African, wouldn’t it be befitting that I lay a wreath at Captain Rafael’s grave every 4th of July?

But Uganda needs to get out of Israel’s politics where they are now inviting us to the raid’s celebrations.

There is no bigger sign of political ignorance and ideological bankruptcy than seeing a Ugandan or an African celebrating what Israeli’s did.

We here people make perfect speeches about standing shoulder to shoulder to fight terrorism. Yet we also hear that they are the same people sponsoring, arming and training groups like ISIS. We hear that they are the people plundering Africa’s minerals. We hear that they are the people providing backdoor weapons that fuel conflict in Africa. We hear that they are the people who are deporting so-called undesirable African refugees from their country to Uganda of all places.

We cannot hangout indefinitely with someone without at least inquiring what should be done so that there is peace in their neighbourhood.

The whole world today is recognizing the Palestinian state. Including the vatican last year.

Belgiu, Ireland and France are in the process of doing so, while the British parliament already voted a bill in that direction.

So why don’t Israeli’s use the travel funds and the time at the Entebbe event to sign the long-awaited peace deal with Palestinians instead.

That way maybe even the palestinians could join them in Entebbe one day to remember the conflict, and both sides could then together declare “never again”.

Let’s put aside religion for a quick second.

Nobody on this planet would like what is happening to Palestinians to happen to them.

All those claiming to value human rights yet expressly approving inhumane behaviour and the suffering it continues to cause, are the purest oppressors.

Some of them can be found complaining about far lesser infringements of their rights by their own governments, but will support untold horrors on Palestinians. How does the dictionary define such persons?

There are about 77 different UN resolutions against Israeli’s over the years. These involve unlawful attacks on its neighbors; its violations of the human rights of the Palestinians, including deportations, demolitions of homes and other devastating collective punishments; its confiscation of Palestinian land; its establishment of illegal settlements; and its refusal to abide by the UN Charter and the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention relating to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Times of War.

In comparison there is only one resolution against Palestine; Resolution 1435 calls on the Palestinian Authority to “meet its expressed commitment to ensure that those responsible for terrorist acts are brought to justice by it”.

So if we look closer into the issue, we realize that it is all the continuous illegal actions by Israeli’s as mentioned above that are causing the resistance action mentioned in the one resolution against palestinians.

Yet the so-called Two-State solution was already contained in a UN resolution 70 years ago.

On November 29th 1947,
Resolution 181 already recommended the partition of the British Mandate for Palestine into Arab and Jewish states, and the City of Jerusalem.

Where is that partition engineered by the British, and so, which side exactly is the problem here?

It is worth noting that even this resolution was achieved without any consultation with the palestinian people.

The same thing happened when Britain first agreed to the Balfour declaration with the zionist movement back in November 1917.

There is one country, Britain that has created the mess in Palestine that continues to this day.

They have since quietly “Brexited” from shouldering their responsibility in the Isreaeli-Palestinian conflict, yet they are the direct cause for the war, the countless dead, and the countless more refugees and displaced palestinians.

We should also note that it was in 1987 that the Palestinians under Yasser Arafat finally agreed to the forced partition of their land, and also agreed to renounce terrorism. But surprisingly Israel turned around and immediately rejected that Palestinian agreement. That is basically the situation that prevails to this day.

It seems that Israel now wants terrorism to continue so that they can use the excuse to bombard the Palestinians and grab their land until they take the whole territory for themselves.

Mr. Benyamin Netanyahu and his new Defence Minister are people who have publicly stated that there will never be a Two-state solution.

But that is quite worrying if one thinks about what they’ll have to do to palestinian families in order for there to be only Israel.

It would be nothing less than genocide comparable to the holocaust.

What bombardment and mass terror will they have to instill in Palestinian populations so that they flee from their own land?

That is why such statements and the people who have said them have to be strongly condemned by all the countries, the people, and the international institutions that said “Never again” after the Rwanda genocide.

Let me remind Africans what Nelson Mandela said: “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”

It is for that reason that a couple of months ago, the Nelson Manuel Foundation and the people of South Africa sent a 6 metre tall Madiba statue that stand today in Palestine.

It was a definite show of solidarity that all Africans and all right thinking people across the world should emulate.

Last Tuesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon finished his farewell trip to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

He used the occasion to urge some political will for a two-state solution as “the only way to meet the national aspirations of both peoples.”

On the Israeli blockade of Gaza, he said: “It suffocates its people, stifles its economy and impedes reconstruction efforts. It is collective punishment for which there must be accountability.”

The UN chief also expressed understanding for Palestinian frustration saying: “I’m aware that many Palestinians question the feasibility of reaching a just and lasting peace with Israel. They hear talk of peace but they see violence. They still live a life of checkpoints, permits, blockade, demolitions and profound economic hardships faced with growing indignities and the humiliating occupation that will soon enter its 50th year.”
Remember Gaza has been strangled by a tight blockade and its residents have witnessed three major Israeli offensives.

In 2014, more Palestinians were killed by Israel than in any other year since 1967. Violence and fatalities were at their highest since 2007.

Following the most recent Israeli war against Gaza in 2014, a UN inquiry found that Israel was responsible for striking seven official sites used by the organisation as civilian shelters.

Concerning children killed in the war, the UN Secretary General said: “I met so many of the beautiful children of Gaza. More than 500 were killed in the fighting. Many more were wounded. What did they do wrong? Being born in Gaza is not a crime.”

The number of Palestinian children killed during the 2014 war led to efforts to include the Israel Defence Forces on a UN list of serious violators of children’s rights.

As the two-year anniversary of the beginning of the 2014 Gaza war draws near, most of the 11,000 homes destroyed and 6,800 severely damaged or rendered uninhabitable remain in ruins, largely as a result of the Israeli-led blockade.

Is Mr. Netanyahu going to catch a bus to go and comemmorate that anniversary that is just a few kilometres from his home?

Meanwhile, I cannot visualize that a morally upright entity can be the target of 77 UN resolution’s for the last 70 years and still can’t abide by a single one of them.

If it was an African state I imagine the western outrage at the “unbecoming behaviour” by a pariah.

No country has reached that level of international lawlessness, flouted that many resolutions.

Neither Saddam Hussein, nor Ghaddafi, not even Polpot reached those numbers in contravention of international law.

Though I desire global stability and the predictability that Mrs Hillary Clinton represents the most between the two candidates for the next US presidency, maybe what is needed is an independent radical like Mr. Donald Trump who can break a defunct world order that happens to still be in place, and which is now increasingly perpetuating mediocrity and intentional stagnation on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

May the souls of all who died on that day rest in eternal peace.

For God and My Country.

Signed: Hussein Lumumba Amin
Date: 04/07/2016

Kampala Uganda.

(Article “The Political Fallout From Entebbe Raid”: theeastafrican.co.ke/magazine/-/434746/619406/-/view/printVersion/-/1425iw1/-/index.html)

Islamophobia is not a far right extremist issue


It is so interesting how we as society have moved very far into agreeing to live in harmony with the Moslem community, and as a man that follow these issues, I stand to be happy today that we have taken these changes and they are working very well. For example in 2016 there is very few cases in this city or even country, where a Moslem girl will fail to work due to wearing a hijab. Many Canadian companies have accelerated it into their uniform and have accepted it. For example, Tim Horton has incorporated it in its uniform, Bell Canada has incorporated it into its uniform, Rogers has incorporated it, TELUS has incorporated it and many other companies that I cannot list this morning. When a Muslim girl shows up to apply for work, the moment she mentions that she is a Moslem, she is asked if she wants to wear a hijab, if the answer is yes, she is given a uniform or uniform specs that incorporate it, and she fires away to join the work force. And those in this city have seen those girls and women wearing it as a part of the company uniform. Now we are not done yet, for I think we can do better in government agencies, for example a Muslim nurse in a hospital setting is capable to work when a hijab is incorporated into her uniform, and we will reach that point with time. When you look at the Royal Canadian Mount police, on the Toronto Police services and many services out there, the turban has been accepted in all their uniforms and they are working very fine for we all have agreed to live with each other peacefully.

The single largest hold up we have as a society is back ward people like George Okello that look in a haystack to look for very small things to prove how we can never live with Moslems. And their message is always simple, every Moslem you see out there is a killer and if you are to pass near him/her expect death. They feed on planting fear in the masses. When the George Okello arrive at a crime scene the first thing they do is to drop the pants of the killer to find out if he was a Moslem, if you find that there is no religion mentioned, understand that they have found that the killer was actually a none Moslem. Sadly The Obama administration has crossed that line as well, of making sure that we live in fear of Moslems permanently. Don’t you wonder how they send out warnings to every single function, someone prepares out there? Even the current Euro cup got a warning from The Obama administration, of how they have gathered a great intelligence on how the games are going to be a target. Yup you are going to watch the games, but understand that we have intelligence that they will be attacked. Now for any administration to stand up and warn its citizens of such attack, it means that this administration is having some very good intelligence and it is up to the dot in caring for our safety, thus the warning.

Which brings one very bothering question, why has this massive intelligence failed to warn us of any mass shootings that happen daily in United States? Why can’t we ever get a single warning that you know, do not go to the night club in Orlando this or that weekend, for our intelligence believes a killer will show up? Why are all warnings only about attacks that will happen to other countries or to functions planned outside United States but never inside?

We are very close to running from our own God damn shadows, for at the rate we are going, we are going to die of empty panic attacks.


European Parliament PM – Martin Schulz said: “Terrorism and radicalisation must be fought through prevention, monitoring, intelligence-gathering and updated rules and sanctions. There is one tool however which beats radicalisation before it even takes place: dialogue.”

Belgium – Prime Minister Charles Michel has offered his support to Interior Minister Jan Jambon, who was facing criticism for telling a newspaper that Belgian Muslims cheered the Brussels terror attacks.

Bulgaria – The number of migrants coming to Bulgaria threatens to tilt “the demographic balance” its Prime Minister Boiko Borissov said “Bulgaria has regions with Muslim population. We have nothing against Muslims. But when more Muslims come from outside, they can abruptly change the demography of the country,” Yeh alright!

Czech Republic – The Czech President Milos Zeman has claimed that it is “practically impossible” to integrate Muslims into the Western world.

Denmark – Denmark might soon be able to strip radicalized imams of citizenship. Rasmussen said that he will be willing to “push the limits” of the interpretation of the Danish Constitution when reviewing the proposals.

France – Prime Minister Manuel Valls said extreme forms of Islam was being used as a political symbol for the “enslavement of women”. France’s women’s rights minister has sparked fury by comparing Muslim womenwho choose to wear the headscarf to “negroes who accepted slavery”. Marine Le Pen – who notoriously compared Muslims praying in the streets to the wartime Nazi occupation of France – is on course to perform very strongly in next year’s French presidential elections.

Germany – Die Welt, Andreas Scheuer, the General Secretary of the Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party Angela Merkel’s CDU, said “We need an Islam Law. The financing of mosques or Islamic kindergartens from abroad, e.g. from Turkey or Saudi Arabia, should be banned. All imams need to be trained in Germany and share our core values..” “German must be the language of the mosques. Enlightened Europe must cultivate its own Islam.”

Hungary – Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban opposes refugees on the grounds that he wants to keep Europe Christian.

Italy: Unregulated mosques to be closed due to terrorism fears.

Netherlands – The Netherlands have approved a partial ban on wearing an Islamic face-covering veil out in public.

UK – David Cameron: We will ‘drain the swamp’ which allows Muslim extremists to flourish. “Some Muslim communities ‘quietly condone’ extremist ideology – instead of confronting it.”

Talks between UPC Party and NRM government

I am still perturbed about the forthcoming talks if it ever takes place. We are being told that the National Council has already given it a blessing. I have two questions which I hope the leadership of UPC will give me the answer.

The first question is who initiated the talks? Was it NRM government or the UPC leadership? Secondly what does the talk aim to achieve? In my opinion before any talks can take place the general membership of the Party should be consulted so that they can give in their input. I saw something on UPC net where the Party President asked members to give their input. I only hope this is being done at the grass root level as well. Secondly the members should also be informed about the agenda. No excuse should be given that the agenda is secret.

The membership of the Party should realise that any secret dealings between the NRM government and UPC Party is not possible. The present politics in Uganda these days is rotten to the core. I was in Uganda for the last five months and I saw it with my own eyes.

The politics of Uganda got spoilt with the advent of the Okellos’ coup. The coming in of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni made it worse. It has been politics of the gun throughout though it has been disguised with some sham elections. What I saw is quite appalling. The NRM has introduced money game in the politics of Uganda. Most political positions go to those who have money. The days where people were voted in by the electorate based on ideas are gone.

In that type of scenario what type of talks can you hold with NRM government concerning democratic practices in Uganda. If the UPC Party leadership care for return of normal politics in Uganda it should be calling for a National Dialogue where all Ugandan can be consulted and they can give their opinion about the type of democracy they want. Anything short of that will not do. The leadership should not take people for a ride by comparing the present Uganda situation with that of British government and Sinn Fien in Northern Ireland some years back. That was totally a different scenario.

The leadership should also stop telling us that because we are not on the ground we do not know the situation as much as they do. They should realise that in this modern age of technology information is at the finger tips of those who care to look for it. Some of us have up to date information on what is taking place in Uganda by the minute.

John Ojok-Akona
UPC Member London

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about!

BY Daniel Wairiuko Macharia

My boss drove a luxury car everyday and it was my duty to greet him and to open the gates for him, as I worked as a watchman in his villa. But he never responded back to my greetings.

One day he saw me opening the garbage bags outside the villa in search for any leftover food. But, as usual he never even looked at me, it was like as if he never saw anything!

The very next day I saw a paper bag at the same place, but it was clean and the food inside was covered well. It was fresh and good food like someone had just brought it from the supermarket. I didn’t bother as to where it came from, I just took the paper bag and I was so happy about it.

Every day I found this paper bag at the same place with fresh vegetables and all that we needed for home. This became my daily routine. I was eating and sharing this food with my wife and kids. I was wondering who this fool could be?! To forget his paper bag full of fresh food everyday.
One day there was a big problem in the villa and I was told that my boss has died. There were too many guests coming to the villa that day and I didn’t get any food that day, so I thought that one of the guests must have taken it. But the same thing happened the 2nd day, the 3rd day and the 4th day.

It went on like this for a few weeks and I found it difficult to provide food for my family, so I decided to ask the wife of my boss for a raise in my salary or else I would quit my job as a watchman.
After I told her, she was shocked, and asked me, how come you never complained about your salary for the last 2 years? And why is this salary not enough for you now? I gave her so many excuses but she was never convinced!

Finally in the end, I decided to tell her the truth, I told her the entire story of the bag of groceries, and as to how it was my daily provision. She then asked me as to when this stopped? I told her after the death of her husband. And then I realized that I stopped seeing the paper bag immediately after the death of my boss. Why didn’t I ever think of this before? That it was my boss who was providing this for me? I guess it was because I never thought that a person who never replied to my greetings could ever be this generous!
His wife started to cry and I told her to please stop crying and that I’m really sorry that I asked for a raise, I didn’t know that it was your husband who was providing me with the meals, I’ll remain as a watchman and be happy to provide my service.

His wife told me, I’m crying because I’ve finally found the 7th person my husband was giving this bag full of food. I knew my husband was giving 7 people everyday, I had already found the 6 people, and all these days I was searching for the 7th person. And today I found out.

From that day onwards, I started to receive the bag full of food again, but this time his son was bringing it to my house and giving it to my hand. But whenever I thanked him, he never replied! Just like his dad!

One day, I told him THANK YOU in a very loud voice! He replied back to me to please not be offended when he doesn’t reply, because he has a hearing problem, just like his dad!”

Oh! We have been wrong so many times judging others without knowing the true story behind their actions. Be kind and courteous in dealing with others, for everyone is fighting a hard battle. Be careful, not everything is about you. Before you assume, there is this thing called ASKING.

Don’t just jump to conclusion, because that is truly not an exercise, it may cause you more harm at the end of the day. Many of our problems are caused by how we process what happens around us. Don’t judge a situation you have never been in. Be humble enough to learn. You do not know it all. Lets change the way we feel about ourselves and others.

There are two sides to a story. Don’t believe everything you hear.
Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”


Every one is following the events with keen interest.The love shown to Besigye must be a huge challenge to his tormenters.

1. When Besigye shows up on Kampala streets any day all shops close. All people run to have a glimpse of their man. It is more of a celebration. It is amazing.

2. When Besigye shows up in Rukungiri, Kabale, Jinja or Mbale the same thing happens. The appearance of Besigye in any part of the country East, West, South or North of the country just sparks off a celebration. It does not matter whether he appears as a prisoner or a free man. It is his appearance that counts. It is amazing.

3. Even in Moroto where his tormenters thought nobody would care an inch about Besigye’s presence the same happened. People were not celebrating to see a free man. They were instead celebrating to see a man who was detained. It is amazing!

It is alleged that prisoners fought to have Besigye on their side. Even inside prison? To the prisoners Besigye’s presence was something that could put a smile on their faces. It is amazing!! By the look of things Moroto district and the Karamoja sub region might register faster development under Besigye incarceration than under a fully-fledged ministry for Karamoja affairs for the last 10 years. All eyes are on Moroto. All roads will soon lead to Moroto. And that will be development. That is how God does things. God does things in amazing ways. Soon Moroto will be the capital of all activities and who knows it might soon get City status, at least in people’s minds.

Besigye is an amazing phenomenon neither his tormenters nor admirers can grasp.

The unfortunate Besigye’s incarceration can be welcomed by his tormenters but one thing is for sure, soon his tormenters would wish they did not have him in their own custody because everything that happens to him whether inside the prison or outside is known to the public in real time. One can guess that both the tormenters and the tormented have sleepless nights.

If this is not an amazing phenomenon I don’t know what to call it.”

Dr.Ibrahim Ssendagire via UMBS forum

What’s Treason in the Uganda Constitution?

We have not yet obtained an official copy of the indictment/charge sheet (to see the particulars of the charge) but there are reports that he was charged with treason at around 6.00 pm (one hour past court’s official working time) on Friday13 May 2016 in the north-eastern district of Moroto in Karamoja sub-region before the Magistrate’s Court in Moroto and he is now on remand until 25 May 2016 when his case will come up for ‘mention’ (not hearing).[1]

You must be aware that this will not be the first time to bring treason charges against political opponents in this country. Basically, by charging someone with treason, the State is able to detain him or her for a longer period of time as it is carrying out unending ‘investigations’. It is also very difficult to get bail for such a serious offence. In short, treason charges can be used to tame key figures in opposition politics and to pressurise them to apply for an ‘amnesty’.

The offence of treason is set out in Article 23 of the Penal Code Act of Uganda, Chapter 120 of the Laws of Uganda, introduced in Uganda by British Colonialists in 1950. The text reads as follows:

“23. Treason and offences against the State.

(1) Any person who—

levies war against the Republic of Uganda;

unlawfully causes or attempts to cause the death of the President or, with intent to maim or disfigure or disable, unlawfully wounds or does any harm to the person of the President, or aims at the person of the President any gun, offensive weapon, pistol or any description of firearm, whether it contains any explosive or destructive substance or not;

contrives any plot, act or matter and expresses or declares such plot, act or matter by any utterance or by any overt act in order, by force of arms, to overturn the Government as by law established;

aids or abets another person in the commission of the foregoing acts, or becomes an accessory before or after the fact to any of the foregoing acts or conceals any of those acts,

commits an offence and shall suffer death.

(2) Any person who forms an intention to effect any of the following purposes—

to compel by force or constrain the Government as by law established to change its measures or counsels or to intimidate or overawe Parliament; or

to instigate any person to invade the Republic of Uganda with an armed force, and manifests any such intention by an overt act or by any utterance or by publishing any printing or writing, commits an offence and shall suffer death.

(3) Any person who advisedly attempts to effect any of the following purposes—

to incite any person to commit an act of mutiny or any treacherous or mutinous act; or

to incite any such person to make or endeavour to make a mutinous assembly, commits an offence and is liable to suffer death.

(4) Any person who advisedly attempts to seduce any person serving in the armed forces or any member of the police force or prison services or any other security service, by whatever name called, from his or her duty and allegiance to the Constitution commits an offence and is liable to suffer death.”

We do not know yet know the specific acts in the above section Besigye is alleged to have committed. We, therefore, reserve any comment at this stage.

‘Winnie Byanyima- How it is like being Besigye’s Wife’:

[1] http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Muntu-faults-Judiciary-on-Besigye-treason-case/-/688334/3203332/-/15bb211/-/index.html; http://observer.ug/news-headlines/44227-besigye-charged-with-treason-remanded-to-moroto-prison; http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Tension-as-court-charges-Dr-Besigye-with-treason/-/688334/3203432/-/133p7n9/-/index.html

Complete List of people named in the Panama Papers


Heads of state

  • Argentina Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina
  • Saudi Arabia Salman, King of Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi
  • Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine

Former heads of state

  • Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, former Emir of Qatar
  • Sudan Ahmed al-Mirghani, former President of Sudan
  • Heads of government
  • Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister of Iceland (resigned April 5, 2016)

Former heads of government

  • Georgia (country) Bidzina Ivanishvili, former Prime Minister of Georgia
  • Iraq Ayad Allawi, former Acting Prime Minister of Iraq
  • Jordan Ali Abu al-Ragheb, former Prime Minister of Jordan
  • Qatar Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, former Prime Minister of Qatar
  • Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko, former Prime Minister of Ukraine
  • Moldova Ion Sturza, former Prime Minister of Moldova

Other government officials

  • Algeria -Abdeslam Bouchouareb, Minister of Industry and Mines
  • Andorra -Jordi Cinca, Minister of Finance
  • Angola -José Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos, Minister of Petroleum
  • Argentina – Néstor Grindetti, Mayor of Lanús
  • Botswana- Ian Kirby, President of the Botswana Court of Appeal and former Attorney General
  • Brazil – Joaquim Barbosa, former President of the Supreme Federal Court,Eduardo Cunha, President of the Chamber of Deputies,Edison Lobão, Member of the Senate and former Minister of Mines and Energy,João Lyra, Member of the Chamber of Deputies
  • Cambodia – Ang Vong Vathana, Minister of Justice
  • Chile -Alfredo Ovalle Rodríguez, intelligence agency associate
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo,,Jaynet Kabila, Member of the National Assembly
  • Republic of the Congo – Bruno Itoua, Minister of Scientific Research and Technical Innovation and former Chairman of the SNPC
  • Ecuador – Galo Chiriboga, current Attorney General,Pedro Delgado, cousin of President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, and former Governor of the Central Bank
  • France – Patrick Balkany, Member of the National Assembly and Mayor of Levallois-Perret,Jérôme Cahuzac, former Minister of the Budget,Jean-Marie Le Pen, former president of the National Front and father of current party leader Marine Le Pen
  • Greece – Stavros Papastavrou, advisor of former Prime Ministers Kostas Karamanlis and Antonis Samaras
  • Hungary – Zsolt Horváth, former Member of the National Assembly
  • Iceland -Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Finance,Júlíus Vífill Ingvarsson, Member of Reykjavík City Council (resigned April 5, 2016),Ólöf Nordal, Minister of the Interior
  • India -Anurag Kejriwal, former President of the Lok Satta Party Delhi Branch, Anil Vasudeva Salgaocar, A Goa-based mining baron and former MLA
  • Kenya -Kalpana Rawal, Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Malta -Konrad Mizzi, Minister of Energy and Health
  • Nigeria -James Ibori, former Governor of Delta State
  • North Korea -Kim Chol Sam, Daedong Credit Bank representative based in Dalian and presumed high official
  • Palestine -Mohammad Mustafa, former Minister of National Economy
  • Panama – Riccardo Francolini, former chairman of the state-owned Savings Bank
  • Peru -César Almeyda, Director of the National Intelligence Service
  • Poland -Paweł Piskorski, former Mayor of Warsaw
  • Rwanda -Emmanuel Ndahiro, brigadier general and former chief of the intelligence agency
  • Saudi Arabia -Muhammad bin Nayef, Crown Prince and Minister of the Interior of Saudi Arabia
  • Sweden -Frank Belfrage, former State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
  • United Kingdom -Michael Ashcroft, retired member of the House of Lords,Tony Baldry, former Conservative MP for Banbury,Michael Mates, former Conservative MP for East Hampshire,Pamela Sharples, Member of the House of Lords
  • Venezuela -Victor Cruz Weffer, former commander-in-chief of the army,Jesús Villanueva, former Director of PDVSA
  • Zambia -Atan Shansonga, former Ambassador to the United States

Relatives and associates of government officials

  • Argentina – Daniel Muñoz, aide to former presidents Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Néstor Kirchner
  • Azerbaijan – Mehriban Aliyeva, Leyla Aliyeva, Arzu Aliyeva, Heydar Aliyev and Sevil Aliyeva, family of President Ilham Aliyev
  • Brazil -Idalécio de Castro Rodrigues de Oliveira, potential briber of the Brazilian President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha and a Portuguese entrepeneur
  • China -Patrick Henri Devillers, French business associate of Gu Kailai, convicted murderer and wife of former Minister of Commerce and Member of the Politburo Bo Xilai,Deng Jiagui, brother-in-law of President Xi Jinping,Jasmine Li, granddaughter of former Member of the Politburo Jia Qinglin,Li Xiaolin, daughter of former Premier Li Peng
  • Ecuador -Javier Molina Bonilla, former advisor to Director of the National Intelligence Secretariat Rommy Vallejo
  • Egypt -Alaa Mubarak, son of former President Hosni Mubarak
  • France -Frédéric Chatillon, business associate of Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front,Arnaud Claude, former law partner of former President Nicolas Sarkozy,Nicolas Crochet, accounting associate of Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front
  • Ghana – John Addo Kufuor, son of former President John Kufuor
  • Guinea- Mamadie Touré, widow of former President Lansana Conté
  • Honduras -César Rosenthal, son of former Vice President Jaime Rosenthal
  • Ireland -Frank Flannery, political consultant and Fine Gael’s former Director of Organisations and Strategy
  • Italy -Giuseppe Donaldo Nicosia, convicted of bribery alongside former Senator Marcello Dell’Utri
  • India -Jehangir Soli Sorabjee, son of former attorney general Soli Sorabjee and a honorary consultant physician at Bombay Hospital,Harish Salve, India’s leading lawyers and son of N. K. P. Salve, member of the Indian National Congress party,Rajendra Patil, son-in-law of veteran Congressman and Karnataka Horticulture Minister Shamanuru Shivashankarappa and a businessman
  • Ivory Coast -Jean-Claude N’Da Ametchi, associate of former President Laurent Gbagbo
  • Kazakhstan -Nurali Aliyev, grandson of President Nursultan Nazarbayev
  • Malaysia -Mohd Nazifuddin Najib, son of Prime Minister Najib Razak and his cousin
  • Mexico -Juan Armando Hinojosa, “favourite contractor” of President Enrique Peña Nieto
  • Morocco -Mounir Majidi, personal secretary of King Mohammed VI
  • Pakistan -Maryam Nawaz, Hasan Nawaz Sharif and Hussain Nawaz Sharif, children of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
  • Russia -Sergei Roldugin, Arkady Rotenberg and Boris Rotenberg, friends of President Vladimir Putin
  • Senegal -Mamadou Pouye, friend of Karim Wade, himself the son of former President Abdoulaye Wade
  • South Africa – Khulubuse Zuma, nephew of President Jacob Zuma
  • South Korea -Ro Jae-Hun, son of former President Roh Tae-woo
  • Spain -Pilar de Borbón, sister of former King Juan Carlos I,Micaela Domecq Solís-Beaumont, wife of Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy and former Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment,Oleguer Pujol, son of Jordi Pujol i Soley, former President of Catalonia
  • Syria- Rami and Hafez Makhlouf, cousins of President Bashar al-Assad
  • United Kingdom -Ian Cameron, father of Prime Minister David Cameron
  • United Nations -Kojo Annan, son of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Sports personalities

  • Juan Pedro Damiani, Uruguayan member of the FIFA Ethics Committee
  • Eugenio Figueredo, Uruguayan American former president of CONMEBOL and vice president and member of the ethics committee of FIFA
  • Gianni Infantino, Swiss-Italian president of FIFA
  • Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, Argentine businessmen also implicated in the 2015 FIFA corruption case
  • Michel Platini, French former president of UEFA
  • Jérôme Valcke, French former secretary general of FIFA
  • Mattias Asper, Valeri Karpin, Nihat Kahveci, Tayfun Korkut, Darko Kovačević, Gabriel Schürrer and Sander Westerveld had accounts created by Real Sociedad and its president(s) principally Iñaki Otegui, under the leadership of José Luis Astiazarán, Miguel Fuentes, María de la Peña, Juan Larzábal and Iñaki Badiola
  • Gabriel Heinze, Argentine former footballer, account (with his mother) during Manchester United years
  • Lionel Messi, footballer for Barcelona and the Argentine national team
  • Brian Steen Nielsen, Danish former footballer and sports director of Aarhus Gymnastikforening
  • Marc Rieper, Danish retired footballer
  • Clarence Seedorf, Dutch former footballer
  • Leonardo Ulloa, Argentine footballer
  • Iván Zamorano, Chilean retired footballer, account during Real Madrid years
  • Àlex Crivillé, Spanish former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer
  • Nico Rosberg, German Formula 1 driver at Mercedes AMG Petronas
  • Jarno Trulli, Italian former Formula 1 driver
  • Tomas Berdych, Czech professional tennis player on the ATP World Tour, currently ranked world number seven
  • Nick Faldo, English professional golfer on the PGA European Tour, now mainly an on-air golf analyst

Entertainment personalities

  • Agustín Almodóvar, Spanish film producer and younger brother of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar
  • Pedro Almodóvar, Spanish film director, screenwriter, producer and former actor
  • Amitabh Bachchan, Indian actor
  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Indian actress and former Miss World.
  • Jackie Chan, Hong Kong actor
  • Franco Dragone, Italian Belgian theatre director, known for his work for Cirque du Soleil
  • David Geffen, Hollywood mogul, co-founder of DreamWorks
  • Vinod Adani, Indian businessman, elder brother of Gautam Adani, Adani Group
  • Bank Leumi’s representatives and board members.
  • Hollman Carranza, son of Colombian emerald mogul Víctor Carranza
  • Rattan Chadha, Indian-born Dutch businessman, founder of Mexx clothing
  • Jacob Engel, Israeli businessman active in the African mining industry.
  • Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Italian businessman and politician
  • Anthony Gumbiner, British businessman, chairman of Hallman Group
  • Solomon Humes, Bahamian bishop of a small denomination
  • Soulieman Marouf, British Syrian businessman Nakash family members
  • Idan Ofer, London-based Israeli business magnate and philanthropist, founder of Tanker Pacific.
  • Igor Olenicoff, American billionaire
  • Marianna Olszewski, American financial author and life coach.
  • K P Singh, Indian businessman
  • Frank Timiș, Romanian-born Australian businessman
  • Dov Weissglass, Israeli lawyer and business man who has been closely linked with the Middle East peace process, particularly under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
  • Teddy Sagi, a London-based Israeli billionaire businessman founder of Playtech and the majority shareholder of Market Tech Holdings, which owns London’s Camden Market, and of two AIM-listed technology companies.
  • Jacob Weinroth, an Israeli attorney, founder partner of Dr. J. Weinroth & Co. Law Office and owner and director of Sapir Holdings.
  • Benjamin Wey, Chinese American financier and president of New York Global Group Main shareholders of Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Mallika Srinivasan,Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TAFE – Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited and Indira Sivasailam (died in December 2008)
  • Abdul Rashid Mir, founder and CEO of Cottage Industries Exposition Limited (CIE) & Tabasum Mir
  • Zavaray Poonawalla, Brother of billionaire Cyrus S. Poonawalla and heads the managing committee of Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC)
  • Mohan Lal Lohia, Father of Sri Prakash Lohia, founder and chairman of Indorama Corporation
  • Onkar Kanwar, Chairman & MD of Apollo Tyres
  • Garware family, family of Abasaheb Garware, was a pioneering industrialist from Maharashtra state in India
  • Shishir K Bajoria, promoter of SK Bajoria Group, which has steel refractory units
  • Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian writer, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature


  • Marllory Chacón Rossell, Guatemalan drug trafficker.
  • Jorge Milton Cifuentes-Villa, Colombian drug trafficker, head of the Cifuentes-Villa Drug Trafficking Organization and partner of Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán.
  • Rafael Caro Quintero, Mexican drug trafficker and one of the founders of the now-disintegrated Guadalajara Cartel.
  • Iqbal Mirchi[73] (died 14 August 2013), right-hand man of India’s most wanted criminal, Dawood Ibrahim
  • Gonzalo Delaveu, head of global corruption watchdog Transparency International’s Chile branch (resigned 4 April 2016)

Museveni’s loyalist judges have caused us so much pain!

Apart from splurting out expletives, and pandering to the lowest rungs of human corruption and greed, can you please address the serious issues raised in this debate? Please don’t write just for the sake of it. I never entertain idiots and have terrible aversion to nonsense passing as debate.

1. My assertion is that the Ugandan judiciary today is so corrupt and emasculated that it can no longer be regarded as a mechanism for dispensing justice. It dispenses a gangster’s justice as can be evidenced in the numerous judgements it has delivered over the judiciary, which display almost abject surrender of judicial independenc, courage, impartiality and intellect

2. The Ugandan judiciary, especially its three top ranks are packed with cadre judges. 4 judges of the Supreme Court, including Katreebe, Nshimye, and Kavuuma, are card carrying members of the NRA, with Katreebe at No,28 and Kavuuma at No.34.

3. 4 Judges of the Supreme Court have worked as paid advisors in the NRA Secretariat

4. At least 3 of the Supreme Court judges have served terms as NRA MPs. Katreebe served as Cabinet Minister as well as Attorney General for more than 7 years.
5. Of the 55 judges of the superior courts, the Court of Appeal, the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court, my last count shows that 33 of them are card carrying members of the NRA, many having stood and lost as aspiring MPs and were compensated or cajoled with judicial positions to lock them down in incestous loyalty.

6.Your hero kayibanda Museveni has side-lined the Judicial Services Commission, which used to be the appointing body for all judicial positions, as is the case in all other commonwealth or common law countries. Kayibanda changed the constitution in 1995 to arrogate powers of appointment of judges to himself alone, with the Judicial Service Commission having only advisory powers. Kayibanda has ignored all the recommendations of even this tame and largely rubber-stamp body and appoints judges as a reward or bribe, to win them or their tribal consituencies, or to silence them.
9. Most of the current judges of the higher courts, and especially Katreebe, Kavuma and Nshimye would be disqualified from holding any judicial position on the basis of bias or potential bias. In the UK, it is totally inconcievable for a former MP or former Minister to appointed to a judicial position. This would be a scandal almost of siesmic proportions- any government that did that would be removed from office.

10. Judges are supposed to be men and women of the highest intergrity, totally free from bias, or appearance of bias, even if it is only historic appearance, or appearance by association. A person or persons responsible for policies of a political organisation, to the extent of working in its secertariat and serving it as an MP, and in the case of Katreebe, even sitting as a member of Executive Committee of that organisation for many years, should never be appointed a judge under any circumstance.

11. Katreebe’s law firm in Kampala represented Kayibanda Museveni in the election petition brought by Amama Mambadzi. Here then, we had the bizarre situation where Kayibanda employs his own Chief Justice to represent him in a case presided over by the same Chief Justice. It does not matter that Katreebe employed other lawyers to appear in court, what is important is that he owned or was associated with that law chambers. Katreebe law firm was being paid by Kayibanda and the Uganda government on the one hand as a private lawyer, and also paid by the Uganda government in his role as a judicial officer.


MAMDANI-NYAZI SAGA:A former staff member weighs in

By Christine Lubwa Oryema Lalobo

Its people like Barya who caused this problem by not adhering to procedures and system. You cannot tell and encourage a Supervisor to variate a staff JD using the clause ‘Any other duty assigned by the supervisor as that clause is for emerging, unpredictable and temporary tasks. What The Baryas did was to create a new hybrid cadre at MISR. Once they did that it was incumbent upon them to proceed and complete the paperwork and issue to staff new Terms and Conditions of service and most likely new Titles too. At Makerere University there are Academic staff that comprise those who lecture and conduct research and publish, those who conduct research only and publish, those who work in the Library. All these categories have basic qualifications for entry into the University service, Job rankings and career path clearly defined. There is still no hybrid Researchers/Lecturers and it needed to be created and all staff affected officially given time to consider accepting the change of a phase out plan worked out.
Prof Mamdani should have known better. In his quest to be the Big Man he forgot the systems and procedures. Grievance Handling, conflict resolution and disciplinary measures are all clearly outlined in the University Staff Manual and if my memory serves me right evicting staff from office is not one of them. In fact the final act at separation includes handing over University equipment and keys and involves the Estate Department before the Exit Form is signed off. Makerere University continues to have Researchers at The Economic Policy Research Centre, The Child Health and Development Centre, Buyana Stock Farm, The Biological Field Station Kibale and many other such ‘Departments’.

On the other hand Stella too went overboard. Granted she might have ran temporarily mad but who wants a lunatic as their staff? God forbid because Professor Mamdani was forcing her to teach and there is strong possibility that she could have broken down in front of the eminent Mamdani Ph.D students. They would have been permanently damaged and suffered Trauma for the rest of their lives.

This should be a good lesson however currently most people are so taken up by the money talk it’s sickening!

Our mothers who pay 19% tax VAT on everything they purchase are making sacrifices too. They in effect fund most of us! Hyuha actually gets it…many others don’t!

Stella overreacted but the Institutional framework was abandoned and people are working using their feelings rather than procedures. That is a very dangerous trend.

For those who say if MM leaves the Ph.D program will collapse I say if the PhD program depends on only one person then the earlier it collapses the better!

Stella has a contract that she signed designating her as a Researcher a bona fide position at The University. After her employment and working in the position she was appointed a Ph.D International hybrid program was launched at MISR. MISR was founded in 1948 as an East African Social Science Research (not teaching) Institute. Teaching always happened at the Faculty now School of Humanities and Social Science. There are Ph.D students enrolled there too…so this is a parallel program. It appears MM asked and was allowed to ‘make’ all researchers at the Institute who had Ph.Ds to begin lecturing without amending their contracts or JDs or Job Titles. Stella says she cannot lecture because her contract is for a researcher not a lecturer. MM says if Stella cannot lecture she must leave the office and work from the Library…the rest you know.

Basically the entire issue has been mismanaged with MM ignoring Institutional Procedures and systems and offices and taking charge even where he does not have the power to and Stella over reacting and we end up with uncalled for friction!

Stella comes from a rich family.So, she will be OK!

Maybe it is because I know something about Mamdani that makes me sympathise with Dr Stella.

As a UPC vocal member, Mamdani was always ‘on the ‘take’. I am told that that is why he fell out with Obote.

Mamdani worked with M7 in UPC, and I am sure used this connection to infiltrate Makerere and create a personal business out of the MISR in his retirement.

Renting MISR space to his wife to create a studio is a sympton of what the man is about.

Why someone who refused to work on a Harry Potter film ends up renting studios at Makerere is a mystery.

I would not be surprised if Mamdani starts a PhD in film production at MISR.

Stella Nyanzi is not mad. She is incredibly brave. In a country where the majority have been cowed and bullied for ages, people like Stella are very few.
For someone under 40 years she is amazing.

Now knowing who her relatives are,she comes from a fairly wealthy and educated family, and she has options.

That she has opted to take on the bullying demigod at MISR, is to be encouraged. She has nothing to lose at this point.


Sorry I misjudged you,Stella…..Keep going!

Allow me to contradict myself but I am beginning to see much sense in this woman’s recent behavior. And I should be excused for thinking that she has won both the war and the battle head high!

Forget all the moral hypocrisy most of us have exhibited here and elsewhere. We all have a sex and obscene animal in us which we exhibit from time to time, mostly behind the closed doors of our bedrooms and/or bathrooms.

Dr Stella has gone one better over us by exploiting this animal and unleashing it vs her tormentors. With it she has struck two birds with one stone. She has not only turned a would-be internal matter into a national and probably an international one but has also let loose her hitherto deep-seated agony of sexual, social and probably physical abuse.

Let the moralists cry foul as loud as they wish but the woman has caught everybody’s attention and has not only exposed the oppressor, who’s now on the defensive, but has just opened a new chapter of peaceful defiance and resistance. We have not seen the last nudity protest and only God knows which oppressor will be tamed next.

Has this woman broken any law? Her lawyer thinks otherwise and it’s noteworthy that up to now Kaihura has desisted the temptation to pounced on her. The University Disciplinary Authority will have to comb the University disciplinary rules to make a water tight case against this woman. I hear they are riding against the storm!

There’s just one thing that worries me, Edward. It’s this thing of death striking in the family in the August of each of the past two years. Is it a coincidence? Do you see a trend? Who’s next in the queue?

By the way, does anyone know if Aunt Susan and Uncle Andrew have been kind enough to answer the woman’s questions?


I celebrate my use of nudity, obscenity and profanity to protest against six years of the brutal rape and sodomization of my employment contract. My family members that matter all accept the necessity of my protest. Against intense pressures from many distant relations suddenly interested in my wellbeing, my close family clearly distinguish the protest as a work-related struggle that must be solved between myself and the public institution that employs me. That is the position of my family members that matter.

Now, wiseacre relatives who are clueless and distant to me are going into the limelight of the cameras to ‘apologise to the public on behalf of the family’. Blithering ignorant bumbling fools! I am neither apologetic nor regretful about my nude profane and obscene protest. Do not puncture my sails. You speak for neither me nor my sisters! You only want to enjoy the camera lights.

My father died in August 2014. My mother died in August 2015. None of these family members ever came to check on me, my siblings and my children. But now they had the audacity to apologise to the public for my nudity, obsenity and profanity. Fucking impostors.

Auntie Susan Bidandi Ssali, what were you doing in Bukedde apologising to the public for my nudity? Who sent you? Were you doing damage control or what? Why? Was it because you love us so much that you were helping to cleanse us from your perceived sense of the shame and disgrace facing us? Why didn’t you come and ask me if that is what I wanted? Did you ever apologise to the foreign public for the time you were found abroad when insane and stark naked because of schizophrenia? Why did you feel the need to undo what I am doing? Auntie Susan Bidandi Ssali, nvako. Tomanyira. Nja kukwanika mu lwattu bwewakumpanya Mummy essente ze ezettaka okutuusa lw’eyagenda emagombe. Nzungira ko mpola.

Uncle Andrew Lwenswa, what do you know about me, my life or my wishes? What were you doing on Bukedde apologising to the public about my nudity? Did you ever apologize to anyone for trying to forcefully have incestuous sex with one of my father’s daughters? Do you remember that night when we found your naked buttocks sneaking into her bed? Will you apologize for this attempted incest as well? And you desecrated my parents’ memory by lying about my upbringing in your apology. Wabadde weegula biki? Ssebo nvako, nvirako ddala. Kitange teyakundekera nga awandika ekilamo kye. Nzijjako obutaala n’akamanyiro. Tonjogerera nze!

As for Jaja Maria, I am at a loss for words. You are responsible for years of immense pain and suffering among my sisters due to your scorn at my mother for bearing your son no sons. Lwaki watukyawa ffe bawala ba Nyanzi abakulu? Obukyayi bwebwakututte ku Bukedde nga welokompojja? Jajja Maria nvako! Weefula afaayo enyo. Nze ndi Nnalongo owennenne. Buli lwempemula nga abalongo bakula. Abalya mmere wabula muwalampa. Nzijjako gasiya!


The two Professors should have been suspended too!

Dear all,

There is no justice and name to protect when some people are oppressed. From the look of things, all the three are on wrongs. I mean the VC Prof. Dumba, Dr. Nyanzi and Prof. Mamdan. Prof. Mamdan did not have authority to lock Dr. Nyanzi ‘ s office. Other university authorities should have done it or he should have used legal means to get her out. On the other hand Prof. Dumba should be investigated for incompetency because it appears he did not act when he was requested by Prof. Mamdan. Like wise Prof. Mamdan seems the have failed to follow the procedures, he should have reported the case to the principal of the college. In other words he seemed to have been a god of some kind and never respected those he ought to have reported to.

Finally, it appears to me that Prof. Mamdan failed to incorporate the views of Dr. Nyanzi at the time he was developing the PhD program. And in protest Dr. Nyanzi refused to be part of his program. We should also note that Prof. Mamdan program may have been influenced by American system. While Dr. Nyanzi may have acted based on British system. In Britain, you are taught to understand methodology and then do own research. Such basics are only taught at bachelor and master level. In America, I mean USA, they believe in training a student to understand the theory behind things.

Also, I may not have examples but it seems to me that most senior academic staff do not actually teach. It seems a norm to do consultancies while there. Dr Nyanzi may have been unfortunate working under a strict boss.

Now, all the three needs to be investigated. By Mamdan and Dumba being in office they will influence the process.All the three should go home and investigations go on.

As I pen off, we all appreciate that hero’s come and go. Prof. Mamdan is by no means a powerful academic figure but that does not mean that he should use that influence to silence other people’s theories.

Clet Wandui Masiga via the UAH forum

Mamdani’s threats to leave Makerere are pure air!

Prof Mamdani supporters should declare their bias socialist lanky. Listen and listen very carefully: I do not speak out of ignorance about MISR. I know some of the professors who wrote a letter in support of MISR not Prof Mamdani, which Monitor presented as support for Prof Mamdani. So be careful.

And let me ask, Prof Mamdani’s threatens that he will leave Makerere for where? Do no be fooled that he has a sport waiting for him at Columbia. He does not. Check it.

His threats are similar to those of football players who claim they are so good Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester city , Arsenal or Liverpool want them yet they continue to toil in Serie B or even C or the Scottish league . Which raises the question; if those big teams want them what are they doing in Serie B or C? Please answer on his behalf.

I concur with those that say that Dr Nyanzi is actually a whistle blower. But Makerere being what it is, is in a hurry. Why not let the Prof Bakibinga commission take time and do a thorough job?

So it is true that his wife rents part of MISR after all ? Was it an arms length deal or they decided at their breakfast table that dear I need that space and I will pay you this much? Now thinks about the optics: The professor of political science who teachers against dictatorship and yet sees nothing wrong with that? He is exhibit A : teaching what they do not practice.

Professor Mandani inherited MISR with several millions dollars from American foundations. That is true. so his claims that he is the saviour of MISR is total nonsense. Let the bakibinga Commission look into the accounts of MISR and how the millions of dollars were spent. I challenge you or Prof Mamdani to come here in UAH and deny this statement. come on.

Do you know how MISR came to be the home for PhD students at Makerere and not their respective departments?

I suspect they are ganging up on Dr Nyanzi because he may be researching issues of sexuality they do not agree with. I suspect from MISR to all those academics, they are actually HOMOPHOBIC so they treat Dr Nyanzi’s research on sexuality as taboo. What kind of University has Makerere become if it cannot tolerate what some may consider offensive ideas? And they have the guts to claim that they are disciplining dr Nynazi because she is ruining Makerere’s image? Hahaha. Which image?

Btw and for the benefit of UAH readers, many foreign Professors were going to Makerere/MISR to offer short courses especially in methodology which is a real concern with Makerere University. MISR was selected to be their temporary home while they teach those courses. My understanding is that many have since stopped. Why? Hostile leadership.

WBK via the UAH forum

Stella isn’t mentally Ill. You are!

Dr. Nyanzi’s act of undressing in public has provoked so much hullabaloo; many politicians have risen up to viciously say that she should be sucked with immediate effect, some of them even blaming it on poor upbringing by her parents(which i think is not a fair judgement, and may be emotional). Some have even claimed that the Doctor has a mental challenge (which i also disagree with). Fellow Academicians at Makerere have voiced the same message in a similar tone.

Interestingly, i have seen in this very country cases of people slaughtering humans; a village wakes up one morning to find a whole family lying in a pool of blood, all slaughtered by their own father…etc; I remember a case of a man who lost his wallet where he was charting with his friends. When he asked the people around,everybody was just laughing at him. This man walked home, picked his gun and returned. On arrival there, he did not even utter a word; he just opened fire and cleared everybody in the room; was this a result of poor upbringing by his parents? What makes this an act emanating from anger and the one of Dr. Nyanzi an act of madness? Who has done harm to Uganda, the one who undressed or the one who has killed? Why should the politicians ,and others be so angry at the act of the Doctor and not at the act of killers? Isn’t this double standards?

If our politicians could show such anger at the real bad things being done in this country such as corruption in top officers, crimes and people who slaughter fellow humans like cows, i think this country would be far. Ugandans have seen macabre deaths of fellow Ugandans inflicted on them by other Ugandans.. What attracts my attention is that i have never seen the politicians, academicians and the general public get so angry and calling the perpetuates of these gruesome,cruel murders as mentality challenged, poorly brought up etc and demanding that immediate and severe punishments be inflicted on them.

In my opinion, There was anger and frustration on the part of Dr. Nyanzi, just like many of those cases of people who have killed others. Unlike the others who have expressed their anger by killing, she chose to express hers in this style which i find normal.
Finally, i think there is a hypocritical phobia for sexual parts/ or sex related issues among Africans; whenever something has to do with these matters, it is a worse crime than the crime of a person who ends the life of another or who pours acid in the face of another, or who embezzles billions of shillings meant for treating dying Ugandans in the hospitals etc. Aren’t Ugandans focussing on Minors and leaving the Major issues to escape unattended? Everybody will then behave as if sexual parts are taboo to them because they are very holy. The likes of Tanga Odoi will then talk as if this is something that has done any harm to Uganda compared to the thefts of public funds.

‘Makanda Paul’ via Ugandans at Heart (UAH) Community


What if Hon.Kadaga undressed to protest sleeping in parliament?

Yes, morality is subjective but Is it only Dr. Nyanzi to observe moral standards? Look at all those ganging against her, what morals do they uphold? Do you want to say all those people in Amazon or some other parts of the world are immoral because they are nude? I think supporting bullies, dictators and corrupt guys is equally morally wrong, don’t you think so?

And by extension some of you seem to suggest that since many Ugandans are corrupt by international standards, that is acceptable in our society, therefore a moral act. Many of those now tormenting Dr. Nyanzi I guess uphold high morals in our society.

And please, let us avoid labeling or dismissing people’s approaches simply because they divert from approaches used by some others. There is no single mathematical formula or method to use with regard to social issues like feminism. Whereas you can somehow state that 2+2 = 4 which can also be challenged by some few savvy with figures and say for example that 2+2=10 base 4, not 4, why not. So, even scientifically you have to be careful when disagreeing.

Which points to one thing, let us follow the arguments or methods used to arrive at the conclusion. We are quick to judge, how I wish we got interested to ask Dr. Nyanzi herself why she chose that method; even without asking her, we could accept that her method has created much public awareness of what is going on at MISR, had she continued with her silence which is your best method of choice, may be problems would continue simmering and eating the institution at the foundation and the public would be shocked when it collapses beyond repair.

I can say to me, Dr. Nyanzi’s choice was very effective to arousing awareness at the institute, forget about your morals obsession, please. Can you imagine what would happen in parliament if Hon. Speaker undressed to protest sleeping in parliament, don’t you think all those sleeping MPs would wake and never sleep again?


Dr.Mamdani is a bigger asset for Makerere compared to Dr.Nyanzi

Some Ugandans seem to be living only part-time on planet earth. How would they compare Dr Wangari’s world-wide protests with the stupid antics or more precisely SICK STUNTS of Dr Stella Nyanzi? Wangari was engaged in a supreme act of female emancipation, whereas Dr Nyanzi is a narcisstic attention seeker engaged in a vile form of voyeurism. Dr Nyanzi is a huge embarrassment to female emancipation, and that’s why, on the international stage or academic fora, you will see no woman supporting her. Politically, she is also toxic and has totally damaged the credible role she played in mounting an anti-fascist, anti-NRA campaign during the charade of elections. That’s why even the FDC that she had tied her coat tails to is very hesitant to come to her rescue because she is badly damaged goods.

Consider the following:

1. Some people talk of Dr Mamdani renting out space to MISR to his wife’s film company. Have they cared to look at the accounts of MISR? The Institute does not receive its annual grant from the University and is in permanent deficit. It has to raise additional income by renting out part of its premises. Dr Mamdani’s wife pays $900 per month for the space, which is much higher than it would cost in the commercial districts of Kampala. Besides, Miira Naur’s film studios are open to students, many aspiring students actually take advantage of the facility.

2. The condition for Dr Mamdani’s acceptance of the Director post at MISR in 2010 was that it would become a teaching Institute, also adding on to the research role it has been engaged in since inception. Nearly 50% of current MISR income is devoted to TEACHING and not RESEACRH. Dr Nyanzi did not want to teach a meagre 3 hours per week, even though it is written in her contract of employment. When an employee acts in such an open manner of defiance, what is the management of the Institute supposed to do? Can WBK or even Simon Peter Okurut advise how they would deal with an employee who is acting in open insubordination?

3. MISR had a culture of staff members doing their own private work, totally unrelated to the strategic vision and goals of the Institute. More often, research fellows would look for funding from external sources, or attach themselves to the Institute, while doing the research for other Universities or organisations. ( MISR staff are not unique in this as can be seen with other public servants like doctors, teachers etc who all moon-light elsewhere to make ends meet) . Dr Mamdani wanted to change all that. He wanted to crack down on PRIVATE RESEARCH not sanctioned or approved by the University. This is where he fell out with Dr Nyanzi. Dr Nyanzi is doing a research on Female Homosexual Culture in Uganda, which is funded by a Dutch organisation. Her research is completely private and has nothing to do with MISR. Dr mamdani’s view was that she should do that research in her free time and that she should not use MISR offices for her private business or research.

4. As a senior staff member, it was inappropriate for DR Naynzi to try to mobilise students against her Director. Moreover the students who have written publicly against Dr Mamdani are all students who have failed in their papers or have had their scholarships withdrawn. The Institute has a duty to maintain standards and must never be coerced to graduate students whose work is poor or sub-standard. It was completely wrong for students to publicly criticise the Institute for giving them Fail Grades in their exams. I am sure MISR has got protocols for reviewing exam results, if they feel they have been wrongly graded. That’s the avenue students should have pursued, rather than launching a public median protest.

The only point I agree on, and which needs to be addressed urgently, is one of institutional governance. The power in the hands of Dr Mamdani needs to be dispersed and made more accountable. He is the one directly responsible for the management of the scholarships, and also is the one responsible for the academic progress of the students. This puts him in a very difficult position because an academic decision he makes on a student’s progress will inevitably affect the student’s scholarship. A student has to make suitable progress over the 5 year Ph,D duration for the scholarship to continue, and it seems reasonable that these two roles should be completely separated. I was a beneficiary of a scholarship from the British Foreign office, which was managed by the British Council and not the University where I did my research. The University did not care how I survived, so long as I made progress with my academic work.

As for the idiots saying MISR should let Dr Mamdani go, let them reflect that in 2008-2009 academic year, the University Council wanted to close down the Institute because it could not afford its then running costs of $1.5 million. Dr Mamdani saved MISR, which today has an Income of $7.5 million. There is no doubt that MISR will collapse in less than 3 years without Dr Mamdani at the helm. Dr mamdani is committed to higher education in Uganda and more than three generations of Ugandan students have passed through his hands. In fact I will go so far as to say he is the most outstanding academician Uganda has produced. He does not need to be at makerere University if it was just money or lucre he was looking for. Ugandans like to talk about matters of which they have no clue, and this includes even so-called educated people. I don’t take any pleasure in stating this.

Thank You.


How can Stella Nyanzi, be quoted in the same sentence with Prof. Wangari Mathai?

Dr. Nyanzi Stella’s mind and lips ooze with lurid and vulgar language.

Shortly after the Feb 18 general elections, while allegations of rigging and other electoral malfeasance were working their way to court hearings, Dr. Nyanzi was issuing daily threats of how she would mutilate her private parts, if her preferred candidate, Kiiza Besigye was not declared the winner.

Certainly, Dr. Nyanzi knows how to use the media to advance her cause. Her only fault here is her aversion to civil language.

I think Dr. Nyanzi’s allegations against her management decides an independent investigation. It would not be in the interest of justice for the university to conduct this investigation.

However, I still fault her for engaging in x-rated language that betrays her intellectualism. And I attack here not because I’m too rigid in culture to read about sex and sexuality. Rather, she’s in position of leadership. And whether she knows it or not, leadership imposes limitation in speech and behavior, two of the core attributes of character.May be Stella Nyanzi is too uncouth to gain any public support. She’s a woman, not a lady.

Prof. Wangari Mathai never exposed herself, nor did she threaten to mutilate her private parts to protect Uhuru Park from the overbearing Nyayo.

Dr. Nyanzi repeatedly made such threats during the post-elections brouhaha, back in February.

While morality is subjective, I believe there is a general consensus when it comes to nudity: the mentally unstable can’t be held accountable for their public nudity, nor can children be faulted for being naked.

Language plays the leading role in vocal communication. And most times, we are able to decipher accurate tidbits of a person’s character from the language they use.

That’s why rap music offends more ears than it pleases: the rhythm of rap may appeal, but the lyrics are offensive for most fans.I guess she’s also standing up to a bully in a male-dominated management system. However, Dr. Nyanzi is too uncouth to be likened to the principled Mathaai.

Prof. Mathaai helped to strengthen feminism without dishonoring her own femininity; she exposed the empty egomaniac, who was mismanaging a countty, without disrobing herself.

Dr. Nyanzi is mistaking explicit language for strong language; she presents her nudity as honest form of protest by a helpless woman against powerful forces.

She can include me out from her fan base.

Pojim Edward via UAH forum

Dr.Odoi has zero credibility to judge Dr.Nyanzi!


What you read in the Observer newspaper is typical of Ugandans and Africans for that mater: afraid of anything to do with sexuality. They pretend to be holy yet fornicate like rats. Look everywhere and you see teenage mothers. Why? Because of such attitudes towards sexuality. Truth be told what Dr.Stella Nyanzi, a medical anthropologist, did is not so much shocking. It is only shocking to the typical conservative and traditional Ugandans who profess morality during day and turn into kafumisi or Rugosi in the dark.

QN: how many of those shocked by Dr Nyanzi’s striping are shocked by the teenage motherhood epidemic in Uganda?

Listen, how come so many busy bodies are entrusted with hiring and disciplinary procedures at Makerere. So where does the buck stop? Does it stop with Dr Odoi Tanga , who cited the case of women in West Budamaa. I refuse to believe that the god people of West Budama started heir women that way. No. If I recall the same women from west Budama fought Bride price in court under Mufumi or Mifumi and won. So which women of west Budama is Dr Odoi Tanga talking about?

Having screwed up NRM primaries Dr Odoi Tanga has zero credibility.

Listen to all the conservatives in shock. What is shocking? Dr Nyanzi embraced Dr Malcolm X’s mantra “By any means necessary. So if Dictator Mamdani reasons like Museveni that him and him alone can save MISR. Nonsense. Btw what happened to his outfit, Centre for Basic Research (CBR)

Makerere cannot win. If they fire Dr Nyanzi because she stripped naked, which credible academic would want to teach at Makerere where a dictator’s word is enough to get you fired?

Btw, what about the allegations by many that Professor Mamdani rented part of MISR to his wife? then listen to Prof Mamdani that he wants to change culture at MISR where staff use public space for private gain? Hahaha .

One more thing: the Monitor created the wrong impression that foreign academics support Prof Mamdani. WRONG. They support MISR as an institution. It goes without saying that MISR will outlive Prof Mamdani and Dr Nyanzi.

One more thing: listen to the lies that Makerere University’s image was tainted by Dr Nyanzi’s actions. Makerere has no good image to lose so give me damn break. How can Makerere lose what it does not have? Please tell me how.

Surely, there are and have been way too many academic related scandals at Makerere University . I suppose Dr Nyanzi’s striping was so huge that it dominates all the bad that has happened at Makerere.

QN to professor Mamdani : if you were in such great demand what are you doing at Makerere? You went to South Africa and briefly left to Columbia. Now you are back at Makerere. Oh If its is true that you rented or assigned part of MISR to you wife for her private film business? Could that be the real reason you are back at Makerere?

And finally why is PhD instruction centralized at MISR? Why not in Sociology, Anthropology, or whatever departments?


Mamdanism Vs Nyanzism by Ortega Ian

By Ortega Ian
Imagine I have a company. One of the senior employees comes and alerts me that the CEO I appointed is evicting her from her office. And not only that, the CEO has given one of the premises of the company to his wife. Not only that, this senior employee makes it clear to me that other people are suffering and that this man should go after his 5 year tenure.

As the owner of the company, with my board, we sit down and discover the following. That company revenues have increased by 435%. Not only that, we are selling a product that’s highly demanded in the region and that our assets have more grown exponentially.

So here’s the case at MISR in summary:

1. Dr. Stella Nyanzi claims she’s being wrongfully evicted. She also claims, the wife of Prof. Mamdani has three offices at MISR. She says she’s a researcher not a teacher. (Strong points)

2. Mamdani claims the only reason he took up the job of MD was to build the interdisciplinary phd Programme. He claims that Stella Nyanzi refused to lecture even after she’d committed herself numerous times in the past. He also claims the only reason he confirmed her as permanent staff and even recommended her to Cape Town for a fellowship was because she had agreed to lecture. Like others, Nyanzi is only required to lecture for only 3 hours a week. She says not only has Stella Nyanzi refused to lecture, she doesn’t participate in institutional research. All she does is her private research using a public office and earning a salary. He says he wrote to the VC numerous times in the past, he’s received no reply until some people told her, “that’s the VC’s niece, nothing will happen.”

So we seek out the facts from when Prof. Mamdani assumed office in February 2010:

1. External funding in 2010 stood at $1.65 million. It is now $7.2 million. That is an increment of 435%.

2. The library in 2010 has 368 books. It now has 4595 books. Another exponential increment.

3. MISR now runs the most demanded, most rigorous interdisciplinary PhD Programme in the region which implies that more researchers are being produced. Currently 47 students are enrolled.

4. We also find out that Mamdani’s wife is not using the office for free. Her company rents it at $900 per month which is income for MISR. As part of the agreement, Maisha Films is also required to constantly renovate the building. Secondly, students are given full access to all the video archives and documentaries to help in their research work. Remember, Mira Nair is a woman who even turned down the opportunity to direct Harry Porter and the order of the Phoenix. She’s an acclaimed film maker, something in line with the humanities at MISR.

5. We also find out that Mamdani’s fascination with quality has been his achilles’ heels. It is much easier to pass through the eye of the needle than for mediocrity to thrive here, something some students dread.

That my friend, is the situation at MISR. Going by the results, away from the hurly-burlys of seductive sensationalism, Mamdani seems to be doing something right but the mobs who are always spoon-fed on rhetoric think otherwise.

Shall reason and excellence win at MISR or the mobs and sensationalism will?


By Balunywa Mahiri
3rd year PhD student- MISR-MUK

“Independence of the mind is the only oxygen that intellectuals breath in, intimidation, threats, fear and favors is the carbon dioxide that intellectuals at Makerere must emit”

I would like to lend my voice to the ongoing political events at MISR that have acquired an expanded publicity since Dr. Stella Nyanzi’s nude protest at MISR. My complete support for Dr. Stella Nyanzi protest is because of my knowledge of her historical problems at MISR, but also because of the larger political issues that have befallen MISR and made it a completely hostile environment for intellectual advancement. This is my take, which will broaden the critical landscape for political analysis of the current situation at MISR.

I was one of the successful applicants to join MISR in 2014. This gave me a rare opportunity of intellectually interacting with Prof. Mamdani, an intellectual giant on the continent and the world, along with younger brilliant scholars like Dr. Adam Branch as well as Dr. Giuliano Martiniello – who have both left MISR.

After successfully going through the first year I received a warning letter from the MISR PhD Administrator on the 13th, April, 2015 stating that the MISR academic board had found me academically wanting for having failed to maintain at least a “B+” in my (second semester) first year courses. I received this letter at around mid night on my email, four days into the (year two) semester one exams. After an hour past mid night I composed my self and sent Prof Mamdani an email requesting to meet him in respect to the email. His response was: “I will meet you at exactly 2:30 pm tomorrow”.

At the stated time I was right there in his office. I expressed my objection to the letter threatening to rescind my scholarship. This I effectively did by citing his own policy that was given to us in January 2014, which states that a student loses the scholarship if the student got a grade below a “B”. I got three B’s in a semester, and incidentally and also surprisingly, I received a communication through the email that stated that I stood the risk of losing my scholarship. He(Prof.Mamdani) seemed to have understood his error; his response though not directly apologetic seemed to understand my plight. To my shock, a few hours after I spoke to Prof Mamdani, the PhD Administrator sent a new policy that upgraded the Good Academic Standing policy to “B+” as the minimum requirement for the program. The MISR Administration changed the Good Academic Standing policy within hours so as to get the legal grounds to withdraw my scholarship, and eventually expel me from the PhD programme!

The student leadership took up the matter and convened a meeting to discuss my plight. 23 students signed a petition to object the new policy. The petition stipulated that the new policy was (a) illegal because it affected continuing students, contrary to the rules of Makerere (b) dubious because it was intended to get rid of a student due to his involvement in student politics at MISR (c) illegitimate because it had contravened Makerere guidelines of policy making which requires prior consultation of stakeholders – in this case students (d) was against the founding spirit of MISR PhD programme which requires instructors to use persuasion, not coercion!

The MISR Administration had no alternative but to revert to the old policy because I had threatened to take them to court. This was to me, clearly a case of attempted victimization on my person. To be on the safe side, I dropped out of Prof. Mamdani’s course (The Modern State and the Colonial Subject) in the second year. I was not alone. Four students also did this out of fear of victimization. Two of the colleagues who were in the frontline in student struggles insisted on taking the course: they reaped what they sowed. Even though their coursework grades were higher, their final grades were lower. The final grades did not reflect their actual performance in each assessment component! One student who happened to be in the student leadership committee lost his scholarship on these dubious grounds.

At the beginning of my third year we (third year students), under Prof. Mamdani’s, set off with preparing for comprehensive exams. Prof. Mamdani is the chair of the research seminar that convenes to discuss third year student works. Initially, some of the lecturers would make their comments directly to us, which were, in most cases, different from his. He has now devised a new plan of convening lecturers in our absence in order to have a “consensus” on students’ works. But, alas, the “consensus” is but his imposition.

Recently in the last research seminar Prof. Mamdani described my work as one of the poorest, which he was not pleased with. This was inconsistent with the previous comments which described the original draft of the same work as being good. When I questioned this inconsistence, he responded to me that it was the decision of the committee, and that the committee has the right to be inconsistent. This time round, instead of allowing faculty members to make comments as it has been before, he alone gave us instructions. Most of his instructions are a manifestation of lack academic transparence, inconsistence, and violation of Makerere supervision guidelines.

I hope that the leadership of Makerere will form a special committee to investigate these matters, especially how academic policies at MISR are changed overnight to victimize students. In such an investigation, two individuals should not be involved: the DVC—AA, and the Deputy Principal of CHUSS. The DVC (Academic Affairs) has a conflict of interest in these matters because he is a research associate at MISR (and receives funds from MISR), and the Deputy Principal of CHUSS has also shown bias in favour of Prof. Mamdani in the cases taken to him by affected students.

Dr. Besigye Must Reject junior “partnership”

By Eric Kashambuzi

Recent cautious and diplomatic statements by Dr. Kizza Besigye Uganda’s presumptive president-elect about the date for the announcement of a cabinet have raised concerns about the possibility of secret negotiations to form a coalition government with National Resistance Movement (NRM) in which Besigye serves as a junior partner to Gen. Yoweri Museveni.

If this is true, it is a bad idea that should be dropped immediately. It will give Gen. Museveni the golden opportunity to destroy the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) which is more popular than NRM and undermine Dr. Besigye’s popular mandate.

Gen. Museveni will use the coalition to destroy the FDC. The record and lessons from history confirms this:
[]Museveni used the Nairobi Peace Accord with General Tito Okello Lutwa to consolidate NRA and eventually seized power from Okello and discarded him.

[]Museveni formed a broad-based government upon becoming president in 1986 to consolidate NRM and in the process destroyed the Uganda People’s Congress UPC and DP and discarded Paul Ssemogerere whom he used to destroy UPC first.

[]There are credible stories that The Democratic Alliance (TDA) was designed with the principal goal of destroying FDC had Amama Mbabazi become its president.

[]There are credible stories that Gen. Museveni has set his eyes on destroying FDC so that he finally re-launches his no-party political movement system which was dealt a devastating blow and rejected during the 2000 referendum.

In these circumstances FDC should weigh carefully the short term benefits of s few members becoming ministers in insignificant ministries and ambassadors in countries that are not strategically important to NRM against the medium-term benefits of replacing NRM as the ruling party and fulfilling the will of the voters.

The subsequent loss of Raila Odinga and Morgan Tsvangirai and their parties who formed coalitions as junior partners with Mwai Kibaki in Kenya and Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, respectively, are too recent lessons to brushed aside.

Such an alliance, on Museveni’s terms would yield a similar fate to Dr. Besigye and the FDC without a shadow of doubt.

Just as Dr.Besigye and FDC wisely stayed away from TDA, equally Dr. Besigye and FDC should stay away from a coalition with NRM as junior partners particularly when FDC is believed to have won the presidential contest.

Why would the person with the popular mandate be junior partner?

What if it was a man or Mamdani that had undressed?

As the battle/s in Makerere continue‎s to rage, I am glad there are some cool headed people who are trying to separate the relevant issues.

The two or three most talked about issues are::‎

1) Stella Nyanzi’s, conduct to which some on this forum have tried to explain away as due to her being a woman and cultural practices.‎ I am yet to see plausible explanations that justify the two excuses, as to why Stella Nyanzi, chose to act the way she did.

Let us flip the script and ask what and how you would have reacted if the shoe was on the other foot and it was Prof Mamdani, who decided to walk around in his birthday suit, in protest for not getting his way?

Would his (Mamdani) gender and culture apply or would you be as understanding?‎ I can almost guess how people would react and the calls for him to be jailed would be one of the requests.

2) Prof Mamdani’s administrative style, which some say may contributed to Stella Nyanzi’s, bizarre behavior. I am not an authority or know very little about the variables that are required to make the MISR in Makerere, a first class research center.

But we are made to understand that Makerere University, specifically tasked Prof Mamdani with the goal of raising the standards of that dept(MISR).

What are the skills set that made him(Mamdani) the ideal candidate‎ for MISR? I wouldn’t be surprised that the very things Prof. Mamdani, is being accused of, driven and obstinate, are exactly the ingredients required to build a first class institution;

3) bureaucratic infighting within the leadership of the esteemed University is what all this may be about. Academia like other institutions are populated by huge ego’s ‎who may be flexing their intellectual muscles defending turf and settling old scores.

I wouldn’t be surprised that Stella Nyanzi, was encouraged to kick up dust but then she went too far by undressing and her instigators took off to the hill.

My opinion/s are of one looking in from the outside and I could out rightly be wrong in my assessment and stand to be corrected.

Ocen‎ Moses Nekyon via UAH forum

Dr Mamdani changed the entire MISR programme in 2010, when he returned, away from research and into teaching!

Mahmood Mamdani

Mahmood Mamdani

I think Mr Moses Khisa’s analysis gets closer to the truth and to what I have been arguing all along. Dr Mamdani changed the entire MISR programme in 2010, when he returned, away from research and into teaching. Previously MISR was only doing consultancy work, which did not benefit Makerere University itself. This is the crux of the struggle at MISR. Dr Nyanzi and a few others want MISR to remain a research institute, whereas the whole focus of MISR changed in 2010. She is therefore in a wrong place at the wrong time. She should have fought her battle at the time when MISR’s remit was changed in 2010, when the University Council decided to make it the teaching arm for ALL Social Sciences Ph.Ds, with Dr Mamdani in charge. She can not begin to go on a one woman rebellion, and refuse to accept the strategic direction the University Council has decided for MISR. Other Researchers have left MISR because they did not agree to the new teaching direction MISR had embarked on, and may be this was the only option left for Dr Nyanzi.

The options open to Dr Nyanzi is to put a case to the University Council to revert MISR back to its previous position, but she can not do this by resorting to lunatic tactics like nude protests or mobilising disgruntled students whose scholarships have been withdrawn because of failure to make progress in their research. She has to make a proper and detailed academic and business case, and also COST it. This includes indicating where she will get the funds to support a research institute in a third world university.

Secondly, as Mr Khisa has noted, doing consultancy work usually brings personal reward to the research scolars like DR Nyanzi, so in a sense turning MISR into a teaching institute would not benefit her financially as she would be forced to survive on a lecturer’s salary, which is nothing to write to grandma about in the Uganda of today, whereas doing research, especially if independently funded, brings additional income to the researcer involved. Dr Nyanzi for eg is now doing research on Female Homosexuality in Uganda funded by a Dutch organisation, and this reserach is private and has nothing to do with MISR. She is not unique in doing this as all previous researchers did the same. Indeed, nearly 99% of all Ugandan public servants monnlight or take advanatage of their official positions for private gain. there is no secret or even condemnation of this method of resilience or survival in Uganda’s collapsed economy.

This is the Insitutional Governance issue that Mr Khisa is hinting at, and which I have already discussed at length. What is the role of MISR and what is its future direction? Will it continue to host consultancies, some of which address research needs of other organisations, mainly western universities and NGOs rather than those of Makerere University itself? Has the Ugandan statem through its Minsitry of Edcation, set an agenda for its premier research Institute?

The other issue, and which people like WBK and others are trying to run away from, is that most funding in the world is intrinsically linked to reputation, programmes or personal contacts. I am Chairman or Trustee of many NGOs in the UK who would not get or retain their current funding if I was not on their boards or committees. The presence of a category of personality will always give re-assurance to funders. In my case, the funders know my mere presence on the board of an African charity is a firm guarantee that their money is not going to be abused and that high standards of service delivery is going to be maintained because I am very ruthless, and once sacked the entire 9 member staff of an organisation that was not delivering, when I was appointed to oversee and re-structure it as an emergency measure. And I made it absolutely clear to the Board that either all the staff members left or I left. That was the only way of dealing with the crisis in the organisation.

This is the same dilemma facing MISR today. Dr Mamdani has lifted its income from $1.5 million to $7.5million. Most of this funding is contingent on his continuing to be Director. And he can not remain Director of an organisation that is not pulling in the same direction as he wants it..

I have known Dr Mamdani both peronally and professionaly for the lastt 35 years, and I know the guy has very high standards, when it comes to academic excellence. MISR has benefited from this, and so has Makerere Univerisaty as a whole. But the University needs to review its entire governance structure so that Dr Mamdani does not hold too many responsibilities that may be conflicting.


The iconic executive director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR), Prof Mahmood Mamdani, is facing a stormy situation.

To many outsiders, the problem is narrowly seen as a clash between Mamdani and the eccentric Dr Stella Nyanzi, a research fellow. Years of mutual hostility reached a crescendo Monday morning when Nyanzi stripped to protest what she believes is Mamdani’s exercise of raw power.

This was triggered by Mamdani’s insistence to force Nyanzi out of her office for refusing to teach courses on the institute’s PhD programme. Mamdani pressed on with the eviction in flagrant disregard of advice from the university’s deputy vice chancellor for finance and administration.

In the wake of Nyanzi’s Monday act, the predictable happened: emotionally-charged arguments, condemning her and praising Mamdani, lambasting Mamdani while praising Nyanzi for courageously standing up against patriarchal repression. In the charged debates, getting to grips with the full picture of the crisis is obstructed. The problem is bigger than Nyanzi refusing to teach and Mamdani forcing her out of office.

Whichever way the stand-off ends, Mamdani’s image has been deeply dented. With a knack for magnifying even small disagreements into bigger fights, Mamdani has issued threats to the university: discipline Nyanzi and take her away from MISR or else he will quit Makerere.

Apparently, without him, the PhD program will crumble. This sounds like veiled blackmail, but it is not. The PhD program, started in 2012, is built around Mamdani without much institutional anchorage.

It was conceived by him and only he knows how to implement it, at least in the short run. Now, this is the problem of Mamdanism. An integral part of this problem is the disdain for other people and disregard of work done by those Mamdani found at Makerere when he returned in 2010.

At the start of the PhD programme in 2012, Mamdani made a series of misleading assertions, which I responded to in these pages and The Independent magazine. Some were half-truths, others were outright false.

First, he claimed that Makerere was not a research university because there was no research work coming out. This is patently false. One can rightly question the quality and bemoan the quantity of research output by our premier university, but there is no merit in claiming that there was no research going on at Makerere. This dismissive tone is what Mamdani started with as MISR director.

Second, in a rather disingenuous attempt to justify the new PhD programme he was implementing, Mamdani reasoned that a research university must ‘grow its timber,’ meaning it must train its own researchers. And that the best way to do so is to have PhD programmes that include a substantial coursework component. This is only partly true.

PhD training is one of the most important ways to orient scholars into the onerous task of knowledge production. But it’s no guarantee. And a coursework PhD programme cannot be looked at as the magic bullet. You can locally train PhDs but if the work environment is unconducive and the social milieu does not comport with the search for knowledge and pursuit of ideas, not much can be achieved.

The bit of this second argument that is utterly misleading is the claim that research universities ‘grow their own timber’. To the contrary, reputable universities pride themselves not in inbreeding but in being able to competitively attract the best scholars with rich CVs.

One can argue that a financially-constrained university like Makerere cannot attract the best scholars trained elsewhere; so, it needs to train its own researchers. But this is not the same as saying that a research university must train its own.

Also, there is no guarantee that locally-trained researchers will be committed to the cause of research in a tough economic environment of striving to earn a living and in the absence of crucial research resources, including funding.

When he was hired, Mamdani announced that he was going to sweep aside the consultancy work the institute was doing, and reorient it back to genuine research. He had a vision.

The vision was the interdisciplinary PhD in social sciences, the ultimate solution to doing research and ditching consultancy. You either agreed with this vision or you had to quit. All the researchers he found at MISR left, one-by-one. Those who came in with him or after have all since left, except the iconoclastic Nyanzi.

But the starting point for anyone seeking to turn people away from the consultancy culture is to carefully understand why they are drawn there. The crisis at Makerere is institutional and structural. It cannot be cured by a ‘magic-bullet’ PhD programme.

Instead of attempting to persuasively chart a new agenda for the institute, Mamdani started his tenure as MISR director with an adversarial attitude and a dismissive rhetoric. Thus, the PhD programme has largely been a one-man vision, assisted by foreign researchers whose stay inevitably ends up being untenable due to a combination of institutional rigidities and the miserly way Mamdani treats his colleagues.


The author teaches political science at Northwestern University/Evanston, Chicago-USA.

Amended Petition Challenging the Process and Outcome of Presidential Elections in Uganda held on 18 February 2016

Amended Petition Challenging the Process and Outcome of Presidential Elections in Uganda held on 18 February 2016

With changes and advances in technology, the amended petition filed on 7 March 2016 before the Supreme Court of Uganda (based on compelling the Court to audit the results from the 112 districts[1] in general and 28,010 polling stations in particular) could lead to an outcome different from the one in in 2006 and 2001 petitions, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcQtE2sQ6O0

Significantly, the amended petition before the Supreme Court relies on biometric machines, Biometric Voter Verification System, electronic results transmission and dissemination system observing that:

1. “The biometric machines working for nine hours and allocating two minutes per voter could verify approximately 270 voters per polling station yielding approximately 7,562,700 voters nationally. In effect the 10,329,131 voters the Electoral Commission declared as having voted could not have voted on polling day.” It is practically impossible for 500 voters to have cast votes between 9am-4pm in areas where one candidate was declared to have got 100 per cent as the Biometric Voter Verification System indicates the number that voted per polling station.

2. “The number of voters declared by the Electoral Commission included numbers of the pre-ticked ballot papers stuffed at various polling stations and post-ticked and stuffed in favour of …[a candidate declared to have won]”.

3. If the Electoral Commission (EC) is sure and confident that the results it announced were a true reflection of what transpired on the voting day, the amended petition challenges the EC to disclose and produce the declaration forms together with the images/clones of the Biometric Voter Verification System (BVVS) and electronic results transmission and dissemination system for purposes of adding up and tallying the number of votes cast for each candidate as recorded on the forms for ascertainment of the final result in comparison with that announced and declared by the EC.

4. “Since each voter had their finger prints recorded and names verified, and stored, its record (of the biometric machines) is relevant and necessary in determining the number of voters that voted during the election in comparison with what was declared by the Electoral Commission included numbers of the pre-ticked ballot papers at various polling stations and post”.

5. The disclosure and discovery of the data on the biometric voter verification kits for each polling station and their database on the national basis is necessary to prove that the number of voters declared by the EC was substantially or materially different from the number of voters recorded on the biometric kits.

On the basis of the foregoing, it is possible to satisfy the Court that there was non-compliance with the law and this non-compliance substantially affected the outcome of the election. In the past petitions the Court was satisfied that there was non-compliance with the law and several electoral malpractices. The only question on which judges were divided was on the effect on non-compliance on the results declared. Did the non-compliance affect the results ‘substantially’?

Modern technology comes in now to help determine the effect on non-compliance on results declared. In short, if the available technological evidence succeeds in demonstrating that the results announced/declared by the EC do not tally and were affected substantially, especially in instances where there was 100 per cent voter turnout and 100 per cent of the valid votes cast in favour of a candidate declared as a winner, history may be made not only in Uganda but also in Africa and beyond.


It has been widely reported that offices of lawyers (including Lead lawyer Muhammed Mbabazi on Buganda Road and Mr Fred Muwema off Acacia Avenue in Kampala) representing Uganda’s presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi, who is challenging the process and outcome of elections in the Supreme Court, were broken into on 9 March 2016. Computers and documents were reportedly stolen.

See video – Inside the office of burgled Ugandan opposition lawyers:



Everyone who respects the rule of law in Uganda should be concerned. The key questions are:

1. Who was behind the break–ins into the offices of two of Amama Mbabazi’s lawyers? Who bears command responsibility for the break-ins into lawyers’ offices?

2. Where is the future of the rule of law in Uganda?

Undermining the rule of law is worrying. In 2007 the East African Court of Justice at Arusha found a violation of the rule of law in Uganda in the case of Katabazi and 21 others v Secretary General of the East African Community and the Attorney General of the Republic of Uganda, Reference No 1 of 2007, available at http://www.saflii.org/ea/cases/EACJ/2007/3.html, noting that ‘the intervention by the armed security agents of Uganda to prevent the execution of a lawful Court order violated the principle of the rule of law’. Lawyers should be supported to do their work without intimidation.

Breaks-ins into lawyers’ offices representing a petitioner in a presidential petition seriously undermines respect for the rule of law in Uganda given the role played by lawyers as officers of court in the peaceful and judicial settlement of disputes.

Letter To Obama: No Business as Usual After Gen. Museveni’s Coup

Dear President Obama – No “Business As Usual” After Gen. Museveni’s Uganda Coup

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Dear President Obama,

As you know on Feb. 18 Uganda held elections that were universally condemned by credible observers including by the U.S. as flawed and having not been free, fair or credible; they were also marred by violence against opposition supporters by state security agents.

The Ugandan military has since escalated its human rights abuses by inflicting brutal repression against civilians.

The U.S., which is a major security partner of the Ugandan regime, providing arms and training for its army – in addition to $700 million in financial support — must at the very least suspend this relationship as required by the Leahy Amendment which “prohibits the U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense from providing military assistance to foreign military units that violate human rights with impunity.”

With respect to the Feb. 18 vote, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo condemned the Ugandan regimes’ vote suppression in opposition strongholds; he said the delays in delivery of election material were “inexcusable.”

Obasanjo, who led the Commonwealth Observer group concluded that the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party had abused state resources to benefit the candidacy of the incumbent Gen. Yoweri Museveni. The Commonwealth’s report also decried “inequitable media coverage and question marks over the secrecy of the ballot and the competence of the electoral commission to manage the process.”

On behalf of your administration, the State Department concluded that “reports of pre-checked ballots and vote buying, ongoing blockage of social media sites, and excessive use of force by the police, collectively undermine the integrity of the electoral process.”

Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) election monitoring team also concluded that Uganda’s Electoral Commission (EC) wasn’t “competent” or trusted and that while the “political parties were still following tallying and collecting data from the field, the police stormed FDC’s party headquarters using teargas and arrested the flag bearer Kizza Besigye and the party leadership.”

Gen. Museveni hand-picked the EC and its chairman Badru Kiggundu.

All observers condemned the regime’s blocking of all access to the social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp – on election day.

When Mr. Kiggundu declared Gen. Museveni as “winner” of the sham elections, on Feb. 20, the announcement was rejected by the major opposition candidates Dr. Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and Amama Mbabazi the former prime minister.

Dr. Besigye’s supporters believe he was heading to victory, based on reports from polling stations and they consider him as the President-Elect.

Civil society and religious leaders also rejected the announcement by Mr. Kiggundu who in effect acts as Gen. Museveni’s personal referee.

Gen. Museveni has now responded with what amounts to a military coup d’état. He has placed Dr. Besigye and Mr. Mbabazi under house arrest and deployed security forces all over the streets of Kampala. Even journalists with independent media outlets covering the repression have been targeted, attacked with pepper spray, arrested, and assaulted while in captivity.

Up to 300 FDC party officials, including those who were involved in monitoring polling stations, have disappeared and are believed to have been abducted by government security agents.

Mr. President while the opposition party supporters have so far maintained remarkable discipline in the face of attacks and provocations by the armed forces, all hell could break loose the longer that leaders like Dr. Besigye and Mr. Mbabazi remain in detention.

Ironically the current paralysis and explosive polarization could have been avoided if Gen. Museveni had heeded the suggestion that he retire, from many prominent Ugandans, including his own former prime minister Mr. Mbabazi.

When you addressed African leaders last July at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, you also warned of the dangers presented by leaders who cling to power at all cost. Gen. Museveni has ruled Uganda since he seized power in 1986; in 2005 he arm-twisted Parliament into removing presidential term limits.

Instead of paving the way for a new crop of leadership Gen. Museveni decided to run a violent re-election campaign based on threats, repression, and attacks against suspected opposition party supporters.

In the run up to the elections the ruling National Resistance Movement’s (NRM) secretary general Ms. Justine Lumumba Kasule issued the following chilling warning to any youth that contemplated demonstrations to protest alleged election rigging: “the state will shoot you.”

Gen. Kale Kayihura, the notorious police commander, presided over the training of so-called “crime preventers,” about 200,000 pro-government militias who’ve been accused by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International of brutal attacks against opposition party supporters.

Before the election, Kayihura also declared that these pro-regime gangs should be armed with guns to “prepare for war.”

This clear incitement to violence prompted the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski on Jan. 28 to Tweet: “#Uganda head of police vague remarks on arming ‘crime preventers’ for war before election is dangerous/irresponsible.”

Gen. Museveni himself not only failed to condemn the statements by Lumumba and Kayihura — which indicates he approved or authorized them — but he also threatened that any Ugandans who continue to protest would be placed in “the deep freezer.”

This message was not lost on Ugandans who recall that this was a preferred spot for some of Idi Amin’s victims.

Mr. President it’s true that the U.S. has allowed scandalous exception to the Museveni regime. This is due to Uganda’s deployment of thousands of troops to Somalia to help battle al-Shabab, the al-Qaeda affiliated militia. Yet, this U.S. position mistakenly presumes that a democratically-elected Ugandan regime wouldn’t continue security cooperation in Somalia with the U.S. and the other AU countries now involved.

Mr. President Ugandans are paying a very high price for the exception allowed to Gen. Museveni. Suspending military cooperation would send a clear signal to the Ugandan regime that abuses won’t be tolerated and that justice must prevail.

Mr. President the U.S. can help press a resolution by additionally:

1. Making it clear the U.S. won’t recognize any “winner” of the Feb. 18 presidential election as declared by Badru Kiggundu as such a move would contradict the announcements by the Commonwealth, the EU, other election observers, and the U.S. State Department that the vote was not free, fair and credible.

2. Issuing a statement demanding the unconditional release of Dr. Besigye, Mr. Mbabazi, all political prisoners and the missing 300 FDC officials.

3. Supporting the opposition parties’ demands for an independent audit of the ballots to determine who received more votes in the Feb. 18 election before Kiggundu’s fraudulent announcement; a similar U.N.-brokered program was successful in resolving the stalemate in Afghanistan and averting bloodshed.

4. Issuing a U.S. visa ban, asset seizure and other appropriate sanctions against Gen. Kayihura, Ms. Lumumba Kasule, and other Ugandan officials who have made statements inciting violence; this should also cover any commanders issuing orders to carry out acts of violence.

5. Demanding that attacks against journalists stop immediately.

While these actions alone may not resolve the Ugandan crises, they will send the right signal to Gen. Museveni and his military commanders.

The measures will also make it clear to millions of Ugandan voters that you meant what you said, in 2009 and in 2014; that Africa needs democracy and strong institutions not “big” men.

Milton Allimadi is a UAH member based in USA
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Challenging a Presidential Election in Uganda

Following the declaration of the 2016 presidential election results by the Electoral Commission, http://www.ec.or.ug/, are there any real prospects of successfully challenging the election before the Supreme Court of Uganda, in particular that a candidate declared by the Electoral Commission elected as President was not validly elected?

By Article 104 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda 1995, “any aggrieved candidate may petition the Supreme Court [of Uganda] for an order that a candidate declared by the Electoral Commission elected as President was not validly elected.”

The Supreme Court is required to inquire into and determine the petition expeditiously and shall declare its finding “not later than thirty days from the date the petition is filed.”

The Court (at least in theory) may annul the election and order that a fresh election shall be held within twenty days from the date of the annulment if the following grounds are proved to the satisfaction of the Court—

1. noncompliance with the provisions of the Presidential Elections Act (chapter 142) and that the noncompliance affected the result of the election in a substantial manner;

2. that the candidate was at the time of his or her election not qualified or was disqualified for election as President;

3. that an illegal practice or any other offence under the Presidential Elections Act was committed in connection with the election by the candidate personally or with his or her knowledge and consent or approval.

Among others, Dr Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party is an “aggrieved candidate”. He indicated that he intended to petition the Supreme Court of Uganda for an order that the candidate declared by the Electoral Commission elected as President was no validly elected.

Unfortunately, armed men surrounding his residential house since 19 February 2016, without any court order, have prevented him from exercising his constitutionally guaranteed rights including freedom of movement, expression, association and access to the Supreme Court of Uganda to challenge a recent presidential election within ten days after the declaration of the election results. This is the “fundamental change” ushered in Uganda in 1986! Disrespect for constitutionalism, rule of law and human rights, https://www.hrw.org/africa/uganda.

According to retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda and a former Judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, George Wilson Kanyeihamba, available evidence shows that the 18 February election in Uganda was rigged. He said: “With the massive disenfranchisement of voters in opposition strongholds like Kampala, Wakiso, Rukungiri and Gulu, how can that election be upheld. It was a sham,”

He further said: “We know that the judiciary isn’t independent but by filing the petition, you expose the judges because the vote rigging was glaring. No reasonable judge would uphold such an election.” See Besigye running out of time to challenge poll result, http://observer.ug/news-headlines/42797-lawyers-besigye-running-out-of-time-to-challenge-poll-result

In its Preliminary Report dated 25 February 2016, the Uganda Human Rights Commission, http://www.uhrc.ug/preliminary-report-national-elections, identified what it described as “general challenges” during the electoral process as follows:

-Late delivery of polling materials
-Poor facilitation of polling officials
-Limited voter education
-Inadequate capacity of some polling officials to handle the polling process
-Use of unreasonable and disproportionate force by some security agents that may result in loss of lives
-Unruly voters who instead of reporting the challenges they were facing at the polling stations, resorted to blockading roads, burning tyres and insulting polling officials and Observers
-Polling stations located in congested places

The European Union observers identified several other issues which undermined the principle of free and fair elections including “intimidation and harassment of opposition by police and law enforcement bodies, as well as arrests of supporters and voters were reported from more than 20 districts”, http://www.eueom.eu/files/pressreleases/english/PreliminaryStatement_20160220.pdf.

Will the Supreme Court annul the election if any aggrieved candidate submits a petition within 10 days after the declaration of the election results?

If the Court orders a fresh election to be held within twenty days from the date of annulment, will the next presidential election in April 2016 be anywhere close to being “free and fair”?


European Union Election Observation Mission Uganda 2016 Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council Elections


Kampala, 20 February 2016

Voter enthusiasm for democratic process eclipsed by atmosphere of intimidation and ruling party control of state resources in Uganda’s third multi-party elections


Voters actively participate in campaign events and expressed a remarkable determination while waiting for long hours on the election day to cast their ballots. Furthermore, for the first time in Uganda’s political history a presidential debate with all candidates, including the incumbent, took place. However, the National Resistance Movement’s (NRM’s) domination of the political landscape distorted the fairness of the campaign and state actors were instrumental in creating an intimidating atmosphere for both voters and candidates. The incumbent had access to funding and means, including to public media that were not commensurate with those available to his competitors. The lack of transparency and independence of the Electoral Commission (EC), and its markedly late delivery of voting material on election day to several districts considered opposition strongholds – most notably in Kampala, decreased the opportunity for voters to cast their ballots. The Uganda Communication Commission blocked access to social media on election day which unreasonably constrained freedom of expression and access to information.

· Voting was conducted in a calm and peaceful environment in the vast majority of the country. However, in certain areas the voting material arrived late and the EC failed to communicate effectively the steps that would be needed to calm the growing frustration and tensions among voters deferred from voting. The EC chairman only announced the three-hour extension of voting in Kampala and Wakiso shortly before the official closing of the polling stations. Additionally, this was poorly communicated to the polling staff in affected areas. Counting was generally assessed as transparent, however one in five the numbers in the result forms did not reconcile. The tallying process was described as slow and lacking transparency.

· While the EC Chairperson was announcing the preliminary results of the presidential polls and the political parties were still following tallying and collecting data from their agents in the field, the police stormed FDC’s party headquarters using teargas and arrested the flag bearer Kizza Besigye and the party’s leadership. This action severely violates freedom of expression.

· The EC lacks independence, transparency and the trust of stakeholders. The EC narrowly interpreted its mandate by limiting it to the organisation of the technical aspects of the elections. Moreover, the EC lacked transparency in its decisions and failed to inform the voters and contestants on key elements of the electoral process in a timely and comprehensive manner.

· Vibrant campaign events attracted large crowds across the country and were generally peaceful. The candidates conducted some 900 campaign events, largely following the EC’s harmonized schedule, and made considerable efforts to reach out to the electorate.

· Intimidation and harassment of opposition by police and law enforcement bodies, as well as arrests of supporters and voters were reported from more than 20 districts. Opposition candidates’ ability to campaign freely was restricted on several instances during the campaign period. This particularly affected Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and The Democratic Alliance (TDA)/Go Forward. In the run-up to the elections, the large scale nation-wide recruitment of Crime Preventers, acting outside a clear legal framework, was broadly perceived as adding to an intimidating pre-electoral atmosphere.

· The orchestrated use of state resources and personnel for campaign purposes was observed. Government officials took an active role in the NRM campaign, with several Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and high-ranking security officials openly endorsing the candidacy of President Museveni and the NRM campaign. Thus candidates’ equality of opportunity was not respected.

· There are no legal measures to ensure a level playing field in the campaign. Access to funds, including those attached to the president’s office as permitted by the law, led to the disproportionate expenditure on behalf of the ruling party and incumbent. This distorted the fairness of the campaign. While legislation contains provisions on reporting and disclosure of political finance, these are neither followed by parties or candidates, nor enforced by the EC.

· A small number of outspoken commercial media offered a pluralistic discourse, with the first ever live presidential debates as its highlight. However, the overall reporting environment was conducive to self-censorship. State actors interfered with local radio stations’ programming. Reports on violations on of freedom of expression were received from more than 15 districts, including on the harassment and assault of journalists. Thus, the variety of information available across the media was constrained, limiting voters’ ability to make an informed choice.

· Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) failed to fulfil its specific duties as a public broadcaster and neglected the legally binding provision of equal access of all presidential candidates. The incumbent was granted more than 90 per cent of airtime allotted to presidential candidates within the UBC’s prime-time news programmes. The EC and the broadcasting sector’s regulatory body remained silent on this breach.

· The new voter register compiled from the National Identification Register was introduced as an effort to achieve inclusiveness and accuracy. However, establishing the cut-off date of 11 May 2015 for inclusion in the voter register disenfranchised potential voters who turned 18 after this date.

· Civil society displayed a commendable commitment to the democratic process. It proposed the ‘Citizens’ Compact’ document proposing necessary amendments for the conduct of democratic elections, inter alia independence of the electoral administration and a legal framework granting a level playing field for all contestants. The Civil Society Organizations also thoroughly scrutinized the pre-electoral environment, including candidate’s campaign expenditures and the conduct of media and deployed a large number of observers on the election day.

See preliminary findings at: http://www.eueom.eu/files/pressreleases/english/PreliminaryStatement_20160220.pdf



O Allah ! You Alone bring good things; You Alone avert evil things, and there is no might or power but in You. Please help me and the rest of Ugandans to learn to remain silent(with all the pain inside now) just as we learn to speak because silence is a great source of self-control. Help our leaders (illegitimate and legitimate) to become more interested in listening than speaking, and avoid saying things that add more salt to the injuries. Please help those with positions of power now to realise that they should not laugh or mock at those in the opposition or without power because You’re capable of taking that power away from them anytime.

Ya Allah … we all face such daily pressures to make our way in this world that sometimes we misplace our trust, hopes and fears to the people around us, like our teachers, bosses and spouses. Please allow us to trust, hope and fear no one but You. Ameen.

Ugandan Opposition: what went wrong?

Feb 26, 2016

By Swaib K Nsereko, Party spokesman, Jeema

The political guillotining of ministers and incumbent MPs illustrates the extent to which Ugandans have embraced the concept of change. There was, therefore, every reason for the opposition, which provides the alternative governance to tap into this opportunity with a better outcome than it happened.

But even keeping all factors constant, Dr Kiiza Besigye, if announced the legitimate new president tomorrow, will hardly successfully end his term peacefully. Parliament, practically, the real fulcrum of power, has once again landed in hands of the ruling NRM—with over 300 MPs of the 458 it comprises. They would certainly tame him if not control or even impeach him. His party FDC, the biggest opposition side fielded a huge MP candidature of about 260 members. By this size of candidates to gain only less than 40 (15%) successful MPs is good fodder for debate. Other parties like Jeema and CP are at the extreme end with zero percent and in between are DP and UPC.

What therefore made us lose?

In a wider perspective, something went awesome. To avoid it next time we must understand it now. It can’t be a disconnect between us and the electorates, for we are undergoing similar social challenges. It’s neither about message packaging for similar themes of poverty, service deliveries and governance recurred across the board. It was hence things alien: greed, resource constrains and to good extent impunity.

Greed inhibited us from thinking beyond the present and deprived us of good planning that leads to success. It was bad planning that led to failure. Lord mayor Erias Lukwago proves a good learner in this aspect. He won the top city position in 2011 under awkward planning and lost it in a blink of an eye. It’s unlikely to easily happen this time. He has the city authority ‘parliament’ under his embrace—with dominant opposition leaning councilors.

If we contemplated the future, we would circumvent the resource huddle—by collectively as opposition mobilizing substantial financial support that nearly came in before the untimely ‘death’ of TDA. We would have our primaries dominate the countryside political terrain as or even better than NRM did. Our failure of this offered NRM a lee-way—a process in which our own supporters picked interest and participated. If NRM has mastered the application of money as a political tool, its best practiced during its primaries. During then, there are no legal restrictions as in national campaigns. In the case of Busiro North where I run as MP for Jeema for example, the eventual ‘winner’ had splashed money during primaries in all corners of the constituency. It did not require him either any leadership experience or a single credential to prove his ability. It was money. Among the seven candidates in the race he and the FDC one were actually the only novices.

What were voters’ benchmarks for change?

That they wanted change at any cost—did not mean any one available. But the tragedy of it is that they lacked awareness of the role of the office to which a candidate would be voted. That‘s why our good message packing was wasted. They would patiently listen and actually appreciate the oratory. At end, they demanded for ‘water or soda’ before they hand you a whole five year job!

Some voters up to now construe leadership the Luganda proverb way: akuwa obukulu aba akuwadde kulya—implying governance is about private gain for leaders. Before therefore, they would hand you this privilege of kulya, you must have made them kulya also. That was their benchmark. It is how those with loads of sacks of money made their way through. The money splash practice was, with impunity extended in the national election proper despite being an irregularity. And this largely explains the huge new NRM entrants into the 10th parliament.


As opposition we must prepare for opportunities—such as the current positive attitude for change. We can only tap into this by thinking beyond today; by avoiding greed about individual remittances of those elected for their parties. We must focus on the real center of power—the 11th parliament.

But for the civil society movement, there is a critical role to conduct in next five years: Cause massive awareness of the role of particular office bearers. Make people appreciate to demand services not favors of those voted into public offices. They are not for worship as ‘honorable, counselor, his excellence.’ These titles are actually misleading. They make public servants assume the opposite role of idols to be fed —by way of extorting public funds. NGOs must initiate the process of making office bearers feel the due diligence of being people’s servants. Propose to deal away with useless titles.


1. In case you, or your loved one is questioned, arrested or detained by the Police, do not fight, argue or engage in heated verbal exchanges. Act as reasonably polite as possible, proceed to find out the reason for the arrest and then proceed to cooperate as asked. This might go a long way in resolving the issue.

2. During the arrest or confrontation, do not resist, this will simply heat up the situation and might lead to additional charges being given to you, which powers are given to the Police by law. It might also give the Police an excuse to use excessive force.

3. Before you are put in the cell, ask to communicate to a relative or loved one by phone or SMS, and in that communication, give them your location, and how you can be contacted.

4. When at the Police Post/ Station, then ask to speak to the Officer in Charge (O.C) of that Police station and request for Police Bond if the matter is for further investigation.

5. In case you then feel the arrest was unlawful, or your rights were abused during the arrest, there are a number of legal means you can take to seek compensation or redress e.g by suing those who arrested you.


Advice from barefootlaw.org.



Date: 26 February 2016

Index: AFR 59/3537/2016

Uganda: Raids, arrests stifling political opposition leader’s ability to legally challenge election results

Restrictions by the Ugandan government on freedoms of expression, association, peaceful assembly and movement targeting political opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), are stifling the party’s ability to legally challenge results from the country’s recent general elections.

Full statement of 4 pages is available in PDF at: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/afr59/3537/2016/en/

Speech by Kenyan Senator Prof. Anyang Nyongo to Kenyan Parliament on Uganda’s 2016 General Elections

Speech by Kenyan Senator Prof. Anyang Nyongo to Kenyan Parliament on Uganda’s 2016 General Elections.

Date: 29 Feb 2016.

Mr. Deputy Speaker, Sir, I had earlier sought leave of the House under Standing Order No.45(2)(a) to make a statement and bring the attention of the House to a matter that concerns us as Kenyans, Africans and East Africans.

Mr. Speaker, Sir, last week general and presidential elections were held in Uganda. The outcome of the presidential election has been very problematic. This is the first time in an African country where an election is held and there is no celebration of victory anywhere.
If anything the victory rally that President Museveni had planned in Kampala had to be cancelled because of tremendous discontent of the Ugandan people on the conduct of the election, the degree of freeness and fairness and the interference by the State in the democratic process to subvert democracy and deny the people of Uganda the freedom to choose their leaders without fear or hindrance.
We sit on a precipice of disaster. Like it happened in the 1970s, we may sooner than later, have to accommodate our Ugandan sisters and brothers in Kenya because of insecurity in their country. It is, therefore, we, as Kenyans, to become seized what is going on and get ready to defend democracy, not just in our nation, but everywhere in the world.

There is already international pressure going on and statements being made by peace lovers and democratization forces the world over, calling the attention of the world to the lack of democracy in Uganda. His Excellency President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Chairman of the Commonwealth Observer Group to the 2016 General Elections in Uganda has already made it clear that nobody who believes in sanctity of democracy can put a stamp of approval on that election.
The European Union (EU) made a similar statement, calling the attention of the world to the fact that the just concluded elections in Uganda, particularly the presidential elections were rigged, hollow and a sham.

Although the African Union (AU) and the regional group in the Great Lakes Region timidly approved of these elections as free and fair, we, a country, that is so proud of our 2010 Constitution that proclaims the universality of democracy and the equality of all men and women in this world and the right of every person to choose a Government of his own choice, is something that we must stand tall as Kenya and be counted among those who are rejecting the so-called democratic elections in Uganda.

The elections are only democratic in so far as President Yoweri Museveni is concerned. President Museveni himself is on record as saying that nobody should teach him about democracy. This is the kind of arrogance of the big man in Africa that should have been left behind.

In the African scene, in the early 2000s when I was Minister for Planning and National Development, most African countries, indeed, all members of the AU, signed themselves to the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). The reason we aceded the APRM was because of the importance we attach to democracy in the new surge for good governance in our continent which is really needed for development. Since then every African country which signed up to the APRM has been reviewed by their peers, including Uganda. If you read the report by the APRM, there is no doubt in my mind that all those reports, including the one on Kenya, lays emphasis to importance of free and fair elections in order that we will nurture democracy in our nations.

These reports also say that there is a very close correlation between good governance and development. African countries that have performed well in terms of development are those which respect good governance. We are saying this is not to be paternalistic to the Ugandan people, but because we want to be brotherly to our Ugandan brothers and sisters.
Something we share in common should not be sacrificed at the alter ego of dictatorship or big man syndrome. It is important too that we recognize the roles that certain countries have played in this continent to advise advanced democracy.

The recent elections in Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Botswana and the pending election in South Africa make us proud. Since there are nations and Governments in Africa which have stood tall to defend and promote democracy, there is no need why in our region any Government should fall behind in the promotion and defense of democracy.

We, as members of the East African Community, should be brave enough to know too that in the East African Community there are standards of good governance that we have committed ourselves to and we should not allow any of our members to depart from.
I brought this statement to the House because, at the moment, the rest of the world may judge us harshly if, indeed, what goes on in Uganda is allowed to continue and degenerates into blood that we have never seen before.

At the moment, the social media is filled with so many atrocities that have already been committed as a result of the fact that the people are resisting the rigging of the elections. However, the State is perpetuating its own repression on the people so that they may not speak.

It was diabolical for the Government of Uganda to shut down social media during these elections. We know the role that social media has played to awaken the African people to the reality of democracy. Freedom of expression and communication is enhanced by the social media. At times, I agree social media goes overboard, but nations and governments should establish rules and regulations to deal with this. However, taking drastic action of shutting down a major avenue of communication among the Ugandan people and between the Ugandan people and the world at large is undemocratic.

Further, arresting a leader of the opposition and stopping Mr. Besigye from going to the Electoral Commission to seek for results of an election shows very clearly that the victor is not the victor.
The victor has become the victim of his own imagination that he is the victor. These are issues that may visit us in this country. We, as Kenyans, must stand tall and resist that kind of development. I call upon the Government of Uganda to respect the democratic rights of her own people.

I call upon the people of East Africa to respect the democratic rights of the people of Uganda. I call upon the International Community to come in solidarity with the people of Uganda. I call upon the United Nations Organization (UNO) whose charter was based on the freedom of all mankind, to come out boldly and tell the world that this is a member of the UNO which has abrogated the charter of the UNO.

I call upon the AU not to be timid, but to stand with nations who love democracy the world over to denounce what is happening in Uganda. I call upon the East African Community right here at home to do the same. This Senate composes of men and women who have struggled for democracy and who know that democracy must be upheld in every nation. The Senate has distinguished itself to speak the truth and stand for the truth.

I call upon this nation to lead the world in condemning what is going on in Uganda, in calling upon Ugandans to be strong enough to resist the creeping nature of a dictatorial regime that was going to be thrown away by a free and fair election. We, lovers of peace and democracy, will stand with them.

Raising tomorrows leaders (18 Tips)

By Mufti Ismail Menk

1. Praise your child, even if they get 4/10 in exam, praise your child in front of others.

2. Never make your child feel that he is useless. Never favour one child on the other.

3. Every time we speak with our children speak with respect, say “thank you”, etc. Don’t use slang i.e gimmi instead say ‘please give me’; use clear words, be polite and never swear. (Prophet said, do not use slang as it will decrease your respect).

4. You need to bare in mind when your child is young that this is just a child, don’t take away there playing time by treating them like an adult. If we do this, they will rebel in life.

5. We need to assist our children to make decisions. He or she must be taught to make decisions. Acknowledge them, guide them by talking to them, if they want to go for something, organize the plan for them.

6. Whenever you have decisions to be made ask your child of his or her opinion. For example, if you are going to buy a car, ask there opinion, where they like to eat, or what colour they like for a car, this develops habit of consultancy in them.

7. Depending on the house we are living in, we would perhaps have a corner; write the name of the child there, as it be there territory. Put there certificates on wall; this makes them confident of themselves.

8. Teach your child to follow you to read salah. Lead them rather than instructing, it’s a more powerful way. What your child sees you doing they will remember forever. Start instructing them to read salah at the age of 7, this will help them and make it easy for them to follow when they reach puberty when it becomes compulsory on them.

9. We need to teach our children how to put forward their opinion, how you would disagree to a point. Don’t use swear words when you disagree on anything as this will inculcate in your child as he is watching you being aggressive. Children have much more grasping power than us and they pick up things very fast.

10. Encourage your child to ask question, and try to answer each question they ask else they will get it from a wrong source. Praise there questions at times.

11. Always fulfill your promises on to you children. Do not make big promises which you cannot fulfill; this makes them develop a habit of making false promises. If you fail to fulfill any promise, explain.

12. Very important to teach our child is how to develop skills of being a member of a group. Team work is very important; this teaches them to give chances to people in life rather always competing.

13. Make dua for your children. Even if they have gone astray, pray for them.

14. Tell them you might fail once, but never lose hope. Teach them how they should react to a failure.

15. Apologize to your child if you have made a mistake, this teaches your child to repent to Allah. Don’t rise ifs and buts when you are wrong; there are no ifs and buts when it comes to repentance.

16. Have a few surprises for your children, to praise there deed of good, give them recognition at home, that this surprise is for your so and so good you did.

17.We need to make sure that we train our children to read a portion of Quran daily, according to there capacity.

18. Tell your child repeatedly that you love them, tell them how gorgeous they are and how important they are to you, hug them, its a sunnah to kiss your children.


Yesterday I received an invitation to an international Oil symposium scheduled for 23rd March in Dubai. The theme is “Financing Projects in New Oil Era”, and discussants will be the finance heads of the major oil companies from the six gulf states (leading national corporations like SABIC, RTA, ORPIC and KPC).
These are also the big project sponsors in their respective countries.

Uganda has been blessed with the precious resource. Oil reserves are estimated at 6.5 billion barrels (though only 1.4 billion barrels are said to be extractable).

Hopefully these are reliable figures. The difference 5.1 billion barrels is substantial. If the entire collective national resource is being claimed by one individual, he/she will be offloading historic amounts of state finances into his/her personal Swiss bank account.

Proper accountability increases management proficiency on budget deficits and unblocks significant sources of finance for national projects. Including pre-financing facilities where banks can make funds available even before the resource is extracted.
This approach requires restraint and selfless management lest nations scramble irresponsibly for the funds from the resource.
In the US, the worlds leading oil producer, they extract 13 million barrels per day (International Energy Agency report).
A quick calculation shows that they deplete the equivalent of Uganda’s entire oil reserves every 500 days.

By Hussein Lumumba Amin

My Response To FDC Presidential Candidate’s Statement

These are interesting times. And on behalf of the Amin family, I would like to respond to Dr. Kizza Besigye’s statement on Museveni’s 2016 ‘coup’ as he called it (facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=554081851432443&id=192296097611022&refid=52&__tn__=C)
Just like any Ugandan, we have political preferences within our family as well.

But when something is wrong politically, I speak out publicly or privately regardless of which side I see it happening. That’s why I cherish being politically independent and therefore balanced.
Yesterday Dr. Kizza Besigye made a public statement about the situation in the country.

He rightly said: “Kampala remains under siege”.
Those who know my thoughts on the matter can confirm that I also agree when he says that what we are witnessing today is a “coup”.
Though attempts seem to have been made to cover it under a questionable electoral sheepskin that bearly hides the military underbelly.

However the only point where I disagree with the FDC presidential candidate, is when the good doctor says: “the streets are reminiscent of 1971, in the aftermath of Gen Idi Amin’s coup!”
I am aware that Idi Amin’s name is brought into the equation for dramatic effect given the international smear campaign to demonize him and anyone mentioned along with him.

I have hereby attached the picture of that 1971 aftermath so that Besigye and others who think like him (and thereby contribute to distorting the true patriotic history and outstanding economic legacy of Idi Amin) can understand how mistaken they actually are. If you can identify Amin in that massive joyous crowd, then you probably have 20/20 eyesight. Though haters might say “it is photoshopped”.

In 1971 similar scenes were everywhere including at Makerere University where students were said to have celebrated non-stop for an entire week.

Idi Amin coming to power was equivalent or more popular than Thomas Sankara, another African hero soldier who came to power in a military coup (1983) and who the continent will forever mourn.
This is in stark contrast to the historic silence, heartbreak and deserted streets countrywide that we all witnessed the day Ugandan presidential results were announced last month, and where military battalions were then deployed everywhere, intimidating the people.
The only time I can remember Kampala falling that silent was when Tanzanian forces were approaching the city (1979).

I wondered why Besigye didn’t compare todays siege to the one the people of Luweero experienced under the well known NRA/UNLA deadly lockdowns for example? But then I remembered that Luweero was so devastatingly gruesome compared to anything Uganda has ever seen. And though they throw the grim responsibility at each other so as to try and hide their little care for human life, confessions have been reported from both the Obote and Museveni camp.

There are at least three confessions from the NRM side that include the infamous UPC T-shirt saga by the current Justice Minister, then the book “Betrayed by my leader” by Major John Kazoora, and the famous (and controversial) girl child NRA soldier China Keitesi who wrote “Child Soldier. Fighting for my life.” plus a CNN award-winning documentary “China, war child” where she recounts the horrors she was forced to commit, but also the ills done to her by her own NRA superior officers.

On the Obote side there is actually no need for confessions. They are actually far too guilty that they live in exile though trying hard to wipe their hands off anyone that merely says “Hi” to them.
But as an active combattant during the NRA bush war, Mr. Besigye must be spoilt for choice of gruesome events that he would like to make comparisons with. So why Amin now?

However, returning to todays events, I publicly declared Besigye president when electoral tallying fraud started rearing its ugly head last month during results announcing. His supporters on social media were greatful that I did that. But after seeing Besigye’s statement yesterday, I re-read my declaration again on social media, and was left shaking my head as I awoke to how they repay my family if/when we support them. I hereby withdraw that declaration. One that I had written at great risk since the law says only the Electoral Commission declares the winner. But then I thought it is one thing to make a public declaration to 39 million Ugandans as they eventually did, and its another when I declare my opinion to the few thousand followers I have on social media. Something I did as we mourned the death of free and fair elections on 18th February 2016.

The points above aren’t the only time that I have disagreed with Dr. Besigye. Last year as campaigns kicked off, when the candidates were competing for who had the biggest crowds, I wrote an opinion article where I asked what had happened to the “No Reforms, No Elections” campaign that he and some civil society/pressure groups were declaring vigurously prior to nominations. As far as I recall the only reforms made were cosmetic. Changing the Commissions name from “Electoral Commission” to “Independent Electoral Commission”.
None of the indepth proposals contained in the much publicized Citizens Compact 2015 were implemented. So for him to then join the race after urging everyone not to, was slightly dishonest and unpatriotic I thought. Notable is the fact that he never publicly recanted that call for no electiond prior to presenting his candidacy. To me it was like the captain of the Titanic secretely jumping ship, and leaving unsuspecting passengers dancing to “No Reforms, No Elections” when he knew that ship was sinking. Only for the drowning passengers to see him passing on a sofa set and now dancing to “Toka kwa barabara”.

But on the flip side, here is a historic fact that I was told last September when Dr. Besigye famously came from nominations seated on that couch.

I was with a few elders watching the event when one of them told me: “There are only two other times in the history of Uganda that I have ever seen such a massive crowd on Kampala streets.
– On Independence day 9th October 1962.
– And the crowds that rejoiced at the advent of Amin/departure of Obote on January 25th 1971”.

Hussein Lumumba Amin


You should use the following sample letter to contact your MP or senator about the rigged elections in Uganda for the Uganda communities in Diaspora. Our efforts, along with those of many other organizations and individuals, will hopefully be rewarded when the international community forces president Museveni to make some political changes as soon as possible.

You will need to customize your own letter to provide information about your issue and what actions you would like the representative to take, but this letter provides a sample of the format and the tone that can be used. If you are sending the letter on behalf of an organization, please use your letterhead.


Sample Letter:
Member of Parliament
(Street Address)
(City, Town) (Postal Code)
(Mr. Ms. Mrs.) (Surname)

Subject: Large scale rigging in the 2016 Uganda Elections

I am writing as one of your constituents to express my concerns over the 2016 Uganda elections and to ask for your help. Amid violence and vote-rigging complaints, President Museveni was declared the winner of the elections.

Various newspapers have carried reports that corroborated the points that the election observers made after the elections. These independent media reports established that:

1. One of the presidential candidates, Dr.Kiiza Besigye, was arrested several times before the voting and on the voting day. He has been arrested nine times and kept under house arrest after the elections;

2. A series of reports showed that opposition polling agents were chased away from some polling stations by the soldiers and a partisan police force that works for the incumbent rather than the Ugandan people;

3. Some voters in the areas of Kampala and Wakiso reported that they were not allowed to vote due the delay in the delivery of voting materials;

4. Some villagers admitted that it was decided through ‘consensus’ as to which candidate should be voted for and the number of votes that would be allotted to other candidates; and

5. Areas with abnormally high voter turn-up some with 100% participation were concentrated in Kiruhura, western Uganda and several rural areas where there was ballot stuffing. Coincidentally, Yoweri Museveni won at all those polling stations.

You would agree that all this constitutes prima facie evidence to back our demand for an independent international probe into this matter. Ugandans have lost confidence in the independence and integrity of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Uganda. The current EC serves only the interests of the Museveni government and his NRM party in maintaining their monopoly on Uganda politics. My particular concern is that the Commission’s apparent neglect of obvious irregularities brought to its attention by the opposition even before the elections were held on 18th Feb 2016, and this has affected the Commission’s reputation. Moreover, these problems of Uganda democracy—including rising disenchantment, army involvement in politics and declining voter participation—are increasingly shaping the way the rest of the world perceives Uganda, eroding the prestige of the country and its capacity for moral leadership in the East African Community.

There is now a petition in court filed by one of the presidential candidates, Mr.Amama Mbabazi, on 28 grounds to annul the elections , but Ugandans don’t expect much to come out of that judicial process, as was the case after the 2001 and 2006 elections. In both cases the court found that indeed the elections had been rigged but did not go as far as annulling the result.

As an influential person, you could ignore this complaint and wait for the ensuing legal process to play out. We think that would be a missed opportunity and an unfortunate mistake. Instead, we urge you to use your influence to put pressure on the Uganda government in order to conduct and independent audit of the recently concluded elections followed by a new, free and fair election that is closely observed and monitored by the international community. I urge you to pay close attention to the overwhelming public dissatisfaction with Museveni’s government that has been in power since 1986.

I urge you and your fellow MPs to give serious consideration to the continued police harassment of the FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye. A lot of opposition supporters have also been arrested, and continue to be arrested, in different parts of the country, over politically motivated charges.

Your willingness to take action now will demonstrate your support for democracy in developing nations. We believe that free and fair competition under an independent EC would be enabling and will result in the election of a legitimate president.

It is certainly possible that President Museveni may again resist calls for an independent Electoral Commission and return of presidential term limits– or any similar fair and unbiased rule. However, we believe these risks pale in comparison to the opportunity to open up the political process and fundamentally improve the way we elect the President of Uganda.

Thank you for your commitment. I look forward to receiving a response from you.

(Your Name)
(Street Address)
(Town, Province)
(Postal Code)
(Phone Number if applicable)

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