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Did UPC pay back the money used to finish Uganda House?


Dear Ugandans,

Uganda House was started as one of the UPC income generating companies, the others being Uganda School Supplies, the People Newspaper, Ugationers etc under the Milton Obote Foundation supported by a foundation of the Social Democratic Party of West Germany.

By the time of the 1971 coup the building was half completed and Amin was rightly advised by his first legendary cabinet to change the foundation and its companies, except the People Newspaper to a trust, Thus it was renamed the Uganda National Trust.  The late Mr Sempira was appointed the General Manager.

One of his immediate tasks was to mobilise funds to complete the building.  Being that it was a very viable business, a consortium of finance companies including Ugadev (UDC), National Insurance Corporation, etc put up funds and the building was completed in 1976.

What I am not sure about is whether the UPC later repaid those companies the loans.

I have never heard of anyone complaning that their salaries were deducted to pay for the building of Uganda House.

Paul Lam-Kilama

UAH forumist

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Is M7 responsible for the death of 5 kids at Bumeru Primary School?


People of Uganda,
We were all warned by the powers that be, that they are going to be deploying snakes to disperse crowds!  Surely hope that was just a threat and they have not lived up to the promise. In a place like Uganda where lab to physician communication could sometime take days and not minutes and with a limited supply of knowledgeable snake antidote scientists, many people could loose their lives as a result of escaped venomous snakes or the ones that we have lived with since the biblical era.

An even more disturbing fact, is that the kids were fetching water a Ugandan generational curse/condition that has been persistent without remedy or improvement forever. The price for a foot of plastic piping is $0.78 cents and the motor to pump the water is $400.00 we can start to make a difference by collecting money for such schools as Bumeru Primary School as a first defence mechanism from such an exposure
I hope the ministry of health has heard the alarm and is working to ensure a good supply of antidotes such as Strychnine is in place and in most of our clinics for those bitten by poisonous snakes. How could we just let our children die due to lack of adequate preparation; Have we never thought about it in a land where snakes are in plenty?

In an old British Medical Journal of Feb 22 1868 a scientists discovered that alcohol (Whiskey) when given in small doses and intermittently, helped to keep the heart stimulated while the poison was being drained. http://www.jstor.org/pss/25213786
He conducted several experiments with Cobras biting dogs, those treated with alcohol survived the ordeal and those not treated ended up dying-why couldn’t we start there- by having our medical students carry out such experiment with some of the most poisonous snakes we have and work towards the discovery of an antidote.

However, a more promising antidote is one reported by Dr. Mitchel, as a more modern cure, much as you need plenty of it to work the poison out of the system; please read below and here is the link:

Kills Snake Venom

July 25th, 2005 | Science & Natural History
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Various Methods of Neutralizing Poison.
Strychnine Believed to Be the Most Effective Antedote–Whiskey Has at Last Been Discounted–Poisons Kill Each Other.

A sure antidote for the snake poison has been found. The discovery will mark an epoch in the history of medicine. For thousands of years the secret has been sought in vain. It was Prince Lucien Bonaparte who, in 1843, first made a chemical analysis of the venom of the viper separating its active principle, which he called “viperine.” A similar principle has ben separated from the poison of the rattlesnake by Dr. Weir Mitchell, which he has termed “crotaline.” But until now no knowledge has been obtained of anything antagonistic to this toxic agent though alleged “cures” for snake bite have been plentiful enough. The remedy so long looked for has been found at last in strychnine. The deadly fluid secreted by certain species of snakes was made a subject of study from a very early date, but the old-time investigators knew not how to solve the intricate problems of organic chemistry. All that they accomplished was to create a prodigious number of antidotes, so-called, most of which in their turn were declared infallible. Not one of them was worth a penny. The most notable work in this line has been performed by Dr. Weir Mitchell of Philadelphia who, for the sake of obtaining sufficient quantities of the poison has sometimes kept as many as 100 serpents in his laboratory. His method of securing the venom for examination was to the seize the snake by the neck with tongs, forcing a saucer between the jaws. The enraged reptile would then bite into the saucer, on which the poison emitted was left. The substance thus obtained is a yellowish, transparent, sticky fluid, without smell or taste, easily dissolved in water. When dried it will retain its toxic properties for any length of time apparently, looking like a gum or varnish, and it has been preserved for twenty-two years without altering in the least. On this ground it is advisable to handle with caution even the dried fangs of snakes long dead. Boiling, unless continued for a long time, does not render the fluid harmless.

Alcohol has long held the first place in popular esteem as an antidote for snake poison. In truth, it is not such at all, though useful to sustain the vitality of the person bitten against the attack made upon it by the toxic agent. It stimulates the nerve centers and the action of the heart, if taken in small doses. But the mistake ordinarily made is to pour into the patient large quantities of whisky, the effect of which is exactly the opposite of that required. In such great doses alcohol depresses instead of stimulating the vital functions. Intoxication, far from helping the cure, aids the poison. And, by the way, people have often died from snake bite who were bitten when dead drunk.

With the newly discovered antidote the case is exactly the opposite. Danger is far more likely to result from hesitation in using it liberally than from an overdose. Strychnine–itself a poison scarcely less terrible than snake venom–acts directly upon the nerves, stimulating and turning on their batteries, which the snake poison seeks to depress and turn off. Acting with the unerring certainty of a chemical test, it neutralizes the effects of the serpent venom. But it must be administered in extraordinary quantities, even to the point of production spasmodic twitching of the muscles.

In fact, the ordinary doses must be greatly exceeded, and the administration of the strychnine must be continued, even if the total quantity injected within an hour or two amounts to what in the absence of snake poison would be a dangerous if not fatal dose. The few failures among the numerous success with the drug thus far recorded have nearly all be traceable to an insufficiency of the antidote. In urgent cases as much as twenty to twenty-five minutes should be given to any persons over fifteen years of age. If at the end of twenty minutes the symptoms show no abatement, a second injection of the same strength should be made promptly, and unless then a decided improvement is perceptible, a third one after a like interval. The action of the drug when applied as an antidote is not cumulative. The tendency to relapses is always great where much venom has been absorbed. Apparently yielding to the strychnine for the time, the insidious poison, after an interval during which it seems to have been conquered, all at once reasserts its presence and has to be met by fresh injections, regardless of the quantity previously administered. With children the amount of the remedy to be given must not be judged by the age of the child, but by the amount of venom to be counteracted, the degree of danger chiefly depending upon the size of the snake. The bigger the reptile, of course, the more poison it has. Furthermore, it is to be remembered that of all American serpents the rattlesnake is the most dangerous, the copperhead less so and the water moccasin least.

Don’t try this at home! Go to the hospital please, if you’ve been bitten. And if you have, why are you reading this on the internet??

Dr Mitchell was an eminent neurologist turned author. One of his most famous works is The Autobiography of a Quack, described by the Literature, Arts and Medicine Database as “cleverly constructed and written with a keen sense of satire”.

I can’t imagine anyone wanting to poison themselves with strychnine because of a snake bite. The cure would be just as bad as the sickness. You can read more about different poisons and their antidotes here. The idea of using strychnine as an antidote to snake venon has apparently not made it to the web. At least not until now.

Tendo

Ugandan in boston

What do we know about FDC’s Wafula Oguttu?


Dear Ugandans at heart,

He supported NRM  from 1982 to 2001 but he has never worked in NRM government.They found him in the private sector and offered  him several  appointments all of which he declined to take up.He chose to remain in the  private sector and that is where he still gets his obusuma nengeni.

The monitor Publication was sold to the Nation Publication Group as a very profitable company. I happen to know one of the original 4 shareholders through his family. The Monitor was sold for $1,000,000, netting each shareholder $250,000, plus ongoing 5% or so share stake for each shareholder. It was one of the biggest takeovers in Uganda coorporate sector. Upto today Ogutu still earns his money when you buy a copy of the Monitor newspaper.

I also know Mr. Wafula Oguttu very well, since he was my junior lecturer in political science at Makerere University. He conducted most of my political science tutorials. The man is very far from a stooge or anything near that. Infact the Monitor made so much money because the public bought it for the truth as an alternative to the Newvision. Lastly, the monitor releied on private sector advertisements rather than government ministries ads since government was against the Monitor. Do you know how many times the Ogutus were taken tocourt by government?

According to a message posted on the UAH forum by Wafula Ogutu himself, he said:” Yes,I am one of the big shareholders in Busia Millers, a comapny I with Gabriel Opio and one William Onyango founded 13 years ago to assist in adding value to farm produce. This was before any body thought of NAADS.In my speech as Board Chair, I took swipe at NAADS as being wrongly premised and managed, the reason it has not assisted  ordinary people.”

Wafula continued to say:’ The founding of BML had no politics in it. Just business. Is there politics on the stock exchange? Is there FDC money or NRM money in business?  I called upon people to separate politics from business.Today, Busia Millers  is owned  by senior 32 professionals  from Eastern Uganda but mostly from Busia District including judges and professors. I am from Bugiri District. We have worked hard  for 13 years and sacrificed to raise the money for the investment. There is no single cent from NRM or NAADs. No one ever said BML would partner with NAADS. That is  a silly fabrication.”

Wafula concluded by saying :”People might want to know that although NRM  government harasses  some of us,  I am associated with companies and organizations I helped found which pay a total of over shs 4 billion in taxes  per year and employs  about 1,000 Ugandans! That is measurable patriotism.”

Phillip Oruni

UAH forumist/DP supporter

London

BIDCO is owned by Moi family not Museveni’s


Garden city front

People:

BIDCO is owned by Nicholas Biwott and Mois’ family. They moved to Uganda at the time when some within NARC were eager to go after their assets which were acquired with stolen funds.

That move also split NARC when Moi’s big money lured Mr Raila and Mr Musyoka to defect from NARC to form ODM. Their defection all but saved Moi’s ill gotten wealth from KACC. But Kenyan politics is always dynamic. Now the same forces Mr Raila gave voice or cover have all but abandoned him. Why? Because they have managed to move some of their wealth to Uganda and are sort of secure with the ruling elite

Biwott and Moi also now own Kinyara sugar through a little known company by the name of Rai Plywood based in Eldoret. Ask yourself, how could a timber related firm come to beat out Booker which used to manage Kinyara. Privatization in Uganda was ridden with dealing in insider information for obvious reasons; kitu kukuwba.

Further, privatization by giving away public assets to South African firms was a ploy to enrich a few at the expense of many. How come it was always Boer dominated firms that were succesful? Why South African firm anyways?

When UCB was given to the South Africans, okay STANBIC they quickly sold the UCB Towers to you guesed it, super crook Sudhir.  Whether he still owns it or flipped it to make a killing I do not know. Remember there is no capital gains in Uganda so they selll to their cronies cheap, and the cronies then turn around and sell high.

And now STANBIC must deducat billions from its revenue as rent and other expenses to further rip off the treasury.  They certainly figured that their depreciation expenses on the building were lower than their rental expenses at Crested Towers. That is free lunch for the crooks who are getting richer by the day. But why not given that they pay zero taxes on their wealth.

Yet for some reason these questionable deals never attracted the attention of the opposition in Uganda? Why is that so?

Of course the crooks use foreigners to cover their bases. Biwott also uses his sons in law to run the second largest oil company in terms of market share in Kenya. The firm also operates in Uganda.

The Malaysians are a just cover up. But the real owners in terms of majority ownership in BIDOCO are believed to be Biwott and Moi. They also own Kinyara sugar. Kinyara was actually very profitable and well run by Bookers but the govt gave it away.  That is why Malaysia is also the place of choice for African crooks to bank their loot.

Let me be blunt:  President Museveni and Mr Moi’s families have one thing in common: greed for money.  Because of that greed and the shady dealings they turn to Malaysians and others to manage their interests.

In Mr Moi’s case it was him, his favourite son, Gedion Moi, and the semi-illiterate Kalenjins who did errands for him. But Mr Moi had no qualms appointing them as Chairmen of banks and other corporations.

In Uganda’s case the corruption seems to come from the President’s wife and her family side and of course one son-in-law.  I was hoping that the Professor who is writing about religion in Uganda will tackle that question head on: how come people who profess to be followers of Jesus are so corrupt? How do they reconcile their naked greed for money with the humble biblical teachings?

About UCB Towers, what difference is there between Karim Hirji and Sudhir? They are both crooks although they give the impression that they are in competition.  Is Karim Hirji the one who stayed in Uganda even under Amin?

No, it will not be difficult to figure out which assets are owned by members the ruling elite in Uganda, educated as they may be.  Their problem is that they go for everything and anything.  One could have expected them to restrict themselves to high value investments. But wapi.

I recall reading in the papers that one Bahekanira who also owned a mall are the owners of the hotel at Bwebajja. Part of it collapsed and killed workers.  The same Bahekanira is fighting bankruptcy charges from Barclays Bank, he took their money for the mal, but diverted it to the Hotel and now the mall is bankrupt. Barclays is going after him hard.  The hotel is not off limits.

WBK

UAH forumist

http://www.ugandarecord.co.ug/index.php?issue=40&article=524&seo=2009%20in%20review:%20The%20Museveni%20family%20ownership%20of%20Uganda

WHAT A YEAR- 2009?


Salutations Fellow Forumists,

The year  come to an end and one might be in order to wish his friends and discussants and associates a Merry Xmas.  With that formality out of the way we are enjoined to consider the year briefly- its highlights and its low points and possible consideration of the implication for Uganda that we cherish and that we love.  For who we always pray and commission our deeds in tandem with our very own personal needs heralded in the aspiration – For God and My Country.

Highlights:

A marriage of political parties takes root with the family treading the breadth of the country to further our democratic aspirations.  As u know in a marriage respect is very important- the husband must respect the wife and the wife must respect the husband.  Some silly wags are asking who is the wife and who is the husband- ignore them we shall not be diverted on side issues.

Buganda awakens!  After quietly bearing abuse upon abuse – insult upon injury Buganda youth awoke and in anger  engaged the coercive machinery of the state putting paid to the derogation that matooke eating folks  (no offense intended) have no stomach for a good fight.  The symbolism of the youth, their defiance acted like the safety catch ammunition and the elders got together in a grand convocation that must still be causing shock waves in some hills you know and I know- we both know that is.

And then of course the shock revelation that his highness does not take calls from persons who want to engage him in politics.  Ha Uganda is an amazing country.

Downsides: introduction of paramilitary in the political play ground and reliance on kiboko and the gun as a means of settling political disagreements.  The words of Malcom X  fall back “.. those who seek power by riding the back of a tiger will find themselves in the stomach of the tiger.”

Chogm bonanza seems to have been the logical successor of the land bonanza , and the privatization debacle.  Then  there is the dubious land bill. And Nasasira’s endless potholes which are teammates of the infernal sugar trucks on Jinja road and are responsible for deaths of several Ugandans.

Still we must love our country- what to do?

Watmon Mike Kinyera

Does federal offer relief from our brocken single point of failure (parliament)?


Fellow Ugandans,

For months now I have been trying to tell you that since independence we have been trying to fit in a box that is not of our making, presiding over a system of governance with easily corruptible internal and external support structures, with hardly any working checks and balance constraints” to brag about.

It does not take the genius of Mao, to point out that we are sitting on a single point of failure, “parliament”, despite all the warning signs of a fatigued structure such as corruption, housings coerced party members and  such abuses as one party dominance for 23 years we still put all our trust in it. What we have  managed to create in this single arm of governance, an orphan structure, that is not working for all of us and incapable of policing itself. Those on the favorable receiving end are in it, too deep to realize the imbalances thus making a mockery and many of us to become suspect of all democratic systems of governance.

To remove the anomaly, I had suggested an addition structure a “senate” body to augment and bring about that needed balance to a system that is fatigued and no longer able to bear the burden alone. The senate body, that I had suggested would address all those failed service delivery projects by providing the necessary oversight committees composed of all stake holders and providing quality assurance, to rescue an overwhelmed and lopsided NRMO, heavy parliamentary body.

While no system is perfect and Churchill suggested, indeed all these democratic systems of governance needed constant vigilance, monitoring and tweaking, we are just about ready to give a federal system our first whirl. It definitely holds promise to return balance to a now terribly lopsided system that has become the joke of town, not because of the bills being suggested to be turned into law, but mainly by the clearly visible manipulative control arm of the president stirring and buying them up.

We have to hand it to NRMO machinery ingenuity to have discovered weak systemic links in our one congressional structure and exposed them by mainly taking advantage of all the buggy loopholes, with full knowledge that complete dominance is possible and would allow the ruling party to bastardize the system to the point of bending and yielding to every beck and call at the peril of all other Ugandans.
Mean while many poor villagers and town dwellers alike are crying foul by the strange laws being passed and not having good service delivery systems or about the prevalence of an  unchecked plethora of ghost entities being given scarce funds due to lack of serious oversight of a broken system.

Does a federal system look any better for tired and used Ugandans? you betcha!


Tendo kaluma

Ugandan in Boston

Overcoming NRM Excesses


Overcoming NRM Excesses

Given the forthcoming competition for the Presidency and the strategy in place to see the NRM part of Uganda’s history, it may simply be a joke for any one to assume that the NRM leadership will this time get cultured.  It is for this reason among others that we still call upon our friends in opposition to join forces to do away with the evil.  It is simply evil.  Many of these people are not concerned about the ills of others simply because they have command to use and misuse national resources!  Yes, many are to suffer the circumstances, but it is worth the cost.  At times one wonders whether some people cannot be concerned about their future.  You imagine an NRM leader out of office and watching what another Government is doing.  People do comment now but these guys are not bothered.  If one got into power, the truth is that at some point in time, he or she has to get out of power, but how are these people ready to learn how much some people know about their mis – deeds!

Anyway, hopefully, the good Lord will guide all of use to do with the evil which NRM is doing every other day with impunity.  That is he best strategy where all of us combine forces to see them go and real going this time.

We are simply tired.

Willy Kituuka

Buganda meeting well attended and a success on many fronts


Fellow Ugandans,


The December 17th meeting of all Ugandan regions held in Buganda, has just completed with King Ronald M. Mutebi providing the last word.


From a perspective of one prominent attendee, it was a success on many fronts, but especially based on the varied groups and regions of attendence.
All Ugandans of every creed, tribe and political persuasion were in attendance. Although the president did not send a special envoy, NRM/O as well as all opposition parties were well represented. According to this reliable source, one of the most pressing items of the day was a resolution passed by all delegates to quickly look into federo in Uganda. They all agreed to meet again to discuss the merits of federalism.

Tendo Kaluma
Ugandan in Boston

Museveni’s naked sectarianism


Vincent Nuwagaba

Faculty of Law, Mak.

Cell: 0772843552

vnuwagaba@gmail.com

H. E President Museveni

RE: Abdication of your duties caked with naked sectarianism

This long letter comes from a human rights defender who has suffered the wrath of dysfunctional state institutions but is determined not to die at his knees but his toes. I will not enumerate how many times I have been arbitrarily arrested, jailed and tortured. Right now, I am undergoing malicious prosecution and the iconic professor Oloka-Onyango who you have labeled an agent of disorientation knows the genesis my ordeal. A university don in the faculty of law has written about the trials and tribulations of Dr. Kizza Besigye, I guess someone will also write on the trials and tribulations of Vincent Nuwagaba.

Your Excellency, you are a fountain of honour. Thus, your office should be run in the most honourable manner, should be above board and exemplary. I think this is what President Kagame endeavours to do. Anyway, anyhow, we cannot continue to accept that you run Uganda at your whims as though it is a family estate even when you are making it difficult for university professors to sponsor their own children in a university where they teach. How do you sanction the increment of tuition up to 126 percent and raise civil servants salaries by a mere 5%. You wrote to me that the opposition has no alternative now let me claim the opposition’s role. Your government must adequately fund public educational institutions, pay lecturers well and extend a subsidy to private universities because the students trained therein are not private citizens but Ugandan citizens. You must get out of America’s straightjacket which came in a package of Structural Adjustment Programmes through the unholy trinity of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organisation. We must be independent now. If it takes you labeling me a politician not a human rights defender, so be it.

Personally, I wrote to you complaining about tuition increment in Makerere University. The reward I got was to be sent to the University of understanding. I never gave up. I brought a petition from a section of students and submitted it to the speaker of parliament. I submitted a copy of that petition in your office. Now, students on statehouse scholarship at Makerere University have done exams using chits from the Academic Registrar’s office that statehouse will pay. This happens in the wake of hiking tuition in public universities to the tune of 126%. Please read through the petition I personally delivered in your office at parliament or ask for a copy from me. It is now as plain as a nose on your face that you have chosen to toe a path that will keep a few people in power and the majority of us in subjugation. Why can’t other students whose sponsors commit to pay be allowed to sit exams with a balance? I wrote to you on 13th August 2009 contesting tuition increment in public universities arguing instead that government should increase funding to these universities. In my letter I stated that it is ironical that non priority sectors such as statehouse and the military always get supplementary funding yet education is not prioritised choosing instead that the peasants should run the public educational institutions through unaffordable fees.

I am writing to you to further remind you that my boldness to tell you my mind led to my being tortured by the police which you have militarized on 17 August after I had been denied my admission letter simply because I had opposed your inhuman, undemocratic, fiendish and invidious practice of sanctioning the increment of fees of up to 126 per cent. Ultimately I was detained in Wandegeya police cells for two days and later remanded to Luzira for a period of 15 days on trumped up charges.

You have always duped many of us especially peasants that you went to the bush to liberate us. Kindly tell Ugandans how, why, which and how many students get statehouse scholarships? Where do they come from? I have been told that it is the children of the veterans and fallen soldiers. If that is true, I demand the criterion followed to award those scholarships because my dear uncle Lt Muhangi Theophillus RO 3881 died in the military service and I am burdened by his children despite the fact that I am equally marginalised with good grades. Your Excellency, I personally applied for a statehouse scholarship when I had been admitted for a master’s degree because I thought I had a right to benefit from taxpayers’ money. But, why couldn’t I get it?

There is a document in one of the Runyakitara papers which had the minutes of the alleged meeting that you had where it was resolved that the Basiita rule for fifty years. In that document it is reported that it was resolved that Salim Saleh goes back to school and gets a senior six certificate; that Keinerugaba joins the military and that your ethnic people join the army, police and key positions of responsibility. By ring-fencing university education you are surely perfecting that mission. I know this time I have touched the hottest button but I am ready to die on the frontline using my brain through the pen and microphone than waging a senseless military battle which will claim innocent Ugandans. I am ready to be charged with fanning sectarian sentiments because I condemn your government’s sectarian practices. Good enough you are immune to prosecution.

I haven’t done all my exams because I have paid 60 percent of the fees because the money I had for paying was stolen by your police officers when they came to show me that I am a subject and not a citizen in my country; many sons and daughters of peasants have dropped out of the courses they had been admitted for and you continue saying prosperity for all! This time even the peasants should not listen to your hollow promises.

You may have forgotten the political science you studied in Tanzania. Thus, I have a duty to remind you that in the social contract theory, people surrender some of the responsibilities into the Leviathan, a ruler at that but they remain with the right to resist an oppressive and repressive leadership.

You are creating apartheid in Uganda and as citizens we are duty-bound to oppose your character vehemently. I must say that as a taxpayer, you and the beneficiaries of your corrupt and sectarian oligarchy depend on us taxpayers but we don’t depend on you. Please respect our money. You have said before that those who disagree with you should get plots of land outside Uganda as if they stay in your Rwakitura land; personally I will not and if you can put me out of action please do. I don’t know whether your government kills although I was about to meet my creator from April to July and I made you know that. But if it does, none of us is immortal. The difference will be that if I am put out of action I will leave a legacy akin to that of Dr. Martin Luther Jr King. Please order Major Gen. Kayihura and his boys to keep away from me as all they get from me is international ridicule. But anyway, Uganda under Museveni has lost a sense of shame. Otherwise, I would expect resignation after many have been blacklisted in The Book of Fame and Shame by ACCU.

Finally, your government must rescind the fees increment and increase funding to the university.

For God and My country!

Yours,

Vincent Nuwagaba

Human rights defender and LLB 1 Student

Contact: +256772 843 552/ +256702 843 552/ +256712 843 552

CC: Chairperson, Legal and Parliamentary Committee

CC: Ministry of Education and Sports

CC: Makerere University Council

CC: Vice Chancellor Makerere University

CC: Chairman MUASA

CC: Inter-party Coalition

CC: OHCHR

CC: HURINET

NB: Attached is a letter from the Speaker of Parliament ordering that our petition be presented by the social services committee. I demand to know why it has never been presented. Failure to get an explanation will straight push me to the constitutional court.

Naked Sectarianism


14th December 2009

The Inspector General of Police

General Kale Kayihura

Re: Complaint against the Police Officers’ Abuse of Office

General Kayihura, I write to forward my complaint against some elements in the Police Force who have become an enigma in my life since 11th April 2009 up to 17th August 2009. I first commend you on your recent efforts to purge the police of what my colleague in the human rights movement Mohammed Ndifuna national coordinator of HURINET calls “bad apples.” That surely is an indicator that you have started listening to our cries about the abuse and misuse of office by the police.

General Kayihura, we first knew one another way back in 2002 from Makerere University where you used to come for debates when you were still a UPDF Political Commissar and Brigadier. I was then an undergraduate student studying political science and I was incensed by the reports I used to read and hear about the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and Internal Security Organisation and other paramilitary outfits. Remember you once gave me your phone number and told me to contact your body guards for a cup of coffee. I later learnt that where you hail in Kisoro you belong to the Bagiri clan and given that I am a “mufuruki” in Bushenyi whose roots are Rubanda in Kabale and a Muhimba at that, I knew you are either my brother or my uncle. In fact during the police recruitment that raised many body hairs if I had a corrupt mindset I wouldn’t run to anyone else for recommendation but to you. Little did I know that I would suffer hardest at the hands of the Police when you are the IGP and you seem to sanction my traumatic experience by doing nothing every time I appeal to you.

I know this is more than a mere letter but a short report. Accordingly, I beg that you find ample time to read and internalise the report. Since I am not your appointing authority, I don’t know your job description but I know for sure that if you don’t read you cannot in the least make a good leader. But I also know that you don’t find reading a problem since you hold a Master Degree of Laws. Because you hold a Master degree in Law, you should be the last person to condone lawlessness in the Police Force and I also expect you to distinguish between self interest and public interest. I may for example, be an impediment to your coveted desire for the NRM to retain power  ad infinitum but know that what the public needs is not whether or not you stay in power for 100 years but what services you deliver to them when you are in power.

I have been prompted to write this report to you by the recent media reports published by 256news accessed online at www.256news.com and the 12 December Saturday Monitor story titled “MP pins Police on bribery”. That you oversaw the arrest of the officers implicated shows you brook no nonsense any further. The principle purpose of this letter is to ask you to prevail on officers who have always stolen my money to refund it and penalise them for subjecting the good name of the Uganda Police Force to public shame and ridicule. Ultimately that tarnishes your otherwise good name.

I have appealed to you for so long but I have never got any help from your office. I don’t know whether you have always felt I am too insignificant to merit your valuable time. I beg that the attention you give to MPs you give to others in equal measure as well because MPs are public servants and as such they are no greater than their masters – members of the public. I have never seen a servant who is bigger than his/her master. And by the way, personally I am better qualified than majority MPs and spend more time in libraries than them. Hence, I am one of the philosopher kings that Plato says should be in leadership. Please no pun intended.

That said let me give the catalogue of abuses that I have gone through orchestrated by police officers.

1. On 11 April 2008, I was illegally arrested, detained incommunicado, starved for four days in CPS dungeons and terribly tortured. From there they took me to a mental hospital after conniving with Butabika staff to further subject me to pharmacological torture. My money amounting to 500 dollars and shillings 120,000 (one hundred and twenty thousand) shillings was stolen; my Bata shoes were stolen and to date I have never seen my black stripped suit. The police stayed with my keys and by the time I went back home on 24th April 2009 I found my house had been broken into, my computer, 2 flash discs and many other items were stolen. All this was done under the supervision of ASP Johnson Bahimbise who is at large and has since been promoted to SP and now works as Chief Security Officer of Makerere University.

2.On 15 May 2008, I was arrested from Spear Motors by a police officer whose names I don’t know, assaulted and taken to Jinja Road Police Station, money amounting to 60,000 (sixty thousand shillings) was stolen and I was released after the intervention of Foundation for Human Rights Initiative through their lawyers Vincent Babalanda and Evelyn. I was later told by the OC on duty then that, “Nuwagaba, you can now go, if we need you, we shall call you”. To date, I have never recovered my money and I have never seen justice.

3. On 28 May 2008, I was detained again at Kampala CPS after I had gone to make a formal complaint about my property stolen. Shillings 540,000 (five hundred and forty thousand) and some other small notes and coins whose amount I didn’t know was stolen. The following day, RDC Alice Muwanguzi found me in the cells and I told him the ordeal I had gone through. She told me, “Nuwagaba, let me go and order for your release”. Sadly I was taken to Butabika again Vincent Babalanda who now works with Ms Kenya found me there. You know all that happened there for I have written to you, to the president and two stories have been run by the Prisoners’ Magazine and the Red Pepper of July 4, 2009. Of course I have sued but I guess your dysfunctional state might be trying to frustrate the hearing of my case no. 92/2009 in the high court of Uganda.

4. In March this year, I was arrested by Sgt Kanyarutokye using my former lover and sister to SP John Nuwagira and dumped at Kira Road. After thorough investigation by sober and professional officers, I was found innocent but also the complainant feared following up the case and she later told me all she wanted was to have me jailed and deprived of my liberty. This wasn’t the first time Kanyarutokye was tormenting me. I want Kanyarutokye penalised for using the Police Patrol vehicle and other officers that are sustained by taxpayers’ money to settle his personal scores against me.  I feel so bad that I can be abused by people like Kanyarutokye who even failed S.4 at Ruyonza SSS. You see the effect of giving assignments to the academic dwarfs!

5. I have been assaulted thrice from Butabika on the course of investigating human rights abuse by the Mental Hospitals. On the first occasion I was beaten by the hospital guards citing orders from orders from above and shillings 100,000 was stolen from me. I was taken away by Mr. Aguma. The next time I was taken away by very many senior police officers and they told me “since you sued Dr. Onen wait for your case to be settled”. Should Butabika continue being used to inflict pharmacological torture on innocent Ugandans? Hadn’t it been my efforts and efforts of FHRI and UPAF, Gaudence Tushabomwe would have possibly met her creator months ago.

6. On 5th August still following Tushabomwe’s case I was picked from Butabika again and dumped in cells of Jinja Road Police Station. I was incarcerated for two days and later released without producing me in court. I had 101 US dollars and 430,000. OC CID and Mr. Chemonges should refund this money if you are to be taken seriously in your fight against injustice. I need explanation for depriving me of my liberty by incarcerating me in the filthy cells when I was innocent.

7. On 17th August I was arrested and tortured by police officers led by Detective Musinguzi working under the direction of ASP Mission Samuel. “My crime” I am sure was writing a letter to the President complaining about heartless tuition increment a related article of which was published by the Independent on 21st August 2009 when I was already in Luzira. Musinguzi and company stole 1.4m an amount of money I wanted to use to make a part payment for fees for a Law course whose tuition was hiked from 0.6m to 1.26m excluding functional fees of 540,000 and other requirements such as accommodation, feeding, printing and photocopying and transport inter alia. If I were you people in government I would bring those who constructively criticize me closer rather than persecuting them.

8. I was to be dumped in Wandegeya Police cells where I spent two days having been denied police bond despite the fact that the lows and highs of Uganda ranging from university Professors, UN Diplomats, Foundation for Human Rights Initiative and senior police officers among others. I was to be told that you called the OC CID and chastised her for allowing me have access to the phone after I called you, CP Nduguse, CP Kyomukama, AIGP Sharita among others. I hear you are a human rights lawyer!

The milestone this time was that I was produced in City Hall court and later taken to Luzira where I spent fifteen days. Of course trumped up charges of threatening violence and assault were opened against me.  I have, however, been told by a certain CID detective that if I don’t see the Magistrate, I will be convicted. I told him I am ready to go to Luzira because Mandela was in jail for 27 years but it never stopped him from leading his country and retire after one term in office making him a leading iconic leader on the African continent. I have surely told you and the President that I am a law-abiding citizen and that if I am suspected of having committed an offence I should be tried before a competent and impartial tribunal or court. I know I am innocent and if I am convicted it would be malicious conviction. But also, this could be a ploy to frustrate me from proceeding with my case whose genesis is SP Bahimbise. I am surely not being prosecuted but being persecuted.

9. You got a report from PSU in regard to my complaint. I was not given a copy yet it makes weird allegations. I wrote you a letter on 8th May 2009 in regard to the PSU report but you chose to ignore me. Please rethink whatever I have communicated to you. You and I are Catholics and we know that Paul who has become a paragon of virtue in promoting Christianity was once Saul a persecutor of Christianity.

10. Please, address this matter urgently so that it becomes the last time I am writing to you complaining about the Police Force.  Otherwise, I am ready to write to countries that believe in democratic practice and human dignity requesting them to slap a ban on your travels and withhold funding to the police force. Although you have been named among those fighting corruption, personally I would name you top on the shame list. Indeed fighting a person who uses only the pen and tongue is the highest form of moral corruption. I know to err is human but I strongly believe that I can fairly be convicted of only a traffic offense because it happens unexpectedly but I have not committed it.  As a product of Danida Human Rights and Good Governance internship programme whose purpose is to train a critical mass of human rights and anti-corruption crusaders, I will write to DANIDA to express the magnitude of persecution by the Police and suggest that they use their money to help victims of human rights abuse.

Finally, prevail on all officers I accuse to refund my property and money and bring them to book. Accordingly, SP Bahimbise should pay back my US Dollars 500 and 200,000 plus 540,000 that were stolen under his watch. He should also produce my laptop computer, flash discs, my shoes, my wrist watch and my clothing.ASP Chemonges should produce my 100 US dollars and shillings 430,000.ASP Mission under whose supervison Detective Musinguzi and his colleagues were working should be forced to refund Shs 1.4m that was stolen from my bag.They always ask the evidence that I had the money but I would beg that you ask them to produce a record on which I signed for my property so that you can prove that what I am saying is either false or true. Because procedurally before one is dumped in police cells, they should sign against their property. I know it may be a well thought out strategy to make life to difficult for me through among others impoverishing me but I will never ever keep silent in the wake of injustice orchestrated by those that are paid by taxpayers’ money to protect our lives, liberty and property. What I have written here is a mere tip of the iceberg but I have to assure you that whoever fights me is fighting a losing battle. If I don’t listen to you soon, I will upload this report on the internet and follow this matter legally nationally or internationally to its logical conclusion.

Attached is an email I received from the President telling me to report my harassment to police. I hope you pay heed. For God and My Country!

Yours truly,

VINCENT NUWAGABA

Email: mpvessynuwagaba@gmail.com

Cell:   +256772 843 552 /+256702 843 552

CC: President of the Republic of Uganda

CC: Prof. Apollo Nsibambi Prime Minister

CC: Hon Kirunda Kivejinja, Minister of Internal Affairs

CC: Uganda Human Rights Commission

CC: Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs

CC: Human Rights Organisations

CC: Diplomatic Community

CC: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

CC: Amnesty International

CC: Chairman Makerere University Council

CC: Chairman Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee.

CC: Danida – HUGGO

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