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President Museveni’s visit to Kenya worries Besigye Supporters as the Colonel is in Hospital


Statehouse has released a statement to say that President Yoweri Museveni has arrived in Nairobi for a one-day working visit to Kenya. The President, who landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 12.00 noon today, was received on arrival by the Kenyan Minister for Nairobi Metropolitan Mr. Njeru Githae, the Commander of the Kenyan Army, Lt. General Njuki Mwaniki, Uganda’s High Commissioner to Kenya Mrs. Angelina Wapakhabulo as well as several senior Kenyan government officials.

During his stay in Nairobi, President Museveni will meet with his Kenyan counterpart President Mwai Kibaki. The Ugandan leader will also address a conference on Social Economic Transformation and the East African integration.

The opposition leader, Dr Kiiza Besigye was also admitted to hospital in Nairobi yesterday after after Uganda government, reportedly pushed by foreign diplomats, dramatically reversed a declared decision to block him from flying out for further medical management.

Besigye supporters on UAH are worried of Museveni visit to Kenya at the same time while Besigye is there. One supporter from Sweden called Robert Ssenkindu reckons that the president may do something dubious to Besigye in Nairobi such that Ugandans need to watch out for any suspicious activity around Besigye’s hospital bed.

Christopher Muwanga from Kampala was also not happy and he had this to say:”M7 thinks only in matters of the gun. He is not just afraid that Besigye may do something funny in Nairobi. Nooooo! His and Tinyefuza’s reported whispers of ‘planned genocide’ are aruse to sell to the neigbouring countries and a diversion to justify their [M7, Tinye & Co.’s] planned mass-murders of innocent Ugandans.In visiting Nairobi, M7 either wants the Kenyans to assist in finishing off the man, or wants him chased from the country or even worse, he wants the results of the lab tests on Besigye kept secret.The first and last reasons have higher currency [are most plausible]because the M7 terrorists did not them out of Uganda, only the foreign missions helped.”

Christopher continued to say that Ugandans should, however, take heart; ”Besigye was once a staffer at a Kenyan hospital. He has colleagues there.The bloood samples must already have reached other labs world-wide. So,whatever the case, the nature of poisons adminstred to him will be known, lives he after this or never and vengeance for crime will be persued forever.Meanwhile, Gen Tinyefuza’s goons are streaming across the border and flooding Nairobi. The ‘sleepers’ [inactive, resident agent cells] have been activated as well as those from friendly embassies [to our south-west [where else?].”

A DP elder in USA,Kyijomamanyi, was also very furious with the government heavy handness of Besigye:”It is very dumb for YKM to pour security forces in the streets especially in all town in Uganda. The last or smart thing would be to restrict access to guns and bullets. Yet what Ugandans saw was the release of Gibert Arinaitwe-is it true he grew up in TZ before joining primary school in Tororo-and set in motion the equivalent of a positive feedback in science. The situation in Uganda is deviating further and further from the norm. Certainly what we saw does not augur well for the the dictators. Who benefits from an escalating feedback situation in Uganda? But as the Grek say, may be YKM is about to go mad and may not even have pondered of the consequences of his actions. Gilbert Arinaitwe will forever be the symbol of his reign.

”If Ugandans pour in urban centers and town in large numbers, the security fores will not be of help. Sure the Muhoozi Kainerugaba force will mow Ugandans but eventually it will crumble.Now you folks in Uganda find out the ‘saved’ church that sadist Arinaitwe attends. Opposition mobs too should pretend to be ‘saved’ and trail him there. Yes mulokoke -not sure from what when you see Gilbert Arinaitwe a mulokole behaving that way-if that is what it takes to get that monster Arinaitwe.” Kyijomanyi said.

The moment of truth could be in the horizon especially as YKM and his security team fall prey to positive feedback. Let me tell you, a positive feedback is YKm’s worst nightmare. If you believe that the police have not been aid and military men are in lugabire=tyre sandals, then you get the point. At one point many will ask themselves the big question: why are we killing fellow Ugandans? Yes, I know a few are from Rwanda, but the majority are Ugandans. Why indeed should they continue to kill fellow Ugandans? ”

Ahmed Katerega, a Newvision journalist and NRM activisit, said:”the middle class has grown in Uganda such that they prefer treatment in Kenya, South Africa, Germany, UK , US, India. In 1982, Obote was treated in Italy.Secondly corruption in civil service especially in ministry of Health and Mulago Hospital.”

Another NRM supporter, Kaka John, said:”Besigye introduced the hammer as his political symbol. Now yesterday it came to haunt him as it was used by security fellows to break the glass of his car. Besigye started it all – he has been advocating for violence – now he has reaped it. The tsunami, the hammer, name it. ”

Gilbert on his wedding day.

Meanwhile, Ugandans have sent a lot of information about Gilbert Arinaitwe, the state agent who terrorised Besigye yesterday. Below is some of the information that has been posted to us:

Name: Arinaitwe Bwana Gilbert/ Arinaitwe Bwana Stephen became Cadet
Assistant Superintendent of Police in September 2007.

Rank: Assistant Supritendant of Police

Officers File No: A/1089

Department: Criminal Investigations Directorate – Homicide but currently with Rapid Response Unit

Computer No: 233553 (Old) C14409022966

Salary: UGX 473,789/=

Account No: 8020033837

Telephone: 0715063393

Marital Status: Married to Ms. Beatrice Nagawa, a lawyer and advocate who trained in clerkship with the law firm M/s Katende, Sempebwa & Co. Advocates. A brother – in – law to Ms. Sarah Nantongo, an employee of Bank of Uganda. His mother – in – law is also an employee of the same Bank of Uganda.

Put Legal ‘fatwa’ on Gilbert Arinaitwe for Hammering Dr Besigye’s car


The NRM regime has committed and continues to commit serious crimes against ugandans. But the opposition should not dilute such atrocities by crying foul about everything. I have told the opposition MPs and activists to be wary of being served food when they attend public functions. No self service no eating. Those who are stupid enough or greedy to sit there and demand serviice will pay the ultimate price.

Gilbert Hammering Besigye's car

It is true that Ugandans are poor and are compromising their rights by accepting police bribes. What the police is doing is bribing family and that is a a matter that needs to be politicized. When is a bribe criminalized? I read the same nonsense in Gulu where Minister Wabudeya-mourners should pounce on some of those people although not Minister wabudeya in particular. I want to read in the Ugandan story of YKM’s envoys sent with mabugo pounced on at funeral and beaten kabisa. Chase them from the funerals and tell them to take their crocodile tears elsewhere.

Put aside obuntu bulamu/good manners and send a message. Pounce on those emissaries and whip them really good. When i was a young boy I recall ceremonies involving twins-okwalula abalongo- in Uganda where it was literally war. Urine was poured on the side and it was perfectly fine. These IGP emissaries need to be washed with urine at funerals. I am not kidding. The message has to be sent loud and clear. This nonsense of killing innocent Ugandans and the offering funeral expenses or help with treatment should be banished.

I am still hoping perhaps against hope that opposition leaning lawyers in Uganda will file charges against the state. It is time to file civil suits against the AG, IGP and government of Uganda. They may add The funders of law and justice namely Netherlands and Ireland among others. Their money is facilitating the police to kill innocent Ugandans. Do the people in Holland and Ireland know that their tax money is helping the Ugandan police kill innocent children. Do they know that their tax dollars are helping the judiciary to violate the rule of law in Uganda? To those of you in Holland and Ireland what are you doing to let the people there know about this?

The media did a great job of taking those pictures. Ugandans should save them. I am sure Ugandans on the ground can identify these goons. Save the pictures for future purposes to identify them, deal with the goons and piss on them. I was there after 1979 when Amin’s men took it really hard.

One of these days the opposition mobs will also pounce on an NRM biggie, be it that Lt Gilbert Arinaitwe-the younger man who is apparently caught roughing up Dr Besigye-or a member of the judiciary. If not now, soon, certainly in the future. That Gilbert Arinaitwe should be the number one, I repeat number one target for opposition mobs. It is likely he will go underground after today’s pictures but he must pay for his brutality. And so are all those security men seen beating up people. It is now tit for tat and anyone who calls him or herself NRM or works to perpetuate the violations of rights is fair game. True the weakest link may suffer but so be it.

The lawyers should also sue that idiot Gilbert Arinaitwe and force him to make deposition. That is one of the ways to put him in public view and expose him. it is sickening and we never anything like that under Amin. For real. Never!

Those goons went to school in Uganda and live among Ugandans who should be able to identify them and where they live. The good news is that YKM sold all public houses so there are not many government houses to allocate to the killers and goons. They must live in private/rented homes. My only concern is that “obuwutaavu” seems to have set in and Ugandans forgot how to respond. The pictures reveal a lot.

But I am also concerned about the opposition tactics. Why have we not seen the lawyers go to Court to file case after case about police brutal and lose of lives? What happened to civil cases in Uganda? The lawyers should pay as much attention to the peasants who lost their loved as they do to the famous opposition members.Civil suits can tie down the state and certainly embarrass them. Let us see some action on the civil suit front.

Well in 1990, Mr Moi treated Mr Kenneth Matiba-they poisoned him at Kamitii-and Mr Charles Rubia when they led saba saba against one party rule. But in the end Mr Moi relented. It is certainly possible to do to Dr Besigye to what Mr Moi did to Mr Matiba. The way the goons arrest him scares me because in that kavuyo they can inject him with poison.

BTW in Kenya the mobs nabbed one magistrate who had gone to a night club and finished him off. They had identified him as one of those who ruled to please Mr Moi. He never made it out and the mobs got away.

And to Uganda IGP Kayihura, this may help you to think twice before giving out orders: the former Kenya Police Commissioner, Mr Kilonzo, who was in office when Mr Ouko was killed was poisoned in Masaku. Fair or not is neither here nor there. Things catch up. Aparently it was the same state he served that did it to him because he knew too much. Oh, all the key players in trying to cover up for the death of Mr Ouko died mysterious deaths. The Internal security PS at the time Mr Hezekiah Oyugi-a luo-who was one of the most powerful men at the time gone through obutwa. Today his family live like beggars yet they had it all. Sooner rather latter NRM will start to eat its own Moi style. You watch. Dunia.
WB Kyijomanyi
DP ELDER IN USA

Museveni is not a Ugandan Patriot and he has abused the Security Institutions


A patriot is that one who loves his country and therefore wishes compatriots well. Whether M7 is one or not, vis-a-vis Uganda, can be judged from his words and deeds, as sampled bellow. On the current high prices, he says, “…the farmers are ‘happy’. We are exporting to Rwanda, Sudan and Congo..” This is not true for the following reasons:

(a) A banana-bunch in rural Ankole, e.g.in Kabuyanda (new Isingiro District is sold at Sh, 1,000/= in the plantaion, if the farmer is lucky. By the time it reaches Rubaale on the Mbarara-Kabale high-way, it costs Sh.7,000/=and its price will have already risen to Sh. 17,000/= by the time it reaches Kampala. So, how does the farmer gain [except for the one selling young bulls directly to Burundi from Kisozi ranch, with no middle-men]?

(b) Further, how does the farmer benefit if the school fees of the kid have risen from Sh. 10,000/= per term [in USE rural school] and the price of paraffin has doubled in less than 6 months? The equation does not balance at ALL!!

When told that people were rioting because the high taxes were making fule un-affordable and causing the prices of all goods and services to spiral upwards (multiplier effect), in Rwakitura three weeks back, M7 advised: ” …let everyone use resources sparingly….”. The question then arose, “..why not cut the 3 billion budget for (his coronation..) due on 12th May ? “…it is not just a coronation’, mused he. “It is an investors’ forum…” – this, from the man that accused late Binaisa of making State House a ‘business clearing centre..’ back in 1980.

The lesson here though is, that the President of Uganda has more empathy with the citizens of the neigbouring countries than with his own. He therefore cannot claim to be a Ugandan patriot.

Another example of M7’s lack of patriotism is that he has handed all or almost all jobs, businesses and contracts and partnerships to foreginers, especially the Asians, Libyans, Kenyans, etc. This is mainly driven by the fear that Ugandans will discover the extent of the proxy ownership and true costs. A patriotic person, let alone the president of a country would not do that.In Uganda, there is a new god called “INVESTOR”. All stealing is in the name of facilitating INVESTMENT, the new National Religion in Uganda. Any sin becomes a glorious act, if it is baptised, “investment”.Every body is obliged to save/sacrifice, except for the emperor. All must be done to his Emperial Majestey’s service and he never goes wrong.

Bribery
M7 openly bribes societies, religious leaders, villagers, tribes, personalities, voters, etc in many ways [district status, brown enevelopes, motor vehicles, promotions, jobs, ‘marriages’, etc, all that undermine the unity of a country.
A patriotic preaident would simply not do that.

Finally, M7 is ready to cause CIVIL WAR and STRIFE in Uganda [I either rule you or we perish together]. He has, as a matter of fact, already started setting tribe against tribe, lumpen-group against lumpen-group [the so called Kiboko-SQUAD, a sort of INTERAHAMWE] etc. to the extent of encouraging his business partners at the taxi park to clobber people with impunity while they enjoy police and security-operatives protection. CAN A LEADER, AT ANY LEVEL, LET ALONE A PRESIDENT, ENCOURAGE CITIZENS TO TAKE THE LAW INTO THEIR HANDS (a country-wide phenomenon today) AND SUCH A PERSON CALLS HIMSELF PATRIOTIC? No way.

M7 is using Uganda and her resources like a ‘condom’, to be dropped when no longer needed. He wishes Uganda and the Ugandans no good so he can never rightly be called a patriot. He is a traitor instead.

Uganda is now ruled under a STATE of EMERGENCY but it is still not declared!! It this cowardice or treachery?

When you bring in the case of Obote I would smell a rat, except to admit that, in case he wanted to declare a State of emergency [to allow his forces to imprison his enemies outside the areas they had committed crimes, e.g. the Ibingiras in Gulu], he WOULD GO TO HIS RUBBER-STAMP PARLIAMENT and obtain a DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY LEGALLY PASSED!!!

The mother of ALL questions then arises: IF TRULY M7 WAS RETURNED WITH 70%, meaning that his has all-round support country-wide, why, if he wants to deny people their rights and he controls all the forces and they are royal to him, HE HAS THE MAJORITY IN PARLIAMENT, can he not declare a state of EMERGENCY AND THEN GET THIS RUBBER-STAMPED BY HIS PARLIAMENT?????

M7 is but a paper-tiger [dangerous though he really is]. As one revolutionary politician once put, HIS REGIME IS A COLOSSUS BUT WITH FEET OF CLAY. For example, he may have a 100,000-man army but the men too are suffering. The officer-corps are M7 kin and the regime behaves the way it does because it knows the corruption-driven inflation is hurting the security-forces too, except the bosses that have benefited by the rotten corruptionand state bribery.


Police and General Kayihura

Like any executioner, M7’s Chief Executioner cannot ‘go’ peacefully.He can only be pushed and thank God,the UCC team[Ocampo’smen] are in kampala already.D’u think the usage of poison gas is being halted because the boss’ chief executioner wants it to? No way. WE ALREADY HAVE SOME RESULTS, HOWEVER minuscule.

Although the authorities have declared and conducted chemical warfare against innocent Ugandans, all should be reminded that this is against the Geneva Conventions on war. The stocks are finished and the ICC isin town, reportedly. Corruption in procurement may have led to over-estimates in quantities.

By this act alone, of gassing women and children locked in their houses, is tantamount to commission of genocide as defined in 1948, especially as it was planned in advance.A few days ago, however, it was anoounced by M7’s Chief Executioner, that ‘tear gas’ [or kill-gas] will not be used again. Why this halt, if it is true?

At least two reasons are two possible:
a). The budget for poison gas, alias, tear gas, was inflated Ugandan style and less was imported [for the money requsitioned] and is already consumed from the stores.
b). Some has been used for other purposes, e.g. for settling love, political, neigbour and other wrangles, not for gassing the opposition alone, by untrained militias and NRM-leaning soldiers in Police uniforms.
c). An advance ICC party is reportedly in town to look at ‘the reported violations of human liberties’, especially the brutality and killing of non-combatants.

Sebaggala gets ex-town clerk’s residence

This is legalising an illegality! It is ‘asset stripping’ by the powers that be.The rules on divesture of residential houses is very clear: “…sitting tenants must be given the chance of first refusal”.Now, Seeya has never been a tenant in the Town Clerk’s mansion. He occupied it with impunity, as the mayor’s office, after he failed to repair his office.

Now, M7 donates it to him [as though it is on his Kisozi or Rwakitura ‘miles’], as a political bribe, so he may abandon DP and avail is ‘kiboko’ goons (brigade) to the NRM. This was irregular, of course and ‘had to be put right’ retrospectively, so they think, especially as the new mayor promised to correct the wrong.

The NRM dominated Council should know that neither they nor their actions are above the law. This retrospecive action will therefore be in vain because Seeya Sebaggala has never been a town Clerk of KCC, let alone being a sitting tenant, to benefit by from existing provison for a ‘first refusal’. This cancer called ‘corruption’must end , some time, someday. The wrong willbe corrected.

Christopher Muwanga,

Nakasero,

Kampala.

Dalton Kaweesa Exagerated About Besigye’s Wealth in the Redpepper To benefit the NRM propaganda machine.


Besigye and Winnie Byanyima

An article written in the Redpepper this week by one Dalton Kaweesa about how filthy rich Besigye was, has infuriated a lot of Ugandans who question the motive of such an article from one of the respected journalists in the country , at a time when the opposition are fighting for the rights of the poor. Dalton Kaweesa exagerates Besigye’s wealth and also compares him to some of the rich NRM politicians that have been implicated in corruption scandals over time but retained in the government by president Museveni.

One Ugandans At Heart member called Christopher Muwanga said that it’s imperative to compare Besigye’s wealth to that of Museveni who was poor with just a small piece of land in Rwakitura before he became the president of Uganda but now he is among the richest political leaders in the world. Muwanga said:”He( Museveni) was born in such circumstances that he had to benefit from a ‘refugee’ scholarship [the records attest to this and it is too late for his admirers to delete them]. On proceeding to high school, he was cared for by what we may say are ‘forster parents’. By his own admission, M7 is the first in the first person in his family, if not in his clan, to work for government [previously, the best source of better, steady incomes].

Museven’s parents were so poor, even by pastoralist standards, that they never owned cattle. His “dad” grazed the cattle of other people and his day-to-day needs were met by ‘wages in kind’ plus the casual vending of milk, at least, from the mid 1960’s, delivered to the customers by one little ‘Akandwanaho’. They never owned any landeither.

After his HSC, M7 taught as a licenced teacher [where/when he admitedly taught future Gen. Tumwine]. It is the money he got from his salary as a ‘long-vacation teacher’ [it was Sh. 246/= in some districts] that M7 bought the family’s first lot of land [current Rwakitura for Sh.200/= in his own word (?)]. His ‘dad’ then transferred there and used it as base [till now] on his grazing errands. It is for this and other reasons that the other Banyankole pastoralists used to redicule M7, in the early days of his regime, till he ‘bribed’/uplifted them with development and other public ‘goodies’.

By 1979 [if not by 1986], M7 never owned an own house. Museveni has never built a house from his sweat. He and his likes, let alone his ‘financial engineering’ “brother” Akandwanaho, have acquired their riches from public resources and ownership through proxies, through Asian and other Ugandan business persons. To them, privitisation [of GoU pool houses, government ranches like Katonga, Kisozi, boards like Produce marketing Board, Uganda electricity Board, Post office, etc] was a godsend. Same with land and other properties and shares in companies. ”

On the other hand, Muwanga said:”’ It is common knowledge that as a primary school pupil, Besigye used to man the family shop. He has told us how, because of that, he infact enrolled at the then Uganda College of Commerce, Nakawa so that he could run the family business later (except that later, he felt he ‘did not belong there’).

On his mum’s death: We have learnt that, Besigye learnt of his mother’s death from the shop where he had gone to releave her as (she) had been taken ill with a headche that was at first thought not to be serious. Besigye’s dad had worked for Uganda governement from the colonial times. He therefore could not have been a begger.

Besigye and siblings went ahead to continue their successiful education thanks to the family business, bequeathed to them by the parents. So, ‘riches’ and money are not new to Besigye. If you want a recent example: recall his assassinated brother Musaasi: he was a successiful businessman despite government harassment, who had never worked in Government. His sister, Olive Kobusingye, is a successful medical doctor, like Dr.Besigye, and she recently wrote a book before the 2011 elections that must have made her a lot of money. Besigye’s wife, Winnie Byanyima, comes from a known rich family in Mbarara and she has been in big-income generating jobs for most of her life.

Muwanga concludes by saying that Besigye’s family knew money from the beginning.So, when one talks of the riches peole own today, one should just look 30 years back behind each person and then one will know the real person one is dealing with. Even the most rabid defenders of M7 should have the courtsy of admiting the sour truth about him.”

Another Ugandan called Jude Mayanja added:”There is no law in Uganda that stops people from becoming rich. The only legitimate concern is how such wealth was acquired. KB(Kiza Besigye) may not be a very strong investor but maybe he got alot of donations from his friends. If Museveni or Saleh or so acquired wealth not from the tax payers or from donations meant for all, I would have no problem with them.

One reason why the ruling regime in Uganda has imposed herself on leadership is because the subscribers are damn rich unfortunately from the tax payers money. If KB used tax payer’s money to acquire the wealth he has, I will cease to support him unless when he comes up and apologizes to all Ugandans for such an act.

Kawesa could not survive the wave of change ushered in by Museveni, Museveni has gained support of almost all journalists in Uganda either through bribes or threats. Kawesa has equally lost his sense of reasoning thus those who are financially fine should never fight for the poor. I hope that is not part of the capitalism theory.

If KB and other opposition politicians have been able to use the economic crisis in Uganda to push for their political agenda, I personally see no cause for alarm for they are not targeting the church leaders but the political leaders whose partial mandate is to ensure the well being of all Ugandans. If Museveni and his group can not offer the best to the people of Uganda, let the opportunity go to the opposition.”

Dalton Kaweesa defended himself by saying that his intention was to tell the world that although KB is damn rich, he mourns with the wretched of the earth that cant afford a meal.

A Ugandan Questions Janet Museveni’s Degree and admission to MUK



In 1993 a big scandal began. The plan was for Mrs. Museveni to join active politics and become a member of parliament. In a controversial letter signed by the academic registrar (admissions) dates: 3rd June, 1994, Mrs. Museveni Kataaha Janet whose registration number 93/3436/EXT (note that the number starts with year), was admitted.

The letter reads:
”I write to offer you a place at this university for the academic years 1993/94 for a course on study leading to the following award: BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (EDUC.ADMIN. &MGT/EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUC.”

This is a provisional offer subject to verification of qualifications stated on the application form. The entry requirements for this course are ordinary (O) and advanced (A) levels certificates or relevant diploma of which Mrs. Museveni did not have. The section requesting for examining authority & year of examination for Uganda advanced certificate of equivalent was crossed out and marked as N/A(not applicable) on Mrs Museveni’s application form.

On registration form MUR1. For first year students, Mrs Museveni when asked about her education background secondary schools attended with dates, her response is:

“ information to cover this part already sent out to your office”.

Why would Mrs Museveni have sent this crucial information in support of her application separately? Why did she not indicate this on the application form as one would normally do when applying to a college/university?

On page 3 section C of the application form submitted by Mrs Museveni under “efforts you have made to further your education”, she says:

1) “I went to a college in Harlech, N Wales to do a course equivalent to “A” level. I studied political theory, philosophy and E.Lit. Before I could finish the course however, Amin took government and my family had to leave Uganda so my education came to a sudden halt”.
2) “Then I wanted to do a Pre-school Education course in Sweden but I was required to study Swedeish language for three years first before I could be accepted at university level. I started that process but even then my time run out in 1986 when it was possible for me to come back home”.

Under section 10, Employment record, Mrs Museveni’s job was ‘air ticketing’ for Ethiopian Airlines 1974 – 1976; Tanzania Airlines 1977 – 1979. In total she has 4 years work experience up to that date.

Under section 7 declaration by the student, Mrs. Museveni declares to the best of her knowledge that information given is correct. She signed the form on 20th July ’94.The signature on this form bears very close resemblance with His Excellency, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s signature. Is it a coincidence that both husband and wife share the same signature?

On 24th May, 1994 Ag Deputy Registrar (admissions) writes to Ag Academic Registrar saying he has received an application from first lady for the course. But he is not happy to handle and says:

”The admission requirements for this course are:
I. A candidate must be a holder of grade V diploma and
II. Must have at least three years post diploma teaching experience

Apparently there is no evidence of post diploma teaching experience but she may be treated as a long experienced adult educator in light of her current involvement in public arena…..This is therefore to request you to take up the matter with the Chairman, Admissions Board and Vice Chancellor’’, Letter reads;

Cases of impersonation or falsification of documents whenever discovered, either at registration or afterwards, will lead to automatic cancellation of admission.

This letter may have been signed after the admission because she was already a student according to her entry number 93/3436/EXT. That is the same year she graduated from her Montessori course which she graduated from in June 1993. So her work experience after school could only be 2 months not 3 years. So this is an inconsistence in Mrs Museveni’s fulfillment of the entry requirements for the degree course.

Was Mrs Museveni admitted to Makerere University on the basis of meeting the selection criteria or simply because she was the first lady? If she was admitted on the basis of the certificate from Montessori education centre, this is also questionable.

Montessori education centre Dublin was founded by Mary Bowers and the late Connie Fahey who were both trained by Margaret Homfray and Phoebe Child who were students of Maria Montessori. On the 16th September 1993, Janet K Museveni was awarded a diploma in nursery course in the Psychic and Physiological Development of the child 0-5 years.
The certificate was signed by Margaret M Bowers the principal. The principal of Montessori Dublin is Mary Bowers. One therefore wonders who awarded Mrs Museveni this certificate.

Most importantly, the qualification she obtained from Montessori does not meet entry requirements to a university degree course. Montessori offers distance learning course in 3 parts:
• Course 1 for children from 0-6 years
• Course 2 for 6-9 year olds
• Course 3 for 9-12 year olds.

From Mrs. Museveni’s certificate, she only completed course 1 which would not meet the entry requirements. The fakeness and deceit of Mrs Museveni does not only stop at application stage, it continues even beyond registration.

When you look at her Makerere results, it is only her name that has some strange lines. How comes? May be she did not study, but results were inserted for her making this also questionable.

The name of the college on Mrs Museveni’s certificate looks strange. Montessori Education Centre (DUBLIN) LTD. Did the Irish not move away from calling schools Ltd in the 1970s? How can a diploma of 1993 have Ltd. For references, please check the web site of Montessori Dublin.
http://www.montessori-ed-ctr.ie/

Mrs Museveni holds public office; she is our beloved first lady and has been a role model to some Ugandans. It is very shameful that for so long she has lied to the whole nation. Any qualifications obtained having lied about entry requirements are null and void.

I am not driven by malice, greed or personal vendetta against Mrs Janet Museveni. I think this information should come in the public domain for the sake of our beloved country. She has been hiding behind ‘born again’ Christianity and yet deceiving the whole nation and herself.

For God and my country.

Kay Kadu
kay.kadu@gmail.com

‘The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UAH”

The Nabweru Magistrate,Justine Atukwasa, Should be Ashamed of Himself


r Kizza Besigye at Nabweru Court before he was charged with unlawful assembly. Photo by Isaac Kasamani from Daily Monitor

Folks:

Someone should whisper to those semi-gods in Central Millitary Intelligence(CMI) that ebibimba biika/what goes up comes down. They should also study the experience of Kenya’s special branch. Anyone who lived in Kenya in the 1980s -they probably still do it-knew that whenever you saw two men in dirty coats walking together, they were in all likelihood policemen. Special branch used to do what CMI is doing today. When change came, many fled into exile while others got pissed on.

Now to hear that CMI is concocting up treason charges gainst Besigye and other opposition leaders is not funny nor is it surprising. But the other day, Ambassador Jimmy Kinobe said that the Ugandan judiciary is up to the task. Well as they say “enkuba eryokanga neetonya …emyoyo/thank the rains so we could see which hurts are resilient. This is the moment of truth for the CJ Odoki bench. The truth is in the pudding. It may be a matter of when not if anymore to test the judiciary once again.

Do not forger there are now NRM cadre judges -they too will be pissed on one day-so your guess as to which judges will be named to handle Dr Besigye’s case is a as good as mine. Do not also forger that the new Principal Judge is Mr. Bamwine-I hope I am not unfair to him-and not Justice James Ogoola Munaange. All eyes will be on Justice Yorokamu Bamwine as he names the judges to handle the pending charges. And of course Mr. Richard Butera. Who is this Richard Butera the DPP? We need to know more about them as they prepare to send innocent men to jail because president Museveni said so.

And to that Nabweru Magistrate one Atukwasa, you better have your passport ready-because one day you will never know what will hit you. You are a disgrace to the judiciary and you should be blackmailed. Judges and magistrates are taking orders from Yoweri Kaguta Museveni(YKM) or ruling according to what YKM does. That is what some magistrates and even Judges did in Kenya whenever Mr. Moi talked about cases before the courts-told you YKM and Mr. Moi have a lot in common-and judges would abide.

One of the most famous or notorious of such rulings was when Mr. Moi commented on the case before the courts between Ms Wambui-Otieno and the Umira Kager clan. Mrs Wambui Otieno had won the first round before a courageous judge for the right to bury her husband. Then Mr. Moi made comments about African cultures and women and the Appeal bench ruled in favour of the clan as per Mr. Moi’s wishes.

To add insult to injury, Mr. Moi shortly named the lawyer for the clan, Mr. Richard Otieno Kwach directly a Court of Appeal Judge-YKM too names some people without judiciary experience to Court of Appeal and even Supreme Court. And yes, shortly after he detained Mr. John Khaminwa the lawyer who had represented Mrs. Wambui Otieno. Well, Justice Richard Otieno Kwach was one of those judges purged from the judiciary once Mr. Moi was out of office. I bring up these examples for the folks in Uganda to be aware that actions have consequences. Bulikya.

We need a profile of Mr. Richard Butera the DPP who is harassing Dr Besigye and others. Yes and his place of birth too.

Pregnant woman shot at Kajjansi this week

Yes she survived and was admitted at Mulago hospital. She was pregnant but i’m not sure if the baby survived. Then there is the story of one Kato shot in the head at Kirra by someone in plain cloth that then drove off.

The names of this Kajjansi lady were reported in new Vision and her pictures were also there. Let afande Nabakoba or Mr Sekatte look at her and try their damn lies. Was that innocent woman trying to overthrow their regime? That IGP is a real sadist.

Now, I urge our Kampala mayor, Ssalongo Lukwago, and others to come to her help and sue the AT, IGP and the government of Uganda. Ambassador Kinobe said the judiciary is good so let us see what they will do to this case. The opposition should have team of lawyers to fight for her righst in the courts. It was reported that 3 people were shot in Gulu. The families should sue. The opposition should fight on all cylinders.

The govt should pay this lady and other hurt millions. So all of you lawyers in UAH please help and file charges against the relevant police organs. Go for the deep pocketed ones. Do not let Kayihura just order the police to shoot and kill innocent Ugandans. Hit them where it hurts most. If they fail top pay, seize those cars they are using to beat Ugandans.

Please do not sleep on this woman’s rights. She may not know her rights, but she has rights and let us see what the Judiciary is made of. One of the problems I have is that Ugandans have slept on their rights for too long.

By now, we should have been told the names of those thugs who were captured on camera beating Dr Besigye. One way to shame the police is to reveal their identities so the folks in Ugandan should work on that. Who was that munyakore fellow who kept on ordering Dr Besigye to climb the truck? He was in plain cloth. Expose them fully. UAH and other social networks such as facebook, should be free to publish their names for the world to know the sadists. It is time to change tactics to name and shame the goon.

In that video i believe one or two were Dr Besigye’s aides who resisted the police and managed to board the car. The police could not push them off because the cameras were rolling.

But let us hear of cases filed in the court for compensations and more. Do not go to the Human rights Commission but the judiciary. Let us expose all complicit organs of the state. So you the lawyers in Uganda act right away.

I am sure the state may try to reach out to that woman behind doors and offer her kitu kidogo. No, let the courts decide the amount.

What are the demonstrations about?

That is how the government lost the debate. Just imagine if it had argued that rising prices are a global phenomenon. YKM said some sensible things at his press conference in Rwakitura recently. In the short run, there is not much the government can credibly do. Core inflation which excludes food and energy prices is something the govt or Bank of Uganda(BOU) can do something about. I wish the opposition had zeroed in on excessive money supply induced inflation. Then BOU can act. That is something the bank can do even now.

How the govt lost the debate is mind boggling. It was wrong to accuse the organizers of ”walk to work” of treason as YKM did in his press conference. And if I may ask what is happening to real Ugandans, ok ordinary Ugandans, who normally walk to work? For them it is the norm rather than the exception.

YKM was poorly advised. Minister Matsiko was outright arrogant and stupid in her response. He should have put his economic team to task to explain core inflation because food and energy prices are not entirely a local or mad made inflation. Nature may have contributed to food shortages as Ugandans spent 2 full years politicking. There is no evidence as YKM tried to argue that rains failed. What failed was the politicians who wasted people’s valuable time on politics. That is the opportunity cost of too much politicking.

Let BOU release the money supply numbers for the last 6 months or so. That is where the real problem lies. Surely it cannot be wage inflation given the high unemployment in that country where workers have no voice.

It is the political decision to print money to win at all cost that has pushed the country to the edge. Even the poor farmers have no voice since the coops -their collective voice-was destroyed.

I take the position that YKM ordered the IGP to use such excessive force because he ordered BOU to print money-money during presidential elections that was found in minister Mukwaya’s car. The issue is about core inflation. How I wish our friends in the opposition had been forceful in their articulation. Neither side mastered the facts which is a shame

Let our friends in the media ask more questions about core inflation. The Governor of BOU should account because BOU is the guilty party.

WB Kyijomanyi
DP ELDER IN USA

Private Investors: Response to Increased University Fees


With the recent increase in University fees, increased poverty, increased Unemployment especially with the young and new Job seekers, lack of study loans programs, it is essential to question if the return on the cost of degree is worth the investment.

This doesn’t mean in any way that we should not educate our young generation, however it is worth finding alternative ways and this can be a part the private investor can dive in.

What can parents or investors do? The following are my suggestions.

Online degree programs.

This can be a fertile ground for investors, the investment capital can be minimal since there is no need for buildings and you can easily get lecturers who will work at home or part time to modulate the classes. With availability of internet the cost of a degree can be reduced dramatically since the student can work at the same time ,can stay at home and finish the degree at a comfortable pace.

For those who want to be a head in the game I think it can be easy to pattern with some other colleges in western countries. There some schools doing this already but the demand will now increase.


Associate Degrees

If possible degree programs should be segmented into associate degrees. If a 3 year course can be divided into 3 one year segments that can be concluded over a longer period this means that after one year a student will receive an associate degree so they can start working until they get funds to go for another advanced associate degree work again and finally get the final degree if they want or continue working with their associate degrees.


Work for a degree loan program.

Why not start accompany that’s gives out education loans in return for future equivalent work hours. This contract can be modified in that partial or full loans can be given to those students who are interested in taking courses that particular companies need. Go between companies can match students with these companies and help them in acquiring loans and promise for jobs in those companies for a fee. They can either work while at school or work after getting their degrees. Companies can be indigenous or external companies that are always looking for cheaper labor and are ready to outsource their jobs.


Education Savings Bank

What about the idea of an education savings bank. A bank that parents can start investing money in as early as they want and this money with the returns can only be used to educate their children in the future. This bank should also act as a negotiating body for education fees and at the same time it can also be used as a career advising center.

Trade schools.

There is a need of more trade training schools, this need will also increase as the country continues to develop. The sky is the limit as to what trades can be trained for with a certificate at the end of the training. Interior designing, Tractor drivers, roofing, baby sitting, home schooling trainers e.t.c This can easily become a trend, it might be churned on at first but depending on what you chose to train it can be done on a part time basis and can become an extra income. The certificate received can be an empowering tool to the recipient. I know we already have many trade schools but there is now a need to expand this field.

This is geared towards the private investor not the government.

Eddie Kayondo, M.D
USA

Uganda Red Cross attends to 167 injuries in Walk to Walk demonstrations


UPDF soldiers have been deployed all over Kampala

April 19, 2011
News Editors,

Uganda Red Cross attends to 167 injuries in Walk to Walk demonstrations

The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) attended to 165 people that were injured during the country wide Walk to Walk and Makerere University demonstrations. 98 people sustained injuries as a result of the Walk-Walk demonstrations while 67 students were injured in the Makerere University riots.

URCS Secretary General Michael Richard Nataka said of the 167 injured, 4 had head injuries with wounds, 17 sustained gun shot wounds, 80 fainted and sustained minor injuries, 35 became unconscious as a result of tear gas, 6 sustained leg cuts and fractures, 12 were unconscious after sustaining serious injuries. 8 cases were of headaches, 4 died after sustaining stray bullet wounds while 1 person broke a clavicle borne. Three deaths were reported in Gulu on April 14th, while one death was reported in Kasangati, Wakiso district on April 18th, 2011.

The Walk-Walk demos took place on April 11th, 14th and 18th while the Makerere University riots were on April 15th.

Nataka hailed all the parties involved in the operation for respecting Uganda Red Cross Society and giving it access to save lives of those that were injured. “Our focus was to save lives by evacuating and providing first aid services to whoever needed our help. URCS staff and volunteers dedicated their efforts to saving lives while at the same time respecting the dignity of those assisted,” he said.

The injured were referred to Mulago Hospital, Nsambya Hospital, Kawala Hospital, Gulu Hospital, Mukono health centre, Gwattiro Nursing Home Bweyogere. Most of the injured have since been discharged.

For details contact:
Catherine Ntabadde-Assistant Director, Communications 0776-312015
Michael Richard Nataka-Secretary General 0776-312001

UK Government urged to support Ugandan pro-democracy campaign – EXCLUSIVE REPORT FROM LONDON


Woman shot by security officials at Kajjansi trading centre during the 'walk to work' demos

UK Government urged to support Ugandan pro-democracy campaign: A report on the recent meeting between UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials and UK – based Ugandan activists. (Report written by Dr. Vincent Magombe and Opiyo Oryema, on behalf of the Uganda Pro-Democracy Forum, International.)

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office met again with a group of Ugandan pro-democracy campaigners in London. The meeting, which took place on 24 March 2011, was attended by Mr Lewis Clark, the Desk Officer for Uganda and Tanzania at the FCO, and Miss Elizabeth McKinnell, while the Ugandans included Dr. Vincent Magombe, Ms. Belinda Atim, Mr. Moses Kiwanuka, Ms. Margaret Lakidi, Mr. Opio Oryema, Mr. David Serukera and Mr. William Masembe-Nkata.

The Ugandan activists urged the UK government to support the newly launched pro-democracy campaign in Uganda. The NRM regime under Mr. Yoweri Museveni, they explained, had eroded any traces of competitive politics and, since 1986, ruled Uganda without due regard to internationally accepted standards of democratic practice. Mr Museveni had presided over the stifling and strangulation of Uganda’s opposition parties, and effectively denied Ugandan citizens the right to chose political leaders of their choice. He had changed the constitution to effectively create a life-presidency for himself. Even now, Museveni’s NRM party is already plotting another constitutional change that would extend Mr Museveni’s terms of office to seven years.

The Ugandan campaigners outlined the reasons why the majority of Ugandans, including all the main opposition parties, had rejected the results of the February 2011 elections. A non-violent struggle, had now been launched by the Ugandan activists, both at home and in the Diaspora, and this would involve peaceful protests and other forms of civil disobedience. The ultimate objective of the peaceful campaign is to enable the creation of a new democratic dispensation, whereby elections are always free and fair, delivered by an electoral commission that is truly independent and unbiased. In the new dispensation, all Ugandan citizens would be guaranteed their constitutional rights and freedoms, including the freedom of assembly, and that of the media and expression.

In the short term, the aim of the campaign is to make Mr Museveni to stand down, so that a transition government that is representatives of all sections of Ugandan society can be set up, with the central task of facilitating the democratisation process that would lead to the holding of free and fair elections.

At the heart of the peoples’ rejection, of what has been dubbed the ‘sham’ February 2011 elections, is the realisation that Mr Museveni and his NRM party variously rigged the vote. The regime had refused to institute an independent and professionally competent electoral commission, and the majority of Ugandans had been disenfranchised and politically alienated from the political processes.

This fact was confirmed by the thousands of registered voters who could not find their names at the polling stations, and the millions of registered voters, who did not bother to vote, as they believed the elections were already rigged before election-day. In the run-up to the elections, thousands of troops and paramilitary forces were deployed in the towns and villages of Uganda, and this provided a visible source of intimidation to opposition supporters, who, accordingly, chose to stay away from the militarised voting centres. The Museveni regime also launched a psychological and propaganda war, whose aim was to scare Ugandans about a supposed threat of war and instability, in the event that the opposition won the elections.

The lack of a level playing ground and the diversion of public finances to fund the election campaigns of Mr. Museveni and his NRM party are some of the other glaring examples of how the elections were rigged. Opposition leaders were denied equal access to the public media networks, and also to the same pool of financial and state resources from which the NRM party was drawing its own facilitation. The diversion of funds was confirmed through the pronouncements of senior government and NRM functionaries, during and after the elections. One government minister stated that the country had gone broke as a result of excessive spending during the election period.

The Ugandan pro-democracy campaigners were of the view that the diverted money could be part of the British government aid to Uganda. The British government should, accordingly, demand for accountability in regard to the money provided to Uganda by British tax payers. It was suggested that UK developmental support to Uganda be much more closely monitored to ensure that it is the people of Uganda, and not the ruling political elite, who are the actual beneficiaries.

Increasingly, Ugandans were getting more and more worried about the run-away corruption and misuse of public funds under the Museveni regime. There was a general unease about how Uganda’s future oil industry would be managed, given the lack of transparency and the widespread corruption among the country’s ruling elite. The pro-democracy activists at the FCO meeting had earlier on taken part in the handing over of a petition to the UK prime minister’s office at No. 10 Downing Street.. The Petition, which calls for transparency in the oil management and exploitation processes in Uganda, was signed by hundreds of Ugandan civil society and local community representatives, who fear that, just like the country’s aid money, Uganda’s future earnings from oil could be misappropriated or diverted away from the provision of essential public services.

The UK based activists proposed that the UK government should consider consulting and engaging more with non-governmental Ugandan stakeholders – civil society organisations, development NGOs, and even Ugandan Diaspora representatives, so that the latter can be more involved in the monitoring of how UK development aid is channelled and disbursed within Uganda. The British government was urged to deploy various targeted sanctions, including cutting off aid that is given directly to the Museveni regime, in protest against the increasing violations of human rights by the regime and the lack of political will to tackle entrenched corruption.

In recent months, the state security organisations, including the notorious Joint Anti-terrorism Taskforce (JATT) have arrested hundreds of pro democracy activists throughout the country. An ominous tactic is being used by the Museveni regime to silence and cow the nascent pro-democracy struggle. Some activists have been charged with treason, a crime punishable by death in Uganda. Many of them are being accused of belonging to fictitious rebel groups. A good example being Ms Annet Namwanga, a political activist who was kidnapped from her home by JATT operatives, held incommunicado for a period of time, and later accused of attempting to throw explosives at a military facility.

In order to create an impression of truthfulness about the accusations labelled at innocent Ugandans, like Annet Namwanga, the Museveni regime engages in a well orchestrated campaign of disinformation and misinformation, describing how several ‘terrorist and rebel’ groups have been set up across the country by elements sympathetic to the opposition parties. This strategy enables the regime to politically neutralise and eliminate critical political opposition activists and pro-democracy campaigners. The Kampala regime is well known for stage-managing security crises, with the view to scaring and cowing the electorate. These stage-managed antics are also meant to attract international support.

The UK government should demand for the unconditional release of all these victims of political repression. The Ugandan campaigners advised that British ministers should raise these matters directly with the Museveni regime. There should be an enquiry, possibly involving the UN and an independent special commission, into the use of violence and torture by the Kampala regime. [Since the FCO meeting, reports of torture and physical abuse of the detainees have emerged from Kampala. A damning Human Rights Watch report has been released, detailing the continued brutalisation and torture of innocent Ugandans by the state security agencies. The regime has also violently clamped down on peaceful campaigners, who were participating in the ‘Walk to Work’ protest. Hundreds of peaceful protesters have been arrested, tear-gassed, and shot at with live and plastic bullets. One of the victims of the shooting is Dr. Kizza Besigye, the leader of the Forum for Democratic Change party. Other opposition leaders, like Ambassador Olara Otunnu, Norbert Mao, Ken Lukyamuzi, and Erias Lukwago, the newly elected Mayor of Kampala city were also detained on several occasions during the clampdown. The Peaceful protests are set to continue.]

According to the Ugandan activists, what happened in Uganda was not election, but a selection process that could only end in the re-election of Mr. Museveni. The result of this political charade and electoral fracas was an illegitimate regime that was born out of a violated and abused constitutional order.

The Museveni regime had used all available state security agencies and pro-NRM paramilitary outfits to brutalise and intimidate voters and opposition activists across the country. A good example of the brutalisation of the nation’s citizens was in Mbale, Eastern Uganda, where the army and security operatives were ordered to shoot at and beat up voters and opposition activists. A vocal senior opposition leader from the area has accused the army of attempting to assassinate him, when the bullet meant for him instead hit a prominent journalist. Several government ministers were directly involved in the state-sponsored rampage in the area.

The brutality of the state security machinery had also been evident in the mayoral and local elections in Kampala and other parts of Uganda. The extensive rigging and widespread electoral malpractices led to the cancellation or postponement of voting in many areas. Hundreds of opposition activists were beaten, and others were detained just because they were prepared to prevent vote rigging by protecting their ballots.

The UK government was being specifically called upon, by the Ugandan campaigners, to support the new non-violent campaign, by urging the Museveni regime to stop intimidating peaceful demonstrators and using the army and security forces to forcefully deny Ugandans their constitutional right to peacefully protests against the regime.

The UK government should pro-actively support and assist the establishment of democracy-based constitutionality, and good governance practices in general, in Uganda. The Ugandan campaigners emphasised the need for the British and other Western countries to respect the interests and aspirations of the citizens of African countries, and not to blindly support autocratic regimes, like that of Mr. Museveni, on the basis of their own strategic interests. The Museveni regime is known to be a staunch ally of the West in the war against international terrorism.

But, most of all, Western governments should abstain from frustrating the pro-democracy struggles of African people by empowering and sustaining in power the repressive regimes against whom the citizens are struggling. The FCO officials were reminded of the statement by Ambassador Olara Otunnu, one of the Ugandan opposition leaders, who, during a visit to London, used the popular adage – “If you can’t do good, do no harm,” meaning that if the international community were not in position to practically assist Ugandan people in their struggle for democracy, then the best they could do is not to sabotage or obstruct the people’s effort.

The Ugandan activists warned of possible violence, if the Museveni regime continued to block all peaceful avenues of protest against the injustices suffered by Ugandans over the last 2 decades. While most Ugandans were seeking to peacefully express their frustration about the lack of democracy, entrenched corruption, widespread poverty and the brutal actions of the NRM regime, there was a growing feeling among some Ugandans that Mr Museveni cannot be removed peacefully, and only an armed rebellion could topple his 24-year old dictatorial rule.

The pro-democracy campaigners remained optimistic that if intense national and international pressure were to be applied on the Museveni regime, it was still possible to peacefully transform Uganda into a fully fledged democratic nation. This is the reason why Ugandans were appealing to the British government to act now, in support of the evolving peaceful struggle against the regime in Kampala. It was imperative that the root causes of Uganda’s problems, including the all-encompassing lack of democracy and bad governance, be addressed as a matter of urgency, in order to rescue the Ugandan nation from the abyss.

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office reaction to the general concerns raised by Ugandan pro-democracy activists:

The FCO officials said that they were appreciative of the regular exchanges they were having with the Ugandan pro-democracy campaigners, and were hopeful that a lot of good would come out of the mutual exchanges. They welcomed the efforts of Diaspora Ugandans to broaden their contacts and work with the opposition parties and civil society organisations within Uganda.

The British government was aware of many of the concerns raised by the visiting Ugandan activists, and that is why the UK continues to support the Ugandan people in their efforts to democratise the country. The United Kingdom is committed to enabling the observance of transparency and plural government, where power changes hands peacefully through multi-party elections. To this end, the British Government will continue to fund the ‘Deepening Democracy Programme’, as well as other programmes that are vital to the development of a democratic Uganda. In particular, the UK will urge the Ugandan Government to reflect upon the recommendations for improving the democratic process that will be noted in the forthcoming Observation reports on the elections, which will be published soon by the EU and other International Organisations.

The UK supports non confrontational campaigns for change. Earlier this week the British High Commission in Kampala, in response to the arrests of Dr Besigye and Mr Mao, urged the Uganda Police Force to respond proportionally to public order situations. Furthermore, they have made public statements in support of the right of citizens to protest peacefully, noting that ‘the peaceful exercise of the freedom of speech and freedom of assembly are two fundamental pillars of any democratic society’.

The FCO officials observed that while democratic freedoms are taken for granted in the UK, this was not the case in Uganda.

FCO comments about the specific matter of the defective February 2011 elections in Uganda.

The European Union had a team of observers, deployed in many parts of Uganda, which included a number of British representatives. The EU findings made it clear that the election results raised several issues of great concern that were avoidable, and must be addressed by the Ugandan authorities.

The two FCO officials, who met with the Ugandan pro-democracy activists in London, were themselves part of the EU observer team, and they were posted to Mbarara, Ibanda, Rushere, and Padibe in Kitgum.

Even though they did not witness violent incidents in their own area of observation, they, like the rest of the EU observers, became aware of incidents of violence and electoral malpractices that went on in some parts of Uganda.

Some of the malpractices were due to incompetence and lack of training on behalf of the Electoral Commission staff. But there were other misdemeanours that were of a more systemic nature. In the opinion of the FCO officials, it is possible that electoral rigging seems to have occurred long before the elections, through the bribery of voters, and the lack of a level playing field, which effectively disadvantaged the political opposition. There will be more detailed observations on possible malpractices in the forthcoming report from the EU Observation Mission.

According to the FCO officials, one of the notable problems was the entrenched bond between the state and NRM political party. Representatives of the state and the party cadres were functionally intertwined, and state resources were being utilised to the benefit of the ruling party.

It had also been observed, by an EU study, that there was also the widespread bias in media coverage, with the state-owned media tending to support the ruling NRM party. The fact that most of the FM radio stations are owned by supporters of the NRM party made matters more difficult for the opposition.

Finally, the FCO officials were in agreement with the point raised by the Ugandan pro-democracy activists that it was possible that some Ugandan voters could have been intimidated by the widespread deployment of security forces in many parts of the country.

But the British government functionaries also advised that the opposition parties, too, had a responsibility to improve their organisation and their campaigning if Uganda is to make progress towards being a fully fledged, competitive multi-party system. This is something the Ugandan opposition needs to reflect on.

FCO remarks on the need for transparency in economic activities (especially in regard to the future of oil production industry) in Uganda.
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It is the view of the UK government that transparency in the management and exploitation of oil is important for the future of Uganda. If revenues are used correctly, it will bring a big economic boom and accelerate economic development, and the Department for International Development is undertaking work that should help to create a strong and transparent system for the management of oil revenues.

In regard to UK financial aid to Uganda, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Department for International Development are committed to closely monitoring how UK aid to Uganda is being utilised.

The United Kingdom believes that the establishment of proper governance systems in Uganda, the creation of a truly democratic dispensation, and the development of solid guarantees for the peaceful transfer of political power are vital ingredients in the attainment of peace, political stability, and sustainable development in Uganda.

Concrete Outcomes from the FCO Meeting:

• UK government will present its concerns about some of the issues raised by the Ugandan pro-democracy activists to the NRM regime in Kampala, as part of its ongoing dialogue. Some of the issues will be communicated through the British High Commission in Uganda, while others would be handled via different channels
• The UK supports the constitutional right of Ugandan citizens to protest peacefully.
• The United Kingdom to ask the NRM regime in Uganda not to use violence or any other intimidatory tactics against peaceful demonstrators.
• The UK government to enquire into the concerns raised by Ugandan pro-democracy campaigners about the possible diversion of public funds, by the NRM regime, to fund NRM party election campaigns.
• Of great concern would be any diversion of development aid money given to Uganda by the UK government.
• FCO is open to future meetings of this nature. A follow up meeting to be organised in the next few months to review progress.

In the mean time, Ugandan pro-democracy campaigners will provide to the FCO details of incidences of state violence against peaceful protesters and innocent pro-democracy campaigners, as well as a list of people arrested, injured or killed.

Also, if a big Diaspora event is organised in London, a request could be made to have the UK Minister for Africa as a guest speaker.

Dr. Vincent Magombe
(on behalf of the Uganda Pro-Democracy Forum (UPDF) – International)

Facebook and Twitter blocked in Uganda for UTL or WARID for providers



Social Networks in Uganda are gradually being blocked as a result of the graceful coverage of the current violence rocking most parts of city and major towns.

Two giant mobile and Internet Service Providers, Warid Uganda Ltd and Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) have both blocked two of the world’s largest social networks- facebook and twitter.

I have attached the content of the letter written 14 April 2011 by Quito Ojok, AG Executive Director, Uganda Communication Commission, to:The Chief Executive Officers of Orange Uganda Ltd, MTN Uganda, Warid, Foris Telecom Uganda Ltd ; the Managing Directors of Uganda Telecom Ltd, Airtell Uganda, Africaonline Uganda Ltd, Afsat Communication Ltd, Broadband (U) Ltd, and the General Manager of INFOCOM? It says:

“We have received a request from the security agencies that there is a need to minimise the use of the media that may escalate violence to the public in respect of the ongoing situation due to the demonstration relating to “Walk to Work”, mainly by the opposition in the country. As a stakeholder that has communication infrastructures that host media such as Facebook and Tweeter, the Commission wishes to request for your indulgence in this matter.

You are therefore required to block the use of Facebook and Tweeter for 24 hours as of now, that is: 14th April 2011 at 3:30 p.m. to eliminate the connection and sharing of information that incites the public.

Your co-orperation in this matter is greatly appreciated

Several sources Echwalu Photography talked to claim that UCC instructed the above Inter Service Providers (ISP) to block facebook and twitter Internet Protocol (IP) address.

UCC however denies ever sending out such a directive, bending the blame rather to the ministry of ICT.

“We have not instructed anyone to block any social network,” Isaac Kalembe, UCC’s public relations officer noted. “Maybe it’s the ministry to ICT.”

Warid Uganda denied blocking any social network insisting that they too are facing the same dilemma being faced by their customers.

“No no, it is not we; it seems it is the government that has blocked the service. Even us we are crying like you,” a Warid Field Engineer who requested his name be to be omitted because he is not authorised to speak to the media said.

Social networks have tremendously grown in Uganda since the turn of the century where facebook, twitter and blogs have been used as an avenue to discuss both developmental and passive issues.
A civilian takes care of another injured by a teargas canister during the walk to work protest in Kasangati suburb of the capital, Kampala by opposition leader for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Kizza Besigye on April 15, 2011

A civilian takes care of another injured by a teargas canister during the walk to work protest in Kasangati suburb of the capital, Kampala by opposition leader for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Kizza Besigye on April 15, 2011

A recent survey by Google Zeitgeist, a tool that provides insight into internet trends places facebook as the second most popular website in Uganda after Google with over a million Ugandans already subscribed to the network.
Patients were evacuated in critical conditions after police fired teargas at a health centre in Kasangati suburb of the capital, Kampala during a walk to work protest by opposition leader for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Kizza Besigye on April 15, 2011

Patients were evacuated in critical conditions after police fired teargas at a health centre in Kasangati suburb of the capital, Kampala during a walk to work protest by opposition leader for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Kizza Besigye on April 15, 2011

Faceook and Twitter for example were widely used during the February 18 presidential polls where media houses, citizen journalists and social network fanatics circulated up-to-date information on the election results, violence among others.
A protester injured by a teargas canister during the walk to work protest in Kasangati suburb of the capital, Kampala by opposition leader for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Kizza Besigye on April 15, 2011

A protester injured by a teargas canister during the walk to work protest in Kasangati suburb of the capital, Kampala by opposition leader for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Kizza Besigye on April 15, 2011

The trend has continued after the elections where twitter and facebook users have continued to change and share their status with other fellow users in the current ‘walk to work’ protests against the rising food and fuel prices in the country.

*Twitter is slowly coming back but facebook still remains blocked*

Shadows are cast of curious supporters eager to have a look at opposition leader, Kizza Besigye who was standing inside a trench after being stopped from walking to work as he continues to protest the rising food and fuel on April 15, 2011

Shadows are cast of curious supporters eager to have a look at opposition leader, Kizza Besigye who was standing inside a trench after being stopped from walking to work as he continues to protest the rising food and fuel on April 15, 2011

Ssemakula James
USA

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