Besigye Shot in the hand as he continues to play ‘Chess’ with Police and army

Countrymen, I regret to inform you that the FDC President, Col Kizza Besigye, has been shot in the right hand by Police. His Personal Assistant has confirmed that he is in an ambulance, being rushed from Kasangati to Kitante Medical Centre by the Red Cross. It is the height of irony that a freedom fighter who spent almost four years fighting for liberation in Luwero and came out of the war uninjured, has been shot in Kampala for trying to walk to work! This is an absolute outrage.

Woman shot dead in Kajansi

Besigye is good at chess, Museveni has 3 moves.The issue of inflation and fuel prices is a very contentious issue to and appeals to all Ugandans. From a strategic perspective it has left the movement in a very precarious situation with very few options.

In chess the opposition has played a fork, one of two pieces will have to be lost. But the game can still be won.

FIRST PIECE- Museveni could have left the opposition to continue their walk to work which could have had a snowball effect as we have seen, with the public gradually joining the walk which would have given Besigye the leverage of Ghandi’s walk Salt Satyagraha, of March 12, 1930 in opposition to the British salt monopoly.

SECOND PIECE- Movement could continue attacking the opposition and allowing them to commit ‘sucide’ at the hands of the Ugandan police which has very little public sympathy because of their bad record of brutality and corruption and risk creating a Mohamed Bouazizi effect.(Bouazizi committed suicide in Tunisia after the Police spit on himand insulted his dead father because of his failure to pay a fine of 7USD for selling vegetables illegally, leading to the Jasmine
revolution on December 07, 2010.)

Either way Museveni has to lose one piece it is up to him to choose which of the pieces to loose, but he will have to lose one, a move which he has big problems with because he lacks humility and can not concede losing anything to Besigye. Besigye knew this from the get go.

His third move would be to attack a bigger piece, remembering that the REAL stake holders in this game are the Ugandan voters, who are watching now, Mr. Museveni. It would not be a bad idea for you (Mr. President) to come out now when it is still early and announce cuts in on another contentious issue on the budget and divert the Ugandan public from this issue. Or attack the issue itself and reduce taxes on fuel prices and concede defeat to the opposition losing the battle but not the war.

Denis mutabazi


12 Comments so far. Leave a comment below.
  1. Oryema Johnson,

    Every dog has its day. Now it is Museveni’s. The continent of Africa is re-imaging and imitating the collapse of Eastern Europe and the Autumn of Nations. This began in Poland in 1989 and flowed through Hungary, East Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Romania.

    Africa’s began in Tunisia in 2011 and flowed through Egypt and now Libya and sparking fire in the Nile Basin (Uganda)….With Savannah very dry throughout Sub-Saharan Africa every country from Lagos to Addis Ababa, from Cape Town to Khartoum, (it is used to be to Cairo, but Cairo is now liberated), is fair game. If Museveni thinks is going to be the last man standing, after all is said and done, he is gravely mistaken…….

    Shooting people walking to work when 100% of Africa’s rural population walks everywhere, is the most primitive action a leader can take…..Walk to work is a cause Global Environmentalists are going to embrace immediately because it has many positive attriutes…it reduces pollution if lesser cars/vehicles are driven per day, reduces motor accidents and increases human interaction as neighbors who used to drive to work in seperate cars now begin to walk together…it is a neigbor-friendly action…So Go on Ugandans, you are on the right path..The world is with you..for once show it an example…

  2. Frank Mutagubya,

    It is funny that our authorities have taken the road they have over the “walk-to-work” demonstation. it is a pitty that authorities are being reactive and do so in a rather very timid and unprofessional manner. I have watched police handle demonstrators in other countries and what is happening in uganda is a recipe for disastor. The police should just accompany the three or five persons as they walk to theor work places and only wait for them to cuase unrest then can deal with that at that time.

    Reading the reported statements for our authorities, one is left doumbfounded as at how confused and unfocused they are. it appears the objective is not to try to find a lasting solution to the problems raised by the demonstrators but rather to trample on people’s rights as provided for by the Constitution of Uganda. It is a shame that as we continue hearing about professionalising our security bodies, we instead withness acts on profound unprfessionalism displayed.

    Irrespect of how much force and violence that will eb deployed by the poweres that be today, the winds of chanign that are sweeping accors africa, and, indeed the whole world will nto spear those that resist the desired change by the general population. It is a mattter of time, going by the trend of things, that we will witness what other african countries have witnessed since the conditions are more or less the same. In this case it is better for all of us to recognise this fact of life and forge a workable way out, but first of all violence aganst innocent Ugandans- including the small babies and children who get caught in the unreasoanble brutal affronts fo the people, must stop. Whoever thinks this is will work is dreaming. We all know that a people may be taken for granted for some time, but time come when they take it upon themselves to put an end to that. This is axactly what is happening on the african continent.


  3. Conrad Nkutu,

    Countrymen, I regret to inform you that the FDC President, Col Kizza Besigye, has been shot in the right hand by Police. His Personal Assistant has confirmed to me that he is in an ambulance, being rushed from Kasangati to Kitante Medical Centre by the Red Cross. It is the height of irony that a freedom fighter who spent almost four years fighting for liberation in Luwero and came out of the war uninjured, has been shot in Kampala for trying to walk to work! This is an absolute outrage.

  4. Mike Atim,

    If Uganda have two faces, I wouldn’t show up on this one.

  5. kesaasi Phionah,

    the Police Spokesperson Judith Nabakooba says “In the case of Mr. Besigye, he was lawfully requested by the police officers on the ground to proceed on his own, without the people he had gathered, but he insisted that he shall walk with his supporters to Kampala, the standoff continued for about 3 hours, the supporters became rowdy and started pelting stones, as police tried to break the ensuing mob, Besigye was injured” end quote

    you do nto have to trust police; what am doing is to give you information. am also reliably informed that it was a rubber bullet that wasnt necessarily directed at Kiiza Besigye. may be the lawyers should help me on this; aren’t the rubber bullets an internationally acceptable means of dispersing riots?

    That besides the point, the opposition says they are Walking to work in protest of the bad economy, but economically the situation is nto different from the rest of the world, anybody who lives in Portugal on this Forum or Ireland? But the opposition is trying to make it a local problem caused by government. Honestly; i think that this is a proxy “war” by the opposition. After elections, they said that they were not going to recognise the outcome of the sham elections, making Museveni regime illegitmate; they tried to organise demonstrations led by Olara Otunu and Samuel Lubega( i wonder where they have disappeared to) but it didnt materialize so police action aside; thats the topic for another time; these stunts are disguised but intentions well known. If Besigye actually cared about his neighbours and their businesses; he would not involve them as human shields; because every time he is involved in a scuffle with security; it is the common Ugandan that faces the wrath

  6. peter kibazo,

    I fully agree with you , these fellows are just being emotional, what is so special with a mere rubber bullet in a country where one can be clobbered by good for nothing katayimbwa weilding goons ? Who said it is wrong for a state to try out any of its ammunition- were they bought to hunt rabbits ? And its just rubber bullets mark you .

    Go good Phio who in hell ever imagined adults leaving their cars behind to pad our well done roads with those metal like shoes yet they could afford cars for whom are we doing the roads then , how will they critic the roads when all they do is walk on them ? And so what if one is struck by a mere rubber bullet, isnt Gaddafi raining bombs on them and didnt we only return the visionary in state house yesterday with a mere 68% are we like Mubaraka (his was 90%) belive me this is nothing and those whimpering children at kasangati ,dont they realise the folly of going (sory privillage ) to a government funded school they should bare the little costs of building the nation after all they dont pay school fees is tear gas too much to ask ?

  7. Winnie Byanyima,

    Thanks Conrad
    I really needed this info as i have been calling but getting no response from him or Olive. Thanks
    Will wait to hear again. You can also text me if you can. +1646 644 6809
    Are other leaders safe or arrested?

  8. Kukundakwe,

    Phionah you are proof that one mans rose is another man’s cabbage. Yes, world over economies are hurting, there is no doubt about that. Also world over, sensible governments are doing SOMETHING!! They are reining in their spending not raiding their treasuries!! And thats the difference with Uganda. Ugandan leaders have their priorities messed up.

    Phionah you are the youth and presumably the future of the NRM party – why don’t you use your connections with the party leadership to tell them that its not all OK? Obviously they don’t get it as they are not affected by the realities of the economy today.
    From your post above, you sound like all the other NRM apologists that think that times are hard, so people should suck it in. True, times are hard but if people are to make sacrifices, it should be everyone., not just the poor and voiceless. M7 should also sacrifice his ego its becoming too costly. Why do we need all those leaders and dignitaries to come and witness his swearing in?Its not like its the first time swearing in! If he so much wants them to witness his big day, let him have it broad casted worldwide – you guys at media center could come up with some Gifted by Nature them and tie it in there and buy broadcast time – That might cost us less )
    Why not for example use the 3BN UGX meant for your leader’s swearing in to subsidize fuel costs? _ It’s a short term solution yes, but it shows leadership that cares. Kibaki swore in front of how many people? Did that make him any less the president that he is?

    Its excesses like these that are fueling the ire and anger in people today. Governments leaders around the world are trying to show that they share in their people’s plight and are trying to show them they are with them in these tough times (even when we know its a PR stunt)! Michelle Obama has to be seen to wear the same clothes over and over because she too is affected by the recession! If the Obama’s who are millionaires and leaders of a very wealthy nation feel the need to identify with the local person, who do the NRM leaders think they are ?

    The fact is Phiona, vanity is a sin! Its going to be the undoing of many in this government

  9. kwitonda juma,

    let writter this letter to finds me all advisers in this network,thanks you.
    i would like to all web-users that my adviser is to keep quiet becouse we are waiting his time run he cannt spent 3years in uganda so be patients all pleoples in uganda dont shout;chaos,time will come.given kaddafi he is struggling what about he buy airplane for 1.7 trillions while uganda wee are dying is it true or false

  10. kwitonda juma,

    All ugandans i would like to inform you that if some one like to use his/her foot is it bad.if besigye like to use his foot pliz leave him becouse it is his talent.this day all pleople of gavrnment all of them thier thieves/thief that why no-one can help us except besigye.

  11. Colin Agabalinda,

    So you think what you saw on the streets yesterday is not war? How myopic?

    Just to remind you a bit, in the 1940s and 50s, there were lots of rebellions against colonial rule in Africa. These took the form of bows, arrows, stones, sticks and riots…the likes of MAU MAU in Kenya, Maji Maji in Tanzania etc. That era ended and African countries attained independence: some out of direct struggle and others out of indirect struggle and many others like Uganda, out of a mixture of both with a bias towards either of them.

    Later in the 1960s and 70s, came the fight against “dictatorships” that had stepped into the shoes of the departing colonialists. This fight came in form of military coups. All over Africa a wave of coups brought to power men in military fatigues…Idi Amin is your own home grown example. The military juntas had their time and their era led to another form of war…..revolutionary guerrilla movements.

    The era of revolution-ism saw many go to the bushes and jungles of Africa. Usually these were educated elite mobilizing popular peasant masses against state inspired crimes committed by military governments that came in through coup de tats. Again your sweet Uganda is a classic example: Leaders like our very own and others in Ethiopia etc brought in place what somebody once referred to as “a new breed” of African leaders.

    That phase too came to pass bringing into place the era of “regularized electioneering battles” as a means of changing governments. Therefore for most of the 1990s and 2000s elections have been the main means of changing governments. I call them election wars because every time a country in Africa has had an election, it has been characterized by violence and nearly all losers either reject the outcome or run into exile.

    I am no expert historian but as someone that reads newspapers and listens/watches news, my observation is that now even the era of election wars is ending and another era beginning. It is no wonder that many of the people in the war of this week have been presidential candidates in recent elections (Nobert mao, Kizza Besigye, Mayanja Kibirige etc)

    From rebellions and riots of the 40s and 50s, Coups of the 60s and 70s, Guerilla movements of the 80s and 90s, and election wars of the 90s and 2000s, low and behold the era of street wars. These started in the middle east and north Africa:- with the latest examples in Egypt Tunisia, Libya etc etc and now being introduced in Uganda.

    Therefore Mr. Denis Mutabazi, I want to open your eyes and help you see that what you saw yesterday and probably what you are likely to see in the times to come is war NOT – just a new form of war. It is naive for you to wonder how Dr. Besigye could have survived bullets in the bush and now he is hugging them on the streets. The war has since been shifted from the bushes to the streets! If there was bloodshed in bushes, you should now expect it on the streets. Do you know how many people have died in street wars since 2010 started? I am no statistician but i am certain that the numbers are within comparable range to those from all other wars. If not yet, then start tallying and lets compare notes by the end of 2011.

    I do not have political inclinations,ambitions or interests for that matter, but my scholarly mind wants someone out there to explain this to me: Don’t governments have legitimate constitutional obligations to protect themselves against attack? Why would it be okay for government troops to go fight armed rebels in bushes but not street rebels like those i see on TV in Libya driving cars with huge guns mounted on them? Are those demonstrators or combatants? Since when do demonstrators change governments? Shouldn’t governments fight in defense when their legitimate power is threatened? If yes, how should this new form of war be fought? Should governments desist from use of guns and instead also mobilize there own supporters to riot against opposition rioters? Someone out there help me understand.

    However do not attempt to help me, unless you agree with me that what we see on the streets in Libya, Kampala etc are street wars for political power mistaken to be demonstrations by the likes of Mutabazi. Many similar ones have led to collapse of regimes. If you agree with that, then help me understand why/why not and how legitimate /elected governments should defend themselves.

    I think security operatives should be pre-occupied with new ways of fighting this new type of war that has emerged to pose threats to governments world over. The beauty of the new form of warfare is that it get relayed live on air for all to see. Boring local TV stations all of a sudden have something interesting to show – In yesterday’s viewing, there were as many comic scenes as tragic ones. Some were sad and others were enjoyable. Seeing kids and women crying was sad, but watching warring combatants in dialogue filled with sarcasm was very interesting. One asked the other “why are you walking? Dont you have a vehicle?” to which the other replied “thats my business, do i look stranded?”. Interesting! Mutabazi should understand that in every war, there must be winners and losers. Those who choose to fight must expect either outcome. As for me, i choose to sit back and enjoy TV. Mutabazi too should decide what to do.

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