THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON UGANDA: – The Hague 28th -30th November 2013,Hosted by the Uganda Diaspora & Patriotic Ugandans from Uganda
Theme: Transitioning Uganda from Dictatorship to Democracy and Sustainable Political, Social, Economic Development.
In line with the aims and objectives of the Uganda Diaspora Netherlands (UDN) arrangements are underway to host the first International Convention on Uganda. The convention shall take place between 28th – 30th November in the Hague Netherlands. All Ugandans with Uganda at heart; pro-democracy activists- the tools of change e.g; opposition leaders , opinion leaders, religious leaders, civil society heads, women leaders and youths leaders from Uganda and the Uganda Diaspora all over the world shall converge for the two days conference aiming at arriving at a consensus building on the way forward for comprehensive political, social and economic reforms in Uganda and to transition Uganda from the NRM dictatorship to democracy and sustainable political, social – economic development.
The conference will begin a roadmap for uniting all Ugandans that wish to find a solution to the current political and economic quagmire orchestrated by the National resistance Movement’s (NRM) military dictatorial rule, repression, corruption and mismanagement of public resources and public affairs and the disguised General Yoweri Museveni`´s life presidency and turning Uganda into a family business using his son Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba (the Kainerugaba project).
Uganda – the Pearl of Africa is endowed with massive natural resources and very hard working human resources. Soon after independence (1962) the country moved first to embrace a federal democracy with a political alliance government between the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) under Dr Milton Obote and the Kabaka Yekka for the King of Buganda; Uganda’s economic growth was rated higher than that of the Asian economic tigers.
These achievements were short lived after the alliance was broken militarily and democratic and constitutional governance was abandoned by the forces in power. Since then Uganda faced military rule, civil strife under successive dictatorial regimes.
On January 1986 General Yoweri Museveni took over power, through a military campaign and promised to return the country to democracy and good governance.
With help of donor countries, Uganda Diaspora and the hard working people of Uganda, remarkable economic progress was achieved; the GDP run at an average of 5%. Inflation rate was reduced from astronomical figures to single digit.
The campaign against the pandemic HIV/AIDS was very successful and in the first five years Uganda was referred to as the “Africa’s success story”.
The success story was short-lived because; democracy and good governance did not evolve instead the, economy went back to shambles, the HIV/AIDS infection rate and prevalence went back to double digits, repression and military crackdown against pro-democracy activists has sored;
Gen.Yoweri Museveni`s disguised agenda for life presidency and turning Uganda into a family dynasty is almost a sure deal through a deliberate set of short and long term objectives that include :
1.Use of violence to attain and retain political power 1981 – 1986
2.The 27 years of disguised Military Cum Disguised NRM Single Party Rule
3.The ban on political pluralism 1986-2005,
4.Rigging elections time after time
5.State sponsored terrorism against pro-democracy activists in Uganda,
6.Use of military conflicts in Northern and Eastern Uganda for political gains
7.Invasion and plunder of neighboring countries (Rwanda, DRC and Sudan) to create satellite states under Mr. Museveni’s control
8.State condoned gross and chronic corruption.
9.Sectarianism, marginalization and imbalanced regional development.
10.Impoverishment of masses for his Patronage and manipulation to prevail
11.Gross abuse of human rights intimidation and censorship of media and curtailing freedom of; assembly, association, demonstration, expression through arbitrary censorship
12.Increased defense spending , militarization of keeping law and order
13.The Public Order Management Bill (POMB) Gen. Yoweri Museveni has unilaterally turned into law as if to try to legalize total dictatorship.
General Yoweri Museveni`s NRM had turned Uganda into a single party state until a combined pressure from the International community and Internal pro-democracy activists and the Uganda Diaspora forced him to allow political parties to resume activities.
The opening up of political party activities did not transition Uganda from the disguised Military Cum Disguised NRM Single Party Rule to a Multi-party democracy. Gen. Yoweri Museveni `s use of violence to attain and retain political power and his 27 years overstaying in power using political patronage, corruption, a fraudulent electoral process, rigging elections is the cause for the high unemployment, poverty, wanting service delivery, re-occurring military conflicts in the Northern, Eastern and Western Region of Uganda.
The Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba project that has seen illegal recruitment of his son and promoting him rapidly and glooming him to succeed him; and this is a clear forecast of the family Dynasty whose intention to rule Uganda and the Great Lakes Region for ever is quite evident.
These negative trends make Ugandans, neighbors, friends of Uganda and Uganda’s development partners worried that history may repeat itself and Uganda could be be on the path to a genocide. There is cause for worry that the country could soon slilp into a situation like that in Somalia or Syria.
The good achievements ordinary Ugandans have strived so hard to make may be lost in the same way Uganda lost the first post independence Government of Uganda 1962-1969 which had put Uganda far ahead of the Asian economic tigers in development.
The situation in Uganda is a major concern to the Uganda Diaspora and given the fact that Uganda Diaspora constitute a major stake holder in Uganda’s development given that the Diaspora is the third foreign exchange earner of Uganda that provides the largest portion of the Foreign Direct Investment and providers of welfare to millions of Ugandans.
According to the Uganda Central bank report, of 2010, Uganda Diaspora remittances reached $ 1 billion making Uganda Diaspora the third foreign exchange source for Uganda and a major stake holder in Uganda’s development. (UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)-the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Report 2012)
The remittances from the Diaspora fraternity take care of the welfare of their relatives, build shelters for future use and put up projects like schools, hospitals, small scale industries and micro financing saving and credit as part of poverty eradication intervention.
Half of this amount ($500) is contributed by the Uganda Diaspora in Europe.
Uganda Diaspora now wishes to add value to development of democracy and good governance in order to supplement the efforts being done by pro democracy stakeholders in Uganda. Therefore, the 2.5 million Uganda Diaspora will use the platform of the conference to demand voting rights and space for Diaspora members in the parliament of Uganda in order to add value to legislature by transferring knowledge and experience on how developed countries have developed sustainable political, social and economic development.
Uganda occupies a strategic geographic and geopolitical position and is a link to East Africa, SADAC, Central Africa, North Africa and sits on the second largest fresh water lake of the world (Lake Victoria) the source of the Nile and therefore has a bearing and influence on the very large market of over 500 million people. Therefore Uganda shall remain a strategic partner with a big role to play on global issues e.g the UN Millennium Development goals and the war against terrorism.
It is therefore important that the European Union and the International community in general and the Africa Diaspora engage and work closely with the Uganda Diaspora which is evidently a tool of change and stability and support the Uganda Diaspora call to prevent Uganda from sliding into genocide, a totally failed state and in finding lasting solutions to chronic problems that have kept Uganda underdeveloped, a haven of beggars, etc
The problems include though not limited to: dictatorship, bad governance, mismanagement of public resources and public affairs; corruption, dictatorship, military and political conflicts, gross abuse of human rights and lack of democracy and freedom. This situation threatens the stability of Uganda and the IGAD-Great lakes region.
Therefore, in search for prevention of Uganda sliding into genocide, political, socio-economic abyss and a totally failed state, the Uganda Diaspora has planned a International Uganda Convention in the Netherlands. The convention is to be hosted by the Uganda Diaspora Netherland Chapter in partnership with; Uganda Diaspora from all over the world, pro democracy and human rights activists in Uganda whose desire to transition Uganda from the current Military dictatorship to a civil democracy with good governance, respect for the rule of law, human rights for all including the minorities and zero tolerance to corruption is total.
2.0 Preparatory Work Done:
•Already the Uganda Diaspora Netherland Chapter has mobilized Ugandans residing in Netherlands into an Organizing Committee in order to mobilize Ugandan Diaspora all over the world and other partners who promote democracy, human rights and good governance and the results are quite okay.
•Efforts have also been made to reach the stake holders in Uganda and the results are very positive.
•Initial contacts have been made with the foreign department of Netherlands and the European Union and the United States.
•The Ambassadors and High Commissioners representing African countries to Netherlands have also been informed and the response so far is very encouraging.
3.0 More preparatory work being done:
•Spreading of information to the Uganda Diaspora in Netherlands and all over the world and inviting them to participation in the project.
•Contacting vital governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations political parties in the International Community.
•Raising financial resources from Uganda Diaspora and all interested parties and organizations to facilitate the Convention.
•Mobilizing the human resources that will help in the implementation of the Convention.
•Appointing regional and country coordinators in Europe, Americas, Africa and Australia
4.0 The Aim and objectives of the Conference:
The Aim of the conference is to launch a road map for transitioning Uganda from the current dictatorship to a democracy by all constitutional means necessary.
5.0 The objectives of the Uganda Transition Convetion:
i)To converge the pro-democracy, political and opinion leaders, human rights, anti corruption and pro-good governance activists from Uganda and Uganda Diaspora to discuss the political social economic situation in a broad perspective.
ii)To share experience between activists, political leaders and elders from Uganda and Uganda Diaspora.
iii)Consensus building on the concept and road map of the struggle for freedom, democracy and good governance.
iv)To form an organization and arrive at structures that will manage the struggle for liberation of Uganda from the 27 years Militarism, Dictatorship and abuse of public resources and affaires.
v)To pave avenues for debate and consensus building including working partnership between the Uganda-Africa Diaspora and Uganda leaders.
vi)Finding short term intervention and solutions for protection of human rights activists in Uganda.
vii) Coming up with a strong international lobby against the dictatorial regime in Uganda.
viii) Preparation for tan orderly post Yoweri Museveni administration
ix) Enhance the call for voting rights for the Uganda Diaspora
Uganda Diaspora Netherlands Chapter has formed an organizing committee and co-opted strategic human resources in Uganda and in strategic countries all over the world who are coordinating the following activities:
Activity Time Remarks
1.The first strategic meeting 20-09-2013 Already done-Amsterdam
2.Brainstorming with all stakeholders 21 – 09 – 2013 Continues
3.Fundraising from the of stakeholders 21 – 09- 2013 Continues
4.Application for funds to funding agencies 01 – 15 Oct -13 UDN&Partners
5.Securing the venue 21 Sep–01 Oct AFTV
6.1st Press release 04–Oct-13 Initial program issued
7.Sending Invitations to special delegates 08 –Oct 13 Continuous
8.Second strategic meeting 15 –Oct 13 Europe co-coordinators
9.Marketing the Convention 08 –Oct 13 Continuous
10.Netherlands community meeting 01–Nov 13 Netherlands Chapter
11.3rd strategic meeting 16–Nov 13 Europe co-coordinators
12.International press conference in Hague 20th– 21st Oct 13 Concrete program issued
13.Arrival of regional coordinators 26 –0ct 13 Europe & beyond
14.Implementation committee formed 27- Oct 13 Allocation of tasks
15.Arrival of all participants 27–Nov 13 All co-coordinators
16.Implementation of the Convention 28 – 30 Oct 13 All participants
The Organizing Committee is inviting all Ugandans of good will that share the concern and have desire to contribute to political reforms and transitioning Uganda from dictatorship and mismanagement to democracy and good governance. Individual participants, group participants and organizations are welcome to the convention.
The four days working tour shall include;
•Political leaders from the opposition political parties in Uganda
•Independent members of parliament
•Influential members of the civil society
•Elders , religious and cultural institutions representatives
•Women activists from Uganda and Uganda Diaspora
•Youths from Uganda and Uganda Diaspora
•‘’Rebel’’ NRM members of parliament
•Heads of Diplomatic Missions in the Netherlands
•European Union Representative
• . Uganda’s history
• . Democracy
• . Human rights
• . Good governance
• . Conflict resolution & Africa Diaspora
1.Unity of the pro-democracy and good governance activists ( tools of change)
2.Consensus on the road map to transition from the current dictatorship to democracy
3.Consensus on benchmarks for comprehensive reforms for free and fair elections
4.Launching an organization and structures that will manage the struggle for transitioning Uganda through political social economic reforms or any other constitutional means necessary
5.Launching the international lobby for reforms and transition to democracy
6.Enhancement of Uganda Diaspora contribution to development of democracy and good governance in Uganda.
7.Prevention of genocide, military conflicts and instability in Uganda
8.Contribution to stability in the IGAAD and Great Lakes Region
9.Strengthening the call for voting rights for the Uganda Diaspora
Failure to obtain visas for delegates from Uganda
Sabotage from the Ruling NRM Party
Mistrust between traditional political, religious and ethnic divisions of the Uganda community and organizations for fear of being used and hidden agendas.
Failure to agree on the way forward
Uganda Diaspora in Sweden has ideas of mutual benefit that will enhance direct foreign investment that will reduce dependence foreign aid syndrome and these and much more will be discussed with the new emergent Uganda political leadership.
Funding. 1. The organizing committee appeals to all pro-democracy cells and individuals for contributions 2. Application for funding to many pro-democracy organizations and sponsors 3. Downsizing the conference and minimizing the number of delegates who can’t sponsor themselves 4. Including a fundraising culture gala in the project using popular and pro democratic change Uganda musical artists or a beauty contest or fashion show
Visa for delegates. Uganda Diaspora Netherlands chapter will issue invitation letters to delegates and work closely with the Foreign Office and Migration Department of the Netherlands to ensure that all requirement are established and fulfilled by visa applicants in time and that priority is given to the delegates. The Uganda Diaspora Netherland shall assure the Government of Netherlands of their zero tolerance to fraud and human trafficking.
Government of Uganda shall be informed of the fact that it’s a none subversive move.
Well in time the organizing committee shall give a concept note with a clear vision, mission and objective statement that shall assure all the stake holders that they are not being driven by an individual or group but being called to own and drive the struggle to a conclusion favourable to all interest groups.
Open discussions, debates and one to one meetings and networking strategy shall be employed to defeat mistrust, pessimism and make it easy for consensus building. Involvement of none politically aligned elders will bring in the arbitration, wisdom and maturity that will help to make conceptions, drop pride and arrive at discussions democratically and amicably! A broader conference shall be called to resolve outstanding matters.
JOEL LULIKO WAKAYIMA
CHAIRPERSON – ORGANISING COMMITTEE
AND CHAIRPERSON UGANDA DIASPORA NEDERLAND.
FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY UGANDA.