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Day August 18, 2018

Karamagi Andrew writes to Wanyama Don Innocent


Dear Wanyama Don Innocent,

My friend Yasiin Kawuma’s life was brutally ended last night in the same way that many innocent Ugandan lives have been ended by your blood thirsty master, Yoweri Museveni, and I realize that I could have very easily been the one sitting at the steering wheel of that vehicle for reasons I’ll give in subsequent paragraphs of this crier de coeur to you.

Whenever I have the time, I regularly offer to drive my friends who are political leaders during campaigns, processions and/or long trips to and from the countryside for a number of reasons—some tactical, others strategic. At times, a candidate or leader needs to concentrate fully on planning for the day’s activities, sometimes their official drivers need to rest and on other occasions, it is a good gesture to make oneself available to assist a colleague by chauffeuring them about while they make speeches, meet their voters and chat with their campaign managers and so on.

In my modest experience volunteering for election processes so far, I can state, without any fear of contradiction, that the armed personnel that your masters deploy in elections are responsible for the shootings and injuries meted out against unarmed civilians. This has for long been a common feature of elections.

Examples abound:

When I volunteered for Brenda Nabukenya’s re-election in Luwero, the amount of gun violence that was wrought by Kayihura’s Police created a situation akin to civil war. Were the voters of Luwero pelting the president’s motorcade with stones?

During the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections in 2015, Mathias Mpuuga narrowly survived a bullet to the shoulder thanks to the quick reflexes of a young man who shoved him away into a nearby building whose wall exploded as the killer round shattered the brick and mortar. Was Mpuuga throwing stones at your master Museveni?

Without provocation, Mwijukye Francis, Kalema Shaban Senior, Nyanjura Doreen Nyanjura Doreen Amooti, Bobi Kyagulanyi were (and still are) routinely beaten and the former was once shot in the femur—were they ever found throwing stones at your president? How about the two-year-old baby Javiirah Nalwanga who was shot dead in Masaka by a “stray” bullet?!

In 2016 while a rampant Andrew Felix Kaweesi was all over Kampala arresting political party agents and grabbing declaration forms, three of his guards aimed their automatic weapons at myself and two journalists. None of us had thrown, much less picked up a stone…we were simply taking photos.

In the same year during the election for Ntungamo Municipality Member of Parliament, operators from the Special Forces were deployed and I remember seeing one soldier bludgeoning the motionless body of an old woman who was fleeing the violence—I have never been able to find out whether she survived the savage beating. Tell me Don, was this old woman also hurling stones at your president?

During the recent by-election in Jinja East where I volunteered for Mwiru Paul’s campaign, I was tasked by Gerald K Karuhanga to follow a vehicle that was transporting ballot boxes to the tally centre and ensure that the results aren’t tampered with along the way. A soldier pointed his gun at me in an effort to get me to stop trailing them. I got worried but continued following the car up to the tally centre. This was particularly risky because I was by myself and was driving in a secluded area of the township—had I been shot, they’d have accused me of having confronted them (like they have done with Yasiin) yet all I was doing was vote protection which is a legitimate part of electoral processes more so when rigging is the order of the day.

Barely two months ago, Asuman Basalirwa’s aide was, without provocation, shot dead in the course of a campaign rally. Did he also stone a presidential car?

The incidents are so many but with those few examples, it should be evident that the sole cause of election violence is the bloodlust and insatiable appetite for power that the regime you have sold your soul to possesses and will blindly pursue at any cost, including human life!

Your attempt at spinning the story by parading a damaged rear window of what you purport to be one of the cars on the presidential convoy is not only nauseating; it is manifestly lame and lacking.

While you go about your daily job of defending the indefensible, please rest assured that empires far greater than Museveni’s Junta have collapsed and are now in the dung heap of history, enveloped by infamy and disgrace.

Don’t follow this corpse to the grave my brother.

karamagiandrew@gmail.com.

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The Presidential Candidate that Ugandans deserve.


By Dr.Edward Kayondo’ via Ugandans at Heart (UAH) Community

Fellow netters,

A presidential candidate that will win the hearts and minds of Ugandans to bring forth the so much needed change in leadership personnel will not raise from the activists flame and we have seen many hopes shuttered to prove this.

The following are the key factors I will look for in a presidential candidate that will spike my interest and excite me:

The same should clearly acknowledge and outline the positive changes or developments over the last several years even if the count might call for only one hand.

The same should promise to keep the integrity of the current system and make necessary countrywide civil servant changes overtime based on qualifications irrespective of tribal affiliations or the path of ascension to positions in question.

The same must emphasize rule of law not vengeance.

The same must acknowledge that all Ugandans are the same and have a right to privileges they qualify for.

The same must promise necessary changes and express visions based on current state not past or historical precedence.

The same must present developmental programs that are fully supported by teams of knowledgeable people in the field in question.

The same must present a progressive, coherent and detailed plan to the extent they can, addressing all government sectors in the country moving forward.

The same must be open to debate their visions and plans in a public forum when called for.

The same should have a supporting base rooted in a diverse political party or collation of independent fellow citizens.

The same must be chosen by fellow citizens in free and fair elections.

The same must be qualified as outlined in the constitution of the Republic.

The same must acknowledge the services offered by current leaders and propose ways and means through which their accumulated knowledge can be used for the best outcomes of the nation.

This is very depressing to say the least!


By Rev. Joseph Kamugisha

This is very depressing to say the least. As a matter of fact, iam reminded of a similar scenario which i witnessed during my one night stay at Nakasero SRB, during the days of monster Idi Amin.

A Kololo secondary school teacher was brought in the middle of the night, he was clearly identifiable, because we had some students from the same school who knew him very well. He was responsible for teaching Math and French. The man was mercilessly beaten, tied aganist the metal jail bars, in form of a cross. The notorious SRB henchmen, pulle dout their bayonets and started slashing his body exactly as the gluesome pic here below shows. Later in the middle of the night after he had bled so much, one of the goons came in with a pistol and shot him on each arm, legs and finally in the chest.

It’s an image i saw over forty years ago, but still vivid in my memory. If the saying, “History repeats itself…” Museveni, is a surely a good student of Idi Amin and more.

YVONNE CHAKACHAKA SPEAKS ON BOBI’S ARREST!


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*YVONNE CHAKACHAKA*
I have heard that my Nelson Mandela in Uganda has been brutally arrested, tortured & jailed illegally & due to face an illegal court martial. Dear Ugandans, it’s your right to help this boy. We South Africans have heard a lot of bad things about Uganda but believe with such good hearted people like my friend Bobi Wine everything can change. During our time, we didn’t have the social media but we changed South Africa. Right now, you have the social media so use it to free your Nelson Mandela. As for his wife Barbra Kyagulanyi, be strong. God will always protect you no matter what he goes through. Make it a habit of posting his pictures with a simple meaningful message every morning and evening. Trust me, every government is afraid of the pressure on social media. That’s why i heard that the big man there is taxing your social media. As for me, am going to create awareness in South Africa. Don’t lose hope. Hope is vital in every struggle. All those cases against him will go away.
*Oh Mama Africa!*

Official statement from Mengo government about the state of affairs in Uganda


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An update from Mrs.Kyagulanyi on her hubby in military detention


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By Barbie Kyagulanyi

Family, friends and well-wishers,

Today I went with lawyers and members of the Uganda Human Rights Commission to Makindye military prisons, and after many days I was able to see my husband with my own eyes. I am first of all thankful to God that he is still alive! Let’s continue to pray for him.
Bobi is in pain. Bobi is hurting EVERYWHERE. We nearly lost him! He wonders how he is still alive after such treatment.

Bobi cannot stand on his own. He has a swollen face- very deformed. At first sight, it is very unlikely that you would recognize him. You may not understand this unless if you see him. His forehead is bruised and his eyes are red. He has many wounds including one on his ear. He seems to have been punched many times on the face. He cannot walk. He was carried into the room where we saw him. He cannot sit straight. He speaks with difficulty and has a lot of pain breathing. He has great pain in the left side ribs and hip. He bled a lot through the ears and through the nose. Blood stains are still visible! He is in such a terrible state and in need of urgent medical attention. I could not believe that an innocent man can be taken through all this because he has a different political opinion.

According to his story, he was not even at the scene where chaos allegedly took place in Arua. He was with friends watching news at a restaurant when news came out that his driver had been shot dead. He quickly went into his room as gun shots raged on, and for many hours throughout the night, he kept hearing soldiers banging doors and breaking into rooms of the hotel. Later, the soldiers came to his room and broke into it. They found him standing in the room and the soldiers immediately ordered him to kneel down. Before he could reach the floor, one soldier hit his head with an iron bar and he fell down. They all descended on him, stepping on his head with boots and hitting him everywhere. He became unconscious thereafter and after so many hours, he realized that he was at the Arua airfield on handcuffs. He can’t tell what they might have done to him during that time. After gaining consciousness, he was given many injections and has no idea what they were for. They took him to Gulu where he was detained. He can hardly remember what took place in court yesterday as he was only regaining consciousness. He was later airlifted to Makindye where he is being detained. I have seen many victims of torture- never have I seen anyone in the state which Bobi is in! When he narrates these stories, you see the kind of trauma he is going through. When you set your eyes on him, you cannot help but wonder what kind of human beings can do such things to a fellow human being.

Here is the good news- Bobi is strong at heart. His resolve has not diminished. His bones have been broken, but his spirit has not been crushed. He is still the husband I met many years ago. He knows that he is innocent of all that he is being accused of. His only crime is standing for justice and for trying to speak for the common person. He was surprised when we told him that he is accused of possessing firearms- he was hearing about this for the first time. Instead, the soldiers who arrested him took away his wallet and the money he had on him. He wonders why he is being tried by military courts! But he knows that this is part of the price he has to pay for what he believes in. He asks Ugandans to remain firm, even in the face of such repression.

He is deeply hurt by his driver, Yasin Kawuma’s death and very sad that he was not allowed to bury him! We told him about the dire health condition of Hon. Francis Zaake and others, and he sent sympathies.

He asked me to be strong for the sake of our children and I promised him that I am strong and I will remain strong. I told him how many people in Uganda and abroad are very concerned about him and he asked me to appreciate you all on his behalf.

Our request is that he is urgently allowed to access his doctors so that he gets the much needed medical attention. Especially since he highly suspects that he underwent internal bleeding.

May God’s angels be with you Bobi in that military facility where I am not. May the God of heaven fight this battle for you and for all of us.

Barbie Kyagulanyi
17th August, 2018

FREE BOBI WINE DEMO- TORONTO, CANADA


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