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THE UNTOLD MOTIVE BEHIND THE RECENT MEDIA SIEGE AT THE DAILY MONITOR


Iam a former military intelligence operative under CMI. In early 90s I was tasked to guard a Congolese detainee who had fallen sick and was admitted in Mulago Hosipital in Kampala. The congolese, Dr. Kabeya had been a personal Doctor to the President of the Uganda backed RCD-Kisangani militia faction in the DRC. I was convinced that Dr. Kabeya was an incident victim of greed and plunder of resources. I decided to help him to escape, we left together and I now live in exile.

However, using my contacts I have been reliably informed that shortly before the siege, The Monitor intended to publish a more damaging story. Security agencies had hacked a plan to kidnap a one Tugume Sam from exile in Tanzania. Tugume had escaped from detention in Makindye military barracks in 2007. He had earlier been a veteran of Military Intelligence Officer.

The plan was initiated by Uganda’s Ambassador to Burundi, Matayo Kyaligonza and facilitated by a one Jean Marie who is a Burundian and was based in Tanzania. Later, some Uganda embassy staff in both Burundi and Tanzania took up the task before facilitating the agent, Jean Marie’s travel to Kampala. He is a state guest (tel. +256759457546).

The operation leaked but The Monitor reporter Richard Wanambwa disagreed with his bosses over the publishing of the story. In the ensuing disagreement, security agencies got wind of the leakage and had to move fast. Most damaging, the story was supposed to carry extracts of email communications between Internal Security Chief Ronnie Balya and former Military Intelligence Chief James Mugira over the same. This is what Gen. Kaihura alluded to when he stated that “media houses had started intercepting confidential communication between security agencies”.

This explains why the Police did not raid the chambers of Gen. Tinyefuza’s Lawyer for the original copy of the the second and most damaging letter!

David Bogere

bogeredavid2010@gmail.com

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STATEMENT BY HON. MINISTER OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS, H. ONEK ON THE SEARCH OF THE PREMISES OF THE DAILY MONITOR PUBLICATIONS AND THE RED PEPPER PUBLICATIONS


1) The on-going search by the Police of premises of the Daily Monitor publications and the Red Pepper publications is part of Police investigations into the letter that appeared in the Daily Monitor dated 7th May 2013, purportedly written by Gen. Sejusa to the Director General, Internal Security Organization, (ISO), and copied to a number of senior security officers, as well as investigation of documents, purportedly originating from Gen. Sejusa, that were published by the Red Pepper.

We wish to state from the outset, that in conducting this search, indeed, in carrying out this investigation, the Police have acted professionally, and within the law.

2) On Daily Monitor publications, the interest of the Police, and other sister agencies is to get the letter published by the Daily Monitor, and, given its security classification, investigate how the Daily Monitor got it, and possible violations of the law that may have been committed, especially, in respect of the Official Secrets Act, and the UPDF Act.

Logically, at the beginning of the investigation, the interest of the Police was to establish the authenticity of the letter published by the Daily Monitor. Police inquired from the Director General, ISO who stated that he never received the letter. The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) as well as the Director General, External Security Organization (ESO), to whom the letter was supposed to have been copied to, also, did not receive their copies.

Evidently, at that stage, it was only the Daily Monitor, who was in possession of the letter. Accordingly, the CID then summoned the Managing Editor of Daily Monitor publications, and the journalist who authored the story in which the letter was published, to assist in getting the letter as well as disclose the source of the letter. They refused to cooperate with the CID.

Subsequently, the CID applied, and got a court order under sec.38 of the Press and Journalist Act, to compel them to cooperate. In addition, the CID got information that the Daily Monitor publications, was in possession of other documents in relation to the contents of the letter, which they intended to publish. They, then, in addition, sought and got, from court, a search warrant to search the premises of the Daily Monitor publications. The search warrant was served and, duly acknowledged by the management of the Daily Monitor.

The search began on Monday, 20th May 2013, and, is, still on-going. I wish to clarify that Daily Monitor publications, KFM, and Dembe FM have not been closed. They have been asked to halt operations to facilitate the search and investigations on their premises. Indeed, from the moment the search began, the premises were declared a scene of crime under the custody of the Police. Consequently, Monitor Publications, KFM and Dembe FM (which are on the premises) had to be asked to temporarily stop operations so that routine activities and traffic in the premises associated with their business do not interfere with Police work. The search will go on until the letter and those other documents relating to the letter are found. Police have asked the management of the Daily Monitor to cooperate so that they expedite the exercise. Indeed, the duration of the search depends on whether or not the Daily Monitor cooperates with the Police in their investigations. Todate, they have declined to cooperate.

3) We should point out that this is not the first time Police is carrying out a search. In the course of investigations, Police sometimes finds it necessary, as in this case, to carry out searches. Incidentally, even in this particular case, Police, earlier, carried out a search of the offices of Gen Sejusa in the presence of his lawyers without any incident, and the premises remain a scene of crime. It is, therefore, surprising that anybody should make issue of this routine procedure in investigations when it comes to searching media houses. Are media houses governed by laws other than those that the rest of society are governed?!

4) On the Red Pepper publications, the Police has initiated investigations into publication of documents, purportedly originating from Gen Sejusa, and published in successive stories in the Red Pepper for possible violation of criminal laws. Similar to the case of the Daily Monitor, the Police sought and got a search warrant to look for these and other related documents as well as stories which violate the laws of Uganda.

5) Noteworthy, while the Press and Journalist Act, sec. 2 gives the right to publish a newspaper, that right is not absolute. It is qualified by sec.3 of the Act, which provides that the right does not absolve any person from complying with other laws. Even without that section, the right to publish a newspaper cannot mean that journalists and publishers, in doing so, are free to commit crimes.

The Police is committed to the rule of law and to respect the rights and freedoms of the media, as well as other persons and groups. However, at the same time, we have a constitutional mandate to ensure that the laws of Uganda are respected and upheld.

6) In conclusion, let me emphasize and assure all of you that the Daily Monitor publications, KFM, Dembe FM, as well as the Red Pepper have not been closed.

Police has not violated any laws in the Ssejusa-DailyMonitor-Redpepper saga, Says Kayihura


Folks,
Whatever we are doing is within the law. CID needs the letter published by the Daily Monitor, and other documents published by the Red Pepper purportedly originating from Gen Sejusa to assist in the investigation of possible criminality committed. CID sought cooperation from the management of the Daily Monitor and they refused to cooperate to handover the letter, and disclose their sources invoking protection from s.38 of the Press and Journalist Act.

Faced with this, the CID sought and got a court order to compel them to do so, as the same s.38 states that a journalist can be compelled to do so by a court order, among others.

The management of the Daily Monitor Publications have to date defied the court order. In fact, it is in anticipation of this that CID sought and got search warrants from court for both media houses. This is routine in investigations. It is consistent with any standards of investigative practice in any democracy. Moreover, these are not the first searches to be conducted by the Police in Uganda, or anywhere else in the whole.

It is not a violation of the lead judgment of the late Justice Mulenga in the Supreme Court case of Charles Onyango Obbo & another vs Attorney General SCC No 2 of 2002. The issues that were addressed were different. The Court did not rule that searching media houses violates rights and freedoms. They outlawed sections of the Penal Code Act providing for the offense of sedition which to their judgment were too widely worded that they could be used to unjustifiably violate freedoms and rights. The court did not declare that media rights and freedoms are absolute. Read the judgment well.

Let me remind you of Article 43(1) of the Constitution which states “In the enjoyment of the rights prescribed in this chapter, no person shall prejudice the fundamental or other human rights and freedoms of others or the public interest”. In fact, in his lead judgment, Justice Mulenga, my uncle as pointed out highlighted this constitutional position, saying there must be balance between exercising rights and freedoms and what he called the common interest.

Therefore, there is no inconsistency between what Justice Mulengs ruled and what the Police is doing under the leadership of his nephew. Ndugu, I have nothing to be ashamed of. Just serving my country diligently, and lawfully.

GEN KALE KAYIHURA
UAH MEMBER IN KAMPALA

Uganda Police in the Daily Monitor-Redpepper saga is comparable to the day the wakombozi went to Mulago and killed patients


Monitor Executive Editor Simon Freeman (R), News Editor Alex Atuhaire (C), and Managing Editor Don Wanyama

Monitor Executive Editor Simon Freeman (R), News Editor Alex Atuhaire (C), and Managing Editor Don Wanyama

Uganda Police has embarrassed us in the Daily Monitor-Redpepper saga. It is comparable to the day the wakombozi went to Mulago and killed patients there suspected to be Amin’s soldiers.Amidst the enormity of the crime by the Ugandan police-hear them that Monitor offices were a crime scene-some of us may have been aghast, but not surprised to see the Ugandan police, yes on orders of Lt General Kale Kayihura who led Makerere university students in 1979 to city square when wakamobozi entered Kampala and Amin’s soldiers fled. Such raids are actually not uncommon today under the IGP; they are normal and even banal.

Ironically, it was the late Justice Joseph Mulenga (RIP), an uncle to the IGP,Kayihura, who made the fundamental ruling on press freedom in Uganda. Now that he is dead, IGP kale Kayihura and his sidekicks’ bakabulimba Mary Okurut and Judith Nabakooba are pissing on those freedoms. Yes pissing on the while standing and telling lies.

This brings me to the question in the title. Folks, in 1979, when Wakombozii entered Kampala, many went straight to Mulago and other hospitals where they executed from close range patients suspected to be connected o Amin or the war. I was shocked to see patients shot in hospital beds. People it is true.

To IGP and his sidekicks, you are now the cats, while the majority of Ugandans are rats. Yes yesterday you feasted on Monitor and red pepper but please reflect on this saying. The rat that age will one day feast on the cat. Yep.

Folks, think about it, General Ssejusa courageously wrote the letter and sent it to the director of ISO to investigate allegations. I understand why the director of ISO feigns ignorance and denies ever receiving the said letter from General Ssejusa. So why would the IPG order his boys and girls to go and shut down the Monitor and Red Pepper to look for a letter which was written and sent to the director of ISO.

IGP Kale Kayihura shame on you. As they say ebbibimba bikka/what rises, come down eventually.

W.B. KYIJOMANYI
UAH member in NewYork

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE SEARCH OF THE NATION MEDIA GROUP AND PAPER PUBLICATIONS


MONITORMembers of the Uganda Police Force this morning cordoned off the premises of the Nation Media Group in Namuwongo and Pepper Publications in Namanve. The FM radio stations – KFM and Dembe FM were taken off-air.

This is to reassure Ugandans that the government is not interfering with press freedom.

The search of the above premises comes on the heels of the utterances made by Gen. David Sejusa, aka Tinyefuza which have caused undue excitement. This is being treated as a matter of national security.

However the police is working within the parameters of the law, specifically, section 37 of the Penal Code which bars the publication of information prejudicial to national security.

The Police went through the due legal process and secured a court order – which was issued by a court of competent jurisdiction (Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court).

There is therefore nothing untoward or surprising about the procedures used, as great care has been taken to follow the law to the letter. For the time being the premises in question are being treated as crime scenes.

As soon as investigations are over – which will be very soon as police is under instructions to handle the matter expeditiously – the premises will be duly handed back to the owners.

About social media

This is also to quash rumours going round that Social Media has been banned or that the platforms are about to be closed. This is not true. There is no plan to switch off or disconnect Social Media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut (Mrs)

Minister of Information and National Guidance

FIRST ISSUE OF “THE MUSLIM NEWS” COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!! WHAT OUR READERS IN KAMPALA SAID


Dear all,

We would like to thank you very much for the thunderous response you gave to The Muslim News. By 7.00pm yesterday 8th Feb 2013 corresponding to 27th Rabiul Awwal 1434 A.H., the issue had sold out!

My personal work method ensured that I as editor, sell the first issue of the paper myself – (I could do so at at two different locations) so that we can get first hand feedback. What an experience!. First, of all the price : UG 500/- was indeed laughable. I could see the struggle of our middle class Kampalans trying to find a 500 coin – and poor me, I had not prepared enough to carry some initial 500 coins for the change. In the end quite a few people bought between 2 – 10 copies – just because they had no ‘small’ money. And this is the point! The idea of an affordable newspaper was based on the finding that we Ugandans don’t really like to read newspapers (compare -please google- the daily circulation figures the the Daily Nation/Taifa Leo of Kenya and New Vision/Bukedde). It gets worse if those newspapers don’t have pictures of nude to half nude women and sensational headlines that often don’t have nothing to do with the details of the story. (We all recall what befell Ngoma – Daily Monitor’s Luganda paper which was hoping to appeal to people with a good sense of family values and morality). Secondly, may Ugandans, even the well educated, cannot afford a paper which costs UGX 1000/- or more without missing their meal. This is the sad reality of life in Uganda today.

So, for your non-political, non-sensational newspaper like The Muslim News to be read, you want to make sure that the few that want to and can afford to buy it may buy as many copies as possible do donate them to those who would like to read al-right, but cannot afford it for some reason. Maybe a (university) student, an unemployed youth, maybe a primary school teacher who has not received her salary for the past two months. Maybe any nurse who has been laid off.

As you welcomed this unique product, I recall vividly these first hand comments from you, our reader:

1. Can you really sustain this paper? or is it also going to die off like the rest we have had?
2. Mutuyambe temutuleetera bino ebya ba Mubaje -Kayongo/Kibuli – Old Kampala twakoowa ebyo ebituzza emabega singa mukimanyi!!! (Please don’t bring us this Muslim community divisional politics – we are really fed up with those things that take us backwards – if only you knew!!)
3. Abasiraamu no olowooza baagala okusoma amawulire? Do you think Muslims like to read newspapers?
4. Lwaki temufulumya ka nnimibbiri oluzungu n’oluganda) Why don’t you publish a bilingual English/Luganda paper?
5. Ani abawadde ssente okukuba akatabo nga kano? Who has given you people the money to publish such a newspaper?
6. Mutuwonyezza ebisambi byabakazi abyabuli kumakya – kati naffe tufunye kyetunasoma nga tetwesittadde (You have saved us from the nudity on the news we have been getting every morning. At last now we have got a paper we can read without being embarrassed).
7. Ebirango munabigya wa? Mulowooza amakampuni agategeerekeka gayinza okulanga mu lupapula olwabasiraamu? Mbasaasidde (I pity you, do you thing real/big companies can advertise in a Muslim newspaper?
8. Do you really think you can avoid politics?
9. The Americans, Israelis, and the British will make sure that this paper is closed down in less than six months – I promise you! Mwe bagenda kubayita ba “alikaida” (They will label you Al-Qaeda elements). Gwe Umaru otuuse okufiira mu kkomera! (You Omar, you will end up dying in jail!)
10. Musabe abawarabu babawe ekyuma ekikuba amawulire, temugya kusobola nga ssi mwe mugeekubira (Ask the Arabs to buy you a printing press. You will not be able to sustain this paper unless you have your own printing press.
11. Why didn’t you give it a neutral name? Do you want only Muslims to read your paper?

These comments were all given in good faith, we suppose, and we take them seriously. Maybe some of them resonate with you.

We thought it was important that we share this feedback however hard hitting and often demoralising, with you, as we embark on this hard task of defying all skeptics. As we pleaded in our editorial, this paper will live or die with your active participation. You will either support it through buying it, marketing it, and advertising in it or by sitting by and watching to see what happens next – and then triumphantly say ” I told you that paper would die”!!. The choice is really yours.

We at TMN are quite excited with the prospects of a truly humanitarian paper, and are determined to make a difference, for as long as we can, inshAllah. But we really need your support. How we wish you knew how helpless and to be honest, how “terrified” we are, deep inside.

Thank you, once again for this warm welcome to The Muslim News. If you wish to respond in private, outside the Ugandans at heart and UMBS forum, feel free to drop us your private feedback directly to “Consulting Editor” .

Cheers for now!

Omar Kalinge-Nnyago

Museveni Clarifies on Besigye’s ‘lies’ and questions regarding his son,Brigadier Muhoozi


I have been watching, without comment, the circus that has been going on in the newspapers of Uganda about UPDF wanting to make a coup; that some leaders, including myself, made comments to that effect. Then, that manufactured lie being amplified by individuals who, for many years, have been in the habit of promoting intrigue and indiscipline in the NRM. A few other commentators like Mr. John Nagenda appeared to have been genuinely duped by this subterfuge manufactured by the Daily Monitor newspaper and its collaborators.

I refused to comment for two reasons. Reason number one is that some of these newspapers endlessly tell lies. One would have to abandon more useful work to respond to the lies and malice of these papers always manipulated by the enemies of Uganda. The second reason is that I do not want to be used by the enemies of Uganda to also contribute to the diversion of the public’s attention from their core interests to the endless schemes of these enemies. The intention of these enemies is to divert the attention of the public from their core interests to these lies and also to scare businesses that may want to come to Uganda by presenting Uganda as potentially unstable. I cannot join such schemes annoying though they may be.

At Kyankwanzi, we only allowed the Press at the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony. During the rest of the time (this time, from 11th to 18th of January, 2013), we were engaged in very serious discussions about a very large number of topics confidentially. In the end, we passed Resolutions which were published. The Daily Monitor newspaper may not even have published those Resolutions – deliberate conclusions of the NRM’s Parliamentary Caucus Retreat. Instead, they manufacture a lie or bring issues totally out of context. I cannot, nevertheless, be provoked into answering the lies of such schemers in order to “clarify” because those were confidential discussions. As time passes, Uganda will grow more immune to this endless blackmail and provocation. As for the schemers, there is a time for everything, it says in the Book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 3: 1-8: “…There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the Heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot…..a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace”

We have seen such characters before. On the 23rd of January, 1973, for instance, I was on a clandestine mission with two of my colleagues in Mbale against Idi Amin’s regime. We were in Maumbe’s house, House No.49, Maluku Estate. At around 1500 hours, we were suddenly surrounded by about 15 military Police of Idi Amin. I fought my way out of that encirclement but, unfortunately, my two colleagues were killed. We also killed two of the Military Police. The schemers and the enemies were soon at work. “Museveni is the one who killed his colleagues. If he did not kill them, why did he not die himself? Why did he escape alive?” All those schemes never stopped the NRM from winning victories. We are now much better positioned to defeat those schemes compared to 1973, when we were much weaker but as greatly motivated as we are today. I wish good luck to the schemers.

Nevertheless, I have now decided to write something because the Sunday Monitor of the 3rd of February, 2013, published an interview by Dr. Besigye. The aim of the Monitor paper is always to demean the achievements of the NRM and divert Ugandans from their core interests. Now that the whole of Uganda is peaceful, we have adequate electricity, we (the NRM) discovered the oil for the Ugandans, we have a massive educated force, etc., this is too much for the Monitor newspaper. They must promote chaos through talk of coups, lies about the Prime Minister and Ministers taking bribes from oil companies, recall of Parliament, Museveni killing the late Nebanda, etc. Monitor newspaper you will fail.

Since, however, Dr. Besigye gave an extensive interview in that enemy paper attacking the achievements of NRM over the last 43 years of struggle for liberation and the building of Uganda in the last 27 years of that time, I will answer him for the sake of the young people who do not know that history well.

I will start with his last point while responding to the Monitor Interviewer who asked Dr. Besigye the following question: “But the NRM has as well grown the economy. President Museveni revealed at the same function that the economy is growing 14 times annually?” Of course, this question had itself a mistake. The economy is now 14 times bigger than it was in 1986. It is now 50 trillion shillings while in 1986, it was 3.5 trillion shillings. In dollars, it is US$ 20 billion. In the 1990s only the economy of Kenya was US$ 12 billion in East Africa. We have now surpassed that level. By the end of this Financial Year, the economy will be 58 trillion shillings or about US$ 22 billion in spite of the slower rate of growth created, partly, by the slower global rate of growth.

Dr. Besigye answered the interviewer by saying that the NRM has failed to live up to Point Number 5 of the NRM Programme of building an integrated self-sustaining economy – that is, creating an economy with inter-sectoral linkages, e.g. agriculture producing raw materials for industry and industry producing inputs for agriculture, etc. It is true that the NRM has not completed the job of transformation of the economy, mainly, for two reasons: the very low base from which we started and sabotage by some political actors, especially, those who, eventually, joined FDC and other opposition groups. I remember very well that, for instance, many of those who opposed Bujagaali hydro power project were individuals who, eventually, joined the opposition groups. Bujagaali is now finished, but late by about 15 years. That is why we will no longer tolerate those internal saboteurs or those from the opposition opposing industrialization. Nevertheless, that sabotage and the low base we started from notwithstanding, the progress in industrial production can only be denied by somebody who is pathologically biased. The share of industry to GDP is now 26.4% while in 1986, it was 9.9% of GDP. This is 26.4% of an economy that is 14 times bigger than it was in 1986. The industrialization of the economy under NRM started with the rehabilitation of industries that were producing consumer goods: beers, sodas, soap, sugar, tea, etc. Before 1986, all these were being imported from Kenya, they were in great scarcity and they were being smuggled into the country. The smuggling (known as magendo) meant that the State was not getting taxes on these goods. Uganda is not only self-sufficient in most of these goods but is, actually, exporting a lot of them to the neighbouring countries. The value of the exports of industrial goods is now US$ 509 million. Then, there is the production of intermediate goods (goods that are needed as inputs into other industries) such as cement and steel-bars (mitayimbwa) for construction. The relevant figures are: the production of cement in 1986 was about 76,400 metric tonnes per annum; the production is now 2.4 million met. tonnes per annum. The production of mitayimbwa was 832 metric tonnes per annum in 1986. It is now about 240,000 metric tonnes per annum. The production of car batteries in 1986 was 4,000 batteries per annum. The production is now 170,000 batteries per annum. Many of these products are being exported to the neighbouring countries. Uganda is now exporting industrial products. Then, there is the value addition to agricultural products. Let us take the example of milk. By 1986, all processed milk was coming from outside (Kenya, Denmark, etc.). Today, Uganda is not only self-sufficient in processed milk products but she is actually exporting quite a bit of these, not only to the region but internationally.

Recently, we have been negotiating with India to accept our processed milk. There are scientific innovations and inventions – banana starch, juices, machine-parts and machines, the electric car, etc. Now that we have, finally, overcome the sabotage of the groups people like Dr. Besigye belong to by regaining the initiative in electricity, nothing will stop us. Uganda is now generating (installed capacity) 828 MW compared to 60 MW in 1986. We would be much further if it was not for the sabotage of the said factions.

Dr. Besigye keeps deceiving civilians who do not know the history of NRA well that we have been running a Military Government all these years. Surely, Dr. Besigye, you know very well that these sabotages by your groups would not have been possible if we were running a Military Government; nor would have been the indiscipline by the political actors possible. It is precisely because of the early civilianization and democratization of the politics that saboteurs have been able to delay our progress including industrialization. We do not regret this, however, because it allows the whole population to be involved in the debates (needless debates created by either saboteurs or ego-centric actors) and, in the process, the population matures more politically and ideologically. That is why the NRM has been winning in all the General Elections in spite of the reckless and irresponsible lies by the opposition – “Museveni has sold Lake Victoria; Museveni has sold Lake Kyoga, etc.” It is slower but it is the only way to move. An NRA/UPDF Military Government, provided we had our own financial resources (we did not have to depend on the outside money), would have moved much, much faster on the transformation of Uganda and Dr. Besigye knows that very well. The sort of schemes he has been promoting would not have been possible. However, right from the beginning we democratized Uganda and have had to cope with the slower pace and more tedious work of dealing with indisciplined, malicious, opinionated or, sometimes, just un-informed actors. Since 1986, the UPDF-NRA ensures peace as well as stability and the civilians manage or mismanage the politics, the administration and the justice. That is the accurate characterization of the situation of Uganda under the NRM.

I must congratulate Dr. Besigye because, in recent statements, he has acknowledged the undeniable success of the NRA/UPDF. In his recent interview, he, for instance, said: “in some parts of the country where there were no insurgencies, especially the Southern and Central Uganda, security has been generally better than it was before 1986 and one can say, therefore, thanks to the NRM Government.”

He, then, spoils that correct assessment by quickly adding: “But that is debatable because indeed there was no challenge to the regime”!! Well that is not correct. There was Itongwa who was quickly put out of action. There was “walk to work”, which was defeated by the Police in spite of the very weak legal framework that would allow a trouble maker to flout bail terms and continue to be free to threaten the merchandise of tomato sellers in the markets. There were challenges in the South and the Central regions but they were defeated. After all, the Rwenzori and Bunyoro are part of the South where ADF tormented people. ADF was defeated without NRA/UPDF violating the human rights of the population. Similarly, in the North and North-East, the terrorists and cattle-rustlers were defeated. There were some mistakes like Mukula and Bucoro incidents as well as deliberate crimes like Kanyum. Where these mistakes and crimes came to the surface (were reported) decisive action was taken. Since 1986, we have publicly executed 22 soldiers on account of committing serious crimes against wanainchi, such as murder, armed robbery, rape, etc.

That is why the much suffering population of Northern Uganda and North-Eastern Uganda ran to IDPs because they were protected by the Army. They did not run into exile. They had confidence in the Army and they knew they were running away from terrorists. In fact, the population was blaming us for not defeating the rebels quickly. After all, the first people to take up arrows against the terrorists in 1991 were the people of Acholi. That is when Kony started cutting off people’s limbs, noses, legs, etc., because they were reporting him to UPDF because he was disturbing their peace.

Therefore, Dr. Besigye’s thesis that the NRA/UPDF maintained security only where it had no challenge is discredited by the facts of the history of the struggle for stability. Apart from a few mistakes that were not reported, the NRA/UPDF defeated the terrorists and protected people. Where violation of the human rights was reported, stun action was taken. On account of the exemplary discipline of the NRA/UPDF, its ideological orientation and its professional development, our Army has been able to operate in very sensitive situations like Congo as well as Somalia and come out with flying colours. Therefore, the NRA/UPDF brought “oturo” (to sleep peacefully without worry) not only to the people of Central and Southern Uganda but to all the people of Uganda (North, North-East and Karamoja included) as well as to the people of Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Central African Republic (CAR), wherever it operates – whether challenged or not.

Having disposed of the more substantive points of Dr. Besigye, let me deal with the petty issues Dr. Besigye and his colleagues keep raising. These are: the story about Muhoozi and now Dr. Besigye has added the question of Museveni putting on military uniform when he is the President as well as why we should take MPs to Kyankwanzi, put them in military uniform and make them salute.

Why take MPs to Kyankwanzi?

What a question from Dr. Besigye, former National Political Commissar (NPC) of NRM? Have you forgotten how it was political education that galvanized our people to withstand all the difficulties the NRM faced – killings of our supporters, hunger, lack of drugs, living in the bush, etc. If you are now allergic to the word political education, use “sensitization”, “advocacy” for certain ideas, etc. There is much “advocacy” and “sensitization” by foreign NGOs which the groups of Dr. Besigye associate so much with. Why doesn’t Dr. Besigye object to those programmes? Why then does Dr Besigye object to our advocacy for patriotism, Pan-Africanism, social –economic transformation and democracy? The wanainchi, including MPs, putting on military uniform in a regulated manner, is a big advantage. First of all, the MPs identify with the Army. What is wrong with that? They gain interest in Army work, they understand a bit better the work of the Army. This gives the Army a wider catchment area when it comes to recruitment.

Besides, our strategic doctrine is to maintain a small standing Army of about 50,000, with a large number of officers and NCOs, but have all Ugandans of military age as part of strategic reserve so that in case of war, a big war not this business of Kony, we are able to mobilize an Army of millions to defend our country. That is why we have our reserve command. Political leaders involving themselves in quasi-Army activities, builds up enthusiasm and understanding for the Army. Besides, it benefits the MPs themselves, not only in terms of ideology, but also in the rudiments in terms of self-defence.

Coming to Muhoozi, he was not irregularly recruited.

When he was still in his A’ level holiday, he asked to bring along some of his school friends for elementary military training. I was very happy to see him pick up interest in the work of the Army, after all, he was born in the Army and grew up in the Army. While much of our Army work was clandestine and in the bush, whenever opportunity presented itself, my children would live with the Army (e.g. 1979 – 81 and 1986 to-date).

If a child picks interest in Army work because of those surroundings or for any other reason, patriots can only be very happy. Youths who join the Army not as a means of living but because of patriotic ideological interest in the Army, are a Godsend to that Army. Muhoozi having finished his degree course at Nottingham, U.K., expressed his long standing interest to join the Army where he was documented, went for Officer Cadet Course and qualified for the elementary Army leadership course. Why would any patriotic Ugandan be unhappy with that? If my son is not interested in the army to defend Uganda, having spent all my adult life doing nothing else but that, that would be proof that our system is a failure. Why would the children of other Ugandans be interested? It is, actually, also good publicity for the Army among the youth to attract them to join.

Muhoozi doing many courses.

Dr. Besigye was part of the Army leadership because he was Chief of Logistics and Engineering (C.L.E.) at one time. He knows that we worked out a career progression scheme for the Army. The scheme provided the years the Army personnel should stay on a particular rank, when he should go for a course or retire when he is not able to progress. The only complication is that lack of adequate funds does not allow us to retire so many people because we would have to give them the retirement packages. That is what may cause clogging on ranks. Otherwise, training, serving and training again should be the way to go. Also training according to the skills needed. When the Besigyes were in the Army, the wish of the Army was to send them for many courses, within the country and abroad. Many of that group could not go to some of these courses and Dr. Besigye knows why.

Why does Aronda salute Saleh and Tumwine?

It is because they are senior to Aronda in serving the country. We maintain layers of organic leadership – the active and the retired but available. I had retired General Saleh in 1989, because of drinking alcohol and appearing drunk in public. That weakness did not, however, eliminate the fact that Saleh had led operations in which we had captured the greatest amount of guns (Masindi, Kabamba, Mubende, Katonga, Masaka, Mbarara and Kampala). When he corrected his ways, we called him back in 1996 to confront the aggression on our northern border. You know what good work he did with other commanders who were working with him – Kazini, Katumba, etc. Why does Besigye not value the services of such comrades?

Gen. Tumwine is the officer that fired the first shot at Kabamba, he was our Army Commander for a number of years. He is always active in mobilization. War, Dr. Besigye, is not a tea party. The more brains you have, the better unless there are irreconcilable differences in which case we part ways.

Why does Museveni, being President of the Republic of Uganda put on uniform when he retired from the Army?

First of all, Museveni is Commander-In-Chief of the UPDF. All Commanders-In-Chief, even the ones that have never been in Army, put on ceremonial uniforms on Army occasions. Those who were old enough would have seen Mzee Kenyatta, Mzee Obote and Mzee Nyerere putting on uniforms. Mwalimu Nyerere used to put on National Service uniform. Instead of putting on the ceremonial uniform, I prefer to put on the Army green that I used in all the Resistance wars (1971-79, 1981-86 and ever since). I was sworn in as President on the 29th of January 1986, in that Army green. Sometimes I put on Army camouflage if it is well tailored. Even Army officers and personnel, who are not Commanders-in-Chief, should put on Army uniforms on ceremonial occasions even if they are retired. Have you not seen the 2nd World War veterans (the inter-imperialist war of 1939-45) putting on British Army uniforms given to them in 1946 when they left the British Army? They are a beautiful sight to see and a visual lesson in our history. Why would anybody be unhappy about this?

Regarding the MPs being the elected representatives of the people, that is correct. Only that Dr. Besigye forgot to include in his interview the fact that there is another Authority who is also an elected representative of the people – the President who gets more votes than any MP. It must have been an unintended oversight.

In the next piece, I will deal with the remaining elements of Besigye’s interview. These were: ‘Special Forces was created for Muhoozi; poverty; we went to the bush to overthrow Army rule; and power belongs to the people and not the Army’.

In the meantime, it is better for everybody if the promoters of endless political indiscipline and those who undermine patriotism were to rein themselves in. The patriotic forces that spearheaded the liberation of the country are ready and able to ensure that Uganda takes-off now that we have surmounted the consequences of the previous sabotage and are achieving a level of self-sufficiency in finance. We will, therefore, not tolerate any new sabotage schemes.

I thank the editor for the space for this clarification.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

5th February 2013
Arua

GOVT DIRECTS RADIOS TO PLAY NATIONAL ANTHEM AT THE TOP OF EVERY HOUR


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POPULARISING THE UGANDA NATIONAL ANTHEM THROUGH THE MEDIA

Chapter Two, Article 8 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda lists the National Anthem as one of the National Symbols. It is an obligation for all Ugandan citizens to learn and know, how to sing, and appreciate the message in our National Anthem.

Our National Anthem carries very rich and patriotic messages that guide Ugandans towards performance of our duties, as citizens. As we celebrate 50 years of our independence, and look to the future, Government is enjoining the media to popularise the National Anthem as a noble social responsibility contribution by the media, towards National awareness.

This is, therefore, to request that airing all the three (3) Stanzas of our National Anthem be given prominence in your media house. This should be played at the beginning of every news bulletin.

For God and my Country.

Mary Karooro Okurut (MP)

MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND NATIONAL GUIDANCE

Cc: H.E. The Vice President

Cc: The Rt. Hon Prime Minister

Cc: All Colleague Ministers

Cc: The Principal Private Secretary to H.E. the President

Cc: The Secretary, Office of the President

Cc: The Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister

WIMBO WA TAIFA

I

Eeh Uganda, Mungu imarisha

Twakupa ujao wetu

Kwa umoja na uhuru

Tusimame imara.

2

Eeh Uganda, nchi huru

Pendo juhudi twakupa

Pamoja na majirani

Tutaishi kwa amani.

3
Eeh Uganda, nchi itulishayo

Kwa jua ardhi ya rutuba

Tutalinda diama

Lulu ya taji Afrika

Uganda: Government Bans Critical Song From Radio Airwaves-Tugambire ku Jennifer


Tugambire ku Jennifer

Uganda’s broadcast regulatory body, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), has banned radios from airing a new song by renowned local artist Ssentamu Kyagulanyi (a.k.a Bobi Wine), pending investigations into claims that it is critical of the Kampala Capital City Authority’s (KCCA) Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi.
·The song “Tugambire ku Jennifer”, translated to mean “please talk to Jennifer on our behalf” was released earlier this month by Wine, the self-proclaimed “Ghetto president.” The translated chorus says, “tell Jennifer on our behalf to reduce her harshness, because the town is ours.”

The song discusses Kampala’s problems, ranging from increased murders and robberies to the eviction of vendors off Kampala’s streets. The song also allegedly points out that Jennifer’s ruthlessness is worsening the lives of poor city dwellers.
Article 29 1(a) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, 1995 states that “everyone shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression which shall include freedom of the press and other media.”
In addition, the regional charters and international conventions that the Ugandan government has signed provide for this right. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; such a right shall include the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of their choice.

The Executive Director of the UCC, Godfrey Mutabazi, could not name a particular individual who complained about the song. However, he told the Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) that they had received complaints about the intentions of the song. “Several people complained to the commission that the song was abusive, so we can’t allow the airwaves to be used to insult others. The song was not banned, but we have instructed airwaves not to play the song until our investigations are complete, so that we can pronounce ourselves on it. We got the song from our data bank, and we are investigating it,” said Mutabazi.

Mutabazi, however, could not tell how long the investigations would take before the commission can pronounce itself on the song. In 2009, the UCC arbitrarily and excessively closed down five private radio stations and also banned open air radio talk shows, which were providing platforms to citizens to check those in power. All of them are back on air and the last one was re-opened in late 2010. Nevertheless, none of the media managers or journalists were taken to court to answer for the alleged flouting of broadcasting regulations.

Wine told HRNJ-Uganda that the song was not an attack on any person, but his right to freedom of expression as a stakeholder in the capital. He refuted claims that it was directed at Jennifer Musisi.
Wine also said that the UCC should not be used to serve individual interests. “Let me advise the commission to remember that they are mandated to serve all the people and not a person. Let it listen to what the people are trying to communicate instead of intimidating their messenger. Listen to the voice of the people and understand instead of misunderstand; communicate, don’t miscommunicate!”

Asked whether the airwave ban on the song was communicated to Wine, Mutabazi said that as a commission, they only deal with broadcasters and not producers, so they did not need to do so at the time. Wine said he was set to launch the song next month in October, although it was still not clear whether Musisi would allow holding the music concert in the city. However, he defended his song by saying, “Jennifer does not mean Jennifer Musisi the Executive Director of KCCA.”

“The commission should accord the artist a fair hearing since investigations are ongoing. [It should] avoid misusing its powers to curtail his right to freedom of expression,” said HRNJ-Uganda’s National Coordinator, Wokulira Ssebaggala.

Human Rights Network for Journalists

EAJA Expels Uganda Journalists Union (UJU)


Resolution on Uganda Journalists Union (UJU)

This Extraordinary General Meeting of the Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) on 16 May 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, reviewed the membership status of the Uganda Journalists Union (UJU).

Noting the decision of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) at its meeting in Brussels on 24-25 March 2012 to expel UJU for non-payment of membership fees;

Further noting the decision of the Steering Committee of the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) at its meeting in Tunis on 5 May 2012 to expel UJU following its expulsion by the IFJ;

Recalling the EAJA member unions and associations’ decision on 8 January 2011 in Addis Ababa demanding that the General Secretary of UJU, Stephen Ouma Bwire, apologise for the insults and unsubstantiated allegations he made against the EAJA leadership and member organisations;

Further recalling the decision of the Executive Committee of the EAJA on 28 February 2011 that suspended the General Secretary of UJU, Stephen Ouma Bwire, from his membership of the EAJA Executive Committee and from all EAJA-related activities;

Welcoming the decision of the Steering Committee of the Federation of African Journalists on 26 March 2011 to suspend the General Secretary of UJU, Stephen Ouma Bwire, from his membership of the Steering Committee of FAJ;

Condemning in the strongest terms possible the violent attacks and wild defamatory communications authored, sent and circulated by the UJU leaders and their frontmen and women against the EAJA leadership, the journalists’ organisations in Eastern Africa, the IFJ President and IFJ Africa Director;

Welcoming the decision of the IFJ Administrative Committee on 15 May 2012 to seek “legal advice with a view to take legal action against those who have been originating these defamatory allegations” in Uganda;

Recognising that UJU and its officials have become a tool used to disturb the unity, solidarity and mutual cooperation of our unions through a vicious, negative and distractive campaign aiming to bring the IFJ and its organisations in Africa into disrepute, give a bad name to Africans as easy to manipulate and divide, which is in breach of article 3, paragraph 9, of the EAJA constitution;

The Extraordinary General Meeting therefore resolved unanimously to:

1) Expel forthwith the Uganda Journalists Union (UJU) from its membership of the EAJA in line with article 7, paragraph 1, of the EAJA constitution.

2) Empower the EAJA executive committee to carry out further appropriate actions, including legal action, against those who have been making slanderous and violent defamation and those who are encouraging them.

Kind regards,

Dr Muheldin Ahmed Idris
PRESIDENT
Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA)

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